Happy FRIENDSgiving and No Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Who’s excited for a two-day work week?? This girl!! I love that this week officially kicks off the holiday season. In just a few short days, it will be perfectly acceptable for me to start wrapping Christmas presents, singing along with Michael Buble, and watching ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas.

Before I get into my weekend fun, I just want to thank Erin for hosting the link-up for this weekend’s snapshots!

This weekend was a busy one with two get togethers with my friends. Friday night started with our inaugural FRIENDSgiving event. I know a lot of you have Friendsgivings as well, but I really think that my group of friends took the meaning of the holiday to heart. You see, we literally put the FRIENDS in Friendsgiving by watching all the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends!

friendsgiving

Of course we had the traditional Thanksgiving food too.

friendsgiving

friendsgiving

I am all for eating Thanksgiving food as much as possible throughout the year.

We even played a Friends trivia game (which taught me that I need to step up my Friends trivia skills for next year). I loved going to my first Friendsgiving. And I love my friends for being awesome and taking the theme literally. We all need some quality Friends time!

On Saturday night, my old boss at the Y put together a little reunion party for everyone who works/worked at the Y. During my time working front desk at the Y, I seriously considered my coworkers to be like family, so it was great to be able to catch up with everyone and eat more great food. Plus, doing your long run on a day when you have a party means you can eat all the yummy food guilt-free!

y-reunion

y-reunion

You know how most people join sororities or whatever in college? Yeah, well these people were my college friends. When you spent as much time together as we did, you can’t help but turn into family.

I’ve got to give a shout out to my friend Dominique (because I know he’s reading). I promise he did have fun with us despite the fact that he looks like he is murdering the camera in both pictures.

Now I’ve got a little treat for y’all which is perfect for any last minute holiday recipes you may be needing. I made a super easy no-bake pumpkin pie  for both gatherings this weekend and it was a hit! The pie got rave reviews by everyone even complete strangers and people were wanting me to send them the recipe. I almost hated to because of the fact that it’s so easy. I wanted people to think I spent hours in the kitchen perfecting the masterpiece. Oh, well, my secret is out. So now, I’m sharing the recipe with you, so you can go trick your coworkers, friends or family into thinking you are an awesome baker too!

no bake pumpkin pie recipe

 

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Pie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
234 calories
38 g
2 g
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109 g
204 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
109g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 204mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
78%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
6%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pre-made graham cracker crust
  2. 2 packages of vanilla pudding mix (1.3 oz. size)
  3. 1 cup of milk
  4. 1 jar of caramel topping
  5. 1 cup of pure pumpkin
  6. 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1 8 oz. tub of cool whip (can use whipped cream too)
Instructions
  1. 1. Drizzle caramel topping into the crust.
  2. 2. Mix the milk, pudding mixes, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice with whisk until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of cool whip. Spread filling into crust.
  3. 3. Top the pie with the remaining cool whip and drizzle caramel on top
  4. 4. Let the pie refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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fat
8g
protein
3g
carbs
38g
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Favorite Friends Thanksgiving episode?
Pumpkin pie or pecan pie?

Does your group of friends have Friendsgiving?
Are you in charge of making anything for Thanksgiving this year?

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Friday Faves: November Round-up

Thank y’all for all the encouragement earlier this week with my marathon training. As part of holding myself accountable, I am going to start posting weekly marathon updates now through January. This way I have to be diligent my training because I’ve got all your eyes on me : )

When I was going to write this post, I realized that I haven’t done a Friday Faves post since Halloween. How did that happen? Better yet, how is November more than halfway over? I’m all for Christmas getting here, but I’m gonna need time to slow down majorly from December 19-25th please!

1. Mockingjay: Part 1

mockingjay premiere

Any Hunger Games fans out there? I caught the 8 o’clock showing of Mockingjay: Part 1 last night and it was so epic. Plus, we got these sweet souvenir lanyards that I proudly sported all night. I loved everything about it except for the end. Why did it have to end??

2. Trader Joe’s Cookies n’ Cream Cookie Butter

cookies n' cream cookie butter

I know I am so late on this, but I finally got to experience the joy that is Trader Joe’s Cookies n’ Creme Cookie Butter. If you haven’t tried it yet then stop what you are doing and drive to your closest Trader Joe’s now! After just one bite, I was in love. Fair warning that this stuff is dangerous though. Oh, and I’m pretty sure they made a printing error on their label with the whole one serving being two tablespoons thing. They probably meant that half a jar is a serving ; )

3. State of Affairs

Alright, I will admit it: I love Katherine Heigl. She is just such a likeable actress despite whatever rumors there are about her diva attitude (I hope they are not true!). So, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the premiere of her new show State of Affairs. It’s hard to say after just one episode, but I think I’m really going to like it! Between State of Affairs, Scandal and House of Cards, I think it’s safe to say that I’m all about some political themed dramas at the moment. Take me back to D.C.!

