Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

I just returned home from South Carolina and wanted a quick and healthy dinner, but also wanted something I could heat up tomorrow for lunch. Every week I make a big batch of quinoa to eat for breakfast so I figured lets try something with quinoa for dinner. I looked on pinterest and didn’t find anything that had enough veggies in the recipe so I created my own “Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl”! It was delicious, but only problem was it was very hot today in Portland so trying to eat a hot meal for dinner was a bit of a struggle, can’t fall just come!!

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 chicken breast, cubed
  • 3-4 chopped carrots
  • 1 large bell pepper or 4-6 small peppers
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 bundle of green onions
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1 tsp or more of chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp or more of ginger paste

Topped with:

  • lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

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(I’m a Bob’s Red Mill fan! I also when feeling lazy use the pre cut garlic and the ginger paste. Don’t judge me I was tired and wanted a quick 30 minute meal.)

Dressing: 

  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • feel free to add more garlic or ginger in here I also added some sriracha for spice

Instructions:

Chop chicken into small cubes, use one 1 tbsp of sweet chili sauce and a little garlic and ginger and place in wok and begin cooking. As chicken cooks prepare the quinoa according to directions.

While chicken and quinoa is cooking I chop up the vegetables and mix the dressing together. Once chicken is done remove from wok and place in bowl, then add your vegetables and your mixed dressing.  Once your vegetables are cooked stir the chicken back in.  Taste and season to your preference (add more peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, ginger whatever you like).

I eat my quinoa for breakfast so I usually make a big batch on sundays for this reason I just spoon in a few spoonfuls into a bowl then add the chicken and vegetable mixture on top. I then toss in the coconut flakes, oranges, cilantro and lime. Mix together and enjoy!

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This is super easy can it can be eaten again for leftovers the following day! Have a great Monday!

Transitioning into Fall Fashion

The weather is slowly getting cooler, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes are on the menu and I am longing for oversized sweaters. Fall is officially here! Naturally I have been playing in my closet, pulling out all my boots, sweaters, and jackets. However, I may have jumped the gun a little with the entire fall wardrobe, it has not been cold enough for me to wear practically any of if. I decided to go ahead and invest in a few basic pieces to help with the transition from summer to fall.

 Army Green Vest

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I have a bit of an obsession with army green jackets. I can’t seem to pass them up while shopping. I have a little collection going that I desperately need to get under control. So when I came across an army green vest I had to have it. Since it was a vest not a jacket I could totally justify getting it, haha. I am loving it and can see myself wearing it a ton in the future. Find army vest here.  An alternative vest here.

Open Toe Booties

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about these when I ordered them… but I love them! I have been wearing them non stop! They are perfect for transitioning in to the fall. They have the look of a bootie but the cut outs make them perfect for the in-between weather.  Find booties here.

 Fall Hat

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I had ordered this hat during the summer, but the material was a bit heavy for the hot weather. I am super excited to finally get to wear it. It is going to be fun pairing this with fall looks. Find Hat Here.

Statement Clutch

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I have been eyeing this clutch for awhile and I decided to finally pull the trigger. A statement clutch is another fun way to dress up any outfit. I debated between this and a camo clutch but finally decided on the leopard. This clutch can be found here, along with a lot of other print options. If you don’t want to invest so much in a statement clutch you can find a cute one here at a little better price point.

Camo Pant & Cozy Sweater

My go to fall outfit is a an oversized sweater and camo pants. It is easy, cute and more importantly it is super comfy.

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A cozy sweater for fall is an absolute must! This sweater is Vince, which is probably my favorite designer. He can be on the expensive side, but I usually come across some great finds at Nordstrom Rack…so keep an eye out! It’s seriously awesome quality and great fit. I found a similar sweater at a better price point  here. 

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Camo pants are my favorite. They can be used pretty much as a neutral, but can really bring a lot to a casual outfit. I wore out my previous pair so it was time for some new ones. I found these here. They only have a few select sizes left so I also found these  here. I am even thinking about getting the second pair as a back up, I love the coloring and the price isn’t bad.

Workout Vest

Soon enough it is going to be back to the treadmill so any item that keeps me running outside a little longer is a must.

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I love this work out vest made by Zella. Jess talked about how much she liked Zella a few weeks ago, I’m just as big of fan. Lululemon is all the craze, but I tend to prefer Zella. It is great quality stuff, and even a little cheaper than Lulu! When I saw this vest I had to have it. I love running and hiking outside but the last couple weeks I have been needing an extra layer and this vest has been perfect for the fall weather. Find workout vest here.

Hope you all are as excited about Fall as I am!

Ang

Revamping Your Fireplace

We have a big fireplace in our rental house, the likelihood of us using the fireplace is low and I was getting SO tired of looking at the big bulky metal screen. My girlfriend Lydia was in town visiting and I was telling her how I needed to do something with our fireplace, she suggested candles. Why hadn’t I thought of that…. I decided I didn’t want to do all loose candles in the case that we did decide we want a fire and removing ALL of those candles would take forever. So I headed out to find a candelabra for the fireplace. The hardest part (next to cleaning out the old fireplace) was finding big grey candles to go in the candelabra apparently grey candles are hard to find. They ended up being the most expensive part of the whole revamp.

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Here are a few more detailed shots, I added some mercury glass candle holders and included them in the fireplace. I’m still looking for a few more tall ones, but the right ones haven’t come my way quite yet. I will continue to search! I like the mixture of the candelabra, the candle holders and votives.

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Here you can actually see the color of the candles, I love the color it goes perfectly with our couch and area rug.

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Before and After: I feel like it makes our place look so cozy and homey !

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Details: $20 Candelabra from Hobby Lobby, Martha Stewart Votives and Candle Holders (Wedding Presents), $12.99 Bed Bath & Beyond Grey Candles (I used a coupon so they weren’t as expensive).

All in all it was a under a $100 revamp and I love love love it!! Happy redecorating my friends.

Jess

My Top Beauty Products of the Year

Every year there is a new list with the top beauty products of the year. I am such a sucker for these lists! I end up with a huge cart of products, some of which I end up loving, but  hating the rest and throwing them out a few short months later. This year was no different. When the lists came out at the beginning of the year I once again went on a little shopping spree. The good news, I did find a few gems.

All these products I have been using for a few months and I am loving! They all are now part of my every day beauty routine.

Kerastase Initialiste

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What It Is:

A hair strengthening scalp treatment. It claims to condition hair for stronger, shiner locks.

My Review:

I have been using this product for only 3 months and I am completely sold on it. I really wish I would have taken before and after photos. My hair is a lot stronger and has grown so much. It is the longest it has ever been.

How To Use It:

After every wash (usually only twice a week) I apply it to my roots, massage it in to my scalp then comb it through the rest of my hair. I just blow dry and style as usual after that.

Price: $61

Buy Kerastase here.

Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe

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What It Is:

A weekly self tanner lotion. It claims to delver a week long tan after one application, which develops in 3 hours with out streaking.

My Review:

I am a self proclaimed self tanner connoisseur. I avoid tanning beds at all costs, so self tanners are my best friend and I have tried them all! Xen-Tan is now one of my favorites and has been my go to all summer. I really like the color, it turns in to a nice medium bronze. It also has a  mild sweet smell which is a nice change from most other self tanners. It is tinted which makes applying it a breeze, I did not have any problems with streaking or blotching. I can also use this product on my face with no problems. Other products can cause me to break out but that has not been the case with this lotion.

How To Use It:

I use gloves while applying to avoid orange hands. There are actually a lot of great YouTube videos with tips and techniques for applying self tanners which is worth a watch I think. But I generously apply the lotion all over my body. I try to let it dry for an hour, but I usually don’t have that kind of time or patience so after 10 minutes I just throw on loose fitting clothes and call it good.

Price: $40

Buy Xen-Tan here.

Amazing Concealer

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What It Is:

Full coverage, water-proof concealer that claims to make all skin imperfections disappear.

My Review:

Well it’s right in the name…this product is amazing! Funny, I had bought this along with everything else and had not got around to trying it out. When I went to visit a girlfriend she was raving about this new concealer she came across, I didn’t realize it was the same stuff I had bought! So I tried it out immediately when I got back home, and loved it. I now use it daily and am impressed with how well it covers and how long it stays on.

How To Use It:

Just like any other concealer, dot and blend.

Price: $42

Buy Amazing Concealer here.

 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

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What It Is:

Tented moisturizer which claims to… well, pretty much give you perfect skin. It seriously has a huge list of great things it does for your skin.

My Review:

I didn’t find most of the claims to be true, however I still love this product. I have been a loyal L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream user for a long time now, but this cream is like no other. I still use L’Oreal for every day, but when I want a little more coverage I turn to my Bobbi Brown BB cream. During the summer months I don’t use much foundation, so I was thrilled when this BB cream was nice and light but still could be built up to have great coverage and resemble foundation. It also has 35 SPF which a must for me.

How To Use It:

The beauty blender (pink egg shaped makeup sponge) works awesome for applying BB cream. It is quick, easy and blends perfectly.

See a previous post on beauty blender here.

Price: $44

Buy Bobbi Brown BB Cream here.

These products did not disappoint, even though some are a little spendy it is worth the splurge!

Ang

Fashion Friday Sweatshirt Style

It’s Fashion Friday Sweatshirt Style. It is finally here (well at least at the Oregon Coast) sweatshirt season. This makes me happy cause I love a cute sweatshirt and jeans as a casual outfit. I got to wear one yesterday in Portland, but of course it’ll be in the 90s again here this weekend so that didn’t last long. AND I will be heading to South Carolina for the next week and it is definitely not sweatshirt weather there. I got this sweatshirt this summer off of HauteLook for super cheap and I know you can’t find it online anymore, however the good news is this same brand has TONS of cute sweatshirts that are similar. I paired my outfit with some burgundy jeans from Stitch Fix (which by the way is so fun and amazing) and my new dolce vida booties I got at the Nordstrom anniversary sale!  I wore this outfit out to dinner in Cannon Beach then to a bonfire on the beach with family (a few photos of that are also included)!

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My Mom happened to also be wearing her favorite fashionable sweatshirt! So we got a few photos together.

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Shop these sweatshirts below

My Outfit: Mango Sweatshirt (REALLY CUTE AND VERY Similar HERE and HERE), Burgundy Jeans , Dolce Vida Booties, Pendleton Blanket , Cute Husband and Dog (not for sale)!

Sandy’s (Mom) Outfit: J. Crew Sweatshirt  , Paige Skinny Jeans, Tory Burch Sandals (similar ones here) , Michael Kors Purse 

Hope you guys have a great weekend, I’ll be in Columbia and Charleston South Carolina. Angela will be blogging for you guys on Monday and maybe a few more times next week! Woo-Hoo!

Jess

 

 

Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos you say? Yes they are my current obsession, I wish I would have found them earlier this summer and I would have been wearing them all summer long. I was at Lemon Grass Gifts (Kennewick WA) recently and found these little wonders. I am not a big fan of tattoos, nothing against those who have tattoos they just aren’t my thing. But what I do love about these tattoos is that you can use them as jewelry, they are metallic, and they wash off after 5 days. I had my younger cousin try them out first and then I was hooked. Here are a few pictures of how you can wear them on your arms. I also included a few more looks below. I use the brand called Lulu dk Tattoos you can shop them HERE and HERE! I also found another brand called Flash Tattoo that had some great ones. I loved the collection called Zahra (in fact I might order them).  Here is a few pictures of myself and my cousin Katie rocking our temporary tattoos.

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I love how these girls wear them on their back and all over their arms….

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So obsessed LOVE LOVE LOVE! In other news we decided it was time to get a Facebook page. So please “like” us we will be doing some fun giveaways now through Facebook starting this fall.

Cheers,

Jess

 

Revamping Your Sideboard Table

Jay and I moved this summer from our downtown Portland apartment into a house. I was able to get some of my stuff out of storage from my home I owned in Kennewick 3 years prior. I was so excited to have my sectional couch back, my sideboard table, our glass top dining room table etc etc…. but what I hadn’t realized is that my taste has changed so much from when I bought all my home interior stuff when I was 24 years old.  So as we have been living in different apartments we have been trying to make use of the stuff Jay had prior to meeting me, my stuff I had bought, and then the stuff we have bought together (not to mention any items given to us by our parents). I was just feeling like nothing in our house went together and when I walked in the door I didn’t feel like an adult lived here. I still was feeling like I was living in house full of ikea, target, and ashley furniture. So as I have begun to get settled into our rental home I have started making little changes (under $100) to make our house start feeling a little more “adult like”.  One of the first item on my list to tackle was the table behind the couch (after finding new throw pillows for the couch). I would love to buy a new table, but that just isn’t’ going to happen. I decided to simply add two lamps and change up the color scheme of the table decor.

