Amber Housley

Six Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Category: AH Living, Recipes

I always love making holiday themed treats, and especially adore all of the color I get to use when creating St. Patrick’s Day treats! I’ve rounded up six of my favorite, kid friendly treats.

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Rainbow Jiggle | Leprechaun S’mores | Push Pops | Fruity Rainbow | Clover Pancakes | Lucky Charm Cookies

Every holiday deserves something sweet. We think these rainbow jiggles are so much fun, and would be easy to make! Your kids will love eating s’mores in the shape of leprechaun hats, and having minty green push pops! As a mama, I know I need to give my kids fruit every day. They are much more likely to eat it if it is displayed in a fruity rainbow form or on top of green clover pancakes. Then, give them one last treat with these lucky charm cookies.

Do you have any favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats that you think we should try? We’d love to hear!

Six Healthy and Easy Lunches for Working Women

Category: AH Living, Recipes

As working ladies, we know how hard it can be to stay healthy while on a tight schedule. You have to get up early in the morning, and often times do not have time to prepare a proper meal to bring to work for lunch. So, we have rounded up six healthy and easy lunches for working women that you should be able to either prepare ahead of time, or quickly in the morning!

Six Healthy and Easy Lunches for Working Women | Amber Housley Living

Mediterranean Barley Salad | Quinoa Grecian Salad | Gazpacho with Shrimp and Avocado Relish

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich | Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wrap | Asian Green Bean Salad

The key to bringing a healthy meal to work is planning ahead. Write down the ingredients for these recipes before you go to the grocery store, and try to prepare them over the weekend so that all you need to do in the morning is place them in a tupperware.

Salads are some of the easiest meals to prepare, and some of the most delightful to eat cold. However, it can get incredibly boring to continuously eat a typically Greek or Caesar salad. Instead, try this Mediterranean barley salad or quinoa Grecian salad. The barley and quinoa will pack you with extra protein, allowing you to stay full longer and focused on your work.

Another quick idea is this gazpacho with shrimp and avocado relish. Soup is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and we love that the gazpacho is meant to be eaten cold. It is perfect for a meal when you need to work through lunch, because you don’t even need to spend time heating it up. We suggest packing the shrimp and avocado relish separately in a Ziploc bag, then adding it to the gazpacho when you are ready to eat so as to avoid the topping getting soggy.

Sandwiches and wraps are some of my favorite go-to’s, and these two sound delicious! I love this twist on a caprese sandwich – the tomato, mozzarella, and roasted red pepper sandwich on whole wheat bread. You can roast the red peppers over the weekend, and pre-slice the tomato and mozzarella the night before so that all you need to do in the morning is throw everything together. Use some of the roasted red peppers again later in the week with this grilled veggie and hummus wrap, which can also be quickly put together in the morning.

Add an Asian zest to your week and switch things up by trying this Asian green bean salad. It is filled with veggies like the other recipes, but has a different taste all together, so your taste buds will not get bored of eating healthy! You can even bring chop sticks into work if you’d like.

Do you have any favorite go-to lunch recipes? If so, we would love to hear them and try them out ourselves. Make sure to visit our Tasty Food Pinterest board for even more fun food ideas.

Valentine’s Day Cocktail

Category: AH Living, Recipes

Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to break out the bubbly! We have crafted an easy Valentine’s Day cocktail for y’all to try this holiday, and we’re certain you’ll love it. Tasty, simple, and pink. The best kind of cocktail!

Valentine's Day Cocktail by Amber Housley

The only ingredients you will need for this cocktail are champagne (we love Le Grand Courtage!), Chambord, and some raspberries. Cute striped and heart straws and festive coasters are an added bonus!

Valentine's Day Cocktail by Amber Housley

Fill your champagne flute 3/4 of the way with champagne, and add a splash of Chambord – just enough to turn your cocktail pink. Add a few fresh raspberries, and you’ve crafted your Valentine’s Day Cocktail! It is highly suggested to share with friends and loved ones over lots of chocolate.

Valentine's Day Cocktail | Amber Housley

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes

Category: AH Living, Home, Recipes

Two of my favorite things to do during the Valentine’s Day season are create fun crafts with my family and bake lots of sweets! So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes for y’all today.

Valentine's Day Crafts and Recipes | Amber Housley Living

Balloon Heart Wall | Glittered Decoupage Cake Stand | DIY Sequined Heart Hair Clip

Creamy Fudge Hearts | Conversation Heart Cakes | Heart Shaped Fruit Kabobs

I know that my little ones would be so shocked and overjoyed to come downstairs on Valentine’s Day and see a huge heart shaped balloon wall in our kitchen or living room! It makes such a statement while being fairly simple, as all good crafts should. As y’all know, I love all things gold and glittered, so this DIY gold glittered decoupage cake stand and serving utensils has to happen this year! It certainly adds the right amount of fancy to serving sweets. I would also love to make this DIY sequined heart hair clip – one for myself and one for baby girl as well.

There are so many delicious Valentine’s Day recipes on Pinterest this year, so it was hard to narrow them down. Chocolate in any form is necessary on Valentine’s Day, and I think this creamy fudge hearts recipe would be one of the tastiest ways to eat chocolate this year. While conversation heart candy is fun for kids, these conversation heart cakes would be a much more delectable version to serve for dessert, don’t ya think? And of course, I encourage adding something sweet yet healthy to your Valentine’s Day, and these heart shaped fruit kabobs are perfect for that! Serve them with breakfast or pack them in your little one’s lunch box for an afternoon treat.

Do y’all have any favorite Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes that you would like to share? We would love to hear in the comments below. If you are still looking for more ideas, make sure to check out my Happy Hearts Day Pinterest board for even more crafts and recipes!

My Favorite Healthy Smoothies

Category: AH Living, Home, Recipes

With baby girl taking up much of my time and attention lately, I have been trying to find ways to simplify my life so I can spend as much time with her as possible. One of the easiest ways to do so is simplifying my morning routine. I have always loved smoothies, and creating them for a fast, healthy, and easy-to-manage breakfast is the perfect combination of eating well and maintaining balance.

Favorite Healthy Smoothies | Amber Housley | Nashville Wedding Planner

Just Peachy Green Smoothie
Triple Berry Smoothie
Blueberry Banana PB Smoothie
Pumpkin Smoothie
Green Smoothie
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Very Blueberry Smoothie
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
Skinny Green Monster Smoothie

These are all smoothies that I have either tried, or am looking forward to trying this year. I really love green smoothies, especially this green smoothie recipe from my friend Melanie Mauer Photography. It is simple to make, and delicious! Another one of my favorite resources for healthy recipes is SkinnyTaste. Gina, the woman behind SkinnyTaste, is a mom like me and knows how to create healthy and delectable alternatives to essentially every recipe you could ever want.

Do y’all have any favorite smoothie recipes that you would recommend? I’d love to create a big collection to be able to try throughout the year! See some more of my favorites in my healthy smoothies Pinterest board.