Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekend Snaps

Fresh flowers, sunshine and House of Cards made for one great Friday!  We were able to get in four episodes this weekend and are loving the new season so far.  We did take a little break to watch Marley & Me since we hadn't seen it since it was in the theaters and now I remember why - talk about a tear jerker, oh my gosh.

Saturday morning we tried out a health club that I think we're going to join.  Racquetball was our warm up, although I spent most of the time in the corner hiding from Nick whacking the ball as hard as he could.

After living in our town for four and a half years combined (four in college), we finally made it to the brewery we're famous for - Bell's!  It was a fun night with friends and lots of good beer.

An Amazon order came in including this goodie - my March book.  A really easy, cute and lighthearted read.

This big dawg turned six months old on Sunday!  He's a little over 40 pounds, loves anything cloth (towels, pillows and especially socks), going to puppy class and napping on the couch - but only if we put him up there, he refuses to get up himself which I don't mind so much ;)

Where does the time go?  Not complaining though, I couldn't be happier to see March.  We're that much closer to spring!  Hope your weekends were great, too!

Linking up with BellaCarlyBiana and Ashley

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Five 2/27

It's Friday!  Does anyone else breathe a sigh of relief on Friday's because we made it through another week of winter?  Or is that just me?  I'm feeling really cooped up these days - if any of my Southern friends would like a visitor, just say the word ;)  

Anyway, a few highlights from this week!

ONE | Earth Fare
Our brand new Earth Fare opened up on Wednesday!  I don't know if you can be in love with a grocery store but I totally am.  The place is amazing.  From the organic produce to the grass fed meats to the juice bar - pure heaven.

TWO | House of Cards
What will we be doing this weekend?  Binge watching House of Cards.  Netflix released season 3 today and we have big plans to get take out and watch as many episodes as we can before we fall asleep on the couch tonight.

THREE | Yeah, Maybe
I'm all about supporting other bloggers and Joey from Hodges Podges e-book titled Yeah, Maybe is currently on sale!  It's only $1.99 through tomorrow, the 28th so check it out HERE.

FOUR | Tote Battle
I'm in need of a new tote bag for our upcoming vacation and can't decide between the Cuyana Leather Tote, J Crew Downing Tote or Madewell Transport Tote.  I'm thinking whichever one comes out to be cheapest (right now the J Crew one) because they all look exactly alike but anyone have good/bad reviews to sway me?


FIVE | Bloglovin'
I've been having so many problems with my Bloglovin' in the past couple of weeks since their updates - anyone else?  It runs beyond slow and I've been noticing that some bloggers posts don't show up until hours later.  I'm so sorry if I've missed things lately, I blame it all on Bloglovin'!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with KarliJennieRebecca and April

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Week Of Meals

Last year, I wrote a pretty detailed post (see here) on why I love meal planning and I still 100% stand behind that.  It is the biggest time and money saver and it's so nice not stressing at 4pm everyday about what we're going to be eating that night.  We've tried some really delicious meals lately (thank you Pinterest) so I thought I'd share what we ate last week in hopes that it will help some of you start meal planning too or if you're just stuck in that winter dinner rut!

MONDAY | Avocado Salmon via The Cookie Rookie
We didn't grill these since it's February and we live in Michigan but it was just as delicious cooked in the oven!  It's the seasoning and avocado topping that really make the recipe.  I served it with butternut squash and rice pilaf.

TUESDAY | Gnocchi with Meat Sauce via Taste and Tell Blog
I've always been on the fence about gnocchi but this recipe changed that.  SO GOOD!  The meat sauce was slightly spicy just an FYI but I think that's also why Nick loved it so much.  Served with a french baguette and green beans.

WEDNESDAY | Apple Juice Chicken via Oatmeal with a Fork
Thanks to Ally for this recipe!  It sounds crazy that it's only three ingredients but I promise it's amazing.  I served it with caprese salad and the leftover french baguette (to soak up the delicious juices).

THURSDAY | Breakfast Burritos via The Pioneer Woman
Another incredible recipe from The Pioneer Woman, she does no wrong!  We love these and I always make them on Thursdays because then we have leftovers going into the weekend.  I just served it with a fruit salad for a really easy dinner.