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I simply added two mercury glass lamps from hobby lobby that were on sale for 50% off. Then I opted for an assortment of silver frames I already had in different areas of the house. Some grey and blue glassybaby make an appearance, plus a beautiful orchid. I don’t do simple very well, so I’m in the process of learning that sometimes less is more.  I first redid the table with only 2 silver frames and the orchid and it seemed so empty so I added a few more picture frames. I have a serious addiction to buying picture frames, pictures cover our house. I haven’t lived in the same city as my family since I was 18 and Jay and I did long distance for 1.5 years so I always enjoyed decorating my home with photos of my family, friends, and loved ones who don’t live in the same city as me. And now it’s an addiction. Now I just need to get some new artwork for above the fireplace.

Shop two similar lamps HERE and HERE.

I also included a few different entry tables or behind the couch tables featuring the double lamp look. (They do simple better than I do!)

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Excited to revamp my fireplace and dining area next!

Cheers,

Jess

Cute Workout Outfit

This post is inspired by a friend of mine who recently went on an “active date”.  We were talking and she said what in the world do I wear on a date where we are hiking then heading to a brew pub…..umm welcome to my life. This is Jay and I’s typical date something active followed by lunch or a beer somewhere. While I was searching pinterest to try to send photos of what I would wear I couldn’t find anything. So while at the coast this week I decided to show off one of my favorite workout looks. I have been obsessed for the past year with patterned workout pants, so obviously I’m wearing them in my post. I also am a lover of the brand zella so most of my outfit is zella (and woo-hoo the items are on sale). I opted for a loose top with my printed pants and a cute little sweatshirt vest. For my hair I went with a “stylist ponytail”  and let a few pieces by my face down. I picked up these mirrored sunglasses a while ago at rite aid or somewhere random, like I said I’m a lover of cheap sunglasses. I think this look would be perfect for any “active date” but they are also just cute workout clothes or casual clothes to wear around! I own the zella top I’m wearing in both white and grey. It is a good purchase, I highly suggest!

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My Mom caught me on my phone looking online trying to figure out some good “active poses”! I look so serious! But I loved this blue wall.

 

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Zella Pants/ Zella Top/  Grey Vest (Similar Here)   Nike Free 5.0/ Mirrored Sunglasses

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ll leave you with a photo of our family at the beach.

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Graze Box

I’m writing you from the Oregon Coast with my family this week. Six adults, two 15 month old twins, and a dog in a 1600 sq ft condo! Close quarters for the family, but all in good fun. This week while on vacation I’ve been loving my  graze box   that I recently got in the mail. I thought I would share this awesome thing with you. I travel and am on the go so often, there is only so many protein bars I can handle. I started getting bored of protein bars and needed some new snacks and then I found this graze box idea and thought I would give it a try for all my time on the go and traveling.

Here is how it works! Go online and sign up (you get the first box free) and then choose the type of box you want. You can choose the nibble box or the calorie counter box which is the one I got. Once you fill everything out you get to go through all the snacks and select try or trash. I don’t think I made it through all the snacks, but non the less a week later……

The little box of treats gets delivered!

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Open it to reveal all your snacks and the nutritional information on the custom made box for you!

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A close up on all my snacks!

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I am definitely sold on the idea and I signed up to get my graze  box every 2 weeks. It’s a fun little thing and the snacks are $6.50 for each box, which does seem spendy, but when compared to all the money I spend at trader joe’s it probably all equals out.

Have a great Wednesday. I’ll be back on Friday with lots of new photos from the beach!!

Cheers,

Jess

Mixing it up with Leopard & Plaid

I wanted to share a look that I am kind of obsessed with right now….leopard and plaid! A little unconventional, but I love how bold and fun it is. I am a huge lover of plaid to begin with, and I feel like this is a unique way to dress it up a bit.

