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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday all! Today's going to be a good day. I can just feel it. Do you ever have those days when you wake up and feel like something good is going to happen? Or maybe just something bad won't happen...ha! It's been a rough couple of weeks (let's be honest months) at work lately, but I'm feeling super productive today. Or maybe it's just my Starbucks finally kicking in. I hope I didn't just jinx things!!

So let's share some favorites shall we...

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I am loving these Lily and Laura bracelets that I found on 9th and Elm. Let's talk 9th and Elm first. It's kind of like GroopDealz or Joss and Main. You sign up and they send you emails every day with their daily deals. All of the items are handmade by independent designers and you can find anything from jewelry to clothing to bags to flip flops to scarfs. The possibilities are endless. Now back to the Lily and Laura bracelets. Lily and Laura have collaborated with artisans in Nepal who create these amazing bracelets and are paid more than a fair wage and have the freedom to work and be independent. They are made with high quality glass beads and each one is unique. Definitely check them out!

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I have had some fun mail days these last few weeks. I came across this cute necklace on GroopDealz for I believe around $18, which I have seen other places for far more. I am also loving my monogram chambray shirt from Miss Lucy's Monograms. I am obsessed with chambray, and I wanted a monogram shirt to wear while getting ready on my wedding day. So check that off as having my wedding day getting ready outfit complete! I'm super lucky my monogram isn't changing since our last names both begin with "H", so I could technically wear now, but I'm holding off to make this super special.

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I know this candle has been at Bath and Body Works for over a year now, but I am super obsessed with it. It's the perfect Spring candle to burn. Every time someone comes over and I am burning it the minute they walk through the door they are like...what is that amazing smell! Rick thinks it makes the house smell like the Hilton. I guess that's a good thing...ha!

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As I mentioned before, life has been a little rough lately, especially at work. Don't get me wrong, I have a blessed life, I am excited to be getting married in 2.5 months, and I am grateful to have a good job, but we have experience some layoffs and some people leaving, so we are all working a lot harder to make up for fewer positions. In addition we have a huge launch coming up...2 days after my wedding. So between wedding planning and being in launch mode at work, things are just a little overwhelming. Someone posted this picture on Instagram the other day, and I immediately took a screen shot to remind myself that you should never give up hope. It's true, because there have been times that I wanted to give up hope, and then something happens like meeting the most amazing man in the world.

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Last but not least, my favorite brother had a birthday yesterday...on National Siblings Day by the way which I had no idea that day existed. I am excited to spend some time with him and my 2 favorite kiddos this weekend. Lots of fun is planned!!


And for more Friday fun, check out the Five on Friday linkup hosted by ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha. Also linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir for Friday's Fab Favorites and The Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nutella Krispie Treats

On Saturday, the Pioneer Woman shared a recipe for Nutella Krispie Treats on her show. I looked at Rick and said "do we need to try these?" And his response was "of course!"

I wanted to try and modify them a bit and use Rice Chex cereal instead of Rice Krispie cereal. Rice Krispie cereal has gluten in it, and there is a gluten free version, but I'll be honest I am not a fan of it. It has a really weird cardboardy taste to me. So I thought, why not use Rice Chex cereal, which is gluten free and isn't super expensive (as most gluten free cereals and other products are).

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The Rice Chex cereal gave it a slightly different texture, but it was just as tastey! I made these for my two girlfriends when they came over for dinner over the weekend, and we all just loved them. I'll admit, I'm kind of obsessed with them, and CANNOT stop eating them!!

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Nutella Krispie Treats
Ingredients:
  • 6 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 10 ounces, weight Large Marshmallows
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 6 cups Rice Chex
  • 1-1/2 cup Miniature Marshmallows
Directions:
Melt 4 tablespoons in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and salt and stir until melted. Halfway through the melting process, add Nutella. When Nutella and marshmallows are melted, add additional two tablespoons of butter and stir until smooth.
Add Rice Chex cereal to a large bowl and fold in the Nutella mixture. When it's almost all combined, add mini-marshmallows to the bowl, then continue folding until everything's combined.
Immediately press mixture into a thoroughly greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Cool, serve and enjoy!

