Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Polyvore contest update

I updated the collection and now have more pieces on there to play with.  Just drag pieces into the main screen, make an outfit, and hit publish.  Easy Schmeezie...and you could win $1000 from Polyvore!  Go to this post to make yours today.  Contest ends on September 7th!

Dear Summer...

Dear Summer-
Don't get me wrong.  I love you.  I love your long days, your abundance of watermelons, your lazy attitude, and warmth on my face.  However, I'm over you.  It's not you, it's me.  I'm tired of sweating during every minute of the day and your humidity making my hair fall as flat as a pancake.  We just need to take a break.  I'm sure after about nine months, we can make it work again.  Until then, pack your bags and go.  Fall and I are totally dating.

Love,
Rachel

I can't wait for fall!  It's so close, but so far.  That first cold front is going to be absolutely amazing!  Plus, I'm really excited for college football to start already!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The New Polyvore Mini Editor

Polyvore has a great new mini editor that we bloggers can use to give our readers a little fun with fashion.  I uploaded about 100 pieces of jewelry, shoes, handbags, tops, and bottoms for you to mix and match.  Go ahead and make an outfit, it's so easy and fun!  Plus, Polyvore is giving the blogger with the most submissions from their collection $1000 and one of their participating readers $1000 each to spend as they wish.  That sure would give your fall wardrobe the boost it needs!  All you do is scroll through the pieces I've chosen, make an outfit, and hit publish.  It is so easy!  More details here.


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Stylish Options for the Accident Prone

If you are an avid reader of this blog, you should know by now that I'm a HUGE klutz.  I come by it honestly, I think it is an inherited gene from my mom (sorry mom, you know it's true).  We are both known to have burns, cuts, and scrapes on us usually at any given time.  My co-worker even got me a full set of ov-gloves and cutting mits as wedding gift since I come to work with battle wounds from the kitchen all the time.  Lately, I've had bloody knuckles from kickboxing class and let me tell you, that is not cute.  People look at me like I'm a back alley street fighter or something.  That's when my mom reminds me, "you're a girl!."  So, what better to "girl up" my wounds than with these beyond awesome Band-Aids designed by Cynthia Rowley!  Sequins and rhinestones to cover up gashes and burns...sweet!  They will be available next month and $1 of each sale goes to Design Ignites Change.

I'm So Easily Entertained

This was one of  Yahoo's top video picks today.  I'm really entertained by dog videos for some reason.  Bruiser and Ruby love watching them on YouTube, unless it has cats on it.  OMG, Ruby makes the weirdest, creepiest noises if she sees cats on the tv.  Anyway, this one made me laugh since Bruiser sits like this all time.  I think he's convinced himself he's human. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CSN Giveaway Winner!

Okay, so this is obviously my first time using www.random.org for a giveaway result. Until I figure out how to publish the outcome widget with the result, I just took a screen shot of the winning number.  Sorry, it's kind of lame-o.  For those of you that didn't win, hang in there.  I'm working on trying to have at least one giveaway a week.  This blog is still relatively new but it will happen!
SolDucky of Sometimes Life Is All Ducks and Bunnies is the lucky winner with the entry that made her a follower of Everday Ellis. Congratulations!  Please shoot me an email within the 48 hours to claim your prize. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dinner Tonight

My kickboxing class runs late on Mondays and Wednesdays so I've started making dinner that morning before work so all we have to do is warm it up that night.  It was quick, easy, and just as good reheated tonight.


















Beef and Bean Chile Verde

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground beef
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 16-ounce jar green salsa, green enchilada sauce or taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed

PREPARATION

  1. Cook beef, bell pepper and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in salsa (or sauce) and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat just before serving.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 307 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 6 g fiber; 516 mg sodium; 641 mg potassium.
It suggests to serve it with cornbread but I just put it over a little brown rice.  Some chopped fresh cilantro and shredded monterrey jack cheese on top made it complete.

