Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Power Couple TV

Matt and I have some big dreams. We dream of having kids, moving back to the mountains, and buying a single family home with a big yard. We dream of Matt one day qualifying for the US open, of me becoming a bestselling author, of Millie finally being crowned Best Dog in the Galaxy. We dream of winning chili cookoffs, karaoke competitions, and giveaways for local escapes worth $10,000.

Go to Mardi Gras in Nola--a dream we made a reality
Yes, we have a very big, ginormous dreams, and while some of these may never come to fruition (we cook chili maybe twice a year), we do what we can to make others a reality.

Those who are close to us have probably heard us talk about our desire to make a podcast. These discussions are usually after a few glasses of wine, but the thought always lingers in the back of our minds, even when sober. Finally, one snowy night, after a round of very strong rum & cokes, we sat down in front of Lappy and started recording. Our podcast turned into a webcast, because just recording our voices seemed really complicated that evening. We spent a solid 25 minutes talking about movies and pop culture, and ended with a rant from yours truly about everybody needing to lay off criticizing T. Swift. It was totally brilliant, but after considering our (my) level of inebriation, we decided to delete.

Fear not, dear readers--our dreams of a webcast did not melt with the snow (how's that for a metaphor??). After weeks of frustrating work schedules and menopausal weather, we finally got back to it. We probably could have been a little more prepared, but it started to feel like we were leaning on "oh, we need to plan it first," as an excuse, and decided there was no time like the present.

So here it is, friends, in all its glory--the first edition of Power Couple TV. The star of this video is clearly Millie, who stares creepily from the hallway at multiple points. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for future episodes, and we would LOVE to hear your thoughts on upcoming topics!


Linking up with Treasure Tromp for Treat Yo Self Thursday, and Sarah for Fan Friday!

All Love,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gettin Weird With Millicent: Chewy Review March Edition

Hello there, my very best blogger friends in the whole wide world! Your favorite goldendoodle blogger is back! Guys, I have been a very busy doodle lately. I've had adventures all over the world--from the beaches of the Outer Banks, to the mountains of Virginia, there's no new land for this dood to conquer! I've also been very busy hosting parties, making new friends, and supervising the wildlife on the neighborhood nature trail (here's a hint, wildlife: get off my trail!).


As you can see, I am a very sophisticated doodle. It was no surprise when Chewy invited me to be one of their blogger friends! This month, my mom said, "which bag of treats would you like to review," to which I enthusiastically replied, "ALL THE TREATS!" Unfortunately, I lack opposable thumbs, so I was unable to communicate this to my Chewy friend, Catherine. Instead, my mom selected a bag of Orijen Bison treats. Although I would have preferred all the treats, as stated above, these little buddies sure were delightful!


At first, I didn't understand what was going on. I mean, that brown envelope smelled intriguing, but was I supposed to have it? I know that all paper products are classified as a "Millie leave it," so I thought it was a trap. Luckily, my mom opened up the envelope, and there was a bag of treats, all for me!


I was ready to dive right in, but my mom made me go through all sorts of tricks, then she insisted on taking pictures and video. Geez, parents can be so embarrassing, amiright?!?


FINALLY! One of those sweet bison treats landed in my mouth, and readers, they did not disappoint!
Truthfully, readers, I would eat anything--I think my history of sock consumption tells us that. But, my mom insists I have a "sensitive tummy," and she is very selective about what I can and cannot eat. Good thing these bison treats are only made from one meat ingredient, and they are grain free! They're perfect!


I've been exploring Chewy's other products and I'm dying for my mom to order something else! I could really use a new harness, guys. Unfortunately, my mom says I'm set for now because I'm already spoiled enough. In fact, she insisted I post this video, but I think it proves nothing.

Just FYI, guys, you can get free 1-2 day shipping on orders over $49, and 20% off your first autoship order! Do you see that, mom?!?! You can get treats automatically sent to me ALL THE TIME!!!!!

That's all for now, guys! Now that I've got energy from these bison treats, I'm ready to get back to blogging and fill you in on all of my adventures this past year.

Furever yours,

Mill

We received a bag of treats from Chewy for this product review, but all opinions are mine (and Millie's). 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Fever for New Shoes

I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. And by "more cowbell," I obviously mean retail therapy.

Once that warm weather hits, after a brutal winter, I start itching to buy all the sandals, shorts, and sundresses money can buy. I just bought this romper from Rose and Brûlée, and now I'm all like, "can't stop, won't stop." ESPECIALLY because Nordstrom cardholders get triple points the next few days. Do you know what that means? This.



Friends. Let's get some shoes.




I'm crushing on a lot of shoes at Nordstrom (would it be too shameful to go into debt over nothing but shoe purchases? this is a serious question). I'm definitely going to treat myself to a new pair of Sperry's, but should I go with the coral or animal print? The Halogen sandals are a must--the wedges might need to go in my cart as well. (BTW, Halogen is basically my new favorite shoe brand--they have an awesome, fashionable look without breaking the bank. I bought these for Valentine's and can't get enough of them). Floral prints are also big this spring, and I think the pair from bp might need to make their way into my closet. 

What do you think, readers? Any suggestion on which pair(s) to drop some serious cash on? Matt, I hope you won some money on your work trip to Vegas. It's about to get real.



