January Highlights for the Duchess of Cambridge

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted about one of my most favorite subjects: Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the new year with quite a few milestone events. Her first royal engagement was announced, another overseas adventure was … Continue reading

Guest Room Reveal!

It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here! Our home is finally coming together. It’s now a home, not just an empty shell of a house anymore. Here’s how the guest room looked before. I couldn’t … Continue reading

Family Recipe: Mrs. Thomas Casserole

Casserole. It’s comfort food, really. Satisfying and best served with a heaping dose of melted cheese on a chilly afternoon. Oh, and they taste even better reheated as leftovers. See? Even Max loves this family recipe! I’m not entirely sure where … Continue reading

Master Bedroom Completion!

Master Bedroom Completion!

This post has been looong overdue. My friends, I apologize. In the midst of the last few weeks, Hodgepodge Pilot’s Wife has fallen to the wayside a smidge. What can I say? Spending quality time catching up with my husband … Continue reading

The Very Best Wedding Fragrances

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You’ve spent months planning your special day and everything’s been meticulously thought out. Your bridal perfume is a detail that’s often overlooked in the midst of wedding planning though. Your dress, jewelry, shoes, undergarments, veil, hair pieces – all selected with … Continue reading

Cookie Dough Cheesecake

If you’ve ever been to the Cheesecake Factory, then you know how scrumptious their cheesecake is. Hello – cheesecake is in the name of the restaurant! How could their delectable desserts be anything other than extraordinary? My favorite you ask? … Continue reading

Return to Hodgepodge and a Homecoming

Happy 2014 hodgepodgers! Yes, I took a brief hiatus from blogging for the first few weeks of the new year. Allow me to explain 🙂 First off, every year I do a cleanse to rid my body of built up … Continue reading

8 Lessons from our Disney World Adventure

Download the Disney Mobile Magic app. With this app, you can see estimated wait times for each of the attractions at every park in Disney. The information is updated in real time and let’s you know if there are any … Continue reading

Happy New Year! 2013: A Year in Review

The past 365 days have been full of ups and downs, momentous occasions and heartache for me. I have to admit that this time last year, I looked forward to the coming year with an unusual amount of optimisim. I’ve always been an optimistic person, but in this case, when I looked down the road, I felt that there were a lot of milestones in my life that I couldn’t wait to get to. On the other hand, I was a smidge worried that 2013 – an unlucky number to start off with – would deal me only misfortune instead of happiness.

The beginning of the year started off with a bang and went strong until about September (you’ll see why below). I was living in Boston with some of the best friends a girl could ask for. I was in my final semester in grad school and couldn’t wait to graduate. My sister welcomed a new little boy to their family which means I was an aunt again. But more than anything, I was moving from Massachusetts to Georgia to finally be reunited with the love of my life. And we were getting married.

These were all the positives. The negatives on the other hand…

Probably the biggest negative was my move to Georgia. It was a move I’d been looking forward to honestly. Max and I were going to be living within driving distance of each other; we’d get to spend every weekend together – that was a lot better than seeing each other every 3-4 months for a weekend at a time. If only that would have worked out how I’d envisioned.

Max ended up getting deployed twice this year – once from February through June (he came back early for our wedding) and then again this September. He’s been gone roughly 9 months out of 2013. As a June bride, we’ve been married for 6 months, half of which he’s been deployed to Afghanistan and away from me. Boo.

So I guess you could say that living in Georgia hasn’t exactly panned out how I’d thought. I moved here to be closer to my husband, not half a world away. Not to mention, I’m not exactly a huge fan of Georgia. In fact, I can’t stand living here. I wouldn’t lie to you! Georgia kinda sucks, especially middle Georgia where the funnest thing to do is to drive at least 2 hours in any direction for any semblance of fun (Atlanta, Savannah, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina).

Sometimes that’s how it works though, right? Life’s little twists and turns take you by surprise and what you thought was a blessing can actually turn out to be a letdown.

Oi. Things got a little deep there for a minute, huh? Let’s move on to 2014 and how I’m wildly excited for it 🙂

2014. How I’m so excited you’re finally here.

Max comes home to me soon. We have a ton of trips we’re looking forward to taking, including our family vacation down to Florida, a trip out to Savannah for St Patty’s, a jaunt down to Universal Studios to check out Harry Potter World, a friend’s wedding in Tennessee.

The best part about all of this? Max and I will be together. For the whole year. No deployments for him! Yay! Now that’s quite a turn around from 2013. And that’s exactly why I’m beyond thrilled to have 2013 behind us.

We’ll be traveling, we’ll be having fun, we’ll be together, and we’ll be celebrating our first anniversary and untechnically our first holiday season together as a couple (we missed the first one due to his deployment).

How did your 2013 pan out? Was it full of ups or downs or both? 

What’re you most excited about for 2014?

Perfectly Poised: Pinpointing Kate’s Style

It all started with a LBD. You probably thought I was talking about a little black dress. No my friends, what I meant was a little blue dress. The day Kate Middleton stepped out in front of hundreds of photographers … Continue reading