February 12, 2016

Dressing Up with Skinny Tie Madness

Disclaimer: I was provided product in exchange for my post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and while we hardly ever do more than a card and flowers or a cheap box of chocolate, this year we're heading out to dinner! Okay, not really. We are heading out to dinner, but not because it's Valentine's Day. In fact, I'm kind of upset it's Valentine's Day because now that means it will be even harder to find a table somewhere...

I digress. We're heading out to a Toy Expo Show and because we'll have an all day babysitter we're going to grab dinner as well! We figure since we'll be meeting with so many companies, we might as well look nice and it will transition to dinner perfectly.

While Dave has to look nice every night at work, he's much more laid back when he's not at work.  I wanted to grab him something "special" that wasn't too over the top.  I came across Skinny Tie Madness and figured they were the perfect combination of classy but fun- exactly what I want our night out to be!

Skinny Tie Madness has so many amazing ties, priced at $29.99 and many include a sleek tie clip. It's an amazing price point considering how great the materials are plus they have both classic and trendy styles.


He cleans up nicely, doesn't he?

I'm going to order him a few of the madras plaid styles... and maybe the boats... okay, maybe more than he actually needs, but I just love them! Which design is your favorite?


February 10, 2016

My Current Favorite Meal : Southwest Chicken Bowls


I have been on a pretty awesome health kick lately. Menu planning, meal planning, pre-prepping snacks... I'm "in it" now and it feels good. I did lose a handful of pounds and then went a week of not prepping and felt myself falling back. Sad.

This week however, I'm prepping my favorite meal and wanted to share!

Southwest Chicken Bowls

1/2 tsp EVOO
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 can black beans (low sodium), rinsed
1 cup chopped onion
2 chicken breast
Taco Seasoning (I use Atlantic Spice Co's)
2 cups rice (brown or white - sometimes I use quinoa instead!), prepared according to directions. 
1 tsp of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1 tbsp of salsa (optional)

1. Put two chicken breasts in the crock pot, sprinkle with taco seasoning to your liking, and set on low to cook while you're at work (or wherever...)
2. Add EVOO to a skillet on low heat, then add chopped onions and corn. Cook until onions are transparent and corn is roasted.
3. Add can of rinsed black beans and mix together. Cook until beans are heated.
4. At the same time, use microwave or rice cooker to prepare 2 cups of rice. 
5. When all items are ready, layer the plate with 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup of corn and bean mixture, a palm sized piece of chicken, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese or salsa if desired.

Southwest Chicken Bowl Recipe




February 8, 2016

Surprise Sale from Kate Spade


Kate Spade started their most recent surprise sale over the weekend, and I'm smitten. Here's a few of my favorite items:

vegas jewels scatter necklace $25




But seriously... this balloon print is amazing! I kind of want all of these, I don't even care about the repeating print...


Although this shopper is my favorite. I'm obsessed with the navy colorway.


But I'd have a seriously hard time deciding between the balloons and these lemons!

lemon street len $159.00


Both Valentine's Day and my birthday are coming up.... it may be time to clean out the closet and invest in a new bag!

Which is your favorite from the site?


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