March 28, 2014

Birthday Wishes!

Guess whose birthday it is!

The guy who is least excited about his birthday [every year] but is getting a shout out anyway!


So pumped for the birthday celebrations this weekend!

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March 21, 2014

The Nail Files 3.21

Linking up with my girl Jennie for...
(Jennie's gonna be so proud)

This week I paired these two puppies:
Glitz Gal + Merino Cool



The lighting ins't great, sorry! I total love how they match and aren't too bold but still rad :)

Excited to see y'alls nails! I need spring/summer ideas :)

As if I'll have time to do my nails in the summer.

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March 19, 2014

Wedding Planner

We've actually nailed down an important piece since my last wedding post so now it's time to do some real planning.

I won't be hiring a wedding planner because that's not something we have the budget for (although having someone that last week and day of would be great!) and let's face it - I would micro-manage the shit out of that poor individual.

Except...now I'm stumped. I can't figure out which online tool I should use. The best source for this answer = you ladies :)

I have this Knot binder from my amazing MOH, which I will be using, but I also need an online source & website designer.



These are the three I'm looking at: 

I'm asking a lovely wedding planner friend as well, but what did you use? Pros/Cons? Helpful, not so much? Did I miss any good ones?


I'm linking up these gals because it's been so great getting feedback from other brides-to-be!

Wedding Wednesday Love Always Nancy J

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March 14, 2014

Book Club - Explosive Eighteen

It's time for Book Club with Heather & Katie!


This week I'm reviewing:

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
 
Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
 
Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?!
 
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.


Thoughts:
Another 3-star Plum novel, yes. Originally I had intended on waiting a few books after #17 but it ended in such a crazy cliff hanger that I just couldn't wait.
That being said, the cliffhanger resolution wasn't all that exciting. After some more shenanigans with *spoiler alert* (not) people chasing after Stephanie and her dislike of gun-use, there was another "Hmm, ok now what?" ending, however I'm going to wait. I only have two books left and I want to savour the end (thus far) of the series...

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March 12, 2014

Wedding Date

Suuuuuuch a good movie in a total cheesie, rom com way. And Dermot Mulroney? Hell yes. Please. Now. Way better than My Best Friend's Wedding. He seems to enjoy weddings. You haven't seen it? Oh, you should.
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is this movie seriously 9 years old? wow.
But that's not why we're here today. We're going to talk about my wedding date. I'm pretty sure I haven't posted about our impending wedding since the engagement. Because there hasn't been a lot to talk about.

Right from the time we got engaged, we had tentatively set Fall 2015 as our wedding period. A full two years after our engagement. Apparently, that is the craziest shit anyone has ever heard and if I have to hear...
Why are you waiting so long?!
...one more fucking time, I swear I'm going to impale the person. (Sorry if that's you.)

It's because we had other priorities. Being financially stable is important to us as we planned on financing the wedding ourselves. But first and foremost, we wanted to buy a place. Which we have! So now we're considering bumping it up to...Spring 2015.

Did you think I was going to say 2014? Oh no, no. I do not want to devote my life to planning this wedding. I want to take my time and actually enjoy it. We don't need a wedding to be together & happy.

So now that we've bought a place, how much have we planned? You'll have to wait until the next wedding post!

I'm linking up these gals because I'm so curious to get other brides-to-be's opinions & thoughts on this!

Wedding Wednesday Love Always Nancy J


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March 11, 2014

Susie Homemaker

Besides going out downtown twice this weekend, I still managed to be a whirlwind in the kitchen on Sunday. I secretly took my time because honestly, I love spending time in my new kitchen & just can't get enough of it!

So what did I make?
Japanese Mushroom & Onion Soup [Crockpot]
Coconut Almond Granola
Potato Corn Chowder
Apple Spice Bundt Cake
Lucky for you, I'm going to give you the recipes because I'm nice like that! But in my half recipe, half made-up-on-the-spot kind of way...
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Crockpot Japanese Onion Soup (the official name)

* The only thing I did 'differently' is boiling ramen noodles on the side and adding them to our servings of soup. Yum!


Coconut Granola (the official name)

* I wanted more granola (and to use up more of the quick oats I had) so I doubled that and therefore increased the remaining ingredients.
* I found this to be too sweet even though I omitted the sugar. I think was due to the sweetened shredded coconut so I would recommend using unsweetened.
* I use pure, unrefined coconut oil which has more flavour.
* I skipped the pumpkin seeds & coconut extract as I didn't pick any up.


Potato Corn Chowder (my recipe)

You'll need: potatoes / carrots / onions / corn / water / salt & pepper
(quantities depend on your taste & how much soup you want to make)

* I boiled the diced potatoes and added the already boiled carrots and onions (as well as celery in this case) near the end.
* I boiled the frozen corn separately and also added to the rest of the ingredients.
* I reserved the water/vegetable broth and slightly mashed the veggies.
* I separated some veggies that I wanted to keep more whole & used an immersion blender for the remaining.
* I added back the vegetable chunks and slowly stirred in the broth. Add as much as you want to thin the soup.
* I also used a little bit of milk to make it creamier (optional). Season to taste!


Apple Spice Bundt Cake (my recipe)

You'll need: 2 eggs / 240 mL sugar / 80 mL oil / 2 cups shredded apples / 320mL flour /  1/2 tsp baking soda / 2 tsp cinnamon / walnuts (optional/to taste)

* Preheat oven to 400F. Grease bundt pan and toss with flour.
* Whip the eggs with the sugar.
* Add oil and shredded apples.
* Slowly add flour to mixture.
* Add baking soda, cinnamon and walnuts.
* Pour batter into pan and bake for ~30 minutes.

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Let me know if you have questions on my vague creative directions. Happy kitchen times :)

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March 7, 2014

Book Club - Dark Places

It's time for Book Club with Heather & Katie!


This week I'm reviewing:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.


As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

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Thoughts:
This book was phenomenal. I know I shouldn't be surprised because it is Gillian Flynn but still - so good. I actually think this might have been the darkest of the three I've read (Gone Girl & Sharp Objects were the other two). Crazy, right? Because those two were dark as fuck! But I think this one disturbed me the most for some reason. It took a little bit to get into the thick of the story but the rest was a wild ride!
If you're familiar with Flynn's books, you'll love this just as much. And if you're still wondering whether you should try her books - do it.

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