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Monday, March 31, 2014

weekend

If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I was out of town this weekend. On Saturday morning we headed up to the Chapel Hill area to visit with some friends at Duke. We unfortunately got horrible weather, and of course the weekend we are gone Charleston seemed to have some nice sunny days. 


Duke really did look like something right out of England. The picture above was taken at the Duke University Chapel.  We walked all around the campus on Saturday and got to go into a lot of the different buildings on campus, including the basketball stadium. It was so different than College of Charleston, where I went to school. It definitely had more of a "campus" feel, instead of being spread across the city. 


We had a delicious brunch at Parker and Otis before we headed back to Charleston. This restaurant is really cute and the food was great. It reminded me of something we would have in Charleston, similar to a Caviar and Bananas.  We also went to the American Tobacco District and walked around for a little while. It was interesting to see the other tobacco warehouses converted to useable space. If you've ever been to Roanoke, VA, Durham has lots of similarities. 


We arrived home right before dinner on Sunday afternoon. Of course I may be biased, but it's always nice to come home to Charleston. I really do think there are few places much  nicer. It was also nice to come home to really great, sunny weather. Charleston just seems so "colorful" compared to so many other places that we've been. Guess we're lucky to call this one home! 





Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Friday, March 28, 2014

weekly roundup


I am not really sure what to say. So I'm not going to say anything. No, I don't have a good reason for having not blogged since January. I might as well just jump back into this and get a fresh start, right? Sometimes we all need one. 

This product is currently doing wonders for my face. 

This recipe not only looks ah-mazing, but it's also not that bad for you. 

I found this video to be super interesting. Always have been a Publix fan. 

I really enjoyed this article and found myself nodding along while reading it. 

Resisting the urge to add these to my closet. But, I think I might cave by the end of the day. 


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll be co-hosting the weekly Instagram hop over here on the blog tomorrow, so I do hope you'll join along with me. And really, see you next week :) 


photo via- now if only I could actually go sit on the beach this weekend. 




Friday, January 17, 2014

five things on friday


Happy Friday friends. 
It looks like we are finally going to have some sunny weather this weekend! I'm looking forward to getting outdoors and doing a luncheon with my family on Sunday. Since I've stuck to my cleaning schedule this week, I have no house chores that need to be done this weekend. It might have sucked while I was doing it, but it's such a relief to have a clean house and not even think about cleaning again until Monday. 

//This article is worth a read. So much of it is so true, and it really reminds us not to forget the little things on a daily basis. 

//I'm really looking forward to making this recipe and packing it for lunches throughout the work week.   For a low carb option you could eat this with veggies. 

//In love with these shoes. I wish they would restock them in a 6, but I'm wondering if I could squeeze into a 5. 

//How cool and interesting is this article?! It reminds me of some sort of treasure hunt… cannot believe it went untouched for years.

//This little quiz is super fun! I got London… and could totally rock that. I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Xo-L

linking up for another 5 on friday.





Thursday, January 16, 2014

crockpot woes

In an earlier post I mentioned that Rob and I are trying to be healthier in 2014 and save more money by not eating out as much. 

When I registered for our wedding almost 2 years ago (wow, where has time gone?!) I made sure I put a CrockPot on our registry. My mom lived by her CrockPot when I was growing up, and she still makes some of the best crockpot chili.
I have probably used our crockpot all of 3 times since we've been married. One of the reasons I don't like using our crockpot is the huge mess it leaves me to clean up. I have to soak the crockpot and then scrub it. It's too big to fit into the dishwasher and so on. 

One of my favorite bloggers Christina, over at Carolina Charm, seems to use her crockpot quite frequently and after reading a few of her recipes I found out how I could use my crockpot more. 
Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners
Yup, it's that easy. 

So now I am on the hunt to make as many recipes as I possibly can in my crockpot. 
Here are some that I'm going to be trying over the next few weeks. 

{Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken}

{Crockpot Bufalo Chicken}

{Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin)

{Healthier Crockpot Chicken Tacos}
I'm actually making these tonight!

Xo-L


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

bookish

One of my favorite things to do is curl up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. 
Or, if the season is right, on a towel with an iced tea at the beach. 
No matter the season, I always enjoy a good book. 

