Friday, August 17, 2018

5 PINTEREST RECIPES I WANT TO TRY







Hey y'all!

Today I wanted to share a post with two things I love so much...Pinterest, and cooking! I have always loved to bake, but starting in college and now that I'm a WIFE :) I have really enjoyed stepping up my cooking game. I like to think I'm a decent cook too, not sure if I am but I like it. I will warn y'all if you aren't familiar, I am somewhat of a health nut and tend to cook pretty healthily too...so these recipes I'm rounding up might not be everyones taste but if you are interested, keep reading!

Low-Carb Greek Chicken Tacos. We are big taco fans, and I also reeeeally love greek food so much. So what could be better than combining the two?! Uses the slow cooker so its a very quick meal to put together, which  I'm always looking for on weeknights!

Quinoa Taco Meat. I'm not a vegan by any means, but I love trying out natural, plant-based meals when they aren't too weird. I love reading the Minimalist Baker, who authored this recipe. Quinoa is a great source of protein as well and I love tacos...like I mentioned above!

Fresh Cranberry Salsa. A few weekends ago I went to the farmer's market and we tried this Christmas salsa and it was so amazing. I want to try to make it with my mom sometime soon -- she is the QUEEN of canning and salsas and jams and all the yummy things like that. Hopefully we can find a recipe as good as the one we tried!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers. My mom and I made a version of these once a couple summers ago and I want to make them again. I love throwing these on a salad for a simple, but yummy and healthy lunch! These seem pretty easy and don't have a lot of ingredients which I love too!

Everything But the Bagel Chicken Wings. This one seems like a major winner. I love wings and I love Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. I also love that this recipe can be made paleo, Whole30, and is a low-carb option so just about anyone could enjoy these!

Thanks so much for reading y'all! Hope you enjoyed this post. Have you had any major Pinterest recipe wins? Leave them in a comment down below! 



Thursday, August 16, 2018

ONE $20 DRESS, WORN 4 WAYS


Hey y'all! 

Happy Thursday...aka Friday junior ;) Today I wanted to share a styling post with this adorable dress! I picked this up recently and I'm completely in love. It is super affordable ($20 on sale!!) and I just think its the perfect transitional piece between summer and fall. Its light and flowy but has the most beautiful fall colors.

One way I like to make sure that I'm spending my money wisely and buying things that are good staple pieces is to think of at least a handful of ways I could wear the item before purchasing. That way, you aren't getting something that will just sit in the back of your closet. 

This dress is the perfect piece to pick up and I'm going to show you four different ways you can wear it so its definitely worth the $20 price tag!





I wore this look to church recently, which goes to show this dress is also great for summer. I paired some simple sandals and a hat -- I just love the boho vibes. 





One of my favorite ways to wear dresses is with sweaters knotted over. It is a great way to add warmth, dimension and just another texture. This mustard sweater is one of my favorites. It pulls the colors from the dress really well!




To me, a utility jacket is a major staple. I consider army green a neutral, so I just threw it on over this dress. You could easily swap my $22 suede mules out for booties and this look is great for taking this dress even further into fall. 





Again, I think hats are the best because it makes a really fun statement. It also covers up a bad hair day, so that's a double win ;) Throwing on some simple slides makes for an easy look that is great for running out the door quickly!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for reading. I hope you found it helpful if you're looking for a great staple piece to add to your fall wardrobe. Would you want to see this kind of post for more items? Be sure to let me know in a comment down below!




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

OUR HONEYMOON RECAP








WHERE WE STAYED
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Maui. This was such an amazing resort! We loved it so much. There were so many great amenities. We had access to the "Resort Club" which was quite possibly the best part. There was a free breakfast every morning that was phenomenal. Then, they had afternoon snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and then desserts in the evening. We went to the club at least a few times a day for snacks and treats. They also had the best white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies I think I've ever had. ever. We ate so many of those things ;) But other great things about this hotel include a coffee shop in the lobby, great beaches with tons of space, several pools that were so nice, great restaurants, a wonderful spa, and a great workout facility that we used daily! It was gorgeous and such a wonderful place to stay. We loved it! 





WHAT WE ATE
**Down the Hatch -- our absolute favorite place. Reminded us of a bar/eatery we loved in our college town. Nate said the best fish tacos he had the whole trip. I had fresh tilapia and veggies. Also sooo amazing!!!


**Dukes Beach House -- a Maui favorite. Food was really good and they had these rolls that were amazing -- they were slightly purple? I ate so much on this trip and I think I ate five of these rolls they were so good. Also you have to get the Hula Pie. Basically the most amazing dessert you'll ever have! (see photo above of me with the most extra dessert you've ever seen. yep. you need to go!)
**Paia Fish Market -- this one was really neat. I loved the feel of the place. Of course amazing seafood too. Nate had fish tacos that were really good. 


