I (Almost…okay not really) Survived A Juice Cleanse

I have been contemplating a juice cleanse for a while now, and after a few weeks of horrible eating and 5 pounds gained on top of the 20 I have been trying to lose, I said enough was enough. I marched myself over to Liquiteria and decided on their 3 day beginner cleanse. I wanted to not necessarily lose the weight, but jumpstart my body and my mind about making better choices when it comes to food.

Day One –

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9:00 a.m: On my stroll to the subway my stomach already was grumbling so I thought I was done for before my cleanse had even begun. I walked on into Liquiteria, had a quick chat with the girl behind the counter about my options, she strictly reminded me to drink them in order, and then I was on my merry way. I had read horrible reviews about the first juice of the day, so I spent my 15 minute subway ride pumping myself up for what was about to come my way.

9:30 a.m: When I got to my office I immediately placed most of the juices into the fridge. All but my “All Greens” juice which was #1 and staring at me with all its greenness. It consists of: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, and cucumber. I opened the bottle, placed a straw in (I had read this helps with the taste), and took my first sip. I almost fell off my chair and puked. It was horrific and tasted like I was drinking my lunchtime Chop’t salad without the goodness. After a while it started to taste a little more bearable, that or my taste buds ran away.

10:00 a.m: Still drinking the first juice, trying to be strong.

10:30 a.m: Still on drink #1. Parsley, you’re killing me.

10:45 a.m: One MORE SIPPPPPP.

11:00 a.m: My thoughts: “Crap, I’m starving and I have to pee”

12:00 p.m: It was time for my second juice of the day the “All Greens with Apple.” I held my nose expecting the worst and took my first sip. I was pleasantly surprised, the addition of apple makes a world of difference. I actually enjoyed this one, and realized I would be drinking this again later…maybe I could do this.

12:30 p.m: All done! That was yummy! Now time to chug a ton of water so I don’t pass out.

1:00 p.m: Okay now this is when I started to get sad. I would normally have headed to Chop’t for my salad, but sadly I spent it dreading the next juice…carrot juice.

2:00 p.m:  Mid day headache has started (I was warned about this).

2:30 p.m: Carrot juice made me gag. The end.

4:15 p.m: My head is pounding at this point. Started to get nauseous too all while in a work meeting.

5:00: Juice # 4…how do I have 2 more left!

6:30: Juice #5 was a beet, ginger mix and I could not finish it. I like beets…with goat cheese…in a salad. I was hoping it would mask the taste of ginger because ginger is the bane of my existence. I HATE GINGER. The only exception is Momofuku Ginger Scallion Noodles because the ginger is not even noticeable, and thinking about ginger made me think of these noodles and the fact that I could not have them. This juice was the WORST!!!! I had to hold my nose to try and get it down and could only finish half of it.

7:00 p.m.: The absolute worst case of headache/nausea kicked in so I caved and had three cheddar bunnies. I had to go lie in bed to stop myself from eating and throwing up. I complained for a good 3o minutes to my roommate, watched Dancing with the Stars and went to bed. I could not finish the last juice of the day.

I woke up the next morning feeling okay and thinking I could possibly continue another day, but then I remembered the nausea and headaches and dizziness from the previous day and decided it was not worth it and I would just need to be more mindful of my food choices.  All in all I may have only survived one out of 3 days, but I definitely learned I need to make better choices about what goes into my body and that was the only thing I wanted to take out of this cleanse to begin with. I also lost 2 pounds, so I guess that was a plus.

The End.

p.s. I will never do a cleanse again.

High Tea for Three

The one thing I wanted to experience in London was high tea. My sister & I already had our fill of tea over the days spent in London, but we were excited to be fancy for a day, get dressed up, and go to one of the most extravagant hotels in England. Our seating was at 1:00, so we spent the day walking around, exploring the streets of London until it was time to get ready! I was in awe everywhere we went. While I love the architecture in some neighborhoods like Soho or the West Village, it was so nice to see so many streets untouched by modern architecture.

