Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quick Look at My New Erin Condren Life Planner

So excited to fill my new #ECLifePlanner with all of the things going on right now! Especially wedding planning! I got all kinds of goodies from them to make it match my style.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday Prep for a Great Week


Sundays are one of my favorite days of the week!  I make sure to take time out to prepare myself for a great week ahead.  It makes the week just a little bit smoother and as stress-free as it can be! 


I do a LOT online, but I still prefer to have a planner I can write my days out in and keep track of my To Do lists.  I love being able to cross things off once I've completed them! Anyone else?!  I was so excited to receive an Erin Condren Life Planner to try out and share with you all.  I'm only a couple weeks in, but I love how fun it is to customize to my needs and my style.  I even personalized it with my name on the cover!  


I chose the vertical layout when I ordered my Life Planner.  Right now, I am putting anything scheduled in the top boxes, using the middle boxes for MUST DOs for the day, and the bottom boxes for any extra notes.  On Sundays, I take some time to fill in the week.  On the far left, I keep a running TO DO list of anything I want to accomplish before the next Sunday.  Then I make sure to add some fun stickers!  


I try to do at least a little bit of meal prep on Sundays so it's easier to make better choices during the week when I'm short on time.  These containers are perfect for me! They have three sections that I use for protien, veggies, and sometimes grains.  Some of my go-to prep recipes are here: shredded chicken, egg cups, and salads.  You can also check out these meal prep containers and other items that I use in my Amazon Store.  One other tip:  placing a grocery store order online through Walmart and driving to pick it up is kind of amazing and I suggest giving it a shot!


I also take a little time to do some beauty maintenance.  Whether it's going to get my nails done or doing them myself, using a face mask or treatment, or relaxing in a bubble bath it's always nice to just enjoy a little bit of downtime before the new week begins...even if it's just 30 minutes! [These came in my latest FabFitFun Spring Box!]



What are things you do on Sunday to get yourself ready for the upcoming week?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.





xoxo, Shannon


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Proposal Story




I am so excited to finally be able to share the details of one of the most magical days of my life with you!  The holidays and the first few months of 2017 have been quite a whirlwind, sorry for the delay!


I knew something was happening on the morning of December 11th, because Johnny was so emotional.  He told me he had a surprise planned for me, and ended up taking me to get a massage.  That was the last time I saw him until he was proposing that night.  When I walked out of my massage, two of my friends who now live in Wisconsin, were there to pick me up!  I was shocked!  We spent the day together eating brunch, getting my hair done, manis and pedis, and love notes from Johnny at each place we went.
His brother, who lives in Missouri, surprised me at a couple of locations too with a rose and a bottle of wine.  When my friends brought me home, I had a note waiting telling me to get dressed in my new sparkly gold dress!  I quickly got dressed and waited for what was going to happen next.  There was a knock at the door and my parents were there to pick me up in a limo.  After a short ride, I realized we were pulling up to Doak Campbell Stadium (Go Noles!).  We all got out of the limo and my parents walked me to the edge of the football field.  There were rose petals in the shape of a heart at the 50 yard line!


I walked out to the middle of the field and the jumbotron started playing “The Big Proposal” video.  Johnny talked to some very important people in our lives trying to come up with an idea for a really big proposal (this included family, but also legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and Mickey Mouse!).  Once the video ended, Johnny walked out to meet me and, as we were both crying, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.





Even after all that, he wasn’t finished yet!  The jumbotron started to play another video with friends and family members celebrating and dancing to one of my favorite songs followed by an incredible fireworks display.



Once it was over, we turned to walk back and that was when I realized so many of our friends had been watching the whole time up in the Champion’s Club.  




We went upstairs to join them to celebrate the rest of the night!  Tons of food, a chocolate fountain, a string quartet from the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra…the list goes on.  I could never have imagined such an incredible and special night!

You can watch the full proposal video here --------> https://youtu.be/8CjQ8Kyjk7M



We went to Disney World the following weekend to celebrate our new engagement at one of our favorite places.


Now the wedding planning begins!  

xoxo, Shannon

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shakeology Mug Cake Recipe


This is a super simple and quick recipe to get a little dessert in if you're craving something sweet...without the guilt!

