Friday, January 19, 2018

snow day cuddles

tuesday and wednesday brought us a nasty snow storm with a ton of ice and snow.  it was gross.  work was cancelled on wednesday for the first time in a very long time because the weather was so bad.  i didn't complain because it gave me time to cuddle at home with leko.  he took full advantage of it and kept warm by curling up on my lap on a fleece blanket.  i think i wore him out by having him help me take down the christmas tree and ornaments earlier that day.

stay warm and have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

blast from the past

recently, ryan was sorting through a bunch of old clothes from high school and college that he had stored at his parents' house.  among his college t-shirts, he found a shirt we both got when we participated in the "make a difference day" service day in college.  he brought it home to show me because he knew that i wear mine frequently.  it's one of those t-shirts that has been so well worn and washed that it's so comfortable.  when ryan brought his home i pulled mine out of the drawer for comparison.  we both stood there in disbelief looking at the two shirts.  i knew that mine had been certainly well worn, but ryan's looked like it was preserved in a time vault!  i actually didn't even remember that the shirt was originally that dark blue!  ha!

it's really hard to believe that these shirts are 14.5 years old!  we just couldn't resist taking a comparison picture because the difference between the two shirts was so crazy.  what a blast from the past!

love, laurie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

dad, is that you in there?

on saturday morning, we woke up to snow on top of a ton of ice.  it was disgusting.  after breakfast, we went out to clear our driveway and sidewalks.  before heading out into the winter tundra, ryan got our our plastic bin of winter hats, gloves, scarfs, etc. in order to dig out his goggles.  he put them on and leko immediately sprang into action checking out the goggles.  it was so funny because his expression was like "dad, i can't see you in there, but it smells like you!"

what a cute kitten!
love, laurie

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

a celebratory cheesecake date

we both ended up with a day off on sunday so we decided to make the most of it.  we took a little day trip to the rockaway mall in new jersey and had a lunch date at the cheesecake factory.  we have been to other cheesecake factory locations before, but never that one, and ryan had never been to the rockaway mall.  we had a certificate for two free slices of cheesecake that we wanted to use before it expired and we wanted to celebrate some recent work-related good news too, so a celebratory cheesecake date was in order.

for lunch i had the grilled fish tacos and ryan had the bang-bang chicken and shrimp.  both were so good.  for dessert, we split a slice of the coffee and cream chocolate supreme and a slice of the toasted marshmallow s'mores galore.  our lunches were so filling that we ended up taking our cheesecakes home which was great because we got to enjoy them for a few more days because the portions are so humongous! 

since our schedules have been so bizarre, we haven't had much free time to spend together lately, so it was a really nice little date and a fun celebration too!  a few terrible phone pictures from sunday . . .

love, laurie

Monday, January 15, 2018

a day off

we are ecstatic to have a monday off together and hope to spend it soaking up some quality time with this beauty!

love, laurie

Friday, January 12, 2018

fun links

wow, what a week!  2018 sure is off to a crazy start!  i'm grateful that it's only a few more hours until a three-day weekend!  since it's friday, here are a few fun links i found around the internet recently . . .

1. wild life photos that will make you laugh

2. impressive drone photography

3. one leak left a big mess

4. epic kitchen fails

5. totally random facts

6. this looks like a yummy take on tuna

7. a delicious looking cheesecake

8. cute winter polar bear nail art

9. an abandoned disneyland knock off amusement park in japan

have a wonderful long weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, January 11, 2018


it's only thursday but somehow it feels like it should be friday.  this certainly has been a power-packed week filled with a lot of stress.  i have lost track of the amount of times this week that i have heard someone say "is it a full moon or something?" because everything and everyone seems to be just a little extra crazy.  i think i'll attribute it to the fact that it was the first full work week back after the christmas break and everyone is trying to get settled into the new year.  even our sweet kitten has seemed a little off this week.  the three of us are hoping to get ourselves back on track asap.

only one more day before a three-day weekend!
love, laurie

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

shop my closet on instagram!

i have a bunch of old clothes that no longer fit since i have lost weight over the last several years.  as i changed sizes and no longer fit into different pieces, i would either keep them or donate them.  the ones i decided to keep were ones that i wasn't ready to part with even though i knew they no longer fit.  over the weekend, i decided that i have been storing these pieces for too long and want to make some room in our house.

i'm hoping that the pieces that i no longer can wear will be able to find new life again in other people's closets, so i decided to start an instagram closet sale!  i took some pictures over the weekend of items that i'm ready to part with and posted them on instagram on @lauriesclosetsale.  

i just got started by posting 24 items but will post more as i have time.  right now, there are jackets, tops, shorts, skirts, dresses, and some accessories . . .

i've always taken great care of my clothes, so many pieces look "like new" and everything comes from a clean, non-smoking home.  i've listed a price for each item, but feel free to make an offer if there's something that you like!

love, laurie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

custom birthday cake topper from forever wedding crafts

i love baking and cake decorating, especially for family birthdays, so i'm always on the look out for fun ways to decorate our cakes.

for my birthday party this past weekend, i made a hummingbird cake.  i went with a gold decorating theme and covered the cake in gold sanding sugar and sprinkled edible gold stars around the top and bottom edges.  instead of piping writing on the top of the cake, i decorated it with a gold birthday cake topper from forever wedding crafts of american sign letters.

all of the cake toppers from forever wedding crafts are made to order.  you select your size and color and they are custom made for you.

i went with a simple "happy birthday" made out of acrylic.  the cake topper was easy to insert into the cake, and held up all day long.  i especially liked the fact that i was able to simply wash the cake topper off after the party to be able to save it and use it again!

love, laurie

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Monday, January 8, 2018

"golden" birthday celebrations

on saturday we got together with our families to celebrate my birthday!  we had a party hosted by a family friend at her house and we ate, played games, relaxed, had cake, and opened gifts.

i made this hummingbird cake recipe for my birthday cake.  i went with a gold theme this year and treated this birthday as my "golden birthday."  your golden birthday is the one where you turn the age of your birth date, so my golden birthday would have been when i turned 6 on the 6th.  since i didn't know about golden birthdays back then, i decided that 33 would be my golden birthday because 3 + 3 = 6 . . . (close enough for me)!

after the party we came back to our house and i opened presents from my parents.  before bed, i opened presents from ryan and leko, and we capped off the night by curling up on the couch with leko to watch some tv.

a few photos from satuday's party . . .

 love, laurie