Thursday, May 24, 2018

My original dress from Forever 21 is sold out.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1. Cook At Home As Much As You Can

+ Cooking at home instead of going out will save you tons of money. Instead of getting one meal for $8, you can get 8. 

+It helps if you meal prep for work lunches so you don't get the urge to eat out.

+ You can completely control your ingredients when you're the chief. Want to cut out sugar? Easy, don't add it...I promise it won't be missed.

2. Buy On Sale

+ I find that Kroger has the best sale items of any grocery store. Look for their clearance meat section (be sure to freeze it when you get home if you're not using it ASAP), clearance produce section (which are in red mesh bags) and miscellaneous clearance section. 

+ Whenever you find fresh produce on sale, freeze it. Here is a list of some of the best produce to freeze.

+ Be sure to sign up for emails to Kroger, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Sprouts. Also check out any apps these stores may have for more exclusive deals.

3. Stick To The Outside Grocery Aisles

+ The healthiest foods can be found in the produce, freezer and meat sections on the outside aisles of the grocery store. 

+ The canned food aisle is another good one, as long as you check the ingredients.

4. Adopt Meatless Monday

+ If you haven't already noticed, meat is expensive. Save yourself a few bucks and adopt the "Meatless Monday" concept.

+ Beans, rice and produce are so much cheaper and more nutritious for you.

5. Make Your Own Sauces and Dressings

+ This is a huge money saver and will keep all the bad stuff out of your sauces and dressings.

+ Dressings are the easiest to make and usually consist of olive oil and spices.

+ Sauces are a little harder, but can be done and stored for future use.

6. Create A Meal Plan

+ To save money and stretch your food out longer, create a meal plan.

+ I like to pick one new recipe each week and then grab whatever clearance items I can while at the store. I then come back home and plan with whatever I found in the clearance section and grab any additional items I need. 

+ This also helps you eat out less and stops you from eating something unhealthy just because it's quick and easy. 

7. Always Check Restaurant Menus Ahead of Time

+ I find it very helpful to check menus ahead of time to be able to stick to a healthy diet while out to eat.

+ This way you know some options going in instead of just impulsively deciding. 

8. Split Meals When Out To Eat

+ This is a great way to not leave a restaurant feeling incredibly full and saving a lot of cash. Most meals are way too big anyway and you're getting it half priced. 

+ If no one wants to split with you, split it in half and take the remaining home to have another night. 

9. Never Throw Out Leftovers

+ When you cook at home or eat out, don't ever throw away leftovers. So many people are weird about leftovers, but there is nothing to be scared of. 

+ These make great meals when you don't have time to cook. 

+ This also includes any leftover produce you don't use in your recipes. It's fun to see how creative you can get with what is left.

10. Try Different Grocery Stores

+ Shop around at the different grocery stores in your area to see which has the best prices on items you buy most. 

+ For me, it's usually Kroger but Trader Joes is almost tied. Sprouts and Whole Foods have some great sales each week.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Monday friends! Sorry I have been so MIA. I was sick and crazy busy with work two weeks ago and then I spent the last week at the beach. I really wanted to relax so I decided to put a pause on the blog while I was gone, BUT now i'm back in action. Today, I wanted to share a homemade Nutella recipe that I made over the weekend. It only has 4 ingredients and tastes delicious. I hope you enjoy!

What You Need
2 cups raw hazelnuts
2 TBS coconut sugar
3 TBS cacao
Pinch of sea salt

1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Spread out the hazelnuts onto a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
2. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes and then take out and let cool for 5 minutes.
3. Pour the hazelnuts on top of a damp towel and roll them until a good amount of the shells come off. They won't all come off, so don't worry!
4. Place the hazelnuts into a food processor and process until a nut butter forms. 
5. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined. 
6. Store in a sealed mason jar or tuber ware and place in fridge. Enjoy your guilt free Nutella!

Monday, May 7, 2018

makes one 9x9 pan

What You Need
For The Caramel
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1 TBS coconut oil, melted
2 TSP vanilla extract

For The Brownies
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 TSP vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup walnuts

Chopped walnuts
Chocolate chips

For The Caramel
1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the coconut milk, maple syrup and sea salt over medium to high heat. 
2. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for 40-60 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken up. Stir occasionally.
3. Once slightly thickened, stir in the coconut oil and let simmer for 5 more minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. 
5. Pour caramel into a bowl and let it cool for 10 minutes. 

For The Brownies
1. Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9x9 baking dish.
2. Using a stand mixer, combine all of the above ingredients.
3. Spread out evenly into greased pan.
4. Top with 1/4 cup of caramel sauce (more if you prefer). Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
5. Once cooked, remove and sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips. Let cool for 10 minutes and then cut and enjoy!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Welcome to the weekend! It was another crazy week for me and today is no exception. I am headed up to Athens, GA today to celebrate my sister's graduation from the University of Georgia. I am so beyond proud of her and all her hard work. I can't wait to see where this next chapter takes her!

This weekend is also Cinco de Mayo and I plan on celebrating in true Atlanta style. Beltline bar hopping of course! I'm excited to spend time at some of my favorite spots with some of my favorite people. I hope you all have a great weekend!


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My top 3: this off the shoulder Free People dress (featured in a blog post), these high rise Levi's shorts and this denim jumpsuit.

Thursday, May 3, 2018