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Christmas Gift Guide Big & Small 2016

HO HO HO,
 
Here’s a list of cool gifts to give and receive this Holiday season! Check them out – link below as well!  Happy Gifting!  Comment Below for chance to win 2 great prizes just in time for New years – US residents only due to shipping restraints.  
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Saloniture Professional Multi-purpose Salon Chair / Massage Table with Adjustable Stool   Santa – I really would love this in my spa/basement area to give and receive massage & facials! 
 
What’s on your lists?  Let me know – one lucky person will win +NARS Cosmetics  Matte lipstick in Red color “iberico”and +Essie France nail polish a gold glitter in “summit of style” just in time for New Years Eve.  
Comment for chance to win – winner picked Christmas Eve. Dec. 24th!  Good luck! 
 

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

Well Hello There,

This post is a “just cuz” one.  If you know me; you know I love the colors Pink, White, Black and adore me some Glitter!  So all these “faux” Christmas trees that have been on trend lately just make me plain happy – plus pre-lit and no needles, use again next year, win win.  (I know dad nothing beats real but……..) 


Gosh I love a White pre-lit with white lights tree or even a bubble gum pink tree!  Que angels singing!  “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” check out these examples I found online surfing.

 

 

 

 

Putting up our tree this weekend – a bit late this year due to travel and family priorities.  With our pup Abe @abethenewfoundland still just using the 6ft White Tree I purchased from Walmart few years back!  Want to get Pink Tree too but may wait and see how he handles the ornaments this year first.  
 
Trying to set up family picture tomorrow as well – its just gonna be Abe, Mike and myself.  Since kids grown and outta house all over the place this will have to do.  Check instagram tomorrow for that one!  Tell me how your gonna decorate – do you have more than one tree?  Traditional, rustic, modern, vintage….. I’d love to see your pictures and get your thoughts .
 
Sending Big Warm Hugs Your Way!

holiday Season 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!


Finishing up my shopping but this rain and ice making for rough go of it today.  My children are grown, my mom passed several years ago – family spread out all over so the holidays take on a new meaning for me.


This year I am beginning a new tradition of adopting a few families in need over the holiday season and taking on job as ELF in training and trying my best to help Santa fulfill their Christmas List.  What better way to feel the spirit of Christmas, right?  I know it sounds cliche but I really am getting so much more out of this than I can put into words.  God has blessed me so much that I just want to give.  Give back, give my time, give my help, just GIVE of myself.  



However while doing my “elf duties” feeling like this calls for a fantastic RED LIP & some festive clothes.  Get me more in the mood.  So take a minute to smile more, pause and admire all the lights & decor and to tell those near and dear how much you love them.


Below is just a little vignette I created on Polyvore (love you Poly)!  That makes me smile.  Crazy for +Kevyn Aucoin lip pencils, lipsticks and glosses – +NYX Professional Makeup has some great products too on the cheap people – 
“FO REAL”!  So bundle up today my friends – throw on a perfect smile, grab a loved one, get some hot cocoa and have a great weekend!   

holiday Season 2016

 

I hope this season brings you peace, love, joy and a renewed sense of kindness to your fellow man.


Uploading guest room progress this week – be on the lookout on my Instagram, FB & twitter feeds!  Cheers!

Hi Guys Finally Back

Hi There!


So my sabbatical lasted a bit longer than expected – sometimes “life happens” but happy to say I am back and really excited about this Fall / Winter 2016 season.  I have been really changing my diet and my tummy thanks me!  Tons of veggies, green soups & quinoa tons of ways.  My new favorite Mike (the hubby) showed me is to saute garlic, almonds, quinoa  ( kinda toast the grain) than add your water and simmer for 12 min. – always go 2-3 min less than they say!  We added curry powder, cayenne, cardamon and it is flippin fabulous ladies!  I add it to my salads ( will be sharing great new salads ) soups and just by it self.  


Focusing on health – my diet is pretty much in order just need to exercise regularly and increase energy.  I am getting hormone levels checked again this month and dealing with normal changes,  I don’t want to get crazy but yet I want to be best version on ME!


The restaurant’s and doing well – we added a full bar and table service to our newest Black Hog BBQ  and its wonderful – just working on more marketing and my photography game is stepping up.  I am crazy about photography and videography so doing little projects every day – ck out some photos I took……



Found new great lens on Amazon so I am saving up for it to use for video’s – it focuses way better and you cant hear it on your video!  “I love you Amazon!” 

I also loved this article on +goop  about Linda Rodin very inspiring especially to me to have example of a strong beautiful women reinventing herself and still creating after 40!  I’m gonna be 47 in November and its a bit daunting…..

Another update – I am honored to be on the B.O.D. of Miss International US for MD, DC, & VA – great networking, bonding learning experience for young ladies ages 19 – 29!  Hoping to secure the new MGM Grand National Harbor as our venue – keeping fingers crossed.  Using my marketing skill, makeup artist and networking to add to this already wonderful pageant!

Well that’s it for today gang – gonna begin doing my Fluidity Workouts again.  Such small yet powerful movements – great for along lean and lifted body!  Salad and Soup recipe will follow tomorrow!  Missed everyone – happy to be back!



Smashed Cauliflower & Links of Places to Eat Bucket List


It”s Almost The Weekend People!

As promised on my +Instagram page this week here is the recipe for SMASHED ROASTED CAULIFLOWER.


To start: core and chop one head of cauliflower





I like to use a large cast iron pan to roast in a 450 degree oven.  Cover with olive oil just enough to coat – start slow you can always add more.  Peel slice 1/2 a large head of garlic, add crushed red pepper flakes (optional) S&P.  Toss and place in oven !

Cook until golden brown toss occasionally to brown evenly – depending on over 20min.  When done remove from skillet and place in glass bowl – use small wish or fork and smash to desired consistency 
I prefer some florets to remain – all your choice you may or may not need to add more EVO or butter usually not and “Viola” – you have something that is healthy and satisfies that craving for mashed potatoes ……….. sortta!  LOL  here is dinner Greek salad grilled chicken and smashed cauliflower Enjoy! 

Also ck out the links below to see great foods, restaurants etc…. that should be on your bucket list!  Some I’ve been to and some I can’t wait to go to.   Have a great weekend everybody!  

Taking A Summer Break

HEY HEY HEY,


Just a little update since I’m taking a summer break from all the social media – I’ll post but on a “as I can/want basis”  just taking time to enjoy family, friends, working with our puppy
(the small bear we call ABE), visiting and watching over my father in law just having Hospice come by, working out trying Yoga and trying to slow down and smell the roses.  Back to normal schedule Sept. along with new videos once a week!  BIG HUGS

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Check out these items – let me know if you use any or your thoughts – really digging the Gucci shoes, apple watch and cropped wide legged jeans!  Ahhhhh to win the power ball – Oh what would I do????? What wouldn’t I do, right?  Shop, travel, donate all of the above.  It’s fun to imagine right?  Crossing my finger and toes.


Enjoy your week – I will be putting recipe out for “Summer Minestrone” later in the week – so yummy so good for you and tons to use from your garden – or farmers market! Mike made it and I have to say he’s pretty darn good!  Lucky me right?


Keep Doing You Boo – Keep Doing You!

LIST LOVER – ORGANIZER "WANNA BE"

Hey Chicas,


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MY PRETTY BLUE NOTEBOOK – TODO BOOK +HomeGoods PACKING LIST CHECK SHEET +Paper Source
CUSTOM MADE & PERSONALIZED NOTE CARD +Paper Tree  

TGIF I start my day with paper & pen in hand – making Friday “todo” list.  I’m continuing on this never ending journey of organization & still working on clothing that will be donated to Women 2 Women Mentoring, switching closets etc…  I’m also cleaning out my desk / makeup drawers.   I have trash bags full of junk – feeling liberated for sure! 👍


However, not sure about you, but I get so side tracked at times when I purging – flipping through old papers – magazines, reminiscing.  


Well Hello ADD!  

I made huge progress however donating over 20 magazines to Frederick Memorial Hospital – my mother in law volunteers there in the patient discharge area 😊 and takes them in so its a win win.  People I will always love my magazines!  It started at 11 when my dad got me my first @vogue –  I have some Martha Stewart weddings magazine 20 years old ! I will never get rid of.  I tried online versions but that’s not for me – shocking I know since I love all my gadgets – but with mags – its the whole different thing – I ear mark pages – tear them out – love to flip through and that whole “tactile” feel. 


OK next – focus Lori – I came across these sites to help with organization – ck them out.
Airtable.com
YouTube Organization with Alejandra
Clean and Scentsible.com
unclutterer.com

These are two of my favorite books well worth buying +Amazon.com 

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Great Books for the home enthusiast – household engineer – LOL



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GARMENT STEAMER FINALLY GOT MYSELF ONE OFF…. YOU GUESSED IT +Amazon.com
RACK IN BACK FROM +The Container Store 

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Guest room finally not just a drop/overflow zone – huge bag full of clothes went to +Lori Rogers  the other day – for W2W.


SIDE NOTE:  I have to say Lori and I had talked via FB & Instagram about food, saunas, non-profits etc… and found meeting in person was like seeing a dear friend again.  I can’t wait to get to know her more.  Just a lovely women period!  Goes to show get your head outta the clouds or the ICLOUD (LOL) and make real face to face connection’s – well worth it!  That’s what life is really for – interactions with people – doing good – sharing – loving and laughing!

Off to walk Abe our 85lb puppy (ahhhhhh) I made him his own +Instagram channel @abethenewfoundland take a look! Than ride bike, prepare ( means sauna & facemask ) for annual The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick Tea – than date with the hubby +The Tasting Room tonight – big for us!  We never go to our own place – Whoa!  Busy dance card today folks!


Sending good thoughts your way – enjoy the Fathers Day weekend and may you spend it with ones you love and who love ya right back!  

If I could I’d send you all beautiful flowers to remind you how lovely you are inside & out!





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Review Baltimore Fleet St Kitchen

Hey Peeps – Here’s My Review:
 
**Just so you know when we go out to eat everyone starts out at a five on a scale from 1 to 10 you can either go up or down depending on food service and decor so keep that in mind on review 👍.  I am a tough cookie – just so ya know.  
We made a reservation this past Saturday for 5 PM 2pp FLEET ST. KITCHEN – BALTIMORE, MD I couldn’t wait to get there to see the space and taste the food!  I’d heard a review on this & really was looking forward to it. The menu seems modern American new farm to table.  We arrived about 10 minutes early Saturday & sat outside in the alleyway between their sister pizza joint BAGBY PIZZA just across from Fleet Street.  Unfortunately they wouldn’t open doors until 4:53 – 😝 annoying.  *(If you have a reservation at 5 o’clock aren’t you ready to go a little while prior? Just saying….). Anywho – finally we were let in – waited in foyer than few minutes later we were seated.
Beautiful Interior FLEET ST. KITCHEN BALTIMORE, MD
It was beautiful. The mix of rustic wood a stunning plaid banquet wood trim and then crystal chandeliers. That ying & yang thing – one of my favorite combos.  We started with a amuse bouche of borist and tangy delicate goats cheese – so pretty – love……

MENU & AMUSE BOUCHE
 
The menu was nice – clear – layed out nicely & easy to follow.  We were told that they have three farms that they procure their hogs and their vegetables from.  Everything locally sourced when possible. I had a “mocktail” muscat mule non alcoholic with extra ginger ( love my ginger more is always better) .  
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Muscat Mule “MOCKTAIL” Extra Ginger For ME!!!!!
 
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Chilled Potato Leek Soup {CRISFIELD, MD}
Fresh Maryland crab, confit potato, pesto,
charred lemon ash
looks beautiful but waaaaaayyyy to thick – more like a paste and the crab had a “fishy” taste (not in the good way)
 
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Angus Steak Tartare {ROSEDA FARM, MD}
White miso-truffle emulsion, shaved radish,
shaved summer truffle, toasted baguette –
This was very good – my only complaint I don’t like my tartare all mixed upon presentation –  too much sauce I like to crack yoke myself and mix accordingly – Bread crostini were fantastic however.
 
Wild Mushroom Agnolotti {KENNET SQUARE, PA}
Spring onion, fava bean, whipped ricotta, pine nut,
shaved summer truffle.
 This was the BEST THING ON THE TABLE I could’ve had 3 of these!


Bibb Lettuce Salad {URBAN PASTORAL, MD)
Chilled lobster, citrus segments, petite herbs, orange vinaigrette  – very dissapointing – dressing blah – not much lobster and the citrus segments overpowered the whole plate.


Lovely ladies room – love the mix of wood and crystal throughout the space here!

So in short gang – I LOVE BALTIMORE – so many new great places popping up.  You gotta go to the harbor and try them out great hotels and shopping as well.
 
My review is as follows:
Food: 5.75
Service: 7 (we had to wait quite a while between courses – not as attentive considering we were first in DR and no one else really arrived until 6:15 – however server was pleasant and knowledgeable)
Presesntation: 8
Decor/Atmosphere: 7
 
Would I go back?  Maybe – however so many other places to try – I will be going soon to Bagby Pizza to try the “coal fire pizza” soon – I’m a pizza connoisseur in case ya didn’t know.  HAHA.  So def. stay tuned for that.
 
Heading out to finish my bike ride – already did 4 miles this a.m. 2 more to go – gearing up for Bermuda end of the month quick 
R & R.  Than first BOD mtg for our community – I will be our “cluster’s” spokesperson – whoa baby!  Still purging my closet and reorganizing – pics at the end of the week after long overdue IKEA trip.
 
Hugs To You All!




TGIF SUMMER #WEEKEND

HEY GANG – TIGF – WE SURVIVED ANOTHER WEEK – MINE HAS BEEN A DOOZEIE – BUT “WHEW” THE WEEKND IS HERE – BASEBALL THIS SAT. FAMILY, FUNNY MY PUP ABE – GROWING LIKE A WEED AND JUST TAKING IT ALL IN STRIDE!  MAKE THE MOST OF TODAY…….






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TAKE SOME TIME TO JOT DOWN 5 THINGS TODAY YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR

  1. MY FAMILY
  2. MY HEALTH
  3. MY SENSE OF HUMOR AND THOSE AROUD ME WHO GET IT
  4. GREEN JUICE
  5. HOT BATH’S

KEEP DOING DO “BOO”  CHAT WITH YOU ALL SOON – JUST BEEN SUPER BUSY – INSTAGRAM CURRENT AND FOLLOW ON FB, TWITTER – SOMETIMES BEING BRIEF IS A GOOD THING!  WORKING ON VIDEO WITH ABE FOR OUR BBQ RESTAURNT AND LEARNING VIDEO EDITING VERY TIME CONSUMING!  ALSO LOVING MY CAMERA MORE AND MORE AND NEW MACRO LENSE – CK OUT PHOTO I TOOK….. “YEAH LORI” 

Friday Link Love

Hi there, Hey there, Ho there people,


Below are listed some blogs – people – DIY’s – pretty things & books that really make me happy!  So I just had to share – “Friday link love”  Enjoy!




I am also pretty excited to be part of the +Silk Burlap Fashion +Friends Trend Event tonight!  I get to wear some of their amazing apparel & accessories, hang with some pretty wonderful ladies & than get to shop at super discount!!!!!  They are offering 25% off tonight on everything in the store!  Hope to see my friends there!  I will be either fantastic as a “model” (term used VERY loosely) or a flop – either way – entertaining I’m sure! Check out the link below to do some pre-party browsing.


Hey That’s owners Saule & Angelique – LOVE


Moving on to more things I’m into right now:







  • The Year of Cozy: Just ordered my copy from Amazon – BTW – don’t you just love Amazon?  That and google are my bestie’s online!  

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Cant wait for this to arrive today


Last but not least for sure: My major “girl crush” just adore her blog and her contributors – all of it!  A must on your new blog list!


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Well all off to the races today – walking that huge puppy  of ours ABE – 70 lbs now and JUST 5 months – forcing self on treadmill, some green juicing, PR for TR & Black Hog, homemade egg white tightening face mask & than adding highlights in front of hair (throwing some in on my own for tonight) Than to Fashion Event!

Ciao Bella’s







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