All Thing Thrift – No Spend Challenge

 

Hey ladies, happy February, Black History, no spend and love month! That’s right this month is jammed pack with goodies. First  up is some thrifty style inspiration. February is the shortest month so why not start a challenge. A “No Spend Challenge” thats right. I and my girls are on a no spend “clothes” fast. Would you like to join? IT;s easy.. you can’t buy any new clothing items this month you must shop your own closet. This should be easy and hard at the sometime. As well know Winter sales and Spring new arrivals are among us. One may argue that I don’t need any new clothes which is half way correct. Last year I donated 10 bag of clothes and sold items on Poshmark. So.. I may need to purchase a few summer items.. Stayed tuned for summer finds.. of course after February.

Here’s a fun fact… my blog is based off the items that are in my closet. I started this blog when I was in between jobs. It started off as some thing just to do in sure time and keep my mind busy. But I realized there’s another whole community through this and I absolutely love it! This no spend challenges is honestly getting me back to the true foundation of my blog. If you would like to join the #nospendchallenge. Simple use our hashtag to let us know you are in! We will support you and share our daily struggles and updates on how it’s going. The object is simply to save instead of constantly being a consumer. Lord knows a lot of us are in debt from student loans, credit cards, mortgage, cars…bills…bills and bills. So I think everyone could save a little and spend less.

So let’s dive into these outfits. Thrifting is not new to me, as I just haven’t [reviewed it here on the blog as much. Let me know if you would like to see more shifted items and how I style each piece. I love to shop consignment and thrift stores. Wherever I can get the best deal, I am there!

Animal Chic

Many of you know I love prints, animal just so happens to be one of my favorite. IF you follow me on Instagram, a few weeks ago I found this blazer at The Goodwill for $6.  Leather pants are a good 5 years now from TJMaxx, my Nike sneakers are from DSW and bought before I had my surgery last year. They were expensive but by far one fo the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. You get what you pay for! Belt is super old and the top underneath that you can barely see is last 2 seasons ago Gabrielle union sweater with leather detail on the front.

My heels are from JustFab and once again already was in my closet form several seasons ago. Don’t laugh but my sunglasses are on their last leg as I need to order more before the Georgia sun becomes blinding. I styled this look with heels or sneakers to give you an option as I am still not walking in heels yet. Yes a long recovery after the surgery I had last March.

Granny Smith or Should I say Dani Smith Inspired!

Lately my girl Dani Smith has been rocking her thrifted pieces and has been setting the shift bar high on Social media! I have had this skirt in my wardrobe for quite sometime and thought now is the perfect time to rock this look. It’s simple but classy. This 100% wool tweed skirt as purchased at The Goodwill for $5. The sweater I already had and my Liz Claiborne Boots are fromJcPenney 3 seasons ago for $19. I added a leopard print belt and bag which is a Gucci dupe for added character and thats it! Simple cute and ready to go!

I encourage you to visit your local Good will and shift stores, I  guarantee you will find some gems… well not this month maybe next month?

Until next time xo Happy Fashion Divas.


Get The Looks:

Animal Chick

Blazer (thifted) similar look

Leather pants (similar)

Sneakers

Boots

 

Granny Smith

Sweater

Tweed skirt

Boots

Bag (Similar)

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Hey ladies, yes it’s been forever since I have written a blog. But why not come back the last month of the year. I am determined to finish it off with a blast!Whelp we are in full swing of the holiday season. If you follow me on Instagram I hinted that December is one of my favorite months. I will be sharing why and starting off my 12 days of holiday glam outfits this month as well.  So buckle up and hold on tight cause I plan to make this December a bang.

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Growing Up Without Christmas

Only my closes friends know that I absolutely love December because of Christmas. It’s not just the gifts, or the holiday cheer that gets me all in a frenzy, however there’s a deeper meaning behind it. I grew up muslim, not barely celebrating any holiday’s besides thanksgiving and my birthday only because my mom demanded my day to allow us too. However deep in my soul, I knew one day I would be Christian. When my parents officially spilt when I was in High school my mom asked what would you like to do. I said please take me to church, and that she did. We attended and soon became members of her childhood church Bethel A.M.E Methodist Church in San Diego California. I was soon baptized and even joined the youth choir. Please don’t ask me to sing as i really can’t but I definitely put on a solo concert for friends and family lol!! Anyways. I ventured down the new Christian path with my best-friend Vanessa. We both shared similar struggles going up as we held onto each other tight and allowed God to blossom through us!

