Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Stuff

Woohooo it's Friday and it's not raining, and it's a weekend at home! Just yay!

{1}- Loft Sale
Yep, I fell prey to the 50% off Loft sale on Wednesday night. Again. I ordered some super cute stuff online for the Fall/Winter (all of which can be worn for work or outside of work). And, the best part is, now that the mall by us is opened up, I can return anything that I don't like super easily and quickly. Here's my haul:

{2}-Louis V 2.0
Remember when I said hello to my loverrrr, Louis V? it has a brother:
And all I have to say is that I have the best mother-in-law....pretty much in the history of ever #myMILisbetterthanyours #myclosetrunnethover

{3}-House Projects
MG and I have been on a break from house projects for a little bit, but after going to see his sister's new and beautiful house last weekend, and it basically looking like they've lived there forever after only 3 weeks (how did she do it??), we've gotten back into planning more things for our place. This weekend's agenda right now involves picking out paint and then painting our entry hallway, the guest bedroom and re-painting some of the doors/trim (because the previous owner decided to do some in white, and some in off-white....cuz that makes sense...arg!)
this is the color inspiration for both rooms at this point
{4}-New Recipe
Next week I'm planning on posting the recipe for the easiest and most delicious broccoli cheddar soup, made from scratch, that I've ever had. In the meantime, here's a pic to tantalize you:
Im salivating just remembering how yummy it was...
{5}- Family
Maybe you've noticed, and maybe you haven't, but I've been a little absent from the blog in terms of posting personal stuff (the Blogtober link up has helped hide that a bit). There have been some things going on lately that I don't want to go into detail about on here, but I do want to ask that you take a second and send up a prayer for MG's family. They've been going through some rough waters lately and an extra prayer here and there might be just what the doctor ordered. 

And just so I don't end this post on a less-than-happy note, just remember as you're wrapping up the week....
Hope your weekend is fun-filled, and calorie-free! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blogtober Day 22: Pet Peeves

Today's Blogtober topic is Pet Peeves
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I did a funny post on this back in August (you can check it out here), but I figured I'd attempt another list filled with someecard funnies for you! (If someecards are a pet peeve of yours, do not continue reading past this point!) :)

-having someone (especially a kid) tell you "actually, it's ____"...when in "actuality" it's not
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-hypocrits; when people comment about something when in reality they're the ones guilty of doing it. Drives me BONKERS!
-when people leave a few seconds on the microwave when they're done using it (I encounter this daily at work, so it was worth the repeat from the last list!)

-when people don't flush after they go to the bathroom (soooo gross...and inconsiderate for the next person who has to go in there and see your 'business')
-when your nail polish chips a day or two after getting it done
-people who can't let things go, especially when it's something soooooo small and insignificant, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things but they insist on bringing it up again and again at every opportunity....
-when telemarketers call...over, and over and over (despite being on the Do Not Call list). If I haven't picked up the last 5 times you called, take a hint and don't call again!
-pulling up to my house to find all kinds of flyers on or around our front door. Especially when it's from the same company that left flyers the previous week. #ifiwantedyourservicesiwouldhavecalled
-when people talk over you or interrupt you mid-sentence
-people who link up to link-ups and their post has nothing to do with the actual link-up
{via}  this was as close as I could get to a funny
Hopefully those gave you a giggle :)
What are some of your pet peeves??

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blogtober Day 21: Dream Vacay

Oh man, is this the perfect topic for today, when it's just a bit too chilly for my liking and I'm at work after a pretty stressful weekend and days leading up to it. So, let's escape life's drama and focus on something much more fun--my dream vacation!

Helene in Between Blogtober

At this point, I think my dream vacation would be going to Greece. If you go on my Vacations board on Pinterest, I'd say the vast majority of pictures are of Greece and the Maldives, which is also another dream vacation. I'd love to see Athens, and then head over to the beautiful islands of Santorini and Mykonos. So many of my friends have been heading to Greece recently (and MG even had a work trip to Athens and Cypress earlier this year), that I would love to go and experience it for myself. All of the pictures of Greece look almost magical and I would not mind being able to soak it all up myself. The views, the food, the history, the people...I'd be all over it!
Who wouldn't want to see this??

Realistically, any trip that MG and I go on together is usually a dream vacation, or at least one for the memory books. We always know how to have fun no matter what we end up doing, and we know each other's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to travelling which makes it so much easier to do. We also tend to have the same balance of interests: we can sit pool/beach-side and just relax, and then we like to do an adventure here or there. He's the best travel partner I've ever had, and I'd go pretty much anywhere with him. (Especially if one of those places was Greece or the Maldives ;)

What's a dream vacation of yours? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blogtober Day 19: Happy

Today's topic is a nice and easy one: things that make me happy.
Luckily this list is pretty simple.

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Again, I'm not going to do the obvious and talk about people. You all know my husband, my family and my friends are the most important people out there to me so I figured I'd do a list about the small things in life that make me happy!

In no particular order:

~morning text messages from my husband before he goes into work

~emails/phone calls from my friends

~cards in the mail

~just-because flowers

~Cooper cuddles, and when he stares into my eyes while I'm petting him

~weather that lets me roll down my windows and open my sunroof

~getting a pedicure

~date nights 


~Scrolling through Instagram

~drinking wine 

~snuggling on the couch and a cup of coffee in the morning

~our home

~holding hands

~reading outside on the deck

~Loft...yeah pretty much everything at Loft

~sleeping in your own bed after being away from home

~when you're craving something particular and finally get what you've been wanting 

~laughing so hard that you cry

That's just a taste of some of the small things in life that make me happy.
What are your happies??

Friday, October 17, 2014

Oh Hey, 5 on Friday Favorites!

You see what I did there in my header? :)
It's Friday which means the end of the week is finally here and it's time for some awesome Friday link-ups!
This Friday I'm going to tell you about some of my Favorite moments from our trip to Minnesota last weekend for our annual visit with our friends Kev and Michelle, and their two boys Will (who was our ring bearer) and Gabe. You might not have known I was there since I didn't write anything about it, but...SURPRISE! 

Here are 5 of my favorites from last weekend:

{1}-Friday night double date and exciting news!
MG and I flew out to Minnesota Friday evening and arrived around 7. Our friends Kev and Michelle picked us up at the airport and we went straight out to dinner at an awesome restaurant called Coup d'Etat (if you live in/near Edina, you HAVE to go here--soooo good!!). The food was yummy, the company was fab (as always) and we found out that Michelle is pregnant with their third!! Baby #3 comes in April!!

{2}-Soccer game and apple orchard
We got to watch the oldest, Will's last soccer game of the season. It was adorable watching all of the 4 year olds play, and Will was a soccer master with over 6 goals.
Afterwards we went to the apple orchard where we did a hayride, a corn maze and watched the boys go on cute little rides.

Mornings that involved hide and go seek, chase, football and tickles are pretty much the best mornings ever.

{4}-The Vikings Game
Even though the Vikings lost pretty badly, it was still fun, as always, to watch the game in the players' family section (where the weather was thankfully really pleasant), get to go into the players' family/coaches lounge, and then to tailgate in the players and coaches parking lot before and after the game, watching all of the athletes come out, and drive off in their nice cars/SUVs.

{5}- Having Michelle tell me on Tuesday, the morning after we left, that on Monday night at dinner, her youngest, Gabe, looked across the table and goes "{MG} and Jenn are missing." Melted my heart :)
(I mean, who wouldn't miss this??...
how stinking cute is he in his little PJs???)
All in all, the trip was so much fun--hanging out with great friends is always a good way to spend a weekend. And when you get two super cute little boys added to the mix, it really doesn't get much better!

I hope your weekend is filled with good friends and happy times!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blogtober Day 16: Fall Fashion

Today's Blogtober topic is Fall Fashion
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As it's gotten closer to Fall, I've been scoping out some cute Fall outfits, and of course, Pinterest has helped a ton (or really, just made me want a ton of clothes all at once)

Here are some of my favorite Fall looks from Pinterest:
Super cute dressy/casual look. I could totally wear something like this to work
I need to find this shirt. Like, now.

I really need to find a vest for this fall!
especially loving the polka dot shirt

love this combo for a laid back look!
*All of the above looks can be found on my Pinterest board here

If you couldn't tell, I pretty much love any look that involves brown boots and/or some kind of scarf.
What are some of your Fall Fashion picks?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blogtober Day 13: Fall Recipe

While MG and I are making our way back from Minnesota, I thought I'd leave you with another blogtober post.
Today's blog topic is a favorite fall recipe.

I have a ton of recipes that I love to eat during the fall (check out my recipes tab to look at them all), but to me, nothing says Fall more than a hot bowl of soup or chili. So today I'm refreshing your memory with this recipe I posted in December 2012 that I got from A Year of Slow Cooking
Pasta fagioli in the crock pot--this recipe has a slight kick to it (nothing too spicy, just a little hint of something) that soaks in the longer this soup sits (hello, leftovers!!)

This isn't a recipe you'd make before leaving for work because the prep takes a bit more than dumping everything together. It's perfect for making on a Sunday afternoon so you have dinner ready for that night, and quite a bit of leftovers for the next day (or days).

What You Need:
-6 qt crock pot
-1 lb lean ground beef
Imagine salt, pepper and oregano are in the picture
-2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (we did no salt added cans to take away some of the sodium)
-4 cups (32 oz) beef broth
-about 1 cup of dry pasta
-26 oz pasta sauce
-1 can kidney beans
-1 can small white beans
-about 1 cup of carrots (or slightly more if you like), chopped
-about 2-3 stalks of celery (or more if you like), chopped
-1/2 large red onion, chopped
-1 Tablespoon of Tabasco sauce
-2 teaspoons oregano
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1/2 tsp salt

What You Do:
1. Brown the meat and then drain it well. Set it aside to cool.

 2. Chop up the carrots, celery and onion. Add it to the bottom of the crock pot.

3. Drain and rinse the cans of beans. Add them to the crock pot.

4. Add in the tomatoes, with the juices.
Im not sure why these look like neon tomatoes in the picture.
 I swear, they were totally not radioactive.
5. Add in the pasta sauce, beef broth, oregano, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

6. Finally, add in the ground beef and stir everything to combine it.

7. Set the crockpot to LOW for 8 hours, or HIGH for 4 hours. About an hour before it's done, add in the dry pasta (I used more than one cup of dry pasta in mine--closer to 1 1/2 cups). Cook for another hour until the pasta is tender.
Serve with Parmesan cheese if you have it.
(Try it with the grated parmesan--like what you'd put on spaghetti-- instead of the shredded like
 I have in this picture. It gets pretty stringy with this kind of cheese.)
This made two meals for dinner for us, and 5 servings worth of leftovers. Possibly more if you don't go back for seconds *cough cough...MG!*

It's SO yum!