Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cilantro Lime Quinoa Recipe!

Yummmm!

I found a recipe on Pinterest when looking up creative ways to make quinoa and spiced it up a little to make my own version of a Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad.

I haven't had much success in the past making this stuff- it always seemed a little bland, but this one was definitely zestier!


Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
1 carotn grape tomatoes
1 can of drained black beans
green onions (i used 6 but really to taste)
Cilantro to taste
2 limes
1/2 cup olive oil
red pepper flakes to taste
salt & pepper to taste
cumin
1 avocado


Directions:

1. Cook one cup of quinoa according to directions on package, set aside to cool.

2.  Halve grape tomatoes, drain black beans, chop green onions & cilantro,

3. Mix sauce together- olive oil, juice of two limes, red pepper flakes, cumin and salt to taste

4.  Add tomatoes, black beans, green onions and cilantro to quinoa.

5. Pour dressing mixture over quinoa and stir up ingredients to coat.

6. Cut up avocado and gently stir into quinoa mix.  Give it a taste and add any additional seasonings to taste.

7. Viola! A zesty quinoa salad- serve chilled! And with some extra lime slices! :)


Super Healthy and easy to make!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Catch the wave--->coaching sneak peek!



A one week, online, FUN & FREE sneak preview into what Beachbody coaching is all about. This lil' group launches TOMORROW!! Meet some current coaches on our team, hear about our experiences, daily activities goals and plans.....and decide if it's something that is aligned to YOU and YOUR goals for your future! 

Email me for more information!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Beachbody High!

Currently on a Beachbody high---> 

1. Cannot wait to start PiYO post baby and KILL my "after" shots!
2. Lots of fun new announcements this week from the annual Conference, Summit, in Vegas & I officially registered for next year...coming for you NASHVILLE!
3. This year Kim Demoss is representing our team over in Vegas and doing a fine job might I add---> BUT we already have 8 from our team COMMITTED for next year and more on the way! YAY!

BUT the best part of the week...

4. Waking up to THESE emails and msg's!!!! These are from challengers who decided to try something new and COMMIT to a Beachbody program, Shakeology, and a challenge group.

Guys, I am not going to lie. There are SO many awesome pathways to get healthy, get fit, connect with others---> thats the truth. But what I KNOW is this has worked for me, its worked in the lives of people I know and love, and it continues to MOTIVATE & BUILD momentum.

This week has reminded me this opportunity to be a challenger or coach is a total game changer. It's about teaming up, supporting each other, and lifting others up to make positive changes.

and I'm not going to lie....it is SO. MUCH. FUN.!!!

No wonder so many have sipped the Kool-Aid! :P



Thursday, June 19, 2014

DIY Chicken Wire Bow & Handband Organizer

I have been NESTING like crazy and cranking out some DIY projects left and right.

New house and super pregnant is a good combination I think- getting stuff done!.  My husband may or may not agree ;)

Here is my latest project, with super simple directions for all of the sweet, girly lil' bows and headbands baby girls seem to collect!


1.  Supplies- 18x 24 frame (I found this white one at Michaels for $8); Chicken wire ($6.99 at Home Depot); Ribbon (I upcycled a pretty ribbon from a wedding I was in this past weekend); anything decorative you want on the frame (I upcycled little felt bows from Emerson's baby shower); cute clothespins (also upcycled from Emerson's baby shower); staple gun; wire cutters

2.  Take the backing off the frame and also take the glass or plastic off- you just need a bare frame.

3.  Lay the chicken wire across the back and cut to size.  (btw, chicken wire is scratchy-- my hands took a little beating from the edges!)

4.  Use staple gun to secure the chicken wire in place on back of frame.

5. Cut ribbon to size depending on how far you want the frame to hang down from nail.  Staple to top corners of back of frame.

6.  Glue on any decorative pieces along the frame & hang your new bow holder from nail on wall.

8.  Use your clothespins to secure headbands to chicken wire & enjoy it in all its baby girl cuteness.  I also glued a felt bow to the top of the nail to make it a bit prettier. I might eventually replace with a BIGGER bow--- but this works for now!

PS.  I wanted the frame to be a little more secure since we will be taking things on and off often- so I used double siding mounting tape on the bottom corners and secured to wall to prevent too much wiggling!

Happy nesting!






Friday, June 6, 2014

Coach Internship staring soon!!!

One of the best parts about summer is I get to laser focus on FUN with my family and making my OWN work schedule. No 6 am alarm clock for me!! (okkkk...Jamin is a pretty consistent 6:20 alarm, but still!).

I am SO excited to pour myself into Beachbody for the next 5 months because I have the FREEDOM to work from home and the ability to fully put into this business what I want out of it ---> setting up a SOLID foundation for financial security and a flexible schedule for my family. I can't wait to share this opportunity and impact others with the same goals!

I am looking for BUSINESS BUILDERS. People who aren't afraid to dive it. Being successful in this business is possible and doable-- even for people who work full time, or have kids, or are just BUSY. BUT takes a desire to jump in feet first. I want people who are ready to LEAP with me!

What could focusing on your health and fitness do for you and your family? How about making your own work schedule? What could an extra $100 a week do? How about $1,458 in ONE month?

Join in with me on my coach internship group this month and get daily step by step training, advice and information on how to build your business. I'm taking only 7 coaches for June so I can give my full attention, msg me if you're ready!!

