October 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (October 2017)



10/1 Last warm weekend for the lemon tree :(
10/2 CSF processing for the first time
10/3 Lab meeting
10/4 Emailing vendors all day
10/5 Finally ordered screen replacement
10/6 Contacted wedding officiant (Troy)
10/7 Picked up Clover, Prost! Maplewood's Toast to Local Beer and Fare
10/8 Lazy Sunday
10/9 Short work day, Repair King fails to show up
10/10 Recreated jalapeño cheddar turkey burger
10/11 Returned Haier fridge
10/12 Just Maddie and me for the weekend
10/13 Eckert's w/ lab
10/14 Repair King shows up at 11:55am for their 9am appt...hahaha, IKEA Haul
10/15 Back to IKEA
10/16 Prepping Quest boxes for PD 09, Evan back home from visiting Amir
10/17 Requesting new PinchMe samples
10/18 Best Buy for new fridges
10/19 Spooktacular Vendor Show, home for the weekend, tried Edmund's Last Exchange PB&J Beer
10/20 Meeting with Palace Events & Medici, Evan asks Bob and Kraig
10/21 ISU Homecoming, Evan asks Jon, Bob's birthday
10/22 Meeting officiant at Panera, Evan asks Matt, back to STL
10/23 Got our new fridge!
10/24 Busy Tuesday, getting used to our new fridge
10/25 Flu shot today, iPhone 6 is dead :(
10/26 Prepping for APDA Congress
10/27 APDA Congress
10/28 Errands all day - gym, at&t, groceries
10/29 Everest Cafe and Bar, Side Project pumpkin carving
10/30 Worked around corrupt file for Kapuluan!
10/31 Perennial Artisan Ales for Vanilla Abraxas on draft and beer pick-up





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September 30, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (September 2017)

Ottawa cows

9/1 Home for Labor Day weekend
9/2 Visited Destihl Brewery - great food, crappy beer
9/3 Ottawa - Jessica is prego!
9/4 Back to STL
9/5 Tired day at work, ran today though!
9/6 Secondary screen optimization
9/7 Got our new desk from wayfair.com
9/8 Dinner @ Jesse and Tyler's house
9/9 Errands all day, dinner @ The Blue Duck
9/10 Yardwork day - trimmed the bushes, pulled weeds
9/11 Birthday surprises - oriental lilies, grilled salmon dinner, Hank's Cheesecake
9/12 On cloud nine today :)
9/13 Members of The Heights!
9/14 Vendor show - free Ted Drewes
9/15 Day off - dealt with a broken fridge all day, Kelsy arrives!
9/16 30th birthday party + housewarming
9/17 Wedding dress shopping + Pastaria + Ed Sheeran fail
9/18 Sephora and BareMinerals w/ Jade
9/19 Meeting Max, new iMac is here!
9/20 MAJOR phone issues...ugh!
9/21 Pumpkin sightings, received Sarra's birthday package!
9/22 Fixed my phone?
9/23 Blues City Deli, Sump, Pi Pizzeria
9/24 Penny's birthday, meeting Ginger, Sugarfire and Mudpie
9/25 Feeling extra tired today
9/26 Aggregate fibers?!
9/27 More wedding dress shopping, Cubs vs Cards
9/28 Staining with Sudan black
9/29 Tried Jet's Pizza for the first time...pretty good!
9/30 Vera Wang dress?

Cubs WIN the game and NLDS!


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September 23, 2017

My Inexplicable Reaction To An Ex's Death


The morning started off like any other weekday morning. I got ready for the day, had a hearty breakfast, and promptly left for work. I prefer to be at work an hour before everyone else just so I can have a moment to myself. There is always a lot of commotion throughout the day, so it's nice to start the day in a peaceful manner.

As I scanned through my emails that morning, my heart immediately sank when I read "Sad news" in one of the subject lines. My email inbox is typically inundated with work-related updates, new partnership opportunities, and some spam mail, but a month ago, I got some unexpected news - my college boyfriend had passed away.

I have felt a bit lost ever since and haven't been able to fully shake it off.

His name is Jeff, and he was only 29 years old. He was always full of life and did anything to make people laugh. We had a rollercoaster relationship (the highs were really high and the lows were really low), and after 5-ish years together, we decided to part ways.

We didn't speak to each other for a long while, but after a year or so, Jeff reached out to me and a friendship started to organically develop. Everything was simple, innocent, and indicative that healing had happened post-breakup. 

