Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Brownies and Boots!

I wanted to share my two favorite things I found this week! I love this brownie recipe and am obsessed with the boots I got! Usually I don't share my fashion finds, but these are amazing and are on sale right now!

I am so excited guys to finally find a great tasting Paleo Brownie recipe! What is so amazing about it is that it is something I can whip up even if I don't have flour on hand. The lovely blogger I got the recipe called it a brownie pie, but it wasn't a thick like I expected. She also iced the brownies, but we ate them ole plain jane. Amazing!

Paleo Brownies 

4 eggs
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup raw honey 
3 tbsp coconut oil 
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all the ingredients (melt the coconut oil before adding to your mixture).  Lightly grease a pie pan with coconut oil.  Pour batter into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes.  Let cool.

Now for the boots! I got them as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have worn them to work this weekend already! Two days in a row and they did not hurt my feet at all! The colorblocking makes them go with everything in my closet! They are by Enzo Angiolini and are only $149.90. They will go up to $224.95 on August 5th. So get them now here! (I went down a half size) I have never been so obsessed with boots like I am with these.

Can cooler weather come soon so I can live in these?!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Princess Look

Oh my, I can't believe this amazing day was only 8 months ago! I can't wait to have so many years of the happiness I get daily being married to my best friend! Today I wanted to reminiscence about the details that went into making me feel like a princess on our wedding day. If you know me, you know I am a planner. When we were setting-up in the morning I was not allowed to go to my bridal suite because Rob had a surprise. What?! That was not in my schedule anywhere and I had everything planned out to a T. I was anxious all day to know what he had done. Finally, after going to the salon to have my hair done, we arrived at the Garden Room to get ready. I was surprised with some fresh Tuberose from the Fayetteville Farmer's Market, a scrabble hanger made by Rob (he came up with that on his own!), my wedding gift, and my love letter.

The hanger was all his idea! I love it and keep it displayed in my closet. Scrabble was a continued theme throughout the wedding. My love letter is framed in a shadow box by my bed. Don't worry, I have a copy in my nightstand I read often! 

I love my wedding dress! I always dreamed of myself in a princess ball gown, so when this one made my heart skip a beat I couldn't believe it! It was the 1st dress I tried on and five dresses later the one I said yes to! It is by Nicole Miller. 

Oh these were a pure treasure! I was so excited to wear these down the aisle. My first pair of designer shoes and I am a Manolo Blahnik lover. It was my something blue!

My beautiful little sister getting ready! I was so glad she spent the whole day with me. Love you!

The Garden Room had the perfect Bridal Suite for photos. Mirrors lined the wall and they had the cute quote on the wall. 

My makeup artist, Hannah, was awesome! I would recommend her to anyone having a special event in NW Arkansas. She was fabulous! She did my makeup for my bridals and the wedding day. Also, look at how beautiful our bouquets are! Althea from Rose of Sharon was so organized and made my flower dreams come true!

This is almost the best picture I have of my hair. Nicole at Studio 8 in Fayetteville did my hair. I went to her when I was in college and love her. My hair was everything I hoped for and then more! Plus, she is a great joy to work with! I will grow my hair out nasty if we are going to Fayetteville just so she can do it!

My beautiful bridesmaids. Their dresses are so beautiful and worked wonderfully with everything!

I love this photo of my mommy. I wish he would of focused on her instead of me. I love to see a smile on her face when she is about to 'give me away'.

In goes the veil! It took us awhile to make sure it will stay. I went with a cathedral length because my mommy cried when I put it on. I loved my entire look! A big thank you to my wedding stylist Elizabeth. She helped with everyone's outfits and made every moment special!

My little cousin, Austin, was helping me get ready most of the time. He sat there like such a gentleman. He was my ring bearer and I am so proud of him. He looked so good in his suit! I wish there was a picture of him sitting there, asking me what I was drinking (white wine=grape juice right?), and telling me his Toms where funny looking!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Paleo Update!

Life has been so busy for us lately! I can't believe we are already half-way through July. Time please slow down! What I really can't believe is that we have been Paleo for 2 months now! I thought this would last two weeks, so I am so proud of us! 

Even though we haven't noticed any huge health changes, I have picked up on a lot of little ones! The main one for me is that I have so much more energy! I get a better rest at night and am so productive during the day. Also, I have only had 3 headaches since we started this diet. I usually have about 3 a week, so this is a nice improvement! My nails and hair are growing a lot faster! It reminds me of when I was taking Biotin to grow out my hair for the wedding. My teeth are so shiny and white since I have cut out all the soda. 

The longer we stay Paleo the easier it becomes. We are also finding a lot of Paleo-friendly places to eat in Dallas. Last week we tried HG Supply. It was so good! I didn't have a Paleo meal, but Rob had a bowl. You get to pick out a meat and two veggies for just over $10. It is nice to find somewhere to eat out and not feel guilty for cheating. They also have an awesome roof-top bar where you can see the Dallas skyline!

