over the weekend

We had a quiet and NOT busy weekend… just the way I like them. We watched the Olympics opening ceremony at my parents’ house Friday, window shopped, watched a movie, cooked yummy food, went to church… and then, I painted my nails, and immediately ruined them. What else am I good for, anyway?

Um, third picture (Bailey) is the cutest picture of a any dog, ever. I know!! I know.

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DIY lavender skinnies!

I’ve gotta say, dying jeans is the easiest DIY ever. I really never would have thought I’d be capable. But now, I want to dye everything I see. It’s a problem, really.

So, I dyed another pair – lavender this time! Or lilac, if you prefer. I really don’t know the difference. All I know is that I have another pair of colored denim, and that makes me way too happy!

Here are the steps that I followed for these:

1. Start with a cheaper but well-fitted pair of white skinny jeans.

2. Buy purple Tulip fabric dye from Hobby Lobby (it’s 2.99)

3. Follow the steps exactly as directed on the back of the package…. I did it in my washing machine. Just fill it with hot water, and stop the cycle once full, stirring the pants with a spoon  (you will need 1/4 cup of salt).

4. Dye the pants until they look a good bit too dark (I left mine in for around 20 minutes, since I was going for a light purple shade – the package calls for 45). It’s hard to tell in this picture, but they’ll look a lot darker when they’re wet, so let them soak up the dye. When they dry, they’ll be much lighter.

5. Once you’re done dying, drain the water, then, I ran the rinse and spin cycles. Then, just dry them like normal.

6. And that’s it! You have a new pair of pants! It’s really hard to screw it up. The Tulip fabric dye is really forgiving in my experience. I just ran a load of towels or sheets or something through the wash each time immediately following the dying, but no dye ever got on any of my other things. It’s pretty great!

7. And, then you wear them and ask your husband to take some pictures of you awkwardly posing in the yard!

Also, matching nails!

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his sous chef

Ross and I love to cook together. I’m definitely the sous chef (- if you haven’t watched the Food Network as much as we have, that’s “second chef in command”). Ross is a better cook than me, but let’s be honest, that’s only because he’s not afraid to use the full fat or full sugar versions of ingredients, where I’m always looking to save a few calories. Every time we decide to make something, there’s always the balance of creating something super gourmet and tasty, but still keeping it pretty “clean” or healthy for me. I think at the end of the day, Ross is glad that I make healthier versions of everything. Well, for the most part. I’m sure he’d appreciate a slice of cake, just fine, too.

On Sunday, we made a tossed salad with mixed greens, strawberries, grapes, walnuts, blue cheese, and red wine vinaigrette. For dessert, I made a “healthier” version of cheesecake – mini cheesecake bites. I found the recipe on Lori Harder’s website… she’s a  personal trainer, too… and she has won Ms. Bikini Universe, Ms. Figure America, and Ms. Bikini America. So, she kinda knows what she’s doing.

Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

4 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
4 oz Fat Free Greek Yogurt
15 Baked Mini Fillo Shells
15 Whole Strawberries (fresh or frozen work)
7 Packets no Calorie
Sweetener
½ tsp Vanilla
1 TBLS Balsamic Vinegar

Preparation:
Mix balsamic vinegar & 2 packets sweetener, pour over strawberries and stir until
well mixed. Bring cream cheese and yogurt to room temperature. Beat together
cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla & 5 packets sweetener until creamy. Fill Fillo shells
¾ full with cheese mixture. Put 1 strawberry in shell and gently push down until
inserted into cheese mixture. Chill for 1 hour and ENJOY!

Makes 15 mini cheesecakes.

http://www.busygirlhealthylife.com

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green + leopard

Top and Hat: Target, Loafers: similar, sunglasses: Fancy Details

I made Ross jump in with me on these… I get tired of taking outfit pictures with just me in them. With that said, you will probably notice some changes to my blog. Little less outfit posts, and a little more real life. I hope you guys will still follow along, and I promise to still wear cute outfits. You have my word. ;)

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