The Knot: Beauty Awards…#Obsessed.

 

 

 

 

 

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I picked up The Knot Winter 2013 Ideas Issue about a month ago, and though I’m only halfway through, I’ve already found so much valuable inspiration and could not help but share some of the lovely tidbits that I’m currently obsessing over.

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Among my ‘Ooo’ing’ and ‘Aah’ing’ over the gorgeous centerpieces and couture gowns, I found the beauty awards piece, fabulous not only for the big day, but all days.  These tried and true products won’t fail you, whether a girls night out or the biggest night of your life.  Some of my personal favorites include the Laura Mercier Primer, Boscia Facial Cleanser, Crest Whitestrips and Essie Nailpolish.  I think I’ll be giving these products a go in the near future; Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara in Classic Black, Sebastian Shaper hairspray, and Fresh Sugar Face Polish.

Have you picked up The Ideas Issue?  What have you loved so far?

Happy Planning!

XOXO, A

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013

First Starbucks red cups and now the big reveal of Oprah’s annual Favorite Things list-the holidays are among us!

Typically I am 100% on board with the big O and her collection of ‘hand picked’ goodies for the holiday season, but I must say that the 2013 list left much to be desired and to be frank, left me a bit bored.  Among the 60 items that Oprah describes as “the ultimate, ultimate list of my Favorite Things”, are the token Ugg boot inclusion (the Genevieve Boot), and gadgets for her tech-saavy audience like the Kindle Paperwhite, Beats by Dre headphones, and the Qooq Touch Kitchen Tablet (essentially an iPad for your kitchen?).

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Of course there were some items that I did enjoy, like the Himalayan Salt Shotglasses (tequila, anyone?), the witty labeled Modern House Red Wine, mouth watering Truffle Popcorn Kit, and the classical nude tones of the Butter London High Tea Collection.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Oprah fan and I love the luxurious items typically found on this list, however I can’t seem to wrap my head around a chocolate nativity scene or 77oz., $225 candle.  Maybe I’m a Grinch, or maybe the 2012 list was just especially fabulous, I’m not sure.  Either way I’d love to hear what you think!  Are you excited about the big reveal or has this list fallen short?

Happy Holidays!

XOXO,

A

Photos: Gregor Halenda

Deployment Sucks.

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You always hear the seasoned Army wives talk about how once the deployment beings, that’s when the ‘you know what’ hits the fan.  I’ve always considered myself a pretty tough cookie so I was never too concerned (and to be honest I just chalked it up to dramatics).  I don’t know what it is; maybe the universe senses vulnerability, or maybe I just underestimated the role that my fiancé played in the day-to-day household operations, but either way we are almost 7-months in and I’m counting down the days until this deployment is a thing of the past.  

Beginning with surprise double root canals almost immediately after his departure, learning how to manage our combined budget, getting into a car accident and totaling his truck and then going through the car buying process, planning a wedding 500 miles away, a spring cockroach infestation, getting ripped off by a mechanic, to the latest discovery of a mouse that has taken up residence under our stairs, I think you could say it’s hit the fan.

In the grand scheme of things I know it could be so much worse, and for that I am thankful for my problems.  What is it they say, “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back”.  Bugs and mice in the house mean there is a roof over my head, car problems tell me I have means of transportation, root canals mean I still have teeth, and the fact that there’s almost 7 months under our belt means there’s only 3 more and for that I am very grateful.  

I guess the point of all this whining is to remind myself and all of the other MilSO’s out there that may be hanging on to that last shred of sanity, “Always remember, you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.

XOXO (and Hooah!),

-A

[Recipe] Cozy in a Crockpot

Apparently I missed the memo where we skipped right over fall and dove head first into winter.  With temperatures here in Tennessee reaching into the 20′s at night, I very bitterly brought out my winter coats yesterday and decided to face the music.  Now, I should note that the weather says we’re looking towards temps in the low 70′s for this coming week, but for now it’s cold and I’m bringing out the crock pot.

This recipe is another super easy, prep, set, and forget number.  On top of that, it is packed with goodness that will make your body happy :)

Enjoy!

XOXO, A

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[Recipe] Bitchin’ Baked Artichoke Chicken

I should have known when I saw wine on the ingredients list that I was going to love this recipe.  As I’ve said about a million times, the last thing I want to do when I get home after a hellacious day is spend the night cooking, especially during a deployment while I’m cooking for one.  This was super easy to prepare and though it took an hour to cook, I was able to use that time to shower, unload (then re-load) the dishwasher, and attempt to mentally decompress from this day/week (Pinterest, anyone?).  As with all of the recipes I post, there are things you can change to customize this dish to tickle your fancy (mushrooms instead of asparagus, add rice, parmesan cheese topping, etc. etc.).  If you find alternatives to what I’ve done here, let me know!

Enjoy!

XOXO, A

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[Recipe] Orange Chicken

So yesterday was an overall crappy day and I DID NOT want to cook when I came home from work.  I picked this recipe because it seemed quick, and it involved oranges (I rationalized the Vitamin C in said oranges would improve my foul mood ;)).  Whether or not it truly affected my mood, it turned out amazing, super quick and super yummy.  This recipe is Paleo for the most part, however I served it over Basmati rice.  I also adapted the recipe and used two-chicken breasts, and ate half for dinner, and took half for lunch today (and it was just as tasty this afternoon!).  

Enjoy! 

XOXO, A

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