Two weekends ago my friend Amy had a bunch of us girls over for brunch. Amy lived in Spain for over a year so all her dishes were authentic to what she ate while in Spain. Amy cooked Spanish tortillas, French flat bread with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions and salad with mixed greens, beets and goat cheese. The favorite of the day was the “tostada con tomate,” a specialty from the eastern coast of Spain. For beverages we had freshly juiced, orange pineapple and blackberry mint mimosas, and cafe con leche or espresso with fresh whipped cream. Amy really over did herself and now I’ll never be able to top her brunch. For dessert she even made fudge. I had Amy send over her amazing recipes!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, I know, Valentine’s Day isn’t the most popular holiday. The holiday is an annoying reminder for those who are single, that they are still indeed single. For those in a relationship, Valentine’s Day causes last minute stress to figure out a gift or to send overpriced flowers. However, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a dreaded or a stressful holiday. Here are some tips and ideas for those single individuals, as well as for couples for a successful Valentine’s Day today.
I brush, floss and use mouthwash twice a day. However, I drink coffee and/or tea at least once a day, if not more, and unfortunately caffeine stains teeth. Every once in a while I like to use whitening strips. In the past I’ve used Crest White Strips, but I have very sensitive gums and Crest White Strips would always hurt my gums. I wanted to try a new teeth whitener brand, and heard good reviews about Smile Brilliant, so I tried them out.
Like the rest of the east coast this past weekend, Atlanta had inclement weather, which basically shut the city down. The South does not know how to handle bad weather. Friday night and Saturday morning we got freezing ice and rain. I spent the weekend snuggled up on the couch. The only times I left the house were to go shopping for a bit on Saturday (because not even inclement weather can keep me from shopping) and to run errands on Sunday.
Over the years I’ve realized the importance of investing in quality skincare products. Luckily I’ve inherited great skin (thanks Mom and Dad), so I never used to care about spending a lot of money on skincare products. However, it’s not just the way you look but also how you feel inside. There are so many great skincare products out there. Therefore, it’s really just a personal preference. But, I recently started using products from a new skincare company, TULA and I love them!
Happy New Years! I cannot believe another year has flown by; however, 2016 was one of my best years ever! So many pivotal moments in my life happened in 2016. Here’s a recap of my favorite moments this year, and most of them are wedding related, so just giving you a heads up.
Hope everyone had a lovely holiday with their loved ones! Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Now that I live in Atlanta, I don’t see my family as much as I’d like to. So, I look forward to the moments I can be home. We spent the holidays in Virginia and will be heading to Hilton Head on Wednesday to see my husband’s family.
With Christmas just around the corner, holiday festivities are in full swing! This past weekend we attended 3 holiday parties. Friday evening I went to a white elephant gift exchange with girlfriends. Then, Saturday morning my husband and I went to an ugly Christmas sweater brunch/birthday celebration. Last, on Sunday we spent time with my coworkers. I know how stressful it can be to host parties, so I always like to bring a host/hostess gift. Every one of those parties we attended had a different vibe and group of friends, so I cater my gift based on how well I know the person hosting the event.
So, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is a little depressing. I just spent the weekend with my in-laws in Hilton Head eating plenty of Turkey, mashed potatoes and pecan pie. Now I’m sitting in my office having to get back to the real world. At least we only have a couple of weeks before Christmas. Since today I feel a little bloated and depressed to be back, I’m treating myself to 5 things that will hopefully make me feel better.
Every holiday season I stress over what gifts to get my loved ones. The hardest person to shop for is my husband. He has everything he needs and if he wants something he just buys it for himself. Over the years I’ve learned what gifts he really loves and uses. Here are some holiday gift ideas for the guys in your life as well as gift ideas for your girlfriends and sisters (from some items in my closet that I love and wear daily).
My mom came to visit Atlanta this past weekend. It was her first time visiting since my husband and I moved to Atlanta last summer. Since the weather in Atlanta was beautiful I planned outdoor activities for the weekend. On Saturday my mom and I walked around Piedmont Park and caught the end of the farmer’s market. I took my mom to the Piedmont Park pond and then to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acre botanical garden located adjacent to Piedmont Park. Since my mom loves gardening, I knew she’d love visiting the gardens.