Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love my slow cooker. Especially when the weather gets cooler! And I love when I discover that I can make one of my favorite recipes with this carefree method. This recipe for Stuffed Peppers has been on repeat in our house for a few years, and it’s even toddler approved! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

• 4 bell peppers- top and seeds removed

• 2 cups quinoa- cooked and cooled

• 1 16 oz can drained corn

• 1 16 oz can drained and rinsed black beans

• 2 cups salsa of choice

• 1 tsp cumin

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1 tsp chili powder

• 1/2 tsp garlic powder

• 1/4 tsp salt

• Optional Toppings: cilantro, avocado, guacamole, cheese.

Instructions:

• Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

• Stuff each pepper with the mixture and place inside the slow cooker.

• Cook on high for 3 hours.

• Let cool and top with your choices.

XOXO,

Molly B.

How To Style Printed Jeans

Have you ever seen a super cute piece of clothing and thought, “Yea, but how would I wear it?!” For me, that was these jeans. As soon as I saw them, I was instantly in love. However, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to wear them multiple times or multiple ways. But I have been surprised at how many ways I’ve been able to style them. Here are just a few ideas if you too have been eyeing a pair of printed jeans.

Rocker Chick: Pair them with a graphic tee, leather jacket, and booties.

Pop of Color: Use them as a neutral to highlight your favorite bright hue.

Denim on Denim: Pair with a jean jacket for a different take on the traditional Canadian Tuxedo.

Monochromatic: Pair with one of the colors included in the print for a twist on this chic classic.

I would love to see if you try a pair of printed jeans and how you style yours!

Shop these looks and more via my LIKETOKNOW.IT.

XOXO,

Molly B.

60 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money

Back in August, I completed a No Spend Month  and am planning a #NoSpendNovember.  One thing that discourages people from this challenge (including myself) is coming up with things to do to entertain themselves and to distract themselves from spending money.  I totally get it, so I put together this list of 60 things that you can do instead of spending money.  I wonder how many we can knock out in a month?!

  1. De-clutter your house.
  2. Attend free music/movies in the park.
  3. Have a picnic.
  4. Get outside for a walk, run, hike, or bike ride.
  5. Go to a park.
  6. Play board/card games.
  7. Learn a new skill. (Check out YouTube!)
  8. Read a book.
  9. Make a new recipe using things you already have on hand.
  10. Play with your kids, nieces/nephews, friends’ kids.
  11. Create a piece of art for your home using only what you have on hand.
  12. Sort, print, and organize photos on your phone and computer.
  13. Build a fire in your fireplace or fire pit.
  14. DIY something using only what you have on hand.
  15. Visit a free museum.
  16. Volunteer your time.
  17. Camp in your backyard.
  18. Go fishing.
  19. Explore your library.
  20. Take pictures.
  21. Make a budget.
  22. Re-design a room using what you have at home. (Use Pinterest for inspiration!)
  23. Make lists. (holiday, meal plans, back-to-school, bucket list, etc.)
  24. Write down your goals.
  25. Work in your garden.
  26. Take a bath.
  27. Host a clothing swap with friends.
  28. Write.
  29. Draw or paint.
  30. Organize your cabinets.
  31. Sit outside and take in your surroundings with a good cup of coffee/tea or glass of wine.
  32. Deep clean your house.
  33. Do the laundry.
  34. Do a puzzle.
  35. Give yourself a mani/pedi.
  36. Iron your clothes.
  37. Take a free online course.
  38. Organize your e-mail and delete the junk.
  39. Stretch/foam roll.
  40. Do some yoga.
  41. Call or visit a friend or relative.
  42. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  43. Organize your personal documents. (tax returns, insurance forms, passport, etc.)
  44. Meditate.
  45. Sit and talk with your spouse, roommate, friend, or child.
  46. Count your blessings and write them down.
  47. Do a free fitness workout.
  48. Go to a book signing or book reading.
  49. Switch up your framed photos.
  50. Clean your fridge.
  51. Organize your closet.
  52. Watch a documentary.
  53. Shop your own closet to pair new things together or hack it up to make something new entirely.
  54. Plan a yard sale.
  55. Do a Pinterest project using things you have on hand.
  56. Do a crossword puzzle.
  57. Blast music and dance around.
  58. Finish a project you’ve been putting off.
  59. Clean your garage.
  60. Listen to a podcast or TedTalk.

