Jun 21

Paleo Egg Scramble

Paleo egg scramble recipe
It always happens. I wake up with every intention of earning my wifey status, only it never seems to work out that way. Nope. Michael strolls into bedroom around 8:30 demanding we watch the same ABC show we watch every morning. To which I reply, “Go potty and we will watch ABCs.”

I lift my face mask and follow the pitter patter into the bathroom just in case he decides to pee all over the wall. Again. Then he insists on using my fun bags as pillows for the entire 50 minutes and 52 seconds we spend learning our ABCs. AGAIN. And then we discuss whether or not we should go to the gym. Which brings me to my first point…

I firmly believe everyone in need of an accountability partner should rent a toddler for the duration of their workout plan. Especially a toddler who is an only child and relies on the gym daycare for social interaction. Thigh gap is attainable when you have a tiny human reminding you it’s time to hit the weights!

Paleo egg scramble is the perfect meal for the days you find yourself with just a few ingredients in your fridge. But the fun doesn’t stop there. My day is filled with lots of “wipe my butt”, “I want green juice”, “Jeep doesn’t go in garage”, and my favorite “Cuddle on couch, watch mommy daddy shows”. Which means, by the time I even think about dinner, it’s nap time. I usually cross my fingers and hope there is something edible in the refrigerator for dinner.

Only, there isn’t.

I find a cooked chicken breast, pitiful asparagus, and eggs. Wifey fail.

Do I make omelets… again? Do I really feel like wrapping the asparagus in bacon… again? Efffffff! When was the last time we had pizza? Yesterday? Damn!

By now I realize I have to get creative.
After you bake the asparagus, paleo egg scramble becomes a one pot recipe.

Paleo Egg Scramble Ingredients

  • Great Day Organic Eggs
  • 1 Bushel of Asparagus
  • 12 oz Bacon
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Recipe Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking dish with a single layer of asparagus, coated with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Cook the asparagus for 15-18 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon and cut up the chicken.
  • In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil and scramble the eggs.
  • Mix in the chicken, bacon, and asparagus.
  • Open your mouth and shovel goodness in!

How to turn leftover ingredients into a delicious paleo egg scramble meal.
And that, folks, is how I saved dinner.

Oh! I totally didn’t have to do any chores that evening. I might have even gotten a foot rub that night. My work here is done.

Enjoy!

 

Jun 13

Pink and Gold Bridal Shower

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my pink and gold bridal shower and to thank me for my participation.”

Pink and gold bridal shower ideas with plenty of glitter and sparkles. #ambassador #sponsored

I never thought, even in my wildest dreams, I would ever utter the words you are about to read. At first, every fiber in my body slowly deteriorated as I planned this pink and gold bridal shower. I cried silent tears as I spent my hard earned doll hairs on pink glitter, and curled up in the fetal position whenever I walked past the VERY pink box of supplies.

I feel like this party was my forced midlife crisis. My come to Jesus meeting, if you will.

Pink and gold bridal showers should be full of glitter and feminine accents. #ambassador #sponsored
There was a point, after all the crafts were completed, that I sat at the table and just admired my work. I fell in love with my PINK party theme. I was smitten. I wracked my brain for hours trying to figure out the point I fell, but it was a hard and fast fall.

Speaking of… I should probably ice my bruised tailbone.

Light pink, dark pink, and gold personalized M&M's make easy pink and gold bridal shower decorations. #ambassador #sponsored

It’s no secret that details are my everything. I want guests to come in with a WOW and continue their WOW journey as they uncover each and every tiny detail. Everything from the bowl of personalized M&M’S, to the perfect bridal shower favor. Finding a party planner with OCD as fierce as mine means every speck of glitter has a purpose.

I guess that means you should sit down with your wedding planner, party planner, etc. and ask about their OCD? You know, because anything less than perfect makes us twitchy.

Create personalized wedding shower favors for a pink and gold bridal shower with MY M&MS, pink or gold nail polish, and pink nail files. #ambassador #sponsored
Let’s talk about the bridal shower favors for just a moment, mmmkay?

I scoured so many stores looking for the perfect nail polish colors. I didn’t want janky looking colors, but I also didn’t want to spend more than $1 a bottle for a party of 50. Which is why I encourage you to visit every stinkin’ dollar type of store and Big Lots in your neighborhood because you never know what type of gem you will find.

This is a great place to save on your budget if you can’t swing the polish and files. MY M&M’s has bags of bulk M&M’S and various packaging options, so you can still send your guests home with a unique party favor regardless of your cash flow.

A great favor for a pink and gold bridal shower includes a pink nail file, pink or gold nail polish, and a small bag of pink and gold M&M's. #ambassador #sponsored

I ended up going with

  • $1 nail polish
  • Pink organza bag filled with personalized M&M’S
  • Pink nail file
  • All placed inside a larger organza bag with gold hearts.

Decorate a bottle of blush cocktail with pink and gold glitter for a pink and gold bridal shower. #ambassador #sponsored
I decided on a blush cocktail because it was the only blush with a gold wrapper and, you know, details.

Gold glitter champagne flutes trimmed in gold sprinkles with a blush cocktail are perfect for a pink and gold bridal shower. #ambassador #sponsored
You see, I wanted my glasses to be gold, with a blush drink, rimmed in gold sprinkles. I mean, it only makes sense, right?

I thought so.

Cotton candy frosting and gold details make the perfect cupcakes for a pink and gold bridal shower. #ambassador #sponsored

Do you see a pattern? Pink charger, gold charger, pink frosting, gold details. Is there any other way?

The answer is no.

Little details make a pink and gold bridal shower special. #ambassador #sponsored

Make it romantic with words describing the couple and you, my friends, will have one happy bride-to-be.

Mirror trays make classy centerpieces for a pink and gold bridal shower. #ambassador #sponsored

I will be 100% honest with you, the centerpiece on this table was crafted from items Michael’s grandma passed down to me. If you want the vintage, glamorous feel of hand mirrors and perfume atomizers, you better get to the thrift store because it is expensive!

What girl wouldn't want a classy pink and gold bridal shower with vintage perfume atomizers? #ambassdor #sposored
Pretty perfume atomizers are a solid $20 everywhere I looked. If you are planning a party for a bride that has her heart set on this look, see if you can talk her into having a special centerpiece for her head table. That is, unless she has deep pockets. You can have whatever pretties you want if you fork up the cash!

You can never have too much glitter and sparkles at a pink and gold bridal shower. #ambassador #sponsored

So, what do you think? Are my fellow pink haters swooning with me?

You better be!

Or not, it’s cool.

Do a girl a favor and pin this pink and gold bridal shower collage!

Pink and gold bridal shower ideas. Perfect for the girl in love with glitter and all things girly. The party is adorable! #ambassador #sponsored
 

 

Follow Mallery’s board Pink and Gold Bridal Shower and/or Wedding Decorations on Pinterest.

Jun 06

Ellipsis 7 Tablet

Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless

The Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless is a great example of why you should research a major purchase before making any decisions. There will always be pros and cons to a gadget. Always. Without pros and cons, we would be left with companies creating gadgets with one person in mind. And that one person would probably be a millennial male who is tech savvy.

I don’t know about you but I am very much a female.

Quick Ellipsis 7 Tablet Video


Don’t you love how Michael’s personality is starting to come out on camera? I do because he is a side splitter in real life!

PS- You guys know this isn’t sponsored, right? Verizon sends us gadgets to play with and we send them back after a month of use. Our job is to simply report our findings to the interwebz!

The Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless has a 3.2 MP camera.

We will start off with the important things, like the camera.

I kid.

Please do NOT use a tablet to take pictures unless you are still rocking out an ancient beast of a cellphone. Just no. The Ellipsis 7 has a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera, so not good. The only time this might be a thing is if you are using your tablet to participate in a video conference. I mean, I guess you might need to do a video conference with a tablet, but you better have a way to keep the attendees from getting motion sickness.

Are you wondering what Michael thinks?

The Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless comes with a micro SD card slot.

Its 1.2Ghz quad core processor works well for internet usage and limited apps. It is running a stable version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) which makes it perform adequately. It is still a very beige device in an overcrowded marketplace of tablets.

The Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless only works in 4G service areas.

The lack of 2G/3G is a big disappointment for someone who travels, but if the majority of your usage is either in 4G areas or places with Wi-Fi, this could be the tablet for you. UPDATE as of 6/6/2014: Verizon is now offering it free with contract, so you could add it on to your Share Everything plan for just $10 per month.

Comparing the size of the Ellipsis 7 Tablet from Verizon Wireless to the Samsung Galaxy 2 and Dell Venue 8 Pro.

Now, don’t start thinking we are dogging on the Ellipsis 7 like a lot of other tech sites out there because we aren’t. Well, Michael is one of the millennial males I mentioned earlier, so yes, he wasn’t impressed with this tablet. I, being the main user during our review period, thought it got the job done.

And if you follow me at all you know I recently traveled to Arkansas for SoFabCon. What you don’t know is that Verizon picked this specific tablet for me to test out because I was traveling. I know Michael mentioned the lack of 2G and 3G, but since I was in a 4G area, the connectivity actually ended up being a lifesaver. Again, pros and cons.

A lot of reviewers are also critiquing the dismal design and thick bezel. Listen here… I have a hammer thumb and enjoyed taking notes in my lap without my thumb touching the screen. So, I encourage you to think about the why behind your desire to own a tablet. What specifically is important to you? Connectivity? Sleek design? Latest technology? You decide.