4. Boot Socks

boston with melissa

You may have noticed in this outfit I wore in Boston, but I have finally jumped on the boot sock trend and I will never turn back! Banana Republic lured me into their store with a 40% off sale and these bad boys just magically appeared in my hands. I can’t find the exact pair I have online, but these are a similar price just in pink.

5. Jo Malone Perfume

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Have y’all ever heard of Jo Malone? It’s a luxury perfume brand that I fell in love with about two years ago. I’ve only seen them in Sak’s, but I’m sure they are in other stores too. The thing I love about Jo Malone is that their fragrances are customizable, so you can mix and match to find your perfect scent. In the past, I normally just buy incredibly small things from there because I’m cheap: lip gloss, hand lotions, etc. But, I was given a few Visa gift cards for my birthday and decided to finally splurge and get some perfume! I ended up getting the smallest bottle possible in their scent called Woody. The best part is that they always load you up with sample perfumes too, so I should be set for a while!

jo-malone-review

If you’re a Love Actually fan, you’ll get a laugh out of how the Jo Malone associates gift wrap your purchases. Remember the scene where Alan Rickman’s character goes to buy the jewelry for his mistress? Mr. Bean is the associate and takes his precious time gift wrapping the purchase by spraying perfume on the tissue paper and cutting the ribbon just so. Well, they do that at Jo Malone! I love when life imitates the movies.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today! I’ll be going to my first Friendsgiving tonight and then catching up with old coworkers on Saturday. Have I mentioned I love this time of year? : )

Hope you have a great weekend!

What type of perfume do you use?

Have you seen Mockingjay yet? What about State of Affairs?

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Marathon Training Update (Or Lack Thereof)

Well, today is the day.

I’m finally writing a post that I’ve been debating about writing for about a month now, but just didn’t really want to. Today, I’m going to talk about my marathon training or lack thereof…

My 2nd Disney marathon is in less than two months. And if I’m being completely honest, I feel utterly, hopelessly unprepared. I don’t quite know when or how it happened, but I just have not been as committed to my training schedule this time around. I think it started with the summer. Y’all already know that my body just does not want to function in the heat. So, I told myself that I would really hit the ground running (pun time!) once the temps changed with the fall. Then fall came and I just felt so busy with work and traveling. It’s hard to stay on a consistent schedule when your exhausted already and out of your element. Also, I switched from my trusted Nike’s to Adidas shows back in August. I don’t know if it’s just me being paranoid or what, but I feel like the ball of my right foot has been hurting since I’ve switched shoes. I’ve just been so afraid of sustaining an injury that I’ve almost made myself afraid of running.

marathon training discouraged

I hate sounding like a Debbie Downer, but I can’t help but feel overcome with discouragement at this point in my training. I just feel so far behind compared to where I should be (and where I was last year) that I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared in time for January 11th. But the one thing I do know about marathons is that they are 50% physical and 50% mental. If I can just get my head in the game (Zac Efron style) then I know that the physical part will follow. Maybe not to the level that I was aiming for, but it will be possible.

So, I am writing all of this almost as a pep talk to myself more than anything. I’ve got to start taking my training seriously. Otherwise, I will be in for a world of hurt come January. I’m choosing right now to shift my attitude and tackle my training head on. I also want to ask you to keep me accountable to this. I know I am way more likely to follow through with something if I know people are counting on me in some way.

marathon training encouragement

From now on, my mental marathon game is turned on. I can’t control my lack of preparation thus far, but I can focus on the remaining weeks I have ahead of me and do the best I can with the time I have left. Wish me luck – you now know I will need it!

marathon training encouragement

Anyone know of any 2 month marathon training plans? ; )

How do you refocus and recommit yourself to something whether in exercise, diet or life in general?

Have you ever felt discouraged or overwhelmed by your goals?

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Beach Wedding Weekend

Hello long lost friends!!! (At least it seems like it’s been forever since we’ve caught up.)

This post is being brought to you from the Atlanta airport. I feel like I have lived in airports this past week. It makes for great people watching, but not so great for napping opportunities. Therefore, I must blog now so I can crash whenever I get home.

So, when I left Florida this afternoon, it looked like this:

st. pete beach

And when I landed in Atlanta, it looked like this:

atlanta airport

Life just is not fair.

Aside from the weather shock I’m now experiencing, this weekend was perfect!

It all started back on Thursday when I left Boston to go to St. Pete Beach for my cousin’s wedding. I had a quick layover at JFK where I caught a brief glimpse of my favorite view in the world: the NYC skyline.

nyc-skyline

You see it?! I might have called my Mom after seeing this to have her talk me out of catching a cab into the city. At that moment in time, I was convinced my presence at the wedding was not all that necessary. My Mom assured me that I would be in NYC in a month and that all would be right in the world again soon. Thanks for the pep talk, Mom.

I arrived at the Tampa airport on Thursday night just in time to meet up with my family for a casual dinner and some wedding themed Taboo. One thing you should probably know about my family: we love games. It can get pretty serious. I might have heard a parent say to their child (no names! **cough Melissa cough**), “Get out of my way!” while we were in an intense round of Taboo. Just know that if you plan on every planning games with the Manley family, bring your A-game.

Friday was the big day for my cousin Mike and his fiance (now wife) Darlene. The wedding was around 4 PM and it could not have been more beautiful at the beach. Well, it could have not been hurricane force winds, but other than that I couldn’t complain.

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The ceremony was absolutely gorgeous and touching. Mike and Darlene both have children from previous marriages, so they made sure to incorporate their children into the wedding as well which I thought was so sweet. They each said vows to the girls and presented them with eternity ring necklaces. The pastor was actually Mike’s dad (my Uncle Mark) which made the ceremony even more special and family oriented. At the end, there was not a dry eye to be found and not a hair on my head that was in the position I intended it to be (thanks wind!!).

Thankfully, we moved inside for the reception to escape the wind for a great night of food and dancing.

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I felt super old seeing my little cousins (Mike’s daughters) looking so grown-up in their bridesmaid dresses. They were even wearing make-up! I used to babysit them back when I was in high school and now they are teenagers/pre-teens! : /

beach-wedding

At the risk of sounding like a total cliche…they just grow up too fast! Morgan (pictured) will be in high school next year! Y’all, we need to just stop time. Now!

beach-wedding

I immediately had to go take a picture with my cousin, Lauren, who is closer to my age, to make myself feel better.

The wedding was just such a good time with family! I might have even danced to a little “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. That was until one of my little cousin’s came up and told me I was too old to be dancing to that song. Then, I went and drank a glass of wine. Thanks, kid.

What I loved about Mike and Darlene’s wedding is that they really made the whole weekend about two families joining together as one. I loved how they had their wedding on a Friday, so they could celebrate all weekend with family and friends.

So, here’s to my oldest cousin (I say that with love!), Mike, and his new bride, Darlene! I hope and pray nothing but blessings for them as they begin their lives together with their three beautiful girls!

Love always finds a way : )

beach-wedding

 How was your weekend?

Have you ever been to a beach wedding before?

How do you feel about the idea of having a wedding weekend to celebrate instead of just the one night?

What’s something that makes you stop and think “I guess I am kinda old now”?

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Quick Trip to Boston

Y’all are stinkin’ awesome.

Thank you so much for all the sweet birthday wishes on Monday! It truly made my day brighter : )

Sorry to go all “it’s my birthday!!!” on you and then go MIA for a few days. I spent my birthday evening packing and going to bed ridiculously early – true old lady style. My 5 AM wake-up time on Tuesday was not exactly agreeable for a late night of birthday celebrating. I’ve actually spent the last few days in Boston for work. It’s been super busy (hence why I’m just now getting around to posting), but has been really fun. Boston is such a charming city. I love the mix of history with big city flair. And don’t even get me started on the clam chowder! I will never be able to eat clam chowder from a can again.

boston

boston

boston clam chowder

I actually had some free time Wednesday night, so I knew I had to meet up with Melissa from FreeingImperfections.com. I’ve been reading Melissa’s blog pretty much since I started my blog last year and just love how sweet and honest she is! It was so nice to be able to meet Melissa in person and see Boston from a local’s perspective. Knowing what a huge fan of pizza I am, Melissa picked an authentic Boston pizzeria called Pizzeria Regina for us to meet for dinner.

