Catching Up On “Me Time”

I know, I know.. I’ve been MIA for almost a month now. It was much easier to attempt to update this during the winter when I didn’t have quite as much going on. But I’ve been doing SO much for work recently and I’ve been trying to stay outside as much as possible with the dogs on nice days. So my dear sweet blog has been neglected.. which I kind of knew it would. Hopefully I can get myself together and motivated and actually make this blog something real, but it’s been so hard lately!

So this update is going to be a random collection of what’s been going on in my life lately..

1.) My hubby’s aunt has a habit of collecting random items.. and happened to have a very old, very large pool table in her basement. It’s a Brunswick, which is supposedly a really good brand. Needless to say, we have since become the new owners of this pool table and have been working on fixing it up for the last week or so.  We’ve finally cleaned and painted everything, now we just need to wait for the billiards place to finish everything else and come back to put it together! And yes, it’s going in our garage. We both have SUVs and they won’t fit in there together, so we decided to just stop using it as a garage and turn it in a mancave/bar for my hubby. He’s SUPER excited.

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In his aunt’s basement.

 

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All taken apart, ready to be painted.

2.) I’ve been attempting to eat healthier. If you know me, you know I eat junk food and fried foods like there’s no tomorrow. So I’ve decided to try one new vegetable a week! So far I’ve discovered brussel sprouts, chick peas, and kale.  I can officially say I’m obsessed with brussel sprouts! Sauteed in a littleeee butter and lots of lemon pepper, yum yummmm.

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3.) April Beauty Boxes! I didn’t take pictures of my Birchbox, so we’ll just have to wait for my May box. I’m going to wait until the Nail Files Friday for my Julep box. So that leaves me with.. Ipsy! April’s box had a pink theme to it. Pink bag, pink blush, pink eyeshadow, pink nail polish.. and then a non-pink hair product. I plan on trying the hair product tomorrow. I’m not a huge fan of pink eyeshadow, but the colors were pretty. Anddd I love the blush, it gives me such a pretty rosy glow :) and while I haven’t used the polish yet, I love the color. As always, I’m not super in loveee with my Ipsy items, but I was definitely happy with the contents.

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It all came in pretty boxes too!

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Inside the bag.

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4.) I received my first BzzKit! I’m going to make a separate post to give my actual review of it.. but I was super excited to receive my first box in the mail! Who doesn’t love receiving free items?!

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5.) As you may know, I’m a nurse on a renal unit. Well, one of my coworkers discovered these awesome pins for our badges and she ordered a whole bunch of them so we can all have one. How cute is this little guy?! This company is super awesome and has pins of almost ANY organ. All nurses should seriously check it out :)

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The little kidney is the actual pin.

 

Well, that was random but my doggies are cuddling and I need to start the laundry. Until later!

Recipe: Braided Spaghetti Bread

I actually mentioned this recipe 2 months ago (see the post here) and I JUST now got around to trying it over the weekend.

Braided Spaghetti Bread

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The hubby and I were both SO excited about this recipe. Let’s be honest here, the idea of it sounds amazing! I didn’t really alter it too much – I just made my own spaghetti sauce and added ground beef. Unfortunately, the hubby and I were both mildly disappointed. It was good, especially dipped in extra meat sauce, but it wasn’t amazing. There was just too much BREAD flavor. I brushed the top with butter and then added garlic powder and Parmesan cheese, but it still just tasted like bread.

Overall, I would say it was good.. but I’d rather just make baked spaghetti. The time and effort that went into this meal was more of a pain in a butt than anything.

Another Pinterest recipe that I tried.. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole. And (not so) surprisingly, I forgot to take a picture of it. It actually looked so pretty too! Now this recipe was definitely a winner! I loved it, especially with some sour cream on the side. Yummmyyyy. Although, I did cook the chicken prior to putting it in the oven – the idea of putting raw chicken on top of cooked potatoes kind of grossed me out.

What did you find on Pinterest this week?

Must. Learn. To. Garden.

