Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Whole 30 Recipes Week One + Lilly Pulitzer Giveaway


 Good morning love bugs, and happy hump day!! 

I have had a lot of requests to share my Whole 30 journey and all of my meals with you guys, so I thought I would break it down into by the week to make it easier. 

Even if you are not doing Whole 30, you may want to try some of these recipes. They're all loaded with protein, low on carbs, and contain absolutely no artificial ingredients! That being said, they are pretty much as healthy as it gets and they still taste pretty darn good. 

I'll start with breakfast since this one seems to be the most challenging for everyone (myself included). At first I was craving all things sweet in the morning, but this week I've started craving more protein so I've pretty much eaten just eggs, bacon, and avocado.

Breakfast



Compliant Bacon // Organic grass fed eggs // Avocados 




Dinner

This may seem a little out of order with me doing dinner before lunch, but on most days we just eat leftover dinner for lunch with slight modifications. So, I thought I would share dinner with you all first and then lunch. 

Strip Steak Salad 

For this recipe, we just marinated an organic grass fed strip steak with avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Then, I added in mini heirloom tomatoes (from Trader Joe's), orange bell pepper, avocado, and this salad dressing.




Grass fed ground beef burgers // Butternut Squash Zig Zags (bought pre-cut at Trader Joe's) 






Crock Pot Basil Chicken Curry (and we served ours over cauliflower rice)


Chicken Burgers with salsa and guacamole (from Trader Joe's) with baked sweet potato slices. 
For the sweet potatoes, I used my spiralizer /slicer to cut them and then just added avocado oil with a little salt and pepper. Then, I baked them at 375 for about 20 minutes. 


Lunch

Lunch is probably the easiest for me. I'm not near as hungry as I am at dinner, and like I said earlier,  we usually have leftovers from the night before. 

Avocado Chicken Salad (this time I poached my chicken and added celery) 


Leftover Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with half of a fresh avocado. 


Leftover Chicken Burger lettuce wraps 


Also, below are a few things you may want to grab to make your Whole 30 journey a lot easier! And really, even if you aren't doing Whole 30, these things will just make your everyday health and cooking life easier :) 



And last, but not least, the Lilly Pulitzer Giveaway Winner is Courtney V! Courtney, please email me at Caycee07@hotmail.com with your best mailing address and I'll ship your goodies asap! 





Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This and That


// It's officially day nine for Todd and I on Whole 30 and I can honestly say it's getting easier, plus, we both feel amazing!! I'm planning on sharing all of the recipes from last week on the blog tomorrow, but I had to share this one today. It is seriously my favorite breakfast so far!  




// There's nothing better than a lazy morning with a good book and your pup. I ended up finishing the book Without Merit last night. It was really good, but a totally different writing style than I'm used to from Colleen Hoover. Another book review will be coming soon because I have quite a few books that I've read and haven't shared with you guys yet. And speaking of books, I would love any recommendations you guys may have! 


// Saturday's OOTD. Man I love a good velour tracksuit, and I must say, I think this one is pretty darn cute :) For sizing reference, it runs kinda small and I'm wearing the small. 

2-Piece Velour Track Suit (under $40) // Faux Suede Cap (50% off) //
Cepa Sneaker (normally a 6.5, but ordered a 7)


// Thank y'all so much for all of the game recommendations over the weekend! I'm planning on going through and writing them all down today, and if y'all would like, I'll be happy to share them on here as well. This weekend, we ended up grabbing Yeti in Spaghetti, Sorry, and Uno Delux. And of course, all of these were cheaper on Amazon than in the store, so that is where I'll be buying the rest of them. 


// On Friday evening, we went over to our neighbors for a game night and to hang out! It was freezing outside so I tossed on this new cozy sweater, which is currently 50% off. 

Cut-out V-Neck Sweater (50% off) // Jeans (only $64)  // Booties


I mean, how perfect are these booties y'all!!? 


// On Saturday afternoon, we took the kids to see Paddington 2. It was super cute and I actually though it was better than the first one!  But holy crap, smelling the buttered popcorn was BRUTAL!!



// I am loving my new essential oil diffuser. I've had this one for a while now, and while it was great, I wanted one that could mist all day long. And for anyone wondering, these are the diffusers that my kiddos have in their room and they are awesome! 




// Yesterday, Todd took the day off for MLK Day and hung out with us! We ended up meeting some of our friends/neighbors for some bowling fun! I've always been horrible at bowling and yesterday proved that nothing has changed...ha! 


// Taylor and her buddy playing kitchen. And proof that my house is NOT always clean...haha!!


What I wore yesterday! Coziest vest ever, and it actually keeps you warm too! 

North Face Vest // Funnel Neck Tunic (under $40) // Jeans (45% off) 



Friday, January 12, 2018

Top 10 Purchases of 2017



You guys have heard me sing the praises of this cardigan so many times that I know you're probably sick of it...ha! This particular style is the one I have the most colors in, but they are all wonderful! And y'all, this style is on sale 33% off (which rarely happens) and it's available in all three colors! 

For sizing reference, it runs tts and I always wear the xs/s. 






If you're not a book lover already then you gotta pick up any of Colleen Hoover books, and I promise you, you will quickly become one of her book lovers. Trust me, it happened to me :) I did a book review here and here, and her books were always my favorite! I am so darn excited, because I just ordered her brand new book, Without Merit, and it will be here on Monday. 


This is another one of those items that I know you've seen a billion times on my blog! But y'all, these pajamas are that good! I would like to convert my entire pajama drawer and just have Moonlight pj's. They are lightweight, very soft, and the best part is that they wash and dry so well. And this wrap made by the same brand is another winner, but it's popular so it's hardly ever in stock! 

