Category Archives: Lifestyle

Which bag is mine?

The weather is starting to warm up, and summer is quickly approaching.  Most of us will go on a trip for summer vacation, and if you have been in an airport terminal, waiting for your bag, you know that sometimes it is hard to figure out which bag is yours.   Have you ever picked up a bag thinking it was yours and it’s not!!  Lol…I’be done that because most of the bags are black!!!  I have seen people put ribbon or tags to help identify their bags, or anything to help make it stand out.  My current luggage set consists of a set of suitcases with a silver background and brown polka dots on it.  Now when I travel, it is super easy to spot my bag as soon as it comes onto the carousel.  I have yet to see another bag like mine!

On a recent shopping trip to TJ Maxx I saw some cute and unique suitcases!  I would totally get these.  I actually had to tell myself that I didn’t need a new suitcase and put them back on the shelf.  Lol…

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I think this white bag is sooo chic.  For some, these suitcases may be too “loud”, but that’s what make them standout right?

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Both of these bags were $69.99…pretty good deal for a large hard shelled luggage!

Where are you going for your summer trips?

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Mini cross body bags

There are so many different cross body bags this season!  Ranging  from high end bags in the thousands, to cheaper versions less than $50, they are stylish and varied in shape and size.

But be still my heart, have you seen the mini cross body bags?  Oh so cute!  And they give any outfit an instant boost!  Here are a couple bags that I just ordered from Zara.

Sometimes the price of a bag is really cheap and looks good online, but when you finally get it, it looks and feels cheaply made.  That’s a bummer.  Not the case with these two bags, they are both real leather with cute details!

I love the feather detail on this blue suede bag, it makes it look fancy and chic!  You fancy huh?!

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When I first received this bag, I thought it was quite small, but it is the perfect size for going out.  You have plenty of room for the essentials…your cell, powder and lipstick, money, credit cards, and keys!

How about the tassels on this next one?  This season is all about the tassels, and this smooth leather bag has got four of them!  The blush color goes well with different outfits and this bag would be cute for a night on the town!  Best of all, this bag is only $39.90!

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The hat above is from H&M and it’s only $25!  Totally helps to keep your face out of the sun now that It’s sunny.  Check it out here.  Zara has so many cute bags!   Check them out here!

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Zoodles

On our trip to Arizona, my husband, Chris, and I stopped at Walmart to pick up some stuff.  You know how they put a bunch of random stuff at eye level to catch your eye and entice you to buy shit you don’t need?!  Well, it works!!!

I saw this contraption that you can use to cut vegetables and make noodles out of them…you know, to make vegetable spaghetti.  It’s the VEGETTI!!

When we got home, my husband surprised me and bought one.  (What a good husband)!  Forgive my pictures, they are very amateur.  Last minute, while I was cooking, I thought, “I should blog about this!”  So I whipped out my iPhone and started taking pics.  The lighting is poor, the presentation is poor, but dammit, I wanted to blog about it!

So I started with the sauce first…

I love a chunky sauce with lots of meat and mushrooms, so I buy any type of spaghetti sauce (I bought Ragu garlic and mushroom) and doctor it up!

I started with one package of washed, sliced crimini mushrooms and sautéed them, then added fresh minced garlic and half of a chopped onion and cooked it until the onions were clear adding salt to taste.  I then set the mushrooms, garlic, and onions aside.  Next, I took a pound of lean, grass fed ground beef and cooked it, adding 1 teaspoon of Italian herb mix and salt to taste.  Combine all ingredients together along with the spaghetti sauce…stir and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

Next it’s time for the vegetable noodles.  I used both zucchini and yellow squash as you can see, and I used about one zucchini/squash per serving.  Wash the vegetable and cut it in half and follow directions for cutting…

Cutting these noodles is actually quite fun and oddly satisfying.  It is not technically difficult or complicated, and you end up with long, curly vegetable noodles.  Sometimes they are so long, and I mean “Lady and the Tramp” long, that you have to cut them when serving them.

I like to sauté the noodles before serving, and I sautéed 2 cut vegetables with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tsp minced garlic.  The fragrance of the cooking garlic is heavenly, and I cook the vegetable noodles just enough so they are cooked, but still have a crispness to them, again adding salt to taste.

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I put the vegetable noodles in a bowl, topped it with the chunky sauce I whipped up, and threw on some mozzarella and parmasean cheese.  Wha-la!  Dinner is served!

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I was so proud of myself, like I had made pasta from scratch!  My husband loved it, and he doesn’t even like regular pasta spaghetti!  Good low fat food, fast!

Have you tried vegetable noodles?

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A sale?! Can’t pass it up!

 

Tory Burch is having a spring sales event, and you know me…I can’t pass up a good sale!  You can save up to 30% depending on how much you spend by using the promo code BLOOM.

