Sweet and salty popcorn bark

Sweet and salty popcorn bark

This popcorn bark is the perfect combo of sweet and salty! 

Sweet and salty popcorn bark

Thank you BOOMCHICKAPOP for inspiring today’s recipe! 

Hello, hello!  Do yall love a good sweet and salty combination?  I do!  Just thinking of sweet and salty together my mouth starts to water.  I LOVE IT THAT MUCH.  

I remember when I was a little girl I would sit with my grandma after dinner for dessert.  We would have a sweet and then a side of pretzels or popcorn.  We would alternate between the sweet dessert and a pretzel or two.  Our own sweet and salty combo!  

BOOM CHICKA POP sweet and salty kettle corn

Today I still love the sweet and salty mix.  Sometimes I’ll have a chocolate cake or something similar and all I can think is “This would be perfect with a pretzel or two!”  I’m not sure that’s the correct way to respond to CHOCOLATE CAKE, but it’s how I feel.  (I mean seriously.. isn’t chocolate cake perfect in itself??)  

The same goes when I’m having popcorn.  (Or pretzels.)  All I want is a piece of chocolate or peanut butter to smoosh together with the popcorn.  In my mind sweet and salty just go together.  

Sweet and salty homemade popcorn bark

Of course BOOMCHICKAPOP has an amazing kettle corn that solves my sweet and salty dilemma.  Kettle corn has always been my favorite.  Still, all I could think about was tossing the popcorn on top of some chocolate.  So I did.  

I made this SUPER EASY sweet and salty popcorn bark.  It’s perfect for after school snacking, as a game day appetizer or just a quick dessert.  No matter when you enjoy this popcorn bark I can guarantee it will satisfy your sweet and salty tooth!  

Sweet and salty popcorn bark
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Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chocolate bark
  • 1-2 cup BOOMCHICKAPOP kettle corn
  • handful of salted peanuts and almonds
  • handful of peanut butter chips
  • handful of white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate bark in a double boiler on the stove on in the microwave. If using the microwave - set for 30 second intervals and stir each time after. It should only take 2 or 3 intervals for the chocolate to full melt.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and pour out over the paper. Spread out evenly.
  3. Sprinkle the kettle corn, nuts and chips over the wet chocolate bark.
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to harden.
  5. Break once hard. Store in an airtight container.
  6. Enjoy!

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Spinach and mushroom tortellini soup

Creamy mushroom and spinach crock pot tortellini soup

In search of a hearty soup full of flavor?  This easy crock pot version is just what you are looking for!

Creamy mushroom and spinach crock pot tortellini soup

Last week I took the kids to see Hotel Transylvania 2 at the big theater.  It was our second time going to the movies together.  Their first movie was Inside Out a few months ago.  Which probably helped inspire their Halloween costumer choices this year.  Both times the kids were great.  Which shocked the heck out of me!  They can barely sit still for a 30 minute Wild Kratz episode at home so I just assumed they would be like chickens at the movies.  Ya know, pecking at the popcorn and making all kinds of weird noises while flailing around. 

Yea I thought that’s how they would behave. 

The first time we bought a large popcorn and I let everyone pick out their own candy.  HUGE mistake.  We spent more on the popcorn, drink and 3 candies then the tickets.  Not.even.kidding.  And then the candy is like micro mini sized bags so it was gone before the previews had even ended.  No one was happy about that.  Thank goodness the popcorn was big enough to get us through the movie. 

The second time around we had a snack before the movie and bypassed the snack bar all together.  Momma isn’t made of snack bar money kids.  Sorry. 

But they didn’t seem to mind because they were so into the movie.  They both sat in their own chairs and were quiet the whole time.  WHO ARE THESE KIDS?!  Was what I kept thinking the whole time.  We may go to another movie soon as a reward for good behavior at school or just because momma needs a break from all the bickering.  Either one is a valid reason.

Creamy spinach and mushroom tortellini

I bring up our movie trips because I am helping promote the new Bradley Cooper movie Burnt featuring Castello cheese!  I haven’t seen its about a man (Cooper) who loses his restaurant and is on a mission to reclaim it.  It features Sienna Miller and some pretty delicious looking dishes!  My foodie heart is bursting with joy.  And cheese!  I used the Castello Harveti in my recipe and yall.  Buy this cheese!  First enter the Burnt + Castello sweepstakes then go buy the cheese.  Please. 

