While I absolutely adore holiday season, this tends to be the time where people break the bank unnecessarily. Whether it’s splurging on gifts or even on Christmas decor, this time of year is marketed for us to spend our dollars in the name of holiday season. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to be that person.
Have you ever been on a cabin trip before? If you haven’t, you should! We went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a cabin trip and it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!! I would tell y’all the exact location, but the cabin owner tried it, so sis gets no free promo from me. Click here for a link to find a nice cabin, though.
Fall is officially in full swing and the general consensus is that everyone is here for it. Whether it’s the crisp and cool sweater weather, peacoats, boots and scarves, beautiful fall décor, leaves changing colors, or pumpkin spice lattes- there’s nothing to not love about fall. Two very popular holidays take place during this season: Halloween & Thanksgiving! Here is a small list of things you can do in Atlanta.
**I am doing this blog post in partnership with Sanaia Applesauce. All opinions are my own**
Who says apple sauce is just for kids? The Sanaia Applesauce brand may be loved by kids, but it was definitely made with adults in mind! It is completely plant based, GMO free, and is packed with chunks of delicious organic granny smith apples. I enjoy snacking on all the exotic flavors like guava, hibiscus, and ginger, but I decided to make a warm fall “pick me up” using the unsweetened flavor and it was absolutely perfect. I made Spiced Cinnamon Apple Muffins and they were to die for! My entire house smelled like fall and I was in heaven! Head over to Walmart and grab some of this Sanaia applesauce and then meet me in the kitchen. Recipe below.
Working for the organization that sells Atlanta as a top travel destination has its perks. A part of my job is showing off all that Atlanta has to offer, including our amazing dining scene. Atlanta is now the 4th largest convention city in the country and there are many things that contribute to that- our amazing dining scene is one of them.
I know many parents feel like there are just certain things we don’t have to do as a privilege of being a parent. I don’t have to explain. I don’t have to abide by the rules. I don’t have to apologize. I shouldn’t have to because I’m the parent, and they’re the child, right? Wrong. I’m here to tell you that adapting that way of thinking is a sure fire way to push your child into developing unhealthy communication with you, and in turn, with other people.
I know I say this all the time, but this might be one of the best things I’ve made in a long time! This is literally seafood heaven- jumbo lump crab and shrimp, all stuffed in a delicious filet of salmon. You can’t go wrong! This was super fun and pretty easy to make. I even made a a step by step video to upload to my Youtube channel soon, but in the meantime, head over to my Instagram, Cup of Consuella, to check it out. Ready for the recipe? Keep reading!
Xo, Consuella ♥
The other day I was just scrolling through Pinterest trying to find some food inspiration. I came across this Thai Chicken recipe and then shortly after that, I saw a Coconut Curry recipe. Me being Courtney, I decided to merge the two and create my own recipe. Hello, Thai Basil Chicken! This dish had my entire house smelling like heaven! My boyfriend and daughter both loved it, so I knew it would be added to my rotation. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really eat chicken much at all, so this was really for Richard and Sanai. If you want to make this vegan, just replace the chicken with cauliflower. I did that for myself and it was just as delicious! I shared a step by step on my instagram, but got so many messages about it, so I figured I would add it to the blog. If you want some of this goodness, keep on reading. And when you make it, (because you better), make sure you tag #ChefConsuellaFam to win a prize! 🙂
Xo, Consuella ♥
So you want to plan an epic girls trip and you don’t know where to start? Courtney to the rescue! I just got back from an amazing girls trip that I never even knew I needed. It was supposed to be a bachelorette weekend, but after the wedding was called off, we turned it into a girls weekend retreat. Not only did we have a good time, but we documented quite a few details so our social media family could follow along. As the young folks say, it was lit! I got tons of DMs about where we were, how we chose the place, what we ate, where we got our looks, etc. So I’m here to give all the deets! Keep reading for 7 practical tips to plan the perfect girl’s trip.
Happy Friday, family!
I’m excited to tell you all that I’ve started my own business as an Independent Consultant with Beautycounter. Beautycounter is a mission based organization dedicated to putting safer skincare, makeup, and bath and body products into the hands of everyone. Health is wealth… right?
Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about friendship. I’ve been blessed to say that I’ve had such amazing bonds with some women that blossomed into beautiful friendships. So, I’ve never understood women that say, “I don’t need friends.” Sis, I don’t know what you think “friends” are, but real friends are invaluable. And whether you want to admit it or not, we all need them. And this past weekend reassured me of that.
Yes, you read that right. In 3 days, my daughter was officially out of pull ups (minus night time). By day 5, she was completely potty trained, even overnight. I know you’re probably reading this like “girl please, yeah right!” Trust me, when I heard about this method of training, I felt the same way. A few months ago, I tried potty training Sanai the old-fashioned way and it was an epic fail, so I put it off. I was intimidated by the thought of it and honestly didn’t want to make the time to commit to it. Then two things happened that forced me to get the ball rolling: 1) She was moving up to the next class at daycare and being potty trained was a requirement. 2) I was just tired of buying pull ups. So, I did what I do best: I got on Google and researched the best method for potty training. Tons of books came up, but one stuck out to me and it was titled: Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks.
I’ve had a long day at work and still have some emails to answer when I settle in at home. I pick Sanai up from daycare and she’s begging to have candy and pizza for dinner. I pull into the driveway and I want nothing more than to plop down on the couch and have a glass of wine. But as soon as I walk through the door, babe is asking “So, what are we having for dinner?”
Anyone that knows me knows how much I love food. Trying new restaurants in Atlanta is easily one of my favorite pastimes. There are very few places in metro Atlanta that I haven’t visited, so I’m always excited to try some place new. Well, I think I’ve found my new favorite restaurant… at least until a new one opens up. No judging.
Born and raised in Miami, Fl, I’ve always called that place home. I never thought I could love another city as much as my hometown… and then I moved to Atlanta. While it is a very large metropolitan city, it still has that southern, down home, “country” feel, and I love it. There’s just something about Atlanta that’s going to keep me here for a very long time.