Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Hap-"Pinning"? {T.H.A.N.K.F.U.L. edition}

Today's What's Hap-"Pinning" post, for me, is going to be focused on things that I'm thankful for:
In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I'd write out things that I'm thankful for, in an acrostic poem kind of way (I saw this on another blog last week and loved the idea).

T-thoughtfulness; I think you can really tell how someone feels about you by the thoughtfulness that they show. Whether it's picking up something small that someone knows you would like, or just checking in when you know someone's going through something big. That thoughtfulness touches my heart more than most things, and I'm so thankful for the people in my life who have shown it to me.

H-husband; because life wouldn't be as fun or happy without him. I love this man with all of my heart and know that whatever happens in life, as long as we have each other, we can make it through. Having his support, love, kindness and helpfulness are some of the best things I could have asked for. Oh, and the laughter, because this guy can make some of the darkest days shine a bit brighter with his ability to make me laugh :)

A- an amazing family; I'm talking about my family I grew up with--my mom and dad, and my in-laws. I've said it before but I'm completely blessed to have my parents who have supported me through good and bad times, and made me feel special and important.
I'm also lucky that my in-laws are amazing and treat me like their own. I know not everyone has a great relationship with their in-laws, and I feel so lucky that I truly do. I'm additionally blessed that I've gotten to spend Thanksgiving for the last 4 years (including this year) with my parents and my in-laws all together. I love that we get to spend the holidays together, as a whole family.
And Cooper. Because he's obviously the best dog ever :)

N-nieces and a nephew; although I inherited them when I married MG, I'm so thankful that I got 5! Being an only child, these are the only nieces and nephew that I'll have, and luckily I got a great bunch. I've loved watching them all grow up and can't believe how quickly it's happened. I feel so lucky to be a part of their lives. 
this photo is about 4 years old at this point, but it's one of my favorites--look how little they all were!!!
K-kids; the ones that MG and I will have one day. They may not be here yet, or in the timing we had planned or hoped for, but I know that they will be one day, and I'm already thankful for it.

F-friends, who are there, no matter what. No judgement, no drama, just there. I'm so lucky and grateful to have a solid group of people I can turn to when I need them. We celebrate one another, no competing, and lift each other up when we're down. Life would be extra messy without my friends, and a heck of a lot less funny.

U-understanding; I'm thankful for people who show understanding. We may not always understand why someone does or says something, but I appreciate the people who take the time and energy to try and understand someone else's point of view and the shoes they're standing in. Understanding solves a lot of useless drama.

L-laughter; it's the best medicine for a crummy day, and makes a good day brighter. Having a partner who can make you laugh on your worst days is the best blessing of all.

Lastly, because there wasn't a B in Thankful, I wanted to share that I'm thankful for this Blogging community. I've met so many amazing people through this space--people I'm grateful to interact and talk with on a daily basis--who I wouldn't have met otherwise. You all have been the best surprise and my favorite part of blogging. I'm so glad that I know you guys and I hope to get the opportunity to meet so many of you in person!

I hope your days are filled with lots of people and things to be thankful for.
Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!

You can link up with Jessi and I below and share what's hap-"pinning" with you lately, or things you're thankful for...anything!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

{Recipe Files}: EasyStovetop Chili

Since it's Fall and the weather's gotten chilly out, what is more warm and comforting than a bowl of chili? Especially when it's super simple to throw together!

The easiest 5-ingredient chili recipe ever (except mine has 6...oops!):

This one has a kick to it, so keep that in mind if you don't like a little bit of heat.

What You Need:
~1 pound lean ground beef
~3 cans Rotel (tomatoes and green chiles)
~2 cans beans (I did one kidney and one black bean); drained and rinsed
~small onion, diced
~2 Tbsp chili powder (less if you don't want as much heat)
~a couple sprinkles of cumin

Optional Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro

What You Do:
1. In a large skillet or stock pot, cook the ground beef on medium-high heat until cooked through and no longer pink. Drain and return to the skillet.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients (cans of Rotel, beans, onion, chili powder and cumin) to the skillet and stir to combine.
3. Bring everything to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, making sure the onion is cooked through.
4. Serve that bad boy up in a bowl, and top with whatever chili fixins that you like!

If you're looking for some other tasty recipes to try, check out my Recipes Page which has a TON of great ones!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekending Highlights

Happy week of Thanksgiving! I seriously can't believe in 3 days we'll be cooking and eating with family!
Luckily this weekend was relatively low-key so we could get ready for all of the festivities!

My weekend highlights included:

~a really cool post-rain sky on my drive home Friday evening
~pizza and a movie at home--we watched Trainwreck which wasn't as funny as all the hype made it out to be. Really disappointing.

~was up super early for a doctor's appointment (work up earlier than my work day alarm!)

~Cooper got his fur did at the groomers--love when he gets groomed and is all soft and puffy!

~and some Cooper cuddles, because what's a weekend without puppy snuggles?
(I swear, he puts himself here...I just take the photos when it happens) :)
~Dealt with Macys and their ridiculousness--I seriously hate that store and their customer "service"--waited there for 45 minutes just to be told they couldn't help us; then, we eventually got an item that was defective, that they had repackaged and sold as new #iofficiallyhatemacys

~a trip to Home Depot because MG was the best husband ever and got stuff to make a blanket ladder for the basement

~lent a helping hand during the construction part of the blanket ladder
~Made our way to Tysons to deal with Macy's again, to get this beauty:
loving this more than Keurigs we've used in the past!
~dinner at Brio with the world's most delicious lobster bisque ever, and the strawberry fields salad....I could eat my weight in that lobster bisque, it's so freaking good!
~fell asleep on the couch after an early morning and running around all day

~started Sunday morning with chocolate chip pancakes made by MG
~Sunday morning errands to get everything we needed for Thanksgiving...our cart was full at every store we went to!

