Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was definitely fun-filled.  I spent part of the weekend taking advantage of some of what St. Louis has to offer.  First stop was the zoo.  The St. Louis Zoo is awesome.  There are so many great exhibits and the best part is, admission is free!  When I go to the zoo, I always have to see the cats.  The tigers, lions and leopards are by far my favorite part.  What was really neat about this visit was that the lion was in the tree on a tiny branch.  At least it looked tiny compared to the lion.  It was kind of funny, everyone was nervous that the lion was stuck, but a worker walked by and assured us that she did it all the time.  I really enjoyed being able to see an animal moving around...usually the cats are just lying there, sleeping.  This time there was a little action which made it more interesting.





Another section of the zoo I like to visit is called Rivers Edge.  There, you can see the rhino, hippo and elephants.  The elephants were really active.  We even got to see some of the babies!  It amazes me how big they are...and how they eat.  It is so cool watching them take the grass with their trunk and put it in their mouth.




After the zoo it was time for a bite to eat.  We tried out a new BBQ place, called The BBQ Saloon.  I, of course, forgot to take food pictures.  It was a neat place.  We tried the pulled pork nachos and ribs.  Neither were my favorite, but there are a few other items on the menu I want to try, so I would go back.  Also, they had advertised on a sign outside that they offered "adult" sno-cones.  How awesome does that sound?!

Since we were in the area, we grabbed some cookies after lunch from Hot Box Cookies.  We had one in the shop, then saved the rest for home.  Oh my goodness...these cookies were so good.  Just thinking about them has me craving one.  We tried the Chocolate White Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet and M&M.  I can't decide if the Chocolate White Chocolate Chip or Red Velvet was my favorite.  They were regular size, which I really liked.  I definitely plan on stopping back again when I am in the area.  Or maybe even making a special trip...they are that good!

The day ended at the Missouri History Museum.  The history museum offers a lot of great exhibits that are, like the zoo, free!  The one we went for specifically was St. Louis in 1875.  It was based on a pictorial map made back then.  The exhibit gave an example of what life was like back then in St. Louis.  They also broke down some of the popular neighborhoods and talked about what buildings/businesses were there then, compared to now.  It was definitely interesting.  I love learning about what life used to be like.  



The rest of the weekend was filled with cleaning, laundry and lots of TV/reading time.  

And since we all know I love a great link up, I am linking up with Biana @ B Loved Boston for Weekending.       

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites 8.28.15

It's Friday! I am linking up with MomfessionalsA Little Bit of Everything Blog, and Grace and Love Blog for my Friday Favorites and


A. Liz Adventures for Five on Friday.


My grandma.  I know I mentioned in last week's Friday post, however, she just celebrated her birthday this week.  I am very thankful to have had another year with her.  She is a very special lady and I have no doubt that I will be saying "Happy Birthday" to her for many years to come.  

United Way of Greater St. Louis.  Wednesday evening, I attended an event for the United Way.  It was a happy hour at a local restaurant, with a few speakers talking about different initiatives United Way supports.  I really enjoyed listening to the speakers.  It is always nice to hear good things happening in the community - people coming together to help make a difference.  It seems like a lot of good things are taking shape, and hopefully they will continue to have momentum and make a positive impact on the community.

Shark Tank.  I have been watching a lot of old Shark Tank episodes lately.  I feel like there is a lull in good TV right now - summer shows have ended, or are close to being over, but fall shows haven't started yet.  This show is on every night and provides quite a bit of entertainment.  Sometimes it is funny to see the presentations from people, other times it is heartwarming when you see how they have struggled and pour their heart and soul into their products.  I don't always agree with the ones they let go without investing, or the ones they do end up investing with, but I guess that is why I am where I am and they are the big moguls.  

The StairMaster.  Recently I discovered the StairMaster at the gym.  I am obsessed.  It always looked intimidating to me (and I was a little scared about falling or tripping on the stairs and then falling), but I finally asked one of the trainers to show me how to use it.  Holy cow, what a work out.  I am like instantly drenched in sweat when I use that machine.  I was looking for something else to do to switch my cardio up and I think I found the perfect thing!

Fall magazines!  I received my first fall magazine in the mail the other day and I am so excited to dive in.  Also, I am thinking I might break out some of my fall decorations, too!  

