Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites 10/31/14: Week 5

Happy Halloween! Any exciting celebrations planned?  I'm looking forward to passing out candy to trick or treaters, relaxing and gaining an extra hour of sleep with the time change.  Plus, it's time for Friday Favorites!  A collection of my favorite Food, Finds, Fashion, Fitness and Fun.  I've joined the party that Housewife Glamour started, so don't let the fun stop here. I love sharing all my Friday favorites and can't wait to hear some of yours.

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Fashion - Urban Decay Vault 
  • This the ultimate beauty jackpot - the Naked Vault.  All of the Naked palettes, matching eyeliners, blush palettes and lip gloss?  I own all three Naked palettes and I'm obsessed.  The eyeshadows all provide beautiful coverage and are warm and velvety.  This collection should move to the top of your beauty wish list!  Don't want to splurge for this set?  I highly recommend picking up a Naked palette during your next Sephora run.  The colors are versatile enough to plan plenty of work appropriate looks and also more glamourous eyes and a night out on the town. 

Food - Slow Cooker Style 

  • My new favorite slow cooker meal. Chicken breasts + Frank's wing sauce + 1 tbsp organic butter + 1 tsp garlic = incredible.  I'm all about easy meals.  I shredded the chicken, added it to a gluten-free pita and topped it with a little cheese.  You could serve this over rice, in taco shells, mix with cream cheese for a dip... the possibilities are endless really.

Fitness - Heart Rate Monitors

  • Looking for a way to take your workout up a notch?  Invest in a heart rate monitor.  I love my Polar FT4!  It's pretty basic, which is fine by me :)  It tracks my heart rate during exercise and gives the calories burned.  It has a few additional features that I don't use (hey, just being honest!) but the best part for me is the heart rate monitor.  By monitoring my heart rate, I'm able to know when I'm physically able to push myself harder but on the flip side, I'm also able to know when I'm pushing my body too hard.  It will help you step up your workouts a notch and help you to notice improvements in your fitness.  Since I started using the Polar last year, I've noticed how much faster my heart rate recovers once I started incorporating interval training.  Heart rate monitors for the win!  Bonus: The cool cake it will show if you workout on your birthday :) 
Finds - Gluten-free Halloween Candy

Fun - Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! Have a fun and safe night :)  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

T for Tacquitos

Why hello there!  Can you believe it's more than halfway through the week already?  Time is just flying by over here.  If you're anything like me, sometimes you want to have a meal that tastes like you spent hours slaving away over it, when really you only spent about 15 minutes.  Sound about right?

Well, you're in luck.  Meet my new BFF the slow cooker.  Don't have a slow cooker?  I highly recommend the Caphalon 4 quart slow cooker. It's easy to use with digital functions and I love that the crock is ceramic.  I received mine at my bridal shower - from one of my best friends who just happens to be slow cooker obsessed.

On to the recipe... the first time I made this, my husband remarked that it tasted like something we would find at one of our favorite trendy Mexican restaurants.  Easy and husband approved?  Sounds like a winner to me.

The ingredients are easy to find and the majority you may have laying around your kitchen.  If you don't have liquid smoke, feel free to leave it out, but keep in mind it does add depth to the dish.  You'll find it in the condiments section of your grocery store.  If the idea of pineapple salsa isn't your thing, feel free to leave it out and substitute regular salsa.  Feast away friends!

Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Tacquitos 


2 large chicken breasts
1 cup BBQ sauce
2/3 C pineapple juice
1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp garlic powder
12-16 corn tortillas, warmed
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Layer chicken breasts flat in the bottom of your slow cooker.  In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
2. Shred chicken with two forks - there will be remaining liquid in the slow cooker.  Remove chicken placing about 1/4 cup on each tortilla.  Top with 1 tbsp shredded cheddar.  Roll up, place on a sprayed baking sheet face down.
3. Bake at 425 fahrenheit for ~15 minutes until tortillas are light brown and cheese is melted.

Pineapple Salsa


1 1/2 c pineapple, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/8 cup red onion, chopped
1-2 tbsp lime juice

1. Combine ingredients in medium bowl.  Set aside in the refrigerator 2-3 hours to allow flavors to blend.  Serve salsa on top of tacquitos.

What are you cooking tonight?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Favorites 10/17/14: Week 4

Oh hi there!!!  Happy Friday readers :)  Any exciting weekend plans?  I'm looking forward to a date night with my hubby, celebrating my dad's birthday and meeting some zoo animals on Sunday.  Anyway, it's time for Friday Favorites!  A collection of my favorite Food, Finds, Fashion, Fitness and Fun.  I've joined the party that Housewife Glamour started, so don't let the fun stop here. I love sharing all my Friday favorites and can't wait to hear some of yours.

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Fashion - Ombre 

  • Are you in a hair rut?  I am.  That's why this weekend I'm jumping on the ombre train!  I'm a little nervous, but hoping I love the results. I adore these Rachel Bilson looks, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. 
  • Looking for the ultimate comfort food?  Click the link above.  Potatoes + avocado = my dream.  If you're looking for an easy appetizer or side for your next meal, make these. I'm adding them to our weekly menu ASAP.
Fact - Focus on Flu

  • Pause from talking ebola and start talking influenza. Many, many people underestimate just how deadly the flu can be - especially in young otherwise healthy individuals.  Last year, 60% of the people hospitalized for influenza were between the ages of 18-64.
  • According to the World Health Organization, worldwide, annual influenza epidemics lead to 3-5 million cases of severe illness resulting in 250,000-500,000 deaths.  The current outbreak of Ebola has let to 4,500 deaths.  Influenza kills more people in the United States every year than Ebola has killed in the history of the world. 
  • Those infected with the flu can infect others 1 day before symptoms occur and 5-7 days after symptoms begin - this means you can pass the flu onto other people without knowing that you're infected.  Flu viruses are spread through the air when you cough, sneeze and talk. 
  • A flu shot is an easy way to protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones.  Scared of needles? Go for the flu mist.  Don't want to skip a workout due to a sore arm?  Go for the intradermal vaccine and skip the soreness.  

Fitness - Group fitness classes!

  • Have you felt less motivated in the gym lately or gotten bored with your solo workouts? I've been in a gym rut ever since our honeymoon that I've been working on digging myself out of. What's working for me is group fitness classes!  I'm addicted to Tone & Sculpt and Spinning. The group environment keeps me motivated and the workouts are challenging. Plus, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name!

What's your Friday favorite?