Way Off Wishlist

So I remembered this past weekend why I didn't initially renew my subscription to InStyle magazine, the extremely high-priced items.  I should just say- mainly things that are way outside my budget. This was actually the reason I switched to People StyleWatch magazine, but for some reason, I now am subscribed to InStyle again.

For now, I'll just look at all the beautiful pictures and build my 'way off wishlists,' the wishlists that are fun to dream about. Things I will probably never have in my lifetime, and that's ok. It doesn't make me forlorn, it doesn't make me appreciate what I have any less, it's just so fun to look at pretty things and dream. Doesn't hurt, right? My husband dreams of (our) catamaran, I dream of fancy jewelry and handbags!

I've been dreaming of owning a Cartier watch for over ten years now, I developed good taste early working in fine jewelry, believe me.  I also was making barely enough to cover my rent, so I bought a Guess watch that was a spitting image for a Cartier, specifically the roman numerals on the face. That actually may be what I love most about them- the roman numerals are so beautiful, so classic.  And the blue hands....gasp! Someday my friends. When I have $47k to blow on a watch.

These Coralia Leets bracelets are absolutely beautiful, aren't they? I love that they are only a semi-bangle, so they'd actually be comfortable enough to be an everyday bracelet. But why just one, I mean come on, they're built for stacking! Now to come up with $220 each. I could sell some nail polish maybe...

Of course after looking up this Gucci bag, I feel even more in love with the others from this collection! Ugh serious drool over here.  I have a thing for buckles, and well isn't that classic Gucci? I did belong to Bag, Borrow or Steal for a year or so, and rented the same Gucci over and over, it was that beautiful. Now if I could just justify a bag this fabulous when I work from home and don't really get out much? $1120 isn't that bad...  I did talk myself out of this bag though, the length is deceiving in this picture, it's actually waist-length with the strap. Ew, 80's.

What's on your way-off wishlist?

What's In My Fridge?

I've seen variations of this post on multiple blogs, and decided to go for it while I was unpacking my groceries this weekend.  I find it interesting to see what people have as staples in their fridge, and have picked up some great ideas for condiments, sides, etc. I believe Everyday with Rachel Ray does this at the end of every issue? 

First off, a picture of my fridge from the outside.  I LOVE this fridge, is that ok to say? When we moved in back in 2009, my hubs let me pick out whatever fridge I wanted.  So I went all out.  I justified the price (to myself mainly,) with the fact that I make the majority of our meals at home, even though it's just the two of us.  Those of you that live by yourself or just your significant other, you know what I'm referring to.  It can be QUITE expensive to shop and cook for just the two of us, it's almost more cost-effective to eat out.

I may have found the original picture from my Blackberry the day I came home to the fridge and microwave delivered in all their beauty!

Ok, now to the exciting parts, the contents!

The majority of the time my fridge does stay this neat, if it doesn't I lose track of what I have and strange smells emanate.  Too much?

Top Shelf:
-Greek Yogurt. I tried Chobani's kids yogurt in Orange, but I prefer Oikos, fruit on the bottom.
-Daisy Sour Cream (and a back-up!) I love the fact that Daisy sour cream has only cream, no preservatives.
-Organic Valley Half & Half (and a back up) Again, no preservatives, or the add-in to assure the "cream doesn't break down in coffee." Um, what does that mean?
-Salsa- I don't have a favorite, I tend to buy a different brand each time.
-Claussen Pickles. And back-up. I only buy the refrigerated (at the store) pickles. 
-My soda. I don't drink it daily, but every once in awhile I crave a ginger ale or SanPellegrino Blood Orange soda.

Middle Shelf:
-I've been too cheap recently to replace the filter on this fridge, I instead but Dasani bottled water. Don't worry, I recycle!
-Occasionally I like to grab a Metromint water, have you tried them? Seriously amazing.
-A glass Pyrex container of homemade spaghetti sauce. I've been tweaking the recipe, but plan on sharing it with you shortly!
-Ketchup. A necessity in this house. Hubs puts ketchup on everything. Everything.
-A Sausage bread we are about to dive into for lunch (gift from a friend!)
-Juice: Hubs is a little bit of a snob, but it is delicious! Simply Apple and Simply Orange
-My favorite brewed coffee: Choc Full O'Nuts

Bottom Shelf:
-Blue Cheese Crumbles- Buffalo Chicken dip (recipe coming soon!) is a favorite in this house, plus blue cheese crumbles are delicious sprinkled on salads.
-Rotisserie Chicken- Hey, it's probably the best $6-7 I spend a week. Easy dinners, salads, sandwiches, etc.
-Purdue BLSL Chicken Breast- will be used this week to make Balsamic chicken.
-Hub's endless supply of Coke.

The majority of the produce you see are staples in my fridge: butter lettuce blend, orange peppers, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, oranges, apples, and lemons. The zucchini and the asparagus are special to this week's meal plan. I'm pretty psyched. I keep my tomatoes on the counter (grape, cherry, and Roma) as well as my darling clementines.

Dairy Drawer:
-We're bacon snobs, so I am pretty psyched to try this thick-cut bacon, hoping it lives up to the price. 
-Lunchmeat: Boar's Head Honey Ham & Swiss for a recipe this week from Pinterest
-Crescent Dough- for homemade cream cheese danish that I'll make someday
-Sorrento Part-Skim Mozzarella, on sale, stocked up. As you can see from the mozza and the cheddars, I am a block cheese fan, the shred-it-yourself variety.  Not only am I not a fan of the preservatives added to pre-shredded cheese, I don't think the taste is the same as well as the melting factor.
-Babybel White Cheddar- I love grabbing these with an apple and some crackers for a quick lunch
-Hormel Turkey Bacon- great for homemade pizza
-Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese- for said danish and other recipes
-Pillsbury Cinnabon Buns- I should probably make these, they been here awhile
-Ore'Ida Hashbrowns- hands down the BEST hashbrowns. No thaw time and they crisp up deliciously. I use these as a crust for a quiche that I need to share with you...someday...
-Block Cheese: Extra Sharpe Cheddar & Mont Jack

-The usual: whipped cream, jelly, salad dressings (Thousand Island & Honey Dijon,) Parmesan, Bacon Bits (gotta do what I gotta do to get hubs to eat a salad,) India relish, dijon mustard, whole grain dijon (I'm a major Barefoot Contessa fan and that's in like everything she makes,) expired caramel sauce, Olive Garden dressing, old maraschino cherries, and a massive block of white chocolate for, you guess it...baking someday.

This oh-so-not-sexy pic of a pointless section of my fridge...

-But it holds Sriracha, liquid gold.  I'm not much of a hot sauce fan, but my sister in law Megan had this at her house a few months ago and I fell in love.  Due to the single-degree temps lately, I've been sprinkling this on everything.  Adds a little warmth! It's hot sauce with a flavor, way better than tabasco.
-Frank's Red Hot for our buffalo chicken dip obsession
-Assorted takeout/fast food sauces- probably should be thrown out at this point.

And now onto the freezer.  I will admit, I did straighten up the freezer for you guys, it was pretty bad.

Bottom Drawer
-Section on the left is filled with frozen veggies. They taste so much better than canned and prepare so easily on the stove or microwave. Also included in this section is a bag of frozen sweet potato fries, delicious side to add to a meal.
-The right section includes meat, frozen meals, and tots. Bird's Eye Voila! dinners are fabulous and so easy to prepare.  I found these while I was on LAWL, and they've been a staple in my freezer ever since. My favorite is the Three Cheese Chicken.
-On the door are steaks for at-home Philly Cheese Steaks and an endless supply of Thomas English Muffins.

Top Drawer
-Ok, I may have gone a little overboard on the processed-breakfast foods...
-Pasta leftovers
-Quiche leftovers

-Ice cream bowl ready to make ice cream or froyo...someday...
-Hub's adorable pac-man ice cubes

So, that is what is in my fridge and freezer. There are a few staples currently missing

I plan on showing you my pantry next, that definitely needs an overhaul! I plan on sharing more recipes coming up, I've just been striking out recently.  I don't want to show you everything I make, I'd rather share the winners.

So, what are some of your fridge staples?

Linky Loves

Happy Tuesday my friends! Is it me or does this picture make you want to make a cup of coffee, put on a comfy sweatshirt, pick up a book and forget the world? Sigh....

For now, here are some links I found share worthy this week!

How adorable is this wedding ring holder for your bedside? My hands are so dry and chapped this time of year, I slather up with lotion and wear cotton gloves to bed, so I will be making this to hold my rings! 
*  *  *  *  *
I am a traditionalist when it comes to church music, I am not a big fan of 'contemporary' music.  Maybe because it's not usually done well? Or maybe it's because I think of it as 7-Eleven music- the same 7 lines, repeated 11 times? Even if you are a fan, we can't forget the beautiful hymns we grew up on.  I grew up in traditional churches and played piano and organ for one for an additional 10 years, so these weekly posts dedicated to traditional hymns made me cry. 
*  *  *  *  *
I recently purchased hexagonal glitter and love all of The Nailasaurus' Glequins manis are beautiful!
*  *  *  *  *
Flu season is NO joke this year, fight back with chicken noodle soup with heart shaped carrots. Adorbs!

Mani Monday: A England Saint George

I am ashamed to say this polish has sat on my shelves for easily 6 months as an untried. Anytime I went to wear it, it was cloudy and overcast, discouraging me from using a holo. Is this color not magnificent? My friend Kelly said it should be named 'Saint Gorg' and I am inclined to agree.

This actually photographs very well, and very true to color.  Although nowhere near as flattering, here are some inside shots with a flash:

A England is considered an indie polish and can be purchased here for $10. I am seriously lemming a few of the others from this collection, specifically Dragon and Lady of the Lake. Yeah, amazing, right? 

#ManiMonday: Revlon 'Girly'

I may not be able to find my namesake in a suitable color, but I am pretty sure this nail polish epitomizes me.  Seriously.  It's pink, it's sparkly, it's called Girly, what else makes my world go round?

This of course is a Revlon dupe (of sorts) of Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop. That being said, I prefer this Revlon one because the glitters coordinate.  Candy Shop is just the glitter from Happy Birthday mixed in with pink polish.  The glitters in Girly are pink, navy, purple, and a holo/iridescent silver. 

I picked this up at Rite-Aid about 2 weeks ago, and was pleasantly surprised to see other DL dupes on display. Hey, $4.99/bottle (or less depending on BOGO sale,) versus $18/bottle sounds good to me. I shared another Revlon/DL dupe here

Is this a polish you would wear or is it too girly? I've seen a lot of bloggers are saying they'll only use it as an accent nail, I'm curious as to what your thoughts are!

I am linking up with ManiMonday and TheNailFiles.

Perfect Posture

If you're like me, you slouch.  A lot.  I know it's bad for me and I should be sitting and standing up straight, but I don't. I saw this in the September issue of Health magazine and wanted to share this with you. 

I am currently using a desk/office chair that is by no means ergonomic, but it does the job for now. I have been researching some quality office chairs, pinning pretty ones, and saving for whatever one I eventually choose.  From what I have found, they range anywhere from $60 to over $1000.  Yikes.  I think I am settled on a chocolate brown leather one at Staples, but I want to make sure I am not overlooking a better chair.

I am prepared to spend what I have to on a chair, considering I will be sitting in it 8+ hours a day.  I decided something I am spending 1/3 of my day sitting in should be comfortable, right?

Any recommendations on an ergonomic, comfortable office chair?

I Love My Online Friends Hop

Welcome to another week of the I Love My Online Friends 'GFC' Blog Hop.  
For more info on the hop and guest hosting, please read HERE. Well, are you ready? Let's go hopping!  
1. Please follow your host and the fab five on Google Friend Connect (GFC). They are Numbers 1 through 6 on the linky.  
2. Link up your homepage and start hopping around. Remember, this is a blog hop, you've gotta do some hopping in order for it to truly be worth your time. When you get a new follower it's always nice to return the favour. Visit their blogs, leave them a comment and/or return the follow.
3. You are not required to, but it would be great if you could tweet/like/pin/share this post and/or grab the button and share it on your blog. The more people that see this hop, the more blogs for us to visit and the more followers we gain.
Thanks and Happy Hopping!
The Things We Find Inside

Five-Free Zoya & Promo

Good Monday Morning Friends! In place of an actual manicure I want to share with you the promo that Zoya has going on and why you should partake in it! First off, a collection of my favorite Zoya manicures:

I have frequently used the terms "3-Free" and "5-Free" on here referring to nail polish, but have yet to talk about what that means.  Zoya is "5-Free," which means their nail polish is free of  toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate.) Other brands such as Butter London are "3-Free," leaving out the more common formaldehyde, resin, and DBP. Scary, right? Like many processed foods, if you can't pronounce it, maybe we shouldn't be putting it on and in our bodies!

I LOVE the story of Zoya nail polish as well.  Zoya was founded in 1986 by Zoya and Michael Reyzis, originally from Russia. Zoya was originally a classical pianist, but earned her Cosmetology license in 1979 when she and her husband Michael immigrated to the US.  I too am a classically trained pianist, and upon hearing this wanted to buy even more to support her.  Zoya learned quickly that jobs are few and far between here in the States for classically trained pianists, and decided to make a career in Cosmetology to support her family.  Teaming up with her chemist husband, Zoya created and patented anti-wrinkle, shampoo and conditioning products for her salon and spa.  Along with these products, he created the first fast-dry topcoat and the now popular Zoya nail polish!

On to the promo! Zoya is offering 3 free polishes starting today, January 7th! All you have to pay is $10 in s&h.  Believe me, it's a deal.  They're usually $8/bottle, plus $6 shipping, so it's actually buy 1, get 2 free.  You can't get drug store brands for $3.33/ea, let alone the quality and color selection of Zoya.  I picked up Aurora, Storm. and Maisie

Click on the picture to start shopping! If you're new to Zoya, sign up here, and receive a code for a free polish. If you want to take advantage of the 3 free polishes promo, just save the code for another time!

I am linking up for ManiMonday as well.

New Year, New Goals

So it's a new year, what does that mean to you? Setting new goals, new resolutions? A chance for a blank slate?

2012 was not a stellar year for me or my husband, and we are both looking forward to 2013 with passion. I don't want to sound annoying-facebook-vague, but it was a rough year for us, and without going into much detail, we're READY for a blank slate! That being said, we are both thankful for each other, our health, our families, and the blessings we are bestowed daily.  I don't want to sound unappreciative, I'm just ready for change.

I've never been much for resolutions, I am guessing it's a fear of failing that keeps me from doing so.  The most successful resolution to date has been 2011's goal to eat cleaner, cutting back on processed foods, and making homemade versions of our favorite fast food and restaurant dishes.  This has become a daily/weekly occurrence in our lives since January of 2011.

I made a few goals for myself in 2013, and figured sharing them publicly would keep me on path!

I have resolved to be better with my devotionals, striving to do them daily. Now that I work from home, I have an additional 7-8 hours a week that I am not commuting that I can use proactively! Some of my favorites:
  • YouVersion Bible App- if you don't already have this on your smartphone or tablet, you need it.  There's something about thousands of translations, hundreds of "plans," highlighting, reminders, and social media integration that wipes away all excuses.
  • #SheReadsTruth- I found out about this program through a friend on instagram, and have been using them for a few months now. What I love most about #SheReadsTruth is they are short (2-3 week) plans that contain devotional content and scripture, plus social media integration.  I am on Day2 of A Fresh Start, the perfect plan for the New Year. I try to take a picture of my journal or doodle related to the study and post on instagram and twitter, can you pick mine out on their instagram feed here? I have "met" many new instagram friends and found new blogs through using their hashtag (#shereadstruth) and cannot wait to meet more.
  • Looking Up Beth Moore Devotional App- This app is a little pricey at $9.99, but I felt at the time I needed it. Based on Beth Moore's book Get Out of That Pit, these are daily snit-bits of devotional content and pertinent verses.  Once you read the content and verses, you are prompted with 'Reflections', a chance to enter your own thoughts and answers to questions, and a prayer as a guide for you. If you're a slacker human like me, you'll love that the app stays on the unread day until you come back, unlike the YouVersion app.  What I mean is that if you are on day 17, and you missed a few days, the app will stay on the unread day 17 rather than forwarding to day 20.  Does that make sense? There are 104 daily journal/devotional entries available.
This is a multi-faceted goal, but I categorized them all under Photography.  I've had my DSLR for a year now, and it rarely leaves the Automatic or Program setting.  I'm not saying this is a bad thing or that I am taking bad pictures, I just want to take better pictures.  My goal to do this is to start reading through all the material I have saved on Pinterest, including course material for college classes.

How I plan on implementing what I learn will be through Photo-A-Day challenges.  You've all probably heard of FatMumSlim's photo-a-day on instagram, but I plan on doing this with my DSLR camera. I think it will be both interesting to look back at and help me to work on my photo-taking skills.  My major goal is to start the 365 Project again, I just want to make sure I will keep up with a 31 day project before diving into a 365 one.  I want the photos to actually mean something too, not just a quick shot to accomplish the day's assignment.  That being said, I know there will be days I might cop out a little bit.  *Wink*

The second aspect of my Photography goal is to take more pictures when I am together with friends and family.  I always plan on taking them, I bring my DSLR, and I end up not using it.  Anyone else do this? I spent Christmas Day with my nieces and nephew and brother and sister in law and didn't take ONE picture.  And I had my DSLR sitting in front of me.  I don't want to become the person hiding behind the camera, but I would like to start capturing these precious moments.

Finding Me
I am still ironing out the kinks in this resolution, but the common theme is to find me again, to find what makes me happy, to find what makes Amy Amy. Over the last few years getting married, moving to Virginia, leaving behind my family, unemployment, underemployment, sickness, etc. have all taken their toll on me and my state of mind.  I am not saying these have affected me negatively, especially getting married. I think you married ladies know what I'm talking about though, right?  I want to find Amy again. So far this includes: reading (I haven't read a book in almost a year,) listening to music, playing piano again (maybe...still debating this one,) and cooking and baking more.

2013 has such good things in store for me and my family, I am truly excited for it to be here.  I am excited to be starting out on my new career, and want to take the time to make a few changes with me as well.

What goals and/or resolutions have you set? I keep thinking about a post a friend on facebook put up about not setting any resolutions, that's she's happy being the kwirky-awesome self she already is.  She has a point though, don't you think?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year


Anyone else looking forward to 2013 as much as I am? I am not the biggest fan of 2012, and I am ready for what the New Year will bring.  I don't have any resolutions to share right off the bat, but I will be taking time today to ponder some much needed change in my life.

Here's hoping your New Years is exciting, and farewell 2012!