Things I'm loving right this very second

Happy Friday, all! I know with the 4th of July holiday it doesn't really seem like the work week should be over, but a Friday is a Friday!

I had a softball game immediately after work yesterday and all of the water in the world couldn't keep me cool. The temperatures hovered in the high 90s and there wasn't a hint of breeze to be found anywhere. Standing in the dry, dusty field next to second base, with the sun beating down on my head, I felt like I was wandering in the desert. We held the lead for most of the game, but gave up a few too many runs in the 6th inning and couldn't make up the difference before time ran out. But I didn't care. I just wanted a cold shower (and to watch the 7 episodes of Wife Swap I had waiting for me on our DVR ...).

I'll send you into the weekend with some things I'm currently diggin':

DIY work out tank top

I pinned this DIY project months ago and have only just now gotten around to doing it. I cleaned out my closet last week and selected a few older race tshirts to be my guinea pigs and will take my fabric scissors to them this weekend. What I like about this project is that 1.) You can get new workout tanks for free and without leaving your house and 2.) the end results looks like the popular style of workout tank you'd find at any sporting goods store. That is what we like to call a "win-win" situation.

One of my favorite clothing websites to peruse (but unfortunately never buy from ... budgets and all) is Mod Cloth. They have the cutest dresses in styles that range from funky to total Rachel Berry (classic 50s meets chic librarian). The other day I went on a pinning spree (Pinterest is taking over my life) and pinned this beautiful dress under my "Wish List" board (*Ahem* ... Clayton).

I just love the muted color block at the bottom and the sweet bow in the front adds a perfect feminine touch!

Matte Nail Polish from Essie

Funky, fun nails are so en vogue right now, it's hard not to get swept up in some of the trends. In the past I've tried the crackle effect, the highlighted ring finger and most recently, magnetic nail polish. But now I am dying to try the matte look. Essie makes nail color with a matte finish cheaper and easier than ever with their Matte About Your Matte Finisher (love the Mad About You reference!). For only a cool $6.50 on, you can use the clear finisher to transform any old glossy nail color into a beautiful matte finish. Just use it in place of your regular top coat and voila!

Homemade Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits

It's not a secret that I adore my puppy love, Joey, and it's even less of a secret that my beagle loves to eat! So when I found quick and easy dog biscuit recipes online, I knew I couldn't resist! Perhaps Joey's cousins will receive some of these yummy treats in their Christmas stockings this year!

From one of my favorite food blogger, Brown-Eyed Baker:

Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Yield: About 24 four-inch biscuits
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Bake Time: 40 minutes

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter (about 5 and 1/3 tablespoons), cut into pieces
1 cup boiling water
¾ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
½ cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, pour the boiling water over the oats and butter. Stir briefly and let stand for 10 minutes.
3. Add the cornmeal, sugar, beef bouillon, milk, cheese, and egg to the bowl; mix well. Stir in the whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until a stiff dough as formed.
4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead, adding additional flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
5. Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, roll the dough out with a rolling pin to ½-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter and space evenly on the prepared baking sheets. Re-roll the remaining dough scraps and continue cutting until all the dough as been used.
6. Bake 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Scrabble Pillows

The writer and word nerd in me adores the idea of these unconventional Scrabble pillows. I love grammar ... especially when I can sleep on it, too. 

Now you're speakin' my language!

What are you currently digging?


  1. Those dog biscuits are such a cute idea! and I'm loving the scrabble pillows too :)


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