|July 23, 2014||Reviews|
My honeymoon is at the end of August and I’ve begun to scramble to get all my travel essentials together. Fact: I’ve never been out of the country. Before this trip, the farthest I’ve ever traveled was San Diego back in college to visit my cousin Amanda. With that said, I’m definitely not an experienced traveler so I knew I had to get at least the basics before leaving for Jamaica.
When looking for traveling essentials one requirement came to mind – quality. I love products that will last for years and will only look better with age. When I came across the Leatherology shop online I knew I struck gold! They sell timeless pieces that can be personalized with your monogram or company. Everyone knows how much I love a good monogram. You can only find Leatherology online, because it allows them to offer the best price possible.
Another item I just had to have for our honeymoon was this gorgeous card case. (Lets be serious… I’m going to be using this all year round). I have a Tory Burch wallet that I use on most days, but this tiny card case is perfect for throwing into a small clutch or bag. It’s half the size of my Tory wallet and is so much lighter! The fact that it’s monogrammed in gold is an added benefit.
My other travel essentials not pictured include:
- a good book/magazine/something to read
- a word puzzle book – my absolute favorite is the Puzzler Book from People Magazine
- comfy flats
- a fully charged iPhone
The team at Leatherology sent me the products to review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.
|July 21, 2014||Weekend Recap|
Happy Monday, readers! This weekend felt super short, but I got a lot done around the apartment so I’m happy! Here’s my Weekend Recap. Enjoy!
I spent Saturday afternoon at my good friend Danica’s bridal shower in New Jersey. Her wedding is in September and I can’t wait. Although it took about two hours to get there, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Bryan was nice enough to drive me there. He and his friend Jonathan went to the beach while I was at the shower. The shower was at Danica’s mother’s house and it was absolutely beautiful. Her mother and sister did an amazing job decorating the back yard with lights, balloons and gorgeous centerpieces. I’m sure Danica had a great time!
The rest of Saturday was spent napping, showering and then going to bed for the night. After many sleepless nights last week (due to my cough), I was thrilled to get to bed early.
On Sunday morning, I made Bryan and me waffles. We don’t make them very often, but when we do it’s always a nice treat. I topped my waffles with syrup and bananas. YUM.
After eating breakfast, we cleaned the apartment top to bottom. We usually do this at least once a week, because I hate when my home is a mess. It took an hour or so, but I washed all my laundry including the bed sheets, dusted the living room and bedroom, cleaned both bathrooms, put away dishes and cleaned the kitchen (including re-organizing our cabinets). In the midst of cleaning the bedroom, I was inspired to re-organize the jewelry I wear most often. I’m still interested in getting a necklace stand, but for now this will have to do.
After cleaning the apartment, we drove over to Kohl’s to pick up new measuring cups. We had a gift card so we figured we mind as well use it on something we need. Our old measuring cups were bad. I don’t think we even had a full set. Somehow in moving apartments last year, we lost a few. Now we have a complete set!
For dinner, I made Panko breaded baked chicken for Bryan and a black bean chipotle burger for myself. I also made steamed broccoli, Velveeta macaroni and cheese, and a side salad. Everything turned out perfectly. The secret to getting delicious Panko is to melt butter in a frying pan and add the Panko on medium heat. Once the Panko browns a bit in the pan, you take it off. Then you just dip the chicken breast in egg and then coat with the Panko. Now ya know!
The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing on the couch and watching House of Cards, Big Brother and Bar Rescue.
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Contest ends on Thursday.
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- How was your weekend? What did you do?
- What’s your favorite dinner to make?
- How do you organize your jewelry?
|July 17, 2014||Decor, Giveaway, Reviews|
Since moving a year and a half ago, I’ve been trying to add more decor to our apartment so it can begin to feel like a “home.” With so many retailers selling affordable decor, it’s hard to find unique pieces. Many times I’ll walk into a big box retailer and see the same decor plastered all over Instagram and Pinterest. It seems as though everyone my age has the same stuff these days!
That was until I came across Laura Row’s Etsy Shop. Laura is a painter and illustrator based out of State College, PA. She sells gorgeous prints and original paintings. One of my favorite pieces is the Coco Mademoiselle Chanel print, that’s now on my nightstand. Since I’m married and obviously live with my husband, we tend to pick gender neutral items for our home. As you see in the photos above, our bedding is a bit masculine with the blue colors, but the paisley print adds a hint of girly. I adore the Coco Chanel print because it adds a hint of femininity and sophistication to my bedroom.
