HEY LANDYN, I'VE GOT A QUESTION...

photo/ lindsey grace photography 

photo/ lindsey grace photography 

My goodness, you ladies have some awesome vacations planned and I am totally jealous!  I am so glad to see so many of you guys having the opportunity to #makeprettychoices about taking time out for some R&R in what appears to be some very beautiful, tropical locations.  I do have a couple of big trips planned this summer because I am turning the big 4-0, so I am actually buying off of all of these posts because I am going to totally need a tropical wardrobe.  So after last week's post on all things resort wear, I got a TON of additional questions about vacation appropriate wardrobe and make-up.  So I am dedicating this week's Hey Landyn post to my top three most asked questions about what to wear on your next vacation! 


ON THE PLANE

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What should I be wearing on the plane was a question that I got asked a ton after last week's post.  I have a couple of different "rules" when I am thinking about what I want to wear on the plane when we are going on vacation.  The first one is that I typically dress for the weather of my destination, not the weather of the city I am leaving.  For all of my girls who are currently stuck in what feels like the never-ending winter, this means you might have to suffer for a few minutes getting into the airport, but then think of how happy you will be when you land in paradise and don't have to mess with an itchy wool sweater.  At a minimum, at least pack some flip-flops in your carry-on so you don't step out into Mexico in your Uggs.  My other rule is to dress for causal comfort.  Note I said casual, not your pajamas or sweatpants.  My typical plane uniform is a white tee, a pretty scarf, jeans and a hat.  No need to dress to the nines, but we don't have to totally let ourselves go either.


FOR THE EVENING

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resort pedregal / cabo san lucas

Another question I got asked a ton was what to wear out to dinner after a day on the beach.  So I am all about a beachy, casual vibe when we are on vacation.  I am even known to rock a wet bun out of the shower. I try and pack a lot of solid color items and then really fun jewelry and accessories to pair with them.  Although, I am not afraid to wear a floral pattern when at the beach.  I mainly wear maxi dresses and am all about flowy, loose-fitting clothes at the beach.  I want something that is easy to pack because the last thing I want to be doing on my vacation is ironing my clothes before we leave for the evening.  And I know this sounds a little over the top, but I do try and take into consideration what bathing suits I will be wearing to keep the crazy tan lines to a minimum.  It doesn't always work out, but I give it the ole college try.



WHAT'S ON MY FACE

Lot's and lots of questions about my make-up routine at the beach.  I really try to keep it very light and natural and definitely don't go through my everyday make-up routine.  I typically use a little bit of a tint moisturizer as my base and then add on some lipstick, a light blush and maybe a little eyeliner and mascara (although with my lashes that is not really necessary).  Basically I keep my face and my hair really natural and easy.  You already look great with a little natural bronze from your days spent on the beach, so it doesn't require much to enhance that look.



THE CUTEST CLASS VALENTINE'S

Raise your hand if you feel like we literally just celebrated Christmas and New Year's last week and now I am already here talking about Valentine's Day?!?  Time is literally FLYING by!  Thank you guys so much on all of your great relationship questions that you have been sending in for our Hey Landyn, I've Got A Question... series on love!  Keep them coming; I am excited to answer them.  I am so excited for today's post because we are going to be talking about cute Valentine's for our littlest loves to give to their buddies and classmates.  I ordered the kid's Valentine's off of Minted last year and the turned out so freaking cute, so I was super excited when they asked if I wanted to work with them this year on Valentine's for the kiddos.  Um...yeah! 



While, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with the Ninja Turtle ones that you can get at Target, this year we are all about #makingprettychoices, so I was so excited to peruse all of the adorable choices that Minted had to offer this year.  Guys...I literally DIE!  I know that I have very few years left to even buy Valentine's for the kids to hand out so I am going to make the most of it.  I have gone through all of the cute options and I have picked out some of my favorite class cards, family cards (remember when I had to send a Valentine's card to everyone because I couldn't get my act together for Christmas),  and party decorations for your Valentines Party.



