Passion Tea Lemonade Gummies

I was wanting to make some green tea gummies, but I found passion tea in my cabinet, so of course I had to give that a try!

Passion Tea Lemonade Gummies

Passion Tea Lemonade Gummies

  • Boil 1/2 of water.
  • Add 1 Tazo Iced Passion Tea bags. I have the passion tea that makes a pitcher.
  • While the tea is brewing, take 5 gelatin packets and add it to 3/4 c water in a saucepan. I used a fork to stir the gelatin so that it dissolved.
  • Once the passion tea has been brewed, add it to the saucepan.
  • Then, add lemon juice. I didn’t take a measurement, but I’d say it was about 1/8 c. You can always add more or less depending on how lemon-y you want it to taste.
  • Then, add 1 or 2 packets of Stevia or sugar.
  • Then, add another packet of gelatin.
  • Heat the mixture to make sure the gelatin has been dissolved.
  • Finally, pour the mixture into a 9×9 or 8×8 pan or if you have molds you can pour it into that.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Cut the gummies into squares or take them out of the molds!

* Store in an air tight container in the fridge and enjoy!!

Planting My 1st Flower Garden

Planting a Garden

The other day my husband suggested that I plant a flower garden in the front of our house. We have a little flower bed by the front porch, but we hadn’t done anything with it since we’ve moved in. I thought, why not? I’m always up for something new! And the outdoor flower shop was having a half off sale, perfect!

Planting a Garden...where do I start?!

Now, let me just start off and say, I don’t know anything about planting flowers or what types of flowers are good to plant, how much water they need, sunlight exposure, etc.

I get to the flower shop, grab my cart and start going up and down the aisles, trying not to look completely clueless.

Planting a Garden...these are cute flowers!

There were some super cute flowers! And then some not so cute lol. I chose ones that I thought would look good in the front of our house. I didn’t go all matchy – matchy though, which is fine and totally in style right now!

Planting a Garden...My Flower Picks

(Whoever gets to name these flowers has a fun job!)

Planting a Garden...flower tags

After walking around for awhile and finally picking up a few flowers, I went to the check out and was on my merry way.

I had to make a Target stop to get a hand shovel, since we didn’t have one.

Planting a Garden...here goes nothing!

First, I had to get the weeds out of the flower bed. I don’t know a weed from a plant that’s supposed to be there, so I ended up digging out most of the plants. But, I’m pretty sure I left behind a few weeds…

Planting a Garden...got my 1st flower planted!!

Planting those flowers took way longer to do than I expected! I had to dig the dirt up (obviously) and then figure out how to get the stinkin flower out of the plastic tub thing it came in (which was the most difficult part). I was trying not to tear the flowers apart while trying to get them out of the plastic. Then came the easy part once I finally managed to get the flower out. I just put the flower in the hole I dug up and filled it back in with dirt.

Planting a Garden...My 1st Flower Garden

I think for my 1st time planting flowers, it turned out pretty cute!

Planting a Garden...time for a manicure

Now, it’s time for a well deserved manicure!

Healthier Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

I had 2 very ripe bananas yesterday and thought perfect time to make banana bread! I went online to find a super easy banana bread recipe and came across this one that I adapted to make a little bit healthier. I was surprised at how easy this bread was to make, I will definitely be making it again!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1 c sugar / Stevia
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 T sweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c chocolate chips

Directions

Beat the oil and sugar till well combined. Add in the eggs and bananas. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, almond milk and vanilla. Mix well. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let cool and enjoy! (I noticed that it took longer for the middle to cook. I eventually took it out of the oven a little doughy in the middle because I didn’t want to burn the rest of the bread. It will continue cooking once you take it out of the oven if you happen to have this same problem I did. And it turned out just fine! It’s not doughy in the middle anymore.)

My favorite way to eat this banana chocolate chip bread is to heat up a slice and add butter on top! YUMMY!!!

If you make this recipe, let me know what you think of it!

The Bachelorette Re-Cap from Last Night

I love watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, it’s kind of fun watching one person date 25 people and narrow it down to one. Everything is always so elaborate and fancy! But this season, has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment. I lost interest last season when Chris Harrison was trying to force Juan Pablo to say he loved Nikki. It’s totally fine and NORMAL to not be in love with someone after what four? months of dating. So after that last After the Final Rose show, I totally lost any respect I had for Chris Harrison. But that’s not what this post is about.

I was a little disappointed when I found out that Andi Dorfman was going to be the next Bachelorette, but I went in with an open mind, hoping she would grow on me. Nope…

If you haven’t watched last nights episode yet, stop reading. If you did, keep going!

1. Has anyone else noticed how cheap this season has been? They haven’t even left the US yet. Their first stop was a different town in California. Second stop, across the country to Connecticut. When do the different countries and tropical beaches come in?

