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April 25, 2013

Therapist Thursday: No One is Perfect

Hi friends,

Again, it has been a while since I have had my last classic "Therapist Thursday" post. Boy are you in for a treat.

As I write this, it is 2:27pm on a Thursday. I am propped up in my cozy bed with my dog at my feet and a hot tea on my night stand. I should be at work still. But, I decided to come home early. No, I'm not sick. At least I don't think I am. I have had a sore throat on and off for about 5 days but I am forcefully telling myself that it is just allergies and it will go away. Reverse psychology, you see. The truth is, I am overwhelmed. (And it just so happens to be the time of the month. Great timing.) For all of you people thinking, "Suck it up, Taylor." Be quiet. I know my limits. I know when it is time to throw in the towel and give my brain and my body a rest. I'm not playing around. The last thing I want is to get sick before my 2 events next week. Yes, I said two. I have two out of my four events for the year all within 5 days of one another. I am prepared for them. In fact, I will kick butt when they get here. But, I will kick butt being rested, calm, and feeling organized.

At lunch today, I decided to pull myself out of the reports I had been staring at all morning and get on my social media outlets. Don't lie. You all do this too. We check Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, blogs, You Tube videos and Instagram. I read a blog and this cute little blonde girl was making this cute little "juicing" drink in her perfect little kitchen. I read it, looked at the pictures, jotted down the recipe and moved on. I got on Pinterest and looked at all the cute pictures of cute *organized* house decor and architecture. I ran across the cute outfit a blogger was modeling, re-pinned a few things and moved on. I logged on Instagram and scrolled through my feed to see the most perfectly laid out outfits, a girl that had taken a picture of her neck wearing that amazing fan necklace from J-Crew that I have been drooling over (yet, can't afford) for two months, a cold Starbucks drink laying out on someone's perfectly organized white, bright, and not cluttered (staged) desk, and tons of cute "selfies" that girls have posted of their outfits of the day. At this point, with the overwhelming mood that I am in, I am clearly annoyed. Now, I must clarify that I am guilty of almost every single one of these Instagram posts. For some reason, what was supposed to be a "relaxing" mind break from work turned me into a depressed, envious and self-esteem lacking girl. I felt imperfect and "not enough." Does that make sense?

Side note: Did y'all count how many times I said the word "cute" in that last paragraph? It was on purpose. I was being a smart aleck.

I need to remind myself that it is OK to be imperfect. I am a very specific person and a relish in control. So, I am not opposed to perfection. It just isn't feasible. Maybe if I didn't have a full time job. Maybe if I had a maid. Maybe if I didn't have to do laundry or cook or grocery shop. Then would I be perfect? The answer is NO. (But, I would be less stressed.)

And why is it that we always want more, more, more? I love Instagram, Pinterest and reading blogs. They are fun and mindless communities. However, these particular outlets always leave me feeling less than satisfied and wanting more. It is important to remember a picture can be made to look perfect. I have sometimes posted a "selfie" outfit of the day (#OOTD) on Instagram and it gets like after like. What you don't see is sometimes the shirt I am wearing has holes under the arm pits, the jeans I am wearing are two sizes too small, and you don't see me from the neck up! Most of the time I am on my third day of not washing my hair and I don't have a lick of makeup on. This is what I am talking about. It is important to realize that we are not perfect! Why is it that we always want more followers? Whether it be through Instagram, our personal blogs, Pinterest boards, Twitter...I could go on and on. Why is it that we think that the more followers we have, the more successful we are? It isn't true at all. I am done thinking that way. Having more followers has a sneaky way of making us feel adequate, desired, loved and praised. But then, once we reach a number that we thought we would never get to, it leaves us greedy wanting more and more. We have got to stop thinking this way. Myself included. It isn't what is important in life.

And it certainly isn't why I blog.

I could have come home from work today, sulked, taken a nap, or stared at the ceiling because it doesn't involve using my brain. Instead, I decided to write to you all. It is like therapy for me. And maybe, by writing this, I will at least reach one person that feels the same way I do and this strikes a chord with them.

By the way, the last thing I want to say before I leave you is that SERIOUSLY(?!?!!!!!) the one day I decide to come home and relax, my apartment building has workers going window to window outside tightening these ugly awnings on a really annoying machine that BEEPS so loud!!!!!!!! Picture it. You all know the classic reverse beeping sound I am talking about. This always happens to me. Now I am going to go take some Tylenol and yell out my balcony to shut that stupid machine lift off and come back another day when I am at work!

