weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans – Thanksgiving/Black Friday Style

Four day weekends are good for the soul, shouldn’t they happen more often?! Wednesday I tried out Yo Mama’s with my coworkers. Nothing better than hand cut, homemade fries!

YO Mama's

Yo Mama Burger

Wednesday afternoon I helped my MIL prep some of the food for Thursday. Chris and I stopped by to check out Crazy Horse on our way home. We were very impressed and we will most certainly be back soon! My new favorite spot for sure!!! They had a great selection of craft beer, most of the draughts being local. We only grabbed some apps off the bar menu, but they have a top notch menu for their restaurant and I can’t wait to try their filet!

One of the two rows of taps….


Magic indeed…


Boom Boom Shrimp


Spicy Onion Petals


Carolina Pork Sliders


I had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with our family. We were at Chris’s parents house for lunch where there were 20 family members and then at my mom’s house where it was just Chris and I and my mom and step dad….with my three step sisters coming a little later. It was fabulous!

Once the last dish was cleaned and put away, my mom and I headed out for our annual Black Friday shopping marathon!!! We hit a new record for us and shopped for over 21 hours straight!!! My mom finished up all of her Christmas shopping and got a few things for herself. I started my Christmas shopping and scored a few great things for myself as well. The highlight being Dolce Vita booties from Nordstrom Rack for under $40 similar to these!!!!! I am obsessed!


Black Friday


Me sending fitting room shots to Laura for approval…

Fitting ROom

Sadly, that shirt ended up having a black spot on the sleeve and I didn’t get it.

I am in love with the Democracy skinny jeans that I scored for $39. They are on sale today still. They were so comfortable!!! And the waste band design really helps them stay up and in place.

Saturday I watched my Tide roll over Auburn. It was a great game and both teams played well. Roll Tide!!! Now we will be taking on the Florida Gators for the SEC Championship!

Linking up with Biana. I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!!! What are you scooping up this Cyber Monday?

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Happy Black Friday!!! I have a very exciting announcement for you today, so be sure to check that out and get pumped!!!!

Favorite Song: Colbie Caillat and Brad Paisley’s Merry Christmas Baby. Take a listen and get in the spirit!!!

Favorite Moments:

Having lunch with Rashmin at Tazikis on Monday.

Chatting with my sister on a random afternoon phone call.

Laura and I had lunch at Rowe’s on Tuesday.



Laura and Nadine

Thanksgiving with our families and shopping with my mom!!!

Favorite Recipe: Wondering what to do with all those leftovers? Try these Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Rolls!

Crispy, gooey, cheesy. These Thanksgiving Leftovers Stuffed Sandwich Rolls are the ultimate way to enjoy your leftovers. |

Favorite Lusts: Things I will be on the lookout for while I shop…

This blanket scarf looks so cozy and will sure to be on sale at Kohls!

I am thinking about check out this vest or something like it.

I always check out boots at Belk. Clothing and shoes will be 40% off at Target. Dare I check out the plaid sweater everyone has been lusting over? Every time I look at my store, the green one is out and I don’t like the white one in person. Nine West usually has some killer deals at the outlet. Speaking of the outlet, the Loft store will have a huge sale!!!! As will just about every other place. Where do you like to hit on Black Friday?

Favorite Pins: These DIY Christmas projects would be so fun!

Super easy DIY reindeer sign! See how to make your own for your Christmas decor!:


Shadow Box Fame. With scrapbook paper, 'small' colored ornaments & vinyl saying: "MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT." :):


Lighted Burlap Garland - 20 Jaw-Dropping DIY Christmas Party Decorations | GleamItUp:


Favorite Announcement: Drum roll please!!!! Jana and I are back to host our Whore in the Drawer Instagram challenge!!!!!

Here are the prompts:

instagram challenge 2

There are no rules with this. You don’t have to have a barbie doll to participate. You could use a stuffed animal or other figurine to play! And if you have none, then you know what would be a fantastic good human thing to do? Head over to Target or the Dollar Tree and grab a doll to use for the challenge, then hand it off to a child in need in your area. Have a little fun and do a good deed? The Grinch’s heart might just grow three sizes my friends!

Use #inthedrawer and have some fun!!! I will be checking Instagram daily to see your creations. There will be a link up on Fridays each week to share all the pictures in one spot if you want to make them part of your Friday posts.

Here is an example of one of my pictures last year…

IMG_4263.JPG Prompt – Money – “They told her not to blow all of her money. They said nothing about blowing on her money.”

The challenge starts on December 1st (with the first link up December 4th)and we can’t wait to see your photos!!

Favorite Links:

–Find a playlist for any mood or type of work out.

–First time out shopping for Black Friday? Check out the tips I shared last year.

Favorite Funnies:

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to all the time I get to spend with my mom on Friday….and watching the Iron bowl this weekend with Chris!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linking up with Amanda.

Oh Pie!

Confessions – Thanksgiving Style

Hey hey hey!!!! It is basically like Friday in work world since tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!!! Link up with Kathy and I and tell us all your secrets!

–Sometimes when I know I am wearing boots, I grab my cropped or capri length jeans. I mean, you don’t know the difference and well…I hate tucking all that extra jean material into my boots! #noonecantellthedifference #lazy

–I hate stuffing. There. I said it. Is it the worst thing I have ever tried? No. But ummmmm there is way too much else deliciousness to waste calories on something that is just meh for me. This goes with dressing to, you southern people like weird shit. #moreforyou

–I also hate liver. It smells gross and it sounds gross. I haven’t tried it since I was a kid but ummm just no. #gross

–My family usually got the canned cranberry sauce that is more of a jello consistency. (Which is still my favorite, by the way….) But every year I had to have the top piece with the can indentation. I would legit get pissed if someone took it. #Istilldothis #minebitch

–Trying to sleep on the eve of Thanksgiving is hard for me. I am so excited to spend lots of time with family on Thanksgiving day…..and super duper excited for my mom and I’s annual Black Friday excursion that starts promptly at 9-10PM Thanksgiving night well in to the late afternoon on Friday. #shoppingismycardio

This is an actual text with my mom about our trip. #wedontplay

text with my mom

–I actually find the crazy Black Friday shoppers who get rowdy and pushy quite entertaining. People get so pissy and I just laugh. I think it pisses them off more. #itsjustshopping #chillthefuckoutandsmile

Confessions in ecard Thanksgiving style

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo

Now it is your turn! Link up with Kathy and I, confess all your things. Go ahead, this is a safe space.

More Coffee Less Talky


Zucchini Ravioli

Zucchini Ravioli can be summed up with one word: yum!!! I am a fan of pasta, that is no secret. I grew up eating most Italian based foods and unfortunately, they aren’t always so kind to the waist line! Finding a way to cut down on the carbs and calories is always a goal of mine. As is incorporating more fun foods to our week day routine. Salads can get boring, you know?! Besides, Chris stated that this is one of his favorite new “healthier” things that I have made. So you know it is good! He isn’t going to throw those terms around lightly.


What you need:

2 zucchinis

1 15 ounce container of park skim ricotta cheese

shredded Parmesan cheese

Italian season

parsley flakes

Lawry’s seasoning

jar sauce of your choice (I used a low sodium, organic tomato sauce but would be fabulous with many kinds!)

olive oil spray

What you do:

–Preheat oven to 350

–Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray

–Mix the ricotta cheese, a handful of Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and parsley in a bowl

–Slice the zucchini lengthwise into thin strips using a veggie slicer

–Make an “x” with two pieces of the zucchini and place a spoonful of the cheese mixture on to the center



–Folder over each of the the zucchini slices and place fold side down on a baking sheet until you are out of cheese


–Sprinkle Lowery’s seasoning (or one of your choice) over the “ravioli”

–Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

–Top with a few spoonfuls of sauce and shredded cheese


Edit: A veggie peeler looks like this.

Linking up with Emily and Kate.

Martinis & Bikinis

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Is it just me, or is anyone else super stoked about the three day work week?!?!? But I know you are all dying to know what kind of shenanigans I got in to this weekend, so let’s dive in. Shall we?

Friday evening we met some friends at World of Beer. I tried a Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout as per J’s suggestion…and it was awesome!

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

The rest of the weekend we hung around the house and it was a mixture of being productive and being lazy. It was perfect!!!

I watched I’ll be Home for Christmas with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Such a great 90’s movie!!! It had probably been years since I have seen it last. I tried to watch Bridget Jone’s Diary but I wasn’t in the mood I don’t think, so I switched to Home Alone. I also watched Frozen for the first time! I know, I know…I hadn’t gotten around to it. But it was so cute and I am glad I saw it!


Elsa and I are kindred spirits…

Do yourself a favor and grab a can of this Trader Joe’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It was amazing and went along nicely with my movie watching!

Trader Joe's Peppermint Hot Chocolate

It had been a long time since I have made a big breakfast for us, so I decided to surprise Chris with maple sausage,eggs and hash browns Sunday morning. Mine was sans eggs because I have been on an I hate eggs kick the last few months.


I got a lot of work done on a new side project!!! Laura and I have started a local food blog called Besties do Bham! It is in the early stages but it is live and running. It is going to be so fun to work together on it. Follow along if you want to see some Birmingham Food Porn!!

Other things that make me happy..IMG_6826

If things look wonky around here and pictures are missing, terribly sorry. I am working on fixing it. Linking up with Biana. I hope you all have a great, short week!