Recipe: Quinoa + Veggie Skillet

Recipe: Quinoa + Veggie Skillet | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Quinoa + Veggie Skillet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Organic Quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (grass-fed, no-salt)
  • 1/2 cup Organic Frozen Corn
  • 1/2 cup Organic Frozen Peas
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Spring Onions, diced
  • HandfulKale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • dash Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • dash Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Bring quinoa and broth to a boil. Cover & simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Step 2
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.
Step 3
Make a well in the center of the pan, add 4 cloves garlic & saute for 1 minute. Mix peas, corn, and garlic together.
Step 4
Add onions and handful of chopped kale. Cover and steam until kale begins to wilt down. Top with parmesan cheese & enjoy!

From Kate: All ingredients are organic and I use a low-sodium vegetable broth, but you could also use chicken broth. I also use grass-fed, no-salt butter & himalayan pink sea salt (I’m telling you, it’s so much better than typical white table salt!!) 


 

Bio-Pic-KateKate Sacra joins us bi-weekly for a real food recipe post and tips for living a natural, holistic lifestyle.  She desires to create quick, easy recipes that are healthy, while still being affordable. And one of her most favorite challenges are make real alternatives to store-bought favorites. Check back here every other week for yummy, healthy recipes and holistic living tips!

Beauty: Skincare Edition

Health & Beauty: Skincare Edition | Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt
Since my 20′s are quickly coming to end, I’ve begun an introspective quest on how well I treat and maintain my body. Something that I’ve always been inconsistent with is my skin. I hardly ever use body lotion, it’s an unusual day if I wash my face at night and rather than making life easier by using eye makeup remover, I insist on scrubbing my eyelids during my showers. Recently I visited my regular make-up lady and she reminded me the importance of skincare products, especially because my makeup routine only consists of 5 products.

Most of us usually stick to facial moisturizer, but good toners and serums are equally important! So here are a few skincare lines that (when I am being consistent) I have had exceptional luck over the past few years! And yes, a goal of entering into my 30′s, is consistent attention to my skin!

Inexpensive Line:Oil of Olay
Toner | Serum | Complete Moisturizer

Moderately Inexpensive Line: Philosophy
Toner  | Serum | Moisturizer

High End Line: Chanel
Toner | Serum | Moisturizer

What am I using now? Chanel’s Gentle Hydrating toner, Philosophy’s When Hope is Not Enough serum, and Oil of Olay’s Complete Moisturizer.

Enjoy!

All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!

 

Intentional Mama: Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Hey mamas! Summer is half-way over!! That’s crazy!

I am mourning that just a bit since I love having my littles home with me. They drive me crazy but I still would rather be a crazy and have them near than sane and not have them within arms reach. Anyone else feel the same way?

With the summer flying by we are making a point to seek intentionality and purpose with our kids and I wanted to encourage you to do the same. Before you know it they will be heading back to school so why not make the most of this time you have together?! For this week’s Intentional Mama series I wanted to share with you our Summer Bucket List! I just got these out (we have been using the same cards for the past two summers and just add as we go) and am going to hang them up today!

My goal is to print a photo of us completing these bucket list items and pin it up with the bucket list as a sort of memory wall. I am positive my kiddos will love that! I hope to share an after picture of the memory wall once summer is over with all the memories we made.

To help you get your Summer Bucket List started I have included our list below.

  • go to the beach
  • make chocolate covered frozen bananas
  • build a sandcastle
  • tie-dye t-shirts
  • water gun fight
  • water balloon fight
  • run through the sprinklers
  • play tag at the park
  • build a fort
  • watch a sunset
  • go to the zoo
  • have a cookout with friends
  • make ice cream
  • paint the driveway with sidewalk chalk/paint
  • go to a Ray’s game
  • family bike ride
  • go see a movie
  • make s’mores
  • picnic at the park
  • go to the library
  • watch fireworks
  • go on a hike
  • memorize a bible verse
  • stay up late and watch a movie
  • night swim in the pool
  • build legos (even mommy)
  • make banana splits
  • go to the waterpark

Summer Bucket List | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Do you have a Summer Bucket List? If so, what are your favorite things to do with your kids?

I’m off to go play with my kiddos and thinking maybe we will tackle a few of these today!

