Black Bean Queso-less-adillas

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hello fellow Mexican lovers!!! Yesterday, we whipped up this delicious Skinny Fiesta Chicken. Seriously, how good was it? It's a hit in this household & a hit with myself because it's effortless, easy & easy to clean up. 

Today, I'm reworking that leftover chicken into one of my favorite foods. Quesadillas have always been one of my go to comfort foods. The quickness, the cheesy goodness, the way it can be topped with guacamole or sour cream (to of my faves) and the way it can be stuffed with even more yummy, yummy things. It's heaven in a little skillet. 

You know what I don't love about quesadillas, the calories. I especially try to avoid them since I limit my dairy intake but I have missed their easy, cheesy goodness. 

While wandering around the grocery store, I noticed a can of Organic, Refried Black Beans. I decided to bring them home to test out. Not only are the delicious alone but I decided the consistency would be perfect inside a tortilla shell -- the 'Queso-less-adilla' was born! 

Not only can you whip this baby up in 5 minutes, it's cheap! I love to top it off with avocado, lime juice and greek yogurt (instead of Sour Cream) & if we have fiesta chicken leftovers, I'm definitely throwing some on top. 

You could easily throw your left over chicken on a salad, but this is a fun & different option! I use the flay out wraps instead of normal tortilla wraps because they are only 100 calories + loaded with a ton of protein. They taste great, even Babe approved. ;)

Choosing a Wedding Theme + Incorporating It into your Save the Dates

Our last round of Save the Dates are being mailed out today! I'm so excited to share what we chose, I love so much how they turned out. If you're preparing for your engagement pictures or recently engaged I have pulled my favorite 'bridal' pieces and some advice on how to stay sane during this process! 

One of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process has been incorporating RJ & I's personal style into everything. Throughout the years of dating and living together, we have most definitely developed our own little style. It's incorporated in our home, in our outfits, our diets, in our entire life. 
While I haven't been able to put an exact name on it, I've come up with some great options..

Rustic Romance. Organic Elegance. Countryside Chic. 

I like to think of it of 'barn meets blogger'. Obviously RJ comes into play as the rustic, organic, barn elements. I play more into the romantic, chic, elegant elements. I'm sure you're like 'Yeah, we get it you're girly & RJ is manly.' but it's actually more than that! These are the little elements that help me pick up a picture frame for our coffee table or decide on bouquets for the brides. I'll be going into more depth with this when I share our home tour in a couple weeks, but I wanted to show how it plays into every wedding decision I make. 

First, I need to explain how I chose our theme + why it's important to stick to it.

I have an overall vision for our wedding. I don't want to get to deep into it and give away secrets but when it's time to pick a detail, such as bridesmaid dresses, centerpieces, bouquets, etc. I tend to fall in love with every. single. option. I can see the beauty in a playful short bridesmaid dress that shows off personality just as well as I can see the beauty behind classic, monotone dresses. I fall in love with bright, vibrant flowers just as easily as I fall in love with a simple bouquet. With a creative mind and job that urges me to be creative in every aspect, I can make any theme work to my liking. The problem here? If I don't know what path to take, I could never make a decision. Finding a theme and sticking to it in every wedding decision will help create a cohesive, wedding vision. If an option doesn't fit the theme, it doesn't happen.

So now that you know why to pick a theme, let me explain how. 

Finding a theme is fun! If you don't live with your fiancé, it might be harder to pinpoint your exact styles. Over the past year, I've really watched our styles merge into this perfect harmony that I'm absolutely smitten with! First, look at your style.. do you like modern or classic pieces for your home? When you're scrolling through Pinterest, do you gravitate towards white + gold accents or french countryside elements? Next, look at your fiancé's home or apartment, this can be tricky because many boys don't decorate at all! If he doesn't show him a few different houses on Pinterest and see which he likes. Then move onto your personal style-- do y'all constantly get dressed up, rarely leaving the house without looking your best? Or are you more laid back, always casual or maybe spending a lot of time outdoors? You could be somewhere in the middle, like us! Finally, take in part your personalities. If you like everything clean, neat and tidy, you have a more simple style. If you like a lot of unique things, trying something new or living out of the box you may be more eclectic. 

