Monday, October 13

Literary Libations: Pumpkin Spice Latte & One Lovely Blog Award

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Do you remember when Jamie suggested everyone go get a Pumpkin Spice Latte to celebrate fall? I still hadn't picked one up because I was in the midst of a dilemma. You see since I began drinking my coffee black (a little over a year ago) most of the specialized, overly sugary drinks have become a little too much for me. Often times they give me headaches. I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the fall, though, they always seem so festive, so what to do? It's so simple I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before, but I simply got 2 pumps of syrup instead of 4. It still has a lot of delicious pumpkin-y goodness, but it isn't headache inducing and it's much lower on sugar. Best of both worlds!

I'm still working away at The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it's amazing and I'm loving it so far. Every spare moment I find myself reading. Next week I will give you my final over view as I'm sure I'll be done with the book by then.

This past week I was nominated for The One Lovely Blog Award by Chelsea of Chowing Down By The Bay! I want to thank Chelsea for the honor of the nomination and tell you all how awesome her blog is, you should definitely check it out! She has a lot of awesome food and fashion posts, two of my favorite topics.

The rules of the award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Share seven things about yourself.
3) Nominate some bloggers you admire.
4) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

So, without further ado, 7 facts about me (I'm going to try and list things I haven't shared before):
1) I'm a Doctor-Who-A-Holic. If that wasn't a thing, it is now. I love the show, something about it just captures my imagination. I don't have a favorite doctor, but my favorite companions were Amy and Rory. I'm currently also obsessed with Selfie largely because Karen Gillian is in it and I loved her role in Doctor Who so much. I even have a little paper craft Tardis and Dalek that sit on my desk. Yup, so now you know how cool I am.

2) I used to think I was a cat person because growing up I always had cats. I adopted a dog last year and found out that I'm definitely a dog person. He's lovely, but any time Hubby and I decide to watch TV he feels the absolute need to squeak one of his many squeaky toys over, and over, and over again. If we put them away for 30 minutes to have a bit of silence, he frequently whines. Unfortunately it's extremely cute, so we let him get away with it.

3) I'm a bit obsessed with holidays and generally decorate extravagantly for all of them, including the not very important ones like Valentine's Day. I've picked up holiday themed reusable grocery bags to store the decorations in, that way I can tell at a quick glance which bag has which decorations.

4) I'm always pretending that I have goals to get fit, but generally those goals are short lived because I like food, candy, and sitting on the couch a little too much. Then I blame it on the fact that I'm working a day job, blogging, and freelancing so I don't have time. But I do have time, I just choose not to do it. Oops. But hey, at least I walk my dog every day. That counts for something, right?

5) Have I told you that I'm obsessed with pizza? But I'm weirdly specific about it. I love pizza, I could almost eat it every day (I normally eat it only once or twice a week, because will power), but I only like pepperoni pizza. Nothing else.

6) I really like love free things and am normally super stoked when someone gives me something for free. Occasionally I don't want something, though, and I always feel an odd, crippling guilt at refusing free things (even if it's someone clearly just cleaning out junk from their basement, who probably wouldn't be insulted because they don't want it themselves) so I either end up taking it even if I don't want it, or I end up blaming my refusal on someone else. "Oh, that chair is so lovely, but Hubby doesn't like that color for some odd reason, who knows why, so I better not bring it home."

7) I hope one day to work from home by freelancing, blogging, and perhaps writing a novel or two. I actually have a novel that I've been working on, on and off, for about 2 years now. I often take long hiatuses because life gets busy, but I hope to eventually finish it. I've scrapped it and started from the beginning twice now, though, so it might take a while. Once it's finished you all will be the first to know!

Bloggers I'm nominating (in no particular order) are: A Very Sweet Blog, What To Style, Le Stylo Rouge, and Upbeat Soles.

All of the above bloggers are amazing, please check them out! They have very well done, informative, and beautiful blogs!


  1. Congrats on the award. Great answers! I still haven't fallen for the spiced lattes but every year I try....

  2. I love this post! Always great to know a blogger better. I am like you too, always wants to get fit but my goals are way short lived because I LOVE cooking and eating! Haha!

    Reflection of Sanity

  3. Yay for dog people! :) (Or animal people in general, really.) Ha!

    Thanks so much for the nomination, babe! So sweet of you!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. OMG love that you are a holiday obsessed like me! I even decorate my house for St Patricks day hahaha!! And I think I could eat pizza every day too! ;) Loved learning a little about you and thank you so much for the nomination! You are just the sweetest! :))

    <3 Shannon

  5. My first pumpkin latte was last year after all the fuss Lauren. I found it very sweet too! LOL Love your pic of it! The leaves behind it are so beautiful. Congratulations on your award! I'm a dog person too! Love them. They're not as moody. HaHaHa I love decorating for the holidays and LOVE PIZZA! Yummm! Thanks for nominating me! I'll definitely do this as soon as I get back home.

    1. Thanks for the picture compliments! My friend Jamie actually took it, I stole it from one of her Fashion Friday colab posts. :)

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  7. After years of being in love with the pumpkin spice lattes, I have yet to pick one up this year! I'm like you where I've gravitated toward simpler coffee drinks. I might have to get one just int he spirit of the season.

  8. Congrats Lauren! Cool facts and thanks for nominating me as well! As soon as possible, I'll do it on my blog too! =D

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  9. Congrats Lauren, it's great to know something about you :) I love pizza as well and I hope that your dream from your last fact will come true someday :)

  10. Congrats about the award Lauren! I really hope Starbucks launches it in India too. I've heard and read so much about this flavor that I am DYING to try it out!