3.30.2015

Beach Day!


On Saturday Kyle and I packed Charley up and headed to the beach!
The weather was too perfect not to go.
[you can get the adorable sweater I'm wearing here]

[and this cute headband here]

Charley was THRILLED to say the least, I think this picture pretty much sums that up.



[if you're a bird I'm a bird?]

It was super windy when we got there, Kyle and I were expecting it to be a little warmer,
but Charley didn't seem to mind at all lol


We stayed for a few hours but then it started getting crowded and we hate having to tie Charley up,
so we headed on out!
I'm so so glad we got to go though!
Now I'm ready to get Charley into the snow, she would REALLY love the snow.

Hope all of you had a fantastic weekend, the weather was awesome for us,
hopefully it stays like this for a while!

Happy Monday!
xoxo, Monica

3.26.2015

Shredded Chicken Nachos and Hair Product Advice.

Pinterest never seems to fail me y'all. 
Of course I've personally had some pinterest fails, but Tuesday night I totally nailed it.

Around noon I realized I had nothing in the house for dinner,
so of course I went to pinterest to find out if I could make something with the things I already had.
Then I stumbled across the EASIEST recipe ever 
[and later found out that it was freaking delicious as well]

This recipe can make tacos, nachos, really whatever your heart desires,
and mine was really desiring nachos!

For the original recipe click here.

Or just keep reading to see the step by step instructions by yours truly!

Shredded Chick Nachos

What you'll need:
Frozen Chicken Breasts (I used 3 and we still had plenty left over)
Jar of Salsa (I just used a traditional mild salsa)
1 Can of Rotel
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can refried beans 
Shredded cheese
Your favorite tortilla chips (we LOVE on the border tortilla chips)
And any other additional toppings you might want!!

What you'll do:
1. Place frozen chicken breasts, jar of salsa, can of rotel, & taco seasoning in crock pot.
2. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours, then cook on low until chicken looks ready and shreds easily.
3. Heat up your refried beans
4. Then start putting your nachos together!!

AND VOILA! 

I was a little nervous that Kyle wouldn't love this recipe because he is more of a beef person,
WRONG. We both had 2 full plates and then shared another plate!
These are SO good and SO addicting. 
If you're on a diet I don't recommend them because
 it's kind of impossible to stop yourself from eating them lol
But seriously y'all this is one of the easiest recipes I have ever made.
This would be REALLY great if you have company over to watch a game or something! 
Let me know if you decide to try out the recipe!!

On a completely different note...
I need a little hair help!

As you all can clearly see I'm a HUGE fan of the wand, and my hair is almost always curled.
However, my hair is naturally board straight and I have a hard time getting it to hold
the curl for a long amount of time.

I use Garnier Fructis hair spray every now and then but don't feel like it does much..
So, do any of you have some magic product you've found that really helps to hold your curls?!
I hate most hair sprays because I can't stand when my hair feels stiff, so keep that in mind!
I am just desperateeeeee for something to help hold me waves/curls longer!


3.24.2015

Kayla Itsines BBG review - Week 4.

Hey guys!

So I realized I haven't really updated y'all on my progress and thoughts of the BBG I purchased.


First of all, I REALLY love it.
I'm on week 4 and I've pretty much been able to do every work out at home
(I already had dumbbells, and I went ahead a purchased a weight bench)
Which is a HUGE plus for me.

I love that the work outs are only 30 minutes long, 
and I LOVE that afterwards I feel like I got in an amazing work out even though it was so short.
There hasn't been a single day since i've started where at least 1 body part isn't sore. 

I purchased the Bikini Body Bundle where it also came with a meal plan.
I'm somewhat regretting that, NOT because it isn't amazing, but because I know myself 
and I've never been one to really stick with a strict meal plan.
However, if I was living by myself I would definitely be sticking with the meal plan.
But having a husband that likes junk food and to go out to eat it makes it REALLY hard.
(because of course I love those things too)

As for the progress, I can totally tell my body is changing.
BUT I haven't been eating like I'm supposed too, so my progress isn't anything where it should be.
My legs and butt are definitely getting more toned and growing,
but I've also been adding in extra leg & butt work outs since I'm really trying to grow that area.

These work outs may not be for everyone but I happen to really love them.
Was it worth the $120? For me, yes.
I can say that since I started I have STUCK with it and worked out every single day 
of the week except Sunday, and before I started I would drag myself to the gym maybe
2-3 days a week.
So that's a HUGE deal for me, the fact that I really enjoy these work outs.
I'm also working body parts that I never would've done myself at the gym.

I will definitely keep y'all posted about my thoughts and progress
throughout the 12 weeks.
Hope this helps anyone who has gone back and forth about purchasing!!

xoxo, Monica

3.23.2015

Sunday Brunch is always a good idea.

You know when you're having one of "those days" and you hate all of your clothes,
and feel fat and ugly? Well girls, this shirt was MADE for those days.
Super comfy, and a super cute fit that doesn't hug in any of the wrong places.





Top: LuLus
Jacket: JCrew
Jeans: Free People
Booties: Zara

Kyle and I went to meet some old friends for a late lunch yesterday.
Kyle actually went to high school with both of them (who are now married)
and Chris went to college with us freshman year and we all became really great friends.
Yesterday was really the first time for me to actually meet his wife (Tara) 
And now we're both poor newlyweds with pretty much all of the same problems, ha! 

We went to a little place downtown called Grafiti Kitchen & Bar.
I would definitely recommend it for any of my fellow Houstonians!

We stayed there for about 2 hours just talking and catching up.
Brunch dates might be one of my favorite kinds of dates,
the food is just about always delicious and you really can't go wrong with a mimosa.

The weather here lately has been so gross, rainy, and muggy and basically just depressing.
But yesterday was beyond gorgeous!! Fingers crossed that we'll keep having days like that!

Everyone say a little prayer for Kyle this morning,
today is his first day at his new job and apparently his boss isn't the greatest of people.

Have a great day pretty girls!

xoxo, Monica

3.20.2015

Florida Georgia Line at the Rodeo!





Jacket: Tillys
Jeans: Free People

On Wednesday Kyle and I headed to the rodeo and met up with one of our favorite couples!
We got there a little early and they were running a little late,
Thankfully Tara and Jonathan were there so we met up with them and hung out
until Claire and her boyfriend got there! 



We grabbed a beer then walked around looking at all of the animals. 

These baby piglets were JUST born that day, how freaking cute are they?!?!




I could go to the rodeo every day if I had the chance, 
I'm really hoping we get to go at least one more time before it ends!

After looking at all the baby animals we headed to grab some food and go to our seats!
I, of course, got the nachos. Pretty sure they were gone within 3 minutes. 

After we finished eating Claire and Brett finally made it!
I met Claire in college and seriously adore her friendship. 
She's one of the most amazing and sweetest girls you will ever meet, oh, and HILARIOUS.

We chatted and sang the night away, while the boys chatted and drank beer.


After a few beers I was dying for something sweet, so I'm sure you can guess what came next...


Funnel cakes are everything y'all. 

We had such a great time, the rodeo never seems to disappoint.

xoxo, Monica

3.19.2015

Yoga in the park.

This week was spring break, therefore I didnt have to babysit.
Which meant I had to get anything and everything else done while I had the extra time on my hands!

So, I decided to officially change my name! 
(only took me a year and a month to get started y'all)
I have been absolutely dreading it, I know it's a long annoying process, 
but we are going on vacation in July and I couldn't stand to go by Jones anymore! 

So, on Monday I drove to the social security office to get it done!
Took about 2 hours standing in line [outside] in the GHETTO.
After a little over 2 hours I was finally done, then headed to the DPS.
Y'all....another 2 hours standing in line....
My body was aching like crazy from just standing in the same position for so long.
But thank God I got those 2 parts OVER with. 
Still got a little more to do, but I'm determined to get it all done this week!
I still need to change my name on my passport, credit cards etc. 
Anyone know how to do that for credit cards?!

Anyways...I feel like every week lately has been a LONG one.
But hey I'm healthy and happy and there really isn't anything for me to complain about!
Tuesday evening my girlfriend Liz asked me if I wanted to go to yoga in the park with her.
I couldn't think of anything better I could do.
I have been desperately trying to stretch more and get more flexible, 
and I needed to de-stress!

Liz and I have been to a few yoga classes together...and to be frank, we are terrible.
We pretty much just laughed and took snapchats the entire time.
Which was probably a way better stress reliever than the actual yoga.



Afterwards we met up with Kyle for some margaritas and mexican food...
Which pretty much ruined all of the effort we actually put into exercising that day. 
But hey, yolo. 

xoxo, Monica

3.12.2015

My Birthday Babe

Yesterday was Kyle's birthday!!

Can't believe he's 26, and that I'll catch up to him in just a couple months.
I also can't believe we met & fell in love when we were only 18  [basically babies] 
and our love for each other is stronger than ever now!

It's always kind of a bummer when your birthday falls on a week day,
but Kyle has never really loved his birthday anyways.
He's not the type to want a big party or do anything special.
Soooo we usually keep it pretty simple, which actually makes it really great for me!
[even though I love to spoil & surprise him]

I kept the gifts pretty simple since we booked an all inclusive vacation YESTERDAY!
whoop whoop!!! We are beyond pumped about it!!! 

But anyways, I made him his all time favorite dessert, Oreo Balls!
and I was so busy yesterday that I completely forgot
 to take a picture of them & his presents I laid out!

But they are beyond delicious and you can find the recipe HERE.

We enjoyed a night to ourselves and grabbed some chinese food,
then spent most of the evening searching for houses!
We've got to find one QUICK, so please be praying for us, cuz I know Kyle is stressed about it!
We have been looking for a cheaper house to buy and kind of fix up
and then hopefully sell it or rent it out in about 2 years when we're ready to buy a house we really love!

But anywhooooo, tonight we're going to dinner with Liz & John to do a little more celebrating!


Thanks for being the amazing man that you are and always keeping me laughing!!
Love you sweet cheeks.

3.10.2015

Thank God for weekends.

After a SUPER long week, this weekend was majorly needed.
After babysitting Friday, Kyle and I headed out to get margaritas and some tex-mex!

Kyle and I have been stressing lately because a lot of people at his job are getting laid off.
God is definitely watching over us because he was offered a new position rather than being let go.
He starts in a few weeks and it's in a different location which means we MAY be moving soon.

So there's been lot's of things going on over here, 
which is why I haven't had much time for blogging!
This weekend was great though.

On Saturday we met up with Bryan & Skye to have lunch and take our pups to the park!
They had a BLAST but were a filthy mess. 

Saturday night we met back up with them for some drinks [& queso]

I LOVE how close we all are. 
It's also a HUGE plus that I'm in love with my brother in laws girlfriend,
knowing that you could potentially have a best friend as family is always exciting.
After a few drinks we headed downtown to meet up with some more family/friends!

Unfortunately no photos were taken, only snapchats.
Which is pretty typical for a night like that lol.

But anyways...Kyle has been building us a new kitchen table and I am SO excited about it.
I am dying to show y'all the finished product, he's done such an awesome job.
Hopefully it will be finished by tomorrow!! 

Have a great Tuesday ladies!

xoxo, Monica

3.03.2015

Mondays are the devil.

Mondays are the devil.



Yesterday was a tad bit stressful, crappy things pretty much kept happening throughout the entire day.
Of course they were minor things that just put a damper on my day,
but to sum it all up, it was a ROUGH day.

I got my first work out in for Day 1 Week 1 of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide...
However, I ate terrible :( I forgot how bad of a stress eater I am.


Sheesh, I'm just thankful that day is over!!
Today will be better!

Today is "cardio" day, but I think I may add in a little weight training as well.
One of my goals is to grow my legs and butt and I know I'll need to lift heavy to do so!
Have any of you ladies done work outs that have helped grow your booty successfully?!
If so, PLEASE, I'm begging you, share. 



3.02.2015

Back On a Routine.

Why is getting back on a normal routine SO dang hard after a vacation?!
Ugh.
Last week I was exhausted every single day, barely worked out,  and ate like crap.

But this week I'm back at it. 
Has anyone else been seeing and hearing ALL about the "Kayla Movement" lately?!

Well, I've been following her on instagram for a little while now, 
and well I gave in.

She's got this 12 week bikini body guide (along with a bunch of other things) and I totally bought it.
It took me a few weeks to convince myself but I'm really happy I did.
I start day 1 today and I'm really pumped about it.
It's going to be really nice to just take a piece of paper into the gym with me every day,
and know exactly what I need to do and get it done.

[Learn more about her guide HERE]

My biggest problem when I go to the gym is not having a plan.
Sure I'll say "it's leg day, arm day etc" but not having specific work outs in mind often 
lead to boredom, laziness, or just leaving right after cardio.
And Lord knows I need weights in my life, otherwise I'd be the skinny fat version of scrawny Ronnie.

So, I'll definitely keep yall updated on my progress and how I like her work outs!
You should follow her on instagram for inspiration at the least. 


Happy Monday Ladies, I know it's not the happiest of days but try to make it one!