10/20/14

Chit Chat: Taking A Sick Day

cat cuddles
Chit Chat: Taking A Sick Day
Friday I had a great day. I had an incredibly productive morning and afternoon at work. I got so much work done that I was able to leave work a couple hours earlier. Heading out of the office with a wide open very picturesque fall evening ahead of me I stopped to buy some apples with the plan of making apple turnovers during the weekend. I then met Jessica and spent a little time browsing in some shops and picking up a few items for Halloween. This was followed by calling the rest of our family and meeting up for an impromptu family dinner at one of our favorite restaurants followed by treating ourselves to froyos before heading home. Once me and Jessica made it home we sat down to plan what needs to be done this week for our Halloween party on Saturday.

Almost as soon as we sat down to work out some details I began noticing the first signs of a sore throat and over the course of the weekend it completely went downhill from there. I had agreed to drive Jessica to the conference she was speaking at later on Saturday so that she could get some extra practice time for her speech during the drive. When I woke up at 4 am I could barely speak, my nose was stuffy, and I had an intense sinus headache.

I powered through Saturday but when Jessica's conference was over that evening I immediately fell asleep trying to finish my book club read while Jessica drove us home. I slept until almost lunch time Sunday except for the few times I woke up to take medicine or tend to my very needy cat. I spent the rest of the day in my pajamas until I had to force myself to get dressed for book club.

I typically get these horrible/nasty sinus infections two or three times a year and they typically last a few weeks but with Halloween approaching and all of the festivities that I love (including our party) I am really hoping to feel better soon.

The last couple weeks I haven't been taking care of myself the way I should. I have been awake really late and up really early most days plus I have been juggling a lot on my plate. It has really caught up with me and today I think I have made the right call by opting to stay home and be out of commission for the day. The rest of my week is booked solid so I am crossing my fingers that a little extra rest today will help me make through the weekend host my party Saturday in good spirits.

At this moment I am bundled up under several blankets on my sofa in my pajamas and as soon as I finish this post I have grand plans to take a nap. Before signing off I have to ask do you have any getting better tips for me? What helps you feel better (in a hurry) when you are sick?

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10/19/14

The Sunday Edition

The Sunday Edition
If you missed them this week on our blog, two things you should definitely check out are 2 Easy DIY Halloween Garlands and our Fall 2014 Nail Polish Guide.

In that last few days I have stumbled onto two DIY crafts that I really want to try soon: Donut Pumpkin and Candleholder DIY.

I have also found two new recipes that look and sound absolutely delicious: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and Honey Corn Cakes and Lavender Earl Grey Tea Cake.

These Fall Essentials are definitely on my list! I would love the boots!

The Secret to Growing Healthy Long Hair

Fall 2014 Trend Report

How to Spice Things Up on a Casual Friday!

19 Dresses for Fall Parties


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10/18/14

On The Menu: 3 Ingredient Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas

oven roasted chickpeas
On The Menu: 3 Ingredient Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a super healthy food. When roasted chickpeas develop the flavor and texture of nuts. This super easy recipe that only requires 3 ingredients is delicious and makes a delicious snack. They are also great to serve up as an appetizer at parties or when having a few friends over. I made this batch with chili powder as the seasoning but it is fun and easy to try different flavors. Some more of my favorites include: cayenne and cumin, garlic powder and Parmesan, cinnamon and sugar, cumin and garlic powder, rosemary + parsley and basil.

oven roasted chickpeas

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) cans of chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 2. Rinse the chickpeas well and then blot them dry with paper towels.
3. In a bowl toss the chickpeas with the olive oil and chili powder until well coated.
4. Spread into an single layer on a baking sheet.
5. Bake until brown and crisp, about 35-45 minutes. Stir occasionally while baking.
spicy roasted chickpeas recipe
spicy oven roasted chickpeas recipe
oven roasted chickpeas recipe

10/17/14

Happy Weekend

mountains and lake
Happy Weekend
This has been one of those weeks were every single task seemed to take forever and as a result I got a lot less of my to do list done than I had planned to complete. Although I didn't get as much accomplished this week as I should have this week has felt exhausting.

This weekend looks like it is going to be a busy one for me and Jessica. You may not know this but Jessica is an amazing math teacher who is always receiving all of this praise for her good work and so many requests that she help students that are struggling to grasp math. This weekend she is speaking at a huge conference to share with other teachers some of her methods.

On Sunday we have book club and will be discussing this book. Although it is a classic and I have long loved the movie it was the first time reading it for both of us. Have you ever read it? Jessica and I both loved it.

What will you be doing this weekend?

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