Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Recap

Hey all!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and long weekend!  I took a little break from the blog the last few days, but I will be catching up hopefully today and tomorrow!

I have a lot to recap...I have been off work since Wednesday, so I will start there!  I will try to keep it short and sweet, otherwise this post would be crazy long.

Wednesday was a movie day.  We went to see Creed.  It was REALLY good.  My hope is that they turn this movie into its own series.  Afterwards, we decided to try out a new place for lunch.  However, we definitely didn't anticipate how busy places would be that day.  We went to two places with super long waits, before stopping at the restaurant we actually ate at, The Fountain on Locust.  I had heard about this place before, but never been.  It was awesome!  The atmosphere was super neat and the food was delicious.  They are known for their ice cream martinis...we didn't try one, but we did end the lunch with two different desserts to try out the ice cream.  We only had a few bites each, but now we know which one to get again when we go back!  Definitely a hidden gem in St. Louis.




Thursday was Thanksgiving, of course!  I headed to my parents early in the morning, then went with them to my grandma's.  It was so nice to see the family and super fun since it was my nephew, Jack's first Thanksgiving.  He was such a good boy the whole day!  I enjoyed a full plate...some of which I will be sharing recipes for in December, so make sure to check back!


Three generations


My mom and I stayed at my grandma's to cut down on our drive for Black Friday.  We were up and at them early in the morning and did really well with our shopping!  We were done a lot earlier than normal, which was so nice.  We always have Portillo's for lunch when we shop and since we were there early it wasn't near as crowded as normal, which was definitely nice.  We were both worn out and lunch definitely helped add a little pep back to our step.  Once we got back to my parents, we showed my dad the purchases and watched Miracle on 34th Street, one of my favorites!

 Pretty lights at the mall


Saturday I did a little small business shopping at one of my favorite stores, Charmed.  I picked up a super cute white and black checked dress.  The rest of the day was spend relaxing and cooking.  I tried out a new recipe for lentil soup...it turned out SO good.  It made a ton, too.  I left some with my parents and took a big container back to St. Louis with me.



Sunday was my drive back.  Having my new car definitely made it better, as well as a lot of Christmas CDs.  Although, sad news, I think my N'Sync Christmas is on it's last leg...it kept skipping!  Thankfully the weather was nice for my drive.  I think I had timed it well - I got home and unloaded just before the rain came!

Now it is back to the grind...happy Monday!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone has a great day filled with lots of quality time with your loved ones and some really yummy food!


There is always something to be thankful for quote art printable, in black and gold modern calligraphy
via

Tomorrow I will be out shopping with my mom, so I will see all of you back here on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesdays 11.25.15

I am linking up for What's Up Wednesday with Mix and Match Family, Pinterest Told Me To and The Larson Lingo. And with my usual Wednesday favorites, Jenn and Jessi for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!


What I'm eating this week...stuffed shells and soup.  Not to mention all the yummy Thanksgiving day food I will be devouring tomorrow.

What I'm reminiscing about...last Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is amazing what has changed since last year...mainly the arrival of my baby nephew.  It was Christmas last year that my brother and his wife told us they were having a baby.  Now he is here and we get to experience his first Thanksgiving and Christmas all together.  I can't wait!

What I'm loving...all the decorations!  My mom and I decorated my apartment for Christmas this past Sunday.  All the fun d├ęcor makes my apartment feel so cozy and festive.  I just love this time of year.

What I've been up to...some serious movie watching.  With all the great movies that have been coming out in the theaters, as well as all the Christmas movies on Hallmark and Lifetime, I have seen sooo many lately.  That isn't a complaint either - movies are my favorite!

What I'm dreading...all the Christmas goodies I am sure will appear at work. While I normally have decent willpower, it is so much harder around the holidays with all the different baked goods and candies!

What I'm working on...my November goals.  Only a little bit of time left in the month to get everything I want done!

What I'm excited about...my new car!  I am so obsessed.  I am actually looking forward to driving these days, which says a lot because I would much rather be a passenger most times.

What I'm watching...see above...lots of movies, movies, movies!   

What I'm listening to...while I am not listening to it right now, Christmas music will be on repeat soon!  My mom waits until after Thanksgiving dinner to listen to Christmas music, so it's always exciting to turn it on for the drive home from my grandma's.  

What I'm wearing...plaid.  I have been loving plaid so much lately.  My mom gave me this shirt when she came to visit.  I love the colors and it is so, so soft!  The buttons in the back are a super fun detail that make it just a little bit different from your normal plaid top.


What I'm doing this weekend...shopping!  I love Black Friday shopping with my mom.  It is tradition.  We are usually able to knock out a large portion of her shopping list, as well as fully complete mine.  It is the one day I love the crowds in the stores.  And who doesn't love a good deal?!

What I'm looking forward to next month...Christmas!  I am not just talking about the day, but everything that comes with it.  The weeks leading up to Christmas are so much fun, with all the different festivities going on.   

What else is new...the biggest thing by far this month was getting my new car.  It still feels so new (because it is), and I just can't believe I am finally driving it!    

What's up with you this Wednesday?!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stuffed Shells

Happy Tuesday!  Today I have one of my favorite recipes to share with you.  I feel like I have a lot of "favorite" recipes that I share, but I think they are all so good!

My mom made this for us growing up and it was one of the first dishes I started making myself in college.  It is a huge crowd pleaser - I don't think I have heard of anyone not liking this dish!  Not only is it delicious, but it is pretty darn easy to make.  If you have a helper to stuff the shell with, the prep time flies by!

I cheated a little bit in sharing this recipe.  The picture below isn't actually of shells that I made, it is a picture of some my mom did.  When she visited this weekend, she brought over some food - soup, salad and shells.  Thanks, Mom!  Everything was great on Sunday.  What's even better is that there were enough leftover for dinner again last night!


Stuffed Shells
20-24 jumbo shells
1 32oz jar of spaghetti sauce (I like Prego)
1 1/2 lb ground round
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
8oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon of parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a 9x13 dish, pour just enough spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom.  Cook jumbo shells according to the package instructions.  While the noodles are cooking, brown the meat.  After the meat is browned, combine the meat, cheeses, egg and parsley together.  Once noodles are drained, fill the shells with the mixture.  Place on top of the thin layer of spaghetti sauce in the 9x13 pan.  Top the shells with the remaining spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more.  Enjoy!

Linking up with Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk and Green Fashionista for Recipe Swap.

  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap

How is it the Monday before Thanksgiving?  I know I keep commenting on how fast the year is going, but really it just has flown by!

This weekend started off kind of crappy.  Friday morning I decided to use different eye make up than normal because I had ran out of what I usually use.  That did not work out...at all.  I tried to use make up wipes to get it off without having to wash my face, but I think it would have been better to just start all over.  However, I went with using the wipes instead, and just tried something else.  I felt like I looked like a zombie all day with dark circles under my eyes from using the make up wipes that didn't quite get all of the make up off.  It just threw me off and the day went downward.  The low tire pressure light came on in my car, when I was already running late.  As I was driving to work, the sun was blinding and I almost rear-ended someone.  Thankfully I didn't, but my heart was pounding after slamming on my brakes.  All together, it just wasn't my favorite morning.  I had an appointment over lunch, which had already been rescheduled once before.  I headed to my appointment, which was about 20 minutes away, only to have it be cancelled...again.  Not a happy camper.  The day just continued to not go very well and I had plans to pick up my new car that evening, so I was so worried something with that would go wrong.  Fortunately, nothing bad happened on that front and I finally got my new car!!!  Definitely a way to turn around a pretty crappy day.  I am pretty much obsessed with my car and while I normally hate to drive, I currently am loving it!  

Saturday was dreary and cold...both rain and snow.  The perfect day to go to the movies!  We saw The Night Before Christmas.  This movie was hilarious.  It definitely was vulgar...there are a million reasons why this movie is rate R.  But my goodness, it was funny.  And really sweet to see the friendship between the three guys in the movie.  The rest of the day was pretty low-key which was perfect.

Sunday my mom came to visit.  I don't think we sat down to relax until 8:00PM.  She helped me put away my fall decorations and get ready for Christmas!  Everything looks so great - I cannot wait to share pictures!  We also did some Christmas crafting, which you can look for in upcoming posts.  Below is a little sneak peek!


It was a super busy visit and I am definitely worn out from it!  I really appreciate my mom coming down to help me.  We both love decorating, so it was super fun to work together on this.  If it were just up to me, I think it would have been a few days of decorating, rather than getting it done in one full swoop.  Now I can just sit back and enjoy!!

 I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Yay for a short week!  

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites 11.20.15

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.

 

Rainy days.  Lately I have really been into the cooler, drearier weather.  I am not sure why exactly, but as long as I don't have anywhere to go (I HATE driving in the rain!) and the temperature is above freezing, bring on the rain!

