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Happy Halloween!

It amazes me how fast this year has gone by - I mean tomorrow is November!

It's almost time for turkey and green bean casserole {the casserole may be the best part of Thanksgiving} and shortly after that we'll be trimming our trees, lighting our menorahs, and singing Auld Lang Syne ushering in 2013.

But first, we celebrate Halloween.

I'm spending the day at school and the evening with family handing out candy while Trevor slaves away in class.

We managed to get a little seasonal fun in last weekend by carving pumpkins - here's a shot of Trevor's creative side!

Enjoy your day dressing up, trick-or-treating, and eating too much candy!

Can you dress up at work? At the hospital today, all of the nurses are wearing witches hats - it's cute! What are you dressed as?

Beautiful Blogger Award

Jen from The Adventures of Our Army Life recently nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

It's been a little while since I've shared some random facts with my readers so I thought I'd participate and pass the love on to some deserving bloggers.

The rules are simple:
Thank the ravishing, wonderful, amazing woman who nominated me {Thanks Jen! In case you couldn't tell, I think you're ravishing, wonderful, and amazing ;)}
Post a picture of the award {like I did above}
Share 7 facts about myself {see below}
And nominate 15 blogs to share the love {keep reading!}

So, 7 facts about myself:
1) I am very loyal to my friends and family. If you do them wrong, you're on my shit list - even if I've never met you.
2) My favorite season is Spring because it means the longest time until Winter comes.
3) When I was younger, I raised rabbits and showed them at our county fair for 4-H. I have a soft spot in my heart for mini rex bunnies.
4) Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I'd aspire to be a nurse when I was growing up. I always played house and school - but never was into healthcare until after high school. Now I love it and I can't imagine myself anywhere else!
5) I've never lived outside of Wisconsin but I love travelling. And when I'm travelling I always imagine what it would be like to live there.
6) I feel prettiest when I have my hair done, makeup done, and I'm rocking a great outfit.
7) I truly believe in the "fake it till you make it" stuff - it totally works, try it!

And lastly, here are 15 10 blogs that are written by great women who are beautiful inside and out:

Do me a favor - if you're looking for some great blogs to follow or advertise at, visit some of the links above. I promise you will find strong, beautiful, amazing women behind those blogs and you won't regret it!

Saturday Inspiration

It doesn't matter how many times you fall, it only matters that you get up once more.

Happy Saturday!


Hey there!

It's that time again - time for High Five for Friday!

I've had an incredibly busy week but have managed to fit in a bit of time with family and friends. I find when I get so busy I want to scream, that spending time out of my house with loved ones is helpful in easing my stress.

You know what else eases my stress? Eating. Which may be why four of my five highlights are about food...

1) Trevor and I spend last Friday evening at Red Lobster enjoying endless amounts of shrimp. It was my idea to have a date night and his idea to eat the shrimp. I married a genius.

2) I enjoyed my last PSL of the season. Once November comes, I'll be drinking salted caramel lattes and peppermint mochas! P.S. I posted this picture on Instagram (Follow me: trisaratoppz) and got a couple emails asking what nail polish I'm wearing. Ten points to whoever guesses correctly!

3) My aunt came to visit so we {my mom, aunt, and I} took a day trip to Green Bay. Considering how close I live to an NFL stadium, you'd think I would have been there before. False. I've never been to a game {well, my high school band played a halftime show for a Packer game once, but they stashed us under the stadium and we had to watch the game on a super small TV so that visit hardly counts} and it had been years since I took the stadium tour. I really enjoyed it! If you ever happen to be in Milwaukee or Green Bay, it's worth the $10 ticket!

4) A couple of my high school friends and I went out for sushi this week. We were celebrating a birthday, but it was really nice just to get together and talk. It didn't hurt that the food was fantastic!

5) While at Lambeau Field, we ate lunch at Curly's Pub. The portions of the food were huge and we had some great conversation over boneless buffalo chicken wings. {Speaking of buffalo chicken, check out yesterday's post for a yummy buffalo chicken dip recipe!}

Happy Friday, loves!

What are you up to this weekend?

Buffalo Chicken, YUM!

It's officially tailgating season! Can you tell I'm from Wisconsin? Tailgating is just as big of an event as the football game itself: brats, beer, chips & dip, cheese, and more brats!

I'm here to share with you the ultimate football dip - {Healthier} Buffalo Chicken Dip. Trust me, you're going to want to run to the store and get a few ingredients for this dip ASAP!

Trevor and I love this recipe so much that I urge you to make it next Sunday! And, the really great part? It doesn't taste like it's a healthy version of anything! Plus, you can use it as a dip with chips and veggies or you can slap some between some crusty bread and make hot sandwiches with it. Even better? It's made in a slow cooker and takes only a few hours from start to finish.

Totally yummy, totally versatile, totally easy!

The original recipe can be found here, but you'll find my own version below.

You'll need:
1/2 a block (4 oz.) of cream cheese
1 cup fat free sour cream
a small jar (5 oz.) of Frank's hot sauce {insider's tip: try out the different versions of hot sauce that Frank's offers!}
a splash of white wine vinegar
two small or one large cooked chicken breasts
optional: 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Note: The blue cheese isn't "optional" in the original recipe, but we've tried it without a few times and while there's a different taste, it can definitely be left out. However, if you do include it in the recipe, you should know that a little goes a long way!

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. When you're ready to serve it, use two forks to shred the chicken and it's ready to go!

Like I said, we like to use it as a hot sandwich spread with crusty bread, but it's also really good when you dip chips and veggies into it!

Now, I'm guessing you have most - if not all - of the ingredients you need for this delicious dip already so you might as well go ahead and make it for dinner tonight - make your kids and husband some PB&J sandwiches so you can eat it all check to make sure it's tailgate acceptable. {Yeah, right, it'll be gone by tomorrow morning!}

What are some of your favorite tailgate foods?

Just A Quick Note

Hey there strangers!

I know you haven't heard much from me lately - life swung from just plain busy to freaking busy busy busy! Top that with a little uninspiration to write and you have a very quiet blog.

Excuses aside, I really just wanted to pop in and say hi! I'm working on a few ideas for posts that you'll be seeing shortly, so don't stray too far, you hear?

I want to make sure that you all have a chance to see another thing: Jazmine is hosting a giveaway here and I'm giving away some ad space. If you've been around here for awhile, you'll recognize a couple other ladies who contributed to the giveaway! Plus, Jazmine was part of my beauty series and is a sweet girl. Check it out! At the very least, if you follow me on Twitter or via GFC, you have two entries already!

I really hope that life slows down soon so that I can find time to sit down and write six trillion blog posts for you guys. Until then, don't forget about this and this!

P.S. I started Christmas shopping last week. It kind of feels great to think that Christmas is soon but it kind of freaks me out that 2012 will be over shortly - where did this year go!?

Saturday Inspiration

Silence that voice! Don't listen to the doubters. Do what you want to do and don't let anything or anyone get in the way.

Happy Saturday!

High Five For Friday!

It's that time again!
High five for Friday!
I find it important for my mental health to slow down once a week, reflect on the past 7 days, and find the positive in the crazy life we have. I mean, without this linkup, I don't think I would be looking back to find things I am grateful for - I just don't have that much free time to do so without being prompted.

Anyway, over the last week I've been so busy. I know we're all living life and things get hectic every once in awhile but I don't know that I've had entire days fly by as fast as the ones this week have. I feel like I barely get to work and my 12.5 hour shift is over already! And by the time I get around to thinking about what to make for dinner, it's 7pm and we're starving!

