Prepping Blogilates #8weekhotbody Week 1

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I don’t know about you, but I’m busy…and tired…and lazy (haha getting a sense of why I need this Meal Plan so badly?) and the thought of spending time in the kitchen during the work week is dreadful. So, I pre-planned the Week One meal by prepping what can be done ahead. I thought I’d share with you what I did so you can be ready, too!

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Living Room Re-do

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As a surprise to the boyf for renewing our lease I set out to finish our apartment. It was so overwhelming when we moved in because I was — yet again — downsizing. This place is just 560 square feet!

I know, right!

So, when we first moved in, the first priority was to organize and get everything to fit. But, after I did that, I just stopped designing. I had the itch to re-do a couple of months ago, but with our lease ending and no decision on what we would do, I put it off.

As soon as we renewed, I was ready and got to work right away on creating our new oasis.

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Saturdays are for free samples!

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I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff. And, thanks to the internet, hundreds of products are available at our fingertips. To help sell those products, companies give away free samples all.the.time. From shampoo to coffee, and lotions to cereal, free samples are out there for the taking. You just have to know where to find them.

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1st Impression: McCormick Gourmet Recipe and Seasoning Mix

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So, I’m starting a new series inspired by some of my favorite makeup blogs and vlogs. ItsJudyTime does the most wonderful YouTube videos where she tests out a product for the first time. It gives viewers a unique look into what it is like to use that product…for the first time The first impression of any product often yields the more honest opinions since the expectations have yet to be set. Where I’m not totally adventurous in trying new products from the beauty aisle, I am always trying new things from the food store.

For my inaugural post, I’m testing out McCormick’s Gourmet Recipe and Seasoning Mix. It is exactly what it says it is…a mix of different spices and seasonings combined with a unique recipe.

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Most Amazing Marinara Sauce

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I’m on a mission…to make the most perfect, most amazing, rich marinara sauce. I love how easy it is to prepare this on the weekend and use it all week long (or longer) to toss with pasta, smother as a pizza base, and add sausage or beef for a meat sauce. But, making a delicious marinara is actually harder than it sounds.

So, as with all the recipes I’m trying to perfect, I took to the internets and studied, studied, studied. Seriously, I read so many different marinara recipes. From Food Network superstars like Giada and Ina to former chef turned bloggers, I took in everything I possibly could from so many different cooks. Then, I take my favorite parts from each and give it a go.

I test, test, test and voila…my Most Amazing Marinara Sauce. Seriously, this is cookbook worthy!

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How to resize a bodice from a pattern

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Yes, ya’ll! I am still sewing! I promise! It’s been a crazy few months and I haven’t been posting it as much, but I’m definitely still hitting it hard at the machine. I was recently making a dress where I needed to resize the pattern, so I thought I’d take some photos and show you guys how I do it. This ensures an absolutely perfect fit every single time! Best of all, after you learn the basic technique it’s easy to apply to every single pattern you sew!

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Most hilarious tips for traveling to Los Angeles

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I’m taking a trip to L.A. next week and I’m beyond excited. I’ve never been before and I have a laundry list of places I want to go (and people I’d like to see!) Before I go to any place for the first time, or really the first handful of times, I’ll look online and find suggestions for what to wear in that city in that month or time of year.

The best advice come from people who live there and have lived there for a while…like a blogger or YouTuber. And, while doing my research, I came across this article from ehow.com. It has **the best** tips for traveling I’ve ever heard so I just had to share.

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