Recaps, Famous People, and Reality TV

Well, my friends, I am FINALLY back from my oh-too-long vacay. For your and my sanity, I swear I’ll never leave for that long ever again!

Let’s get down to bid-ness…

First off, I just have to give a huge thanks to all the Guest Bloggers that posted here over the last month. Weren’t they all just fab?!! Honestly, I’m now following quite a few of them myself!

Also, if you are just dying to get a recap of our vacation, I made FIFTEEN posts about my vacation while we were on the road. Check all of them out here. I tried to add some humor to each post as not to bore you to sleep. One thing I’ve learned from all this vacation blogging: I hate vacation blogging. I LOVE DIY and decor blogging though, so I’m just going to stick with the home sector. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lucky you.

Okay, FINALLY, let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we?

There were exactly TWO major events that happened to me while on vacation that I think you will get a kick out of…

The first & most exciting:


My life has now come full circle. Who would have thought in a year and a half of blogging I would meet BOTH of my favorite blogs authors? In January I met Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick (at Blissdom) and in July I met Sherry and John from Young House Love.

Our last stop on our vacation was in Richmond, Virginia to meet Sherry and John at a cute little coffee shop. They are the nicest, most humble, gracious people I’ve probably ever met. I was blown away at how down to earth they are in spite of being blog super-stars who have graced many a news story, been on the Nate show, and are featured in Better Homes and Garden almost monthly (at least it seems that way!).

I was just hoping they would give me 5 minutes for a photo. I was pleasantly shocked and grateful that they spent two hours with us instead. I’m sure everyone says this about them, but I swear, they were so easy to just hang out with. When we left I told Ben that I really thought we would be friends with them IRL if we lived near them. They are just that easy to be around.

Kinsey was smitten with their sweet adorable Clara. She has the blondest hair and the bluest eyes! And her personality is sweet as a button.

So yes, I’ve met YHL and TDC. My life is officially complete. I can die now.

In other, almost-as-exciting-news, I took pictures of myself in front of three famous bakeries, all from their own hit reality shows about cakes and cupcakes.

Carlo’s Bakery, from TLC’s Cake Boss.

Cake Boss

Charm City Cakes, from the Food Networks Ace of Cakes.

Ace of Cakes

And Georgetown Cupcake, from TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

DC Cupcake

I didn’t go inside any of the bakeries, and I didn’t get to taste any of their famous pastries. The lines at each place were ridiculously long. It was really fun getting to see the actual bakeries though.

And, finally, in other news… (what?! You thought I was going to leave you with no home update at all?!)…

We got home to our yard looking like this:


It’s just a hunch, but I’m thinking we have a sprinkler issue on our hands…


Good thing I know how to fix a sprinkler! (You can read my post about fixing a sprinkler here.) I’m really looking forward to digging up my front yard in over 100 degree weather. Yay for summer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun, new, fresh post! Yippie!

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  1. great post allison! ๐Ÿ™‚ Way too long for me to be gone from home, glad you’re back! Love the pics!
    Can’t wait to see what’s up with you next!

  2. Do all blog husbands wear soda t-shirts? Ha, Ha.

    So cool that you got to meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aw- it was so great to meet you guys. Clara missed Kinsey all day afterwards! And glad you made it back home so smoothly!

    s (& the fam)

  4. Glad you’re home. What willpower you must have had to skip the actual cupcakes.

  5. Welcome back!

    What’s with the police barrier in front of Carlo’s? Are you actually allowed to go in if you want to buy something? I don’t think I’d be able to pass up cannoli if I was there.

  6. Um…excuse me! You didn’t mention in your post that you met me twice this year?! I mean…HELLO?! I know that has to be on the top of your bucket list!
    I swear… you are so ungrateful! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love you anyway,

  7. Wow! How fun and so nice to hear.

  8. NO WAY! you met YHL! how cool! you went to so many places on this trip. I bet you have elventy-billion emails to catch up on.

    YOU are one of the bloggers I want to meet IRL. and not in a creepy stalker sort of way, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ but because I am SO like you, with the “if you give a mouse a cookie” thing. I do it all the time.

  9. Glad youโ€™re back! Love the pics! Canโ€™t wait to see whatโ€™s up with you next!

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