November 29, 2012

{Recipe} Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Feeling under the weather, perhaps?  Or maybe you'd just like a nice bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Look no further - this recipe is a winner!


November 28, 2012

{[Cara Box Exchange]}

So...I'm sitting here one day, reading my favorite blogs as usual.  One of the girls was talking about Cara Box, a monthly treasure trade founded by Kaitlyn at Wifessionals.  (btw, there's a new sign up every month so if you want to join us, go for it!)



This was my very first time doing a Cara Box Exchange.  I'm excited, yet nervous.  What if my partner doesn't like the things I got her?  What if I don't like the things that she got me?  Well, there's more to it than that.  You're making a new friend, you're giving them encourangement and you get some fun goodies in the process.  It's such a fun program!

Cara Box

There are a few rules to the Cara Box:
 1// Packages have a $15 limit
2// Make sure your box goes along with the theme. Get creative! Not everything has to be purchased. Get on Pinterest...find something awesome to make!!
3// Include 5+ items per box. Who wants to open a box with one item? Again, creativity!
4// Include a letter of encouragement. After getting to know the woman you are paired with and finding out about her life through her blog, make the effort to include a note of encouragement. This is not optional. It's great to get items that put a smile on your face, but kind words will last in your heart forever.
5// The last day of the month, create a blog post revealing your box and giving a shout out/link up to your match's blog. It's always nice to meet even more friends through the blogosphere.
6// This exchange is open to US residents. If you are outside of the US, please submit your name and info the same as everyone else. If I get interest from more than one person in your country, that country will be added to the exchange for that month (:
7// You CAN participate even if you don't have a personal blog. At the end of the month you will type up your post and your partner can post it up jointly with theirs on their own blog.
8// I am in no way personally responsible for anything that occurs after I send you your swap partner. I also cannot be held accountable for lost or damaged packages. Tracking numbers are HIGHLY recommended & inexpensive.
9// If your partner ends up not participating or you feel slighted in some way, please let me know. There will be a one time warning & month probation for any of this behavior, before being completely banned from participating in future Cara Box Exchanges.
10// Have fun!!!!
 
My partner for this month is Nicole Flothe. She's the managing editor for Heartbeat MagazineWe emailed to get to know each other & shop for our themed gifts!  This month's theme was 'childhood' so we had to really think about what we'd want the other to have.  We talked about all sorts of things like what our favorite childhood move was, favorite color, food & candy, hobbies we had.  Then we take what we've learned & go shopping!  
I had so much fun shopping for Nicole!  I took each item I purchased and wrapped them up in colorful paper & stickers and added them to the box.  I even through in a few bonus items I thought she might like.  I threw some rainbow heart confetti in there and mailed it out.  I hope she likes it!
 
 
I got my package from Nicole a few days later.   
 


So. Much. Cute!

Seriously, look at all those goodies!  They came in that jewelry box in the right photo.  I got a set of three glitter body art pens, some dress up magnets, a polka dot foldover bag, a gorgeous inspirational notebook, shimmery nail polish, a business card holder, a slinky, glitter crayons & a tiara!  I totally scored!  I love all my gifts!  Nicole did an amazing job picking them out:)  Thank you, Nicole!

I love these Cara Box exchanges because it gives us a change to meet new people and connect with them on a personal level.  I'm so pleased to have met Nicole!  If you want to 'meet' her as well, check out the links below:

 

November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday @ PaperCoterie - 50% Off Sitewide!

It's a Cyber Monday miracle!  Paper Coterie is offering 50% off of their entire site of amazing products...but it's a today-only type deal!   Make sure to use code CYBER MONDAY at checkout to get your 50% discount!  Fa-la-la-la-la!


November 20, 2012

Tidbits & What Nots

There's a great giveaway going on over at Pretty Little Endeavors featuring my coffee & cream marbled chain bracelet!  Head on over there for your chance to win it!

I'm blogging about my super awesome Influenster College VoxBox tomorrow!  Be there or be square! (whatever that means!)


