Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

strawberries and cream oatmeal

I’m learning more and more about the best way to fuel my body for the life that I want live. Lately I’ve been working on my running game, that is to say, I’m racking up the miles on the road. Every day that I know I’ll be pushing myself to run a bit faster or a bit longer, I eat a huge bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. It gives me the extra edge that I need to reach my fitness goals. Now that fresh strawberries are appearing in the supermarket again, I’m so excited to have oatmeal my favorite way— with strawberries and cream!

I used some International Delight Sweet Cream to make blend up a nice batch of strawberries and cream to keep in the refrigerator for conveniently topping a nice bowl of healthy oats. Check out how easy and delicious it is.

strawberries and cream with International Delight

I bought a whole bunch of strawberries on sale and soaked them for ten minutes in a big bowl of diluted vinegar. Then they’re cleaner and keep for a bit longer than just rinsing alone.

strawberries and cream oatmeal with International delight sweet cream

I blended together two cups of chopped strawberries with 1/4 cup of International Delight sweet cream. Then I used a funnel to pour them into a jar for easy storing in the refrigerator. It should keep for about a week, or you could freeze it into cubes and keep it for 3 months frozen.

strawberries and cream oatmeal with International delight sweet cream

strawberries and cream oatmeal

I cooked up a big bowl of oats simply using water, and not adding anything else. Then I topped it with some of my blended strawberries and cream, along with sliced strawberries. It’s the perfect touch of creamy, fruity, and sweet to add to plain oats. And after I’ve made a batch, my oatmeal mornings are so quick and easy, giving me more time for my runs.strawberries and cream oatmeal

Super delicious oatmeal topping, and frozen, the strawberries and cream mixture makes a really delicious strawberry pop!

strawberries and cream oatmeal

Such a delicious way to enjoy oatmeal. Try blending it with other flavors of creamer for a different twist. International Delight French Vanilla is great too! What’s your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal? (To be honest, my favorite way is with a delicious oatmeal cookie!)

strawberries and cream oatmeal

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.


DIY Carbs T-Shirt!

carbs t-shirt

If you really want to see me climb up on my soapbox, talk to me about how bad carbs are. Yeah, yeah, yeah… we shouldn’t eat carbs and only carbs, but man, sometimes carbs are life. And I certainly couldn’t get through a workout without a lot of ’em. I wanted to celebrate my love for carbs with a slogan tee, and decided to make my own!

I’m sure you could figure out how to do this yourself, but just in case, I thought I’d share the simple instructions with you.

diy t-shirt

S U P P L I E S :

  • iron on letters (like these)
  • t-shirt (mine’s from here)
  • iron
  • press cloth

diy slogan t-shirt

Step One: Cut out the letters you need to make your word or slogan.

Step Two: Arrange the letters paper-side-up onto the shirt. Spend some time making sure it’s centered and straight!

diy slogan t-shirt

Step Three: Using a press cloth, apply 30lbs of pressure using a hot iron for 30 seconds onto the letters to adhere them to the shirt. 

Step Four: Allow the shirt to cool completely then peel off the paper backing of the letters.


carbs tee

There ya have it! A t-shirt for any purpose, but especially handy for doughnut runs and eating at Italian restaurants!

MANDI’S MOST WANTED: Summer Shopping

vintage inspired summer clothes

I’m so excited to shop for summer clothes this year! In the past I’ve dreaded this season that most gals welcome with their bare, open arms. As sad as this is (and as much as I HATE to admit this), I didn’t like baring my body more than I had to. But this year, I’ve been committed to getting fit and have already lost 20 pounds. What?! My time in the weight room has given me an extra dose of confidence, too.

Because of the weight loss, shopping for new clothes is actually a necessity for me this summer, as most of what I own is becoming increasingly big. A problem I’m not really used to, but will gladly accept! It’s been pretty difficult narrowing down all of my favorites to an affordable list that will work for most occasions, and while I plan to buy some basic black and white tops and bottoms, I want to have a little fun too. Here are my favorite Summer finds that I think will be a lot of fun to wear once these Ohio days grow warmer.

  1. Denim color block romper
  2. Orange jumpsuit
  3. Cateye sunglasses
  4. Pink pleated dress
  5. Stiff brimmed straw hat
  6. Grey striped jumpsuit
  7. Wide brimmed straw hat
  8. Orange flower hair clips
  9. Gingham strappy top
  10. High waisted wide leg jeans
  11. White body suit
  12. High waisted mom jean shorts
  13. Pierced leather sandals
  14. White Birkenstocks
  15. Round sunglasses

Bedroom Makeover

small bedroom makeover

At long last, our bedroom is finally in order! It only took us three years of living in this house to touch this room. Yikes! I can’t believe we slept in that green room for so long! But, despite my best intentions, time has been marching on. And regrettably, in my haste to get things going for our little bedroom makeover, I didn’t take before pictures! Who am I? Sorry! But try to imagine just a room with green walls and clothes all over the place. A sad, lumpy bed in the middle of the little room under the window. Hodge podge. Nothing nice. You can sort of glimpse the order of things in the two pictures below that I did manage to take. It was so bad in here, I guess I just didn’t want to document any of it!

But here we are, on the other side of things. I installed a handy closet system to make up for our lack of closet space. I also designed and built new nightstands to flank the bed that my parents passed down to us. The bed was handmade by my dad, so I couldn’t say no! Besides, we had been sleeping on a plain metal bed frame before their gift. So it was very welcome.

You can check out my posts about the closet system and nightstands at A Beautiful Mess, as linked below:

Creating an Open Closet System
DIY Parsons Nightstand

open closet system

vintage dresser vanity

I’m quite sentimental, which explains the random notes from loved ones that I keep taped up around the house. This one (above) from my dad is on my dresser mirror. Also, behold the stack of hats which need to be put away into their boxes. Or else sold off to the highest bidder. I have way too many hats for my own good! But like I said, I’m a sentimental gal. I can’t bear to give them up, and besides— Lucy loves playing with them! It would’ve been my dream to have such hats for playing dress-up as a child. So I keep them around for her sake. (So I tell myself!)

small bedroom makeover

open closet system

small bedroom makeover

The view from the hallway is much nicer these days! Before, you would be likely to spy a pile of clothes that had no home, or boxes of things we’ve cleaned up from the rest of the house and decided to dump into our room…. because, well, why not? It was a wreck anyway. Bad, bad habits, I tell ya!

perfume bottles

When I first got into antiquing (as a middle schooler!) I started a collection of vintage perfume bottles and vanity accessories. These days I’ve donated or sold off most of my collection, but I have kept a few things which I keep on my dresser with other usual suspects, like my glasses and perfume of choice (Burburry).

We’re enjoying feeling more settled now that our bedroom has finally become a pretty and calm space. And in case you are interested in some of the decorations we’ve used, I linked ’em up below. Thanks for looking!

-Art: Debbie Carlos x Scout & Catalogue
-Lights: Urban Outfitters
-Rug: Amazon
-Radio: Vermont Country Store
-Bedding: Target
-Pillow: West Elm (no longer available)
-Bed: Handmade by my dad (proud daughter!)

small bedroom makeover