April 30, 2011

hey there

it's been a busy couple of weeks!! We've been dog/house sitting for some friends and I am in full on dog baby itch. I want to get Harlem a little brother SO bad! Ollie is a little black pug who snorts when he breaths and snorts even louder when he gets excited. He barks at the t.v. when he see's dogs on it and snuggles like it's his job. He is so precious. I'll be so sad to leave him today! I want to bring him home with us.

I meant to post some pics of Easter last week but alas I was too lazy busy to blog. It was a great Easter Sunday. Matt and I went to breakfast at Bluebird Restaurant in Norwood. Best biscuits and gravy. BEST. They have a glorious amount of pepper in them. They also have those little mini jukeboxes at each table and we fed it quarters and listened to awesome songs like "Purple People Eater" and the like. Don't try to tell me you don't find that song awesome. Then we went to church and enjoyed some worship. I love some good worship. Straight from church we drove to my mom's in Oxford and had dinner with the fam and a little egg hunt for the babes. I got some pics. Naturally they are pretty much only pictures of Caraline. My other niece Madi was with her mom so she couldn't come to our families dinner/egg hunt. I missed her.

Here are a couple pics from Bluebird. Do yourself a fave and go. It's on Montgomery Road in Norwood.

and pics of dinnerwiththefamily Caraline.

How freaking cute is she trying to eat that Easter egg?!?! I can't even take it. She's the cutest baby in the world right now. Rivaled only by my future baby. And that's my mama holding her. Isn't she pretty? She's pretty.

These are the flowers that are consuming my sisters front yard. Jealous.

Ok. Can we just talk for a minute about my new must have product? This toner is the shiz. I usually don't use toners because they dry me out big time and screw up my face. But I had a couple tiny little jerks hanging around on my face last week and decided I'd give it a try. It was mostly because I love rose water anything and I've heard about it's awesomeness as a skin care product. I dabbed it on the little jerks on my head and the next morning they were GONE. GOOOONE. And my skin was far from dried out. Since then I've used it if I feel like my nose is getting a little oily or if I just don't feel like washing my face at night. It is amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it. No matter what kind of skin you have!

Plus, look at that pretty bottle. Which is unbreakable, might I add. And trust me. I've tested it's breakability about 133957385 times in the past week. I got it at target but amazon has it too.

Last night we went out with new good friends and had so much fun that I only remembered to take one picture. We were going to go eat at the senate but it had an hour and 40 minute wait at 8:30 at night and we were already starving so we went to Shanghai Mama's. OMG. SO GOOD. Cincinnati has some amazing places to eat. I love this city. Best Chinese food ever. And the waitress was seriously the most amazing waitress ever. She was HILARIOUS. Abi and I may need to go there for lunch when we go on our upcoming date : )

Also, we're having a sale in our shop until May 4th. Just enter "beard" at checkout and you get 20% off your order!
Hope you have a beautiful weekend : )

April 26, 2011

music monday: iron and wine

I'm quite a big iron and wine fan. This is an old song of his, but it's always been my favorite. I don't really like the video so much, I mean the dancings pretty but I get kind of bored with it. But I love the song.

What's your favorite song today?

April 20, 2011

a restful wednesday

Today I'm off because the family I nanny for is out of town, so I spent the day with myself doing a few fun things. Naturally I started the day off playing with Harlem Jones.

and then I put on my favorite lazy day skirt and went to Coffee Emporium in East Hyde Park. There's also a location downtown and that one has a really cool, urban vibe, but I think the parking cost way too much and I like how quaint and quiet the one in ehp is. When we lived in Oakley I would walk here on my days off and order a cremosa and sit and read or play on the computer. I miss it. Such a cozy little place and the vanilla cremosas are one of my favorite drinks ever. If you live in Cincinnati, GO TO COFFEE EMPORIUM AND ORDER A VANILLA CREMOSA. They are to die for delicious. YUM. After I got my drink I sat at a corner table by a window and read Alice in Wonderland. A favorite story with a favorite drink. So good.

I've been thinking of getting my bangs cut lately. I've been kind of bored with my hair but I know I want to keep growing it. I like my curls and I want them to be long and glorious : ) I figure the best way to keep from getting bored is to play with my fringe so I decided to go to High Five today and let my cool friend Christine chop up my bangs. She rocks! I love that place and I love her.

Good stuff. I'm thankful for days like this!

how's your wednesday?

April 18, 2011

music monday: walk the moon

Today's music video is from Walk The Moon, a delightful band straight outta the 513. I think they're swell. And it's always nice to see a talented band from Cincinnati make it past Cincinnati. Plus, I'm a sucker for a good hipster dance scene.

What's your favorite music video this week?

April 17, 2011

another grand week.

Hello blog friends! I hope your week was as delightful as ours was. What a great week! Lots of rainy restful days,and some gorgeous sunny ones, too. Ice cream was involved, lots of walks were involved, naps were involved, a new vintage pretty was involved, and a scrumptious niece was involved. I loved this week. I did a 5k on Saturday benefiting OASIS Cincinnati called the Aruna 5k. We raised $27.000 to help free sex slaves in India and stormed the streets of Clifton like a swarm of bees. It was chilly and rainy but it was so worth it!

Waiting for us at the finish line was a goody bag full of coupons including free chipotle. YES. I also decided that Chipotle is best consumed with a clementine IZZE.


