11.26.2011

Thanksgiving Break Recap in photos!

Whew! I have been on the go ever since I got back for Thanksgiving break over a week ago! I absolutely love spending time with my family and friends and really would be ok if I didn't have to head back to school today :( I hope these next two and a half weeks fly by so I can be back home! 

Anyways, this short 10 day break has been great! I have been really great at taking pictures some places & other places really horrible. I have gotten to see Hunter (forgot to take pictures) and spent a lot of time with family....here are some photos to catch you up!

I.....

...bought my mom a David Yurman ring for Christmas!


...baked the absolute best Pumpkin Spice Cake that everyone loved!

...ate my weight in dessert (Bravo's Cheesecake is TDF!)

...bought Dingo a Christmas sweater....that he hated!

...put up all of our Christmas trees!

...with my sisters

...played a lot with this little fella!

...forced Dingo to swing, and he liked it!

....went to the park with Dingo.

....played on the swing with him.

....of course hung out with my wonderful mommy!


There you have it! My week in a nutshell!



Now, I am finishing up my last 2.5 weeks on my senior fall semester! I am ready to get these weeks over with! I think I am going to visit Hunter in his new apartment this weekend, and my parents are coming up the weekend after that! With all of those exciting things I can definitely make it through the end of the semester!

PS: Check out College Prepster's Marley Lilly Necklace Giveaway! I absolutely love ML & these necklaces! Go enter :)


11.23.2011

Thanksgiving Recipes I Love

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love being surrounded by family and home cooked southern food! My mom and I are busy coking and getting everything ready for Thanksgiving dinner at our house tomorrow. Our home smells so good right now, I can't wait for tomorrow! Every year there are certain foods I look forward to....these two this year are my favorite!

{1} Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole is one of my favorite sides for Thanksgiving. I am a huge lover of sweet potatoes, but this is just over-the-top goodness! 

What you need...
  • 5 – 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 (10.5 oz) package miniature marshmallows

Place sweet potatoes in a large pot of boiling water. Boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350˚F.
Drain the potatoes and return to pot, away from heat. Mash in the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and orange juice. Spread evenly in a greased 9- x 13- inch pan. Top with marshmallows.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.

{2} Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
I think we ALL know by now how much I love anything pumpkin related...and desserts are no exclusion. This year I am making a pumpkin spice cake that I might keep all to myself


What you need...
Spice Cake

  • 1 package plain spice cake mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 Cup pumpkin, canned or mashed fresh
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 box powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly mist baking pans with spray and set aside.

Place the cake mix, pudding mix, pumpkin, oil, water, eggs, cinnamon, and ginger in a large mixing bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.  Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed.  The batter should look thick and well blended.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.  Place the pans in the oven.

Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 32-35 minutes.  Remove the pans from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.  Frost with cream cheese frosting, or frosting of choice.



What are your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes?

11.21.2011

Outfits of Days Past

Oh my word, I have not blogged in two days, what has gotten into me! I have been so busy being home and enjoying family time. I hope these next few days I can catch up on everyone's blogs! Anyways, I am the queen of taking OOTD pictures but not posting them. So in lieu of not posting them, here are a ton of photos for my readers! Enjoy! I hope to be back to regular blogging this week... :)

Outfit # 1
Top: Old Navy / Vest: L.L. Bean / Jeans: Joes / Shoes: Wallabees                   

Outfit # 2
Top: Ralph Lauren / Bottoms: AG Jeans / Shoes: L.L. Bean Boots / Accessories: DY, MK, Pandora
                   
Outfit # 3 
 Top: J.Crew / Wrap: Old Navy / Jeans: J.Crew /  Boots: Old Navy                          
Outfit # 4
Top: Old Navy / Scarf: Anthropologie / Cords: J.Crew / Pants: J.Crew / Shoes: Target flats                  
Outfit #5
Top: J.Crew / Cardigan: J.Crew / Scarf: Francesca's
Outfit # 6                                                       
Top: Banana Republic / Jeans: AG Jeans / Shoes: L.L. Bean Boots / Scarf: World Market 
Outfit # 7
                                  (same outfit + jacket) / Jacket: Mountain Hardwear
*note: It was snowing heavily outside!!*

Outfit # 8
Top: J.Crew / Wrap: Frenchi @ Nordstrom / Pants: J.Crew Pixie Pants / Shoes: Target

Outfit # 9
Top: Nordstrom / Bottoms: J.Crew Pixie Pants

11.16.2011

The Birthday Girl!

Today, my wonderful mom turns 4-3! She has always been my mom from day one, but I think the best day was when I finally realized she was one of my best friends. I'm not going to lie and say we've always had a great relationship because we haven't! I think I gave her plenty of fits and back talked and was just a hormonal middle schooler! I definitely made her want to pull her hair out some days, I'm sure... maybe even toss my mean butt out of the car! I'm glad she didn't though :) 


Around high school is when we became super close. We've always had an open relationship with each other, but that grew even more so! Now that I'm in college and away from her it is hard. We talk almost every day though whether it's through texting, phone calls, or email. I never feel like I am too far away! I definitely get home sick though. I miss our lunches, our drinking martinis and reading on the deck, and of course the trips to Ed McKays to get more books! 


