Monday, January 30, 2012

My Weekend in Pictures


 Brother in-law's basketball game

Frozen yogurt=perfect afternoon snack.

Oh, hey! :) Ready for date night!

Dinner: Genghis Grill--TONS of veggies+brown rice for me. YUM! :)

Movie: One For the Money--I really liked it! {Jonathan did too :)}

Dinner last night was Bubble Up Pizza. The left side was Jonathan's & the right side was mine! :)

Rented 50/50. It was funny, sweet, & a little sad. Overall, a pretty decent movie!

The Griffins are wishing you all a WONDERFUL week! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

You have won this cozy scarf in grey :)
Thank you to all my readers who entered my first giveaway!
 Can't wait to do another one!

Hope y'all had a great weekend! :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake

I made this last Monday night & it could not have been easier! Very yummy too!
I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next couple of days. Man, I love leftovers :)

 You can find the recipe here: Tasty Kitchen

My only suggestion would be to add a little less of the greek yogurt & a little more salsa!
 I will definitely make this again, but maybe with quinoa instead of brown rice. Not that the rice wasn't good, but just because I'm currently obsessed with quinoa  :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blog Button

Along the Way with V & J now has a blog button!
Scroll down the right & grab one. Who else has a button? I'd love to swap! :)

Happy Weekend, blog friends!

Fill in the Blank Friday.

Before I fill in the blanks, I have a quick question for y'all. Jonathan's parents are taking us to Flemings Steakhouse tonight. I've never been before! What do y'all recommend? 

Okay, now to the blanks!

1.   My favorite place i've ever traveled to is    Orlando. I LOVE Disney World! It's my favorite. I'm such a kid :) Also, they have Universal/Island of Adventure and Sea World! I love amusements parks!

2.    Greece     is somewhere I'd love to go someday.

3.  I pass the time on a plane (or bus, or car ride or train) by     read, listen to music, watch movies, play games, sleep, snack, etc...

4.  My three must-haves when I travel are     something to read    ,    my iPhone   and     a cozy blanket .

5.  My favorite travel companion is    my husband, of course! He's my favorite :)

6.  The craziest thing that ever happened to me while traveling is   when I went to New York in high school there was "supposedly" a gun man in our hotel. Not sure if it was true, but we were stuck in our hotel room for a while!

7.  The most exotic food I've ever tried while traveling is    alligator, I guess. :/ I haven't been out of the country, so I haven't tried many exotic foods...YET ;)


8.  If I could live anywhere else, I'd live in   Orlando or San Diego  .

9.  I have been to    16 {I think, maybe more} states in the U.S.

Book Club: The Best of Me


Linking up for Book Club again! 

This week I read The Best of Me by {one of my favorite authors} Nicholas Sparks.
Another great story from Nicholas Sparks!

Description:
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?


My Thoughts:
This was a really easy read! {I read it in 3 days} I was hooked from the beginning. It's pretty much your typical Nicholas Sparks novel. Very sweet & sad too. I definitely cried. The ending was a bit of a surprise. Definitely not how I thought it would end. Overall, I enjoyed this book! I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars :) If you are a Nicholas Sparks' fan, you will definitely like this book! {& Warner Bros. has already bought the movie rights.  I can't wait to see The Best of Me turned into a film!}

After I finished The Best of Me, I immediately got started on the third book the Stephanie Plum series: 
Three To Get Deadly.
I'm about six chapters in & I think it is my favorite so far. 
These books just keep getting better & better!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In love...

...with my new leopard loafers!
Thanks to a tip from Britt, I purchased these Steve Madden loafers today at DSW Shoes.
SO excited! I've been dying for a pair!

I was also desperately needing some new black flats.
& these are perfect. I feel very Audrey Hepburn-esque when I put them on ;)

Thank you, Steve Madden for these two new additions to my shoe collection!

Well, it's time to take dinner out of the oven. 
Just in time to watch The Big Bang Theory and Grey's Anatomy.
Have a great evening, y'all :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My first GIVEAWAY

My little blog now has 150 followers! Thank y'all so much for reading all my ramblings!
To show my appreciation I'd like to do a little giveaway. :)

I love scarves. They are probably my favorite accessory! I have a TON and one of my favorites is the Staring at the Stars Netted Fringe Eternity Scarf from Urban Outfitters. I wear it ALL the time!

  Because I love this scarf so much I want to give it to one of YOU! This scarf comes in two colors.

Grey

& Sky

The winner will get to pick which color they get!

I have it in grey.
It really is my favorite scarf. So warm & comfy! :)

To enter simply leave a comment telling me which color you'd choose & your email.
This giveaway is open to ALL my readers, not just bloggers!
I will choose a winner Sunday evening: January 29th.

Thank you again to all my wonderful readers! 

What I'm Loving Wednesday.


I'm loving this sweet ring my dear friend {Linsey} gave me.
Just precious. :)

I'm loving Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs.
I love guacamole & these 100 calorie packs are amazing! So tasty!

I'm loving Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.
I love this color! It looks so dark, but when you put it on it is perfection.

I'm loving leopard loafers.
I'm in the hunt for a pair! Let me know if you find any for a good price!

I'm loving that One for the Money comes out this Friday.
I can't wait to see it! Hoping it is as great as the book!

I'm loving this little family.
Y'all, I used to despise Scott. But, now he is my favorite!
I wish these three would get their own show!

I'm loving my Kindle Fire.
I just finished reading my first full book my Kindle & I'm in love! It's so much more comfortable than holding a book. {I don't even have to hold it!} I can also see the words so much better, since I can make the them as BIG as I want & the lighting is great! I'm obsessed :)

I'm loving 1 Peter 5:7.
We all have worries & things that trouble us, but our God loves us SO much that He wants us to give every worry & care to Him. I don't know why I even worrying so much when I know that God is in complete control. I hope this verse gives y'all as much peace as it gives me! So thankful for a God that loves me so deeply, Who is guiding my every step!

Y'all have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My New Favorite Thing

{Keurig owners: this post is specifically for you!}
This little gem is a Solofill Cup for Keurig Brewers. And I'm in love with it.  :) It allows you to use ANY coffee in your Keurig. K-cups are not cheap, so this baby is going to save me so much money! I got it at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $14. If you own a Keurig, I highly suggest getting one!

I tested it out by using some Dunkin' Donuts holiday coffee that I got on sale at Target. 
Pumpkin Spice & Mocha Mint. I found them both to be super tasty :)
They were originally $8 each & I got them half off. Check your nearest Target to see if they have any left!

I also found Starbucks coffee on sale at Kroger this week.
Their new Blonde roast is yummy!

Funny thing is: I NEVER liked coffee until last year, but now I absolutely love it.
I look forward to it every morning. It's so warm & comforting :)

Well, I'm going to sip on my coffee & read some lovely blogs :)
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Weekend in Pictures

Friday
1. Finally watched last week's Gossip Girl. {Oh, Chuck & Blair...get it together PLEASE!}
2. Dinner at Texas de Brazil. We ate ourselves sick, but it was SO worth it.
3. Handsome hubby at dinner. Love that man :)
4. Ended the evening with a trip to my favorite place: Whole Foods! 

Saturday
5. My hubs introduced me to Temple Run, hoping that I'd get as addicted as he is. Mission accomplished.
6. Us! :) Excited to go EAT. We love food. & date nights!
7. Dinner at Bahamas Breeze. We hadn't been in months. I forgot how much I love their food. Yummm!
8. We were going to see a movie at the theater, but it was so darn cold out we just decided to come home, put on pajamas, & watch Kung Fu Panda 2 :) It was a good decision.

Sunday
9. We had lunch with Jonathan's grandmother & sister.
10. I had a great afternoon run. It was my farthest run yet! Yay! Almost halfway to 13.1!
11. I finished Two for the Dough. SO GOOD! & I started a new book on my Kindle. More on that later!
12. Enjoyed some Sunday night television: NFL games, Once Upon a Time, and Kourtney & Kim Take New York. I sadly missed Desperate Housewives because we were having a severe weather warning & they showed the coverage instead. No worries, I catch it on demand sometime this week!

Happy Monday, y'all! Hope all your weekends were wonderful! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Club

This is my very first time to link up to Blonde...Undercover Blonde's Book Club Link-up!
I plan to do a good bit of reading in 2012, so hopefully I'll be linking up a lot this year :)

You may remember that one of my goals for 2012 is to read {at least} one book a month. Well, I finished my first one last week: Janet Evanowich's One for the Money. I really enjoyed it! Good story & I loved the main character, Stephanie Plum. The movie version comes out next Friday!
The trailer looks great and I can't wait to see how it compares to the book!

Since it only took me two weeks to read One for the Money, I started on a second book for January, the next book in the series: Two for the Dough. I bought it along with the third book {Three To Get Deadly} on sale at Target this week.
I'm about five chapters in & I'm loving it so far! 

If you haven't gotten into the Stephanie Plum books yet, I highly suggest them.
There are eighteen books in the series, so I have a long way to go!

