Sunday, July 2, 2017

Tieks, Tieks, & More Tieks!

*This is not a sponsored post. My own personal opinions. 


My Tieks ballet flat obsession began back in April 2015, when I purchased my first pair of Metallic Pewter Tieks. Fast forward two years and my obsession is still growing strong. I recently purchased my 4th pair. 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

An unexpected surprise!

Back in March of this year we were looking to adopt some new pet rats. From a Craigslist ad we ended up adopting what we thought were 4 male rats... unfortunately, I should have trusted to sex them myself to make sure of their gender, but I was trusting & did not. 

When we got home we found out we had actually ended up with 2 girls and 2 boys. Two of the rats were around 4 months old (Leela & Earl), and the other two were around 3 weeks old (Chai & Lulu). The older ones had been housed together, & I was worried the female might be pregnant.... well, a week later on March 24th, 2017; Leela gave birth to 9 babies! 


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chicken Enchiladas: Crock Pot Style

I threw together this crockpot meal for dinner and it turned out so good, I wanted to share the recipe! 
Ingredients:
  • 1 packet of enchilada or taco seasoning (I used spicy taco seasoning).
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can of kidney beans (or black beans, but I think kidney beans have a better flavor).
  • 1 small can black olives
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped.
  • 2 chicken breasts (cooked & shredded)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 oz of cream cheese (or if you like to live dangerously like me- the whole 8oz, lol!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or taco style cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Goya Adobo all purpose seasoning.
  • 1 cup of rice, cooked- (add to crockpot 1 hour before serving, so rice doesn't absorb too much of the sauce).
Directions:

1. Cook chicken breasts in frying pan whole, then shred in a bowl with 2 forks. 
2. Whisk together 3 cups of water, tomato paste, Goya Adobo all purpose, and taco (or enchilada) seasoning packet into crockpot. 

3. Add corn, kidney beans, chopped onion, black olives, shredded chicken, 4 oz of cubed cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to crockpot. Stir. 
4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. 

5. Add 1 cup of cooked rice to crock pot 1 hour before serving. Stir again.

Additional toppings to serve with: Shredded lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese.

Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 #neverforget

*I originally published this blog in 2009. I've decided to update and add to it for the 15th anniversary.


I can't believe it's been 15 years since 9/11. I was saying to my husband the other day, that we can't believe all the children born in 2001 after 9/11 are now 15 years old. We have a whole new generation that never experienced the fear of that morning 15 years ago. I'll never forget watching all of the coverage on the news... I would sit up late at night watching live CNN coverage of Ground Zero, crying.

I just wanted to take a moment to blog and share my personal experience.

In November of 2001. My churches youth group went up to New York for volunteer work. It was my very first trip to New York. We spent the whole afternoon putting bags together of supplies for NYC firefighters families.

(I was tearing my closest apart two days ago trying to find the laminated name tags we wore on that day as volunteers. I was hoping to scan it and add it to this blog. I have an awful habit of putting small memory items in odd places. It could be in a wallet, the back of a photo album, a box. I really wanted to find it, but I couldn't locate it. I'm sure when I'm not looking for it, I'll come across it).

Later in the evening we went to Ground Zero. Actually standing there looking at the wreckage and devastation. I'll never forget the jagged metal, the foggy air, the fenced off memorial wall that stretched for blocks & blocks. It was different from seeing it on the television. It was real. It was very humbling and like nothing I had ever experienced. I'll never forget it.

 (Similar to what I saw that night standing there. This is burned in my memory. Source.)

It was a life changing experience for all Americans. Especially for the younger generations. To feel that our freedom & security was violated. Our innocence taken away. We will never forget.

Arrow indicates where I am in the photo. (With my eyes closed, lol.) In Times Square with my youth group in 2001 heading towards Ground Zero. Photo courtesy of: Nina Krych.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Changes...


I don't really use this space all that much anymore, as you have probably noticed from the lack of posts. Back when I started this blog in 2008, I was more open about things. I didn't mind sharing about anything and everything going on in my life.

But somewhere in the last 4 or 5 years I've become less inclined to put myself out there. I no longer want or need to share every little aspect of my personal life, or my marriage. I've always been an introvert, but I've become much more exclusive about the friends I do let into my inner circle. I have let go of friendships as my interests or boundaries have changed. And I'm less trusting and more careful about the things I do share nowadays.

I've also been making changes when it comes to where I share on social media. My Instagram is about the only place I keep public now, besides this blog. I've made my made my Twitter private, and I've deleted the Facebook page for this blog, as I don't really feel enthusiastic about updating it anymore.

I guess we all change as we get older. I'm sure I will always pop on here when I do have something to share with you all, but I also wanted to let you know why I haven't posted as much, and why some of my social media has gone private or missing lately.

Take care,
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Friday, February 26, 2016

Hey there, blogging world. Thought I would check in and say hello. And remind you all, I'm most active on Instagram these days. And if you're not on Instagram, I do share posts over to Twitter, so you can interact with me over there too. :)


As for life, I'm still obsessed with nail polish, true crime everything, (follow me on goodreads)... and my new favorite obsession. Tea! (Particularly DavidsTea & Teavana!)

We also added two new boy ratties to the family in January. (Check out my Pet Rats page). Some photos of the current gang below. Ruby, Ben, Waffles, Chester, & Dobby.

Waffles & I.

I'm still not doing any sponsored nail polish or product reviews. Now days I only show off a nail polish (or nail art) when I actually wear it. It's a much more laid back, and genuinely fun and stress free approach, compared to when I was blogging constantly. I still post all my nail photos to Instagram, & Pinterest.


33 has always been my favorite number. And so far year 33 of life for me has been really interesting, so far. I got to visit the Lizzie Borden House, (best adventure ever!) I got to visit my cousin Chrissy in Georgia! I started writing again, (albeit; intermittently), on a book I've been working on for a good ten years! (You can take a peek at the first 3 chapters here). Hopefully the rest of my year 33 is just as good as the first half was.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lizzie Borden- Bed & Breakfast Trip: Part 2

*Note: If you haven't read part 1 of our trip, please click here to read.

Overview: My husband and I recently decided to travel to Fall River, Massachusetts to visit the Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast. It may be a bit macabre, but the case is absolutely fascinating to me. (If you're not familiar with the story, check out wikipedia here for a quick overview).

92 Second Street, Fall River MA 
  
The barn (gift shop) in the back is not original, it was re-built.

I became a little bit obsessed with Lizzie Borden about a year and a half ago. I'm already quite addicted to history, and true crime stories. Lizzie's story really fascinated me. Not so much because she "allegedly" committed parricide, but more so because of the time period; (The murders happened in 1892). The way the case was handled (bungled?), how certain relevant circumstantial evidence was left out of the trial, and Lizzie's various stories about where she was at the time of the murders. "I was in the kitchen, I was on the stairs, I was upstairs, I was in the barn, I was eating pears...", and because after all that, she was acquitted! Once you delve into the story, it's really intriguing.

I found out the actual Borden house was turned into a bed & breakfast museum in 1996. (The house was built in 1845, the Borden's were the 2nd owners). I kept looking at the website wishing I could visit. Finally, I found out there's a bus terminal only a 3 minute walk from the bed & breakfast, and that kind of sealed everything for me. I booked the trip!



This is a long winded picture heavy post so please click below to continue reading!

Lizzie Borden- Bed & Breakfast Trip: Part 1.

Hello there. Long time, no blog. :)

My husband and I recently decided to travel to Fall River, Massachusetts to visit the Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast. It may be a bit macabre, but the case is absolutely fascinating to me. (If you're not familiar with the story, check out wikipedia here for a quick overview).
Tour sign near the gift shop at the back of the house.
I became a little bit obsessed with Lizzie Borden about a year and a half ago. I'm already quite addicted to history, and true crime stories. Lizzie's story really fascinated me. Not so much because she allegedly committed parricide, but more so because of the time period; (The murders happened in 1892). The way the case was handled (bungled?), how certain relevant circumstantial evidence was left out of the trial, and Lizzie's various stories about where she was at the time of the murders. "I was in the kitchen, I was on the stairs, I was upstairs, I was in the barn, I was eating pears...", and because after all that, she was acquitted! Once you delve into the story, it's really intriguing. 

I found out the actual Borden house was turned into a bed & breakfast museum in 1996. (The house was built in 1845, the Borden's were the 2nd owners). I kept looking at the website wishing I could visit. Finally, I found out there's a bus terminal only a 3 minute walk from the bed & breakfast, and that kind of sealed everything for me. I booked the trip!

 92 Second St, Fall River MA
 This is a long winded picture heavy post so please click below to continue reading!
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