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Sarah Bareilles: Kaleidoscope Heart

Sarah Bareilles' New Album, Kaleidoscope Heart is just out and I am smitten.
This is no sophomore slump- I can't wait to wear it out in my car.
Can't stop singing "Uncharted" and "King of Anything"...
Happy Wednesday Pretties!


Happy Weekend

Its Friday, and a lazy Labor Day weekend stretches out before us! A long weekend really could not be coming at a better time- I really need an extra day to finish up the last of my wedding crafts and get some extra rest. We will also be spending time with good friends BBQ-ing and hanging out by the pool. I can't wait to whip up a key lime pie for the occasion!

I hope everyone has a lovely, long, relaxing weekend!

My Dog-Niece Roxy


Kissing Giraffes 

Happy Thursday lovelies! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Sorry for the lack of posts, the wedding is eating my lunch. I think its going to be a spotty from here until after the wedding and honeymoon are over in early October...bare with me. In the meantime, please enjoy my newest obsession. I have worn this bracelet everyday since I got it last week, and can't get enough. How cute are these little giraffes? 


Kissing Giraffes Bracelet via Forever 32


Happy Birthday to me!

Well thats it folks, I'm 29 today. Its my last year in my 20's! It feels so weird to say that.
I'm so excited to spend the upcoming weekend with my fiance, friends and family!
And to celebrate my last run as a 20-something, I took a cue from Nicole over at Making it Lovely and made a "30 Things to do Before I'm 30" List. I'm still tweaking it and promise to reveal sometime next week.
Wish me luck!

Big Red- In the House!

Yes, I'm a total dork.  I am sooooo excited I got to bring home "Big Red" (my new Red Kitchenaid Stand Mixer) this weekend. This baby was a wedding gift from my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Tres and I spent the weekend mixing and baking away. I made whole wheat pizza crust (love that dough hook attachment!) We are gonna whip up a pizza this week and throw it on the grill- can't wait. Then I moved on to Paula's Chicken Salad. Ok, so I didn't use the mixer on this one, but its too yummy not to mention. Then it was back to Big Red for a batch of yummy Blueberry Walnut Bran Muffins. Yum-o. Love this recipe from cute little Cookie over at Workout then Cook. She seriously has 138 muffin recipes on her blog. 138! Thats crazy! I will definitely be trying her PB&J Muffins, Tomato Feta Muffins, & Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes Cookie. Check out her site for the yummy Blueberry Walnut Bran Muffins recipe and see below for Paula's Chicken Salad. (BTW, I'm not sure who Paula is, but my mom gave me this recipe and thats what its called...haha!)

Happy Tuesday Chickies!

Paula's Chicken Salad Recipe

  • 1 box of Rice-a-Roni, chicken flavor, cooked according to package and cooled
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup fat free mayonnaise
  1. Cook the Rice a Roni according to package directions & allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled Rice-a-Roni and remaining ingredients (including oil in artichokes.)  
    Stir until well combined. Serve alone or on cibatta bread for a yummy sammy!

Calvin is super excited about Big Red...

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