Teddy Tuesday

29 Jul

Welcome to Teddy Tuesday! Also known as, I’m too lazy and tired to write an actual post. Whatever, you know you’d all rather look at pictures of Teddy than listen to me.

Over the weekend Teddy and I went to Florida to see my family. We got diverted because of bad weather in Atlanta, and our seven hour trip turned into a fourteen hour trip. My sweet Bear was a CHAMP. Seriously, best dog ever. Can you see a Bear in his bag?

When we finally got there I was able to meet my puppy niece for the first time, and she is such a love! I could just eat up that Riley baby.

Teddy and Riley had a great time playing together. They got along so well!

And Teddy loved getting to run around off-leash in my brother’s fenced in backyard.

After that it was time to snuggle up on the couch for a puppy cousin nap.

But it wasn’t all about cousin playtime, and Teddy made sure to make time for some of his other favorite activities. Like growling at Uncle Sean…

… and snuggling with Uncle Dean.

But after that is was really time for a nap!

Five on Friday

25 Jul

Whattup, yo? It’s Friday! We made it through another week! To help you celebrate Friday and kick off the weekend, here are five things that I can’t get enough of this week.


1. Teddy Bear Yawn

Little Bear has little yawns, and he just gets so sleepy. Napping all day and looking out the window is exhausting.


2. Maddie & Tae

Ob-sessed with this song!! I can’t wait to see more from these two, and am keeping my fingers crossed for some west coast show dates. Maddie & Tae’s website, Twitter, and Facebook. Get on board.


3. This Bag

It may not look like much, but it is ah-mazing. I finally found the perfect carry on bag for when I travel with Teddy and don’t want to check a bag. Look for a full post about this bad boy coming up soon. Yeah, it’s that good.


4. Share a Coke

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love Diet Coke. That’s old news. The new news is that I am having so much checking cans and bottles to see what they say. I WILL find one with my name on it. I must.


5. My Brudders

I get to see both of my brothers this weekend, and I am so happy. I don’t get to see them nearly enough, and texting just isn’t the same. Plus, Teddy gets to meet his puppy cousin, my brother’s dog Riley. I can’t wait. (And yeah, Jay Leno crashed my sibling picture. It was the first one I could find of the three of us. Cut me some slack, I’m writing this on a plane.)

LC’s Summer Fashion Tips

22 Jul

This post is brought to you by the letter K and the wonderful people at Kohl’s.

If you don’t subscribe to Lauren Conrad’s website – and really, what are you doing here when you could be reading her stuff, I’m kind of judging you – you may have missed her July style tips. But never fear, I’ve distilled them down to a few of my favorites, and I’m also going to show you how to put them into play with pieces from the LC Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s.


1. Go gingham.

Gingham just seems to say “summer”. I would leave this shirt open over a white cami, cuff the sleeves, and pair it with crisp white denim and boat shoes.


2. Hot tropics.

Fun, beachy prints are in this summer, and it doesn’t get much beachier than this whimsical sailboat skirt. Pick up on the navy in this print and go darker with a fitted tee. Or, if you’re feeling bold, pair it with a bright coral tank or tee.


3. Channel east coast prep.

East coast prep is so not a problem for me. It’s hard for me to not channel east coast prep. If you want to add some east coast flair to your style this summer, pair this darling dress with some dainty flat sandals and you’ll be ready for croquet on Martha’s Vineyard.


4. Get all dolled up.

LC suggests looking for dresses with cutouts so you can show off your summer tan. I don’t have a summer tan, but I still love this fun and flirty dress. With a black kitten heel, you’ll be ready for a chic summer soiree.


5. Be breezy.

I mean really, does it get any breezier than this floral maxi dress? Slip into this casual chic number with some flip flops to enjoy drinks and a bonfire after a day at the beach, and enjoy feeling the ocean breezes ruffle your ruffles.


6. Nautical or nice.

I adore this little dress! You can dress it up with pearls and heels for a dinner party, or dress it down with flip flops and a pony tail for running errands. The stripes are classic and universally flattering – this is the dress you’ll want to live in for the rest of the summer.

Befuddled Baby

11 Jul

I was looking through old pictures last week to put together a collage for my brother’s birthday, and I found some rather adorable pictures of baby Annie. I noticed that there seemed to be a common thread in most of my baby pictures. If you ask my father, he’ll tell you that I spent the first few months (if not years) of my life looking perpetually befuddled. I think it’s a sign of high intelligence, that even as an infant I was struggling to understand the world around me. Or maybe I was just a dumb child. Or maybe, just maybe, I was amazed that I had landed on this planet to be surrounded by crazy people.

You see, when I was a wee baby, we didn’t have Pinterest. There was no repository of adorable and twee ideas to celebrate the holidays with your new offspring. And so we ended up with things like this:

Really, Mom? A turban with a paper heart doily? No wonder I was so confused as a baby. We were a white family in New Jersey, and I was wearing a turban. Sure, Elizabeth Taylor can pull off that look, but I don’t know if I had the same success.

And then, of course, there was the challenger to my throne.

So he’s just going to scream all the time? And I’m supposed to find that adorable? I don’t think so. ALL ATTENTION ON ME, PLEASE.

I mean, if you really think about it, there’s no reason babies shouldn’t be befuddled. Welcome to crazy town, babies, after a while it starts to seem normal.

The ESPYS Experience

9 Jul

Hey there, sports fans! Confession: I’ve always wanted to say that. At any rate, I do have actual sports-related news. As I’m sure you’re aware, the ESPYS are next Wednesday. If you haven’t voted yet, hit that link and do it now, I’ll wait.

You back? Good. Now, since you’re such a huge sports fan, and your weekends are empty and sad without football (25 days til preseason people, we can get through this) you probably want to get even more involved. You want to be a bigger part of the sports Oscars. I know, I understand. I’m with you. In spirit, I’m not actually with you. That would be weird and creepy. I swear I’m getting to the point.

espysWhat if I told you that you could be a part of the ESPYS this year? Well with The ESPYS Experience, you can. If you’re going to be in or around Downtown LA next Wednesday, July 16, from noon to 6:00pm, you can be a part of the ESPYS. Or, you know, if you want to drive to Downtown LA at that time. That would work to, you don’t have to already be there. So wherever you are in SoCal, get yourself to the Nokia Plaza at LA Live.

The ESPYS Experience is FREE and open to the public. Bring the kids for a fun afternoon of events, activities, and performances.

Check out the full lineup:

12:00p – 6:00p: ESPYS Experience

12:00p: Music & Games

12:15p: HS Dance Team Contests Begin! Crowd Votes for Dance Teams & Award Presentations

1:00p: Dunk Contest Begins

2:00p: Mascot Dance Off

2:20p: Dunk Contest Finals

3:00p: ESPYS 2014 Red Carpet Opens!

3:00p: Performance: World-Famous Jabbawockeez!

3:15p: Interview with the Jabbawockeez and Knicks Kid Reporters

3:35p: Performance: 8 Flavahz Dancers

3:50p: Performance: Academy of Villians Dancers

4:30p: Musical Performance: ZZ Ward

5:30p: Surprise Superstar ‘Billboard Top 10’ Performance!

6:00p: 2014 ESPYS Show Beings on ESPN!

Oh, did you catch that “Surprise Superstar” performance? Yeah, don’t ask, because they won’t tell me who it is. Evidently I can’t be trusted not to blab. These are smart people.

Not in SoCal? In SoCal but busy Wednesday afternoon? Wow, sad for you.

I kid, I kid. No matter where you are, you can live tweet along with @ESPYS and #ESPYS. The best news? The ESPYS are LIVE for everyone, even the West Coast! So really, there’s no excuse not to live tweet. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it! (Disclaimer: By “cool kids”, I mean me. So do with that what you will.) See you on Wednesday!