Ingredients:

1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
1 serving of Stevia
Dash of salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
Optional add-ins: powdered peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, flavored Stevia, pure flavor extracts, etc. depending on your preferences

Directions:

In a microwave-safe mug, mix the dry ingredients.  Then mix in the almond milk and make sure all of the dry ingredients are covered (it will be like a batter).  Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Enjoy!!

xoxo, Shannon




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snowman Christmas Tree

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I have a traditional green Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, but the past few years I also added a bit smaller snowman tree.  I have gotten so many compliments on it, I wanted to share a quick post so you can make one of your own. It's so simple and so cute!!



A simple white pre-lit tree (that I got on sale after Christmas!) and a simple red tree skirt are the easiest finds.  I already had a red scarf that I was able to use for the tree and conveniently, I also had a "Frosty" top hat.  I have seen some at Hobby Lobby and Amazon though.  I got the craft pieces at Hobby Lobby: a white paper lantern (just make sure it is proportional to whatever size tree you are using), small black and orange puffs to make the eyes and nose, larger black puffs to make the buttons (attached with ornament hooks), and black pipe cleaners (I connected two for each arm).  I finished up my snowman with a few white glitter ornaments.






I hope all of you enjoy the holidays! <3

xoxo, Shannon

Monday, December 5, 2016

Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker









Ingredients:

Approximately 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
Pink Himalayan salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash Table Blend to season (approximately 1/2 teaspoon of each, but adjust to your preferences)


Instructions:

Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker and then add the chicken breasts.  Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.




Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 3.5 hours.

Use two forks to shred the chicken breasts.




Cook the shredded chicken on low for an additional 30 minutes.


I portion out the chicken (personally, I use the red protein container from the 21 Day Fix) into ziploc bags and store enough for the next few days in the refrigerator and keep the rest in the freezer.  It's super easy to grab and make quick meals!  Add the chicken to soups, sandwiches, salads...anything!

You can cook this chicken to use in practically ANY recipe which is why it's perfect for meal prepping!  Just mix it in with different ingredients and seasonings and you have a bunch of different meals ready to go.

xoxo, Shannon


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Fashion Favorites



Fall is here!  I am looking forward to the cooler weather and all of the cute clothes in my closet just waiting to be worn.  This is definitely my favorite time of the year, I just hope Florida can't cool off sooner than later!

I want to share my favorite fall fashion trends to help you dress your best for the new season.


1. Wine Red - I love this color (I might be biased because of my Seminoles haha) and you can find every piece of clothing in it...tops, jeans, hats, scarves, you name it.  It's a bold color and makes a statement!


Hat (mine is from LOFT, similar one here)
Necklace (mine is from Target, similar one here)


2.  Olive Green - Another great fall color!  It can mix well with other patterns, like leopard print.




3.  Plaid - A cozy plaid top or a big blanket scarf; it is a staple for your fall wardrobe.


Top (Similar color here)


4.  Lace Dresses - There are a lot of great dresses out there with fun lace details and cutouts!  Find something that fits your style and have some fun.


Dress (Mine is by Bailey Blue, similar one here)


5.  Fringe Details - How cute are these fringe booties?!  I love this detail!  You can find fringe on handbags, vests, and dresses too.




6.  Chokers - Did you wear chokers in the 90's?  Well, they're back!  I love the faux suede or faux leather self-tie chokers.  Fun fall accessory!


Necklace (Mine is from Francesca's, similar one here)
Tee (This is from a subscription serrvice, but other graphic tees can be found here)
Jeans (Mine came in a Stitch Fix box, but similar pair is here)


7. Cargo Vests - Fun piece to pair with a top and jeans, but it also works well with a dress.


Vest (Mine is by FATE, similar one here)
Dress (Mine is by GLAM, similar one here)
Wedges (Mine are Mossimo, similar ones here)


P. S.  These are the no show (an no slip!) socks that I wear with all of my booties.  They are the BEST!




What are you looking forward to for fall?


[Disclaimer: Some links used are affiliate links <3]


xoxo, Shannon