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Gold Pendant Chain Necklace DIY

This DIY Gold Pendant Chain Necklace is super fashion forward and easy to make with a few simple jewelry making skills. It's a quick project too and can be made in less than two hours!

Some of my jewelry projects are quite time consuming, but this little necklace is much more of an instant gratification project! It can be made in less than two hours: I know because I whipped it up while getting caught up on a few episodes of New Girl ;)

I felt very accomplished making this project from start to finish in one day: it happened on a most lovely Saturday back in September.  I had NO plans for the whole day so I spent the day doing a mix of productive and relaxing things, hah! I made myself get up and run in the morning and even got some meal prep done for the week by roasting some veggies, but then I treated myself by walking into town to get my nails done and then came back to my apartment to turn on New Girl and get crafting!

I love weekends where I have a bunch of fun plans, but throwing in a random empty Saturday here or there again isn't so bad, especially when I get a cute new necklace at the end of it :) If you have a free Saturday or even an evening or afternoon, here is how you can make your own necklace!


Gold chain, gold bar pendants, faux clear crystals, large gold round beads, small gold round beads, beading wire, crimp beads, jump rings, clasp, needle nose pliers, wire cutters. My pendant beads are all from the boho jewelry making line at Cousin DIY!


Your Whims Wednesday #277 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party!
Chalkboard Platter Fall Wreath by Refresh Living
This fall wreath looks so easy and inexpensive to make! What a great DIY project using a platter from the thrift store.

Alouette, Prosciutto and Asparagus Roll Ups by The Kittchen
You’ve Been Boo-zed Free Printable by Oh My Creative
You've Been Boo-zed Free Printable. Just like the kids booed printable. It's time for the mamas to have some fun too, with this adult version of a basket of booze! What a fun Halloween Free Printable! | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Halloween Butternut Squash Soup by The Real Thing with the Coake Family
Soups are perfect recipes for fall. We like to make our soup spooky for Halloween. Recipe and directions are included to make this spiderweb butternut squash soup.

Spooky S’mores Favors by A Bride on a Budget
s'mores favors
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Your Whims Wednesday # 276 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party!

White Wine Apple Sangria by Honey and Birch
White wine apple cider sangria is the perfect addition to fall brunches. Grab your ingredients and try this recipe today! | honeyandbirch.com
Pumpkin Hoop Fall Banner by Country Chic Cottage
Make this pumpkin hoop fall banner for your fall mantel!
Carrot Cake Mix Cookies by Home Cooking Memories 
Make easy cookies from a boxed cake mix! These Carrot Cake Mix Cookies are made with your favorite boxed carrot cake mix. This easy recipe also includes a homemade Cream Cheese Frosting to make them even better.
Smoked Chicken and Roasted Green Grape Hand Pies by Take Two Tapas
Use your leftover smoked chicken and few remaining grapes and make it into hand pies for lunch or your next tailgating party! Smoked Chicken and Roasted Grape Hand Pies Recipe | Take Two Tapas
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Staying Healthy On Weekend Trips with Florastor®

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I love to travel and exploring new towns and places, especially on fun little weekend trips.  I live in the Philadelphia suburbs which I love because within about a 2-3 hour drive you can go up north to New York, east to New Jersey, south to DC, or west to other parts of the state. There are so many different places to explore! I recently went on a little weekend trip to Shippensburg Pennsylvania which is a little over two hours away from where I live and it was such a fun little town to go visit.

I went on the trip with my boyfriend because he actually went to college at Shippensburg years ago, so we had a fun little weekend planned to go back to his old stomping grounds and see some of his old friends.  Now, since I’ve lost weight I’ve always been a big supporter of giving yourself time off from your diet to relax and have fun when you need it (which normally happens on the weekends for me!) but I also still think that giving yourself a break shouldn’t be an excuse to have a free for all the entire weekend! I knew I had this fun little weekend trip planned where I would not be following my diet as strict as normal, but we still made plans to make it a generally healthy an active trip as best as we could.

My best advice for staying somewhat healthy on trips when you go away? PLAN AHEAD! We made plans to go hiking at a state park when we got out to Shippensburg on Saturday morning and I knew that after the hike we would be STARVING so I planned ahead to pack a healthy lunch for us to enjoy when the hike was done. I used a meal prep lunch bag I have to pack up all of the essentials for eating healthy while we were out and about.

I packed away some carrots and tomatoes with a greek yogurt sauce to dip them in, some lean turkey breast and spinach to make a salad with honey mustard dressing, a few snack bars, and then of course since I was going to be staying overnight in Shippensburg I had to make sure I had packed my Florastor® Daily Probiotics to take while I was away.  

