I met Andrea in the 4th grade (I'm not even kidding) and we've been really good friends ever since. Like, REALLY good friends. I think we get along so well because we have super similar personalities. Whenever I want to admit that I've listened to a Tim McGraw song 16 times or that I had an emotional breakdown over a Hallmark commercial or a failed recipe attempt, she is who I text. She can giggle with me or tell me my feelings are totally valid (even if they totally aren't).
Lately, she's been really helpful with motivating me to get healthy. We used to go to Taco Bell at midnight and have sleepovers where the only foods consumed were Cheetos and cupcakes, so she understands how hard it is to turn your eating habits around. In a recent post, she was wearing a hot little Althleta ensemble and shared few tips for being healthier. In return for her motivating blog post, I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy recipes that are both easy and inexpensive to make.
I make sure to season these little guys pretty well so I don't feel like I'm just stuffing my face with crispy green things. I like salt, pepper and a little cayenne pepper for heat. They actually remind me of popcorn, but I feel really good about eating them. Green Spinach Smoothie Smoothies are such a good way to get fruits in your diet. I always add spinach to any smoothie I make because I would never eat spinach otherwise. Play around with the fruits until you get a combo you are happy with! Weeknight Stir Fry A simple stir fry is my favorite way to eat a ton of veggies. You can make this with our without meat and I usually use any leftover meats or veggies I have in my fridge to make it super quick and cheap. I like to eat mine with brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Oven Baked Chicken Tenders These are tasty little babies! I use Panko bread crumbs to give them a crunchy outside without having to fry them or use any type of oil or butter. You certainly could brush them with a little butter before baking to give them a golden color, but they taste great even without.
This has become a breakfast staple. I get a mix of fruit, oatmeal and yogurt in one glass. I've since switched to only using Greek yogurt because of the protein and it still tastes great.
So here's to having motivational friends and to swapping a couple healthy options into our daily routines!
A huge thanks to Andrea for letting me share these recipes on her fantastic blog. I fully accept that I will never rock a fur coat and 6-inch heels like she can, but I can whip up a mean fruit smoothie that even she would consume.
Courtney of Mac + Molly is my petite fiesty bestie who knows how much of a nut I am and still claims me as a friend. I've been friends with her for 20 years and that's crazy because I don't think of myself as being old enough to have a friend that long, but she's the best and makes the most delicious meals and has the cutest pup. Check out her blog and visit her Facebook page too!
We love shopping Tiny Prints for party invitations, holiday cards, baby announcements, photo books and all kinds of wedding stationery (Nicole knows all about their gorgeous options) from their sister site, Wedding Paper Divas. This week, Tiny Prints is offering 25% off your order plus free standard shipping in honor of their anniversary. Take care of all your stationery needs at once with “ANNIV14″ through 3.11.
Of course you can get gorgeous paper goods from Tiny Prints with endless options depending on what will serve your purpose. Even we didn’t realize that they also carry really cool custom gifts like iPhone cases, iPad cases, wall art and even personalized acrylic trays. Shown below are the Chalked Wonder iPad Cover and the Watercolor Tiles Acrylic Tray.
Here’s a sampling of the many styles and types of stationery available if you’re in the midst of planning your “Big Day.”
Try the floral trend this spring with Floral Dreams- a lovely and unforgettable invitation. We also like the Painted Perfect Save the Date card. It’s definitely hard to choose just one but there are plenty of options to fit every style and taste.
After snapping these photos after lunch with my friends, I realized my pants were wrinkly and I was kind of a hot mess. I worked from home in the pastel pants and fuzzy sweatshirt and pondered, "how else can I stand out in a crowd with pink hair and mint pants?" Giant leopard print coat was the answer. And plenty of wrinkles.
