Monday, November 28, 2016

Three Ideas for Packing Healthy Lunches for Work

So, if you've been following Domestic Bliss Squared for any length of time, you all know that I try really hard to eat healthy. I mean, sometimes I make stupidly rich chocolate cake, but for the most part I try to keep things really low calorie, low carb, low fat... all the lows. Basically, I try and make sure I eat foods that have simple ingredients I can pronounce and that won't cause me to feel guilt that I ate it. 

Lately, I've had the added challenge of packing lunches to go for myself. Now, I'm really lucky in that my job can be done from home some days, so I get to make myself healthy meals a couple days a week. But during the other three days the temptation to go out and get a Starbucks sandwich is strong, and not generally a good idea. I mean, Starbucks does some good work, and I won't turn down one of their reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwiches, but as a whole it's more expensive and less good for me then I'd ideally like. 
So today I thought I'd let you all in on some quick tips for packing a healthy lunch for work, or at least making sure you have something to snack on that you don't have to feel bad about eating! 
So, without further ado, my three tips for making sure your lunches are healthy!

1. The most obvious but the easiest! Buy a microwavable meal. 

I tried SMARTMADE ™ by SmartOnes (R) recently and I was really impressed: actual, real ingredients that have been roasted or baked for flavor. The Rosemary Grilled Beef & Vegetables actually met basic paleo requirements! 
I was really happy with the fact that instead of swapping low calorie chemical options for high calorie ingredients, they actually really think about what will be the best for your body. I feel zero guilt about eating these for lunch! This is basically something like I would make at home, except conveniently packaged. 

2. Granola bars

This recipe is my own recipe for homemade cereal bars, but a good LaraBar is also a nice option in a pinch. 

3. Chips - except healthy chips. Like, kale chips. This is my recipe for baked kale chips, but if you need another good healthy option you can always choose these amazing oven roasted ranch chickpeas.

Don't forget to visit  SMARTMADE ™ by SmartOnes (R) on their website and Facebook!
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Quick cold weather fashion DIY: Romper to top refashion (plus, a thrifted outfit!)

Quick cold weather fashion DIY: Romper to top refashion (plus, a thrifted outfit!)
Quick cold weather fashion DIY: Romper to top refashion (plus, a thrifted outfit!)
Quick cold weather fashion DIY: Romper to top refashion (plus, a thrifted outfit!)

I'm always sad in the fall when I have to put my summer clothes away for the year. My sundresses I can safely stash away knowing I'm going to see and wear them again in the spring, but sometimes there are trendier pieces that I really like, but don't know if I'm going to be able to use again next summer. This romper was one of those! 

Click through for more details on how I refashioned my romper (it's so easy you'll be pulling your summer clothes back out, I promise) and cost breakdown of my thrifted outfit!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey sage dressing recipe-from scratch

gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey sage dressing recipe-from scratch

Who else is excited about Thursday?

gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey sage dressing recipe-from scratch

One of my absolute favorite side dishes during the holiday season has got to be dressing. Savory, soft, glorious turkey dressing made from scratch and covered in gravy. This year, we're doing a completely gluten-free Thanksgiving meal, but I was determined to figure out a way to make my homemade turkey dressing and still staying completely G-free. 

I succeeded. 
gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey sage dressing recipe-from scratch

Today I'm going to share my recipe for homemade gluten-free turkey sage dressing with you all!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

LulaRoe Amelia, styled three ways

You guys. YOU GUYS. I am so excited for today's post!

My lovely friend Audrey asked me last month to try out some LulaRoe, and I jumped at the chance! I've been dying to try out LulaRoe for a while now, because everyone is raving about how amazing their clothes are. 

And you guys, the ravers are right. I'm a total convert! This was the most comfortable, cute and easy to wear dress ever!

I chose this adorable polka-dotted Amelia dress because I knew it would go well with all the other black fall items in my closet. Seriously, so many. I paired it with a black leather jacket, a big fluffy blanket scarf from Ava Rae Boutique here in Boise, and some simple black booties. And today I'm going to show you how I made this dress look three different ways with only those three items of clothing! 

