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May 2015

Fashion

Cute Weekend Bags for Under $40!

affordable Weekend BagWeekend getaways are a great way to de-stress. It’s all the fun of a vacation without the 2-week price tag.

As we get closer to the summer months, I know a few of you will set out to enjoy a well deserved two day break so I wanted to share a couple of cute bags that are the perfect size (and price) for your mini vacay.

Also, for all of us sticking around town, these bags are awesome for tackling a work weekend. On blog photo shoot days I typically pack a bag this size with: A few outfits, camera cards, something to keep me warm at night, deodorant, ponytails, etc.

I’m curious to see which bag is your favorite, let me know in the comments!

1. Chevron Printed Weekender Bag

2. Navy & White Striped Weekender Bag

3. Floral Print Weekender Bag

4. Coral Weekender Bag with Triangle Print

Movies & Books

Broke Babe: How to get Yes, Please By Amy Poehler for Free!

Yes please Amy PoehlerI hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day!

I’ve been contemplating starting a variety of series on the blog but I really want to provide you guys with info you can actually use or at least be entertained by. So I came to the conclusion that the best way to find out what you like is to share a bunch of things and see what gets a positive response.

And now on to the good stuff. Here’s how to get the new Amy Poehler book for free!

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Fashion

These are the Cutest Flamingos Ever!

 

 

I’m kinda sorta totally in love with Kate Spade’s new flamingo print! I don’t normally keep up with the latest designer lines but I saw this adorable little pink bird print in a web video starring Anna Kendrick.

I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I spotted a cute #MissAdventure video and was completely sucked in. 1. I adore Anna Kendrick, she’s like the skinnier, richer, more successful version of me. We’re both a little rough around the edges and kinda funny, Lol. 2) I’m an easy sell for cute novelty prints.

I personally can’t afford any of it but I can still appreciate the adorable design. So if you’re broke too, open a Kate Spade tab on your computer and lets be happily miserable together.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Food + Drink

Mini Memorial Day Tostadas

Ground Turkey RecipeI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Honeysuckle White. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

We’ve got a wonderful three day weekend coming up and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

Memorial Day is the perfect holiday for a fresh, fun, and super delicious recipe like the one I’m sharing today. These cute and crispy little tostadas are likely to become a family favorite!

This recipe features Honeysuckle White turkey, which is a leaner alternative to ground pork or beef. Honeysuckle White works with more than 700 independent farmers to produce these wholesome turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics! They are also super passionate and committed to offering better food for a better price.

I know how important it is to us all to serve our loved ones the best quality food at prices that don’t hurt the household budget. I strongly encourage you to check out Honeysuckle White and cook up a healthy and scrumptious meal for your family tonight!

After checking out this recipe, I hope you’ll stop by the Memorial Day Turkey Recipe Contest to vote for me! My future hubby and I would go absolutely bananas if we won! Lol.


INGREDIENTS:

TURKEY:

1 Package of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey (16oz.)

½ Tablespoon Seasoning Salt

1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Salt

1-2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce

1 Package Tortillas

SALSA:

1 Mango – peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Red Bell Pepper

1 Red Onion, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro

1 Fresh Serrano Chili, Finely Chopped

2 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Honey

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, head to the kitchen and get cooking!


•••COOKING INSTRUCTIONS•••

Mini Tostadas:

  1. Warm up a few tortillas on the stove. Once cool, use a circle cookie-cutter to cut small circles out of their centers.
  2. Lightly grease your mini tortillas and place them in the spaces of an upside down cupcake tin. You’ll notice how they natural begin to take shape
  3. Bake your mini tortillas for about 12mins at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

Salsa:

  1. Combine all mango salsa ingredients into a bowl and set in in the fridge to chill.

Tasty Turkey:

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine your HoneySuckle White ground turkey, seasoning, and hot sauce in a bowl and knead everything together.
  3. Place you’re your mixed ground turkey into your skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat up until it’s cooked. You’ll know it’s ready when you no longer see any pink (3 to 5 minutes).

The Grand Finale:

  1. Divide the turkey among the tostadas and top with your fresh Mango salsa.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! I’d love to hear how your mini Tostadas turned out. Feel free to share your cooking experience with me in the comment section.

Also, you can use the lovely little widget below to vote for this recipe! The contest ends Monday May 25th so be sure to get your vote in before than!

Memorial Day Turkey Recipe Contest

Beauty

Fun Date Night Featuring euphoria Calvin Klein

new fragranceI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calvin Klein. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Forget about waiting until the weekend to have a date night!

Normally, I’m the first one to advocate saving major outings for a Friday or Saturday but not this week. On Wednesday, Will and I dressed up and went out for dinner & drinks.

I had stopped by Macy’s a few days earlier to find something new to wear. I wasn’t sure what type of look I wanted to create but after I few minutes of browsing I found the cutest little one piece.

I picked out a fun and sexy romper with a playful floral print. I decided to add a blazer both for warmth and to help my outfit look more nighttime appropriate.

Date Night Floral Romper

fiance dateSince we were doing something outside of our usual routine, the night itself took on a bold vibe. I knew a unique statement necklace and sky high heels would be the perfect accessories.

As a finishing touch, I spritzed euphoria Calvin Klein on my wrists and rubbed a little behind my ears. The sexy, sweet and very sophisticated scent was the perfect finishing touch for my date night look.

Throughout the night I kept catching whiffs of the exotic euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance and it served as a reminder of how exciting it was to be out having dinner on what would otherwise be an uneventful weekday.

So many of us get lost in the whirlwind of work and daily responsibilities that we completely forget about the importance of simply enjoying life. There will always be things on your to-do list but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a spontaneous outing here and there!

You can also make a mundane day more interesting by switching up your normal beauty routine. Instead of stepping out in your casual pink lip gloss, opt for a bright magenta. Or you can try a new scent like the euphoria Calvin Klein one I wore on our date night.

Also, since Mother’s Day is tomorrow and I know a few of us are doing some last minute shopping, I wanted to remind you that if you visit Macy’s or Dillard’s and buy your mom a large spray from the euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance line you will receive a beautiful and COMPLIMENTARY orchid like the one below! Two wonderful gifts all in one!

Orchid

Have a lovely weekend everyone!