As far as sizing goes, they run big so size down. I always take an xs because I like my pajamas loose. 






This rug is even more gorgeous in person and the quality is amazing! It makes me happy looking at it everyday in my kitchen. And I just noticed that it's on sale for $78, which is even lower than the price I paid! 



I can't recommend this baby enough!! I have not had to pull out my vacuum one time since I purchased this genius little robot. If you want to see how well it works then make sure you check out my Instastories later today. 




Hands down the best slip on shoes that happens to go with EVERYTHING!!! And they are so comfortable...I wore them for 12+ hours almost everyday in Disney and my feet never hurt once! 

As far as sizing goes, I know it says they run big, however, I didn't find this to be true. I ordered my normal 6.5 and they fit great. 





I have tried so many different concealers over the years and this one is by far my favorite! And I find that it works best to apply it with this mini blender.

If you don't own a pair of Spanx leggings then you are missing out! These puppies suck you in like no other. They are thick enough to be dressed up or down, and most important, they are comfortable! 


I can't say enough wonderful things about this skincare line. My skin has never felt or looked better than it does right now, and I know it's because of this line. And you guys, I just realized that they are running an up to 50% off sale on a lot of my favorites which includes the clarifying detox mask,  dual enzyme polish, retinol treatment, and the balancing gel cleanser



This baby has made baking so much easier, and all jokes aside, so much tastier! This mixer is super powerful and pretty much does all the work for you. And the attachments made for this mixer are endless. I just ordered this ice cream maker attachment for summer and I can't wait to make homemade ice cream with the kids. 







Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Whole 30 White Chicken Chili + Breakfast Bowl + Recent Casual Looks

Good morning, ladies! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start! 

Today is officially day three of Whole 30 for Todd and I, and I've got to be honest, it's a lot harder than I thought. I feel like I've been living at the grocery store and spending two hours checking ingredients. And the headaches, holy shit, the headaches! Either way, you guys have been so amazing on Instagram. And for all of you that have done this before, let me know that it gets a lot easier and that the headaches will go away. And most important, that I will feel amazing at the end and that it's all worth it. 

I know a lot of you are starting Whole 30 for the first time as well, and you have requested I share all of the recipes I make with you. I am so glad that y'all asked me to do this, because for one, it holds me accountable, and two, it inspires me to try new recipes. So really, I definitely need to be thanking you guys! 

When I saw this recipe for white chicken chili I knew I had to make it. Even if you aren't doing Whole 30, I still highly recommend this recipe...the coconut milk makes it taste so delicious! 

White Chicken Chili - Recipe Via The Real Food 




Up next, many of you requested the recipe for the breakfast bowl I posted yesterday morning. For whatever reason, I've been craving something sweet in the mornings lately and then wanting more protein and veggies for lunch in the afternoon. 

I used this recipe for my bowl, but I omitted the blueberries and protein powder. I omitted the protein because I'm waiting on my vital proteins to arrive. For extra toppings, I used a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes. 


For those of you that are doing Whole 30 right now, I would love for you to leave me a comment and share any tips and/or must make recipes you guys have! 

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Also, I wanted to share a few super comfy and casual outfits I've been wearing lately. I was so happy to hear your feedback and how you wanted to see more everyday, easy looks. Because let's be real, these kind of outfits are my favorite and what I really want to put on everyday. 


Hands down my favorite long sleeve swingy tee. For reference, it runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. 




Fleece Wrapped Cardigan (30% off) //  Tank is old // Leggings // Running Shoes





Monday, January 8, 2018

Life Lately

Good morning friends, and happy Monday!! We have had a very eventful (and fun) winter break, however, I would be lying if I said I wasn't over it and ready to be back on a routine! 

But back to the fun...

On New Year's Day, Todd and I hosted our 5th annual New Year's Day lunch. In the past, we've always celebrated out at Folly after the polar bear plunge, but our friends that used to host sold their house so Todd and I were more than happy to keep the tradition going and host at our house. 

Beanie // Sweater // Jeans // Booties (50% off) 


Love these sweet kids so much, and I was shocked that they all ate the traditional New Year's Day food this year. Normally, we make them hot dogs, but we all agreed that we should make them eat the good stuff this year :) 


// And you guys, I still can't get over ALL the snow!! Last Wednesday was seriously the best day, and it was so fun and magical to watch as all the snow just kept coming down. 







 Beanie // Sweater // Puffer Jacket (60% off) // Leggings // Hunter Boots (30% off) 


After our fun day on Wednesday and staying up way too late....this is how we all felt on Thursday :) 


// By Saturday, we were ready to get out and play again, and we even found a good spot to sled. And thankfully another family that had the same idea was there with a legit sled and they let us play on it with them. Our boogie boards that we brought were a total bust...ha! 





// And thankfully, most of the restaurants were starting to open again on Saturday so we also went out to lunch at one of our favorites spots, Dog and Duck! 

What I wore, because it was still FREEZING outside!! 

Beanie (only $15) // Waffle Knit Top // Luxe Vest // Leggings (obsessed) // Hunter Boots (30% off)


On Saturday evening, our kids literally passed out in our laps while watching a movie before 9pm. It was seriously the sweetest thing ever. And Todd and I left them like that for over an hour while we finished the movie. 


// And last, Todd and I snuck away for a date night early yesterday evening to go to the movies. We were supposed to fit in grocery shopping for Whole 30, but we were starving and tired after the movie so we hit up Basil for one last indulgent meal. 

If you haven't already, go see the movie, Molly's Game. It was phenomenal. 


What I wore 

Pullover runs a little snug, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing the small. 


Okay, now I'm finally off to go hit up Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to stock our empty fridge. And I know a lot of you wanted to know what all I end up getting, so make sure you follow along later today on Instastories!