Cooking & Recipes

Comfort Food and Real Life | Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

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I love planning and making delicious meals for my family, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy take out, an occasional pepperoni pizza or a hack meal—which is one made from what I find in the pantry. That’s when my staples from Walmart come in.  A few favorites that can help me get great comfort food on the table for real life. Because real life is messy and unpredictable and some meals need to come together fast and easy.  Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style

Four Ways to Feel Good in Your Bathing Suit

how to feel good in a bathing suit

Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing the phrase “get your body back.” Regardless of whether you just had a baby or not, why are we always trying to look backwards when it comes to our body? So this isn’t a post about dieting or exercising your way back to your old body. I don’t have any advice on how to get rid of that belly bloat. I don’t have recommendations of miracle creams that will get rid of stretch marks or cellulite. (Although, I’ll keep searching and sharing my favorites when I do find them!)

This is also not a post about how great I feel while wearing a bathing suit. Because like all women, I can name about bazillion things I’d like to change about my body—especially when faced with wearing a bathing suit.

Nonetheless, this was the year that I had a chat with myself about embracing my body—in a bathing suit and beyond. Not the body I’m going to have next month, when I finally lose those 5lbs. Not the body I had 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago. Today’s body. The one with the stretch marks, some cellulite and the one a little more squishy than it used to be. But acceptance doesn’t come easy, so I found these four  ways to feel good in a bathing suit, while working on loving my body. Hope you find these helpful!

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Cooking & Recipes

How to Make Veggie Hand Rolls with Spicy Tofu

healthy veggie hand roll with tofu

Typically, everyone always talks about the negative effects of social media, but a few days ago my mom shared a fascinating study with me which found that people were eating healthier and more adventurous foods because they wanted to show it off on the ‘gram. Regardless of the reason, I love that we are all expanding our culinary horizons. Maybe a few years ago my lunch choice would not have been a veggie hand roll with spicy tofu, but today it is. Maybe instagram made me do it 🙂 Or maybe it’s a culinary trend, like the kind S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water has been compiling thanks to acclaimed chefs and lifestyle influencers. Now, they have an amazing list of trends you can look up for your own city, especially if you’re in NY and LA. Spoiler alert: Asian foods are trending! You can also check out their Taste Guide and find favorite trendy restaurants and recipes. First though, read on for these veggie hand rolls with spicy tofu. They’re life changing, even if you don’t instagram about them!
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Cooking & Recipes

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

gluten free, low carb dinner, zucchini lasagna recipe

After coming back from Mexico and eating way too many fish tacos, I was really craving a home cooked meal. (Too bad I’m an adult and had to make it for myself, instead of just dropping by my grandmother’s house, which is so what I would have done 10 years ago! ) I wanted something savory, filling and a little indulgent. But also, summery and easy. Kind of a tall order, huh?! Once I saw the zucchini in my fridge though, I immediately thought of the turkey lasagna I’ve made a few times before. By replacing the noodles with thin sliced zucchini, it becomes a lower carb (gluten-free) homemade goodness that still feels indulgent and seasonal. It might be a lasagna, but it still feels light, yet hearty and you won’t miss the noodles. I swear. Here is the recipe for the zucchini lasagna for all your tall order needs!

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Travel & See

Summer Bucket List

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A bucket list has really been a great way to welcome each season. Especially finding events and activities to do that are only available during that time. There is also something about actually making a list of things that feels like it’s going to get you closer to getting it done. There is so much about summer to look forward to, and not all of it is about the beach. Though, that is where the three of us will likely be on most weekends! Nonetheless, there are some other things I’m really looking forward to. Here is my bucket list for the best season of them all—summer!

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Travel & See

On Rituals and Coffee Breaks

When I was in my early twenties, one of my favorite rituals was spending an afternoon here. I would get a coffee, a treat and a stack of fashion magazines, and sit for hours reading each issue cover to cover.  It was one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon by myself. Read on for more on rituals and coffee breaks.

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Cooking & Recipes

Crab Cakes with Shaved Zucchini Salad Recipe | File Under Favorite Summer Meal

crabcakes with shaved zucchini salad light summer meal

Despite being knee deep in June gloom at the moment—the few weeks in SoCal when it isn’t sunny— my brain has switched to summer, and I’m craving seasonal produce and lighter meals. I’m even contemplating putting my crockpot away for the summer months, and I’ve grown pretty attached to that thing over the last few months. It’s also bikini season, so lighter meals are a must. Cut to me buying up all the zucchini and going crazy with the spiralizer. But seriously, this shaved zucchini salad with extra squeeze of lemon and lots of parm cheese, paired with my tried and true crab cake recipe is the most delicious summer meal, possibly ever. Warning: File under favorite and pin this recipe asap, because it’s going to be your favorite. You are welcome.

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Cooking & Recipes

Blueberry Ginger Lemonade | Perfect Memorial Day Cocktail

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Sweet, tangy and wonderfully refreshing, this cocktail is the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. It’s the drink you’ll be making all summer long, because who doesn’t love a cool, refreshing lemonade with a splash (or three) of vodka. Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style

Wedding Season with Rent the Runway

rent the runway spring wedding guest dress

Last night Mauricio and I officially kicked off the wedding season with a fabulous wedding in Los Angeles. Weddings are truly my favorite kind of date night. You get to eat, drink, dance and celebrate a beautiful moment of someone’s life. It’s also an excuse to dress up. Sometimes you can take that little black dress out of your closet or find something that you would wear again, but other times you look at your closet and realize there is nothing exciting in there. Here is why I think Rent the Runway is the perfect wedding season partner.  Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes, Make & Do

How to Throw The Perfect Tea Party | Hosting Mother’s Day at Home

how to throw an afternoon tea

When I still lived in Philly, my sister and I created a tradition of taking our mom and both of our grandmothers to afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. Each year we would take them to a different hotel in the city that offered afternoon tea, and each year it was something we all looked forward to the most. Afternoon tea seems like a very complicated and posh affair because of the variety of offerings and the delicate china, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, I’m sharing a simple blueprint for how to throw the perfect tea party at home, complete with what to buy, how to serve and what to make for Mother’s day or just an afternoon with your girlfriends.

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