Sense of Sarah: Guilty Pleasures

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We all have those "guilty pleasures" where we take time for ourselves to do something that we specifically enjoy.  Sometimes we enjoy doing these things alone (hello, alone time = the best) or we do them with a friend or significant other.  I have LOTS of guilty pleasures because I enjoy doing lots of things!  I left a few things off, like watching the Kardashians, but this is a pretty comprehensive list of who I am 😜

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1. Making holiday-themed sweets
 My best friend and I started making holiday-themed sweets when we lived together in college and we've kept it up since college.  It'll probably be pretty hard this year since she's just moved 3 hours away 😩, but this is something I always look forward to!  When we lived together in college, we didn't get super creative like we do now.  I remember one year making chocolate dipped pretzels for the people who cleaned our dorm building.  A couple of years ago we made reindeer out of marshmallows and pretzels and it literally took us HOURS.

2. Monogramming....everything
 I've calmed down a little on my in, my towels aren't monogrammed anymore now that I have to share them with Dustin.  BUT when we were dating, I even got him on the monogramming train and ordered him a monogrammed lunchbox for him to take to work.  Please note, he doesn't style his hair like that, it was from sweat and working outside in the field that day πŸ˜‚

3. Eating cookie cake
 I'm pretty particular about my cookie cake, too--it better be from the Great American Cookie Company.  I'm obsessed with cookie cake and you better limit what I have in front of me because I'll eat it until I become sick.  After Dustin proposed to me, he took me back to my mom's house to a surprise engagement party where he also surprised me with cookie cake--he was definitely trying to impress me haha!

4. Shopping
 I love fashion; I love clothes; I love putting together outfits.  I love it all.  Shopping is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, and actually, I enjoy shopping alone sometimes more that I enjoy it with people because I'm always afraid that whoever is with me is bored and then I feel pressured.  Just me?!

5. Eating sweets
 I really have to practice self control around sweets.  Stick me in a room with a ton of bags of chips--I won't be tempted.  Stick me in a room with lots of sweets??  Buy me bigger pants.  It's a problem πŸ™ˆ

 I have loved reading probably for my entire life.  It's my favorite thing to do and if I'm really into a book, I can sit and read for hours without realizing it.  I'm also a super fast reader so it doesn't take me long to read something at all.  I'll never forget the first time I really became obsessed with reading something.  I was in the 3rd grade and decided I wanted to read everything about Eleanor Roosevelt (why?!?).  I read all of the books about her in my elementary school library, and then my mom took me to the public library and I read all of the books about her there--aka I was reading adult biography books as a 3rd grader.  Basically I have an addictive personality (thanks Mom) and once I find something I like, I become obsessed--like with Eleanor Roosevelt πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

7. Blonde hair
 Surprise, surprise, blonde hair isn't my real hair color!  It's actually a dark brown.  But I love how I look with blonde hair so much more than with dark brown so blonde hair is definitely and guilty (and expensive) pleasure.

8. CHRISTMAS!!!!  (and coffee)
 Christmas decorating starts for me on Veteran's Day and along with that comes Christmas music and movies and all the Christmas things.  I love this holiday so much and may even sporadically listen to Christmas music throughout the year ha!  

Coffee is also a guilty pleasure!  I didn't start drinking coffee until I was 27 when I had my very first pumpkin spice latte.  I still can't drink black coffee but I've definitely dialed down the sugar in my coffee a lot since then!  

9. Summer Snow
 For those of you who have never been blessed with Summer Snow, it's a shaved ice place in Tuscaloosa, AL.  It's basically heaven in a cup because it does not taste like shaved ice--the consistency is so different.  I was introduced to SS my freshman year just a few days after I moved in my dorm after hearing some girls talk about it on the elevator.  I'm so glad I listened in on their conversation because my life has never been the same πŸ˜‚  I loved it so much while I was in college that I overdrafted my checking account several times at SS because I still didn't know how to manage money...embarrassing, I know.  Now every time I go to Tuscaloosa and if it's SS season, then I make sure to stop by and buy my favorite flavor--the Jimmy Buffet, which is strawberry flavoring and margarita flavoring.  Yum!

10. Taking pictures of Dustin sleeping
 #wheredustinsleeps is the best hashtag ever on IG (thanks Erica!)  Dustin falls asleep in random spots and taking these pictures of him has become a guilty pleasure since we've gotten married πŸ˜‚  It's like I try to challenge myself to find him sleeping in weird one time he fell asleep on my shin while I was watching tv.

11. Pizza
I mentioned before that I'm obsessed with sweets, but when it comes to savory is my favorite.  I could eat pizza all day every day if I allowed myself to.  One year in college when my best friend and I were trying to decide what to give up for Lent (picture 2 Southern Baptist girls who really didn't understand the reason behind giving up something for Lent.  We were just trying to join in with our Methodist friend.), I decided to give up pizza because I ate it every day.  Yes, I was that college stereotype.  Now that I try to eat healthier, I don't eat pizza on the reg and just save it for a special occasion.  Pepperoni pizza is my favorite!

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  1. I LOVE pizza, too! And how cute is your shopping outfit?!? Love that, too!

  2. Blonde hair looks amazing on you! That photo of you shopping is incredible -I hope you bought that entire outfit because it looked gorgeous on you! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. My two favorite foods in the entire world are pizza and ice cream, but we're basically foodie best friends. ;) ;)

  4. HA! We're one in the same girl! Love this!

  5. I had no idea your hair is actually brown! I figured it was just a darker blonde -- crazy!

    I'm TOTALLY with you on the shopping thing. I went to pick up a pair of toothpick jeans at jcrew last night but was so excited to go alone so I could take my time trying on different washes and fits. I don't like feeling pressured or rushed when I'm shopping! I also grocery shop alone unless it's a Costco haul.

  6. I love the blond hair on you. I'm so with you on pizza. I LOVE it. Love your outfit for shopping.

  7. LOVING your loves!! I TOTALLY feel you on the "eating too many sweets" thing - I'll devour, say, an entire bag of kettle corn and then whine to husby that it's "all in my tummy". Have you been to Earth and Stone at Campus 805 yet? Best pizza in Huntsville in our opinion :)

  8. You know exactly how I feel about cookie cake... it's THE BEST. It's funny because here all we have is a Classic Cookie Company and that's where my cookie cake has to come from. I don't like anybody else's. Although we don't have a Great American Cookie Company. I'll have to try some from there if we have have the chance! All I know is that those grocery store cookie cakes do not remotely cut it! Haha.

  9. What a fun post! I also love shopping, sweets and pizza!! Hope you can get together with your friend to do some holiday baking this year. And now I'm starving for something SWEET :)

  10. Yes to so many of these! Christmas - it'll be here before we know it - I should be doing so many other things right now but I'm all about getting organized for Christmas at the moment haha.

  11. I can't believe I didn't know your hair is naturally brown!!

  12. Shopping, Christmas, and cookie cake. Yes, yes, YES. What more could a girl need?!


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