Hump Day HOP ~ Pinterest

Hump Dayyyy HOPWhat daaaayyyy is it?!?! :)  It’s Hump Day and today’s Hop will be on Pinterest!!  Add your Pinterest link below, follow some other great friends, and enjoy the new connections!!

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Light Colorado Quiche ~ Recipe

Light Colorado QuicheI love dinner time, but I think my favorite meal of the week(to make anyways) is Saturday morning breakfast.  This quiche recipe is super simple, heart healthy, and OH SO GOOD!!  ENJOY!! :)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350*.  Start by whisking the milk into the flour until smooth.  Whisk in the egg, cream cheese, and cottage cheese(it will be kind of lumpy at this stage).  Stir in the cheddar cheese, sugar , and pepper.

Pour this mixture into a 9″ pie plate(sprayed lightly with cooking spray).  Bake for 45 to 50 mins or until puffed and golden and knife or toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Garnish with freshly chopped tomatoes and chives.  Serve immediately.

Ingredients 
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup fat- free or skim milk
4 eggs(lightly beaten)
2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese(cut into small cubes)
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon sugar
ground black pepper
fresh chopped tomatoes
fresh chopped chives

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Scentsy ~ Review + Giveaway

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I absolutely LOVE having my house smell wonderful when I walk in the door!!  Candles are great, but I’ve never liked having to worry about forgetting to extinguish them OR the fact that most send up a stream of smoke when they’re blown out.  Enter SCENTSY!!

I’ve been a fan for a while now, and have to say that I’ll most likely be a lifer :)  I love the fact that there are a million and one scents that are easily changeable from day to day.  I love that they burn(or melt, really) clean so there is no smoke sent up into the air in my home.  And I especially love that the wax melts but doesn’t get hot.  My daughter’s old enough to know not to play with hot things, but we often have friends over who are not. It’s comforting to know there will be no burnt little fingers in my home!Scentsy 7:2014I was first introduced to Scentsy by a friend and have since gotten to know and love my very own ‘Scentsy Lady’, Alyssa Thomas.  Her bio is here if you’d like to read it(I always like to get to know the people behind the brands I love!), but long story short, she is a loving wife and mother who was passionate about a brand and decided to turn that passion into a way to provide a little bit extra for her family.  You Mamas know what that feels like!!

So what does our home smell like today??  That depends on which room you’re in.  I like to melt my bars just one or maybe two squares at a time so that I can have a different scent in different areas of the home.  In my master bedroom/bath I am melting Awakening, on the main level, Kahiko Hula, and in Lexi’s bedroom/bath, Happy Go Lucky.  Yep, you wish you were here!! ;)

I like to say hi to my Scentsy Lady every couple months, but for those of you who live further away, you can enter into the customer loyalty program.  There you can not only select which bars you’d like shipped to you, but you can earn points for your shipments as well.  Those points can then be redeemed for half-priced items, and that’s definitely a good thing!!

Right now, there are some really great specials happening.  They’ve got the Bring Back my Bar promotion that has brought back some of the most popular scents from months past. If you click over to that page, you’ll see some amazing scents and also a great deal that saves you $15 off the total price of 12 bars!!  Now, I could definitely order 12 bars and keep them all for myself, but if you’re just looking for a few, split the special with a few friends and you’ll all save some money!!  There’s also the Christmas in July sale where you’ll find some super cute holiday warmers at up to 75% off that you could put away to use as gifts or in your own home a few months from now.

Whatever you chose from Scentsy, I just know you’re gonna love it as much as I do!! After you order, come back here and comment with what you snagged!!  I’m always looking for new recommendations from friends!!  Click HERE to browse and/or order :)

Oh I almost forgot to mention the best part!!  My Scentsy Lady and I are feeling generous so we’re offering a giveaway of TWO Scentsy Bars to one of my loyal readers!!  Click below to get entered and enjoy your AMAZING smelling home!! :)
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Monday’s Mantra

#MM#30behave to be remembered

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Thankful Heart Thursday

Thankful Heart Thursday ShellHappy Thursday, everyone!!  Today’s post won’t take you long to read at all, but I’m hoping you’ll take a second to comment below when you’re finished.  I am so very thankful, today, for the opportunity to go to the park and swing with my daughter.

It was fun when she was younger to push her on the swings, but I think I’m loving these times even more!!  Now, when we swing, we can swing side by side.  We feel the breeze. We laugh and talk.  We just enjoy our time together.

So, for today, even though it may seem like something so small, I am thankful for time on the swings with my daughter.  I’m thankful for the talks and laughs we have on the swings, and I’m thankful that as my baby girl grows up, we are seeming to get closer and closer.

