Monday, April 27, 2015

7 Day Arm Workout Challenge

   Good morning, Sunshines! Happy Monday. :) I've had lots of coffee and just finished a fab workout so I am actually feeling amazing... before noon... on a Monday. I am most definitely not a morning person, usually, so this is KIND of a big deal.

   With tank top season pretty much already HERE this past week in Alabama, the reality that I haven't been preparing has hit me pretty hard, lol. I LOVE arm workouts, I've just been neglecting them... at least with the intensity that I should be doing, so I decided to start full force today.

   I found this workout on Instagram last summer and fell in LOVE! I have did this challenge several times and always see amazing results in only 7 days.

(I have searched for the original source with no luck, so if you know who I can give credit to for creating this, please let me know)

  This took me about 10 minutes, total, this morning. I plan to combine this workout with healthy eating for the next 7 days and then I will post my results. I'm so excited! I love the convenience... especially if you don't have time to go to gym or get an hour workout in. If you don't have dumbbells you could use something like soup cans! Anything just to get you moving!
  I used 5 lb dumbbells for everything other than the seated tricep press/extension.. for that I used a 10 lb dumbbell.
  I'm also trying to get back into a running routine! What is your favorite way to get into shape fast? Do you enjoy weights and running like I do? Do you prefer working out at home or going to the gym?
Hope y'all have a wonderful day!
(disclaimer: If you decide to do this challenge just use whatever weights YOU feel comfortable using. I am not a trainer or medical professional, just sharing with you guys what I am doing and what works for me. All opinions shared are strictly my own. :) )


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April Fool's Y'all! Oreo Trick

Hi everyone! Happy APRIL!!! I can't believe we are already entering the 4th month of 2015. Geezzz! Just wanted to take a minute and show y'all a fun little April Fool's trick I love to play on people!

   I'm all the time eating Oreos (Don't judge ;) ), so this is an easy one to play on friends!
Just use a butter knife (or whatever works) and scrape the Oreo cream off the Oreos and replace it with a thin later of white toothpaste.

Put your Oreos back together and place it in the freezer for toothpaste to harden. You will LOVE the expression on your friends faces when they try this. Just be careful that no one actually swallows, of course.

What are your favorite April Fool's Day pranks? Are you usually the Prankster or the one getting tricks played on you?

Have a fantastic day!!! :))

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hand-stitched Sequined Rose Scarf Tutorial {For Child or Adult}

  I have seen a few rose scarves floating around lately, so I decided to give my own version of this adorable scarf a try. I made a red one for myself and made another for my niece. :) Since she is all about fashion and accessorizing, I wanted to make her scarf really fun! I made it multicolored {I used fuschia, peacock blue, glitter purple, glitter white, and bright lime green} and then added a few matching sequins to each rose. 

Materials needed:
matching thread
**Optional: sequins, clear thread

  First, make your Felt Roses. You can see the tutorial that I just recently posted for the roses here. When I made the red scarf, I made 13 flowers. I made 12 roses, just slightly smaller, for this scarf I made for Anna Grace. It is all about the personal preference of how long you want your scarf to be. 

These are the roses from the tutorial, not this particular scarf. 

  After you finish making the roses, cut out a piece of matching felt or felted wool for the actual length of the scarf. For the adult scarf I used a 45 by 4 inch piece, for the child scarf, I cut my piece of felt to 36 by 3 inches. 
**I actually tried using some fleece when I made the red scarf and failed miserably. After sewing the roses to the fleece, it was entirely too stretchy for his scarf and just didn't look very pretty. Fleece would probably work okay if you doubled it and used fusible interfacing to prevent it from being so stretchy. 

Cut scallops out on each side, the entire length of the scarf. 
This photo was taken after the scarf was completed, I just want you to see the scallops that have been cut out of the main piece. 

  Then place your roses where you would like them positioned on the scarf. You can go ahead and pen them for the entire length or just position and sew one at a time like I did. 

Sew a circle around through beginning from back to front. Only sew through the bottom layer of the scarf. 

                  Be sure to tie off each circle at the end to secure it. 

This is what mine looked like after I finished attaching all of the roses. I just love it here, but decided to add a little extra flare by adding a few matching sequins! :)

I simply attached the sequins using a needle and clear thread. I will share a more detailed tutorial for attaching sequins next week, so be sure to stop back by! If you decide to make one of these adorable scarves, please let me know! I would love to see pics! :)

This is the red scarf I made! Excuse the photo quality of the first pic, when I took it, I had forgotten to take the clear layer off of the camera lense on my iPhone! ;)

I hope y'all have a wonderful day! XOXO!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

{Easy} Bacon-Wrapped Italian Chicken


  I am so excited to share this super-duper EASY and amazingly delicious recipe with y'all today! I adapted this recipe from one I found on the back of the Ziegler bacon package and just halved it. You can easily just double this recipe to suit your needs :)

3-4 slices bacon
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup Italian dressing
1 and 1/2 T. Season Salt
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

I actually made my own Italian dressing using Italian dressing powdered mix and healthier cooking oil.

Wrap one slice of bacon around each chicken breast and place into large casserole dish.

Mix dressing, season salt, and garlic salt together and pour over chicken breast. Marinate several hours or overnight. I just let mine marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

When ready to bake, pour off excess dressing mixture and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
This is hands-down one of the best chicken dishes I have ever tried before in my life! Seriously, though, how can you go wrong with chicken AND bacon? :) What’s your favorite chicken dish? Feel free to leave the link in the comments below! Smile




Thursday, January 15, 2015

10 Smoothie Recipes



 Hey everyone!!! Hope y'all are having a fantastic week and 2015 is treating you well so far. Smile As horrible as my eating was during the holidays, I have been craving like all things healthy lately! A smoothie is one of my favorite healthy treats that I LOVE to enjoy for breakfast, for a post or pre-workout snack… any time of day for that matter! They are quick, easy to make, and give me LOADS of energy!

You can get creative with any of these to your own like! Add Spinach, peanut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, even pasteurized egg whites (the ones in the carton... be sure the label says they are safe to eat without cooking!), whatever you like!

Raspberry Coconut Smoothie from The Gracious Pantry
Eat Skinny Smoothie from Something Swanky
Cherry Berry Smoothie from Kitchen Meets Girl
double chocolate cherry smoothie 3
               Double Chocolate Cherry Smoothie from Bran Appetit
Blueberry Smoothie
Blueberry Banana Smoothie from Vegan Yumminess
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie from Do It and How
Berry Almond Smoothie Recipe
Berry Almond Smoothie Recipe from What's That Smell
Pina Colada Smoothie from Paula Deen
baby deals
The Perfect Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie from baby savers
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie tall
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe from Natasha's Kitchen
Which one looks best to y’all? I think I wanna try the Raspberry Coconut Smoothie first!!! YUM!
Sooo tell me.. what's YOUR favorite smoothie recipe? :) Hope you lovely people have a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend!