Happy Wax

I love candles, but they’re not really the safest. I am always afraid of accidentally leaving one burning when I leave the house. This is where wax melts come in. No flame means they’re safer – however you still want to use them with caution. I recently tried out Happy Wax, which not only offers stylish warmers but also the cutest wax melts (they look like gummy bears). I am obsessed with mixing them to create my own scent combinations.
• No scrape silicone dish – probably one of my favorite features once the wax hardens it will pop right out of the dish…soooo love that aspect.
• Easy-off timer – set the melters to 3, 6 or 9 hours and you don’t have to worry about shutting it off.
• Natural scent formulations – made using 100 percent natural soy and essential oils.
• Melts are the cutest things ever – they’re made to look like gummy bears.
• Special holiday additions are in other shapes such as a Christmas tree.
• Melts come in a variety of amazing smelling scents  - my favorites are cucumber melon and grapefruit mangosteen.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side – anyone else remember that song by Webster and Young B? One of my friends in college used to rock that song out anytime they had chicken noodle soup in the dining hall. With everyone getting sick lately, I thought I would share with you my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe – which is a whole lot like the soup they served us in college.

Chicken Noodle Soup
For the Chicken
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
2 tablespoons olive oil
garlic powder
chili powder
dried basil
dried oregano

For the Soup
4-5 large carrots, peeled and diced
4-5 stalks celery, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
4 cups water
2 bay leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
fresh dill chopped (I use ¼ cup)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place chicken tenders in a dish.
3. Drizzle the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
4. Sprinkle with spices.
5. Turn over each piece of chicken.
6. Drizzle with remaining oil.
7. Sprinkle with spices.
8. Bake for 25 minutes covered.
9. Once cooked cut into chunks or shred.
***While chicken is cooking***
1. Add carrots, celery, onion and bay leaves to a large pot.
2. Add the water and stock.
3. Cook until vegetables are tender.
4. Add the lemon juice.
5. Add the dill.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Turn off and add chicken.
8. Add prepared noodles of your choice  to your bowl and top with soup.

Coming to Detroit: Cinderella

I am so excited Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is coming back to Detroit for a limited time engagement at the Fisher Theatre from March 13-18, 2018.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. 
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.
One of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.
Mr. Beane's book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"
The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.
The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.
For more information please visit www.CinderellaOnBroadway.com
Twitter: @CinderellaBway
Performance times for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA appearing March 13-18, 2018 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
•           Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
•           Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m.
•           Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
•           Thursday & Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
•           Special Open Captioned performance on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA start at $35 (includes facility and parking fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Fisher Theatre box office.  A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre box office. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. Tickets for the Open Captioned performance may be purchased in person at The Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica. As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.

Galentine's Day

My heart is still so full from Saturday’s Galentine’s Party, there is nothing better than finding a like-minded community, and I am so grateful for my TIU Michigan Girls. Getting together with all these ladies was such an amazing way to end the Love Your Body Challenge, and I cannot wait for our next challenge and meet up.

Polish Village Cafe

A and I were talking a few weeks back and he found out I have never had a pierogi before – yes I realize I lived in Pittsburgh, however I never had one the entire time I was there! This resulted in him making us pierogies, salad and potatoes for dinner (he’s a really good cook – like really good ladies!). After dinner he told me he wanted to take me to a restaurant in Hamtramck to try out “real” pierogies (not ones from the freezer that he cooked). So of course after an event one night we made a stop at the Polish Village CafĂ© in Hamtramck. Since this was my first time ever going to a Polish restaurant he made sure to order us the essentials to share, which included dill pickle soup, pierogies and potato pancakes. As someone who LOVES pickles, I was a huge fan of the dill pickle soup. Since I have now tried Polish food, what should I try next?

Five Things

 {my Valentine surprised me with the pretties bouquet of pink flowers}

Recently I have found myself very frustrated in multiple areas of my life. Between my mood and the lack of sunshine the negative energy surrounding me has been unbearable. I took a moment to reflect and have a meltdown, before I pulled myself together and got back into my happy and bubbly ways. Here’s five ways I filled my week with positivity….

 {homemade Caesar salad - the dressing was amazing}
 {got the Mazda CX-5 stuck twice in the snow}
 {went on a snowy hike}
{when you're both from Utica - you don't miss the ice festival}

5 Dates to Beat the Winter Blues

Living in Michigan when February rolls around we hardly see any days with the sun. The lack of sunshine makes it easy for anyone to just bunker down. Before you realize it you’re five-seasons deep in a seven-season show. Don’t get stuck in this slump, I have five date night ideas for you that’ll help you beat the winter blues. No significant other? No problem! These ideas are perfect for you and your girlfriends as well.
Decide on who will make dinner and who is making dessert. Write down three ingredients that the other person has to use, and head to the grocery store to get what you need to cook your portion of the meal and just like Food Network’s Chopped ‘get cookin’ when you get home. Give yourselves thirty minutes to create your dinner and dessert masterpieces.
Evening out
Divvy up the planning process, one person picks the restaurant and the other chooses the evening’s post dinner activity. It’s a great way to collaborate on a night out instead of everything being one-sided.

Enjoy a five-course dinner… at five different places
Pick a place to grab an appetizer, one to enjoy soup and salad, another for a main course to split, head to another for another main course and round out the evening with dessert.
Release your inner child
Head to the store and buy those cheap plastic sleds you used as a kid, head for the hills, when you’re finished wind down with a cup of cocoa.

Have simple fun with a black tie twist
Get dressed in your best, and head to your local bowling alley for a fun filled evening.

Lauren Gleisberg 30 x 30

Like most girls I have tried my fair share of fade diets, workouts (Brazilian Butt Lift anyone haha), and more. When it comes to eating I have learned that I do best when I live an 80-20 lifestyle – I mean sometimes a girl just wants some dessert. I have been following the Tone It Up nutrition and fitness plans for awhile, however I haven’t been seeing the results that I had hoped for. As someone who was in the overweight range until college, I know that I definitely struggle a lot with my body. After the TIU tour in Chicago I decided to lay off TIU for a while. I left it behind for a few reasons one being I really don’t like their foods, protein powder upsets my stomach and I would rather eat real food with protein instead of filling my body with supplements. Also, the Meta-D shots were literally ripping the enamel from my teeth.

Now that TIU was out I wondered if I could structure workouts and meals on my own, and the truth was I do better with a base of ideas for food, and even better when I have a workout plan to actually follow. My friend Katie introduced me to Lauren Gleisberg, and let me tell you – I am currently LOVING her meal plans. I’ll be honest I don’t follow them exactly, however they are real food and I love that I am not filling my body with supplements. Her workouts are great too. My life has been super chaotic lately and I have decided that I am restarting the 30x30 so I can actually do the whole thing and see the results. After 30 days I will let you know what I thought of the workouts and plan – and what kind of results I saw. Do you follow a nutrition and workout plan?

Mitten Crate

[ Disclosure: Mitten Crate provided me with a complimentary box for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ]

As you may know, I am a huge advocate of Made in the United States products, and an even bigger one of Made in Michigan products. That’s why I was thrilled to learn about Mitten Crate.

How Mitten Crate Works:
1. A one-time delivery
2. An ongoing subscription (with free shipping)
3. A three-month subscription (with a discount)
One you sign up, Mitten Crate will send you a box filled with a surprise assortment of Michigan-made food products. Subscription orders ship out on the 15th of each month, while one-time orders ship out daily. Mitten Crate makes a GREAT gift idea for someone who is from the mitten state, but may live elsewhere now. Mitten Crate is also a great way to get people to try out Michigan made products.

Mitten Crate was kind enough to send me their latest box to try out, which perfectly arrived to give me something to snack on while the snow comes down. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen the box, however I am going more in depth about each product now.

What I Received:
*the only company I have ever heard of and tried in this box is the Sanders candy
Sanders Milk Chocolate + Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Ferris Coffee – Cranberry Crunch Mix

Simple Supple Foods – Roasted Lentils

Feel Energy Drink

Blis Gourmet Steak Sauce

Five Things

[ Made a keylime pie for A's birthday ]
Happy Friday! Here is what I’ve been up to this week…
 [ dill pickle soup ]
 [ saw Finding Neverland - absolutely amazing ]
 [ his & her movie night ]
[snowpocalypse began and isn't letting up ]