Friday, July 20, 2018

My Anxiety At Homegoods

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: J.Crew (Currently 30% off! Comes in petite, regular, and tall. It also comes in blue stripes) / Skirt: J.Crew (20% off! Comes in petite and regular) / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old similar here) / Sunnies: Nordstrom / Shoes: WHBM c/o (similar here) / Lips: Lipsense - First Love
Yesterday I spent the afternoon and evening up in Harrisburg to run some errands. One of my stops was over at Homegoods to find some furnishings for my new coffee table. Since this is my first time decorating my home I never really ventured into home stores, and immediately felt overwhelmed when I walked in. I literally spent two hours in there adding, and removing things from my shopping cart because I was constantly second guessing how I was going to put it all together. I'm the kind of person who likes decor already set up so I can be like "yes... I'll take that whole set."

My anxiety level was high during the whole two hours, and when I got home I was surprised that 80% of what I got worked. 

Where are some of your favorite places to get home decor to style coffee tables and bookshelves that are perfect for a girl on a budget? Also where do you find your inspiration? Instagram? Pinterest?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

That Rainbow Motto Gal

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Chicken Caprese Dinner

Recently I've gotten lots of inquiries about my recipes that I share on my Instagram stories, and decided to share one I made for dinner for "Wellness Wednesday." 

Since we have taken on a mortgage payment I am trying to figure out ways how we can budget our money (we've never been good to sticking to a budget), and have started budgeting out our grocery bill this week. One thing you got to understand about me is that our food bill is huge because I'm constantly buying produce, and would rather have protein and veggies for dinner vs carbohydrates as a filler. 

When Monday rolled around I looked in my fridge, and saw I had a tomato, some garlic, and chicken. Automatically when I see a tomato I think of a caprese salad! Currently we are growing basil in our backyard, and that even added to my caprese idea. After I made up my mind about what I was going to cook I ran to the grocery store to buy fresh mozzarella, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. 
I walked out of the grocery store spending less than $10, which alone is an accomplishment to me. 

Dinner ended up being quick in the prep time, and cooking time. It of course tasted amazing, and the leafy greens prevented that food belly bloat. 

Why Arugala?
Source of folic acid.
Low in calories.
Source of vitamin K, C and A. 

Bowls: Pottery Barn

Chicken Caprese Dinner Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of chicken tenders
  • Fresh mozzarella sliced
  • Arugala
  • Fresh basil minced
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt 
  • Ground pepper

Directions

  1. In a large plastic bag or container create your chicken marinade by adding chicken, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, oregano, rosemary, salt, and pepper. You can either marinate overnight for a richer flavor or make as is. 
  2. When marinade is ready preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Line a pan with tin foil (makes for an easier cleanup), and place chicken in the pan. Top the chicken with excess marinade. 
  4. Bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes until done. 
  5. While the chicken is cooking create the balsamic reduction.
  6. Place 1 cup of the balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium-high heat on the stove. Once it reaches a full boil reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. 
  7. Once chicken and reduction are done remove from heat. 
  8. In a bowl place a handful of arugula, sliced tomato, sliced mozzarella, basil, and chopped chicken together. Top the salad with drizzled reduction and fresh ground pepper. Eat up and enjoy!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sunday Rainbow


Top: Topshop / Skirt: Banana Republic (old similar here, herehere, and here) / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Target (old similar here, here, and here) / Sunnies: Nordstrom / Shoes: Just Fab (old similar here and here) / Lips: NARS - Orgasim

Happy Tuesday my friends. Today is super exciting because more stuff is coming for my living room, and I finally have the electricians coming over to hang the chandelier in the room! 

I wanted to stop by today to share this outfit that I wore to church last Sunday. This outfit was completely unintentional, and searched for clothes that weren't wrinkly as I rushed through the door. As Todd and I were driving to church I realized that I actually loved this outfit that I threw together! 

Sometimes the best outfits are the ones that you don't have time to overthink ;)

Petite Review of the Topshop Vertical Stripe Sweater: When I first saw this sweater I was smitten with the colors. I'm currently wearing the 0, and it fits me perfectly. In my opinion it runs small and short for normal people so size up! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Easy Jumpsuit and a Living Room Update

Jumpsuit: Red Dress Boutique (comes in black to) c/o / Sunnies: Nordstrom / Turban: Free People (originally $20 now its $5!!!) / Bag: Free People / Watch: Michael Kors / Shoes: Red Dress Boutique c/o (these are only $24 , and look so similar to the Sam Edelman ones that are $80!) / Lips: NARS - Orgasim 
Happy Monday blog fam! I don't know about you, but this weekend flew by so fast. If you follow my Instagram stories then you would have seen that Todd and I worked all weekend on refinishing a buffet/console for our living room. 

