Friday Favorites: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well…it is finally here. After months of planning and watching the count down dwindle your favorite Newly Newlyweds are leaving on a Jet Plane, off to a tropical paradise.

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We’re hopping on a Delta flight non-stop to Honolulu and catching a connection to Maui. We will spend a few days on Maui then Island hopping to Oahu for the remainder of our trip.

Thank you to all of our friends that gave us planning tips and tricks to prepare for our trip!

Are you picturing being laying beachside, drink in hand with a little umbrella? Umm YES please!

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Have you visited Paradise? We’d love to know your MUST DOs, favorite local spots and all those tourist traps that are worth it.

Catch you Island Side!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts!

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE!

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE! 

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Monday’s Menu: Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Hot Sauce

Last week we shared one of our favorite WHOLE30 recipes, Banh Mi Bowls. This sauce is used to top the Banh Mi Bowls. It is an extra added step, but so worth it! This sauce makes the bowls!
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Photo Credits: @sodiumgirl
ROASTED RED PEPPER HOT SAUCE
2 red bell peppers
1 to 2 dried ancho chili peppers
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp olive oil
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Cut the bell peppers in half, remove stem and seeds. Cover a baking pan with foil & place the peppers flat-side down. Place in the oven and turn on broiler. Cook until charred, about 15 minutes. Then place peppers in a bowl and cover with the foil to steam for 15. Meanwhile, steep the dried ancho peppers in very hot water until they soften.
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When cool, slip the charred skin off the peppers. Roughly chop the bell peppers & ancho, and transfer to a food processor or blender. Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp of the chili steeping liquid. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid or oil as needed.
Drizzle over the Banh Mi Bowls and enjoy!
*TIP: This recipe does make more than enough sauce for the bowls. Store some in the fridge or freeze and use later.
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Did you try make the bowls last week? What did you think?

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

 

Monday’s Menu: Whole30, Whole lot of love, Whole new experience

Happy Monday!

Whats for supper tonight? In our last post we made references to BIG changes in our lives this year. One BIG change that we have fully embraced is a Whole30 lifestyle. Adam and I began our Whole30 Journey January 1, 2017 and have pretty much stuck with it all year. (With a few cheats over the Summer and a cocktail here and there.) Whole30

What’s the Whole30? Well I am not a professional, so I suggested you start with their website to learn more and if you’re inclined order the books…yes, trust me you need both! Whole30 is basically clean eating for 30 days.

No Sugar.

No alcohol.

No dairy….the list goes on, but remember it is ONLY for 30 days! You can do anything for 30 days, right? It’s up to you how long you want to continue.

I can not fully express how much we love the program and what an impact it has made on our lives. Yes, we did it to lose weight, but it is SO MUCH more than that. It’s how much better we feel over all and how my body craves, literally craves real, healthy foods. {Think Veggies} Clearly I am passionate about it and truly, truly love how much it has changed our lifestyle and relationship with food.

So, what’s for supper tonight?

Banh Mi Bowls with Slow Cooker Crispy Pulled Pork: @Whole30recipes 

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I wish I could take credit for creating this deliciousness, but I can’t. If you decide to go WHOLE30, log onto Instagram and follow their @Whole30Recipes. You’re mouth will be watering for yummy, healthy, foods!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • 5+ Garlic Cloves, minced (I love garlic)
  • 1/4 C died white onion
  • 3 Cups #Whole30 Canned Tomato Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Lime, juice
  • 2 Dried Ancho Chiles, rehydrated and chopped
  • 3 tsp Ground Cumin
  • One, 3lbs Boneless Pork Shoulder, trimmed

With slow cooker on high, add oil to pot. Add everything but the pork. Mix well and let it heat up, 5 min. Cut pork into three pieces and snuggle in the pot, using a spoon to cover with sauce. Cook on medium with lid until the pork falls apart easily, 6 to 8 hrs. Take out meat, shred with forks, then keep in an airtight container with some sauce until ready to eat. For crispy pork, lay the shredded meat in an even layer on a rimmed baking pan and place under broiler for 3 minutes.

BANH MI BOWL

  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut into sticks
  • 1/2 carrot, washed & ends cut off
  • 1/2 cup, shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups prepared cauli rice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp ribboned mint
  • 2 Tbsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp RED PEPPER HOT SAUCE (Watch next week’s post for this recipe!)
  • 2 Tbsp #Whole30 Avocado Mayo
  • 1 cup PULLED PORK
  • Optional: shredded cabbage, radish, DIY pickled veg

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise & use a spoon to remove the seedy center. Cut into smaller sticks. Cut carrot into small sticks. Then, right in your lunch container, mix the cauli rice with lime juice, herbs, and vinegar. Add the cucumbers and carrots. In a small container, mix the hot sauce and mayo. Pack up the pork. Assemble when ready to eat!

Out of all the #Whole30 Compliant meals we’ve made, this is by FAR the BEST! So delicious! Have you done a Whole30? What are your takes? Let us know if you decide to start or have any questions! We will be happy to help where we can!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Friday “FabFitFun” Favorites: What’s in the box?

Well… if we’re not “real life” friends and you just follow our blog, the thought that Adam and I’s Newly Newlywed Adventures came to an end and we’ve gone our separate ways, might have crossed your mind. Happy to tell you, that is not the case!

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Proof! Here we are celebrating a ZTA Sister’s Birthday last month. 

Life continued on and blogging took a backseat. While I often thought about sitting down to my computer and typing up our story, I always thought of something else that just had to be done or felt like I was suffering from a case of the”writers block.”

While 2017 has been a year of changes and commitments {don’t worry we will get to that later} I sat down and told myself…I. Am. Going. To. Start. Blogging. Again!

Well, here I am! Hello there friends!

It might not be my longest post, my best post or a topic that even interests you, but here I am. Back to the keys that give me a voice and a platform to share our many {and not always exciting} Newly Newlywed adventures.

Recently, I got my first FabFitFun box…you know, those celebrity ads you always see circling around on Social Media?

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I was torn with the idea of signing up for another monthly box service, but LOVED the idea that I’d receive full size samples and a little bit of everything from fashion/beauty to cooking and traveling products. My first box arrived a few weeks ago {I shared the big reveal on Instagram @Hollywoodholly} and y’all I LOVED IT!

Two products that came in the shipment I have become obsessed with and use them daily…so obviously they are my Friday “FabFitFun” Favorites!

Juice Beauty: Soothing Eye Concentrate– L.O.V.E. This eye cream is made for every skin type and can be used daily to moisturize and visibly brighten eyes. Lately, I have been using it in the mornings {especially on days that I am not wearing makeup} to just give my eyes a little boost. I feel so awake after applying it. I love that it is an Organic product…literally y’all it is made with Avocado Oil, Carrots and Cucumbers…plus a few other things. You can pick it up on their website for $29…I will definitely be purchasing it again and am excited to try out their other products!

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Is there an organic beauty line you use? I’ve heard of Beauty Counter, but don’t know much about it. Share your favs with me!

Cargo_HD: Picture Perfect Highlighter (Bronze)Yes, please!  I am sure I am not using it 100% correctly, but I still LOVE this product! After I have finished my face, I apply the highlighter on my forehead (where my hair line is,) on my cheekbones and down my nose. It’s the very. last. thing. I put on. I have also started putting it on during days that I wear little to “no” makeup. After I apply the Juice Beauty goodness I’ll put on the Highlighter with a little Mascara for a perfect daytime pick-me-up.

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Product Update: Ugh! Sadly it is currently out of stock from all the FabFitFun lovers! Check back in and snag it when it’s back!

THANK YOU FabFitFun for introducing me to these two (and many more) amazing products. I can’t wait for my next box! (Woo hoo doing a little dance!) 

Curious? Give FabFitFun a try and get your first box for under $30! Simply “click” on FabFitFun and it will take you directly to a link with a discount. Yay! Trust me you will LOVE it!

Can’t wait to hear what you think about FabFitFun and these two products! We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts and I promise not to be such a stranger! Check back in Monday for a new post!

Monday’s Menu: Blue Apron Delivery Part II

Our first of three Blue Apron Meals was a success! Their Fresh Basil Fettuccine  recipe was oh-so good! We plan to make it again! Adam and I both had high hopes for our next two meals.

Next on the menu? Bhindi Masala with Paneer, Naan and Cucumber Raita.

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Don’t worry we had no idea what it was either!

We were recently introduced to Indian Cuisine from Adam’s cousin, Erik and our neighbors Kokil and Neil. We knew we loved Chicken Tikka Masala {a spicy chicken dish served over rice} Chicken Curry {thanks to Neil and Kokil} and thought surely we’d enjoy this Masala meal too.

Well….that is a debatable topic in the Fett Household. Adam loved the dish! Again, very surprising. I on the other hand had mixed emotions. The flavor was fantastic. I could eat the tomato based sauce over rice and veggies anytime. The Paneer Cheese… is an acquired taste. In all honesty, we googled it because we just knew we were eating Tofu! The cheese has a different texture and if you are a texture freak like me, you might want to substitute it for something else, like more veggies or a meat. Other than the texture of the cheese the dish was delicious! We would definitely make it again with a few changes.

Ingredients

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Instructions

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Dice the paneer cheese and onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Core and medium dice the tomato. Cut off and discard the okra stems; slice into 1-inch-thick rounds. Pick the cilantro and mint leaves off the stems. Grate the cucumber; place in a bowl with the yogurt. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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In a small pot, combine and boil the rice, a big pinch of salt and 11⁄2 cups of water. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

While the rice simmers, in a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer cheese; season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned on all sides.

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While the rice continues to simmer, add the garlic, onion and spice blend to the pan of paneer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the tomato and 3⁄4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and slightly thickened.

Add the okra to the pan of paneer and vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the okra is slightly softened.

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Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice between 2 bowls; top with the finished bhindi masala. Wipe out the pan.

Heat the same, dry pan on medium-high until hot. Working 1 piece at a time, add the store bought naan and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until lightly browned and warmed through. Carefully transfer to a cutting board; cut each warmed naan into 6 wedges. Garnish the bowls of cooked rice and finished bhindi masala with the cilantro and mint.

Serve with the naan wedges and raita on the side. Enjoy!

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The flavors were so good! Next time instead of using the Paneer we would substitute it for chicken.

Are you a fan of Blue Apron? What have been your favorite meals? Share them with us!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!