Friday, November 21, 2014

The return of Friday Favorites

Yesterday I was toying with the idea of bringing back my weekly "Friday Favorites," posts and decided to ask for feedback on my Facebook page. The response was an overwhelming YES, so here you have it (not that you couldn't tell from the post title or anything) Friday Favorites are back!

Favorite"Why Didn't I Think of That?!": Having been a long time receiver of monthly subscription boxes, I have a lot of samples just laying around. For some reason I can't bring myself to throw them out even though I have no intention of using them. Then I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest (how did we survive before this website?) and fell in love.
Just place the samples in a jar, leave them in your guest room for your friends and family to enjoy. It will make them feel like they're staying in a cozy hotel, just remind them there is no maid service ;)

Favorite OOTD: With Thanksgiving just around the corner I am trying to find a happy medium between "dressed up" and "I wish I was wearing sweatpants."

This outfit looks like a winner to me, it's not formfitting and the cardigan is perfect to hide your post Thanksgiving feast food baby.

Favorite Must Have Purchase: I had the pleasure of meeting Gina aka SkinnyTaste a few years ago at the McCormick headquarters while attending FitBloggin. I had been a fan of her blog long before meeting her and when I found out she released a cookbook I just HAD TO HAVE IT.

As of today I have only made two recipes from the book, but it's only been in my hands for a few days. Both were a huge hit in our house and I am making one of her soups for Thanksgiving dinner! If you come across this cookbook, do not leave it in the store. You will regret it.

Favorite Adult Juice Recipe: What happens when you take the best apple and pair it with sangria? 
You make the worlds greatest cocktail.

Whether it's a Holiday or a Tuesday, this drink will make life worth living.

Favorite Look: I am somewhat of a mug hoarder collector. But what's the point of having a variety of colorful (in a few ways) mugs if they're hiding in a cabinet?

Problem solved. I love functional art.
....and extra cabinet space

Favorite Bite: Who says S'Mores are only for campfires and BBQs? 
Not me.

These little guys would be the perfect addition to your hot chocolate all winter long.
You're welcome.

 Favorite Sing in the Shower Tune: I have been listening to 1989 since the day it came out and I have a ton of favorites off of the CD. But lately the one song I can' help but leave on repeat is "I wish you would" Unfortunately, I couldn't find a version of the song that hasn't had the audio removed on YouTube, so you're getting my second favorite, Blank Space.

For the record I thought she was saying "Got a list of Starbucks lovers" for the longest time....

Favorite Paint Job: If you have been following me for awhile, or even for just a week, you know I am a certified addict.
Of nailpolish.

Last weekend I stopped into my favorite beauty supply store on the hunt for some new colors to add to my constantly growing collection and I came across the Gwen for OPI Holiday line.
I bought Just Beclaus and Kiss me or Elf (pictured above) which I have been wearing on my nails all week. I LOVE this color, it's perfect for the Holiday season!

Favorite Space: Since I am working from home now, our guest room doubles as my office. I love having the freedom to decorate the space anyway my little heart desires except for the fact that I am not the best at home decor.
I love this look because it is not only pretty, it's also functional.
I could use half of the space for office storage and the other could double as a place for guests to put their things during their stay.

Favorite Giggle: I posted this on my Instagram yesterday and it was quite a hit so I decided to share it with all of you.

 Yes it has inappropriate language but we're all adults here and it's Friday so it's allowed.

On an unrelated note, I am looking for a total blog makeover so if you or someone you know does blogger designs please email me!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boneless and Meatless Buffalo Wings!

This past Sunday I skipped my usual football fun at the local bar and decided to host a last minute get together at my house. Half of my friends are vegetarians so I decided to get a little creative with a little help from my friends at Gardein

Although I am not a vegetarian myself, I do enjoy eating meat- free meals a few times a week. These crispy tenders were new to me but they are definitely going to become a freezer staple for me in the future, not only because they're easy but they are versatile as well!

Since we were watching football I made "Boneless, Meatless Buffalo Wings" which took a total of 20 minutes and only one pan.

After baking the "wings" I put them into a medium sized bowl and tossed them with buffalo wing sauce.

We like it HOT in this house so I was definitely heavy handed with the sauce, but you could tweak it to your liking.

After a good sauce toss, I placed the wings on a football platter with a side of ranch dressing and veggies to round out a perfectly delicious vegetarian friendly meal.

Have you ever tried any Gardein products? 
If so, which is your favorite?
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Taking the Cheribundi Challenge

Last Monday I had mentioned I was starting a 7 day challenge with Cheribundi. 
For those of you who may not know what Cheribundi is, it's a company that makes a variety of cherry juices. They have everything from REBUILD which contains protein for that post workout muscle recovery to RELAX that has L-Theanine which aids in relaxing your brain after a long day at work, which lets face it, is always helpful.

I have to admit, before taking on this challenge I had little knowledge of the benefits cherries/cherry juice could have if taken regularly. Here are few things I learned that may be news to you as well, if you are not a regular cherry juice drinker:

- Tart cherries contain phytonutrients and anthocyanins (SCIENCE!) which makes them a natural way to manage pain/common ailments such as gout and arthritis.
-Cherries are a natural source of melatonin. Therefore drinking cherry juice has been shown to encourage melatonin production naturally, resulting in deeper and longer nights sleep.
-Tart cherries are full of antioxidants that have been proven to increase the speed of recovery by reducing pain and muscle soreness. 

As someone who suffers from Osteoarthritis in both of my knees this was a real eye opener, if I could avoid pain during/after my workouts by drinking a Cheribundi every day that would save me a lot of money in ice and Advil!

Although I haven't felt the effects of cherry juice helping in my arthritis pain, I know it will take me longer then a week to feel relief. I definitely can tell a difference in my muscle soreness and recovery time. There was not a single day last week I felt fatigued from sore, achy muscles. 

I am also someone that struggles with getting a full nights sleep, and I must say that during this week that I was drinking 2 Cheribundi's daily I felt more rested.

After taking this challenge and learning all of the benefits cherry juice has to offer I plan on keeping it as part of my daily routine. I am hoping after a few weeks I will see the benefits more so on the pain management side then the improved sleep. I'll definitely keep you guys "in the know" on how it's going and if I feel more of a difference as time goes by.

Do you drink cherry juice?

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