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Things We Heart- August

August 29, 2016

August is such a weird month to me. It’s clearly still summer (read: HOT) but it feels like it should be thrown in the fall category. Kids are going back to school, grocery stores start selling apple cider and ripe apples and all of a sudden everything suddenly becomes pumpkin and cinnamon flavored.

This month’s Things We Heart is all about savoring those last few pieces of summer. This denim dress from Madewell is perfect for a late summer picnic. I also love Oribe Texturizing spray for the perfect beachy waves and Nars lipstick in Heat Wave is my favorite bright red-orange for a statement lip. Enjoy what’s left of summer! Fall is almost here!

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Oscar

August 26, 2016

Hello Everyone!! Sorry for being MIA the last week or so! Mitch and I recently expanded our family with a new puppy named Oscar and I am here to tell you all about it!

With that I will say….. puppies are a lot of work. When my 18 year old poodle Spike passed away last year I was absolutely devastated. He had been my dog through a lot of tough times in my life and had always been there for me. He was my best friend. It took awhile to think about the idea of getting another dog and I had some very high expectations. After 18 years I also forgot what puppies are like. I was expecting that we would go pick one out and he would be everything we wanted right away. I forgot about all the work involved and how much it would change our lives. Don’t get me wrong, he is the cutest little pork chop in the whole world and I already love him with all my heart but it’s easy to focus on the fun and exciting reasons you wanted to get a dog in the first place. It’s easier to forget about the 3am potty breaks and nighttime puppy cries, the constant chewing of fingers and shoes, the “accidents” on the carpet, the heartache that comes with leaving the house to the sound of sad little whimpers. But as difficult as this time can be it’s comforting to know that it’s just a phase and he’s just a baby trying to learn how to cope with challenges.

I leave you with a couple pictures of our sweet Oscar. I hope this face brings you some happiness on this glorious Friday!

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Food

Homemade Flavored Croutons

August 10, 2016

Guys! I have the secret to next level salads right here! Homemade croutons. Seriously so good and so easy.  These are the answer to the leftover bread you don’t want to throw away but have no other use for!

I’m going to be real with you, salads aren’t really my thing. Too many vegetables for my child-like palette. So if I’m going to eat one, I’m going to make sure it’s the best dang salad that’s ever lived and these croutons are going to be on it!

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Cactus Club

August 8, 2016

It’s funny… this summer has been so hot here in the STL cactus don’t even really seem that out of place. While I’m over this heat, (don’t worry when it’s freezing I’ll complain about that too) I am so into cactus decor and accessories right now.

I know we talked about my black thumb before but do you know how hard it is to kill a cactus?! I bought a little one for my house a couple months back and I don’t think I’ve watered it for close to a month. No seriously. I’m not exaggerating. It still looks like a million bucks too! Anyway, I found some badass cactus stuff I thought you’d like. Check it out below!

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Gold Medal Brownies

August 5, 2016

I don’t know about you all but I love watching the olympics! Seriously, I am glued for two weeks. Good-bye Netflix, good-bye Bachelor in Paradise. I have buff people to watch. It’s also really good gym motivation am I right? So I thought I would share something deliciously NOT healthy. But I guess it’s kind of healthy when there is fruit involved….. maybe? These brownie “medallions” are really tasty and beyond easy to make.

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Balsamic Strawberry and Ricotta Crostini

July 29, 2016

I am really excited about this recipe. There are a couple reasons. The first is that it is a recipe that involves strawberries which must mean that it’s strawberry season and that means summer (clearly). The second is that I came up with this because I have finally accomplished my life long goal of getting my hubby to like strawberries. Mission Accomplished.

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Now that we’ve established that strawberries are amazing (especially during summer) I must also mention that this recipe involves balsamic vinegar and cheese which I must say are two of my favorite things. That’s really all I have folks. I’ll let these delicious little bits speak for themselves!

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Things We Heart- July

July 27, 2016

2016 has been a big year for me personally. Since I turned 30 in April I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do with my time. During this “journey” I think I finally feel comfortable defining my personal style. And here she is folks! The first glimpse! I had a lot of fun putting this together and you can expect to get a Things We Heart Post every month featuring the products and inspirations that we are really craving! Enjoy!

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Succulent Wall

July 25, 2016

Calling all black thumbs!!! Succulents are for you. I promise. Take it from someone who bought a house that had BEAUTIFUL landscaping which she proceeded to destroy (unintentionally). Seriously, I killed almost everything. So recently I say to myself, man I really like the look of succulents. They are really unique looking and bring a little something different to the table. Then I find out they are sooooo easy to maintain and keep alive. Match made in heaven.

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The best part is there are so many different varieties and they look great all mixed together. Different shades of green, brown and purple can all be thrown in a pot and it looks like you are a gardening genius. I’m not even exaggerating guys.

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Thus I bring you the succulent wall! Guys this project is so freaking easy and it looks like a million bucks!! I can’t even describe the life it brings to our backyard (you know because I killed everything else).

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Flank Steak Tacos with Pickled Red Onion

July 22, 2016

Pickled Onion Tacos 4I love that there is a reason to have taco’s every week. Tuesdays. With that being said, it’s nice to switch things up a bit and try something more than just your average ground beef taco. First off, if you’ve never had pickled red onions before it’s definitely something you need to try. They are super easy and are the star of any dish.

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