Friday, September 20, 2013

Brain Dump Central for 5 on Friday.

Oh, Friday. I have waited all week for you! I swear by Sunday night each week I'm already counting down the hours until the following Friday. Isn't that terrible? I just love me a good Friday though! It's been far too long since I've checked in here and there's just been so much going on that I thought it'd be fun to dump it all into one of my favorite link-ups, 5 on Friday! Here goes:

5. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. Thirty has definitely been good to me so far and I'm so excited to see what this next year has in store for me, this blog and my little family! I had a fantastic weekend celebrating with my boys- they truly had me feeling like a birthday princess! 

Things have been crazy since I last checked in here- I'm currently in Princeton, New Jersey with the #PureAirBlog team on behalf of Miele, a world renown manufacturer of high end domestic and professional appliances. It has been a busy couple of days learning all there is to learn about them, their product and their mission! We head into New York City tomorrow for a tour of the Good Housekeeping Institute and I'm so excited to share this truly wonderful company with you in the coming months! Here is the #PureAirBlog team before our welcome dinner and a bonus picture of me with one of their ah-mazing vacuums! You can follow our adventures on Twitter and Instagram under the #PureAirBlog hashtag. 



4. Sometimes when I'm out in the backyard with the boys, I'll get these hair-brained ideas to do something crazy like make bird feeders from pine cones. One of my earliest childhood memories is making these exact bird feeders in Pre-School during a "Bring Your Daddy To School Day," and I knew it would be something that Carter would love to do. After stumbling upon a few decently sized pine cones in our yard last week, I collected the necessary supplies and let Carter go to town. He had an absolute blast and every morning he loves looking out the window and yelling at the "Skirrels" to get out of the way. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you basically tie a string to a pine cone, coat it in peanut butter, roll it in bird seed and then I prefer to let ours sit in the freezer for an hour or so before hanging them outside. Messy? Heck yes! But so much toddler-sized fun! 


3. I can hardly contain my excitement now that the Fall TV premiers are right around the corner. A few of my husband's and my shared favorites include The Middle, Parenthood and Modern Family. I am selfishly excited for the return of Revenge and Scandal, two shows that I managed to watch in their entirety in the last twelve weeks. So worth the hours I spent neglecting my children. And by neglecting my children I mean allowing them to eat fruit snacks and watch a movie on the iPad so that Mommy could stream Hulu and Netflix with minimal interruptions. What's on your DVR this Fall?

2. Although I haven't yet busted out the boxes of pumpkin decor yet, I am embracing all things Fall around these parts. From pumpkin muffins and grande skinny vanilla lattes with two pumps of pumpkin to skinny jeans and cognac boots, I am rocking Fall like nobody's business. As a matter of fact, I think I had barely made it through Labor Day weekend before I busted out the first dark manicure of the season. OPI's Siberian Nightshas quickly become my go-to color. Apologies for the creepy hand photo, poor cell phone quality and the ET fingers. I'm in a hotel, remember?


1. Anyone else refusing to update their iPhone to the latest iOS7 nonsense? Not only am I on the fence about it but there's no way I have the available space on my phone to make the install and I'm just not all that invested in it to take the leap. It just makes me... nervous. And it's so.. cartoon-ish? Bubbly? I don't know the word. We've been due for an upgrade since the middle of the summer and now that we've placed our pre-order for the new 5s, I think I'll just tough out iOS6 until then. If you've made the leap, what's your favorite update? I've heard great things about the camera options but would love to know more! 

Be sure to check out the wonderful hosts 
of Five on Friday and have a great weekend!   

20 comments :

  1. The camera part is the coolest to me. It's like Instagram on your phone now. I would definitely wait. Took mine FOREVER and I still can't figure out what's going on with the music part. And if you use your own background picture it really doesn't look as cartoonish.

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  2. My favorite thing is the way that photos are now broken down into different time periods. I hated not being able to see the dates on my photos before.

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  3. I love the camera and the new control center, but the design is really my favorite part! The new fonts and icons are so pretty.

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  4. do not update to iOS7, I did, and I am so mad I did. I do not like the interface. If I were you I would stick with iOS6.

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  5. I am getting a mani/pedi next week and am SO getting fall nail polish. :)

    Need to do the iPhone update. Adding it to my to do list today. Thanks for the reminder.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Doing the same as you until my 5s arrives. Huzzah!

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  7. We love The Middle and Modern Family in our house too. And I am currently on a Scandal binge - trying to get all of Season 2 watched before the Season 3 Premiere on October 3. CAN'T WAIT!:)

    Love the dark nail polish. You've inspired me to get a fall appropriate pedi of my own now!

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  8. Oh my gosh I love the iOS7 update. It is so pretty. OH it has neat features too. But really its pretty! So are your nails;) Haha.

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  9. I'm going to try your grande skinny vanilla with two pumps of pumpkin latte...sounds divine!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. I made the update. I like it. I think the screen looks pretty and fun! The only thing I don't like is the calendar. I want the old one back. The new one is not as easy to use and I really don't find it better so not sure why they changed it. Other than that I'm liking the changes to the other apps.

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  11. I just went to a conference where Judy Smith was the speaker. She's the woman "Scandal" is based off of. She was amazing - I haven't watched the show,but its on my list to start :). I'm going to sound super dated with this next statement: I just got my first iPhone yesterday! I have an iPad, but finally made the leap for my phone... I'll probably update though. We shall see!

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  12. Is it weird that I prefer fall manicure colors, I've been waiting for months for it to roll back around!

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  13. LOVE that nail color and LOVE that watch! I love Carter's little "mess mat"! I'm enjoying your IG pics from GH!

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  14. I hate upgrading to a new operating system. I just got comfortable with the last one!

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  15. Hey pretty lady! Obvi- I am way overdue for commenting even though your reads are my start with my morning cup o'joe daily. I hope your birthday was amazing and that the boys spoiled you like you deserve! I just got the iphone 5c because I was kind of freaked out actually by the fingerprint thingy lol, but I really like the quality of the pics, so that is a big bonus- but I am waiting to upgrade from the ios6 that it comes with to ios7. lots of love sent your way! xo

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  16. Love the nail polish, the 'creepy hand photo' works. I haven't even taken the summer polish off my toes yet. I should really get on that.

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  17. Definitely excited for Modern Family - hands down one of my favorite shows. I also set my DVR for Meet the Goldbergs. I feel the show has the potential to be funny...just hope it is!

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  18. You have described my thoughts on iOS7 exactly. I placed an order for the new one and will wait until then, because who has enough storage to do the download on their old phone??? I never understood how people could run out of storage space on their iphones until I had a kid. haha. So many pictures!

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  19. Hi! FYI- in the future if you want to upgrade your phone operating system but don't feel like clearing out the space, just plug your phone into your computer and download it through iTunes instead. You won't need to clear the space required to download it wirelessly, since the phone won't need to save a huge file to install it.

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  20. Hello! Love your blog. FYI- in the future if you want to upgrade your iOS without having to clear space on your phone, just plug it into your computer and install the new iOS that way. This won't require you to clear any space as it won't have to save a huge file on your phone (as it does when you upgrade wirelessly). :)

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