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April 2017

What’s On My Plate ’17 – April

Favorites By April 27, 2017 No Comments

Well everyone, we’ve come to the end of another month. It seemed like April took about five minutes to go by, but I’m pretty excited for all of the fun goings on in May; all the farmer’s markets are in full swing, the nice weather has officially set in, and let’s not forget the Kentucky Derby festivities. And while life has settled down a bit since March (but only a bit), I’ve still had plenty to keep me busy. And there (as always) have been a few interesting food happenings as well.

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Review: Essence Gel Nail Polish System

Lifestyle, lifestyle & beauty, Reviews By April 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I have an unusual relationship with nail polish. I am a big fan of it, particularly these days as the market has expanded so much and so many colors and finishes are available. However, my “day job” is not one that is practical for wearing polish very often, so I find myself going through odd little phases. I won’t wear any on my nails for weeks at a time and then suddenly I’ll paint my nails four times in a week. As a result my collection is very small (by most standards) and the polishes I do own are most often on my toes and not “on display”. I have never tried gel polishes before, so when I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, I decided to test out the system from Essence cosmetics; I had heard a pretty good buzz going around about it, and I knew it would be a good value for an initial try.

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Getting Your Dates Right

Uncategorized By April 20, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Every now and then I get a craving for something out of the ordinary. And sometimes that craving includes something sweet. Ok, more than just sometimes. Fruit can be a good option if (like me) you’re trying to be as good as you can  and still get a sugar fix. And one food that fits the description pretty well is the date. Nope, not the one on your calendar or that one you got through Tinder. The date is the fruit of a palm tree, and I think it’s high time this little gem got a little more time in the spotlight.

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Tasting an Epic New Snack

Reviews By April 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I do not eat pork. There, I said it. No ham, no bacon, no pork tenderloin. And while this does put me in a gastronomic minority in our bacon-centric culture, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on too much. Although a small part of the reason I choose not to eat it is moral, it is mostly because I just don’t care for it. There are plenty of other meats out there, and I prefer them. And when I am able to come across alternative bacon options (like turkey) I’m always open to giving it a try. So when I stumbled across a new line of snacks while shopping recently, my interest was piqued.

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Style Edit: Creating a Closet You Love

Lifestyle, Reviews By April 10, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Oh ladies (and gents), how many times have you looked into your closet full of clothes and said, “Holy (insert expletive here), I have nothing to wear. How is that possible?” If you haven’t ever said or thought that to yourself, congratulations. If you just said that to yourself this morning, I may have a solution. I was greatly inspired to do this post by one of my favorite bloggers, the lovely and talented Anna Gardner of The Anna Edit. If you’re into clean, classic, no fuss style and interesting lifestyle posts, she’s your girl. She recently did a You Tube video about streamlining her wardrobe and how it has evolved over time and mentioned  a book, The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees ($25), and I was very excited to go out and pick it up and see if it could be helpful to me.

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4 Flavors for Spring

Uncategorized By April 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Warmer temperatures, school graduation ceremonies and blooming flowers and trees can only mean one thing; it’s spring again, and with that comes a craving for lighter, fresher flavors on our plates. This week I decided to do a little roundup of some popular springtime foods that you can incorporate in your dishes to give you that taste of the season.

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