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New Year Reflections


Can you believe 2014 is already almost over? I can't. At the end of each year, I love reflecting on what all I've accomplished this past year, the changes, the memories, and my goals for the future. I hope this encourages you to reflect on your past year, but not too much (the past is the past for a reason), and start making steps to achieving your goals in 2015. Happy New Year everyone! 

Each day seems insignificant but when you look back, so much has changed in just one year.


It's good to celebrate your accomplishments to see how far you've come and to see what you need to work on to reach your long term goals.


Don't forget about all those memories you wish could last forever.


Lastly, here's what I want to accomplish in 2015.

Jamaica Bound


The day has finally arrived! Today, i'm jet setting off to the beautiful island of Jamaica. I cannot wait to be tanning in the sun with a cocktail in hand. If you want to follow along on my trip, be sure to follow my Instagram account @smwrightt. See you all in a week! 

Wednesday Wish List

1. Flounced Shift Dress  2. Opal Wreath Collar Necklace  3. Saddie Passport Holder  4. Gold Fleck Blouse  5. To Market Tote  6. Gold Merry Card

Christmas Gift Tag Round Up

I can't believe Christmas is just a week and a half away! One of my favorite things to do around Christmas time is wrap gifts and i've been using gift tags a lot this year. I have come across many adorable tags so I decided to do a round up of my favorites. I hope these help make your gift wrapping a little easier and a lot cuter!


Row One: 1. Visual Heart  2. Hey Look 
Row Two: 3. Design Corral  4. M Stetson  
Row Three: 5. Best Day Ever  6. She Wears Many Hats
Row Four: 7. Brooklyn Limestone  8. Shanty 2 Chic

Weekend


TGIF! Did anyone else feel like this week dragged on? Because I sure did. But, today is a great day. My little sister is coming home from college for Christmas break, which means I get her for a whole month. Now, we can check a few more things off of our Christmas To-Do List. Tonight we're going ice skating at Atlantic Station with friends and it's going to be quite the adventure (aka i'll probably fall on my face a million times). I'll definitely need a big cup of hot cocoa after skating to warm me back up. Other than that, i'll be catching up with friends and getting some Christmas errands done. I hope you all have some exciting plans for the weekend as well!

Here are some of my favorite links from this week:

This cinnamon bread is easy and makes great gifts

Here's how you can become a Victoria's Secret Angel

If you watch New Girl, you've got to watch this video of Schmidt

Check out this website if you're still looking for cute gifts for friends 

Want to make a great dinner but don't have the time? This crockpot recipe is for you

Add these adorable Christmas tags to your gifts this holiday season to add a little something extra

Wednesday Wish List


1. "The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It" Digital Download  2. Jonathan Adler Metallic Zebra Dish  3. J. Crew Quilted V-Neck Vest  4. J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Denim Jean 5. C. Wonder Suede Uptown Crossbody Bag  6. Adia Kibur Crystal & Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings  7. Hugo Guinness for J. Crew Dazzling Sweater

Chicken Rollatini With Spinach Alla Parmigiana


Over the weekend, the family came over and I was in charge of planning dinner. I wanted to make something simple and easy to serve, so I decided on this chicken rollatini with spinach all parmigiana. In simpler terms, it's a mix between chicken parmesan and lasagna. This dish was absolutely amazing and a huge crowd pleaser. If you want to cut down on the prep, make the chicken the day before and keep in the fridge or weeks in advance and freeze. Plan this for your next dinner event and your guests will be ranting and raving about your amazing cooking for weeks.  

What You Need
8 thin chicken breasts 
1/2 cup whole wheat Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
6 TBS egg whites
2 cups baby spinach
6 TBS part skim ricotta cheese 
6 oz shredded skim mozzarella 
Cooking spray 
1-1 1/2 cups marinara sauce 
Salt and pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450°
2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper
3. Spray cooking dish with cooking spray
4. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs and 2 TBS parmesan cheese
5. In separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup egg whites 
6. In another bowl, combine 1.5 oz mozzarella, remaining parmesan, spinach, 2 TBS egg whites, and ricotta cheese
7. Layout the chicken breasts and spread 2 TBS of the spinach, egg white, and cheese mixture on each breast
8. Next, roll each breast up and keep seam down 
9. Dip chicken roll into egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs, and place seam down into baking dish
10. Once all chicken rolls are placed in dish, lightly spray over with cooking spray
11. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove from oven
12. Top with marinara sauce and then divide remaining mozzarella cheese and place on top of each chicken roll
13. Bake for about 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted
14. Serve extra marinara sauce and parmesan cheese on the side

