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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures


  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together


  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!



  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work




  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)














  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party


What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was absolutely beautiful here in North Carolina. After such a long, dreary winter, I am more thankful for this spring than ever before.

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Derek and I went to church this morning with his younger sisters Elisa and Randi. I feel blessed to have such wonderful sisters-in-law. I’m glad we could spend Easter together! After the service we headed back to the house for a delicious Easter lunch followed by a walk around the neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with Wilkesboro, it’s in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, and the land is gorgeous.

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We headed back to Durham in the mid-afternoon to get ready for another busy week. In my family we have a tradition of getting Dairy Queen blizzards on the way home from trips, so we stopped and got some ice cream. I got a mint Oreo blizzard. It was divine.

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The first time I got Dairy Queen with Derek was right around when The Dark Knight Rises came out in theaters. I don’t remember the exact circumstances around why this happened, but Derek started saying “Get me a blizzard!!” in his best Christian Bale-style Batman voice. I thought it was hilarious, and now the Batman voice comes out every time we go to Dairy Queen. I love it.

Now on to finishing up a few things for my LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL, EVER! I’m just a little bit excited about finishing my degree. Have a great week!

Easter Egg “Nests” Recipe

Happy Saturday!

Despite setting an alarm, Derek and I slept in until 11:40 this morning! I couldn’t believe it. I haven’t slept that late since undergrad. I think the insanity of the last few months is finally catching up with me.

A few hours later we left Durham and headed to Wilkesboro, where Derek’s family lives. It’s a quick trip since we have to head back tomorrow afternoon, but I’m glad we could make it to celebrate Easter. It’s our first holiday as a married couple!

After we arrived, I made these delicious little Easter egg “nests.”


These were SO easy to make. If you’ve ever made haystacks before, it’s exactly the same except you add Reese’s Pieces Eggs. Enjoy!


Easter Egg “Nests” 


  • 1 11oz bag of butterscotch chips
  • 2 to 4 Tbs. peanut butter
  • 6 oz show mein noodles
  • Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Pastel Eggs
  • Wax paper


  1. Put butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. (It took me about 1 min 30 seconds total.)
  2. Add chow main noodles to the melted butterscotch and peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
  3. Scoop out 1 to 2 heaping spoonfuls of the mixture and place on wax paper.
  4. Gently push noodles into a nest shape and place Reese’s Pieces eggs in your “nests.”
  5. Allow the nests to cool for 20 to 30 minutes before eating.


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