Meatless Monday // One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

It’s week 4 of Meatless Monday’s! So far my adventures in Meatless meal making have been super fun and delicious! This week I was feeling super in the mood for Mexican-Style cuisine, so I decided to throw together a meatless Mexican rice casserole!

Beans are an excellent source of protein already present in Mexican cooking, so honestly I barely at all missed the meat! One of my biggest tips for making a meal Meatless is not to skip out on the spices you would normally use to season the meat with! For example, I’d usually make this recipe with chicken or shrimp, seasoning the meat with chili powder, salt, cumin, and paprika. All of these I used to season my meal! It makes all the difference in keeping these dishes authentic to what you are used to while removing the meat component!

Recipe after the jump

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BoxyCharm January 2018 Review

Disclaimer: I was not paid in any way for this post or for my thoughts on these products. I paid for my subscription myself and wanted to share my thoughts with you all! I have included my BoxyCharm referral link at the bottom of the post.

BoxyCharm came highly recommended by many of my friends who are more on the “Makeup Aficionado” side of the spectrum. It costs a little more than I am used to paying for subscription boxes ($21/Month) but they send full sized products from prestige brands. I decided to give it a try. The one thing that sucks is the Waitlist. I had to wait 3 months for a spot to open up to get my box. Now that I’m off, they will come monthly until I cancel, but the initial wait was torture!

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Six Blogger Style: How to Wear the Denim-on-Denim Trend

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links and/or links to my own online boutique. All this means is that shopping using these links will help support me and my blog at no additional cost to you. Thank you very much for your support!

Let’s all take a moment of silence in remembrance of the infamous Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim on denim red carpet look. May it ever remain as merely a costume.

Now, let’s move right along, because the Six Blogger Style ladies are here to show you how to rock the “Canadian tuxedo” denim-on-denim trend without looking like a hot mess!

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Metro Diner Columbus, GA Review

Disclaimer // This Post is sponsored by Metro Diner and Tilson PR. However, as always, all thoughts and views expressed here in this post and related social media posts by me are honest and my own. You can read more about my disclosure policy here. Huge thanks to Metro Diner and Tilson PR for sponsoring our meal for date night!

If the name “Metro Diner” sounds familiar, you may remember it from their feature on Guy Fieri’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The revival of Metro Diner has been open since 1992, with its original location thriving in Jacksonville, Florida. They have since branched out to other states and cities… and now their newest location is open here in Columbus, GA!

Joe and I actually noticed the advertising for Metro Diner at this location opening a month or so ago when we were at the Landings shopping center. We were curious about what it would be, but never gave it much thought. We figured we would check it out once it opened. Lo and behold I received a very exciting email that asked me to attend a dinner service with a guest and spread the word of Metro Diner’s opening in Columbus! We are so grateful to have had our date night sponsored by Metro Diner, and I look forward to sharing our thoughts on the food and dining experience with you!

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Meatless Monday // Week 3: Asian-Inspired Vegetable Noodle Soup

It’s that day of the week again! Week 3 and I’m still going strong on my goal for one meatless meal a week! This time I’m pulling out another Asian-inspired recipe. My husband and I are notorious soup people. We went a month last year where we just kept cooking soups every day. There’s so much variety you can do!

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The More It Takes Away

Sometimes when I have a hard time finding words to express the jumble of emotions and thoughts rolling around in my head, I am able to find the simplest poem, quote, or combination of words to aid me. The above poem by Lang Leav is likely meant to be read in a romantic sense, however it’s different in my situation. It’s not a person who changed, who is changing… but a place.

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Winter Blues

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This past weekend, Joe and I took a day trip up to Pine Mountain, LaGrange, and Hogansville to do some exploring/antiquing and just get out of Columbus. We know we want to plan an exclusive trip dedicated to checking out Callaway Gardens, but for today, we were content to explore the city and check out some of the local antique shops. This is our favorite pastime, because even if we don’t buy anything we become inspired and rejuvenated by new sights and experiences!

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Meatless Monday // Week 2: Chickpea Fried Rice

After the great success of my first meatless meal of the year, I was super excited to try another! One of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to food, especially when cooking at home, is Chinese takeout and Chinese-takeout-inspired foods. I figured that since I’m doing this meatless meal thing, I might as well try a meatless take on something!

We had a can of chickpeas in the pantry from when I was on a homemade hummus kick, so I did a little research and found out that they can do well with pretty much anything! I decided to keep it simple and just swap my favorite chicken fried rice recipe over to chickpea fried rice! Granted, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good chicken fried rice, but I think this is a fairly decent alternative. I won’t say it’s amazing, but it’s not bad!

Recipe after the jump.

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Elvive Revive Damaged Hair Color Vibrancy Repair & Protect Balm by L’Oréal Paris

Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent to me complimentary by Influenster and L’Oreal Paris to test and review. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect my own opinions and experiences.

If you’re anything like me, then you know that while coloring your hair is awesome and can make you feel like a million bucks, it’s not always easy to upkeep, and often times your hair ends up being damaged between the dye itself, heat styling, and environmental issues. Since I color my hair red, the upkeep is generally not too bad, but there’s still a lot going on that gives me some pretty hefty split ends and makes my color appear lackluster after a while. That’s where L’Oréal’s Elvive line comes in!

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Dollar Shave Club Starter Kit Review

I’d like to disclaim that this post is not sponsored in any way by Dollar Shave Club. I simply decided to take advantage of a special promotion to give them a try and share my thoughts here on the blog. Like all my reviews, my views are my own. Everyone with a Dollar Shave Club account gets a referral link, and mine is at the bottom of the post.

When money is tight and you have two people who need razors on a daily basis in your household, it’s not exactly practical to spend $20 twice a month on good razors (or $8 once a month for shitty disposable ones). I remembered seeing ads and positive reviews for Dollar Shave Club, and when they had a discounted “starter kit” with no commitment, I figured it was worth a try. And as always, I love to share my experiences just in case there’s someone out there who could benefit from me sharing my thoughts!

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