A morning of pampering

Last week I joined a few other bloggers at the opening of the Camille Albane salon in Maple Grove. This is the second location in the United States so it’s pretty cool that they made their way to Minnesota!

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Camille Albane

Today I received a haircut and balyage treatment from Barika at the salon. Barika showed my the many different lines of products that they have. She started off by having me explain what I was looking for today. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted but I knew I didn’t want something to drastic since I am a teacher and also in my 30’s I don’t feel like I can pull of some styles. She was knowledgeable and gave me an idea. Since she is the pro I told her to surprise me!

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Before: Could I look anymore pathetic?

Everyone gets a white robe to wear instead of the typical black cape. Barika painted the color on my hair and I was very impressed that she didn’t run out of color which is what typically happens with my thick hair. She told me that it was because the color is oil based. I also liked that it didn’t smell like most color treatments do.

I waited for the color to process and then received an awesome shampoo! The chairs in the shampooing station are actually massage chairs!

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The massage chairs!

After the color was all washed out it was time for my cut. I told her that I just wanted to keep the same cut but trim it up a bit. Have you ever been to a salon and been super nervous about them taking to much hair off? Yep me too. This was not the case. She took the perfect amount off and stayed with the cut that I already had.

She also gave me a makeup touch-up before I left which was great! I had a great hairstyle so it was nice to have a little makeup professionally applied before I left the salon.

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After: I am loving the color! Very subtle change but looks so much cleaner! 

What did I do after my appointment? Went to the DMV of course! I’ve been needing to change my name, address and also renew my license. This was the perfect time to do it!

I would definitely recommend Camille Albane salon for anyone looking for a great color treatment and personalized service!

Shelby and the Dreamhouse!

We are officially moved into the dreamhouse! I call it the dream house because it is pink…..very very pink! We are hoping that will all change this weekend though!

We’ve been busy almost constantly working on update this little home of ours. Zack was busy with the bathroom the first week after we closed and I cannot tell you how amazing it looks now! We are also lucky to have hardwood floors throughout the entire main level, minus the kitchen and bathroom. We had those refinished and they look fantastic! We have also been working on landscaping the yard. The house is in excellent shape but it needs some major updating!

Also, I have come to realize that owning a home that is a “fixer-upper” is a fantastic workout plan! Zack and I have also been working really hard on making meals at home everyday and have gone to Sams Club to stock up on meat. I am telling you that is the best way to make sure you cook at home! A fully stocked freezer makes meal planning a lot easier.

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The images above are of the bathroom after it was finished. We did put in a white vent cover and also put the original mirror and wall sconces up. We were having a hard time finding a mirror for the opening in their but decided to go with the original one to give it a little bit of 1950’s charm!

I also ordered something on etsy to hang in the bathroom that I will post a picture of when I get. Its coming from Hong Kong so it may be awhile!

Our new PINK house!

 

Our new little gem!

 

After 3 months of looking, 4 rejected offers and 1 bald spot later we have finally found a house! Zack and I had been looking for a house in suburbs of Minneapolis and we finally found a great home BUT its PINK!  This is actually not as big of a deal as some of you may think. Its paint and paint can be redone….Thankfully! We close on July 10th and already have big plans for moving in. We are getting the floors refinished before we move in so we don’t have the hassle of that when we finally do get in there. We are also redoing the bathroom since I just happen to be married to a tile guy. 

We have even been productive while we’ve been waiting to move in. Since we are basically doubling the square footage of our last place and we also have a yard to take care of we have been busy buying furniture and yard tools. We got a lawnmower, snowblower and weed trimmer for under $200 off of craigslist. We also got some new dining room chairs off of craigslist that we are planning on painting. I bought a new chair at one of my favorite stores, Carver Junk Company AND Zack and I even made a new dining room table, which was inspired by these plans that we found on Ana White. The plans were super easy to follow and basically tell you exactly what cuts to make and what supplies you will need. This is my new favorite website! 

 

 

The Hamms Event

A few weeks ago I found out about an event that would be taking place in St. Paul at the old Hamms Brewery.  It was an indoor market of all Minnesota made things.  I hadn’t planned on going but on the day of the even I had nothing else to do and thought it sounded fun.   So my friend Heather and I headed down there.  Lucy (my puppy) even tagged along….It was a dog friendly event.  

Lucy had a lot of fun meeting other dogs and she was very well behaved. She even got a professional picture taken. 

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She was pretty exhausted after a few hours of shopping. 

 

I got a couple really great things. I got some earrings from a local designer and a tank top from a local screen printer. My sister actually has a necklace from the person I bought the earrings from. 

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My earrings 

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My tank top. 

 

Did anyone else go to the event? Did you buy anything cute?

 

 

Something New Friday!

