basically a houseplant

basically a houseplant

have you ever heard the quotation, “don’t forget to drink water and get some sunlight because you’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions”?

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that is how i’ve been feeling most days.

as a human with a chemical imbalance in her brain (i.e. depression and anxiety), i tend to try and look upon my daily lifestyle and see what “triggers” my symptoms.

lately i have found that eating on a more plant-based diet makes me feel happier, stronger, and healthier than when i slough down a $1 junior cheeseburger from sonic. i mean, for obvious reasons, but i try to live a life of balance 😉

tonight, i actually got to make a home cooked meal that i can take for lunch this week.

i made my new favorite plant based pasta dish. i was perusing at target the other day and found veggie spaghetti that was made mostly of zucchini and spinach, yet it was still made with the normal pasta that barilla offers. it has an amazing twang, if you will, of veggies, but it doesn’t taste like a full blown zucchini noodle, either!

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the dish is so easy, and it only takes about 20 minutes! i boiled the pasta for about 9ish minutes until al dente, and then i put in some diced red and yellow bell pepper for extra flavor, and poured some 5 cheese bertolli spaghetti sauce on it and called it a day! so easy!

i also found 12 take and bake garlic knots at sam’s club for $2.98 that are to die for that i put in my bowl to take with me to work! to go with the whole “balance” theme, i also had one of my famous homemade amaretto sours…one good meal, one bad drink? that’s a thing right?

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anyway, i love, love, love easy recipes that are good, healthy food that will keep me fuller, longer.

what are your favorite recipes? do you have any fun, tasty recipes you would like to share? if so, comment below or dm me on insta and i will make them and feature them either here or on instagram @theblondeinbooties!

 

as always, all my love.

x, J

the blonde in booties

 

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girls night in

girls night in

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who else LOVES to stay in on a Saturday night and hang out with their best friend? no…just me? okay, cool!

i am so blessed to have an amazing best friend that accepts me for me, pushes me to be my best, and doesn’t judge my amount of sweat at the gym. rebecca, you’re a gift!!

this past Saturday we had a girls night in, and i made the dinner, she brought dessert. i made my new favorite pasta dish, which is one, super simple, and two, generally cheap!

being a girl on a budget requires me finding some easy, cheap meals to make, and this baked chicken bacon ranch pasta is a staple lately! it feels like you’re eating a fancy meal, but it’s not costing you an arm and a leg. (the recipe will be at the bottom of this post! i found it on pinterest a while ago, but just got to making it my way!)

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rebecca and i had salad, pasta, and Simply Balanced lemon sparkling water (it’s at target and it’s an amazing knockoff of la croix, and it’s usually 2 for 5!).

after dinner, i trimmed her hair because we were way over due, and we watched the cutest movie Coco, which rebecca hadn’t seen, and i just love disney movies in general!

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she said she would bring dessert, and she brought this fabulous cheesecake sampler that was literally to die for! not kidding, i was in a food coma the rest of the movie. it’s from walmart, and i highly recommend that all of you guys go get one!

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i am a huge fan of almost anything chocolate, and i was surprised that one of my favorites from this sampler was the peach swirl! don’t get me wrong, i loved the double chocolate and the chocolate swirl. ya girl’s hopelessly devoted to her chocolate.

and yes, we ate the whole thing…

i love me some girl time, and between our busy schedules, we don’t get a lot of time to do so. but this weekend we both had a free saturday night, so we were so blessed to hang out! besides the gym, of course, but that’s just not the same 😉

everyone, get yourself a rebecca in your life. i promise there’s one out there for you!

i hope everyone had an amazing weekend, and i hope that this monday blows over so fast you don’t even remember it!

as always i give you all my love.

 

x, J

 

as promised, here’s the recipe!

baked chicken bacon ranch pasta

ingredients:

  • one 13×9 baking pan
  • one box penne pasta
  • one jar of alfredo sauce
  • one package of bacon bits
  • one packet of ranch dips powder
  • one package of mozzarella cheese
  • one can of chicken breast, strained

instructions:

  • bring water to a boil in a large pan, put the penne in there, and let boil for 7-10 minutes. stir occasionally.
  • set oven to 350 degrees.
  • while pasta is boiling, in a large bowl combine alfredo sauce, ranch powder, and the can of chicken.
  • once penne is done, strain water off of it (don’t rinse).
  • in the pan you boiled the penne in, combine the cooked penne and sauce mixture.
  • put penne and sauce mixture in greased 13×9 baking pan.
  • after penne is in the pan, sprinkle the package of mozzarella and bacon bits onto the top of the penne.
  • put the penne in the oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

I hope you all enjoy this amazing recipe, and tell me what you think!

 

 

the green thumb

the green thumb

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I’m going to be honest… I have never, and I mean NEVER had a green thumb. Maybe it’s because I was younger and got excited about something, got up everyday and watered, and then after about a week or so I forgot about it. Or maybe I was just cursed. I’m gonna say it’s the latter.

Well now that I’m older and wiser (lol) I felt like I could try and pursue a green thumb. All while deciding this a few months back, my bosses at Oasis got all of us Front Desk girls a succulent for Administrative Professionals Day! How sweet of them! And as you can see from the above photo, Sue the Succulent is thriving! She is seriously growing so big and tall!

Since I kept her alive, I thought, “hey, I can do this. I’m going to buy a houseplant.” So I researched houseplants that are safe for cats, because I obviously don’t want to kill my cat over my newfound green thumb.

I narrowed it down to either a Boston Fern or a Majesty Palm. I ended up with a Majesty Palm, and I named her Muriel! I’ve had her for about a month now and she is ALSO thriving!! She loves her window in my office, and Rory loves to take naps by her. I also think she’s doing great because she has the best book series next to her at all times – Harry Potter, of course!

I promised myself that if Sue and Muriel were doing well, I would get some new plants.

So, drumroll please…I got some new plants today!! My mom and I went to home depot for part of our mom and daughter day, and I ended  up getting a catnip plant for Rory, a sweet red bell pepper plant, and a cherry tomato plant! I also got seeds to start raising carrots and kale!

As you’ll see below, Rory loves the new plants!

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If anyone has ANY advice on keeping a green thumb, I would greatly appreciate it!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having the best day!

Love and good vibes all around,

xoxo, Jasmine

the crown you never take off…

the crown you never take off…

“invest in your hair. after all, it is the crown you never take off…”

when i started cosmetology school they had us make dream boards, and this is a quotation i put on there.

i have always been interested in all things beauty, and this embodies how i feel.

you are always worth taking care of yourself, and this business is the perfect place to do it.

one of my favorite things to do blondes. i love taking a blank canvas and changing it to meet the guest’s desires.

One of my good friends Savanah came in for me to brighten up her blonde and blend in her natural hair.

before:

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during

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Another one of my regular clients came in, and she has medium brown regrowth that she likes to lighten to platinum blonde.

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after

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i love the chemistry of color, and these are some of my favorite transformations to date!

thank you for reading, and i hope you crush this week!

 

x, J

me time

me time

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Who else loves to come home, eat a nice (see: takeout) dinner, pour yourself a glass of wine and just chill?

I know I do!

If I’ve had a long day full of clients, workouts, family time, work, etc., I love to have some relaxation time!

My cat, Rory, is usually on the side of the bathtub trying to stick her paws in the water to get some relaxation of her own!

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This is definitely my favorite part of the day – especially when I get to use some yummy smelling bath bombs that one of my amazing coworkers, Julie, gave me for Valentine’s Day! (She is one of the best estheticians at Oasis Salon and Day Spa, so if you’re ever in the area, give us a call!)

I also love reading, and the book I currently have my nose stuck in is Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton, whom I love with all of my heart! Such an inspiring woman with such an amazing story! If you get the change to read any of her books, you’re in for a treat!

