Friday, November 27, 2015

Five on Friday {November 27, 2015}

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Before I hop into my Black Friday online shopping spree, here's a quick look at the 5 things I'm loving this week.


Thanksgiving just had to take the #1 spot this week, especially because we got ridiculously lucky with the weather. It was a perfect, low 60s kind of day here in New Jersey so we were able to enjoy our appetizers outside by the fire pit.

It's just not an Italian Thanksgiving without a yummy bowl of my dad's famous pasta e fagioli soup! And of course, there was more than enough of all of the traditional dishes to go around.

How did you celebrate the holiday this year?

LA & T Thanksgiving

Earlier this week, T and I made our own mini-Thanksgiving feast at home. Not only was it a delicious excuse to have even more of our favorite holiday foods (you can pass the green bean casserole this way, please) but it was really nice to have some time to ourselves to focus on all the things we have to be thankful for this year. Plus, I finally got to try out the multi-colored leaf sugar cookies that I've had pinned for a few years!

RBL Sale Stash

While M and I were devastated to learn that our beloved Rescue Beauty Lounge was closing its doors forever, we both took full advantage of their big going out of business sale (well, I was semi-restrained with purchasing 6 polishes...M might have put just a few more bottles in her shopping cart!). We're already mourning the loss of this fantastic company, but at least we still have some new glittery, shiny polishes to help ease the pain!

Iron Bowl
Me at the beginning of the season, wondering..."What am I in for?"
This season has been my first one following college football, thanks to T's undying love of the Alabama Crimson Tide. I've had a blast learning more about the game and the team's key players, so I'm super excited for tomorrow's Iron Bowl to watch the big rivalry game against Auburn. We'll be cheering along during our game watch complete with houndstooth napkins, team logo Jell-o molds, and tons of game day snacks (hey, any excuse for a theme party!). I know many of you are also college football fans...who are you rooting for?

Even my parents are getting into the "Roll Tide!" spirit!

20 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I am ready to fully embrace all things Christmas! I love getting creative with gift wrap, and this article is filled with tons of beautiful wrapping ideas that I've never seen before. 

I hope you're all still spending time with your family and friends and enjoying a long holiday weekend!

Cheers to AprilAmandaJennieKarliRebecca, Katie, Heather, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve Round-up

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Gals! I’m can’t wait to indulge in all of my favorite fall foods tomorrow (with a healthy side of wine!) and spend the day with my family. I was lucky enough to take off from work on Friday, but for today, I’m stuck counting down the hours until it’s time to go home. So I thought it’d be fun to round up some of my favorite links from the week in case anyone else is stuck at work too and needs a fun distraction or two!

I'm not one for discussing politics, so SNL totally nailed it last week with this skit

This list of Christmas gifts from the 90's gave me all the nostalgia

I'm definitely guilty of feeding Miss Fred table scraps, so this was a good reminder to be careful on what I'm giving her.

One word - Piecaken

I'm totally intrigued by this concept - would you try out a mattress in a box?

And last - There are still a couple days left to enter the fabulous Nordstrom giveaway hosted by Pamela in honor of her 2 year blogiversary, so be sure to enter!

Hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Favorites

I know that we technically still have another month of autumn but once we hit Black Friday, I'm going to be 100% all about Christmas, all the time, so I'm sneaking in just under the wire with this collection of my fall favorites (thanks to Emelia for tagging me to share!). There are oh-so-many things that I love about this beautiful season, so here are just a few of my top picks:

Favorite Autumn Candle
I went a bit cray-cray on the candles this fall because my old apartment had an insane ban against all candles written into my lease (ridiculous, right?!) so this was my first full season of candle freedom in years! I tried out plenty of different fabulous scents from Bath & Body Works but my top favorites are two of their best-selling classics...Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Leaves! I started many weekend mornings these past few weeks with a cup of coffee, a good book, and a lovely fall candle :) 

Favorite Sweet Treat

These Gingersnap Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches will forever be insanely delicious! Since they are bite-size, it's totally fine to sneak an extra sandwich or two, I won't tell...

Favorite Soup

No matter how hot it gets, I am always eating soup for lunch year-round but of course I particularly enjoy it during the cooler months. This Italian White Bean, Pancetta, & Tortellini Soup is a big bowl of comfort, and packed with tons of great flavor.

Favorite Drink

Autumn is all about apples, and I love mixing them up into all kinds of cocktails. My Apple Cider Sangria is perfect for a large party and the best part is, the longer you let it marinate in the fridge, the more flavorful it will be!

Favorite Fall Snack

And speaking of apples...this Apple Brie Crostini is my latest obsession. I love the saltiness of the balsamic glaze paired with the sweetness of the cinnamon-sugar apples!

Favorite Thanksgiving Food
I'll let you in on a little secret...I skip the turkey every year so that I have more room to fill up on the yummy side dishes! While a classic green bean casserole will always have a place on my Thanksgiving table, my #1 holiday food has to be stuffing.

Favorite Autumn Activity 

Autumn has so many great seasonal activities that I simply can't pick just one - from apple picking to visiting a pumpkin patch to just stomping around in leaf piles, I love them all! 

Favorite Fall TV Show 
My MVP of the new shows that started this fall has to be Scream Queens. Its over-the-top campiness is the perfect antidote to the any real world stresses, and since it's a satire on the horror genre, it makes it feel like Halloween all year!

Favorite Halloween Costume

This is an easy one...hands down, my favorite costume was my Toddlers & Tiaras Pageant Winner! I had so much fun creating my "beauty dress" and taking home the Ultimate Grand Supreme prize, haha!

Even though we're only a few days away from Thanksgiving (and the immediate start of the full-fledged Christmas season), I'd love to know...what are some of your autumn favorites? And while you're here, don't forget to enter our $325 Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Guest Post: Nautical Thanksgiving Table

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, we are putting the final touches on our festive tablescapes. Last week, we brought you a guest post by Katie Benson of #TableSettingIsMyLife with some adorable ideas for your Thanksgiving kids table. Today, Katie used her home on the Sandy Hook Bay as inspiration for this Jersey Shore Thanksgiving tablescape. 
While many people associate coastal design with summer, adding a few beach accessories to any fall centerpiece can set your table décor apart.
Even if your home is nowhere near the ocean, why not add a little seaside flair to your dinner table? After all, the first Thanksgiving was a coastal one.
Did you know there was no turkey served at the original Thanksgiving? In fact, it is widely believed by food historians that the pilgrims served shellfish, such as lobster, clams and mussels! 
So this year, why not think outside the fall foliage box? 
Using common beach accents alongside your traditional Thanksgiving décor gives your holiday a relaxed feel that will have your guests imagining the sand beneath their feet and the salt in the air!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Five on Friday: {November 20, 2015}

Happy Friday Gals! Can you believe we're less than a week out from Thanksgiving already? I couldn't be more excited for Thanksgiving and all of the holiday goodness that's to follow. As always, I'm kicking off the weekend with my five favorites of the week:

Brunching in the City
Little M indulging in some brunch fries!

Last weekend was our annual Autumnal party at B's apartment, so I was excited to take full advantage of my time in the city and head out to brunch on Sunday morning. The timing worked out perfectly that it happened to be when Brunch Club was having their monthly outing. GG and Little M drove and and met us, and we finally got to check out the amazingness that is Brunch Club! Then afterwards, we stuck around and walked around the city for the rest of the day - pretty much the perfect end to a great weekend!

Napkin Haul

It's no secret that I love me a good cocktail napkin, so when I was in Home Goods this week, I couldn't resist picking up these festive Christmas cocktail napkins. It was seriously so hard to not buy everything in the store, and I'm pretty sure I'll be back to scoop up some more Christmas decor.

Happy Birthday to Mama M!

This week was my mom's birthday, and I'm super excited to celebrate with her this weekend. We're going out to one of her favorite restaurants tomorrow night and Little M has promised her lots and lots of birthday hugs

Favorite Thanksgiving Pin

With Thanksgiving right around the corner(!), I've been pinning up a storm trying to find yummy recipes to make. My parents are hosting this year, but I've been tasked with bringing dessert. These mini apple pies are just too cute too resist, plus they allow you to indulge while still leaving more for dessert-y goodness!

$325 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

Have you entered the $325 Nordstrom giveaway yet?! With the holidays right around the corner, I'm super jealous I can't enter myself, so be sure to enter so I can live vicariously through you! After all, you gotta be in it, to win it!

Cheers to April, AmandaJennieKarliRebecca, Katie, Heather, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Opening Lines: Real Housewives of Atlanta {Season 8} + Giveaway!

Hey Gals - Before we jump into all of the housewife goodness, I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the kind words and prayers for my grandfather. It truly meant so much and I feel so lucky to be a part of such an an amazing blogging community! And another shout out to my amazing co-blogger (and bff for life) for all of her support and for keeping it business as usual around her while I took a little bloggy break to spend time with my family!

Ok, now onto the fun stuff - The Real Housewives of Atlanta are back for their eighth season and with that brings a whole new round of signature tag lines! I know I'm a little late in getting this up, but it just wouldn't be a new housewives season without our very official tag line round up, so better late than never! So without further adieu, let's dig into the Taglines!

Phaedra: “Only God can judge me, and he seems quite impressed.”

My take on it: This is so Phaedra that I kind of love it! I mean, I have no clue what she's basing Gods high opinion of her on, but sure I'll go with it. And after the tough season she had last year with all of the Apollo drama, I'm hoping this tag line is an indication of the sassy and fun Phaedra from seasons past.

Kim: “Faith, family and career — those are the facts of my life.“

Welcome to RHoA Tootie! I can't really say I'm excited by the addition of her to the cast (Sheree on the other hand...) but I'm a fan of this tag line! I think the Facts of Life callback is funny and since I'm pretty sure it's the biggest thing on her resume, she may as well use it!

Cynthia: “Seasons may change, but Cynthia Bailey never goes out of style.

I'm sorry but I just flat out hate this one! This caused a big divide in the M household since it was GG's favorite (umm, just no!) but it's just awful in my opinion. Though I do think it's classic Cynthia, who has never been one of my favorite ATL gals, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Dud tag line for a dud housewife!

Porsha: “I’m about to give you life, so stay out of my way!” 

And now we have complete nonsense from Porsha... seriously what does this line even mean?! I really have no words for this one.. I don't think I've been this baffled by a tag line since Sonja went commando!

Kandi: “I’m a hitmaker, and this year I will reveal the best one.”

Sorry Kandi, but I have to give this one a big thumbs down! We get it, you're pregnant - which is awesome for you and Todd and all, but isn't this kind of a dig to her first daughter, Riley?! And come on, let's be real.. No Scrubs has been and will always be her greatest hit (sorry baby Kandi...)!

Kenya: “Don’t come for me, unless I twirl for you.” 

And last but not least we have our weekly dose of crazy with Miss Kenya! I have to say, I actually love this one! The whole twirl nonsense cracks me up (Gone with the Wind fabulous music video included!) so I think this is a perfect fit for Kenya.

And can I just close things out by saying how devastated I am that She by Sheree is not an official housewife and therefore does not have a tag line!!! Insert all the cry face emojis! Seriously Bravo, why tease me like this and only bring her back in a limited capacity?! You know she's sure to bring plenty of drama plus girlfriend could sure use the paycheck to help fund Chateau Sheree, so give this gal her peach back!!!

What does everyone think of this seasons tag lines?! Who are your favorites and who's do you hate? And is anyone else out there as sad about Sheree as I am?!?

Hungry for more taglines? Check out our past recaps here:
RHoA: Season 7
RHoNYC: Season 7, Season 6
RHoOC: Season 10
RHoNJ: Season 6

And finally - we have an amazing giveaway! For the next week, we're teaming up with Pamela from Sequins & Sea Breezes and 20 other fab bloggers to give away a $325 Nordstrom Gift Card to celebrate Pamela's two year blogiversary! This giveaway is just in time for the holidays, so you have the chance to give yourself {or someone else} a little treat for the holidays! The more ways you enter, the better your chances are! The giveaway ends on Friday, November 27th, at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 30th. Good luck and be sure to check out all of these fabulous blogs!

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