Visits from my mom.  My mom is coming this weekend to visit and help me decorate for Christmas.  We also have a few fun DIY projects we are going to be working on for the blog, so stay tuned!  We have a busy Sunday planned, with decorating, DIY-ing and a little shopping.  I can't wait!

Two new recipes!  I am half way to achieving one of my November goals!  So far, I have made two new recipes - Rainbow Turkey and Bean Chili (from In the Kitchen with Kris) and Ranch Pork Roast (Better Homes & Gardens).  Both recipes were wins in my book.  I hope that my other two are just as good!

Serving ideas.  In this week's Show & Tell link up, hosted by Momfessionals, the topic was serving.  I loved reading the posts about how others serve.  I felt I was able to get new ideas on how I could get more involved and help out others.

Kate Spade charging bags.  I saw an email on this earlier in the week, and oh my goodness, I think it is such a good idea!  A bag that also serves as a charge for your phone - brilliant!  This pouch would be the perfect gift for someone that is always in need of extra battery life.

Hope you all have a great weekend!   

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Show & Tell Thursday

It's Show & Tell Tuesday Thursday!  This is my first time linking up with Momfessionals for her Show & Tell series.  Normally, these are to be posted on a Tuesday, but I am doing mine on Thursday!

This topic is one that I feel very strongly about...serving.  I truly love giving back when possible.  Not only does it help others, but it really makes me feel good, too!

I think it started in high school.  I was involved in a bunch of different organizations, one being Key Club.  As part of Key Club, you had to do different service events.  Some were as simple as playing Bingo at a nursing home, or helping with a school event.  One of my favorite memories from Key Club was serving at a soup kitchen.  It was in a city about a half hour away from my hometown, and a few of us went down and helped out.  I just remember really enjoying it.  Of course, it helps when you can volunteer with friends, but it just feels amazing to do something good, to help others.

In college, I was part of Greek life.  I absolutely loved it.  Through Greek life, I was exposed to a lot of fun service events.  From painting an elderly woman's home, to raising money for different organizations, there was always something to do. 

After graduating, I knew I wanted to get involved with something, but I wasn't sure what.  My company has a big United Way fundraising campaign every year, and after I heard about it, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of.  I have been on the committee ever since!  We have been able to raise an amazing amount of funds that help support the various United Way agencies through out the greater St. Louis area.  With being on the committee, I have had the opportunity to visit an agency that the United Way supports and spend time volunteering.  Not only is my company involved in United Way, it seems that there is something that is always going on.  Buying Christmas presents for families that might not be able to themselves, holding bake sales, putting together personal care bags...the list keeps going and going.   

About a year ago, I became involved with Provident, an organization that strives to help others achieve a "brighter future."  I have talked about Provident here.  I was able to attend one of the after school programs that is offered through Provident and it was very eye-opening.  Provident had teamed up with another organization to put on a program that included singing, reciting poems, showing off different crafts.  Afterwards, we served up a  meal to the kids before their family members took them home.  While we were preparing their dinner, it just amazed me to hear about all the kids different needs and how the after school program is able to help them in some way, and how much more help is needed to truly cover the kids' needs.


There are so many different opportunities out there...sometimes I feel like they aren't as easy to find.  I really loved this link up, because it was an opportunity to see what others are doing and gave me ideas of what more I could be doing myself.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What's Hap-pinning 11.18.15

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


As one of my November goals, I wanted to create a new budget for myself.  I have a rough idea of what my budget should be, but I wanted to create a new one and challenge myself to actually stick to it a little more closely.

I have a love/hate relationship with budgets.  I love the idea of seeing where my money goes and how much I can and cannot spend and...I also hate it.  Sometimes ignorance is bliss!  In order to get a variety of budget ideas, I turned to Pinterest.  I have started pinning with abandon, so when I am ready to create my new budget, I can sit down and check out all these different pins.  So far, these are a few that have caught my eye.

Grab this free family budget worksheet printable and get your finances in order for the New Year.:

The concept of budgeting is simple: Make a plan for your money and stick to it. But there's one BIG mistake a lot of people make that can cost you money. #frugal #budgeting #debt:

Ever wonder how those budget categories and percentages are supposed to work? The 50/20/30 budget formula is the simple simple approach to categories.:

41 small changes you can make that will save you over $1000 a month on your budget -- from ThePeacefulMom.com.:

What tips and tricks do you use when setting up a budget?  Is there a format that works better for you?  If so, let me know!  It is always super beneficial to hear how others handle things - you can get so many great ideas that way!  


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Super Easy Shredded Crockpot Buffalo Chicken

This is one of the easiest recipes I have EVER made.  And it is so delicious.  

I came across this recipe on Pinterest a few years ago.  It sounded perfect and super easy, which I was all about.  Plus, any reason to use my crockpot!  I have made a few small changes to make it work for me, which I will be sharing with you below.

This meal is perfect for a busy evening, a relaxing weekend or a party.  The prep is so minimal, you barely have to do anything.  All you need are three ingredients...THREE.  So simple and as the title says, super easy.  



Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
frozen chicken breasts
Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce
1 ranch dressing dry mix packet

Place chicken in crockpot.  I use either 3 smaller pieces or 2 large ones for 4 servings.  Empty ranch packet over chicken.  Pour in Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce.  I usually use about 1/2 cup or so.  You can add as much or as little as you want, depending on how spicy you want your chicken.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  30 minutes before you plan to eat, shred the chicken in the crockpot with two forks, then let cook for 30 minutes before eating.

This chicken is full of flavor and can be served in so many ways!  This night I served it over rice and topped with shredded sharp cheddar and avocado.  



The chicken is also just as delicious on a toasted bun or bread or in a wrap.  If serving one of these ways, I like to top with lettuce, cheese, ranch and tomatoes.  I think the chicken would even be great by itself, too!

Linking up with Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk and Full Time Mama for Delicious Dish.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Recap

How did it get to be Monday already?  I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday at work was a slowwwww day for some reason.  I think just because the week as a whole was slow, so by Friday I was ready for the weekend!  We went to see Love From The Coopers on Friday.  That movie was not what I was expecting.  It was sad!  I was going in expecting it to be more a comedy, with a few "hardships" thrown in there, but there was a lot of just tough things throughout the whole movie.  The ending was nice, but to me, even the good ending wasn't enough to make up for everything else!

Saturday I spent a little time getting organized in my closet.  Although it was a goal for last month, I am still trying to finish the shelves in my closet and I am happy to say I am almost done!  Then it was time to watch Rocky.  The first movie, I wasn't sure about.  But as we watched a few more, I definitely got more into it and really enjoyed the movies thus far.  I think my favorite has been the second one.  For lunch, we tried out a new BBQ place, Dalie's Smokehouse.  The food had a little kick to it, but overall it was pretty good.  They have a smoke chicken salad that I really want to try next time.  It sounds delicious!

Sunday was a mix of getting things done, while being lazy.  I worked on laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping, and did some reading and RHOC watching.  I still haven't watched Brooks Tells All yet...I feel I have to build up the patience to watch all his lies.  I made the first of the four new recipes I want to try this month - Rainbow Turkey and Bean Chili from In the Kitchen with Kris.  As you can see pictured below, it really is like a rainbow with all the colors!  I didn't actually try it last night, but plan on eating it for dinner tonight.  Fingers crossed it is good!


Hopefully this week goes a little faster than last...have a great Monday!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Favorites 11.13.15

Happy 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.

 

Friday.  Thank goodness it is Friday.  This week has been a long one, even though it was only a 4 day week for me.  I am extremely happy that it is finally the weekend.  Wednesday felt like Friday, so you can imagine how the last few days have dragged on.

Charity Gift Cards.  The company I work for had a recognition luncheon this past week.  Included on the guest list were associates that achieved different certifications, continued their education, published articles, volunteered, and had service awards...the latter being the one I was included in (5 years!).  As our gift, we received a $75.00 charity gift card that could be used to donate to a charity of your choice through www.TisBest.org.  I thought that was really cool.  I had never heard of TisBest before.  The list of charities wasn't all inclusive by any means, but I am sure everyone found one that meant something to them.

Real Housewives of Orange County.  I finally was able to get caught up and watch the second and third part of the reunion.  Holy cow, what happened to Vicki?!  She really got all mixed up with Brooks.  Thursday night was Brooks "tell all" with Andy Cohen - I am anxious to watch that!

Movie marathons.  The entire Rocky collection just happened to appear on my doorstep earlier this week.  In order to prepare for the new movie coming out, Creed, a Rocky movie marathon is in order.  I am not sure I have ever seen one of those movies all the way through, so I am excited to finally watch them!



This is one of my favorite Christmas candles.  Last weekend, when I was back in my hometown, I picked up a large one of these.  Previously, I have only seen the medium size available.  I can't wait to start burning this one!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

What's In My Bag?

I have seen these "in my bag" posts on a few different blogs now and decided I needed to do one myself.

I love purses.  They are a definite weakness of mine.  My first love was Dooney and Burke, then I moved to Coach, and most recently have been obsessing over Kate Spade.  Big bags are my favorite, too.  I love having enough room to throw almost anything in there - papers, sweaters, water bottles, you name it!  Today, however, I am showing you what's always in there, minus those extra toss ins.


I received this bag as a birthday present a few years ago.  I just love it.  It has a middle part that zips, and then is open on either side.  The inside is a super fun pink and gold dot pattern.  Unfortunately, this purse is starting to show wear - the lining is getting dirty, the stitching is getting dirty and fraying a bit.  I am thinking it might be time for me to get a new purse, but I just haven't been able to pull the trigger yet.


This is my Gigi New York All-In-One Bag that I just love.  It corrals all my random things - medicine, glasses cleaner, nail polish removers, and Kleenex.  Before, everything was just loose in my purse, but this helps me stay more organized and allows me to find things much faster than before.


I always carry my glasses with me in my purse.  My eye sight is pretty terrible, so I always like to keep my glasses close.  Not only is this super helpful when my contacts really start irritating my eyes, but I have a huge fear of a contact falling out when I am out somewhere and not being able to see to drive.  This gives me some reassurance.  Also, I always have multiple pairs of sunglasses with me.  My eyes are super sensitive to the sun, so these are a must have.  I keep multiples in case a pair breaks.  


I use this to keep all my coupons together.  It probably isn't the most efficient, because I still have to go through them to find what I want, but it keeps them from just being loose in my purse.


Next we have my checkbook, wallet, small wallet and iTap passport.  Even though I rarely use it, I like to keep my checkbook with me.  My pink wallet has everything I use on a regular basis.  The small one contains business cards and other rewards cards from different places, that I don't use on a regular basis.  My iTap passport is for one of the bars nearby that I frequent with my co-workers.  They have a program where you sign up for a passport, which includes a list of different beers, and as you drink X amount of beers, you get different prizes.  The prizes vary between t-shirts to a plaque on the wall and free happy hour.  


My pen collection might be a bit much to all have in my purse, but this is definitely helpful when you are at a restaurant and there aren't enough pens to go around.  I keep a small planner in my purse to write important dates in.  I can't wait to start using my Emily Ley planner in 2016!


I keep some Chapstick, lip gloss, and a travel mascara in my purse.  I am a huge Chapstick fan, so that is a must and you never know when you might need some lip gloss or mascara.  Same with nail files, hair ties and bobby pins.  

What you don't see pictured are lots of receipts and random papers that I cleaned out when working on this post.  My purse tends to fill up, so I have to clean it out every few weeks.  

Now I ask you...what is in your bag?!  And if you have any purse recommendations, please send them my way!

Linking up with Amanda and Annie today.   

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's Hap-pinning 11.11.15

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



As I mentioned in my November goals, I want to make four new recipes.  I have been looking at Pinterest, and honestly, nothing was jumping out at me.  I decided that I would check out my cookbooks, instead.  

I love cookbooks.  I am not sure why, because I rarely use them, but I love reading them.  The plan is to make a new recipe out of each of the four cookbooks below.  This way I dust off my cookbooks, as well as complete one of my goals.  Win, win! 



In the Kitchen with Kris.  I am a big fan of the Kardashians, so when I heard Kris was putting out a cookbook, I knew I had to have it.  I have made a recipe out of this previously and it turned out great!  I can't wait to try another one!  



Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook.  I feel like this is a must-have for all kitchens.  I received this as a gift, years ago!  It is just huge!  I can't wait to start looking through it.



Fabulicious!: Fast and Fit.  Italian food is one of my favorites, as is the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  Add in low-fat and easy recipes, it's a definite must have for me!  



The Chopped Cookbook.  I went through a phase where I was obsessed with watching Chopped.  I just find that show so interesting!  For those of you that haven't seen it, you get a basket of ingredients and then have to make a dish...in 20-30 minutes.  There are different rounds and after each one, someone is eliminated.  When I found out they had a Chopped cookbook, I knew I had to have it!  

I am excited to look through my cookbooks and make some new recipes!  What are your favorite cookbooks?    

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pumpkin Squares

Hey all!  Happy Tuesday!  Today I have one of my favorite sweets recipes to share with you...pumpkin squares.