 

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Spinach and mushroom tortellini soup
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Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 package of breakfast sausage
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 brick of cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces of frozen tortellini
  • 1 small package of frozen spinach
  • 1 can of mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of cheese, for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a skillet saute the onion and garlic in the butter until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add the breakfast sausage through so no pink remains.
  3. Toss the onion, garlic and sausage mix into your crock pot.
  4. Add the chicken broth and diced tomatoes. Cook on high for 1 hour before adding the cream cheese. Stir the cream cheese until mixed in and most of the lumps are gone.
  5. Add in the spinach, mushroom and tortellini to the crock pot.
  6. Cook on high for another 30 minutes - or until the tortellini is heated all the way through.
  7. Pour into a soup bowl and top with cheese.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
The longer you allow the soup to set the creamier it will become.

Mixed Conference 2015

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Yall.  I had so much fun at Mixed conference this past weekend!  I shared a bunch of pictures on Instagram and Facebook over the weekend but I have more to share!  Some behind the scenes pictures and a run down of everything we got to do, see and EAT!

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I was beyond blessed to have my tripped sponsored by HEB this year.  I love me some HEB (our grocery store down here in South Texas) and I love food blogging so it was literally a match made in heaven.  Covered in chocolate ganache.  And topped with a cherry.

I drove up from Corpus Friday afternoon and met some of my best blogger friends at the conference.  That’s Rachel from A Southern Fairytale on the left and Kirsten (Kiki) from Kirsten Oliphant in the middle.  And me.  Hey yall heyyy!  

One of the sponsors (Imperial sugar) had a sugar scrub room and we got to make all kinds of delicious smelling scrubs.  Like orange creamsicle and chocolate mint good.  Mmmm.  

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This first session of the conference was on making food videos.  It just amazes me that people are so talented when it comes to video blogging.  I’m over here like “it only took me 4 years to take decent food photos” and then some people have YouTube channels full of awesome videos.  I may be slightly behind the curve on that one.  

Dinner the first night was sponsored by Dreamfield pasta and yall.  SO good!  There was so much food that I didn’t know where to start.  Of course I ended up doing it backwards because I went for the pasta first and then finished with the antipasto.  Ah well.  You only live once. 

I made a quick Target run with Kelli from eat.pray.read.love and Jess from Jess Unprocessed after dinner.  And then went for a late night swim in the far too cold pool before heading to bed.  

Ps.. the conference was at the Woodlands Resort.  Out of this world gorgeous hotel.  And when I say we went swimming, I mean in one of the 5 or so pools.  And they have a lazy river and huge slide.   

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One of the best things about the conference was the steady supply of coffee!  HEB had their Cafeccino’s and their Houston blend coffee out during the all the sessions.  Let me tell you, I have FALLEN in love with the Houston blend coffee.  Hands down delicious.  It’s got a pecan praline taste to it that is just heavenly.   

Our sessions were amazing as well.  We started the day with Chef Eddy from Imperial Sugar.  He showed the group how to make fancy chocolate designs with basic tools.  The session was so fun to watch live.  Chocolate was flowing everywhere.  I can’t wait to try some of his tricks for cool chocolate designs.  

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Seriously yall, so much good food.  I did a Periscope (a new online live streaming app.. way cool!) on everything that was in our swag bags.  I also said to say goodbye to this face because I’m not going to look the same after the conference.  I guesstimated that I would gain 10-15 pounds that weekend from all the delicious snacks and meals and treats and chocolate.  

I have not been able to stop eating this almond cookie brittle since I opened the first box.  The flavor is amazing and they are light and crisp.  I was able to take home a few boxes but when I run out I may cry. 

I nibbled on the cookies during the next two sessions which were Pinterest scheduling and working with brands.  (HEB had some out on the snack table so I didn’t have to bust open my own box thank goodness!)  

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There was an awesome photo board session where we learned how to make our own wood boards for photography.  I already have four boards in the works thanks to Meredith!  You will be seeing them here on the blog soon.  

Our last session was all about professional food photography which I was so very excited about!  One of the speakers has an amazing photography book called Plate to Pixel that I received for Christmas.  Both Helene and Tami had such practical advice on how to improve your food photos.  (Seriously Helene talked about using foam board, plastic squeeze bottles and wobble wedges to help.)  

