Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Dreaming ...
of our summer getaways! Summer school is almost over (2 more days!) MG and I have 2 summer vacations planned and I can't wait! :)

Reading ...
The Good Girl, and Ever After. I finished Bread and Wine and will give you guys a review soon. The ones I'm reading now are pretty good as well!

Playing ...
Zingo with my kids at work--my coworker friend/fellow SLP had Zingo in her bag of tricks this summer and it has quickly become a favorite. Any moms of little kids, look into this game--it's cute and they have different ones with pictures, sight words and math (and it's only $11 on Amazon). I already bought myself one and plan to use it next school year.
Watching ...
I watched the Bachelorette finale this week--I knew Shawn would win because Kaitlyn spoiled her own season on Snapchat part way through (hear about what happened here). I actually felt bad for Nick towards the end, and think she shouldn't have let him go through his whole proposal speech before she let him go. I was a Nick hater in the beginning and now I feel for the guy.

Bring on the drama from Bachelor in Paradise--aka Kaitlyn and Chris Soules' rejects...and Clare.
Thinking ... 
about the dinner I'm going to make for a couple friend who are coming over this weekend. My friend is vegan, and I've never, at least not intentionally, made a vegan meal. A little nerve wracking but I think I have a plan.

lately it's been some old, tried and true recipes for me, like one pan mexican quinoa, and chicken parmesan meatballs. But, like I said, I'm going to be attempting a vegan meal this weekend. Mushroom fajitas! Anyone have easy vegan appetizers?
{via} They look pretty good, right?
Drinking ...
strawberry/lemon water, trying to stay hydrated during these super hot and sticky days!

Amanda about some fashion choices, and last week it was an entertaining conversation about an engagement ring. And my bestie...about a bunch of stuff :)

Wanting ...
The Nordstrom sale to be over. Ok, I don't really want it to be over, but I do. So it can stop tempting me to buy more more more! #mycreditcardisdying

Looking ... 
at Cooper and am so thankful that he's mine. And that his seizure meds have made him virtually seizure free (as far as we have seen). So happy to have this little guy in my life.

Enjoying ...
having the afternoons off--I could seriously get used to working half days all the time. There's so much time during the afternoon to get things done, schedule appointments, or just relax! 

Wasting ...
money on the Nordstrom sale. Ok, not least not according to me ;) 

Loving ...

my new nail polish from Essie. It's called Limo-Scene and I love the light white color! My coworker told me about the color and it was exactly what I had been looking for:
haters. I don't understand the constant need of some people to just nit pick at people. If you have the time to pick someone apart small detail by small detail, then you're just showing everyone how pathetic your life is. Find something more productive to spend your time doing. No one likes a hater.

Trying ...
a new workout program. Have you heard of Cize? It's the new program by Shaun T that is more dancing focused. It finally came in the mail yesterday and I got to work. Holy jeez was I sweating by the end! I'll be doing a full review once I do it a little more/longer!
Wearing ...
my new Reef flip flops from the Nordstrom sale, every chance I get. They go with everything and are so comfy! Love Reef!

a bunch of yummy recipes that I want to try. And some funnies that I spot along the way :)

Feeling ...
excited about Jessi's and my link up--starting NEXT WEDNESDAY! Don't forget to swing by and link up with what's hap-"pinning" in your life!!

Grateful For...
my health. Things can change in the blink of an eye, for you or someone else, and you just don't know when that will happen. Be grateful for the people in your life, and the things you have, especially your health.

For Leslie's family, specifically her husband and two little daughters.  I got the heart breaking news from my friend Jess yesterday that Leslie had passed away and I was in shock. Please send thoughts and prayers her family's way--I can only imagine what they are going through right now. The world lost a sweet sweet woman. Saw the hashtags to share on social media on my friend Lynn and Jess' blogs: #rememberingleslie #beblessedlovlies (The GoFundMe page for her daughter's college funds is here)

What are you up to currently?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

{Recipe Files}: Shrimp Fried Quinoa

I always love fried rice--it's so yummy, and then you add in some protein like chicken or shrimp and it's even better. So when I found this recipe online with quinoa instead of rice, I knew I had to try it!
It's light, tasty, packed with protein, and really quick/easy to make!

What You Need:

-Shrimp (I used 1 pound), tail removed
-1 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
-ginger (I used a couple dashes of the powder)
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1/4 small onion
-shredded carrots (I used about 1 cup)
-1/2 cup (or more) peas
-2 eggs, lightly beaten

For the sauce:
-1 1/2 Tbsp terriyaki sauce
-2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce (reduced sodium)
-3/4 tsp sesame oil (you can use olive oil if you don't have sesame oil)

What You Do:
1. Rinse quinoa if it needs to be rinsed. Then bring the quinoa and water (or broth if you're using it) to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, season with salt, and cover. Follow cooking time for your quinoa in directions (usually about 15 minutes). Fluff with a fork when done.

2. Mix the teriyaki, soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook for about 2 minutes.
4. Add garlic and ginger to the pan, and cook another 2 minutes.

