Eat Drink & Be Mary: January 2015


Last Minute Super Bowl Ideas

It's here y'all...Super Bowl weekend.  Three cheers for killer commercials and the game that takes up time between them ;)  Who are you rooting for this year?

1. Super Bowl Outfits that'll Score for both the Seahawks and Patriots.

2. Free Printables via Undercover Hostess

3. Quick and Easy (and did I mention healthy) Taco Soup.

4. Buffalo Chicken Dip (or a baked version if you prefer).

5. Ice Cream Football Sandwiches via The Celebration Shoppe

Looking for more super bowl inspiration?  Check out my football Pinterest board.

May the best team win, and may all the balls stay inflated ;)

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4 Tips to Party the Right Way This Winter

**This is a sponsored post not written by Eat Drink & Be Mary.

Dress the Right Way to Party in Winter

A lot of time and planning goes into any party outfit and, regardless of where you go, you'll want to be prepared. Parties are a lot of fun, but if you're not careful about how you dress, you could end up freezing cold with blisters and a broken heel or, worse, never let into the club in the first place. Whether going out to have fun with the girls or with that special someone, make sure to follow these rules for planning your outfit.

Wear comfortable shoes

Before we even get into the dress you're going to wear, we need to talk about your shoes. There may be a perfect pair of high heels or knee-high boots that you've been dying to wear, but if you can't stand in them for more than half an hour you shouldn't wear them to a club. You'll be dancing and standing in line for drinks at a club or party, but probably not sitting much. Looking stylish is important, but not if you're doing it at the sacrifice of your comfort. Wear something that you can stand in for long periods without pain – you'll be happier at the end of the night without the blisters and corns.

Always check the dress code

Are you planning on heading to a big event at a club with your date? Make sure to check to see if there's any kind of dress code ahead of time. Some events and venues will require that women show up in their very best sexy club dresses. Either way, you'll want to be dressed for the occasion. A quick look at a Facebook group post or a short phone call can help you avoid a fashion disaster.

Leave your jeans at home

Jeans have become acceptable at a surprising number of workplaces, but don't expect them to be allowed at some of your city's hottest clubs. There are some clubs that don't mind their guests wearing nice jeans, but if you want to play it safe leave them at home. If you avoid wearing jean clothing of any variety (jackets too), you'll have a much better chance of getting into a club. Either way, you're going out to a club – not heading to a barbecue. Save the denim for the casual evening around the fire pit.

Bring something to layer

It may be after New Year's, but that doesn't mean it's warming up any time soon. Wear hose and bring a nice sweater to wear underneath your coat while you're waiting in line outside. If you're wearing boots that are big enough to hide them, you could even wear socks on top of the hose. You can always take these and the sweater off when you get inside and start dancing, but they'll be lifesavers when you're outside in the below freezing temperatures.

What is your best tip when dressing for a party in winter? What are your winter go-tos?

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Dreaming of Home S W E E T Home

It's no secret that I'm getting married in August!  Still doesn't even feel real.  This has had me dreaming of my home, come August, and all that will fill it.  Love and faith will be among the most important of all.  But I can't help but dream of the decor that will make up my house.  Eek!  

While dreaming of our future home, I turned to Etsy -- like all smart women do -- and WOW!  Etsy did not disappoint.  So today I'm sharing 5 shops that I've fallen in love with, and you will me.

ONE.  Meet Unraveled Designs by Lindsay.

Ruth 1:16   ||   J.M. Barrie

TWO.   Meet CreativeButterflyXOX by Charlene.


THREE.   Meet French Press Mornings by Jenny. 

Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 23:4

FOUR.   Meet Tagged With Love by Sidney.
[ get 15% with code TRAY15 thru 3/28 ]

Rustic Wood Tray

FIVE.  Meet Stately Made by Jordan.     
[ get 15% off with code BEMARY2015 ]

Home Sweet Home

  SC Food Map

Now to resist buying all of these things all at once.  Bring it on August -- I can hardly wait for you. 

Which of the prints is your favorite?  What's an Etsy shop you've discovered lately?


Healthy Taco Soup

Well, they said we were going to have a bad winter this year, and it looks like "they" were right.  With snow days in abundance here, all I want is warm, comforting food.  My go-to wintery soup?  Taco Soup.  

+ 1lb ground turkey
+ 2 cans Corns
+ 1 can Pinto Beans
+ 1 can Kidney Beans
+ 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
+ 1 can (6 oz) Tomato Paste
+ 1 packet Taco Seasoning
+ 2 cups Water 

Toppings: (optional)
+ avocado
+ shredded cheese
+ sour cream
+ tortilla chips
+ lime

1. Brown the meat.  
2. While the meat is browing, combine the remaining ingredients in a pot.  Then add the browned meat. 
3. Bring soup to a boil.  Then let simmer for 25 minutes.
4. Add toppings as desired. 
5.  Serve and eat with tortilla chips.