Their session was sponsored by Wisconsin cheese so of course Kiki texts me that she NEEDS a picture with the huge cheese wheel at the front of the room.  And not any picture – a picture pretending the cheese is her cheese baby.  Sure thing friend!  What are food blogging conferences for, right?!

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After the last session we had a break before dinner.  I had everyone come over to my room to hang out and relax.  Turns out one of the girls (Ashlee) is on Food Network for their Halloween baking challenge!  How cool is that?!  We talked about other things but it was just so nice to be able to chat about food blogging.  Everyone does something different and it’s so fun to see their perspective on things.  

The last order of the conference was the HEB closing dinner.  HEB does this thing called “Primo picks” where they find the best products for a certain event.  This months event is Ciao Italy.  HELLO.  LOVE!  Our whole dinner was Italy themed from the caprese salad to the cannolis to the Italian soda.  

And then the lovely Mixed con sponsors had a huge giveaway.  Everyone at our table won something.  I won a knife, someone won Le Creuset pots and Kiki won a Kitchenaid mixer!  Like the conference couldn’t get any better, but wait, we are giving you tons of free stuff too.  

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It was just amazing.  We stayed up chatting about bloggy stuff and then went to bed way too late.  (Psst.. that’s the awesome swag bag that HEB gave everyone!)  After another amazing breakfast I packed up everything up and called for a luggage cart.  I’m sure the bell hop thought I was NUTS for loading all these swag bags full of food into my car.  (Or maybe he was jealous.)  Either way I headed home with so many great ideas and a car full of snacks.  Mixed conference you were absolutely fabulous!  

And a big ole shout out to my besties at HEB for having me as an ambassador!  They provided my ticket and accommodations but all opinions on their products and the conference are my own!  

 

Apricot Mint Infused Water

How to make apricot mint infused water

It’s easy to stay hydrated this summer with apricot mint infused water.

Apricot mint infused water recipe

I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but yall, it’s hot down here.  You would think that after living here for 30 years that I would get used to the summers.  I’m not.  It’s like when fall rolls around I block out the heat from the previous months. 

It’s worked for the most part but it’s like every new summer is hotter.  Like it has a vendetta against the other seasons.  Why summer, why!

How to make apricot mint infused water

Most people love the summer.  They get to go out and enjoy the outdoors.  Here?  We hide out in our house until its cool enough.  Or try to do things early in the morning before our body realizes its hot. 

So when we take the kids to soccer practice at 5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, we just know its going to be one big hot mess.  Literally hot.  And messy because we sweat. 

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But the kids don’t seem to mind the heat.  They both put their shin guards on and pull on their knee high socks and run out onto the field.  Run.  And jump and kick.  And run some more.   

I love watching them play.  After the first few practices I just resigned myself to being a sweaty mess of a soccer mom. avery

It’s important to get the kids out during the summer to play though.  We make sure that they drink some water before they go out onto the field and the coaches let them take plenty of water beaks.  They have to stay hydrated in this South Texas heat. 

We also take some snacks with us to practice.  We were sent a big box of Clif bars and they have been our go to snack.  Avery calls them ‘nola bars and asks for them all the time. 

CLIF bars for kids

On days we don’t have practice I try and do at least one outdoor activity a day.  Sometimes we go to the splash pad or we play in our inflatable pool or we just go to the park for a bit.  The kids need some way to get their energy out and letting them run outside is the best way to do it. 

Plus they sleep so much better at night when they have had a chance to get rid of some of that little kid energy.  Which means momma sleeps better.  Which means everyone is happy. 

Apricot mint infiused water

In honor of Clif’s Come out to Play initiative, I have re-created one of my go to summer drinks.  It’s important for both the kids and myself to stay hydrated when we go out.  Because I don’t know if I told you – but it’s hot yall. 

I make a big pitcher of this water and enjoy it throughout the week.  It’s the perfect way to stick it to the South Texas heat.  Booyah. 

Apricot Mint Infused Water
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Ingredients
  • 2 apricots, sliced
  • 10 or so large mint leaves
  • water to fill a pitcher
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
I refill my pitcher with water using the same fruit and mint for up to a week.

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Creamy hatch chili enchiladas

Creamy chicken and hatch chili enchiladas

Add some spice to your life with these hatch chili enchiladas. 

