Friday, October 21, 2016

Just stopping by...

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you are having the most wonderful week and are looking forward to some fun and exciting adventures this weekend! We are looking forward to painting the dining room and a Going Away/Halloween party tomorrow.

I wanted to pop by really quickly to apologize for disappearing! This week has been a bit chaotic and I felt it would be unfair to you all to just throw together a few posts for the sake of posting.  The last thing I want to do is just post something.  I will admit I am a bit sad I missed another fun round of Show and Tell Tuesdays, but such is life.

On a super exciting note, I finished the Detroit International 1/2 Marathon this past Sunday and I got a new car this week! 

Quick Recap of the 1/2 Marathon

If you do not know what the Detroit International 1/2 Marathon is, it is almost exactly what you would expect it to be.  We run from the U.S. into Canada and back via the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor Tunnel.  

I have to admit, I really did not enjoy this race {the above picture was taken at mile 3}.  I really struggled to finish this race and was having a hard time overcoming the mental part of running a 1/2 marathon.  I am grateful I had the opportunity to run and finish the 1/2 marathon, but I did not leave this one feeling awesome about myself.  

However, now that a few days have gone by and I have had a chance to really digest the race, I feel super proud that I finished the race.  And I am really grateful for the team with which I run and the organization {and people} we run for.  I look forward to running the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon in 3 weeks!

Getting a New Car!

If you remember, last week I shared about my car being totaled.  Thankfully, the insurance came back and offered us $3000 more than we owed on the car which allowed us to get me a new vehicle.  We had picked out a new car a few weeks back, but the car could not have the deals applied to it until October 18th, so we had to wait to pick it up.

Well, at 9:00 am on the 18th, we got the call we could come get the car and on Tuesday evening we rushed after work to pick up the car.  We ended up buying a 2016 Chevy  Malibu and so far I am loving the vehicle! I feel a little technology challenged because it is so much more advanced than my old car.  

Do you name your cars? My last car had the name Fausta Fiesta and my new car has been aptly named Merida Malibu.  We thought it was a fun name and seeing as I have bright red hair currently, it felt only natural to give her a name after a red-headed character. 

As I learn more about the car, I will be more excited to share with you all! So far, I am most excited about the Apple CarPlay - now to figure out how to actually use it. 

Well that is all for my quick pop in - I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to catching up on Monday!

Question of the Day: Do you name your car? What is your current car's name?
I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stranded with.... Halloween Candy!

Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope all is well and you are having a great day so far! Today I am teaming up with Shay and Erika for a fun new series called "Stranded With" where you discuss three things you would take if you were stranded on deserted island.

For today's series, we are focusing on....

Halloween Candy!

I love this time of year because that is when some of the best candies come out (besides Easter) and I find myself eating more candy in the month of October than I do almost any other month of the year.  I think the December is a close second when it comes to sweets in general {so many delicious cookies and pies}.  

So here are my three picks of candies I would take with me if I could only take three with me to the island.

So in general, Reese's are my absolute favorite candy, but when the Reese's Pumpkins come out around Halloween, I am in heaven.  I am not sure what is different between regular Reese's and Pumpkin Reese's, but I love the Pumpkins.  I think the reason I like them so much is because they have a higher peanut butter to chocolate ratio than a regular Reese's.  Whenever I see them in a store, I'll grab one or two and throw them into the freezer at home.  There is something so delicious about frozen chocolate and peanut butter.  Yum! 


The next Halloween candy I think of and love is Candy Corn, but it's not just the candy corn, but the fall mix from Braich's that has the little pumpkins in it as well.  As a kid, my grandma almost always had this candy mixture in a bowl at her house and I always loved grabbing a few of them from the bowl.  As an adult, I still love them, but I definitely cannot eat them by the handful anymore as they are just so sweet.  


This is not necessarily a "Halloween" candy, but as a kid I was thrilled when someone had Dubble Bubble in their Halloween Candy.  For as long as I can remember, I have always love chewing gum and Dubble Bubble was the epitome of gum to me and continues to be a favorite to this day.


So these are the three Halloween candies I would take to me if I was going to a remote island (though I am not sure how well the Reese's would hold up in warm weather).  I hope you enjoyed this post today! 

To read what other people are saying, check out the link up on Mix and Match Mama's blog today!

Up Next on Stranded With....


Question of the Day: What is your favorite 
Halloween candy?

I'd love to hear from you!

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