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5 Things I love This Week!

I can’t believe that January is already more than halfway over! Time seems to go by faster and faster each year I’m alive. That quote by Andy Rooney certainly rings true“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.” It’s been a great week here in my little spot in the world. Here are 5 things that I LOVE this week:

5 things

1.      My UP Band by Jawbone- I am obsessed with this. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep. You connect the band to your phone and the app displays all of your data. I have seriously been more on the move knowing that my steps are being tracked. What’s really neat is that you can have “teammates”, which are your friends and family who also have an up band. My mom, grandmother and some of my aunts have one and I love being held accountable for how much I move.



2.      “The Madison Ave” at Lindley Park Filling Station– This place has always been my favorite restaurant in Greensboro. They name most of the things on the menu after the streets in the neighborhood the restaurant is in. While this isn’t the healthiest thing on the menu, it is pretty light. Turkey, apple slices  and honey walnut cream cheese all piled together in between delicious buttered croissant makes for  a really freaking good sandwich if you ask me. Paired with a side of sweet potato chips, you can’t go wrong here. My mouth is watering now..geez.


3.      My NEW{ish} Michael Kors Purse– I’m so super excited about my new purse. Not much to talk about here except that I’ve been wanting one for a while and it just so happens a good friend was cleaning out her closet and sold it to me! J BAM—good deal! Heellzzz YESSSS. {that last little bit is what I said in my head when she handed it over to me}


4.      Our Fire Pit– One of my most favorite things to do is sit around a warm fire with some good friends and a good glass of wine. There is nothing like it.  Brian and I bought some stuff to make s’mores and I cannot wait to make them hopefully sometime this weekend. Gimme s’more of that!


5.      Salmon– I don’t know if you’re a seafood person, but I AM. I love all types of seafood…except for….well I can’t think of any I don’t like. One of my good friends Jessica gave me this recipe about a year ago and since then it’s been a staple in our house. Look out for the recipe next week!


I hope you have a fabulous weekend my dear!



RECIPE:Honey Mustard & Pecan Brussels Sprouts

So… one of my favorite vegetables is brussels sprouts. A lot of people aren’t huge fans, but I really believe that those people just haven’t eaten them the right way. I’m so excited to share this amazing recipe because I love it and we eat them at least once per week in our house. I promised I would share last week, so here it is.


 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 bundles of brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Here is what you’ll do:

Step one: Mix the dijon mustard, oil and honey.

Step two: Cut off the base of the sprouts and then cut the sprout in half.

Step three: Saute the brussels sprouts so that they are al dente then add the pecan and saute until roasted.

 Step four: Mix the brussels sprouts and the honey mustard concoction.

Step five: Lay tin foil in a baking pan and lay brussels sprouts flat on the tin foil. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until caramelized.

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I hope you enjoy as much as we do!



Does what they said even matter?!

You know what. Life is waaay too short to worry about the opinion of small minded people. Just recently, this person said some things to me that made me feel about as tiny as a grain of sand. I found these comments to ruin my whole entire evening and made me start to doubt myself.

The next day, I woke up still thinking about those comments and asked myself, “Does what they said even matter?!”  My answer was ” Ummmm DUH-heck no”. Life is just way too short to be upset and to worry about what they think of me. Everyone is not going to be in your corner and that’s OK. Focus on you and tune out the noise of the absurd opinions that don’t even matter. Focus on the positive and try not to let the negative consume you.

Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who does not give a crap about what other people say or do to me but the truth is, I’m so sensitive.  It takes a conscious effort to not worry about it and to let it go.  One thing I’ve found is that when someone says something mean or something that offends me, it pushes me to want to prove them wrong. I want to prove to them that I am a strong person. It makes me want to show them that, yes, I may be sensitive and I may sometimes be quiet BUT that doesn’t mean that gives you the right to stomp all over me like shoes on a doormat.


Just some thoughts of mine on this rainy dreary Monday evening. 



Healthy Garlic Chicken Soup

It’s that time of year again y’all. Holiday season! While it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not the most wonderful time of year for our waistline.  I don’t know about your office or school or place you work, but here at mine, this time of year is when people start shoveling in the doughnuts, chocolates, cakes, caramel covered popcorn, cookies…the list could go on and on!

This time of year you must find different foods to combat all of these evil lovable treats. Start eating more vegetables and fruits to keep you full! Find different recipes that will excite your tummy– for example, this garlic chicken soup!  I just wanted to share a delish recipe that my friend Jessie from Fashion Life of Marlowe shared with me! ( Thanks Jessie! :D)


Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 whole onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley
4 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step 1: Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and start to peel the tomatoes. (Watch out, will be hot so place under cold water for a second, if you must.) Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Step 2: Chop the onions and set aside.

Step 3: Mince Garlic and set aside.

Step 4: Heat the oil in a large pot. Add pieces of chicken, onions and garlic into pot and heat until chicken is lightly browned.

Step 5: Add parmesan cheese and cook over medium for 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add chopped tomatoes, spices and water and bring to a boil.

Step 7: After you have brought to a boil, lower the temperature a tad and let cook for 15 minutes.

Step 8: After 15 minutes, bring the temperature to medium and add eggs slowly.

Step 9: Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

When I say you’ll love this soup, I mean it! It’s now a staple in our house!

Happy Tuesday!



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