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Owning It 8.27.15

It's that time again...I am linking up with Christina at The New Mrs for her Owning It series!


I love this link up because it is such a fun way to learn new things about some of my favorites!  And it usually provides a good laugh, too!

I almost always "fix up" my couch before I go to bed.  During the evening, the pillows get thrown on the floor or laid on and I almost always have a blanket over me while watching TV.  Before I go to bed, I fold the blanket and put the pillows back nicely.  Even if the whole apartment is still a mess, having that done when I wake up in the morning makes me feel better.

I have an obsession with Monical's Pizza.  It is delicious.  Specifically the cheese pizza, no basil, with ranch dressing for dipping.  My favorite.  The pizza is super thin, so I can basically eat a whole big one myself.  Unfortunately (or maybe it is a good thing), there isn't one close to St. Louis.  They have Imo's, which honestly, I am pretty unimpressed by the pizza.  But back to Monical's...it is so good.  My mouth is just watering thinking about it!

I am very picky about cake.  I don't like cake that is cold.  Or has whipped cream frosting.  Or has fruit in it.  I think the cold cake is a texture thing...I just don't like it!  As for the whipped cream frosting, in one of my previous positions at work, they would bring in a cake for birthdays...I forget how often it was, maybe every quarter?  I always would get so excited, but it was always whipped cream frosting.  I was SO disappointed.  And fruit...I just don't think that fruit and cake go together.  I know lots of people like a layer of fruit filling, but I would just much rather have more frosting.  Or when cake is flavored, like strawberry, I get disappointed.  However, I do love a good hummingbird cake,which I think has pineapple in it, but you can't really taste anything.  Give me yellow cake, topped with chocolate frosting and round sprinkles.  That is my cake style.  Again...my mouth is watering!

I can be super forgetful.  I am constantly setting reminders on my phone, making notes on post-its, or setting task reminders on my calendar.  It is pretty ridiculous...you'd think at 28 years old I wouldn't have this problem, but I do.  I even set reminders for reminders...like if my boss tells me to remind her about something, then I set a reminder for myself to remind her!  Sounds excessive, but really half the time it is the only way I can remember things.

I think I will leave it at that for this month's Owning It.  To check out my past owning posts, you can click here and here
 
Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday 8.26.15

Today is the last Wednesday of the month so it is time for What's Up Wednesday with Mix and Match Family, Pinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo.


What I'm eating this week...Lebanese Chicken and Rice.  This recipe was on the menu for Monday night and it really hit the spot.  Love me some chicken and rice.  

What I'm reminiscing about...last weekend in Indy.  I am ready to go back!

What I'm loving...the weather.  It has been nothing but gorgeous the past few days.  I am loving it!  Bring on fall!

What I've been up to...my mind blanks at this one.  I feel like there is so much, but I don't know where to start.  Life has just been a little busier than normal and although that is a good thing, I am ready for a slow down.

What I'm dreading...making a decision on buying a new car.  It has been put on the back burner due to a few different things, but in the next few weeks I hope to refocus on my search.  I am really excited for a new car, but the process is a bit overwhelming to me.

What I'm working on...getting back to my work outs.  The last few weeks were a little crazy.  My gym time was definitely inconsistent.  I am working on getting that back to normal!

What I'm excited about...freshly painted nails.  I came across Essie's Mod Square at Target last weekend.  


To me, it is the perfect pink.  I had just done my nails the day before I bought it, but have since repainted and am loving the new color!

What I'm watching...Don't be Tardy.  This show cracks me up.  Sometimes I just shake my head at the ridiculousness.  I am happy for Kim, though.  She seems like she has come so far since her days on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Her and Kroy are crazy in love, too, which is always a good thing to see.

What I'm listening to...Luke Bryan.  I cleaned out my car in case I decided to purchase a new one sometime soon, and came across my collection of Luke Bryan CD's.  

What I'm wearing...this dress in olive green.


I wore it out last weekend and loved it.  The dress is loose, but still flattering.  Perfect for those nights when you want to indulge! 

What I'm doing this weekend...spending some quality time with my favorites!

What I'm looking forward to next month...FALL!  Our coffee shop at work just added Spiced Pumpkin Lattes to the menu.  Although I am not a coffee drinker, I am ready for everything pumpkin-scented.

What else is new...meatless meals.  I am giving some thought to eating meat for only one meal a day.  From what I have read, it really can make you feel better to cut a little bit of meat out of your diet.  Any suggestions for meatless meals would be greatly appreciated!

What's up with you this Wednesday?! 


Monday, August 24, 2015

What's Your Sign

I am linking up with Nadine @ Life by Nadine Lynn for "What's Your Sign." 

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I came across this link up via Mattie @ Northwest Native and loved it!  I don't follow my horoscope at all, but I do think it is so fun to read about your sign - see what fits and what is totally off base!

I used this website to do a little research on my sign, which is Pisces.  Here is what I found...

Strengths:
Compassionate
Artistic
Intuitive
Gentle
Wise
Musical

I think most of these are pretty true.  I am not sure about artistic, though.  And I am definitely not musical.  I was in band from 5th grade until I think my junior year of high school.  I was not great.  Especially in high school, I think I was the last or second to last chair.  My singing is horrendous, too.  Not that it keeps me from singing, but it is pretty darn bad.  

Weaknesses:
Fearful
Overly-trusting
Sad
Desire to escape reality
Can be a victim or martyr 

Again, pretty spot on.  I am such a huge worrier...it is pretty bad.  I definitely have the bad habit of trusting people I shouldn't.  I would say I am a pretty happy person, though...everyone gets sad sometimes but I would say that is the one I disagree with the most.  Sometimes life gets tough and it is nice to escape reality...usually I just lose myself in a good book.  I am not sure about the victim or martyr thing...

Likes:
Being alone
Sleeping
Music
Romance
Visual media
Swimming
Spiritual themes

I definitely do not like being alone.  Sometimes it is nice, but I would rather be around others than being alone more often than not.  Who doesn't love sleeping?  Definitely true.  As I mentioned above, I do love music, even though I am not super musical.  I am a hopeless romantic.  That is for sure, spot-on.  I don't know about the visual media...if I am looking at news stories, I would rather read an article than watch a video.  I feel eh about swimming...I would much rather float in the water on a raft than actually swim.  I am not sure what to say about the spiritual themes...I am not even quite sure what exactly that means!

Dislikes:
Know-it-alls
Being criticized
The past coming back to haunt
Cruelty of any kind

These are all so, so true.  I have encountered my share of know-it-alls and I am not a fan.  I don't like being criticized...who does really?  I do see the need for it and am open to feedback from others, but the delivery has to be just right.  There are definitely things and people I would just love to stay in my past.  I really do hate cruelty of any kind...the world is just a cruel place and I just get so sick to my stomach about it sometimes.  

Days:
Thursday
Monday

Seriously, whose day is Monday?  Definitely not mine!  I can see Thursday...there is always excitement on Thursday to know that the weekend is almost upon us!

Color:
Mauve
Lilac
Purple
Violet
Sea green

I guess I need to add a little more purple to my life!  I have never been a big purple fan, but it has grown on me the past few years.  Also, fun fact, my first car was sea foam green.

After reading more about Pisces, I definitely think my sign "fits" me.  Although there are a few outliers, most of the characteristics really do describe me.

What's your sign?   

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Friday Favorite 8.21.15

Happy Friday! I am linking up with Momfessionals, A Little Bit of Everything Blog, and Grace and Love Blog for my Friday Favorites...


and A. Liz Adventures for Five on Friday.


This week has been another crazy one.  But I have some SUPER exciting news to share...

My little nephew was born!  Jackson Thomas Dunham made his way into the world Monday, August 17th at 6:02, weighing in at 6lbs 15oz and stretching 20 inches.  I may be biased, but I think he is just the cutest thing.  I cannot wait to meet him!

  
New recipes!  Tuesday's post talked about some of the new recipes I have been trying.  I am happy to report I had another successful go at it with The Pioneer Woman's Leek and Pancetta Pasta.  It was delicious!  The taste was really flavorful and was surprisingly light for a pasta with a cream sauce.  Love it!