FOR THE GIRLS


FOR THE BOYS


FOR THE FAMILY


MORE MINTED

While this doesn't have to do with Valentine's Day Cards, I did want to mention that Minted has some amazing new personalized art products that would be perfect for gifting for Valentine's Day (or Mother's Day and Father's Day).  They are now taking custom drawn art, whether that is your kid's art work, your wedding vows, quotes that are significant to you, family recipes..you name it and making them in to art prints for you.  How amazing is that!  While this isn't a new product, how adorable is this custom heart photograph print.  I think it would look so precious in a nursery or child's room and would make such a sweet Valentine's gift for a new mom!  They also have these new small size art prints that are paired together.  I think this one would make such a cute gift for your boyfriend or hubby for Valentine's Day- a print and a copy of his favorite drink recipe.


ARTIST PRINTS

There are also some really FABULOUS art peices commissioned by super talented artist across the country. One of my faves, Angela Simeone has her work here on Minted. Such a great way to add art to your walls. You've got to check out these talented people. It's crazy good. I bought all my art for my gallery wall here. 

Angela Simeone / Art

Angela Simeone / Art


THE DEALS

 

There are also a couple of deals going on right now that I wanted to tell you about.  Minted is offering 15% off Valentine's photo card orders $150+, or 10% off photo card orders with no minimum with code HEART17 until 1/23.  They are also offering free shipping on class Valentine's orders over $25 with code SHIPVALENTINES until 1/23. Hope you guys find something cute!

Xx,

Landyn


Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post and thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

LET'S GO TO THE BEACH

Hey Chicas!  Is the winter weather getting you down yet?  It has been a total yo-yo here in Nashville.  Snowing one weekend and then being 70° the next.  Such is winter-weather in the south.  However, it was not that long ago that I was suffering from the seemingly ENDLESS winters up in Minnesota.  I remember it was always around this time every year that I started dreaming of a tropical vacation.  Apparently, some of you are in the exact same mindset, because I have had SO many people email me or message me with questions about bathing suits, cover-ups and resort wear for upcoming vacations.  I mean, Spring Break is just around the corner.  #hardtobelieve

There are few things that I love more than thinking about what I should buy and pack for a warm weather vacation in the dead of winter. {wine + cold chocolate pop-tarts + pedicures} In that order. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite choices for all things vacation wear. This was a really fun post to pull together. It was hard to stop. I got a lot of my own shopping done too.

Man, there are some REALLY cute things out right now! So, where are you guys going? 
Xx
Landyn

                                                                          


SWIM


COVER UPS


CUT OFFS


HATS


BEACH BAGS


SANDALS / WEDGES


IN YOUR BAG


TOWELS


HEY LANDYN, I'VE GOT A QUESTION......

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I have had so many awesome questions this week that it was hard to get it narrowed down to three.  I try to email everyone back that sends me a question, but if you haven't had your question answered hold tight because I promise I will try to get to it.  Okay, so on to this week's questions.

Xx
Landyn


WHAT TO PUT ON MY WEDDING REGISTRY 

I have had a couple of my sweet readers emailing me that they were getting married and were wondering what I thought that they should include on their registry.  First of all, congratulations! What an exciting time this.  So here are a few of my suggestions and recommendations.  I know this will shock no one, but I highly recommend going classic and timeless on the bigger pieces.  You want a piece of china or an everyday dish that you will love for years to come.  My other recommendations is to spend a little extra money for the stuff that you are going to use a lot- for instance your mixer, your iron, your knifes, etc.  These are the types of things that you will use forever and shouldn't have to replace for ten or more years.

As for some of our other favorites, we love the Fieldcrest Towels from Target, Restoration Hardware Sheets, Henkel's knives, we love our Jura coffeemaker and Miele vacuum.  Both of those last two are definitely pricier then you might want to ask for.  I did find this Miele vacuum has awesome reviews and is more in the price range of a Dyson.  Also, you guys know how I feel about making pretty choices in the things we buy and use everyday so I say go for those gold measuring cups and get the pretty whisks.  They will make you smile every time you use them.


NEWLYWED STARTER KIT 


GIFT IDEAS FOR MY GALENTINE'S

What is Galentine's Day you ask? It would be a legit question- especially if you don't watch Parks and Recreation. I don't, but maybe I should. Apparently it's a fictional holiday that we should all be celebrating.  As Amy Poehler's character, Leslie herself explains on the show: "Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." Still confused.......

Basically it's like Valentine's Day, except instead of spending it with your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends, whom are your soulmates. Kinda does deserve it's own holiday, don't you think?  What a fun way to make pretty choices by honoring the friendships that are so important in our lives. One of my thoughtful readers was looking for suggestions on gift ideas for their girlfriends. I have found some fun things that I know I would love to get. So invite your besties over on February 13th or go grab yourselves some brunch and toast to your SOUL-SISTER LOVE. Cheers!


WHAT DO I DO WITH THESE DANG CURTAINS

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photo/ west elm

I've recently gotten quite a few questions about how high to hang your drapes, and where are some good places to buy hardware. While I'm not an interior designer, I do have quite a few friends that are and I've learned a lot over the years. When you move nine times, you figure this out...the hard way. Let's just say.....hang + remove + patch + paint  and repeat. Ha! When it comes to hanging curtains there is ONE basic rule. Hang your curtains as high and wide as you can. It makes your windows appear larger and lets in the most light. Below is a great illustration to show you what a difference this can make. 

LET THE LIGHT IN 


SOFT SEPARATION 

How do you deal with multiple windows spread out across one large wall? I personally love the idea of extending an extra-wide curtain rod from wall to wall and hanging multiple panels, creating a soft repetition. I really love this look. Also layering panels with different textures can create drama and depth. 

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HARDWARE + PANELS 


SHEET PAN DINNERS

scallions + sweet potato + baby red potatoes + portabella mushroom + lemon + baby carrots 

scallions + sweet potato + baby red potatoes + portabella mushroom + lemon + baby carrots 

GIVE ME ALL THE VEGGIES 

So you've got the main course. But, the question still remains.....what shall I serve with it? Often times this may feel like the hardest part. It's not. It's simple really and healthy too. I started doing this many years ago and now there's really not a week that I don't. I love that it's so customizable and there's something on the pan for everyone. Even the those hard to feed kiddos. Yes, I have one of those. Allowing everyone to pick off the tray what they like. 

They require little effort and not much prep. Which for a weeknight dinner, that's a must. All you'll need is a large sheet pan + parchment paper and an oven. The rest will be up to you and a little inspiration from me. Here are a few questions before you plan your SPS. {sheet pan side} What's your favorite color? What's in season? What do you have leftover in the fridge? 


THINK COLOR

There are a million and one combinations you could throw together. It really is about what your family loves, what's on SALE, what you have left over in the fridge or what colors jump out at you in the produce section. Have fun with it! The only thing you need to add is a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt + cracked pepper. And a little sprinkle of parmesan cheese if you like.  Roast 425° for 35 to 40 minutes. Turning them about the halfway point, making sure then are evenly golden brown. It's quite possibly the most delicious way to eat your veggies. Roasting brings out all the flavor, and is good for your waistline. 


A FEW FAVORITE COMBOS WE LOVE 

brussel sprouts + acorn squash + onion + zucchini + yellow pepper 

brussel sprouts + acorn squash + onion + zucchini + yellow pepper 

red pepper + mushroom + purple onion + butternut squash 

red pepper + mushroom + purple onion + butternut squash 

fennel + purple onion + scallions + celery 

fennel + purple onion + scallions + celery 

kale + red pepper + purple onion + mushroom + butternut squash + mushroom + garlic 

kale + red pepper + purple onion + mushroom + butternut squash + mushroom + garlic 


MOJO CITRUS CHICKEN 

  • 1 bottle of Badia Mojo Marinade
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 small bag red potatoes
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 large sweet potato 
  • portabella mushroom slices
  • carrot slices 
  • scallions 

WHAT TO DO 

  1. In a ziploc bag, place chicken and pour marinade over top, seal and refridgerate for 2-6 hours.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 450° on ROAST setting.
  3. Cut vegetables and place in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4.  Add chicken to sheet pan, discard marinade. 
  5. Roast uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Reduce oven temp to 350° and continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through. 

Serve with spinach pasta + rice or couscous. 


THAI PEANUT CHICKEN 

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenderloins 
  • 3 carrots, peeled into ribbons or cut
  • 9 oz bag broccoli florets 
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cashews 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce

WHAT TO DO

  1. Preheat oven to Roast setting at 425°
  2. microwave peanut butter in a medium size bowl for 30 seconds or until melted down a bit. 
  3. Add ginger powder, browns sugar, sesame oil, chili paste, sriracha and coconut milk, stir well. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. Place chicken tenderloins in a ziploc bag and add 1/2 of peanut sauce mixture.
  5. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 1-4 hours. 
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  7. Use a vegetable peeler to make carrot ribbons or cut into 1/4 strips.
  8. Arrange veggies in a single layer. 
  9. Sprinkle cashews over veggies. 
  10. Add chicken to veggie filled sheet pan.
  11. Roast for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked and veggies are tender. 

