About Taylor Bradford

I am a shoe lover, book hoarder, wanna-be-fashionista. I call Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s my go-to drink and time spent with my hubby and friends music to my soul. I call myself a Lifestyle Blogger, but really that just gives me an excuse to blog about what I want. You’ll find Blogging Edumacation posts, Fashion posts and Book Reviews frequenting my blog weekly. You might even see a craft, recipe or healthy living post every now and then. My motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. I've always got something going in the works...my brain very rarely shuts down. Welcome to my blog!!

Cocktail: Fall White Wine Sangria

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This White Wine Sangria Recipe is pure fall in a cup! All of your favorite fall flavors all melded together in an AMAZINGLY delicious white wine sangria!

Y’all…I have made fall in a cup. Like seriously. I was REALLY hoping it would taste like all my favorite fall flavors and it did not disappoint! This is, hands down, the best White Wine Sangria recipes EVER!! And it makes plenty to share…so grab your girlfriends, grab the ingredients (well…make this ahead of girls night) and enjoy this super yummy Fall White Wine Sangria!

This White Wine Sangria Recipe is pure fall in a cup! All of your favorite fall flavors all melded together in an AMAZINGLY delicious white wine sangria!

Ingredients
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
1 bottle Chardonnay
2 c. Apple Cider
2 c. Crown Royal Maple
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 Honeycrisp Apples, thinly sliced
2 Pears, thinly sliced
1 Orange, thinly sliced
Whole Cloves (used to stud the orange)
Ginger Ale
2 T. pumpkin puree (large Tablespoons!)

Directions
1. Slice the fruit thinly.
2. Using a toothpick or something pointy (I used a meat thermometer) and poke holes in the orange peel. Insert the cloves into the orange.
3. Place sliced fruit into a pitcher.
4. Pour in both bottles of wine.
5. Pour in the apple cider and Crown Royal Maple.
6. Add in the cinnamon sticks and spices.
7. Add in the pumpkin puree.
8. Stir & combine.
9. Place in the fridge and let it meld for at least 24 hours.
10. Enjoy!!!
11. When you are ready to enjoy this yummy Fall White Wine Sangria, pour some in a glass with some of the fruit and top it off with some Ginger Ale.

This White Wine Sangria Recipe is pure fall in a cup! All of your favorite fall flavors all melded together in an AMAZINGLY delicious white wine sangria!

Okay so some notes…
The wine: I used Ca’Momi Chardonnay and Clos Du Bois Pinot Grigio. I used both of these because of the pear and apple undertones. SO GOOD!!!
The apple cider: I used Musselman’s Apple Cider.

To make it pretty…take some of the sliced fruit out of the pitcher and layer in your glass. Pour in the sangria and some ginger ale and enjoy!!

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#NOEXCUSES Core Workout

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Needing a new Core Workout routine? Check out this #NOEXCUSES Core Workout!!

If you are in need of a new Core Workout routine, then I’ve got a new one for you today! Check out this #NOEXCUSES Core Workout! The #NOEXCUSES Workout Series is a series of workouts that can be performed practically anywhere. Very little equipment, if any needed. And best of all…No Gym Membership required!! So…. >>>> #NOEXCUSES

So, let’s get to the Core Workout. Remember, before starting any new exercise program, talk with your physician.

WORKOUT DETAILS: This workout requires you to perform each exercise for 30 seconds. So perform one after the other, 30 seconds at a time. Repeat 4-6 times through.

PLANK JACKS: Get into the pushup position. Keeping your core tight, jump your legs out into a jumping jack. Jump your feet back together. Repeat.

BICYCLE CRUNCHES: Get in the Regular Crunch Position. You will be making a bicycle movement with your legs. Your elbows are going to move toward the opposite knee. So when your left knee is in towards your body, your right elbow will be in towards your knee. Repeat the twisting/bicycle motion back and forth. Keep your core tight.

SUPERMANS: Lay on your stomach, your arms straight out in front of you and your legs straight. Raise your arms and feet up off the floor and hold for 30 seconds. While you are holding the pose, remember to keep your core tight (belly button pulled up towards your spine)!

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: Get back into the pushup position (plank position but your arms are completely straight). Bring your left knee in towards your chest. Return to start position. Repeat on right side. Repeat back and forth. Keep your core tight.

REVERSE CRUNCHES: Get in the regular crunch position. Bring your legs up into the air. Place your hands down by your side or underneath your rear. With your core tight, lift your hips off the ground while keeping your legs straight in the air. Slowly lower your hips back down to the ground. Repeat.

SIDE PLANK: Get in the Plank position (pushup position but on your elbows), rotate onto one elbow, rotating your entire body to be perpendicular to the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

REGULAR CRUNCHES: Get in the regular crunch position. Legs bent. Feet flat on the floor. Bring your belly button in towards your spine. Place your hands behind your head, fingertips on your ears. Slowly crunch by bringing your shoulders off the ground. Do not pull on your neck! Let your abs pull you up off the ground. Slowly lower back to the ground. Repeat.

PLANK ROTATIONS: Get in a pushup position. Rotate your body towards the left (your right arm will be supporting your upper body) while bringing your left hand up towards the ceiling. Slowly rotate back to the pushup position and repeat on the other side by rotating towards the right (your left arm will be supporting your upper body). Keep your core tight!

And there you have it!! A great core workout! Check out my other #NOEXCUSES Workouts here!

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In Good Health!!!

Food: Easy Chili Recipe

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When the weather starts dropping, the first dish I go-to is this easy chili recipe. Super simple yet oh so yummy!!

This post is in partnership with Market Street. All stories and opinions are 100% my own.

This super easy chili recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. It was originally my grandmother’s recipe and then my dad took hold of it and added a little bit of spice to it and well…it’s just chili perfection in my opinion. Every time the weather starts dipping into the cooler temps, this is my go-to cool weather recipe.

You can cook this in a large skillet or a dutch oven. If you go the skillet route, I recommend finishing off in a dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, make sure you have a lid that fits your skillet so that when it’s simmering, it can simmer covered. I’ve cooked it both ways…large skillet and dutch oven…and this go around, I started off in a skillet and finished off in my new Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Casserole Dish. It’s 2.5 quarts…perfect for this chili!

Easy Chili Recipe


Ingredients:

1 T. canola oil
1 medium onion, diced
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. chili powder
1 can of Rotel
1 can Stewed Tomatoes (just the regular size can)
1 can Kidney Beans (just the regular size can…I use dark kidney beans.) (optional)
squirt of ketchup
salt and pepper
fritos
shredded cheese
corn bread (optional)

Directions:
1. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 T. oil to the skillet/dutch oven and let it heat up.
2. Once the skillet/dutch oven is hot, add the ground beef. Season a bit with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned.
3. Remove from the pan.
4. Add another 1 T. of oil and let it get hot.
5. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet/dutch oven. Cook until the onions are translucent, 3-5 minutes.
6. Add the meat back to the skillet. Combine the meat, garlic, onion mixture together.
7. Lower heat to Low/Simmer.
8. Add in the spices: cumin and chili powder. Combine really well.
9. Add the rotel, tomatoes, kidney beans and a squirt of ketchup. Combine.
10. Transfer to dutch oven if you have one to finish cooking, if not, just add your lid to your skillet.
11. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
**Taste after 15 minutes to see if you need more salt or more ketchup.

Enjoy with fritos and cheese! Or cornbread!

Easy Chili Recipe

As I mentioned earlier, I finished off my chili in my new Lodge Cookware. I’m a huge fan of cast iron cookware. I own lots of cast iron skillets and a large enameled cast iron dutch oven. You just can’t beat cast iron. If you are around a Market Street (DFW Metroplex or out in West Texas area), they’ve got a great campaign going on with this new Lodge cookware/bakeware. Guests will earn one e-sticker for every qualifying $10 ticket spend. Track your e-stickers on your receipt, on the Market Street mobile app, or online. When you have earned the required number of e-stickers, simply select your desired piece of Lodge cookware or bakeware and give your Rewards account number to the cashier at checkout to redeem your FREE item.
You cannot beat that! You buy groceries so why not be rewarded with some free Lodge cookware/bakeware! It’s definitely worth a trip to Market Street!!

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