Favorite Buckle Booties (All Under $85)

 

Buckle booties

 

These buckle booties are so cool, so edgy, and so versatile.  Here are my latest picks for a killer buckle bootie:

  1. SEVEN DIALS PENELOPE WESTERN BOOTIE – $49.98
  2. INDIGO RD. YASMINA WESTERN BOOTIE – $59.99
  3. COCONUTS GETTY BOOTIE – $69.99
  4. DOLCE VITA TAE MOTORCYCLE BOOTIE – $84.98
  5. FERGALICIOUS ISOLATION MOTORCYCLE BOOTIE- $59.99
  6. OLIVIA MILLER LARSON MOTORCYCLE BOOTIE – $69.99
  7. BRUSQUE 16.415 BOOTIE – $84.98

I’m leaning toward buying the Fergalicious Isolation Motorcycle Bootie, but the Brusque Bootie is also my fav!  What about you?  Let us know which is your favorite – we want to know!

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Dainty Personalized Jewelry

Ashlee Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

 

I purchased jewelry from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for myself and my two daughters.  I bought necklaces, well 13 inch necklaces – so more like chokers, with their names on them.  They are so adorable and inexpensive!  So, I wanted to give a shout out to this Etsy shop owner!

 

Oax necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

 

She has a lot of great jewelry options like family necklaces, rings, earrings, etc.  Check it out here.  I’m loving the ideas of bracelets for my daughters’ friends!

Caitlyn Minimalist jewelry

So, check it out – it’s a great find!

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Top Protein Powder Picks

So I am a true junkie of protein powder.  For one its easy to get your protein in this way because its just more convenient than whipping up some chicken breasts.  Throw either of these in a blender with with ice and milk alternative and your done.  Best of all (if you have the right powder) you feel like you’re having a sweet treat.  If you’re smart you’ll add berries and some greens to get your daily dose of those as well.  So, I’m sharing with you the two best that I have found in all my years of trying this stuff out.

First up is ISO 100 Dymatize Protein Powder Chocolate Peanut Butter.  This tastes like a peanut butter cup just on its own.  And, if you add a little more PB to it – even better.  It can even mask spinach! It comes in a variety of sizes you can try it first before investing in the 5lbs.
ISO Protein Powder Peanut Butter Cup

Next up is my newest favorite iHeartmacros All Natural Vanilla Cream Protein Isolate.  It is a dream come true!  You can literally mix it in anything, it never upsets my stomach or gives me gas (some of them do and it sucks).  I love this one and this flavor because you can add it to so many things, even bake with it.  It doesn’t have that fake sugar taste, blends easy and its just a good way to up your protein game.
So try these out and let us know what you think!  We’d love to hear from you 🙂  Some exciting changes are coming to Nearly All Things this spring….stay posted – you don’t want to miss this!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram too.  Please share if you like what you see – we appreciate it!

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

 

This Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup is quick, easy, and so flavorful!

Ingredients:

Chicken in Instapot

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 – 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped fine
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Salt, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning to taste

Directions:

Place chicken breasts in an Instapot or crockpot and pour chicken stock over.

Sauté already cut up onion, celery and shredded carrots with a little oil, garlic and Italian seasoning till tender.


Add cooked quinoa.  Once chicken is finished shred and add veggie/ quinoa mix.

Add more chicken broth if needed. Finally, add your salt and squeeze a whole lemon 🍋.  So fast and so good.

 

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How to Rock Valentine’s Day Without Looking Cheezzzzy

Get yourself a cool, pink hoodie like this one with some black leggings or ripped jeans and some hi-top tennies. This sweatshirt from Anabela’s is just $28.50.

 

Hip Valentine's Day Outfit
Drop Shoulder Hooded Sweatshirt With Kangaroo Pocket – $28.50

But, if you want to go all brand-name on us, you could always go with a Champion sweatshirt and pay double the price:

Champion pink hoodie
Champion Life® Women’s Reverse Weave® Pullover Hood, C logo – $60

Or, just add a cute embroidered hat:

Embroidered Heart Baseball Cap
Embroidered Heart Baseball Cap – $13.09

You could also just go with a little heart sweater – I kinda dig this whole outfit!

Black and White Valentine's Day Outfit

 

Here’s another option:

Women's Heart Pattern Printed Loose Knitted Sweater
Women’s Heart Pattern Printed Loose Knitted Sweater – $19.99

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Love Real Food – Cookbook Review

Love Real Food vegetarian cookbook

 

I few years back after reading The China Study and watching documentaries like Food Inc.,  I swore off meat….well, chicken, red beef and pork.  I had to draw the line at fish – I love me some salmon :).  In any case, I started looking for recipes online for vegetarian meals.  My criteria was that they had to be relatively easy to make, not contain too many ingredients, and above all taste good.  Time after time, I returned to the blog Cookie + Kate for recipes that checked all of these boxes.  So, when I recently went to Cookie + Kate for a recipe I was sooooooo excited to see that she had a new cookbook out called Love Real Food.

Lucky for us, the team at Cookie + Kate sent us a cookbook for review and I couldn’t have been happier when I opened it.  If you find yourself constantly looking for vegetarian meals, including breakfast, lunch and dessert, and are a fan of Nearly All Things – then you’ll love Love Real Food!  Like our site, she provides healthy recipes that are relatively easy to make, contain real food, and offers a splash of fun too.  What do I mean by a splash of fun?  Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream Sundaes and Brown Derby Cocktails – that’s what I mean 🙂

I tried a few of the recipes and this cookbook does not disappoint.  I tried the Shredded Brussels and Kale Hash with Crispy Parmesan – yum!!!  And like any recovering vegetarian, I threw a couple of fried eggs on top and had an amazing breakfast 😉  Although, I’ve also been snacking on the hash without anything added – it’s really amazing all by itself!

Breakf

 

And, the carrot cake breakfast cookies…who wouldn’t love the taste of carrot cake as a healthy snack? These are dangerous in my household….oh wait, no they aren’t because they are made with real food, contain a ton of fiber, vegetables, protein, and just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more.  Yay!

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

The book also has great pictures to go along with each recipe – which personally I believe is the key to any great cookbook.  So, I encourage you to purchase Love Real Food.  It’s got a ton of delicious recipes for vegetarians and wannabe vegetarians like me!  Buy it here.

Shredded Brussels and Kale Hash with Crispy Parmesan from Love Real Food:

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts brussel spourts, kale, cabbage and carrots.
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 C Shaved Partmesan

Directions:

(Summary from the cookbook Love Real Food.)

Preheat oven to 425F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Shred your vegetables.  You can even buy these already shredded from the grocery store to make this all that much easier.  Toss with your olive oil.  Mix in your shaved parmesan and toss again.  Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets.  Place the baking sheets in your oven on the top and middle row.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes until you get a nice crispness to your vegetables.  Switch the pans halfway through.  Serve immediately.

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Lo-Carb, Lo-Cal Pain Killer Cocktail

lo-cal, lo-carb pain killer cocktail

With the snow and cold weather here to stay for a while, we thought we’d play pretend and update the very first cocktail we posted at Nearly All Things – the Lo-Cal Pain Killer Cocktail is even more lo-carb and lo-cal this time around!   One sip of this and you’ll be thinking warm sunshine, sandy beaches, and hot bartenders serving you tropical drinks with colorful, tiny umbrellas….pretend, remember? 😉

The beauty of this yummy cocktail is that we’ve reduced the sugar this time around to make it even more lo-carb and keto friendly, because we are all still trying to stay on track, right?  The secret to this drink is to use coconut vodka (rather than rum) and be sure to juice your pineapple rather than buying pineapple juice from the store.  This will keep the sugars even lower.  If you want to go even lower in calories, you could substitute some of the unsweetened coconut milk with unsweetened coconut water – but that just might be taking this “staying on track” theme a little too far… you decide.

Nutrition facts on pineapple

 

Lo-Carb, Lo-Cal Pain Killer:

Ingredients:

  • Full glass of ice
  • CÎROC™ Coconut vodka
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, juiced (5 carbs, 4g sugar)
  • 2 – 3 oz unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

Mix and enjoy!!!  You’re not new to this rodeo, right?

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