Elevate Everyday http://elevate-everyday.com Sharing ideas to inspire to celebrate the delightful details of everyday life Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:03:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://elevate-everyday.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-elevate-v-32x32.jpg Elevate Everyday http://elevate-everyday.com 32 32 75121102 Black and White Business Casual http://elevate-everyday.com/black-white-business-casual/ http://elevate-everyday.com/black-white-business-casual/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:03:15 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4776 I’ve taken a little style post hiatus the past couple weeks and as I make some big time life decisions. They have all been amazing transitions, but emotionally draining nonetheless.  I’m playing catch up and looking back at these photos of my long hair, missing it a bit.  What I don’t miss is the time […]

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I’ve taken a little style post hiatus the past couple weeks and as I make some big time life decisions. They have all been amazing transitions, but emotionally draining nonetheless.  I’m playing catch up and looking back at these photos of my long hair, missing it a bit.  What I don’t miss is the time it took to style, so those feelings are short lived.

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Business Casual

Business Casual

Business Casual

White Sweater | Cropped Pant | Clutch

On Kennie: Shoes | Dress

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Why Our Pets Eat Better Than We Do With Freshpet http://elevate-everyday.com/freshpet/ http://elevate-everyday.com/freshpet/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:59:38 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4770 https://member.realclever.com/track?u=21230&g=1669 We have dogs and we have young kids and 9 times out of 10 the dogs end up snagging dinner right out of their hands.  I mean, I don’t really blame them.  I’d choose a half eaten piece of cheese pizza over dry processed dog food.  My kids however, do not take eating and […]

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We have dogs and we have young kids and 9 times out of 10 the dogs end up snagging dinner right out of their hands.  I mean, I don’t really blame them.  I’d choose a half eaten piece of cheese pizza over dry processed dog food.  My kids however, do not take eating and running too kindly.  I’ve found a way to get them the food they want and I think I’m their new favorite family member.  We’ve recently transitioned Chewie and Carly to Freshpet Dog Food and it’s like Thanksgiving dinner every meal.

Freshpet

Freshpet is a refrigerated and all natural pet food made with fresh ingredients, they might be eating better than me now.  They never use artificial or chemical preservatives, or any mysterious ingredients like chicken meal. Freshpet really is just like a home cooked meal you’d make for your pet, but without the time and effort.

Freshpet

We take them on walks, bring them to family functions and feed them dog food they can be excited to eat.  They have more energy, their skin has been relived of itching and their coat is super shiny.

Freshpet

Our dogs were our children before we had kids and it’s important for us to make sure they know how much we love them.  We always had dogs growing up and I can still remember the joy they brought to our family.  I love that I can provide those same memories for our children.  There is nothing quite like a child’s love for their pet and our kids love these dog hard.  Why would we feed them anything except the best?!

Freshpet

 Learn more about Freshpet’s benefits of a fresh diet HERE.

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Double Dark Chocolate Pound Cake http://elevate-everyday.com/double-dark-chocolate-pound-cake/ http://elevate-everyday.com/double-dark-chocolate-pound-cake/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:12:16 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4758 When I think of Valentines Day desserts, I think of chocolate – I’m not talking about cheap candy bars, I mean SERIOUS chocolate, that you need to sit down, away from distractions and possibly even close your eyes while you eat.  At twocarolines.com we are kind of chocolate experts, I mean, just click on our […]

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When I think of Valentines Day desserts, I think of chocolate – I’m not talking about cheap candy bars, I mean SERIOUS chocolate, that you need to sit down, away from distractions and possibly even close your eyes while you eat.  At twocarolines.com we are kind of chocolate experts, I mean, just click on our chocolate desserts link and literally dozens of incredible treats will pop up.  We have super rich flourless tortes, loads of melty kind of chocolate chip filled cookies, and every variety of chocolate layer cake imaginable, but for Elevate readers, I wanted to offer you even more chocolate goodness with this Chocolate Pound Cake!

