Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

With everything that's been going on lately, we were a little late getting our Christmas cards out this year. We still got it done, but I know some people will get them after Christmas...oh well! Getting a new job 2 weeks before Christmas makes things a little nuts! I don't have the full card to show you that I did through Walmart, but I wanted to at least share with you this picture we used for the card. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Me, Tim, Dakota & Utley!

On a side note, we've been getting some great Christmas cards from friends and family this year. So far, Tim's sister wins for best Christmas card. I just wanted to share it with you guys because it's so great!

The caption read, "You better not pout!" I have the cutest nephew ever!

♥ Erin

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To!

It's another year older for me! Even though I'm getting older and creeping closer to 30 every year I still love to celebrate my birthday. People tell me all the time they feel sorry for me that my birthday is so close to Christmas, but I love it! I love this time of year because there's so much to celebrate and I get to spend time with the best people in my life. Since I'm not getting a lot of time off from work this year because I just started, I'll be celebrating my birthday with my family on Christmas Eve. As for tonight, I'm sure Tim will make my night very special! I know I'll be spending it with people I love! Thank you to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes! Look for some posts next week about what I got for my birthday and Christmas.

♥ Erin

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm Tweeting!

Because of my new job, I started a Twitter account to help with networking and being able to check out some client accounts. I'll be using it for business, but I'll also being using it in association with my blog.

If any of you have Twitter accounts please follow me. I think it's another way for me to express myself and I hope it will give you guys (who don't know me very well of course) a deeper look into my personality, likes and interests.

I added a button on the right sidebar to follow me, but you can also click here. My username is Heydtie042. For now I have my site locked so I'll have to approve all followers, but I might change that after a little while.

This week has been crazy for me starting my new job and all, but I promise I'll work on some blog posts for you guys. Definitely after the holidays be on the look out or some giveaways, my goal is to get to 50 followers by the end of January. So help me to my goal and spread the word!

I hope you guys are gearing up for Christmas!

♥ Erin

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Favorite Christmas Songs

I know there are people out there who just can't stand Christmas music. I am not one of them. I can't listen to it for days and days, but if there's nothing on the radio I'll change the station to the one playing holiday music. However, I expect to listen to it when I'm wrapping presents, during Christmas Eve dinner and on Christmas Day while we're opening presents.

I've been blasting Christmas music at work this week and it got me thinking...what are my favorite Christmas songs of all time? Well I thought long and hard and I came up with a list. There's so many I like that I couldn't narrow it down to an even 5 or 10. So here's my list of 13!

13. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
12. Hanukkah Song - Adam Sandler
11. The Chipmunk Song - Chipmunks
10. Carol of the Bells - Westminster Choir
9. Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
8. Ave Maria
7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
6. White Christmas - The Drifters
5. Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
4. Where Are You Christmas - Faith Hill
3. All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
2. O Holy Night - Love all the versions by Josh Groban, Celine Dion or Faith Hill
1. Last Christmas - Wham!

So what do you guys think of this list? What are some of your Holiday favorites? I hope every one's in the Christmas season!

♥ Erin

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Please excuse my recent absence...

I know I've been MIA since Thanksgiving, but I swear I have a good reason! I'll get to it just give me a minute.

First let me start off by telling you that I did not take any pictures while at mom's in SC because we treated it like a lazy vacation. Literally, all we did was eat, sleep and watch TV. We went to the mall once, was not impressed and ended up going home and shopping online! I only get to see my Mom a few times a year since she lives so far away. Every year I go see her for Thanksgiving. My parents have been split since I was 3 so since then she has always gotten me for Thanksgiving while my Dad gets me for Christmas. It's been that way my whole life. Ever since Tim came into my life, he alternates with me. One year he comes with me and we drive down (with the dogs). Then the next year I fly down and he goes to PA (with the dogs). This was our year to drive and our first big drive with Utley. She gets carsick so we had to give her some Dramamine and it worked great (thank goodness). I can't wait till she gets over the whole carsickness thing because she's so good in the car! She just sleeps, unlike Dakota who sits and pants the whole time. I ended up taking a picture of them on the way down because I was texting Tim's mom and she wanted to know how they were doing. This is what the back of my car looked like!
Since we weren't sure how Utley was going to be we put her in her cage. She slept like that for all 7 hours, it was great. I'm sure it was also because we left at 2 am and drove through the night.

My Mom rescues dogs and she currently has 8! She's a saint. So the house was filled with 4 adults and 10 dogs! Let's just say there wasn't a dull moment. Don't worry, not all dogs were out all at once. It's a little hectic, but what my mom does is amazing. Some of the dogs she's rescued from really bad situations like abuse, neglect, etc. and they are still wonderful, loving animals.

Anyway, since my birthday is December 21st my Mom always gets me my bday and Christmas/Hanukkah presents when I visit. One of the gifts she got me was...
Steve Madden Intyce Boots in Cognac

I've been wanting these boots since the end of summer! There's a story to go along with these boots and I will explain in a later post. Let's just say, my mom ordered these boots for me over Thanksgiving and I still haven't gotten them yet. Nordstroms and I are fighting right now, don't worry I'll tell you all about it once it's settled.

