Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guys, You Aren't Alone: Things I'll Never Understand About Women

I'm a woman. And I'd like to think that I'm a pretty girly one. Sometimes though, I really don't understand women. Often, I even feel like a guy who doesn't have a clue about women at all. I just don't get why women do the things they do. So I decided to make a list of things I'll never understand about them.

-Eyeshadow: Why do women wear eyeshadow? I've always felt silly wearing eyeshadow. It makes my eyes look like a raccoon, no matter what color I choose to wear. I also don't really understand what it actually does for your eyes other than making them look sparkly.

-Name Brand Clothes & Purses: I'll never get this one. Unless you can get that Kate Spade purse on sale at T. J. Maxx, why would you spend that much money on a bag? And buy your clothes at Target for goodness sake. It's much cheaper than spending $100 on a blouse & it's just as cute.

-Long Nails: Ew (Jimmy Fallon reference right here). Long nails are disgusting to me. I always feel like I have dirt under my nails when they get too long. Also, sometimes when women have their nails too long, I feel like they could be a villain on a Disney movie. 

-Giving the Evil Look: Why do women act like children & give people the "evil look?" Even older women do it. For example, you're passing a woman in the hall & smile at her because you're trying to be nice, & she gives you "the look." Not the typical "mom look," but an evil/dirty look. You think to yourself, "What did I ever do to you?" For the life of me, I'll never understand why women (of all ages) do that.

-Crying: I get that this one you can't help a lot of the time. I guess I'm just not an emotional woman. I don't remember the last time I cried. I don't like to wear my emotions on my sleeves like a lot of women tend to do. Some women cry about everything. Yeah, I cry about big stuff, but little every day things... I just don't understand.

-The Jewelry Obsession: There's only two sets of jewelry that I actually like to wear... My wedding ring & a pair of earrings (studs) that my parents gave me for my 16th birthday. I occasionally wear a bracelet, but some women have drawers full of jewelry. I don't get what the obsession is about it.

-Calling Everyone Their Best Friend: Ugh. Some women call everyone & their dog their "best friend" even if they haven't talked to the person in months or even years. I think that the term "best friend" is a serious one. I have a lot of "good friends" or even "great friends," but only a few "best friends." I don't get why so many women call everyone their "best friend."

Those are a few things I'll never understand about women. Are there things you don't understand about women too? If so, what are they?

Monday, July 27, 2015

New & Cheap Date Ideas!

Andrew & I love spending time together. A lot of the time though, we typically do the same few things for a date. As I'm working on being a little more creative (especially in the blogging world), I was trying to think of some new date ideas for us.

We all know of the "typical" date ideas that people have.. Go on a walk, have a picnic, etc. But lately, I've been thinking of a few "new" date ideas that Andrew & I haven't really done (some of these we have done, but haven't done in a long time OR we should do more often). Most of these ideas are also fairly cheap too!

-Go to the farmers market

-Drive around, find places you've never been before & explore 

-Go to a festival of some sort (example: Watermelon Festival)

-Go to the lake or beach (depending on where you live) for the day

-Build a fort in your living room, stay up really late & eat ice cream

-Go to a drive-in movie

-Break out the VCR player & watch an old movie from your childhood

-Drive on a historical route (example: Route 66 for you Oklahoma folks)

-Find a couple who has been married longer than you & go on a double date

-Go to Barnes & Noble or the library & read together

-Search for free yoga or zumba videos on YouTube or the Internet & do a work out together

-Play "I've Never"

-Give each other a foot massage & make dinner together

-Find a county fair in a different county than yours

-Put a bunch of different restaurants' names in a hat & pick one randomly

-Make a list of things you love about each other

-Watch a Christmas movie together even if it's not Christmas

-Drive around & look for your "perfect" dream home

-Find a recipe on Pinterest & make it together (& eat it even if it tastes awful)

-Take a one-time class together (example: cooking, painting, pottery, etc.)

-Go on YouTube & watch hilarious videos all night

-Play "Name That Tune" or "Name That Movie Quote"

-Hand wash your car together

-Go on a late night donut run

-Have breakfast in bed

-Write down what your 1, 5 or 10 year goals are

-Go to the airport & watch airplanes fly in & out

-Find an open field that's not close to a bunch of city lights, grab a towel or a blanket, & look at the stars together

Happy Monday, y'all!  Hope you all enjoy some of my date ideas! Do you have anymore to add or have you done any of these?

Friday, July 24, 2015

When a Dog-Momma's Baby Gets Hurt...

Yesterday, I did a total "mom thing." Murphy was playing with my dog-nephew, Emmitt, & apparently Emmitt accidentally jumped & hit Murphy's back right leg. I heard Murphy yelp & I immediately went to see what was wrong. He even threw up after it happened. I think it honestly just scared Murphy more than anything, but we were both totally freaked out. 

I called Andrew in a panic after it happened & was probably scaring him more than anything. I didn't know whether I should take him to the animal hospital or not. My dog-momma self was a complete nervous wreck. I told Andrew, "If this is how I am with a puppy, I can't imagine what I'll be like with a human." 

We decided to wait it out & watch him to see if he improved. We fed him & kept an eye on him to see if he would throw up again after he ate. If he did, I was immediately going to take him to the animal hospital (since it was after vet hours). He ended up keeping his food down & began to act like himself again.

Andrew & I were fixing dinner last night as he was laying on the rug in the living room. Every few minutes, I would tell Andrew to go check on him. Immediately after we ate, I "let" Andrew clean up as I went & sat by him to "nurse him back to health." I even had dreams last night about his leg & was basically worried sick.

Today, Murphy is okay. I can tell it's still kind of bothering him, but for the most part, he's doing great. He's using his leg more & biting me like normal. I'm so glad my sweet puppy is okay. I can't imagine what I'll be like one day with a human baby if I'm this bad with a puppy. I felt like a true mom, yesterday.

Any of you dog-mommas or dog-daddys out there ever been where I was yesterday? How did you handle it?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Treat Every Day Like Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS LITERALLY MY MOST FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR. I think I dream about it constantly throughout the other 11 months of the year. Some people are sticklers on not listening to Christmas music or doing anything that relates to Christmas until strictly after Thanksgiving Day. I'm not saying I don't love Thanksgiving-- I do. It's just that I love Christmas more (plus, you should be thankful every day out of the year, not just specifically on Thanksgiving).

Today, I officially gave in & started listening to Christmas music. Now, don't get me wrong, I do listen to Christmas music randomly through the months of  January to now, but today I made it official (I'm doing better, because last year I started officially listening in March). 

So, what's the big deal? Why do I get "judged" or "laughed at" for participating in Christmas holiday-cheer all year long?! Here are a few reasons why you should treat every day like Christmas (just like Buddy the Elf)...

-Because it's the best holiday ever.

-Who doesn't like Christmas cookies & hot chocolate?

-Christmas music is the bomb dot com... I can get down with some "Oh Holy Night."

-Don't even get me started on those Christmas sweaters...

-Christmas lights make people happy.

-People always are in the giving mood.

-It's a federal holiday... Woot woot!

-Christmas movies such as Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, & It's A Wonderful Life are all classic, family favorites.

-The mall has longer hours (just to feed my shopping problem).

-Christmas trees are the original nature-Barbie dolls.

-We get to celebrate the birth, life, death, & resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So don't be a Scrooge! Go ahead & give in & start participating in the happiness! You'll be glad you did :)

What's your favorite holiday? Are you obsessed with Christmas as much as I am? 

Monday, July 20, 2015

5 Books I Want to Read

I'm really wanting to become a reader. Honestly, I don't know why. Maybe I think that reading looks "cool." Or maybe I just want to grow in my intelligence. Nonetheless, I want to be a reader. I keep telling myself that I'm going to be a reader

I LOVE reading blogs, but it seems like reading a book is often a struggle. I have a hard time staying awake while reading a book. I have a hard time actually finishing a book. I did though, finish a book the other day. I was quite proud of myself for accomplishing that "difficult" task.

So here's a list of 5 books that I want to read...

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I've heard that this book is absolutely hilarious & relatable. It has also been named as one of the best books of the year. I'm interested to see if I can actually agree with all of those claims.

This book has literally been all over social media & the internet. I've seen a lot of blogs with book reading groups who have posted that this book is great. It's a part of a series, so if I like it, I'll definitely have to read the rest of them.

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

I'm such a girl. Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors. His writing just makes you feel what the person in the story is feeling. I'm currently reading The Longest Ride by him & just finished The Wedding which is a follow-up story from The Notebook. By reading the plot line of this book, it just sounds like a good one.

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel M.D.

My child development nerd is coming out of me on this one. I love learning about the brain, especially in children. I love to learn how the brain works & what the best strategies are to help nurture the brain in children. Basically, this book is right up my nerdy alley. If you're a parent or work with children though, you may enjoy this book as well.

You and Me Forever by Francis Chan & Lisa Chan

I've heard that this book is a really good one for married Christians to read. I've always liked Francis Chan-- especially his book Crazy Love. I'm interested to see what he & his wife have to say about seeing marriage in light of eternity.

