Friday, April 3, 2020

DIY: Acai bowls

Kyle and I are big fans of acai bowls!  So fresh and filling yet you don't feel too full.  We will sometimes treat ourselves to acai bowls but they aren't exactly cheap.  I found out you can order acai powder and make your own at home for way cheaper!

This bag of acai powder lasts forever! 

Since we haven't been able to go out and pick up bowls we have been making plenty of acai bowls!  So delicious!

I don't really follow a strict recipe, throw some things in a blender until it reaches the consistency I want and then top it with everything!
Here's a recipe to start you off and then you can figure out what works for you:

2 Tablespoons Acai powder
1 cup Milk of choice
1 cup Frozen fruit
1 frozen Banana

Coconut flakes
Sliced Fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, kiwi, etc)
Peanut butter or any other nut butter
Chia seeds

1. Add the frozen fruit, acai powder, and milk to a blender.  Blend until creamy and smooth, adding extra milk if needed to get blender running.  You should aim for a frozen-yogurt like texture (thicker than a smoothie).
2. Spoon the acai mixture into bowls and top with anything you want!

- You can also add protein powder of your choice.

Let me know if you try this one out and your favorite toppings!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Instagram Roundup

Here we go with another instagram roundup.  This week was thankfully uneventful, just staying home and making the best of things. 

Wearing something besides pajamas needed to be documented.  This denim jacket was a clearance find from my birthday weekend shopping and it's one of my favorites.

I tried the whipped coffee trend going around and it was pretty good. 
Here's what you need:
- 2 Tbsp instant coffee
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp hot water
Mix together (it takes quite a while by hand) until it gets a whipped, thick texture.  Fill a glass with with your choice of milk, top with whipped coffee and mix together.

This pick was taken on my birthday shopping trip, I love the Anthropologie home accents!  Those monogram mugs are definitely on my wish list!

Check out my post here to see my most recent online thrift haul finds!
I scored some pretty great finds!

Hope y'all are doing well and staying safe!  If you aren't following me on instagram, check me out here!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Thrift Haul

Quarantine means no trips to the thrift store.  There are some online options that are definitely worth checking out. Some of my favorites:
I picked up a few things and hit a major thrift jackpot!
So many good finds!  Here's what I picked up:
- American Eagle Jeans
- American Eagle Shorts
- Kut from the Cloth Jeans
- Old Navy Light Denim Jackets
- Cable Knit Sweater
- Jack Rogers Espadrille Wedges
So much denim!  I always need new jeans and these two were great finds and such great quality!  These shorts are going to be perfect for summer and I have been looking for a good light wash denim jacket.  My most favorite find is definitely those Jack Rogers wedges!  They look brand new and I'm obsessed!  I know I will be wearing them all summer.
Those American Eagle jeans were perfect for my trip to NYC!
We also stopped by the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC and this cozy cable knit sweater was perfect for walking around and admiring the beautiful views.

If you have been missing thrifting, make sure you check out some of the online options.  Let me know what deals you find!

Hope you all are doing well!  Stay safe and stay home!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Instagram Roundup

It has almost been a month since I have shared an instagram roundup, a lot has happened in between for sure.  Trying to reign life back in to normalcy as much as possible. 

Brightening up your day with these beautiful flowers!  These were from my work for my birthday and they were beautiful!  Check out my post on all my birthday celebrations here.

Definitely missing going and getting coffee every once and a while.  In case you missed it check out my list of ALL the Birthday Freebies you need to sign up for here.

This pic was taken even further back on my birthday adventure with my husband.  Still planning a recap of our experience at the Vulcan Statue and Museum so be on the lookout!

Picked up my FREE Birthday gift from Sephora, check out my post here for more info!

My mom, my sister and I had the chance to take a trip to New York City a couple of weeks ago (right before everything went crazy).  We had a great time sightseeing, eating and taking in the city life.  Blog posts coming soon!

This jacket was one of my favorite things that I brought on the trip!  Bonus it is only $20!

So much walking and way too many pictures!  I'm also planning a post with my outfits that I wore while in the city, stay tuned!

My sister had her very first macaroon experience at The Plaza.  We had the Marie Antoinette and the Rose Petal.  Texture was amazing but honestly we picked the wrong flavors ;)

Seeing the empty Times Square on the news right now is so crazy to think that we were just there a few weeks ago.

Last time I visited Central Park it was rainy and gross, this time we lucked out with a beautiful sunny day.  So nice to walk through the park and see all the familiar sights.

We ventured out of the city to Long Island and visited a Gatsby inspired house with beautiful gardens.  I'm telling you this coat was a major favorite!

I'll leave you with this one, in these uncertain times I have confidence in my God.  He knows what is going to happen and He has a plan for everything.  This pandemic wasn't a surprise to Him.  Trusting in Him and in His plan for all this.  

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Updates and a few DEALS!

Times sure are strange right now.  Just two weeks ago I was exploring NYC with my mom and sister and excited for all the fun blog posts.  Now I'm not really sure what to post and what to talk about.  
I do want to keep things semi-normal so I am planning to put up a few posts this week.  With everyone home I also wanted to share these deals I discovered (while mindlessly scrolling on my computer watching Netflix)

Keds: They have a HUGE selection of shoes on sale for $24.95 with FREE SHIPPING!  Add them to your cart and use code: LASTCHANCE to snag this deal!  I may or may not have ordered the rise white sneakers ;)

Nordstrom: Some of these are a little pricier than I normally show but these deals are good!  Extra 25% off, Longchamp, Anthropologie, Free People and more!  This sale ends today!

DSW: This NEVER happens!  DSW is having Buy one Get one FREE on all sandals!!  Today Only, Don't MISS OUT!!

Let me know if you shop these sales or if you find others!  Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Best FREE Stuff for Your Birthday!

 I just recently celebrated my birthday and had so many free items/discounts available!  I wanted to share with you all my list of FREE things you can get for your birthday.  You do have to sign up for emails to get these but they really are FREE!

Free Food:
Chicken Salad Chick: You do have to download the app and sign up for this one but you get a Free Chick Special which is like $7 so it's totally worth it!

Nothing Bundt Cakes: Join their e-club for a Free Bundlet!  They are DELICIOUS!
Starbucks: This one is a little more in depth, you sign up for their rewards program with a gift card and then you get a Free drink or food item on your birthday.  This freebie is ONLY valid on your actual birthday so don't wait!  Also you do have to tell them you have a birthday reward to use if you are ordering in person, ont eh app you can just choose to apply.

Dunkin': Sign up for DDPerks and get Free drink of any size on your birthday.
Chick-Fil-A: Download their app and you get a Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie on your birthday.  These cookies are one of my favorites!

IHOP: Sign up for emails and get a Free stack of pancakes for your Birthday!

Sbarro: Sign up for the Slice Society and you get a Free slice of pizza for your birthday.

Sprinkles: Download their app and make an account for a free birthday cupcake!

Steak and Shake: Sign up for their e-club to get an automatic free Double n' cheese and fries plus a Free  birthday milkshake!
Ruby Tuesday: Sign up for their so connected emails and get a free burger or garden bar entree on your birthday.

Panera: Join MyPanera for a Free birthday pastry.  I highly recommend the almond croissant, it is AMAZING!
McAlister's: Sign up for McAlister's reward emails to get $5 off  for your birthday month.

Moe's Southwest Grill: Sign up for their reward program and get an automatic free cup of queso and a Free burrito on your birthday.

Newk's: Sign up for their E'club and get a free entree with purchase of a drink.  I'm a big fan of their pesto chicken sandwich!

O'Charley's: Become a member of their O'Club for a free piece of pie on your birthday!  Their caramel pie is AMAZING!
Waffle House: Join the Waffle House Regular Club and get a FREE waffle on your birthday!

Free food is awesome but I also got a few discounts for stores that were really nice!

Kirkland's: Sign up for their K Club and get 30% off for your birthday plus a FREE gift!

JCPenny: Sign up for an account at JCPenny and get 20% Off for your birthday!

Sephora: Sign up for be a Beauty Insider and you get your choice of a Birthday gift deluxe sample!  Check out my post here to see which one I got this year!

Redbox: Sign up for a Redbox account and I got a FREE Rental for my birthday!

Rack Room: Become a Rewards Member and receive $10 off for your birthday, NO MINIMUM!

Puma: Join the Puma family and earn an immediate 10% off plus get $10 off for your birthday, no minimum spend!

Kendra Scott: One of my favorite deals!  You get 50% off an item of your choice during your birthday month.  You can only do this in store, at checkout just ask for the birthday discount (they will check your id).  P.S. this also works on sale items!  

CVS: Even the drugstore celebrates birthdays!  If you are a CVS beauty club member check your email during your birthday I had a coupon for a Free Poparazzi nail polish.
  Let me know your favorite Birthday Freebie you have scored and if there are any other places I should sign up for!  It's so fun to get all these Freebies during your Birthday month. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sephora birthday

I just recently celebrated my birthday and picked up my FREE Sephora Birthday Gift.  This year you got to pick from Three different options!
If you are unfamiliar with the Sephora Birthday gift you are definitely missing out!  You sign up for their FREE insider program and every year during your birthday month you get a free gift.  It's always a nice deluxe sample.
Like I said they had three options to pick from this time: a MILK makeup set, Briogeo hair set and a Janerio lotion set.  I typically pick the makeup set but this time I went with the lotion set.  I have tried this lotion before and it smells AMAZING!

You get two deluxe sample sizes of the lotion in this cute little box.
They are small but they are perfect for travel or throwing in your purse.  The yellow one is the classic that I'm obsessed with and the teal one is a newer scent and y'all it smells like a cookie!

Totally FREE and definitely worth it!  Have you gotten your birthday gift yet?  Let me know which one you picked or would pick!