I was lucky enough to be able to go home for the night this past Saturday and spend the night with her & my family! She had made some wonderful food, we played black jack and just enjoyed everyone's company! I wish I could be home for her birthday today, but I will be there on Friday for a late celebration!


We are all so thankful for you to be our mom and to be in our family. We really appreciate all that you do for us, even if we sometimes forget to tell you! 



If you're reading this mom, I love you SO much and I hope you have the best day, you deserve it! I love you :) 


xoxo
your mini-me!


*also, don't forget to ask any question here so I can answer them! :) 

11.14.2011

You've got Questions?

Hello everyone! I am extremely busy with writing a pointless research paper, but I had to keep to my "blog everyday" promise! 



Q & A

I thought it would be fun for everyone to be able to ask me any question(s) & do a little Question/Answer post in the next few days! Feel free to ask me any & all kinds of questions! 




Happy Monday, everyone

11.13.2011

Christmas Wish list!


Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I love the hustle and bustle of everyone all around, the message of Christmas, the smell of everything from Christmas trees to delicious food, getting to spend time with all of my family, and shopping for others. Weird enough, I love buying presents for other people! I always try to think outside the box and get everyone something different they will enjoy! I may do a blog post about what I am getting everyone too! Now, that's not to say I don't love getting presents for myself either....because I definitely do. Each year I make a Christmas list. Every year things change so much on it. Now you can definitely tell I'm getting older by the things I ask for! Here are some items on my list this year! 

1) Luggage
I have plenty of bags and luggage, but not a set. Most of mine are very girly (read: Vera Bradley) and I have learned they don't stand up against the weather elements. With graduation right around the corner I have decided I need a nice set of luggage for traveling, business, etc! (not the one pictured!)


2) MK by Michael Kors Perfume
I tried this with my mom and absolutely fell in love with the smell. Coincidentally I am in need of new perfume since my Marc Jacobs is almost out! 

3) Patagonia Retro X Jacket
I am a Patagonia lover and I really love this jacket! It is the perfect casual jacket! 
4) Monogram Ring
My current monogram ring has had its fair share of wear, so it is time for a new one, with a new shape!

5)Faux Fur Vest
I have been on the search for one for quite some time! I haven't been able to find one that I like or that's reasonably priced.... if anyone knows of anywhere that has one with those qualifications, let me know!

6) Leather Gloves
Leather gloves are so chic, but also keep your hands warm....and that's necessary for the winter I will be enduring!
7) Dooney & Bourke Dillon II Satchel
I am not a big D&B fan, but I absolutely love this bag. I liked it last year too, but passed it up and I shouldn't have! 

11.10.2011

Hey it's Ok + a Winner


Its Ok Thursdays
I am linking up with the wonderful Neely for Hey it's Ok Thursday! I look forward to this every week....maybe it's because I want an excuse to make everything "ok" that I do HA. 

Hey, It's Ok....

to be really excited that you registered for your last semester of college. ever. 

to be counting down the days until Thanksgiving so you can have an excuse to eat a lot. 

to also have a countdown for Christmas in your planner.... yes, I do.

to already have your Christmas tree up! 

to be ecstatic about some very important things Hunter and I talked about last night!!! ;)

to be SUPER excited that Hunter got the job he had been interviewing for!!!! 

to be happy that Hunter is coming to visit me this weekend & we're celebrating him getting a job!

to be that nerd that will be watching HP7.2 tomorrow when it comes out....again.

to have a winner for the Swell Caroline Giveaway!!!!!!


congrats!! Email me @ ehn410@gmail.com 


11.08.2011

Top 5 Tuesday: Shopping

Just Peachy
I am linking up with Rachel from Just Peachy for her link up, Top 5 Tuesday! I sometimes randomly think of blogging idea, so naturally when I thought of Top 5 Tuesday ideas I sent them on to her and she used one of them :) The theme this week is where you like to shop.


1.J.Crew
I have an obsession with J.Crew. More than half of my closet is J.Crew. I love their classic, yet trendy style. And their affordability. My obsession only got worse when I began working at one of their factory outlet stores. Seriously, I love everything they have.

2. Nordstrom
I don't think I have ever walked into Nordstrom and left with nothing. Ever. They have a great mix of affordable, trendy, and designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and all else! Plus, their customer service is wonderful...and that keeps me coming back every time!

3. Boutiques




In my hometown there are so many boutiques. They each have their individual styles and clothing brands, but that makes it so fun! Some of my favorites are:

4) Forever 21
I like more classic items of clothing, but Forever 21 is perfect for buying trendy pieces that won't be so trendy in a year! The price point is perfect, and the items are of decent quality for their price point! 

5) Target
Target just reels me in. There isn't one in my college town, but when I go home I am constantly heading to Target for one thing or another! And I somehow always find really great items from cute ponchos and leggings to shoes! 

