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Four Better Beauty Brands

I recently decided to make the move over to cleaner skincare and beauty products. When it comes to what I eat, I always try to buy organic and read labels, so I figured it was time to do the same with the products I put on my skin!

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Photo: @Glossier via Instagram

New natural skincare and beauty product lines launch every day, and it can be tricky to find high performing products that are also safe, so today I’m sharing four of my favorites!

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Shopping List: Spring Frosé Date

Time for the first Shopping List post in a minute! You guys know I love a good frosé, and The Standard Pour’s happy hour special hit the spot last week. Also, I’ve been dying to go check out the adorable new rewardStyle mural. The outfit I’m featuring today features a bodysuit from Adeline. Yes, a bodysuit. Your summer outfits just got WAY easier.

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This ruffle bodysuit also comes in a variety of colors! I decided to go with my fave (black, neutral).

Bodysuits are seriously bringing me back to my ballet days…I paired this one with a J. Crew skirt and pair of leopard sandals. Throw on a fun pair of earrings like these tassel hoops I picked up at FleaStyle and you’ve got a winning outfit. Check out the other bodysuit colors here.

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Flea Style Dallas Recap

I had the opportunity to attend FLEA STYLE for the very first time last weekend, and it is decidedly not to be missed! Mimosas and a big variety of Texas-based artisans and retailers make for a fabulous time. Hunter and I just purchased our first home, and I’ve realized that moving to a four bedroom ranch style from a tiny (however much loved) downtown apartment requires a lot of new decor.

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Give me all of the Southwestern flair!

I always like to support local companies, and many of these shops also make philanthropy and giving back to the local community a priority. I loved meeting some of the owners and hearing their stories!

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White Bean and Asparagus Flatbread

If you are a big hummus fan like me, this white bean and asparagus flatbread recipe is for you! Hunter says this may even be his new favorite meal (it has a healthy dose of carbs with toasted whole wheat naan, and is topped with pine nuts and feta so what’s not to like?). I’ll definitely be celebrating spring weather and spring ingredients on the patio with these little gems and a big green salad.

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We like our red pepper flakes.

As you can see from my recent posts, white beans have pretty much become a staple for us. This kale, white bean and sweet potato noodle bake is another recipe that consistently makes an appearance in our weeknight dinner rotation. Legumes are a great way to make vegetarian meals more filling!

The original version of this recipe can be found in the Love & Lemons cookbook – which I highly recommend you invest in if you enjoy plant based meals! The recipes are fresh and flavorful and always utilize seasonal ingredients.

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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco salad combines two of my favorite things, and this chipotle shrimp version is not to be missed! You guys were loving this recipe on Snapchat Tuesday night so here it is…and if you love this, you definitely need to check out my spicy shrimp taco recipe for when a salad just won’t cut it.

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Topped with a generous helping of cilantro avocado dressing, of course!

We’ve had a couple of 80 degree days in Dallas lately, so a salad with spicy shrimp and refreshing avocado and herb dressing was calling my name this week. And, this dish is pretty easy to throw together. I typically make the cilantro avocado dressing a day or two in advance and use it in as many lunches and dinners as possible because it is amazing. This week, I saved some extra dressing and made a loaded sweet potato with peppers, black beans and feta.

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Kale, White Bean and Sweet Potato Noodle Bake

Is there anything I love more than a one pot meal? Yes. A one pot meal that is so good and so easy that I made it twice in one week and didn’t get bored with it at all. And guess what? This kale, white bean and sweet potato noodle bake is back on the menu this week. I’d even go so far as to say this meal is weekend worthy (it has cheese!!).

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Also, it’s amazing for you.

This recipe is from Inspiralized, one of my favorite blogs for recipes that are packed with vegetables and super flavorful!

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

As we say at our house, “when in doubt, make chili.” I mean, what’s not to love about chili? It’s easy to throw together, makes fantastic leftovers, and provides the opportunity to use all of your favorite toppings. This version is hearty, healthy and vegetarian!

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Our toppings of choice this time around: avocado, cilantro, and cheddar.

I’ve been obsessing over this black bean sweet potato chili recipe since October. You can find the original over on What’s Gaby Cooking! Sweet potatoes are making major appearances in our weeknight dinner rotation and I’ll be sharing another one of our favorite sweet potato dishes next week, so stay tuned!

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Great Green Salad

I’m completely in love with this super simple, incredibly delicious salad! I discovered it one afternoon when I combined a random handful of ingredients I had in the fridge, and I’m so glad I did. It’s packed with nutrients, and makes a perfect lunch or side for your main protein or pasta dish.

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Catch a health vibe!

This salad is all about quality ingredients. Fresh greens and a solid avocado are musts – I’m obsessed with Lacinato kale lately. It will change your world. Also, make sure you use the best olive oil you can find and fresh S+P…it makes all the difference!

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5 Gifts Your Valentine Really Wants

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I’m taking all of the stress out of finding the perfect giftfor your loved one just in time for the weekend! I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that for me, Valentine’s Day is about all of the chill things.

No need to make a big fuss or an impossible dinner reservation (we’ll be cooking up these scallops with porcini risotto again). The goal is to use this day to relax at home and indulge a little bit (macarons, anyone?) and these five gifts will help you and your significant other do just that!

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Joy Macarons’ Be My Valentine Gift Boxes make the perfect dessert! (photo: @JoyMacarons on Instagram)

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut squash mac and cheese is a serious game changer. I mean, is there anything better than a healthier version of your favorite comfort food and a glass of wine on a weeknight? I really don’t think so.

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Cute cast iron skillets: Lodge!

I won’t lie to you, this is not the mac and cheese you’re used to. It’s difficult to create mac and cheese without the cheese. But, it’s a close second and it’s healthy. A combination of herbs and spices and a crispy walnut topping creates an amazing texture that you will want to keep in your weeknight meal rotation. I combined this recipe with a little inspiration from Snap Kitchen (they sell an excellent chicken butternut macaroni, which you could easily add to this recipe).

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