~stopped by TJMaxx to return something and saw this amazingly ugly Redskins youth sweater--I was so tempted to buy this hideousness, but I refrained and got some Christmas towels instead...but I kinda wanna go back for that ugly sweater lol
~Got out some of the Christmas decor to decorate a bit (but not the tree....yet!)
the white pillow has little strands of gold in it--so pretty!
~Reveled in the beauty of the totally stained and set blanket ladder #besthusbandaward

~ordered this set of blankets to add to our blanket ladder:
~got these perfect sea urchins at Target and found a spot for them on the wall in the basement
~watched football, cleaned up around the house, did laundry, and relaxed. 

Feeling a lot more prepared for our biggest Thanksgiving yet! Hoping the week is full of wonderful things! :)

Linking up with these pretties today:
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, lovies!
Hopefully your week was quick and easy--mine felt a little long when it was Tuesday at lunch and I felt like it was Thursday. Needless to say, I'm game for the weekend!
Let's talk about some highlights this week, though:

{1} Favorite Song: "My House"-FloRida
Love this song's beat--perfect for morning and afternoon car, it's clean--the lyrics anyway...(the video is another story):

{2} This video that will melt your heart
A quick-thinking dad explains what happened in Paris to his son, in the most beautiful way. This one made me tear up, especially the look on the boy's face at the end--get your tissues, it gets me every time I watch it.
{3} Favorite Meal
Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup--oh em gee, it was so delicious! Recipe coming soon, teaser pic in the meantime!
{4} Giveaway
If you missed it yesterday, go participate in the giveaway that Pamela is hosting to celebrate her 2 year blogiversary along with myself and 19 other bloggers for $325 to Nordstrom!

Check it out here and enter!

{5} Funnies
When you get in your car to leave work only to find a spider inside:
When someone gives you unsolicited advice:
When you realize that Thanksgiving is less than a week away and you haven't done anything to prepare...and you're hosting:
When the season finale of your favorite show is about to come on:
I hope you have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Currently....(and a giveaway!)

Today felt like a good day to do a 'Currently' post!
Reading ...
Eight Hundred Grapes which was recommended to me by Karly. I'm just over half way done with it, and I'm liking it so far!

Listening to...
music on iTunes radio while I cook dinner in the evenings. Something about dancing around the kitchen while you cook is super relaxing and fun to me. Cooper just looks at me like I'm crazy (and waits for me to drop some food off the counter) :)

Watching ...
Below Deck finale (Rocky is nuts and Eddie disappointed me),  Apres Ski (I'm not sold yet on this one, and am about to give it up), T-Pain on Watch What Happens Live on Sunday night was hilarious!

Thinking ... 
I need to slow my roll on the online shopping (at least for things for myself haha)


a bunch of stuff in my crock pot. This week alone I made Crockpot Salsa Chicken, and Cheeseburger Soup! Fall is the best time for using the crock pot! (and thank goodness for crock pot liners! They are the best!!!)

Drinking ...
lots of water--trying to stay hydrated and avoid getting the bad headaches I've had the last couple of days

Wanting ...
someone to buy me a full set of gold flatware for Thanksgiving. I don't feel like spending $150+ on it, but I waaaaaaaant it....

Looking forward to ... 
a short work week next week, followed by family time, and a long weekend!

Enjoying ...
that the Fall weather has really been Fall weather for the entire time it's been Fall (with maybe some dips back into Spring weather). Usually it feels like Fall lasts only a week or two, but it's been nice not to bust out my winter coat yet!

Laughing ...
at how many peanut butter pretzel bites I've eaten since we got the big tub at Costco this weekend. The answer: too many, but they are so damn delicious!

my new Rebecca Minkoff crossbody in aubergine. It is perfection! (yes I'm still talking about it because it's so pretty!)
when people at work make popcorn at 9am next to my office and force me to smell the buttery goodness for the rest of the morning. If you make popcorn at work, you have to share! (At least it wasn't burned popcorn...)
Wearing ...
one of my purchases from the Nordstrom sale over the summer, and my new booties. It's finally been cool enough to bust out this top--oh so comfy!

stuff for Thanksgiving decor, table set up ideas, etc like what I shared on Jessi's and my What's Hap-"Pinning" link up on Wednesday (yesterday)!
Feeling ...
excited that we're going to have all of the rooms of our house filled for Thanksgiving for the first time! I'm excited to have everyone here, and celebrate together!

Grateful For...
sisters-in-law who are like real sisters to me, that I can call at any time of the day about anything. I'm so grateful that they're in my life.
What are you up to currently?
For the next week, I am teaming up with Pamela from Sequins & Sea Breezes and 20 other fab bloggers to give away a $325 Nordstrom Gift Card to celebrate Pamela’s two year blogiversary! This giveaway is just in time for the holidays, so you have the chance to give yourself {or someone else} a little treat for the holidays! The more ways you enter, the better your chances are! 
The giveaway ends on Friday, November 27th, at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 30th. Good luck and be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogs!
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