10 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes For Your Table This Year


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It’s nearly Thanksgiving again. How in the world has this year gone by so quickly?

With this mouthwatering holiday right around the corner, it’s time to start scouring the internet for recipes to adorn your Thanksgiving table. Whether you’ll be hosting a meal at your house or just bringing a side dish to contribute to a friend or family member’s meal, I’ve rounded up a collection of delicious (and healthy!) side dishes to consider adding to your 2015 line-up. I can personally (and heartily) endorse the first two sides listed — Shredded Brussels Sprouts Citrus Salad and Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots — and all the others sure do look amazing!:



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What are some of your favorite healthy side dishes this time of year?

Links I’m Loving

It’s Friday, and over here at Curiouser & Curiouser that means it’s time for me to share some gems from the lovely interwebs. Here’s what’s caught my eye recently:

  • Y’all. Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix show, Master of None, is SO GOOD! I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I’m such a fan already. Please add this to your queue!

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  • Food52, my trusted source for all things culinary, was raving about a vegan (but not “weird vegan”) chocolate chip cookie recipe and so, naturally, I had to give it a try and share the outcome with my pals at the office. The result? Deliciousness. Of course. Recipe FTW, Food52, per usual. (In fact, I’ve made two batches already.)



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Before we get to these next two bullet points, I’d like to point out that I’m a staunch believer in Christmas things starting AFTER Thanksgiving. (I’m glad to see that one of my favorite retailers, Nordstrom, is with me on this.) So yes, these next two links are related to Christmas, which kind of goes against my philosophy, but I just had to go ahead and share so I won’t forget to do so.

  • While I do enjoy the sentimentality that’s part of the Christmas season, I tend to get a bit overwhelmed with the influx of sugary-sweet Christmas ads that start rolling in this time of year. That’s why I’m a big fan of Hallmark’s holiday video campaign, which takes a much-needed departure from their standard oh-so-sweet approach:

  • Speaking of fun holiday ads, please check out this one (the newest installment in the Anna Kendrick for Kate Spade series):

What’s everyone up to this weekend? Kevin and I are looking forward to having his parents in town visiting this weekend, along with their adorable pup, Cholupa Batman. We love when our favorite folks come visit us in Winston!

Happy weekending, everyone…


8 Soup Recipes To Try This Winter



I’m all about some soup this time of year. Hearty soups, that is — soups that can act as a standalone meal. They’re so delightfully EASY. Dump a bunch of things into a pot, cook it for a while, then happily eat it for days to come. (I’m cool with leftovers. I know some folks aren’t, but not having to plan or prepare my next meal — or three? Yes, please.)

Since I know I’m not the only soup lover out there, I thought I’d share some recipes I’ve been collecting on my “Recipes to Try” to-do list, in case you’d like in on this deliciousness. (I haven’t tried any of these myself yet, but come on — they all look incredible!)

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coconut curry

barley chili

autumn chicken stew

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What are some of your go-to hearty soup recipes to enjoy during the cooler months?

Gift Guide For The Ladies In Your Life


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Though I’m not in support of most Christmas things pre-Thanksgiving (decorations, music, movies, etc.), as a Type A-er, I’m most definitely in favor of shopping ahead in order to amp up the fun and turn down the stress during the holiday season. (Who’s with me?) To help spark some gift inspiration, I’ve put together a collection of a few of my favorite items for the lovely women in your life:

  • Geometric Blanket Scarf (Nordstrom, $26). Who says scarves have to be boring? Quite the contrary, as this one will be sure to please. Fun AND functional? Perfection.

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  • 25-ounce S’well Bottle (S’well, $45). To say I’m obsessed with my S’well would be the understatement of the year. I LOVE mine (I have two, in fact), and am sipping water from one as I write this post. It’s perfect for spin class, Pure Barre, the office, on the road, and more.

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  • Ring Holder (Etsy, $24 each). Simple yet useful and lovely, this ring holder (or two) would be just perfect under a friend’s tree.

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  • Russet Measuring Cups (Anthropologie, $28). For your friend who loves to bake, these measuring cups will be the perfect addition to her kitchen. (I’m speaking from experience on this, as I was gifted these lovely measuring cups by a friend and adore using them each time I bake.)

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  • Hatchery Three-Month Subscription (Hatchery.co, $60). For your foodie friend who delights in discovering new ingredients to add to her rotation, consider a three-month subscription to Hatchery. Each month for three months, she’ll get a tasting box full of delicious new culinary treats (think spices, rubs, dressings, etc.).

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  • Monogram Stationary Flat Notes (Rifle Paper Co., $16). Every girl loves stationary, and personalized notecards are all the better. After all, we all need to write notes from time to time — might as well make them pretty!

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  • Keepsake Glass Display Box (Urban Outfitters, $16). Give her a place to display her jewelry in style in this lovely keepsake box.

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Happy early shopping!


Links I’m Loving

We made it to another weekend, folks! (And who else can hardly believe that October is nearly over? This is just insane.)

