Women who make it work: Kimberly Fields

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Kimberly Fields is a 27-year-old whirling dervish of energy and enthusiasm. Whether she is working as a communications specialist, building her own consulting business, or taking her 5-year-old daughter to ballet lessons, she’s constantly moving forward. And since we work for the same company (actually, we share a cubicle wall) I know exactly how hard she works.
Q: Let’s start with your number one priority. What’s the best thing about being a mom?

A: For me, the best thing about being a mom is the uncertainty because it’s constantly forcing me outside of my comfort zone, it challenges me to think a little bit harder before I make decisions, it reminds me to be considerate of how my actions and life affect the well being of others. Motherhood (or let’s just be frank, parenthood in general) is a NEVER-ENDING job, but it’s also the most rewarding job I’ll ever hold…

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Egg and Black Bean Skillet Breakfast

Sunday mornings were designed for brunch. This morning started out lazy until I walked into the kitchen and saw Jds skillet sitting on the stove. I bought the skillet for him as a birthday present, but I haven’t used it much so this morning I gave it a shot. 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 cans of black beans (15 oz.) 
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 2 spoonfuls of guacamole
  • 1/3 shredded cheese

 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Start by heating 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the skillet
  3. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until soft
  4. Add the black beans to the skillet and heat until warm
  5. Slice your red peppers and place in the skillet, then crack an egg into each one
  6. Place the entire skillet in the oven and cook about 8 minutes or until your eggs are cooked
  7. Remove skillet from oven and top with guacamole, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes

Yum! Let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! 

 

Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper + Bleu Cheese Salad

Looking for a quick, go-to salad? Then this recipe is for you! I picked it up while working at an Scicilian resturant during my last semester in college and it quickly became a favorite. You only need four (4) ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • Arugala
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Blue cheese
  • Balsamic glaze

In a bowl, add two (2) handfuls of arugala, one (1) handful of blue cheese and one (1) handful of roasted red peppers. Drizzle about two (2) tablespoons of balsamic glaze over top and toss everything together. Serve on a plate or in a bowl and enjoy! You can always add bacon bits or another type of protein to this recipe, but I prefer it without.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @peachesandsalt 

Weekend Report

This weekend was one for the books. I mean, nothing crazy or wild happened, but it was a special weekend. You might not find it exciting, but I thought it was worth writing about. As you can see above, I chopped off ALL OF MY HAIR! I cut about 10 inches off and now it is above my shoulders and I absolutely LOVE IT! Could not be happier with my stylist, Kristen Salopek from Bondi Blonde in Chester!

Friday, Jd and I hung out with several friends and our next door neighbor had a house show so we popped in for a bit. It was good to see our friends Ian and Lisa, I haven’t had the chance to hang out with them much lately.

Saturday, was my biggest day! My best friend for over seven years, Anne Mae Weaver, came to visit all the way from Florida! I haven’t seen her since she and her fiance, Cory, moved to Clearwater, Fla. about seven months ago. She came under sad circumstances, but we had a ladies night at The Daily to celebrate her recent engagement! Cory proposed to her on New Years Eve and I could not be more excited for the two of them! 

Let’s take a moment and take in how GORGEOUS her ring is! It is my dream engagement ring! I am obsessed with it and so happy for her to have it. Her and Cory deserve the best life. Did I mention that they have been dating for seven years? Seven seems to be the lucky number here. Let’s break this down:

  • 7 years: the amount of time I have known both Cory and Anna
  • 7 years: the length of time Cory and Anna have been dating
  • 7 months: the length of time Cory and Anna have been living Florida 

Anyway, on Saturday, Anna, Lindsey (our old roommate and Anna’s best friend), and myself all went out to dinner. We all lived together about four years ago and I haven’t seen Lindsey much since I moved out so it was special catching up with her and seeing how all of lives have changed. Last time we were all together we were in college, unsure of where we were going and definitely had no idea about our relationship statuses. Now, we all have full-time, big-girl jobs and we are all in stable relationships. It is crazy what can happen in four years. We could actually afford to treat ourselves to a fancy dinner with bottles of wine.

Anna asked Lindsey and I to be her bridesmaids with the most adorable tote and flask, which represent some of the elements of her wedding (i.e. pink and lace). Lindsey will be her Maid of Honor and I get to be her bridesmaid! We are SO excited, but sad that we don’t all get to be together while we help Anna plan. The big day is set for June 1, 2016 and their wedding hashtag is official #CoryJWedsAnnaMae! Follow her engagement on Instagram!

Sunday, started off slow. Jd and I slept in pretty late, but once we were up we were fairly productive! We kicked-off the day with these outstanding chicken biscuits from Harvest Grocery + Supply. I am not even kidding when I say it was outstanding. Many Richmonders will go above and beyond over Saison Market’s chicken biscuit, which I will say was my favorite, until I tried this one. I don’t know how they did it, but this was the flakiest, moistest chicken I have ever had. The flavor was so unique, I couldn’t even figure out what it was. If they serve them up again and you are in Richmond, VA, PLEASE go try one!

Also, my good friends Krysten Reid and Zach Smith have been traveling across the country for about a month now and just left the Grand Canyon several days ago! Krysten currently writes a blog, Riding In Shotgun, which documents their travels. I love reading her updates and having an up-close look at our beautiful country. This is technically her second trip across the country, so it’s really unique because she knew how to plan for their trip before they left, getting them on the path to the coolest boutique hotels and small towns. You can follow them on Instagram as well at @RidingInShotgun. Definitely make sure to check them out. I have posted some of her most recent updates below to give you an idea of her style:

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Before I end this post, did I mention it snowed almost all last week? Here is the view my parent’s driveway in Montpelier, Virginia.

