Archives for June 2018

THE INTERNET – FALLING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE….

Well, Hello Darlings,

I don’t know about you but some days I look up and I’ve been on the computer for over an hour bopping from one thing to another.  I’ll be on the internet reading fantastic blogs, recipes, decor ideas, DIY, anti-aging product websites, youtube videos.  It’s like one click leads you to another and another I know that’s why my ADD self-adores Pinterest.  Raise your hand if you’re with me.  Its like I have fallen down the internet rabbit hole with hours of mindless surfing.  During these blackout sessions, I stumble upon some really good content and wanted to share things I found to be helpful, interesting, fun and worth a try not in any order.  Feel free to share with me where you end up online.  Happy surfing!

Aimee of SONG OF STYLE – Major Girl Crush Binge-Watching

FINDING HAPPINESS @ WORK & HOME

MCGEE & CO BLOG YOUTUBE SHOP

I am also pushing myself on the health part of my life – trying to cut back on sugar #sugaraddictionisreal – eat a more plant-based diet – lots of naturally flavored waters and green tea – sauna almost daily and taking my supplements.  I have been tracking and noticed my mood was better and more upbeat when I take my supplements – esp my B Complex.  I searched with my friend “Google” (thank you google – xoxo) and it led me to this site EXTRA HAPPINESS about supplements and the benefits of some.  Particularly the B vitamins to boost your mood so it all sounded good to me and worth a try!

I am also crazy for this book and blog and pretty much all Becky Rapinchuk does these days.  Not only are you cleaning your home without harsh chemicals, saving money, having fun cleaning (yes really…..sometimes) but the house smells fantastic! BOOK ORGANICALLY CLEAN HOME & HER BLOG CLEANMAMA.NET it’s the best I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

We are off to do some errands today, hit a juice bar in VA and try True Foods Kitchen – I’m sure you’ll see pics on my Instagram & Instastories so check in. A big thank you to all who commented and liked the photo the other day for the Estee Lauder Renutriv eye creme giveaway on Instagram!  I’ll be doing something like that once a month or so – so be sure to follow along on the blog and all the other jazz FB, Twitter etc.

 

Whats In Your Weekend Bag

Hello Thursday,

It’s almost the weekend and I’m thinking of my plans.  We are talking about heading to the water and I was like what will I pack on the fly.  Are we gonna hit the Casino on the Eastern Shore this weekend?  Hit the beach and boat – grab some oysters and watch the sunset?  Hmmmmmm so let’s prepare for all of it.  Some of these things I have already and some I’m getting NOW!  Some great sales going on now too, but act fast they are flying off the shelves.  I am still one of those people who love to go to a mall and see the items in person but I can’t beat the convenience of online shopping – can you say EbatesEBATES – sign up if you haven’t already unless you’re…… crazy!  I love them! #myguiltypleasure.  Below are some of the things in my weekender.  AKA my weekend bag.
You have to have flip flops and I love my Adidas slides but I am a sucker for the logo high-end ones.  Like Fendi above.  I treated myself to the Chanel version already and can’t get enough of them.  I mean I love the designer heels but let’s be real what am I really gonna be wearing most days……. flip flops or flats.
Then a white T-Shirt always works and white blouse for evenings – looks fab with a tan too right?  I like my white apple watch to keep track of my 10K steps and the cool factor.  The new Le Specs cat-eye glasses are “to die for”.  Plus the price is great! The white so retro right?  Next a beach bag visor/hat, of course, a bikini and some gold shimmer.  The Tom Ford cream powder duo is stunning and works great on your eyes, cheekbones and even over some clear gloss.  Add sunscreen I use CLINIQUE CITY BLOCK as a primer too instead of foundation on summer days. 
I pack a candle when I travel too to “freshen up” the hotel rooms plus add a bit of romance esp if there is a big soaking tub and Diptyque is a favorite of mine.  I save the jars after the candle is done to use for makeup brush holders.
I’ll add a nice sundress for going out and dress it up or down.  If in the Casino the nude heels.  If on the beach or at a dockside restaurant – barefoot all the way.  Jeans of course cuz always jeans to dress up or down and Hudson are a favorite with the flap pocket – no pancake butt here!  Add your gloss – blush if not sunkissed already and your good to go.  I forgot to add my new obsession mascara.  Its the Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Mascara simply the best – long thick dark lashes full and lush.  Washes off easily too with foaming cleanser and remover.
I may add a summer book and download a new playlist too.  If you have any summer read recommendations comment below.  Also, go to my Instagram and I’m doing a giveaway tomorrow morning so hurry.  Like follow and comment on the Estee Lauder Renutriv eye cream to be entered to win this full-size version worth $160.

Ciao for tonight friends – I’ll touch base soon with my cleanse / workout updates and new recipes!

THIRSTY? HOW ABOUT A WATERMELON OR GRAPEFRUIT “AGUA FRESCA”

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This means I get my fruit on baby!  I try and stay hydrated buy H2O can be soooooo boring.  Here is a way to jazz up your water with not too much sugar.  These can also serve as fantastic cocktails if you choose to make them boozy………

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SUMMER WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA

FRESH QUICK EASY SUMMER DRINK TO HAVE ON HAND - WITH OR WITHOUT ALCOHOL

Course Any Time Meal
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Agua Fresca

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water divided in to 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup sugar divided
  • 4 cups Club soda 1 liter chilled
  • lime slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. This refreshing drink is served by roadside vendors all over Mexico. Not too much fruit, not too much sugar, just a beautiful way to quench your thirst on a summer day.

  2. Combine half the watermelon, half the water and half the sugar in a blender; puree. Pour through a coarse strainer into a large container. Repeat with the remaining watermelon, water and sugar. Stir in lime juice. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. To serve, stir in club soda (or seltzer) and garnish with lime.

    Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

Gluten-Free, Low Fat, and Vegetarian:   moderate the sugar to your taste or diet restrictions.  Mike is type 2 diabetic so I forgo lots of added sugar than add more accordingly.  You could try other sweeteners too just do sample batch before any parties or for guests.

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Also, try this refreshing drink – perfect for summer since grapefruits are in abundance!

Grapefruit Agua Fresca

This is another one of my favorites

Course Any Time Meal
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 1 cup sugar whatever kind you choose I always opt for less sugar
  • 4 large red grapefruit (my fav) juiced
  • 1 whole lime juiced

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat and let cool.  Basically a simple syrup

    After the sugar-water mixture has cooled completely, combine all ingredients in a blender and stir to combine.

    Chill until cold, then serve on ice.

  2. I love to put in drink shaker over ice and pour in wine or rocks glass...... Its just my thing I love great glassware and stemware even if not alcohol

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Wanna up the health part of this drink?

You can also add something cool & healthy to your plain lemon water or Agua Fresca Chia Seeds!  This makes more filling and gives you added protein.

Chia seeds are a highly nutritious “superfood” that contain fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fats, which are all very healthy to consume. When you make Chia Fresca, the fresh chia seeds become gelatinous as they soak in the liquid. You can add chia seeds to any agua fresca, simply sprinkle a scant teaspoon of them into the drink, and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Add ice, stir, and enjoy.

 

Perfect for a hot day out on the patio or to kill the plain water boredom we all get from time to time.

Cheers!  Here’s to your healthy summer!

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