How to: Stylish Photo Frame

Here is a simple yet stylish photo frame that can accommodate tons of photos at once. The idea is super simple. Fasten twines on an empty frame and hang photos using clothes pins or the clips below. You can use a frame you bought or a frame you made by yourself. Yes, this is as simple as it sounds.

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How to wear: Blanket Scarf

Blanket Scarf Tutorial:

  1. Start out with the scarf completely unfolded (picture one). 
  2. Taking two opposite sides, fold it in half to create a triangle (picture two).
  3. Roll towards the point 2-3 times (picture three)
  4. Wrap the scarf around your neck with the point facing down. Pull the ends to tighten the scarf around your neck (picture four). Tuck in the ends of the scarf so that they aren’t visible. You may have to mess with it and arrange the scarf until your desired look is achieved!
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I will say that this method works best with a SQUARE blanket scarf as opposed to a rectangular one, because I start out by folding the square from corner to corner so that it creates a triangle.

Superbowl Dip Ideas

Are you ready for some football? And some delicious food? I’m not much of a football fan, but I definitely look forward to the Super Bowl snacks the halftime show & the hilarious commercials. For those of you going to a party or just looking to eat some good food, here are some of my favorite snacks that would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. 

| Corn Dip | | Spinach Bacon | | Cookie Dough dip | | Guac | | Buffalo Chicken |     | Crack Dip|| Ugly Bean Dip |

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Declutter: 20 Items from your Closet

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Over the course of being out on my own for four years I feel like I have slowly accumulated more and more STUFF.  More clothes, more shoes, more books, more kitchen items, etc.  Seriously it is getting to that point where my apartment is feeling smaller and smaller.  
Purging 20 items in my closet is modest enough where I know I can do it rather easily, but enough where I know I will have a hard time with some items.  Hopefully this also starts an even larger overall purge that will lead into my kitchen, living room and bathroom before I move in May. 

20 items is easy, try donating 20 items!

Monday Motivation: Try Yoga

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Sitting. For most of us, it’s an unavoidable aspect of life.

We sit in our cars, at work, at school; even if we live as active a lifestyle as possible, sitting for any extended period of time at our desks can still be negative on our overall health and well being. 

If at the end of the day you’re left with a knot between your shoulder blades and a stitch between your eyebrows then you should give yoga a shot. My friend Ashley and I started going to yoga once a week and I love how I feel afterward. I’m sharing some benefits of yoga below:

Yoga and the Body:

  • increases flexibility
  • strengthens the muscles and tendons, especially stabilizer muscles
  • increases bone density of the entire skeletal system
  • develops balance and coordination
  • straightens posture and body alignment
  • improves function of internal organs 
  • enhances cardiovascular ability, both lowering resting heart rate and making oxygen use more efficient
  • burns energy (150-400 calories per hour)
  • decreases chance of injury
  • fixes muscular imbalances
  • stimulates the immune system
  • decreases cortisol levels, resulting in lower blood sugar levels and heightened insulin response, resulting in less inflammation and less chance of diabetes and heart disease
  • Decreases the chance of arthritis and joint issues by moving full motion 
  • Puts you in a better mood
  • connects your mind with your body
  • decreases pain and fatigue

So go on give it a shot this week! Check out more workouts you may have missed: 

| Boot Camp | | Interval running | | Tabata Training | | Weekend Workouts |

White Chicken Chili

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I LOVE this recipe. Not only is it extremely easy but it is SOOOOO good! One of my favorite meals to eat, especially on a cold night. Or even on a warm one. Doesn’t matter, this stuff is good. You can eat it by itself or with tortilla chips and avocado. YUM!

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 8-oz package light cream cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Drain and rinse the black beans. Place your chicken at the bottom of the crock pot, then pour out the whole can of corn (undrained), Rotel tomatoes, and black beans on top of chicken.
  2. Top with seasonings and ranch dressing mix. Stir together.
  3. Place cream cheese on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

More chicken recipes you may have missed:

| Jalepeno Popper Chicken | | Honey Beer Chicken | | Parm Herb Chicken |

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine was quite busy, so I’m especially excited that Friday has arrived. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend in Indy. Here are my five favorite things this week

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1. Spicy Quinoa Pizza Bites…Yes please!

2. Must have duvet from Anthropology

3. Words to Live by

4. Pay it Forward– it could change someone’s life

5. New Trends for 2015

6. Where to travel in 2015- 52 places

7. 10 budget friendly instagrams to follow

8. Open shelf organizing ideas

9. Cats can sleep anywhere– pictures to prove it

10. 15 minute morning yoga

Bathroom Organization

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I’ve made a little progress on my bathroom organizing this week!  I really wanted a functional way to organize all of my bathroom necessities.  I’ve seen Mason Jar Storage all over blogland and Pinterest, I have no clue where the original source came from but whoever it was, genius.  I now have an adorable way to store these items on the bathroom counter.

This was an easy project.  I had three old mason jars laying around and went to Wal Mart for the chalkboard labels.  

2015: Travel More

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                                 { Cozumel, Mexico 2014 }

Use 2015 as a year to travel more! Money always finds a way to replenish itself; experiences can never be bought. So travel, see the world. Learn about people, learn about cultures. Learn about yourself. Be changed.

Here are some reasons below that you should travel more this year even if your funds are running low:

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                                 {Asheville, NC The Biltmore }

Travel forces you to solve problems: Traveling to another country allows us to pick up new skills that your normal life would never allow: My first trip out of the country to the Bahamas with my family made me realize how connected with constantly have to be. Not being able to use our phones to text, call or check the time was a refreshing change.

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                                       { Sedona, Arizona }

Travel allows you to appreciate what you often take for granted: On our 30 minute bus ride in Progresso Mexico I stared out the window and couldn’t believe all of the tiny houses and homeless people on the side of the roads. This made me realize just how fortunate my own life is.

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                                  { Bourbon Street, New Orleans}

Travel helps you learn stuff about yourself: Travel teaches you a lot about things you like and things you don’t like. It teaches you how you react in stressful situations. It teaches you what kind of people you get along best with and how much sleep you can actually function on.

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                                 { Myrtle Beach, South Carolina }

Travel causes you to break habits:  In our normal lives we are in such a constant routine. We wake up at the same time, work at the same time, eat the same foods and go to bed at the same time. Without change, we become robotic.  Travel allows us to re-set ourselves and have a change of pace from our daily monotone life.

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                                                   { Bahamas }

Travel shows you the world is much, much greater than yourself: Even though I don’t live in one, I always love visiting big cities like Chicago, because it reminds me of just how gigantic the human population is. Traveling opens your eyes to just how many people there are in the world.

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                                                 { Miami }

Travel teaches you to be less judgmental: Traveling helps you become more open minded to different religions, cultures and traits. It makes us less likely to judge people for living their lives in different ways than we choose to live ours.

                                               { Las Vegas }

Travel enhances your illusions of the world: We can always look at pictures, and we can always watch videos, but actually being in places is a completely different experience

How to: Moscow Mule

For my birthday extravaganza we ended the night at a bar that made some amazing Moscow Mules, aka my new favorite drink.  I love how incredibly refreshing this drink is, and those cute little copper mugs are an adorable plus.  And if you’re not a huge fan of vodka switch it out for some dark rum and you have yourself a Dark and Stormy.  Here’s to my new favorite drink, the Moscow Mule!