A Healthy Cure to the Winter Blues

Can winter just be over already? Yesterday I was wearing shorts, and today it’s snowing. Something is seriously wrong here. If, like me, you’re needing a little pick me up this Monday morning, you should a) day dream about Lupita’s stunning Prada gown from last night, then b) try this Vitamin C & D rich smoothie recipe.

smoothie

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart Living Christmas Vol. 5 2001.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple Juice (should make about 4 ice cubes in an ice cube tray)

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks

1/2 Cup Frozen Orange Juice

1/4  Cup Fresh Pineapple Juice

1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

1/2 Cup Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Banana, peeled

1 Tablespoon Honey

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Fill ice cube trays with pineapple juice and orange juice ahead of time and freeze overnight.

2. Blend frozen pineapple juice cubes, frozen pineapple chunks, frozen orange juice cubes, fresh pineapple juice, and fresh orange juice in blender until smooth. Transfer to container and set aside.

3. Blend yogurt, banana, honey, and cinnamon until smooth.

4. Layer pineapple-orange slushy and yogurt mixture in glass, alternating until all ingredients have been utilized. Garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon.

Editor’s Note: I like to make a full ice cube tray of both the pineapple juice and the orange juice all at once, so that when I’m ready to make a smoothie in the morning, the frozen ingredients are already prepared for the whole week.  The yogurt mixture is also delicious on its own for breakfast or a snack.

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DIY Glitter Banner: The Perfect Addition to Any Photo Shoot!

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

S and I are taking our engagement photos in t-minus 3 weeks., so we spent our weekend shopping for the perfect outfits and making sure we knew just where we wanted to take the photos. After making these decisions, I decided it was time to add a little bit of DIY to the photos by making this Glitter Banner with our wedding date. I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out with this hanging at our location! Stay tuned for these photos by the beautiful Jessica Peterson.

How to make your own personalized banner:

What you’ll need:

  • 5 sheets of 11″x11″ Glitter Card Stock Scrapbook Paper
  • Black Die-Cut Numbers
  • Black Paper
  • Black Ribbon
  • Extra Card Stock for Templates
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Exacto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Use the Extra Card Stock to create a template for your banner. You can make it any size you like. I added a scalloped detail at the top to give the banner a little something extra. Measure 1 inch down and in on the template and use the hole punch to make holes where the ribbon will run through. It is important that the holes are the same on every piece for the banner to hang right, so make sure you include this on the template.

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Use your template to trace two banner pieces onto each sheet of scrapbook paper. You will need 10 banner pieces in total. After tracing, use an exacto Knife and ruler to cut out your banner pieces. Punch holes in the designated spot on each piece.

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Layout each piece and place the numbers on them before gluing. Make sure the numbers all line up before you glue them down. Use a small dab of hot glue on each edge of the numbers to attach them to the banner pieces. Use the extra card stock to create a heart template. Trace this template on the black paper four times. Use the exacto knife to cut out the hearts, then attach the hearts to the centers of the four extra banner pieces. Finally, string the black ribbon through the holes, making sure it runs behind the banner pieces. Evenly space the ribbon between each banner piece and attach the ribbon to the banner using a small dab of hot glue next to each punched hole.

Voila! This banner makes a great addition to an engagement photo shoot or wedding decor. Try spelling out “sweets” or “bar” to add a personalized touch to your dessert table and bar at your wedding as well. Enjoy!

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Kitchen Update

Kitchen Update
Who says a kitchen renovation needs to involve sledgehammers and seemingly endless home depot runs? This week, we bring you the quickest way to update our favorite space, the kitchen. When you think accessories, your kitchen appliances probably don’t come to mind, but they should! The pieces you display on your counter top dictate the feel of your space. While my own kitchen space runs on the classic side (red lacquer stand mixer, chrome toaster), I sometimes crave a more industrial, organic look like those pieces featured above.Don’t be afraid to rotate pieces through your kitchen like you might throw pillows on your sofa.
Another way to change the look of your kitchen is to use open shelving for your dishware and glasses. C and I both took the plunge on the trend and love the look and functionality of it. It works like a charm for teensy kitchens, like ours. Keep the look clean by using a single, matching set of dishware, or go for a more eclectic feel with mismatched, but complimentary dishes. Check out these examples and follow their links for more inspiration:
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Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List
For those of you looking for a midweek pick-me-up, look no further. We’re feeling a little jealous of kids on summer break, so we’re taking a mental vacation this morning to bring you some playful picks on our current wishlist.
1. SMP’s funfetti cake and icing ice cream recipe really has us drooling. On second thought, It calls for three hours of prep time, so perhaps we’ll head to Baskin-Robbins instead.
2. I “invested” in some heart-shaped sunglasses while C and I were at Mardi Gras in New Orleans this spring (see proof here, although C’s pearl sunglasses take the cake). While the pink pair above are the epitome of fun, Nordstrom also provides an every day alternative. I totally admit I’ve worn them many times since.
3. A few months ago I stumbled across a college-town bar that had an over-sized set of Jenga blocks. Needless to say, I was hooked. CB2 sells an grown-up version of the game. They call them tumbling towers, but we all know it as Jenga (we’re onto you CB2).
4. There’s a special place in my heart for Kate Spade’s graphic clutches. Who knew a clutch could make you laugh and be so chic all at once. Thanks to C, I have my own personal Arm Candy.
5. Loving how See by Chloe turns orange into a neutral with this sandal.
6. A little color therapy can really brighten one’s mood. Nasty Gal does just that with this silky watercolor shift, plus we’re head over heels for the exposed rose gold zipper in the back.
7.  These Tory Burch studs make the perfect gift for someone with a summer birthday. I like to shop with the one pair for you, one pair for me mentality 😉
8. My usual problem with DIYs is that everything I craft ends up looking homemade. Style Me Pretty Living provides a wealth of DIY ideas that look sleek and store bought, like this abstract painting DIY.
Hope you’re surviving the work week. Don’t forget to have a little fun!
<3wc

Zip dress
nastygal.com

See by chloé shoes
solestruck.com

Kate spade
bloomingdales.com

Tory burch jewelry
saksfifthavenue.com

Heart shaped glasses
makemechic.com