While I like the crisp fall weather once the day is underway, I’ve been reminded this past week of how much I don’t love the whole cold-and-dark-in-the-morning thing. It makes it so hard to get motivated to get moving in the morning when there’s frost on my car windows and it’s pitch black out. Ugh.

While I don’t necessarily love the weather situation this time of year, here are some things I AM loving:


  • I stumbled upon this article a couple of weeks ago and have left it open in my browser for the last several days, re-reading portions now and then. I’ve read tons of “how to be happy” articles, but this one was especially interesting, as it merges insights gleaned by neuroscientists to help shed light on WHY certain behaviors make humans happier. For example, I loved this quote about worry:”And you worry a lot, too. Why? In the short term, worrying makes your brain feel a little better — at least you’re doing something about your problems. In fact, worrying can help calm the limbic system by increasing activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and decreasing activity in the amygdala. That might seem counterintuitive, but it just goes to show that if you’re feeling anxiety, doing something about it — even worrying — is better than doing nothing.”Worth a read, for sure!

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Happy weekend, friends! Kevin and I are running a 10K today and are looking forward to a generally low-key weekend following the race. Hope you have something fun planned, too!






Quotes That Inspire

Sometimes when I need a pick-me-up, I look to the words and wisdom of others. I’ve had a cold this week and have been feeling kind of blah overall, so it seemed like it was time to dip into this well of inspiration. In case you also need a dose of encouragement, I wanted to share these words with y’all as well:








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And we’ll wrap things up with this lovely quote from Parks & Recreation’s tell-it-like-it-is Ron Swanson, reminding us how important it is to really commit to things:

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Longing For These Leggings (And Joggers!)

I’ll just put it out there: I’m definitely in the leggings can be pants camp.

Now, I have some criteria that an outfit must meet in order for this to be acceptable. For example, for most leggings (think solid black), it works best when your top is long enough to cover your butt. Just be smart: Some leggings are much more see-through/non-pants-like than others. In those cases, cover things up a bit, please, or people will judge you.


But back to leggings as pants. Of COURSE I’m on board. These things are SO comfortable, and they’re acceptable to wear in public? Yes, please. I also love that joggers are in this year, as they’re kind of the sweat pant to leggings’ yoga pant. Basically PJs that you can wear outside of the house. And get compliments on! Score.

With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a list of leggings and joggers I’d love to add to my wardrobe this season. There are so many adorably comfy options to choose from!:

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  • Blue Scuba Legging (Express). I’ve had great luck with Express leggings in the past, and just fell in love with these. What a great color! I have a pair of black leather leggings that I adore, and these would be a fun twist on that style.

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  • Leggings in Tartan Check (Asos). With plaid so very in this season, these leggings would be the perfect addition to any girl’s closet!

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What jogger and leggings styles have caught your eye so far this fall?


7 Clever DIY Halloween Costume Ideas


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I never understand when people don’t like Halloween. I’ve always loved this holiday, and not just because of the candy (although that’s a nice component, to be sure). There’s something about dressing up –- and all the possibility that exists when it comes to picking the perfect costume -– that continues to spark excitement for me year after year.

The costume selection process is a critical one, and it helps to start thinking about it with enough time to prep for something truly great. One of the things I love about Halloween is that creativity goes further than money, in most cases. Rather than snagging a polyester costume from one of those pop-up Halloween stores that pops up in every strip mall this time of year, asses your closet, hit up your local Goodwill and/or craft store, and get to costume making!

Here are 7 costume ideas that are sure to impress:

  1. Piñata: This was the route I took with my costume last year, and it was a big hit. I used a dress I didn’t wear much anymore as the base and covered it with colored crepe paper (glued to the dress), cut with about inch-wide pieces at the bottom of each strip of crepe paper to simulate the fringed paper on a piñata. I also wrapped two party hats in extra crepe paper to accessorize. (Bonus points: Throw out candy when you walk into a room and/or travel with a friend donned in a blindfold and carrying a stick.)


  1. Paper Doll: This costume idea is simple to pull together, requiring just poster board, markers, and some super-sticky tape. Just cut the poster board into clothing and accessory shapes (leaving a few tabs around the sides paper doll-style) and color in the clothing (be sure the tabs stay white). Then tape your masterpiece to your clothes, style your hair in ringlets or pigtails, and you’re good to go!

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  1. Loofah: This costume is so much fun. A shower loofah – ha! It never gets old, and you’re sure to get tons of laughs. To learn how to bring it to life, check out this easy video tutorial.


  1. Regina George: Any respectable Mean Girls fan will get this easy-to-pull-off shout-out to Regina. Just grab a tank and a colored bra, cut out two holes in the front of the tank, layer, and let the compliments roll in. (You can add a long blonde wig for extra credit!)

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  1. Grumpy Cat: With some simple make-up and a pair of cat ears (oh, and a sour facial expression), you can easily transform yourself into a Grumpy Cat doppelganger everyone will love.

