A John Deere and power blowers – who am I?

Saturday was the epitome of productivity in our household. Not only did we get rid of every leaf on the property (OK, maybe not every single one), we the guys started tiling the shower! Tacking the pool of leaves in the front and back yards has been on the bottom of our to-do list. Not only have renovations taken front seat, but we are limited to sunny hours to get outside to rake (thanks, day light savings time!).

Knowing we had quite the task in front of us, one of our loving family friends lent us this bad @ss for the weekend:

THE ultimate tractor.

This bad boy saved us (I’m guessing) 5 hours of work. All Dean had to do was drive over the leaves and voila! The John Deere turned the leaves into mulch. I was so thankful to not spend my entire day raking!

While Dean was whizzing around the neighborhood on the John Deere (he was giddy on this thing), I got to play with power tools (or a blower ;))!

This was fun.

Now our yard is freshly primped and Cabela isn’t sniffing around searching for actual grass to do her business on!

Much better


I think we might have to steal this incredible machine each fall!

Raking happens to be up there with vacuuming…I HATE those chores. I did learn though that using a backpack blower is fun! What chores do you loathe?


Headphone Heaven!

I FINALLY found a pair of headphones that I’m actually impressed with (bonus: they didn’t break the bank!). It’s been months since my last ‘work out’ pair of ‘phones died on me. By the way, all the comments and suggestions we’re greatly appreciated :). Since August, I’ve been unhappily getting by using old Dell buds. I was constantly holding them in my ear on runs and on the dreadmill. Those days are over!

Found at Target!

These suckers are adjustable, come with extra ear buds to accomodate smaller or larger ears and have a touch of ‘stick’ to them so they don’t slip out once the swear starts a flowin’. They are even waterproof which means they can be cleaned! The sound is loud and clear blaring out of my iPod Touch, too (minor detail, right??)

It was a long wait, but it was worth it! Just in time for those snowy runs….yuck.

What is the one thing you need to have a enjoyable workout?

The best detox around

After a long weekend of imbibing a few too many glasses of wine or indulging a bit too much on the football buffett, I always need a great workout to get myself back in gear. While lifting weights or going for a jog is always good for the soul, I know how to drain the toxins out of my pores!

60 minutes on one of these suckers…

It might not always be enjoyable, but holy sweat! I try to get in one to two spin classes a week at Fitworks. Our branch just got some new bikes, too!

It’s always nice to get a kick start to getting back on the ‘healthy track’ by sweating out all the weekend’s poison! How do you ‘detox’ after a long weekend?

Weddinged Out!

This past Friday marked our last wedding of the year. We always have a blast at weddings, but I have to admit I am happy to put my dancin’ shoes away for the rest of the season! This year we had more fall weddings than summer, do I sense a trend?

The ceremony was a quick one at Windows on the River, followed by delicious food, too many cocktails and plenty of dancing!

J & A

A & D

The party continued (completely necessary!) following the wedding at the Barley House. Surprisingly, I could function Saturday because I cleaned the entire house before having QT on our patio with my dear friends! A Lady Gaga party may or may not have ensued.

Since we didn’t get tickets to the Browns game on Sunday (my heart still hurts over this one), we changed things up and avoided the Pit at all costs and chose to attend a house party. I’m glad we did! Look at the projection TV! By my Foursqaure observations, it seemed like lots of Browns fans migrated to the Muni Lot Sunday. We sure showed them, suckers! 😉

Anyone notice how much time ESPN spent on the game and the story of Rex and Ryan?

I think it’s safe to say Braylon Edwards is the #2 most hated athlete in Cleveland, so I did my due diligence as a fan…

Butterfinger anyone?

Also, if you see this Browns fan wandering around your neighborhood, RUN!! 🙂

I am really looking forward to a relaxing week, I wonder if that will really happen…

Girls night out: Blogger Beauty Sale

Wednesday night was just what the doctor ordered: Girls night out at a Blogger Beauty Sale! I adore the BF, but all the testosterone that accompanies renovations can overwhelm me at times: jackhammering, tiling, smoking, sanding, drinking, etc.

I was extremely excited when Michelle from All Lacquered Up (the primo nail polish site) invited a dozen or so bloggers, (including little ol’ me!) to her house for her Blogger Beauty Sale. I remember drooling reading about the event on Alexa and Allison’s blogs last year.

Since Michelle lives on the eastside, which is foreign territory to me, I basically invited myself to ride with Heather and Allison. Thankfully, they weren’t too creeped out and let me tag along ;). I’m glad they did because we all got along wonderfully!

We finally meet! And no, we didn't plan matching outfits! (Thanks for the pic, Heather!)

Upon arriving (may or may not have gotten *lost* 4 times), we wined and dined with some other Cleveland bloggies before Michelle unleashed the hounds…er, let us downstairs to have at all her excess beauty goods!

I got my paws on some awesome products:

Instead of costing me $70-$80, all these goods only cost me $25! Not only was it a enjoyable night with some awesome chicas, all the profits were donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer!

All in all a great night! Thanks for hosting us, Michelle!

Positive progress!

Back in August I told you about our renovation surprise. It’s been a looong few months, but we are (finally!!) making progress. The shower floor is in, self-leveling concrete has been poured, coils for the heated floors are installed.

I will wait to post photos until we are 100% done – hoping a month or so (I have high hopes!). Then it’s onto the kitchen (which will make for a long fun spring!)

Since we had to gut the bathroom, I want to carry the *new* feeling into the bedroom. Problem is I’ll have to do this for next-to-nothing ($$). I have confidence in myself that I can cut corners and rehab the room without breaking the bank. Which brings me to the point of this post: Where do you shop or visit online for creative home inspiration?

Of course I drool over the Pottery Barn mags and emails I receive, but that is obviously waaaay over the budget. Last week I purchased the Living Social deal of the day which was a Canvas Pop coupon. I hope to find a photo in my collection I can use to hang over the bed.

I’m thinking something calming and simple. I know the BF likes neutrals, so I’ll probably have to achieve a pop of colors from pillows, pictures, etc. The renovations have not helped my already crazy obsession with HGTV! I’m currently all over the place bookmarking various images and pages on ikea.com, hgtv.com, Fine Living among many others!

If you know of any sites or stores that offer low prices and large imaginations, please share!

A Browns win and the Pit fail

How incredible does it feel to be a Browns fan today?! Not only did we beat the defending Super Bowl champs two weeks ago, we shut down Tom Brady and the Pats on Sunday! Monday mornings are almost enjoyable after the past two inspiring W’s – I love my Brownies!

There was one thing that almost ruined my Sunday (almost!) though. As we walked towards the W. 9th entrance of the Pit, we we’re rudely told we needed to pony up $5 a person for the ‘pedestrian fee.’ I told the attendant that we were just ‘walking through’ (which was a lie :P). He said he didn’t care and we needed to pay. Well, we didn’t have any cash (and I had Cabela). So the BF had to run to Constantino’s so we could meet up with our friends that we’re already set up in the Pit.

I knew this was an issue a month ago. It was covered by The Plain Dealer, 19 Action news and a plethora of local bloggers. What was the headline on cleveland.com October 6? ‘Downtown Cleveland parking lot ceases to charge for walk-through.’ Well, that wasn’t the case.

What really angers me about this insane policy is how incredibly rude the parking attendants were. I am well aware of the fact that they have to deal with drunk and angry passersby all morning, but having a major chip on your shoulder will only make those people heckle you more. It’s not about the money. $5 is the least of my worries when I am tailgating because it’s definitely not a cheap hobby. Not only are they charging pedestrians to tailgate in their parking lot, they are not allowing cars to use vacant spots without paying an outrageous $30 car fee and they are also blocking off gigantic areas of concrete that could be the perfect play zone for the partiers. And come on, you know they are pocketing some of this cash. There is no way in Hell you can monitor the pedestrians in the lot.

We bit the bullet and paid the fee. We had a great time, but I will absolutely be rethinking my pre-game routine this Sunday.

Will you go back to the Pit?

Cabela's tailgating debut in 2009.

Cabela loves the attention she gets at the Pit!

Network parking, you blow.