Eat Drink & Be Mary: April 2017


April Favorites

distressed jeans | tjmaxx find
obnoxiously large sunglasses | Shop Suey Boutique

Raise your hand if you are in total shock at how fast this year is flying by.  Before we know it it's gonna be May.  Raise you're other hand if you were a total 90's boy band fangirl and get that NSYNC reference.  

Anyways...a new month means a new round up of my favorites.  Also, is it practically Summer where y'all are too?  I'm talking mid80s everyday.  I can only imagine how July and August will be. Insane.


a girl who went to my highschool recently started a blog and it's awesome -- must read

Lynzy @ Lynzy & Co


Yours by Russel Dickerson

Small Town Boy by Dustin Lynch

What Guy Wouldn't by Wanderloo Revival

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These knockoff Birkenstocks | I get SO SO many compliments on these every time I wear them.  I got mine from Steinmart, but I linked them for the same AMAZING and much more reasonable price.  Or the actual birkenstocks here.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation | under $6, enough said.

Pandora Leather Bracelet | this was a Christmas gift from T and lately I've been wearing it everyday and 
loving it.  

This OTS Floral Top | perfect for this Summer-like weather and all the crazy hot weather that's to come in the next couple months.  Not to mention its $14; run do not walk.

Slingback Wedges | I found these at CATO'S shopping with my in-laws Easter weekend and they're a total steal.  As in I got them on sale for $18 and now they're down to $14.99.  Y'all.

Y'all, May?  Already?  Well..we're one step closer to Summer Break.  Cheers loves.  Happy weekending.  

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25 Quotes and Scriptures on Waiting

Ever feel like you're stuck in between phases of life?  Just stuck in the middle.  And all there is to do is wait?

I feel ya girl.

Waiting.  Why is it so hard to be patient and wait on God's timing?  

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I've blogged a little bit about my anxiety before, and really spilled the beans on all the scriptures I cling to when my anxiety is getting the best of me.

If you struggle with anxiety / stress is at an all time high right now I strongly encourage you to check out those list of verses in hopes that you'll find one to use in your time of darkness.

But today I'm going in a slightly different direction.  Yes, this period of waiting can get me feeling all the stress and anxiety as well, but I'm focusing on the lighter aspect.  When you just need some encouragement that God's got this.  HE knows what He's doing.

1. Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.

2. Even miracles take a little time.  [buy the print here]

3. Psalm 46:10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

4. Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

5. Psalm 33:20-22  Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

6. Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

7. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, forever.  -Jeffery R. Holland  [find the print here]

8. Faith is trust.  Trust that god sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. [find the print here]

9. Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

10. Pray before you overthink.

11. Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait for Him...

12. Be Patient.  Everything is coming together.

13. I believe in the good things coming.

14. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

15. Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

16. Nothing that has happened to you is a surprise to God.  God will still get you where you're supposed to be.

17. Isaiah 60:22 "At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen."

18. "To us waiting is wasting.  To God waiting is working."  -Louie Giglio

19. You can't rush something you want to last forever.

20. “God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better.” – Elisabeth Elliot

21. Psalm 62:5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. [buy the print here]

22. Isaiah 40:33 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

23. Psalm 38 Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. [buy the print here]

24. God answers when you least expect it.

Let go and Let God.

As I was compiling this list, #20 seriously hit home with me.  The worst part about these stages of life where I feel like I'm stuck in between and waiting is the unknown.  But it's important to remember God only wants what's best for us, and that His plan is best.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: 20 Verses on Patience & Waiting on God's Timing
(very little overlap in scriptures)

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21 Day Fix | 1 Week of Meal Plans

Confession this is the SECOND time I've started the 21 day fix.  The first time, I thought I'd just do the workouts and didn't buy the 21 day fix boxes of shakeology.  Fail.

It's true what they say it's 80% what you do in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.  I really needed to crack down on my eating as well to get my desired results.  And while I'm not there yet, I can definitely see how this program (eating well along with the workouts) can get my to my goal.  

Also, I should say that I don't think you have to buy the shakes for the eating plan to work, it just helps but there are a lot of other protein powders you could use as well.

