My Travel Accessories

I haven’t been blogging much lately because I really only have one thing on my mind…my trip to EUROPE! I had a half day off from work today, so I used it to buy the last few essentials I think I might need. Who knew the travel section at Target could be so addicting! I seriously could have bought everything. I had to stop myself from buying the mini lint rollers, wrinkle free spray, sanitizer wipes, a Tide pen… I could go on and on. I managed to walk away with just a few things. Once I managed to pry myself away not only from the section, but from the whole store the below items are what I decided I couldn’t live without.

1. Catching Fire Book and Phase 10 Game – These are strictly for the plane/train rides. I need something to occupy my time for those 9hr flights. I’ve never been on a plane for that long. I’ve never even been in a car for that long! I usually put books on my iPad, but I don’t want to bring it with me. I love playing Phase 10 and if you’ve ever played before you know that game can take hours to play!

2. Travel Smart Adapter and Converter Unit – Uh yeah, unless I want my electronics to blow up I needed to buy this. This handy one at Target comes in one unit, so it’s easy to switch to all the different countries adapter plugs.

3. 8GB Memory Cards – I got a deal on these. They were half off, so I bought 2! They hold 2,000 pictures each! Everyone better be ready to look at some pics when I come back!

4. Inflatable Travel Pillow – I’ve always wanted one of these pillows and I never knew that they made  ones you could inflate. I thought what a brilliant idea. Now I don’t have to worry about carrying around a pillow. Just deflate it and stuff it in my suitcase.

5. Mini Travel Umbrella – It’s small enough to fit in my purse! I definitely don’t want to get caught in the rain during a long day of sight seeing. Even if it doesn’t rain it’s still super cute and I know I’ll use it later.

6. Tylenol PM – I really need to sleep on the plane ride over there, so I’m hoping to pop a couple of these babies and be out like a light. I hope they’ll be helpful if I have trouble sleeping. Never know what strange sounds there might be. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed, so hopefully with these I wont have any problems.

7. Mini First Aid Kit – For obvious reasons. You never know when you might need a band aid!

8. Mini Sunscreen – We’ll be outside A LOT!

9. Tums – A tummy ache can ruin anyones day. 😦

10. Gum – For those popping ears. Oh and you never know when a cute boy might come around. 😉

I got all these items from Target 🙂

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A Weekend Full of Laughter

Happy Monday y’all! I hope everyone had as a good of weekend as I did. Nothing special happened it was just a B-E-A-utiful weekend and I got to spend it with some pretty cool friends. On Saturday a friend and I went to lunch at Fuzzy’s and had $2 beers to go along with my favorite thing on the menu… a bean and cheese burrito! Oh yeah and don’t forget their chips and queso. Then we went to see 21 Jump Street. When I first saw trailers for this movie I wasn’t sold on it, but I kept hearing that it was actually really funny, and it was! Jonah Hill can do no wrong and Channing Tatum is just so pretty to look at. It had a few surprises that I wont share in case you want to check it out. After the movie we went to Target to see if we could find anything we needed for our trip to Europe in 2 WEEKS!!! I can’t believe it!

Sunday was spent with the same friend. I was just going to hangout at my apartment until I had planned to go help a friend move, but my friend wanted to go sandal shopping and I wasn’t about to pass that up! Wouldn’t you know I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of black sandals for awhile. We checked out a couple places until we found the perfect pair at Target! Even better they were only $15. Heck yes! We then got a Jamba Juice with a shot of energy before we went to meet our friend at his new apartment. He moved into an area called the Shops at Legacy. It’s a really nice apartment area with a bunch of shops and restaurants. I’ve been teasing him because he’s had his stuff in boxes for almost a year. I guess you can say he was more than ready to move! Overall it was a really fun day. I’ve never had so much fun moving before. His apartment is going to be so fun to go to. We’ve already planned to throw him a house warming party. Plus he only lives 5 minutes from me! Sweet!

I’m super excited about the next couple of months. There are so many fun things coming up! I can’t freakin wait! For now I’ll leave you with something I enjoy quite well… cheese! HA! I made this Chicken Ranch Lasagna. It was delicious and so easy to make! I like to make things that will give me leftovers, so that I can take them to work for lunch. It was fun to switch up the old boring recipe! Give it a try!

My Chicken Ranch Lasagna

Throwback Thursday: The Shows I Grew Up With

The TV junkie that I am I decided to dedicate this Throwback Thursday to all those shows I grew up watching. Goodness there were so many. I might get a few cool points taken away, but my favorite Friday nights were spent with Sabrina, Cory and Topanga, the Lamberts and everyone’s favorite neighbor, Steve Urkel.

Here are some of my favorites (not in any particular order):

1. Boy Meets World: I always wanted to have a relationship like Cory and Topanga’s. They made the cutest couple. How could you not love someone with the name Topanga? Don’t forget about Mr. Feeny. He was always there to offer words of wisdom.

2. Friends: My all time favorite show. You don’t believe me? Just look in my room. You’ll find all 10 seasons on DVD.

3. Full House: Oh Uncle Jesse. “Have Mercy!”

4. Clarissa Explains it All: Everything seemed so simple back then. The only annoying thing she had to  deal with was her annoying younger brother, Ferguson.

5. Beverly Hills 90210: I used to have a giant poster of this picture in my room.

6. Saved by the Bell: It didn’t matter if it was the original cast, the college years or the new class, I watched it.

T.G.I.F. wasn’t the only place you’d find my favorite shows. I loved waking up Saturday mornings to watch TNBC. NBC was the first channel to do away with their childrens programming and air live action teen sitcoms. I got caught up every weekend with Saved By the Bell: The New Class, California Dreams and Hang Time.

7. Home Improvement: Tim Taylor was everyone’s favorite                                                   Tool Man who couldn’t fix a darn thing.He sure had cute sons though. Oh Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Hey did we ever get to see                                                                  Wilson’s full face?

8. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: “Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I liked to take a minute just sit right there and tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air.” Oh come on, you know you know all the words too!

9. Family Matters: I used to do a really good Steve Urkel impression. “Did I do that?”

10. Step by Step: Your modern day Brady Bunch. Instead of Alice the housekeeper there was crazy cousin Cody who lived in a van in the drive way. “No Way!”

 

 

 

 

 

My First 5K

Yesterday was the big Dash Down Greenville and it was SO MUCH FUN! I’m so proud of myself for completing my first 5K. There was about 6,000 people who participated and everyone was decked out in their best green ensemble. It was pretty crazy! 

I ran/walked it with my friend Rachel while my other friend Andrew, ran in his 2nd 5K. I just want to say how proud I am of him. He ran his first 5K just 2 months ago and he improved his time by almost 3 minutes! Rachel was a great motivator for me. She really helped me push myself. We ended up running about half the distance. My final time was 48:54. 

After the race was the annual parade. There were so many people! We got ourselves some beer and found a good spot. A lot of the floats were throwing beads like they do on Mardi Gras. People went crazy for them! We got our hands on a few. There were some bands performing afterwards, but after 2 hours I was ready to go home. I did wake up at 4:30 after all! 

The day after I definitely feel sore, but I do look forward to participating in more 5K’s and improving my time. 🙂 I hope everyone had a fabulous St. Patty’s Day!

Rachel, me and Andrew

We're pumped to Dash Down Greenville!

I'm a sweaty mess after the race, but so happy!

Throwback Thursday

I’ve decided to do a semi weekly blog entry. When I say semi I mean I’m going to attempt to do it once every week, but you know things happen. I’m calling it Throwback Thursday. The idea came to me when some coworkers and I were discussing things that we loved while growing up. There are tons of toys that I couldn’t put down and shows I couldn’t stop watching. It’s funny to think about all those things that you really can’t find on the shelf anymore because of all the new techno gadgets out there. Plus I have tons of childhood memories that I’d like to share.

