• DIY Wedding

    My DIY Wedding Decor!

    Would you believe that I did most of my wedding decor and bridal party bouquets for around $500? I’m a total cheapskate and it’s extremely easy to get carried away spending money on a wedding — but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a classy wedding. With a little help from the internet and the dollar store, I pulled this off easily. Here’s how I did it:  – I knew I wanted to keep it simple and clean-looking, but classy. Inspired by Pinterest (of course), I decided to make my centerpieces fairly simple. Each table had a set of three bottles (randomly collected from my wonderful lush…

  • Dannie (in Real Life)

    Ohio Day Trip #2: Toledo!

    Let me preface this post by saying that this trip occurred in the end of October, and the COVID situation is and always has been fluid. Please check with venues and local authorities for updated COVID protocol. Whenever we travel to a place we’ve not explored much of, we obviously like to seek out something that is unique to that place that I always seem to find by chance. In Akron, that was Stan Hywet Hall. In Toledo, it was the National Museum of the Great Lakes! We visited in the end of October, on one of the first super cold spells of the season. Being next to the lake…

  • Dannie (in Real Life)

    How I pulled off a pandemic wedding

    We did it, fam. 437 days after getting engaged, we managed to pull off a COVID-safe pandemic wedding! 437 rollercoaster days of emotional ups and downs and dancing around the unknowns. How can we plan anything in a world like this? We booked our date last May, thinking surely by March things would be okay. But then there was a spike… and another spike that didn’t seem to want to end… But we did it, and we did it successfully. The bridal party, masked up during the ceremony. A few tips for pulling off a COVID wedding: First of all: our venue & catering company, Funky’s Catering/The Transept, was incredible.…

  • Dannie (in Real Life)

    I sold my car to Carvana and all I got was this really good deal

    Let me preface this whole post by saying: buying a car sucks. Car salesmen can be skeevy and if you’re not savvy, they absolutely will take advantage of you. Not to mention, cars are terrible depreciating assets and lose a ton of value the minute you buy them. What a scam. But, for many of us, cars are an unfortunate necessity. I bought my Hyundai Elantra back in 2015. It’s a 2015, but it had 25,000 miles on it when I bought it, so I got a better-than-brand-new value on it. It was a good car and went on quite a few road trips and was always good to me.…

  • Where in the World is Dannie Sandiego?

    Daytrip Adventures: Akron, OH

    As everybody knows, in the time of Covid, travel is extremely hard when you’re trying to stay safe. On top of that, we’ve got a kitty with diabetes who takes insulin twice a day and it’s not exactly easy to find someone to come give him a shot at 6am. Needless to say, we haven’t traveled since last August. But wanted to celebrate our four-year dating anniversary with a little day trip to somewhere we’d never been before. And that’s how we decided on Akron! First Stop: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens So, it turns out, Stan Hywet is not actually a person’s name, it’s Old English for “stone quarry”…

  • Dannie (in Real Life)

    Protecting your hair from hard water

    Let me preface this by saying that I, in no way, consider myself any kind of beauty blogger. Beer and food are much more my speed. However, since moving into my house almost six years ago (where does time go?), I’ve struggled massively with my neighborhood’s hard water and the effect it has on my poor hair. Unchecked, it makes my hair feel sticky and hard to manage. For the last few years I’ve made a conscious effort to find the best hair care treatment possible to mitigate the damaged, sticky hair feeling. And, my friends, I think I may have found it! Washing I will totally admit that I…

  • Local Favorites,  Staycation: Cincinnati

    My Clermont County Bucket List

    After living in Clermont County for approximately two-thirds of my life, I’d like to think that I have seen it all — but I really haven’t, and things change! With the help of Discover Clermont‘s website, I put together a list of things I think are absolutely the musts when visiting Clermont County. Quite a few of these I’ve done before, but some of these will be new to me! I hope you’ll join me on my journey and decide to take one yourself!

  • Dannie (in Real Life)

    Life after the CPA Exam: COVID-19 Style

    What a bizarre timeline we are living in. I went from the hustle and bustle of a full-time job and 20+ hours a week of studying to… continuing to have no life, but with a lot more free time! I am very fortunate to still have my job and to be able to work from the safety of home, but this whole thing has taught me one important thing: I could never work from home full-time. Bleh. This is for the birds. The first few days were da bomb: rolling out of bed at 7 (okay, I’m still doing that) and logging in to my work PC in my pajamas.…

  • Local Favorites

    Where to get your local east side quarantine coffee fix

    Mile 42 Coffee (Loveland) Located right on Broadway in downtown Loveland, Mile 42 Coffee just opened up this year. I’ve stopped by to study twice now and both times the place was packed to the gills with people. It’s always awesome to see new places thriving right away, and so it’s extra important to support them right now so they’ll stay around even longer! They serve Coffee Emporium coffee which is delicious. They’re located right by the Loveland Bike Trail, so if you’re one of those insane people who goes for long bike rides along the trail, make sure you stop and grab a drink from them! They are still…

  • Local Favorites

    The Governor – Milford

    As your friendly Milford gal, I feel it is my duty to pimp any and all Milford businesses because a) I want more cool shit to continue to open here and b) Milford is great. (I promise. Crossing the line into Clermont County doesn’t even require a passport!) Downtown Milford is mostly a collection of antique/vintage/art shops with a few randoms thrown in (a cobbler? an old school appliance store? A LAMP SHOP). We’ve got a coffee shop that, sadly, is closing up shop next week. We’ve got our own brewery, a wine bar (20 Brix), a pizza joint (Padrino), and an ice cream parlor, and soon* we’ll have our…