Obviously, this will help you find a theme to incorporate in all aspects of your life. If you're just looking for a wedding theme, talk with your fiancé on what y'all in vision for the big day.. maybe the most important part is everyone having a great time (aka a more laid back ceremony), maybe you picture a formal ceremony followed by a sit down meal and classic dancing. The possibilities are endless just never forget to include your personalities! **I'll have a full post on our theme soon, explaining how it's simplified my whole life! 

Once you have your wedding vision, you can begin playing with your engagement shoot. I think engagement pictures set the whole tone of the wedding. When searching for our outfits, I wanted to stay true to our wedding theme. While some people do a playful, Kate Spade-esque theme others lean towards a super formal, black tie theme. I wore pieces that were classic with a twist. Rustic yet romantic.

I've pulled a few different options and combinations. Remember this is about you and having fun! You can mix n match themes to create new styles, new possibilities and create a wedding adventure that's truly unique to you! 

Classic White with a Pop of Color:

Romantic Pastels: 

Unexpected Twist: 

Flirty Florals:

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Skinny Fiesta Chicken Bowls

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hi, hello. First, I have to give a major shout out to food bloggers here. If you are one and constantly photographing food, you are a superstar. I'm trying to become more professional in my Food-tography & girl is it tough. I know, I am just recently dabbling into the world of shooting what I eat, not just stuffing my face. It's trickier than it looks! Hopefully, much like my very first blog pictures of clothing, #OOTD Blurry Mirror Selfies, have evolved.. I'm hoping my food pictures will as well. Any pointers welcome, y'all! 

Ok, now to the juicy stuff and I mean, really juicy stuff. It doesn't get much better than this chicken. Citrusy, a touch of spice, and a whole lot of yum. I have not met one person who doesn't enjoy this chicken. Even my mom, who doesn't eat meat (like the crazy stubborn blogger I am, I maaade her taste for the sake of my career!). 

Do you want to know the real beauty of this chicken? It's easy, just dump everything in and bake. If you're looking to make your house smell like South of the Border heaven, look no further. Throw this baby in the oven and watch your nostrils dance in delight. 

The sweetness from the potatoes mixed with the citrus of the lime juice and the zing of the tomatoes, it's the perfect blend of Skinny Mexican goodness. Not only are there exploding flavors but there are also amazing textures --crunchy potatoes, tender chicken, creamy avocados. #YesPlease! 

If you don't like sweet potatoes, you could easily substitute rice or mixed greens for a delicious salad. The possibilities are endless but the bowls are not! And trust me, you're going to with they were. 

If you ever try any recipes I post on here, I promise this is one of the best recipes I make. It's the perfect dinner to curb your Mexican craving without all the guilt that follows a night filled with salty chips and Margaritas.  Be sure to save your leftovers and watch how we repurpose them throughout the week for lunch and breakfast! 


How to Keep Any Size Space Organized in Style

Last week I shared easy tips to keep any size closet organized & tidy. I was honestly surprised to share a post about organization, if you would have asked any of my close family or friends about 3 years ago if I would ever be blogging any of these tips, they would have fallen on the floor laughing. 

I'm not kidding, you're talking to the former most unorganized girl. 

A lot has changed in those few years though, I now run a household and would lose my mind if I couldn't keep it organized. Not only does it help my day run smoother but I spend less time cleaning now! 

I'm going to break down each category (Makeup, jewelry and hair products) but I want you to know, if I can turn a new leaf.. so can you! Summer is wrapping up and it's the perfect time to do that Spring cleaning we all skipped! Everything gets 10x busier in the upcoming months & I swear getting ahead of the game is the best way to do things. 

Before I break things down, here's a few general tips on how to get started: 

--Donate. Donate. Donate. Go through all your closets, drawers, boxes, make up bags, etc. If you haven't used it in 6 months, donate it (unless it's something you would only use in the Fall/Winter). I had so much make up that had gone bad, so I tossed it in the trash. I was also hoarding about 4 curling irons that no longer work, why? I have no idea. Haha! 

--Find a Spot for EVERYTHING. I used to be the queen of 'junk drawers' or throwing stuff into a basket to deal with later. Not only will you never be able to find what you need when the time comes, this just makes things cluttered and takes up more space. Last week one of my BFFs was over and she said 'You have so many accessories, yet you always know exactly where every piece is'. The reason why is because I have a specific spot for every. single. thing. I always know if something is MIA because its spot is empty. Having a spot for everything also helps you get ready & pick up faster, your not searching for everything. 

