Friday, May 31, 2013

Sex and the City

Hi dolls! My name is Samantha and I blog over at Hooah and Hiccups! I'm usually writing about my favorite fashion trend or accessory, my wildly adorable little man, or spilling my heart on some random subject. I'm open, I'm honest, and I would do just about anything to put a smile on someone's face :) 

Anyways! Today I'm going to be talking to you about how Carrie Bradshaw and I are basically twins separated at birth.


Let's start out with our curly hair. Until puberty, my hair was basically pin straight except for one random wave near the bottom. It was horrific; I cringe looking back at pictures. But once I hit puberty (and after two perms) my hair just stayed curly! Granted hers is a lot curlier than mine but hey, I'll take this over what it was any day!


We love fashion! So no, I've never spent $480 on a pair of shoes like she tends to do frequently, but that doesn't mean I can't drool over them. I take expensive looks like that and do it for much cheaper. I ran a Reality Chic series a few weeks in a row and you'd be amazed how much you can save when you really take the time to look. Take inspiration from Pinterest, magazines, celebs, etc and then give it your own frugal fashionista twist!


I'm a lover; I absolutely love to be in love. I'm a hopeless romantic and luckily for me, my husband is too most of the time. We fell in love through snail mail letters while he was away at basic training and well, the rest is history. Carrie went through her share of men on the series but it was ALWAYS Mr. Big. Always.

We love to write! Writing has always been my biggest passion. I wrote for my student newspaper in college and started blogging when my hubby deployed to Afghanistan. Although I don't write about sex like she does, I'm still going to count that as a similarity. She shares her life through her writing and well, so do I. 

I was meant to live in a city. Due to the military lifestyle dictating where I live, I don't really have an option to move to a big city. However had my life gone a different route, I would have been living the dream in the middle of Manhattan or Chi-town. I guess there's always my next life..

So there you have it! Carrie and I are basically twins! I'd love for you to stop by and say hello! And a big thank you to Aileen for having me today! xoxo

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just Stay Lovely

 My name is Candice & I blog over at Just Stay Lovely!
I was flattered when Aileen asked me to guest post for her! Isn't she just the sweetest? And lets be honest I am real jealous for her trip to Europe and I can't wait until she gets back to hear all about it! (Not that I am trying to rush you girlfriend.. but we will miss you!)

So, I am originally from South Jersey but fell in love with New England after attending college in New Hampshire. I fell in love with the cutest boy from Maine, and was accepted into graduate school at Boston University for deaf education (yes I talk with my hands!) So I am packing up my stuff and moving myself into the most adorable apartment next Friday the 24th!

Ahh cute huh? You can see the initial inside tour here

  • I am a huge tea drinker. cold, hot, room temp -- you name it -- I love it
  • I can't have nice earnings, I always loose them, so I stick to Forever21
  • I tend to get emotionally attached to TV characters
  • Hate seafood it freaks me out!
  • I love wine.. and a total wino 
  • Coffee shops.. love everything about them, the smell, the feel, the drinks.
  • Obsessed with Law & Order SUV (How cute is detective Elliot?)
  • I hate to drive but am always that friend who ends up driving
  • 4 people in my 'real life' know about my blog
  • & yes I am totally that person who hugs someone they just met 'hello'

One more very fun thing I want to share with you! Four bloggers and myself are hosting an instagram challenge! Its called #piclove365. The rules are pretty simple, post a picture everyday (or try to!) for the next year and dont forget to use the hashtag! Its just something fun we decided to do to get to know each other more! You can read more about it here here or here! 
I really hope you decided to join us!

Well thank you so much for reading & thanks again to Aileen for letting me be featured!
Be sure to come over and say hello! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fair Trade Fashion

I have been slowly getting through 7: A Mutiny against Excess. It is definitely a hard read, not because it's difficult to physically read, but it's extremely challenging and thought provoking. Through this book, I have been challenged to think differently about how much I have been blessed with in life.

I've been challenged to start making purchases that support fair trade and women and wanted to share three businesses for today's Wearable Wednesday.

