Friday, November 30, 2012

May Books--50% off today!

Here is my new obsession: May Books. If you are not on the May Books bandwagon, I suggest you hop on. This company makes cutesy little notebooks (their slogan even includes the phrase "no more ugly notebooks"). You can make them be wedding planners, calendars, meal planner, diet and exercise planner or just blank, lined or graph paper! And they are so cute! And of course MONOGRAMMED!!! I just got the plain ole lined paper for myself.


So you go onto their website HERE and you pick your pattern, monogram and colors and what type of book you want. And ta-da! Gorgeous notebook. I am keeping mine in my purse for little notes!They even have holiday patterns! How cute is that?

They are only about $17 a piece BUT TODAY THEY ARE HALF OFF!!!! So go order now!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The BEST Tuna Tar-tare (ideal protein friendly!)

While babysitting during a dinner party tonight the caterer let me in on a little secret...the greatest recipe ever for tuna tar-tare. Even better news? It is Ideal Protein friendly which means I can eat it all up!!

Ingredients:
Fresh Sashimi grade Tuna**
Sriracha sauce (yep. she had me with this)
Sashimi Sesame Oil (can be found at Fresh Market)
Fresh Lime Juice
Cilantro

**She gets her tuna FROZEN from Fresh Market! Brilliant! NOT ahi either! she said that regular old PINK looking tuna was cheaper and tastes better in this dish

Chop it up into little pieces. Coat with a bit of everything else! It was not saucy at all so a little goes a long way with this. I realize that my directions are very vague. I think it is because you can make it however you want! Spicy, limey, sesame-y. You name it!

She (the caterer) put them on top of ruffles! RUFFLES! Delish!!! BUT to make it ideal protein friendly, I vote you put them on cucumber slices! Yummo! So here is a photo from Maggie's Meals in New York. It is the closest thing I found that resembled this yummo recipe! Thanks for the photo MM!

Unfortunately I am AWFUL and don't remember the lovely blonde lady caterer's name. BAD. BUT I will find out tomorrow and give her the due credit she deserves! So know that this recipe is not mine (I added the cucumbers) and that The Magical Caterer Lady created it. A big thanks to the MCL! Now go get some tuna!

P.S. The avocado pictured with tuna is NOT ideal protein friendly. Leave it out :) 

 




**I added my own pictures now!







This was a phenomenal recipe!! The picture to the left is on cucumber "chips" and to the right is what it looks like while marinating! yummo!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shampoo for Winter Months

As with most people my skin gets ultra dry during the winter months. And along with that goes my hair. The best shampoo for dry hair? Head and Shoulders. I realize I sound like an old lady commercial for dandruff, but this stuff really works, and it smells pretty phenomenal too! So no need to be embarrassed buying it. It works wonders.

My favorite kind is the smooth and silky. It makes my hair so soft and it doesn't feel all dry and itchy. And of course, no dandruff is a plus! It is like putting butter in your hair! Stop by the grocery store and grab some. I am serious. Interchange it with your regular shampoo. Maybe every other wash. It will help :)

What I Wear: Make Up Version

I am sure you know by now that I am a product junkie and that Sephora is my mother ship. One reason I love it so much is that you can mix and match products. So here is what I wear everyday :)

1. Boi-ing Concealer in #2: Benefit $20
This puppy hides everything. I use it on the dark circles under my eyes. I put this on first.
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand: $19
I put this all over my face. A little goes a long way. It is very lightweight.
3. Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer: $29.
I use this to set in the moisturizer and give myself a little glow. I am anxious to try the peach leopard too! 
4. Nars Blush in Super Orgasm: $28
Funny name but it is indeed quite magical. It is pink with little flecks of glitter. It is quite simply gorgeous.

