Nails | Mint Chip Nails for St. Patrick’s Day

Mint Chip Nails for St Patricks Day

I love the color green, especially any green with a cool (blue) undertone.  Teal, peacock, aqua, sea foam, and mint are among my favorites and I love to decorate my surroundings with these calming colors.  As much as I love green, however, I don’t like to wear it much.  Further, I wouldn’t really consider painting my nails green either if it weren’t that St. Patrick’s day is tomorrow and I thought this might be somewhat festive for the holiday.  I picked up a beautiful delicate mint green nail color from Sally Hansen.  It was under $3 so considering I won’t wear this color much, I thought it was a decent …

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Recipe | Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

One of the greatest things about living in the Chicago area is that Chicago style deep dish pizza joints are easily accessible.  Growing up, Lou Malnatis Pizza was a huge treat for my entire family and we still love it to this day.  The other joints are okay:  Gino’s East, Pizzeria Uno, and Giordano’s; but my family agrees that Lou Malnati’s is the best of the best.  I feel sorry for my family members who have moved away and no longer get to enjoy it.  It’s just not the same anywhere else.  Other places can say they serve Chicago style but, trust me, it’s not the same.  I have good news, …

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DIY | Flower Crown (Lana Del Rey Inspired)

DIY Flower Crown Lana Del Rey

I really wanted to make a flower crown to use as a prop for a photo shoot my daughter and I were planning.  I don’t know what made me think of it.  I don’t listen much to Lana Del Rey (although maybe I should…after listening to some tracks I think I like her!), but perhaps I’ve noticed her and her nostalgic style in the media and “flower crown” came into my head. …or maybe I was remembering the flower crown my parents bought for me when I was a tween from a street vendor in New Orleans during a visit (lol)… At any rate, my creative juices were flowing and …

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DIY | Masquerade Mask

Masquerade Mask (2)

Even though I was born in New Orleans and practically all of my family lives there, I am embarrassed to say that I have never been to Mardi Gras.  While I have definitely visited the Crescent City many times, I’ve just never quite made it down there around the Fat Tuesday festivities.  Perhaps it is because I am a native, or that my roots run deep there, but I feel deeply connected to the area.  I must have been channeling my loved ones last week because I became inspired to make a masquerade mask to observe the holiday in my own way.  I have always found masquerade masks quite enchanting.  They …

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DIY | Homemade Lollipops for Valentines Day

DIY Heart Lollipops

Valentines Day is not a gift giving holiday for me and mine, but I think it’s important to somehow make sure your loved ones feel special on this day.  I think making something homemade is a great way to do this because it shows that in addition to being thoughtful, you also put in some of your time to create something just for them!  For instance, these homemade lollipops were fun to make and so cute!  They are certain to bring a smile on the face of those you love. First, I went to Michael’s and picked up a few supplies.  I purchased some lollipop molds, lollipop sticks, and  lollipop bags. …

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Recipe | Bacon Wrapped Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

We had a very low key Superbowl gathering this year due to one of the largest winter storms Chicago has ever seen.  To be quite honest, our winter has been so mild compared to last year, I don’t think any of us really minded it all that much.  Fortunately I had picked up all of the ingredients for my Superbowl contribution at the grocery store prior to the bad weather. My step dad, Bill, makes these for holiday gatherings and my boyfriend, who has a very finicky palate, actually liked them!  So I figured they were a safe bet.  We so enjoy these rich, savory, delicious bites that make the …

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7 Ways to Fight Age and Acne at the Same Time

PicMonkey Collage

I have always been blessed with clear skin throughout most of my adult life.  I struggled with acne as a teenager, but grew out of it and aside from an occasional hormonal breakout, I had been pretty lucky.  That was until the day I turned 38 when I literally got a zit for my birthday.  I’m not sure if it was a result of stress or hormonal changes, but I woke up to a very large and painful bump on my right cheek.  The next morning it seemed to have sprouted offspring because there was a cluster of bumps all in the same area and I began to panic that it …

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6 Ways to Cope When Life Gets Scary

Scary

I’m not feeling sorry for myself, and I know I’m not the only one on the planet who has had trials and tribulations, but the fact is I’ve been through some of the hardest, scariest times of my life over the past 12 years.  The situations I’ve encountered brought about in me some of the most intense negative emotions I’ve ever experienced including fear, anger, resentment, sorrow, loneliness, depression, and hopelessness to name a small handful.  In fact, I am still dealing with the aftershock of those feelings and have suffered from post traumatic stress and anxiety as a result. I am sure there are many people who can relate …

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NAILS | Neutral Nails with Gold Accent

Neutral Nails with Gold Accent

I’m back!  This is my first post in almost two years.  I have been distracted with other things including finishing my degree in business, which took a LOT of time and kept me from playing on my blog.  I wanted to start over when I had more time to dedicate to posting quality content.  So, here goes! I almost always prefer a neutral manicure for many reasons.  First, my age.  I feel silly with bright colors and/or designs (although they have been growing on me lately).  Secondly, my job requires me to have a professional look and I just don’t want to risk looking overly gaudy.  However, I decided I …

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