Bulletproof Coffee

Happy Monday! This post is going to be short and sweet but I wanted to share with you how I started my morning off.

If you didn’t know, I LOVE a good cup of coffee in the morning but lately it hasn’t done much for me. I’m still sleepy, I don’t feel as focused and that jolt of energy is gone. This morning I made myself Bulletproof coffee and a few sips in I noticed a shift in my mood and energy level.

What goes into Bulletproof Coffee

Black coffee (I used a K-cup from Trader Joe’s)
1 tsp coconut oil (I love Trader Joe’s Virgin Coconut Oil)
1 tbsp Kerrygold grass fed Butter (The butter has to be grass fed in order to receive the benefits)

Optional
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Couple of drops of liquid Stevia (If you want some sweetness)
Tiny pinch of pink sea salt

Blend it all together using an immersion blender or a regular blender should work as well. Once mine was blended I had a nice creamy layer on top.

My bulletproof coffee tasted like a very rich and creamy latte. Before i drank it my eyes were barely open as I tried to put on makeup. A couple of sips later and I was wide awake and so focused which is probably why I got a quick blog post in.

If you have yet to try or wonder how bulletproof coffee can change up your morning routine, you can read this article from Women’s Health Magazine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

What’s Up Wednesday!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything on the blog and what better way to jump in than on What’s Up Wednesday!?!?!? In case you are new here, the last Wednesday of every month I link up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To, and The Larson Lingo to share what has been going on.

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What We’re Eating This Week


A lot of meals from my favorite cookbook, SkinnyTaste Fast and Slow. Monday night I made her Banh Mi Rice Bowl but with cauliflower rice and tonight we are having Chicken and Dumplings.

What I’m Reminiscing About


A lovely Saturday night date with Brandon. After our engagement photo shoot, we went to KA Sushi in Heights neighorhood in Houston. It was so nice to have an amazing meal and spend some quality time with my man.

If you live in Houston or near it, go to KA Sushi and order the Lobster Ramen. It is seriously the best!

What I’m Loving


This sneak peek of our engagement pictures.

What We’ve Been Up To

We thought January was going to be a slow month so we could catch up on some house projects but every weekend is filled with fun activities.

What I’m Dreading

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Houston traffic next week with the Superbowl being in town.

What I’m Working On

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My fitness! This week I signed up for a 12-week fitness program on bodybuilding.com, it’s called TRANSformeD. Its a mix of weight loss and leaning out. I’m not sure how much I’ll share but if anyone wants to know how the program is going on comment below and I’ll share it.

What I’m Excited About

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That I get married in less than 4 months! It’s starting to get REAL!

What I’m Watching/Reading

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I’ve been binging out hard on Shameless but that is also over so I’m trying to pace myself until the end. Then I might make Brandon finish House of Cards with me.

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I picked up the Twlight Wife at Target last week in hopes that I would read it during my lucnh breaks, well that hasn’t happened yet but there is always hope. I’m only a couple of pages in and I like it but I enjoy a car nap more or a walk to get out of the office.

What I’m Listening To

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Lots of Podcasts! My current favorites are LadyGang and PaleOMG Uncensored.

What I’m Wearing

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Well Winter has seemed to come and go in a couple of days so now I’m not really sure what to wear. It’s January so I feel weird busting out my Spring/Summer clothes but it looks like I might have to take out a few things. I bet the weather will get cold again Cook-Off Weekend like it normally does.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

This weekend I’ll be celebrating my friend who is a Bride-To-Be at her Bridal Shower then on Sunday we are going to church with some friends.

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month


My dad is coming in town for a visit and I already have projects lined up for him! We are going to paint my dining room and install some shelves in our hall closet. Don’t worry, I’ll feed him lots of crawfish for his troubles.

What Else is New

Not a whole lot! I think I’ve covered it all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget to comment below if you want me to recap my 12-Week fitness program.

Xo, Heather

New Year, New You, New Budget

Happy 2017! I love the start of a new year; it’s a clean slate, you can tackle something that you have always wanted to but couldn’t find the time or you can challenge yourself to be financially responsible.

In November I challenged myself to “No Spend November”, it wasn’t the easiest of things but my bank account sure loved it. A few rules that I stuck by were, no eating out for lunch, no Starbucks, no Happy Hour dates, no manis or pedis, and I could only buy the essentials. Trust me, it was hard to get my lunch and breakfast together every morning but the results were worth it. I was spending almost $50/week on LUNCH! That’s not including the occasional reload of my Starbucks card to keep my caffeine addiction in check.

