One Year!

Yesterday marked my one year blog-aversary! Time to celebrate!!

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It’s been a great year! I’d like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of my readers!

To be honest, I never thought this blog would last past a few months, so I appreciate all of your support. I wanted to be able to explore my love for writing and, while I’ve certainly done that, I’ve learned so much more. I love this blog and hope to keep it going for some time to come.

Alright no more sappy stuff – on to the fun stuff: stats! Let’s see if we can beat these numbers in Year 2 😊

• 153 Posts
• 670 Tags
• 116 Blog followers
• 43 comments
• 158 shares
• 2,397 views
• 572 Tweets
• 84 Twitter Followers
•1,094 Pins
• 7 Facebook likes (let’s work on that one – help a gal out!)
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• Throwback: My First Post (before I figured out how to make cool graphics)

Thanks again and here’s to a great second year! 😘

Gifts For: Your Mom

This is the second post in my “Gifts for: 2014” series. Check out other posts under this category. Other topics to include: boyfriends/husbands, dad, kids and the girls! Posts will go up every other Monday through early December.

I can’t believe October is almost over! It really is time to start making my Christmas list, isn’t it?

My gifts for my mom are always something I try to make very special. My mom is an amazing woman who puts everyone else before her, so I try to get her something to show how much I appreciate all she does.

Here are some of my favorite gifts I’ve given her in the past:
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Spa Gift Card
If your mom is anything like mine, she never takes the time to pamper herself even though she deserves it more than anyone. A gift card to her favorite salon, or a fancy new one in town, will give her the reason she needs to treat herself to a day of relaxation.

Photobook
Have you gone on a fun family trip recently or done something all together that your mom loved? Make her a Photobook to preserve the memories! I’ve used Mixbook before and absolutely loved the result. It was really easy to use and they often have coupons so be sure to search for one before you finish your purchase!

Custom Jewelry
A mother’s children are her greatest joy so why not get her some jewelry so she can always have them close at heart? Whether it’s a ring with everyone’s birthstones or a necklace like this from Etsy, it’s something special just for her.

Cooking/Baking Supplies
My mom loves to bake, so we always have lots of cool supplies like cookie sheet liners, pop over tins and mixer attachments. Check out Williams Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond and even Marshall’s to pick up some fun accessories for your mom!

What is the most creative gift that you’ve ever given your mom? I’d love some new ideas for this year 🙂

NutriBullet – Initial Review

I have never been a huge health nut but I’ve been trying to make small but impactful lifestyle changes on the road to living a healthier life. One of my biggest struggles lately is that I definitely don’t get enough fruits (or veggies) on a daily basis. After trying out different ideas and talking to friends, I decided to take a step in the right direction by purchasing a personal sized blender.

I did a lot of research on blenders, looking at the Magic Bullet, NutriBullet and Vitamix. After comparing prices and all the available options, I made a decision – the NutriBullet!

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I’ve had my NutriBullet for a little over a month now, and while I’m still getting used to it, I am really liking it so far. Here are some of my thoughts:

Pros
• Easy to Clean – one of the things I hated about my previous traditional blender was that it was very difficult to get clean. With the NutriBullet, everything washes very easily and all of the pieces (except the blades) are dishwasher safe.
• Size – I’ve read some complaints about not being able to make multiple smoothies with the NutriBullet. Which is true, you can’t. But I purchased this as a personal sized blender since I’m almost always making one just for myself. I love that I only make one serving at a time so I don’t have to worry about wasting ingredients or storing mixed smoothies.

Cons
• Frozen Fruit – whenever I try to use fruit right out of the freezer, the blade gets stuck and nothing blends. I’ve taken to running the fruit under warm water beforehand and that seems to work.
• Cups – the normal package only comes with two small cups and one tall cup. When you’re making a smoothie every day, this can get frustrating because you’re constantly cleaning the cups. I know I can buy more, but they’re pretty expensive!

IMG_2400.JPGA berry smoothie – yum!

Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. I feel like the price was right on point and I’m excited to use it more and see what else it can do!

Do you have a NutriBullet? What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

Target: Dorm Room Essentials

As difficult as it may be to believe, the fall semester is right around the corner for college students! I am actually planning on heading back to school this fall myself, though for an MBA via an online program at a local university, it got me thinking of what I wish I’d known when it came to dorm room decorating.

One of my favorite places to buy my dorm room decor has always been Target. The prices are pretty good, especially as the products are usually of a rather good quality.

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This Polyvore set I created shows just a few of the dorm decor items you can find at Target, all at great prices compared to other retailers. (BTW – If you’re interested in any of the pieces, click the link and it will show you the prices and links for each item.)

And the best part is, these items will last you a while! Which means you can take them to your first apartment after graduation – as long as they fit with your color scheme 🙂

Candy Corn Cookies

Believe it or not, Halloween is just over a week away! Check out this festive cookie recipe I recently came up with using a fall classic – candy corn!

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FYI – this recipe is almost identical to my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Only difference? Replace chocolate chips with a mixture of white chocolate chips and candy corn!

Ingredients:
3/4 c – granulated sugar
3/4 c – brown sugar, packed
2 sticks – butter, softened
1 tsp – vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cup – white flour
1 tsp – salt
1 tsp – baking soda
1/2 c white chocolate chips
Bag of candy corn

Steps:
*Preheat oven to 375°F
1. Add sugar, brown sugar and butter. Beat well.
2. Add vanilla. Beat well.
3. While beating, add each egg separately.
4. While still beating, add flour, salt and baking soda. Be sure to add the flour slowly so it doesn’t explode back at you!
5. Add white chocolate chips
6. Scoop the dough in small 1-inch balls onto lined cookie sheets. You should end up with 3-4 dozen cookies. Be sure to keep them away from the edges, in case the candy melts (see next step!)
7. Add 2-5 candy corn pieces to the top of each cookie dough ball. Try to keep them towards the middle, as the candy tends to melt and make a mess!
8. Bake at 375°F for about ten minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Happy (almost) Halloween! 👻🎃🍫