Asian Power Bowl – 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix Approved

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I have recently developed a serious love for power bowls! We have them in my house at least once or twice a week lately. I think  what I love most about them is the ease of making them but that they are LOADED with nutrients and superfoods. Recently I searched for an asian-inspired power bowl on Pinterest but had a hard time finding ones that fit well with the 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix meal plan. So I decided to put together my own!

I wanted something fresh, filling, but quick and easy to make. I am a long-time lover of hibachi grills and those amazing little salads they serve with the ginger dressing. Wow, just wow. I crave them ALL the time and wanted to incorporate that taste somehow. Let me tell you. I hit the jackpot on this one. These are so DELICIOUS but healthy and I could seriously eat them every night for the rest of my life but I would probably get mercury poisoning. I might be cool with that though. Either way, these are a MUST-TRY.

 

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Ingredients

Power Bowl – Portion Fix Cups: 1 Red, 1.5 Green, 1 Yellow 

  • Salmon (3 skinless fillets)
  • Head of Red Cabbage
  • Large Carrots (3-4) OR Bag of Pre-Shredded Carrots
  •  Fresh Garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • Scallions (1 bunch)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Noodles
  • 1/4 c. – 1/2 c. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

Ginger Dressing – Portion Fix Cups: 1 Orange 

  • 1/2 c. Tahini
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 2-3 tsp. Fresh Ginger (minced)

Serves 3 

Directions

  1. One hour before preparing, marinate salmon in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce and 3-4 minced garlic cloves. Soy sauce is loaded with sodium so try not to overdo it. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot to prepare for brown rice noodles.
  4. While oven and water are heating up, chop entire head of red cabbage into small, shredded pieces (the smaller the better), shred 2-3 carrots, and chop scallions.
  5. Combine ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and mix until it is of a liquid consistency.
  6. Add salmon fillets to oven and cook for about 12-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Once pot of water comes to a boil, add rice noodles. Drain when rice noodles are ready. These only take about 2-4 minutes to cook.
  8. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle dressing over top, top with cilantro, and ENJOY!

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Six-Ingredient Summer Salad Lemon Dressing: Easy & Clean, YO!

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I completely DIE DIE DIE over this salad dressing. It’s so FRESH and addicting–great for a summer salad and goes well on just about anything. I even like dipping my veggies in it. It’s so much cheaper to make than buying bottled dressings at the store and the great part is you know exactly what’s in it. I put some low-calorie and calorie free options below if you are really watching what your intake but remember, olive oil is such a great healthy fat for you and you need those healthy fats 🙂 Hope you enjoy as much as I do. I prefer acidic salad dressings and this one is very acidic — if you’re not into that type of thing, you might want to stay away.

Ingredients Needed: 

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemons (5-6 – I always get more than I need to be safe)
  • Salt (Hold salt if you truly want a “clean” salad dressing but I prefer it with the saltiness)
  • Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh Mint (Optional-I prefer mine without)

Around 100 Calories Per Serving (2 tbsp): 

  • Juice 1 Cup of Lemons
  • Add 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Galric Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

Around 50 Calories Per Serving (2 tbsp):

  • Juice 1 1/4 Cup Lemons
  • Add 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

Calorie Free: 

  • Juice 1.5 Cups of Lemons
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

Clean Turkey Burgers

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A regular meal in our household are these delicious, clean turkey burgers! We started eating them about a year and a half ago and since then, I’ve been experimenting with adding ingredients. These are 100% clean, low in fat, and SO GOOD! You can use lean turkey instead of extra lean, but I find that they don’t taste much different and, hey, why don’t you save yourself the extra calories? 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 c. Fresh Cilantro (use fresh only)
  • 1/4 c. Diced Red Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (optional — finely chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Southwestern Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)

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Prepare your ingredients and then combine everything in a large bowl. Mix well. Grab a handful of the meat with ingredients and flatten into patties.

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I use a grill pan to cook my turkey burgers but if you don’t have this, you can use a regular skillet. Add you 1 tbsp. of oil to the pan–we usually use coconut oil. Once your pan is heated up, place patties on pan and cook on medium to medium-high for about 7-8 minutes, flipping every few minutes.

