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Favorite Things Friday!

Posted Oct 25 2013 11:21am

Hello, hello! Who’s happy it’s finally Friday? Does anyone have great weekend plans? Tomorrow is homecoming for the University of Maryland and I’m heading to College Park to celebrate it, so that should be a lot of fun :)

Before we can get to that though, we have to make it through today. To help get you through your Friday, here are a few of my favorite things from the week!

Favorite Recipe

Last fall I lived off of Iowa Girl Eat’s sweet & spicy chili (made with baked beans for a little sweetness, and a touch of cayenne pepper for some heat. Genius!) and this week I decided it was time to bring it back into the dinner rotation. I usually use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and red kidney beans instead of black beans, but otherwise I keep everything the same. Oh, and one of these days I’m going to have to get my act together and make the cornbread topping. It looks SO good.

Anyway, this is a great chili recipe and I’m sure I’ll be using it a lot more now that the weather has gotten so chilly freezing!

Favorite New Shopping Website

I recently bought a bunch of items from HauteLook (note: that’s a referral link) and I have been so impressed! At first I thought HauteLook was just another one of those shopping sites like Rue La La and Gilt, and I was so not looking for more promotional emails, but then I found out that HauteLook is owned by Nordstrom and actually has a lot more affordable options than most of these sites. No Kidding!

When I checked it out a couple weeks ago, I saw a bunch of awesome items that were all pretty cheap. I wound up getting new brown boots for $40, a leathery jacket for $40, a small wallet for $8, and the shoes below for about $20. Everything is great quality, super cute, and so cheap!!

They also had a deal for free shipping if you spent $100, hence all my purchases, but it was SUCH a great deal! When was the last time you were able to get two pairs of shoes (including nice boots!) a coat, and a small purse for $100? Anyway, I have signed up for the emails and will now probably be shopping at HauteLook more often. Check out the $20 shoes, below!


So cute, right? I can wear them to work or with jeans.


Go check it out!

Favorite Package

Some of you may remember when I received a Bestowed box filled with a variety of healthy products back in April. I loved this box and really enjoyed all the products they sent me, so I was really excited when the company contacted me again asking me if I’d like to try the October box. SIGN ME UP.

I received the box about two weeks ago, and have already polished off most of the items. Those chocolate peanut butter cups didn’t last more than a day in my apartment, haha!

Anyway, one of the items I liked most was this Fiber Love bar from gnu foods. It was really flavorful, had great nutrition stats, and was the perfect afternoon snack. If you want to see what else I got in my Bestowed box check out this unpacking video , and if you’d like to get a box yourself you can sign up here !


Updated to add: CET readers can get their first Bestowed box for almost 50% off ($10, instead of $19). To get this discount, use the code HELLOTEN103 at checkout . This code is active through 11/20 but anyone who signs up after 10/31 will receive the November box.

Favorite Happy Hour

Last night I went to happy hour with some friends, and they had a band with live music. I don’t know what it is about live music, but it always makes the evening so much fun!! It almost doesn’t even matter what type of songs they play- it’s always a good time.


Favorite Lunch

One day this week there was a big meeting in my office, and they wound up having leftover food after lunch. The food was from Roti, which I haven’t had since August , and it was delicious! I had a salad, roasted veggies, and half a chicken wrap. Oh and a cookie. Obviously I couldn’t turn down a free cookie!


Favorite Halloween Ideas

On Sunday I’ll be heading over to my dad’s house to carve pumpkins with my little sister, and I was hoping to make some healthy Halloween treats with her while I’m there. I saw this cute idea for apple monster mouths , and there are a couple of other ideas on this website , but I’m still not sure what I should make. Any thoughts?


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Favorite Birthday

Oh come on now, you didn’t think I forgot did you?


(Obviously written in teal since it’s Catrina’s favorite color ever).

I love these two so much and am so happy to have them in my lives.

Catrina is the best friend a person could ever ask for and she will always be there for me when I need her. We laugh together, we cry together, and I feel like we just understand each other so well. She’s one of those people that I didn’t initially think I had much in common with, only to later find out that we agree on practically everything. She is such a great friend and I don’t know what I would do without her.

Fabio is obviously my boyfriend, but he’s much more than that. He’s the person I come home to at the end of the day who understands me, comforts me, and makes me so happy. I am a much happier person when he’s around. He has a caring heart and goes out of his way to make sure I am taken care of. He is the best boyfriend a girl could ask for, and these past five years with him have been so amazing.

Happy birthday, you two!!

Question of the day: What has been making you smile this week?

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