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Let them eat cake

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After bowling with my mom, dad and fiance (I got a 47 in the last game) to celebrate my dad’s 54th birthday, we went back to the casa for a spectacular dessert! It’s not a birthday without birthday cake. So, in honor of the birthday boy, I made a german chocolate cake, his favorite… I thought. I did lots of research to find a “doctored” german chocolate cake recipe. I went with Barbara and she did not let me down. I aspire to make home made cakes especially for birthdays but I just don’t have the time, tools, ingredients or desire to totally make it from scratch. I started this whole “doctored” cakes thing a few years ago and it’s always worked in my favor. I find that I have more ownership of the cake when I add a few extra ingredients and a lot more love. Needless to say, the cake was a hit. Unfortunately, I found out german chocolate is not my dad’s favorite but I think he was pretty happy anyway!
Check out Barbara Bakes, she has plenty of delectable recipes to share.

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{Summer Reading}

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Summertime means lots of wonderful things — cool drinks poolside, patios with friends, bronze-ish tan and best of all, leisure reading. I haven’t been in school or had required reading in literally years. But still, this is my favorite season to catch up and drift away. I peruse my local public library’s new release section on a regular basis to find inspiration. I love walking the aisles of a dusty discount book store filled with half-price adventures. This summer, I’ve enjoyed…


*Ask Me Why I Hurt – The Book About the Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them by Dr Randy Christensen

*Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

*Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen I haven’t seen the movie yet, have you?

*Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I’m currently reading this one. It has taken several attempts but I am determined to finish it this time even if it takes all summer and even if I read other books simultaneously.

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What are you reading this summer?

Thought of the Day

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I admit it, I’m nesting. I’m kinda over planning the wedding. I followed (stalked) several awesome blogs during the inspiration stages. Whenever I look at them now, I get totally re-inspired and want to change what I’ve already created. Therefore, I’ve forced myself to stop. Unfortunately, I need to fill this void with a new obsession. I’m moving on to decorating my new home with my new husband, aaah! Few glitches… don’t have said home as of yet, so not really a few glitches but more like one HUGE glitch which hasn’t stopped me from web browsing home goods.

Our first task… a king-size mattress! Not just any mattress but a non-toxic, eco friendly, uber crucnchy, granola mattress. I only want to catch ZZZZZs while I sleep not breaths full of synthetic materials and dangerous chemicals.

I know a mattress is an investment and worth plunging into savings for. I’m just not sure where to find it or who’s “seal of approval” I can trust.

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

{Monday is for Music} Sufjan Stevens

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Let’s start this week off with some tunes, Sufjan Stevens, from Detroit. The song “Chicago”, off the Illinoise album, always pops up on my Pandora stations. After tapping my toes to a few of his songs, I felt the need to spread the word. Take some time to listen to the song below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azGIf74ICmw

What kind of tunes do you need to start your week?

{Fashion Friday} Look Ma, no hands

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The last few years I’ve been spoiled by the crossbody bag. I can’t even shop for shoulder purses, wristlets or clutches. I don’t know if I can ever go back to that. I love the infinite freedom that comes with the “hands free” purse. This trend is growing and evolving. Today’s {Fashion Friday} is brought to you by… the belt bag!


my personal favorite.


Guys are doing it, too!

What do you think of this trend? Would you be caught in public with a belt bag?

Where the locals go…

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I finally made it to the Dallas Farmers Market. I went in search of delicious, warm breads, juicy peaches, fresh produce. I came out with 2 of the 3. I learned that breads and eggs are only available on the weekends, no biggie, just another reason to go back. I did come home with some amazing peaches, juices that dripped down my chin as I ate it over the sink. I bought some other great produce, as well, at ridiculously favoring prices. I encourage you all to check out a farmers market near you.

Go out and support your local farmers!

A Sign from the Shoe Gods

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A normal Monday for me… sleep until, oh, 11:30am, work for a few hours then shopping! Just kidding! But thanks to TAKS testing, I can work from home all week and my schedule is a bit more flexible.

I needed to get groceries and run a few errands. I knew Nordstrom would somehow be involved but I had no idea what the Shoe Gods had in store for me today. In my apartment parking lot, I saw a girl getting into her car wearing a pair of adorable wedges. I looked closer and realized they were TOMS wedges. Now originally I didn’t like these but they looked great on her! Then… while pumping ridiculously priced gas, I saw yet again, TOMS wedges!!! That is when I knew… I have to have them!

Needless to say, they have been ordered and now I wait for their delivery… nice, little Monday if you ask me!

Obsessed

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So… maybe… I’m a planner, at least I can admit it. I like things to follow a schedule, to know what to expect from life, friends, events, everything! It helps reduce any anxiety, it helps me to accept change if I can plan what the change will be like. This “healthy obsession” is kinda where the title for my blog came from. I had been planning to get engaged for years – literally years! And then, it happened. Jeremy asked me and we became engaged and then it was like… WELL, WHAT DO I DO NOW? I didn’t know what else to plan for, obsess over or consume my daily life with now that I was actually engaged.

Now, here I am, with a practically planned wedding and 241 days to go. So… what do I do now? I obsess over the details, obviously. And this week, no today, my obsession is finding the shoes I will wear on my wedding day.

The Curse of 3

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My mom has always, always said that bad things happen in threes. Naturally, I 100% believe her. And, Claudia, yet again has been proven right!

Oh, Ye Curse of 3 – a mysterious, passive aggressive and completely inconvenient monster!

I googled ‘curse of 3’ to see if there was any literature on the topic and coincidentally there is a video game “World of Warcraft” that has a Curse 3… or something?!?

Isn’t it weird that Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon and John Ritter all died in the same September week in 2003? Or that Suzanne Pleshette, Brad Renfro and Heath Ledger all shuffled off the mortal coil within a seven-day period in January of 2008? And when Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died last June 25, just two days after Ed McMahon finally joined Carson on the other side, that couldn’t have just been random, could it?

While conducting my extensive research, I have come to a place of recognition. When incidences occur in 3s, the universe is either playing games with us or killing off our entertainment helping us to realize the connections in ourselves, family and our friends.

Oh, universe, how you tease me so!

When people ask, I say – No, I’m not paranoid, just observant.

Microdermabrasion? Don’t mind if I do.

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Last January (a year ago), life asked me a question… to microderm or not to microderm? I said yes, attended six sessions and was pleasantly pleased.

This year, I received the same proposition. And because I was so happy with the results last time, I seized the opportunity. I was telling my best friend Leslie that after my first session, two separate people complimented my skin. Then again, this week, after session numero dos, another rando told me that my skin looked great. Now Leslie, being the skin product obsessed girl that she is, had to know the 411. This is when the realization occurred…

What exactly is microdermabrasion? Answer (thank you wiki): mechanical exfoliation or microresurfacing, is a method for facial rejuvenation that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation along with adjustable suction to sweep away the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis; a non-invasive procedure. I just remember the facialist mentioning something about crystals, a much “prettier” description.

So basically, its ultra, super exfoliation and I love it! My microdermabrasion specialist, Kristy, is at the Old World salon in Southlake, TX. She is the one responsible for the glow that is my face. It is purely a method of spoiling myself, yes. You should do it, too.