Friday, August 29, 2014

oh hey, friday! | gina...the bride

i want to take you fine folk on a trip of yesteryear.

you see...i felt inspired this week because one of my very bestie-besties is getting married. her name is gina...and we go back. well...just back to 2001, but that's darn near 15 years (13 years) which is practically 20 years. see...that's a long time.

so avid of a reader of my blog you are, enjoy this dedication, but first...

1 | write up a little post about five things. anythings

2 | head back over here and enter your link at the bottom of this post.

3 | and pretty please don't forget to link back to our blogs and/or add the oh hey, friday! button (found just below) by copying the HTML into the HTML section of your post  so that others can link up as well! that's it. now get busy.


1 | gina and i have many-a-memory together...and why most of those memories involve libations and bad decisions...well, that's just something we're going to embrace - that our friendship was largely built on one or both of us being wa-wa-wasted. not to mention...i was carrying about 20 extra pounds in my face alone.
2 | to give you a touch of background, gina started as besties with my sister...but being the awesome annoying little sister that i am...i wedged my way firmly into their friend group. when gina and my sister lived in boston together, i decided i should live in boston too...for at least a few months.
since then, we've gotten comfortable enough to wear comfy pants after we've eaten too much, run on the same relay team most every year, and i even got to witness my gal wakeboard for the very first time. 
3 | gina also loves my farmer nearly as much as i do. at least that's what i noticed as i was looking through all these oldies. hands off gina. need i remind you you're becoming a mrs. in a few days?
that's her groom, matt, on the right
4 | the very best part of our twisted, intoxicated friendship is that her groom and i used to hang out. it's true. i tried to date him. but he just didn't have eyes for me...or something like that. so after i moved on to my farmer these two lovebirds started getting love-birdy-ish...and they never looked back. well...maybe one time they looked back...i think.
it was probably after matt saw the way gina manhandled this bull during one of our pub-golf outings. girlfriend takes no prisoners. 
5 | so on sunday...many many of our friends will be gathered from all over the country to celebrate this good-looking couple.
i have to say...i'm pretty excited (read - disappointed) that i'll be as big as a house and as sober as i've ever been with this gal. but at least i'll remember their big day of celebration...and that's saying something.
xo gina + matt.

oh! and i darn, near forgot. this is the last day to get your 30% OFF discount on my group giveaway ad space! just enter the code GIVEAWAY30 and you're set. OR you can enter the code CONFESS30  for 30% off my saturday confessional spot. both ads get you in the BIG BIRTHDAY MONTH GIVEAWAY...that i have yet to start planning. sheesh.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


gals! i've received a few e-mails / tweets / facebook messages asking if oh hey, friday! is happening tomorrow...and i wanted to get the word out...


and it will most definitely continue to happen for the foreseeable future! i has to because we paid for a year subscription for the linky tool thingy whosy-whatsy. $12.50 each. sheesh.

anyway...i'm super excited about my oh hey, friday! tomorrow because it's going to be a little blast from the past. i don't want to give too many details away...but just know i'm excited. 

and of course...if you're new to oh hey, friday! here's the info...

1 | write up a little post about five things. anythings

2 | head back over here and enter your link at the bottom of this post.

3 | and pretty please don't forget to link back to our blogs and/or add the oh hey, friday! button (found just below) by copying the HTML into the HTML section of your post  so that others can link up as well! that's it. now get busy.

we'll see you all tomorrow!! right?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

sometimes when you wake up like a b*tch-face

short and sweet today, folks. and for good reason.

i woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
but my poor farmer...he got the brunt of my craziness first thing this morning. it started with him putting together breakfast for kaye. i know...what a jerk.

then he wanted to take her around the farm to do chores. which really entails them driving around getting in some good daddy/daughter time. double-jerk.

then i accused him of hiding a container of blueberries i bought yesterday...more on that later.

there was a brief moment of love in my heart when i saw him clipping his fingernails outside. i love when he clips his fingernails outside...because they don't end up all over my floor.

but then he left the door open...and nothing drives me more crazy than a door left open because of the hellacious fly problem we have. how dare he leave a door open. a total punishable act.

that snowballed into me realizing he was watering our lawn...which is bad because we have company coming over mid-morning. but water our lawn? definitely grounds for me to put him on my annoying list.

can we please keep in mind that this all happened before 8 am?