My mom has been making these for as long as I can remember.  They are perfect for the fall and winter...or any other time, too!  I love that they are sweet and pumpkin-y, but not so much so that they are too rich or over powering.


Pumpkin Squares
Bars:
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of pumpkin
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 cups of flour
Frosting:
3 oz of cream cheese
6 Tablespoons of softened margarine/butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon of milk (I use skim)

Beat eggs, oil and sugar together for 3 minuets at medium speed.  Add pumpkin and mix together.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Once everything is mixed well, pour into a greased baking sheet (10x15 baking sheet with sides).  Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Insert toothpick in the middle - when it comes out clean, the squares are done.  Let the squares cool for a bit before making the frosting.  If the bars are too warm, the frosting will melt a little!  To make the frosting, combine all ingredients with a mixer.  Spread over slightly warm bars.  Enjoy!

These are super delicious and are definitely a crowd pleaser!

Linking up for Tuesday Talk, Delicious Dish Tuesdays, and Recipe Swap.    

Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Favorites 11.6.15

TGIF! 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.

 

*Is anyone else having problems with blogger?  The last few days have just been tough with formatting!  I will check out the post and make sure everything looks good, but if I go back again something is messed up or missing!  Just so frustrating!  I am done messing with it for today, so please excuse any mess ups. 

Ghiardelli Caramel Turtle Brownies.  These brownies are the best.  My mom started making them a couple years ago, and ever since I have been hooked.  I brought in these brownies for a food day at work on Monday.  They are always a big hit!

Ghirardelli Caramel Turtle Brownie Mix, 18.5 Oz


Jessica Simpson Claudette Pump.  I mentioned these shoes in Monday's post.  I ordered them last Sunday and already got them in the mail on Wednesday.  When I had ordered them, they were price matched, but it looks like they are back to regular price now.  I can't wait to wear these at work!
Dinner with an old friend.  I met up with a friend I hadn't seen in over a year on Tuesday night.  It was so nice to catch up on life.  We started talking and it was like no time had passed at all.  I hope that we stay in touch more often and make these dinners a monthly thing!

My car's birthday!  I got a phone call this week that my car has been through production.  Still no word on when it will actually be in for me to pick up, but one step closer!

PTO Monday.  I have Monday off and I am definitely excited for a day off work.  I really love my new job, but it is always nice to have a day off, especially when the reason is quality time with the family!

Hope you all had great weeks - I will see you all back on Monday!  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 2015 Goals

It's that time again...goal time.  Let's recap October, then get to November.  Before I do that though, I wanted to tell you all to check out my guest post on my love of decorating over at Molly's blog today!  This is my first ever guest post and I was SO excited she asked me!  Ok, now, onto October!

October Goals:

1. Set out clothes for the entire week.  I did not do this.  I would try, and then sit there in front of my closet with no idea what I am going to want to wear days from now.  However, I did start setting out my clothes for the next day the night before, which definitely helps make the morning go smoother.

2. 10 Minute Pick Up.  I did this most nights.  I didn't really time myself at 10 minutes, but I picked up before I went to bed.  I do think this helped keep my apartment looking nicer, as well as keeping myself more organized and less overwhelmed.  

3. Clean out closet shelves.  I started on this, but haven't quite finished it.  I just have so many odds and ends, I need to figure out where to put them, or if I even need to continue holding on to them. 

4. Carve a pumpkin.  This didn't happen.  I had plans for us to carve pumpkins Halloween weekend, but instead of doing so, we had an extremely lazy weekend which was much needed and just as fun, if not more than carving pumpkins.

October was a pretty great month, but I am excited it is November...Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!


November Goals:

1. Finish Christmas shopping.  I have started on my lists and even made one purchase this past weekend, but I would like to finish all my gift buying by the end of the month.  

2. Try 4 new recipes.  I feel like I am starting to get into a rut with my cooking.  To help combat that, I want to try four new recipes.   

3. Create a new budget.  My car's birthday was yesterday!  I still don't know when I will get it in, but it has been made!  I want to create a new budget for myself, now that I will need to plan for my car payment.

4. Clean out my jewelry box.  I keep it pretty simple with my jewelry.  I have about four necklaces I wear on a regular basis, a few bracelets and about the same in earrings.  However, I have a whole jewelry box full of different things, as well as a travel case with even more jewelry.  I think going through everything will help me start wearing more, as well as pare down what I have.

That's it for November.  Wish me luck!

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday.