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RECIPE | Crustless Caprese Quiche

I love quiche! It’s always so easy to whip up, so delicious, and HEALTHY! I’ve been looking for some more creative low-carb recipes and I’ve also been looking for more recipes to use up all the BAJILLION farm eggs I have in our fridge right now.

I love caprese salads, I love bruschetta, and I love quiche. I found a few caprese quiche recipes online and decided to play around with the idea and this is what came out of it. We had it for dinner last night and it was DELICIOUS (and nutritious!)

Crustless Caprese Quiche

RECIPE | Crustless Caprese Quiche
 
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Recipe type: Quiche
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced, seeds removed (this prevents the quiche from getting soggy), divided
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup milk
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8-9 inch pie plate with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Spread the minced garlic along the bottom of the pie plate.
  4. Spread the chopped basil on top of the garlic.
  5. Top the garlic and basil with half of the sliced tomatoes (don't forget to remove as many of the seeds as you can... this prevents the quiche from getting soggy).
  6. Top the tomatoes, garlic, and basil with the shredded mozzarella.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, and a little salt and pepper and whisk thoroughly.
  8. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the mozzarella, tomato, basil and garlic.
  9. Top with the remaining tomato slices and a little salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Place in the oven for 50 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

What do you think? Will you give this recipe a try? Any recipes you’re loving lately?

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Six Tips for Rebuilding Your Credit Score

If this is your first time here, Molly’s Money is a regular series I write on this blog that includes ALL things personal finance – debt management, budgeting, home buying, savings, investment, etc. I am NOT a financial advisor, but I am married to one! These are just things that I have learned over the years as I struggled with my own personal finances and ultimately, became debt free in 2012. Got a question about money that you want answered? Leave it in the comments below or email me!

Over the past three years, I have gotten email after email after email about debt, credit scores, and the like. I get so many people who ask me about how to rebuild their credit… so, I thought I would share a few tips that I, personally, did to repair my credit. When I was setting out to get out of debt, my credit score was in the tank – it was AWFUL. Now, my credit score is almost as high as it can be. It took some time, but follow some of these tips and you can get there, too! :)

Six Tips for Rebuilding Your Credit Score

1. Obtain a copy of your credit report – and look it over.

Monitoring Your Credit Score + My Favorite App For ThatThis is the first, and probably the most important step in the process of rebuilding your credit. SO many people avoid looking at their credit report because they’re afraid of what they’ll find. Well, unfortunately, when it comes to credit scores… ignorance is NOT bliss.

Credit reports will show you ALL of the things that are hurting your credit. You may be able to identify any potential fraud, cards that you didn’t know were open, etc. Getting a good look at your report can give you the first steps you need to take in order to start fixing any issues…

2. Pay ALL your bills ON TIME.

This is one of the easiest and quickest things you can do to start rebuilding your credit. Timeliness is a MAJOR factor in determining your credit score… so, just by paying your bills on time and NOT incurring any late fees, etc… that is a huge step in the right direction.

3. Pay down your balances… better yet, pay them off!

This should be a no brainer… but start working to pay those debts off. The less debts you owe, the better your credit score will be. Really work on paying down the balances on your cards / loans, etc. Pay the big ones off first, and work your way down. Baby steps!

4. Control your spending – stay BELOW the limits

Just because you have a credit card limit of $1,000 does NOT mean you should be maxing that credit card out. The more you owe, the more it’s going to hurt your credit score. Reign in your spending. Stick to a budget. Stay below your credit card limit. :)

5. Avoid any credit repair scam

There are a lot of companies out there that will claim to be able to repair your credit score… 99.99999999% of them are a total scam. I promise you… the BEST way to repair your credit is to do it the right way, not by paying someone else to do it for you.

6. Be patient

Remember, it’s going to take time to rebuild your credit. You didn’t ruin your credit overnight, so you’re not going to repair it overnight. So, have a little patience and keep focused on your goal!

What do you think? Do you have any experience with this? Any tips you would add or would like to share?