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I think these taste exactly like Chocolate Rice Krispies Cereal. The Pioneer Woman drizzled melted chocoate and pecans over her version, which I think would make it even more decadent. But I felt like this was just enough chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth craving.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Life Lately

Happy Monday everyone!

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I've been a little MIA lately from sharing updates. Mostly because work has been super crazy, and between work and wedding planning, I've been a little overwhelmed lately and finding that I need about 4 more hours in my day if I ever wanted to get everything done. I miss sharing updates because I think it's a lot of fun to look back and see what all we have done. But unfortunately life gets in the way, and when I am super busy at work, not a lot of fun things happen to share anyway.

So today I'm just going to share a few tidbits of what's going on lately.

1. It finally warmed up for a few days, and we had a wonderful evening cooking out and drinking wine on the back deck last week. It's still threatening to get cold at night, so I haven't pulled out my teak patio furniture yet, but we do have a couple of metal chairs that will withstand the elements, so I try and get outside as much as I can when it is warm and sunny. Not so much today as it's been raining all day, but later this week I heard it's supposed to be 68 and sunny! Can't wait!!

2. Huge news!! Weddings invitations are in the mail. I still have a few to mail because I needed to reinforce the envelope glue, but the majority of them are on their way to my close family and friends and I hope everyone loves them as much as I do.

3. Rick worked on a few DIY Projects over the weekend. They are still works in progress, but I thought it would be fun to share since it took up a good portion of our weekend. On Sat, Rick built a stand to go on top of the fireplace mantel to hold the TV so we could house the cable box and the X-Box under the TV and give us more room on top of the mantel. We still need to paint it white so it will blend in with the fireplace, which we will hopefully do in the next week or so. I am super excited to finally have room on the mantle to decorate!

 4. On Sun, Rick put together a planter box for our garden this year. We had a raised garden bed last year, and it worked fine, but the soil wasn't very deep and our sweet potatoes got a little disfigured in the clay soil. So he reconfigured the boxes to make them skinnier, but taller so we could add more soil. Here's to hoping for an abundance of veggies this year. I can't wait to start planting, but we will need to wait probably another month for it to stop frosting at night. 

5. On Sunday 2 of my good friends came over for dinner, and I got to visit with little Avery. I love it when Rick holds her and plays with her. I know he will be an amazing Dad someday.

6. Last but not least, I had to share this cute picture of Napoleon. We have a gate on our landing to keep Abby upstairs so she doesn't get into the trash or fridge, and Napoleon typically hangs out upstairs with her while we are gone. We came home the other day and he practically tried to push his way through the gate. I told Rick he was probably thinking in his head...."if only Grandma hadn't fed me all of those sandwiches last week I could fit through!" Ha!

I have a fun recipe and a few other DIY projects that I have been working on lately that I am hoping to share this week. So check back soon!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Chalkboard Canisters

I have been looking for some cute kitchen decor, and have been obsessed with all of the glass canisters with labels on Pinterest lately. I came across these inexpensive glass canisters at Walmart the other day and thought they would be perfect for a quick and easy DIY.

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This DIY took less than 5 mins, and cost less than $30 for 3 canisters + a ton of left-over chalkboard labels for future projects.

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Supplies:
-- Glass canisters ($7.99 for large; $4.99 for small)
-- Chalkboard labels ($6.89 for 12 chalkboard labels)
-- Chalk
-- Stuff to fill

Directions:

As I mentioned above, you can find the glass canisters almost anywhere (Walmart, Target, Meijer). The chalkboard labels came from Staples. I found it easiest to write out what I wanted on the label before I placed it on the canister. Place your label on the canister and fill with whatever. Please note that these canisters are not airtight, so I am not sure if I would fill with sugar or flour or other items that might spoil if moisture gets inside.

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I filled the smaller canister with K-cups and placed next to my Keurig. I then placed some pup cookies and tea bags in the two larger canisters and placed on our island.

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I love how they turned out and how I can easily switch out the contents and quickly change the label. I have a ton more chalkboard lables, so now I just need to find some other things to label!!

What would you place in canisters?


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Around Town: Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe

Happy Monday all! What a weekend this was...weather-wise that was. We headed up to Medina, OH on Saturday to visit with Rick's family. While we were there we experienced the craziest snow storm with at least 5 inches of snow. Sunday it was then sunny and 48 in Columbus, and then tomorrow it is supposed to be 62 and sunny. Spring in Ohio is just crazy and we seem to go from one extreme to the other within a matter of a few days. Here's to hoping that the snow is over!