We moved into our house almost exactly a year ago and I vowed to start a garden this spring.. butttt I have way too much going on with work right now and it’s just not going to happen. BUT we are thinking about fixing up our landscaping a little bit and I have fallen in love with..

Container Gardens!

Seriously, they’re just too adorable. So here’s a bunch of pictures :)

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You could totally grow herbs in these!

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Bright, cheerful, and so pretty.

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Topsy turvy pots. Love this.

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Cute country barrels.

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Huge and busy, but motivation!

What gardening tips do you have?

Summer, please!

I was starting to feel a little bad about neglecting my lovely blog recently.. but then I realized MANY other people are doing the same thing. Maybe it’s the winter blues? The weather here in NC is quite frustrating lately. We keep having sunny and warm days.. and then yesterday there was sleet and rain. UGH!

So my inspiration for today.. bright and summery outfits from Pinterest!

 

 

And now for some purses.. how could I resist?

 

Who else is excited for summer clothes?!

A More Serious Post..

Okay, so this post is going to be kind of more serious than my usual ones. Not TOO serious, but it’s about something I find interesting and something that should be important in everyone’s lives..

Here’s why this topic is on my mind today..

I took a class yesterday with about 30 other nurses that work for the same hospital I do. During one of the presentations, the instructor went around asking everyone where they were born and what was their ethnicity. I was completely startled to hear the results!

Out of the approximately 30 nurses..

  • Not a single one was born in the city in which we work.
  • Only a handful were born in the state we work in.
  • And only about half were actually born in the United States.
  • The places people were born in included – The Philippines, Panama, Asia, Germany and Africa.

I can’t even almost remember all the ethnicities (according to spell check, this isn’t a word but I don’t know what else to use), but it was absolutely amazing to realize I work for a company that VERY obviously encourages diversity.

And not only that.. but nursing in general is a very diverse career. There’s nurses fresh out of college that are 22 years old.. and then it ranges all the way up to nurses in their 60′s who are ready to retire. Three generations of people working together! We’re changing the world people! ;)

I know this isn’t my usual topic of discussion but I thought it was interesting and felt like sharing it with you all.

Do you have diversity where you work?

Friday Nail Files #7

Linking up with Fabulous But Evil and My Vickilicious Life for The Nail Files!

Today I’m wearing MAMBA by Color Club.

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I’m pretty sure I received this one month from Birchbox, but I’ve been SO obsessed with Julep lately that I’ve completely forgotten about this color. I was super stoked to find it in my polish bag! I love a bright, shiny red on my nails every once in awhile.. but who doesn’t? :)

What color are YOU wearing today?!

What I’m Doing Wednesday #4

Oh crap, it’s been a WHOLE WEEK since I updated last?! And I’ve actually been off work for over a week too.. so no excuses! EXCEPT I kind of have an excuse, because I finally painted another room in our house! The master bathroom is now a gorgeous burnt orange from Sherwin Williams called Pennywise :) Go me! Unfortunately, now I really, really want to get new flooring and a new vanity put in there.. oh how I wish we could win the lottery and support my redecorating desires!

Okay, whining done… time for another edition of What I’m Doing Wednesday!

What I’m Wearing

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Life as Mrs. Burnett for What I Wore Wednesday!

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Flats – Guess (purchased from Macy’s), Shirts – Aeropostale
#oldclothes #perkypony #ithinkimcute

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I just liked this one, so I’m adding it.

So this is actually yesterday’s outfit. I’m returning to work tonight and currently in scrubs, so I figured that wouldn’t be very interesting! Unfortunately, this outfit isn’t very interesting either.. considering all I was doing was going grocery shopping. I think I look kind of cute though?

What I’m Obsessed With

Seriously.. MANGO SALSA. Oh my goodness, first of all (confession time).. I have a total love affair with cilantro. I mean, full on obsession. So this mango salsa was SUPER yummy and it was the perfect addition to this Jamaican Jerk Pork  :) I actually made a pork loin in the oven instead of the slow cooker pulled pork, but it was so, so good. It’s from this awesome website called Skinny Taste that has TONS of delicious and healthy meals.

