Monday, August 22, 2016

On Minimalism

There are two very opposite trends going on in the world today. Consumerism is totally the norm, but there has been such a push toward Minimalism lately as well. I find myself stuck in the middle of both lifestyles and it's been confusing.
What I Like 
On the one hand I hate being wasteful. And as a part-time housekeeper, clutter gives me the chills! We all have been conditioned to think we need things that we really don't. I watched a Youtube video the other day about how most people have 2 shower curtains-one to actually function as a water barrier and the other as a decoration. You really only need the clear one, but we've come accustomed to thinking that both are standard. That started such a brainstorm for me. How many other things are there like that? 

I personally have SO many clothes, yet most days I feel like I don't have anything to wear, or I reach for the same things. I love the approach to minimalist wardrobes that stick to a color scheme so everything coordinates and matches. There are so many benefits to that. Less time staring at your closet deciding, less clutter...

Then there is the whole money-saving aspect of minimalism. If you don't buy as many things, you don't spend as much money. Your purchases are less impulsive, and you invest in quality. 

Functionality has always been a priority for me. That's my approach to organization: Is it functional? Am I going to be able to keep up with it? The less stuff you accumulate the easier it is to organize and to implement systems for your family's benefit. 

What I Don't Like
I like pretty things! I like my home to be filled with pretty things! I really don't like the idea of bare white walls and a white couch with a single side table, etc...I love homes that are warm and inviting and cozy- with pictures on the wall and a variety of colors. 

From what I've read on the minimalist lifestyle, so far, it seems like there are some extreme cases where the person only wears black and their home has 1 plate and 1 cup. Just thinking about that makes me uncomfortable! To me that doesn't seem like an enjoyable life. We were created with the ability to appreciate beauty and variety. 

My Approach
-My Wardrobe
This is something I can definitely work on. I LOVE the idea of a color scheme. 80% of my clothes are navy blue anyway, so I think this is something I can easily start. I'd like to cut my closet down by at least 1/3. 

I spend way too much money on clothing anyway. I've been pretty good about only buying used items from consignment shops or ebay, but I'd still like to cut back on the amount. It's pretty sad when you flip through your hangers and realize you forgot you owned something. I also have a huge problem with buying workout clothes. I own way too many and that drawer is overflowing. 

-My Home
I have a list of a few things that I'd like to buy for our house. In the past, as soon as it popped into my head, I'd run to Target and buy whatever it was that I thought I needed. Now I want to plan ahead for these purchases, shop around and only buy them when our budget easily allows. Ideally, I'd like to buy these new things with the money that I get from selling old things. 

I really love having nice things in our house, but I think we've gotten accustomed to a lifestyle that isn't really necessary. Buying decor just for the fall season is actually really frivolous, but it's something Pinterest makes us feel necessary. 

So here is my take-away from all of this: I want to have a little bit of both lifestyles. I think less is more, and there are so many benefits to living simply! But, I don't want to live a deprived life either. If I want something I don't see the need to withhold it from myself just because it's not a live sustaining need. 

Leave me a comment: Have you ever tried to reevaluate your lifestyle? What do you think of minimalism? Is it too extreme or too boring for you? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pinned It: Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

In my Pinned It series, I like to share with you recipes that I've pinned on Pinterest and tried! Pinterest is such an amazing tool, and we've found lots of really good recipes to add to our rotation. 

This time is a recipe from Skinny Mom for copy-cat Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. I used to get the nuggets at Chick-Fil-a, but recently I've been obsessed with their chicken sandwich! This recipe gets bonus points for being a slimmed down version too.

Here's what you do:

Pound 2 8 ounce boneless chicken breasts until they are about 1/2 inch thick. (Chicken cutlets work great for this recipe!) Then, marinate chicken breasts in 1/2 cup dill pickle juice for atleast 30 minutes. 

Add 1 large egg and 1/2 cup milk into a bowl and whisk. 

Combine the following into a separate bowl: 
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp basil
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup flour

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and then coat with the flour mixture on both sides. 

Heat 2 tsp coconut oil in a skillet. Fry each chicken breast until golden brown and cooked through. 
Dry on a paper towel. 

Serve chicken on a toasted bun with pickle slices

Overall this was a great dupe! It's definitely not as good as the real thing, but I will be making it again. Let me know if you try it out! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Five

one// Puppy pic of the week! I've taken nearly a million photos, but this week I've really tried to take more videos of the puppies. Videos just highlight the cuteness so much better. I love the wobbly legs! Winston and Fred are doing great this week and have even started playing with each other. They still sleep like 90% of the time, but their awake moments are so precious. One of them barked this week!
Here is a hilarious video I took on Wednesday. Bailey, poor thing, has vision problems and is constantly running into the pups. 

two// We had an absolutely amazing vacation last week! Every year we stay at Marriott's Oceana Palms in South Florida with Blake's family. It's a perfect week every year. This time we hardly left the resort, and it was the most relaxed vacation I think I've ever had. We came home truly refreshed and ready to get back at real life. Sometimes vacations leave you more tired than before you left. 

three// I'm like super late to this game, but I just watched The Hills 10 year special on my dvr. I was so into The Hills in High School! I can't believe that was 10 years ago. The special was so funny to watch. It brought back a lot of memories, but it was also really interesting to see what was going on behind the scenes. Even after seeing how the producers staged it and forced certain situations, I still feel like a lot of it was genuine. 

four// I was so excited to hit publish on our bathroom reveal this week! In case you missed it:

five// College Prepster was probably the first blog I ever read, and it's probably the one that even made me think about starting one myself! I love that she is doing videos now. Youtube is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I love vlogs and home tours! I think it's because I'm so nosey. Although, I think that's why the blog universe exists in the first place-we're all really nosey and interested in what other people are doing! Anyway, Carly did an apartment tour, and I love it. She has described exactly what I am trying to do with my house. Coastal but not like beach house cheesy. 

Happy Friday guys! Have an awesome weekend.