Apr 23, 2014

Currently...



 Watching: Netflix. I just got a Netflix account, so I'm watching tons of stuff. Already inhaled Orange is the new Black, and I'm gonna start House of Cards soon. Right now, I'm watching tons of random movies that I never got a chance to see. I really liked that Denzel Washington movie, Flight. It was really good. I think Lars and the Real Girl is on the queue for tonight.


Looking forward to: Being able to go in the pool. Summer is just around the corner, but my pool is still too cold to stand. I'm hoping the weather will be nice this weekend, so I can at least sit by the pool and enjoy the sun for a bit.

Eating: Too much yummy but not good for me stuff. It's time to clean things up in the eating department. I know it'll make me look and feel better.
 

Making me happy: iced caramel macchiatos, baking cupcakes, long lunches, talking with friends, getting manis, new dresses, cute shoes, weekends, watching movies

Apr 11, 2014

Friday faves

Another weekend is finally here. But first, take a look at some of my faves from the internet this week.



picture from First Home Love Life
I never would have thought to make my own dog shampoo, but this recipe looks like it would be great for my little doggie.



picture from Iowa Girl Eats
This wild rice and kale bowl looks like a great and yummy alternative to a salad or regular rice bowl.



picture from jacks & kate

This adorable strawberry bag is just too cute. I might have to make one soon.


via BuzzFeed
I can't wait to see the new Malificent movie. I'm a little Malificent obsessed lately, so here's 23 reasons Malificent is the most bad ass Disney villian. Gotta love an evil fairy.


picture from A Beautiful Mess
I love me some wine, and I've been wanting to try more reds (so I can be like Olivia Pope, LOL). This list of 10 red wines under $20 will be a great place to start.


via BuzzFeed
And finally the worst translated signs ever.


I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Apr 8, 2014

Weekend fun

This weekend I went up to Orlando, but not for a race, just for some fun. I hadn't been to Animal Kingdom with my annual pass yet, so it was time to get wild at Disney.

 
Friday night, Kris and I headed to Hollywood Studios for a girls night. We fast passed before we left the house (gotta love the new FastPass+) and rode the Star Tours, the Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror and Rock n' Roller Coaster. We then headed to the Tune-In lounge for some adult beverages and a snack before heading back home for the night. It was only 3 hours, but we did so much.

On Saturday, we grabbed the kids (including Miss Alice), Eddie and Kris's Dad and headed to the Animal Kingdom. It was so hot out there, but it was fun. The kids loved seeing the animals and my buddy Xander even rode Everest with me. It was my first time riding, but he got me through it. We kinda got wet on the Kali River Rapids, but Kris really got the brunt of the wave. She was soaked!

I had such a great time over the weekend, it was just the little escape I needed.

Have you been to Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Mar 22, 2014

Friday faves

Friday at long last! Thank god for weekends, now can't we just make them a little longer? It would make it all so much more bareable. Here are a few of my faves from this week to help kick off that weekend.


picture from Pizzazzerie
Easter has some of the best candy. And this Cadbury Egg cupcake combines one of my favorite Easter candies in cupcake form.


picture from She is Red
These simple glitter earrings would be the perfect addition to glitz up any outfit.


picture from See Kate Sew
The combination of brown leather and black and white chevrons is just too cute in this leather bottom tote.


Doing anything fun this weekend?

Mar 20, 2014

Currently...


Reading: Divergent. I'm trying to read the book before I go see the movie, but I have a feeling I'll be checking out the movie this weekend even though I haven't finished the book yet.

Watching: Finally watching Orange is the New Black. I'm only a few episodes in, but it's pretty good. Can't wait to see what mess she gets into next.

Looking forward to: My next vacation. I think I might cross the pond again, so I'm researching and figuring out where to go. Any suggestions?

Listening to: My iPod again! Last week I accidentally erased all of my music from my iPod while I was trying to upload some new tunes. I was left with Bruno Mars and Frozen. I went back to my iTunes and finally got all my music back on the iPod again. Thank goodness.

Making me happy: late nights, wine, laughter, friends that make the day go by faster, weekends, cute shoes, shopping

Mar 17, 2014

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today is the one day a year I'm Irish (well maybe just redheaded). Since St. Patrick's Day fell on a Monday, I had time to try out a new cupcake recipe for the occasion.

I had to use some Irish spirits to make the cupcakes really scream St. Patrick's without too much green. I got some Bailey's, Guinness, and Jameson to make some Irish Car Bomb inspired cupcakes.

First I made the cupcakes, instead of the liquid needed, I substituted the same amount of Guinness. It made the cupcakes nice and fluffy.

Next I made a chocolate ganache, spiked with a little Jameson's Irish Whisky. This gave the ganache just a little kick.

I filled the cupcakes with ganache. And I would like to thank the internet for letting me in on a little secret. I used the big frosting tips that I have to cut a hole in the cupcakes for filling.  This is so much easier than using a knife.
 
I made my regular vanilla buttercream, but made it "Irish" by adding some Bailey's Irish Cream to to the mix. It gave it just the right hint. Then a few green sprinkles and they were ready to go.

I know everyone at the office will enjoy this little treat.

St. Paddy's is always such a fun holiday. I hope you're wearing your green so you won't get pinched.

Mar 14, 2014

Friday faves

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you have tons of fun this weekend. Here are some of my faves from the internet this week.



picture from Sew 4 Home
I love the colors of this apron, and the big pockets are super handy too.



picture from dream, create
Loving these DIY knock off shoes.


picture from Hungry Happenings
These chocolate Bailey's beer mug cupcakes are such a cute way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.



picture from Vanilla Craft Blog
Here's an easy way to see the basics of photoshop
 

via Techly
I totally love this video of 20 strangers kissing for the first time.



via BanBossy.com
As a woman who strives to be more, I'm all on the bandwagon started by Sheryl Sandberg, the Girl Scouts, Beyonce and more to #banbossy. Let's show girls that they can be leaders!

Have fun this weekend everyone!