Cucumber and Raspberry Detox Water

Lately I have been trying out a variety of different workout classes and recently went to a hot yoga class. Afterwards they had a variety of detox/ spa water available. I have made spa water before, but never thought about adding cucumber and the addition has some fabulous benefits as well. Not to mention the addition of fruit or cucumber to water adds a fabulous taste and helps you stay hydrated.



GIVEAWAY: Fortune and Frame Necklaces


Fortune & Frame is a New York City-base line of jewelry, frames and other things that hold fortunes. The pieces are light hearted, and come with an original fortune. I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to partner with Fortune & Frame to bring you a fabulous Mother’s Day giveaway.
So what can you win?
The perfect Mother - Daughter necklace combination

A petite brass fortune cookie necklace ($135 value)
A mini brass fortune cookie necklace ($85 value)


Fortune & Frame is a New York City-based line of jewelry, frames, and other things that hold fortunes.
Founded by designer Gretel Going, the original concept came about two years ago when she came across an insightful fortune, shoved it behind a refrigerator magnet, and forgot about it. When the fortune kept falling on the floor, an idea was born. The resulting line relies on jewelry and accessories to bridge the gap between the value people place on fortunes and the lack of dedicated places to keep them.
The 2014 launch collection, On the Mend, summons all things rustic, broken, and put back together again. Its heavy use of bandages, broken edges, and jagged and hammered textures is a nod to the torturous and solitary aspects of getting-better—a process with which fortunes have become synonymous.
All signature fortune-holding and fortune cookie pieces come with an original fortune. Written by Going, the fortunes shy away from the prophetic and arbitrarily optimistic, and instead focus on the intersection of hardship and light at the end of the tunnel.
Each piece in the Fortune & Frame line—from idea to sketch, wax to mold, casting, assembly, and finish—is handcrafted in Manhattan by a team of people who consistently give a damn.
- See more at: http://fortuneandframe.com/about/#sthash.r36ddVUK.dpuf
Fortune & Frame is a New York City-based line of jewelry, frames, and other things that hold fortunes.
Founded by designer Gretel Going, the original concept came about two years ago when she came across an insightful fortune, shoved it behind a refrigerator magnet, and forgot about it. When the fortune kept falling on the floor, an idea was born. The resulting line relies on jewelry and accessories to bridge the gap between the value people place on fortunes and the lack of dedicated places to keep them.
The 2014 launch collection, On the Mend, summons all things rustic, broken, and put back together again. Its heavy use of bandages, broken edges, and jagged and hammered textures is a nod to the torturous and solitary aspects of getting-better—a process with which fortunes have become synonymous.
All signature fortune-holding and fortune cookie pieces come with an original fortune. Written by Going, the fortunes shy away from the prophetic and arbitrarily optimistic, and instead focus on the intersection of hardship and light at the end of the tunnel.
Each piece in the Fortune & Frame line—from idea to sketch, wax to mold, casting, assembly, and finish—is handcrafted in Manhattan by a team of people who consistently give a damn.
- See more at: http://fortuneandframe.com/about/#sthash.r36ddVUK.dpuf
Fortune & Frame is a New York City-based line of jewelry, frames, and other things that hold fortunes.
Founded by designer Gretel Going, the original concept came about two years ago when she came across an insightful fortune, shoved it behind a refrigerator magnet, and forgot about it. When the fortune kept falling on the floor, an idea was born. The resulting line relies on jewelry and accessories to bridge the gap between the value people place on fortunes and the lack of dedicated places to keep them.
The 2014 launch collection, On the Mend, summons all things rustic, broken, and put back together again. Its heavy use of bandages, broken edges, and jagged and hammered textures is a nod to the torturous and solitary aspects of getting-better—a process with which fortunes have become synonymous.
All signature fortune-holding and fortune cookie pieces come with an original fortune. Written by Going, the fortunes shy away from the prophetic and arbitrarily optimistic, and instead focus on the intersection of hardship and light at the end of the tunnel.
Each piece in the Fortune & Frame line—from idea to sketch, wax to mold, casting, assembly, and finish—is handcrafted in Manhattan by a team of people who consistently give a damn.
- See more at: http://fortuneandframe.com/about/#sthash.r36ddVUK.dpuf
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DIY: Mud Mitt

Jack's feet get ridiculously dirty in the spring, especially after multiple rainy days. So I came up with a quick and easy solution - The Mud Mitt. 

Materials
• Hand Towel or dish towel
• Ribbon
• Sewing Machine (you could hand sew if you wanted)
• Scissors

Directions
1. Take your towel and fold it in half "hamburger style".
2. Cut it in half.
3. Turn it inside out
4. Stitch along the long open side.
5. Turn right side out.
6. Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around where you want to hang it (make sure its a loop).
7. Sew the ribbon in place, stitching along the open side a few inches.
8. Sew along the other open side a few inches.
9. That's it! You have the perfect mud mitten for keeping your pups paws clean!
Note: I embroidered Jack's name onto the towel before sewing.