Y’all. I know I talk about pizza a lot. I love it. I can’t help it. It’s probably my favorite food of all time. I also know New York and Chicago have the reputations for having the best pizza. But, Boston’s pizza is one of America’s best kept secrets. Call me crazy, but I’m gonna venture out on a limb here and say that Boston pizza > Chicago pizza. The crust is just slightly thicker than New York style and it’s so spot on.

boston pizza

boston pizza

After stuffing our my face with pizza, we made a pit stop at another famous Boston site: Mike’s Pastry.

Mike's pastry

mike's pastry

Mike’s is apparently known for their cannolis. And would you just look at this? Pure perfection.

mike's pastry

boston with melissa

Thanks, Melissa, for showing me some of the best food in Boston! You are a true friend : )

Now, I’m heading down to Florida to meet up with all my mom’s side of the family to celebrate my cousin’s wedding on Friday. My family takes family weddings pretty seriously, so it’s just going to be one big non-stop crazy party all weekend. Picture my Big Fat Greek Wedding just minus the Windex.

Oh, and coming soon on the blog: How to Pack For Anything – Bikini and Boots Edition. Kidding. But maybe not?

Have you ever been to Boston?

What do you do when you have to pack for two completely different climates?

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It’s My Birthday!!!

Pretty creative blog post title, huh?

Excuse me as I act like a 5 year old for just one second but…it’s my birthday!!!

Looking back on all that has happened this past year only makes me that much more excited for what the future holds for my 26th year!

My birthday weekend was a great mix of being low-key and busy.

Friday after work, I met up with some of the girls in my small group for dinner before heading to the women’s conference at our church that lasted until Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, I decided to treat myself to an early birthday present and got the new iPhone 6. Anyone else have it? I love it! The camera is such an upgrade from my old 4S. Speaking of, if anyone is in need of a 4S iPhone in great condition, give me a shout.

Saturday night I went out with my two best friends, Kerri and Anna Grace, for a progressive dinner downtown. We started at a new restaurant/bar in Augusta called Craft & Vine for drinks and an appetizer (homemade pretzels and beer cheese).

beer-pretzels-cheese

Of course, since I live in Augusta, a night out would not be complete unless I unexpectedly ran into someone I knew: my friend Leeanne!

birthday-dinner

Leeanne was out celebrating her birthday early (our birthdays are a week apart) with her husband and best friend, Katy. Happy early birthday, Leeanne!! Which reminds me, if y’all are interested in custom prints or floral crowns, don’t forget to head to Leeanne’s store now through the end of November. She will be donating 20% of sales to charity!

Oh and can y’all see the red in my hair? If you can’t, it’s totally OK. Haha! Told ya it was very subtle. I honestly can’t see a difference at all unless I’m right in front of the mirror.

After Craft & Vine, we walked literally next door to a kinda new burger place called Farmhaus. They are known for their milkshakes with alcohol. Who knew such magical things existed??

farmhaus burger

This was my glorious burger that I split with Kerri. It was worth every bit of the hype.

alchoholic-milkshake

Boozy milkshake!!! We all split this bad boy because we were honestly a little scared to try it. It was surprisingly really good and you could not taste the alcohol at all – which is either a very good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

After the dinner round, we headed to The Boll Weevil which is pretty well known in the area for having crazy good desserts. We all split the last piece of peanut butter pie because it was fate. I don’t have an actual picture of the pie, but here’s a blurry recycled photo of the peanut butter pie from Boll Weevil when we had it at work once. It’s my favorite peanut butter pie in the world.

peanut butter pie

All in all, it was a great night spent exploring some new to me places in August with my girls. We had some great laughs and some good heart to hearts.

birthday-dinner

My actual birthday today is probably going to be pretty low key. I’ll be going to work (booooo!!! Working on your birthday should be illegal), grabbing some sushi with my small group girls for dinner, and then heading home for some Dancing with the Stars. I guess you know you’re finally an adult when you realize that life must still carry on on your birthday.

Well, I’m off to go get the first day of my 26th year started! Hope y’all have a great Monday!

Milkshakes with alcohol: genius or gross?

How was your weekend?

What’s the best birthday advice you’ve ever been given? Pass it on to me : )

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I Hope You Dance

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for awhile now! I’m going to a women’s conference tonight and tomorrow with some of the girls in my small group. Then Saturday night I’m going out to eat with my two best friends to celebrate an early birthday. You know me, I like to celebrate my birthday for the entire month!

In the midst of my excitement for the weekend, I totally didn’t think ahead to planning this post, so I’ve just got some random stuff coming your way. Get ready:

- Congrats to Susie Ranney Lemmer, or as I like to call her, The Suz, for winning my $25 Whole Foods gift card! Man, too bad I didn’t end this giveaway last week, so I could have given it to you in Chicago in person. Epic life fail! I’ll be e-mailing you soon, Susie! Thanks so much to everyone that entered!!

