Eggs in an (avocado) basket

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Dear Diary,

This simple, adorable and delicious idea came to me in my sleep!  I was thinking to myself– how can I enjoy my morning eggs, even more, by making it even healthier and more fun… and then voila! I woke up with this GENIUS IDEA of an egg tucked within an avocado!  Okay, just kidding… I saw it on pinterest… haha but how adorable is this idea!!  It takes the comfort food of eggs in a basket (usually tucked in a piece of toast) to a whole other (healthier) level!  Enjoy these eggs in an (avocado) basket SFG’s– and think of us when you’re whipping up an adorable brunch with friends this upcoming weekend!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and then scoop out some of the avocado in the middle to make room for the egg (you want as much egg white as you can in there– that’s where your morning protein hides ;))
  • sprinkle on a pinch of salt
  • then crack an egg on top of the avocado so that it is tucked into the whole you created
  • add extra salt, pepper, and pepper flakes
  • place on a baking sheet and bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes (or until the white is solidified)
  • sprinkle on some chives and red onion for extra flavor– and I love mango salsa and greek yogurt on the side– FINALLY, DIG IN!

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How easy, decadent and satisfying is that!?

Share with us your favorite brunch recipes and pics SFG’s!?  What will you make for breakfast this week/weekend?  We want to know!

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Wardrobe Refashion – DIY Feathered Hat

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Dear Diary,

I love having options, but even with an overflowing closet I sometimes feel like I have nothing to wear! Ugh. I keep myself away from making random online purchases and force myself to wait for sales to shop. Gotta love a bargain! I find that anytime I go on a shopping spree I wear the new clothes to death the first couple weeks and then I’m back to square one of being over my closet. It’s like when the radio overplays your favorite song…wwhhhhyyyy??

So when I’m in a fashion funk, I love to play with what I got to make it feel new and fresh again! If you can make the most of the wardrobe you already have you will be more satisfied and feel more creative!

…DIY Feathered Brim Hat…

DIY Hat Feather band Tutorial

Need:

* hat

* a couple packages of feathers

* ribbon the length of the hat base

* fabric glue

* double sized tape or needle + thread (to secure the band around the hat)

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Directions:

1. Wrap your ribbon around the base of your hat.

2. Cut the ribbon with a remaining 2 inches.

3. Starting at the end (think the bottom not top) of your ribbon add a couple strips of fabric glue the width of the ribbon. Wait a little bit for it to get tacky.

4. Next, add a layer of feathers to the glue. The pretty tail feathers should be facing downwards.

5. Repeat steps 3 + 4, adding another layer of feather on top of the last row but slightly up the ribbon so you’re covering the base of the feathers and adding length.

6. Continue this until your ribbon is completely covered in feathers.

7. I then used some intense double sized tape to attach the ribbon around my hat. You can also do a small little securing stitch or glue the ends of the ribbon together (make sure it’s big enough to fit around your head still) and slip it over the hat pushing your new accessory down to the crown of your hat.

Accessorize your old hat with this feather hat band tutorial

Need some more refashioning inspiration? (I apologize in advance for some of the OG posts that were shot with an iPhone)

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DIY – Bandanna Bracelets #CoachellaVibes

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Dear Diary,

This week Coachella is the talk of the town in Los Angeles –everyone is finalizing what hat, ripped denim short and flowery blouse to debut in Palm Springs for the weekend. Accessories are also a big part of planning process. However, since wristbands are a must for admittance, we decided regular jewelry just wouldn’t do. So we made our own bandanna bracelets! They are totally old school, but being that it’s hot as hell they can also act as a sweatband.  We, also, wouldn’t be upset if we lost them in the wee hours of the night. They are seriously the perfect way to accent a wristband… just sayin’

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Here’s what you need:

– 2 -3 Bandannas depending how many bracelets you want to make

– Scissors

– Beads

Directions:

Rip or cut them the bandannas into long strips.
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Then tie 3 strands together and braid them or knot them

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We braided one, knotted another and bedazzled a third. It really is up to you on how creative you want to get! It’s also a great way to pass the time on the drive!

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Have a great weekend!

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Stuffed Pepper Quiche

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I have been craving quiche, like no other… It’s the kind of dish that you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner and be completely satisfied… plus it is so easy to make. Lately, my only hesitations have been that I could do with out all the butter that usually goes into it, as well as the dense and fattening pastry crust. But with a Stuffed Pepper Quiche, I don’t have that problem ;)

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good crust, but when I’m consistently eating healthy, why not find a delicious alternative? And I think I have…

This quiche is so light and tastes decadent, but is full of vegetables and protein… plus the crust is a guilt free bell pepper. Sweet and crispy from being perfectly broiled.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

5 eggs
1/4 cup of skim milk
dash of salt and pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 sweet onion finely chopped
small bundle of chives
couple of crumbles of goat cheese
2-3 bell peppers of your choice
a small bag of steamed broccoli (nuke it in the bag for 4 minutes for perfect steam!)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

combine all the ingredients (except for the peppers of course ;)) in a mixing bowl
cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the inside seeds
pour the mixture into the peppers and place on a sheet pan
place into a 325 degree oven for 60-70 minutes until the mixture is cooked through, golden brown on the top and smells amazing!!!!

 

Enjoy SFG’s!

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DIY Flash Tats – Festival Fashion

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Dear Diary,

Headed to Coachella this weekend?! Or just ready for an awesome outdoor music festival?! Then you’re gonna need your best festival fashion! (aka. Flash Tats!)

I somehow narrowly escaped the poorly placed, ironic tattoo during my teenage years… Phew! But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to fully part take in the temporary tattoo craze!! However, I also find it difficult to spend $25 on something that only lasts a couple days. Enter my DIY solution – Homemade Flash Tats!

Flash Tattoos with Friends! Festival Fashion

These puppies are the real deal, and they’re pretty uh. mazzze. ing!

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Need:

* Lace, stencil, eyelet material

* Non-toxic Neon or Metallic Paint

* Paint brush or sponge

DIY Flash Tattoos

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the piece of lace on your desired location.

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2. Use your paint or ink pad (FYI – this didn’t work as well, and I went back over with paint.)

3. Let the paint dry. Lift the lace up and free hand any spots that need sprucing up!

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DIY Flash Tats at your service!

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1. Take another piece of lace or stencil and place it on your body.

2. Brush the neon paint in the holes. (Yay! It’s like paint by numbers!)

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3. Let body paint dry, then remove lace or stencil.

4. Touch up any messy edges of your design. Have fun with it!

DIY Neon Flash Tatts!

For more DIY fun check out my jazzed up Cowboy boots I made for Stagecoach a couple years ago! Don’t have time to make your own?! My girlfriend over at Old Smokey Boots got you covered!

Make sure to share your festival fashion with us this weekend on Instagram and Facebook!

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Sweet Spring Strawberries & Cream

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Dear Diary,

This week, I’m all about keeping recipes bright for spring!  Sweet Spring Strawberries and cream sounds indulgent but it’s actually healthy! This simple treat will satisfy your sweet tooth but keep your waistline slim ;) There is one commonality I have at the end of every meal, and that’s dessert!  Usually it’s a full scoops of chocolate chips with peanut butter (I will forever be a reeses girl), and while that never gets old, as the weather heats up here in SoCal… I am craving desserts less heavy and more refreshing…  Sweet Strawberries with cream sounds decadent and complicated… but it’s extremely easy to make and healthy…  “Sweet” strawberries are sweetened with zero calorie natural sweetener Truvia, and the “cream” is nothing more than greek yogurt!  Brighten up the recipe with fresh mint and lemon zest… and you’ve got a winning dessert in more ways than one!  ;)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Strawberries (cut into halves)
  • 1.5 tbsp Truvia
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • couple of mint leaves
  • dollop of greek yogurt

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • mix together the strawberries, Truvia, 1/2 of the lemon zest and red wine vinegar
  • let sit (stir every once and a while for about 2 hours)
  • add some mint for fresh garnish and scoop a dollop of greek yogurt (add the zest of the rest of the lemonn) on top!

