Custom Yoga Mat

{Mat Color: Pink | Thread: Khaki | Font: Script}
Recently I started attending pilates classes twice a week. It was my first time attending a workout class, and I quickly learned that everyone’s personality shines through on their yoga mats. That’s when I discovered “My Custom Yoga Mat”. For $40 (plus shipping/handling and tax), you can create your own custom embroidered yoga mat. Plus when something is this cute you can’t help but workout a little harder.  You can order one here.
Choose your mat and thread color, font and your text (single letter, name or monogram). My Custom Yoga Mat, in my opinion offers the best mats on the market and if you are looking for one for yourself or someone else I highly recommend shopping with them.
My yoga mat arrived ready to be given as a gift (loved that!), and was tied with coordinating satin ribbons. As a designer and someone who appreciates detail I loved that the company goes the extra mile for it’s customers.

Let's Talk Fall: Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are the quintessential shoe for back to school and your fall wardrobe. I’m about to kick start your love affair with these five fabulous flats. Are you a fan of flats?

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I recently found out that I have an intolerance to gluten. While I feel like I could never give up cupcakes and a whole list of other things I am trying to limit the amount of gluten that I consume. A couple weeks ago I made these taco stuffed zucchini boats. They were so good I have made them every week since. As a matter of fact I prefer them over traditional tacos.

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
serving size: one
Ingredients
1  small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup salsa (I made homemade)
½ pound lean ground chicken
dash of the following seasonings: garlic powder, chili powder and montreal chicken
1 tablespoon chive
¼ cup bell pepper, minced
4 oz. tomato sauce
¼ cup water
¼ cup Mexican blend shredded cheese


Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Place salsa in the bottle of a glass baking dish.
4. Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves. Be sure to leave a ¼- inch thick shall on each half.
5. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces.
6. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook one minute.
7. Remove from water.
8. Brown chicken in a large skillet, breaking up while it cooks.
9. When no longer pink add your spices and mix well.
10. Add the chives, pepper zucchini, tomato sauce and water.
11. Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
12. Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats, press firmly into the hollowed zucchini.
13. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.

Doggy Discovery: Pet Portables

Pets are a bit different in everyone’s family. To some they’re just pets while others they are a best friend, a companion or family member. No matter what your pet is to you (Jack is my baby) ultimately you are responsible for their care and safety. Just like children (or you and I for that matter) pets can get sick, hurt or lethargic. Having everything you need on hand to take care of them is essential. For just $25 Pet Portables offers a Pet First Aid Kit that supplies all the basic amenities for traveling with your pet.  Do you have a First Aid Kit for your pet?
 {emergency and first aid tips for your pet}

Lately

 {favorites for fall: neon and neutral flats}
 {nail inspiration from this necklace}
 {celebrated jack's first birthday with cake}
 {aurorae pledge candle in lavender: the perfect accent to an at home}
{loving: these pictures of ballet dancers in random situations}

Herb Olive Oil Cubes

These frozen herb olive oil cubes are the perfect way to savor summer.
What you need:
• Ice cub tray
• Fresh herbs
• Olive Oil
• Knife
Step 1: Cut herbs and place in ice cube tray.
Step 2: Fill 3/4 the way with olive oil.
Step 3: Freeze for at least one day. Use all fall and winter long when fresh herbs are not longer available in your yard.

Jack Turns One

 {Jack opening his birthday presents from Glamma}
In honor of Jack's first birthday I thought I would share some pictures of him. I cannot believe how much he's changed since he came into my life.
 {November: First Day with Jack}
 {December}
 {January}
 {February
 {March}
 {April}
 {May: first haircut}
 {June}
{July}

Currently Coveting


Since we’re only a couple weeks shy of September I have started to make the transition (at least mentally) from summer to fall.  While I am not ready for summer to end I have been putting together my lust list of current items that I am coveting. Have a look….. What are you currently coveting?

one: Mossimo Supply Co. Kiriana Ankle Boot | $34.99
two: Lilly Pulitzer Selna Dress | $278.00
three: Ted Baker London Faux Fur Hat | $90.00
four:
Nike Free TR | $100.00
five: Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

When I was home visiting my parents my mum made these appetizers while we were watching pre-season football. They are completing addicting and a party must have!
 Ingredients: frozen tater totes, franks red hot, bacon, shredded cheddar and brown sugar.
 Step 1: Cut a small hole in the frozen tots and stuff with cheese.
 Step 2: Drizzle with hot sauce.
Step 3: Wrap tots in bacon and roll in brown sugar. (I ended up pulling out the toothpicks before cooking)
Step 4: Stand your tots straight up and bake at 350 for 15 minutes turn and bake for another 15 or until bacon is cooked.

It's In The Bag: Summer Edition

 {Michael Kors Large Hamilton Striped Canvas Tote}
I change my handbag at least once seasonally, and since fall is almost here I thought I would share with you what my current handbag is and what you'll find instead of it. What do you keep inside your bag?
What's in my handbag:
1. Kate Spade wallet
2. Burt's Bees mango chapstick
3. iPod Shuffle
4. Garmin GPS
5. Purell hand sanitzer
6. Flip flop change purse
7. Clipa handbag hanger
8. Nail file
9. Hair ties
10. Chanel sunglasses
11. Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil
12. Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in palest pink
13. Pink lipstick
14. Lip Rewind in pink
15. VS Lipgloss

Lately

 {fresh squeezed blueberry lemonade}
Here are somethings keeping me inspired this week. What is inspiring you this week?
 {end of summer favorites: nude and neon}
 {this little guy makes everything better}
 {loving: pilates}
{weekend dinner will involve tomatoes}

Peanut Butter & Blueberry Dog Treats

Your dog is sure to go crazy over these delicious peanut butter and blueberry sandwich treats.

Peanut Butter & Blueberry Dog Treats
Ingredients
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
8 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour (you can also use whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons oats
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup blueberries (more or less if desired) heat on the stove with some water until berries burst and mixture becomes a thick liquid.

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
2. In a medium bowl combine the water, canola oil, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla; set aside.
3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal and oats. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir well to combine. Add the blueberry mixture and stir until just combined.
4. On a well-floured surface roll the dough out to about 1/3 of an inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter cut out the treats and transfer to a baking sheet.
5. Bake 10 to 20 minutes or until desired crispness. 
6. Once cool spread some peanut butter between each cookie.
7. Store in an airtight container for a week or in the freezer up to up six months.