Monday, September 1, 2014

Hey It's Me, Krista

Happy Labor Day Folks!

My blogging has needed a serious kick in the pants. And last year, I participated in Blogtember to get myself back in gear and it really helped. Now that it summer has unofficially come to an end, I was in the market for another Blog Everyday in September. Que in finding this one from Whitney.


Hi, I'm Krista! Newlywed living in NJ. Yes, I still call myself a newlywed even though we were married on June 7, 2013. WE are still in the new stages of marriage and still learning what it means it every single day.



Currently, no kids. Just a kitty who is more than enough for us. Crazy cat lady status over here. We spoil her and she is currently a little chubster. I like to think I am perfecting my mom skills with her.



I wish Carrie Underwood was my bff. And I had her legs. But I can also get down to a Pitbull song in a second. One of my favorite playlists on Spoitfy. And I have myself dance parties quite often.



I watch way too much TV for my own good and Netflix does not help this at all. My current favorites are Modern Family, 90210, Pretty Little Liars..the list goes on and on.


My husband and I share a love for superheroes and Iron Man is my favorite. I also can watch Transformers more than anyone should.



You should also know I love wine, coffee and margaritas. Please come over and enjoy a few with me.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Social


 
 




1. What is one thing you hate doing?
Unpacking. It never ends.




2. What is the one thing you hate shopping for?

Jeans. The butt and thighs make things difficult. And short jeans are a big joke.


3. What is one thing you love doing?
I love having date days with my husband. Always have so much fun.


4. What is one place you love going?
I don't have a one place I go back to again and again. Unless the mall counts.

5. What is your favorite thing to do that you do daily?
Drink coffee. No, really. Without it, there wouldn't be a day where I got anything done.




See you on Monday!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Much Relaxed Weekend

All I want to do is relive this weekend all week and next weekend. I spent a full two days with my husband which is exactly what we needed. With my work schedule we haven't been able to spend a full 24 hours together just us since probably our first anniversary trip.


Saturday we started off with a nice brunch. I ordered a fancy cappuccino. Because, why not? I'll take another and another.



We then made a stop at Homegoods. Brian's first trip and let's just say, he was hooked. Had a cart full of curtains after I lost him for 5 minutes.


So. Happy.

I would also like to say, matching pillows, curtains, couches, etc. is hard. Now I know why people hire people for this stuff. We loaded and unloaded this cart a minimum of 10 times. 

Only one of these made it home with us.

Next stop was Princeton. An afternoon coffee and snack at Starbucks. Where I was sad that they held out their Pumpkin Spice Latte on me. Then, we grabbed a few drinks, really talked. And ended with a nice dinner.


This Mint Sangria, not a fan.

Our Sunday was really low key and relaxed. And it was the absolute best. Husband even made me a nice breakfast. It will definitely be a repeat.
A Monte Cristo
I was hoping for a trip to Thrift Store, but apparently they aren't open on Sundays. My thrifting will have to wait. I am actually very excited for that future trip. I soothed it over with some frozen yogurt though. So it made up for it.



Let's take a repeat on this weekend, shall we?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Social




What are you most looking forward to about fall?



Decorating in the new place. Possible vacation.

What is your favorite sports team?
Yankees. Patriots.






If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?
I would have done at least one more internship and started applying as soon as my senior year for jobs.

What is your favorite class you ever took? HS it was Cooking class. Always fun to see what I could actually make. Favorite college class was my wed design class. Loved learning how to utilize Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver.

Reach into your purse: what is the first thing you grab? Wallet?



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Opinions. We All Have Them About Ice Buckets.

Sometimes I hold back. Actually, a lot of time I avoid giving my opinion and speaking my mind too much. Confrontation and arguments give me anxiety so I tend to err on the side of caution.

But I've decided that it is just silly. Especially because I have this blog to share my life and what should be what I want to say. And today I want to give a little rant, a lot of my opinion on dumping a bucket of ice over my head. Basically, to all the haters.