Jun 01

German Chocolate Cookies

German chocolate cookies recipe with homemade german chocolate frosting. You don't want to miss the secret way to prepare this cookie  so it becomes your favorite cookie recipe! #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

German chocolate cookies came into my life during the beginning of a pretty tough time. I remember one of my mom’s co-workers sending a batch of cookies and the recipe home with her in the midst of more than I can remember doctor appointments. She wanted to give me something that would make me feel better. Something capable of providing comfort, even if just for a moment.

And they did.

Her german chocolate cookies soon became the favorite treat in my circle of friends. That is, until I lost the recipe during a move. I even scoured the internet over and over again looking for something similar, but I always ended up with less than perfect cookies. Gah! I had given up hope when the recipe popped up out of nowhere! No joke, dudes.

It’s funny how things have a way of working out. I found the recipe for my absolute favorite cookie in the entire world at the right moment and now I can hand it over to one of my friends who could use a little comfort herself. Sure, it’s just a recipe for german chocolate cookies, but they have a way of making people smile.

And we all know smiles are contagious.

Ingredients for german chocolate cookies made from cake batter. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

PS- This is sponsored, but you already knew that. ;)

German Chocolate Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 Tub Cool Whip
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/2 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar, for rolling

Add the ingredients (except the powdered sugar) to the cake mix and prepare to get dirty. You think I’m joking?  Pssshh… you better wash your hands and roll up your sleeves for this one!

For real. Roll up your sleeves.

Mixing the Cool Whip into the german chocolate cookies batter. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

As someone who has mixed in the Cool Whip with her hands, a stand mixer, and a spoon, I can expertly say I prefer using a pastry blender. Why? Using your hands is SUCH A MESS. A stand mixer will only get you halfway there because the batter gets thick in record speed. A spoon… who uses a spoon anymore? No, really, who still uses a spoon?

I think a pastry blender mushes the dry mix into the Cool Whip the best, but I almost guarantee you will end up with your hands in the goodies until you figure out your own mixing groove.

Roll the german chocolate cookies in powdered sugar. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Use a cookie scoop to form the balls because bigger is not better in this situation. (That’s what she said!) 

Next, roll the cookie ball in powdered sugar before baking at 350 for 15 minutes.

Note- The recipe says 15-18 minutes but 15 has always been my perfect cookie time.

Ingredients for homemade german chocolate frosting for the top of this german chocolate cookies recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

German Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 3/4 c Butter
  • 1.5 c Pecans
  • 2 1/3 c Shredded Coconut
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla

Mix everything in a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Once you have brought the pan to a boil, reduce to low heat and cook for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently because you will cry giant, salty tears if the frosting burns.

I recommend letting it cool all the way before frosting the cookies because the frosting is OMG yum when it has cooled. Trust me.

I know you won’t listen to that tip so go on with your bad self and sneak a taste early!

Frosting german chocolate cookies with homemade german chocolate frosting. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

When the frosting has cooled down, I use my silicone spreader to frost the cookies because it is sort of amazing. By sort of, I mean it’s at the top of my list of favorite kitchen utensils. I use the crap out of it!

But I digress…

I don’t care how you enjoy your german chocolate cookies as long as you recognize how flipping amazing they are. You can frost them, eat them plain, or take a spoon to the frosting. And kudos if you come back to tell me how in love you are!

Oh! And don’t forget to PIN ME!

Drawer full of kitchen essentials that include all of the utensils required to make german chocolate cookies. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Do you remember how I mentioned the contest from Good Cook in my paleo beef stroganoff recipe? Good. Here is the drawer of must haves I put together for this event. I will even explain why my drawer is the best drawer EVA!

Tools in My Drawer

  1. Measuring Spoon– (Used in recipe.) Everyone needs a measuring spoon, and this one saves you space because you don’t need multiple sizes.
  2. Egg Separator– (Used in recipe.)  I cook with a TON of eggs and prefer to not spend oodles of time separating eggs. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
  3. Pastry Blender– (Used in recipe.) Because everyone deserves one tool that makes them feel like a real baker.
  4. Silicone Spreader– (Used in recipe.) I use it ALL THE TIME. Seriously, you need one if you bake at home.
  5. Silicone Spatula– (Used in recipe.) A spatula is sort of like the pepper in your spice cupboard… you need it.
  6. Measuring cup (1 cup)- (Used in recipe.) Very important. Must have. Every homeowner should have one. Unless your house doesn’t have a kitchen.
  7. Measuring cup (2 cup)- (Used in recipe.) I prefer both sizes so I can use one for dry and the other for wet when I whip up a recipe.
  8. Knife– Once college is over, you should definitely trade your dollar store knives for something nice.
  9. Ice cream Scoop– Because who doesn’t eat ice cream? Duh!
  10. Locking tongs– I LOVE my tongs. I use them for marinating, browning, grilling, ev-ver-ry-thing.
  11. Salad Tongs– We eat a butt-ton of salad so salad tongs are required.
  12. Pizza Cutter– We eat whatever is larger than a butt-ton of pizza so yeah, this is my life line.
  13. Rolling Pin– Bakers everywhere know the value of a rolling pin.
  14. Folding grater– I cook a lot from scratch so I save a little cashola by chopping and grating things myself. The struggle of a clean eater is intense. <Cue the violins!>
  15. Spaghetti Server– And finally, I thought about this one for a while. A turner is a valuable tool, but so is a spoon. Hmmm… So, I decided on the spaghetti server because it can act like a spoon and still do the spaghetti thing. Does that make sense? Maybe?

