Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and Happy Friday!  So hard to believe we are almost done with school, next week is the kids official last week and it truly has felt like a blur and the longest two months of my life all at once.  We are not sure what Fall is going to look like for us here in Ohio, there is talk of a blend of homeschool and in-school instruction.  With everything opening back up again for the Summer, only time will tell how it will all play out.  Per usual, I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci and sharing with you all of my favorites this past week and looking forward to reading all about yours.  Without further ado...let's get on to what I have been loving this Friday!

SPA NIGHT WITH MY GIRL



Jillian had been asking me for a girls night so I planned a fun night for my girl.  We had a lot of fun and will definitely be doing it again in the future!

MY NEW OFFICE


Introducing my new office!  With Jeff now working from home, he has taken over my office since it is better equipped for him to be on conference calls, set up his computer, etc.  So the guest bedroom for my office it is!  As you can see, it is a bit different from my old office, but I am loving my new view and the natural light.  The guest bedroom has the best view and lighting in our entire house, and not to mention, I have the cutest office assistants ever!  I am looking forward to working in here over the Summer and until Jeff goes back to his Corporate office.




THE FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS



The Faster Way to Fat Loss is still a favorite as we wrap up Week 4.  I haven't missed a workout yet and can feel myself getting stronger!  One challenge I have found trying do this program during a pandemic is that you are at the mercy with what you have in your home to eat.  You can't just run to the grocery store in a pinch anymore as we try to limit our grocery store trips to at least once a week.  I made this delicious veggie burger salad this week and it was surprisingly a win!  



These riced veggies from Green Giant have been a LIFE SAVER during my Faster Way to Fat Loss journey!  They are sooo good and they have barely any calories or carbs.  I was a serious rice girl before the program and these have proved to be such a satisfying alternative.  If I am not sure what to eat for dinner, I just pop one of these in the microwave, saute a bunch of onions, soy sauce, add a protein and some peas, and I have dinner!  It's delicious.  Trying to stick to my Macros and coming up with fun meals has definitly been a favorite!  Can't wait to see what my results are after Week 6.  Only 2 more weeks to go!




KIMONOS



Kimonos for Spring is definitely a favorite!!  They are lightweight, inexpensive and they dress up the simplest white tee and jean shorts.  Have you jumped on the Kimono trend yet?



This green floral one is my fav, hopefully more sizes will come back into stock as the weather warms up!

NATIVE DEODERANT


I shared on my instastories last week that I switched to Native, an aluminum free deodorant. I mean, is there truly a better time to try out a new deodorant than during a quarantine?  LOL! So far it is going well, my only advice so far is that you definitly need to reapply the next day or you will notice :). I will eventually be giving a full review on this product in the near future...stay tuned!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Stay safe! 
XOXO
Karen

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and Happy Friday!  We just wrapped up Week 5 of home schooling and there have definitely been some good days and some not so good.  And a few that have required wine. LOL!  

KAREN AT HOME BLOG

I am beyond excited to kick off my Friday Favorites post with an announcement, it's something I just decided today.  After a lot of thought and consideration, I am changing my blog name back to its original name, KAREN AT HOME.  After 12 years of blogging, I had changed the name to Suburban Style Life, it never quite felt the same, and I am so excited to get back to the name that I know and love.  Karen At Home truly feels like home to me.  Look for some serious blog rebranding coming soon and hopefully will be changing my URL back as well.

HOME GYM


Last weekend we cleaned and organized our basement, because what else do you do during a Pandemic?  Anyway, we created a Home Gym space which I am so excited about.  I began The Faster Way to Fat Loss program this month and I wanted a fitness space to keep me motivated.  I also love it because the kids are now interested in fitness and have been completing their virtual gym classes now in this space.

THE FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS



The Faster Way to Fat Loss is still a favorite as we kicked off my first official week of the program.  Intermittent Fasting hasn't been too terribly tough so far, I have pretty much stuck to my 16 hour fasting window and have been loving the workouts and meals.  I also love the Carb cycling aspect of the program, I can't believe that I have been eating so many carbs so far on regular macro days!  I am so excited to share my journey and my progress with all of you.  I have been sharing daily snippets of my journey over on Instagram so be sure you are following along! 

TOP 3 JACKETS FOR WOMEN



I shared this week am excited my Top 3 Spring Jackets for Women, I am sure it comes to no surprise that all 3 come from Old Navy.  This is where I primarily shop and for good reason, their clothes are on trend, inexpensive and wear well.  Definite musts for any busy Mama! 

GREEN BEANS ALMONDINE


I made this quick and easy side dish on Easter Sunday and it was definitely a favorite!  I had so many of you ask about it since sharing it on my instastories, I thought I would create a blog post for easy reference.  I have always loved ordering Green Beans Almondine as a side dish when dining out, however, since we are not able to eat out during these uncertain times, I thought I would try to make it at home.  It turned out so good and surprisingly so easy!  This recipe is also Keto and Faster Way to Fat Loss friendly which is a bonus.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Stay safe!
XOXO
Karen

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Top 3 Spring Jackets for Women


Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had warm weather and sunshine yesterday here in Cleveland. It felt so good to get outside!! Today begins Day 1 of The Faster Way to Fat Loss for me and I can’t wait to get started. This weekend wrapped up “prep week” and I can already see how this program could be a major game changer for me in achieving healthy lifestyle. I am already loving the workouts and intermittent fasting is not as scary as I once thought! I am so excited to share my journey and my progress with you guys.  I will be sharing daily snippets of my journey over on Instagram so be sure you are following along!  Today I am excited to share my Top 3 Spring Jackets for Women, I am sure it comes to no surprise that all 3 come from Old Navy.  This is where I primarily shop and for good reason, their clothes are on trend, inexpensive and wear well.  Definite musts for this busy Mama! 

