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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Easy Dinners for Busy Nights

Hi friends! I'm back! It's a while, but I'm so ready to get back in to the swing of blogging and have lots of great content ideas in the works. Today, I thought I'd ease back in with something I've been finding really handy: 5 easy meals for busy nights. Myles and I have been back and forth between our home towns since early May and working non-stop, so finding time to cook, go to the gym, do laundry, etc has been difficult. We've been making these simple meals and loving them, because they're quick, sometimes healthy(!), and so filling! I've linked the recipe pins below, but I've also got a few tips to share since making them a couple of times. 
 
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This one is a quick fix for chicken Parmesan, and every bit as good, just makes sure to limit the breadcrumbs! Myles and I went a bit overboard and ended up feeling like we were eating saw dust the first time. We ate it over noodles and it was delicious, plus it stretched really far!

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
I love this one because it's easy to mix in some veg but it still tastes indulgent. Pasta is my weakness, so I clean it up a little by adding broccoli and opting for whole wheat noodles! If you want to try a my one pot, lowfat, homemade alfredo, look no further!
 
Baked Fish and Veggies
Again, this one is a good way to get those veggies in your day! I could pretty much live on seafood, plus fish and shrimp are super quick to cook. I always thought I didn't like asparagus because it was so stringy, but I actually have a trick for you! Shave the sides of the asparagus before you cook it and it's so much better! Drizzle the whole pan with a bit of butter, garlic, white wine, and shredded Parmesan and oh.my.goodness.

Slow Cooker Roast w/ Potatoes and Carrots
This meal is what we turn to when we want something that tastes and feels home cooked by your grandmother but takes less than 10 minutes. The trick is to put the carrots and potatoes on the bottom and then pour the spices and sauce over the meat. The juices will sink into the potatoes and carrots but the sauce will keep the meat juicy. So good on a rainy day!
 
Fiesta Bowls
I really like how easily customizable this recipe is. When we made it, we used shrimp, thai rib sauce, avocado, sweet potato, black beans, and corn with jasmine rice. It was delicious and very filling! There were tons of different flavors going on, but somehow it all worked together and I liked having a good mix of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. All in all, a really balanced, simple meal! 
 
Have y'all made any of these? What is your favorite mid-week meal?
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Style Inspiration + Where I Shop

I get asked all the time where I like to shop and how I find well made classic pieces that I can wear for years to come. Well, today I thought I'd tell y'all all about it! 
For me, my favorite outfit to wear is one that is comfy but put together, with well cut basic pieces and a few trendy things thrown in here and there. As y'all well know by now, my style icon is Kate Middleton and man, do I wish I had her closet. She is classic, graceful, put together but never over the top, and always so timeless. From her hair, to her accessories, to her shoes she always shines but not in a "center of attention" kind of way. That is 100% my goal for my life and style.
When it comes to shopping, I am forever and always a J. Crew girl with a penchant for designer bags *lol*. I know some people hate it, but I love online shopping, especially at places like Nordstrom where you get free shipping and returns, because I do no have time to pay for things that may not work out...no thanks! My favorite brands are J. Crew, Madewell, Gap, Banana Republic, and Loft. The key to online shopping is reviews, reviews, reviews. I go through every one that I can and take all of their advice into consideration when I'm deciding what style or size I need. I rarely have issues after that!

Easy Style

The things I turn to time and time again are my nude flats, a well fitting pair of jeans, a nice watch, classic sunglasses, my pearl earrings, which are sentimental as well as cute, and a nude bag! I can make such a cute but casual outfit by putting all of them together, but each of those pieces can be mixed, matched, or added to anything in my closet, which makes me feel like I have tons of outfits in only a few pieces.
The best thing you can do is invest in pieces that are a more neutral color, have things tailored to fit you well, and never fill your closet with only trendy things. Once you have a few good "go with anything" pieces, then mix in a few trendier, more colorful ones until you have a good balance. I'll do a "staple wardrobe items" post soon, but I hope this helps! Always, always, always quality over quantity!
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Friday, May 5, 2017

My One Pot, Lowfat, Homeade Alfredo

Hey friends, happy FRI-YAY! I have had such a week, but am so happy to share this recipe with y'all today because I've finally gotten it to a place where I think it's ready to share, because I know I've really enjoyed it. Most alfredo sauces are made with heavy cream and cream cheese, but mind just calls for low fat cheese, skim milk, and a bit of flour to thicken it up. I promise you, when I first heard skim milk and low fat cheese I thought YUCK, but Y'ALL, it so good. It's light and creamy and a little spicy if you want it to be. I've made it with both chicken and shrimp and loved it both ways, so I recommend you make it with whatever you've got on hand.
image via easypeezymeals.com, which I love
 This one pot recipe is super easy to make, and comes together quickly, but does require a bit of prep beforehand to make sure everything goes smoothly. Especially with shrimp, things go quickly, so you'll want to have everything pre-measured and ready to go! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have - I love the fact that I can have comfort food without having to feel so guilty or bloated after!


Please let me know if you try it, or if you have any recipe recommendations, below! I'm looking forward to hopefully sharing more healthy(ish) recipes with y'all soon! Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gifts

When it comes to Mother's Day (May 14th), I always try to go for comfy, meaningful gifts that make my mom feel spoiled and pampered, because Lord knows being a mom is hard work! 
 I'll keep today's post short, because no one knows your mom better than you, but if you're short on ideas, there are a few gems below! And don't worry, you still have time to order! I tried to round up things I thought were trendy but thoughtful, cute and comfy, or extra meaningful. I think there's something for every mom in this bunch!
 
I totally think a lunch date and pedicure can never fail to make a girl feel special, but I also love this leather travel organizer that feels SO fancy, this Peter Thomas Roth facial set, and this engraved Maya Angelou "Mother" bracelet. If your mom is into cozy downtime, this PJ set is amazing, and these UGG slippers are perfect all year around. Last but not least, I love this monogrammed pendant necklace. You can get the initials of you or your siblings on them!
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