Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ugly Grass

Being the daughter of a landscaper, I can tell a good lawn from a bad lawn. Oh man, I have been seeing a lot of bad lawns lately!!! I think partially it is due to the rainy weather we have been having, and partly that some people just don't know. I wanted to give you a refresher on caring for your lawn. I posted a three part series called the Lawn Logic series a few years ago. Trust me, these rules still apply. I want you to be proud of your home, and having great curb appeal is a great start!

Part 1 deals with lawn basics, such as rodents and weeds.

Part 2 is all about fertilization, and protecting from grubs.

Part 3 is THE MOST IMPORTANT section! It is all about cutting your lawn! I am just going to reiterate an important fact. Your lawn should never be cut lower than 3 inches!!!

Have you been seeing a lot of bad lawns lately? If you have any questions, leave me a comment and let me know! Don't hesitate to ask!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Favorite Summer Shoes

Today I am linking up with Andrea to share with you my favorite Summer shoe!  I actually blogged about this a couple of years ago. Guess what? I still have those shoes, and they are still my most worn shoes! You can find that post here.

I also would add that my Skechers GoWalk SuperSock shoes are added to that list. Love, love, love them!! That review is here!

I can't wait to add to my endless shoe closet by reading your favorite shoes!!

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite shoes are!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Owning It

Today, I am linking up with Christina over at The New Mrs. I love her blog, and always read her posts last on my feed! (Save the best for last!) You should definitely check her out! Today, I am linking up with her and am going to "Own It." Man oh man, there is a lot to own. I would expect more of these Own It posts, because there is definitely more!


1. I eat my meals with a small salad fork. It feels weird for me to eat food with a regular sized fork. Maybe I have small hands, or maybe I'm just odd. Any time I am home, I eat with a salad fork.

2. I don't cry very often, but I cry at sports. Hallmark commercials, sappy movies they don't get to me. Sports do! When the Cleveland Indians lost the ALDS series in 2007, I cried myself to sleep the night they lost. When Duke won their 4th and 5th National Championships, I cried. When I get invested in a team, I get INVESTED. The proof is in the pudding.

3. When I was younger (think 4) I was SO afraid that I was going to swallow my tongue or stop breathing. So I wouldn't swallow, and kept my finger under my nose to check if I was breathing. So here was me, spitting my spit in the sink because I was afraid I was going to swallow my tongue if I did. What four year old thinks of these things?!?! Apparently, me. Um, weird-o. Glad that stage has passed!

4. I collect pens. I have pens from when my family went to Toronto to watch an Indians game. I have a pen from NYC. I have a pen from my college. I have several pens from when I went to Duke. Do I use these pens? Nope. They are just sitting in a box in my desk. Really though, I just love pens. To me, a fun writing instrument makes writing ten times better. I was also that person who hated to let other people borrow my pens in high school and college.

Believe me, this is only the tip of the iceberg. I will definitely be linking up with her again, and you can join me in my weirdness!

What are some things that you can "own it" about? I can't wait to read about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Oh man. Honestly, I am glad for today's linkup. I didn't think you would want to hear me tell you/complain about the rainy weather we've been having. Don't worry though, I have a MAJOR story to tell you about this crazy weather, so be on the lookout for that post coming soon! (Hint: I was thisclose to building an ark!) Today I am linking up with Shay for What's Up Wednesday!

What I'm Eating:

Last night we had hamburgers. They are $5 at a local restaurant, and after the day my family and I had, it was much needed. We also went for ice cream. That combination turned our bad day brighter! Tonight's dinner is anyone's guess. My dad has been working late, so mom and I decide last minute on dinner depending on if he is eating with us, or grabbing something for himself.

What I'm Reminiscing About:

I'm reminiscing about being at the beach!! I feel much calmer when I'm at the beach, and get in my little routine when I'm on vacation. Life is just truly better at the beach!

What I'm Loving:

I have been loving mint iced tea! We have two different mint plants, and I try to use mint in my iced tea as much as possible.

What I've Been Up To:

Truthfully, I've been bailing rainwater out of our basement and window wells. I have also been working out, and running some quick errands. I lead an exciting life don't I?! Haha!

