Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites #31.

Happy Friday, friends!  Today's post is going to be short and sweet because #momlife happened yesterday and threw my whole schedule off.  It just may end up being a bit of a day in the life post next week which is something I haven't really done yet but should.  Those are fun to read!

Anyway, I'm linking up with Narci, Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites again, so here they are! 


In case you missed Monday's post on all my new Christmas signs, you can check it out HERE.


I also added in a new Christmas design on my red confetti tumblers!


To shop, click here and be sure to use the code EARLYCHRISTMAS17 for an extra 10% off all Christmas sign purchases through October 31st!


I created a Facebook group page just for this blog earlier this week and would love for you to join!  Hopefully it'll be an easy way to quickly see new posts, save posts (like recipes or book reviews) and I'll also be posting special group member only coupon codes to the shop every once in awhile, sales that pop up that I think you might like, beauty tips, book recs and so much more!  

Best of all, I am going to be giving away 1 Christmas sign of your choice to one lucky person once we hit 100 members! I may end up doing 2 separate giveaways (a tag and share one and just one where you can win just by joining).  

For now, just join for a chance to win!

Click HERE to find the group!


(Why is it cover photos look perfect on the desktop sites but terrible on the app?  Clearly, I need to do some work on my cover photo.)

Other things you may have missed this week:

Go here for the recipe!  We've been eating on this all week because it heats up so well!

And Wednesday's post was all about my binge watching addiction.  Check the comments for more recs on what to watch!


A couple of weeks ago, we had a mini session with my sweet friend, Narci!  


She sent us our pics this week and I love how they turned out!  Here are a few of my favorites!






Thank you, Narci D!


I've been tracking most of these for awhile now waiting for them to go on sale and they finally have!  Those sunglasses have my name allll over them!  My favorite Skechers Go Walks and favorite flare jeans are on sale too plus some awesome Vince Camuto booties!




My Bonus this week is a definite #justsayno in my book.  What do y'all think?? 


Oh goodness, y'all.  If you can pull these off, God bless you. I, personally, could not.  But if you want to try them, GOOD NEWS!  They are on sale!  ;)  Originally, $450 but marked down to only $315!  Whoop whoop!  A steal if you are in the market for some pink, furry clogs!

Have a great weekend, friends!










Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.

Ohhhhh I have a yummy recipe for you today, friends!  It is my mother-in-law's Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti and it is so good!!  This recipe makes a ton and we eat on it all week.  But you could definitely modify it so that it isn't quite so much.  

It's a great option to take to a sick/grieving/new mom friend.  It heats up like a dream and I'm sure it would freeze beautifully as well!

For Craig's 23rd birthday, (which was also the day he was drafted...and 7 years later would also be the day his 2nd son was born) Craig's mom gave him a binder full of his favorite dishes and desserts.  He was on his own now, about to enter his rookie year with the Packers and would be living far away from the comforts of home.   So this way he could make some of his favorites when he needed some home cooking.  (So sweet and a great idea.)  

She also included a little anecdote at the bottom of each recipe about where the recipe came from or when they would make that particular dish etc.  This was my go-to for the first couple of years we were married!


I actually started my own binder about 10 years ago that I'll probably end up passing on to my kids too at some point.  (Or should I just point them to my Pinterest page?  haha)

Over the years, I've ended up changing it a tiny bit but not much.  So here's the recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

16oz vermicelli
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cans cream of chicken soup
1 package of frozen Seasoning Blend
1 tbsp butter
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 roasted chicken, shredded (I use as much of it as I can)
A LOT of shredded cheddar cheese (4 cups or more!)

DIRECTIONS:

Boil your vermicelli according to the package directions in water with bouillon cubes.

While your pasta is cooking, drop your butter into a hot pan and saute your Seasoning Blend until most of the liquid has evaporated and veggies are heated through (about 8-10 minutes).


When pasta is done, drain and return to the pot.  Add in Seasoning Blend, your shredded chicken, the soups and 2 cups cheese.  (I eyeball it and just add until I think it's good.)


Mix thoroughly.  (Prepare for a bit of an arm workout.)

Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.  Add extra cheese to the top.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Serve with a salad and french bread for a full meal.  (And on a Halloween plate if your 7-year-old asks.)


This is definitely not the healthiest meal ever but it's awesome comfort food.  :)

NOTES:  *You can replace the roasted chicken with 3-4 cooked chicken breasts and the Seasoning Blend with 3/4 cups each of celery, onion and bell pepper.  I cheat with the easier stuff.  ;)  

This makes a LOT so if you need less, maybe try 12oz pasta, only 1 can of cream of chicken soup and less cheese.