Not only does this soup make me feel like I'm wrapped in blankets, all warm and fuzzy but it's easy to make this taco soup light.   By using turkey meat and minimal sour cream and cheese , you cut extra calories and it still tastes amazing!

What's your favorite winter soup?  Have you ever had taco soup before?  Do you have any tricks to making recipes light?

**this post was originally posted on Eat Drink & Be Mary in Jan. 2014; it has been updated, prettified and made healthy for today's post.  Enjoy!

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Delicious Dish Tuesday [jan.27]

Welcome to a new week of Delicious Dish Tuesday, where we share our recipes and ask you to share YOUR awesome recipes with us!  Last week we had some delicious looking recipes shared, I love finding all these new recipes to add to my "to-do" list.  This past week my favorite recipe was shared by Jillian @ A baJillian Recipes.

Red Velvet Truffles | A baJillian Recipes


LDR Valentine's Ideas

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Long Distance sucks.  Especially on Valentines day.  But who says that distance can stop you from having a date night?  Here are some Valentine's ideas for LDRs.  

1. Dinner Date.  Make your favorite meal together, via skype, and of course eat it afterwards.
2.  Get take out for your favorite place to go together.
3. Movie Night, get your favorite redbox and watch it together while on the phone.
4. Send a care package.
5. Pamper yourself.  It sucks to be alone on Valentine's day, but getting your nails done or a massage outta give you a little pick-me-up.
6. Pray for your relationship.  Long distance relationships take hard work, and praying for it and leaning on God is the best thing you can do.
7. Go shopping, shopping fixes all. #fact
8. Take a surprise visit to go see them.

For more long distance date ideas, check out this post.
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Will you be seeing your loved one this Valentines?  If you'll be miles away, what are your Valentines plans?  What should I add to my list?

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I'm Lovin' It

Three cheers for Friday.  Ever have a week that seemed to drag on, and then before you knew it it was Friday?  Talk about whiplash.  I can't believe Friday is already here ; but you won't find me complaining.  

To celebrate Friday in true fashion here are 5 things I'm loving; that I thought you may love too.

O N E .  Gossip Girl.  I've been watching the first season and I'm hooked.  It's so intense.

T W O . Monograms.  If you thought i loved my monogrammed before, getting engaged just multiplied by 10342.  I want all. the. monograms.  and etsy is full of so much cuteness.  It's hard to resist really.
Personalized 22oz Acrylic Double Wall Tumbler w/Straw {Gold Glitter}Cut Out 3 Initials Monogram Ring Name Ring Hand Cut Script Monogrammed Sterling Silver Rings Personazlied Name Ring Best gift for wemen
glitter tumbler | ring | weekender bag

T H R E E . wedding and fitness gear in one.  you just can't go wrong by motivating yourself with your wedding day; it always works.  #sweatingforthewedding and yes, this tank is currently on its way to my door step.
Running before Walking Down the Aisle Workout Tank Top - Bride Workout Tank Top
buy yours here.

F O U R . We should be getting a sneak peek of our engagement pictures this weekend + I can hardly wait!!    stay tuned on facebook
post engagement pictures ; he said he was done smiling for the day

F I V E . Blonde Girl Cravings.  I discovered this blog Wednesday, and holy drool-worthy posts!  This girl, not only post amazing sounding recipes, but her pictures are spectacular.  Seriously, it looks like you could eat her food right off the computer screen.  I'm in love, and you will be too.  Go check her out!
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Hot Chocolate Cookies

And that's all folks.  What are your plans for this weekend -- keep up with mine on Insta.

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Super Bowl: what to wear

It's almost that time y'all...the time when I finally care about the football gamest that have been taking over my TV for the past 4ish months.  Super Bowl time.  With the game day getting closer I figured it's about time to talk about the crucials.  You know food, commercials, and of course what you're going to wear.

Whether you're just there for the commercials or you're a die hard fan; I got the look for you.

Who will you be rooting for?  Will you being wearing red or green?  Have your heard anything about the "deflating" issue?

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Datelivery Giveaway

Happy Hump Day y'all.  Is it just me or did yesterday feel like a Monday?  blah.  If you're like me you're probably in need of a mid-week pick me up, without further adu...

I have teamed up with the five ladies below to giveaway a one month Datelivery gift subscription to two lucky winners! Datelivery boxes are perfect for any couple open to experiencing new, exciting, fun and unique date nights.

Amberly - A Prioritized Marriage // Sierra - Sierra's View // Amy - The Charming
Brielle - Ready or Not // Mary - Eat Drink & Be Mary // Madison - Wetherills Say I Do

This giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on January 20, 2015 until 11:59 pm EST on January 25, 2015. All entries will be verified, so please be honest when entering. The winners will be notified by e-mail on January 26, 2015 and have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Good luck! This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Datelivery.

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