Weekend Adventures & Giveaway Winner

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend & stayed warm. Not a whole lot to report on my end from this weekend… but I do have a winner to announce for my Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Giveaway…ย Congratulations to Susan (@suddenlysus) for winning! Please respond to my e-mail within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

In other news… I spontaneously got a new phone! I had been thinking of upgrading for a while and since I’m a pretty big Apple user, I figured I’d get one of the new iPhone 5’s. Mike told me about a deal that Best Buy was having where you can trade in certain products (for me, I traded in my iPhone 4S) and get $100 towards an iPhone 5S or 5C. I didn’t really have the extra money to spend on the 5S, so I ended up getting the 5C for free. I also got 3 free Blu-Ray DVDs with the deal! Not a bad bargain, if I do say so myself.


I was skeptical about the 5C at first, but there are very few differences between it and the 5S. I didn’t really care about the metal vs. plastic backing, so that wasn’t a big deal. The 5S has a better chip, but both models still have a better chip than what the 4S had so I wouldn’t notice a difference. I also didn’t really NEED the fingerprint identity sensor. The display is the exact same, the camera is basically the same, and that’s really all that matters to me. For me, it was silly to spend money on the 5S when the 5C was free and does everything I need it to! If I was using my phone for more than a camera, social media, phone, and texting, then I might care about the A7 chip & the other bells & whistles, but that extra money can be better spent elsewhere right now (like, my student loans or something). I would’ve liked to try that slo-mo video effect though!

Anyways, enough about technology! I also tried making Pumpkin Overnight/Crockpot Oatmeal and it turned out pretty great. I combined a couple of recipes to fit the ingredients I had on hand.


I didn’t write down the exact measurements of what I used because I wasn’t intending on writing a recipe post, but here’s the basics of what I used:

  • a little less than 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 cups of steel cut oats
  • 3 cups of milk
  • a couple tablespoons of butter
  • probably at least 1/2 cup of agave nectar
  • a couple tablespoons of both cinnamon and ground nutmeg (most recipes called for pumpkin pie spice which I didn’t have)
  • a handful or two of walnuts

I put everything (except for the walnuts) into the crockpot & stirred. Then, I used a little butter and browned the walnuts. I also sprinkled them with some cinnamon and nutmeg.


After cooking them, I added them to the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients. Then I just set the temp on low and let it cook all night. I woke up to the apartment smelling pumpkiny-delicious. And it made enough for at least 4 pretty big-sized servings.



I’m excited to actually have an awesome breakfast for work this week. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays – time with family, relaxation, and lots of food, does it get any better? We’re actually going to be having 2 Thanksgiving dinners this year – a small one on actual Thanksgiving here at our apartment with just Mike & I and my mom (Mike & I’s first Thanksgiving as hosts). We’re making cornish hens to switch things up. Then on Saturday, some of my family is coming to my mom’s house and that’s when we’re doing our big Thanksgiving feast. I’ve also got a work Thanksgiving party this week, too. THAT’S A LOT OF FOOD! I am going to have to watch my portions this week.

Oh, I also cheered myself up with some musings after a hard week:

Hopefully they cheer you up too! Have a great week, friends!


  • Congrats on the new phone! I have the 5s and I’m in love, but yeah, it’s not much different. The sensor still doesn’t always work and while slow mo is cool, you can’t upload it anywhere without it losing the quality. I really only cared about the camera and it’s AWESOME. Anyways, now I’m hungry for some pumpkin. Hope you have a lovely holiday.

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