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We journeyed back to our hotel & primped ourselves for high tea at the Ritz London! We hopped in a cab and were greeted by the most amazing cab driver of all time. I never believed I had a strong New Jersey accent, but our cab driver surely thought we did. He asked if we were on that show called the Sopranos, which caused us to burst into a fit of laughter. We finally arrived at the Ritz & headed inside. Our hotel was very modern so we were amazed by the opulence and grandeur of the place. The gold trimming, the ornate fixtures, the marble floors, it was spectacular. We were quickly ushered inside and in true Mrs. Conroy form we were one of the first parties to arrive for our seating, hence why all of our pictures look like no one was there! It was jam packed by the time we departed.

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We were beyond full when we left, having eaten our fill of scones, clotted cream, jam, finger sandwiches, pastries, and tea. Ashley headed back to the room for a nap, so my Mom & I decided to walk around in search of a tea shop. We stopped in a small cathedral along the way. The molding, the columns, the pews, everything was so gorgeous. My mom has yelled at me multiple times when I have said I do not want to get married in my childhood church. I believe it is too modern and lacks beauty, and after seeing how gorgeous these churches were, I am more adamant about it now. There is so much character in older churches, the effort that went into building them, the attention to detail, it makes a huge difference.

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We moseyed around Covent Garden and finally made it to our destination! I picked up a few boxes of tea, some Earl Gray and Chamomille!

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We headed back to the hotel had a beer, showered up and headed out for dinner. I did not take pictures this night because 1. the lighting in the restaurant was horrible, 2. we were not fond of the restaurant (a small tapas place), and 3. I left my good camera in the hotel room. We got back to the hotel after dinner had some drinks, then drifted off to sleep wanting to be well rested for our last day in London!

 

 

 

A Cloudy Day in London

Our third day in London started off dreary and cloudy, but we were determined to make the most of it. We had some breakfast, then headed off to the London underground, hitting up Trafalgar Square along the way.

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My sister took around 8,000,000 selfies the entire trip.  I am not a selfie pro but have taken the occasional, but as you can see in the below image our Mom clearly had no idea what a selfie was hence the confused “what do I do” face.

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We finally made it to the tube station and were really shocked as to how underground their subway system is. In NYC, you go down a few steps and are there, but in London you are stories underground. Compared to the NYC subway it was immaculate however, not even a speck of garbage, no smells of pee and other questionable things, it was great!

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We took the tube a few stops until we emerged at the Natural History Musuem. While my sister and Mom found it to be fascinating, I found it incredibly boring. What I did find fascinating, was the architecture. I spent more time looking, examining, and photographing that than I did the exhibits. It was remarkable, the detail,the stained glass, the time, the materials used, I was in awe. The dinosaurs, rock formations, leaves, what have you left me quite sleepy and I was ready to head elsewhere.

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Once everyone had their fill, we headed off to the museum I was most eager to see, the Victoria & Albert Museum. There were so many great collections, from fashion labels such as Givenchy, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen, to rock tees through the decades, to art and artifacts from Ancient Rome, I loved it. We rushed through the museum, much to my dismay. My sister was starving and needed to be fed haha.

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We bolted off to Harrod’s in search of typical touristy souvenirs and some tea/food. I was not impressed, it was like an ornate Saks Fifth Avenue, but of course it was a must see along the way. We stopped in their “Tea Room” for lunch & while the tea was good the rest of the experience was not. We finished our lunch & headed to the souvenir shop to pick up some ornaments for our Christmas tree, gifts for the family & other gadgets. By this point we were exhausted & headed back to the hotel to shower & get ready for dinner!

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We headed to Bocca Di Lupo, a small little Italian spot near the Soho area of London. The food was absolutely perfect. I started off with a radish salad, which was presented in a cute little tower formation. Then moved on to a spaghetti, with basil, olives and fresh tomatoes. This was the only time I was sad over the portion size because it was THAT good. I cannot remember the dessert we tried, but my sister and I like two little kids, started giggling over a dessert entitled “Le palle del nonno” or “Grandpas Balls”. I may almost be 25 but sometimes my brain acts like a 5 year old.

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Once finished, we gathered up our things and strolled through Piccadilly Circus. It was basically the equivalent of Times Square, my mother was not too happy with the area so I hailed down a cab and we headed off to our hotel for some amazing martinis and Moscow mules.

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Recipes Schmecipes.

