Food: Skinny Turkey Rigatoni

skinnyrigatoni

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (32 oz.) of tomato sauce (I used Prego Traditional)
  • 1 lb. of ground turkey
  • 4 cups of cooked rigatoni, look for a whole wheat option (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta)
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) of shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 (1 oz.) of grated fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil water in a pot, cook rigatoni to al-dente (about 9 minutes).
  • Drain water from pasta.
  • Cook ground turkey in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-hot heat until browned. Stir to crumble.
  • Drain ground turkey well.
  • Spray 11 x 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine turkey, rigatoni, tomato sauce, and 1 cup of mozzarella in baking dish.
  • Top with 1/2 cup of mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. *Note: Make sure to cover every bit of pasta in sauce and cheese, if not…the pasta will be too firm.

I hope you enjoy this delicious meal! I’ve made it several times for my family and friends and it’s always a hit!

xoxo, Megan

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The Pros & Pros of Birchbox

the pros and pros of birchbox

Yes, yes I know, technically this should be titled “The Pros & Cons of Birchbox” but there aren’t any cons! Really! I signed up and received my first Birchbox in September. I have received several Birchboxes since then and I have loved every one of them!

I highly recommend getting a Birchbox because it is a fun and easy way to try new beauty products! Personally I don’t always have time to search through magazines and websites to find the latest and greatest beauty products. And frankly, not everyone has heard of some of the products — a lot of the products are new! Birchbox provides you with sample-sized products to try and eventually love! If you love what they send you, you can go to their website and buy the full-sized product!

Like I said before, I have received several Birchboxes so far. And so far, I have LOVED everything! Some of my favorite items that they have sent me are facial masks, leave-in conditioners, perfume, and lip gloss! I have bought one full-sized item from Birchbox and that was the Folle de Joie fragrance by Joie, which I adore. I spray it on my bed sometimes before I go to sleep because it seriously smells that good.

In my most recent Birchbox I received:

  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
  • Color Club Nail Polish
  • Derma E Soothing Skincare Collection
  • Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir fragrance sample
  • Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Bath Milks sample

I like to take my time trying out these products because you only get one Birchbox per month, gotta make it last! I can’t wait to try the Mox Botanicals Coconut & Vanilla Bean Milks sample because, like most women, I love a nice bath.

How To Receive a Birchbox:

  • Request an invite! Go to the Birchbox website.
  • Create an account with Birchbox
  • Sign up for your Birchbox subscription, fill out your beauty/grooming profile
  • Wait for your Birchbox!

What’s In a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription Birchbox includes 4-5 grooming products that include products from skin care to makeup, as well as exciting non-beauty items! These products vary in both brands and categories (skin care, lifestyle, makeup, fragrance, hair care, etc.).

How Much Is a Birchbox?

The women’s subscription for Birchbox is $10 per month, which is a great deal for such an awesome variety of sample products!

FYI:

  • There are men’s subscriptions for Birchbox — a great gift for your special someone, or even a family member!
  • Try to be specific while filling out your beauty/grooming profile and try to be open when choosing what you want Birchbox to send you! Remember, it is all about trying new things, so you want to have an open mind!

Now go out and buy yourself a Birchbox subscription!

xoxo, Megan

Food: Veggie Mac ‘N’ Cheese

veggie-mac

This is probably the easiest meal I’ve ever made, and it was delicious! As a college student, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to make a large, delicious meal from scratch. I found a recipe for Confetti Mac ‘N’ Cheese on Pinterest from http://www.peasandcrayons.com.

Veggie Mac N Cheese ingredients

What You’ll Need:

  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (I like the Three Cheese kind!)
  • Ingredients needed for Kraft recipe (milk and butter)

Instructions:

  • Make macaroni & cheese according to the directions on the box.
  • Heat frozen vegetables according to the directions on the bag.
  • Once both the macaroni & cheese and vegetables are ready, combine in a pot.
  • Serve & enjoy!

For the homemade recipe, go to http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2012/12/confetti-mac-and-cheese.html

xoxo, Megan

Six Things Southern Sorority Girls Adore

As a senior at the University of Mississippi and a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma (Delta Rho chapter), I know a thing or two about the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts of sorority fashion in the South. Being a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I have made both lifelong memories and friends.

Now that we’ve addressed the cliché why-I-love-my-sorority-talk, check out some of the must-haves for sorority girls in the South!

6 Things Southern Sorority Girls Adore

  • The Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda (top left) — An absolute must in order to stay organized in college and plan all of your sorority social and philanthropy events! This agenda comes in many fun, colorful prints!
  • The iPhone cover in Kappa Kappa Gamma print…of course! (middle top row) — Keep your phone covered, safe, and cute!
  • Pearl stud earrings (top right) — These are my go-to earrings on a daily basis while going to school, and pretty much every other day too! They’re an absolute classic. These earrings are the Tiffany & Co. Signature Pearl Earrings.
  • Rent the Runway! — This dress here is the ‘Cheetah Crawl Dress’ Mark & James by Badgley Mischka (bottom left) — I somewhat recently discovered Rent the Runway and I think it is down right brilliant! Seriously people, this website is GOLDEN. Rent the Runway is fantastic for date parties, formals, and other social events where you wouldn’t be caught dead in the same dress. If you want to know more about Rent the Runway and how it works, read my blog post about Rent the Runway.
  • The Tory Burch ‘Jaden’ Tote (middle bottom row) — Well I don’t have this, but I sure would love to! Every girl needs a cute and colorful tote to carry their homework and textbooks in.
  • The Metal Script monogram Necklace from Moon and Lola (bottom right) — I found out about Moon and Lola while reading a magazine years ago, I have loved it ever since. I never really monogrammed many things before college, just my Jon Hart Luggage, a scarf, towels, and bedding…okay so maybe I monogrammed a couple of things. But when I started my freshman year at Ole Miss I was in awe of exactly how many things girls (and even boys!) were monogrammed. I mean you name it: key chains, bath curtains, rain jackets, sweatshirts, Nike shorts…the list goes on and on! I immediately followed suit and I haven’t stopped since. My mom always said I have the perfect initials for a monogram (MHE). I’m going to be in quite the predicament whenever I get married…oops.

I hope you love these, I know I do!

xoxo, Megan

DIY: Buttoned Fleur-De-Lis

Buttoned Fleur-De-LisI was inspired to make this DIY project after I found a picture on Pinterest from the Gather Love Tumblr account. I especially loved doing this DIY project because I used all of my grandmother’s buttons, so it added a special factor to this decor piece.

What You’ll Need:

  • One picture frame (I bought mine from JoAnn’s but you can find one anywhere, such as Michael’s)
  • A small piece of fabric (measure according to your picture frame. I chose a neutral color so that the buttons would stand out.)
  • Buttons (LOTS of buttons — I used my grandmother’s buttons that my mother has kept in her sewing drawer for years!)
  • A hot glue gun (and extra hot glue sticks)
  • Spray adhesive glue
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stencil of a fleur-de-lis (I Googled “fleur-de-lis” and found one I liked, printed it off, and cut out the fleur-de-lis).

*I bought all of these things (except the buttons) at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store. You can find any of these items at any craft store, such as Michael’s.

Step 1: Carefully remove any cardboard or glass from the picture frame.

Step 2: Measure your fabric so that it fits the size of the picture frame glass.

Step 3: Use your spray adhesive glue to spray the piece of glass from your picture frame. Make sure to get the corners, but don’t spray too much so that it’s soaking wet. Then, carefully place your fabric onto the wet piece of glass. Smooth out any wrinkles and make sure it sits well on the glass and covers every corner. Cut the excess fabric around the piece of glass once the glue has dried (wait several minutes).

Step 4: Place your fleur-de-lis stencil (I printed mine off of Google and cut out the fleur-de-lis) onto your piece of fabric. Trace your fleur-de-lis with a pencil.

Step 5: Once you have all of the buttons you want to use (and you’ll need a lot) figure out where you want to place them inside your fleur-de-lis. I used a neutral color scheme and a large variety of texture and style for my buttons. I worked on small sections of the fleur-de-lis to see which size buttons fit where. I recommend that you DO NOT lay out all of your buttons and then glue…it makes it easier to do one section of the fleur-de-lis at a time.

Step 6: After you have placed your buttons where you want them (and where they fit), use your hot glue gun to glue the buttons to the fabric. Repeat this step until you’ve filled up your entire fleur-de-lis! I added extra buttons on top of other buttons so that every bit of space was filled up.

I hope you enjoy this piece of art as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan