This long winter has resulted in me dressing in a lot of sweatpants, leggings and less fashionable wear. This has left my closet quite ho-hum and craving new things.

Pinterest seriously keeps me inspired when it comes to fashion and has got me excited to search for a few new pieces and experiment with some of the new trends. I really just wanted to share with you some of my favorite finds from our Pinterest board. Some of these outfits are outrageous, which means that money will soon be spent. 

You can tell by my picks that we’ve pinned and gravitated toward hats, fringe, and all things boho.

Hope you’re inspired by some of the below photos for a closet refresher! 

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If there is an outfit I want to mimic exactly, it’s this one. I’m loving the all black ensemble and the added fringed kimono. 

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I’m loving this look, you can’t wrong with classics pieces like a white blouse and black hat.  

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I’m such a flare girl and these are perfectly flared. Also, the denim on denim is lovely. 

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This outfit is perfect for Spring. The military jacket is great for those last couple chillier nights. 

Easy Tomato Soup {Quirks and Twists} A bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich ranks up there as one of my favorite winter time meals. It makes most anything better. Sick? Cold? Hungry but too lazy to put too much effort into dinner? The answer is always grilled cheese and tomato soup. 

Easy Tomato Soup {Quirks and Twists} This past weekend I was all of the above; cold, sick, hungry, and lazy. I wanted something better then a can of Campbell’s but I also wanted it to be super easy and tasty. I had a pretty simple recipe that called for canned tomatoes instead of fresh, which meant no chopping and no worrying about trying to find decent quality tomatoes in the middle of winter.

Easy Tomato Soup {Quirks and Twists} I love this recipe because it calls for few ingredients, one pot, and about 20 minutes of your time. Before you know it you will be cuddled up on the couch enjoying a bowl of hot soup and showing the winter blues who’s boss. 

Easy Tomato Basil Soup
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  3. 1- 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  4. 1 - 14.5 oz. can of whole tomatoes
  5. 2 cups of chicken stock
  6. 2 tsp. of kosher salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  9. 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  10. 3 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped
  11. Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, sauté the garlic in olive oil on medium heat for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the crushed and whole tomatoes (simply squeeze the whole tomatoes one at a time to break them up.) Add the juice from the whole tomatoes also.
  3. Add the chicken stock, salt, pepper and chili flakes.
  4. Cook the soup on medium at a simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. To finish, reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and basil.
  6. Top with parmesan cheese
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DSC_0494 It’s Mexican night and I’ve got the dish to conquer all those fiesta cravings. I love myself some good ol’ cheesy enchiladas, and these definitely fit that bill. I’m not sure I’ve ever confessed my love on here for Mexican, so here I go…I love Mexican food. I mean, I don’t go a week without eating something southwest inspired at least twice. Phew, glad I got that out there. Now we can move on to these delicious enchiladas 

DSC_0471 The grand thing about these is that they’re not overly packed with calories. I’ve stuffed these enchiladas with a healthy amount of beans and veggies, and of course, cheese. The key with these enchiladas is cutting back on the cheese and making your own sauce. I’ve used a variety of spices and green chilies to make the sauce full of flavor. 

DSC_0496 These enchiladas can be easily switched up. Swap the veggies for chicken or ground beef.  Make these enchiladas your canvas. So put on a sombrero and go crazy!

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Veggie Enchiladas
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  2. 1 can of rinsed black beans
  3. 1/3 cup of corn
  4. 1 4 ounce can of diced green chilies
  5. 1/2 cup of diced onion
  6. 2 garlic cloves
  7. 2/3 cup of diced red pepper
  8. 1 cup of defrosted and squeezed dry spinach
  9. 1 1/2 cup chicken/vegetable broth
  10. 1/3 cup of flour
  11. 3/4 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  12. 1 tsp of cumin
  13. 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  14. 1/4 tsp of red chili flakes
  15. 8 whole wheat tortillas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Cook onions and peppers until soft and translucent, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add green chilies and flour and cook for a minute. Add spices and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly add chicken brother and whisk constantly for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. In a separate bowl add 3/4 cup of the sauce to the beans, corn, and spinach and 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly together.
  5. Spread a couple of tablespoon of the extra sauce on the bottom of your 9x13 pan.
  6. Evenly distribute the bean mixture between 8 tortillas.
  7. Spread the rest of the sauce on top of the tortillas and top with leftover cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
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So, I like to be organized. Um, all right, I like the idea of being organized. I’ll admit that I’m not the most organized human being (so says my husband), and things don’t always have a place, even though I pretty much always know where things are – that’s good right?

One of the organization tools that I want to try and be consistent with, once again, is a daily planner. Didn’t you just love purchasing a new planner at the beginning of each school year and neatly writing all the assignments down, or more importantly, your social events in it? I certainly did, and have gotten out of the habit of writing in a daily planner since graduating college.

Even if you don’t have a job that necessarily requires you to monitor your day with a planner, it can be useful in so many ways. I know that one of the things I want to do is keep track of goals and ideas that I think of randomly throughout the day. I often find myself thinking of things I’d like to blog about, but soon forget if I have not written it down. Below are a of couple planners that I’ve had my eye on. 

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  1. This striped beauty is a favorite among many bloggers and I can see why. This gorgeous planner is chalked full of pages that will keep you organized beyond your daily commitments. It’s more than a planner; it is a journal that aids in keeping your passions in check and your goals realistic.
  2. I’m basically in love with the look of this color planner. It’s a planner that has plenty of pages for “to do” lists and goals, along with staying organized day to day.
  3. This one has many similarities of the first; being more a life planner than a daily planner. I also cannot get enough of its look. It’s loaded with all things I need to get my butt in gear creative-wise.
  4. My mother always carried small planners like these, which were always handy in her purse. This modern, simple look is perfect for when you don’t want to carry a bigger planner. 

Green Smoothie {Quirks and Twists} I am not a morning person. Let me sleep until 9:00 and I will wake up a happy camper. Anytime before 9:00 and I am afraid that my get-up-and-go is a little slow to start. Because of my lack of morning enthusiasm, breakfast rarely happens for me during the week. I know all the important benefits of eating breakfast, so no lectures please, but scarfing down a plate of eggs before I run out the door for work is not going to happen. 

However, once I started a new job that forced me to stop hitting snooze and face my mornings, I found that what they say about not eating breakfast is true. I was lacking energy. I was famished come lunch time. I was overeating throughout the day. I decided I had to make a change and found a solution that is fast, healthy, and tasty.

Green Smoothie {Quirks and Twists} I’m talking about green smoothies. I know you have probably seen them at your local grocery store, but they are far from cheap and many have questioned just how natural their “all natural ingredients” really are. The good news is, they are super simple to make at home, and when you are the one doing the blending you don’t have to question what it is you’re drinking. 

The great thing about these smoothies is that you can make a blender full and it will keep for a couple of days. Once you run out, take 10 minutes and make a new batch so that you will be ready to go the next morning. I have been doing this for a couple of weeks now and can seriously say I feel a major difference. I simply grab my cup and walk out the door, sipping my breakfast all the way to work. My energy has increased and my cravings have decreased. 

Green Smoothie {Quirks and Twists} I do not really have a set recipe for this smoothie. I mix up the fruits and do not measure anything. I  just try to stuff as much spinach in there as possible. I promise you can’t taste it. The following recipe is more like a guideline. Change it up and make it the consistency you like using your favorite fruits. Cheers to good mornings! 

Simple Green Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  2. 2 cups spinach, fresh (tightly packed)
  3. 1/2 cup frozen mango
  4. 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  5. 1 banana
  6. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut water to the blender. Add the spinach, frozen mango, pineapple, banana, and chia seeds. Blend well.
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