2.28.2014

The Haps & The Craps

The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 57th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST . Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your hosts. It's not mandatory, but we appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Steph or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies



HAPPIES

I ran a bunch of errands yesterday. I had to buy some gifts for a few showers coming up, pick up my contacts, take some clothes to Plato's Closet, etc. I always feel so accomplished on days like those.

My BFF, Jillian, is having her baby shower this weekend. I can't wait to celebrate her baby boy! I got her some pretty awesome gifts, if I do say so myself. ;)

Grey's Anatomy is BACK!!! To say I'm excited is an understatement. It's just in time because in a few weeks PLL will be gone, which is NOT a happy :(


We had chicken fried rice for dinner last night. My fave dinners are the quick, easy and delicious ones. It only took me like 15 min to make and the clean up was even better, ya know - because Nate does it. ;)

CRAPPIES

I am dealing with my kidney stones again. I was having a pretty good run with not being too bothered by them lately. But they attacked me this week. NOT good. I was in tears, not only from pain but of frustration over these stupid things.

I'm in the process of planning my BFF Stephanie's bachelorette party, and while that is a HAPPY, it's a crappy on how hard it is to plan. Trying to make sure everyone can do it at the same time, getting a hotel booked, plans squared away and all while keeping this a surprise isn't an easy feat.

Annnd, as I was finishing up this post, my computer just shut down all on it's own. GAH. I need a new computer so badly!

Now it's your turn! Write your Happies & Crappies from the week, and come back to link up with us!



2.26.2014

2014 To-Read Book List

My to-read list is ever growing. I'm constantly adding to it as I find new books. While there's never an end in sight, it's still exciting to see that list grow as I receive recommendations from friends and family.

I previously mentioned that I had set a goal for myself to read 40 books in 2014. I have way more than 40 that I have yet to read that I already own. So, I've told myself that I can't buy anymore books until I finish the ones I already own. If they're gifted to me - well, now that's another story. ;)

So, here are the books on my to-read list for 2014:


Books that I've already finished this year:


The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Currently Reading:


Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

What I have to look forward to the remaining of 2014 (in no specific order):


Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Love, Lust & Faking It by Jenny McCarthy
Jemima J by Jane Green
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Falling Star by Diana Dempsey
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Love The One You're With by Emily Giffin
Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
Never Tell by Alafair Burke
A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus
Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
Straight Talking by Jane Green


Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
That Wedding by Jillian Dodd
The Fourth Sunrise by H.T. Night
Overexposed by Susan Shapiro
Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

What's on YOUR to-read list? Gimme your recs, I'm always looking for new books to add!

2.21.2014

Happies & Crappies

The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 56th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST . Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your hosts. It's not mandatory, but we appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Steph or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies



HAPPIES

This week has absolutely flown by!!! I can't believe it's already Friday. What a whirlwind. I always like when the weekend is finally here, even when it is jam packed full of things. :)

Two of my BFFs, Meg and Stephanie finally announced their pregnancies!! I love when my sweet friends make babies.

The sun came out this week! it's finally nice and sun-shiny. And that?? Is a definite happy!



Grey's Anatomy is back next week!!! I am so stinkin' excited. Obviously I've had Pretty Little Liars to keep me occupied, but I've always been excited when Grey's is on.


CRAPPIES

I had to take my sweet pup in for his yearly vet visit. I know, it's what I'm supposed to do and it's what's best for him. But that still doesn't make him hate me any less. he looks at me with the saddest eyes as if he's saying "I thought you loved me, why would you let them do this to me?" breaks my heart all the time.



I wasn't home before 9pm one single day this week. I'm exhausted. SO many things to do and I feel like I'm go-go-go constantly. I hate it. And.. the end isn't in sight. Not fun.

And another week has passed with only one post per week. Sorry y'all. I hate to admit it, but blogging is on the back burner for me right now. I have a horrible sense of time management, and it's just one thing I'm having a hard time fitting into the mix with everything else I'm trying to juggle.


Now it's your turn! Write up your post and come link up your H&C with us!



2.14.2014

The Happies & The Crappies

The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 55th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST . Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your hosts. It's not mandatory, but we appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Steph or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

HAPPIES

It's Valentine's Day!! So, be sure and be a sweetheart today. See what I did there? ;) 

I had Chipotle at least twice this week. I should be ashamed, but I'm not. Haha. It's my favorite, my happy place, and one of the restaurants that's super easy for me to eat at while I'm challenging!



