gimme gimme gimme

Check out these sweet giveaways from some of my favorite crafty-designy blogs! And enter if you like what you see.

1) Taupe bag giveaway from Tai Pan Trading (why don’t I live in Utah?!)

http://jenniadores.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway.html

2) Pretty envelopes & Scotch tape giveaway (to cure your crafting fever)

http://melissaesplin.com/home/2010/11/scotch-tape-giveaway/

3) Rhodes Rolls giveaway (making these sticky buns asap)

http://melissaesplin.com/home/2010/11/rhodes-rolls-giveaway/

This was a previous giveaway from The Kind Life (by Alicia Silverstone) that I actually WON!

http://www.thekindlife.com/post/were-having-another-ecotools-giveaway

Ecotools are great makeup brushes that aren’t made from animal hair & are made from sustainable bamboo. I like them more than my overpriced Bare Minerals brushes… I even threw some of them away and switched to Ecotools. So glad I won them b/c they are soft & delightful.

It’s fun winning things. Really, really fun.

Meg

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colorado trip: family & wacky politics

My mom and I flew to Denver last Thursday to visit family and had a fabulous trip. It was great to see everyone, especially the newest Taylor, baby Jack. We flew Southwest which was phenomenal. Their crew is hilarious, they wear costumes on Halloween and they give out yummy pita chips instead of disgusting Biscoff cookies. I will be flying Southwest from now on whenever possible.

This political ad had us laughing out loud all weekend. I still can’t believe it’s real.

And to anyone in the Denver area, I highly recommend this realtor.

His negotiation skills are as sharp as his eyebrows.

I’m so glad we got to spend time with these adorable kiddos and their awesome parents!

See you cuties in December! We are getting married in 39 days… it’s blowing my mind.

Meg

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KUWK

That stands for Keeping up with Kourtney… my favorite Kardashian sister. I wish she’d just do her own spin-off show with less annoying Khloe & Kim and more of her cute baby, cute clothes & a-hole boyfriend (who is a killer dresser, you have to admit it).

I read her Celebuzz blog daily and can’t get over the outfits she pulls off (seemingly) effortlessly.

Try pulling off a fedora & animal print bag. I dare you.

That wrap looks super cozy!! Until PETA throws fake blood on it. JK it's faux.

Rockin' a turban & super wide leg pants. Because she can.

Mom pants with a white undershirt. Anyone else would look awful in this.
I’m jealous of her waist to boobs ratio.
Meg
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faces

Tomorrow morning, my Mom and I are getting on a plane bright & early to visit family in Denver, Colorado through the weekend and we are so pumped. Jet settas!

First, I will get pulled out of line by security as I always do. Because, as you know, little white girls with Uggs and a bump in their hair are currently the biggest threat to the United States.

Then, my Mom is gonna have to do a little of this to even get on the plane.

After we land in Denver, we’ll get picked up by this pretty face:

and this hairy face.

Finally, I’ll get to squeeze the crap out of this silly face:

and try to hold this brand new face without making him cry, as I have a tendancy to do with infants.

Naturally, I’ll be missing this cute face while I’m away! xoxo

Side Note: I’m excited to fly Southwest for the first time. Tim and I have been loyal to AirTran for no reason in particular other than their dirt cheap rates on Expedia. We aren’t really ones for standards… so I’ll give you the low down on SW when we get back. Don’t disappoint me.

“Flyin’ first class, up in the sky, pop the champagne, livin’ the life…” (Fergie Ferg)

Meg

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Being prepared at work

People have always told me I’m over-prepared. Um, I’m sorry, but there is no such thing!

Back when my fiance was my boyfriend, we went on a 4-hour canoe trip down the Brandywine River. It was a beautiful, sunny day without a cloud in the sky. We stopped along the river bank to enjoy our packed lunch, and continued on our journey. With about 20 minutes of paddling left, heavy winds started blowing and evil looking clouds rolled in. Before we knew it, it was a torrential downpour with thunder and lightening. We got soaked, but did our valuables (phones, keys, camera, wallets)? NOPE. Because I had the foresight to pack a couple zip lock & trash bags. And rain jackets too. And who made fun of me before the trip for “over-packing”? You guessed it. My boy. Well, he immediately took that back and hasn’t said anything to me about being over-prepared since.

Another thing I over-prepare for is being at my job. I work in a corporpate environment and am lucky enough to have my own little office. I stash lots of goodies in my desk drawers just in case. Here’s what I can’t do without:

1) Lint roller. Key for people who wear a lot of black, have long hair and/or cats.

2) Pocket mirror. I give myself a little look-see a few times a day, not because I’m vain, but because I don’t want to smile at people with leftovers stuck in my teeth.

3) Floss. To get those leftovers out of your teeth.

4) Hand lotion. Your skin hates frequent hand-washing during cold & flu season, but your immune system will thank you.

