Friday’s Letters

1. Trapped by cuteness      2. Surprise gift from Nav      3. Handsome creeper      4. Family photo fail

Dear Nav, We both know that you offering to take me out to a fancy dinner was a bribe. Yes, watch all the college basketball you want this weekend. But I’m getting drinks AND dessert. Hmph.
Dear How I Met Your Mother, That’s it. I’m over it. Who is the mother? Who? Just tell us at the end of this season, spend next season playing it out, and call it a day.
Dear Grey’s Anatomy, I’ll never get sick of you though. Never. 
Dear Gifs, I love you. You make funny posts funnier and you replace the need for pictures of me or 800 more pictures of Archie. I’m sure the blog world thanks you for that.
Dear Blog Friends, Is it me or is everyone getting pregnant? Who’s next? NOT IT.
Happy Friday!

  • You read my mind. I need to know who the mom is, can’t wait any longer…and yes everyyyonneeeee is preggers!

  • I LOVE Grey’s! I cry at every episode. I hope it never ends!
    I’ve made my boyfriend start watching it from series one and I’m watching that with him, but I couldn’t cope with watching two different series at once so I stopped watching the current episodes in the middle of season 8! I’m so behind now!

  • I love your letter to Nav!!!! And I totally agree with you on How You Met Your Mother. I’m done watching I think, I’ll just watch the episode when the finally reveal who the mother is because for real, they need to stop teasing us with the stupid yellow umbrella EVERY. SINGLE. SEASON!!!!! And yes, everyone is getting pregnant, it’s crazy!!! Last year, everyone was popping kids out between June and August. This year it looks like the popular months are September and October!

  • Please make that picture your Christmas card next year. I’m going to need one for my fridge. And also calling NOT IT on the pregnancy trend. I’d die.

  • I love How I Met Your Mother so much, though, I almost wish it would never end! That show can crack me up without fail.

  • Every time I watch HIMYM, I get more aggravated with Ted. WHO IS THE MOTHER?!?! The worst is knowing that they’ve filmed all the episodes with the mother, so the kids would not age.

  • A nice dinner and drinks is a great bribe, I might have to have you pass that tip on to my boyfriend ;D
    This girl isn’t getting pregnant! No more babies for me 😀

  • Lol one of my biggest fears is that they’ll never reveal who the Mom is… what torture.

  • Love HIMYM – but I’m with you. I need to know. SOON.

  • I won’t ever get sick of Greys either. Obsessed.

    Xo, b

  • Just found your blog through the blog hop and OMG you are cracking me up. WHO IS THE MOTHER??? I would LOVE to know!!
    Hope you will stop by mine as well, I have lots of giveaways lined up, including one going on right now!

  • Amy

    Everyone is definitely getting pregnant…

  • dear god, not it. nose goes.

  • I could not agree more about HIMYM! I am so over that show, but can’t stop watching until I find the damn mother! And it does seem like all of blog world is pregnant; which was annoying when I was trying desperately to become pregnant, but not so much now that I actually am ;o)

Friday’s Letters

Dear Archie, For the 800th time, the dog in the mirror is you. Make peace with that. Dear Nav, Get a haircut. You’re still cute though. Dear Officer Taylor who has given me 5 parking tickets this month, Get better at your job. Or get another job where you aren’t a day-ruiner. Dear bangs, You make me feel so lucky that my hair is crazy low maintenance. This morning to give them a little refresh, I wet them, blasted the blow drier for 1 minute, and they were good as new. Score! Dear people who tell me they like the bangs, Half of you are lying. I know it. You know it.  Dear 25th Birthday, Let’s just ignore you on Monday, shall we? Dear Nav, I hope I make you feel like you’re the most special person in the world to me. Because you are. 

Happy Friday!


  • My dogs do the exact same thing, and they have for years. I don’t think it will ever change.

  • sweet puppy!! he is getting so big!!

    xo, Courtney

  • I have a pattern of getting bangs, hearing how my husband hates them, growing them out, noticing my humongous forehead, then getting them again. It keeps things interesting!

  • Look how cute Archie is!! I love that he’s trying to get himself in the mirror!!!

  • Your pup is adorable! I want one so bad, but my apartment is just too small for one. :-/ Someday…

  • Sorry I can’t ignore birthdays… so… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂 That is so cute your dog plays with the mirror!

  • I feel the same about my bangs! your dog is so cute!

  • Owww Archie that is so adorable, obviously he likes what he sees in the mirror 🙂
    Ouch to the parking tickets, now that really sux. What a horrible job that would be, although Im sure they secretly get a kick out of it.

  • ugh Officer Taylor needs lay off

  • love your bangs! and I’m being honest, promise. 😉
    and seriously, could the pup be any more adorable?!

  • <– Not lying. Love the bangs!;-)

Friday’s Letters

Dear Archie, You’ve reached a level of maturity, shall we say. And now you are extremely attracted to my leg. I really don’t want to prove my parents right when they said, “don’t get a boy dog” so you’ve got to knock that off. 

Dear working out, I didn’t make a resolution about you this year. In fact, I didn’t make any resolutions. But you are definitely the one I knew I’d never keep. I will however, consider attempting to get my money’s worth for our YMCA membership this month. 

Dear Naveed, Yesterday you came home from work and took a 2 hour nap and then went to sleep by 10. Between that and the fact that you are more grumbly and even had a goatee recently, it’s safe to say that you’re turning into an old man. 

Dear Katie, Congratulations! I know the whole blog world is rejoicing today to hear of your wonderful news. 

Dear Parenthood, I started watching you on Netflix and wow, what an incredible show! I don’t even have kids but watching the Braverman family screw up and make up is my new favorite way to end my night. 

Dear blog friends, When is the right time to start offering sponsorship options for your blog? If you offer sponsorship options, when did you start?

Dear renters insurance, If my claim really goes through and I get reimbursed for what was stolen (which I think I’m going to), you will have truly been a lifesaver. 

Dear Nav, We just kicked off our second new year together and I couldn’t be happier. You’re my very favorite person and I feel so lucky.

Do you have letters too? Leave your link in the comments below!
Happy Friday!

  • Dear Nadine, I don’t have any sponsors so I can’t give much advice there, although I know someone who recently started with little-large advert boxes with introductory rates of $10-$15 per month.

    Dear 2013, I don’t dig you so much so far. I’ve been sick and work has been awful, and I feel taken for granted. Please improve soon.

    Dear Dougal, you enrich our lives with your crazy, cute fluffiness, but I’d really love for you to stop barking at everything. Please let this be a phase.


  • thank you so much Nadine!! and I LOVE Parenthood! happy weekend!

  • Oh my GOSH! That dog is to die for. What a cute thing.

    Also, sponsorships? I’m not sure. If you find out, let me know!

  • oh my goodness I love parenthood. too good! also, I have letters too!

  • I just found your blog via For Lauren & Lauren! You are SUCH a cutie!!! 🙂 🙂 New follower! 🙂

Friday’s Letters

Dear Readers, I’m sorry I’ve been MIA these past few weeks. How do bloggers with kids do it? HOW? Just a puppy is making it super challenging for me. I’ve got an awesome week planned for next week so stick with me, okay?

Dear Nav, I hope you felt special on your birthday, you 25-year-old, you. I wanted to write a mushy post all about how wonderful you are and how lucky I feel. But alas, I didn’t get to it cause I was frosting your cake and trying to make sure you came home to a squeaky clean house (also a fail). I love you, mister. 

Dear Atlantic City, Will we be meeting again soon? I sure hope so.

Here’s what our last trip to AC looked like.

Dear Taylor Swift, I think we can all agree that it’s crazy weird that you are dating your second guy under 20. This One Direction kid is 18. You are 22. Find a man please.

Dear NFL, I didn’t mind you before. In fact, I used to enjoy watching a football game everyone once and a while. But living with a boy has truly ruined this for me. Football from 1pm-10pm every Sunday? No thank you. That’s called TV hogging and I’m calling you on it.

Dear Archie, You are my first born child and I love you dearly. But what is this biting thing? Can’t you be the sweet version of yourself all the time? We’d prefer that Bitey McThrasherson, your evil other half, not return to our house again.

Proof that puppies are cute but they aren’t always nice.

Dear snow, The fact that it was over 65 degrees twice this week leads me to believe that you might not be coming anytime soon. I’m not okay with this. I’m dreaming of a white christmas. And when I say dreaming I mean expecting. Let’s have a real winter, shall we?


Happy Friday, friends!

  • I’m with you on football. I can barely handle college football…and then on top of that there’s NFL games on Sunday, Monday AND Thursday? No thanks!! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • Archie is so big!!! I agree with you about having a real winter.. I want some snow days!!

  • Ohhhhh – I’m ever so thankful my guy is one of the few men who does NOT like football. Cute puppy picture!

  • OMG THANK YOU! I’m glad I”m not the only one who is creeped out that Taylor Swift keeps dating little boys.

  • Archie is a-freaking-dorable!! I promise, you’ll get more sleep once he becomes a “teenager.” 🙂

    Newest follower! Just spent far too long reading through your old posts and cracking up.
    – Alexa

    Southern Living, Our Way ~

Friday’s Letters

Dear puppy, Our breeder has no power in New Jersey! That means zero updates about you or how you’re doing. No webcam, no pictures, nothing. I hope the breeder and her family are doing okay with no power!

Dear New York, I’m so sad I’m not visiting this weekend, as planned. New York with no power? No fun. Big thanks to Amtrak for giving me a full refund cause of the storm.

Dear election, Am I the only one who wishes that during elections I lived in a state where my vote really mattered? These swing states get all the attention and I wish that I knew that going to the polls could really truly change things. I’ll still always vote, regardless.

Dear The Walking Dead, I keep waking up in the night to make sure that the boyfriend hasn’t turned into a zombie. Sheer terror. Why did I do this to myself? On a pathetic note, we watched all of seasons 1 and 2 in a matter of days. 

Dear Halloween candy, Your time is up. I didn’t buy candy for Halloween and I’d like you to keep your tempting little “fun size” bits away from me!

Happy Friday, folks!

  • Ohh your poor puppy! I hope that family is ok, and that your puppy is ok too! You got lucky that they returned your money! Most people don’t get their money back no matter what. Oh and don’t be so sure about Swing States. I live in florida. Due to the extremely long lines I still have not been able to vote. I have to wake my happy butt up tomorrow at 6 am (ON A SATURDAY) to try to beat the long lines. You do have a point though, voting does suck when your vote won’t necessarily even count! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

    xoxo Yesi <3

  • Alright. That Halloween candy TRICKED me this year. They are all fun as a fun size until you realize you have eaten 15!!! Which is basically like eating 7 candy bars. I can’t believe what I did. Haha. Love the blog!! New follower 🙂
    Love, The Skinnys

  • Sad you can’t go to NYC this weekend. Glad to hear you were ok. I was totally into that candy this year…no bueno!! 🙁 I love your blog. I am your newest follower! yay!! 🙂 Follow me back at:

  • I have watched ONE episode of the walking dead and cannot sleep. too scary!

  • So sorry you can’t see pics of your puppy! I love when you post them and I can live vicariously through you!!! No puppy for me yet 🙁

  • We did the same with Walking Dead – but now I can’t catch up on the current season!

Friday’s Letters

Dear boyfriend, You get up in plenty of time to get ready and be on time. Your issue is those 15 minute showers. If I can shower in less than 10 minutes, you can too.

Dear YMCA, We haven’t seen each other in over a week. I’d blame it on this horrible cold I’ve had but really, I just didn’t feel like going.

Dear hair, Really, what should I do about you? I looked at all the boxes of hair color at Target yesterday and I just couldn’t pick one. After several years at the salon, I’m worried about undoing everything they’ve done.

Dear puppy, Why are you so hard to name? I have no idea how people name their children because in 4 weeks I’ve changed my mind 100 times. But I’m kind of stuck on the name Walter. I love old man names.

Dear Goodwill, Thanks for saving all the Christmas stuff from last year and whipping it out early this year. It really put me in the spirit and I found these adorable mugs! Unfortunately they only go up to 9 Ladies dancing, as I couldn’t find 10-12.

$1 each

Dear retinol cream, I started using you at night so I could begin aging backwards (or something like that). Now my skin is so dry! Between you and my cold, all the skin on my nose is peeling off. Every other night, perhaps?

Dear Argo, I’m really excited to see you tonight. Mostly because Naveed’s parent’s left Iran right before/during the revolution. It will be interesting to learn more about what happened over there, while his entire extended family was still in the country.

Dear boyfriend, Thanks for taking me on a date last night. You’re really my favorite person to hang out with and I feel so lucky that you decided to put up with me.

Happy Friday everyone!

  • I think you’ll be able to decide on a name when you meet the little guy and spend some time with him. I was dead-set on naming our 2nd dog Piper (our 1st is Penny, Penny+Piper!) but once we brought her home, Piper just didn’t fit her personality at all and we ended up naming her Sophie! Don’t worry about it too much, you’ll find the perfect name once you get to know him =)

    P.S. Anything with Retinol in it is VERY drying, especially if you have sensitive skin- definitely go with every other, or even every 3rd, night until your skin gets used to it!

  • oh I love Walter! I had such a hard time, too. I decided to go with something I wouldn’t feel weird yelling at the dog park.

  • SO Excited for your puppy!! Have a good weekend!

  • What a cute little nugget! I have been using hair dye from Target for years (although brown hair is easier than blonde out of the box, I think) but just try it. What is the worst that can happen? You mess it up and have your hair person do it over anyway. I actually like playing around with different shades. I have been using Perfect 10 for a while and really like it. Have a great weekend!

  • ooh my vote is for walter!! such a sweet little old man name {you MUST dress your puppy in a sweater-vest and loafers for halloween}

    ..hope you have a wonderful weekend :)!

  • Hi from Friday Letters!

    Your puppies are so cute. I think you should go with Walter. It’s cute and different. I agree with Casey’s comment 😉 also, I had been getting highlights at a salon for 6 or 7 years until I finally dyed it myself, and it didn’t turn out so great, but I love being able to change my hair color myself if I wish without thinking I might mess up their work!

    Happy Friday!!

    xo, Heather

  • Ahh your pup is so cute I can’t stand it. When do you get him.. shouldn’t it be soon? Ugh my boyfriend takes ridiculously long showers too.. it makes no sense. I’m in and out in 10 minutes like you, shouldn’t it be the other way around??

    Have a great weekend!

  • OMG what a sweet pup!! I like the name walter by the way!

  • I love the name Walter too!! I can’t wait till you get him so we can see pics all the time!! 🙂

  • oh my goodness I need a cute little puppy asap.

Friday’s Letters

Dear Hamptons (yes, “the Hamptons”), I’m headed your way for the weekend for work. Lucky me. Let’s keep the snootiness to a minimum. Please know that I shop at Goodwill and don’t own anything designer.

Dear Kaylin, I love that we talk like 10 times a week. I’m so lucky that I have you as my bestie.

Dear world, Here’s what I wore today:

Dress: H&M, hand my down from Becky
Leggings: TJ Maxx, $5.99
Boots:, $29.99
Cardigan: LL Bean Outlet, $7.99
Belt: F21, 3 for $4.99
Scarf: Aerie Outlet, $9.99

Dear boyfriend, I’m sorry you have the sniffles. Being sick sucks. Good thing I still think you’re cute when you have tissues stuck up your nose.

