FRIDAY FAVORITES.....FEBRUARY FUN EDITION

Yeehaw, just cause I like saying that and It's FRIDAY!!! And I'm over the "SUN" excited because we are finally going to see it this weekend and it's going to be 60!! Sun on my face and a book on my deck...YES Please!!! And don't forget a beverage. Sunning and Reading makes mama thirsty!! May your weekend be fantastic and full of fun!!

1. GIFT From This Blogging BABE
I was so happy to win roll call from a Post by the Babe-a-licious Laura from the Horton Family Blog.We are bloggy besties so this girl knows me. I have wanted a Blogging Mug forever and whoop whoop there it was on my doorstep! This gal is the bomb, she's got it all going on and I guarantee, everyone who knows her, adores her!!

We often wear similar outfits and don't even know it. We can both create a look from Pinterest in no time all while whipping up tasty creations and cheering on our families and favorite Football teams (Bama and the Irish respectively!) Love the gal!!!

And More Sweet Valentines Gifts
From my sweet mom, BFF and hubs and even got a Valentine in the mail from the marvelous and treasured friend of mine;
Miss Amanda from Cardio, Cab and a Keyboard.
This gal is hilarious & so real, get over to her blog now and you'll be in for a treat!! 

2. Carrot Place Settings
I know we just had Valentine's and I promise I have not yet done up the house with carrots, bunny ears and eggs, but I had to scoop up these springy carrot napkin holders before they were gone at Pier One! LOVE them! And my chargers from Christmas are doing double duty!! Yay!
Carrot Napkin Holders HERE

3. Work Attire
Boho Boutique top, The Loft Necklace, Anne Klein flats

Old Navy dress, Forever 21 (before the ban) wrap cardi, Francesca's necklace


Free People top, Grace and Lace Cami, The Loft necklace


Nordstrom dress, Aldo boots, TJ. Maxx vest

4. Off One Shoulder Graphic Tops
Just got this the week before Super Bowl. So in love with this Tee from Etsy. I wear it with my Free People Bralette.

This is another fav of mine
 Do You remember this recreate I did HERE

More Inspo
This makes me miss Whitney Huston


And in honor of My beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish and St. Patty's day coming up.....

5. Such Truth
Amen!! While I got lucky and have my dream guy, the truth is for sure in the eating part, lol.

My wish for you all is to have a  treat you love this weekend and NOT gain a pound!! 

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday
xoxo

CROCHET RE-CREATE & LINK-UP



This is a look I definitely knew I could re-create as I had every single item already in my closet. The perfect item to top it all off was this gorgeous Liz Claiborne scarf the boys got me for Christmas. I just love how easy it all came together. 

I usually wear this dress in the summer as you can see here.


However, how perfect to be able to wear it in cooler months by throwing on tights, booties and a leather jacket. It was just what I was looking for in a chic outfit and I also prefer the lighter camel shades to this compared to the model's browns. 


 I never used to like black with brown, especially black tights with brown boots but the combo has me sold now.

 This jacket just has not gotten enough love. I got it like 15 years ago but never wore it a whole lot. Now that I see it with this outfit, I really like it. Still in major love with these wedge booties from Lucky Brand.



So how did I do on this one? It's one of my favorites.
Can't wait for you to Link-Up with The Blended Blog ladies and myself for this week's Fashion Link-Up. 




HEART SHAPED TURKEY MEATLOAVES


HAPPY LOVE DAY angels!!! Nothing says Valentines Day like heart shaped foods. Am I right? Let me just say, the family LOVED this combo. Heart shaped mini meatloaves with pink mashed potatoes!! YES for the culinary win!! And guess what? This is a twofer spanning two blogs! If you head over to The Blended Blog, I Have another heart shaped concoction to round off this delightful LOVE feast!!

Yum


The topping of ketchup and brown sugar keeps this so moist.
My meatloaf really is a combination spanning 3 generations. I use some of my mom's ingredients, some of my grandmas, some of mine. And while I have measured it our for you in this recipe, really it is never the same, I just throw it all in.

What you'll need + an egg (I always forget the egg in pictures, lol)


HEART SHAPED TURKEY MEATLOAVES

INGREDIENTS
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground sirloin
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
5 saltine crackers
2 Tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup regular breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Worchestishire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
any other seasonings as desired
2 Tablespoons ketchup

Topping
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons ketchup

DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spay muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, place turkey and sirloin. Add to it all the other ingredients and mix with large spoon or your hands. Place a sixth of mixture in each heart. Mix the topping ingredients and spread on each heart meatloaf and bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or til center of a meatloaf is no longer pink. Lift out easy with a fork. For mashed potatoes, simply mash as normal, then add a couple drops red food coloring and mix til pink.





HAPPY TASTY TUESDAY VALENTINE'S!!! 
Now head on over to The Blended Blog to link-up your culinary goodness!!
And Don't forget who the chef is over there today...ME and I have your Valentine Dessert all ready for you!!!