Good Cook Build Your Kitchen Drawer #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

I’m guess you love my drawer, right? I mean… c’mon, you know it’s pretty freaking amazing. In the rare instance that you don’t pick my drawer for the Build Your Kitchen Drawer contest, you can look for the above picture when you are shopping around the Good Cook site. Just click on ‘add me’ and that item will be added to your drawer. Easy peasy.

Don’t forget everything on the Good Cook site will be 25% off during the contest. That means you can either enter to win an instant prize, additional discounts, or play it safe with 25% off. The choice is yours.

If you tweet, follow Good Cook on Twitter and at the hashtags #‎goodcookcom#‎goodcookkitchenexprt, and ‪#‎KitchenDrawerContest.



 

May 25

Paleo Beef Stroganoff

Paleo beef stroganoff with cauliflower rice recipe with step by step instructions and tips to make this a one pot recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkichenexprt

Paleo beef stroganoff is a favorite ’round these joints. Sure, noodles are nice, but this recipe… this recipe doesn’t make me feel like the Michelin Man after inhaling a giant bowl. One might even go out on a limb and say I woof it down. Screw the eat slow and let your brain realize it’s full. Ain’t nobody got time for table manners when the grub is this good!

Psst… if you couldn’t tell, this is sponsored. But sponsored to me still means a quirky rambling of chaos. Enjoy!

Ingredients for a paleo beef stroganoff with cauliflower rice recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Paleo Beef Stroganoff Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sirloin, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup Almond Meal
  • Coconut Oil, for pan
  • 2-3 Eggs, whisked
  • 2 tsp Salt, divided
  • 2 tsp Pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1.5 cups Beef Stock
  • 3 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 head of Cauliflower
  • Chives, for garnish

Coat the sirloin in almond meal for a delicious paleo beef stroganoff recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Start by whisking your eggs into a bowl so you can send your sirloin through the dip (2-3 eggs), dip (almond meal, 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper), and finish obstacle course.

Use an Egg Separator if you are watching the number of egg yolks you consume. It’s a lot easier to finagle the slippery goop, better known as an egg, with a special gadget.

I heart gadgets.

Add chives to the cauliflower rice before removing it from the heat so you can finish the Paleo beef stroganoff recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Next, melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, over medium high heat, and brown the sirloin. (Tip- Do not crowd the pan! Brown the meat in batches so you don’t burn your very expensive cuts of beef.)

I wish I was joking. I always purchase two sets of ingredients for blog recipes and because I did… I will now be eating lettuce all week. Thankfully it was totally worth it.

But I digress…

Pull the beef out of the pan so you can move on to the mushrooms and onions. I let them sizzle (medium heat) a bit before adding in the head of cauliflower (that has been through the food processor) and 1 teaspoon of salt. The cauliflower should cook, covered, for about 10 minutes before removing the lid, adding in some chives, and cooking for 5 more minutes.

Oh, and that Pot Clip Holder? You sort of need it. Like, for real need it if you cook or want to LOOK like you cook more than microwave meals.

Use Arrowroot Powder to thicken the sauce in this paleo beef stroganoff with cauliflower rice recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Remove the cauliflower mixture from the pan and pour in the beef stock and coconut milk (full fat, in a can, you need a Safe-cut Can Opener). See what I did there? Subliminal messages, dude.

Mix in the Arrowroot Powder and bring the liquid to a boil. Stir in 1 teaspoon garlic powder, stir in 1 teaspoon pepper, and stir some more so the powder doesn’t clump up. Once it has boiled, add the meat back in and cook until the sauce gets nice and saucy. Saucy like the woman pretend to be.

Sayyyy what?

Oh, and that Flip Measuring spoon? It’s the answer to your sink full of random measuring spoons. Or is that just how I cook? I mean, I have been known to make a mess (or ten) when I cook.

Paleo beef stroganoff with cauliflower rice recipe. #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Now that everything is cooked, use something like a SMART Ice cream scoop to dish out a fair portion of the cauliflower rice on everyone’s plate. And I do mean fair. You will see us acting like rabid dogs as we shovel paleo beef stroganoff into our face holes.

It goes something like this.

You gonna eat that? Huh? Huh? Are you sure you’re not full? You look full. I’m just gonna go ahead and take care of your plate. <Insert freakish dog snarl here.>

In case you didn’t catch my attempts at planting subliminal messages in your noggin’, Good Cook is running a Kitchen Drawer Event on their site with an additional 5 day giveaway on the Good Cook Facebook page. It starts June 2nd so you better start thinking about the 15 kitchen items you can’t live without right meow.

And be sure to check back on 5/29/14 because I am preparing my own drawer for the event. You know, because I like gadgets. Drawers upon drawers of gadgets.

One final note… everything on the Good Cook site will be 25% off during the contest. That means you can either enter to win an instant prize, additional discounts, or play it safe with 25% off. The choice is yours.

I lied. I have one MORE thing. Don’t forget to follow Good Cook on Twitter at the hashtags #‎goodcookcom, #‎goodcookkitchenexprt, and ‪#‎KitchenDrawerContest.

 
AND. AND. AND! Pin me because you love me. Kthanks.


 

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May 23

Pink and Gold Bridal Shower Decorations

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my pink and gold bridal shower decorations and to thank me for my participation.”

PSSST… The full bridal shower is live here if you want to see the finished product!

Wedding season has descended upon families everywhere. So, we can either bury our heads in the sand to avoid wedding stress, or we can help with the festivities. I obviously picked the latter because… yanno, parties are my thing.

Even though I’m only sharing crafts, money saving tips, and a super rad personalized favor in this post, I will be back in a few weeks to show you the finished product. It’s GORGEOUS. Absolutely stunning. I’m in love and I am far from a fan of the color pink. You really need to poke your head back in early June.

Wait a minute… you should stick around just because I am wicked awesome. Seriously. Why fight it?

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Spray painting dollar store chargers pink.

The best price I found on chargers was at Dollar Tree. They were gold, $1, and pretty good quality. I only spray painted them with pink glitter because I found smaller gold ones to set on top of this charger for the cupcakes. I know that doesn’t make a ton of sense. A smart person would have spray painted the smaller plate to save on the amount of paint needed, but I was going for a pink, gold, pink pattern so this is the way it had to be.

DIY Bridal Shower Chargers

  • Gold chargers from Dollar Tree
  • Smaller cupcake chargers (I found mine on sale at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store after Christmas.)
  • Krylon Glitter Blast

This glitter is hella expensive for what it covers. It’s BEAUTIFUL, but it costs something ridiculous like $5.99 for a tiny bottle. I would shop around for a better option if you are on a budget.

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Painting the couple's initials gold.

Personalized anything is one of the easiest ways to envelope the bride and groom in warm and fuzzies.

DIY Glitter Initials

  • Gold glitter paint (Or gold glitter spray paint. Or gold paint with a single layer of gold glitter paint.)
  • 12″ Paper Mache Letter

 Crafting note- At $6.99, I do not recommend this acrylic paint as a stand alone option. I used the entire container on this project and painted a million coats. What a time suck! I would 1- Use a glitter spray paint. or 2- Paint the letters gold with a few layers of gold glitter. 

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- {TIP} Skip the pink glitter paint and use pink glitter spray paint on cardboard letters.

You can sort of see what I mean in this picture. I started with the pink version of the previously stated gold acrylic paint and ended up pulling the spray paint out because I was over it. Spray paint solves all problems!

Glitter Paint vs Glitter Spray Paint

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Using spray adhesive and gold glitter to glam up old vases.

You can pretty much glitter anything your little heart desires.

DIY Glitter Vases

  • Spray adhesive
  • Gold glitter
  • Random vases

Money saving tip- Scour garage sales for cheap items! I found a few vases from my high school PROM in the basement for this project. And you know what I learned? Glittered vases look really cool when they are different shapes and sizes. The glitter must make things look uniform in an eclectic sort of way.

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- {TIP} Use a container to catch the loose glitter so you don't have any waste.

Crafting tip- Use a container to catch the glitter that doesn’t stick to the current item you are making so you can save as much of your precious glitter as possible. Just be sure to spray the vase/votive/glass/etc. away from the box so it doesn’t contaminate your loose glitter.

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Add another glittery detail with gold glitter champagne flutes.

I searched high and low for cheap champagne flutes. Ugh! Of course I had to be diva-like with my desire for tall and skinny glasses! I can’t explain it much more than I wanted a specific look.

You have a few options when it comes to glasses: plastic (cheap but plastic), garage sales and/or thrift store (glass, loads of work, eclectic look), IKEA (shorter but only .80/glass), Dollar Tree (shorter, $1/glass), and the random dollar party store in town.

I don’t know how I did it, but I stumbled into this random dollar store and she had all of her stores ship their glasses to her so I could purchase 50 matching glasses. I got lucky!

DIY Glitter Champagne Flutes

  • Champagne flutes
  • Gold glitter
  • Spray adhesive
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Parchment paper (Or whatever you have at home, like newspaper.)

