Friday, September 23, 2016

Five on Friday


ONE // 
I can't remember if I've mentioned it or not, but I ended up going with mixed metals in our new kitchen. I went back and forth, but I finally decided that I really liked the look and character it brought to the room by mixing the brass and the chrome together. That being said, now I can't decide what kind of counter stools to use. I really want some with a touch of brass, but the only one's that I've found that I like are almost $500 apiece here and here !?!? So, if any of y'all come across any please let me know! And here are a few kitchens with mixed metals that I absolutely love, and that I used as inspiration. 




TWO // 
A few of you sent me messages on Instastories (which I love so much btw) asking me what I use on my eyelashes, so I thought I would share it here as well. For my everyday look, I usually use the Dior primer along with the Chubby lash mascara. For my nighttime look, I add the 3D fiber lashes by Mia Adora. This stuff is amazing, and it gives the most realistic long lashes ever. It comes with wet mascara (step 1) and the dry micro fibers (step 2), but I prefer to use my primer and mascara mentioned above with the micro fibers. 


THREE // 
 The weather around here is finally cooling off a little so we took full advantage this past Sunday and rode our bikes along the greenway. The views are so gorgeous on this trail that we ended up riding almost two miles without even realizing it. 



 FOUR // 
Last night, I headed out for dinner with two of my favorite girls, Natalie and Krystine. Our first stop was Harold's Cabin. It was super cute inside, and while the food was good, the portions were not very big. So we decided to head over to Zero George for a few more appetizers and one last cocktail. The bartender there was hilarious and he had all three of laughing so hard we were in tears. 


What I wore




FIVE// 
And last, Loft is having a sale right now where you can save 30% off of your entire purchase with the code SHOPSMART. While we were in Columbia last weekend for my niece and nephew's birthday, I was able to sneak in a little shopping and these were two my favorites from the Loft.











Thursday, September 22, 2016

Loving Lately.....Cozy and comfy and all under $70!


I can't get enough of all the new fall arrivals that are popping up! And this fall I'm planning on rocking the comfy, cozy look as much a s possible! The pieces below are all under $70, and can be  dressed up or down. They are all super comfy and cozy! 

Obsessed with this color for fall and loving that it's off the shoulder! And it also comes in two other gorgeous fall colors too! 


I'll take this in all six colors please. And how cute are the buttons at the bottom?! 


These leggings are thick and are perfect for a dressier top and heels or a cozy sweater and flats.


Comes in five colors and could easily be dressed up or down, but really, how gorgeous is this light pink color?!? 


Finally found cream cable knit perfection and this one is only $55! 

I am usually not the biggest fan of colored jeans, but I am making an exception for these. This olive green color will go with so many things for fall and I love the ripped knees. 

This line is super affordable and every piece has amazing reviews. And this sweater and this cardigan are equally just as adorable as the one below! 


They had me with the word 'terry' with these bad boys :) 


Can you believe this cardigan is only $49!?!? It looks super cozy, and comes in three other colors. I can see myself tossing this on a lot this fall and winter. 



These jeans are made of soft stretch cotton, and y'all know I am a big fan of the destroyed look. Also, you can't beat the under $60 price tag for a good pair of jeans! 



// Also wanted to give you guys heads up, Tory Burch just started their fall event. When you spend $250 you can save 30% off with the code FALL16. 





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Todd + Life Lately


// Todd, I'm not sure what I did to deserve a man as good as you, but I am thankful today and everyday to have you! Even though we say the words often, today on your birthday I want you to really know just how much Carson, Taylor, and I love you!! Every afternoon when you walk in the door from work everyone gets a little happier...even Rocky :) And even though you may not know it, while I am cooking dinner there are many times I look out the window to watch you playing with our babies. I see the love and happiness on their faces (and yours), and I fall in love with you a little more each time. I love you to the moon and back Todd Hewitt, and I hope your special day is just as incredible as you are! 