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And that’s it!  The strawberries are so sweet and gooey, but have a distinct refreshing taste… the lemon adds a pop of fresh citrus and the strawberries juicies are heavenly!  It’s a dessert I can eat all weekend and still feel refreshed, healthy and indulgent!

Enjoy SFGs ;)

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Chicken Pot Pie Make-Over

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Dear Diary,

I’m starting to traveling more and more for work, so I needed some downtime this weekend, along with some comfort food – and nothing is more comforting than Chicken Pot Pie!! However, most recipes are full of calories and would leave me feeling guilty after a weekend indulgence-  #thestruggleisreal! So, I took some liberties with the standard recipe to cut the calories and it was still so tasty! A couple things that cut the calories from the get go, eliminate the crust from the bottom. Also, instead of using crust I used biscuits. Yes, biscuits are not the least caloric thing available, but they are easier! Let’s just admit it, finding the time to make my own crust is on my list, but in the meantime these biscuits will definitely suffice!

Here’s what you need:

5 cups of vegetable broth

1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (ones in the hot cases

5-6 medium sized peeled and diced carrots

1 russet potato peeled and cubed

5-6 diced celery stocks

1 1/2 cups of peas

1 medium sized chopped yellow onion

2 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 can of pre-made biscuits

salt and pepper

olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2. Place chopped potato, carrots and celery into a large pot with 5 cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until vegetables are soft.

3. Place diced onion into a large frying pan – the pan should be the size of what you would use for stir fry, the bigger the better because you are going to transfer the broth and veggies to the pan.

4. Sautee the onions over medium heat with olive and then add flour, cook until the onions are coated. Transfer the veggies and broth to the onions, when they are soft.

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5. Add the almond milk to the this mixture as well as the shredded rotisserie chicken and 2 cups of peas, simmer on medium heat until it starts to thicken 10 – 15 minutes

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6. Add the mixture to a large casserole pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Then remove the dish from the oven and place your pre-made biscuits on top and cook for another 14-17 minutes, until the biscuits are a golden brown.

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Serve each portion with a biscuit and indulge!

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CHICKPEA CHIPS, snacking simplified

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Dear Diary,

I feel like a walking, talking ZOMBIE… after two weeks of almost constant travel, returning to “normal” is not as easy as I thought it would be.  I feel like falling asleep ALL the time– at my work desk, mid-way through yoga… basically at every moment of the day.  And while I’m trying to catch up on sleep, I still have a lot to do this week before I can have a relaxing and restful weekend– and to keep myself moving… I keep on snacking!  Food is my only fuel right now– so I better make it healthy… and while I usually turn to simple nuts and fruit to keep me going mid-day– my amazing friend Meredith introduced to a new way to snack– Chickpea Chips!!

Bold flavor? Low in fat? And high in protein and fiber?  Count me in!

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Chickpeas are a simple snack all in itself– but by toasting them in the oven, giving them  a little crunch, and then adding some bold flavor to make the snack ultra-satisfying and delicious… it elevates the legume into a game-winning snack.  The perfect alternative for when it’s 3 p.m. and you’re about to reach for that fattening bag of potato chips!  Did I mention it was easy to do too?!…

HERE’s ALL YOU NEED:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • your favorite spices:  my friend suggested garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cayenne pepper (love the spice– plus remember, extra spice is great for your metabolism ;)

HERE’S ALL YOU DO:

  • rinse your chickpeas and then towel dry
  • preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • drizzle on the olive oil and season to taste (I sprinked on about 2 dashes of each spice)
  • mix all together and make sure all are equally coated
  • spread the chickpeas out on a baking sheet lined with foil
  • bake for 30-40 minutes until they are perfectly brown and crunchy!

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This is UNBELIEVABLY YUMMY!  Now you’re ready to take on the rest of your work week!  And thank goodness… now I am too.  Thanks Meredith!  ;)

Enjoy SFG’s! And let us know… will you make this at home?!

