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Six Things I Love Monday: June 4th

I have had no motivation lately.  No motivation to eat, no motivation to exercise, and certainly no motivation to blog.  But, seeing as today is Monday, it’s the start of a new week and a better me.  I need to get my shit together and start living life with a purpose.  So, clearly I need to start by posting my six things I love for last week!

 

1. Bloody Marys

Yum yum!

Why? This last week, I have drank more than I care to admit, and I have been consistently waking up with excrutiating hangovers.  Luckily for me (not so much for my liver), I love tomato juice and I have taken it upon myself to learn how to make a bomb-ass Bloody Mary.  So delicious, and my throbbing head always thanks me afterward. (P.s. Don’t judge me.  You were all young once.)

 

2. Balconies

Now, if only I lived on a beach…

Why? Okay, I know this seems like a weird one.  Like, what’s so special about a balcony?  Let me tell you.  I used to live in an apartment without one, and I’m a smoker.  Also, did I mention I lived on the fifth floor?  Although my legs were super toned by the end of the year, I hated walking down and up all those stairs just to have a cigarette.  I know a lot of you are thinking, “What a good reason to quit!”  Trust me, I tried.  Cigarette-less Holly is someone no one wants to be around.  Anywho, I’ve been hanging out with a friend who has a balcony at his apartment, and I have come to realize that it’s pretty much a necessity for me the next time I move.  The convenience is amazing, and sometimes you would just rather sit outside, cigarette in hand or not.

 

3. Marshall’s

Why? I just went there today, and I am in love with how cheap it is!  My closest store is about 30 minutes from my house, but it is completely worth the drive to get such good deals.  I bought the cutest white lace dress from there today for $29.99, originally $65!  So amazing.

 

4. Maxi Dresses

Ugh. I need that middle one.

Why? In the spirit of summer, I have taken it upon myself to collect these wardrobe staples.  Solid, patterned, neon…you name it, I probably have it.  While I do love to show off my legs, sometimes you just need a good maxi dress to switch things up.

 

5. Color Club’s Age of Aquarius Polish

Why? This is easily one of my favorite summer polishes.  So bright and so fun.  I have a lot of white and black summer clothes for some reason, so it’s always nice to have that little pop of color on my nails so my overall appearance isn’t too drab.

 

6. Frame Park

Why? This is easily one of my top five favorite places in the world, which is saying something because I’ve actually been out of the country.  It’s about fifteen minutes from my house, and there’s a huge path that stretches around the entire park. I love spending an afternoon walking by the river, visiting the little shoppes down the road, and enjoying the sunshine and good company.  So peaceful and beautiful.

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Things I Love…Monday?

Alright. I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who apologizes for not posting, but here I am.  Celebrating a little too much for my birthday coupled with a wedding shower and tons of homework this weekend, I find myself finally getting around to writing my weekly post on a Monday.  Whoops, sorry guys.  I know you were all just dying to see what I’m currently loving.  Right?  Right?

 

1. BzzAgent Why? According to their website, “Connecting people and their favorite brands since 2001, BzzAgent is the leading social marketing company.”  Essentially, this company hands out free products to consumers like you and me, who then “buzz” about their experience with the product.  These bzzagents get the word out about these products via social media or word of mouth.  I signed up about a month ago, and I got my first Neutrogena products in the mail about a week ago.  I love this company already, and I can guarantee you’ll be hearing more about it from me in the future.

 

2. Mojitos

At least, I like to think so.

Why? It’s only fitting, since I just turned 21, that I share my favorite drink with you guys.  Over the past five days, I think I’ve consumed more mojitos than a vacationer in Mexico does in a month.  What could possibly be better than rum, mint, and lime?  So refreshing and tasty.

 

3. Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Why? This foundation has seriously been a life-saver for me lately.  Like most people, when I get stressed, I break out.  This lightweight formula has been able to cover all of my blemishes, leaving me with a flawless look.  I seriously recommend it for those of you who break out a lot, or even if you need a little bit of coverage.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

4. Train-Drive By

Why? I have been so obsessed with this song lately.  It has quite literally been on repeat the past few days.  My boyfriend actually had to take my iPod away from me on our trip to Milwaukee over the weekend because I wouldn’t stop playing it.  But he can’t control my blog! Muhahaha.  But really, it’s a happy, cute song, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have been.