FashionABLE works with women in Africa helping to create sustainable business to fight against poverty.  Purchasing a scarf is a great investment in others' lives, and I'll be making my first purchase when we get home.
Noonday supports raising money for adoptions and providing funds for orphan care. They have fabulous jewelry as well as bags, scarves, and home decor items.
I am in love with Better Life Bags and have my eye on the "Molly" bag that can be customized. It is the perfect size and shape for around town, traveling, or for going back and forth to work. And this bag is made all the sweeter because it supports low income workers in Detroit with other giving to entreprenuers in developing countries.
You should check these shops out and support their causes!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Limited Space Organizing

Hey everyone, I'm Sarah and I blog over at Limited Space Organizing! I'm a 20-something newlywed, accountant by day, blogger by night.  I love to blog about anything organizational, DIY, or recipes.  My true love is organizing.  If I could go organize for a job, I totally would!

Here are some things you may find on my blog:

1. Recipes-

2. DIY Projects-

3. Organizational Tips

Some other bloggers and I have just started an Instagram challenge called #piclove365, we are taking a picture a day for the next YEAR! It's not too late to join in, we will be having a link up at the end of every month so you can show off your favorite pics! Please come by and say hi! I would love to meet you!!

Here are my social media sites if you would like to follow along:


Monday, May 27, 2013

Yummy Goodness

Hey guys! I’m Lindsey and the handsome devil to my right is my fiancĂ©, B. I started my little blog, Follow the Ruels, right after B and I got engaged over Memorial Day weekend last year. It originally started as a way for me to document my wedding planning journey as well as some of my other hobbies.

One of those hobbies, and something that you will probably find doing on a weekly basis, is baking. I do a lot of baking. Which is kind of an unfortunate hobby for a girl that needs to fit into a wedding dress in six months.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you can probably guess what my favorite thing to bake is - muffins. Muffins are kind of a big thing in my family. My stepmom makes incredible muffins and I have been lucky enough to get some of her recipes. Most of the time, however, I try out my own flavor combinations.

The last muffin recipe I tested was a Strawberry Toasted Coconut muffin, which was delicious. Sweet and tropical.
Print recipe here.
Another sweet favorite of mine is the Raspberry Dark Chocolate muffin I made for Valentine's Day. 
View recipe here.
But I also like to make healthier muffins. I tried out Gordon Ramsay's Whole Wheat Blueberry muffin not too long ago. 
View recipe here.
And I have also gone a little outside of the box and made muffins using quinoa, like in these Quinoa Blueberry muffins
View recipe here.

I hope that I have given you some muffin inspiration for the next time you get in the baking mood! I would love it if you would stop by and say hi over at Follow the Ruels. Or you can find me on Bloglovin, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Happy baking!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Southern Cities

Hey there Sparkly and Sweet Readers, I'm Laura Beth and I blog over at Table For One. While our girl is gone I'm taking over for the day!! Something that initially drew me to Aileen's blog was her and The Chef's love for traveling, which is one of my top favorite things to do! Today I wanted to share with y'all some of my favorite southern cities.

Nashville, Tennessee.

October 2009 - UGA vs Vandy

Bluebird Cafe. Country Music. Pancake Pantry. And Boots Boots Boots!!! Three pairs of cowboy boots for $300! Essentially you and two girlfriends all get a pair of boots for $100....can't beat that! Not to mention that might just run into a country star while in town!

Savannah, Georgia.

It could be the moss covered squares. It could be the rich history. It could be the ghosts or that my favorite book of all time - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - is set in this coastal Georgia town. Quite possibly it might the open container law.... I don't know which one it is, but this is one of my favorite cities to escape to! I spent my 21st birthday, NYE 2010, and most recently Erin's Bachelorette Party in Savannah. Here are my favorite places to go.... Belfords, The Olde Pink House, Bernies Oyster Bar, Savannah Smiles and Bohemian Rooftop Bar.

Atlanta, Georgia
I might be a little partial to this town seeing as how it is only a mere 50-60 minute drive from Athens. If you want to shop til you drop, dine a like a queen, see sights like a tourist and relax in the lap of luxury this is the city for you!! I could write post after post on what to do, where to go, where to stay but I've narrowed down pretty much my favorite places for you to visit. Best Brunch - Einsteins. Favorite Bar - Buckhead Bottle Bar. Shopping - Lenox and Phipps. Stay - W Midtown, Loews Hotel, The Georgian Terrace or The Glenn. See A Show - Fox Theatre. Tourists - The Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Piedmont Park, Fernbank and Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Last but not least......

Charleston, South Carolina

The first time I went here it was a spur of the moment, crazy fly by the seat of my pants decision to go. You see the night before we left was my first date with Brad....the next day I was packing my bags and taking off to Charleston with him. Crazy? Yes. Insane? Absolutely. But I have never taken a trip that has stuck with me like Charleston has. A friend of mine who knew I was going said..."You'll never want to come back" and she was right. The rich history, the food, King Street shopping and all the walking made me a little sad to come home that Sunday night. You can read about that crazy weekend here and here.

I love Athens. If I could stay here forever I would. But if the opportunity presented itself for me to move to God's Country, I would. In a heartbeat. Hands down no questions.

Speaking of Athens - Athens, Georgia - Home of UGA, REM, B52's, Widespread Panic, The Tree That Owns Itself, Georgia Theatre and 60 - yes sixty - bars within a four block radius! Home Sweet Home!!

What are some of your favorite cities?? Better yet got any Northern cities to recommend? I've always wanted to go to Boston and Chicago! Share with me! 

Thanks for letting me takeover today Aileen! I hope that you are having a great vacation :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

hello from Vienna

I thought I'd check in, see how you all were, and to tell you I can't wait to fully share about our trip!

The Chef and I have been having the most fabulous time sight seeing, stuffing ourselves, and soaking up time together. We have packed so much in already, and I wish that time would slow down. So far, we've done London and are coming to the end of Vienna before heading to Salzburg, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait for photos because I can't upload them. And I'll have plenty of eats, sights, and packing tips when we get back.

Now to wake up the Chef from his nap, so we can keep going! I hope you've been enjoying the fabulous guest bloggers! Be sure to stop by their blogs and leave them some love.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

One of our last meals at home before jet setting, the chef made juicy grilled pork tenderloin. 

He served it over a bed of wild rice, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, and sauteed spinach. It was tasty and filling without over-stuffing us. It's a definite keeper from EMeals. 

Recipe from EMeals: serves 2
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs honey
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb pork tenderloin

Preheat grill to medium heat (the chef used our George Forman because we don't have a grill)
Combine oil, honey, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Rub mixture over tenderloin and grill for 20-25mins or until thermometer reads 145 degrees, turning once. Transfer to a cutting board. Let stand for 5mins before slicing

For side dish:
1 Tbs olive oil
5oz baby spinach
2 Tbs pine nuts toasted (used sunflower seeds)
1 oz crumbled goat cheese
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Wild rice

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add spinach, cook, stirring constantly, 2mins or just until wilted.
Season to taste with salt and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzle with lemon juice. Cook rice according to package.

Serve tenderloin over bed of rice and spinach. Enjoy!

Linking up with Jessica and Ashley

Monday, May 20, 2013

London Calling

Hi, y’all! I’m Brittany from Life as the Mrs. Aileen asked me to guest post while she’s jet-setting
in Europe {so jealous!} and I was happy to oblige. I “met” Aileen when Kelly at Kelly’s Korner did
a link-up, and it’s been so fun getting to know her – and other bloggers – through that process.
Making blog friends is something I just love.

Just a little bit about me: I’m married to my husband of almost three years, Brandon, and we live
in a little suburb of Dallas with our crazy thinks-he-is-a-dog cat, Oliver. We just bought our first
house last September and are always busy making it “home.” I work for a local school district doing
communications, and Brandon is a business development manager for a recruiting firm. I recently
made my blog public after about three years of blogging…what a change! My blog is so random:
recipes, my favorite things, Oliver-isms and of course, my life as a wife.

I have been living vicariously through Aileen and her prepping-for-London posts; it is my favorite
city in the world! I studied abroad in London when I was in college for an entire summer, and
boy, was it the best summer of my life. Baylor University {my beloved alma mater} hosts a
fabulous study abroad program every summer called “Baylor in Great Britain.” When I heard about
the opportunity, I jumped at the chance – after sweetly talking my parents into it, swearing on
everything I’d take my studies seriously while overseas – and was packed about a month before
our plane was wheels up. {You think I’m kidding…}

But the only problem was, I didn’t have a roommate. When talking to my fellow sorority sisters
about it, one of them went to high school with one, who also coincidentally went to Baylor, and
promised she wasn’t a crazy psycho. Ha! I met the girl and thought, “Okay, she can be my
roommate. She’s normal. I like her.” Little did I know, we’d get along fabulously and become best
friends – and that she’d be in my wedding three years later. {Shout out to Laura!}

Anyway, a few months later, we boarded our British Airways flight from Houston to London Gatwick
to Rome {we spent a week in Italy before our time in London} and were off. That summer, we
explored. Baylor’s program made you take one three-hour class, but of course my parents made
me take two three-hour classes {ha!} and while I was frustrated with them at the time, it totally
worked out because I got to graduate from Baylor a semester early. We were up early every day
for the class, and then after lunch had the entire day to explore, eat and do whatever we want. The
only caveat was that we had to be back for class the next morning. {Side note: When I think about
my parents letting me jaunt all over Europe as a 20-year-old, I get so nervous and wonder if I’ll
ever let my kids do that. I think I’ve seen “Taken” one too many times!}

It was a totally different life than the one we live here. We walked everywhere we could and
eventually got to the point where we didn’t even need the map to get from Point A to Point B on the
tube. We wandered High Street Kensington, popping into TopShop, Jigsaw and H&M {there wasn’t
even one in the United States at that point!} and indulging in Wagamama…and of course having
alcohol any time we wanted because the drinking age there was 18! Ha! {Sorry, mom…}

We visited Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and even had a private tour of Westminster Abbey.
We spent our days at the British Museum; saw the Dead Sea Scrolls; ate crepes al fresco; saw
“Wicked” and “Les Miserables”; giggled every time we got on the tube and the lady’s voice said,
“Mind the gap!”; and shopped with every other tourist at Harrod’s and on Portobello Road.

Laura and I left Paddington Station and spent a weekend {following fellow boy students who we
thought were just soooo cute} in Scotland, watching the British Open; spending the night in a
“Harry Potter”-esque attic room; and wondering if we were ever going to get warm with the cold
rain constantly falling.

Our dorm at Imperial College was right next to Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park
and Knightsbridge. We walked by famous sites and almost took it for granted, I think! We would
buy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from a local little convenience store and would eat it with wooden
spoons while wandering the streets and planning how we could move to London. {Leaving that city
from London Heathrow was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.}

We wish every single day we could go back, and will even text each other randomly to this day with
funny inside jokes from our trip that only we understand.

If you ever have a chance to visit the beautiful city of London, I’d suggest you do. It’s a city that will
always hold a special place in my heart, and one I can’t wait to travel back to with my husband.

Can’t wait to see your pictures when you get back, Aileen! Hope you’re having a wonderful time!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Savannah Eats

Last week was a bit hectic and I didn't have a chance to share with you our Savannah eats, so I thought I'd share them for Taste of Tuesday instead of the usual recipe. I hope that's ok with Ashley and Jessica

Even though it was a rainy weekend, we trekked through the water to find some great food spots. The first night, we tried Elizabeth on 37th. The food was excellent even if the atmosphere was a little stuffy and needed a younger crowd. 

I tried two appetizers for my entree: the tomato, pesto, mozzarella salad, and the shrimp parmesan boat. Both were very tasty. 

We stopped by a few bars before topping the night off at Lulu's Chocolate Bar where each of us ordered different delicious desserts with tall cold glasses of milk. The peanut butter chocolate pie was incredibly rich (aka I had to work it off at PB the next day) but I ate almost the whole piece. by. myself. 

Mallory introduced me to macaroons on this trip. She found a cute macaroon shop online with fabulous reviews and it did not disappoint. I might end up eating my weight in macaroons while we're in Paris! 

