Trail Mix
Feb 03, 2014

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Happy Monday, folks!! It’s hard to be happy about a Monday. But having a new fun snack to get me through work will help.

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My aunt recently gave me these Blue Diamond toasted coconut almonds. They are AWESOME! Actually, I’m not seeing them on their website. If they are a limited time item, I need to go stock up, STAT.

I decided to mix things up a make a some trail mix.

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I threw together my almonds with some banana chips, sunflower seeds, orange flavored cranberries, and chocolate chips.

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You control the flavor with your ratios of ingredients. Add more nuts for a saltier mix. Or add more of the sweet stuff if that’s your jam.

This trail mix is great just to nosh on when you’re tiding yourself over until meal time. Or add it on top of your yogurt for breakfast. I did that this morning with some blueberries as well and it was great (sans the chocolate chips for that go-around). And yesterday, I add some to my oatmeal breakfast. It was fantastic! A few melted chocolate chips in oatmeal…twist my arm.

Weekend Ramblings
Feb 02, 2014

Argh, where did January go? I only posted once in January. And that didn’t really even count since it was just one Wordless Wednesday post. Remember when I rocked it in November? I need to get that mojo back.

I will catch you up on recent happenings though.

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I went to an event at the Austin Beerworks brewery. It was to celebrate the soon-to-be opening (and it’s now open) Whole Foods at the Domain. I had 2 of the Peacemaker beers & could have downed more but I was responsible. It’s their extra pale ale and that’s exactly what I was in the mood for.

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I also recently had a birthday. I celebrated on my actual birthday with my family and had a big ass beer. Gawd, that reminds me that I should update my About page to show that I’m 35 now. Waaaah!!!! Although, I think I have the writing style of a 23 year old…which I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Let’s just say good.

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After my beer & wing consumption, we played poker on my birthday. I didn’t win. Even after my aunt & uncle gave me some chips after I went out the first AND second time, I still went out first. I guess I don’t know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. That’s a reference to a Kenny Rogers song for all you young punks out there.

The next night, I went out to Javelina on Rainey Street to spend my birthday with friends. I had a tasty tasty burger & sweet potato fries and a few Moscow Mules. It was a good time!

Yesterday, Jessica & I finally ventured out west for lunch at Pieous. We’d both heard great things about their pizza. We were not disappointed!! Although, I disappointed myself and forgot my phone at home, so no pictures. Check out Jessica’s Instagram to view the deliciousness.

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I’d been so so so good and avoided Target shopping other than essentials. But yesterday, I needed to get dog food for Haley. And I needed socks. So….in walking from one department to the other, the housewares department called my name. Julie!! Buy us buy us!!

I’m in the process of house hunting. It partly seemed very silly to buy new decor for my mystery house. But it also made me feel excited. And it was on clearance. Purchases are justified if you slap a clearance sticker on the item.

Wordless Wednesday
Jan 01, 2014

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Happy New Year, everyone!! Let’s make 2014 a great one!

Wordless Wednesday
Dec 18, 2013

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Weekend Ramblings
Dec 15, 2013

1. Candles burning during the holidays are a must for me. I currently have 7 candles burning in my apartment. I told you I’m obsessed!

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2. I’ve started reading more lifestyle/fashion blogs. They haven’t made me want to take daily selfies of my outfits. But they have led me to try more outfit combos and think more about accessories.

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3. I got some mini candy canes for a work event & have a lot leftover. They are perfect to melt into hot chocolate. It’s my lower calorie, cheaper version of Starbucks peppermint mocha.

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4. Gold glitter nail polish. I’ll be wearing this polish through the end of the year.

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5. I recent went to the John Mayer concert with Jessica. It was my 2nd time seeing him and the first time was better. His last 2 albums had more of a country feel and I’m more of a fan of his previous songs. But I understand and he even said so, that he wished he could play everyone’s favorite songs (mine is Vultures) but when you have so many songs it gets to be impossible.

