Happy Friday everyone, we made it to the weekend!

Unlike most weeks, this one seemed to drag it’s feet. After feeling under the weather the past few days, coupled with late nights getting projects out the door, I am more than ready to relax with a movie and a glass of wine or 4 tonight.

Speaking of movies, last weekend Ben and I rented Boyhood – it was so wonderful! In case you haven’t heard of it the movie follows 4 main characters over 13 years, and was shot in just as many years, so you see the actors aging in real life throughout the movie. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen and I can’t recommend it enough. I want to get my hands on Gone Girl next. I devoured the book a million years ago but haven’t gone to a movie in, well, 17 months, so I didn’t get to see it in theaters. It’s now available on Apple TV for $6 but I don’t really want to pay that much for it. That said, Neighbors, which we watched a few weekends ago, ended up costing us $8 and, ok, Boyhood cost us $6, simply because we can’t get our act together and return Redbox movies in a timely fashion. I think I just solved my dilemma!

Anyway, given the aforementioned under the weatherness and bookoo busyness, I wasn’t going to post anything today, but was recently tagged by my girl Courtney to answer a little survey called At My House. The questions were really fun so I thought I’d post that instead of nothing. As I mentioned, 2015 is the year of dabbling so, why not? :)

Without further ado (and gosh that was a lot of ado!) here we go – and be sure to come back for a fun, fitness-inspired giveaway tomorrow. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Household chore I actually enjoy

Is this a trick question? Baha! Hmm, I’d have to say the the household chore I quote-unquote enjoy is vacuuming. I don’t necessarily enjoy the act of it, but there’s something about those carpet lines that makes me feel like the entire house is clean, dusted and organized. It’s, um, not, but everything feels more put together when I see those lines.


Biggest house disaster

The basement. No question! Every time I go down there I say to myself, just one box a day – that’s all you’ve got to do! That is, of course, referring to the boxes (plural) of stuff that are still sitting there, unpacked, from when we moved in a year and a half ago. I told Ben we should just donate it all because if we haven’t needed it in a year and a half, chances are we never will! TBC…


Before company arrives, I hide

ALL THE TOYS. I never in a million years thought I’d be the person who has toys strewn all over her house. Ha. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHA! I don’t really have a choice! That is to say, I tidy up but certainly do not “hide” the toys that are everywhere before company comes. I know in 18 years I’ll probably cry because they’re not around anymore. (That legit almost made me tear up thinking about it!)

Oh and all the piles of stuff that are usually on our kitchen table. Still do not have an organizing system down that works for me in the absence of a built-in desk in the kitchen. Any tips are 100% welcome!



Most recent music download

I’m more of a Pandora or iTunes Radio girl (Lincoln is LOVING the Taylor Swift channel right now!) but I’ve actually been really into business-related podcasts lately. My brother turned me onto Tim Ferriss (author of The 4 Hour Workweek) and I’m soaking the information in his podcasts up like a sponge. That dude is SO smart. Like, prodigy smart. Like, HUH??? smart. Obviously smarter than me. ;)


The last thing I bought online

Bulletproof coffee. Yep, fell hook line and sinker for the stuff after hearing my brother talk about how it’s changed his life for the better. Apparently BP coffee has no mold in it, which reportedly 90%+ of the coffee on the market contains, and is carefully sourced. Mix the brewed coffee with a Tablespoon each of Kerrygold grassfed unsalted butter and unrefined coconut oil and it’s supposed to give you mental clarity like woah. I know, totally woo woo, but I’m giving it a try. The brain fog I experience because of my Celiac Disease is honestly awful so I’m willing to try (almost) anything once!


I hate to shop for

Jeans. Fellow shorties holler if you hear me! It’s really hard to find jeans for short legs (I’m 5’2) so when I find a great pair that fits I usually buy two pairs. Last year I found out that Banana Republic does free alterations, and their jeans always have a little stretch which is welcomed on account of my mom-bod, so I’ve been sticking with them.


Favorite family ritual

This is going to sound crazy, but it’s turning on E! News at 6pm and watching Lincoln go nuts when the theme song comes on. It’s so hilarious! I don’t know what it is about the song but it causes him to bounce his knees, throw his arms in the air, and shake his head back and forth – it’s honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen in my entire life because it’s so unexplainable. We watch the clock like a hawk then switch the channel over from the news at 5:59pm every night to watch the show – Lincoln’s, that is!


I sleep in

Ben has the most ridiculous collection of t-shirts you could ever imagine. Dozens and dozens of them! That said, it’s nice because a lot of them are really old and super soft. Every night I pick one out then pair it with some flannel pants. Cute? No. Comfy? Yes! Sometime when I’m having a tough day Ben will pick out the softest one he can find and lay it out on the bed for me. It’s basically the best thing ever.


I have a style crush on

Hmmm, this is a tough one because it’s literally anyone other than myself – I have no style! Instead of one person I’ll just say J. Crew as a whole. Classic, comfortable, quality (now if we could just add affordable to that list!) ;)



I’m currently reading

Wild. I followed my plan to eliminate social media icons from my iPhone’s homescreen and it’s working like a DREAM. For better or worse I haven’t checked social media (on my phone) for almost a week and I’m already four chapters into Wild. That’s not a ton, I guess, but it’s more than I would have read otherwise.



What’s up with the ___ trend?

Are we done using “bae” to describe our significant others yet? It’s not even a word!


How did I ever live without

I think the obvious answer is my iPhone but for now I’ll say gluten-free Barilla pasta. How ridiculous is that?! Honestly, a big part of battling Celiac-Disease is mental so to be able to sit down and eat a big frickin’ plate of pasta if I want to, that tastes no different than the real thing, makes me feel completely normal for a bit. “Normal” in quotations, of course. ;)

Shortcut Vegetable Ragu #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com

So there you have it! Woo, that was fun – hope you enjoyed a little Friday free reading. ;) In lieu of tagging anyone, I’ll open the floor to you guys! Pick a question or two and give us your answer – can’t wait to read.

Have a great weekend!