My grandma.  I love my grandma.  She is such a lovely lady.  Every time I hear her voice, it makes me smile.  I try to call her to catch up every so often and I always am in such a great mood after talking to her.  My grandpa passed away a few years ago, and she has kept herself busy and out and about doing things which really makes me happy.  I hope that when I am her age, I am doing the same thing.

Bacon.  The cafeteria in my office has awesome breakfast.  Every once in awhile I grab a "classic" breakfast sandwich there...toasted English muffin, fried egg, cheese, spinach, tomato and BACON.  A lot of the items are sourced from local farms, bacon being one of them.  It is so delicious. 

A fresh haircut.  I love a good haircut.  It just lays so nicely after it is cut.  Granted, that usually lasts just a few days, but hey, I will take it! 

Check out what my favorite post for the week is over at The Pick link up, hosted by Astleigh @ Hill Collection. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Thinking Out Loud

I am going to be honest with you, I was struggling with a blog topic today, so I checked Pinterest for some inspiration and decided to share some quotes that jumped out at me. 

Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. -Buddha.

This quote is so true.  If you think about it, most times when you harbor hard feelings towards someone, especially anger, it hurts you more than it hurts them.  Obviously, it is going to happen that you become angry with someone...however, the key is not letting it get the best of you. 

Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and start enjoying the moment that you're in
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I am so guilty of this.  I feel like I am always waiting for something.  Perfect example is my post yesterday - I cannot wait for the seasons to change and fall to be upon us.  However, if you are constantly just waiting for the next "thing" to happen, then sometimes you miss out on the good things that are in the present.  I have been making a conscious effort to live more in the moment and enjoy what is happening now.  Of course there are things to get excited about, like upcoming plans, but the important thing is to not let it over take you to the point where you aren't focusing and savoring life's moments now.

"Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason."
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This one really resonated with me.  Life is constantly changing.  Sometimes I feel like there is no way there could be more going on and then something else happens to add to life's craziness.  My mom told me not too long ago that my great-grandma always said that everything happens for a reason.  While we might not know what the heck that reason is now, it is important to make the best of it and live and grow as much as we can during those times. 

Favorite Reminder via Humans of Joy
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Love this.  Think about it...has there ever been a time when you have been nice and kind, but then regretted it?  Even if you don't receive the response you were hoping for from others, you still know that you did your part by being kind.

Don't let how you think life should be get in the way of experiencing what's incredible about today.

Comparison is the thief of joy.  Whether that be comparing yourself to someone else or to the "idea" of what your life "should" be.  Too often, I think we have an image in our head of what our life is "supposed" to be and those ideas aren't always realistic.  It can be disheartening at times, but I think what is important is to be happy and focus on what life you do have - make the most of it!

Re-reading this I think, whoa, that just got real.  A little deeper than I had originally planned, but I think these are good reminders.  Life is too short - be happy and focus on the positive.  Make the best of what you do have, rather than focus your energies elsewhere.

Linking up with Amanda @ Running With Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What's Hap-pinning

Today, I am linking up with Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday! 


Lately I have been obsessed with all things fall.  One of my favorite things about fall is the clothes!  I love when the weather gets a little cooler and it is time to throw on jeans and a cozy scarf.  Below are a few of my favorite fall outfits I have found via Pinterest.

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I love everything about this outfit, especially the coat.  I have been on the look out for a coat like this since last year.  I have found some cute ones, but they always end up having a detail that I am not crazy about.  Also, some roll up to be half sleeves which is super cute, but I want to use this as an actual jacket...not just for looks.  Not having full sleeves seems a bit impractical to me. 

Top 10 Latest Super Cute Outfits Fashion Trends 2014

I plan on recreating this outfit once it comes time for cooler weather.  The blanket scarf was one of my very favorite things I got last year.  I love the plaid and there are such great colors in the scarf that it pretty much goes with anything and everything!  The hat is too cute, and reminds me of one I just bought at Nordstrom.  I posted about it here.  I see this as the perfect outfit to wear to the pumpkin patch or out to a winery this fall.  I can't wait!

love this look for fall

This would be a great outfit for a Friday at work.  Casual, but very put together.  I love the shirt under the sweater, the pants rolled up with the heels and cute, but subtle statement necklace.  Very classy!

