Thursday, February 28, 2013


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vacation & Motivation

I have been feeling so gross lately.
Like I need to eat healthier, work out more, and get better sleep...
Booking our trip has been some serious motivation.
(like turning down my favorite meal at my favorite restaurant to order from the "lite" menu.)
I am the WORST at dieting. I have the biggest sweet tooth, I LOVE to bake, and I can't get through a day without Diet Coke.
It definitely doesn't help that there is ALWAYS cookies, pies, and other goodies in my office.

I have 77 days till Vacation.
I want to feel p.e.r.f.e.c.t in a bikini.
I want to feel h.e.a.l.t.h.y.


Xo, Allison 

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Week, New Design

Special thanks to Amanda at We&Serendipity for
creating my new blog design!
Such a sweetheart! Love her blog!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Let the Countdown Begin!

We booked our trip!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!!!!
One week. All inclusive. So excited.

I have been begging Derek to go on a trip like this f.o.r.e.v.e.r and we can finally financially afford it!
Friday night we officially booked everything.
When we booked it online we also got a whole bunch of credits to use at the resort.
Massages, Dinner on the Beach, Champagne, Wine, Ocean View, etc.

The end of our trip will also be my 25th birthday and I can't think of a better way to welcome in my mid-twenties <3 drink in hand, with my love, on the beach [[d.r.e.a.m.y.]]

81 days and counting ...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bare Essentials

I have always been a MAC make-up girl.
This weekend I had an appointment to get my make-up at MAC for the wedding D and I went to.
Sometimes a girl just doesn't wanna do her own makeup!

Long story short - I make the appointment too late in the day (oops) and MAC couldn't take me any earlier.
I was already at the mall so I decided to go over to "Bare Essentials" and have them to my make-up.

The makeup looks so smooth and flawless.
The color matches my skin perfectly and the warmth looks so natural.
and it lasts all day without my face feeling oily or gross.

Why has it taken me this long to try it?!
I seriously recommend you stop at the next Bare Essentials you see and ask them to show you
some products.

Bare Essentials just makes me Happy :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Long Weekend Recap

Anyone else feel like this week is going slow?
No, just me? cool.
I feel like i've been on-the-go 24/7 since last week....blahhh

Friday after work I drove down Pacific Coast Highway to my parents' house in Ventura.
The sunset over the water was amazing and deff made the 2 1/2 hour drive 
in awful traffic worth every second.
I picked up dinner and spent the night with my sister and nephews <3

Saturday Derek and I went to our friends Mikey and Katie's wedding <3
<3 i LOVE love <3
Derek was in the wedding and looked so handsome!
I wanted to cry (as always) at it all....the vows, the first dance, father-daughter dance, the speeches..
Derek laughs but its all just so sweet!!!!
( i'm going to be a MESS at my wedding )

(clearly you can tell I no longer have long-ish brown hair...blondes have more fun!)

The next morning we woke up and had breakfast with D's parents on their boat.
The weather was so amazing on Sunday!!

We were supposed to do our valentines day on Sunday (since D wasn't home on the 14th)
but that was a FAIL... 

We drove home from Ventura and I introduced D to the amazing-ness of "Breaking Bad"

Work has been so busy yesterday and today.
I feel like tomorrow should already be Friday!!!!

Happy Hump Day!
Xo, Allison

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Lovey Day!

Happy Valentines Day!
Today is our 5th Valentines together <3 
(4 in the 3 years of dating and 1 in high school)

Derek and I are going to celebrate on Sunday since he won't be home tonight :(
I woke up to gorgeous flowers and a stuffed animal this morning and D even got out of bed super early to have a 5 minute breakfast with me before I ran out the door.

Throwback Thursday:
Our 1st Valentines day together was in High School.  I was SO nervous/excited all day at school!
I had no idea what to get him. Was I supposed to get him a gift even though he wasn't my "boyfriend"?!
My besties at the time were going to pick up gifts for their boyfriends after school (when I had soccer practice). They offered to get something up for me to give D (legit! problem solved!)
They dropped off the gift on their way home, perfectly wrapped and ready to go.

He came over after basketball practice with pink roses and a teddy bear. 
I handed him my gift (which secretly I had no idea what it was).
Silk boxers.
With kisses.
(and they were sheer)
I died. I wanted to KILL my friends (who had gotten similar gifts for their long time boyfriends).

We put on The Notebook, and within minutes Derek was snoring.

I never let him forget that he never actually watched the Notebook with me.
He loves to remind me that I gave him sheer silk kissy boxers.
And I still have the teddy bear he gave me.

Happy Valentines Day, Squishy. I love you more than pancakes. Xo, Stinky

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fat Tuesday

Happy Fat Tuesday Loves!
Ironically, today is also the day that my order of Girl Scout Cookies arrived at the office.

Weekend Recap:
Derek and I officially live together!
We (and by "we" I really mean D and his friend) moved all my furniture in on Saturday.
I spent the day unpacking the little things (clothes, bathroom goodies, kitchen junk, etc.)
I still have a few boxes to unpack and more clothes to put away, but its really starting to feel like home.
We decided to have a chill night on Saturday.
We went to dinner and then had a PJ Party for 2 (PJs, Hookah, and TV) <3 

Sunday I spent the day with my little munchkins.
I love spending time with my nephews! <3
Me, my sister, and my mom took them to the Harbor to see the "Tall Ships"
Noah's favorite show is "Jake and the Neverland Pirate" so he LOVED being on the boat.
After we toured the boat we got some lunch, I spoiled Noah with an ice cream, 
and we walked around the harbor.
Noah saw a carousel and I've never seen him get so excited.
(like handed-over-his-ice-cream-to-go-on excited)
So of course I volunteered to take him on.
We got our ticket, he picked his seat, and we waited for it to start.
He was SO excited. Then it started.
The ride went up, he freaked, and jumped off into my arms.
...and then I got to hold/hug him for 3 minutes while standing on a carousel.
(but it was the best 3 minute hug ever)
I felt so bad he was scared. melts my heart.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Crazy Laws

Happy Tuesday!!
I'm a paralegal. I work in a law firm. I need a break.
So, I looked up the crazy laws in California.

Blythe, California - You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already 
own at least two cows.

Carmel, California - Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.

Chico, California - Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits will result in a $500.00 fine.

Dana Pointe, California - One may not use their own restroom if the window is open.

Eureka, California - A man with a mustache may not kiss a woman.

Hollywood, California - It is illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep 
down Hollywood Blvd. at one time.

Long Beach, California - Cars are the only items allowed in a garage.

Pacific Grove, California - It is illegal to molest butterflies.

Riverside, California - One may not carry lunch down the street 
between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm.

Walnut, California - Children may not wear Halloween masks unless they have a special 
permit from the sheriff.

Seriously!?!? How do these laws ever get passed? Too funny.
I think I want to be a police officer just for a day to enforce some of these!!

Look up your city's crazy laws HERE.

Xo, Allison

Friday, February 1, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Happy February!
I can't believe January has already come and gone...
This is the month of the "big move"! yayyyyy
I can't wait to fall asleep and wake up next to Derek every day!

Derek is living in his parents' guest house, and i'm officially moving in this month!
His parents did a little remodel before I move in (and before we start paying rent).
New floors, repainting the cabinets, touching up the bathroom tiles, etc.

We got our floors on Wednesday and the decorating has begun!!

 Before - tearing out the carpet ( don't mind the man bending over... D didnt realize he was in the pic )

We moved everything back and its looking empty. I can't wait to decorate!!

Love <3 sitting by the fire watching TV <3

 Tile in the kitchen stayed.
Finally have a door mat!
A shoe bin - because Derek has a million shoes and they always end up next to the door...

We start moving my stuff this weekend!
Can't wait to be all moved in <3