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"Shake it like a Polaroid picture"
    Yes, that is a Polaroid picture captured on our very first date, August 6, 2007! [He asked me out the Saturday before, August 4th, hence our wedding date]! The picture was taken at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal three days before Tyler's family's Chick-fil-A® opened. This was a celebratory dinner held in honor of his family and all of the hired employees.. little did I know I would soon become an employee [I was heavily recruited, and not by Tyler]. Because it was scanned in, okay and because it's a Polaroid, it's not very clear but there's another picture from the night at the bottom of this post.
    In 2007, Tyler's family made the move from Indiana to Ohio where his dad would be opening a Chick-fil-A® Restaurant. Tyler and I spent much of our Senior Year of high school unlike many other kids - working. I still remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to get to the restaurant before our shift, indulge in Chick-n-Minis™, work enough hours to qualify for a break including free lunch, then leave late enough that our parents were requesting we bring food home for dinner or I'd have a babysitting job booked for the evening and offer to bring chicken - yes, we had chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wait, you didn't know Chick-fil-A® had breakfast? Where have you been? They also just introduced THRIVE Coffee, yum.
    After high school we continued to work for Chick-fil-A®, Tyler did payroll from school, came in to do invoices on weekends, and eventually trained me to do both when he studied abroad. Whenever we came home on breaks, we worked. It was like a drug.. or maybe we felt obligated since it was family?, maybe we liked that it was family? At one point, both of Tyler's parents, both of his brothers, Tyler, my sister, two of my cousins, my cousin's boyfriend, and myself were all working at Tyler's parents' Chick-fil-A® Restaurant. I was also able to help another one of my cousins get a job at a location closer to where she lived. I also worked because I needed money.. while it was annoying as a teen, I'm so thankful my parents didn't give handouts.
    I'm fairly creative and I love design, so when there was a need for help with marketing and events at my in-laws restaurant while I was awaiting my Dental Hygiene License, I took the job! I've continued to work for them in this role from afar and even worked with corporate Chick-fil-A® on Grand Openings including the opening in our previous city, Walnut Creek. After the Walnut Creek opening, I accepted a job in HR and Marketing at that location since I was unable to do Hygiene in a full-time role in California. I've been to training in Atlanta and continue to work for and make promotional flyers for both locations [one was even featured on TV, holla!] and my graphic design work is something I'm weirdly proud of.
    On top of working there, we eat there, a lot. And yes, unless we happen to be ordering from one of Tyler's family members [very rare], we pay. Truth is: we don't care to pay for good food, and Chick-fil-A® is gooood. After marriage, Wednesdays became our set-aside "date night" at Chick-fil-A® - it was one sense of normalcy after having moved 2,500 miles from home. So every Wednesday, we ate dinner at the Chick-fil-A® in Walnut Creek [or I brought it home after work] and we have continued that tradition even with our move to Charlotte, only missing when we are out of town. But even then, we usually schedule road trips around when Chick-fil-A® is open.. sometimes delaying departure until 6:30am so we can get breakfast before hitting the road. We're addicts.
    So yesterday, after becoming homeowners, we didn't celebrate by heading out to some fancy dinner spot - we kept our 'date night' tradition and headed straight for chicken!
Then we went and painted our new front door cause we're a little cray cray and couldn't wait! Can't wait to share pics!
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    I absolutely LOVE calligraphy and hand-lettering! I can be creative, I have been told that I have nice handwriting, and I know I have steady hands [my job requires that people trust me in their mouth with sharp instruments], but for these ladies it seems this form of art comes effortlessly whereas I would need to seriously practice! These are some of my favorite items from a few of my favorite calligraphers and letterers [yes, there is a difference]!
1. 'You Are My Greatest Adventure' Print - Brown Fox Calligraphy
I have recently started decorating with prints. Remember when you would rip out magazine quotes and paste them to your walls, cork board, planner, etc. as a teenager, or write them on your mirror in sharpie or lipstick? This is your grown up/classy way to keep those happy thoughts around! There are so many of these being made right now but of course I'm partial to the girl who made my logo!

2. Partial Calligraphy Address Stamp - Brown Fox Calligraphy
Who doesn't want to send their mail out with a ridiculously cute return stamp? I've made a few of my own with Avery labels, but the white background of a label can look harsh against colored envelopes - stamping looks way more put together! Can't wait to have a home so that I can get one of these by Bri of Brown Fox [ps everything in her shop is 20% off thru June with code HAPPYDAY]

3. 'The Best Part' Print - Lindsay Letters
Take a look at some of her prints and you will see why her business doesn't have the word 'calligraphy' in it like the others - there's a difference in style but the result is still so lovely! Letterers have this amazing ability to create prints where none of the individual letters look the same twice yet everything comes together perfectly! I love this print for a coffee cart because it reminds me of the Folgers commercials, and since the Keurig is the first place I run in the morning, it's a good reminder to read as I await for my addiction to finish brewing!

4. Calligraphy Starter Kit - Laura Hooper Calligraphy
If you're interested in learning calligraphy [like myself], I would recommend this kit! I always happened to be out of town when she was teaching in San Francisco, but I've heard her classes are great and I'm sure the starter kit is awesome! I've stood in the calligraphy aisles at Michaels and other craft stores before and have felt overwhelmed with the options as a beginner. This kit eliminates that helpless feeling by including the basics and what you need as a beginner!
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    I am so in love with all of the new graphic prints this summer, especially the pineapples! I purchased the dress pictured above during J. Crew Factory's 50% off sale and absolutely adore it despite having to send it back for another size! [may want to go a size up on this dress if you're larger in the chest area]. The two Target tanks are so fun and perfect for summer. Coming from California, I had forgotten how HOT the East Coast can get with humidity - these were not a planned Target purchase [what ever is?!] but I was so hot running errands one day that I grabbed them thinking I'd slip into them later if need be. Modeled after my favorite Target v-neck tees, they're light and breathable as well as an amazing steal at under $10! The cute palm tree tee is on sale at J. Crew and also comes in a cute white with gold foiled palms! Links for each item are listed below!
Top Left: J. Crew Factory Pineapple Dress | Top Right/Bottom Left: Target Merona® Slub Tanks | Bottom Right: J. Crew Palm Tee
Also crazy popular this year is the palm leaves print, I just haven't personally found anything I love for myself! Have a great weekend!
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    Today we're heading off to Florida for a wedding; a much shorter drive than cross-country! Tyler's cousin is getting married and for our gift to them, we bought them the Crock-Pot off of their registry. Included with their card, I printed out some of my favorite Crock-Pot recipes! These are my easy go-to recipes and it helps that my husband loves them! Bonus: for just the two of us, the two chicken recipes provide days of leftovers!
    All of these recipes were adapted from Pinterest, but I put my own spin or changed a few things on some. Get out your old trusty Crock-Pot and enjoy!
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    Yes. I did sing that song in my head all. weekend. long. We left LA the morning of the 25th and stayed in Las Vegas through the morning of the 27th. The drive from Los Angeles to Vegas isn't too bad and it reminds you of a scene from Cars or the main ride at Cars Land in Disneyland!
    We had a blast in Vegas, but 48 hours was not enough time so we will definitely be going back! You get the feeling of a compact strip and assume everything is close but once you start walking, you realize just how BIG everything is. It took us more than 5 minutes to get from the entrance of the MGM Grand to the CSI exhibit which is inside MGM.
    Our first night there we stayed at New York, New York - not our first choice [hello Venetian] but a less expensive alternative [we went on a weekend which was not intentional, it's just how it fell. For our next trip we will know to stay weekdays when the rate isn't so high]. The hotel was in a good location but it didn't have quite as much to offer as some of the others we went inside [again, hello Venetian] and the Wi-Fi was absolutely horrible; like, I-lost-two-hours-worth-of-work horrible. Thankfully, the hotel did rectify the situation by refunding our "resort fee" which included Wi-Fi.
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    Day one we toured the strip, waited a well-worth-it hour for some treats from Carlo's Bake Shop inside the Venetian, and drove to the Pawn Stars pawn shop - but only for a picture, that line was just as bad as Carlo's Bakery was with no promise of treats at the end!
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    On day two we played Crime Scene Investigators [per my request, total forensic fanatic] at the CSI: The Experience exhibit. This was not entirely what I expected it to be; I wanted more of a mystery, several suspects to choose from and I had to use the clues and my amazing detective skills to choose at the end and they tell me if I'm right or wrong.. but they pretty much gave the answer away. Despite the simplicity and the fact that it was "so easy a kindergartener could do it" it was still fun to see how a CSI analyzes clues from a crime scene. Plus, we got these amazingly green-screened photos [total sarcasm, although I do like the photos]:
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    On the evening of the second day we went to see Mystère by Cirque du Soleil - amazing! This was my first ever Cirque show and I loved it! I have nothing to compare it to, but I do know that the show provided humor as well as the acrobatics and I believe it is the longest running Cirque show on the strip. I'd be interested to see other performances in the future to compare!
    After Cirque we went to the Bellagio to see the famous fountain show which ended up being cancelled due to high winds, major bummer! After the letdown, we drove down the strip one last time and headed to a hotel about 20 minutes east of the city to get a head start on the next day's drive.
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    My only complaint about Vegas [other than ridiculously priced hotel rooms with sub-par Wi-Fi] is the smoking. Even if you avoid the casinos, you still end up smelling like smoke just from walking by them. We kept our Febreze bottle handy the entire trip. We aren't into gambling, and Tyler hates to lose at anything, but we do enjoy a good Dave and Buster's game every now and then so we treated the casinos like that with the hopes of getting money back and not a cheapy toy or candy. We used $20 budgeted "fun money" [Tyler would die if he lost more than that, and I would cry] and ended up walking out $80 richer - hello fancy dinner somewhere later on in the trip!
    We are currently over halfway through the "48 hour" road trip and just arrived from Carlsbad, NM to Tyler's grandma's in Fort Worth, TX! Thankfully it looks like the weather to the East will be calming down by the time we make our way out, but when you're praying for our travels, please keep the families that have been affected by the weather in mind!

