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Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Columbus Food Truck Festival + Another Birthday

Happy Monday all! Boy did this weekend go by fast. Lots of fun, so let's reap...

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On Saturday we went to the Columbus Food Truck Festival downtown at the Columbus Commons. The food truck scene has exploded in Columbus, and this anual festival has become pretty popular. Rick I went to the first festival a few years ago, and I feel like there were only a handful of trucks. This year there was close to 50 trucks and there were also different vendors with tents set up selling local items.


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I'll be honest it was really crowded at the festival, the lines were extremly long with a 40 min wait for food, and it was threatening to rain. We were able to stand under a tree while it was sprinkling and we actually stayed rather dry, and took the above selfie. So the experience was a little hairy at times, but the food was awesome! I tried to take a pic of our food from Pitabilities, but apparently my phone crapped out and the pic didn't save #Fail #ThanksiPhone.

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Of course we had to stop off and get some ice cream at Jeni's before we headed out.

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This time I enjoyed the Lemon & Blueberry { left } and the Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk { right }. Yum!!

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Then Saturday night we headed up to Medina to celebrate Angel's birthday. She and Sid had just returned from their trip to Morocco. So in addition to eating cake, we also got to see all of her fun pics and heard about their trip.

How was your weekend? Does your city have any food trucks?


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Friday, August 15, 2014

It's Friday! Let's Talk About Some Favorites

Happy Friday all! Another week has flown by, and here we are with another fun-filled weekend ahead. Let's kick it off with some Friday Favorites.

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{ Dress: Loft, Jacket: Similar, Shoes: Sam Edelman }


I came across this outfit on Pinterest last week, and was determined to recreate it. It's the perfect transition outfit from Summer to Fall. Right now it's still pretty warm during the day, but the mornings and evenings are starting to get a little chilly. The dress is a tank dress, so that is perfect for during the day, but the jacket can be worn when the temps get a little more chilly, or in the office where the a/c is always blasting (it's so cold in our office!).

The jacket was purchased at Target last Fall, and the dress was found on sale at Loft last weekend. The dress in the pin is also from Loft, but I couldn't find that exact same one at my local store, so this one was the closest I could find, and I think it still looks pretty cute. Both dresses are 40% of at the Loft right now if anyone is interested.

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My client sent us these Moscow Mule mugs as a wedding present, which we thought was so sweet. We finally found some ginger beer at Giant Eagle (ginger beer sells out really fast around here because these drinks are so popular right now), and we have been enjoying these in the evenings. It's a really refreshing drink, so it's a perfect to enjoy on a warm Summer evening.

To make the drink you just need ginger beer, vodka, lime juice and a lime wedge to garnish. And cute cooper mugs, athough not required :)

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I mentioned the other day that Rick and I took a canoeing trip with friends last weekend, and I brought along little bags of S'more Granola for everyone to enjoy.

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It's super simple to make and only requires 3 ingredients. I only used half the bag of marshmallows, and just poured all of the ingredients into a giant bowl, and then placed about 3/4 cup in a sandwich bag to make about 6 servings.


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This week has been an extremly hard week, and it's likely to get even crazier as our launch at work is approaching. I've had a few moments where I felt so overwhelmed I just didn't even know where to start and what to do. At times I also felt like my personal life was falling apart and that I'm being a crappy wife and friend. I am so grateful to have a good job (that I'm coming up on my 10 year anniversary at...can you believe that!), and I have so much to be lucky for in my personal life. But there are times when things are hard, but personally and professionally. 

I came across this post by Rachel over at Rachel Rewritten, and she couldn't have written it at a more perfect moment. She expains that when life is easy, God's grace and mecy doesn't show out like he intends it to. And that sometimes you have to give up the control and let God get you through the tough times. I'll be honest I have read that post about 3 times this week, just to keep reminding myself that I will get through this tough time, and I will learn from it. Thankfully Rick is such a patient and supportive husband, and I'm sure he is ready for Sept 15 to arrive so his wife can get back to normal...ha!


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Perfect Weekend With Friends

This last weekend was amazing! It was a weekend of friendship and we spent a lot of quality time with good people. On Sunday, we checked off another Summer bucket list item - canoeing in Hocking Hills. Our good friend Nate wanted to do this with all of us for his birthday, and it was a ton of fun!

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Quick pic while waiting for the bus.


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This was our beautiful view all day long. It was so nice and peaceful. We all admitted that we were pretty relaxed all day long.

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Of course we were only on the river for about 500 yards when we stopped off to crack open some beers and enjoy some lunch. We then proceeded to stop every 20 mins or so for someone to pee or to share more snacks/beers...ha!

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Of course had to get a canoe selfie

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We all loved Rick's toe shoes. Jackie took this pic and told Rick it needed to be his next profile pic...ha!

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We had a blast and we are all now looking into a white water rafting trip next month.

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And then on Saturday, we celebrated my good friend Amy's daughter's 2nd birthday. I can't believe Avery is almost 2 years old!! It seems like only yesterday I remember visiting Miss Avery in the hospital. These ladies are some of my oldest, and dearest friends and we love to celebrate all of the best moments in our lives!

Good friends + Fun times = Many good memories

I have a snack recipe coming later this week that I made for the canoeing trip. It was so go and everyone kept complimenting me on how cute it was, but it was so simple to make.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Vow VoxBox Review

A week before our wedding, I received a new VoxBox to review. What was great was it was a wedding VoxBox, which was perfect timing. I wanted some time to use the products before I shared my review, so after using them for a little over a month, I figured it was time to give my 2 cents.

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The Vow VoxBox contained the following:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Moisturizer - I typically use the Mary Kay Timewise system, but I actually really liked this moisturizer. I'll be honest I was afraid to use this right before the wedding because my skin is usually very sensitive to certain products, especially if they are not oil-free. I couldn't find anything to confirm if this was oil-free or not, but when I started to use it, I had no problems.