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Not gonna lie, I ate it by the spoonful.

What I Bought

A Himalayan Salt Block! I actually bought this 2 weeks ago for my mom’s birthday but she just got it in the mail last week and finally got to use it this weekend. You can read more about them on this website (which is also where I purchased them).

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Picture courtesy of my mom.

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Picture courtesy of my mom.

What I Pinned – And Did!

I made THE CUTEST makeup brush holder based off a pin I saw on Pinterest! My hubby bought me these awesome makeup brushes for Christmas, but it was always such a hassle to use them because they were being stored under the sink. Now they have an adorable display right on the counter which makes them super easy to find and use! Once we figure out an actual decor for our bathroom, I might try to make a little canister with an actual design/pattern on the outside. But for right now, I seriously love this! More ideas can be found here.

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((Vase – $2 from Michael’s, Stones – $5 Target))

What are YOU doing today? Feel free to link up!

What I’m Doing Wednesday #3

Welcome to yet another installment of What I’m Doing Wednesday!

What I’m Wearing

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Life as Mrs. Burnett for What I Wore Wednesday!

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I honestly have no idea where I got half my clothes from (how do people remember every single item?!) but I somehow remember everything about this outfit except for the jeans.

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((Striped shirt – Macy’s, Cami – Aeropostale, Boots – Ninewest, Necklace – Body Central))

What I’m Reading

I’m STILL working on reading the entire Gossip Girl series. I’m currently on book #10 – “Would I Lie To You.”  I LOVED the TV series so much, it’s just killing me to keep reading this when it’s almost nothing like the show. I guess I should’ve realized this beforehand. BUT I’m going to keep reading it because that’s just how I am.

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What Makes Me Go “Awwww”

Okay, so this is a completely random category but seriously, look at this picture of my babies! SO CUTE!!

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Snoozing in the same crate!

What I Made For Supper

Tonight I tried a new recipe - Chicken, Chorizo and Tortilla Soup by Rachael Ray. It was definitely a winner! Although, I made a few changes —  (1.) I used shredded chicken instead of bite sized pieces. (2.) I didn’t add the hot sauce because I wasn’t sure how hot the chorizo would be. I think it was the perfect heat level without it, but everyone’s different! (3.) I accidentally bought chicken broth, instead of chicken stock, so it needed a little extra flavoring. I just added half a packet of taco seasoning. (4.) Next time I won’t use the potatoes, I don’t feel like they were really necessary. Seriously, try this recipe!! So good!

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It looks pretty too!

What I’m Baking

My mom bought me a mini donut maker for my birthday on Monday (yeah, she’s awesome like that) and I used it for the first time today! I didn’t feel like going to the store to buy anything fancy so I just made the basic donut batter and used granulated sugar and powdered sugar as the toppings. I’d say I did pretty good for my first try!

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What I’m Laughing At

I’m laughing at myself today! Have you ever seen pictures of perfectly vacuumed carpets with perfect, symmetrical vacuum lines?

Well, I vacuumed and shampooed my bedroom carpet earlier in the week. No, a blind and drunk person did not do that. I don’t even know how it got that way! I don’t remember walking in any circles, but apparently I did.

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Doggy footprints everywhere!

 

What are YOU doing today? Feel free to link up!

March (Box) Madness

Well, if you all remember I wrote about my Julep Maven box on Friday, but today I’m here to talk about my March Birchbox and Ipsy bag! I haven’t used any of the products yet because I didn’t want to open anything before I took pictures, so there won’t be any reviews.. just a description of what’s in the box!

photo 31. Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Color-Saver Sulfate Free Shampoo ($22 full size) – This is a super gentle shampoo that’s supposed to clean your hair without stripping it of it’s moisture and color. It uses tea antioxidants and lemon/apple extracts.

2. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream ($20 full size) – It’s all natural and it doesn’t foam up like regular shaving creams, it’s supposed to go on like thick cream. It’s scented with blueberry, pomegranate, almond and lavender (it seriously smells SO good).

