Archives for July 2015

Roasted Butternut Squash – Yummy & Good 4U! I Know Its Summer But Still Great Side Dish

Happy Monday,

I wanted to share this recipe with you – Roasted Butternut Squash:  Serve this hot out of the oven or room temp.  Perfect side dish for BBQ and grilling backyard parties.

I adore roasted veggies….. roasting them is actually one of the ways I found that turned me into a veggie lover!  Go figure…  I think your kids will enjoy this as well as my friends out there trying to stay away from potatoes and my diabetic loved one’s who need a low GI / Glycemic Index food choice.

Start with a Butternut Squash – I often get mine pre-cut in the store – this is for sure worth the extra $$$.  They can be a pain in the A– to cut and frankly a wee bit dangerous (for me at least).  Place them is a larger Ziploc baggie.

Next Prepare the marinade 

Pepper, garlic powder, cumin powder, turmeric, curry, cayenne pepper (to taste – I like it spicy) Punjab spice, paprika and olive oil.  Add your spices and oil and pour into the bag.  Seal it and mix it all together – letting it sit for 10 min or so – just to coat.  Preheat oven to 425
Place on baking sheet and roast for 30 min or more depending on your size pieces.  Should be fork tender and brown and slightly crispy.  
These are so satisfying and the sweet.  The caramelization along with the heat from the cayenne & curry are Yum Yum Yummy – try it and let me know!  Remember great fiber, low GI and satisfies that potato craving.
Ciao – Amici Miei ( See ya later my friends!)

Ideas To Keep Your Space Neat For The Most Productive Of Workdays

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Nothing is better than a home that’s easy to navigate with belongings that are even easier to find. Don’t forget about your office, too—there are plenty of ways to keep your space neat for the most productive of workdays. Check out all of our resolutions for systemization, and get to organizing!
1. Throw away / giveaway extra things you don’t need.  Decide to set aside a basket or box and fill things you don’t use.  Choose a drawer each morning before for you get going and look through, clean and edit.  empty your box on Thursday or at least 1x a week. 
2. Create a goal list.
Keep yourself on track with our rotating goal list. You can easily change and update your goals with Post-its for an up-to-date board.  Share with a friend / partner or spouse.  Helps to keep you accountable.
3. Organize your closet.
All it takes is three simple steps to get your closet in tip-top shape.  Set out what you will wear for the week – color coordinate and get all the same size/style of hangers – facing the same way
4. Specify a daily junk basket.
Putting a basket in your home where you can throw items that you would otherwise scatter all over the house is a great way to keep your home or office feeling clutter free.
5. Make assignment lists for everyone.
If you live with multiples people—be it kids, significant others, or roommates—make sure you create weekly assignment lists so that everyone can play their part in keeping your home orderly.  Plus don’t you love it when your list is complete? Ck Ck
6. Craft a pegboard.
This geometric pegboard is a no-brainer that can be put together in an hour, tops. It’s a stylish way to keep small items in their place.
7. Install bars on bathroom doors.
Nobody likes damp towels lying all over the bathroom. Install some sleek bars on the back of your door so you have a place to hang towels without taking up space on your walls.
8. Place dividers in your drawers.
You can buy plastic dividers at stores like +The Container Store , or you can even cut up old cardboard boxes to create sectioned-off spaces in your desk, kitchen, or bathroom.
9. Print out a free calendar.
One of the most obvious tasks that people always forget is to get a calendar for the New Year. Luckily, their are tons of free printable calendars you can get a hold of right now! Just +Google+  it and Presto…..
10. Make mason jar organizers.
DIY mason jar organizers will keep your kitchen/desk/pantry in order as well as looking cute. ( add stickers or stamps or one of my fav’s chalk board paint )
11. Organize your pantry by food group.  (thanks mom-mom / my grandmother Evelyn was famous for this – even alphabetizing them…. Im not that into it but one can strive for it…..You will be able to quickly grab whatever you need.
12. Paint your keys with nail polish.
Color-code your keys by painting them with nail polish so that you can easily tell which key goes to what.
13. Use ice cube trays as organizers.
Bet you never thought of this one—ice cube trays are ideal for organizing small items like earrings, sewing materials, or office supplies.
14. Use washi tape on your planner.
Color-code you life by utilizing washi tape. It will stand out better than highlighters.
15. Make an emergency drawer in your desk at work.
Setting aside a space where you can grab items for any possible disaster will put you at ease and leave you feeling prepared.  (tampon’s – $25 bucks cash – lint remover – lipstick that can be blush & eyeshadow as well – fashion tape – duplicates of house/car keys – contact numbers if you lose your phone – ponytail holder – fancy earrings ) 
16. Create these fabric-covered bulletin boards.
You can place bulletin boards all over the house for easy access to papers, documents, and schedules.

