July 28, 2018

Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup

Even in the Summer, when it's a million degrees outside, this soup is still amazing. Makes your bones just feel better <3 I'm just now getting into using my Instant Pot more (it's intimidating learning a new appliance!) but this recipe is SO good and really easy!

We have the 6qt Instant Pot and it was perfect for this recipe. If you decide to double it, you will want to make sure you have the bigger pot. Also, I've had this with homemade bone broth and it is FANTASTIC. Plus, you get all the benefits of the bone broth too. If you're able to do that, DO IT and use it for this recipe. But if you don't have any homemade bone broth, using what I put in the recipe below is still fantastic!

Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup
Serves 6

6 cups Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock (or homemade bone broth)
4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
4 carrots, chopped
3 gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 onion, diced
1tbsp garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
Salt, pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning, thyme & garlic powder to taste
1 cup rice

1. Cook rice in rice cooker or stovetop and set aside to add to the soup when finished.
2. Using the Instant Pot in saute mode, add the chopped onion with EVOO and cook until translucent. Add carrots and celery and cook until tender (3-4 minutes)
3. Add the garlic and cook about a minute to release the aromatics. Add in the potatoes, broth, chicken and rest of the seasonings.
4. Turn IP off, then turn it back on to the Manual setting for 5 minutes. Set the valve on SEALING
5. When timer goes off, turn valve to quick release (place a dish towel over the steam valve for safety)
6. Once the pin drops, open the pot and shred the chicken. Place the chicken back into the pot and stir.
7. Serve into a bowl with some of the set aside rice. Enjoy!


June 13, 2018


Everyone, say HELLO to my sweet friend Erin Jacobs! She is one of those friends that we've never met in person, but we feel like we've been friends forever. She and I met online (you'll hear more about that soon) and although she is a SUPER busy wife, teacher, online boutique model and friend, she is doing me a HUGE favor to host this guest blog!!

Erin is into all things beauty - clearly.. she's gorgeous! 😍 So, when I reached out to her to see if she would share her thoughts on some Younique fav products, I was super excited that she said YES!! I hope you enjoy hearing from someone other than me, who in no way was paid for this or represents the brand in any way. Completely non-biased and honest. I wouldn't bring you anything less!

Thank you, Erin for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with all of us! <3


Hey everyone! My name is Erin Jacobs. I “met” Payton through our mutual love of all things fashion and The Zig Zag Stripe boutique. A while back, Payton reached out to me to share the love about a few of Younique’s outstanding products. She was kind enough to let me try the most beautiful shade of pressed eyeshadow, a gorgeous and creamy liquid lipstick, and the oh so glamorous Epic Mascara.

Let me just tell you;
I. Am. In. Love.
I have heard great things about Younique’s make-up line, but had never really “bit the bullet”. I admit that I did try the old formula of mascara from a friend and absolutely could NOT stand the multi step process. You had to put on a coat of mascara, then add fibers, then seal with another round of mascara. I always just ended up with a clumpy mess. This new Epic formula gives even better results without the hassle of those fibers falling into your eyes all day. Seriously, two coats of this mascara, and it looks like I have on flash extensions!
Funny story: I am actually plotting about how to get back into my classroom (even though we are under construction) this summer to grab the lipstick I got. You see, I left it in my desk drawer so I could swipe it on each morning after my coffee before my students walk in. I wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the chaos that is my purse, because I definitely didn’t want to go a day without it. The shade I got is called Sentimental and it is such a beautiful pink meets mauve that just goes great with EVERYTHING and gives just the right pop of color. The formula is very creamy and it does not dry my lips out, even though it is very long lasting! You know how a lot of long wear formulas feel like the Sahara Desert has moved onto your lips? Younique’s definitely does not fit that bill- it really does feel soft and maybe even a little moisturizing.

On the way to a modeling shoot with Zig Zag Stripe wearing all her Younique products!
The final product that I tried out was the pressed eyeshadow in the shade “Irrational”. As with everything else, I was very impressed with this! I could not believe how pigmented this shadow is. I’ve been a “Naked” girl for years now, and I always thought their shadows gave the best coverage. Well...then came Younique. I seriously only have to use like 2 swipes per eye and then I blend it out all the way to my corners for the perfect smoke! I can’t wait to grab some other shades to try out!

Each product that I tried has AMAZING staying power! I am a full time teacher and even after the longest days, my make up still looks perfect. I also “model” over at The Zig Zag Stripe, and I can’t tell you how much time it saves us at photoshoots to NOT have to pause to reapply products!

