links i love 8/26/16

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Looking for some fun reading for your weekend? Here are some links I love that you may have missed this week!

Enjoy!

Recipes

My Go-to Avocado Toast by Minimalist Baker

Balsamic Chicken Skillet by Budget Bytes

Garlic Grilled Broccoli by Slender Kitchen

Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars by Jar Of Lemons

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas by Gimme Some Oven

One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta by Slender Kitchen

Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet with Tomato Butter Sauce by Pinch of Yum

Family and Life

How to Deal With Being Overwhemed by A Fresh Start on a Budget – This is a great post! We all get overwhelmed…I know I do. And when you feel that way it can be hard to get anything done, much less everything! I know I can just kinda freeze up. This has some great tips for getting past the overwhelmed feeling and moving forward, plus making sure to take time for self-care. And we all know how important I think self-care is!

Is Wealth Just About Changing Your Mindset by Our Freaking Budget – I love this! And past a certain point, like being unsure if you can afford groceries or bills, I would have to say they are right! Mindset makes such a huge difference!

21 Books I Loved, 5 I Liked and 3 I Wouldn’t Recommend by Design Darling – Great list! I can’t wait to check out some of these! I have my own “new book goal” on my own 101 Things in 1001 Days list and this will help me get there! Plus a few that she read are ones I read for my list too! (Also, this gives me a post idea….maybe do my own book list halfway through or something?)

Things I Know for Sure at 28: Outstanding People, the Comparison Trap and Standards by Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat – I love this! It sounds a lot like the things I learned around that time! It amazes me just how much we learned in our late 20s….makes me excited to see what we learn in our 30s!

Art and DIY

Unique {and Cheap} DIY Fall Decorating Ideas by Re-fabbed – I love fall and I especially love making fall decor! These are some seriously cute ideas and I can’t wait to make a few of them for our home!

Industrial Dog Bowl Feeder Stand by Pretty Handy Girl – This is great. I have wanted to build or buy something like this for a while, but hadn’t seen anything that seemed like it could stand up to Achilles-level slobber (gotta love mastiffs haha!). This one might actually do it!

Health and Fitness

Trying New Fitness Adventures by Gettin’ My Healthy On – Yes! I love trying new things and having been focusing a lot on getting outside of my comfort zone lately. I actually decided just this week that I am FINALLY getting a gym membership and I can’t wait to attend some fitness classes! Plus I have a few other things I want to try too!

Hair and Beauty

Waterfall Braid Tutorial + the Fix for Dry, Damaged Hair by Hair Romance – Yet again another great post from Christina! The waterfall braid is one I love but haven’t tried yet. (I mostly stick to my Dutch and Fishtail Braids) I can’t wait to try after this video! And my curly hair gets dried out so easily, so I will definitely be trying some new products she suggests to see if I can’t get it back to health!

Blogging and Business

How to Design Blog Post Graphics That Convert (With Before + After Examples!) by Melyssa Griffin – Wonderful post! This is something I struggle with, so I am definitely going to be trying out her tips!

That’s it for the links I love this week! Did you have something you loved or something you published? I would love to check it out, so please leave a link below!

sunday meal prep 8/21/16

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! I have had a wonderful weekend, with the first ever Iowa BBG Meet-up, an easy meal prep (remember my posts are staggered by one week :-) ), a home movie-date with Draz and a lot of time working on my Etsy store!

Over the past few weeks I have been preparing for a weekend where things will be very off-schedule and I don’t know how much time I will have for meal prep. With a little planning though, we will still have awesome healthy food with very little to do that week! This week was the last of my prep for that upcoming week…. I added in some extra snacks and breakfast burritos for the freezer. And you can be sure that my freezer is pretty packed now!

One of the big advantages of meal prep to me is that I’m already thinking ahead to the coming week. So thinking a little farther ahead and looking at weeks that are going to be extra busy fits right in! Now, instead of looking at the coming weekend with stress about  my routine being all crazy and unknown, I know I am prepared. I can just be excited! This is a pretty big change for me, since I am very routine-based. It’s amazing how being organized can actually make you feel more free and flexible! Do you have any things like this that you do?

Anyways, this won’t be the last time you see me doing extra prep for a future event. This one has gone so well that I think I will be doing something similar for an even bigger event I have coming up next month! I will be attending my first blogging conference, so there will be very little time to meal prep all weekend! Plus I’m going to want to have some healthy food options to take with me for snacks and such, so that will be added in too. I’m so excited!

But now, on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

How to use meal prep to plan ahead - Eat healthy, tasty food all week, You can even add in a bit extra to freeze for those future busy week's too!

For the snacks and treats, I tried a couple new recipes this week. Double Chocolate Dairy-free Ice Cream is a “nice” cream with only four ingredients! It was super easy to make! While Draz and I both say that this doesn’t taste like ice cream to us, we both thought it was pretty tasty! I will definitely be making it again :-) It’s a nice dessert that’s still healthy! Plus the fact that it’s made out of things that we always have on hand. (I have SO MANY bananas in the freezer!)protein-balls-sweet-potato-banana-bites-chocolate-nice-cream

The other new recipe was No Bake Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Balls, with a few small changes. I used whole wheat flour instead of almond meal and our protein powder is chocolate, not vanilla. I did add in the vanilla essence that was suggested as optional in the recipe as well. You might be shocked, but I think these might actually replace the Cookie Dough Protein Balls as our favorites! Draz seems to really like them and I love them!chocolate-nice-cream-protein-balls-mini-banana-muffins