American Mantel

So, I don't know if it's the mantel Jud surprised me with. Or the excitement of really being able to decorate my home with my style.  Or just pure nesting.  But I am LOVING making this house our home!

Inspired by Pinterest of course.  I will not even pretend my creation is nearly as good--but it was fun to make and turned out decent even for an impatient artist such as myself!

Inspiration:


I had mason jars on hand and some paintbrushes- so I just picked up some cheap acrylic paint from Michael's today and jumped right in.



I'm going to be honest here.  I'm a little impatient when it comes to projects.  I didn't even bother to wash the jars and make sure I had a good, clean surface.  I just started painting without a care in the world. However, a good clean surface probably makes for a better end product!



I also didn't bother with the washi tape or painters tape.  I decided to eyeball it.  Probably not the best move! 


You will definitely need two coats of paint. I had some nice streaks going on the first time around.


Don't look at the stars too closely.  I did touch them up after this because they were a little....abstract.  They are hand painted and a stamp probably would have provided a more uniform look...and in the end they might have looked a little less like starfish! ;)



I thought about cutting these flowers for my new americana vases...and for some exciting WOW effect for the picture....but they are a few days old and clinging on for life- couldn't risk it!  And they are yellow.  So they don't really go anyways.

But, here is the beginnings of our summertime mantel!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hutch Remake!

It is a very rare occasion when I decide to tackle a MAJOR Pinterest project.

I usually stick to appetizers and dessert creations.

.....But after buying a new house, and some real soul searching on the type of styles I really like to decorate with  I realized I fall somewhere between a cozy cottage and farmhouse (farm sinks...be still my heart!).  All the stuff is SUPER cute and I couldn't wait to decorate.

Then I saw the price tags!

These things are NOT cheap.  I decided to give repurposing furniture a chance and try to be a  DIY kinda lady.  I have NEVER taken on something like this so I wanted to start pretty low-risk....

so, I found this beauty on Craigslist for $30.  After sufficiently confusing my husband and father in law with my vision they went to pick up this lovely piece for me...


This monstrosity is a terrible color, and originally had a center door and glass panels on the sides.  and UGLY!  Jud removed the door, the glass panels and the hardware. (Already a majore improvement!) and I patched the holes from the hinges with putty and let dry.

Then I had to figure out how to paint this beast.  I had read a few great online tutorials that I had discovered through Pinterest about distressing furniture (I even made a pretty inspired "hutch makeover" board) and learned about a magical concoction called chalk paint that translates into you did not have to do ANY sanding. AT ALL.  This was right up my alley.

When I went to the Home Depot and asked for chalk paint they kept insisting what I was looking for was chalkboard paint.  Nope.  After some self-doubt and finding a knowledgeable employee to help me he led me to the chalk paint selection.  Crazy expensive Martha Stewart $10 tubs of chalk paint that were only 8 ounces.  I was not about to spend an arm and a leg on this stuff and I knew there had to be a better way!

Right there in Home Depot paint aisle I did a major "no no" and found the info I needed from Lowe's. This tutorial is amazing---> Instructions to make my own chalk paint!

These instructions were SUPER easy to follow and took all the intimidation right out of it.  I decided to make the chalk paint of out Behr's "Stone Fence" and just jump into my project.

Here is the cast of characters I came home with after spending an hour in just one aisle of Home Depot (while my poor husband sat in the car with sleeping kids):


- paint buckets/pail (for chalk paint you do some mixing and stirring so a bucket is the way to go)
-1 inch paint bruch ( that little sponge one you see ended up unused and returned!)
-A medium grade sanding block (I didn't even know what that meant- so I bought "80")
-Tack cloth (ended up returning this and using good old dish rags for dusting!)
-Finishing Wax (I ended up chickening out on the wax and exchanged for clear, satin finish, water based polycrylic to paint on as a sealer)
-respirator (I am pregnant after all!)
- Plaster of Paris (to make all that chalk paint glory)
- and flat, interior paint in your color of choice (again, I used Behr "Stone Fence")  Chalk paint goes a long way so all you need is a quart- AND I had leftover paint.


I followed the Lowe's instructions to a "T" and went at it last Saturday!


couple hours later...



The great thing about chalk paint is it is very easy to distress afterwords. So, I didn't worry to much about getting it PERFECT.  I tried my best but felt okay about the occasional smudgy spot or brush streaks.

The whole painting and mixing process probably took only about 2.5 hours and only one coat!  I let it dry overnight and decided to distress.

I took my shading block, and respirator, and went at it! I was a little nervous at first but it just took some elbow grease and I LOVED the look!  That hideous brown took on a cool shade of gold when distressed.



It hid blemishes so well and I will feel 100% better when my kids ram into it on their ride on Buzz Lightyear car ;)

It took two coats of Polycrylic to seal the thing.  Word of advice with the polycrylic...The first coat I put on way, way too thin.  If you spread it out quite a bit it dries very streaky.  I definitely did a much thicker second coat.  You don't want to swipe the brush too many times.  It's kind of like working with Elmer's glue.  Sticky and drippy.  Just go slowly and make sure you take care of drips as they happen!

We let dry for the day and brought it in!

SO happy with how it turned out!




 We still have a few finishing touches- like some new hardware/knobs to pick out and try and make this thing look properly decorated.  But I am already so happy to have it in my house!