Cooking for me has always been easier said that done. By the time I finish my work shift, I am too exhausted to create a meal – so it’s either frozen or take out.
Now that my sisters have moved in, we have been cooking more and more. It’s so much easier now that we can divide up responsibilities and have specific days to cook. However, I am still busy, so on days where I am the “meal provider”, I still make sure the recipe is easy, but delicious.
One of my new favorite quick fixes is my avocado bacon flatbread! They are super simple to make, and they taste so good!
Ingredients (per flatbread):
1 pre-made flatbread
1 tsp of olive oil
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of cooked bacon
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
1/2 sliced avodaco
Drizzle of Spicy Ranch Dressing
Pinch of salt and pepper
To prep, I put the bacon in the oven preheated at 350 degrees. I really like to cook my bacon in the oven for two reasons.
It gives it a really crunchy even bake
You can put it in the oven, and work on other things
So while my bacon is cooking in the oven, I can chop my red onion and and my avocado. Once the bacon is done, I also chop it all up, so it’s ready to go on the flatbread.
After I am done getting all my ingredients, I brush the olive oil on my pre-made flatbread. I used the Flatout Thin Crust Flatbread Spicy Italian.
Then, I sprinkle on salt, pepper, and the cheese onto the flatbread.
I like to place the flatbread on a cookie sheet covered in foil. This keeps my cookie sheet clean, and easy to wipe down and put away afterwards!
After letting the cheese melt for about 7-10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees, you can sprinkle on the bacon and the onions.
After another 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted, you can take out the flatbreads and add the avocado and drizzle on the spicy ranch.
So if you are looking for something easy and tasty, this is the recipe for you!
I had an amazing blog plan for this week, and I was so excited to share it with you. My sisters have moved in with me, and they have been encouraging to up my content game, and we had an amazing plan.
But then Hurricane Harvey happened.
As a journalist, this means that I have been reporting non-stop about the absolute tragedy that Harvey has become – and it’s only the beginning.
I have been working non-stop since Friday, and today, Thursday, the coverage has begin to lighten up.
Because I work so closely with viewers on our online platforms, I realize that people really do not understand how breaking news work.
In an event that promised to be a life-threatening as this, we prepare days in advance. Here is a little look about how the week leading up to, and after, Harvey went for my team two hours away from the tragedy.
We first learned about how frightening Harvey could be on Tuesday. At this time, the weather models showed Harvey hovering our area for more than 24 hours, causing 20-30 inches of rain. This prompted a weather meeting on Thursday to discuss the state of the weather event at that time.
Because weather is so unpredictable, it can never be an exact science. However, we want people to be prepared for the worst.
We are not an owned and operated station, so we are owned by a television company that isn’t ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc.
Our parent company has stations along the gulf in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, so those stations were also concerned about Harvey. This prompted more meetings on what the action plan would be to make sure all of the stations affected would get coverage.
Again, this is all theoretical until we got closer to the actual event because weather is so unpredictable.
During our Thursday meeting, it became clear that Harvey wasn’t going anywhere. Our meteorologist told us they believed Harvey had the capability of becoming a Category 4.
DURING & AFTER
On Friday, our meteorologist were speechless about this event. They warned us that this is unlike anything they have ever seen before. The storm was projected to stall for an extended period of time and promise flooding for any city underneath it.
We sent a reporter and a photographer to Port Lavaca, TX. They stayed in a hotel with other major media outlets, and the actual owner of the hotel evacuated and left them a key.
The team at home began stories about our area preparing for evacuees, and our eastern counties were preparing for some flooding.
On Saturday, we all began to work 12 hour shifts, even those who don’t normally work on the weekend. We wrote every story that came in about Rockport and Corpus Christi and their damage.
Then on Sunday, the flooding in Houston became more prominent. News of deaths in the area started coming in, and the rescues efforts became extraordinary.
A post shared by KXXV News Channel 25 (@newschannel25) on
We wrote over 200 pieces of content about how Harvey was affecting South Texas while not even being there.
However, fortunately for me, I live about 2 hours from Houston, so the only way I have been affected is the temporary shortage of food and gas as it gets transported to help the thousands in South Texas. The shortage is only temporary, and supplies are replenished by the next day.
Monday through Wednesday, I was also fortunate to work a normal shift.
As for my journalism peers in Houston and Corpus Christi, they have been working 24-7 since Friday. Their work has not let up. They have so much going on they can’t even cover it all.
Journalists from all over who came to the area are stepping aside from their reporter jobs, and they are helping rescue efforts.
First responders are working tirelessly to make sure everyone gets out.
People are getting out of their homes that weren’t affected and getting into boats to help people.
I am so amazed by the efforts of humanity and my fellow Texans. I sometimes get jaded and think the world is full of terrible people because I work in the news. This event has shown me that people are still good, despite the horrible things they do and say on the internet.
So yes, I am still here. I am still blogging.
If you want to see what I have been up to, click here to read more about how Hurricane Harvey is affecting my home state.
And if you are able to, please donate to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They really need monetary donations right now, so donate to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. More info on how to donate to the Red Cross here.
The damage the storm has caused is projected to be more than Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina combined. These people are going to need our help.
If you are a student, you can also get a discount for a new Macbook or whatever Apple product you desire. I might be biased, but my Macbook has been my lifeline throughout college and into my career. It is a great investment!
If you are a blogger in college or a media student, you can get the Creative Cloud for a steep discount!
Everywhere I have lived, there has been a movie theater that gives a good student discount! My current theater, Regal, offers matinee pricing all day for students! When I lived in Denton, the local theater gave away 2 dollar tickets on Tuesdays.
Most insurance companies offer a discount to students. Be sure to call your provider and find out! Insurance discounts are extremely helpful in college!
Most museums and zoos offer a special discount for students! Most of the time you just have to show your student I.D. I went to many zoos and arboretums and museums for less than 10 dollars throughout my time in college!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#FindYourTone #CollectiveBias
Summer mornings on the weekends always start out slow. In the summer, I live so low maintenance because I can never wear too much makeup because of the Texas heat, and I am always on the go. Summer is the month of no sleep and tons of sweat.
AND my on-the-go lifestyle makes my morning routine so important for making sure I get the little things done and to make sure I am taking care of myself.
I know this is a common problem for most millennials, so I wanted to share the things that have been making my life so much easier on the weekends.
First, I invested in a fitness tracker. My tracker keeps up with my sleep and activity, so it takes a lot of the guesswork out.
On the weekends, I tend to really cut my sleep in half, so I try to make up for it with little naps throughout the day. The fitness tracker really helps with that.
I also go to sleep in my workout clothes, so I can wake up in the morning and go outside. I have to wake up a little early to avoid the scorching heat, and I half my normal run/walk time because the heat forces me to burn more calories, plus I don’t want to hurt myself.
This fitness tracker helps with this also!
When I get done with my workout, I come home and gulp down a glass of ice water. I do this before my shower or anything to refuel from sweating in the humidity.
Then my favorite part, jumping in the shower! I love getting clean. It makes me feel positive and refreshed and ready to dominate my day!
Since I have short hair now, I wash my hair after I work out every time. If you wash your hair as often as me, you need to make sure you are keeping moisture in it because you are constantly stripping out natural oils. I use a mask on the weekends, and I spray an oil at the ends of my hair after every wash.
Then, it’s time to focus on my body sweat. In the mornings, I love using the Tone Blissful Awakening Body Wash. It is super affordable, and it can be found in the body wash aisle at Walmart!
The body wash is infused with caffeine, and it is scented like vanilla blossom. The scent really gets you feeling energized and awake! It has been my favorite scent to start my day!
The scent reminds me of staying up late at the local coffee shop at my university studying. Although I was so stressed at the time, the smell was so comforting!
It also exfoliates, so it can helps smooth out those summer dry patches that pop up!
I also purchased the Tone® Soothing Care Body Wash. It is infused with oatmeal and shea butter, so it is my favorite thing to use before bed! It is very calming on my skin, so it feels really good in the summer, especially if I have a sunburn.
Plus, it really puts me in a sleepy mood, so I go to bed easily after my shower! Scents really affect my mood and day, so this has been so helpful all season long!
#HowITone: When I use the Tone Rainbow, I use the blissful awakening in the morning to feel alive and energetic, and I use the Soothing Care at night to feel soft and sleepy!
Tone® also has many more scents that you can pick and choose for whatever mood you are in!
After showering, I usually grab something small to eat. It is really hard for me to be hungry in the mornings, but I always make sure I eat something. It usually is some fruit or a protein shake.
If I am having a casual weekend, I let my hair air dry, and I put some light makeup on. I usually use a small amount of foundation (I kinda use it like concealer), mascara and powder.
When I get dressed, I like to wear something comfortable and breezy. I am really loving t-shirt dresses and espadrilles as the moment! It is only one item of clothing, so it’s super simple to style and switch up!
My weekends usually consist of good times with friends and trying to avoid the heat – unless we get brave and decide to do something outside.
Plus, I do all my blog work on the weekends and chores. Honestly, how do I find the time?
What are the little things you do to make your life easier and more enjoyable?
This post has been compensated by InfluencerHer. and eBay. All opinions are mine alone.
My sisters have officially moved in with me, and they start their first year of college in less than a month. Being the oldest and a college graduate, they have been asking me what they need, where they need to go and get everything, etc.
My first advice was to go to eBay and find the things you need to stay inspired and focused all year long. You can find everything you need on one site – plus 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and the selection keeps growing.
And my favorite part – 68% of items ship for free!
In college, one of the things that kept me going was cute tech accessories and helpful gadgets. If the things you use everyday are pretty, it always pushed me to be more creative and focused.
I created a list of seven tech essentials that you will need for your college experience:
You will need some type of protection for your phone – college isn’t easy on phone. I never cracked my phone until after college, but that is literally just luck.