Wednesday, September 17, 2014

S-P-I-R-I-T Cookies

How many of ya'll read that post title in the tune of the classic spirit from cheerleader days? haha Hopefully all of you! I'm sharing a quick and easy way to add some spirit to your game day and also satisfy that sweet tooth at any tailgate. NFL team themed cookies are so easy and so fun to bring along to any gathering. I just did plain sugar cookies with coordinating colored M&Ms and chocolate sixlets. Rather than folding them into the batter, I simply placed the M&Ms on top once I took the cookies out of the oven. Pick up some team color ribbon and follow the link below to the team printables and you're good to go! I used Dallas and Redskins since we are a house divided- can you believe my husband is a stinkin' Dallas fan and we STILL got married?? I know...I was tough introducing him to the fam.... just kidding love! Let's just hope we can pull off another win when we play the Eagles this Sunday. Enjoy your Wednesday!

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Monday, September 15, 2014


What a weekend! I relaxed and stayed with my parents but I feel like so much fun was had by all! First of all we now have two new additions to the family. 1.) a baby donkey (I kid you not) and 2. a baby kitten I found in the middle of the dang road in the middle of the night! I want to keep this little orange, snugly bundle of friendliness but the hubs is allergic! I am in the process of finding this little babe a new home now (would consider keeping her outside at the house but she is the sweetest, most cuddly already basically indoor petite thing I've ever seen! (like that description?) It was fabulous seeing my niece as she turned 13 this weekend and she loved her monogram themed gifts! (cool aunt alert haha) Also celebrated my father-in-law at a wonderful family cookout and on Sunday we had a huge win for my Redskins (Go 2nd string QB who should be QB 1 in my opinion) and the new Miss America was crowned.

Now, I'm not one to be negative because this year's group of girls, as I've sad, was so dang talented in every aspect. Everyone did well on onstage question, swimsuit, etc. but ya'll.... I have to be a poor sport and say Miss VA, Courtney G, was robbed. She is a beautiful person inside and out and has the best defying disabilities platform. She nailed her opera talent, question and swimsuit and gown. I was almost in tears when I saw that Miss VA, my top pick this year, had made it to the final two! When Miss NY took the crown I thought to myself..."she wasn't even in my top 15 and definitely not on my radar for the past 2 months." Also, 3 wins in a row for Miss NY? Really? I call an investigation...haha (NY's talent ya'll? Thoughts????) anyway let me stop, all ladies were fabulous this year and I'm still proud of VA for basically going all-the-way!  Great job Courtney and I love that you are representing VA for the full term!

Linking up with the lovely Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending- how was your weekend?


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hello lovelies and happy happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend planned! Me? I'm just going to take Miss Emma Jo and head out to Grandma and Grandpa's house (my parents) and probably stay the weekend!

It has been quite the transition week here in the Otey household. The hubs received a temporary transfer to Toledo, Ohio and won't be back until around December. Basically, he got the call on Saturday (right before our one year anniversary)  and had to be there (10 hour drive) by Tuesday morning at 9am. Now we knew this could have been coming and voluntarily applied because it is a fabulous opportunity $ wise with some other perks too but I guess I just didn't think he'd really get picked with so many applying. Ah! So anyway it's just myself and the pups holding down the fort for now. Luckily his Dad is coming over regularly and helping to finish the guestroom and guest bath before he comes back! We have never been apart more than about a week tops EVER so prayers would be nice for a safe return and quick in-between. My friends have been so fabulous and have really been keeping me company so far!

** I know it's weird to announce that I'll be alone but we are gun owners and trained with them so don't get any ideas people...there's neighborhood watchers, a fabulous community and town police, ADT and I watch Lifetime so bring it on. In the words of Jessica Lange:

Linking up again today with Amanda over at Meet @ the Barre and Karli with September Farm for today's Friday Fav's- join in!  

When the transfer happened one of my friends who is also married to a railroader showed me this and it absolutely made my day! When can the production team and camera crew get here? I'm ready!

Check out this double vanity hubs scored for the future kids' bathroom for only $100! Just needs some paint and hardware switch-out! (& it fit perfectly in the space)

So we all know by now my love for J. Simpson right? Right. Have ya'll read the new Glamour article she did on 5 vows she's making towards of loving marriage? Adore it.

Read the full article here

Don't forget to tune into ABC on Sunday at 8pm for the Miss America Pageant! I've got my top 10 and really pulling for VA this year bc she's from my hometown! This year's group of girls is so dang talented- the competition is fierce ya'll!!

More info on Miss America Organization here

Favorite Recipe:

Umm this pumpkin bread of course!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trending Tuesday: Gameday Goddess

So last weekend was the official kickoff of the NFL football season and the season opener for my Redskins on Sunday. I wished (down deep in my heart) for an anniversary present of a Redskins win and we all see where that got me...ahem....moving on to the important thing here: Game day Attire! I love going all out each week in my favorite sports gear and supporting the team! (those that are Skins fans are very devout and optimistic...)

Bring on Fanatics for all things fan gear! I have actually ordered multiple things from the Fanatics website over the years! has literally everything you need for your game day look from jewelry, scarves and jackets to jerseys, accessories and bathing suits! (I'm not even kidding- NFL underwear maybe?) Their NFL Jersey page is fabulous and has sizing and styles for women as well! You can narrow it down by team as well which makes it super simple to browse!

For this week's Trending Tuesday it is all about being your best Game day Goddess! Here are some of my favorite picks for this season:

Watching my Skins blow it this week....come on guys!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Favorites

Cheers to the weekend ya'll! I can't believe I haven't mentioned this earlier in the week, but this Sunday marks our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY- I had to put it in caps because I really cannot believe this time last year we were gearing up for the 'Best Day Ever'. We don't have something big planned because honey is up for a transfer (temporary) and we won't find out until later today so planning a trip was sort of difficult. We're hoping to get down to the bay house or something soon and will definitely be eating that year old cake (haha) Happy anniversary to us and happy weekend to ya'll! Cheers! 

Linking up again today with Amanda over at Meet @ the Barre and Karli with September Farm for today's Friday Fav's- join in!  

Happy anniversary babe! I literally love and adore you! Here's to 100 more!

Favorite anniversary funnies!

Favorite moment with my dog-ter last week- sweet smooches
Here's Mom's zucchini bread recipe we used that I promised to share from Monday's post

You'll need:
2 full cups of shredded zucchini (used a cheese grate thingy)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or more of pecans or walnuts
3 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 cup oil
3 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla together. Add flour gradually and soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves continuing to beat. Add in zucchini and nuts and beat well. Pour into greased loaf pans (This usually makes 2) and bake 1 hour at 325 degrees- yum!
Guess what people? NFL is here! Week 1 schedule is on!

Come on Skins!! #Hail

RIP Joan Rivers- you will be missed! (I adored her wit and honesty!)

22 reasons we love Joan via Buzzfeed

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