April 2016 archive

Quick Cleaning Tips

Quick Cleaning Tips #SCJMessyMoments

This weekend was a blast because we were so fortunate enough to have Nate’s best man and his wonderful girlfriend over from Nashville to spend some much-needed time!

I’m not going to lie, one of my (and Nate’s) favorite parts was finally getting to use our brand new bar he built just a few weeks ago. We’ve been working to build up our stock including some fun mixers and tasty add-ons like honey, mint, and berries for out-of-the-ordinary drink concoctions (Nate loves to try new making and creating new cocktails).

This weekend was no exception–we embarked on at least 3 trips to the store to grab some provisions for cooking and drink-creating.

Only problem is that when you have company over and everyone tries a new drink, you are bound to have messy issues.

Seeing as how Nate and I are super-careful about making sure the furniture and cleaning products we buy can  withstand the toughest tests, I knew that the new Pledge Multi-Surface® spray would be able to handle anything we had going on.

After honey drips, fruit stains, and drink spills, this product worked for us with only two swipes needed. I’m obsessed with the fragrances they offer–we chose Sheer Linen (I’m kind of obsessed with the smell of clean laundry).

This product is perfect for us because we (with a new mortgage) are not trying to spend tons of money buying a ton of different cleaning products for our new house.

This products works on literally everything from glass to countertops to wood and metal. After we were done cleaning the bar top, I cleaned our stainless steel fridge, kitchen counters, and windows. No residue, kills 99.9% of germs (including the flu virus!), and an amazing smell…the perfect combo. Definitely hanging on to this one.

Found at Walmart:

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The nasty mess:

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The finished product! Viola!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Tulip Easy

pearls and tulips
pearls & tulips

@okab for spring

denim & neutrals

@okab footwear for spring

Outfit: Flats c/o OkaB | Michael Kors white jeans | Vest via H&M | Denim top via A&F [similar here] | Sunnies c/o Guess

I’m so happy to be partnering with a new brand whose shoes are so adorable it just makes me look forward to summer even more! Oka B’s southern-based company does well to incorporate several styles from comfy flats to jewel-adorned beach ready sandals.

Naturally, I gravitated toward the ones with the brightest spring pop of color I could find! These baby blue pretties worked well to play against my palette of neutrals when Nate and I had breakfast down in Celebration last week.

With unpredictable weather down here in rainy Florida, I’m happy I have cute shoes that are perfect for just that. Wearing tall rain boots just doesn’t cut it down here in 75-90 degree weather, so having several pairs that work for different occasions. Plus, all Oka B shoes are waterproof and slip proof, making them all the more perfect for April showers!

Happy end of the week everyone! I am so looking forward to this weekend, Nate and I have a lot to do (as usual), but we have some fun in store as well. Can’t wait to share & enjoy your weekends!

Easy Date Night Idea: How to Make Your Own Sushi at Home

date night idea: how to make your own sushi

Maybe I’ve become an old woman in the past few months since we’ve purchased our house–but date nights are hard to come by–especially when you’re trying to save money!

Lately, Nate and I have done our best to find unique ideas and experiences that we can share together that happen to be fun, energetic, and out of the norm (not to mention affordable!).

It’s kind of a crazy frontier; the whole “living in your own house for the first time thing”, but so far, so good. We’ve tried a whole bunch of new things lately from hiking, to finding new dog parks, and enjoying our annual passes during Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival!

These things have really helped us grow closer and share some awesome new experiences, but sometimes, you just want to stay home and enjoy the house you’ve invested in.

Now, while I’ve always been a frequent flyer on the Marshalls scene when it comes to clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories–I’ll admit one of my guilty pleasures has been browsing through the home section.  There’s just so many cool gift ideas, kitchen tools, unique spices, and chic home decor that I can’t help myself!

This past week, I teamed up with Marshalls to surprise myself with something unique that I’ve always wanted to try and give it a whirl!

We found so many fun things that we’re dying to try. Among our list: new & super thick yoga mats to try increasingly flexibility and strength, a cupcake tin & decorating kit for weekend baking, and these two sushi kits for making your own sushi at home!

We’ve always wanted to try this, and what a perfect setting–our new house while using our new kitchen supplies! These kits from Marshalls included a bamboo rolling mat, chopsticks, wooden bowls for soy & yum yum sauce, a fork, and a spoon to scoop and smooth ingredients into the roll.

They turned out way better than we thought and the process was so fun, we can’t wait to do it again! We kept saying to each other how delicious it was and how much it felt like we were in a restaurant! What better way to spend a regularly mundane Monday night?

So here’s how we did it:

 

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Hey! Nate here, and I had a blast making sushi with Missy. If you ask her where I go whenever we’re in Marshall’s she’ll let you know I head straight for all the kitchen stuff. A nice non-stick pan for $10?! Get in my cart!…aaaand then all the sudden I have may hands on $100 of kitchen paraphernalia. Whoops. Anyways, we started by making the sushi rice according to the label (yes, you need to use sushi rice, don’t try to get away with anything else). While that was cooking I cut up all the ingredients to make the process go smoother. We had cucumber, avocado, crab sticks, salmon, cream cheese, and shrimp tempora, but sushi is what you make it (literally) so roll whatever you like!

how to make your own sushi

Pull out a sheet of the seaweed wrap out and put in on the bambo roller. You can find the sheets and the rest of the typical sushi ingredients at basically any grocery store that has an international aisle.

You will need 3/4 of a sheet to make a roll with the rice on the outside. With wet hands (this is a must!) grab some sushi rice and spread it over the rough side of the sheet. Do this very lightly!

Don’t crush the rice into the sheet. Flip the sheet over and place the fillings you want into the middle and then roll! Don’t worry if you don’t get it on the first try…I definitely didn’t. but here is what we managed to do:

how to make your own sushi

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sushi dinner date night at home with @marshalls

how to make sushi at home

Pretty proud of how it turned out and although it took awhile–well worth it! It was such a blast and tasted even more delicious than what we were expecting. The kits were both around $15, making this date night idea not only fun, but incredibly affordable!

Now here’s your chance to try something new! I’m giving away a $100 Marshalls gift card to any reader in the U.S. 

Here’s how to enter: Comment below with your name, email address, and what you’d like to try this spring–it could be a new kitchen tool, some new exercise you’ve been dying to try, or a new clothing trend you’ve seen!

Giveaway open until Saturday, May 7th at 10pm EST.

Good luck!

date night idea: how to make your own sushi

I’ve been really into smoothies lately! See some of my favorites in this roundup: