One Odd Duck

Guess who was up ‘n’ at ‘em nice and early this morning??

Oh yes…early morning workout (this one) attempted and completed all before 6:30am. That’s two mornings in a row, baby!

And actually, I think Cody’s enjoying the routine just as much as I am.

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Without fail, every time I finish up on the treadmill, Codeman is there within seconds. He hops on, lays down, and starts kneading the air with his cute little paws.

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My guy cracks me UP.

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Last Night’s Dinner

So you may have already seen this one if you follow me on Instagram, but last night’s dinner was good. REAL good.

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A couple of weeks ago, I got my latest issue of Cooking Light magazine in the mail, and this issue has some particularly delicious looking recipes in it. One of the ones that I ripped out to try was the Creamy, Light Potato Soup and last night was the night. I followed the recipe almost exactly, with the only substitutions being 1% milk instead of the 2% (all we had) and plain Chobani for the fromage blanc.

I was worried about the soup being bland, but we both decided that it actually had really great flavor. I think the only thing I would change next time is to not pulse all of the potatoes in the blender. They chopped up pretty quickly, and we were left with very few potato chunks (one of my favorite parts). It’s also a bit more time consuming than I’m used to (about an hour) so I might try to do a little prep-work beforehand.

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We both topped our soup bowls with some fresh cooked turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions. Yummmm.

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Because I was so hungry when I got home, I immediately got working on cooking and never got a chance to open up the package that had been waiting for me…my new shoes arrived!

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I purchased two pairs (which were BOGO!) last weekend when I first told you guys about how I had discovered Sole Society (<– heads up, referral link!). I’m always a little leary about purchasing shoes online, just because you never know how they’ll fit, but I am extremely pleased to say that both of these fit great.

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Loving the sparkle and shine on these sandals (perfect for Mexico…only about 5 weeks away!).

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And these pumps are perrrrfect. So far, they seem to be pretty comfy too, after doing a couple of test walks around the house. Of course, only a full day in them will tell, but I have high hopes. I just really wish they had still had them in red in my size. They would be SUPER cute, right?

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I just love shoes. :)

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So, of course, since dinner was a bit on the light side last night (we didn’t even have any bread to go with the soup – oh, the horror!), I was undoubtedly hungry a couple of hours later. So as I settled in to get my weekly fix of The Bachelor, I wound up snacking on some TJ’s cat cookies with peanut butter, along with a couple of cookies.

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So, speaking of The Bachelor…anyone have any thoughts?

I’m still loving Kacie B. and I also reeeeally liked Desiree after her one-on-one date; she was just too cute and seemed really down to earth. But really, what is UP with Amanda?

I mean, that girl was one odd duck. But she was also making me laugh, so I’ll just keep enjoying the crazy entertainment.

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope it’s a great one! :)

I Love These Shoes

Hey, hey. I’m still alive!

Yesterday was just not a wonderful day…I felt like crap a majority of the day, which only seemed to worsen as the day continued. After work, the couch was mine, and I spent a few quality hours with my blanket, my box of tissues, and my book (which I finished…Emily Giffin, you better make a sequel to Where We Belong!!!).

I was in bed nice and early again, getting me up fairly early this morning. Thankfully, my faucet of a nose seems to be slowing down a bit, but my head is still a mess and I’m still just feeling blah. I will most likely be laying rather low today to ward off this thing and keep it from getting worse!

For breakfast, I was craving something warm and comforting, so I decided to whip up a batch of Mixed Berry French Toast Oatmeal and a mug of hot tea.

That picture is so, totally not from today…I was way too lazy to grab my camera.

So this morning as I was eating breakfast and checking through my emails, I came across one from a blog reader, Meagan, giving me a heads up on a fun new website…all about SHOES.

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Sole Society is a member based site, and after browsing around, I quickly realized that they have a TON of amazing shoes. They have funky shoes, high fashion shoes, and even nice, classic shoes, which I am a big fan of.

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What can I say…I’ve always been drawn to the classics. Thanks, mom. Winking smile

Typically when I come across sites like these, I usually browse once and call it a day, but right now they’re having a BOGO deal so I decided to check it out a bit more…

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And within minutes I wound up with two pairs in my cart.

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I loved the pumps since they weren’t super tall (although I really wanted the red, but they were sold out in my size!) and the sandals will be perfect for Mexico next month(!!).

Sole Society also offers free shipping, which is another major win in my book.

Since the site is member based, you do have to sign up, so to start checking it out feel free to use my referral link by clicking here.*

*Just a heads up, and to be totally transparent: That is a referral link, which gives you the opportunity to earn credits to the site by inviting friends (if they purchase). As I told my other good friends, I’m sharing the site because I think it’s awesome. Obviously, credits would be awesome (feel free to share with YOUR friends if you sign up!), but I love the shoes and thought you might too, so I wanted to share it with you all. No pressure whatsoever!

I’m so excited for my order to come in, and I can’t lie…I’m really excited to be able to have an excuse again to buy “real” shoes, now that I’m back in the working world. So much more fun that the constant sneakers and Uggs I was living in before. Winking smile

Alright, time to go lay back down…have a great weekend, everyone!

Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Summer Wardrobe, Day 5

Day 5 – 10 Tips to Building a Better Summer Wardrobe

So I had a few ideas floating around in my head about what I wanted my last fashion post of the week to be about, but it was just too darn hard to decide!  So, rather than choosing one, I decided to combine tid-bits all of my favorites into one!

(A picture from our recent Honeymoon to St. Lucia!) 8)

My Top 10 Tips

1.  Look through your closet for clothes you wore last summer. See if they still fit, are still in style, and are in good condition.  If not, consider donating them! :)

2.  Break out the brights! Think colorful jewelry such as hoop earrings & bracelets, belts, scarves, and bags. If you’re short on these items, consider checking out stores like Claire’s Accessories, Aldo Accessories, Target, etc.  You can easily find cute, inexpensive jewelry, bags and accessories.  Remember, this stuff isn’t so much about the “quality” – cheap means you can go more for “quantity” with this fun stuff!

3. Don’t stay prisoner to your favorite black leather bag.  Switch things up with a more neutral color, woven straw, or brightly patterned bag to “go with the flow” of the season.

This is a Melie Bianco Rosette with Leaves Hobo.  I LOVE Melie Bianco bags, and have purchased them in the past.  They’re GREAT quality and I would highly recommend them!

4. Invest in a flowery, flowing, printed sundress for a classic, effortless summer look. A dress can take you to dinner by accessorizing with heels and a shawl, out with friends by pairing with flat sandals & fun jewelry, or to work with a tailored jacket or cardigan over it.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!

I found this dress at American Eagle – super cute!  If you want to check it out, click here.

5. Purchase a pair of “where anywhere” white pants.  This is a summer staple item that I can’t do without! Choose them in fabrics like cotton with a little stretch or denim, and pair them with a bright t-shirt for a more casual look or a floral tank for a dressier night out.

LOVE these white linen pants from Gap.  You can check ‘em out for yourself here!


6. Make sure your summer wardrobe includes basic cotton tees and tanks which can be paired with jeans or shorts.  One of my favorites: Old Navy Long Perfect Tanks in EVERY color!

7. Summer hats can be super cute, while also protecting your skin and hair from the sun.  These are great for days where you know you’re going to be outside for a while.

Here’s a cute hat from Gap that I found.


8. Find the perfect swimsuit to get ready for the beach or pool parties. Purchase a versatile cover-up that can take you to the pool and lunch.

For a quick, totally adorable cover up, try a sarong like this one from Old Navy!

9. Compliment your summer look with stylish sunglasses to keep you from squinting and getting crow’s feet around your eyes, and to protect those peepers!  Make sure to choose a frame that will be flattering for your face shape.

Yup, that’s Me…SUPER cheesin’! 8)

10. Keep your look polished with the right shoes. Strappy heeled sandals are a MUST for summer.  Also to keep in mind: gladiators, flip flops (Hellooo, 2 for $5.00 at Old Navy!), chunky wedges, and canvas sneakers.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite summer shoes…ENJOY! :-D


 

 

I LOVE SHOES!! I definitely get my love of shoes from my Mom :)  Now, here’s my new, FAVE pair!!!…

How CUTE are these?!?  They’re actually the shoes that I’m going to be wearing for my friend Joelle’s wedding, which isn’t until October…I have a feeling they might have to be “broken in” a bit before then! ;)

Well, that does it for this week’s Summer Wardrobe fashion tips! :-D

I really hope that you all enjoyed reading through everything, since I know I had a really fun time posting them all!  If you have any questions, comments, or feedback in general, PLEASE feel free to let me know!

Would you like to see more of this stuff????