Monday, July 13, 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!)

Friday, July 10, 2015

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!  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Products I am Loving Right Now, DIVA DASH & Giveaway!!!!

VOLUPTE TINT-IN-OIL from YSL has a new lip color with a lip tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil. You coat your lips with this lip tint for a lightweight texture that instantly melts onto lips. It is infused with a blend of four essential oils for deep hydration: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. Its exclusive applicator allows for lovely uniform application. It's lightweight and non-sticky, this lip tint offers a new and luminous shine while the tint effect enhances the natural beauty of the lips— It's a must!
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Clinique Repairwear Anit-Gravity Eye Lift Cream  Clinique has done it again!  This is a brightening eye cream that supports the firming of skin. This eye cream virtually defies gravity as it supports the lifting and firming of skin in the eye area. It brightens and hydrates, building a cushion of density into time-thinned skin while it helps to erase the look of lines. I came across this at a "Pebble's" Dept Store near Chincotegue Island, VA and I was puffy and not loving my eye cream.  I'm still looking for that magic eraser - however this comes pretty close.  I put some on from the tester unit and walked around the small store - within 5 min there was noticeably less puffiness and more hydration.  They only had the large jar normally wouldn't have bought but there was such a great difference and the price was super as always is with @ +Clinique bonus time   

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Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo  I found this product while in Miami +Canyon Ranch  using after the sauna and working out  etc.  Than saw it at +Walgreens  here the other day and was "YEAH BABY"  even available in travel size.  This dry shampoo is an effective solution to transform dull dirty hair when you don't want to or can't wash. Psssst contains a perfect amount of powder to absorb excess oil, eliminate odor and product build up while boosting volume. Hair looks, feels, and smells freshly shampooed without the use of water.  Promise!  Just spray, brush, and go - not tested on animals.  Made in USA (we love that) So stash some in your gym bag, work bag or overnight bag.  Shake can vigorously & hold 6" to 8" from hair.  (maybe a little closer - play with it) Lift sections of hair & lightly spray scalp & roots.  Shake can between sprays for best results.  Wait for a few minutes, then brush & style as desired.  The smell is fresh not overwhelming and won't interfere with your perfume!
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Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix Unveil younger-looking skin with Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin.  The glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces,   hyaluronic acid moisturises + refreshes, lastly the blue daisy soothes + calms.  I keep this with me for travel - after steaming at the gym +Sport&Health Clubs , before "date-night" with my Big Guy. Etc.....
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**So today is day #1 of my new #30day workout challenge  - that means I have to do some kind of workout everyday for 30 days straight.  I did this a few months ago and felt fantastic.  I've been sick a few times pretty bad the past few months - flu - hormones etc... so my exercise routine went right out the window.  Now I am ready to go at it again.  Plus I am going to do the DIVA DASH +SHAPE Magazine this September!  Need to get in shape for that.  "Oooooo I'm scared"!  I've never done a race of any sort in my life - so this will be interesting.  They have monkey bars as part of the race course.  Need to get some kind of arm strength - I think this will be the most difficult part for me.  So come on - comment -follow- msg me to follow along and lets get a team together!  I need all the support and motivation possible!  

**Giveaway This Week - follow me on my platforms, comment, add your thoughts, experience, share and I'm giving away the Psssst dry shampoo & Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Facial Pads!!!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I Love Retro Neon

Ok yes I love Pink.  I also love Retro Signs.... So give me PINK - RETRO SIGNS  and I was like.....Yeah BABY!  Just wanted to share with ya.  My favorite here is the first one "PINK CLOUD"  Next is "FAT BOY BURGER CAFETERIA"  LOL 

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Have you ever had a day where you go through oh.... maybe 5 different emotions?  Yesterday - I was tired, than car dancing, than irritated, than inspired, than wanted to kill the monkey on "mail chimp" now happy again.  I needed a hot bath & orange sherbet than bed!  Done and done!    

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Have a "FAB" weekend all!  I am going to try the new "blo" blow dry bar to do my hair and get a much needed mani/pedi ....... ck FB - twitter - instagram for pics later today.

Blog ya later,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With swimsuit season in full swing, lounging by the pool or beach is a must. So where’s your Cover Up? From new trends to classic tunics, I’ve rounded up a few swimsuit Cover Ups worth the splurge.
This Tommy Bahama Asymmetric-Hem Tunics in coral is comfortable and looks flattering on all body types.
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Looking for a sleek and chic Cover Up? This Tory Burch Broderie See-Through Tunic is equal parts sexy and versatile.
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Open kimono Cover Ups are trending this summer season. If you’re on a budget, this Becca Fringe Kimono (available at Macy’s) is lightweight and perfect for lazy days on the beach.
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Or one of my favorites a mens white casual button up shirt - throw on a hat - beach bag and your set!
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Don't forget the sunscreen people - one of my favorites right now is the @StriVectin Repair and Protect for every day SPF 30
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Beach Day I go for Neutrogena Spray & Lotion always one of the best and doesn't seep into my eyes!
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Blog Ya Later!

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Ways to Detox Fast

HAPPY MONDAY ALL!  Hope your weekend was all you wanted - most of you know - I am a huge fan of Cleanses & Detox's.....Whether you're starting out on a new healthy routine or always recovering after an indulgent weekend, detoxing by eating clean and nutritious foods will help you feel less bloated and more energized. However, it's not all about the food; what you drink will also help you feel your best. Here are three detox drinks you should add to your daily routine.
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Lemon water: Start your day with a cup of hot lemon water, and it will aid the body in burning more fat. Drinking lemon water will also help your body detox and aid in digestion, so try drinking water and lemon when you first wake up. Go for hot water for even more digestive-cleansing benefits.

Next is Green tea: Green tea is high in antioxidants, which can fight diseases while also helping your liver. And not only that, drinking more green tea will help your body increase the production of detoxification properties.
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Last drink but not least - A green juice: If you have a juicer, you should be making this green detox juice recipe, which includes ingredients with naturally detoxing properties, like watercress, spinach, lemon,and ginger. Make one every day for a quick, nutritious way to get all your daily greens. Even if you don't have a juicer, one of these green smoothie and juice recipes is bound to catch your eye. Glean Green Drinks. com - The Beauty Detox Solution Clean Program Detox The World 
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Cheers!  Here's To Your Health!