This Yogis Breakfast

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Dear Diary,

This Yogis Breakfast is all vegan protein and all kinds of delicious…the perfect breakfast for a lazy and rainy Sunday morning in NYC…so healthy, so good! You all know that I’m a yoga lover– my Sunday morning routine usually consists of a hot yoga session followed by an epic brunch… but this morning, I’m feeling exhausted… and the bad weather is the perfect excuse to stay in bed for just a little longer.  With some extra time on my hands, I wanted to make something hearty, delicious and of course healthy.

I woke up, made this in about 8 minutes flat, and went right back to bed… haha … and in about 3 hours, I will be having breakfast # 2: aka eggs, avocado, and smoked salmon… sounds like a good plan, right?  Well here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/ HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

Boil 1/4 cup of steel cut oats in 3/4 water and 1/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk

when the steel cut oats are soft and ready to eat, take off the heat and add a half a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake “French Vanilla” protein powder

on top: add blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds and bee pollen… or whatever else you have around ;)

HERE’S WHY

steel cut oats: less processed and lots of fiber… oatmeal is the perfect carb to start your day

blueberries: antioxidants, DUHR

chia seeds: omega-3 and antioxidants

bee pollen: hypo-allergenic, sweet and natural energy boost! ** I also suffer from seasonal allergies, so this local NY bee pollen will help my body fight against the elements!

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Enjoy your lazy Sunday and eat up right!

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Oak + Ashland Skincare

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Dear Diary,

My dear friend, Danika, created the most beautiful, organic skincare line! I’m so proud of her for not only going after her dreams, expanding her business and being a total #bossbabe, but for creating my FAVORITE lip gloss! OBSESSED is an understatement! Her products are made with the highest quality ingredients, sourced from her home in Sonoma, CA.

Danika was one of the top aesthetician at the renowned Kate Somerville Clinic in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. With the experience she gained there she was able to take that and apply it to her very own wholesome skincare line.

CHECK IT OUT!

4Y5A4231Coconut Rose Lip Balm! How cute is this packaging?!

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oak & ashland products are:

* Handcrafted in small, high quality batches by a skin industry professional.

* 100% cruelty-free and vegan.

* Made with Earth-friendly ingredients.

* Almost always made with certified organic and wild harvested ingredients.

* Packaged up pretty in reusable or recyclable containers.

Made WITHOUT: Parabens, petroleum, hexane, mineral oil, gluten, talc, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, GMO’s, alcohol, sulfates, phthalates, animal ingredients, artificial preservatives.

oak & ashland is also proud to be CERTIFIED cruelty-free and vegan through PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies Program”.

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SHOP:  Oak + Ashland

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Adventures in Bridesmaids

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Dear diary,

My wedding is less than 6 months away!  WHAAAT, I can’t believe it!  It’s now crunch time, which means I’m exercising regularly, eating right, and making game day decisions… like FINALLY deciding on what dresses all of my beautiful maids will be wearing!  This was no easy task… with so many gorgeous bridesmaids dresses out there, and pinterest providing ample inspiration– deciding on a style and designer is not a simple feat.   While I know my wedding style is romantic and whimsical, I also didn’t want to be the bride that forces their style on everyone else in the wedding party.  Good thing mix ‘n match bridesmaid dresses are on fleek right now! With that said, I also want my wedding to feel cohesive and appropriate, so finding dresses that work well together is also crucial!  All of my best friends are easy going and eager to please the bride, so while I knew that they’d be happy to wear anything I wanted (and look great doing it), I wanted them to feel like individuals, and maintain their own unique style and aesthetic!

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I’m getting married at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI… a gorgeous gilded-age home full of historical charm and Atlantic ocean views.  I knew that with this elegance as a backdrop, the girls needed dresses that were classic and formal; and with that in mind, I assumed they’d be expensive too.  Right now, you’re lucky to find a floor length gown of high quality for less than $250… or so I thought.   While surfing the internet waves for style inspiration, I came across something unexpected… the White by Vera Wang Collection at Davids Bridal.

This collection blew my mind!  Not only were the prices way more affordable than anything else I’ve seen, but the quality and style of the dresses are up to par with some of the most expensive dresses out there!  Brides are so lucky to have their best friends in their life during this journey… they not only provide so much emotional support and help celebrate every milestone of this experience, but they also are financially strained by all the responsibilities of a bridesmaid: bachelorette party, hotel rooms and so much more… with zero complaining I might add!  The least I could do is pick a bridesmaid dress line that is affordable and has tons of variety so that each bridesmaid can pick a style they like!

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I was not only surprised by the amount of designer options Davids Bridal had– everything from White by Vera Wang to Wonder by Jenny Packham, but they also have a range of sizes (0-22) with extra length and maternity options available too!

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Recently, some of my NYC bridesmaids got together to show off some of the Vera Wang fashions… and have fun doing it… ;)  What do you think?  Will you choose David’s Bridal for your wedding?  Let us know!  Find out more at Davidsbridal.com

Check out their array of bridesmaids dresses HERE… and designer bridesmaid dresses HERE!

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P.S.  Unsure of what style you want?  Luckily, David’s Bridal has a style finder tool!  It’s a fun little quiz for the bride or bridesmaid to take to help her narrow down best options depending on wedding style, color scheme, budget, etc.   Click HERE to find out more!

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BoxFox for Mother’s Day!

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Dear Diary,

Do you ever have trouble finding the perfect gift?! I know I do… I can’t tell you how many times I walk in and out of stores disappointed leaving without something that jumps out at me. Or I find something great, but it doesn’t seem complete so I’m still on the hunt for the rest of the gift… and don’t even get me started on wrapping and shipping. I. AM. ALWAYS. LATE. SIGH*

Well if you’re anything like me, I’m about to change your world… I recently discovered BoxFox and let me tell you I’m OBSESSED! It’s the perfect way to send a beautifully, curated gift with all your favorite personalized goodies!

With Mother’s Day coming up (#wordtoyourmother), they offer a new and cool way to send gift boxes. The boxes are perfect for husbands to baby mama’s, daughters to moms/grandmas and even moms to moms!

The goal of BoxFox is to make gifting effortless and create beautiful and personal gifts to send with no post office lines! Customers can either send a pre-packed BoxFox with hand-picked offerings from the team or you can create your own custom box using the Build a BoxFox platform. They handle everything from curating every item on the site, sending every box out with a handwritten note from you.

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Which box are you sending your Momma?! I know what I’m putting in mine…

http://shopboxfox.com/

(*Prices start at $35 and go up from there when customizing.)

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SUPER green bowl for dinner

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Dear Diary,

It’s now officially SIX MONTHS until my wedding… and I can’t believe it!  It still feels so far away, but I know that it will be here before I know it.  Thank goodness I’ve been maintaining my lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise– because the last thing I want to do is starve myself with a diet a month before the wedding… am I right?!  But between work, exercise and evening/weekend plans, it’s been tough to find the time to experiment with new recipes!  So when I recently wet to this amazing NYC Vegan restaurant for a “spicy green bowl”, I was not only HOOKED, but I realized I could easily tweak it and make it my own!  In my book, what makes something a super GREEN bowl is portions… make sure that you are making 50% of the bowl steamed greens!  The rest is a great mix of carbs and protein, perfectly spiced with the miracle spices: cayenne and turmeric, of course :)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/DO

  • half a sweet potato (clean skin with a veggie safe brush instead of peeling– the skin has tons of nutrients!)

chop up into bite size pieces and then toss with sunflower oil (higher burning point compared to traditional olive oil) and dashes of cayenne, turmeric, salt and pepper

place in a 400 degree oven until crispy and tender

  • In a microwave safe bowl, steam frozen broccoli and kale
  • then on another cooking sheet bake chickpeas, click here for the recipe… they are delicious snack on their own!  Full of protein and healthy carbs!
  • Lastly, poach an egg and combine!  Egg poaching is really easy– just boil water and add a couple of tbsps of white vinegar to settle the boil… then gently add an egg.  Stir egg slightly to help it create shape and let it cook for about 10 minutes!

