Friday, July 31, 2009

Smoothies!

I tend to get hungry late in the evening and I have been looking for a solution to substitute any late night cravings with something healthy instead of junk food. My neighbor Jenny was telling me about these awesome smoothies she makes for a snack during the day. So I make them for myself if I get hungry and I add some flaxseed to give me the fiber that I lack.

Tim was craving one of my smoothies last night so I made him one. Since I was on a roll with my stuffed pepper dinner I decided to document my smoothie recipe for you guys too! Let me know what you guys think! Enjoy!

These are all the ingredients which include: Dole frozen fruit (I chose peaches, mango, raspberries, & strawberries), 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup OJ (I use Simply Orange), 2 tbsp. flaxseed, & 1 tbsp. chocolate chips


This was the one I made Tim last night minus the chocolate chips and flaxseed. Apparently he has enough fiber in his diet! And yes, I love drinking them out of my Eagles glasses! Enjoy!

♥ Erin









Stuffed Peppers

So last night when I got home from work, I was faced with the wonderful task of figuring out what I should make for dinner. Anyone who knows me knows I'm great at appetizers and desserts. Dinners are usually Tim's specialty. Tim and I hardly plan a lot of meals because we've been so busy this summer. Tim has his volleyball leagues or he's at the gym, and we don't always feel like cooking something big. Lately with this hot weather I haven't even been that hungry at night so we end up fending for ourselves most of the time. When I got home I had so much motivation to do all types of stuff. Even though Tim had a vball game tonight, I thought it would be nice to make a meal that he could just heat up quick when he got home. As I'm scouring my cabinets, all I kept seeing was meals that had a lot of carbs. The last week or so I had been eating way too much pasta, bread, and cheeses. I needed something that didn't feel like a brick in my stomach! My signature dinner is usually enchiladas which I have perfected from my mom's recipe. Everyone I make them for loves them. I was about ready to just suck it up and make the same dinner I always make when I realized that I was going to do something different. I thought I should make stuffed peppers. My stepmom has a great recipe for them, but the only problem was I knew she was unreachable for the recipe at the moment. So what does a girl do? I winged it, that's what I did. I took a picture after I had already eaten mine because it wasn't until I ate it that I realized they were good!

Next time I promise to take a pic when it's fresh and looks much better. Since I just winged it, I'll tell you what I put in it but I have no idea on measurements!

  • Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • Tomato Soup
  • Milk
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Whole Peppers
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese

Saute beef and drain. Cook rice and add to beef with tomato soup and milk. Simmer on low for about 5-10 minutes while adding salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and garlic salt to your liking. Cut tops off peppers and fill. Pour excess around peppers along with 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce or salsa, top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 for about 16 min.

That's what I did and it turned out great! Let me know if you need anymore specifics! Enjoy.

♥ Erin





Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mossimo® Paulina Gladiator Sandals

Back in June I posted about these fabulous shoes at Target. I checked atleast 3 separate stores and they either didn't have them or didn't have my size. So I went online and ordered them and of course they were backordered in my size, go figure. Well when I got home from work today I had a target box waiting for me! I was so excited I put them on and wore them around the house for probably 20 minutes! They are incredibly comfortable. I took a couple pics of them, and as soon as I find the outfit I want to go with it I'll take some pics with me wearing them. I really want a long sleeve, heather gray sweater dress to wear in the late summer or early fall. I think the shoes will go perfectly with it. If anyone knows where I can get one for a decent price let me know. I found the perfect one in a Rue La La boutique, but I didn't have the extra cash at the time.




♥ Erin

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Borders Rewards

Like I promised in my earlier post about Summer reading, here is the Borders Rewards coupon and it's good for today and tomorrow only for 30% off one item. I'll probably run out quick either tonight or tomorrow and get one of the books on my list. Enjoy!


♥ Erin


Ulta Coupons

This morning I got my weekly Ulta email with all their current deals and coupons. First off at Ulta.com there is free shipping on all purchases over $50. While supplies last until 8/1/09 you can add a free sample bag that includes bareMinerals, Jaqua, & Rockaholic products with any $25 purchase online.


Of course as with every circular you get from Ulta, here is your weekly $3.50 off a purchase of $10 or more. Just use the promo code for online use or if you need to print the coupon out for in store purchase click here.


Ulta has some great promotions this week. Check out their website for deals on clutches, buy one get ones, and free fragrance gifts.

♥ Erin

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time of year to catch up on some great reads while your relaxing at the beach or poolside. I have read some great books this summer that I normally wouldn't spark my interest. Earlier this summer I read The Mortal Instruments Trilogy which I thought was sooo good. My neighbor, Jenny, recommended the books and lent them to me (which is a great cost saver by the way). It had the dynamics of the Twilight series, but was so much more imaginative.

So now I'm on a mission to find the next book I want to start reading. There are so many that spark my interest, especially ones that are summer movies this year. I got my weekly Borders coupon in my email this morning (which I will post for everyone to use), and I was perusing the website to see if anything else sparked my interest. To start, I found four books I'm interested in reading. If anyone has any suggestions or reviews about them please let me know! Was there a must have book of the summer I missed? Fill me in!

