Oh Hey, Friday [Halloweenie’s]

Happy freaking Friday, everyone! If I said this has been one hell of a week, who here would agree? Well, as I imagine a classroom full of hands flying into the air, let’s take a moment to celebrate all that is the weekend…and Halloween!

[one] I am really disappointed to say this, but…we totally forgot to carve pumpkins this year! I was so ashamed when Zach and I made the realization on Monday night. What kind of Halloween freaks are we if we don’t get our pumpkin on?! It’s ok though, today I have vowed to drink nothing but pumpkin spice EVERYTHING.

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[two] I am also not dressing up as anything this year. HOW PATHETIC! We live in a neighborhood that is filled with little ones (and my parents do, too), but we just haven’t gotten out to hand out candy at all since we started dating. Zach has never handed out candy, mostly because he is a candy hoarder, but even if we did, tonight would not be the candy-handing-out type of night. Freezing temperatures plus rain equals…snow. Yep. I said it. Snow. No trick or treating for us!

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[three] Also, although I have every opportunity to go out, drink, dress up, have a great night, and eat lots of candy with my friends, I think I am going to make it an introvert’s Halloween at the Jones household. This means I will be drinking, dressing up (in my pajamas), having a great night watching Halloween movies, and eating lots of candy by myself. SCORE.

[four] All I have to say is, if any small children ring my doorbell, all they get is the sound of a hyperactive husky barking like a maniac. Happy Halloween? (I’ll be too busy languishing in my Reese’s Miniatures coma).

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[five] The best part of Halloween is, tomorrow morning, when I wake up, Jack Skellington will have brought me the best Hallow-Mas present ever…CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON THE RADIO! Mix-mas starts on the radio tomorrow morning, and our city is split in half; those who will be tuned in to 94.5 from now til Christmas Day, and those who will take the station off their presets until January first. Happy holidays!

(And Happy Friday!)

I’m linking up with Karli and Amy for Oh Hey, Friday.

I am also jumping back into Five on Friday with these lovely ladies: Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha

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Oh Hey, Friday! [Ready for the Weekend]

Today, I’ve decided to link it up with Karli over at September Farm and Amy at The Farmer’s Wife! I am so happy to be getting back into the blogging-swing of things, and I figured what better way than wrapping up the work week and taking a look ahead at the weekend. Here we go!

[one] Today was a bit sporadic…as in Zach and I decided to visit one more wedding venue. I COULDN’T HOLD IT IN TILL WEDNESDAY! I won’t go into immense detail, but I will say, if you stop by on Wednesday, there will be an entire post dedicated to the elusive venue number four (!!!). 1896814_10152375825896149_2781333906639502709_n

[two] Last weekend was the beginning of personalizing the house, which means that (drumroll please)…

THIS WEEKEND I MOVE IN FOR GOOD! We’re renting the Uhaul (which reminds me I forgot to call and rent the Uhaul…) for the weekend, and moving the rest of my things to the house. Which is going to mean a whole lot of sorting, tossing, donating, and organizing. But, it means I’m finally living in one place, not between multiple.

[three] We’re going to a first birthday celebration on Sunday! Our little man Gavin turned one this week, and his parents had to find time to squeeze in a rockin’ party before little sister Dakota shows up in early November! We’re so excited to spend time with our friends this weekend.

[four] Sunday evening also means…BOOK CLUB NIGHT! Which also reminds me I am WAY behind on this month’s book. Whoops! Better get my butt caught up, because it’s a Skype/wine/movie night, and I am so looking forward to it!

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[five] As much as I am looking forward to next week (the first week of October, my birth month, a HUGE shipment from IKEA landing on my doorstep…) I’ve got a date with the dentist Monday morning. Yay, fillings!

Can we just agree to keep the weekend party going for the next, say…month or two?

See you on Monday!

Five on Friday

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TGIF! I am so excited that in t minus 2 hours, I will be heading home for two relaxing days. Spring break starts next Wednesday, too, so there is extra excitement after having gotten this long week over with! Today, I am linking up with the wonderful women at The Good Life, A. Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, and Hello! Happiness for another round of Five on Friday! This week has had me revolving around the thought of health and overall wellness, and after reading this post from Katie at Katie Elizabeth, I’ve gotten some inspiration and found five ways to improve my health this week!

[one] making regular appointments – and keeping them!

if you are anything like me, you have either been avoiding the dentist for a few years (yes, I brush my teeth, but the dentist and I have never been friends), or you didn’t realize that annual checkups should keep happening after you turn 13. For some reason, I didn’t know that, but after having a nice talk with my mom and being scolded for NOT seeing my primary in years (sorry, Dr. Blues), I’ve scheduled an appointment. I have a specialist who I see twice a year thanks to epilepsy, but other than those appointments, I have avoided doctors! Since I’ve grown in age and maturity, I’ve come to realize that doctors are your friends, and you should see them as often as possible. So, this week alone, I have made appointments with: my dentist, my primary, my women’s health physician, and yet another specialist (Gastroenterology. Look it up. Maybe I’ll post about it in the future, if it’s not too much of a scarring experience). Having made these appointments already has me feeling healthy and health-conscious, two aspects that my body will thank me for!