Besides visiting with family, another fun thing we did this weekend was try out a new brunch spot. I have been wanting to try some new restaurants around town, and we haven't been to brunch in for-e-ver.

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I came across the Sweet Clove Sunshine Cafe from a girl I follow on Instagram. It's one of her favorite spots, and when I realized it was rather close to where we live, I told Rick we had to try it out. It's actually a cafe owned by Honeybaked Ham, and they feature a lot of their products on the menu. If you have never experienced Honeybaked Ham, you are missing out. It is some of the best cured ham I have ever had.

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I started out my bruch with some hot tea. They serve Revolution teas, which I had never heard of, but they have some yummy flavors. I immediatly wanted to try the Earl Gray Lavendar. They had about 6 different types of tea, and I told Rick we had to keep coming back just so I could try all of the teas. I think he said I was a geek...ha!

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I had the Sunrise Breakfast which included two eggs, oven roasted redskin country potatoes and hand rubbed honey spice bacon (or you could choose Honeybaked Ham). The potatoes had a little kick to them with roasted red peppers, and the honey spice bacon...oh my I am still dreaming about that. The bacon had this thick honey glaze, and it was like eating candy. We are definitly making this spot a new favorite, and I will get that bacon every time!

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Rick had the HoneyBaked Supreme Omlet which included Honeybaked Ham, amish baby
swiss and cheddar cheese. He also had some hawaiian bread toast.

It was a lot of fun to try out a new place, and Rick even ran into some friends there. I could tell it was a pretty popular place, but we were able to get seated rather quickly and the service was really good. Oh and there are people who walk around with these large green bowls of freshed whipped cream that they offer to keep piling on your plate. The whipped cream is good on french toast, toast, and the coffee cake loafs that they bring to your table when you first sit down. I told Rick I wanted to be a whipped cream girl. I mean who wouldn't want a job where you can serve delicious whipped cream to people all day long. No one is going to yell at you for that! Rick said....well unless you are lactose tolerante. Very true! And yes these are the types of discussions we have all day long :)

And because I feel the need to share even more crazy-dog-lady pictures, here are some of the pups from our car ride to Medina.

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We had stopped off at McDonalds for some lunch on the way, and the pups were begging for fries the whole way there. Such little moochers!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites (Planty Projects, Good Books and Cute Beagles)

Happy Friday all!


I have been getting a little bit of Spring fever lately, and am so ready for the weather to warm up. Typically around this time of year I get antsy for some gardening projects. The stores are always tempting me with their fun herbs and gardening supplies. But we still need to wait at least another month and a half until we can plant outside. My mother always says we have to wait until after Mother's Day. So until then, I think I am going to try a succulent garden. I started one last year, but then left it outside in the direct sun and it burned. So this year I am going to try and keep one in the house and see what happens.


One of my favorite authors is Sarah Addison Allen, and I am currently loving her newest book Lost Lake. There is always some sort of magical mystery in the air in her stories, and you just get swept away with the interesting characters and the charm of the southern settings. I am about half-way through this book, and am looking forward to some time this weekend to try and finish it up. I highly recommend also reading The Peach Keeper and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.


While I was looking for some gardening inspiration earlier this week, I came across this awesome Pin on how to freeze herbs. By the end of the Summer our herb garden is going nuts, and I was always curious how I could freeze herbs and use them all winter long. You just freeze them in some olive oil and then toss them into a pan when you are ready to use. Genious!

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 I came across this e-Card a few weeks ago, and it is just totally me. Yes I am the girl who posts a million and one pictures of my dogs on Instagram and Facebook. When you have 3 pups, you are likely to get a ton of amazing photo opps.

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For instance, check out this one of the beagle with a bananna sticker on her head. This was posted on Facebook and Instagram with the caption "How much for a beagle?" Believe it or not she walked around with this sticker on her head for a good while. She was just too cute not to post a picture to share with the world. I'm sure my family and friends appreciated that...ha!

What are you loving this week?



And for more Friday fun, check out the Five on Friday linkup hosted by ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha. Also linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir for Friday's Fab Favorites and The Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites.


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