A Busy Week

10/29/2012

I literally have sat down to write this post about 6 times this past week, but was constantly swept away to focus on other things.

Work has been absolutely crazy. I feel like I spend all day on conference calls with folks in Spain, Italy, and Portugal (gotta love all those accents!). I may even be heading to Portugal again for business next month, so if I think I am busy now.. oh jeez.

Though I was super busy, last week did have a lot of fun jam packed into it, though!

Aaron took me to see Jekyll and Hyde on Wednesday and I absolutely LOVED it! We purchased student tickets (for only $20!!) an hour before the show and were able to get 10th row orchestra seats!!!!!! eeee!!! Jekyll and Hyde is extra dear to my heart since I performed in this musical in high school!

I'm fifth from the left, shimmying my heart out!

We also had lots of fun yesterday at Aaron's uncle's wedding! :) Aaron's uncle married into a Greek family, so there was a lot of fun dancing, yelling OOPAH, and throwing money everywhere! Needless to say it was an awesome time! :)

 

On a side note, I began photographing our home for a house tour and plan to post about the downstairs later this week! :))

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! :)
xx, Shannon

Pumpkin Patch Adventures!

10/22/2012

Saying that we had fun at the Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze on Saturday would be an understatement!
It was so nice to get away to that small town 45 minutes North for a few hours. We had a blast and as usual shared lots of laughs together.

We went on the hayride --Aaron's first time! Not me, though, I grew up in the sticks so I def have experience riding hay!
We conquered the corn maze!
We picked out an enormous pumpkin -- no, really... it's ENORMOUS!!
We had lunch at a small little cuban cafe -- delicious!

All in all it was a great retreat from work, and the everyday stresses that come along with it.

Here's some photos of our adventure, enjoy!

xx, Shannon

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Aaron attempting to be tough on the ride there!

A beautiful sunflower field greeted us as we arrived at the farm.


Pretty pumpkins!

Mom and Dad looking all cutesy with the pumpkins. (Yes Dad, I put your photo on my blog without your permission -- muahahahaha!!!)

Trying not to show how heavy the pumpkin was! Check out those biceps! You're all welcome for the free tickets to the gun show!

Trying to be cutesy, too!

Nailed it. This is pretty much as cutesy as it gets!

Enjoying his first hayride!

 Love him. :)

Tackling the corn maze! There were markers with coordinating questions throughout the maze to make sure you were on the right path!

Surprise!

Mom told me not to put this one up but she looked so cute so I just had to!!

WE MADE IT OUT ALIVE!

Our reward for surviving the children of the corn (hahahahahha!)? A HUGE pumpkin!!

Looks great under our new magnolia tree!


Friday Favorites

10/19/2012


We're off to a pumpkin patch and corn maze tomorrow! Yay!! :)
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I hope you have a great weekend!

This article on money and happiness is super interesting.

Pumpkin pancakes -- yes please!!

10 simple things that will make you happier at home

Fall footwear essentials -- I'm personally digging the loafer!

xx, Shannon

Penne a la Vodka

10/17/2012

One of my go-to recipes that Aaron really likes is Penne a la Vodka. It's quite easy to make and tastes great!

Penne a la Vodka
Serves 4 (or 2 with leftovers) depending on the amount of pasta you make.


  1. Cook pasta according to box directions (make as much or as little as you'd like).
  2. In a large skillet pan on medium heat, melt 4 tbs of butter.
  3. Chop 2 shallots or one small onion and add to simmering butter. Allow to simmer until shallots/onions become translucent.
  4. Cover the entire top of the onions with ground black pepper.
  5. Add 1/2 cup vodka and turn the heat up to medium high.
  6. Allow vodka to cook off, then lower heat back to medium.
  7. Add red pepper flakes (to taste depending on how spicy you like it. I use a tsp or so).
  8. Add one jar of your favorite pasta sauce. 
  9. Add 1/2 pint of heavy cream, stir.
  10. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer a few minutes longer.
  11. Serve over pasta with cheese! 
If you're looking for a quick, easy meal with simple ingredients, give it a try! You won't be disappointed! :)

