Bring out the Sparkles

How was your weekend?  I hope it was good.  I can’t believe it’s already Monday.  How’d that happen?  Then again, I can’t believe it’s already the second week of November either.  Crazy.

I was in Target yesterday, and my eyes lit up seeing all the sparkles!  I’m not ready for all this Christmas stuff, but I have to admit, if we’re going to look at flashy decor for two months, at least it’s pretty!

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Last Year’s Tree

I love the festivities as much as the next girl, but holidays bring worries for a lot of people.  Luckily none of my worries are serious enough to dampen my celebrations, but there is one Kevin and I have been discussing lately.  Money.

Our budgeting discussions, mainly just recapping this year’s expenses and forecasting 2013, gave me an idea for a new Tuesday series - Healthy Girl on a Budget.  Is that something y’all would be interested in reading?

Speaking of health… I kinda’-sorta’ followed this recipe last night, and this turned out to be a fabulous, healthy, vegan, affordable dinner.  Score!  (Two of my changes: significantly less oil, no zucchini, no eggplant, one bell pepper)

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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Speaking of dinner… the girls and I hit up 5 Church on Friday night.  The salad was great, but my butternut squash pierogies were more like emanadas.  Not bad – just not what I was expecting.

salad girls dinner

Cheers to girls’ nights!

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21 Responses to Bring out the Sparkles

  1. MizFit says:

    huge cheers for girls nights.
    Ive gots me one tonight.

  2. I love sparkly things too :) I’m glad you had a great weekend!

  3. I should make vegetable curry, sounds delicious!!

  4. No lies… the roommate and I might have done a little christmas crafting this weekend… I’m very dead set against not having a tree up until at least the week after Thanksgiving, but I guess it never hurts to be prepared. ;)

  5. I would totally love to read a series of “Healthy Girl on a Budget”. Great idea!

  6. Kacy says:

    It’s hard for me to get in the Christmas spirit, but I love a Christmas tree! I am also on a budget, so I’d definitely be interested!

  7. As long as they don’t start playing Christmas music this early, then I’m all for seeing the stores decked out in holiday decor… it kind of makes me giddy to see all the Santas and reindeer :D Plus, we’re already buried under tonnes of snow here, so it definitely makes things seem a lot more Christmassy.

  8. I love the idea of Healthy Girl on a Budget. I actually love talking about finances and budgeting :)

  9. Seeing Christmas stuff hitting the stores is making me so excited! I love the holiday season!

    That’s a bummer that your meal wasn’t what you were expecting. I’ve had that happen to me a few times too. It’s so annoying when the menus don’t describe the food properly. :P But at least you had a fun girls’ night!

  10. Lynette says:

    I love Christmas things! I already listened to my playlist once last week. Can’t wait for it to be OK to do in public after Thanksgiving. And I would be interested in seeing a healthy girl on a budget series. Always looking for ways to stay healthy and frugal!

  11. Who doesn’t love sparkly things?!! I’d definitely be interested in the healthy girl on a budget series. I’ve been trying to watch my grocery/food budget lately while still staying healthy, so it’d be wonderful to hear your ideas. :)

  12. How about healthy guy on a budget? :)

  13. I find it so hard to live on a budget! I don’t know why haha. I mean I have money saved but did you have do research on how much you should really have saved by the time you are like 30, 40, 50.. it is ridiculous! haha.

  14. I love Target for their xmas decorations!! so much fun!!!

  15. That curry looks divine! Cheap? Easy? Delicious? Sounds like a good meal to me. [Or a really bad R-rated joke waiting to happen.]

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