Those are the 5 books I want to read! What's on your reading list? Have you read any of these books? If so, are the good??

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Instagram Challenge Part 1 Update (With Lots of Pics!)

I seriously love pictures so much. I love to look at them & occasionally pretend to be a photographer. For my college graduation present, my Mom & my in-laws gave me a nice camera that I had been wanting. I love it, but I really wish I used it more. It's a process that I'm trying to work myself up to. When you work usually six days a week, it doesn't give you a whole lot of time to take pictures.

With all of that being said, I have loved participating in Helene in Between's Instagram challenges in the month of April (Part 1 & Part 2) & currently in the month of July. If you're a blogger or love Instagram, you should jump in on the challenge! It's not too late! I've gained new followers & have interacted with other fellow bloggers because of the challenge. It's a great way to grow your blog or even your Instagram account.

I decided to go ahead & do an update with my pictures from Days 1-15 on this post... Keep up with me on Instagram to see what my daily picture is! You can also find the daily prompts here.

A photo posted by Sarah Cunningham (@sarcunningham) on

A photo posted by Sarah Cunningham (@sarcunningham) on

A photo posted by Sarah Cunningham (@sarcunningham) on

A photo posted by Sarah Cunningham (@sarcunningham) on

A photo posted by Sarah Cunningham (@sarcunningham) on

Jump in on the challenge &/or follow me on Instagram! Happy Thursday, everyone! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Summer Bucket List {2015}

Have you been seeing a lot of people post about their summer bucket lists as much as I have? I feel like I keep seeing them everywhere-- people I know, famous people, bloggers, etc. I feel a little left out since I didn't make one at the beginning of the summer. And then I thought to myself, "Why can't I make one now? Summer is still here for a while longer!" 

So here it is, my summer bucket list.

-Get a snow cone

-Go swimming

-Take Murphy on a walk around our neighborhood

-Read another book

-Go on a picnic with Andrew

-Finish the wall collage in our bedroom

-Lay in a hammock

-Try a new kind of food

-Book a vacation for the winter

-Fry some okra

-Accomplish the July Instagram Challenge hosted by Helene in Between

-Paint the living room & kitchen (& get rid of our popcorn ceilings in there!)

Did you make a bucket list this summer? If so,what's on your list?

Friday, July 10, 2015

What I've Learned in my Four Months of Blogging

I've only been blogging 4 months. That's it. It feels like it's been longer than that. Does it feel like that to you all? Hopefully I'm not boring you... I've learned so much in the short amount of time I've been doing this. Blogging has easily become a hobby & an outlet for me. It gives me something to stay busy with... It also gives me somewhat of a deadline (I love meeting deadlines-- is that weird?).

Blogging keeps me organized & focused on something. Basically, blogging is a job. Not that I get paid, but I'd be willing to take anyone up on that offer if they want to pay me! 

So here's some things I've learned about blogging in the short 4 months I've been doing this thing.

1. Be consistent. 
I did a lot of research before starting a blog (weird I know). The main thing people stressed was to be consistent. If you're going to be a blogger, blog at least a few times a week. For the most part, I feel like I've done pretty good with that. By being consistent, you keep your faithful readers interested & they anticipate your next post. 

2. Blog what you know.
If you don't really know about something, don't blog about it. When you know & are interested in a topic, it's more intriguing to readers. 

3. Place at least one picture with every post. 
People seem to be more interested in what you have to say when a picture is involved. All I have to say about that is I guess that we live in a visual world!

4. Use social media to your advantage. 
Social media is annoying a lot of the time, but when you're a blogger, you have to be involved in it. It's an easy way to get your blog out there.

5. You're not going to be a famous blogger right off the bat. 
I'm preachin' to myself here on this one. I unfortunately have this mindset that I'm going to become famous overnight... But it doesn't work that way. Blogging is a lot of work. You have to stick with it & be hopeful that one day you might just be famous :).

6. Interact with other bloggers. 
Getting into the "blogging world" is hard. Once you're in it though, that's when you become "famous" more or less. You have to interact with other bloggers. One way to interact with them is stated in my next point...

7. Link up & get involved!
Join in on a link up or blog challenge to interact with other bloggers. For example, I have done link ups with Helene in Between & am currently doing her latest Instagram challenge (which I did in April as well). I've met so many other bloggers by participating in things like that.

Blogging is so much fun, but it's a lot of hard work. I've learned that you have to stay up with it & interact with other people. Four months is only the beginning, folks! Keep up with me on social media to find out what's new!

