Friday, March 30, 2012

alouette





i just love this target commercial. maybe it's the colors? maybe it's the giant air balloon? maybe it's the music? no matter, i think it's a good way to ring in the weekend.
so, happy weekend.








Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just some essentials...




I think this warm weather has given people the "shopping bug." There seems to be a lot of people out and about trying to stock up on those last minute warm weather purchases. And for the other "type As" out there, we all know how we like to be prepared. I recently saw a news headline that exclaimed the economy is actually benefiting  from the warm weather that passed through the majority of the country. It inspired all of us to get out there and use the green stuff.  So, as we build that "warm weather essentials list" I thought I would share some of my recent favorites for the season. Some of which are so affordable you need to go right now and purchase them. Props for building the economy.


1.Women's Navy
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 1.Saltwater Sandals. I have only heard the praises of these sandals from those that own them. They last years. They stay in good shape and apparently they are super comfortable. You can find them here.

2.  Butter London nail polish. I just got this exact color: "Trout Pout". You really need to check out there selection of colors. The variety is insane. Not to mention, their lacquers contain no formaldehyde, DBP, or Toluene. You can find their selection of colors here at their site or you can visit Ulta here if you have other beauty shopping to knock out.

3. Essie nail polish also has some great colors this season. And as I have mentioned before, I have become especially inclined to the pastel trend this spring. So, I purchased this minty pistachio color: "Navigate Her" to let some of that out. Controlled steps. No worries, they have plenty of other perfect spring shades if this one doesn't meet your fancy. Find them here.

4. H&M top. Can I just say that they have hit it out of the park this season? Their selection in stores is so good. I purchased a black and white polka dot button down (that was a mouthful) at their store for just under $13. Yes. I didn't see the same top online, but they still have polka dots. And tunics. And all kinds of other affordable pieces that will mix right in with a wardrobe. Go here and be amazed.

5. Forever21 is sometimes hit and miss for me. Being petite can cause some items to fit a little awkward at times. But, if you have a hard time finding shorts that are not going to reveal what your mama gave you....then you should really go here right now and check out these shorts (Cuffed Cutoff Denim Shorts). I paid just under $18 dollars for these guys (?!?!?). And they are the perfect length with "adjusting" ability. I also found a lighter denim pair that rival the ones I have from J.Crew. Happy cuffing.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I can't get over how nice of a day it was yesterday here in Michigan. Naturally, we have experienced a "cool down" in the weather today. But, yesterday was very close to a perfect Sunday afternoon. We spent our weekend with family and getting some spring/summer shopping accomplished. I am extremely excited about the pieces that some of the stores are introducing this spring. Extremely affordable and on trend. I will be sharing some of my favorites on a future entry. 
With that said, we are wishing you a lovely Monday over here!
 
 
A blossoming tree at my in-laws house yesterday

Friday, March 23, 2012

I love Spring


I just really love the seasons. That is one of the many reasons why I love Michigan (in case you haven't already picked up those vibes from my writing). But, we really get to experience all four seasons in a distinctive way. So, let me just say: I love Spring in Michigan. I love the idea of things coming alive again. I love Easter. I love seeing the buds on trees and flowers popping up from the ground. Oh, and I love birds. Is there anything more enjoyable than hearing birds chirping on a beautiful sunny morning? I can think of very few things that give me warm fuzzies like that. Well, while I'm on the topic of Spring and everything it represents I might as well just share some of the things that have me smiling about the season.

1.) Those first few times you really get to spend time outside. Sitting on the deck, running through the grass, and just enjoying creation. There is just something about sitting outside and enjoying what is taking place around you.

2.) Ice cold beverages. Preferably enjoyed in the car. It just screams "warm weather". Ice cold coffee. Ice cold tea (sweetened). My time in the south has now made it impossible for me to enjoy tea unless I have a half of pound of sugar with it.

3.) Pastel colors. I have no idea what has come over me, but I have a sudden urge to paint everything mint green or pale pink. And this is a stretch from my normal neutral stance on everything. So, when in doubt take your new-found pastel obsession out on a kitchen appliance (see below).

4.) This has everything to do with the former statement. Something about this weather is welling up in me the urge to bake like a crazy woman. Cookies. Cakes. Cupcakes. All the things that a diabetic should not have. Congratulations to me, I have officially become domesticated. Pale pink blender and all.

5.) Fruit. I just associate it with warm weather. And I am pretty sure I have consumed my weight in Cuties the last few weeks.

This list could go on and on....but what are some things about Spring that have you beside yourself this year? It really is a season focused on becoming "new" and "growth" don't you think?

 
the husband with my parent's dog: Roxy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This weekend.

The husband and I threw a "Star Wars" par-tay with two of our favorite guys. Unfortunately, two of the four of us passed out 40 minutes into the showing (see evidence below).

I was craving a hot dog on Saturday. I blame Michigan for skipping spring and moving right along to summer.

We spent some time enjoying the beautiful sunshine on Saturday at our local Starbucks. There is no time when coffee is not appropriate. No time.

To top it all off I got to see a beautiful sunrise on the way to church this morning and get festive with the Easter candy.

It's been a great weekend spent with some really great people. I hope yours was wonderful as well. Onward to Monday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Strawberry & Cream Cheese French Toast

 

My husband is slightly addicted to the Food Network. If left to his own devices, he would probably watch it all day long. I'm not sure when his fascination with it began but it's definitely been going on for awhile now. So much so, that I catch him tossing around cooking "lingo" and shopping in the professional knife section when at department stores. His most recent purchase: a bigger (and better) cutting board.
  While I also enjoy watching....I always end up really hungry. And usually craving a burger.

We were watching Paula Deen today (her sons were cooking actually) and we ended up wanting french toast. Not just any french toast though. No, we were craving strawberry and cream cheese french toast.
Here's how we did it/what you will need: 

Grocery Store List:
  • Sour Dough Bread (local bakery and pre-sliced) 
  • Original Cream Cheese
  • Strawberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Eggs
  • Milk 
  • 3/4 cup of Sugar
  • Powder Sugar
French Toast:
  •  Beat both eggs with the milk. I never measure out my milk...I just add a little splash. 
  • Spread cream cheese on both sides of the bread. Spread sliced strawberries onto one side. Stack both slices together (like a sandwich). 
  • Soak both sides in egg mixture.
  • Put on griddle (flipping when one side browns slightly).
Strawberry Sauce:
  • Dice up 1 lb. of strawberries into quarters. Place in saucepan.
  • Add the juice of one lemon.
  • Add 3/4 cup of sugar (or to taste). 
  • Stir ingredients together. Simmer on medium heat. 
  • The strawberries begin to reduce down when it's ready. There will still be chunks of strawberry in the sauce. 
Plating:
  •  Add strawberry sauce on top of french toast. Sprinkle on powder sugar. 
  • Enjoy! 


Spring Things

Thought I would share some things that have me thinking and dreaming and hoping for Spring 
(*fingers crossed*).
1.Adorable metallic sandals from J.Crew


  2. I just want some peonies. lots and lots of peonies.

3. Such fun bowls. Useful too.


4. Nothing says "spring" like Brooke Fraser's Flags
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