High Five For Friday

1. I Found Out People Actually Pinterest Me
I don’t know about you, but I get such a high when people repin my pins. I decided to snoop the other day and I found out that people are actually pinning images from my blog. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I find it extremely cool :)

2. Family Dinners
I’ve had a few dinner family dinners this week. I’ve had the opportunity to see family that I haven’t seen in a very long time and it was really nice. I also got to spend some quality time with my nephew, which is always fantastic. IMG_5997

3. We’ve Located a Hispanic Grocery Store in Lansing
While I was driving the other day, I spotted a hispanic grocery store. I looked them up online and discovered that they sold Mexican sweet breads. Ivan and I headed over there after dinner one night and purchased a few different breads. We also bought some other items that I was introduced to while in Arizona.

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4. I Stumbled Onto This Great New Blog
I came across this great cooking blog. It’s where this family cooked their way across the world. They make recipes from these amazing places and some of the things just look fantastic. You should check it out. I already made one dish I found there and plan to make more. It’s called Global Table Adventure.

5. I’m Looking Forward to an Excellent Weekend
I know it’s kind of cheating, but my number 5 is this upcoming weekend. Tonight I’m going to dinner with one of my best friends. For some horrible reason, I haven’t seen her since I got back from Arizona. We’ve NEVER gone this long without seeing each other. Then tomorrow Ivan and I are attending a fundraising pancake breakfast. Then Sunday is the superbowl. I’m pretty excited!

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My New Found Obsession with 30 for 30

There are about 6 shows that Ivan and I will watch together. Anything with Anthony Bourdain, Man vs. Food, Chopped, House Hunters International (he claims to not like it, but I know he does), Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives & 30 for 30. Before I met Ivan, I had never watched a 30 for 30. I never turned on ESPN and I avoided the sports section of netflix.

I enjoy a good live game, but I’m not the kind of person to sit and watch a football or basketball game on t.v. I had no use for ESPN. Now, if the tv isn’t on the food network, it’s on EPSN.

Have you seen 30 for 30? They have a ton up on netflix right now. They are sports documentaries produced by ESPN. Guys, I’m obsessed with them. It started out with Ivan picking them for us to watch after he sat through one to many episodes of House Hunters. Then I started watching them when I was home by myself. They are just so intriguing. Here are some of my favorites so far.

Brothers in Exile (Livan and Orlando Hernandez)
The Price of Gold (Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding)
Bad Boys (The Detroit Pistons)
You Don’t Know Bo (Bo Jackson)
Hillsborough (Hillsborough Tragedy)
Fernando Nation ( Fernando Valenzuela)
White, Blue & White (Osvaldo Ardiles/Ricky Villa)

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Layout Help

So I’ve gotten the blog tweaking bug. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve noticed that I’ve made a number of layout changes recently. Well, now I need your help. I am incredibly indecisive and I can’t decide which layout I like better. So I’m begging for some input you guys.

My first option is to go with what I’ve got right now. I’ve changed it quite a few times and I’m pretty happy with it. I could definitely live with it.

But here is where things get interesting. Here is option b. I would go to a plain white background and move my menu bar to the top. I think this looks a bit more modern, but I don’t know if I like it MORE or not. I just don’t know. Which is why I need help. Please and thank you my darlings.

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10 Cheap & Creative Valentine’s Day Dates

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Do you want to create a memorable and exciting Valentine’s Day on a budget? Here are 10 ideas that can get you started.

1. Visit a Planetarium
We’re lucky that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. Most Planetarium’s have Saturday night shows. This is a great way to take in a little romantic “stargazing” during the winter. Our local planetarium (Abraham’s of MSU) has an 8pm show every Saturday night for $4 ($3.50 for students)! If you’re near a college campus see if they have a planetarium you can visit.

2. Indoor Picnic
Put a little spin on dinner at home by creating a romantic picnic. Pack dinner up in containers for two and spread out on a blanket in the living room. Be sure to bring some wine!

3. Movie Night In
Pick a movie you both would enjoy (romantic or not) and put together a “movie night” date basket with popcorn and your favorite movie candy.

4. Recreate Your First Date
My boyfriend and I did this on our Anniversary this year. Go to the same restaurant, try in sit in the same spot if you can. It’s a fun and creative way to turn a regular restaurant into a romantic one. You don’t need to go somewhere expensive to make it romantic. If you went to dinner and a movie, rent the movie you saw and watch it at home.

5. Scavenger Hunt
Create a scavenger hunt of important places in your relationship. You could use your first date location, the place you met, where you proposed… anything you want. It will be a fun way to spend the evening together reminiscing.

6 & 7 Outdoor Ice Skating / Sledding
Take advantage of the cold February weather and go ice skating outdoors or sledding. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate or coffee at a coffee shop.

8. Comedy Club
Comedy Clubs are usually pretty affordable. More than likely they will have a valentine’s day package or special. Check out your local club to see if they are doing a valentine’s day show.

9. Game Night
Stay in together and have a game night. Turn off your phones and just enjoy each other’s company.

10. Indoor Camping
Pitch a tent indoors or create a fort. If you’ve got a fireplace, start a fire and make some smores. You could even cook dinner over the fire is you’re feeling really adventurous.

Today I am linking up with:
Jess at Bless Her Heart Y’all for Celebrate Southern

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Willkommen to Snowfest

On Sunday I kidnapped Ivan and took him to Snowfest. Snowfest is a festival that is held in Frankenmuth, Michigan. There are a number of different activities and attractions, but the main events are the snow and ice sculptures.

I’ve been to “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” many times, but I’ve never attended Winterfest. I have to say, it was impressive. I can barely manage to make a snowman and these people were pulling off HUGE displays.

2 IMG_5949 IMG_5945 IMG_5952 Then of course, because it’s a campy tourist destination, they had all kinds of fun and random photo cutouts. My favorite? The Ninja Turtles of course. These were outside of a cupcake shop that we found. Aren’t they fantastic?  1 They had a petting zoo on location for the kiddos too. Which meant that I was all over it. I can’t pass up an opportunity to pet a camel.

3 I also wanted to share these gigantic donuts. Guys, I know that these just look like normal donuts. But trust me, they are massive. Easily larger than my head. I would have fallen straight into a sugar coma if I had tried to eat one. IMG_5948 We ended up eating at the Bavarian Inn. It’s an incredibly hokey place, but sometimes that’s just what you want. Besides, it’s good food and that’s all that really matters. Plus there was no wait. I also just found out that they offer pretzel and strudel making classes.  I wish I would have known that when we were there. IMG_5976

Today I am linking up with:
Her Heartland Soul for Weekend Snapshots

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High Five For Friday: Date Nights & Netflix

1. This Adorable New Lunch Bag
I got this great new lunch bag. Isn’t it divine? It’s available in a bunch of different colors. It holds a crap ton of food. Which is great, because I end up packing my breakfast along with my lunch most days. You can find it here.
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2. I Saw This For the First Time

Tell me this isn’t the best thing you’ve ever seen. I would freak out. I would definitely ugly cry. Continue reading

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