I’m sure you can get away with just the tape if you are careful but let’s be honest… do you really want to skip a step that might save you a massive headache down the road? I didn’t think so.

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Save money on votives by cleaning up old candle holders.

These glitter votive holders are another way to save on decorations. As you can see, I found some sort of blue votive holder in my basement that probably should have been pitched. I filled up a bowl with hot water and scooped the softened (not melted) wax out with a spoon.

Next, I cleaned off the yuck with a paper towel and some Goo Gone.

I wanted my pink votives to poke out a little so I made sure I kept the glitter to about 1 inch. Again, Painter’s Tape and spray adhesive. Are you seeing a pattern?

DIY Glitter Votive Holders

  • Spray adhesive
  • Goo Gone
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Votive holders
  • 1 1/4 inch pink votives (This eBay store has the best price on candle/votive combos.)

Money saving tip- Votive holders do NOT have to match if they are on different tables. Think of each centerpiece as its own piece of art. I highly doubt your guests will walk from table to table pointing out the size differences. 

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Make your own napkins and napkin rings.

I’m super geeked to unveil this one! I have been dying to use rhinestone ribbon for something and it just so happens that sparkly napkin rings are SO easy to make.

Figure out the correct size for your napkin (mine was 4 inches) and glue it to the 1 inch piece of elastic. Why elastic? I wanted a little bit of stretch just in case one of the napkins had a little more bulk to it.

DIY Bridal Shower Napkins & Rhinestone Napkin Rings

  • E6000 adhesive
  • 1 inch elastic
  • 4 inch, 8 row rhinestone ribbon (This eBay store has the best price.)
  • 10-12 x 26 inch gold fabric, hemmed, for cloth napkins (26 because the fabric isn’t heavy)

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- Make your own cupcakes liners out of scrapbook paper.

Finally, the last bridal shower craft is something I personally only do when I’m in a pinch. I prefer to order cupcake wrappers on Etsy because they aren’t my favorite things to make, but you can save a ton of cash if you make them this way. All you need is a pattern, scissors, writing utensil, and scrapbook paper. Easy peasy but tedious.

DIY Glitter Cupcake Wrappers

  • Sparkle scrapbook paper (Makes 4)

Pink and gold bridal shower decorations- 8 craft ideas to help save money on your big day.

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But this isn’t all about pink and gold bridal shower decorations! Nope! I have a few more special surprises for the big reveal! <Insert so much girly excitement here.>

I ordered personalized M&M’s from MY M&M’S because you know me and the little details. Details are my life when it comes to a party. I went with pink, light pink, and gold so they matched the party colors, and I decided on 2 images and 2 text so I could give a few of my own little somethings. I mean, I am gaining two sister-in-laws this summer. They will either learn to love or hate my weird quirks.

I hate (No I don’t.) that I’m leaving you with such a cliffhanger but I had to dangle the carrot to ensure you would come back to see my perfect bridal shower favor. It’s delicious. It’s full of glitter. It’s girly. It’s everything a girl could ask for. You NEED to see what comes next!

Check out my Pink and Gold Bridal Shower Decorations board and pin away!

 

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May 13

Housewife Duties

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for sharing my housewife duties with you.”

How to complete your housewife duties in style- Always get dressed up when you head to the grocery store.

Do you remember when I confessed my perfect housewife sins to you? I admitted to the laundry, the meal planning, the  cooking, and, of course, the grocery shopping. I do it mostly because we would end up eating gluten every stinkin’ night, but also because grocery shopping gets me out of the house. For one hour a week my life is void of poopy potties and tiny cars racing up my legs.

I even get dolled up! I paint on my face, slip into my ‘I still think I’m in college’ jeans, figure out where I left my wedding ring, and lace up my hip sneakers. I do it all and it feels good!

Although… you know, the dog and pony show might have more to do with me approaching the old housewives’s club since I’m pretty much on the verge of retirement and wrinkles.

How to complete your housewife duties in style- Never leave home without a pearl necklace.

How to Fulfill Housewife Duties

  • Don a pearl necklace- Pearls prevent the awkward ‘may I see your ID, Miss’ when you attempt to purchase your favorite red coping mechanism.
  • Fix your hair- The perfect housewife always carries a bobby pin in her handbag for flyaway emergencies. A flyaway is just as embarrassing as walking out of the restroom with toilet paper stuck to your foot.
  • Paint your face- Outside of teenage brides, housewives need a little assistance hiding the dark circles acquired from late nights spent scrubbing the toilet so the men of the house can dribble all over a clean seat. Heaven forbid they leave little presents on a day old toilet.
  • Let your husband pick out your outfit- And I mean all of it. The skin tight jeans, hint of bosom sweater, and don’t you dare attempt anything less than a stylish sneaker. You are, after all, supposed to look like the trophy wife he tells his co-workers about.

These responsibilities seem a little daunting, so I invite you to open up the beautiful mind resting beneath your perfectly groomed hair. Let’s talk about the other side of the coin for just a moment…

How to complete your housewife duties in style- Reebok Skyscape shoes are perfect for stylish, on the go style.

I own a lot of shoes. And by a lot, I mean multiple boxes of shoes… in every color and style. Some might say I have a problem but let’s be real, each outfit requires a different type of shoe. Which is why I tend to think of it more like having red shoes, blue shoes, date night shoes, and freaky-mc-freak a leek heels. I have a box of daily wear shoes, and a box of shoes I can only wear when I am pregnant. Needless to say, I have options.

How to complete your housewife duties in style- Reebok Skyscape shoes are comfortable and stylish.

I am currently crushing on my new pair of Reebok Skyscapes from Kohl’s. These babies are wicked light at 5 ounces. Yes, that was five ounces! The foam material is made with the same techniques as molded foam bras. Sure, I don’t know what that technique is, but you better believe I have never worn a shoe quite like this. I’m not sure I can even explain how it feels to wear such a lightweight, flexible shoe.

I embraced it and plan on adding a few new colors to my already overflowing box of everyday shoes. A girl can never have enough options for her housewife duties, right?

I thought so.

 #MC #sponsored #Skyscape

May 05

What’s in My Suitcase

I spent the majority of yesterday packing for a SIX day trip to Arkansas. I am 100% serious right meow. I was tasked with putting 6 days worth of multiple outfit changes into a SINGLE suitcase. So, as I tossed the bottle of Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa that BeautyStat (#bstat #love2lovewalmart) sent me into my bag, I wondered…  do you have any idea what’s in my suitcase?

No?

Let’s play guess the super secret surprise(s)! What's in my suitcase for SoFabCon- makeup and Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa from the love2love collection at Walmart. #bstat #love2lovewalmart

Of course there are the necessities, like my dark circles’ arch nemesis and fragrance. We all know how mommy bloggers get when they are released into the wild. They start slingshotting their bras, twerking on giant teddy bears, heaven forbid they call their offspring, and husbands… I don’t follow, can you use that word in a sentence?

I do apologize for that. Here is a rag to wipe up the sarcasm. Sloppy sarcasm everywhere!

What's in my suitcase for SoFabCon- a super secret surprise for everyone! And then there is this bag. The bag that contains one of my many surprises for SoFabCon. No joke, it’s sort of amazing. Which means you want to tune in for our live episode of Wine with Beavers on Wednesday. I can’t tell you much more than it will be legen… wait for it…

…dary.

For real.

Sneak peek of what’s in my suitcase


Did I pack enough? Ha!

What's in my suitcase for SoFabCon- Oodles of gadgets for all of the vlogging I have planned! And then there are my bags packed to the brim with technology. I packed gadgets upon gadgets for this trip and I’m nearly positive I will use them all. My laptop is for the plane and in the room. The Ellipsis 7 Tablet will join me during sessions. The tripod, light, batteries, SD cards, extra camera, extra charger, shutter release, and different lenses are all for vlogging. I know I will use my phone for the daily vlogs, but the rest of my gear is needed for my sit down vlogs and any pictures I take.

Can you tell how excited I am? I get to sit down with my homies and film our crazy antics for you, the people of the interwebz! Winning!

What's in my suitcase for SoFabCon- Plenty of options for party clothes and girly things. #bstat #love2lovewalmart

I don’t know how I did it, but everything from my masquerade outfit to my surprise pajama party getup fits in my amazing new luggage. (Thanks, Mom!) I couldn’t believe it. Now, where to squeeze in the swag…

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Mother's Day for under $20 with love2love fragrances at Walmart #love2lovewalmart #bstat

Oh hey… and my new fragrance from the love2love collection at Walmart? Could a scent called Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa be more perfect for me? I think not! Mimosas for everyone!

It is light enough that people won’t be overwhelmed when I walk into the room, but delicious enough that Michael about ate my arm off when I had him give me a once over. What can I say, the man goes crazy when I doll myself up!

Probably because you appreciate things more when they don’t happen often… ba dum tsk!

Now that you know what’s in my suitcase and how I am celebrating Mother’s Day, what are your plans? Do you need a last minute gift for your momma bear? If so, you should probably enter this giveaway.

You’re welcome.

Love2Love Fragrance Set and $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway (April)


PS- Check out my YouTube channel if you need your Mallery fix while I’m traveling. I will be attempting a daily vlog so I apologize if I look like a newb.

 

May 02

Paleo Pizza Bowls

Step by step (with pictures) recipe showing you how to create paleo pizza cups with a cauliflower crust.

Paleo pizza isn’t a new thing. In fact, we sometimes enjoy meat crust pizza weekly because Michael will throw down on some pizza.

