Monday, June 4, 2012


1. What are your favorite TV shows?
Law & Order: SVU (although I can't watch it without's just not the same), Big Bang Theory, One Tree Hill, Teen Mom (I know, I'm ashamed), Criminal Minds (though it terrifies me so much I can't watch it very often anymore) and so many more. I'm a serious TV junkie.
2. When are you getting Yoshi a friend?
As soon as Ryan permits it. I secretly surf Craigslist often in search of a black pug between the ages of 2 and 4 years old to adopt, because I need a little black pug to be the yin to Yoshi's yang. And old man Yoshi can't handle energetic puppies, so we need an adult doggy friend.
P.S. Jes, Ryan's mad at you for asking this question.
3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Europe! It's a bit cliche, but I've just got to visit me some Europe.
There are so many beautiful and diverse things to see in each country there.
4. How many little ones do you want and 
do you have a girl and boy name already picked out?
We'd love to have three, but word on the street is that children are expensive. And California is expensive. So we'll see if that number changes...but I think I need a boy and a girl.
I've got my boy names picked out! Girl names are trickier, and I go back and forth a lot.
5. Where do you get the inspiration for your outfits?
 Everywhere...Pinterest. Magazines. TV. People I see on the streets.
Celebrities like Whitney Port and Ashley Tisdale. And fabulous bloggers.
For example: The Daybook, Pandora's Box and Running on Happiness, just to name a few.
6. What do you miss the most about Missouri (besides family)?
Frozen custard. And queso dip. But not the two mixed together.
7. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Cake batter, hands down. If you can't find it, go buy a carton of ice cream (any kind with a vanilla base) and a box of instant yellow cake mix. Sprinkle the cake mix onto your ice cream.
Stir it up and devour it. You'll thank me. 
8. What is your favorite part about being a California girl?
Besides the obvious benefit of living near the beach, I really love the "vibe" here,
if that makes any sense. People just seem so relaxed, friendly and happy
and I love being surrounded by that feeling.
9. What are you studying and what is your novel about?
I got my Bachelors degree in English and I'm now working on a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I've actually finished two (unpublished) novels. The first I wrote as the thesis for my Bachelors degree and it was a crime novel about a serial rapist and murderer (charming, right?).
My second novel, the one I just recently finished, is 1000% different.
It's a "coming-of-age" story about two best friends in high school.
10. What skin care and makeup products do you use?
First of all, to the anonymous person who complimented me on my skin,
I think that may be the best compliment I've ever received considering how many
redonkulous issues I've had with acne.
So, thank you. For real.
Skin care: Neutrogena Clear Pore cleanser/mask, Clean&Clear dual action moisturizer and 5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream. Morning and night, without fail.
Makeup: I switch around a lot, always looking for products that work better with acne prone skin.
I think my favorite foundation thus far has been Merle Norman Luxiva flawless effect liquid foundation. And my best makeup tip for oily skin is to apply Boots expert instant matte to your eyelids and oil-prone areas before you apply makeup. It really helps keep my face from looking shiny and it does wonders to prevent my eyeshadow from creasing on my eyelids. 
11. What brand were your wedding shoes?
Badgley Mischka. I spent too much money on them, but when I saw them online it was love at first sight. And after wearing them all day long, my feet were numb for an entire WEEK.
Literally. I thought I might have to go to the doctor.
12. If you could plan your wedding over again, 
what would you change?
Hmm...really, there's little I'd change. If I could plan it all again, I think I would either keep it almost exactly the same or I would go with a completely different style. I loved the rustic-y feel of our wedding, but I think other themes would have been amazing, too.  
13. What were your thoughts behind starting a blog?
When we moved, I knew I wanted to start a blog to share our lives with our families back in Missouri. My parents haven't jumped on the Facebook trend, so this is the best way for me to
share our pictures with them, and I know when we (eventually, years and years from now)
start a family it'll be even more important to be able to share the daily happenings
with our family and friends.
14. What is the first thing you wash in the shower?
I died laughing at this. This should be an ice breaker question for meetings and conferences (how incredibly awkward would that be?). And I had to think about this because my routine is so engrained I just go on auto-pilot when I get in the shower. But it's definitely shampoo first.
15. If you could go on a date with any celebrity, who would it be?
Right now, Ryan Gosling's winning. And he'd better fly me to Missouri in his private jet
for frozen custard, since he's rich and can do things like that.
16. What's been the biggest hurdle in your marriage?
I spent a lot of time thinking about this question. I even used one of my lifelines and asked Ryan about it, and I still don't have a complete answer. Truthfully, I'm not sure we've tackled any hurdles just yet. I think we've been well-prepared for most of the changes we've encountered thus far, so we've handled them easily. We haven't had many surprise issues pop up to throw us off, but I imagine we will some day (kids...job know, "adult" things)
and I hope we can conquer them with teamwork.

