Cheesy chicken sausage and peppers low carb pasta!

I came up with this recipe on a whim the other night and holy moly it is SO GOOD. I love these Palmini noodles and make a lot of different pasta dishes using them. I swear these noodles really fill the pasta void! This recipe is basically no carb considering it’s made of almost all fiber and veggies. It’s one of my favorites. Let me know what you guys think if you make it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of ghee
  • 3 pre-cooked Italian chicken sausage links (sliced into bite size pieces) Any brand will do
  • 1 can of Palmini Hearts of Palm Noodles
  • Sliced red, green and yellow peppers. I use about 1/4 of each and slice the pieces up
  • 1/3 of a white onion sliced
  • 1 cup of sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

  • Run the Palmini noodles under cold water for 1 minute. Pat dry using a paper towel until they are almost dry. Set aside. I recommend using a salad spinner if you have one. This really helps dry out the noodles!
  • Heat a large pan and melt the ghee in the pan
  • Add the mushrooms to the pan and season with salt and pepper
  • Sauté the mushrooms for 5-8 minutes, until they begin to soften
  • Add the onion and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes
  • Add your peppers and Sauté until a bit soft, 8ish minutes (feel free to cover the pan to cook faster)
  • While your veggies cook, prep your ricotta sauce
  • Mix the ricotta, onion powder and Italian seasoning into a bowl. Set aside.
  • Once your veggies are cooked, add the Palmini noodles to the pan and mix them so everything is evenly combined
  • Add the ricotta mixture to the pan and coat the noodles and veggies
  • Once all coated, place into a pasta bowl
  • sprinkle a little pecorino Romano cheese on top for added flavor
  • ENJOY!

xoxo-J

Seeing stripes

   

Coat: Club Monaco Turtleneck: Wolford Skirt: Asos Necklace: Amazon Hair clip: Asos Earrings: Mango Handbag: Gucci Bracelet: Amazon


Hi guys! I am heading to Austin for SXSW with my sister Britta and my sister in law Lisa in two weeks and the countdown is ON. I have been doing some shopping for the weekend and bought this really cute skirt from Asos. It’s lightweight but I figured I’d try to style it for the winter to get more wear out of it! I paired it with a black turtleneck bodysuit and my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots to help keep me warm. I bought this Club Monaco coat two years ago and have gotten SO much use out of it. I have worn it in posts here, here, here, here and here! I love it so much that I also bought the same coat in pink which you can see here, and here ! They still make this same style and it’s currently on sale for $350. I have clearly gotten my wear out of it and I think it’s so timeless.

I am home with Charlee today because they decided to close our daycare due to the storm.  I fully expected a winter wonderland when I woke up, but it basically is just rain! Oh well, at least I get to spend some special time with my girl :).

I hope you guys have a great start to your week!

xoxo-J

 

Found my Happy

  

^^Gummy bears are what make Charlee happy! ^^

Photography by Brandon John

Found my Happy Women’s tee | Found my happy toddler tee

I think your personal definition of “happy” changes when you have a baby. It did for me anyway. Instead of happiness being 100% about myself, my happiness extends into the happiness of another human being, my sweet Charlee! The things that make me happy, have quite simply, simplified. I find joy in the little things. Charlee humbles me, and the things that used to make me happy don’t really do it for me as much anymore. I guess a good example would be how much a designer bag used to make me happy. I used to save up and buy bags. They would bring me so much joy! Want to know something really funny? I have’t bought a new bag in over a year! Why not? It doesn’t make me feel as happy as it used to. Instead, I find so much joy in buying Charlee new Stride Rites, or wearing matching outfits haha!

I was so excited when Found My Happy reached out to partner. Found My Happy is a new, feel-good apparel & accessories brand that lets you live, wear & express your happy! They have apparel for the whole family and their message is to spread happiness!  “Always Happy Your Way Through Life” is the Found My Happy mantra because life is so much better when you do! How sweet is that?

They have so many cute options of matching tees including the ones we are wearing above! As a gift to you guys (because you all make me so happy!), we are offering a 20% off discount on any item on their site using the code “Let’s Jess Up.”

Make sure to head over to www.foundmyhappy.com to scoop these up! Check out my other faves below:

 Women’s Girl Power Tee  | Toddlers Girl Power Tee

 Always Happy Your Way Through Life Toddler Tee

Finally, I thought I’d share a really random list of things that make me happy:

-When I go into Charlee’s room in the morning and she smiles so big

-When you catch the subway just in time and your morning commute goes seamlessly

-Date night with my husband

-Sunny days

-Summer

-When I nail a new recipe

-Cooking for my family

-Spending time with my family and friends

-Travel

-Fresh sheets

-a bath

-Watching TV on the couch with my hubby

-A really good glass of red wine

-When Charlee randomly hugs me

-My alone time in the morning

-Drinking on a NYC rooftop

-Sweden

-Spending quality time with my Momma

-Checking everything off my to-do list

-A clean house

-That feeling you get after a really hard workout

-Coffee first thing in the morning

-Laughing with my sister and brother

-My nephew Joe

-Getting dressed up

-Friday and Saturday nights

-Giving back to those less fortunate

-My blog and all of you who read it!

-Massages or any type of self care

-SLEEP!

What makes you happy?! Leave a note in the comment section below!

 

 

Hair swag: The new go-to accessory

Photography by Shadi Garman

Hair accessories are all the rage right now. From oversized fabric headbands, to dainty hair clips like the one I am wearing in the photos above, the hair accessory is the new IT accessory.

I recently got a hair makeover and weirdly having short hair makes it easier to style and use accessories! I wanted to share some of my favorite hair accessories for you guys to shop in case you want to try this trend for yourself!

 

 

 

Water that curbs your hunger!

 

Photography by Brandon John

Wanu Water: C/O

No, the title of this blog post is not a typo! I have actually discovered a water that curbs my hunger!!! I feel like I am sharing some undiscovered secret but if you have tried Wanu Water then you’re in the know!! As many of you know, I am a devoted F-factor follower, where fiber is the secret to my weight loss after baby. Wanu Water bottles contain 6 GRAMS OF FIBER in every bottle and only 2g net carbs, which is the secret behind curbing your hunger. Their water is nutrient infused and flavored and they are the first to market with 10 essential nutrients in every bottle. They contain no sugar (are lightly sweetened with a monkfruit-stevia blend) and are officially #FFactorApproved by Tanya (the founder of F-factor.)

When the team at Wanu Water reached out to me to see if I wanted to try their product, I was super skeptical. I mean, a water that curbs hunger sounds like a joke! What I can honestly say though, is that this water really does what it says! I drink Wanu all throughout my day and at different times. My favorite time to drink Wanu is before my morning workouts. I used to wake up super hungry in the morning but I don’t like to eat before a workout, so this made the hour between Charlee waking up and day care drop off tough. Wanu helps keep me from feeling super hungry at this time and also gets me hydrated for my workout! I also love to drink wanu in the afternoon in between meals. This keeps me on track and keeps me from snacking on foods that aren’t good for me. You can use wanu in your shakes too! The options are endless!

As a special offer to my blog readers, we wanted to share a discount code to order your very own package of  wanu from wanuwater.com . Us the code: JESS24 to save 24% off your order at wanuwater.com. Valid today through Friday 3/1! Make sure to stock up!

xoxo-J

*This post was published in partnership with Wanu Water. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

 

Mediterranean baked salmon with spinach, red onion, tomatoes and feta cheese!

I have never been a huge fan of fish. I honestly never ordered it when I was out to dinner and rarely made it as a dinner at home. That all changed when I started the F-factor diet. I knew that fish was a great lean protein option and I set out to challenge myself to come up with some delicious fish entrees. I started looking up recipes and came across a few recipes that called for salmon to bake in parchment. I figured I’d try to cook my salmon this way and added a few different veggies etc. until I got this just right. This salmon dish is THE EASIEST dish I cook and absolutely delicious. Everything is thrown into the same piece of parchment paper and cooked all together. All you have to do is remove from the paper and serve! Keep in mind, this recipe makes two servings, but just add an extra 2 servings etc. if serving more than two people. Also, I have used this recipe with other types of fish as well, including halibut and cod! It tastes just as delicious! I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 fresh salmon filets. I purchase my salmon from Trader Joe’s.
  • Olive Oil spray
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • Cherry tomatoes (however many you want…I usually add 5 per filet)
  • Sliced red onion (about 1/4 of a red onion)
  • salt and peper
  • crumbled feta cheese
Directions:
  • Take a piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. On one half of the paper, spray the olive oil baking spray so that it covers the entire half of the parchment paper. Repeat this step for however many pieces of salmon you will be serving
  • Place a handful of spinach on top of the parchment paper and olive oil spray
  • Top the spinach with the salmon, skin down
  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper
  • Top the salmon with the sliced red onion and cherry tomatoes. You can place them on top or around the salmon.
  • Cover the salmon with the other side of the parchment paper. Make sure it is wrapped up and closed so no air gets in
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20- 30 minutes. This depends on how you like your salmon cooked. I prefer mine well done and tend to bake for 30 minutes
  • Take the salmon out of the oven and scoop onto a plate
  • Top the salmon with crumbled feta cheese
  • ENJOY!

Xoxo-J

A denim jumpsuit and 9 things.

 

Photography by Brandon John

Jumpsuit: Mango Coat: Club Monaco Turtleneck: Express Shoes: Zara (old) similar here Hat: Mango also love this option Earrings: Mango

Hi! I bought this jumpsuit a few weeks ago and I am so happy I did. What a fun piece to have in my closet! I love that it’s super versatile. I paired it with a turtleneck here, but can’t wait to wear it this spring unbuttoned and with some cute wedges.

Here’s a few random things that have been on my min lately that I wanted to share:

  1. We just watched Generation Wealth on Amazon prime TV last night. It was so good but also very disturbing.
  2. I can’t wait until the weather is nicer. I love NYC but this is my least favorite time of year. Winter always lasts too long.
  3. I made these F-factor red velvet cupcakes this week and they did not disappoint!
  4. I bought Charlee a bunch of new clothes from Amazon last week. Her new big girl class at daycare doesn’t allow for onesies, so I had to buy tees and some new leggings. I was super impressed with the quality, not to mention the great price! These leggings are 5 for $25 and these tees are on sale for $22! 
  5. So many of you have asked about the hat I am wearing in this photo. This specific one is sold out, but the same hat in another color is available.  I just bought it lol!
  6. I may be late to the party, but I just discovered Alo Yoga. I ordered this yoga top and these leggings.  Best quality ever. I highly recommend this brand!
  7. I recently partnered up with a brand called Wanu Water. Each bottle has 6 grams of fiber in it and only 2 grams net carbs. The water keeps you hydrated AND full. I have been drinking the water before my workouts in the morning because I don’t like to eat before I work out. The water keeps me hydrated and takes away that feeling of hunger. I am obsessed!
  8. This weekend is a long weekend (President’s Day) and we are staying in the city and relaxing. Matt and I really love to stay in the city on holiday weekends. It’s much quieter and chill.
  9. We are heading down to NC next weekend to visit my family. I am so excited to see everyone, especially my little nephew :). He is getting so big!!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo-J

My Daily Routine-Thursday

       Photography by Shadi Garman

I thought it would be fun to share my typical Thursday routine with you guys. I juggle a few different jobs, I am a Mom, a blogger, a stylist and a non-profit fundraising consultant. I devote specific time and days to each of these projects but thought i’d share my typical Thursday schedule in case you’re curious.

6:25 A.M: Alarm goes off, I snooze a bit but i’m out of bed by 6:30 A.M. If I don’t plan on working out that morning, I’ll hop in the shower and get ready for the day. Today is Thursday and I am working from home, so instead of getting showered and ready, I put on workout clothes. I plan on working out this morning. I like to wake up before Charlee so I am less all over the place trying to get everything done before day care drop off. It’s also the only time I really have for myself and I cherish it!

7:00 A.M: Charlee wakes up! Charlee wakes up anytime between 7 and 8 A.M. It truly depends on the day. If she ever wakes up before 7 (which rarely happens), I make her chill in her crib until 7. She’s really good about that and will play with her stuffed animals. When Charlee wakes up, I get her dressed and ready for the day, then she gets a bottle of milk (4 ounces).

7:00 A.M-7:55 A.M: I spend the hour of 7-8 finishing getting dressed and the house together. I like to make the bed, unload the dishwasher from the night before and do a load of laundry. Charlee is at an age where she isn’t into things as much so she kind of follows me around throughout the house :). I like to have her “help” me by unloading the dishwasher together etc. It’s so cute! I feel way more centered and less stressed when my house is clean and I like to start the day with a clean slate so to speak. During this time I also give Charlee a snack (she eats breakfast with her class at daycare) and get her all set for school.

7:55 A.M. Walk Charlee to daycare. We are lucky enough that Charlee’s daycare is in our building, so I don’t have to commute far. Charlee and I walk from our apartment, downstairs, outside and around the corner to her daycare for drop off at 8:00 A.M.

8:15 A.M. Back home and time to work out. I like to work out first thing in the morning if I can. I find that it sets my intention for the day. On Thursdays I work from home from 9-2, so I do a 25-35 min workout when I get back from daycare drop off. I like Melissa Wood Health and Dancebody. I switch off between those two at-home workouts.

8:45 A.M. Shower and get ready for the day.

9:00 A.M. Get to work! I work part-time for a non-profit consultancy and crowdfunding website called Charidy. I work Monday-Thursday 9-2. I work from home Mondays and Thursdays and I am in the office in Brooklyn on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am off Fridays and devote that day to my styling business and blog. I LOVE my job with Charidy and find such joy and meaning working with non-profits. My day consists of speaking with directors of non-profits and sharing with them how we could potentially partner on fundraising campaigns. I deal with all negotiations, contracting, and strategizing for potential and inbound clientele. I also work with the marketing team and support their strategy and overall efforts. Every day is different!

2:00 P.M. I am done with work for the day! I pick Charlee up from daycare at 3:00 P.M. so this hour is spent however I need it. On Thursdays I usually schedule a quick blog shoot from 2-3 (that’s what I am doing today). Sometimes I will run an errand or get my nails done. I also use this time to write blog posts or work on the blog in some capacity.

3:00 P.M. Pick up Charlee from daycare!

3:00-5:00 P.M: Hang with Charlee! This time of day varies each week. Most of the time I set up a playdate with a friend of Charlee’s from school, or we will head outside to the park for an hour or so if the weather is nice. I like to prep for dinner during this time and finish up any necessary tasks that I wasn’t able to tend to during the beginning of my day. I like to take some time to really play with Charlee. There’s always something to get done, but this is our special time so I do my best to be present with her in the afternoons :).

5:00P.M.: I feed Charlee dinner at 5:00 P.M. Eventually I’d love to all sit down to eat together, but Charlee goes to bed at 7:00P.M., making this hard to do at the moment.

5:30: Matt gets home! Matt likes to have some special time with Charlee so every day when he gets home, he takes her into our bedroom to play with her and change out of his suit after work. I always hear giggles from the room as they play “chase” and jump on the bed. It’s so cute.

6:00-7:00P.M: This time is a busy time for us! It’s wind down time, bath time, bottle time and then 7:00 P.M. is sleepy time for Miss Charlee Q. Matt and I split the parenting and tag team it. Some nights he will do the bath and I’ll do book and bedtime, and then other nights we flip flop. Either way, the schedule stays the same for Charlee.

7:00P.M: Matt will go downstairs to workout at the gym in our building once Charlee goes to sleep. During this time I prepare dinner for us. If you follow me on Instagram you know this and see my step-by-step videos 🙂

7:45 P.M: Eat dinner!

8:00 P.M-9:30 P.M: Work on the blog! I have very busy days and also have a part-time job so I work on the blog during this time. Matt and I sit on the couch and put on Netflix and I work on my blog as well as my styling business. It varies week to week.

9:30 P.M: Stop working and relax! I am someone who has a tough time relaxing but I force myself to stop working at 9:30 no matter where I am on a project. This keeps me from burning out.

10:30-11:00P.M. ish: Go to bed!! Matt and I try and go to sleep before 11. I like to get at least 7 hours.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you all liked it, I will continue and share more day routines throughout the week!

xoxo-J

 

 

Free Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! For those of you who are a little behind in planning, here are some romantic and FREE Valentine’s Day ideas.

  • Hide notes around your significant other’s home, car, coat, purse, briefcase etc. for him/her to find throughout the day.
  • Create-your-own-adventure-style coupon. Real Simple offers a free download here!
  • Cook for your significant other. This is what Matt and I are planning on doing. We are going out Saturday night instead of Thursday so we plan to cook a special meal together on V-Day night 🙂
  • Fill a decorated jar with Post-it notes of compliments and things you love about your partner. Tell them to open one a day for the next month. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!
  • Make their favorite dessert. Matt loves white chocolate mousse so I made this for him last year. It didn’t turn out so great but he still loved the gesture!
  • Frame one of your favorite photos of the two of you and give it to your partner. Maybe add a special note written on the back that only the two of you know is there.
  • Plan an indoor picnic with wine, bread and cheese. Lay out blankets and pillows and get cozy. fireplace also a plus!
  • Print out a free V-day printable and write them a love-note.
  • Decorate the fruit in your fruit bowl with a sharpie. “I am bananas over you” on the bananas and “We make a great Pear” on the pears lol!
  • Wake up before your partner and bring them breakfast in bed
  • Send random text messages throughout the day of some of your favorite memories together
  • Send your significant other to work with a prepared lunch. Don’t forget to include a love note inside 🙂

I hope these were helpful for any of you that were lacking inspiration! I need to get started on my love-note post its ;)!

xoxo-J

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for her!

I can’t believe it’s already February 7th! The 1 week countdown to Valentine’s Day begins! I wanted to share a small roundup of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the lady in your life. Hint hint Matt ;)!

  1. Michelle Watch: I LOVE this watch brand. They have some stunning watches but are a bit pricey. This one is just as beautiful but comes in a silicon strap making it less expensive. I also love the blush color!
  2. Heart Glasses: I love the St. Laurent heart sunglasses but who wants to spend over $450 on sunglasses that may be out of style next summer?! I love a good ole’ dupe and found these on Amazon. I may buy the red too!
  3. Mini Staud Bag: I treated myself to this little bag last spring and absolutely ADORE it. It’s such a fun color and I love the vinyl. You can actually remove the insert which is sometimes fun to do making it a see through purse.
  4. Custom fragrance by Ole Factory: I was invited to create my very own personal fragrance at Ole Factory before the Holidays last year. You can actually purchase my personal fragrance here and get the behind the scenes experience from this post.  I think this is the coolest gift idea, especially for Valentine’s Day!
  5. Venus et Fleur Roses: I have actually never received these but am secretly dying to get them. I mean, roses that last a whole year?! YES PLEASE! I love the look of these roses and think they are a brilliant and thoughtful gift. They are super expensive of course, but even just receiving a single rose in a box is thoughtful, don’t you think?!
  6. Converse x Commes de Garcones PLAY: I have these sneakers and am obsessed. Matt got them for me a few years ago before everyone started wearing them. He is such a trend setter ;). I think these are a cute and stylish Valentine’s Day gift!
  7. Pearl Encrusted Headband: It’s all about the hair accessory this season and I am totally jumping on board. I love this headband in both the black and cream. It immediately takes your look to the next level of chic.
  8. Burberry Scarf: This classic scarf is absolutely beautiful and will never go out of style. I love the pink color!
  9. Ring set: I love this delicate ring set. Such a dainty and pretty group of accessories!
  10. Mini beach tote: Let’s face it, around this time of year everyone is itching to get to the beach. This little beach tote is the perfect V-day gift for your lady if you have a warm weather trip in the future or even if you don’t!

xoxo-J