Happy girls are the prettiest girls

4.30.2013

Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast options

Hello and welcome to another edition of Tasty Tuesdays! 
I am joining my friend Cassie in sharing some of my favorite recipes. I am just about ready to create a link up for her already, it's just so much fun to have a day to share some of the yummy things I've made lately ;)
Today I wanted to share a few breakfast recipes that are my go-to options for busy and leisurely mornings alike. Like many of my recipes, you can add to and alter these recipes to fit your preferences, but this combination seems to do it for me more often than not.

Breakfast tacos 
Because really, who doesn't like tacos? This is such a satiating and filling recipe, with great protein, carbs and good fats, so you won't feel hungry for hours.
Ingredients:
2 small tortillas, my favorites are Trader Joe's corn and flour tortillas
1 egg white, 1 whole egg
1/4 cup chopped sweet potato
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2-4 chopped cherry tomatoes
1/2 an avocado
a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese
cooking spray, I used Trader Joe's coconut oil cooking spray, which was fantastic!
Directions:
Heat a small skillet to medium heat. Coat with cooking spray, then add your chopped sweet potato and zucchini, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Add your red bell pepper and cook 1 minute. Add you tomato. In a small bowl, whisk together your egg white and whole egg, then add to the skillet, using a spatula to scramble everything together until done. Place egg and veggie mixture in a bowl, and top with goat cheese and chopped avocado. Heat your tortillas according to package, and then fill with egg mixture to make tacos.  

Pb&j milkshake
I woke up craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich recently, and was sad to discover that I do not have a naturally sweetened jam on hand, so I made this healthy milkshake to beat my craving without giving in to processed sugar.
Ingredients:
1 banana, can be fresh or frozen
1 cup sliced strawberries, fresh or frozen
2 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter {you may also use regular peanut butter, but know the calories will be higher}
1 cup milk of your choice
1 scoop protein powder,  {I used chocolate, but strawberry or peanut butter flavors would be perfect}
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup ice if using fresh fruit
Directions: 
Add all of your ingredients to a blender, blending until smooth and frothy. Pour into a big glass and enjoy a quick breakfast! 

4.26.2013

Friday's letters 4.26.13

Joining Ashley for Friday's letters!
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Dear Carlos Arredondo {in the cowboy hat}, you are a hero for jumping in to help save victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Pinching shut the severed artery in Jeff Bauman's right leg helped ensure he would live. Without any medical knowledge, you did this! A follow up story can be read here
Image via Concord Monitor
Dear Costco family, thank you for taking care of your employees and fellow staff. Jeff Bauman works for Costco, and so does my hubby Billy. Billy told me yesterday that Costco employees all over the country are wanting to donate their vacation hours to Jeff, ensuring he can receive payment even when he isn't working. Right now we aren't sure if all of the donated hours are going into one big pool to help everyone affected by the bombings, or just Jeff, but if everyone who works for Costco donated one hour, there would be something like 50+ years of vacation donated, and that is crazy awesome! 

Dear half marathon training week 1, I got this! I am loving being active 5 days in a row, and the energy I get from the workouts. We shall see in a few weeks time how I feel about longer runs, but I am feeling great right now. 

Dear Billy, I love you. Thanks for making me laugh and being such a good friend.

Dear Sadie, you are not going to be able to run with me for most of my runs from now on, and that makes me sad. I had to carry you the last half mile of our hike yesterday, which is really out of the ordinary for your hardy little ways. The heat and more frequent activity is taking it out of you, and I can't put you in the position to get heat stroke or hurt yourself. I know you hate me when I leave you at home, but it's for your own good. Mommy loves you baby dog!

Dear weekend, bring it on! A wedding, two wedding trials, salon meeting, and about 32 hours of work total in 3 days. I can do this. Pray for me!

Dear blog friends, I love you! Thanks being supportive, and for creating friendships I never would have had the chance to experience! I appreciate you so much, love reading your blogs, and enjoy staying up to date with you on social networking :) You can follow me on Twitter, IG, FB etc. by clicking the cute icons by my profile picture :)

4.25.2013

Expensive hobbies

One thing I have really come to notice as I have aged is that I have cultivated expensive hobbies.

My chosen profession means I am constantly buying new hair and makeup products, which add up quickly, but I can write those expenses off at tax time, so I don't even bat an eye when I am run up at Sephora anymore. 

Actually, I am talking about a whole other string of hobbies that are expensive, but mainly fitness. I am just grateful that I have the means to have expensive hobbies to begin with. Total first world problems, y'all.

Don't get me wrong, you don't have to spend a lot of money to work out, but I do. Here are some of the ways I have made fitness expensive:

I have a penchant for buying workout DVDs. I particularly like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper workouts, even if I rarely ever use them. Thank goodness for Amazon, as you can find them very cheap there.
My gym membership is paid every month, regardless of if I go regularly or not. Some months I just make a "donation", and don't even use my membership. Sad, right? My membership allows me to get into any 24 hour fitness in the country, has a boat load of awesome classes to choose from, and large amounts of equipment to use any time of the day or night. I should use it more, but most of my workouts are outside on my bike or running. I do have to make better use of my $40 a month though!
I buy new running shoes every 6 months, which adds up to a few hundred dollars a year. This year in particular has been ridiculous in that department as I have tried in vain to find a new shoe replacement. You can do the math on 4 pairs of shoes in 3 months. Thank goodness my latest pair, Asics gel-Lyte 33, are proving to be wonderful, and giving me the idea that that I won't need to buy more shoes for awhile.
Yup, I totally got the men's version, as the women's doesn't come in wide width, but the men's standard width is a women's wide! They are still a really pretty blue color, and comfy as all get out, so I like them.
On top of shoes, I buy workout wear! Shorts, tanks, sports bras, tights, and long sleeved shirts make their way into my shopping cart more often than I care to admit, and it's actually quite needed as workout clothes get so stinky. I am so very thankful I am not a devotee to Lululemon, because that ish is expensive. My Under Armour outlet clothes, and my finds at the local running stores and places like Marshalls and Target are as expensive as I want to get, thank you.
However, yesterday I dipped into more expensive territory, and bought something bigger than my shoes, my gym membership, and the clothes. 

I bought a new bike! 
My favorite bike store is having their annual mega sale, and I knew I wanted a new helmet and maybe a few accessories while they were on sale. It wasn't until I went on a mt bike ride on Tuesday that I decided I needed my own mt bike. Yes, I am impulsive.

Needed should be taken lightly here; I didn't actually need anything, but of course that didn't stop me. Billy and I have been sharing his Specialized Hardrock for two and a half years, the last two years I was exclusively riding my Cannondale road bike and leaving the mt bike alone. We are lucky that we can actually share a bike. Billy may be 3 inches taller than me, but he's all torso, while I am all limbs, so we can make good use of the same bike with small tweaks to seat height and not being bothered by the rest. Knowing I have to put the seat post all the way to the top, which can ruin the post, made having my very own bike made with women's specific geometry sound marvelous. I did quick research of some entry level mt bikes, picked the brain of my friend Matt who eats sleeps and breathes bikes, and then headed down to Mike's Bikes to test ride some bikes. 
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I ended up special ordering the Specialized Myka sport disc 29er in white, as the shop only had the model in red, and let's be honest, red just isn't my color! It means I have to wait two weeks for delivery, but I can hang!
There are all sorts of fancy components, nice hydraulic disc breaks, and things I don't even know about on this bike. I went with a 29er {29 inch tires} instead of the standard 26 inch tires because the larger tires make you faster, the ride smoother, and the climbing easier. Um, why would I want anything less? The disc brakes were a must have, as I need to be able to stop quickly if I plan on venturing out on the trails which can be quite sketchy terrain wise. Everything else was just bonus, especially the pretty color scheme. Oh yes, I did just say a bike was pretty, and that was a major part of my decision making process. 

Now I just have to be patient and wait for my bike to come in so I can take it out for a spin! I will have to come up with a fun name for the new bike too, as I really like referring to my Cannondale CAAD10 road bike as The Cupcake!  

Do you have any expensive hobbies? I would love to hear about them!

4.24.2013

Names, high temps, and following a routine

Welcome to my fancy blog with it's very own domain! You can now find me at www.thehappygirlblog.com

Of course my blogspot url will direct you right where you need to be if you forget. 
You should know there was a lot of thought, deliberation, polling of both blog friends and Facebook friends, and then an annoying amount of trouble shooting and Googling and calling into go daddy customer support to make the new domain and blogger work together. 
But hey, it's all good now!

I had some hesitancy about changing the url from happy girls are pretty girls, but I think simpler is better, and shorter is sweeter. The happy girl blog says it all, and I can still keep the title as Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls ;)

Now, let's talk about that half marathon I signed up for last week. I put my big girl panties on and created a training plan, and actually followed through both Monday and Tuesday, with a run scheduled today. This is a nice step in the right direction from where I have been with fitness. Well, actually, I have been rather lack luster about working out, so this is great to have two days in a row to start me off. Monday I ran in all new gear, and for once I actually kinda enjoyed it. I have mentioned my sad shoe saga, and how my favorite shoes are discontinued, so it was nice to be in a new pair of shoes that didn't suck. However, the 80 degree weather was something else. 

Oh hey, did I mention it's practically summer over here in NorCal already? Friday-Sunday temps were in the 80's, Monday it was 88, Tuesday it was 85, and today is supposed to be in the high 70's. Oh what was that Midwest? You have SNOW still?! I am sending you lots of extra warm thoughts to melt the jealousy snow away.

Tuesday I did something that I haven't done in two years; I took my mt bike out for a ride, and actually went through some of my favorite hiking trails. I was a scaredy cat and avoided the extra rocky and steep switch back trail, but I did sack up enough to have some sketchy descents that had my tires skidding and my brakes squeaking! All in all I biked nearly 17 miles and got a great workout. Oh, and a sunburn, even though I wore sunscreen. My gloves made for a nice white hand and obvious line at my wrist hah!

I have started posting photos to Instagram {follow me!} during my workouts because the photos will show up on Strava {follow me there, too!} where I track my workouts, so basically it's like I am taking you along for the ride. Letting people live vicariously through my workouts since 2013...

On a completely unrelated note, I signed up to be a secret restaurant evaluator last night! I did this once before about 5 years back and loved checking out new restaurants, but had a hard time balancing work, life, and the evaluations. I am hoping this time around I can make it work, because it would be nice to have my dining out count for something. 

And that about catches you up on my current situation! How has life been for you? Do you approve of my new domain? {if not, let's pretend you do, as it's too late!} Have you ever done evaluations before? 

4.23.2013

Tasty Tuesday: Cheesy chicken chimichangas

Happy Tasty Tuesday! My girl Cassie started this little recipe day way back when, and even without a link up I just love participating so I can share my newest recipes with you. 
I shared with you all last week that I am a fully converted lover of spice and Mexican food, so it's no surprise that when I happened upon a chimichanga recipe with cheesy in the title, I had to make it. Like last week's pork enchiladas recipe, I shortened the active cooking time by using my crock pot and fudging the ingredients to suit my tastes and desires. 
Ingredients:
1 lb chicken, I used breast tenders
1/2 jar salsa verde
2 tbsp taco seasoning
8oz shredded pepper jack cheese
8oz package neufchatel cream cheese
8 flour tortillas
Directions:
  1. place chicken in a crock pot and cover with salsa verde. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. 
  2. preheat oven to 350F. Line a pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Shred chicken, add in taco seasoning, cream cheese and pepper jack cheese.
  4. divide chicken mixture between the tortillas, fold the sides in and place seam down on baking pan. Spray with cooking spray, and bake for 15 minutes. Turn oven to broil, and cook 3 more minutes to get the chimichangas good and browned.
  5. serve with your favorite fixings, like cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions! 

Stormborn hair

Game of Thrones: If you watch it, you love it. If you don't, you will have no idea what I will be talking about. Hopefully you like pretty pictures.

Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, is the ish. So take a big whiff 
{as Kirsten Dunst's character in Bring it On would say}
From season 1 she has been my favorite. She is known for her strength, her will to survive, her desire to win the throne, and how she thrives under pressure. She is also kind hearted, while at the same time vengeful. Just ask the Unsullied and their former masters.