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  1. Jellyfish: Partner an all-white outfit with a clear or white umbrella that you’ve decorated with “tentacles” (a.k.a. streamers or crepe paper) and you’re ready to party. Oh, and throw in some glow sticks for extra nighttime pizazz!


  1. School Picture: Another favorite of mine, this costume comes together easily with a trip to Goodwill for some ‘90s middle school-esque clothes and to a craft store for some foam board. You’ll want to get a laser background to adhere to the foam board to make the whole ensemble really pop.

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Fabletics Love

I’ve found myself having lots of conversations with friends about Fabletics recently, and it inspired me to write a post about the activewear brand, just to share my thoughts. (For those of you not familiar with Fabletics, you may have seen the ads — there are lots of them on Facebook, in particular — and not realized it. It’s the activewear brand that uses Kate Hudson as its spokesperson.)


I first tried Fabletics about this time last year, and have been really impressed with the brand’s style sense, quality, and prices. Plus, talk about choices — Fabletics rolls out new collections each month. Since they launched, I feel like the brand has continued to improve their style offerings. They’ve always had great basic pieces, but have more and more on-trend items I find myself eyeing.

The subscription system that Fabletics uses for their VIP pricing is a little strange, and I know some find it off putting (or maybe they’re just hesitant because they aren’t quite sure how it works). I totally understand being wary to sign up for any type of subscription, but I’ve loved the VIP club for Fabletics and have found it easy to manage.

Fabletics emails you on the first of each month with that month’s new collection, and you can go to the website and either shop or click a “skip this month” button, and you’re not charged for anything. I’ve loved my Fabletics picks, and since they send an email each month I never forget to skip purchases on months I don’t want to buy anything. It’s that easy — one click!

Here are a few Fabletics pieces I’ve bought and have especially loved:

The Lima Capri:

This is SUCH an awesome pair of leggings! I have the capris in two colors, in fact — I love them that much. (I have a black pair and a raspberry pair, which is no longer available.) They’re thick enough to make you not worry about anything being see-through, and are so soft, too.

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The Omemee Tank:

I love when basic items have just enough of a unique twist to be fun and different, and this tank absolutely meets that criteria.

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The Hamilton Sweatpant:

Looking for the perfect lounge pant? Look no further than these amazing sweatpants.

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The Salar Legging:

Guys. I have these leggings in the color pictured below, and they are the BEST! I especially love that they come in either Regular or Tall lengths. I got the Tall and they are perfect.

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The Sevan Sports Bra:

I think I have this bra in three different colors. It offers the perfect amount of support for a low-impact workout like yoga or Pure Barre, and is so cute and comfy.

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The Carlsbad Tank:

After my friend Teri posted about this adorable tank on her blog, I just had to get one for myself! It hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to add it to my Pure Barre wardrobe rotation.

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Things I’m eyeing on the site currently include the Freya Longsleeve Top, the Puffin Coat, the Casa Tank, and the Pryor Tank. (So cute, right???)

For those of you who have ordered from Fabletics, what’s your opinion of the brand?

Links I’m Loving

Friday! A rainy one here on the east coast, but Friday nonetheless. Kevin and I were supposed to be headed to Columbia, South Carolina, this weekend to visit my sister, Susan, and brother-in-law, Marty, and see their new house for the first time, but our plans were thwarted. (Thanks a lot, Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix. Ugh.)


But before we get to the whole weekend part of the week, I wanted to share a few things I’ve been loving this week:

  • First up: Good Graeff. Please check out this band immediately. We caught their show at The Garage here in Winston this Wednesday, and they were incredible. The Florida-born lead singer/guitarist and cellist/back-up singer are twin sisters, and they put on a hell of a good live show. Check them out on Spotify, and if they happen to come to a stage near you, definitely go see them. (I especially love their songs “Unsung Heroes” and “Top of the World.”)


  • After having this brownie recipe on my list of things to bake for a few weeks, I just had to give it a try this week. The result? Even better than I’d hoped. It’s all the things a good brownie should be: fudgey, rich, and oh-so chocolatey. I’ll be hanging onto this recipe for sure!


  • So far, I’m a fan of this whole The Daily Show with Trevor Noah situation. I loved me some Jon Stewart, but Trevor’s doing great so far! The show feels fresh yet at the same time comfortingly familiar. Check out an episode (available to stream on Comedy Central’s website) if you haven’t caught one this week.


  • I’m thankful that things like this happen and that I get to read about them, because it immediately makes me feel 100% great about my life decisions and place in this world. (Please click. It involves a raccoon and a breathalyzer test. Do it.)

A raccoon is pictured at the zoo of Amneville, eastern France, on June 5, 2012 . AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Speaking of things to lust over, I am head over heels for the new Tesla SUV. I don’t usually get super excited over cars, but this is a definite exception.

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  • Minimalist Baker always has mouthwatering recipes on their blog, but this Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl really caught my eye. I’ve added it to my “things to make” list, and hope to try it out next week. (How amazing does this look??):

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Happy weekend! What fun things do y’all have planned?




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