Weekend Plans

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It’s the last week in July! I can’t believe summer is almost over. It’s been a hot one this year, and don’t see it going anywhere any time soon. I long for cooler weather, falling leaves and warm apple cider.

J and I have started looking for houses. It’s soooo exciting, but scary all at the same time. This weekend I’m checking out a farm house in Leeds with my mom. The backyard is unbelievable. I keep telling myself not to fall in love with anything yet, because our lease isn’t up until February. I would hate to have my hopes up on something and lose it before we were able to get it. So for now, I’m just looking. If you have any first time home buyer tips, please share!!

After house “looking”, I’m planning on visiting a friend’s new baby girl and photographing her adorable nursery. Stay tuned for the post coming next week! I can’t wait to love on the little princess and snap some cute photos of her. She truly is a miracle baby!

But before I go, check out a few of my favorite links this week:

This textile designer’s home is preppy and chic.

Did you know your makeup expires? Here’s how to find out!

These tips on making your bedroom an oasis are great.

I bought this shirt in both black and white. It’s the softest tee you’ll ever own!

Julia’s stripped boyfriend shirt is adorable with those floral heels.


Enjoy your weekend!

xx

Etsy Finds

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Etsy is such a great place to purchase unique items. I’ve been searching Etsy for a few inspired pieces such as tassel necklaces and leopard clutches. Along the way, I’ve found a few other items that are too cute to pass up.

This tote bag is perfect for farmers market finds or book club meetings.

I love that this tassel necklace can be worn with jeans or cocktail dresses.

I’m holding myself back from purchasing this calf hair clutch.

This pineapple print would be so cute with any home décor, and it’s only $5!

A marbled iPhone case? Yes please.


What are your favorite Etsy shops?

 

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My new favorite online boutique shop is Bailey Boutique. Based right out of Moody, AL, the owners have become such great friends of mine. The selection of clothes and accessories is second to none. There’s something for everyone, and the prices are hard to beat. Especially for boutique clothing!

I picked up two things for my first purchase: this pretty pink peplum top and a black and white striped skirt (which you probably saw on my IG feed). The quality of this clothing is immaculate. Typically, I’m hesitate to purchase online boutique clothing because I can’t try them on, it’s hard to tell the exact color of what you’re getting, and I’m terrified that the quality will stink. I had none of these issues with Bailey Boutique. In this shoot, I’m wearing the Perfect Spring Top in a small. It has a sort of high-low feature that I love.

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I just love this top! You can tone it down with a simple pair of white skinnies, like I did, or spice it up with a pencil skirt and heels. Either way it’s a win-win and a perfect addition for all year long.


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Neutral Glam

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A little inspiration for your Monday! Isn’t this bedroom so serene and luxurious?

Lamp | Chest | Mirror | Side Table | Pillows | Blanket | Chair | Rug

Homemade Organic Peanut Butter Cups

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One of my favorite childhood treats was, and still is, a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Especially when they’ve been sitting in the freezer for a little bit. However, one little Reese’s cup is 87 calories. But who eats just one? Not to mention there’s 61 mg of sodium, 5g of fat, 8g of sugar. There’s nothing good about it.

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I recently discovered Justin’s nut butter and fell in love. They have a bunch of different flavors such as maple almond butter, honey peanut butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter. My favorite is the classic peanut butter. It has a slight crunchy texture to it, which I love. Here’s what I love about Justin’s: not only is Justin himself a very good looking person to look at, he started making his own nut butters in his early 20s to get him through his long bike rides through Colorado. Justin’s evolved into a 100% organic and recyclable company with seven different flavors of nut butters. Justin’s also has snack packs with pretzels, peanut butter cups, and individual squeeze packs perfect for lunches.

I could go broke buying Justin’s peanut butter cups, so I decided to attempt them myself. There are three, count ’em, three ingredients in these peanut butter cups. Ready to see how easy they were?

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:
1 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
Course sea salt

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Directions:
Start buy melting your chocolate. This can be done in numerous ways, but I prefer the old fashioned microwave technique. NOTE: To keep your chocolate from getting dried out and crunchy, melt in increments of 10 seconds. Stir the chocolate really good every 10 seconds to insure that it’s melting together nicely. I think the overall time was about 40 seconds.

Line a muffin tin with paper cups. I used a mini cupcake pan and mini cups. Spoon a tablespoon of melted chocolate in each cup until the bottoms are completely filled. Hint: I used a melon baller and it was perfect.

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Spoon peanut butter into a Ziploc bag and push it all down to one corner. Snip the corner off. This creates an icing technique. Squeeze a dollop of peanut butter in the middle of the cup. Top of remaining chocolate to cover up the peanut butter. Store in freezer or fridge for 20-30 minutes to harden and enjoy!


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This post was proudly sponsored by Justin’s. You can purchase Justin’s at The Fresh Market, Target, Whole Foods or any other organic food store. As always, all products can be found on their website: www.justins.com

 

Tips For Healthy Snacking

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I am definitely a snacker. I could sit at my desk and snack on popcorn all day. Most snacks are full of salt or sugar which is why the majority of people would say you shouldn’t snack. However, snacking can actually be good for you if you choose the right snacks. Eating a snack or two between meals can curb hunger so that you don’t inhale the dining room table when you finally sit down for supper. Snacking can also help you get in all the nutrients you need such a protein and vitamins.

On the flipside, grazing all day—particularly on foods of little nutritional value—may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. The key is to take a smarter approach to snacking. Snacking doesn’t have to be bad for you—you just need to find healthier options. So, I’ve gathered my favorite healthy snacks for you. These are brands I trust and support whole-heartedly. And they taste so friggin’ amazing!

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One thing to remember is that snacks shouldn’t replace a meal, so it’s important to understand how much is enough. Stock up on snack-size bags and small square containers like these baby food jars from Amazon. They are the perfect size for snacks and they allow you to control the serving size. Here are some of my other favorite snack ideas and tips:

  • Save time by preparing ahead. Slice vegetables and fruits and portion them out for easy access. If it’s already ready for you, it’s easier to grab.
  • Mix it up. Mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, dark chocolate chips and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt and 100% fruit juice and frozen fruits for a tasty smoothie. Add in old-fashioned oats and ground flax seed for a breakfast meal on-the-go.
  • Nibble on lean protein. Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats, unsalted nuts, or eggs. Wrap sliced, low- sodium deli turkey or ham around an apple wedge. Store unsalted nuts in the pantry or peeled, hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in the refrigerator to enjoy any time.
  • Fruits are quick and easy. Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits can be easy “grab-and-go” options that need little preparation. Bananas, apples, and oranges are what I like to call ready on demand. Just make sure your canned fruits are in 100% water and not syrup.
  • Consider convenience. A single-serving container of low-fat or fat-free yogurt or individually wrapped string cheese or all-natural applesauce can be just enough for an afternoon snack.
  • Swap out the sugar. Replace sodas with fresh juices like Honest and Purity drinks.

Happy snacking!