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Favorite Products – Summer Edition

The madness from Graduation has settled down and I wanted to be back connecting with you all. I am so excited for my second summer in Ellensburg!

Below I’ve put a few of my favorite summertime products from all aspects of life–

Firstly I would say iced coffee is an essential to my summer; however, it is an essential part of my life 24/7 no matter what season it may be.

In the summer time when I am tan, I really reduce the amount of makeup I wear. I still have to fill in my eyebrows though because sadly they are never visible. I’ve tried endless products but I keep going back to the Mac Fluidline Gel in ash blonde because it doesn’t turn my brows orange and doesn’t wear off midday!

Eyebrow Gel - Ash

MAC Cosmetics are available at Ulta and Nordstrom however for full availability I suggest ordering online from MAC Cosmetics themselves.

If you don’t shop the beauty isle at Trader Joes you are missing out! Years ago my Mom found their moisturizer and I’ve been hooked ever sense. It is truly oil-free and I don’t feel a residue after a few hours of wear. I also believe you can now purchase online at Amazon if you don’t live in a TJ area.

Moisturizer

My last favorite summer essential are the Maurices 24/7 tees and tanks! I didn’t start shopping at Maurice’s until recently but they have some good deals and are right here in town which makes it almost too convenient. Most of the time this line is Buy One, Get One 50% off and the few items that I’ve picked up are dressy enough for work but also casual enough for the weekend!

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As always watch on Instagram, XoXo

 

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No Longer 9-5 Goals

I am constantly being asked the common graduate question, “so what now?” Truthfully, I don’t know. I am still working at the Export Hay Co., still barrel racing, and still trying to navigate adulthood.

The closer I got to approaching graduation I realized that what I want to do might not be a 9-5 thing. But that’s okay because in today’s professional world a lot of things are no longer 9-5. Since finishing my degree I have been working on expanding my blog and in a sense promoting my self-brand. I watch a lot of people who’ve created a brand around their name that I aspire to be like someday.

In all reality, I want to eventually lecture about communications/ public relations at the Community College level and eventually for a University while also doing consulting work for companies in Public Relations and Marketing.

Business Card

Okay, I know that sounds like a lot but it’s really not! I’ll still have time to barrel race, go to the gym, and maybe eventually chase around a herd of cows with Nick. Professionally I’m at the point where I’d be willing to do consulting work for businesses online for close to nothing or heck even just free coffee! So if you know someone, pass my name along!

For now I am going to keep exporting hay, barrel racing, building my brand, and looking up grad schools!

Happy Graduation Week to all the 2018 Graduates! We did it!

Bulk This, Bulk That

I always think to myself at Costco, should I buy this many of whatever it is? Will it go bad? Am I going to get sick of it? This is definitely one of the biggest challenges when it comes to all the things other than the staples of Costco.

Because really, do you leave Costco without their famous Rotisserie Chicken?

I’ve worked to compile a list of things Costco has to offer at the best price —

  • 24 Pack of Eggs – I use them in dinners, breakfast burritos, hard boiled eggs for snacks at lunch and much more
  • Dave’s Killer Bread – It’s the best deal on this bread, I freeze one and keep out the other
  • Uncle Dan’s Minute Rice – I’ve made 4 meals and it looks like I haven’t made a dent. Plus it doesn’t go bad fast, so you won’t get sick of it.
  • Asparagus – The package is large and they are fresh enough they lasted in my fridge nearly two weeks. It’s a staple with most of the meals I make!
  • Mini Potatoes – The bag is 5 lbs. and will last probably close to a month.  They can be used with such a variety of meals including breakfast and dinner. I used them for the sheet pan dinner tonight with smoked sausages and asparagus.
  • Seasonings – Buy them at Costco, the Costco size is the same price as the much smaller size at the regular grocery store!

 

XOXO Until Next Time

 

Dinner Meal Plans

Once again it’s Sunday, still the weekend but for most people the dreaded, “get ready for work day.” On Sunday’s I try and make sure all my clothes are washed, I’ve made at least a couple lunches, and I have an outline of dinners for the week. If the dinners don’t happen they don’t happen but at least I tried!

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My biggest thing with dinners is, I don’t want to get sick of it! I could eat asparagus, rice, and potstickers nightly but I don’t ever want to get to the point that I don’t enjoy them.

This week I planned 3 dinners and I’ll probably throw something together for Thursday night because on Friday Nick is heading to a bachelor party and I’m headed with my Mom to barrel race in Kennewick for the weekend!

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I’ve been obsessed with sheet pan dinners ever since they filled my Pinterest feed so I’ve been working on trying them out!