I'm headed to Nashville this weekend to eat, hang out and repeat. I'm hoping to meet up with Chandra of Modern Day Charm, grab lots of coffee from Frothy Monkey, shop for some homegoods at Cadeau and explore some shops I haven't yet had a chance to check out like MODA and a few vintage stores. Basically 12 South. I love that area. I will gladly take any suggestions you have too! We're staying near Music Row/the Gulch I believe and I haven't really hung out in that area. Photos by Liz Vartoogian
Well I finally did it, I have pink hair! I've been longing for pastel hair for years and on a whim last week, I scheduled an appointment to get it done. For my first day with pink hair, I styled a white tee and ripped jeans. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to wear with pink hair. I've been wearing leopard print nonstop, but it just seemed like a little too much for a work-from-home day and walks with Dexter, the Bernese Mountain dog I dogsat. I opted for laidback and simple.
Photos by Jessica Hall
We spend a lot of time looking for great deals here at The Sale Rack and all that shopping and scouring of sale racks can make us girls hungry. So when Foodie.com asked us to put together a list of our favorite pie recipes in celebration of Pi Day (March 14th), we couldn’t resist!
Besides shopping & deal finding, Mary & I also love to bake, I think we’ve exchanged as many recipes as we have coupon codes! We loved creating this collection of sweet & savory hand pies – really, who doesn’t love a pie you can take with you?! Hand pies are petite little versions of the real thing, and let’s be honest, mini varieties of just about anything are always better. And cuter.
- Rhubarb Cream Cheese Hand Pies – Brings back memories of summer & our grandmas’ gardens.
- Mini Sweet Potato Hand Pies – We could probably convince ourselves that these are healthy…
- Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Hand Pies – Sweet, savory, creamy all in one bite. Yum.
- Argentinean Beef Empanada Hand Pies – Leave it to the Argentines to come up with this deliciousness.
- Mini Cranberry Apple Hand Pies – Traditional, but with a little cran for flair. Nice change.
- Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Hand Pies – So what? We like goat cheese.
- Chicken and Kale Hand Pies – You know you’re looking for another way to incorporate kale into your diet. What better way than in a pie?
- Rustic Heart-shaped Hand Pies – They’re HEART shaped.
- Sugar Pumpkin Hand Pies with Ginger Snap Crust – A nice alternative to traditional pumpkin pie using fresh pumpkin.
- Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies – We cannot say no to salted caramel.
- Turtle Hand Pies – This was the first hand pie we saw, and it was love at first sight.
- Prosciutto Wrapped Fig Hand Pies with Pecans and Gorganzola Cheese – If you’re looking to WOW your party guests, we think this is the recipe. Looks gourmet, but actually very simple recipe.
Since we typically don’t write about food (maybe we should, this has been fun!), we would be remiss in not offering a deal or discount. We want you to test out some of these recipes and we know that good bakeware does make a difference in your final product. So check out the Clearance sale at Wayfair for savings up to 50% off baking sheets, cake pans, decorating needs, measuring spoons and cups, mixing bowls and more.
We like these Mini Tart Pans – reg. $16.44, now $8.22. And the Paderno World Cuisine Roll’Pat Counter Pastry Mat – reg. $54, now $44.10.
This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com – All opinions are our own.
Now that I work from home three days a week, I bought a new coffee maker, stocked up on Diet Cokes and an assortment of treats and healthy snacks.
I bought this Clyde's Rebirth necklace a couple weeks ago when I was almost positive my bad luck for winning giveaways would continue. Turns out I did not win, so lucky for me, I bought this bitch before anyone else could.
So these straws are so pretty, but in reality, they suck and I feel like i'm drinking cardboard. You'll still see them though. I'll use them as props until they're all gone!
I was looking for the perfect thank you card for my old communications assistant Hannah. She loves kitties and well, I love a little dark humor. If you can't tell, that's a proud kitty with a dead mouse (little x's in it's eyes.) This came in a set so I'm excited to express thanks to my new co-workers soon.
I spent the last week caring for this giant ball of fur named Dexter. I love all of his expressions that you can plainly see because of his light brown eyebrows. He's the most lovable, cuddly animal I've ever met. He likes to lay in my lap at all times, paw at me to distract me from the TV and skip outside and hop through snow. I swear to god this dog skips in glee when it's snowing lightly and he can run and explore snow banks.