Coming up: My super lame hair tutorial. 


  1. Super fun to read! Cake batter rules, and I'd pick Ryan Gosling too ;). xo

  2. HAHAHA sorry, Ryan. Sharks kind of made me ask.

  3. This was great! I had so much fun reading this. I like how you made it a little silly too. Awesome! I love Criminal Minds too, but I have no idea why I watch it because it keeps my mind wondering when I go to bed at night. It really is creepy.

  4. Hahaha so glad you found my question comical instead of creepy. I go on auto-pilot too but shampoo is always, always first. I feel like I know everything I ever need to about you now that I know what you wash first. Perfect.

  5. These kinds of posts are always fun to read because we get to know you a bit better. :)

    oh,and I love Law and Order:SVU too.

  6. I like being a California girl too...the weather is so nice and mild here. I also watch teen mom haha! I'm 22, but for some reason I love watching it and following their stories. Loved reading through your questions and answers. :)

  7. This was a really fun post! It's always nice to get to know your fellow blog girls :) Your novel (the second one haha ;) sounds so sweet! You'd better hurry up and get it published cuz I would LOVE to read it! =)


  8. I love love love law and order. I watch it all day long on Netflix when I'm bored. But what the what what about stabler? I havent seen the new season yet so..........Hahahaha
    The question about the shower. Hahahaha that's absolutely hilarious. And I agree 100%. Probably needs to be an ice breaker question in the lives of everyone.

  9. I'm also a Teen Mom fan...terrible, but so great!

  10. I am a criminal minds watcher and it scares the bajeebus out of me every.single.time. I love your answer to what you like about being a Cali girl. Everytime we go visit that's my favorite thing, it's so "happy" there!

  11. I loved reading this! And... I'm pretty sure I need to try frozen custard. Maybe Ryan Gosling can fly us BOTH out?? xo

  12. I agree girls names are hard to figure out! And California is expensive! That's why my hubs and I don't have kids yet (well one of the reasons) love this!

  13. Sad thing is, I can't even remember which question I asked you. But I think it was the one about going anywhere in the World, where would you go. I'd love to go to Europe too, but I'm pretty sure my destination would be a tropical island somewhere & I really don't give a crap where haha...

    & I shampoo first too :)

  14. I love this... I really enjoy reading your blog, and like getting to "know" you better. A yin and yang pug pair sounds awesome... I am trying to convince my bf to let me get a black pug as a friend for our tan pug... so I know your struggles :)

  15. So much fun to read your answers! Thank you!

  16. Our pug is a black one... he's 5 years old. I love the black ones! :)

  17. HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    Congrats on your two books and good luck with them. Let us know when they get published. When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer and I even started writing a novel. It was funny!
    Your q&a is hilarious! I haven't tried cake batter ice-cream yet, I'll follow your tip because I haven't seen that flavour here.

  18. Cake Batter. Hum.

    I cannot come up with a comment.. my eyebrows are so stressed across my forehead.. Cake Batter.. Hum.. Even with all the add on's.

    Cake Batter. Gees.

  19. Wow I just found your blog and I feel like i've known you forever. Great post!


  20. cool! i had fun reading it :)

    visit my blog?
    and if you like we can follow each other pretty! let me know. ;D

  21. FROZEN CUSTARD! I'm praying Seattle has this (we're moving there next month) because it is one of my favorite things. EVER.

  22. I loved reading all of the fun questions and reading your answers. Great way for your readers to get a glimpse into your fun personality. :) I would be torn between Ryan Goslin and Christian Bale :)

  23. Haha these pictures of "how to DIY" are sooooo cute! Thanks for posting and sharing these tips with us :)


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