I drove to Oxford this week and spent a few hours with little miss Caraline, and also got to visit my grandparents. I took Cara outside while it wasn't raining and walked her around in the grass with bare feet. She loved it. She's going to be walking around on her own so soon! I can't believe it. She just points at everything and babbles and laughs to herself. I wish I could get in on her little jokes. I bet she's awfully funny.

I also tried a new recipe this week, and it turned out really yummy! It was turkey sausage pizza pockets that I got from Giada's show on the food network. I LOVE Giada. Like, head over heels. She is awesome. I watched the show and then tried to make the pizza pockets a few days later from memory, so I forgot to add a couple minor things and I made 4 pockets instead of 8. Needless to say they turned out a little doughier than intended, but they were still good! Next time I'll remember to cut the dough into 8 pieces! The arugula in them added a really nice peppery flavor, and the turkey sausage was really good. The cream/parm cheese blend was the best part. SO good. I had some of the mixture left over after I spooned it into the dough, and ate it as a dip on tortilla chips while dinner was cooking. Also yummy. I will probably make it as a dip again!

While at my mom's, she gave the me the cutest little vintage pyrex bowl. She found it at a church rummage sale for super cheap. It's so precious!! It's the perfect size for serving a small appetizer in. Anyone who knows me well knows I love a good vintage pyrex. So pretty.

Today the beard is working hard, so Harlem Jones and I are doing a lot of this:

Here's the recipe for the pizza pockets. I definitely recommend them!
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces Italian turkey sausage
1 cup tightly-packed arugula (about 1 ounce)
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (13.5-ounce) package of store-bought pizza crust (recommended: Pillsbury)
All-purpose flour, for rolling out pizza dough
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized, heavy skillet. Add the sausage and cook until crumbled and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the arugula and cook until wilted. Turn off the heat and let cool about 10 minutes. Add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to a thin 20 by 12-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise. The cut each half into 8 equal rectangles.

Spoon topping onto 1 side of each of the rectangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of the rectangle with egg wash. Close the rectangle of pizza dough over the topping. Use a fork to seal and crimp the edges. Place the pizza pockets onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush the top of each pizza pocket with egg wash. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the marinara sauce over low heat in a medium saucepan. Serve the hot pizza pockets with the marinara sauce alongside for dipping.

We used Newman's Own marinara and private selection organic arugula and it was yumtastic. Let me know how you like it!


April 13, 2011

Wait, I have a blog?!

Sigh. I still haven't gotten the hang of posting on this thing consistently. Maybe one day, but for now, I can handle so many things at once. And let me tell you, people, I've got a few big things to handle right now : ) good things. The beard and I have some big things a brewin'. But you can't know yet! Soon though. Hopefully, VERY soon!

Anyway, this week has been an awesome week in the spring goals area of my life. I've been to VOA several times this past week and walked/jogged about 3.5 to 4 miles or so each time. Mostly just walking at a fast pace, but I'm pretty proud of myself for setting jogging goals and accomplishing them. Maybe I'll work my way back to running soon : ) The only downfall is the achy muscles. I can't wait to be over that! I've been getting more disciplined in having a quiet time, too. It's funny, I can tell a difference after only a few days of making sure I'm reading and praying consistently! I feel so much more joyous. And then my days feel off if I miss, so that's been awesome. I also got this bedding with bday money this week, and I am loving it.

On top of all that, spring has finally sprung in the buckeye state. Helloooo! So beautiful. Even when it's raining. I like the thunderstorms we get in spring time. It forces me to rest and take it easy. And that's never a bad thing!

What have you been up to lately?

April 4, 2011

music monday: guster

Guster is so fun. Today is an upbeat song kind of day, and I love the lyrics in this. So sweet!!

April 1, 2011


This Sunday is my 26th birthday, and the beard got me tickets to see The Civil Wars as one of my gifts. They're easily in my top 5 favorite bands, probably top 3, and they're show was probably the best I've been to. They are SO good. SO SO SO good. I don't think I blinked once. I was just in awe of them. Before we went to the show we went to High Five Salon in O'bryanville so Christine could trim my hair. If you live in Cincinnati or NKY, You should go to High Five. It's not your typical salon experience. I always leave that place feeling like I'm one of the best people in the world. Everyone makes you feel gorgeous and loved and comfy. And Christine can rock out some awesome haircuts. I just love her. Plus everyone who works there is like the coolest person I've ever seen. I love that place. Do yourself a fave and go to High Five and get a haircut from Christine. You won't regret it! After that we went to dinner at PF Changs. MMMMMMMM. Lettuce Wraps. Steamed Dumplings. Kung Pao Chicken. MMMMMMMMM. That's all I can say. THEN we had dessert at Aglamesis bros. We both think they're better than Graeters. They are SOOOO yummy. We used to live a block away from them in Oakley and eating there brings back lots of memories of walking home on a HOT night eating butterscotch ice cream on a sugar cone from Aglamesis. They cooled down many a brutally humid Cincinnati evening last year. After we finished our ice cream we walked across the street to the 20th Century Theater where the show was. As we're walking in, we look up and what do ya know; there walking next to us is John Paul White ( 1/2 of The Civil Wars), and he held the door open for me. And I said I was really excited to see them play. And he said thanks. Awesome. It was such a good night. We are celebrating again Sunday starting with lunch in Oxford with my mama and then dinner at Teak with some of our closest friends. I'm so excited.

Here are some pictures from last night!

hope your weekend is as grand as mine will be : ) xoxo.