Thursday, December 18, 2014

What's Inside My Frosty VoxBox!

I haven't received a VoxBox for awhile, so I was excited when a new one finally came! Check out the video below to see my first reactions to the products. 






Did you get a Frosty VoxBox? What do you think? 



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*Products provided by Influenster. All opinions, as always, are my own. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flourish Fun!


The day had come. I had to go out into the shopping world and find a few items I couldn't buy online. I dread this EVERY year. Shopping, for me, is just something on my to-do list that I want to check off. I don't have tons of fun. I don't always look forward to it. Especially in December. I try to steer clear of any/all holiday shopping. That seems scrooge-like, doesn't it? Time and experience has taught me that people are meanies in December. Trying to find the perfect gift, trying to get it done in an hour or two. All that stress of shopping gets to people, and those people get to ME. 

See, I am a smily person. Smiling randomly at strangers is my favorite. (This may be because someone mentioned I have resting B-face, but that's another story.) I like to help people find things, or just make someone smile. During holiday shopping time, people have growled at me.    Merry Christmas to you, too! 

If that's not enough to turn your holiday smile upside down, I don't know what is. 

Back to my weekend. I HAD to go out and get some of my final shopping completed. I went on Saturday with my husband, ready to tackle the day. Our goal was to be in and out as quickly as possible. Our first stop? Lunch at Famous Daves. Fueled up with some yummy barbecue, we were ready to tackle the crowds. 

My husband dropped me off at Flourish Boutique and headed to a hardware store for a gift for his dad. As I strolled into Flourish, I was reminded of why I adore this place so much. 









This place isn't a store, it is truly an experience. From the sparkly accents to the fun chevron wall, and gorgeous chandeliers, it truly feels like one is walking through a dream. And the attention to detail always makes me appreciate the little things they have on display!

  

 I grabbed some things to try on and headed into the dressing room. 

Dress from old navy, chambray cardigan from target, leggings from Flourish, boots from Lane Bryant, Jewelry was gifted.

I found myself gravitating to soft, comfy sweaters, and they felt just as wonderful on as they looked on the rack! 


Thunder and Lightning Sweater 

So Much To Be Thankful For Sweater 

LOVED this one

Fabulous Holiday parties call for a fabulous new dress. Am I right, ladies? Unfortunately, teachers aren't usually ones to have said parties. Boo. If someone could please buy one of these super cute dresses for your party, I would appreciate it. Send me a pic so I can live vicariously though you, k? Thanks. 


                                


After what seemed like only 5 minutes, my husband came searching for me in the store. Oops- I must have gotten carried away! Easy to do in such a gorgeous establishment! 

Flourish  is graciously offering you all 25% off online! They always have some amazing deals, so go check them out. You can order those last few gifts, or even something special for yourself! Just use the code EMILY when you check out.

What do you think of Holiday shopping? Online... in store... what is your go-to?

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*This post is sponsored by Flourish Boutique. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Andrew's "Helpless Husband" Recipe Vol I... Chicken Sandwich Edition

After my husband's softball games the other evening, he was hungry. Yes, he had already eaten dinner, but he had worked up a big appetite. If you've been watching my youtube videos, you know that he is OBSESSED with making his "chicken sandwiches." I was finishing up my vlog for the day, and he asked me to film him making his sandwich. To say I was taken aback is an understatement. 

My husband is hilarious. He will not stop talking. He loves telling stores. But that is to people he knows. Well. VERY well. To strangers? It is quite hard to get him to talk (unless it's about football or his job.. those are good talking points.) He HATES being on camera, and will shout out bad words if I ever try to film him, so that I have to edit him out. (True Story!) So when he asked me to film his sandwich, I didn't hesitate for a millisecond. 

He talked through the video like a pro. He had me move my camera to different angles, make me zoom in to important steps, and was loving it. He decided a voiceover would be better, so I edited the video clips for him, and handed over my computer. 


This was the end result: 





If you have anyone in your life who is helpless in the kitchen, please, share this video. I hope it can make someone else's day, too. :)



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homemade Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Today I am sharing my homemade chicken fried rice recipe with you. This isn't your typical recipe... you do NOT need to follow any of these directions "by the book!" In fact, I encourage you to take this and make it your own. Add your own twist!  Having never made the same fried rice twice, I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is a super flexible dish.  This is a great way to use up leftover rice, meat, and veggies at the end of a week. I've also made this as a side dish, just serve the protein on the side!

I hope you enjoy this video. Let me know if you try this recipe out, or if you have your own version!




Ingredients
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 tbs oil (something with a high smoke point)
2 cups cooked rice (day old rice works best!)
1 cup protein (cooked shrimp, beef, chicken, tofu, etc.)
1/4 cup green onions
1 egg, cracked and beat with a fork
1/4 cup frozen peas and carrots (or any veggies you have on hand!)
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
pepper to taste

Directions
Prepare all ingredients ahead of time so they are close by and ready to go. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil and red pepper flakes at a medium high heat. Add onions and veggies, saute until soft. Then add egg, cook until scrambled. Add rice, soy sauce, chicken, and pepper. Stir fry together for about 3-5 minutes, until desired doneness.  Serve hot.



