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Molly's Money | Reader Question: What to do after landing the first "big kid" job?

We are BACK for another edition of Molly’s Money where I talk about all things money, personal finance, etc. And I’m really excited to bring another Reader Question to the series. These are some of my favorite posts to write because I feel like a lot of the questions that I get are questions that MANY of you want to ask…

Without further ado, let’s get right to it:

First off, I absolutely love your blog.  Thank you so much for putting time into it!

A bit about me: I’m 22 years old, just graduated [college] and just landed my first “big girl” job!  I will have a salary, benefits, etc!  So exciting!!!  As I start this though (and have more money than I’ve ever even seen coming in each month, haha), I realize how important it is to take advantage of my single-ness and very minimal debt (I only have $2,800 in total debt from college) and make sure I start off on the right financial foot.

[...] I was wondering if you had any additional tips that you think would be helpful for me as I transition into this new stage of life.  I have read your entire Molly’s Money series (shoutout to you for that) but any additional advice would be wonderful!

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RECIPE | Spinach, Broccoli, Chicken, & Cheese Pizza

I love pizza. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? Crazy people, that’s who. :)

One of my favorite “easy” meals to throw together is pizza at home. I will be honest and say that I totally use store-bought crust… homemade crust just isn’t my thing. I’ve tried it a couple times, but it’s just more effort than it’s worth. At least for me. Especially when the Archer Farms whole wheat pizza crusts from Target are so delicious and cheap. BUT, even when you’re using a store bought pizza crust, you can still TOTALLY make it unique and different. You don’t just have to throw on some marinara sauce and cheese and pepperoni and call it a night.

Anyway, last week I had some leftovers in the fridge from the quiche I’d made. I’d made too much chicken, spinach, and broccoli mixture that didn’t fit in the quiche, so I’d thrown it in a tupperware container and saved it for later knowing I’d come up with SOME way to use it.

Well, I had some ricotta cheese that was about to go bad, the veggie / chicken mixture, and boom… this easy, healthy, and delicious white pizza was born!

It was SO easy to make and so, so, so, SO tasty. We devoured the whole thing… and Lilly even tried some and loved it!

RECIPE | White Pizza with Spinach, Broccoli, and Chicken

RECIPE | White Pizza with Spinach, Broccoli, and Chicken
 
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An easy recipe for White Pizza with Spinach, Broccoli, and Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pizza
Serves: 2-3 people
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup spinach (I used frozen, but you could use fresh)
  • 1 cup diced broccoli
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced chicken breast (I used about a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast)
  • Original Mrs. Dash (optional... but I used it and it was delish)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. of ricotta cheese
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried rosemary
  • 1 pre-made pizza crust (or you could certainly make your own if you're so brave... I like using the Archer Farms Whole Wheat thin crusts from Target)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to the directions listed on your pre-made pizza crust's package. If you made your own crust, preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to skillet, then add your chicken.
  3. Add Mrs. Dash to the chicken to really spice it up. I just love the flavor of the original Mrs. Dash and I love that it is salt free!
  4. Then add your spinach and broccoli to the skillet and mix together. (Now, I ACTUALLY used the mixture that I had some leftovers from when I made my Spinach and Broccoli and Chicken quiche... but this is the directions if you are making this fresh)
  5. Remove chicken, broccoli, spinach mixture from heat once cooked
  6. Brush pizza dough / crust with remaining olive oil, then top with mozzarella cheese
  7. Add dollops of ricotta cheese and your spinach, broccoli, chicken mixture
  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the crust is brown
  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with oregano and rosemary!

What about you? Any pizza recipes you are digging lately? Will you give this one a try?

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Jamberry Nails Review (4)

I feel like everywhere I turn lately, I keep seeing stuff about Jamberry Nails. Blogs, YouTube, my Facebook feed, my Instagram (search #jamicure and there’s like thousands of examples), my Twitter feed… you name it. Jamberry is everywhere.

I’m usually not one to rush to jump on a brand wagon or a craze right away. I’m always hesitant to do something just because “everyone else is talking about it,” mainly because I know that inevitably it’s going to fizzle out sooner or later. BUT, since I’m a bit of a nail junkie and I love painting my nails, I have been really curious about trying Jamberry.

Well, one of my sorority sisters from college, Kimberly, happens to be a Jamberry consultant. She also happens to be in the military. And a wife. And a mom. I seriously don’t know how she does it all. For real! She’s crazy awesome.

Anyway, we were emailing back and forth about Jamberry and I decided to give them a try! So, I bought my first sheet of wraps from her and they were on my doorstep in a week or so! I ended up getting the Faded Deco wrap because I loved the colors. The wrap set is $15 plus shipping and you get MORE than enough wraps for more than one application. I probably have at least one more, maybe even two more applications (plus an application for my TOES) in the set.

Here’s my first #Jamicure:

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BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (6)

Back when I was in high school, I got a part-time job as a “Guest Services Representative” at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa in Reston, Virginia. I was at the point in my life where I was kinda-sorta exiting the really awkward phase of my life and beginning to “come into my own,” if you will. I was learning about makeup and learning about hair and learning about, well, taking care of myself. Because up until that point, all I knew about makeup was slathering on a big thick layer of blue Wet N’ Wild eyeshadow and a heavy coat of Vanilla Lip Smackers. Needless to say, it was not a good look.

Anyway, when we’d have downtime at the salon, I would always go over to the makeup counter and play around with the makeup. Our makeup artists would teach me tricks that I could do myself at home and let me practice. But, one of the most LIFE CHANGING, mind-blowing makeup tips I ever learned was about filling in your eyebrows.

This was a completely foreign concept to me! I had never had my eyebrows waxed or shaped. I’d completely ignored them. And, they were a hot mess. Thick, but also thin (if that makes any sense). Unkempt. And just not doing me any favors.

Well, I had them waxed for the first time and that in and of itself made me say, “OH MY GOSH! THERE’S MY FACE! I had no idea I had all that face underneath those eyebrows.” And then, from there, I learned how to “fill in” my eyebrows.

If this is a concept that you are well aware of, do right now, are totally comfortable with, and you are rolling your eyes at me saying, “Okay Molly, this is like the most rudimentary makeup tip ever.” Then feel free to move on… come back tomorrow. :) BUT, if you were like me and had no idea the effect that grooming and filling in your eyebrows can have on your overall look, then keep reading!

When I first heard the term “fill in your eyebrows,” I immediately thought of those women who have like the pencil thin, literally “drawn on” eyebrows that you see at clubs or whatever and I was terrified. No, that is not what we are doing here.

Anyway. I am rambling. So, let’s get to it and I will show you a couple ways that I fill in my brows and the effect that it has on the shape and look of your face!

First, let’s get the brows under control. If you’re like me, then you wake up in the morning and your eyebrows are all over the place. *I will also state that I am, currently, in desperate need of an eyebrow wax… Haven’t had a moment to go in a few weeks… so, just ignore the stray hairs. K? K. 

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (1)

Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax ($4.49)

I absolutely LOVE the Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax pencil. I started using it a while back and it totally gives the high-end, expensive stuff a run for its money. It may even be better. It’s basically just a clear, stickyish wax that you brush across your brows to keep all the hairs in place. I do this step first. I like it better than clear mascara because I always feel like clear mascara dries crunchy. This stuff doesn’t dry crunchy.

Now, there are two methods that I use to fill in my brows. I’m going to first show you the method that I have actually been using for over 10-12 years. Yes, I have been doing my brows pretty much the same way for over a decade.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (3)

Bobbi Brown Boar Bristle Eye Brow Brush ($27) | Bobbi Brown Matte Eyeshadow in “Blonde” ($22)

This way is definitely the pricier of the two ways, but it is the way I am actually most comfortable. It’s an investment up front, but not in the long term. I got this Bobbi Brown Boar Bristle Eye Brow Brush at LEAST 10 years ago. It wasn’t $27 at the time… probably like $20 or $22, but still. I’ve used the same brush all that time and it has held up all these years. I love the boar bristles because they are rough and get the hairs in place… it works very much like a spoolie (spelling?).

Then, I take a matte brown eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown in the color “Blonde” (I went to the makeup counter and they matched an eyeshadow to my skin and hair color). Again, I’ve been using the same color for over 10 years. I replace the actual eyeshadow about once a year, maybe once every 18+ months. So, you can see how the $22 goes a long way.

