July 31, 2014

Healthy Pancakes

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No flour. No added sugar. Full of protein. Clean eating!

That is what these pancakes are all about. And they are super easy to make, and just as easy to devour!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats (quick or regular, doesn’t matter)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Place oats into blender or food processor and blend until you get a flour texture
  2. Add in Banana and 2 eggs, and pulse until bananas are all mashed up and mixed in
  3. Add cinnamon and vanilla and pulse until well blended
  4. Set your burner to medium heat, and add non stick spray, or coconut oil (I always use coconut oil, adds so much flavor!)
  5. Once the skillet is hot, cook your pancakes!
  6. I like to eat mine with fresh berries, but you could use syrup, peanut butter, or heat up blueberries, and then squeeze the juice out of them to make a natural blueberry “syrup”

Nutrition information:

Totals: 399 calories, 3g fat, 19.8g protein (that’s for the entire mixture!)

 

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What are some healthy things you’d top these pancakes with?

July 30, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Red and Aqua Wedding

So here’s something you may not know about me. I am a certified wedding planner. What does that mean? Well, it means I went and took a class, studied under a professional wedding planner in Houston, and I know what to do to plan and coordinate a gorgeous wedding! The last wedding I did was last October, so I don’t do it that often. I had once upon a time thought that that is what I wanted to do as my profession. I jumped off that boat whenever I realized how much wedding planners actually worked. I mean, they’re on the clock 24/7! Which is fine for some people, but seeing my professor on her second failing marriage… not really my cup of tea. I knew I wanted to have a family some day, and working nights and every weekend wasn’t gonna cut it for us.

 

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So now, I just do them here and there, and pin a gazillion things to pinterest. I’m sure I get people following me wondering why on earth I pin wedding things when I’m already married. Well, there you have it folks. And yes, I have still bought wedding magazines since being married. And read wedding blogs… its an obsession!

So we’re going to call this Wednesday “Wedding Wednesday” and we’ll see how y’all like it! If you like it, just leave me a quick comment, or let me know on Facebook! Today, I’m going to share a mood-board but in the future, I’d love to share tips and tricks that I’ve learned and might be of help to future brides.

 

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Red and Aqua were our wedding colors. More of a deep red, with pops of aqua here and there. I loved the colors and how everything came out! What wedding colors would you like to see a mood-board for? Do you like Wedding Wednesdays?

July 29, 2014

Summer Book Recommendations–Spicy Edition

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Hey now! Summer isn’t over yet! I still have a few more weeks I can indulge in some spicy summer books! Not that I’ve made it to the pool more than twice… and the beach? I don’t want to talk about it…

Okay- maybe I do. The beach situation here in Houston is, in a word BAD. DIRTY. (No, I’m not talking about the “spicy” books yet, sheesh) I’m talking about all the seaweed. Anyways. Back to the book list.

*Disclaimer* When I say that these books are spicy I do not mean 50 Shades of Grey. I had a conversation with a friend about 50 Shades of Grey this past week because of the trailer that just came out. I have picked up the book a couple times, and skimmed through it. If it’s a book I’m iffy on, I’m going to jump ahead and read bits and pieces in the middle and the end of the book. I wanted to figure out what all this hype was about.

While I will not judge you if you have read the book, things I read just weren’t my cup of tea, and I’ll leave it at that.

To give you a guide as to where my book recommendations fall, I would say… More spicy than Nora Roberts love scenes, but less spicy than 50 Shades of Grey. Hopefully that helps!

 

 

Alice Clayton. I am a sucker for a book that will make me laugh, and have a bit of romance in it. I found this gal at Barnes and Noble on the buy 2 get 1 free section. (this is perfectly okay, and doesn’t mean her books are bad, sheesh). Anyways, “Wallbanger” was sitting there. Erm, it got my interest? #duh And with all the cray cray about 50 shades I wanted to see if this was more of the same or if someone had actually not went that route with their story!

I mean seriously, there are always tables in Barnes and Noble with recommendations if you liked 50 shades. I just want to write on those signs, NO I DIDN’T, lets move on! Its been months people! Lucky for you if you liked it, but unlucky for me since I didn’t.

I have read all 3 books in the Cocktail Series (Wallbanger) and the Redhead Series (The Unidentified Redhead). My favorite was the Cocktail Series. I related to the character of the girl more because she was a designer (interior designer), she was my age, and lived in San Francisco. I know… I don’t live in San Fran, but I’d love to.

The Redhead series was good, but not my favorite. I kept reading after a while because I wanted to see how the story ended, and I didn’t have another spicy book to read. #dontjudgeme

So if you want to read a book that will make you laugh, is spicy, and you don’t have to think about too much, I recommend this gal.

I just have to share the names of the cocktail series with you, because, its funny, and hubs made fun of me every time I downloaded one. (Our Kindle apps are synced)

 

 

Yeah, yeah, go ahead and laugh. But don’t judge a book by its cover! Remember, the girl is an Interior Designer. . . ah crap. Your mind is already in the gutter.

What’s on your spicy book read list? Do you like 50 Shades of Grey?

 

-Happy Tuesday-

July 28, 2014

Photo Apps

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I am always asking people what photo apps they use. Its not just a simple thing of taking a picture and immediately uploading it to Instagram anymore is it y’all? You want your picture  more vibrant, you want it with white on the edges, and you want it to have gorgeous text on it!

Don’t be overwhelmed- I’m here to give you the scoop on what apps you need to download, and what they can do for you! All of these apps are available on iTunes and the Google Play store.

1. Snap Seed

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Now this app is the best for adjusting your pictures look. You have full control. Think of it as a little photoshop app for your phone, only super super simple to use! I tend to use the “auto adjust” button, and it turns out great, and then you can go through and tweak brightness, contrast, or even specific points on the picture. There are also filters that you can use.  This is my #1 must have photo app!

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2. Instasize

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Instagram is by far my favorite social media application. But sometimes, I take a picture and I. Don’t. Want. To. Crop. It! (I know you know what I mean!) That is where instasize comes in. The easiest app to use. All you do is upload the picture, click “instasize” and bada bing bada boom, you’re picture is ready in all its beauty for instagram!

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3. A Beautiful Mess

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Alright, now you’ve got your picture edited beautifully, it’s the right size for instagram, but now you want it to have some bling? A cute little “lovely” written across your picture in handwriting? Or a cute little doodle of a bicycle? Then download this app. It has a lot of cute little hand-drawn doodles for you to place on your picture, an option to write out your own text, and a few filters as well. (if going filter cray cray is your thing)

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4. Rhonna Designs

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Want to do more than just layer a couple hand drawn doodles? Then this app is going to be right up your alley. This app has so many things you can layer on! Words, graphics, designs, so so much! Prepare to spend hours on this app!

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5. 1 Second a Day

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Now this is my new favorite app! If you take videos constantly, or want to start taking more videos, this will be like candy to you! It’s the best way to document your life. 1 second a day. That’s all! All you have to do is make sure you take a short video of something you’re doing each day, and then whenever you’re ready, go into the app, click on the dates you have videos for, select 1 second from that video, and you’re done! Then after a certain amount of time (maybe a vacation, a month, or a whole year!) you will select those dates and it will compile them into one video for you!

 

 

Did I miss any that you use constantly? Or do you think you’ll download one of these now and give it a go?

-Happy Monday-

July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

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This Friday I’m excited for the weekend! I want to relax, get lost in my sketchbook, drink lots of tea, and stay COOL. Last weekend we spent a majority of it outside, biking, playing tennis, running around town. Lots of fun, but oh so much sweat. This weekend I want to try indoor activities. I still want to be active though! So maybe we’ll give rock-climbing a go, and Zumba!

Here’s some of my favorite things today:

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This awesome app to capture everyday for the rest of your life.

This font compilation I found. Still working my way through the list, discovering new fonts is lovely.

Amazing artwork by a Chinese Artist- done with PAPER. Mind. Blown.

This shop on Etsy that just opened up again! Custom Illustrations & Pom-Pom Garlands. (ps- its me!)

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What is something you’re loving on this Friday?

 

Have a beautiful & safe weekend!

July 24, 2014

John Legend Concert

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Hubs and I got last minute tickets to the John Legend concert last night, thanks to Whitney who works at the Pavilion! We had a great time. Date nights are always on the weekend for us, and during the week usually consists of gym time and cooking at home. So it was fun to break the routine and get out.

 

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John Legend…. amazing! It was such a fun, relaxing concert. He is charming and his music is so romantical. (I know that’s not a word-but I use it a lot… I think I heard it in a Disney movie or something.)

But for real- all of his music is beautiful, he is an amazing musician and singer. I would go see him in concert again for sure! Only next time I will pray that his concert lands in the fall if its outside again. Whew! It was a hot and humid one last night!

We still had a blast though. We kept ourselves laughing the entire time because there was a girl that was behind me that kept saying, “This is my song!!” First time- okay, that’s fine. . . but then once we hit about 5 “Lord, this is my song!!” … we started to not believe her anymore.

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Are you one that likes to enjoy the concert or do you try to take a gazillion pictures during the concert? I’m the former, and if you are the later, then… just ignore me.

I don’t really understand why you go to a concert and then are on your phone the entire time trying to take pictures or videos? There was a lady in front of us that kept trying to take pictures the entire night. And note how I keep saying “trying.” Because whenever you try to take pictures of screens because you’re too far back to actually get a picture of the person on stage, the screens always show up bright and you cant see anything on your phone.

I swear this lady had her phone out trying to take pictures for 60% of the concert. Every time it would come up we would start giggling because no matter how many times she tried she was getting nothing but a white bright screen. She got points for effort though, she sure tried hard. . .

 

Do you take a ton of pictures/videos at concerts, or do you just take one or two and then enjoy the show?

-Happy Thursday-

July 23, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

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top: Tommy Hilfigre Outlet | jeans: NYandCo | shoes: American Eagle | bracelet: JCrew Outlet | camera strap: LeslieStudio

I just can’t get enough of all the adorable camera straps that are out there right now! The last one I showed was a scarf camera strap, and this one is a gorgeous strap one, with a really nice soft suede on the interior!

This strap feels super sturdy, and I didn’t once worry about it coming undone. I usually leave my camera on, and tend to wear it cross-body style when I’m wondering around, especially while I’m on vacation. And this strap made me feel really comfortable doing that! Plus its really freakin’ adorable! Here’s some more detailed pictures:

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Totally cute right?!

You can get one here at this awesome Etsy shop: LeslieStudio

There are a lot of different patterns and designs- I know you’ll find one you like, because I want one of each! Here’s a few more of my favorites…

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Stop by and check it out!

-Happy Wednesday-

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