Friday Favorites #14: 31.oct.2014

Happy Halloween!!!!  Did you hear?!?  All Halloween Candy & Sweets are calorie free today!  Wishful thinking right?  Go ahead, have a little treat, you deserve it😉  Beside bucket loads of Halloween candy here’s what I’m loving:

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  • Boar’s Head Beef Jerky

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I saw this on my Publix’s deli counter this past weekend and decided to give it a try.  Beef jerky is one of my quick, go to snacks and this was one of the best that I’ve had.  It tasted just like the Boar’s Head London Broil roast beef.  It was a higher quality beef jerky and a little pricier but worth it.

  • Sprite Zero Cranberry

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I love Sprite Zero and during this time last year I discovered the cranberry flavor.  It’s a nice change up to welcome the Holiday season.

  • Our 1 year Anniversary of owning our home

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in this house 1 year!  We’ve had so many home project that we’ve completed but we still have a ton more planned.  This will be the first year that we will be giving out Halloween candy so we are pretty excited about that too.

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Every year ABC plays “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” to my delight!  I love Peanuts and of course Snoopy so this movie is one of my favorites.  We try to record and watch it every year.

  • New Job!!!

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I officially accepted an offer as a Senior Financial Analyst for a large private restaurant group in Orlando.  It has been a long journey for my career as I basically started over when I made decision to go back to graduate school after being out for 10 years.  I was no longer happy with my career path and knew I need to go back to school for a change.  Many times I questioned what I was doing and if it was all worth it but I kept pushing forward and today I can say that it was definitely worth it and that I am proud of myself.

 “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” -Thomas Carlyle

Hope everyone has a great Halloween weekend and stay safe!

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Friday Favorites #13: 24.oct.2014

TGIF!  It’s been a great week but I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend.  We are taking the pups trick or treating along Park Ave for a charity event and we’ll also be taking my mom out for lunch to celebrate her birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!  Here’s what I’m loving this Friday!

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I am completely obsessed with these beautiful bracelets.  The bracelets are handmade with a variety of natural stones and proudly made in the South.  I had the hardest time deciding on which ones to get and keep thinking about going back to get the ones I didn’t get!

  • Crest Mint Chocolate Trek Toothpaste

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I was skeptical about this flavor toothpaste at first but it taste just like the real thing!  Its like having the mint chocolate chip ice cream without the guilt…okay it’s not the same but it’s still good!  Try it!

  • Stonefire Naan Crisps

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These were BOGO at Publix so I scooped some up to try.  These crackers reminded me of pita chips but better, they are a smoother chip with a cute miniature Naan shape.  The original flavor had the perfect saltiness to them.

  • Daisy’s and Ollie’s first BarkBox

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They got their box on Monday and have been loving all the new treats!  You can read about my review on the box here.

  • Roasted Root Veggies

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Kevin and I have been loving this new side dish!  Roasted Root Vegetables are a great fall dish and super easy to make.  We have been using a mix of Rutabaga, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Turnips.  Just peel, cube, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 15-20 mins for 450 degrees.  Sometimes I’ll throw in chopped onion and garlic for some extra flavor.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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BarkBox Review

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Hey Everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Today, Daisy and Ollie got a big surprise on the doorstep…their first BarkBox!  Here’s a quick run down on how BarkBox works:

  • Monthly Subscription that is paid up front
    • 1 month – $29
    • 3 months – $24 each
    • 6 months – $21 each
    • 12 months – $18 each
  • Choose your size pup:
    • tiny <10lbs
    • small & cute 10-20 lbs
    • just right 20-50 lbs
    • big & bold 50+lbs
  • Every month you will receive 4 or more carefully selected products, everything from treats, toys, bones and much more!
  • Pay an extra $9 per box and your pup will receive a premium toy
  • 10% of the profits go to support pet rescue groups

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Now for the review.  I ordered the medium box for the pups.  As soon as I opened the box their noses were digging in, they knew the box was for them!  The box was themed with Halloween and came with an assortment of toys, treats and chewies.  The box comes with a card naming and describing all the items in the box and you can always order any of items from the website.

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The first thing Ollie grabbed was the ‘Barkworthies Junior bully stick’ ($3 value).  It’s made from 100% beef bladder and is suppose to be long lasting with no chemical or preservatives.  Daisy went for the ‘Think! Dog Alligator Jerky’ ($8 value), it’s real alligator jerky folks, straight from family owned farms in Louisiana.  Alligator is apparently good for dogs that have allergies to beef, chicken, soy, corn or soy.  Daisy does have a few food allergies so I was pleased with this item.

They also received 2 toys in the box.  Both toys were skulls, one was a squeaky ball skull ($8 value) and the other was a crinkly soft toy ($11 value).  The last item was a Halloween share pack of ‘Fruitables’, it contained 8 pouches to share with doggy trick or treaters.  So Cute!  I actually had just bought a bag of Fruitables ($8 value) for them earlier in the week so I knew the treats were organic and made in the U.S. which I love.

The value of the box was around $38, so definitely more then what I paid for the box.  Daisy and Ollie loved all the treats so it was a big win for BarkBox!

***Disclaimer***  This is not a sponsored post.  I pay for the BarkBox myself and was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday Favorites #12: 17.oct.2014

Wow!  Can you guys believe we are half way through October?!?  This year is flying by!  The weather is definitely cooling down here in Florida and we are really enjoying being outside without melting.  Anyways, here’s what I’m loving this week!

  • Shake It Off video by Modern Orthodontics

Okay, so this is my brother’s office and I might be a little biased but I love this video that his office did to Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off.  They got patients, parents and even the UPS man to participate!

  • Ilio Bear

My best friend has wanted a puppy for as long as I’ve known her and last night she finally got one!  His name is Ilio and is a schnauzer/yorkie mix.  Congrats Patty and Chris on your new addition, Kevin and I are so happy for you guys!

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  • Winter Park Annual Wine and Dine

On Wednesday night Kevin and I attended Winter Park’s 3rd annual Wine and Dine Event (full recap to come) and it was awesome!  We’d been to a similar event in downtown Orlando that was very unorganized, so we went into this event with low expectations and we were blown away with how great everything was.  The food was amazing and a lot of our favorite restaurants participated.

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  • Acai Bowl

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I found Acai packs in the freezer section of Whole Foods and started making my own Acai Bowls for breakfast.  They are so refreshing and easy to make!  I just basically add in coconut water, frozen berries and blend.  Then I just add whatever topping I have on hand.  This is my new go to breakfast after a morning workout!

  • Flu Shots

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Last week my office did free flu shots for all the employees and I was the first one to sign up to get one.  Getting a flu shot can help prevent not only you from getting the flu but the people around you.  Take a minute to read this article about the 7 myths about getting your flu shot.

Have great weekend!

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Easy DIY Fall Pumpkins

Fall Craft: DIY Pumpkin Decor

I’ve been itching to decorate our house with some Fall decorations so last week I started pinning some Fall Decor ideas on Pinterest. We don’t have a fireplace (or mantel) but we do have a large floating shelf in the living room that really only serves a decorating purpose.  I fell in love with this ‘Give Thanks’ Mantel from A Diamond in the Stuff and decided to try to recreate it.  I’m ecstatic about the way it came out and the whole project took me less then 20 minutes!

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Michaels has all their Halloween/Thanksgiving stuff on sale so I was able to score the craft pumpkins for less then $5 each.  I also purchased a burlap banner in the scrapbooking section and 3″ vinyl adhesive letters.  I already had an extra frame leftover from my instaFrame project.  The letters just peel and stick to the burlap banner and pumpkins!  The letters are somewhat removable so if you mess up they are easy to take off and reposition.  Once the letters are on the banner just tie the banner across the left side and top right of the frame.

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Friday Favorites #11: 10.oct.2014

TGIF!!! Work has been crazy busy this week so I’m thankful it’s (almost) the weekend!  We have quite a few projects to do around the house this weekend so hopefully I’ll have some good home posts for next week.  Here’s what I’m loving this week!

  • Dog Halloween Costumes

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Kevin hates when I put dog clothes on the pups but I usually get a pass for Halloween.  This year we are going with the Super Hero theme and dressing Ollie up as Super Man and Daisy up as Super Woman.  Winter Park is having a Pet Trick or Treat Event in a few weeks that we are going to take the dogs to, all the stores on Park Ave. will be handing out treats to the pups.  It should be a great event!  I also picked up a Batman shirt for Kevin and a Robin Shirt for me so we can be a Super Hero Family…hehehe.

  • Honey Crisp Apples

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Apples have been my go to snack lately and my favorite apple, the Honey Crisp, is back in season.  These are apples are usually larger then most other apples and have a sweeter, crisp bite to them.

  • New Boots

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Early this week I think we might have had a day in the 70s, in Florida that means you can wear boots.  So I, of course, took full advantage and broke out a pair of boots I got on clearance at the end of last season.  I’ve been waiting 8 months to wear these babies!

  • Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

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I am seriously addicted to this coconut water.  I grabbed it on a whim at Fresh Foods and find myself craving it.  It seriously is the best coconut water I’ve ever had, well, except when I had it straight from the coconut itself.  It’s quite pricey so I only treat myself every once in a while.  Harmless Harvest prides themselves on sourcing young organic coconuts and the water is never heated, it lerally goes straight from the coconut into the bottle, no other ingredients.

  • Puppy Lattes from Starbucks

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Earlier this week, I had to take Ollie to vet for some blood work.  This was traumatizing for him (ok, maybe for me) and on our way home I wanted to stop and get him a treat.  I went to the Starbucks drive through and ordered my iced coffee and a Puppy Latte for him.  A Puppy Latte is a small sample cup filled with whipped cream.  It’s super cute and Ollie loved it!

Thanks for reading!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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East End Market.

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A few weeks ago I hit up one of my favorite spots in Orlando, East End Market.  East End Market reminds me of The Ferry Building in San Francisco and The Oxbrow Market in Napa Valley on a much smaller scale.   If you’ve never been it’s a huge, 2 story building off of Corrine Ave, that houses local, independently owned businesses that offer everything from coffee, produce, meat, breads, plants, cheeses, juice and much more!  Here’s more from their website:

“East End Market is a neighborhood market and food hub in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando, Florida. The Market showcases some of Central Florida’s top food entrepreneurs, tradespeople, artists, and chefs. The two-story structure is home to a dozen merchants, a large event space, a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, offices, retail shops, a full-time, award-winning caterer and a world-class restaurant.”

The caterer that we used for our wedding, Cuisiniers, is even housed there.  It’s one of my favorite places to go for something simple, fresh and delicious.  Walking up to the building you’ll see enormous planter boxes with either fresh veggies or flowers, depending on what is in season.

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Inside, an open market with merchants on both sides draw you in.  Everything seems so warm and inviting that you’ll find yourself wandering into each booth trying samples of delectable bread, cheese and juices.  As soon as I walked in I saw Olde Hearth Bread Company on my right sampling jams and pickles, which of course I picked up.

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I had planned on having lunch at one of the shops but wanted to peruse a bit first so I made my next stop Lineage Coffee.  The only time I’ve had pour over coffee was in San Francisco at Philz’s and it was nothing short of amazing.  Basically I told the barista how I liked my coffee and he went to work, picking out a chocolately, velvet like coffee.  He put freshly ground beans in a funnel filter and poured hot water over it and let it sit for about 5 minutes.  It was perfect and hit the spot.

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Right next to Lineage is Old inc., a furniture and decor merchant.  I love the look of vintage wood furniture and Old has some really great pieces.  They also have these great framed posters with the names of streets in Downtown Orlando that reminded me of Kevin and I’s dating days.  On the other side of Old is ‘porch therapy’ a plant/flower merchant.  I really need to get some green into our home and I was loving a succulent centerpiece they had on display.  I didn’t get it but I’m definitely considering going back to get it along with the signs from Old!

I was getting hungry so I went to Houndstooth to get my favorite sandwich, a Pimento Cheese with Bacon Pressed Sandwich.  Just typing it out made me want to go get one, it’s that good.  With the sandwich in hand the next stop was Local Roots to pick out a craft beer.  Local Roots is a merchant that carries all your farm fresh ingredients, from fresh eggs, naturally raised meat to raw honey and craft beer.  I picked a nice dark porter to go with my sandwich and grabbed a table outside.  After lunch I grabbed some fresh veggies and and local eggs and I was on my way.  If you haven’t been to East End Market go check it out and support our local businesses!

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