3. Madewell Nail Emery Board ($5 each) – It has a rough side and soft side – and seriously, can you ever have too many nail files??

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4. MAKE Face Primer ($30 full size) – It’s moisturizing, skin perfecting AND contains SPF 30. Honestly, I love any and all face primers.

5. MAKE Matte Finish Eyeshadow ($18 full size) – I don’t know the name of the color I received (I think it’s Cement) but it’s a medium grey and I’m super excited to use it. This eye shadow is supposedly crease-resistant and long lasting.

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Overall, I’m satisfied with this month’s box. There’s nothing that particularly pops out and makes me go “WOW!” but there’s nothing I’m really disappointed in. ((All the above descriptions were summarized from the Birchbox website. Links provided.))

1. All Ipsy bags come in a little makeup bag and this one is TOO CUTE! It’s navy blue and white with ropes and boat anchors. Adorable. This month’s theme was the Great Escape with a cute beachy, vacation theme.

2. LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes ($1.49 for 8 wipes) – This is pretty self-explanatory. And who doesn’t love makeup wipes? Enter “IPSY13″ at checkout for 30% off beauty wipes until 4/15/13. 

3. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22 full size) – This product is actually for your skin. The website said it’s nourishing and moisturizing. And it smells good! I’m a little excited to try this actually. Enter “GLAM20″ at checkout for 20% off $30 or more until 4/15/13. 

photo 1 4. GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette ($16.50 for the Touch Up Palette) – So the mini palette I received is just a magnetic case with a mirror. On the actual website, it comes with a brightening concealer, lip balm, shine erase powder, and black eyeliner AND an empty layer below it for your little magnetic eye shadow pots. Seriously, this is adorable. I’m not impressed with my mini palette, but this one is SO CUTE! Enter “IPSY” at checkout for 20% off until 4/15/13. 

5. YABY Eye Shadow Refill ($3.29 each) – I received 2 different colors – one is a dark teal and the other is a really light tan (it looks yellow in the picture). I’m not sure I’d use either color, but they’re magnetic and fit nicely in the GlamRX Palette. Enter “ipsyglam20130325″ at checkout for 25% off your purchase until 4/15/13. 

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So honestly, I was severely disappointed in this bag. The actual makeup bag is cute. Yeah, I’ll use the makeup wipes and I’ll probably use the hydrating mist (or at least try it), but I just didn’t feel like there was anything I really liked or couldn’t live without. So disappointed! Hopefully next month is better.  ((All links provided will take you to the actual website of the product.))

Do you have Birchbox or Ipsy subscriptions? What did you think of March’s items??

Friday Nail Files #6

Ok, so quick post because I gotta eat before work tonight.. but I really wanted to link up with Fabulous But Evil and My Vickilicious Life for the Friday Nail Files andddd share the contents of my March Julep Maven box! Unfortunately, I had a bit of a ditzy moment prior to getting my shower and took my nail polish off before taking pictures (oops). AND now I’m updating my phone so I had to be even lazier and borrow the pictures from the Julep website.

So prior to showering I had on this lovelyyy spring color called Simone :) it’s described by Julep as a “soft pastel lilac opalescent shimmer.” I also had a pretty, purple glitter on my ring fingers but again, no photographic evidence :( I’m so ready for spring!!

The other color in my Julep box was called Debra. It’s described on the website as a “smoky taupe crème.” It’s not something I would usually wear, BUT I think with a super glossy top coat I could make it work.

Also in my Julep box was a strawberry mint lip balm which smells so yummy and an awesome, awesome, awesome hand cream. I seriously love it! It smells flowery and delicate and makes my hands so soft.

I feel so torn about these Julep boxes! I seriously love all the products I receive but sometimes I wonder if it’s a little expensive at $20/mth since I already receive Birchbox and Ipsy.. I guess we’ll see what happens!

If you have Julep – what colors did you receive this month?!