I hope you will give Payton a chance to change your world with her expertise! She will definitely hook you up with some great advice on how you, too can amp up your look with Younique!

January 13, 2018

Avocado Chicken Salad

I've seen this recipe floating around for awhile, but I never tried it.. DUMB. This is one of those things you need to drop everything you're doing and make it IMMEDIATELY. So delish.

I tweaked the original recipe because I found the others to be too dry. I shared this photo on my Facebook and y'all went NUTS. So many messages asking for the recipe - so here you go!!

Avocado Chicken Salad

Simple ingredients - grilled chicken, avocado, corn, bacon, dill, green onion and a lemon vinaigrette. I suggest grilling your chicken before because that's my opinion. If you know you're going to try this, get chicken breasts and marinate them in your fav marinade for 24 hours. Then grill. THEN add it to this amazingness. Perfection on perfection!

2 grilled chicken breasts
1 large avocado
1 bunch fresh dill
1 green onion, finely chopped
3-4 strips bacon, crispy
1/2c fresh corn
lemon juice
Garlic salt
Pepper, fresh ground

1. Grill chicken and let sit for 10 minutes. Chop chicken and avocado into bite sized pieces. 
2. Dice dill and green onion. Remove corn from cob.
3. Cook bacon until crispy and chop into small pieces.
4. Add everything into a large bowl.
5. Top with 1tbsp+ lemon juice and drizzle of EVOO. Season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper.
6. Stir & taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Serve & enjoy!

Optional - serve with tortilla chips, add in red bell pepper - jalapeno - hard boiled eggs

               Click here for the PRINTABLE RECIPE

July 27, 2017

It's about to get EPIC!

Since MIDDLE SCHOOL I've searched HIGH and low for the perfect mascara. I remember watching commercials on TV and wondering why my lashes NEVER looked like the models. Then I realized that MOST people have photoshop or use fake lashes and it was like my heart broke! I felt like I would never have the lashes that I wanted.

Fast forward 15 years, I had a professional photoshoot and had my makeup professionally done and they added fake lashes! I was in LOVE but my eyelids were NOT πŸ˜‚  I felt like I was having to work EXTRA hard to hold my eyes open and even in the photos it wasn't giving me the result I REALLY wanted. Disappointed again.

Fast forward another year, I find Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. By this time I had tried every mascara there was because I was determined to find the one that made me feel like BAM - LASHES! This was my absolute favorite of anything I ever tried and I just looked past the fact that it seemed to be extra clumpy.

Fast forward another 2 years, I FINALLY tried Younique's 3D Fiber+ {with the new formula} and after a short learning curve I was like YES!!!! 

Extra points if you know what movie this is and you read my last sentence like this! πŸ˜‚
I was finally in love with the lashes that I had, not using a product that was expensive and I wasn't having to have semi-permanent lashes attached to my eyelids every 4-6 weeks {which at one point I had SERIOUSLY considered} BUT it isn't exactly quick. Even after really getting the hang of it, I needed a decent amount of time to really use them well.


Bare lashes vs NEW Epic Mascara
They announced a couple weeks ago TWO brand new products - Epic Mascara AND Esteem Lash Serum πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ  #allthepraisehands

1. Esteem Lash Serum - I am EXCITED about this because I've wanted to try other lash boosting serums before hoping that would help my failing search for amazing mascara, but I was definitely not about to get a Rx from my doctor OR pay over $130+ for it. Younique was like, "I hear you girl - here, this is clinically tested and approved to grow/lengthen your lashes and provide more volume NATURALLY... and oh, it's only $42 USD!"

2. Epic Mascara - The celebration continues over here as we move out of the two step fibers and into ONE STEP NO FIBERS land!!! #givemeallthepraisehands You can apply multiple coats if you want, but it's definitely incredible with just one coat! I mean.. LOOK AT THIS...

Are we serious right now?!? And there's no learning curve! Can you apply regular mascara?! GOOD. Then you can do this!! #sighofrelief

I am PUMPED for these two products and GUESS WHAT?!? They OFFICIALLY release to the public on Tuesday, August 1st!!

Yup, that means you've only got a few days left for you to get on my Pre-Order list so you can grab yours as soon as they go LIVE! Who's excited?!?! #thisgirl

I hope you guys are as blown away by these results as I am and I hope you'll grab your Epic Mascara and Esteem Lash Serum ASAP!! These will likely sell out since we broke all company sales records the day that PRESENTERS ONLY could order them!!#HOLYCRAP So, don't drag your feet and then kick yourself later <3

It's about to get EPIC yall!!


