Thursday, February 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Bean Soup with Kale

Hello friends, it's so cold outside and it's always nice to have a bowl of soup to warm you up! I'd love to share with you this healthy and delicious soup recipe that is made in the slow cooker.




Here you can see it cooking in my slow cooker and it is so easy to make.



SLOW COOKER BEAN SOUP WITH KALE

Serves 8 people

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups kale - chopped
1 package dried navy beans - rinsed clean with water
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 - 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried parsley
9 cups of water

DIRECTIONS:

Add everything to the slow cooker and put setting on HIGH and cook for 6 hours. 
Enjoy!


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Julie


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Beautiful GYB Gift

Hi friends, I'm so excited to share with you this pretty and beautiful gift I won from the Grow Your Blog party 2015.  I had participated in this event that Vicki from 2 Bags Full had hosted.

I entered a lovely giveaway that KimM from Wisdom with Needle & Thread had hosted on her blog and I was picked as the winner!

If you get a chance please stop by and visit her wonderful blog and see how creative and talented she is!


I opened up my package and this is what I found waiting for me to open!

A box filled with colorful yarn and a pretty business card along with a lovely note for me.

Here is all the yarn that was included inside the box.



I love all this beautiful yarn I received and I'm very excited to make some projects with it all. 

A big thank you Kim for your thoughtfulness, kindness and for being so sweet!  I love how Kim took the time to visit my blog and see that I love knitting and crocheting.  I can't wait to use this yarn and I love the colors and it all so much. 

Thanks!



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Julie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Makeup Monday - Nail Art

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  



Week 34 - Nail Art



Hi friends, nail art is all the rage and there are so many different designs that are popular.  There so many different companies making bright colored nail polishes such as the aqua and navy nail polish as shown above.


I love wearing bright colored nail polish in the summer and when I'm wearing opened toed sandals or flip flops.  I love wearing a little bit of sparkle on both of my ring fingers.  It's a pretty look and does not look too over the top for me.  Spring and summer are the perfect time to try out different styles.

I have a few blog friends that are very talented at painting their nails and doing nail art. 

There is T'onna from Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty and you can see her beautiful manicured nails here.

There is the talented Liz from Rose Vignettes and you can see her pretty nails made up for Valentine's Day here.  She posts on her blog Manicure Monday and you don't want to miss that!

There is a popular product out now called Jamberry Nails and Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable did a wonderful blog post about them here.  They are nail wraps and no polish is involved which is perfect if you don't like the smell of nail polish.

I hope you enjoyed Makeup Monday today.  Have you ever had a nail art manicure or pedicure?  I did during the holiday's when I had a gel manicure.   I had them add sparkle on my ring fingers.  (Next time I will make sure I take a photo to show you).

Thanks for stopping by and see you all next time for Makeup Monday.



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Julie




Saturday, February 21, 2015

New Contributor!


Hi friends, I have exciting news to share with you!  I am now a monthly contributor to the blog Kindred Hearts Cafe.

I hope you will stop by and visit to see where I will be sharing different and interesting topics.  I will be posting the first Thursday of the month.


Thanks and looking forward to seeing you there!




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Julie









Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday

I am happy to be joining Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday Series. 

I'm taking five minutes of my day to share five things:

1)  I love looking at magazines occassionally and I have a new one that I'm trying out.  It's called REAL SIMPLE Life Made Easier.  I really like the articles they share and it has a little bit of everything such as makeup, fashion and recipes to name a few.  This is my way of relaxing a little bit during the day or evening.   



2)  I love my dog Bosco and he is so adorable when he is relaxing or sleeping in his bed.  He sometimes pushes his cushion in such funny ways like he is doing in this photo.


3)  I love going to the book store and looking at all the various non fiction and fiction books out at Barnes & Noble Book Store.  I used to read all the time and then stopped once I started crocheting, knitting, and blogging.  I decided last summer to get back into reading books again and I'm so glad that I did.  I love the books that my blog friends recommend to read too. 



4)  I love going out to eat at different restaurants and here I have a crab hand roll that I had for lunch that was just amazing.



5)  One of my favorite things is bright colored cotton yarn.  I am in love with this cotton hemp yarn from Martha Stewart Crafts and it's by Lion Brand Yarn.  This color yarn is called Heather Flower.  I love making crocheted dishcloths and cup cozies with this cotton yarn.  Using bright colored yarn makes me happy.





I will be sharing this with Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday link party that she is hosting.

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Julie

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Chicken Noodle Soup



Soup for lunch at Panera Bread!



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Julie

Monday, February 16, 2015

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

I recently just finished reading the book Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy.  I'd love to share with you a little bit about this book. 


Nights of Rain and Stars is the story about how one summer four strangers with nothing in common all take a trip to a little seaside village in Greece.  When a sudden tragedy strikes the small village the four strangers are all thrown together and become friends.  It then goes into their lives and how the trip heals them from their past and what they were running away from and why then ended up in Greece.

 I do not want to give away the whole story but I would recommend this lovely book.  To read more about this book you can click HERE.  


I will be sharing this book at Book Musing Monday at Mary-andering Creatively.
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I will be sharing this at Read with Me at Mama Mummy Mum.
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I will be sharing this with the Book Nook at Create With Joy.
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Julie