Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Favorite Things Blog Link Up: My Christmas List!

I must say that nothing gets me out of a blogging slump like the thought of the holidays!  I know it is materialistic, but I always enjoy thinking about what to gift everyone. Today I'm participating in this link up with EliseKatie, April, and Zelle!
This week is my Christmas  wish list, so I thought I would share a few things I have my eye on.  Actually, when my sister and I were shopping she bought me some gifts, so she is already done Christmas shopping for me.  First are the Sugar Paper calendars and planners.
While we were shopping we also found these Calvin Klein votives.  They smell really great, and I love the little polka dots.
The husband seemed really excited about this blog post topic, so I thought I'd share a few other things.  I think this vase from West Elm is really cute.
My sister gave me this candle a few Christmases ago, and I really love the way it smells.  I find it very calming.

I also feel that my hat and gloves could use some updating.  My brother and sister-in-law gave me a really cute set two years ago, but it's starting to look a little worse for the wear and I lost my hat.  This one from Old Navy seems cute.
So those are my wish list items!  What are you hoping for this Christmas? 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had a very low key weekend, which was absolutely perfect because these next two weekends will busier than usual.  I also felt that I hadn't had time to catch up on everything (aka, when I've been cleaning up the apartment, I just throw things in our two closets, under the bed or in drawers).  There are still some spaces to go through, but I finally tackled the bedroom closet.  Even though I donated a whole four things to Goodwill, I'm still glad that things are a little more organized and I finally put away my summer clothes.  With a smidge more closet space, I decided to check out the Loft's 40% off sale, and bought this dress.
 I love shift dresses, and I am very excited about the red color.  I've never owned a red dress before, and I think it will be especially fun for the holidays. The husband is getting his Christmas shopping done early!

I also ordered a few Christmas cards.  I had a coupon for Tiny Prints, so I ordered these.
I thought seriously about both of these cards too, but they were foil stamped so a little pricier.
 How was your weekend? I'm sure it was more riveting than mine!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday!

I've definitely been uninspired lately, which is why the blogging has slowed down, but here is my five for Friday attempt!

1. The husband and I just started watching The Blacklist.  While it's over the top and some things are unrealistic, I still really enjoy the show.
2. During my lunch break, I've really been trying to step away from my desk and go on a short walk.  Even though it is getting colder, I love looking at the leaves!
3.  I have given up diet soda!  I'm not sure it it is a permanent change yet, but I've officially gone three weeks without it.  I've taken up drinking one cup of coffee a day instead, and I actually enjoy that ritual.
4. Thanksgiving will be here in just a few short weeks!  I can't wait to see my family, and I'm looking forward to some pumpkin pie!
5. I may have already started listening to a little Christmas music.  I was interested in trying out this Downton Abbey streaming!

I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend, because the next few weeks will be busy.  What's on your agenda?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five for Friday: Already thinking about Christmas Gifts!

Can I confess that I'm already thinking about Christmas?   Part of my job at work is to help plan our holiday party, and I've been busy working on that lately, so that may be part of the reason.  But another big part is that retailers seem to have put out their holiday wares out. This past weekend I got to see my sister (yay!), and we went shopping.  Even though we weren't planning on it, we ended up getting some great Christmas gifts. It was a great time to shop because we just happened to run into perfect gifts, but the stores weren't too crazy yet (probably because it's insanely earlier to start thinking about the holidays). I didn't feel bad shopping so early because I made sure to get gift receipts, so no one is stuck with an unwanted gift. Plus, if I change my mind and end up seeing something better I can always return it, but the things I got last weekend I'm really excited about giving!

We found these gloves for my sister-in-law at TJ Maxx.  We checked with my brother, and he confirmed that she would like them, so we think we have a winner.  We were the crazy people taking photos of different options at the jewelry counter and then texting them to him.
 I saw Ina Garten's newest cookbook, which I've heard good things about.  One of my good friends really likes her, and I've given her a lot of Ina's books over the years (and I know she really enjoys them), so it seems like almost a tradition that I should get this for her.
I was also the crazy candle lady with these Woodwick candles.  They smell great and my sister's boyfriend likes them, so I picked up one for him and one for my mom.
Perhaps what I'm most excited about is this ornament we found for the husband's grandma.  She went to Ireland in September and toured the Waterford factory, so I really think she will like this.
We also went to the the Gap Outlet, and I found these baby clothes for my friend's new baby.  I'm hoping I can pair this with a donation to his college fund, but at least this is a fun start.
I love the little dog print!
He's not crawling yet, but I thought it was so cute.
Is anybody else doing any early holiday shopping?  I really wasn't planning to, but we kept finding such great things!  To the husband's chagrin, it was one of the most successful shopping trips I've had in awhile.

Monday, November 3, 2014

10 Years!

Ten years ago today something very special happened to me; the husband and I decided to start dating!  Last night we were reminiscing and looking through some old photos, and we came to the conclusion that we have never been terribly photogenic, but I thought I'd share this one taken at the location of our first date, a Thai restaurant.  Of course tonight, we will be celebrating at our favorite Thai place close to our apartment.   Even though a lot has changed in these past ten years, I'm glad that we have moved closer to each other through it all.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sugar Paper for Target 2015!

Last Friday I found out through York Avenue that Sugar Paper is going to have a line in Target again.  (I documented my excitement last year here.)They are launching today, and I have big plans to stop by after work.   I have been sharing my excitement with anyone who would listen all weekend, so I thought it only fitting that I should mention it to you!
 Does anything catch your eye?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Recap: A Trip to Mount Vernon

The weather this weekend was absolutely gorgeous, so after the husband finished up a bit of work and I tidied up the apartment, we decided to take a quick drive to Mount Vernon.  The husband had never been there, and they were having a "Fall Harvest Family Day," so we thought it would be fun to check out.  It was definitely a great pick!  We decided to buy annual passes, since it wasn't that much more money, and now I can't wait to go back for Christmas.  Growing up, my mom used to take us to Colonial Williamsburg all the time, and I think it has instilled in me a love of the colonial era.
Once we got there, the husband patiently walked through the gardens with me.
Since it was harvest day, you could roast apples and then dip them in the "honey pot."  Of course, we checked that out.
They also had musicians playing colonial music, and you could listen sitting on bales of hay.
The husband got really excited when he saw the sheep. 
The fall festival had so many fun activities for kids to enjoy with a hay ride, maze, and the opportunity to make corn husk dolls. It was a great little trip to really enjoy the fall weather, and I'm excited that we can go back now throughout the year!  How was your weekend?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Cooking Wednesday: Eggplant Parmesan

I would like to note that this serving is on a salad plate.
Even though I'm not much of a cook, the fall months motivate even me to cook. This weekend I decided to try making eggplant parmesan.  To be honest I didn't grow up eating eggplant, so it is a pretty foreign food to me, and I've always been a little bit afraid of them.  However, they are definitely in season and looked so vibrant in the produce section.  I found this recipe to be pretty easy, although as I made it I realized it's definitely not a health food with the frying and all the cheese. It is delicious though.  I still have basil in season, so I topped my portions generously with the last fruits of summer. Have you been cooking any fall dishes lately?  Every weekend I scroll through my Pinterest boards of things I would like to make acting like I'm never going to cook another meal again. Ahh, the high stakes decisions of my quiet life.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kate Spade's Friends and Family Sale: Stationery Picks

I thought Kate Spade's sale this weekend was pretty good with 30% off.  Even though I have no need for more stationery what so ever, I really love these cards.  With the discount these cards ended up being $14.00 for ten, which I actually think is reasonable. I adore the gold foil with the lined envelopes.
I also picked up these cards for one of my friend's as her birthday gift.  We write each other back and forth, so I think she will enjoy them.
I know most normal people would buy a big ticket item like a purse or a wallet, but I'm always lured in my the stationery.  Did anyone else participate in the sale? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Beautiful Fall Weekend in DC

The weather in D.C. was gorgeous this weekend, making up for all the rain we had during the week.  The husband ended up having to work for most of the time, so I made up a care package for my FIL and caught up on other errands.

We did decide to venture into the city on Sunday afternoon, and since it was so nice, we took a bike ride.  First, we rode to the Jefferson Memorial.  Even though we see it all the time, we rarely make it to that side of the monuments.
We also stumbled upon a memorial for George Mason, which I didn't even know existed. Isn't this a nice little place?

We then headed to the Botanical Gardens.  We walked through the garden (probably the last time the flowers will be blooming for awhile) and then headed indoors.  They had this neat exhibit of miniature versions for all the monuments.  They even recreated the reflecting pool, which I thought was so clever.  Despite the fact that flowers aren't really the husband's cup of tea, we both enjoyed seeing this.

Aren't these replicas so neat?  It was such a treat to have the opportunity to go see them. How was your weekend?  I feel with winter looming in front of us, there is so much pressure to enjoy fall.