Apr 26, 2017

Meal Prepping Tips

I used never want to meal prep. In fact, I would just run to the grocery store and grab what I needed for that after work. After getting married and having kids, I realized it was awful to run to the store and try and prep everything in a short amount of time. I really needed to become a bit more organized to make everything run smoother for myself and for my little family. Since our baby boy is due in a matter of a few weeks, I wanted to share some of my meal prepping tips for those that are either preparing for a baby, newlywed life or just wanting to get ahead start on their week!

1. Make Time - Zach and I plan out our shopping trip Saturday night. We mainly go to 2 different grocery stores that are close by. Our shopping list mainly consists of dinner's, because we'll take the leftovers to work with us and Lily eats her lunch at school. It makes it pretty simple for us!

2. Research - I love looking at Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram for simple recipe ideas. Since my time is pretty limited when I get home after driving an hour from work, I always try to find something easy, 5 or less ingredients and can be made under 30 minutes. The majority of our recipes are delicious, can be used for leftovers and always enjoyed! I also love making slow cooker recipes too!

2. Inventory - There are times where we'll go to Costco and purchase chicken/meat in bulk to use in various dishes so we know that may not be something we need to get. We both look in the pantry, freezer and pantry to see if we have all the ingredients that we need or if anything needs to be replenished.

3. Keep A List- We have grocery list that I put on my phone to make sure we have everything we need when we go to the store. I also write down on a white board that I have on our refrigerator at home of what we're eating on what day so I can prep items if needed the night before and not feel as rushed when I get home.

4. Make It Fun - Once we have our list planned out, the three of us head out early on Sunday morning to beat the crowds. We make it a fun little trip, having Lily help us bag groceries and knowing that once everything is put away, we're all set for the week ahead. I also like to add a few fun things to Lily's snack station like oranges, cheese sticks or small bags of veggies for her to enjoy during the week while I'm making dinner.

What are some tips you have for meal planning?

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Apr 25, 2017

Why You Need Sunkissed Hair

For those of you that have been around the blog for a while, you know that I used to have very boring hair. Boring as in I never ever ever colored my hair. It’s been the same dark shade of chocolate brown since I was born. As a kid, my mother used to always tell me never to dye my hair, even though all my friends were bleaching their owns. I was super jealous. Why couldn’t I put a little bit of color in my hair to make it look sunkissed?

As usual, my mother was right to have me wait for as long as I did to try and add some fun highlights to my hair. I traveled to a town called Dawsonville to the J.Thomas Salon where I’ve heard so many great things not only about the hair dressers and their very easy approachable personalities, but the atmosphere itself of the salon. Tucked away in the mountains, the gem of a salon is one that is extremely pleasing to the eye. The environment is soothing and relaxing and the bustle and excitement of clients squealing over their new hair makes it engaging. Clients leave with hugs from their hair dressers and a huge smile on their faces.

I had Ashlee working on my hair, a sweet and personable woman who immediately helped me with coming up with the  color. Instead of the streaks of color that woman sometimes have, I wanted a more peek-a-boo affect with my highlights. This term is also referred to as balyage. or 'to sweep' in French. Having sun kissed highlights like caramels and blondes is exactly what I was hoping to have with this new hair and Ashlee did an incredible job of adding color where it should be, layered throughout my hair and easily hidden or shown depending on how I wanted to wear my hair.

I also love that the balayage style allows you to continuously grow your hair and wait longer between appointments to get it touched up. The more natural approach for first timers like myself was exactly what I was going for and I couldn't be more pleased with my hair and my stylist. If you're looking for a great salon, check out J.Thomas and ask for Ashlee, or anyone on the staff. They are extremely engaging and affordability priced.

Wanting a hair style that's easy to care for, afford and look like a boss for summer? Than you need to get balayage highlights! You'll feel confident, sexy and look and feel like the woman you are! You go girl boss!

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Apr 24, 2017

Readers Survey

Happy Monday everyone! How's your Monday going? It's been pretty great weather in here in Atlanta so I cant complain much and I while browsing through I've been noticing a lot of new faces around my little blog! Welcome!

As some of you know, this blog used to be called "Fierce, Fabulous and Fit" and while I loved that name for the past 6 years, my blog really started evolving from parties and grad papers, to engagements, marriage, mommyhood and more! This blog has really opened up so much for me and my family that I wanted to figure out a name and made the switch December of 2015 for a whole new blog name, with still some key features that I know you all love and enjoy reading!

Speaking of what YOU love and enjoy, I wanted to reach out to you to get some feedback for upcoming blog posts. What are you loving? What do you hate? Is there anything I can do to make you keep coming back ( besides bribe you with Starbucks gift cards and clothing ;).. kidding..or am I ?! )

If you'd be so kind to fill out this survey for me, I'd appreciate so I know what you're looking for, why you keep coming back, what you can't stand about my blog ( I really do appreciate honest feedback ) and what you're hoping to find here at Cait's Cozy Corner. Those that fill out the survey are entered in a little drawing I have for a fun prize but I won't share what it is just yet!
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