So here are the highlights from this past week:

1) It rained so much last weekend. In fact, I think the weather guy said that it was the most rain we had gotten in 48 hours in over 12 years. It was a soggy one! Trevor and I decided to make ourselves a date weekend out of it as a way to relax and spend more than an hour together. We watched movies and cuddled in bed for a good 36 hours. It was amazing.

2) Two hundred of you have decided that my writings are something you want to have regularly. I was completely floored when I hit the 2-0-0 number. So honored and so humbled. In celebration, I'm offering you guys this! Take advantage of it while you can :)

3) On Sunday, Trevor and I were glued to our computers watching one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Click here to see what it was. Did you watch it too?

4) I got a smartphone. I know I'm totally behind everyone but it wasn't in our newlywed budget to have internet on our phones. We are actually paying less now with a smartphone than we did before with only texting. Win-win! But I need your help - see what I mean here.

5) We are one week closer to the end of the semester! I'm trying to get my Advanced Physiology class over and done with by the end of the month. It's self paced so I'm responsible for getting it done. Life has just been too crazy busy for me to devote the amount of time to it that I'd like to. I took two weeks to study the neuro unit and even though I passed the exam no problem, I still feel like it's waaaay over my head {pun intended}.

Happy Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?

How to Talk to Girls

Looking for relationship advice? Look no further - this kid's a genius! ;)

Man, if only the boys in my fifth grade class knew all that way back when - I'd be a happy middle schooler!

Hope he brightened your day a little bit!

There's An App For That

I'm keeping this short and sweet today because I finally have a weekday off of work and I'm trying to catch up on all the errands that I wasn't able to do over the weekend - plus I have homework to do and tests to take at school today.

Not to mention that Blogger reset my stats last night and I'm a little miffed about it... even if it IS fixed now, they about gave me a heart attack. I had nightmares that my advertising stats were all messed up because Blogger fed me the wrong numbers.

ANYWAY, I'm the proud new owner of a smartphone. Yeah, I know I'm about three years behind the curve on this... but don't hate.

Slowly but surely, I'm working on downloading some apps - Instagram! - and I'm hoping that some of you who are more technologically advanced can share with me some of your favorite and most useful apps.

So, which apps have you found play a large role in your day? Which ones could you never go without? Which ones have you tried that fell short of your expectations? Help a girl out!

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Hey there. Today I'm cuddled up with Trevor and have plans to be lazy all day because it's raining out. Maybe I'll work on some homework because, you know, I've hardly even looked at it since last weekend.
On second thought... maybe not.

But did you hear?!

TWO HUNDRED of you awesome people have clicked the 'follow' button on my sidebar!
Sounds like as good of a reason as any to celebrate, don't you think?!

To thank you for your supportive words and the simple fact that you keep reading, I'm offering my ad spaces at 50% off when you use the code TWOHUNDO. You can even use it on ads that are already booked!

Wait, it gets better! 
I have now started offering ads located at the bottom of every post. I've seen it around at a few other blogs I read and have heard some feedback from fellow bloggers that they wished more people offered them. I'm going to test the waters and see how in-post ads will work for me here at YAMAW. The price is currently set at a dollar a day. With only one in-post ad accepted at a time, that means every single reader of mine will your ad at least once when they visit. As of today, I've been averaging about 150 page views a day - this means you get at least 150 views of your ad for only a dollar - but if you use the promo code TWOHUNDO, you'll get at least 150 views of your ad for only $0.50.
It's a good deal, if you ask me!

Spread the word and let others know about this chance to get some rockin' ad space for 50% off!
Because after all, we're celebrating how wonderful you've been - and why not spread the love?!

Head over to my sponsor page! Hurry! Go!

Saturday Inspiration

Truer words have not been spoken... especially this week.

I've worked myself into overtime this week and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

That's how I know I'm working in the right field. I'm passionate about caring for others and I truly do love what I do.

Do you love what you do?!

Enjoy your weekend!