Branding: Dear Sweetheart Events (Part 3)

I have been DYING to show you this gorgeous brand!

Meet Kat Schmoyer of Dear Sweetheart Events. Kat was an absolute joy to work with and the development of her brand was just as amazing as she is.

View More: http://nataliefranke.pass.us/kats-portraits

Kat is a relatively new business owner who is growing leaps and bounds by the minute. Her success is due, in part, to having a beautiful understanding of her clients, what they need, what they want and how she can best deliver both of those things.

Her heart for her brides is unbelievable and as we developed her client experience our focus was completely on how to make those brides feel loved and valued throughout the wedding planning process. If you want to be inspired go read the DSE blog where you find beautiful inspiration and lots of knowledge for the wedding planning process, small business development and encouragement for real life.

Congratulations Kat! Dear Sweetheart Events is amazing and I am so excited for the future of your business!!!

Dear Sweetheart Events Branding Inspiration:

Branding Inspiration Board | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development by Ashlee Proffitt

Dear Sweetheart Events Final Brand Board:

Brand Board | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development by Ashlee Proffitt

Dear Sweetheart Event’s New Website! Hooray!

Website | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development & Website Design by Ashlee Proffitt

Home Landing Page
Bright, white with gorgeous pops of color.
ADORE the images we used for the ‘Call to Action’ buttons below her slider.

Brand Board | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development & Website Design by Ashlee Proffitt

About Page
Bright, white with the same gorgeous pops of color. LOVE the ‘Favorite Things’ at the bottom of this page.
And her portraits are just amazing. And so perfectly Kat.

Website| Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development & Website Design by Ashlee Proffitt

Services Page
This page was so fun to develop!
I am obsessed with the image Kat wanted here. She adores real life love stories and this image perfectly displays that.
Her services are listed in those organized little drop downs making for a clean and concise page that is functional and beautiful.

Website| Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding Development & Website Design by Ashlee Proffitt

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We carried through the same feeling of bright and clean while adding a few more pops of bright color from her color palette.
I love the way we pulled in a touch of her floral pattern and the use of that gorgeous yellow!

This branding project is one of my favorites to date! Congratulations Kat on a job well done!


If you are interested in working with Ashlee for your branding development, please see the Branding Design Services here and complete the contact form here

Happy July! Desktop Calendar + IPhone Wallpaper

I REALLY love these wallpapers and backgrounds. They make the everyday just a little more beautiful! Don’t you agree!

Gorgeous peony image from Shay Cochrane‘s SC Stockshop.

Enjoy this beauty and I pray it brightens your month!

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To use Desktop CalendarClick on the image below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper. 

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To use iPhone Lock ScreenClick on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’  

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Fashion: Men’s Edition

Gone are the days of cargo’s, pleats and wide ankle pants! The fashion demands for men are now calling for a more tailored look.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts of how to wear the most common pieces for men!

Fashion: Men's Edition: Dos & Don'ts | Megan Michele for AshleeProffitt.com/blog


All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.comMegan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!

Intentional Mama: Letter L

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Alphabet Focus

Memory Verse Printable | Letter L | By Ashlee Proffitt

Talk About / Questions to Ask

  • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
  • Ask: What does ‘love’ mean?
  • Ask: How can we ‘love one another’?
  • Ask: How did Jesus love us?
  • Ask: What are some ways we can show love to _________ (brother, sister, mommy, neighbor, friend, etc.)? List them out on a piece of paper.
  • Do: Spend a few minutes praying that Jesus would give you and your little ones hearts that love others as He loved us.

CRAFT: L is for Leaves (Instructions)

L is for Leaves | alphabet activities | Intentional Mama | by Ashlee Proffitt

TALK ABOUT

  • Show pictures of different types of leaves (Simple illustrations of the different types of leaves here.)
  • Ask: Did you know that all trees, flowers, and bushes have different types of leaves?
  • Ask: Did you know that just like we have arms and legs and eyes, leaves have different parts?
  • Learn About Leaves!

READ (check them out in your local library!):

Activity 1 | Leaf Collecting & Rubbings / Drawings

Give your child a notebook and crayons and go on a leaf hunt. As they see interesting leaves, have them draw what the leaf looks like or make a rubbing of the leaf. If they are a bit older, have them note where they saw the leaf and any special characteristics about the leaf.

