Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Grayt Debate

To greige or not to greige? That is the quesiton! Little did I know how hard that question was going to be to answer. I mean it's only almost our entire interior that will be this color.

I like greige. I feel like it warms up a room quite nicely and feels cozy. John is not a fan. He likes neutral grays, which I think can look a bit icy and cold if you aren't careful. We picked out some samples from Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Valspar. We brought the paint chips home and taped them to the wall. We quickly eliminated about ten but couldn't agree, so we narrowed it down to five to actually buy paint samples for and try on the wall.

As you can see from the picture above, that didn't work. We ended up buying five more samples to get a color we both loved. We were looking for something lighter (for me) and something non-greige (for John). What happened to the light box that let you look at paint samples in the day-light? Apparently those are non-existent now. Therefore, I blame those damn fluorescent lights in the stores for making us buy all of these paint samples.

Well, after ten samples, we still couldn't agree and decide. So I finally chose two colors - SW Repose Gray (pictured in two different spots in the picture) and SW Light French Gray. I let John pick between those two colors, and he chose *drumroll* SW Light French Gray! He said that's the one I fell in love with in the very beginning, so he chose that one. He's so sweet <3
 Painting will commence Summer 2018!

Of course I will post pictures of the beginning, middle, and end of the process! Wish us luck!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Shake Shack STL

 Let me tell you 'bout my new best friend, Shake Shack. In 2014, my parents, John, and I went to New York City, and we never managed to make it to the infamous Shake Shack. It wasn't high on our list of must eats, so I wasn't too disappointed. Little did I know what I was missing out on. Four years later, I'm finally trying it for the first time here in St. Louis, and it was FANTASTIC!
 I looked online to see what their most popular items were to try. I couldn't pick just one, so we tried it all. It was a steep bill at $47, but it was totally worth it. We each got a burger, fries, and shake, and we split a hot dog and chicken sandwich. John was stuffed afterwards, but I felt like I could go again. It was so good!
 We both got the ShackBurger - John's was a double, and I got the single patty (no lettuce or tomatoe:)) Do you ever just crave a burger but are very specific about the burger you are craving? I honestly do this all of the time. I've never been able to specifically tell John what burger I want from what restaurant when this happens. I just know I don't want a fancy burger (like Red Robin), nothing from Burger King, Steak 'n Shake won't do it for me, McDonald's is too greasy. I just don't know what I want. Well, the ShackBurger is EXACTLY what I've had in my head this whole time. I just never knew it. It's THE burger I want when I say I'm craving a burger. It's juicy, cooked perfectly, and tastes amazing.

We split the Chick'n Shack, which I'm glad we did. I normally don't gravitate toward chicken sandwiches, but this one was good! The crispiness of the chicken was just right. I would still pick the burger, but I definitely say you've got to try the chicken sandwich at least once.
 We also split the hot dog, which I wasn't a big fan of. I'm glad I tried it, but it's not something I would get again. It just kind of tasted like a regular ole hot dog to me.

But let me tell you about these french fries! John got the chili cheese fries, which isn't on their menu, so I don't know if you can get them all year long or not. If they have them, get them! The chili was fantastic! I got just the plain cheese fries. It's a toss up on which ones I loved more, but I think I liked the plain cheese fries better. John said he liked them with chili better. I'm not sure what liquid cheese blend they use, but whatever it is, it's working. These were hands down the best cheese fries I've ever had, and I feel like that's a lot coming from a fry whore like myself.
 Lastly, we had milkshakes. John tried the salted caramel, and I had the chocolate. I liked both of them equally, but if I didn't get a milkshake every time I went, I would be okay with that. They were just good to me, not great, or the best I've ever had. I love ice cream in any form, so who am I kidding? I would totally get a milkshake every time, just maybe try other flavors.
So final answer on Shake Shack. It was everything I would hoped it would be and more. I will always get the ShackBurger (no lettuce or tomatoe), cheese fries, and some form of custard.

What is your fave food at Shake Shack?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Year Without Cable

Save your money. You hear it all of the time when you are younger, but there comes a point in your life when you don't know how to save money because you are barely bringing enough in to pay the bills. We are fortunate enough that we have enough money to pay for the bills, but we wanted to have extra to money to actually go out and explore the city we live in (near). So what are you supposed to do? 