Anyways... when I started the 21 day fix this second time I've been full blown on the shakes everyday and eating well within my "boxes".  And I figured since it can be pretty overwhelming at first I'd share an example of a week of meal plans you could use on the meal plan.  

ps.  anyone else find it super annoying to find a 21 day fix recipe on pinterest and it only lead to a meal plan you have to pay for?  *insert eye roll here*

this meal plan is for the 1,200-1,499 caloric level
boxes for level 1 per day: 3 Green, 2 Purple, 4 Red, 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, 1 Orange, 2 Tbsp


Breakfast: 2 Egg Muffins  1G 1R
(I make these on Sunday for the week ahead and keep them two in a ziploc in the fridge)

Lunch: Shakeology 1R
(or any protein powder of your choice) with 8-10oz of almond milk)

Snack 1: Medium Banana and 1/2 Avocado  1P 1B

Snack 2: 2 Rice Cakes (45 calories or less) 1Y

Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli 2G 2R
(nothing fancy with this meal just a little garlic salt and minced garlic added to the chicken and garlic salt to the broccoli, but its delicious AND the perfect I'm exhausted/don't wanna cook/Monday night dinner)

Snack 3:  Roasted Chickpeas and Strawberries 1Y 1P


Breakfast: Overnight Oats: Oatmeal Cookie 1Y 1/2R 2Tbsp
(like I said above during the week I generally make the egg muffins for the week ahead, but this is one of my other favorite go-tos that can be made ahead)

Lunch: Shakeology and an Orange  1R 1P

Snack 1: Banana and Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1P 1/2R

Snack 2: 10 Baby Carrots and Sweet Potato 1G 1Y

Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner 2R 1B
(2 fried eggs, 4 pieces of Turkey Bacon and 1/2 Avocado)

Snack 3: Steamed Broccoli 2G


Breakfast: 2 Egg Muffins 1G 1R

Lunch: Shakeology and 10 Baby Carrots 1R 1G

Snack 1: Strawberries and Vanilla Greek Yogurt 1P 1R

Snack 2: 2 hard boiled eggs and 10 Baby Carrots 1R 1G

Dinner: Burrito Bowls: sweet potatos, black beans, shredded cheese, tsp of greek yogurt 2Y 1B
(you could easily make these tacos, just keep in mind a whole-grain tortilla counts as 1Y and your sweet potato, and all types of beans are also yellow so you just have to make it all fit within your 2 yellow boxes)

Snack 3: Banana with Peanut Butter 1P 2Tbsp


Breakfast: 2 Scrambled Eggs, 4 slices of Turkey Bacon and a Banana 2R 1P

Lunch: Shakeoloy + 1 cup of Spinach + 10oz Almond Milk + a couple ice cubes 1R 1G
(whenever I'm having a hard time fitting my greens in I'll add a cup of fresh spinach to my shake and you honestly can't taste the difference)

Snack 1: Blueberries and Roasted Edamame 1P 1Y
Snack 2: Small Apple with Peanut Butter 1P 2Tbsp

Dinner: Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Squash  2G 1B

Snack 3: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs and 8 Small Whole Grain Crackers 1R 1Y


Breakfast: Egg Muffins 1G 1R

Lunch: Shakeology and (almost) 1 cup Spinach 1R 1G (almost)

Snack 1: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and 10 Pistachios 1R 1/2B

Snack 2: Raw Broccoli and Roasted Chickpeas 1G 1Y

Dinner: Skinny Chicken Parmesan  1R 1/2B 1/4Y 1/8G

Snack 3: Apple Slices and Strawberries 2P

Snack 4: 1 Rice Cake and Pumpkin Seeds 1/2Y 1O

Saturday | 

Breakfast: Overnight Oats: Banana and Peanut Butter  1Y 1P 1R 2Tbsp

Lunch: Super Green Shakeology  1R 1/2G 1P

Snack 1: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and almonds 1R 1/2B

Snack 2:  Roasted Edamame, Raw Baby Carrots and Broccoli 3/4Y 2G

Dinner: Leftovers from last night 1R 1/2B 1/4Y 1/8G


Breakfast: Avocado Toast (2 wholegrain slices, 1/2 Avocado, 2 Fried Egg) 2Y 1B 1R

Lunch: Shakeology + 1 cup of Spinach 1R 1G

Snack 1: Strawberries and Greek Yogurt 1P 1R 

Snack 2: Mixed Vegetables and 21 day fix healthy ranch dressing 1G 1/2O (2tbsp of dressing)

Dinner: Chicken "Noodle" Soup 1G 1/2R 1Tbsp

Snack 3: Tuna with 1 Tbsp Mayo and Grapes 1/2R 1Tbsp 1P

some additional notes:

+ you can have your shakeology any meal or snack during the day, I prefer to do so at lunch time, but a lot of people in my accountability group do so for breakfast

+ my coach suggested  I eat as many of my boxes I can each day, but some days I just don't hit the blue/orange and she said just to make sure they get mixed in there.  BUT you do want to be getting those green/purple/red each day because they'll keep you full and getting all those GOOD nutrients