One of the things I love about this moisturizer is it is really thick and creamy, and provides lots of moisture, but it leaves a very matte finish to my skin. I figured because it was so thick it might be a little too much for Summer, but I really love the finish it gave my skin, and didn't feel too greasy. The only drawback to this moisturizer is it has a really strong scent so some people might be turned off by that. I don't mind the scent, but it can be strong at times.

Ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge - this sponge was really interesting because when you first get it out of the box it feels like hard styrofoam. But once you wet it, it because a squishy sponge. When wet it has a little bit of grit, but is not too harsh, which I think would be good for very sensitive skin. I'll be honest I wish it was a little more grittier to help remove more dead skin cells, but again would be perfect for sensitive skin.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Barracuda - I love this blue color and think it would be perfect for a bachelorette party. What's interesting about this polish is that it states it includes a base coat, strengthener and growth treatment all in one. My nails are really brittle after removing the gel manicure from the wedding (which I love, but totally wrecks my nails!) so I was excited to see the nail strengthener built in. I'll be honest I finally got around to painting my nails last night, so I can't vouch for how long it will stay on. One drawback is it was very thin going on, so it took like 5 coats to get a nice opaque color.

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I used the Sally Hansen No Chip top coat and Julep's Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops, and I was happy to say my nails were good to go after about 20 mins. Which is good because I usually paint them late at night and then have to wait up for a while before going to bed so I don't get sheet marks (happens all the time!)

Pure Silk shaving cream - I'll be honest I'm typically not a shaving cream kind of girl. I tend to just apply shower cell with a loofah, and mix a little bit of soap to create a sudsy formula. I liked the very light raspberry scent, and I love that it stays put and helps me know where I have and hadn't shaved. I'm going to keep using it, but I feel like I might go back to using my shower gel mixture since I can then buy 1 product that kills 2 birds with 1 stone. I'm sort of cheap like that...ha!

Tide To Go Instant Stain Removal Pen - I think this is a brilliant idea to give a bride. Who doesn't need a stain pen while wearing an all white dress on the most important day of their life?!? Luckily I didn't need to use this, although my poor dress was sort of a mess after the wedding (I'm leaving that to the pros though). But I would definitely recommend to have one of these on hand for any figure brides-to-be.

Anyone else ever use any of these products?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Goals

Like many people, I have a huge list of things on my to do list to accomplish. Life has been a little crazy lately, so I have started to write out weekly goals in my planner. It helps me to see what all I need to complete, and makes me happy when I can put a little check next to one of my to do's. I've also found there is just too much going on lately to keep it all in my head, which has been my method for such a long time. So I've been trying to write things down as soon as possible in order to ensure I don't forget about them.

I also wanted to start putting together monthly goals and documenting them on the blog. I love looking back at posts and reflecting on all that we have done over the year. I also figured this would be a great way to track some of the bigger projects I want to accomplish and document the results the following month. Maybe it will also help keep me motivated and organized.

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I thought it would also be fun to share some of my favorite photos that also reflect the month.

  • Complete our wedding guest book 
  • Edit the rest of our vacation photos and share on the blog
  • Begin painting the trim downstairs
  • Find 3 new healthy recipes to add into rotation
  • Start running again (2-3 times per week)
  • Continue with changing my last name (bank account, work, credit card, look into updating passport)
  • Take my wedding dress to the cleaners for preserving
  • Complete 1 new DIY/craft project and share my DIY Mossy Initial on the blog
  • Enjoy the last month of Summer

Do you have a list of monthly/weekly goals? What's your best advice for keeping track and staying organized? I need to get super organized this month in order to keep track of all that needs to get done, so any tips are definitely welcome.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bread & Wine Project: Recipe for Pineapple Banana Bread

I recently started reading Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, and so far I am loving it! When I came across this link up based off the book from Rachel's blog Oh Simple Thoughts, I just knew I had to participate. The link-up takes place once a month. There is a question revolving around hospitality and then the chance to share a recipe.

This month's question is: How do you use your table to make your guests feel safe?

It's interesting because whenever we have guests over, we always seem to gather around the dining room table. Our main living area is one big open space which includes our living room, kitchen and dining room. Last Fall we purchased a dining table that seats 6 and can extend to seat up to 10 people, so it's the perfect place for everyone to gather around and have a place to sit and visit.

I think our guests feel safe because our table is very informal and we love to start things off by serving snacks and/or appetizers. We always have chips and salsa on hand. Or I like to make up a few loaves of a quick bread, like the one I am featuring below, and keep in the freezer to snack on as well. Having snacks out helps to break the ice and make everyone feel at home. Having a few bottles of wine on hand doesn't hurt either :)

So the recipe I am featuring today is a Pineapple Banana Bread. Whenever I have bananas on the verge of going bad, I like to whip up some banana bread to keep in the freezer for when guests come over. It's also nice to send them home with a loaf to enjoy later. I thought this was an interesting twist by adding crushed pineapple. It makes a super moist bread that is very sweet. I also modified this recipe and used an all-purpose gluten free rice flour. I tend to have success modifying these quick bread recipes with gluten free flour since they are typically pretty moist to begin with. If the recipe makes a drier bread, they don't tend to hold together very well with the gluten free flour. You could make this with regular flour as well since the original recipe called for white flour.

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Pineapple Banana Bread
Makes 1 Loaf
Modified from Jam Hands
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used gluten free rice flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in banana and drained pineapple. Combine dry ingredients and then stir into creamed mixture just until combined. Spoon into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.

2. Bake at 350-f degrees for 65-70 mins (I baked mine for 70 mins).

3. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

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