Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year

Okay...so it has been a while. I took a little break, a nap, a hiatus. Whatever we would like to call it. But I'm back now and we can all rest more easily.

2012 came and went in a flash and 2013 is roaring up.

I'm back with more projects, more ideas, and more shopping tips.

Stay tuned :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Make Over Monday - Thrift Store Finds

I'll be honest. I've never really been a thrift store shopper. I'm not a good scavenger. I have to be in the mood to sift through the endless racks at TJMaxx and Marshalls only because if I'm not, I'll browse through them and miss what I'm sure are hidden gems.

Since we are giving the living room a total makeover, I knew a specific look that I wanted for our fall-themed mantle. Unfortunately, it involved taking down my boyfriends beloved mirror collage that he spent so much time on. When he agreed to let me take them down, he warned me that there are multiple holes behind each frame. What I didn't know was HOW many holes were behind each frame. It was like Pandora's Box! Take down one, 4 holes. Take down number two mirror, 6 holes! I was the sheet rock mud queen for the evening!

I decided that a mirror (much bigger than the small collage of ones prior) needed to go back up. The room needs something that makes it look larger. I also knew that I wanted some candle stick holders. I looked and looked for candle holders that I liked and came up short for the price budget I was trying to stay in.

Suddenly, my non-thrift shopping history decided it wanted to become a pro. Did I mention we have a huge Goodwill in the area that we live in? I stopped in one day afternoon, knowing exactly what I was looking for. Even if the items had to be painted, I was cool with that (ask Brad, I spray/paint everything basically...it's my solve all be all solution).

I should have bought a lottery ticket that night after my shopping luck. I found two matching candle stick holders for less than $5 total...wood, totally paintable. They actually had the original stickers leftover on them (original retail of $35 total). Then I headed over to the picture/mirror section. ONE mirror the size that I was looking for..$8! Score!
I brought them home (poor Brad was probably shaking his head the whole time), painted them, and put them up on the mantle. I'm so happy with the way that they turned out. For less than $20 (the one I was eyeing at Kirklands was $39), I redid the look of the mantle and finished the fall-theme.
(Forgot to take a picture before I primed...opps! It was a chestnut brown prior to primer!)


It is so important to keep our minds open to thrift-store finds that can get a makeover so easily. This was done for a VERY affordable amount and within a short time frame. I couldn't be happier.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

P90X

I remember hearing the moans and groans of a 30 year old man as he sat down in any sort of fashion, got up, bent over, etc. What were the moans and groans coming from? My boyfriend the day after a P90X workout, what else??

So what would make me want to take on intense workouts, becoming a hot sweaty mess, and becoming a "moaner and groaner"? To be quite honest, I don't have a logical explanation for you that wouldn't make you think that maybe, possibly, probably, I should be checked into a mental facility.

But nonetheless I started my 90 days on the P90X workout circuit today. I finish January 1st, 2013. (Yes, I am already counting it down). Part of me thinks an end date of January 1st is meant to be. What compelled me yesterday to start on this journey? I'm not sure. Maybe I didn't like the way a dress fit that day - or how bloated I looked in a picture. But I decided to start. Subsequently I end at the beginning. The beginning of a new year with hopefully a new beginning of a perspective on working out. I have always dreaded working out, I've never experienced the "workout high" that I hear so many people talk about. But I am trying...so we will see!!

For now, I'm groaning, moaning, whining, and generally complaining about aches in parts of my body I didn't know could ache. (Sorry to the people who sit in surrounding cubes, the booths next to me in restaurants, and my awesome boyfriend who surely will hear the brunt of my woes).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall - My Favorite Things

I know I have been totally MIA - but it's with good reason! Moving, college football, an insane work load, catching up with old friends...all of the things that would consume a mid-20's girls life.

But I'm back and talking about something that I look forward to all year!! I love fall. It is my favorite time of year...college football, leaves changing, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters...nothing is better to me than this time.

Since Fall has already started...I'm going to share a few things that I couldn't live without during this time of the year!

1. Frontera's Chicken and Avocado Soup
I was virtually obsessed with this soup for the greater part of my life. Since I don't live near a Frontera that I can regularly eat at any longer, I took it upon myself to beg the GM at Frontera to give me this recipe. Fortunately for me, he likes blondes. Now I'm sharing it with you! Oh, and it's crock pot friendly...does it get any better people?!

Ingredients:
1 quart of Chicken Stock (homemade is always preferable)
1 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 jalapeno [optional]
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1.5-2lb of Chicken (I leave the amount up to you depending on how much chicken you want in your soup - obviously the more the merrier in my book. I've used chicken thighs and breast in this recipe - chicken thighs tend to produce a richer flavor...but use whatever you have)
1 bag of 'Boil-In-A-Bag' Rice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Garnish:
Avacado slices
Pico-de-Gallo
Tortilla Chips

I salt and pepper the chicken, bake it in the oven. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled, I shred it into smaller bite-sized pieces. Then combine all of the ingredients into a crockpot, turn it on low, and let the flavors melt together for the rest of the day. So simple yet sooo delicious!!


2. Pumpkin Baked Anything
This will be my pumpkin recipe that I try this weekend since I have stocked up on the pumpkin puree (no shortage happening in my house this year!)


3. Fall Decorations
Since it is officially Fall, it is officially okay to decorate the house! I've started on the mantle and hopefully tonight will start on a wreath! Here are my Pin-spriations for fall decorations!



I wouldn't leave you without talking about college football! Let's face it, I'm totally obsessed with it! So I will leave you with this note...when your pumpkin latte spills on your new cozy knit sweater and your wreath didn't turn out like the Pinterest picture...just remember this:


Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Genius Inventions

Genius inventions you wish you would have thought of first:





Three Way Tuesday: My New Fall Purchase

I am so excited about one of my new purchases for the fall! I originally saw it from one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Courtney Kerr!! Then I saw it was from Old Navy, one of my favorite places to get a great deal! Love me some ON.


Courtney has paired this vest with polka dots! I would have never thought to put this combination together but I adore it!

The first time I wear my new green vest it will be paired with another Old Navy find!


You have to love a vest that can be paired with dots, stripes, and solids!! There is definitely more than three ways to wear this piece!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Foodie Friday: Tuna Salad Sandwich

For my tuna salad sandwich, I do a Tuna Salad REMAKE!! I'm not a huge fan of mayo - therefore, in my tuna salad, I replace mayo with hummus! It is healthy and taste the same! You may say to me, there is no way that it taste the same! But I promise! I have tried this recipe out on other tuna salad sandwich lovers and they are so surprised to find out how good it taste with my little tweak!

Here is my recipe for yummy tuna salad sandwich! The perfect lunch!


Ingredients
1 can of tuna (I buy mine in water)
1/2 cup of hummus (I make homemade hummus - recipe below) **you can add extra hummus depending on   how wet you like your tuna salad - I like somewhere in between**
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard (I use whole grain also - whichever I have handy)
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon of pickle juice
1 tablespoon of minced pickles
Salt and pepper to taste

Drain tuna. Add other ingredients and combine.

Serve in pita with carrots and cup of greek yogurt! Perfect lunch!


Homemade Hummus:
1 (15 ounce) can of garbanzo beans, drained, reserve liquid
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons of cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Add bean liquid as needed to help with blending of ingredients. (If I am eating this with vegetables or chips, I add a small teaspoon of garlic to the hummus -- but I LOVE garlic :))