5. Naked 2 by Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette: $50
This one is more expensive but it has tons of colors and goes a long way. I am a neutral color gal and this palette does the trick.
Now, with my fake lashes I don't wear mascara anymore, but when I did this was my go to option. The skinny little brush works wonders for your lashes.
7. Kat Von D Lock N' Load Make Up Setting Mist: $24
The piece de resistance. Spritz this on after your make up is on and it will hold it for the whole day. It smells like cucumbers too!
I realize that these things are pricey but they last for MONTHS! And I use them everyday. And you might be thinking, "What about lips?". Well, I put on any and all lipgloss I can find. See my post about lipglosses for that one!







Monday, November 26, 2012

Dresser Top Organization

Sundays are my cleaning days. So why not post about keeping things neat and organized? Like most people I am sure, I have a big ole chest of drawers which is my prime jewelry, perfume, etc. locating spot. I have a cute monogrammed tray (duh) where I keep all of my perfume. And because I am a perfume snob, I rotate them out to whichever ones I am currently using. My current favorites are:
1. Aqua Di Gio for women---yum
2. Armani Code--spicy and so great for the fall
3. Michael by Michael Kors--my go to fav
4. Chanel (the green one)--people stop me and ask me about this one...
5. Viva la Juicy--another go to favorite

Behind my little tray is the coolest earring holder ever. The uber artistic and creative Emily Meyer came up with that one! It is a picture frame filled with fluff and covered with a fabric that is mesh-like. It is the most creative thing ever!! She even hot glued a great bow on there. Too cute!!!








For my necklaces I just used the trusty hammer and nail technique. I just hammered a few nails into the wall behind my dresser and ta-da! Necklace holder! As you can see it holds both big and small necklaces! Easy-peasy.








Finally, my little owl catch-all. I leave this baby on there and it gets filled with bobby pins, clips, chap stick, earrings, etc. And then I clean it out once a week. I believe I found this at target or maybe Pier 1 for about a dollar. Steal!

I rearrange it all pretty frequently. Oh and my other big tip: Get your cleaning supplies from the dollar store. They have all the same stuff at a super great price (a dollar, obviously).

Happy cleaning!
 




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ideal Protein

So I have been putting this off for a while because I wanted to make sure that it actually worked before I blogged about it. But here I am, over 15 lbs lighter and it has only been two weeks. I started Ideal Protein on Nov. 3rd and as of Nov. 17th I was down 15.8 lbs. crazy right? If you have followed along for a bit, you know that I am a diet fanatic. I've tried all of them. Hence me not wanting to talk about this one in case it was another failed diet. Well, it's not! It's basically a low car, low fat, low sugar...wait...NO fat, NO carbs, NO sugar diet.

It is rather strict and I do it through the doctor's office, though there are clinics all around that you can go to. It's not cheap and it's not easy but it is crazy effective. Each day I have three ideal protein foods (vanilla shakes, pudding, chips, soup, bar, etc) which are really quite good. Plus two cups of veggies (no more no less) for lunch And at dinner I have two MORE cups and 8 ounces of protein. This is for sure not a starvation diet. You eat and eat and eat. And lose weight! They have special vitamins you must take and you can't work out for the first two weeks (which is awesome!). All and all I am in love.

I will say that since it is thanksgiving it makes it harder. I want dressing and mashed potatoes but I won't. I have come to far to cheat now. So for lunch and dinner I am having turkey, with zucchini and kale (more new fav food). But I am also making pumpkin muffins! So here is my recipe for phase 1 (did I mention there are 4 phases so you don't instantly gain all your weight back?).

Ideal Protein Pumpkin Almond Muffins

1 package butterscotch pudding
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon or more of pumpkin pie spices

In a bowl mix water, almond extract and egg until frothy. Add in butterscotch pudding slowly and pumpkin pie spices. Mix together. Spray a muffin pan with non stick spray. Spoon in mixture to fill HALF way. Mine made six muffins. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. They puff up and then deflate. They are so good and you can eat ALL six!!!













Go to www.idealprotein.com to learn more about it!!