Tuesday, February 21, 2017

#chelancooks My Mother's Brew

I'm not one for sharing recipes... I've shared maybe one recipe before in my life and that was here. I am not a good cook but I do have a few meals that I make often and love. So I'm gonna start sharing those few recipes, whaaaat? lol A new series is coming to the blog folks and it's called #chelancooks. Be prepared for some super simple and super yummy dishes coming right up! 

Now, to start us off on this series, I have something that you don't even have to cook and you don't eat it. It's actually a drink ha! I thought this was a safe place to start. But guess what! This drink here helped me kick my caffeine addiction. You read that right.... I AM NO LONGER ADDICTED TO CAFFEINE! Are you proud? I'm quite proud of myself if you couldn't tell by the all caps there. I've been 'off' of caffeine since before our trip to Mexico around American Thanksgiving and I had it once or twice over Christmas break and a little bit here and there since. This is HUGE, you guys. I've been drinking caffeine every day since before I can remember (possibly even in the womb lol). I do still crave the carbonation, though, but I'm making progress and that deserves to be celebrated. This drink helped me curb my cravings, which is why I've decided to share it with y'all.
Sidenote: forgive the non-traditional recipe format... I'm informal here and don't do measurements or anything.

My Mother's Brew

+ Carbonated flavored water - as much as you can fit in your cup (I use a pretty big cup). I really like the lime, cherry limeade, and peach 67 cent ones from Walmart.

+ 1 True Lemon flavoring packet. My favorites are peach and cherry limeade and I always check before to ensure that I'm getting the ones without tea.
+ Lots of ice.
+ About 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar with the 'Mother'.
+ Raspberries (optional).
Basically, pour all of this into a large cup and mix and viola! You've made My Mother's Brew!
My mom introduced me to this beverage over the summer and when I took my first sip, I choked. I wasn't expecting such intense flavor and carbonation! But the more I had, the more I liked it. And apparently, there are a lot of good things out there about consuming apple cider vinegar so that's cool.

Anyway, if you give this a try, let me know what you think! Happy Tuesday!

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, February 13, 2017

How We Wore It | Day to Night

Our 3rd anniversary/Valentine's day is tomorrow!! But alas... Parker has school and I have to work so we probably won't even see each other all day which makes me really sad. Since we knew beforehand that this would happen, we decided to celebrate last weekend by going to dinner and watching a movie (my favorite date)! Dating Parker for eternity is pretty dang awesome.

For our How We Wore It series this month, we wanted to do a look that could easily transfer from day to night since Valentine's Day does last a whole day! And me being my lazy self, decided that I would combine the two. I love an outfit that is casual enough for me to lounge around in, but dressy enough that I can still go out on a date in and feel classy!

Also, two things just to preface these photos:

1. My camera was propped up on a pile of laundry so high that it could get the whole bed in the photo. I'm resourceful/cheap and don't want to buy a tripod. And 2. my camera syncs up with my phone so I can see what the camera views through my phone which is why I'm looking at my phone in so many pictures! I just couldn't get the hang of it! Hopefully, it'll be easier in the future :P.

Looking at photos from our wedding Chatbook I ordered last Valentine's day! I freaking loved our wedding! Chatbooks has some stinkin' cute covers for Valentine's day this year, too! Sidenote: I don't get paid or commission or anything special for mentioning how much I love Chatbooks. Yes, I work for Chatbooks, and YES, I really do think it's an amazing product! 

Top: Joe Fresh
Jeans: American Eagle (old)
Lips: 2x sheer berry 1x pink champagne Lipsense.

Be sure to check out how my friend Brittany wore it because she nailed this one, as usual!

Thanks for reading and happy Valentine's Day! xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How We Wore It | Monochrome

Hey y'all! I'm really excited to continue this How We Wore It series with my friends in 2017. We have some exciting things planned and I can't wait to share them :). We started this year off by trying something new: monochrome.

I will admit that this was kinda difficult for me. I feel like monochrome can be boring. And I'll be honest and say that this outfit wasn't my favorite but that's what this whole thing is for - trying new things and experimenting with the clothes in my closet to find new ways to use the things I already have. Trial and error people! Perhaps if I had chosen a different color scheme I would have liked it better haha I'll keep trying and let ya know if I find a monochrome outfit that works for me!

I simply chose creams and browns which may have been the problem with the time of year and the overcast day we were having. Also, not being super tan and having blonde hair and trying to wear cream in the winter may not have been the best choice. Whoops! lol My friend, Brittany Lowry, did an amazing job with the photos and made me feel beautiful, though!

Sweater: gift from Banana Republic
Pants: American Eagle
Boots: gift but I think they are from Kohl's

Be sure to check out my beautiful friend's posts! They killed it this month, per usual.

Brittany Lowry 

Thanks for reading. xoxo, Chelan