Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Meal Prep In Your Step: My Favorite Lunch Wraps

It has been FAR too long since I last shared a Meal Prep In Your Step post. Apologies for that, but I am excited to announce that I am making up for it with today’s post plus another one I have planned for next month! I had to laugh at myself since I took to Instagram stories to see if y’all would rather see a lunch or dinner recipe first. Instead of doing a poll, I used the multiple choice feature which told any of you that voted for lunch that that was the wrong answer. Oops. With 175 votes for a lunch recipe and 134 votes for a dinner recipe, today’s Meal Prep In Your Step post is one of my go-to lunches. 

I tend to eat the same thing over and over for lunches and am lucky that after years of making this, I’m still not sick of it. These wraps are also super easy to make, which makes them ideal for making the morning you plan to eat them or the night ahead! All of the ingredients I used are from Trader Joe’s, but feel free to substitute in your favorite turkey, wraps, or hummus to personalize the recipe a bit more. In the ingredients below, I am sharing quantities to make a single wrap. Adjust accordingly when making more than one!

1 Whole Wheat Wrap (I like the small ones from Trader Joe’s)
About 1 Tablespoon of Hummus (I used tomato basil, but Root’s Roasted Red Pepper is my favorite)
A Handful of Spinach Leaves
3-4 Slices of Turkey
¼ of an Avocado

How To Make The Wraps:
1.    Cover wrap with a layer of hummus. 
2.    Place spinach leaves on top of hummus.
3.    Place 3-4 Slices of turkey on top of spinach.
4.    Cut ¼ of an avocado and place on top of the turkey.
5.    Roll wrap and store in ziplock or air-tight container until you’re ready to enjoy it.

I feel silly even writing out those directions for you since this is such an easy meal to prepare. I need to try some different variations of this wrap but keep coming back to the one above since it’s so delicious.

I hope you’ll share your favorite lunch recipe with me as well! 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Step Into My Week 6.17

Happy Monday! I always want to start these posts by saying good morning and find myself stopping myself since I know not all of you start your day by reading my blog. I’m not sure why I feel the need to share this, but I do. Also, I so appreciate the positive feedback on these posts since whenever I am writing them, I am always convinced they are boring since it’s just a detailed list of what I’ve done during the day. I’m so glad to hear that at least some of y’all find them interesting! Sadly, I don’t feel like I was particularly interesting this week, but I did do a few more out of the ordinary things, so I’ll let you be the judge of that. 

Monday morning always starts with me combing through emails I missed from the weekend and responding to social media comments. It’s a nice way to get my brain going first thing in the morning when I get to work. I had a team meeting that morning as well and spent most of the rest of the day finishing a piece I was working on, sending out complimentary copies, working on resources, and scheduling out social posts. Before I knew it 5:00 came, and it was time to leave. I went straight to the YMCA to work out before heading home to shower and cook dinner. While I was making dinner, I also made my favorite baked oatmeal to have for the week. Once I finished that it was off to sleep knowing that the next day would be busy. 

As soon as I got to work on Tuesday, I was focused on the shoot we had had happening later that day. I never even opened my computer and instead spent most of our time before packing up the van and heading to the location ironing the linens we were using and making sure that we didn’t forget anything. The shoot was outside, and we were lucky that it wasn’t quite as hot as it has been the past few weeks. We also lucked out that it didn’t rain and we were able to finish right around 4:45. Once we wrapped the shoot, I took all the props back to the office to unload them before heading out for the day. I went to the Y for a quick workout so that I could be back home and showered in time to watch the bachelorette with my roommate. Once the episode was over, we went to our rooms to get ready for bed. 

On Wednesday morning, I had to play catch up on my emails after being away from my desk the day before. I finished up a piece for an upcoming issue of Southern Lady and finalized the resources for the Autumn issue of The Cottage Journal. Aside from that, I had to find pillows for another shoot happening during the week, read through our team members’ pieces for our October issue, and write and about me for our website. I was excited for 5:00 to roll around since I had dinner plans with Kate (you may have remembered her wedding weekend from this post). She officially lives in Birmingham now, so we tried out a restaurant neither of us had been to called Chez FonFon. It was delicious, and the burger I ordered was arguably the best one I’ve ever had. When we left after dinner, it was especially nice to say goodbye knowing that it wouldn’t be months before we see one another again! I ran home to change before hanging out with Nell for a bit before bible study that night. After I got home from bible study, I went straight to bed since I hadn’t slept super well the nights before. 

Thursday felt like it should have been Wednesday when the morning got started but didn’t necessarily feel that way once the day was over after productively checking things off my to-do list. I spent the morning writing and working on social content before being bombarded with emails about an event we are hosting in the Fall. After making it through some of those emails, I read through our September binder and finalize the resources for the issue. In the afternoon, I continued to work through emails and plan some of our content. My roommate and I had planned to go to the baseball game that night, but both ended up wanting to bail, which worked out perfectly. Instead, I went to the Y to work out before coming home. I showered, put away laundry, and she and I watched part of a Netflix movie before getting in bed relatively early and finishing up blog work from there before falling asleep.


I decided to get up early on Friday to workout before going to the office since I wanted to go to the pool after work and would have to shower anyway. At work, I was able to schedule our social media into our publishing platform and look back over our resources, among other things. Working half days on Fridays always has me feeling so productive since I try to fit my whole to-do list in before noon. After work, I went to the library to check out some new books before heading home to make lunch and change and grab my pool bag to go and sit out by the pool. I spent a while reading and relaxing before I finally came back to my house to shower and hang out before my evening plans. One of our friends was having a gathering at his house, so my roommate and I walked that way around 8:00. We stayed until close to 10:15 before heading back home and going to bed.

I didn’t do a ton on Saturday which was honestly kind of nice. I worked on blog posts from my bed until about 10:30 before putting on sunscreen and grabbing my book to sit by the pool. I stayed there until I got hungry and came home to make lunch. After eating and rinsing off, I continued to do some blog work before reading and then going for a walk. I came home and fully showered and hung out before going with a friend to dinner. After we finished dinner, I decided to go to Trader Joe’s to get my grocery shopping for the week taken care of. 

On Sunday, I got up and did some laundry before getting ready to meet a camp friend who was in town for the weekend for brunch. We went to the Essential (always delicious) and finished up a little after 11. I read by the pool for a bit after and caught up on the phone with Nell. Once I was home, I started another load of laundry before going for a very long and hot walk. I ran to Publix after that and then showered, and meal prepped for the week. I watched an episode of The Bold Type and then got in bed to read. 

It’s been a bit since I last shared a Lately portion on a Step Into My Week post so here you have it…

Listening To: The Jonas Brother’s Album
I am only just at the point that it takes two hands for me to count the number of concerts I’ve attended in my lifetime and honestly, I have Furman to thank for most of them. I didn’t even see my first real concert (aka not at Furman) until the end of the summer going into my senior year of college. So, it’s especially funny to me that my roommate and I ended up getting pre-sale Jonas Brothers’ tickets. 

Loving: Stok Iced Coffee
The first time I tried Stok Iced Coffee was before agreeing to do this sponsored post last August (fun fact about that post, I got up super early that day to shoot those photos since I also had to pick up a Uhaul and move out of my apartment on the same day). I instantly liked it but got in the habit of buying Starbucks Iced Coffee at the store after it was buy one, get one free (thank you Publix). Well, Stok was recently buy one, get one free, and I rediscovered how much I love it! I get the one with the orange cap and put a little bit of cream in it to enjoy at work in the mornings, and it is delicious. 

Wearing: Walmart Sandals
Anytime I wear these sandals people ask me where they are from. People think I’m kidding when I answer that I found them at Walmart. If you’re looking for a fun summer sandal that looks good paired with lots of different outfits definitely give these a try. They come in lots of different colors, and I’ve found them to be really comfortable. 

If this were under $100, I probably would have justified ordering it and have worn it multiple times by now. I love easy to throw on dresses in the summer so add in a cute embroidered design, and it’s an easy sell. Honestly, my wallet and I are thankful that my size is currently sold out. 

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday Shopping vol.17

I'm never quite sure how these posts will turn out, and this one is a prime example of being a collection of anything I found cute while browsing the internet this week. Forget a color scheme and instead add in cute silhouettes and you have today's Saturday Shopping post. If you see anything you'd like you can click directly on the item in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased. Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 14, 2019

How To Tie A Silk Scarf {Where to Find Affordable Summer Scarves}

Whenever I share a photo of myself wearing one of my Tuckernuck silk scarves, I inevitably get asked how I tie it. Until I started receiving this question over and over I never really thought it was worth sharing since I didn’t necessarily feel like the way I tie it best shows off the design of the scarf. 

The way I fold it to tie it is a lot easier than it may look and will hopefully inspire any of you who have been struggling with how to tie your silk scarves to pull them out of your closet and wear them. And if you don’t own a silk scarf and are looking to purchase one I’ve shared some cute ones I’ve found online at the bottom of this post! 


Step One: Fold Scarf Into A Large Triangle
I find that spreading the scarf out on a flat surface helps me when I am folding my scarf to put on. Usually, that flat surface is my bed, but it’ll likely depend on the size of the scarf you’re working with. To start, fold one corner of the square to another, creating a triangle shape. It’s ok if the scarf isn’t a perfect square and therefore doesn’t line up exactly since that won’t be obvious with the way I tie mine. 

Step Two: Starting On Long Side Of The Triangle Begin Folding Scarf Into A Rectangle
Start at the long edge of the triangle and begin folding the scarf into a rectangle. The size of the rectangle will be dependent on how thick you’d like the scarf to be when it lays over your shoulders. If I were to measure my rectangles would probably be between 4 and 5 inches. Be sure that you’re not folding these rectangles accordion style. Folding the edges in a way that almost looks rolled makes it, so all the edges are tucked together. Keep folding in a rectangle until you get the point of the triangle and have no more fabric to work with and are instead left with a long strip of material. 


Step Three: Drape Around Neck And Tie Two Knots Toward The Ends
Once you’ve finished folding, place the portion of the strip of fabric that has the last bit of fabric (the point of the triangle) against the back of your neck. Decide where you want the knots to hit you and tie a simple knot on either side of the fabric, and you’re all set! 

I told you this would be easy! I’ve found myself pairing these scarves with everything from basic t-shirts to dresses to re-wear pieces in a fun way. The exact scarves I have are no longer available, but Tuckernuck has come out with new color waves that would be equally as cute. Below you’ll find those and some other more affordable silk scarf options.

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