(sample custom water collage – source: Laura Row)
Laura also designs custom watercolor paintings (as seen above), which are perfect for brides to be. All you have to do is pick ten items to be included in your collage and Laura will design a perfect layout and paint the collage in detailed watercolor. It’s really easy. Just email Laura photos of the items or send her a clear description. Some things to include: your wedding dress, location, bridal shoes, bridesmaid gifts, signature drink, bridal bouquet or wedding cake.
Since I love the Chanel print so much, Laura was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for one lucky winner! Enter below! You have until next Thursday at midnight to enter.
|July 15, 2014||Weekend Recap|
I still have this nasty cold, which is why this post is a day later than usual. I woke up on Monday morning and thought to myself, “There’s NO way I’m blogging this morning.” Instead, I reset my alarm and went back to bed for 40 minutes. Time very well spent.
This weekend we had Moose, my sister-in-law’s dog. I mentioned him a few times on the blog before. He’s a corgi and super cute! He was dropped off on Friday after work and stayed until Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday morning, we enjoyed an early morning walk and then coffee together on my patio. Bryan had a few errands to run, so it was just me and Moose for the majority of the morning. The afternoon was pretty boring – just food shopping. After dinner, Bryan and I took him to Valley Forge Park (one of my favorite places) and ran around for a bit before the sun went down. After all that running around, Moose went right to sleep when we got home. We tired him out!
On Sunday, we spent the early afternoon at the in-laws’ house. We had a delicious lunch, dropped Moose off, and then headed home. We got home pretty early in the night, and spent the rest of the night at a outdoor community concert. It was nice to sit outside, listen to great music, and spend some quality time alone with Bryan. After a few days with Moose, now it’s time to clean up all the dog hair all over our apartment!
TALK TO ME
- How was your weekend? What did you do?
- Do you ever dog-sit? Who’s dog was it?
- Where’s your favorite local place?
|July 11, 2014||Friday Favorites|
It’s Friday again! Woop Woop. This week has been pretty uneventful. On Wednesday, I started to feel a bit “off” at work. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had a fever of 101.5! I came home from work that day and napped until dinner, and then showered and went to bed early. When I woke up on Thursday morning, the fever was gone. Thank goodness! I still feel sick, but definitely not as bad as I did on Wednesday. I slept in a bit longer than usual on Thursday morning before work, which is why there was no blog post yesterday. It’s so unfortunate because on Monday I was so excited to use the Nikon and get some great content up for you this week. Hopefully next week isn’t as crazy. Let’s get into my Friday Favorites! Courtney Robertson’s book I didn’t Come Here to Make Friends is at the top of my favorites list this week. After weeks of talking about this book, I finally ordered it from Amazon and it arrived on Tuesday. I read the entire book in two days and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Courtney definitely doesn’t hold back and reveals many shocking secrets from her time on the show.
(thank you Bryan for being my hand model)
Another favorite this week was a cheese board and knife from UncommonGoods. I love how the board is magnetic and has a slot for the knife. Since I stack my cutting boards vertically in my cabinet, the magnetized knife won’t go missing! The board is made from walnut wood and the knife is stainless steel. Bryan was super excited to get this, because he loves collecting high quality knives (& not in the creepy Dexter way!). If you’re interested in getting a set just like mine, visit the UncommonGoods page (here). If cheese boards aren’t your thing, the site has other unique products including handmade gifts (here) to home decor (here). I can’t wait until Christmas time because they seriously have a gift for everyone. My final favorite from this week (I know the list is short – hey! I had a fever!) was food shopping at Trader Joes. I stopped on my way home from work on Monday and it made me super happy. I may be the only person on the planet that likes food shopping, but I really enjoy myself. Trader Joes is tied with Whole Foods as my favorite grocer. You can get such a variety of unique products at Trader Joes. Did you know that 80% of the products sold at Trader Joes are Trader Joes brand? They have the best vegetarian “sausage” pizza. I get it every time I’m there. UncommonGoods sent me this product to review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.
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- What are your favorites from this week?
- What’s the last book you’ve read?
- What’s your favorite grocery store?