North Carolina Grown

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Got me some Tassels

How's everyone's week going? Mine is always. Dang, I never have exciting news for how my weeks are going. I mean working with cadavers everyday is exciting to me, but not so much to anyone else. This weekend we are going to Dallin's parent's home. I guess you can call it a little getaway. Oh I lied! I do have exciting news! Dallin received his first invitation for an interview for medical school in Washington. Yay! Hopefully more will keep coming in.

One of my favorite Fall pieces is a sweater cardigan. I love wearing them on cool, crisp nights with a pair of boots. Most definitely my ideal Fall outfit. If you couldn't guess from the title I love the tassels on it! Tassels are just great! Have a good Thursday!

P.S.-If you live in the Salt Lake area and need pictures, Lori is your go to photographer! She takes amazing pictures and finds the best locations!!

Sweater- Forever 21(sold out) // similar
Purse- H&M

P.S.S.- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ARIEL TODAY!!!! She is in Hawaii (lameeeee) this week, but when she gets back I can't wait to celebrate!!! Miss you girl!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to Survive a Juice Cleanse

Today I want to share with you about the 3 day juice cleanse that I did last week. I've never done something like this before! I love drinking green smoothies and replacing meals with those, but juice is a whole other story. Dani Strong provided me with some of the best tasting juice ever! Really...the flavors are soooo yummy. My favorites are power green, power orange, and the chocolate almond milk. But honestly, they were all good!

I want to make clear that juicing is not for everyone. Make sure you know YOUR body and if it's something you can do. Ask a doctor is necessary. Juicing is not to lose weight. It is to cleanse your body of toxins, that way you can continue eating healthy after the cleanse then start losing weight. Make sense?

This juice cleanse consisted of 6 juices a day. A milk in the morning then every two hours drink another juice then end with another milk. In between each juice drink water. I always had my water with me and it would sometimes help to drink water while I was also drinking my juice. For me water is better with lemon or orange in it :) My flavors were:

1-Vanilla almond milk, classic green, power green, power orange, summer raspberry, chocolate almond milk
2-Cinnamon almond milk, classic green, power green, summer watermelon, power red, chocolate almond milk
3-Strawberry almond milk, power green, classic green, rhubarb bliss, power orange, cookie butter almond milk

I have all of Dani's contact information down below!

So on to my tips on how to survive a juice cleanse (I did a 3 day by the way)

TIP #1-Read up! Research doing a cleanse and different types of juice cleanses. I did. I decided I was going to do this a week before I actually started. I looked up different sites that explained different juice cleanses and what to expect.

TIP #2-Relax your mind! The day before my cleanse started I started getting really nervous, but I had to try and not think about it so much. I was getting so much anxiety over it and I actually did some stress relieving exercises to help me out :)

TIP #3-Tell everyone! Let friends and family know what you are doing. That way they can support you and keep you going through those few days.

TIP #4-Pick days that work with your schedule. I chose days that I wasn't going to be sitting around the house and days that I was busy. I will admit, it was a hassle to carry around what seemed like a 20 lb lunch box full of my juices and ice haha. Don't worry, when everyone is giving you stares for drinking some "green sludge" just think that you are probably getting more veggies in that one drink than they have had all week!

TIP #5-Don't overdo it. If during the cleanse you are feeling light headed or you feel that you are starving, eat something. Eat some carrots, eat a salad, or some fruit? You don't want to get sick!

Give it a try! Start with a 1 day or a 2 day if you feel more comfortable with that. Your body will thank you. Again, make sure you do your research. This was MY review for a cleanse I did. It worked for me, but it may not work for everyone else. If you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Dani is awesome! Her juices are so good and made fresh for when you pick them up. Check out her Instagram and also her blog where she lists her flavors and prices. Send her a text or give her a call and she will get you everything you need! 801-473-8612. Let her know Jessica sent you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bright + A Fall Recipe

Hello blog. It's been awhile. Last week was all sorts of crazy. Even though this weekend wasn't too busy, it still seemed like I was busy. There was the LDS Conference this past weekend. Which was so good. There are two sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday. Both filled with amazing talks from the leaders and Prophet of my church. It seems to always have the perfect talks that I need to hear. 

Dallin's family was in town so we were able to spend time with them. Other than that things were pretty chill except for the fact that I have so much I have to do today in preparation for this week.

For this Fall look I brought in a brighter color. Yellow isn't my usual go to color in the Fall, but this worked and I like it! Also! Check down below for a DELICIOUS pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe :)

Sweater- c/o Oasap
Scarf- Forever 21

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made these this past weekend and they are soooo yummy!


-2 2/3 cups Sugar
-2/3 cup Shortening
-1 can Pumpkin (15-16oz)
-2/3 cup Water
-4 eggs
-3 1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
-2 teaspoons Baking Soda
-1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
-1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
-1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Gloves
-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
-1 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I like the mini)

Heat oven to 350. Mix the sugar and shortening. Then stir in pumpkin, eggs, and water, Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Then stir in chocolate chips. If baking in muffin tins-20 mins. If baking in a loaf pan-1 hr 10 mins. Grease the pans!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Keep Calm and Wear Lipstick // GIVEAWAY

I loooove me some lipstick. Now it hasn't always been like this. I always felt like I couldn't pull it off or that I just wasn't a "lipstick" person, but one day I just went for it and I've been hooked since. I love finding new shades of lipstick. I'm still pretty picky, but I definitely have my favorites!

Today I've teamed up with some local bloggers and we have shared our favorite lipstick. There will be one winner to this giveaway and they will win every single one, so 8 total! You can read below to get to know these bloggers and see their favorite lipstick. Complete the entries in the Rafflecopter. 

Good luck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Days

It's Friday!! Wooo!! I love Fall days. The cool crisp air, but you can still feel the warmth of the sun. I actually wore this outfit a couple weeks ago for a shopping date with my friend who came to visit me from NC. When it got a little warm I just slipped the cardigan off and wa-lah! 

I'm also in love with this flower crown. It is from Bethany Mota's collection at Aeropostale and it's now my favorite one that I own. The color is perfect especially for Fall! I may just wear it this weekend :)

Everyone have a good weekend!

Cardigan- c/o Aeropostale
Shirt- Jane
Flower Headband- c/o Aeropostale
Boots- H&M

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dress for Fall

 Get it? Dress for dressing for Fall, but this is also a dress you can wear during Fall?? Ok I'm done. Isn't this dress fabulous! I love everything about it. The print, the fit, and the length. All perfect for Fall. The hat I got from Oasap and I want to wear it everyday. They have more colors so I may have to get all of them :)

Has anyone done any Fall activities yet?? So far I've put my Fall/Halloween decorations up and I've gone to one haunted house :) I would say it's a good start! I'm so excited to start making pumpkin bread and soup. Lots of soup! Probably one of my favorite things to do on a chilly night is eat a bowl of soup while watching You've Got Mail. (Big Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fan right here)

So many things to do in the Fall and it's just getting started! 

Dress-Ruby Bloom
Hat- c/o Oasap
Boots- c/o H&M

I'm participating in a loop giveaway on Instagram today! Starting at 11am MST. 31 prizes, 31 winners. Be sure to check it out @jesss_mae

Monday, September 22, 2014

Date Night with Captain America

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Noooo, I didn't have a date with Captain America, but I did have a date night watching him! Anyone else obsessed with the Marvel movies?? We most certainly are. We love going to the midnight showings, but then we always love getting the DVD's right when they are released. I surprised Dallin with two of his favorite things, the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie and some chocolate! M&M's® to be exact :) I thought it was the perfect combination for a stay at home date night. We stayed pretty casual with our outfits, but we had a great time with each other. You can see how excited Dallin was, he even pulled out his Avengers t-shirt :)

I got the M&M's® and Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Walmart using this coupon for our little date night. I put out a variety of toppings on our coffee table to put on some ice cream. It was fun! I loved having our own ice cream bar right in front of us to enjoy while watching the movie. The M&M's® made the perfect topping for our ice cream! After our bowl of ice cream we munched on the rest of the M&M's®. 

I even took out the red and blue ones to go along with the night! The DVD is now released which means you can enjoy it as well! Also go here to take the quiz to see which Marvel superhero you are and enter to win a $100 gift card to Walmart!