Dear puppy, I cannot stop watching you on the webcam. I just can’t help myself. We still haven’t agreed on your name but you are certainly loved!

Dear Dunkin’ Donuts, Why did you have to roll out the pumpkin cream cheese? Why? I cannot get enough cinnamon raisin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese. Zero self-control. None.

Dear boyfriend, I love you. Living with you is awesome. You’re my favorite.

Happy Friday, folks!


  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sweater!

  • We just got a Golden about a month ago. I just love love love him. I’m so excited for you! Advice: Have a million chew things on hand- they are land sharks.

  • Hamptons?! Oooohhh. You’re fancy 🙂 I am jealous. Ive never been.

  • You’re so cute!! I will tell you that the Hamptons after Labor Day weekend is quite different than the Hamptons during the summer. Many of the people who are year round residents are working class people who basically cater to the rich in the summer. I recruited at some of the high schools out there and was shocked at first, but it makes sense!

  • Enjoyed your letters. The first one made me laugh out loud. I’m a GW junkie. 😉

  • Cute outfit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Hahaha, “even with tissue up your nose”, lol. And yes I am afraid to order the pumpkin cream cheese for fear once I try I cannot go back. HAHA

  • that yellow cardi is so cute. And there is nothing wrong with a little puppy webcam!

Friday’s Letters

Dear boyfriend, I’m sorry I kept you up until 1am on Wednesday discussing whether or not I should invest in a DSLR camera. After all day in the tax world, then Financial Planning classes, I bet my personal finances were the last thing you wanted to talk about. Thanks for humoring me.
Dear blog world, A lot of you are photographers. Can you help me out with the above? If I’m a beginner, where should I start? I just want to learn to take beautiful pictures.
Dear horrific storm yesterday, What the what was that??! Part tornado, part monsoon. Pretty epic.
Dear parking garage attendant, If there is a tornado warning and a girl is just trying to scrounge up 3 bucks in change, cut her a break and let her give you $2.53, mmkay?
Dear house hunting, How come I can’t start right NOW? I’m so impatient. I just want to find the perfect little townhouse that allows a puppy.
Dear Pretty Little Liars, Thanks for popping up on Netflix. I’m halfway through the first season and I’m loving it. Does anyone else get major hair envy watching this though?
Dear business cards, The fact that I have you makes me feel like a real grown up. 
Dear Becky, You teach an awesome Zumba class. Thanks for reminding me that working out doesn’t have to suck.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday!
If you’re dropping by from Adventures of Newlyweds, feel free to leave a comment with the link to your letters.



  • Cute post, girl! Stopping by from the Link-up.

    • Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stopping by from Friday Letters, I would definitely invest in a DSLR, it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. There are so many tutorials on Pinterest that will help get you started.

    • Do you have any suggestions on what camera to buy? I’m so conflicted between Canon and Nikon.

  • Just stopping by from the link-up……I love Zumba the instructor definitely makes a difference glad you have a good one!

    • Lucky for me, she’s a good friend of mine and she is beyond awesome. About halfway through the class I let myself loosen up a bit and get my flail on haha.

  • I <3 PLL. I also want their hair.

    • Right? All of them have the best hair. I’ve convinced myself that they must have extensions or something because real hair can’t look THAT good all the time.

  • I also started watching Pretty Little Liars this week!!! I have major hair and wardrobe envy…

    • I’ve worn my hair curly way more since I started watching. I’m constantly looking for new hair and wardrobe ideas. I’m in love.

  • I’ve wanted a real camera for awhile, but since I keep forgetting my little cheap-o one, I don’t know that investing in a nice one would be worth it. I really want to take beautiful pictures, too!

    • See that’s my concern too. Like if I have a point and shoot and I don’t take tons of pictures, would I really use my DSLR? But I kind of think I would. It would also encourage me to take an actual class.

  • I think you should get an SLR but maybe around christmas time then you can ask for best buy gift cards and do lots of research before taking the plunge!

    • You’re so practical. Thats what Naveed said too. I should wait and see how I feel.

  • I am so into Pretty Little Liars. Yes, major hair envy! They are so pretty and perfect! I can’t wait to read more from your blog 🙂 I found you from the link up 🙂

    • That show makes me want to dye my hair brown again (I adore Lucy Hale’s hair) but I know it will never ever look that good. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I got a Canon Rebel T2i. I love it!!! I would recommend looking around on groupon or similar site for a local class to learn how to really use your camera. but even on manual…I LOVE IT!!!! 100% better pictures!!

    • I definitely intend to take classes once I buy a camera. I’m really looking in to the Canon Rebel series and am considering the Nikon series that is similar also. I can’t wait!

  • I have been stalking blogs with amazing photos asking them what they recommend for beginners! Lol love your blog! Newest follower and fellow PLL hair envier lol

    • Thanks for stopping by! I am obsessed with PLL hair. The more episodes I watch, the worse my envy gets haha.

  • i’ve been looking into getting a DSLR camera as well. its such a big investment that i want to make sure i make the right decision!

    • My boyfriend is really techy and he has shown me some online reviews of different cameras. I want to make sure I make a good choice also.

  • Hey Nadine! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I picked you/your blog for the Liebster Award on my blog. Swing by and check it out 🙂

    • Aw thank you Ashely! But actually I don’t think I can receive it again because I’ve already received it once. I’m beyond flattered though and I’ll definitely check out the other blogs you nominated.

Friday’s Letters

Dear weekend, I’m so excited for all that we have planned! This will be an eventful one, for sure.

Dear Prometheus in IMAX 3D, You’re going to be awesome! Am I a sci-fi loving nerd? Um, yes. But please, Prometheus, don’t be too scary. We both know I’m a huge wuss.

Dear boyfriend, I’m beyond excited to see the Beauty and the Beast Broadway show this Sunday. Thank you for such a wonderful anniversary gift! I’m glad you love Disney too. Don’t be too embarrassed if I sing along. Tale as old as time…

Dear Monday morning flight, I won’t be scared. I won’t be scared. I won’t be scared. Right?

Dear new job, I’ll gladly fly all the time if I get to continue to do work this fulfilling. I’m so incredibly lucky.

Dear bestie, Thanks for always sending me adorable snail mail. Your loopy cursive always makes me happy!

Dear blog readers, Thanks for sticking with me through this name change. One day it just hit me that the blog I intended to write wasn’t the blog I was actually writing. The name just didn’t fit. So I changed it. I brought over all my old posts, now if I could just bring over my friends too!

You can find me here now:
Twitter – @backeastblonde
Instagram – backeastblonde

  • Hey! Just found your blog from The Life of the Wife : ) Super cute! Love Friday letters. I totally need to send (and receive) more snail mail. And what a sweet anniversary gift! It would be such a huge deal for my hubby to take me to a musical…he did take me to B&tB 3D, though, that was pretty great.

    • I’m so lucky that my guy is into Disney. I can’t wait to see it tomorrow! I missed Beauty and the Beast in 3D so hopefully this will make up for it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sounds like you have a fantastic weekend planned.
    Let us know if Prometheus is scary cause the boy wants to take me to see it…

    • Okay official verdict on Prometheus: not scary, much more of a thriller. The parts that are supposed to be scary (in the second half) are almost silly they are so sci-fi. The “aliens” aren’t to scary either. It’s more just like on the edge of your seat type of movie. And trust me, I’m the biggest wuss and I still fell asleep just fine last night 🙂

  • You won’t catch me on a plane! Heck no!!! LOL! And I wanna see Prometheus too! Looks amazing! New follower 🙂

    • I’m not looking forward to flying Monday morning. The good news is, I’m flying for work and it’s something I’m really passionate about. Thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy to have you.

  • I didn’t know that Prometheus was a prequel to Alien!!! But now that I know that, I want to see it too:)

    • I liked it a lot. Very very sci-fi but if you are into that (which I am) it was pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by!

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