#itstartedwithHELLO + FREE PRINTABLE

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#ItStartedWithHello LOVE Printable FREE

This post is written in partnership with Lindt HELLO. All stories and opinions are my own.

Dear Hubs:

On October 7, 2006 we tied the knot. I cannot believe that we’ve been married for nearly 8 years now. Where has the time gone? I remember our first “HELLO” moment but I’m not certain exactly the date. I was dating someone else at the time and we were all hanging out over at one of your friends’ house. I think there was a fish fry and swimming so obviously it was in the summer time. You came over to see what we were doing and that was our first “HELLO” moment. Later we became roommates, sharing the upstairs of a 2-story house while I was a senior in college. And that’s when “us” began to bloom. 2/14/2003.

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When we were married, I was 25 and you were 28. We were young-ins in my eyes. And we had no clue what kind of uphill battles we had in store for us. But we held on for all it was worth. And we’ve managed (somehow) to survive.

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As we come up on 8 years of wedded bliss (can I say that?? LOL) I want to celebrate all of our milestones. I want to celebrate all the hills we climbed together. I want to celebrate our first “HELLO” because I wouldn’t have wanted to share them with anyone else. You have been my rock through all the bumpy times. You have been my best friend through thick and thin. And you’ve been my support when I thought no one else was around to support me. You’ve never waivered and you’ve put up with my crazy projects/goals/dreams. ;) I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us and I can’t wait for many more years together.

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I love you to the moon and back!!!

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Get your #itstartedwithhello FREE PRINTABLE HERE. The Date area will be left blank for you to fill in your special day! ENJOY! (It’s sized to be an 8.5″ x 11″)

Let’s talk CHOCOLATE…cause this sappy love letter is due to #ItStartedWithHello campaign for the new Lindt HELLO bars. Have y’all tried these new bars out yet?? Oh my heavens…DIVINE!!!
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I’m L-O-V-I-N-G the Cookies & Cream and Caramel Brownie HELLO Bars. Sooooo good. Not pictured is the Strawberry Cheesecake.

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So, tell me….what is your #ItStartedWithHello moment???

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Pumpkin & Sage Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce

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Pumpkin & Sage Ravioli with a White Wine Butter SauceThis post is written in partnership with Market Street. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s pumpkin time!!!! Have you seen the pumpkins yet?? Check out these gorgeous photos of the pumpkins at the Plano Market Street. All of the Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkins (aka the “carving” pumpkins) at Market Street are from Plains, Texas. Hello local! :)

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The Cinderella Pumpkins are my FAVORITES!!! Gahhhh I want them all! :)

In honor of all the pumpkins, I’m sharing a super yummy Pumpkin & Sage Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce. I created this dish with fresh pasta and I handmade the ravioli’s. I also roasted a Pumpkin so I could have fresh Pumpkin puree. If you don’t have time to make your own pasta, no sweat. Grab some wonton wrappers and you’ll be good! If you don’t have time to roast your own Pumpkin, pick up a can of Pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin RavioliPumpkin & Sage Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce

Fresh Pasta Ingredients
3.5 cups of all-purpose, unbleached flour
4 large eggs
OR Wonton Wrappers

Pasta Filling
2 cups Pumpkin Puree
1-1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup grated Mozzarella Cheese
2 T. fresh sage, minced
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1/8 tsp. ground clove

Sauce Ingredients

1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine
6 T. butter, cold, cut into cubes
pinch of cloves
Salt, to taste

Fresh Pasta Directions:
I used Mario Batali’s Fresh Pasta Recipe and Instructions.

Filling Directions:

Combine all Ravioli Filling Ingredients and mix well.

Sauce Directions:
Heat a skillet to Medium-High Heat. Add a Tablespoon of butter to the pan and melt. Add in the Shallots and Garlic and cook until translucent (about 2-3 minutes). Add in the Wine and let it simmer and reduce to about half (2-3 minutes). Now add the butter, cube by cube, stirring until each one is melted into the sauce. While the sauce is cooking, start cooking the ravioli (instructions below).

After you make the pasta, time to make the Ravioli. You’ll need an egg and 2 T. of water to make an egg wash. Roll out your pasta until it’s nearly see-through, dust with flour. I recommend using a pasta roller. Makes things SO much easier! Lay out one of the pasta sheets. Brush with the egg wash. Place the Ravioli filling (about 1 T) about every 2 inches up to about the half way point of the pasta sheet. Then take the end and fold it over in half covering the filling. With your fingers, gently press out the air pockets around each mound of filling. Use a knife to cut each pillow into squares and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to seal them. Dust each ravioli with some cornmeal to prevent them from sticking. Repeat the process until you’ve made all of your ravioli’s. Let them rest for a bit before cooking them in a pot of salted boiling water.

If you are using the wonton wrappers, prep like the ravioli above. Place 1 T. of filling in the middle of one of the squares, brush the edges with the egg wash, place another square on top of the filling and finish by crimping the edges with the tines of a fork.

Cook the ravioli for about 4 minutes in rapidly boiling water. Don’t crowd the ravioli’s in the pot of water. I cooked 2 at a time because of the size of my pot. Pull them out with a slotted spoon. Serve with the White Wine Butter Sauce.

Enjoy!!

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Beauty: Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight Review

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Beauty Review: Aveda Naturally Straight Smooth Infusion Products #avedanaturallystraight #ad

This post is written in partnership with She Speaks/Aveda. My opinions are always 100% my own.

This was my first experience with Aveda Haircare Products. I was intrigued by the claim of Naturally Straight hair and I know if you know me you’re thinking, isn’t your hair already straight?? Why yes…yes it is. HOWEVER…my hair is extremely frizzy. Any humidity whatsoever in the air (even the bathroom after a shower) and my hair does some funky funky things. And it’s really not pretty. Like I wish it would kink up or something beachy but no….none of the above. It just does it’s own thing.

So let me tell you about Aveda’s Naturally Straight Haircare Products. Specifically I tried out:

ONE | Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
TWO | Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner
THREE | Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother
FOUR | Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

Now…to get the Naturally Straight to keep my hair naturally straight, I needed to use it 5 consecutive times and it would keep my hair straight through 3 washes. Again…my hair is already “straight” but with frizzzzzzzz. I guess you could almost say wavy but as I mentioned above, it’s not pretty. Don’t make me get out my junior high yearbook pictures. What was I thinking?!? ha!

So I followed the instructions and definitely found my hair to be a TON smoother. After letting it air dry a few times, the frizz was kept in check. And after blow-drying it, the frizz was kept in check. By the end of the day though (again especially if there was humidity in the air), I’d notice the frizz starting to become un-tamed. I’m curious to see how continued use will help encourage my hair to tame itself for longer periods of time.

One thing I will note is the smell of the shampoo and conditioner. I’m not a huge fan. It’s not horrible (smells kind of like grapefruit) but it’s really not my cup of tea. It kind of has a chemical smell to it (but not like perm or hair color smell). Kind of hard to describe but it’s just a tad off-putting to me. The good thing is, it appears to be doing what it’s claiming to do. ie. get my hair Naturally Straight. So I’m going to continue using it to see how much more progress I can make with it.

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After Pics - After using Aveda Naturally Straight products #avedanaturallystraight

NOTE: I did not change my hair color (although I’m really needing a new color!!) The After pics were taken in my bathroom at my condo and the Before pics were taken in my bathroom at home. Two totally different rooms and lighting.

Check out Aveda and the Smooth Infusion Haircare Line which includes the Naturally Straight product line here.

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