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Saturday Night


After doing yard work most of the day we decided to go out to a local sports bar for wings and beer Saturday night. I settled on a comfy look- essential black tee with deconstructed boyfriend jeans and a pair of leopard flats.

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Guacamole Recipe Chipotle Copycat

I found this guacamole recipe online and decided to try it because I’d been looking for a simple good guac recipe for a while. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.


For this recipe you need the following ingredients:

2 avocados mashed
1/2 lime juiced-more or less for desired texture
1/2 red onion
1/2 jalapeno pepper-take the seeds out for a mild version
1/4 tsp salt-more or less according to taste
4 Tbls chopped cilantro

Finely chop onion, jalapeno pepper and cilantro. Add to mashed avocados with lime juice and salt. Stir and store in refrigerator till serving.


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casual friday

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Fresh Green Bean Recipe

Since we’ve been focusing on eating fresh, healthy foods I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different recipes for a wide variety of veggies. Today I’m going to share my go to green bean recipe. It’s so easy and it’s really good. The beans come out cooked but not overcooked so you retain a lot of the vitamins.


This recipe for fresh green beans takes less than 20 minutes to cook. For this recipe you need the following:
Green beans
olive oil
spices (optional)
onion (optional)

Put a pot of water on to boil. When the water begins boiling add the beans for 4-5 minutes. This step is for softening up the beans, not for completely cooking them. After 4-5 minutes drain beans and add to a frying pan. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and add salt and pepper. At this time you can add any additional spices you have on hand example, thyme, italian, red pepper flakes etc. Also you can add onion sliced thin. Saute the beans in olive oil for 10-12 minutes stirring frequently.

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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Summer Reads

I picked up a few books for the summer the other day that had been on my reading list for a while. Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore, Maisie Dobbs (Book 1) Author: Jacqueline Winspear, The Vacationers Author: Emma Straub, The Summer We Read Gatsby Author: Danielle Ganek, and The Family Fang
Author: Kevin Wilson.

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Planning Some Spring Looks

palm beach

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Goals for a New Year

I find myself thinking about goals a lot this past week. I know, a lot of people set goals for the new year which are usually forgotten about by February, but I mean real-not too easy but still attainable goals.


I guess with a new year coming up soon I look back and it’s amazing how far I’ve come in less than a year. I stopped smoking, cleaned up my diet, lost 50 lbs, stopped drinking sodas, stopped eating bread and began working out regularly. Now when I go into a supermarket I head for the produce section first and load up. On other aisles I look for affordable organic and non gmo options. I don’t eat out much and I’m picky about fast food, Chick-fil-la or Chipotle is basically the only “fast food” I indulge in these days.

I hope to begin some indoor container gardening soon followed up by a lot of container and backyard gardening outside (when weather allows). I’ve been researching some veggies that can be grown indoors all year round. That will be very beneficial for us with all the changes in our diet.


I try to get outside every day with our German Shepherd, Watson. We run, walk and I throw tennis balls, lots of tennis balls. It’s good for both of us. After he is tired and happy I then usually do kickboxing or some other workout. My husband recently got me a spin bike at my request, so I’m excited about using that daily. For workouts, I hope in the following year to build up endurance, do more kickboxing, spin, walking, running and hiking. I’d like to meet my fitbit goal of 10,000 steps per day more. Overall just keep moving and doing more each week.


Diet and exercise aren’t the only concerns or goals I’ve been thinking about. I normally set a reading goal for myself each year but in the coming year I decided to mix it up a bit with a fun 2015 reading challenge I came across from Pop Sugar on pinterest, just to mix it up a bit. The challenge includes fun things like -a book with a one word title and -a popular author’s first book, so I thought this would help me branch out and read some things I may not chose otherwise.

How about you? Any goals for the coming year? Post your goals below in the comments for 2015 and we can compare notes.

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