Looking back, I don't think we ever had an actual conversation, but I would get updates about his acting pursuits, and I would send him updates about significant happenings in my life. We truly wanted the best for each other, and it was a good way to make sure we were both doing well. It helped us both to further justify our breakup as well.

It wasn't until I started dating my current boyfriend (now fiancé), Evan, that I thought to separate myself from Jeff completely. I figured it was the right thing to do, and Jeff seemed to understand and respect that.

Fast forward 5 years, my meager friendship with Jeff became more absent as my relationship with Evan got more serious...as one would expect, but this is the part that confuses me. Feeling a deep sense of grief or loss seems strange, and I still can't make sense of what I feel or why. Due to the circumstances and the time that has passed, I feel like I have no right to be sad. I have no intimate knowledge of him or who he was in the last days of his life. I have no real connection to him anymore, but what I do have are these inexplicable and conflicting emotions. 

I always sensed that Jeff was battling depression, but I had no idea he was suffering so deeply. He never allowed me to see that side of him. My heart breaks every time I think about him going through hours of convoluted thoughts and emotions...unable to leave his bed...tossing and turning...mulling over every detail of his life's grievances...crying...getting angry...then crying again. I keep thinking about how alone and how hopeless he must have felt. It didn't have to be this way, but unfortunately, more and more people are turning to suicide these days. I wish Jeff didn't let his mental illness beat him, but maybe this was his way of beating the mental illness? ...by stopping his mind all together?

When I was dating Jeff, there were a lot of people who didn't understand my relationship with him. They didn't understand why I stuck around for as long as I did. They didn't know what we had gone through as a couple and frankly, they didn't need to know. He was my best friend in college and I'm so grateful for the times we shared. I wish I had the privilege to see him find his happiness and feel excited for him. He was such a light of a person, and the world feels dimmer without him. 

It's such a tragic end to such a young life, and I hope any one of you reading this will practice being more kind, more patient, and more attentive. I wish I noticed the signs when we were dating. I wish Jeff and I had been better connected these past few years. I wish I would have known about his struggles, so I could try and talk him out of taking his own life. I wish he would have contacted me if he needed help. 

Through all of this, I've learned that you never stop loving someone. You either always will or you never did in the first place. I suppose that's why you can still be affected...even after all these years. You never forget how much they fought for you and for the relationship. But you also remember why it ended and why you had to get out. 

I also learned just how severe suicide is and how much it affects people. Even the word itself generates so much attention, but why don't the words mental illness or depression carry the same weight? The actions and behaviors leading up to suicide are often minimized or go unnoticed, and it shouldn't be that way. Mental illness and depression are serious conditions that affect everyone differently, and Jeff's passing has brought upon the realization that we need to do better as a society.

If the future is anything like the movie WALL-E, the world will continue to become more isolating and robotic. Human interaction and intimacy is so necessary for our survival, and we must work together to truly connect and be present with each other. We need to do our best to support each other.

On that note, please take some time today to reach out to people and let them know that they are loved. That the odds of them being born is about 1 in 102,685,000 (that's a 10 with 2,685,000 zeros after it). That living and life can be hard, but that doesn't mean it's not worth it. Hopefully it makes their day, week, month, or year and maybe even change the outlook of their life. Every little thing counts. 

RIP Jeff.

xo,
jenn
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August 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (August 2017)


Katie's Pizza & Pasta

8/1 Figured out how to do multiple reads per well on Safire, Frosty visits
8/2 Long day...couldn't make tikka so Evan grilled steaks
8/3 Mailed out Cook's Illustrated package, a/c drama
8/4 Settled rent issue, tried out Katie's Pizza and Pasta for the first time, overpriced Global Brew
8/5 Beer and food tasting at Schnucks, Sweetflexx, Maddie's bunny, antique malls, put flag up
8/6 Lazy day, Maddie still obsessing over bunny holes
8/7 Finished all filming for Xenvo
8/8 Anvita's last day of summer lab, uploaded Xenvo review, succulent from Alex
8/9 Weird Aldi steaks, to buy or not to buy pine window frame
8/10 Home update
8/11 Maria's last day of summer lab, Maddie is bad and got up on the white couch!
8/12 Joint account, errands, naps
8/13 Rearranged home layout
8/14 Tried new short rib recipe
8/15 Still planning Eclipse watch, completed 384-well HP plates
8/16 Storm, Society, Stacked
8/17 Rebecca's super moist zucchini brownies
8/18 Michael's "last" day, purchased pine window frame at 20% off
8/19 Evan bought us a Meyer lemon tree!
8/20 Errands...putting stuff up for sale on eBay
8/21 Solar Eclipse 2017
8/22 Back to actual work
8/23 Found out about Jeff...RIP, my heart will never be the same
8/24 Having a tough day...
8/25 Evan leaves for FL
8/26 Perennial Maman release, National Dog Day - Petco trip w/ Maddie
8/27 Errands, bumming, reflection...missing Evan
8/28 Figured out kitchen art arrangement
8/29 New message
8/30 Jon's Hurricane Harvey update
8/31 Bought fresh figs for the first time

