Monday, October 27, 2014

7 Year Itch...

I can't believe that this was 7 years ago......and to be honest I am not even sure if it seems like shorter or longer than that. It's so funny, I don't remember too much about our wedding it was such a blur but it sure is nice to take some time to look back once a year!
 Do we have the 7 year itch? Well we sure had the itch to celebrate in Mexico! Right now we are on our first real/non-work/non-weekend vacation since our Honeymoon 7 years ago! crazy! To the Nicole that is writing this a week early.....have fun, relax and remember the animals won't know how long we are gone!
 Matt and I have been thru so much in 7 years..... job changes, houses, moving, moving again and I won't lie our road has not been easy. But what we do have is a passion to always aim higher. We pulled ourselves thru dark times and I can say that currently Matt and I are in the best year of our marriage. I am excited for the future and where that road will take us.....just hopefully not on another move! haha!
Happy 7 Years my love!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you need us this is where we will be for the next week!!!!!! I am sure I will posting and sharing our vacation via Instagram so head on over there to say hello!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Last Hoorah!

I swear lugging in Bella's litter is such a pain, it is amazing how one small box can weigh SOO MUCH! But then this morning that weight made me happy because that is exactly how much weight I have lost!!! 38 Pounds! An entire box of cat litter
This will more than likely be my last post on my weight loss and I JUST about hit my "Pre-Vacation" goal of loosing an additional 10 pounds since March. Instead I hit 7 pounds lost since March but I will take it...... 138 is where I stand now, there is actually a 3 in that number and that makes me happy!
I have lost a total of 21.59% of my overall body weight!!! But remember this is over 1 1/2 years!! It is so crazy to say that because if anyone knows me patience is not something I ooze out.....but somehow I was able to have some within this process!!! Slow but steady.......I did it really slow but one thing I can say is that I never once gained.....I just maintained and then slowly lost! And I am proud of that! So there it is I ready to jump into a swimsuit tomorrow in Mexico? No way, but I need to remind myself that I was carrying around an entire box of litter with me.

Thank you ALL for your support and kind words over this long journey! Now I need to focus on a healthy lifestyle so that I am not in that situation again. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

But First.....

Ok, I have a confession to make........even though I leave for Mexico in like 2 days I just can't get excited yet. Why? Because I am going to miss my animals so much it hurts. I know, so crazy but I literally might cry the first night away without them. We are having a friend of the family stay to house/pet sit while I am away and I know she will not kill them......she will love them......they will be ok.....but I can't help it. The thought of being away from them kills me. How do people leave their human-children? I don't get it.
I worry if they will wonder where I am? Will Bella be sad sleeping alone? UGH.....this dialogue goes on and on in my head!

Thanks for listening.....I had to share.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Perfect Fall Supper

On Moms last night here in Denver a few weeks ago I wanted to do a real nice Fall dinner and even Matt was able to come home to eat with us! I made a Fall Salad with Kale, Red Wine braised beef over Pumpkin risotto and it was a HUGE hit!!! So I am sorry I didn't take step-by-step pictures but I want to share the recipe with you all anyways!!

Fall Kale Salad:
Toss these items in a salad bowl:
Red leaf lettuce
Shaved green apple
Dried cranberries
Pumpkin seeds

(I always eyeball the dressing so I tried to make it into measurements for you all....)
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds
** Mix those ingredients together**
Then while whisking all about 1/4 cup EVOO!
Then add to your salad and your done!!!

Red wine braised beef from The noshery
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 small onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 3 lb beef chuck
1/2 bottle red wine
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
3 garlic cloves
pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a dutch oven or a heavy oven-safe pot. let it get nice and hot. add diced carrots and cook until they begin to brown, about 10 minutes. when the carrots start to brown, add the onions and celery. 
cook the vegetables until the onions begin to caramelize. i know you will be tempted to stir and fidget with the vegetables, but trust me: let them sit a bit, stirring occasionally. it's the best way to get some good caramelization. use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and set aside on a plate.
pat the beef chuck dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. don't be shy; it's a big piece of meat.
if needed, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in dutch oven, letting it get nice and hot. the butter should shimmer. sear the beef on each side for about 5 minutes -- don't fidget with it. it should be brown, not grey, and crispy on the edges. remove beef and set aside.
pour 1/2 a bottle of red wine into the pot while still hot. using a firm spatula, scrape up all the brown bits at the bottom of the pot. return vegetables to the pot. lay browned beef on top of vegetables. 
add fresh herbs, garlic and bay leaves. tuck herbs into the liquid and bring to a boil.
cover and place in oven at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours or until tender. it should fall apart using a spoon, if it's still firm return to the oven and let it go another 30 minutes.

Pumpkin Risotto
I learned to make risotto years ago while working in a fine dining restaurant and once again I just kinda make it to my taste but I found a Giada recipe that seems perfect for you all to use......
****** At the end when you stir in the parmesan stir in 1/2 cup of canned Pumpkin!!!*******


  • 4 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3/4 cup of finely chopped onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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  • 1
    In a Medium saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Cover the broth and keep hot over low heat.
  • 2
    In a large heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  • 3
    Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next, until the rise is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total.
Remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, the remaining tablespoon of butter, and the salt and pepper. Transfer the risotto to a serving bowl and serve immediately.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A little family photos of my own....

The weekend my parents were here for the Broncos game we kicked off the weekend with a nice dinner at Elways! Yes, keeping with the "Denver" theme and it was so good!!! Here are a few of the pictures we took before heading out to dinner!!!

This outfit I wore is hands down a new favorite of mine and you will be seeing it again!!! It took me a while to find out exactly how to style the toile sweats from J Crew but the final look I love!!! Here is how and where to buy this look.............

Date Night Outfit for Fall!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Family Photos

Hi Guys!!!! Today I have styled an adorable family for their Fall family photos and I wanted to step outside the box!!! These looks are connected thru the grey-tones, the blue jean and touches of camel. I picture these looks on the family outside with the hints of gold and red fall foliage and this will be STUNNING!!!!
I wanted this to be easy to order so 90% of the pieces are from J Crew Factory and almost everything is on sale!!! The other stores are Old Navy and then Target for the amazing riding boots for Mom!
Marissa- Just click on the links under each board for ordering! I am not 100% sure how long the pieces will be on sale so I would order this weekend for sure!
The Skirt, top, jean jacket and tennis shoes are for your little one and the casual chic Adore outfit is for your stunning big sister!

Fall Family Photos 2

Make sure to layer both necklaces for a little bit of glamour with the casual plaid tucked into the chic camel skirt!
Fall Family Photos 1

I sure hope you and your family will love all these looks, I know they will look amazing and once you are all together you will look so chic and casual for Fall!! I hope I gave you what you wanted and hoped for!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kings at Red Rocks!!!

A few weeks ago Matt got to see Kings of Leon at Red Rocks!! Yes, please be jealous! ha! KOL is my favorite band and I have seen them 2 times prior but this takes the cake!!!
 We got the park early and I packed us up a tail gating picnic and look at the pic above...... we literally got to watch a family of deer eat their dinner while we ate ours! It was really nice!!
 The weather was perfect for the concert, once the sun went down all you needed was a light jacket!
 This picture perfectly sums up how perfect the night was..............

Several items are still on SALE below..........check it out!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Blog Sale!!!!

Hi Guys!! I had to do some closet clean out to make room for some new stuff of course! ha! So I am having a huge blog sale!!!
Here is how this works......
1. Email me at with the # you would like
2. I will email you a PayPal invoice and once paid the item will be marked PAID!
3. Each item INCLUDES shipping and all items will ship out next Monday!!!

If you have any questions shoot me an email and I would love to answer you or send you more photos of a piece!!!!!

1. Black Velvet Blazer from NY&Co. Size 10
Never worn, Paid $89

 2. White "Tuxedo" Blazer from Express, Size 10
Never Worn, Paid $99

 3. Jennifer Lopez from Kohls Silk Bomber Jacket, Black Size 8
Never Worn, Paid $70

 4. Bow Sweater from Anthropologie, Size L, NAVY
Worn once, Paid $75
 5. Francesca's Coral Cardigan, Size Med
Worn Once, Paid $40
 6. Navy Cowl-neck sweater from The Limited, Size L
Worn Once, Paid $50
 7. Loft Lace and Stripes Shirt, Size Med
Never Worn, Paid $44

 8. Blue Damask NY&Co Sweater, Size MED
Never Worn, Paid $50

9. Vera Wang for Kohls Burn-out sweater, Size MED
Worn Once, Paid $80

10. Forever 21 Military Jacket, Size XL
Never Worn, Paid $32

 11. Faux Leather jacket from Forever 21, Size XL
Worn twice, Paid $30
12. Black/White Empire waist dress from Kohls, Size MED
Worn once, Paid $30
 13. H&M embellished sweatshirt, Grey Size Med
Paid $50, Never worn

 14. fitted Peter pan collar shirt, Size Med
Never Worn
 15. Forever 21 Plaid Skinny Jean, Size 29
Never Worn, These fit like a size 4!!!!
 16. Kohls Modern Fit Black work pants, Size 8
Never worn, Paid $48

 17. Black Damask Skinny Jean from Marshalls, Size 8
Never Worn,
 18. Jennifer Lopez Snake Skin Skinny Pant, Size 8
Never worn, Paid $54


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