Where do you like to shop?
Don't forget to enter my Swell Carolina Giveaway! It ends on Thursday






11.07.2011

Here's to New Friends and Old

After spending a wonderful weekend with my family at home, I headed back up the mountain to spend a wonderful Sunday with friends...new and old! Ashley and I have been friends since our freshman/sophomore year in college. I was thrilled when she began blogging! We are a lot alike and have a lot of the same following on our blogs. One of them being, Crystal, from Coffee at Nordstrom. We both instantly hit it off with her! It was almost fate that she was going to be passing through NC, so of course we had to plan a meet up....and I am so glad we did! I love this girl, she is more awesome IRL than she is on her blog...if possible! We started the day off meeting at Ashley's and all met and "caught up." We had a full girls day planned together!

*warning: photo overload in this post*



Our first stop of the afternoon was Mast General Store....when in Boone, you must visit here! Barrels full of all kinds of candy is too good to not indulge! We all indulged in our favorite candies! We walked around our downtown area and just showed Crystal around!


We then headed to the Shoppes on the Parkway to get a little retail therapy in! Crystal got the cute scarf pictured above, and Ashley got a cute headband and some socks! Afterwards, we headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway! It was the perfect day for it. Sunny and not too chilly. We got to all just hang out and talk while playing around on the Parkway! We definitely hit it off and laughed quite a lot.....awkward engagement photo shoot was going on, anyone? Playing in the leaves..... It was definitely a good time!
HA, I had to throw this in....it's too funny not to! don't judge
By the time we were done on the Parkway, it was time for dinner! We ate at a wonderful local Italian restaurant! After dinner we had a wine night! We spend the rest of the night eating (yes, again.) and laughing until our stomachs hurt! 

I am beyond thrilled that we finally got to meet Crystal....and that she wasn't a 50 year old man behind her blog. We had an absolute blast. It was like we had been best friends forever, and now I know it will be that way! We are already planning our next get together! And of course, Ashley and I will be roadtripping with our boys to her Wedding in June! Woo hoo.

So, here's to new friends and to old...and the many memories that we have made so far...and the ones that only we will enjoy!! Ha, love you ladies! 

11.04.2011

I 'nail'ed it!

I hinted at a nail post in my WILW post, so here it is! It's no secret that I love nail polish & just the process of painting my nails. I paint mine at least twice a week (if not more!) A single chip and....bam....my nails are being painted! I know a few bloggers are this way as well, so I thought y'all would enjoy this. I decided to mix a little pinterest & my own nails in this post... Enjoy!


Pinterest has definitely inspired me to be a little more "fun" with my nails! Here are some of the nail styles I have worn lately! I am a lover of all kinds of nail polish... OPI, Essie, Orly, Ulta, Sally Hansen....if it's a great color I'll take it!

It looks a little more pink in this picture, but it's more salmon-like.
This is brown with light pink sparkles! I love these sparkles because they are easy to come off! This is Ulta's Tink-Her-Bell
This is grey with the muppet OPI sparkles over it...They are HARD to get off. It frustrated me.
Basic red, perfect for fall.
This light brown I have on now and it is my favorite. (I don't know the name off the top of my head, I'm home for the weekend and my polish is at my college apartment!)
These are the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. To be honest, I really didn't like them. The idea of stick on (and remove with nail polish remover) was great, but they didn't shape well or 100% fit to my nail. I'm not sure I would waste the $10 on these again....That could've gotten me a new OPI!! *I took these off one day after putting them on because they were already chipping*


What fall nail trends are you loving?
Don't forget to enter my Swell Caroline Giveaway

11.03.2011

Swell Caroline Giveaway!


It's that time again! In honor of having over 400 wonderful followers I decided to host a little giveaway for everyone! I am hosting a Swell Caroline giveaway! Swell Caroline has graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway on my blog! I will be giving away one starboard bangle. I think they are so cute and it's something everyone will love! You will be able to choose your color! 



Ways to Enter...

Required: Follow me via GFC or bloglovin'
Extra Entries
"Like" Swell Caroline on Facebook
"Follow" Swell Caroline on Twitter
Visit the Swell Caroline Website and tell me your favorite piece(s)! 

This giveaway will end one week from today, November 10! I will choose the winner on November 11! good luck 

11.02.2011

WILW

Happy hump day everyone! I don't know about y'all but I am so ready for the weekend! I haven't linked up with Jamie in a while for WILW, so I thought today would be perfect, since there is so much to love!! 

I am loving that my little 'ole blog hit over 400 followers last night! It has come so far and I have made so many wonderful ladies through it! *be on the lookout for a giveaway soon*

I am loving that it is almost the weekend and that I am going home to see my family and this little cutie! 
He gets so excited when he sees my car that he cries! How sweet!
I am loving that I got a B on my english midterm (read: I haven't read nearly anything in that class and somehow pulled that off!)

I am loving the bag that arrived that I won from blog friend, Crystal's blog!

I am loving that it is Wednesday....which means Revenge comes on! I am obsessed with this show. 

I am loving  that it is officially my favorite season(s)...Thanksgiving & Christmas. Pinterest has definitely helped me love it more by having the best craft & decor ideas!


Happy Wednesday, everyone!! We're so close to the weekend! 

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