Monday, September 30, 2013

Skirtember: Last Week!



The last week of Skirtember has arrived.  I want to thank Kristin and Chantal for hosting Skirtember for us!  I have had so much fun challenging myself to wear skirts and dresses this month.  To see what I've been wearing, you can review Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

Technically, today is the last day of September, and I will be wearing a skirt today, too.  I'll share my very last Skirtember outfit either later this week or next Monday.  I haven't decided yet.

Here's what I wore this week:

Day 23- September 23rd

I didn't wear a skirt this day.  Scott and I were on our way home from the Pittsburgh Steelers/Chicago Bears game on Sunday night.

Day 24- September 24th

Shirt: Maurice's // Skirt & Leggings: Old Navy (the skirt is super old) // "Wrap Me Up in London" Scarf: Penelope Ann // Boots: Target.com
Day 25- September 25th

Entire outfit brought to you by Old Navy.com
Wednesday was school picture day.  Even as a teacher, I still tend to dread this day.  lol  I ordered this entire outfit from Old Navy.  I love their "Outfits We Love" section of the website.  I totally copied this and one other outfit from head-to-toe.  Totally makes life easier. :)

Day 26- September 26th

Camisole: Maurice's // Jacket & Shoes: Old Navy // Dress: Body Central (old) // Leggings: Khol's
Day 27- September 27th

Dress down day.  Jeans, jeans, jeans.  :)

Day 28- September 28th

We had a wedding on Saturday.  I don't have a picture because I literally wore my school picture day outfit again.  Glad I did laundry.  :)

Day 29- September 29th

Ok friends, after the wedding, I was out with friends to celebrate a birthday.  I'm lucky to even have gotten out of bed.  SO there was no skirt.

Overall, I think I've done really well! 

Stats:
  • only 9 days without wearing a skirt or dress (mostly Fridays & Saturdays)
  • repeated 2 outfits exactly
  • wore 1 dress twice but in different ways
  • A total of 18 different outfits
How did your Skirtember go?  Did you have as much fun as I did?? Link up with Kristin & Chantal to let us know! :)

Stay tuned tomorrow for a fun event announcement!!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Harry Potter Fix: Week 34


Here we are!  Week 34 of "My Harry Potter Fix"!  This week, Kim, Tarole, and I are discussing The Order of the Phoenix

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So here we go.


It is no secret that this is my least favorite book and movie in the series.  With that being said, I do want to clarify that it doesn't mean that I dislike this book or movie.  Let me try to focus on the positives first, shall I?

Likes:
-Dumbledore's Army forms (the DA).  I love that these students take it upon themselves to learn how to defend themselves.  Though it was against the rules, they still find a way to do what was right and necessary!


-Patronuses are so cool.  I know we first get exposed to them in the Prisoner of Azkaban, but it's mostly about Harry's.  We get to see so many of the DA's patronuses take form!



-I love that Harry gets to spend time with Sirius in this book.  He gets to learn a little more about his parents and Sirius.  Getting to stay at Sirius' house for awhile is important...especially because it becomes a place for Harry, Ron, & Hermione to hide in The Deathly Hallows.

 
-Though they shouldn't have been there, and it resulted in Sirius' death, the part where Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna go to the Ministry of Magic is incredibly exciting.  I particularly love what this shows about Harry and his friends.
 
 
-I really appreciate Fred & George in this book.  I love when they decide to create a diversion so that Harry can talk to Sirius through Umbridge's fire place.



Dislikes:
-Delores Umbridge.  I have said it many, many times in these Harry Potter posts.  She is the most vile awful character.  Honestly, she's worse than Voldemort to me!  The way she speaks, the rules she makes, the evil things she does to Harry.  UGH!!  I could go on and on.  If I ever got to speak to J.K. Rowling, I would ask her why she allowed Umbridge to survive being carried off into the Forbidden Forest by the Centaurs.  In my opinion, she should've been killed or driven mad and thrown into St. Mungo's.


-I've said this before, too.  Harry is so angry in this book.  I understand why he's mad all the time, but it just makes me angry, as well.  He yells at Ron and Hermione all the time, and he can't keep his temper in check so he gets in trouble constantly.  There's just so much teenage angst there, I can't take it.

 
-Sirius dies in this book.  As I stated in last week's "would you rather" post, I would have chosen that Sirius didn't die rather than Dumbledore.  Harry deserved more time with him.


What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix??  Link up below!

Next week: More "Would You Rather" questions!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sloppy Joes

The last time Scott and I went grocery shopping, we bought a bag of green bell peppers at Sam's Club.  We got to a point where we needed to use them up, and I thought of Sloppy Joes.  When I was a kid, I truly thought that Manwich was the only way to make Sloppy Joes.  We don't often have that on hand, so I needed to figure out a yummy sauce that would do the trick.

The original recipe comes from allrecipes.com .  I needed to make a few tweaks, so here's my take below:

Sloppy Joes
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
1. Brown beef, onion, and bell pepper in a skillet.  Drain.


2. Stir in remaining ingredients.


3. Simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve on your choice of bread or bun.  I add cheese to my Sloppy Joe sandwiches.  I also had some yummy potato salad on hand, and I had that as a side.



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Monday, September 23, 2013

Skirtember- Week 3


Can you believe how quickly September is flying by??  It's time for another week of Skirtember with my friends Kristin from Kristin's kNook and Chantal from Scattered Seashells!

If you missed my Week 1 or Week 2 posts, you can go back and take a peek at what I've been wearing this month.  I'm proud to say that I've only repeated an exact outfit once.  You'll see in this post that I'm repeating a dress, but in a totally different way than I wore it the first time.  :)

And I may also be a little obsessed with skirts and dresses now.  I have two dresses on their way from Old Navy as I type!  (They should be here tomorrow!!)

One last thing before I begin.  I apologize for how awful my bedroom looks.  I've got to find a different place for this mirror.....or clean.....

Day 16- September 16th
Dress & Tights: Avon- Mark collection // Camisole: Old Navy // Boots: Shoedazzle.com
I fell in love with this wrap dress from Mark last year.  So I bought it.  I wore it a couple of times, and then for some reason didn't like it.  I dragged it out again on Monday because I clearly needed a dress or skirt to wear, and I actually LOVED wearing it all day!  :)  It is purple and red, and my tights are purple, as well....you can't really tell from this picture, though.  Silly iPhone. 

Day 17- September 17th
Dress: Old Navy // Camisole: Maurice's // Belt: Avon- Mark collection // Boots: Target.com // Elvis Loves Me Bracelet: Penelope Ann
I have a love/hate relationship with this dress.  This picture is actually pretty flattering.  I think the thing that made the difference is the belt.  It's one of those dresses that sometimes makes me look bigger than I am.  But while on lunch duty with a fellow sixth grade teacher, he asked me if I'd been working out because I looked like I lost weight.  I now think I love this dress.

Day 18- September 18th
Sweater, Belt, Skirt, & Tights: Old Navy // Camisole: Maurice's // Booties: Shoedazzle.com
I'm really sad that you can't see my shoes very well.  I'm in love with them.  They're purple if you can't tell.  They are laced up the back.  The funniest thing about this outfit was that three or four of the boys in my class said to me, "You have to tie those in the back??"  They were fascinated.  I did have to explain that I didn't have to tie them because they have zippers on the inner side of the shoe.  lol  One of my girls asked me, "How do you walk in those?"  I told her, "Very carefully."

Day 19- September 19th
Sweater & Shoes: Old Navy // Dress: Maurice's // Tights: Avon- Mark collection // Celebrity Smiles Ring & Tower Tinsel Necklace- Penelope Ann 
I wore this dress on Day 1 of the challenge, but this is a whole new outfit, and I really loved it!  I threw on black tights, and these black shoes.  I really loved this outfit. 

Day 20- September 20th
Dress down day at work....jeans all the way!

Day 21- September 21st
Seriously.  I had nowhere to be.  It was cool and rainy, Scott was in Oregon at his niece's wedding, and I was lucky I got out of bed.

Day 22- September 22nd
I think this is the first Sunday I didn't put on a skirt or dress.  But there's a good reason for that....I went to my first live NFL football game!!  I'm a Steelers fan, and Scott is a Chicago Bears fan.  The Bears came to Pittsburgh, which doesn't happen very often, and so we just had to go!  The last time the Bears played the Steelers in Pittsburgh was before Scott and I started dating, and that was over 7 years ago!  So yes, wearing a skirt to an NFL game makes no sense whatsoever.

I'm looking forward to next week!  How are you doing with Skirtember??

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Anniversaries are fun + a GIVEAWAY!!

This month is my one-year anniversary with Celebrating Home! 

It's been a fun year, and I've had the chance to sell, purchase, earn, and win all kinds of amazing items for cooking, decorating my home, and to wear! 

Since it's my anniversary, I'm having a party!  This September is not going to be even CLOSE to as good as my first September with the company.  I was supposed to have a party on Friday, and it's not looking like that will happen.  :(  That means I need your help.

But there IS something in it for you!  IF my party reaches $300 in sales, I'm going to give away $110 in FREE merchandise!!!  I have set up a Rafflecopter entry form below.  In order to qualify, you will need to place an order from my anniversary party!  After that, you can enter to win in other ways.  BUT please keep in mind, if my party does not reach $300, I cannot have a winner.

There is some AMAZING fall merchandise, and I think you will all love it!  I'm sharing some of my favorite items below!  (Each item has a direct link below the photo where you can place your order.)

Get ready for game day:
                                               
The Official Party Platter



Fall into Autumn
 
Hootie & Happiness Bowl & Tray (4 Piece Set)
 
Hootie & Happiness Night Light
This night light is one of our fragrance warmers.  We use fragrance gels in our warmers.  They look like a lotion.  You just squeeze a dime-sized amount onto the warmer and turn it on.  (There is a small area behind Hootie's head for you to put the gel.)  These gels are not messy like wax, and they last a long time!  When you want to change scents, you can take Hootie off of the night light and pop him in the dish washer or wash him off with soap and water. 

We also have larger warmers.

Berry Fragrance Warmer
This fragrance warmer is in our Berry Stoneware pattern.

Here are some of my favorite fall fragrances: Baked Apple Pie, Holiday Cinnamon Snaps, Warm Cinnamon Pumpkin, and Blueberry Sugar Cookie.

Great Gift Idea

Carving Knife Personalized Cutting Board
Celebrating Home offers personalization.  I gave this cutting board to my cousin-in-law at her bridal shower.  It was a hit!  It got the biggest reaction from guests at the party.  :)  I was thrilled.

Accessories for YOU


 

            Oh So Perfect- Turquoise

You're Teasing Me- Black



I'm a Flirt- Silver


Todie's Tapered Tote- Brown Eyed Girl


Hug My Neck in Vegas

There are also lots more scarves, and you've already seen lots of my favorite jewelry in my Skirtember posts!  I could go on forever about my favorite things, but this is just a sampling to give you some ideas of what we have! 

Keep in mind that Christmas is coming!  If you're looking for gifts, this is a great place to start, and you'll be helping me as well!  One last favor, PLEASE spread the word about this party and the giveaway!!  Thanks everyone!  Remember to enter below after placing your order! :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Harry Potter Fix: Week 33



It's another week, and it's time for My Harry Potter Fix!  This week, we're doing some more "would you rather" questions, but before I share my answers, please remember the following:

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So here are my answers to this week's "would you rather" questions:
 
1. Have an Invisibility Cloak or a Time-Turner? This is a hard choice for me.  In our "My Harry Potter Fix" about The Prisoner of Azkaban, I mentioned how much I love the subject of time travel.  I have also imagined just what it would be like to walk out of a room and then be able to reenter without anyone knowing to see what is said when you're gone.  lol  But ultimately, I just don't think I can pass on the Time-Turner.  I am too fascinated with history to say no to time traveling! 

 
2. Spend an hour talking with J.K. Rowling or with Daniel Radcliffe? Definitely J.K. Rowling.  While Daniel Radcliffe is a wonderful actor, and clearly plays a major role in the Harry Potter films, J.K. Rowling is the brains behind this entire magical world!  I would love to talk to her about how she developed the stories, more of the background information she has on characters and things she created.  It would simply be amazing.  Daniel would be like, "Well...I played Harry Potter."  ;)

 
3. Have a flying broomstick or an enchanted flying car? Broomstick.  As far as magical travel methods, for an object, this would be the least conspicuous. 

 
4. Spend a week lost in the Forbidden Forest a day in Azkaban? As scary as it would be, I think I would take the 24 hours in Azkaban.  Kim made an excellent point in her post: the dementors won't kill you or perform the kiss after only one day.  At least you know what you're facing in Azkaban.  The Forbidden Forest holds so many scary creatures that are looking to kills you.  I wouldn't last ONE day in there, let alone a whole week!

 
5. Change the story so that Dumbledore does not get killed or so that Sirius does not get killed? Even though it was sad when Dumbledore dies, I believe that it was truly important and essential to the story.  We also learn that because of the curse from the Horcrux Ring, he would've died relatively soon anyway.  So I have to say I would rather that Sirius didn't die.  Poor Harry already had lost so much and had so little going for him.  I desperately wanted Sirius' name to be cleared and Harry to live with him.  Even if the story had him die at the end like Remus and many other important characters, I would've liked him to be around for longer than he was!



So what are your thoughts?  Do we agree?  Do we disagree?
 
Link up below:

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cheesy Italian Tortellini

Before I share this recipe, I just wanted to announce that I'm doing away with Dinner Time Tuesdays.  It was usually just me linking up anyway, so I've decided that it's no longer a productive use of my time to try to get it to take off as a link-up.

However, today just happens to be a Tuesday, and I just happen to have a recipe to share.  :)

There are days that I'm super glad that I follow Betty Crocker on Pinterest

Here's the original pin:


This is how I did it (I pretty much doubled this because I like leftovers for work!):
 
Betty Crocker's Cheesy Italian Tortellini
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 jars spaghetti sauce (My jars are 24 oz.  So I used 1 full one, and about 1/2 of another.)
  • 8 oz. canned mushrooms
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. frozen cheese-filled tortellini (16 oz. or more)
  • Shredded mozzarella

1. In a skillet, brown beef and sausage.  Drain.



I really liked the combination of ground beef and sausage together.  I don't dislike sausage, but I find the taste can be overwhelming.  This was a great combo!
2. While the meat is browning, spray slow cooker with cooking spray.  Add sauce, mushrooms, and tomatoes.


4.  When the beef mixture is ready, add it to the slow cooker, and mix.


5. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours.

6. Add the frozen tortellini about 30 minutes before serving. 

7.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, if desired.


 
 
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