For a creamier dish, use more soup.  For a cheesier dish, use more cheese!  You can't mess this up!


Pin it and save it for later!  For more of my easy recipes, click here!

And if you missed my post yesterday on my binge-watching addiction, check it out HERE!  Last night I started thinking about other old shows I used to love and Who's the Boss? came to mind.  I googled "where to watch who's the boss" and apparently you can watch Season 3 for free at crackle.com.  Who knew?!  I used to LOOOOVVEEE that show.  I'm pretty sure I wanted to rename myself Alyssa for a really long time.  And I totally stalked her in all the Teen magazines.  ;)


Who else LOVED this show?!  Man, the 80s were incredible and awful all at the same time.  #simplertimes

And before I go, I wanted to let y'all know that I've finally started a Facebook page for the blog!  I've already got a page for my Etsy shop (here) but this blog page will include Etsy updates, special coupon codes, plus fashion finds, sales, book recs, recipes and basically all the fun things that go into this blog.  It'll be a great way to keep up with posts and click on what interests you!

***********ALSO....Once I reach 100 members, I'll be hosting a giveaway for the first 100 members!  You'll be able to choose ANY Christmas sign of your choice from my shop!**********

Go HERE to join the FB group and say hi!!  And add your friends who might like it as well!

You can also find me on Instagram @amandanall (personal) and @thatinspiredchick (Etsy shop).

And on Pinterest here.

Have a great Thursday, y'all!






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What I'm Watching.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I have a fun post for you!  Or, what I consider a fun post.  I hope y'all will like it too.  :)

So let's talk binge watching.



I am an addict.  I'll admit it.  I blame it mostly on my job.  My job is a total enabler.  Running an Etsy shop full-time means I am up in my little workroom painting, glittering and vinyl-ing away for 40+ hours a week.  I love it (most of the time) but one of the best perks is that I can watch or listen to whatever I want every single day while I work.

In my yoga pants.  (That I do not normally "yoga" in but I absolutely should.  I'll work on that.)

I mean.  Talk about perks of the job, right?!

Anyway, because of this, I go through a TON of shows on Netflix and Hulu.  And it is one of our favorite topics of conversation between my girlfriends.  "What are you watching right now?"  "You HAVE to watch __________!"  "What episode are you on?"  "Have you got to the part where ________?"

These are pretty common questions that arise when we're chitchatting although you could just as easily trade out "watching" for "reading".   We love both equally.  :) And since we are girlfriends for a reason, we tend to like the same shows.  So we all listen to each other when it comes to new recs.


Since I feel like I can legitimately contribute to this topic of binge-watching, I thought I'd share some of my own recommendations!

I tried to think of every show I've binge watched so I could make a list.  I'm sure I'm missing some but here's what I remembered.

Gilmore Girls
Parks & Recreation
Fuller House
30 Rock
The Good Place
Glee
Scandal
Parenthood
Ozark
Hart of Dixie
The New Girl
One Day at a Time
Friday Night Lights
One Tree Hill
Real Housewives of (all of them)
The Mindy Project
The Goldbergs
Desperate Housewives
Step by Step
The Good Wife
Master of None
Big Little Lies
Samantha Who?

I'm going to also add in Friends but I was binge watching that before there was even a term for it.  ;)  (Read all about my weird Friends quirk here.)

And also Chicago Fire, which is an amazing show!! It's not on Netflix or Hulu but a couple of years ago, Craig took the boys to Louisiana for 5 days to visit his parents and I stayed home...with NOTHING to do.  It was before I even had an Etsy shop so literally, I was completely free.  (Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing...)  

Long story short, I ended up watching 17 episodes of Chicago Fire One Demand in 2 days, y'all.  TWO DAYS.  Clearly, I had nothing else going on.  And it was glorious.  ;)

I still absolutely love that show!


I was going to put a little asterisk by the shows that were my favorite but my favorites ended up being about 95% of them!  

Gilmore Girls...I mean, if you haven't binge-watched Gilmore Girls, just start there.  It was my first real Netflix binge and it is just hard to beat.  I love those girls!

Parks and Rec.  If you want something light-hearted but hysterical, you need to watch this show!!  Amy Poehler is one of my absolute favorites and the whole cast is just amazing. You'll watch one episode and feel like you want to be all of their friends.  Plus, it is just one of those feel-good shows like Friends that helps you laugh and forget about the problems of the world.

