Thursday, February 4, 2016

Best of January; What's New With You Link Up

I decided late last year that I wanted to start recapping months on the blog - the reason being that I don't ever do weekend recaps and a lot of the things I do aren't 'worthy' of a blog post on their own. Then Gretch and I started talking about a link up and it was like fate! You absolutely don't have to do monthly recaps if you choose to link up, that's just what I'm doing this month. Hope you can join us - just link back to us in your post!

What's New With You

We started the month and year off at home, which is what we've done every year since I moved here. It's actually probably the only 'tradition' we have, so I'm gonna have to make sure it keeps happening.


I finally got my updated green card! You know, with my married name. You know, from when I got married three years ago and I applied for this card in April 2015. Jeepers, US government! But all jokes aside, thank goodness I finally have it. Now I can finally get my american drivers license.


We went out to dinner to Texas Roadhouse with KC's friends, we hadn't seen them in awhile so it was good fun. The most noteworthy thing of the night: I resisted the rolls. High five!


KC and I started this thing where on Sundays we make a new meal for each other. This sounds a bit lame, but sometimes I feel like I carry the weight of cooking all the time and it gets old. KC absolutely cooks, I'm not saying he doesn't, but I wanted to make it a thing where on alternating Sundays, we cook a new meal for each other. So far we've made chicken fried rice (me), stuffed peppers (KC), chicken shawarma (me), white chicken chili (him), goulash (me), anyway, it's been fun.


I ran with my bestie most Sundays, we normally run outside but it's been a bit too cold for us, plus the place we run might not have been safe if it wasn't plowed or whatever, so we met at the gym.

Also, KC switched gyms early January so after a couple years of not going to the same gym, we can finally work out together again!


Speaking of my bestie, she is actually a fabulous hair stylist and I helped her out (as in, she did my hair and then I stood around for a couple of hours showcasing her talent) at a wedding show, which is always a fun time. In my biased opinion, she's amazing and fabulous and if you're looking for a hair stylist in Louisville (or somewhat close, she travels for weddings and such) check her out: Hair Bar Louisville.


KC and I eat out about once a week, but it's normally qdoba or chik fil a, we rarely do sit down (fancy or otherwise), but every now and again we go to Shiraz which is one of my favourite restaurants in the 'ville. Every time I post a picture, people tell me my food looks like a giant turd. It's not poop, it's called a beef koobideh and it's amazing (coming from someone who's not the biggest fan of beef!).

We have two pretty big birthdays in January - my mother in law and my brother in law. My mother in law turned 50 so we pretended not to really care and took her out to texas roadhouse (twice in a month, I resisted the rolls again) before her birthday and then sent texts on her actual birthday so she felt a bit down and unloved (we are so mean).


aaaaand then we threw her a surprise party!


We celebrated my brother in law's birthday at a German restaurant none of us had ever tried before - holy amazing. It's been a long time since I've had schnitzel, it was so good and so were the desserts. They had lots of gluten free options which was great, and overall we'd definitely go back (though it was a wee bit expensive).


For most of the month it's been too cold / covered in snow for us to run outside, but I will take high 50s in January any day!


I know this isn't super exciting, but I actually really like it because I normally feel like January is a super slow month and we don't do anything, but that's clearly not the case. I am excited for February though, because BIRTHDAY MONTH.

If you would like to link up with us, please do so below:


82 comments:

  1. Your NYE make-up looks so fabulous for home! (kidding, I remember you went to a party first because I liked the theme.)
    Resisting Texas Roadhouse rolls is a MAJOR accomplishment.
    Sunday cooking - I love this idea. It's like an instant date night that's a little different than any other night.
    Dude. Mate. Whatevs. That 50th birthday cake is adorable. And scary. Why "scary", you ask? Because I'm sliding closer to having an old lady cake of my own.
    Hooray for the 1st link-up!

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  2. I LOVE your makeup in that first picture! What a beautiful way to ring in the new year, even at home! Additionally, your friend is an amazing hair dresser as that look is amazing! Wow. I wish I could remotely do stuff like that with my hair. So pretty. Love that you got your green card! My Japanese friends always talks to me about hers so I'm slightly familiar with the excitement, ha. I love having a gym date, they're fun, you feel good and they're FREE. Also, I love the idea of cooking each other meals. Fun to make, fun to eat, fun to give, fun to receive. Good all around. Thanks for this awesome link-up!