The second look: Super simple, just take off the jacket and use the blanket scarf as a wrap! 

And finally, just the dress with a leopard print belt, because really it didn't need anything else to make it fabulous:

Dress: LulaRoe Audrey Barry // Tights: Target // Booties: Thrifted // Blanket scarf: Ava Rae Boutique // Leather jacket: Thrifted // Bag: Coach, thrifted 

You guys, I'm going to be honest, I'll be buying more clothes from LulaRoe too, no question. I'm in love with this dress! I love that it has sleeves but not full sleeves, and that it actually hits me at the knees instead of being way too short (a problem, seriously). If you'd like to try out your own LulaRoe Amelia, be sure to go join Audrey's LulaRoe Facebook group for exclusive sales! 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Early fall layering for the win

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen a sneak peek of this outfit a couple weeks ago, literally the second the temperatures started to cool off, because I was so excited for fall!

Fall is finally here! Finally!! Between pumpkin spice everything, and cozy layering pieces this just might be my favorite time of the year. Actually scratch that, fall is totally my favorite time of year! (Don't even get me started on the Trader Joe's pumpkin spice goodies, I may have gone a little crazy).

Even though it's officially "fall" here in Boise, we've still been getting some wildly varying temperatures. It's easy to forget that this is actual desert out here! So days tend to be warm, and evenings/nights cool down like crazy. I've taken to wearing a light layer on top of my summer sundresses, and switching out my wedges for heeled booties to give my outfits a little more fall vibe, without roasting to death! 

Outfit Details:

Dress: Vintage 90's // Booties: ? // Tassel Necklace: Wal Mart (I know! Their style game has been on point lately!) // Cardigan: Thrifted from Goodwill // Gold bag: Gap (also thrifted)

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gluten-Free fluffy drop biscuits recipe

Gluten-Free fluffy drop biscuits recipe

Now that fall is officially here (yay!!), I've been craving warm, hearty food in the worst way. An absolute family favorite are fluffy drop biscuits covered in creamy sausage gravy or slathered in butter and jam in the morning. Oh my yum.

Since we're still trying to eat mostly paleo/gluten-free foods, I decided to see if I could make a good gluten-free version of my super simple, tasty drop biscuits recipe. And it turns out I can! Gluten-free baking has come a looooong way from when it started, let me tell you. These were perfect, you literally could not even tell them apart! Better yet, my kids wolfed them down the next morning with butter and jam on their way out the door to go to school.

So today I'm excited to share this easy and really, really yummy recipe for gluten-free drop biscuits with you guys! But first, some delicious pictures: 

Gluten-Free fluffy drop biscuits recipe
Gluten-Free fluffy drop biscuits recipe
Gluten-Free fluffy drop biscuits recipe

  Click through for the recipe!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Three tips for talking to your daughter about puberty

Look at that face. That sweet, innocent little face (don't let her fool you, the sass on that woman could tranquilize and elephant)
I realized something recently, as I was shopping IN THE WOMEN'S SECTION OF THE STORE for my little pre-teen; I need to discuss puberty with her. Like, yesterday. 
I can't pretend that as her mother this didn't make me break out in a cold sweat. Not because we haven't laid the ground work for a good conversation, but because I can't believe how quickly the last years of her life have gone, or how quickly these changes are going to happen. Where did the time go?
So I have to have the talk with her. The first thing we did was discuss bra shopping. Because hey, that's a good place to start, right? Everyone loves shopping, and bras are fun, sort of. It went a little something like this:
Me: Hey girlie! Guess what? We're going to go pick you out your very own bra soon!
Her: Oh my GOD MOM, WHY?!?!
Me: ...uhhh
Her: Can't I just not do that?
Me: No, honey, trust me it'll be cool. 
Her: You're so random. I don't want a bra yet. That's not cool at all.
So as you can see, that went swimmingly, and I rock at being a Mom. 

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