Two Years With Maxwell

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Two years ago today Chris and I made the big decision to adopt a dog. Two days prior we had a made a trip to the Franklin County Dog Shelter to sign up as volunteers but we decided to take a peek at the available dogs as well. We chose Maxwell as the dog we would take out and meet and after he spent most of the time ignoring us he finally revealed himself by giving me a kiss on the cheek and sitting down beside me. That’s the moment that I think he chose us as his family. Bringing a dog home was both exciting and terrifying. I had spent most of my childhood with a dog and didn’t think it was possible to love another dog that much but I was wrong. It was quite an adjustment to go from a dog-less household to one with a dog but it’s been so rewarding. A dog is a huge responsibility but I would never, ever go back to life without Max. He is not only super obedient, but the most cuddly and sweetest dog I’ve ever met. He gets along with my parents’ dog Alex and I swear he was meant to be our cat Pig’s brother.

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I love coming home to a dog that’s always excited to see me and never cares if my hair’s a mess or my sweatpants are too baggy. The amount of love I have for this pup is unreal. I just can’t get enough of his sweet little ears, the way he grumbles when he sees a stranger outside, and his adorable forehead wrinkle. I cannot imagine what it will be like to mother a child. Happy second anniversary, Max!IMG_9941

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What I Want Now: February

As usual, the month has flown by. It’s been bitter cold and snowy and I cannot wait for the start of spring. I’m ย so excited to start my new position and make a bit more money. There are plenty of things I want this month and our house if my main focus. Now that Chris and I have filled our file boxes, we are in desperate need of a filing cabinet or two and our office needs a major overhaul. I’ve had this filing cabinet on my wish list for a while now because I love the mint color and the casters for rolling it around and under a desk. The lamp is my style while still being masculine enough for C. The rest of these items are less necessary but I wouldn’t hate making a trip out to Easton to pick them all up.

WhatIWantNowFEB151. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse $30 | 2. Agave Oil Treatment $40 | 3. End Grain Board $139.95 | 4. Topshop Front Seam V-Neck Sweater $70 | 5. Scoop Table Lamp $69 | 6. TPS Mint 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet $159

Movin’ On Up

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Sorry that I’ve been a little MIA. I have gone from working 25-29 hours a week to 38+ hours (not to mention this time last year I was getting an embarrassing 14 hours a week) at the bank. Things have been moving pretty quickly and I officially accepted a position as a universal banker. I’m very pleased to have been promoted after only 6 months as a teller and will definitely not hate the increase in income. I’m a little sad about losing some free time that could have been spent snuggling with my dog or blogging and that’s it’s still not exactly what I had in mind but as a full time job was always the goal, I’m very happy. I should begin training for my new position soon but in the meantime I’m going to try to nail down a schedule that allows me to blog regularly as well as to work and still live my life. I’m finding myself extremely motivated by the idea of purchasing a house next year and am optimistic that Chris and I can save what we need for a down payment. I’m sure a new car will need to be purchased before a house so hopefully things continue to go well and we can become real adults that, you know, buy cars and houses and stuff.

It’s just crazy to think how miserable I was when I was finishing up school and then how defeated I felt while trying to find a “real job”. I was so, so fortunate to have such a wonderful person who has been a constant in my life and always an encouraging, loving part. Having a great relationship made it so much easier for me to battle with the professional part of my life without losing my mind. I keep trying to remember that “sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but take the step.”

So for now, I’m trying to enjoy this bitter-cold winter (verrrrry difficult), cherishing my wonderful fur children (and husband, of course), and hoping that spring comes sooner than later and that I enjoy my new position. Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

Dress Up

With spring and wedding season approaching, I can’t help but to begin to fantasize about leaving my house in a dress with bare legs and no boots. It’s been FREEZING these last few days and every time I’ve left the house lately, I’ve become so frustrated with how cold it is. The first day I can walk out without a coat and boots, will be a happy day and I will celebrate with a pretty spring dress.

I recently treated myself to two new dresses (1 & 2) because, you, know, Valentine’s Day! Now that I’m no longer planning a wedding and wedding related events, I’m staying away from white and going for colors that are more appropriate for all occasions. It would be so much more fun to buy dresses if I could actually wear what I wanted to work buuuuuut I guess I’ll just have to settle for weddings and cocktail parties. Here are some of my current favorite choices for dress options:

dressupFactory Scalloped Trim Dress $59.50, Full Flower Cut Crochet Pink Dress $56.90, Sleeveless Dress $34.95, Verda Maxi Dress $168, Floral Print Drop Waist Dress $148, Silk Lace-Inset Cami Dress $150, Fete at the Foothills Dress $84.99, Lemon Drop T Shirt Dress $149, Vila Lace Insert Dress with Tie Waist $77.04

President’s Day

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Happy President’s Day! To those of you who, like me, get the day off, enjoy! To those sad souls who don’t, happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and have a great start to your week. Exciting things are happening for meย and I will share them soon!

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” – George Washington

What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

I know I’ve said it before, I don’t like to go out on Valentine’s Day. Chris and I usually make plans to stay in and especially hope to since this year the day falls on a weekend (we like to avoid the crazy wait times). Usually we get take but this year I want to make a nice dinner for the two of us to enjoy. We both found that we’re just as happy playing Halo together as we are getting dressed up and going out for a nice dinner and drinks. We try our best to show our love for each other everyday and we are more than content just relaxing and hanging out at home together. Now that we have our own bar and two XBox Live accounts, I plan on wearing something comfy and dressing down while spending the day indoors. Fried chicken, green beans, and wine are on the menu and I cannot wait! Whether you’re going out or staying in, find some outfit ideas below:

VdayLooks2GOING OUT: Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Rose $18 | Essie Nail Polish in Very Cranberry $8.50 | Steve Madden ‘Proto’ Pointy Toe Pump $99.95 | Factory Crystal Orb Necklace $49.50 | Factory Scalloped Trim Dress $94.50 | Argento Vivo Mini Knot Ring $28 | Bobbi’s Browns Eye Palette $45 | Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $23 | Sweetheart Scallops Bangle $38ย 

STAYING IN: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal $22.50 | Helix Cuff $38 | Lou & Grey Essential Leggings $24.50 | Ice Wishbone Studs $22 | Shawl-Collar Snap Cardi $89.99 | Aerie Softest Lace Pushup Bralette $24.95 | Aerie Vintage Lace Cheeky $12.50 | Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara $6.99

Galentine’s Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day this weekend, many people I know are starting to express their opinions on the holiday. I’m fortunate enough to have not been single for many Valentine’s Day now but I remember the days in middle school and high school where I learned to despise the holiday. Freshman year of high school I celebrated the holiday of love by sending my best girlfriend at the time a flower (they passed them out in the cafeteria during lunch. You know, in case you needed reminded of your loneliness) and playing cards at Chipotle with my sister and some friends. It was actually one of my more memorable Valentine’s Days and I think it all had to do with just spending time with those I loved without thinking about my singleness (is that really a word?). So whether you are single this Valentine’s Day or not, consider spending the day with not only your SO, but your friends too. Need some gift ideas? Find ideas and inspiration below:

GalentinesGI151. Glass Tumbler Set $39.50 | 2. Factory Classic Button-Down Shirt in Suckered Plaid $54.50 | 3. Girl You Are One Boss Bitch 5×7 Print $14 | 4. stila Nouveau Natural Eye Shadow Palette $49 | 5. Camelot Cellars: Blueberry Pinot Noir $6.99 | 6. Nyx Cosmetics Give A Little Love Lip Cream Set $17.99 | 7. Crystal Ballerina Studs $28 | 8. Blow Out Bar Gift Certificate price varies