Now with the new year I wanted to share a few tips on how to increase your savings and cut your spending in little ways that put off a big reward.

Minimize Your Subscriptions 

Cut the Cable
Maybe you are like me and find yourself watching Netflix or Hulu more than you watch live TV. Cutting your cable can easily save you $70 if not more a month depending on your plan. If you want to keep your cable because you can’t live without your shows, call your cable provider to see if there are any deals for established customers, or if you reduce one of your cable boxes and replace it with AppleTV.

Cancel Your Magazine Subscriptions
Most of the magazines now are 85% ads. Use Pinterest or blogs for food or fashion inspiration.

Cancel Your Gym Membership
Right now most gyms are filled with the January Resolutioners so the gym is way too packed. Think about what you do while you are there, if it’s only cardio put your sneakers on and explore your neighborhood or city park. If you do a lot of free weights, head to your local Tuesday Morning or Marshalls to buy some free weights at a cheap price. Once you have a few pieces of equipment (free weights – light and heavy, and resistance band) check out Tone It Up on Youtube. There are a ton of FREE workouts that you can do in the comfort of you own home.

Cook More

I love to cook larger meals during the week so I can bring leftovers for lunch. My favorite resources are Pinterest and SkinnyTaste.com. Even though my kitchen is a mess afterwards, it’s nice to cook and hang out with my fiancee at the same time instead of siting on the couch watching TV. It gives us a chance to talk about our days and spend quality time.

If cooking every night isn’t your thing, Pinterest has a a lot of Freezer Meals. In an hour I was able to knock out almost 10 meals. (You can find some of my favorite in my Food board). When I was reading to make them, all I had to do was drop one in my crockpot and head to work.

Purge Your House

Every once in a while I purge my house and get rid of items that we haven’t used in forever or that we have upgraded. Anything that is still in good condition I try to sell on our neighborhood Facebook group, Craigslist or the Let Go app. If after a week, it doesn’t sell then I’ll just add it to our Goodwill donation and claim it on my taxes. If I do sell it, I’ll either treat myself to a manicure, a coffee, or I’ll put it into the piggy bank for a future vacation.

Smart Money Tips

If you have student loan debt, look into refinancing it for a lower rate which will significantly reduce your monthly budget. If you have student loan debt and are looking into refinancing, you can find more information here.

One thing that I’ve done recently is, a balance transfer on my credit card to get out of debt faster. This way I’m able to put more smart money towards it since it is interest free for 15 months! Before I completed a balance transfer, I was paying a hefty amount every month to get out of debt but the amount wasn’t reducing as much as it was increasing with each monthly statement. I felt like I was in a hole that I couldn’t get out of but now I’m seeing the light.

These are just some small steps to start your 2017! What are some items that you plan on cutting from your budget? Comment below, I would love to hear about them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

New Year Resolutions

With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to prepare for 2017 and reflect on how amazing 2016 was.

2016 was such a fun year and I couldn’t have wished for anything more!

Brandon and I got ENGAGED! 
Countless trips
Lots of parties hosted at our house
Our house turned into a home 
Fell back in love with cooking
New friendships
Strengthened existing friendships

As scary as the term “resolutions” can be, I have a few goals for 2017 . . .

Get Married! (that’s easy)
Cook more
Follow a devotional for the year. I have one but I haven’t followed it faithfully everyday
KonMari (aka declutter) my house. You can find some how-to videos here
Finish a couple of projects in my house (paint the kitchen dining room area, paint the laundry room, and build some shelves in the hall closet)
Read more
Workout consistently (Hello, Wedding Dress!)
Run at least 4 5k 

What are some of your resolutions for 2017 and what are your best tips for sticking to them?

Thank you for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Friday Five

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ONE

Salad from Chipotle for lunch on Wednesday

TWO

Homemade pasta with an olive oil and garlic sauce. . . .made by ME!

THREE

Bourbon tasting with Brandon on Saturday at Whitmeyer’s Distillery

FOUR

Fries with green chili queso fom Hopdoddy’s.

FIVE

Tomatillo braised chicken legs with cilantro lime rice and avocado from Skinnytaste.com

I hope y’all don’t mind the food posts too much because there are plenty more coming your way. On Sunday, Brandon and I are hosting our first Italian Christmas Feast at our house. Our friends will enjoy some homemade italian food made by yours truly. I’ll be sure to share some pictures of the food and decor on the blog next with.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather