New Blog Layout, etc.

The weather outside has been so overcast, gloomy and windy. It’s like we’re getting a bit of fall without the cold weather or crunchy leaves.

My mom got back from her vacation yesterday and said she tried a pumpkin spiced latte for the first time.Β Now it’s her favorite fall drink, which I think makes her a basic white girl (I was adopted, she is white) haha! It’s her birthday today so she can drink as many pumpkin spiced lattes as she wants without judgement! πŸ™‚

She took Georgie home with her last night so now Adam, Cecil and I are back to a party of three.


Hopefully we’ll get to babysit for him again sometime soon — although I did appreciate getting to sleep through the whole night without hearing any play fighting last night!

I didn’t get to the gym for a lifting session yesterday since I met my mom after work. I don’t feel too badly about skipping it because my legs were sore from sitting in the squat position painting the bottom of the walls over the weekend, and my arms were sore from lifting them above my head all weekend to paint the top of the walls!Β We can agree that painting counts as a workout, right?

I wore my cat ears to work yesterday for Halloween!


And I changed my blog layout to celebrate the first of November! Just kidding, it just so happened to work out that I was done playing around with the layout last night. It seems around this time every year I want something fresh and new.

What do you think? I know the homepage is a bit different to what I had before but I really like it. The individual post pages look fairly similar to what they looked like before, so no big change there.

I hope you like it!

Happy New-Episode-of-The-Mindy-Project day!

Do you like pumpkin spiced lattes?
Did you do anything fun for Halloween?
Favorite candy to get for Halloween (as a kid or an adult)!



  1. November 1, 2016 / 8:16 am

    I really like your new layout! I want to completely re-do my website. Actually, a hold up with my counseling business is trying to decide if I want to create a whole separate website or just add it on to my current site. Decisions, decisions.

    I am also basic and love a good pumpkin spiced latte! I used to drink more of them when there was a Starbucks right by my work, but I still get them when I have the chance. B had never had one either because he is all about cold brew. He tried mine and really liked it #basicsuccess

    Happy birthday to your mom!!

    • Kristina
      November 1, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you!

      Ah, I think it’s a great idea to update your blog into a business site and blog. You already have so much equity built into your existing blog – and it would allow you to use your G&G brand for the business.

      Hahah the couple that drinks PSLs together stays together πŸ™‚

  2. November 1, 2016 / 8:19 am

    You look very cute with your ears and last night I thought it was a snapchat filter! Your blog looks fresh and sleek, but I think it always looks good. I have not changed my blog layout AT ALL in the 3+ years I have had it!!!! Maybe I should change it one day and just not mention it and see if people notice? Will you miss Georgie?? It seems like he was with you guys for awhile. Where did your mom go on vaycay? Yes, painting DOES count as a workout. It requires STAMINA which is very important in running a marathon AND running for president. I do not like pumpkin spice lattes but I am pretty sure there are LOTS of other ways I am a typical white girl!!!!

    • Kristina
      November 1, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Hahah I know the ears did look like that one filter with the black ears!

      I would definitely notice if you changed your blog layout. I associate the color orange with you now haha!

      I will miss having two cats in the house, but I won’t miss the loud play fighting in the middle of the night. Both Cecil and Georgie are vocal cats so there was so much banter going back and forth!

  3. November 1, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Favorite candy is always anything chocolate – particularly the mini candy bars.
    I’m not much for coffee, but give me a pumpkin spice chai and I’m a happy camper!

    • Kristina
      November 1, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      Does it taste really pumpkin-y? I don’t like pumpkin so I’ve always been scared to try anything pumpkin spice! I just stick with hot chocolate or regular coffee!

  4. November 1, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Love the new layout (at least on mobile so far)! I was in DC for the Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend, so nothing specific for Halloween. In Chicago Saturday is the big Halloween day, and we were gone. Last night we got 1 trick-or-treater, and I just happened to be out at that moment!

    • Kristina
      November 1, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren!

      Awww 1 trick or treater, that’s cute. Does that mean more candy for you to help recover from the marathon? πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah mc
    November 1, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I like PSL but by the end of the cup I feel the flavour is fake like almost like aspartame.

  6. November 1, 2016 / 9:35 am

    What is going on here? I was so confused with the new layout, how the heck do I leave comments?? Lol

    Don’t drink coffee, just not my thing. For Halloween we visit grandma, then we hit the block party in our neighborhood. They close off the street so we don’t worry about cars. Houses give out hot dogs, cotton candy, and tons of treats. So cool!

  7. November 1, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Your ears were so cute πŸ™‚ I enjoyed them in your snappy.
    Awww, I bet Cecil will miss having a friend. I love the new layout – very clean looking πŸ˜‰ I always feel like i wasn’t to redo my page, but when I start playing with it I give up lol My laptop died a few nights ago and now I am trying to blog and comment from an IPAD and I don’t like it…I won’t play with the page until i get a new laptop.
    painting is enough cross training.

  8. November 1, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Very nice job on the blog layout! I really like it. I really want to change my layout again but get frustrated with the CSS and I don’t want to mess it up!
    I’ve only had one PSL, and it was iced (because I like iced coffee..). I did not like it at all! I’m sticking with my mocha/caramel varieties πŸ™‚
    Halloween was a candy fueled night of fun at my house! I felt like I had a hangover this morning from eating all of the candy. Blah. I just can’t resist though!!!!

  9. November 1, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I’m more of a Flat White girl, but I was able to try a Pumpkin Spice Frap the other day and OH MY was it good! Like a pumpkin pie with ice cream!

    I’d love to go back and try the Hot version soon!

    I love any candy that sticks to your teeth (Milk Duds, Swedish Fish, Dots, etc…) — bonus if it’s also sour (Sour patch kids, I’m looking at you!)

    My fellow faculty members and I all dressed up in a group costume and decorated our hallway! We donated candy and invited nearby day cares to come trick or treat on the university campus. They LOVED It and so did the students πŸ˜€

  10. November 1, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I like the flavor of pumpkin spiced lattes, but they are too sweet for me…I like about 2 sips and then I’m over it. We went to a friend’s house on Friday and made apple pies and apple dumplings. I guess it’s not technically a Halloween activity, but it was very fall-y and fun. πŸ™‚ My favorite candy is Take 5!

  11. November 1, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Painting totally counts!!

    I love the new layout! It’s very streamlined and pretty!

  12. November 1, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Love the new layout! It looks really clean and pretty. I didn’t do anything for Halloween. Just hung out at home with Frank, Elly, and Sydney.