4.09.2014

Spring Things

We're finally getting some warmer weather….spring has officially sprung! So what does that mean? It's time for some Spring swap outs. Yup, spring swaps are that time of year where I trade in all my fall/winteresque things for pretty spring alternatives. For example, it's the time of year I trade in my dark nail polish colors for bright springy pastel colors. Even if th temperatures dip on the occasional day (which it has) I'll still bundle up in, but in spring colors. I've still been wearing sweater but have rocked my mint and other pretty pastel colors.  Other fun spring swaps you can make include: nail polish colors, spring purse, springy accessories, spring sandals, and spring fragrance. Don't forget about the perfume ladies! In the winter I've been rocking heavier scents (Coco Noir to be exact) but now it's time to lighten up. What's on my list, Vince Camuto's Fiori -- it's so light and fresh and smells like peonies…..love!

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Now this is my kind of spring cleaning! Out with the cold old and into the new and fresh pieces! After this winter I don't think I've ever been so happy to see spring in my life. Especially considering that spring is also known as my miserable allergy season. Boo. 

So have you started swapping out your winter for spring things?
What are some of your favorite spring pieces you can't wait to wear/use?

xo Steph

4.07.2014

A Very Special Day :)

Well actually yesterday was a very special day, D's birthday to be exact! Even though I spent the entire day/weekend with you -- and we still have an entire birthday weekend planned for you next weekend, I just wanted to take the time to wish you a very, very, happy birthday on this little space on the internet I call my own. I'm very lucky to have you in my life and there is no one else I'd rather share my days with! I love you and nope, it doesn't suck! (inside joke).
Just how could you not love this face?
Well that, and the color coordinated track suit and sneakers too!

Happy Birthday D!!

xo Steph


4.04.2014

Friday, I'm in Love.

Sorry everyone for the radio silence over here! I've been trying something new lately. Living in the now. I love, love, triple love my blog but I've been wanting to take my life off screen and into the real world. I've been using my time getting back into the gym, cooking a nice dinner, traveling on the weekends, snuggling with my favorites, getting thai take out and having movie nights on a random Tuesday, playing in my cornhole league on Wednesdays, and last night I went for a lovely walk all by myself just window shopping and taking in the sights. It's been glorious!
 I saw this on Pinterest this morning and it spoke to me. When the daily grind of the work week feels like it can get us down, we need to remind ourselves that we don't have to wait  until __________ (fill in the blank for yourself) to be happy. I'm just as guilty of waiting for the weekend, the summer, the perfect job, relationship etc. when in reality your happiness can be found on a Thursday night -- if you make the effort to make it special. So get that take out, rent that movie, pop a bottle of bubbly and do whatever your little heart desires. Leave the dishes in the sink. It doesn't have to wait for the weekend. Make the most of the moment you're in now and make it special :)

I hope to get to posting a little more frequently soon, but I have to admit, I'm kinda loving my online disconnect right now! Don't worry, I'm not giving up blogging anytime soon -- I think I might just have a case of spring fever.

So in the mean time smile and make today special.
Because it's Friday, and I'm in love.

xo Steph

3.19.2014

Healthy Eats: Spaghetti Squash & Meat Sauce

I'm currently trying to jump start my healthy eating/living lifestyle again as spring is right around the corner. You know how they say summer bodies are made in the winter? Yeah well, this winter was a little too long and cold in my opinion, so eating indoors was one of my favorite hobbies. So spring will have to do for prepping my body for bikini season! First off on the menu, Spaghetti Squash! I was so pleasantly surprised how this came out and I love how it's relatively guilt free because you're substituting a veggie for a pasta. Once you realize the versatility of this sneaky little veggie, the possibilities are endless!
 
What You'll Need:
1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed (more on that below)
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Any ingredients you need to make your favorite sauce. Mine include:
1 jar spicy tomato and basil sauce
1 can small tomato sauce (Hunts)
lean ground beef (you could use ground turkey too)
spices (basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and a pinch of sugar to cut the acidity)
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.
So the hardest part of this dish will be trying to cut this sucker open!! I have a pretty nice knife set we got from D's aunt and uncle last Christmas (thanks Aunt Pat and Uncle Joe!) and even then I had to really work this thing! If you have a samurai sword, great! If not, put some elbow grease into it. I actually have a little trick where I cut a sliver off the side of the squash so it will lay flat on the table as I cut it. That may work for you too. Once you cut it in half, you need to scrape all the seeds and gunk out, much like when carving a pumpkin. Hint: Use an ice cream scooper like I did. Super easy.
Put both squash halves on a baking sheet, and brush on EVOO and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to your liking. Stick that in your oven and bake for 45 min -- 1 hour, or until tender. I liked mine more "well done" so I went the whole hour. And while that's in the oven, take that time to make your favorite sauce. I made a meat sauce (seen below) but you can really make any kind of sauce you want, including ground turkey, meatballs, veggies, or meatless.
Once your squash is completely roasted, take out of the oven and scrape the inside of the squash with a fork. You'll see like magic, spaghetti like strands will form. Continue scraping the squash strands and remove them and place in a large bowl. If you want to get fancy or creative, you could even keep them inside the squash and serve it a bowl.
Plate it and serve with your sauce. 
And a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if you're feeling naughty ;) I opted out because I'm trying to be good. But then I added a piece of garlic bread.....so scratch that!
Voila! Spaghetti Squash and meat sauce. A lightened up version of your favorite pasta staple.

Anyone else loving on the spaghetti squash right now?
How else do you prepare this dish -- please share with me! 

xo Steph
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