Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan {March 29- April 4}

After consistently meal planning for the past month, our grocery budget and the amount of time I spend planning has decreased. That is motivation enough for me to keep on meal planning. A bonus is developing favorite recipes that we can rotate. Last week's favorite was the Slow Cooker Pepperoni Chicken. After removing the chicken from the crockpot, I tossed it in some whole wheat pasta and served with a side salad. That being said, it's on the menu again for this week!

Sunday: Spinach Omelette 
with sweet potato hash browns 

Monday: Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken 
served with pasta and salad

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Margherita Pizza
served with strawberry feta salad

Wednesday: Healthy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
served with garlic bread 

Thursday & Friday: Leftovers

This week is a bit short for us as we are heading home for Easter. I am hoping the warm weather holds through the weekend. So we can spend sometime enjoying the sunshine at the beach. 

What's on your menu this week?

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Five

Today marks the last day of work before spring break. I am currently rocking out to some mellow tunes Spotify and am ready to tackle this last day! Spotify has become my recent go to for workout jams as well. I love that you can follow other's playlists and can always find new tunes. New music always equals a good workout for me. I hope you have had a great start to your Friday as well. Let's get to a few of my favorite things this week. 

One. Currently Drinking. I am loving Synergy's Gingerberry Kombucha. I picked up a few flavors this week while at the store and Gingerberry was by far my favorite.

Two. Obsessing Over. Yesterday Lilly Pulitzer released their look-book for the Target collaboration. It made me way too excited for April 12th! If you haven't seen it pop up all over Facebook yesterday you can check it out here. These are a few of my favorites. 

Three. New Shopping. This week a new Earth Fare opened in to our local shopping center in Cary. I have heard great things about Earth Fare and am excited to check it out. Mostly I am looking forward to checking out their fresh pressed juice bar. You bet tomorrow after Pure Barre I will be treating myself to a beet/ginger juice combo. I have my own juicer but refuse to get beet juice all over the kitchen. 

Four. Running. I was able to squeeze in two short runs this week. While I did not get in all the miles I had planned. I am excited to get back in it. One thing I noticed this week is that I desperately need new shoes. M<<y current running shoes have taken me through two half marathons and one marathon. Needless to say there is minimal cushioning left in the sole. I am looking forward to giving the newest Mizuno wave riders a try!

Five. Spring Break. I am so excited and blessed to have a week to rest and recharge before wrapping up the school year. I know I will have to hit the ground running once April hits. So I am going to take advantage of this week break and soak up all the down time I can. 

What are you loving this week? I'd love to hear about your favorite juice blend or your favorite Lilly piece from the new collaboration. 

Linking up with TiffClareKarliAmanda & April .

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hair Care Routine: Dessange Pairs

Today I am popping in to share quite a different type of post for me- hair product review. Honestly, I am not even close to being a beauty blogger. Especially since I have been rocking the wash and go hairstyle this week. When I was sent samples of Dessange Paris's new line from Target I knew I had to break out of my typical post and share a review. I apologize in advanced for the selfies.

Capturing one of the few days I have styled my hair this week. Let's be honest Spring Break is only a few days away.  

I was sent Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment from Dessange Paris's new California Blonde line. The products were formulated to be gentle on color-treated hair like mine. The first thing I noted was the smell of the products- which I loved. It has hints of musk which keep the floral smell from being too overwhelming. It is quite a unique smell due to the musk and it is hard to describe. I recommend picking up a bottle and smelling it yourself  before purchasing because I know the scent it not for everyone. Also, this is one of the first shampoos I have ever used that I can still smell after washing and blow drying. 

After trying it for several weeks now I have noticed that my hair has more shine and less frizz than with my other shampoos. It is also incredibly soft even with product in. Unfortunately, the trade off was it weighed down my hair and I lost a lot of volume. I would be interested in trying a volumizing  shampoo from their line to see how that worked for my hair.
Check out that shine! 

Overall, I would recommend this shampoo for natural or enhanced (like me) blondes that are looking to increase shine and softness.


What's your favorite shampoo brand?

I used to be a L'Oreal professional fan for years until my local Target stopped carrying it. Since then I have been rotating between several different brands. 

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