Good morning and happy Monday to you! I hope you had a fantastic weekend… here is a tiny peek at what I was up to!

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Photo 1. I try my best to get my act together when I have a day off to grocery shop and prep food for the week. I have to make a meal plan for dinner and lunches or we end up eating popcorn for every meal (I’m the only one who is okay with that!)! One of my favorite lunch things to prep during the weekend is some sort of veggie pasta/barley/quinoa salad. This weekend I made a Greek-ish version and it was so yummy, I thought I’d share!

I make it differently each time but this is how I did it this weekend—> I combined raw carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers, feta cheese, and chopped basil with cooked chicken, orzo pasta, and corn. Then I mix it all up in a BIG bowl with a tiny bit of my favorite Greek dressing! Easy, healthy, and good! Let me know if you try it!

AshleyBrookeDesigns_April 2012

Photo 2. We have a gardenia bush in our back yard… who knew?! Last week it started to bloom like crazy and being that we are first time homeowners and working on our “green thumbs” we had no clue what to do with them until my grandmothers (all three of them! My two grandmothers from each side and my great grandmother) came over last week and told me to cut a few of the blooms off and float them in a bowl. Our house now smells AMAZING! I hope the bush continues to bloom, because I am obsessed with placing little floating gardenias around the house!

AshleyBrookeDesigns_April 2012

(shoes: born / polish: sinful colors professional in 24/7)

Photo 3. How adorable are these sandals my mother-in-law gave me?! I feel all kinds of fancy when I wear them! And just as an extra bonus, my favorite hot pink nail polish looks good with them!

I hope your Monday is off to a great start! And you are going to want to stick around this week, B-I-G stuff is headed your way including the new May download + the brand new and truly adorable college collection will be launching (p.s. it’s already up in the online shop if you want to peek!!)! So needless to say, grab your cup of coffee and get ready, this week is going to be fun!

Cheers to a productive and fabulous week!

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