All Love,

Monday, March 16, 2015

Music Monday, V.23: New Music Favorites

Well, here we are at another Monday. How did that happen? Even though Monday has a reputation for being the worst, I have a playlist for you that should help you kick those blues. This week's playlist features some of my favorite new tunes that I can't get enough of lately.


Today's list features:
- New music from AWOLNATION (and nobody was more surprised than me when I realized I liked this band--not always my kind of music).

- A catchy tune from Holychild, somewhat new to the scene

- Yelawolf's "Till it's Gone," another musician I'm totally surprised to like

- Teaser music from some upcoming new releases, including Modest Mouse and Passion Pit! I feel all the excitement!! (p.s. Not included on this playlist, but Mumford has a new song out as well! Check it out here.)

- Speaking of feelings, "Peaches," by In the Valley Below makes me feel everything. I can't put my finger on it, but every time I hear it I am overcome with emotion.

- Music from the new show Empire. If you haven't watched it yet, you should. It has some great tunes, and features Taraji Henson kicking ass and taking names.

All this and more for your Music Monday!

Music Monday, V. 23 by Kate T. on Grooveshark

All love,


Friday, March 6, 2015

Lean in Together

In honor of Lean in Together, I thought I would take a hot minute to tell you about a very special man in my life--my incredibly wonderful husband, Matt.

Thanks, SoHo Photography!
Some days,  my eyes fill with tears as I think about how lucky I am to have found him. We met completely by chance at a bar in Winchester, and he has been a constant in my life ever since that moment.

This has been a tough winter for me. Most days were bad days for me, and the cold and gloomy weather hasn't helped. There were times when I struggled to find the energy and motivation to even leave the house, but Matt was always on board with whatever I wanted to do. If I wanted to lay around in my sweatpants, eat Joe's Pizza, and watch Hart of Dixie, Matt readily obliged. On the days when I felt too overwhelmed to go to the grocery store, he would head off to Wegman's and get everything we need, plus a bottle of my favorite wine. He takes care of our sweet girl Millie, walking her in the single digit temperatures and never complaining.


Love can be found in grand, romantic gestures, but most days, love is in the details. Love is when your partner says simply and honestly, "I believe in you--I know you can do this." Love is when your husband holds you while you sob uncontrollably, then wipes away your tears and says, "you're so beautiful," meaning every word. Love is someone who can spend an entire day with you, doing nothing but napping and watching Netflix, and still consider it one of the best days of their lives.

By its very nature, Life is tough and filled with challenges. When one person must work late, the other takes care of the dog and cooks dinner. When one person says, "I dream that I will..." the other says, "that is my dream too." Matt and I get through this Life together. We support each other's goals and ambitions, and take turns as "the strong one" when the other feels too weak.

We Lean in Together, and I wouldn't have it any other way.


All Love,

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ten Reasons to Love Winter

Lately, I feel like I've really been noticing the pictures from all the CA/AZ/FL bloggers, posting Instagrams  of their everyday lives that are always covered in sunshine. At first, I thought to myself, "is this because you're jealous of their gloriously warm weather?" No! It is because I am so terribly sad those people don't get to experience the joys of winter. All you tropical friends out there, let me tell you what you're missing--by the end of this post, I GUARANTEE you will want to switch spots with me.

1. Getting to know your skin
Do you feel like you and your skin don't really have a connection? Is everyday a perfect skin day for you? If you answered yes, you need a healthy dose of an east cost winter! You will experience dry, flaky skin (at the very least) and an odd redness that no moisturizer in the world can fix. 

2. You learn how to be a homeowner
There is nothing that really makes you appreciate the difference between buying vs. renting then a pipe cracking and flooding your (finished) basement. It's quite the learning experience, and you get to learn more about what restoration and mitigation means more than you would ever have realized! I mean, #blessed, amiright?!?

3. It's always boot weather
Remember in the fall, when every blogger and their grandma was like, "OMG I get to wear leggings and boots!"? Well, from roughly November-March it is ALWAYS boot weather. It's basically a bloggers' paradise! Just FYI, you probably should keep your leather/suede/anything other than LL Bean boots in the closet.

Sturdy boots for the win!
4. The majesty of a winter's morn
There's nothing quite like a snowy, frozen landscape. There's also nothing quite like grimy, white stripes covering your car, and a gray/black slush lining your driveway. Also, watch out for the yellow snow.

5. An appreciation of warm weather
Winter can really teach you the value and blessing of a day that reaches 45 degrees. 

6. Creativity with fashion
Have you ever tried to add a second layer to skinny jeans? It's not easy, but there should be some sort of award when you make it happen. 

7. Quick fixes for bad hair days
When temps rarely break single digits, you must resign yourself to wearing some sort of head covering. This is to your advantage because you can never have a bad day when all you do is yank a toboggan over your head. 

8. Supporting local business
Our family has single handedly kept the Leesburg Station car wash in business. You're welcome, economy.

9. Get in Shape without Trying
Move over, Jillian Michaels! The new home workout is walking your dog through six inches of frozen snow.


10. Motivation to Clean
Readers, I know I'm not the only one who struggles to get motivated to do some housekeeping. Salty, snowy footprints that have been tracked across your hardwood floor are the only motivation you'll ever need!

That's all I have for you today, but there is PLENTY more to love about winter. What do you think? Ready to pack your bags and come hibernate with the rest of us?

For the love of all that is holy, I hope spring gets here soon.

All Love,
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