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Now how easy is that!  It’s delicious, it’s healthy, and it’s the perfect go to meal after a long day!

You’re welcome SFGs! ;)

 

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Turmeric & Ginger Every Day

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Dear Diary,

I’m WO-MAN enough to admit that I have “poop problems”… or “poop probs” as my friends and I dearly call it. Haha… I’m not ashamed, and it’s possibly because almost every girl I know suffers from it too.  Why is it that going “regularly” has turned into going “rarely”…?  Not only do I look better when my digestive system is working at it’s best (you know, less bloat), but I also FEEL so much better… which is of course, the most important part!  So when I decided to whip my bowel back into shape– I turned to a nightly routine of drinking Turmeric & Ginger Every Day (in tea form that is ;))… ginger is great for the digestive track, but has so many other benefits as well.

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Did you know that ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for an active gal, like me… it also IMPROVES the absorption of essential nutrients to the body; that means that all those salads you’ve been eating, won’t go to waste!  Ginger also strengthens your immune system, and helps prevent colon cancer… so yeah, this root is working overtime!

But let’s not forget about Turmeric.  Turmeric has been called the “miracle spice”… and that reputation has been earned due to all of it’s amazing benefits to the body. A squeeze of Turmeric extract (a more concentrated version of the grounded spice), and I’ve helped my intestine and liver function, and increased the antioxidant capacity of my body!

And finally, why not add lemon while you’re at it!  I add the squeeze of lemon to  my tea every night to brighten my skin, and help cleanse my system.

So this is what I do:

I use 1 Ginger YOGI tea bag (2 if I’m feeling frisky ;))

Juice of half of a lemon

and 3 big squirts of Turmeric Extract (but you can use 1 heaping tsp of Turmeric if you prefer)

So basically, I’ve taken a poopy problem, and made a superhero nightly cocktail!  Hey!  When life brings you lemons… ;)

You’re welcome, SFGs!  Let us know if you’ll try this tea at home!

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SFG on TV?!

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Dear Diary,

Have you heard the news?! If you follow us on Instagram you might have seen a fun little announcement that we shot a pilot a couple months back! We had a production team interested in producing a TV show based around our blog and they are currently pitching it to networks! Who knows what will come of it, but it was an exciting experience and opportunity none the less… Stay tuned for any updates!

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A little behind the scenes action from our pilot intro!
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make PASTA your healthiest meal

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Dear Diary,

I am a pasta fanatic… I have it for dinner at least twice a week, if not more, and I’m not ashamed! That’s because my pasta is always healthy, full of greens and protein, and completely satisfying.  In my opinion, pasta has a horrible rep– it’s always associated with buttery sauces and tons of unnecessary carbs, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some tips to make pasta your favorite, and healthiest meal of the week!

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1.  Choose the Right Pasta

I use Jovial Organic 100% whole wheat pasta– Jovial is minimally processed, has few ingredients, and is full of protein but low in carbs.  It doesn’t get better than that people!  It’s also all about moderation… pay attention to the serving amount on the box, and stick to it.  (Okay, to be honest, sticking to the serving amount is tough for me… but I’m working on it ;))

2.  Make your own Sauce

By making the sauce yourself, you’re able to have more control over the ingredients you put into it… the fresher the ingredients, the better it is for you.  My sauces are always EVOO based; EVOO has healthy fats that are good for the body and great for the skin… so less butter, and more olive oil will lead to a healthier sauce, guaranteed– add in sauteed garlic or some lemon juice to instantly brighten the flavor of any EVOO sauce base.