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Tequila Ginger Cocktail Recipe

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Dear Diary,

We’ve all been going a mile a minute and have been fighting off sickness, (cold season, what?!) so what better way to cut loose and boost your immunity than a tequila ginger infused cocktail?! Perfect logic to me! I know, I know… not sure it’s FDA approved to cure you, but let’s all just go with it…

I love being busy, but sometimes I just feel like I take too much on and am just barely keeping my head above water. It’s like they say, “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but paddling like the dickens underneath.” – Michael Caine (I find this especially fitting for me since I am a duck. No really… I went to the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!) 

Now that it’s Friday, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to indulge in some happy hour… Cheers to the weekend! #TGIF

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How cute is GINGER as a garnish?! This one sort of looked like the state of California!

Tequila Ginger Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices peeled fresh ginger (1/4 inch thick)
  • A couple mint leaves (fresh)
  • 1 oz silver Tequila (Casamigos Tequilaif you have it! Shameless plug for SFG Lauren’s company. Cheers to the owner, George Clooney’s recent marriage! And then cry uncontrollably in the darkest corner of your closet…)
  • 1/2 oz grand marnier
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer

Shake, shake, shake! And then, ENJOY!

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Healthy Greek Quesadilla

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Dear Diary,

This healthy Greek quesadilla is not a novel idea… but sometimes the easiest ideas can still be unique… when I’m eating “healthy”, the only food I tend to order-in is middle eastern classics… tabbouleh, pita, lebneh… I may not always order the healthiest things on the menu, but how bad can any Mediterranean meals be for you anyway?! ;)  And when it comes to staying healthy during the work-day, I tend to stick to a simple salad… and for me, no salad compares to a Greek salad.  So when I had left-over pita bread at home… I decided to make  my own healthy version of the Quesadilla– but instead of the delicious classic, this is a green-twist on the old favorite; think Greek Salad on pita bread.  Can’t get better than that!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

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  • slice open a whole wheat pita and sprinkle on a handful of feta cheese crumbles
  • broil in the oven until the pita is nice and crisp– the cheese will be slightly melted but keep in mind that feta cheese does not melt as easily as other cheeses!
  • chop up a handful of sweet tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, greek olives, and parsley and place in a mixing bowl
  • sprinkle on salt and pepper, and drizzle a dash of extra virgin olive oil
  • mix up the veggies and spread across one side of the quesadilla… flip one pita slice onto the other and cut in half

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…And there you go!  A twist on the quesadilla classic that won’t undo all your healthy choices ;)

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Apple Pie Recipe

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Dear Diary,

I’ve been on a MAH-HEY-JOR sweets kick lately and have been craving good ‘ol All-American, APPLE PIE… But as you know, we always try to put a healthy spin on all our dishes. So when I saw the cutest apple pie with a twist on Pinterest I had to whip up my own version!

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 INGREDIENTS

* 4 Granny Smith apples (choose large apples that have even bases for a sturdy “pie”)
* 1/8 cup granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 package rolled pie crust
* Lemon juice (squeeze on the sliced apples to help from turning brown)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice off the top of your apple and scoop out the inside. (I used a melon baller)
  • In a small bowl, mix the apple insides with sugar, cinnamon and a little lemon juice. Add the mixture into the hollowed out apple.
  • Unroll the pie crust and cut into 1/4 inch strips.
  • Lay strips of the dough on the apple.  Then, add one new strip at a time and weave it over and under the pie strips already in place. Until the apple is covered. Or you can also braid the dough!
  • Place the apples in a baking dish and add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are soft. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, I gobbled these puppies up faster than I could snap an after pic of them… Oops. But let me tell you, they’re as good as they are cute!

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Cold Season is upon us…!

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Dear Diary,

It’s cold season and I’ve fallen victim; four days and counting and the sniffles haven’t let up… The worst part is I’ve finished, “Gilmore Girls” and I can’t watch, “House of Cards Season 3,” without my husband. So, with Netflix not offering up ways to pass the time, I’ve turned to Pinterest to search for cold relief recipes.

My initial search left me with a lot of hot honey, lemon and ginger drinks. Here’s the thing though, I prefer a cool smoothie when my throat is giving me trouble. Maybe it’s the hotter temperatures in Los Angeles, but cooler drinks offer me a better reprieve. So I’ve taken the concept of hot soothing drink and turned it into a smoothie.  If any of you fall victim, make this it’s a throat saver. Oh my, my jokes suffer when I’m sick. Sorry y’all!!

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Here’s what you need:

-1 banana

- 1 slice of lemon

-  2 tsp. honey

- 1 tsp. fresh ginger

- 1/4 cup of water or coconut water

- 3 ice cubes

Peel the ginger and grate, squeeze the lemon and continue to add the rest of the ingredients into the blender. Pulse until frothy and drizzle a little honey on top.  Serve cold and enjoy!

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Dear Diary,

I have a pretty great breakfast routine– it’s a meal I never like to miss.  Weekdays, it’s usually a green smoothie, and on weekends I crave avocados on toast, or some steel cut oatmeal.  But this Sunday morning, I decided to switch it up with a Chocolate Chia Pudding!  This recipe takes some preparation, but is very easy to do… it’s sweet, revs up your metabolism, and its the perfect excuse to have chocolate in the morning!

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The dish is great anytime, but it definitely is nutritious enough to be your starter meal of the day.  The chia seeds are the star of the show, they are superfood nutritious, and provide a terrific texture and thickness to the dish!  This recipe also has actually ZERO chocolate in it… yup, that’s right, ZERO.  Now don’t get me wrong… if you want to add some chocolate… I say go for it!  :)  But this way works great too! … and it’s definitely an even healthier way to go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I prefer plant based protein)
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • agave (2 squeezes)… add vanilla extract as well if you have it around :)  I didn’t and it still came out delicious! (1 tsp)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, and constantly stir until completely combined
  • continue to stir over medium heat until it has been boiling for a few minutes
  • then take off the heat, set in a bowl (or mason jar) to set… put in the fridge for at least one hour (or over night)
  • when cool… add a dollop of protein-filled greek yogurt and sprinkle organic raspberries on top!
  • And viola!  You’ve got a breakfast parfait like you’ve never had before!

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Enjoy SFG’s!!! And let us know, what’s your favorite breakfast food?!

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Wedding DIY’S…!

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Dear Diary,

In one month, my hubs and I will be celebrating our year anniversary! I can’t believe it!  Time does fly by when you aren’t insecure in your relationship. Oh, that’s not right…how does that saying go? Anyway, I promised myself, I would have my wedding album completed before our anniversary. Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I haven’t as much as given it a thought till this weekend.

So, with the deadline looming, I’ve made it the main focus on my to-do list; going through all the photos, Polaroid pictures and videos. It’s been an unexpected treat to relive our wedding day. Not only because it was my favorite day thus far, but it also let me marvel at how everything turned out. All our wedding décor, name cards, flowers and table numbers were DIY’s – with the help of my amazing friends and loving family my wedding turned out better than I could have imagined. We also saved thousands of dollars doing it ourselves. Rather than just tell you about it, why don’t I show you what we did… If you want more details. let me know!

For our table numbers, I went down to home depot and grabbed clay brick and wrote the numbers with a chalk pen.

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We had a girls craft day and hand painted water color place cards. I loved the way they turned out. Each one was unique and went with the vintage decor.

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My lovely mother in-law actually learned calligraphy for the place cards. She has beautiful writing to begin with, so don’t judge yourself too harshly if you can’t get the hang out of it after one class…

12119_details-81For the flowers, I collected jars the year before and arranged them the day before the wedding with a handful of girlfriends.  I was fortunate that the owner of Fleur De Rye, Caitlyn Rylander, was also there and helped with the creative direction. For more tips check out our DIY flower arranging post.

