Friday Favorites

Cozy socks. Cozy life.

ONE\\ Adding this to my summer reading list.

TWO\\ Another amazing recipe from Damn Delicious. This strawberry mango salsa has been on constant rotation at my house, sans the jalapeno.

THREE\\ Loving this advice from the Levo League on faking it in the workplace. One of my teachers in college told me this is the key to anything in your life. I’m rolling with it.

FOUR\\ This scalloped one piece bathing suit is the perfect mixture between sexy and classy. It screams “Audrey” to me.

FIVE\\ You won’t believe adding these extras to your bath do so much for you.

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No big plans for the weekend. I plan on mimicking that photo above as much as possible.

 

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Dreaming of Charleston…

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Thai Peanut Pork

My new-found love is pork tenderloin. Ever since I can remember, I’ve hated pork. Or at least the butt of the pig. I worked at a barbecue joint for a little over three years and the thought of eating pork disgust me. It was way too salty and fatty for my liking. Recently, I made a simple pulled pork recipe using a tenderloin and I fell in love with the flavor and tenderness of it. It wasn’t too salty or chewy. It was perfect. I wanted to try something different, so that’s where this recipe came in.

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Thai Peanut Pork
via I am That Lady

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin log
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 cup chicken broth (or 1 cup water and 1 chicken bouillon cube)
3 tbsp honey
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp red pepper or cayenne flakes

Directions:
Toss everything in a crock pot and let sit on high or 5 to 6 hours. One hour before serving, remove lid to allow sauce to thicken. Serve with brown rice or Asian noodles. This recipe is perfect for freezing. Just take it out the morning or night before you plan to cook it to let it thaw.

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Enjoy!

Tuesday Tips

Alaina Kaczmarski's Chicago Apartment Tour #theeverygirl

Alaina Kaczmarski's Chicago Apartment Tour #theeverygirl

Alaina Kaczmarski's Chicago Apartment Tour #theeverygirl

If you made it your resolution to get organized back in January but have no clue where to start, I’m here to help. To get the ball rolling, resolve to work on one of the most important rooms in your house: the bedroom. As the place in your home where you spend six to eight hours a night sleeping, and a lot of time relaxing, it’s a great place to get started. Here are five easy tips to help you begin the process.

  1. Move your computer station or laptop to another room. I’ve read in the past that even the slightest blinking light from a TV or computer can mess up your circadian rhythm and ultimately give you a restless night. Bedrooms should ideally be reserved for sleeping and relaxing. I’m a sucker for a super dark bedroom: blackout curtains, low lighting and closed doors. I don’t want to see the slightest light coming through from anywhere!Invest in first apartment essentials like an under-the-bed storage container or a basket that you can use to toss your laptop in and slide under the bed.
  2. Donate any clothes and shoes you haven’t worn in the past year that are cluttering up your closet. Also, add any extra bedding you don’t use to that pile, as well as books you will never lend to friends or read again. Choose your favorite local charity, or go with one of the bigger national charities that does great work, such as Goodwill or Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Once that’s done, make your space neat and tidy with these closet organizing tips.
  3. Recycle papers and magazines that have spent too long sitting on your bedside table.
  4. Toss anything that’s not in good enough condition to donate. If the objects are large, arrange a pickup from your waste service, or take them to the dump, which will probably involve a fee.
  5. Add shoe storage, closet storage, and under-the-bed storage. Take it a step further with these chic ways to display your jewelry too! The more items that are out-of-sight, the more serene your bedroom will feel.

 

Photos via The Everygirl.

Muggy Winter Hues

It has rained all weekend in Birmingham. I’m so tired of this cold and wet weather. I am ready for Spring! Saturday was my nieces third birthday party and I had a great time seeing all of my nieces and nephews. She opened a ton of gifts and we had kid-friendly finger foods and drinks. Then, that night J and I went to a UAB basketball game. As soon as the game let out, it came a down pour. So, we ran across campus, me, in ankle boots. We were soaked! I knew I would have pneumonia. Sunday I went to a baby shower with my sister and we celebrated the upcoming arrival of one of my college friend’s new girl. She is already loved so much! After, my sis and I got a little retail therapy in and that’s where this post comes in. I found a great pair of black loafers at TJ Maxx [$30] and a green and gold plaid (go Blazers!) scarf [$8] at American Eagle. For today’s post, I paired it with my favorite chunky sweater and faded skinnies. **Please excuse this muggy weather outside my house. It’s so depressing!**

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Aren’t these flats great?

I hope your Monday is a little brighter than mine!

 

Friday Favorites

Charleston, SC. Cypress gardens. Canoe. Things to do in Charleston. Editorial photography. Travel photos. Southern living. Q Avenue Photo.

ONE\\ Just booked a vacation to Charleston, SC and Cypress Gardens is definitely on the list.

TWO\\ Sleep with the sloths? Sign me up!

THREE\\ An Olivia-approved shawl coat that is perfect for spring.

FOUR\\ A healthy strawberry frozen yogurt recipe that makes me miss summer.

FIVE\\ Would you hang out in a -240 degree pod for three minutes? I think not!

 

This weekend I’m celebrating my niece’s third birthday and my college friend’s upcoming addition of a little girl. Her brothers are going to be smitten! Lots of pink pictures are in order. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Stay warm!