I do not know what it is about cooking. When I am stressed, upset, bored, what have you, I hit up my favorite recipe blogs/sites in search of a new treasure to add to my ever growing binder of recipes, neatly divided into multiple categories (SUCH A LOSER I KNOW). Recently, while watching one of my favorite cooking shows “Farmhouse Rules” I loved how each of her recipes were handwritten on small cards and passed down from generation to generation. If you have never seen her show, you should definitely check it out! There is something about the cards that makes the recipe more personal. So, I have decided that I am going to start the long process of transitioning my recipes from binder to cards so I can one day pass down my recipes to my kids and so on and so forth. My mother is a great cook, though she sticks to her tried and true recipes. Recently, she has started experimenting more & apparently via my sources to rave reviews. FYI I am not that cool, my source is my dad.

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I never got the chance to know my paternal grandmother, but I have a feeling she was excellent in the kitchen as my Aunt Maria is one hell of a cook. My maternal grandmother was a horrific cook, Grandma we still love you! She tried, she did, but to no avail. My abuela (my great-grandma) on the other hand was magnificent, she had a rice pudding recipe that my mom has been trying to replicate for years to no success.

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I love taking recipes, adjusting them to my taste (I tend to add triple the amount of garlic than called for), adding an extra spice or two and just playing around with them. If I could spend my weekends in the kitchen I would. Another favorite past time is browsing the blogs, searching for new ideas! I have decided to share my finds with you! Aren’t you lucky 🙂 Below is a collection of some of my favorite blogs, recipes and more 🙂

Best Blogs –

Half Baked Harvest – All Around Comfort Food (not the healthiest haha)

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Recipes you should try, tested by me:

Salted Caramel Mocha & Nutella Brownies (pictured above)

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Avocado & Gouda Cheese Pasta

How Sweet It Is – Sweet Treats

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Recipes you should try, tested by me:

Peach, Blueberry and Basil Crisp (pictured above)

Bourbon Baked Apples

Homemade Snickers Bars

Skinnytaste – Healthy that does not taste healthy

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Recipes you should try, tested by me:

Baked Eggplant Sticks (pictured above)

Baked Spaghetti Squash & Cheese

Maple Pecan Banana Muffins

Chocolate Covered Katie – mostly vegan,  insanely healthy dessert blog

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Samoas Girl Scout Cookie Pie (pictured above & the best thing you’ll ever taste)

No Bake Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake

Cookie Dough Dip

Naturally Ella – healthy but delicious

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Black Bean & Guacamole Burrito (pictured)

Basic Veggie Lasagna with Homemade Noodles (you can buy store bought noodles)

Asparagus and Eggs

Southern Living – not a blog, but one of my favorites for old favorites with Southern Charm

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White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (above)

Pecan Peach Cobbler

Caramel Apple Brownie Cheesecake

Parmesan Potatoes

I have so many more favorite blogs, but there are too many to fit in a post so I had to narrow down! Hope you enjoy some of these recipes 🙂

London Calling x 2

For some reason we lucked out with the weather in London it only rained for an hour the entire time we were there! That happened to be the day we woke up bright and early…no really my mother had us wake up at 7am (or 2am NYC time) to eat breakfast and head up to Buckingham Palace. We needed a FRONT row spot to watch the Changing of the Guards.

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We strolled through Saint James Park on our way to the palace. Stopping to take in the sights as we went along. The one thing I noticed about London, everything was SO clean! We stopped to take some pictures along the way sticking out as the ultimate tourists to all the locals.

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Finally after a 30 minute walk or so we arrived at Buckingham Palace, took a million pictures & then waited the three hours until the Changing of the Guards actually began.

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This was the only thing my mother wanted to see in London so my sister and I tried not to complain during the three hour wait. Eventually we caved & went on a search for Starbucks, making it back just in time! Did you know they play Michael Jackson songs? We found this quite humorous.

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Needless to say it was something cool to witness, but it was a one time thing. From here we planned to head to Harrod’s, but it began to rain so we decided to go on a tour of Buckingham Palace instead, no photos allowed 😦 . It was an incredible experience, being able to walk through the halls and see the opulence of the architecture and decor. We managed to get this one picture outside of the palace.

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From here we headed back to our hotel, my sister needed a nap and some gym time, so my mother & I went to tea!