Don't forget to enter to win in the giveaways on my other blog, Fashion In The Forest.  You can win a $100 Pick Your Plum box, a Humerus plush toy & any item of your choice from BeautifulCov!  Don't miss out --- enter here!


{Recipe} Slow Cooker Peach Strawberry Crisp

This recipe would be a nice dish to take over to your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner, or even a work potluck.  That is, if it makes it that far!  It's so good - you might have to take a nibble or two yourself...


November 19, 2012

Let It Go

I recently saw this post on one of my favorite blogs and found myself nodding the entire time while reading through it.  Let It Go.  Seems pretty simple, doesn't it?  
 
I guess it is......in theory.  
 
I know all too well that sometimes it's just easier for us to hold on to those things that have hurt us in the past or made us angry rather than choose to forgive and move on. 
 
Being the admittedly overly-sensitive person that I am, I find this particular movement to be an issue at times.  I know I have a hard time with change.  I know I have a hard time 'moving on'.  I wish I was better with both of these things.
 
For instance, I received a horrible message from an ungrateful Etsy customer last week.  No matter what I said to her, how I tried to make amends (even though the fault was not mine), she would not have it.  This has hurt and haunted me all week.  Then I realized....she just wants to be mad.  She needs to feel like she 'won'.   She needed to tear someone down.  So....I'm trying to Let. It. Go.
 
Some things I've held on to for years.  There's so much pain in my heart.  I know it's dragging me down.  How does one forgive and forget?  There are so many things in life that I wish I could change, have a "do over" on, etc.  How do you get past that?    

To quote K from Eat Yourself Skinny (my inspiration for this post, btw) - "Maybe it won't solve the initial problem you started with and perhaps it won't bring old friendships back together, but chances are you're probably better off anyway and you can move on to more exciting things."
 
So...I guess this is an open letter.  
If I've ever hurt you, I'm truly sorry.  I know that there are people who might not like me for something I've said or done to them in the past.  They may hold grudges.  I know that there are people I have grudges against, feel a resentment toward.  I might be hard pressed to find a person in this whole world who hasn't held a grudge at one time or another.  
 
Point being:  forgive yourself, forgive others.  I need this hammered into my head.  What happened in the past is just that --- the past.  I need to focus on being a better person.
 
"Sure things happen for a reason and people come and go from your life, but take that extra step today and allow yourself to let go of all that negativity you've be holding on to.  I guarantee you'll feel 100% better and I bet you might even find yourself in a much happier place."      
So today I choose to... 
 

November 16, 2012

H54F (+ Bits & Pieces)

Oh wow, you guys, it's Friday.  This week has dragged on, am I right?  (Of course I am).

Maybe it's because I have a 4-day weekend next week? (Thank you, Thanksgiving!)

Maybe it's because next Friday is Black Friday?  (Yeah, I'm one of those people.)  I have to admit, there's something thrilling about being up at 4 a.m. to go shopping.  It's like my Super Bowl.  It's GAME TIME!  Ha!  No, I'm not the lady who stands in line for a $3 toaster or whatever - I just like the excitement, really.

Oh, I'm rambling.
Anyway......it's High Five For Friday!  So let's see what's been going on this week, shall we?



This muffin.  Oh my god, you guys, this muffin.  Two Words.  Buttermilk Spice.
Life Changing.  So Good.  (well, that was six words but you get my drift.)

Weekend of movies.  Good movies at that!  We saw Wreck It Ralph (too cute) and Skyfall (my first James Bond movie ever).  Um, hey Daniel Craig.  How you doin'?

This bracelet.  This is my newest creation in the "My Favorite Bloggers" collection in my Etsy store.  It's inspired by Kait of Gridiron Lipstick:)

This poem.  It's called "I Could Pee On This".  It's a poem written from a cat's perspective.  It's hilarious.  It's also a spot on depiction of my cat Beauford. 

Fortune Cookie.  I loves me some Chinese food.  I have a particular way of getting to my fortune cookie.
  • Break cookie in half.
  • Put fortune to the side without looking at it.
  • Eat fortune cookie.
  • Read fortune.
I have to do it in that order.  I'm OCD about fortune cookies, ya'll!



