Monday, May 12, 2014


A couple weeks ago on a Sunday night, my SIL and I heard about Oats.
Oats is a 10 weeks old Brittany dog, that Uncle M. rescued and brought home for the night.

We stopped by with our Rat terrier, Moose, for a little playdate before bedtime.

The first 15 minutes none of them were to sure about the other, but after some smelling each others booties they felt comfortable enough to play :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Meet Rola S

After looking around for a while now for an affordable vehicle, DH and I finally found the One for me! :)
 I am so excited to getting it registered and insured! :)
xoxoxo Gracie

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Following

 "OMG, I can't believe another season of The Following is over!          Last night was the season finally and I am still in absolute shock!"
                       This is what I wanted to say. But honestly, it was just blah. 

For those of you who don't know: The Following airs Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.
It is about an FBI agent trying to catch a serial killer and his murderous cult.
The main characters are Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy and James Purefoy as Joe Carroll.

I loved season one. It was so exciting that my husband and I could not blink for the tiniest second. The twists and unexpected killing thrilled us till the end and never let us down.
Season two started off a bit bumpy. Maybe we were so used to all the deaths in this show, that nothing could shock us anymore. We found our self chatting away or playing with the puppy instead of paying attention the The Following. But only slowly it got more interesting for us. When the season finally aired last night, I was a bit relieved to see the ending and hopefully to have a much better season 3 coming.

The most exciting thing for me was, that Mark is still alive and called somebody to pick up him and his dead brother Luke. The question is going to be: Who is that driver?
I have a feeling it might be the reporter Carrie Cooke. She was always present in the last episodes, but was left out in the season finale. *hint hint* *wink wink* - Who knows?
This would make for a really nice twist for season 3.

The Show will continue February 2015. If you have missed it, it is also available on Netflix.

xoxoxo Gracie

Friday, April 25, 2014

Experience with World Education Services

65 days.
This is how long it took me to receive my transcripts in the mail.

Knowing that I would like to continue my academic path for a while I had to provide my school of choice with transcripts not only translated into the English language, but especially evaluated from the German System into the American System.

My research lead me to WES. World Education Services is an agency in New York that provides their customers with an credential evaluation of their foreign degrees.

The following steps had to be made:
  • contact school, explain process: are they willing to help me out?
  • prepare package for each school with copy of report card, precise, word-for-word, English translations, academic transcript request form and an envelope with stamp addressed to WES in NY
  • apply online for an evaluation by creating an account
  • pay the fee
  • wait ...
The waiting game was the hardest. I could never be 100% sure if i provided enough postage or if the envelopes would get lost in the mail. Thankfully it all turned out great and WES received my transcripts about 4 weeks later; letting me know through email. The evaluation process itself only took about 7 business days. And I was very surprised when I checked my online account on April 9th, that I could see the results right away.

I am very satisfied with the outcome and the process. And I would recommend to use WES for that matter even though there are a ton of bad reviews out there.My advise is to contact your school and make sure you follow exactly the steps WES needs you to.

xoxoxo Gracie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bridesmaid dress shopping at David's

At a Bridal Expo last month I made an appointment for last Wednesday to go see their selection of bridesmaid dresses. My dear SIL, who will be my Maid of Honor is always thrilled to accompany me to those events ;)

Since the wedding (or better our vow renewal) won't be before Spring 2016 we didn't plan on purchasing anything, but checking out the different styles won't hurt either.This gives me a feel for different fabrics, hem and neck lines that I will choose from. 

We arrived at the bridal store with 20 minutes to spare and headed straight for the racks. Sarah, our consultant for the day, was very attentive and helpful. From a catalog we picked out 9 dresses in different styles to make sure I get to see every possibility that I might like.

Our picks included:

all pictures by David's Bridal

We had a blast! She, trying on dresses; me, taking pictures of the dresses from different angles. After about an hour we were done. Exhausted, but happy and with some visions for my dear bridesmaids.

My favorites were chiffon material and long. Even though I always thought short would be the way to go.  

xoxoxo Gracie

Friday, April 18, 2014

Unboxing: My first ipsy bag

I could not believe my eyes when I saw the mail man putting a shiny, bright pink package in my mailbox last Friday.

 Especially since I just got the "your bag has been shipped"-mail the day before.


  Content for April 2014 Beauty Rocks:

  • Look So Natural lashes by KISS
  • White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse by City Color
  • 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size by Urban Decay
  • Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment by Cover FX
  • Tinted Lip Balm by Cailyn

I am super satisfied with my first ipsy bag and excited to try out the products.
Maybe I could make it into another blog post?

xoxoxo Gracie

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N and K

The whole Zak family got invited to a wedding this past Saturday.


Gorgeous bride, handsome groom and adorable ring bearer and flower girls.
Bridal party in purple, the parents in silver. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and you could feel the love they had for each other every second.

A sucessfull marriage isn't the
union of two perfect people. It's
that of two imperfect people who
have learned the value of
forgiveness and grace. 
                         - Darlene Schacht

I am wishing the newlywed couple a wonderful honeymoon and a blessed live with joy! 

xoxoxo Gracie