Saying that I haven't had any time to myself since I wrote my last H54F post isn't an exaggeration. I've worked and/or gone to school for 12+ hours every day this week. Simply put, I'm exhausted {and still have one more day to go, as I'm writing this Thursday night - ahhhh!}.

I need a weekend.
No, scratch that.
I need a whole week off just to catch up on things like laundry, grocery shopping, overdue library books, and the whole shebang that goes with that all.

I'm staying positive, however, and I'm celebrating the end of this lonnnng week with a High Five For Friday post - woo hoo!

1) I had a doctor's appointment yesterday that answered a lot of questions. Do any of you lovely readers have an idea of where I can go for some thyroid support? I've had issues for years but went to an endocrinologist {versus my usual doctor} that brought up a lot of new ideas about how to deal with my autoimmune disease. I'd like to seek some resources to answer some questions I have about it all.

2) I have been LOVING my time working in the ER recently - especially this week. I've said it before but I'll say it again: my job is phenomenal. I learn that I'm on the job. My co-workers are phenomenal. My hospital administration is great. We're respectful. We have fun. We get stuff done. When you literally spend more than half of your day with these people, you better like who you're working with, right?!

3) Last Friday, I met Ashley at Atlanta Bread Company. It was a great time! She and I have so much in common - especially when it comes to our quirky families. She's as nice - no, NICER - in person as she seems online. I know we'll get together again in the near future!

4) Last Saturday, Trevor and I headed to a good friend's house. We made a spaghetti squash/chicken bake and it was SO GOOD!! After, we played a rousing game of Scrabble. Naturally, I won ;)
Humble much?

5) You guys, my dear readers, have been beyond wonderful to me this week! So many of you have had very kind things to say to me and have picked me up when I've been feeling down. I've met so many great people through the blogging world and I feel so blessed to have 200+ followers that leave the nicest comments.

Happy Friday! It's supposed to be cold and rainy here this weekend and I will totally take advantage of it by cuddling up to Trevor and being lazy {only after getting a huge amount of stuff done after work tonight...}.
Lazy weekends are some of my favorite.

What are you up to this weekend?


Today, in my attempt to find inspiration again, I want to share some lovely photos I took last week.

The pretty part of Fall has ended in my area of Wisconsin. It's been cold and windy the past few days and that wind has blown a lot of the gorgeous leaves off of the trees. I'm lucky I got some photos in before it was too late!

One of the reasons I enjoy Wisconsin for the most part is the fact that we have four distinct seasons. Winter is cold and snowy {and not so much fun to drive in}, Spring is muddy but a welcome change with it's warm breezes, Summer is hot and usually a bit humid, and Fall starts off mild and beautiful to look at {then morphs into a drab, chilly season}.

I found those mums at a local garden store and they've stayed in full bloom for the past month. Plus, they're the perfect color - pink & red middles with some orange thrown in for good measure.

I love the carpet of leaves.
Even better when they're crunchy!
Fun fact about me: I will go out of my way to step on a leaf that looks particularly crunchy. I just love the sound!

If I had to choose, I'd pick red and pink leaves over yellow leaves.

 Beautiful, no?

I'm linking up to Adventures of D & V's Fall Photo Link Party. If you're feeling like you need a little Fall in your life, check out a few more blogs that have linked up!

Dollar Store Pumpkins Revamped!

The other day I was at the Dollar Tree looking for tissue paper to complete a gift and I ran across some sweet ceramic pumpkins. They're small enough to hold in your hand and I thought they'd look fantastic around the house this time of year.
So I bought three.
I should have bought more!

Anyway, I was standing there in the store and a lightbulb went off.

Spray paint!

I rushed home and immediately laid the pumpkins out in the backyard.

They're not horrible the way they came, but I knew a little silver spray paint would make a world of difference!

So I sprayed those babies down {and a larger styrofoam pumpkin that you see on the left}!

Once dry, I brought them in and found them homes as part of my tablescape.

