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20 Things About Us

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In case you haven’t noticed the big change I made to my blog recently, I now have a co-author, my vivacious and bubbly cousin, Christina. It is now our blog. I will continue to write essays about whatever pointless/silly things I happen to be thinking about and regularly post about what I’m wearing and why, while Christina might actually teach you something (she’s a total natural at writing DIY posts).

When I read blogs, I tend to favor posts that help me get to know the person I’m reading about. I always crack up when I get to read posts with random facts about people (like this one that my friends wrote), so without further adieu, here are 20 random ass things about us that you didn’t even realize you need to know.

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SARAH-

  1. I like how skunks smell.
  2. If I could trade places with any fictional character, it’d be Rip Van Winkle because I love sleeping so much.
  3. I may act like a literary snob, but most of the things I know about literature were learned from the 90’s PBS show, Wishbone.
  4. I didn’t have cable TV or at-home Internet access growing up, which explains why I watched so much PBS and had to go to the library to keep up with my Myspace correspondents.
  5. I think that Samson from the Old Testament (you know, of Samson and Delilah) might be my spirit animal because I too feel powerless without my hair extensions.
  6. I wish I could carry a tune, but am frequently asked to stop every time I begin to sing.
  7. My husband and I have been together for 6 years, and we’ve still never openly farted in front of each other.
  8. Eight is my lucky number. No it’s not, I don’t have a lucky number I just couldn’t think of anything to write.
  9. If I could only listen to 5 bands for the rest of my life they’d be: Abba, ACDC, Styx, Queen, and idk Drake or something.
  10. I once ate a few bites of undercooked chicken because I didn’t want to hurt the chef’s feelings. I’ve been working on being less passive ever since.

 

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CHRISTINA-

  1. I’m 27 and I can still do the splits.
  2. If I could paint my house like a rainbow, I would, but my husband has some say in the matter.
  3. My hair is always changing color. I prefer fashion colors (pink, purple, silver) over natural ones.
  4. My right leg is one inch longer than my left.
  5. When I sneeze or hiccup, it sounds like a squeaky dog toy.
  6. I was in the hospital the week of my wedding for an emergency gall bladder removal surgery. I honestly thought I was going to get married in the hospital.
  7. I’m a direct descendant of Henry V (as is Sarah).
  8. I had both of my children unplanned.
  9. I play the viola.
  10. I can have an entire conversation using only movie quotes.

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We hope you have a grrrrreat weekend!

¡Viva Fiesta!

Fiesta originated 125 years ago when citizens of San Antonio wanted to celebrate the heroes of the Alamo with what they named The Battle of Flowers. It became a tradition and is now ingrained in San Antonio’s culture. And get this, it is the only parade in the country to be planned and directed completely by women! GO GIRLS! When I was a kid, I was in synchronized swimming and our team, The Cygnets (baby swans), got to participate in the parade and had our own float. Being super clumsy, I was never allowed to go on the float so I had to walk. We were told to just throw candy at kids whenever we walked by them, which could be a little dangerous. When you think about it, the parade is a ton of giant piñatas spewing candy all over the place. No baseball bats or blindfolds involved so all the hard work is done.

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Being born and raised in San Antonio, I have a deep respect and appreciation for my city. When Fiesta comes around each year, I am again reminded of the history and culture of this beautiful city. N.I.O.S.A which stands for Night In Old San Antonio is where the party is at. Every year Sarah’s Dad, my uncle, volunteers and usually always asks for help. He works at the “Ranch Steak” tent. Ranch Steaks are a thin slice of chuck on a tortilla. Can’t get much simpler than that!

If a Ranch Steak doesn’t peak your interest, you could also try the infamous Chicken on a stick, or Steer on a stick, Elote (corn on the cob), or anything fried you can think of. Being a volunteer, you get all the sweet perks. Early entry, private bathrooms, air conditioned lobby, and free food. Whenever I had the chance to help out with my cousins, we would always be the ones taking tickets and banging the cow bell saying “RANCH STEAKS! GET YOUR RANCH STEAKS!” Then when 10pm came around (closing time) all the hungry drunks rush to your booth to get their greasy fill. Things can get a little crazy but overall, it’s a grand time.