 

5. Dan Brown

Why? I’ve heard time and time again how redundant and predictable his novels have come to be, but I’m currently reading The Lost Symbol after finishing The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons.  I will admit, Brown’s writing style is easily noticed throughout each book, and yes, you can somewhat predict the outcome of each story, but that doesn’t mean that the reading journey is any less good.  I’ve never really been a science fiction sort of gal, but his books make the genre interesting and exciting.

 

6. Harry’s Bar and Grille

Why? This has been my favorite restaurant as long as I can remember.  Some of my fondest memories with my dad include this restaurant, followed by walks along the piers on Lake Michigan.  I’m sure many of you don’t live in Milwaukee, nor have ever been to Milwaukee, but if you do come visit the great city, be sure to check out this restaurant.  They have the best Portland Sliders (burgers with eggs) and a to-die-for Turkey Avocado Club.

What are you loving right now?

Holly, not Hollie


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Six Things I Love Sunday: April 22

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a good weekend so far.  Here’s my six things for this Sunday.

 

1. H&M

Why? I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to H&M, but lately, I make a beeline towards this store every time I find myself at the mall.  The clothes are so cheap and so cute, and you’ll never find anything cookie-cutter there, which is awesome.  The only problem I have with this store is that it can be hard to find a size because everything is so picked through, but that’s not necessarily the store’s fault.  Overall, I think it’s safe to say that this is my new favorite store.

 

2. Cho by Zoya

Why? I ordered this from Birchbox and just received it in the mail on Friday, and I am in love with the color.  For me, it’s the perfect color for a neutral polish.  I was a little disappointed that I had to paint on three coats for a good color, but for spending only $1 (I used my Birchbox points!), I’m pretty pleased.

 

3. Luke Bryan

Whatta hottie.

Why? I cannot get enough of his music lately.  Aside from the fact that he is incredibly easy on the eyes, I can’t wait for summer so I can roll down the windows and blast his music for all of the world to hear.  Plus, I can’t stop listening to this song.

 

4. PINK Crop Tees

Why? Okay, okay.  I know a couple weeks back I posted about how I love everything PINK, but I swear, this isn’t a repeat!  I have three of these shirts, and I think they’re just perfect for a day at the beach.  Granted, there haven’t been many beach days in Wisconsin yet, but I’ve been wearing them around the house almost everyday in anticipation of warmer days.  Plus, I love how versatile it is.  It looks great off the shoulder or hanging low in the front or back.  Plus, if you’re like me and don’t have a super-flat stomach, it still provides enough coverage so you don’t feel like your belly is all exposed and whatnot.

 

5. Marley and Me

 

Why? I know this movie had been out for quite awhile, but I’m talking about the book, not the film.  I just got done reading it on my Nook, and I’m not going to lie, I teared up at the end.  I’m a huge dog lover, so I probably shouldn’t have read this book to begin with since I knew the ending, but it was worth it.  If you have only see the movie, I definitely recommend you read the book too.  So much better.

 

6. Tamales

Why? I’ll admit, this is a kind of random thing to post, but I went out for Mexican with my mom last night and had the most delicious tamales.  It’s basically some sort of meat (I had chicken) rolled up in cornmeal dough, then baked in a corn husk.  So tasty, and easily one of my favorite foods.

What are you loving right now?

Holly, not Hollie

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You Know You’re a Blogger When…

10. Your “most viewed” site on Google Chrome is wordpress.com.

9. You have downloaded the WordPress app on your Android/iPhone/tablet to keep up on every single comment/like/view on your page.