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  3. Looks like you had a great month, for one which is usually so miserable! Glad the snow hasn't been cramping your style too much. And your hair is fabulous, you have one talented friend there! Plus you can say you're a professional hair model now, so. That's a win.

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  4. I can't believe you resisted the rolls not once, but twice at Texas Roadhouse. That's almost super human! I could eat just those and that butter for dinner! And love your Sunday tradition! That's such a sweet, fun way to try some new things and not cook all the time! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. I LOVE the idea of taking turns to cook new things for each other! I might suggest it to Jan. I do most of the cooking, but on weekends we usually cook together.

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  6. I feel like we will get to know people so much more with this linkup. Its like a getting back to basics of blogging link up where you blog about your actual life. Ha!

    I love the alternating cooking new meals. I think its a super idea. and real quick: yay for green cards (and future drivers' licences); your bro- in-law is cute; and yay for outdoor runs.

    Great idea again!

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  7. What a fun way to recap the month, lady! I really enjoy the idea. Cheers to the new green card and the GYM!

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  8. Hello, and nice to "meet" you from the linkup! When I saw your name on Gretchen's blog, I had to go to yours to read your about page to find out what your name meant! I had no idea! It's funny because I went to New Zealand for my honeymoon, and they had all sorts of different names for things (the liquor store was the bottle shop, the washing machine was the wishy washy). Anyway love the hairstyle your friend gave you, and yes for January runs in the 50s!

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    1. Oops, just realized I was signed in with my old blog name. Just launched a new blog, so this is my new name. :)

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  9. Love hearing your updates, Kristen AND participating in this linkup! Can't wait to see what birthday celebrations you come up with this month. :)

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  10. Oooh I like the idea of monthly updates. It's so hard to go back through each month at the end of the year. You are so smart!
    Yay for your green card and cooking and the gym and warm running weather (I personally have been happier about this than I thought I'd be) and birthdays!
    I want to get married again just so your friend can do my hair. So fabulous! Also do you ever take a bad photo?!
    Happy birthday month!!!!!!

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  11. Your "wedding show hair" looks amazing!! That must be so fun to have a friend who can do that (although I'm sure she is a great friend regardless of that, but still! fun!) Sounds like you had a great month! I like the idea of recapping months like this...the post I'm linking up today isn't like that, but I might do it in the future!!!

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    1. PS - I *love* Chicken shawarmas and I saw that recipe a few weeks ago and bookmarked it...I definitely have to make it! I love the idea of sharing the cooking. I do 99.9% of the cooking in our house because it's much more my strength...I don't really mind because my husband does other useful things instead :)

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  12. I always feel like January is the most boring month too! I'm still trying to figure out my resolutions and stay "good" with the gym and spending. Your month sounds great though! Yay for linkup!

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  13. what a fun month! i love the taking turns cooking on sunday thing - that's a nice treat! and birthday celebrations all around. love that. happy birthday month girl!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  14. Yay for green cards!!! I love that you and KC take turns cooking, that is so awesome!!! I dont think Chris is very interested in taking part of anything to do in the kitchen other than eating hahaha. I love that you all surprised your MIL with a party! Dont you love how they get all sad when they think...thats all?? hahahaha. Sounds like you had a great month!

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  15. Your makeup looks on point on NYE - we stay at home too but I do not look like that. LOLOL

    Hurrah for alternating Sundays! That sounds great.

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  16. Ah your NYE makeup is gorgeous! It looks like it was a great month. I can't believe you resisted the rolls at TR though! I worked there a few years ago and it was such a fun place to work. Love wedding hair too!

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  17. Yay for cooking for each other on Sundays & for going to the same gym together! There's always a little extra motivation to get in a good workout when your significant other is around. Thanks for hosting a fun link up!

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  18. Busy bee! Andrew and I no longer gave the same gym and it sucks... Sometimes I need that extra motivation- whomp! Busy month for y'all!

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  19. Yay for Birthday month!! I love the idea of cooking something new for each other on Sundays. I actually used to do that with my roommates and it was fun!

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  20. LOVE that you guys are taking turns cooking each other dinner! That's so fun! Also, I've never had schnitzel. I only know of it because of the Sound of Music. I think it's on my bucket list to try it now though just so I can actually know what she's singing about. And resisting the rolls at Texas Roadhouse TWICE?? Impressive!

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  21. Cheers on the new linkup! And January was such a fab month for you. I love the idea of doing the alternating Sundays for cooking new meals for each other - may need to *steal* that one!

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  22. I really love the idea of cooking new meals for each other! I think I'm going to steal that idea. What a great way to do something for your spouse and to spice things up!

    I'm glad to hear about your new linkup! I need to get my booty in gear and participate next month!

    I love your MIL's cake! Haha

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  23. I love that you surprised your m-i-l! We threw my mom a surprise party for her 50th, too! I think the cooking every Sunday is an awesome idea! Also, I don't know how you resisted TRH rolls.... you're a superhero.

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  24. I like the new meal idea, I get bored eating the same things over and over but we rarely try anything new. You'd never know I live with a cook.

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  25. Love the monthly recaps. I usually do ones of my weekend, but I like the monthly idea as well. The BF & I, while sitting at a party, decided we don't want to go out for NYE anymore. That's just not who we are. So cheers to starting a new tradition come next year!

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  26. What a major fail that I missed the link-up!!! :( This is why I need a planner in my life asap, lol.

    I loveee the hairdo that your bestie did for you! So freakin' pretty. And I am loving the idea of you & KC switching off on Sunday's to make new dishes for one another. I'm going to try and see if I can get Amir in on that too ;) Haha. xx

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  27. Congrats on the green card!! I have to get a Kentucky drivers license next month too, haha! That surprise party looks like a lot of fun - good work on pulling off the surprise!

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  28. I love staying home on NYE. If that's a tradition you can keep, DO IT!! :)

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  29. Yay congrats on the green card! Low key NYE celebrations are the best, that's what I've been doing pretty much my whole life lol. I will for sure join the linkup next moth :)

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  30. AHHH beef koobideh are SO good!! one of my favorite persian foods (even if it does look poop lol) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  31. Goodness girl... look how many have linked up with you - that's awesome. I've been doing a link up every Thursday for a year & get 2.. haha.. I'm a loser. Noted.

    your hair looks great. I'll have to check Hair Bar of Louisville out!

    I love you two cook on Sundays - that's sweet!!!

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  32. This sounds like an AWESOME month!! LOL my KC loves Texas Roadhouse and so does his family. I had never been before I met them. It's so funny... I really don't like the rolls!! Which is great for everyone else, more for them! Good job resisting assuming you do like them though! ha I like your cooking tradition! KC and I have been cooking more at home, wooohoo! We've been trying to both at least be in the kitchen.. so even if just I am cooking it's better... I don't feel alone! There were a lot of January nights though, when KC told me to go read, and he cooked. It was great because I was having quite a bit of anxiety for at least one week in there. And also, 13 books, whoop! Yay for the greencard! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  33. Love a new link up! And sounds like you and January were friends this year - that's awesome because it's not my favorite month either! Love these sweet memories - that's what we will treasure from our blog in years to come! Happy Day to you!

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  34. This link up is so fun woo! Okay I love that idea of you guys taking turns cooking on Sunday nights. I'm stealing this idea if that's okay hahah. I generally do most of the cooking during the week unless I'm lazy and we both make our own quick meals. Also.. the rolls at Texas Roadhouse.. amazing.

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  35. We also had a low-key NYE. A neighbor in my apartment complex threw a small get-together, so all we had to do was go downstairs, which was awesome. Love the updo! If I was in the area, that would definitely convince me to go to her. Looks like a fun-filled month!

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  36. Sounds like you've actually quite a bit for the year even though you say you hardly do much. lol Your hair looks fabulous...your bestie is super talented and would definitely go to her if I didn't live thousands of miles away.

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  37. LOVE the trading off on making each other a meal thing. I hate cooking but might suggest that so we can get some new meals happening! Your hair looked super cute! And the surprise party thing is kind of mean but glad it worked out in the end!

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  38. I like the idea of cooking for each other like that. Mark does the majority of the cooking, most of it isn't super edible but its ready when I get home......so I don't mind ;-) Your hair looks gorgeous there!

