Healthy Homemade Granola

It all began with a trip to Cape Cod this past June for a weekend getaway. My husband and I found this adorable breakfast spot, The Salty Market, and proceeded to eat there every morning for the remainder of our trip. For my husband, it was the breakfast sandwiches that kept him coming back. For me, it was the granola parfaits. Their sweet and delicious granola parfaits. Their granola was different than the store bought granola you may have had in the past. It prompted me to want to make my own to try to replicate their mixture. My healthy homemade granola is a sweet reminder of our breakfasts among the market’s garden.   I should also mention this recipe includes nothing but natural sweeteners and some added healthy mix ins. The honey acts as a natural sweetener and the cinnamon adds a great flavor to the finished product. Oats themselves are […]

Continue Reading

How to make Homemade Deodorant

What led me to make my own DIY Homemade Deodorant? I’ve been on a mission to eliminate beauty products which contain toxic ingredients for the past year (or so) of my life. I have learned a lot about how much your body absorbs through the skin and it opened my eyes to the ingredients contained in my everyday routine. Naturally, you think of lotions, perfumes, body wash, etc. as the beauty products which contain tons of chemicals and artificial fragrances. But what about deodorant? I had placed deodorant in its own “safe” category but the truth is…it is just as harmful, if not more harmful, than the other products! Fun fact: when it comes to your armpits, they absorb almost 100% of what we use on them. That equals a whole lot of rubbish for your body after everyday use!  The below ingredients are contained in several deodorants you find in the grocery stores today: ACH […]

Continue Reading

Shrimp and Soba Noodle Bowl Recipe

Happy Friday everyone! This is double good news because it’s almost the weekend and it’s Christmas Eve’s eve. My sister and niece get in town tomorrow from California and I could not be more excited. We have not seen them since our wedding a year and a half ago! Time flies…. I have to admit, this recipe was created and intended to hit the blog about 3 weeks ago and then…December happened. It’s busy season both at work and at home so creating content inevitably sat on the back burner. I was home on a cold and rainy night and felt like some comfort food and something to satisfy my soy sauce fix. Luckily, I had some shrimp in the fridge and soba noodles in the pantry. The recipe is so simple that before I could say sesame seeds- I was enjoying it while cuddled up on the couch with […]

Continue Reading

Weekend Rundown (Holiday Spirit)

Fa la la la la it’s crazy season! December days are chock full of things to do it’s a miracle I’m able to cross all the things off my list! Granted, a lot on my checklists do inevitably roll over to the next day. I am dreaming of January and being able to catch up on my personal life after our busy season in the events and catering world. It’s such a rush getting to see these events come to life over the weeks of planning but goodness gracious my mind never shuts off with things I need to do to keep organized and stay on top of everything. My sister asked recently if I had ever heard of Float tanks as a form of stress relief but to be honest, I think I would have a panic attack from sitting still and only being with my thoughts for an […]

Continue Reading

What I Wore (Draped Leather Jacket)

 Happy Wednesday everyone! Back to back leather inclusive what I wore outfits this month. This Draped Leather jackets is a new staple in my fall/winter wardrobe and I love everything about it. It’s comfortable (because really that’s the most important thing when dressing), keeps you warm and has some unique styling for maximum versatility. I’ve had some other draped jackets in the past but they all seemed to make me look frumpy to say the least. I think the leather really kicks it up a notch.  Details below!  Details: Jacket: Lord & Taylor Jeans: Paige Shoes: Target Purse: Marc Jacobs As always, feel free to follow along on instagram or pinterest until the next post 🙂 

Continue Reading

Top 5 Holiday Bucket List

Christmas season is in full swing and I’m loving all the warm and fuzzies that come along with the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re like me, you start to think about all the seasonal activities at your fingertips. Shortly after that, you start to feel a little overwhelmed wondering how you’re going to fit in baking your favorite cookies while also trying to be the best secret santa ever. There’s a lot to jam into this wonderful little month so to help focus, I’ve narrowed it down and created a Top 5 Holiday Bucket List which has a little bit of everything for ya’ll.  Similar to this post, I created a Fall Bucket List  and I am happy to say I have completed nearly all these activities. *You Go, Glen Coco*  Holiday Bucket List: Pick out a Christmas Tree at a Tree Farm Last weekend, we went to Middleburg Christmas Tree Farm to start a new tradition. […]

Continue Reading

What I Wore (Leather Pleated Skirt)

In my challenge to wear more of my “work clothes” as everyday attire, I have been mixing casual and dressy pieces from my wardrobe.  Let me say, oh my- this skirt just feels so right. It’s so simple to dress up for work or dress it down for the weekend. The accordion pleats actually stay crisp while wearing it throughout the day to be perfectly in tact.  Let’s be honest, I am not a “fashionista” and picking outfits doesn’t come naturally to me. I was not sure that these pieces would play well together but in the end, I think it works pretty well.  Details: Skirt: J. Crew Top: American Apparel (similar- mine is an old style!) Button Down Shirt: Target Shoes: Audrey Brooke Hat: Target Necklace: World Market (similar) Lip Stain: J. Cat Beauty (from Birchbox)  Purse: DSW  I think this’ll be the last week I can get away with short sleeves and […]

Continue Reading

Weekend Rundown: Thanksgiving Edition

First and foremost, Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing weekend with their loved ones. I also hope everyone still fits into their jeans this morning after a feast of a weekend. Thanksgiving is no joke. My sister-in-law approved leggings for Thanksgiving dress code and I could not have been happier to keep it casual this year. Yay for stretchy pants to allow for extra helpings at dinner.  Our Thanksgiving dinner was at my brother’s house down in the Virginia Beach area.  My sidekick for the weekend is pictured below since we didn’t bring Bailey along for the trip. They have a total of four dogs already under their roof so we had our fill of puppy cuddles to hold us over. I brought my Roasted Root Vegetable Recipe which I had prepped the night before we left and transported in my favorite Le Creuset Casserole. If only I had […]

Continue Reading

Roasted Root Vegetables

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! I hope everyone was able to enjoy yesterday with loved ones. We traveled a bit south to be with my brother and my immediate family this year for a more intimate gathering. I am happy to say I may have officially hit adulthood because veggies were the object of my affection this Thanksgiving. Of course, the stretchy pants came in handy for the biscuits, sweet potato puffs and pie that I ate as well!  The smell of rosemary and garlic fill the kitchen as this dish is roasting and the beautiful color of the beet juice really make this dish present beautifully on the table. You can prepare this dish ahead of time and since it’s easy to transport, you can simply pop it in the oven upon your arrival or before you leave for your gathering.  The chopping and prepping the dish is the most time consuming thing […]

Continue Reading

Finding a Silver Lining

Today is the day we were supposed to leave for our cross country road trip. A mix of feelings have come over me and I have a strong pang of emotion over the loss of the trip. As you’re reading this, you are probably thinking to yourself…mmm….no big deal/why is she being so over the top dramatic? But this trip was a lot of things for me. For us. It was a trip I have been wanting to take ever since I can remember. A trip which would expose me to so many different cultural experiences in this vast country. A trip which would bring me one step closer to being ready to buy a house and grow our family. A trip which would most likely introduce me to some of the most tasty and delicious meals of my life. Because let’s face it, it’s all about food while traveling.  I take the loss of the […]

Continue Reading
1 2 3 5