March 2, 2015

Paint, Paint, Paint, Señora-to-Be

Morning, ladies and happy MARCH! GAH! Can't you believe it? I sure can't. But, hey it's one month closer to birthday month, woohoo! Anyway, I hope y'all had a good weekend. Mine was incredibly busy, but incredibly fun. As I mentioned last week, I hosted a low key bachelorette party for Le Husband's cousin and it turned out extremely well.

… celebrated Sportyspice's bday at Top Golf. It was pretty cold but a fun and unique celebration.

… hit the ball well despite the cold temperature.

… had fun at the bar with Sportyspice's friends, but then it was time for bed.

… woke up early Saturday morning.

… helped Le Husband hang our American art. #USA #love

… spent the whole day cleaning and preparing the apartment for the Bachelorrette party.

… was blessed to have Le Husband because he was an incredible helper. #luckygirl

… loved using my beautiful buffet to showcase the wine.

… had fun setting out a delicious spread of snacks.



… enjoyed mingling with all the guests and of course Babyspice. #yaysissy

… felt a bit apprehensive about the blank canvas. #notanartist

… was excited to paint this pretty painting the bride selected.

 … learned the best way to mix colors from our awesome instructor, who happens to be a good friend. NOVA peeps, if you're interested in doing a paint night email me and I'll send you her information.

… became the official paint night photographer. Everyone did incredibly well and I was impressed with  the different interpretations of color, branch and background design. #waytogoladies



… laughed at paint hands/arm Babyspice. #loveyousissyboo

… sipped on this delicious creation, since I couldn't drink the wine. #willsharemoretomorrow #notprego


 … had a great time celebrating a beautifully, wonderful lady! #cantwaitforthewedding

 … realized I actually can be artistic. And that I am extremely symmetrical. #hellocircleflowers

… realized AGAIN, that Babyspice is a better painter than me ;)!

 … enjoyed a fun evening of painting, drinks and laughter. #kindofanarteeeeeest

 … dine at one of my favorite restaurants, La Tasca. The sangria and food was delicious, as usual and it was fun opening the eyes of the ladies from out of town. Cheers for a fun bachey dinner.

… came home, partied a lil more and then it was time for bed. I was so happy everyone had a good time, enjoyed the paint night and also enjoyed dinner. It was a wonderful evening of celebration indeed.

… slept hard after all the fun party preparation.

… woke up and went to church, despite the icy weather. It wasn't too bad, the sidewalks were more dangerous than the roads.

… fell asleep while watching Pretty Woman.

… spent an hour prepping food for the week.

… played in a soccer game. My first one in four weeks but I actually felt okay. #hadagoalwoop

… made it home safely with the icy conditions, but then got stuck in my parking lot because of the ice. So thankful for an amazing neighbor that let me borrow his shovel and ice pick and then helped me get my car in there right spot. #greatneighborsarethebest

Linking up with these beautiful ladies  < 3

February 27, 2015

No Quotes Can Describe How Awesome Friday Is!

Am I right, or am I right? I'm right, hah! Anyway, I hope y'all had a great week. We enjoyed another round of snow in DC yesterday so woohoo for two work from home days. So thankful for it, because there is still lots to do before the fun bachelorette party I'm hosting on Saturday. I hope everything falls into place, when you plan a party you want it to be great, but I'm kind of pseudo planning because her family is back in Ohio. I don't really know all of what's planned, but I do know I'll have fun snacks, swag and of course a fun atmosphere #atmospheremakestheparty #beenthereatsomeoneelsesparty #dramawonthappenhere!

Here are my favorites from the week!

Favorite Celebration of the Week: As mentioned in my post yesterday, Sportyspice turned 29 [girlfriend got a snow day for her present] and we celebrated her bday with a family dinner together. It was a lovely time and we had a great time celebrating our favorite crazy kid. #loveyouantonda

Favorite Food Moment of the Week: One more thought before I go… spiralizers are amazing! We finally received ours yesterday and I tried it out last night. I love me some zooodles and can't wait to find more recipes. What are some of your favorite zoodle recipies? Does anyone use anything besides zucchini?

Favorite Funnies of the Week: Pinterest just got it all right this week. #plantcellforthewin
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Favorite Video of the Week: I know I have a lot of dancing videos, but this is hilarious!


Favorite Links of the Week: Lots of great links to share today.

I pretty much lost it when I watched this video of Christina Augilera impersonating Britney Spears on The Tonight Show. She's not my favorite 'pop princess' but man, girl can siiiiiiiiiiiiiing!

