Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Favorites...

Yes to winter break! We crossed off cookie baking on our list but I still don't have my santa pic with the kids so hopefully I can give them a sweet bribe to make it happen this weekend ;)  I've stumbled on the perfect red polish for the holidays and a lip oil that really helps your chapped lips.  This year has flown by I can't believe this is my last Friday Favorites post of 2015. I so enjoy sharing these weekly pics of mine and a Texas size thank you for reading along each week. TGIF... 
polish of the week
christmas cookies
must have wedges
bottle brush trees around the house

Linking up with Meet At The Barre

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Last Minute Gift List...Family Athletic Vibes

9 shopping days left. Need a few more people to buy for this holiday season? Why not gift your friends and family with the gift of Nike? Although I'm a huge lover of LuLu, Nike will always have my heart when it comes to workout gear and lifestyle clothing. Plus, everyone will be ready for their resolutions after we ring in the new excuses. I picked a few of my favorites for everyone in the family and you can just never, ever go wrong with shoes ;) 
Women's sneakers
Boy's hoodie
Girl's runners
Can't decide?
  Gift cards always fit!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Minestrone

There's nothing better than soup to warm the soul during the winter months. It's even better when they are healthy and super easy to throw together. I found two soup recipes on the TIU website and the first one I made was no bueno so I'm not going to mention it but this minestrone recipe with a few changes of my own is...real nice, if you know what I mean (Cousin Eddie Reference for you "non-die hard" Christmas Vacation fans)! Plus, it was my first time experimenting with parsnip and I kinda liked it! Try it and let me know what you think. Click here for their recipe.

Their ingredient list didn't include celery but calls for it in their directions so I went ahead and threw it in the soup. I left out the thyme, used a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes instead of the 2 cups it called for and added 1 cup of water. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Favorites...

Sneakers on repeat
I typically go for the white poinsettia plants but I'm so thankful my daughter talked me into this red one. It is the perfect pop of color in our neutral living room. Our weather has been crazy warm this week and it sure has motivated me to get all of my Christmas shopping done. We still have a few traditions to carry through this weekend as in seeing Santa ;) and making Christmas cookies. Fourteen more shopping days left...
These fit my small face so well. Santa?
 Homemade pizza night
Please ignore the wrinkles, Christmas p.j.'s

TGIF and thanks for reading!  Linking up with Meet At The Barre today.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Booties

booties to try...
I was hoping to bring you a really good soup recipe to try today but unfortunately it just wasn't blog worthy. It's always so disappointing to me when I try a recipe that I think is going to be really, really good and it turns out so bad.  So what's the next best thing? Booties! I've rounded up a few in different price points and styles that might be just what you're looking for this winter. They all are so versatile and 6 is just an oldie but goodie. 17 shopping days left!

Friday, December 04, 2015

Friday Favorites...TJ's tops the list

TJ's dark chocolate mint stars
Friday is here and these star cookies above are worth the drive to Trader Joe' doubt about it. They have satisfied my sweet tooth this week and I just can't seem to get enough of them. Thankful that they are dark chocolate because at least they are somewhat healthy right? Looking forward to this weekend and I'm excited to make two soups that I've seen on the internet that are healthy and look supa' delish. Hope y'all knock out some Christmas shopping this weekend and TGIF!
love the convenience of matcha tea bags
 inexpensive, basket for Christmas decor (other options)
happy for the weak moment I had purchasing this lip gloss set

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Thursday, December 03, 2015

$50 and under gift list...


There are 22 more shopping days left until Christmas and I've linked up 9 adorable gifts under $50 that any girl would love. Some would even make perfect stocking stuffers so don't wait until the last minute to get 'em filled. Don't worry if you aren't a champagne drinker because there are 5 other options to choose from on 1 above. Oh, and there's so many deals going on right now with retailers extending cyber Monday I can't even keep track of it all. One more day until TGIF and shop on my friends...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Stuffed Peppers

It was meatless Monday over here last night and I made these stuffed peppers for dinner. My mom's jaw dropped when I told her that walnuts were in this recipe but for some reason it sounded good and I just went with it. They turned out super delicious and I would definitely make these again. I can't claim them to be my own but click here for the recipe! P.S. I swapped the provolone cheese for mozzarella...
before pic...
P.S.S. 24 more days until Christmas!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Try It Tuesday-Turmeric Milk Recipe

Other than turmeric being good for you this drink is so tasty that you'll want to make a big batch of it to warm up a cup for yourself everyday.  Even if you aren't a health fanatic you'll find yourself craving this drink. Plus it doesn't hurt that you're being healthy and bumping your immune system up a notch this time of year. I ran across this recipe on the Naked Cuisine blog by Chantelle and I knew I had to make it asap.  I made a few minor adjustments to her recipe just because it's what I had on hand and didn't feel like making another trip to the store. Anyway, I used ground ginger instead of fresh, 1 tsp of cinnamon instead of 2 and I sprinkled my cardamom in instead of using a pod. Oh, I also forgot to take out my peppercorns so they were blended with my drink both times I made it. LOL-I actually like it and will keep making it that way. Actually turns out that peppercorns help the absorbtion of the curcumin (main active ingredient in turmeric) so just an added bonus for moi. Click here for her recipe.

