Friday Link Love

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Happy Friday, friends! I am having a bit of a dilemma today: I have a serious case of the cranky pants, and I don’t know how to get rid of it. I suspect once I am actually home and the work day is behind me, things might get a bit better, but that is still pretty far away. In the mean time, I am trying to concentrate on the positives: going to Thomasville with my mom tomorrow, dinner with friends tonight, a trip to the vegan cafe on Sunday… you know, reminding myself that it won’t always be bank recs and filing. I may have to break down and flip through Instagram for pictures of cute cats if things don’t improve soon. Hopefully, your day is going a bit better, but either way, here are some links to get to weekend started.

In honor of National White Chocolate Day, I give you my favorite white chocolate candy bar.

This recipe for apple plumb cobbler seems like the perfect recipe for this week’s transition from summer to fall.

For the most part, I would consider being categorized as a “basic” white girl a little offensive. However, after seeing this quiz on how to determine how basic one is during fall, I think this maybe the one time of year I’d happily basic it up. Also, do yoga pants count as leggings?

I may have purchased this lipstick during the summer, but it is going to be my “go to” shade for the next three months.

LOVING this Walk Off the Earth cover of “Let It Go”.

The decor in my house is still very much a work in progress, and after reading this article, there are a few more items I need to add to my to do/shopping list.


Autumn Bucket List!!!

It’s the first day of Autumn! There are so many wonderful seasonal things to do this time of year I hardly know where to start. In honor of this wonderful, wonderful day and to help you get inspired for the season, here is my Autumn Bucket List.

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  1. Visit a corn maze
  2. Wear plaid
  3. Go to a farm
  4. Drink warm apple cider
  5. Cuddle up in front of the fire
  6. Roast marshmallows
  7. Make an autumn wreath
  8. Buy a fall scented candle
  9. Make apple butter
  10. Stomp on piles of crunchy leaves
  11. Wear a fall inspired nail color
  12. Bake a pie
  13. Visit a pumpkin patch
  14. Paint or carve a pumpkin
  15. Roast pumpkin seeds
  16. Celebrate the season of giving by doing a random act of kindness
  17. Put together a puzzle on a cool day
  18. Bake something with cinnamon
  19. Wear a cozy sweater
  20. Have a picnic
  21. Make a “thankful for” list
  22. Go to a fall festival
  23. Take a walk in the cool weather
  24. Try a new fall flavored tea
  25. Decorate the mantle
  26. Watch Nightmare Before Christmas
  27. Go on a weekend trip
  28. Wear fluffy socks and a scarf
  29. Have friends over for a chili night
  30. Read outside

What activities are on your list for the next few months?

Image from here.


Thinking Inside the Box: Sun Basket

Our last Sun Basket delivery went a little wonky. Andy and I had already decided to end our trial month a week early since we hadn’t been loving the food, but then we were notified that our selections for week 3 hadn’t saved and were going to receive three randomly selected meals instead. Problem 1 – two of the three meals were things that I couldn’t eat. Problem 2 – the company does not have weekend staff so even though I contacted them as soon as I found out, they couldn’t cancel the order since it actually shipped before customer service had even read my email. They did apologize for the mix up and gave us another three meals for free to compensate. So setting that delivery aside I give you the final week of Sun Basket.

sb1Our order made it right on time and everything was pretty much picture perfect. sb2 sb3 The food was the best set of recipes we’d received yet. The Salmon with roasted new potatoes and green beans was incredible. I am not a huge fish person, but damn. Andy was so please with the results that he has tucked the recipe card away in the kitchen binder so he can make it again.sb4 The Yemeni grilled shrimp with fattoush salad was not quite as good. I wasn’t a huge fan of the spice blend on the shrimp, but a am now a HUGE fan of fattoush salad. I would probably eat it once a week if I could.sb5Sadly, we did not get to make recipe #3. Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee, and we were without power just long enough to make all the dairy and seafood in our fridge unsafe to consume.

Verdict: I’m glad we tried Sun Basket, and if I’d hadn’t tried any other meal delivery services before I would have been really pleased. However, despite being pretty consistent with delivery schedules and having packing material that can be recycled, the food just wasn’t as good as what we had from Blue Apron. If pressed to recommend one or the other, it would be Blue Apron all the way.


Beautiful Baubles and Shay Mitchell

I am a notorious binge-watching fiend. Crappy week at the office, family drama, hormonal, and out of chocolate; whatever minor life drama I have can send me scurrying for my Netflix queue so I can disconnect for a bit. A while back, my program of choice was Pretty Little Liars, so I was delighted to discover that the new Guest Bartender at Bauble Bar was Shay Mitchell. Along with the collection being so many of the things I love in my jewelry (sparkle, globally inspired shapes, ethereal styling), it was like getting to see an old friend. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

bb9 bb6 bb5 bb7 bb8 bb4 The chokers alone would have made me love this collection. I was a very big fan of the trend when it last came around in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I even still have a few of my more elaborate ones saved in my jewelry box.bb1 bb2 bb3 bb10I mean, if there was ever a collection that could make a girl feel like royalty, it would be this one.  With so many glittering pieces, I find myself at a loss as to what to purchase first. I also find myself trying to come up with reasons why I might “need” this or that piece. I mean, the holidays are coming up, and there are going to be plenty of reasons that a girl might need a little extra sparkle. Right?


Friday Link Love

le1I might be limping across the finish line a bit this week. We had some major deadlines at the office, and everyone has been under the weather with a cold that none of us can take time off for. I swear the office’s supply of tissues must have reduced by 75% in the last two days. Today I am smiling though; deadlines are over, and Andy and I are heading to Macon as soon as I leave the office today. We are going to pick my mom up! She is going to spend a couple of weeks with us before they holiday rush really sets in. I am really looking forward to hanging out, doing some baking, maybe a little crafting, and relaxing a bit. This also works out pretty well for Andy since my mom is willing to run around and participate in all of the crazy weekend activities I come up with, leaving him to enjoy the quiet house and get in some quality gaming time. Well, I am heading out and leaving you with a little link love to kick your weekend off.

Green beans are one of my favorite veggies, but sadly, my husband isn’t a huge fan. After looking at these 10 recipes though, I am thinking that I might be able to change that.

Even though birthstone items can sometimes seem a bit juvenile, I have always thought they were kind of cool. This birthstone beauty product match up takes it from “kind of” to “really”.

These DIY Chai Candles sound like they would be a great way to get in the fall spirit, plus they’d make nice holiday gifts.

I really want to pick up a couple of these multidimensional eye shadows  from Julep. My top two choices are Andromeda and Borealis.

When Andy and I bought our house, one of the first pieces of furniture we purhased was a king size bed. With 6 cats that liked to sleep with us, we really needed the room. However, we have nothing on this couple who had an extra large custom bed made so they could let all of their fur babies sleep with them.

One of the benefits of reading a lot is that you will occasional come across interesting words. Every now and again, I find one that I feel the need to work into my everyday speech patterns. This list of 28 underused words is inspiring me to up the ante.