Simple, Easy & Healthy Chicken Wrap Recipe


A few weeks ago I went to a group meeting to talk about my problems with anxiety and what I can do to minimize the amount of anxiety that I have on a daily basis. Obviously I need to work out more since physical activity helps reduce stress which in return will reduce anxiety. But I also need to take control of what I consume each and every day.

Because I sit 80% of the day at my job, I find myself eating a bunch of junk food like chips and candy. It’s quick and easy and of course, it’s delicious! Who wants to say no to chocolate? Well, these things have a lot of sugar and some not-so-good stuff in it that can cause anxiety flare ups. I have taken it upon myself to make a change in my life physically and watch the food that I eat. As of December 1, I will do my best to eat better and work out more.  I hope to add some of my favorite work out routines onto here soon. Not sure if anyone would want to follow that or not – but I promise I won’t try to sell you anything! haha.

Now that I’ve decided to better my life, I need to come up with some yummy and healthy meal options. As much as I love cooking, some times I just want something quick and easy to make but also something that’s a bit on the healthy side. And also something that my husband will eat. With this chicken wrap recipe, I still get my veggies, dairy, and protein.

chicken wrap mix


2 Chicken Breasts (cubed)
1 tbs Olive Oil
4 Large Tortilla Shells
1 Red Pepper (chopped)
1 Small Onion (chopped)
1 tbs Cilantro
1/2 cup Low Fat Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Low Fat Ranch

Final Chicken Wrap Skillet Wrap

– Put olive oil on frying skillet.
– Cook the cubed up chicken thoroughly.
– In a medium sized bowl, mix cilantro, cheese, red pepper, onion, and chicken.
– Spread chicken mixture onto the tortilla shells in the middle.
– Drizzle ranch dressing on top of mixture.
– Fold tortilla shell like a burrito.
– Heat up a cast iron skillet and brown both sides of the burrito until you get nice, crisp grill lines.
– Serve with your favorite veggie or side dish! (In this case, I used white rice.)


On a photography side of things, I’m trying to become more comfortable with food photography and the lighting in my kitchen is TERRIBLE! So bear with me as I try to get better images of the yummy food I make! And for reference, I used this Adobe Lightroom preset to edit my images in this post.

Stay tuned for more yummy (but healthy) recipes!

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Top 7 Things To Look For When Buying A New Hockey Stick

Maybe you’re new to the game or maybe you’ve been playing for so long but need something different in your game. Either way, here are the top 7 things to look into when buying a brand new hockey stick. We’ve also included some recommendations from players.

 1. Cost – Not that cost is the most important thing when buying a hockey stick, but it is a big factor when you’re on a budget. Although I will say that some times it is definitely worth splurging a little more on something that you are going to use for (hopefully) a reasonable amount of time. I say “hopefully” for those times you get mad during the game and break it off the ice. It happens.

 2. Curve – Not everyone is Sidney Crosby and has a stick curve of basically nothing. This can sometimes times take years of playing to finally get the curve that works best for you. Other players such as Kovalchuk, use a more dramatic, defined curve. It all depends on how you want your stick to carry the puck when you take a shot. Below is a chart that displays the types of curve a hockey stick. Read More…

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5 Things Every Photographer Wants You To Know

In case you were wondering, these are some things us photographers would like you to know.

1. Do not edit/add a filter to any of the already professionally edited pictures.

Instead, discuss with your photographer the types of filters you typically use on your social media and let them work their magic. By adding filters or additional edits to our work, you’re offending us. It’s like all the hard work and time we put into your picture has been flushed down the drain. And honestly, why would you pay someone a pretty penny if you’re just going to edit it? Don’t do it. It’s rude. And more often than not, photographers will politely ask you to sign a contract to not do this.

2. We want credit!

We understand that the picture may be used for a profile picture and you don’t want our logo in said profile picture. We get it. We really do. However, please consider adding at least some pictures with our watermark on your social media, give us a nice review, or even tag us! Spread the word to your friends. Help your photographer and they’ll help you in the future. I promise.

3. Please don’t tell us you’re third cousin twice removed (if that’s a thing…) can do the same thing for cheaper.

We have our prices set where they are for a reason. We know what we are doing and we went to school for it (or something similar like graphic design, arts, etc). Not to mention, pictures that they may take are probably going to be low resolution, too dark or too bright, and not flattering on you what so ever. Spend the extra couple bucks on a professional. You won’t regret it. We have experience and our work can not be easily replicated. It is original. It is our JOB!

4. Please quit asking when you’re getting your pictures.

Calm down, the session was yesterday… Photographers have lives too and you’re probably not the only client we’re working with at the time. Editing photos takes time. We want to make sure the picture is perfect for you. I’m not saying some photographers don’t have an amazing turn around time. Sometimes I’ll go home right after a shoot and begin editing for the rest of the day. But that’s when I have the time. Most of the time, the photographer will tell you when to expect your pictures. Once that time has gone and passed and you haven’t received your pictures, THEN you can POLITELY ask your photographer when you’ll be receiving your pictures.

5. Let us tell you how to pose.

We can tell by the lighting what poses are going to flatter you the most. We have an image in our heads, let us paint the picture for you. You are more than welcome to discuss with your photographer prior to the shoot of the type of look you want to portray throughout your session, but let us control how the photoshoot goes. We have certain techniques that can make your vision better than you could have ever imagined. We know what you want. Let us do it. We got this. TRUST US!

xoxo – Mandie

–Please excuse the quality of this post as it was posted from my phone. Updated high resolution pictures will come shortly.


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And The 2017 Kraft Hockeyville Winner Goes To…

As most people involved in the hockey world know, especially those of whom are in the Pittsburgh area, the Kraft Hockeyville USA winner goes to The Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. As a local, this is super exciting for our community! Pittsburgh and surrounding areas are huge hockey fans, especially for the Pittsburgh Penguins. For something this big to happen in a some-what small town, is huge for the area both in popularity and economically.

 In March of 2006, Kraft Hockeyville made its presence known in the hockey world when Salmon River, Nova Scotia won the first ever, grand prize with the $150,000 in rink renovations. The money from the contest can be used for anything for the rink including repairs, upgrades, and signage. Due to the roof collapse in February 2010 to the Rostraver Ice Garden, a good bit of the funds were used to repay back debts. However, the rest of the winnings were contributed to enhancing their ice rink and upgrading the locker rooms for the players. After all, the game is about them so it is important to make sure that they have the best experience. Read More Here…

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First Coffee Corner Post! Iced Caramel Macchiato

So, I actually wrote this a while back on my old blog site that I don’t really use anymore due to the lack of user friendliness. So let’s make this the first ever Co.InDesigns Coffee Corner post!

I literally do not know where I would be in this world without coffee. It is definitely a gift from God.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t drink coffee first thing in the morning. How else am I suppose to power through my day? This is by far one of my favorite coffee recipes that is SO easy to make at home and it’s not that expensive for the ingredients! I’m all about affordable but yummy recipes. This iced caramel macchiato recipe can also be interchangeable with mocha – just switch out the caramel syrup with chocolate syrup and boom done!

Iced caramel macchiato coffee.


  • 1-2 Shots of Espresso
  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Milk
  • 2-3 pumps of Caramel Syrup
  • Ice
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)


  1. Grab a glass and put 2-3 pumps (or as many as you’d like) of caramel syrup.
  2. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way with ice.
  3. Pour milk into the glass leaving about 1/4 of the cup unfilled.
  4. Pour in the 1-2 shots of espresso & stir everything together.
  5. Top off with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

Happy Coffee Drinking, friends!

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Sundays Are For Football & Cooking

Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that I’m a big Pittsburgh sports fan. It doesn’t really matter which sport, even if I’m not that into the sport, I’ll always cheer for Pittsburgh. With that being said, tomorrow is Sunday and Sundays mean football! (Let’s Go Steelers!) Sundays are also for spending time with your family and cooking really scrumptious meals!

For today’s post, I wanted to go beyond the normal “here’s a picture I took and edited,” and wanted to share a recipe that one of my good friends Rachael shared with me. This recipe is SO easy to make and even easier to remember. Honestly, when my friend told me this recipe, I was amazed with how simple it was and more importantly, how YUMMY it was to eat! This meal isn’t just perfect for a Sunday meal, but it’s also great for small budgets and quick to put together. But enough of the story time. Here’s what you’ll need to grab from the grocery store:

Chicken Broccoli Potato

Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)

2-3 Chicken Boneless Chicken Breasts
4-5 Russet Potatoes
14 oz Bag of Frozen Broccoli (Sometimes I use cauliflower to change it up)
1 Packet of Italian Seasoning Mix
1 Stick of Butter
1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese


1 – Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 – Place boneless chicken breasts on cooking pan.
3 – Place entire bag of broccoli next to chicken.
4 – Cut up potatoes to small cubes and place next to broccoli.
5 – In a microwave safe liquid measuring cup, melt stick of butter.
6 – Once the butter is fully melted, mix the packet of Italian seasoning thoroughly.
7 – Drizzle Italian/Butter mixture all over the broccoli, chicken, and potatoes.
8 – Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the broccoli, chicken, and potatoes.
9 – Bake for 30-35 minutes.
10 – ENJOY!

I hope yinz enjoy this yummy recipe! Please make sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more awesome posts like this one!

xoxo – Mandie

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Fashion Blog Photoshoot

Every photographer loves having someone to model for them to take great pictures, build their portfolio, and gain a little bit more experience with their camera. This past week, I got the privilege of working on a photoshoot with one of my close friends (and bridesmaid), Taylor Cohen – the fashionista from Tay.andCo.

Tay.andCo - Diet Coke

The photoshoot with Taylor was perfect because it was a beautiful day, both our dogs got to play together, and I was able to not only take pictures of her for her style blog, but I was able to take pictures of the actual products she was modeling.

Cheetah sunsies and pearl necklace

Through out this photoshoot, I was able to mess with the different settings that my camera has – which by the way, my camera is the Canon Rebel T5i. I absolutely LOVE this DSLR camera. It’s super easy to use, light weight, easy to focus in and out of shots, and most importantly, it takes amazing quality photos.

Most photographers when they first start out, they seem to get themselves stuck in “auto” mode. Although this mode can make life a little easy when it comes to taking pictures, it can also be a nightmare when it comes time to editing photos. Halfway through this shoot, I decided to turn my “auto” setting on for a couple of the pictures. Although the pictures still turned out great, I found myself having to edit the lighting more in Lightroom to match the rest of the photos.

One of my tricks for editing photos to ensure the lighting is consistent is using custom Lightroom presets. One of my favorite presets are 03 – Subtle HDR 3 from Photography Planet. It makes all my pictures look sharp and helps with lighting.

All in all, the day was a success. Taylor was able to model FOUR different outfits for her blog and I was able to get a TON of pictures for her as well as my portfolio.

Tay.andCo Fall Shirt

Make sure to give Miss Taylor a follow on her Instagram page and blog. And don’t forget to follow Co. InDesigns on social media for all the latest work and special offers soon to come!

xoxo – Mandie

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