Ignore the vanilla in the pic...decided against it!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wine & Cheese OOTD Inspo...

What to Wear


My love for California and wine runs deep if you don't already know that about me. So I was super stoked when I was asked to put together an outfit for a wine and cheese event that The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA is hosting this month. This outfit says "Wine and Dine" me like no other. The flared denim makes this outfit casual but the animal print gives it a dressier feel for such a fun event. I've been trying to stay away from the faux fur vests but I just can't help myself this time of year and especially around the holidays. Be sure to scroll down to view this magnificent west coast resort.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites...

similar stan's but in a fun color
This week has flown by so so fast. I'm not sure if it's because my parents were in town for a visit and just left a couple of days ago or if it's just the hustle & bustle of a pre holiday week. I broke my own fashion rules by wearing white shoes after Labor Day this week...Yikes! I love my Stan Smith's so much and don't they just remind you of Christmas with the white and green? They were a birthday present this past year and they are needing some major love. Think I'll wear them all winter long so they are nice and broken in for spring! Enjoy the weekend everyone...

must have finishing spray
 it's like butta
our new favorite seasonal snack. thanks mom!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Favorites...

Daily walk with these sneakers
My weekday mornings always include walking our maltipoo, Junie B, after I come home from the gym. She loves to run/walk and knows just how to look at me so I'll give in and take her even when I plan not to.  I don't really mind since I burn a few more calories and it's easier to justify having an extra cocktail or dessert! This weekend our son will play his last youth championship football game (going to the turf bowl the 4th year in a row) with the same boys he's been playing with for 4 years and I have to say it's bittersweet. We've made some great friends through his team and have been fortunate to be surrounded by some truly awesome people. Below are my favorites and hope you guys have a wonderful weekend...TGIF!
My favorite quilt to use for bedding
So happy that I have these rain boots 

*I was a little hesitant about these boots but they have been the best purchase I've made in awhile! If you're on the fence, go for won't be disappointed!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Winter Sleepwear

Winter Sleepwear

Today I'm linking my favorite winter sleepwear and do you notice a pattern here? Everything I picked is red, white and black! Oh well, but there's nothing better than coming home and slipping into comfortable pajamas to lounge in around the house at night. My all time favorite are Soma embraceable long sleeve pj tops & bottoms and they are 25% off right now using the code 22267. The pants come in 3 different lengths so it's perfect if you are tall or on the shorter side.  Get 'em while you won't regret it. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Guest Room Essentials

The holidays are almost here...Yay! We have a steady flow of guests throughout the year except for during the holiday season. But for those of you who have guests this time of year here are a few tips to making your guest feel at home. So this Thanksgiving will be our fifth year here in Houston and I can't even believe it's been that long considering our stay here was to be much shorter. Anyway, when I was putting together our guest room I made sure to tag a specific drawer in the nightstand for our guests in case they forgot anything because we all know how that goes. I put this tag on so they know it is for them and they are welcome to anything in the drawer. Look below to see what I keep for my guests and let me know if there is anything else that I should add. I seem to have the lotion area covered!
Safe travels this holiday season if you are traveling and here's to getting your own guest room ready!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Friday Favorites...

The time change has me all out of sorts this week but I have to say I'm thankful for this extra hour. These black boots have been on my radar for quite some time and I'm thinking about putting them on my Christmas list. It will be here before you know it...59 days and counting actually. TGIF!
Cuddle Time with Junie B

p.s. Have you checked out this fall clearance sale yet?

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Overnight Oats

I know there have been a million recipes you've come across for overnight oats but just in case here's one to try or to follow loosely. My green smoothie is going to take a back seat this week to this jar of healthy, easy deliciousness. What I love most is that they are ready to eat in the morning. So easy to grab and go when you need to eat breakfast on the run. FYI-I used a 12 oz glass mason jar and this recipe fills up half of it. In the past I've substituted maple syrup with blue agave or even honey. Also, use any milk that you prefer and add some fruit. Blueberries made the cut for ours this week. Enjoy!

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