Lollapalooza Inspired Simple Recipes

Today kicks off Lollapalooza weekend and I’m missing it…again. I told my husband last year that I was going to matter what this year and to start booking sitters in advance. Unfortunately, with number #3 killing mommy with morning sickness and some dehydration, dancing it out in the heat isn’t a very good idea. Maybe next year. Instead, I’m going to try out these awesome recipes from Country Crook that were sent over to me. Because what else is a pregnant mom to do? Like with E, I’m trying to eat cleaner and a bit healthier so the less ingredients the better but I’m using Country Crook right? Right. It is made with the simple ingredients – plant-based oils, purified water and a pinch of salt. I can handle that. Here are two recipes I’m trying out inspired by this year’s fest. 

Lollapalooza Inspired Recipes

Bake It Out (Old-Fashioned Berry Shortcakes) – A clever remix of “Shake It Out” by Florence and the Machine.

Lollapalooza Inspired Simple Recipes

Shut up and Dip (Spicy Honey Roasted Wings) Inspired by “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon which also happens to be my favorite morning song, though my daughter would prefer I just shut up. Whatevs. 

*This is not a sponsored post, just one I thought I would share. Enjoy the weekend.

 

Moms’ Night Out

Moms Night Out Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of having dinner at Celeste thanks to Google Express at an event hosted by Alison Ray of So Chic Life. Let me tell you how fabulous it felt to finally get there after the crazy day I had. Dealing with all day “morning” sickness is the pits, and getting my kids ready to sit in traffic on the way to the sitter is just as bad. Moving to the suburbs was my idea and the best one I made for my kids but it is the worst for having a social life. To avoid traffic, I parked my car and hopped the Blue Line (the train) and then walked 5 minutes to the restaurant in epic heat. But it was worth it, the food, the new friends, chatting with old friends and discovering how easy my life could be with Google Express. With baby #3 on his or her way, it will only get harder but with Google Express you can order from a huge range of stores including Toys R Us (hello Holiday shopping) Costco (diapers and wipes) and Walgreens (cold season is just around the corner) and have it shipped to you quickly as in same day delivery*! Do you hear that? Yup, those are angels singing. 

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The set up for a private dinner at Celeste was stunning and so chic that all I can think about was that I want a baby shower here. I don’t need gifts, I just want to gab and eat here all night!GoogleExpChi172

The rooftop was beautiful and while it was hot, the mocktails the bar made this momma kept me cool.  GoogleExpChi293

Nicole, The Beauty Girl’s reaction to my crop top at 12 weeks pregnant. I wore high waisted pants so it worked. Our last conversation ended with me telling everyone I was done having kids and then this happened. Unplanned but loved.  GoogleExpChi307

Nikia from Chitown Fashionista and I should probably not be seated near each other during events. Mainly because I have absolutely no “chill” and lack all behavior. I’m just proof women in their 30s are still fun and yes, I wore a crop top. GoogleExpChi492

Aside from the desert, this red lentil dish was one of my favs with a bit of lemon. Mmmm now I am hungry again. GoogleExpChi061

Special thanks to Krystal from Google Express and Alison of So Chic Life, a moms night out was truly needed. 

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A few of Alison’s favorites in our gift basket, all items you can order through one of the many shops through Google Express.**

All photos by the fabulous Alyssa Schukar!

*Unfortunately, this is another downfall of the suburbs as they only deliver to Chicago proper for now. Thankfully my family is still in the city and will gladly hold and hide my holiday purchases!

** I was given a gift card to try out Google Express for myself and a code for you to try, EXPRESSCHICAGO for $25! But it is capped at the first 2,500 shoppers so hurry you lucky city chicas you!

Try My Skincare #Giveaway with eb5 Skincare

 

Try My Skincare #Giveaway with eb5 Skincare

Let us talk skincare! Because my skin is heaven in the summer but we all know how short lived our summers can be. So while everyone is preparing their kids for back to school, I am busy preparing my skin and so should you so I am giving away the good stuff. I had the chance to try a few products from eb5 Anti-Aging Skincare. Yes, loves, we (and  by we I mean me) are in our 30s. I am not afraid to say anti-aging. Now, aging is not a bad thing but neither is slowing down the process. My biggest, and I mean biggest, piece of advice is take care of your eyes! Trust, those signs of aging will creep up there first. So I have been using the Anti-Aging Eye Treatment which reduces dark circles and rejuvenates skin tone. Now because it is summer and I am tan, dark circles disappear anyway but my eyes are brighter so there is that and it is made with rice peptides, natural soy and anti-oxidants so we are golden. 

Next, let’s talk about your face. The Intense Moisture Anti-Aging Cream  helps smooth skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, soothes inflamed skin and restores moisture. The chlorine from the pool was sucking me dry and I’ve been rebalancing my skin since with vitamin E, B, Oat Flour and Comfrey Root, all the yummy stuff that has been put into this little jar. But let me stop bragging and say I want you to see what I am talking about. All you have to do, is follow me on Instagram and you’ve entered to win both products which by the way, are paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic, and cruelty-free. You’re welcome. 

Don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end? Get 10% off any purchase off of eb5.com using code BLOGGERGIFT. 
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A Summer Capsule Wardrobe On a Budget

A Summer Capsule Wardrobe On a Budget

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Summer days are a bit busy around here and I haven’t had time for much. Getting ready has taken me way too long and staring at a full closet hasn’t helped. It is funny when you have so much yet absolutely nothing to wear. I decided to narrow down my wardrobe to a few key pieces that I had and a few pieces from my friends over at JcPenney. So over the next 20 days, I am going to stick to 15 key pieces (including shoes) and show you how easy my mornings have been with a summer capsule wardrobe . Follow me on Instagram to see my capsule #OOTD daily starting today! 

