Ringing in the New Year | Our Trip to Mexican Wine Country

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To ring in the New Year we took a three hour drive across the border to Ensenada, a coastal city in Mexico. We stayed at Coral Marina Hotel and celebrated the New Year with a beautiful sit down dinner and a live band. We also spent a day wine tasting in Valle de Guadalupe— Mexican wine country. As well as visiting some of the most celebrated eateries in Ensenada. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite moments from our trip. Here is more on ringing in the New Year in Mexico. Continue Reading…

Winter White

the perfect date night look and white coat for winter

Something about wearing a white coat in the winter makes me feel the most put together. Even when I’m wearing a basic black sweater, jeans and a pump. It’s so regal and wintery white, that it immediately feels dressy, without even trying.

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Five Dresses To Rock This NYE

This year I am going full sequins. I’ve worn a sequined top before, and a bottom. But, I have never worn a dress that is entirely sequins. To go full sequins one needs to either be performing a concert or going to a NYE party. And this year I’m going to a NYE party (!) So I thought not only will I rock all sequins, but I’ll also share the five dresses to rock this NYE (in case you’re also deciding on what kind of girl you’re going to be in the New Year).

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Five Ways to Recover From a Cold and Ideas for What You Can Do While in Bed

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Being sick is the worst. When you’re truly sick you can’t be bothered to do anything other than just lay in bed all day. But, let’s focus on the positive. If you have a cold, it’s the perfect time to pamper yourself. Let your body get the rest it needs, so you can recover quickly. Read on for five ways to recover from a cold and ideas for what you can do in bed.

how to feel better when you're sick

how to feel better when you're sick

Set Up Your Headquarters

If you’re going to spend most of your day in bed, you might as well have everything you want at your fingertips. It’s time to stream a show you likely wouldn’t admit to anyone you actually watch. For me it’s Scandal. Is anyone still watching it? A stack of magazines, tissues, and of course my phone, as well as comfy PJs, extra pillows and blankets makes me feel cozy and happy in bed.

Get on a Medicinal Schedule

It may sound silly, but to recover quickly you have to start by taking the right medicine. Depending on what kind of cold I have, I usually turn to Theraflu, a powerful relief without a prescription. It also tackles a multitude of symptoms, like sore throat, congestion, fever and cough. I also usually have TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night in my sick day kit. It is the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand, so having it in my home is a must. To feel better as soon as possible, it’s important to read the instructions and to not mix medications.

Liquid Diet & Chicken Soup for the Soul

I know I’m really sick if I don’t even want to indulge in a slice of pizza. So to keep my body energized enough to fight my sickness I drink a lot of tea. I think it’s a Russian thing, but as soon as anyone in my family gets a cold, we serve them tea with lemon non-stop. Have you heard of Lipton’s new wellness range of herbal supplements, boosted with botanicals? It’s a unique combination of 3 botanicals, blended with essential oils. To avoid a caffeine buzz, I like to sip on Bedtime Bliss. Which is chamomile, mint, orange peels and is caffeine free.

Of course, growing up with my grandmom I always got homemade chicken soup. Now that I’m the mom of the house, I opt for Campbell’s® chicken noodle soup, because it warms me right up, and it delicious. Especially with a few Premium Crackers.

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all you need to recover from a cold fast

how to feel better when you're sick

Grooming Rituals

If I’m stuck in bed, I might as well pluck some unwanted hair, give myself a foot massage, do my nails, maybe try a facemask, or an eye mask. Something about pampering myself on the outside helps not only pass the time in bed, but also makes me feel productive, while lounging around.

Let it Be

You’re sick, and most likely the world won’t end. Emails, projects, babies will all be taken cared of while you recover. I feel strongly that if you don’t allow your body the rest it needs when you first feel the symptoms of a cold, your sickness will last longer. Stop. Let your body and mind rest and focus on recovering instead of the world around you!

It’s also a good idea to let someone help. Maybe it’s making a list, so they can get everything you need at a Kroger store. Maybe it’s letting your husband figure out dinner, and baby stuff, and maybe it’s letting housework, work work and other issues lay to the side. Because if we don’t have our health back, we’re pretty useless, and unhappy.

