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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snacking with Slim Fast

   Hey y'all! I'm partnering up with Slim Fast again but this time I'm reviewing some of their snacks and goodies. As I have mentioned, my weight has always been up and down and finding healthy snacks can be a struggle. Plus, with having such a busy lifestyle and low energy, it just isn't always realistic for me to go to the gym.

   I'm not too crazy about the different shakes and protein shakes out there that are meal supplements. Some are ok but as I've gotten older, for some reason, my body just doesn't always react well/ doesn't always like things with too much dairy or the taste of the shakes. And I never knew that Slim Fast had come out with different snacks. These snacks can be used to replace meals or just help curb your hunger between meals.

   I tend to change up my weekday breakfast routine every once and a while and have been trying out different protein and fiber bars. So it only made sense to try out Slim Fast's dark chocolate sea salt meal replacement bar for breakfast. I was a little hesitant about the flavor because sometimes flavors like chocolate sea salt or salted caramel can be a little strong but this was perfect. Using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate might have also helped to make the taste less bold. I loved the flavor of the bar and it was delicious, even at 4 a.m.!

   Sometimes I will find myself getting hungry in between meals. I either ended up snacking, usually unhealthy sugar or carb loaded snacks, and then end up overeating the snacks or suffer through the hunger pains. Since I had tried something a little sweeter for breakfast, I decided to try the 100 calorie snacks sour cream and onion baked crisps. This girl right here loves her some sour cream and onion! They tasted similar to Special K's sour cream and onion chips, which I love, except this was portioned and curbed my hunger until lunchtime.

   What meal replacements have you tried? Have you tried Slim Fast's snacks?


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Recap

   "Happy" Monday y'all! It's just another week of the new year and my brain feels like it is mush right now. Buuut, I want to get this weekend recap done and published today so here it is.

   Friday, hmmm, Friday. I think this was a pretty uneventful night. I don't remember us going out or cleaning or anything but I do remember picking up more of Tigger's medicine for his bladder issue. Oh well.

   Saturday, the usual errands and we got the living room trim painted! Yes! Finally! It is amazing what a fresh coat of white paint on the trim can do to a room. I don't anticipate anymore painting or anything of that nature going on the rest of this month since we have to move the rest of Jesse's stuff in. But anyways, we tried a new recipe for lunch that I got off of Pinterest. The recipe was called One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies and OH MY GOD is this recipe amazing. "Amazing" doesn't even describe how good this recipe is. And what's even better is that it was super easy and quick! The recipe is pretty spot on but I didn't use the matchstick carrots. We loved it so much that we cooked it for lunch on Sunday too.

   And then Saturday night we went over to our friends' house to eat wings and watch the game. Jesse is a big Bengals fan but they lost. 

   Sunday was pretty low key. We did laundry and I'm sure we did a few minor other things. We were pretty lazy and tired, which is what Sundays are for, right?

   Have a great week everyone!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Giving, Receiving, and an Amazing Christmas Cookie Recipe

   Alright, so I know I said I would have this post done earlier but ya know, life happens. So I'm going to keep this sweet and simple.

   Christmas was so great this year. Not just because of the presents, but because of family. Meeting more of Jesse's family and spending time with them, Jesse meeting more of my family and spending time with them, and seeing some of my family that I haven't seen in years.

   But I did want to share a few special gifts and that amazing cookie recipe I promised y'all!

This is probably my favorite gift I- Jesse and I- received for Christmas. My Sister got it for us and put one of our pictures in the frame. I just absolutely love it and it has burlap on it which matches perfectly with the living room. It'll be the centerpiece of the gallery wall that I have yet to start. 

I had mentioned that we made a dog pallet bed for my mom and stepdad/ their English Bulldogs. This isn't the best picture (my mom sent it to me), but next time I go over there, I will be sure to get a better picture of it and include it in the dog pallet bed post... whenever I get around to doing that. As you can see though, George loves the bed.

