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Five on Friday 6/6



I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that today is Friday!  I have no idea where this week went.  We haven't even been very busy but the house hunt is consuming all of my free time and I swear I'm thinking about houses every waking moment.  I could probably win some sort of award for most time spent on Zillow in a 24 hour period.  I've had to remind myself quite a few times throughout the week that I actually need to get some work done - aka tear myself away from the MLS listings - but to be honest, that hasn't really happened.  Therefore, I've been playing "catch up" all week and I know I've totally fallen behind on my comments and emailing - I promise hope that next week I can get my act together again!

+ Trader Joe's Orange Chicken
I've been craving Chinese food lately so I decided to give the famous TJ's Orange Chicken a try this week.  I'm usually not into pre-packaged, processed dinners but this is one I'll make an exception for because it was so good!  And preparing it couldn't have been easier - just pop the chicken in the oven to bake, microwave the sauce and you're done!  A perfect and cheap dinner for busy nights.


+ Benefit's Sun Beam
Now that the weather has finally turned and my tan is (slowly) returning, I've started to add my favorite summer products back into my makeup bag.  My most favorite summer addition is Benefit's Sun Beam - it gives you a natural, sunkissed glow that will have people thinking you spent the day at the beach!  I first apply my usual bronzer and then add Sun Beam to my hairline, cheekbones and tip of nose to act as a highlighter.


+ Orange Is The New Black
Anyone else watch this show?  Nick and I are only a few episodes in but find it hilarious.  Season 2 is being released today so we're trying to catch up!


+ Beach Volleyball
We started beach volleyball this week with a bang!  We won all three games and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful night.  It should be a good season!


+ The Future
Truer words have never been spoken.  With the prospect of buying a house comes a lot of thought about what we want our future to look like.  We actually put in an offer on a house earlier this week- the seller countered *right* where we wanted them to come in... but then we decided to withdraw said offer.  I think we were initially getting swept up in the home buying process and being blinded by everything we could have and not necessarily thinking about what is best for us right now.  Because of course we'd love a 4 bed/3 bath home with an inground pool - who wouldn't?  But what is more important to us at this time in our life is saving money, getting rid of student loan debt, traveling, etc. and not throwing ALL of our money into a house payment - kind of like we're doing now in Chicago.  It was a difficult decision to come to but I think the absolute right way to go.  So - the hunt continues and that is exciting!



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37 comments

  1. I love all of the Benefit stuff! I need to get this for summer for sure! Congrats on your volleyball games, fun!! It looked like a gorgeous night! Good luck on the house hunt!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. Benefit products always amaze me! I haven't tried sun beam, but I'm sure I'll love it!

    Happy Friday :-D

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  3. i'm gonna be super bust this weekend, so i'll be catching up on Orange. I cannot wait to veg out and get into it!

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  4. I love the Trader Joe's Orange Chicken...the Kung Pao Chicken is delicious as well! It sounds like you made the right call on the house. The right place will come along at the right time. Good luck to y'all!

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  5. You guys are such an active couple - I love it!! I tried the orange chicken once before and think I overheated it - i'll have to give it another try! Happy weekend!

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  6. I absolutely LOVE that orange chicken... thanks for reminding me about it!! There's no Trader Joe's around but I'll have to pick some up when I head to CLT :)

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  7. I don't have a Trader Joes near me but there is one in Wilmington and I will be there Saturday. I'm hoping to stop by if I have time. I love everything about that store!! Good luck with the house hunting!! We are going through the same struggle trying to watch our money and not get carried away!

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  8. I love Sun Beam! I have been literally counting down until this day... I am going to be holed up for the next three days with OITNB! You will find the perfect house - I always tell myself when we are looking and making offers that the bigger the house, the more I have to clean and the less time I have to enjoy it. Hope you have a great (warm) weekend lovie! xo

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  9. Ahhh we love Orange is the New Black! I didn't know it was coming back until Ben told me yesterday sooo now I know what I'm doing this weekend haha. Congrats on your volleyball games! Honestly, your offer not being accepted sounds like it was a blessing in disguise. It's so easy to get swept up in all the excitement of house hunting, but owning a house is a money suck, for sure! And now you get to look at more pretty houses, how fun is that?!

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  10. I'm going to have to try that Sun Beam...thanks for sharing! And I totally hear ya on the house hunting process being overwhelming...it hit me today that it was exactly one year ago when we closed on our house. You'll find the perfect one..it just takes time and patience {neither of which I have much of!}. Happy Friday!

