Monday

A Successful Weekend Despite The Weather

As the south came to a screeching halt because of the snow/sleet/and ice, I worried that I would not make it to my parents this weekend and/or I wouldn't make it to my hair appointment.
Not the biggest troubles in the world but I was excited to visit my parents and celebrate my Birthday with my family!

Thankfully Daniel's truck has 4-wheel drive and despite the trek we made it! Not without sitting in traffic but hey I was okay with that. To celebrate our safe arrival my dad brought home some Barberitos and gave me two different Teavana Chai's :)

If only my hair dresser could do my hair every day!

Saturday morning my mom and I headed out bright and early to get our hair done. We weren't sure how good the roads would be as it was below freezing and some of the drive consisted of wet road. Thankfully we made it without a hitch and my mom and I are looking much better! We enjoyed some lunch and a little stop at Sephora before heading back to my parents to relax before my Birthday dinner. That night the entire family headed out to 1618 and I was really excited since I hadn't been to the restaurant in years! I remember it being incredibly good so I was hoping it wouldn't disappoint and it didn't.




I had a chicken dish with vegetable potpie and a few onion rings. It may sound strange but the chicken is seriously some of the best I have had in a long time! We also enjoyed the DELICIOUS chocolate mousse for dessert and I wish I could eat the chocolate mousse every day of the week - no lie. 

Sunday consisted of brunch and cake with my family before Daniel, the nuggets, and I headed back to our house to prepare for the coming week. This week I start my second job so it is sure to be a busy one. I hope all of you have had an enjoyable weekend. I am going to enjoy some of my chocolate chai now!


Friday

Friday Top Five

We made it! 
Okay, I had an easy week between my lack of work and the weather but I hope I enjoyed it to the best of my ability because next week my original job schedule switches and I also start my second job. 
The little nuggets aren't going to know what has hit them when they get stuck in the crate - they've been spoiled and out all this week! 

To start Friday off I will be linking up with these ladies:
Karli
Caroline



One// The nuggets have absolutely loved the fact that we had a good amount of snow for a day and a half! We went out and played and they couldn't be happier!



Two// I am never riding again. Seriously. Between the snow and the rain/all the rain we are supposedly getting next week I will never be able to ride. It has almost been two weeks since the show and the last time I've ridden! We have two upcoming shows and we all really need to get back into the saddle. Even though I can't ride I was finally able to make it out to the barn one day to play with my boy.



Three// I know a large amount of the south has been trapped inside their house -me included- because of the snow and ice. Since I have also been on my butt in the house I have been catching up on my lack of pinterest-ing and stumbled across this great specimen that I feel has pretty much summed up my life the past few days...


Four// If you have ever felt the need to donate to a great cause then I suggest you look into the Pet Food Pantry of Eastern NC. I learned about this organization through Facebook and learned that the Pet Food Pantry collects food/toys/treats/cat litter, etc to give to families in need. Currently there is a huge controversy over Purina's Beneful food and how it may be harming dogs. The Pet Food Pantry is taking all precautions and pulled all the Beneful bags from their shelves. Because of this, they have lost a hunk of their food to give. So please consider making a donation so they can replenish what food they lost so they can continue to give food to owners down on their luck.


Five// This weekend I am going to my parents, which means I get to make a run to Sephora! I am in need of a new foundation and have decided to take the plunge and get Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I know it is a cult favorite and I can't deny that the coverage and finish is right up my ally. So tell me...have you tried the Sheer Glow Foundation? Do you currently use it? Love it? Hate it?


Happy Friday!


Wednesday

Healthier Spaghetti! Featuring Spaghetti Squash

Hello lovelies! 
Currently I am dealing with winter storm Quantum - anyone else living in the line of fire?
If you are, I hope you are staying warm and safe!

Since I've been stuck in the house a bit longer than usual I have had some time to experiment with new food.
On the menu last night was spaghetti squash.
And let me just say that I really wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it when I first cut it open. It is honestly really good. It doesn't have a strong taste and it reminded me of angel hair pasta.




