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Robinson

I have the habit of beating a dead horse when it comes to music (& food). I get a song or band that I like and then I play it... and play it some more... and then a bit more... and then months go by and I realize that I should move on from my obsession but it's too late so I play it some more... And you get the picture. Really... in high school Damien Rice's "O" CD just gave out on me. It literally died. I killed it from being played too much. So I bought a new one and listened to it non stop for another entire semester. Like literally, it didn't leave the CD player in my car. The same could be said of Gavin DeGraw's latest album last fall. Was in my car for 3 months... on repeat. If it wasn't for a Christmas music intervention, it'd probably still be in there. Anyways, this cycle really causes me to get into a musical rut sometimes. Fortunately, I married the Mister who is great at introducing me to new artists. He's been keeping me on my musical toes these past two years and I can appreciate it. Lord knows my iPod does. And I don't only have him to thank, but I also have his musical friends. Robinson is a band based out of Nashville with a winning combination of The Mister's friends. Seriously, hysterically funny guys. All this time I just thought they were funny and BAM they move to Nashville and release an EP. They're funny AND talented. And ladies... a few of them are single... just saying.

Laura over at Meet Virginia did a stellar review of the fellas work and I would encourage you to check it out, as well as her blog! It's a fav of mine! And I agree with Laura. If you like Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, etc. you'll most likely LOVE Robinson.

Here's a little video to give you an idea of their feel:

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These guys really are awesome. But as an added bonus it really is grassroots at this point. And let's all be honest, everyone loves to love the band before they become "THE BAND." It's like the ultimate bragging rights in the music industry. Well here's your shot to jump on board, because this band is going places. I keep waiting for their song I'll be Fine to pop up on a Grey's or Parenthood episode. LOVE IT.

So all that to say... give 'em a listen. Buy their EP. Follow them on Twitter. & get ready to be hooked. My iPod is already getting angry with me for the amount of times I've listened to them... Fortunately we just got Taylor Swift's new album and I've been blasting that in the mini this past week. So Robinson's been given a brief break before I go back to playing them on repeat.

Enjoy!

PS. No worries, you'll see the twins in their Halloween costumes on Photo Friday - I haven't forsaken you. :)

Posted on November 1, 2012 and filed under Ordinary Life, Reviews, Things I love---.

A Pinterest Craft and Recipe

Alright people... I tried a new pinterest craft and recipe last week while the parental units were in raleigh with me and the mister. The thing about Pinterest is that although it's AWESOME - sometimes you never know how a recipe or craft might actually turn out. I've made a few recipes and then at the end of dinner, the Mister and I just look at each other and agree that it's not worth making again. :) So I thought I'd share these two pins because they are GREAT - and if I can do them... anyone can.

We'll start with the recipe because it is AMAZING. So last Thursday night, we had dinner at our place for my parents, inlaws, and then the Mister's bro and gf. First off, have I mentioned how much I love the fact that my inlaws and my family get along so well???? No... well I do. :)

So for dessert I wanted something light, healthy, but sweet and refreshing. Alas, Pinterest delivered (and Thank you McKinzey for the pin)...

Yes... That is Pineapple Sorbet served in a pineapple shell. So I went to the original recipe, followed her instructions (the one without the ice cream attachment), and made a double batch. I have to say... a double batch barely served 8 people (we had zero leftovers...) so beware. But with the first half of the batch, I did only pineapple and had it displayed in one half of the pineapple. But the second half, I decided to add in some frozen strawberries to the blend and made a pineapple strawberry sorbet and displayed it in the other half of the pineapple. I have to say - what I wasn't prepared for was HOW frozen it would be coming out - not smooth at all. We actually had to stick it in the microwave to thaw it out, but after a few minutes it was PERFECT. After that, I served a scoop of each in lil' juice glasses and it was delicious. A perfect summer recipe that mainly consists of fruit that I plan on using again!

Ok... Craft time.

I saw these beauties on pinterest when I just found out I was preggers.

And ever since then... I've wanted to make them for Noel and Felicity's room. So while ma and mil were around last week we tackled these bad boys. You'll have to wait til later this week (or maybe next week) to see the final pics of the room... but this craft turned out awesome.