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From there of course Christmas was filled with more than a meaning of just gifts but a true estimate of What God brought me through and who I was becoming. This may sound odd but the death of my parents marriage was the birth of my spiritual connection to God. I truly think my other for heeding to God’s voice and listening and knowing that she had to move in another direction in order to give her children a future.

The entire month of December brings me warm and fuzzy cheerful delight with my family and friends. Although my brothers and sisters all live in different states, that never stops us form talking just about everyday. The holiday season tends to bring us closer together as we share a special bond and cherish this month for it’s a different meaning of light for our family.

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What makes you most happy about this season? Do you and your family have any special traditions? I’ll share one of mine. Every year at midnight when the Clock strikes 12 and it is Christmas day, I get up bless the house and read the birth of Christ. We pray and may even sing a song a two. I actually started this tradition years ago and now has carried on with my husband! I am eager to hear what it is you all do?

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So let’s get into this first holiday look. This is definitely a little bit of old and new mixed together to create the perfect pop! Starting form head to toe. You all have seen this luxe green velvet blazer that comes from my favorite New years shopping place… cough cough Dillards of course. Pairing it with this fuzzy mixed with velvet bow with a bling broach adds the perfect touch for the top! No necklace needed! I purchased this sweater from Poshmark but it still available at Zara.  Who doesn’t like gold trousers. I do. I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect gold trousers and of course New York & Company came through. I topped this look off with a pair of patent black loafers or of course my matching green velvet heels.

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Get The Look

Pants: Skinny leg | Trouser fit

Blazer (Macy’s) | Blazer(Mango)

Fuzzy Sweater

Shoes: Loafers | Heels (similar)

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion For Monday

Happy Monday Divas! I’m feeling refreshed and revitalized today. I have some goals to work on this week and I plan to accomplish them. I can honestly say that this year has brought me many “mini breakdowns” so I am thriving to do better with controlling my ups and downs and looking at the downs as ups and the ups as UPs!

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It’s Monday and we often get what we call the Monday Blues.. I don’t know why but everyone praises Friday for the weekend.. However Friday is the end to Monday and Monday allows us to start of fresh. We should praise each day like it’s our last! Today’s motivational quote comes from Charles R. Swindoll. He states that “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

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I totally agree! Far too often I have flown off the handle and literally spiraled out of control i my mind with anger, sadness, beating myself up or whatever the situation may be.. my reactions were totally uncalled for. I have even taken it out on the people I love. or just snapped lol.. I am laughing now but it’s not funny in the mist of it because not everything “bad” that happens is truly bad. It can be a warning sign and a blessing from God!

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Since I have been trying to look at all things positively, it has changed my mindset to feel “stress free.” Instead of living on the edge and living more in line with that God has for you even if that means something doesn’t go your way it’s okay because there’s always a better plan right down the road!

I thought I would do a Monday shot mixed with business and casual. Why because that’s how our minds are! Well at least mine is. We still want to have the comfort of the weekend but with our game face on!

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My houndstooth red and black blazer is from my sis Kisha this was a vintage thrifted item I found on her site at Kisharosetreasures.com. Chic out her website as she has awesome apparel and jewelry! By the way this is not an ad just one boss queen supporting another! Of course I had to find a Monday t-shirt.. why not it’s Monday! This t-shirt can be found at Fab’rik along with so many other other cute designs. I decided to put this look with a pair of tuxedo chinos form the express.. These pants were giving to me from a friend! However I have linked some styles down below. My cheetah print sneakers tie this entire look together and yes they are form Fab’rik as well! Don’t see your size there’s tons of inventory in a Fab’rik store near you.

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Make Today Count. Xo Happy Fashion Divas!


Get The Look:

T-Shirt | Blazer sim | Pants | Pants sim| Sneakers

2 Years down and Forever 2 Go

Hey ladies, I’ve been a bit MIA trying to start some new business ventures, trying to dive into some new job opportunities and of course trying o maintain this blog and content for you all. I admit I have been failing at it horribly but I haven’t given up.. Hey sometimes we need a break and then to get back up and try again. This year has been rough but I am trying to plan for the months ahead and hit 2020 with a bang. Yep already projecting out 2020.

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I just wanted to share with you ladies that over the weekend was my 2 year wedding anniversary with my superhero.. my husband Benjamin. What a joyous milestone to accomplish and it feels so wonderful!