I encourage you today to think of something really small that you are thankful for and comment below with what it is.  We all know that sometimes it’s the little things that occupy the most space in our heart, so lets share that thankfulness and encourage others to do the same.

 

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Hump Day HOP ~ Instagram

Hump Dayyyy HOPIt’s time for another Hump Day HOP and today we’re linking up our Instagram accounts.  It’s super simple as always and will hopefully help you to reach some new followers!!  Just follow the directions below, and feel free to share this post so others can link-up and follow you as well!! :)

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Monday’s Mantra

#MM#31love from fred rogers

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Black Bean Burger ~ Recipe

Black Bean BurgerAs a mom who truly enjoys cooking for her family, I am always searching for new recipes and ways to mix things up a bit in the kitchen.  Especially in the summer, it seems too easy to get stuck in a pattern of grilling the same chicken, steak, dogs, and burgers week after week.  So, a couple weeks ago, I decided to look through the pantry for inspiration.

When I saw that I had a few cans of black beans and some bread crumbs, it turned into black bean burger night! :)  I chose to serve our burgers on a bed of romaine lettuce and tomato slices, but you could definitely keep this more traditional by eating it on a bun. We absolutely LOVED these, and when I say we, I mean my 8 year old daughter, too! This one is definitely kid tested, KID APPROVED!! :)

Directions
Heat your grill or pan to medium heat.  In a food processor or blender, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped.  Add 1.5 cans of black beans, parsley, eggs, and red pepper flakes and pulse again to combine.  Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining beans and the bread crumbs.  Season with salt and pepper and mix until well combined.

This recipe should make 8-10 burgers, so divide mixture and place patties in your hot oiled pan, or on the grill.  Cook approx. 7 minutes per side or until you reach your desired crispiness.

If you’re serving these on a bun, you can plate and eat immediately.  If you’re going to serve up on lettuce and tomato like I did, let them rest just a couple minutes to cool before plating them up and serving.  I also drizzled some balsamic vinegar over ours and it was delish!!!  Let me know what you think when you try this for yourself and ENJOY! :)

Ingredients 
3 (15 oz) cans black beans; rinsed, drained, and divided
2 small yellow onions; roughly chopped
2 tbs garlic powder
3 tsp parsley
2 eggs
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 cup bread crumbs
black pepper to taste and a pinch of salt

 

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Monday’s Mantra

#MM#32 hope

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Vera Bradley ~ More Than Just a Pretty Print

VBFBCC 2014I have to be honest and say that when I first fell in love with Vera Bradley, whether or not they had a philanthropic side did not really cross my mind.  It was their vibrant colors and patterns that drew me in so many years ago, and it’s that same thing that has had me hooked ever since!  When I was invited a couple months ago to attend their Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic, I was excited to be able to learn more about the company’s extremely passionate and generous side!!

Vera Bradley co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller began raising funds for breast cancer research in 1993 after the loss of their dear friend, Mary Sloan, and what has happened since then is nothing short of amazing!  Because of their genuine and heart-felt commitment to this very important cause, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has raised $20 million in funds thus far, with 87 cents from every dollar going directly to breast cancer research!!

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic is just one of the many ways that Vera Bradley raises both awareness and funds for breast cancer research.  This year’s event was so amazing and I feel so honored to have been in attendance!!  Sycamore Hills Golf Course picsMy tour of the award-winning Sycamore Hills Golf Club was nothing short of breathtaking.  To see the women(mostly in pink) golfing with their supportive male caddy’s following behind, was pretty special.  It was a great reminder that behind every woman fighting breast cancer, there is a man loving her and supporting her every step of the way!!  Vera Bradley Foundation Silent Auction 2014Vera Bradley Foundation Dinner 2014The end to a perfect day of golf was celebrated with an impressive silent auction and then a not-so-silent dinner party :)  Golfers and sponsors(and myself, of course) were served an incredible meal, and got to hear from some amazing people including survivors and doctors working towards a cure each and every day!  It really was a powerful event, and after all was said and done, a new record was set and a great time was had by all!!!

Being even a small part of this event really gave me a new way of looking at Vera Bradley as a whole.  It’s one thing to envision and create some of the most fashion-forward pieces in the industry.  It’s a whole other thing to do that while keeping a huge focus on the well-being of the people who support your brand.  Vera Bradley is so much more than a pretty print!!  They are a collection of caring individuals(from the CEOs all the way down the chain) who truly care for people and will not rest until there is a CURE for breast cancer!!!  Long live Vera Bradley and long live all of you breast cancer fighters out there!!!   <3

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