Fig cuties!


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August 10, 2017

ONE MONTH DOWN

Well guys, we made it through one month of home ownership without burning the property down AND without killing each other. I'm calling this a major victory. It has been a super stressful summer, and I'm surprised we were able to keep it together.

Last day at our townhouse

First and foremost, we're so glad to be done with house hunting and can focus on getting situated. It's strange to think we'll live in this house for years to come, but it's also nice to know we won't be moving anytime soon.

Our move to the new house went pretty smoothly...thanks to Two Men and a Truck. Evan and I decided that we were probably too old to call upon friends or family members for help, so we thought we'd try hiring professionals.

MOVING DAY! Goodbye, Portis Ave!

We moved all of the boxes and smaller items ourselves, and three men, actually, helped us with all of our larger items (i.e. furniture, grill, tv...etc). Hiring movers ended up costing us about $600 for 3-4 hours, but it was well worth it. We were done with the move by noon and had the rest of the day to unpack.

Happy on the outside, panic on the inside

We had planned on celebrating our move that evening, but leave it up to me to muck it up. Let's just say I got into a little fender bender, and I'm still mad about it. Just a note for people who speed. Please slow down...especially during rush hour. Also, why do people still text and drive?! I don't get it.

Anyways, the accident definitely left a damper on the day, but Evan really came through and did his best to calm my nerves. His affirmation during trying times is just one example of why I want to marry him (and I'm smiling as I write that).

The rest of the month has been problem-free though, and we're grateful for that. Our 80 year old home seems to be in good shape and no issues have arisen. I feel like we've mostly been trying to maintain the existing landscaping as best as we can. Evan's dad bought us a lawn mower that we've already put to good use.

Evan working, while I take pictures...typical

His co-workers also gave us a gift card to Home Depot, which we used to buy a weed whacker. Did you know weed whackers are actually named string trimmers? Who refers to it like that?

So yeah, the yard is being managed, while the inside of our home still needs a lot of work. The biggest thing we've accomplished thus far was getting our giant wooden box spring up the tight staircase. We were going to buy a new one, but thought it would be a waste of money. Especially since we've been talking about investing in a new bed altogether. Thankfully, a quick Google search showed us how to move a box spring that just won't fit. Thanks Internet.

Apparently, all you need is a handsaw and some muscle...

For those of you who would like an update on Maddie, she's slowly adjusting. It always takes her a while to get acclimated and feel secure in her new surroundings. It took her 2-3 weeks this time around, and I'm happy to report that the pig finally feels safe to roam the yard on her own. She even found a bunny friend to harass. What a bully!

Professional bunny chaser

Beyond the housework, we've had a few visitors come through, and it has been so much fun introducing the place to everybody. We love our new home, and we hope everyone we who visits loves it too.

My parents and brother visited! Good times.

Also, I want people to know that this house not only represents a home to me, but also Evan's great ability to care for me. I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work. We both know this wouldn't be possible without his frugality and his sacrifices. He really is the best.

