Black Bean Brownies 3pts

Okay okay I know this sounds really weird… and honestly I thought so too! But its one of those things you never will know about unless you try it! With my recent Weight watcher endeavors, I have made new friends who are doing weight watchers as well. With that being said, you learn things from new people. One of my new friends posted a picture of the brownie mix and can of black beans and I was intrigued. So I went to the store and picked up a box of fudge brownies and a can of black beans for a whopping $2

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Thanks to Simple Nourished Living for the recipe/photos.

This is a great emergency recipe for when you are just craving those brownies! I was really surprised and thrown off at first! It is definitely worth a batch or two! [;

Weight Watcher Point Value: 3 for a 1×1 square

My journey back to myself.

As many of you know, I have begun using weight watchers again to drop some pounds for the wedding! My biggest struggle with W.W is tracking my dinners. It is winter and chilly so I want hearty meals all… the… time. I’ll track breakfast and lunch and any snack I pack or make that day but when it comes to dinner I just can’t do because I’m ashamed at how much I eat and the type of food I’m eating. If I don’t track it, it doesn’t count right? WRONG.. every little bit counts, from the chocolate chips I am eating while typing this post, to the Lipton Ice Tea I had with Lunch. There are a few things in the beginning that I don’t normally track like dressings, condiments and seasonings. As soon as you hit you’re plateau those types of things count. Which sucks.

I have done weight watchers 2xs before, and everytime I hit my target weight, I quit. I think that i’ve lost the weight and I get happy and cocky and think the weight is gone forever. WRONG. I’ve battled with my weight my whole life. I wasn’t “Fat” growing up or “Obese” but I tried to conform to society’s standard of “Pretty” and “Hott”. Lets face it, every preteen/high schooler wants to be “Hott” “Sexy” or “Gorgeous”.  Instead of trying to fit the mold, I am trying to feel better about myself. I am happier when I am 20lbs lighter then what I am now, I do feel better and look better, I smile more and just flat out feel prettier.

The first time I joined weight watchers, I joined to help my mom. I was 21 almost 22 and thought I had a few pounds to loose and with my mom by my side, what the heck. So mom and I would help each other along the way, and make dinner together and have lunch together and we would help each other stay on track. I hit my goal and quit tracking… my mom however went on to loose 50+ lbs and is a weight watcher for life.

The second time I joined, I’d been living with my fiance for 5 months and we ate out a lot. Its easier when you’re tired and on the go. Well  I’d hit my all time heaviest at 175 not fitting into any of my clothes and I couldn’t stand looking at myself in the mirror. Once again, I hit a good patch and it was summer, so all we did was drink beer and eat out. This time, I worked with people who worked out all the time, were gluten free, vegan or even vegetarians. I was never happy, I’d cry all the time because I looked rolly.

This time, I am fluctuating between 170 and 165, I have a wedding in 9 months, and I want to feel better and happier about myself. Heres to a start to a new journey!

 

Hair of the Day!


This darling young women and I met at our local Red Robin! She had been trying and trying to get a beautiful red for sometime so when she saw my hair she knew she needed to come see me.

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We achieved this look in 3 different steps. She came in to my salon with a level 4 box color so of course I had to remove that. Once that was light enough we did the base color down strand and met it with balyage to create the “ombre? Effect. After going home and playing with it, she decided it was way too light so she came back the next day and we did another round of the double pigment reds from Wella.

Before and After:

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Hair of the Day!

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It was an extreme pleasure to get to meet this lovely lady! She had been doing her hair for 20+ years but finally decided to let the professionals handle it!  She had been doing box color for a long time, and its time to give her hair the TLC its deserves.

We wanted a change, but also wanted to freshen up her “dull” hair color! We added 3 colors to give some definition but a full fine weave to make sure we didn’t have “Stripes”.

We had so much fun getting to know each other and found so much in common there was an instant bond! So excited for our future!

Before and After:

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First weekend of the NEW YEAR!

I got the pleasure of spending the first full weekend of the new year with my little sister! Little Bird and Mom met Boo at Government Camp(half way) while I was at work on Saturday and Little Bird came home with Boo.  Our weekend consisted of Redbox, Pizza, Hair, Mt. Bachelor, Ice Skating, and more Pizza.

Movies on tap:

  1. The Giver- Which was surprisingly a really good movie! I never read the book so I didn’t know what to expect.
  2. 22 Jump Street- If you’re looking for a good laugh this movie will make anyone laugh. Little Bird didn’t quite get all of the humor, so she didn’t think it was as funny as she heard!!
  3. If I Stay- I loved this movie. It is a buyer in my book. Sad, but still very good.

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Other then having a gnarly head cold, Little Bird and I spent some time getting to know different aspects of makeup, how you can use different brushes, nifty tips and tricks… and of course the Student out does the teacher.

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After our 1.5 hour makeup session (DON’T JUDGE) we went to Mt. Bachelor. The plan was to go snowshoeing but I wasn’t feeling well enough to spend an extreme amount of time in the cold. So we went so Little Bird could play in the snow…

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and take pictures.

 

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We had so much fun even just driving up to Mt. Bachelor, we were bummed we couldn’t do more but decided that we will come back and tube and for sure snowshoe. Seeing as it was Little Bird and My first time, we enjoyed the view tremendously. (Unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out well)

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So these pictures originally started out with pretending the tree was Pullman (her boyfriend) and then it turned into 20150104_160251

“Tree-HUGGING”

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after a few minutes taking pictures( and by a few I mean 5 or 10) at Mt. Bachelor we went to Seventh Mountain ice skating rink …

 

its harder then it looks… we obviously couldn’t stand without the wall!!

We ended the night with some more Pizza and Netflix. It was absolutely hard to say goodbye to my sister this morning!  All in all we had such an incredible time!

Hair of the Day!

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This new mother hadn’t had her haircut in over a year, so to get her ready to go back to work we took off 6″.  She had super curly hair that has a mind of its own.

Before and After:

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After wanting to go a lot darker, we decided to gradually work her into a more drastic color. Sometimes, when you are one color for so long, and then drastically change it, you don’t always like the outcome. You can always add color, but its not always easy to get your original color back.

Before and After:

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