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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Follow Friend Friday {1st Co-Host}


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Skinny Banana Cream Pie Cups

Have you guys met Katie @ KTJ Weighing in?? She guest posted a couple weeks ago here :). If you missed it check it out she is an inspiring women! Well I had the pleasure of guest posting at HER blog today! SOOOo excited! What did I create to share over there??
Banana Cream Pie Cups! Of course they are SKINNY Banana Cream Pie Cups by just switching a few ingredients. Have you guys seen the recipe for these on the back of the Nilla Waffers box? Well, now you can make it. AND make it skinny!
You down? Awesome well here is a sneak peak...

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Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 127
Fat: 2.1 g
Carbs: 28 g
Fiber: 1.3 g
Protein: 1 g
Points +: 4
Old Points: 2
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For the recipe head on over to KTJ Weighing In!
You will get the recipe and learn lots about weight loss while you are there.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Waffle & Pancake Bar!



This weekend we had a brunch for my cute aunt Colette's Birthday it was a lot of fun. Dylan {the hubs} loves to make pancakes. So I thought, what would be more fun than to make a waffle & pancake bar? That way everyone can top whatever they want on their waffle or pancakes! It was a lot of fun. We had everything from peanut butter and jelly, to sprinkles and whip cream! I asked all you guys on Twitter. Thank you guys so much for all your input I used MOST of them.
Here is a healthy waffle idea you could make for your waffle & pancake bar just click here.
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Banana's with brown sugar and/or strawberries with Truvia


Chocolate Chips


Cinnamon & Sugar


Syrup: Heated of course :).

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Now, what would you have for your toppings for your waffle & pancake bar??
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Friday, February 22, 2013

House Reveal

I thought I would show you friends the NEW {to us} home.
At the end of October 2012 we bought this home and fixed her on up.
Check out our hard work :)
The Master Bedroom.

Guest room. Who wants to have a slumber par-tay??

The entry. Did you guys see the before picture of the entry? Wuffff you need to check it out here!



The kitchen.  I get to create all sorts of creations to share with you ALL. Love my new kitchen it has tons of big windows and lots of natural light. Its soooo nice for blogging seeming how I used to have to take pictures of my food outside on my patio at our condo. Don't you love my flowers I got from the hubs for Valentines day :).

The hang out room.
So excited about our new home!
Happy Friday friends!
What you guys doing for fun this weekend??
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Follow Friend Friday

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1st Vlog EVER {SO embarrassed} 30 Second Thursdays!

First Vlog of my life!! So excited and mostly scared and embarrassed for you guys to meet me in real life. I figure, how else are we gonna get to know each other better??
PS Don't judge

This week's question:
What things are you shallow about??

Here I am! {Sorry its 5 X the 30 second rule}
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30 Second Thursdays

Now you heard what things I am shallow about please share with me what YOU are shallow about!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad {Guest Post}

I am so excited to introduce the Lovely Lyndi from a great blog she calls The Journey! Lyndi writes inspirational posts, great recipes, DIY projects, and The Journey of life as Lyndi! I can't wait to share this delicious recipe she created for us today! I know I am DEFINITELY making this THIS week! She made us some Poppy Seed Chicken Salad. Do you guys totally see that Lyndi and I had the same Poppy Seed vibe this week or what {see Monday's post}??
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Hey y'all! As Ashlee said, I'm Lyndi from The Journey. I'm a born and raised Oklahoma girl on the journey of living life to it's fullest! On the blog, I write about life, food, and inspiration. I would love for you to come follow along! Thank you Ashlee for letting me take over your blog today. I'm honored to be here!
Today I want to share one of my original recipes with you, Poppy Seed Chicken Salad. It's tasty, healthy, and weight watchers friendly! I follow weight watchers myself, so I always try to include the points plus values of my recipes too. When you think of chicken salad, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it's mayonnaise and fat. However, with all the lighter ingredients we have access to chicken salad does not have to be full of fat and unhealthy. There are lots of substitutions that can be used to make it lighter, and still taste good!
ingredients.
  • 2 cans all natural chicken breasts chunks 
  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup light mayo
  • 1/2 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup crasins
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste
directions.
  • Drained chicken, and put in mixing bowl. 
  • Then, combine all other ingredients in bowl and stir until everything is blended. 
  • Chill before serving. 
*this recipe makes 4 servings @ 5 pointsplus values per serving.  serving size about 2/3 cup, a little more than 1/2 cup but not quite a full cup You can easily double this recipe if making for a larger party. It would be a great dish for a bridal or baby shower! You can also add onion with no additional points. I just prefer no onions in mine. I usually serve with reduced fat wheat thins or some kind of cracker, but it's also great on bread as a sandwich. If you're a chicken salad fan, you're sure to love it! Enjoy!!

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Thank you so much Lyndi for the GREAT reccipe!!

She is freaking darling right? K well go check out her blog The Journey right now and be sure to follow her you will be glad you did :)!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins PLUS Tiffany & Co. Winner!!

Congrats to the Tina Kohrman the winner of the $200 Tiffany & Co. Giveaway!!
Thank you to all of you that entered to win there were over 24K entry points WOW thanks you guys!


This weekend the hubs and I wanted to do a mini getaway for Valentines Day. So we went up to a place called Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah. It was really nice to spend quality time together. You might of already heard about those plans from my good friend over @ Ragazza Bazaar awesome fashion boutique she has. If you haven't already checked out her blog you need to! Anyways, we had fun together and played a game with the Valentines Getting to Know Each Other Printable's! We decided that that is gonna be a new tradition for us to play that every Valentines, it was nice to hear sweet things that you didn't know your significant other ever even thought about it. My favorite answers to some of the questions were:
Reasons I love you... I love you because, you kiss me on the cheek {its my favorite}
You might not know that... You and KJ were the best thing that ever happened to me
Reasons I love you... You make awesome noises that no one else can make, my favorite being the one you make when you are imitating drinking a Soda  Sllllluuuurrrp its awesome!
I love you because.. You are the only funny girl I have ever met
Anyways that is just a few, those are the cutest ever thought right?? Haha I love him.
Did any of you play the game?? How was it??

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While we were up in Midway we went to this darling Coffee Shop that had all of these amazing looking Poppyseed Muffins. So I said when I get home I HAVE to try to make some of those bad boys. I was craving them so bad and these totally suffised the craving YUMMmmy. This is how I made them let me share :).


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Servings: 18
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 60
Fat: .7 g
Carbs: 10.5 g
Fiber: .37 g
Protein: 2.4 g
Points +: 2
Old Points: 1
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Needed: {muffins}
2 cups flour
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
4 large egg whites
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Truvia
2 tablespoons light butter
1 lemon {squeezed, juice only}

Needed: {glaze}
1/2 cup Splenda {powdered sugar}
1/2 lemon {squeezed, juice only}

Create:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium mixing bowl mix together with beater eggs, butter, yogurt and sugar. Now mix vanilla, almond extract, flour, baking soda, poppy seeds, baking powder, and lemon. When all ingredients are mixed together fully put paper muffin cups in each hole of muffin tin. Fill each muffin cup about half full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean. While those are baking mix the powdered sugar and lemon to make the glaze. Let muffins cool and glaze muffins.




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Friday, February 15, 2013

Follow Friend Friday


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Don't forget to enter to win $200 TIffany & Co!!
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

$200 Tiffany & Co. GIVEAWAY!!


Happy Valentines Day Girls!!
My present to you guys is a $200 Gift Card to Tiffany & Co!
What girl doesn't LOVE Tiffany & Co??? I know I do! I have always dreamed of owning a piece of this stunning jewelry sadly I still have not had the extra casholla to buy a piece :(. I know you feel bad for me, and some of you may even be in my same boat! That being said, I am here to make all of your dreams come true. This is ONLY possible because, of this amazing group of bloggers that I have linked up with to bring you this great GIVEAWAY!!
Just FYI their is over 130 different items UNDER $200 to choose from @ Tiffany's so you won't have to spend ANY extra money when YOU win. I mean it might as well be you that wins right? Someone has to! But, you can't win if you don't enter! So PLEASE enter the Rafflecopter below AND check out my friends blogs as well to win. Be certain that you ACTUALLY follow in whatever ways you are claiming because, if you don't even if you are chosen you will not win the GC if you aren't actually following in the ways you stated.
Sorry for that now off for the fun stuff!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Weight Loss Inspiration {KTJ Weighing In}

I have a VERY special post for you all today my cute friend Katie @ KTJ Weighing In is taking over the blog today to share some inspiration with you all with her amazing story.

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Hi everyone! I'm Katie and I blog over at KTJ Weighing In. I blog about my weight loss journey, my life in Pittsburgh, and my world adventures. First, a big thanks to Ashlee for allowing me to guest post today! I love this blog and I look forward to trying more great point friendly recipes in the future :)
 
Today I'd like to share a little bit about my personal weight loss journey with you all! It all began when I was born. Yes, I've been overweight my whole life because at birth I weight 10 pounds 13 ounces! I had to go home in 6 month clothing. Too bad Layne Bryant didn't have a baby brand, right? Ha! Just kidding of course. I was a nice little chubby baby, but from that point on I've always been a little bigger than the rest.

I reached my highest weight this past summer. I graduated from law school and was studying for the bar exam. I think the added stress while I was in law school combined with the extremely sedentary life of being in class all day and studying all night led to me really packing on the pounds. After the bar exam in July it all hit me. Unhappy with how I felt, looked, tired of everything really I turned to Weight Watchers for the millionth time.

For the first 2 months I did awesome, but then the next 2 months I gained and lost the same 2 pounds and hit an early plateau. The problem was, I started a new job, my heart wasn't in it. . . I just wasn't motivated.
“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ~Les Brown
Then, it clicked. I made one small change. I decided that I was going to take out that elliptical I bought 2 years ago and give it another try. That first night I used it for 10 minutes and I felt like I was dying! But then the second day I wanted to do the whole 20 minutes. Next I was setting more exercise goals. I'd load a netflix show on my kindle and workout while watching.

That small change to a lot of other little changes. I focused on making one change per week. That's it, just focus on one little change. Drink more water, do 20 minutes of exercise a day, track all my points . . .

Before you know it, that all adds up! I was in a motivational slump because I was doing what I've always done. Just going along and trying to stay in my points range, but the truth of the matter is that if you keep doing what you've always done on every other diet then you are going to get the exact same results. You need to change, you need to want to change.

No matter how much weight you have to lose, whether it is 100 pounds or 10 pounds, it is completely possible to be successful! You just have to forget the past "failures" and make those little changes and move forward. Baby steps!

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~Old Chinese Proverb
I still have a LONG way to go, but I'd love for you to join my on my journey and no matter how much weight you want to lose I'd love to support you on your journey as well! You can follow my blog at www.ktjweighingin.com or you can join my closed Facebook group to connect with others who want to lose weight also. 



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Isn't Katie inspiring??? She has taught me and so many other people so much. She is an amazing women and I love her positive attitude! Thank you so much for telling us your story and inspiring us all! Head over and visit Katie today here are some ways to follow her:




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Monday, February 11, 2013

$200 to Tiffany & Co? Who wants in?


Hey Ya'll I am hosting  a $200 GIVEAWAY to Tiffany & Co. for Valentines Day! What women doesn't want a gorgeous piece of jewelry of their choice to from Tiffany's? What blogger doesn't want more followers? Well lets help them get what they want and in turn we will gain some new followers!The GIVEAWAY will take place starting February 14th and end February 18th. This is a short time so that people don't wait too long to enter to win. To be a part of the GIVEAWAY please email me here by tomorrow evening. The first 12 people will be the hosts with the mosts {followers that is}. It will be $16.50 a person. Each person that would like to be be involved in this awesome giveaway will have the option of having contestants to follow you any three ways, such as (GFC, Twitter, Favebook, Pinterest, and Instagram).
Can't wait to work with you guys! Its gonna be a blast!

Note: this offer is only good for people in the United Starts (unfortunately) because of Tiffany and Co. Terms and Conditions.

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