Activity 2 | Leaf Collecting & Sorting

Give your child a little bag and go on a leaf hunt. Pick leaves of all different types. Then, challenge your child to sort the leaves into categories (small and big, etc.)

Activity 3 | Leaf Painting

Provide paint and paper. Use the leaves collected in Activity 1 & 2 as paint brushes and paint with the leaves. You can even make the leaves into stamps!

 

Intentional Mama: Letter K

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Alphabet Focus

Memory Verse Printable | Letter K | by Ashlee Proffitt

Talk About / Questions to Ask

  • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
  • Ask: What does ‘keep’ mean? Why is that important?
  • Ask: What does ‘perfect peace’ mean?
  • Ask: What is the opposite of peace?
  • Talk About: Because of Jesus and the Gospel (explain Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection and all that means for those who believe) we can have peace! No more worry!
  • Ask: How can we keep our mind on Jesus?
  • Ask: What does it mean to trust in Jesus?

CRAFT: K is for Kite (Instructions 1 / Inspiration )

K is for Kite | Alphabet Activities | Bible Verse Printables | by Ashlee Proffitt

TALK ABOUT

  • Show pictures of different types of kites (This website is super helpful!!)
  • Ask: What are the best weather conditions for flying a kite?
  • Ask: How does a kite work?
  • Talk about the wind! Fun Facts for Kids: Wind

READ (check them out in your local library!):

Activity 1 | Toilet Paper Roll Kite

Make a kite with simple household items like toilet paper rolls and plastic grocery bags or streamers if you have them on hand. (Instructions & Cute Example)

Activity 2 | Straw Blowing

Provide paper, paint, spoons and straws. Spoon paint onto paper. Encourage your little one to blow (out only!) through the straws to move the paint around the paper.

Activity 3 | Paper Airplanes

Use these patterns to make paper airplanes!

Activity 4 | Blow Bubbles

Blow bubbles. Make sure you do it with them. It’s amazing how much fun a little bubble-blowing can bring!

 

Branding Inspiration Board: Stephanie A. Smith Photography

Branding Inspiration Board: Stephanie A. Smith Photography | Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

Over the years I have developed a beautiful process that allows me to build strong, powerful brands for creatives. The process is in-depth and challenging and forces my client to think deeply about their unique style and what they desire to communicate to the world. The first step in my process is to create an inspiration board. The inspiration board does not involve existing logos, but instead is made up of all that encompasses their unique style. Their favorite color palettes and room decor and outfit choices. All of those little bits of inspiration work together to communicate one’s style and aesthetic and overall feel of their business.

I really enjoy this part of the process, getting to know my client, seeing their style as cohesive and finding the commonalities while they may feel none exist. And the joy that something so simple yet so profound brings to my client is unmatched.

I cannot wait to show you the gorgeous brand we are creating for this fabulous client! Until then, enjoy this amazing inspiration board!


 

*If you are interested in working with Ashlee for your branding needs, please email info@ashleeproffitt.com for packages and details. Also, make sure to check out her branding portfolio.

Fashion: For Little Girls

Fashion: For Little Girls

If you follow me on Instagram you get the pleasure of seeing this gorgeous and most perfect little face all the time. You may also notice that I LOVE dressing her. Next to her, putting together her little outfits is my favorite thing.

And she is as crazy as I am with her shoe obsession and already forming her own opinion over what clothes she wants to wear on any given day.

So, when a friend asked if she could send Adeleee a few dresses from her new shop I said YES! And I was even more excited when they arrived. These little dresses are the cutest thing ever. Ever! The quality is amazing and the fabric is just gorgeous. I am obsessed with her fabric choices for the first shown. What I love most is the style of the dress itself. The loose-fitting dresses are perfect for my active little girl while still being feminine. And I love that the style lends itself to being used for years to come, the ties either on the back or shoulders make them adjustable to achieve the best fit and in the future I’ll just add leggings or shorts.

Seriously, that tie in the back is just amazing.

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And this blue one is just as precious!

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Go check out Claudia’s Clothing and get your little girl the most perfectly adorable dress! I spy coordinating bows in the shop as well!

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You can find these gorgeous dresses at ClaudiasClothing.etsy.com