April 15, 2013

Creamy Chicken & Spinach Casserole (with rice and curry)

Hi friends!

So I was tagged for a #widn post on Instagram yesterday afternoon and it just so happened that I was setting the table for Sunday dinner with my husband. I mentioned that I had a chicken, curry casserole in the oven and a couple people were interested in the recipe. So, here it is! I don't have a picture of it because I forgot to take one. I do, however, have a detailed recipe for you below. It is so good y'all! I can't take credit for it though. It is my mother-in-law's recipe that she got from another friend of hers. Those Southern women sure can cook! And...I'm learning myself. Bon Appetit!

Creamy Chicken & Spinach Casserole (with rice and curry)

What you'll need:

Minute Rice (4 servings)
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
3/4 cup of light Mayo
1 10 oz. frozen box of chopped Spinach
3 chicken breasts
1/4 cup of chicken stock
2 T curry powder (more if needed)
1 tsp salt
2 cups of shredded Colby cheese

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil chicken in salted water.
Let chicken cool and cut into small cubes.

Cook rice as directed for 4 servings.

Cook Spinach in Microwave as directed. (drain after cooked)

In a large mixing bowl, combine Cream of Chicken Soup, 3/4 cup of light Mayo, Spinach, 1/4 cup of chicken stock, curry powder, splash of salt and chicken. Mix thoroughly.

Place contents into a 9x13 baking dish. Layer shredded Colby cheese on top.

Cook in oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

This is the closest picture I could find on the internet of this recipe. It looks like they don't cube the chicken but I do. It makes it so much easier to serve!


Serve with salad and wheat rolls!

Yummo! Enjoy friends!

April 12, 2013

I love to use the word annoying...



Okay...so I am somewhat in an irritable mood today. My husband would tell me to leave the word "somewhat" out of my last sentence.

I decided today that I would blog about my annoyances for the past 24 hours. I try to be positive on here. I really do. However, sometimes you just need to get things off your chest. Before I get a shameful comment trying to make me feel guilty...I know these annoyances aren't the end of the world and things could be a lot worse.

This will be somewhat humorous, I promise.

1. Progressive Insurance commercials


Any commercial involving Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady, is bound to make me poke my eyeballs out. Here I am, relaxing after a long day of work, and the next thing I know this STUPID commercial comes on. I immediately tense up and want to throw my dog's bone at the television. Seriously!!! HOW ARE THESE COMMERCIALS STILL PLAYING. MAKE THEM GO AWAY. This poor actress will never have a chance after staring as Flo. God save us all from these commercials. And why did they name her FLO?!!!! Seriously! That name makes every woman cringe simply because....well, you know!

Even my dog hates these commercials.

2. Sweaty legs at night

I am sorry if this grosses some of you out but I am not perfect. I don't sleep in perfect matching pajamas, I wake up with dragon breath and my legs sweat at night. I seriously can't stand it. Especially after I have just put fresh sheets on the bed. After months of dealing with this off and on, I decided to google it this morning. Turns out the highest answers on forums for those with a problem like this are those that are going through severe withdrawals, menopause or are on anti-depressants. Now, none of these are possible so I probably just need to turn the air conditioning on. But GEEZ...so gross. You know, come to think of it, it has just started after getting married. Maybe sleeping next to another warm body (my husband) is making me sweat. Moving on.

3. My husband

First things first. I love this man. I really do. But sometimes we annoy each other so much. Here are a few things that have been driving me nuts!!! The one morning I don't have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn, my husband decides to get up at 6:15am and make himself an English muffin. This morning I woke up to sounds of a knife scraping a peanut butter jar. This kid was going to town trying to get every last bit of peanut butter out of that jar! Its like "geez, why don't you just lick it clean!!!!?" Can I please just sleep past 6:30am for once?!

Secondly, my husband will kill me for writing this but I don't care. My favorite hairspray is the L'oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. He had his own bottle of hairspray for the first 3 months of marriage, decided he didn't like his, and kept stealing mine. Finally, I just gave it to him because I was tired of him reaching under the cabinet for it while I was doing my makeup. Do you know how hard it is to apply eye liner when someone is constantly reaching under you for hairspray!?! I haven't even gotten to the annoying part yet. This kid uses so much hairspray every morning that I think I have developed emphysema. After he uses it, I feel like I am sitting in a room with a bunch of anthrax.

4. Papercuts

Lastly, I have gotten 2 of these bad boys in the past 2 days. SO ANNOYING!