Then, I basically dip the eye brow brush into the eye shadow, tap off the excess, and then brush it through my eye brow. I also love the brush because it is angled and fills in each little hair really well. If you are interested in going this route, I definitely recommend the brush for sure, but I would also recommend going to a makeup counter to get matched for the right color.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (2)

So, this is the before and after with the Bobbi Brown method… I have a full face of makeup on, but in the left picture my eyebrows are not groomed or filled in, and in the right picture, they are groomed and filled in. Again, they need to be waxed, but we will let that part go for now.

You can see what a huge difference it makes. Not that the left picture is bad per se, but my eyebrows are pretty much non-existent.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (8)

Next is a more common method, but actually a method that’s newer to me. I know there are a TON of high-end brow pencils that cost an arm and a leg, but I love Milani products and decided to give the Easy Brow pencil a try and I really love it.

On one end you have the spoolie for grooming and the other end you have the color pencil. It’s really creamy and fills in the hairs nicely.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (5)

Milani Easybrow Pencil in Natural Taupe ($4.99)

I basically just take really short strokes and lightly fill in the hairs in my brows. You want to start small and build up. You can ALWAYS add more color, but it’s harder to fix when you’ve done too much. I then use the spoolie to even it all out.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (4)

And here is the before and after with the Milani brow pencil. So, you can see the before with nothing in my brows on the left, and the after with them filled in on the right.

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And here’s a side by side comparison of what it looks like with the Bobbi Brown shadow / brush vs. the eyebrow pencil. Both give me a similar, yet different look.

BEAUTY (My favorite makeup tip!) | How to Fill In Your Eyebrows (and why you should!) (7)

In all honesty, my favorite and preferred method is my tried and true Bobbi Brown brush and shadow. But, the brow pencil method is definitely growing on me. But, as you can see, filling in your brows really makes such a HUGE difference in the overall shape and appearance of your face.

If I’m running out the door and I have no time to put any makeup on whatsoever, I AT LEAST make sure my eyebrows are filled in. Seriously. I NEVER leave home without my eyebrows filled in. I even sometimes skip mascara (RARE, but it does happen). But I never skip filling in my brows. It takes literally 10 seconds and makes a world of difference.

So, what about you? Do you fill in your brows? If so, what’s your favorite way? Are you someone who was like me and knew NOTHING about filling in your brows and I just totally blew your mind? Bahaha! Sound off in the comments below!

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations.

Now, check out the August lineup! 

august inspirations_edited-1Last week, we talked about eats, and we got some GREAT ideas! We’ve both filled our weekly menus with new options thanks to y’all! Here are a few of our foodie favorites:a few of our favs food/Balsamic Cherry Sauce / Oreo Balls / Mango Bruschetta

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!   let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!



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Summer Concert Attire | Denim Vest from @oldnavy, Top from @stitchfix, Bag from @stitchfix, Cowboy Boots from @bootbarn, @toms sunglasses, Necklace from @9thandelm and @stelladot (2)

Denim Vest: Old Navy | Shirt: Stitch Fix (similar) | Lace Shorts: LOFT | Cowboy Boots: Boot Barn c/o | Bag: Stitch Fix (exact one) | Sunglasses: TOMS c/o | Bar Necklace: 9th and Elm c/o | Quatrefoil Necklace: Stella and Dot c/o | Watch: Michael Kors

I went to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Raleigh this week! I was SO excited… for many reasons. 1) Seeing Dave this summer was on my summer goal list and I am able to check it off… I haven’t seen Dave live in over two years and so I was majorly due. 2) I got to go with my friend Amy from Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins and it was a blast getting to hang out with her for the night. She is awesome.