What I'm Dreading:

Actually, my most dreaded project is completed! I switched out my winter clothes to summer clothes, and I absolutely loathe that project. It is DONE!! I am dreading steaming every outfit I own before I wear it though! 6 months in a container cause some major wrinkles!

What I'm Working On:

I'm working on getting this blog back up and running! I really enjoy blogging, and miss it when I don't. So project "Get this blog back" has commenced!"

What I'm Excited About:

I'm excited to go to another Indians game! Even though they aren't playing the greatest, I do love supporting the team I've come to grow so fond of over the past 20 years. I'm also excited about the NBA Draft. I can't wait to see where my Duke fellas end up!

What I'm Reading/Watching:

I bought a new book for an upcoming trip. It is the Lighthouse Brides collection. It is a collection of 6 stories in one book. It is also a Christian based. Any book that deals with weddings/brides I'm in! I am also planning on starting a Charles Stanley devotional as well! As far as watching TV goes, QVC is always at the top of my list. The other morning I took my tablet out on the treadmill and watched my favorite morning sports show Mike and Mike. I've been enjoying Bringing Up Bates, and The Willis Clan as well!

What I'm Listening To:

I have been loving my workout playlist lately! When All About That Base comes on, I get in the groove and *almost* fall off the treadmill. Oops!

What I'm Wearing:

Due to the rain, a lot of closed toe shoes! Today the sun is out, so I am going to slip on my bathing suit and sit in the sun!

What I'm Doing This Weekend:

Again, I have no idea! I don't have any significant plans set in stone quite yet.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

Hopefully the rain subsides and we can eat outside more often! I'm also looking forward to our garden harvest and cooking with some of our fresh vegetables and herbs!!

What Else Is New:

Nothing! (That I can think of, anyway!)

What I'm Doing for 4th Of July:

I think we are going to spend the 4th at a resort with my aunt and uncle. Should be a fun time!

If you link up, I'd love to read what you've been up to! Leave me a comment and tell me!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Whiskey Pretzels Recipe

These little buggers are addicting! I had never heard of these until I went to Columbus with my Aunt and Uncle. She made some for snacks, and I could have very easily ate the whole bag. My aunt gave me the recipe and they could not be easier! Beware, you could eat the entire batch if you don't have any willpower!

There are two variations of this recipe, so I am going to post both. I made version 2, but you make what suits you! My comments will be in italics.

Whiskey Pretzels

Version 1

2 pkgs pretzel rods
1 stick margarine (Butter is ok too!)
3 Tbls whiskey (I used Crown Royal!)
1 rounded Tbls brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat over to 250 degrees. Lay pretzels in a single layer on cookie sheets. Melt butter, and stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour over pretzels. Roll pretzels to coat evenly. Bake 20 minutes, turning pretzels after 10 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Whiskey Pretzels

Version 2

16 ounces pretzel twists (I used larger windowpane preztels)
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbls whiskey (I used Crown Royal)
2 Tbls brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Add butter, whiskey, brown sugar, garlic, and cayenne to saucepan and cook over low heat until melted. Spread mixture on a baking sheet and pour butter mixture over pretzels. (I dumped my pretzels into a big bowl and poured the butter mixture over and carefully stirred them to coat them evenly. I also put a layer of parchment paper on my cookie sheet.) Bake 10 minutes. Stir mixture (I added a little more brown sugar here!) and bake 10 more minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

I also don't think it matters exactly what type of pretzel you use. I've had both the rods, and windowpane, and they were equally as good. I think that by adding the extra brown sugar, it gives just an added sweetness. Also, add more or less cayenne to your liking.

These would be a great snack for a sporting event, picnic, or just to have around when you get the munchies!

Have you ever had these before? What version would you try? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Recap: Indians Game Edition

As a true Indians fan, this will always be Jacob's Field
Baseball is one of America's great pastimes. Thanks to my parents, I grew up a Cleveland Indians fan. 1995 was a huge year for us! My family and I sat through many games, cheering on the team, and making all kinds of memories.We almost made it to the World Series, something that hasn't been done in Cleveland since 1948.