#TGIF – Enjoy every minute of your weekend!  Tell someone that you love how much they mean to you…. better yet write it out – get specific & make sure they receive it!  

4th of July & Things for summer!

Happy 4th of July Everyone,

These are just a few things I’ve been looking at for summer. Some are for the house – some for “Moi” and a few great hostess gifts!  Cheers – enjoy your weekend whatever you do!  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!

Things for Summer

DC City Center, Lunch & Walmart Bargains


I hope you are having a a good week! (eyebrow YouTube video at bottom of post – just saying…).
So, it’s been raining tons here in the Washington, DC area but this past Sunday was just lovely.  High of 79 – nice breeze etc.  Mike and I had a date to the new @CityCenterDC – and boy was I in for a surprise.  They are calling this the “Rodeo Drive” of DC – a stretch I know but fun just the same. Most of you have gathered that I love shopping – high end and budget friendly.  I just love fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, decor all of it.  It’s like art to me.  Any who….. we went there looking to eat at +Fig & Olive Restaurant but it was not open – despite the sign on the door.  So we began what I thought may be some FINE window shopping.  Well first we went into +Carolina Herrera 

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and I loved some shoes and a bag – BAM – out came his credit card!  I was like “yeah – thanks baby!”  Then onto +HUGO BOSS loved shoes, bag and perfect white stretch sheath dress – Mike – “you like it babe?” Me – “Um..Yes of course!”

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 BAM – out came the card!  I was so happy and grateful – was not expected at all.  Then onto the +Tumi shop – new 3 piece luggage set!  We are gearing up for trip to Italy in the early Fall.  (See link at the bottom with a printable packing list.)  I was like…… Ummmmm – “Yeah baby”this is my day!

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It was a great day.  Lunch at +DCB Group DCBG +Daniel Boulud‘s new place and it was lovely.  We had steak tar are, tuna tartare the “frenchie” burger.

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Mike had a great ale (or two) and I had a wonderful – refreshing “Mocktail” with ginger beer, lemon, club soda & splash of grenadine!  Yummy  ( no alcohol for me – Sunday was day 4 complete of my #30dayworkoutchallenge ) – still going strong today is day 8!

All in all it was a terrific day!  Walking, talking, taking in DC’s new neighborhood and just hanging out.  Life flies by so fast it was nice just getting outta dodge for a minute or so – even if you took the fantastic shopping outta the equation.  (but who would do that….)  Mike had forgotten our anniversary this past February and said “I was overdue for some spoiling”. ☺️. Well thank you Mr. T ?!  For everything.

** Now people while I love all my high fashion pieces let’s be real.  I also love to do my bargain shopping.  I like places such as; Target, Walmart & Forever 21.  Example, last week I got
San Marzano Tomatoes at Walmart & they were 1/2 the price of Giant Food Store a savings of $3.50 & up per can! Yesterday I ran into Walmart and purchased my @MaybellineNewYork clean express make up remover cloths $2.00 cheaper than Ulta and grabbed some ribbed tank tops $3.50 each and running shorts $3.50 & $5.50. YES!!! Score!  Who doesn’t need tanks and shorts each summer and at these prices its a no brainer.

Let me know where you find your best bargains – BTW – I love @amazon as well for some fantastic deals.  See the cute shorts / tanks below.

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I completed day 7 of #30dayworkoutchallenge yesterday (preparing for the +DIVA DASH in September) even under a almost FULL MOON ? .  Very tough “female time of the month” for me which is almost here – seem worse some months – ? ugh means I eat like a machine – cry at happy ? & sad things ? crave sugar like nobody’s business.  Anyway come on Mother Nature bring it on & let’s be onto next week.

Oh yeah everyone Ck out my YouTube video Brow Series #1 to reshape & regrow my brows with  +Maven Beauty Bar and the owner +Rebecca Carrera 

Product reviews tomorrow as well as some great ideas for the Fourth of July ??

As mentioned above here is a Great Packing List Printable – courtesy of +Who What Wear 

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