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Month: November 2015

3 Tips to Simplify Dinner (And 5 Awesome Slow Cooker Recipes!)

After a long busy day at work or at play, I cannot fully express the joy and peace I experience when I come home to dinner fully prepared. Add to it that it’s all (mostly, does bagged salad count?) homemade and healthy (again, mostly) and I couldn’t be happier. Thank heavens for the man that thought up the slow cooker! (I linked to the history of the slow cooker because I, too, just had to know, was it a fella that thought up the genius appliance or a frazzled woman tired of plowing through the drive-thru line in her Model A?) Of course, a slow cooker alone does not dinner make. Put to work these 3 tips and six o’ clock won’t seem so daunting. (And check out five of my favorite slow cooker recipes below!) Have a plan. Menu planning is such a huge help toward simplifying dinner. Having a plan for the day’s meals alleviates stress and helps everyone know what to expect. Check out this post (and free printable!) on menu planning! Be prepared. Once you have your menu planned for the week, be sure you have the ingredients you need to make it happen. It may seem obvious, but being ready with what you need to prepare the meal you have planned is key to actually making the meal. I cannot tell you how many times my good intentions and glorious plans have gone down in flames because I forgot a key ingredient. Take a cue from Mr.…

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Things I Want Right Now…

Most of the time, it is great to stay on topic. But sometimes there is an overwhelming desire to toss out all the planning you’ve done for your blog and instead launch into a litany of things your lusting after, those unreasonably expensive or irrational purchases that you would love to make but choose not to for the sake of greater goals (like being debt free!). So, instead of actually making a mega-haul, I’ll pine away for all the baubles and trinkets from the comfort of my living room, yoga pants in action and the Netflix blaring while I try to lick the Rocky Road off of my shirt. Here’s all the things I’m loving right now… ↑ This dress. The new collaboration between Aussie Rebel Wilson and Torrid is amazeballs. I absolutely adore the red and the peplum and the floral and the everything. Its pretty much the greatest and would be super hot for the anniversary/Christmas/New Year’s/birthday/Valentine stuff I have going on in the next few months. ↑ This leather bag from Madewell. Other bloggers have mentioned it and for good reason. Its simple design and “goes-with-everything” style is perfect for the minimalist approach I am taking with my bags these days. ↑ These adorable earrings. I have wanted these since before we were married and until recently they only came in gold. NOW they come in silver and Oh Boy are they going on the Christmas wish list! ↑ This magical all-in-one palette from Urban Decay. First, Urban Decay. Second, all-in-one and travel friendly. The colors are…

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