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blog I’m at it again.  Needing to take a quick pause from the blog until Monday.  It’s only 2 days, but I really need a break.  I have some really exciting news that has happened and I cannot wait to share.  However, today is not the right time.

I will be back on Monday the 20th with a new spark in my step!  I am also working hard on keeping up with my Thankful Series that I started this month.  At the end of this month I will be sharing my second (ever!) vlog with you.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t be so awkward.


Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

red velvet cookies recipeI stumbled upon this red velvet cookies recipe a few weeks ago.

  I ‘pinned’ it and then I could not stop thinking about it.  Red Velvet cake holds a special place in my heart.  It’s my family’s favorite and just so happens to be my favorite too.

I thought that it would be a great addition to our Thanksgiving Dinner and made a few adjustments to the original recipe to create my own.  It was a super easy cookie recipe to follow, which makes me want to jump and down for joy.

6 T. butter, melted and then cooled
1 box of Red Velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1 t. cornstarch
3 / 4 c. powdered sugar

Steps for the Red Velvet Cookies Recipe:
Preheat your oven to 370 degrees.  Grease 2 cookie sheets or cover with parchment paper (which I find so much easier).  In a medium bowl, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar.  Set aside.  Beat together eggs, cooled butter and cake mix until well combined.  Refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes so that the dough is easier to work with.  Roll dough into about 1-inch balls and dredge in the powdered sugar mixture.  Place on cookie sheet, about 2-inches apart.  Bake for 7-9 minutes.  Let cool completely and store in airtight container.
red velvet cookies recipeThese were delicious and a big hit at Thanksgiving!

Grow Your Blog Link Up

I have had a great opportunity to join with Toni over at One Chocolate Box to take part of a new(ish) link up. I am super pumped because this is my first link up that I’ve even been apart of.

Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Link Up!

It’s a link up specifically for new bloggers (those with less than 500 followers per social medium are welcome too). It’s also a chance to meet other new bloggers, and hopefully build networks and friendships.

There are no fees for co-hosting. Just email me at if you’re interested.

Link ups start every Wednesday at 3pm NZDT (that’s Tuesday 6pm PST and Wednesday 1pm AEDT if that helps).

Each week, one participant will be randomly selected, and gets featured on the following week’s blog hop. More free exposure!

There’ll also be a giveaway from time to time, so make sure to check back each week.

1. You don’t have to, but I’d appreciate it if you could follow One Chocolate Box.

2. Follow the co-hosts! Let them know you’re following from the Link Up, so they can follow you back.

3. Link up in the appropriate section using your blog URL or profile URL. Remember you can only link up in the section if you have less than 500 followers in it.

4. Visit and follow at least 1 other blogger. Let them know what you like about their blog.

5. Return the love, follow your new followers!

6. It would be super if you shared the Link Up via Facebook or Twitter. The more people join up, the more potential followers you can get.

7. I’d love you forever if you grabbed the button below and place it on your sidebar!

A big welcome to my lovely co-hosts this week:
Meredith at MereLynne

Lindsay at Wedding Rings to Teething Rings
Thanks so much for co-hosting ladies!

This week’s feature is Mary at The Clarity Chase

The Clarity Chase

Make sure you go say hi, and check out this post of hers. A little heartbreaking, but great insight!

And without further ado… link up, link up!

Things I Just Don’t Understand

Things I Just Don't Understand
Allergies.  Why are some people’s allergies worse than others and why am I one of those people?

Selfies.  I may be victim of taking a selfie or 2, but I do not understand the selfie phenomenon.

People who are afraid to dance in public. Live a little.

My obsession with Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Drop Dead Diva, and Witches Of East End.

Those that wear leggings as pants, they are not pants.  Please, I beg of you, wear a shirt long enough to cover your butt and woohoo.

Football technicalities.

Irrational fears of masks and face paint.

How some people could dump animals.

I could keep going, but I feel that could be one more thing I don’t understand – the perfect time to end a pointless post.


September Was Great

September was a great month for me and my family.
our love storyI shared the story of how J and I met.
tips for developing a budgetTips about developing a budget as a couple that we have been using and being successful at the past few months.
pull apart bread recipeA delicious super-easy recipe for cinnamon-sugar pull apart bread.
organize your desktopA simple DIY desktop organizer that I am loving.
tips for creating a gallery wallWays to get the perfect gallery wall.
Easy Ways To Save Money15 easy, no brainer ways to save money.
bad work habits to breakAnd one of my favorite pieces of the month, 10 bad work habits to kick to the curb.

Overall, September was a great month.  J and I closer to our wedding, we have got to spend a lot of time with our family and friends, and have finished unpacking every box from our move.  Life is good!


Joining and Learning

Proud Member of the Yakezie Challenge
It should be no surprise that I have been working hard on trying to grow my blog.  I want to learn from others and hopefully help others in the process.  And by help, I mean guidance on how to become successful, happy, and on budget.

I recently joined the Yakezie Challenge to learn, grow, and develop this little blog of mine.  Check it out!  I’ve been on the site for an embarrassing amount of time now and there is no sign of stopping.


For some reason I feel like a vintage housewife


But wearing jeans, of course.  I was running late to my night class and decided to just not change from working on a few projects.



t-shirt: Wal-Mart, jeans: Express, shoes: F21, Headband: Modcloth (bonus from my Birchbox), watch: belonged to my Grandpa.

So many choices.

Packing to go out-of-town is probably one of my favorite things to do. Something about laying out clothes and matching accessories with them while all trying to stay minimal. It’s a challenge for a recovering over packer like myself.


Here I am packing for a weekend trip to St. Louis. Going to be visiting the zoo and my favorite restaurant, Rich & Charlie’s.