// Today, Carson has a half day at school, so we have plans to have a birthday lunch with Todd at Ristorante Lidi on the island and then we're going to take a peek at the house!! I am thinking I may just have to call today a cheat day and order some delicious pasta! 




 // Speaking of the house, our cabinets are supposed to arrive this morning, so there's a chance we may get to watch them install them! And I also have a meeting at the house this morning to finalize all closet plans for our master and the kids rooms. It's feeling more and more real with each little thing that happens, and we are getting so excited!! Here is a photo similar, but not exact, to what I am planning for the kids.


// Yesterday, I had some time to kill downtown so I did a little shopping on King Street. I found a lot of good stuff at Madewell, and the best part, most of it was on sale! 

Tank (on sale)  // Cardigan (the softest ever) // Jeans // Necklace


Tank (cheaper version here)  // Jeans (on sale) // Necklace


Blouse (on sale) also here // Jeans (on sale)  // Necklace


Tank // Cardigan (on sale) // Jeans also here






Tuesday, September 20, 2016

3 Recent Heathy/Delicious Meals

Over the last few weeks I have made an effort to start cooking healthier meals at night for our family. At this point, we can get Taylor to try almost anything and nine times out of ten she loves it. Carson, on the other hand, is a little more picky, so I usually just use some of the ingredients I have for the meal and tweak his a little. If I already know beforehand its a complete loss, I'll just make both kids something different all together. I swore I would never do this, but sometimes it's just easier and saves a whole lot of battling at the dinner table :) 

All four of these recipes use chicken as the source of protein, but you can also substitute the chicken, shrimp, or beef for the first two if you prefer.  

Todd and I both agreed that this recipe was our favorite! The fresh orange zest and squeezed juice gave it so much flavor and made the chicken super tender, plus, the broccoli gave it the prefect crunch.  And just a heads up, I could not find coconut aminos anywhere in the grocery store, so I ordered mine off Amazon here

Ingredients
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1½ teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish, optional
  • Broccoli recipe
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add in chicken pieces and cook until cooked through and browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. While chicken is cooking, stir together chicken stock, honey or maple syrup, garlic, orange zest, orange juice, coconut aminos, Sriracha sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes. Pour into heated skillet once chicken has been removed and reduce to low heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce has been reduced and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and pour over chicken.
  3. To serve, spoon chicken over a bed of broccoli and then spoon on additional sauce. Top with sesame seeds, if desired.




I am not sure exactly how healthy this pizza is, but it sure was delicious :) And I did use the low carb / low fat wraps along with low fat beans and I couldn't tell the difference at all. I must say, this was super filling and I could only eat one and a half slices before I was full.

 * And for the kids, I just took the heated chicken and salsa and made them chicken and cheese quesadillas with refried beans on the side.

Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz) can low-fat refried beans (you may not need the entire can)
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ½ cup salsa
  • vegetable oil, or cooking spray
  • 8 flour tortillas, fajita or taco size
  • 1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce (you will only need about half a can)
  • 8 ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Warm up beans in a small bowl in the microwave. Combine chicken and salsa in another bowl and warm it up in the microwave.
  3. To toast the tortillas, either heat oil in a skillet and fry both sides of the tortilla, or spray both sides of tortilla with cooking spray and heat on skillet (my preferred method).
  4. Lay four of the toasted tortillas on a large baking sheet. Spread with about 2 tablespoons of refried beans on each tortilla. Top with the salsa/chicken mixture, evenly dividing it among the four tortillas. Top with another toasted tortilla.
  5. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce on the top of each tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, evenly dividing it among the four pizzas. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into triangles and serve immediately. Enjoy!




I decided to be really healthy with this one and eat it over arugula, but for Todd and the kids I served it over brown rice noodles. Taylor and Todd loved it, but Carson thought it was terrible :) So his went in the trash and he had butter over his noodles along with two tubes of yogurt.