Hatch chili fest

Yall, I am so over summer.  It is soooo stinkin hot.  My car read 102 the other day and I didn’t want to get out.  I know it gets hotter in other places but that’s hard for me to believe.  We have high temps and then 100 percent humidity.  You constantly feel wet from being outside because the air is so damp.  

Don’t ask me why I thought it was a good idea to sign the kids up for summer soccer.  They practice twice a week with a game on Saturday.  That’s a lot of time out in the heat.  

Chicken enchiladas

The kids are hot and aren’t as excited to go to two practices anymore.  At first it was fun and new and they loved going.  Now they are like “another practice mom??”  So we are only going to one practice a week and the game on Saturday.  

It’s just too hot and like I said, they were losing interest.  Plus, they do group practices with ALL the kids on ALL the teams.  That means they do a lot of sitting and watching since there are so many kids.  Oh and a water break every 15 minutes so the kids don’t pass out.  

Homemade creamy hatch chili chicken enchiladas

I am happy it’s almost fall.  I can feel it – it’s going to get cooler soon and everything is going to be pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!  I think that I would be ok to live somewhere that was perma-fall all year.  Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, pumpkin spice everything.  Yea, I could live that everyday.  

Creamy hatch chili enchiladas

There are things that I like about summer though.  I love summer activities – pool time and beach trips.  Summer road trips are so fun.  Bonfires with friends and family.  Making 9 bagillion s’mores and not caring that you have marshmallow on your face.  

And summer produce.  Swooon.  I love everything about the fruits and vegetables of summer.  Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, squash, corn, figs, okra, tomatoes.  I love it all!  

Homemade creamy hatch chili chicken enchiladas are perfect for dinner

And peppers!  Oh I love the peppers.  There are so many yummy ones to choose from this time of year.  I’m going to have to say my favorite is the hatch chili pepper.  It’s mild and adds such a great flavor to any meal.  

We had friends over this past weekend and hatch chilis had just hit our grocery store.  I grabbed 4 and started dreaming up recipes for dinner.  

Creamy chicken and hatch chili enchiladas

I made pineapple hatch salsa, hatch guacamole and creamy hatch chili enchiladas.  Which were beyond easy to make!  I used my Kitchenaid to shred the chicken while it was still hot and then added cream cheese, sauteed peppers and a little salt and pepper.  (The second picture shows the chicken after I shredded it!)  The enchiladas were perfect and easy and such a big hit.  

Right now at HEB it’s peppermania.  Which means there are delicious peppers everywhere!  They also have a ton of great products that have peppers in them.  (Hello hatch pepper cheese and hatch pepper tortilla chips!)  Maybe I’m not over summer just yet.  

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Creamy hatch chili enchiladas
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Ingredients
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 4 hatch chili peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ onion
  • ½ tablespoon of butter
  • 20 tortillas
  • 1 large block of Monterrey jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of water, boil the chicken until cooked all the way through. (about 20 minutes)
  2. Shred the chicken by hand or using a stand mixer.
  3. While still hot stir in the block of cream cheese and add your salt and pepper.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add your garlic, hatch chili peppers and onion. Saute for until tender and fragrant. (about 15 minutes)
  5. Add the chili pepper mixture to the chicken mix.
  6. Place 1-2 tablespoons of chicken + hatch chili mix into each tortilla. Roll them and place in a pan with the seam facing down. Continue with the remaining tortillas.
  7. Cover with shredded cheese and bake for 10 minutes at 350.
  8. Remove, all to cool and enjoy!

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Cinnamon Sugar Turkey Prints

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Imperial Sugar.  All opinions are my own.  To read my full disclosure policy, click here.
 
My kids love [LOVE] to do crafts together.  They especially love when its a craft that they can complete mostly on their own.  I think its great when they can do a craft on their own but I also love crafts that don’t take twice as long to pick up as they did to make.  [Just being honest!]  When I was browsing through Imperial Sugar’s thanksgiving kids craft section, I saw found the perfect craft. It was easy do, super cute and easy to clean up. Plus I had all the supplies and two eager crafters ready to go.
 
 

I’m just going to come out and say it – hand and foot print art is the cutest thing ever. I love seeing my wittle the kids hands were at one point. When I set out the supplies for this easy homemade craft (glue, imperial sugar cinnamon sugar shaker, construction paper and cinnamon sticks) both kids got really excited.

 
 
I applied a thin layer of glue to the kids hands and had them press down on the  construction paper so they left a glue hand print.  Then I let them use the cinnamon sugar shaker and cover the glue.  We shook off the excess and let them dry.  [And we did this in pajamas with crazy morning hair.  See below.]
 
 
We let them dry and then decorated the turkeys.  Ryley added a bunch of trees to her turkey-scape and Avery used stickers. 
 
 

After staring at the turkeys for awhile and not being able to pinpoint why they looked.. different,  I hung them up in the playroom and started to clean up. It wasn’t until I saw another turkey craft that I realized what was wrong with ours – they didn’t have any beaks!  Waddles – check.  Tail feathers – yup.  Two turkey feet – double check. Beak?  Nope!  And what makes this so funny [to me at least] is the fact that when we were making the cinnamon sugar handprints we were talking about the parts of the turkey and the sounds they make.  I guess you can’t win them all. 

 
 
For now we will just admire our beak-less birds hanging in the playroom. 
 
Also, Imperial Sugar has a pretty cool content going on right now.  All you have to do is share a photo with them of a food or beverage you made using Imperial Sugar.  There will be 20 winners and each will win a $50 gift card!  [Ps.. as of now, there are only 24 entries!  So JUMP TO IT!  The odds are ever in your favor! (Yes, that was a Hunger Games reference.  And yes, I double parenthesized.)]  Enter the Look What I Made contest now!
 
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Im Losing

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Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program.  I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.  I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

Im losing.  This statement can be applied to many things.  Such as Im losing my mind or Im losing my money [kids are expensive yall!].  What Im currently losing is weight.  Im down 9 pounds from last month thanks to Shaklee.  At one point I was down to 199.4 so I bought new shoes since I met my first big goal – lose 10 pounds.

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I have followed the Shaklee 180 program for a month and have seen great results.  The amazing thing is I havent worked out in a while.  Im simply losing body fat on the program and by making health-ier choices.  Im not going to lie, the other night I had sweet potato chips and cookies for dinner.  I just make sure to take a Shaklee Metabolic Boost after each meal and drink tons of water.  I mean tons of water.

Sounds crazy, right?  Im just happy that even though I have an off day that I am able to continue to lose weight.  The last few months I have been working full time and I havent been able to work out.  I hope to get back into my workout routine and post even better results next month.  I personally dont feel any smaller or think I look like Ive lost weight but my clothes are very loose and friends tell me I look skinnier.  And I might have kissed them.  [Kidding!]

My beginning measurements were:

  • Chest – 43′
  • Hips – 46′
  • Waist – 44′
  • Arms – 14′
  • Thigh – 25′

My current measurements are:

  • Chest – 42 1/4′
  • Hips – 44 1/2′
  • Waist – 41 1/2′
  • Arm – 14 1/2′
  • Thigh – 24 1/2′

My goals for this next month are to continue to drink water until it comes out my ears and get back into my work out routine.  Im going to start the couch to 5k program again and try the naturally sisters April challenge.  I hope to post even better results in my next update post!

Question – What are you doing to stay fit?

Add Some Sparkle to the Holidays! #LB12Days

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My number one rule for outfits is it has to be comfortable.  The more comfortable I am the confident I look and feel.  [Can I get an Amen?]  Of course an outfit that sparkles and is comfortable is the absolute best.  Thank you Lane Bryant for making both comfortable and sparkly happen this holiday season.

Studded leggings // Sequin top // Sequin cardigan // Rhinestone heels // Sequin high lo dress // Glitter ballet flat //Sequin pencil skirt 

Are you on sparkle overload?  Me too.  And I love it!

Each day for the next 12 days Lane Bryant will be having ah-mazing surprise special offers.  So those rhinestone heels and glitter ballet flats up there? Half off!  [Yes, please!]  And if that offer isnt sweet enough – Im giving away TWO $30 Lane Bryant gift cards!  It definitely is the most wonderful timeeeee of the year!  Happy shopping and good luck!

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No nonsense Tights and Leggings #StyleMadeEasy

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There are some things that tend to go out the window when you become a mom.  Going to the bathroom alone, showering at normal hours and finding time to dress cute are just a few examples.  The first two I havent managed to fix but the last one is the reason I approached Natalia about Copy Cat Closet.  I needed some style inspiration in my life to get me out of my yoga pants rut.  And its worked!  Each week I receive a new outfit in my email that helps me shop my closet to find a new outfit. 
A few weeks ago I was sent one pair of No nonsense tights and leggings to review and I was excited to incorporate them into Copy Cat Closet.  The tights that I received were dark purple and had a diamond shape on them.  I wore them with my little black dress, shrug and a purple infinity scarf.  The tights reminded me of panty hose but were so much more comfortable!  [And cuter!]

I mentioned yesterday that the No nonsense leggings are amazing.  The leggings that I received were red cord and felt like butter when I put them one.  I paired them with a long tank and sleeveless top but they can easier be worn tucked in boots for fall or winter.  If fall ever decides to show up I will wear these tucked into my black riding boots.  [Fingers crossed it cools down soon!] 
I really love the red cords and I am on the hunt for other colors.  The No nonsense website shows that the cords come in six different colors and they have a printable coupon for a dollar off all their bottoms.  [Score!]  I know this momma loves to save a few bucks while trying to look pulled together.

Have yall tried No nonsesnse tights or leggings?   

Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here. I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.

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10 Tips for Working Out #FrozenFavorites

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For the past two weeks I have been using the Couch to 5k program on my phone and replacing my lunch with a Lean Cuisine.  [Find out more here.]  I have to say that this is definitely the push that I have needed to start my journey of getting and staying healthy.  I purchased my Lean Cuisines at my local Sams Cluba few weeks ago.

The Couch to 5k app has been awesome!  There are nine weeks total and each week has 3 work out routines.  I am so happy to say that I only missed one workout out of the two week time period!  Ok I really missed two but the one day that I didnt get my ‘official’ run in I chased the kids around the front yard for twenty minutes.  Let me tell you something.. toddlers are fast!  That run wore this momma out.

I replaced my lunches with a Lean Cuisine each day too.  I loved the sesame chicken.. it was by far my favorite.  I tried to have a healthy side item each day as well.

The ginger garlic stir fry was really good too.. but it had a bit of spiciness to it.  I added animal crackers and peanut butter to this lunch.

Chicken teriyaki stir fry was my second favorite Lean Cuisinemeal.  [Although they are all very good!]  I liked that I didnt have to think about what I was having for lunch.  It made life that much easier.. and tastier!


In two weeks I have more energy, I am able to run longer and I have lost a total of 5 pounds!  [It may not be much but its just the start and I am still happy dancing!]  I am in no way shape or form an expert on physical fitness but I wanted to share with yall my 10 tips for working out.

1. Make small goals and changes
My ultimate goal is to run a 5k.. but I cant just get up and do that.  I have to make smaller goals in order to reach my ultimate goal.
2. Dont be so hard on yourself
If you miss a workout or you eat two [or three or four] brownies dont beat yourself up and give up.  Its a long road and you will hit a few bumps but as long as you are committed to your goals you will be fine.
3. Find a work out buddy
I was paired with Mom Endeavors and Expect Moore for this challenge.  Plus I have had such great support from my friends Brin and Jennifer.  They have helped me stayed motivated for sure.
4. Buy something new
Sounds silly, right?  But if it takes buying yourself a fancy new pair of shoes to start your routine – buy them!  I was so excited to get my bondiband and try it out at the gym.  It motivated me to workout. [Yes that is a pre-workout picture of me with no makeup.  Im sorry.]
5.  Reward yourself
Once I lose ten pounds Im going buy a new pair of shoes or workout top.  If I go to the gym I allow myself to have a sweet after dinner.  Small rewards keep me motivated to press on.
6. Avoid Temptation
This is the hardest one for me.  I tried not to buy cookies or ice cream the past few weeks so I wouldnt be tempted with them.  I do have a few sweet things in the house to reward myself with though.  My favorite?  A banana with peanut butter.
7. Stay strong
This is more a state of mind then a physical thing.  Keep your mind strong and your body will follow.
8. Make a schedule
Make a schedule for your workouts and make a menu planner for your meals.  The less thinking you have to do the more likely you are to do it.
9.  Stay accountable
If you said you would work out – then do it.  Find someone to work out with that will keep you encouraged.  I post about my struggles and success on my blog and Facebook because I want the encouragement and because I need another way to stay accountable to myself.

10. Dont give up

Dont give up on yourself.  Dont give up on your goals.  Dont give up on your plans to stay healthy.
Do yall have any other tips to add?  I would love to hear what has worked for you!   Also check out my Google+ album for more pictures!
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