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peplum top, red jeans, Sseko sandals, Nickel and Suede earrings, The Mighty River Project bag

Top: Anthropologie (love this one) | Pants: Stitch Fix (similar) | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeBag: The Mighty River Project c/o (Use code MOLLY for 10% off)Shoes: Sseko DesignsBracelets: Alex and Ani c/o and Kendra ScottRing: Kendra ScottWatch: Wristology Watches c/o (Use code 45 for 20% off)

Photography by Em Grey

 One of the things I love most about “fashion” is the ability to be original. Fashion gives you an outlet for expressing yourself in ways you can’t even verbalize. It’s an opportunity to tell those around you something about yourself without saying a word. peplum top, red jeans, Sseko sandals, Nickel and Suede earrings, The Mighty River Project bag Continue Reading →

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Rent the Runway - Slate and Willow "Copper Fleur Shift Dress"

Dress: Rent the Runway c/o (Slate & Willow “Copper Fleur Shift”)Shoes: C. Wonder (old, similar here) | Bag: Vintage Prada | Earrings: Nickel and Suede c/o | Watch: Wristology Watches c/o (Use code “45” for 20% off)Bracelet: Kendra ScottRing: Kendra ScottNecklace: Rocksbox (use code “stillbeingmollyxoxo” for one month FREE)

This past weekend, John and I headed up to Washington D.C. for the wedding of one of my college sorority sisters! (She’s my grand-little in my Phi Mu family! :)) We had such a great time and it was a nice little 20 hour getaway from home. Plus, I love getting to see college friends and catch up… no matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, it’s always like we are able to pick up right where we left off.

The other really fun thing was it was a black tie wedding (READ: a GORGEOUS, STUNNING black tie wedding at the Four Seasons in Georgetown!! Be sure to check out Abby Grace Photography’s blog this week for her GORGEOUS images of the wedding…) and so we got to get really gussied up for the evening – which is always a blast. I definitely don’t own anything fancy enough for a black tie wedding, so I went to my trusty friend Rent the Runway to find a dress to wear! Rent the Runway - Slate and Willow "Copper Fleur Shift Dress"

Initially, I was on the hunt for a gorgeous, floor-length gown, but when I stumbled upon this Slate & Willow shift dress, I fell in LOVE. Totally different than anything I’ve worn before – plus, it was also fancy enough for a wedding at the Four Seasons!

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Lilly on the Merry-Go-Round #personal (8)

One of the things I love about motherhood is how Lilly has taught me to be grateful for the little things that I used to take for granted. She gets excited about the TINIEST little details. She’s SO observant. She takes in every single thing around her and she calls it by name and she loves it and celebrates it.

If she sees a frog, a rabbit, a butterfly, a flower, the moon, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse, heck… even a ROCK… she screams it’s name and has the biggest smile on her face and her entire day is made. Within a second.

It got me thinking… how often do WE pay attention to our own surroundings? How often do we see the little details? The beautiful, beautiful details. Probably not all that often, I’d venture to guess….Lilly on the Merry-Go-Round #personal (3)

Last weekend my family and I went up to Connecticut to visit other family. One night we headed out for ice cream and to go ride a little merry-go-round that they have in town. Lilly had never been on one before and so we got her and my nephew, Kyle, some tickets to ride it.  Continue Reading →

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Shape Fitness Durham

You guys are well aware how important losing weight and improving my overall health has been for me this year (and last year, too!). I’ve been working out at least three times a week, I’ve worked hard to change my diet, and I’m spending more time actively making healthier choice. I DO NOT get it right every time (I fail way more often than I’d like to admit), but by just being hyper-aware of my choices, I’ve felt like I’ve made MASSIVE strides.

One of the things that has been SO helpful is to have my family – especially my husband support me along the way AND to participate WITH ME in my quest to get healthier. And, while our daughter Lilly doesn’t really know what’s fully going on, we’ve had HER participate in the process too!

And, the thing is, even though it really all started out for me as just a quest to losing weight, it has really started to have a trickle down effect. I’m losing weight and we’re getting healthier and it’s lead to improved mood, sleep, and less time feeling sick and less time spent in the doctor’s office (which saves us money!)! Huzzah! It’s an awesome cycle.

Plus, it’s so much easier to make better choices when I’ve got my family holding me accountable. You know?

