Thursday, October 27, 2016


Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live are thrilled to present a spectacular new season from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet, coming to select cinemas nationwide beginning this fall. Direct from the Moscow stage to the big screen, the Bolshoi Ballet 2016-17 Season will feature seven exquisite productions between October 2016 and April 2017. With timeless classics, productions signature to the Bolshoi and an evening dedicated to modern choreography: the Bolshoi proves once again that it is one of the world’s foremost ballet companies.

Don’t miss the chance to experience impeccable classicism and daring performances from the Bolshoi Ballet at your local cinema! 

Bolshoi Ballet 2016-17 Season
10/16 – The Golden Age
11/6 – The Bright Stream
12/18 – The Nutcracker

1/22 – The Sleeping Beauty
2/5 – Swan Lake
3/19 – A Contemporary Evening
4/9 – A Hero of Our Time

Have you ever been to the ballet?
Have you seen the Bolshoi Ballet before?
What is your favorite from the shows listed above?

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday | October

WOW! That month went SO FAST!!!!
Linking up with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer today :)

What we're eating this week...
Sunday - Crock pot Chicken & Dumplings
Monday - Out to dinner with my dad & step mom
Tuesday - Breakfast for dinner
Wednesday - Pot Roast & veggies
Thursday - Trick-or-treat with friends - Pizza and apple donuts! YUM!
Friday - Scarf Exchange night means Mexican!
Saturday - Game day grub

What I'm reminiscing about...
That five years ago I was having maternity photos taken.

And that 10 years ago Mic and I were newlyweds.

What I'm loving...
My new phone!
I have only had my new Google Pixel for about a week, but so far I like it A LOT!
After having the same iPhone 5 for 5 1/5 years it was definitely time for an upgrade.
#sorrynotsorry to all you Apple lovers out there, but I am so happy to be back to an Android product :)

What we've been up to...
The Fall session of soccer is over for X, so his team celebrated with a Pizza Party.

Mic and I attended Oktoberfest with some great friends.

I went with X on this school field trip to Wayne's County Market :)

And Mic and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at Landoll's Castle!

What I'm dreading...
A lot and nothing all at the same time :/

What I'm working on...
Getting everything lined up for X's 5th birthday party!
I have reserved the venue, now I need to nail down the invitations and food!
He is currently obsessed with Ghostbusters, so I am going with that theme this year.
I am thinking about getting him this shirt for his party :)
Or this one...

What I'm excited about...
That I finally figured out, well slightly figured out how to use the camera I got for Christmas last year!
We pulled that baby out over the weekend and attempted to take some family photos outside.
After reviewing just a few, I think I got some great shots!
Here is a preview from my phone..

What I'm watching/reading...
I am totally on the This Is Us bandwagon!
I am keeping up with Dancing with the Stars and The Blacklist.
Like I mentioned above, X is obsessed with the Ghostbusters these days.
We have been watching the original movies over and over again over the last couple of weeks!

I don't do a whole lot of reading these days, but I do check the Proverbs 31 Instagram (and this one) account daily for words of encouragement.

And I can't forget to include the Cleveland Indians!
Watching baseball in October is the best!
I mean, did you see Game 1 of the World Series last night?????
Love it! Go Indians!!!!!!

What I'm listening to...
I can't get enough of...

And this is on repeat as well...

What I'm wearing...
Boots, coats, sweaters, scarves, and lots of leggings!
Check out my LuLaRoe review to see what ones I am sporting these days :)

What I'm doing this weekend...
Friday evening I am hosting my annual scarf exchange with some local ladies,
and then on Saturday I am attending my very first college football game!!!
A Big Ten football game at that!!!
So excited to see this...
I can't wait!

What I'm looking forward to next month...
At the moment I don't have too many things planned so I can say I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping,
and decorating for Christmas!

What else is new...
Nothing thankfully!

Monday, October 24, 2016


The first-ever Shopkins movie marks the screen debut of the Shoppies characters, alongside Shopkins’ fan favorites Kooky Cookie, Apple Blossom, Lippy Lips and Cheeky Chocolate in Shopkins Chef Club, arriving on Digital HD on October 18 and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Based on the colorful world of Shopville, Shopkins Chef Club tells the tale of inanimate objects coming to life and their adventures with their best friends, the Shoppies.  With the introduction of a cast of new Shopkins, new songs and a range of quirky costumes, the DVD and Digital HD include just the right ingredients for a cartload of laughs!

Click here to enter for for your chance to win 1 of 12 copies!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

LuLaRoe Review

Have you heard of ???

I starting seeing posts that women were selling these clothes on Facebook a little over a year ago.
It could be from the comfort of their own home, at a friend's house (called a Pop-up), or on Facebook in photo albums or even a live sale.

Fast forward a year and my Facebook feed is blowing up with ladies that now sell LLR.
My friend Jody told me a few months ago that she was going to start selling these clothes as well, so I decided to do some digging to find out what all the fuss is about.

Here is just some of what I found...
"LuLaRoe clothes are fashion-forward, on trend pieces that are produced in limited quantities. The limited availability of designs and patterns (no more than 5,000 items are created from a specific print) creates high demand so if you love it, buy it!! The clothes are flattering, comfortable, and they are manufactured with attention to detail and a commitment to high quality."

Now fast forward again a few months for Jody's Launch Party.
She and her mom have such a cute set up for their in-home boutique.
Interested in hosting a Pop-up...they will definitely come to you as well :)

Everything was clearly labeled by style and size, and they have plenty of space for you to try on items as well.

Jody and her mom, Rita, are super helpful in picking out items that fit you well and that you actually will wear!
Need a top for those super cute leggings...they can help you with that too!

So here is what I picked up for myself...

I was actually gifted these leggings since I had never had a pair before.
They are buttery soft!
So the first cool day of Fall I threw them under my chambray dress with some boots and a matching scarf.
I loved this outfit!
And I think my leggings obsession began at this very moment :)

I am not a big pattern person, but I couldn't resist these leggings because of the "X" like pattern.
I loved them paired with my new burnt orange top from Old Navy (can't find online).

And I picked up this simple gray & black Randy Tee as well.
I am a sucker for a good baseball tee :)
And it was long enough to pair with leggings or skinny jeans.

If you would like to shop Jody's online boutique, you can request to be added to her page here.
Just let her know I sent ya :)

So remember how I just said above I am not a big pattern person?
Well, that does not apply at holiday time!
So when I heard that LLR made holiday leggings I was all over it!
Unfortunately, Jody didn't have any of the Halloween leggings in stock so I started looking around on some of the other pages.
A few friends that I grew up are also selling LLR and they DID have Halloween leggings!
I picked up these Jack-O-Lantern ones through a live sale on Facebook this past weekend and they already arrived at my doorstep on Tuesday!
Just as soft and cute as the rest!

I also snagged these deep purple spider web ones from another sale on Facebook.
They are on their way to me as I type this :)

Final Thoughts
While not every piece of LuLaRoe clothing is my style I definitely see the appeal.
And those leggings?
Oh my word!
They are super soft, super comfy, and can be dressed up or down.
That is my kind of clothing item!

Pricing isn't terrible either.
The prices are the same from seller to seller for the most part, shipping just varies.
Leggings are $25 (adult sizes) and the Randy tee I picked up was $35.

And yes, I will be buying more leggings!
I can't wait for the Christmas patterns to come out now! lol!

Do you own any LuLaRoe clothing?
What are your favorite styles?
Do you sell it?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Barbie Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway

Barbie™ and her sisters discover everything’s better when you do it together in this splashy, sun-kissed adventure!  After the girls and their pets arrive at an island paradise for Chelsea’s™ big dance competition, they decide to make a quick side trip to see the nearby Dancing Horse Festival. But when their furry friends go missing at the event, it’s up to the sisters to find them before Chelsea’s™ show. While the puppies are out having an adventure of their own, the girls must use their imaginations and work together to find their furry friends in this tail-wagging good time

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Show & Tell | Me

Linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals for...

Today the theme is Me :)
Well more about me.
Nicknames, quirks, phobias, etc.
What makes me..Me :)

When I was really little my parents called me Nessebelle or Goober when they didn't say my actual name.

A friend of my parents called me Strawberry Shortcake.
I never had red hair or freckles, but I think I wore of lot of clothes with her on it.

