My Daily Smoothie (High-Protein and High-Fiber)

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I have tried drinking smoothies on and off for years. I’ve done the green smoothie thing (here’s my fave recipe) and have another favorite strawberry smoothie that tastes like a milkshake. But, I’ve always wanted to be that girl that drinks a healthy, yummy, daily smoothie. Every day And now I am! Or, at least I am trying to be :). I have been drinking this smoothie every day now for about 3 months and love it. I drink it for lunch (sometimes with another little snack if I need more) and it is one of my favorite meals right now. In the past, the bane of the smoothie was using the blender. It was so much work to use it and clean it, that my attempts to make smoothies never lasted. So, I needed a new idea. I thought about using a Magic Bullet, but couldn’t justify the cost. [Continue Reading]


Happy 2nd Birthday to A Modern Commonplace Book!


Today marks the second year of this little blog being on the interwebs! This past year has been monumental in the life of this blog. It has grown a little bit, but has been, in essence, as year of re-centering – figuring out my blog priorities. Do you remember my State of the Blog Address? That post has been life-changing – letting my blog focus on what I love. I don’t really love a lot of the “bloggy” trends that are going around, but have focused on the things I love: blog design, tips and tricks and favorite things.   Lately, I have spent time reorganizing the posts on this blog so readers can peruse more efficiently – I want older posts to serve as resources, not just get lost! Check out this great EXPLORE page I made to keep all my categories in the forefront. It’s been helpful for [Continue Reading]


Easy Shredded Chicken For the Week


When I was a newlywed five years ago (!) I was struggling with easy, fast dinner recipes. I work full time and I run out of ideas (and energy) to make a meal 7 days a week. I posted a quick “please give me your favorite recipes!” post on Facebook, and on that wonderful day, I received one of my favorite tips EVER. For easy shredded chicken. I was told that if I could make a batch of shredded chicken at the beginning of the week, I would be able to have enough cooked chicken for 2-4 meals that week, depending on how much I used per recipe. Personally, I dislike either boiling chicken or cooking it on the stove, for a recipe. This way, I would have the prep done for meals that week!     I buy a bag of frozen Tyson chicken tenderloins or breasts. (I like [Continue Reading]


Five Ways to Prime your Blog for Social Media


Remember me? Yes, I actually own this blog! Apparently though, I sometimes go completely AWOL. No worries, we are all friends :). I have actually been on A Modern Commonplace Book a lot working – I just haven’t written any new posts. Things are about to change, though. I have been working really hard to prime my blog for Social Media, and in doing so, have gotten SO EXCITED about this blog again. That’s how I’ve been viewing my blog in the past few months. I’ve been behind the scenes, loving this site and giving it some care and attention. So often I just write and post – write and post – write and post. And guess what? Those posts get lost. And forgotten. So, here are five ways I’ve primed my blog for social media. And so far, I am LOVING the new plan! 1. I have started using [Continue Reading]


Friday Favorites

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a Friday Favorites post! (You can see all of my Favorite Things posts here.) This week I have a list of random things that I love – enjoy! 1. I bought this Little Black Dress Jewelry Hanger this week and LOVE it. About three years ago our house was broken into and the thief just took my entire jewelry box and all it’s contents. Yeah, it was pretty tragic. I have slowly been re-building my jewelry collection, but hadn’t figured out a new jewelry system yet. This keeps all my jewelry in my closet (which I love for security purposes), and all in place. I can also see everything with one glance so I don’t miss my favorite pieces. It’s HUGE, and is exactly what I needed. I love it so much! 2. I made this Mediterranean Pasta last night and it was AMAZING. [Continue Reading]


16 Favorite Home And Beauty Products Under $20

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I have a funny New Year’s tradition. I don’t do this on purpose, but every year I find myself placing a really FUN order on Amazon around the middle of January. I find myself holding off on little purchases throughout the year, and then something happens in January that causes me to blow one big order. Maybe it’s Christmas money talking, or maybe it’s a need for change in the New Year, but every January I splurge on a big order of home and beauty products from Amazon to spice up my New Years. I don’t plan on it – and this was year was the first time I realized that it’s really a “thing” in my life :). But it is. So, I’ve decided to share with you my 16 favorite home and beauty products that have helped my beauty routine, my home organization – and my need for [Continue Reading]


Let’s follow each other on Pinterest, please?


I was reading The Bearfoot Baker yesterday, and was struck by her latest simple post here about being Pinterest friends. Simple, right? So, let’s do it! We are all wanting more things to pin anyway, so will you be my Pinterest friend? I also have an awesome community board called the “Blog Community Most Repinned” board.  A board can have multiple contributors (by invite only) and there are super benefits.  One, you will gain a follower every time someone follows the board on another contributor’s page.  Two, this exponentially increases your number of re-pins.  Three, other contributors will be sharing your pins on their sites.  You can see what I wrote about it here and follow it here.  To join, please follow the board and contact me for an invitation. Follow Ginny | A Modern Commonplace Book’s board Blog Community Most Repinned on Pinterest. I find that more than anything – I love [Continue Reading]


It’s Here! Welcome to The Design Consortium!


It’s here! I am so excited to present my new website and blog design business, The Design Consortium! This web design business is unlike any design company out there. This idea came to me when I wanted one simple place to customize my blog. I don’t want to go to several places to cover all my bases. Instead, I wanted a virtual assistant, graphic design whiz, and full design and consultation services all in one place. So, that is what The Design Consortium is. There are a few ways that The Design Consortium is different. One, we offer a custom “design your own” option for your site. You tell us everything you need (starting from the basic “I just want to start a blog and don’t know where to start!”) and we custom build you exactly what you want. From support – to the design – to the framework. We [Continue Reading]


My favorite low-calorie restaurant tips


Some days I don’t have a ton of time to write out a long post, so I have decided to just to throw some tips randomly up here on the blog to share the things I love! Today I just wanted to share some of my favorite restaurant tips. What most people don’t know about a restaurant, is that they hide calories. Normally, at home, if you make a salad, you are sure that it is a healthier option that if you ate a hamburger. But, at a restaurant, all bets are off. At The Cheesecake Factory, their Caesar Salad with Chicken is 1510 calories! That’s my daily calorie intake. (Tip #1, be wary of the Cheesecake Factory :). And if you do, make sure you read this and this first :).) Eat This Not That! is one of my favorite sites ever – sometimes I go on just to [Continue Reading]