To kick things off I wanted to share this picture of me from January 1992. I was six years old. It immediately made me chuckle. Look at that hair! One would think I had just woken up, but then again the bed is made, so this was probably taken right before bed time. Every night I would take a bath and then my mom would brush my hair. When it dried it was a bit of a funky mess. The dog, Chelsea, was my Aunt Carol’s. She used to live with us when she first moved to Texas. She loved that dog so much! I remember always trying to get her to sleep in my bed at night, but she never would. I’d shut the door so she couldn’t get out. She’d  just whimper and scratch at the door until I eventually gave up and let her out. Now that I think about it I was probably trying to get her to stay on the bed with me in this picture. Notice my firm grasp. HA! The cat was my first pet named Jake. I know what you’re thinking, yes, I owned a cat. My love of cats didn’t last long probably because I could never get him to sleep with me either. 

Something else I remember was I really loved pink. Pink comforter, pink jammies and those slippers…ugh, seriously what was I thinking. I do remember that Berenstain Bears frame (another throwback memory). I must have had hundreds of those books growing up. I hope I still have them to one day share with my kids. I find it funny I still do that same grin in pictures. Good to know some things never change. 😉

Grandma Teresa’s Zucchini Spaghetti

My grandmother was an amazing cook! Everything she made was delicious. You could count on leaving the table satisfied after eating one of her meals. Being from Italy her specialty was Italian food. She made her own bread, pasta, tomato sauce and meatballs from scratch, so you could only imagine she made a mean bowl of pasta.

Whenever I would visit my grandma I would ask her to make zucchini spaghetti and she always did. I loved being in the kitchen when she was cooking. She loved it just as much as I did. Any time she could share her knowledge of cooking it made her happy. This is one of the many dishes I’m glad she shared with me.

My wonderful Grandma in one of her many aprons making one of her famous Christmas dinners.

Ingredients:

-2 tbs olive oil
-2 or 3 zucchini (depending on the size)
-1 clove garlic (minced)
-4 eggs
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese
-1 jar tomato sauce 
-Any kind of pasta (angel hair or spaghetti works best)
 
A couple hours before you make the dish, dice the zucchini into half moons. Put the zucchini on a paper towel and into a strainer. Sprinkle some salt on the zucchini. Let it sit for 3 or 4 hours. This will help to get most of the water out.
Begin by cooking desired pasta. 
In the mean time add olive oil, zucchini and garlic into a frying pan. Cook until zucchini softens.
In separate bowl mix together eggs and cheese.
Add the egg mixture to zucchini. Let sit for about a minute; then add 1 cup of tomato sauce. Mix until eggs become scrambled.
Heat up the remaining sauce in microwave or on the stove.
 
Add some pasta to your dish. Spoon some of the extra tomato sauce on top. Then add the zucchini mixture. Serve with some garlic bread and Viola! 

Europe or Bust!

I’M GOING TO EUROPE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!!! On April 11th me and two of my friends will be jet setting across the Atlantic. I can’t believe it’s only a month away. I’ve been dreaming about going over there ever since I can remember. Last year it became a reality when my friend told me about her plans to travel. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see the world. We started planning logistics of the trip last fall and now it’s almost here.

We’ll be flying into London and then traveling to Paris and Amsterdam by train. Our hotels are booked, train tickets purchased and we’ve bought a few attractions. Now I’m just trying to figure out the money situation and the cell phone. Although, I think the biggest hurdle has yet to be tackled.  Packing! Gah! I know I’m probably thinking way too much about it, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’m a huge planner with everything I do in life and that’s become even more clear while I’ve been researching for this trip. I just need to remember to live in the moment and take everything in while I’m there. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Any must see sites or tips that can help us when we’re over there would be great!