Challenge #61: 30-Minute Meal Prep for the Week

 

Hey Ladies,

Alright, I’m sitting here…I just had dinner…I’m watching TV.

I’m just feeling like I’m in a bit of a dinner rut. Every time I go to make dinner, I’m just tired and it’s late, and I just kind of don’t care enough to really make anything.

I know meal prep is such a “thing” right now, so I’m just wondering what’s behind it…Is it helpful? Do you have to be super organized?

I thought we could all jump into some meal prep this week! Maybe we spend 30 minutes—thirty minutes meal prepping and we see what happens; we see what kind of tips and tricks you might have for everyone. And for me!

So, let’s jump into it! Whaddya think?

Alright, can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Challenge #60: Comfort Food Made Healthy

 

Team Bluebird + Blackberries!

We have been getting a lot of requests for healthy comfort food…

So this week, what about a Vintage Recipe Remix?

We take an old classic and turn it into a new classic—still comforting, but maybe a little more healthy...

Okay, G’bye!

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Challenge #59: 10-Ingredient Date Night IN

 

Okay ladies,

So I have a double challenge for us this week. Not only do I want us to try to do a 10-ingredient challenge...

But I want it to be a date night, which is doubly hard because it’s always hard to make a date feel like a date when you’re at home.

Soooo, let’s do it! Can we do it?

Ten-ingredient entertaining. Date Night.

That’s it. Okay, goodbye!

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Challenge #58: Makeup Brush Cleaning

 

Yay!

It is finally spring, you guys!

And with spring, usually comes spring cleaning…

I thought this week our challenge could be a little bit of a different kind of “spring cleaning.”

Something that I realized recently that I have neglected is my makeup brushes. I only started really wearing makeup in the last year or two a little more frequently, and I’ve realized that’s an area where I needed help with the spring cleaning.

So I am taking on the challenge of figuring out a really good way to keep these makeup brushes clean—which, in turn, will keep my skin clean!

I am one that likes to use lots of oils, so I have rose hip oil, I have a glow oil that I like to use, and sometimes even sweet almond oil. I use those for oil cleansing or just moisturizing, and they can all really “gunk up” my brushes!

That’s why I wanted to take on this challenge and figure out how to get those brushes clean!

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Challenge #57: Pressure Cooker Recipe

 

Hey Ladies!

Can you believe how many people now have pressure cookers?! It’s kinda crazy.

I mean, I never had one before, but everyone kept talking about it, so I got a Ninja Foodi. It’s a pressure cooker and an air fryer, but it works just like the Instant Pot that a lot of people are using—hey, maybe better?

So I thought we could all dive into some pressure cooking! I’m just getting familiar with it...

Let’s see what we come up with, and let’s see if this CRAZE is gonna last forever or be the next thing by the wayside.

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Challenge #56: Journaling

 

This week I challenged the girls to journaling for a week straight.

I want to know what their tips and tricks were, and how they got into the rhythm of doing it every day to make it more of a habit rather than just an occasional thing.

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Challenge #55: Tidying Up

 

Like everyone, I have a junk drawer…

So, after watching Marie Kondo’s show and reading her wonderful book, I have decided to start small and tackle my junk drawer.

This week, ladies, let’s focus on Marie Kondo’s tidying techniques, and see what we can accomplish—for a Jack$on or less!

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Challenge #54: 20-Minute Truffles

 

This week I challenged the girls to make chocolate truffles in 20 minutes or less for Valentine’s Day.

For me, time is so limited. So any chance I can get to make something while the baby‘s asleep—I really try to take advantage of it.

I can’t wait to see what the other girls come up with!

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Challenge #53: 20-Minute Ramen

 

Hey Ladies!

It is so cold out! The other day Damaris and I were looking at Kelsey Nixon’s Homemade Thai Coconut Ramen on her site. It looked so good!

What is it about ramen that just warms your belly?!

What we loved about Kelsey’s recipe is that it was really, really simple, but still really special.

So here’s what I’m thinking—we all do some ramen dishes this week. You can go as fancy or as not-fancy as you want as long as it’s done in 20 minutes or less. Quick and easy!

Cannot wait to see what you guys come up with. I can always use more ramen recipes!

I think I’m gonna go a little old school—back to the package for mine.

We’ll see what I come up with, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Byeeee!

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Challenge #52: Water Challenge

 

Okay, ladies, it is a New Year and so I think we should start it out strong!

 How ‘bout with a water challenge—eight 8-ounce glasses, 64 ounces total, every single day.

Can we do it?!

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Challenge #51: Stuffing Stockings for $20

 

This week I challenged the girls to an All About the Jack$on$ Stocking Stuffer Challenge.

Growing up, stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas. I couldn’t wait to see what little treasures my mom had hidden inside my stocking.

I’m really excited to see what the girls come up with this week!

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Challenge #50: Food Gift

 

It is the holidays and if you are anything like me, you are trying to figure out the perfect gifts to give to everybody.

Well, I’m gonna tell you about something that we do in my family. We always give food as gifts.

So, for this challenge, I’d like to see if you all can turn an old recipe—a family favorite—into a food gift.

Okay? Good luck! Goodbye!

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Challenge #49: 20-Minute Cookie Exchange

 

It is holiday time! That means parties, get-togethers, family traditions—all that good stuff with all kinds of gatherings going on.

And usually at least one of those is going to be a cookie exchange or dessert exchange of some sort.

So, for this week’s challenge, how about we do a quick-fix cookie exchange recipe!

Let’s see what we’ve got, ladies!

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Challenge #48: Upcycled Winter Wreath

 

Well guess what, ladies?

I’m about to start my holiday decorating and I just realized that I do not have a holiday wreath. I have this mangy old autumnal wreath that is kind of scary—like a witch!

But I don’t have a holiday wreath, and so here’s what I’m thinking—what if we turned something old into something new again?

Upcycled style. Wreath. How ‘bout it?

I know I’ve got some stuff that I can transform into a holiday wreath that would have otherwise been garbage. So, I’m challenging you to do the same. Let’s see what we come up with!

Alright, that’s the challenge. Can’t wait to see what you do. Goodbye!

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Challenge #47: "Fancy" Thanksgiving Mac + Cheese

 

This week I challenged the girls to a Fancy Mac and Cheese Contest!

Can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with! It’s the perfect weather for such a warm and hearty food.

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Challenge #46: $20 Holiday Centerpiece

 

Hey guys,

I have been out and about looking at all the new holiday stuff, and I’m feeling a little inspired to try to actually do a holiday table this year.

So I was thinking a fun challenge this week might be to do a holiday table. And let’s make it an All About the Jack$ons post.

So you’ve gotta keep it twenty bucks or less, ladies.

Let’s see what you can do!

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Challenge #45: 10-Ingredient Pumpkin Chili

 

Hey Ladies!

Okay, fall—it’s officially in full swing. And that means PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

Here’s what I recently saw online…pumpkin chili. Now I believe that veggies make all things better, but I didn’t really know how I felt about this one.

So I thought why not do a 10-ingredient entertaining challenge where we all make some pumpkin chili.

As a reminder, that means you get ten ingredients to make your chili and anything else you that you want to serve at the meal.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with. Hopefully the chilis are good. And if not, you know I want to hear about it anyway!

Alright, 10-Ingredient Entertaining Pumpkin Chili coming your way!

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Challenge #44: Charcoal Beauty Products

 

Well ladies, I was inspired by our Instagram question to followers last week asking what is the ongoing beauty trend.

Today happens to be my self-care day, and so I thought why not marry the two—incorporating your answers into something beauty-related.

One of the answers we got back was about the charcoal trend, so I thought it’d be really fun to see if everyone could do a charcoal mask, and then share what your experience was with it.

So let’s make this a Healthy Beauty Challenge with charcoal!

(Excuse the voice—I have laryngitis. Sorry, guys!)

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Challenge #43: Mythical Makeup

 

With Halloween approaching, I thought it would so much fun to challenge the girls to a Mythical Makeup Challenge!

Let’s just say it’s much harder than I thought, and I think I’ll have to stick to these Instagram filters instead…

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Challenge #42: Organizing Spices for a Jack$on

 

Hey ladies!

Alright, so, this is it! This is my new kitchen. And obviously, there’s a lot more space than my apartment in the city…

So I’m super excited to finally get organized. I’ve had dreams of organization for years! And the one thing I really want to tackle is my spice cabinet…

I have so many spices. So I’m really hoping that you guys can help me out—show me some of your ideas! What do you do to organize your spice cabinets?!

And hopefully it will give a lot of ideas to people out there who are also looking to organize this time of year.

 Oops, there’s a bee in here! Apparently, in the suburbs, there are a lot more bugs, too!

Alright, I’m gonna go tackle that. You guys tackle this challenge, and I’ll see ya later!

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