Serve with remaining sauce + a squeeze of lime. Delicious over brown rice or rice noodles. 


GOAT CHEESE + PISTACHIOS + HONEY

Needing a quick appetizer? When I say quick, I mean like 5 minutes. It's one of my favorites to bring and serve at any gathering. People look forward to it. As a matter of fact I brought this last night to the 7th Grade Moms Night and it was a HUGE hit! Just 4 simple ingredients. Creamy goat cheese, topped with roasted pistachios and drowned in sweet honey and savory fig jam. Oh man, soooooooooo good. It also looks super fancy and is sure to be the talk of the party. They'll be asking......'who brought this?' 

Xx
Landyn


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

 

  • 1 log of goat cheese (11 oz)
  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios
  • 2 tbs fig spread
  • 3 table spoons of honey
  • crackers or bread for serving. I think it goes best with rosemary nut crackers, like pictured. 
  • fresh rosemary for garnish

WHAT TO DO

 

  1. In a ziploc bag place whole pistachios. Using a rolling pin to break up nuts into smaller pieces. 
  2. Place goat cheese on a small plate or platter. 
  3. Drizzle honey over cheese, allowing it to pool around on the plate.
  4. Sprinkle with pistachio pieces
  5. In a microwave safe dish, nuke fig spread for about 10-15 seconds. This will make it easier to drizzle on top. 
  6. Spoon fig spread over top, then sprinkle a the last of the nuts on top. 
  7. Garnish with rosemary and arrange crackers on plate. 

 


HEY LANDYN, I'VE GOT A QUESTION....

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photo/ alyssa rosenheck

Alright. New Year, new set of questions. Today marks the start of the 2017 series Hey Landyn, I’ve Got A Question. You guys really seemed to love it last year, so let’s keep it going. For those of you that are new to LWL. This is a weekly series where I answer three of the most popular questions asked on either my blog; by sending me an email or by direct message on Instagram or Facebook. As you can imagine I receive hundreds of questions. Although, still able to read them all and I LOVE that part, but it’s getting a little trickier to answer them all back. Cause, you know life + kids + dinner and laundry. I do my very best to answer as many as I can, but often times I get asked the similar things. Which is why I came up with this Hey Landyn series and I love it. It’s fun for me. I truly enjoy interacting with my people (that’s you) and sharing things I find and meals I cook. I hope I answer your questions, if not….just ask and maybe it will finds it’s way into this series. So let’s get to it, shall we…

Xx
Landyn


 EVERYDAY SHOE

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What do you suggest for an everyday shoe, that's not a bootie? Good question. I often struggle with this one too. Its like I need to be comfortable, but stylish. Don’t want a full boot. Don’t want a true athletic sneaker. Need more support than a ballet flat, with the hint of a heel. I hear ya. And lucky for us, so did the fashion world. I’m loving the convince and style of all these street worthy kicks. Great with jeans to joggers. Some have a tiny wedge with a bit of a pointed toe. Which I like. I love a heel for the added butt lift, but those do a number on my back by the end of the day. So these below deliver a little bit of everything. I usually stick to neutral + black or grey. Maybe a little texture, like an animal skin or even perforated for some detail. Here are some great choices and a few of which line my own shoe shelf. 


SHINY + HEALTHY HAIR 

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Two words….. OXANA MEADE. If you haven't already heard me sing her praises, than listen up. She’s my hair stylist. My life line. The answer to my prayers. She’s my friend and probably the best person to have ever touched my hair. I love her. My hair has never looked and felt better. She’s taught me a lot over the last few years. I admire her straight forward approach. I may come in with an idea, but she knows the texture and way my hair would react. So, she’ll shoot down any hair-brain idea I have. But isn’t that what you want? Someone that knows what they’re doing? I just come in, sit down and let her do her thing. She’s been treating my hair with OLAPLEX for a while. But now you can do it at home. NO need for another appt. It protects your hair + helps hold your color. Seals your ends and adds a tremendous amount of shine. I’m obsessed. It comes in these stubby little bottles. I use about 1/3 of the bottle every 1-2 weeks. It’s simple: Wet hair. Ring most of the water out, apply to roots and ends. Massage into hair and let stand for about 10-15 minutes. That’s enough time to shave your legs, rearrange the products in your shower and draw on the steamy glass. Then rinse + shampoo and condition like normal. You will feel the difference immediately. You’ll be hooked. Just sayin’. I believe your stylist will thank you too. If they have no idea what this is? Maybe it’s time to change salons. I’m sure Parlour 3 is taking appointments. 

Below are the products that I trust + love

The staples that line my shower floor + countertop and pillow

IN THAT ORDER

treat + shampoo + conditioner + brighten + sleep + tame + extend 


WHERE DOES ONE BUY LIGHTING 

Ahhhhh, lighting....or what I like to call jewelry for your home. It something that can quickly update a space or change the feel of a room. It did exactly that for me. We bought this 75 year old home and lighting was the first thing I changed. It was that and a little paint that took this old girl feel new again. Now, don't throw up in your mouth when you go shop for lighting. Like jewelry it can be expensive, but there are also some really good 'costume' lighting options out there too. Below I'm giving you some that I love and have in my own home and some others I'd had in a second. For starters take a peek at that acrylic + brass stunner above, I have it hanging in my dining room. It was the first thing I bought and I haven't regretted that investment. It's SO PRETTY!!!! And sometimes I lay on my dining room table and look up at it. No seriously. 

 

Here are some places I shop for lighting

Wayfair + West Elm + Rejuvenation + CB2 + Serena Lily + School House Electric + Anthropologie
Shades of Light + World Market + Target + Redo Home + Providence Interiors


MAKING PRETTY CHOICES IN 2017

Hello my friends and welcome to 2017!  I am slowly getting back into the swing of things after my little holiday break.  Re-entry is freaking HARD!!!  I am actually currently writing this on a plane heading somewhere I can't share with you yet. (trust me, it's killing me too) But what a FUN and unexpected treat to start the new year.

So the real reason I am here today is to talk to you about my theme for this year.  I am not huge on resolutions and I sometimes think that a word is a little limiting, so this year I have decided on a theme for my life and for the blog.  Are you dying to know what it is?  MAKE PRETTY CHOICES.  So what exactly do I mean by that?  It is so much deeper than just making aesthetically pleasing choices, although that is certainly a component.  It means make pretty choices in your relationship or marriage, in your friendships, in your parenting and in how you treat yourself.  All of these things are beautiful components that make up my life and I want to make sure that I am making decisions that honor their beauty by making pretty choices.

This is going to be a theme that we are going to explore here on the blog throughout the year, so be on the look out, but today I just wanted to give a little synopsis of how pretty choices play out in the different areas of my life.  Some of these things I am really great about and some of them will require a little more effort or work on my part.  I also want to start a hashtag that we can all use on IG to document the pretty choices we make.  So be sure to hashtag your posts with #makeprettychoices and then I will feature them periodically here and on Instagram.  So fun!!!


LOVE

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This has actually been such a hot topic with you guys and something you have really been curious about.  It caught me off-guard a little because I don't necessarily think of Steve and I's relationship and love story as that unusual.  However, in this day and age there is something unique about a relationship that began in 8th grade, has endured through all of the life stages and changes we have gone through and continues to thrive and grow today.  But here's the thing, I don't want it to be unique.  I want all of you guys to have that too, so I am going to be sharing some of my thoughts on keeping relationships strong and some of the things we do to honor each other, our marriage, and keep the spark alive. Whether it is small things like a pinch on the butt or holding hands in the car or big things like supporting each other in our careers and pursuit of our dreams, there are so many things that go in to a healthy marriage.  I am not an expert, a therapist, or someone who thinks I have some magic formula or know it all. The truth is relationships and marriages are hard and require work, but making pretty choices in how we treat each other and how we treat our marriage helps keep things strong.


