How to Gain Weekly Food Inspiration

If you follow me on Instagram @stylestomakeyousmile, you’ll know I post a LOT of food pictures. I LOVE food, so I thought I’d share where I get my inspiration to create new recipes each week.
1. Grocery Store
2. Food Network
3. Social Media

1. Grocery Store-On my fridge, I keep a list of foods to buy each week at the grocery store. This helps me remember everything I eat on a regular basis. Before going to the grocery store, I can reference my list to make sure I don’t forget to buy something. Some of the regular items I buy weekly are: chicken, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. When I get to the grocery store, I’ll think of something new to make with my regular ingredients. This past week instead of buying pasta or quinoa I decided to try zucchini noodles. I bought a big container of them which lasted the week, just like pasta would. I know you can buy a spiralizer and make your own zucchini noodles however I liked having the precut version to save cooking time (since I had veggies and chicken to cook). I got the idea to buy the noodles just by walking around the store-mainly spending a lot of time in the produce department. If you’re walking around the grocery store and there’s an item you’ve always wanted to try cooking, then I encourage you to buy it! If it’s an item you aren’t sure how to cook then look it up online and read about it or watch a video on how to cook it properly.

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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce, veggies & olive bread

2. Food Network-Food Network has been a big inspiration throughout my life, mainly because I grew up watching it with my parents. I found the avocado cream sauce recipe (featured on my Instagram) on Food Network’s website. I simply went to the site, typed in chicken quinoa and the recipe Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream appeared. Since avocados are on my regular grocery list and none of the other ingredients were very expensive, I decided to make it. I really love this sauce because of its versatility-I use it on quinoa, sandwiches, eggs and zucchini noodles.

*For the record I only used the avocado cream recipe from the link below.

Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream


3. Social media- This is a wonderful resource for food inspiration. Similar to how I found the avocado sauce recipe, you can search for new recipes on YouTube, Pintrest, Facebook, Instagram and blogs. I’ve learned how to make breaded chicken tenders (pictured below) and boil eggs from YouTube. The best part about learning to cook from a video is that you can pause and restart it when needed. I’ll watch the entire video first (to make sure the recipe is doable and the person cooking is easy to follow along with), pause it while the chicken cooks then continue to finish the cooking process. With the other social media platforms you have the ability to save the recipe and refer back to them while cooking.

Parmesan and Panko Baked Chicken | BuonaPappa

Tip: When making a new meal, if you don’t have every ingredient listed you can sub ingredients already in your home, even if it’s only the seasoning.

All of these ideas will keep your weekly meal planning exciting. How do you meal plan each week? Where does your inspiration come from to make new recipes?

Motivational Monday

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed doing is listening to other people’s stories. I grew up watching Oprah and Ellen, who both have incredible stories as individuals and have had amazing people share their stories through their platforms. This year I’ve watched a lot of YouTube channels that are based around learning what someone else’s life is like (I used to only listen to YouTube for music). I’ve learned everything from people’s routines (morning and night), financial advice, how to cook meals (like how to bake panko chicken tenders), how to stay healthy, blogging advice, to even watching family channels. P.S. Almost everything I’ve learned about blogging, I learned from YouTubers and the rest I learned from Bloggers. I watch these videos almost every morning (unless I’m in the mood to listen to music) while getting ready. I’ve even started getting into podcasts where I’ll listen to podcasters interview women business owners/bloggers share their challenges and struggles in business. I listen to these while cooking dinner and doing the dishes. It helps to pass the time, learn something and make daily routines not daunting.

My point in sharing all this with you, is that we can all learn something from people’s lives. There is someone you can relate to online who is going through the same things as you. They can teach you something new about life whether it’s how to cook chicken, learn a new skill or how to face a struggle. We can all find the time to listen and learn from other people, especially if it’s someone we can relate to.

 

Here are some of my favorite YouTubers & Podcasters below J

 

YouTube channels: The Financial Diet, HealthNut Nutrition, Haley Paige (lifestyle, blogging & family), Allison Lindstrom (blogging), BuonaPappa (food-chicken tender recipe on their channel), Tweaked Style, OWN, The Ellen Show

My Three favorite Podcasts: The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon, The Becoming Fearless Podcast with Annie Spano-both speak to entrepreneurs of their success and challenges with business. And just for fun I love listening to Good Mourning Nancy-with Gracie & Abby who talk about horror movies.

Learning How to go to Events Alone & Painting Tips

Last week, I went to a painting class alone. While I had never attended a class alone, I knew this was a painting I really wanted to have in my home, and if I had waited until someone wanted to go with me, I’m not sure when I’d actually get to paint it. At the end of the class, the teacher said, “Good for you for going to a class by yourself!” Going to an event like this helps you become more independent and put yourself out there. What helped me get over the fear of going alone was knowing that this was something I really wanted to do and that I’d have fun doing it. You get to meet all kinds of people who have the same interests as you and who are willing to learn, so don’t be afraid to talk with people. I’ve found that by commenting on something you like about someone else’s painting and engaging in class are great ways to get a conversation started.

I’ve attended five painting classes over the past two years and I love them! It has inspired me want to paint in my own home on my free time. Below are some painting tips:

You can be a beginner! You don’t have to have to have any painting experience to go to a painting class. The more of them you go to, the more experience you’ll gain.

Pick an easy painting-The easiest one’s I’ve found have a colorful background and a large object with few details. While I was nervous to paint the tree, I knew I could cover up any mistakes by making the tree bigger and adding more branches or leaves. Also, when booking the painting pick one that will coordinator well with your home’s interior colors.

Ask the teacher questions-If you’re unsure how to paint a certain object ask because they can explain or show you how to paint it. During the class I took when painting the tree, my teacher explained painting it by thinking of making the letter Y, which you can see at the top of my tree. Also, be sure to ask for more paint and paper towels when needed.

Remember this is your painting so color it how you like-If you don’t like a certain color on the painting then don’t use it. For instance, throughout the tree was supposed to be red but I tried it at the bottom of the painting and didn’t care for it, so instead I blended the red with brown and black to make it disappear. My most favorite part of painting is coloring the background which sets the mood for the whole piece. I enjoy making my backgrounds light-most have a white base then two colors added, so I really try to blend the white in with the base colors as much as possible to make a pastel color.

In the end everyone’s painting will look completely different and it’s fun to see just how different they all look. You should feel proud of your accomplishment for going to an event alone and know, that doing things for yourself will make you happiest.

Have you taken a painting class? If so, did you enjoy it? Would you or have you gone alone? Let me know in the comments!

Motivational Monday

I wanted to share how to say YES to yourself. Too many times we get caught up with making excuses for things we want to do but tell ourselves we are too busy or aren’t sure if something will work so we stray away from it. I know this because I’ve been there but by listening to what I need to do for me which in turn will help others is why I said yes to creating this blog.

8 years ago when I graduated college I began writing shopping tips I thought could be useful for others, a few years later I began working out so I started writing about fitness and health (as my digestive system needed to be listened to, so I ate healthier) and one year ago I needed to hear some self-love from myself so I wrote Love Letters to myself. I knew I had to say YES to myself by listening to what I knew I could provide, which was all the advice I had been writing and to put it out there for everyone to see. I hope you all can learn from the tips/advice I share and that it will inspire or change your life somehow, even if it’s just by learning to love shopping or cooking.

I also hope that everyone can listen to themselves when they hear their own voice telling them to do something more than what they’re currently doing. Once the voice is heard, write it down (this will create an idea) and then execute it. This could be as simple as writing a nice note to yourself and leaving it by the door for you to see when you leave for work and when you come home. Having positive affirmations will then help you to do more. Writing down goals and leaving them in place where you can see them every day is also a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable for accomplishing your goals.

Happy Monday! ❤

Welcome

Welcome to Styles to Make You Smile blog! I’m Amy Beth from Syracuse, NY. Each week I will provide you with realistic lifestyle tips, advice and lessons to make your life easier. I’ll be sharing easy recipes and help you save money on food, tips on how to enjoy clothes shopping, how to focus during a workout class, manage your money AND how to save, love letters that reflect on self-love & the journey of life and on Monday’s I’ll be sharing Motivational Monday, inspiring stories to help you get through the week. I hope you enjoy this journey with me. ❤

How To Style Your Dresser Like a Jewelry Boutique

I recently decided to style my entire dresser with jewelry. I wanted to display the jewels I wear most often and keep the rest tucked away in storage containers. The best part about displaying jewelry where I can see it is that it makes getting ready in the morning a breeze, especially if I’m in a time crunch.

Follow my tips for turning your dresser into a jewelry “boutique” feel:

The first thing you’ll want to do is start with a clean and empty dresser. Next, find unique pieces around your home to display as storage for the jewelry. I used a cake stand (the stand is separated into 3 pieces, so I used two together and one by itself), 3 painted wine glasses (a friend painted them and donated them to me), a wine glass (designed with a marker during a girl’s night) and a bowl (given by a friend who bought the piece in China).  The most important thing to remember when picking display pieces is to make sure they are around the same height for balance. Since three of the wine glasses are the same height, I chose to use a two tiered cake stand and display the third small tier near the short wine glass. When displaying each piece, use all space available but don’t overcrowd. You’ll want to pick pieces you can get the most use out of and are within the same color scheme to work well with the colors of your jewelry.

Tip: Be mindful of paint colors on the walls, make sure they go with the colors of the display items/jewelry.

 

There a number of ways to display jewelry:

Mix the colors of jewelry throughout the entire dresser.

Keep all like colors together. All gold, silver and colored.

Create a fun “moment” in the middle of the dresser with either one color scheme or a rainbow. You do a rainbow color scheme starting from the left side of the dresser to the right.

To get the most use out of the display items, I displayed earrings on the outside of the wine glasses and a bracelet around the base of the cake stand.

 

Tip: If you have more jewelry that can’t fit on the dresser, change your jewelry out monthly or seasonally. You’ll need to re-coordinate the colors.

 

To get a jewelry “boutique” feel, set up the dresser as if you were going shopping each day. Display your favorite pieces where they’re noticeable-in the center of the dresser. Merchandise items that will work well together for any outfit-this way it’s a no brainer on what pieces to wear together, this is especially helpful if you’re rushed for time. If you have any interesting pieces of jewelry you’ll want to display them towards the center of the dresser or on an elevation- -Tiara (at center), gold square and silver tassel necklaces are on wine glasses. Any fine jewelry could be displayed in a jewelry box or create its own “moment” on the dresser.

Some cool items to display on your dresser are:

Christmas lights, a fabric runner with an interesting pattern or solid color, lace overlay (white or colored), fake flowers, holiday décor, books, pictures or garland to weave through display pieces and jewelry. Also, leave room on your dresser for practical items such as a coaster, lamp, tissue box, etc.

If you run out of room on your dresser try displaying items like this:

Use command hooks on the walls to display long necklaces. Put shelves on the walls and pick more unique display pieces that complement the pieces on the dresser within the same color scheme and height.

Please let me know in the comments what you think! Would you style your dresser this way?