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Links I'm Really Loving Right Now!

HEY HEY! CK OUT LINKS I ADORE AND DESERVE SOME LOVIN’ & ARE ESPECIALLY INSPIRING FOR 2016!

1.  A COUPLE COOKS – I see more posts for Mike & I……  love their wellness series ck this post out for sure – 





2.  A LITTLE TIPSY -mother of 3 creative DIY’er some great ideas for yourself or giving!





3.  ADDICTED 2 DECORATING – a interior designer – blogger – DIY site 






4.  ALMOST MAKES PERFECT – perfect is boring I say and so does Molly!  Molly also gave me ( all her readers ) a great mix list for Christmas!  Cheers



5.  SHE’S IN THE GLOW – beauty blogger I’m digging   Gonna try this beauty tip this year for sure!

6.  CULT OF PRETTY – All of it – products – reviews – pictures!  Ann Colville Somma  does it all and does it well!   Like this little preview from her blog below:

Editing some pictures and videos that I will post this weekend & forward.  Also a new health series with great recipes and skincare! (follow me to my Dr. Appt) Shopping & Home Decor.  I am really looking forward to 2016 I hope you are too!  

Yummy & Healthy Veggie Blackbean Burger


You are going to thank me later – 
these Black bean 
Veggie Burgers ROCK!

Ingredients
1 can Goya Black Beans
1 can Goya Great Northern Beans
1 small  onion
Garlic
Carrots
Celery
1 package minute rice instant rice (cooks 90 sec- great to have on hand)
Jalapeños
Veggie Stock ( low sodium )
S&P
Red pepper flakes
Almond Flour

To begin you will  sauté diced onion, carrots, and celery.  About 3/4 cup of each.  Along with 3 to 4 sliced peeled garlic cloves – do this until just tender (not over browned).  I add jalapenos to mine as well your choice!  Set aside to cool. S&P slightly while browning – to help them sweat.  Zap 1 serving of the brown rice = 1 cup or already cooked brown rice add to mixture 


In a food processor pulse 1 can of each rinsed chickpeas and black beans only slightly – you still want a bit of a chunky texture not a 
complete puree or paste.  Then mix together you sauteed veggie mixture & the beans adding S&P to taste, 1/4 cup almond flour for binding, (more or less you decide) crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder.  Maybe a bit of low sodium veggie stock to hold as well.   You want them to be able to form patties and hold their shape. 

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At home mixing the veggie mixture
Form patties and chill 10 min – to one hour.  I use parchment paper so they won’t stick.  Store in tupperware with parchment sheets between for several days and remove when ready to cook.

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Chilled Patties 

Next saute w/ olive oil over med heat til browned on both sides
transfer to preheated oven and cook for 15 min. at 400 degrees until heated throughout
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Saute in oven proof skillet 
Finally end with some Asian slaw and roasted Brussels spouts for a healthy lunch or dinner that more than satisfies!   

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The finished healthy meal – love it!  YUM
Enjoy – Cheers – Here’s To Your Health

Had to share – HOMEMADE "KIND" BARS

GOOD MORNING!  I WANT TO SHARE A QUICK EASY HOMEMADE SNACK WITH MY PEEPS.


Kind Bars, particularly the coconut and almond variety, are a great go to afternoon / anytime snack.  It was my daughter Chrissy who introduced me to them last year.  She and her boyfriend are in health mode so when I treid one I just fell in love with their chewy – crunchy texture & the sweet honey/coconut combo. I mean chocolate, nuts, carmel & sea salt are some of my favorite things.  They also cure my hunger which inevitably happen almost every afternoon. Ummm hello 2pm!  So after some reading and internet surfing I whipped homemade Kind Bars It was so easy. There are tons of recipes to choose from like :  http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Barscommunity table.parade.com kelly Hunt or The Nourishing Home  Just to link a few.  

They last for several days when tucked in some tupperware or ziplock bag.  It’s a great healthy late night snack, or for travel, while running around in the car & especially great after the gym! These bars are definitely going to be new staples to have on hand in our house!  Plus they are great as gifts – 
see the book FOOD, GIFT, LOVE – for creative “homemade gifts” its in the packing people, packaging!
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For youtube healthy videos make sure to check this one out – some wonderful gluten free ideas! Kristeen Mee
Below is one recipe that I found and it worked fairly well  – since I’m lucky enough to be married to a Chef we will be tweaking some of the recipes and share with you.  Especially in the new year when we’re really going to focus on plant-based meals.  

