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    Hi there.

    Welcome to my blog! Whether you are a new visitor (hi!) or a regular, please know that when I say I am excited you are here, I really am EXCITED you stopped by! You will get to know me here - the me behind the camera. The girl who thinks it's never too cold for ice cream. The girl who lets her lab sleep in the bed…yes,under the covers! The girl who is so proud of and totally in love with her husband. I can't wait to get to know you, too. So, sit a spell with me and enjoy!

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    Shoesday :: Valentine’s Date Night

    Feb 07, 2012
     

    Seeing that Valentine’s Day is one week away, I thought I would find some fun shoes to inspire your date night next week! Yep, I am one of those gals who enjoy’s valentine’s day. I realize there are some out there who protest the day, think its a money making scheme, too commercialized (yes, I’ll admit this one a bit), but to be honest, griping about it doesn’t do anything positive. I say embrace the opportunity to celebrate love and to remind ourselves how much we have to be thankful for – and not just love with our main squeeze, but with family and friends too. Ok off my soapbox.

    This will my 8th Valentine’s Day with the hubs. On our very first one he cooked me a delicious 4 course meal at his apartment (with lots of flowers waiting – I seriously adore flowers, year round – they are always in our home!)…from then on we decided that Valentine’s day is the perfect occasion to stay in and have fun cooking together. This year we will be breaking our tradition as we will be in Washington, DC most of next week for a mini-getaway during his time off work. If anyone has any suggestion as to where we should eat in DC for a romantic night, please let me know!

    But whether you stay in or go out this Valentine’s Day , it is still so much fun picking out an outfit and some cute little shoes to match :)

    1 + 2 :: Adorable shoes by Vivenne Westwood (Images by Max Wanger – found on Fashion Binge)
    3 :: J.Crew ballet flats in poppy
    4 :: Kate Spade Charm

    I picked the above shoes as inspiration. The Vivienne Westwood shoes are quirky and unique. The J.Crew ballet flats are probably what you would have found on me if the hubs and I were eating in (combined with a fun top and skinny jeans, of course), And I had to throw in a fun sparkly shoe into the mix for those of y’all going out big – and Kate Spade knows how to do sparkle!

    Now with all the fun and gorgeous shoes out there, your options are endless – however you can never go wrong in a classic pair of black pumps – they always class up an outfit and fit any occasion.

    Image found on Pinterest (Originated from STREETFSN)

    Here is to some cute footwear on Valentine’s day – hey we all can use an excuse to go shoe shopping, right? Happy Shoesday!

     
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    • Brooke Turner: LOVE the pair by Kate Spade!!!! (07.02.2012, 11:02AM)
     
     

    Foodie Friday :: Shrimp and Zucchini Bowtie Pasta

    Feb 03, 2012
     

    Happy Friday, friends!! I plan to make this a new addition to my blog because I love food and it’s always so fun when I get to try out a new recipe. Since I cook most every night I will be picking my favorite meal from the week and sharing it here on the blog!

    This week’s favorite meal is a Shrimp and Zucchini Bowtie Pasta. It is SUPER HEALTHY  (well, minus the bread on the side – but I think it is impossible for me to eat pasta without bread, seriously.) and even more important, it is really simple and fast to make.

    I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Skinny Taste. I made a few minor adjustments, which are reflected in my shopping list below, and followed the same cooking instructions. Visit HERE To see original ingredient list and cooking instructions. If you try this out, let me know what you think!

    Shopping list :

    • 1 lb shrimp, shelled and deviened (12 oz peeled weight) *Buy frozen when they’re not in season and/or  want to save money OR Chicken :)
    • 12 oz uncooked bowtie pasta
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
    • 2 shallots, diced
    • 2 zucchini, julienned or cubed
    • 4 tomatoes, diced
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
    • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • cooking spray
    • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
    • Fresh ground pepper
    • Local parmesan cheese on top with fresh parsley for garnish

    Personal Notes :
    *You will notice I hardly ever add salt (even when asked for) – I usually just add pepper. Especially if the dish has a little cheese in. I find that the cheese adds all the extra sodium we need.
    *I doubled the pasta amount so we could have left overs – YUM!
    *I used more zucchini and tomatoes than the original recipe calls for – part because I cooked more pasta and part because I wanted to amp up the veggies!
     
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    Meet Ann Marie. She is going bald for the kids.

    Feb 02, 2012
     

    Ok y’all…please meet my sweet friend, Ann Marie. In less than 1 month. She will be going bald. As in shaving.her.head.with.no.guard.BALD.

    Why is she going bald? For the kids…those awesome kiddos out there who are bravely fighting cancer everyday. She and many others will be uniting with kids fighting cancer in hopes to find a cure through St. Baldrick’s. St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity and for the next few weeks Ann Marie will be raising money to help find cures and to give hope to all those fighting cancer.

    I feel so lucky to have met Ann Marie. She is KIND. She is FUNNY. She is GENUINE. And she has one the BIGGEST HEARTS I know. I realize that many of you reading this now do not personally know Ann Marie – but I am willing to bet most of you have had a loved one battle cancer. Any donations you friends can spare will be very much appreciated.

    On February 25, I will be documenting Ann Marie and her teammates shave their heads. I will be sure to share moments from that day as well as thoughts personally from Ann Marie. Ann Marie is a middle school teacher and has over 16 students from her school participating in this amazing cause.

    Please donate towards Ann Marie’s fundraising cause HERE

    *Help Ann Marie exceed her goal HERE
    **Find out more about St. Baldrick’s HERE 

    Whether you are able to donate or not – saying a prayer for these kids and sending happy thoughts Ann Marie’s way will be much appreciated! Thank you, friends!

     
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    • Mom: Ann Marie, You do have a big heart. i am looking forward to hearing the success stories of this wonderful program you're involved in.
      I Love You,
      Mom (04.02.2012, 7:02PM)
    • Katherine: wow! she has such a big heart :) (03.02.2012, 10:02AM)
    • Meredith Perdue: Wow, Ann Marie sounds like a truly incredible person! As are you for volunteering your time for such a cause! (03.02.2012, 10:02AM)
    • Erin McLean: Go girl!! (02.02.2012, 4:02PM)