Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fork Hair: it works!

I'm always trying to achieve the seemingly effortless look of Wavy Beach hair - the idea being that you can still look put-together (and sexy) without spending a lot of time blow drying or straightening your clean (and soaking wet) hair. This concept is also known as "wash and go" hair and is as difficult an accomplishment as finding the absolute perfect pair of jeans or the perfect bra or the perfect pair of black flats - not so easy. SO - when I came across this Fashionista article - We Guarantee You Haven't Seen this Pasta-Related Trick for Getting Beachy Waves - you know I had to read it. Oscar Blandi shared his tip - "use a fork and twist it like spaghetti." 


With the addition of product (coconut oil, curl-enhancing, light-hold gel, and a drop of CK1 lotion) - guess what?

My hair looked like Giselle's when it dried - and I am really not exaggerating. Too bad my body didn't look like hers - but hey - we can't all be so lucky. Hair - check. Body - working on it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

the Pumpkin is Back

It's Fall, Y'all! I never say "Y'all" - except in September - when my favorite time of year - Fall! - rolls around again. And what else happens in Fall... Pumpkin! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin everywhere! I really do love Pumpkin! Last year, I did "7 Pumpkin Recipes to be Thankful for" - and this year, I picked out 7 More Pumpkin Recipes that are worthy of Falling in Love with...

1. These Pumpkin Porter Beer Brownies by the Beeroness look amazing AND they're not orange!

2. These are my Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies - they're like little bite-size cakes - and you can get the recipe here on Melt...

3. These Chocolate Pumpkin Patties by I Am Baker win the award for Most Creative!

4. I can't get enough Pumpkin Pie Spice - or Popcorn - making this Pumpkin Pie Spice, White Chocolate, Caramel Popcorn by Cooking Classy - my predictable go-to snack, with a cup a hot chocolate this season.

5. You could totally get away with having these Pumpkin S'More Doughnut Muffins by Bakers Royale for breakfast...

6. and then have this Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup by Naturally Ella for dinner!

7. Last - and oh so not least - are these Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles by the Novice Chef - which I could probably have for dessert every day of my entire life!

The obvious theme for Pumpkin Recipes this year is... Chocolate and Pumpkin, and that's more than enough for me to Fall in Love...

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Friday, September 05, 2014

my Summer Bucket List: Checklist

It's Official: the Summer is coming to an end. In our fast forward culture, it's basically already Fall - but if you love Summer - technically you still have a couple of weeks to soak it in... At the beginning of the Summer – my first Summer as a Baby Mama – I came up with a Bucket List and shared it here with you, and I did OKAY with it...

Do a fun picture with Baby, every Friday.
I did really well with Picture Fridays – and I kind of do it as much as I can, now – like a few times a week. I mean, my Baby does come from the Land of Handsome...

Read at least 3 books.
I only read 1 Book – Looking for Mr. Goodbar – which was so weird, but definitely interesting. I did read lots of magazines – and I actually got caught up with my emails – regularly! Well – hey – I did read at least 5 books a day – they were just all story books that I read to my Baby...

Bake half a dozen different types of cookies. (& Make my very first Macarons.)
I did not make any cookies – or my first Macarons – BUT I did make Mini Cheesecakes, Coconut Macaroons, and the most amazing Raspberry Cake, like ever...

Take at least 2 vacations.
I did not take any vacations – BUT – I am taking a BIG vacation to Massachusetts in the Fall – to see those leaves change – and I have been planning it all Summer!

Take the Baby to the Beach.
I took the Baby to the Beach about 3 times, all together – and they were all fabulous, yet very hot and sandy times. 

Do a full mani-pedi at least once.
I did lots of Pedicures – but no Manicures; my hands are just too busy to be out of order.

Go to a movie – in the theater!
I never made it to a Movie – but I did rent a few – and got to cuddle with the Baby at the same time!

I'm still looking for the perfect jean jacket and a blood orange (I added these to the list later); both of which are proving to be the impossible dream... but the search will probably prove to be more exciting than the findings!

So – what did I learn from my Summer Bucket List? I figured out that my life with Baby is one that revolves around Baby – and I am more than okay with that. A life consumed by Baby is proving to be much more rewarding than having the time to bake or read. And what's important is that I know I want to make a Macaron and see a movie in the theater; I'll get to it. Right now, it's all about the Baby; and I love it. 

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