Once I started school I found out that my parents weren't very original in picking out my name since there were 5 of us with the name Vanessa.
Just in my class!
Strange thing...I have only met two other Vanessa's outside of those I went to school with and they were a couple years younger than me.
Apparently, in my small town Vanessa was a great name in 1978-1979! lol!
So since there were so many of us, we quickly had nicknames to tell us apart.
Because little kids can't figure out who is who otherwise right?! lol!
So Ness was born.
I have been Ness my entire life.
Even to my family. Well my family back home.

Side note: The other Vanessa's were - Nessie, Nessa, Vanessa, and V (I believe).

When I met Mic and his friends and family someone had the bright idea to call me V.
I wasn't a fan of it at first, but it has grown on me over the last 15 years.
Enough to be part of my blog title :)

Snakes, frogs, stink bugs.
Basically everything that has taken over my house.

Public speaking or just talking with acquaintances.
I literally break out in a sweat making small talk.
I need help! lol!

That I don't fit in.
As I get older, and a little more comfortable with myself I am getting better at being myself and being OK with that.
The only one not wearing a dress. I am finally OK with that :)

Feeling trapped.
Elevators don't really scare me, but being some where that I can't see a way out stresses me out.
Example: Being in the center of a crowded tent with a lot of people taller than me.
If I can't see an opening or have elbow room I get really nervous.

I am a numbers girl. When I renew my driver's license I like the numbers to match.
So....I wait until my actual birthday if possible to go get my new license so the birth date, issue date and renewal date all match.

I like everything to match. Mixing patterns isn't too bad for me, but colors drive me nuts!
Brown and black together practically kill me.
I can do cognac and black, but that is it.

I have a hard time eating my food if things are touching.
Those divided plates were made for people like me! lol!
If these touch - say corn and mashed potatoes, I won't eat any of the parts that touch.
I actually build a bit of a wall with the parts that touch so I can eat everything else around it.

I have never been able to spend the night at friends houses.
I am a scaredy cat in case you didn't know.
I also don't like bedtimes - wonder where X gets it from ;)
So going to a friends house and having the parents turn off all the lights and tell me I have to go to bed didn't work for me.
Hence, why I had A LOT of sleepovers at my house :)

I am this weird combination of tomboy who likes to look pretty.
I don't like to shop, but I do like clothes.
I can't stand to do my hair, but I love having long wavy/curled hair.
Take me to a bar any day over sitting at a house party.
I am a cocktail/shot girl over a glass of wine.
Football/basketball/baseball game over a spa day.
Pretty much anything a guy likes to do, I like to do looking pretty :) lol!

And check out 37 Randoms About Me for more goofiness :)

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites | This & That

Linking up with Andrea, Erika & Narci for...
Oh what a week!
My phone has decided to no longer connect to my computer the one week I took a ton of pictures :(
Thankfully, I ordered a new phone and fingers crossed it will be arriving by the end of next week!

Backing up to Friday evening...
I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Copper Mug & Grill at Landoll's Castle with my favorite guy to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

From the drinks to the dessert our meal was great!
I haven't actually watched the episode yet, but the hotel and restaurant were featured on Gordan Ramsay's Hotel Hell show

X had his last soccer game of the season on Saturday morning and we received his pictures.
Oh my goodness!
Look at all that cuteness!!!!
He is my favorite little guy in the world!

On Sunday I tried out Kroger Clicklist!
It is my new favorite way to grocery shop!
Ordered my groceries online and picked them up the next day.
So easy!
I was most worried about ordering meat and produce, but they picked out the very best!
I highly suggest this service if they offer it in your area!

Later that afternoon my favorite little guy helped Mic wash and wax my car :)

Tuesday was school picture day and this guy was super excited because he got to wear his favorite dinosaur shirt and new TOMS!

I hosted one of my favorite events of the year this week....My Blogger Scarf Exchange!
Love the scarf I received from Shelly!
Click above to check out all the scarves the participants received :)

My new hat from Genevieve West Designs arrived this week and I am in love!
It has already become my favorite!
I mean look at those colors!
Perfect for Fall, Browns games, and me in general!

Thursday night was Pizza Party Night for X's soccer team!
I just love watching these littles together!
Soccer still isn't my favorite sport, but it sure is fun watching these boys play together :)

They of course ended the evening with a big GO BLACK TEAM! :)

The next few weeks life is busy!
Or at least my calendar says so! lol!
I am looking forward to a low key weekend to prepare for the weeks ahead :)

Do you have any fun activities planned for this weekend?

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