Tim and I also wanted a new higher end set of pots and pans because ours are on their last leg. I haven't received them yet, but you guys know how much I love to cook so I'm really looking forward to getting them.

So for my big news and the reason I've been MIA the last couple weeks...I don't even think I've mentioned what I do for a living on here and I don't plan on bringing that part of me to this blog for a number of reasons. Currently I'm working in a field that I don't like. I needed a job when I moved to DC and this was what I got; I was very grateful for it especially during a recession. I majored in PR and Marketing in college and ultimately wanted to get back to it. Finally, I was given an opportunity with a company to start my public relations career. My last day at my current job is Friday and I start my new job on Monday, December 13th. I couldn't be happier about this new opportunity. My plan is to keep this blog, but please bear with me during this transition. I will do my best to keep up with my regular posting and update you on how everything is going on. Thank you for all your support and well wishes!

Finally saw HP7 Part 1 while in SC! Absolutely loved it! I was reading the last book when I saw it and had gotten to the point where they concluded the first part of the film. I just have to say that the movie was great, the book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I can't freaking wait until the final movie comes out!

Picked up Eclipse on Blu Ray this week! Tim and I watched it last night. It is soooo clear in Blu Ray, I definitely recommend it if you have a Blu Ray player.

Had a girls night last Friday and we all went to Restaurant 3 in Arlington. If you haven't been there I suggest you head on over. You'll definitely want to try the Bacon Infused Bloody Mary and the Fried Green Tomatoes...mmmmm, it was sooo good!

My Bacon Infused Bloody Mary (yes it had a slice of bacon in it!), it was made with bacon vodka and it was delicious!

Well that's what's been going on with me! I've got some more posts planned for this week so don't you worry!

♥ Erin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Layer Cake

My contribution to Thanksgiving Linner on Sunday (see my earlier post today) was a 4 layer pumpkin cake. I was very nervous to make this because I had never made a cake bigger than 1 layer. I have to say I was very proud of myself because it turned out great and it was a big hit. It's actually a very easy recipe and it's great for feeding a lot of people. If you need to make a smaller version it can be easily converted to a smaller 2 layer cake. It's also a great recipe for the fall season whether you make it around Halloween or later in the season at Thanksgiving. I should have done more pictures of the steps, but sorry guys I didn't think about it until after it was done. I was too busy concentrating on it so it didn't fall over! Enjoy.

Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

1 pkg. (2 layer size) yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1/4 cup caramel
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Heat oven at 375 degrees. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 in. round pans. Bake 28-30 minutes, cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, cool completely. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Stir in Cool Whip. Cut each layer horizontally; stack on serving plate, spreading filling between layers (not on top). Drizzle with caramel and nuts just before serving.

*I wanted to give you a couple pointers that I learned while making this...since I had such a busy weekend and couldn't make it all on Sunday, I made the cake portion 2 days prior and froze it. That was really nice because while I made the icing I let the cake thaw out and it was easier to stack and spread the icing. Also, when you're cutting the layers in half the best technique is to have another person help you. Instead of cutting it with a serrated knife, use string or plain dental floss. It makes it so much easier and cuts it evenly through. Stand on either side of the cake and have one person hold it down by gently pressing on the top. Each person take an end of the string or floss and use a saw motion through it. Thank you to my wonderful grandma who told me that trick

♥ Erin

PSU vs. Indiana and Thanksgiving Linner

This is a short week for most of us so may not be many posts this week. We'll be traveling tonight to get down to South Carolina to visit my Mom and Step dad for Thanksgiving. I would have posted earlier this week, but we had a lot going on.

So just to catch you up on my weekend, my Dad, Step mom and sister came down because they got us tickets to the PSU/Indiana game at FedEx field on Saturday. It was a long day, but we had great seats and a wonderful time. We started out the morning (yes morning) tailgating until game time. We had quite a spread (thanks to the rents) that consisted of meats and cheeses, fruit and dip, mimosas, bagels and donuts. I even got to meet up with my suite mates from PSU freshman year. I hadn't seen them in almost 10 years! I can't believe I'm old enough to say something like that. Anyway here are some pics from the day. I have more pictures coming from my step mom, but I haven't gotten them yet. Here's what I had so far.

Out front of the stadium with our friends Bonnie & Rob

The view from our awesome seats

Tim & me

Cyndie & my sister Alex

My sister survived her first PSU tailgate.

Bonnie & me

Dad & Cyndie

Yes that's a flamingo, and yes he's going to drink out of it.

After we recovered on Sunday, we headed over to our friend Ben's house for our first annual Thanksgiving Linner (yes linner, it's between lunch and dinner). There was a total of 10 of us and we also had 2 visitors attend that were in town visiting Roman and Jenny our neighbors. Everybody made a dish and let me tell you, I have no problem have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner a few days before. Everything was wonderful and especially before we get into such a busy time for everyone, it was nice to just eat, laugh and enjoy time with our closest friends in VA. Here are a couple pictures from our event. If you're wondering what I made, you may have to stick around later for a post about it...I'm sure there will be one.

The spread

The crew

What are everyone's plans for Thanksgiving? Are you traveling or do people come to you?

♥ Erin

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Recent Ulta Purchases

I had to make an Ulta run because I was completely out of one of my foundations from BareMinerals. I had a couple coupons that were going to expire so I splurged on some cosmetics I desperately needed. Thanks in part to one of my favorite bloggers, Miss K @ Love, Lipstick, and Pearls (if you haven't checked out her blog I suggest you do so), I have decided to be a little more daring with my makeup purchases. I get stuck buying the same stuff all the time. I'm slowly adding to my collection and I really love what I bought recently.

All Ulta nail polish was bogo and $5 each, so for $10 I got 4 new fall colors. Sunset Bronze, Chic Peek, Gentle Ginger and Brownette.

For the baptism last weekend I wore a beige sweater dress and wanted to match it so I tried the Brownette. It's a very nice neutral color with a little bit of sparkle to it.

I also got this cute Jasmine La Belle eyeshadow kit for $6.

Last but not least, I picked up 2 Ulta baked duos which were bogo as well ($9 each), Maybelline Falsies mascara that I have been dying to try and Glam Eyes eye shadow in Spicy Bronze by Rimmel. I loved the Rimmel eye color, it's bold but not overpowering; and I am in love with the mascara. My everyday mascara is Maybelline's Colossal Volume, but Falsies gives you just a little more length and thickness.

Since my last picture wasn't very bright, I took another one so you could see these great colors. I haven't tried them yet, but I tested them on my hand and I can already tell they'll be just what I'm looking for. The one on the left is Plum Gorgeous and the one on the right is Taken. Hopefully if I remember I'll do a review on them as soon as I get a chance to wear them.

When I get a chance, my next stop will be Sephora. There's a bunch of products I want to try from there.

♥ Erin

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weekend Recap

This past weekend we traveled up to PA for our nephew's baptism. It was a weekend that we spent totally with our family. It was really nice not having to drive all over the place to meet up with this person or that person. Don't get me wrong I miss our friends, but it's nice to actually relax when we're up there.

Saturday night we got to babysit Tyler for a little bit. Utley had her first experience with a toddler. I don't think she's quite comfortable with smaller children. She's not mean, she's just scared of them. She let Tyler play with her because he was stationary. His cousin, Sophia, is 1 year old and walking; Utley ran away from her. Dakota on the other hand loves kids of all ages and let Sophia hang all over him. He also kept walking up to Tyler and licking his face. I think Utley just needs a little more time with "smaller humans".

Not only did we get to spend a lot of time with Tyler and Tim's family, but we got to spend some time over at my Dad's introducing Utley to everyone including his two dogs. Here are some of my favorite pics from the weekend!

♥ Erin

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...of the Harry Potter Premiere

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) World Premiere was in London last night. Of course the red carpet was full of fashion winners and losers. Below are as many pictures as I could find of the actors from the movie, I didn't even want to include ALL the celebrities that showed up (we'd be here all day). Below you'll find my likes, dislikes and ones that I was just indifferent to. Although, when you think about it, a lot of the actors in these films were very eccentric just like the characters they played. So their choice of outfit isn't as shocking when you think about it. I am disappointed though, Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) was missing from the premiere (or at least I couldn't find one picture of him there). What are some of your favorite pictures from the premiere?


These three looked fabulous. Emma definitely stole the show with her lacy outfit, and not many people can pull off that hair cut. They've all grown up so much.

Totally impressed with these two, they really clean up nice.

There was never a doubt in my mind that Ralph Fiennes wouldn't look handsome.

Jason Isaacs is a very good looking man (especially without the long white wig).

Now I know some of you would have put this in your dislike column. However, it's Helena Bonham Carter...this is her style. I think it was one of her better choices.

I love the green and blue to bring out his hair and complexion. This suit was a good choice for Tom.

Imelda channeled a little bit of Dolores Umbridge in this outfit and she looks stunning.

Ummm, when did Neville Longbottom get hot?


I was really disappointed with Clemence Poesy's choice of dress. She's beautiful and classic, but this does nothing for her.

Bonnie is 19 years old, she looks like she's going for 50.

Evanna looks much better as a blond, and this color does not work with her hair or complexion. She looks washed out.

Mark looked a little too disheveled for me.


This one was a hard one. I neither like it nor hate it. I'm a fan of the dress and I think Katie looks good, but I feel like her gothic hair and makeup mismatched everything.

I'm indifferent to plain outfits. Even though Julie looks nice, it's just too boring for me.

I'm not quite sure what John is trying to pull off. A little bit of Sherlock Holmes?

Emma pulled off black lace really well, JK didn't have as much luck. I was expecting something better from her.

Like I said, I'm indifferent to the plain outfits. What was with all the black?

I cannot wait until this movie comes out next week. Unfortunately, I have a crazy week ahead and probably won't get to see it until the week of Thanksgiving. I am almost done the 6th book and will hopefully finish the 7th and final book before I see Part 1.

♥ Erin