Monday, July 30, 2012

First Day!


As you know, Thursday was my last day at my old job. Matt knew it was going to be an incredibly bittersweet day for me, full of difficult goodbyes and emotions.

This is what I came home from my last day of work to…
 Tory Burch Sophie Wedges - a pair of shoes I've hinted that I want for my birthday in September. I seriously adore my husband. 
 
Is this not the sweetest surprise ever? Gosh, I love him.
 Wish me luck today {in my new Tory's}!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

New Beginnings



I quit my job. 


Full of mixed emotions, yesterday was one of the hardest goodbyes I have ever had to say. Sadly, I packed up my desk, turned in my badge and blackberry, ate lunch with my team at my favorite restaurant, and said my final goodbyes to my work family who I had grown so close to.

Although I definitely will not miss my 40 minute commutes, there is a lot that I will miss. I will forever treasure my experiences, friendships and adventures from the past 20 months in my Marketing & PR Specialist role.
Goodbye gifts: Two bottles of my favorite champagne! A card for each day of my first week at my new job. A "first week survival" tumbler, filled with new pens, nail polish, chapstick and more {how cute, right?}! And a poster of quotes from each team member with pictures of my favorite things.
Of course I couldn't say goodbye without leaving on a sweet note! So, I whipped up some carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. 

But, it is crazy what God gives you when you pray for new beginnings...
...a new door has been opened to an exciting adventure!
 
I start a brand new job in Uptown Charlotte on Monday! It seems so surreal that this new job, one that I cannot wait to begin, is mine! There will be so much to learn, new friendships to make, and experiences to gain. I am so excited and thankful for it all.


{Matt and I celebrated over dinner last night in Uptown at The Capital Grille}

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Portobello Mushroom, Pesto & Goat Cheese Pizza



The hubs cooked dinner a few nights ago {with just a littttle guidance}, and I have to say…I was impressed! The meal for the evening included my 3 most favorite ingredients, portobello mushrooms, pesto and goat cheese…all on top of a PIZZA!
It was absolutely delish! Here's how it was done...
Step 1: Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface. We love Trader Joes' premade wheat pizza dough. 
 Step 2: In a skillet, combine half the mushrooms, pesto and goat cheese until melted.Step 3: Smear mixture on top of pizza. Saute reserved mushrooms with onions.
Step 4: Add onion and mushroom mixture on top.
 
Step 5: Generously sprinkle mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Broil on high for 1 minute.
 Ta-da! You have a bubbly hot, gorgeous and delicious pizza!
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Monday, July 23, 2012

BarkBox



Hey fur mommas!

If you think you love the concept behind Birchbox and are obsessed with your pup, then I am about to blow your mind with…Barkbox!


What is Barkbox?

A box of high quality dog products for your pup, delivered to your door every month! Inside each box you’ll receive a handpicked selection of {four or more} high quality dog products --from toys and innovative gadgets to gourmet treats, bones, hygiene products and essentials - this is doggy heaven on earth!

I am always looking for new ways to spoil Charlie, so when I discovered BarkBox I didn't even think twice about signing him up for a 6 month "Big & Bold" subscription.

We just received our first box this past weekend and Charlie hasn't stopped waggin' his tail since!


Let me just say, this box did not disappoint. In fact, we received well over $17 worth of goodies!

{Charlie had a blast opening up his gifts}
Inside the July BarkBox: 

1. Precision Pet Spinz Bone {A gluten-free, 100% edible, peanut butter flavored bone that moves and twists}. 2. PetProjekt Squeaky Steak {our favorite surprise in this box} 3. Pet Qwerks IncrediBubbles, {Non-toxic, peach flavored, edible bubbles}. 4. Petflow.com $10 off coupon with free shipping {pet food delivery service that I immediately signed up for}. 5. A roll of  Metro Paws Poop Bags 6. YumZies by Nootie {Natural, grain free, made in the US dog treats}.


How hilarious is this squeaky t-bone steak? This was definitely Charlie's favorite item in the whole box!

BarkBox is a really fun way to find out about unique toys and treats for Charlie, so I am really happy we signed him up for 6 months {and he is too}! 


A monthly box of surprise goodies costs as low as $17/box {for 6 months}, which includes shipping and a $3 donation to a local rescue or shelter to help other doggies in need. Depending on the size of your dog, you can sign up for a small, medium, or large box.The boxes ship on the 15th of every month. 

For more information about BarkBox, visit the BarkBox Facebook Page or their website!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cake Batter Crispy Treats


Cake batter crispy treats...the rice crispy treat perfected.  

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven, I slightly tweaked this recipe for my recent girl's taco night, adding extra sprinkles and a dash of vanilla extract. Within hours of cutting the treats into perfect little squares I realized half of them had disappeared from the plate. I hunted down my husband, only to catch him crispy treat in hand! Since they are quick to whip up, I decided to make an extra batch before the girls arrived. By the end of the evening, there wasn't one crispy treat left! I see another batch in store for this week...




Cake Batter Crispy Treats
3 Tbsp. butter
½ Tbsp. vanilla
1 (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles
 
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.




You can never have enough sprinkles! I even threw in a few heart sprinkles that I had left over from a recent recipe.




Pretty, fun and tasty! Now hurry up and go make some!
 
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thank You {and GREAT NEWS}!



Thank you all so much for your helpful iPhone case suggestions to my recent post {here}! There were so many great recommendations that it took me days to contemplate my purchase.  

The final 3 contenders: Monogrammed Otterbox Case (starting at $69), Kate Spade Case ($40), and Mongrammed Case-Mate Tough Case ($45).

And the winner is...


A Monogrammed Case-Mate iPhone Tough Case from AModernStyle Etsy shop! I am so in love with my new case and have received dozens of compliments on it so far. It's lightweight, slim, and super cute! Most importantly, the case provides dual layers of protection {a snug, fitting silicone wrap provides shock resistance, while the polycarbonate hard shell protects against impact}, and is built to withstand sudden drops and accidental falls. 

And I have GREAT NEWS for you, my friends...

Right now, AModernStyle is offering all of my readers a 25% discount through July 31st! Just use the code HAPPY at checkout! 

Here are just a few of my favorites... 


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

L-R: Brynn's case, Katrina's case, my case!


 Happy Shopping!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Taco Night


Last night I had some girls over for a taco dinner!
For an appetizer I made Strawberry, Corn & Avocado Salsa. This was such a hit that I must share the recipe with you...
 
Strawberry, Corn & Avocado Salsa
Adapted from Family Fresh Cooking

Mix:
1 cup of corn
3/4 cup diced Red Onion
½ cup garbanzo beans
1 ½ cups finely diced Strawberries
1 diced Avocado
1 Lemon juiced
Olive Oil
Season to taste with: Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder and Salt
Top with Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese


For our cocktail, I made a large bowl of White Wine Sparklers. Oh, and I also made Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats for dessert {recipes to come}!
 {napkins}
 I picked up some dahlias from the Farmer's Market - so pretty!
{Our taco buffet}
{my girls!}
 
Happy Monday!
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