I had a doctors appointment yesterday that I was very anxious about. And happily - for no reason. It ended up being nothing at all that I assumed. I'm OK :)

I got my new aztec sweater from Avery Lane in the mail this week, and I lalalaLOVE it. I wore it yesterday and I can't even count the number of compliments I received. Everyone loved it!


CRAPPIES

Binky is currently barking his head off while I have a ginormous headache. He's a little pain sometimes.

The skin on my hands looks super horrible right now. Thank goodness we have some warmer weather coming, so my dry skin can heal!

Your turn! Tell us your Happies & Crappies this week!



2.13.2014

Chicken Noodle Soup {Recipe}

Last week when it snowed IN TEXAS (I know right?!) I had a major craving for chicken noodle soup. I shared my bowl on Instagram and some of you were interested in the recipe. Since I didn't take good pictures the first time around, I had the perfect excuse to make this yummy dish again so I could snap a few pics to share with y'all.


A big ol' bowl of YUM right there. I promise you'll really love this. It's perfect any time, but especially on those cold nights when you just need a good, warm meal to warm your bones.

First, let's gather all of our necessary ingredients.


2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
4 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 c. cooked pasta of your choice
5 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. black pepper
3 cloves of garlic

Now, let's get this soup going!

First, drizzle some olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add your garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion is tender.

Add in the broth and season with basil, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Once it's boiling, turn heat to low and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

Add in your pasta and bring to a boil.

Add chicken and leave on medium heat for 5-10 minutes to heat through.

Ladle into bowls, serve and enjoy!!

Side notes:
*I always boil my chicken and shred beforehand. I typically take 2 breasts, cut each in half, and boil for 15-20 minutes. Once they're cooled, I shred with 2 forks.
*You can use as many or as little veggies as you like. The celery and carrots come out to about a cup each. On the carrots, I don't use the whole carrots, I just use whatever I have on hand (which is usually carrot chips) and chop those up.
*For the onion, if it's mild, I may use a whole medium sized one. If it's strong (my eyes are badly watering), I'll only use a half of one.
*The usual noodle of choice for this soup is egg noodles. However, I prefer whole wheat pasta and couldn't find wheat egg noodles. The rotini has a similar substance as the egg noodle though.
*I usually always end up adding some chicken broth in the end. Once I get everything added in, and the pasta absorbs some of the broth, it usually needs more. 

Let me know if you try this. I hope you enjoy! 

2.07.2014

Hap, Hap, Hap & Crap!

The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 54th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST . Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your host. It's not mandatory, but I appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Steph or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies





HAPPIES

We got snow yesterday!!! Which means a possible snow day, today. More on that to come! But this time it was ACTUAL snow, not ice like we normally get. It was so pretty!


Nate wasn't super excited to pose for a pic in the cold when we were already running late to work, but he did so anyway because he likes to humor me. ;)

I get to see my BFF/co-host Stephanie tomorrow!!! I'm headed to a blogger meetup in Waco. I am so excited to see her and meet other awesome bloggers that I can't wait to call friends! :)

So far, I've done really well in my Chemistry class. Receiving all points on my homework and lab reports. SCORE. hopefully I can keep it up throughout the semester. Fingers crossed!

I made the most yummy Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner last night. Spaghetti was on the menu, but with the cold, I was really in the mood for something deliciously warm and hearty. So, I whipped up this little ditty.


I didn't really take ingredient pictures :-/ I hate when I forget to do that. let me round 'em up again and I'll share the recipe for you guys next week here on the blog.

CRAPPIES

I know I mentioned the snow in my happies, but I get a tad cranky in the cold sometimes. The snow is pretty and since it doesn't come often, it's a happy. But the cold is NOT a happy. I like to be warm. Where is Spring!?

I'm doing my 10 day cleanse right now, so I'm having to eat clean. Which is fine, but when I get a craving for something I know I shouldn't/can't have, it's a downer. Like it really sucks. I know it's going to be worth it in the end, but sometimes I just want some sugar in my mouth! #thatswhatshesaid


I feel like this one is repetitive, but I went yet another week without posting on the blog. :-/ I'm lacking serious motivation y'all. Tell me where you find the motivation and inspiration to write worthy posts.

Now it's your turn! Link up with us so we can see what your Happies & Crappies from the week are!! :)



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