After dealing with back pain for the past few weeks I decided it was probably because my core has gotten so weak. I have been slacking on my planks lately and while I used to be able to hold one for well over a minute I am sadly now down to about 45 seconds. I started my day off today with a new attitude. I started doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred today. I used to do it on and off when I first started running. I never actually made it past the first phase though. Their are 3 phases and each one should take you roughly 10 days to master and feel confident to move on to the next. I think my record is about 7 days. I had thought of starting this on April 1st but who was I fooling? (see what I did there) I decided today is as good as any day to start it. I feel fantastic after doing it!

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I definitely need to upgrade my weights but this workout can be done with whatever you feel comfortable with.

 

 

 

I also started my morning with one of my new favorite things, Poached eggs! I poached an egg, made a piece of toast and then spread some avocado on the toast and put the egg on top. I saw this idea on pinterest only they used guacamole. It’s actually a pretty easy breakfast to make and would also be great with one of my other favorite things…..BACON! 

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One of the most delicious and easy breakfasts I’ve had in awhile.

 

This weekend I plan on getting in a run or two along with continuing the 30 day shred. 

 

What are your plans for the weekend? Making any new foods? Trying any new workouts?

A little taste of summer….

The weather in Minnesota has been far from summer like but I got a little “taste” of summer this week. I visited an indoor farmers market over the weekend with my mom and sister. I usually go to this farmers market when its outdoors in the summer time but they sell things such as meat, cheese, canned food, etc. 

A few years ago a friend of mine got me hooked on brats and sauerkraut. I don’t need a bun, ketchup or anything fancy. Just a little mustard and sauerkraut with my brat. This is where the farmers market comes back in. I found the most delicious sauerkraut there! It is made by a farm in the town where my mom grew up. The company is called “Kiss my Cabbage” We also found out that she sells it at a farmers market in the summer which is on the way up to the cabin! How perfect is this! They had many different varieties like curry, lemon-dill and plain. My new favorite snack is lemon dill sauerkraut on wheat thins…..Thanks for introducing me to that Hallie! 

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PS. Notice the jar is already gone! That’s how much we loved it!

Root Vegetable Bean Soup Recipe

If you follow me on facebook you may have seen the other day that I was making Root Vegetable Bean Soup. Here is the recipe that I promised. I had this soup a little over a week ago during conferences. It has become a tradition at my school for the PTO to bring in soup for the teachers on the first night of conferences. There are always plenty of delicious options and I usually sample a little bit of everything. This one had be going back for seconds though. My co-teacher Michelle saw it and said that “it sounds like something you would like.” Holy Buckets was she right! Here is the recipe. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of it when I made it because Zack and I both ate it so fast! 

 

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Root Vegetable Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 c. diced celery

3 medium carrots-finely chopped

1 small chopped onion

2 cloves garlic-minced

2 tsp. Butter + a little olive oil

3-4 med. potatoes-peeled and sliced

2-3 parsnips-peeled and chopped

2-3 turnips-peeled and chopped (You can also add or substitute a rutabaga-I did one rutabaga and one turnip)

4 c. chicken broth (you may need a little more)

2 tsp. dill weed

1-15 oz. can Great Northern Beans (rinsed)

1 1/2 Tbsp. Flour

3/4 to 1 c. sour cream

1/8-1/4 tsp. Pepper

Salt

-In a stock pot over medium heat cook and stir celery, carrots, and onion in butter and oil until tender.

-Add garlic

-Stir in broth, dill weed, potatoes, parsnips, and turnips.

-Add Salt

-Heat to boiling at Med-High

-Reduce Heat and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

-While the soup is simmering, in a small bowl mix together sour cream, flour, and pepper

-Add beans during last five minutes of simmering

-Add sour cream mixture at the end of cooking and stir until combined

-Add more salt if desired

 

Let me know if you make this and how you like it!

 

My fun filled weekend!

Valentines weekend and I have a love hate relationship. I hate that everything is overpriced and marked up but I love having an excuse to spend time with Zack and do something that we might not normally do. 

Being a teacher definitely helps on this holiday. It’s so much fun to watch the kids exchange valentines and get excited for treats and fun with their friends. 

This year, like most years, Zack and I decided that we wouldn’t exchange gifts. We usually try to do something with each other. I cheated on this aspect a little and got him something last minute. I also nominated myself as best wife ever for this gift. 

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Beer (his second favorite he tells me) and Cheddar beef sticks

Zack and I love to cook together and have been wanting to make homemade pasta for a long time. Thanks to my wonderful mother in law we had a pasta roller and drying rack to use. I’ve been trying to avoid eating pasta but come on! Its Valentines Day! 

Our finished result was some delicious homemade fettucini with a homemade alfredo sauce. If you haven’t tried making your own pasta I would highly recommend it. The process is fun and fairly easy, though it does help to have two people doing it. The results are so delicious you will not be able to go back to boxed pasta again. 

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Pasta drying

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the finished product because we were so excited to eat it!