Tuesday, December 1, 2015

catching up!

happy holidays friends!

We are smack dab in the middle of holiday [oh and wrestling] season here in the Otis house and I have some catching up to do! I had planned on being back Monday but we had a pretty busy weekend which meant recuperating yesterday [ya know, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc].

First off, I didn't shop at all! I unfortunately don't even know of any sales going on currently but I do have some cute pictures to share!

I started my holiday week with the GRAND decision to put oil pulling in my life on Wednesday and when my 15 minutes were up and spit the oil into a cup, HALF of my back tooth went with it. Yup, lets start the holiday with a broke tooth y'all! So this resulted in a dentist appointment not being able to be scheduled till this past Saturday.

A little more on Oil Pulling: I am not sure really if it helps with teeth health, whiter teeth, prettier skin or not, especially since I'm not exactly the poster child on all it has done for me [y'all remember the broken tooth right?!] but I continued doing it since Wednesday so 6 days in and the dentist couldn't believe that I had ZERO pain from the broke tooth and I have noticed whiter teeth so it's not enough for me to give up just yet. Stay tuned... 
[snapchat: lindsaymclovin]

Thanksgiving day was spent with my mom's parents and her brother which is always entertaining! I made my first ham and it turned out edible [shocking]! [cherishing this scarf given to me for my birthday]

Then Thanksgiving night was spent with Tripp's family which included these nuggets and 3 adults trying to put a gingerbread house together...[how many adults does it take?! the answer: a bunch]

Friday night we had a date night! We like to try new places and we tried a mexican restaurant called Little Donkey...not a favorite for us. The drinks 4 out of 5 stars [I got a sparkling margarita]. The food was 2 out of 5. The atmosphere was 5 out of 5, cute little place.

Since we weren't full after dinner, we decided to go next door to Steel City Pops! I got the divinity [holiday] pop and Tripp got the Maple Bacon pop. I was in HEAVEN!

Speaking of sweets, during the off period I tried making a Caramel Pudding Cake and it didn't turn out too shabby! I didn't have ice cream so I stuck some marshmallows on top!

Speaking of CAKE...We started the couch to 5k program on Thanksgiving day...don't ask...it involved seeing some thanksgiving pictures that were not flattering at all and I am so happy to say that I have ran 3 out of the past 5 days!

I've been working on my gallery wall and I put a few more touches up yesterday! What else do I need?!

Thennnn...we ended the weekend babysitting these two nuggets and turning our house into a big fort because that's what cool Aunt and Uncles do!

I've missed y'all! Breaks over for a few more weeks! Let's talk all things Christmas!!


  1. Great catching up, lady. I didn't score anything during the sales yesterday, I've done too much shopping recently so I was a very good girl. I've heard good things about oil pulling, but I think it would make me gag. Super cute pictures of the holidays, glad you had a good time.

  2. I didn't shop either! Woohoo! I was trying to be good and didn't think I'd be able to do it but I did! And can we talk about how amazing your Mexican food looks. OMG! I cannot believe your tooth broke! That's crazy!!! I've never tried oil pulling before but I have the worst gag reflexes so I don't think it would work out for me! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. OMG i can't believe your tooth came out with the oil pulling -that would be enough to make me stop lol!! Love that you guys are the cool aunt and uncle - we do the same when we babysit! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I have never heard of oil pulling, but now I definitely want to try it! Although I sure hope I don't get a broken tooth from it! Sounds like the rest of the week/weekend was great, though. I can't wait to hear how the couch to 5k training goes...I need to get back to running myself.

  5. I love your gallery wall- so cute! And homemade blanket forts are the best :) - Sorry about your tooth!

  6. Looks so fun!!!! Love the fort and we can't wait to do gingerbread houses over here too.

  7. I've tried oiling pulling a couple times and gagged every time! I know they say it's so good for your health but I can't seem to get past a few seconds of it. Do you use coconut oil? Did you start with a little and build up to more? I really need to try it again!

    Also, I love your gallery wall! :)

  8. I've never tried oil pulling, but now I'm sure curious!! Great job making your very first ham!! I've never attempted one and I'd be scared to even try! Also, your gallery wall looks fantastic!! Man, I love a good gallery wall!

  9. Boooooooo I hate when new places you try aren't good! I also saw some very unflattering pictures of me this weekend and legit need to do more about it than I currently am. We can both do it!! Especially after the new year. Time to get started on those little steps, now, though!


  10. I'm sad the Mexican restaurant wasn't good..because it looks delicious. Also, i've never heard of a sparkling margarita but I want to try!

  11. Holy moly on the tooth! Yikes! Besides that, it seems like you had a great weekend :) and those pops look delicious!

  12. I now want a popsicle at 6:45 in the morning...haha! Looks like you've been having fun! Honestly, oil pulling terrifies me a little haha Can't wait to hear how you like it after trying it again :)

  13. Love your gallery wall! I want to try oil pulling so bad but it kind of grosses me out. Is it as bad as it seems?

  14. OMG that tooth debacle sounds so stressful! I don't think I'm brave enough to try oil pulling haha but glad it's giving you some good results!

  15. I had to come here to read about your oil pulling, how crazy we both started that around the same time?! I'm telling you though, after just a few days I'm a believer...my story is a little different than yours though. I think I would freak out if my tooth broke off like yours did!

  16. I haven’t tried oil pulling yet, but want to! May just start tomorrow morning!

  17. Caramel Pudding Cake recipe please!
    Jesse Lee


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