And dude, she has DRAGONS.
She also has the best braided hairstyles on television. 
Of course her hair is a super magical wig {or many wigs, as it is}. 
However there is so much inspiration that comes from these styles. 

I personally rock a braided hairstyle at least once a week. My favorite is the side French braid, because it's easy and makes my 5 days dirty hair less annoying. And you can be as messy as you want with it and it still looks styled. Just ask anyone who compliments me on this particular style when I have used it to mask the sweaty mess of my post-run hair ;)
I start at the temple of the side I part my hair on, and french braid down, then across my nape, and over my opposite shoulder. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.You can also roll up the braided tail and bobby pin into a side bun, or wrap an elastic around the braid at the nape, curl and pin into a fancier bun. Lots of options with this style, folks.

What's your go-to hairstyle? 
Do you like braids, like I do? 
Do you watch Game Of Thrones? 
Who is your favorite character, and why?

4.18.2013

Reason to run

Thanks to my friend Austin asking me to run his very first half marathon with him, I signed up for a half marathon last night. Had I not been asked, I most likely would not have decided to do this on my own. 

This year has been tough for me and running; we just aren't getting along very well. I think training for and running three half marathons last year took a toll on me, mentally and physically. Last fall, right before my last half marathon, I sprained an ankle and had already been running through hip flexor issues for months. The ankle got better, but the hip issues continued. My running definitely decreased after Nike Women's marathon, and once the New Year came around, I wasn't even interested for the most part. I signed up for the Santa Cruz half marathon that was on April 7, but sold my bib as I really didn't even want to run it, and stopped training mid way through my plan. Now I have to run, as I am just about 12 weeks from this next half marathon, and I have someone counting on me to run with them.
I ran on Wednesday to show support and solidarity for the runners affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, and it didn't suck. 

Visualizing the people who lost their lives, or were injured while running what could have been their dream race made my own discomfort and lack of desire seem small in comparison. Perspective will do that to you. I think the Boston bombing is another factor in why I thought it would be good to sign up for another half marathon. No evil act will stop us runners from racing; you can't take away our desire to run and race with fear and uncertainty. I love, now more than ever, the community that running provides. So I will be running this half marathon in July for the casualties of the Boston Marathon bombing, holding them in my heart as I train for, and then run my fourth half marathon. 

It won't be easy. I am sure I will have runs that suck more often than runs that I love. I will hurt, and probably a lot. I will deal with my nagging hip issues, and most likely new injuries to add to my list. I have a training plan that incorporates yoga once a week, and cross training and strength training a few times a week. I hope that supplementing my running with that will help to strengthen and stabilize my muscles, making me a better, faster, and less injury prone runner. Wish me luck, I am going to need it to keep my head focused on the end goal, and not get bogged down by all the little things in the middle. 

Do you run? Do you have races coming up? How do you stay focused, keep your training tight, and avoid injuries? 
If you don't run, would you ever consider training for a 5k race, just to see if you can do it?

4.17.2013

Liebster Blog Award


Michelle over at Jarrah Jungle nominated me for a Liebster blog award! Thank you so much Michelle, this is very sweet.

What is a Liebster Blog Award?

"The Liebster Award is for blogs with under 200 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever nominated them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow."