Mexi-Lime Grilled Chicken

Whipped this beauty up last night with ingredients we just had laying around and it was DELISH!

Many of you requested the recipe, so I wanted to make sure I got this up on the blog ASAP for you guys! Highly encourage you to make this one - it was a family fav!

If you have kiddos who can't do spice, or if you're just sensitive to spiciness yourself, use the MILD Rotel instead of the Mexican one and of course choose MILD salsas, etc wherever you see that in the recipe. You control the heat in this one :)

Hope you and your family love this one as much as we did!

Mexi-Lime Grilled Chicken

Recipe from: Payton Peoples
Serves 4-6

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2c lime juice
1/2c EVOO
1tbsp Honey
1tbsp garlic, minced
Garlic Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
2c rice
3.5c water
1/2c Restaurant Style Salsa
1tsp butter
1 can Organic Black Beans
1 can Organic Corn
1 can Mexican Style Rotel
1tsp ground cumin


1. Mix the lime juice, EVOO, honey, garlic, salt & pepper and pour into Ziplock bag. Add chicken breasts and marinate in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
2. Grill chicken on medium high heat, 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Once off grill, top with Mexican style or Monterray Jack cheese and cover with foil. Let cheese melt.
3. Add rice to rice cooker and add water, salsa & butter. Add garlic salt to taste. Let cook until fluffy.
4. Open cans of beans and corn and drain & rinse. Add to stovetop with entire can of Rotel - do NOT drain this can. Add garlic salt to taste and cumin. Heat on stove top until heated through completely.
5. Serve with rice plated first, black bean and corn salsa next and top with grilled chicken.
6. Enjoy!

Optional toppings - pico, diced jalapeΓ±os, sour cream, lime wedges, salsa

July 15, 2017

Beating Goliath

It all began in January 2016. Strange and random symptoms. That never felt connected to one another.

After nearly 10 months of countless doctors, tests, driving hours to see specialists who still couldn't give me answers and symptoms getting worse every day.. I FINALLY found the doctor who agreed with me that Mastocytosis was likely the culprit and needed to be investigated further.

He ordered pages of labs.


In the moment, I didn't care. I just wanted EVERY test run that could give me the answers I so desperately wanted. Off to the lab and then started what would be another exhausting and stressful uphill climb.

We all want to assume that when a doctor orders tests and we go to a HOSPITAL lab, that they would be able to read the lab orders correctly and order the correct labs.. I mean, after all, that IS their JOB - right?! Not so fast.

A couple weeks after the labs were done, results started coming back. Sure enough MCAS was what I had and the labs kept coming back confirming it. Then the doctors office started receiving results on labs they never ordered...

They called me giving me a heads up that whoever did my labs (labs aren't performed in their office, you have to go to a local lab, and I chose the hospital near by, to have everything done) didn't order what the doctor wanted. It gave them enough to confirm my diagnosis; however, they were missing tests the doctor ordered and had results from ones he didn't. 

Basically - "heads up - you're likely going to be charged for this stuff.. so be aware and ready to fight them over it.."

Little did I know what "fight them over it" would really mean...

First bill we received was over $8,000 - FOR LAB WORK. Not a hospital stay. Not a surgery. To get blood drawn. I was FLOORED.

That started the battle because no one was paying $8k, especially since some of those labs were never ordered by my doctor! Billing constantly fought me.. with everything from calling me a liar, to telling me I just needed to sign up for financial aid and quit fighting them.. I had CONSTANT robo calls demanding payments... attitude to last a LIFETIME. It was AWFUL.

Every phone call left me exhausted.
Every phone call left me defeated.
Every phone call left me aggravated beyond belief.

How could a hospital that prides itself on customer service leave me completely defeated and have provided absolutely NO help whatsoever?!?

This dance went on for MONTHS. From October 2016 to May 2017.

Then, FINALLY, a breakthrough.

The Director of the lab FINALLY took my call and took the time to look over my files. She recognized their mistake and issued a refund to our account for the amount they overbilled since my doctor never ordered the labs! #PTL

You would think this would be easy now... NOPE!! #FixitJesus

Billing still would not honor the credit issued.. even though it appeared right there on the statement! The ending balance was still the same. I was so past livid I couldn't even see straight anymore.