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  39. We did that same thing to my dad when he turned 50! All but ignored him on his actual birthday and then threw him a surprise party that weekend - he probably thought we were such assholes at first, ha! And love your Sunday night tradition. Nick was always in charge of making dinner (which means pasta for him) on Sundays but now his hockey team switched to playing that night and I usually end up eating cereal - it's so sad!

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  40. So much good food in this post-- I've only been to Texas Roadhouse once on a vacation but I think all I remember is how good the bread was, so I'm totally impressed you passed on it both times. The surprise party you threw for KC's mom looks amazing-- so sweet and thoughtful! I love your Sunday night meal switchoff-- such a good idea! Your hair looks amazing in those pictures, I wish I could have had your friend do my hair for my wedding!

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  41. What to go resisting the rolls! I love the idea of cooking for one another on Sundays and that hair is gorgeous! Jess at Just Jess

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  42. That hairdo is gorgeous! February is my birthday month too :)

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  43. Great idea for a link up! I'll have to join you guys next month.

    Good job resisting the rolls TWICE. I couldn't do it once, so I give you props.

    Your hair looks super gorgeous for that wedding show.

    It was sweet of you guys to throw that surprise party! Looks like fun!

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  44. Great link up idea! How sweet of you guys to do a surprise party for your MIL! Love your hair, your friend is super talented!

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  45. Your hair really does look amazing! Your friend is crazy talented!

    Umm every time we go to a restaurant where there are rolls/bread/whatever I always tell myself I won't eat it and then I end up eating basically all of it (since Michael can't now). Oops.

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  46. YAY for your Green Card, nothing is ever fast with the Federal Government! And I love how she did your hair for the wedding show! German food is the best!! :)

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  47. Awesome! A new link up for me to join! I play tennis on Sundays and getting a weekend recap together is not my favorite thing to do on Sunday night. This is s great idea! And all your food is making me hungry:) Love the new meal idea too, maybe I should make my kids attempt that!

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  48. You avoided the rolls two times? Girl, that's superhero powers.

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  49. Wait, why couldn't you get a license?? My green card is still in my maiden name... Hopefully that's not an issue when I renew it. I kept my passport in my maiden name too. But it's time for me to renew it. Mum's trying to talk me into getting my citizenship instead, I'm not sure.

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  50. How in the hell did you pass up the rolls once let alone TWICE?! Witchcraft.

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  51. First of all, I'm linking up with you tomorrow! :) Second of all, you're my hero for resisting the TR rolls. I mean, seriously. You had a great month - I love your idea for alternating who cooks on Sunday's. Ryan needs to get on that ASAP.

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  52. Yay for your green card! Yay for the short-lived warmer weather we've had lately here in Louisville, which I think is on its way out...

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  53. Your makeup on NYE is flawless!!! And you resisted the rolls at Texas Roadhouse?! Share your powers! And yay for your new green card <3
    Green Fashionista

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  54. congrats on the green card!! i love that you guys are working out together; it's so motivating :)

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  55. Congrats on the green card!! And Texas Roadhouse - yum! We rarely go and I've been begging Derek - I think we're actually headed there tomorrow night!

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  56. Sounds like January was a pretty good month! Yay for the green card, fun parties, and (my fave) Texas Roadhouse!

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  57. Yay for the green card! :-)

    I really like the cooking thing you guys have going on. It sounds like you've tried some really great stuff, and I love that you're taking turns! Eric cooks sometimes, but I definitely cook more. I love cooking, though, so that's probably my own fault.

    There have been a few times when he's asked if I want him to make dinner that evening, and I respond in an overly dramatic fashion: "NO! I'm making a new recipe, and I want to make changes! You don't know what I want to do with it!" He's just like, "Uh, okay. Do you need any help?" I usually ask him to chop veggies because he's really quick and he somehow gets them pretty uniform. I do not. (And this is why I can't go on MasterChef!)

    I agree that working out with someone else is a huge motivator. I honestly can't make myself go to BodyPump if Eric doesn't come with me. I don't love it, so I need to feel like someone else is counting on me (even though he'll go whether I do or not haha).

    The food in this post looks so good (even the turd haha)! Sometimes the best stuff doesn't look pretty ... As long as it tastes good, right?

    Oh, and the fancy hairdo? I love it! I wish I had a friend who was that talented with hair!

