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Tuesday Eats: Spinach and Turkey Pasta

Spinach Turkey Pasta

When a pasta craving hits I typically try to find the healthiest recipe for such. Brian and I had picked up some homemade garlic and chive pasta from the St. Louis farmer’s market and decided to test out this recipe that Shape  magazine shared. It was amazing and full of flavor. Turkey sometimes doesn’t mesh well with recipes in my mind, even though it is the healthier option. For this dish I loved the ground turkey addition and wouldn’t change a thing when I make it next. Big part about this recipe? You only use one pot!

Spinach & Turkey Pasta
via bs in the kitchen

ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
6 ounces ground turkey
1 red onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup spinach, chopped
4 ounces spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
1 1/2 c. water (or broth)
salt & pepper
2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

directions:
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add Turkey, red onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Add tomato and spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Add pasta and water and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer with the lid on for about 20 minutes or until water reduces to form a light sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

xx

Birthday + 26 Facts

Birthday Candles

Today is my birthday and making the proverbial Monday a bit more special this week!
I thought it’d be fun to share 26 facts on my 26th bday.

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1. I’m a huge SEC football fan. 12 more days until kickoff– Go Dawgs!

2. I’m a complete hypochondriac. note: stay off webmd

3. Trulia is a serious addiction. I house hunt in cities that I’ll never live in, but love comparing studios/houses/apartments.

4. My mom, grandmother and cousins are all twins. Looks like my odds are extremely high down the road…

5. Whenever I’m stressed, baking is what calms me down.

6. In college my major was public relations, but now I work in sales.

7. I’ve met the most amazing friends from blogging and am so thankful for this community.

8. ‘Send Me On My Way’ by Rusted Roots is the song that always puts a smile on my face.

9. I worry about bad things happening to my family & friends all the time.

10. My dream job would be owning a small home decor + fashion boutique in Charleston, SC.

11. I met Brian two months before moving from South Carolina and we’ve been doing long distance for 3 years. I cannot wait to live in the same city, time zone and under the same roof.

12. I love that my two cousins are more like sisters to me.

13. Skiing is one of my favorite winter activities.

14. I spent a summer studying abroad in Florence, Italy and have had the travel bug ever since.

15. The University of Texas at Austin was my first college choice, but going to The University of Georgia was the best decision I’ve made.

16. I talk to my parents at least two times a day.

17. B and I really want to get a gooldendoodle once we move from St. Louis.

18. I love planning and hosting parties. I can’t wait for a house that has space to entertain in!

19. Cheerleading was the only sport I didn’t do growing up.

20. I have serious anxiety about going to the doctor or dentist.

21. I wear my heart on my sleeve and always put my family first.

22.  Traveling for work is fun, but gets lonely when you’re bouncing between hotel rooms.

23. I could spend hours reading a good book.

24. I’m worried that on our wedding day I’ll be way too emotional.

25. I feel like 26 is going to be the best year yet

xx

** The winner of the Beautycounter giveaway is Shelby! Everyone else can head here to order products to test out!

The Lilly Pulitzer massive once a year sale starts at 8 AM. Get ready to score some amazing deals!

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Weekend

pink door and ivy

Happy Friday party people!
I woke up in Chicago this morning and am looking forward to spending the weekend in the city for my friend Katie’s bachelorette. The weather looks to be fabulous, we’re heading to some great restaurants and we’ve packed our dancing shoes (and five hour energy). Keeping it short and sweet today. Have a wonderful weekend!

favorite links…

+ If you’re a fan of Mellow Mushroom, consider dinner taken care of on Wednesday!

+ I just got a 50mm lens for my camera and will be using these tips to help me learn manual mode better.

+ Happy National Relaxation day! It’s the last chance to get your entry in for the ‘Summer of Go’ sweepstakes. Enter to win here!

+ These shoes need to be mine soon. How perfect are they for fall?

+ Don’t forget to enter the Beautycounter giveaway that ends Monday!

xx

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Show & Tell: Mimi and Muff

mimi and muff

I owe this Show & Tell find to my good friend Sarah. She returned from her honeymoon and in pictures was wearing the cutest  sarong by local Atlanta company Mimi and Muff. The resort line was created by two sisters, Sara and Molly, and has a gorgeous variety of colors, prints and styles. I’m already planning on scooping up a sarong for future beach trips and their collection of bags are equally chic.

This bag, a bright sarong and a breezy tunic are on my wish list!

mimi and muff dressmimi and muff sarongmimi and muff bag

** Atlanta friends: Mimi and Muff are having a sample sale on Monday, August 18th – 20th from 10 AM to 6 PM at Travadavi.
2300 Peachtree Rd. NW 101-B Atlanta, GA

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Tuesday Eats: Lemon Garlic Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes

Grilled artichokes are one of those appetizers that I love when I see them on the menu, but rarely make at home. Most of the really tasty ones are paired with creamy, fatty dips and I try to avoid those when possible. This grilled version doesn’t require a dip for tasty results and instead relies on fresh squeezed lemon and garlic. You can throw this together in under 30 minutes and it would make a great appetizer when you’re having friends over or if you’re looking for something to snack on while preparing dinner. Simple, clean eating that I’ll be making again soon!