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    We spent our last California days [April 23-24] in Los Angeles. Other than the smog, which can ruin a would-be-perfectly-gorgeous view on a sunny day, there's only one thing we truly hate about LA: the traffic. We both decided we could never live there unless we were billionaires with access to our own helicopter to take us places - so, we will never live there. If we ever vacation there again, we will be staying on Manhattan Beach, Hermosa beach or Santa Monica - but on our Cross Country budget, we took every free-on-points room we could which required us to stay a little farther out and deal with the heavy traffic getting places.
    We have been to LA as a couple a total of four times now, and Tyler has been twice more with friends to watch soccer games. On this trip, we squeezed in our favorites, Pink's Hotdog Stand, Lemonade [both food, surprise!], and Manhattan Beach, as well as adding the Griffith Observatory which we both had been wanting to see.
    Tyler wanted to go to Sugarfish [another restaurant, can you tell we like to get our eat on?!] and I wanted to go to Disney, but there wasn't enough time this trip! If you're ever planning to visit LA, under each section of pictures* below I've highlighted some of our favorite things to see and do and of course, eat, from prior trips! Most all of them have click-able links that will take you directly to the site. One thing we never did that I wish we had was a celebrity home tour - but I don't know if I could get Tyler to sit still that long - he is not nearly as interested in architecture as I am!

To Do:

 Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure – you don’t even need kids to go here and no one judges you for coming as an adult without kids! The best part is both parks are compact with most all of the same rides as Disney World and are both easily doable in a day each [without kids]! If we’d had the time I would have gone back in a heartbeat, but Tyler’s rule is there must be a 5 year span between each Disney trip so that you can forget how awesome it is and be blown away again. Guess this will have to be my Babymoon if I want to come back without kids again – coming solo after having kids would be cruel.

Paramount Pictures Studio Tour – really any studio tour would be fun, we just did this one on recommendation from friends and loved it! Find out where your favorite movie and/or TV shows were filmed then do that tour! We did the 2hour tour and that was plenty for us. It was so fun to learn a few secrets of the industry, plus you may even spot a celebrity! We saw the cast of Glee when we were there.. unfortunately no one on our tour [including us, we don’t have cable] knew who they were and they seemed slightly angry no one was waving at them until our guide told us to, oops!

Red Carpet Event – if you ever have a chance to go to one, do it! Even if there’s no guarantee of a bunch of major A-list celebrities there, go – you never know who might become famous later and you can say, “I met them!” We were lucky enough to get tickets to the X-Factor Finalist Party through Tyler's work and I got to touch Mario Lopez - enough said.

Santa Monica – so much more than a beach! This is the end of historic Route 66, has a fun pier with games and rides, is home to Muscle Beach, and a huge outdoor shopping center, Third and Promenade. But the beach is pretty, too! I would love to stay here for a week or so, get up, run to Muscle Beach for a workout then down to Starbucks for coffee, and that’s saying a lot since I hate working out!

To See:

Griffith Observatory – the best parts of this place are the views and the price! If all you want to see are the views, then it’s free! If you’re interested in the planetarium then there is a fee. Be sure to check on their website before heading there as they are closed some days and have special hours. The telescope is also free to see but only at night and we were interested in seeing the views of the city during the day. There are a few hikes around the observatory that looked fun but we did not bring our hiking shoes nor did we have time! Also, depending on which way you drive in [we went in on the Greek Theater side] you’ll go through a neighborhood with some gorgeous cottage-like homes [on the larger scale] and meticulously maintained lawns - so beautiful it made us re-think our, "we're never living in LA," statements, if only for a moment!