AND, Jd and I also made a pit stop at Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe. We had a gift card for $10 and scooped up four cupcakes for only $1.96! I was hesitant to try them because I am a fan of Carytown Cupcakes, but after trying Pearl’s I have to say they beat the pants off of Carytown Cupcakes. I’ve never eaten a cupcake with that much flavor before! The cake was so moist and packed with flavor, plus the icing pairings were out of this world. I think we will be traveling the extra distance to go here from now on. Sorry Carytown!

Strawberry Banana

Strawberry Banana

TOP LEFT: Carrot Cake; TOP RIGHT: Red Velvet; BOTTOM LEFT: Strawberry Banana; BOTTOM RIGHT: Strawberry Jam filled Banana Cupcate

TOP LEFT: Carrot Cake; TOP RIGHT: Red Velvet; BOTTOM LEFT: Strawberry Banana; BOTTOM RIGHT: Strawberry Jam filled Banana Cupcate

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xoxo!

DIY Plant Terrariums

I know It’s been almost a month since my last post, which I feel awful about! This past month has been a whirlwind of adventure. I started a new job, which has kept me busy and exhausted, but I absolutely love it! I could not have asked or dreamed for a better job and I love every minute of it.

Jd and I are still doing projects each weekend, but I have been so horrible at uploading them. Now that I have been at my job for about a month, I think I have found a good work/life balance, so I promise I won’t leave you hanging anymore.

This past weekend we make these really fun terrariums! We’ve been wanting to make these (especially Jd) for at least a year now, but never got around to it until recently.

Here’s what you need if you want to make your own:

  • Glass jars (we found ours at the thrift store)
  • Moss (which you can find outside)
  • Rocks (we got ours out of a driveway)
  • Black plant charcoal (you can find this at a pet store that sells fish/aquariums)
  • Soil

First, you want to add the rocks to the bottom of the jar. Then you want to add a layer of black charcoal followed by a layer of soil. Finally, top it off with the moss. Having each of these layers will allow your plant to breathe and help filter the water.

These types of terrariums are pretty easy to do and if you have little plastic figurines, like we have in the photo above, they look pretty cool. You can get these at hobby stores or anywhere that they sell models. Hopefully you all enjoyed this post! I know it’s brief, but stay tuned for more of our DIY projects as we decorate our apartment!

 

Richmond Welcoming Walls

You might have seen my post on Instagram several days ago, which contained a teaser to a video for one of Richmond’s newest projects, Welcoming Walls. Jd, who is affiliated with Richmond’s Grid Magazine, and his good friend Dj Williford interviewed Mickael Broth, the man behind the mural project.

Broth is a Richmond-based artist who founded the mural project and aims to bolster pride among residents, invite newcomers to experience the city, and keep money within the community by working with a majority of Richmond-based artists.  Welcoming Walls serve to invite and attract newcomers. The walls will create a visual identity for Richmond and help promote the city’s reputation of creativity.

View the full video below to learn more about the project:

DIY Reclaimed Wood Planter

We made something this weekend! Jd was super sick all week, but he finally started feeling better on Friday so we got to work. We made a planter using reclaimed wood and mason jars.

Jd has been wanting to make this indoor planter for quite a while now. We spent the entire weekend searching for the perfect planks of reclaimed wood and gathering our materials. Once Jd found the wood, he got to work. 

You can find a full tutorial for this project on Jd’s Instructables account here. Or you could just watch this timelapse and go from there. You’re welcome.

Homemade Pizza + Dough

Saturday is cheat day in our house. What does that mean? Like I said in my last post, this year Jd and I are going to get in shape, eat healthy, and lose weight. Sunday through Friday we eat clean and extremely healthy. On Saturdays we can cheat and eat ANYTHING we want and as much as we want. 

For our first Saturday cheat day, we made our homemade pizza! I swear by this recipe – it beats the pants off of any other pizza + dough recipe out there. You can find the full recipe on Jd’s Instructables page here

NOTE: The dough itself takes 18 hours to prepare so if you’re planning on making this pizza for dinner, remember to start the dough the day before.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

This year, we wanted to start off living a healthy lifestyle. Our focus is to eat clean and exercise more often. While we don’t eat horribly, we are by no means as healthy as we should be. This year you can follow us on our journey to finding health. We will document our recipes, exercises and weight loss in hopes that you will be inspired!

This morning, I woke up and made these delicious, flourless banana pancakes. You only need 2 ingredients to make these!

 

Ingredients:

• 3 bananas

• 3 eggs  

 

How: 

1. Mix your ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth. 

2.  Heat up your frying pan on medium/low and don’t forget to grease the pan before you start cooking!

3. Pour your ‘batter’  in the pan and start cooking just like you would cook normal pancakes. 

NOTE: These may take a little longer to cook than regular, flour pancakes. These are also more spongy, but you can add oats or ground flax seeds to make the texture more like regular pancakes.

 

Meow Mug

We decided to have a little fun and scatter our ‘Meow’ mugs across town for our fellow Richmond cat lovers. While we are out exploring and strategically placing our mugs, you’re out there trying to beat each other to them. If you’re lucky enough to find one, share a photo with us on Instagram using #PSBfind or tag us @peachesandsalt. Below are several lucky winners: 

Hint: you might find one while strolling through a park. Good luck Richmonders! 

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