Quick Dinner Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less with Prep + Pared // Hummus Baked Chicken Recipe

If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you probably already know that cooking isn’t my favorite activity. It’s not that I’m not capable or don’t enjoy food, it’s just that at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is spend hours in the kitchen laboring over a meal and cleaning up.

Disclosure: Thanks to Fred Meyer for partnering on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!

I’ve tried meal planning. We’ve tried subscriptions. But often, the prep work involved means the meal still takes just as long to prepare, if not longer, than if I had found a recipe online, or whipped up something simple.

What if there was a meal kit prepared for you, and all that was left to do was assemble it and put it in the oven or on the stove?

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5 Thrift Fashion Finds for Spring // #FindtheFind

It was another rainy spring day in Seattle when I headed out to my local Value Village™ store for a little thrift adventure. If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have watched to see what I found, and voted on some of the thrift fashion finds I was contemplating. (And if you don’t, shameless plug to follow me now!)

If you’re not an avid thrifter quite yet, let me sing the praises. Value Village, also known as Savers® or Unique® Thrift depending on your location, offers a wide variety of quality designer label and name brand clothing at unbeatable prices. With over 100,000 items on the sales floor at any given moment and thousands of quality items arriving every single day, you can be sure you’ll find a treasure at every turn. Almost every outfit I wear has a piece I’ve thrifted, like the coat and the dress I wore to shop were both found at Value Village locations around Seattle this past fall!

With most items below $7, you can count on great deals and thrift fashion finds no matter when you shop. Don’t forget to also join the Super Savers Club™ to earn rewards and save even more on future purchases. For every $1 spent,  you get one step closer to 20% off your purchase of up to $100.

So what was I thrifting for this trip? Read on for my 5 spring trends that you should be shopping for at Value Village this season!

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7+ Productivity Tips for Bloggers & Creatives to Beat Overwhelm

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of the Paper + Packaging Board

If you’re anything like me, you’re easily distracted. Especially when it comes to the things you don’t want to do. I blame it on my creative mind, but more than likely I like to avoid the things that I don’t love to do.

You know what I mean. The things like chores, emails, making phone calls, and scheduling appointments… all things that no one enjoys doing but have to do regardless?

Yep, those things.

But, if there’s anything I’ve learned about juggling life’s tasks, it’s that being productive can be the most valuable skill of all. Especially for those who are in creative industries; whether you’re a blogger, writer, content creator, photographer, designer, or something else. Even those in “non-creative” fields might feel the same. We all live busy lives, juggling family, friends, work, and our interests beyond the office.

For me, productivity has been top of mind in 2018. Overwhelm is quick to set in when you’re juggling two jobs. For me, that’s my full-time gig in the tech industry and blogging. Fortunately, over the past few years, I’ve been able to figure out what helps me as a visual thinker, and what doesn’t. Curious about my tips? Read on!

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The Short Girl Way to Wear a Dress Over Jeans + Pants // Try the Trend

As a short girl, there are so many styles that the “fashion experts” say that I shouldn’t wear. Sometimes, I’m left wondering if there’s anything that those so-called experts think I should wear! And obviously, a dress over jeans or pants is definitely on the “no” list!

But if there’s anything I’ve learned through this fashion experiment that is my blog, it’s that I love trying everything: even typical “no-no’s”! And after seeing the dress over pants look all over the street style stars at NYFW SS 18, I knew I wanted to try the trend too! If you’re like me and are a fashion rebel of the petite persuasion, then I’ve got a new trend for you to try, too.

Is it possible to style this look without looking even shorter?! I think so! So how do you wear a dress over jeans or pants as a short girl? I’ve rounded up 3 ways that I style the look without looking terribly frumpy or shorter than you actually are!

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How to Cut Your Shopping Habit Wayyy Back // Earth-Friendly Shopping Tips

Being a blogger is a lot of fun. But for those who err on the side of being a, how should I say this nicely… a shopaholic? Well, it can definitely only increase the shopping habit. When I first started blogging, especially sharing more of my outfits and beauty trends, I found myself placing a lot more online orders and it became hard to break the shopping cycle. My favorite blogger has a new cute dress? How can I say no?!

Disclosure: Thanks to Value Village for providing a gift certificate to purchase some of the items in this outfit. All opinions are my own!

Photos by Nora Emily Photo

I also found myself super fascinated by haul videos on YouTube, and loved watching some of my favorite style and beauty creators shop their hearts out and sharing all of there new goodies. Quickly, I became painfully aware that not only were my shopping habits becoming expensive, but they also weren’t doing anything positive for the environment. The amount of waste that is created by shipping – the bubble wrap, packing peanuts, boxes, and bags – can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, I’ve figured out a few ways to cut my shopping habit way back, yet still get new pieces into my closet every season. Curious how I’m doing this? Read on to find out how!

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