shine or set

a lifestyle blog

wish list

I've accumulated quite the wish list after browsing through Free People's site. What's new? There are just so many things! Any one want to make a gal's wish come true? Teehee.
[images via Free People]

sunday spark

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”  -Audrey Hepburn [click on image for source]


Everyone makes mistakes. No, I'm not breaking into a Miley Cyrus song. I'm simply stating the obvious. If mistakes weren't made, nothing would be learned or valued. Sometimes we make the mistake. Other times we feel the repercussions of someone else's misstep. Either way, they each…

friday funnies

These two cuties never get old...and they're credited with my little Jack Russell's name. She bit me in the pet store. Meant to be.

corn bread crab cakes

How yummy do these look? Ingredients:Sauce:1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)1/8 teaspoon minced garlicDash of freshly g…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Friends I'm one lucky lady to have such good gals in my life. 
2. Organizing I've been on a frenzy lately with cleaning and organizing. When the home is organized, life can be too.
3. Kicks I am a shoe fiend, but lately I've been living in sneaks. They're too comfy not to.
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couch surfing

Sometimes there is nothing better than coming home and plopping down on the couch with a glass of wine and your favorite movie. Whether you want some alone time or your snuggled up with your sweetie, the couch should be somewhere you can sink into and take a load off.

Here are some perfect relaxati…


1. Sapporo for Kelsey's bday 2. Yummy soda 3. Charlie creepin' 4. Little Lucy and work 5. Mama and me 6. Organizing my wreck of a closet

sunday spark

“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”  -Suzanne Weyn
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friday funnies

Puppies. 'Nuff said.

[images via Cute Overload]

orecchiette with broccoli pesto

I love pesto and I love pasta, so this recipe is right up my alley. I like the idea of making pesto out of different ingredients, which reminds me that I really need to get a food processor.
Ingredients1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough lower stems removed1/2 cup pistachios, toasted3/4 cup grated parmigi…

the dime diary

Head over to The Dime Diary, if you haven't checked it out already, and catch my latest guest post. I love this blog because it's for those of us who are on a budget, but still want to look cute. In the post we talk about exercise, healthy, and happiness. Enjoy!

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Ice cream Sometimes you have to have those cheat days. I indulged in some salted caramel ice cream with cookie dough mashed up, making for a sweet combination of goodness. Talk about rich!
2. Grades I finished up the semester with a 3.75 GPA. I am one happy gal. Being a bookworm pays off! My dear…

wait and see

It's a constant struggle to just stay in the moment. I like to know what's next. I like to know what someone's thinking or feeling. There is comfort in being one step ahead rather than throwing caution to the wind. Being in the present is a simple idea, but I tend to get pulled backwar…

sunday spark

"No matter how serious life gets, you still have to have that one person you can act completely stupid with." -Unknown [click on image for source]

friday funnies

I love ecards. They are a hoot.

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