2. Cheap clue #1: The first date last night was with Dylan. They rode a train for the whole day in Connecticut. And then, they got off the train to not change clothes and get right back on for dinner. I’m also curious as to how Andi didn’t get him to tell her his story until dinner. That whole date must have been awkward. And then, the last surprise Andi had for Dylan was going to the front of the train to honk the train’s horn, which they already did when the date first started. Poor Dylan, he got ripped off on this date biiiiiig time!

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3. The group date was a basketball game, totally normal for this show. I was expecting a little more drama during the game, but that’s fine, I’ll get over it. Cheap clue #2: One of the teams got nice printed jerseys with their team name, Rosebuds, on it. The other team got jerseys where they had to write their own name in Sharpie. They were destined to lose that game from the moment they got their Sharpied jerseys. Cheap clue #3: The After Party was at the arena, they didn’t even leave.

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4. Cheap clue #4: Her second one-on-one date was with Marcus. They repelled off the hotel building. Where they were all staying. Of course the producers place their ropes right over the guys hotel room. Talk about awkward as they’re repelling down the side of the hotel. I just hope they didn’t hear what the guys were saying, that would have been even more awkward.

5. I am extremely disappointed in how they “honored” Eric. They showed him arguing with Andi (who, by the way, seems to like to argue a lot, remember last season?). We saw Eric leaving in a taxi, he didn’t even get the limo like they always do when they leave, cheap clue #5. Then, they didn’t show the rose ceremony, but had Chris and Andi talking about how those last moments with Eric went. And then that was it, they showed a preview of the next episode. Uhm…seriously?! No photos of him growing up or any photo of him for that matter? I thought this season was supposed to be dedicated to him and instead they show his last moments on the show and make him look like a jerk. That argument he had with Andi is the VERY last thing that his family and friends will get to see of him. How would that make you feel? And then to have Andi talk about it, who is clearly still upset about the argument they had. Not cool, not cool. They showed Tasos (who didn’t get a rose and went home) more respect and honor than they showed Eric. If I were in charge, I would have cut that argument out and had Chris Harrison say something along the lines of that they had their differences and Eric left the show. And then showed a little slideshow of him growing up or at least a video of him with the guys throughout the season. I wonder if they’re skipping next week hoping that people will forget about how horribly they honored Eric and that we will still watch?… I will probably still watch, I’ve already invested this much time into it, why stop now? (ugh)

After the show, I of course went on social media to see what people were saying about it. I kept seeing the hashtag #LiveLikeEric, so I had to check it out. Live Like Eric is a nonprofit organization that:

“…carr[ies] on the legacy of Eric Hill and his endless adventures by giving back. We have created the Live Like Eric Foundation to carry out acts of extreme philanthropy that provide service and relief, increase cultural awareness, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and provide joy and wonder. Ultimately we want to give back and make this world more awesome.

Death cannot extinguish the spark that glows within all of us.
Donations to Live Like Eric Foundation provide the financial backing and provide the basis for an ongoing project that will give back in a way that only Eric could have inspired.”
I think it’s amazing that this organization is carrying out his legacy. “When you donate or purchase #LIVELIKEERIC gear you commit to pursue your dreams with passion, to embrace optimism, to imagine bigger and to love more fully. When you commit to live like Eric, you can help make our world more like the one he wanted to show us.”
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I think that’s pretty awesome! He seems like he was a great guy, and may he rest in peace.

What are your thoughts on last night’s episode?

 

**I do not own any of the pictures in this post. Each one links out to the appropriate source.

Maxis to the Max!

Maxi skirts.

I just love them! They are ah-mazing! They are so effortless to wear, all can you do is throw on a plain tee, a graphic tee, a button down denim shirt, a cute tank and you’re good to go! Because of the versatility of maxi skirts, you can dress them up or dress them down.

I also love how comfortable they are. The fabric they are made out of makes it feel like I’m wearing sweat pants, in skirt form. Maxi skirts are one of my favorite trends that I hope stays around for awhile.

Which one pictured below is your favorite? I love them all, I can’t decide on just one!

Maxi Skirts

  1. Soft Joie Redmond
  2. Michael Kors Stripe Side Slit Skirt
  3. Calvin Klein Print Maxi Skirt
  4. Roxy Solimar Sun Maxi Skirt
  5. Mossimo Supply Co. Jr’s Fold Over Maxi Skirt
  6. Splendid Column Maxi Skirt
  7. Mossimo Supply Co. Jr’s Maxi Skirt with Slit
  8. Mossimo Supply Co. Jr’s Foldover Maxi Skirt

Standing All Day… Yes, I Made That Choice

I’ve been reading different articles that you can find here, here, here, here and here about how sitting all day is “killing” us. It’s not good for your health to sit all day. Most people sit all day in a desk at work and then go home to sit all day in front of the television, getting little to no exercise.

Reasons Why Sitting All Day is Bad For You

  • Your life expectancy drops dramatically,
  • You are more likely to gain weight,
  • You can have higher cholesterol,
  • The activity in your muscles slow down so the rate at which you burn calories slows,
  • You can have a higher chance of getting heart disease,
  • You have horrible posture,
  • Your brain gets foggy so it’s hard to concentrate on work,
  • You have a higher risk of getting diabetes
  • You can have high blood pressure,
  • I could go on, but I think these are enough reasons!