That's all. Looking forward to an un-annoying weekend.

What is annoying you lately? Am I the only one that goes through periods of being really annoyed with certain things?

Happy Friday!

April 5, 2013

Spring Florals

A recap of my guest post on Real Young Housewife:








 

 

Lace top: Karlie

Printed pants: asos.com (Vila Clothes)

Shoes: Emilio Pucci

Clutch: Sondra Roberts

necklace: Anthropologie
 
Lipstick: MAC Cremesheen in Sunny Seoul

April 4, 2013

Guest Post: Meet Lauran from The Real Young Housewife of Southern Virginia!

Hi friends! Today, The Taylor Diary is operating a little differently. There is a first for everything, right? I want to introduce you to my first guest blogger, Lauran! She is from The Real Young Housewife of Southern Virginia blog. I just love her. And of course, we met on Instagram....through Sam Steele-Ponder to be exact. It is a long story but it has something to do with a dog, that looks like a lion...that is really a dog. Read on for details. Lauran is a girl after my own heart. She talks my language...and in this post she shares some amazing dupes for expensive beauty products. A few of these, I WILL be trying. Mark my words. I am so honored to have her join me today. She also let me take over her blog for the day so head on over to her blog and see my post, too!

The Real Young Housewife of Southern VA

Hey Y'all!!!! I'm Lauran and I ramble on and on over at The Real Young Housewife of Southern Virginia!! Taylor and I have done the ole switch-a-roo today and are guest hosting for one another!! So whether you are here or there... WELCOME!!!

Besides the fact that Taylor shares the same name as my little sister she also shares my love for Samantha Steele Ponder, which is how we met! We didn't start off as friends through blogging, oh no, we started out as friends through Instagram. On Sam Ponder's Instagram to be exact! If you don't know who Sam Ponder is, well you're living under a rock, or you just aren't a guys gal! Long story short, Sam is an ESPN reporter and a new wifey to Christian Ponder, the QB of the Minnesota Vikings! Below is Sam's photo that brought Taylor and I together!


This was in my area, near my Alma Mater Old Dominion University, whose mascot is Monarch the Lion!

Anywho, I told you I ramble! Now that you know how Taylor and I met, I'll get to what I wanted to share with yall today! Like Taylor, I love makeup, but sometimes I believe some products are just WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! Thank goodness for Pinterest who always seems to come to the rescue with tricks of the trade! I wanted to share a few I've run across, but have yet to try. I certainly plan to once my store bought brand name items run out!

I am a religious user of Primer! I'm an even bigger fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.
Via 


This product will set you back about $36.00, but have no fear, Pinterest is here, with a much cheaper option!

Via 
According to the blogger that this pin originated from, the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel has the same active ingredients as those in Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Even more shocking?! The Monistat costs around about $6.00!!! That's a $30.00 saving!!! You better believe once I'm out of my Smashbox I will be running to get this stuff!!!

The next product I am a fan of that helps keep my makeup in place is Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray! My makeup artist used this on me for my wedding and I've been addicted ever since! 

Via 



This spray will set you back $30.00 but of course there is a cheaper option for you! 

Via 
Make your OWN setting spray for as little as $6.00! Check out this link for the recipe! It's easy peasy and very nice on your wallet!!! 

Lastly, if you don't use a make-up remover of some sort, you should! Cleansers don't clean your face entirely of dirt and oil unless the majority of your makeup is removed! Brand name Make Up Removing Wipes can cost upwards of $30.00! These MAC wipes cost $20.00 for a count of 45 sheets! 

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The cheaper option?! E.L.F. has makeup removing sheets!! $3.00 for 20 sheets! Granted it's a less count than MAC but you can buy two packages of E.L.F. sheets for just $6.00!! You simply can't beat that!

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Can you believe these cheaper alternatives!? As a baller on a budget I am actually looking forward to trying out these champagne style options with a beer budget price tag! I think Taylor, being the cosmetic guru junkie she is, should give them a try too!

Now that you all have a list of my new cheap-o must haves, come visit me anytime in my neck of the woods! I'd love to have you!!!! I can't thank Taylor enough for having me guest post today! She most definitely is one of my most favorite blog land people!!! Make sure you check out her guest post on my blog today!!! XoXo!



What do you think, y'all? Isn't she awesome?!! Thanks so much for tuning in today and I hope you enjoyed this special "switch-a-roo" as Lauran calls it. :)

XOXO,