Buttery Herb Popcorn

While in college Sunday evenings always involved going to the on-campus theater. One of the best parts of their movies nights was the herbed popcorn. Each week was a new concoction and better than the previous week. Over the weekend I attempted to create my own herbed popcorn,  so  I popped 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag for two minutes in the microwave. I then melted butter and mixed in some parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme and garlic salt and poured over the popcorn.









Must Watch Date Night Movies

Breezy dresses, warm weather, baseball games, beach parties, and cookouts are just some of the perks of summer. However there is something nostalgic about grabbing a bucket of popcorn, curling up with your favorite and enjoying a little escape from reality. Here is my top 10 lineup of date night movies: 

1. Sweet Home Alabama
2. That Awkward Moment
3. About Time
4. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
5. Frozen
6. The Proposal
7. This Means War
8. The Vow
9. 21 Jump Street
10. The Notebook

Febreze Noseblind GIVEAWAY

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.


If you watch TV you’ve probably noticed the Febreze commercials featuring their Noseblind challenges.  You know the ones where they blindfold people, and put them in a room filled with disgusting garbage – when the blindfold is removed they basically want to die because of how gross the situation is.

What exactly is Noseblind? It’s the gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, belongings or car, in which the affected does notice them (even though their guests do).
This week I had the opportunity to take the Noseblind test myself along with a few friends during movie night (we watched Frozen), and let me tell you it was an interesting experience. The challenge I was presented was simple. Take a couple surveys before and after the movie. This was determining what smells were the most apparent in my home. They were the smell of rubber (I didn’t realize my rainboots were that smelly….oops), the dinner I had just cooked and the bag of buttery popcorn in the living room.
I soon realized that the buttery popcorn masked the other scents in my home. While watching Frozen I lit a Febreze candle, by the end of the movie my house smelled fresh and clean. Days later there were no lingering smells in the house.


The Noseblind test really made me aware of the fact that it’s easy to become used to the scents in my home in turn making me Noseblind. It’s kind of scary to think about, no one wants their guests to think they have a smelly home. So this definitely made me more aware of the scents that are going on at my house, as well as making Febreze my new BFF.


Now it’s time to get you equip with the essentials you need to keep your house smelling fab, and avoid Noseblindness. Enter below for your chance to win a FABULOUS Febreze prize pack as well as a $60 American Express Gift Card!! Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway You can also learn more about the Febreze Noseblind Test here. Don't forget to connect with Febreze on Facebook & Twitter for more fun! Join the party #Noseblind

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.


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.

Chat it up with SinfulColors on Twitter @SinfulColors_NP

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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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.


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.

NOURISH The Fit Woman's Cookbook

Lorna Jane Clarkson is the incredibly fit and fab founder of Lorna Jane Activewear. Not only does she design cute and functional workout clothes, but she eats nutritious food, works out and her mission is to inspire others with her own personal life philosophy of Active Living. She encourages you to get more out of life by giving more of yourself everyday, and striving to be better each day than you were the day before as well as practice Move, Nourish, Believe. "Move, Nourish, Believe,"simply means: Move your body everyday, Nourish your body with delicious food (the recipes will change your life!) and Believe anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
Lorna Jane has easily become my healthy living inspiration, and I was absolutely thrilled when I received an e-copy of her brand new cookbook NOURISH - The Fit Woman's Cookbook.  Let me just say if you are looking to make some healthy changes in your life (or maybe you already have) this book is perfect for you. Filled with gorgeous pictures, inspirational quotes, guidelines and tips for living a healthy and active lifestyle and not to mention some amazing recipes.



After receiving the book I immediately tried out two recipes. First up: Homemade Nut Butter served with a range of fresh vegetables that were a huge hit for the 4th of July.

Veggie Sticks with Nut Butter
Roast unsalted nuts (about 4 cups will make a small jar of nut butter) until browned lightly. Allow to cool and then using a food processor - process for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture forms a coarse paste. Don't forget to occasionally scrape down the sides. Add Himalayan pink salt to taste and process again until smooth. Serve with celery sticks, carrots, cucumber, radishes or tomatoes.




Next: Poached Chicken. This is one of my favorite recipes in the book. I have been tripling the recipe and enjoying the chicken on salad daily for lunch. The flavors are brilliant together and this has easily become my go-to.

Poached Chicken
Ingredients
1 chicken breast fillet
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 lemon, sliced
3 black peppercorns

Directions
1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.
2. Cover with cold water.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
5. Remove from heat, let stand, covered 10 minutes.
6. Slice or shred chicken meat as desired.




Join @LornaJaneActive for the #liveloveNOURISH initiative and you may be 1 of 10 winners to receive a hard copy of NOURISH. You won't want to miss out!! Not only do you have a chance to win a copy of the cookbook, the most active participant will receive a cookbook and a  $200 Gift Card to Lorna Jane! Join me with Lorna Jane and other members of the Sweat Pink community for the Twitter Party tomorrow at 9PM EST.

Tweet: Join the #LiveLoveNOURISH initiative w/ @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach! Giveaway of: 10 NOURISH Cookbooks + $200 Gift Card to #lornajane!

I received a complimentary e-book for review. From Fit Approach and Lorna Jane As always, all thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own.

Grown Up Topsy Tail

Did anyone else rock a topsy tail in the 90’s? Well get ready for a modern twist on an old favorite. Here is a chic way to pull long hair back when the temperatures rise.
Instructions:
1. Pull hair in to a mid-height ponytail.
2. Tie a small, clear elastic around your ponytail a couple inches down from the base of the pony to create your first section.
3. Carefully separate this section in half to create a hole.
4. Flip remaining tail over and pass through the hole create in step 4.
5. Use clear elastic to tie off a second section of hair a few inches below the first.
6. Repeat steps 4-6 until you reach the base.









Keep Your Dog Safe Today

Did you know….. more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Here are seven tips for keeping your furbaby safe this Independence Day.

1. Be sure your pooch is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on his/her collar at all times. Jack has this collar with his name and my phone number on it.
2. Exercise your dog early in the day before celebrations begin.
3. Keep dog treats on hand for those who want to give your dog food.
4. Keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks… etc away from curious canines.
5. Thundercoats work wonders for anxious dogs.
6. Leave your pet at home during the fireworks. Frozen peanut butter Kongs are always good to have. 
7. If your dog is afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music or the TV on to mask noises such as the fireworks.

Patriotic Summer Salad

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share a super simple salad recipe that I have been loving this summer. It just so happens to be red, white and blue making it perfect for 4th of July BBQ's. All you need is spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and some fresh mozzarella, pair it with your favorite salad dressing for a delicious side or add some grilled chicken and make it a main meal.