John and I decided that we would cut out cable then reevaluate in a year if we missed it or not. It was costing us around $120 a month that we could be spending on going to baseball games, concerts, eating out, etc.

To embark on this journey, I knew I had to give up DVRing our shows, watching whatever channel I wanted whenever I felt like it, On Demand, and rewinding. These were big and scary "give ups" for me. Call me a diva, but I need to rewind because ya girl can't hear what people are saying on tv sometimes.

So for Christmas 2016, John asked for some essentials to get us through the no cable life. We got a Roku Ultra HD and 4K, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Mohu Leaf HD Off Air Antenna. We also changed providers to get faster internet, which actually saved us about $10 a month thanks to a sign-up special. So all together it would cost someone under $200 to get setup. Luckily, John asked and received all of these devices for Christmas, so we didn't have to spend a dime on them.

I'll start with the device that I use the least, which is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. I don't really know how to get to it through our setup, so I just stay away from it. In Sayrah's terms, John uses it to stream movies and tv shows that we can't find on the Roku.

The Mohu Leaf HD Off Air Antenna is probably one of the coolest things that he received that I thought was going to be a complete dud. It was presented to me as we now have an off air antenna. In my head, that means we are going to have some grainy ass picture that constantly cuts out. Wrong. It's HD, so the picture is crystal clear. And the only time it freezes is when I knock it behind our cabinet that sits next to our tv.

The Roku is my favorite device for our cableless tv, especially if you have someone willing to share their cable provider's username and password that they use (thanks mom and dad!). As long as you have that, you are good to go with a Roku. I honestly don't know how Roku works without using someone's cable provider information. Most networks have an app or shortcut that you can download to your Roku. Once in a network's app, you can watch live tv or individual shows and movies. Each app differs on what options you can do, but I seem to find what I want. The most uncommon feature in an app is live tv. It's not one I use very often, but sometimes I just like to turn something on in the background without having to think about what I want to actually watch. My favorite apps are E!, TBS, and HGTV. We also have Netflix and YouTube downloaded to our Roku.

After a year, we are loving the no cable life. I like having extra money in our pockets each month, and I really don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I highly recommend it if you are in need of trying to find a few extra bucks each month.

Side note: Hallmark Christmas movies are extremely hard to watch on a cableless tv. There app on Roku isn't very friendly for watching them. I resorted to watching Netflix Christmas movies last year.

If you have any questions about our setup, please feel free to ask. John will be in charge of answering the questions because I'm not techy enough to know what all he did nor am I super interested. He loves this stuff, so ask away!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year's Resolutions That Most Likely Won't Get Resolved

 As a person who blogs, I feel that I should share my New Year's resolutions with y'all. Besides the ones I'm still working on from this blog post, I've added a few more things to my list.

1. Read one book a month - I tried doing this last year, and I made it through three books in 5 months. It was fun while it lasted, but the weather got warmer (at least that was my excuse). One of my sweet friends read 62 books last year.. and she has a life and a job! She's definitely my motivation!

2. No dishes in the sink before going to bed - It makes our kitchen seem so much cleaner by just not having any dishes in the sink. Maybe I can scatter them around the stove? At least they want be in the sink. AmIRight?

3. Be more active on here - I love, love writing this blog, but we've all noticed I've been MIA for the past couple of months. I blame Christmas movies because it's never my fault.

4. Watch a movie I've never seen before twice a month - This sounds like an easy goal, and I know my husband will love it BUT sometimes I just want to watch TV shows and then forget there is a whole world of movies waiting to be watched.

Now onto pictures of New Year's eve.
This picture was before we went to our neighbor's house and chowed down on some awesome Filipino food, took shots, and finished off a bottle of Ciroc that was almost half full.
This is when we came back home, so we could watch the ball drop in NYC as a family. We cute. This Rose' was not cute though. I like the Martini & Rossi Asti much better.
 Trying to close the Rose' with the red rocket man. He was too big.
Just a tipsy selfie with Layla who couldn't give two shits about this photo.

Cheers to the New Year!

On a side note, my parents, John, and I went to the Christmas parade in St. Charles, MO last year, and I met the sweetest girl who has her own YouTube channel. Go check out CoCo and True TV and show her some love!:)