Happy Friday! :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January Birchbox/More Questions

My January Birchchbox has arrived. Here's what I got:
1. Stila: Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish {pretty brown color}
2. Juicy Couture: perfume sample
3. Archipelago: Pomegranate Body Soap
4. ORIGINS: Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash
5. Larabar: Mini Bar {carrot cake flavor}

What I love:
Stila eyeliner--I normally wear black eyeliner, but I'm loving this brown! Looks great!
Juicy Couture perfume--Lovely scent!

What I like:
ORIGINS Face Wash--I really liked the frothy consistency. 
Archipelago soap--Nice smell.

What I hate:
Larabar--This was so gross.

Overall, I loved my January birchbox! Even better than December!

Okay, now for some more questions. I was tagged again by Shannon & Samantha in the question game. Since these girls were kind enough to tag me, I'm going to answer their questions.
So read up & get to know me a little better :)

Shannon's Questions
1. What's your guilty pleasure?
Cupcakes & the Kardashians.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Orlando or San Diego

3. Do you crave sweet or salty?
Both, but most of the time I want SWEETS!

4. What is your favorite brand of makeup?
I don't have one favorite. There is a variety of brands in my makeup bag!

5. What's your ideal Saturday afternoon look like?
A nice run, maybe some shopping, then a date night with my husband.

6. If you were at a bar, what drink do you usually order?
1. I'm never at bars. 2. I don't drink.
But, if I was going to a bar for a friend's bachelorette party or something I'd order water. haha

7. What color is on your nails right now?
Essie's Mink Muffs

8. Do you prefer to write in blue or black?
black

9. What is one thing you'd like to see change in the future?
More people standing up for their faith. Our world could use a lot more people like Tebow.

10. What's your favorite song of all time?
I can't choose just one!

11. Have any books changed your life? If so, what are they?
1. the Bible 2. Heaven is For Real 3. Harry Potter

Samantha's Questions
1. What is your favorite brand of perfume?
I love so many! My husband loves Viva la Juicy, so that's one of my favorites because he likes it!

2. What is your favorite online shopping website?
Sephora & Amazon. You can get anything on Amazon!

3. What three things can you not leave the house without?
I really only need my iPhone!

4. What is one thing you wish you had right now?
A piece of dulce de leche cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory sounds amazing! haha

5. Do you believe in any kind of faith? If so, what?
Yes. My faith is in my Savior, Jesus Christ.

6. Do you have a dog? If so, what kind?
Nope! No pets in the Griffin home.

7. What is your dream career if you have it what is it?
Stay at home wife & mommy! :) hehe
I also think it would be so fun to open a bakery!

8. What is your favorite meal you can cook?
I love to cook and have many things I enjoying making! I'm just going to say mac & cheese! 
Here are the recipes for two of my favorites:

9. What is your favorite magazine?
Shape or People

10. What is your biggest fear?
Losing a loved one.

11. What is the best diet you have ever tried?
I personally don't like "diets". It's about changing your LIFESTYLE! That's the only way it will stick!

Thanks for tagging me, girls!







Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday.


I'm loving my new running shoes.
My husband's birthday gift to me was a trip to Fleet Feet for new running shoes!
They measured my feet, watched me run, & found the perfect pair for me!
They look wild, but I love them!

I'm loving my birthday gift from the in-laws.
Isn't this magnetic board adorable!? I love it!

I'm loving these "just because" roses my husband brought home yesterday.
Aren't flowers for no reason the best? :)

I'm loving berries.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & especially RASPBERRIES!

I'm loving this new Luna Bar flavor.
Peanut Honey Pretzel. So scrumptious! 

I'm loving Philosophy's Microdelivery peel.
I got a sample of this & I LOVE it! Makes my skin feel so soft!
I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday and I thinking about using it towards this peel!

I'm loving this pretty dress.
Lovely! Should I order it?!

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Girls Night: Birthday dinner & Miss America Watch Party

Saturday night I enjoyed a lovely evening with some of my favorite ladies. 
{Wish you could have joined us, Mac! We missed you!}
We had a great dinner at Boscos, then came back to watch Miss America & EAT cupcakes :)
Dinner at Boscos. So yummy!

 Brittany & Fallon

with Linsey & Mary Clayton

My baby sister. Kinda hard to believe we are 22 & 25!

Fallon & I. She just started her second semester of Optometry school. So proud of her!
{Remember how I told you my best friend had the same tattoo as me? Well this is her! We have matching hearts on our right ankles :) }

Making some coffee to enjoy with our cupcakes.
Coffee+cupcakes is a fabulous combination :)

Our CUPCAKES!

Fallon & I split a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing & a chocolate cake with banana icing, so we could eat two flavors. Both were super yummy! :)

Enjoying our treats & cheering for our sweet friend, Erin! :)

Love my girls. I'm very thankful for amazing friends!