5. Add in the rest of the olive oil and the quinoa and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add in the sauce and continue to cook for another few minutes.
6. Make a well in the center of the quinoa and add the lightly beaten eggs to the middle. Let them cook up like scrambled eggs. (I kind of messed this step up, and it still came out ok)
7. Throw in the peas, mix all together, and serve!

Hope you enjoy!!
Don't forget to check out some of my other recipes on my Recipes Page!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Highlights

This weekend went by in a flash! It was pretty relaxing and low-key overall, but still had some fun stuff which made the weekend go by quickly.

My weekend highlights included:

~Friday afternoon massage

~Had these pretties arrive earlier than expected:
I'm debating getting the multi-colored ones (if they come back in stock), and, depending which ones I like better, maybe taking these ones back...decisions decisions
~Enjoyed the humidity-free weather on the deck with some afternoon reading (and talking on the phone with my bestie)

~Double date dinner with friends at a favorite restaurant of ours--got to catch up since it's been a while since we last got together with all of the busy summer schedules

~Wore this cute outfit and sported two items from my most recent Rocksbox:
~Saturday trip to Costco

~Took advantage of the nice weather an explored a little park by our house and did a nice walk/hike

~FaceTimed with a friend I haven't seen for a bit (but have dinner plans with next weekend)

~Got to put my anniversary gift to MG to use and drove into DC to see Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center 
~Had a drink in the restaurant beforehand and enjoyed the view
~Laughed so hard at the show--I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it! We were laughing the whole time. And we had some pretty awesome seats!
~Slept past 8am the next morning, which is rare for me, but was so perfect

~Meal prepped for the week and ran errands

~Visited my dad in the hospital since he was admitted again to deal with his congestive heart failure--it seems to be helping, thankfully, and he looked a lot better when we saw him. I think our visit helped a bit too :)

~Gave the Coop-monster a bath and watched him go into crazy dog mode, running around the house super fast after he was done being dried off--so funny 
(and got some extra Cooper snuggles)
~Bought this cute jewelry stand, on sale, so I can finally organize my bracelets and watches 
~Read my newest book for a bit, did a little blog prep (especially for Jessi's and my link up next Wednesday--don't forget to link up with us!), and relaxed into Sunday evening

~MG made grilled chicken sandwiches on the grill along with some of the best corn on the cob I've had all summer! Perfect summer dinner--so yum!

~Ended the night with an ice cream sandwich
And magically had some extra company hanging around :)

All in all, it was a good weekend! I'm so glad I got that extra sleep this weekend, too, so I can gear up for the last week of summer school! 
Hope your weekend was awesome, too!
Linking up with these pretties today:
Mingle 240

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! I hope your day turns out as fabulously as this guy's day obviously is!
This week, I'm happy to report, that there were no injuries/aggression to my body during summer school! And, the kid who inflicted the most bodily harm is not coming back next week, so I'd say this week was fabulous! We also made it through a mega heat wave and got gifted some beautiful weather afterwards. All in all, it's been a good week!
And on top of all of that, I still have some more favorites!
{1}-Two Loves from my List
On Wednesday, when I posted my Love/Hate list, I actually had two of my things that I love come true: a haircut and color from my amazing stylist, and weather that had like zero percent humidity! Best day ever! A haircut and color had been long overdue for me, and I finally found the time to book an appointment with my hair stylist. I'm feeling good with my fresh 'do and highlights!
I'm getting another massage today after work--during the school year it's harder for me to get in for massages so I have a ton built up at Massage Envy--what better time to put them to use but at the end of the week of Special Ed summer school? Luckily this week I'm not nearly as tense as I've been other weeks (probably due to the fact that I wasn't a human punching bag this week). But it will still be nice to get a massage and get the kinks out!

{3}Nordstrom Purchases
I'm sure you're probably all tired of seeing everyone's wish lists/purchases from the Nordie sale, but my first box arrived this week and I'm obsessed with the two items that were inside, so I wanted to share.
It was 86degrees out the day this arrived, and I still put on an entire Fall outfit, just to see how cute the layered shirt would look all together. It's not even accessorized and I'm in love:
paired with my olive skinnies, and my Toms wedges
And these flip flops are super cute, comfy and go with just about every color under the sun:
I'm also awaiting these PJs and Kate Spade earrings to arrive next week:
Look how cute those jammies are!! Apparently they "feel like butter"...can't wait!
{4} Weekend Plans
Tonight MG and I are going out with one of our favorite couple friends for dinner--it's been a crazy busy summer and we haven't gotten together with them in a while, so it'll be nice to catch up over a tasty dinner and drinks. And tomorrow MG and I are finally getting to see Book of Mormon (my gift to MG for our anniversary) which we have both been dying to see! Hopefully it's as good as everyone says it is. And I get to wear a pretty dress! #winwinwin

{5} Funnies
Because I have to end the week with some funnies--this week will be dedicated to everyone who got some goodies from the Nordy Anniversary Sale, Amanda-style:

When your husband asks what's in the Nordstrom box that just got delivered to your door:
And you adeptly side-step around the question:
And then promptly run upstairs to try on said clothes that arrived on your doorstep:
{via} yes that's Channing Tatum
And you realize that you still have another package coming:
I hope you have a quick Friday and a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

{Review}: Rocksbox

I kinda sorta forgot to review my last two Rocksbox sets, and when my most recent one came, I realized that. So, you're getting two reviews in one post, and another one coming in the future!

