Shrimp Zoodles

I made the most delicious shrimp and zoodle dinner last night, and posted it on my snap story. I had a ton of positive feedback and questions about he recipe so I figured I would post it here.
I have been trying to eat mostly gluten free dishes, so that’s why I swapped the zoodles in instead of regular pasta. 
I also made this recipe up and mostly eye balled it. So everything is estimated, but it’s pretty easy to make! 

Shopping List :

  • Five Zuchinnis 
  • Four lemons
  • Parsley 
  • Box of Cherry tomatoes 
  • Bag of shrimp (wild caught in the USA)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic 
  • Glass of white wine

Steps:

  1. Thaw shrimp on the sink 
  2. Spiralize all the zuchinnis and throw them in a separate dish with a little olive oil. Keep them on low heat, and make sure to turn off heat after five minutes or so. They cook super fast! 
  3. In a separate large pan mix the thawed shrimp with cut cherry tomatoes. Throw in 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, two cloves of garlic, salt & pepper, and finally a little wine. I was sipping on some white wine and tossed it in there for good measure.
  4. Cook the sauce and shrimp for about five minutes or until hot. Throw some fresh parsley and mix in.
  5. Combine the zoodles and the sauce. Top with fresh Parmesan and you’re done! Enjoy! 
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The Grand Hall at Power & Light

Hello! Many of you know that I work as an event manager at the newest landmark event space, the Grand Hall at Power & Light here in Kansas City. We recently had our showcase to show off our space! It was so much fun, and everyone had a great time. Special thanks to our wonderful vendors:

 

Flowers: Bergamont & Ivy

DJ/ Photo Booth: Icon Event Group

Cake: Baked Expressions

Event Planner: Reagan Barnes

Caterers: Pierponts at Union Station, Shining Stars, Above and Beyond, Delish Catering and Olive Events

Gown & Tux: The Gown Gallery

Decor: Ultra Pom and Sarah Sahli

Hair & Makeup: Hello Lovely KC

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Monday  Blues

Monday is here. The weekend has come and gone so fast. This outfit is perfect for starting off your week right! 

Outfit Details:

Top: Toni Navy Crop Top

Skirt: Ann Taylor Grey Ponte Pencil Skirt

Shoes: Steve Madden Nude Sling Backs

Earrings: Kate Spade White Diamond Studs

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Art Deco Wayfarer

30 Minute Beef Pho 

So I’m kinda obsessed with Pho right now. Especially with it being fall, I’m always in the mood for something warm. 

As much as I love Ipho Tower here in KC. I wanted to try out making my own. 
This recipe serves at least 8 if not more. I made large portions so I could eat the leftovers at work this week! It’s not authentic Pho by any means, but it’s pretty yummy! 
Shopping list:

  • Beef (of your preference) 
  • Rice noodles
  • Limes
  • Cilantro
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Pho Broth 
  • Jalapeños 
  • White Onion
  • Green Onions

Directions:

  • Pour two broth boxes into pot and bring to boil
  • Thinly slice white and green onion
  • Put onions in boiling broth 
  • Slice beef and put in the broth 
  • Let cook on medium for ten minutes (or until beef is cooked to your preference)
  • Cook rice noodles following instruction on package
  • Wash and slice toppings

Tip: keep noodles, toppings, and broth separate for leftovers. They keep better this way. 
Combine noodles with broth, and serve with toppings! 

My Fitness Journey

 

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Today I achieved my first fitness goal, and I want to share my story in hopes of encouraging others out there!

This past summer a lot of big changes happened in my life that were out of my control. It sucked, and I didn’t really know what to do with myself or my life. Initially, I didn’t handle it all as gracefully as I would have hoped, but after a few weeks of being absolutely miserable I decided to do something about it. When all these big changes and events happened, I was in the worst shape of my life. This was the result of terrible eating habits and not working out regularly. I had gained a unhealthy amount of weight and didn’t feel great about it. We all have different body shapes and sizes, but for me specifically I was at an unhealthy weight for my height and shape. I really hadn’t noticed how bad it had gotten until I saw a picture of me in a swimsuit that was taken of me on vacation. Even my doctor mentioned her concern about my weight gain. Instead of dwelling on all the problems and changes around me, I decided to control the controllables. I was tired of letting outside circumstances determine how I felt and how my life was going. It was my life after all, so why was I sitting there allowing these things affect me?

It came to a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to make the changes that needed to happen. Some were in my life, some were in my career, but the main one was my health. So I decided to start doing what I love and live a healthier lifestyle. I have always tried to eat healthy and work out when I can, but I never fully dedicated myself to it because I always had outside distractions and other priorities. I finally decided to make myself and my health a priority.

I started focusing my time and energy on people, habits, and things that bettered me. I stopped eating out so much, and if I do- I try ordering healthier options. I also stopped drinking beer, which was HUGE for me. I try avoiding dairy and gluten, because my body just doesn’t love the two of those things for some reason! I focus on eating Whole Foods. Foods that I’ve come to love! Foods that are untouched and free of additives. Now I still don’t eat perfectly, but I can say my diets at least 75% better- and it makes a world of a difference. These are just a few of the changes I have made.

Keep in mind- this also took me at least 4 months to get into the habit of all this. It wasn’t easy by any means. I have days where I just want to have a DAS Boot and some buff chick mac n cheese and thats OKAY. We are all human! It’s not the end of the world. One prime example of this is a few Sundays ago. I had a long weekend of working and just wanted to “treat” myself. I decided to order Pizza Hut. In addition to a pizza, I got wings. I ate almost half of the pizza and the entire box of wings. Did I feel great after it? No. Was it delicious? Yes. Whatever! It happens, but I learned to not let the small things set me back. We have to cut ourselves some slack every once in awhile, and not be so hard on ourselves. Find what works for YOU. Some things work for others that don’t work for me, and some things work for me that don’t work for others. You just have to go with it, and listen to your body.

I also joined a gym and actually started going on a consistent basis. I had always held a gym membership wherever I lived, but barely managed to go once a week. And when I did go, I would walk around the gym trying to find a machine I could possibly figure out how to use. LOL. So instead of doing that, I started going to group classes with friends, and even started BBG again. BBG has been a life changer for me. It provides easy to follow step by step workouts. That literally anyone can do. I love it because I don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout in.

I just got to Week 6 of #bbg and that’s the furthest I have ever gotten in the program. It’s been quite the journey, but I can honestly say I’ve never been healthier and happier! I feel great and I’m enjoying myself. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my body. It’s only been four months, but I am excited about what’s to come! It can only get better from here. I wanted to share my story, because it’s not perfect and it’s genuine. I hope it can be encouraging. Just do you, and learn what works for you and your body. We are all different, and all struggle with different stuff. Just know you aren’t alone.

 

Genuinely, 

Annie

The Sunday Funday

This comfy outfit is perfect for a Sunday Funday! What’s better than a comfy and cute outfit for a Sunday brunch?! This outfit is affordable and versatile. You can wear the flannel and boots with just about anything. I’m definitely enjoying this Fall weather we are having in KC, but if it were colder you could throw on some high-knee socks to keep warm.

 

Outfit Details:

Sweater Dress: Kinsie- Sweater Dress in Camel

Flannel: American Eagle

Eyewear: Ray-Ban Classic Aviator

Boots: Charlotte Russe Tan Suede Boots

bag: Marc Jacobs Natasha Crossbody

 

 

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