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Summer Must Haves – Beauty, Fashion & More

May 18, 2015 | No Comments
Summer Must Haves – Beauty, Fashion & More

I love summer!  I love the heat, being able to sleep in with my boys and the overall carefree vibe that summer brings.  Along with all that love, there are several beauty essentials that I find help me stay on my beauty game while beating the heat.  Without further ado – here are my picks […]

Barefoot Contessa’s Viennese Iced Coffee

May 15, 2015 | No Comments
Barefoot Contessa’s Viennese Iced Coffee

Let me start by saying that I love coffee. I hate mornings but what keeps me sane is that warm cup of slightly sweet (I add creamer – International Delights Coldstone Creamer to be exact) and warm cup of heaven. I was watching Barefoot Contessa on the Food network one morning and she made this […]

Exfoliating Madness & Self Tanning

May 14, 2015 | No Comments
Exfoliating Madness & Self Tanning

Summer is coming which means it is the season for tanks and shorts.  The showing of a little extra skin for me means sloughing off the dry, winter skin to reveal refreshed, smooth skin.  Enter my favorite way to exfoliate – the Baiden Mitten.  This is one magical piece of skincare heaven and I am […]

Vegan & Gluten Free Granola

May 9, 2015 | No Comments
Vegan & Gluten Free Granola

  I have always had a love/hate relationship with granola.  You see, I love to eat granola, but I am often put off by the extremely high-fat, high calorie granola that comes with the itty bitty service size.  Some different brands of granola I have tried have as much as 10-12 grams of fat per serving. […]

Black Bean Chicken Chili with Tomatillo Salsa & Crema

May 4, 2015 | No Comments
Black Bean Chicken Chili with Tomatillo Salsa & Crema

Whew!  That is one long title for a recipe!  However, I will tell you that all elements are so amazingly delicious and really make the dish go from really good to crazy good so bear with me on this. I have previously blogged about how I love a one pot meal and one of the […]

10 Tips To Get Bikini Ready

Apr 28, 2015 | No Comments
10 Tips To Get Bikini Ready

I love going on vacation, especially someplace where warm weather, a pool and in ideal situations an ocean awaits.  Like most women the thought of getting into a bikini can create anxiety, however my desire to venture to someplace warm is incentive enough to put in some extra work. I recently returned from a trip […]

Cover-Up Craze

Apr 10, 2015 | No Comments
Cover-Up Craze

I hate going on vacation only to find that I didn’t pack enough of something or hate what I packed.  On a recent trip to Hawaii I found that not only did I not pack enough bathing suit coverups, but the ones that I did pack – I hated.  While on vacation I am very zen […]

My Favorite Pink Nail Polishes

Mar 26, 2015 | No Comments
My Favorite Pink Nail Polishes

1. OPI Nail Laquer – Kiss On The Chic  2. OPI Nail Laquer – Bubble Bath  3. Essie Nail Polish – Petal Pink  4. Essie Nail Polish – Muchi Muchi  5. Orly Laquer – First Kiss  6. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Polish – Something Borrowed  7. Sephora X Sheer Strength Nail Laquer – Exhilirating […]

Gluten Free Fried Ravioli

Mar 19, 2015 | One Comment
Gluten Free Fried Ravioli

My oldest son loves to cook and I love his love of cooking.  Between football and lacrosse, he is very busy, but always finds time to watch one of the many cooking shows that is regularly on in the background. One weekend morning we were watching “The Kitchen” and the Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro made […]

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Mar 12, 2015 | No Comments
Gluten Free Banana Muffins

I have been gluten free for about a month now and I can’t begin to tell you the difference I am feeling.  “Things” are moving much more smoothly in the stomach region (if you know what I am saying) and emotionally I feel world of difference.  I am less irritable, snappy, I feel less anxious […]

My New Mascara Addiction – Plus 100 Mascaras Tested On One Eye

Mar 5, 2015 | One Comment
My New Mascara Addiction – Plus 100 Mascaras Tested On One Eye

I have a confession…I am not good at doing eye makeup.  As a makeup junkie it is a bit sad to admit, but it is the truth.  My look is generally a swipe of eyeshadow primer to give my eye a tiny hint of color, a swipe of liquid eyeliner on the top of my […]

Paleo Two Ingredient Pancakes

Feb 26, 2015 | No Comments
Paleo Two Ingredient Pancakes

I recently began reading the book Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and was astounded at the scientific findings that have to do with having gluten in your diet.  I absolutely adore bread, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, muffins…you get the idea.  If there is all-purpose white flour in it chances are I will want to get […]

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Feb 19, 2015 | No Comments
Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Man oh man is it COLD out!  Every morning when I turn on Good Morning America one of the first stories covered has to do with how much of the country is being bombarded with record breaking snow and freezing temperatures.  I live in Seattle and although we (thankfully!!!) have not been plagued with this type […]

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

Feb 17, 2015 | No Comments
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

I LOVE chocolate, sugar, candy, sweets, and all sorts of amazing, yummy treats.  I have tried to give up sugar at times but was so miserable that I will no longer attempt to deprive myself.  However, I have promised to be a bit healthier while I embrace my love of sugary sweetness.  This is where my delectable […]

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

It can be difficult to think about Valentine’s Day just coming off the holidays.  I feel like everyone and everything needs a bit of time to recharge – including my wallet.  That said, I hate when a holiday sneaks up on me and I am scrambling to find something – anything to make sure that […]

My Favorite Healthy Recipes

Jan 20, 2015 | No Comments
My Favorite Healthy Recipes

The start of every new year always brings back reminders to be healthy.  After so many holiday parties and gluttonous nights out I definitely feel the need to detox a bit and eat a little lighter and healthier.  Here are some of my favorite light and healthy recipes for morning, noon and night. BREAKFAST Gluten Free […]

Quick Tip – Coffee Cubes

Jan 12, 2015 | No Comments
Quick Tip – Coffee Cubes

I am a coffee junkie.  I love my morning cup so much, it is one of the only things that actually gets me out of bed (willingly) in the morning.  Since I love coffee so much I heard about freezing ice cubes and instantly fell in love with the idea. I still take my morning […]

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer – Review & Swatches

Jan 10, 2015 | No Comments
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer – Review & Swatches

I love lip gloss and am always up for trying a new one.  New brands, old brands, expensive or inexpensive I will give almost anything a go.  So when I saw that Revlon had a new lip gloss I just had to try some of them out. The official name of these glosses is the Revlon […]

Products I’ve Used Up / Empties

Jan 8, 2015 | No Comments
Products I’ve Used Up / Empties

I am a YouTube junkie.  I became addicted about a year ago and absolutely love all videos, but my favorites are those done by beauty guru’s.  Videos covered range from what are called “hauls” (basically stuff purchased) to tutorials and everything you can imagine in between.  One of my favorite types of videos is called […]

Monday Inspiration

Jan 6, 2015 | No Comments
Monday Inspiration

I love looking on the bright side of life and trying to take even challenging experiences as life lessons.  In my quest to see the positive in every situation I have decided to embrace Mondays. A fresh start, a new week to conquer my to do list and take new risks in life are all […]

How I Make Time Fly On the Treadmill…

Jan 2, 2015 | No Comments
How I Make Time Fly On the Treadmill…

Working out is my thing…sometimes.  I recently got a treadmill after years of indecisiveness and I couldn’t be happier about my decision to do so.  I love working out in clothes that I normally wouldn’t be seen in public wearing and getting a good workout in whenever I can.  One of the best ways to get me […]

Last Minute Hostess Gifts

Dec 16, 2014 | No Comments
Last Minute Hostess Gifts

I love parties and holidays are the time for them! I also know that throwing parties is a ton of work – especially around this time of year.   I love to show my gratitude with an amazing hostess gift and I love to put some thought into these little tokens of appreciation. I have to […]

Delicious Cinnamon Spiked Hot Apple Cider – The Perfect Hot Cocktail

Nov 20, 2014 | No Comments
Delicious Cinnamon Spiked Hot Apple Cider – The Perfect Hot Cocktail

My friend Cindy came over on Halloween for some pre trick-or-treating festivities.  She came with a scrumptious option for an adult hot apple cider.  Now I like Apple Cider but I don’t love it and often times will forgo the calories for something else – such as, chocolate….  In any event, she convinced me to take a […]

Links I Am Loving…

Nov 14, 2014 | No Comments
Links I Am Loving…

Ahhhh, perusing the internet I found some fun articles that I wanted to share.  None of these are life changing – just fun articles that are great to peruse when you have a few spare moments… Why Does Kourtney Kardashian Drink Butter?: Is there something that I missed?  Personally I love eating butter on my toast […]

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Nov 13, 2014 | No Comments
My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love eating with reckless abandon and turkey day is the day to do just this – as far as I am concerned anyways….  Over the years I have come up with my traditional thanksgiving favorite recipes and I wanted to […]

Quick Tip – Freezing Wine

Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments
Quick Tip – Freezing Wine

Years ago I was stuck in a doctors office for what seemed like an eternity.  I came across an issue of Food and Wine magazine and inside there was a tip so genius I have been using it for years.  As the title states, it is freezing wine. Have you ever cooked with wine and […]

Links I am Loving This Week….

Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments
Links I am Loving This Week….

I love reading the endless amounts of cool information on the internet and I am fascinated by what people are reading.  Below are some links I have stumbled upon this week.  Please pass on interesting articles you are reading… Ten Delicious Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken: I stumbled on this when looking through my Pinterest boards […]

NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream – Swatches and Review

Oct 28, 2014 | No Comments
NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream – Swatches and Review

I am obsessed with nude lip shades.  For years I have snatched almost every nude gloss that crossed my path, however with the new matte lip look I am on the hunt for matte nude shades. Enter the NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream…I was walking around Ulta and found these little gems on an end cap. […]

Dry Shampoo Obsession (plus a review of a few different brands)

Oct 16, 2014 | No Comments
Dry Shampoo Obsession (plus a review of a few different brands)

One of the most life changing products I have started using regularly over the past two to three years would have to be dry shampoo.  Every single day (even on days I wash my hair) I use this magical spray to give my hair a little extra “oomph” or to sop up some of the […]

Skillet Apple Pie – A Recipe from Trisha Yearwood

Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments
Skillet Apple Pie – A Recipe from Trisha Yearwood

One Saturday morning I was lounging with a cup of coffee, enjoying some cooking shows when Trisha Yearwood’s show came on.  I love me some good old comfort food and I love her show because everything she makes looks amazing and all the ingredients she uses are items I almost always have on hand.  Case […]

Lemon Ricotta Cookies from the Nordstrom Cafe

Sep 19, 2014 | 10 Comments
Lemon Ricotta Cookies from the Nordstrom Cafe

Living in the Northwest my entire life, I grew up shopping at Nordstrom and eating at the Nordstrom cafe.  To this day, one of my favorite dishes to get is still the kids grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.  If you haven’t ever experienced Nordstrom’s creamy, slightly space tomato soup – you must try it. […]

Links I Am Loving…

Sep 18, 2014 | No Comments
Links I Am Loving…

There are several blogs that I follow religiously and many have regular posts that I look forward to reading.  One of these is Cupcakes and Cashmere’s, “Links I Love”.  I am always on the hunt for witty, fun and informative posts and with the infinite landscape of the worldwide web having a blogger sum up a […]

Bootie Love

Sep 16, 2014 | No Comments
Bootie Love

I am obsessed with booties!  Open toe or closed,  I am in love with both versions.  One of my shopping philosophies is to go high-low.  I like to  purchase key pieces that are expensive and exceptionally made and pair those items with lesser expensive items.  Here are my picks for amazing booties at both high […]

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie – Healthy & Dairy Free

Sep 11, 2014 | One Comment
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie – Healthy & Dairy Free

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am feeling fat.  Like, bloated, gross and it is not just me complaining, it is fact and the number on the scale doesn’t lie.  I am getting older so I am sure that this has something to do with age (sniff, sniff) and my crappy diet.  Previously I was […]

Chicken Larb

Sep 2, 2014 | No Comments
Chicken Larb

Have you ever gone out to eat and had something so delicious that out of the blue you will find yourself fixating on the sheer deliciousness of that meal and you can’t stop thinking about it?  Well…I tend to get that way and the only way I know to satisfy the craving is to of […]

Slow Cooker “Baked” Potatoes

Aug 29, 2014 | No Comments
Slow Cooker “Baked” Potatoes

My slow cooker is kinda like a bad boyfriend that I just can’t break up with.  You know those boyfriends that will make promises but let you down – kinda like a casserole that looks amazing on Pinterest but it looks like roadkill in reality.   Yet, just like a crap boyfriend (that is really […]

Potluck Potatoes (aka White Trash Potatoes)

Aug 23, 2014 | No Comments
Potluck Potatoes (aka White Trash Potatoes)

Whenever I go to a BBQ or cookout I always bring my tried and true White Trash Potatoes.  There are three things I LOVE about this recipe which becomes a favorite at all cookouts I attend: 1. They are super fast and easy to make 2. They are delicious 3. They are always a crowd […]