Here are Michelle's questions for me:
1. Describe yourself in only 5 words?
 Hmm, I would say bubbly, independent, determined, loyal, fun
2. How would your friends describe you?
 Probably the same way I did! They would probably add in "great listener" too.
3. What is your favourite season, Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter?
 Usually I would say Autumn, but this year I am totally digging Spring, so it's a toss up! Not a fan of Winter or Summer as this temperate climate gal doesn't like extremes in weather.
4. What would you take with you to a deserted island?
 I'm thinking this island has shelter, food and water supplies, so we're going with what essentials I would need. Chapstick, a Kindle Fire with a solar battery and unlimited Internet access, Sadie and Billy. The cats can stay at home and get loved on by some friends and family. 
5. What is your favourite line from a movie?
 Oh wow, this is tough! Maybe "Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want." by Patrick Verona {Heath Ledger's character} 10 Things I Hate About You
6.  What country is on your travel destination wish list? 
Costa Rica, Hawaii, the UK, pretty much anywhere in Europe :)
7. What is your dream job?
I'm living it, baby! Being a hairstylist and makeup artist is wonderful, and let's me live my passion every day!
8. Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
Most likely not in California! I'll be 29 for the 3rd time, and hopefully I will own a home and have a thriving business.
9. Why did you start your blog?
 I've been blogging in some capacity since high school {remember Xanga and LiveJournal? Oh and before that it was just a paper journal haha} and have always enjoyed putting my thoughts about my current life down to view later. I started Happy Girls when I found myself writing too much about my personal life on my Hair by Adrian Wordpress blog when it was supposed to be business related. I needed a personal outlet to separate from my business stuff, but abandoned the business blog when I discovered the community and fun of blogger. 
10. Where did the name of your blog come from?
 From the Audrey Hepburn quote! 
11. What has surprised you the most about blogging? 
How so many people have made their blog into a business and are profiting from blogging! I have never blogged for any sort of recognition or for anyone other than myself, so it has taken me awhile to understand how this change came about. Honestly, I am a little hesitant to take my blog to that level, since I tend to blog on no certain schedule or about anything particularly important that would warrant making money. Maybe someday? I am in no means hating on this, I think it's great and wonder if it is in my own blogging future. 

My Nominations!
I didn't realize how difficult it would be to find 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers! So I will nominate these 11 blogger for the Liebster award because I know them in real life, they are from California, or I just love them!

Cassie from Mason Jars and Peanut Butter. She is a friend of mine from high school, very crafty, is always experimenting with recipes, and has wonderful life views that she shares. 

Michelle from Books n Shoes. Another long time real life friend of mine, Michelle blogs about her stunning son Marco, the fabulous treats she bakes, and life in Napa, CA. 

Adrienne of AOG Daily. Another high school friend of mine in Northern California. She blogs about beign a very busy SAHM to two adorable kids, shares her fashion must-haves, and is on a determined path back to pre-baby weight and health. 

Emily from Little Ones to Love. You guessed it, another real life friend! Emily lives in Colorado with her 4 {!!} kids and always has something insightful to share about raising kids, living life, and loving God. She inspires me with every post to live more intentionally and seek the creator's path.

Jeanette from Mundy Madness! Like Emily, Jeanette was a counsellor in my high school church youth group, and someone I look up to with immense amounts of respect. Jeanette lives in Arizona and blogs about her adorable two kids, life, and God's path. She doesn't mention it much on the blog, but she is a devotee to boot camp, and I am constantly reminded that I need to get my bum in gear when I see her Facebook check ins!

Rob from Rob's Thoughtful Spot. Rob is a pastor and was the officiant at my own wedding! He is a gentle, Godly man who adores his little girl, spending time outside, and planning sermons for the Jr. High Group that he leads. I always get something out of his posts, and love reading his insights.

Jenn from Going the Distance. A sweet blog friend who lives in Washington DC area, is a speech pathologist, and blogs about life, her man, and her puppy dog. Totally OK with that!

Ari from Apples and Glue. She lives in Texas, which was my original draw to start following her, but I soon learned she is a newer runner which get's me pumped, and balancing life as a grad student on top of that! 
 
Rachel from the Mean Girls Diaries! She is a wonderful new author, a super cool mom to an adorable little girl, and has sarcastic wit for days.

the Kitchen Grrrls blog for creating wonderful, clean, and vegan recipes that I enjoy adapting to my own needs when baking. 

Jenn from Girl Defying Gravity. Another blonde Northern California girl for you to check in with! She's doing a new fitness project that I am interested to see the results of. 

My questions for the nominees!
1. Share something that always makes you laugh!