 I am sure that by now you have seen or heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What started out as a fun social media challenge between sports fans, turned into raising awareness and money for ALS.

On July 14, [Chris] Kennedy recorded video of himself taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. He then called out three others, including his wife’s cousin, Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband, Anthony, is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – more commonly known as ALS.-via 
This couple chose to make their donation to ALS at the time, then their neighborhood rallied around their organization for them, then it spread to his college and well, you know where it has gone. It seems everyone has really taken to the challenge.



It has seriously become a media firestorm around ALS, the awareness of it and the Ice Bucket Challenge. And because it has become so prominent around social media, everyone has their say and opinion. And some of them really get me going.

// What are you really doing by pouring a bucket of ice over your head? The ALS ice bucket challenge was meant to raise awareness for a disease that many people don't even know about. How many times have you heard about ALS in the past year BEFORE the ice bucket challenge went viral? My guess is not very many. Just as you wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness or blue for Autism Awareness, ALS will now be known for ice bucket challenge. Participating isn't a fad, it isn't for popularity, it's for awareness of a disease.

// People bringing other people down. There are people that are criticizing people for accepting the ice bucket challenge because that then means they are choosing to get out of donating. When, in fact, many people are participating in the ice bucket challenge AND donating. Imagine that.

The ALS Association has since said that it has raised $15.6 million as a result of the challenge, nine times what it normally raises in the same time frame. Another ALS charity, Project ALS, told the Washington Post that its donations were 50 times normal. ALS TDI, another ALS charity, says that has raised $580,000 since the beginning of August, 10 times what it normally receives.- via Forbes

// Making the choice to donate to another charity. There are people that are posting they accepted but will donate to another charity they prefer because it means more to them. But honestly, we all have organizations that are close to our hearts. I have a few and I already donate to them every year because they are near and dear to my heart. On Mother's Day, I give to The American Cancer Society. At Christmas, I donate toys to underprivileged kids. And in March I make a donation for DVT Awareness. Even though these are organizations near and dear to my heart, there is always room for me to give to other organizations. Organizations that are raising awareness. We all have a little extra room to give a little more. Please do not make me feel guilty because I am choosing to donate to this charity because of this challenge. It's kind of the point. But feel free to do it because it makes you feel better.

// Everybody is wasting clean water. I for one poured water down my drain from my shower. If I am correct, that water gets sanitized then put back into bodies of water.That covers that. What about the water dumped outside you say? It is definitely not wasted. Going back to grade school with how water evaporates into the atmosphere, goes into the clouds. Once those clouds are full it comes back down as rain and the process keeps going and going. Essentially, water is never wasted. And if I can just say, pools. They are everywhere and I am certain you swim in that water.

// It's all just a bunch of peer pressure. People say that the don't think it's right to be peer pressured into doing something or donating to a certain cause. Just because you do not want to participate, you HAVE to donate to this very specific cause or on the other hand, succumb to the peer pressure of pouring ice water over your head. And here is what I have to say about that. Peer pressure to raise awareness for something? Peer pressure to donate to a cause I didn't know very much about before so I wouldn't have even considered it? That's the best kind of peer pressure I will give in to. Much better than the peer pressure that will probably have women wearing overalls again in the coming months.

So bottom line, just dump a bucket of ice on your head already. Or don't and give me your opinion on all of this. Because since I gave mine, I know everyone has their own. It's what makes the world go round. But I do ask, that you watch this.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Win Some End of Summer Cash Money {Giveaway}

Well, hello there everyone. I've been in and out of this place the past week. I guess August is getting the best of me. But I am all about it getting on with it's bad self. I can just smell the pumpkin and apple for fall.

I've got a very special treat for you today. Kelly is having a birthday and I am helping her celebrate by giving away some cash money. Such an easy way to end your summer with a little more moolah in your wallet!


Special thanks to all the lovely ladies below for helping me pull this together! 



This giveaway goes through Monday night with a winner being announced on Tuesday!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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