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The whole month of April has Fiesta-related events going on, but the main events are from April 20th – April 30th. If you plan on making a trip, I would suggest coming for N.I.O.S.A., you will experience everything “Fiesta” in a span of 4-5 hours from good food, drinks, music, and partying. If you plan on bringing kids, I would recommend the Fiesta Carnival or one of the many parades. All information about the events and details can be found here.
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If you’re ever planning to visit San Antonio, come in mid-April and party like a local!

xoxo,
Christina

Welcome To Me Too

Not a Meghan Trainor reference although I have heard we look alike…

Hey Y’ALL!  Yes, I said “y’all”. I’m Christina, Sarah’s cousin and bestie from San Antonio, TX (you may remember me from here)! I am proud and thrilled to let you know, I will be joining in on the “That’s What SHE Said” site as a co-author. Get ready to see a whole lot more of me. My name is Christina Ashton, formerly McIver- pronounced “Mac-Gyver”. Yes, LIKE THE TV SHOW.

I am a 27 Year old wife and mother. I met my husband almost 10 years ago and knew the moment we met, he would be MINE. I wouldn’t let anything stop me from marrying that fine piece. Fast forward 10 years and we have 2 beautiful children. Thomas, age 4. Charlotte, age 3. I’ve always viewed the world as a loud and vibrant place and I am always searching for boldness and beauty in everyday life. It wasn’t until about 3 months ago that I actually considered blogging. The more I thought about it, the more I knew I could do it. I want to show y’all what the world looks like through my eyes. My spirit animal is a Unicorn and I’m always spewing glitter and magic everywhere I go. Being unhappy won’t get you anywhere so do your best to feel the best! I’m ecstatic to start this new adventure. Be ready for the sparkles.

with all the joy and love,

Christina

Woman Of The Hour Vol 2

Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself that, come hell or high water, you will make that person your friend? Anne of Green Gables describes these people as “kindred spirits” more than just plain old “friends”. That’s how I felt when I met my next Woman Of The Hour, Jess.

Jess, or Jessica (but never Jessie), and I met when she started working where I worked a little over 2 years ago. She is a fellow native of Texas transplanted to PA, and when my boss was interviewing her, she called me over to chit chat. When our boss asked us if we knew each other because we were both from Texas, Jess and I rolled our eyes and shared the same thought bubble “Texas is kind of a big state, ya dummy”…. We’ve been friends ever since. We made a suicide pact and quit that job on the same day. We’ve cried together, laughed together, but mostly cried so hard from laughing together. I was so excited when she agreed to answer my “burning questions”, as I want to give the world a chance to get to know one of the coolest women I know.

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Describe your style in 1-5 words.

Is preppy edge a thing?

Who is your style icon?

Good question, I wouldn’t consider myself to be on the up and up when it comes to fashion, so I don’t really have someone I idolize, but I think Alexa Chung always kills it. If I could be similarly bold as her, I’d die fashionably happy.

What is your best feature? (Smile? Hair? Boobs? Idk)

All of my features are my best, just kidding… kind of. I would say my hair, which I think most of my friends would agree with. If you are asking based on the compliments I receive from strangers online dating, the common consensus is my smile. (Thanks for the braces Mom and Dad)

What song would you want to play when you walk into a room to make you feel like a bad ass?

Deceptacon- Le Tigre (I have so much love for songs with great clapping) OR Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes

What beauty product can you not live without? 

This is a cruel question… if we are only talking about face, then a brow product of some sort (pencil or powder) and bronzer.

What was your first AOL screen name?

Nothing cool that’s for sure. I think it was jezzikahnickol or something of that sort.

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Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? 

I just finished The Night of on HBO. I highly recommend lying in your home for a weekend, and binging the hell out of it.

What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?

My favorite Halloween costume would have to be when I was a cool cat. Not to be confused with actually being a cat; that’s not my thing. (Buh-Bye Furries)

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If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?

Ireland. I once had a roommate who was from Ireland; she was hilarious, wild, warm, and kind. She put the idea in my head. Also have you Googled Ireland? Do your eyeballs a favor, go Google! It is so green, gray, and mountainous. It looks like a complete dream.

What are your most and least favorite parts about online dating?

My least favorite would have to be people falsely representing their intentions. (If you only want to “hook up” just be honest, so I don’t have to waste my time.)