+ almost everything is by how much you can fit into that box, ex: my chicken and broccoli I use 2 reds and 2 greens, but you could use more or less

+ if you're just thinking about doing the 21 day fix I suggest contacting my coach Lauren 

+ also, keep in mind there is a little bit of wiggle room, as in you can swap out a glass of win for your yellow box, or every once in a while there may be a special occasion you want to indulge for and that's okay as long as it's all in moderation and you get back to the plan


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Quick & Easy Healthy Snacks | 21 Day Fix Approved

My kryptonite when it comes to eating healthy?  Snacks.  I am a b i g snacker, and love me some Doritos (my vice lately).  Another problem?  The snacks that are easy to grab are always the not-so-good-for-you type.  See: Doritos.  

BUT I've got a list for you, of quick & easy healthy snacks that make it a little easier to stick to that healthy lifestyle you're trying to achieve (hello, bikini season).  Oh, and easy to already have prepared and ready to go when the hunger strikes. 

1. 20 Pistachios + 1 Rice Cake | 1 B 1/2 Y

2. Pumpkin Seeds | 1 O

3. 1/2 Avocado + 10 Carrots | 1 B 1 G

4. Banana Bread Muffins (1) | 1/2 P 1/3 R 1/3 Y, 1/2 tbsp

5. 2 Rice Cakes with Almond Butter | 1/2 Y 2 tbsp

6. whole wheat blueberry banana muffins (2) | 1 Y 1 P 


7. 1/2 English Muffin (100 cal) and Almond Butter | 1 Y 1 tbsp

8. No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (2) | 1/2 Y 1 tbsp

9. 1/2 Banana with Peanut Butter | 1 P 2 tbsp

10. Apples with Peanut Butter | 1 P 2 tbsp

11. 2 Hard Boiled Eggs | 1 R

12. 10 Baby Carrots + Mini Baybel Light Cheese | 1 G  1 B

13. Peanut Butter and Banana Quesadilla | 1 tsp 1 P 1 Y

14. Avocado Toast (whole grain) + Fried Egg | 1 Y 1 B 1/2 R

15. Sweet Potato, Avocado +2  Poached/Fried Eggs | 1 Y 1 B 1 R

16. 5 Garlic and Herb Roasted Carrots | 1 G 1 tbsp

17. Kind Bars/Luna Bars | 1 Y

18. Strawberries and Greek Yogurt | 1 P 1 R

19. 4 Tbsp  Approved Ranch Dressing + Vegetables | 1 O 1 G

20. Deviled Eggs

21. 2 English Muffin Pizzas | 2 Y 1 P 1 B

So here's the thing, you may look at this list of snacks and think those are pretty simple.  But that's the point.  When I'm planning out my meals/snacks throughout the week I want my snacks to be quick, easy and no fuss.  

I did included a couple snacks that are actual recipes that you can prep and make ahead on Sunday and have for the rest of the week.

The truth about these snacks?  They taste pretty darn good and truly fill me up until the next meal/snack is due.  Not to mention they're all 21 Day Fix approved.  But of course, you don't have to be doing the program to enjoy these.  

Are you doing the 21 day fix program?  What are your tips/tricks? 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: 21 Day Fix Approved: Overnight Oats

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Overnight Oats Recipes | Oatmeal Cookie + PB & Banana

You've heard it before: if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.  

And it's true really.  I've been doing the 21 Day Fix program lately and it's awesome.  The boxes really help me stay on track.  

But the thing that helps most, is prepping and planning ahead.  The week before I plan out our dinners for the week, and plan my breakfast/snacks around that.  

Lately, we've been getting our groceries through Walmart's Online Grocery system and I'm LOVING it.  So after I've planned the week out, I'll pick our groceries and order them through the app and pick them up the next day.

Three cheers for avoiding the Walmart crazies every weekend.

Then I start the prepping.  I prep all the snacks I can for the week and go ahead and make my breakfast for the entire week too.  

And that's where this post comes in.  This past week I've been all about these two overnight oats recipes.  AND once again you can prep them ahead of time so they're ready to go in the morning.  Not to mention the prep time is maybe 5 minutes.

Even if you're not doing the 21 Day Fix program these are delicious recipes and of course they're a fantastic healthy option.

1 cup Rolled Oats
4 Tbsp Almond Butter
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Stevia packets
4 Tbsp Honey
1/2 cup Nonfat Plain Yogurt
1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 

adapted from this recipe

Instructions: yields 2 servings
Mix all the ingredients together and put in an air tight container.  I put mine in a mason jar.  Store in the refrigerator overnight and they're ready to go in the morning. 

21 Day Fix Boxes: per serving 1Y 1/3R 2tbsp 
(honestly I just round up to 1/2 R because that's easier to keep track of)

2/3 cups of Rolled Oats
2/3 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2/3 cups Nonfat Plain Yogurt
1 large Banana, mashed
4 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
2 Tsp of Honey
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
pinch of Salt

Instructions: yields 2 servings
Mash banana in a medium bowl.  Add in the rest of the ingredients.  Store in an air tight container, overnight in the refrigerator and they're ready to go in the morning.

21 Day Fix Boxes: per serving 1/2Y 1/2R 1P 2tbsp

Notes: For both recipes I doubled them to fill the mason jar and ate only half of a jar for each breakfast, so these recipes truly make 2 servings each.  Also, I put mine in a masonjar because they kept fresh this way, and made for easy storage. 

Now, don't get me wrong I still love to bake and will continue to share those type of recipes on here.  BUT would y'all like to see more healthy/21 day fix approved recipes on here?  Sound off in the comments below.

Also stay tuned because the rest of this week is 21 day fix themed as well with 21 Day Fix Approved Snacks and 21 Day Fix: 1 Week of Meal Plans.

Happy Monday loves.  May your day be short, your coffee strong and your willpower even stronger.  
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15 under $15 | Makeup Favorites

If you haven't learned by now, I am a total bargain shopper.  Yes, I'll ooh and ahh at that gorgeous but insanely overpriced dress.  I'm looking at you Nordstrom "flower hour sky" dress.  But at the end of the day, more times than not, I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money.

Well, same goes for makeup.  Now don't get me wrong I am totally obsessed with my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Foundation.  And every once in a while I think a high-end product can definitely be worth it.  BUT...afforadable is the way to go in my book.

So I've rounded up my favorite makeup products under $15 for y'all.  

Make sure to leave your ride or die products below so I can try them out.

note: I've included a shop-able widget below for easy shopping below.  HOWEVER, I'm also including the cheapest price & store combo I could find beside each product, and the linked product may not always be that cheapest price but is super easy.  your choice.  you do you boo.

1. Real Techniques Sponge | $5.99 Target
Loreal Infallible Beauty Blender | $6.99 Target

I'm obsessed with both of these, and prefer to have two if one is dirty #guilty and because they're both sponges I'm counting them as one product. ;)

2. CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara | $5.39 Target

3. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation | $4.87 at Walmart / $5.99 Walgreens
This product has been crazy hyped up on social media/youtube and therefore SO SO SO hard to find in stores.  So I put two of the cheapest stores to find it at, but honestly online might be the way to go.  
I finally picked up two of the only "lighter" shades they had at my Walmart, but I haven't found my PERFECT shade yet...and yet I'm still in love.

4. Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation | $9.99 Walgreens
I have two shades for tan me vs pale me: "02 Natural" and "04 Medium Beige"

5. Milani Powder Blush "Romantic Rose" | $6.97 Walmart

6. CoverGirl TruNaked Palette "Nudes" | $8.99 Target

7. Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick "Rebel Rose" | $4.68 Walmart

8. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer | $13.23 Walmart

9. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner | $6.99 Target

10. Elf Molten Liquid Eyeshadow "Rose Gold" | $4.00 Target/ULTA/Walmart

11. Milani Color Statement Lipstick "Matte Naked" | $4.99 Target

12. ELF Matte Lip Color "Praline" | $2.99 Target

13. ELF Total Face Palette | $8.00 Target/ULTA/Walmart

14. Essence Pure Nude Highlighter "be my highlight" | $4.49 Target/ULTA

15. Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush & Contour Palette "Hot Spice" | $10.00 ULTA
side note: I was obsessed with this product the moment I bought it BUT my skin is a lot more sensitive that I thought it was (probably because I never even started wearing much makeup until senior year of college) and my cheeks break out when I use it.  NOW the colors and formula are still perfection, so I still wanted to recommend it to you if you do not have sensitive skin

There ya have it chickas.  15 of my favorite makeup products under 15 bucks.   I actually had a blast putting this list together.  I am BY NO MEANS a beauty guru and half the time I don't even know what I'm doing, but I am l o v i n g some makeup lately.  If you have any questions or suggestions make sure the leave them below.

AND if you'd like to see more posts like this or have ideas for future posts you'd want to see leave those below in the comments as well.

Happy Hump Day loves.  We're halfway there.

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