Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Update!

This weekend was non-stop for us! On Friday we went out for Chris' resident party where we wore either a tacky Christmas sweater or Christmas jammies. We started off with Chris' eggnog, which is the only eggnog I like and will probably ever drink. 


then moved on to beers with the little antler Heather Lee gave me. 

Then we finally made it to the party!


Where this guy, even with 2 sweaters didn't manage a win! :(

After getting wild and crazy we took an Uber over to Franklin where I ran into my friend who was also in her jammies!

The rest of the weekend was more tame but we had more parties to attend and chores to forget! I hope everyone had a safe and super fun weekend!!





Friday, December 12, 2014

TGIF!

I swear I say this every week but it was an intense week and I am so happy it's finally Friday and I can celebrate this weekend. 

1. This app is so cool! I made this snowflake with it and I think it's cool that it shows you what one would look like if you were going to make the cuts or you can just make a sweet pic. 
2.  I got to have dinner with one of my old sorority sisters this week and we had so much fun and I talked so much that my throat was sore for the whole next day. It was so impromptu and I had been nervous to call her up because it had been so long but I'm so glad I did because we had a blast catching up. 

3. Ummm have you guys seen this trailer? This looks so freaking cute! I definitely want to see it!


4. This card cracks me up! Mostly because I swear the mouse looks like Chloe is not impressed...

 Am I right or am I right?

5. Christmas Parties!! We have so many and there are so many themes! We have three this weekend and I'm excited for all of them! We'll have a packed weekend before my sister and little Jackson come up and I am so happy I'll get to spend the day with them too!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

My hair

I know my mom will probably hate this but I re-ombred my hair and I love it! I got about 4 inches cut off and I'm just in love with how it turned out. My girl Amber at Moshi Moshi is always so sweet and she knows just how I want my hair. She asks a lot of questions and makes sure I'm getting just what I want while pushing the limits but not letting my go too crazy. I've gone to her about three times and every time I always feel a thousand times better after I get out of that chair. 

Like this time I was thinking about bangs and asked her thoughts and she gave me some faux bangs that I can sweep in or out of my forehead. Finding the right stylist is such a make or break, especially with color! I was never super loyal to stylists before but now I know why people can be so crazy about their specific person. I was really nervous the first time I tried ombre and she was really sweet and explained everything, what she was doing, what the process was, and how to take care of it. 

This time we did a 'sombre' a soft ombre with a very 'grown out' look, long layers and the faux bangs. I seriously love it. 

Next step is a chop, how soon I don't know...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Club: Holiday Quinoa Salad

I made this as a side for our Christmas Book Club and everyone just about lost their mind it was so good! This is a mixture of recipes, my mom makes a dish similar to this but with rice instead of quinoa but for this recipe in particular I thought quinoa would be the best choice!



INGREDIENTS:
1 cup dry quinoa
1 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup dried cranberries
1-2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2-3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 TBSP chopped green onion
1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
salt and pepper to taste

DRESSING:
2 TBSP olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1 TBSP fresh lime juice
1 TBSP orange juice
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Bring your broth to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Once it's boiling, add your quinoa and reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes. Add the cranberries around the 9-10 minute mark. Once your quinoa and cranberries are done, season with a bit of salt and pepper, fluff gently with a fork, and set aside.

While this is happening bake your broccoli. I season it with some extra lemon juice and garlic seasoning but it's not necessary. Place your florets in a 400F oven for about 10 minutes. Once those are done add to your quinoa mix along with your chopped green onion. 

I usually place my sliced almonds in there as well but make sure you keep an eye on them so they don't burn!

DRESSING: Smash and mince garlic into a paste and combine with all remaining dressing ingredients. Whisk well and set aside.

Add everything to your quinoa mix and serve it warm or at room temperature, it's great both ways! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Need a moment

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don't want to get out of bed? That's what the month of December has been like for me. There is just too much going on so I just want to forget about it all and stay in my warm safe bed with my sweet little dog. 