Do you have any more blogging advice for me? I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Find Beauty in the Little Things

When Andrew & I were dating, he always told me, "It's the little things." He would do something small (but sweet) such as open my door for me (which he still does, I might add-- even after a year of marriage). Of course, you all probably know the quote, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you might find that they are actually the big things." So is it really the little things in life? 

I think it is. 

When you look back at your life, you begin to realize that your life is surrounded by moments. Those moments make up memories. In those memories, there's the little things. Like the last time you ever saw your Dad alive, all you remember is when he kissed your forehead. Or when you always sat with your Mom in her chair, even when you got too big. And then when your husband (who wasn't even officially your boyfriend at the time) sang a song to you in the car & you realized he was "the one." All of those memories are flooded with "little things." 

I think you can find beauty in everything. Even in life's toughest times, somewhere in the middle of it, there's beauty. You can always find beauty in the little things. You may not realize it at the time, but it's there. 

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder-- You just have to be searching for it. Don't be such a pessimist or a "negative Nancy" that you miss the little things in life. Take a moment to capture & remember what all you've been blessed with. So my deep thoughts today will end with this... find beauty in the little things, because they really are the big things in life. 

What are some beautiful things around you?

Monday, July 6, 2015

5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Monday

After this long holiday weekend, I was not looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on Monday. Mondays just always seem to be "one of those days." You're running late, spill something on your shirt, or do something silly at the coffee shop like knock their tip jar over (me this morning). 

Here's some things I've found to help kick-start my Mondays...

1. Eat breakfast
I truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you more energy than you would normally have if you didn't eat breakfast. 

2. Listen to an energetic song
When you listen to an energetic song (that you like), it helps wake you up because you want to tap your feet/dance/sing along. That way, you get yourself moving on a slow-going day. 

3. Get some caffeine in ya
Caffeine is good for the soul. Especially when it comes to coffee. Now I'm not saying you should drink an energy drink or a bunch of soda, but something that's caffeinated & will give you a little kick in your step. Caffeine will help boost your Monday. 

4. Wear clothes that aren't super comfy 
When you wear something that makes you feel like you're still in your pajamas, it makes you want to crawl under your desk & fall asleep. On Mondays, dress to impress so that you won't fall asleep. 

5. Do your hair & put makeup on 
When I wear makeup, it makes me feel more alert. That's the main reason I wear it really. It gives me more energy & having my hair fixed makes me look like I didn't just roll out of bed. 

Those are some tips I have to kick-start your Monday mornings (especially after a long holiday weekend!). What are some other tips you have?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Let Freedom Ring!

I love the 4th of July. It's one of my favorite holidays. It's the one day of the year that most people get all decked out to celebrate the great nation that we live in. Clearly there are things I don't like or agree with, but I am so grateful to live here. 

Here's a few things I love about Independence Day!

1. We are celebrating our freedom-- I thank God that we are still living here freely (even if just for now). 

2. People are dressed all patriotic. I love red, white & blue!

3. Fireworks are beautiful. 

4. It's the one day of year that it's totally socially-acceptable to listen to Katy Perry's "Firework" song non-stop. 

5. It's also probably the one day out of the year that we pull out our lawn chairs-- so that's good. 

6. Singing patriotic songs makes me feel even more "proud to be an American." (Get it?!)

7. I always get to spend time with my sweet friends, celebrating the independence of our great nation. 

8. And finally, thank you to all of the selfless men & women who serve or have served our country, continuously fighting for our freedom.

I hope you all have a fabulous Fourth of July & a great rest of your weekend! :)
What are your plans for today?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Why Dog-Moms Are Basically Real Moms

I feel like everyone I know is either pregnant or just had a baby. I love kids, but Andrew & I aren't at that time in our lives quite yet. I also know that there are a lot of people out in the world who desperately want to have babies & cannot. For a lot of people, pets are a great way to "parent" something. As of recently, I became a dog-mom... And honestly, being a dog-mom feels a lot like being a "regular mom." 

Here's some ways I found similarities:

1. Dog-moms feed their kids like clockwork.

2. Dog-moms wipe poop off of their kids' backsides if it means keeping them clean. 

3. Dog-moms discipline their kids in a loving, but stern way. 

4. Dog-moms play with their kids. 

5. Dog-moms make their kids feel good (e.g. Rubbing their kid's belly).

6. Dog-moms protect their kids.

7. Dog-moms stand up for their kids (e.g. Don't wake my puppy up while he's sleeping!).

8. Dog-moms let their kids sleep in their room. 

9. Dog-moms love their kids even when they hurt (bite) you.

10. Dog-moms think that their kids are the cutest. 

I love my puppy! Do you think dog-moms & moms of humans have similarities as well?
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