what I would like to wear to work

what I would like to wear to work

Phase Eight elbow sleeve dress
$100 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Layered top
maurices.com

Chicwish zip shirt
chicwish.com

H&M low jeans
$38 – hm.com

Pointed toe shoes
nastydress.com

Tan ankle booties
$38 – newlook.com

Chloé chloe flat
$430 – mytheresa.com

Dorothy Perkins black t strap shoes
$45 – dorothyperkins.com

Sweet deluxe green jewelry
$38 – zalando.co.uk

what I would like to wear to work

what I would like to wear to work

Phase Eight elbow sleeve dress
$100 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Layered top
maurices.com

Chicwish zip shirt
chicwish.com

H&M low jeans
$38 – hm.com

Pointed toe shoes
nastydress.com

Tan ankle booties
$38 – newlook.com

Chloé chloe flat
$430 – mytheresa.com

Dorothy Perkins black t strap shoes
$45 – dorothyperkins.com

Sweet deluxe green jewelry
$38 – zalando.co.uk

What I Hate About Back to School

We still have almost 3 full weeks of summer before school starts for our kiddos.  Public Enemy #1 when it comes to back to school is the Evil Paper Monster.  I need a plan and I have one percolating.

Three Steps to Tame The Paper Monster

Step 1: Corral It

The first step to taming the Evil Paper Monster is corral it.  Picture me on horseback, with a whip, herding the papers into a barn.  Ok, except in this case, the barn is going to be my pantry and the stalls of the barn are going to be these:

KASSETT Box with lid IKEA Perfect for newspapers, photos or other memorabilia.

That’s the Kassett set of 2 boxes from Ikea.  They are $6.99.  I’ve used these in the past, but more as an archiving system than an active filing (I use the term filing loosely) system.  I’m going to get 4 of the boxes, one for each member of the family.  The kids boxes will be used to house the stuff that the kids want to keep like special projects/papers.  My husbands will collect his work related stuff and mine will house the stuff that needs attention: reminders about important dates, projects, field trips, etc.  I know what you’re thinking.  Dude, you’re never going to remember what’s in that box.  You are correct.  That’s where step two of the system comes in to play.

Step 2:  Snap It

Sony Xperia E1

Why am I showing you a picture of my cell phone?  Well, first of all, I ADORE my cell phone. It’s a Sony Xperia and it is the best phone on the planet.  But that has nothing to do with this post.  Maybe someday I will extol it’s virtues in a full post.  But for now, the phone is important for two reasons.  1.  It has a camera.  2.  It is never apart from me.  It is basically an appendage at this point.  I’m not going to claim that I came up with this idea, because I’m sure other people do it, but I will say that the idea came to me without researching it.  You know those important papers, with important dates and information you might need at a moments notice?  Take a picture of those papers with your phone.  You instantly have a copy of that paper with you AT ALL TIMES.  Are you at Michael’s and and poster board is on sale but you can’t remember if you need it for your daughters project?  Check the pic on your phone.  Did your kids teacher send home a list of things the classroom needs but you’re having sensory overload at Target and can’t think straight?  Check the pic on your phone.  I’ve read about and admire the idea of scanning important documents and going paperless, but was totally overwhelmed at the thought of buying a scanner and actually scanning stuff.  Snapping a picture is basically the same thing and totally not overwhelming.  And now you’re thinking, Dude you’re going to spend forever looking for the right pic on your phone!  And, bam, step three.

Step Three: Evernote It

Cover art

Evernote is an awesome app.  First of all, kudos to the logo designer.  Elephant, get it?  They never forget anything.  If you download the app to your phone, you can super quickly zap the pics to Evernote , give them a tag that will make them easy to find and, if needed, set a due date. This is the one step in the process that I’ll be working on making a habit over the next few weeks.  My goal is going to be to do a quick review of anything that is in or should be in Evernote at the end of each day.  I’m talking 5 minutes tops.

And that’s it.  My three steps to taming the Evil Paper Monster.  What’s your plan??

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What I Made this Week – A Low Carb, Paleo-ish Menu Plan

So, I’ve been having a hard time sticking to the low carb, wheat free, low sugar lifestyle.  It’s definitely something that requires some planning ahead.  I thought it would be fun to pull together a compilation of some of the things I’ve made before as a menu plan that I can try to stick to.  I try to make one new recipe a week, but then, I somehow never end up making the one’s I like more than once.  This will be a good experiment to see if a) I can follow a menu plan and b) if sticking to this will help me lose some lbs.  Wait, and c) see if I really do feel better without that stuff in my body.  I notice on the days that I really do eliminate the wheat I have more energy and less aches and pains.  So here’s my plan:

My No Excuses Paleo Friendly Meal Plan

Breakfast Options

Egg Casserole – I love egg casseroles.  I do add cheese to mine, which is technically not Paleo, so leave it out if you want true Paleo. For me, the egg casserole lasts a while, it’s enough for about 4 breakfasts.

Wheat Free Egg Casserole

 

Granola – I completely forgot how much I loved this granola I made a few months ago.  It’s great for breakfast, but it’s kind of dessert-ish too.

 

granola

 

Lunch Options:

Cold Cut Roll Ups – I like this lunch because it’s got a lot flavor and it’s easy to switch it up without too much thought.  You can do turkey, ham or roast beef and fill it with spinach, cole slaw or lettuce.  I usually just bring the ingredients with me to work and assemble it all there, so I don’t have to worry about prepping anything in the morning.

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Chicken Salad – Here’s another I forgot about!  This chicken salad is so delicious.  The cranberries are what I make it, I think.

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The rest of my lunches, I usually do a takeout salad or leftovers from the night before.  My favorite take out salad is the Signature Salad with chicken from Cosi.

Dinner Options:

Turkey Soup:  I just made this last week and it was sooo delicious.  Disclaimer, beans aren’t paleo, so leave them out if you want to stay true to the Paleo diet.

Greek Chicken Legs:  Chicken legs are my favorite kind of chicken.  This Greek yogurt marinade is good, but you can do lots of other variations.  Soy sauce and Italian dressing marinade is another favorite.

Salmon Packet:  Salmon is possibly my favorite dinner on earth.  It’s so healthy and flavorful and there are a million ways to prepare.

I have more go to low carb dinners, variations usually of what the rest of the family is eating, that I haven’t documented before.  For instance, if we’re having burgers for dinner, I’ll have a burger with a fried egg on top.  I  know that sounds crazy, but it’s so good.  We also do stir fry.  Spaghetti squash is delicious, but not something the whole family is on board with yet.  One thing I always miss is pizza, so I’ll try one of the many Paleo pizza recipes I’ve pinned this week, too.

              Turkey, Bean and Spinach SoupMarinated Chicken Legs - Greek Yogurt

Lemony Buttery Salmon Steaks

Snacks & Desserts:

 

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Deviled Eggs

 

Paleo ChocoNutBerry Clusters

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So, no excuses, I have a lot of options that I already know I enjoy.  I will report back in next week’s edition of What I Made.

 

 

 

 

 

Buy It, Spy It, or DIY It – Pottery Barn Edition

Buy It Spy It DIY It Pottery Barn Edition

I’m not a frequent Pottery Barn browser, I have to admit.  I was a bit surprised at the prices, so I didn’t have many “Buy Its” this week, but I did find some inspiration for DIY’s.  And let’s face it, DIY’s are more fun anyway!

Penelope Organic Duvet Cover & Sham - Twilight Blue | Pottery Barn

 

Buy It – I adore this duvet set.  I think it would be super cute in a tween’s room, but I would use it in my bedroom. I love the pop of navy.  The king duvet is $129 and it doesn’t include the shams, but I’m ok with that.  I think white pillow cases and a mix of solid and patterned shams would look great and pull out some of the other colors, like that warm yellow color.

Colorful Painterly Ikats White Framed Prints | Pottery Barn

DIY It – These are painted ikat patterns and the colors are gorgeous. I think for some with some painting skills this is a definite DIY, but this could also be achieved with fabric scraps or even good wrapping paper.  The price is completely out of reach for me at a staggering $755 for the set of six.

Beachcomber Extra-Large Round Basket | Pottery Barn

Spy It – I love a woven basket, but I just wrote about one that is not very different than this one at Ikea for $7.99.  This one is $103 and that’s a sale price.  I don’t think the one at Ikea is as big and the quality may not be the same, but you could spend a quarter of that price at Home Goods for something similar.

Geo Wire Wall Art | Pottery Barn

 

DIY It – I love this so much that if you told me I was forbidden to DIY it, I would consider shelling out the $254 it is on sale for right now.  But, come on, this is string art (well, technically wire art) on recycled wood!  I’ve tried it and you will come up with scores of DIY tutorials on Pinterest for this.  You can do this people!   And, as an aside, if you make this, don’t muck it up with notes jammed into it!

Bird Clock | Pottery Barn

 

Buy It – I mustn’t be the only crazy person in the world with a bird fetish when it comes to home decor because I seem to find little birdies everywhere.  I think this little clock is so cute.  It’s $39.  It’s form and function, so I say it’s worth that price.

Decoupage Typography Tray | Pottery Barn

DIY It – This is decoupaged!  Woo hoo!  Grab the Mod Podge and get to work.  It’s actually only $29.50, so it wouldn’t be a bad buy either.

Driftwood Garland Vase Filler | Pottery Barn

 

Buy It – This drift wood garland is on sale for $12.99.  It’s marketed as a vase filler, but I can imagine this draped on a summer mantel, or, how cute would it be on a beach themed Christmas tree?  I think this is a pretty versatile piece to have in your decorating tool box.  One strand is 42″ long, so I would pick up a few at the sale price.

Stephanie Sterjovski Framed Print: Oh, You | Pottery Barn

 

DIY It – I love this cheeky print!  The color is so pretty and the “Oh, you” makes me smile.  You will never guess how much this costs though.  $84!  WHAT??? Printable, people, printable.

What do you love from Pottery Barn?

e.l.f. Favorites

There is a makeup line available at Target that I love.  It’s called e.l.f (eyes,lips,face).  I love it because it’s inexpensive, but not *cheap*, if you know what I mean.  Here are my favorites:

4 elf Products I Love

#1 e.l.f All Over Color Stick – This thing is a life saver.  I use it as a creamy blush and a smoosh it in with the elf Kabuki brush.  It gives your cheeks a dewy tinge of pink.  But, it can also be used on your lips as a gloss! I love double duty products.  And you will never guess how much it costs!  $1.02!  Insane.

#2 e.l.f Kabuki brush – This little brush is a gem.  I use it three separate times during the make up routine.   I smoosh in my highlighter around my eyes, my concealer and my blush with it.  It’s nice and soft and blends everything really well.  This one is $6 and seems expensive compared to the All Over Color Stick, but it’s worth every penny and it’s something you can clean and keep in your makeup bag for a long time.

#3 e.l.f Studio Duo Concealer – This concealer is another double duty item.  The white side is what I use around my eyes to banish dark circles.  You can use it anywhere you want to add a bit of a highlight.  And then the other side is great for dabbing on any blemishes.  $3.  Can’t beat it!

#4 e.l.f Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick – I love this lip gloss.  I like a colorful lip, but I don’t love the texture of lipstick.  This gloss gives you a punch of color and the silky feel of a gloss.  And it’s $2.  No joke.

Top 4 elf Products Under $13 Total