May 23, 2011

Happy toes!

I must say I am loving the warm weather. Trips to the pool, dinner on the patio, boating . . . summer is upon us!  I know my toes are happy to be back in their McKims and Jacks.  And that means pedicures are a must!  While I love a trip to the salon, in between visits I touch up my own with my mani/pedi kit.  I keep a stash of good polish on hand for whatever color strikes my fancy.

My mani/pedi kit (not pictured) is from Bath and Body Works and is great.  It has all the tools I need and keeps them organized. Here is the latest version from Bath and Body Works.  I'm loving the orange and pink!  And best of all, it's on sale for $8 right now.  





And if I had to choose a polish I'd choose one of these two below - Meet me at Sunset or Smooth Sailing!

May 17, 2011

Pineapple Bliss

Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, which means the start of cook-out season.  I have a few parties to attend in the next couple weeks and came across a light, yummy and low-fat dessert to contribute to the goods. It's a cinch to make and would look adorable with a slice of citrus gummy candy or brightly colored sprinkles on top, and cute, summery liners.

{Photo by: Gina Homolka}
Pineapple Bliss Cupcakes
{Recipe by skinnytaste.com}

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice (don't drain)

Directions: Combine both ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour into lined cupcake tins and bake according to directions on cake mix box. Set aside to cool.

Pineapple Fluff Cream Cheese Frosting  
{Recipe by skinnytaste.com}

Ingredients:
8 oz. Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese
20 oz. can crushed pineapple in juice (drain well and squeeze)
3/4 cup marshmallow fluff

Directions: Combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and pineapple in a bowl and mix until combined well. Spread on cooled cupcakes and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Happy baking!

May 11, 2011

Makeup essential

The month of May has certainly been a fun one with all my travel adventures!  I have many pictures and tales to share soon after travel weekend number three, which begins Friday for another friend's wedding.

I do find that I like to travel in style, while also staying organized. Today's suggestion is a good makeup case. I find that I need one that isn't too small so that I can fit my regular day-to-day makeup, but can also allow for any extra special occasion makeup (while also fitting in my suitcase or tote bag!). I also like a sturdy bag and if it has a wipeable liner, that's also a big plus. And it, of course, must be cute and coordinating!

Right now I am lusting after this Vineyard Vines train case. I have not seen it in person so it may be too large to fit in a suitcase, but it would be great for storing my makeup.



If the train case is too big to travel with, the adorable pina colada bag looks to be the perfect size. Just the thing for a tropical vacation!

The gingham bag is adorable as well. Besides using it for travel, it's the perfect size to throw in your work bag or to store other items in your purse.

  

Which is your favorite? I just may have to make one of these mine!  :)

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!


A very Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mom!
She is my cheerleader, a giver, loving, so supportive and of course super fun!
I am a lucky daughter, indeed.




Although I'm not with you today Mom, I am thinking of you and can't wait to see you again soon so we can celebrate. Have a great day full of JOY!

May 4, 2011

Away she goes!

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Hello friends!

I hope the beginning of May is treating everyone well. It's been gorgeous here in sunny Florida! May, for me, is a month of fun, travel and celebrations.

This past weekend I was in St. Augustine for a sorority sister's wedding (had a blast!), this weekend I'm going on vacation with the bf's family and the following weekend I'm jetting off for another sorority sister's wedding. Good thing I love to travel :)

Up, up, and away I go!
 
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