- Have y’all seen this video? I used to think I was the most awkward person in the world, and then I saw the female newscaster in this video. I found myself getting legitimately angry at her for not having fun with her coworker and dancing. Come on girl, life is too short not to dance with your coworkers!!

- I got my hair colored yesterday. We added a little bit of red to it. I was scared initially because it looked so red when the stylist was drying it. But now it doesn’t even look like I’ve had something done unless I get up close in the mirror. I did tell my stylist I wanted it to look as natural as possible, so mission accomplished!

- I actually skipped my Stitch Fix box for this month for two reasons: (1) with the holidays coming up, I’m poor (2) I kinda missed just walking into a store and good ole shopping. I’ll be back with my Stitch Fix reviews in December.

- My cousin gets married next Friday! I don’t know what I’m more excited for: the actual wedding or the family reunion that will taking place all next weekend. Let the good/crazy family times roll!

- I think this definition perfectly describes me. I’ve got a bad case of the wanderlust.

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- If you love Benedict Cumberbatch or cats or both, please do yourself the biggest favor of your life and go read this Buzzfeed article. It’s full of gems like this…

Benedict Cumberbatch cats

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And on that note, dear friends, I must leave you. Because what could I possibly say to follow-up a cat licking Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheek? Nothing.

Have a great weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend?

How do you feel about impromptu dance sessions? Please tell me you would dance with me!

Which celebrity would you like to see photoshopped with various cats?

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I Mustache You Some Questions!

Happy Wednesday!

If you haven’t had a chance to enter my $25 Whole Foods gift card giveaway, you definitely want to go do that! I’ll be selecting and announcing a winner on Friday!

Today, I have a fun little survey that Alison from Anchor in the Stratosphere tagged me to participate in – thanks, Alison! Y’all know I can’t resist some fun surveys!

Four names that people call me (other than my real name!):

1. Stace – My Dad mainly calls me this one, but some of my friends do too.

2. Swells- I think this one started in high school. One girl even took it to the next level and called my “Swellsie”

3. Padfoot – Only two of my very close friends call me this. What can I say, we’re HP nerds.

4. Baby – Ok, only my mom calls me this.

Four jobs I have had:

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1. Does babysitting count?

2. Front Desk girl at the Y

3. Spin Instructor at the Y

4. My current job – Assistant Meeting Planner and Executive Assistant

Four movies I would (and have) watch more than once:

1. Love Actually

2. The Princess Diaries 2 (because I’m the lame girl who loves that cheesy movie)

3. Any of the Harry Potter movies

4. Remember the Titans

Four books I’d recommend:

The Fault in Our Stars

1. The Bible

2. The Harry Potter series

3. Anything by C.S. Lewis

4. The Fault in Our Stars

Four places I have lived:

1. Jeffersonville, Indiana

2. Augusta, Georgia

3. St. Petersburg, Florida

4. Miami, Florida (for a whopping two weeks – do I look like I would survive in Miami?? Um, no.)

Four places I have been:

white house

1. Alaska

2. The Grand Canyon

3. The White House

4. The Southernmost point in the US (it’s in Key West)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

1. Disneyworld!!!

2. New York City – specifically at a Broadway show

3. London

4. On a cruise

Four things I don’t eat:

1. Bananas

2. Sardines

3. Celery

4. Licorice

Four of my favorite foods:

Pizza at Patsy's Pizzeria

1. Pizza

2. Potatoes (of all kinds – any way)

3. Peanut butter

4. Ice Cream

Four TV shows that I watch (how am I supposed to pick just four???):

scandal

1. The Walking Dead

2. Scandal

3. The Vampire Diaries

4. Modern Family

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center

1. My birthday next week

2. My cousin’s wedding next weekend

3. Going to NYC before Christmas again

4. Thanksgiving/Christmas/the entire month of December

Four things I’m always saying:

Oliver lunchbox

1. “Y’all” – It’s just Southern vernacular, y’all : )

2. “Oliver, get down!!!” – He’s a jumper.

3. “Is it 5 o’clock yet??”

4. “Is it the weekend yet??”

Now it’s your turn! Pick any of the categories to answer in the comments.

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Life Goal Complete: Chicago Style Pizza

Flying…

It’s so great when everything works, is on time, and the weather is nice.

Take any of those componants out of the equation and it turns into a modern day nightmare.

I had a whirlwind work trip to Chicago this weekend. We were supposed to get back to Augusta around 8:30ish on Sunday night. But thanks to some broken spark plugs on our plane (planes have those??), I didn’t get home until almost 1 AM. Fun times. Naturally, the only way I had to amuse myself during this delay was to take endless selflies of the experience.

plane selfie

Enough travel horror stories. Let’s get to the fun part! The 3 hours I had in downtown Chicago.

downtown chicago

Several of you commented on this outfit on IG, so let me give you the details.

Jacket – Gap (from about 4 years ago)

Shirt – Long Sleeve Perfect Tee from The Limited – hey it’s 40% off today too!

Sweater – Side Button Poncho from The Limited

Jeans – Sophia Skinny Jeans from Kensie (Thanks, StitchFix!)

Boots – Gianni Bini (from about 4 years ago too)

Purse – I got it from Naturalizer back in May. It’s not on their website anymore, but this one is pretty close.

Starbucks – White Chocolate Mocha

chicago skyline

Chicago-Macys

I had no clue the Macy’s in Chicago was almost the size of the one in NYC. All I know is that there were Christmas decorations and my heart was full.

After a few short hours, I took the “L” back to my hotel. I felt like such a Chicagoan. Once we wrapped up a few work related things, my coworkers and I went to Giordano’s for some famous Chicago-style pizza.

chicago style pizza

This was a moment I had been waiting for my entire life. You just don’t even know. And yes, that would be bacon. Go big or go home, friends.

Sunday was full of meetings and airport nightmares. Let’s just skip over that.

Now, I’m back home in my warm bed cuddling with the cats. They were so excited to see my last night that they thought it would be so fun to stay up all night playing in celebration…They almost became outside cats around 3 AM.

Well, that was my weekend. It had a few hours of fun, so I’m thankful for that. Next time, I really need to arrange to spend at least a full day in Chicago!

How was your Halloween weekend?

Did you get snow this weekend? We did here actually which is practically unheard of this time of year!

The age old question: Chicago or New York style pizza? This is so tough! I always thought I would say Chicago, but now that I’ve officially had both. I’m going with New York. I could eat New York pizza every day of my life. Chicago pizza is more like a special occasion pizza.

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Friday Faves: Happy Halloween!

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a Friday Faves post around here. So, it was about time to bring them back! Especially on one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! So speaking of this great little holiday, here are my faves this week…

1. Halloween

Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat candy and dress up in fun costumes? The only thing I love more than Halloween is all the fun that follows: my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas. This time of year I’m just constantly in the mindset of a 5 year old.

2. Animals in Halloween Costumes

I could not resist buying these Yoda and Princess Leia costumes for Oliver and Luna. I had grand visions of an adorable Star Wars themed photo shoot that would go viral on Buzzfeed. Instead, this is what I got. One Yoda cat who had to be bribed with treats and one Princess Leia cat who thought her hair buns were a new toy. (Sigh) Story of my life.

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3. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Thanks to my membership with Sweat Pink, I was able to try out some new to me products from Manitoba Harvest.

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I have not yet had the chance to try the hemp protein. I’m really excited to try it though because I’m always on the quest for soy-free protein powders! Plus, I’ve heard that the body absorbs hemp protein really well.

I have gotten around to trying the hemp hearts in my salads lately and love the extra texture and protein kick I get with them! They kind of remind me of chia seeds in their texture, but have more of a pine nut flavor.

You can also try Manitoba Harvest’s products by using the discount code HHSweatPink14 to receive 20% off your order.

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4. Welcome to New York

Let me just start by saying that I’m not a big Taylor Swift fan. However, I’m convinced her new song Welcome to New York is close to my life anthem. I think we may be long lost BFF’s somehow. We both love NYC. We both love cats. We both love (or at least she used to) John Mayer. Hey Taylor, if you ever need anyone to cat sit in your gorgeous New York apartment while you’re off touring the world and all, I’m your girl!

5. Joe Jonas’ Instagram

Back in the day, I might have been a bit invested in a little boy band called The Jonas Brothers. Too much info? Please, don’t think too much less of me for admitting that. Regardless of whether you were a fan or not, Joe Jonas’ Instagram is probably one of the greatest things ever. He is the master of hashtags. You get daily treats like this:

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Ok, now that I’m laughing hysterically again…

I hope y’all have a great Halloween!! Try not to steal too much candy from the kids now : )

What are your Halloween plans?

Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram?

What was your best Halloween costume?

Have you ever tried hemp protein or hemp hearts?

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