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The hubby and I went to dinner the other night to celebrate our anniversary (yay, 1 year down), so I decided to go ahead and try out this look. I had him snap a few shots of my outfit before we headed out…..He was pretty proud of himself so I told him I would be sure to include in the post that he was the photographer ;)

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It was my first time paring these two prints, so I was a little hesitant to go balls to the wall with it. I also find these two patterns can be a bit heavy, and may work better in the fall or winter. So for this summer look I kept it pretty low key, with just a little bit of leopard showing and not putting the prints directly next to each other.

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I paired this look with pretty casual jewelry. I love gold jewelry against leopard, so I stacked a few of my favorite gold bracelets and wore small hanging earrings.

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These have been my go to heels all summer. They dress up any outfit and can add a bit of edginess. Oh, and most importantly they are super comfortable! I wore them to multiple weddings the last few months just for that reason. It is so nice to be able to dance the night away with out having to ditch the heels.

Leopard bra (similar) / Plaid shirt/ Boyfriend Jean/ Heels (on sale) 

These are a couple other looks I found online that I loved. I can’t wait to really start playing with this look more in the fall!

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I was once told by a girlfriend (who has the BEST style) not to worry about following the rules or what others think.  “If you like it, wear it.” I am finding this to be so true, and finding fashion to be way more fun.

Hope this inspires you guys to play around with prints and patterns a bit more.

Ang

Beer And Football Inspired Gift Basket

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It’s football season and what a better way then to get your fellow football fans in the mood with a football themed gift basket. My  friend Annie inspired me to do a “30 before 30 list”, which is something I’ll post about soon. One of the items on my list was leaving a gift basket on a friends front porch. Well since Annie inspired me to do my “30 before 30 list” it only felt right that her and her husband were the recipients of the gift. Annie and I can not agree on college football (she’s a coug), but we do agree on the Seahawks. When I was in Mexico I purchased her a ridiculous Seahawks poncho as well as a Montreal one for Ang, don’t let me go shopping in Mexico after drinking, I end up buying silly stuff. Anyways, once I had the poncho I needed to design a gift basket around it.

What goes better than Seahawks, beer, appetizer items, and snacks? I found these fun beer plates at Crate and Barrel so those were for sure going to have to go into the basket; as well as beer (duh) and some yummy trader joe snacks. I found a cute little basket that I’m sure Annie can find use for again, I thought it would be a good indoor or outdoor basket!

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Here are a few more items that you could include in your gift basket.

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Shop these Crate and Barrel Plates Here

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Go to your local brewery and pick up a growler!

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How cool is this for tailgating? Love this cutting board you can shop that here!

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Everyone needs a beer glass right!

 

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I could totally go for this cute scarf! Shop here!

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Every tailgater needs a BBQ set!

 

I could probably go on and on about all the cool Seahawks gear, but I need to unpack and get going! Enjoy your Wednesday, Ang will be posting her first “Fashion Friday” post this Friday! Go Hawks (and Huskies)!

Jess

 

Eating Simply With Sarah Adler of Simply Real Health

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I’m so excited for Champagne and Shimmer’s first interview!! With Sarah Adler owner of Simply Real Health  , who is Sarah you ask, how better to explain her than a direct quote from her website. Sarah Adler is a nutrition coach, healthy lifestyle expert, food blogger, real food lover and owner of Simply Real Health—a healthy lifestyle company on a mission to educate, teach, and inspire others to live their happiest + healthiest life.

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I had some questions for Sarah about her business, food philosophy, and how to eat more simply, hopefully I will continue sharing Sarah’s recipes and helpful hints. I personally love following her on Facebook and instagram, be sure to follow her you won’t be disappointed and you will constantly be educated (all links at bottom of post)! I also love her videos, as you can see she’s adorable!

C+S: Why and how did you start your business?

SA: I started Simply Real Health because I’m on a serious mission to teach people how to live a healthy daily lifestyle with more freedom and joy. Without diets or fads. And in a way that is fun, flexible and based on the foodie-type of food that everyone loves. That happens to be maintainable for the rest of their life. So more people can feel better, more energized, more productive, happy and fulfilled in every aspect of their lives.

