Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato

I meant to post this recipe back when it was sweet potato season, but better late than never, right?? It's safe to say, I've been a little busy (life update post coming soon).

This recipe however, is one that we are pretty obsessed with in our house because it tastes so indulgent, yet it is packed with nutrients. You know those meals that just satisfy basically any and all cravings? That's this one. Which is why it is always a go-to meal to make if we are having friends over.

I also love that it is easy to make. I'm definitely not the complicated cooking type. These days it's all about quick, thoughtless, healthy, yummy, and QUANTITY. My husband eats for about 4 people at every meal (this is not even an exaggeration), so I have to make a lot of food.

Jumpsuit Season

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I feel super cheesy putting outfit posts up, but I had a bunch of compliments on my outfit yesterday and I just wanted to show that you don't always need to break the bank for cute clothes. I go to Old Navy often to get Parker clothes and their stuff is always so cute and affordable. I honestly hadn't been to an Old Navy since high school, but since Parker was born, I've been amazed every time I go in there at how many cute things they have!

Anyway, if you know me well, you know I LOVE a good jumpsuit. Especially a casual one. If I don't have to think of a full outfit (top and bottoms), I'm a happy gal!

Jumpsuit: Old Navy
Scarf: Target
Necklace: Target

Have a GREAT week!! xx

Northwest Spring Travel Spots

It's that time to come alive again!

Spring is one of my favorite times to road trip in the Northwest. Everything is green again, the flowers are blooming and you feel like a new person because you know that consecutive days of sunshine and good times are just around the corner.

So, pack your bags and take a trip to one of these great towns:

1. Bend, OR: Bend is one of my favorite spots because it is warmer weather and sunshine in the spring, but you still get to see the snow covered mountains in the background. This is a perfect spot for some hiking, biking and great food.

2. Bellingham, WA: You will not be disappointed with Bellingham in the spring. It's as colorful and beautiful as ever. Breaks of sunshine combined with mild temps make this an ideal getaway this time of year. Live music, whale watching, biking, or island hopping- Bellingham pretty much has it all.

3. Ashland, OR: I always love a trip to Ashland. The laid back town is full of arts, music and great food. If you are looking for a quaint town with a great community feel, this is your place. And If you can, take the long way to Ashland (coming from the North) and see Crater Lake on your way down. It's well worth the added miles!

4. Diablo Lake, WA: If you are looking for a great day trip from Seattle or to go somewhere and camp, the turquoise waters of Diablo Lake is a must. If you are like me and like cooler temps when hiking, catching this on a sunny day in the spring is the way to go. If you are also into fishing, May is a great time to head there.

Brightening Up Your Home with Spring Flowers

One of my favorite things about springtime are the beautiful flowers in bloom. You can finally open up those windows for some warmer, fresh air and let the aroma from outside seep into your home; it really is just the best feeling after a long winter.

In our home, I love to bring plenty of that beauty indoors as well. I tend to prefer arrangements that aren't too busy. I usually opt for all of the same flower, or I'll go for a similar color tone if I'm using different flowers. Here are a few of my favorite springtime arrangements:

images via pinterest 

Stock (on the left) is one of my favorites because not only is it simple and pretty, but I love the fragrance of stock. This is also my go-to budget flower. They usually run around $3.99 for 5 stems. I also love simple greenery (right). You can either grab greens from the flower shop or better yet, walk outside your front door and see what you can find!

image via designsponge 

And then of course, I love flowering branches (like cherry blossoms). These are perfect for a dinner table or a console table.

Spring brings so many great flowers! See a list of some in-season flowers here:

Calla Lilly
Pink Rose
Sweet Pea

What are your favorite springtime flowers? How do you like to decorate with them in your home?

Lindsay xx

Changing Up My Workouts

I used to be religious about working out. I worked out 5 days a week, usually at a gym, and I rarely skipped a workout. Each month I tried a new "plan" so I could stay consistent and see progress. But let me be honest, nothing really ever stuck; I felt torn. I would bounce around from more body weight exercises to heavy lifting and then to extra cardio. I was kind of all over the place.

After having Parker, my own body perception changed tremendously. I stopped comparing myself to these other women and their thin/toned bodies and I started to focus more on just feeling good. When I move, what feels best? Which form of exercise makes me the happiest? Do I really need to be that disciplined with my workouts, or can I sometimes just workout twice a week? These were the thoughts I had to work through and over time, I've realized a lot.

For once (in a very long time), I had finally learned to relax about my body and start listening. My hips were ridiculously tight after giving birth, I had no core whatsoever, and I was (and still am) extremely inflexible. So, I decided to try a class (I usually hated classes). My plan was to try out this class and see how I liked it and then start to walk/jog more outside. The class was Barre3. I went to my first class with the mindset of already hating it (so positive of me, I know). But I truly, really disliked group classes. So, long story short, I ended up loving it. I felt strong, I felt focused, I felt energized and overall, I just felt good. I remember thinking, YES, this is what I want to feel out of a workout. Then the next I went for a jog outside. It wasn't even the best weather, but I did it anyway. I ended up walking almost halfway through, but I didn't even sweat it (literally). I just jammed out to my music, had a lot of chats with myself in my head (lol), and loved it. Again, I felt good.

Top: Topshop | Leggings: Forever21 | Sports Bra: Gap

Fast forward to where I'm at now and I've basically kept up the same workouts. Either an online or in-studio Barre3 class a few times a week, lots of walks and half-ass runs, and I will lift some heavier weights here and there in my living room while watching tv. Most importantly, the pressure is off and I've become more concerned about how I feel in my body rather than how my body appears.

I appreciate all of the tools we have out there. There are a plethora of program guides, workout studios, philosophies, etc; we really have no excuse! But if we could all just focus more on what felt good and felt right and to just MOVE in general every day (even if it is a walk with your dog or some good stretching), I think we would be doing quite well. Understanding that we are all unique- a hard workout might provide great results for one person, but could actually be doing more harm than good to someone else. Finding what feels best to you is key.

I always thought that I HAD to workout hard to get good results. And yes, depending on the results you want, you might have to! But to be honest, once I started listening to my body a bit more, I'm now in better shape than I was during those crazy workout days. I also eat a lot more too!

Sometimes, and this doesn't pertain to all of us, but sometimes some of us just need to slow down and do less, to accomplish more.

Lots of love,