Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This recipe has been a go-to for B and I since college.  It is super easy (which favors my lack of cooking ability), quick, and a major crowd pleaser!  Pairing it with celery sticks or Fritos Scoops! are our personal favorites, but you can mix and match it with anything that tickles your fancy (from traditional tortilla chips to sliced bell peppers).

To make it even more simple, prepare ahead of time, refrigerate, then pop in the oven 30-ish minutes before your departure.  This could be later the same day or even allow you to prep the night before, guaranteeing it will be toasty and fresh when you arrive to your festivity! Continue reading “Buffalo Chicken Dip”

Wedding Gifts

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Wedding Gifts

The day B proposed, exactly 3 years ago today, was one of the most exciting days of my life, thus far (see story here and here).  For a few days we basked in Caribbean bliss, but were genuinely excited to head home and celebrate with friends and family.  After arriving back in Atlanta, as the flurry of shock and excitement started to become more realistic, the upcoming wedding planning and to-do lists naturally became overwhelming.  One of the most difficult tasks we discovered was deciding where to register and what on earth to register for.  B and I lived together for a few years before our engagement, so we had quite the collection of hand-me-down dinnerware, flatware, furniture, and appliances.  Needless to say, our mismatched towels and pint beer glasses weren’t exactly items I could be proud of.  Continue reading “Wedding Gifts”

Globetrotting Prep Guide

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Globetrotting Prep Guide

As you all have probably noticed, I am an extreme planner feeling most comfortable when organized and prepared to take on any and all situations.  That being said, traveling tends to add an extra layer of stress onto my normal anxiety ridden craziness.  Not only am I planning and packing the perfect outfit for every possible occasion (who knows when you may need that LBD or a sparkly pink boa?), but will also be leaving behind a life, job, home, and (sometimes) pets to fend for themselves.

 

From placing various services on hold to prepping your family and household for your absence, these are a few tasks most often forgotten while prepping to leave for vacation. Continue reading “Globetrotting Prep Guide”

The Little Things – Alligator Point

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{The Little Things – Alligator Point}

Happy Tuesday!  B and I are currently on vacation in Florida on beautiful Alligator Point.  This place is a private and secluded peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, only an approximate 5 hour drive from the ATL.  Being first time visitors, we are absolutely stunned with the amount of solitude and charm this place resonates.

We have rented an adorable bungalow on the beach, complete with an outdoor shower and screened-in porch.  Not only are the puppies allowed in the house, they can roam the beach sans leash!  I cannot vouch that this place is any Punta Cana, but Alligator Point is definitely a secluded oasis of natural beauty.  It is perfect for true beach lovers looking for a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of today’s world. Continue reading “The Little Things – Alligator Point”

My Current Hair Products

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My Current Hair Products

Growing up in a dance studio, I spent most days slicking back my ponytail with sparkly hair gel or finding the easiest and quickest route to make a bun presentable enough for my ballet teacher.  In middle and high school, I went through the phase of flat ironing my hair until it was stick straight or using hot rollers to give that Lindsay Lohan circa 2004 “Mean Girls” look.  Luckily, over the years, I have learned (mainly the hard way) what works best for my type of hair…oily, yet frizzy and thin…lovely, right?  The following are my current hair products and why or how I have come to use them.   Continue reading “My Current Hair Products”

Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

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Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

Post-college, everyone tends to disburse and go their separate ways.  Some move home in hopes of finding a job or making a life plan, while others hit the real world head on.  B and I were lucky to be of the latter, first renting a house in Brookhaven for a few years before purchasing the home in Midtown that we live in today.  We have come to find that living in the city attracts a generous amount of house guests, whether it consists of family staying for the holidays, friends from out of town, or suburban dwellers aiming to explore the city for an evening.  Over time, I have complied a few tips and tricks to elevate the probability that our guests have the utmost comfortable stay.   Continue reading “Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests”

The Little Things

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{A quirky phone ornament that was given as a Christmas present by my best friend’s mom…I just couldn’t put this one away, so it brightens the floating shelves in our kitchen}

Happy Friday!  B and I are looking forward to a few good friends visiting over the next couple of days and the one week countdown to our beach trip next Friday.  Remember to take time to enjoy the little things and have a wonderful weekend!
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Cork Crafting

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Cork Crafting

Being an extreme wine lover, I always have quite the cork collection on hand.  My mother accumulated quite a number of corks when I was growing up, using them in a ginormous wine glass as decoration or just keeping them for a rainy day project.  As such, I began cork crafting even before my true love of wine legitimately developed.

Today, I collect corks (both wine and champagne/prosecco) in the cutest wine bottle-shaped iron basket on our kitchen counter (it was a gift from my “2nd mother,” my best friend Christina’s mom).  Once that gets full…like once a week 😉 … I dump them in a large monogrammed bucket in the dining room that is cute enough for decoration, but can also be used as an ice bucket to hold bottles for parties, among other things.

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Cinco de Mayo Tacos & Margs!

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Cinco de Mayo Tacos & Margs!

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, along with my best friend Cameron’s fiesta-themed engagement party on Saturday, one of mine and B’s absolute favorite home meals is tacos!

I thought I’d share our ‘how to’ for a fun and festive at-home taco bar.  It is super easy and can be entertaining, yet simple.  We have come to really enjoy the Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit that you can pick up at most local grocery stores.  It typically comes with 10 shells, taco sauce, and seasoning mix – all you are responsible for is meat and toppings.

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