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Life's adventures should be fully accessorized!


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kate spade valentines gifts under $60

Just a couple of weeks until valentines! I love these sweet gifts from Kate Spade. These are perfect ideas for boyfriends and husbands, MINE INCLUDED, HELLLLLO! ūüėČ I can’t get over how cute the perfect match bracelet is (and its on sale for $54!)

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bow gloves // perfect match bracelet set // rain check umbrella // jewelry holder

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emoji sugar cookies

emoji cookiesTo make these (or anything else that are a “common”/familiar thing) sketch them out first so your hand has the idea before you have icing in your hand. I used wilton gel colors in buttercup, red-red, teal, black and white. I prefer to use the disposable bags because icing is meeeeeessssaaaay.

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How can you not smile when you see this?!


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diner en blanc in the rain

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I was so excited to go to diner en blanc in philly this year with andrea (my soul sister and former philly roommate, bridesmaid, coworker…you know she’s basically everything to me). In case you don’t know, Diner en Blanc occurs across the world and is basically a chic white pop-up¬†picnic thats an all night party! It’s invite only and tickets are coveted. You bring everything from your table & chairs to your picnic feast and are shown to an undisclosed super secret location where everyone lines up table after table for a massive picnic and party. Diner en Blanc occurs rain or shine and they mean it. We were absolutely soaked but had a great time. I’ll walk you through the night and what we packed. Continue reading


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THREE YEARS

Today marks our three wedding anniversary. I cannot believe it!
This year has been a big lesson in patience and perseverance for us both. With the busyness our jobs, house hunting, each other…lots of patience. But I wouldn’t change a thing.
People are always quick to tell you that marriage is hard. (OMG IT IS.) But its also amazing to do life with your best friend and build your own family.

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Happy that this one is my plus one for life.LindJordWeb-571


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crockpot picadillo stuffed peppers

This is a great weeknight dinner because the crockpot does all the work! I think this works best if you do the picadillo overnight and wake up in the morning and pop it in peppers and let it go all day so its ready for you when you get home.
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Ingredients:
1lbs 93% lean ground beef
1 cup minced onion (I had vidalia on hand)
1 chopped green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 tomato, diced (I had beefsteak on hand)
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup of water
1/4 cup alcaparrado (you can make your own with green olives with pimientos centers and capers)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Peppers:
5 large bell peppers
brown rice (I use the whole grain brown rice microwaveable bag!)
handful of shredded cheese
1/3 cup water

Directions:
1) Brown your beef in a medium skillet until no longer pink. Be sure to season with salt and pepper when cooking.
2) Once cooked, drain the liquid from the pan and add in onion, garlic and bell pepper and heat for another 4-5 minutes on a lower temperature to help the flavors start to develop.
3) Place everything from the pan into the crockpot. Then add everything else: chopped tomato, cilantro, tomato sauce, water, alcaparrado, garlic powder, cumin and bay leaves.
4) You can cook this on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Just like with any other crockpot recipe, you may need to adjust seasonings when its done.
5) Cut the tops off your peppers, fill 1/3 of the bottom¬†with brown rice and then scoop in picadillo. You can also top with cheese.¬†Pour water around peppers in the crockpot but don’t get the inside of the peppers wet, the water will steam them.
6) Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for around 3 hours.

recipe slightly adapted from SkinnyTaste


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summer reading wish list (the second edition)

I’ve been reading more over the last month or so that I have since college…and these aren’t exactly the same as trying to drill in hundreds of pages of political theory in before your eyes glaze over. I’ve found new slots to read during my lunch hour or the few minutes between work and spin and I’ve been ripping through these books.

My library card has been getting a great work out, but its been challenging being at the mercy of the Mercer County library system to get the books I want. But the amount of money and townhouse space the library card is saving me is truly worth a little annoyance. I just picked these up from the library and I started the Luckiest Girl Alive (its also SO MUCH BETTER than this book).

summer reading wish list

Luckiest Girl Alive
Finding Audrey
The Pocket Wife
The Husband’s Secret

There will be more recipes up soon…but my cooking time has morphed into my reading time and I’ve been doing some repeats at our house including : this, and this.