Wedding Registry Guide

Happy Friday, friends!

Now that I’ve been married for a few months I’ve had time to play with the wonderful wedding gifts Brandon and I received. I have a few friends getting married in 2017 and 2018 and they have asked me a few times what should I register for and what should I skip. So I wanted to break it down for you today in order to make your wedding registry fun for you and super easy for your guests.

What do you register for if you already have everything?

This is probably the most common question I’ve been asked. Brandon and I lived together before we got married so we had a lot of the basics like really nice cookware, plates and some kitchen gadgets. However, there were items that we knew needed to be upgraded like a knife set and switch from a Keurig to a Nespresso. We also wanted to have more serving items because we love to host at our home. Take a look around your home to see what you could upgrade and add that to your registry.

What to register for when we need EVERYTHING?

Luckily the internet will be your best friend when it comes to this because there are so many registry guides that you can research to see what fits best for you as a couple. Maybe you are not addicted to coffee like me so you want a really fancy electric tea kettle. Zola has some great Starter Guides that will point you in the right direction. Also, don’t feel overwhelmed as you register or think no one will get us this it’s too expensive. You do you is all I can say. I probably edited our registry a few times because you get scan gun happy that you scan items that you realize a week later that you don’t need 16 bath towels.

What are your registry favorites?

Instant Pot

Before we registered I read a lot of food blogs that kept talking about how much of a game changer an Instant Pot is so I knew I wanted to add it. I’ve used a crockpot for YEARS because it’s so simple and convenient until I started to use my Instant Pot. This little baby can cook a 4 lb rotisserie chicken in 30 minutes. Goodbye are the days of me buying the already cooked ones at HEB, I can now make my own. If you have a crockpot on your registry, I would replace it with an Instant Pot. It still has the slow cooker option but it does so much more, like saute, steams veggies and it’s a rice cooker to name a few.

New Sheets

Our sheets have always been from Target so we wanted some nicer ones. They are so soft, cozy and don’t get too hot which is a requirement for me. #alwaysafireball

Self-Sharpening Knife Set

When I say my old knife set was crap I mean it, times 10! They were probably 10 years old that I found on sale for $15 at Linens N Things (that goes to show you how old they were). They were so dull and I would get frustrated that my knife skills were severely lacking until this dream of a knife set came into our lives. They are so sharp that I can finally showcase my chopping skills. Every time you put them in or take them out of the knife block they sharpen the knives. No more wondering when was the last time I’ve sharpened my knives.

What should I skip? 

TOWELS! We spent so much time looking at towels and trying to figure out which towels would work best for each bathroom. Guess what! We didn’t get a single towel. If you need new towels, I would just use gift card money to purchase them.

Items that don’t suit you as a couple. If baking and cooking isn’t your thing, that’s totally ok so don’t feel pressured that you have to put every baking item on your registry.

It was so much fun sharing some registry tips with you! Zola is a one-stop shop for all of your registry needs especially if you want to do a HoneyFund instead of a traditional registry. They are changing the game for the modern bride and groom.

I would love to hear what some of the items you loved from your wedding registry, so please feel free to comment below.

Xo,
Heather

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Hello Again. . .

So it’s been about 5ish months since my last post which is rather embarrassing! Life got away from me with wedding planning, then getting married, a fabulous honeymoon and getting back into the swing of life.

In my time away from the blog, I’ve thought about it non stop. I’ve thought about what I want to create, what I want to share and the life I want to lead. I’ve realized that I’m constantly trying to find BALANCE in my everyday life. I balance out my Friday night homemade pizza with being healthy the whole week and with working out. I balance my workouts by switching them up so I don’t get bored with only going to Planet Fitness. I balance being a good wife by being a great friend to my girls and vice versa. Ok you get the point…

As women, I feel like we struggle with saying yes to everything and feeling guilty for letting someone down but sometimes we just have to. I want to share tips with you on how to make a fab dinner in 30 minutes, how to be a great friend if you feel like you are struggling with that, and some fitness tips that have helped me keep weight off the last few years.

I hope you want to be apart of this and if you have anything you want to see on the blog, comment below or tweet me. I’m so excited to get back to blogging and sharing a lot of the food that I’ve been whipping up in the kitchen.

Xo,
Heather

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