We had an amazing hike that morning.  It was sunny and beautiful outside but not too hot, the scenery was gorgeous, and the hike was challenging! I’m so used to climbing the stair master at the gym to get my cardio in, and this hike was actually like nature’s very own stair master!

Although I have to say, the view from the top of the hike was SO MUCH BETTER than the view from the top of the stair master at my gym.  You could see mountains and trees for miles and miles. It was so beautiful and also rewarding because I had to climb up a mountain myself to see it!

The climb back down the mountain was much less challenging (thank goodness!) and my picnic lunch was waiting at the car for us to enjoy as reward for conquering such a challenging hike.  I made sure to take my Florastor® Daily Probiotic with lunch as well because I have been loving what this probiotic has been doing for my body lately!

I changed up my diet plan about 8 months ago to the If It Fits your Macros diet plan and ever since I made that switch it has done WONDERS for maintaining my weight loss (100 pounds down still and loving it!!!) but my digestion and regulatory system definitely had a lot of um, well adjusting to do to the new plan.  Florastor® is actually the best selling probiotic worldwide and the ONLY brand on the market with Saccharomyces boulardii lyo CNCM I-745 which helps restore your natural flora, so I knew it would be my best option to help strengthen my digestive balance AND support my immune system. It helps to break down carbs and fiber in my body while still being vegetarian, gluten-free, and contains no GMO ingredients so I don’t have to worry about what I’m putting in my body.  

I went on to have such a fun rest of the weekend: I met some new friends, went to a college football game, had a great dinner, went to a random beard and mustache competition for charity (I know, I didn’t know such a thing existed either?!?) and ended up drinking just a litttttle more wine than I should have (hey, what else is new with me haha) BUT I didn’t feel bad about it because I started the day off with some exercise and a great healthy lunch so the trip wasn’t a complete cheat day.  

There are always ways to eat healthy when you are out of town and there are SO many different activities you can find that will still get your body moving and heart pumping for a bit of extra exercise if you just try to make it a priority! I cannot IMAGINE trying to hike to the top of that mountain when I was 100 pounds heavier two years ago, and so I am so glad that I took the steps to the point of health I’m at now where I am capable of doing that, and am glad that I can still go off on weekend getaways and find ways to stay healthy and on track while I’m away!

Next time you start researching healthy activities to do on an upcoming weekend trip, make sure you also check out Florastor® Daily Probiotics and visit their site to find out all the other great benefits of taking a daily probiotic and why Florastor® is the best option out there!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Brussel Sprouts, Shallots, Bacon and Manchego Cheese Side

This Brussel sprout side is a healthy and filling dish with amazing flavors developed from cooking the veggies in light butter and wine and adding in just enough bacon and cheese to make you almost forget you are actually eating Brussel sprouts ;)

If you ever find yourself with 7 bags worth of Brussel sprouts, this would be a great recipe to make.

Oh, what’s that? I’m the only person who ever randomly has seven bags of Brussel sprouts in her fridge at one time? Dang it.  I knew my love for Brussel sprouts was just a tad bit abnormal…

Heh. Ok, I really do loveeeeee Brussel sprouts and I did have 7 bags of them at once, but it happened by accident I PROMISE. Late this summer when I went away on vacation with my boyfriend’s family I planned to cook dinner one night and my recipe included Brussel sprouts.  There were a good amount of people staying at the house during vacation so I made sure to stock up at Wegmans at home before I left for vacation since you can buy bags of shaved Brussel sprouts pretty cheap there.  Great plan…until I left for vacation and left all four bags of Brussel sprouts sitting in my fridge in PA…very very far away from Chincoteague Virginia.  Dang it! Luckily I remembered I forgot them on the ride down so when we stopped at the grocery store before heading into the island for the week I bought three more bags as replacement.  Then, long story short, vacation was cut short early due to a medical situation with a family member and so I never had a chance to cook my dinner for everyone before leaving so three large bags of Brussel sprouts came right back home to PA with me. And then I just hadddd to eat all the Brussel sprouts before they went bad which wouldn’t seem too bad since I love them so much but guys…seven bags is really a lot of sprouts hahaha.

Luckily this side dish uses a bunch of brussels but also includes some other fabulous players to switch up the flavor profile like WINE and BACON and CHEESE!  Love ‘um or hate ‘um, these little veggies make a great healthy side and even if you are skeptical about trying them still this is a great recipe to start with. Do it for the bacon guys, do it for the bacon :)