Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I hope you all feel extra loved today! We don’t have anything too crazy on the agenda for tonight but hopefully pizza somewhere yummy! Nothin’ fancy, but sometimes simple is the best, right!? This weekend we are going to Branson to celebrate US! & I can’t wait! This is the first trip we have ever taken with just the two of us, no friends, no kids, no dogs so I am beyond looking forward to it! Hopefully the weekend is filled with love for all of you too! Even if you aren’t in love with a significant someone, you can always love yourself, your friends or your family.

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Growing up my Uncle Buddy use to make every holiday special by doing a little something. Valentine’s day somehow was always my favorite! It didn’t have to be anything big like a dozen roses (because lets be honest roses are insanely pricey on this day) or an expensive gift but he always had something! Rather it was a card, a piece of candy, a small teddy bear, he always knew how to make my day! Not only did I love the special things he did for me, I loved that he always made the day special for my aunt. Every year he got her the same thing and I loved asking her every year if she got her dozen roses, her favorite chocolate and her card. Without fail she always said Yes with a smile! (I think she told me that he never missed a year.) I always find it interesting the things you take from your childhood into your adulthood and/or the lessons you have learned from your past to make your present better and this little will always be apart of me! I will always do a little something for the people I love  because I remember so much how it made me feel! So thanks Uncle Buddy!! 🙂 Besides Valentine’s Day lets jump into things I am loving this week!

Things I am Loving Friday!

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Last week I was searching the library for something good to read and as always I stared with the autobiography or the biography section. I honestly didn’t know much about Jessie but I liked the cover of the book, so I got it! I ended up really loving it. I was shocked when I read how much she was bullied as a kid and how it effected her. Poor girl! I also loved reading about how her relationship is with her husband! They seem very sweet and so much in love and it makes my heart happy!

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On Tuesday, I went to Aldi like I do every Tuesday because I love to see what new Aldi finds they put out and I ran across this wine! I couldnt pass it up for less than $5 and I am glad I did because it was really good! It is sweet but not too sweet!

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Another Aldi find! How adorable is this flower and flower pot! I bought one for my desk at school and it adds a little pop and homey feel! I love it!

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Not going to lie I am not an energy drink kind of person, but this was really good and it gave me just the right amount of energy when I was crashing around 1:30pm! I think it taste sweeter than regular coke but I like sweet so it didn’t bother me! I must say that its probably not the healthiest but every once in a while it could be a nice pick me up!

I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day & a great weekend!

 

 

Our Story!

Happy Hump Day!!! Today started off on a good note, I got up and went to the gym & managed to make it to work without spilling my coffee all over myself. Oh && I wasn’t late to work for once! Woo hoo! Today We are going to share a little bit about the boys in our lives, with Valentine’s Day only two days away, I thought it would be a good day to talk about us! 🙂 If you hate my cheesiness and you are sick of seeing people in relationships than please skip this post. I def know how it feels to be down on Valentine’s day or sad because you have not found that person yet or your in a crappy relationship (been there done that too) we will be back to recipes, recaps and other fun stuff tomorrow! 🙂 

Micah & Chris

Their story ❤️

img_1295How’d they meet: on Hinge

First date: The 1st, 2nd & 3rd date..all same place Edgewild

How long have they been together: Since July 2018

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Who was interested first: I guess Chris swiped right first

Who’s taller: Chris

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Who said I love you first: Chris did, drunk 😉

Most impatient: Micah

Most sensitive: Chris would say Micah

Most crazy: Neither

Loudest: depends on what dog is acting up! haha

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Most stubborn: Christopher

Falls asleep first: Micah by a long shot

Cooks better: Micah by default because Chris doesnt cook

Better morning person: Micah

Best driver: Chris

Most competitive: Both. Their first date they played pop a shot, and Micah says he kept needing another day to try and win 😉

 

Mandi & Jeff

Our story ❤️

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How’d you meet: At my best friend’s birthday dinner

First date: Billy G’s! with MR NIKE! (he had to approve)

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How long have you guys been together: Since August 2018

Who’s taller: Jeff by a lot

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Who said I love you first: Jeff because I was stubborn and knew the next person I said it to I had to really feel it and I didn’t want to get hurt! Also was scared he wouldn’t say it back so I held off for a longgg while!