I am surrounded daily by amazing, inspiring, hard-working people, and if anyone knows my ambivert self, I can only be so outgoing before I need some me time!

What are some of your favorite ways to relax? What are some of your favorite bath products?

Leave a comment!

All my love,

X, J

Sugar, Sugar

Sugar, Sugar

Here in Missouri you never know what the weather is going to do…ever.

On Friday, the high was almost 60 degrees, and then that night we had an ice storm.

I woke up the next day to enough ice that there were multiple wrecks, my car was covered in a thick sheet of ice, and the police department had ushered us into emergency road conditions.

That being said, we had yet another couple of snow days, or ice days, if you will.

School was cancelled, and I didn’t have anything to do the entire day, so I decided to start watching the new cult classic This Is Us. I’m only 5 episodes in and my heart has already been ripped out a thousand times over. Also LOVING the sweet dad vibes Milo Ventimiglia gives off in this show – can I get some heart eyes up in here??

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Anyway, I felt like baking as I always do, because I think taking a third nap of the day would be a little much.

So, at 7:00pm I decided to scrape off my car and go down the road to my local Food4Less and get the essentials – Diet Coke, sugar cookie mix, butter, and (in my opinion the most important) some [Yellow Tail] Pink Moscato.

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Baking is always a perfect release to me, and it always reminds me that some of the best things take the most time. Granted, these sugar cookies didn’t take an ample amount of time, but they were still pretty freaking good.

I also loved using the cutest new mixing bowls my mom got on sale from The Pioneer Woman! They are multi-colored and come in a variety of sizes! If you don’t have yours, make sure you get some of your own here!

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For me, the end result always ends up with me eating part of the cookie dough, and eating most of the cookies right as they come out of the oven…but that’s why I work out 😉

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What’s your favorite type of cookie?

Comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, that way you don’t miss a thing!

All my love.

X, J

Keeping up with K&J

Keeping up with K&J

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The Webster’s dictionary defines a best friend as “one’s closest and dearest friend.”

Not many people can say that about one person let alone many. I have had many “best friends” in my life that fizzled out to mere acquaintances.

The longer I live, the more I find that the ones you hold close won’t necessarily always be close to you.

You grow apart, your life changes, and you just have to realize that life isn’t going to be the same friend group you’ve had for years.

Although, some people just fall into your lap by the grace of God, and in no time you feel like family.

When I first started Cosmetology school, I was so nervous because I didn’t know anyone. On my way there, I’m not joking, I prayed and asked that the Lord would bring me someone in that school where I would have a lasting friendship, and that we could make an impact on the Kingdom of God.

And enter Kylie!

 

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Kylie is one of my favorite people on this earth.

She cries over the most minute things that make her happy (sometimes we call her Krylie), she’s an amazing hairstylist, she hugs me after a long day in the salon, she loves Jesus just as much as I do, she uses the word “WOW” for (not kidding) every scenario, and she constantly tries to make people feel as wonderful as they can in their own skin.

It’s crazy that the Lord works in such crazy ways that you can develop a strong friendship in just seven months.

A few days ago, Kylie showed me around her hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas. Even though I live only 30-40 minutes outside of Pittsburg, I’ve only been there to see their ballet once…three years ago.

We found this PERFECT coffee shop called Signet Coffee Roasters, and they have the best Caramel Latte with HOMEMADE caramel! Honestly it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever had, and I’m pretty picky! (Guilty as charged)

 

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Pittsburg is precious, and I hope y’all can go there one day!

My life has gotten significantly brighter after this human came into my life! I’m so blessed by her every day, and I thank God that He brought her into my life!

I pray that the Lord blesses y’all with someone that encourages you, loves you, and gets 30,000 bean burritos with you whenever you want!

Kylie, thanks for being a rock in a hard place, and for being the sunshine on a cloudy day to everyone around you!

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X, J