Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Glitter Ornaments

I was looking for a cute and easy Christmas craft to do and came across DIY Glitter Ornaments and decided to try it for myself.  And let me just is fool proof.  Craft challenged ladies rejoice, because this really works and the results are awesome!  

All you need:
Glass ornaments (I got these from JoAnn's)
Glitter of your choice (this was from my local dollar store!)
And Pledge Floor cleaner...yes, floor cleaner.  Just trust me, it works.
Add decorations of choice!  Bows, scrapbook stickers, paint pen art, etc.  Make it your own!
Start out by pouring some Pledge floor cleaner into the ornament and slowly swishing it around so that it touches all inside surfaces of the ornament.  Dump out excess fluid when inside is completely coated.

Next, pour the glitter into the ornament and shake around until all surfaces are covered.  Pour out excess glitter.

Final product!

Dress it up!

All Christmas'ed up :)

Like new....shhh

What you need:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals 2012

I know this is kind of last minute, but it's difficult to find the difference between Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals early on.  So here is a list of sites and stores you can visit online TOMORROW to get the best Cyber Monday deals from the comfort of your own  home.  Just know you might have to go online early in order to get the best deals!


Please comment with any other stores/sites with Cyber Monday Deals!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! A recipe for the holiday: Pumpkin Bars!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you all enjoy your holiday.  If you are looking to whip up an amazing dessert tonight for your family and friends, look no further.  I made these last year and they were a huge hit!  I saw the recipe on the Food Network from Paula Deen, so  needless to say, they are not the healthiest things in the world...but Thanksgiving is a cheat day :)

Here is the recipe for Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars


4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.  Frost with cream cheese icing.  Eat!!

Eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin...all combined!

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and start mixing!

Get it really fluffy!
Pour into baking pan evenly and place into the oven
Almost done!!
Cut into bars..time to ice!!
You can make your own, but I chose to make it easy on myself and use this instead

Spread out icing evenly by pouring it into a ziplock bag and cutting the tip

Ready to eat!  Enjoy!  And Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blazers, Stripes, and Beads

My new favorite fashion trend of the season are sleek blazers.  I picked one up recently and absolutely love it for work!  Today I decided to pair it with a simple striped beige and black top and a simple beaded necklace.  

What I'm wearing: Top: H&M (old), Pants: Macy's INC similar here, Necklace: Forever 21 (old) similar here
Here's an up close view of the way the necklace falls over the stripes.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mama's Chicken Parm

So I have a soft spot for a good Chicken Parmesan.  My family makes fun of me, because whenever we go to an Italian restaurant they know what I'm going to get--chicken parm.  I just can't resist the cheesy, saucy, delicious combination.  I think, however, that the reason I always order chicken parm is because I feel as though it's too complicated to make.  Why I thought that, I do not know.  So here is my first attempt at chicken parm and it was a hit!  And so easy!  

 Recipe for Mama's Chicken Parm

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved in order to cook faster
1/3-1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs
olive oil
Semi-Homemade Marinara Sauce (or regular tomato sauce of your choice)
mozzarella cheese

Start by cutting chicken breats in half.  Wrap in plastic wrap and pound them until they are about 1/2 inch thick

Pour the flour in a plate, beat the eggs in a bowl, and pour the bread crumbs on a plate.  Then dip each piece of chicken in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs in that order!

Ready to get cookin!

Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil.  Place each of the breaded chicken breasts in and flip occasionally until fully cooked and browned.

Ready for some sauce and cheese!!  Place cooked chicken breasts on a baking sheet.

Get that sauce cooking up (also get some pasta cooked up if you want that on the side)

Add sauce to each piece of chicken as well as a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.  Place in the oven and broil until cheese is melted with slight browning.

And it's ready to eat!! Enjoy!


  • Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup of Salt (to brine the chicken)
  • Flour
  • Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 2 Eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 of a Small Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • (2) 28oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes 
  • (1) 12oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese

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  • Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup of Salt (to brine the chicken)
  • Flour
  • Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 2 Eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 of a Small Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • (2) 28oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes 
  • (1) 12oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

When the Leaves Fall Down

Where I got it: Top: Wet Seal (old) Similar Here, Jeans: American Eagle, Bag: Jessica Simpson (old) Similar Here, Boots: (old) Simliar Here, Jacket: (old, TJMaxx!) Similar Here, Necklace: Forever 21 (old) Similar Here

This is one of my absolute favorite fall looks.  A simple neutral toned outfit paired with chocolate colored boots makes for a simple and casual look for autumn.

Get the look:

Black and Blue

Where I got it: Top: Flirt Catalog Pants: Macy's Purse: Coach (old) Similar Here

I just got this top and I absolutely love it.  I've been able to wear it both to work and out for a casual day on the town.  It is extremely comfortable and the color looks awesome on my light skin (though my skin looks extremely white in this picture, it was the sun I swear!).  The pairing of this simple black and blue with pewter accessories really helps the color to pop!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was getting tired of my usual bowl of Cheerio's before work, and decided it was time to mix up my breakfast for tomorrow.  I looked through a few recipes, and came across this one for Sinfully Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Let's just say for once, I can't wait to get up tomorrow morning!!

Ingredients (yields 12 muffins):

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups, or grease the pan.
2.  In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
3.  In another bowl, mix melted butter, beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla.
4.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Divide into 12 muffin cups.
7.  Sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top of each muffin for a little sparkle and crunch (optional).
8.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

The batter mixed up...just use a spoon to mix it up!  Don't mix too much
Scoop it out!
Add some extra chocolate chips and granulated sugar to the tops!
Almost done!
Out of the oven....couldn't wait to eat these!
So. delicious.


Top 5 Style Blogs for Women

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
― Coco Chanel

As I was browsing through some Pinterest posts, I came across Lauren Conrad's blog.  She is so stylish, crafty, and beautiful, and her blog embodies all of that and more!  I decided to browse a little more and find a few more blogs that truly inspire women to become the best versions of themselves. 

5 Best Style Blogs to Follow:

Lauren Conrad is young and trendy, and her blog takes you everywhere from style advice, to craft tutorials, to book reviews.  Spend a few hours browsing through her posts, and leave her site feeling completely inspired to dress to impress!

Urban Frill is a blog that is easy to love.  It is written by a young and chic woman who would give any young woman major closet envy.  This girl pulls it all off!

Yes, Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle.  And the blog is just as cute as the name!  This blog provides so many fashion ideas laid out so nicely.  It's not just about showing put together outfits, but it outlines what makes something work.  This is a great blog for girls who want to improve and understand their fashion choices better.

The Satorialist is like going people watching through the internet.  This blog looks at all different types of fashion from around NYC...and believe me, that's a lot of different fashion choices!  Search for something you can relate to and go from there!

Refinery29 is like a one stop shop for fashion advice.  What I love about this blog is the articles with tips, tricks, and budget choices.  It's a great blog to visit if you are trying to make a fashion change!

Enjoy!  Let me know if there are any style blogs that inspire you!

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