And on Fridays, we go out to eat!  My favorite night ;) Let me know if you have any questions about meal planning - I'd love to help if I can. 

Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Joey

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Just One Confession

I only have one confession to share on this Wednesday...

I am not a fashion blogger.  The proof is in these pictures we took after my birthday dinner last June (sorry for the terrible quality but they're too funny).

 Hold on, I need to put on some lipgloss first.  And maybe I shouldn't stand under the L tracks?

 This is somewhat a better background.  But wait, I need to put my lipgloss away!

 The train is so flippin' loud.

 How should I stand?  What am I supposed to do with my arms?

Okay, this should do.

But my real confession?  I kind of think it would be fun to be a fashion blogger.  So you may start to see a couple of those posts around here - hope you guys don't mind ;)  I'll just make sure to put my lipgloss on before Nick starts snapping next time.  

Have you done any fashion blogging or have any tips for me?  I obviously need all the help I can get!
Linking up with ShannaMorgan and Melissa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beauty Wish List

With spring being on the way and our Florida vacation approaching, I've got the itch to add a few new products to my makeup drawer.  Which is overflowing and really doesn't need any more stuff crammed in it but that's besides the point.  I like to switch up my makeup with the seasons and the transition from winter to spring is probably my favorite.  Bring on the fresh faced makeup - and warmer weather, of course! 

A few things I've got my eye on...

This Bare Minerals eyeshadow palette is filled with everyday neutrals, making it perfect for spring break and summer wedding traveling.

I've been using Bare Minerals mineral veil for quite a while but I think it's making my winter skin look dull.  I want to give Laura Mercier's secret brightening powder a try instead.

How cute is this bottle of Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner?  I love that it's alcohol free so it won't dry out our skin and it'll look pretty on the bathroom counter.  (This is my current favorite toner)

You know I love my Bare Minerals original foundation but I'm looking for something a little lighter come the warmer months.  I've heard nothing but good things about Laura Mercier's tinted foundation!

Secret: I'm terrified of eyelash curlers.  I'm so afraid my eyelashes are going to come ripping out or I'll stab myself in the eye... but I think it's time to suck it up and try out this cult favorite Shu Uemura curler.  

I typically use bronzer to do a bit of contouring but after reading this post on Emily Maynard's wedding makeup, I want to give highlighting and contouring a real try with MAC's Select Cover Up.

I received a sample of Kate Somerville's Quench Hydrating Serum back in December and loved it.  I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since so it needs to be mine!

And of course, a new season wouldn't be complete without (a few) new lip products and nail polishes.  I love Bobbi Brown's lipgloss selection and Essie always has such fun colors. 

Have you tried any of these products or have any recommendations for me?  24 days until spring!  We can do it!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Snaps

I'm tired, my body is sore and I'm still stuffed from the weekend... so I guess you can call it a successful one!

Our friends, Dane and Tiffany, came to visit us and we had such a good time.  They got in late Friday night but before, Nick and I grabbed dinner and hit up Lowe's (so romantic), where we picked up two of these for our upstairs hallway.  Once Dane and Tiff arrived, we just hung out at home since we had to be up bright and early to hit the ski slopes.

We've had almost ten days straight of single digit and negative temps but we got lucky with 30 degrees on Saturday and it made for perfect skiing weather.  We spent the day alternating between the slopes and enjoying a few adult beverages in the lodge - so much fun.  My only favorite thing about winter ;)

Once we got back later that evening, some well deserved naps were taken before going out for dinner.  We didn't stay out long though - we headed back home to have a fire and finally put our new Cards Against Humanity set to use.  Everyone was totally wiped out from skiing so it was a short night and we were all asleep on the couch by 11pm.  A bunch of party animals, we are.

On Sunday, we grabbed pizza before Dane and Tiff left and then spent the rest of the day relaxing our sore, stiff bodies.  Lots of couch time was had - reading, blogging and Oscar watching.  Oh, and eating these.  Way, way too many of them.  No surprise but they were AMAZING.  Hope your weekend was just as fun! 

Linking up with BellaCarlyBiana and Ashley