Apologies for the MASSIVE wrinkles in my shirt… It was hot outside. Like, really hot. And my shirt wrinkled. You know, because I was wearing it. I will not, however, apologize for my paleness. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again… I’m pale. I don’t tan. I burn. So I wear a lot of sunscreen to protect my fair skin. That’s just how it goes these days. Sue me. :)

Summer Concert Attire | Denim Vest from @oldnavy, Top from @stitchfix, Bag from @stitchfix, Cowboy Boots from @bootbarn, @toms sunglasses, Necklace from @9thandelm and @stelladot (3)

Anyway, this ensemble is what I wore to the show. I always struggle with deciding what to wear to an outdoor concert… because you know it’s going to be hot and you know you’re going to sweat, but you also want to look cute and put together. I also prefer wearing cowboy boots to concerts because that way my feet don’t get all wet and covered in grass on the lawn AND so I don’t get a ton of mosquito bites around my ankles. This is a legitimate concern of mine. Haha!

Summer Concert Attire | Denim Vest from @oldnavy, Top from @stitchfix, Bag from @stitchfix, Cowboy Boots from @bootbarn, @toms sunglasses, Necklace from @9thandelm and @stelladot (4) Continue Reading →

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Molly's Money | Birthday Freebies (Free stuff just for being born!)

In all honesty, I am not a big “birthday” person. Every once in a while I will want to celebrate my birthday, but in general, on my birthday I just want to be with the ones I love eating yummy cake and Chipotle. It’s the truth.

However, over the years, I have come to learn of and appreciate all the places that will give you either awesome discounts OR free stuff on your birthday or during your birthday month! Since my birthday is coming up next month, I thought I’d share as comprehensive a list as I can come up with of ALL the places that will give you free stuff or discounts on your birthday or during your birthday month.

Now, how does this all fit into my Molly’s Money category? Well, free stuff and discounts = savings. Savings = more dollars left in your pocket, so to speak. So, it counts! Ha! There!

A lot of these do involve signing up for an email list. If you don’t want your inbox to be totally full of marketing emails from random places, I would actually suggest creating an email address that is SOLELY for the purpose of email lists. Something like “mollysemaillists@gmail.com” or something. That is not my email list email… but it’s a great way to keep all those promotional emails in one place and you don’t have to bog down your regular inbox with them.

A LIST OF BIRTHDAY FREEBIES

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Lilly Pulitzer Mimosa skirt, white peplum eyelet top, denim jacket, blue heels

A while ago (as in like eight months ago), one of my favorite bloggers and former college classmate Clarabelle posted this on her blog: “What are the three things you love most about your body?”

And, even eight months later, that post has stuck out to me for a lot of reasons. It is so rare to hear a woman speak about her body in a positive light. I think you can ask pretty much every woman out there, even the most beautiful woman on the planet, and they can find a dozen things they’d change about the way they look. Women are the queens of self-deprecation when it comes to our bodies.

Lace shorts, Lilly Pulitzer Lulu print tote, Esterlane boutique mint cardiganHeck, I know I’m guilty of it. I do it all the time. I say how much I hate this about my body or that about my body. I am the worst critic when it comes to my own appearance.

When I saw Clinton Kelly last month he said something that really stuck with me. He said, “If someone came up to you and said they hate your shoes or they hate your butt or they hate your [INSERT THING HERE], it would ruin your day. You would be sad and depressed. You would feel awful. So WHY do you continue to say the same things to yourself?

He was SO right. I never thought about it like that. But the more we degrade ourselves and the more we talk down to ourselves, the more we begin to believe what we say. It’s a vicious cycle. Lace shorts, printed top, denim vest, red TOMS

And so, Clare’s post about having confidence in your body and actually taking the time to say what you LIKE about your body is something that I think we all should be doing more often.

I can sit here all day and make excuses as to why I am unhappy with how I look… but the fact is, I have to remember – I made a human and my body has done work and God made me unique and His design is intricate and special. I’m not going to be a size 2 or a size 4. I never have been. So, why am I sitting around all day moping about the way I wish I looked when I could start speaking light to myself… speaking confidence… speaking in a positive way. Because if I start doing THAT more often, I might actually start to believe it.white eyelet peplum blouse, skinny jeans, infinity scarf

So, I am going to start, and then I’m going to challenge you.

Three Things I Like About My Body:

  1. My feet (I know this is a weird one, but I have really “proportional” feet. Nail technicians have always told me that I have nice feet… and I would agree!)
  2. My smile – I really do love my smile. I realize that my favorite pictures of myself are ones where I have a big smile on my face. I think it also has to do with the fact that I see my mom in my smile… and I love that.
  3. My nose – I have always liked my nose. It’s that button, small, round nose… and I actually think it’s kinda cute.

Now, it’s your turn. In the comments below, I want YOU to share three things YOU love about your body. And then, I’d love for you to encourage YOUR readers to share three things they love about THEIR body. Use the hashtag #LoveYourBody if you post!

I’d love to see a swarm of women on the internet speaking highly of themselves. This isn’t being conceited… it’s being confident in what God gave us and loving ourselves as we are!

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Cynthia + Doug {Engaged} | Chapel Hill, North Carolina Engagement Portrait Photographer (1)

When Cynthia’s mom emailed me about photographing an engagement session for her daughter Cynthia and fiance Doug, I knew the name sounded familiar. Then, after some connecting of dots, we realized that Cynthia and I knew each other from being advisors for the Phi Mu chapter at UNC Chapel Hill. I’d only met Cynthia a few times because she came on the advisory council right as I was about to have Lilly… so I hadn’t had too many chances to get to know her. Cynthia + Doug {Engaged} | Chapel Hill, North Carolina Engagement Portrait Photographer (2)

But, nevertheless, I was SO excited that Cynthia’s mom emailed me and honored that she would have me shoot her daughter’s engagement portraits! Cynthia and Doug met in grad school at UNC Chapel Hill and it was pretty much love at first sight.

They started dating, and rather quickly they knew… this was it. This was for real. As we walked around Chapel Hill’s campus taking pictures, I asked them how the whole engagement went down. Doug had a whole elaborate plan… they were going to the beach for a vacation, they were going to go out to a nice restaurant, walk on the beach, and it was going to be so romantic.

But then a huge storm came and ruined their plans… so they ended up having to go home and cancel their trip altogether. Well, that didn’t stop Doug. They got home, and when they were alone after an exhausting weekend, Doug got down on one knee and asked Cynthia to be his bride. Sounds pretty romantic to me.

They’re going to be getting married next year in New Jersey near Cynthia’s hometown. Cynthia + Doug {Engaged} | Chapel Hill, North Carolina Engagement Portrait Photographer (3)

Anyway, I had such a great time getting to know Cynthia and Doug. They have such a fun spirit and great senses of humor and totally were game for anything I asked them to do… and they happily put up with my crazy antics and hyperactive personality. Ha!

I thought I’d share just a few of my favorite images from the day.

Cynthia and Doug, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your engagement! Congratulations!

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RECIPE | Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche (4)

A few weeks ago, Lilly and I had a playdate at a friend’s house and we had a quiche her mom had made us for lunch. I don’t know why, but I just hadn’t had quiche in who KNOWS how long. I love quiche! But I never make it… I guess I just never think to make it. However, ever since I left her house that day, I had crazy hunger pangs for quiche.

RECIPE | Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche (1)So, I played around with some recipes (as I am often want to do), and came up with this one and it ended up being SO delicious. In fact, I ended up making TWO quiches that night and we’ve been eating off the leftovers for a week and it’s STILL good.

In fact, Lilly is now a MASSIVE fan of quiche. Homegirl ate two whole slices of quiche all by herself. It’s also a great way to sneak in some veggies for her! Haha! Gotchya, Lil!

Anyway, if I haven’t convinced you already, let me convince you now: this recipe is delicious. And so easy to make. And, you just feel fancy when you say the word “quiche.”RECIPE | Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche (2)What about you? Are YOU a quiche fan? What recipes are you loving lately?

