Monday, July 30, 2012

Hot summers mean shorter hair

Sigh, a couple of weeks ago I cut my long hair off.  The heat and all that hair was just yucky.  After I had my locks chopped off I found I could still rock some “beach waves” so it was all good.
So do you guys cut your hair during the summer, trying to keep cool like I did? Or do you suffer through the heat and the long locks always hoping for fall and winter to come early?

Look who turned 2!

My beautiful baby girl turned 2 last week! And goodness, she just keeps on being amazing. Her hair is finally growing, ever so slowly, and I am looking forward to the day I can add more awesome hair clips/bows/accessories to her I’m-so-cute-look-at-me arsenal.
This one came from Miss Plunkett’s Boutique, and I love it! Seriously, you should check out the shop, I’ve been a fan for a long time. And the best part about these hair accessories is the fact that you can change out pieces of them to make them completely unique.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Taste of Morocco- Make your family a dinner from across the globe

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This weekend I got inspired to try something I’ve never done before. I made a delicious Moroccan dinner and gave my family a chance to taste food from the other side of the globe.  I made a Moroccan couscous using a modified recipe I found, Justin made Moroccan bread K’sra, and I made a spicy Chorizo Tagine using a recipe from this great book I bought at World Market.
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I was inspired to create a Moroccan Dinner night after shopping at World Market and seeing their new Kingdom Anamalia line that they are promoting. All of the décor and pieces from the line had me wishing I could take off on trip around the world, to see and experience exotic countries, and all of their alluring secrets.
Kingdom Anamalia Finds from World Market
Since I wasn’t able to pack up my family and head off for a trip to Africa, I decided to settle for some shopping and bringing a bit of exotic décor and flavor home with me. 
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I love the tie dye cloth napkins I found (especially since they are in one of my favorite colors), and the glass tumblers that are from Tunisia go perfectly with them.  While I was there, I also picked up the Horn and Bone serving set, the white ceramic serving bowl, the Moroccan Couscous, and the small Dutch Oven that I made the Chorizo Tagine in.
Moroccan dinner Chorizo Tagine, Moroccan Couscous, and K'sra
Our Moroccan inspired dinner night was so awesome, and Justin and I both loved getting to try out new recipes together. Just one of the perks we have as a married couple who love to cook and shop together, right? We had so much fun I am thinking about doing a themed cuisine night once or twice a month. How cool would it be to experience new flavors and meals as a family, cooking and enjoying them together?

World Market would love for you to be inspired by their Kingdom Anamalia line too. In fact, they’d love for you to do more than just bring home a few items from their new line. World Market would love to give one of you the trip of a lifetime, an African Safari Getaway!
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World Market’s African Safari Sweepstakes has a grand prize of a trip for two to Africa (5 day Trip for 2 to Africa- includes airfare, accommodations and excursions) and a $1,000 World Market gift card. There will also be 3 runner-up prizes, which are $500 World Market Gift Cards.
You can enter the World Market African Safari Sweepstakes on the World Market Facebook page, or on their World Market Sweepstakes site page.  If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win. The sweepstakes ends July 17, 2012.

**Be sure to stay up to date with all of the great in-store promotions and deals by following along with World Market on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.  You can also check out more of the new Kingdom Anamalia line by watching their promo video.**

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Cost Plus World Market and Pollinate Media Group, but all my opinions are uniquely my own.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to make an Italian Cream Soda, Cherry Vanilla Flavor

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Many years ago while I was working as a barrista and slinging drinks, I had this awesome friend, Nick, who showed me how to make Italian Cream Sodas.  Or at least that’s what he said they were. We didn’t sell these, it was just something that he had made on his own and showed me how to make too. The only fruity flavor we carried at the time was Raspberry, so he made a Raspberry Italian Cream Soda for me. 

I decided a few weeks ago to make my own version of the Italian Cream Soda, and go for a Cherry Vanilla flavor. These are perfect for summer nights with friends… or would be great to have at a wedding or baby shower. Guests could make their own, using lots of different flavored syrups.
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You’ll need Heavy Whipping Cream, San Pellegrino, Cherry and Vanilla flavored syrup (or whatever flavor you prefer), and ice.

You can pour in the San Pellegrino over your ice, then add some heavy whipping cream, and last add your syrups.  I used 4 pumps of Cherry and 2-3 pumps of Vanilla. You can add more or less if you need to.
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Stir and Enjoy…
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Here’s to Happy Summer Nights y’all!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Havaianas Giveaway!!! Because who wouldn’t love some cute shoes?!

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Are you ready for an awesome giveaway to get start off your weekend?  Today I get to tell you guys all about Havaianas, and you guys get to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of flip flops of your choice (up to a $40 value). Pretty sweet, huh?

Havaianas have been around since 1962. They were inspired by the Zori, Japanese sandals made of fabric straps and rice straw soles.  For this reason, all Havaianas sandals have a textured rice pattern on the foot-bed.  Havaianas have sandals and shoes for women, men, and kids/babies.
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I love the Women’s Espadrilles, and found the cutest pair of sandals while shopping the Havaianas women's sandals online. They have a printed lace pattern on the foot-bed, gold colored straps, and a cute floral pin right in the center. Love them!
Women's Havaianas flip flops
And Havaianas carries a men's sandals selection that rivals the women’s! Tons of great prints to choose for your guy.

To stay up-to-date on all things Havaianas you can follow them through Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest.  And be sure to enter the giveaway right below for your chance to win a pair of Havaianas flip-flops! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Havaianas. All opinions in this post are mine, and honest of how I feel.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Rock Climbing, swings, and slides…

Seriously these kids need to stop growing.  They’re already little dare devils, and I just know that in a few years they’re probably going to give me a heart attack just from all the crazy things they love to do.
Our trip to the park was worth the braving the yucky heat, just to see Justin get stuck going down the slide. Nice, right?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Best Marinade for Steaks or Tri-tip. EVER.


This is not a sponsored post. Just wanted to get that out there right away. This is just me sharing with you guys what I consider to be the best darn meat tenderizer/marinade for steaks or tri-tip that I’ve ever had. Seriously, it’s amazingly good. And it’s been my favorite for the past 7 years or so. Oh, and it’s locally made, so hollah!  If you want to check it out head over to the Basque Company site. 

Grilling steaks just wouldn’t be the same without it.




Monday, July 2, 2012

Caramel Blended Iced Coffee with International Delight, #IcedDelight

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You guys know how I love iced coffee. And that I am all for trying out new coffee drinks or coming up with my own drink recipes.  I guess working as a barista for so many years kind of made me adventurous. This weekend though, I didn’t feel like brewing up a batch of double strength iced coffee, so instead I grabbed a some of the new International Delight Iced Coffees, one a Mocha flavor and the other original.
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The International Delight Iced Coffee was great just poured over ice, but I wanted to see if I could make a blended iced coffee drink, and satisfy a craving while also saving a lot of money to get my caffeine fix at home.

Making a blended iced coffee drink at home is as simple as buying a half gallon of International Delight Iced Coffee, adding a cup full of ice, and your favorite flavored syrup or coffee liquor, and blending it all together.
Caramel Blended Iced Coffee Drink

  • 1-2 full cups of ice
  • 8-10 oz. of International Delight Iced Coffee Original Flavor
  • 1-2 teaspoons of caramel flavored syrup
  • whip cream for topping

Combine all the ingredients in your blender and blend well.  Serve in a cup, and top with whip cream.
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The best part about buying the Original Flavor of the International Delight Iced Coffee is the fact that you can add any flavor of syrup you want and make your own flavored iced coffee or blended iced coffee.  Vanilla, Hazelnut, Almond…. your ideas can be endless.

International Delight is celebrating summer by giving away 1,000 half gallons of Iced Coffee each day! Grab your free drinks here!

Now, it's your turn to celebrate! Enter to win $500 toward your ideal Summer Party by completing these two simple steps:

1. Pin my Iced Coffee Recipe photo on Pinterest. 

2. Come back! In the comment field below, tell me you pinned and share your favorite taste of summer! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine. International Delight Iced Coffee Sweepstakes and Rules.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pink hair, and crossing one more thing off my list…

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Remember a couple weeks ago when I got my second tattoo and I said I was making a list of things I wanted to do, my pseudo bucket list?  Well, one of those really was dying my hair a silly color. But I know I could never pull off doing my whole entire head of hair, so I just did some pieces near the ends.  And I did it using one of the Tulip Tie-Dye Kits.
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My friend Alexa from Swell Designer and Font Crafts, posted about how her friend Kathy from The Crafty Chica used the dye from the Tulip Tie-Dye kits to create some cute rainbow hair extensions. Kathy even posted a video tutorial for the rainbow hair extensions on her blog.  

So after chatting with Alexa, I decided I was going to try the tie-dye on my actual hair. The worst thing would be that it didn’t work and I’d have to dye over it or get a hair cut, right?  Hehehe. But it worked, and it was super easy.
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I mixed the red dye from the kit with some of the violet dye, and then filled the bottle to the line with water. Then I took a few  strands of hair on each side of my head and and then wrapped the pieces in foil so the dye wouldn’t run or get anywhere else.  I only left it in for about 10-15 minutes. Then I took a shower and washed my hair.  The dye did an awesome job and now I get to cross one more thing off my list.
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