--Take two days a week to tidy up. I'm going to touch on this more in a later post but it's important to keeping an organized home. I take a little bit of time Monday morning and Friday afternoon to tidy up the house & make sure everything is in the appropriate spot. This helps keep me from cleaning all week  + having a clean home for the start of the week or weekend gives you a great peace of mind.

Make Up. While I am #Blessed to have a great size bathroom, the lighting in the bathroom is not my friend. I would do my make up in there, only to get in the car and look like a clown. My solution was to apply my make up in our bedroom mirror next to a giant window. Natural lighting = BFF

If I don't have a spot for it, makeup would be strung across our bedroom. Since I knew carting my make up back and forth between the bathroom would be annoying, I knew I would be lazy and just leave it laying all around. I kicked Babe out of the bottom drawer in our dresser (I gave him another drawer, don't worry!) and store all my make up right next to the mirror. 
To make sure the drawer stays mess free, I separate my make up into categorized bags-- one bag holds my everyday products, I then separated my 'dressier products' (think different eyeshadows, liquid eyeliner, etc.) + products I don't use everyday into different bags. One for eyes, one for face, one for lips. I then added a cup for all my brushes. 

Obviously, this solution is a little more specific due to the layout of my room but don't be afraid to think outside the box but at the same time stay organized! 

Eventually I may move my jewelry and move all my makeup to my vanity, but for now it's cheaper to keep it here (I would need to buy somewhere new to store all my jewelry + a stool for the vanity) & I love to get right next to the mirror while I'm applying my mascara. Like seriously, my whole body touching it haha! I don't know why, but I have to be able to see allll my eyelashes to properly apply mascara. 

Ps. I let Babe keep his swim trunks on the other side of the drawer, compromise is the key to life right?! ;) 

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Accessories. I love to keep all my accessories displayed. You pay good money for them and they're beautiful! They deserve to be seen.  I can never say no to a cute pair of sunnies, they're like the cherry on top of the sundae that is a cute outfit and finding a storage solution has proved to be difficult. This tray has been my favorite so far. 
Jewelry is no exception to the 'everything has a place' rule, in fact it's probably the only way I keep up with everything. I love the GLAMbox container for my bracelets, it's easy to see where the one I want is + I think they look pretty all lined up. I keep my bulkier bangles on an old wine bottle that I saved from our engagement party! 
I found this bracelet stand at TJ Maxx & it's the best for holding necklaces. I love this one, too. I keep my longer necklaces up top and the daintier ones on the bottom. For my super dainty, small necklaces -- I keep them in an old Kate Spade box (Always save all your cute boxes, they make for excellent storage!). 
I tend to buy less earrings than other jewelry, but I still need a way to store them. I keep my most worn pairs on a seashell dish and then pairs I don't wear as much I keep in the crystal box. I keep my studs in the bottom of my necklace holder.
I snagged the adorable pineapple ring dish from the office section of Target. It neatly organizes all my rings, while making them visible so I don't ever wear one more than the others (Ok, who am I kidding? I definitely play favorites!).
Last but definitely not least, I have my 'special' jewelry tray. On here I keep a photo of the morning Babe proposed, the 'S' necklace (my new initial!!) he gave me for our engagement photos, the engraved necklace my Grandma gave me for my birthday (it's her own handwriting!), the vintage ring passed down from my Mama & my birthstone ring that my Grandpa gave my Grandma when they were young in the Mrs. Box that babe used to propose. Keeping this jewelry separate and visible makes me so happy every time I see it!

If you're in need of stocking up on jewels, Baublebar is my all time favorite. 

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A little tip I wanted to share about boys. You will buy one million baskets, you think you're being helpful giving them places to put their stuff. I bought this little Pom Pom Basket for RJ's pajamas (he swaps out between two pairs throughout the week). I can't tell you how many times I walk in the room to find his pajamas laying right in front of the basket. He's getting better but I have to constantly remind him 'Your things go in the basket, not in front of it' haha! I have a basket by the door for our shoes, two for dirty clothes, one for keys/sunglasses by the door + this one under his nightstand. They're helpful for catching pieces you use often and don't want to put away multiple times a day. 

On top of his nightstand, he has this wooden organizer. I gave it to him for Christmas last year, it was secretly a gift for both of us! It holds his wallet in the back + his watch, sunglasses and a place to charge your phone on the front. Adorable, yet functional! 