I absolutely loved Emily's Something Borrowed and Something Blue which was another suggestion by friend and fellow blogger Christina. I wasn't sure about her books, but once I started reading I couldn't put them down. By the way Christina, I know you read this and I still have those books to give back to you! That's how long it's been since we've seen you guys!




I had seen this book in the book store for so long meant to grab it, but I just kept choosing other books over it. A couple days ago I saw the trailer for the movie and I finally was like, "I need to read this book!" Whether I read it first or see the movie, it's right up my alley. I'm such a sucker for good love stories and I see everything with Rachel McAdams, plus Eric Bana is pretty easy on the eyes too.



This book like The Time Traveler's Wife have been on my reading list for quite some time. However, I will most likely read the book before seeing this on the big screen. I read articles about fans and the author being furious with the ending of the movie. Usually I'm pretty good at separating books and their movies as two different entities. I am very excited to read this though, and I've heard it's a must read for anyone who has a family member diagnosed with cancer.


I almost shot out of my chair to run out to borders and go pick up this book until I realized it wasn't out yet! I love Dan Brown and I especially love the Robert Langdon books from him. He has a new book coming out September 15th that follows Robert Langdon through yet another adventure filled with many twists and turns. I cannot wait to pick this up. Everyone knows about Brown's already successful DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, but you should also check out some of his other books that don't follow his famous Robert Langdon character. They are just as suspensful and great to read.


Finally, if you're a True Blood fan, you have to read The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris in which the television series is based on. There are now 9 novels in total. This is a series I'm going to have to start in the winter when I have a little more time.




I hope you guys enjoy my pics, and as always I love your feedback. Let me know what you think of my pics and add some of your own!

♥ Erin

Thursday, July 23, 2009

DSW Deal

I just got this coupon in my email from DSW Rewards since I'm a member. Feel free to use it if you plan on making an online purchase by July 27th. I've just been deleting this stuff because I don't want to tempt myself since I'm trying to save, save, save. Just go to DSW.com and start your shopping. When you're ready to check out make sure you put in the coupon code and it will save you up to $25 depending on how much you spend. Shop for me and enjoy!



♥ Erin

Beach Volleyball

Here are a few shots of Tim and his Thursday men's team Dink'N'Flicka hitting the sand.









♥ Erin

Soon to be Aunt & Uncle

Here are a couple of Grace's pictures from her ultrasound earlier this week. Tim is determined to have a nephew and I'm indifferent; a girl is just as fine as a boy. He's even gone as far as to say he can see the penis in the picture and is telling everyone he has a nephew! So silly. I give grace a couple more weeks of it and she might try to kill him.





♥ Erin

Back from Hiatus!!

Sorry guys, I know it's been almost a month since I posted last. All of a sudden the summer got sooo busy. Before I start posting like crazy I'll give you guys some background with what's been going on and why I've been MIA.


What has been keeping us the busiest perhaps is house hunting! That's right, after a year of being in the DC metro area we decided that this would be a great place to permanently call "home". After having a couple realtor issues, we finally found a fantastic realtor! She is so awesome, her name is Carolyn Capalbo and she works for Keller Williams Realty. If you're looking for a house, find a realtor really is half the battle and she is everything we needed in a realtor. We couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, with good news usually comes bad. Currently the inventory in this area is in a slump, shocking I know. Basically there is a huge backup of bank owned properties, but the banks just aren't releasing them as of yet. So all of the homes that were out on the market the last few months have all gone into negotiation and are pending. Until the banks release the inventory they have whatever is left on the market is getting bought up, and what's left is really no good. Our realtor says once that happens it's gonna be insane, but until then house hunting is getting frustrating and boring! I'll keep you posted with that situation as it unfolds.


Next up...it's wedding season! We had a wedding the last weekend in May, we have one this weekend, one next weekend, and one at the end of August! Whew!! Of course what else comes with weddings but bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, and showers! Not to mention that all of these weddings are back up in Pennsylvania & one wedding is in Omaha, Nebraska which we decided to skip since flights were outrageous. This weekend coming up is our friends Jess & Matt in Lahaska, PA. I promise to post some of the pictures from the event next week!


It seems that every chance we get we've been trying to do as much outside as possible (and do I have the bug bites to prove it!) . Whether it's been going to see the latest summer movie, playing with the dog, going to parties, or playing volleyball we have been on the go. Tim is a huge volleyball player and when it's warm he loves playing beach. He belongs to a summer league and I have been going to his games since it's so fun to watch. I just uploaded pictures from the last game, and I'll post a few of the good ones. If games get cancelled a bunch of us get together at the courts and play for fun. We've also been trying to meet up every Sunday morning and play for a few hours then hit up the pool. It's great for your tan and great for your bod at the same time!


Lastly, we'll be pretty busy preparing for another member to become part of our family! Tim's sister Grace is pregnant! Tim and I are so excited to be an Aunt & Uncle. She is 13 weeks along and just posted pictures of her ultrasound of facebook. I'll have to post a few here too! So we have tried to go up to PA when we can, and hopefully her and her boyfriend can come down here when she's feeling a little better.


So that's it guys, you're all caught up! Stay tuned for some great posts coming up!



♥ Erin