Eat Drink & Be Mary: 2017


11 Summer Date Night Ideas

Confession: I hate cooking.  And will do pretty much anything to not cook. 

Luckily, for me I found a husband that not only can cook, but who loves to treat me to a date night pretty frequently.  And if you follow me on Instagram you know our idea of a "wild and crazy" Friday night, is picking up Sushi from Kroger or Publix and a movie or TV night.  

No joke, we've chosen this over going out to eat in Augusta several times.  Believe it or not, I didn't think I liked Sushi until I met Thomas, and now it's our weekly regular.  Some would say I have an obsession, BUT y'all it's so dang good, affordable and they make it fresh in the store so I'm not worried about how long its been sitting there or any other sketchy business.

And back to that TV night?  We've been obsessively bingeing Arrow on Netflix.  Anyone else?  Now we're only on season 2 so no spoiler alerts, but comment below if you've seen it.  Also, if you're looking for a good couples show on Netflix, I highly suggest it.  

And now onto the Summer Date Night ideas, when we wanna take a break from our usual sushi + netflix.

TV Night + Snacks

Sushi + Movie Night In

Drive-in Movie Theater

Pool Day

Picnic at Sunset

Workout together

Bonfire + S'mores

Camping Weekend

Go Fishing

Go to the lake for the day

Cook something together

So what date nights do you enjoy in the Summertime?  Is there a food you used dislike but have grown to love?  What is your current binge-watching show of choice?

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Favorite Nude Polishes

A while back, I post my favorite summer polishes.  But to be honest, as much as I love all my bright pinks and corals, I can go for a nude polish any day of the year.  Which inspired me to do this post: a round up of my fave nude polishes.  

Hubby for Dessert | Essie

Shell We Dance | Sally Hansen Gel Polish

Taupe-Less Beach | OPI Nail Lacquer

She's My Beauty | Gelish

Twiggy | Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Master Plan | Essie

Wet Cement | Wet n Wild Megalast

I'm Not a Ballerina | Pretty Woman

And that's it folks.  Just short, sweet and to the point.  BUT don't worry I've got some good meaty posts coming for ya in the near future.  In the mean time leave me a comment of your favorite nude polish in the comments.  And while you're at it, leave your fave polish of all time to.

Happy Friday friends.  XO

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Poppyseed Turkey Sliders

Three words.  Poppyseed Turkey Sliders.  

Have I mentioned before that, although I must've skipped the cooking gene, the women in my family are amazing in the kitchen.  Well that includes my MIL too.  She first made these sliders (well something pretty dang similar) for the Superbowl and I fell in love -- like pretty much anything she's ever made me.  

Y'all these are so dang good to make ahead and reheat for a quick weeknight dinner or lunch leftovers.  Not to mention football season is right around the corner and I can pretty much guarantee they'll be a hit.  

I made these this past weekend, stuck them in the fridge and warmed them up in the microwave..y'all they were just as good as the right out of the oven if not better.  And confession: the next day after that I ate them for lunch again and they were EVEN better.  Seriously.  

I love a recipe that only gets better with time.  I'm kinda finicky about leftovers so when I find a recipe that I love the next day I'm sold.  

Warning this is seriously the easiest.  

1 pack of Hawaiian Rolls
1 package of Ham deli meat (I chose to do half the sliders ham and half turkey so I got a package of each)
1/2 lb of white american cheese
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 stick of butter
1 tbsp poppyseeds
2 tsp worcesteshire sauce
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 pepper, or to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Slice the entire roll slab in half, do not break each roll apart
3. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and place the bottom slab of rolls in it.
4. Layer the meat across the bottom half of the rolls.  I did two slices of ham on one half, and two slices of turkey on the other side.
5. Layer cheese across the entire slab.  I chose Great Lakes White American Cheese because it's my fave, but you could do any cheese you like.
6. Add another layer of meat and cheese then add the top slab of the rolls.
7.  In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients: melted butter, dijon mustard, poppy seeds, worcesteshire sauce, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
8. Pour the sauce over the rolls, and spread some on top of the rolls as well.
9. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
10. Let the rolls sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.
11.  Cook at 350degrees for 15-20 minutes; until the cheese is melted.
12. Uncover the rolls and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.  

CONFESSION: I have totally sucked at showing up and posting on here lately.  I know.  I hate it really.  Between family beach trips, friend beach trips and my graduate online class I've just found it hard to balance it all.

So I need two things from y'all.  ONE: what type of giveaway would you like to see in the next couple of weeks?  TWO: what type of posts would you like to see on here?  more recipes, lifestyle, faith?

Until next time, keep up on instagram (and BTS on instastories)

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip | 21 Day Fix Approved

You know a recipe is good when your husband eats the entire batch in one day.  

No lie, y'all.

Are love for buffalo chicken dip is no secret.  In fact, I've shared several recipes - with different twist variations - on this her blog.  See here and here.  Those recipes are tried and true and you seriously can't go wrong with them.


Today's version of our beloved buffalo chicken dip is a healthier, skinny version. that yes is 21 day fix approved.  HOLLA!

The original recipe that for the skinny buffalo chicken dip was shared by Lindsay Ann my beachbody coach.  {she's seriously the bomb y'all} and then I made a couple adjustments -- and jackpot y'all.


2 Cans of Chunk Chicken, 16 oz
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, fat free (approx. 1.5 of the individual 5.3 yogurts)
1 Greek Yogurt Ranch Packet
1/4 cup Wing Sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


+ Shred chicken, and mix chicken and greek yogurt in a crockpot on low, wait 30 minutes.

+ Add wing sauce, shredded cheese, and ranch packet.  Wait 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and the dip is completely warmed.

1 Red, 1 Green, 1 Yellow


1. Lindsay Ann's recipe called for 6 chicken breasts, I just prefer the ease of chicken already cooked and chunked

2. Her recipe calls for hot sauce, Thomas just prefers wing sauce.  Also, if you prefer more spicy dips I'd add 1/2 cup.

3. A crockpot just makes this recipe easy and and quick, but you could definitely throw all this together and bake in the over as well.

4. I chose to serve with these Crunchmaster Crackers that Lindsay Ann mentioned in her post, but carrots and celery would also be healthy alternatives.  AND Thomas ate the dip with tostitos chips -- to each their own.

5. Side note: the lemon lemon drink in these pictures is the bomb dot com.

TGIF Friends!  This recipe is PERFECT for the 4th of July -- or like Thomas you can just have it for dinner.  What is your go-to party/holiday healthy or 21 day fix recipe?  Leave the link below so I can start making plans for the 4th.

Oh and while you're reading this I'm back at the beach.  Eek!  Stay caught up on instagram/stories.

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Edisto Island '17 | Family Beach Trip Recap

Another beach trip is in the books y'all. 

Every year Thomas' family takes a beach trip to Edisto Island.  And can I just say how lucky I got with my inlaws.  Some people dread going on vacation or spending more than a couple days with their inlaws and I just LOVE it.  Not to mention that just means even more time with our sweet 4 nephew and nieces.  

This family doesn't take their beach time lightly.  We're usually out on the beach no later than 10:30, come up for lunch, and back at it until 5ish.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Usually our beach time is filled with cornhole and the evenings filled with pictionary, BUT we forgot both this year.  SO instead we tried our hands at boccee ball, sand castle building, hitting a racquet ball back and forth with paddles, and A LOT of reading.  

Five years y'all.  I can't believe Thomas invited me to go on a beach trip to meet his family five years ago, and we started dating on that trip as well.  Time flies, amiright?!  

And now for the pictures...




Currently I'm.. 

Drinking: I mentioned in my virtual coffee date, that I"ve given up soda again.  So only coffee and water for this girl.  Which means A LOT of Mio.  Anyone else obsessed with Mio?

Cooking/Baking: We just got back from vacation and I've loved the break from cooking and eating healthy (oops!).  BUT today I'm getting back on track, starting with a Publix run.  My Life Well Loved is always talking about her Publix finds on instastories, and basically convinced me I need to go -- forgoing my usual Walmart Grocery Pick Up.  Anyways lots of fried eggs, chicken recipes, AND a healthier buffalo chicken dip recipe to come.

Wearing: bathing suits and workout clothes.  happy summer y'all.  

Feeling: Relaxed -- a week of vacation will do that to ya.{stay tuned for a trip recap on Wednesday}  But I'm motivated and ready to get back on track this week before another long weekend birthday beach trip with my best girls.  ALSO, I have a butt load of classwork to catch up on from being out of town and only a couple of days to do so.  So motivated pretty much HAS to be what I'm feeling.  Send positive vibes my way.  #halp

Buying: I really haven't been buying much lately.  You welcome husband.  BUT I did order more Lipsense lately and just got them in the mail.  Color me obsessed.  Yesterday I wore Kiss for a Cause (see it on my instastories now) and today I'm wearing Praline Rose.  I'm probably going to do a full post on my thoughts on Lipsense soon, BUT what are your favorite shades?  

Lipsense -- Kiss for a Cause

Excited About: a long weekend at the beach for my best friends birthday.  all the feels y'all.  I'm too excited.

Pinning: best paint colors for a modern farmhouse | one hour garlic rollsthis quote

Deep Life Quote: Fall in love with somebody who will never let you go to sleep wondering if you still matter.

Thankful For: Summer Break, all my fellow teacher friends can I get an AMEN?  But seriously y'all, Thomas and I were talking about this yesterday and I am just so so thankful for a much needed break in between years of teaching the future of our country. ;)  But really, that's quite the daunting task.  And can I just say I am in total shock that June has all but passed us by already...why does time fly so quickly.  

And now that we've caught up a little on what I've been up to this month, let's jump to those goals...

So I never did set June goals last month, so instead I'm switching it up a little and setting some goals for what I want to accomplish over Summer break and will recap at the end of August.  Here we go...

+ order desk for the office

+ organize linen closet

+ re-paint guest bed frame

+ complete & pass summer course work

+ order & install office light

+ clean kitchen cabinets

+ paint outside bench

+ outside plants

AND there you have it.  Here's to hoping EVERYTHING gets crossed off my list by the end of the month.  It's been a while since I did once of these posts...what are you currently up to.  What are your goals this summer?  And just for giggles, let me know how you found this post in the comments -- bloglovin? facebook?  do you purposely come to my blog everyday?  

Happy Monday friends.  

{ as seen on instagram }

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A Coffee Date | Let's Catch Up

Apparently writing two very word-heavy and emotionally-heavy posts drains a girl, and thus making it hard for me to come back and write another post on this here blog.  But here I am.

And halfway through June it's about time to pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in sister cause we've got catching up to do.

If we were having coffee, first off I'd let you know about the creamer I've been using lately and loving.  The Silk Almond Milk Creamer.  It's legit y'all.  Which I realize isn't a word that really describes it at all, but is my go-to word.  But really, it's so so good, less artifical tasting and better for you as well.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you that I've been doing the 21 day fix (free 1 week meal plan in this post) and killin' it these past three months.  Saturday I plan on measuring myself again to see the results from the past six weeks.  OH and thus I've been eating my wait in bananas, fried eggs and rice cakes lately -- but hey I'm not complaining.  AND this past week I've given up soda again, crazy?  Possibly.

If we were having coffee, we'd talk all about the caa-uuute athletic gear I've been finding lately.  I've been practically living in workout clothes lately, and so I've been searching everywhere to find the cutest stuff (without breaking the bank).  And obviously, I'd share them with you { pictures below } but also I've been LOVING the 90 degree fitness leggings from TJ Maxx as well for like $15.  Seriously, hit them up.

Just Do It Later | ROMWE

I'm a Whosoever | Not by Sight Co

 But Did You Die | Fitology

TJ Maxx

If we were having coffee, I'd let you know that my sweet and oh so adorable puppy drives me crazy with her barking.  She barks at our neighbor every. single. day.  Y'all, it's ridiculous.  I know it's because she's scared, but every once in a while she'll take a treat from him but then go back to barking.  Also, it's be SIX MONTHS.  Any suggestions?  I'm losing my mind.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you the online class I'm taking this Summer is kicking my butt.  There is something due every. day.  And it's killing me.  Pretty sure when I made it through college I was lucky enough, and thought all this type of stuff was behind me.  Ugh.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you about my obsession for instagram stories.  I'm still using snapchat (mainly because both of our families are on there) but I'm all about some IG stories lately.  If you're not following me on there -- get to it!  ;)  But really, I share a lot of behind the scenes - random "me" things - workout stuff.  Also, if you already watch my stories I'd ask what you want to see more of /less of.  Leave your suggestions in the comments below.  

If we were having coffee,  we would most definitely talk about the workouts I've been doing this week.  BECAUSE Shaun T released 7 new workouts this week on the Beachbody on Demand app and I'm loving it.  Today is 25 minutes of abs and I'm literally dreading it..yikes!  But I finally convinced Thomas to join me so at least I'll have some motivation.  

side note: I'm most definitely not trying to push the 21 day fix/BOD program on you.  You do you boo.  BUT if you are interested in getting into a new workout program I would definitely encourage you to try it.  

Then I'd realize that I've been talking your head off all morning without asking about your life lately.  How rude of me.  Please share below something you're excited about this morning.  Let's catch up.  And like I said above, for more everyday life follow me on instagram @maryjean_xo 

Happy Friday Eve peaches.

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May Favorites

Oh hey friends!  TGIF.  Although now that its Summer break (hallelujah!) its hard for me to keep up with what day of the week it is.  

Honestly after the two posts earlier this week about my anxiety, I am out of creative intros.  BUT these May Favorites are way over due.  So without further adieu...


Heather @ My Life Well Loved, blog | instagram

Courtney @ A Plus Life, blog | instagram

Thomas Rhett | I live for his instagram stories, that new little baby of his #allthehearteyes

Leanne @ Elle Apparel, blog | instagram


Casey Holmes

Laura Lee

Eleventh Gorgeous


L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara | ULTA

EcoTools Sponges | Target

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DV Alyson Peep Toe Booties | Target

AEO Denim x Midi Short in White | American Eagle
tip: size up
ignore my brothers messy room

"I'm a Whosoever" | Not by Sight Co
I now want ALL the tops in her shop.  Also I sized up to make sure it was a lose fitting tee.

also pictured knock off birkenstocks

Knock Off Birkenstocks | Stein Mart 

"Summer Vibes Shorts" Distressed Shorts | Shop the Mint

Benton's Fudge Mint Cookies | ALDI 
aka: knock off girl scout cookies for half the price that you can find year round.  win.

In case you missed my favorite summer nail polishes,  my current fave of all my favorites for Summer polishes is "Cajun Shrimp" by OPI Infinite Shine 2


One Number Away by Luke Combs

Want to Want Me by Luke Bryan + Jason DeRulo
when I saw their performance at the CMT awards I was swoon.

My entire "Stressed" playlist that I shared in this post.

Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld

And that's it y'all.  Anyone else in total shock it's June?  What were your favorite in May?  What is your favorite song?

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