The second night, we tried Boar's Head Grill and Tavern a more casual spot located along the River Walk. I enjoyed a juicy burger and fries before I was surprised with a birthday cake from my sweet friends. Amy ordered a strawberry and chocolate cake. It was unbelievable.
I brought it home and proceeded to eat a piece for breakfast after my night shifts last week.

Needless to say, it was a fabulous weekend full of friends, food, and fun! You should definitely put Savannah on your list of places to visit even if just for food alone.

Linking up with Jessica and Ashley

Monday, May 13, 2013

Birthday and Mother's Day!

Thank you so much for everyone who linked up and shopped last week! It was so much fun to shop other blogger's closets. 

We had such a great, relaxing weekend at home. Not to sound like oldies but sometimes it's nice to stay home and rest. 

My mom and sister came into town and spent the night with us on Thursday. I pulled myself out of bed early in the afternoon (post night shift), so E and I could soak up some sun and chat poolside. 

Mom surprised me with these beautiful spring flowers, birthday banners, and a mountain of cutely wrapped, early birthday presents. She also made the most delicious white cake with mocha frosting. (I have been eating my way through it ALL weekend!) She knows me well! 

We also celebrated HER by making English muffin french toast topped with strawberries and presents for Mother's Day. It was so much fun celebrating what a fabulous mom she is.

Saturday, I spent the morning and early afternoon at the pool, while the chef golfed and got groceries. We loved church this weekend and as always, was challenged by the message. Afterwards, we ate a delicious dinner at Lilly's Pizza in Durham before meeting co-workers at a birthday bash at Fullsteam. It was so much fun going out with them, and I can't wait to spend time again outside of the hospital.

I found and purchased the cutest carryon for our trip but unfortunately it is way too small for a carryon, and there isn't a larger size. Bummer. So, I'm going with the boring neutral black carryon. And the packing has begun! Our guest bedroom is a staging area so that I don't forget anything.

I hope the next three days go by quickly because I only have three shifts before vacation!! Come on Friday! 

Linking up with Shami, LeeAnn, and Sarah

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Clothing & Accessory Blog SALE!

I'm so excited to co-host this blog sale with Ashley and shop your closets! And I hope someone will be able to use items I have loved.

To sell your items, link up with your blog post below! Be sure to include photos of each item and sizes, whether it's jewelry, accessories, shoes, or clothing, with your price. Please be clear with your buyers about what form of payment you're accepting and whether shipping is included. And please remember to link back to Ashley and me, so we can reach more shoppers.
I've posted lots of clothes, so let me know if you're interested by leaving a comment or emailing me at Just remember, I will only be accepting payments through PayPal.

Happy Shopping!

Target Mossimo
size: S
$15 + shipping

Gap jacket
size: XS
$15 + shipping

Lucca top
size: S
$10 + shipping

Target Mossimo top
size: XS
$5 + shipping

Target: Mossimo Tissue Tee
size: M
$5 + shipping

Kohl's: Lauren Conrad top
size: S, new with tags
$10 + shipping (originally $40)

Kohl's top

Old Navy navy turtle neck
size: S
$3 + shipping
Banana Republic ruffle cardigan
size: Petite Small
$20 + shipping

Target Mossimo short black cardigan
size: S
$8 + shipping

Target Merona green casual pants
size: 6
$10 + shipping 

Target Mossimo gray cardigan
size: XS
$10 + shipping
Target Mossimo stripped 3/4 length top
size: S
$8 + shipping

Target Mossimo long sweater
size: XS
$8 + shipping

Bill Levkoff Style 110, color: Pewter
size: 2, worn once
alteration done: extra fabric behind shoulder removed
see here for more photos
$80 + shipping (paid $215)  
Gap grey dress
size: 2
$10 + shipping

Target Mossimo polka dot dress
size: XS (but fits like a small)
$15 + shipping 

Target Mossimo brown dress
size: S
$10 + shipping 

Old Navy yellow and navy dress
size: XS (worn twice)
$15 + shipping 
Melissa Sweet gold dress (strapless)
size: 4
$50 + shipping 
Gap black strapless dress
size: 6
$15 + shipping 
Ashley and I are not responsible for any sales conducted through other blog posts.