In June I got an awesome set from Rocksbox:
Gorjana Zia Long Necklace ($52)//Wanderlust and Co Crystal Bar Gold Ring ($31)//Margaret Elizabeth Teardrop Bangle in Black Druzy ($70)
I was immediately in love with the necklace and the ring. My only problem with the ring was that it was missing a diamond when it was sent to me, which kinda sucked.
As soon as I got this Rocksbox, I put everything on with the outfit I was already wearing and headed out to Happy Hour with my friend Bree:

The ring is super dainty so it's hard to see, but I really liked it. I decided that I needed the necklace in my life and purchased it with my $10 Shine spend and have since paired it with a bunch of outfits. It dresses up shorts and a t-shirt, and adds a little something sparkly to dresses. It was the perfect addition to my jewelry box!
Wearing the necklace and the ring in this photo
I wasn't as big of a fan of the bracelet--mainly the black color, because it didn't really go with the majority of things that I wear. I would have kept the ring if it had been more affordable (and wasn't missing a stone already).


In the previous month I had requested some fun earrings to be included, and as you can tell from above, no earrings were included at all. So this month, the stylist decided to send me two pairs of earrings. 
I was less than pleased with this month's selection as none of the items had been selected off of my wishlist and weren't anything I would wear. As soon as I opened up the box, I packed it back up and sent it back. 
Kendra Scott Elisa Silver Necklace in White Mother of Pearl ($40)//Perry Street Jean Crystal Earrings ($36)//a.v. max Metal Bar Ear Crawler in Silver ($28)
I actually liked the Kendra Scott Necklace, but I already have a bunch of short, silver chains and necklaces that I wear regularly, so it didn't feel worth it to keep the box for this necklace. I probably would have liked it more if the stone had been colorful.
It all even looks boring....
The two earrings were actually incredibly disappointing. The crystal earrings looked like super cheap costume jewelry and something I could not see myself wearing. 
The ear crawler was simple and just not my style at all.

Luckily the box that I just got had great pieces, and I already even purchased one of them! I'll be sharing those with you soon!

Have you tried Rocksbox? If not, get a free month by signing up here using my code JENNBFF69 and see if you like it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Loves/Hates {Gifs/Hashtags edition}

You've probably been seeing this floating around blog world lately--My pretty friend Christina over at The New Mrs tagged me in this Love/Hate post a couple of weeks ago, and I'm finally getting around to doing it! I added a little spin on it by adding some fun gifs and hashtags, for your enjoyment :)


1. Puppy snuggles. And puppy gifs. And just puppies. #becausepuppies
2. Mexican food (and drinks) #getinmybelly
3. Reading on my Kindle--love having multiple books at my fingertips without having to lug around a bunch of books #booksfordays

4. A trip to the hairdresser and the beautiful blowout that comes with it #sofreshandsoclean
5. Reality tv, especially Bravo shows. And texting with friends during shows. #realitytvismyjam
6. Pinterest--so many good recipes, decor, quotes, etc--I could spend all day on there #whistlewhileyouwork #whistlewhileyoupin
7. Trips to the beach/lake--there are few things better than spending the day by the water. #funinthesun
8. Owning a home: sure, it's work and comes with lots of responsibility, but it's so fun to do home improvement projects, and make a place 100% yours #nomoreapartments

9. Visiting/Visits from Friends--they are just the best! #friendsforever

10. Days where the humidity is 50% or less #windinmynotfrizzyhair

1. People who are conceited, take themselves too seriously, or think that everything that other people do has to do with them #getoveryourself
2. Bills--why can't adulthood be inexpensive? #givemeallthethings

3. People who try to create drama when there doesn't need to be any #sorryyourlifeisthatboring
4. Tele-marketers #howdidyougetmyphonenumber #stopcalling

5. When someone writes the same comment on every single blog they comment on #waytobepersonal
6. People who don't respect other people's time--doctor appointments, work meetings, parent conferences/meetings. #startontimeendontime
7. People who change once they get engaged or married--I'm still not sure why this happens. Sure, it's a life event, but why does that make some people totally change their entire character? #staytruetoyourself

8. Visits to the lady doctor. Enough said. #getoutofmyjunk
9. Super large group dinners. I like getting together with friends--small group dinners are fun. But, in the words of Abby Webber on Odd Mom Out discussing large group dinners: "You're never at the good end of the table, you're paying a bajillion dollars to subsidize other people's alcoholism. And it goes on forevskis and a day"
10. Slow walkers, or people who walk in a large group and take up the whole area so you can't get by. #beepbeepletmethrough
I'm going to tag a few people who I haven't seen do this post yet!
Trish@Tales From Trish
Christy@ Planes, Trains and Running Shoes
Holly@Faith Hope and Baseball
Meghan@ Champagne and Suburbs
Jess@ The Newly
Lynn@Dispositive Motion
Courtney@Eric and Courtney

And this, just because it made me laugh:
Happy Wednesday, friends!
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