They look pretty darn fantastic, don't they?
I'm thinking of sponging a little bit black paint around some edges just to give them some depth, but for now I'm happy with their polished look.

And only a dollar each! They'd look cute at a Thanksgiving table, am I right or am I right?

Ok, so what do you think?

Scarf Swap

If you didn't know, I love scarves. I have flowy scarves, winter scarves, knit scarves, patterned scarves, & solid scarves - I'm not picky!
So when I saw that Allie at A Day in A. Joyful Life was hosting a scarf swap, I knew I had to be a part of it.

I was paired up with Jen from The Adventures of our Army Life. She's maybe the sweetest lady ever.

She's a "regular" lady like the rest of us. She has blogged about her struggle with infertility and the loss of her mom but also shares joyful moments with her readers. She's incredibly real and I highly recommend you take a little side trip to visit her blog and follow along with her.

Anyway, we swapped scarves! I had a great time shopping for her because she told me that she loves anything that's brown and orange. You'd think that wouldn't be too hard of a request seeing as how the stores are full of all things Autumn these days but it proved to be quite the challenge! I finally found the scarf I was looking for and was able to send it her way. Check out her post today about the beauty I sent her.

I received this wonderful package from Jen in the mail. She even decorated the inside of the box!

She included a beautiful coral scarf {totally going to be my pop of color when wearing my dark gray pea coat this winter!}, a lovely card, and two Essie polishes.
I wore the scarf while running errands last week and I got stopped twice by people who wanted to compliment my scarf. Now if that's not a successful scarf swap, I don't know what is!

Beautiful color, right? And I've already used both Essies because they're such great seasonal colors. If anyone out there has midnight cami, you should try it with Matte About You on top. It's gorgeous!

Keep your eyes peeled; the scarf and polishes are bound to be in a lot of photos coming your way!

His & Her Q&A

I'm so bummed that this is the last scheduled His and Her Q&A! I've enjoyed spending my Sunday afternoons chatting with Trevor about some thought provoking questions and it's been great having a little spotlight on him here at YAMAW since you don't get to hear directly from The Hubbs very often.

Anywho, without further ado, here are the last 10 questions:

Who is someone you look up to and why?
His: My dad. He's a good dad. He has a lot of wisdom to share and he sets a good example, I think.
Her: My mom. She's been through hell and back and is still the most loving, reasonable, selfless person I know. I'm seriously proud to call her my mom. As I get older, I can see myself in her more and more and it makes me so happy :) If I can be even half the nurse that she is, I will be a lucky lady.

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
His: Eating candy and carving pumpkins. Does going apple picking count?
Her: I really, really dislike Halloween so I wouldn't really say we have any traditions. However, in October, I enjoy decorating for Fall, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, picking apples, baking yummy treats, and eating cheap Halloween candy. That counts, right?

If you were a fruit, what would you be?
His: A pineapple. Ugly on the outside but great and sweet on the inside.
Her: Ugh, I don't like these kinds of questions... I guess you could say I'd be an apple: thin skin, lots of "meat" to me, if you cut me one way I can be a star but if you cut me another way I can get ugly. Plus, apples are just simply delicious.

How are you like your dad or how are you like your mom?
His: I like motorcycles like my dad does. I feel like we're more unalike than we are alike. I procrastinate "pretty well" like my mom does.
Her: My mom and I have similar hands {so weird - if you took pictures of just our hands you wouldn't know who's who. fun fact: we still don't know whose hands are in some of my wedding pictures...} and we also are very similar personality-wise.

What is your favorite classic Disney movie?
His: Was Brave Little Toaster a Disney movie? {No,} Ok, then Aladdin.
Her: Hands down, Pocahontas. 

What is your favorite roadtrip snack?
His: Snickers.
Her: Those cheddar cheese Rold Gold pretzels. I could eat an entire bag in one sitting if I let myself!

