We're hanging around the house this weekend for yet another relaxing weekend at home. I'm still not sick of them after our very busy summer and the upcoming holiday season. We're watching our niece Sierra (the cute Reindeer Chihuahua seen here) while my sister and her boyfriend finish up their Hawaiian vacation, so I'm expecting many walks and lots of cuddle time to keep her warm!
Buying gifts for food lovers and cooks is probably my favorite part of holiday gift shopping. I think because it's something I love so much, I can see the potential greatness of each gift. The other perk of foodie gifts is that they can run the whole gamut in terms of price, so it doesn't matter how much you plan to spend, you can find the perfect gift, including the Bench Scraper (#7) that's less than $10 and is used almost daily! For more inexpensive kitchen gifts, check out my Ten Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets which will have your gift recipients thanking you each and every time you see them!
For more gift ideas, check out Holiday Gifts for All Ages and Stocking Stuffers!
November 20, 2014
Thanksgiving is only one week away and I'm really excited! We're heading to the Bay Area to spend time with T's family and see some friends. My family and T's have always done the Thanksgiving meal at dinner time, so there's always need for food beforehand. I want to eat every single slice of that orange cranberry bread, but, as my mother says, "woman cannot survive on bread alone!" I wanted to have a festive juice or smoothie to go with the bread and came up with this recipe. The flavors you get are from the fruits and spices, but there's actually cauliflower in it! I didn't want a green smoothie for my holiday breakfast. While kale and spinach are popular in my household and in the smoothie world, I just can't get into the spirit of things with that color of drink. Cauliflower is the perfect vegetable here because of its mild flavor and pale color! Let's hear it for vegetable juice that tastes like holiday happiness!
November 19, 2014
I'm not one who likes to change up her makeup routine too often, but I have a few new finds that I'm loving quite a bit. Instead of sharing the few new items, I thought it would be more useful to share my current makeup regimen. My collection is a bit heavy on Laura Mercier right now. I love the natural vibe of her line and the shades seem to match my skin perfectly! I've also found my makeup guru at the Laura Mercier counter at a nearby Nordstrom - she helps me with everything I need and answers all of my questions. Besides having incredibly helpful employees, Nordstrom also offers many free samples so you can try makeup out on your own. Sephora offers the same.
I'm also currently lusting after these three items: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde, Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer (1.5), and Chanel Hydrating Beauty Nourishing Lip Care (a total splurge). I tried a sample of the Chanel lip care after Lori shared her Fall Must-Have Lip Glosses and was in heaven with the non-sticky, deep moisturization. I can't stop thinking about it!!