I went into overdrive. I collected everything. All my phone records for how much of my time I've spent on the phone with these idiots, all my unanswered emails, all my records for requests for information.. EVERYTHING. I called one last time and gave them the last chance, on a Friday around 3:30pm.

Nice, huh? I didn't care anymore. LAST CHANCE.

They pulled every excuse they could, "supervisors aren't available right now" was the most favorite choice. Oh, and the "let me transfer you" only to be purposefully hung up on.

I'd call back. Start over again. My response stayed the same - "Get a manager on the phone NOW or I will be in the CFO's office on Monday morning handing over every bit of evidence as to why you should no longer be employed here."

Finally.. a manager. Now, I've been down this road about 78 times before. But, God finally connected me to the RIGHT one. THE one. The one who's ass is on the line when the CFO finds out about their mishandling issues.

For the first time in 10 months I was speaking to someone who was treating me with professionalism, no attitude or threats and wanted to figure out what to do and how to help. She requested the weekend to read through the pages and pages of notes on our file and try and figure out from her side what she could do.

Of course, I had to follow up on TUESDAY. Mama bear was coming out again.

We played this song and dance again because she tried to act as though me going to the CFO wouldn't change anything since it would go right back to her. I quickly reminded her that yes, it may go back to her but it goes back with her ass on the line and not mine and since I've been held over the fire for almost a year, I was glad to allow her to take a turn.

She suddenly was back in the game. Funny how that works.

She requested some additional time to contact insurance and have conversations with them.. yada, yada, yada.. all tactics to try and delay and just make me pay the bill. Which, hi.. if you don't understand already, let me make it clear - THAT ISN'T HAPPENING.

To wrap this all up, she finally agreed after me tracking her down for two days, to just write off what our credit from the lab would be to take our total down to what it should be. Tried to act as though she was doing me a favor.. but we all know what was really happening. It took an additional WEEK for the statement to update so I could pay the damn thing and BE DONE.

That moment was last night.

After 10 months of fighting and complete NIGHTMARE of billing, its done and over. It's paid and we can MOVE ON WITH OUR LIFE!!

I pray I never have to come into contact with these people again. I pray that others have the resiliency to FIGHT when they know something isn't right. DON'T give up just because they say "pay me or else". Don't let them send you to collections. KEEP FIGHTING. You are in charge, NOT THEM.

This is CELEBRATED today. 

FREEDOM from medical debt, bullying and the shear lack of consideration for doing your job correctly in the first place. FREEDOMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

Thanks for letting me celebrate with you <3

April 1, 2017

RenewMe Rouge

Live WELL. Spend your time wisely. Rest well. Be thankful. Love deeply. Be happy. REPEAT.

There's nothing "special" about me. I'm just a wife, former corporate climbing exec turned stay-at-home mom who is passionate about awakening radical change in my own life and the lives of others.

If you just stumbled on my page, welcome! I really hope you find hope, motivation and inspiration through being here. That is my hearts desire - to see women lifted up, encouraged and inspired to tap into their God given potential. You have a gift my friend. The world is waiting for you to see it and share it!

My story is full of lots of twists and turns - maybe there is a layer of the story you can relate to! Cliff notes - I've struggled with my weight and self esteem my entire life. In 2011 I was diagnosed with PCOS and after both of my kids were born, I knew my own journey needed my time, effort and attention. In 2013 I was inspired to start my own #RenewMe journey to re-focus my priorities {physical, mental, emotional and spiritual} to renew my life.

Since then I've struggled through mystery illnesses stemming from autoimmune diseases, but I've never let that define me or be the end to my journey. It's just a bump in the road to a destination far greater than I can hope or plan for. God can always use your mess to make a powerful message if you allow Him!

God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called.

In 2017 God brought our family to a crossroads. He changed OUR plans and showed us how to trust and believe in HIS plan more than EVER before. This included allowing me to work as an affiliate for one of my favorite boutique clothing brands, Zig Zag Stripe, as well as igniting a deep rooted passion within me to help myself and other women regain their inner confidence through rediscovering their inner beauty and allowing that to SHINE outwardly. 

Renewal at it's finest by sisterhood, empowerment and helping YOU connect to what makes you-UNIQUE :)

My blog is full of great resources from favorite recipes, favorite skin care and makeup tips/looks, tips & tricks for creating healthy habits, business tips and so much more. Feel free to check it out at www.paytonpeoples.com

We're changing our lives and the lives of others every day. Grateful for the opportunity to get to know you!

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