Aside from 2 pairs of shoes, one tank, one soft pant, and one skirt that was already in my closet, I’ve added the following pieces all at affordable prices:

Tops: Layered Tank | Black Top | Stripe Tee | Drape Tank

Dresses: Shirtdress |  Stripe Dress

Shoes: Black Sandals | White Sneakers

Bottoms: Soft Shorts Boyfriend Jeans

How to Make Your Own Body Wash

I was given a Walmart gift card and information by P&G to make this post possible. Ideas are my own.

How to Make Your Own Body Wash

While my husband doesn’t mind what I put in our bathroom, I do know that he prefers a body wash versus a soap. With baby #3 on the way, I thought I would find a few more budget friendly ways to cut back and well, we all know that soap is more budget friendly than body wash, so I attempted to make my own from wash and while it wasn’t perfect, it was simple. Here is what you need. 

2 Bars of soap. I used Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars that are specially made with shea butter for hydration. 

2 Cups of water

5-9 Drops of Peppermint essential oil

1 Tablespoon of unrefined, organic coconut oil (optional)

First grate the bar of soap and place in pot with the water over a low heat, stirring until all the soap dissolves. Once it does, remove from heat and let cool. If it hardens, add a half cup of water and place over heat again but it should be thick. Add remaining ingredients (to cooled mixture) and place in a container. I used an old soap pump from our guest bath that was empty. 

Want to make your own body wash or try a beauty look like the one featured yesterday? Enter to win a gift card for $25 to Walmart to pick up your own Olay and COVERGIRL products compliments of my friends at P&G.

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3 Easy Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

P&G has provided me with Walmart Gift Cards and information to purchase all mentioned products. Tips and ideas are my own. 

Easy Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

Let me start by saying I do not wear glasses but…I’ve done makeup on women of all walks including those that wear glasses. I find those to be fun because the response is always the same. Why wear eye makeup if you cannot see it? Well, because you can see it. In fact, here are a few tips for girl’s with glasses.

Easy Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

Line Your Eyes, Twice

I like to use a colored eyeliner like COVERGIRL Perfect Point Plus in Plum Velvet. Apply a nice thick line on the upper lid and smudge. Then sweep a soft shimmer brown shadow on top. The plum will shine through and give a soft smokey look. Then with a liquid/gel/cream liner in black, draw a very line line along the lash line. You can also use another swipe of the same liner only skip the smudge. It will still be a softer look.

Focus on Fuller Lashes

Curl ‘em and coat ‘em. I like to use my eyelash curler after running it under hot water for a few seconds to “heat” curl my lashes. Then I apply a volumizing mascara like COVERGIRL’s LashBlast Volume Mascara. Press the wand against the root of the lashes and wiggle going upward to separate and fully coat the lashes. The fuller the lashes the better they look through glasses. 

Brows on Fleek

Side note: I hate that phrase but it is pretty funny. Really, perfectly groomed eyebrows, which you can see through the specs, are a must…for everyone. Messy brows will ruin a good eye look no matter how well executed. 

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31 Things to Know About Me On My 31st Birthday

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roses from my mother to start the day and chocolates (not pictured) from my loves

Yup, today is my 31st birthday. This year has simply flown by. Today is going to be a simple day, my mother came over and my husband took us out for a late breakfast. There really is no where else I would rather be. I figured that this year, I would try something different and share with you 31 things you may not know about me.

1. I’m a cryer. Yup, super sensitive and could shed a tear at the drop of a dime. No animal commercials for me.

2. I’d rather shop online than in person, for myself at least.

3. Every time I travel alone for work, I cry the very first night. Every single time.

4. I can probably eat you out of house and home. I spend more on food than I do on clothing.

5. I am not a morning person and I’m not a fan of being woken up.

6. I may or may not be addicted to coffee. I’d rather a delicious cup over a cocktail.

7. But I really love cocktails.

8. I get annoyed very easily and have a hard time hiding my displeasure.

9. I’ll mourn the loss of a friendship/relationship for 24 hours. That’s it. Doesn’t matter if I’ve known the person for 15 weeks or 15 years. It just is what it is.

10. By the way, the phrase “it is what it is” is one of my least favorites. My husband uses it all the time and I’ve learned through him to hate dislike it.

11. I do not allow my kids (mainly my daughter because my son only babbles) to use the word hate. It is considered a naughty word.

12. But I say a lot of naughty words.

13. And naughty jokes.

14. I’ve always wanted to write a book. 

15. I waited 15 years to go to Paris and now that we’ve finally gone, I am aching more than ever to go back.

16. However, after watching an episode of Vice and the rise of the far right fascist party in France, I’ve lost all desire to actually live there.

17. We almost moved to Buenos Aires in my late 20s. We had a year’s worth of savings to cover housing and I had found a job. Health insurance would have been $50/month but my husband’s medicine would be $900. Killed our plans instantly.

18. I’ve never actually been to Argentina, however. 

19. I’m a sucker for flea markets and thrift stores. I’d rather shop there than online. 

20. I love vintage, especially music. John Coltrane’s music is what I can fall asleep to.

21. I always wanted to learn to play the saxophone. 

22. I hated my body when I was younger. 

23. I miss that body now. 

24. I studied Japanese Buddism for a bit in high school.

25. But I am not a religious person. 

26. I almost move to Toronto back in October of 2002. 

27. I met my future husband just two weeks later and never left. 

28. I got my first tattoo 6 months later. The infinity symbol on my ring finger, so did he. 

29. No one thought we would make it to the alter. We fought like cats and dogs. 

30. We will be celebrating 9 years of marriage this September and 13 years together come March. 

31. And welcoming our third child in February. 

Yeah, that last one surprised me too.