And you guys are the best for supporting me and us in all of our endeavors. I love sharing my life through blogging, and hope I can inspire you as much as you inspire me. Love you all!


xo - jenn
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July 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (July 2017)

Timber sunsets

7/1 Side Project for Tete de Cuvee, meeting Jessie, home for the 4th
7/2 Ottawa for the day
7/3 Cookout @ the Hembras, Kraig new place and new dog, Summer!
7/4 Lunch with fam
7/5 Officially homeowners and newly engaged!
7/6 Nothing has sunk in yet...could not focus for the life of me today
7/7 Moved more stuff to the house, Cugino's and Narrow Gauge
7/8 More moving, finally got to see some fireworks
7/9 Taking Maddie to Tower Grove Park for the last time, more moving, Chipotle
7/10 MOVING DAY: Two Men and Truck, car accident
7/11 Maria's engagement ring cake
7/12 Side Project for Leaner and Merlin's Milk
7/13 Maplewood's Aldi is awesome
7/14 Cleaning the old place and last photos
7/15 SP Styrbjorn release, half day of work, Andy's Frozen Custard, bed frame DIY
7/16 Finally got everything put away in the house, errands all day, parents arrive
7/17 St. Louis Bubble Tea, IKEA, Peacemaker Lobster and Crab
7/18 Wudon, Olive Supermarket
7/19 Take car into Abra, Salt & Smoke w/ Mike and Cindy
7/20 Get rid of cable? Super hot day...a/c can barely keep up
7/21 Home loan sold to Chase
7/22 SP La Ruche & Backpack Fashion Show, Sump, Perennial Artisan Ales, IMOs
7/23 Home Depot, The Gramophone, re-sealing shower project
7/24 Maddie is finally roaming the yard by herself!
7/25 Pilot run of primary assays stressing me out, Maddie tripped Evan going down the stairs :(
7/26 Forgot keys at work...
7/27 Got my car back, GUNS N ROSES tonight!!!
7/28 Confirmed: Melissa Reese is part Asian
7/29 MAC free lipstick fail, SP Jammy and Cassis du Fermier, last visit of old place
7/30 Maddie experienced PetSmart for the first time...she loved it!
7/31 Tasting w/ Side Project, Peacemaker, Sidney St. Cafe

Our obsession with Side Project is SO REAL


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July 15, 2017

HOW TO: Move A Box Spring That Just Won't Fit (Cutting and Folding)

We've been sleeping on the floor for the past 10 days...but not tonight! Woo hoo!

When we first moved in, the rigid box spring couldn't make it up the staircase, so we settled on just placing the mattress on the rug. Evan didn't like that idea, but I was like whatever. Also, Maddie really enjoyed having us sleep on the floor with her. It was like a slumber party! 

Anyways, we contemplated buying a new box spring, but they're expensive and we're also in the market for a new bed. With that in mind, Evan decided to Google some solutions, which led us to folding and cutting our box spring. After a few hours of stress, we managed to get the darn thing up the stairs! 

Sawed box spring in half, folded it in half, and moved it up the stairs

Reconstructing the frame with additional wood 

Reattaching the dust cover

A bit messy, but it's done! 

The directions on Instructables say to cut the dust cover in half, but Evan just removed the staples on three sides and folded it over to expose the frame. This way, you don't have to do extra work closing the center up later...saves you some time in the long run. That's the only thing we did differently, and it worked like a charm. I would say that the most difficult step is folding and unfolding the box spring. The steel wires do not bend without a fight!

If you guys try this, let me know in the comments! I want to know if this works for other people too. Good luck!


xo - jenn
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July 12, 2017

THIS PAST WEEK...

So, Evan and I finally closed on our house! Like what...who are we? I don't think either of us have ever felt this grown or been this anxious about anything in our entire lives, but we couldn't be more excited to be homeowners though. We're also so relieved to be done with landlords FOREVER.

A gift from our agent...too sweet


And as if there wasn't enough excitement already, we got engaged! I was so deeply consumed with our house details that I didn't see a proposal coming at all. I guess buying a home was welcomed distraction and helped Evan set up the most perfect proposal!

We closed on our house at noon on Wednesday and had planned on heading over later in the day to enjoy the bareness of the our new abode. Evan had been dropping hints throughout the month about having Maddie, our dog, film a house tour once we closed, and I loved the idea so much that I didn't even think twice about it. So, come day of, we strapped a GoPro to her and let her do her thing. I had my camera as well (I'm always documenting something haha), but I honestly had no idea he was going to propose.


So many people have been asking us if our new house feels like 'home' yet, and honestly, it has only been a week people! Things have been gradually sinking in, and I do have to say that it feels so special getting to step into our new home as an engaged couple. I wouldn't change a thing about how or when Evan proposed and will always remember that moment as sweet and simple and perfectly us.


I still can't believe that I became a homeowner and someone's fiancée all in one day. I never expected this year to feel so full, and I'm so grateful for all the highs and lows 2017 has brought me. Thank you all for your continued support, and I'm so happy I get to share my life with you guys!

Ring shots can be found on my Instagram and the story behind how we found our new home!


xo - jenn

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June 30, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (June 2017)


Bye, fruit flies!

6/1 So much paperwork for the house, dinner @ Mai Lee
6/2 First time trying yellow watermelon
6/3 Black Dog, Jessica and Ryan's wedding
6/4 Power outage at Schnucks...
6/5 Caught ALL the fruit flies
6/6 Paypal sucks...
6/7 Inspection day!
6/8 Still stressing about Paypal...
6/9 4th time seeing Modest Mouse, Moonrise Hotel
6/10 Discovering paletas! Yum!
6/11 Failed attempt at ice cream float video :(
6/12 GSW win NBA Championship!
6/13 Received appraisal, Wine and Cheese Place for Side Project Merci
6/14 Countering inspection repairs - need fire door
6/15 HH w/ ITap and Racanelli's
6/16 Movers scheduled!
6/17 PinchMe video, Ice Cream Floats video, Last time @ Three Monkeys
6/18 Got to try Side Project - Double Barrel Derivation...so good!
6/19 Home survey done! (Neighbors are encroaching...)
6/20 Easement signed
6/21 Evan's car :( and Kelsy's GOOD NEWS!
6/22 Survey and Title issues...ughhh.
6/23 Joanna Gaines' parents...too cute!
6/24 Trying Bruery Terreux's Goses Are Red + listing more things on eBay
6/25 Last day with Lex15
6/26 Found out fire door will not be installed before closing...grrr
6/27 Home loan commitment finalized!
6/28 Closing Disclosure signed!
6/29 All set with loan and closing
6/30 Finally received my Kat Von D lippies!



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June 28, 2017

PLAY > Starrah - Rush

Sour Patch Kids doing dabs?! ahhhh
#onthecomeup #starrah



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June 23, 2017

BEER FLOATS: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream + New Belgium Beer Pairings

My boyfriend and I are HUGE ice cream fans and love Ben and Jerry's. We didn't think 'Vermont's Finest' could taste any finer...but I guess we were wrong? I'm still on the fence about these beer floats and where it fits into my life, but maybe this was something we never knew we needed. It doesn't get much better than beer and ice cream though and we deserve to self-indulge every once in a while, am I right?! Tune in to see which tested combo was our favorite! 

Also, fun fact, my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor is Phish Food and Evan's favorite is Half Baked. 






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June 21, 2017

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE?!

We bought a house?! Yes, we bought a house!

For those of you who keep up with my Daily Blurbs, you already know, but for those of you who aren't up to speed, we made an offer and got a house on May 30th!

When we first came across our future home on Zillow, it was listed as "coming soon" and the first showing/open house wouldn't be till Memorial Day. Unfortunately, we had already made plans to go back to our hometown over that holiday weekend, so we moved forward and made appointments to view other listings in May. I think we saw a total of 8 houses during the month, but we always kept this house in the back of our minds.

Fast forward to a late afternoon on Memorial Day, Evan and I are driving back to Saint Louis and he has me read the house's updated listing out loud to see if we were still interested. My eyes glossed over the words 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen', and I knew we just HAD to visit this house. For as long as Evan has been with me, I've talked about how much I love kitchens, so he knew the Pinterest plug sold me.

This is the 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen'

We had planned on setting up a showing asap, but to our surprise, there was another open house the next day. I guess the lack of traffic on Memorial Day prompted another showing (probably because people were busy with their families and not trying to go to open houses?), so we figured we would go and check out the bright, subway tiled kitchen in person. Upon arrival, I felt a bit underwhelmed with the neighborhood itself, but I thought 'okay Jenn, don't be so quick to judge'.

*sidenote* We had been looking at homes in the University City area of Saint Louis and developed an unnecessary taste for old, luxury homes. Richmond Heights, our neighborhood, isn't as developed and everything is on a smaller scale, but in the end, we both agreed that it's more suited for where we're at in life. 

Needless to say, we ended up loving the house after walking through it and placed an offer for it the very next morning. Then in a matter of a few hours, our agent called to let us know that our offer was accepted! Evan and I were in the middle of eating dinner and just looked at each other like ahh did that really just happen?! What a crazy ending to a crazy month of house hunting. Thanks for stressing me out, May.