Last Day to Enter in the CSN Giveaway

All you have to do is leave a comment on the giveaway post here.  You have until 11:59pm central time tonight to enter.  The clock it ticking!!  I will announce the winner first thing in the morning.

p.s. we finally got a "cold" front last night.  It went from 107 to 95.  What a big relief!  By this time of year, I'm so ready for fall.  That means UT Longhorns football is just around the corner!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grown Up Lunch Bags

Yesterday I posted little cutesy lunch bags that I found on Paper Source .  However, if you're an adult and work in a professional setting, its probably not that age appropriate to carry in a Boston Terrier lunch sack to the office.  I hate eating out and usually have the ability to go home for lunch, but there are those days that I know I'll be working through lunch and just bring it with me.  I also understand that most people don't have the option to go home at lunch and either eat out or in their office breakroom.  I was checking out the Decor8 blog and noticed one of their sponsors carried bento boxes and fun kitchen accessories.  Ker Devries  has the coolest and most stylish lunch sacks for the working adult.  They also have really fun and quirky what-nots for your home and office. 
How great are these for fall?  What's even better is that they are insulated as well.

This one is cool enough for guys.  If you read the fine print it says, "are you man enough to pack your lunch?"
The stackable one is great too.  This would be perfect for something like rice and stirfry so that the rice doesn't get soggy during the day.  The little tins can hold all your condiments and keep them separate.

Monday, August 23, 2010

If I Were in School

I across an old bookmark I had for Paper Source and thought I'd check to see if they had anything new.  They have the cutest back to school gear EVER.  It makes me wish I was in school again.  Here are just a few of my favorites:
I would use the oilcloth one now, so cute.  If I was five again, the Boston Terrier lunchbag would definitely be my pick!

These are fun little notecards for parents to leave notes in their kids lunchboxes. 









Here are a few little nuggets of fun that should be adorning my office walls now:
Barbie 2011 Calendar, yes please!

Jonathan Adler magnet boards and rhinestone magnets...check!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Style File

I was browsing on Polyvore this evening a found a new gem of a website.  Lulus's kind of reminds me of ModCloth or Ruche but carries a bit simpler style.  If you need a dress for an upcoming formal wedding, a holiday party this season, or for a hot night out on the town, this is your place.  There are so many great dresses that are for the most part under $50.  With dresses that have such a basic color and shape, the possibilities are endless when it comes to shoes and jewelry which make them more versatile.

These two are a bit on the more casual side.  I love the navy and white one.  How great would that look with bright yellow platforms?!
I adore this weekend tote.  Great for fall.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I'm Already Sweating

While I was planning my wedding, I looked at Style Me Pretty religiously.  Everyday, I would scour their blog posts for ideas and inspiration.  Now that I have my wedding pictures together and had time to go through them, I just submitted my wedding for publication on their website.  I guess I'm back to looking at it every day to see if we made the cut.  I really hope all of our hard work paid off.  I can't post that many pictures until they do, but here is one from the reception that gives you and idea of what we had going on:

I couldn't help myself, this my one of my absolute favorite pictures of the night.  This is my mom (in the sassy pink dress) with her four sisters.  When they are all get together, you know it is going to be a fun time!


Just a reminder, if you haven't entered in the giveaway, go here to get your chance!

Diapers as Dessert

I was going to title this post "Baby Time," but there are too many people waiting for me to make that announcement and its not that time yet in the Ellis household.  Just furbabies for now.  There has been quite the influx of babies around me this year.  It seems so many people are trying to get pregnant, just found out they're pregnant, about to pop, or just had one.  Even though we not quite there yet, it is still fun to shop for all those teeny tiny clothes.  Since I'm still working on Lily's baby blanket (and yes, she's 2.5 months old already) I tried something different for my sister's baby shower.  I've always loved diaper cakes.  I think they are so cute and you can cram so much stuff in them!  I checked out a few different sites to get ideas so it wouldn't look boring.  I ended up doing the roll method.  I rolled each diaper, secured it with a rubber band, and bundled them to make each layer.  I also did the same thing with the little onesies to make the top tier.  On the bottom two layers, I folded receiving blankets long ways and covered each tier with them.  The bottom tier required two that overlapped each other.  I secured each layer with wide grosgrain ribbon and tucked little whatnots in it all around.  I also put a big bottle of baby soap in the middle as a base to keep the layers together.  A big stuffed monkey was the icing on the cake.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

I ran out of room to put this in somewhere, but isn't it the cutest little bathrobe ever?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Giveaway to CSN!

Everyday Ellis is having our first giveaway.  CSN is sponsoring a giveaway for a $30 gift certificate to use as you wish on anything in their list of over 200 websites.  They carry everything from home decor, baby gear, kitchen utensils, bedroom furniture sets, and tons more. 
Ruby and Bruiser have requested new Ortho Sleeper Comfort Couches for themselves:












I wouldn't mind having this chair in my craft room.  Too bad there isn't room for it!











I have a weakness for kitchen gadgets and CSN has tons of them!
Who doesn't need a mezzaluna with cut out board (per Clay I would be required to wear my cutting gloves with something like this)?











I don't even bake layer cakes but think this layer slicer sure would come in handy if I did:











Click HERE to see all the great products CSN has to offer!

HOW TO ENTER:

Here's how to enter:
Its easy, just leave me a comment on this post telling me what you would use your $30 towards.  Make sure to leave your email address in the comment so I can contact the winner.

Want to increase your chances of winning?

Here are more ways to increase your chances of winning:
- Blog about this giveaway. Leave a comment indicating that you've done so and post the link in a comment for me to see!

-Become a follower of Everyday Ellis and leave a comment stating that you became one.

- Add a link to Everyday Ellis to your blog roll. Leave one last comment with the verifiable link, and if you already have Everyday Ellis on your blog, just leave a comment saying so!

So, there you go, four ways to win.  Each entry needs to have a separate comment in order for them to be valid. Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses only (international shipping charges may apply to Canada.)

You have until next Wednesday, August 25th, by 11:59 PM CST time to enter.

I will choose a winner at random on August 26th at noon.  The winner will have 48 hrs to claim their prize, otherwise I will keep it myself (just kidding! I will pick another random winner).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

They Have a Name

I felt a shudder through my bootylicious lower half when I heard that skinny jeans are here to stay...and then came jeggings.  As if skinny jeans weren't tight enough, there are now jeans that are leggings.  Really?  Then I thought about it some more.  I love leggings in the fall...as long as they are paired with a long shirt or tunic. 

For example- this is NOT okay.  I mean geez, leave a little something to the imagination:






















Even though my legs are not rail thin, I think I could pull it off with a high boots and great tunic/jacket combo.  All the looks in this little collage I found aren't so bad.  My favorite is Mel B in the bottom middle picture.  The thigh high boots are fantastic.

Taco Time

I'd like to consider myself a connoisseur of fish tacos.  I love them and always order them if I'm at a new restaurant that has them.  I really like trying new ways to cook them at home.  Last night, I tried a different slaw for the inside and it turned out great.  Keep in mind that when I'm concocting new things, I don't measure so the amounts are a little rough. 

Tilapia Tacos
Tilapia fillets (1 fillet per taco, cut in half lengthwise)
Corn tortillas-I would use two tortillas per taco if you are really stuffing them so they don't fall apart so easily
1 bunch of cilantro-roughly chopped
1 bunch of green onions-diced finely
pickled jalapenos-depends on how much heat you want, I used about ten slices for 6 tacos and chopped them very fine
Juice of two limes
greek yogurt (about 2 heaping tbsp)
1/2 small head of napa cabbage
Fresh salsa from the deli or farmers market
Panko crumbs
Olive oil

Season the fish with a bit of sea salt and black pepper and then cover in panko crumbs (you may have to really press the crumbs on to get them to stick).  Heat a skillet with a good amount of olive oil and pan fry the fillets.  You can also skip the crumbs and just cook them naked in a skillet that just has a bit of Pam in it.  Once they are golden brown, take them out and let them drain on several layers of paper towels to get out as much of the oil as possible so they are crunchy, not oily and gross.  To make the slaw cut the cabbage into slivers like a normal coleslaw.  In a bowl, combine the green onion, jalapenos, and lime juice.  Once that is mixed together, plop in the greek yogurt and stir.  Add in the cabbage and coat thoroughly with the yogurt-I find that my clean hands are best to get it all mixed in.  To assemble, place two fillets in two overlapped warm tortillas, fill with a good amount of slaw, and top with cilantro and salsa.  I also like to give the whole plate another squirt of lime.  You can also add in fresh corn as well which gives another great texture.  Serve with a side of black beans or other side dish of you choice.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Upcycle Inspiration

Did any of you see this article today on Yahoo?  Marisa lost her job and didn't know what she wanted to do.  After she watched Julie & Julia, she was inspired to do something along the same lines but a little different.  With a budget of $365, she vowed to turn one ugly piece of clothing into a fashion find for $1 per day for 365 days.  Now I'm itching to go to Goodwill to see what I can find!  Here are a couple of her redos:
BEFORE:

AFTER:

















BEFORE: 
AFTER:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

He's so simple

Would you ever guess that when Bruiser hears the bathtub running and sees me pull out the dog shampoo, he rolls over likes he's dying or hides in the closet?  I don't get it.  If I turn the hose on, he's soaked in seconds and has the time of his life.  So simple.  Sorry for the not so great quality, this was just the movie function on our camera.
video

Fairy Godmother

I've had the honor of being  a fairy godmother since 1997 to my cousin, Grace.  I love her with all my heart and try my hardest to teach her the importance of all that is girliness...as well as true guidence when needed.  I can't believe she'll be 14 next spring!  How time flies.  Here we are at my wedding this past April:

I got a call from my best friend in the world, Tressa, last night and found out that I will be a godmother to another little P.I.T (princess in training).  Here is little Lily Jane.  What a cutie pie.  I'm so excited!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking in Summer While it Lasts

Summer is my favorite time of year.  However, by this time, I'm usually ready for a break from the scorching heat.  The weather forecast is just depressing to watch.  The seven day forecast said it would be 102-103 every day.  Hopefully, something will give soon.  So, since it the heat is pretty unbearable, I've been cooking pretty light which is why there haven't been too many food posts lately.  I've been making lots of salads.  My staple for lunch lately is a spinach salad with roasted turkey, cubed fresh mozzarella, and chopped nectarines with balsamic vinaigrette.  So nice and cool.  While I was putting together my grocery list for the week,  I remembered a salad recipe I had ripped out of an InStyle magazine a long time ago and never made.  It was just called Summer's Best Salad and found at the Five & Ten Restaurant in Athens, GA.  I made it tonight and went so well with some grilled chicken and lightly seasoned corn.

Summer's Best Salad
1 cup olive oil
1 tbsp of fresh lime juice (I just squeezed a whole one, so it was a little more than tbsp I'm sure)
2 tbsp of champagne vinegar (I didn't have any of this, but white wine vinegar worked just fine)
2 tsp of fresh thyme
1 small shallot (didn't have this either, but didn't miss it)
1 serrano chile, stemmed and sliced (I finely diced.  Also, make sure to wash your hands after you cut them or you will burn yours eyes or lips if you touch your face)
Salt to taste (I didn't add any since I used more lime juice.  I usually don't add salt if there is already another form of acidity)
1/2 lb wedge of feta cheese, sliced into 1/8" thick slices
1 bunch of arurgula
1 small seedless watermelon

1.  In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, thyme, shallot, and serrano chile and chill in the refrigerator.
2.  Remove rind from watermelon and slice into 3" squares
3.  To assemble salad, layer one pieces of watermelon on a piece of feta and repeat.  Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with arugula.  *I found the two slices of feta is plenty.  Three good sized slices of melon will suffice as well.

On a side note, I read in my Clean Eating magazine that the average person consumes 17 pounds of watermelon per year.  Clay chuckled and said he thinks I consume that about every week.  I have to admit, I have a melon addiction.  Thank goodness its only here during the summer!
And on another side note, I made it on Better After's Blog again with the chair redo.  The post can be found here

Purrfect for Fall

I read through my latest Glamour magazine yesterday while sweating my rear off on the elliptical at the gym.  I've come to the conclusion that mags I take with the intention of reading while doing cardio just need to have lots of pretty pictures and BIG words.  Trying to read actual articles just makes me feel like I'm carsick!  But I digress, I was tickled pink when I read that leopard/animal print is back with a vengeance for fall.  Was it ever out?  I LOVE LOVE leopard print, but  a little goes a long way.  My favorite is to pair it with super bright colors.  I have a pair of leopard print peep toe heels that I wear with everything and every color.  I think they are the new neutral.  Anywhoo, here are some of my favs that I found on Polyvore.  The grayish print blouse on the top left would be killer under a really bright colored sweater vest for the office.  Maybe one in yellow or orange.  The pink lined jacked on the bottom right...I have no words.  Actually I do, I would kill for it.  Sublime.  Oh, and for those of you that haven't used Polyvore before, you can click on the picture collage below and it will take you to a page that has all the items below and where they can be found.  That site is perfect for bloggers.
leopard

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Child of the 80s

I've always been a bit freakishly strong for a girl, even when I was little.  I've been referred to as She-Ra quite a few times over the years.   After hearing it again this week I remembered playing with She-Ra back in the day and thinking she was awesome.  I mean how much cooler can the Princess of Power be?  He-Man was pretty hot too even though he had a very unfortunate haircut.  So for giggles, I looked on Etsy to see if I could find a She-Ra doll.  Oh how my memory has failed me.  I knew she was muscular, but I do not recall her looking like a dude in a wig...
Her friends are no better.  Geez Louise.  That is scary. 
This one is even rocking the drag queen makeup.
I will have to admit that Clawdeen has the most awesome horse hair I've even seen.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Great Surprise

After I blogged about EB Whey Juice last week, I put a comment on their Facebook page letting them know how much I loved it.  They emailed me right back and asked if I had tried their PB & Whey Bites.  I said I hadn't and they told me to send them my address so they could send me a sample.  I figured I'd just get a little pack.  So, I was so happy when I opened the box to find a whole carton and a t-shirt!  I'm taking one to work tomorrow for my mid morning snack so I'll update you with a review.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Dad

Happy Birthday to my Dad who would have been 61 today.  We lost him tragically way too early almost eight years ago.  I miss him more than words can express.  He was the best dad anyone could have asked for and taught me so many lessons that I hold dear.  For those of you who have the honor and privilege of still having their dad, don't take it for granted. 

Handmade Cards from Martha

I've never been really interested in making my own cards.  I mean, you can find ones that are really pretty and already done everywhere, especially Etsy.  However, Martha has her ways of pursuasion on me.  Here are a couple of handmade cards she has on her site with links to the directions:

Of course I'm going to love this one.  Anything I can put Ruby and Bruiser's mugs on, I will:






















This one would be really pretty with all the bohemian printed scrapbook paper that is everywhere now.  They would make for gorgeous birthday cards:























Again, with the dogs.  She has great taste, a Frenchie in the first one and now a Boston. 






















I think this one would be really cool for a bride-to-be or a new baby.  For the brides, you could use pictures of brides past in the family and the same for a new baby but with old baby pictures of generations before.






















Instrutcions can be found here