Five Things for Friday

It’s been… a week. Looking forward to the weekend and spending lots of time with Jason and the pups.

Here are five images from the week. Have a wonderful weekend!

IMG_0275SO appreciative of the gifts received from Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam for winning a contest she hosted on her blog to celebrate the release of her new book, Carrying On. I started it on Friday night and had finished it by Saturday at lunch. A great read!

IMG_0283Jersey rushing to Daddy and JoJo during an outing at the dog park last weekend.

IMG_0296My homemade [vegan] version of Mexican pizza. YUM!

IMG_0343My first vegan baking attempt: vanilla cupcakes via Minimalist Baker. The first round wasn’t so good, but the second batch came out delicious!

DSC_1272#FBF: Found this while organizing photos. Snapped it as the sun was going down in Old San Juan during our summer vacation (2012). Loved the pure joy on the kids’ faces as they played in the fountains.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

-Lindsey

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wish List Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Gifts for your man or woman [DIY, inexpensive & thoughtful]

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Happy Wednesday!

This week is going fast since the office was closed and this weekend is the NBA All-Star Break…and I am NOT complaining about it!

Today’s post is for those of us who aren’t so into Valentine’s Day, but still would love to do something thoughtful for our significant other. This Wednesday post is a little non-traditional as in there aren’t links for every idea. Hope this helps you last-minute shoppers!

1 – 52 Reasons Why I Love You – I’ve seen this gift on Pinterest a ton and it’s super cute. It’s so cheap and easy and all the materials you need could be found at the drug store or even the Dollar Store. Just come up with 52 reasons, type or write them on a sheet of paper you can glue to the cards, use some binder rings to bind them and you’re done!

2 – Love Letter Board with Candy – This is another Pinterest favorite and there are a TON of versions on the website you can use. Or, you can get creative and write your own – just use one of the previous ones that uses the candy ‘terms’ for your love letter. Another one that can be sourced at the drug store or Dollar Store!

3 – A Cuddle Kit for 2 – I LOVE this one! Grab all the goodies – and extra candy or snacks you and your love enjoy during movie nights and enjoy a night in!

4 – Memory Balloons – When I was writing this post, I asked Jason what some of his favorite gifts that have been clearly homemade were his favorites and he mentioned this one. One year, I think when we had been together for five Valentine’s Days, I bought five balloons and attached a weight and card to each. Each card had the number of the year we’d been together and my favorite memory from that year. I also made him a chocolate cake [the best recipe!] with a heart made out of pink M&M’s on the top and dropped everything off at work. It was one of his favorites…even if he was a little embarrassed at the office!

5 – Swedish Fish Gift – This is one I may use this year as Jason LOVES Swedish Fish! This one is so easy and so cute and can be done for a ton of different candies. Again, Pinterest is your BFF on this one – search the favorite candy of your significant other and Valentine’s Day and you’ll have lots of ideas to choose from!

6 – Date Jar – Such a fun idea! Those this may take a LITTLE more time than some of the others, I love this idea. Each color popsicle stick determines the type of date –

7 – Coupon Book – Another classic DIY gift, there are a million templates online, but be creative and personalize some of them. If your guy or gal loves breakfast in bed, include that – or if there is a restaurant you hate but they love, promise to eat a meal there together. This one is easily personalized and can make a person feel so so special!

8 – Dessert surprise! – This wouldn’t be the best Valentine’s surprise for Jason because I try to do this from time to time normally, BUT make a special trip to get a treat that your significant other loves. For Jason, that’s Emeril’s banana cream pie. I’ve thought about trying to make it, but, I know my limits! If I’m downtown for a meeting during the day or something, I’ll stop by and pick a piece up to bring him at work. It’s always a welcomed gesture –and, since we don’t eat there more than a few times a year since it’s such an expensive night out, it’s a luxury surprise for sure!

9 – Basket of Favorites – The picture of the next gift idea is one I helped a co-worker put together for one of her staff members as a thank you. It’s so easy to make and personalize to really spoil the person on the receiving end. Collect candy, gift cards and other items, hot glue them to a dowel and find a great container to put them all in. Here’s an easy tutorial (I’ll admit, I didn’t use floral tape when I made mine) – it’s SUCH an easy gift to be as creative or simple as you wish!

10 – Book his or her favorite day! – Similar to the coupons and spoiling your significant other by promising to put on a smile and participate in their favorite outing, activity or heading to their favorite restaurant, this one is a way to really show you care. For us, usually this means me either tagging a long while Jason bowls, or, on the rare occasion, bowling with him. A lot of times, your loved one may not suggest their favorite activities or places because he/she knows it’s not on your list – surprise them by already having everything set! A simple, but sweet and thoughtful gesture.

11 – Cook his or her favorite meal – I feel like I am guilty of always deferring to this, but, homemade lobster ravioli is always a hit. If your significant other has a favorite meal at a restaurant that’s not TOO far outside of your comfort zone to make, gift it a shot. If you can, find a way to incorporate hearts – like the heart-shaped cookie cutter I used to make raviolis – or make a heart-shaped cake. Again, it’s the thought that counts with this one — well, if the house is still standing when you’re done in the kitchen!

I hope these ideas help if you’re looking for a last-minute idea that’s thoughtful, simple and doesn’t break the bank!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

New Glasses for Spring with Warby Parker

Since I was in high school, contacts and glasses has been a part of my daily routine. I’ve never really liked the way I look in glasses (especially when I was in that awkward teenage stage!), so I’ve always deferred to contacts.

Sadly, although I love their convenience and they don’t get in the way or require any make-up alterations, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to give in and wear my glasses more often. The combination of long hours and time spent in a big, dry arena will do that – one of my first seasons, my eyes got so irritated that I had to wear glasses for three-straight weeks. I was SO mad… #firstworldproblems, right?

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post. I’ve recently been looking into buying another pair of trendier glasses to mix in with the pair of Tory Burch glasses I’ve had for years (they have held up GREAT but are showing their age). Jillian Harris actually inspired me as she often posts pictures and Snaps of her in a pair of larger-framed glasses. She makes them look so chic and stylish – I call them ‘nerd frames,’ but she makes them look cool! I’m hoping I can do the same… only time will tell!

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In addition to wearing glasses more during the day, I also love the idea of buying a pair of prescription sunglasses for the beach because the wind, sand and salt gives contacts a beating!

With that said, here we go! Warby Parker launched its spring collection and it is SO much fun, while also being practical, and, most importantly, affordable! With good insurance, my Tory Burch glasses STILL cost about $200. Warby Parker has launched some great frames that start at $95 for single-vision glasses AND you can try them on before you order as a part of the company’s Home Try-On option.

Here are my five favorite pairs that I’m hoping to try on through the program. Let’s start with the optical options

1 – Dorset – Whiskey Tortoise

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I LOVE the classic look of these! They’re so stylish and will go with EVERY outfit. The tortoise style, to me, screams classy and chic. This pair of glasses will never go out of style – the color and frames are timeless.

2 – Dorset – Coastal Blue Fade

Dorset - Coastal Blue Fade

The style is the same as the first, but I am drawn to this color! The grayish blue tones in the frames is so pretty! These would pair so well with all colors, too, and could be thrown on with dressier work outfits or jeans and a sweater on the weekend.

3 – Crane – Atlantic Blue

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Does anyone else feel like navy is the new black? It’s definitely becoming a neutral and I’ve been loving looks lately that bring in navy and black – so simple and chic.

4 – Laurel 16 – Striped Sassafras

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When I was browsing the sunglasses, I loved all the classic shapes and tortoise-like coloring, but the patterns were so different. The Striped Sassafrass coloring of this version of the Laurel 16’s lives up to the name for sure. The shape is so classic – it will look great for morning commutes and fun on the weekends.

5 – Piper – Digital Horn with Peony

Piper - Digital Horn with Peony

I am OBSESSED with these sunglasses – I definitely saved the best for last! I love the classic color of the frames, but the pattern is unique. And the pop of pink?! So pretty – these would be great for the beach, but would also look so pretty paired with a sundress! I keep seeing these paired with a light midi skirt, short sleeved t-shirt tucked in and a high pony or pretty curls!

This post was fun to write – and it was fun to explore a newer company, its history
(it was started by friends who were inspired after one of them lost their glasses on a backpacking trip. A poor college student, he spent the next year squinting because he couldn’t afford a new pair!) and its mission. If nothing else, I hope it gives you an option to remember if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of prescription glasses – for work or the beach!

Have a great day – and happy Mardi Gras!

-Lindsey

 

Please note: I was not compensated for this post, but was approached by the company to include its products in a blog post. These insights are my honest opinions.

 

 

Recipe: Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend – did anyone watch the Super Bowl? Even though I have a few very good friends that LOVE their Panthers, I just couldn’t cheer for them (Sorry, Bob & Amber!). They’re one of the Saints’ divisional opponents and one of our biggest rivals, so I wasn’t too upset to see them lose.

Sadly, Jason and I weren’t feeling SO great this weekend, so I didn’t have the productive days I was hoping to enjoy – we do have Tuesday off, though, for Mardi Gras, so I’m hoping to get some cleaning and project-ing done then.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really trying to eliminate dairy from my diet. I definitely feel better and, so far, it hasn’t been TOO tough. Just takes a little planning. Knowing that I would need a mid-afternoon sweet snack at work, I tried out this chocolate chip cookie recipe from I Bake, He Shoots and it was a winner! I even shared some of the cookies with my co-workers and they said they would have had no clue they were labeled as vegan if I hadn’t told them. HUGE win! It’s a super easy recipe – enjoy!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from I Bake, He Shoots

Makes 20-22 cookies

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Ingredients:

1 1/8 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached for vegan)

1/2 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda

1/4 tsp salt (I used fine sea salt)

1/4 cup +2 tbsp non-hydrogenated shortening (I used Spectrum from Whole Foods)

2 tbsp. vegetable oil (Like I Bake, He Shoots, I used canola)

1/4 cup +2 tbsp granulated sugar (organic)

1/4 cup +2 tbsp light brown sugar (packed)

1 1/2 tbsp non-dairy milk (I used almond milk from Whole Foods)

3/4  tsp vanilla (I ALWAYS use Mexican vanilla for baking; you can buy it at most grocery stores–the brands vary–or on Amazon. I usually beg any friends who go to Mexico to bring some back for me – I tip! Ha ha!)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I got my dairy-free chocolate chips from Whole Foods; it’s the first time I’ve tried them and they were great!)

Directions:

1-Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

2-In a small bowl, combine flour, Clabber Girl Baking Soda, and salt. Set aside.

3-Place shortening, canola oil and sugar in a mixer and combine until creamy, about 3 minutes.

4-Mix in non-dairy milk and vanilla.

5-Slowly add flour mixture until fully combined.

6-Fold in chocolate chips by hand.

7-Scoop rounded tablespoons on parchment paper and bake for 9 to 11 minutes (My baking time ended up being around 10 minutes).

 

So easy – and they were really delicious – I was skeptical, too, but loved them!

Hope everyone enjoyed this recipe & has a great day!

-Lindsey

 

 

Five Things for Friday

I’m SO excited about the next two weeks! With the combination of Mardi Gras and All-Star, we will have a few days off without home games and I’m really hoping to finally share a few fun projects and some GREAT recipes on the blog!

For now, here are five photos from this week. Have a great weekend!

IMG_0102One of my favorite events from NBA FIT Week with Eric Gordon. A broken finger didn’t stop him from playing with the kids.

IMG_0128Testing out one of the brands of nut cheese last weekend.

IMG_0140Vegan chocolate chip cookies that taste no different than any homemade version I’ve ever made – and co-worker approved!

IMG_0167The King Cake Baby and PDT members Brianna and Kaitlin during media hits.

IMG_0244Loving these planters at a house in Mid-City during a shoot this week.

Have a great day!

-Lindsey