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The last detail was the wedding favor bag, complete with a shot glass and a mini bottle of Casamigos Tequila! They were a lot of work but I loved how they turned out. I ordered muslin bags in bulk and then taped them with 4 pieces of  1 1/2″ masking tape. Then painted the exposed fabric part of the bag with either rose gold or gold fabric paint. Letting them dry before I peeled off the tape to reveal perfectly striped bags.

Weddings can be overwhelming, but my best advice is enjoy every moment of it! The actual day goes by so quickly!

Photos by: Timepiece Studio

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The TRUTH about your late 20s

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Dear Diary,

What’s the truth about your late 20’s?  Well, the world has lied to us!… You think by the time you get to your late twenties, you’d have it all together… dream job, dream man… money to shop, money for vacations… and on top of all that, you’d be secure with who you are (finally)… and feel 100% confident in your own skin.  But, yeah… that doesn’t happen so easily.  My friends and I have a motto:

Life Sucks: I’m 27.

When we were sixteen, we couldn’t wait to be twenty-one, and by twenty-five, I kept thinking that this new fabulous phase known as our “late twenties” was right on the horizon… but by the time I got here, I realized that there is still A LOT I’m trying to figure out.

I’ve had this conversation with friends and family, time and time again… we all think the grass is always greener; that our friends, family, or even complete strangers have it all figured out while we’re stuck in the dark… but what I realized last night at a fabulous blogger event, with some fabulous ladies… is that we are all in the same boat.  As a generation, we’re in this together!

“Having it all” is a fleeting feeling…  but at the event last night, after a 10 hour day at work, a wardrobe change in the car, and an eyeliner touch-up that nearly caused a car accident… I was feeling refreshed and inspired.  I was sipping champagne, being pampered by beauty experts, and was mingling with some of my blogger and entertainment idols.  A beautiful business owner (with killer shoes and perfect hair I might add) and I began a conversation over cocktails and lip gloss; the fun girl-talk revealed to be more serious in nature once we started to discuss our jobs… our men… our homes… and we both came to the realization that while we admired each others life choices and direction, we were overly critical of our own lives and accomplishments. And man, how sad is that!?!?  Being in your twenties can suck– but hopefully not most of the time.  And in those times of self doubt, remember these five tips!  :)

1.  Everyone is in the same boat

I don’t know a single lady out there who is not constantly worried about some aspect of her life right now.  “Is this the right job?” “Am I settling?”… “is that a fine line on my forehead!??!!?”  Sometimes it’s best to quiet those voices by talking to a girlfriend.  Call your bff, and I can guarantee that the conversation will end with, “phew, at least it’s not just me.”

2. It’s never too late

This is my dad’s favorite saying.  Not just because it’s catchy, but because it’s true.  It is NEVER too late to change your mind.  If you’re not happy, DO something about it!  Nothing is out of reach, you just have to work for it.  It may not happen over night… but eventually we all will get to our place of BLISS.

3. Confidence comes with experience

I’ve heard from so many women, that our twenties are for finding ourselves, and our thirties are for owning it.  It takes time to figure out who we are and what we want.  Trust that you are where you’re supposed to be right now, take the time to get to know yourself and love yourself… and then good things are bound to come.

4. Meditate

Finding patience and self-awareness is key.  So many friends of mine have started to meditate every day… for just 10 minutes, we can take the time to listen to our bodies, quiet our minds and prepare ourselves– putting our best mental energy forward to embrace whatever the day has to bring.  Find that special time for yourself– one thing I’m learning is that we (as women) can’t be everything for everyone… make yourself a priority every day… even if it’s just for a 10 minute meditation.

5. When in doubt… walk or run.

Exercising and being amongst nature is essential to our happiness.  Let’s get those endorphins to kick in while taking in the birds chirping and sun shining.  You will immediately feel more empowered, healthy and confident.  I guarantee it.

Remember– This is OUR time ladies!  – to explore and try new things!! You are AMAZING.  So start every new day with the attitude that YOU can make it better than the last!

photo by: Sam Zachrich
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