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Happy Wednesday friends!! I can’t believe we made it halfway through another week, its been such a busy one so far! Here is a list of my top ten favorite things from around the web this week. Thanks for stopping by! Anyways I hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a fun filled weekend. What are your plans?

  1. The perfect sunday dinner– chicken pot pie. Yum! – LaurenConrad.com
  2. 5 signs you need a mental break by the every girl blog
  3. 10 ways to wear your white jeans this fall and winter. – Bows and Sequins
  4. Lauren Nelson’s Boho Chic Bedroom decorating ideas
  5. Loving Eat Sleep Wear’s skin care routine. – Eat Sleep Wear
  6. The new engagement ring trends
  7. I need to try Grace’s suggestions on how to be more productive. – The Stripe
  8. 14 lavender uses to know
  9. Oprah’s list of favorite things, here’s how much it would cost to buy them all
  10. 25 of the best Halloween costumes for 2017

 

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What to wear: Engagement Photos

Wondering what to wear for your engagement photos? You’re not alone. Last week I spent so much time planning the outfits that Jake and I were going to wear during our pictures.  We chose to do a mini session so we only had time to choose one outfit which made it even harder to decide.

Before you scan your closet or hit the mall, consider these top tips on what to wear for your engagement shoot.

  1. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Like You
  2. Complement Each Other, But Don’t Match
  3. Choose Pastels, Cool Colors, and Neutral Tones
  4. Incorporate at Least One Accessory
  5. Choose Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks
  6. Stick With Two Outfits
  7. Flatter Your Body Type
  8. Make use of the season

Some of my favorite engagement pictures from around the web, these couples killed it!

 

 

 

5 Favorite Blanket Scarves under $15

One of my absolute favorite fall closet staples are blanket scarves. You can easily dress them up with silk blouses and black pants or dress them down with button ups and jeans. Dressing for both work and play can be a whole lot easier when investing in a variety of blanket scarves. The best part about the blanket scarf is you can wear it as a scarf, use it as a blanket or wear it as a shawl, so versatile.

Today I’ve rounded up my top 5 picks under $15 for this upcoming winter season! I may have to buy them all at that price!

 

plaid blanket.jpgRed and Tan $12.99

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$12.99 White and Blue

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Gray and White Scarf $13.99

navy and white

Navy and White $14.99

blue and green

Green and Blue $11.99

The Best Crockpot Tenderloin

  Crock pots have many functions, not only do they help cook for us while we are busy at work or running errands, they also make the house smell so wonderful. This amazing kitchen tool makes meats very juicy and tender from slow cooking all day. Pork is one of my favorites to slow cook because of how it makes the pork tenderloin pull apart so easily and melt in your mouth. As you may already know, pork can quickly become over cooked and dry out; so I love this method for a fool proof way to get the juiciest meat every time. The Best Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin truly has such a wonderful flavor and is one of my all time favorite dishes.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin (I use two small tenderloins)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Shallot chopped
Instructions
  1. Turn crock pot on to low
  2. In large measuring cup add all the ingredients for the marinade and whisk
  3. Place tenderloin in crock pot and pour over the marinade
  4. Cook on low for about 4 hours for two small tenderloins or about 5 hours for one large piece
  5. Slice and serve pouring the juices over the meat
  6. Recommended but not necessary: I turn the pork twice to ensure even cooking at 2 hours and 4 hours, pouring the juices all over

 

Phone Backgrounds

 

Happy Friday!! I’m on my phone a lot, way more than I care to admit it. I am so bad about constantly having to check social media websites, email and scrolling through blogs. It’s kind of embarrassing to think about actually. Jake and I will be watching a show and he will have to remind me to put my phone down because I won’t even be paying attention to what we are watching.

But anyways, if you’re anything like me I am sure you spend a decent amount of your day on your phone. I love having happy and fun and bright backgrounds on my phone. Here are some of my favorite phone background that I am currently loving and thought I should share with you all.

Adorable {Cell Phone Cases} that you won’t want to miss!

 

 

BOSU Ball Workout

Ahh, so last week I did my first Bosu ball workout, I really didn’t know how bad my balance was until I tried standing on that thing! I was sore three days after the workout! If you’ve never worked out with a bosu ball you need to give it a shot, it works your entire body and really helps with your balance.

I cannot wait to do this workout again!

BOSU

Mountain Climbers—Ball Side Down

Place your hands on the sides of the BOSU ball with a firm grip. Hold a steady plank position. When you’re ready, lift your right leg a few inches off the ground. Bring your knee to your nose, and then switch legs.

Jumps-Ball Side up

This move is just like a squat except you jump on the ball side and then jump off. When you jump onto the BOSU ball, hold the squat for two seconds before you jump off. Try to work your way up to 10 seconds.

Burpee-Ball Side up

This move is performing a burpee move but starting off with your hands on the Bosu ball, do a push up, jump your legs in, jump up and repeat.

Forearm Plank-Ball Side down

Place your forearms in the middle of the BOSU ball . Hold a steady plank position.

Side Lunges—Ball Side Up

Start with your right foot sturdy in the middle and step your left foot out to the side. Squat. Bring your left foot into the middle of the ball, and step your right foot out to the side. Squat. Keep switching legs until you do 12 reps on each side.

Chest Press—Ball Side Up

Grab a set of dumbbells and lay with your back on the ball. Place your feet a few inches from the BOSU ball and lift your hips up. With a weight in each hand, bring your arms out to a “T”. Bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle and press up. Repeat 12 to 15 times. This helps work your hamstrings, glutes, chest, arms and core.

Get your Bosu ball HERE!

BBQ Chicken Salad

This healthy, flavorful salad comes together so quickly and easily!

After a weekend full of drinking and tailgate food, this BBQ chicken salad was exactly what I needed to start Monday off eating healthy.

I have posted a similar salad in the past but this salad is a southwestern twist which uses BBQ chicken, avocado, corn and black beans. This is definitely a salad that eats like a meal and given that it takes less than 30 minutes to make, it’s perfect for light easy dinners! I used my favorite sweet baby rays and hidden valley ranch but feel free to use your favorites, it will be delicious either way!

What are you waiting for? Go make it!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup tortilla strips

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  3. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chicken, tomato, corn, beans, onion and cheeses. Pour Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately, topped with tortilla strips.

On a related note, have you heard of the Instant Pot?  It’s seriously the greatest invention, I am obsessed. You need to put this on your Christmas list or buy one before Winter. There are tons of amazing recipes out there and it makes life so much easier check out my favorite Pulled Pork  Instant Pot Recipe!

 

As the weather gets cooler, I will definitely be using the Instant Pot for soups and chili. The fantastic thing is that you can sauté veggies or meat right in the pot before switching it to slow-cooker mode. (That is always my gripe with my crock pot: I hate dirtying an extra pan and having that additional step.) In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing with you more dishes you can make including recipes using the instant pot.. stay tuned.

More healthy chicken recipes you may have missed:

Chicken Kabobs | Buffalo Chicken | Balsamic Chicken |

 

 

 

Friend Date Ideas other than dinner

Throughout the week I love spending time catching up with friends but it seems that every time we plan to get together the only activity that we can think of to do is meet up for dinner and drinks. I have been on the hunt to find different activities to do together. Don’t get me wrong grabbing dinner and trying a new restaurant is always a good time too but here are a few others ideas that I am excited to try for my next girl date:

  1. Browse a boutique or store. Browse the aisles, pick up trinkets and books, read each other lines, and recommend your favorites. Shopping is always enjoyable!
  2. Take a walk around the neighborhood. We like to call these “mom walks”,  power walking around the neighborhood while chatting goes by super quick.
  3. Bake together. My friend Kalyn and I once tried making an apple pie together and that didn’t turn out so well. Maybe next time we will bake brownies out of a box so we can’t mess them up.
  4. Head to Ulta or Sephora and give each other a makeover!
  5. Run errands together. This kind of thing always feels surprisingly intimate and entertaining, who doesn’t love doing a Target run with your bestie?
  6. See a comedy show.
  7. Start a two-person book club.
  8. Get moving. Take an exercise class together, ride bikes, makeup your own workout or have a dance party.
  9. Host a sleepover. Read magazines, order pizza and stay up late talking.
  10. Take a day trip, like going apple picking or to the beach
  11. Pick a TV and watch together every week. If you’re not in the same place, watch separately and text throughout!

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Happy Friday friends!! This week has been a quick one. I don’t know about you but thankfully this week flew by so quickly! Last night I literally thought it was tuesday. I’m super thankful it flew by though because this weekend I’m heading to South Bend to tailgate with my family for the Notre Dame football game!

Here is a list of my top ten favorite things from around the web this week. Thanks for stopping by! I am so grateful for each and every one of you who stops by my blog even if it’s just for a second to see what I’m up to. YOU ARE AWESOME! I hope you know that. Anyways I hope everyone has a fun filled weekend.

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1) 10 online certifications to boost your resume

2) How to get more protein in your diet

3) Bride surprises Grandma by wearing her wedding dress, awww!

4) Here is what everyone is going to be for Halloween this year

5) This Colourpop palette looks AMAZING, might be adding this to my wish list

6) What to do if you’re bored at work

7) Next up on my reading list

8)  8 addictive fun games that will challenge you, in a good way

9) Happiest cities in the US

10) How to use your leftover Halloween candy