Trip to Boston: Part 1

We finally moved into our new house and shortly after jetted off to Boston for the week! This long (!) weekend we are enjoying a little vacation time before we attend a work conference starting Tuesday. I thought it would be really stressful but it’s actually nice to take a vacation from moving. When we get back to FL the new house will have a fresh coat of white paint and be ready to be decorated. And we’ll finally have wi-fi! In the meantime, it’s my first time in Boston so we’re trying to get in as much as possible while also taking some time to relax. Here’s what we were up to on our first day:

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[our airbnb is a super cute one room apartment on a really pretty tree lined street that’s close to everything!]

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[This is cap’t crunch french toast from The Met Back Bay. So yummy]

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[The State House]
We did the self guided Freedom Trail tour and had a great time walking through Boston and stopping at whatever we found along the way, including a few of the Freedom Trail sites of course!

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We had a great first day that involved a lot of walking but overall I would say Boston has made it’s way into my list of favorite cities very quickly!

5 Minute Tip: Organize Mail

mail stackWhat do you do with your mail when you bring it in the house? Does it end up in a pile to go through later? A quick tip to avoid mail taking over is to take a few minutes when you first pick up the mail to go through it. Don’t get it out of the mailbox unless you know you will have time to go through it right when you bring it in. Recycle any junk mail (before you even walk inside if your recycle bins are in the garage!), open and read anything important and put it where it belongs. Have a spot where you can put anything that needs an action to be taken if you aren’t able to take that action immediately.

For magazines, once you get the newest issue, recycle the previous one. If you consistently find you haven’t had a chance to flip through the previous issue before a new one comes, consider canceling the subscription. Reading magazines should be relaxing and enjoyable but when it starts to become just another thing on your to do list, rethink your subscriptions.

How do you organize your mail?

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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This past week we packed up our house, moved everything into storage and moved in with my parents. We’re closing on the new house on Monday (if we can avoid the hurricane) and will hopefully be moved in before we head to Boston next Friday. Basically, I haven’t had much time to think about blogs, let alone what we are going to do while we’re in Boston (if anyone has any suggestions, please share!) but I managed to take some pictures of the quinoa tabouli salad I made recently so here’s the recipe! It’s delicious and will be stay just as delicious all week for lunch.

Ingredients:
– 1 1/2 cups quinoa
– 1/2 english cucumber, cut in pieces
– grape tomatoes, cut in half
– 1 can of beans (garbanzo beans are best but I didn’t have any so I used northern beans), rinse and drain
– green onion
– fresh mint
– parsley
– feta cheese

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Dressing:
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– balsamic vinegar
– 2 tbsp lemon juice
– minced garlic
– salt and pepper
*(mix everything together in a mason jar and set aside)

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1. Make quinoa according to the package and set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine cucumber, tomatoes, beans, green onions, mint, parsley and quinoa.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir.
4. Add feta cheese on top.

I followed [this recipe] but made adjustments based on what ingredients I had. You could easily switch it up with a different dressing or add in other veggies you have in the fridge!

Crockpot Taco Chicken Recipe

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Since we’re trying to clear out the fridge before we move this weekend (eek!) I’ve been trying not to buy too much food to get us through the week. That’s where crockpot meals have come to the rescue! I can make one thing in the crockpot on Monday and it will last us through the week. Last week’s recipe was taco chicken. You can eat it over rice, with chips, in a tortilla or by itself. It’s so good you will want to try it every way!

Ingredients:
– 2 chicken breasts
– 1 16oz jar of salsa
– 1 can black beans, drained
– half a bag frozen corn
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped
– 1 tbsp chili powder
– 1/2 tbsp cumin
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– white rice
– toppings: shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole

  1. Put everything except the rice and toppings in the crockpot, make sure the chicken is covered.
  2. Cook for 8 hours on low.
  3. Cook the rice before the chicken is done.
  4. When chicken is done, shred it with a fork and stir in crockpot.
  5. Create the bowl by first adding rice followed by the chicken mixture and top with any toppings (I had cheese and cilantro)Enjoy!

August Birchbox Review

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The August box did not disappoint with another adorable box design. (if you need ideas on how to use the empty boxes, click here!) Here’s what I got in mine:

Coola Organic Makeup Setting Spray: This is the sample I chose for this month since I’ve been wanting a setting spray. It’s also SPF 30 so it works double duty.
Beauty Protector Leave-in Conditioner: I’ve never tried a leave-in conditioner before so I can’t say I’m exactly sure what it’s supposed to do but this one worked great for untangling my hair without leaving it greasy!
Harvey Prince Hello Perfume: I’ll admit I was a little annoyed to see yet another perfume sample in my Birchbox this month but to my surprise I actually really like this one! It’s light and fruity and doesn’t smell too perfume-y. Since I usually hate all perfumes this one must be good!
Laqa and Co. Cheeky Lip Crayon: Love this one! I’ve been using it on my lips nonstop but I feel like it would be way too dark for cheeks.
Supergoop! Hand Cream: I always like a good hand lotion since my hands get super dry but I’m not exactly sure the point of the SPF. It seems like it just makes it a little thicker than it needs to be.

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What’d you get in your box this month?

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5 Minute Tip: An Organized Fridge

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The fridge is one place that can tend to fill up quickly and be a daunting task to get it back to being organized again. One of my least favorite things in the world is cleaning out moldy or smelly food that’s been in the fridge for way too long. A quick tip to avoid this is to clean out your fridge once a week, the night before trash day. Go through and check everything and throw out any leftovers or expired food.

Also, quickly go through the pantry and toss anything that’s stale and remove snacks you tried but didn’t like. I tend to want to try out new snacks but just as often I end up not liking them. I suggest tossing them (instead of keeping them until they expire and finally throwing it away) or if you feel bad about throwing away perfectly good food, bring it to the office and chances are someone will like it!

*image source: Martha Stewart

New Rifle Paper Co. Day Planner

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Even though it’s only August, I’ve already picked up my 2016 planner! Rifle Paper Co. got me again (like always) and I preordered their new planner that finally arrived this week. Thankfully this one starts in August so i get to start using it right away! There are always so many adorable planners out there (like this, this and this) so choosing the right one can be a tough choice (although for me it was easy this year!). This one is set up with bullets and lines in two columns under each day which works perfectly for how I organize my days. I’m planning to use one side for events and the other for to dos! It also includes a monthly view, notes section and important dates section. Here’s a look inside. Which planner are you going to buy for 2016? IMG_6640rifle paper co plannerday planner
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