Sunday, October 19, 2014

Owl-oween 2014

We are officially 2 weeks away from Baby's First Halloween - and I am so excited! I have always wanted to attend "Owl-oween" - a Halloween event meant to teach you all about Owls - at Rotary Park on Merritt Island - and I finally did! Baby LOVED it...


We went along the nature trail, where we Trick-or-Treated our way to different Owl fact stations - and did some "Owl" spotting, of course.


At this Owl fact station, you could observe different Owl X-Rays -


and Baby thought that was very interesting.


This sign (along the trail) taught me that Owls are monogamous "until the death of one of the pair" - as if I needed one more reason to love Owls. 


This stuffed at Owl at one of the fact stations sung and danced;


Baby was not quite sure what to think of that.


To get your candy at this station, you had to match the Baby Owls to the Mama Owl; I figured out that Baby Owls are fluffy - and look a lot like Baby Chicks.


So - I actually learned a lot about Owls at Owl-oween, Baby enjoyed himself, and the price of our admission went towards Owl preservation. WHOO do you think is coming to this event next year?


GIVE A HOOT, DON'T POLLUTE!


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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Coconut Macaroons with Lime


Want one last taste of Summer? Can't let go? Well these Coconut Macaroons with Lime will let you hang onto Summer all year long - and they're so easy to make.


Coconut Macaroons with Lime

3 egg whites, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime zest, and 2 cups shredded (and sweetened) coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 2 large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk your egg whites until bubbly. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, and lime zest - whisking just until blended, after each addition. Last, add your coconut, using a wooden spoon to just fold it in. Using a large ice cream scooper - or a 1/4 cup - drop your Macaroon mix onto the baking sheets, about two inches apart - they will spread, as shown. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops and edges brown. You may enjoy them hot out of the oven, or cooled - paired with espresso. They taste like Coconut Key Lime Pie; very Tropical.


Just a tip - you may reserve your 3 egg yolks, and use them to make Creamy Vanilla Pudding!

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sneaky Style for Mom (or How to: Wear Sneakers with Everything)

Classic White Converse; photo source unknown


Everything changes when you become a Mother... at least it did for me. My wardrobe needs changed - and not just because I no longer fit into my pre-baby jeans. I needed to wear clothes that I could run around in - and not look like (what I feared most) the dreaded "frumpy Mom." The number one thing that had to change about my pre-baby outfit was my shoes. I basically needed to find sneakers that were comfortable enough to wear all day, but still looked chic - so that I still felt like me - and not just Mom - which is really important for Moms.


Classic Black High-Top Converse; photo source unknown

Luckily, the Sneaker is having a fashion moment; what perfect timing for me. 

taken at Paris Fashion Week, 2014

Pairing the Sneaker with pants and shorts - and still looking somewhat dressed up - is somewhat easy. Be sure to wear a nice top - even if it's just a tee - with jeans or pants that fit you well. Try to avoid the distressed* look - as it may make you look sloppy - which is what you would be trying to avoid. *Distressed jeans are best worn with heels.
 
"Chloe Becky Suede Ballerinas" by My Theresa, White Converse, and Mint Green New Balance Sneakers

To pair your Sneaker with a dress or skirt, just be sure to match colors and lean on the casual versus the fancy dress/skirt. When in doubt, look before you leave - as in look in the mirror before you leave your place; you'll see that it doesn't look right if it just doesn't. Just to note: Flats work interchangeably with these How to Wear Sneakers with Everything tips - only as long as your Flats are comfortable enough to wear all day long. And you probably know that a comfortable Flat is like the perfect pair of jeans - not always so easy to find.  

The following four looks get an A++ in Sneaky Style (fit for Mom)...


Taylor Sterling of the Glitter Guide shows off  "Sporty Chic Style;" she looks dressed up, while also ready for the task at hand.

 

The famously Stylish Alexa Chung perfects the dressed up Sneaker look, by seemingly effortlessly pairing New Balance shoes with a matching suit. If you love Alexa, check out her book - It; it's worth a look.

 

I'm a fan of Rosie, the Londoner. Here, she wore a light summery dress, with White Converse to go out and grab a burger - what else? If you haven't picked up on it - Converse and New Balance shoes are fit for attempting Sneaky Style.


This woman (at Paris Fashion Week, 2013) is brave - but successful - in dressing up a pair of hot pink sneakers with a white dress and leather jacket. Applause.

Now - off to the playground!

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