C+S: What is your healthy living/ food philosophy?

 SA: In a nutshell, I think:

  • That real food is good food.
  • In simplicity.
  • In counting nutrients and pureness in food rather than counting calories.
  • That what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel,
  • Physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, creatively + financially.
  • That cocktails + chocolate belong.
  • That food is loved and should be celebrated!
  • That perfection is never the goal
  • But that living your life more joyfully and alive is.

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C+S: What are your top 3 pieces of advice for healthy eating?

SA:

  1. Don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce.
  2. Anything that has to BRAG on the front of the label how good it is for you is a dead sign that it’s not.
  3. Eat vegetables at every single meal. However and wherever you can, especially the green ones

C+S: What’s the first step in changing your habits

Getting educated! So many people think they know what is healthy. In reality, what most people know comes from myths, marketing or old school knowledge based on the industries that fund major advertising campaigns in this country. And they all conflict. And change. Learning about real food in a more unbiased way makes it so much easier to filter all of that info on a daily level. So that’s the first step. Second is starting to transition to more real food, and less of everything else. Which means you have to know what that even means, right? See step 1.

C+S: What’s one of your favorite summer meals?

SA: My Summer Cabbage Slaw. Hands down. I honestly can’t stop making it.

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C+S: I have read something on your blog about all the “crap” in oatmeal can you explain this more to our readers? I know I personally love quinoa for breakfast, what alternatives do you suggest.

SA: Yes! Rolled or instant oats are processed forms of the original form (steel cut oats). They were created as a shortcut for people not wanting to wait 30 minutes for their steel cut oatmeal to cook. But, in doing so, all the nutrients get removed as an entire part of the oat gets fractioned off. It’s just the perfect example of how we are trained to think about food in this country. To put value on whatever is the fastest, easiest, and requires the least amount of effort. But, what’s the effect? To just get hungry an hour later? That’s not going to help you out at all through your day. Oatmeal gets marketed to us as “heart healthy” “low fat” and one of the best breakfast options, yet most of it is a processed food with little nutrients left. But, that doesn’t mean breakfast has to take forever (believe me, I’m a busy girl too). Green smoothies are my favorite (see my Green Smoothie Guide + Recipe Collection for 30 + favorite recipes: http://simplyrealhealth.com/2014/01/15/the-art-of-green-smoothies-the-freaking-awesome-guide-recipe-collection-everything-you-need-to-dominate-your-life-with-healthy-goodness-before-9am/), eggs, clean sausage, a handful of nuts, or swapping out those oats for quinoa, which is a whole grain that also happens to have a lot of natural protein too. See my favorite morning quinoa recipe here: http://simplyrealhealth.com/2013/03/07/amazing-apple-cinnamon-morning-quinoa/

C+S: How can my readers learn more about your website and services?

SA: Sign up for Sarah’s awesome weekly emails + free healthy recipe ideas: http://simplyrealhealth.com/
For more info on Sarah’s 4 week seasonal meal plans, custom mentoring + hands on real food learning sessions: http://simplyrealhealth.com/work-with-me/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/simplyrealhealth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimplyRealHealth

Contact her directly here: sarah@simplyrealhealth.com

Photo Credit: Carina Skrobecki  http://www.carinaskrobeckiblog.com/ (Can we just stop and admire how amazing these photos are!)

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Thank you Sarah for sharing this wonderful information with us. I think your food philosophy is put into words perfectly, I especially love that cocktails and chocolate do belong. I can’t wait to try her recipes and share them with you guys! Be sure to follow Sarah and enjoy all the tips and recipes, there will be more to come I can promise you that!

 

Cheers,

Jess

 

Men’s Fashion

Since this week is dedicated to our men I asked kindly my husband if I could take a few photos of him. He was wearing one of my favorite looks for our date night so it was a win win! After we took the photos and went to dinner at a new great Portland restaurant (Mediterranean Exploration Company) we were talking that everything he was wearing I had bought him. Jay’s style has evolved from when I met him, at first he was into the whole California meets Vegas type of style with the  “loud shirts” as I call them, tighter than normal pants, and a love for excessive “man jewelry”! When he was in Milwaukee I suggested one visit that we “clean out his closet” boy was that a treat and were we successful. After throwing about about 1/2 his wardrobe I felt bad and started buying him clothes and that hasn’t stopped. We just recently found these RL Polo shoes, I like the tennis shoes (not nike’s) with shorts thing! The watch he’s wearing was one of the presents I got him for our wedding day. I love the black on black look! Thanks Jay for modeling for me and for letting me throw away your “loud shirts, man jewelry, and tank tops”! I’m forever grateful!