Most impatient: hmm depends on the day! Me at work, Jeff at home! haha

Most sensitive: Me!

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Most crazy: 100% ME! sorryyy Jeff!

Loudest: Me…. also Sorry! 🙂

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Most stubborn: this could be a tie!

Falls asleep first: ME!

Cooks better: def not me! Jeff is the best cook!

Better morning person: Jeff… he wants to be up vacuuming or cleaning by 7 am!

Best driver: Jeff will say himself by a lot, but according to State Farm he only beats me by 1%

Most competitive: I would say me!

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Share your story with us in the comments, Valentine’s Day is coming! ❤️

Taco Tuesday We Meet Again!!

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Happy Taco Tuesday…arguable the best day of the week, aside from the weekend days. If you are anything like me you put salsa or hot sauce on EVERYTHING.  Today I wanted to share a few of our favorites.

Amigos Mild Salsa

Restaurant Style Margarita- sold at Aldi’s, Wal-Mart, Dierbergs

Reinneck Ranch Salsa Rose Mild

**MY ALL TIME FAVORITE** Salsa Rose- sold at Dierbergs and Schnucks
I opt for the hot for added spice

Restaurant-Style Salsa Mild 16oz - Archer Farms™

Targets Restaurant Style- The best bang for your buck

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Trader Joes- Salsa Authentica
Goes well on enchiladas

In case you want to try to make your own, sharing Vitamix’s Salsa Mexicano. Enjoy 🙂

Salsa Mexicano

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480 ml) stewed tomatoes
  • 4 ounces (110 g) pickled jalapeño peppers
  • 4 ounces (110 g) green chili peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup (20 g) fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 3.
  4. Blend for 5-10 seconds or until ingredients are chopped to desired consistency. If necessary, use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades while processing.
  5. Do not over mix. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

 

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a weekend that consisted of food, food & more food, but it was a good one! Let’s catch up!

Friday night:

We played cards!

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Nike watched..

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Then we were in bed by 10 because.. we are old! 🙂

Saturday:

Saturday morning started off with a great workout at Burn!

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When I got home Jeff made the best breakfast!!!

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I showered & got ready for the day!

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I wore my new outfit that cost less than $50!

Hoodie $15 JCPenny

Leggins  $12 Fabletics

Shoes $18 Walmart

We googled fun places to go and landed at Russell’s!

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It was the cutest place ever!

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We tried 3 different desserts!

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& shared a Baked Chicken Gouda sandwich & a Salad

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Then we went to the library

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That evening we had a soccer game to go to and dinner with the family! & By 11pm we were out!

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Sunday

Sunday morning started off on a great note! I finally got my hair done! Goodbye dark roots!

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Then I celebrated National Pizza Day with my best friend!

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Came home took a nap then headed to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!

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We celebrated my cousin Julianne’s Birthday

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& I got this cute picture with my little cousin!

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Then it was home to relax with my boy!

img_1269What a fun filled weekend it was! I have a busy week this week at work & I cannot wait for this upcoming weekend! 🙂

Things We are Loving Friday

Happy Friday Friends! I hope everyone had a great week! Even though we had a 1/2 day on Wednesday, because of snow, it still felt like this week drug on. We did have a fun night out on Wednesday that helped, we tried a new to us restaurant and played trivia!

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I don’t know why but I had zero motivation all week at work and with my workouts! I did manage to get in a workout everyday except yesterday but man it was HARD to make it to the gym everyday!  Hopefully I can shake off whatever is going on and get my energy and motivation back! Do you guys have any exciting plans this weekend? Micah is going to Columbia for a concert, LUCKY! I plan to get in a workout tonight then relax with Jeff! Tomorrow I am going to go shopping, then we are going to go out to dinner, and Sunday we are celebrating my cousin Julianne’s birthday and I cannot wait! I love family time! Let’s dive into the things I loved this week!