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  58. i LOVE the idea of you alternating the meals on Sunday. great idea!! now if only i could teach charlie to cook! ;)

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  59. Your HAIR! Oh my goodness, she is SO talented! I need her to come to Memphis and do my hair! ;) Looks like January was a fun (and full!) month for you guys! Happy birthday to your mom-in-law and bro-in-law! :)

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  60. That updo is so pretty! And yay for your green card!

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  61. I love that you and KC cook for each other on Sundays. Such a fun tradition to start and y'all get to try new recipes.

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  62. What a fun month. I love that updo, it looks so great on you. Could you be anymore prettier?? Congrats on the Green Card. The US Government moves slower than slow.

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  63. Um, I think you forgot the part up there where you started off the new year at home...looking like a FOXY lady. Meow.

    Yay on US Government getting their sh*t together! ;)

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  64. Hooray for a new Green Card!!!! It's so awesome that you guys switch up Sundays! Also, you are just too gorgeous -- that make up and that up-do?!? I also love your tat! :)

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  65. I love that you guys are cooking new stuff for each other...that's so fun! And your hair looks GORGEOUS!

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  66. You are way stronger than I am...I don't think I could ever resist Texas Roadhouse rolls! Well done you! Glad you had a great January!

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  67. I like the Sunday making dinner idea. We sort of do that, but we usually combine forces to make it together since we don't really cook for each other during the week. And it is often something new, but sometimes we do ones we've done before. Stuffed peppers sounds really good. I haven't had one in forever. I could definitely go for some tomatoes and rice in one.

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  68. SO much to comment on. I love your and KC's cooking for each other routine! Great way to take the pressure off each other and try new foods at the same time. The hairstyle your friend did looks beautiful! LOL @ you tricking your MIL. The food at the German restaurant looks amazing! Aaaand go you for being so fitness-conscious :) It's funny how you can sometimes think your life is mundane until you take a look back at all the cool stuff you've done. Hope you have an even more fabulous February!

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  69. Hooray for getting your new green card, and your bridal show hair looks amazing!

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  70. I love this post! A better look into the life of Kristen... Not nearly enough cat coverage though. ;-) And I'm going to need your snapchat name!

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  71. I love your alternating cooking on Sundays - that is such a great idea and I might have to steal it!! Yay for the updated green card, but you're right it did take a while to get! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  72. Your eye makeup looks fabulous from NYE!! That sounds like a great tradition to have, and look forward to. I love the idea of a monthly best of post, makes remembering what happened at the end of the year that much easier!! Almost a year on the green card, not surprised but I'm glad you finally got it and can get your license!! Also, being a hair model for your bestie sounds like such a fun time!

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  73. Giirrrlll your hair looks AMAZING in those pics! And yay for being gym buds!! My hubby won't even step foot in my gym...maybe because I go at 5a.m. LOL.

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  74. look at your hair.. so fancy. very pretty

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  75. It sounds like you had such a great January, and got to try lots of fun restaurants! I love the idea of switching up nights to cook! I'm super guilty of making Chris do most of the cooking since he works from home part time, but I do like cooking for him too! Your hair looked amazing too! Your friend is so talented!

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  76. Well, you know I've been sick and pathetic so that's my excuse for why I'm just getting around to reading and commenting now! I love this linkup idea, by the way.

    Congrats on the green card! And I love that you and KC get to work out together now. Glad you've been kicking butt at the gym lately! Ah, so many things to comment on. Love your hair, yay for surprise parties, and always yay for good running weather :)

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  77. Congrats on getting your green card!! And your friend does STUNNING hair! I wish I lived closer so she could do my hair!

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  78. You and KC are so sweet together - look at him cooking for you! Kirk is NOT a cook. he makes breakfast and that's about it... He can run the grill if I'm the one to prepare the food for grilling, ha! Your hair and makeup look on point in all these pics! Also, you're one of my favorites to stalk on snapchat so keep those coming, k?

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  79. The pics of KC cooking for you are pretty adorable...GET IN THE KITCHEN. hehehe.

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  80. I'm really behind and just seeing this post/ linkup and can't wait to join when life gets a bit more normal for us! Texas Roadhouse is like the nicest steak house we have around and they have this drink called the Jamaican Cowboy. It's delicious! I have no idea how you passed on the rolls though!

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