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I wanted to share with you all my outfit details. I originally bought this 2 piece nautical outfit from Zara unfortunately it’s sold out but don’t worry I found the same outfit on Shein! I like to call this a status print with the nautical rope and chain detail. It’s absolutely stunning and can easily go from day to night.img_2578

You all know I love a good two piece outfit and I am still not ready to get into my high heels since my surgery. The top is actually a sheer tank top with a cape overlay. It adds an elegant touch to this outfit. The pants hit right at the ankle and has a side zipper. the over all material is satin and polyester but feels so silky and comfortable. The best thing about this was that it didn’t make me hot! Perfect for summer and fall.

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Are you ready for fall ladies?


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Blouse | Pants | Shoes 

1 Blouse 2 Ways

Hey divas, how are you doing out there in this blazing heat? No joke I’m so irritated because I want my hair braided so bad, I want to rock a baiting suit 24/7 and drink pina colads, eat fresh fruit, seafood and fruit all day lol. I know random request but maybe that my #hotgirlsummer. Let’s get into this outfit

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Look 1: 70’s Flashback

I just love a cute blouse that can be worn as multiple ways and this one is perfect. First up this lovely pink snake print blouse can be worn on or off the shoulder like I am here. It’s from New York & Company and it’s a very light weight material that can be easily transitioned into the fall. I paired this blouse with these high waisted flare legged Eva Mendes jeans. ladies these jeans fit me like whoa, however although they are true to size they are very long. So if your short like me either wear heels or have them altered! Since I’m not back into my heels yet i opted for these blushing pink Michael Kors tennies that I snatched from TJMaxx. Did you peep my matching little belt bag that’s also MK. that was a super find at TjMaxx as well. DOn’t forget my cute sun hat that’s from Walmart. You all know I love a good sun hat especially on these extremely hot summer days.

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Look 2: Cali Vibes

I call this my cali vibes only because I am wearing pink shorts ha! Pink shorts for some reason remind me of my birth place cali. Maybe because my mom always had pink.. always talked about pink shorts or maybe just because! Anyways This year I made it a point to get me some pink shorts and these matched perfectly with my blouse. These shorts are high waisted which make them perfect for crop top and for tucking in cute tops like this. I wanted a chill look so I keep my same accessories!

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It that’s simple. Remember don’t be afraid to mix and match one article of clothing you have to create different looks. This is how you achieve the look of having more than what you actually have in your closet. Trust me I have gone years with mixing and matching and I always get your closet must be huge.. do you spend your entire paycheck on clothes.. No No No, I’m just good at faking it till you make it and in my eyes I have made it.. maybe not to the tip top but I am exactly where i’m supposed to be. Okay divas until next time stay sweet!

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Xo Happy Fashion!

 

Moving Forward in Style

Hey divas! Can you believe that July is almost over? Thats right and one of my favorite months is coming up.. Cough Ouch August.. Why? Because it’s the month I was married. This year will make 2 years.. whoot whoot! Not only will I be celebrating my anniversary but my sister will be getting married this coming Sunday. We making magic in August. So with that being said you know i will be blogging the fun road trip form Atlanta to Virginia.. and all of the wedding madness.. you know all the good stuff.

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Since it’s Monday it’s time for a little bit of Faith & Fashion.

“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15: 20 KJV

Do you remember the day when you could stay up late, party hard and wake up early? Don’t get me wrong I’m not that old yet, however I definitely have no desire to do any of that anymore lol. SO my routine looked a little bit like this… IN COLLEGE!

  1. Wake up early
  2. eat breakfast
  3. go to class/or work depending on the day
  4. have study sessions in between classes/ or tutoring sessions on weekends
  5. attend praise dance practice on Wednesdays..
  6. THURSDAY-SUNDAY….. is now a blur ahhaha
  7. okay seriously thought I still had class but sometimes the party would start on Thursday’s and wouldn’t end till Sunday.. not that same party of course but there was always a party.. either a campus party. your bff’s dorm room party.. a Frat/Sorority party… you know the party that homeboy that his ex girlfriends grandmas house which is right around the corner house party.. The all white party.. the shorty short party.. okay okay you get the picture.. So what can I say I had fun. Well to be honest my sister and I and Bff were always the designated driver because we had a car so we were known as the sober girls.. lol
  8. Stayed up till 2 studying went to IHOP with the L7’s (a nickname for my crew back in the day)
  9. Monday=Do it all over again

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So this horrible college routine only lasted 1 year and half.. I am proud of that cause that life is rough.. Not healthy and definitely not what my momma was supporting me for. However It didn’t take me too long to realize that there’s more to life, college, and me than this type of lifestyle. Thats when I decided to take hold of my actions and buckle down and let the noise go! Meaning the parties, the people that were toxic, and anything that was spiritually unhealthy!

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When I made this ultimate shift in my life I that’s when I could see me against the world. I was no longer friends with friends I thought were my girls.. unnecessary drama broke out because I chose not to party or entertain anything less of my new morals and values. I decided to to take a stand for me and for what God had for me.. Honestly at that time I had no idea what God has for me but i knew it wasn’t this or these people.. So today I can honestly say that when you are not of the world .. the world will be against you and you will always have God standing with you. Yes I can look back and laugh on my wayward college days and nights but I look at it a testament to myself that I couldn’t have come this far without my faith and God! Often to many times we get tangled in the trends, society and what we think we should be doing.. This is clearly called being a follower. We are called to lead and be the light not to live in darkness.

My linen jumpsuit can be found at Fab’rik along with these oh so comfortable black slides. I love a cute kimono it’s perfect for summer days or to throw something over you arms if there’s a cool breeze! Kimonos can be found just about anywhere including Walmart.. yep don’t sleep on Walmart. Head on over to Fab’rik now as these items are still on sale. Are you moving forward in style this year? Today take a stand for you!

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Xo Happy Fashion divas


Get The Look:

Jumpsuit | Slides | Hat | Kimono (similar)

 

 

 

 

Bold Summer Colors The Fab 5 Fashionistas

Hey Divas We are back! that’s right it’s been a long time since the Fab 5 Fashionistas have brought you some sizzling ootd ideas! Well it’s time we give you some summer hot inspiration with Bold colors! of course exclusively from our favorite clothing store New York & Company. Let’s dive right into these sweet outfits!

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I’m kicking this collar off with this lovely renewing green suit. The pants are high waisted and hit right at your ankles. The material is light and perfect for this summer heat. But wait… You all know I have a tendency to get cold when in doors.. and there just so happened to be a matching zip up blazer. It’s cincehes at the middle to give your boss that Coke bottle figure.

img_1919Keeping with the bold color theme who doesn’t like bold stripes with rainbow colors! I love this blouse as its severely high lo as well so you can wear it tucked in or out. I topped this look off with my favorite hot pink heels from Justfab! I love this outfit as it’s bold and makes a professional statement! Are you bold enough to wear a statement piece like this?

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Mary of Curlybyrdie is wearing this gorgeous snake print jumpsuit in emerald green wait a minute when do you ever see snake print in green! I must admit I had this in my online shopping bag. Mary rocked this look from head to toe! Head on over to her blog to get all the details and more.

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Reyni of Curlsabdhighheels is outfitted in this lovely wrap dress with multi color print patches and… fringe that trims the bottom. This dress is more than stunning and flatters her figure. Perfect for work or play and especially these hot summer days! Want more about this look? Make sure to check out her blog for the details.

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Lydia of Chictostreetstylemom and Yolanda of CurlyPetiteRenee are twinning in these lovely stripe maxi dresses. From the nautical blue to the chocolate brown both are absolutely stunning, perfect for a girls night out or date night however this is giving me vacation vibes all the way! They both rocked this look. Head on over to their blog for more details.

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How are you wearing color this summer? Are you mixing prints, wearing multiple colors, living on the edge or keeping it simple. Well I hope we have inspired you to be bold!

XO Happy Fashion Divas.


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Blazer | Pants | Pants 2 Similar | Pants 3 Similar| Blouse | Blouse 2 Similar

Wrapped In Summer Knit

That sweet heat, summer weather is is in full swing. With the random rain storms I equate this to some like it hot! I know I do. So what is a diva to wear during weather like this? Well of course my favorite clothing store and brand has you covered! Should I even ask if you can guess who and where?

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New York and Company of course! They have the perfect transiitoning pieces from spring to summer. I typically stay cold inside the office or anywhere where theres AC on full blast. This lovely knit wrap blouse and skirt are perfect. It keeps me warm enough inside and cool enough on the outside. The top knit material is heavy enough but light enough for a full breeze to tickle your skin. However don’t be mistaken its not see through! The lovely knit material dances down to the skirt and it’s fully lined.

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I love how the purple and pink play with the neutral in this piece. The skirt can be found in this lovely creme or blushing pink. I opted for the cream since I can wear it with other pieces in my closet! I topped this look off with my fringe purple peep toe sandals from JustFab. UGHH I need JustFab to bring things hotties back.. I swear I want them in every color. Grab some sunnies and a cute bag and you are ready for work or play!

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Guess what you’re in luck! If you shop now both pieces are on sale!

Xo Happy Fashion Divas.


Get The Look:

Knit wrap top | Knit Skirt

International Womens Day

Hey Divas it’s that time of year again when we celebrate all women. Matter fact everyday should be a celebration! I have teamed up with my girls to bring you some empowerment, support and motivation on this International Women’s Day!

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I think it’s very important for women to understand who they are, to love themselves, and to know their self worth. Since support in all things are key Dani, Kisha and I thought it would be even more impactful to highlight some women owned business in this collaboration!

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First off I can’t express how excited I was to do this collab with my girls and hitting on such an important topic. I have stated this before, we are all uniquely creative, strong, powerful, educated, beautiful the list goes on. But I couldn’t be more prouder to stand next to these women on this day! The continue motivation, girl talks, and girl get up off your butt and write that blog support is totally amazing! We each individually have our own challenges and struggles but we definitely balance each other out. Cough cough this is why you definitely need a girl tribe!

so on that note lets define some words that make us women unique! Please note that I took these definitions straight off of Google I’ll explain why as you keep reading!

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Wom·an

  • an adult human female.
  • a female person associated with a particular place, activity, or occupation.
  • female adults in general
  • a female paid to clean someone’s house and carry out general domestic duties.

This is a snippet of what was listed on Google. However these definitions do not define a women! a women yes is an adult female! however I am not defined as a house cleaner. Do I clean my house? wash my clothes and cook my own food? YES! But these are daily tasks that both men and women do. Furthermore a janitor can be associated with a man. I totally understand that “a women’s” role is normally looked at in the house but that doe snot define us!

Beau·ti·ful : Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.

Grace·ful: having or showing grace or elegance.

In·tel·li·gent: having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Bold: (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

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These are a few words that we are often over looked or the definition is not appropriately applied to women. Listen up ladies do not be defined as something that you are not! You are more than what someone says you are but what God has called you to be! Short, tall, skinny, fat, short hair, long hair, or no hair, gap teeth, no teeth, glasses, no glasses, freckles, moles. Embrace your beauty form within, that’s when people will truly understand and see you for you!

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Switching gears to highlight some of this good fashion that we are bringing you today. I am highlighting my girl Mrs. Juanita of Bold Looks and Head Wraps  (BLHW) and Shan of Sewsophitikated. I had to the opportunity of meeting both of these wonderful women at last years World Natural hair show! BLHD head wraps are hand made and you have the option to pick which type of material you would like. Juanita is also able to customize pieces to your liking. Although her specialty is head wraps she also offers, purses, t-shirts and jewelry. Make sure you stop by BLHW and get crowned! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Sewsophitikated is a one stop shop as well. I actually found Shan through the hair show and Dani! You can get crowned, bedazzled with handmade jewelry, skirts that are tailored made for you and purses! I opted to pick up one of her handmade purses! Let me tell you the quality is amazing! Make sure to stop by and check out her products.

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Now are you feeling more than a girl boss!! it’s time to Boss up ladies and strut your stuff! Take control over you and density! What and who defines you? Let’s cheers to International women’s day!

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Make sure to stop by Kisha’s and Dani’s blog post to get their details on their look!

xo Happy Fashion divas!


Get The Look:

Top | Head Wrap |Clutch

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

I love soup during the cold weather…don’t you? Yes Soup and salad is one of my favorite classic meals. It’s fast and an easy meal that you can also use a meal prep! I am so here for meal prep. Let me know if you want me to give you some meal prep ideas and recipes.

Ingredients

• 1 bag of cubed frozen or fresh potatoes (bag/not frozen: simply potatoes) if using fresh cook time will vary

• 1 bag of shredded sharp cheese or mozzarella- which ever you prefer… I sometimes use both!

• 1 stick of cream cheese, 8 oz – you can use nonfat crème cheese

• 2 lbs, 32 oz of chicken broth

• ¼ cup of chopped onion

• ¼ cup of bell pepper

• 1 can of cream of chicken soup

• Salt and pepper to taste

• Crock pot

 

Now let the magic begin!

Pour the potatoes, cream of chicken, onion, bell peppers, and the chicken pot in the crock pot. Give it a nice stir. You crock pot should be on low temp as you will cook this for 6 hours on low. If you are using the fresh unfrozen potatoes cook for 4 hours. Place the lid on top and frequently check on your fixings. About 30 minutes before your 4 hour 6 hour mark, layer in some of your shredded cheese and cream cheese to your desire. The more cream cheese the thicker your soup will be. You can always add more chicken broth to thin it out. You will now also add in salt and pepper to taste.

Let that simmer and melt…

Bam! That’s it creamy potato soup. If you would like to kick this recipe up a notch try adding shredded chicken, bacon chives on top and broccoli!! Yummy. Please let me know if you tried this recipe and how you liked it!

Bon appetite divas.