July 27, 2015

C & C in the Kitchen: Sunday Sweet Swap

Last weekend I invited a group of women over for a sweet swap. What does that mean? Each person brings one dozen treats and they go home with a bakery box full of everyone else's goodies. Or in my case, you take all the leftovers to the office the next day. I was in the mood to make something totally over the top, but with a lot going on, couldn't take on something too time-intensive. Enter these loaded M & M Oreo Cookie Bars. The awesome thing about these delicious, sugar-packed morsels is that you can pretty much pick your "poison" - peanut butter cups, M & Ms, you name it. 

I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough for all my guests. As you can tell from the table, we had no shortage of sweets. At one point I walked into the dining room and was overwhelmed by the smell of chocolate - and it was still lingering the next morning when I left for work. 

I set up a bar of drinks - Arnold Palmers, sparkling water, prosecco and mango puree, and watermelon juice. It was my first time making watermelon juice and it was a HUGE hit at the party.  

Fresh Watermelon Juice

1 Watermelon
1 Lime

Cut up the watermelon and place in blender (I've got a vitamix). 
Add one juice of lime. 
You can strain it if you don't like a little pulp, but I prefer it. 
Pour into a pitcher. 
Serve chilled. 


July 23, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen

Early sunday morning the Mini Fashionista and I were enjoying some time together when we realized that our bananas were looking pretty tired. So I asked her what she wanted to bake with them, and her response was "banana bread."

I've made this Paleo Banana Bread recipe a few times before and have since altered it slightly into my own recipe (below). This bread is spongy and moist and totally delicious. And what I love most about it is the complete absence of any sweetener besides the bananas! In the words of the Kix commercial, this bread is "kid tested, mother approved".

Happy Baking!

Spongy Banana Bread
4 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter (or other kind of butter such as coconut, sunflower, peanut, etc)
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt
chocolate chips, walnuts etc. (optional)

- Preheat oven to 350F
- Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a Kitchen Aid mixer and suggest that or a handheld mixer.
- Add in coconut flour, almond meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well.
- Pour into a week greased loaf pan (I used coconut oil spray to grease my pan)
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Remove from oven and flip your bread out onto a cooling rack

July 22, 2015

Keeping it Real: It Can Wait

When I saw this ad, I knew I had to share it. As you may know from previous posts, I was in a very serious car accident over 4 years ago. The Mini Fashionista was 7 weeks old. I had nightmares for years afterwards. I still have them every now and again.

You would think those nightmares would stop me from doing anything to risk my life, the life of my family or anyone else while driving a car, but they don't always. Sometimes I do exactly what you see in this video. And I'm ashamed.

But not anymore.

No post is worth a life.
No glance is worth a life.
No email is worth a life.
No search is worth a life.
No text is worth a life.

It can wait!

From now on, my phone will be closed in my center console or secured inside my purse to avoid the temptation of picking it up. Join me! It could save a life, including your own.

July 21, 2015

Products We Love: Babo Botanicals

Katie and I spent nearly every summer of our childhood participating in swim team. Back then we had blonder hair (like the Mini Fashionista), so you can imagine that by the end of the summer our hair had taken on a green hue. 

The Mini Fashionista takes swimming lessons two times a week during the year, and during the summer each session is a week long and lasts four days in a row. Needless to say, her blonde tips can very easily take on the same green hue.

A few months ago I started using Swim & Sport Shampoo and Wash from Babo Botanicals

It has been doing a great job of protecting the Mini's hair from the chlorine, and both of us love the smell. Since I liked the shampoo so much, I also picked up the detangler and conditioner.

You can never have too much chlorine protection.

On our recent trip to Sun Valley I left behind Sydney's Beauty Counter shampoo, conditioner and body wash, so I had to restock. I decided to try another one of the Babo Botanical varieties, the Berry Primrose shampoo & body wash and the conditioner. I like these just as much, and the smell is equally as fantastic.

The Babo mission is to manufacture the purest, highest quality and most sensitive hair, skin and sun products. They are made on an organic farm in the USA. Babo Botanicals was founded on the principles of delivering smart skin and hair care solutions crafted with rich, botanical performance-based ingredients for babies, kids and grown-ups too!

Next on my list is the sunscreen!
I highly recommend trying their products!

July 20, 2015

What I Wore to Work: Dressed in a Vest

Anna of  See (Anna) Jane recently inspired me with this instagram post to shop my own closet and break out my summer-friendly vests.

While I'm not sure I could pull off the sleeveless look at work, I'm on a mission to wear the black Zara vest I have like hers and my sleeveless trench. While I know I've worn it since, the last time this baby made an appearance on the blog was back in 2012! 

For my commute to work I paired it with some Nike kicks (I might have to revive this look for the weekend)...

Changing to the Halogen Clarette Wedges for something more work appropriate. Here are some options if you're looking to invest in a vest for your own wardrobe. 

July 17, 2015

Products We Love: Drying Rack

When we were recently at home in Idaho, my mom put a "surprise" new kitchen gadget she loves into Dr. B's suitcase for when we got home. I had no idea what I'd find. Any guesses what this is? 

It's a drying rack! This awesome roll-up rack will get a lot of use at this house. I'm out the door fast in the mornings and leave the Vitamix to dry after my morning smoothie. Why didn't I think of this? 

July 16, 2015

What I Wore: Fashion Fate

As I mentioned earlier this week, I've picked up a few new pieces for the wardrobe lately. I'm not normally an Ann Taylor shopper, but Loft was having a 50% off sale recently and a few things caught my eye. Including this maxi dress. I've got a wedding at the end of August outside of Seattle and this will be perfect for the weekend festivities. 

Major bonus, I already have shoes that match it perfectly! Don't you love it when fashion fate works like that?! Me and this dress at 50% off were meant to be.