3.  Add on the veggies and protein

Any pasta dish can be interesting, delicious and inventive depending on the veggies and proteins you have around.  Chop up some greens, add in some local produce, and viola, you’ve gotten your vegetable servings in!– just add seasoning!  Also, FUN FACT:  did you know that vegetables are richer in nutrient value when they are sauteed or steamed vs. when they are eaten raw?!  … I know, mind blowing!

Switch up the protein– cheese, almond cheese, fish, tofu, poultry, meat… so many options for protein, but add it in there!  It will keep you fuller longer, and lead to a healthier and leaner you… guaranteed!

4.  Experiment with flavors and textures!

Don’t forget to season!  Salt and pepper is sometimes all you need to finish a pasta dish, but other times you need to add some heat (cayenne pepper for instance), or some deep Italian Oregano leaves to make a dish complete.  I often add sweet vinegar to the pasta when serving, it provides a great sweet acidity that I love, especially for my pesto!  I also like to add ground flax seeds to my pasta dishes… I know it sounds crazy, LOL, but I love the texture, it keeps me fuller longer, and flax seeds are full of some extra protein… can’t hurt!  :)

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Tonight I made my famous Pesto– spinach, basil, EVOO, garlic, and pine nuts… on top, sliced baby tomatoes and almond cheese!  Looks good enough to eat, right?!  Well go!  Make it!  It’s healthy and SFG approved!

So there are some tips on how to make Pasta your healthiest meal… Enjoy SFGs!

 

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Chocolate Makes Everything Better!

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Dear Diary,

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

When I was single this Hallmark holiday was a real bummer, until I discovered chocolate. It makes everything better; from apples to peanuts, when chocolate is involved you are #winning. It’s become a tradition for me to DIY white chocolate covered pretzels on this love – ly day. Why? because is there anything better than this combination??! Save the box of chocolates, if I’m going to indulge I prefer these tiny bits of heaven.

I remember the first time I DIY-ed white chocolate pretzels, it was everything; From the double broiler to the discovering there was a type of chocolate made just for this sort of thing. Obviously, this is not a normal monthly occurrence, but I believe there are times you should enjoy life and this treat is something I consider a life experience everyone must have! This also doubles as a great gift idea. It’s easy to make, inexpensive and will thoroughly be enjoyed.

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But wait there’s more…I had a leftover white chocolate this year. So I decided to make a Valentine’s Chex mix with everything that sounds delightful to a seven year old child; freshly made popcorn, Chex Cereal, peanuts, pretzels and M&M’s(the valentine’s themed ones). I mixed all these ingredients together and drizzled white chocolate over them. Ummm, yessss please!

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For those of my closest friends the notion of me eating the above is pretty outlandish, but there’s a time for celery and there is a time to enjoy life – I believe this holiday is about the latter.

Here’s what you need:

1. 2 bags of Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping White Chocolate 12-ounces

2. Double-Broiler & parchment paper

3. Pretzels

4. Peanuts

5. Popcorn

6. Chex Mix

7. M&M’s

8. Pink and Red Sprinkles

9. Parchment Paper

For chocolate covered pretzels: 1st place the double broiler on low – medium heat with water in the bottom and chocolate on the top. Also cover a plate with  parchment paper. This is where you are going to put the pretzels after dipping. Wait till the chocolate starts to melt, you want the water to be warm, not boiling so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Then carefully, dip the pretzel into the chocolate, until it has the right amount of chocolate on it and place on the parchment covered plate. Sprinkle with sprinkles or colored sugar, repeat until you have more than enough and wait for them to cool. You can also place in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.

For the Valentines’ Day Chex Mix: mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl; Peanuts, popcorn, Chex Mix Cereal, m&m’s and pretzels. Then spread out on a clean baking sheet, then similar to the pretzels, melt the chocolate down in a double broiler. When the chocolate is creamy, take a spoon and scoop. Generously drizzle over the mix on the cooking sheet. You can add some colored sugar as well before the chocolate hardens. Wait for the chocolate to harden and serve in a big bowl or portion off for gifts. Last, but not least enjoy!!!