Hollywood Sign – surprisingly this is not as visible from as many places as you think it would be! I would recommend following the directions on this site to get a good view!

Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chinese Theater – my recommendation for the Walk of Fame is that you decide who you want to see beforehand and find out the exact location of that star then you’ll see some other unexpected stars on the way – faster than walking around looking through all 2,500+ stars to find one! There's also an "Upcoming Star Ceremonies" tab that you can plan your trip around based on if you want to see it or you want to steer clear of the traffic! We didn’t go in the Chinese Theater, just slipped our fingers and toes into some of the hand-and-footprints outside for photos!

Manhattan Beach – it’s a beach and it’s gorgeous, enough said! Ps. the parking spots on either side of the pier are 5hour limit vs. the 2hour limit parking lots a few streets up – so you’re closer and you can stay longer, win.

Rodeo Drive – so what if you can’t afford anything?! Stroll the streets and snap some pictures in front of your favorite “I wish” stores! I went in to Juicy Couture just for fun and ended up finding a shirt for $17 including tax, so naturally I had to get it!

To Eat:

Lemonade – the only Lemonade to rival Chick-fil-A’s! They have a ton of flavors but our favorite is the Guava Lemonade! I was confused at the food options and ordering process the first time I went in, but the employees were all super friendly and helpful, plus you can sample almost anything before choosing to buy it - definitely try things! They have so many different "salads" with crazy ingredients that I thought sounded nasty but were heavenly! This last time I had a cauliflower, raisin, and nut salad that was to die for but had the employee not insisted I try it, I wouldn't have gotten it!

Pink’s Hotdog Stand – seriously the best hotdogs ever! They have so many different combinations, they are reasonably priced, and it is a popular LA spot, plus I just love their story! You can read about their story here! They have their own parking lot with free parking which is hard to find in LA! The lot is small but we’ve never had an issue finding a spot.

Sugarfish – I have never been, but my husband raves about this sushi place stating that the sushi is warm and melts in your mouth! I’ve just recently gotten in to sushi and am not a big fan of many rolls but if you are, I’d give it a try!


*all photos are our own

Ps. We currently just arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico after two days in Vegas and a night in Flagstaff! Vegas post coming soon - we update our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts almost daily, so you can follow along there: #PeterCrossCountry
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    I have been a nanny for twelve years now and have always come home with funny stories about what the kids said or did that day - kicking myself now for not writing some of them down, I could be the next Bill Cosby! I vowed that with my own kids I would keep a list of funny memories to share with them later in life [I still will never forget when one of 'my girls' told Tyler that when she grew up she was going to 'marriage' him!]. We don't have children now, but I've decided raising a husband is similar to raising a child [and I have already started writing that post] so I have been keeping track of Tyler's child-like antics. He never fails to make me laugh!

    This week and next we celebrate Tyler's completion of his work on Procter and Gamble's Safeway team here in San Francisco. While I'm sure the coming weeks will be sad, I'm also excited that tonight his team will be roasting him. In the spirit of roasting, I've compiled a list of some of his craziness that usually only I get the pleasure of seeing and hearing - although he had been opening up lately! Tyler is one of the funniest people I know, from his countless impersonations and song inventions, to his "I'm really being serious" moments - if you're lucky enough to have seen him branch out into his sillyness then consider yourself lucky! I'm sure this list will grow with time, but for now, enjoy these little snippets of my daily life! [Disclaimer: some of these may be 'you had to be there' moments - but if you sit back and really try to picture him doing them, you'll laugh - or you can just skip to the videos at the end!]

  • The Invention:
    "I just thought of something! PFV. Guess what it stands for?!" "I don't know, Tyler." "Personal Flying Vehicle!" "Ok" "Guess what it also stands for?!" "What, Tyler?" "Peters Family Vehicle! Get it?! Cause we're going to invent it! Think about it. Graham's going to Dayton. Dayton Flyers. Wright Brothers. Peters Brothers. It's time."

  • The Laundry:
    "Tyler, why is it that when we're folding laundry together, I can fold your clothes for you if I pick them out of the pile, but when you pick up my clothes, you just throw them into another pile for me to fold later?" "You have baby clothes so I can't fold those." "What does that even mean?!" "Look at these. They're too tiny, I can't fold them. Baby clothes." he says matter-of-factly. "So are you telling me that when we have kids, I can look forward to doing everything myself?" "No, I'll help then, there's nothing to it, you just fold it over once and you're done!" "Good. Start practicing now."

