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22 July 2016

The Planner Series Pt. 1: The Start Planner

I love this time of year. No, I'm not talking about the summer heat (ew) or the longer days (yay), but rather, planner season! If you haven't noticed, planner season is in full force. From the release of our old favorites to a few new finds, planners are everywhere. Over the next few weeks, I'll be reviewing  a few different planners, showing you their ins and outs and telling you what I love about each one. Then, you'll be able to make an educated decision about which planner best fits your needs. Sound good?

I've had Start Planner's Fancy Pants and its accessories for a few weeks, and I've enjoyed it immensely for a few reasons. For one, the company was founded right here in Atlanta. In fact, my shipment came from my hometown (about half an hour north of the city). Another reason I've enjoyed the Start Planner so much is because it looks luxurious. It is housed in a leather binder with gold clips that keep your pages protected. It has a gold snap closure along with gold embossing. In so many words, it is top of the line, y'all. 

The Fancy Pants Start Planner has a ton of great features, and because it's in a binder format, you can determine which features you want to use when. One of the first things I did when I got my planner was sift through the pages to decide what would work for me, and what I might want to skip. I left 3 months in my planner and put away the remaining months. I also pared down some of the other pages (I removed the grocery and finances section) and kept removing and adding until I got a planner perfect for me. 

Bottom line: I love that the Fancy Pants Start Planner allows you flexibility to create a planner that works for you. 

The Fancy Pants Start Planner has a ton of cute accessories too! From colorful washi tape and cheeky pencils to fun stickers and even industry-specific insert pages, this team as thought of it all. You won't be disappointed in this planner. There's room for appointments, goals, and even water-intake count right on every page. If you are the type of gal that loves a schedule and feeling accomplished, this planner is for you. 

While there are tons of positives, I also wanted to point out a few things to be aware of. For one, this planner is dense. It includes a lot of information which is great for making a planner perfect for your needs, but I also found some of it to be overwhelming. And at $84 before accessories, the Fancy Pants Start Planner is definitely a commitment. However, you can rest assured that the quality is there and worth the high end price tag. 

So what do you think? Is the Start Planner for you? 

Stay tuned for more planner reviews coming soon! 


20 July 2016

Savory Southern Breakfast Bowl

One of the meals that I've found myself really playing with recently is breakfast. I wake up pretty early, but I don't get started on work until mid-morning. It gives me a chance to workout, answer some personal emails, texts, and phone calls, and ease into my day. Since I stopped teaching, I've gone from absolutely hating breakfast, to really looking forward to it, especially with meals like this. 

Guys, welcome to my new obsession: the savory southern breakfast bowl. I have made this more times than I can count in the past month or so, and it is absolutely divine. For one, this savory breakfast bowl is full of yummy, filling ingredients. For another, it's simple, and you can have the whole dish completed in 20 minutes or less! 

There aren't that many ingredients, and I would be willing to bet you have all (or most) of them in your pantry right now: polenta, bacon (or sausage), fresh veggies, cheese, and a sunny side up egg. Here's what you do:

Savory Southern Breakfast Bowl

You will need:

- 1 serving of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Polenta Grits, prepared according to package directions 
- 1 slice of center cut bacon 
- 1/4 cup of tomatoes (or other veggies of choice)
- 1 tablespoon of pimento cheese (or cheese of choice)
- 1 sunny side up egg 

To prepare:

Prepare your polenta grits according to package directions. (I usually make 4 servings, put the remainder in the fridge, and reheat throughout the week)

While grits are boiling, cut bacon into bite-sized pieces and fry. Remove & let crisp up on a paper towel. Bacon expert tips: put your cold bacon in a cold skillet and then heat your skillet. This will prevent splattering and cook your bacon more evenly. 

While bacon sizzles, chop your veggies. 

When your grits have just a few minutes remaining (2-3), start frying your egg. This time, let your skillet heat up then crack your egg. Cook until the whites are no longer translucent. 

Scoop your grits and top with your toppings. Add your egg at the last minute, sprinkle with fresh, cracked pepper, and serve. 


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