We all know about the health benefits of drinking water throughout the day. Not only does it help your organs function better, staying hydrated is great for your skin, mood and energy levels. Staying on top of your intake can be challenging at times, and let’s face it — sometimes you want a tasty beverage or treat instead of a glass of regular ol’ H20. That’s where these three recipes come in; they are a few of my favorite water-based combos meant to help incorporate hydration throughout the day. Try them and let me know what you think!
For years the chevron pattern has been a consistent trend in fashion and home décor. I appreciate that it’s simple, chic, and playful all at once. Whether a black and white rug or multi-color cardigan, these stripes just say ‘good time’ to me!
Nail artist and industry expert Tracylee Percival created a cute take on chevron for our fingertips, and she’s sharing her step-by-step instructions here, just for us!
Brooks and I were over-the-moon excited to book a trip to Africa. Both of us have always dreamed about going on an African safari. Brooks was especially wanting to see Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Before we left, we snapped pics of our complete outfits not only for fun but also to stay organized. When you have photos to reference what shoes go with what pants and what top, you’ll spend less time figuring out your outfit and more time enjoying your vacation!
Often I’ll receive emails from you guys that I feel is best answered by an expert. Ashley’s email asks a popular question amongst my readers: how to get flat abs. I second what my trainer from Body By Simone, Erica Hood, says below.
It’s not only about the exercise you do but also what you put in your body. Eating clean and getting proper hydration is an essential part to achieving a tight tummy. Smart nutritional habits plus strengthening moves, as Erica suggests, equals a strong, healthy core!
The first and most important tip toward your flatter tummy is healthy eating. In addition to that, you want to make sure you are doing quality not quantity abdominal exercises. It doesn’t matter how many reps you can do, but that you execute proper form and really engage the core muscles to their max potential. Be sure to also switch up your exercises making sure to hit upper abs, lower abs and obliques.
One of the things I love to do most is switching things up a bit by refreshing my surroundings. Whether it’s moving, changing my hair color, updating my wardrobe, or swapping out the pillows on my couch, change excites me. Hitting refresh can often feel liberating and sometimes even a little scary.
This dish is one of those that is so beautiful you aren’t sure if you can even eat it. Well, you can — and you should! Squash blossoms are one of the most delicious plants on the planet, especially when they’re packed with pine nuts and warm cheese. It’s hard to believe these delicate flowers stem from the same place as a stalky zucchini.
I love this recipe from Dolly and Oatmeal because it would make a perfect party appetizer or side dish. I also appreciate that the blossoms are baked instead of fried, and can be made vegan in a snap.
Plus, let’s face it… they’re so pretty!
Many of you have noticed my love for the choker necklace and asked where I’ve been scooping them up. Good news! This ’90s throwback accessory is back in a big way, so most stores are carrying variations of this trend in virtually every style.
I usually wear a thin, simple choker in my day to day because I like the little hint of something extra it lends to a simple tee shirt or sweater. When dressing up, I’ll go for a solid gold or ornamental mixed-metal style to match the fancier look.
Having healthy self-esteem is something most of us have to work on constantly. Nobody feels 100% fantastic about themselves all the time, I’m pretty sure. There’s plenty of propaganda out there to make us feel like we can improve in some way, and it’s always in our face. Magazines, movies, television and especially social media can make us feel as if we should have a better body, more money in the bank, a smoother complexion, a cooler wardrobe, a more exciting social life… you get the idea.
Learning to accept myself and find happiness within wasn’t the easiest thing to achieve when I was a teenager. I can only imagine how much harder it must be today with the constant pressures that stem from social media. I can’t say what it’s like to be a teen today, but 13-year-old Kylie Rose sure can.
Kylie is a beautifully honest young lady on a mission to inspire others. In her YouTube video, Kylie eloquently discusses the challenges of finding self acceptance and self love in a world of selfies. Despite our age difference, Kylie’s wisdom and honesty moved me — and I hope it will move you, too.
I’m so excited to have one of my favorite bakers, Meghan Rosko of Nutmeg + Honeybee, back on the blog today! She’s got a delicious and sweet recipe to show your mom how much she means to you this Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to tag us if you make these and share pics!
One of my all time favorite spring flavor combinations is Lemon + Rosemary. I decided to make some Lemon Rosemary Shortbread cookies topped with a lemon royal icing to capture the beautiful flavors and colors of spring. The rosemary creates a nice flavor boost to a regular lemon recipe, while the buttery cookie melts in your mouth.
I recently learned how to turn an eye shadow into a lipstick or tinted gloss. This may just be my new favorite DIY! I know I’m not the only one who has a collection of underused colors of shadow sitting in my makeup drawer. Maybe they seemed like a good idea at the time or perhaps they came in a gift set. Either way, I haven’t used them… yet. I chose to convert a lavender, rose, and shimmery gold from eye paint to lip love. It was easy to do!