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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

12 Random Facts

Within the past few weeks I have noticed a few new followers around here! I thought I would reintroduce myself & give you some random facts you probably didn't know about me. 

I am Hannah, the girl behind Polka Dots & Palindromes.  I recently graduated with my Master's degree in Communication Disorders and began my career as a Speech Language Pathologist.  My boyfriend and I dated long distance for two years, until recently, as I moved to Chicago and we now live less than 10 minutes apart! I love to eat red velvet cupcakes, wear cardigans and polka dots, explore Chicago, search Pinterest for hours on end, and plan my next great adventure. 

I blog about any random idea or topic that may be on my mind at the current moment. I always say I'm going to be one of those super DIYer, cook of the year, super fashionable, blog everyday people, but you and me both know, that that isn't me.  Polka Dots & Palindromes is here to entertain you and put a smile on your face or thought in your head. And if I accomplished that, my day is complete.

1. I do not like chocolate or Pringles.

2. I have run three half marathons, but I really do not actually like to run. 

3. I hate winter but have lived in the Midwest for the past 24 years. Whoops. 

4. I have visited to 39 of the 50 states and 4 countries (Canada, Ecuador, Belize, & Costa Rica). 

5. I had this dream as a teenager to open up a bookstore/coffee shop that featured popular author children book readings daily, kind of like in the movie You've Got Mail.  But then I realized how not profitable that would be and decided to become a Speech Language Pathologist:

6. I take my coffee black, with either just a little bit of cream, or a little bit of sugar, never both! 

7. I have watched every season (except for the 2 most recent) of Grey's Anatony at least 5 times, if not more. 

8. I have more cardigans and sweaters in my closet than someone should probably have in their lifetime. 

9. I am obsessed with anything pineapple printed; candles, notebooks, earrings, pajama shorts, you name it, I want it. 

10. I will always back Team iPhone, never will I be part of the Android team. 

11. The Olympics are probably my favorite event ever. I wish it happened more often than every four years! 

12. I dream of having 3 red headed children one day. If not three, I really hope I get at least one!!! 
Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday!

1 | I have officially finished completed my Master's degree!! You may have thought I already finished if you had read my graduation post...but really nothing special happened on graduation besides the fact that the coursework was done.  I still had a 10-week UNPAID internship to finish but now it is DONE.  And you can officially call me: Hannah Thiesfeldt, MS, CF-SLP. That is cool.
2 | FitBit Life is the right life.  How I live without my Fit Bit before? Well, honestly, I was perfectly fine & still lived without it but...it is nice to know how far you walked in a day or if you were really slacking another day. Plus, I hate losing the challenges, so basically that means you should find me & challenge me!

3 | The Daily Tay & The Life of Bon are two of my favorite bloggers of all time.  They are just hilarious and I need to meet them in person one day.  Both of them run a t-shirt shop and jewelry shop respectively and I am dying to have Taylor's "Let's Day Drink" and "BRUNCH" t-shirts and Bonnie's pineapple earrings.  Seriously, what would make a better basic white girl outfit than pineapple earrings and a BRUNCH t-shirt?  Nothing, that is the answer, NOTHING.  That is why I need them!!!

4 | I made this recipe. I found it on the Tasty FB page, and oh my goodness, not only was it super super easy to make, but it was DELICIOUS.  You should probably try it!

5 | Waitressing. I'm going into my last 10 days waitressing at the restaurant that I have worked for the past almostv10 years, and it is so bittersweet!  I am very excited to move on to bigger & better things, but at the same time, I will miss my coworkers and the customers!  It will be tough to leave, but I know I can always come back for my favorite Clam Chowder & Reuben sandwich whenever I am in town.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lambeau Field Tour

It's no secret that I am a big Green Packer fan as I am from Wisconsin.  Yes, I did go to school in Minnesota for six years, but never will I ever in ten million years be a Viking fan, I mean for real, who would want to. What some of you may not know is that Zak is also a huge Packer fan, even though he is from Chicago! I am not exactly sure how he passed over the Chicago Bears, but hey I am so glad that he is a Packer fan too, it makes football season much easier!

A few months ago, Zak and I took a mini-vacation and went up to Green Bay, WI to tour Lambeau Field!  I had not been there since 8th grade and now that I actually watch the Packers, understand what is happening during the game,  and am obsessed with Aaron Rodgers, I was excited to go an experience all that Lambeau Field had to offer.  