  • The Times He Pretends He Speaks Spanish:
    Walks in to a Mexican restaurant and asks, "Can I have a quesadilla? And make sure there's cheese on it!" "Tyler! You don't have to ask for cheese! That's what a quesadilla is!" "No, cheese is queso, that's not in quesAdilla so he may not know." Face-palm.
    "I'm taking you kayaking in La Joe-la!" "Are you sure that's the name of it?" "Yes!" "How is it spelled?" "L-a J-o-l-l-a. La Joe-la!" "Yeah, hate to break it to you, honey but we're going to La Jolla, pronounced 'Hoy-ya'" "Mmm I don't think so."
    "Como estaaaaba la princeeessea muy buena, si?" Just stop.

  • The Time I Forgot My Hairbrush:
    If you know me, you know I have curly and sometimes unmanageable hair. Forgetting to pack hair necessities is one of the worst things that could happen to me - they're my sanity and semi-protection from a frizzy mess. In a spur-of-the-moment trip, I forgot to pack my conditioner, and hairbrush. By the time I realized I didn't have conditioner, I had already gotten in the shower at the hotel and realized that not only did I not have my own but they had given us two shampoos and no conditioner.
    Clearly upset with the sandpaper feel of my hair after the shower, and getting frustrated trying to brush through the unconditioned hair with my fingers, Tyler lovingly stepped in to help brush with his fingers. After about 40 combined minutes of work [no joke] my hair was 'finished' and I realized, no anti-frizz cream. Score. Tired of waiting, Tyler insisted, "It looks fine!" so we left for dinner, but I knew what was coming.
    Halfway through dinner, "your hair looks really nice, it's drying well, my combing really helped!!" he said with the proudest grin. "Oh, really?" I said sarcastically, "how's the back look?" I asked, turning the back of my head towards him, already knowing the answer. "Uhm. Nobody looks at the back of your hair. I did a really good job!" *proudest smile ever*

  • The Bath Rug:
    So, sheepskin rugs have been coming back in style, and not always used as a rug. View this Pinterest Board to see what I mean. I had been eying the Ikea Sheepskin for a while after seeing it used countless times on Instagram but it wasn't until I saw it at a friend's house resting on the back of their chair that I decided to make it my own. I got home and proudly placed it on our chair in the family room.
    Three weeks later I hear, "What is this?!" I come in from the bedroom to see Tyler holding up the sheepskin and calmly explain that it's decor [a word he now cringes at]. "For two weeks I thought this was our bath rug! I thought you put it there to dry after washing it! Take it back!" I'm still confused as to why he thought I'd dry a soaking wet bath rug on a chair vs our drying rack, but I'm still enjoying resting against the coziness that is sheepskin.

  • The Baby Naming Game:
    Mid-dinner silence is broken when Tyler proclaims, "I've got it! We can name our kids Penny and Peter!" "NO!" "Yes! Penny Peters and Peter Peters!" he says beyond excitedly, "You're just asking for them to be made fun of." "Fine." Two minutes of silence goes by, "What about 'Hurricane, Hurricane Peters'?" "Absolutely not!" I said in disgust, "Good! Cause if you liked it we would so NOT be able to be friends anymore," he said with a wag of his finger, and right back to eating he goes. It amazes me of how serious he can be when he's being funny.

  • The Car Ritual:
    The kid literally sings, "A Hunting We Will Go," when he's trying to find a spot in the lane next to him to merge in to on the highway. I also became aware of his morning ritual when we decided one day that I would drive with him to work, take his car back and pack for a weekend trip, then come back to pick him up and leave for the trip:
    Two minutes in to the drive I ask a question with this response, "What are you doing? WE don't talk the first five minutes of the drive in the morning!" Still wondering who 'we' is. And exactly 5 minutes in as he gets on the ramp to the interstate, he flips on the talk radio and starts singing to himself, "A Hunting We Will Go" as he white-knuckles the top of the steering wheel with both hands and moves his face towards the windshield with squinting eyes seeking his way in to the lane, and then he starts talking to me like I had just joined him in the car at that very moment.

  • The Winter Blues:
    While on vacation this winter - not in California - "Winter really stinks. It's so dark and depressing. It'll be better when we're back in Cincinnati eventually." "Cincinnati is dark and depressing in the winter Tyler, it's like that almost everywhere except tropical states, and we've been lucky in California." "I know, but at least in Cincinnati you're with family so you can just be depressed with everyone." No words.