I'M SO OVER...2


I've done a post like this before as we all have things we worry about. Trust me, with kids in college, one in HS, their numerous activities, apprehensions and homework pressures, not to mention, my own, worrying is a BIG part of my life! However, like I've said before, I know that I need to let go and let GOD!! Why worry, when he has a plan for me, right? Well, that is easier said than done and there will be days where I will be a worry wart! However, I have decided to let a lot of things go and to simply be Sooo over some of them. 
Try it, because let me tell ya, whether the issue or dislike is serious or trivial, letting it go is so very FREEING!!!

1. Hollywood. 
And Their ridiculous political rants. Seriously, you're actors and actresses getting paid HUGE bucks to entertain, you're not heroes, not keeping our country safe. Go back to the studio and shush!! Matthew McConaughey was recently interviewed and asked if it's time for the Hollywood elite to accept the Presidency. His response was this:
“Well, they don’t have a choice now. He’s our President. And, it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an Inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact. And be constructive with him over the next four years. So anyone, even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — and that’s another thing, we’ll see what he does compares to what he has said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be.”
Alright, Alright, Alright, Agree or Disagree, just get along and deal.

I'm not getting over how pretty he is!

2. Dreary Weather. 
I think Mother Nature is mad at us for all the unrest in the world and is punishing us with grey skies. It's been the dreariest Winter, not the worst winter, not the coldest winter, not the snowiest winter....just so darn DREARY!! Enough already. I know you're up there sun! Doing a sun dance daily!! 


3. People Who Still Don't Get Blogging. 
Do you ever get asked why you Blog? I know I do, and my answer is always, "For the fun of it, it's my hobby, my online diary of sorts." Most people think that is great! Some will ask: How much time does it take? To which I reply "Oh, about 30 hours a week or more." Then, I get the look as if some people think I'm nuts, especially since I work too. It's my hobby people. I don't ask you why you spend 30 hours on social media?? Think about that one. 


4. Snacks that Taste like Cardboard. 
I'm a snacker, but I do not want the high calorie stuff (well I do but not gonna do it). Anyway, sometimes I get sick of fruit, veggies, hummus and nut butters and just want something of convenience. Enter a recent Special K purchase: Protein Bites. They are so bland, I had to throw them out. Ugh. I'll stick with a string cheese. 

YUCK

5. Crappy Customer Service.
Ok check out girl at Target, can you pull your eyes off Instagram for one second? And don't you even sigh cause I will sling so many coupons at you, your head will spin. You are not getting paid to file your 5 inch nails; show some respect. And look me in the eye when I say Thank you. I take the customer satisfaction surveys ya know. Oh and don't get me started on customer service over the phone. Held on the line for 90 minutes, finally rings to a person, only to have my call dropped, whaaaaat? Ugh.


6. People that go into or work in the medical field who are not personable or compassionate. 
I get the importance of the book smarts, an absolute must. However, I think the other must is a compassionate, nurturing heart. Rude, blunt, sarcastic, cold care just doesn't cut it for hurting patients. 

7. People who Don't Leave a Tip
Understandable if the service was horrific as I referenced how horrible customer service can be. However, even if the server was poor or mediocre, you should still give them some kind of tip. I was only a waitress in college for a split second but I know how the tips are the livelihood. My husband is so good at this and it saddens me when I hear a conversation with someone laughing about not giving a tip. Shame on you! 

So True

And something to remember this fine Monday: 
Never Ruin a Good Day by Thinking About a Bad Yesterday! Let it Go! 

xoxo

FRIDAY FAVORITES....LOVE EDITION

LOVE is in the air. I am making a special effort to LOVE on those around me. Enjoy your weekend and I hope it is awesome and sweet for every one of you lovelies!!

1. My Husband Makes the Coffee
My husband may not like to cook, but what a Barista he is. I feel the love in the coffee he makes everyday. It truly does taste better than when I make it. The little gestures of love mean so much.



Here is our new baby, a coffee pot AND a Keurig in one.

Have you tried the new International Delight Latte Cream? 
Delicious.......your very own Lattte in one pump.

2. Heart Shaped Treats
I was so happy to find this muffin hearts pan. I have already baked up some delectable goodies like the Strawberry Cheesecake Heart Muffins  I showed you on Tuesday and cannot wait to share more with you on this Tasty Tuesday, which just happens to be Valentine's Day. 



3. Week's Attire
Target Dress, The Loft Cardigan, Heart necklace old but my Fav.


Another Target Dress, scarf from Italy, Steve Madden boots

Dry Good Tunic, J.C. Penny Duster, Charming Charlie necklace

Macy's Alfani sweater....yep have to wear the heart a lot around Valentine's

And of course one more time, my new fav HEART sweater from Wednesday


4. Burgundy & Black
This is one of my favorite outfits, Just LOVE Burgundy & Black together.
More Inspo




5. Saturday's with The Boys
So great spending Saturday with these guys. The oldest, who was a wrestler in High School was home from college for the Regional Wrestling matches at our youngest's school. Happy mama!

GO HAVE A WEEKEND FULL OF LOVE and JOY!!!!!

Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday
xoxo



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