Growing Up is Hard to Do – Reflections on the First Day of School

School started for my boys today. Christopher is now in 4th grade while Dylan steps into 1st. Summer break is officially over ....more

What’s Vlogging Got to Do With It?

This is our first adventure in vlogging. We started doing it basically because they boys thought it would be fun and a good idea. So, here it is ....more

Grilled Steak Fajitas

Start to finish: 2 hours and 30 minutes Servings: 8 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef ribeye steak (may substitute strip, sirloin or flank) 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 green bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 medium-hot Poblano pepper, dark green and triangular 1 medium yellow onion 8 fat-free flour tortillas At least two hours before dinner, dust steak with freshly ground black pepper, cumin and chili powder. Let it sit in refrigerator so flavors can penetrate meat. Cut peppers into large segments, discarding ribs and seeds ....more

Wantable Makeup Box August 2014

The Wantable Makeup Boxes just keep getting better. Products in the Box: Ofra 3-D Cream Shadow in Irresistable, $20 This color is really pretty. I don’t have any products like this ....more

Sunday Favorites and Fails, L’Oreal, Tarte, Miche

Lotion, Makeup, Books, Purses, what more could you want? Products in the video: Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in Twilight Woods, $12.50 Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, $9 Smashbox Primer, $36 Flower Beauty In Your Face Perfecting Primer, $12.98 Real Techniques Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection Set, $18 Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 125 Nude Beige, $4.97 L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in C4 Cool Shell Beige, $12.99 NYX HD Photogenic Concealer, $4.99 L’Oreal Brow Sculptor in Dark Brunette, $8.99 L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Black, $8.99 Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Rockstar, $20 Kat Von D Inked Liner in Trooper, $18 Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette, $38 The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison Miche Gabby Classic Shell (no longer for sale) Other Classic Shells Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb, $80 Lulu Blossom Solid Perfume in Baby Doll, $8 Fails: Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer, $55 Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Moisturizer, $19.99 Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $23 Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Amethyst Shimmer, $2.59 NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia, $1.99 NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Candy Rush, $1.99 ...more

Book Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I love a good psychological thriller. I love my crime books. If you’ve been here a minute you know that! ...more

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014 Unboxing and Review

I have really loved my ipsy glam bag subscription. I was really happy with this August’s bag! This month’s bag is white with orange dots and an orange zipper ....more

Finding the Right Workout: Weight Training vs. Yoga vs. Pilates

There are a plethora of options when choosing a workout regimen. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to pick which is best for you. Just because a fitness video or class becomes the hot new thing, it doesn’t mean you will necessarily receive the best results possible by participating ....more

Wantable Accessories Box August 2014

August’s Wantable Accessories Box had three fantastic items, and one really questionable one. Check out my Instagram and you could win one item from the box! Products: Kelly Earrings, matte black hoops that thicken as they loop around, $15 I love these ....more

Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

Ingredients 2 cups quartered and cleaned California strawberries 2 cups diced watermelon (yellow and red, if available) 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1 handful arugula Sherry vinaigrette (see recipe below) Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans 1/3 cup blue or goat cheese 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic syrup Sherry vinaigrette: 1/2 cup sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 shallot, cut in half and sliced thinly 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Preparation To make vinaigrette, bring sherry vinegar and honey to a boil in small sauce pan. In small mixing bowl, pour hot sherry mixture over shallots and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, whisk olive oil with shallots and add salt and pepper to taste ....more