Obsessed with Overnight Oats

We all want the same thing on weekday mornings: quick, easy breakfast that also tastes gourmet. And when you’re left with either a bowl of Lucky Charms (minus the charms, because you ate them all) or a piece of toast with peanut butter, it’s hard to think that either of those is inherently gourmet. Insert: overnight oats. This Pinterest trend was something I always overlooked. Months ago, when I first saw a pin about it, I thought it seemed strange to eat oats that hadn’t been heated up with water in the microwave. Furthermore, my oats expertise hadn’t diverged much from Dinosaur Eggs oatmeal, the OG oatmeal of my childhood. But overnight oats are on the rise, so I decided to give them a try. And I’m SO glad I did.

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Overnight oats are the perfect easy meal, and it’s portable for those mornings when you really need your breakfast on-the-go. I’m also a fan of the fact that you can mix and match ingredients to your liking. My favorite: blueberries. Blueberries are perfectly in season right now, and they’re just so delicious.

Necessary for making overnight oats: use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats for a much less soggy morning crunch.

Take my advice and take a leap of good faith. These oats take seconds to prepare the night before, and taste like a party in your mouth the next morning.

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Simple Overnight Oats

Yields 1 Serving

Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats (I used Quaker)
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 spoonfuls vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) blueberries
  • Sprinkle of brown sugar (I used Domino pourable brown sugar)

Directions:

  • Combine oats, milk, yogurt and berries in that order in a mason jar. Tighten lid on mason jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, sprinkle on brown sugar, and enjoy cold!

Home Decor Wishlist

Living in a sublet sucks. Well, let me clarify my statement. It doesn’t really suck that much when you have pretty cool roommates and a great room. It’s just not fun when half of your belongings are still packed away in Sterilite containers, all the furniture in your room technically isn’t yours, and you don’t know where you’re going to be after three months from now. So yeah, that sucks.

The interior decorating and DIY guru inside of me NEEDS to be satisfied. And due to my inability to decorate my bedroom now, I’ve been spending WAY too much time on Pinterest and on home decor blogs.

I’m stuck with the satisfaction of decorating a virtual pin board instead of DIYing my own decor and making myself at home. Here’s a look at my current obsessions and desires: AKA my home decor wishlist as described by near perfection from Pinterest.

  1. A Makeup VanityI used to have a built-in standing vanity in my last apartment. It was everything ANY beauty lover would want. And now that I’ve moved, it looks like I’m going to have to invest in a sitting vanity. I want one that can double as a work station (aka enough room for my laptop and maybe some folders), but stylish enough to be decorational as well.

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  2. A Coffee CartJorge and I are both avid coffee drinkers. Our coffee guzzling lifestyle NEEDS to be fulfilled with a fully functioning coffee cart that houses our numerous mugs and the Nespresso maker that I might one day be able to afford. Plus, DAMN, they are so cute.

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  3. New Throw Pillows 

    I LOVE throw pillows. The more, the merrier. At my last apartment, before I moved in with my boyfriend, I had several gray throw pillows that matched my crisp white bedding. In our new apartment, however, Jorge and I bought a new dark gray comforter and this comforter deserves new throw pillow covers.Throw Pillows 3 Throw Pillows 2 Throw Pillows 1

     

  4. A Reading NookEvery perfect bedroom  has a cozy reading nook where you can curl up with a novel at the end of a tough workday or you can read the best of the style section in the Times on a Sunday morning. And I totally know that I’m WAY ahead of myself (rather, my salary) when I say that I want a reading nook. But it’s worth the splurge for a comfy chair, a throw blanket and some soft pillows.

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Project Redecorate

I’m in a complete and total redecorating mood. All I want to do is start over with my bedroom. Even though I know I’ll be moving (most likely to a different state) in the next few months, this little urge isn’t going to go away.
I blame my time at HGTV, which has me staring at issues upon issues of home decorating tips or looking at a computer screen full of pillows.

So yesterday I decided to start a Pinterest board to organize all my redecorating desires. Here are a few of my favorite finds. I can’t wait to get my hands on these when I get back to Madison.

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Clockwise from top:  Lamp: Walmart, $14.97; Paris clock: Walmart, $10.97; Utility cart: Amazon, $54.80; Bird cage candle holder: Joann Fabrics, $3.99; Marquee light: Target, $9.99

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Clockwise from top: Brown pillow: Target, $18.00; White pillow: Target, $17.00; Wire basket: Target, $21.24; Pink pillow: Dormify, $5 (on sale!)

[Miss] Organized

I’m mad jealous of all the chic desks at HGTV. I guess that’s what you get when you work at a magazine that quite literally shows people how to decorate their homes inexpensively. And on top of that, my addiction to Pinterest is one that low-key consumes my life. So I’m always pinning the cutest desk organization inspiration.

So there I was, knee deep in Krylon spray paint in the middle of Chelsea while in lines at Michaels. And what does Michaels ALWAYS have conveniently located at their checkout lines? The dollar section of “things we need but never know we needed.”

So as I waited in line to check out with my rainbow assortment of spray paints (#internprobs), I took the time to pick up a few things to decorate my intern desk with at the office. At only $1.50 per item, I decided on a pink tinted jar to hold my pens, a giant pink clothespin (because, necessary), a white dish with vintage keys printed on it to hold knick-knacks and, lastly, a miniature picture frame which I used to frame a print out of a sign saying “let it snow.”

I have to admit it: on a tiny budget and with very little room in my suitcase to bring things back home, I did okay picking out some of the bare desk necessities.

Check out some of my favorite desk organization pinspiration and my own little bliss below.

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Hallmark Who?

Happy week of Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love this holiday. And it’s not because I’m in a relationship. In fact, I’ve loved it my entire life. Growing up, I used the holiday as an excuse to wear as much pink as I possibly could. Year after year, I looked forward to decorating my Valentine’s Day box for all the cards and candy my classmates would give me. Then, I would pig out on chocolate Sweethearts. Yes, chocolate. They’re the most superior of all V-day candies. Lastly, the day marks a day of inspiration for me. My parents got engaged on Valentine’s Day – with the help of a “Marry Me?” sweetheart – and to this day I still aspire to have the same love that my parents have for each other.

With all that said, I still LOVE to procrastinate with V-day. This year, I cranked out three incredibly easy homemade cards you can give to your girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, siblings, etc. Not only are these easy but they’re insanely cheap and incredibly adorable.

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EASY

I love using scrapbooking materials to make quaint cards for special occasions. One of the more simplistic scrapbooking techniques I return to time and time again is “tearing.” If you tear scrapbook paper by lifting the paper towards you, the material will make a white feathered edging, very cute for layering over each other.

You need:

  • One sheet of card stock (I used a 12″ x 12″ and cut it in half)
  • Various scrapbook papers
  • clear glue
  • 3-D flowers

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How to:

  1. Decide what papers you want to layer on top of each other. I chose a dark red for the bottom, a red pattern for the middle, and a heart border for the top.
  2. Begin ripping the papers. Each layer should differ in size, going from smallest to largest (largest being the bottom layer).
  3. Once you have the ripped papers, glue them down. I chose to have mine go the entire length front and back of the card
  4. Adorn with flowers

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EASIER

This is my FAVORITE of the cards I made this year. I like that the lips aren’t all the same. The bow adds a touch of sweet girliness, and I can’t wait to give this to one of my girlfriends.

You need:

  • One sheet of card stock (I used a 12″ x 12″ and cut it in half)
  • A long piece of ribbon (my ribbon was 1.5″ in width)
  • clear glue
  • Lipsticks in a variety of colors, light to dark

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How to:

  1. Begin by applying the ribbon to the front of the card. Cut the ribbon into two pieces
  2. Glue down a piece of ribbon the length of the front of the card.
  3. Tie the other piece of ribbon into a bow and glue down on the edge of the already glued ribbon
  4. Start doing the lip pattern with the lightest color of lipstick first.
  5. You can layer the colors on top of each other on your lips so the hues complement each other well
  6. Finish off with a single smooch on the inside. Make sure the lipstick dries and nothing comes off to touch

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EASIEST

This card is seriously so fun to make. It’s a fun way to get out aggression to. The best part about this card is that it takes matters of seconds to make. And who doesn’t have an old toilet paper roll sitting around?

You need:

  • One sheet of card stock (I used a 12″ x 12″ and cut it in half)
  • A bare toilet paper roll
  • Any two color paint (I used pink and dark pink)
  • Small paintbrush

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How to:

  1. Take your toilet paper roll and squish it into a heart shape. This can be molded by make a fist with your hand.
  2. Dip one end of the roll into a pool of paint and begin dabbing hearts onto the card stock.
  3. Half-way through covering the card stock, switch paint colors and dip the other end of the roll into the new color
  4. I decided to paint a little arrow through one of the hearts. Take a small brush, dip it into the paint and sketch an arrow to one of the most prominent hearts on the front.