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Monday, October 9, 2017

|Lifestyle| The Purpose and Healing Tour {and Giveaway!}

Q: What do you get when two dynamic powerhouse women come together?

A: Your. Life.

Yes, you get your life!

Now more than ever I feel it’s so important to be intentional with everything that we do in order to live our best life. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always know how to do that.

Anyone else have a hard time ‘adulting’ or knowing how to be a grown up? Are there certain experiences holding you back from being your best self? 
As soon as I found out about this tour I made the decision to attend and I am so looking forward to the open conversations and lessons to be had/learned. I’m ready to be the best version of Marissa I can be!

And if you need to get your life then I suggest getting a ticket to The Purpose and Healing Tour with author Debbie London and The Purpose Professor, Dr. Eve HudsonI had the pleasure of interviewing these ladies to find out what the tour is all about and what we can expect to gain from attending.

1. What can attendees expect to get out of the tour? 

Attendees can expect an authentic personal development experience. When you think of the typical seminars you feel like someone is telling you what to do with your life from a pedestal. We on the other hand disarm our guests by showing them we are in the trenches with them and that the journey of purpose and healing doesn't have to be walked alone.

2. What would you like for them to take away from the tour? 

We would like them to walk away relieved knowing that they aren't alone in not having their shit together. However, there is beauty in vulnerability, accountability, and doing what's necessary to get unstuck and move forward in the direction you have always wanted to. This event provides the safe space and tools to jump start getting unstuck in the areas of healing and purpose.

3. What inspired you two to collaborate and create the Purpose + Healing Tour? 

Initially, I was going to do a book tour alone but I was speaking with someone who mentioned collaborating with women. I had a light bulb moment and immediately called Eve. She is super dope and super talented, it was a no brainer for us to come together and do what we have been called to do...change lives. Two heads are definitely better than one here. Our chemistry during the event couldn't be any more perfect. A collaboration made in heaven.

5. Raleigh is your last stop, are you excited to be heading to the city with your Alma Mater? 

Absolutely! Each city has had its own personality and vibe. For the finale, we have a strong feeling that this will be the best one yet. We are excited to see how it unfolds. We don't rehearse so everything flows organically and we follow the vibe of the audience when we are presenting. We really believe Raleigh is going to bring the house down and we are excited about it.

6. Will there be future tour dates and additional cities? 

We are discussing that. We have a few stipulations for this to continue. Although this was only 3 cities, there are so many moving parts that require a lot of time and funds to pull off. We have been able to pull this off seamlessly but with help we can do so much more. Our hope is to pitch this to someone who would sponsor and take on the promotion. We know what we have here is amazing but to take it to the next level we would need a large backing. Anyone reading this who can point us in the right direction or knows someone who would be interested in our pitch can email us at :-)

With all their accomplishments, these ladies are still so down to earth. I asked them 5 questions to get to know them better and this is what they had to say:

Fave 5
Fave guilty pleasure to watch on TV? 

Love and Hip Hop

Fave junk food guilty pleasure? 

Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked

Favorite splurge to treat yourself? 

Steak dinner with wine

Celebrity crush? 

Morris Chestnut

Favorite thing to do on the weekends? 

Travel and spend time with husBAE!

Fave guilty pleasure to watch on TV? 

Greenleaf, LHH-Hollywood, Black-ish, This is Us, Fuller House, Being Mary Jane...a little ratchet and sensible is what I like lol

Fave junk food guilty pleasure? 

Fried chicken is my number 1 lolol along with pizza and tacos (with extra sour cream)

Favorite splurge to treat yourself? 

Makeup and getting my hair done

Celebrity crush? 

Oprah, she is the type of influencer I aspire to be. My mind is drawing a blank on guys, I don't really crush on celebrities. I may think they are attractive but that's about it because they aren't attainable for us regular, none groupie girls lol.

Favorite thing to do on the weekends? 

Sleep and reset

Eve and Debbie have been kind enough to offer one of you a FREE general admission ticket for their event which takes place October 22nd at The Cannon Room in Downtown Raleigh.

You can enter using the widget below, and for those interested in purchasing a ticket you can do so here, be sure to enter code MARISSA for 20% off your ticket. There are several options, including VIP tickets with free swag bag and a meet & greet!

Hope to see you there! It’s sure to be a good time!


*Please note: The only required entry is leaving a blog comment, the rest are optional bonus entries*

Thursday, September 28, 2017

|Dinner in $15| One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Have you guys heard of one pot meals before?

I'll be honest, I'd heard of them, but was a skeptic. I mean, you're telling me that I can make an entire meal in ONE pot at the same time and it will taste good?!

No. Way. Dude.


Now I'm a believer!

You guys, this pasta dish is SO yummy!

I'm definitely looking forward to trying some more one pot recipes in the future! They are so convenient and easy on the wallet! Less than $15 to feed my family of 5!

You can find the original recipe here, I changed it up a bit by adding some kidney beans because I always like to give a recipe my own flair. Am I the only one?

If you have a favorite one pot dinner be sure to let me know in the comments!

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
A simple + quick + yummy dinner recipe!
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Box Rotini Pasta
  • 1.5 Cups Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • As a garnish Fresh Cilantro

Preheat a large deep skillet over medium heat.
Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked thoroughly. Drain grease.
Stir taco seasoning into ground beef then stir in water, beans and pasta noodles.
Bring mixture to a boil.
Stir, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cook for about 15 minutes until pasta is tender.
Turn off heat and stir in cheese.
Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Ground beef: $4.02
Pasta: $1.00 (on sale)
Taco Seasoning: $.97
Shredded Cheese: $2.99
Kidney Beans: $1.25

Total: $10.23 + tax [On budget! Yay!]

Dinner in $15 is a series that focuses on budget friendly + {mostly} healthy recipes for the family costing $15 or less. 

Happy eating! 


Monday, September 18, 2017

|Review| Mrs. Patels Fenugreek Bars

Any breastfeeding mama’s out there?

Yes? No? Maybe so?

Well, if you are a nursing mama or know one this post could be useful. If you’re not one…well it might not be so useful, BUT since we’re friends you’ll read it anyway? Right? Right. (That’s what friends are for 😉!)

I’m a nursing mama to baby AJ who is our 3rd baby and just the sweetest!

But being a mom of 3 keeps me busy and I don’t always hydrate and eat the way I need to in order to keep up my milk supply. Apparently pizza and gummy bears don’t help, who knew!?

In comes Mrs. Patels to save the day! I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while now and finally decided to place an order to try out the fenugreek bars. I decided to order the combo pack so I could try all the flavors, which include original fenugreek, chocolate fenugreek, and my personal favorite peanut butter fenugreek bars. The combo pack comes with 12 bars and need to be refrigerated upon arrival. They can also go in the freezer for up to 3 months if you don’t plan on eating them all right away.

Each batch is personally handcrafted, so if you’re an Amazon Prime addict like me – you’ll have to practice some patience as these do not come within 2 days! The wait is worth it!
The bars have an earthy and sweet flavor to them and as I mentioned the peanut butter was my favorite flavor of the three though the original and chocolate are tasty as well.

I ate 1 bar a day and noticed an increase in energy and milk supply by about ½ an ounce when I pumped, though typically I just feed him right from the tap ;). He always seemed to be full and happy which is my goal. I will note that a side effect to fenugreek is that you can exude a slight pancake syrupy smell from your pores. I don’t mind this, although it did make me crave pancakes! But overall, not the worst thing to smell like!

So, if you’re looking for a product to increase your milk supply Mrs. Patel’s is definitely worth the money. It’s also great that your first order is 20% off and they have specials all the time with other discounts that they advertise on their social media accounts.

Finally, I’d just like to add that while I am a huge breastfeeding advocate, I am NOT a breastfeeding Nazi! I always say: Breast is natural, but fed is best. So whether you choose breast, bottle, formula…as long as baby is happy and loved that’s what’s important.

To all the readers who are not nursing mamas but decided to be a friend and read this post, give your boobs a squeeze and thanks for being a friend! :)

And, for all my nursing mama’s that read this post, DON’T give yours a squeeze! Can’t risk the leakage! LOL!