Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Favorites at Nordstrom...


I could browse Nordstrom's website all day long...better yet I could spend the whole day there. Seriously, here are a few favorites that caught my eye the other day while I was looking for the anniversary sale items. Sometimes it's just the little things that make me smile. I have number 1 and 4 and can't imagine enjoying this warmer weather without them. I'm loving how fun number 3 is too short not to have a pair of "fun" shades to wear to the beach or pool (have I ever mentioned that I have every pair of sunglasses that I have ever purchased? Now that's crazy)!  Number 2,5 and 6 are just fab because who doesn't love palm trees? Hope y'all are enjoying the beginning of summer!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Try It Tuesday...Homemade Disinfectant Spray

Homemade Disinfectant Spray
Lately I've been experimenting with essential oils to remedy everything from better health to cleaning our home. It's amazing the benefits these oils have without having to use harsh chemicals and toxins. They've been around for years and you can read more about them here. But last week when the stomach bug hit my daughter I made sure to use my homemade disinfectant spray to clean the house! I used oregano essential oil to make my spray. Oregano is antiviral and antibacterial, among other properties, so it's a no brainer to use it as a disinfect spray. No virus, fungus or bacteria can survive in its presence making it one of nature's most powerful antibiotics. Better yet it only takes a few drops since it is so potent. I took this 4 oz. glass spray bottle and filled it with water and put 10 drops of oregano oil in it. A little goes a long me. Shake and spray...Germs go away! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Favorites...Boho Chic

Boho Chic

What a great summer maxi to take you from the beach to the city! Dress it up for dinner or wear it more casual with a pair of leather sandals. I happened to run into Anthropologie awhile back and this dress was hanging on the rack waiting for me to try on. It was the only one left in my size so I'm pretty sure that was a sign that it was coming home with me! The fit is so flattering and I love the adjustable straps. Comfort is key when it's hot and this dress will definitely be on repeat all summer long. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

succulent love...

I've had succulent plants on my mind for months now. I was intent on finding just the right pots but never had any luck in finding them. They were going to go on my window sill but after seeing this terrarium last weekend at Central Market while I was grocery shopping I knew this was exactly what my kitchen table needed. Funny how when you're not looking for something it presents itself. So simple and it's the perfect way for me to display my succulents.

It's the little things...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Try It Tuesday...The Unusual Margarita

We've stepped up our margarita around here thanks to The Four Seasons hotel in St. Louis. A little over three weeks ago I decided at the last minute to fly home to surprise my mom and aunt for their birthday. We spent the weekend at the Four Seasons getting pampered, relaxing and enjoying some qt with my family. This is where I tasted the Unusual Margarita that is on their menu. It is like nothing I've had before and believe me I've tested a lot of 'rita's from all over. I tried to re-create it when I came home but it was nothing like how theirs tasted. My aunt double dared me to call the hotel bar and ask for the recipe and to my surprise they gave it to me. I'm sure there are probably a couple of steps they left out but it tastes delicious. We now infuse our own tequila and make shrub! It is a little bit of a process but trust's worth it. 
Ingredients for infusing tequila
1 bottle (750ml) silver tequila (we use El Jimador) 
1-2 jalapeño peppers 
handful of fresh thyme
Cut jalapeños in half and put in tequila bottle (or use a separate glass bottle)
You can take out some of the seeds to make it less spicy. Also put in your thyme and let this set for about 5 days or until desired taste. After you have reached your desired taste, strain tequila a couple of times to rid your tequila of jalapeño, jalapeño seeds and thyme.
Ingredients for shrub
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
1 cucumber, peeled and slice
2 limes, sliced
3 cups sugar
Put shrub ingredients (except for sugar) in a bowl and let sit for two days on the counter. After two days put shrub in a pot on the stove (with the cucumber and limes) and heat to dissolve sugar (we bring ours to a boil while stirring frequently). Let cool to room temperature and then strain with a cheesecloth or metal strainer two times into a bowl. Let this set for two days in the fridge. The hard part is done and now you'll have enough to make multiple margarita's.
Now let's put this all together! It might take you a couple of tries to find out what works for your taste buds. Using two jalapeños to infuse your tequila might be too spicy for you so next time try just using one and removing some of the seeds. 
The recipe calls for two parts tequila, one part shrub and one part cointreau (or your favorite orange liqueur). We also squeeze a half of a lime into this (roughly 1 oz.). Shake with ice, pour into your favorite margarita glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Favorites...

School is out for and we have been running hard ever since last Thursday! I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend (but is there such a thing?) I'm also looking forward to an awesome summer break but here's to hoping it doesn't go by as fast as last year's. Take a look at a few of my favorites for summer...
/1/ Toss your cash, gloss and phone in this aztec coral clutch.
/2/  Use this sea salt spray to get that beach babe hair look.
/3/ Gifts from friends are the best! Kendra Scott earrings
/4/ Orange nail polish for my toes!
/5/ This mexican serape completes my taco nights!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Friday Favorites...Date Night

Last week we had an impromptu date night and I had about thirty minutes to pull myself together. These nights don't come often but when they do pop up I always struggle with what to wear since I have so many great outfits that hardly get worn. The rocker chic came out in me and I decided to throw on a joan jett tank, ripped jeans and bad ass white leather jacket that is a hand me down from my bff! Sometimes my most casual clothes make me feel the best. I was comfortable and it was the perfect date outfit on a rainy night for sushi with my husband.

outfit details
junk food clothing tank, gap destructed denim-similar,charles david wedge, two bar west purse, james michelle ring

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Try It Tuesday...Baked Chicken Tacos

Do you want a recipe that's easy to make and that your family will love? These chicken tacos have been a big hit around here for years and tastes great with a side of guacamole and mexican bean salad. Plus it's always fun to mix up your taco nights with something other than beef tacos! Sometimes I make a double batch and stick the extras in the freezer for a future dinner to have on hand. 
baked chicken tacos
makes 8 tacos
1 T avocado oil
1 sm onion-chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 lb cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup salsa
4 oz cream cheese
1 t ground cumin
1 cup shredded mexican cheese
1 4 oz can green chiles, drained
8 tortillas (soft taco size)
how to
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Heat oil in skillet and add your onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes and then add chicken,salsa,cream cheese and cumin. Cook this mixture until ingredients are well combined and heated through. Add 1/2 cup of cheese and chiles (I only use 1/2 of the 4 oz can) and mix well.
Spoon about 1/3 cup of mixture into your tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in your 9x13 baking dish. 
Sprinkle with your remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
*you can also add extra salsa on the top of your tortillas before baking 
 After they finish baking we like to doctor up our tacos with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, hot sauce and/or fresh jalapenos!

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