My favorite thing about online dating is that it is entertainment when you are bored. Kidding, it does make you examine what you want in a partner, what you think of yourself, it’s interesting to see how people sell themselves.  I appreciate the self-reflection. So basically I like that it makes me think about myself more than I already do.

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Most embarrassing dating moment? 

Oh, I’ve had so many. I think it comes with the territory. Once I was going on a second date with a guy that I had gone on 2 first dates with, just 1 year apart. Dating is real weird y’all. Anyway he had given me his number, and I texted him asking if he wanted to grab drinks at a bar nearby. We agree to meet up and he seemed excited. He texted an hour before to double check that we were still on. So I walk over to the bar, and he is standing outside. I apologized and asked if he had been waiting long (even though I was on time) and he looked so confused. I start the awkward beginning small talk asking how he had been. Then he said, “Fine I’m just waiting for my friend Jessica to meet me for drinks.” Then I had an AHA moment of “Oh he didn’t realize he was even going out with me, he thought I was a completely different person who texted him.” My heart sank. He apologized for his confusion, we did end up getting drinks, and he walked me home. We haven’t talked since. I cringe still thinking about that moment of realization. I’m interested to know what you (Sarah) think is my most embarrassing dating moment.

[one of my favorites of Jessica’s dating moments was when she went out with a Paul Giamati looking guy who was kind of the worst. He didn’t like Harry Potter and he wasn’t funny. She brought him over to our house to meet Joel and I and to prove to us how annoying he was after I kept telling her to give him a chance. He talked through all of Wet Hot American Summer, so Jess ditched him by using the classic fake frantic phone call and the old excuse “you have to drop me off at home, my best friend just found out she’s pregnant and doesn’t know what to do”. Months after she broke it off with him, we saw him at the karaoke bar we frequent and he did a very passionate rendition of You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette, dedicated to Jess.]

What is your drink of choice? 

I’m a beer gal; I love an ice cold Murphy’s Irish Stout. I will drink a strong stout before cursing my mouth with an IPA. I’m not adult enough to confidently walk up to a bar and order cocktail. That is one of those random things that gives me great anxiety.

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Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake.

My biggest fashion mistake includes anything I bought at Hot Topic. Oh the horror. My biggest fashion win I would say is my bridesmaid dress for your wedding. The dress was simple, really simple. I think it is my biggest fashion win because I felt confident, sexy, and like my best self.

What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends? 

Oh whatever you call those baggy long shorts. Can we just not? I love a good stripe; it is a classic trend. A little birdy from Vogue says stripes are making a their way back around. Were they ever out though? I wouldn’t know.

Best advice you’ve ever been given and would like to pass on.

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered. 

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Bonus Question: What is your go-to karaoke song?

Say It Ain’t So by Weezer. If the audience is patient, the song really builds.

There you have it. A little insight to a very complicated girl. For more Jezzikahnikol, follow her on Instagram. Or see her frequently featured on my Snapchat stories.

#IHaveThisThingWith PINK

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Everyone has a thing with something, right? I think that my obsession with the girliest of all colors stems from the fact that I was such a tomboy growing up- I’m making up for lost time. When I was looking into hotels for New Orleans, I saw this one and booked it immediately. It could have been the site of a mass murder (it wasn’t) or run by a creepy cult (no), but it wouldn’t have mattered because IT’S PINK! I highly recommend staying at the New Orleans Guest House if you’re in Nawlins. It’s charming AF and you get free waffles in the morning. Our room opened up right to the courtyard, complete with pretty plants, flowers, and 2 cute cats running around.

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The pink passion runs deep. I even have an entire pinterest board dedicated to it. Cool story bro.

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Pink phone case Ban.do
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Pink wall in Pittsburgh, PA. If this gets painted over, I’ll die.
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Pink in Amsterdam at Kitsch Kitchen
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Clearly, I favored the pink walls in Burano over the orange/violet

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Pink in Toledo, OH

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My knowledge of the pops of pink out in the world might be the only thing that gets me through the dreary, gross winter. It’s 11 degrees outside.