So, as summer quickly approaches, I thought I’d just share five tips that, as a family, we’ve incorporated into our lives as a quest to get healthier! Some of these may seem like common sense, but I promise, I have a point! :) 

Five Ways to Stay Healthy (as a Family!) this Summer

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Lilly for Target crop top, black maxi skirt, Nickel and Suede earrings, The Mighty River Project market tote and necklace, Root Collective peep toe flats

Crop Top: Lilly for Target (similar, similar) | Maxi Skirt: TargetShoes: The Root Collective (use this link for 10% off!)Earrings: Nickel and Suede c/oNecklace & Bag: The Mighty River Project (use code “MOLLY” for 10% off)Watch: Wristology Watches c/o (Use code “45” for 20% off!)Bracelets: Alex and Ani c/o & Kendra Scott | Ring: Kendra Scott

I love being able to use something multiple ways. Even if it’s just changing up one SMALL detail about a clothing item, a bag, an accessory, etc… using it in more ways than just one is my idea of getting your moneys worth!

I love the beautiful wax fabrics that are made in Africa – you just don’t see fabrics like that here in the US. Every time I’ve gone to Kenya, I always hit up the markets and buy fabric to take home with me for various and sundry purposes. I miss being able to get those fabrics and beautiful items made with them here in the states!

That’s yet another reason why I love The Mighty River Project. The handmade woven baskets, magazine bead jewelry, and STUNNING wax fabric textiles all made in Uganda are so amazing, unique, and provide such an amazing living for the women who make them.

I absolutely LOVE their market totes and bags and use them all the time. I wanted to show you guys one simple trick you can do to your market tote to use it in TWO different ways  –  First: as a purse! Just tie it up and boom… you have a shoulder bag that’s beautiful, stylish, and unique – not to mention FUNCTIONAL! Second: as a market tote… you know, shopping at the farmer’s market, grocery store, or even going to class… you can throw this back over your shoulder and head out the door.

Let’s see how to wear it!

As a purse – just tie a knot at the top of the long strap to shorten the length… and boom… you have a chic purse!

Lilly for Target crop top, black maxi skirt, Nickel and Suede earrings, The Mighty River Project market tote and necklace, Root Collective peep toe flats
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What Comes in the NEW Premium Starter Kit from Young Living Essential Oils? http://bit.ly/mollyyleo (23)

I have been waiting for WEEKS to share with you guys the BRAND NEW Premium Starter Kit from Young Living Essential Oils! It was just officially released last Friday and it’s AMAZING!!!! Seriously, Young Living has really outdone themselves.What Comes in the NEW Premium Starter Kit from Young Living Essential Oils? http://bit.ly/mollyyleo (2)

The branding is absolutely STUNNING, the functionality is brilliant, the value is INCREDIBLE, and everything that comes in it is EXACTLY what you need to get started on your oily journey… OR continue your oily journey! I say that because, well, I got the new kit and I have been a member of Young Living for over a year! So really the kit is for ANYONE! :) 

The most common question I get is: “Well, how do I get started with essential oils? And what comes IN the premium starter kit?”

So, I wanted to share with you guys a video where I go through the new kit and show you EXACTLY what comes in the new kit!

Check it out:

Yeah, how AWESOME is the new starter kit?!?!?! I am in love with it and I am SO PUMPED to share it with everyone!

If you didn’t have time to watch the whole video, here’s exactly what comes in the new premium starter kit:

  • A diffuser! This is an oily MUST HAVE for anyone looking to get started with oils… and it comes in the kit! (The standard is the Dewdrop Diffuser which ALSO acts as a humidifier and atomizer. It may be switched out with the Home diffuser or another similar one when the Dewdrop is on low stock. You ALSO have the option to choose your diffuser when you get your kit… so you could get the Bamboo or Aria diffuser!!)
  • 11 oils! You get 11, FULL SIZED 5ml bottles of essential oil – Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Purification, Frankincense, PanAway, Thieves, and NEW to the kit are DiGize, R.C., and Copaiba! You also still get the bonus oil Stress Away!
  • You get sample packets of NingXia Red
  • You get sample sachets to share with friends
  • You get the product guide and ALL the literature you need to learn how to use your oils
  • You get 10 empty sample bottles and cards so you can easily share samples with friends and family

And then, of course, I send you a little welcome gift from me, personally, with some resources to help you along on your oily journey! :)

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So, that’s it! I hope you guys are as excited about it as I am! :) 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me! :)

Who is ready to get started on their oily journey today?  You can place your order here!

Happy Tuesday!

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Target Me Time #PMedia #Summer4me #ad

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and PEOPLE StyleWatch® and InStyle® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Summer4Me http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It’s pretty rare these days that I get actual “me time.” Let’s be honest, it just doesn’t happen. As selfish as is sounds, I have to be intentional about getting my “me time” in. As surprising as this may sound, I am actually very introverted and really garner my energy from time alone in the Word, reading a book, watching a movie, or flipping through the pages of fashion magazines.