One of my resolutions for this year was to read more. I've always read a lot, but lately I've found myself in a bit of a reading rut. Whether it's being busy with work, events, friends, television, or I just can't get into a book, I have not been reading as much as I would like to. 

I took a look at my GoodReads "to read" list this week and came up with 8 of the books I'd like to read most over the course of the next several months. I know that I'm always searching for a new book and love hearing other peoples suggestions, so I thought I would share my list with you. 

{Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?} If you follow me on Instagram then you know that this is my new read. This book is hilarious, and I love Mindy Kaling. After watching the entire second season of The Mindy Project in a day I liked her even more. This is a short fun read and will definitely have you laughing. 

{Sex and the City} If you follow me on Instagram then you also know that this is what I was reading before my currently reading book (see above). This book isn't what I expected it to be. I'm about a quarter of the way through and I'm finding it challenging to really like Candace Bushnell. Instead of a typical story format, this book is a collection of Candace's essays that the beloved SatC television show is based off of. I just need a little break from this for the moment.

{The Beautiful and Damned} Much like SatC, I read over a quarter of this book last year. I just re-downloaded it to my Kindle so I can continue reading it. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors, his writing really captivates the reader. It is one of my goals to also read more classics, so this will be the perfect one to start with. 

{From Notting Hill With Love… Actually} I picked this book up when it was being offered free for Kindle. After reading Aspiring Kennedy's review I added it to my "must read list". This looks like such a fun, quick, girly read. 

{Wheat Belly} This is not going to be a very "fun" book, but it sure will be interesting. I've already read the introduction and am blown away with all the things I didn't know about gluten and wheat products. Chances are you know someone who has read this book, it has been featured a lot lately. Especially with all the hype surrounding gluten free diets. 

{Skinny Dip} Whenever I'm searching for something new to read I always turn to my Facebook friends for suggestions. Last time I did this Skinny Dip was a suggestion I received if I was looking for a page-turner. This isn't quite in my normal genre of books to read, I usually tend to like fluffy/ chick-lit things, but it does sound pretty good and the reviews seem positive. Has anyone read it? Thoughts? 

{Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire} Rob and I decided to take on a fun task around Christmas time. We bought the BluRay collection of all 8 Harry Potter films at such a great price during black Friday that we thought it would be fun for us each to read the book and then watch the corresponding movie. We are currently on the third book (which I've already previously read), and I'm looking forward to finishing the series. I can't believe I didn't read this series sooner, JK Rowling is such a great and imaginative writer. 

{Let's Pretend This Never Happened} I also received this book as a suggestion from a Facebook friend. I've heard it is hilarious and it even won some awards last year. I love a good humor book, especially Chelsea Handler (her new book is out in March!). This will be a good summer beach read, or rainy weekend read. Has anyone read this one yet? Thoughts? 

What books are on your to-read list?

Xo-L




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

pasta salad recipe

I always have the hardest time packing lunches for work. I usually end up eating out, and that just cannot be an option anymore- especially with trying to eat healthier and cut our costs on food (you do not want to know how much we spent on food in 2013). 

One of my go-to side dishes for barbecues is this really simple pasta salad. It is also a great option for lunch. Pasta salad is best when cold, so there is no microwave heating needed, which means it won't be soggy or loose its flavor come lunch time. 

I'm going to warn you that I am not a food blogger, so I'm sorry if my pictures are not that pretty. 



Ingredients: 

1 cup of Italian salad dressing
3 slices of Provolone Cheese- cut into squares
2 or 3 handfuls of Hormel mini pepperonis 
1 Green pepper- diced
1 can of sliced Olives 
1 box of spiral shaped pasta 

First, cook your pasta on the stove. When done drain and place into a large bowl. 
Add in pepperoni, olives, green pepper and Provolone cheese. 
(I suggest waiting for your pasta to cool a little while before adding these items, especially the cheese.)
Add 1 cup of Italian salad dressing and mix everything together
Refrigerate

See, super easy! 


I made the mistake of using a gluten free spiral pasta in this batch. The result was that it was very mushy and did not hold its consistency at all. I was trying to be healthy… but next time I think I will be sticking to the veggie spiral pasta. 

This made enough for both my husband and I to pack a good sized portion for lunch all week. We also packed some snacks to enjoy with it as well for amore filling lunch: peanuts, fruit or a whole wheat bagel. 

Enjoy!

Xo-L


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