We held off on telling anyone about the house till after most of the formalities, but now that we're confident that this will be our next living situation, I'm pleased to introduce you guys to the new home, which we named Pig Palace (Pig - our dog Maddie snorts like a pig when she gets excited, hence the nickname; Palace - because she is a queen...yaaas). The house's name will probably evolve over time, but for now, I'm really feeling Pig Palace.

*sidenote* Maddie was actually born on a pig farm and now she lives in Pig Palace...so I keep singing 'started from the bottom, now were here' to her. She seems somewhat amused.  

Anyways, I can't wait to show you guys the before and after shots of our home and the DIY projects we decide to take on. Please let me know if you guys have any new homeowner advice, and make sure you follow me here on blogger to get all of our home updates!


xo - jenn

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June 19, 2017

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May 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (May 2017)


Good vibes @ McGurks

5/1 Made a full roast chicken for the first time
5/2 CryoEM Symposium, Susan bomb, Cards game with lab
5/3 Introduced dry-brushing back into my skincare routine
5/4 Text fights suck...grr.
5/5 Bob and Kraig visit - STL Microfest 2017, Mission Taco
5/6 Side Project - D7 and 3 Candles, Kentucky Bourby Beer Garden Party, McGurks
5/7 Added more to my Poshmark Closet
5/8 Finished all PAND Study dissections
5/9 HOPE Center Retreat
5/10 Still working on closets: eBay, Poshmark
5/11 Last preliminary experiment for TDP-43
5/12 First official Food Truck Friday, Side Project Cellar w/ Amir and Doug
5/13 Strawberry rhubarb crumble and first time trying gummy edibles
5/14 Hi-Pointe Drive In
5/15 House hunting! Groby house, Arlington house
5/16 Trial of Fluor Screen - 5 plates
5/17 Buying and returning hats, Maddie and Daisy on the porch :)
5/18 First time hearing about Center Ice Brewery
5/19 BCA training, Amherst house, Kitchen Kulture, Ted Drewes
5/20 Ring shopping, Taste of Maplewood, Maddie's 10th Bday, Kriek du Fermier
5/21 Went to two open houses: Jerome and Stanford, dinner @ Frankie and Taylor's
5/22 Submitted an offer for Stanford, back to the original bus route, Kbop for lunch, romphims?
5/23 Jerome house again, Columbia house in our favorite UCity neighborhood
5/24 Signed up for Gateway Greening
5/25 Cornell house with fallen brick, tiny Bruno house in Maplewood
5/26 Home for Memorial Day weekend
5/27 Ottawa: lunch at Marseilles, dinner @ Monte's
5/28 Finally found a cute fruit basket, Grandma's day
5/29 Memorial Day with family - love and bibimbap
5/30 We put an offer in for a house and we got it!
5/31 Looking up how to recreate seller's kitchen prints - soOo excited about our house!

Sneak peek of our new home...


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May 19, 2017

PLAY > Miley Cyrus - Malibu

Happy Friday! 
#inlove #weekendromance



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April 30, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (April 2017)

Gorgeous fuchsia tulips @ Missouri Botanical Garden

4/1 Half & Half and Missouri Botanical Garden
4/2 Blues City Deli
4/3 First screen at HTSC w/ Maxene
4/4 Recreated Farrell Cafe wraps w/ chicken
4/5 Made homemade chicken noodle soup! Found best noodle recipe.
4/6 Lazy day
4/7 Destressed...Cards game with co-workers
4/8 First warm day of spring...tried Stacked burgers!
4/9 Felt extra loved this weekend
4/10 Last day w/ the little one
4/11 Most confusing day of my life
4/12 ...bye, bye
4/13 Day of rest
4/14 Had the best Friday morning...overwhelmed with love
4/15 Pastaria, Olive Supermarket, Brad Williams
4/16 IKEA, spent Easter with my two loves
4/17 Maddie drawing...spring photo planning
4/18 Bacon deviled eggs and strawberry cupcakes
4/19 Love language quiz, Unicorn frappuccino and puppuccino
4/20 Maddie found a baby bunny!
4/21 Perennial Artisan Ales, Highly Suspect @ the Pageant
4/22 Olive Garden, Beauty and the Beast
4/23 Spring photo sesh for anniversary :)
4/24 Monday blues...kicking off anniversary week!
4/25 Testing out Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita
4/26 Won the Influenster x KatVonD contest!
4/27 Three Monkeys - Snickers Ice Cream Pie
4/28 Majestic Dance Studio - fox trot & waltz, Side Project
4/29 Perennial Artisan Ales, Frazer's Restaurant and Lounge
4/30 [REVIEW] Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita, grilling w/ Evan and Amir

my loves

2017 DAILY BLURBS
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[REVIEW] Kat Von D - Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own.


QUICK TAKE: I've heard a lot of great reviews about Kat Von D beauty products and was excited to try this lip liner. 

USAGE TIPS: I like to fill in my whole lips with the lip liner. I can wear it alone or with another product.

THE VERDICT: I think the formula is perfection. The application feels soft and creamy and quickly dries down to a matte finish. Matte products can feel drying, but this lip liner manages to stay comfortable on my lips. I can be a bit drying as the day goes on, but I just layer the lips with a touch of lip balm to replenish moisture and revive the color. I've already picked up two more shades, Smiths and Kevvy, and they really bring out the golden tones in my skin. This lip liner is on the fast track to becoming a holy grail beauty product, and I hope it's never discontinued. Great job KVD and team! And thank you Influenster for the introduction and complimentary product!



Have you guys tried these lip liners yet? Which shade is your favorite? Sound off below!

xo,
jenn


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March 31, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (March 2017)

A 'Spring' in her step 

3/1 National Pig Day
3/2 So many magnolia blossoms
3/3 Trying to figure out why my beef stew tastes off
3/4 First spring walk with Maddie
3/5 Lazy Sunday
3/6 Trying out CosRx soap
3/7 Boring Tuesday
3/8 Learning more about fungal infections
3/9 UGH bus home was super late...
3/10 Daffodils have bloomed in our front yard!
3/11 Bud Brewery Tour, Side Project, City Park Grill w/ Jon and Taylor
3/12 Saint Louis Science Museum sucks...
3/13 Salt and Smoke, ED SHEERAN we're coming for you!
3/14 Cafe Mochi happy hour date
3/15 Jade's birthday, I want to visit Nathaniel Reid Bakery
3/16 Much needed hair cut
3/17 Happy Friday
3/18 Nami Ramen take-out
3/19 Lazy Sunday
3/20 Did not want to go to work today...
3/21 Thinking about Cancun with a group
3/22 Got tickets for Microfest 2017!
3/23 National Puppy Day
3/24 Crazy, dramatic lab day
3/25 Perennial Abraxas Event
3/26 Ran out of beer at Side Project...grr
3/27 KBop at work...so happy
3/28 Freaked out about Maddie getting old
3/29 Figured out how liketoknow.it works
3/30 Completed Fierce Voxbox tasks!
3/31 Lorenzo's Trattoria and The Royale

Evan and Penny @ The Royale

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March 14, 2017

PLAY > MANDINGA - Hello (Salsa Version)

Great rendition of 'Hello' by Adele
#borntosalsa #living




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February 28, 2017

DAILY BLURBS (February 2017)

I guess we were always besties... (2011)

2/1 Still feeling sick and skin looks terrible
2/2 Got to talk to Jeannine
2/3 Silent car ride back to BloNo
2/4 Going through old photos and found some of Maddie pig!
2/5 First time visiting 2nd Shift Brewery
2/6 Boardwalk waffles vs puffle waffles, dragon's breath dessert
2/7 Chelsea Clinton's twitter gives me so much life
2/8 Wrapping up Influenster's L'Oreal Ever campaign
2/9 Side Project and Pi Pizzeria for National Pizza Day!
2/10 Stomach feels upset again...
2/11 Side Project beer release - Pulling Nails #6, Strange Donuts
2/12 Early date @ Layla for Valentine's day!
2/13 Made cinnamon roll french toast
2/14 White tulips for Valentine's Day :)
2/15 Visiting The Royale for the first time
2/16 First time making meatballs!
2/17 New IDs at work and discovering Wudon, Three Monkeys
2/18 Still trying to manage my skin issue
2/19 Lazy Sunday
2/20 Slow Monday
2/21 More brain dissections, threw out vday tulips
2/22 Trying pull through triple braid
2/23 Grocery store gelato...gross.
2/24 Hanging out at Perennial tonight
2/25 First time trying Half&Half...donuts and chicken salad
2/26 Looking up vineyards in STL
2/27 Decided that coming home to Maddie is one of my favorite things
2/28 Busy work day

Loved this chicken salad @ Half&Half

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