9.28.2016

What's Up Wednesday :: September 2016

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week..... 
Since the weather is still in the 90's here in California, our meal plan this week reflects that!
Monday:
Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry with Noodles

Tuesday:
Taco Tuesday....3 ingredient Chicken Tacos
Wednesday:
Leftovers


Thursday:
Fiesta Stuffed Bell Peppers

Friday:
Friday Night Pizza Night!


I also like to make some treats during the week. Because it was so hot this week & didn't want to turn on the oven, so I am making these No Bake Protein Energy Balls.


What I'm Reminiscing about.....
Today marks exactly 20 years since I went on my recruiting trip to the University of Colorado.
It was the first time I stepped foot on the campus & I fell in LOVE!
 Next month we are heading back to Boulder for a soccer reunion. 
I can't wait!
 
What I'm loving.....
Rodan + Fields announced an AMAZING special a few weeks ago and I am LOVING it!
I love that I can offer you guys over $250 in FREE product!
For anyone who purchases a Redefine Amp It Up Special, you will receive an ENTIRE BOX of Acute Care ($220 value, overnight  wrinkle filler) for FREE!
Acute care fills wrinkles while you sleep...perfect for expression lines. 
 
This is a CRAZY GOOD DEAL & it ends on FRIDAY!

Plus, if you pair it with the Back to School Special, you can also get a FREE eye cream ($60 value)

I LOVE Rodan + Fields products & love that they have amazing specials like the ones going on right now.

I also love that we have a 60 day, empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee, so that if the products don't work for you, you can return them and get all your money back!!!



This offer is good for NEW and CURRENT Preferred Customers!  

Email me to get this amazing deal before it sells out!  

melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


All our products come with a 60 day empty bottle 100% money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose for trying it out! 
If you don't want the Redefine AMP it up Special, but want one of our other regimens, you can still get the FREE eye cream if you become a preferred customer. This eye cream is a $60 value & lasts 4-5 months

My Back to School Special is still going on, it ends this FRIDAY.

 FREE eye cream for all new preferred customers! Plus $20 cash back and 10% off your order. 

If you want to know what products are best for your skin, take my solutions tool HERE

 

 Email me with questions or to place an order!

melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


What We've been up to.....
 September was a busy month!
It started out with Claire's Flamingo Pool Party:
 Every weekend since then has been soccer, soccer, soccer!
 Last weekend we went to the Luke Bryan concert with our neighbors.

So much fun!

What I'm Dreading.....
 The Election season....UGH!!!!!
 Don't like any of them.
One of my friends texted this to me after the debates:
 It totally made me laugh!

What I'm Working On.....
Grading, grading, grading!
Our quarter is almost over (can't believe it!)
So, I have tons of tests to grade & enter this week!
Gotta love the #teacherlife

What I'm Excited About.....
 Two fun trips planned in the next few weeks!
Watch out Vegas & Boulder!
I am SOOOO excited!


What I'm Watching........
This past week was the start of the Fall 2016 Premieres, so I have been watching several shows!
You can read about what shows I am watching HERE.
2 shows that have stuck out to me the most are:
This is Us
 I am obsessed. Like, really obsessed. I have watched the pilot 3 times!

And, I am liking Kevin Can Wait...it is funny. A good comedy sitcom!

What I'm Reading.....
This month has been so busy with getting back into the swing of thing with Back to School (and watching TV...LOL!) that I have only read 1 book....and I haven't even finished it yet!
Harry Potter:


I am almost done. So far, so good!

What I'm Listening to.....
Ride by Twenty One Pilots



 And, I am listening to Meghan Trainor since she will be singing at our Gala at the Rodan + Fields convention in Vegas next week!


What I'm Wearing.....
Unfortunately I am not wearing Fall clothes yet.
It is still in the 90's. Boo!
The weather is supposed to cool down next week, so then I can break out the jeans & booties!
 These are my 2 favorite booties:
These:

These:




What I’m doing this weekend.....
 Soccer games for the girls & a birthday party for Luke!

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
 So many fun things planned for October!
Las Vegas for Rodan + Fields Convention
Colorado for my CU soccer reunion
Halloween


What else is new.....
I am trying to decide on a new dress for Vegas...what is your vote:

Dress #1
{HERE}
 
Dress #2
{HERE}

Since it is in Vegas, I am all about the sequins :)
Which one do you like best?
Question of the month is:
What is your favorite Fall recipe?
Fall food is my favorite type of food to make!
I have several recipes that I make every fall.
Like I have mentioned, here in California, I don't consider the Fall season starting until October 1st.
Every October 1st, I celebrate the beginning of Fall by making Pumpkin Bread. 
I promise you this is the best pumpkin bread ever. 

Recipe HERE

During October & November, I am alllllll about Pumpkin recipes, so here are some of my favorite ones!

Main Dishes
Baked Ziti with Sausage & Pumpkin, Spinach & Mushrooms
Recipe HERE

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili
Recipe HERE


Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin Spice Cake:
Recipe HERE

Pumpkin Bars:
 I thought I would share it with you, because I'm nice like that!
Recipe HERE

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies:
Recipe HERE

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Recipe HERE

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake:
Recipe HERE

 Pumpkin Cheesecake:
Recipe HERE

 Give me ALL the pumpkin! (except the PSL & Pumpkin Pie....GROSS!)


