Phone Facts

Fact:  Cell phones and I do not get along.

Fact:  Whenever I get a new cell phone, there’s always a problem.

Fact:  Only 1 of all the cell phone problems I’ve had has been my fault.

Fact:  The 1 problem caused by me was due to sheer stupidity, I’ll admit it.  I was a silly college kid.

Fact:  Do not attempt to simultaneously hold an umbrella, open a door, and prop a phone up to your ear while talking to your boyfriend at the same time.  In the rain.

Fact:  iPhone screens shatter very easily when dropped [spoken from experience].

Fact:  I received an awesome present from my momma for my birthday this year, an iPhone 5.  Thanks momma!

Fact:  I’ve used up more data over the past 4 weeks with my iPhone 5 than I ever used over the 2 years I had an iPhone 4.

Fact:  After a few phone calls to Verizon and a trip to the Apple Store this afternoon, I have yet again traded in my original phone for a new phone.

Fact:  I’m hoping for the best that this phone is better than the last…  Fingers crossed!

Fact:  My original idea for today’s post was postponed because it’s almost 9PM aka my bedtime.  Goodnight 🙂

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XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Share a fact!

Question:  What’s your favorite phone app?

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Favorite Finds Friday 11.9.12 [Pancake Edition]

I can’t help it, I have a nagging sweet tooth in the morning and I hard-core heart pancakes.  Sweet and fluffy.  Dense and filling.  Hearty and healthy.  They keep my belly full until lunch and they never get boring.  I can pile on the toppings and if I get a little heavy-handed, I can put them in a bowl and have a pancake boat.  Oh yes, that happened 😉

So with all that in mind, I thought it would be fun to have a Favorite Finds all things PANCAKE post!  Surprise, surprise…

Links Above: My Pinterest Boards // Links Below: Picture Source

Good Food: Spinach Lasagna Pancakes by Kiss My Broccoli

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My Style: Powered by Pancakes

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Sweet Treats: Ice Cream Sandwich Pancakes by Chocolate-Covered Katie

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Events: Pancake Breakfast by Design Sponge

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Health & Wellness: Cooking Light’s Best Pancake Recipes

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Words of Wisdom: Faith, Hope, and Pancakes

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Cuties: Pancake Puppy

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For the Home: Holiday Pancake Pan

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Places to Go: America’s Best Pancakes by Travel + Leisure

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Flowers: How to Make Flower Pancakes by not martha

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Laughing Out Loud: Holy Crepe!

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DIY Projects: Pancake & Pajama Party Printable Invitation by Libby Lane Press

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Education & Learning: Pancakes Defined

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Wedding Attire: I Do, You Do, We Do Pancakes by Lucy Dylan Weddings

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

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XOXO,

Allison

Question:  Do you prefer sweet or savory breakfasts?  Pancakes or waffles?  Scrambled or sunny eggs?  Bacon or sausage?

Question:  When do you prefer to workout?  Morning, afternoon, or evening?

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Thankful Thursday 11.8.12

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas less than 2 months away, now seems like a better time than ever to take a moment to stop, reflect, and thank.

Jessie from Jessie Loves to Run started hosting Thankful Thursday a few weeks ago and unsurprisingly she has had an overwhelmingly positive response!  For more information about Thankful Thursday, click here.

This is my first week participating, but I know that I will continue to take part in future weeks.  Oftentimes I think that we forget to thank, or rather assume that thanks has been given, to all of those who have helped make our lives a little bit better…  I truly believe that it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

The best is yet to comeEver since I wrote that post earlier this week, that saying has resonated with me.  Far too often I get caught up in the little things and have a hard time moving forward unless it’s “perfect” in my mind.  I will be the first to admit that my perfectionist personality can be a hindrance at times, but I will also admit that I am trying to work on it.  Take for example last night’s dinner.  Over the weekend I kept telling Ryan how I want to make more of an effort to cook a hearty, healthy, and satisfying dinner.  At first I was bummed with myself that I opted for boxed soup, but it’s what sounded good at the time.  After I sat down and dug in I was delightfully surprised…  Sometimes the simplest things can be the most satisfying, dinner success!

TJ’s Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup topped with a sunny egg + black pepper

Spending time with my BFF.  Last Saturday I met my BFF for a study date.  In between sipping Starbucks and actually working [ahem, the point of our date], we chatted and caught-up since we hardly see each other since she moved downtown.  Anddd I am psyched about our sleepover tomorrow!  We have big plans that include: getting Naked Pizza [get your mind out of the gutter!], watching movies, wearing our most comfortable stretchy pants and slippers, munching on chocolate and popcorn while watching movies, and unwinding from the week.  It should be a stupendously fun night!

throwback to Color Day when we were seniors in high school

Laughing with Ryan.  The past few months have been pretty hectic for both Ryan and I between work, our wedding, and my health-related issues, so I cherish any time we have together.  Regardless of whether we’re out running errands, lazily laying on the couch after work, or playing with Charlie, I love when we spend time together…  Good thing I married him 😉  One of my favorite things about him is that he laughs at his own jokes.  They may not be the funniest joke [most of the time they’re pretty silly], but his chuckle that follows is hilariously cute.

my two favorite guys

Making blends.  What the heck is a blend?  No, I’m not referring to a coffee flavor or a fancy food…  A blend is a blogger + friend = blend!  After coming back from a summer break from blogging, I have truly been blessed to have bumped into so many new-to-me bloggers through link-ups such as Katie’s Marvelous in My Monday or Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, as well as through Instagram!  Blogging has provided me with a daily dose of motivation, inspiration to try new things, and a chance to share some of my own personal experiences.  I never would have imagined myself feeling so comfortable exchanging information with strangers who now I would consider my blend.

source: check our Tina’s post Why Blog Friends Rule

Zesty Blog Consulting.  I seriously could not thank Cory enough.  I have exchanged messages back and forth with him every day since he started redesigning LAB.  He has made every update that I have requested, has provided me with advice when making tough decisions [such as should the background be green or pink], and even has helped to calm my nerves about the process!  I’m so excited that the new site will be up and running NEXT WEEK [unless y’all got a sneak peek this morning], eek!

XOXO,

Allison

P.S.  This morning I was delightfully surprised and honored that both Jessie and Molly tried my peanut butter pancakes and enjoyed them!  Seeing their pretty stacks of ‘cakes made me feel a bit [pea]NUTTY so I combined my recipes for peanut butter puff pancakes + peanut butter pancakes = PEANUT BUTTER OVERLOAD PANCAKES!!!  Oh my goodness, these were out. of. this. world. AMAZING!

toppings: cinnamon Chobani + coconut bananas + dark chocolate chips + pistachios + dried apricots + honey

Question:  What are you thankful for this week?

Question:  Have you tried Naked Pizza?

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