These annoying ladies behind us kept shouting for him to play Gravity. First of all, HE CAN’T HEAR YOU! And secondly, that’s one of his most popular songs, that will be the encore song. Of course, the ladies left before the encore and missed their song. Their loss!!

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I’m linking up with TX Women Bloggers.

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Success!!
Nov 30, 2013

Yay! I successfully blogged every day in November!

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I have to thank my friend, Jessica, for keeping me motivated. I really didn’t think I’d keep at it, especially after a sad bump in the road. I filled you in on my first year at the ACL festival. I once again shared my love of Christmas movies. I recapped my recent vacation to New Orleans. And I shared a couple of recipes.

I enjoyed re-connecting with my blog! Although I still love to cook and bake, I liked just blogging about whatever was on my mind. And that’s what you’d talk to friends about anyway. So I’ll most likely continue with random posts sprinkled with food posts. Those are the blogs I most enjoy myself…not simply recipes, but where you get to know the person behind the blog.

I hope you’ll continue to join me! :)

Captain Phillips, Apple Pie, and Christmas Decorations
Nov 29, 2013

How I spent Black Friday

1. Going with my Dad to Super Donut. Yum yum yum!

2. Shopping at Target

3. Putting up my Christmas decorations. My Mom was a huge help!!

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4. Lunch with Mom & Dad at Red’s Porch, fish tacos for me.

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5. My aunts & uncles came over for dinner. My Dad offered to cook at my place. He made meatloaf & scalloped potatoes. I contributed the wine, corn casserole, and apple pie.

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6. After dinner, we all went to watch Captain Phillips. Great movie!!!!!!

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I hope you had a great Black Friday!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am thankful for all of you that read my blog.

I hope that you all have a great day with friends & family members. Never wait to tell a loved one how much you care about them & how thankful you are to have them in your life.

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Wordless Wednesday: Tablescape Inspiration
Nov 27, 2013

Tomorrow, I will be spending Thanksgiving at my aunt & uncle’s house. And while I’m very grateful that they are hosting, I also dream of hosting myself one day. So that I can try my hand at creating a beautiful tablescape Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Ulta Haul
Nov 26, 2013

I recently went on an online Ulta spending spree!! They were having a sale & I caved. Some of the items are for Christmas presents though unless I crack and open them for myself.

Do you want to see what I bought? No, well then good day to you, sir.

And if yes, then we’re two peas in a pod! Come on over & we can experiment with make-up and paint our nails.

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1. Philosophy body wash in Honey Buns & Spiced Gingerbread Cookie.

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2. Butter London Glam Rock nail polish set

A lot of my nail polish is old…like I seriously needed to throw away a few bottles years ago old. I’m going to force myself to purge old bottles to make room for the new. Too bad I just bit off my nails recently. I’ll have to wait for them to grow out before I can try out these colors.

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3. Urban Decay’s Naked Shimmering Powder

Eh, I probably needed this powder like I need a hole in the head. I usually use a tinted mineral veil, but that’s not shimmering!!

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4. Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick Eye Liner Set

I’ve been using Lancome’s liquid eye liner for years. And while I really like it, it’s hard to apply it in a thin line. I wanted to try out a color other than black for a change, but if you’re going to do green eye liner, it needs to be a thin line. Also, I’m sure that 34 year olds shouldn’t wear green eye liner, but that’s a discussion to debate with myself internally another time.

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5. Philosophy Fruitcake Mix

This set is meant to be a gift. But oh, I really want to try that pecan sugar scrub!

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6. Urban Decay’s Naked Eye Shadow Palette

So this is actually the only thing I intended to buy from Ulta. I’ve had my eye on it (no pun intended) for a long time. But $52?! I’ve heard wonderful things about the colors though. I’d previously went the cheaper route and gotten the Naked Basic instead. And while I do like it, I wanted more options.

Thank you for humoring me in my make-up post! If you see any of these items way way cheaper at Ulta on Black Friday, don’t tell me about it! :)