Be sure to watch the length of your work skirts - it's MANDATORY for the office!  #smartcasual #stylish
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Now, I am not sure I could pull off this outfit, but I love it.  It would be perfect to wear to work.  I have never thought to try a skirt like this, but seeing it paired with the right top, I am really loving it.  Again, this is a great statement necklace, but still toned down enough for work. 

What to Wear to a Job Interview: Expert Tips for Every Industry
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I love this.  The look of a good shirt and blazer is so timeless and one of my favorite looks.  The rolling of the sleeves makes it seem less stuffy and more current.  I love the colors chosen here.  They really compliment each other, yet will go just as well with other items.

J.Crew Vest and cozy sweater. Amazing winter fashion fun! Adorable white sweater with great vest, love the color combo! With some dark wash jeans it would be a great outfit for the cold weather :)
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One thing that I definitely want to add to my wardrobe is a puffy vest.  I have one that is ancient, and just looks dated.  It is a little on the "puffier" side, too.  I can't decide what color would be best...tan or navy.  I just love the look of them!

As you can see, I am dreaming of fall - especially the fall fashions!  Like so many others, I want to be more intentional with my shopping.  I want to make sure to add pieces to my wardrobe that are more timeless and practical.  Quality over quantity.  Also, things that can do double duty...something I can dress up for work, but down for the weekends.  

Can't wait to see what is hap-pinning with you all this Wednesday!

If you want to see what else I have been pinning, you can check me out on Pinterest here

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What's Cooking?!


Happy Tuesday!  I am linking up with the ladies at Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk.


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I mentioned yesterday that I watched some cooking shows on Sunday.  I love watching cooking shows.  A few of my favorites are The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and Dinner at Tiffani's.  After my binge watching Sunday, I am adding the Barefoot Contessa to the mix.  I watched her show on Sunday morning and decided that I wanted to move out to the Hamptons and start a farm.  The episode was about her preparing food for a housewarming party...in the Hamptons.  She made Tequila Citrus Chicken and Avocado and Corn Salad, along with a few others.  Right away I decided I wanted to make both of these recipes.  And it was perfect, because I realized I had yet to make any new recipes, which was one of my August Goals!

I made the Tequila Citrus Chicken last night...it was delicious.  I was a little worried, because you cook the chicken on one side for 5 minutes, flip over for 10 minutes and then rest on a plate covered tightly in foil for another 5 minutes.  I just didn't think it would be cook through.  However, it was and it was super flavorful and juicy!  The marinade is relatively simple.  You whisk everything together in a bowl, add the chicken, cover and set in the refrigerator over night.  It was super nice to come home yesterday and just have to pull out the chicken and put it on the grill. 


Tequila Lime Chicken



I also made the Avocado and Corn Salad last night...but for lunch today.  So the verdict is still out on what I think of that.  However, it has a bunch of stuff I love in it, so I would think that it will be a win for me! 

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The pasta below is Leek and Pancetta Pasta by The Pioneer Woman.  Another find from my morning of cooking shows.  This pasta seems super easy and super yummy.  This is on the menu for later this week and I cannot wait!  The recipe calls for heavy cream, but I purchased half and half as a substitute to try to make it a little healthier.  Hopefully that won't affect the end result.  I will admit, too, that I have never purchased a leek before.  I thought I knew what they were, but when I went to the grocery store, I realized I was mistaken.  So I googled leek mid-grocery shopping.  Thank goodness for phones with internet!  I now know that a leek looks like a big green onion.   

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I love trying new recipes...especially when they turn out well.  Hopefully the Avocado and Corn Salad and the Leek and Pancetta Pasta will be as good as the Tequila Citrus Chicken!  

What new recipes have you tried lately? 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Mine was pretty darn good, but as always, way too fast.

I mentioned on Friday that I was taking the day off.  Gotta love a 3 day weekend.  Friday was super busy taking care of some things, so I did some relaxing in the evening.  I picked up some cheese and sausage from a local deli...if you are ever in the area, you MUST stop by The Smokehouse Market.  This place has so many amazing things jam packed in this little, tiny store.  Everything you can think of...it is great!  I paired that with a Moscow Mule and just relaxed. 