Don’t forget to follow the new Instagram @neverstopriding1. I will be posting dinners with links to recipes and whatever else happens during the week!

Sunday Meal Prep

Most Sunday’s around here are meal prep days, unless we’re barrel racing or boating! If I don’t meal prep and plan for the week then I’m much more likely to get off track or stop and pick something up on the way home for dinner.

Below is what I am meal prepping for the week!

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Yesterday we went to Costco and Winco and bought enough food for probably a month! Winco is new to Yakima and I’m so excited to have one! A few deals I found at Winco were:

  • A bundle of cilantro for 50 cents!
  • 3 lbs of thin spaghetti noodles for $2.50
  • Sweet Onions were less than $1!
  • Limes & Lemons were 33 cents each

Make sure and follow me on Instagram (@madidickey) to keep up to date with what’s happening and vote in polls for things you’d like to see on the blog!

XOXO Happy Sunday

Go – To Grocery List

I’ve devoted some time lately to watching Youtube videos and a common trend I see is, “grocery shopping.” Over the last couple of years I’ve perfected the easy, weekly, shopping dress with all the essentials.

I don’t necessarily buy these things everytime I go to the store, but I try to keep them on hand.

Grains – I buy Dave’s Killer Bread at Costco because it is significantly less and you get two loaves of bread. I buy brown rice in a bag at the store and often times use this in my lunch bowls because it goes with everything. Lastly, I always keep tortillas in the house because if anything have a quesadilla for a meal.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Tortillas
  • Brown Rice

Dairy – Nick can’t eat a lot of dairy, but I honestly eat a significant amount. I always keep shredded cheese in the fridge because tacos and tortillas, we don’t eat a lot of cheese so I justify buying shredded cheese over a block. Another staple is cottage cheese because it goes with meals and a lot of times Nick will eat it with whatever he’s having for lunch. I don’t go without eggs because I love egg salad sandwiches and they are a great snack or breakfast item. I always make sure butter and milk are in the fridge too, mostly for cooking purposes.

  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cottage Cheese

Frozen – I don’t buy frozen food every week but when I make a big haul to Costco, Trader Joes, or Safeway I like to stock up on a few things. I also am going to try to keep things that are easy for Nick to make if I’m gone one night or don’t have a meal planned.

  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Frozen Veggies

Meat – I am blessed enough to get beef from my parents, so there is always ground beef, steaks, etc. in my freezer. However when I buy chicken I like to make sure to always have chicken breasts, ground sausage because it works for breakfast, spaghetti, etc. and also my favorite thing, Costco Rotisserie Chicken!

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Costco Chicken
  • Ground Sausage

Produce – I am always stocked up on fresh produce! This was Nick’s biggest thing when he moved in, he was like “wow! we eat a lot of veggies.” Most of the time I try to pair veggies with every meal!

  • baby carrots
  • bananas
  • potatoes/ sweet potatoes
  • bell peppers
  • onion (red & white)

I always try and keep staples of non-perishable items that don’t go bad that way I can always have something to eat even if I don’t go to the grocery store!

  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Yellow Mustard

Question!! Would you guys be interested in me posting a grocery haul video to Youtube and linking it here? Either leave a comment or find me on Instagram and let me know. 

Instagram: @madidickey

Sunday Shopping

This Sunday consisted of watching a redbox movie, Molly’s Game, and meal prepping for the upcoming madness of the week. One of my biggest goals with meal prep is to utilize all the food already in my pantry while not letting things go to waste. I hate throwing out old vegetables I never used or leftovers that didn’t get ate.

Saturday night for our friend’s 21st birthday I made slow- cooker pulled pork for dinner and cut off a portion of the pork beforehand for this week’s lunch meal prep. I am constantly trying to branch out of my comfort zone when it comes to cooking and this week I’m making pork teriyaki and noodle bowls for lunches. These are pretty simple, I diced up broccoli, onion, baby carrots, and the pork roast and then roasted them all in the oven. On the side I cooked thin whole grain spaghetti noodles and mixed everything together and added my favorite Panda Express sauce!

A goal Nick and I are working on together is eating all the food in the pantry before we buy more. So this week on our shopping trip we made sure to only buy things we were going to use or completely out of. We had to pick up a few of the essentials like coffee creamer and cottage cheese and then the veggies to go in the crockpot roast! Next week we plan on heading to Costco and Winco in Yakima, and I plan on recording everything we pick up!

No two days in my week are ever the same! This week it is supposed to be in the 60s here and I’m so excited! Nick and I went through the fridge and freezer this morning to figure out what to cook this week. Stay tuned on Instagram for this week’s meals!

Monday’s are for crockpot meals!

 

 

Meal Prepping & Snacks

I thought I’d pop on and share with you some of my meal prep/ food planning tips, tactics, and favorite recipes. This weekend was crazy my brother and his girlfriend were in town and we didn’t seem to sit down until later this afternoon around 4 p.m. The weekends fly by; however, I try my best to be prepared for the upcoming week.

My main goal this afternoon was to meal prep lunches for this week. I am lucky enough to eat lunch some days at home before going to work, but my weeks are chaotic and I’m never sure what their bringing so this week I prepped. IMG_1268

These chicken teriyaki bowls weren’t hard to make at all. I cooked two cups of brown rice to make four 3/4 cup servings. Then I mixed scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, and chicken together with some teriyaki sauce. I prefer the Panda Express Sauce but you can use whatever you prefer. Each day I will mix a little bit of sauce in when I heat it up for lunch. I cooked the eggs first then added in the vegetable mixture, put that aside before cooking the chicken with some sauce and mixing it all together at the end.

My portions to make 4 lunches  –

  • 2 scrambled eggs with pepper
  • 1 bell pepper – I used 3 different colors for appearance and flavor
  • 1/8 of an onion
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 1/2 chicken breasts

A goal for myself this week is to try and be more active on Instagram sharing my piece of the world! With that I will work on posting to my story, I even figured out how to do the story highlights. I thought I’d share with you all a few of my favorite “on the go snacks” I like to keep handy!

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thinkThin bars – these are my favorite protein bars, I love peanut butter if you can’t tell but they are healthy and yummy. I’ve tried what would be considered “healthier” bars and they just don’t have enough flavor or are too dang chewy! Plus these are sold in a box at Costco.

Protein Cookies – I love these, it took me awhile to find a flavor that I liked. I try not to eat a lot of them because they do have quite a few carbs, but when I’m in a hurry or I’ve been doing really well nutrition wise this is the perfect treat!

Clif Bar – Lastly I wanted to share these, also a Costco find. I don’t necessarily eat these unless I have nothing else in the pantry but Nick does love these and sometimes eats them for breakfast or a snack during work.

Stay tuned on Instagram and I’ll share more soon!

Spring Cleaning, Eating, Organizing

With spring in the air, I cleaned out my closet. Throughout the last two years my huge closet has somehow become more and more full. I’ll admit I wear my riding clothes, my work clothes, and my gym clothes. Each of these consists of a handful of outfits and other than that I don’t branch out much.

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This board is the heart of all my organization. It keeps track of due dates, upcoming events, etc.

Spring Cleaning: I went through my TV Stand/ bookcase a few weeks ago getting rid of everything I don’t use. I will never use the class manuals again especially those from my general education courses so out they went. Some of this purging included old notebooks, binders, etc. There was no doubt these needed to go to!

  • If you didn’t use it all winter then you won’t use it all spring
  • Think if you will actually wear the clothes because plenty of places are always looking for donations
  • Vacuum everything and think do I really want to spend time still keeping this clean?
  • In the midst of all the cleaning don’t forget to open the blinds, let some natural light in!

Healthy Eating: One of my main goals with graduating college is to actually cook! No more breakfast for every meal, cereal for lunch, spaghetti four nights in a row. Overall, I think I ate pretty well in college, I’m thankful to know you can survive off sandwiches. One of the bonuses to Nick moving in is that I’ll be cooking for more than 1 person. The rest of the year I plan to try new recipes, branch out, and eat new things! I’ve also started watching Health Nut Nutrition and Becca Bistrow on Youtube. They both offer great recipes, nutrition insight, and grocery haul info!

  • When Nick starts his job and is officially here I plan to do a Costco trip to stock up on things we both like. Stay tuned for a blog about it!
  • The easiest way to stay on track for me is by meal prepping and planning all three meals and snacks
  • With this step in healthy eating I’m not going to forget the 80/20 rule because we are humans and have bad days

Watch for printables of these sheets!

Organization: If you know me, you know that I try to be as organized as possible. My life is filled with sticky notes, lists, and multiple planners. My closet on the other hand tends to be a completely different matter. The piles of clean and dirty clothes grow higher and higher, I hate laundry if you didn’t already know that!

  • Put the clean laundry away!
  • I bought baskets for a reason, the clothes that belong in them need to be put in them!
  • I use my white board to keep track of bill due dates, upcoming events, grocery lists, meal planning sheets, etc.
  • If you wear something that you wear twice without washing, hang it back up because otherwise it ends up in one of the piles
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Main part of my closet. The baskets are filled with my gym clothes, I have a shoe rack and another basket for all my summer shoes.

Stay tuned for another edition to the series of Post Grad Life!

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