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Friday, October 3, 2014

Taco Pasta Bake

Today I am sharing my version of the ever popular Taco Pasta Bake! I found this recipe on Pinterest (here), and I've changed it up to make it my own. I hope you give this a try! 



Ingredients:
1 lb cooked and drained ground turkey or beef
3/4 bag dried pasta, cooked and drained
2-3 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided.
1 1/2 cups water
1 block cream cheese
1/4 cup taco seasoning
Chopped green onions (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain pasta. Set to the side. Cook and drain ground been or turkey. Set to the side. Add taco seasoning to the water, mix well. Add the seasoning mixture to ground beef. Add cream cheese, stir until melted and combined. Once combined, add spinach, half of the shredded cheese, and pasta. Stir until combined. Place in a baking dish, top with remaining cheese, and place uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes. Top with green onion and cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!


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A new post? Whaaat?


I know. It's been awhile. Almost six months, to be exact. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure if I would be back here again. Six months ago, this space didn't feel right for me. Constantly writing about weight loss, healthy living, and everything in between became a chore. No longer interested in writing about healthy living, made writing about eating, weight loss, and fitness something I dreaded doing. It felt like a chore.  So... I stopped, and took a breather.

Looking to my last post, one can read how I felt change coming. I had been feeling it for a year or so. I wasn't happy in my career, wasn't happy with myself, and felt stuck in almost every way. In the spring of this year, I graduated with my Master's degree.  Soon after, I got a new job. A month ago, we moved. And not soon after that,  I found a new hobby. That's a whole lot of change in just half a year.

Taking some time off helped me to dig deep and really think about what I wanted; in life, in my career, and in this space.  I feel refreshed and refocused, and I believe I now have a clear vision of what I want to accomplish in all aspects of my life. To be honest, it's completely liberating.

Youtube has become a new outlet for me. I adore it. Never would I have planned on making Youtube videos. Even now, typing that out makes me giggle. It happened gradually at first, and has picked up speed the last week or two-the way falling in love with a new project often does. After following different Youtube channels for a year or so, and after months of my husband's encouraging words, I decided to make my own channel.

Most of the YT channels I watch are women that are housewives, stay at home moms, or people that work from home and have more time to create and share. Drew thought that perhaps I could create videos from a different perspective- a women that works full time, with no children. With his confidence in me, I took a giant leap and have fallen in love with the whole process.

So, all that said, I need and want to let you all know that this space will be changing. Not all details are worked out as of yet, but I going to be cleaning this ol' blog up. I may still post healthy living topics from time to time, but that will not be my entire focus.

I would love it if you would come along with me in this new adventure. Like any worthwhile journey, it is bound to have some ups and downs. I would love to have you along for the ride!


Thanks for reading,

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

I decided to join a Homemaker linkup this week since I'm on spring break and I feel like I really am a home maker. Living the dream, guys.



As I look out my window:It's rainy and gross, but still getting warmer each day. I'll just keep in mind that "April showers bring May flowers."

Right now I am: relaxing with my husband after dinner.

Thinking and pondering: Where life is going to take me. Deep, I know. But I have a sense that something new is coming along soon.

On my bedside table: My bible, devotional, and book for grad school

On my TV tonight: Grey's Anatomy. We are very behind, and we are playing catch up. Drew is watching baseball.

Listening to: My dog Jeffrey chewing on a bone, my husband humming on the couch. 

On the menu tonight: THIS taco pasta bake made with GF noodles. It was really yummy.

On my to do list: My list for tomorrow is

  • finish painting coffee bar
  • go to the bank
  • take wood back to Lowe's
  • Trip to dollar store for shipping envelope
  • Stop by the post office 
Plans for this week: I just have lots of projects to complete and relaxing to do!

What I am creating: I am finishing up our coffee bar. Andrew made me a shelf and I am repurposing a small bookshelf we had. I'll make sure to show you the end result! 

My simple pleasure: Sleeping in. Spring break, I love you.

Homemaking tips: Clean as you go. I love to cook but I hate cleaning up the huge mess I always make. Cleaning as I go helps me to make it manageable.

Looking around the house: I see a clean space with lots of items to be sold in our garage sale this weekend.

From the camera: 

I was at a bachelorette party this weekend and Drew was with the Bachelor. The girls began at wine and canvas and ended up driving up to the casino to play a joke on the boys. It ended up being a TON of fun, we had a blast. 

fish tacos 

lovely ladies 

finished products 
Surprised the boys, only to realize almost all of them were already asleep. LAME! We had a blast with the three who were left. 


Dollar slots are where it's at 
Prayer list: Our families have lots of exciting events in the upcoming months. Two weddings, a baby on the way, reunions and trips. Pray for blessings upon all of it. 

Bible verse, Devotional: Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


This was super fun, thanks DOASAHM for hosting!


What are you all up to this Monday?
Don't forget to enter the Flourish giveaway HERE



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