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J.Crew Red Shorts, similar here

7 Diamonds Shorts Sleeve Shirt

Polo Shoes 

Michael Kors Black on Black Watch 

I love this look, especially for summer when it’s been so hot here, it’s nice that he has a few short sleeve button down shirts he can throw on for a night out with his wife:)

Have a great weekend,

Jess

 

Gift Ideas For The Man Who Has Everything

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It was my husbands birthday this past weekend and he is IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. Every summer August hits and I go in to panic mode over what to get this guy for his birthday. He goes out and buys everything he wants the moment he discovers it. Leaving me no option but to hunt to find something great that he hasn’t come across yet.

So in my many many hours of online research, I actually came across some great products. I developed a pretty decent gift guide, hitting all price ranges. I also threw in some items I have gotten him in the past that were big hits!

 

Birch Box

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If you haven’t heard of Birchbox you need to get out from under that rock where you have been living! After you subscribe you receive a box in the mail every month filled with samples and products from well-known brands, as well as some not so known ones. The cost of the subscription is $20 a month or $195 a year and they have separate boxes for men and women. The mens boxes are filled with grooming products and lifestyle accessories.

This is probably my favorite gift idea. I think it is great that a gift can last all year with new surprises each month! Bad news for my fellow canadian residents however, they do not ship to Canada…yet! Heres hoping they will in the future!

Buy mens birch box here.

 

Wireless Headphones

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How awesome is the thought of wireless headphones?! I think these would be ideal for the gym or even while traveling. There are a lot of different brands out there, but both my husband and I use the ‘Beats by Dre’ brand and love them. They are water and sweat resistant, connects through bluetooth, comes with rechargeable batteries, and has a 6 hour non stop playback.

Buy wireless headphones here.

 

Brass iPhone Case

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I really liked this specific iPhone case for its unique and masculine look. I also really like the company that makes it, Revisit. There visions is “to create products that honor and asset endangered or forgotten communities, cultures and histories.” The price of the case is a little steep at $125, but 25% of that goes to protect the further of National Parks. Even if you are not interested in the phone case it is worth taking a look at their website. They have a great philosophy and have some other really great products.

Buy iPhone cover here.

 

iGrill Mini

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The iGrill mini is a grilling thermometer that works by using an app on any of your apple products from up to 150 feet away. You magnetically attach the iGrill to your BBQ and plug the thermometer end to the meat your cooking. Using the App it wirelessly connects your iPhone and lets you monitor your meats temperature while away from the BBQ. You can set alarm to alert you when your meat reaches your ideal temperature. At only $40 this is a great little gadget that would surly come in handy.

Buy Grill mini here.

 

Portable Projector

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This is a wireless, portable projector that connects to your apple products. At first glance I thought this would be good for work presentations and things of that nature. After reading reviews though, I found that a lot of people use this to stream movies from their phones while traveling, which I thought was a great idea. One person even mentioned that they use theirs during the summer for movie nights outside… I love that idea! I think you could defiantly have some fun with this product. The cost is $500 but there are many different brands at lower price points if you wanted a cheaper alternative.

Buy projector here.

 

FitDeck Playing Cards

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If your guy loves to work out this would be a fun gift for him. These exercise playing cards are a unique way to get a workout in anywhere using just your body weight. It has illustrations and instructions for 50 different exercises. I think this would be great way to mix up a workout and with a cost of $15, why not? I’ll admit I did go ahead and order this for myself…look forward to trying them out!

Buy Fitdeck here.

 

Smoker Box

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This is the perfect gift for the guy who occasionally wants to use a smoker. My husband LOVES his BBQ but every now and then he mentions he wishes he had a smoker. I don’t think he would use it often enough to go ahead and get a full sized smoker so this offers the perfect solution. You can fill it with wood chips or even fragrant herbs, and you just preheat the box on your normal grill. I think this could easily be a new favorite grilling accessory. The cost is around $60.

