Wednesday, February 29, 2012

what i wore {new england edition}

Hi Loves! I spent the last 11 days in New England, visiting the hubby and seeing my bff. It was an amazing trip and I officially fell in love with NE!

Friday, February 17
Walked around downtown Newport

scarf: target
top: f21
tank underneath: jcrew
jeans: Joe's Jeans via nordstrom rack
shoes: TOMS

Saturday, February 18
walked around Newport, had an amazing breakfast and had DD coffee, yummy!!

scarf: forever21
sweater: GAP
tank underneath: love culture
skinnies: forever21
boots: nine west
bracelet: goodwill

Night outfit for Saturday. We went to sushi for a late valentines day celebration.
I am LOOOOVING these colored jeans.

necklace: francescas {for $6!}
booties: target

Monday, February 20th

sweater: GAP
top underneath: kohls
skinnes: forever21
leg warmers: H&M
boots: nine west
earrings: forever21

Wednesday, February 22
in Maine with my bff! we went to a cute Parisian like cafe for a day of blogging etc. Just like the old days for us! We also went to the cutest spot for dinner and had some yummy drinks and food. like to die for yummy!

scarf: forever21
sweater: old navy from my sis
top underneath: forever21 from my sis
skinnies: forever21
socks: target
boots: nine west

Thursday, February 23rd
another day of cafes and pad thai for dinner

striped top: forever21
long sleeve black top: target
jeans: Joe's Jeans via nordstrom rack
boots: borrowed from my friend Liz

Friday, February 24th
went to a social media breakfast with my bff in Maine and then headed back to RI to see the hubby

scarf: forever21
sweater: GAP
top underneath: forever21
skinnies: forever21
boots: nine west
necklace: francescas

Saturday, February 25th
went to one of our new favorite breakfast places in Newport, then headed to the Mall in Providence. Got a massage, walked around downtown a bit and then had dinner at the cheesecake factory!

scarf: forever21
sweater: Old Navy via my sister
top underneath: forever21
skinnies: forever21
leg warmers: H&M
boots: nine west

Sunday, February 26th
Ate at another breakfast place, toured one of the Vanderbilt mansions and just enjoyed our last night together.

sweater and top: H&M {only $20 for both!}
necklace: francescas
jeans: Target
shoes: TOMS

Tuesday, February 28th
back home, doctors appt, ran errands, and then drinks in the evening with my friend Liz

scarf and shoes: Target
sweater: target via goodwill
top: athro via thrift store
tank underneath: jcrew
jeans: 7 for all mankind via Macys
ring: forever21

Check out my review of Eyedews here.
They are like a mini spa for your face!
linking up with Lindsey

pleated poppy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

weight watchers: chili

A few weeks ago I made a huge batch of weight watchers turkey, bean and veggie chili. I was an heaven in bowl. I could not get over how flavorful and tasty it was. I was baffled that a 1.5 cup serving only had 5 points!

This was after I added all the ingredients to the pot

Here is the end result, so yummy! I added a cup of brown rice to my serving to have a delicious and filling 10 point dinner.


2 spray(s) cooking spray

1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 medium uncooked onion(s), chopped

2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced

2 large uncooked carrot(s), chopped

2 rib(s) (medium) uncooked celery, chopped

1 medium yellow pepper(s), chopped

1 item(s) (medium) uncooked bell pepper(s), orange-variety, chopped

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp paprika

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

29 oz fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth

29 oz canned diced tomatoes, with mild green chiles

15 1/2 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz fat-free canned refried beans

***A few things that I did differently, I had a little more than a 1lb of the lean turkey so I used all of it. I increased the chicken broth to a whole box, which is 32oz. I also used a red and a green pepper.***


Coat a 12-inch sauté pan with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. Brown turkey, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.

Coat a large pot with cooking spray; set over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add carrots, celery and peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne; stir for 1 minute.

Stir in broth, tomatoes, both types of beans and turkey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring every 5 minutes, about 35 minutes total. Yields about 1 1/2 cups chili per serving.

recipe from here

Monday, February 27, 2012

my march madness

Oh Monday, Today I am a sad panda. I am head back to the left coast and leaving my hubby in the cold New England weather.

Despite the fact that I am leaving my hubby for another 3-4 months I have so much stuff planned for March that the first month is going to be a whirlwind of fun! My March Madness, if you will!

I am so excited to have signed up for this conference! It is about 20 minutes from my home. So so exited to go! 4 days of indie biz and DIY, YES PLEASE! April of Marine Parents is going as well and will be spending the 4 days at my house so we can save some moolah {our hubbies should be so proud!}. I foresee LOTS of coffee being consumed between her and I!

Craftcation Conference logo

The weekend after the conference I'll be headed to Riverside for the Sew Funky Market! Yep, I will be a vendor. So excited to create some new stuff and see all my amazing market friends!