But let's be real. I get up. I get ready. I go to work. Hustle as hard as I can to get everything done there. Then run home to go on to the next thing. I've had an event, volunteer work, or some other social event almost everyday after work and this week is no different. In fact it's so packed I'm either double or triple booked that I have barely been able to run to the gym which doesn't help my mental health.

All that complaining aside what do you do to distress? Last night on my drive to and from events I listened to some really nice sax music. I used to hate it but now it always reminds me of my dad and his nice mornings he took to himself to get up really early, read his book, drink coffee and take a little time to himself. I also had five minutes to spare before I left to make a really good hot chocolate.

Not having time to myself stresses me out as a natural introvert. So tell me, what helps you relax or what helps you keep it all together because this month is PACKED!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Update

Chris and I had a pretty quiet weekend. We kicked it off with Mr. Chris experimenting with Amaretto Sours. Pulling together a quick dinner and watching How to Train Your Dragon 2.  I loved the first one and we have been meaning to watch the second pretty much since it came out. It was really sweet and we both think there will be a third movie and we're excited to see it!


On Saturday we wanted to have brunch at Acme and go to the Nasher for Museums on Us. Well Acme only does Sunday brunch so we thought we would try another place we had a gift certificate - The Weathervane, but it was packed with a 45-1 hour wait! So we walked over to the nearly empty City Kitchen and enjoyed a very lovely brunch there. It was really very good! I was telling Chris if the place was half the size with the same amount of tables it would remind me of Baltimore. 

After brunch we made our way to the Nasher and boy did we not enjoy ourselves. I like modern art but just didn't see what the artists were trying to convey. Unless it was confusion, then I got it. Chris and I only liked one piece, Felrath Hines, Yellow on Yellow.

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 We just weren't moved by anything else. It made me feel at least a little better we didn't pay to go in. We did pay for 2 hours of parking when we only needed an hour to get through the general admission areas. But we made it all better by making chili and finally making my apple pie for Chris. 


We spent Sunday cleaning, shopping and wrapping and spending time with this cutie while he begged for chili!


 I hope you all had a great weekend too! Happy shopping!

Friday, December 5, 2014

High Five for Friday!!

Almost the weekend!!

1. Oh guuurrrrlll I got my hair done on Thursday and I love it! My girl Amber at Moshi Moshi is awesome and so sweet and really knows whats she's doing. As soon as I can get a good pic I'll post it because it's awesome!!

2. What I really want for Christmas? For my landlord to actually do the things she was supposed to do before we moved in. And for wood floors rather than our awful carpet. If you want to know who you need to avoid renting from message me and I'll let you know!

3. I am LOVING our new table! Our old one was pretty damaged from snow melt that flooded our basement in Baltimore that we had to keep the table covered with a table cloth so you couldn't see the damage on the leaves. But this new one takes up so little visual space that even though it's bigger, it looks like it takes up less space. Plus it can stay uncovered! Now we just need to fix or sell or give away our old table.

4. I got Mr. Chris' present the other day in the mail and I was able to wrap it and everything before he got home! I'm so excited to give it to him!!!! :) :) :) Now I just need to buy for everyone else!!

5. I'm ready to eat brunch and look at some art this weekend with Dr. Chris. I've been trying to get this date for a while but I kept getting the weekend for Museums on Us wrong! Here's the deal, if you have a Bank of America card you can get into certain museums for free! it's all in the link above. You just have to be there on the right weekend!

Why no pics this post you may ask? Because I've been so exhausted this week that I've gone to bed so early every day! Hopefully I'm not getting sick, or this is staving off the sickness!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy

EDIT: Guys I tried to do this on my phone and the post wasn't pretty let's try this again!

Do you guys like Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume? It's one of my favorites and a definite staple for my dressing table. Since I bought my Bath and Body Works candles online I didn't get to test them in-store and had to go off the descriptions online. Well thankfully I liked the description for Winter White Petals because it smells exactly like Daisy! I've been trying not to burn it too much since it has that perfumy smell but I thought I just had to share this information with the masses because it's just too good to keep a secret! So go out and find Winter White Petals and enjoy!!




