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Scout Fit: Recipes

Posted on March 27th, by Melanie

Ok, so I have been seriously slacking in the kitchen. I lost my mojo, and I need to get inspired again. BUT, I did make a few recipes recently that I loved.

My friend recommended the Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe and it is TO DIE FOR. Probably the best chili recipe I have made, ever. You can find it HERE. 

recipe note * I did not use the “Masa Harina” she asks for in the recipe. But, my friend told me to add a TBSP of brown sugar and dijon mustard to the meat while browning. It was incredibly delicious, and my family at the whole pot in one night!

I found myself buying energy bites and protein balls all over town and spending way too much money on them. When I saw Wellness for the Win’s n0 bake energy bite recipe, I knew I had to try them! We have been through a batch a week, and the whole family eats them.… Continue Reading

Build Your Capsule Wardrobe

Posted on March 23rd, by Melanie

When styling clients, I often talk about building a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe should be at least 60-70% basics, and then 30-40% trend. What happens when you build up your closet this way, is that you are able to mix and match better, you have invested in basics that can be worn year after year, and you really make the most of what is in your closet. I find so many people buy things that they wear once! This is a terrible way to shop, it is like throwing money away.

Once you build up your capsule wardrobe you will actually save money, and be able to invest in the clothing and accessories you really love!

Everyone’s capsule wardrobe will be different, depending on your lifestyle. I am going to share with you my ideal “mom” wardrobe. These are items that fit into my lifestyle, and probably many of yours.… Continue Reading

Aging Gracefully (kind of)

Posted on March 22nd, by Melanie

Just in this past year I feel like I am starting to notice the signs of aging. I swear my grey hairs have tripled over the past year! And the fine lines are popping out everywhere. I want to age “gracefully”, with a little help along the way 🙂

photo by Ruthie Stark 

I have been taking some steps this year to try to make my skin look and feel its best! I have talked a lot about facials. I think no matter what age you are, facials are a great rejuvenator for the skin. If you have it in your budget to do it, I highly recommend it.

I have two treatments that have been game changers for me. Today I am talking about Botox. I just started doing this at Bare Med Spa in the last few months, and I have to say I really do love it. I was noticing the deepest lines in between my eyebrows.… Continue Reading

Golden

Posted on March 21st, by Melanie

We made it through another winter, Spring is officially here! I am beyond excited to start wearing all the pretty spring trends we are seeing.

Outside of all the pink, blush tones, greens and neutrals, Yellow is another hot color for Spring. I have seen many shades of yellow, but this goldenrod shade is my favorite.

This dress from Halls would be perfect for a Spring Vacation, and could be worn all summer long. It is only $88, and would pack so easily in a suitcase 🙂 You could really dress it up or down. While it is still chilly, layer it with a leather and booties if you wanted to or make it look more “spring” with bright colored accessories and strappy sandals. I love the flattering line and movement of this dress, and it is strapless bra friendly!

Photos by Ruthie Stark  taken at  Hotel Sorella  Kansas City 

The entire outfit (dress, bag and necklace) is under $330!!!… Continue Reading

Our KC Spring Break

Posted on March 20th, by Melanie

I did it. I survived 10 days here in KC with both my kids, during a pretty brutally cold Spring Break.

Some of you may or may not have seen my insta story last week, but I decided to take the iPads away from my kids. They were becoming SO dependent on them, and truthfully I was a little bit too. Since I work from home, I would allow them to be on their ipads while I worked or if I was trying to get stuff done around the house. It wasn’t good. My kids started acting nasty when I made them put them away. My son was acting really awful. Like, really angry if he wasn’t able to play on it. I finally got so tired of their behavior I decided to take them away all together! It was the best decision I have made.

I did let them use it for about a total of 3 hours the entire break.… Continue Reading