8. You now take pictures of every food you make, but only if it’s from scratch.

7. You’ve taken up the art of photography just so your food pictures looks better.

6. You get upset whenever you log in (at least once an hour) and that little yellow button isn’t lit up.

5. You hope something extraordinarily interesting happens to you during the day so you can blog about it later.

4. When something interesting doesn’t happen to you, you spin your day so it sounds interesting, then blog about it.

3. You formulated this entire post in your head at 4 am last night (please blame my lack of sleep if you are hating this post…because I would be just crushed if I was considered a bad blogger).

2. Comments and likes have become the highlight of your day.

1. You dream about being Freshly Pressed, and are severely disappointed/confused when you wake up and don’t have ten thousand new views on your page (yep, this actually happened to me).

What would be in your top 10?

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Six Things I Love Sunday

This week has been insane for me.  So many papers to write, so little time.  Naturally, my blogging had to take a backseat to my education, so I apologize for that.

So, let’s kick things off.

1. SSX

Why? Years ago, my brother and I would spend hour after hour playing SSX Tricky, a snowboarding game.  So when I found out they had a new SSX out, I had to buy it.  My boyfriend and I split the cost, because $59.99 is kind of ridiculous for a snowboarding game, but so far it has been worth every penny.  I love the graphics and versatility, and although I typically have better things to do than play video games, this one is a good exception.

2. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

Why? I recommended this book to my psychology teacher in high school, and I had completely forgotten about it until about a week ago.  This book is an autobiography of Daniel Tammet, who relays his accounts of Asperger’s Syndrome and his savant-like abilities.  I’ve always loved learning about mental disorders and psychology, so this book was like a dream come true when I first found it.  His recollections are seriously incredible, and it’s enthralling to have an inside look at the mind of a savant.

3. Emma Watson

Why? I grew up reading and watching Harry Potter, which explains the majority of my love for this girl.  But also, I love her fearlessness when it comes to life in general.  I mean, who could pull off that kind of haircut besides her?  Not many.

4. Twisted Peppermint

This is what heaven smells like.

Why? This is my favorite candle scent, ever.  It’s so minty and delicious and I’ve had to buy three in the last two months because I burn it so often.  I probably should have included a fruitier or more spring-friendly candle instead, but this has been my go-to candle all winter.  While I’m at it, I might as well just note that I love Bath and Body Works in general.  Is there a better-smelling place in the entire world?  I challenge you to find one.

5. Apple Rhubarb Pie

Why? I really don’t think it’s even necessary to include a “why” section for this.  So delicious.

6. Jimmy Eat World

Why? This has been my favorite band since middle school, primarily because I literally love every single one of their songs.  I remember doing a presentation on them in high school, and three people told me afterward that they were going to go out and buy their cd because of my project.  If you happen to live under a rock and haven’t heard of them, I would suggest visiting this link and loving every second of it.

What are some things you guys are loving at the moment?

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Pack Abs, Here I Come!

Today was a pretty good day for me, exercise- and eating-wise.  I made a ham and spinach omelet for a late breakfast (the first omelet I’ve ever not ruined, might I add), then some chicken pasta for dinner.  I know a lot of people shun pasta when their on a diet, but I just can’t give up my carbs.  Plus, I figure pasta once a week isn’t too bad, right?

Then, feeling extra motivated, I actually took my dog on a run.  Normally at the gym, I just ride the elliptical for about thirty minutes or so, but today it was absolutely beautiful outside (63 degrees in Wisconsin in March…how could I not take advantage of that?!).  I’m not going to lie, the run was more like half run, half walk, since my body just isn’t quite ready to go sprinting up the hills yet.

After my walk/run, apparently I just hadn’t had enough, because I decided to do these ab workouts.  I did all ten, and oh my God was I dead afterward.  I literally laid on the ground for a full ten minutes afterward because it hurt to even sit up.  I’m not sure that I would recommend doing all of them in one sitting, because I know I sure as hell won’t be doing that again.

Also, I’m in the process of starting up some knitting again.  I’ve been neglecting it because of my extreme school workload (see last post for details), and I think it’s time I start again.  I feel kind of guilty calling this a “crafting” blog without having any “crafting” to show for it.  Anyway, I got this free pattern for knit slippers on my Nook last night, so I’m hoping I can have them finished (and started) in the next day or two.

