Spring Favorites

I will not let the foot of snow outside the window slow down my excitement for Spring! Give me sunshine, give me bare legs, give me skin that isn’t peeling off my face. Lucky for me (unlucky for my bank account), a new Target and Nordstrom Rack just opened and it is only a hop, skip, and jump away our house! Here are a few of my favorites that I cannot wait to bust out this season!Processed with VSCO with f2 preset842154C6-7B80-4A0C-A37A-F7C39BFC1AAD.JPG

Mini Dome Backpack

Zeena Slip-On Sneaker

Relaxed Printed Dress

Blossom Drop Earrings

Plumping Facial Mist

Color Pinch Cream Blush in Hibiscus

Shrimp and Chickpea Coconut Curry in a Hurry

I must confess, I am a hodge-podge chef in the kitchen.  I tend to eyeball and guesstimate my ingredients.  Brian loves it-just ask him…

This quick and simple recipe comes together in about 20ish minutes and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 2 medium onions (we used sweet ones)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (adjust spices to your preference!)
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour (depending on thick you want it)
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp (not a necessity, but it tastes great in the curry)
  • 1 lime
  • cashews for topping and extra saltiness

Instructions:

  1. On medium heat, add oil to your dutch oven or deep pan.
  2. Toss in your diced tomatoes and sliced onions.  Add salt & pepper (I tend to go lighter and add more seasoning at the end) and stir.  Let cook and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add in your chickpeas, garlic, and spices. Stir really well!
  4. Add in coconut milk and keep on stirring.  Gradually add in the flour so it thickens.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Add your shrimp in for the last 5-7 minutes of cooking time.  After your curry is done cooking squeeze in the lime juice and let it sit for a couple of minutes and season accordingly.

I recommend serving it with rice, but you can totally serve it however you see fit (cauliflower rice is DELICIOUS with this ladled on top!) We also added some cashews for extra crunch. This made enough for both of us to have seconds tonight and pack our lunches for the next couple of days. Enjoy!

Let’s Talk Charcoal

I am the first to admit that I love jumping on the trendy train (please see the 90’s nostalgia that is my wardrobe right now).  Chances are, you’ve seen the charcoal hype here and there.  Whether it be Youtube videos of people painfully peeling off their charcoal masks/top layer of their skin or those facebook advertisements for charcoal toothpaste showing a girl grinning through black suds, you’ve totally seen it.  My favorite product I’ve found is the Beautycounter Charcoal Bar!

Here’s why:

  1. I love Beautycounter.  I will be singing praises of this skincare/beauty line for posts to come.  Beautycounter bans over 1500 ingredients from their products meaning they are safe on your skin.  No sulfates, parabens, fragrance or anything that could be hazardous to your health.
  2. I could absolutely tell a difference with the appearance of my skin. My face felt clean without that dried out I-can’t-lift-my-eyebrows feeling.  My blackheads on my nose definitely got better over the first month of using, as well.
  3. The ingredients include organic green tea and coconut oil. Who wouldn’t want to have that on their face?
  4. I’ve been using my Charcoal Bar for over three months now and still have more than half of the bar left.
  5. The bar super cool looking.

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Get yours here!

Welcome to Balanced Life of a Happy Wife

One time, a boy name Brian made a girl named Abbie baked brie with raspberry preserves on top. Even though she was really trying to monitor her cheese intake, she gladly gobbled away and knew that Brian was more than just a pretty face and good cook.

Flash forward almost 2 years later.

They are still eating cheese (in **some** moderation) and planning their wedding.

Wedding planning and life in general can be a whirlwind at times.  It is often difficult to find balance between making healthy choices and life getting ahead of you.  Follow Balanced Life of a Happy Wife while I make wholesome and delicious recipes in the kitchen, clean up my beauty and skin routine, and share my fashion favorites, all while wedding planning, dog parenting, and being the best me I can be.

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