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Prime & Wine Wednesday

Happy Prime & Wine Wednesday!

This week I am going to bring you some Buffalo NY favorites. Its food and drink related. If you like Italian sausage, wings, coffee and cappuccinos. Then this is going to be a great post for you. I am also going to teach you how to make the best air fryer chicken wings. If you are going to have chicken wings they need to be crispy, and served with blue cheese. #sorrynotsorry #noranch . I will still support and love you if you have ranch, I just may judge you a tiny bit haha :).

Wine and wings

You can get mostly everything I mention off of amazon. Minus the wine. I actually got the platter pictured above off of amazon too.

Lets start with the Tim Horton’s items. I love Tim Horton’s or as some of us call it back home “Timmy Hos.” Tim Horton’s is technically Canadian but since Buffalo is so close to the border of Canada we just get to reap the benefits. I don’t drink coffee but all my friends back home who drink it love it. I also like their cappuccino mix they have too. You can buy both on amazon. I bet the 2 combo’d together would be pretty tasty.

Timmy hoes

My husband and I had so much fun making the wings and then the Italian sausage. It was also delicious to eat. If you like a spicy mustard, Weber’s mustard is perfect for you. Its a horseradish mustard. It tastes great on sausage. We made sandwiches with pepper, onions and sauerkraut. I definitely recommend it if you need to spice it up a bit.

Sausage

Sauces

Next up is the chicken wings. We made hot chicken wings and then chivettas chicken wings. Normally when I use the chivettas marinade I marinate chicken breasts over night and then I grill them. You definitely want to let your chicken marinate with this if you purchase and use it. Its a vinegar based marinade but it is so tasty. I used my air fryer to make the chicken wings because I wanted them crispy. Its the only way I like my wings. I purchased my air fryer from Target because it was on sale but I will link it below anyway in case you are in the market for one. I love mine. It is quick and easy to use. The clean up is not bad at all either. I was surprised how well the chicken wings did because this was my first time making chicken wings with it and they came out so good. I marinated the chivettas one and then I pre seasoned the ones that were getting the hot sauce from Duffs.

Chicken Wings

Pre season chicken wings with olive oil, salt and pepper and a little garlic powder. Stir and combine. Place in your air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on each side. I noticed the chivettas ones crisped up quicker than the plain ones. After you have done both sides you can toss them in the Duffs hot sauce. If you don’t like them too hot you will need to add butter. That will take down some of the heat. I am sure the cooking time will vary depending on how big or small your wings are too so just be aware of that.

I am particular to Duffs hot sauce because that is my favorite place to have chicken wings back home in Buffalo. But you really can’t go wrong at any hole in the wall bar or pizzeria. Anchor bar is the home and origin of the Buffalo wing but I just think Duffs tastes so much better.

wings

The wine I paired with this weeks purchase was a rose of Sangiovese from Stottle Winery here in Washington. There is a tasting room close to our apartment and I really enjoyed their wine when I went in to visit. Their grapes are grown in the Horse Heaven Hills area of Washington. It has aromas of guava, passion fruit, tart peach, strawberries, and rose hips followed by juicy flavors of nectarine, strawberry, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks post! Cheers! Please let me know if you try anything from this post or my previous posts! I would love to know what you think!

 

Platter

Weber’s Mustard

Chiavetta’s Marinade

Duff’s Chicken Wing Sauce

Tim Horton’s Cappuccino Mix

Tim Horton’s Coffee

Air Fryer

Stottle Winery

Posted in Health, Life, yoga

My journey with Yoga Teacher Training

Tree pose

I am officially certified to teach Yoga!

It’s really crazy typing this up right now because on October 23rd 2018 was when I made this draft post for my blog. WOAH! I completed my 200 hours at Wild Thing Yoga in Bend Oregon. Helen Cloots is the yoga teacher that taught us 6 girls for 3 weeks.

Let me give you my yoga background first…..

I had been wanting to get certified for a really long time. I fell in love with yoga in high school. I started going my freshman year and I did it all through high school. I would go with my Mom, my neighbor Debbie and her daughter Lindsey. We both live on either side of a hill in my hometown back in NY. It was really kind of cool. We went to see a woman named Rose who was teaching at a local restaurant in East Aurora NY called the Roycroft. The Roycroft is very historic to East Aurora and they had other buildings on the property so she used a spare building to teach yoga. That place had some crazy vibes. I totally felt peoples past energies in that building. There was actually a specific part of the room that Rose showed me that had some really weird temperature changes and you could feel the air was thicker. It was one of my first experiences with anything like that. I just remember it so vividly with Rose. After a few months their Rose was renting a space at a church and then she opened up her own studio. It was a beautiful space. The building was bright pink and purple on the outside. But it had a very calm energy on the inside. I am so thankful for Rose. I needed yoga during high school because it helped me a lot through some depression, self harming, the abuse from my alcoholic father. It was my counselor at the time. When I got to college I didn’t put yoga first anymore to help myself and I just spiraled out and didn’t want to do yoga even though I knew how much it had helped me. I came back to yoga when I was 21/22. I am 27 now. I wish I had had a more frequent practice like I did in high school which was once a week every Tuesday. I started my at home practice and I would use YouTube and I would watch Yoga with Adrienne. Around that time was when I was like wow this would be so cool to get certified to teach. I never said anything to anyone about it. I just kept it to myself. Then a few years after that I saw a medium for the first time. I had never met her before. And one of the many things that came up was teaching yoga. I was shocked. I left feeling so good because I got messages from loved ones that I wasn’t expecting but they were so fulfilling. Then hearing about the yoga teaching I was like omg wow. I finally told my husband about me wanting to do this. I worked towards this goal. I originally wanted to do this last year but it just so happened to work out better this year. And that was it. I had signed up for YTT and I was finally going to get certified.

I made a mini vlog that I am going to post to my YouTube channel today as well, of my feelings before going into my first class and a little bit during and then the end. Its not anything too fancy. I wish I could have gotten more clips. It was such a roller coaster of emotions. It was challenging as well. But in the best way. It really helped grow me and broaden my knowledge. I plan on re-reading my training manual, which I call my yoga bible now, over and over.

First day

I broke my pinky toe on my left foot on our first day off, while grocery shopping. It was really frustrating, I cried because I thought this was going to hinder me from participating more in the practice teaching. Thankfully it didn’t. I was still able to participate and do the best I could.

Broken Toe

Most mornings I would go to the coffee place right next to the yoga studio and get a chai latte and an avocado bagel. I loved coming here before starting the day. I would sometimes get a matcha latte in the afternoon when I needed a pick me up.

There were 6 girls total and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go through this journey with. They were all so nice and supportive. I miss them so much. It was so nice to be in a small group. I was worried it was going to be a big group and that was going to make me more shy and it was going to be hard to get along but that was not the case. We went shopping on our first day together, we got dinner, and even went out on a girls night too. I wish we all lived close so we could see each other a lot more.

During this I made sure to take the time to get a massage. I tried cupping for the first time and I am addicted. I love it. I need to find a place in Olympia for me to do it at. It is so important if you go through YTT to take the time to rest, and take care of yourself. It was a 3 week immersion so it was way more intense than some other YTT out there.

YTT was very healing and eye opening for me. When we got through to the mediation part of training. I was not expecting to be so emotional for me. During a mala bead meditation we did. Which is a meditation where you use a string of them. There are 108 beads on one necklace. You start at the larger bead that the 108 beads connect to and you pick a mantra and then say your mantra 108 times as you move your index finger and thumb over the bead. That day I picked the mantra “I am beautiful, I can do this.” I said that 108 times and I got so emotional. I was the last person to speak in our group of how I felt after and I completely lost it. I don’t believe the mantra I said to myself. But I know it is something I need to start believing. It was a beautiful process and I was shocked I got so emotional over it.

The Bluffs

I was so nervous to teach my final class. I figured out my demographic of what I wanted to teach a little late to the game compared to my fellow yogis. So I personally didn’t feel prepared to teach but I did it anyway. I was happy because I taught a 40 minute class. It wasn’t an hour but my goal was at least 30 minutes. I was so proud of myself and it felt so good to do it and complete it!

And the next day we graduated! I couldn’t believe it was done! I am not sure what I want to do from here. I don’t want to teach in a studio. I actually would like to make videos to add to my YouTube channel. I have one big idea but I am keeping it to myself and I am trying to manifest it into happening. I hope to be able to share with you what this plan is but in case it doesn’t happen I will keep it to myself.

When I graduated I was so pleasantly surprised that my sister, a good friend, my Aunt and my Husband surprised me with gifts. Such fun gifts too! Like really thought out which made me feel even more special because it all related to yoga which was so much fun.

Thanks for reading! Cheers & Namaste!

Wild Thing Yoga Bend

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Prime & Wine Wednesday

Happy Prime & Wine Wednesday!

This week I am bringing you a full outfit from amazon. Shorts, shirt, purse and shoes. Its a great outfit for the summer time.

Outfit

I loved these shorts because they were comfortable and I liked the style. I can’t do anything too short so these were the perfect length.

The shirt I am obsessed with! How cute is the back?! I got it in a size large and I am glad I did because its sort of cropped at the bottom of the shirt. But I really like the way it fits.

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Back of shirt

The handwoven cross body bag is so adorable. It has enough room for a small wallet, keys, phone and maybe a few other things. I really like the look of this bag for summer. I would only wear it if I was going out to do something. Its not really an every day purse.

The shoes I got are by Steve Madden. Its his Greece sandal. This type of sandal has been so in this summer. Unfortunately with my broken toe that is still healing, these shoes hurt but I had to slip them on for a few photos since it goes with the complete look. I own them in white as well. I took the white pair to Jamaica.

Outfit 2

I paired this weeks purchase with our night out at Olympia’s Brew Fest. We had such a great time! There were a lot of good vendors there and we had a lot of good beer. My favorite was the one that tasted like a mojito. It was a hibiscus mint and lime beer and its pictured in one of the photos that is by the bay. I miss out on a beer that was aged in a Sauignon Blanc barrel. They will be at another brew fest coming up so that is going to be my first and maybe only stop at that festival.

Outfit 3

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

 Amazon Items:

White shorts

Other pair of white shorts

Purse

Shirt

Shoes

 

Posted in Amazon, Shopping, Wine

Prime & Wine Wednesday

Happy Prime & Wine Wednesday!

This week I am bringing you some car items that I have purchased on Amazon. I like to keep my car organized. My dog is in my car a lot so a cover and seat belt is needed for her. The car seat cover I am sharing with you today comes with a seat belt to hook to a harness.

I have bought 3 different car covers for my dog and this one is my favorite. Its durable, and it has a mesh section so the air can continue to flow through to my dog in the middle seat.

 

 

 

Car seat cover 5

 

The next item is an essential oil diffuser. Its a metal holder, felt pads and then your favorite essential oil. I had been looking for something like that for my car. I have bought the diffusers that plug into your cigarette lighter but they take up so much space and a lot of them are made of plastic and I have heard that essential oils eat through plastic so I wasn’t going to be messing with that stuff anymore.I had bought other car fresheners from Amazon but I ended up not liking them. I don’t think they work at all. I purchased a lavender scent and I was so excited and I didn’t even smell it when my car was on with the air coming through the vent. I like these because you can use the felt pads a few times with an essential oil of choice. I have been loving stress away from Young Living.

 

Does anyone else’s seat belt cut into their neck? Mine does and it was driving me nuts so I had to get seat belt pads and they’re the best thing ever. I don’t have to constantly move my seat belt now so it doesn’t rub my neck. This just protects me and its comfortable.

 

The last item before we get to the wine I paired with this purchase this week is a car organizer. I had a big bin for my car because I had a lot of stuff in my back seat. I was raised to always have tools, jumper cables, and safety equipment just in case. I liked that bin but I didn’t take it with me when we moved. Right now I have an organizer that clips to the back seat and it fits quite a bit! I can put my dogs water dish in their, my jumper cables and safety vest.

Car Organizer

The wine I paired with this purchase was from a winery in the Willamette Valley. Ardiri is  small and beautiful vineyard. They have a white wine called the Chehalem Gold and it has been so nice to sip on this summer. Chehalem Gold is their estate blend of Pinot Gros and Pinot Blanc. With crisp notes of pear and apple it is for sure summer in a glass.

Wine

How cute is this wine stopper?!

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Thanks for stopping by! Links are below! Cheers!

Ardiri Winery

Dog Car Seat Cover

Car Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Seat Belt Pads

Car Organizer

P.S

If you are ever interested in signing up for Young Living and to buy products here is a link to get you started.

Young Living

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Prime & Wine Wednesday

I am so happy to be back!!

I had a blast at Yoga Teacher Training and I miss it and the girls so much but I am happy to be back to my life and routine.

VIno

This week I am bringing you a swim suit I found on amazon that I actually really like and found it very flattering on me. I normally don’t like high waisted bathing suits because I always felt like it accentuated parts I didn’t want to stand out.  But I am all about feeling good in clothes and swim suits and if you feel good in it, ROCK IT! You get it girl! I felt great in this suit and that is really hard for me to find a suit that works that well for me. I loved the color and pattern. I also liked the top because it had the extra layer of sass to it haha.

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I paired this weeks purchase with Naked Wineries Outdoor Vino! Their Picnic Table Pink, which is basically a rosé. It was the perfect add to the outfit and the day at the river in Bend. I love their Outdoor Vino line of wines. BPA free plastic bottles that you can literally take outdoors. It’s a lot easier to hike around with this than a glass bottle. It’s reusable and recyclable. It also has a screw cap so you can leave the wine opener at home. Just pack the wine and some stainless steal glasses and you are good to go! Hydro Flask makes some great wine glasses. I will link those below.  The tasting notes for this wine and I will quote how Naked Winery breaks it down because its literally perfect. I couldn’t have said it better.

“Smells of cherry limeade followed by a blast of strawberry, melon
and a lemonade punch on the tongue. Lingering citrus flavors add
to a long well-balanced finish.”

Thanks for stopping by for this weeks post!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Bathing Suit

Naked Winery

Hydro Flask

 

Bibliography:

Winery, Naked. “Picnic Table Pink Sell Sheet.” OV Picnic Table Pink Sell Sheet, 2016, http://www.nakedwinery.com/assets/client/File/FACT-SHEETS/OUTDOOR-VINO/OV%20Picnic%20Table%20Pink%20Sell%20Sheet%202016.pdf.

 

Posted in Travel

My time in Texas + Texas Bucket list

I have been reflecting on my time in Texas since I have been in Washington for over a month. While I can say I am happy to be out of Texas because for me personally it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I felt very landlocked because I was so far away from sooo many cool things. I was 3 1/2 hours away from most of the major cities and then it was 6 hours to Houston. I was 4 1/2 hours away from family that I wish I could have spent more time with but I was thankful for having both of the holidays with them as well as some other fun activities. I just wish I could have been closer.

I had a very hard time adjusting to Texas life. Or I guess I should say moving away from home was very hard. I was in an area that I was not very happy about. For some reason I felt trapped and I felt like my time in Texas was going to take forever! It didn’t, it flew right by and I am oh so happy about that. I was so paranoid about Rattlesnakes, Scorpions and Tarantulas and I actually survived Texas with only seeing a baby Tarantula.  I wasted money on stupid traps for these spiders and Scorpions because I was so freaked out by them. Never used the traps once. I dealt with more black widows than anything else. As well as the weird cockroach like bugs that constantly got into the apartment. They were very strange looking and they would die right away pretty much because our apartment was sprayed. That also bugged the health nut in me. I had to have my apartment sprayed for bugs and scorpions once a month. That can’t be that healthy to have those chemicals in your home.

I cried so many times in the first few months of being there. I know it may sound pathetic but I am a routine girl and also a comfort girl. I like the things the way I had them in NY. I was having some family issues back home and then acclimating to this new area so it was just a bad combo for me. I was trying to deal with my vertigo as well. I have anxiety when it comes to change for sure. I think that’s what caused a lot of the upset. I missed my friends so much. I still do because I have been away from them for almost a year. I seriously have such a good group of friends back home. I can count on them for anything. They’re a big reason why I am drawn to moving back to NY and not moving to a different state like I would like to.

But I realized I came right out on top like I thought I would. I was dreading this change but something just told me this was going to make me grow as a person and boy did it do just that. I leaned on God a lot during this all. And it helped me so much. I met some really great people. I met Kam who became a really good friend of mine after just one hair appointment with her. I became friends with the woman that did my massages, Stacey. We always had a good time. The woman who would do my facials, Beverly, was amazing as well. She treated me so good. I miss them all so much.

While I didn’t complete everything on my bucket list for Texas I sure did see a lot. I am so so thankful for my time in Texas.

Here is what I completed on my bucket list! I think I did a pretty good job for where I was living and the work schedule we had. I had added a few to the list as I was there.

  1. Learn to Texas 2 step
  2. Try honey butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger
  3. Have Whataburger
  4. Have donuts from Shipley’s
  5. Visit 6th street in Austin
  6. Visit Fredricksburg for the wineries, shopping, Enchanted Rock, Pedernales State park and rattlers burgers.
  7. Visit Wimberly for shopping and eating as well as floating the Blanco river of San Marcos.
  8. Gruene and go to the pottery festival and check out Gruene Hall to see the professionals 2 step.
  9. Texas State Fair in Dallas
  10. Road trip to Buckee’s for Beef Jerky.
  11. Fort Worth for the Stockyards
  12. Dance at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth – didn’t dance but I visited!
  13. Fort Worth Zoo
  14. Shiner Brewery
  15. Float the Guadalupe River
  16. Messina Hoff Winery
  17. Aggie Football Game Gig’ em!
  18. Visit hippy hollows in  Austin
  19. Eat at Oasis in Austin
  20. The Alamo
  21. The River Walk
  22. Eat all the delicious BBQ and Mexican food
  23. Blue Bell Ice Cream
  24. Fixer upper! Do all the things in Waco. – this I am most sad about 😦 
  25. Babes doughnut co.
  26. Visit Houston
  27. Visit San Antonio 
  28. Visit Fort Worth

A few photos from Texas and photos of ones that were on the bucket list.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!!! 🙂

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Prime & Wine Wednesday!

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This is going to be my last Prime & Wine post for 4 weeks! I will be off at Yoga Teacher Training and I just want to fully be able to focus on this training because it’s very important to me and it’s something I have been wanting to do for awhile. I hope you understand.

I am sharing my new door mat this week and pairing it with all the wine! Because as you can read on the mat, I hope you did bring wine and dog treats. I love funny door mats. I think they are such a fun add on to your space and hopefully it gives people a good laugh.

I needed a new mat for our apartment. My friend Allison actually has one like this and I asked her where she got it and she said Amazon. I was so excited when I found this mat and that it was available for prime! Who else is loving the 1 day shipping? I didn’t think Amazon could get any better.

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I paired this weeks purchase with the new wine I got in from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s line, Spade and Sparrows. Absolutely stunning! I did a quick instagram review of her wine and my initial reaction on my Instagram. I saved it to my wine highlights if you would like to see it. I normally have had the wine or am drinking it as I am writing this post so I can let you know exactly how I feel about it but I loved the timing of the wine coming the night before I was going to make this post and she just adopted the most sweetest Golden Retriever named Ramen and my dog mom heart was just so happy for her that I figured her wine paired perfectly with my dog and wine door mat. It just went so well. But I can not wait to try her wine! 🙂

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Cheers!!

Door Mat

Spade and Sparrows Wine