Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY: make a DIY kimono from a scarf, no sewing!



Have five minutes? Want to DIY your own summer kimono wrap without sewing a single stitch? Keep reading!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Low-carb crispy lettuce wrapped chicken tacos recipe


So it’s summer now, here in Idaho. It’s summer and I’m acutely aware of the need to keep my waistline somewhat under control, since it’s not covered with sweaters and cute coats at the moment. Because of the greater waistline visibility, I’ve been attempting to keep things pretty low-carb and healthy around here (sometimes with varying levels of success). 

But you guys, I really love tacos. 

Tacos are in the category of food reserved for Things I Could Eat Forever if Trapped on a Desert Island. I really, really like tacos. There’s an amazing taco truck run by a lovely woman named Lupita near my job, and I swear I’m personally putting her kids through college with my taco consumption. She makes the corn tortillas right in front of you, to order…you guys…it’s taco heaven.


As often as I make tacos at home, I need a way to keep this meal a bit lighter. This recipe is my way of cutting the fat and carbs while still giving into my taco craving. Mostly guilt-free. Almost completely guilt-free if you use super light cheese. And the swap of a lettuce leaf for a tortilla actually still gives it the satisfying crispy crunch to go with you soft meats. It totally works! 

Ingredients:

1 avocado, sliced (or chopped!)
1/2 onion, minced 
sliced olives
a little bit of cheese (to keep it healthy, light cheese!)
canned corn, drained and set aside
fresh cilantro
sour cream 
iceberg lettuce leaves, removed one at a time 
3 chicken breasts 
2 Tbsp homemade msg-free taco seasoning 

  1. Cook your chicken. The easiest way to cook chicken in order to turn it into shredded chicken is to boil it. Weird, I know, but it works and has the bonus of keeping your chicken moist! Cook your chicken breasts until you can easily pull them apart with two forks. Remove your chicken out of the water and drain it, then shred it.



2. In a pan, combine your taco seasoning with about 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil, Then add your shredded chicken. Simmer until the water is evaporated and your chicken is evenly coated. 

3. Pile your toppings into a lettuce leaf, just like you would a tortilla, and eat! 



I know, this seems really easy. I thought about it for a while but just could not come up with a way to describe putting together a taco that isn’t pretty much obvious in the pictures. Probably because my personal tactic for making tacos is literally ‘pile as much on there as you can and shove in face.’ I told you I really liked tacos! 

If you liked this recipe, you might also check out my crispy Paleo Avocado Fries recipe, and my recipe for home made Southwest Veggie Burgers, for those of us trying our best to keep it healthy this summer! 


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Monday, June 13, 2016

How to sew your own breezy summer kimono


Summer is here in full swing, and I'm in love with the breezy kimono wraps I've been seeing everywhere! It's the perfect amount of coverage if you need a little something to protect you from the sun, or a little coverage inside while everyone is blasting their AC (like me). Today I'm going to share with you a tutorial to make your own!


For the full tutorial on how to make your own, click on through!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Schoola, the new place for online thrift store shopping. Bonus: $20 off your first order!

Schoola, the new place for online thrift store shopping. Bonus: $20 off your first order!

Disclaimer: If you want to $20 off code first, scroll to the bottom!

Gah! How cute are my babies?!? 

Ok, proud mom moment over! But I will say, even though I don't feature them often here on Domestic Bliss Squared (my daughter has been in at least one other post on her DIY maxi dress though!) my kids are always pretty involved behind the scenes. Often they help with my DIY projects, or my daughter helps style my outfits!

So when Schoola, a new online non-profit thrift store, approached me about working with them I was really excited that they asked me to include my kids! I rarely show them off, and getting a chance to do that makes me so happy. Not to mention my daughter, who was over the moon. This girl loves getting her pictures taken and styling outfits! She helped me choose all the accessories for this gorgeous Ya brand dress (that still had the tags on it!)

Schoola, the new place for online thrift store shopping. Bonus: $20 off your first order!
Schoola, the new place for online thrift store shopping. Bonus: $20 off your first order!
Schoola, the new place for online thrift store shopping. Bonus: $20 off your first order!


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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Wine, Women and Shoes fashion show!


This year I was honored to be asked by the lovely Miss Style Therapy herself: local stylist Heather Schwabe (posing with me above!), to be a part of the annual Wine, Women and Shoes benefit fashion show. I can't even tell you how perfect of a match this was for me, especially since the proceeds went to one of our best regional thrift stores, the Idaho Youth Ranch! And I got to represent vintage fashion in the show.

I got to wear a gorgeous beaded vintage 80's glam dress, chosen by the talented Emily Fogerson, who styled all the models representing the Youth Ranch in the show. You can see the dress below, in all it's glory, but I can't tell you how amazing it was in person. It was like someone had literally made it to fit me, personally. I loved it so much! 


The fashion show was only one part of the night. There were also several performances by fabulous drag queens. Epic. They made us models look bad, they were so glorious:


And there was a contest during the night to see who could bring in and wear the best shoes, which was judged by the glamorous Tanya from Style Spy Girl. Her white dress and blue hair totally made me think of Gwen Stefani! 


The winning shoe, and the best shoe of the night in my opinion, was this pair covered in legos. Legos!


For those of you who got a chance to attend, it was so nice to meet you all! And if you didn't please consider going next year. This is an amazing event and the people who make it happen could not be more wonderful, and the cause is a great one. 

Click here to learn more about the Idaho Youth Ranch and all the good they do in our area! 



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Avocado fries recipe

Avocado fries recipe
Avocado fries recipe

So...these are amazing. If you've been eating paleo, and craving mozzarella sticks, you need to make these! They are crispy on the outside, melty on the inside, and completely 100% paleo! I'm really excited to share this recipe with you today, click through for the full recipe!


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Style: Summer Blues



Dress: Old Navy // Shawl: DIY from a vintage scarf // Bag: Gap // Shoes: ? // Sunglasses: vintage // Agate Necklace: Vintage, 70's // Daisy ring: Wal Mart 

Now that summer is in full swing, I've been catching myself wearing a lot of blue and white (and gold) together. All three colors are neutrals, so they combine easily and look fresh and crisp for those hot summer days. 

This white and navy blue gingham dress from Old Navy has been a favorite of mine since I bought it three weeks ago. It's the best, lightest flowy fabric that keeps me cool while still looking great after a full day. I paired it with a big gold bag, nude heels, and a vintage agate slice necklace I inherited from my Grandmother. I'd like to think good taste is genetic! 

The best part of this outfit, though? The blue tribal print 'kimono,' that is actually a scarf worn as a kimono. I'm going to show you how to turn your own scarf into a breezy kimono wrap without sewing a stitch later this week. Be sure to check back, it's a wardrobe hack you don't want to miss!

What are your favorite color combinations for summer? 

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