My early Christmas present and my belated Christmas present from Jesse. I'll have to get a good picture of my new over the knee boots when I have them on.

 I got these shirts for Jesse and I for Christmas. "Sorry Boys this girl's heart belongs to a sexy bearded man" and "Sorry Girls this beard is taken by a hot sexy lady".

 Of course we can't forget about the fur babies. Gemma got a kangaroo, Audrey got a deer, and Tigger got a Jolly Ball on a rope.

 Jesse's mom got me, Jesse, and the dogs' ornaments as part of our gifts.

 My stepsister and her family got me this little decorative bowl and measuring spoons!!! I love them so much. I think they might both go in the dog room. The spoons are just so precious that I think I'm going to take them off of the rope and hang them up in the dog room as decor.

   We were so blessed this year and I can't wait for more to come *Knock on Wood*.

   And here is that recipe for the amazing White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies I baked and decorated for Christmas. I had more pictures of the cookies but I think I deleted them recently to free space for dog pictures. The recipe is pretty spot on and they are amazing. The only different thing I did was use cookie icing instead of melting chocolate and red candies to decorate the cookies with. I will definitely be making these cookies again.

   Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Eve Weekend Recap

   Jeez, how much does it suck that the first work week of the new year is the first full work week since the week before Christmas? But hey, at least I got my first weekend recap post of the year done and posted on time!

   So this weekend was pretty mellow. For New Year's Eve, we went to our friend's house. I barely drank anything. I just wasn't feeling that great and just didn't feel like drinking but that doesn't mean I didn't have a good time celebrating. And I got to eat lots of shrimp, yummy :). And of course I got to spend New Year's Eve with my man, our first New Year's Eve together.

   I wore the same sequin top as I did last year. I wasn't too happy with my outfit last year. I just didn't feel that comfortable and didn't feel like it flattered me all too well. I even thought about going out (or going online) and buying an outfit for NYE but I didn't and I'm glad because it helped me save some money. I didn't even really have my outfit planned out. I just kind of looked in my closet, contemplated for a few minutes, and then told myself this is what I was wearing and I wasn't going to give it another thought or worry.

Jesse needs to practice his picture taking skills lol.

   I loved how the outfit turned out. The blazer and jeans helped tone down the top and then it all worked well with my metallic caged heeled sandals that I love so much- I obviously love them a lot because one of them is chewed up (I think by Audrey?) and I still wear them. I also got to wear my new ear jacket earrings from Target, which I also love. I played around with and layered a few different eye shadows mainly from the ULTA makeup kit Jesse's stepmom got me for Christmas, but didn't go too crazy with it since my top was so bold. And I didn't feel like washing my hair or doing my hair up real nice, so I straightened it for the most part and then threw it up in a clip. Any who, we went home right after midnight and called it a night.

 We both need to work on taking pictures of us kissing. Is it weird that I'm 24 and I've never taken a picture of me and a guy kissing?

   Jesse had already planned on us not doing anything Friday. I was a little hesitant of not really doing anything because I wanted to get some things done but then I realized that we should just enjoy our day off doing nothing and that's pretty much what we did. We stayed in bed forever with the fur babies and just lounged all day at home, besides Jesse going out to get us food.

   Saturday was probably the most eventful day. We didn't do a whole lot either but we did run errands and Jesse cooked us dinner.

Venison stir dry- yummm

   Sunday was another lounge day except we did get some cleaning, laundry, and a little bit of straightening up done and of course, Jesse cooked us dinner. He cooks for us so much on the weekends, so I definitely plan to cook once this coming weekend.

This was taken mid-meal since the scalloped potatoes weren't quite ready when the steak and asparagus was but it was all so good.

   Although we lounged a lot this weekend, it doesn't really feel like it. I could've definitely used a few more days of snuggles and lounging but we have to be adults and make that money.

   Have a great week y'all!!!