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Club: The Husband's Secret by: Liane Moriarty

This book had me hooked early on, the first chapter really captures your attention. This book is a story of three women and how their lives are connected in certain sad and twisted ways. There is Cecilia, who is super Type A, a mother of three, and runs a successful Tupperware party conglomerate. There is Rachel, a grandmother who is still trying to get over the murder of her daughter 20 years ago. And Tess who comes back to her hometown with her young son after learning some news about her husband.

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At first I was a little confused jumping between the three stories but they have such strong characters I was able to remember easily who was who. This book gave me all the emotions. I swear every time I would read on the bus to work I would get teary eyed and when I read it before bed I would go "Chris OMG!". I don't want to give anything away, that's how good it was and how much I think you should read it!

I loved this tale from beginning to end. I really loved how she wrapped everything up in the end. It was all what could have been which is a concept I often think of. How the change of one small detail can change the course of your life. I think this would be a really great beach read, or just a great read in general! I highly recommend! I mean I told about three people right after I finished it they needed to read it, so if that doesn't say something I don't know what does.

I am have already put several of Liane Moriarty's books on my Christmas wishlist. I loved her style of writing, it was easy to read and engaging all the way through. I swear the more I like a book the less I want to write about it because I think you just need to read it to get the full impact of the book without any spoilers! Do you get that way about books?

Have you read The Husbands Secret? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November Purchase History

I didn't buy too much this month since it was my birthday but I couldn't resist a couple items. Believe it or not I didn't go Black Friday shopping OR buy anything on Cyber Monday. At least not for myself. I may or may not have already bought a couple Christmas presents which will not be revealed here you sneaky sneaks! 

I found a really great deal for Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles and some money off! So far we've burned the Sweater Weather full out and it doesn't give too much scent but the other ones are good to go!





I also couldn't pass up my 15% off Birthday discount at Anthro and picked up a Volcano candle and this pretty green stole. It looks way nicer in person. I've gotten stopped a couple times when I've worn it out and it is really beautiful. It is quite expensive but it's been totally worth is especially since I also had a sweet gift card from my mother in law. 

Did you guys score any amazing deals this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend

I thought I might have time to make some posts during the holiday but alas I was having too much fun with my family! Chris and I got in on Wednesday evening after listening to Serial for most of the way. It's an awesome podcast unfolding details of a murder one week at a time.  It's awesome and it really kept our attention the whole time. We would pause every once in a while to discuss certain events or if we thought a certain person did it or not. 

We were welcomed home by Heather Lee and my parents and we had a nice time catching up and trying to get out of the car zone. It was nice to catch up and regroup and know that I'll get to wake up to those people the next day! 

We had a Munoz Thanksgiving on Thursday. Heather Lee helped me finish my pie which we didn't get made for our Thanksgiving but it was done for the Gibsons. We all made our way to South Carolina to my grandparents house and ate some amazing food. I don't know if my grandma will ever let anything hold her back from making food for her family. A few years ago she broke her hip in September and insisted on still making Thanksgiving! It was great and we got to enjoy some nice family time. And for the first year ever I was thankful to ESPN for bringing Heather Lee to Charlotte! After we got back from my grandparents house we kept the party going with more drinks, leftovers and a roaring game of Heads up


How cute are Noelle's glasses btw? On Friday Chris went out for his annual football game with Kona and I spent some time with Noelle and Jackson. Then I went to the Gibson Thanksgiving and we drank and ate and ate and ate. Chris and I convinced his family to play heads up too and we were in tears almost the whole time laughing! 

On Saturday Chris took Kona to play football again while I went to the Flying Biscuit with Noelle, Jeremy and Jackson. We also checked out some bikes for the little boy. He was not ready to leave!


But we did need to leave. My parents bought a new table for their dinning room and they were giving us their old one, but the problem was we didn't have enough room so they wanted to drive it up for us! So we all packed up and headed back to Chapel Hill! 

Now we have a new table and will hopefully be able to fix up our old one and sell it. It was quite a packed weekend and this isn't even everything we did! Poor Kona is so tired from playing so much, but he's been enjoying laying in Chris' open duffle bag for the time being. 


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Happy December!! :)

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