2. What impresses you most, or makes you want to follow another blog?

3. What is your perfect day?

4. What would your dream home would be like?

5. What makeup products can't you live without?

6. What is your hair routine like?

7. Have you had any embarrassing hair "incidents" or experiments?

8. If you have a significant other, how did you meet?

9. Share a link to your favorite recipe!

10. What is your current favorite song, artist, or album?

11. Do you have a fitness routine? Share it!

4.16.2013

Tasty Tuesday: Pork and plantain enchiladas

You guys, the world is so broken. I was shocked to hear about the bombings that occurred during the Boston Marathon yesterday. Who would set off bombs during a race?! I'm not sure what sort of message was sent by whomever was twisted enough to put this together. I think things like this are atrocious acts of violence and evil, and ultimately fail, because while it may cause havoc, destruction and even death, it actually brings people together in support and solidarity. My heart goes out to all of the people affected by this tragedy, and I hope the investigation brings the culprits to light, and they are justly punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you Mr. Rogers, for reminding us that there still very good people in our broken world.
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Today for Tasty Tuesday I am sharing a yummy enchilada recipe that made me very happy when I made it last week. Go check out Cassie's blog to see what sort of yumminess she is sharing with you!
Once upon a time, I was a girl who couldn't tolerate spice. 
The spiciest my palate could appreciate was cinnamon. Real spicy, ya know. It wasn't until I turned 21 that I discovered I liked salsa, and a whole world of foods were now available to me and I discovered the delicious flavors they provide, and I've never looked back. Mexican food is probably my favorite food genre, now that I enjoy a little spice.

Om nom nom a little spice never tasted so good! The original recipe was super long and complicated, taking a bunch of different steps to make sauces from scratch and what not, and I just can't tolerate a drawn out recipe that has so many easy substitutions available. So I Happy Girl'd the recipe to fit my lack of desire to be cooking forever and washing dishes into eternity by using my crock pot and jarred sauces. I love when I can do that.  

Pork and plantain enchiladas, my way
Ingredients:
1lb pork loin roast, trimmed of visible fat
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground red pepper {cayenne}
1/4 tsp salt
1 jar salsa verde, I used Trader Joe's brand
1/2 jar spicy black bean dip, also TJ's brand
2 plantains, peeled and coarsely chopped {original recipe called for soft black plantains, but I happened to have the green harder ones on hand, so I used those}
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil
10 medium corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
Directions:
  1. Mix together cumin, oregano, 1/2 tsp red pepper and salt. Rub evenly over the pork roast, then place in a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours. Once pork is cooked, shred with two forks and allow to soak up cooking juices. 
  2. Mix together 1/2 tsp red pepper and brown sugar. Coarsely chop your plantains, place in the bowl with your spices and toss to coat. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, melt your coconut oil, then saute the plantains for about 3 minutes, or until browned and softened. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Use about half of your salsa verde to cover the bottom of a sprayed 9x13 pan. Heat up your tortillas, and get ready to put everything together. 
  4. Spread about a tbsp of black bean dip down the center of a tortilla, place a dollop of shredded pork, a spoonful of plantains over the bean dip, and top with cheese. Place seam side down in your pan, and repeat with the rest of the tortillas. 
  5. Pour the rest of the salsa verde over the enchiladas, and top with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through. 

Now enjoy a little spice and a super tasty dinner!

4.15.2013

Motley Monday

Well, hey, how are ya?! Hope this Monday is treating you well after a nice weekend. I'm at work today myself, {it's my Friday!} but figured I would greet the day with gusto. I am working on becoming a better blogger, and all that that encompasses, and the first step is to post more often! 
I made a few lyric images {one of which I misspelled something, so I can't post it until it's corrected lol!} because I can't get Fall Out Boy's new album out of my head, and found some other images that I thought were fun last night. It's my own little motley Monday around here, and that's the best kind to leave a full weekend behind with. 
Made by me, with lyrics from the Fall Out Boy song "The Phoenix"
Who else is impatiently waiting for Catching Fire to be released?!
This makes me want to ride a carousel! 
Hello, spring! 
Word.
Somebody peeked inside my mind and pulled out my favorite look ever. 
I have pants like those. I wore them Friday night and was sad that they're a little too tight. I need the rest of this though, like pronto.
Or more accurately for me, loose enough to not show your muffin top.

Can you tell I am totally in love with Fall Out Boy's new album Save Rock and Roll? It's out today, so go snap up a copy! You will love it, I swear, the whole album is the perfect workout music, will be a great summer soundtrack, and is perfectly scream singable in the car.

As a few of you have noticed, and kindly complemented, I had a blog face lift a few weeks back! This beautiful design was made by Kristen of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot designs and I am so smitten! She listened so well, made the adjustments I asked for, and created a gorgeous place that has inspired me to blog more, which was exactly the point! I am so happy with the way my blog is looking, I thought I would give it another present and buy my own domain! Now here is where I need your input, as my brain is a little fried and my first choices were already registered: Which do you think is easier to remember, better suited to my blog, and would be a good transition?
thehappygirlblog.com
-or-
happygirlsareprettygirls.com
Obviously, the latter is the same as my current blog url, minus the blogspot bit. 
My first choice would be happygirl.com, and 2nd choice happygirlblog.com but there are evil Internet trolls out there sitting on my coveted domain names and not using them! First world problems right there. 

So please comment and weigh in to help me decide! 

In other better blogging news, I have purchased a tripod for my camera and am looking into studio lighting to help me film some hair tutorials to share. Now don't get too excited, there is nothing to share just yet, but I am hoping to have something for you within a month or so, and hopefully that makes you happy :)

Now go enjoy your Monday!

4.12.2013

Friday's letters 4.12.13

Happy Friday! For some of you it's the end of the week, and maybe a few of you are like me and are looking at the start of your work week. Either way, happy day friend!

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Ashley over at the Sweet Season blog is providing us with a wonderful place to link up and find new blogs, so make sure you go over and link up after writing your letters!

Dear Billy, you poor thing, being all sore after Anne kicked out butts on Tuesday. I know you didn't want to admit that foam rolling helped, but you should really try it more often, it would actually help get rid of the soreness. 
Dear Sadie, you are such a sweet puppy! I am glad you were nice and played well with Peanut and the cats at Caroline's house. You were also a super star on our hot hike, and you just make me smile. I hope you know how very loved you are, baby girl.
Dear wedding season, you're rocking my world. Thanks for keeping me busy, keeping my bank account happy, and for showing my monthly salon clients that rebooking is so important and I can't just squeeze them in at the last minute. Sneaky on my part and a hard lesson for them, but it should prove useful. 
Dear Friday Night Lights, thanks for giving me something to watch all the time. I have never been a fan of football, but there is something inspiring about the team working together to defeat their opposition, and the TV drama and story lines aren't bad at all. I just started season 4 and wow what a shake up! Does anyone else watch? What do you think? 
Dear Kristen of WTF Designs, thank you so much for my beautiful blog design! I keep getting comments on how great it looks, and I am just in love! If anyone wants to freshen up their blog, do yourself a favor and get in contact with her, you won't regret it!
Dear Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life tour, you are making a stop in San Jose tonight, and I am  ready to get motivated, and whatever else you are willing to throw at me tonight. My bestie Tiffany is coming with me and I'm not sure what to expect exactly, but it will be good, that I know!

4.11.2013

Music and warm weather

A very happy Thursday to everyone out in blogland!

I am very much enjoying the high 70's weather we have been having here in Northern California, thus no Wednesday post. Instead of clicking away on my laptop, I took myself and Sadie outside for a hike at a county park, and sang along to the new Fall Out Boy Album Save Rock and Roll {on Sound Cloud} and enjoyed the 78 degree sunny day. 
Those California Poppies were everywhere! I loved seeing the hillsides dotted with orange and yellow, and the sky was such a vibrant blue, just the way I like it. I'd pick a bouquet of the poppies to bring home, but that's illegal in my home state ;)

Speaking of FOB, have you heard the new album? It's amazing! Young Volcanoes is one of my favorites, but I enjoy the heck out of the whole album.


Now that you are jealous of the California weather and gorgeous scenery, and have had a chance to listen to a new and fabulous album, I hope you have a wonderful day!

