Friday, September 19, 2014

Nice To See You Friday

Today's post is a little short and sweet but I just couldn't miss out on one of my favorite link-ups with one of my favorite ladies, Amanda! Technically today is my last Friday in Michigan because in 7 days I will be headed South!!!!!!!  I have a TON of packing to do this weekend.

Favorite Purchase
I was doing so good not shopping until I saw this scarf pop up on a friend's Instagram post.
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I have been on the hunt for a blanket scarf every since the one from Zara started floating around last year. Well this one from Eula Ferns is exactly what I've had pictured in my head.  I'm now stalking my mailbox!

Favorite Read
Are you a Keeper or a Sport?

Yall know I love me some Courtney Kerr but I also love her besti Tori.  I follow Tori on Twitter and it is always a good time yall.  I somehow missed the memo that she started a blog but it is quickly becoming a daily read.  The post about being a Keeper or Sport really hit home.

Favorite Video
I'm never up late enough to watch this show but I love these Lip Sync Battles!  I also would really like Gwen's jacket!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home Sweet Home

With my move just 9 days away, one thing I am very excited/nervous about is living in my own apartment.  I have had roommates for as long as I can remember so this will be the first time that I can decorate however I want!  Exciting? Yes. Expensive? Yes.  I have manged to get through life without needing a bunch of furniture (my roommates always had couches, tables, entertainment centers, etc). I have a bed, dresser and bedside table and that is basically it.  I've been stalking Pinterest images of cute apartment decorating ideas and thought I would share them with yall.

The Bedroom
I have a beautiful quilt from Anthro that I bought a couple of years ago.  As much as I love it I just can't make it work with my stuff.  This time around I want to do more neutral colors with my comforter/bedding with pops of color thrown in somehow. My giant dresser and bedside table are teal so I'm playing with a color scheme that's teal, red and gold.  This changes every time I see a new picture of a bedroom.

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My dresser is a little darker than this one but look at how pretty those gold accents are!

Living Room
I can't really decide on much until I see the layout of the apartment but I know I want a very light color couch and a ton of colorful throw pillows.  I LOVE bright colors but I always think I am so bad at putting them together.  I tend to think a kindergartener could live in my rooms with the color schemes I put together in my head!

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I love everything about this from the fireplace to the mantle, that pompom garland and bright yello frame!

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Love those poofs!  This is a little too black and white for me but I really like the arrangement of those picture frames on the floating shelf.

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This is pretty much perfect.  Neutral base, pops of color but done in an elegant way.

How did yall start decorating you homes?  Did you start with things you already had or did you start completely over?

Linking up with the fabulous Miss Annie!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fabulous Fall Decor and DIY

What is it about Fall that makes everyone want to start DIY-ing and decorating everything? Today I thought I would share some of my favorite fall decor.  PS if you make any of these projects, it's only fair that you make 2 and send one to me :)

Skeleton Wreath
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Every year I say that I'm going to make this little guy but it hasn't happened yet.  How cute is he though?

Fall Door Decor
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I love everything about this.  One day when I'm a big bad adult I'll have a cute porch to decorate.

Witchcraft Wreath
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Love all of the different colors and of course those fabulous booties!

Gold Sparkly Pumpkins

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Gold and sparkly?  Yes please!

Candy Corn Apothecary Jars
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Trick or Treat
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I love that owl looking down on the room.  Plus I think this look isn't as cluttered as some other mantles I've seen floating around Pinterest.

I'm hoping I'll have a new apartment in time to get some cute Fall/Halloween decor up.  Do yall decorate for this season or save it up until Christmas?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Best Dang Salad I Ever Ate

The title of this post may be a little misleading because I have eaten some pretty yummy salads but this one has to be one of my top 3!  I've been making this for probably 6 years and it hasn't disappointed me yet!

It all started when I saw this pin.  I mean, doesn't that just look delicious.
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This salad has 2 of my favorite things: shrimp and avocado and it actually introduced me to the wonderful sweetness that is pomegranate seeds!  I completely thought that pomegranates were a summer food but apparently they don't really come around until fall.

Because I can't leave things well enough alone, I naturally did my own take on this recipe and wanted to share it with yall today.

Superfood Salad
What you'll need:
-1/3 cup red onion, chopped
-1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
-1 avocado, chopped
-1 cup canned black beans, rinsed 
-1 cup pomegranate arils 
-1 cup frozen corn, thawed
-1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
-salt & pepper

-1 clove garlic, chopped
-1 cup raw shrimp
-1 teaspoon coconut oil
The original recipe calls for quinoa but I leave it out sometimes depending on my mood.
The original recipe also calls for a lemon vinaigrette but I personally thought that it was too much and ended up covering up these amazing flavors. 

-Peel and chop oranges, red onions and cilantro and add to large mixing bowl.
-Cut pomegranate in half and remove seeds. Add seeds to mixing bowl with oranges, onions and cilantro.
-Melt 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat (you can also use olive oil).  
-Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. 
-Add raw shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until pink (I squeezed a lemon wedge over mine).
-Add cooked shrimp to a large mixing bowl.
-Empty black beans and corn into a pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender and then drain.
-Add beans and corn to mixing bowl with shrimp.
-Mix ingredients thoroughly.
-Add avocado before serving. Serve cold or at room temperature.
-Enjoy the explosion of flavors in your mouth.

Let me know if you make this.  I'd love to know who else enjoys this as much as I do!