Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I take it back

So remember how the other day I said we were waiting a while to make any wedding decisions? Well, I bough a bridal magazine yesterday. Not only was it really embarrassing for the Target cashier to gush about it and tell me all about her wedding. I can already tell I will get really sick of wedding talk. Hey, and I bet you guys will too. I'll try to keep the wedding blog posts to a minimum.

So once I brought the magazine (OK, magazineS. I bought two.) home I was very bored with them. I'm not going to spend $30,000 on a wedding, and I don't care about traditions, so I think those will be my last two bridal magazines. I already follow Offbeat Bride, but I want to find some other, actually helpful wedding blogs. Anyone have suggestions?

Sunday, February 21, 2010


So I waited a while to post about it because I have a few followers that I thought might appreciate finding out in person. But I got engaged on Valentine's Day.

I'm super excited, but we are not deciding on an wedding plans for a while.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WardrobeWednesday: ideeli

So, I apologize if this is a well-known site to most of you, but I recently joined ideeli.

Ideeli sends you e-mails each day of the different sales offered on their site of designer clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. Each sale only lasts about 24 hours, but if you get a "front-row pass" you get an extra hour to shop before the rest of the world can buy.

I bought a pair of Steve Madden shoes last week for $40, and am still contemplating this Nine West dress for only $45:
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Are there other great shopping places like this? My paycheck would probably thank you if you didn't tell me, but I'd love to know.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

B e M i n e .

My best friend Cristen and I made valentines with the help of my new typewriter a few weeks back.
I hope everyone spent today with the one they love. Happy Valentine's Day.









Thursday, February 11, 2010

Haircut before and after

I've been struggling for months with what to do with my hair. I think I've asked nearly everyone their opinion. For the last year or so I've thought that I wanted it really long. Every time I saw someone with lengthy locks, I'd say "Oooh, that's what I want my hair." Then I'd see a photo of someone with short hair. And I'd remember back to haircuts past. I'd remember how easy short hair was to take care of.

So I went in today and told my hair girly to do whatever she wanted.

And she did.

I'm quite pleased.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

WardrobeWednesday: Bow me over

I am in love with bows lately. The idea of polka dots a bows brings me back to my wardrobe of a few years ago. As I get older though, I realize these aren't always the most grown-up of fashion accessories, but if you pair them carefully and choose sophisticated bows — instead of overly cutesy — it's a look anyone can do.

From diamentdesigns on Etsy.

From breagha on Etsy.

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From Anthropologie.

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From Anthropologie.

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From Anthropologie.

From Anthropologie.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Winter grumpies

I have a case of the winter grumpies today. My way of dealing, sitting on the couch and watching kitty videos. I'm so awesome.

Cat With Machine Gun - Funny videos are here

Sort of like a kitty version of "The Hurt Locker." Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to Oscars season. My goal is to see all 10 best picture nominees by the time the winner is announced. So far I've seen five, and I refuse to see "The Blind Side" because it looks horrible, so I'm almost there.

Monday, February 1, 2010

MondayMunchies: Healthy chocolate cupcakes


Our household has been on a bit of a health kick lately, and I've been trying to find good-for-you solutions to those bad-habit foods.

Case in point: The chocolate cupcake
The solution: Replacing the bad stuff with pureed pumpkin

This is so super simple.

Use 1 box of chocolate cake mix. (I've also used the No Pudge brownie mix to make them a little heartier.)
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (just pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling)

Combine with hand mixer —the dough is really sticky and thick. Spoon mix into cupcake tin. This should make about 18 regular-sized cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. They're done.

If you like pumpkin, play up the flavor by adding about a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. If you don't like pumpkin, no worries, you can't even taste it.

If you on Weight Watchers, these are 2 points. For the rest of you, they're about 125 calories with just 2 grams of fat.