I just couldn’t help myself.

Did anyone else notice the abundance of sales happening over the weekend?  I am powerless to resist a great deal…and when my favorite stores are beckoning with 30-35% off regular priced items…it’s inevitable that I’m going to do some buying.  It’s funny, I actually wasn’t really planning on shopping at all this weekend, it just happened.  On Saturday morning, I left the house dressed for a typical late July day, and was smacked in the face with 60 degree weather.  So instead of heading back inside for a sweater, I headed to the nearest Banana Republic for a sweater.  Sorry but I’m not sorry.  I bought this cute pink sweater on major sale (35% off!), it was only $42!  And I desperately needed a new pink cardigan.  And the gold buttons sealed the deal.  Pink is the new black, right?

banana pink cardigan gold buttons

I headed out of Banana actually wearing the new pink sweater (it was cold!), and walked past Loft where a sidewalk sign taunted me with 30% off.  And the sale was ending that day!  What was I supposed to do?  Obviously I had to take a quick looksie.  I found a few cute things, but decided not to buy much since at this point in the summer, I’m trying not to buy more warm-weather clothes. Better to save up for fall since cold-weather clothes are always more expensive (riding boots! wool coats! chunky sweaters!).  But I couldn’t resist this shirt.  It was $42 bucks and is perfect for work with black skinnies and wedges.  I will wear this to death!

loft lace shell blush and black

Did anyone else fall victim to the amazing weekend sales?

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Recipe HIT – Crock Pot Taco Meat

You guys. I’m so excited about this recipe.  It is SO easy, inexpensive, and really delicious! You can even make it as healthy as you want by subbing the beef for ground turkey or chicken.  And you can also choose healthy toppings if that floats your boat, 2% cheese, low-fat sour cream, etc.  You can serve this meat on a taco salad, in burritos, or on good old hard taco shells.  I went old school with hard taco shells.  I used 90/10 lean ground sirloin and low-fat sour cream.  I splurged with extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 jar of salsa (I used a 16 oz. jar of Chi-Chi’s Medium Salsa)
  • Tabasco, to taste

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a frying pan
  2. Add 2/3 cup of water and taco seasoning packet. Mix well.
  3. Taste the beef to see if you want it spicier, then add Tabasco (just add a drop at a time, a little goes a long way!).
  4. Let simmer for about 5 minutes
  5. Put the beef in the Crock Pot
  6. Add the jar of salsa and mix well
  7. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  8. Chow down

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