October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites - October Needs To Be Longer

Happy Friday y'all.  I am off today because apparently I never take vacation and I have a lot of days I need to use before the end of the year or I lose them.  So guess who is never working another Monday or Friday till January?  I wish but I'm definitely taking some mental health days over the next few months.  I clearly need to take more vacations over the year.  I am also nursing a very scary looking middle toe right now.  I dropped a 2 lb weight on it during my barre class this week.  I never knew how much 2 lbs could hurt until it lands straight down on your toe.  I have know dubbed it my Halloween toe.  It's pretty sad looking.  Thank goodness I did that now before I had to put it in my Wedding shoes!  Anyways let's get into these Favorites from the week!



Favorite Song

I am so obsessed with this song.  It has such a strong beat.  Guaranteed to get you pumped up for whatever activity you are doing from running to you know getting ready for Happy Hour.  David Guetta & Showtek - Bad ft Vassy.



Favorite Recipe

Lightened up Bang Bang shrimp full recipe here.  Yes please.




Favorite Workout

5 Barre different workouts.  Check next week I'll have my workout post ready to roll I promise!



Favorite Purchase

It's still in the 80's but I couldn't resist it's adorable on and I hate when my ears are cold.  It will come in handy for our trips up north!



Favorite Funnies

What I tell Mark on a daily basis.



Story of my life....



The clock in my car is 6 minutes fast.....not that it helps or anything



Some days my car alarms at me for my passenger to put on it's seatbelt....oh no that's just my 30 lb purse.




Doing at home dance workout videos....pretty much.



When Mark comes home and tells me all the latest gossip about the happenings of his softball team



Too much?  Is this bad that it made me laugh when I first saw it because it reminded me of road rage thoughts.


When I think I'm eating peppermint ice cream and it's really vanilla ice cream with peppermint pieces



Finally....you thought you were having a bad day?  This girl getting caught in the chimney of the guys house she was trying to break into.......oh yeah that's worse.  I'm sorry I couldn't stop laughing even when the news anchor was trying to tell the story he looked like he was about to lose it at any second.

Your turn tell me your favorites from the week!  What are your plans this weekend?  xoxoxo

October 23, 2014

Top Ten Trader Joe's Shopping List for October

I have been meaning to get this list together for some time but every time I go to Trader Joe's I forget to take pictures.  Let's be honest that place is a little overwhelming, there are so many different products!  I have read lists about the top products and then I never know where to find them.  These are some of my tried and true favorites........like the ones I buy on repeat.  Don't get me wrong there are a few products that have definitely gone back.  Do you know that about their return policy?  You can take anything back!  I've even brought my receipt and told them I didn't like something and they just take it off.  Fabulous customer service.



Here is my Top Ten List for Trader Joe's Products.  First let's start with the staples.


Cold Brew Coffee


This is seriously the best cold brew concentrate I've found so far.  I mix about 1/4 cold brew over ice with 1/2 water and then 1/4 almond milk in a large Tervis tumbler.  The adding of the water is crucial otherwise it's super strong.  I don't even need to add sweetener it is that good.  They have been keeping this by the coffee and tea section right where they hand out samples in the back of the store.


Cluster Cereal


I have to limit my consumption with this cereal because I can pretty much eat the whole box in one sitting.  I mix it with my boring Go Lean and that helps with the longevity of the box.  I pretty much buy this every time I go.



Sparkling Pinot Grigio



I also buy this every time I go.  It has just the tiniest bit of sparkle to it.  It is a very light white that isn't sweet and pairs really well with food.  Definitely one of my top 3 buys!


Pizza Veggie Burgers



True story I could never get Mark to get a veggie burger until these.  They are so good and are perfect over a salad, in a sandwich or when you are exhausted and it's late they are great for dinner.  Mark eats these a lot when he gets back from softball late.  Find them in the freezer section next to all these frozen burgers.


Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre Fresh Goat Cheese


Side note that is not my hand.....they were out when I went......just wanted to clarify.  This is straight up addicting.  It is a little sweet but a little goes a long way.  I usually put it over these crackers with that above sparkling pinot.....that is a perfect dinner in my mind!




Cookie Butter


I honestly try not to buy it because it's so good you can eat it out of the jar with a butter knife....when all your spoons are dirty.  I mean look they were basically out when I went.  I also really like their almond butter and it's the most affordable price around.  Even though I think they recently just brought it back after being recalled.....so may lay off that for a little while.


The Chicken and Tuna Salad


We get this a lot on the weekends for a quick lunch either over salad or on bread with avocado and sriracha drizzled over the top.  I also really like their canned tuna I get this one.  I usually mix the canned tuna with half salsa and a little mayo, lots of flavor and cuts back on the mayo calories.



Beef Ravioli


Really quick dinner to have on hand.  I usually have these with a salad and the package feeds the two of us.  It is all beef and no pork additives.  I haven't bought the pumpkin ravioli yet.....still can't figure out what to put on top of it yet.  Find these to the left of the tuna/chicken salad in the refrigerator section.


Whole What Pizza Dough


Another quick dinner.  Let it sit out for 30 minutes out of the fridge.  Press it out, add sauce, cheese and load it up with veggies. Such a healthier option than ordering pizza.  Also found right near the ravioli in the refrigerator section


Kale Chips


I really wish this bag was bigger and they weren't so dang expensive.  I have tried making kale chips on my own but they still don't compare to these!


Seasonable Mentions.....

Pumpkin Ice Cream


Yes it really is that good.


These Pita Crisps



Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups


This is why I love the store.  The last time I was there I was eyeing them at checkout and I simply stated to the checkout girl "I really want to try those but I don't trust myself with the whole thing".  She grabbed them and opened them and was like "let's try them!"  Naturally they were amazing and as I walked out she took a large handful and threw them in my bag.  I mean what grocery store does that?  So naturally the next time I went back I bought them.

As far as the frozen meals.....I haven't really fallen in love with very many of the frozen dinners.  A lot of the chicken dishes use dark meat and I'm not down with that.  The great news is you can take back those receipts and they will give you cash back for the things you didn't like!  I also love getting their peppers and Brussels sprouts, so much cheaper than my local Publix.  

What are some of your favorite Trader Joe's buys and where do you find them in the store?  I also love getting their flowers. Super affordable and add such a cheery pop of color!  This is one of my current lists.  I'll keep adding to it if y'all are interested in hearing more of my favorites!  I can also make an avoid list.....or a certain someone said he would have "no problem coming up with that one".......Oh and for all my local Tampa peeps the best time to go when there is absolutely no parking issues is Wednesday at 5pm.  Don't ask me why but seriously it is like a ghost time every time I head there around that time!  Have a fabulous day!!!  xoxoxo


October 22, 2014

Wedding Updates & Save the Dates with Minted!!!

February 20th y'all we are officially 4 months away.  I am so excited I'm not going to lie.  I have been with the help of my mother and bridesmaids been checking things off the list.  My bridal shower is coming up and the bachelorette party in Miami is planned. I found the best dress for that!


So far you've heard the engagement story.



Seen the venue.




Engagement pictures are done!




Had a fabulous engagement party thrown by my aunt.


I have so many things check off the list including my dress and FINALLY picked the bridesmaids dresses.  I swear that was harder than finding my dress (which was actually a dream to find).


The next thing on my task was our Save the Dates.  I did a lot of research and found Minted had the best reviews.  Mark was really set on magnets and I couldn't agree more.  I still have all the magnets on my fridge from Weddings over the past few years. Since Mark and I both went to Florida and the majority of our guest list we knew from Florida the picture we picked out was pretty special to us.

I cannot speak enough praises about Minted.  They have an address book that you put all your contacts into aka you have to make your guest list and get that headcount early.  The best part is they print the addresses on the front of the envelopes for FREE.  One less thing you have to worry about.  There was so many styles and formats to choose from with the Save the Dates magnets.  I found the style I liked, uploaded my picture from our engagement session and played around with the font placement.  Once I got it where I liked the proof was sent over and their design team spiffed it all up and sent it back for final approval.  I cannot be happier with the finished product!

They are a 4 x 6 magnet, the same size as a standard picture.  The magnets are heavy and the quality of the picture and writing on them was excellent.  I was blown away with how they came out.  I got my mother a stamp from etsy with their return address. It all came together beautifully.


How the addresses come printed (I had to white out the full address but you get the idea).  The envelopes were thick card stock.



How the magnet sat inside the envelope




Finally the Save the Date!



What do y'all think?  That was on the 50 yard line of the Swamp.  I just wish the season was turning out a little differently!


I can't tell you enough how pleased I was with the Save the Dates.  I would recommend Minted to anyone if you have been looking at the various sites!  If you have any questions definitely shoot me an email!  I love sharing all the fun Wedding updates with y'all!  Let me know what you think!  xoxoxo


October 21, 2014

Things I'm Digging Lately - Top 5 List

This whole getting darker earlier thing is really starting to cramp my style.  I usually get so much done after work but when it's dark out when I leave teaching Barre all I want to do is curl up on the couch and finally watch all the episodes of Homeland we have saved on the DVR.  Does anyone else feel like that?  I wanted to share a few of my new favorite gems with you!  I have been really trying to limit my spending so these are tried and true favs that made it past the potential returns.



The Best Pair of Underwear

First I don't know if y'all remember my quest to find the best pair of underwear.  Victoria Secret's quality is just not there anymore if you ask me.  I finally stumbled upon the holy grail of underwear and I pretty much have bought them in multiples of every color.  It from DKNY it is called the signature skin line.


They are super light, has no seams (aka no panty lines) and the butt area stays perfectly in place without slipping or rolling.  They have been washed many times and have held up really well.  I finally feel like I found the perfect underwear.  I got mine from Bare Necessities.  They currently have them 3 for $30 with any extra 20% off with the code BPP20.  Check them out here.  I got them in a size medium if you need a reference point.  Macy's also carries them here.



These Fall Polishes


One of my things on the to do list this weekend was to spend more than 3 minutes on my nails.  I bought a fancy foot scrub thing and did my own little spa mani/pedi.  Topped it off with two of my favorite Fall polishes.  The nail color Don't Mess With Opi has such a great rich pigment and the toe color I Have A Herring Problem (I spared you those pics) is the most perfect grey with just tiny micro flecks of gold that catch the light.  Topped off with my favorite Butter topcoat that doesn't smell like paint thinner like my other kind of scary quick drying top coats.


The Ultimate Fall Uniform

I pretty much have not taken off these Burgundy Tieks since I got them.  You know I am a self proclaimed F21 shopper.  I like the deals and dupes however these ballet flats are the real deal.  If you are on your feet all day long like I am do yourself and favor and finally pull the trigger.  I consider them part of my health and wellness (see I can spin anything).  They have the most cushioned insole and sneaker like bottoms.  I have bought yosi ballet flats and they are good but do not hold a candle to these.  I finally convinced my sister to get a pair and she keeps on telling me she can't believe she waited this long.  Plus they have amazing customer service.....hand written note and all.  They fit true to size.  I'm a 9 and they fit like a glove.  I am absolutely obsessed with the greystone ones as well!


The temperature dipped into the 70's like twice here.  Time to bust out that plaid shirt.  This one has such a great fit and color.  It just sold out but also digging this one.  I got a size small for reference.




Add Some More Layered Ring Sets


I just added this set to the collection.  They stack really well and I love all the contrasting metals.  I added them to this set I got from bauble bar.


My New Favorite Mascara


I can't believe I'm even saying this but I found a mascara I like better than Benefits They're Real.  I am so impressed with this mascara.  It separates but gives thickness and fullness at the base. It makes your lashes so long they basically touched my eyebrows.  It has that same plastic/stiff applicator as they're real.  Here is the best part unlike They're Real which seriously never comes off even with Lancome eye makeup remover.  This washes off perfectly with just my regular face wash.  I am a total convert.  This is my go to dramatic mascara now.  I will not be going back!



So there you have it the top five things that I am absolutely digging and are in heavy rotation right now in my daily life.  What things have you totally been loving lately?!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!  Check back tomorrow for some exciting Wedding news and updates!!  xoxoxo


October 20, 2014

Weekending - The One Where I Got Everything Off the To Do List


Oh Monday you are so much easier to handle when one actually get's some sleep and things accomplished over the weekend! Mark had a softball tournament this whole weekend......I initially was bummed but then I got everything checked off my to do list.  We at least had nice dinners every night!  As always linking up with Biana and Meghan for their weekending linkup!


I started off checking off some Wedding things with my mother.  These aren't my exact colors but wow I never knew upgraded things such as chargers and gold rimmed wine glasses were so much!  I'll stick with the non gold ones please.  I did get the pretty chairs though.



I swung by Target they have quite the Bridal selection!  I picked up this sweet Fall hat and completed my Halloween decorations by snagging the last glitter pumpkin.  It was a dollar and so perfect!



I had dinner with my parents.  I will never get tired of this view.


I got Barre in every morning and then Mark and I went for sushi



I wore this shirt.  It's actually a new shirt I got for Barre I'm obsessed.  Also found it in white almost half off here!  Talk about from studio to street.  This necklace seriously goes with everything!



I did some sample shopping with Kelly.  I have a few new primers and foundations to kick around over this next week.  I did pick up this airbrush foundation brush.

Then I looked at some Wedding shoes.  I definitely have some front runners!  Nothing like trying on those beauties with some lulu Barre pants!



Then we eat at the cafe in Nordstroms.  Seriously those fries are worth every calorie.



Mark brought these little bad boys home.  It will be doing workouts for days because they are seriously the most addicting things!


Have you tried those yet?  How was your weekend?  Can you believe it is almost the end of October??  I can't wait to head up to Jersey to see my sister one to get all my goods I sent there (hello no tax) and two to get to experience all things Fall.  It's time for pumpkin patches and I can't wait to see the kiddos dressed up!  Hope you had a great weekend!  xoxoxo