After learning about how awful it is for you to sit all day, I started taking little walk breaks, took the long way to the bathroom and started using the stairs. Then, I was lucky enough to get this stand-up addition to my desk. I’ve been using this for over a month now and let me tell you, it has made all the difference!

Standing Desk

I just feel better on the inside, it’s hard to explain. I have more energy. I am able to concentrate better on my work. And I know that I’m being healthier and kinder to my body.

The first week I tried this out, it killed my shins and knees so I had to go buy a pad to stand on. I found mine at Lowe’s. It has helped sooo much!

If you aren’t able to have a stand-up desk and you do sit all day, take these simple steps to add more standing and movement to your day.

  • Take the stairs when possible
  • Get up and move around every 20 minutes (if you have to set an alarm to remind yourself to do this, DO IT!)
  • Take the long way to the bathroom
  • Get up and go talk to your co-worker or boss instead of sending emails or calling them. Plus, it’s just nice to have an actual face-to-face conversation
  • Walk during your lunch break
  • Use a pedometer to track your daily steps, the number might surprise you. It is recommended to take 10,000 steps a day. How close are you to this? The first time I used my pedometer, I barely reached 2,000 steps. Yikes!!

Just adding a few of these items to your day could make all the difference in your health.

 

* I am not a health professional, the above information is based on my experiences and research. Please reach out to your doctor if you have any questions regarding your health.

Friday Freebie DIY!

Recently, well, for the past several months, I’ve been eating healthier and cleaner. One of the things that I do to help me stay on track is meal planning. To meal plan, I figure out what my nightly dinners will be, make my grocery list, then head to the store.

I’ve made a cute weekly meal planner printable for you below!

DIY Time!

  • Print out the weekly menu (open the PDF version so you get the correct size: Weekly Menu)
  • Place in an 8″ x 10″ frame
  • Use a dry erase marker to write our your meals

I have my weekly menu hung up on a wall in our kitchen. It’s been great having it hung up so I will #1, remember  what I’m supposed to be cooking throughout the week and #2 so that I don’t get discouraged about cooking and want to go out to eat instead.

Open the PDF to get the 8″ x 10″ size of the menu. Weekly Menu

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Open the PDF to get the 8″ x 10″ size of the menu. Weekly Menu

What are some ways you plan for your healthy meals?

**Please note, the weekly meal printable is for personal use ONLY.

***For a smaller version of the printable, click on the image above.

My Birthday Re-Cap! *~[ ]

My birthday was on Friday, the 16th. And. It. Was. Awesome!! My amazing hubby surprised me with a little out-of-town get away! We went to a baseball game the night we got there. The next day got a mani/pedi! Then we went to lunch at Fogo De Chao. If you ever get the chance to go there, seriously, do it! Just be sure that you’re hungry, because you will most likely eat waaaay too much like we did! After we were done eating, I got to go on a shopping spree! My husband is the best, special shout out to him and a very special thank you for making my day so wonderful!!

We left to go home so that we could have a birthday dinner with my family, we went to Jason’s Deli, and I was still super full from lunch. My family is the best! Thank you shout out to them for being awesome and for being my family!

Below are a couple of items that I got for my birthday:

I got this super cute rose gold “C” initial necklace:Initial C Necklace

I got the Catching Fire DVD. I haven’t read the books yet, I like the surprise of what’s going to happen in the movies. This movie was seriously the best movie I had seen in a looong time!

Catching Fire DVD

I got “The One” by Kiera Cass. This is the 3rd book of a trilogy that she has written. If you’re looking for a good summer read, let me recommend this Selection series. I call it the “Happy Hunger Games”. Super short description: The people in the book live in different castes depending on their wealth and jobs. The prince has become of age where he needs to wed. The girls of their country have to apply for the possibility to be his future wife and queen. 35 girls were chosen. They all move into the castle and vie for the prince’s love and affection. It’s also similar to the Bachelor / Bachelorette, just way better 😉

If you haven’t read these books, do so! I can’t wait to start this one!

The One by Kiera Cass

I got 2 new charms for my Origami Owl necklace which I absolutely looove!

Origami Owl Charms

I also got Lauren Evart’s book, “The Skinny Confidential“. She is another blogger, who I follow pretty regularly. She has some great tips and I’m excited to start this book as well!

The Skinny Confidential

I had come across a monogram cake on Pinterest that I was obsessed with the moment I saw it. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with monograms, so this was the perfect cake for me!

My Monogram Cake

If you’re curious, the necklace that I’m wearing is from the jewelry that I sell, Chloe + Isabel. I received so many compliments when I wore it.

Here’s me with my birthday cake!

My Birthday!

Thank you to everyone who helped make my birthday so special, you know who you are 😉