So cute! Can’t wait.

Holly, not Hollie

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Who Knew Oatmeal Could Taste So Good?

Ugh.  I have been seriously lacking on the whole crafty portion of this blog.  I’m a full-time student and school and homework have been really overwhelming lately, making it next to impossible to craft or knit anything.  To be honest, it’s a miracle I even have time to make this post, but I figure I might as well reward myself somehow. 🙂

Anyway, with all the chaos surrounding my academic life lately, I’ve been trying really hard to stay motivated in eating well and working out.  I just got back from a little cardio session at the gym, so I’m proud of that.  I can’t help but wonder how parents with full-time jobs still find the time to work out.  I always see men and women at the gym who are hauling their kids in behind them, looking so exhausted.  My gym offers a daycare service so parents can drop their kids off while they work out.  But at 7 pm, the last thing I’d want to do is pick up my kids from daycare after a long day’s work, then go workout for an hour.  So, my hat is off to all those mothers and fathers who still find the time to stay fit.

Okay, let me rewind to this morning.  After a weekend of vegging out with friends and family, I was determined to start off the week right with something healthy for breakfast.  So, I made this delicious oatmeal with blueberries, only realizing after I was halfway done that it serves 4, and I was only feeding myself.  Whoops.

Don’t get excited; I didn’t take this picture.  Credit for the photo and recipe goes to the weight watcher’s cookbook that has now become my shrine.

Rich and Creamy Oatmeal with Blueberries and Walnuts
Serves 4
284 Calories per Serving (1 cup)

3 cups of water
2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups thawed frozen fat-free whipped topping
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

  1. Combine the water, oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the milk.  Fold in the whipped topping and blueberries, sprinkle with the walnuts.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

I never used to be a huge oatmeal person, but with the winter months and how cold it’s been in Wisconsin lately, it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite breakfasts.  Also, although the directions call for about five minutes of stirring, mine only took about two or three to thicken considerably.  It’s quick, easy, and quite filling.

Hope you all enjoy!

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Things I Love Sunday

This morning, I woke up and thought, A lot of people are reading this blog, and they really don’t know anything about me. So, I came up with Six Things I Love Sunday.  I decided this morning that Sundays are going to strictly consist of me listing things I love, because I’m just that self-centered. 🙂

 

1. birchbox.com

Why? If you love makeup and products, this website is for you.  Essentially, Birchbox is a company which, for ten dollars a month, sends you four or five different products each month.  I’ve been a member for almost a year, and I’ve gotten everything from nail polish to protein bars to perfume.  You make a beauty profile and answer questions which help the Birchbox team assemble your specialized gift box each month.  The best part is, you can accumulate points by reviewing the products they send, which can be used to buy full-sized products at a discount.  It’s really a great website, and I’m always satisfied with what they send me.

 

2. Twirl by Kate Spade

Why? My new favorite perfume.  Floral and citrus scents blended together to create the perfect, happy fragrance.  For a 1.7 fl oz it’s about $65.  However, I got mine for $45 from Birchbox by using my points.  Okay, I’ll stop shamelessly promoting now.

 

3. Barnes and Noble


Just my dream come true.

Why? I’m a huge book nerd, and some of my fondest memories of childhood include Barnes and Noble.  I remember my dad taking my brother and me to Barnes and Noble for an afternoon, and while my brother squirmed and complained, I was always lost in the sheer amount of books that I could choose from.  Since then, I have wasted countless hours browsing and reading at Barnes and Noble, curled up in one of those huge armchairs they have.  And with that…

 

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Why? This is one of the best books I have ever read, only partly because Kesey was on LSD while writing parts of it, and it’s pretty obvious which parts.  This book, set in an insane asylum, focuses on the mischief of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a convict who opts to serve his prison sentence in the asylum instead.  It’s a great book, and I seriously recommend it.

