February 2, 2015

Master Closet Makeover

Dream Walk-in Closet!!!

Dream Walk-in Closet Makeover

Kevin is such an awesome and thoughtful gift giver. He is famous on the blog for his fun and unique Christmas presents — like the time he surprised me with trips to Savannah and Europe.

And it’s not just with me, he has an amazing talent for thinking of especially meaningful gifts for every one he knows. He usually has better ideas for what to get my parents than I do. This year he surprised his mom with a trip to NYC — she had never been before and it has always been her dream to go at Christmas.

This year, Kevin surprised me with a dream closet makeover. He wrapped up a hot pink and white striped shoebox, and inside were sketches of our closet, drawn to scale, with sample ideas for the ultimate closet. I was over the moon. I have been wanting to do something fun with our master walk-in closet since the day we moved in!

Dream Walk-in Closet Makeover

As you can see, our closet was in serious need of a makeover. Let’s take a look at the “before” pictures. The is the view from the door.


Her Side {BEFORE}

Dream Walk-in Closet Makeover

What I Wanted To Fix: I wanted to get my shoes up off the floor! They were always in a huge messy pile.

Dream Walk-in Closet Makeover

I also seriously needed to do something about this sweater situation.


His Side {BEFORE}

Dream Walk-in Closet Makeover

What He Wanted To Fix: Kevin also needed some shelves for his sweaters. They were just piling up in the corner (as seen in the first photo in this post).


Getting Everything Out

Super easy trick for moving clothes. This way keeps all your clothes on their hangers, then you can just take off the bag when you hang them up again!

Right after we moved into this house we had Wilson Lumber come out and customize our pantry. (Be sure to check out the before and after photos!!) They did such a good job that we had them come back to do the closet. The night before they came we had the dreaded task of getting all our stuff out of the closet. But taking the hanging clothes out was MUCH easier with this simple hack! Cinching them in a trash bag kept all the clothes on their hangers, and then when I got ready to hang them back up again, all I had to do was take off the trash bag. So easy!

Click Here To See The AFTER Photos Of Our Closet Makeover!!!

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Hey guys! It’s the final week of of Instant Skinny Swaps! I’ve had so much fun partnering with Kroger and a few of my favorite bloggers on their “1 Little Victory” campaign this month. Check out Week 1 and Week 2 here.

For my final post, I’ll be sharing 4 of my favorite easy weeknight dinners made healthier with one simple ingredient swap. One small change is one little victory towards healthy eating.

And because ya’ll have been so awesome this month, I’m throwing in one of my all time favorite desserts at the end that you’ll never even know was made healthier! :) You can find all these healthy ingredients at your local Kroger affiliate store.

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Red Beans & Rice

Healthy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

This is an old post, but it’s still to this day one of our all-time favorite quick and easy dinners. I make it all the time! We’re probably going to have it tonight in fact, lol! I make it healthier by cutting back a bit on the olive oil (I use 1-2 tablespoons), using turkey smoked sausage (for half the fat and calories, and you literally cannot tell a difference in the taste AT ALL — I’ve been making it with turkey sausage for years and I will never go back!) and you can also use brown rice instead of white rice for some extra whole grains.


Grilled Chicken Pasta

Healthy Grilled Chicken Pasta Recipe
Another one of our favs! I can’t say enough good things about this grilled chicken and tomato sauce. All the chicken needs is a little seasoning. To make this healthier, you can totally use fat-free half and half instead of heavy cream in the sauce. It’ll be a little thinner, and not as “pretty” (so I wouldn’t serve it to company this way) but it will still taste just as good and I would TOTALLY make it for just us this way!! :) You can also replace the white pasta with fun and colorful veggie pasta!


Fettuccine Alfredo

Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

This is another one of our favorite dinners where veggie pasta would shine! This creamy white sauce is to die for!


Garlic Chicken Pasta

Healthy Garlic Chicken Pasta Recipe
This was one of my very, very first recipes I ever posted, so it doesn’t get a lot of attention and the photo is not all that great, but you guys. I cannot even begin to tell you how AWESOME and flavorful this pasta is!!! Oh. My. Word. It is 1000% worth making. Better than anything I’ve ever had at a restaurant, hands down!! Definitely make this with a fun and colorful veggie pasta!!


The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever

Healthier Chocolate Cake Recipe
To celebrate the final Instant Skinny Swap, I made you cake! :) You guys know the applesauce trick right? You can replace the oil in cakes, muffins, and quick breads (like banana bread) with an equal amount of APPLESAUCE to majorly reduce the fat and calories! You will never even know the difference. The cake and breads still come out impossibly moist and decadently dreamy. Give it a try next time you’re baking! :)

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Welcome to Week 2 of Instant Skinny Swaps! I’m thrilled to be partnering with Kroger and a few of my favorite bloggers this month on their new “1 Little Victory” campaign. As you may know a few years ago I lost 30 pounds. You can read the full story here. Basically, I knew I couldn’t make a huge drastic change if I wanted to be able to last more than a day. I made small, doable changes that I could easily incorporate into my daily life. I cut down on calories and made healthier versions of my favorite recipes.

This month I’ll be showing you how I took my favorite recipes and made one small ingredient swap for a better-for-you version. And you can totally do this too with your favorite recipes. One small change is one little victory towards healthy eating.

This is the second of three posts this month where I’ll be sharing easy dinner ideas for the week and Instant Skinny Swaps to make them healthier. Check out Week 1 here. You can find all these products at your local Kroger affiliate store.



Reduced Calorie Pasta

Did you know Kroger has reduced calorie pasta??! This is such an easy swap for a pasta lover like me! You can use this reduced calorie pasta in one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes:

Crispy Shrimp Pasta

Crispy Shrimp Pasta


Kroger Frozen Veggies

Always having frozen veggies on hand makes it so much easier to toss them into dinner. I especially love always having Kroger’s frozen diced onions in the freezer. They are such a massive time saver! I usually always have these frozen veggies in my freezer: diced onions, diced carrots, corn, peas, green beans, edamame, broccoli, cauliflower, and another one of my favorites is Kroger’s Diced Onion and Bell Pepper blend. Saute that with some chicken, beef, or shrimp and you have the perfect starter for any meal: fajitas, tacos, pasta, rice, whatever! Here are two of my favorite recipes to use frozen veggies:


Ham and Cheese Gnocchi

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice


Kroger Whole Wheat Tortillas

Incorporating more whole grains into your diet is always a good idea. It’s super easy to do by swapping regular tortillas for whole wheat tortillas. Pick some up and give it a try in your favorite tortilla recipe, or try one of mine below:

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Style Burritos

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Style Burritos

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