Of course, I had to make up our favorites too! One batch of Cookie Dough Protein Balls, putting around half in the freezer to take out next week. Some Sweet Potato Banana Bites for me and I gotta tell you, I am loving the new change I made to this recipe! I was originally adding in Special Dark Chocolate Chips into the mix right before spooning it into the muffin tins. The last couple times I have been taking a square of unsweetened baking chocolate and chopping it up and adding that in instead. It’s not a huge change, but it has made a noticeable difference and I really like it!breakfast-burritos-grapes-cheese-mason-jar-salads

Our salads were pretty much our basic this week, though I did add a few cherry tomatoes into each of mine :-) They are tasty! Another two weeks of breakfast burritos and my grapes and cheese for the week were the same as always and just as tasty as ever!healthy-meal-prep-main-dishes

For our main dishes, I tried to keep things pretty basic this week, but I did try one new recipe: Butter Chicken Curry! I have to say, I loved this mild and saucy curry! I picked up some garlic naan to go with it and it was delicious! This will definitely be made again! That being said, we are still on the search for our favorite curry recipe. Draz like this one, but it wasn’t his favorite so far. Any suggestions?

Our other dishes were repeats for us: Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta (anyone surprised? :-p) and Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls. Both turned out wonderful! I did use some extra turkey in the Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, just based on how the packages were weighed out. I really like how the Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls turned out, though I think I will try to spice it up a bit more next time.

So that’s it for this week! Do you have any events coming up soon where some meal prep in advance could make things easier? Have you ever tried that before? I love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

links i love 8/19/16

Happy Friday everyone! Any exciting weekend plans? For once I have some! I’m heading to Iowa City for the first Iowa BBG meet-up :-) I’m sure that I will be telling you more about this soon, but I can’t wait!

But for now, here are some links I love from this week for your reading pleasure!

But before we get to the links, cute rats! These are two of our new pet rats and my favorite picture from the week :-)
But before we get to the links, cute rats! These are two of our new pet rats and my favorite picture from the week :-)

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sunday meal prep 8/14/16

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! Here things are pretty good…much better than they were during the week at least. I was kinda sidelined this week by a pretty nasty headache and my whole schedule was thrown off. It was severe enough that I actually got sent home due to how light and sound sensitive I was. No workouts and a lot of rest, quiet and dark for a few days and I’m back to normal! But it definitely threw my normal schedule off balance. It’s times like this that I really appreciate meal prep! Even though I couldn’t do much for a couple days we still had good healthy food!

Another exciting thing from the past week: Have you checked out Instagram Stories?! I am loving it! So, you may remember that my meal prep posts are actually staggered by one week from my actual meal prep (this week’s post is of last Sunday’s prep and so on). One thing I am having a lot of fun with on Stories is showing some behind the scenes stuff, including a sneak peek at my meal prep! Last week I did a step-by-step through how I go about my meal prep and what dishes I was making that week. So if you want a sneak peek or some ideas for how to streamline your meal prep, make sure you head over to my Instagram each Sunday for my meal prep process! What do you think of the whole Instagram Stories thing? You enjoying it so far?

Ok, so now that I have rambled on for a bit, let’s get on to this week’s meal prep! Enjoy!

How to use meal prep to plan ahead - Eat healthy, tasty food all week, You can even add in a bit extra to freeze for those future busy week's too!Read More

links i love 8/12/16

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Things have been a little off here, but are getting back on track now. I had a pretty bad headache for a few days, so I haven’t been working out much this week or getting as much done as I would like. But my head is doing better and I’m getting back to normal productivity! No workout today, but hopefully tomorrow that will be back on track too!

Anyways, I found some links I love this week for your weekend reading pleasure! Enjoy!Read More

sunday meal prep 8/7/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Ours was good! My week has been pretty busy with some fun stuff…I restarted Kayla’s BBG 1.0 and have gotten some new jewelry made too! Our food was pretty simple this week and didn’t take too long to make either.

Enjoy!

Get some inspiration for how you can use meal prep to eat healthier and make more time for the things you love!Read More

5 great podcasts for creatives

Being an artist can be very isolating. Long hours in your studio creating can be wonderful, but also lonely. But podcasts can help with that! They can help you to feel connected with other artists, gain some insight and maybe even some inspiration!

Now, you might remember that I have a serious love of podcasts. I’ve talked about it a couple times (here and here), but today I want to focus solely on podcasts that I feel are helpful to creatives. Creativity in all its forms, it’s ups and it’s downs and how we gain inspiration has been on my mind a lot lately. I plan to talk more on this topic soon, but I thought it would be fun to start off with this!

Enjoy!

Looking for some inspiration, tips or just something to listen to when you are working in your studio? I have just the thing for you! Check out this list of great podcasts for any artist!Read More

sunday meal prep 7/31/16

Hey all! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Here we are mostly working on stuff around the house and getting ready for our newest additions! We are getting 3 adorable pet rats this week! :-) I can’t wait to pick them up and I’m sure you will end up seeing a few pictures on Instagram as we get them settled in! Other than that, not much exciting, but this meal prep definitely is!

Enjoy!

How I use meal prep to make not only the coming week easier, but future weeks as well! And you can to! Eat healthy, tasty food all week long with less stress. Just click through for some great ideas how!Read More

sunday meal prep 7/24/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! We have had a wonderful weekend, including a family dinner at my parents, where Draz got to meet some of my extended family and I got to see a few people I hadn’t seen in many years :-) It was a lot of fun, full of laughter and tasty food! That was the highlight of our weekend, though I did get some photography work done as well. That’s pretty much the highlights from our weekend, so now on to our meal prep for the week!

Enjoy!

Yes, it's possible to eat healthy all week and not spend time every day in the kitchen! Meal prep once a week cuts down on the amount of time you spend cooking, freeing up more time for the more important things in your life! Click through to see how!Read More