Hair Products. I swear girls spend a quarter of their life doing their hair. Hopefully it's not just me, ha! I shared this post about my favorite blow drier that cut my time in half. I still swear by it but girl, do I have a lot of hair products. 
Here's a peek in my hair care drawer. Once again, I swear by baskets. I have one that holds my hot tools: blow drier, straightener, curling iron + my brushes. I have another basket that holds my most used hair products + hair wrap towels. I then keep a clear storage container (from TJ Maxx) for random object like makeup remover, small rubber bands, deodorant, ring cleaner, etc. In this drawer I also keep my face wash, contact solution, hairspray, headbands for when I wash my face or workout + a little box full of ponytail holders, clips and bobby pins. Any other beauty products that I don't use everyday or every time I shower, I keep under the sink. This helps me get exactly what I need and not waste time digging around for things. 

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You may seem obsessive at first, finding a spot for every single thing, but you'll see it all falls into place once you get the ball rolling. There are super busy weekends or days when I leave everything out on the counter or makeup scattered across the floor but I pick it up as soon as I get home. Do you have any tips to stay organized that I could add to my routine? I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) & Snapchat (@RileyBrahm) for more peeks inside our home. 

A Cure for the Mondays

Monday, July 25, 2016

The dreaded case of the Mondays. Admit it, we've all been there --had a great weekend, woke up Monday morning feeling overwhelmed, tired and major blah. 

I think working from home, I get a case of the Mondays x 1 million. It's easy to wake up and be unsure where to start or what to do first to get the week moving. Since I don't answer directly to someone, I have to delegate my own tasks and to do list. It's easy to snooze the alarm or stay in bed with my coffee a little too long & end up regretting it the rest of the week. 
Even if you do have a to-do list or a boss letting you know what to do, it can be overwhelming deciding how to start! I've been working on some tricks to help start your Monday and week on the right foot. 

1. The key to starting your week off right, is to end your week on a positive note. On Friday afternoon, I prepare everything at my desk that I'll need Monday morning. I make a to-do list, tidy up my space, print out any contracts/paperwork I need for Monday morning & make sure not to save any hard task for Monday. I know emails, questions or unexpected projects could pop up over the weekend & I want to make sure I don't overwhelm my work load.

2. Don't neglect your Sunday Nights. I know it's easy to want to make your weekend last as long as possible but I always think it's best to take an hour or so Sunday night to prepare for the week ahead. I go through the house and tidy everything up (I'll have a full post on how I keep our house tidy soon!). Next, I pack any lunches for babe or finish any meal prep for myself. Get to bed earlier than normal and watch one of your favorite shows or read a book! This will help you feel relaxed & less likely to press snooze the next day. 

3. Make the Bed. This one is huge for me. Since I never usually leave the house for work (unless I'm headed to a meeting or shoot), I could easily head to my workout and then come home to crawl back in bed. I used to have a bad habit of working from bed & once I started working from the kitchen table (before our office), I realized I got so much more done. Even if you don't work at home, making your bed can help you feel like you're starting your morning on the right foot. Coming home after work, you'll feel like your house is more put together and less messy, leaving (more) stress free! 

4. Set a Goal.  I always pick a Monday morning goal and work on that first thing. Mine is usually a workout goal i.e. a 6 am barre class + sprint intervals or maybe a long run, but you could easily make it any type of goal! Just make sure it's something you can accomplish. If you set a goal and accomplish it first thing in the morning, you will feel motivated and ready to tackle anything the day throws at you. 

5. Find Something after Work to Look Forward to. Sometimes I'll pick a new recipe to try, a movie to watch, taking the dogs for a walk downtown or even just a favorite dessert, but having something to look forward to can make you want to get all your work done and head out of the office on time (or early!). If you prepare your day on Friday/Sunday, you can get what you need done and feel more relaxed Monday night. 

Let's be real, there are weekends when I am out of town or busy straight through Sunday night and crawling into bed around 11pm. This leaves me so unprepared for Monday morning. When I get a case of the Mondays, not only do I get less done but I feel physically off! I hate it. These little steps I take to help get prepared don't seem like much but they make all the difference! 

How do you battle your case of the Mondays? I know I've said this before (Babe even made fun of me yesterday!! Ha!) but I'm so close to finishing our little home. We recently got our new headboard & I'm looking for something to hang above it. Our office is finished and I'll be sharing a full post soon on how I decorated but still kept it functional & organized! I hope your day is going great and you have all the coffee in the world. :) 

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