Top 2 Tuesday and A New Appetizer Recipe!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I've been giving myself a headache this morning in trying to think of my top 2 tips for Taylor over at the Undomestic Momma. This has been hard as I think I am someone who loves to give ideas and advice to others, but here is what I came up with:

Shopping Tip--Put Things on Hold!
I know this may sound generic and simple—and yes, it is—but I am a firm believer in putting items on hold. This causes you to walk away from a potential spur-of-the-moment-buy and really makes you think ‘do I really want that shirt/purse/dress?’ I always ask the sales associate to put the item on hold for 24 hours—that way, I can go home, think about whether or not I need it/want it, or I just wanted to walk out of the store with a bag—haha! It works like a charm for me and I have way less buyer’s remorse since I have started doing this. It really works!!

Money-Saving Tip—Subscribe to Living Social/ Groupon
Do you love saving money and using coupons?? Yes, my southern momma raised me right to cut corners whenever and wherever possible and these 2 sites are perfect for all you money-saving ladies out there! Each day (depending on your city's special), they email you a deal for the day with DRASTIC savings—a few weeks ago, they have a mani/pedi special at a local nail salon for $20=AMAZING and something we all love to treat ourselves to every now and then. Today’s Groupon special is tempting me (even though I’m on a diet): $15 for a dozen cupcakes—sounds too good to be true!

So last night, I had a few--well, more than a few--of my lovely girlfriends over to watch the premiere of Bachelor Pad...
Boy, this drama-filled show didn't disappoint did it? Psycho Michelle is already gone after she scared Disney-Princess Tenley, Don Juan got the boot after he hurt poor Nikki after their semi-love affair, and Craig Hair Man scared us all again with his narcassistic ways...ewww I just cringe when I see him on camera with his Miami Viceness=gross! We couldn't help but be entertained with all the kissing and cuddling and coniving ways of Elizabeth and Natalie last night--those two are going to be little vixens I tell you now! Anyways, stay tuned for this must-see if ABC couldn't stoop low enough, now they've mixed together Big Brother/The Real World/Survivor all together to keep us entertained this summer...LOVE IT!
And P.S. you must try this EASY and yummy appetizer I made last night--perfect for girl's night!
2 packages of mini phyllo shells (in freezer section at grocery store)
8 oz brie cheese, double cream
Blackberry Preserves (or any flavor you prefer)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the shells on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray
Cut the rind off of the brie and cut into 1/2 inch cubes and put one into each shell
Top each brie bite with preserves
Bake in the oven for 7 minutes or until brie has melted and phyllo shells are golden brown


  1. Oh man-- Bachelor Pad certainly was all it was advertised to be. Elizabeth is quite the manipulative woman. Which means she'll probably stick around for a while...

  2. I loved the Bachelor Pad! I get so hooked on these shows! Thanks for the recipe! Looks fantastic!

  3. I can't wait to check out the coups! Great tip!! You look amazing, I know your getting married but a diet is not necessary!
    Velvet Cupcakes

  4. Bachelor pad is so good! I was laughing so much last night. D-RAMA! And is it just me does Natalie sort of annoy you a bit? There is just something sketchy about that little lady... We'll see!

  5. I love groupon! Just got my husbands Christmas gift on there! I missed the bachelor pad. I'll have to try to catch it next week.

  6. Loved Bachelor Pad, Tenly was alittle to much for me though with all her grand hellos to everyone.. But that's just me.

  7. i can't wait to watch the bachelor pad- i had to dvr it last night!

    i also love your tip about putting things on hold - so smart! i'm totally going to start doing this :)

  8. Great tips! The Bachelor Pad was crazy. Elizabeth is nuts!!! The apps look delicious!

  9. Oh girl, on Bachelor Pad....Elizabeth is NUTS, Caroline is right! LOL!

    I love the drama, glad Michelle's GONE and want Tenley and Kypton to get married at Cinderella's Castle!

  10. I'm so bummed I missed Bachelor Pad! Can't wait to watch all the craziness!

    My southern momma also raised me to cut those coupons! Definitely helps save a little money!