Saturday, I was super productive.  I cleaned, worked out and made a trip to Target and Michaels.  I was pretty proud of myself...I only bought one thing not on my list at Target.  For me, that is pretty impressive.  I picked up some fall d├ęcor at Michaels.  I have plans to make a new centerpiece for my dining room table.  Hopefully I will be able to execute what I have in mind.  I feel like it could go either way!  Saturday night, I headed out to dinner at The Tavern.  I had previously been to the first location, but a second location popped up.  I was eager to try it because I really enjoyed the time I had gone previously.  It did not disappoint!  The atmosphere at the Central West End location was not quite as intimate as in Valley Park.  The service was awesome.  Everyone was really great.  And the food is delicious!  To begin with, they bring out parmesan pull apart bread.  Wow, this is so good.  We started off with the meatballs.  They were a bit spicy for me...however, I really enjoyed the polenta they were served over.  I forgot to the take a picture of both before we dug in...oops!  For my entree, I had the surf & turf tasting board.  The restaurant offers 4 different tasting boards which is super nice...you can figure out which entre is your favorite!  Out of the three, I really enjoyed the chicken dish the best.  My partner in crime had the filet 'loco moco.'  I had a bite and it was so delicious!  There is something so yummy about a nice runny yolk, rice and meat.  We ended the evening with the donut.  Warm, cinnamon and sugar donuts with a bacon topped whipped cream for dipping.  Wow.  We were pretty full from all the other food, but we definitely made room for the dessert.  The CWE area in St. Louis is really neat...there are a ton of restaurants and bars all around so there is lots of activity.  That can make parking a bit of a pain, but it is really neat.  Almost all places have outdoor seating which is perfect for a nice evening.  We opted to sit inside, just because it was a bit humid out.  I would highly recommend The Tavern to anyone...it is such a good time! 

 
 
 
Sunday was LAZY!  I didn't feel so bad since I got so much done on Saturday.  I watched some quality TV...cooking shows and then I got sucked in this show called Bar Rescue.  It's kind of disgusting to see how some restaurants are in such disarray, but I love a good before and after.  It amazes me that some places don't keep up with the changes.  I did a little grocery shopping and some laundry and mentally prepared myself for another work week ahead!

Overall, it was just a really nice weekend.  Hopefully today will bring a great week ahead...let's do this Monday! 

 
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Favorites 8.14.15

Happy Friday! I am linking up with Momfessionals, A Little Bit of Everything Blog, and Grace and Love Blog for my Friday Favorites.


Yesterday proved to be a little crazy, hence the late blog post today.

Yay for another short week!  I decided last minute to take today off.  There are some things I need to get done today and luckily it worked out with my work schedule to use PTO.

I am really looking forward to this weekend.  I have plans to do dinner out tomorrow night, which will be really nice.  I am trying out a new location of a favorite restaurant.  I am hoping it is as good as the original!  I will definitely be sharing details next week!

In the past years, I have gotten involved in my company's United Way Fundraising Campaign.  I love being able to get involved in the community, especially with an organization that can touch so many people.  My part in the campaign is heading the annual silent auction.  One of my favorite things this week has been receiving donations.  It is always nerve wracking when we send out those requests, hoping that people will be feeling charitable and will respond with a donation.  I am super happy and excited that this was a successful week in regards to donations.  I hope that this will continue in the weeks ahead so that the silent auction can raise even more money than last year.  Fingers crossed!

Keeping it short and sweet today...hope everyone has a great weekend!

    

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I was so pumped when I saw that I was nominated by Julie  @ sayyestohappy and Katelyn @ Simply Sunflour for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. 

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One thing I love about blogging is how everyone builds each other up and this award is a perfect example!  How this works is you give a shout out to the girls that nominated you (Thanks, ladies!), answer some questions, then nominate 5-10 other bloggers to do the same...make sure you include the logo in your blog!

Here are the questions...
 
Why did you start blogging?  I have been reading blogs for years.  I loved them!  I always wanted to write my own, but was hesitant.  Fast forward a few years and I finally decided to bite the bullet and start one.
 
How do you think blogging has changed your life?  I feel like I have gotten out of my comfort zone and done something I really wanted to, just for me. 
 
Has blogging created friendships for you?  I think so.  I have definitely connected with a lot of people through commenting/emailing and have girls I consider my blogging "friends."
 
What is your number one tip for blogging?  Be yourself.  Write what you want, not just things you think will get views or comments.  Of course you want the views, comments and followers, but what is most important is staying true to yourself.  

What is your favorite kind of blog post to write and read?  I love writing posts that share more about myself...I love the question and answers, I love the posts where I can give the reader more about me.  I think that is because those are the posts I like reading most.  I like to write what I like to read about others.  Other posts I really enjoy reading are day in the life posts and DIY posts. 

Is it hard to keep up with blogging and your regular, every day life?  Sometimes, yes.  I think the hardest thing to keep up with is commenting and reading other blogs...especially since I have found so many good ones out there lately!  However, I wouldn't say that it interferes with anything.  

Have you met any bloggers in real life?  No, I have not.  I hope that changes, though!  I feel like I have come to "know" a lot of girls via their blogs and hope that one day we can get together in real life!

What is your most popular blog post?  It seems like everyone really enjoy this Friday Favorites post.  Obviously, that is large part due to the link up.

What is your favorite post on the blog?  I would definitely have to say my "Owning It" posts (here and here).  I really enjoyed putting those together.

Now for my nominees...this is kind of hard because I know a ton of girls I read have already been nominated!

Christina @ The New Mrs 
Erin @ Fun, Love and Football 
Lindsay @ not a mom 
Biana @ B Loved Boston
Jessi @ Jessi's Design 
Jenn @ Going the Distance
Kesley @ The Peacock Roost
Liz @ Sundays with Sophie
Rachel @ The Rachel Emily Blog


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What's Hap-pinning

I am linking up with Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!  This is a super fun link up where you can talk about what is happening in your life, what you are pinning lately or just anything really!


I am going to stick with what I am pinning lately.  I go through spurts with Pinterest where I pin a lot or I don't even look at it.  Sometimes there is just nothing better than relaxing and spending a little time pursuing Pinterest.


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My sister-in-law makes THE BEST molasses cookies.  These have me craving them so bad.  However, with the new baby on the way, I highly doubt she will be baking anytime soon.  I will have to give these a try myself!


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I am still lusting over bedroom pins.  This room looks sooo relaxing.  I love the softness of the white and creams.


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This is another bedroom I am loving...again, so neutral but has great texture so it doesn't look too plain.


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I am constantly looking for new lunch ideas.  Sometimes I can eat the same thing day after day, but other times I just need something new.  I love how this shows the different components of the lunch...you have your wrap, berries and something sweet.  Seems like the perfect lunch to me


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I have been growing my hair out for the last few years, but every time I see an adorable cut like this, it makes me consider going shorter.  I love being able to throw my hair up or braid it, so that is holding me back, but you never know.  It's just so dang cute!

What's Hap-pinning with you this Wednesday?!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tailgate Tuesday

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite dip recipes for Tailgate Tuesday, hosted by my fabulous blog designer,  Erin @ Fun, Love and Football


First, let's talk football.  I come from a HUGE football town.  We are talking Friday Night Lights football - small-town high school football.  (Side note - if you have never watched Friday Night Lights, the TV series, do so as soon as possible.  It is SO good.)  I was a cheerleader throughout school and football season was by far my favorite.  There was nothing better than a crisp, fall night, cheering at a home football game. 

Now I am reliving my cheerleading days...such great memories! Let's move on to the good part, though, the recipe.  I am not big into college or professional football, but I can definitely get behind getting together with friends, having yummy snacks and watching a game.  One of my go-to recipes is this Nacho Dip.  It is a for sure a crowd pleaser and so very simple.

I don't have a picture of it, but just imagine cheesy goodness mixed with ground beef and chili.  Yum!

Nacho Dip 
1 lb ground round
1 lb Velvetta cheese
3/4 lbs mild Mexican Velvetta cheese
2 cans Hormel chili with NO beans
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Brown ground round, drain grease.  Put meat and all remaining ingredients in a crockpot.  Cook on low until cheese has melted, about 3-4 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips.

If you want the dip to be ready sooner, it can be made in a large pot, then transferred to a crockpot to keep warm.

This dip is delicious.  Try it, you will not regret it.   

*Update...I am also linking up with Jess & Katie @ Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk!