Friday, November 21, 2014

friday favorites

Praise Jesus, Hallelujah it's the weekend!

We have nothing on the agenda this weekend, which sounds pretty much like heaven to me. We're squeaking into the tail end of No-Spend November and things are getting annoying, rough and making us a little crazy. There's a good chance we splurge on seeing 'Mockingjay' this weekend, but considering we've now gone 21 days without spending a dime on anything except gas + groceries -- I'll take it.

this week, i'm loving..

this post from Melanie about people telling you your life is unfulfilled before kids. hmm...

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran -- goodness gracious, who has watched this video? I haven't been  this obsessed with a song since "All of Me" came out last spring.

just looking at this photo makes my heart smile -- how did I get so lucky?

with the holidays coming up, my passion for ebates has been reignited. Cash back on purchases I'm going to make anyhow? YES PLEASE! It's not even December and I already have $45 on the way back into my bank account! You can sign up here and get a $10 gift card to Target just for signing up. Umm, heck yes.

follow me on Instagram for all my weekend fun -- what's on your agenda this weekend?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

homemade pumpkin pie [recipe]

Just in time for thanksgiving, I wanted to share my favorite recipe for homemade pumpkin pie. Why is it my favorite? Because it's easy and it still tastes delicious.

You Will Need:
1 unbaked, 9-inch pie crust, my recipe can be found here
1 15-ounce can of pureed pumpkin
*do not use pumpkin pie mix!
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
butter, for greasing

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2. Grease your pie pan with straight butter. I know, this sounds nuts, but I think PAM gives pie a bad flavor.
3. Put your crust into your pie dish and set aside.
4. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice.
5. Pour mixture into the pie dish. 
6. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.
7. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until filling is set.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Honeymoon 101

It’s time for some Honeymoon 101!

I haven’t blogged about our honeymoon yet, because’s a honeymoon. We ate and relaxed. Isn’t that what honeymooning is about?

Turns out, we weren’t huge fans of Costa Rica. And by not being huge fans I mean…you couldn’t pay us to go back. Their idea of 5 star resorts and ours are not one in the same. Thankfully we love hanging out with each other, so we made the best of it ;)

Planning a honeymoon? Here are some of our best tips!

1.     Don’t use a travel agent. They are getting commission off the packages they sell to you, so they’re going to guide you toward the packages where they receive the highest revenue. I would do the same thing! What I’m saying is—only you know what you will like. The reality is that the majority of these travel agents have never been to the resorts and destinations they’re selling you on. Before our honeymoon, we had always booked trips ourselves and figured we would take a chance since we had heard great things. Never again, lesson learned.

2.     If you’re going to a tropical, all-inclusive type of place, you will live in your swimsuit, so pack accordingly. I got this advice before we went on ours and made sure I had a different bathing suit for everyday, as well as a new cover-up. It helps later when you’re trying to differentiate days via photos 

3.     If you have any sort of food allergies, pack thing, like granola bars, that you know you’ll be able to eat in a pinch. Dane verified with our resort that I would have plenty to eat with a gluten allergy, but when we got there it was a totally different story. Being sick for 8 days on your honeymoon IS NOT fun. Thankfully, I always keep at least 1 box of KIND bars in my suitcase when I travel.

4.     Use your days to unwind and completely unplug. I know, I know. You want to look at all your wedding photos, check in on Facebook & Instagram and make sure your e-mail inbox hasn’t imploded. I did, too! Save it for the evenings when your significant other is grabbing a shower or you have some downtime before dinner. Spend your daytime simply taking in your time off!

5.     This one seems obvious, but I was completely aloof. For international travel regardless of if the resort says you will not need it, bring a converter. So many of our plug-in items (hairdryer, toothbrush, razor, etc.) completely failed on us mid-trip because we weren’t able to charge them! The items we were able to charge made this horrendous buzzing noise that led me to believe they would explode at any given moment. Just pack that darn converter.

6.     Again for international travel, make sure your passport is up to date! One thing that didn’t happen to me, but happened to a friend is in regards to passports and name changing. If you plan on taking a later honeymoon and have changed your name officially, make sure your passport matches the name on the ticket! They will 100% not let you on the plane otherwise. YIKES!

I think that’s all I’ve got for now, but I’d love to know…where did you go on your honeymoon?