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Woman Of The Hour Vol 1

I was recently interviewed for a local “blogger of the week” thing, and there is one question in particular that’s been sticking with me: “Where do you see your blog in 5 years?” Now, I don’t know where we’ll be living or how much weight I will have gained/lost or if I’ll still even have an obsession with egg rolls by then, but I do have a clear idea of where the ole blog-a-roo is headed.

Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a narcissist. Well, I’m not as narcissistic as I come off on the Internet. I would love it if I could take my blog from That’s What Sarah Said: all about ME, ME, ME to That’s What SHE Said: A Blog By Women For Women, or something like that. I know so many interesting women and have heard amazing hilarious, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic stories from all of them and this could potentially be a place for them to share. But, baby steps…

I dipped my toes in the water last winter when I interviewed my now sister-in-law, Laura. LG is a brilliant, funny, beautiful, and  talented individual and I enjoyed asking her goofy questions and getting to do a photo shoot with her! And now, with the same gusto, I bring you my first installment of Woman of the Hour; an interview/conversation with the most outgoing lady I have ever met, my cousin/bff, Christina.

I’ve known Christinka my whole life. I’ve seen her grow from the sweet, nerdy girl in elementary school to the never-shy, always happy, still-just-as-sweet, gorgeous, purple-haired adult. Christina is a very talented hair dresser, wife, and mother of two. She is typically the wildest person in the room if there’s music on. She will do the jump splits. You have been warned!

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 Describe your style in 1-5 words. Classic/trendy/bold/colorful

Who is your #1 style icon? Does it have to be someone who is alive? I always love looking to Marilyn. More current- Kate Moss

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What is your best feature? (smile? hair? boobs? idk) my hair and my legs (not the hair on my legs). I may be short but I was blessed with some nice strutters

What song would you want to play when you walk into a room that would make you feel like a badass? Me too- Meghan Trainor

What beauty product can you not live without? Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced and my beauty blender!

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Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Just started Orphan Black! Thanks to Amy Pummel for getting me hooked

What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? I have a few- my little Indian with my macaroni necklace, our village people costumes WITH the mustaches, my diy Christmas present costume, or sunny-side-up (no picture) ((all white jumpsuit with the butt cut out wearing yellow shorts under so when I bent over, I looked sunny-side-up))

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If you and Brandon (your husband) could go anywhere in the world with or without your kiddos, where would you want to go? New Zealand during their summer. We both love to relax during vacations so we would for sure hit up the beaches, check out the glow worm caves and I would have to have a meet and greet with a koala though

What’s your favorite part about being a mom? Post-bedtime? Just kidding. I love seeing how much they learn and how they express themselves in their own ways. They have huge hearts and it’s rewarding seeing that play out.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Hard to say because I am KNOWN  for busting my ass everywhere I go and peeing my pants. I don’t think I have ever played a game of hide-and-go-seek without peeing myself a little bit. And I don’t think I’ve ever been dancing without falling or hurting myself in some way. Peeing has always been an issue, even before having children.

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What is your drink of choice? Vodka water. Or a whole bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to myself.

 Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake. 

Win- my most IG likes was on my pink tulle skirt with my ballet flats. I just want to dance when I wear it! Also- the new flowy  floral dress/tunic from bless your heart. I had an older man tell me I made him feel young again because it reminded him of the 70s with the belled sleeves- thanks, man!

Mistake– trying to completely match a whole outfit. It’s too much! Worst was the cow print platforms, vest, and cowboy hat. Hey! 1990 Madonna called, she wants her cow print hat back.

What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends?

Favorite- chokers. Haha “my necklace that attracts boys” no, I’m not sure why but I’ve always loved chokers even when they were not in style. I love that high waist jeans are in. Never thought I would but after becoming a mom, they have saved my life!

Least favorite- Gaucho pants, turtlenecks- mainly because they make me look like a turtle and itch. I love that they look great on everyone else! Crocs, socks with sandals/opened heels, baggy pants on guys

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Best advice you could give someone. Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna be alright!

There you have it. A little insight to a very complicated girl. Be sure to follow Christina on Instagram for great pops of color and cute AF kid pics!

The Blonde Bloggers

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My future father-in-law has told me, on multiple occasions, that sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know, you know? I think he was specifically talking about his daughter (my future sister-in-law), Laura. She is one of our family’s very own celebrities (after this post goes live, I’ll consider myself a celebrity as well). Not only is she a staff writer for the world famous A Beautiful Mess, but she has her own personal blog that, like, legit rules. (We even collaborated one time before).
When you get to know a person by following them all over the Internet, there’s a chance you don’t actually know him/her at all… Since I have a real life, personal relationship with @gummergal, I want to take this opportunity to let the rest of the world get to really know the real Laura Gummerman.
1. Describe your style in 1-5 words. Either extremely casual or slightly outrageous. (e.i. t-shirt and jeans or long feather dress).
[I’m no mathematician, but that was more than 5 words]
2. Who is your #1 style icon? Heidi Klum on her days off mixed with Brigitte Bardot.
3. Besides your winning personality/sense of humor, what is your best feature? (smile? hair? boobs? idk) Hmmm, I probably get the most hair compliments from strangers so I’ll say hair. And I think I actually have pretty decent hands which is why I’m branching into professional hand modeling like George from Seinfeld. I’ve already let it go to my head.
4. What song would you want to play when you walk into a room that would make you feel like a badass? You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

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5. What beauty product(s) can you not live without? Three things. Eyebrow pencil (I have, like, no eyebrows otherwise), under eye concealer stick, and coconut oil for my supes dry face.
6. Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Re-watching The Mindy Project so I can get to the new episodes that just came out and we just caught up on Last Man on Earth all in one night recently. Mindy is my jaaaaaam.
7. What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? Probably when I recreated the red dress and was Buttercup from The Princess Bride. Todd shaved the grossest little pencil mustache to be Westley, but it was awesome!
8. If you and Todd (your husband) could take another international vacation together, where would you want to go? I’d go straight back to Paris! This time I’d head down to the southern coast as well though so we’d get some beach action in.
9. Does Todd agree with your previous answer? Totally! We didn’t want to leave at all when it was time to go! Croissants, late dinners, people watching, authentic Italian pizza…it’s my spot.
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10. Besides my winning personality/sense of humor, what is your favorite thing about me? How you are the perfect mix of JLaw and Amy Schumer, how we always like the same exact things, and happy you make my brother (tear face emoji).
11. When you found out that your little brother was dating someone, did you find me online? i.e. cyber stalk? Duhzizes! Of course. I was glad to see how funny you were, but the internet did not prepare me for how tall you are in person…I totally felt like a pocket Kardashian when I hugged you.
12. What is your favorite thing about writing your own blog? That it’s all about MEEEEE!!! JK. That I can do whatever I want whenever I want. It’s a pretty casual set-up since it’s for fun and not my main source of income, so I just post whatever I like. And I like to hear from other Band Wives that are like, “Yo. This life is cray-cray, right? Thanks for keeping it real.” And I’m like, “Word girl, you know I do what I do.” It’s a little weird community.
13. What are your least and top favorite current fashion trends? Uh, least is the “homeschooled in the 90’s” look with the tiny flower print culottes and favorite trend is “cool in school in the 90’s” with grungy influenced ripped denim and plaid options.
14. What’s your drink of choice? Boring old red wine because it’s low in sugar and my weird body does well with that sort of thing. Favorite gross bar/bowling alley drink is a cherry cheesecake with vanilla vodka and cranberry juice. It’s 100% sugar.
15. Give me an example of your biggest fashion mistake and your biggest fashion win. Biggest fashion mistake was when I was 13 and liked the baggy jean look but didn’t actually own any baggy jeans so I took my low crotch overalls and tucked the bib and straps into the inside of the pants. Voila! Baggy crotch pants! The buckles inside the legs would jingle when I walked and my sister Rachel would only walk 20 feet behind me when we went to the mall. Biggest win? Maybe my all black ensemble I wore in Paris this summer. A feather skirt, cropped boxy top, ankle breaking heels and a vintage pink Hermes scarf- on point son!
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There you have it, folks, a little insight to your other favorite blonde blogger. And if you were wondering, yes, Laura is just as beautiful in person. Sometimes I stare at her face to find maybe a single pore(?) and have had no such luck. More important than looks, though, is her sense of humor. She is one of only two or three people who is funnier than me, which means she is DEFINITELY funnier than you. Love you, Lah-Rah!