Ingredients
  • - 2 lbs chicken tenderloins
  • - 1 white onion
  • - 1 red pepper
  • - ¾ cups natural, creamy Peanut Butter
  • - ¾ cups organic, low sodium chicken broth
  • - 1 lime juiced
  • - ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • - 1 tsp cumin
  • - sprinkle of curry
  • - chopped scallions
  • - crushed peanuts
  • - chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine peanut butter, chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce, cumin, and curry. Pour this mixture over the above 3 ingredients.
  2. Cook in crockpot on high for 3-4 hours. Could be made on the stove top as well.
  3. Serve over spinach, arugula, brown rice, or brown rice noodles. Top with chopped scallions, crushed peanuts, and chopped cilantro




Monday, September 19, 2016

Vince + Hudson + Ray-Ban....... all on major sale

Hey guys and happy Monday afternoon ;) I've got about 10 loads of laundry that need to be folded and sink full of dishes..... so just popping in really quick today to let you guys know about big brands that are on major sale! 



Happy Shopping loves! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

5 on Friday

ONE // 
This past Wednesday I made these chocolate chip banana bites. Not only are they super healthy, but they are SUPER easy and both kids cobbled them up! 



Since they were such a huge hit around here, I decided to toss in some protein powder and make another small batch for Todd and I to have post workout. All I did was add one packet of this peanut butter chocolate protein, 2 frozen bananas, and a small handful of mini chocolate chips. 


TWO // 
I can already tell that distressed jeans and oversized cardigans are going to be my go-to this fall. Now, bring on the cool weather and everything pumpkin, please ;) 



 Cardigan // Tee // Jeans // Necklace // Sandals


THREE // 
My little man had his school pictures yesterday and he was way overdue for a haircut!! So, my awesome multi-talented girlfriend came over and gave him a nice little trim. 

Looking so grown up and handsome with his new cut :) 


And when I say 'multi-talented' girlfriend, what I mean is that not only is she an amazing hairstylist, but she is also the most kick ass barre teacher ever!!! And isn't she gorgeous y'all! 


FOUR // 
Todd and I just finished season two of the Nexflix series, Narcos. I honestly didn't think that I was going to like it at first, but then I got sucked in and I was hooked. The real life craziness that this man (Pablo Escobar) made happen will make your jaw drop. Last night, I found out that Narcos renewed for a third and fourth season, so if you guys are looking for a new show to watch, I highly recommend you check it out. 


FIVE // 
And last, I leave you with this stunning master bedroom. I'm pretty sure that if this was my room I would never ever get out of the bed! 




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Favorite new workout attire + Five pre and post workout stretches

When it comes to the gym, I feel like I'm either all or nothing. It's one of the things about myself that drives me crazy, and I am trying really hard to change this area in my life. I've never completely stopped working out, there's just been times when I've been slack about how many times a week I even make it to the gym, and how hard I train while I am there. And right now, I am in the 'ALL' mode...training really hard and eating healthy, and I must say, I am feeling really good!

And I'll be the first to admit that nothing gets me more motivated and excited to hit the gym than a new workout outfit, especially when that outfit includes high waisted yoga pants, a cute new tank, and new white kicks


 I can't say enough good things about this Zella wrap hoodie from Nordstrom, it is so soft and easy to toss on. I love it so much that I also ordered it in the teal color as well. 



Along with training harder in the gym, I've also started to sprint again. I have tried several times to train myself to run long distance, but I just don't enjoy it. I also notice a bigger difference in my weight when I sprint vs running.  But with doing any kind of exercise (especially running sprints), I've learned that I MUST STRETCH! Back pain and shin splints are no joke, and the older I get, the more I feel it. Below, I've included five stretches I always do before and after sprints. 


Pre workout stretches

*Star Stretch 

* Hip Flexor Stretch 

*Straight Leg March Stretch 

Post workout/ sprint stretches

*Hamstring Stretch 

 *Quad Stretch 

Outfit Details

And for more of my favorite gym attire you can shop below! 




*Photos by Kim Graham 

*Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post.