**Fork & Salad -- a local, hawaiian grown 'healthy' eat -- but Nate liked it too! We had a running joke because he always called it "fig and fork" but this place was definitely in our tops. SO fresh and simple but so good.
**Lahaina Fish Co -- this one was really amazing. We sat over the water which was way cool. It was a gorgeous evening and we had fish they caught from the restaurant that day. I had veggies and shrimp which were soooo good. I ate shrimp almost every night!
**Dollie's Pub & Grill -- definitely off the beaten path. But very yummy and worth it. Felt more local which we were always interested in! Nate had some extravagant pizza combination and I had a really yummy greek salad with shrimp. Another great find!



WHAT WE DID
**Sunrise Bike Tour. Definitely the top of our list of things we did. We Left our hotel around 1AM, checked in around 3AM, and then we were driven up to the top of a mountain/crater formation in Haleakala National Park. Its neat because there are only a certain amount of people allowed daily in the park, so getting to watch the sunrise was so special. It was so beautiful. Then, we biked down the mountain 23 miles. Great stops along the way was a lavender farm with a coffee shop that sells yummy donuts, and a cafe called Kula Lodge Restaurant. 





**Jet Skis. We did this at a spot near our resort. Super fun -- Nate loved it. I was terrified of being thrown off into the ocean (I am kinda scared of the ocean) but it was fun to do it together. 
**Cliff/Waterfall Hiking/Jumping. Another favorite. We drove part of the road to Hana and found some cool places to hike/jump from waterfalls. It was beautiful and so much fun!




**Roadside Fruit Stand. This was a bucket list item of mine. We found a produce stand on the side of the road between Lahaina and our resort. It was so fun and picturesque. 
**Shopping @ Whaler's Wharf -- this was in Kaanapali, but walking distance from our resort. We loved walking around and going to all the beach shops!
**Golfing @ Grand Wailea -- this was a really fun day. We went golfing at the Grand Wailea hotel and then hung out on the beach there. We golfed with two older guys who were best friends and they were a hoot. We also had drinks and appetizers afterwards in the restaurant at the golf shop and that was really yummy too. 



**Lei Making -- this was offered by our hotel and it was really fun. Nate wasn't sure this would be fun but we had a good time. Plus they turned out so beautiful!


**Hula Lessons -- another thing offered by our resort. Nate skipped out on this one, but I really liked it! It was also cool to learn more about the culture and the significance of the hula!
**Luau @ the Marriott -- we went down the beach to another resort's luau because ours was booked, and it was a lot of fun. We ate so much at the buffet and it was phenomenal. I liked getting to eat 'traditional' Hawaiian food and see all the dancing and history!
**Maui Pineapple Tour -- this was really cool; we toured a pineapple farm, learned about how to grow pineapples, and then went to a distillery tour that was on site as well. The pineapple was so amazing!


All in all, it was truly an amazing trip. One of the best in my entire life! Nate and I were so lucky to be able to take this trip and start our marriage in such an amazing place. 

Thanks so much for reading -- and if you're traveling to Hawaii soon...I'm so jealous! I would go back in a heartbeat. If you have been -- what do you love most about Maui and Hawaii? Leave a comment down below -- I'd love to hear!

Monday, August 13, 2018

WHAT I WORE: WEEKEND WEDDING GUEST






Hey y'all!

Hope you all had the best weekend and are ready to tackle another week! This weekend Nate and I went to a wedding which was so much fun. The venue was gorgeous, the bride was stunning...the food was BOMB...

On Instagram I mentioned the best part of attending weddings as a married couple is that we just get to sit back and enjoy them, celebrate our friends...and eat all the food. It was so great. And the best part is that Nate doesn't judge me for eating the cake and the pie...because he did it too! #health

Anyways, I thought I would share what I wore to the wedding because it was the perfect look for an outdoor wedding. I always find you can go more casual for an outdoor wedding but I still like to look nice. I also wore these adorable sandals that still have a bit of a heel but are so easy to walk in, and are perfect for outdoor weddings because you won't sink into the ground. #realtalk

I also did this braided updo with my favorite hair extensions. I knew it was going to be toasty and I just wasn't about to try and curl my hair with the humidity we are having these days. Plus any dancing was going to make my hair crazy so this was just an easier route to go! I loved how it turned out.

This look would also be good inspiration if you are going to a fall wedding soon, and want to look fall-ish...but still have to deal with the heat. Maybe you want to ditch the bright floral frocks but still want to look dressy and wedding appropriate -- try wearing navy or other jewel tones!

Hope you all enjoyed this post -- thanks for reading and I will talk to you in tomorrow's post!