Monday, December 9, 2013

Free Snow Day Workout Videos

I have been snowed in for four days now. Some by chance ... some by choice. I guess I could have actually ventured out, but why chance it when I am so comfortable and snuggled at home? Thanks to Pinterest, take out Chinese food, and a boyfriend who likes to watch a lot of movies, it wasn't that bad. I actually really enjoyed it

But day three got me. Day three had me antsy pantsy. A lot of energy and not a lot of things to do since I have no idea how to drive on ice. So I did what any person would do. I worked out. (Right?) Since grad school is basically over now, I knew that my next goal was to be in ridiculously good shape. So why not start on a snow day? Thanks to YouTube and free videos... I found plenty of workouts that I could save and do now, or on another snow day since I won't be driving to the gym.

I started out with the day 1 shred video.

There is the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Video 1

I believe I will try to abs one soon.

Jillian Michaels 6 Weeks 6-Pack Abs

And, Jillian Michaels Stretch Video

After I start to workout more, in the gym and at home, I'm going to tackle the hardest looking Jillian Michaels one...

The Banish Fat Complete Workout

There you go. No excuses. Not even for me.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken

There hasn't been a lot of time lately to cook ... or blog for that matter. Luckily for me graduate school is only a couple of days for being over for good. In the past few weeks I have tried a couple of new things, including this herb-roasted chicken. It's was easy and delicious. 

All you need is love. 

And a chicken. lemon. onion. rosemary leaves. thyme leaves. and fresh rosemary. 

Hey fella! 

Hey guys!

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. 

Always season with salt and pepper. 

Mix a tablespoon of dried thyme and dried rosemary together.

Coat all over the chicken. 

Squeeze half/whole lemon over the chicken.

Next, take a sprig of rosemary and a small onion and cut it up.

Then insert the onion, rosemary, and fill the half of the lemon that you use with garlic, and insert all into the chicken. This keeps the garlic IN the chicken.

Look at your chicken. 


Put the little fella in the oven. 

Roast, baby, roast!

Once you remove the chicken, let him rest. He's had a busy few minutes. 

After a few minutes, it's time for dinner! 

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken 

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 half to whole lemon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 sprig of rosemary 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unwrap your chicken and wash under cold water. Remove the giblets and toss. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Place chicken in roasting pan
  4. Salt and pepper chicken
  5. Mix dried thyme and rosemary and coat chicken with the herbs
  6. Squeeze a half/whole lemon over the chicken 
  7. Cup up a small onion, and fill the cavity with onion, sprig of rosemary, and half a lemon filled with the minced garlic 
  8. Place in oven for an hour to and hour and half, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temp. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

#GivePink, Get More with Bloomingdales

Breast Cancer affects everyone that is a woman. Either you have had it, known someone who has had it, had it affect you through family, or go for a yearly check up. In 2013, 232,340 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed. Whatever the form, it's time to stand together to end the fight and win the war. 

And what better way to do that through shopping? Shopping to end breast cancer? Sign me up! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Bloomingdale’s will fund research support and awareness programs. So how do you do this? See below for more details. 


From October 1 through November 3, 2013, enroll by charging a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale's card–100% funds research, support and awareness programs at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Tutu Project benefiting The Carey Foundation and The Cancer Vixen Fund at Beth Israel Hospital.Then shop to your heart's content (even for cosmetics and fragrances) on your Bloomingdale's card. 


You'll be mailed a Give Pink, Get More gift card worth up to $250 in December–just in time for the holidays–to use at any Bloomingdale's store and*

Don't have a Bloomingdale's card yet? APPLY NOW


This is a sponsored post on behalf of She Speaks & Bloomingdale's
All opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Makeup Monday: L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup

I don't like to admit that I am a girly, girl, but I am. I like to think I can rough it, or that I'm tough, or that if you dropped me in the middle of the forest I could find my way out and even build a fire. Sadly, none of that is true. I am a girly, girl. I like makeup, and perfumes and things that smell nice.

Which is why I'm totally in love right now with a certain foundation. Now, to be fair, I did receive this foundation free to try and review. Previously to this certain foundation, I only wore department store makeup, I never even thought about drugstore brands. (I'm not good at trying new things a lot.)

