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!!











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


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.




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



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.


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.


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


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.



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!!



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.



5. Philosophy Fruitcake Mix

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



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! :)

Nov 25, 2013

Posting every day is hard. Have you noticed that I’ve been posting every day in November??? You better be noticing, dear readers. I’m not doing this for my health. :)

But I am sure glad that November is almost over.

And since I don’t really have any topic for today, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite Someecards.








Bedroom Inspiration
Nov 24, 2013

When you’ve been out of town, one of the best things about returning home is sleeping in your own bed.


Although I’ll sleep like a rock tonight, my bedroom is dull. I’ve always put more effort into decorating my living room and kitchen.


I’d like to take on the bedroom next year though. And I’m thinking a combination of white, gray, and red with the clock I bought yesterday being my inspiration. I’ll still want my white owl lamp too that I got as a gift last year. But everything else decor-wise can go.






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Relishing these odds & ends
Nov 23, 2013

1. I’m loving all of the gift guides on How Sweet It Is.

I already bought a new planner from Erin Condren that was recommended on one of the lists.

2. Too cute!!!

3. 15 Signs You Are Obsessed With Your Dog



4. If you love Pitch Perfect like I do, you’ll love this video.

5. This red clock that I bought today from Josephine & Co.


Austin Bakes for Austin
Nov 22, 2013


From the Austin Bakes press release:

On Saturday, November 30th from 10 am until 2 pm, hundreds of bakers, bloggers, businesses, and consumers will unite for Austin Bakes for Austin, a bake sale fundraising event to help those affected by the recent flooding in Austin, Texas. Over 80 home cooks & dozens of local businesses will be contributing baked goods at locations throughout Austin, with proceeds going to the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Austin Bakes for Austin locations:
Central: Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703
East: Sugar Circus Bakery, 2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
North: Make It Sweet, 9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757
South: Crema Bakery, 9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

Baked goods will include cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies and pastries of all kinds. Several home bakers
are creating Texas and holiday­ themed confections for the sale, while others will be baking locally sourced,
organic, vegan or gluten­free items. In addition, customers may purchase gourmet pastries that have been
donated by some of Austin’s finest professional bakers and restaurants.

All funds raised will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network, to benefit survivors of the late October flooding that ravaged home in Austin & Pflugerville. Those who wish to make a gift in advance of the sale may do so at the Austin Bakes for Austin’s secure online giving page.

Get Involved:
We encourage everyone to visit the bake sale locations to support this effort by spreading the word, liking
Austin Bakes on Facebook, following us on Twitter (@austinbakes), or by making a gift online

Austin Bakes for Austin is being organized by the same team of food enthusiasts and bloggers who
presented Austin Bakes for Japan, Austin Bakes for Bastrop, and Austin Bakes for West. The group’s
citywide bake sales have raised over $45,000 for humanitarian relief since 2011. 

The Austin Disaster Relief Network is nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization
comprised of a network of over 110 churches in the Austin area. They are coordinating volunteer and support
teams to help over 500 families impacted by the recent floods, as well as providing financial support directly
to families in need.

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip
Nov 21, 2013

What a name for a recipe, huh??

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip

texas trash warm bean dip

My aunt made this dip for a Labor Day get-together and we gobbled it up!! And I made it for a Halloween get-together too and everyone enjoyed it.

It’s a winner. My photo was not. But trust me, my food tastes better than my pictures look. :)

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip


1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 can (16 ounces, each) refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Mix together the cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in the taco seasoning.

Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

**After baking, I prefer to stir the cheese into the bean mixture so all the goodness is combined.

Serve with tortilla chips.

**If you have leftovers, you can use the mixture in flour tortillas too to make bean burritos.

Wordless Wednesday
Nov 20, 2013

Thanks Okahoma for the pretty scenery during my drive today from Austin to Wichita.