CAMO SPRING JACKET



I forsee this adorable camo utility jacket on major repeat this Spring. It runs big so I sized up to an extra small, I typically take a small in outerwear.  Inside the jacket is a drawstring so you can add a little cinching to the waist based on what you are wearing underneath.  Wearing a tee underneath?  Then you will want to cinch it a little more than if you were wearing a bulky sweater.  I love that you have the option to truly wear whatever you like underneath, based on the ever changing Spring weather.  You will look super cute and put together no matter what!

BLUE DENIM JACKET



Is there anything more classic than a blue denim jacket?  I love how it always completes any outfit, it looks perfect with either the most casual legging or a dressy Spring dress.



A blue denim jacket also looks adorable paired with colored denim such as olive, black or white.  How cute is this look with the Olive denim and leopard print shoes?



WHITE DENIM JACKET



Wearing blue jeans while running your morning errands? Throw on this adorable white denim jacket to complete your look and to protect you from that Spring morning chill.  

What jackets are you loving this Spring?  Which one of the 3 I shared is your favorite? I would love to hear what you think by leaving a comment below.

XOXO,
Karen

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Green Beans Almondine


Happy Thursday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  I wanted to share with all of you this quick and easy side dish I made on Easter Sunday...Green Beans Almondine.  I had so many of you ask about it since sharing it on my instastories, I thought I would create a blog post for easy reference.  I have always loved ordering Green Beans Almondine as a side dish when dining out, however, since we are not able to eat out during these uncertain times, I thought I would try to make it at home.  It turned out so good and surprisingly so easy!  This recipe is also Keto and Faster Way to Fat Loss friendly which is a bonus.

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of Steamfresh green beans
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • pinch of minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
How to Make It:


Pop the bag of frozen green beans into the microwave for six minutes.  While the green beans are cooking, saute the onions in olive oil until lightly caramelized.  Once the onions are transparent, add the sliced almonds and minced garlic.  Continue to sautée both the onion and almonds together for a few more minutes.  Stir in your bag of cooked green beans.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!


I hope you all have an amazing week!

XOXO
Karen

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday Favorites


Hello and Happy Friday friends!  Well, we survived another week of social distancing.  I have to admit, there have been some tough moments this week where I have longed for life to return to normal.  Anyone else feeling it this week?  We are still trying to make the best of it and my kiddos have been champs so far through it all.  I can't imagine how tough it must be for them to have their lives flipped upside down without a good explanation.  

One thing that has been helping us get through it all and definitely a favorite this week is Disney Plus. I thought it would be a fun treat for the kiddos and signed up for it on a whim a few days into our social distancing.  As a family, we have never been streamers and have always just stuck to good old fashion cable.  We are not big TV people simply because we don't have time to really watch it. LOL! When I do have a few rare minutes to sit down and watch TV, give me some wine and a Hallmark movie and I am good.  Now that we are spending our evenings at home and not at a hockey arena or dance studio, our TV watching habits have changed drastically.  Family Movie nights which were once a rare occasion are now almost every night.  The kids have loved watching their favorite Disney Junior shows from their Toddler and Preschool years along with some new favorites.  Jillian has really gotten a kick out of the Hannah Montana series and we are almost through the first season already.  Disney Plus has definitely brought some smiles and fun to these low key social distancing days. 


Another favorite for the kids during this time is the Facebook Messenger App for Kids.  Jillian has been on it for a few years now but I never really encouraged her to use it.  I am trying to delay social media for my little preteen as much as possible, however, Messenger Kids has proved to be GOLD during this social distancing season that we are in.  I have since set up an account for Nicholas and both kids can keep in touch with their friends and cousins without spending hours using my phone.  They both have the app downloaded on their iPads and can chat or video conference with their friends and cousins anytime.  The best thing about it is all conversations, friend requests, etc, have to go through me so I can always monitor what they are doing.  No one can contact my kids unless I am Facebook friends with their parents so it is impossible for random strangers to contact your kids.  This app has been so much fun for them and is perfect during this time!


I saw this quote on Instagram this week and it was definitely a favorite.  Such a great reminder as we navigate these uncertain times. 

I have always loved working from home and as amazing as it sounds, trying to do it with kids is a major balancing act and requires a lot of trial and error to see what works best for your family.  I have worked from home at some capacity for 8 years now and I am constantly trying to change up what works for me.  I put together a blog post this week with some helpful tips on trying to successfully work from home.  


Friends, I curled my hair for the first time in weeks and it needs to be documented.  It felt amazing and such an important reminder that self care is vital to our mindset, especially now..My cropped jean jacket from Old Navy is only $24, it’s the perfect styling piece that you can wear year round. 


I hope you are all having a great weekend and surviving the quarantine life!!

XOXO,
Karen