Friday, December 20, 2013

Five on Friday!

It's Five on Friday... AND only FIVE days until Christmas - whoohoo!! Today is my last day of work until the New Year, and I am not going to lie... I am SO excited for a week or two off!

To celebrate this, I'm linking up with the lovely ladies of The Good LifeCarolina CharmA. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for everybody's favorite link up, Five on Friday! 


Salad in a jar!

John and I try to bring our lunches to work whenever we can, so to switch up the boring ole sandwich routine, I decided to make a jar salad.  I saw a Pinterest (where else, right?!) tutorial on how to layer the ingredients, and it worked perfectly!

First, put your salad dressing at the bottom of the jar.  Next put your vegetables in the jar on top of the dressing.  Place your meat and cheese in next.  Then put your lettuce in the jar and top with croutons.  When you're ready to eat, shake the jar and you're good to go! Very yummy and you can even make it the night before (and it won't be soggy).



Has anyone played this?! I played for my first time this week at a work meeting, and it was such fun! I am going to go buy it for John and me this weekend (it is only like $5 too... The perfect stocking stuffer!).  

The game is like Scrabble where you build words, but it moves much, much faster.  John and I love playing Scrabble, but sometimes the games take so long with only two people, and we get bored half-way through, so this game is perfect!


New chairs!

For Christmas from John's dad and step-mom, we received money for new dining room chairs.  This was the perfect gift because chairs can be expensive, and perhaps, not the most practical thing to buy when you are semi-recent graduates.

I had much fun shopping for the chairs, and we ended up buying 4 of them from World Market.  John is still planning on building a bench for our table, but it is nice that we have some chairs in time for a little holiday entertaining!  (We plan to sand the legs and stain them the same color as the table... But only after we enjoy them for a bit!)


Homemade Soap

One of my coworkers makes soap... How cool is that?!! And very thoughtfully, she gave everyone in the office two bars for Christmas.  I thought this was incredibly fun, and such a neat alternative to the typical cookies or food-snack that most people give coworkers (and fewer calories too!).

Since I work at a university, I get a very generous tuition reimbursement - 12 credits per semester - and a certain amount of those credits can be used on classes like how to make soap! There are a few classes that I have my eye on (like jewelry metalworking) and I can't wait to try them out (for free!).


The Weather

I'm not going to lie, this whole New Mexico winter weather has been a bit of a let down... Last week was FRIGID - in the low 20s during the day (and much colder at night), but yesterday was BEAUTIFUL!! 

Having just moved to New Mexico from Michigan, and looking forward to a warmer winter, the winter hasn't fit the bill until yesterday - it was lovely, lovely weather! I was a happy girl!


  1. Love your chairs! I think we have the same table :) Have a happy holiday

    1. Hi Hannah!! We actually made our table! :)

      DIY Below:

      What does your table look like?! I'd love to see!

      Merry Christmas :)

  2. Oh my goodness, homemade soaps?! How brilliant! And I've been dying to try the salad-in-a-jar so I'm so happy you tried it and liked it! Adding that to my to-do list ASAP! I'm also loving your new chairs!! So pretty! Happy Friday, girlie! Enjoy your break! xo

  3. Ahhhh! I need to do that with my salad! I eat salad almost every day and it would be so handy!

    1. Becky! I was so surprised with how well it worked!! My only complaint is your salad can't be too big (it has to fit in a jar, after all)


  4. Love the chairs to your table!! Both are amazing!

  5. I've seen that salad in a jar all over Pinterest. Proof that it actually is good I need to try it. I've been complaining about the cold front that has hit Arizona :-(

  6. That salad in a jar is so cool! Also I'm loving the homemade soap! I stopped by from the Link Up!


  7. I have wanted to try the salad in the mason jar thing for a while - glad that you posted and said it actually works!! So so jealous of your weather! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Bananagrams are the BEST!! I come from a long line of scrabble fans and this is the perfect, travel-friendly, word game! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! xo


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