Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Dip

This simple marshmallow fluff dip is a hit paired with a fruit plate, and perfect for any summer get-together. 
Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Dip
Ingredients
1 -8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 – 7 (or 8) ounce jar marshmallow crème
½ teaspoon vanilla
Optional strawberries cut (I used about 8 smaller ones)

Directions
1. Place cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth.
2. Add marshmallow crème and vanilla, beating until fluffy.
3. Add your strawberries and beat for a couple seconds.
4. Serve with an assortment of fresh fruit.


Monday, July 21, 2014

SinfulColors Summer Colors

{Silk + Satin}
SinfulColors is turning up the heat this summer with two new sinfully luxurious polish collections. Silk + Satin features six matte hues, however they are not your chalky mattes these shades still have a luminous look to them.

Matte About Blue: a deep cornflower blue
Pipaya: offers a hint of coral combined with a tomato shade
Prime Purple: is the perfect lilac hue
Real Teal: will have you dreaming of being under the sea with this mermaid shade
Silver Solution: adds a gentle shimmer to an everyday look
Solar Flux: is a soft banana peel yellow.

 
{Full Throttle}
Full Throttle puts the pedal to the medal with five rubberized textures. They're the perfect colors to add to your summer beach line-up.

Rain Rubber: bright burnout blue
Burn Rubber: a fiery orange the perfect compliment for a beach bonfire
Race Rubber: vampy raspberry hue (will be fab for fall!)
Rubber Ball: a fun punchy pink
Red Tired: a scandalous and racy cherry tomato red

The three on the left are from Silk + Satin while the three on the right are from Full Throttle and you can see the unique rubberized texture to them.

Even though SinfulColors polish cost $1.99 they are up to the standard of the higher end polishes.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Choosing The Right Groomer

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Choosing the right groomer for your furbaby can be a daunting task. While searching for a groomer for Jack I heard so many horror stories; burnt from the blow drying, infections from things being put in the dogs behind to prevent them from going to the bathroom (WHAT!!!), poorly treated, terrible cuts…etc. After I heard the neighbors and friends complaining about their grooming experience I decided to do extensive research and that’s when I discovered The Dog House Salon. Currently the salon is run out of Darlene’s garage, but she just bought a storefront location. Darlene is AMAZING with Jack, he absolutely adores her and not to mention he comes out looking so dapper. Don’t forget to do research before you pick a groomer for your baby.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hit the Trails

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Mizuno & Fitfluential.
I have a love/hate relationship with running. I love what it does for my body, but I hate how bored I get if I’m on the treadmill or running around the neighborhood. When I lived in Pittsburgh I discovered that I absolutely loved trail running. Even though I used the same trail it was always different and you never know what you would see.
Now that I am back in Michigan I have few different trails that I enjoy running on. The change of scenery keeps me from getting bored, and I focus on other things besides how out of breath I am at that moment.
Mizuno recently offered to send me a pair of their new Wave Kazan. The Wave Kazan are an all-terrain shoe made to go from pavement to trail and back again. Up until this point I never had a shoe that was actually designed for hitting the trails, and let me tell you the shoe you wear makes a HUGE difference.
5 Tips for Exploring New Trails
• Don’t forget water.
• Be safe. Unless you bring a friend you’ll be by yourself so pay attention to your environment and the time of day you go.
• Make note of “landmarks” such as powerlines, bridges..etc.
• Wear proper shoes.
• A trail map or GPS will be your best friend.


Let’s talk about the shoe:
• They’re only 8 ounces!! That’s super light for a trail shoe. The reason I have avoiding trail shoes is I hate the extra bulky weight.
• Super versatile and comfortable.
• Decoupled X-groove midsole adapts to uneven surfaces.
• X-lug outsole digs into soft ground and grips dry rocks or roots.
• Soles are strong and protect your feet from anything you may encounter.
• The transition from asphalt to a gravel uneven terrain was flawless.
• You can definitely feel the terrain however your feet are completely protected which is a huge positive. I actually wore a pair of Asics out trail running and ended up with a stick in my foot – not a fun experience.
• I’m a size 7 and the fit is perfect.
• Super stylish featuring a fun color and design.
• If you run trails the Wave Kazan is a must-have!
• Definitely worth the $120 price tag.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watermelon Granita

I don't know of anything more delicious than fresh fruit in the summertime. Today I am sharing a sweet treat that's not only healthy, but only three ingredients. Watermelon granita is one of those dishes that will become your go-to weekend treat. All you need is fresh watermelon, a hint of fresh lime juice and a little bit of sugar.

Watermelon Granita
Ingredients
6-8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/3 cup sugar
juice of 1 lime

Directions
1. Add your cubed watermelon, sugar and lime juice to a blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour it all into a 9x13 pan and freeze for one hour.
4. Using a fork, scrape to loosen the granita.
5. Freeze for another hour and repeat step 4.
6. After it's been frozen for three hours, scrape it once more, and then it's ready to be served.

*Note you can make a smaller portion, just add lime juice and sugar to taste.