5) Hair acoutremont. Bobby pins, brush, rubber bands & hairspray if you can’t let go of the 80’s. Dry shampoo if you’re going out after work and need to freshen up your head.

6) Mug. Do you hate the earth? I didn’t think so.

7) Nail file. Just don’t sit at your desk and file your nails all the time or you’ll look like you’re bored. Emergencies only.

8 ) Cute post-its/note pads. Because the ones your office provides are probably the dullest & cheapest ones on the market.

9) Paperweight. People walking by actually CAN scatter your stuff everywhere. It doesn’t just happen in movies to flustered secretaries.

10) Framed (work-appropriate) photos of family & friends. Seeing friendly faces and reminders of good times in the past will brighten your day. Even if your boss is an a-hole.

11) Lip balm/gloss. To freshen up after your morning coffee & lunch break. Just because your job is dull, doesn’t mean you have to look dull.

12) Oil-absorbing sheets. If you’ve got a grease-face like me, these are a must have. You can also use toilet paper in a pinch.

13) Feminine products. You know why. And other female co-workers will appreciate it one day when they’re in an awkward situation.

14) Shout wipes. Or other quick stain removal product.

15) Clear nailpolish. If you wear stockings, always keep this in your drawer. And an extra pair of stockings, too.

16) Breakfast. For those mornings when you’re in a rush and forget to grab something, keep packets of oatmeal, or a box of granola bars in your office/cube/nook.

17) Healthy snacks. Almonds, fruit & nut bars, 70%+ cacao chocolate, dried fruit & beef jerky are a few that will stay good for a while.

I’ve used all of these at one time or another during my 3 years in the working world. People might think you’re weird, but you’ll be the first person they turn to when something embarassing happens.

Meg

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Adorable/Affordable

I’m so sick of magazines talking about fashion steals that are “under $100.” Give me clothes & accessories under $30 and I’ll consider them a steal! The media has brainwashed women into thinking they have to blow their whole paycheck on one outfit in order to look chic. Unless someone is going to walk up to you with a microphone and say Who are you wearing?, labels don’t matter. It’s how you put outfits together that makes all the difference. Layering & accessorizing has always been difficult for me. I always think I’m going to look like I’m trying too hard, or look too different. However, after seeing how the college girls in my town are dressing lately (skanky), and how some of the women I work with are dressing (frumpy), differentiating myself might not be a bad thing.

Last week I stumbled upon an amazing blog called The Day Book and it has inspired me. It’s writer, Sydney, is so cute, clever & chic. She showcases her daily outfits through gorgeous natural-light photography and she always looks effortless. From the hair to the shoes. (She recently posted a wavy hair tutorial which I’m so pumped to try!)

My new favorite source for cute, unique dresses is also exciting. I call Ruche “anthropologie but at a quarter of the price.” I would live in an anthropologie catalogue if I could, wearing booties with legwarmers, a flouncy skirt & drapey top, sipping tea at a white wrought iron table in the middle of an enchanted forest. Sadly, I can’t spend $300 on one dress or $1,400 on a pair of pumps.  Ruche is vintage, girly, classic & wearable. And reasonably priced. I’m talking $35 for an adorable dress that no one else you know will have.

My Picks

Ruche Pumpkin Spice Sweater Dress, $36.99

Ruche love all around bejeweled ring, $10.99

Ruche hit the road ankle boots, $33.99

Ruche sound of music gray skirt, $29.99

Ruche just the way you are dolman top, $26.99

Ruche rosaline ruffles black cardi, $25.99

Meg

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Break it out!

Your slow cooker, that is. Or crock pot, it’s all the same. This tremendous invention is a working gal’s best friend. It cooks stuff… while you’re out!

Old School

Most people use it for chili, beef stew & the like, but there are lots of slow cookin’ recipes that get overlooked. Here are some cool ones that you should try this fall. Or just read them and think mmm those sound good and then forget they exist.

New School

Apple Cider

Great for a holiday gathering… pumpkin carving party, perhaps?

Fill up the slow cooker with apple cider. Toss in a few cinnamon sticks, a pinch of whole cloves, a couple pieces of orange peel and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (optional). Set slow cooker to warm if you’re not in a rush (or if you’re going out for a few hours). If you want to speed things up, set it to low or even high, but be prepared to turn it down if it starts bubbling.

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • whipped topping
  • In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Transfer to your slow cooker coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Top with whipped cream… and chocolate sprinkles if you’re feeling snazzy.

    Slow Cooker Lentil & Ham Soup

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 teaspoons tomato sauce
  • In a 3.5 quart or larger slow cooker, combine lentils, celery, carrots, onion, garlic and ham. Season with basil, thyme, oregano, the bay leaf and pepper. Stir in the chicken broth, water and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on low for 11 hours. Remove the bay leaf before serving (not tasty).

    Meg

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