FRIENDS

Ah, our sweet girlfriends, the tribe that keeps us sane. The ones we can call in the middle of the night. The ones that will pick up our kids from school because our hair appointment is running late.  I think that as women, and mom's in particular, we get so caught up in the daily shuffling, meal-making, house-cleaning, etc that our friendships really struggle sometimes.  I found this to be particularly true when my kids were younger.  That time period is just so physically and emotionally demanding that honestly it felt like I didn't have anything left to give myself at the end of the day, let alone my girlfriends.  But let me tell you ladies, MAKE TIME FOR THE GIRLS IN YOUR LIVES.  Your squad has such a beautiful ability to pick you up and carry you when you don't think you can go another mile.  They will be to the rescue with a glass of wine at the end of a hard day or a bottle of Sprite and saltines on the porch when the bug hits your house.  Find your tribe and love them hard.  Cultivate meaningful relationships with your friends and remember it is not the quantity of friends that matters but the quality of those relationships that really count.  We have moved a bit due to Steve's career and I have been so blessed to find such wonderful, loving, creative, fun, funny, kindred souls in my friends here in Nashville.  They have been such a blessing in my life and one of my goals for this year is to make time in my relationship with them a focus.


HOME

Remember how I said some of making pretty choices would be talking about making aesthetically pleasing choices?  Well these next two categories focus on the pretty choices that we can see.  I hope that this doesn't come across as shallow, but I really believe in surrounding ourselves with things that we love and make us happy.  It doesn't mean you have to follow a certain style or have a home that looks like everyone elses.  It just means that you make space in your home for pieces and things that you truly love.  Some of the things that I do in this arena that are so simple are: I buy all white plates because I love to open a cabinet and see them all stacked up neatly.  I keep a limited, neutral color palette because I like it to look calm and serene in my house (even when it is utter chaos). I buy the gold spatulas and measuring cups instead of the black plastic ones. I do these things not because there is anything wrong with black plastic, but because I am a firm believer in the notion that the everyday things that we use the most should be things that bring us joy....and you know what, gold spatulas and white plates bring me joy! I feel like if you are going to buy these things anyways, you might as well get ones you love. Am I right?


STYLE

Style is about feeling good. Feeling confident. Walking with a little pep in your step. If a new shirt helps you achieve this, than go on girl.... buy that new shirt and a new earring too. You are what you DRESS. Clothing has such a significant effect of self esteem and confidence. It's so important to dress for the day. I know when I take the time to put a little effort into it, it changes my whole outlook on the day. I feel I even get more done. I'm happier. It's right up there with walking in heels and a good tan. Get out of those old sweatpants, trust me. 

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I won't be spending $80 on a white t-shirt. But I will spend $80 dollars at TJ Maxx on three shirts and new belt and a scarf. However, I am not afraid to splurge every now and then on a closet staple that I will wear over and over again, or on a piece that I truly love. I also believe in loving what you have and making it new again. Have you ever cleaned out your closet and found that shirt you used to wear ALL THE TIME. Bring that baby back to the front and put her on. Remember, trends are not for everyone. Just because People Magazine says we should, doesn't mean we can. Find your style and embrace it. And if all you don't exactly know what that is, stick to the basics. You can never go wrong with black and white + a good stripe + your favorite denim + blazer and a good scarf. 


YOU

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Girls, why are we so mean to ourselves? Whether that is the negative self-talk that sometimes runs through our heads; the constant comparison to someone else's seemingly perfect life; the body-shaming and internal critique of if we could only loose this weight or make that smaller or this bigger.  I really think that we can be our own worst critics, when we should be our own biggest cheerleaders.  I also think this pertains to our relationships too.  Whether it be friends, family, spouses or partners we sometimes allow ourselves to get caught up in toxic relationships that in the end only cause of hurt and frustration.  So let's all make it a point to be nicer to ourselves this year, give ourselves the grace we afford other people, and evaluate the relationships in our lives and who makes pretty choices in the way they treat us.  Cultivate those relationships and let the rest fall to the wayside. Ya know what I mean.

If you have followed me for any time, you know that living a relatively healthy lifestyle is something I am really passionate about.  I am definitely not in to self-deprivation, by any means, but I do really try to make conscious decisions about what I eat and how I treat my body.  This year I am going to be sharing some of the things I do to physically take care of myself, whether that is my workouts, my diet and meal plans, or my skin and beauty routine.  I figure I only have this one body and it is mine for life, so I better make the most out of it I can.


HOW TO START

 

So, let's make 2017 about MAKING PRETTY CHOICES. Let's focus on the positive, embrace those stretch marks. I mean, look at that sweet baby. Go the extra mile, do those last few sit ups and don't cut yourself short. Smile at a stranger, cause maybe that's just what they needed today. Invite your inlaws over for dinner or pick up the phone; without them you wouldn't have that hubby. Try a new recipe. Learn to cook. Make better choices when it comes to what you put in your body. Call that sitter or beg the neighborhood girl to watch your little ones. Because dating your husband is important, very. Knock on your besties door after work with a bottle of wine, and chat it up, the laundry can wait. Buy that new lamp at Homegoods, because you hate the one your mom gave you after college. DO ALL THE THINGS. Do them this year and start making pretty choices. And I'll be here along the way in case you need a little guidance.

Xx
Landyn 


 

 

 

PARMESAN + PANKO CHICKEN TENDERS

Ahhhhhh, the long awaited Chicken Tender recipe. Here she is, in all her glory. Seriously... this is my kids FAVORITE thing I make. Adults too. I mean, who doesn't love chicken tenders? And like I said, not just for kids. These crispy delicious strips are perfect for toping a salad, making chicken parmesan and just when you need a quick weeknight dinner idea. Make them once and I guarantee they'll be on your menu quite often! 

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INGREDIENTS 

  • 12 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins (about 2 packages)
  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1  1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten 
  • olive oil for pan frying

WHAT TO DO 

  1.  Set out 3 bowls of equal size on your counter. Fill one with flour + onion powder + garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste, mix well. 
  2. Add eggs to second bowl and beat together. 
  3. In the third bowl mix panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  
  4. Take chicken tenderloin and cover with flour, then dip in egg on both sides and cover with panko, using your fingers to make sure every part of chicken is covered. 
  5. Set aside on a plate and repeat steps with each piece of chicken. 
  6. Once all the chicken is coated by steps above, heat a large skillet to med-high heat and add olive oil, covering a majority of the bottom of pan. 
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  8. Pan fry breaded chicken for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. *chicken will be raw in the middle*
  9. Transfer chicken to parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake the tenders for 20-25 minutes, or until done. 

 

Makes 4 servings, that's 3 tenders each. Or 3 servings, that's 4 tenders each. I'm thinking they'll want more. Basically.... make a bunch. Ha! 

MY KITCHEN MUST HAVES


SLOW COOKER ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES

 

 

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Looking for an easy dinner idea that the entire family will love? Duh! Aren't we all? This is such good one to keep in your back pocket on those busy week nights, yet perfect for company too. I rotate this one in my weekly dinners quite often. It's also really good the next day in a bowl by itself. Prepare to be asked for this one over and over. 

Here's what you'll need....

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In a medium-size bowl, mix together Good Seasonings packet, plus juice from jar of Pepperoncini Peppers. Whisk together, making sure seasoning mix is well dissolved. Keep remaining peppers from jar to serve on the side. 

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Rub garlic on the inside of slow cooker, * I'd DIE with out my All Clad Slow Cooker. BEST purchase ever!* then toss. Place chuck roast in crock pot. Poor seasoning and pepper juice mixture overtop. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH for 6-7 hours. 

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During the last hour shred meat with fork. Cover, and continue cooking. 

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In a medium size pot boil 6 cups of water, or enough to cover pepper slices. Add peppers and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until tender. After boiling peppers, drain completely and fold in with shredded meat. Sometimes, I would put peppers in with the meat and allow to cook together for 6-7 hours, but what I found was soggy peppers that basically disintegrated before serving. No good. Cooking them separately and then adding them back into the meat, I found works the best.

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Find yourself some good crusty hoagie rolls. I like the ones fresh from the bakery best. The bread often times makes or breaks the sandwich, so make sure you find some good ones. The reason for the crusty type is the meat is very juicy and you'll find that it will make the bread very soggy if you don't have something that can stand up to all that liquid. 

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Slice your hoagie rolls open. But not completely cut through. *This is the optional part- line the insides with two slices of provolone cheese and warm in a 350° oven for about 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. It almost makes like a liner for the bread and keeps the juice from leaking through. Then with tongs fill your hoagie roll with the Italian beef. The juice is so delicious, that you just might want to ladle a small ramekin with it for dipping. Almost like a French dip. 

I'm certain these will be a hit. Seriously, so good. Somewhat messy, but that's the fun of it! 
Enjoy! 

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L


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