04.04.16Kitchen Necessities

Recently I read a post on my favorite blog, Cup of Jo, about five essential kitchen items. What are the five things in your kitchen you’d never be caught without? It got me thinking. It took me a while to winnow down my list, but here is what I came up with:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Eggs
  3. Boneless chicken breasts
  4. Cheese
  5. Pasta

(6. Wine)

What are your five items?

03.30.16What’s Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m back with another installment of What’s Up Wednesday. I’m linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel! Leave me a note if you’ve shared what’s up in your life.

What we’re eating this week:
My weeknights are a bit crazy this week, so we’re out of routine for a few days. However, I’m really excited to get dinner on the table tonight for us to enjoy together! We’re having lamb kofta meatballs with rice and naan (thank you, Trader Joe’s) before a game night with our Community Group.

What I’m reminiscing about:
Last March we went on a service trip to Nicaragua, so I’ve been reminiscing about this time last year. It was actually a life-changing trip in that I saw and experienced things I had never before, and likely won’t see or experience in a developed country like the US. Despite the circumstances of life in a developing country, I will always remember the overwhelming joy, love, and faith of the people we worked with in Nicaragua. Blog posts 1, 2, and 3 on Nicaragua.


What I’m loving:
My new nail color! It’s Carolina blue, but also just a nice pastel for spring. It’s Essie’s Bikini So Teeny.


What we’ve been up to:
We traveled to visit my family in Charlotte last weekend, which was such a nice treat! It’s never long enough, and I miss them already, but it was so good to be able to have a couple days together to talk, eat, watch UNC basketball, and celebrate our risen Savior.


What I’m dreading:
One of my Thursday night classes (Financial Analysis) got canceled a couple weeks back due to my professor being sick. Make-up classes are always on Friday nights, so this Friday night you will find me in a classroom across from Bryant Park learning about financial modeling for media companies. Womp, womp.

What I’m working on:
For every big trip Rob and I take, I make a photo book. We have a little collection now in our living room of books filled with memories and travel. Last summer we went to South Africa and I’ve been procrastinating for so long on finishing the book. You can see my re-cap of our time in Cape Town and our time on our safari in previous blog posts. It’s a bit time-consuming and overwhelming to sort through so many incredible photos and create a book layout! I’m working on finishing the book this month.

What I’m excited about:
I’m excited about springtime in New York! The city really comes alive with the warmer weather. I can’t wait for picnics in the park, outdoor food markets, and flowers everywhere!


What I’m watching/reading:
I’m reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). It’s a modern-day detective/murder mystery story.

What I’m listening to:
The new season of Dancing with the Stars is on in the background. Love watching Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) get her dance on!

What I’m wearing:
I live in my favorite Rag & Bone jeans – to work, to class, to church, and everything in between. With the temps above freezing, I also live in my favorite Sam Edelman flats (the comfiest!). I switched out my winter wardrobe for spring (though I think I might’ve jumped the gun). So I’m trying to bring some spring clothes out but still layering with a coat on top.

What I’m doing this weekend:
This weekend will be fun! A good friend is coming to stay with us while he attends a wedding in NYC. We’ll hit up Claudette for brunch on Saturday. And on Saturday night, we’ll be cheering on our Tar Heels in the Final Four!

What I’m looking forward to next month:
Next month is pretty busy! We’re hosting visitors for the first two weekends and will be traveling to Charlottesville for Rob’s first Darden School of Business class reunion. I’m also turning 27 at the end of the month and celebrating by seeing Cirque de Soleil on Broadway!

What else is new:
I ran my half-marathon a week and a half ago and have to give a shout-out to all the amazing people who supported me and my fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America! You can read about why I fundraised for that organization here. It was such a motivation for me as I ran 13.1 miles on that cold Sunday morning!

Also – a huge shout-out to my amazing cheer station!

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14. What’s my best spring cleaning tip…?
I set a date and time on my calendar earlier in March to go through every single item in my wardrobe and decide to either keep or donate. I liked having a whole afternoon and not feeling rushed. As I looked at or tried on each piece, I asked myself if it fit properly, if I wore it more than once in the past year, and if I loved it. Those questions helped a lot. Here’s another resource I found when doing my spring cleaning.

What’s up with you?!