Weekly Meal Plan

Three Bean Chili

Poached Eggs in Tomato sauce
Tuna & Potato Salad

Spinach, Feta and Red Pepper quiche
Veggie Burgers with grill potatoes and asparagus
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Flatbread

Just ignore the f-ed up spacing, I can't figure it out


Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, and all things eco, here is a list of things you can do to start being more eco friendly.
  • Paper napkins to cloth napkins
  • Paper towels to cloth towels or something like Skoy cloths
  • Tissues to handkerchiefs
  • Paper, plastic or Styrofoam plates to your kitchen plates
  • Disposable utensils to regular silverware
  • Disposable water bottles to (again) reusable bottles like Thermos, Klean Kanteen or Camelbak
  • Plastic sandwich bags or paper lunch bags to reusable containers/bags
  • Plastic straws to glass or stainless steel straws
  • Swiffers (or similar products) to a broom and dustpan or mop (or use reusable cloths like cloth diapers/terry inserts in your Swiffer)
  • Disposable dust rags to cloth rags
  • Disposable diapers to cloth diapers
  • Disposable baby wipes to cloth wipes (inexpensive plain washcloths work really well)
  • Disposable feminine products (tampons, pads) to reusables like DivaCup, MoonCup, Glad Rags, Luna Pads, Pretty Pads, or New Moon Pads, among others. You can even make your own pads.
  • Grocery store bags to reusable bags
  • Disposable wrapping paper or gift bags to reusable cloth gift bags
  • Single-use batteries to rechargeable batteries
List via Crunchy Domestic Goddess

And for your viewing pleasure are some beautiful, earth mama goodness.

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Container Gardening

I'm very excited to plant a container garden this year. Last year I planted some basil and flat leaf parsley that was dried up within a few weeks because I forgot to water them consistently. That's my problem; consistency. Anyway, I've been doing a little research over the past few weeks on the types of vegetables that will grow well in containers and have narrowed it down to:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Lettuce (such as Black Seeded Simpson)
  • Green Onion
  • Chive
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Basil
It's not that much but it's still very ambitious, as I'm not sure how well everything will fair on the very sunny patio, plus my problem with consistency, also my fear of spiders...

I still have a few things to consider in regards to soil and fertilizer. I need soil and fertilizer/compost. I haven't started my own compost yet so I'll have to stick to the store bought. Below are a few ideas to make my little container garden not only functional, but stylish too

I can't forget some sweet wellies for muddy spring days



Mike and I picked up some Pad Thai the other day and tucked neatly into my fortune roll was the following message.

                                                                        "Never cling to any single identity"
I liked this. A lot. It's something I've been thinking about/struggling with for years. As soon as Mike's tattoos became visible people began forming their own opinions on the "type" of person he is. Most people would never think a guy with a sleeve tattoo, true religion jeans and black frame glasses would be a cop, and I like that. Some people, however, take his tattoos as a sign that they should pull their kids closer to them when they walk past him. Really? He’s eating dinner at the Olive Garden with his 75 year old Grandma, but I digress. I wouldn't want to be with someone that fits so neatly and rigidly into a specific mold. Unfortunately, a lot of people fit into this one dimensional mold and that is where people come up with their preconceived notions. For example, on a whim the other day I got a “Monroe” facial piercing. I think it’s cute and fun and that’s the gist of it. I’m afraid, however, that this will place me into some people’s ideas of the “type” of person I am. I’m not hardcore, I don’t work at a tattoo shop, I don’t listen to emo music and wear studded belts (not that there is anything wrong with that, just making a point). I like French country and hiking and classical music. I like sci-fi, and gardening and watching the discovery channel. You get the idea. I’m not a “type” of person, I'm me.


7 Random Facts

1. I originally wanted to be in fashion

2. I'm married to my high school sweetheart

3. I don't like watermelon

4. I cannot wait to have children

5. I can say the alphabet backwards

6. I have two tattoos; a ladybug on my ankle and the word "live" on my wrist

7. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan

Check out Leigh's 7 Random Facts at Marvelous Kiddo

Wordless Wednesday

My hostas desperately trying to make it through the mulch


Boston Love

Because I love all things Boston Terrier...
Boston Terrier Dog Print

This picture is just because I love it


9 Years

Today marks the 9th year that Mike and I have been together. I was sixteen and he was eighteen, and I knew I would marry him. Oh, people scoffed, but we didn't care, we knew...

High School Graduation

Junior Homecoming

Senior Homecoming

Senior Prom (spray tan anyone?)



Wedding Shower

Wedding Kiss


One of Mike's many tattoos

Most recent vacation (although I look awful in this photo, I love Mike's face, especially his scruff, which I never get to see)

And we still do..

Quote Me Mondays

"Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly"

- Rose Franken


(Last) Weekend Wrap Up

I know I'm a little behind, but I still wanted to post some of the pictures from our Easter weekend in Michigan. We talked, laughed, played cards, hiked, ate wonderful food, had a few cocktails, relaxed by the fire and had an awesome time together.


Shoe Shopping

I desperately need some new shoes as I have the habit of buying one pair then wearing them into the ground. Here are some of the prospects:

These would be great for work

These would too

These are just hot

But these seem comfortable

Maybe I'll just go with the classic.

Tough decision


Weekly Meal Plan*

It's never really been a weekly meal plan, more of a when can we get together to go grocery shopping plan. I try to plan out about 10 meals that will last us about 2+ weeks because it is supplemented with leftovers, going out to dinner, or just making a quick piece of salmon with brown rice and a veg

Grilled Portobello-Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Black Bean and Mushroom Enchiladas

Seafood Risotto

Pizza with Spinach, Feta and Goat Cheese

*It's never really been a weekly meal plan, more of a when can we get together to go grocery shopping plan. I try to plan out about 10 meals that will last us about 2+ weeks because it is supplemented with leftovers, going out to dinner, or just making a quick piece of salmon with brown rice and a spare veg.


Design Idea: Picture Ledge

I have this large awkward space in my living room that is just begging for a picture ledge.


Blog Love

I have been obsessed with reading the newly discovered Young House Love, about a young couple falling in love with their first home. After what I can only imagine to be a long, arduous and fun reno, the couple have an amazing home to share. 

It has inspired me to:
1. Finish the baseboards
2. paint and wallpaper the office
3. Put up shelves in the living room
4. Buy a bench for living/dining
5. Re-upholster our office chair
6. Paint our patio furniture
7. Re-decorate my entire house from scratch (I'm not actually going to do that but I am definititely inspired to do so).
all images via


Happy Easter

I'm spending Easter weekend with my family at our cabin "up north" in Michigan. We already spent yesterday afternoon sipping cocktails on the deck over looking the river, and spent this morning on a five mile hike through the forest preserve. Next up, we're doing an early Easter dinner which I'm finishing off with a delicious carrot cake. I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend as well!

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