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The tea in London was out of this world, I have hunted down the purveyor of the tea I drank every day and plan on having a case or two shipped to the states. After tea, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner! The dress that I wore (pictured above) is one of my absolute favorite purchases! It is from ASOS and is on SALEEEEE ❤ & the boots were so comfortable yet stylish (similar). I love planning dinners and had researched & made reservations at some of the best restaurants in London! For our second night, we headed to Berners Tavern. It was incredible, my favorite meal of our London trip. I started off with an heirloom tomato salad which was impeccable.

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I then moved on to a glass of wine and a new season pea, broad bean and goat’s cheese risotto with crispy quail egg, pea shoot and spring onion salad! It was delicious. The quail eggs were perfectly cooked, the risotto was just right & the presentation was simple but appetizing. After, we once again split a dessert! This time we went for a toasted coconut creme brulee, with a pineapple, coconut and malibu sorbet!

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I really recommend that you make a reservation if you are ever there, but make sure you book in advance! You can do so here. Once dinner was over and we had stuffed ourselves, we walked around Piccadilly circus! My mom was not a fan of the area so we headed back to our hotel & stopped for a drink before heading off to bed 🙂 xx

 

 

 

Big Batch of Red Sauce

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I feel like it is a rite of Italian passage to have your own sauce/gravy recipe, so being 1/4 Italian I need to have this under my culinary belt. My mother is not Italian but makes a mean red sauce, my aunt on my fathers side however makes the most epic red sauce & when paired with the meatballs she and my uncle make it is actual heaven. This combo is famous amongst the family & even though vegetarian I HAVE to eat one whenever I go there and they make (it would be a sin not to). My mom has tried to replicate their recipe but to no avail haha. *Sorry Mom still love you*

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I did some studying (how lame of me I know) and decided to combine some elements of some of the most popular recipes I came across. My recipe is below! Note to everyone, I LOVE GARLIC so you may want to add a little less if you are not as big of a fan as I am.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1 medium carrot, peeled
7 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 15-oz can “no salt added” diced tomatoes ( I like to use unsalted because then you can control the saltiness)
6 fresh basil leaves, rough chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to finish

First chop your onions, garlic, and peel your carrots! I just learned how to properly cut an onion thanks to Gordon Ramsey, I used to make such a mess and have uneven cuts!

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Then chop your basil! I love fresh basil, hopefully I can keep this alive for longer than all the other plants in my apartment. Once chopped you are ready to begin!

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Heat olive oil in a medium (at least 3 quart) pot over medium heat. Add onion, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

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Add carrot and garlic and cook until carrot is soft, about 10 minutes.

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Increase the heat to high, then add the balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar will deglaze the pan & begin to reduce into a heavenly mixture. Stir until almost all the liquid is gone. Add the diced tomatoes and basil and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Season with freshly ground pepper, cover, and simmer 45 minutes.

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Uncover the pot and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes!

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When the mixture has cooled slightly, you can either transfer to a blender for an extremely smooth mixture or use an immersion blender like the one in the image below (mine is an ancient hand me down, I am sure there are fancier versions out there now). Transfer to small mason jars and freeze or serve (will keep for 5 days in fridge). I like to use the teeny mason jars to freeze sauce because usually I am cooking for one, and it is much simpler to defrost a single serving. All in all, this recipe came out really good! I needed to let the balsamic vinegar reduce a bit more, as there was a slight bitter taste…so lesson learned.

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Summer Pasta Salad with Arugula

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I was browsing the internet for some new summer recipes to spice up my repertoire, I wanted something simple that I could make in bulk and store in the fridge for a few days. When I get home from work the last thing I want to do is cook. I found this recipe on one of my favorite recipe sites Skinnytaste, and decided to give it a whirl with some modifications of course. I absolutely despise sundried tomatoes and capers, they actually repulse me. So I completely omitted the capers (adding a little extra salt to compensate) and used fresh cherry tomatoes in place of the sun dried ones. I also am not supposed to eat wheat so I opted for a Corn Pasta instead (Whole Foods was out of my normal quinoa pasta), added garbanzo beans for some protein since I am vegetarian & doubled the amount of arugula called for in order to lessen the carb load per serving.