4.10.2013

Tasty Tuesday: 4.9.13 pizza pull apart bread

Happy tasty Tuesday! 
Cassie shared a wonderful recipe over at her darling blog today, so make sure you visit her to check it out!
Today I am stepping off of my beloved chocolate peanut butter dessert train and giving you something savory and delicious! The photo from the post basically gives you the step by step, so grab your ingredients, which can vary according to your personal tastes, and put together a delicious dinner! I included my own version of the recipe below. So without further ado, 
Pizza pull apart bread 
via www.joyzz.com
Via www.joyzz.com 
I made it using different ingredients, so I am sharing my version here. I sort of just used ingredients without measuring, so use whatever you want in any measurement, or check the original post for better measurements.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cans refrigerated biscuits
1lb sweet Italian chicken sausage, casing removed and cooked
marinara sauce
soft goat cheese
shredded white cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, melted
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Separate the biscuits, and use a knife to make a slit in one of the sides. 
  3. Carefully make a pocket inside the biscuit. 
  4. Spread a dab of goat cheese in the bottom of the pocket, spoon  in some sausage, pour in a little marinara, and top with shredded cheese. 
  5. Pinch the sides of the pocket together, sealing completely. 
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 until all of the biscuits are now pizza pockets. 
  7. Mix the Italian seasoning and garlic into the butter, then dip each pizza pocket, and place in the bundt pan vertically. Pour remaining butter mixture over pockets.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and no longer doughy between each pocket. I found my pockets turned golden brown on the outer edge, but the sides that were mushed together stayed a little doughy, which was fine by me.
  9. Allow pan to cool for 5 minutes, then carefully place a plate on top of the pan, and invert, removing the pull apart bread from the pan. 
  10. Pull apart and enjoy a super yummy dinner!

4.09.2013

Monday and My Vegas

Hey girl, heeeeey!

It's late Monday evening and I am finally home, glued to the couch and counting my battle wounds from a very busy {and profitable!} 3 days of weddings, trials, and in salon clients. 

I worked so hard this weekend that my hands are having a hard time typing. Stretching. and clenching for that matter, but nevertheless I am here to say hello and welcome in the new week.
 Being a hairstylist is a physically demanding job, yo. And let's not even start on how bad my feet hurt from standing for 3 days straight!
BUT...
I love my work. 
Even the color-stained fingernails, the micro cuts on the palms of my hands that burn when I use sanitizer, and the hair in every imaginable place.  Like huurr evurwhur.

The reason I am so intent on posting tonight is because of what one of my clients filled me in on this weekend. Let me preface this by saying I hate Facebook games. I block every invite and app out there, and think they are stupid. 

Well wouldn't you know it, I ate my words and started playing a FB game today. My client knows how much I love Las Vegas, and how I enjoy going about once a year or so. She let me know that the last time she was in Vegas she found out about a new FB game called My Vegas Slots that was created by MGM Grand. All you do is hit play on the slot machines, and you win loyalty points that will get you free comps in real life Vegas, like free nights at different hotels, tickets to Thunder from Down Under, dinners, buffets, entrance to the Shark reef, etc. 

That's about all I know as of now, as my knowledge of slots is very limited. In real life, I am a black cloud of bad luck, and all I do is lose when I gamble, then bring my bad luck to other people around me, so I rarely gamble. 

But seriously, free stuff in Vegas for playing a game? Yup, I'm in. 
And I had to share with my blog friends just in case you want free stuff too. 

Good night friends, it's bed time for this tired girl! 

4.04.2013

Sweet babies

I have had a lot of sweet little babies in my life recently, and I need to share them! 
Now, don't  get me wrong, I love real babies, but these sweet babies are of the furry variety ;) So hopefully this cuteness will help get you through your Thursday!

Last week I watched a friend's puppy, Nugget. He's still a young guy, so he had lots of energy and loved chasing and playing with Sadie. I took the pups to the dog park, let them play tug-o-war, and even dressed them up. I think I was more entertained than they were!
My friend Danielle recently got a new puppy, a little fluffy and adorable Maltese named Ludo and I am in love. Who knew such cuteness existed? I think I need to steal him away and make him mine.
My sweet Hemi cat was being extra loving the other night and let me get some quick pics. He likes to chill on the bathroom sink and drink out of the faucet, and will meow for us to turn the water on, but I make him give me kisses when he's being really demanding. Sadie even got in on the action.
And let me tell you, I only edited one of the bathroom pictures, which is a change from my usual lighting, color, and editing out of my under eye bags. I recently switched out my regular compact florescent bulbs for the GE Reveal CFL bulbs, and they have made my bathroom lighting way better.  If you are like me and enjoy taking bathroom selfies with your cell phone, than these bulbs will help ya out ;)

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