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A Week in the Life of a Meal Prepper.

Veggies
Friday night Fun!

You have and will make the time for things that are important to you.  #TRUTHBOMB. That is a hard truth when you apply it to all aspects of your life, so let’s not do that, I’m not trying to be that deep. Today, were just going to pretend it pertains to doing good during the week and planning your meals for this post.

Like literally, every week someone asks me how I meal prep.  How do you find the time to do it?  How do you eat food that you cooked a few days before? 

It is not unfathomable and once you do it a few times, and realize it is the most convenient, awesomest thing in the entire free world, you will get it.  Yep, you will drink the Kool-Aid.  I blogged about it last year too, here is the link, if you want to see the basics. It has some really fundamental ideas and concepts. https://bobbielambert.com/2018/04/08/meal-prep/

Meal prep on the grill
Griddle Meal Prep

Every time, I hear someone say…….

I don’t have time to cook during the week.

      We have practice and have to get fast food too much.

      I eat out for lunch every day and spend my shoe money on food.

      I am getting cankles because I eat processed food.

I am like………this is me, this is my life.   When I DO NOT PLAN MY WEEK, this is my life.  Probably a little worse because I whine about it.

Then I blame my husband for making me eat something I feel is not in my game plan, but tastes pretty damn good, and probably was my idea.  

It is easy to get off track when you’re not prepared or prepped. Then I blew it during the week and my weekend just is not as fun as it could be.

That’s why I plan and prep my week. Make it simple, I prepped for an entire week on the grill at the same time and it is fail proof.

Griddle Meal Prep
Meal Prep

As you can see there is some corn on the grill. That is for an InstaPot dinner I am making in the house while we grill for the kids.

I prep for my kids too. I made them InstaPot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes at the same time, in the same pot. 33 minutes and a 3lb meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes done to perfection. Add in the corn from the grill and they have a couple meals for the week.

I throw in a Turkey burger and veggies for them one night that I prepped for myself and then they get to pick one night for Chick file. Boom Weekly dinners done!

InstaPot Meatloaf
InstaPot Meatloaf
InstaPot Mashed Potatoes
InstaPot Mashed Potatoes

No Meal Prep Friday’s or Saturdays.  This is why I am not a size 0.  I do what I want on the weekends. I’m kind of a rebel like that.  I have reserve of course because there’s some decisions you cannot come back from, but for the most part I try to act like a normal person on the weekends :). 

RECAP: I Insta-potted a 3lb turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes at the same time, we have corn on the cob, 12-Turkey burger patties and my HUGE pile of veggies grilling away. You got to multi-task. I drink the wine and I do the things.

Hope this gives you some ideas because the possibilities are endless!

Happy Sunday,

X.O.X.O

Bobbie

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Revlon One-Step Volumizer Review & Demo

Revlon Volumizer
Blow Dry & Straightening Brush

I am sure you have noticed two in one tools making a come back. Honesty, when I first noticed them I did not pay much attention because being an 90’s child it reminded me of a crimper. The thought of another hair tool taking up space in my cabinet was not that appealing. The Revlon One-Step-Volumizer Hair Dryer did make an impression on me in an accidental kind of way.

I had a hair appointment two weeks ago and low and behold my hair dresser pulls this Revlon One-Step Volumizing Hair Dryer out and say’s lets use this to dry your hair today.

She made it look super effortless, but thats what these professionals do right? I thought that I could probably use this on my kids hair pretty easily and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So to Target I went.

This Revlon Brand styling brush was the only one they carried so it made my purchasing choice simple. I am not going to lie, I have previously checked out the New Dyson Brand that has made its way to the world. I like to stalk high end products. This was definitely a fraction of the cost compared to the 500.00 price tag the Dyson is carrying.

Pricing

In preparation for this post I did some research on pricing for the Revlon Volumizer Hair Dryer Brush. Ulta & Target came in at the most expensive at 59.99. Next was Amazon and that was about 10.00-12.00 dollars cheaper and the cheapest was Walmart.com. So if your not in a super hurry, you can get it much cheaper and wait for it to ship.

Honest Review

I do not get any financial gain for this review. This is based on my experience over the last two weeks and it is a total win. I have not only done the kids hair but I have personally used it every day last week and I will not be going back to the regular hair dryer and roll brush. It shaved at least 10 minutes off of my normal routine and my hair looks really healthy and smooth after blow drying with the Volumizer.

Pro’s vs Con’s

Pro’s:

  1. Super fast
  2. Great Volume
  3. Holds hair to the brush effortlessly
  4. Easy to use
  5. Does what it says it does
  6. 4-year limited warranty
  7. Cheap

Con’s

  1. A tad loud
  2. You have to keep it moving constantly because the heat is sufficient

7-minute Hair Video Demonstration-This is how it works.

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DIY-Gel Nail

Red Carpet Gel color

Red Carpet Gel color in light pink from Ulta

DIY-Gel Nails

Ladies, if your a regular at the Nail Salon you know how expensive it can be to upkeep Gel Nails on a weekly basis.  Aside from the expense, finding an extra hour in my week every week can be quite the challenge.

A few years ago I purchased a Melody Susie LED gel nail lamp for 27.00$ and it transformed my nail game!  It did take a small investment up front but after the first few times I did my nails it totally paid for itself and now that I have been using it for so long it has been 100x worth the investment. Plus I always get compliments on my nails and nail color.

LED Gel light

LED light for gel polish

Few basic things you need to get started

Obviously you need the LED light which was posted above.  Secondly you need a foundation and Top coat.  I buy the Gelish brand off of Amazon and together they are 19.00$.  They last forever.  I have only bought the set twice and I have done my nails 50+ times maybe more, so it is safe to say that they go a long way.  My nails are always did!

Colors, colors, all the colors!!!  Gel polish is the way to go.  It makes your nails stronger and protects them from breakage.  It also gives your nail a professional finish which I love.  You do not have to be a perfect nail painter because the top coat melts it all together into a smooth shiny surface.  Unless you use a matte top coat and you have a beautiful matte finish.

I have used Gelish gel color for the last few years but recently I have fell in love with and Ulta brand called Red Carpet.  They run around 9.00$ each but again, they last a long time.  They come in small bottles but they do not seem to get old or go bad.  I still can use the very first nail color that I purchased 3 years ago.

Basic Acetone will be needed as well because once the color has been set with the LED then you will wipe your nails with acetone and bam you are ready to go!

Red Carpet and Gelish brand Gel color

Red Carpet brand Gel polish from Ulta and Gelish brand Gel color off of Amazon

Base coat and top coat for gel nails

Gelish brand base and top coat for Gel Nails

 

Easy Directions

  1. File or clip your nails down to your liking, I also clip my cuticles and maybe change the shape of my nail depending on how long my nails are.
  2. Add your foundation coat to one entire hand.  Set your LED light to the 2 minute setting, there are only 2 settings and I like the 2 minute setting vs the 3 minute setting for time sake.  This will take 2 min to set the foundations.
  3. Next add your color coat then you will LED set this coat.  I repeat it again for a second coat of color and also LED set that coat as well.
  4. Lastly, you will add your top coat and LED set that one, once this coat is done you will take your acetone and rub each nail with acetone soaked cotton ball.  BOOM done and perfectly dry and ready to go, no worry about messing up your nails at this point they are fully set and ready to tackle anything you can throw at them!
  5. Repeat all above steps for the other hand.
  6. It takes about 10 minutes a hand, sometimes longer if your a slow painter but totally worth it!

When you are tired of the color or they start to peel, all you do is peel the color off.  It typically will come off in one piece and there is no damage to the nail underneath.  They sell chemicals that will take it off but I have never had any issues with peeling the color off organically.  Depending on if I have cleaned with chemicals, because that seems to weaken the polish sometimes, my nails will last a week or longer.  I re-do them immediately when I peel the old color off.

Happy Nail Painting!

X.O.X.O-Bobbie

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Meal Prep 101-The Basic’s

Meal Prep

Roasted veggies, steak, sweet potato and avocado relish

Meal Prep

I preface this post by disclosing to you that I do not have a Ph.D. in nutrition nor do I consider myself an expert on nutrition.  This post is NOT about nutrition.  It is about meal prep.  I have adopted this practice and carry it out every week without fail. I want to share with you my method so hopefully your life might be a little easier too.  My family has continued this tradition now for more than 2 years and it has truly been a life saver.

Meal prepping is a way I keep certain amounts of protein in my diet.  It is a time saver, cheap, and keeps my family from eating out during the week.  Those are the main reasons that I spend a few hours in the kitchen on Sunday.  Meal prepping basically makes my life livable during the week, with work, piano lessons, soccer practice, softball practice and my kiddos homework.  I like to NOT stress about a clean home cooked dinner.

Basically any diet or program you follow can be pre-prepared.  So I have a few things that I consider must-know’s when meal prepping.

Meal Prep

Bulk Meal Prep

Critical Tips

  1.  Keep it simple.  Ridiculously simple.
  2. Make stuff that you like.-DUH, seems easy but this could be a tricky trap.
  3. Prep with your spouse, get them involved the more people on board the easier it will be to stick to what you have cooked.  Have him grill, or chop, or open the wine.  (sometimes we have wine on meal prep day). not necessarily recommended.
  4. Make it a habit and make things that are easy to repeat and reproduce.
  5. Set goals associated with saving money from taking your lunch vs buying it.  10$ a day = 50$ a week = 200$ a month.  That my friend is a really nice pair of shoes, dinner, or your hair appointment okay!  Why would that not be worth brown bagging it during the week? Plus this keeps me focused. Nothing is more motivating than money, right?

When I say keep it simple it is because anyone who has ever meal prepped, the first time, goes out and buys 6 million dollars worth of groceries.   Enough so, that a small country couldn’t consume all of it in one week.  They google all of these complex “healthy” recipes.  Spend 18 hours in the kitchen cooking, then have to order a pizza for dinner because they are exahsted.  YOU ARE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.  NO ONE will ever repeat that kind of routine on a weekly basis for the long haul.  It is unsustainable. The less ingredients the better.  I totally recommend to keep your prep to 2-3 options of protein a week and 2-3 vegtable options.  That way the next week you can change out your protein and veggies and your menu doesn’t get dull.

Meal Prep

Roasting cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts

I make things that I am excited to eat.  Like, when Its time for lunch, I’m starving for what I brought.  I get asked to eat out constantly and it doesn’t make me think twice when I know what I brought is the bomb, and clean, and loaded with protein and delicious and earning me some extra cash for the end of the month.

Meal Prep

Veggie Stir-fry

Meal Prep

Asparagus, bacon and onion

There are certain foods that I don’t meal prep for the week because they may turn watery or become un-appealing after a few days.  Personally, I don’t like fish after day 2 and if I make my veggies steamed they seem to get gross quick.  That is why I roast or sautée the majority of my veggies.  I can eat pretty much anything that I make for the entire week with little problem though, I am not picky and I can shove anything in my face, drink some water and move on.

My husband and I turn on the jam’s and split-up our prep.  Its fun and we used to dread doing it, now it is a couple hours that the kids usually leave us alone and we can have some adult conversation.

A few of my absolute favorite things to meal prep:

Ideas

Protein:

  1. Ground Turkey plain or in meatloaf form
  2. Brisket(high in fat) works good for low carb though
  3. Shrimp
  4. Chicken
  5. Organic uncured sliced sausage

Veggies:

Obviously you can steam or sauté any veggie under the sun and it is going to be better than traditional carbs, or processed food.  But I have a few specialty things that I make almost every week I love them so much, these DO NOT get old to me.

  1. Asparagus sautéed in olive oil or coconut oil with onions and a slice or two of chopped uncured bacon.
  2. Shredded brussel sprouts in coconut oil sautéed and burned a little bit
  3. Fried cauliflower rice…..seriously amazing.
  4. Veggie stir-fry including purple and white onions, asparagus, bel peppers-I like to use multi-color, a large zucchini diced, a large squash diced.  Add coconut aminos or brags liquid aminos and some flavored olive oil, your life will never be the same.
  5. Sweet potato with coconut oil. (if you are feeling clean carby)

These veggies are a little out of the box but I do occasionally go back to some steamed carrots or roasted broccoli and cauliflower even steamed broccoli.  I seriously ate steamed broccoli for 5 straight months, 2 meals a day, so I have been taking a small break from the regular steamed broccoli routine.

Meal Prep

Meal Prep

Meal Prep

Nitrate free sausage, sweet potato, roasted veggies and avocado

 

It takes a little bit of discipline but once you have been doing it for a few months it turns into your NORM and I cannot even remember what it was like before I started meal-prepping.  I buy meal prep containers off of Amazon, super cheap and they are super durable.

 

I’d love to hear your feedback or questions!

 

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Purifying Black Peel-Off Mask

Black Purifying Peel-Off Mask

 

black purifying mask

black purifying mask

Soooooo, have you seen the funny videos of people peeling off this black charcoal mask?  They are hysterical.  When I watched them I thought, “now that it is funny”, but a little theatrical.  Well, the videos are true to the rumors.  WOW!!! did it hurt to remove this mask.  It felt like it pulled out every single hair and skin cell I own.  I definitely had to grit my teeth to get it off. After I got it off of my face though, my pores were smaller, my skin was cleaner and my skin appeared brighter and clearer.  It created instant gratification which makes me extremely happy.  I hate buying skin products that state, “results after 4 weeks”.  I also did NOT post a video of me taking this mask off, you are welcome for that!  It would have been to much and probably very theatrical!

However, with that being said, this mask is absolutely awesome and I vote this is one of the most effective skin masks that I have ever used.  Definitely a recommendation for someone looking for clearer, cleaner skin.

I did not purchase this mask, I received it as a gift for Christmas so I had to do a little research regarding this product. Needless to say it was a great gift, I would not have bought if for myself and I am glad that I am aware of it now.  Sticking with what I am familiar with is my wheel house and  preferably something that does not cause pain would normally be my best good choice.  I decided to give some information on this great skin mask so maybe someone else will test it out and get some instant positive results.

I googled it….. and priced it on Amazon and it is extremely cost effective.  It ranges from 3.00$ to 8.00$.  It showed to be available at Walmart and Target in stock.  (or at least it was at the time I constructed this blog post)

The mask itself is super thick and smells good.  You can apply it with a brush or your hand.  I just used my hand.  I have used this mask several times and it worked best when it was slathered on thick.  I let it set for approximately 20 minutes then it was ready to pull off.  It got really tight and made my face feel super young and super tight. There were a few tid-bits left over after I removed the mask but it washed away easily with water and a face cloth.  Well there it is, for what it is worth, definitely worth a try in my opinion!

black purifying peel-off mask

image of peel off mask

black purifying peel-off mask

ingredient list of black purifying peel-off mask

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