Friday, February 24, 2012

instfriday: the last few weeks

Happy Friday friends! I haven't done an insta-friday in a few weeks. This goes back to my trip to Minnesota and the week home after {I'll be saving my New England pics for next friday}

Colt eating cake. 

Colt in his handsome birthday outfit!

We had a fire the night before I left. Here is my fireside outfit.

My moms awesome rainboots I wore for our fire fun.

Fire. We roaste some jumbo marshmellows, yum!

Did some shopping at the Mall of America before my flight out. Got this skirt at Old Navy. It runs big so I got to buy an xsmall!

Don't you put your feet up when you're eating lunch?

I love love LOVE when starbucks has themed cups. These valentine's day cups were adorable.

Scored some colored tights on clearance at good'ol target

I returned my ephiphane camera bag and got this gorgeous Jo Totes camera bag. I LOOOOOVE IT!

I love this little cluster of items on the bookself in the entry way of our home.

Bye bye dark hair! I am working on getting back to my super blonde hair, here is the first color change. Straberry blonde with blonde highlights.

While getting my hair did in San Diego I had brunch with the talented and super sweet April of Marine Parents

When I get bored and the TV is lacking any good reality tv on it I tend to try and find new outfits in my closet.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

why i went to minnesota

Happy Friday Eve lovelies. I have been busy bee the last few weeks and been travelling up a storm. At the end of January I hopped on a jet plane and headed to the good ol'midwest for a little family meet up.

My nephew turned 1 on Feb. 2 so we were all gathering together to celebrate {except Scott, he was of course in Rhode Island for work}. 

Because I cannot get enough of his cute face and squeezable cheeks I thought I'd share his cuteness with my lovely readers. {Who doesn't love a cute bebe??}

Here are a few beyond adorable pictures of what we did to celebrate his 1st birthday.

Here he is enjoying waffles made by grandma on his actual birthday.

Ready to open some of his presents.

Don't you eat wrapping paper??

Wearing his cars backpack from grandma and grandpa

Pretty sure the backpack almost weighs as much as him!

We went into the cities to explore a bit. This is his "I've had enough photos pose"

After exploring the city we took the train to Mall of America so he would make a build-a-bear for his birthday. Here his stepping on the button that stuffs the bear.

We had a little birthday celebration the Saturday after his birthday. He loves Taylor Swift songs so some family friends got him a Taylor Swift calendar, he obviously loves it!

Family picture {minus Scott}

And finally eating cake! Don't you eat your birthday cake in your birthday suit??

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

whimsical wedding wednesday {gingham}

Happy Wednesday friends!!

I have been a little MIA lately, for good reason, of course. I am currently writing this edition of whimsical wedding Wednesday from a cute cafe in Portland, Maine! Yup, I am gallivanting all around New England. I spent the first 5 days with my hubby, I am in Portland until Friday and then will head back to Newport, Rhode Island to see my handsome hubby for a few more days before I jet back to the left coast.

This week I am currently loving gingham. It is so crisp and fresh.

I love how classy this dress silhouette is, the accessories glam up the whole look, but the roots of the dress are simple and fun gingham.

I love the idea of a red and white gingham inspired wedding.

Picture a gorgeous farm, lots of wood benches, and fun wild flower arrangements in mason jars and glass bottles on a warm summers night. The trees are strung with lights, everyone is dancing around sans shoes and and sipping yummy cocktails out of a straw. {Can I plan another wedding to marry my husband for a 3rd time?? hehehe}  

So crisp, clean and welcoming.

Scott and I are obsessed with one day owning a farm and tons of land. {We also want to open an antique coffee shop/cafe!} Thus I have really fallen in love with a less modern/classic look.

And because I cannot resist amazing wedding favors how about giving guests these pretties?!

Are you planning a wedding? What is currently inspring you?


linking up with krystina for What I Love Wendesday 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

current fashion obsession {colored skinny jeans}

Happy Friday Eve friends!

I am currently thousands of feet in the air on a jet plane off to see my hubby and then have some girl time with my bff, Kate, who moved to Maine last year.

My latest fashion obsession is colored skinny jeans. I am pretty sure I am dreaming about them at night.

I really want a green pair as well as a coral pair. Just the right shade of coral that can look more red or more pink depending on what I pair it with. I tried them on at target and they were NOT for me. I think because they are in junior sizes they are made for non curvy women and we all know I am cuuuurvy :)

Has anyone tired the ones at old navy? My favorite skinny jeans are from Forever21, I am hoping maybe I'll eventually find a pair there. I can't bring myself to spend $70 plus for a designer pair.

This is the color green I am swooning over. This entire outfit is swoon worthy.

Again with the gorgeous green. I love that it is paired with mustard yellow, another one of my current obsessions.

I love the way Jessica styled these colored jeans. I have been following Jessica's blog since I started blogging 3 years ago. Her outfits inspire so many of my outfits.

Girlfriend looks chic here. I love the striped jacket and yellow platforms paired with the bright pink skinnies.

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