Five for Friday #33

Hello and happy Friday! I’m especially excited for this particular Friday because later today I’M FLYING TO ENGLAND!!!!! I’m going with my mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law and I could not be more excited! We’ve been planning this trip since last November, and I honestly can’t believe that it’s finally here! We’ll be there for a week doing some sight-seeing, visiting our old houses and stomping grounds, and eating fish and chips. I don’t even like fish, but I’m looking forward to having some genuine fish and chips!

I’ve already written a few posts and have them scheduled to go live while I’m gone, but for now, here is what has been on my radar lately!

One || I am absolutely in love with these earrings from J.Crew! They’re so weird, but also so fun!

Two || Here is a great post from the conference that I went to a few weeks ago with lots of bible study resources.

Three || I’ve been craving a yummy black and white cookie ever since a coworker told me about their recent trip to NYC. I want to try out this recipe and see if it holds up!

Four || I am OBSESSING over the color scheme I’m using to make a baby blanket for my sister. It’s my absolute favorite!!!!

Five || I don’t think I’ve ever wished I lived in LA, but right now I wish that I lived in LA just so I could go to the Museum of Ice Cream. It just looks like my kind of place!!!

Have a great weekend!

8 Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

Isn’t Instagram just the best? By far, it’s my favorite form of social media. You can post fun pictures, you can find endless inspiration, and you can’t get invited by some girl you knew in high school to join her online shopping party for whatever ridiculous company she “works” for. Shouts to all the working mommas making money for your family, but no, I don’t want to buy makeup/supplements/wraps/leggings/eyelash serum/candles/jewelry from you. (Unless I actually know and like you in real life. I will happily buy stuff from you, because again, I know and like you IN REAL LIFE and you will probably ask me if I want to buy things in a real life way, not over a Facebook message where you spell my name incorrectly. Yes that recently happened. You’re sending me a message, my name is right there…) End rant.

Back to Instagram! It’s such a great way to keep tabs on all your friends and family members that you don’t see all the time, and it’s equally as great to follow strangers (like bloggers you like, nothing creepy… I realize that sounded kinda creepy…) and celebrities and brands you love. A while ago I wrote a couple of posts about some of my favorite Instagram accounts (read them here and here), but it’s been a while and I wanted to share a few more that I recently started following and absolutely love… and I know you will, too!

One ||  @_booksintheair_  Follow this account if you love to read and you also kind of judge a book by it’s cover.

Two ||  @juniperfoxx  Follow this account if you love cute animals doing cute things.

Three ||  @bymariandrew  Follow this account if you like doodles and drawings that make you giggle, think, or nod your head in agreement.

Four ||  @colormecourtney  Follow this account if you like bright outfits, bright backgrounds, and contagious smiles.

Five ||  @dallaslovelist  Follow this account if you live in Dallas (duh) and want to find new things to eat, see, and do.

Six ||  @overheardnewyork  Follow this account if you wish you lived in NYC and love people watching.

Seven ||  @cakeandconfetti  Follow this account if you like bright pictures that will instantly make your day happier.

Eight ||  @chelsweets  Follow this account if you love to bake or eat sweets (mainly cake).

I’m excited to post pictures on Instagram over the next few months – I have a LOT of fun trips planned, which means a LOT of fun pictures coming your way! I can’t wait!

The World’s Easiest Burrito Bowl

When I was getting ready to move into my new apartment and then once I actually moved in, I was SO LAZY when it came to cooking. (Lazier than usual, I should say.) I had legitimate excuses, because my kitchen stuff was all packed up and I didn’t know where my measuring cups were, etc. While I had dinner covered most nights (thanks to frozen dinners heated up in the microwave and more Chick-Fil-A than I care to admit…), I ended up buying my lunch quite often at work.

Downtown Dallas has SO MANY food and restaurant options, but with limited time to eat during the day, I ended up going to a little restaurant row across the street most of the time. The one meal I got most often was this DELICIOUS burrito bowl. It was all warm and delicious, and because it’s from a restaurant, expensive. As I sat eating it one day, I realized that all of the things I put in my burrito bowl were things I could get at the store and really didn’t have to cook! So, I went to the store after work, bought all sorts of canned things, and created the world’s easiest burrito bowl to bring for lunch for the rest of the week!

Again, since I was a lazy bones and didn’t yet have access to my knives or other cooking utensils, I used basically everything from a can or a bag. Obviously you can use the same ingredients not found in a can, otherwise known as “fresh”, but I mean, who are you trying to impress?!?! 🙂 Here’s what I used:

Canned chicken (shredded)
Spanish Rice
Black beans
Lettuce
Cheese

And that’s it! Just mix everything up in a big bowl, heat it up in the microwave, and eat your heart out! (It should be obvious, but add the cheese and the lettuce after you’ve microwaved the other ingredients. Nobody like soggy lettuce…) The great thing about burrito bowls, is that you can doctor them up and make different and delicious bowls every time. Try using ground or shredded beef! Add salsa or pico de gallo! Trade out the rice for some quinoa! Plop some guacamole on top! Add green peppers and chopped zucchini if you’re trying to be healthy! Add in crushed tortilla chips and queso dip if you’re not trying to be healthy! The possibilities are endless!!!

Now that I do have my kitchen all put together, I’m going to try and make this recipe again, but with “fresh” ingredients (aka cooking my own chicken and adding in lots of chopped veggies). What would your go-to burrito bowl combo be?!?

 

Brand Spotlight: Goodnight Macaroon

One of my fave games is to fill up my online shopping cart, sigh, then sadly (but triumphantly!) exit the browser without making any purchases. You know that game. How many of you have played that game?

So you get it. Even though I don’t have a massive budget where I can endlessly spend on new clothes every month, I do still like to look! I have a couple of reliable sites where I like to peruse and pretend shop, ranging from the cheaper side that I would actually make real purchases from (Old Navy, Banana Republic, J.Crew Factory, Zara) to the more expensive that while I probably can’t afford a lot of it, it’s still fun to look (Draper James, Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers).

One online boutique that I have been looking at a lot over the last year or so is Goodnight Macaroon. So many of the cute outfits I see on Instagram come from here, and they always have some pretty good sales going. I think they kind of fall middle-of-the-road as far as pricing goes, but you can get some seriously good deals on some seriously cute things! I went through and found some of my favorite items to share!

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Recent Reads: A Wife of Noble Character

When I was in college, I bought the book The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton from the bookstore. I’m not really sure why, but I had read Ethan Frome by the same author and this one was about rich people problems, so I thought I’d give it a go. Uhhhh should I be super embarrassed to say that it took me FOUR YEARS to finish it? Because it did. Four years. Four. Yeah. I just had a really hard time getting into it, and because it was written around the turn of the century, it took me a little bit longer to read and comprehend passages, and I would just start losing steam after reading a few chapters. So I’d read about 50 pages, read a few other books, come back to it, and then repeat the process over again. In the end I liked the story, but it just took forever for me to get to the end of it.

Without really knowing what it was about, I picked out the book A Wife of Noble Character from the library because I thought the cover looked kinda cool. And wouldn’t you know it- it’s a modern story that is loosely based on The House of Mirth!! Here’s the synopsis from the inside cover:

“Thirty-year-old Vivienne Cally is wealthy in name only. Orphaned as a child and raised by a cold but regal aunt, Vivienne was taught to rely on her beauty and Texas tradition, and is expected to marry a wealthy and respectable man who will honor the Cally name. Friends with Houston’s most prominent families, she’s a beloved fixture at social events, and suffers no shortage of access to the city’s most eligible bachelors. Preston Duffin has known Vivienne and her set since childhood, though he’s never shared their social aspirations or status. About to graduate from a prestigious architecture program, he is both fascinated and repelled by this group of friends he sits on the cusp of. He’s long admired Vivienne’s beauty, but isn’t sure he holds any place in so traditional a life. Intrigued by the extent to which Preston challenges the only way of life she’s ever known, Vivienne both courts his attention, and rebuffs his critiques of her antiquated values.”

I really enjoyed this story a lot! It takes place in Houston, which I loved, since my sister lives in Houston so some of the places were familiar to me. There was even a scene that took place a block from my sister’s house! Crazy! (I know it’s fictional, but it’s still fun!) I really felt for the main character, Vivienne, while at the same time being frustrated with her and her life. And her friends! The author really did a great job creating some real villains that you just want to punch in the throat.

Most of the story was in pretty close parallel with The House of Mirth… except for the ending. SPOILER ALERT – the main character in The House of Mirth dies in the end. The main character here did NOT die in the end. Knowing that original ending, I kept waiting for Vivienne to die tragically in this book, and it never happened. Which is fine, and I like the way Vivienne had her ending. Thought I must say, I’m not sure which ending I liked better… Probably the one where our heroine lives but… but… I’m just not sure!