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  11. I've never tried the Sun Beam, may have to. Sorry things didn't work with that house, but you are so right. You'll be so much happier with something that allows you to continue planning your future ;) I'm so hungry this morning and that chicken looks amazing!

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  12. That chicken looks delicious! I haven't been to Trader Joes in a few months now, might need to stop in and stock up on a few things again! It sounds like you guys have the right attitude about the house falling through-- it sounds like it wasn't the right house for you guys & something better will come along :)

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  13. the future is SO exciting! but be patient, you guys will find the right one!
    have a wonderful weekend! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  14. I keep hearing great things about "Orange..." - I need to get through House of Cards first.

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  15. DEFINITELY want to try that Sun Beam! And the orange chicken is making me ready for lunch -- no surprise there! Happy Friday! xo

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  16. I am always eyeing that orange chicken but never get it since we don't really do processed or pre-packaged foods either. You may have just convinced me though....

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  17. Crazy question that you probably don't know, haha, but do that have that frozen trader joes stuff at like Publix and Walmart? I ask because we don't have a Trader Joe's but I sure would love to try it!

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  18. Love that, The future IS exciting! Good for you guys to prioritize what is important right now at this time in your life! Whatever decision you make will be the right decision for you! And traveling?? The possibilities are endless! Have a great weekend girlfriend!

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  19. that orange chicken looks amazing. I so wish I had a Trader Joes. Can't wait to watch Orange is the new black.

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  20. Girl I literally picked that orange chicken up last night at TJ's and thought "can frozen chicken like this taste good with the breading?" glad to know it did! Adding it to my next shopping list!

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  21. Good move with the house- always go with gut feeling! I'm now excited to follow along on the new search! I have never tried the sun beam product but I adore all things benefit!

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  22. I plan on binge watching Orange this weekend - so excited! I need a little Crazy Eyes in my life again hah. That's so awesome how there is beach volleyball with the city right there in the background. Glad you are a winner ;)

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  23. I am on Redfin constantly! We actually are going to look at our first house tonight - fingers crossed!

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  24. That chicken sounds good! We've been in the same boat about wanting to move into a new, bigger house and then rethinking and not wanting to be house-poor right now. Good luck on your continued search! Have a great weekend!

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  25. TRADER JOES ORANGE CHICKEN IN MY FAVORITE!!! Can you tell I haven't had it in a while?! hahah

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  26. I have heard a lot about Orange is the new black recently, I may have to give it a try!

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  27. Good for you and Nick for taking a step back in the house hunting process! Because you came to that decision was probably a sign that it wasn't meant to be anyways - it happens, and you guys will find the right house! That orange chicken also look amazing. Have a great weekend, lady!

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  28. TJ's orange chicken is a staple in our house. We love it to pieces, haha!

    I plan on binge watching OITNB this weekend while I finally get my winter clothes switched out for summer. You'll love it once you're through it all.

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  29. My husband loves orange chicken, and I love anything from Benefit, so Sunbeam must be worth a try:)

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  30. Home buying is so easy to get swept up in but it really is something you should take your time on and really be certain is the right choice for you guys. Discussing our options with family was a great way to balance mine and Cory's excitement out a little. Congrats on the wins and I hope you have a great weekend :)

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  31. Orange Chicken? Yummy! I love it & as funny as it may be that is the only thing Chinese that I want :)

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  32. OMG have you had the new orange chicken with bacon from Panda Express? Probably not as good as trader joe's but still good! And I am sorry to hear about the house. But it makes sense to wait! :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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  33. I need to check out the sun beam! And I don't even want to know what my life will be like when I start house hunting... I already spend way too much time on Zillow dreaming, ha!

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  34. I feel ya! I keep looking at Trulia and our house isn't even ready to put on the market yet! And that orange chicken looks awesome :) I may get some next time I go to Trader Joes!

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  35. I can not wait to try Sun Beam! Love a good simple make up product! I have a love/hate with selling and buying homes! But it is definitely more love!! :)

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  36. Did you finish Season 1 of OITNB?! I'm halfway through season 2 and am thoroughly impressed that I've managed to sleep in between episodes. I watched the entire first season in one day...

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  37. yay for the future! so excited for you. also random q, do you know if the trader joes chicken was thigh / breast? i want to try it but hubby does not do dark meat lol.

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