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am a chocolate chip cookie freak.  They are definitely one of my favorite foods and I have to say that there is nothing I love more than eating them fresh out of the oven.  So incredibly good!   I have blogged about my tried and true chocolate chip cookie recipe here and still use this as […]

Nude Is The New Black

Jun 13, 2014 | No Comments
Nude Is The New Black

I love a good staple and nude shoes are an absolute must in my wardrobe.  Shoes in an au natural hue can brighten up a dark outfit and seamlessly bring a bold outfit together. The more I wear them, the more I continue to fall in love with these versatile gems.  Here are some of […]

Bobby Flay’s Chocolate Coconut Granola

Jun 1, 2014 | No Comments

I am obsessed with food and love watching the Food Network and Cooking Channel.  One of my favorite shows to watch is Brunch at Bobby’s and I felt my mouth watering uncontrollably during his episode titled Chocolate Brunch.  He made the most amazing Chocolate Coconut Granola and being the love of all things chocolate AND […]

Mini Bags, Cocktail Bags, Going-Out Bags – My Next Splurge

May 30, 2014 | No Comments
Mini Bags, Cocktail Bags, Going-Out Bags – My Next Splurge

Whether it is a clutch or a mini bag every girl needs a stylish, versatile bag they can head to dinner with and/or a night out on the town. I was in Vegas recently and used my favorite mini bag (shown above), this Louis Vuitton Favorite MM Mini Bag in Monogram Canvas.  I love this […]

Nude Eyeliner – Review

May 27, 2014 | No Comments

Image Source I love makeup, I am always buying new items and often find that once I get home I have multiple like products.  This can be frustrating but I will say that it is so fun trying new items and trends out. One trend I have been obsessed with is rimming the inner part […]

An Important Year and CalNaturale Svelte Shakes

May 23, 2014 | No Comments

I am headed towards a milestone.  I just had a birthday and turned 39, which means that 40 is coming up in May 2015.   I told my husband that I want to be in the best shape of my life next May and I need to start now, not 3 months before my birthday […]

Asian Chopped Salad with Low-Fat Spicy Thai Vinaigrette

May 17, 2014 | No Comments

I have been hearing about Wendy’s Asian Chicken Salad with Spicy Thai Vinaigrette and how yummy it is.  Although I have never tried this salad, after hearing so much about this delicious concoction I developed an undeniable craving and decided to make my own version.   I dice fresh greens, green cabbage, red peppers, edamame, […]

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Dupe

May 9, 2014 | No Comments

I love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer.  For well over a year I have used this magical bronzer almost daily and loved the beautiful effect it gave my normally sallow skin.  I was skeptical that I would ever like another bronzer as much, but I have found one AND it is a drug store dupe!!!  OK, […]

Rainbow Banana Chocolate Muffins

Mar 16, 2014 | No Comments

I have a go to banana muffin recipe that my boys adore.  I have it down to a science and can have a batch of these whipped up in about five minutes.  I often add chocolate to make these even yummier, however I was recently out of chocolate chips and only had some mini M&M’s. […]

My Current Crushes

Mar 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here they are, my five crushes at the moment.  These are either new discoveries or re-discovered favorites. 1.  Camera Ready Cosmetics Sample Sizes: I have long heard about makeup such as Cinema Secrets however I was reluctant to purchase a large size of this makeup without ever seeing any of the color swatches online.  Well…I […]

Ten of the Best Uses for Vaseline

Mar 7, 2014 | No Comments

When I was younger I used Vaseline all the time – as an eye makeup remover, to moisturize, as a gloss. Somewhere along the way I lost my way with this magical jelly and I feel like I have been reunited with a long lost love. Read more for my favorite ways to use Vaseline: […]

Egg White French Toast – A Super Healthy Breakfast for 200 Calories & 10 Grams of Protein

Feb 21, 2014 | No Comments

I have a confession…sometimes I skip breakfast.  Another confession…I hate wasting calories on food I don’t love. OK, OK, so I know skipping breakfast isn’t healthy and there are numerous reasons why breakfast should never be missed but there are times I just simply forget or don’t have time.  This brings me to my second […]

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Feb 9, 2014 | No Comments

I love brown sugar…there is something so delicious about the warm, caramel like flavor that nothing seems to compare to.   One day while watching the Food Network (of course) I saw a recipe being prepared with simple syrup when I had an “ah-ha” moment – Brown Sugar Simple Syrup! I made the concoction which […]