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Spring/Summer 2016

 

There are many cute bags and shoes, and I ordered these sandals!  They have a subtle gladiator look that is so popular this year.  I’m not too keen on the lacing and straps that go up your calves with some of the gladiator sandals that are out there, and I think this pair gives enough of that gladiator-esque feel.

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I was very tempted to order these as well, because a cute sandal can go with so much during the warm months!

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Make sure to check out all the colorful bags too.  Aren’t the ombre bags so cute?  You know that tassels and the bright colors are perfect for this summer!

Check out the sale here!

Happy shopping!

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Grand Canyon

imageIf you have never been to the Grand Canyon before, it is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life.  It is considered one of the seven natural wonders in the world and the colors and the vast depth of the canyon are spectacular!

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It took us about 2 hours to drive to the Grand Canyon from Sedona, and once there, we took the shuttle to the various lookouts on the south rim.  My husband and brother-in-law had never been to the Grand Canyon before, and they were both awed and amazed by the natural beauty of it.  There are many activities to do there, you can stay in one of the lodges/hotels, you can go camping, you can go hiking, or you can just take the shuttle from lookout to lookout so you can enjoy the nature and views around the Grand Canyon.  If you are adventurous, you can hike or take a mule down to the bottom of the canyon.  We did not do this, but I have heard it is a challenging hike (especially uphill)!

imageLooking at pictures does not compare to the actual beauty of seeing the Grand Canyon in real life.  It is truly amazing, so go and visit!

Scrambled Eggs

If you read my previous post from yesterday, you know that I was gifted four big, marvelous duck eggs…that I had NO CLUE what to do with.

Well, as you can already tell from the title, I scrambled one for breakfast!  My husband insisted that he would NOT be eating anything to do with duck eggs…and swore I was going to try and sneak it into his breakfast somehow!

Haha…even though I thought about it, I gave him 2 over easy chicken eggs 🙂

I was so curious to see what the duck eggs would taste like, yet a little apprehensive.  I cracked one duck egg in a bowl along with one chicken egg…and look at the difference!

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smaller chicken egg with larger duck egg

I mixed them together and scrambled them in a pan with cooking spray, serving them with some potato latkes that I got from Trader Joes.

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Sooo…duck eggs…taste…surprisingly…like………………..chicken eggs!

Maybe since I mixed the duck egg with a chicken egg the taste was diluted, but it tasted very close to regular eggs to me!  It did have a slightly richer, almost more flavorful taste, and when I mixed them, it looked more creamy.  My husband even wanted to try it after he saw me eating them.  He agreed that the duck egg tastes very close to chicken eggs, and even said he would eat it again!

Maybe next time I will try something more creative…

Here’s to eating outside of the box!  If you don’t try it, you’ll never know!

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Duck Eggs

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The oral surgeon who works in my office walked in today and said, “I brought you some duck eggs!”  I thought he was kidding at first, and since Easter passed recently, I thought he was bringing me some Easter eggs.  With a puzzled look, I opened the container that he handed me and low and behold…four big, beautiful duck eggs!

I know what you all are thinking…that the container has chickens on it!

Well, he just put them in a regular chicken egg container to transport them safely to their final destination.  I am very grateful and somewhat puzzled at how I am going to prepare these eggs.  Can anybody give me a suggestion?!

I looked on Pinterest and found some interesting info about duck eggs, so I thought I would share it!

9 things to know about duck eggs by Heather Jackson

  1. Duck eggs vary in color.  Don’t be alarmed if you get a gray one, or one that will not wash up to the clean white you were expecting.  That’s just the nature of the egg.
  2. Duck eggs are sought out by cancer patients because, unlike chicken eggs, they help create an alkaline environment in your body.
  3. Duck eggs are generally larger than chicken eggs.  If you get particularly large ones, you may have to adjust your recipe accordingly.
  4. Duck eggs taste similar to chicken eggs, but the flavor is slightly richer and deeper.  Also, the yolks can also be a darker orange color than you expect.
  5. Many people with egg allergies are actually only allergic to chicken eggs and can tolerate duck eggs without a problem.  (Of course if you have a severe allergy, don’t try this without talking to your doctor!)
  6. Duck eggs are excellent in baked goods and are prized by many bakers for the additional “lift” they give to breads and cakes!
  7. Duck eggs have very thick shells that are harder to crack than chicken eggs.  The harder shells help the eggs stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.
  8. Duck eggs can be very expensive in stores, but you can usually get them for a reasonable price if you find a farmer who raises ducks.  (Yet another reason to make friends with your farmer!)
  9. Duck eggs beat chicken eggs in almost every nutritional category and are a powerhouse addition to your diet!
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One of the duck eggs!  Much bigger than chicken eggs.

I’ll let you know what I do with the duck eggs and how it turns out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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