We made a few adjustments to the original instructions. We changed (1) size of balls and (2) we used styrofoam balls instead. But just like the blogger stated... this craft project takes a LOT of time. If my mom and mil weren't here... I'm not sure HOW long it would've taken me solo. Here's a photo of the beginning...

And here's a pic of the end result:

Alright, as you're reading this... I'm at the lake relaxing... so I'm going to get back to that now! But I just wanted to share a few things off of Pinterest that have worked for our home! :) Go to Pinterest and check 'em out!

Much love,

Good Reads...

Well folks it's here... my last semester of grad school is here and it's going to be a crrrrazy ride. On Tuesday I was assigned approximately 500 pgs to read by Thursday. That's right friends... 48 hours to read as if I was only taking one class (and I hadn't even finished my fiction fun break reading yet... sigh!). Alas, it is here and then I will be done.

I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this break. What did I do? I cooked new recipes. I babysat for friends. I exercised. I wasted time on Pinterest. I read for FUN. I slept 9 hrs 4/7 days in a week. It was GLORIOUS.

As a result I wanted to share a few of my fav recipes & reads I found over break. Today we'll start with books because I adore good reading. And next week I'll post a few of my fav. new recipes.

Over break, I read 6 fictional books. I was going to try to write a brief review of them... but then that would just get boring. So I'm just going to list the books and give a BRIEF recommendation.

  • Sing You Home - by Jodi Picoult: Eh... take it or leave it. I like Jodi, don't get me wrong, but this one didn't float by boat. 2/5 stars.
  • The Best of Me - by Nicholas Sparks: Typical Nicholas Sparks book. Decent mindless read that pulls on your heart strings. I usually read his books, so it was everything you expect one of his books to be. So in that sense, it was good - it gives you exactly what you want/expect. On the other hand, at the end I'm disappointed because it's everything I ever expected it to be, yet I always want them to end differently. That's my problem... I know, but still:  3/5.
  • Death Comes to Pemberley - by PD James: Ok if you know me... you know I love Jane Austen. You combine a Jane Austen novel with a PD James mystery and you get a great easy and entertaining read. I just adore PD James & I adore how she developed another story line from Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I give this one a 4/5. #love.
  • One for the Money - by Janet Evanovich: Growing up, I love love love love love love loveddddddd Alias. Which is why I am naturally drawn to a book like this. Simple. Easy Read. Entertaining. Funny. AND when I was reading it I was imagining Katherine Heigl as the main character and I couldn't get enough (CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE). If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I have a whole board created just to keep styles that could transform me into looking like KH. This book won't change your life - but I'm now hooked and plan on reading the rest of the series. 4/5.
  • The Chamber - by John Grisham: This one was good. I think I have a hard time reading authors who write the same type of book repeatedly (Grisham, Picoult, Sparks)... Don't get me wrong - I still read them, but I keep hoping that something will be different when I read their next release. Then when they write a good book, but that is still similar to the rest... I'm mildly disappointed. But then again, if it's not broke... don't fix it... right? I'm still reading their books, so obviously they're doing something right.  I'd say it was a 3.5/5.
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - by Jonathan Safran Foer: I can't give this a full review yet bc I'm only halfway through it (thank you 500 pg assignment by my professor who interrupted my reading spree), but I can tell you that I've cried at least once thus far and am pumped to see the movie. I'm going to go ahead and give it a 4/5 and I'm not even done yet.

Notice not any of these books got 5/5's. That's not to say they aren't good. I reserve the 5/5 for books that suck me in and won't let me go. These books are so good that as a result my marriage/life is strained because I can't think of anything else other than reading that book. A good example of this is the Hunger Games series.... Seriously. Just go ahead, plan a weekend and hide yourself in a safe space with premade food and those books. Plan on not sleeping. Eating while reading. And hating anyone who interrupts you.

Alright - enough procrastinating... I'm off to read some seriously boring books now: Textbooks. (insert loud BOOOOOOHISSS). The good thing is, I've bribed myself with a Jubala iced vanilla latte. It's the little things that get you through the day. ;)

(Yes... That hat on my head is for hiding the # of days I haven't showered.)

Much love,

Posted on January 13, 2012 and filed under Reviews, Things I love---.