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April 25, 2017

Life Lately – April 2017

Reading: 5 hacks to save you money at the Whole Foods hot bar. I used to go SO much last year. I finally knocked it off, thanks to meal kits and getting more creative in the kitchen, but I still go every now and then. I can’t resist some of their veggie mixes!

Listening: This Spotify playlist I made. Many of the songs are from Barre, and some are tunes I’ve added that are similar energizing for any kind of workout.

Eating: I’ve been a fan of RxBars for a while, and they just came out with three new flavors: Mixed Berry, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Of these three, I liked the Chocolate Chip the best. But my top three flavors are Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Coconut. Use this link for $5 off your order. I highly recommend the sampler box!

Wearing: I don’t wear much perfume because I’m allergic to most, but I brought out an old fave that doesn’t make me sneeze. Fresh Sugar Lychee smells so darn good! It’s well, super fresh and citrusy. Shocking, I know. The name says it all. 

Buying: The best part of being a Beautycounter consultant, in my opinion, is giving people advice on skincare and makeup. I love picking out colors for people! But another awesome part is trying all the products. Thank God for sales bonuses or I’d spend my entire paycheck on trying everything out. My next purchase is another Charcoal Bar because it’s part of the Best of Beautycounter promo going on until 4/28. Do not miss this!! Buy any of these, and get a sample of the lengthening mascara, the peppermint lip conditioner, or the protect lip balm.

Making: instagram cooking videos! I have been doing cooking videos on my stories and have been getting such fun feedback from those of you who are watching! In addition to being educational, they’re pretty hysterical because I always find myself in some kind of mess. I’m cooking tonight, so tune in around 6:30/7ish for a new recipe!!! Follow here.

Bookmarking: Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Creme Fraiche and PistachiosI don’t know anyone who likes beets as much as I do. So I’m going to have to make this salad and tell you all about it. Ya know, attempt you to love the root and all its earthy goodness.

 

Happy, happy Wednesday!

 

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April 24, 2017

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

One of my favorite parts of my job, in both BBC’s marketing and blogging, is recipe development. Whether it’s a simple 5-ingredient energy bite or full entree, I love thinking about flavor combinations and pairings. Testing things out and tweaking them to perfection is all part of that fun. As I mentioned in this post, I helped develop the recipes for the April BurgaBox. One that I came up with all on my own (with some inspiration from my grandmother!) was the pimento cheese for the burger.The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads
My grandmother, born and raised in Atlanta, had a great recipe to start with. I knew I could count on her! My two grandmothers are always the best at giving me quick, solid recipes that always work. Because I like to take things up a notch (or two or three…), I threw in a few extra spices to give it some of my love.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (5 oz.) jar of pimentos with juice
  • 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Place the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos (+ juice!), jalapeno, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, mix until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

Always, always use the juice. It moistens the cheese a bit and give it additional flavor. It also provides that bright orangey-red color you’re looking for. Because you’re using a jalapeno, the cayenne pepper is optional but I do recommend it for a more vibrant flavor.

The Best Spicy Pimento Cheese Recipe with Primizie Crispbreads

Now…how should you eat it!? Well, I’ve shown you how to top a burger with it. But pimento cheese is best as a dip. You need something sturdy. I highly recommend Primizie Crispbreads. They’re a thick-cut specialty chip that’s perfect for cheeses, hearty dips, and spreads. The ingredient list is pretty awesome too. As you see below, the ingredients are “The Best From Everywhere!”

The best part is that they come in a bunch of flavors:

I love the Gouda & Garlic dipped in pimento cheese, but it’s just as good with Simply Salted and Ancient Grains. The Chile & Lime is delicious with guac and the Dolce Caramel is awesome crumbled over Greek yogurt for a late-night snack.

Use the store locator to find Primizie near you (in Boston they’re in Big Y and Stop & Shop’s deli section) then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!”, then whip up a batch of pimento cheese! ENJOY!

What’s your favorite dip? Do you have a favorite for parties?

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April 21, 2017

5 Fun Things 4.21.17

1. I’m so excited that so many of you have entered my Beautycounter giveaway! I’m pumped to make someone’s day special but also to keep you all informed of how awesome the products are. Don’t forget, winner or not, you can always email me if you want to chat. Enter here!

Beautycounter Jet Set Collection Giveaway

2. I mentioned Trader Joe’s Everything Spice a few posts back, but howwww good would they be on hard boiled eggs? Ok, everything deviled eggs. I need a whole post for this!

3. Portion control wine glasses are a thing. So…yeah. Grab a set of four here. And don’t blame me when you’re filling them up twice.

4. Tell me you’re excited about The Handmaid’s Tale starting next week. Be my best friend and watch it with me!!!!

 

5. GIFs!

bumbling like…

rationalizing every message like

handling creepy responses like

what i really do at work…and it’s justified

trying to float through life like

have a GREAT GREAT weekend! today is your day and you are beautiful.

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April 18, 2017

Beautycounter Jet Set Collection Giveaway ($118 Value!)

As I mentioned last week, I’m thrilled to have become a Beautycounter consultant. Though it’s not something I ever saw myself doing, this blog has been my space to share things I want people to know about and I truly love this company’s mission. And that’s to get safe products into the hands of everyone. The other thing I get so excited about is hearing from blog readers who are looking for advice on makeup options and which products I recommend the most. I’ve always enjoyed sharing what I love with you guys, but something about this has been so rewarding. So thank you for letting me help you!!  If you are at all conscientious about what you put on your skin or in your body, you need to take a look at what they have to offer. The head-to-toe skincare line has something for everyone – adults, kids, and babies.

Before I left for St. Thomas I picked up the Jet Set Collection. It’s a perfect starter/gift set for anyone interested in the products. Well, it was. Sadly it’s unavailable now….BUT! I have one to give away. I bought a second with the intention of giving it away on my blog so that a lucky someone could see exactly why I love these products. They’re sooooo so good! Read my review of all the products here.

In the beautiful red box is the Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, Body Wash, Charcoal Bar, Body Lotion, and the cutest bag to carry it all in. My favorite out of these is the Body Lotion and the Body Wash. The scent alone is mmmm yum and the fragrance comes only from essential oils. I look forward to using them every day.

The bag fits a lot. When I had it on vacation, I filled it with twice as many products as above. And of course being travel friendly…you can toss in some mini vodka bottles. Or m&m’s. Whatever you fancy. 😉

Beautycounter Jet Set Collection Giveaway

Before you enter the giveaway, just know I’m always available to answer any questions about products or give advice on makeup colors (so fun.) I’ve tried a lot of the products in the past couple months, mostly because once you fall in love with one…there’s two…then you’re just obsessed and have the whole collection. HA. All I need is a fellow Beautycounter lover in Boston so we can share goodies. Holler if you’re near me!

So now…for a chance to win the Jet Set Collection, enter here! Good luck!!!!

 

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