  1. Taylor Swift Documentary

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I will be honest I am not a huge Taylor Swift fan. I like her music and I don’t dislike her I am just not that huge of a fan, but I was bored and nothing else was on so I watched her documentary. I must say I really enjoyed watching it. I totally forgot about the whole Kayne thing and I felt every bit of emotion for her. I also felt a lot of pain and sympathy for her when she was talking about and describing her eating disorder. I can’t imagine the pain she has went through with those things along with the painful messages she reads on social media about herself. Goshhhh people can be so hurtful for no reason. I see it everyday at school and it hurts my heart. I wish people were more kind to one another. I do think this is a must watch and I enjoyed watching it!

2. Sparking Greyhound Vodka Drink

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One of my friends let me try her drink during a football game and I fell in love! It is so good and does not taste like something is missing like some of the Truly drinks do! I finished my last one last night and know that I will definitely be buying more of these!

3. Billie Razors

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Billie Razors are amazing! If you’re like me and always forget to buy razors or hate buying them because they are expensive these ones are for you. All you do is sign up online and within a few days you get a razor at your door and once a month after you get a package with 4 razors for the month! They are very inexpensive too! $9 for the razors each month!

4. Fit Flavor’s

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I knew I would be busy last Sunday with Superbowl so I ordered 6 meals from Fit Flavors to make meal prepping super easy. I got a variety of different meals and all of them were so good! My favorite was the turkey meatballs and zoodles! I also liked the breakfast one!

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It just made it so easy to grab a quick lunch throw it in my lunch bag and go! I didn’t have to go to the grocery store, meal prep, and I didn’t have to clean up! Win Win for sure! I would highly recommend Fit Flavors. The only down fall is they are kinda pricey.

5. New Shoes

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I got these shoes on Monday for $18!! They are super cute & I wore them to school and got a lot of compliments! Only down fall is they are probably not the best to workout in because they don’t have much support! They sure are cute tho!

Well that wraps up everything about this week! Have a great day!

Groundhog Day!

Thank you Phil for not seeing your shadow.  SPRING is near.

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That means patios and my favorite drink…MARGARITAS!!!!

Whole Fruit Margarita

Below is my favorite REAL FRUIT Margaritas. This recipe is from Vitamix.

https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/recipes/whole-fruit-margarita

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • 6 ounces (180 ml) tequila
  • 2 fluidounces (60 ml) Grand Marnier
  • 1 Large orange, peeled, halved
  • 1 lime, peeled, halved
  • 1 lemon, peeled, halved
  • 6 Tablespoons (75 g) granulated sugar  **I USE TRUVIA
  • 6 cups (600 g) ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  5. Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.

 

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Best homemade pizza

Happy Wednesday!!!

Anyone who says that money cannot buy happiness has clearly never spent their money on pizza! Pizza is my jam! I could eat it all day everyday and never get sick of it! Jeff and I have been trying out all the highly recommended pizza places in St. Louis lately and we are loving it!! I even think we are getting pizza on Valentine’s Day because that’s our love language!

Today I am going to share the best HOMEMADE pizza recipe with you because home made pizza is the best especially on snowy days like today! Thanks to Jeff’s sister, Julie, for the step by step directions and for making the best homemade pizza ever hands down!

Step 1: Preheat over to 350

Step 2: Oil pizza pan with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt

Step 3: Put down flour and cornmeal

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Step 4: Roll out dough on top of the flour and cornmeal

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Step 5: Place dough on the greased pan

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Step 6: Place in over for 6-8 minutes or until browned (make sure to pop air bubbles)

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Step 7: Raise oven temp to 425 degrees

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Step 8: Apply sauce

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Step 9: Apply cheese & toppings

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Step 10: Put back in oven, directly on the rack for 8-10 or until cheese is melted!

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I promise you will not be disappointed! 🙂 Thanks Julie again for being such a good cook!

*Julie always buys her dough and sauce from a local Italian deli!

Jeff and I have just bought dough and sauce from local pizza places that offer the option to buy just dough! (Sadly some pizza places wont just sell dough so you may have to call around and ask!)