[two] skin care routines

I have already posted about my skin care routine here, but after writing that post, I made the decision to update my routine, and my makeup supply! Did you know that makeup can go bad? It seems like everyone but me already knew this, but late is better than never. With my new knowledge, I tossed over half (!) of my makeup supply, and brought it almost back to stock with some help from Ulta. I also decided to try some new skin care products, thus ridding myself of my St. Ives face scrub. I’ve added a nightly skin care routine that has honestly improved my skin SO MUCH. Ask me how many breakouts I’ve had in the past month and a half. That answer? None. Absolutely none! I love it, and I can’t wait to share it. There are some more products that I want to add to the routine, but those will have to wait until after the March spending hiatus.

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[three] wardrobe update

So the whole idea behind working out and eating healthy is to lose weight and get fit, right? One big issue with that is that my jeans no longer fit; a blessing and a curse, I tell you. Although I can’t buy anything this month, I have began to make a list of quality clothing that I can use to replace my too-big shirts and pants. Plus, with grad school coming around the bend, I figure some professional items should make their way home to me. I won’t be buying anything in the too-near future, mostly because I want to be sure my size is staying put, but I’ll start to post some outfit ideas here to get some feedback!

[four] mental health breaks

Magazines and leisurely reading have honestly gotten me through this week; midterms started this week and end next Wednesday, so my workout schedule has sucked, in all honesty. I took a break in order to stick to working on projects, papers, and exams, so in my spare time I gave myself a break and took on some light reading. I plan on picking back up next week, and making it a permanent fixture in my schedule, but it has also been nice to just watch my eating habits, and to not shame myself for taking it easy. Stressing over your breaks only makes you feel worse; accept the breaks, enjoy them, but then push right back into the routine when the time comes.

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[five] friendships

I FINALLY get to see two of my best friends next Wednesday, as we are going to Cleveland for a concert. Getting to reunite with the two people who I grew up alongside and know better than most is going to be the most amazing way to begin a long week of relaxation. There really is nothing like a great friend.

[First] Five On Friday!

Alright, y’all, I think it’s time for a good old-fashioned link up! Today, for the first time, I’m teaming up with the good life blog, a. liz adventures, carolina charm, and hello! happiness for a….

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[one] Spring break plans!

It’s time to start getting a nice vacation plan together for Z and I. With me in school and Zach working night shift all week, we hardly ever get any time off together (besides the lightening-fast weekends). For the past two years, spring break has been our time to see each other during the day when I would normally be in class, and a time for him to squeeze in a little vacation time during the busy part of the year. Last year we hit up Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and it was AMAZING. We walked everywhere from our quaint little cabin room (complete with KING SIZE bed and jacuzzi tub!), enjoyed doughnuts in the square (which I can no longer eat), and just had a great time with each other in a new city for three days. This year, we are just beginning to figure out what we want to do and if we can afford to take a mini-vacation, and so far Chicago has been thrown around the most. So, either we’ll be seeing a whole lot of this, or we’ll be headed back to the beautiful Smokey Mountains!

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Chicago circa 2006!

[two] Movie Date Nights!

Tomorrow night, Z and I are going to see a super serious movie, one that I practically had to beg him to go to with me. I don’t know why guys are so difficult to persuade! Tomorrow, we are going to see…

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The Lego Movie! We have been dying to see this movie for months, ever since we saw the preview last summer, I believe! It looks hilarious, and since we are kids anyways at heart, I think it’s safe to say we’ll love it.

[three] Looking Nice!

Today, I made myself look nice. I decided yesterday that 22 is the age at which I decide to actually look good and put some effort into my appearance. Unfortunately I recently tossed most of my old makeup supply, so I couldn’t dress up the face too much, but I got the rest of myself looking good instead.

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Please excuse the cruddy selfie. How do you people do this and make yourself look good?!

[four] Pinterest Procrastination Obsession

Alright. All I have to say about this is that whoever created Pinterest is a genius / was a college student / should be my best friend. For real, I think I could live on Pinterest. But no, really, can I?! (PS, you should check out my boards. They’re out of control.)

[five] Makeup Replacement

Number five this week is makeup shopp – I mean replacement. Since I tossed so many essential items away over my winter break, I have finally decided it is time to update the collection. I found some amazing sales on Ulta yesterday (free shipping on $25 dollars and up, and $3.50 off of $10 or more!) and all of a sudden my feet were flying over the ground. Well, my fingers were flying over the keyboard. I did some extensive research at work on my own time, and I finally found the products I have been waiting for. Stop by next week to see the haul!

Have a great weekend and stay warm to those of you who are stuck in the snow-pocalypse!