Grape Salad

I attended a garden party this weekend and one of the desserts was grape salad. It was so good I got the recipe and made it for Easter and now it's easily become my favorite go-to dessert. Definitely would make a good summer bbq dessert.




Grape Salad
Ingredients:
2 pounds seedless green, red or both
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces sour cream
½ cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (more or less) brown sugar
chopped nuts – I like pecans

Directions:

1. Wash and dry grapes
2. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, white sugar and vanilla.
3. Add grapes, mix until incorporated.
4. Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
5. Top the brown sugar with the chopped nuts of your choice.
6. Refrigerate until ready to serve – I like to make it the night before I’ll serve it.

Diagonal French Manicure

The diagonal french manicure is a chic and fun look that is so simple to create. I polished on a base coat, followed by two coats of Zoya 'Cole', then swiped on a diagonal coat of Jessica Cosmetics 'Ocean Bloom' and lastly a top coat. It's a simple and chic look perfect for spring.
 {Zoya 'Cole' and Jessica Cosmetics 'Ocean Bloom'}


Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


When gray and wet days arose in college I always headed to my favorite little café where I would get a cup of homemade soup. Sunday was one of those painfully dreary days that just begged for that hearty soup for dinner. I decided to make one of my favorites Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice, it was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Ingredients
½ cup butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, sliced
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice (I used two packages of Rice-A-Roni Wild Rice with Herb packet)
salt, pepper, parsley or other desired spices
2 cups half-and-half

Directions

1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Stir in the onion, celery and carrots; sauté for 7 minutes.
3.  Add flour and stir well.
4. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly.
5. Bring the soup just to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes, stirring continuously until thickened slightly.
6. Add chicken, rice and desired seasoning.
7. All the ingredients to heat through.
8. Pour in the half-and half.
9. Let the soup gently summer for about an hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The soup should not boil but should simmer over low heat so that it thickens slowly.

Personalized From Me to You Giveaway!

{c/o} Pink Maddie Tote | Personalized From Me To You
I have partnered with Personalized From Me To You to bring you a fab tote bag giveaway. The Maddie Tote comes in three colors; aqua, pink and black, has a zipper closure and comes monogrammed. Making it the perfect everyday tote for the office or the beach. 




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Giveaway: Four Black Paws "Swag Bag"

{c/o Four Black Paws collar}

I have partnered with Four Black Paws an adorable Etsy shop offering handmade dog collars, leads, bow ties and collar flowers handmade in Michigan, to bring you an awesome giveaway. Four Black Paws had the opportunity to add something to CELEBRITY swag bags at the MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge and you have a chance to win the same goodies from Four Black Paws as the celebrities will receive today! Simply enter below:


SPOTTED: Aaron Hill (actor on Twisted | ABC Family) dogs wearing the same goodies from Four Black Paws that you can win below!!






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5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler

This weekend I found myself craving peach cobbler, and since peaches are not in season here until the fall I headed to the grocery store and bought a couple cans of peaches. The result was everything I had hoped for.

Peach Cobbler
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg; beaten
2 large cans peaches; drained

Directions:
1. Place drained peaches in an 8x8 greased pan.
2. Combine Bisquick, sugar, cinnamon and egg and pour over peaches.
3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Spring Fling

I thought I would share with you my favorite spring pieces - I tried doing an actual outfit post however my favorite jacket the "Traveler" from the Sparrow boutique has proven to be impossible to get a good picture of when you have gray skies for days.  Without further ado let's talk favorites:
 {floral halos paired with ballerina buns}

{Distressed jeans & Tieks ballerina flats (splurge)}
 {distress your own jeans using sandpaper, cheese grater and a dremel}

 Traveler Jacket | Gemstone Necklaces | Distressed Jeans | Ballet Flats (save)


Review: DIY Dog Collar Kits

I recently came across Emily's shops Fur Babies Puppy Boutique and Supply on a Dime on Etsy. Emily offers dog collar kits and instructions on how you can create your own collar, and they're easier to make than you think! I am a newbie sewer and even I was able to create Jack a collar.

If you're not interested in breaking out the sewing machine, you can still get buy a premade or custom collar  in your desired pattern here!

My kit came with the hardware, webbing and ribbon needed to create Jack a collar.


Circus Cookie Krispie Treats

I love Rice Krispie treats and this weekend I took them to a whole new level by adding frosted animal crackers.





Circus Cookie Krispie Treats
Ingredients:


5 tablespoons butter
16 oz. mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1 bag (13 oz.) bag of frosted Circus Animal Cookies, coarsely chopped

Directions
1. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large pot over low heat melt the butter.
3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Stir in krispie cereal and cookies until coated in the marshmallow mixture.
6. Press firmly into the pan.
7. Allow to cool before serving.