We usually serve our turkey burgers with sliced tomato and avocado on top, either bun-less, if I’m feeling paleo that day, or with whole-wheat buns or Ezekial bread and oven-roasted brussels sprouts with sea salt and pepper (a recipe for another day)! My husband likes to add BBQ sauce but I think they have enough flavor to not have to add anything.

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LOTD: Fall Doll

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Abound Pattern Shawl Cardigan $26.97 (XS)

STS Blue Stretch Skinny Jeans (Size 5) These are SO comfy! I bought them at Nordstrom Rack but they do not appear to be available online on the NR website. Only available online at Nordstrom. Totally worth the $$ though!

Steve Madden Trrott Boot (last season) – Similar pair can be found here: Steve Madden Harverd Boot

Bourbon and Boweties  Stacked Bracelets

Layered and Long Skinny Bar Necklace

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A Few Faves: Drugstore Makeup

Recently becoming a new mama-sita, I have a major case of Catholic guilt when making big purchases… no wait… making any purchase. Why didn’t anyone warn me about this before Mason was born? I could have had an epic shopping spree! Anyways, I digress. Onto my drugstore finds. Because of this buyers remorse that recently surfaced, I’ve been making trips back and forth between ULTA, CVS, and Target and reading makeup forums and blogs, in search of some awesome BUT AFFORDABLE beauty products. I want to stop blowing my money on things that aren’t 100% necessary for everyday wear, like highlighters, lipstick, and primers. You know, the supplementary items so to speak. So here are a few of my recent faves:

Foundation: Revlon Photo Ready vs. Makeup For Ever HD

Revlon Photo Ready: After doing a lot of research and testing in stores, I found this foundation to be the most comparable to my beloved Makeup For Ever HD foundation. At nearly 1/3 of the cost, I think RPR could be a great replacement for MUFE HD. This line of foundation offers 12 shades to choose from in the store and I was lucky to find a shade that was pretty spot on with my complexion (Nude 003). That being said, I probably could have purchased the next darkest shade and blended the two colors together for a more exact match, which I oftentimes like to do when in between seasons.

RPR is advertised as a light coverage foundation but I honestly found that it was more-so in between light to medium. Two pumps of this liquid goodness covered up nearly all of my blemishes and the discoloration in my face, but it still felt lightweight. The biggest plus is that this lasted ALL DAY and didn’t become oily or smudgy on my skin after a long period of time.

Some things I didn’t like about it? It blended well in most areas but I found it to look chalky in the areas where I had super dry skin or dried up blemishes. With that in mind, I felt like I have more of a dewy look with the MUFE HD, whereas the RPR feels more matte. The irony about that is that this product is that it’s advertised as being “dewy”. I wouldn’t go that far. Keeping my skin well hydrated and using light-illuminating products on top of the foundation helped to remedy that situation, as you see in my “final look” photo at the bottom of this post.

Another downside is that RPR required slightly more product than MUFE HD. I needed about two pumps of product for the right amount of coverage, but that’s still one pump more than I need with MUFE HD. Regardless, it didn’t feel heavy or cakey on my skin.

Final verdict? I was pretty impressed with this foundation and will probably continue to use it here and there–like when I run errands for instance. But will it become a permanent replacement? No. I think I’ve spoiled myself too much with foundations and at this point that there’s no turning back however, I would recommend this for any normal human being who isn’t foundation-stingy like me.

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation for $13.99 at ULTA

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Primer

This primer is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE find of them all. It not only helped to ensure smooth application of my foundation, but it also helped to brighten my skin and give me that dewy look I was going for. I am OBSESSED. I picked this up at Target for $10.99. That may sound pricey but you don’t need to use much. A little goes a long way!

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer for $10.99 at Target

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Highlighter

Another great Target find is this e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip. I found this extremely comparable to the Benefit High Beam highlighter. My favorite part about this product? It’s only $1!!! Yes, you heard that correctly. Only one George Washington for this baby! I use this on the tops of my cheek bones, above my bronzer, and typically dab it on with my ring finger. I love the dewy look it gives me!

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip for $1.00 at Target

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Waterline Eye Brightener

Nothing drives me crazier than when women use white eyeliner to brighten their waterline–and I’ll call myself out because I totally used to be guilty of this. It looks so harsh against eye makeup and so unnatural. So I ditched my white eyeliner and found this flesh colored pencil in the NYX aisle at ULTA. This is a more natural, nude pencil that brightens the eyes and waterline without looking too harsh. I love how much it brightens my eyes! Lord knows I will do anything to look more awake and vibrant after being up with baby all night.

NYX Wonder Pencil for $4.49 at ULTA

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Fall Blush

I’m usually a sucker for Nars blushes however, I accidentally stumbled upon this glorious baby in the NYX aisle and am super obsessed with the color! Side note: Are you sensing the NYX theme yet? I have a fascination with anything made by NYX. Anyways, onto that blush I found. The color resembles more of a soft pinkish-mauve and would definitely compliment any skin tone. The only downside is that this is a creme blush, so stay away if you are not down for that. I played around with it and found it applied best with a brush and not directly from the stick onto my skin. This will definitely be a staple for me during the fall.

NYX Stick Blush in Water Lily for $5.99 at ULTA

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Fall Lipstick

Bold lips are in this fall and no one can deny it. But you can sport a bold lip without looking totally ridiculous, right? That’s why I was in search of a natural mauve lip color, closely resembling that which Kylie Jenner seems to always rock lately (pic below). That’s the first and last time a Kardashian will breach the pages of my blog. Promise.

I went through about a hundred swatches at ULTA and this was my favorite, in both color and texture. I was blown away by how pigmented and creamy it was! I wanted a softer look so I opted to use a lip brush to apply it. The application was so smooth, I don’t think it could get any better. I paired this lipstick with the NYX Slim Lip Pencil (colors below).

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Soft Mauve-Pink (B52) for $4.00 at ULTA/Target

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Ever 828 for $3.50 at ULTA/Target

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BB Cream

One thing I have tried a lot of in drugstores are BB creams. And this one? The best by a long stretch! The coverage is very light but does a great job of evening out my skin tone. I think the biggest perk with this is how well the color matched. I found L’Oreal and Maybelline BB creams to have orange-ish, unnatural tones in them and they never seemed to apply smoothly. This BB cream does the opposite. Not only does it apply smoothly, much like a tinted moisturizer, but the color is so spot on it’s crazy. It’s sold in three different shades which made it pretty easy to find a match: Nude, Natural, and Golden. Highly recommend!

NYX BB Cream for $12.99 at ULTA (For reference: I was shade Golden in the summer and am now probably closer to shade Natural)

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So there you have it! My favorite drugstore products at the moment. Here was my final look (#seriousselfie) after using pretty much all the aforementioned products, except the NYX lipstick and the BB cream. Guess I wasn’t in a “lipstick” kind of mood on that day. Thanks for stopping by and listen to be blab on! 🙂

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NEUTRAL NURSERY ON A BUDGET: CLASSY MEETS RUSTIC

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From the moment my husband and I found out we were expecting, I began imagining and planning every detail of my son Mason’s nursery. I decided I wanted to keep it neutral, clean, and soft with a few touches of masculinity, without overdoing it, avoiding themes or anything that would make it appear gender-specific. Keeping it neutral would also make way for a future baby–girl or boy–so it was important that I could recycle much of the items in his room. I tried sticking with grays and whites throughout the room. I have a sick obsession with gray–you should see my home!

Aside from keeping it neutral, I wanted his room to look expensive without burning a hole in our wallets (kids outgrow things so fast–no need to blow all your savings!). I achieved this by using inspiration from more pricey stores, like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or West Elm, but finding similar items at a more reasonable price. A lot of the items you will find below are dupes from high-end stores.

I won’t go into incredible detail with every item in the room but will give a brief overview of my favorites and will leave a product list for the rest so you know where to find them. Here we go:

CRIB AND BEDDING:

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My vision began with his crib. I found this middle-of-the-road, retro-inspiried crib at Target for $379.99. You can find the Hudson Babyletto Crib here. I also like to consider the Hudson Babyletto crib my dupe to the Harper Crib sold at Pottery Barn Kids. The price tag for the Harper crib is a whopping $999!!! I essentially have the same crib but saved $600 and poured my money into an American-made product. The Hudson comes in a variety of awesome colors but, again, I wanted to keep it neutral and clean.

I had a very specific vision for the crib bedding so I immediately knew I needed to find the right Etsy shop to customize what I was envisioning. If you know me, you know I’m an Etsy-holic. Can’t. Get. Enough. It’s bad. I wanted to tie-in a dark royal blue for a more masculine look but also wanted something that brought an element of classy. My sister-in-law discovered the PERFECT Etsy-based shop on Instagram, Fingers and Toes. The shop owner, Jonna, ran through about 12 different ideas with me, going back and forth with fabrics, prints, and colors. I was even able to customize the length of the bed skirt so it didn’t touch the ground… OCD much?! The quality is just as good, if not better, than PBK bedding but the cool thing is it was handmade, organic, is a one-of-a-kind, AND (my favorite part) I’m supporting a small business. For the bumper and bed skirt, I spent about $300 in total. A bit of a splurge but I think it really adds that pop that the room needed.

WALL ART AND DECOR: 

I decided I would achieve a more masculine look mainly by incorporating a few rustic pieces–my favorites being his name hanging over his crib and the cute wooden toy boxes sitting by the windows. I started out with a vision of what I wanted his letters to look like and then turned to Etsy. These letters were custom-made and purchased from heartifactsgallery. I worked with the shop owner, Melinda, on a few different wood samples and sizes, ending up with ones that most-closely complimented his toy boxes and dresser. The wooden letters were $110 and she had them made and shipped to me within 10 days.

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My all-time favorite children’s author is Shel Silverstein, so when I ran across these adorable prints from Paper Finch Design, I had to have them! These prints were a bargain, at only $25 for the pair. The matted frames I purchased from Target and they were the last left in stock–lucky me!DSC_0247

I fell in love with these rustic toy boxes, which I stumbled upon in the bathroom section at Home Goods. They were one of the first items I bought for Mason’s room and really set the masculine and rustic tone for the rest of the room. The boxes were around $55 for all three. While I doubt Home Goods still carries these exact boxes anymore, they always have similar items–and I would know, I’m there at least twice a week! 🙂

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Our entire upstairs is hardwood so I knew I would need to find a large, comfy rug for a baby to roll around on. I spotted this pretty rug from West Elm and almost gave in and purchased it for a whopping $1,299 (yikes). My mom told me I was crazy to buy an expensive white rug when I have two dogs who like to destroy anything and everything in their paths. I searched instead for a dupe and found a perfect (if not better) match. The nuLOOM Rug Moroccan Trellis Shag Rug from Overstock.com for $159.99. It’s probably my favorite piece in the room and really brings that classy looking edge I was trying to achieve. Not to mention, I love the texture the shag adds! IMG_0439

 PRODUCT LIST: 

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MIRROR – Home Goods $35

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE – IKEA HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser in Gray-Brown $229

GIRAFFE – Home Goods $35 (This is a PBK Jumo Giraffe dupe for around $64 less)

CHANGING PAD COVER – Pottery Barn Kids Harper Changing Pad Cover in Gray $29

LAUNDRY HAMPER – Home Goods $50

M Decal – DIY Project (around) $15 (supplies purchased from Michael’s)

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FLOOR POUF/OTTOMAN – Land of Nod Blue Knit Braided Pouf $129

I could have purchased the matching ottoman to go with the rocker but I love the look of poufs so much more! Aside from being a leg rest, it serves multiple purposes, such as seating for me, guests, or Mason once he grows. It also adds a pop of color and so much texture to the room. I love it!

PRODUCT LIST: 

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ROCKER – KACY Collection Morgan Nursery Swivel Glider $449.99 (I waited for weeks to purchase this glider until Babies R Us had a sale–final price was $382)

SHELF – IKEA  KALLAX Shelving Unit in White $59.99

SHELF BASKETS – IKEA KNIPSA Basket  $14.99/each

SIDE TABLE – Home Goods $60

LAMP – IKEA KVAVE Table Lamp (no longer sold)

CURTAINS – Pottery Barn (no longer sold)

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“YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE” PRINT – Made by my sister-in-law, Stephanie Myers, who will be opening an Etsy shop soon. She is a SUPER creative graphic designer who specializes in typography and custom-made invitations on the side. She actually made my blog banner by hand! Contact me for more details and I can put you in touch with her.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out Mason’s nursery! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below! Stay tuned for more…