December 01, 2016

Deadpool's Desserts (aka I made chimichangas to watch my fav anti-hero)

I whipped up these bad boys for a Deadpool rewatch- because the only thing better than watching my favorite anti-hero is watching it while nomming on his favorite snack!

Also, seriously, my dad and I are obsessed with the Merc with a Mouth! I got us early tickets to see Deadpool in theaters and then we bought it on DVD the second it was available and have rewatched it SO much since. OMG these dessert chimichangas were an absolutely perfect complement!

Since I favor sweet treats over more savory thangs, I went with these dessert strawberry cheesecake Chimichangas from Just a Taste. I did tweak them further as well, to use what I had in my kitchen (it would take too long to run to the store and I really wanted to watch my movie, ya'know?)

1 package of cream cheese
1/4 cup of sour cream (I substituted coconut greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon sugar (in the filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups of sliced strawberries
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
6 tortillas (I used mini ones, go for the big ones!)

enough oil to fry the deliciousness in

create a cinnamon-sugar mixture in which to roll the chimichangas, post-fry!

When it comes down to it, this recipe is pretty simple! I mixed all of the filling ingredients - basically everything but the strawberries (which we'll get to in a sec), the tortillas, the oil, and the cinn-sug.

I chopped up my strawberries, added them to the filling and...

...mixed some more! Chimichangas, Assembler! (wait, wrong franchise.)

Next, it's a plop-and-roll. Throw some of the filling in the center of the tortilla and roll it up snug like a burrito in order to keep the insides inside while the dessert fries! Using a toothpick ensures that they won't pop open.

Let's fry, guy! Heat your oil before plopping the chimichangas in and flip when the bottom starts to look all golden-brown.

Keep a better eye on the desserts than I did. Pausing the movie is recommended!

Roll/slather/encrust these bad boys in your cinnamon-sugar mix and get ready!

BOOM! Deliciousness! 

Let me know if you decide to try them and, as always, feel free to talk geeky to me in the comments!

October 23, 2016

That Turtleneck Trend Tho: layering with dresses, leather leggings, & blazers!

I am livingggg for turtlenecks this fall! Which is your fav look?

outfit 1:

white Converse

leather leggings from Albion Fitness

burnt orange/rust turtleneck from Anne Klein

blazer from J.Crew

outfit 2:

fitflop closed-toe shoes

Maidenform tights

London Times/TJ Maxx dress

Anne Klein Turtleneck

Fitbit flex 2 necklace

outfit 3:

Lucky brand riding boots

Maidenform tights

Dark green turtleneck

Tobi black shift dress

braided belt

outfit 4:

black Nike running sneakers

black Loft tuxedo joggers

grey Walmart turtleneck

Kate Spade statement jacket

Madison West/Marshalls backpack

outfit 5:

Frye heeled booties

Maidenform tights

Gap patterned high-waisted skirt

black Walmart turtleneck

orange pashmina from my mama

Dooney and Burke bag (hand-me-down from my mom!)

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October 19, 2016

Healthy living with Nature Made® And Walmart!

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Healthy living. It's something we all strive to achieve! I have definitely been putting a pep in my step when it comes to my health. I've been pescaterian since middle school, but I'm trying new recipes and making healthy eating fun! With my recently acquired fitness tracker and my walks to work or school or exploring, I am quite literally stepping it up. With both of these, I find myself feeling more energized... Even when work and class and life-in-general leaves me emotionally drained.

Even though I've been trying my best, up until now I've been severely lacking in one specific area: vitamins, supplements, and/or probiotics. So, another trip to Walmart was in order! I dipped my toe into that broad pool by picking up these VitaMelts Fast Dissolve vitamins from Nature Made®. They seemed like the best option for me, a vitamin newbie as an adult, because they're the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*. Plus, there were so many little yellow bottles to pick from when I was in the aisle! Nature Made® has such a variety to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!† To help me even further in my fitness journey, the Nature Made® Healthy Habit Builder program to help with motivation and tips regarding my specific goals!

As per usual, Walmart has low prices so it's easy to stock up on different vitamins, supplements, and probiotics any time without needing to wait for a rollback sale (though one might be going on, anyways!).

Like I said, I feel like I'm dipping my toe into the Nature Made by buying their vitamins. Both their vitamins and supplements are an easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).† Maybe I just started here because the word "vitamin" has been so very integrated into my life from an early age? Whatever weird sociological impulse led me to this point, though, I'm really pleased with my vita melts! They're quick, they taste delicious (like actual fruit, instead of artificial weirdness), and I definitely give myself a pat on the back for working on my fitness (reference? Anyone?) daily.

Supplements feel like a midway point between vitamins and the active probiotics, so I'll probably give those a try next! Then, what Nature Made is pretty much known for: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.† Probiotics are available at Walmart Supercenters! Talking or thinking about probiotics is always a little mind-blowing because they're active- like, whaaaaat? Amazing. And kind of intimidating. But I'm willing and excited to work my way up to it!

Super exciting! Nature Made is teaming up with Walmart in order to give you the chance to win one of 60 (6-0!) Walmart giftcards for $50! You can enter to win here.

*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.