As much as I enjoy meal planning, sometimes even with the gazillion recipes out there, I can’t decide what to make for the upcoming week. Or
often occasionally, I end up leaving an item or two off my grocery list and then I end up back at the store later in the week to get my missed ingredients for a meal!
That’s why you often see me post about eMeals. They offer fourteen different dinner meal plans for just about any way of eating, out there! Mostly, I stick with the paleo, or clean eating meal plans, but every now and then for inspiration, I like to switch it up and sample menus from the Mediterranean, Low-Carb, and/or Slow Cooker links.
[one of my fave eMeals recipes - I just sub "zoodles" for linguine]
…and my favorite part? They have a grocery list at the end of each week’s meal plan! I don’t have to worry that I’ll forget something on my shopping trip. eMeals saves me a ton of time, ya’ll.
After planning my mother in-law’s vintage inspired birthday party, I knew I wanted to purchase a gorgeous, chic, old timey cake stand…until I discovered how much it would cost to buy one!
I decided then, that it was time to get crafty, ya’ll. I am not the most crafty of people, and for some reason the term “do it yourself” intimidates me. But I wanted my pretty cake stand, and so I had to figure something out.
We have a brand new Goodwill nearby, and I decided one day after work to see what I could find. Little did I know I’d find several sets of gorgeous, old-school China to use for my stand! I found so much, that I made not one, not two, but three different types of cake, and cupcake stands. The best part was that I spent less than $8 per project!
I know I have talked, and talked, and talked about all the fun parties, and weddings I have booked on the side recently, but a lot of them I am still waiting for photos on; aren’t my cell phone snaps a tad sad when I am sharing party pics? I thought so too.
[custom invite from Design by Rachel G]
Luckily for me, I was able to snag a good friend to photograph my mother in-law’s surprise party this weekend, and she has already sent me photos! Trying to plan this party with my sister in-law, each having our own busy schedules made this party a little stressful to plan at times…but seeing all the photos, and all of our little touches come together, made it all worth it!
When the owners of Simply Art Studios contacted me to host a blogger night out, I knew I had to invite the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and a few of my fellow Tampa Bay Blog Gals, as well! A fun night was had by all, ya’ll!
Q: what do you get when you go non-stop for two weeks without a break? A: a sick Nikki
But who wants to hear about that? Instead let’s recap the weekend, shall we?
Thursday, or as I sometimes like to call it Friday Eve, was spent at Simply Art with a few other Tampa Bloggers for a night full of painting…I have a fun giveaway coming up, so if you’re local make sure to enter!
For dinner, we decided to go to Cooper’s Hawk. I had been once before with Emilee, a few months back and suggested Jason and I go for our anniversary; somewhere nice but casual instead of a formal dinner. I love celebrating BIG, but it’s nice to just make a quick reservation and enjoy time with Jason.