Zak had not been to Lambeau field since he was little and driving up and all of a sudden seeing his face light up upon viewing the field from afar, "Is that it? Is that Lambeau field?" absolutely made my day.  When we initially arrived in GB, we went and walked through the stadium and visited the Packers Pro Shop, hoping to find some deals (which we did). We had scheduled our Stadium and Hall of Fame tour for the next day. 

The tour was pretty cool and our tour guides were hilarious! They were these two 60-year old men who recently retired and started working at Lambeau Field giving tours, how cool is that!  They were able to tell us all these secrets about Lambeau that we never would have known. During the tour we were able to not only walk through the tunnel the players walk through, visit the suites, see the field from multiple views, but also walk onto the field!  Walking through the tunnel gave me goosebumps.  I was walking the same steps that all the Packer legends walked many Sundays, that was awesome. The only downfall was that we were not able to visit the locker rooms or see the Packer gym, weight room, and training suites. 
One thing really was evident throughout the whole tour, that the Green Bay Packers are truly a family, whether you are a player, an employee, or simply a huge fan, Packer nation is there.  The Green Bay Packers are the only team in the NFL that the fans own the team, that is pretty unique. You will find Packer fans ALL OVER the country.  There is even a website that will show every Packer bar in the country, so if you end up in Tucson, AZ on game day, you can find a place to go watch the game and sit among other Packer fans.  Green and Gold, green and gold all the way! 

It was a wonderful day spent at Lambeau Field.  Now, I am hoping the next time I visit Lambeau Field, I will be watching Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, and Clay Matthews bring the Packers another victory as they make their way towards Super Bowl 51!

Now, before I stop rambling, because we are talking about the Green Bay Packers, we HAVE to talk about The Bachelorette. let's set the record straight.  Yes, I am a huge fan of the Bachelorette. Yes, I am aware that Jordan Rodgers is on the Bachelorette.  Yes, I would love for Jordan Rodgers to win.  Yes, I know he may not be "in it for the right reasons" but who cares?! I watch The Bachelorette for pure entertainment sake.  Yes, I know that Jordan basically just blasted Aaron Rodgers off saying that he was a douchebag because "fame changed him" as he cannot come home to see his family in California every month like "he should."  Jordan give him a break!  He is a NFL Pro Football Quarterback, probably one of the greatest of all time.  He has a very busy schedule.  If he is not training in the Green Bay Packer training facilities or attending charity events or visiting Make A Wish Foundation kids or making State Farm commercials, he has something else going on.

Aaron Rodgers is not a bad kid.  He is not the bad brother that Jordan made him out to be.  There are a lot of terrible NFL players out there, but Aaron Rodgers is not one of them.  No, I don't know him personally, but from his attitude, the way he treats the press and his teammates, he is a good person.  I do not know what went down between Aaron and his brother Jordan, but my guess is that Jordan is jealous of Aaron's success and was tired of always living in Aaron's shadow and never getting up from under it and took to Aaron never being home because of his busy life as a way of Aaron not caring about his family, which is sad. I really truly hope that one day Aaron and Jordan can become close again and get over this struggle they are going through.

Have you ever been to Lambeau Field?  What are your thoughts on The Bachelorette?
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Wedding Guest Wear

Do you need some inspiration for wedding season?  Well, Polka Dots & Palindromes has got you covered!! I am sure by now the wedding invitations have begun rolling in and you definitely need something cute to wear to every single one of them but you are stumped and hate/have already worn everything in your closet to at least one wedding in the past.  

Picking what to wear to a wedding as a guest is quite the task.  First, you go to your closet and see what you have and find out you have plenty of nice dresses but they are all navy and pink and mint and those are THE MOST popular bridesmaid dresses colors and you absolutely cannot risk being seen in the same color dress as the bridesmaids, that would be embarrassing!!! (Does anyone else think this or is that just me???)

Not only do you have to plan around possible bridesmaid dress colors, you also have to plan around the season, and type of wedding, is it outside? or is it inside? is it casual? or is it black tie? There are just so many possibilities to consider!  I have three weddings coming up this summer /fall and even though I am unsure if I am able to attend all three, I am FRANTICALLY searching for the perfect dresses to wear.  I seriously have no idea. 

I have put together a conglomeration of my TOP PICKS for dresses for wedding season.  Seriously, I think I need some help, I just CANNOT decide.  Maybe I should just have Stitch Fix decide for me, that would make life easier...but then there is the whole "I never know what dress size I actually am" debacle.  Man, being a girl is hard! 

Well, without further ado, here are my top picks for wedding season 2016. 
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

Which dress is your favorite?  What is your go to outfit for wedding season?
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR to the weddings I have this summer?  For real, I need some major help.

**This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are honest opinions of the author. 
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