Please let me know if you have any ideas to add to the list!

 

XOXO,

Moly B.

How To Find The Best Restaurants When Traveling

Eating your way through a city is no easy task, but somebody’s gotta do it. And I’m up for the job! But finding all the best spots does require some research and planning. Here are my tips for finding all the best eats on the road.

1. Find out if there is a signature dish of that city or state. Just like Kansas City has our barbecue, most cities and states have their own “thing.” Also controversial like KC BBQ, the locals will have their opinions on where to go. So take their votes and try one for yourself.

2. Use the Food Network’s shows and website. Man vs. Food, Triple D, Cupcake Wars, they will all give you insight on the best spots in any city. Don’t have time to watch the shows? No worries, the website collects all of the restaurants for you to reference at any time.

3. Pinterest. A quick city name search on Pinterest will generate tons of travel guides that fellow travelers have written, compiling all of their recommendations.

4. Instagram. This is a foodie gold mine. Search for hashtags, follow influencers and bloggers in that city, all of the search features make it easy to find lots of yummy food options. Another tip: Post a question box in your InstaStory to get suggestions from your friends that may have been to that city.

5. Organize everything in Yelp. One great feature of the Yelp app is the ability to build Collections. You can add a Collection, give it a name, and add places to that Collection that you want to try. When you get to your destination, you’re able to quickly access all of those places, and you can even sort them by distance.

I would love to hear anything you do to find all the best food when you travel!

XOXO,

Molly B.

Easy Slow Cooker Risotto

I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets cooler, I’m all about my slow cooker!  I love to kick it on in the morning and smell its goodness all day long, and then enjoy a hot meal at the end of my day.  I am a big risotto fan, and this recipe is so easy and tasty, and we keep it on repeat in the Fall and Winter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (Can use dairy free for vegan)
  • 1-2 cups of desired vegetables (Ideas: corn, asparagus, mushrooms, peas)
  • 2 tbsp. thyme
  • 2 tbsp. basil

 

Instructions:

  • Combine rice, vegetables, and all your seasonings in your slow cooker.
  • Add in olive oil and broth.  Stir until combined.
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until most of the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add in cheese and stir.

 

There are a lot of ways to be creative with this recipe depending on the vegetables you want to add.  I can’t wait to hear what you think!

XOXO,

Molly B.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples and Families

You should know that Chad and I love any excuse to wear a costume. If there’s a costume party, we are instantly down. So naturally, we love Halloween. Here’s a roundup of several costumes we have worn over the years to help inspire you for your next costume-wearing occasion.

Ideas for Couples:

Ninja and Geisha

Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus

Captain Crunch and Toucan Sam

Silly Superheroes

Wayne’s World

Ideas for Families :

 

Circus People

Lumberjacks

Construction Workers

I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

XOXO,

Molly B.

My Skincare Routine

It took me over 30 years to finally take care of my skin.  I know, I know, that’s awful, but it’s the truth.  Like straight up, sleep in my makeup, face wash in the shower only, that’s it.  But shortly after turning 30, I decided to make this a priority.  It’s crazy how quickly my skin responded, and I am fully committed to my skincare routine.  I am certainly no expert, but I’m sharing my routine and some of my favorite products here.

Morning (After shower):

  1. Mask (I put this on after the shower and leave it on for 2-3 minutes while I brush my teeth.  Multitasking at its finest!)
  2. Exfoliating Scrub
  3. Daily Cleanser
  4. Toner
  5. Facial Spray
  6. Hydrating Serum
  7. Eye Serum
  8. Hydrating Moisturizer (I also mix tanning drops with my moisturizer.  See this post for details.)
  9. Lip Balm
  10. Hand Cream
  11. Body Lotion (I also mix tanning drops with my lotion.  See this post for details.)

Night (Before bed):

  1. Makeup Wipe
  2. Cleanser
  3. Toner
  4. Facial Spray
  5. Serum
  6. Eye Serum
  7. Moisturizer (I also mix tanning drops with my moisturizer.  See this post for details.)
  8. Night Cream
  9. Lip Balm
  10. Hand Cream
  11. Lash and/or Brow Treatment

Visit my LIKETOKNOW.IT to shop some of my favorite skincare products!

 

What does your routine look like, and what products do you love?  I can’t wait to hear!

 

XOXO,

Molly B.

 

Travel Tip: How to Get Better Sleep on the Road

“Ugh, how do you sleep in hotel rooms?”  Another common question I get about my frequent business travel.  Honestly, I can sleep almost anywhere.  But I have certainly had some restless nights away from home.  Over the past few years, I’ve become more diligent about planning for sleep success, because it is so important to me.  I’ve talked about it before, but I consider sleep to be my number one performance priority–personal, professional, athletic, everything.  Here are a few tips on how to get better sleep on the road.

Before Take Off:

  • Plan ahead.  If you leave town in a rush or with a huge to do list waiting for you, you will already feel anxious and unrested.  Try to take care of as many things as possible before leaving town to prevent those worrisome restless nights.
  • Be prepared.   Pack your ear plugs, eye masks, a portable sound machine, essential oils, hot tea, melatonin, whatever tools you need to get you in the sleepy time mood.
  • Exercise and eat normally.  Before your trip, follow your normal exercise and eating habits to provide your body some sense of normalcy.  (I’ve taken a lot of 6 AM flights, so this isn’t always possible, but I try to do this as much as possible.)
  • Get some sleep.  Don’t start off your trip in a sleep deficit.  Get some good sleep the night before to ensure you’re well rested before take off.
  • Dress for comfort.  Planes aren’t really known for being comfortable, so if at all possible, wear something comfortable, loose-fitting, and layered.  I like to wear a casual dress or yoga pants, with a cardigan or jean jacket.

In the Air:

  • Get comfortable.  If I have a longer flight, I definitely bring along a neck pillow.  Most airlines also have blankets for their passengers.
  • Drink water.  Dehydration is a real thing, and it can seriously disrupt your sleep later and only adds to the feeling of being tired.
  • Nap is you can.  Again, I can sleep just about anywhere, so if you’re like me and are able to sleep on a plane, go for it.  I close my window shade, put on a movie or listen to some music, and drift right off for as long as I can.  Even a short nap can make a huge difference.

At the Hotel:

  • Request a quiet room or a room in a quiet area.  Little unknown tip–a lot of hotels have rooms or whole floors that are explicitly reserved for customers who want a good night’s sleep.  These rooms may be located well off the street, have double-paned windows, soundproofed non-squeaky doors, quiet air-conditioners, are not scheduled near ballrooms or big parties.  Just ask at check in!
  • Request room amenities.  Just because it’s not in the room doesn’t mean you can’t have it.  Extra pillows or blankets, hot tea, ear plugs, even essential oils…all things that I have seen–for free–at some hotels.  Again, just ask!  Sometimes they even have other suggestions.  Remember, travel is their business.

On the Road:

  • Know your peak performance times.  I am a morning person, no matter where I am, so I try to plan accordingly.  Try to plan meetings on your home time, during your preferred hours, so that your body is able to adjust.
  • Get some sun.  During the day and meetings, let as much light into the room as possible and stay active.  Staying inside all day can continue to confuse your body’s sleep schedule.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.  I’m all about trying a local beer or having a glass of red with dinner, but I’ve had many restless nights after too many cocktails.  Not to mention the morning after effects, the anxiety, the works.  Better to just enjoy one to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • Relax before bedtime.  Reading, stretching, a bath, hot tea…whatever relaxes you, implement it on the road.
  • Exercise at the right time for you.  Regular exercise can help you get a good night’s sleep.  I am a morning exerciser, because it wakes me up for the day.  Also, if I exercise too close to bedtime, I’m too energized to sleep.  Take your schedule on the road, and don’t switch it up, because your sleep could suffer.

 

I’m always eager to hear what works for my fellow road warriors, so drop any suggestions in the comments.  I hope these help you get a better night’s sleep during your next trip.

 

XOXO,

Molly B.

 

 

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

In my opinion, there is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.  Don’t @me.  A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is the straight up creation of angels.  And the day that I figured out how to make them at home, best day of my life.  Well after marriage, and becoming a mom, and well you get it.  So how about this…Peanut Butter Cups, but make it Protein…?  So easy, so yummy…You’re welcome!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 scoops chocolate protein powder (I use Arbonne.)
  • 6 tsp nut butter of choice (I use peanut butter or cashew butter.)

Instructions:

  • Mix coconut oil and protein powder until combined into liquid.
  • Fill cupcake liners or silicone cupcake pan (see pictured), each half full.
  • Freeze 10 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and top each cup with 1 tsp nut butter.
  • Top with remaining protein liquid.
  • Freeze an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and remove from cups.
  • Store in freezer for up to 3 months.  (But really…?)
  • Optional: Top each cup with a sprinkle of sea salt and thank me later.

 

Enjoy and I love you too.

XOXO,

Molly B.

How to Survive a Friend Breakup

Before Chad and I got married, we broke up. Like a lot. We met when I was 19, him 20; we went to different colleges that were two and a half hours apart; we were growing up.

Each time, it was heart wrenching, but absolutely incomparable to breaking up with a friend. Our friends know us in an intimate and irreplaceable way, often times better than we know ourselves.

Much like a romantic breakup, it feels like you’ll never get through it, that the sadness will never end. And no, you won’t ever completely get over it. But here are a few ways to navigate the breakup and come out on the other side.

1. Is it really over? Was it just a fight? Are you being overly dramatic? Or is this really the end. A little bit of communication can go a long way. So if it was just a fight and a conversation will fix it, just do it. If not, read on…

2. Be a grownup. No name calling. No trashing the other person. No passive aggressive social media posts. If you have mutual friends, leave them out of it. We’re all adults, so let’s act better than our teenage selves. Any contrary actions will only bring more pain.

3. Give yourself some space. Get rid of the constant reminders. Take down the pictures. Unfollow or hide them on social media. Do whatever you need to do to get some distance from your friendship. It’s hard to move on if they’re still in your face all the time.

4. Grieve and reflect. It’s perfectly okay to be sad and to mourn this loss. A breakup is much like a death, so similar reactions are normal and natural. But reflect on the happy times in your friendship. If you’re able to look back with fond thoughts and not solely focus on the cause of the breakup, this can help in moving forward.

5. Be realistic about your role in the breakup. It’s natural to want to point fingers and blame the other person. (Because we’re all perfect, right?) But chances are, you played some role in the demise of the relationship, so own that in order to diminish some of the anger.

6. Crush the loneliness. Fill your time so you’re not sitting alone with your sadness. Go for a run, get lost in a book, take on a new project at work, build a deck on the back of your freaking house! Whatever you need to do to occupy your mind and time.

7. Find new friends. Easier said than done, right? Did you know that I made most of my current dearest friends within the last 5 years? What is something you enjoy doing? Going to the gym? Volunteering? Working? You know there are other people there, right? And you already have something in common! So go to coffee and talk about that thing and grow the friendship from there.

8. Forgive and move on. Forgiveness doesn’t mean the hurt goes away, but it means that we no longer have to shoulder the burden. Even if the other person never repents, forgiving them will free you of the bitterness that is weighing heavy on your heart.

Remember that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Or maybe even a combination of those things. We are a part of every person that we meet, and we can learn from every relationship, even if it’s painful. If you’re in a season of breakup, I’ve been there, sister. I’m praying for you, and I hope these words help your heart.

XOXO,

Molly B.