Five on Friday // 9-23-16

Happy Friday and Happy {officially} Fall!

Leather Chevron necklaceONE // My SIL’s amazing leather products shop Corious. Joanna makes beautiful leather necklaces, bracelets, book covers and wallets. She made me a necklace similar to this one that I wear all the time. Go check out her shop and start your Christmas shopping!

img_4596TWO // Rice Krispie Treat Day. Did you know this was a thing? Apparently it is, and it was celebrated accordingly at work. Rice Krispies are one of my weaknesses.

THREE // Bottle art. I plan on doing a similar project this weekend!

img_4620FOUR // $3 Starbucks seasonal drinks. This doesn’t even need further explanation.

FIVE // Fall wreath ideas. There are so many fun and classy ideas out there! Another project I hope to work on this weekend.

Happy Friday and happy weekending!

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Flatbread Chicken Pizza

As much as I love to cook, there’s nothing I love more than a quick and easy meal after a long work day. This easy flatbread pizza definitely takes the cake. The best thing is, that depending on whatever I have on hand, I can always switch up the toppings!

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Ingredients:
4 Naan breads
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2 tbsp hot sauce
1 chicken breast, grilled and chopped
1/4 cup bacon
1 cup black beans
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the naan on two baking trays. Mix together the ranch dressing and hot sauce and spread over the naan. Scatter the rest of the ingredients, saving the cheese for last, over the top. Bake for 7-9 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Serves 4 (unless you’re super hungry).
Enjoy!

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Did We Buy a Truck?

Happy Monday!
Now that I’m (hopefully) back on the regular blogging track, here is another monumental weekend recap:

Friday {date} night, we kept it low-key with a trip to pick up some more pallets and then to Best Buy in search of the perfect iPhone camera lens attachment so I can take spectacular pictures for my blog without lugging the big camera around. We didn’t find the one we were looking for at the store, but we’ve got our eye on this one. Any recommendations from you guys? By the time our fruitless shopping trip was over, we were pretty hungry and headed back home for a candlelight dinner and movie.

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Obligatory blurry Best Buy date night pic.

Saturday we slept in a little later than intended, made brunch and planned out the rest of the weekend. We took one of our cars to CarMax to get an estimate (for the nearish future) and tried out some of the cars in the lot for fun. After CarMax and several other errands, we met up with Ryan and Kristel for dinner and coffee at a newly opened coffee shop (The Well) Loren recently discovered. Sweet time with sweet friends!

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Definitely a truck girl. Not.
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McAlister’s Reuben. SO good!
Joanna Gaines would be proud.
Joanna Gaines would be proud.

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Sunday after church and lunch, we took care of the next two weeks’ grocery shopping (worst day to do this), lunch prepped for the week and worked on projects. I should note that we had this season’s first PSL. And probably the last. I’m holding out for the Caramel Brulée Latte!

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Getting closer to the headboard!

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And, in case this post title tricked you, we didn’t buy a truck. Gotcha!

Hope you had a great weekend!

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Five on Friday // 9-16-16

Since I’ve slacked on Friday posts in the past month, I’m going to pull some favorites from the past several weeks.

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ONE // This welcome mat. I love walking up to my door after work each day and this adorable mat welcoming me. Target for the win!

img_4464TWO // “Welcome Home” window in kitchen. Along the same lines as the doormat, I love coming into the kitchen and looking out my welcoming “window”.

THREE // We finally have our own washer and dryer! After over two years of dragging our clothes to family members’ houses and sharing community washers and dryers, this has been simply amazing to have our own.

img_4549FOUR // I think I will always have Loren do the online food orders. He’s a funny one and a keeper! 😉

img_4576FIVE // Fall transitional clothing. After searching high and low, I finally found this vest (at a reasonable price) that I’ve been wanting for so long! Pretty sure I will be wearing it every day from now on.

Have a great weekend!
We’ve got lots of random projects and errands planned.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

It’s Recipe Wednesday!
If you like cucumbers, you will love this salad. I like making this during the summer, but it’s great any time of the year. A perfect side dish for a cookout or potluck.img_4568Creamy Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
½ cup sour cream
¼  cup natural yogurt
2 tbsp dry ranch dressing
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley parsley (optional)
½ tsp  lemon juice

Directions:
Peel and slice the cucumbers into very thin slivers and place in a large bowl or serving dish. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, then pour over the sliced cucumbers and stir well.
Enjoy!

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Falling for Fall

Between moving our home, moving at work (thankfully just up 2 floors), home projects, bachelorette parties and weddings, blogging has taken a back seat. But I plan on pulling it back to the front and hopefully this will be the last post to get caught up on life lately. Now, please sit back and enjoy this little update with a variety of pictures.

We had our first cozy rainy weekend and sat out on the balcony for brunch.

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Kitchen chairs work just fine for patio furniture!

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We spent several late nights hanging up curtains and wall decor and bought and put together a TV stand (not pictured).img_4440

I threw a bachelorette party for Heather which was so much fun! We ate lots of food, watched a couple chick-flicks and got pedicures by Anna.img_4466 img_4470

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Labor Day Weekend:
Celebrated Ally and Andrew’s wedding on a most gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

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Had an impromptu Sunday sunset photoshoot in a prime Indiana cornfield. Processed with Snapseed. Processed with VSCO with t1 preset

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Labor Day brunched on the balcony and worked on more projects.img_4500

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Working on our headboard.

And last but not least, we celebrated the most joyous marriage of Heather (L’s sister) and Marcus this past weekend! Loren and I were both in the wedding and it was so much fun to walk down the aisle together again. img_4530

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Waiting for the ceremony to start. PC: JS
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Isn’t she gorgeous!? PC: ED
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THE most adorable flower girls in the world. PC: ED

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So, so happy for this amazing couple!
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Chasing each other on the dance floor.

And that’s how we’ve been fading out summer. I’m going to miss summer, but excited to see what this fall has in store.
How have you spent your last weeks of summer?

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September Goals

Who’s ready for crunchy leaves falling, sweaters and puffy vests, pumpkin everything and cool mornings? While summer is my absolute favorite season, I love the bright and clear fall skies, finally pulling out the booties and cardigans and lighting lots of fall candles.
I realize we are almost halfway through September (how is this possible!?), but it’s never too late for some monthly goals, right?

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First up, let’s check on August Goals:
~ pack up and move to new apartment
~ set up appointments I’ve been putting off (like an eye exam)
~ paint our new apartment
~ spend some time at the pool (way too busy)
~ go to the Indiana State Fair
~ build a pallet headboard (started on it!)
~ celebrate 4 years of dating

September Goals:
~ finish the pallet headboard
~ start blogging regularly again
~ hang up the rest of the wall decor around the apartment
~ order a canvas wedding picture
~ find some good fall candles
~ try 3 new crockpot recipes

What are some of your fall goals?

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August Life Update

This month has been pretty busy. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a bit absent from the blogging world. So here is a little bit of a catch-up.

We had a weekend of shopping, picking up our washing machine and showing Caleb & Chelsea around Indy when they came for a visit.

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Threw a surprise birthday party for our niece before they headed back to Mexico:

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Tried a new Thai place for date night:

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Crashed the Indiana State Fair with friends, rode the Ferris wheel and stuffed ourselves with delicious food and drinks:

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And then, this past weekend we MOVED. And painted the new place. We had SO many amazing friends help us move and paint and it was such a blessing:

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And in between the painting and unpacking, we celebrated our 4 year dating anniversary:

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I hope you have had a great August and are ready for fall. I’m trying to hold on to summer as long as possible. 😉
More pictures to come of our new home once we are fully set up and everything is on the walls. Thanks for stopping by!

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Five on Friday // 8-5-16

This week are some current favorite DIY Pinterest pins.

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ONE // Rustic Pallet Headboard. We’ve been wanting to make a pallet headboard pretty much since we got married. Now we finally have access to some pallets, and it’s just a matter of deciding on which one to make, getting the right tools and supplies and putting it together.

coffee stationTWO // Coffee station. There are so many cute ideas! I want to have a little coffee corner in our new place.

bumpstyleTHREE // Dressing the Bump. I’m not pregnant, but I love maternity style. Saving all the pins for later! 😉

bathroom shelvesFOUR // Bathroom shelving. I love this super simple and easy look. Another DIY project for after we move!

candlerecycleFIVE // Recycling Candles. I never know what to do with candle bits and empty candle jars. Normally I just throw them away, but now I want to recycle and try making my own.

Have a good weekend!

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August Goals

It seems like every month slips by faster than the previous month. And yes, I’ll probably say this every month.

helloaugustJuly Goals went pretty well:
~ sort & donate items we don’t need to get ready for our move
~ start making meal plans before shopping (I used to be on top of this, but not lately)
~ write thank you notes
~ take pictures for some recipes I’ve been wanting to post I took pictures of 1 recipe. Does that count?
~ spend some time at the pool
~ take a hike in Brown County State – July 4th hike
~ check out a new (to us) local coffee shop – see which one here

August Goals:
~ pack up and move to new apartment
~ set up appointments I’ve been putting off (like an eye exam)
~ paint our new apartment
~ spend some time at the pool
~ go to the Indiana State Fair
~ build a pallet headboard
~ celebrate 4 years of dating

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