I. Love. Fashion. Magazines. I always have.

Anyway, I’ve been traveling visiting family and one thing I look forward to whenever I get on a plane is picking up a couple of fashion magazines to read and get a little “me time” while I travel! Even that hour on the plane – you know, no WiFi, no cell signal, just flipping through a magazine, is my way of getting relaxing and getting inspired. And that’s not to mention relaxing by the pool or on the beach with my family!

BUT, before we left on our trip, I HAD to head to Target (aka: my happy place) and picked up all my trip necessities… including this month’s copies of People StyleWatch and InStyle Magazines. Which, by the way, right now you can save 20% OFF (!!) some magazines like PEOPLE®, InStyle®, PEOPLE® StyleWatch, and Us Weekly® by using the Target Cartwheel Digital Offer. Any other Cartwheel fans out there?! Also, you can receive 20% off special edition magazines. Both offers are available until 7/10/15 (while supplies last)!**

Coral shorts, Sseko sandals, floral top, sunglasses

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “the good ol’ days.”

I realize that ages me and makes me sound old, but I’m serious. I just keep thinking about the world I grew up in and the childhood I had. I played outside till my knees were scraped and black from all the dirt and grime. We played pretend till we couldn’t pretend anymore. We had no clue what an iPad was, what a cell phone was (except for those GIANT box CAR phones… that actually stayed in the car…), and there was no HDTV.

Sure, we had our own challenges, but life was just a whole lot less… complicated… than it is now. And my childhood was even more complicated than my PARENT’S generation’s childhood… if that makes sense.

I think about the things that I look back on fondly as a child… playing outside, enjoying time with family, reading through all my American Girl doll books, curling up on the couch watching T.G.I.F. (Sister, Sister! Family Matters! Full House! COME ON!!), Saturday morning cartoons… It was awesome. I miss that stuff so much.

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me as a teenager with my mom

And I think about today… there’s no T.G.I.F., Saturday morning cartoons, people are wary of letting their kids play outside… there’s just so much more to worry about these days. I can’t even let commercials play on TV or before YouTube videos without covering Lilly’s eyes! Who’s with me?!

I’m not an alarmist by any means, but we just have to realize that life is different for our kids. It’s different. Not bad, but different.

It’s just gotten to the point that I’m very aware of everything around me and everything that Lilly is exposed to and it’s made me grateful for the simple, wonderful childhood that I have. And I can only pray and hope that we can give Lilly that same sense of security and freedom as she grows up.

Am I alone here? What do you guys think? Do I just sound like an old curmudgeon? :) 

 

 

 

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RECIPE | Crock Pot Paleo Chicken & Sausage Chili (1)

I loveeeee a good crock pot meal. No, but for real. Crock pot meals are my JAM.

Put a bunch of stuff in a crock pot, turn it on, let it do the work for you, dinner is ready?! Yes, please.

I’ve been experimenting with a lot of new recipes lately… and a lot of new crock pot recipes! Last week I had all the fixings for a chicken and sausage chili and decided to play around with some ingredients and this is what came out!

RECIPE | Crock Pot Paleo Chicken & Sausage Chili (2)

It. Was. Delicious.

So easy! So delicious! And HEALTHY! WOOHOO! Who’s excited about healthy?! Haha… THIS GUY!

RECIPE | Crock Pot Paleo Chicken & Sausage Chili (3)

I hope you give this recipe a try! It really is delicious.

RECIPE | Crock Pot Paleo-Esque Chicken & Sausage Chili
 
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An easy and delicious crock pot recipe for Paleo-Esque Chicken and Sausage Chili
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Paleo Chili
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of organic, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ pound (2-3 links) of organic chicken sausage
  • 1 organic red onion, diced
  • 1 cup of organic, low-sodium broth (I used my homemade chicken broth)
  • 1 can (15-ounces) low sodium Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed (leave out the beans for FULL Paleo)
  • 1 can (15-ounces) low sodium Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-ounces) low sodium diced tomatoes (add with juices)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of salsa (to taste... your choice!)
  • ¼-teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼-teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼-teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛-teaspoon paprika
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine ALL THE THINGS in a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken.
  4. Enjoy!

What are some of YOUR favorite crock pot recipes?

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