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Twenty Sixteen {+ Update}

February 1, 2016

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Well hello there, beautiful internet friends!  It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?!  You may have noticed I took a brief hiatus from this little blog of mine, so I wanted to spend some time talking about why I took time off, 2016 {so far} and what you can expect from my corner of the internet.

The reason for my lack of posting is simple – I needed a break!  Between the holidays, traveling, focusing on my relationships and being a generally busy human, I just wasn’t able to dedicate the time and attention that a blog requires.  You might be thinking, “But Lindsey, how much time does a blog really take?!  All you need to do is snap a few photos, type a few words and BOOM.”  Sadly, that is far from true {although it would be pretty great if it were that easy}.  Between taking original, high quality images, creating digital graphics, writing copy, editing the copy/photos, properly linking all sources, responding to brand and PR emails… the list goes on and on!  Obviously I absolutely love blogging and all that comes with it, but it is definitely like a full-time job.  Simply put?  I was burnt out, uninspired and needed some quality time off!

Since I’ve been gone for over a month, here are some updates on what’s been happening:

  • I had a fabulous holiday and New Year’s!  I was able to spend time with family and friends, and truly enjoy some time off.
  • January was insanely busy – can you believe it’s already over?!  I did some traveling, attended some exciting events and had a busy month at work.  I’m ready for February!
  • I completed the Whole 30 challenge!  It was an awesome experience and definitely helped me rethink my approach to food.  Also, I discovered some amazing new recipes!  I’ll definitely be sharing more food posts over the next few months.  Would you want an entire post dedicated to Whole 30?
  • The chilly Minneapolis winter is officially underway!  My favorite blanket and fuzzy socks have been getting a lot of love. ;)

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Last year I did a post on my Twenty Fifteen resolutions, and I’m happy to say that I accomplished nearly all of them!  I absolutely love making New Year’s resolutions and goals, so I wanted to share just a few of mine for Twenty Sixteen:

  • Make my bed every day – I used to never do this, and so far I have stuck with it!  It makes a HUGE difference!
  • Read 12 books in 12 months
  • Keep a regular journal to reflect and decompress
  • Travel to two new places I’ve never been – I’ve already booked VEGAS, and I think San Francisco is on the horizon as well!
  • Be knowledgeable and informed regarding the upcoming Presidential election, and be able to defend the candidate of my choice.

After my time away, I’m feeling refreshed and inspired!  I am totally about quality over quantity, so I would never slap up a half-a$$ed blog post.  Lucky for all of you, I have plenty of exciting content coming your way!  You won’t want to miss it! :)

How are your resolutions going so far?  Hope your 2016 is off to a FABULOUS start!

Spicy Vegetarian Beer Chili

December 11, 2015

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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a hearty bowl of chili, but it can be tough to find a delicious meatless option.  I’m a big fan of chili with a bit of a kick, and was having trouble finding a recipe that was the perfect combination of spicy and hearty with a strong flavor palette!  After browsing through a handful of recipes, I couldn’t find a recipe that was exactly what I was looking for… so I made my own!  Does this make me a chef?!  Maybe. ;)  My favorite part of this recipe?  It’s got a little something extra – BEER!  I saw a few chili recipes that included beer, and I decided that a delicious stout was the perfect way to add some depth to my chili recipe.  You can’t taste the beer in the final product {and obviously the alcohol burns off}, but it adds a great flavor and enhances the other ingredients in the recipe.  Honestly guys, I’m totally impressed with myself for creating my own recipe {which I’m calling “Spicy Vegetarian Beer Chili”} and it seriously turned out delicious.  Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans diced tomato
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 4oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 bottle stout beer
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic, and saute until softened.  Add spices and hot sauce (optional), and stir for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add beer, and cook for about 8 minutes until the beer has reduced.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and salt/pepper to taste.  Bring to simmer, and reduce heat to medium low to cook for approximately 20 minutes to thicken.  Be sure to leave the lid off while cooking, and stir occasionally.
  4. Drain and rinse beans and corn, and add to the pot.  Bring chili back to a simmer, and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Season more to your preference as needed.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings, like Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, hot sauce… the options are endless!

Trust me… it’s so yummy!  Feel free to adjust to your liking – you can easily make it more or less spicy, add in some other favorite veggies {like bell peppers or zucchini} or even add quinoa.  Enjoy!

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Black Friday Sales 2015

November 27, 2015

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It’s here!  Black Friday sales are in full swing, and there are some absolutely amazing deals and sales that are ready to be shopped! Whether you’re picking up gifts for everyone on your list or simply treating yourself to some fabulous holiday finds, I’ve picked out some of the best sales! Plus, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite items from each sale to make your shopping even easier! Shop away, cuties!

Anthropologie – 25% off everything with code: SHOPTOIT

Athleta – 20% off entire purchase with code: WORKIT

Banana Republic – Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase with code: BRFRIDAY

Expresss – 50% off everything + free shipping

J.Crew – 50% off + free shipping on orders $50+ with code: SHIPGIFTS

Kate SpadeSurprise sale! Up to 70% off

LOFT 40% off your purchase with code: BF40

Madewell 25% off your entire purchase with code: CALMDOWN

Nieman Marcus – $50 off purchase of $200+ (starting at 6pm) with code: THANKFUL

Nordstrom – 50% off select fall styles

Shopbop – Up to 25% off your order with code: GOBIG15

Urban Outfitters – Up to 40% off sale, select sale sweaters & flannels

West Elm – Up to 25% off with code: MOREISMORE

Happy shopping!  For more ideas, shop all my holiday gift guides, or my holiday gift boutique page! Be sure to let me know what fabulous finds you snag, and follow along with my shopping over on Instagram @LindseySchaefer!

Gift Guide | Hostess With The Mostest

November 23, 2015

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Gold Confetti Wine Glasses || Mi Casa Throw Pillow || Hobnail Candle
Stone Coaster Set || Petrified Wood Bookends || Marble Stone Serving Tray
You Are The Best Mug || ‘Booze’ Decanter || Celebration Shot Glasses

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?!  Which means that the holiday shopping season is in full swing!  It’s officially Gift Guide Week here on this little blog, which means every day this week I’ll be sharing a gift guide with my favorite picks.  An added bonus?! The image above is shoppable! Simply click on an item in the image and it’ll take you directly to the retailer. Fancy, huh?! There are lots of early sales happening, so be sure to act fast if you see a deal on something you love!

First up, my gift guide for the hostess with the mostest!  This lady loves to entertain, and is often found in the kitchen or whipping up a delicious cocktail.  A helpful tip?  Many of these gifts are perfect for a kind gesture for the hostess whose having you over for that fabulous holiday party or Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m absolutely loving all of the items above – a little sparkle can never hurt around the holidays!

Shop all my holiday gift guides, or my holiday gift boutique page!

SHOP HOSTESS GIFTS: