My favorite slow cooker recipes

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for some good (and easy) crock-pot recipes. Basically, I want to throw some ingredients in a pot and let it sit there for 6-10 hours. My pot roast is always a big hit, but I’m dying for some new ideas – please help me find some easy recipes.

Here are a couple favorites:



  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • 1-2 white onion
  • 4-6 potatoes (I usually use Russet)
  • 5-6 carrots
  • raw green beans (French green beans work really well)
  • ¼-½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
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Currently – June 2015

current book. So after I finally finished Pride and Prejudice, I was looking for an easy read. I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell in less than a week (any book is an easy read after P&P!) and now I’m onto Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I have loved every one of John Green’s books before this, but honestly, I’m not sure what to make of this one yet.

current music. As always, I’m severely lame when it comes to music. I tend to listen to Maroon 5 radio nearly every day on Pandora it seems. Yes, I know, I hear the same songs a lot – I’m okay with that though – I like those songs!

current guilty pleasure. Monument Valley. If you don’t know what game this is, then you need to. It was the game that Frank Underwood was playing in the latest season of House of Cards. If you’re lucky you can pick up one of those cards from Starbucks to get it for free – I still saw them there today! Download it now, thank me later.

monument valley

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My first LE TOTE shipment

Have you heard of LE TOTE? I just received my first shipment from them last week! I have a bit of a shopping addiction lately and was eager to give this subscription a try!


LE TOTE is actually sort of a mix between Stitch Fix and Rent the Runway. Basically, they are a fashion rental service that provides women with access to an unlimited amount of clothing and accessories for just $49 a month (use this link for $25 off your first month!). Unlimited clothing? Sign me up!

Here’s how it works:
1. Choose styles that you love on LE TOTE by adding them to your virtual closet!
2. You receive a box, delivered right to your door, with three garments and two accessories.
3. Wear everything for as long as you want and send it back when you’re done.
4. You’ll get a new box in a few days! They pay shipping both ways!

This is what I received in my tote:

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How to make a pinboard

You may or may not know that I love Pottery Barn – if you walked into my home, you would figure it out pretty quickly. For a long time I had been coveting their Brookner pinboard (they’re sold out now) – problem was, it was $299! Now, I don’t mind paying for quality furniture, but I just couldn’t swallow that price tag. After all, it was only going to be used to tack up reminders and such. Instead, I decided to put my creative skills to the test!


What you’ll need to create a pinboard:

    • Fun frame
    • Spray paint
    • 2-3 yards of fabric
    • cork board or cork roll
    • tools: utility knife, staple gun

I was kind of picky about what type of frame I wanted and it took me a little bit of searching to find. Finally, I found one at At Home for $30 – however, because the glass was cracked, they were selling it for 90% off! That’s right, I got the frame for $3.00! Which worked out great, because I didn’t need the glass.

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Memorial Day weekend shenanigans

I hope everyone had a relaxing and restful holiday weekend. Our Saturday morning started off with a stroll to Starbucks with the pup for breakfast and coffee! I brought my book so I could catch up on some reading and Jon kept himself entertained on his iPad. After finishing our breakfast and relaxing a bit, we headed home.

It got pretty warm on our way home and the skies were clear – if you’ve seen the news, you know it’s been raining nonstop for three weeks (no joke) – so Jon decided he wanted to go for a swim. I wasn’t up for a swim, but was happy to sit by the pool and read some more.


As luck would have it, after less than 30 minutes at the pool, the sky turned dark and we decided to head inside. Almost as soon as we got upstairs, the rain came pouring down! Since the rain continued most of the afternoon and evening, the rest of the day ended up being pretty lazy. We had our own HGTV and Law & Order SVU marathon and ordered in dinner.

Sunday, we got up early to head to the gym since we knew a big meal awaited us. We were meeting some friends out at Flat Creek Estate (one of our fav places – especially since it’s where we got married!) for brunch.


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