Five. 01.25.13

well hello there.
Happy Friday!  How was everyone’s week???

I haven’t wanted to talk about it, but losing the AFC Championship game to the Baltimore Ravens was devastating.  I was nervous about the game, but positive that the Patriots were going to win.  The last time this happened, I was with my dear friend Cassia, and I think she remembers my hysterics quite well to this day.  Luckily I didn’t have to face the Giants and Jets fans at work on Monday since it was a holiday.  I’m grateful for that.
In happier news, Hubby and I have gotten pre-approved for a house and are starting the home buying process!  We’ve come across some really great properties so fingers crossed!!!
And I’ve got five fabulous reads for you to check out this week!
1. Anna shared her favorite Spring 2013 trends, and I share many of her faves!  I can’t wait for spring to get here already!2. Emma made the most delicious sounding Cinnamon Dolce Ice Cream.  My next ice cream attempt will definitely include this recipe!

3. Whitney shared some fun facts about herself that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.  And we share an obsession a love for hot sauce.  My girl.
4. I pretty much fell out of my chair giggling when I read Raven’s post about her husband giving their son a trim because he wanted his hair out of his eyes.  Just… read it.
5. Jamie’s Nutella S’mores Bars made me hungry.  When aren’t I hungry?!  But seriously, these look amazing.
Enjoy your weekend!!! xo
  • Elsa de Diego

    Well darling, sorry about the Patriots. But congrats on the pre-approval. Now enjoy the process as much as possible! :) Truly exciting! Lovely links! Have an awesome weekend. Xo,

  • Rekita Nicole

    i completely understand about the Patriots…my Falcons lost to the 49ers..and I am in Texas, and these people are still talking about go Cowboys! What the? lol

    Congrats on the Pre-approval!!! there is nothing like the accomplishment of owning your own home!

  • fourseasonsathome

    Congratulations on your pre-approvement and the beginning of the buying house process! We went through this last year and we’re so happy with our home! I wish you find your dream house! Have a great weekend!

  • Ashley

    Look at that sweet face!!!

    I’m so excited for you about buying a home! What an exciting time!

  • Katie

    how exciting – house hunting!! and i thought that post about the hair cut was so funny – i even emailed the link to my sister to read it!

  • Ashlee @ Laugh with Ash

    Came by from the giveaway, happy to have found your blog! Congrats on the pre-approval.. I’m only slightly jealous!! I have scores of pins for all the things I want to do to my house when I finally have one I can keep!

    Looking forward to reading more from you! I hope you’ll stop by and visit me at


  • Kate – Classy Living

    What an exciting new chapter of life for you and your husband – congrats!

    And being a Ravens fan myself, I can’t say I’m super sorry that the Patriots won, but I CAN sympathize with you. Remember how the situation was reversed last year? :) My fiance and I were absolutely devastated!

    Happy Friday! xo

  • Alyssa @ Sugar, Spice, and a Dash of Advice

    Stupid Baltimore… Its even worse living here and hearing about it non stop!! Im sorry for your Pats, I was pulling for them!! Congrats on starting the home buying process, I know how exciting that must be for you two!!! Have a great weekend :)

  • Laura

    Ughhh! I still cant even talk about it. Imagine being in Baltimore and watching the news every morning following it…I was. Congratulations on the house hunt! How exciting! Hope all is well Niki! Have a great weekend!

  • ~Mom Wife Boss Life~

    Good luck with the home hunt, that is so exciting! Thanks for sharing these great blogs. Following you from FFF and hope you’ll pop over and follow back if you like?

    xx Kelly

  • cj

    Hysterics? Don’t even begin to cover it! You just have to love someone with that much passion :) – Dear Friend Cassia

  • Treasure Tromp

    pre-approved?? congratulations!! makes the process so much easier!

  • Bev

    ohhh girl I can relate! we don’t talk about our horrific loss in the bowl game at all! still to this day, we don’t! only makes our teams stronger though!

    and congrats on the pre-approval for a house!!! SOOOO happy for you!!

    happy friday lovie!

  • Erin Rethemeyer

    YAYAYAYAYAYAY for pre-approval. This is amazing. So happy for you!

  • Always Maylee

    Um, I’ve been trying to forget about our loss. Yay for pre-approval! Hope you have a great weekend!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Evani Gatsby

    Good luck with the home buying my friend!!! :) I was mourning with you on the Pats loss, no one saw that coming!

  • TheTinyHeart

    Congrats on the pre-approval! That is wonderful news!

    The Tiny Heart
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  • Kelly Ann

    That ice cream sounds delicious and so do the s’mores bars – making me hungry!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Aw cute dog!!

    My team sucked this year :( So at least your boys made it to playoffs! Nobody can say anything bad about that!

  • Erin

    But you still have ME as a Giants fan!

  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On

    My Steelers were out early on. It was nice not to be a nervous wreck and just watch the playoffs. But I feel your pain…

    Congrats on the house news! Can’t wait to see what you get.

  • Meg {henninglove}

    oooh cinnamon dolce ice cream?? yummy ans s’mores nutella bars dang sounds so yummy

  • Raising Reagan

    Very excited for you and the house buying process! It’s a lot of work so just remember to have fun with it :)

    On a separate note ~ I am sorry that your team will not be playing against my team in the Superbowl … so, since your team got knocked out you should totally root for the 49ers now!! Haha..


  • Mimi

    wow, congratulations!!! that is so exciting! have fun house hunting! :D

    <3, Mimi

  • Lisa – respect the shoes

    Good luck with the house hunt – it’ll be fun! And I an a Giants fan – I was way more thrilled with the Falcons losing considering their killed my Giants earlier in the season.(And is that your pup? Adorable!)

  • Lexie

    Be careful not to over extend in your home buying process, remember realtors and loan agents lie for a living and are NOT your friends! I cannot imagine giving a rats *&% about any sport game.The rule in my house is no sports allowed (EVER) and you would have to pay me a million dollars to go to a game where people grunt, act stuipd, dress in silly tight uniforms and knock each other around on a field yet make millions of dollars. NOT a fan Yuck.

  • Mrs C

    Wow, I like this post, the best way to get to know other bloggers. Thanks for sharing and all the best with the house :)

    Greetings from Dubai!

  • Britta Marie

    ooo a house!! where are you guys looking?? fingers crossed for you!

    xo Britta

  • Jamie

    Thanks so much for the link love! Is that your doggie? He’s such a cutie!!

    Forever 81

  • still being [molly]

    your puppy looks just like our tater!! <3