I am so weird.

November 15, 2012

Introducing....

The newest piece of jewelry to the "My Favorite Bloggers" collection --- The Gridiron Lipstick Bracelet!

 


This beauty is a textured golden link bracelet that has many shades of coral-orange and coral-pink braided throughout.  See, Kait's favorite color is coral, so I just had to make a bracelet that encompassed that.  Kait also is a big fan of gold - hence those gorgeous golden links.  And, as a nod to her blog, Gridiron Lipstick, there is a tiny football charm attached near the toggle clasp that has been hand painted in a bright, shiny coral pink. 

This bracelet can be found via my Etsy shop or my clicking here.

November 12, 2012

Currently.

reading  The Lady of The Rivers by Phillippa Gregory.  I've long been fascinated by Tudor era history, and Philippa Gregory does an amazing job of bringing fact and fiction together to create a very enthralling story.
writing less than I should.  I'm suffering a bit of a burnout.  Or lack of creativity.  Or both, if we're being honest.
listening to cars zoom by. I've got my office windows open right now so I can get a breeze blowing through.
thinking that jealousy is an ugly trait.  I hate when jealousy hits me and I hate when it's for stupid, silly things.  If that could be a trait that I could flip a switch & turn off, I totally would.
smelling my Pain de Bananae candle from Zombee Candle (aka - best candles evah!).  Seriously, though, this candle will make you so hungry for banana bread it's insane.
wishing that my heart didn't ache when I see the things that I know I shouldn't want.   
hoping that there's a good turnout at the JA Bunko Tournament this weekend.  The proceeds go to Angel Tree and that is a very important cause.  It provides Christmas presents to families who cannot afford gifts.
wearing  a lot of black and gray.  Funny, but that's how I was feeling this morning.
loving that we had a great weekend celebrating the bf's birthday.  We watched Wreck It Ralph & the new Bond movie, Skyfall.  Both awesome movies, btw.  We drank a little too much at On The Border.  We had an amazing breakfast a Mimi's Cafe (you MUST try the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast) and we got to go on a Distillery Tour that included lots of free tasting!  Super fun weekend!
wanting to get more christmas shopping done. As much as I try to plan and buy throughout the year, I always get sidetracked.  I HATE last minute shopping.  I have made a decision to get it ALL done before December.  I have a list ready and I just need to get going....
needing to get a massage & a pedicure.  My lower back has been cranky this past week and well, I just love pedicures.  Soooo relaxing.
feeling quite blah.  Really, just blah.
clicking  Sidda Thornton. (duh).  She's where I get my 'Currently' prompts from.  Also loving some Gridiron Lipstick & Lala Lists.  Loves me those girls.

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I think these would make great Christmas gifts, don't you?

A Fool For Tulle

I've noticed that there seems to be an uprising of tulle-ness lately.  Not that I'm complaing.  (Really, I'm not.)

I love tulle.  If it were socially acceptable, I'd probably live in tulle.  Have you ever heard the phrase "_________ make(s) everything an event!"?  About 99.9% of the time the phrase is spoken by a woman and is usually about shoes, purses, etc.  Well, to me, it's tulle.....and shoes & purses, etc.




What are your thoughts on the tulle trend?  
Have you found any items that you absolutely love (or hate)?  
Share them with us!

November 9, 2012

Forget It! Friday Link Up



I want to FORGET that I have had this loud, awful cough for over a month now.

I want to FORGET that my roommates don't help around the house, at all.

I want to FORGET that my brother, despite having a ridiculous amount of help & basically being handed a second chance, is failing out of college.

I want to FORGET that my boss is sick so therefore my job stability is uncertain.  I WANT him to get better.  He's a good person and it's not right that he's going through this illness.

I want to REMEMBER that we are celebrating my boyfriend's birthday this weekend!

I want to REMEMBER that I am fortunate, no matter what ailments, problems, issues and the like that I may have. 

I want to CONTINUE to be thankful for everything I have and everyone in my life. 

November 8, 2012

As Misc. as Misc. can be.

 Alright, let's face it.  Drinks are much cooler with a fun straw.  Today's choice is yellow, obviously.  It matches the can...HELLO!

 This bag of frozen mini Hershey bars in my work freezer is The Debbil!  One turns to two which turns to stomachache.  Lack of willpower against snacks, thy name is Tiffany.

Who decided these tasted good?!  They obviously lied.  These taste like pasty cardboard and should be ashamed to sit on the shelf with my beloved Frosted Strawberry.  Huge fail.  Huge!

November 7, 2012

"Gift Your Gift" @ Framed Frosting!

Here are the details...

- There will be 14 winners (TWO prizes each)!! Each winner will receive a prize for themselves and a prize to gift to a friend or family member. How awesome is that?  The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. 


- There are some amazing prizes up for grabs (even one from my shop!) and you'd be nuts not to enter this fantastic giveaway!!

What are you waiting for?!  Head over to Framed Frosting and enter to win all these incredible goodies!

50% Off At Paper Coterie!

It's time for another great Paper Coterie deal!  Every gratitude product is 50% off with code "THANKFUL2012"!  This promotion is valid until 11/28/12.  Fall is such a great time to appreciate what we're grateful for. This year, take time to recognize, document, and share it with friends and family.

Things like memory boxes, journals, canvas, books & posters are all 50% off when you use the code!  Click the link above or the picture below to head to Paper Coterie!


November 5, 2012

Sponsor Special!



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2012 has been a great year for my little blog.  

My Twitter account has over 2,500+ followers while my brand new Facebook page already has over 240 followers!  I also have a pretty awesome number of followers on Pinterest (Over 735 so far) and the blog itself has over 560 followers! 

If you're interested in sponsoring this November please look below for more information on the different ad sizes available as well as the details of what bonuses come with each ad size. 

As a special THANK YOU...use code NOVEMBER to get a 20% discount off of any ad space size!  If you sponsor in November, you'll also get the first week in December for FREE!
 
Of course, if you have any questions or just want to say hi, you can reach me here!

November 2, 2012

50% Off Journals @ Paper Coterie



Click here or the photo above to head to Paper Coterie to get your 50% off journals!

Winner Winner


Please join me in a round of applause for Randi Sampson, for she is the winner of the pink triad necklace! 

Thank you to everyone who entered.  If you didn't win this time around, don't get discouraged.  There are many more giveaways on the way!



My Jewelmint November Selections

With Jewelmint, I tend to find that it is hit or miss.  Last month I skipped by box because nothing really struck my eye.  I mean for $30, you want a piece of jewelry that you LOVE, am I right? 

Well, this month, I've found a couple.  And you, dear readers, are totally welcome to give me advice on what your personal favorite is, so that I may have some assistance in picking a piece.

Get ready for your close up ladies! Our 2” pair boasts newly recolored shadow crystal crystals for a glamorous look. Inspired by our popular Screen Siren Earrings, we’ve added rose gold detail to this stacked design. Red carpet ready and in less than five minutes? Done and done!

Dress outside the lines in the latest color trend with jaded extras. Peridot, sage, and emerald colored stones set the scene for a retro revival in a mix of classic jewel cuts. Our decadent earrings get a modern spin with hematite-platting, perfect for carrying your closet into next season. The pair dangle at an impressive 2 1/2".

 
Whether it’s silver or sparkling, this season, go for Oriental opulence. Clear, pink, and smoky grey colored stones dazzle with a heightened sense of Eastern elegance. Inspired by traditional geisha fans, a crystal and ball bead embellished fan dangles with subtle Asian charm. Slip on our 1 ¼” post back earrings and let your look get lost in translation.

So, what do you think?  Do any of them stand out at you and scream "get this one!"?  Or do you think I should skip this month?  Let me know what you think in the comments, please!
 

November 1, 2012

{Recipe} Crock Pot Garlic Lime Chicken

I don't know about you, readers, but it's getting quite chilly here.  I found this recipe online but made a few changes to it and I really liked the result so I thought I'd share it with you!  

I hope you enjoy the chicken as much as I did!