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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fourth of July

Can you guys believe July 4th is almost here! Boy where is the Summer going! The other night while sitting outside for dinner, Joe reminded me that each day for the rest of Summer, the sun will set a minute earlier. Needless to say, it was the end of that conversation because everyone knows I love Summer and wish it would never end.

Anyway, last year at this time, we were preparing for our Fourth of July Engagement BBQ with friends. This year though, we don't really have anything planned. We most likely will go down the shore for a few days (we haven't been yet this Summer.. Shocker!!) and have a first birthday party on Sunday. But it is nice to not have to plan and cook and decorate and plan some more!

Here's a look back at some of my favorite posts July 4th posts!






Do you have any plans for the Holiday?



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Friday, June 24, 2016

Five on Friday!

What a busy week! TGIF!! I am so excited for this week because it kicks off our Kenny Chesney concerts. Tomorrow is our first concert of the Summer at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to see him play. The best part about seeing him in Philly is definitely the huge tailgates. This year, we aren't having as many people partake in ours, but I'm sure we will find some people along the way that will join up with us!

So let's get back to this past week and check out some highlights.

one. Last weekend I really didn't have that much planned besides a yard sale that fell through. My friend Brenna was back home from Connecticut, so we decided to go to some local wineries for the day. This was our second stop, Blue Ridge Winery in Saylorsburg, PA. 
Dress(boutique link), Shoes, Necklace (old-similar), Sunglasses

two. Father's Day was Sunday, and we had my parents and brother over for a cook out. This was a picture I snapped of our 'first course'. I say 'first course' like that because we had way to much food! Not only did we have the salsa's, dips, and stuffed bread pictured, but we also had this delicious copycat shrimp as appetizers. We rounded out our meal with steak, burgers, and hot dogs and lots of sides. We were all too full for dessert, but my mom made angel food cake with fresh fruit! YUM!

three. this gem was delivered this week! I AM IN LOVE! If you are addicted to coffee and target like me, then you need to check it out here.

four. Monday I attended the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's First Annual Light the Night Fundraiser. One of my senior cheerleaders put the whole event together. It raised a lot of money for the LLS and it was a great night spent with friends and co-workers. My favorite part? NOT the open bar, but the silent auction! I ended up leaving with a wine bucket and a gift certificate for a closet makeover!! It was overall a great night and event!

five. My girl Chrissy's recipe book came in the mail this week!  I can't wait to dive in and hopefully actually make some of the recipes in here! I'll keep you posted on the progress!





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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recipe: Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

I love Bonefish Grill!! I mean what is there not to love.. it's a seafood lovers dream, yet options for your non fishy friends! Great bar with hightops for you and the friends to hang out. But most importantly.. BANG BANG SHRIMP!

If you are a bang bang lover, then today I have a special treat for you! I have a very similar copy cat recipe for you!

Ingredients:

1 lb shrimp- I purchased Jumbo de-veined, unshelled shrimp at a local farmers market
Skewers- I only fit about 4 on each skewer and had about 25 shrimp (if you plan on grilling)
3 Tablespoons chobani plain greek yogurt
3 Tablespoons chopped green onions, plus more to garnish 
1 1/2 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce 
1/2 Tablespoon sriracha sauce (can use more if you prefer spicier)

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine the greek yogurt, green onions, sweet chili sauce and sriracha sauce.


If you plan to grill your shrimp, make sure your skewers are soaked in water so they don't burn. Place your desired amount of shrimp on each skewer. Grill for about 2-3 minutes or until they turn pinkish color. If you plan on baking them, place skewers on baking sheet at 350 for about 5-10 minutes or until shrimp are pinkish color.  


To apply sauce I removed from the skewers and dipped the shrimp in the sauce. Garnish with a little more green onions and enjoy!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grocery Shopping from Home

Guys! I just found out about the best kept secret (okay, maybe not secret.. but I never knew about it!) about grocery shopping. 

All my friends in the northeast area listen up.. you can shop right from home using ShopRite apps and their website.


Simply log onto Shoprite.com and create an account. You will be able to link your shoppers card too, which allows you to get all the great benefits and deals!  Once you have done this, you can browse and shop right from the weekly circular. You can also create a shopping list before you actually add it to your cart. 

They give you two options for receiving your groceries. They have a delivery option which is amazing.. literally never have to leave your home for groceries again! Or what I chose was to pick them up on my way home from work. It's so simple. You reserve a time you will be there and they come right out to your vehicle and even load them into it for you! How amazing is that! I had the cutest 16 year old load them into my car AND present me with flowers since it was my first time using the Shop From Home option!

See the different color blue and yellow bags.. well that's because the blue is the refrigerated or frozen food and then yellow is not. This helps when you are unloading the groceries and putting them away too!

There is a small cost associated with doing this. If you chose pick up at the store there is a service fee of $10 or if you chose to have it delivered there is a service fee of $19.99. Personally saving me the stress of going to a store, fighting the little old ladies with shopping carts and let's be honest.. I probably would have ended up spending way more on junk that I didn't need to buy (darn you end caps with 'deals' such as buy 2 boxes of donuts and get the third free. 

I will definitely be using this option again, especially when the fall comes with practices and fall ball softball! Does your grocery store offer you shop from home options and have you used them?


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day!

Today is my favorite day of the year.. I kid you not when I say I think I love it more then my actual birthday!!!! Not only is it the first day of SUMMER, but it is also National Wear Your Lilly Day.

If you are new to the game, then you will be quick to learn two of my favorite things are the beach.. therefore Summertime is my favorite season and my obsession over my girl Lilly Pulitzer. I mean I did have my very own Lilly Pulitzer inspired Bridal Shower which you can read about here.

Today when I got up I knew exactly what I wanted to wear.. Lilly of course! Charger had to join in the picture because he of course wears a Lilly inspired collar around his neck (hidden under his hair!)

Dress (similar style). Shoes. Chargers Collar

and for all my Lilly lovers out there.. I put together some of my new favorites! Today ends gift with purchase so head on over to their site or a store near you!






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Friday, June 17, 2016

Five on Friday!

Today I wanted to join in on Five on Friday for you, my friends; to see a glimpse into my week!

one. We will officially be married for two weeks tomorrow! How crazy is that!! With Joe's softball games for his Church league we haven't gotten to sit down with a meal together during the week since getting married! I had some errands to run on Thursday so we decided to go for drinks and guac at one of our favorite Mexican places (I say one because we have a lot of Mexican places we like!).
It was nice just being in each others company and talking about work, life and of course Charger!! I enjoyed a coconut frozen Margarita while Joe sipped on a habanero pepper one.

two. Charger has a play date on Wednesday with two other dogs.. and a toddler! This was a true task, because our friends don't have a fence on one side of their yard. We were so proud of him though, as he only followed one person out the front, but we quickly lured him back with treats! He learned quickly not to mess with Delilah's Care Bear toy (shown below). She growled at him and he would not go near that thing! Instead he just followed her where ever she went. He's such a ladies man!

three. Speaking of Charger! He got very brave this week and climbed up ALL THE STAIRS to the second floor. His new favorite spot.. on mommy & daddy's bed..

four. My best friend owns her own business where she sells Disney inspired ears! You should definitely check her out if you are planning a trip soon! She just customized these sneakers for one of my friends and they came out amazing! She branched out to start selling scarfs, headbands and now customizing sneakers! I am just so proud of her for taking this leap with her own business and with all the success she is having! She truly is such an inspiration to me and just wanted to give her credit where credit is due (insert kissy face emoji!)


five. father's day is Sunday. I;m excited to have my dad over and we plan on having a cook out with some steaks. I know this may be corny but I'm also excited to give Joe a fathers day card from Charger and give him a little gift.. Please tell me there are other crazy pet parents out there too right??  

Hope you all had a great week and even better weekend ahead!












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Thursday, June 16, 2016

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Don't you just love all those calligraphy, cursive fonts on those wooden and blackboard signs? You think oh I could totally do this then it turns into one of those pinterest fails when you realize your cursive sucks and you have a shaky hand.. been there- done that! Well today I've got an easy DIY to use on wood or blackboard! You only need access to a computer and some chalk! Read how easy below!

Directions:
Step 1- Measure the sign you would like to put your font on. Once you have done this, create your font saying on a computer. You can use Microsoft Word or Publisher or Adobe Illustrator. Since I have a graphic design background, I have a lot of downloaded fonts on my computer which I used to create this one (Salt & Spices Pro)


Step 2- Print out your design on regular computer paper. I traced over the font to get the hang of the curves before I actually wrote it on the board. But if you are not a crazy perfectionist like me.. skip this step!


Step 3- Using a piece of white chalk, rub the back of the paper that has your design on it. Make sure to go over areas that have the design twice.


Step 4- Tape your design to your board to ensure it doesn't move when tracing. Using a pen trace over your design. Be sure to go over everything you want to show up on the board. Check in the corner to make sure your design is showing up on the board. 


Step 5- Gently remove the paper to reveal your design. I used a chalk permanent marker with a fine point to trace over the chalk. Be aware of your hand placement when tracing over the chalk to not smudge your design. 


Wipe away any excess chalk left over from your original tracing. If you want to seal your design and not worry about smudge, you can spray with a light coat of hair spray and let dry. 

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