Transitioning to spring can be tricky, especially when it comes to shoes. Nordstrom has the solution to the problem of getting out of those boots and into some shoes with their Spring Shoe Clearance.
For business or dressier styles, try the classic Sam Edelman Opal D’Orsay Pump $ (orig. ) or pick up on the flower trend with the Ivanka Trump Indico Pump $99.90 (orig. $119.95). For warmer days, we like the Topshop Goslin Pump $67.98 (orig. $136).
Go casual (and comfortable) with the Tory Burch Arianna Driving Loafer $132.49 (orig. $265), Nike Free 3.0 Running Shoe $54.98 (orig. $110), TKees Shades Flip Flops $24.96 (orig. $49.95),
Check out the many other styles at Nordstrom through March 2.
If memory serves me right, I've always preferred a pair of jeans over a playful skirt or skort as a child. Today, you can almost always find me at work wearing black jeans trying to disguise them as dress pants like above: heels and a blazer!The topic of jeans comes from Kohl's, who challenged me to style jeans for a dressy occasion and for casual wear. This is less of a challenge and more of a daily matter I'm tasked with since I live in jeans and make any excuse to wear them to work and at home. I scooped up these black Rock & Republic skinny jeans and they're easily my new closet workhorse. They go with everything. So I styled it up with a chevron top, white blazer and cobalt heels and styled the second look with a silky loose fitting top, bad ass Harley Davidson boots and a simple jacket. And side note: I scheduled a hair appointment to hopefully try a soft pink hair color. Time for a fun change. Here are a couple of my pink hair pins on Pinterest. [Blazer by LC Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's, Candy's top c/o Kohl's, Rock & Republic jeans c/o Kohl's, cobalt heels from Kohls, necklace c/o Noonday Collection]*Kohl's provided me with a gift card to participate in their Spring Denim Challenge campaign to purchase jeans and apparel
Planning a wedding? We are.
And we’ve been consumed with wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and all the DIY rustic wedding decor you can imagine, but the time has come to pick out some fun, pre-made items from The Knot Wedding Shop while they are on special!
Get their #1 best selling personalized beverage napkins for just $9.99/per 100. That’s $10 off its regular price! Choose from over 80 designs, these personalized napkins can be customized with your choice of 28 napkin colors, 33 ink colors, and 3 font styles to match your décor. Personalize with your names and the wedding date or a special message with two lines of text.
Take note of the dates below for additional savings on other great items for your big day! This is a great opportunity to pick up coasters, matchbooks, your cake topper, and gifts for the bridal party.
I've spent a lot of time thinking this weekend about something someone said about my choice in jobs. And thinking about where people tell me I should live, what I should do and who I should be.
I've tried moving to a big city that seemed cool and taking jobs that appeared even cooler and you know what? I wasn't happy. I like living in mid-sized cities and I love the jobs I've had where I feel as if the work I'm doing is contributing to the greater good. I could never work in the fashion industry or any other sexy sounding sector. Sure, there are days I'd love to Instagram a behind-the-scenes image at a fashion show or vague-tweet some exciting new start-up I'm involved in to appear really cool to people. But the true is, I'm not cool or exciting and my blog is a small part of my life. I started it because there is a tiny creative part of me who puts pragmatism second, but I'm really just an 87 year old woman trapped in a 28 year old body who prefers a cubicle, structured schedule and financial stability. This blog initially helped give this quiet little introvert a voice, something I desperately needed when I graduated college and now, it's simply something I do for fun and the occasional free shoe, nothing more.
As for life choices, I need structure and safety. I put these things first in my life because these are not things I had growing up. I will always choose a career path that offers structure, health insurance and job security. These things are exciting to me and if I can get that while being offered a challenge and a chance to help people, I feel like I've won the lottery. Moral of the story: do what makes you happy and fits who you are, even if it doesn't live up to other's expectations. I learned a lot from reading this Penelope Trunk blog post a while ago, stating, "Do not what you love, do what you are."
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