June 30, 2013

TRAVEL: Wanderlust Festival




 Breathe it all in, let it all go.  NB is excited to attend Wanderlust Festival this year for the very first time.  All who wander are not lost!   Each year, a group of our girlfriends plans a trip to a fun destination - usually some place like Miami or Vegas.  As we're aging (gracefully, we hope), our tune has changed.  We craved a trip which included tea time, fitness, motivational speakers and music (instead of drinks, mini-skirts and loud club music with A Night at the Roxbury dudes).  As always, the universe heard our desires and we found an event called Wanderlust Festival!  Held at different locations throughout the country (Hawaii, Vermont, Colorado, California), it's essentially a four day yoga retreat up in the peaceful mountains (we'll be attending the first festival in Vermont!).   Hopefully we'll return with inspirational and beautiful pics of Stratton.   Gone to yoga, we'll return shortly.




Away message:  Smile, breathe and go slowly.  Be happy, be healthy! 


(picture from Google)

June 25, 2013

DRINK: chia seed lemonade



THE HEAT IS ON.  Summer is in full blast, and along with the scorching sun and long beautiful days comes summer treats like ice cream, popsicles and ice cold fill-in-the-blank(s).  AND, who could forget the all time classic...LEMONADE!  

Also, if you'll be sipping on a sweet refresher, why not take it to the next level and make it healthy for you?  With chia seeds as the latest and greatest superfood (seed) out there, I decided to add it to my lemonade - which turned it into a delightful dessert-like drink.  For more on the nutritional value of chia seeds, see our previous Chia Seed Pudding post.




It's incredibly easy to make, and if you're pressed for time you can always use your favorite pre-made lemonade like I did.  Piece of (lemon) cake!




Ingredients:




Instructions:

Mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons per cup of juice.  Shake or stir well and let it set in the fridge for 1-2 hours, occasionally shaking/stirring to prevent clumps.  Then, ENJOY!!




Mmm Mmm healthy!

June 14, 2013

father's day gift guide



You guys ever heard the saying "Procrastinate NOW"!  Well, as ironic as it sounds, I'm probably doing that right now. haha.  Father's day is this Sunday and I'm scrambling to come up with gifts.  In our own search for last minute gifts for dear ol' dad, we decided it make a guide to share with you guys.  Procrastinators unite!  J/K.  We really don't encourage putting things off, spoken from a person who learned it the hard way one too many times.  So since we have about 2 days left, let's get on this Father's Day wagon and not wait until Sunday. :)

  1. Thomas Keller's Cookbook for that inner chef in dad, including manly recipes like fried chicken.
  2. The classic tweed Father's Day card
  3. Harper tool from Restoration Hardware is pocket sized and powerful because dads loves tools. 
  4. Put some pep in dad's step with grey space out striped socks from Paul Smith. 
  5. Every dad needs a silk cambridge polka dot tie as a staple. 
  6. 5-in-1 money clip, pick a took, any tool!
  7. A dapper umbrella for that dapper dad. 
  8. Everyone needs extra juice, backup battery for an Iphone addicted dad. 


June 12, 2013

EAT: fresh strawberry and blueberry yogurt pops with Chobani yogurt




Hello summer.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with these yogurt pops - a great healthy, alternative to sugary popsicles on a hot summer day.  With the layering of flavors and colors, they are perfect for July 4th get togethers too.  Fresh ingredients, homemade, and so easy!  I'm already getting ideas to make a yogurt cheesecake one! Yum. Check out the easy recipe below:





Materials:
  • 4 cups of greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries chopped
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons organic brown sugar 
  • ice cube tray (suggested here)
  • popsicle sticks (optional) -  I ended up using wooden spoons I found at a craft shop. 
  • blender


Directions:

I chose to do a mixture of the popsicle and the bonbon-like yogurt nuggets. 

For popsicles:
  1. Combine the strawberries with 1 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon of sugar (or more), 1 tablespoon of lemon and blend in a blender until smooth.  Put aside. 
  2. Do the same as above with the blueberries. Put aside.
  3. Combine the remaining 2 cups of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon and blend until smooth.  Put aside.
  4. Fill 1/3 of silicone ice cube tray with the first color/flavor of your choice.  Next fill the second layer with the plain yogurt mix.  Then fill the remaining 1/3 with the last flavor.  Tap the tray so the mixture will settle and pop in the freezer!  Check on the tray after an hour, to insert your popsicle sticks and freeze for another 2-3 hours and voila!  
For bonbons:
  1. Fill the silicone ice cube tray with plain yogurt your blueberry or strawberry mixture and then drop in chunks of your fruit and then cover the rest with the more yogurt.
  2. Pop in the freezer for about 2-3 hours!  Use a butter knife to go around the edges to loosen them when ready to serve.

Tips:  To eat the the nuggets, let them thaw out a little bit so it's not so frozen.  I topped mine with almonds and drizzled a little bit of honey on top to cut the tartness (see below) and dove into with a spoon.  You can eat them on a hot morning instead of your regular yogurt.  It's like eating ice cream for breakfast!





Let your creative juices flow and try it with other flavors and let us know how it goes!  



June 10, 2013

DIY: boy's onesies & free graphic download



BOY OH BOY, they're here!  Last month we featured some DIY girl onesies with the promise of the boy versions coming soon, so here they are!  Hope you guys enjoy them and apologies for the delay as we were dealing with some technical difficulties with our ink-jet printer.  Oh, the love/hate relationship you can have with your electronics.  Have fun outfitting your (or someone else's) little man!








You can follow the same instructions from our girl's onesies post here.  If you'll be using dark colored fabrics (like the gray and blue striped ones here), you'll want to purchase transfer paper made specifically for dark fabrics.  **Follow the directions carefully as they are different from transfer paper for light fabrics (you won't use mirror images and white areas don't come out clear so you'll want to cut images directly along the lines).




June 5, 2013

EAT: caprese and proscuitto sandwiches




What can be better than taking one of your favorite salads and stuffing it into a sandwich?  Why, adding in some dry-cured ham of course!  
I love a great caprese salad.  It's not your traditional salad that usually has a plethora of leafy greens, but  is instead made with just a few fresh ingredients.  This is a great sandwich version that's hearty and filling with the addition of french bread and proscuitto.  

I made these for a picnic recently and it was so quick and easy to assemble.  If you're strapped for time, buy a jar of pre-made basil pesto and you'll save even more time.  Wrap them up in wax paper and twine to keep them snuggled up until ready for consumption!


Ingredients:
  • French bread
  • Fresh basil
  • Tomatoes (heirloom tomatoes work great), sliced
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Proscuitto
  • Basil Pesto Mayonnaise: 
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 ounces fresh basil
    • 1/3 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan 

Instructions:

For the pesto mayo - combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender and puree.  With the machine running, add the oil and process until the mixture is smooth.  Then, add the parmesan and blend for and additional 15 seconds.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in the mayo, blending well.  Refrigerate until ready to use. 

Slice the french bread in half lengthwise, then spread the pesto mayo along one side.  Layer on the proscuitto, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves.  EASY. PEASY.





Happy Eating!

June 4, 2013

WEAR: summer bargains



HOT TAMALE!  Summa-time shopping is always so much fun.  Beachwear comes into play, as well as bold and vibrant colors/prints.  I get all googly-eyed as the season comes around, so I gotta make sure I'm spending wisely on my summer picks.  Here's a few sweet pieces I found at even sweeter prices.  All under $50!  Get. It. Girl. 


  1. striped crop top - Topshop, $20 //  short, sweet and nautical
  2. rhinestone cluster on chain - Topshop, $30 // statement piece at a great price
  3. bandeau bikini top and bottom - Topshop, $42 //  a basic black bikini to get you through the summer
  4. neon clutch - Zara, $35.90 // a pop of fun color
  5. corset with side zip - Zara, $19.90  // beat the heat in a fun print
  6. silver aviators - asos, $13.58// classic and easy
  7. front pleat shorts - Zara, $49.90  // structured yet comfy
  8. flat leather sandals - asos, $37.33 // a seriously fantastic price for a leather sandal


BOY OH BOY, the price is right!