xx, Shannon
















De-Cluttering - Guest Room/Office

10/16/2012

As I wrote about last week, I realized that we had far too many things taking over our home. Of course we had many things that we needed, but we also had too many things that we purely just wanted. I decided that I was tired of stressing over the unnecessary things and set to work! My epiphany couldn't have come at a better time because our semi-annual community yard sale was last Saturday! My mom and dad came to keep me company while Aaron slept (he worked the night before) and we had a great time and a lot of laughs. I think I made a lousy $20 and my mom didn't sell a single thing (Sorry mom! I outed you on the internet!) but we both were quite happy donating everything that didn't sell and freeing ourselves of the clutter!

So, to prepare for the yard sale, I tackled the one room in the house that had been taken over by things: The guest room/office/sewing & craft room/vintage storage room/the room where I put anything and everything that doesn't have a specific place.
I'm going to warn you now... it was pretty bad.

I think this is definitely one of those scenarios where a picture speaks louder than words. 

Before
 I can't believe I am sharing this photo for all the world to see, but I think it helps tell the story

Yikes! That's pretty bad! Vintage clothing racks, sewing goodies in bags on the desk, random things on the dresser at the foot of the bed, disheveled drawers and a cluttered dresser against the wall. Basically, there was just too much stuff for this little room to handle. I started by making a list of needs vs wants. Sewing machine -- need. Desk, bed, dresser -- need. Vintage clothing -- need (since I sell online!), etc. After compiling my list, I began to organize. This photo was taken at a point where many things that had a place, weren't in their place. Just putting craft things away in their boxes, fabric in their drawers, made a huge difference to begin with! Once I organized, I started to sort things into piles, and then began labeling and pricing items I was parting with. A few hours later and I was not only ready for the yard sale, I was already feeling a huge weight being lifted from my shoulders!

Before I share the afters, I'll share the in-between. 


I had to share this one of my parent's dog Lola, since she just looked so darn cute! 


Our scary zombie man was not for sale (though many did try to purchase him!) Aaron and I love to decorate for holidays, can't you tell?! 


Lots of laughs and $20 worth of sales later and we arrive at this.

After






I feel SO accomplished, organized, tidy; you name a positive feeling.. and that's me! I am on cloud nine being able to actually work in my office without pulling my hair out! And I am practically begging someone to come here and stay the night in my clean guest room! It just feels great to look at that before picture, and then to look around me and see the difference.

My house finally feels like it's coming together! This was the only room that really was amassed with too many things and now that I've tackled this one, I feel less guilty accomplishing little projects around the house (like switching out light fixtures, painting here and there, etc!) I think it may be time to start photographing for a house tour to share with you all!! :) 

So, have any of you started tackling your clutter? Are you all still breathing after seeing my before picture? :)

Tomorrow I plan to share a simple and easy recipe, so do please come back!

xx, Shannon

My Week in Photos

10/15/2012

I'll be the first one to admit it this morning... I've got a case of the Mondays. I had such a nice weekend and I really don't feel like being stuck inside in my cubicle all day. The weather is so nice out... can we work outside today.. please?!!? :)

Anywho, I hope you all had a wonderful week/weekend. Only 4 days until Friday!

xx, Shannon

Love my kitties. Not sure how much they love me in this photo haha! :)
We went to Busch Gardens Thursday night for Howloscream.
Yay elephants!
Aaron is so silly. :)
Potted all my succulents on the porch!
Finally got a lampshade for my favorite lamp!!!
Absolutely loved this duvet and matching pillows at Pottery Barn!
Had lots of fun and laughs with mom and dad at the yardsale this weekend.
Replaced our old fluorescent with a pretty track light!
My muscle man carrying my new iMac!!!! I absolutely LOVE it by the way!

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