What is one superficial benefit of being married? (i.e. someone to split chores with, someone to rub your back, etc.)
His: Someone to do dishes when I'm too lazy to do them. Having someone to help and do the chores that I don't like doing and lets me do the chores I don't mind doing.
Her: Someone to help with dinner when I'm simply too tired to move. Or someone to drive after dark - I hate driving in the dark! I wish I could tell you that it's someone who gives me back massages anytime I want but I'm still working on that...

What do you do for a living?
His: I live off my sugar mama. {hahaha!}
Her: Save lives. I could type out my whole title and tell you all the little things that I do, but bottom line is that I help people live better and I help save lives. It's pretty darn freakin' amazing.

What is something your other half does that took a long time/is taking a long time to get used to?
His: Her insistence to getting things done in a timely matter and not procrastinating.
Her: We really haven't had a lot of trouble adjusting to each other living under the same roof. I guess I'd say his nonchalant attitude towards housework and homework.

What do you consider "your song?" (or what was your first dance?)
His: Either Again by Doris Day or I Would Never by Adam Hambrick. {Here's Sara's post on I Would Never - including the song itself}
Her: I Would Never by Adam Hambrick or Again by Doris Day. We're old souls like that :)

His&Her Q&A

Saturday Inspiration

That's all, folks.

Let's all be a little more considerate this upcoming week. A little bit of respect goes a long way. 
Just sayin'...

High Five For Friday

Hey, hey! It's Friday!
It's kind of crazy that it's already October but I'm not going to complain. I would love the next three months to fly by... so we can get to Valentine's Day, my birthday, and the beginnings of Spring.

1) Have you tried this stuff? I bought a jar a couple of months ago and didn't open it until this week. It's 'healthier' than regular peanut butter and it tastes pretty darn good!

2) And then when I opened the Better'n PB, this cute little face made me smile :)

3) I've been taking photos this week for the Fall Photo Link Party next Thursday. Wisconsin really is a beautiful state in all seasons!

4) For example, I took this yesterday down the street from our house. They're reporting that the area where we live is at peak color and it's been kind of windy lately, so I'm guessing within a week we'll no longer have color on the trees and they'll be bare. This is the earliest in the season that our leaves have changed color in 20ish years and it's beautiful!

5) Last - but not least - I'm getting some lunch with Ashley today. I haven't met another blogger in person - ever... much less a blogger who lives pretty darn close to me!. I'll probably talk her ear off but now she can't say she wasn't warned!

Linking up with Lauren!


Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Remember when Trevor and I went apple picking?

Yeah, we happened to buy pounds and pounds of apples. With so many apples, I went on a search to find recipes for desserts that weren't apple pie. As always, Pinterest didn't disappoint!

I found this gem and decided one Friday afternoon to test it out with our fresh apples.

If you've read any other of my recipe posts, you know that I basically modify every single recipe to work with what I have on hand. I'm a strong believer in not running to the grocery store to get a single ingredient. In this case, it was the lemon.

So here's my modified version of the above recipe. I kind of halfed the recipe but kept the same amount of apples because I really wanted to apples to be the star of the dessert and we just really love apples!

  • apples - I used a Golden Delicious and an Empire
  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • a dash of salt
  • egg roll wrappers
  • egg - lightly beaten

Preheat your oven to 375*. Peel and chop your apples into small chunks {I cut one apple into small pieces and one into larger chunks for a variety of crisp apple crunch after baking}. 
In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients and then add the apples. Toss the apples to moisten the dry ingredients and coat the apples. 

Lay out your egg roll wrappers. One by one, egg wash the perimeter of the wrapper then fill with the apple mixture and roll up.
Place rolls on a lightly greased cookie sheet, then brush outside of rolls with leftover egg wash.
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. Pull out and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Return to oven and finish baking for another 5 minutes.
Let cool for a couple minutes and serve.

Trevor and I enjoyed ours with some simple Vanilla Bean ice cream but they're super yummy alone, too. They taste just like apple pie - but in egg roll form. So good!

I've been on a hunt for traditional desserts with a twist that I can take to our Thanksgiving meals {yes, we have more than one - ugh, can you say stuffed?!} and this one is a winner!

Try 'em! Let me know what you think!

What are some of your favorite apple dessert recipes?

His & Her Q&A

Sorry this is a couple days later than my usual His & Her post! I worked all weekend taking care of some emotionally draining patients... when I got home Sunday night after working for 13 hours all I wanted to do was sleep. So I did - until 10:30am on Monday.

Anyway, you know the drill!

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

Him: Steve McQueen - he'd make my life look more exciting.
Her: Rachel McAdams - love her. 

What is your favorite candy bar?
Him: Snickers, by far. Anything with caramel and nuts is delicious!
Her: I am not too picky about my candy - I love most of it! - but I think either Three Musketeers or Charleston Chews {both eaten frozen, right out of the freezer} would have to take the top spot.

If you could redo anything about your wedding, what would you do differently?
Him: Make the honeymoon longer :D I liked our wedding. I am so happy with the way our wedding turned out, I don't think I'd change anything significantly.
Her: I would have a different dress. I LOVED the dress when I had the sample on! However, the bridal store had me buy two sizes larger so they could alter it down and I also lost a bunch of weight... so when my own dress came {the one that took over 6 months because they were making it specifically for my measurements} it was so big that it could just slip off of me. I trusted the ladies at my bridal store to alter it down - they said the could - but I should have just gotten a whole new dress. The Wednesday before the wedding I picked my dress up from the store and put it on to make sure that it looked good... I wasn't happy. My MOH and I stayed at the store until after it closed fighting with the alterations people trying to get it to look right but I ultimately left the store with a dress that I didn't love because it didn't look anywhere near to as nice as the sample did on me. I wore a wedding dress that wasn't what I wanted, and I regret it. I loved my dress when it WASN'T on me, and I loved the sample when it WAS on me but I just didn't feel as beautiful as I wish I could have on my wedding day.

What is the greatest Halloween costume you've ever had?
Him: Dressing up like a train engineer when I was little. And there was a wooden train that went on top of a red wagon that I sat in... so I got to be an engineer with his train!
Her: I don't like Halloween, so none of my costumes have been great.

What is your favorite type of food?
Him: It's either Chinese or cheeseburgers.
Her: My mom's enchiladas {that she passed on to me}. Ok, really, any type of Mexican food. Or anything homemade - including grilled food {brats, burgers, hot dogs, beans, corn, etc}.

What is a sacrifice you've recently made for your better half?
Him: Time. Trying to cram everything into this semester so I can be done.  ....or I can just say that I've been holding in farts for you. That's a sacrifice, right?
Her: It sure as heck isn't holding in farts for you! 

What music did you grow up on?
Him: Whatever was on 95.9 KISS FM - basically pop. It took awhile for me to develop my own musical taste.
Her: Hanson, N*Sync, basically all boy bands ever.

What was your favorite wedding gift?
Him: Our panini maker... or the grill... or the cameras {Flipcam & Kodak Play}. I don't know - I can't decide.
Her: The furniture has been super useful and the vacuum gets used every day... but I think maybe the handmade stuff {quilts, etc} are what I'm going to love most in the long run.

Desert island- Only 5 people are there with you. Who would you want them to be?
Him: I'd be a horrible husband for saying otherwise, so you'd be one of them. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly to entertain us. Tom Hanks and Bear Grylls because they have experience getting off of islands.
Her: Trev, a survival skill expert, a person who can built helicopters out of hardly anything at all, a master chef who can make nasty food taste delicious, anddddd the President of the United States {because you know millions of dollars would be spent trying to locate and rescue the President if were lost on a desert island - which means he'd get rescued right away and we would too!}

What is your favorite time of day?
Him: Depends. I like mornings if I'm just laying in bed being lazy. But I like evenings when relaxing - going out to dinner or hanging out with friends.
Her: If I'm not super tired, early-ish in the morning when I'm feeling productive. Otherwise, if I am tired in the morning, any time spent in my bed cuddling and dreaming happy dreams is my favorite time.

His&Her Q&A

There you have it!

Bloggy Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway

I mentioned it a week or so ago - I'm co-hosting Mrs. White's Bloggy Scavenger Hunt!

Today's the big day that we all share our finds and link up.

In case you're totally lost, here's the list that we are all searching the blogosphere to complete:

And now for my finds:

My wild spot:
If you're a regular You.And.Me.Are.We reader, you know that I love a weekly linkup called His & Her. The genius behind it is Bethany from Love the Grows. I could live with giving up all of my linkups except His & Her!
Love Grows Design

A post I've read more than once:
This marriage strengthening post is written by Emily and Tim from Today's Letters. After being inspired, Trevor and I have adapted the same idea {and some of the same questions!} to fit our own marriage. Someday I'll share those details with you, but until then I strongly recommend you read this post and try to adapt it for your own relationship.
Today's Letters

A goofy shot of one of my favorite bloggers:
Ok, this one is hard! I've been scouring my favorite blogs and nobody is gutsy enough to post goofy, crazy pictures of themselves!
Wait, except for maybe Jade at An Organized Mess...
She's still pretty gorgeo even like that, am I right or am I right?!

Favorite recipe find:
Guys, I can't pick just one! I've tried and tried but it's just not going to happen! I examined the recipes that Trevor and I love the most {therefore, make the most} and I noticed that many of them come from Gina at Skinny Taste. We enjoy eating... and we don't exactly love working out... so that means we tend to try to eat healthy. I've never made a bad tasting recipe from Gina - I love that eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating bland!

Most creative craft or fashion post:
Any of Sarah's posts {she blogs at Thrifty Decor Chick}! I've spent hours reading her posts and getting inspired. The first few months of being married and trying my hardest to make our house look decent was directly inspired by her. I know I technically need to point you in the direction of a post, not an entire blog, so this one will do the trick!

My bloggy BFF:
Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama and I have said more than once that we would get along tremendously well if we ever met up in person. Too bad she lives in West Virginia and I live in Wisconsin... if only we could teleport.

A post I strongly relate to:
Ashley from After Nine to Five published a post titled My Life's Inferiority Complex a couple weeks ago. I can't even begin to tell you how it made me feel knowing my thoughts are similar to other bloggers - just go read the post. Seriously. Do it.

Photo of a great blogger smile:
This is Aunie {and a cute little bird}. She's the fabulous lady behind Aunie Sauce

Boise Fashion Blogger

A post that did {or could} make you snort milk:
Again, I'm totally going to have to generalize here because there are too many posts to pick just one favorite! Anything written over at Living in Yellow is freaking high-larry-us. Erin reminds me of a girl I went to high school with - no matter what she says, she can make it the funniest thing ever. Until she says something else, and then that takes the top spot. If you read any of her posts and don't laugh well... well... then that means you are a Grinch that doesn't have a funny bone in your body!
So yeah, get your butt over there now for some good laughs.

My 'go to' - for help, advice, a daily read, etc:
I know - from experience! - that if I need any help with anything {blog, school, encouragement, etc} that Paige from Eloping Stethoscope will be more than happy to lend an ear, or answer a question. She's an incredibly sweet blogger who is also a newlywed and also in nursing school. To say that she knows where I'm coming from is an understatement.
Blog-working Wednesday!
All of these wonderful ladies have made my time blogging so much fun and completely worth it! I couldn't ask for more supportive and encouraging people to surround myself with :)
...even if this post did take three hours to write...

Now it's your turn! Link up, my pretties!

Plus, just to make this sweet deal a little sweeter, here's a giveaway - hosted by Mrs. White.
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