In 2007, my family and I went to 7 Indians games. The Tribe made it to the American League Division Series. We were up 3 games to 0 on the Red Sox. Well, wouldn't you know that those darn Red Sox won 4 games in a row. Made it to the World Series, and won the whole thing?

This game that we went to on Saturday was a combination of many. First, they were celebrating the 1995 team because it has been 20 years since that incredible season. (That made me feel incredibly old because I was 7 when all of this was happening. AHH!) Second, this was our first game in EIGHT YEARS! I guess it has taken me this long to get over 2007. (#sportsfanproblems)

One of my favorite players Jason Kipnis is batting!
My dad had to work, so we left the house later than we would have liked, but we were in the ballpark an hour before game time. Since we had not been to a game in so long, we walked around the ballpark to find the food. Haha! We finally settled on a hot dog that was topped with grilled peppers and onions. When in Cleveland, you MUST get the Bertmans mustard. It is simply the best!

Unfortunately, the Tribe lost, but we had a great time! We got a 1995 Celebration t-shirt, and saw some great fireworks! In my opinion, Cleveland has the best ballpark fireworks! We enjoyed our game so much that we are already planning on going to another game!

If you are ever in Cleveland, I would definitely head on over to Progressive Field. It is a downtown ballpark with ample restaurants and a lot of parking!

What is your favorite ballpark to go to? Have you ever been to Progressive Field? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Schick Hydro TrimStyle Review

Despite the rainy weather Pennsylvania has been having lately, summer is here! With the rising temps, there are also other things rising...our hemlines! I was sent the Schick Hydro Trim Style to review because I am a Bzz Agent.

I always hesitate to buy a good razor. First of all, the replacement blades are horribly expensive. Next, I can never find a razor that does a great job at trimming my bikini line. With the Schick Hydro TrimStyle, I don't have to worry about it! I have a razor and trimmer all in one.

The TrimStyle has a razor on one end, and a trimmer on the other. The trimmer has an adjustable comb that has 4 different settings. It is waterproof, and can be left in the shower if you want. The razor has 5 blades that hug the curve of your legs.

This white part can be removed!

After trying this out, I must say that I really like this product! The trimmer was easy to use, especially since I have not used one before. It didn't cut or hurt me in any way. I like the fact that there are adjustable settings that lets me control how close of a shave I want. The razor gives me a close shave without any kicks. Usually when I shave with a disposable razor, it is like the shower scene from Psycho! Haha!

You can't be a two in one product!
The one aspect of this razor that I don't like is the moisturizing serum. When I left this in the shower, the serum became goopy and stringy. I actually pulled the serum off because it expanded so much, and I like the razor much better since it has come off.

Can I see myself buying this razor again? Absolutely! More importantly, even though I didn't like the moisturizing serum, I can see myself buying the replacement blades.

Have you ever tried a two in one razor? Are you a fan of Schick Hydro products? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've tried this product! Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Life Lately

Last week was my first full week out of school. Hence the not being prepared with blog posts dilemma. Today, I figured I would let you in on what I've been doing, and what I have planned so far!

This past week I have been going to the produce/flower auctions. As you can tell by the picture, there was a car load. I had a pizza box and a flat of lantana on my lap. At my feet was a cooler that we keep in the car for grocery runs, and my purse. Can you say crowded?! Can I also say that I am a person who needs lipstick. That picture of me with no lipstick on, makes my face look so stinking pale!

I am so hungry for a hamburger lately!
Also, I have been working out pretty early in the mornings, so sleeping in has been pretty nonexistent. Honestly though, I am okay with that. I kind of like getting up and being productive in the mornings. A task that I have been completing and hating every minute of is changing my clothes from winter to summer. First of all, I have so many clothes and a limited amount of closet and drawer space. I always tell myself "Mandii, marry a man who can give you ample closet space." Haha!

This next weekend is going to be pretty busy with a lot of fun things planned. Friday, I have a graduation party to go to. Saturday, my parents and I are going to an Indians game. I am so excited! I will be posting a lot of pictures on Instagram. Then I will post a recap of the weekend on here. There is definitely a significance to this game we are going to, and I can't wait to share it with you!

