Christmas Tree Decorations

It’s that time of year again for Christmas trees, stockings, presents, mistletoes and good times with family. My favorite holiday is by far Christmas so right after Thanksgiving, I start putting up my Christmas decorations so I can enjoy them longer.  The lights, the reason for the season and all the merry! I wanted to share with yall my decorations that I use to make my tree so festive!

Here is a glimpse of my Christmas decor this year:) I am very into red, green and champagne colors for my decor. The green & red make it very traditional while the champagne gives it a sparkly, classy, chic look:)


I hope yall enjoyed a little look at my Christmas decor! So for most of my tree decor, I purchased them at Hobby Lobby. They have a lot of sales most of the time so be sure to check them out. Then most of my other decor I have stocked up over the years. But below shop a couple of my fav items for Christmas decorations. As always thanks for stopping by and looking forward to what you think:)

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Little Texas getaway

Looking for a weekend Texas getaway for any season of the year? This little town has so much to offer from wine tasting, shopping, floating the river, the famous Gruene Hall, Schlitterbahn waterpark and much more! I have visited many times and it never gets old. The summer we really enjoy floating the river, going to concerts, and did I mention there is a gorgeous lake nearby too?? It’s a great family friendly town that really has a bit for everyone. For the fall and winter months, I really enjoy the wine tasting and shopping. They tend to have more festivals this time of year so everyone walks around Gruene and enjoys the weather. The leaves are changing, the air is cooler and the food is always more comforting.

 So my first getaway experience for yall is… drum roll please…….ISSSSSSSSS

NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS!!!

It’s a cute German town that offers a place to relax, shop, drink some wine and try great food. This is our go-to place! It’s not far from Corpus and plus the outlet mall is close to there too. So already a perfect reason to go!!!

We stayed at a house that is walking distance to downtown New Braunfels called Mellow Yellow. It was soooo cute! It has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a great entertaining area and big backyard. I would for sure go back! Now take a look Inside:)

The house was amazing but the wine was even better! We went to Gruene and did a wine tasting at The Grapevine in Gruene. I think I may have found my new favorite wine. Its called Wedding Oak and it was delicious, so now I want to try them all. The names of all their wines are beyond cute because they go with the wedding theme. I think I enjoy it 10x more since I am currently planning a wedding.

New Braunfels is just a perfect little getaway! If you have visited or plan to visit let me know. I love feedback:)

Also, the dress is from Jewels. Seriously, so perfect for a wedding or a nice dinner and it is super comfortable yet form-fitting plus less than $100! My handbag is Chanel and I have not found a recent design that is similar. But I am always looking and when I find it I will notify yall. Also, my shoes are Jessica Simpson, I have a couple pairs in the same style just different colors. They go with so many outfits and can be dressed up or down. Did I mentions they are currently on Sale and they come in 3 different colors!!!

I hope yall enjoyed my first Little Texas Getaway. I plan to do more for yall as I travel. I love going new places, trying new food and new experiences. If you have any questions or suggestions on where to travel next contact me at Livingthecreellife@yahoo.com or comment.

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Velvet & Pearls

        
Happy Friday! I am sorry I have been MIA but have been super busy in the real estate world (which I want to do a post on that soon too). I am loving velvet and pearls for my fall fashion wardrobe this season. It has that casual, classy look and looks stylish yet comfortable.

 I found these amazing pearl jeans at Zara. I am really loving their clothes, and I just recently started purchasing from there. They are only $50 and come in black as well. I may have to get both:) 

The velvet top I actually got from one of fav stores, TjMaxx but I found a couple similar styles at my other favorite fashion store Nordstrom.  I am really loving this blush pink color, its a must have color for fall.

My booties are from Vince Camuto. They have a round tulip toe and a slick heel. They really are perfect for any fall outfit. They are currently 20% of right now. Don’t miss out, you really can’t go wrong!

As I am sure y’all have noticed, I am a CHANEL girl! Not only is their mascara my fav but their bags are a-m-a-z-i-n-g too! This Chanel cross body bag  is one of my fav statement pieces that I use for most dressy events as well as my casual days. Its light and can be used for any occasion. I have not been able to find a similar one but I always have my eye out and when I do I will let y’all know. The sunglasses are also Chanel and have a similar detail to my purse. I am obsessed! I have linked the similar ones here but the lens are pink. I would totally rock them though!

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! I am working on some more great pieces so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and like always you can reach me at livingthecreellife@yahoo.com

 

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Long sleeve dress for Fall

Happy Saturday! I hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend so far. I am about to get ready for my cousins wedding but first I wanted to share theis amazingly cute dress that is just so stylish and trendy.

This dress is a wrap dress in which I LOVE because its adjustable and comfortable. I love the black with the pop of light pink. That light pink is also my fav color for nails right now. Even in the fall it goes with EVERYTHING! This is a perfect night out on the town dress.

This dress is from of course Jewels the brand is Buddy Love and got it for $88. I am wearing an XS and you can now shop online at www.shopjewelscctx.com. They are my go to store for all my fashion needs! My cross body purse is Chanel, which is my go to purse for all my events. Goes with everything! 

I hope yall have a wonderful rest of your weekend and to contact me email me livingthecreellife@yahoo.com

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My Top 10 Product MUST HAVES!

In a daily routine these are some products that I have found to work best for me to get me through my crazy days.

1.Chanel Mascara

I always get asked about my mascara. I have tried alot of different brands. Chanel by far has been my fav! It gives you bold, flawless lashes. I do not use waterproof mascara but if you do they also have the same one for waterproof. This is $32.  Shop here!

2. Its a 10! Miracle Leave In Product

My natural hair is curly, so this really helps to keep my hair soft and tangle free! I use this every time I get out of the shower. I personally buy the big bottle because I use it so often. The prices of bottles range from $12.33-$37.03. I Love it! Shop here!

3.  Moroccanoil Treatment Original

My stylist recommended this product to me and oh my was she right! This is one is a for sure must have. This product can be used for conditioning, styling or a finishing tool. When my ends look a little dry I put about a dime size in my hand and run thru the ends, this makes a world of difference. Prices range from $15-$44. I have had mine for a year and still have alot left. So it will last you some time:) Shop here!

4. Chanel Makeup Remover

I have tried everything for makeup remover and had a hard time finding something that took the makeup off as well as being sensitive on the skin. I do not like an oily consistency and this one is not at all. Once I get all my makeup off my face feels fresh and clean! This product is $34! Shop Here!

 

5. Its Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

My skin especially my face seems to get very dry in certain seasons of the year. I have been using Confidence in a Cream for about 6 months now and no complaints. Keeps my face bright and moisturized all day and night. I apply twice a day, once before I put my makeup on and before I go to bed. It also has Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate in the formula. It’s $48 and one of their best sellers! Shop here!

6. Its Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream

I have tried alot of foundations, and by far this is my favorite. This products gives you that flawless, full coverage with 50 SPF with anti- aging hydrating serum. Ya I know thats a lot of greatness in one bottle. This is my go to foundation to get that great complexion and brightening healthy skin. The foundation paired with their powder gives that airbrush look for perfection! The liquid foundation is $38 and the airbrush powder is $35. Click on pic to shop!

 

7. Ultra Balm Lotion

This lotion is the bomb.com! It is not greasy or oily at all. It moistures your skin and makes it silky smooth. I always keep a tube in my purse and Its perfect! Its 19.95 for the tube or you can get a jar. Shop here!

8.Tarte- Concealer

I have tried so many concealers, and this one by far has been my favorite. It really brightens, smoothes and conceals  perfectly. Its only $25 and you can shop here!

9.Tresemme- Pre Styling Spray

This product is new for me but so far it has made a difference. It not only protects my hair, makes it easier to style but also smells amazing!!! And did I mention its on $5?!?!? You can shop this product here!

10. Neutrogena – Refine Pore Toner

I have recently started using this and I am in LOVE! Really cleared up my face and reduced the size of pores. I have only been using for a week and def a must have especially when its only $9!! You can shop for it here!

I hope yall enjoyed my must haves right now. I am always up to try new products and recommendations. Stay tuned to more fashion & lifestyle tips!

 

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Low carb Italian Dish

Happy Thursday! While this past week has been anything but normal I decided to cook my fiance and I one our favorite low carb dishes. This is a good hearty comforting food without all the carbs:) And you can never go wrong with a good italian dish! Hope y’all enjoy! Comment below if you cook it!

Zucchini Lasagna

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lb 93% lean Turkey Meat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 medium (8 ounces each) zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cups part-skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1 large egg (I use fresh eggs) *Perks of having chickens in your backyard:)
  • 16 oz (4 cups) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese ( since you can

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. Drain excess water/fat. Then, add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes.
  2. Add pushed tomatoes and stir well.
  3.  Simmer on low for at least 30-40minutes, covered. The sauce should be thick.
  4. Meanwhile, slice zucchini into thin slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.
  5. Preheat a gas grill (I use a George Foreman) to medium high, and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side, until slightly browned. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°.
  7. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg.
  8. In a 9×12 casserole spread 1/2 cup of sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Spread 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. The last layer top with remaining zucchini and sauce, cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover the foil and bake 20 minutes (to dry up the sauce) then place the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and bake until melted, 10 minutes. ( if you like your cheese little crispy on top. Broil for the last 1-2 minutes.) My fiancé and I love a crispy top cheese layer.
  9. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Brown the turkey meat

I like turkey meat because its leaner. You will see in my recipes to come, I mainly cook with turkey meat:)

Here is the meat sauce, make sure to let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Make sure to salt the zucchini and let it sit. This really helps with the final product to not be as watery. Zucchini holds a lot of water and this will help a lot.

Even after I grill them on the George Forman I like to get a paper towel and get the remaining excess water.

This is the final product. If you do not like a crispy top layer, just don’t broil it. (My fiancé and I love it like this) * No its not burnt lol

Nicely paired with a glass of Rodney Strong Cab:)

Bon Appétit 

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 9
  • Points +: 9
  • Calories: 275
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 84mg
  • Sodium: 648mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 26g

 

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Texas Strong after Hurricane Harvey

What a crazy week? If you have been on any social media or news lately you have seen that Texas was hit very hard by Hurricane Harvey. While, My family and I are very fortunate to not have had any damage, our surrounding areas were not. The devastation is completely sickening.

 


 

While driving around the Rockport, Tx area 2 days after tragedy hit there were people coming to their destroyed homes to salvage what they could. Seeing this was a big eye opener to me. That no matter what your plans are for your life that anything can be take at any given second. These people did not plan for this and weren’t prepared for everything to be taken. To see that people lost EVERYTHING. Their homes, businesses, animals, food etc. Their life is turned upside down. But then there was a lady that came to get food for her family at our station. I was in complete sadness when she said she lost everything. Then I heard her say “We will overcome this and com back STRONGER.” To hear that come from someone that lost everything, really made me stop and think

Texans are proud to live in the state we live in. We WILL overcome this TOGETHER. No matter if you were not affected by this your state was. Here is the time to come together and to come back stronger than ever. If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey then we are here for you! IN GOD WE TRUST!!!

 

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Fall Attire in South Texas

Fall will be here before you know it. While living in South Texas the fall and winter months are not has chilly so here are a couple great outfits to kick off the season.

My Fav: Sweater & Ripped Jeans

First is my favorite! Ripped jeans are a must have for this coming fall. They pair so nicely with a sweater and booties. ripped jeans will be my go to all fall long.

  • The tie sleeve back open sweater that is featured is from Express and I have got tons of complements! Its not very heavy and breezy. The rust color is so gorgeous, I can’t wait to wear it for the chilly weather.

  • These ripped jeans fit like a glove! If you are anything like me,  I like a little more higher wasted waist and they are so comfortable

 

Second Outfit: Printed blouse

  • This peacock print blouse has to be one of my favorites right now from Express. Has those perfect light fall colors that pairs great with a darker jean and booties. These blouses are buy 1 get the other 50% off! Theres alot of different colors too!

  • The jeans are also Express that stretch a little and give. I am all about comfort and style and these do the job.

  • This chocker necklace is part of a layering piece from The Loft. It is on sale right now click here for link. It was originally $39.50 but now $29.99!

Third outfit: Bright pattern

  • Since I am very fair in skin color, pops of color are usually my go to. This one is very vibrant and perfect shades.

  • The earrings and long tassel necklace are amazing statement pieces. That cobalt blue just pops with so many outfits. Its a must have set! Click here for earrings and click here for necklace. They also come in a lot of other colors.

 

Hope y’all enjoyed my first fall attire post!

 

Yours truly,

Taylor

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Just Living The Real Life

I am Taylor Adcock and future Mrs. Creel.  Well as my page is named Living the Creel Life, I recently got engaged to the man of my dreams. So now I am just living the Creel (Real) Life. I started this page because I love fashion, traveling, food, working out planning my wedding and all things God has blessed me with. I am a real estate agent in Corpus Christi (you’ll be seeing a lot of that as well) and loving every minute of it.

Here are just a few things about me that I love:)

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The Love of my Life! I will start it off with my Fiancé! I have been with him for little over 2 years and couldnt be happier. Of course I am thankful for his last name because it works perfect for this blog:)

Picture: Taken at The Blowing Rock in North Carolina

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Of course, Anything Fashion!

Dress: Jewels located in Corpus Christi

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 Spending time with my family! I am very family oriented and very close to them all. I am very blessed to have such a great family!

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I workout! Working out and living a healthy lifestyle as such as possible. This is where I am most mornings.

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Ski Canals! During the Summer we are usually on the boat most weekends, soaking up the sun and living the island life!

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Real Estate! This is what I spend most of my days doing and the joy of helping people find their dream home!

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Pack your bags, its vacay time! Any chance I get to travel I take it! This was in the Grand Caymans and next week we will be in the Bahamas. Be ready for all the fun blogs and posts!

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Momma to 3 chickens! Yes you saw that right. They are my babies and they give me fresh eggs!:)

 

I hope y’all enjoy my page:)

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