Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s about to be the end of July. Where is the summer going? It’s flying, that’s for sure! This month has been busy, busy, busy. I traveled back and forth to New York for a few weeks to help my mom recover from her knee surgery, and then had a little travel going on!

Norwich Inn Spa

Before my Austin trip this past weekend, I spent a few days at the Norwich Inn Spa for our annual girls trip! It was so much fun and so relaxing. We always do dinner at Mohegan Sun which is super close by, so we spa all day, then do dinner and drinks at night! Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse was seriously amazing!

Norwich Inn Spa 2017

The workout we did at the spa gym:

Austin, TX 

I spent last weekend in Austin with a few of my favorite girlfriends- Cassy, Juli, and Vanessa, and our Siete foods family! We stayed in an amazing AirBnb, ate awesome food, and had countless laughs! You guys, I bought cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots (see below) and am seriously in love. Also, I signed a few copies of my cookbook at the Barnes and Noble on Brodie Lane, so go snag them before they’re gone!

We ate at: Picnik (multiple times), Fresa’s, 24 Diner, Flower Child, Veracruz All Natural, Fortright Cafe, and an amazing cookout at Siete Foods HQ!

We stayed: In an AirBnB, and if you saw our IG stories, our last night we stayed in a hotel like 30 minutes outside of the city thanks to Vaness. It was hysterical.

Workouts: We did a workout made up by coach Ju (Juli) at Siete HQ and did a Crush Fitness class and they were both awesome. I was sufficiently sore! Also, shout out to Outdoor Voices for hooking us up with a pair of workout leggings!

Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

The workout we did at Siete:  Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

Blog Posts I’m loving:

We recorded Juli’s podcast in Austin this weekend! Listen here.

These Chorizo Sheet Pan Nachos are everything!

This Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream is paleo-friendly! How can we get Vanessa to deliver it?

Work-Life Balance and how to better achieve it!

Steak Tacos are so happening for dinner!

Songs I’m Loving (Country Edition):

My Girl- Dylan Scott

Losing Sleep- Chris Young

Traffic- Kimberly Dunn (CASSY’S SISTER)

More Girls Like You- Kipp Young

Round Here Buzz-  Eric Church

Follow my Country Edition Spotify playlist here

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Mexican Street Corn Salad –  PIN IT

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps – PIN IT

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing- PIN IT

Loaded Egg Salad – PIN IT

What You May Have Missed:

Facebook Live Q&A!

Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad

40 Must-Make Summer Recipes

Lightened Up Piña Coladas

Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Greek Three Bean Salad (VIDEO)

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls (VIDEO)

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp

Current Must-Haves:

This face mask is GREAT.

This is the external charger I use for my iPhone. It has 4 full chargers in it!

Beautycounter Band of Beauty Membership for only $29! 15% product order with every purchase, free shipping over $100, free gift over $50, and exclusive offers!

This blush in Bloom/Tulip is my favorite! I wear it day-to-day and going out at night!

Collagen Protein packets for travel!

These jeans fit like a glove and are on MAJOR sale!

The BEST sunglasses ever for a small face.

Enjoy the weekend, my friends!

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July 28, 2017

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