 

5. Diet Coke

Yum…

Why? If there was such a thing as a DietCokeaholic, it would be me.  I drink way more than I should, and now that I’m dieting and exercising more, I’m trying to cut back on it.  But how do you cut back on something that’s so delicious?  I’m still trying to figure that one out.

6. Blogging

Why? Obviously everyone on this site likes to blog, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing it.  I just started, but I’ve realized how great it is to just get your thoughts out there and be able to look at what you’ve written in the past. And hey, if someone happens to comment or take interest in what your saying, that’s just an added bonus.

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A New Twist on Friday Fish Fry

Hello all!  Today I come to you with a nice little twist to the traditional Friday night Fish Fry.  Not only is it certainly healthier than your typical Wisconsin deep-fried fish, but it will also give you a new perspective on fish altogether (at least, it did for me!)

So here’s the final product: Ham-Wrapped, Spinach-Stuffed Flounder.

Okay, so I need to apologize for my lack of picture-taking skills.  My brother takes the most beautiful photographs, and most of my house is decorated with his work.  My mother is crafty and creative with home decor, and even my dad has been known to be useful with a paintbrush and canvas.  Somehow, with all this artistic talent surrounding me, I failed to pick up on any of it, which clearly shows when I try to capture my dinner on camera.  Once again, my apologies that you eyes are probably now bleeding.

Anyways, my photographs aren’t the point of this post.  The point is, contrary to what you’re probably thinking, this was one of the best meals I’ve ever made.  If you like fish, you will love this.

Ham-Wrapped, Spinach-Stuffed Flounder

(As you can probably tell, I used asparagus as a stuffer instead of spinach.  My mom ended up eating all the spinach yesterday without realizing that I would need it for dinner tonight.  The asparagus was actually really good with the fish, but I’ll give you the recipe with the spinach and you can substitute it for, really, whatever vegetable you like.)

Number of Servings: 4
156 calories

4 (1/4 lb) flounder fillets
1 cup baby spinach
4 extra-lean slices of baked ham
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp dry vermouth (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)
1/4 tsp pepper
Chopped, fresh parsley

  1. Rinse the spinach.  Lay out the fillets and sprinkle with pepper.  Add equal amounts of spinach on top of each fillet.  Roll up the fillets, spinach inside, and wrap one piece of ham around each fillet.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add fillets, turning occasionally until the flounder is opaque and ham is slightly browned, about 8 minutes.  Put fillets on serving plates, sprinkle with parsley, and keep warm.
  3. Add vermouth and lemon juice to skillet.  Stir for about 30 seconds, then drizzle mixture on top of fillets.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and enjoy!

It’s actually more simple than it might sound.  For me, the hardest part was turning the fillets (as you can probably tell from my picture, since they didn’t want to stay in one piece).

In addition to the fish, I made a some cucumber-and-lemon water to sip while we ate.  Clearly I’m not counting down the days until summer or anything.

I promise, I’ll work on my photography skills for next time.

Holly, not Hollie

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Fruit and Cheese-Filled French Toast: The Real Breakfast of Champions

So, recently I decided that I needed to make a change, and that change was going to come in the form of working out and eating healthier.  Being the inspired person that I was, I went out and got a membership at the gym and bought myself a Weight Watchers cookbook, even though I knew nothing about diets or Weight Watchers.  And let me say, being on a diet has never tasted so good.

This is what I had for breakfast this morning.


Not only is it mouth-wateringly good, but it’s also very easy and quick to make, even in the morning when the last thing you want to do is make yourself an elaborate breakfast.

All you need are these ingredients:

Oh, and fat free milk.  Forgot to pull that out of the fridge at the time.

Please let me know if you want the recipe.  I do not take credit for any of the recipes I end up sharing on here, unless they are my own and I made them up from scratch (which I did not for this one).  This breakfast leaves you surprisingly full and energized for the morning.  I ate it at about 8 am, and honestly didn’t need to eat again until about 2:30 pm, whereas normally I would be starving around noon.

Like I said above, leave a comment if you’d like the recipe!

Holly, not Hollie

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