04.03.2015

High Five For Friday + Happy Easter

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been a good week. My weekend off helped my state of mind and everything seems a little fresher.  It’s amazing what a little rest can do!

Green Grass

1.  Easter is this Sunday!  Obviously you know this, but I am very excited!  As a Christian, Easter is such a joyful holiday.  The significance of what is means for us is powerful, and the freshness of spring makes me feel renewed.  For our area, the weatherman is calling for a beautiful day!

2. I am very behind on Easter goodies this year, but I am going to be making these cute Rice Krispie Easter Nest for my niece and nephew.  You can find the recipe here.

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3.  I started a new travel series on the blog this week!  I will be doing several posts about our travel experiences and inspirations.  You can check out the first post here.

oregon coast

4.  I after reading Rachel Talbott’s post about the Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream I decided to give it a shot. Users were reporting amazing results, and I was excited try it.  It smells like an old lady.  A LOT.  My husband almost won’t let me come to bed with it on.  If I can make it past the smell I will let you know how it works out. 🙂

ponds cream

5.  We already have our DVR set to record The Ten Commandments this weekend.  This has been a Easter tradition since I was a child, and I can’t wait to watch it again this year!

Thanks for checking in and I hope you all have a wonderful,  meaningful Easter.  See you Monday!

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04.02.2015

Travel wishlist – Top 5 places outside the US

I have the travel bug!  Even if it is just a simple road trip, I love to see new people and places.  My husband and I have a blast simply spending time in the car exploring our state, but there are other places all over the world we would love to see as well.  We have never been outside the US, and who knows if we will ever be able to journey to these incredible places, but here is the list of my top five.

I plan to start a little travel series here on the blog, so stay tuned if you want to see more travel related posts.

1. ITALY

I can not remember a time in my life when I have not wanted to go to Italy.  I have had a love of history from a young age and, to me, Italy has always seemed to be the pinnacle of historic and artistic artifacts.  Besides, Italian food and pasta are my absolute favorites!  I would sit as a child and pour over travel magazines, planning my “someday” trip.  The two places I would love to see most are Rome, for all it’s visible history and it’s impact on world culture…

Rome

 

… and Florence, for it’s art, architecture and food!

Florence

2. ISRAEL

To me, the lure of Israel lies in the beauty of it’s religion and the mystery of it’s land.  As a Christian, the history of the Jewish people is ours as well and I think it would be a life changing trip to visit the land of our Lord.  This beautiful country lies in the barren dessert of the middle east, and I would love to spend time there exploring both the historical sites and the diverse modern cities.

Jerusalem

3. IRELAND

This one may be one everyone’s list.  Ireland is known for it’s breathtaking natural beauty and fun, welcoming people.  If you talk to those who have been fortunate enough to make the trip, most will tell you that the country is as picturesque as it appears.  It would be so fun to travel with the comfort of speaking your own language and yet explore a land so different from our own.  I can only imagine the beauty this nation has to offer!

hills of ireland

4. CHINA

This one may seem a bit odd to some, but the large nation of China has always drawn me to visit.  This country has had such a long and monumental history.  From centuries of royalty and emperors, to it’s decent into communism, this country does not do things small.  I am curious to see the juxtaposition of the beautiful antiquities such as the Terra Cotta Soldiers, the Great Wall and beautiful temples versus the endless apartments to house an oppressed people.  As China begins to embrace small amounts of free trade and capitalism, safe and enjoyable travel is becoming possible and I would love to have a guide to lead me through the beauties of China.

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5. GERMANY

Number five was a bit of a tough pick.  It was the last choice and there we so many awesome places to choose from!  I ended up selecting Germany for a personal connection.  For both my husband and myself, the majority of our family heritage is German and my family has been able to trace our German roots all the way back to the 1600’s.  This nation holds many sightseeing marvels such as beautiful villages and castles and modern, progressive cities.  To see the impact made on this country by two world wars would be staggering as well, but for me the most powerful moments would be the chance to walk the streets where my ancestors before had walked.

germany

If you also have my love of travel, please like this post and share it too (click into the post and scroll down for Pin It buttons)!  Visit again soon to read about our recent journeys in the breathtaking state of Oregon.  I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Easter Sunday!

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The Oregon Coast - As taken on our honeymoon

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03.30.2015

Mini Drugstore Haul!

I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart this week to pick up a refill of my favorite concealer and, of course, came out with a small handful of goodies!  I thought it would be fun to share with you what caught my eye as I was wandering the makeup ailes.

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As I mentioned, I went to pick up my favorite concealer… the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in the color Fair.  If you haven’t tried this, you should!  It is brightening and creamy enough to use under the eyes, but gives good coverage for spots as well.

haul concealor

Another repurchase was the Color Riche Balm by Loreal in the color Caring Coral 418.  It is unusual for me to finish a tube of lip color,  so I guess that says how much I like this!  It has a smooth consistency and good color payoff which I don’t find to be the case with most tinted balms.  The pretty coral is a perfect color for spring!

Haul lip balmSomething new I found was the Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask by Feeling Beautiful.  I have not tried this yet, but I have the Cucumber Peel-Off Mask from the same brand and I really enjoy it.  I am excited to give this one a shot!

Haul mask

I have never tried a Maybelline nail color before, but was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful rose gold glitter.  It has some very fine shimmer along with some chunkier glitter and is just stunning!

Haul nail polish

I was in the mood for a new cream eyeshadow and since I knew I liked the Maybelline Color Tattoos I picked up the color Tough as Taupe.  It is a pretty grey color and is long wearing as usual with the color tattoos, but I wish I had picked a more spring-y color.  I will be doing some research to find a way to wear this for spring because I love it!

haul color tattoo

And lastly, I got the Idol Eyes creme shadow pencil from Wet N Wild in the color Pixie 130.  I had never seen this before, and for less than two dollars I had to try it!  The color is stunning, but not very long wearing.  It would be beautiful if you wanted a pretty highlight for just a few hours.

Haul Idol Eyes

I am looking forward to trying all my new goodies and am anxious to come up with some fun looks with the cream shadow.  Let me know your thoughts and suggestions if you have tried any of these things.

Happy Monday!

 

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03.27.2015

High Five For Friday + Ready For the Weekend!

Hey everybody, the weekend is finally here!  Sorry I missed yesterday’s post, so this will be a little catch-up.  Keep reading for a few highlights of the week, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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1. This has been a crazy week… a crazy month for me, and I am getting ready to enjoy my first Saturday off in five weeks.  I just don’t know what to do with myself.  TGIF!  🙂

2. I made this Sticky Garlic Chicken from Pinterest this week and it was amazing!  The hubby thought it was yummy too and it was super easy to make.  You can find the recipe here at Pinch of Yum

sticky garlic chicken

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3. My mom and I enjoy classic movies and watching them is one of the things we enjoy doing together.  This week we got to see Fiddler on the Roof in one of our local theaters.  It is so fun to have the chance to see these movies on the big screen!  (It’s a great movie too, in case you haven’t seen it!)

4. Nate and I have been having a difference of opinion over a certain pair of pants.  He has a pair of elasticized, green track pants from the 90’s which he still insists are the perfect workout gear.  I insist that all things teal (he claims they are green) and iridescent went out twenty years ago, and I am not sure if I can be seen in public with these pants!  If you agree, let me know and maybe we can send these pants to our next garage sale.

5. I made a Walmart run this week and came out with a handful of beauty goodies.  That was supposed to be yesterdays post, so stay tuned on Monday for a mini drugstore haul!

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P.S  My husband actually has very good taste and is quite a snappy dresser… a very handsome fella. 😉  That is why this shiny track pant obsession is so stinkin cute!

Happy Friday!

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What a dapper man! 😉

 

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03.23.2015

The most amazing poppy seed bread!

Today I thought I would take a shot at sharing a recipe here on the blog.  I am a carb lover!  I could easily be a Frenchwoman who lives on a loaf of bread and a hunk of cheese.  Nothing is more comforting to me than a warm loaf of bread.

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This recipe is a family favorite.  I wish I could reference the original cook, but we have been making this for so many years I don’t even know where it came from.

My favorite thing about this bread is the glaze on top… it just adds a scrumptious touch!  My biggest suggestion for this recipe is to make sure you have the proper flavorings for the bread and glaze.  I can’t imagine that it would be as good with substitutions.

mixing poppy seed bread

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and if you make it, please comment below and tell me what you think!  Happy Monday!

Poppy Seed Bread

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and milk.  Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well, then add the poppy seeds and flavorings and mix again.  Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

After you remove the bread from the oven, prepare the glaze.  In a small saucepan, combine:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of each of the above three flavorings

Heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly.  Pour over the warm loaves while they are still in the pans.  Allow the loaves to rest in the pans for about 20 minutes, then remove and enjoy!

Fresh poppy seed loves

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