Sometime within the next month, I’ll be starting a makeover project on my kitchen. I’m in desperate need for a new oven since mine broke two months ago. Since I’m planning to replace my oven later this week, I thought it would be the perfect time to add new paint the walls and change the backsplash. So I’ve been browsing Pinterest and Houzz for some kitchen inspiration. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you.
On a normal hair wash day it can take me up to 2 hours to wash, blow dry, straighten, and polish my hair. It’s an exhausting routine but I’ve gotten used to it. With the summer’s heat at record temperatures, it is important for me to find the right products that will combat frizz and protect my hair from the humidity.
I’m so happy I found OGX beauty’s Argan Oil of Morocco and Kuku Oil line. For the most part I usually blow my hair out and straighten it but I’m trying to get used to wearing it curl a few times this summer too. These products are great for the girl who likes to wear her hair both ways.
The Argan Oil of Morocco is rich in vitamin E and super charged with antioxidants to protect and renew your hair. It combats the frizz but also straightens and defines the curl pattern.
The Kuku Oil line helps my hair with the humidity in the hair. Without this product my hair would be a giant poof ball in the summer.
Disclaimer: OGX beauty provided me with these products to review but all opinions are my own.
Earth Fare just opened its second location in Atlanta this week in the Emory area. If you aren’t familiar with Earth Fare, they are an organic grocery store that originated out of North Carolina. Since opening in the 1970s in North Carolina they have expanded their locations throughout the southeast. I remember my cousin Jasmine telling me she shopped at Earth Fare while in college at Elon in North Carolina so I was excited to visit this new store. If you know me, you know I try to stick to a organic, all-natural, limited processed foods diet. If it’s straight from the earth or an animal I’ll eat it. Which is perfect Earth Fare’s philosophy is that they ban all products that contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats or artificial trans fats, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
The store design is very open and airy and easy to navigate. As you shop around you will notice they carry a lot of locally sourced products. I was surprised to see so many fresh fruits and vegetables that were from the area. They also carry a ton of gluten-free products.
The one thing I think families and busy bees like me will enjoy is their prepared foods section. Their prepared foods section has a pizza bar, a sandwich bar, a sushi bar, a hot bar, and a salad bar. Each day of the week they offer a different $6 dollar special from this area. They also have healthy meal kit boxes for kids that contains one entree item paired with fruit or veggies. Perfect for the busy mom who doesn’t have time to make her kids lunch!
Earthfare also has an extensive wine and beer selection that is hand picked by the staff at the store. They try to carry a lot of local breweries and vineyards as well.
My favorite part of the store was the ravioli refrigerator. They have refrigerator case where you can customize your ravioli for tonight’s dinner. Perfect for a date night. Their selection rotates often and they have pretty unique variety. Since I don’t do dairy I was happy to see they also carry a vegan ravioli.
I also loved their vast selection of cheeses, they have so many dairy and nondairy options.
A trip to Earth Fare is a bit of a drive from where I live and work but it’s definitely worth a weekend trip.
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**Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HoneyMaid. Compensation was provided by Mode Media.
Summer pie season is officially here! With the Fourth of July just a few days away I thought this was the perfect time to share an old family favorite recipe for a Key Lime pie. Usually my Fourth of July is spent with family and friends grilling and watching fireworks. I love desserts and I haven’t been able to bake as much since my oven is still broken. To satisfy my families cravings and mine I decided to prepare this no-bake Key Lime pie. This recipe steers away a little bit from tradition because I used Greek yogurt and lime zest.
Key Lime Pie
1 box of HoneyMaid Honey Graham Crackers
1 stick of melted butter
1 ½ cup of Greek yogurt
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp of rum extract
1 tablespoon lime zest
6 limes, juiced
1 tsp salt
For the pie crust, finely grind your Honey Maid Graham Crackers in a food processor or blender. In bowl combine melted butter and graham crackers. Once the mixture has come together, neatly press into a pie pan. Place crust in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so that it can set.
While your pie crush is setting make your filling. In a large bowl, add Greek yogurt, condensed milk, cream cheese, rum extract, lime zest, and lime juice. Lightly fold all of the ingredients together.
Add filling to the pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will. Honey Maid provides wholesome snacks for every wholesome family.
Many of you don’t know I gave up drinking alcohol about a year ago when I was really sick last summer. I have to say there are times when I do miss a nice cocktail but I do still enjoy making drinks for friends. That doesn’t stop me making drinks for the blog because I still love doing so. My friends are shocked that I gave up alcohol for a whole year because they know how much I love wine. I hope to slowly reintroduce a glass of wine into my life every once in a while sometime later this summer now that I’m back to good health.
I now just stick to water, tea, fresh juice and mocktails. So today I’m sharing one my favorite summer drink recipes for an Agua Fresca. Agua Frescas are light and refreshing drinks found near Mexican food trucks. I first tasted an Agua Fresca at a Mexican restaurant a few years ago. So refreshing! Today I’m using fresh herbs from my garden and in season fruits to mix up this delicious mocktail. I hope you enjoy my Mango Peach Agua Fresca.
- 3 Mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
- 2 Peaches, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sparkling water
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- In a blender, add 2 cups of diced mango, one cup of diced and peeled peaches and 1-cup cold water and blend until smooth. Pour blend through a strainer into a pitcher; discard solids. Repeat with any remaining puree and 1-cup sparkling cold water. You should have about 8 cups juice. Stir in lime juice, honey, and mint. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve well chilled over ice.