Buy smoker box here.

 

Foam Roller

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If you workout or play sports of any kind and  you don’t have one of these bad boys in your home, you need to get one asap! They are a game changer. You use a foam roller to stretch your muscles and it really helps to loosen them up. You may have seem similar ones in a gym. Having one in the house that you can use morning and night is a great idea. We actually have a few hanging around our place and my husband always travels with one. Just a heads up it can be pretty painful, it’s kind of a hurts so good type of pain. The more you use it though the less it will hurt. This specific roller goes for $50, there are many different brands and different price points but this is the one we use.

Buy foam roller here.

 

G-Shock Watch

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This is the Watch of all Watches….so I am told. My husband and his buddies all own and are obsessed with these watches. It is the “toughest” watch you can buy, being nearly impossible to break. It is solar powered, it automatically adjusts to time changes, some have bluetooth capablitiy along with a long list of other multi-functions. They have watches that cover a every price point which makes for easy shopping.

Buy G-shock watch here.

 

Outdoor Pizza Oven

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If the guy in your life  loves quality pizza (and I’m not talking Pizza Hut quality here) then this the perfect gift. This pizza oven simulates a wood-fired pizza oven. It runs on propane, takes only 10 minutes to warm up and gets up to 700 degrees! This is ideal for pizza parties, or even to take camping or tailgating. The cost may seem steep at $450 but if you have ever looked in to other pizza ovens you know this is not a bad price for such a high quality pizza oven.

Buy outdoor pizza oven here.

 

Hope this little list comes in handy for some of you. Happy Shopping!

Ang

Our Husband’s Favorite Recipes

This week we are dedicating all of our blog post’s to men. Food, gifts, and men’s fashion are all on the agenda this week. We are starting the week off by sharing our husband’s favorite recipes we make. I asked Ang to share Carey’s favorite recipe she makes and I will be sharing Jay’s. Ang and I are excited to share with you some great men’s ideas, as much as we love sharing our girlie food tips we figured it would be fun to give some attention to the wonderful husbands of ours!

This was tough for me cause my (Jess) husband (Jay) has quite a few when I asked him his favorite. It was a tie between my mom’s pork chop recipe I make and my ground turkey curry pita pizzas. He chose the pita pizza’s I am not using my original photos cause I haven’t taken any and my husband is working nights so I’ve been off the hook as far as cooking has been going.

Ground Turkey Pita Pizza’s 

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup feta cheese
1 lemon

  • 1 pound ground turkey  large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • pitas or other flatbread, warmed
Directions

  1. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and curry powder and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese until blended. Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt, lemon peel and lemon juice; set aside. (this sounds weird I know, but it is amazing)
  2. In a small bowl, mix the tomato, cucumber, parsley and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a warm pita on each plate, top with the turkey curry and tomato salad.

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Like Jess, when I (Ang) asked my husband (Carey) what his favorite recipe was he had a hard time narrowing it down. I was a little surprised when he  decided on my Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. I thought he would pick one of my savory dishes but I guess this goes to show just how good these breakfast bars are. Don’t let the name fool you though, we eat them for breakfast, as snacks through out the day and even for desert! These things are seriously delicious. I often make them for my husband to share with his teammates while traveling and they are always a big hit. I am constantly being asked to share the recipe.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup of wheat flour   (I sometimes substatute this with one scoop of protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup rasins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 baking dish with olive oil.
  2. In a small bowl stir apple sauce, honey, vanilla and egg together until mixed well. In a large bowl mix oats, flour/protein powder, brown sugar, almonds, wheat germ, raisins, and cranberries. Stir honey mixture into oat mixture until well blended.
  3. Scrape in to the prepared pan and flatten using a spatula or spoon.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Cool on a wire rack for about an hour. Cut in to desired sized squares and enjoy.

 

Hope you guys can try these recipes for your men, they won’t be disappointed! Ang will be treating you all to some awesome gift ideas for men Wednesday!

Thanks for checking us out we truly appreciate it!

Cheers,

Jess and Ang