• Food

    4 Winter Recipes To Keep You Warm

    During the winter months, we all want to eat warm and comforting food that helps us to fight off the cold weather. It is also important to eat meat during the winter period. This is because it contains a high amount of protein, which causes the greatest increase in heat production in the body. The scientific term for this is ‘specific dynamic action’, but in basic terms, it means that meat is the best food to consume if you want to keep warm. So let’s take a look at some of the best recipes for the cold months ahead… Pot Au Feu Pot Au Feu is a comforting dish.…

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    Decor,  Home Decor

    Red, Green, & Gold Christmas Tree

    This year with my new townhouse I got a new Christmas tree from Costco. A pre-lit one, which is new to me. I have to say it was so much easier to not have to string the lights! The tree I got is 7 ft. tall and the lights can be white, colored, or alternate – which is the setting I normally have it on since I love both white and colored lights. The small lights are classic and clean, but part of me still misses those large old school bulbs! For my tree this year, I inadvertently got an assortment of red, green, and gold ornaments. When I went…

  • Health

    4 Simple Diet Changes That Improve Heart Health

    It’s always important to look after your heart. People often think that it’s only something you should be concerned about as you get older and, while it’s more of an issue as you age, you should always be taking steps to improve your heart health. If you’re healthy now, it’ll help you to avoid any problems in the future. There are quite a few different ways to keep a healthy heart. Exercise is a great way to improve heart health but even if you’re very active, your diet can have a big impact. If you’re worried about protecting your heart health, you should make these simple changes to your diet.…

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    Fashion,  Looks

    Navy Blue Quilted Jacket

    We’re getting close to the time of year where we need to break out our winter jackets for the next few months, but before we get there I wanted to share a lighter weight jacket. Back in the summer I was at J.Crew and saw this navy blue quilted jacket with gold hardware and instantly loved it. I did not love the price tag, however. It wasn’t ridiculously expensive, but it was more than I wanted to spend at the time on a jacket despite loving it. I love navy blue and the quilted jacket looked so nice. The gold zipper and buttons looked so good against the blue too.…

  • Waffle knit cold shoulder + plaid foldover clutch
    Fashion,  Looks

    Restyled: Cold Shoulder Sweater + Plaid Foldover Clutch

    Going back to work after a long weekend is always tough. I’m hoping today goes by quickly and smoothly! Today I’m sharing the last look from my fall photoshoot with Lauren – a restyling of two items that have been on the blog before. I thought that this white cold shoulder sweater paired with jeans, blue loafers, and my plaid foldover clutch would make the perfect fall look. Top: LOFT | Clutch: Lauren Ericka Designs via Aster Market | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: DSW I love the waffle knit of this cold shoulder sweater. It’s so cozy! Plaid is never not in style and it’s always perfect for fall. Foldover clutches…

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    Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon

    I love a good slow cooker recipe any time of the year, but especially during the colder/winter months because slow cooker recipes are usually heartier. Last winter I made a slow cooker boeuf bourguignon and it was so good! I didn’t get a chance to share it last winter on here so I’m sharing it now since we are just at the start of the cold weather. I don’t remember which recipe/website I followed when I made this last winter and it’s driving me crazy that I can’t find it saved on my Pinterest or in my bookmarks. This one seems like the closest to what I made except it’s not…

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    Love is the Foundation Brush

    If you are in to beauty, you may have heard many times before that one of the most important things is that you’re using good quality tools/brushes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they need to be expensive, but good makeup brushes are a good investment. You can wear drugstore makeup and if you have good quality brushes you can still look flawless. Likewise, you can splurge on high-end makeup and if your brushes are lousy, your makeup may not look so great. Once in a while, I like to buy new brushes even though mine are still in good shape. I wash them regularly using my Sigma glove and baby…

  • Books

    Book Review: The Hate U Give

    Full disclosure – I didn’t have very high expectations for The Hate U Give. My students in my book club chose it to read and I thought it was going to be just a typical teenage book that was turned in to a movie. I knew the premise of the book and that it was a best seller – but that still didn’t really give me high hopes. But, I ended up really liking it and halfway through I was really hooked and couldn’t stop reading. The Hate U Give follows teenager, Starr Carter, who lives in a rough neighborhood. Her father is a former gang member who left the gang…

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    Skin Care

    Volition Beauty – Rose of Jericho Renewing Elixir

    If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I am a fan of Volition Beauty and for over a year they’ve been kind enough to send me some products to try out. The newest is the Rose of Jericho Renewing Elixir. The Rose of Jericho is known as the Resurrection Plant, which sounds pretty cool to me. Using the resilience of the plant, the elixir ” helps to re-energize and assist in the acceleration of skin’s cell renewal process. Naturally retaining moisture and springing back to life from its once dried out state, its the most effective skin care ingredient that you’ve never heard of.” It’s also described as…

  • Technology

    How To Compare Products Online Effectively

    When comparing a product, what is the first thing you look at? No doubt this will be the price! Of course, the cost of something is important, but this is not the only thing you should look at when you are buying things online. There can often be hidden costs, which you have to go looking for! Knowing how to compare products effectively is vital. Below, we will discuss the things you should be looking out for when purchasing something…   Delivery Costs This is something that often catches people out on sites such as eBay. You may have browsed the popular auction website looking for some rings, for…