But I did. I tried L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup. Results? I LOVE it.

It doesn't take a lot (which I also love) and it stays on practically all day (which is another great bonus). 

It really is kind of magic. Now, I still use the L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, but this makes everything so much better.

Here is a little bit of info about this liquid powder: 

About L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup: 
This revolutionary liquid-powder formula glides on and transforms on contact to a fresh, powder-like finish for a look that’s flawless,yet undetectable. The lightweight foundation with SPF 18 will make you feel like you aren’t wearing makeup at all!

To apply: Shake well. For best results, pour just a few drops onto fingers and apply directly onto skin. Not recommended for use with a sponge or brush.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude retails for approximately $12.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in 12 shades and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.

Seriously. Try it for yourself. I highly doubt you will be disappointed. 

Disclosure: I received complimentary product from SheSpeaks/L'Oréal Paris.
My opinions are honest and true, over and out. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Little Rock Food Truck: Southern Gourmasian

As you get older there are things you learn to appreciate.

Good fashion.

Your mother's advice.

Delicious food.

However, when your mother tells you that you are getting too old to take fashion risks (like the pink dress pictures) that isn't always the most fun to hear.

Also, when your mother tells you that the dress looks like we could just patch three dresses together for the same look ... not the best.

Needless to say I did not buy that dress even though I am somewhat in love. What else is good about getting older? Really appreciating good, quality food.

Like The Southern Gourmasian food truck in Little Rock. 

As food trucks become more and more popular in Little Rock, AR, (Yay!) they are raising the bar and quality of the food that is served. Here's how you know you are eating good food, the quality, ingredients and amount leave you filled and satisfied. That's exactly what the Southern Gourmasian provides.

Here is there description from their website:

 The Southern Gourmasian brings you a tasty alternative to fast food.  High quality and affordable - all of our food is made from scratch on the truck daily by chef Justin Patterson! All of our delicious bread is from the fantastic and local Boulevard Bread Co.  We will always avoid pre-made frozen food and will bring you fresh food to fit into your healthy lifestyle. We have found a love for delicious, real food that we want to share with everyone! 

Today for lunch I had the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Sriracha Lime Butter. 

Does this make you hungry? Because it should. The homemade pickles are also delish. There are lots more food trucks in Little Rock to mention, but I thought I would start with this one. 

To find where they are each day either like their Facebook page, or check out their Twitter feed. 

Food trucks and social media ... like my own personal heaven. 

I may not be able to pull off that pink dress, but at least I can enjoy good food. 
(By the way, I totally did order pleather pants for the fall... Sorry, mom.) 

Monday, August 26, 2013

One-Pot Minestrone Soup

I am all about some one-pot dishes, soups, and casseroles. If it's healthy and good for you? Double win! Last Friday I had the strongest craving for minestrone soup... so this past weekend I got to soup making. It's healthy, easy, delicious, and can be frozen for later (which I LOVE).

I adapted this recipe from Ellie Krieger from the Food Network. I did everything almost the same, but not.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
3 stalks celery, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 14-ounce can cut green beans
2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 14-ounce cans of low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-ounce can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup elbow pasta

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano and basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.

Add the diced and crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans,  to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer then add the pasta and cook until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Wine: Luli Sauvignon Blanc

So another busy week, and another week where my blog was oh so empty. That is going to change this week. I promise. I put it on the bottle of wine that I am about to talk about... So you know I mean serious business.

This Weekend Wine is Luli Sauvignon Blanc. As a lover of almost all wines, my friend Melissa actually got me started on Sauvignon Blanc. Actually, my friend Melissa got me started on drinking wine in general. I think that deserves BFF status for life.

Back to the wine...

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The 2012 Luli Sauvignon Blanc emits a lively mix of passionfruit, gooseberry and light grassy notes. The aromatics are fresh and mouthwatering. On the palate comes a broad-textured character from the limited lees contact, which unfolds into a refreshing and bright finish. Serve chilled.

Price range: $15-20. 

I highly suggest you find it in your area and give it a shot. 

Would I ever steer you wrong in the wine department? Never! After all, you and I are besties!