Places To Try: Saltyard


Ok, so this is a month late but better late than never, right? I'm very picky when it comes to restaurants for my birthday, so I had been searching all week looking for the perfect place to celebrate with my mom and cousin. We usually split plates when we go out to eat (love having a little bit of everything), so when I saw that Saltyard had a small plates concept, I knew it would be perfect. The decor and layout of this place on it's own was amazing. They have an open kitchen, tall ceilings, and rustic with a touch of industrial decor. We were first greeted by the waitress who was very nice and knew her menu exceptionally well. First things first, we ordered a bottle of SeaGlass Pinot Noir (only $36) that was light and delicious to hold us over until we decided what to order. We finally decided to start off with the roasted red pepper bruschetta and fried okra. Both were equally amazing. Then we ordered pimento cheese beef sliders, braised pork shoulder, and grilled octopus. My favorite was the pimento cheese beef slider. The mixture of the beef and pimento cheese on the slider bread was a delicious combination. You can't go wrong with anything involving pimento cheese. I also loved the braised pork shoulder. It was juicy and amazing. The grilled octopus was good, more like a salad though, but the other two blew it out of the water. Since it was my birthday, they also surprised our table with champagne, such a sweet surprise (plus, it was very tasty)! And for desert, the waitress brought me some vanilla bean ice cream with a strawberry glaze. This was the perfect end to the meal. If anyone needs a good dinner place with an intimate atmosphere, this is your place. I will definitely be going back again sometime in the future to try more of their delicious menu items!

Visit their website to see their full menu and yummy pictures of food. 

Hallelujah, It's Friday!


Another beautiful weekend is here and I couldn't be happier! With Christmas quickly approaching, I plan on spending my weekend crafting, baking, and doing all things cheery. I'll be out of town (vacation in the sun) the week before Christmas, so I really want to squeeze as much holiday cheer out of the next week and a half that I can. Top of my list is driving around looking at Christmas lights, watching Christmas movies around the fire, and baking Christmas goodies with the family. Be sure to follow my Instagram account (@smwrightt) to see what all i'm up to!

Here are some of my favorite links from this week:

Attention all health conscious people! This could help your decision making at the grocery store when it comes to what foods to splurge or save on.

Kate Spade is partnering with New Balance and I want every single one of them.

Beyonce's 7/11 video was great and this parody is just as awesome. Great job guys.

Love Lululemon but don't want to spend major $$$? They have a "We Made Too Much" section. I just received this pair of pants in the mail and I'm in love.

I made this sweet potato, kale, and sausage dish for the second time and it was just as amazing. I will continue to make this way too many times in the future (aka try it asap). 

Holiday Gift Guide-->All Under $50


1. What Would Audrey Do? Book  2. Vino2Go Double Wall Insulated Wine Tumbler  3.  Starbucks Plaid Mug  4. Personalized Canvas Clutch  5. Govino Stemless Wine Glasses  6. Jonathan Adler Eye Sunglass Case  7. Kate Spade 'Retro Specs' Pencil Pouch Set  8. Initial Bar Pendant Necklace 


1. ASOS Smart Satchel  2. Teroforma Whisky Stones  3. The Big Book of Bacon  4. School Pride Needlepoint Key Fob  5. Stovetop Smoker  6. Stanley Adventure Flask  7. ManCan    

House Tour: Bar Cart

Hey y'all! With Thanksgiving over, it's finally getting closer to the best time of the year! I hope you all are breaking out the lights and trees and decorating with reds, greens, and lots of glitter. My Sunday was spent watching the Falcons dominate and getting the bar cart ready for the holiday season. I added some lights around the "bar" sign as well as added new festive cocktail napkins and some reindeer. Oh, and I can't forget about Rudolph who's making his debut on the sign. Here's what i've done so far, I hope you enjoy! 





Happy Black Friday!


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving with family and friends! Now, it's the best shopping day of the year and I just got back from shopping around downtown Charleston. I found some great deals and can't wait to put everything to use. I hope y'all have been out finding some great deals. Here are some of my favorite Black Friday sales that are happening online as well as in stores: 
Piperlime has 25% off site wide 
Show Me Your MuMu has 50% off sale
Nordstroms has additional 20% off sale
Tory Burch has up to 30% off
Ashley Brooke Designs has 25% off
Kendra Scott has 15% off
Madewell has 25% off
Anthropologie has 25% off
Alex and Ani has 15% off
Kate Spade has up to 75% off
C. Wonder has 40% off
Athleta has 20% off

My Thanksgiving Menu

                                                          
              

                                 
                                                              

                      
                                                               
    

Gobble, gobble. Thanksgiving is finally upon us! A wonderful time filled with lots of family, drinks, and food. I love this holiday because it's a time where all my family comes together under one roof to  spend time together, socialize, and cook. This year, my family and I are heading to Charleston to spend Thanksgiving with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. I cannot wait to see everyone and explore Charleston for a few days. Since Thanksgiving requires lots of cooking and meal planning, I've decided to share my Thanksgiving dinner menu with y'all. Happy holidays!