  • The Drive-Thru:
    Going through drive-thru lanes with Tyler is one of the most embarrassing things ever. Luckily for me, I was raised by jokester Steven Villegas and have perfected the duck-and-hide-before-getting-to-the-window move. He always does impersonations and crazy voices and when we would go through the drive-thru at his dad's Chick-fil-A they'd say, "Your total is $12.56" and he'd yell in a crazy person's voice complete with a crazy evil laugh, "No it's not, it's free, muahahaha!" and speed away so they'd hear the tires peeling.
    Most recently at the Chick-fil-A by us, the girl at the headset couldn't control her laughter while taking our order because her friends were at the window teasing her. Tyler gives his order and as she giggles through repeating it back, he goes, "Ma'am this is not funny," in his serious voice while turning and laughing to my face - she was so stoic from then on and as he rolls away, "I got her, hehehe." Drive-thru workers, beware!

  • The Best Part About Mac and Cheese:
    It's become typical that I have to remind Tyler to use manners at the dinner table. A while back we were eating Mac and Cheese for lunch and he was literally inhaling it. "Tyler! Chew!" his response, "Chew?! That's the best part about mac! You don't have to chew, you just swallow! See," he said, pointing to the mac on his fork, "it even has these wind holes!"
    Where does he come up with this? The best part of the conversation was when I made him promise to me, "Promise me you will never eat like this in front of other human beings?" and with an eye-roll and a shake, he did. Then I stated, "that includes all human beings, even little humans, as in our future children," "Dangit! You tricked me!" ..and back to swallowing the mac.

  • The Kate Spade Incident:
    Proof I am really dealing with a child. Last winter, right before Christmas, the Kate Spade Outlet had 50% off everything. Naturally, since a pair of KS Bow Earrings was on my Christmas Wishlist, I drug Tyler to the sale. The line was out-the-door long and we had to wait for about 45 minutes but we took shifts - one person would wait while the other went into other stores then we'd switch. When we finally got to the front of the line, I got a taste of what was to come. Tyler to the door keeper: "Hey, hey lady! Can we go yet? LADY? Is it our turn?!" Once inside, I mention we're only there to look at jewelry so we're going to have to wait until the crowd moves away from that area. Two seconds later I look up to see Tyler pushing ladies out of his way, arriving at the jewelry table, turning and smiling at me, and motioning to me that there's an open tile of floor for me to stand on by him. Lucky me.
    As if that wasn't enough, we're looking at the jewelry displayed on a dresser when an employee mentions, "there are more necklaces in the top left drawer, more rings in the top middle drawer, and more earrings in the top right!" I had already spotted the earrings so I decided to open the top left drawer just to see, then I hear those words a mother, er, I mean wife, never wants to hear, "excuse me sir, I'm going to have to ask you not to open those." I look to my right and every drawer of the dresser is open with Tyler smiling like a kid in a candy store. His response, "Sorry lady, I'm a mischievous one, you're going to have to watch me!" And she did. Like a hawk. The rest of the time we were in the store. Good thing Kate Spade isn't a classy establishment or anything..

  • The Gig:
    My boss and his wife have a newborn and a one-and-a-half year old that I watch frequently during the day. They asked if I could watch them one night while they went to a benefit and as they always do, invited Tyler and offered dinner. Knowing Tyler I figured the last thing he'd want to do after work is watch energetic kids [ha, wait until parenthood] so I offered to make him dinner and leave it in the fridge for when he got home.
    As I'm getting ready to leave, he calls and says, "are they getting you pizza tonight?" "Yes" "Ok, I'm coming with you!" After picking me up, he goes, "Wow. This is a really good gig, we need to get this gig in Charlotte like 4 nights a week. We save money not buying dinner for ourselves and then make money at the same time! And after we put the kids to bed, we're forced to be productive on our work computers because we're not at our own house so we can't go to bed!" "Uh-huh, suure," I said, knowing it's not that easy. "Okay, fine, maybe just 3 nights a week."
    An hour into watching the boys, "Can I go home now?! I'm tired. How do you do this? You make it look so easy!"

  • The Baby:
    As mentioned above, I watch little ones in my spare time. Can't get enough of them and the best part is I get to give them back when I'm done and can get a good night's sleep ;) for now at least! Anyway, back to Tyler, he is paedophobic. Mostly to infants, he can handle a child once it is old enough to do funny things. A few weeks after B&K's baby was born I asked if he wanted to come with me to meet him, his response, "does it talk yet?" "No, Tyler, he's an infant!" "Nah."
    When my boss and I were setting up for the company Christmas party he asked Tyler if he could watch the oldest son to which Tyler laughed. When he realized B was holding him out in Tyler's direction, Tyler goes, "Oh, you were serious?" look around, and takes him from him, carries him with both arms extended away from his body as if the little guy had a disease or something. He then proceeded to get into the Chick-fil-A play-place and slide down the slide with him.
    The night we watched them that Tyler wanted to duck out early from, I had just fed the infant and was burping him as we coaxed the oldest upstairs for bed. "You have two choices Tyler, you can burp the baby or change W's diaper. What do you want to do?" "I ain't changin' no diaper!" So I had him sit down in the rocker, and gave him the baby in burping position. When I came back two minutes later from changing W's diaper, the baby was 90% of the way down Tyler's chest and they both had a look of fear in their eyes. "What are you doing?!" "He was moving, and wiggling!!" "Yeah, he's trying to learn to use his neck muscles, you have to hold him!" "I'm done, I'm going to break him, I'm done!" ..sorry B&K.