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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!

9.26.2016

This & That

We had one of the busiest weekends ever.
Between both girls, we had 5 soccer games (in 95+ degree heat) and we had 2 birthday parties to attend. 
We are all wiped out, my kids were all in bed by 7:30 last night. 

Here is some THIS & THAT for your Monday:
THIS weekend my Colorado Buffaloes upset Oregon in football.
THAT win was huge for us. HUGE. We have been "rebuilding" for almost 15 years. It made me even more excited for our visit to Colorado next month for my college soccer reunion & also to go to a football game. I can't wait!

THIS has been my favorite mug for the past few years. I have the "m" and I give them as gifts all the time.
I heard THAT they are discontinuing them because they came out with THIS initial mug:

I love giving those initial mugs to my kids teachers & attaching THIS printable:
I would love it if a student gave me THAT new monogram mug to add to my collection. I think I will do THAT for my kids teachers this year for Teacher Appreciation!

THIS heat wave we are having here in California is awful. It was 97 today & will be 100 tomorrow.
Weather THAT is over 85 degrees makes me grumpy....especially when it is Fall. But, as I have said before, even though the calendar says Fall is here, I don't start putting out Fall decorations or make Fall recipes until October 1st. 
Clearly, California still thinks it is Summer. Ugh. #overit


THIS amazing Rodan + Fields deal ends THIS Friday!
You can also get results like THIS!
If you buy our Redefine Regimen & AMP Roller, you get a box of Acute care for FREE!

 THAT is not all......all new preferred customers until THIS Friday September 30 get a FREE eye cream, $20 cash back & 10% off our order!

Look at the results with using the eye cream on just one eye....it gets rid of puffiness, bags & dark circles!

 All our products/tools come with a 60 day empty bottle 100% money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose for trying it out!

What is your biggest skin concern? I'm here to help!
Take THIS quick questionnaire HERE to find out what products are best for your skin.
To take advantage of these deals, send me an email:
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com 


 In a few weeks I am heading to Las Vegas for our Rodan + Fields convention & we have a Gala on Saturday night. Mario Lopez & Andy Cohen are our 2 hosts for the evening and Meghan Trainer will be performing. SO excited! Which dress should I get for our gala
THIS....Dress #1
{HERE}

 or THAT....Dress #2
{HERE}

Since it is in Vegas, I am all about the sequins :)
Which one do you like best?

Last week was the start of Fall TV Premiere Week.
You can read my post about my Premiere Week TV Line Up HERE

 Several months ago they started showing previews for the new show "THIS is Us".
From the previews, I had high hopes for it.
I watched when it aired on Tuesday night.
It was so good THAT I watched it 2 more times this past week.
Once with my younger sister on Friday and then a 3rd time with Kevin this weekend.
#allthefeelings#tears

It totally surpassed my expectations. And...my expectations were high!

I don't know the last time I was this obsessed with a TV show....and it's only been the pilot episode.
I have never watched a series premiere THREE times in one week.
But, THIS show? Yes.
The 1st episode will stay on my DVR until the end of time.
It is THAT good.

 If you haven't watched it yet, you need to...ASAP.
So, so good.

Don't forget What's Up Wednesday is THIS week.

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay!
 

Here are the questions we answer the last Wednesday of each month:

Those are the questions & our bonus question is:

What is your favorite Fall recipe?  
Have a GREAT Monday.....and go watch THIS is Us!!!!

9.23.2016

Healthy Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Cashews

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for quick & healthy ideas for my lunches!
Most of the time I make an egg scramble or a turkey sandwich.
Every once in a while I will make a batch of Chicken Salad for the week so that Kevin and I both have lunches for the week.
This is my favorite Chicken Salad recipe...and it's HEALTHY!!!!
 Spoiler alert....I don't use mayo...I use greek yogurt!
Here is what you need:
- 2 or 3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded (I use my Life Changing Quick & Easy Shredded Chicken Method for this)
- 2 or 3 ribs of celery, diced 
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 cup of cashews, chopped 
- 1 can mandarin oranges, drained (I save about 1/4 cup of the juice in case I need to add more liquid to the chicken salad. It also gives it a more citrus-y flavor)
 - Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1.5 cups of Plain Greek Yogurt (you can use 0% or 2% fat)
You can't even tell that greek yogurt is used in place of mayo.
Just like Jimmy Fallon, I feel this way about mayo:
Mayo is so Ewwww!
 
Directions:
 Cook & shred your chicken using  Life Changing Quick & Easy Shredded Chicken Method
This is seriously the best way to cook & shred chicken!!!
After you put your shredded chicken in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients....plain greek yogurt, diced celery, chopped onions, chopped cashews, mandarian oranges & pepper:
Stir it all together.....
Then I cover & keep in the fridge until I am ready to serve it. I usually make a batch of this on a Sunday night & use it for lunches for the week.

Kevin loves this Chicken Salad on croissants with tomatoes from our garden:
Yum!
I like this Chicken Salad as a salad with lettuce & tomatoes.
 You can add a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette to the salad to give it some tangy-ness.
Now you can enjoy Chicken Salad without the guilt!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

I have also made this for baby showers/wedding showers. It is the PERFECT make ahead dish for a shower. You can double it if necessary if you are making it for a party.

Have a great weekend!

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