My dear friend, Jess, wrote a beautiful post about her hopes for raising her daughter, Vivian, due later this year. Even though kids aren't on the radar this year, her thoughts made me excited to possibly be a mommy to a lil girl.

Have a friend that lost a pet? Check out this website for a stuffed animal recreation, so cute!

These vows will make you weep. #allthefeelsandthelove

*This* video showcases historically accurate Disney Princesses. So fun!

I love being married, but it's not roses everyday and that's okay. Lyz Lenz wrote an amazing article and one I'll definitely look back to along the marriage road.

These beautiful clay art pieces are to die for and I look forward to giving them as gifts in the future.

Be still my princess heart. Lauren Conrad launched her Cinderella inspired line and I about swooned over all the deliciously girly pieces. #lcandkohls #prettyprettyprincess

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend. Stay warm and safe! See you in MARCH!!!!

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February 26, 2015

Pop N Lock N Dropping That Birthday Cake

Happy Happy HAPPIEST of Birthdays to the Beautiful and lovely SPORTYSPICE!!!!!
My beautiful beautiful middle sissy turns 29 today! WAIT WHAT!?!?!? When did you get so big?! I still remember when you used to copy everything I did and were scared of Santa Claus! But now you are a fabulous and wonderful lady [except when you are poop gross haha].

Now, the happy birthday montage.










BABIES!!!
Sister trip to CHILE!!!

 



sweet shoes
We don't look alike at all!


Happiest of birthdays, sweet sister of mine. Enjoy your last year in your 20s and live it up! Thank you for being such a fabulous middle sister. Wishing you the best birthday, yet and of course a bazillion more! < 3 you more than you know, ANTONDA!!!!

Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie* 

February 25, 2015

Confession Session

I confess

... teachers that brag about snow days, every time they have one, drive me nuts. My sister is a teacher, so I totally understand the effort y'all make each and every day, but the bragging when you're off is a bit off putting. Yes, it's great to get a day off, but how annoying would it be if I constantly gloated about my paycheck being more than a teacher's? Pretty annoying! #stopbraggin

... I lost it yesterday when Le Husband couldn't say brooding. He kept calling it broody and I thought it was too hysterical. #lovethatsillyman

… the cold weather is making me shoppy. I'm trying to be good, sales are driving me nuts. Especially when I've found a sale on des boots

... a coworker started talking to me, about something ridiculous and I pulled a Heather. #eyedontcur


… I'm more excited about cooking food this week than I have been in a long time. I'm trying something new [which I'll share later] and can't wait to mix it up in the kictchen. #clean

… Le Husband almost got sucker punched yesterday when I realized how badly and strangely my back was burnt in Florida. Note to self: men do not know how to put on sunscreen. #yourekiddingme #iwillbeaskingstrangersnexttime

... this picture made me giggle more than it should have, but it's soooo funny!
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February 24, 2015

You're One in a Thousand!

Morning, ladies! I hope you are doing well. I'm feeling much better today and much more rested. Hooray for a work from home day. I always feel better when I can get everything put away quickly from our trips and I was super excited to get most of the laundry done too. A clean laundry smell does wonders for the soul right?

I need every step ahead I can get because I'm hosting a bachelorette party this weekend for Le Husband's cousin and the neat freak in me is already going crazy. I know it's going to be a great time, but it's going to take all week to get the apartment in 'company' shape. Keep your fingers crossed I don't drive Le Husband crazy with all my cleaning ;)!

Before we get on with the recipe for today, I'd like to mention this is my 1,000th POST [cue trumpets]! Holy moly, can you believe it? I sure can't. It's incredible looking back on my [almost] five years of blogging and seeing how my blog and friendships have grown. I'm so thankful I have this lil community and so blessed to have y'all as friends. Cheers to the next 2,000 posts!

Anyway, my recipe for today is another quick crockpot recipe. I tried to list out everything as well as I could, but we kind of fiddle with it, so feel free to just follow this pin if you want more info.

Ingredients
4 skinnless chicken thighs
1- 2 cups Chicken broth 
1 onion sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms [we did a lil more than a cup]
A few springs of thyme

Step 1: Layer onions on the bottom of the pan.

Step 2: Layer chicken [which you have already seasoned with salt and pepper] on top of onions.

Step 3: Layer mushrooms on top of chicken.

Step 4: Pour chicken broth over everything, then add thyme and extra salt and pepper.

Step 5: Set slow cooker on low and cook for 6-8 hours.

Step 6: Remove from pan and enjoy.



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