  • The Time He Had to Tell His Pet Peeves About Me:
    So we interviewed for Property Virgins and the first step was a written interview where Tyler had to list his pet peeves about me:
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    So, let me get this straight, it bothers you that I'm organized, clean, try to keep the bathroom from flooding and potentially molding, keep you looking fashionable, prefer even numbers, value my sleep so I'm in a better mood for you, keep the house looking like it belongs in HGTv Magazine [where they all display their mixers on the counter], and again, keep you looking fashionable and not like a fool?
    In the Skype interview he also admitted his other pet peeve about me was I make the bed every single day and, "it takes her FOREVER to come to bed at night, probably because she takes the time to floss her teeth and I don't." #SorryNotSorry
    The only one I need to explain is the fact that I dislike him working from home. Some people would think I'm mean and unloving for that, but you'd dislike it too if you lived in an 800sq ft apartment where you work from home and while you're trying to work you keep getting interrupted. Schedule when Tyler works from home:
     7:50 am - Wake up in a panic because since he's working from home, he didn't set an alarm.
     9:20 am - Megan can you make me coffee?
     9:50 am - Megan can you come get my coffee cup and put it in the dishwasher? I'm on a call.
    10:30 am - What are you making me for lunch?
    10:35 am - Megan?! "It's 10:30, lunch isn't until at least noon!" I know, but I like to prepare myself.
     11:45 am - When is lunch?
    12:00 pm - Is lunch ready?
    12:20 pm - Sorry but we're going to have to listen in to this call while we're eating lunch.
    12:45 pm - Can you get me some Oreos and milk?
     1:00 pm - You're good to clean this up, right? I need to get back to this call.
    2:30 pm - Finally settling down to get my work done
    2:31  pm - I'm done, do you want to go to the gym together? What's for dinner? How come you're still working? Are we going to do something fun tonight? Helloooo?! You've had all day to work!

  • The Great Aunt Voice:
    Tyler adopted my great aunt's voice and had four separate in-depth phone conversations with my sister, all lasting more than 2 minutes. She had no idea.

  • The Bite:
    This is probably one of my favorites, but you have to have seen this video first to understand. The other day as we're walking through the park Tyler said something and I quipped back. Astonished, Tyler looked at me wide-eyed, and without missing a beat in his best English accent goes, "Megan bit me! Ouch! You bit me!"

    And with that.. I leave you with these gems:
  • The One Direction Superfan
He really is their biggest fan. It's not some pre-teen with braces.
  • The Property Virgins Audition Tape
We still don't know if we will get an episode, but at least we got this! Ps. I look Chinese?

If "laughter is the best medicine," then Tyler will keep me healthy for a long time! I feel like the luckiest girl alive to have someone to laugh with and to entertain me for life!
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    Yes. It is past Friday - eek! We were traveling back from our House Hunting trip so this post got neglected. Even if it's late, I had to post to fill you in on a sale, so this is more of a PSA than anything.. everything Kate Spade is 25% off for Friends and Family through Sunday! Yay!
   
    Kate and I are kind of friends from afar. I love to admire all of the gorgeous purses but I have to steer clear of stores to keep my wallet [and marriage] safe. I wasn't even aware until recently that there was more to Kate than pretty purses, shoes, and accessories; she also carries a line of things for the home including fine china, vases, etc. Anyway, these are a few of my favorite home items!


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Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4
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1. Scented Candles - I love Kate Spade for the witty quotes on most of her products. Not only do these smell good, they're beautiful and include cute and inspirational quotes and sayings. I think I need the blue one for our new adventures in North Carolina!

2. Market Street Collection - One of the main reasons I chose a white dish for our main dishes when we registered is because you can always dress them up! These fun dotted accent plates would be perfect on top of a white dinner plate for Easter with colorful antique drink ware or even these cuties from World Market for Easter brunch!