Chocolate Pound Cake

And I also know that a lot of the Elevate gals out there are so busy that recipes with too many steps or a long list of ingredients are just not a workable reality.  This double dark chocolate pound cake has a decadent fancy look and taste, but it’s secretly super easy.  You can dress it up or down however you like, but I liked it best with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate curls – not mad at a scoop of ice cream either!  This cake is not only an expression of love to your Valentine but it’s my little chocolate Valentine to you.  Hope you have a week full of love and chocolate!

Chocolate Pound Cake

Double Dark Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate choppped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
6 large eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
(optional) 1 cup heavy cream + 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar, whipped

Chocolate Pound Cake

  1.  Set oven to 350 and spray or butter a 9″ springform pan.  I also make a parchment circle in the bottom which really helps for keeping your cake neat.
  2. Melt your chopped chocolate either by putting it in a heatproof bowl and melting on defrost or in 20 second increments in the microwave – or using the double boiler method with your chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water.  Either way, melt until chocolate looses it’s shape and can be whisked smooth then set aside.
  3. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl – using beaters or a stand mixer beat on high until fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Reduce the speed to low and beat in the cooled chocolate.  Using a rubber spatula fold in the flour mixing only until no traces of flour are visible then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.  Bake until the edges just start to pull away from the sides of the pan – for me it was about 55 minutes – but up to an hour, just check for doneness – a toothpick in the center should come out with only moist crumbs, not batter.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before turning out.
  5. If serving with cream, whip cream to desired thickness then add powdered sugar to taste.  You could also serve with a layer of chocolate ganache, salted caramel or ice cream of your choice.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Pound Cake

 

Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library Chocolate Cookbook – Chocolate Pound Cake

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Tips for Building Customer Loyalty in your Home Business with Minted http://elevate-everyday.com/minted/ http://elevate-everyday.com/minted/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:07:57 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4744 A little over 6 months ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start a business of my own.  Being able to work from home and create my own income has been such a blessing to our family, but there are some challenges that come along with those blessings.  One of those […]

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A little over 6 months ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start a business of my own.  Being able to work from home and create my own income has been such a blessing to our family, but there are some challenges that come along with those blessings.  One of those challenges is figuring out how to stand out amongst the crowd of other distributors.  I’ve been focusing on strategies to build customer loyalty and thanks to Minted I’ve created a beautiful Valentine’s Day card to help do just that.

Lipsense

Holidays are the perfect time to remind your contacts who you are and what you do.  They tend to be in a more positive mood and are already looking to spend money on gifts.  Since Valentine’s Day is a day of love, Lipsense lip color is a perfect item to market.  This lip color won’t smudge, bleed or transfer providing up to 18 hours of kiss proof color.

Lipsense

I just love all the beautiful touches that Minted offers with their cards!  I selected this rose gold foil card to send to my clients.  I’m going to enclose a special offer code for their next purchase with me.  Sometimes sending a small thank you to your clients goes a long way.

Lipsense

How gorgeous are these glitter lined envelopes?!

Lipsense

Visit Minted to see all their amazing selections for Valentine’s Day cards and beyond!

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Dulce De Leche Almond Milk Ice Cream Recipe http://elevate-everyday.com/almond-milk-ice-cream/ http://elevate-everyday.com/almond-milk-ice-cream/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:57:42 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4736 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SameSilkySmoothTaste #CollectiveBias 2017 is in full swing and suddenly we’ve found ourselves in February!  How did that happen?  Why is it that time went by so slowly as a kid, but as an adult you find yourself grasping at […]

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2017 is in full swing and suddenly we’ve found ourselves in February!  How did that happen?  Why is it that time went by so slowly as a kid, but as an adult you find yourself grasping at time as it slips through your fingers like tiny grains of sand?  Since the holidays are officially over (insert crying face emoji) I suppose it’s time to get back on track with our lifestyle.  I try to “Just Say No” to sweet treats, desserts and ice cream, but I find myself saying “I just can’t quit you!”.  Instead of depriving myself of the treats I so desperately need in my life, I’ve tried swapping them out for something that hits the spot without killing my goals.  This Dulce De Leche Almond Milk Ice Cream recipe does just that!

I am sharing this amazing Dulce De Leche Almond Milk Ice Cream recipe with you because it’s really just too good to keep to myself.  Because it’s non dairy, you can enjoy it guilt free anytime you need a cool treat.

Almond Milk Ice Cream

I love that this recipe is made from items you probably already have in your fridge!  Silk Milk is the perfect everyday dairy free milk option and Silk Creamer is the perfect dairy free creamer for using in yummy drinks and recipes.

Almond Milk Ice Cream

This recipe calls for Mexican Vanilla because it’s seriously the BEST!  My husband and I took a trip to Mexico last Summer and I had to make sure to grab several bottles of authentic Mexican Vanilla.  There is nothing like it!  The vanilla flavor is so intense, it elevates any recipe you add it to.  We even grabbed extra bottles to give as gifts to those who watched the kids for us.  I used Silk Caramel Almond Creamer for the Dulce Del Leche flavor in this recipe.  It give the Almond Milk Ice Cream a subtle flavor reminiscent of authentic Dulce De Leche.  There is nothing better!

Almond Milk Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Almond Milk Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cups Silk Almond Milk | 1 pint Silk Caramel Almond Milk Creamer | 2 T sugar | 1 T Mexican Vanilla

Directions: Combine all ingredients in mixer and mix for 2 minutes.  Pour into freezer safe container and freeze, covered for 4-6 hours.  Remove from freezer and let sit for 10 minutes to soften then scoop and enjoy.

Almond Milk Ice Cream

Look for Silk products at your local Walmart Silk products will feature new packaging coming out in mid-late January!

Silk Almond Milk

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Classroom Valentines with Minted http://elevate-everyday.com/classroom-valentines-minted/ http://elevate-everyday.com/classroom-valentines-minted/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:11:34 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4723 Do you have your kiddos’ Valentine’s Day cards for school yet or have you skipped that aisle at Target, heading directly for the caramel filled chocolates.  I really don’t blame you if you have.  To be honest, I’ve been spending most of my time in the candy aisle too.  This year I can without feeling […]

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Do you have your kiddos’ Valentine’s Day cards for school yet or have you skipped that aisle at Target, heading directly for the caramel filled chocolates.  I really don’t blame you if you have.  To be honest, I’ve been spending most of my time in the candy aisle too.  This year I can without feeling guilty though because I’ve already ordered my kids’ Valentines for their class from Minted.com.

Valentines Valentines

I had never even thought about ordering them online, but Minted just has the cutest cards!  They are small just like the ones you find in the store, but you can customize them with their names and photos.  They were seriously so excited when they pulled them out of the box and saw them for the first time.  I loved seeing their reactions and knowing that they felt special.

Valentines

The best part of customizing their Valentines online is that I don’t have to nag them to sit down and write their names on each and every one.  Can I get an Amen mamas?!  Who can really blame them, right?!  Gavin’s favorite candy is Swedish Fish so these cards are perfect to give away with them.

Valentines

I bought little gummy candy hearts to go with Dylan’s truck cards.

Valentines

Because Kennedy is my girlie girl, she will be giving her gold foil unicorn valentines out with the traditional Brach Candy Hearts.  They are such a classic!

Valentines

I mean…look at all these cute designs on Minted!!!  It was so hard to pick, I may just have to have more kids so I don’t have to narrow them down as far next year.

Valentines

If you have been filling your cart with candy instead of Valentines, there is still time to grab yours off Minted.  Order today, though and make sure to grab some of the darling matching custom stickers to seal the envelopes.

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Tackle Game Day Mess with Persil http://elevate-everyday.com/tackle-game-day-mess-persil/ http://elevate-everyday.com/tackle-game-day-mess-persil/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:53:41 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4707 As a former NFL Cheerleader, the “Big Game” holds a very special place in my heart.  I love everything about it; the parties, the people, the food, the pre game show, the Half Time performances, the touchdowns and especially time spent with my family.  Now that we have little ones, I like to make sure […]

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As a former NFL Cheerleader, the “Big Game” holds a very special place in my heart.  I love everything about it; the parties, the people, the food, the pre game show, the Half Time performances, the touchdowns and especially time spent with my family.  Now that we have little ones, I like to make sure we find ways to make them feel included in the fun.  Last week we did some game day prep by making decorations and pom poms so they could cheer our team on.

Persil

Persil
Persil

Clean up on craft day and game day can be a beast, but I’ve found something that works every single time without fail.  I honestly LOVE Persil!  I tried it a couple months ago and was hooked on it’s cleaning power.  With three little ones, I almost had to look at clothes as one time use.  Their clothes never looked as good as the first day I bought them. It was so frustrating to just be throwing money away each time I went shopping.  Once I switched from my other detergent to Persil, everything turned around.  Now I don’t have to worry about letting them go out to play in my favorite outfits.

Persil

Now let’s get to the business of pom pom making.

Persil

DIY Game Day Tissue Cheerleader Pom Poms

1. Line up 5 strips of tissue paper and make marks all the way down with a marker, about 2/3 of the way up.

Persil

2. Using safety scissors, let your little one cut along all the lines.  I held the paper for a couple cuts then let Kennie do it all herself.  She loved it and felt like such a big girl.

3. Moms, this part is for you!  Using a glue gun tack down the sheets of paper at one end so they are all attached to each other.

Persil

4. Glue one side to the top of popsicle strip and continue wrapping around, tacking it down occasionally as you go.  Then just fluff the top up and let your little one get to cheering.  Complete their Game Day gear by using one of their paintings as a mega phone.  Just glue it into shape and trim off the end.  So easy!

Persil

  I know that Persil will tackle even the mess from a day spent crafting.  Make sure to try the new & improved formula with 10 Dimensions of Clean in a variety of Power-Liquid scents and Power-Caps and visit their site for tons of awesome game day crafts.


 

@PersilProClean provided me with compensation in exchange for this sponsored blog post. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Leather Moto Jacket Chic http://elevate-everyday.com/leather-moto-jacket-chic/ http://elevate-everyday.com/leather-moto-jacket-chic/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:13:38 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4676 I live for stripes!  There has never been a more perfect or timeless pattern in the history of ever.  I would wear black and white stripes everyday if it was socially acceptable.  I also would wear this leather Moto jacket everyday because it’s simply amazing…and under $60!  A total steal! This is basically my everyday […]

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I live for stripes!  There has never been a more perfect or timeless pattern in the history of ever.  I would wear black and white stripes everyday if it was socially acceptable.  I also would wear this leather Moto jacket everyday because it’s simply amazing…and under $60!  A total steal!

Stripes

This is basically my everyday uniform.  Sweatshirt…check!  Distressed Jeans…check!  Booties…check!

Jeans

Moto Jacket

Vince Camuto Booties

These really are the most comfortable heels I’ve ever worn.  I since their praises constantly and have them in taupe as well as the black.  I stalked them for months waiting for them to go on sale…then right after I got the black pair they went on sale for $50 off!  Hurry and grab a pair, they went totally out of stock and just got restocked!

Lipsense

I’m wearing Lipsense Lipcolor in Strawberry Shortcake here, it’s one of my favorite bold colors.  You probably have been added to a couple (or a lot) of Lipsense Facebook groups, but if not…you need to know it’s the most amazing lipcolor EVER!  It lasts up to 18 hours with out a single smudge, bleed or transfer.  Not only that, it actually makes your lips more soft and hydrated.  What’s not to love right?!  Join my Facebook group for amazing tutorials and videos on how to use Lipsense or purchase directly from my site HERE.

Shadowsense

My other favorite product is the Senegence Shadowsense.  It’s a creme to powder eyeshadow that bonds to your skin, keeping your look perfectly intact all day without creasing or smudging.  Because it’s a creme to shadow, there is no “fall out” like you experience with powder shadow.  You can also find great tutorials on eyeshadow, foundation, contouring and highlighting in my Facebook group.  It’s just a big party in there, come hand out with me!  Check out this video I created below…can you believe this stuff?!

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6 Week Raisin Bran Muffins http://elevate-everyday.com/6-week-raisin-bran-muffins/ http://elevate-everyday.com/6-week-raisin-bran-muffins/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:42:35 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4649 Caroline 2.0 here from Two Carolines and yes, we are all trying to eat well for the new year.  I’m easing up on the chocolate for a brief moment so we can talk about breakfast foods, bran muffins in particular.  The reason breakfast is the most important meal of the day is because it’s the most […]

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Caroline 2.0 here from Two Carolines and yes, we are all trying to eat well for the new year.  I’m easing up on the chocolate for a brief moment so we can talk about breakfast foods, bran muffins in particular.  The reason breakfast is the most important meal of the day is because it’s the most delicious meal of the day.  When you can have hot fresh heart healthy bran muffins anytime with hardly any effort, it’s a win.  I have a large array of muffins to choose from on twocarolines such as my personal favorite chocolate zucchini, or the rainy day warrior, sour cream blueberry bran muffin recipe, or the always popular with my readers pumpkin banana pecan.  What I love about these 6 week raisin bran muffins is that they taste incredible, and you make the batter once then keep it in your fridge and bake up as many as you need for up to 6 weeks!

Bran Muffins

I end up making small batches for my own family and I can easily bring some warm muffins to a cold soccer practice, an elderly neighbor or with a thank you card to a friend.  You don’t even have to make them, just plop a few in the oven and voila! instant crowd pleasing baked delight.

They are such a cinch!  You hardly stir them, all the ingredients melt into each other and they only get better with time.  All you need is what’s already in your pantry plus a quart of buttermilk.  That rules because no one EVER uses the whole quart, most recipes need a cup or two and the rest rots in your fridge door, but this one uses the whole thing! Plus an entire box of cereal so there’s not measuring there either.

I love to put a touch of cold butter and raw sugar on top before baking which is wholly unnecessary but extra tasty.  Who’s ready for a warm fresh baked breakfast even on a school day?

6 Week Raisin Bran Muffins Recipe

1 15 ounce box raisin bran cereal (about 9 cups)
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
5 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 quart buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
(optional topping – small pat of cold butter and 1/2 teaspoon raw or turbinado sugar)

  1. Mix cereal with sugar flour soda and salt in a very large bowl.  Add eggs, and milk, mix only until combined.  Allow to rest a good 20 minutes before using.
  2. Store in a covered container, some people put in a large tupperware or just pull from the bowl if you have room for it in your fridge.
  3. When you’re ready to bake them, set oven to 375, spray muffin tins or use liners (I use liners because it’s easier) then pat with butter and raw sugar if using.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes until golden brown on top.

Recipe from my sister in law Kristin Johns

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Blush Shabby Apple Maxi into the Woods http://elevate-everyday.com/blush-shabby-apple-maxi/ http://elevate-everyday.com/blush-shabby-apple-maxi/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:58:48 +0000 http://elevate-everyday.com/?p=4654 A girl can never have too many maxi dresses in her closet and if you add Shabby Apple into the mix… it can be major trouble.  I love everything make!  Their dresses are on trend, modest and amazing quality.  I have this chambray wrap shabby apple maxi and this gingham shabby apple maxi on rotation weekly. […]

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A girl can never have too many maxi dresses in her closet and if you add Shabby Apple into the mix… it can be major trouble.  I love everything make!  Their dresses are on trend, modest and amazing quality.  I have this chambray wrap shabby apple maxi and this gingham shabby apple maxi on rotation weekly.  This plaid baby doll dress is perfect for running around town with the kids.  When I saw this blush maxi released I knew it needed to be mine.

Shabby Apple Maxi

This happens to be my favorite shoot I’ve done in the history of ever.  I had this vision of a wooded area so and can’t believe how perfectly we were able to create it.  Channell from Love Photography by Channell is just a genius and so much fun to shoot with.

Shabby Apple Maxi

Shabby Apple Maxi

Shabby Apple Maxi

Shabby Apple Maxi

This Shabby Apple maxi sold out so fast when it was released a couple months ago and they just restocked so run and grab it!

Shabby Apple Maxi

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