One day he will go to a friend’s house and realize all of the lies I spun surrounding food. *Cue the dramatic music.*

“You lied to me my whole life, Mom!”
“Sweetheart, I only did it because I love and care about your health.”
“I hate you!”

Paleo pizza bowl toppings

Good Cook saved the day when they sent me this pan. I swear, the best part about paleo pizza bowls is the ability to customize each one. We usually have a pizza conflict when the family gets together because we all like something different. For example- my main requirement is bacon but my sister doesn’t eat the majestic strips of deliciousness. She doesn’t eat bacon! BA-CON!

I about had a heart attack when I found out.

Ingredients for the cauliflower crust portion of paleo pizza cups.

Paleo Pizza Crust Ingredients

  • 2 Heads of cauliflower
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Cooking note- I find it easier to work with 1 head of cauliflower at a time.

  • Start making the cauliflower crust by pulsing pieces of cauliflower in a food processor until the pieces are tiny and rice like. (Each head of cauliflower yields about 3 cups of rice.)
  • Pop your rice into the microwave for 8 minutes so it can cook a bit before you put everything together.

Press the excess moisture out of the cauliflower before mixing in the rest of the cauliflower crust ingredients for your paleo pizza cups.

  • Once the cauliflower has cooled down, place it in between paper towels (Or some other official kitchen tool that I don’t own.) and press out as much moisture as possible. Trust me when I say PRESS. And press. And then press some more. And when you think you are done… press some more.
  • I prefer to mix the ingredients together with a whisk. Why? I have no idea.

Fill a Bake-a-Bowl pan with cauliflower crust for the base of your paleo pizza cups.

  • It took about 5 scoops to fill each Bake-A-Bowl compartment.
  • I baked the bowls at 350 for 25 minutes, pulled them out and filled with ingredients, and then popped them back in for 10 minutes.

Cooking note- There is a fill line for those of you who plan on using a batter instead of something that doesn’t rise, like cauliflower.

Paleo pizza cups allow your guests to build a cauliflower pizza with their favorite paleo pizza toppings.

  • Let the bowls cool down to the point of being able to touch them and serve.

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Apr 30

The Life of an Indoor Cat

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The life of an indoor cat- watching cars drive by #goodlifepet #shop

Have you ever stopped to think about how awesome it would be to trade places with your furbaby for a day?

I don’t know how your feline friends are, but my indoor cats are nothing short of divas. They know how to work me over so dang well! So much so that I am beginning to feel like a puppet. Or better yet… a pawn! Why don’t they teach you the ways of the puppetmaster in school? You know, in home ec with the rest of homey things like slaving away for your man…

(Say what?)
The life of an indoor cat- posing for pictures is a daily thing #goodlifepet #shop My indoor cats lounge around to humor the paparazzi- AKA the broad with the red thing glued to her eyeball. That is, until they feel like getting up to stretch, before giving me the aggressive ‘get your camera out of my face’ look, and finally sauntering off into the sunset. They sure do know how to give their pet parents just enough (and nothing more) to keep us fawning over their perfectly groomed coats.
The life of an indoor cat- why do cats bathe themselves at bedtime #goodlifepet #shop Speaking of perfectly groomed coats, I have a burning question that I would like to present to the indoor cat owners of the interwebz.

Why do indoor cats bathe in bed?


This is a serious question, you guys! Why? When exhaustion finally forces me to turn off the boob tube, I creep up to my room only to find a maze of cats BATHING in my bed. Lick. Lick. Lick. ALL NIGHT LONG!

(That’s what she said.)

The life of an indoor cat- enjoying indoor pet food  #goodlifepet #shop Outside of the layer of cat hair I was collecting on my person, I noticed something as I was rolling all over the floor getting money shots of my divas. All they really enjoy doing is eating, sleeping, bathing, and pooping. Like, that’s ALL their day consisted of.

Why can’t my days be like that? { <~ Read that in a VERY dramatic voice.}

And you would think having 5 cats would result in a furry lap ’round the clock. Only it doesn’t. In fact, I had to pull out a bag of cat food to get those introverts to interact with me!

Sort of how I act unless there is pizza…

Note to self:

  • I need a new lint roller.
  • Cats are by far the toughest subject to photograph.
  • Something else but I forgot.

The life of an indoor cat- buying Goodlife cat food at Walmart #goodlifepet #shop

In case you guys are curious, my cats are currently munching on a dry food for cats by GOODLIFE™. I happen to be very particular about meat being the first ingredient in their cat food because Snowball will ralph all over the place if it isn’t. Trust me when I say it isn’t pretty.

The first ingredient in the indoor version is chicken, it is available at Walmart, and there is $1 off coupon on their website.

So go on with your bad self and save some cash on your furry divas!

And I don’t mean your husbands.

#goodlifepet #CollectiveBias

 

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