Friday Five: I’m not an Oompa Loompa

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Hi friends!  I don’t know about where you live, but it is already HOT in Texas!  I feel like I’m getting sunburned as soon as I step outside – it’s too soon for this. 😦 Can I quarantine at the North Pole for the summer?

Anyways, on to my favorite things from the week…aside from my garden of course!

One: A very un-Casey DIY

A few weeks ago I told y’all to follow @philip_or_flop on Instagram.  He does DIY projects, on the weekends, around his home to customize his builder grade house.  Many of his projects are like ASMR to me, I could watch him power wash stuff all day.

A couple weekends ago he used 45% strength vinegar (really strong) to kill some grass that had creeped into his flower beds.  Earlier this week I tried it myself.  Y’all, my grass & weeds died within a couple hours!  Now I plan to till up the weeds, put soil down, plant a tree, & mulch the rest of the bed.

I’m debating between a redbud tree & a Bradford pear.  Both flower & have pretty color in the fall, but the redbud is smaller.  I’m leaning towards the redbud because I can plant it within 8 feet of my house.  Any tree recommendations for the Houston, TX area? IMG_2034

Two: Olive & June’s summer colors!

Have you seen Olive & June’s new summer line?  So pretty!!! 5D2788B7-E0CE-4EB2-9D72-F625C5A456B6

I’m ordering at least 3 of these.

Three: Maren Devine

I have a new artist I’m obsessed with – Maren Devine.  I’m debating which will be my next art piece.

I’m debating on these three pieces:

Four: Self Tanner

Because of @things.i.bought.and.liked, I have finally found a self tanner that does not make my super fair skin look like an Oompa Loompa.

Tan-Luxe The Gradual is awesome!  It does not have a strong smell, & the lotion is very thin & runny so you can move it around a lot before it fully soaks in.  I haven’t had any issues with it staining clothes or furniture.

You can see here where I didn’t spread it out so well on my forearm. IMG_2033

Five: Salads

We are getting to that time of year where all I want is salad.  It’s cold & crunchy & I can’t get enough.  I made a random salad the other day that turned out delicious.

Here’s what I made: arugula & Swiss chard from my garden, romaine leftover in my fridge, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, radishes, couscous, feta cheese, topped with baked falafel, & a lemon vinaigrette.  So so good!

I hope you enjoy this holiday weekend, which I just figured out yesterday.

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: March 2020

Hi friends!  It has been ages since I have done one of these. D4181699-7DFE-49CC-9185-B7985BF653C3

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

What I’m eating this week?

So, this past weekend I took inventory of what was in my freezer, fridge, & pantry.  I’m crossing things off as I eat them, and then adding them to the leftovers list to ensure I eat those too.  Not a huge leftovers fan… IMG_1524

I’ve been using what I have on hand to make recipes from The Defined Dish cookbook & Half Baked Harvest cookbook.  Also, Ina Garten is posting simple pantry staple recipes on IG while we are staying home in due to this pandemic.

This week I plan to try TDD Curried Beef Turkey Acorn Squash, and HBH chocolate banana coconut muffins.

What I’m reminiscing about?

Remember like 2 weeks ago when we could leave our house?  Yeah, me neither.

What I’m loving?

So, the last couple of weeks I was “stress buying,” but I’ve since cut myself off.  Oddly enough, I bought art, which is super useful in a pandemic (I’m rolling my eyes so hard). IMG_1526

Both of these artists I found on Instagram.  Top two are from @melremmers, and the bottom two are from @verrier_handcrafted_.  I have another small piece coming from @laureldawn.cornerstudio.  I just need to get these babies framed!

What I’ve been up to?

Luckily for me, I work from home, even before the world fell apart, so it is pretty much business as usual.  If you’re having any network or VPN issues now that you are working from home, reach out to me! 🙂

What I’m dreading?

Aren’t we all dreading the same thing?  The unknowns of COVID-19.  Based on multiple interviews I’ve seen, medical experts are predicting that we are still in the very early stages of this in the US.  We are expected to peak late April.

What I’m working on?

Outside of actual work, I’m working on a hard jigsaw puzzle.  Why I thought it would be a good idea to order impressionist art puzzles is beyond me.

What I’m excited about?

I’m wearing my Nantucket J. Crew sweatshirt today, & I’m excited to get to plan a trip again.  May still be a while yet, but here’s hoping…

You can read about my Nantucket trip here.

What I’m watching & reading?

I’m watching so much Bravo right now.  I’m really into the new show, Family Karma.  I’ll start Tiger King tonight, although I usually don’t love shows that get this much hype.  Still loving Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist too.  I’m also really wanting to rewatch The Mindy Project.  Anyone else rewatching old favorites?