Stay well friends,

Alina

 

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Friendship Goals & Moscow Mules

moscow mule with Absolut Elyx

 

Last month, when one of my besties came to town, I scored an entire weekend of girlfriend time. It was the three of us, reunited. We got a chance to catch up, dine out, shop, wine taste—the works. At first, I was nervous to share that I couldn’t get a babysitter for one of the nights. Though, I knew  it wouldn’t be a huge deal, since my other bestie lives three minutes away and could totally take everyone out. But, I also didn’t want to miss out. When my friends heard that I couldn’t go out, they came over instead. And now looking back at this whirlwind of a weekend, the best part for me was that night. The Saturday evening we spent sipping on delicious cocktails and chatting by the fire, once I put the baby to bed. We didn’t even cook dinner, we just got some burgers! That night made me think about what true friendship between women really is. So I thought I’d share one of my favorite winter cocktails and talk friendship goals and Moscow mules with Absolut Elyx vodka.

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DIY Embellished Jeans

Each season I clear out my closet and part with things that I no longer wear or that no longer fit. These jeans were originally in the toss pile. Although they still fit, I didn’t reach for them in months. They were on the top of a little pile I made, and I walked by them for a few days. Then, I thought about using them to experiment with a trend I’ve been DYING to try—Embellished everything! Sweaters, jeans, shoes, jackets. You name it. You can find them embroidered, or bedazzled. As a trend, it’s a fun one, but would I wear embroidered anything next year? Probably not. So, while I didn’t want to spend the money, I still kind of wanted to get with this trend. It’s also a great way to update a piece in your wardrobe that you might not feel is trendy anymore. A jean jacket can get a new look with a few embroidered roses on it, so could a sweater. For me, it was these jeans and a little bejeweling. Like all of my DIYs, this one is a breeze, with only a few supplies and not too much time. Read on for how to DIY embellished jeans.

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Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

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When we moved to our home a  few short miles from the beach, we were happy to discover how many of our friends and family loved to visit. My family especially. Always thrilled to  escape the harsh East coast winter during the holiday season for the sunshine of Southern California. Our friends also like spending the weekend at our home. Biking, eating and relaxing by the beach. And with a guest room, we are always happy to have visitors. Over the years, I adopted a great routine for having everyone stay over. So, I put together a few of my tips for hosting overnight Guests. Read on if you’re planning to have friends and family stay over for the holidays.

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Best of DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays

DIY Gift Ideas

I love the idea of crafting with friends, or for friends during the holidays. So I thought I would round up some of my favorite tutorials over the last few years as a sort of best of DIY gift Ideas for the holidays. And you know the best part of any DIY I tackle is that they’re usually easy, so this means it’s totally doable for you to run to the store, get whatever you need or even order from Amazon and make some great and fun things for your friends and family this holiday season. Continue Reading…

The Perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail: A Spicy Pear Martini

I know it’s the holiday season because I am a ball of anxiety and I’ve canceled plans with two friends this week, because I just can’t seem to focus on anything but all the holiday prep that I haven’t been doing. What I have been doing though, is thinking about all the cocktailing and the eating I am going to do. We basically roll with the same menu every year, and it’s the only time that I get to have all of this carb loaded goodness. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to drink. We’ll be at my house. I’m not driving anywhere and there will be enough relatives for someone to keep an eye on the baby—so this mama can relax. Which is why I  decided to infuse my own vodka with spices and pears, and make up the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail: a  spicy pear martini! We are a week out, which is the right amount of time for you to infuse your vodka with this recipe  over the weekend, and join me in getting tipsy this Thanksgiving!  Continue Reading…

10 Things I Should Have Registered for When Expecting a Baby

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Now that my baby is almost 2 (!), I can finally look back and think about the items I truly needed in those early days. As a first time mom, there were tons of stuff I thought weren’t necessary, only to have to make several trips back to Target to get all the things I didn’t register for.  Now, I’m sharing the top 10 things I should have registered for when expecting a baby, so other mom’s won’t make my rookie mistake!  Continue Reading…

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