As I am currently writing this, it is storming, so I am going to wrap this one up! Thanks for reading, and sticking with me through the lulls of no blogs! You readers are the best!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Amish Saturday's

I've said it many times on this blog, but I love living so close to the Amish. The quality on their goods cannot be beat, they are pretty friendly, and oftentimes their prices are much cheaper than brick and mortar stores. This past Saturday was the Amish Benefit auction. Since the Amish do not have health insurance, they hold these auctions to gather money for a member's hospital bill. Anything and everything gets sold, from buggy paint, livestock, flowers, and homemade furniture. Of course, there is the food. Oh, the food!

Since my family has been going to the produce and flower auction for so long, we have come to know many of the Amish who work up there. These same men take turns taking bidder numbers, auctioning, or being the spotters. Plus, since it is a local event, we see many of the same people at this event.

I love when you first pull up and see the rows upon rows of buggies and horses. When you walk in, you hear the auctioneers auctioning off items (with many going at the same time!), you hear the noise of the ice cream maker. Your nose is hit with the smell of grilled food, sweet donuts, and of course, horse manure. (What did you expect?!)

My parents and I got to the auction around 9:30, and there was already a huge crowd. We all said that this may have been the biggest crowd yet. Before we even looked at anything, it was time for the donuts. Man, that line was long! My dad went and got a half dozen to begin with. Within 20 minutes, those were gone. #cheatday They are flaky, melt in your mouth goodness. I may or may not have had two. After the donuts, we walked around and looked at the beautiful flowers. They had a wonderful variety of flowers, some in wheelbarrows, some in wood slabs, and regular hanging baskets.

One of my favorite areas to visit is the quilting tent. For the Amish being "plain" people, they have an eye for color and patterns when making their quilts. One of my favorites was a purple star quilt. It was truly breathtaking.

Pocket watches were going for $74-$150. It is always interesting to see what the big ticket item will be. After walking around, it was time for lunch. On the menu was fish sandwiches, and lemonade. This has been the traditional lunch that I've gotten ever since my family has been going to this auction. After lunch, my dad got in line to get more donuts. #priorities Don't worry, we end up with about 18 donuts, and we make stops along the way to give them away. The rest, we freeze. Then some morning, you slice them in half, place them in a grill pan and enjoy a delicious grilled Amish donut!

Only in Amish country will  you see a pay phone!
This event is always a highlight of my summer. I only hope that you can experience this event live one day, but I hope that I have captured it for you the best I could through these words and pictures.

Have you ever been to an Amish benefit auction? Do you have any questions for me about the Amish, or the particular sect that is near my house? I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment and let me know! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Favorites

The weekend is near! Since it is Friday, I'm linking up with Andrea to share with you some of my favorites for the week!

1. After today, there are 0 school days left!! That's it! Finito! Even as a substitute teacher, this is the happy time!! I'll miss the kids and staff, but I won't miss getting up early, wearing makeup every day, etc. Plus, I can get back on track with my workouts, and set a new summer routine and sleep in just a tad. :)

2. I have been borderline obsessed with iced coffee lately. I blame Dunkin Donuts. First, they are right by the school I substitute at. Second, they have Happy Hour from 2-6 every day where you can get an iced coffee or iced tea for $.99. At one point a week or two ago, I had gone three times and I didn't even realize it!  Plus, I got these Maxwell House coffee concentrate in caramel and vanilla to make iced coffee at home. Someone stage an intervention for me, please!

3. I went to my first Amish produce/flower auction of the season. Mom and I bought some rhubarb and 4 hanging baskets. We will definitely be going back because we need a lot more flowers, and we need to get my Grandma some too. These auctions are one thing I love about living in the country. P.S. The big Amish benefit auction is coming up really soon! I'm going to blog about it like I have in years past, the draft is already started!

4. Because I haven't said it already, (alright, I have.) School is out!!!

Be on the look out for new posts coming your way soon! I have free time now to focus on this blog! Yay, Summer break!!

How has your week been? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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