Archive | January, 2013

Breakfast: Mini Omelet Cups

31 Jan

I love breakfast. It kills me when I don’t get breakfast before work during the week. So I’ve come up with a way to get the perfect omelet bagel sandwich any morning! When you cook them ahead of time, it only takes 2 minutes to prepare on a busy weekday morning. I’ve had them three days in a row this week and they are super delicious!

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Mini Omelet Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Microwave frozen spinach as directed on package and drain excess liquid
  3. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray
  4. Combine eggs, cheese peppers, onion, spinach, salt and pepper
  5. Divide evenly in to 12 muffin cup tin
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Each mini omelet has 55 calories. If you add a mini whole wheat bagel the sandwich is around 175 calories. These can be frozen and reheated in the microwave. You can also substitute or add any vegetables you choose.

Adding an orange to this breakfast make it a complete meal, protein, vegetables, fruit and whole grains in one!

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Workwear: Peplum floral and black pants

31 Jan

I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I am already on my third cup of coffee and it’s not even 9:30am yet. *stuffs two more glazed munchkins in mouth* Maybe that will do that trick.

When wearing a loud shirt, pair it with neutral quiet colors or else you’ll look like the Chiquita Banana woman. You see, I could wear this shirt with red pants and a yellow sweater, but then I’d look like I got dressed in the dark or a walking billboard for a trip to the Caribbean. (neither of which I’m trying for)IMG_1306 IMG_0068 IMG_0848

Shirt: Target ($10) — Sweater: JCrew gift — Pants: Target ($20) — Shoes: Target sale ($9) — Necklace: Target ($2)

(P.S. I remembered to clean my mirror!)

Birthday Gift: Mom’s 60th

30 Jan

Today is my mom’s 60th birthday! She has been such a big part of my life for all 24 years and I want to take some time to thank her the positive influence and role model she has been for me, my siblings and everyone around her.

Mom homeschooled us all (with help from Dad in the math and science department). Back when homeschooling was a new thing, they both took that step, deciding that they wanted to educated their children in the home. I admire them both greatly for this and I feel that my entire life has been shaped because of this decision of theirs.

Because I was taught at home, I was given so many opportunities to learn outside of the home. We would go on nature hikes and bring home leaves to make leaf rubbings. We would visit the local radio station and get to meet our beloved morning radio DJs where they always played our favorite Keys for Kids and Adventures in Odyssey. We would go food shopping on weekday morning where we learned how to pick out produce and order deli meat at the meat counter. We would go skiing every Friday in the winter with our other homeschooled friends. I loved it and I learned so many life skills in the process!

Thank you Mom for the lessons you taught me, the hours you spend lesson planning and letting us have all these experiences mentioned above. I wouldn’t have wanted any other childhood. With all these things you have done for me, I really wanted to make you something that would show you how much I love you and how much I admire you and Dad’s marriage.

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I talked with Dad a few weeks ago and asked if he could send me their wedding vows from 35 years ago. They just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last October. Since there are so many creative anniversary ideas for couples nowadays, I wanted to take something that I would love to do with B and my wedding vows and make it for Mom.

I bought a black square frame and matte at Michael’s. It’s the kind of matte that comes with a pen so you can write on it. Originally I wanted to find a heart frame, but since I couldn’t find one I chose to overlay a card stock red heart over top.

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In order to cut the right size heart, measured the square opening (where the picture is going to go) and cut a square the same size. Then, I flipped over the red card stock and placed the square in the middle of the card stock and drew a heart around it. IMG_1975Then I cut out the square size out of the middle so that the picture underneath will show. Then I grabbed my Glue Dots I got for Christmas and placed the adhesive around the heart and attached it to the matte.

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IMG_7590It’s a DIY handmade gift so it will look like you wrote it. (don’t worry about small mistakes!) I wrote Dad’s vow on the top half and started Mom’s at the middle.

IMG_1677Have fun reading the parts that you can. They are beautiful, loving vows.

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Workwear: Printed blouse and purple skirt

30 Jan

This has to be one of the cutest outfit’s I’ve worn. Ever. No this isn’t me praising my own sense of style, I just love how it looks, I love how the colors go together. The mix of print, sophistication and fit is divine. Purple, mustard, tiny flower blouse and black blazer. Perfection!

(P.S. It’s also very comfortable to wear! If you haven’t figured this out already, I highly value comfort in my outfits.)


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Shirt: Eddie Bauer gift — Blazer: Macy’s gift — Skirt: Banana Republic gift — Flats: Target ($7)

(P.P.S. remind me to clean my mirror tonight)

Date night: Bowling

29 Jan

In an attempt to have some fun outside of the apartment, last night B and I went bowling! Our local bowling alley offers seriously cheap games every Monday night. We aren’t terrible and we have always enjoyed this sport together!

Next date night, find a bowling alley and just have some fun! We played one serious game (high scores), one not serious game (medium scores) and one silly game (looooow low scores).

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STRIKE!

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NOT A STRIKE 😦

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As you can see, we had a ton of fun. The last game we watched the pros around us and tried to put spin on the ball. This technique worked out better for some than others. 😉

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We will definitely be repeating this tradition more often in the future.

(forgive me for the grainy iphone pics. they are due to amount of fun and lack of lighting)

Workwear: Pink blouse and yellow striped cardi

29 Jan

The weather: Sleet changing over to freezing rain
The roads: Treacherous
My mood: Well, let’s just say that the bed was calling my name.
My outfit: chic, practical and colorful

I have standard color parings that I love, red and black, navy and pink, green and khaki. But sometimes you can add one or two more colors to the mix and elevate things to another level. As it was with this outfit. I think I’ve worn this pink blouse and navy pants several times, but never with this sweater. It just seemed to work. It worked for work.

What would you wear to work on a nasty weather day?

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Blouse: H&M gift — Sweater: Ross ($6) — Jeans: Express gift — Shoes: Sperry’s gift — Necklace: Target ($2)

A Gift For Your Husband

28 Jan

In October, B and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. As well as I know him, a first anniversary present is important and I wanted to get something perfect for the man I love. He showed me superhero sketches online a few months before October. He was very excited about them so I thought maybe he’d like to have them as a gift. 🙂

So I remembered and ordered three of these prints from Etsy. I bought three frames and mattes at Target. The sketches didn’t quite fit the matte. So instead of placing the drawing behind the matte, I put some double-sided tape on the back of the sketch and taped it to the front of the matte.

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Then I placed them in the frames and tacked the backs on.

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This gift meant so much because I knew it would be something he’d love. Also, the “first anniversary gift” is paper. So this gift fit that bill. Lastly, I consider him to be my superhero and I wanted to be able to tell him in his card how much I admire him for that.

Thank you B for being my superhero. For lifting me up when I fall and never letting go when the world get rough around us. You have so many powers, but one of your best is perseverance. You never give up on me. You give me second, third and 70 chances. Thank you and I love you.

Weekend wear: Orange Pants and Grey Heels

28 Jan

Yesterday, I went to church with my B, travelled to two different malls to help a friend find bridesmaids gowns for her wedding, and played board games with other couples. Overall a very fun day.

I found a great picture on Pinterest yesterday, while perusing, and recreated it in this outfit! I don’t wear these heels much but they look great with pants. I think I could have added interest to this layered top with a necklace or printed scarf.

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Sweater: Banana Republic gift — Shirt: Target (10) — Pants: Target ($8) — Shoes: Ross ($9)

Healthy Living

26 Jan

Everywhere you look you will see a 10 step plan: which has you eating nothing and losing everything. I want to tell you that you don’t have to take extreme measures to live healthily. While, I am one to get caught up in the latest diet on Pinterest and the “5 workouts to a better core” articles, there are some practical steps that I can take to promote healthy living that I would love to share with you. These will, in small ways, guide you on a healthy path to life. They don’t take much time, effort, or life change, but as they become habits, you will see a positive change in your life.

  1. Eat and workout in moderation. Unless you are training for an eating competition or a marathon, you don’t need to be eating and running like crazy. But moderation does not mean you have to deprive yourself of food or exercise either. Take bites of the things you love and when you start a workout routine start slow. Everything in moderation.
  2. Be satisfied when you eat. Not stuffed full. Sometimes when I make a meal that I just absolutely love, I feel the urge to eat everything in sight, even when there’s enough for 10 people. Be conscious of how you are feeling when you eat. There is a natural pause in every meal when you sit back from your dish and take a breather. This is called, “time to stop eating!” Don’t eat more after that because you will go beyond feeling satisfied.
  3. Try to include vegetables and fruit in every meal. Especially if you eat these inherently healthy and non-processed food first, you will become full with the good and eat smaller amounts of meat and starch.
  4. When you eat out, plan to take half of your entrée home. Restaurants give you twice as much you need to eat. Again, eat until you feel satisfied and bring the rest home for lunch tomorrow.
  5. Drink water. The more water you drink the less false hungry you will feel. You know when you are bored and you think you are hungry? Usually you aren’t. Try drinking a glass of water and find something to get busy doing. That will often do the trick and you won’t find yourself needlessly eating when you aren’t hungry. If you have trouble getting in 8-10 cups a day, try adding lemon or lime juice or slices of fruit.
  6. Don’t skip meals. Thinking that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight is a myth. When I skip the first meal of the day I end up eating twice as much at lunch and dinner. You don’t need to make of the “lost meal” by eating twice as much. You are only one-meal hungry. Again, moderation. Eating a little something for breakfast will increase your productivity, energy and mood throughout the rest of the day.
  7. Be active a few hours a week. If this means walking the dog, playing tag with your siblings or going to the gym, everyone can find a way to be active. Think about how you feel after you are active. Does it uplift the rest of your day? For me, when I work out over lunch during my workdays, I find I have the energy to combat that 2:30 feeling and make it to 5 without a slump.
  8. Set a cutoff point for eating at the end of the day. If it’s dinner than don’t eat after dinner. If it’s 8pm than don’t eat after that. Eating gives you energy and you don’t need energy when you are about to sleep. Eating will raise your metabolism making it harder to get the rest you need.

These are not 8 steps to success. They are just helpful hints that I have thought about and make sense to me. As I am learning to live in a healthy manner, I am adopting these habits as my own.

Let me know what you think!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

26 Jan

Bloglovin’ is a place to follow the blogs you love. Right now I follow more than 25 fashion, style, cooking, and DIY blogs. I like that I can find all my favorite blogs in one place. They also have a widget on Chrome where I get notified in one place if any of the blogs I follow have a new post!

Click the heading of this post of the widget on the side of my blog to follow me on Bloglovin’!