Parenthood--if you haven't seen Parenthood before then I don't have much else to say but drop everything you are doing now and get started, girl!

Same with Friday Night Lights.  #ohtimriggins

For a little throwback, try One Tree Hill!  It is drama after drama but it will suck you in and not let you go.  And there are so many episodes!!  I was so sad when I finally finished this series but was happy to see how they ended it.


And this is so me!  I had to add this in.



First of all, that picture is hilarious. I can't even begin to imagine what this guy was thinking!  But second, yes, that's so me thinking I can watch a 50 minute episode by 11pm...when it's already 10:23...

Next up on things to watch are these:

On Hulu there are some awesome 90s sitcoms like:

Family Matters
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
Dinosaurs
Home Improvement

I also have marked down to re-watch...

Eli Stone
Medium
Ugly Betty
Brothers and Sisters
Ghost Whisperer
Numbers

And for the record, I'm not ALWAYS binge-watching something.  A lot of times I'm listening to books on Audible.  (Check out my book reviews here and here!)  I'm just as much a book lover as I am a binge-watcher.  :)

So what else do you think I should watch?!  Let me know your favorites in the comments!!

(And don't forget about my new linkup!!  November 1st, link up with your very own confession!!)


Have a great day, friends!



Monday, October 16, 2017

Maker Mondays.

Happy Monday, girlies!  

I normally recap the weekend but honestly, our weekend was pretty boring so I don't think it needs a full recap.  

Here's our weekend in a nutshell.

Mason had a game Friday night. (I didn't get many pics.)


Mason had his best bud, Asher, sleep over after the game.  They stayed up way too late, ate pizza, watched some #kidfails on YouTube Kids and played Nintendo. They also started a pillow fight with me in the room before I ran out screaming.  ;)  #nothanks

And then Saturday we had a rare off-week with no football games.  I thought this was pretty awesome up until around noon on Saturday.  And then the boys started whining about being bored.  Ugh.  I wasn't bored.  I had stuff to do.  Laundry.  Meal planning.  Cleaning pee off the tile floor because my dog is almost 14 years old and ohhhh the pee.... #help  

At least she keeps it on the tile. (Deep breath.  Big sigh.  Keep calm and carry on. All that stuff.)

We go through a lot of potty pads now that we have old dogs.  #keepinitreal

The boys were getting super restless because their friends weren't able to play for one reason or another and they were starting to get whiny and...honestly...a tad bit annoying.  If you're a mom, you know what I'm talking about.  

So I needed an idea ASAP.  The boys painted wooden pumpkins a couple of years ago that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  Matthew decided his was too scary so he never displayed his in his room.  So I decided we could just flip them over and paint the other side for a totally free and fun project.

And they came out so well!  Not scary at all this time!  ;)

I helped them clean up their circles towards the end and penciled in their "M"s but the rest they did themselves.  Not bad, boys!



Matthew looks like he's in timeout in the background but really, he was just throwing a tennis ball against the brick while he waited for a layer of paint to dry.  I feel like he'd want you to know that.  ;)



Oh, and I used puffy paint to outline their "M"s.  The 80s girl in me LOVES puffy paint!!  Do y'all remember that?  I want to puffy paint ALL THE THINGS now.  So fun!

Anyway, the majority of the rest of my weekend was spent doing this!


I wanted to get a jumpstart on the holiday sign season and get things listed in my shop as soon as possible!  I'm happy to say that all of these are now available here!

The picture here doesn't even do them justice.  Most of them have the edges painted so I'm adding these pictures in so you can see better.  (below)  

Eeek!  It may be biased/conceited/annoying for me to say but I love how cute they turned out!!

You are free to choose whatever color combo you would like.  Just leave your choices in the NOTES section at checkout. 
(For example:  If you'd like the Baby It's Cold Outside sign in red and white with green edges just say "Red background with white lettering, green edges".  Or whatever you decide!)

For custom sizing, just message me.  :)













Things start to get really crazy and overwhelming starting the first week of November so get your orders in NOW for anything Christmas related if you can!  I am a one-woman show so when I get 100+ orders a week, things can take time to get shipped out.  

And to entice you all to shop early, I have decided to give out a special coupon code for all my Christmas Signs to all my blog-reading friends!

Use the code EARLYCHRISTMAS17 for 10% off your order!  (Applies only to Christmas Signs)  Good now through October 31st.

Coupon cannot be applied after purchase.

Happy Monday, friends!

And if you missed last week's Friday Favorites, check those out here to see what made the cut!

Linking up with those Hello Monday girls!









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