FOR NUT MIXTURE
  1. 2 cups whole roasted unsalted almonds
  2. 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  3. 1/2 cup puffed crispy brown rice cereal
  4. 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
FOR SYRUP
  1. 1/2 cup honey**
  2. 1/3 cup brown rice syrup (may substitute light corn syrup)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla

I do most of my shopping for these things at our local Common Market

                                                  Instructions

  1. Grease/spray large bowl, 9×13 baking sheet/pan, wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and bottom of drinking glass. Set aside.
  2. ————————
  3. *IF ALMONDS AREN’T ALREADY ROASTED: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large baking sheet and bake for 10 min. until lightly toasted and fragrant.
  4. TO TOAST THE COCONUT FLAKES: Spread coconut in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes, stirring half way through, until lightly toasted. Keep a close watch on it to avoid burning–it can go from golden to burnt quickly.
  5. ————————
  6. Add toasted almonds & coconut to large bowl. Add puffed rice/millet and flax seed meal. Stir to combine; set aside.
  7. In 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, combine honey, rice syrup, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately, pour mixture over nut mixture, stir until evenly coated. Quickly transfer to greased/sprayed 9×13 pan, use hands to spread mixture evenly in pan; press the mixture to close in holes and distribute evenly all over the pan. Using bottom of greased/sprayed drinking glass to tap and compact mixture in pan. Let cool 20 minutes (pan should still be slightly warm). Invert pan on cutting board and tap until mixture falls out in one piece. Cut into 20 bars. (If they cool too much and become too hard or brittle to cut easily, put in warm oven for 1-2 minutes to soften; proceed with cutting.)
  8. Top your “kind bars” with a little  Fleur de sel.

Let me know how you like them – cheers!  

Give Away – Just In Time For New Years Eve – Comment To Win



Feeling The Holiday Spirit & Wanna Share



Let me know how you survive the Holidays – 
To Get a Chance 2 win this great NARS matte lip pencil Iberico just in time for New Years Eve! 

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Myself I try and survive by keeping on hand:

  • detox tea
  • lots of salads
  • some form of exercise each day (min: 30 min)
  • Hot Baths (you know Im obsessed with my baths)
  •  a wee bit of chocolate everyday #dontjudgeme
  • green juices
  • 5 minute dance parties – House of Pain “jump around” my daily jam!
  •  watch a funny movie or youtube video (team coco – jim gaffagan – kevin hart – will ferrell)

PEACE OUT – HIT ME UP ANNOUNCING WINNER ON FB/TWITTER TONIGHT MAILING TOMORROW!  




Shopping, Eating Living In Downtown Historic Frederick, Maryland


What to look for: Hip home decor – Skincare/Makeup Boutiques – Chocolates – Great Restaurants/Wine Bars.  Just tons of goodies.  Here is the rundown of some of my favorites:

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The Patrick/Market Street Corridor is home to more than just civil war history sites & our beautiful church spires.  Patrick & Market is at the center of it all, actually all of the downtown neighborhood is exploding with funky furniture stores, hip clothing shops, restaurants, wine shops, candy stores etc.  All this is making it a cool place to shop, work & live. You can shop late and get special deals and discounts on First Saturdays, this happens every month. Check the links to see updated info.  Also DOWNTOWN FREDERICK PARTNERSHIP is a wealth of info!  


Hope to see you soon in my hometown!  Tag your self in photos – say “HI” & share with me!  Cheers!

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FOR THE CHEF IN YOUR LIFE

IF YOUR STUCK & LOOKING FOR IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS FOR THE CHEF OR WANNA BE NEXT “FOOD NETWORK STAR” HERE ARE SOME GREAT FINDS BOTH ONLINE & LOCALLY HERE IN FREDERICK, MD.  

FOR THE CHEF IN YOUR LIFE

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Well Hello Darlings,


I really want to take advantage of my studio downtown this year – for my photography as well as videos etc.  I miss being downtown – Frederick is such a great town and so many wonderful people I have been away too long.  So this brings me to my new project.  I am going to update my space there.  Organize better with the great shelves I got from Lowes 




These cool chairs to place in front of my desk for meetings etc.  set of two on $150 – even less right now additional 15% off for the holidays!  WHOA BABY  – I love a sale!!!!!!!!!!

Also need to paint my accent wall – it is Bright Pink – I’m thinking more subdued dark lavender – opposing walls dk warm gray than adding some twinkle lights- kinda like you see below.

and a cool Photo Gallery…..


So stay tuned to watch the progress and share with me your office how you design it, organize etc.  “ORGANIZED OFFICE/HOME ORGANIZED HEAD!”


Cheers All, 

My Green Dressing

Good Morning,


Staying healthy during the Holiday’s can be somewhat of a challenge – however if you get prepared do a little leg work prior it can be a much smoother / healthier time of year.  I love mason jars – for so many things – desserts – individual soups for parties – drinks with cute little straws of course – salad’s to go – pickling (gonna try my hand at pickling ginger this week) and for salad dressings on the fly.  I want to share with you my GREEN DRESSING – I make 2 or 3 batches a week and keep one handy all the time.  I try and load up on my veggies so I’m not as temped to dive into the “sugar fest” I call Christmas.  If you know me you know this in an on going battle throughout the year for me.  I LOVE MY SUGAR!

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Few Simple Ingredients & Your Set 



GREEN DRESSING:


*This will last for up to 2 weeks*


1 cup of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup apple cider (organic) vinegar
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
1 tsp of honey
1 large clove garlic, crushed 
Pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
(you can also add juice of one fresh squeezed lemon as option)

THAT’S IT PEOPLE – SHAKE ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN YOUR 
MASON JAR TO EMULSIFY!
Take one to work – with bag of salad (love my freezer bags too) and you have a great inexpensive lunch – add can of tuna or hard boiled egg to up your protein!  

Cheers Everyone – Here’s To Your Health!  

Dear Santa #1

My Wish List For Santa – Don’t You Just LOVE The Room Key?  


Dear Santa #1



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Strobing Event at Maven Beauty Bar with Mally of M Steves

Hello Ladies,
Contouring is out & strobing is in!  While I’m not entirely ready to throw out my contouring routine See previous posts (adore my Loreal Paris USA True-Match For Contouring) I’ve been curious about this growing trend. So, what is strobing? Strobing is all about creating a dewy, natural looking glow. Products are used to brighten the higher features of your face instead of carving them out like you do with contouring. Think of it as a way to keep your summer glow all year round without the bronzer.
I attended an event last night at  Maven Beauty Bar and we discussed / played with this technique. Mally of the natural skincare brand M Steves was there incorporating her fabulous serum and boots to achieve this look on all ages.  I have to tell you her anti-aging-serum is a game changer.  You see it work wonders in just minutes and continue to lift, tighten “DE-puff” you skin and was like magic in a bottle under my eyes!  So of course you know me I bought it and her almost famous RHSO Skin Booster (a cold + pressed rose hip seed oil) see her links above to get all the details but promise you will love me later for introducing you to this line.   Will be using in my arsenal for all clients, brides, mother  of the brides from now on!
As for strobing In this post I’ll be breaking down the basics and how you can achieve a fresh glow without going overboard…

Time To Shine

The idea behind strobing is to create a polished makeup look that emanates a natural radiance. That being said, your finished product should be sans glitter and all glow. Avoid products with noticeably large flakes of glitter and opt for products that ‘illuminate’ and have a touch of ‘shimmer.’

Choosing A Highlighter

Like any other makeup product you should keep your skin tone in mind when choosing a highlighter. While some highlighters come in a white, pearlescent shade, consider a colored highlighter. For fair skin, consider choosing a pinker highlight. For medium and dark skin, try choosing highlighters with coral or gold tones. If you have oily skin, try using a powdered highlighter. For drier skin types, try applying a cream highlighter. I love the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer In All Colors For This Look.  I have about 4 of them and I use BENEFIT High Beam Liquid Highlighter  These are the few in my collection use MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Shell as well & its great! For a nice look in the summer NAKED illuminator is quick & has a powder finish – sexy on your collar bone as well…….

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A FEW HIGHLIGHTERS IN MY COLLECTION

Where To Apply

It’s best to apply highlighter to the high points of your face where sunshine naturally hits. There are seven facial features you ultimately want to be highlighting: down the bridge of your nose, the center of your forehead, your brow bones, the inner corners of your eyes, your cheekbones, the tip of your chin, and your cupid’s bow (above your upper lip).

A Little Goes A Long Way

Less is more when it comes to strobing and applying highlighter. You want to give your skin luminescence without looking overly shiny or oily. If you’re nervous, start by applying a little bit at a time, gradually leading up to your desired highlight. 
Let me know if you will try this look during the Holiday Season – Tweet, MSG etc….. or share your thoughts in the comments!  I love hearing from you.  
Cheers All,
Ahhhh Good Morning Wednesday,

Well Hello Lovelies 

Even after years a beauty guru of sorts.  Great skincare and innovations still make my little o’l heart race!  When Im not knee deep in decor, SEO for the restaurants, product reviews, photo classes or the never ending battle of home / closet organization.  I can be found hanging w/ the hubby & trying to keep up with my 4 grown kids, compiling Pinterest boards that I fill with desserts, tablescapes, fantasy vacations & healthy foods.  Yes I am quite aware of the conundrum juicing vs. my obsessive love of all things chocolate….  



I am a women of “extremes” to say the least!  HA!  Anyway – my latest love in beauty innovations & technology is the +VASERshape treatments I’ve had at Sylvana Institute in my hometown of Frederick, MD – they really do work – firm tighten – lift – reduce cellulite.  

You can get a package of 4 for a reasonable price & I did see results and lost about 3-4 inches from abs and thighs.  


I am also loving The HydraFacial MD.  

It’s a machine that comes with 4tips to cleanse, exfoliate and restore moisture levels in only 30 minutes….. With no down time.  Lactic acid is applied to your face to resurface, brighten & remov dead skin.  Than a little  microdermabraision and topical hydrouronic acid to plump.  Result…. glowing clean smooth as a babies bottom skin.  Blackheads gone and firmer and refreshed face.  Perfect before your holiday get togethers.   


Anyway this is the time of year I love to try the latest and greatest in the dermatology & makeup world.  So follow and let me be your guienna pig lets see what works and what doesn’t.  
Cheers All – Gotta do another batch of Christmas cards!

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