Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Natural hairstyle Inspiration: Holiday Edition

Spice up your natural holiday hair style this season with some of these amazing instagram hair style inspirations! I love each style below--Perfect for a simple elegant look that's sure to get you a ton of "omg, i love your hair!" compliments. Check out the styles below and let me know what style you would rock!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 3 festive cocktails to have the best holiday party yet


I love this time of year for many reasons--Entertaining, hosting, decorating, bright lights, smell of Christmas tree's and a whole lot more! But I think my ultimate favorite part of the holidays is getting together with friends and family and having an awesome dinner party where everyone can enjoy amazing food, games, and most importantly festive cocktails! One of the most important things to have when hosting a holiday party or dinner is a fully stocked bar for your guests to enjoy. Who doesn't love walking into a warm home where it's not only festive but well equipped with the proper holiday libations to keep the party going!  

I wanted to share with you guys my top 3 favorite cocktail recipe's for the holiday season! Check it out below.

Winter Sea Breeze
1 part vodka
1 part grapefruit juice
Fill the rest of  the glass with champagne 


Southern Peach Punch
24 oz (3 cups) peach juice
1 1/2 cups bourbon
1 bottle (750ml) Chandon Extra Dry Riche
Sprigs of mint


Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
1 (750-ml) bottle Brut champagne or dry sparkling wine, chilled
1 cup of elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain
1 (12-ounce) can of club soda or seltzer water, chilled
1 cup sliced strawberries 

As you can see the one common item in all my favorite recipies is champagne!! I love the bubbles and I think it adds the perfect touch of festive flare to any cocktail!

Enjoy & drink responsibly!

Share your favorite holiday cocktail below!


Monday, December 15, 2014

29 Things to Remember for the New Year by Brooke Saward


This article posted by Brooke Saward on worldofwanderlust stuck out to me because of the amazing quote used in below for the small reminders she wants you to keep in mind for the new year.

1. Choose a narrow path. The sooner you pinpoint exactly what you want to achieve in your life, what you want your legacy to be, the sooner it will happen for you. Don’t choose the well beaten path; create your own. Dare to be different and aim for the moon (in order to reach the stars).
2. Embrace change. If life were consistent and without ups and downs, it would be boring, bleak and monotone. We’re here to dodge bullets, get back up when we’re kicked down and make decisions for ourselves. It’s all about building your character. Never fear change, it could be exactly what you need.
3. Its okay to eat cereal for dinner. You only live once…
4. Own your mistakes. The only way to learn is to make mistakes. The only way to learn from mistakes is to own them. You’ll be surprised how much people will value you for owning your mistakes, no matter how small your role in them. 
5. Appreciate what you have before you ask for more. Because there is always someone worse off than you.
6. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. But never forget you don’t have a body, you have a soul. Your exterior will never define your interior.
7. Who you are is not what you have; its what you do with what you have. Ever noticed how some of the happiest people in the world have the least? It isn’t about what you have (material things or achievements), but what you decide to do with that. Your life is your legacy. How do you want to be remembered?
8. Be Loyal. In love, friendships, and most importantly with your family. Stay true to your word.
9. Laugh more.
10. Words are powerful. It takes just two to commit your life to another. Words are powerful – choose them wisely.
11. You can never be over educated. Want to learn another language? Its better late than never. Thinking about taking art classes? You never know what it will lead to. You are only limited by your choices.
12. Be gracious. Be humble. Be kind.
13. Live in a new place. You will be surprised as to just how much our surrounds shape us.
14. Live within your means. Life isn’t about keeping up with the Jones’s.
15. Have an opinion. Voice it, engage in healthy debate, but never be rigid and close-minded.
16. Be proud. Credit where credit is due. Learn to welcome compliments and accept them – by doing so you will provide value to them and soak them up like a sponge. It will lead to better work in the future.
17. Accept criticism. But know when to distinguish between constructive criticism and a genuine insult. If someone insults you, it says more about them than it could ever say about you.
18. Get outdoors more.
19. Spend time with anyone older than you. Age = experience. Experience = wisdom. Spend time with your grandparents and ask questions. No one stays on this earth forever – make the most of the time you have.
20. Be honest. People will value your opinion if it is raw, honest and made with consideration.
21. Don’t give money, give your time. There is no greater gift than your time.
22. Take a day off. Do something you have always wanted to do. By yourself. 
23. Track your finances better. 
24. Work hard(er). Set your goals higher and higher… your limits are only those you believe to be true.
25. Smile at strangers.
26. Keep a journal. Sometimes the best way to clear your mind and keep a clear vision is to jot down your thoughts at the end of the day or week. Consider what you did, who you met, how you felt, what was on your mind. Think outside the box and sort through your thoughts rather than offloading your troubles onto someone else.
27. Escape into a film. Bad day? Don’t dwell on it. Escape to someone else’s reality or jump inside a fiction. Two hours later you’ll have forgotten the trivialities.
28. You are the company you keep. If your friends aren’t bringing joy into your life, maybe you’ve outgrown them. Don’t be afraid to make new friends that understand you (and where you’re at in life right now). Adapt. Change. Learn. Grow. Evolve.
29. You’ll never be as young as you are right now.

Her articles are amazing! This is awesome inspriation for the new year! 

Read more here

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide For Everyone On Your List

It's that time of year again when everyone goes crazy looking for the perfect gift for family members, friends, partners, best friends, pets and so much more. Well, not to worry this year, I'm here to help :) Click through below for my favorite gift ideas for everyone (or almost everyone) on your list!

Chunky Scarf, Notebook, Clutch

Candles, Mommy Juicy Glass, Coffee Cup

Bleu de Chanel, Nike Fuel Band, Amazon Tv

Passport Cover, Artifact Uprising, Photobook, Tumi Luggage

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Easy homemade ziti from scratch

I love, love, love baked ziti--it's one of the most delicious, flavorful hearty Italian meals ever (not to mention super easy to make!) This recipe is loaded with cheese, meat, ricota and so much more! What more could you ask for?? Let's get started!
Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 lb. ziti noodles
  • 1 lb. ground turkey + second choice of meat (I used sweet Italian sausage)
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 14.5 oz can basil, garlic & oregano diced tomatoes
  • 12.5 oz homestyle Marinara sauce
  • 12.5 oz Three Cheese Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Italian cheese shredded blend
  • 3 oz smoked gouda cheese, sliced thin

  • Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Prepare the ziti according to package
  • In a large deep skillet, brown the meat over medium heat.
  • Add onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning and cook until onions are slightly tender.
  • Drain the fat and return to heat
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, marinara sauce and spaghetti sauce.
  • Reserve a cup of meat sauce for later use.
  • Bring sauce mixture to a light boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • In large bowl stir together beaten egg, ricotta cheese & 1½ cups of Italian blend cheese.
  • Toss in the noodles and stir gently until noodles are coated.
  • Add in the reserved cup of cooled meat sauce.
  • In a 9x13 casserole dish spread out a thin layer of meat sauce.
  • Top with half of the noodle mixture.
  • Next layer on half of the meat mixture.
  • Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and then lay on the slices of smoked gouda.
  • Top with the remaining noodle mixture and remaining meat sauce .
  • Top with remaining Italian cheese blend.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is nicely browned on top.
  • Garnish with lots of Italian seasoning.

  • Enjoy!! 
    Original recipe here


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