For the 4th of July we had the most amazing salad yet! We purchased some salmon cakes they make at Whole Foods and warmed them up. We threw together some lettuce and topped it off with the cakes, so yummy! Trust me, we eat a lot of salad.

We have also stopped subscribing to Paleo Plan's weekly menu. We have found an abundance of recipes online and have purchased one Paleo cookbook, Primal Cravings. This way we are eating what we want each week. Rob made these fancy Apple Pancakes for breakfast. Yummy! My baking has yet to make me completely happy. 

We are excited to see where this takes us! I have dropped down to my ideal weight and Rob is getting very close! We just need to pick up on the working-out part so we can lose more inches. Overall, we have been very satisfied with Paleo!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My 25th Birthday Week

Ah, I am now a quarter of a century! Here is to many more years! Normally, I would not drag out my birthday to be a whole week. But this year it seemed necessary. We kicked it off with dinner with my family on Monday night...at our place! This was the first time we have ever had my parents come over and eat. That means we had to cook for them. My parents are great cooks and don't ever mess up, so I was really nervous. Rob did all the cooking and we had a menu of stuff that would be hard to mess up. We made everything Paleo; grilled chicken, cauliflower mash, asparagus, and green beans. I didn't want to tell anyone that the 'potatoes' were actual cauliflower. I was afraid my brother wouldn't eat it. But he did, even after my mom forced it out of us! Everything was going good! 

Then came time for the cake. If you remember, we have cut all sugar and flour out of our diet. Which made finding a birthday cake hard work to do. I was able to find a Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix that was paleo-friendly and sugar & gluten free. I mixed that up and found a recipe for some vanilla icing. The icing tasted legit! Before icing the cake, I tried a little smidgen of it. It was so grainy, I was afraid of what a big piece would taste like. So I lathered the icing on. My family all ate their pieces with the exception of me and my brother. Thankfully Hayden had brought a little gluten-free chocolate cake and we had ice cream for Grant to eat. I did end up growing use to the cake later on in the week, but it was not my favorite.

After dinner we enjoyed a hilarious game of Last Word. I highly recommend it for any party you have coming up! It is a yelling game beware!

I am not the person to ask off for my birthday. Actually, at work I only told two people it was my birthday. My manager took me out for lunch. Yes, I took a cheat date and had an amazing BBQ chicken pizza with a salad. He said my face light up when the pizza was placed in front of me! Oh I was excited!

I woke up to this Wednesday morning from my lovely husband. He isn't the very crafty one usually so I felt very special. I didn't open his present until after work, because I overslept! Work was a long, long day. When I finally got off, it was too late to make a wonderful dinner. We have been wanting to try Meddlesome Moth for awhile now, so why not tonight?! We went around 8:30 and it was so pack! (Keep in mind it is Wednesday!)

The wait for a table was 45 minutes, so we decided to start off with a cocktail. Their bar is amazing! It has over 40 beers on tap. The back splash of the bar is made of quarters, so it is gorgeous! This picture does not do it justice. After awhile we were finally able to get two seats at the bar, so we decided to eat there. Their food was amazing! I had duck wings and loved them! We will be going back!

Luckily I had Friday off this week and also took off on Saturday. Friday night was our official birthday dinner. Rob had it all planned and would not tell me. He drove us out to Oakcliff, also known as the Bishop Arts District. It is a cute little area of Dallas where it is all local. It somewhere to spend a leisurely afternoon, have a great dinner, and then have a crazy night out. Our dinner reservations were early, so we walked around the town before dinner. 

Rob had made reservations at Lucia a month ago and the only time they had open was 5:30. So I had high hopes for such a place to be so booked in advance. I was not disappointed. First, we could barely find the place. The sign is up high on the side of the building that has three other stores in it. We had to keep popping our heads in to see which on was right.

Once inside, you knew why the reservations were so early. The place was so cute and quaint! It held about 30 people total. They have a small bar, 4 chairs, that is first come, first serve and it was already full when we walked in. They change out their menu every night and it is a wife/husband team that owns it.

OMG, was it good! I won't go into everything we had but we were so full afterwards. We split a bottle of Rose wine. We had the appetizers you see here and then pasta as our main course. The couple next to us had appetizers, pasta, and meat; how they did all that I have no clue! Everything was beyond satisfactory!

After dinner, we went next door to Dude, Sweet Chocolate. It is a chocolate company that is made here in Dallas. They have crazy combinations that you think won't be good, but are. We took some to take home. My fudge was so good!

Since dinner was so early, we were able to make it to a movie afterwards. We saw 'Man of Steel'. We both enjoyed it. I cried a couple of times...I got touched with the father/son relationship. On my Saturday off we had an easy day at home and then had a BBQ with our neighbor. It was a good birthday week!