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The Stylist LA for Valentine’s Day!

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Dear Diary,

Anyone one else feel like they have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?! Seriously struggling over what dress to wear to what, spending money on things I know I’m only going to wear once- we’re all guilty. But, it’s safe to say my life has changed and for the better! You know what I’m talking about, right? The Stylist LA! It’s infinitely expanded my closet; all I have to do is choose a dress for my event, rent it, and I look good and so does my wallet!

Not sure what to wear for Valentine’s Day?! Check out these adorable styles for the spring- We know what we’ll be sporting…

SFG JACKIE

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Dress: Asilio

Jacket: Trina Turk // Similar (budget): Romwe // Similar (splurge): DVF

Shoes: Steve Madden

Shades: Amazon
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Dress: Karina Grimaldi

Jacket: Similar here

Shoes: Forever 21 // Similar: Just Fab

Shades: Amazon

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SFG LAUREN

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Dress: The Jet Set Diaries

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The Stylist LA for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Heart Salad

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Dear Diary,

What are you whipping up for Valentine’s Day?! I’m having a little GALentine’s Day with girlfriends in Palm Springs! We’re celebrating a 30th birthday and a bachelorette! Double dose of amazingness!!

Strawberries are the perfect little snack around Valentine’s Day especially when you’re trying to eat light poolside. They’re red, sweet, and even look like hearts- I think this calls for a recipe. I typically like to do a couple apps/sides for these events and I was thinking of making basil, strawberry, feta skewers similar to these ones. But I wanted to show off those cute little berry hearts, so why not just lay them directly on a bed of basil?

And what better than to balance all of those chocolates and sweets with a refreshing salad? Strawberry salads are my favorite…so, let’s get to work!

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What You Need:

* Strawberries

* Basil

* Feta Cheese

*Balsamic Vinaigrette

What To Do:
1. Rinse the strawberries.

2. Slice them length wise towards the base (green top).

3. Cut little “V”s at the base of the berry to create the heart shape.

4. Rinse the basil.

5. Make a bed of basil on a tray and place your heart berries over the top.

6. Top with feta crumbles and lightly drizzle with vinaigrette.

Eat up!

It’s as pretty as it is delicious – make it for friends and family to spread the love… I know what I’m doing, just sayin’…

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GALentine’s Day Gift Box

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Dear Diary,

How is it already February?!  January was here and gone in a flash, and I feel like if I don’t take a second to breathe and refocus on the NOW… I’ll miss out on all that February has to offer!  And for us, February is all about my girlfriends and some ME time.  I need some spa time, some girl time, and most of all some chocolate!  :)  Galentine’s Day is the day before Valentine’s Day– and it’s all about taking the time to celebrate your favorite gal pal’s and reminding them that they don’t need a significant other to make them feel special!

Our friend Irina of Irina Victoria Jewelry had this in mind when she created her Galentine’s Day Gift Box!

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The box includes:

  • Recipe for Chewy Sugar Cookies
  • Pre-mixed dry ingredients for the cookies in a mason jar
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Heart Sprinkles
  • Chocolates
  • Polishing pads
  • and of course a choice of a RING by Irina Victoria Jewelry

(ring options: smooth band, I heart you ring, textured band, rosebud ring)

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*BUT shhh everything but the RING will be a fun surprise for your GAL pal ;)

This is such a fun idea, that I had to share!  But order soon because GALentine’s Day will be here before you know it!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Order ends by 2/9 (so it can get there ON Galentine’s Day!) & it costs $44.99! (shipping included)

CLICK HERE to order!