Lemon Garlic Grilled Artichokes
via allrecipes

ingredients:
2 large artichokes
1 lemon, quartered
3/4 c. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black ground pepper
parmesan cheese (optional)

directions:
Fill a large bowl with water and squeeze the juice from one lemon wedge into the water. Trim the tops from the artichokes, cut in half lengthwise and place halves into the bowl of lemon water to prevent from browning. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and squeeze the remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl. Stir in the olive oil, garlic and season with salt & pepper. Pre-heat an outside grill for medium-high heat.
Brush the artichokes with a coating of the garlic dip and  place on the grill. Grill the artichokes for 5-10 minutes, basting with the tip and turning frequently until the tips are a little charred. Serve immediately with the remaining dip.
I sprinkled ours with fresh parmesan to top it all off.

xx

Giveaway: Beautycounter

Beautycounter

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my new favorite skincare companies, Beautycounter. A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to the line which uses only safe, effective ingredients that work together for beautiful skin. She knew I’d love the line and I can 100% say that I’m hooked on these products and now slowly working to convert my skincare  to Beautycounter. Did you know that there are over 10,000 chemicals found in personal skincare and only 10% of these chemicals have safety data? Scary thought. Another fun fact, the European Union has banned over 1,300 ingredients, while the US has banned only 11.

Don’t let these super chic containers fool you. These products actually make a difference in the way my skin feels. I’ve tried countless face washes, searched for the best exfoliators and researched moisturizers that won’t clog your pores, all in hopes of getting my face in tip top shape (there is a wedding coming up after all!). After testing out the routine cleanser and  gentle exfoliator I’m ordering full sized versions of both. Since there aren’t any fake fillers in these products you only need a tiny dot of each, making them last a few months. They left my skin feeling fresh, clean and baby soft. Who doesn’t want that?

I could honestly go on and on about this line and the amazing mission and press that they’ve received. Today we’re giving you the chance to win some of Beautycounter’s best-sellers! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance at winning the AM hydrating cream, the rosewater uplifting spray and a travel size Lustro face oil #2.   

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Good luck!! Contest is open only to US residents and ends next Monday, August 18th.

You can always go ahead and order a few products here if you’re anxious to test them out!

xx

Weekend

Corner Windows

Friday, I’m cheers-ing to you. So glad you’re here!
A dreary, rainy Thursday had me ready for lazy weekends and sleeping in. It’s been an exciting week as we’re hearing back on interviews from B’s fellowship programs. Only 119 more days until we find out where we’re living next! I’m looking forward to a weekend with no plans in St. Louis and pure relaxation. How cozy does that nook above look? Perfect spot for reading with a cup of coffee.

Favorite links this week…

+ Under Armour nailed it on the head with their new tv ad.

+ This dress has my name written all over it. Who can pass up a good scallop?

+ Who doesn’t want a trip to Hawaii? This could be you!

+ With all the fresh peaches in season how good does this meal look?

+ If you’re in the market for a new rug pad (total adult moment), checkout these. They ship super fast and are such great quality. We currently have ours in the living room and it helps so much with the hardwoods. Use code pr15off for 15% off! (c/o)

+ Be sure to check back Monday —  I have a giveaway that I’m so excited to bring to y’all!

What do y’all have planned for the weekend?

xx

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Show & Tell: Whitney English Day Designer

Day Designer

Before I purchase 90% of things I research them like crazy. I like to compare products, check for any specials and read the reviews. Whether it’s a nice new camera lens or a pair of earrings, I love hearing what consumer’s thoughts are. All though college I was an old fashioned planner type of girl. It was easy to toss in my school bag and fill in during class or meetings. However for the past four years of post-grad life it’s embarrassing how much I rely on my ical for reminders and events. I just couldn’t find a planner that met all of my needs. Erin Condren and Lilly Pulitzer’s were both great, but still didn’t have everything that I was looking for and I ended up back at my ical.

I almost re-declared myself an electronic planner girl, but stumbled upon Whitney English’s Day DesignerFinally a planner that has everything (and more) that I was looking for and here’s why…

Whitney EnglishI love that it has a hard cover and a heavy duty spine. This isn’t something that’s easily going to be bent or pages popping out of the spiral. Each package comes with a velvet pink ribbon that happens to make a perfect place marker.
Day Designer ReviewOpen it up and there’s a convenient side pocket for storing little notes, reminders, etc. There are gold tabs for each month down the right side of the planner.  Keeping things nice and organized from the beginning. Just the way I like it.
Day Designer InsideThe biggest feature to me is the daily breakdown. Each day gets its own page (hooray!) and a schedule by hour. Since I’m usually simultaneously making a to-do list, I love that this one is already built into the same page and I can check it off as I go. To keep priorities in check each day has “Today’s Top Three” where you can write down what you want/need to accomplish that day. In the bottom corner of the page is a “Daily Gratitude”  space which no matter how busy the day gets, always reminds me to take a deep breath and focus on what I’m thankful for. Month at a GlanceDon’t worry, there’s also a month-at-a-glance for the big picture planners.

The January – December edition goes on sale here on August 15th at 8 AM CST and is sure to sell out quickly.
Are any of y’all old fashioned planner girls or do you rely on your computer to keep you on track?

xx