 

*Forgot the arugula & parmesan in the below picture!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of baby arugula (it wilts when added to the hot pasta)
  • 1 pound of your preferred pasta
  • 1/2 a cup of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 15oz. can of chickpeas (no salt added)

Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions.

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While boiling, drain & rinse the garbanzo beans, wash and cut up the tomatoes and wash the arugula. When the pasta is a nice al dente, drain and rinse under cold water.

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Return the pasta to the hot pan & add your arugula. Stir until wilted.

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Transfer to a new bowl & add your cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper! (I save the garbanzo beans for last because they tend to soak up the balsamic vinegar and oil if added first),

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Once mixed, top with beans, sprinkle parmesan on top & serve! Do not mind the ugly paper plates. Eek!

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Mothers Day Must Haves

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So, Mother’s Day is upon us. We have just one short week to think of that perfect gift for our moms. Fear not, I have compiled a list of the cutest and budget friendly gifts. That perfect gift is just a click away (but really the pictures link you right to the gift) 🙂

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Anthropologie has been a little lackluster lately with their coffee mugs. They used to change their coffee mugs frequently, and in recent years haven’t changed them at all! I used to be a collector of every initial mug they have but for probably two years now…they have yet to change the design (sad face). That being said, their mugs are cheap and simple, yet cute and personal. Perfect gift for a mom who loves her morning coffee or tea, and for the buyer who is a little low on cash (cough cough…me). This gift shows that you didn’t just go to any random store and pick up a classic mug, but thought about it and even personalized the mug with their initial. It is definitely a cute and classic present that mom will love!!!!!!!

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Lafco candles can be found at any Blue Mercury store, or purchased online on the Lafco website. This is a personal preference of my mother, she is obsessed with these candles and has them all over our house. The people in our local Blue Mercury definitely think my parents are a little crazy with the amount of candles they have purchased. The candles do smell amazing however, and the scent lingers throughout the entire house. They are a little pricey for a candle, but the best perk, once it has run its course and there is nothing left inside the glass, you can freeze it as my parents do, wash it and it becomes a cute little decorative storage unit! I have definitely stolen a bunch and they are scattered all over my apartment for various items. Mom will love this! They have a million different scents from ocean to fruit to flower, every mother’s taste will be found.

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My best friend Caroline has an obsession with monogrammed and initialed items, so I immediately thought of her with these bangles from C Wonder. She has a great style, so your mom will be just as stylish wearing these cuffs. They come in a variety of colors all dependent on the initial! So hopefully your mom’s initial has her favorite color. My mom’s has a nice navy blue! So that would be perfect for her. She already has another initialed small bracelet from C Wonder, so this wouldn’t be the most ideal gift for her…but for someone who needs a little personalized color in their life, this would be perfect. Get your mom one 🙂

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What mother does not love wine!!! This gift is perfect for them. For $9.95 they can get a mini wine sampling kit, from this they rate the wines on which they liked better etc. and their wine profile is created. They will learn what wines are suited for their taste, and what to pair them with! From there they can purchase the wines in case form! I think it is a perfect gift and moms around the world would absolutely love it!

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When all else fails, there’s the always classic picture and frame idea. Mom’s love pictures…my mom sure does, they are scattered all around our house, on every surface, on every wall, she loves them. I think she may be sick of getting frames from my sister and I however. Oh well! This frame is just too stellar to pass up, it’s antique inspired and perfect for any accent wall. Stick a picture of you and your siblings in it and you have the perfect gift.

Hope this made your mother’s day shopping a little bit easier 🙂 xxxxx

Mix it Up: S&B Smoothie

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My lovely college room mate used to make smoothies ALL the time!! We lived together all four years and even in or little freshman year dorm room she would concoct the most magical creations. We may not have had a stove, much space, or proper closets…but we did have a blender! Even with the blender sitting right next to my bedside, I never really got into the whole smoothie making thing until I started working in NYC. They’re great to make in advance, throw in your purse in the AM, and have in your cubicle as a mid-morning snack!

This smoothie is a Strawberry – Banana Oatmeal creation! It is sooooooooooooo soooooooooooo delicious & nutritious (HA that rhymed)! Here is the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1 cup non-fat PLAIN greek yogurt

1 banana

8 large strawberries

1/2 cup of rolled oats

Splash of FRESH orange juice (none of that from concentrate crap)

Splash of milk

1/4 a cup of ground flaxseed

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Basically, just throw everything in a blender, turn to liquify, wait a few seconds, & presto!