fast-forward about five minutes when i realized i had actually thrown an entire, brand new container of blueberries away in our outside garbage can and about 30 seconds after that i tripped UP our porch steps...which can be less than ideal in a pregnant state.

what i'm saying is -

#1 - i'm crazy-town.
#2 - how many times can i blame pregnancy hormones?
#3 - i owe my farmer a big "i'm sorry, " a hug, and a kiss...if he'll accept any/all of it.

poor farmer. but how could anyone ever be annoyed with this guy? i mean...he wears speedos.
let's throw this morning to the birds and have a little redo. i just hope my farmer comes back with my turtle so i can hang my head in shame and ask for forgiveness.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a guest post you'll definitely want to read | chelsea @ east willow grove

here's the deal-io. see the gorgeous blonde below?

#1 - if you scroll down further you'll see she's just as smokin' with dark hair.
#2 - she has equally as cute mini-boys...and that man she snagged isn't half bad, himself.
#3 - chelsea was kind enough to realize how exhausted i am with all this pregnant whosy-whatsy and offered to take over my blog for the day. and...
#4 - if chelsea isn't careful i'm going to hire her to be a weekly guest poster. she's absolutely fantastic.

chelsea - do your thing, gal.

Guten Morgen! Ich bin Chelsea und schreib bei East Willow Grove. Wait, did I loose you? Oh so you don't speak German? Fine, I'll talk to you in English I suppose!

Whats up September FARM readers! Karli has her little pregnant feet up today and you get me instead, I'm Chelsea and I blog over at East Willow Grove. Yes I do speak German, although I'm losing it rather fast because I don't speak it nearly as much as I should!

While Karli's farmer will be surrounded by all women, I live quite the opposite life! I'm a mama to two little blonde haired, blue eyed boys. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Some might say it's very cliche that I work in the auto industry. Some might also say that I'm living life a little backwards.
You see, I started off my post high-school life in Chicago, attending fashion school but when I realized I wanted to go to a bigger university, so I packed up and moved back to Michigan. Instead of heading back east to the D, I went west to the beach {Grand Rapids} and attended Grand Valley State. Four amazing and unforgettable years flew by and I graduated with a degree in German and International business and like most, had no freaking clue what I wanted to do.
Time for the backwardness. 

11 months after the BF and I graduated college we found out we were pregnant with our first little blondie! Tracen was born a month early and was in the NICU for 10 days. We then brought him home on NYE 2010. We both landed our first "big kid jobs" a few months after. Fast forward a few and we welcomed our second little blondie, Skylor 3 weeks early at the end of July 2013. Although he was early he was a whopping 8 lbs 6 oz {imagine if I went full-term!}

Most recently, we bought our first home at the end of March and have been remodeling it ever since! There are two questions we ALWAYS get asked though:

1. Are you going to have more kids?
2. When are you going to get married?

While both are valid questions I wish people would just understand that I'm basically a blonde version of Kourtney Kardashian. Although my skin isn't as glowingly beautiful as hers and my bank account is slightly lower, we're pretty much the same people. So my answer for you my friends is, when Kourtney gets married I will. I guess this also means I should start trying to get knocked up again if I want to "keep up." All kidding aside we are very happy with our life and while we haven't followed the "normal" adult route we wouldn't change it! Plus when we do get married you will all get to see it here, cool right? right!

Moving on from marriage and more kids my blog is packed full of other topics, such as things I would tell my 18 year old self, monthly goalshome remodels, inspired makeup looks, and much more. I suppose you'd say it's the epitome of a lifestyle blog! While I love blogging I also have a huge passion for creating and editing videos for my youtube channel. Although I post mostly vlogs you will also find look books and make-up and hair related videos there as well.
Hopefully you have enjoyed a peak into my life living with a houseful of boys! Where there is never enough room for me in the bed and I drink more coffee than I should be allowed to. And Karli, if you wanna do some arranged marriages, holla atcha girl! {kidding, kinda} But for real, if you don't mind a few crap ton pictures of some cute kids, home remodeling or girly makeup and hair talk then I think we can totally be internet friends, or maybe just real friends because what's a few IP addresses in-between people anyway!
that's our gal, gals. chelsea. gorgeous. pulls off pink lipstick like no one i've ever seen. and basically more rad than i'll ever be. and don't tell my farmer she speaks german...based purely on our last name...i have a feeling he'd be into it. 

and because i don't want you to miss out on one ounce of east willow can find her all over the place!


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