3. Things We Love Collection - This collection is cute, fun, and colorful, but what I really love is the coffee table book. I have seen it all over Instagram for some time and heard everyone ranting and raving over it. Quite honestly I didn't think anything of it or believe it could be that great. After turning through the pages at B&N, I can see why people love it - definitely gets the creative juices flowing [if being creative is your thing] and definitely looks good on the coffee table!

4. Daisy Place Collection - I saved the best for last! How stinking cute are these little dishes?! I love organizational items - especially ones this cute! I am so excited to be moving in to a new place in Charlotte where there's a designated "entry space" that these can sit near to place keys, sunglasses, mail, etc.! [While I love our current apartment, it is small and you enter directly into the family room so we often loose our keys and sunglasses before making it to the kitchen cabinet where they belong, and mail ends up everywhere from the coffee table to the dining room table and beyond!]


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And on that note, I'm going to head to the Kate Spade Outlet! Hopefully I can keep my husband under control this time..

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        I discovered Zara through Instagram and although there are [what I would consider] few stores in the US, San Francisco of course has two! The sizing was a little different to get down since it's European, and although it would say the US size, it wasn't always accurate [or the US sizes aren't accurate to begin with - who's for a universal pattern to make all sizes equal?!] but being able to try things on in store helps! Plus I'm pretty sure the website is free shipping and free returns [awesome].
        I currently have a pair of Zara shoes, a shirt my sister hates, and a pair of pants and I'm thinking I need to add one of these cute Spring jackets to my mini Zara collection!
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1. Round Neck Coat With Zip
Let's start with the fact that it's pink. I can envision wearing this casually, or on a romantic night out, or Easter Sunday, or to a wedding, or out to coffee.. or anywhere. It's simple enough to be casual, yet the color and classy lines make this coat elegant as well. My only concern is the cropped arms - not 100% sure about the style especially since I have long arms already! Seriously, they're abnormal.

2. Fabric Coat With Zip
Need a coat to match anything you wear this Spring? This is the jacket for you! Neutrals go with anything and this cute I personally love how they casually paired it with jeans and a simple blouse on the website! The zipper is not my favorite, but that could always easily be changed!

3. Coat With Pockets
I am obsessed with this one. I love the color yellow, so bright and happy, plus the details in the pockets and even the sleeves add an even more fun and modern element [more pictures on Zara's website]! I also love that the zipper starts at about waist-line instead of at the bottom of the coat - this makes sitting down so much easier!

4. Wool Coat in Green
This one is an example of something that doesn't look great on the hanger but looks so cute on [see the pictures on the website]! Made of wool, this is the perfect jacket for those of you who are excited for Spring looks but the weather has cooler plans. Available in both "Tangerine" and my personal favorite; green!
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    If we could afford to have our entire home decorated by Pottery Barn, we probably wouldn't be opposed. But we're young and love to travel, so we put our money in that direction for now. And the reality is, I shop too much to place all of my eggs in one basket - I love mixing pieces from different places and I'm pretty good at finding expensive pieces for less. That doesn't mean I don't indulge in a PB Sale every now and then, or still consider them as one of my favorite stores when searching for something for our home, because, they are. Our bedding is from there and I love it!
    Shag is back, and I am in heaven. Wool shag rug, wool shag throw, and my new favorite shaggy faux-fur pillows! The pillows were from Pottery Barn and, surprisingly, they were way less expensive than any other store!:
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My faux-fur pillows in their new home! Other pillows pictured: Sequin Tile Pillow Cover [Pottery Barn] and Rosette Pillow [old Crate & Barrel, no longer available]

Look for Less

    I am obsessed with the big, fluffy, faux-fur pillows - but the prices, not so much! I was shocked to see that Pottery Barn's regular pricing was way less, and I got them at the Sale price! Luckily I already had pillow inserts so I don't need to purchase the inserts, but even if I had to, the Pottery Barn complete set of pillow + cover would still be less than just a cover anywhere else! The PB pillows are faux-fur as opposed to 'Mongolian Lamb' but they achieve the same great look and are still soft!
Crate & Barrel
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Lambskin Pillow
16" Square: $89.95
This pillow comes with the insert but is only sheepskin on the front
Crate & Barrel
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Pelliccia Pillow with Insert
18" Square: $89.95
23" Square: $159

Mongolian lambskin with insert, but again, one-sided
Pottery Barn
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Faux Fur Pillow Cover - Long Shaggy
18" Square Regular Price: $39.50
No insert, fur on both sides
West Elm
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Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover
16" Square: $69
24" Square: $139

No insert, fur on both sides
Z Gallerie
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Mongolian Pillow
22" Square: $129.95
This pillow comes with the insert but has leather backing instead of full fur
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