Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Love Dare: Day 13

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Day 13: Love Fights Fair

Rules are made to be broken.

Sound familiar?

I've never been a huge rule breaker (except for a few select instances in college that I won't get into right now..); as far as I'm concerned, rules are made for a reason and should be respected and followed.

This is especially true for relationships.

Fighting fair is something we all need to strive for in our marriages--too often, we let our pride get in the way of clear, productive thinking, which is something I had to work on early on in Brandon's & my relationship.

For today's dare..
Talk to your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement. 

This is a conversation that Brandon and I have never had; Brandon is fairly laid back when it comes to our arguments and is usually able to get past things really quickly. 

Me on the other hand? Not so much (this was a problem when we were dating).

Before Brandon and I were married, I set some rules for myself when it came to fighting that I still abide by today. Those rules include:
  1. Think it over for a day--is what you're upset about really that big of a deal? Is it going to matter a week from now? If no, just let it go. If yes..
  2. ..kindly bring it up (never go into it crying/screaming). 
  3. Talk it out and let it go (I always go into these conversations saying "Okay, I need to talk to you about this or that and I'll never bring it up again after this")--I know several people who let their issues fester and build and then continually bring it up for years to come; this is harmful and completely unnecessary. Talk it over, say you're sorry (if need be), and let it go. 
Brandon and I have a pretty healthy relationship and are able to productively talk things over and move on which (I believe) has saved us from lots of grief and sleepless nights in different rooms.

Today, I dare you to talk with your spouse about healthy rules of engagement. If you aren't ready for this, make a list for yourself. See if you notice any changes in your relationship in the coming days, weeks, and months.

I certainly did.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purple is the New Orange (is the New Black)

This one isn't all purple but has purple in it.
I've never been a huge purple wearer (unless I'm cheering on my beloved Colorado Rockies) but have noticed my recent thrift purchases favoring the feminine and lovely color. These shades don't quite match up with Pantone's fall shades--the closest to purple would be the Radiant Orchard & Sangria--but are perfect in Annie's Book of Fashion

Yes, it's a real (albeit very short) book.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

Have I ever mentioned how much I love fall?

Oh, I have?

Every three minutes for the last two months, you say?

Oops.. sorry.

Anyway, I do really, really love fall! I love the colors, cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything.. it's such a happy time!

Another reason I adore fall is all of the hearty and yummy fall foods--this recipe I am about to share with you may just be my favorite! These Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings are the simplest thing ever to make, are extremely filling, and taste mighty delicious! Try it tonight.. you won't be sorry!

Recipe adapted from The Dedicated House.

  • 1 ½lb of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 4 large or 6 small)
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 cans (10.5oz) Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 box (32oz) Chicken Broth
  • 2 dashes of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 Large Flaky Refrigerator Biscuits
  1. Place chicken in crock pot and top with butter.  Add cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and diced onions.  Cook on High for 4-6 hours or Low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Cut each uncooked biscuit into 8 small pieces and stir into the chicken mixture.  Continue to cook on High for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from slow-cooker and shred with a fork.  Return to slow-cooker and stir everything together.  Serve hot.
Makes about 6-8 servings.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


You guys.

I'm so far behind on blogging.


I got several posts prepped last week while I sipped on my decaf PSL at the 'bucks (8pm=no caffeine) but didn't get a chance to tell you about this awesome series I'm taking part in!

My blogging bud Tausha has organized an awesome, AWESOME series called the Blogger Love Dare, which is based on the Love Dare from the movie "Fireproof" (which I haven't gotten to watch yet but look forward to partaking in after we get all moved into to our new house next week!).

Here's what the Love Dare is all about (via Tausha): The Love Dare is 40 days, 40 dares dedicated to strengthening & encouraging your relationship with your spouse. I encourage you (as does the original book) to keep a journal of your feelings and actions throughout the 40 days. If you have a blog, write about it. Share it. Perspective in relationships is key & if you can share your trails and triumphs with others – we all become better.

Amazing, right?! I encourage you all to follow along with the Love Dare and to record your progress! I know that all of our marriages could use little "pick-me-ups" here and there so I look forward to doing this dare for Brandon!

Here's the dares so far:
Week 1 (Days 1-7)
Week 2 (Days 8-14)

Be sure to come back on Saturday for my Day 13 post (yes, I'm posting on a Saturday.. can you believe it?!)!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Blessed Branch GIVEAWAY ($300 value)!

Happy, Happy Monday!

I can see you guys rolling your eyes at me as you read this (rude) but it is a happy Monday because I have the most amazing giveaway ever for you guys! Can you tell that I'm just a little excited about this?

My super sweet and talented friend Nicole owns the adorable The Blessed Branch, a shop specializing in custom wood signs. This girl does. it. all (in fact, she's made a few Christmas gifts for me and is going to help me with signs for Jax's new room after we move!).

Today she is here to give away not one, not two, not even ten.. but TWELVE (!) signs to one lucky winner!

Are you freaking out yet because I definitely am!
How adorable is Nicole (left)?? She did all of the centerpieces, decor, and even the girls nails at my bestie Turin's (right) wedding last summer!
Nicole is graciously giving away one sign per month for a year (up to $25) to one of YOU and entering couldn't be any easier.. just follow the Rafflecopter below and get yourself entered! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Taking a Breather..

Wow.. what a week!!

We got our dates for House Hunters (next week.. EEK!), close on our house this Thursday, and have a teething baby who demands basically all of our time (not that I'm complaining.. I love my baby cuddles)--we are BUSY! That being said, I'm going to be taking a little break from the blog this week.. but don't worry!! I'll be back next week with recipes, updates, AND an amazing giveaway with my friend Nicole!

Until then, here are a few pictures from homecoming weekend in my hometown:

Have a great week!

Friday, October 3, 2014


Remember the other day when I was talking about having writers block and not having anything to write about? God was definitely listening (as always) and just opened several doors for my family and me.

One of those doors?

It's true; we're going to be on House Hunters!!!!

As many of you know, we've been renting since moving to Denver and are sick and tired of not having our own place. We've been casually looking around at houses since early this summer and finally took the plunge in July and applied for a loan. While all of this was going on, my Aunt Nancy made a comment about how we should apply to be on House Hunters so I thought "what the heck?" and filled out an app. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and we still hadn't heard back so I reached out to my friend (and House Hunters alumna) Ruthie to see if she had any contacts.

She did!

Ruthie put me in touch with an amazing producer who got back to us immediately, had us film an audition video (that the public will never, ever see.. ha), and then submitted it to the production company and to HGTV. We didn't hear back for a couple of weeks so we figured that was that but then got an email giving us the green light on Wednesday.


We are so excited for this amazing opportunity! As many of you know, my major in college was broadcast journalism so one of the things I'm looking forward to most in this experience is watching the crew at work (nerdy, I know). I have no idea when the episode will air but we will be filming later this month! Eek!! 

Stick around, folks.. I'll definitely keep you all posted on our moving adventures, when our episode airs, etc. Thank you all for your support of our family and this little blog.. good things are definitely happening!

In other Sandmeier family news (from Top Left to Bottom Right): 
Rice+9 month old=BAD idea
Teething baby=sleepy baby
Big, new glasses=Hipster Annie
Baby who pulls himself up on everything now=graying mamma

Have a great weekend!
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