We decided to refinish a piece of furniture for multiple reasons. The first reason is that since we have vaulted ceilings I couldn't find a console that was tall enough with our tv to hold the space. The second reason is that I couldn't find anything in the color scheme that matched the living room color palette. The final reason is we couldn't find anything within our budget.

Over the past two weeks Todd and I have been scouring the Facebook marketplace and Craigslist for the perfect console. Last week I even ventured to multiple Goodwills and Salvation Armies within an hour radius, and unfortunately they were all a bust. Back in Arizona the thrift stores were so amazing, and always had a variety of home furnishings. Pennsylvania thrift stores on the other hand carry a vast amount of clothes, and have very little home furnishings. Even though the thrift stores were a no-go I found a console on the FB market place for only $30!

Todd picked it up on his way home on Friday, and immediately we got to work! I asked on my stories  whether you wanted me to do a DYI post on the process of refurnishing this console, and I was so excited when the majority said yes! I can't wait to share with you guys the before and after!

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 $500 Giveaway And How to Wear Two Ways


How did everyone love day 1 of the early access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? This is probably the first sale in a long time where I truly loved everything. Since I loved so many things I had to narrow down my options so my bank account wouldn't hate me the next day. When narrowing down my options I had to think of multiple ways I could wear the pieces I was going to buy. Here's some of my favorite ways you can wear multiple items from the sale in two different ways. 

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It's that time again... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! We love shopping the sale and since we are so grateful for all of the support you give us, we wanted to bring our lovely readers a giveaway! One lucky winner will get to shop the Nordstrom sale this year with a $500 Gift Card from us! (See below for how to enter)
The Anniversary sale runs from July 20-August 5 2018; if you have a Nordstrom card then you can shop the sale early starting on July 12th!
 

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It's time to shop till you drop! This giveaway is brought to you by the lovely influencers above! We love shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and know that you do too, so we are giving away a $500 Nordstrom E-Gift Card so one winner will have the chance to shop the sale on us. Enter by performing the actions listed in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Part 1

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Every year I look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale to prepare me for fall. If you don't have a Nordstrom card I highly advise you get one to shop early access that runs from July12-19. As a former Nordie employee not all items are restocked, and once they are sold they are GONE! Anyone else shopping the sale today?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Workout Wednesday: Stretching for Tight Hamstrings

Bra: Outdoor Voices / Leggings: Outdoor Voices / Shoes: Nike

It's been a while since a "Workout Wednesday" has been posted, and I'll blame the move for that ;) Since I am finally settled expect to see Wellness/Workout features every Wednesday again from here on out!

You've heard me talk about this numerous times, but I have a tight left hamstring. I've had this problem for a few years now, and still don't know how I injured it. My injury has prevented me from doing lots of glute/hamstring work because it starts to become painful for my left side. I've learned how to work around this injury, and one of the things that has helped is continuously stretching them out. Here's some of my favorite stretches that has helped loosen up my left hamstring. 

Ground Figure 4


When laying on your back cross one ankle (stretching side) over opposite knee (supporting side). Make sure your stretching side knee stays open, and you pull your supporting side into the chest by either holding onto shin or backside of the leg. Hold for 60 seconds, and repeat for the other side. 

Pyramid Pose


While standing have your legs stay wide and straight. Fold your upper body over the front leg. To feel the deep hamstring stretch think about shifting your body back, and feel that length/stretch in front hamstring. Hold for 1-2 minutes then switch legs. 

Pigeon Pose


When I was doing yoga regularly in Texas this pose was so intense for my muscle. If you have SUPER tight hamstrings go into/ come out of this pose SLOW. For beginners you can maintain an upright posture. For more advanced hinge forward and rest forehead on the floor. I personally love holding this pose for multiple minutes, and breath deeply to work deeper into the muscle. 

Half Splits


In Pure Barre we use this stretch a lot in class after thigh work. To get the most out of this stretch make sure you dig your flexed front heel into the ground. Think of that heel as an anchor, and shift your body back while pressing the front leg down to the floor. You should feel this immediately in the backside of your front leg. Hold for a minute then switch legs. 



 

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