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I prefer to use small mason jars for my smoothie storage, I divide the mixture between them, and store in the fridge. The mason jars keep them fresh and tasty & makes it so convenient to grab & go 🙂

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Hope this inspires you to run to the store & whip up your own creation. xxx

Blogsessed

IM BACCCCCKKK!! Sorry I have been MIA work has been extremely busy as we begin planning the 2014 issue!!!! But I promise I promise I will start writing and posting again more frequently. I have many passions in life. Fashion, food, photography, exercise, etc, but in the age of the internet I LOVE discovering new blogs to follow and obsess over. Whether they be food blogs or fashion blogs, or even pet blogs…I basically just love blogs. I like to see different takes on life, and how people live their lives. It truly is remarkable to see how one person puts an outfit together compared to another, it might just be the crazy clothes obsessed person in me, but it is art. I also am a total foodie and health nut, so finding new recipes to try excites me. Below I have compiled a few of my absolute favorite blogs. Enjoy!

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Photo Courtesy of weworewhat.com

1. We Wore What – THIS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BLOG, this girl styles everything to perfection! I stumbled upon this first blog a little over a month ago, when looking for some inspiration for my wardrobe (I have been in an all black funk since moving to NYC). This girl pieces together a mix of affordable and designer duds to create my dream outfits. I really wish she could take me shopping one day I am not kidding, or let me at least raid her closet, I think we could be best friends haha! But really her outfits are on trend, with a mix of boho, urban, edgy, and other influences I am literally obsessed! Check it out!

 

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2. SwimDaily – Okay okay I may be a little biased when it comes to this blog, as I write content for it…however, if you are looking to get to know some of the most GORGEOUS women on the planet I suggest you stop on by and take a peek. You may think it is centered towards a male audience, but we do know that women check out the site as well, hence why we feature tips from some of the worlds hottest supermodels trainers, makeup artists, hair stylists, nutritionists, etc. Their tips will be sure to get you looking like a million bucks before summer (results not guaranteed haha). It’s a must read.

Photo courtesy of skinnytaste.com

Photo courtesy of skinnytaste.com

3. Skinnytaste – I am all for delicious food, that is healthy, nutritious, and not looking to spend more than a moment on my hips. Since summer is fast approaching everyone is scrambling to lose those last few pounds before they most bare all in a bikini, why not share a site which has become my go to blog for healthy recipes for almost two years now. I first visited this site in college, after moving out of a dorm and into a house with a kitchen (yay for no more cafeteria food).  I was looking for ways to eat healthy while on a college (nonexistent) budget. This website has the most amazing creations and it is my first choice when I know I need a new recipe to whip up for a party, holiday, or anything else that springs up on my schedule. I love to cook, but hate creating recipes, so why not have someone there to help me along.

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic - Pacific

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic – Pacific

4. Atlantic – Pacific – another one of my favorite fashion blogs. I came across this while working at Vanity Fair. We were sitting around eating lunch one day when a girl mentioned this blog and of course we all had to check it out. It is a little more high – end, and not all affordable, but she does mix in some great pieces that the average Editorial Asst. (like myself) can purchase. I am all for designer duds and definitely splurge once in a while on statement and classic pieces so I love to see what this girl’s newest finds are. I have made some purchases after seeing items on her blog, she styles everything wonderfully going from casual chic one day to looking like she should be walking a couture show the next. I suggest you read my little guilty pleasure.

Photo Courtesy of laurenconrad.com

Photo Courtesy of laurenconrad.com

5. Lauren Conrad – Ever since Lauren Conrad graced the television screen years ago, I have followed her every footstep. I love the California cool vibe she gives off, so needless to say when she started her blog I became an instant everyday follower. She offers fitness, beauty, fashion, and decor advice, that suits my boho taste. I absolutely love visiting this site to see what new things she is coming up with and it makes me wish I could move out to California to become her friend.

Well hope you like! These blogs inspire me and I hope you have found some that inspire you and your passions! I always love to hear what you think so send me some of your favorite blogs and maybe they will become a favorite of mine as well. xx