You can alter this recipe to fit your needs but here is what I used:
-Spaghetti Squash
-Roasted White Onions
-Spaghetti Squash Sauce
-Ground Turkey (I seasoned mine with a little bit of taco seasoning)
-I was going to add peppers but I was out


So good! 

P.S. Daniel put sausage on his and really liked it

What to do:
-Cut spaghetti squash in half and place face down in a microwave safe dish
-Microwave spaghetti squash on high for 12 minutes
-Cook ground turkey/sausage during the time the squash is cooking
-Roast Onions
-Warm Sauce 

Tip: Once spaghetti squash is done cooking let it sit and completely cool. This way when you scrape out the squash with the spoon it will come out looking like spaghetti. If it's still to warm you will have trouble scraping it out. 


I added a little parmesan to mine

Are you thinking about trying it? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I also found a spaghetti squash  and meatball crockpot recipe that I plan on trying out next week! After some trial and error I will share that recipe as well :)


Monday

New Experiences and New Favorite Places

Like everyone else, I need more time during the weekends!
I always have good weekends but all the sudden it's Sunday night and I wonder how it crept up so fast.
I vote we should have three day weekends at least twice a month. Any takers?! 

Even though I'm bummed that the weekend is over, I did have a good time.
Friday night I worked late so I wasn't home until around 9 but Daniel had dinner waiting for me when I walked through the door. I snuggled into the couch anticipating Say Yes to The Dress and it wasn't on! Such a bummer.

This is everything

Saturday I had the chance to enjoy Yoga and Zumba in the morning before meeting Ashley for lunch.
We planned on going to lunch and then to the barn and spend time with our four legged children considering we haven't been able to ride all week. Well during lunch the weather got worse and we decided it wasn't worth it so Ashley and I went to, my new favorite store, Jefferson's! 
They have so much wonderful stuff and I stumbled upon a limited season release Rewined candle called Wine Under the Tree!

I also gifted Ashley her little Valentine's present, lol. 



Since we gave up on the barn we decided to get our nails done instead. I ventured away from my neutrals and decided on a very pretty watermelon color in anticipation of spring aka I get to start showing my horse!

Sunday Daniel and I went to brunch after Daniel came home from work. We won't even talk about his 7 day work weeks...
Then I explored the Health Sciences Campus in order to find a place where I can park tomorrow when I talk to an admissions advisor. Cross your fingers and wish me luck on this!
Afterwards we ventured into a bridal show and ran some errands before going home and cooking dinner.

I have a few new experiences/information coming at me this week so we will see how it all goes!
I hope you all had a good weekend and have a good week!


Friday

Friday Favorites!

Linking up with this trio of lovely ladies:



1::


Yep, that is all ice! I took this picture on Wednesday so you can imagine what it was like on Tuesday. Everyone had a snow day ice day on Tuesday, even Daniel! I ended up working for a bit and am thrilled that Daniel was able to drive me in a vehicle that has 4 wheel drive because I don't think I would have made it in my car.

2::



Dreaming of warmer weather. It has been absolutely freezing this week and all I can think of is spring and some warm weather! Today I am heading to the Horseware Ireland Tent Sale in the frigid cold so of course I need some warm Starbucks to keep me motivated!

3:: 


This is hard for me to say because in my mind I failed encountered a set back. At the end of last week I learned that I was placed on the alternate list for the accelerated nursing program that I applied to. Heart breaking. So what's a girl to do? Persevere. I know this is what I want to do and one way or another it will happen.

4:: 



On a brighter note you may notice a new accessory I have been rocking...
That's right! A day after I had my heart ripped out I learned that I get to spend the rest of my life with a person who truly cares about me. Then we went out to a fabulous dinner so that definitely didn't hurt ;) 

5::


I am excited to share with you all that I tried spaghetti squash for the first time this week and I loved it! I will share the recipe I made this week as well as try out a few more recipes and hopefully find some more to share!