I’m having such a hard time getting motivated to read.  The first two days of social distancing, I read one book.  Since March 15, I’ve only gotten half way through another book.  It’s not that I don’t like it, but I’m just not motivated.  Am I the only one?

What I’m listening to?

Have you listened to my Quarantunes playlist?  You should, it’s pretty good if I do say so myself.

What I’m wearing?

I bought these two shirts from The Shop Forward, all the proceeds go to charity.  Love that!

Also loving this Lou & Grey sweater. C0280101-BF58-45C0-AE65-567FD0E10BDC

What I’m doing this weekend?

HAHAHAHAHAHA, drinking wine & doing jigsaw puzzles.  Obviously.

What I’m looking forward to next month?

I’m going to do a “no buy April,” which is where I can only spend money on food & utilities, but no extras.  Since I think we’ll still be in Quarantine, this should be easy.  Should being the operative word.

What else is new?

Have you seen the new nail polish colors from Olive & June?  They are so good!  Also, Sarah’s (the founder of O&J) IG Live with Katie from @WhatKateFinds is so fun!  Katie does an interview everyday at 3:00pm CST – it is really getting me through these long days.

Hope you enjoyed.  I’ll be back here on Friday for my Friday Five!

Kiss Hug,

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Friday Five: Watermelon Sugar High

Hi friends!  I’ve set a new goal for myself…  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have posted three new posts in the last 3 weeks.  Yea me!  So, to keep that momentum going I have decided to do a new post every Friday of my five favorite things from the week.  They can range from products, clothing, podcasts, recipes, etc.

So without further ado, here are my favorite things from February 22 – 28.

One: Cuticle Serum

I was introduced to Olive & June a few months ago by Katie from @WhateKateFinds (a must follow on IG).  Y’all, I am in LOVE with the Cuticle Serum!7DC442A4-2863-4D8E-B1A6-A6AC38BA026D_1_201_aI use it at least twice a day (morning & night); my hang nails are virtually gone & my manicures seem to last so much longer.2C6299A0-0CE9-4955-B058-96A09602F726This Manicure is going strong on day 11, and I am hard on my nails.  I pretty much keep a serum on my nightstand, one on my desk, & one in my purse.  I’ve lost one, so I plan to buy a new one today & a couple of the new Spring nail polishes, which I also love.

Cost: $30 – I know it is a little pricey, but totally worth it.

Two: Sea Marie Designs

I recently discovered a new accessories online boutique, Sea Marie Designs.  Casey (great name!) from @Case.Rutherford on IG posted one of Chelsea’s headbands and I was hooked.  It took me a while to get on board with this trend, but I’m here!  Chelsea has been a dream to work with, her customer service & timeliness is amazing.  The price point for everything I’ve purchased has been under $20 each – 3 headbands, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, & a necklace…so far. :).

She came out with Spring headbands this week…looks like I’ll be placing another order soon. 

Three: HBH Pasta Recipe

So, my New Year’s resolution for 2020 is to make recipes out of my cookbooks instead of printing them from Pinterest, blogs, etc.  I’ve been making two recipes a week out of a cookbook.  That said, I did cheat & make one recipe I got in an email from Half Baked Harvest, but I have both of Tieghan’s cookbooks so I don’t feel too bad about it.

On Monday I made her Roaster Red Pepper Alla Vodka Pasta with Cheesy Oregano Breadcrumbs.  Y’all, do not sleep on this recipe!9C95A46B-CA30-4316-AF57-7E6512031865  It was so good & can feed a small crowd; I froze some of the leftovers.  If you do “Meatless Mondays” or are trying to cut down on your meat in take, this could be a great option for you.  VanderPump Rules lied to us, it is about the pasta. 😉355F86DE-EE26-42DF-8C77-599A13E9BA8E

Four: Harry Styles

Y’all, I’m unexpectedly in love with Harry Styles’ newest album, Fine Line.  I bought the album after I saw Harry on SNL.  The first time I listened to it I thought that he was hungry because Harry mentions food in just about every song.  My favorite song on the album is “Adore You” but “Watermelon Sugar” is an instant dance party for me.

Five: Schitt’s Creek ADA5364D-8418-4363-BB7B-0317665420D0

Ew, David.  Y’all, I realize that I may be the last one on the Schitt’s Creek train, but I am OBSESSED.  I have perfected my Alexis impression, ummm you’re welcome.  When I tried to explain this show to Mama J, I told her that it is the opposite of the Beverly Hillbillies.  Instead of poor folks becoming rich, it is rich people becoming poor & the chaos that ensues is this magical show. She started the season this week!  I’m currently on Season 5, and still have Season 6 to go but I think I’m trying to prolong my love affair.

On a totally different note, Real Housewives of NY is coming back April 2.  Should I start recapping episodes again?

Until next Friday…

Kiss Hug,

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