How to have the perfect Galentine’s Day!

Everyone is gearing up for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. But did you know that tomorrow is Galentine’s Day? It’s a spinoff of Valentine’s Day that is a day to celebrate yourself and your BFF’s around you. So invite your best girlfriends over or prepare to cozy up at home alone. I’m teaming up with Babbleboxx to share tips on how to have the perfect Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day at home this year. With the right snacks, playlist, mood-setting accent decor, and drinks you can have a poppin’ day filled with love this year. 

Let’s discuss how to have the perfect Galentine’s day this year. 

The Essentials:

Something Sweet by Edible Arrangements

Everyone needs a little something sweet on Valentine’s Day. The Be Mine Bouquet from Edible Arrangements is the perfect way to enjoy something special without wrecking your new years game plan. The balance between the dark chocolate and the fruit is just what every girl needs a little Vday love. 

Smart Snacks from Popcorn, Indiana

Plan to kick back tomorrow after work and watch a good chick flick while enjoying a popcorn from Popcorn, Indiana.  I love their Kettlecorn and Black and White Chocolate Drizzlecorn. It’s GMO-Free-, free of fructose, and made with whole grains. The combination of the sweet and salty flavors satisfies my taste every time. 

A Little Love and Passion by Chesapeake Bay Candle

When hosting people in my home, I always love to brighten the room with a nice scented candle. This love + passion candle by Chesapeake Bay candle’s mango and grapefruit scent is feminine and flirty perfect for a Galentine’s day bash. 

Loungewear by Maidenform

Every girl needs a matching bra and panty set as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Host a lingerie swap with your friends for Galentine’s Day. Every person planning to attend rsvps with their sizing requirements and brings a new matching bra and panty set from Maidenform wrapped in a red bag. At the end of the night, everyone gets to go home with a gift. 

Toast to the evening with a glass of Lucky Traveler Blackberry Shandy

I have to admit I’m not really a beer drinker but I always stock the bar with the best libations for my friends. This Shandy by Lucky Traveler appeals to the fruit lovers pallet. This beer commands attention because it is made with fresh berries and has a unique fruity flavor. 

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How to Make Almond Milk (From Scratch!)

Making homemade almond milk is so surprisingly simple that I may never buy another carton from the store again. I tested out the recipe for the first time last weekend. We all assume that almond milk is such a complex recipe but it actually only contains three ingredients: almonds, water, and sweetener. Homemade almond milk is incredibility nutty and creamy. Many of the store varieties are overly processed and contained added ingredients. Since being on Whole 30, I’ve found it challenging to find store varieties of almond milk that don’t contain additives or have a bunch of sugar in them. So that’s why I decided to try to make my own almond milk for the first time. 

almond milk

Homemade Almond Milk (From Scratch!)

Serving Size: Makes 2 cups


1 cup of raw organic blanched almonds (Trader Joe’s variety recommended)

2 cup water, additional 2 cups for soaking

3 pitted dates or vanilla bean

2 nut bags or cheese cloths


1. In a large bowl, soak almonds in water at room temperature overnight. The longer the almonds soak the creamier your almond milk will turn out.

2. After your almonds have soaked, drain and rinse them in cool water using your strainer.

3. Place almonds in your blender with 2 cups of water.

4. Blend on high for 5 minutes. The almond mixture should like white and milky.

5. Line your strainer and a bowl with the nut bag or cheese cloth. Pour the almond mixture into the bowl.

6. Press the liquid through the cloth into the bowl. You should have about 2 cups.

7. Rinse out your blender and add the almond milk back into the blender.

8. Add your dates or vanilla bean into the blender and blend for 2 minutes. This will lightly sweeten your almond milk.

9. Repeat step  6.

10. Refrigerate almond milk into a sealed container.

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

I have a serious craving for blood oranges during the winter months. I love them as snacks, on desserts, and in salads. In honor of National Margarita Day, I decided to share my love for blood oranges and make some yummy blood orange hibiscus lime margaritas. 

This margarita recipe is a little different than your traditional margarita because it uses fresh blood orange juice and hibiscus-lime soda. The hibiscus adds a floral essence to the traditional margarita. The sweet and tart flavors are perfect for any occasion. Check out the recipe below. 

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margarita


2 ounces el Jimador silver tequila

1/2 Triple Sec

Four blood oranges, squeezed 

Two limes, squeezed

1 tsp simple syrup 

A splash of hibiscus lime soda ( preferred brand Joai)


In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients. Pour into a glass rimmed with salt (optional). Garnish with a lime or blood orange. 

*Tequila for this recipe was provided by el Jimador


2017 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for

2016 was a great year for the food, fashion, and design industry. Turmeric became the spice everyone wanted to use in their food, off the shoulder tops had a big comeback, the design industry made florals hot again. 2017 is rapidly approaching and I am already looking forward to seeing what’s going to be a popular trend in the new year. Pinterest just released its 2017 Pinterest 100 trends report earlier this month and the list is filled with a few surprises. They developed this list based on the most popular pins saved on Pinterest during 2016. 

2017 Fashion, Food, Design Trends
Here are the top 12 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for in 2017. 


  1. Food is Medicine- In 2016, foods that were good for your health like turmeric saw a big upswing. Everyone, including myself, wanted to consume this powerful spice because of its known health benefits. The trend of using food as medicine is here to stay.  Look for foods like grapeseed oil, jackfruit, and kimchi to pop up on your favorite restaurant menus, cookbooks, and food blogs in 2017. 
  2. It is all about Cuban Cuisine– The travel ban to Cuba was lifted in 2016 and Americans are starting to travel to this destination again. Cuba will be the place to go in 2017 but it will also have an impact on our culinary cuisine at home. Expect to see Cuban empanadas, ropa vieja, guava inspired desserts on restaurant menus in 2017.   
  3. Brew your own beer at home– The craft beer industry was all the rage in 2016 and local breweries were popping up everywhere. In 2017, people will want to know how to brew their own craft beers at home. So expect to see home brew kits like  this one sold in grocery and liquor stores around the country. 


  1. Camel is the new black– Camel was a popular color this fall for the fashion industry. The color is becoming a staple piece in many people’s closets. This is a trend that is here to stay in 2017. 
  2. Statement sleeves are the new off the shoulder– Cold-shoulder tops were cool while they lasted but expect to see a lot of people wearing bell-bottom sleeves next Spring and Fall like this one.
  3. Men will add scarfs to their accessories collection-I was just at a holiday party and all men wearing plaid scarves with their blazers. I love that this look is becoming a trend. 
  4. Earthy GreensThe Pantone Color of 2017 was just announced and its “Greenery”. This bright neon green color is earthy and refreshing. Based on the spring runways from Fashion Week, we can expect to see a lot of this color in our spring wardrobe. 


  1. Natural hair and beauty will take center stage– 2017 is all about everything natural when its comes to skin care and beauty. I already rock this mantra but I’m excited to see more natural hair and beauty products on the market. 
  2. Micro-blading is the new threading– Microblading started to generate buzz during the latter part of 2016 but it looks like this trend will become popular in 2017. This process takes a few hours so expect to block out some time on your calendar to get this done. Curious to learn how the process works? This video tutorial explains it all. 
  3. It’s all about the Gold-plated nail- Last summer it was all about the round-shaped nail but this summer everyone will be wearing gold plated nails. I like this trend and I definitely might test this out for NYE. 


  1. Chip and Joanna Gains made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again- One of my favorite HGTV shows is Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gains. I love their farmhouse inspired designs. Their show has made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again. Expect too see more of this style in 2017. 
  2. Jewel tones take a strong note-Jewel tones are expected to dominate the design industry in 2017. Vibrant colors like emerald greens will bring homes to life. 

What trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushie

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushie

With record temperatures at an all-time high this week, I’ve partnered with Evolution Fresh Juices to cool down with this delicious Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushie drink recipe. Using their new Strawberry Lemonade fresh juice, I decided to share the perfect drink for sipping poolside during the Fourth of July holiday this weekend. This three-ingredient recipe only requires Evolution Fresh Organic Strawberry Lemonade, White Wine, and Ice. How easy is that?


Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushies
  1. 1 bottle of white wine (Riesling or Vino Verde)
  2. 3 bottles of Evolution Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
  3. 1 cup of ice
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If the ice begins to melt place the drinks in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.
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