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Rose Apple Crisps

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Dear Diary,

Well, don’t these little roses look divine…ly tasty? Valentine’s Day calls for a little bit of flair when it comes to entertaining, if we do say so ourselves… Enter Rose Apple Crisps! These are the perfect little morsel to put out during a party, a Galentine’s get-together, or- if you’re anything like me- just to have around. They’re delicious and Instagram-ready, what’s not to love?

We’re sending you a little love of our own, darlings, in the form of this amazing apple crisp recipe. Want to make your girlfriends jealous of your #wifey skills? Let us tell you all of my secrets… because we can tell you, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 red apples
  • half a lemon
  • 3 cup of water
  • cinnamon
  • 1 puff pastry
  • apricot preserve

WHAT YOU DO:

  • core the apples and then slice them thinly into half moons
  • add apple slices to a bowl of water with lemon and warm in the microwave for 3 minutes (this will keep the apple from yellowing, while also softening enough to bend into a rose shape)
  • drain the apples
  • in a bowl place 2 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve and microwave for 1 minute and mix well
  • take the thawed puff pastry and put plenty of flour on it!
  • roll out until thin and then cut into 6 strips
  • spread the preserve on each one and line one of the long edges with the apple moons (over lap each apple slice and make sure the skin of the apple is facing up (off the edge of the pastry)!)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon along the pastry/apples
  • then slowly roll the pastry up until it forms into a rose!
  • place the finished rose gently into a sprayed cupcake pan mold and back for 375 for 40 minutes!  ENJOY!

And, viola! You’re now the belle of this Valentine’s Day ball. And, if we do say so ourselves, we accept this rose… seriously, gimme! ;)

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Vday Menu – Watermelon Feta Salad

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Dear Diary,

I could just look at this salad all day! It’s so pretty I almost don’t want to touch it…but that would be a lie. It’s so sweet, light, refreshing, and satisfying that it couldn’t wait to devour it and it quickly became my favorite appetizer item.

And, lucky for you, I love you enough to share the recipe… Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Want to try it for yourself? Keep reading!

Watermelon Feta Salad

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What You Need:

* Watermelon

* Feta

* Mint

* Heart Shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

*  Slice the watermelon into 1 inch thick slices. Use the heart cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

* Plate the watermelon hearts

* Crumble feta over the top

* Finish with garnishing the dish with hints of mint

It’s so adorable it’s the perfect Valentine’s snack. What are you whipping up in your kitchen?

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10,000 Steps a Day Challenge

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Dear Diary,

First and foremost, Happy New Year SFG readers! We can’t believe it’s already halfway through January – whaatttt??!!! 2016 is starting with me clearly on top of it, as I haven’t written a post in 3 week. So without the ability to drag my feet any longer, time to set the ever cliché fitness goals! I know, I know, but I can’t help it. Between the Weight Watchers and Lifetime Fitness commercials I’m so motivated. I’m also heading to Cabo and being in a bathing suit for 4 days, might be the source of my January fitness vigor.

While in my early 20’s, I would have set some ridiculously unattainable goals, aka Britney Spears body in the “Slave 4 u” video. In my new “refined” age bracket, I find myself setting a more reasonable goal of 10,000 steps a day. I hear some of you saying, but Lauren walking doesn’t do anything!! Hold that thought. According to the Mayo Clinic and The World Health Organization, walking 10,000 steps a day burns 20% of a person’s daily caloric intake. Talk about a life hack – you don’t have to feel guilty for missing kick boxing anymore! Girl, just walk it off!

This leads me to “the how” about measuring your steps and my favorite gift this year – the Motorola 360 Sports Watch. Not only does it track my steps and monitor my heart rate, but it also connects to your smart phone. You can connect wireless headphones, hear Pandora and still alerted of the emails/calls you are receiving when you are on a hike or long walk(without have to carry your phone!). It’s a heaven sent! If you have been dragging your feet on joining the watch tracker crew… I would say stop and get to it.

2016 is going to be great and we look forward sharing our life hacks – you can’t do it all, but you can sure as hell make it look like it!

 

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