RECIPE | Chicken, Broccoli, Spinach & Cheese Quiche + #LetItShine Link-Up
 
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A delicious and easy recipe for Chicken, Broccoli, Spinach and Cheese Quiche.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of cooked, steamed, chopped and diced broccoli florets
  • ½ cup of cooked, steamed spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk (I used organic skim milk)
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning (optional, but delicious)
  • 1 cup of cooked, diced chicken breast (I used about a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast)
  • 1½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ready made pie crust (I just used the generic Kroger pie crusts you get in the refrigerated section with the biscuits and cinnamon rolls)
  • Paprika
  • 1 pie plate (I used a 10" pie plate)
Instructions
  1. Before I set out to do anything in putting the actual quiche together, I diced and cooked my chicken in garlic and sprinkled Mrs. Dash on all sides as it cooked. I also steamed and cooked the broccoli and spinach, drained it, chopped it, and set it aside. Then I added the diced chicken to a large bowl and mixed the broccoli, spinach, and chicken together... adding in some shredded mozzarella cheese.
  2. Now, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a pie plate, lay out your pie crust and press it into the sides of the pie plate and let it rest at room temperature while you prepare everything else.
  4. In a large bowl, combine your eggs, milk, nutmeg, salt, and Mrs. Dash. Mix them together until totally blended.
  5. Spread your chicken, broccoli, spinach mixture on the bottom of the pie plate (on top of the crust, obviously).
  6. Next, pour the egg and milk mixture over top. I then topped the whole thing with shredded mozzarella cheese. You can really use as much or as little as you want here. Then bring the sides of the crust in to create a "barrier" around the edges.
  7. Then top with a few dashes of paprika.
  8. Then, bake at 350 degrees for ABOUT 25 minutes or until the egg is fully cooked and the cheese is beginning to brown on top. It may be closer to 30 or 35 minutes depending on your oven.

RECIPE | Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche (3)recipe adapted from Momtastic.

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

The biggest change? Monthly Inspirations!  Each month we will share some fun post ideas, one for each week.    Do you HAVE to follow the inspirations to link up? Absolutely not!  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, those will be picked from the inspirations.   july inspirations_edited-1
Last week, we talked about home decor….and we got some GREAT ideas! Bathrooms, nurseries, furniture choices…..we loved it! Here are a few of our Home Decor favs…….

a few of our favs-decor
/ Bathroom Remodel / Craft Room Makeover /Dream Home Living /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! We will also be posting ideas for the weekly themes….so be sure you’re following!   let it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!

Now…..talk amongst yourselves……….

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Nordstrom-Anniversary-Sale-Shop-Online

Oh. My. Gracious. Fashion lovers, it is that time of year. Our favorite time of year. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale, y’all.

The sale starts today and runs through August 3rd! There are so many amazing deals this year and A LOT of great items are marked down. Now, because it is Nordstrom, sometimes that means an item that was like $1,000 is only $798. Haha! Ain’t nobody got time to be spending $700+ on something.

SO, I thought I would share my favorite picks that are all $50 or LESS! Yes, you can get stuff from Nordstrom for LESS than $50. It is possible.

My favorite picks from women’s clothing:

My favorite beauty picks:

My favorite picks from accessories and jewelry:

My favorite picks from little girls:

What about you? Are you shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? Any items you plan on picking up? Anything I should be on the lookout for? 

*this post does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored by Nordstrom. These items were all picked out by me because I really, really do love them and wanted to share all the sale goodness with you!

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Yep. Another month is here.  I say this every month, and probably will for the rest of my days, but time is going by too quickly. She is going to be ONE YEAR OLD in a month. I’m really in denial. I see so many of my friend’s babies turning one and I’m like, “Wait a second… we were pregnant at the same time. That means Lilly is almost one. I can’t even…”

Days with Lilly are getting better and better and if it’s even possible, I love her more and more each day. She’s FUNNY and boy, does she have a personality. It’s amazing. I know every mom says this about their kid, but I really am the luckiest. In the world.

Here’s Lilly’s ELEVEN MONTH UPDATE!

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REVIEW | The Montagne Jeunesse "Renew You" Sleep Spa Mask

I’ve mentioned a few times over the last few months how I’ve been trying to get into a good skin care routine. Either it’s age, having a baby, or a combination of both – but I’ve really begun to notice my skin looking tired lately. It’s looked dull, dry, and just dang tired. I can no longer just wash my face and call it a day. I’m just hyper aware now of how important it is to take good care of your skin… and so, I’m trying to head “aging” off at the pass and really start investing in my skin now!

I mean, skin IS the largest organ on your body.

So, I’ve been pretty much open to trying anything recently and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. I know that not everything is going to work well on every skin type. Some skin types and some people will react one way to a product and others will react another way. I’m also allergic to a lot of ingredients in mainstream and some well known skincare products.

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