Happy Friday!! What are you up to this weekend? Our first basketball games are on Sunday – should be interesting! Also, we’re going to take a trip to the zoo…we used to go ALL THE TIME – we were on a first name basis with the carousel volunteer (Herb, we miss you!!). Maybe the boys will sit long enough for us to watch one of the animal shows…maybe being the operative word. Enjoy my 5 favorites for Friday!
People always ask me how I have time to read…well, I MAKE time! Once the boys are in bed is technically the best time for me to get some reading in. My husband and I like to watch TV together at this time so I don’t read every night but try to get in 2 – 3 nights of solid reading. I found this article on how you too can find time to read.
Speaking of watching TV with my husband, one of the shows we like to watch is Girls. I started watching it on my own, but then figured he might like it. It took a few episodes for him to get used to it, but now in the middle of season 3 it’s a fun show to talk about together. Ever wonder why now you can’t really relate to the characters? It’s all part of the plan…
This next video is very useful! Ever wonder about the easiest way to peel a hardboiled egg? Eat a chicken wing? Check out this two minute video…I’ll never eat a banana the same (Max and Bara if you are reading this…)
This video made me laugh…all I have to say is “blah, blah, blah”.
Here are 17 Things You Should Do Right Now. I need to definitely do #1, #2, #3….
I don’t know who is more excited for the Barkbox, Sadie or myself. This month’s box was as great as January’s so I think we are going to remain subscribers!
The Harry Barker Tug n’ Toss is a bit heavy for Sadie’s liking, but I can totally see a dog loving that toy!
She loved the salmon – I mean what dog wouldn’t love a treat made of salmon, maple glaze and blueberry compote. I think my husband was a bit jealous.
Her favorite item from the box was the Angus tendons. I know it sounds gross, but these are rich in natural chondroitin and are 100% natural. I believe she ate her first one in about 5 minutes.
You already know about Sadie’s pupcakes…now we have pupcorn. Well, it looks like popcorn but it is grain-free and made of 100% Wisconsin cheese. My dog snacks better than I do!
Want to try it out? As BarkBox says, I’d love to spread the ruv. You can sign up for one box to try it out, but I think you may get hooked!
During our stay cation last week, we basically ate our way through the weekend sans kiddies. That Saturday night, we headed east to a beautiful, local resort. It was gorgeous out, so we toured the grounds before heading to dinner.
We stumbled upon this great dinner date spot within the resort while trying to find the restaurant we made reservations at (apparently it was off property…not noted on the website though). We decided to dine there and were so glad we did! One great dish that we came across was their warm brussel sprout caesar salad. It was DELISH and we vowed to knock it off when we got home.
You only need a few ingredients and it was actually quite easy to make.
- Brussel sprouts, 1 lb.
- Pamesan cheese
- Caesar dressing (pre-made or homemade, your choice)
- Cracked pepper, to taste
HOW DID WE MAKE IT?
Heat a medium sauce pan with water. Wash the brussel sprouts. Cut the end off, then cut in half the long way. Peel off the leaves and put in a bowl. Once the water comes to a boil, add the brussel sprout leaves and let cook for 4 – 5 minutes. Strain, then place into salad bowls. Toss leaves with caesar salad dressing. Grate parmesan over warm brussel sprout leaves and add cracked pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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It’s FRIDAY!!! Have any plans for the weekend? My weekend is going to be filled with basketball, as the new season started this week! Here are my Friday Favorites – cool links that I have stumbled upon this week. Enjoy!
38 Best Pickup Lines for Dogs - Who would’ve thought?
What would you do if you were given a cupcake for every day of the month? Here’s a cupcake recipe for each day – this made me super hungry!
“We should be thankful that we are living, there is beauty everywhere.” As said by Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest living Holocaust survivor at age 110. You could learn a lot about life from this brave woman.
Loving that Grand Luxe Cafe has so many gluten-free options on their menu! I went to dinner with a friend there last night and was super excited to see so many. I chose the Sunday Night Pasta with their gluten-free fusilli. It was delicious and you couldn’t even tell that the pasta was gluten-free (ask Lauren – I had her try it!).
So proud of Tara Gantz-Newman! She was dubbed the Another Mother Runner Mother of the week! Check out the post – how cute are her kids???
is known for its upscale, high quality coffee machines. But did you know that you can get a Nespresso machine for just under $150? I came across the Nespresso U Pure Black Coffee Machine
and fell in love with it’s design and was even more amazed with it’s capabilities. The Nespresso U has a sleek, “U” shaped design and will fit in pretty much any kitchen – check out the features below!
- Stands at just under 10″ tall
- Removable water tank
- Empty water tank detection
- Fast pre-heating time in 25 seconds
- Automatic shut-off after 9 minutes
- Cable storage
- No-drip nozzle
I was introduced to Nespresso machines when I went to Paris to visit Anouk! Every morning she made me this delicious espresso drink (how nice is that???) When I came home, I told my husband that we HAD to get one of these magical machines. He thought it was one of my “phases” but we purchased one anyway. Now if you were to ask him who uses it more…it would be him! There are so many different flavored and strengths of espresso pods that you can try, and the machine is small enough to stay on your counter top and not take up too much room!
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TGIF! Here is my usual dose of Friday Favorites – my favorite links that I have stumbled upon this week. Enjoy!
I’m from Long Island and when I read this list of 10 Stereotypes About Long Island – um, yeah.
Have you ever had that conversation where you think of all of the cool things you are going to buy for your mansion when you have a kazillion dollars? Out of this list of 35 things, I can totally see myself with the Lego wall (the boys would be THRILLED and busy for days!) and the waterslide!!! Which ones would you love to have?
I’m going to try this gluten-free flatbread recipe this weekend – so excited!
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Besides reading, I love to shop! I came across this great article – 11 Style Tips For the Girl on a Shoestring Budget. There are some cool ideas…