2 Delicious Cocktails To Share With Your Valentine on Valentine’s Day!

Hey everyone!

I’m super excited about today’s post because not only am I sharing 2 new drink recipes with you but I also had the opportunity to partner up with a company called Advanced Mixology. Advanced Mixology specializes in making and selling copper Moscow Mule mugs. However, they’re uniquely shaped to look more like coffee mugs rather then the traditional rounded shape; making them much more versatile. After working with these mugs I’ve fallen in love with the their trendy appearance as well as their light weight and durable build. I can already tell they’re going to withstand many cocktails by the pool, dinner parties and much more! Click here to check them out!

As I mentioned before, today I’m sharing these 2 refreshing cocktail recipes to celebrate Valentines Day with! So grab your spouse, your girlfriends, your bros, whoever it is that you want to share these with and let’s get started!

Strawberry Moscow Mule:

You need:

  • 14 oz Ginger beer
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • Half a lime
  • A handful of fresh strawberries
  • A pinch of sugar

I started off by cutting up the strawberries into smaller pieces and throwing them into my mug. Added the pinch of sugar and a splash of the Ginger beer. I then muddled them until they were more like a purée. (If you don’t have a muddler, a simple spoon or fork will still do the trick. The goal is just to release the natural flavor.)

Next I filled the mug with ice and squeezed half the lime in.


Added the Vodka, then the ginger beer.

Lastly I garnished it with a strawberry and some lime slices.
Red Berry Lemonade Fizz:


You need:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 14 oz Raspberry Lemonade
  • Splash of Sprite
  • A couple strawberries for garnish
  • A couple lemon slices for garnish



Again I started off with filling the mug with ice. Then squeezed a lemon wedge in.


Then I added in the Vodka and the Lemonade.

Lastly, I topped it off with a splash of sprite and garnished with strawberries and lemon slices.


And that’s it guys! These are super simple and are sure to be something both you your Valentine will enjoy!

Thank you again to Advanced Mixology for partnering up with me and sponsoring this post!
Talk to you all next week!

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My Drugstore Skincare Routine

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Hello again!

Today I am sharing with you all a few skincare products I’ve been using recently. Growing up and even into my early 20’s, skincare was never high on my priority list. Quite frankly, it was almost non-existent on my list. I always felt like I was too busy or too tired to fiddle around for 10-15 minutes with it. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of taking care of what I have. 10-15 minutes is such a teeny-tiny fraction of my day so, why shouldn’t I take the time to treat it with the respect that it deserves? Anyways, enough of my rambling already, lets jump on in!

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Sheet masks: Oh boy! These have been one of my absolute favorite ways to pamper my skin lately. They’re like a traditional face mask but 10 times easier! I love that you don’t have to mess around with putting on a gooey paste only to spend your “pampering” time washing it off your hands. Then spending a ton of time trying to rinse it all off your face. By the end of that, I feel like I haven’t relaxed at all. With sheet masks you just throw one on your face, kick back, watch a couple YouTube videos then peel it off and you’re done! I’ve been doing one once a week now and I love them! I like to rotate types of masks as well as different brands just to get all the different benefits. This will be my first time trying the SOO AE brand so I am excited to try it!

St. Ive’s Blemish Control Scrub: I use to dread exfoliating my face. I have sensitive skin so exfoliating too much really irritated it and sent my skin into oil production over drive. But, I finally found that if I limit it to once a week instead of every few days, my skin does much, much better with it. Currently I am using this St. Ive’s scrub but I don’t love it. It does the job but I’ve been keeping my eye out for something better and just a tad bit more gentle. If any of you know of something I should try, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser: I love this stuff!  Its a super light weight, smooth and gentle cleanser with a gel like consistency that my skin loves. It works really well getting all my makeup off and getting down into my pores. I rarely need to use a toner to get all the excess dirt off my face after using this.

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Target Brand Toner: I love this stuff too! It works to get any left over dirt off my face without drying it out. Since I started using this I noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin. My pores are noticeably smaller and the redness in my face has been minimal. I have no idea why I never used a toner before because it truly has become such an essential for me now.

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Target Brand Dual- Treatment moisturizer: I don’t love this as much as I wish that I did. I have to use quite a bit of it to fully moisturize my skin. Which, may not be the products fault as I do have pretty dry skin. But I guess my point is that I personally would prefer a heavier duty moisturizer so that I do not have to use as much. However, when I do put on the right amount, it does get the job done so I plan to finish out the bottle and then move on to something else. Again, any recommendations are great!

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ToGo Spa Green Tea Eye Masks: I recently watched one of Aspyn Ovard’s YouTube videos where she mentioned these in her subscription box. I was super shocked that they even had such a thing! Knowing how much I love face masks, I really wanted to give these a try so I went on Amazon and purchase a 3 pk. I’ve only gotten to try them once since I just got them this week but so far, I love it! You stick them directly under your eyes and they stick to your skin. They slip down a little bit so I do recommend leaning your head back a little and relaxing but overall, they hold up pretty nicely! I plan on rotating these into my routine a couple times a week so I’m really excited to see if they help with the overall brightness of my under eyes.

 

That’s all the products I use for now! I can’t wait to start experimenting with new products to replace the ones I’m not totally in love with. And I’m excited and happy to keep using what I do love. I can only hope with all this skincare TLC, I look like Jennifer Aniston when I’m older. Ha ha.

See you all next week!

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Purple Smoke

Hi again!

This week I didn’t have a post planned out so I decided to share with you a few practice photos from yesterday. I recently purchased some photo smoke grenades for an engagement shoot I have coming up and have been dying to test them out for weeks! Normally, I am the one behind the camera but because my husband is much more camera shy then I am, found myself in front of the camera this time.  The things you’ll do to get your creative energy out. Ha ha.

They were SO much fun but I don’t recommend doing them on a windy day. Which I knew going into it but like I said, when you have a creative itch, it’s really hard to ignore it. Ha ha.


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Up the Mountain we go! | Janurary 14th, 2017

 

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Yesterday we went on a spur of the moment trip up the mountain. Jordan told me he wanted to go up before it snowed which was fine with me because I had stuff to do around the house later. Well, I definitely thought he meant he wanted to beat the snow so we would only be there for a couple hours and only go as far as a couple miles up the mountain. But, turns out he meant he wanted to get up there before it snowed so that he could be in the snow storm. Ha ha oops! We took our time going up the mountain, stopping at small pull outs to check out the scenery and brave the wind. (which was insane by the way! It almost knocked me off a rock! ha ha) Once we got to the top we had lunch at Sawmill restaurant, walked around a couple shops, got their famous fudge and bought a beanie for me to keep my ears warm (that’s what happens when you’re unprepared for a super cold day trip. ha ha)  We ended up staying up there all day waiting for it to snow or “snow chasing” as we started calling it ha ha. Towards the end of the day it did start snowing and though it wasn’t a lot, it was still enough to make the trip worth it. We just had a good time going back and forth from the top, to the shops and to our favorite spots. Snapping photos, people watching, and trying not to slip on ice. ha ha.

Until next time,

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 No protein powder, protein pancakes!

I don’t know about you but I can’t stand the taste of protein powder. So I found a super good protein pancake recipe that doesn’t require that nasty chalk-like supplement that turns your pancakes into “elephant hooves” (as my husband calls them. What a character! Ha ha!)

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup oats (doesn’t matter what kind because you’ll be blending them.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container (5.3 oz or 2/3 cup if you’re using a bulk size)  of flavored Greek yogurt (I used vanilla but raspberry is also really good!)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Handful of blueberries or anything else you want inside (optional)


Place all but the optional ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.


Pre-heat your pan on medium heat then pour in your batter to your desired pancake size. Place the optional ingredients inside and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.


Then flip it and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes


Once your pancakes are done add any other toppings  you want on top. I put strawberries and a maple and agave syrup mix from Trader Joe’s on mine.

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And that’s it!! Let me know in the comments if you try this and what kind of toppings and optional ingredients you used!

Until next time,

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Learn How to Make This Easy & Healthy Chicken, lime & Avocado soup!


Hey! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on my blog but I wanted to jump on and share one of my absolute  favorite soups for the winter time with you.  I make this soup every winter, multiple times a season and still can’t get enough of it. If I didn’t live in Arizona, I’d be eating this all year long. Ha ha.


What you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast
  • Chicken broth
  • Lime juice (store bought or fresh. It doesn’t matter)
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin

Optional toppings:

  • Avocados
  • More green onions
  • More cilantro
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt for a healthier substitute. You can’t even taste the difference, I promise!)

I didn’t put a specific measurement for any of it because it’s all up to your taste.


Step 1:

  • Chop up the jalpeno (remove the seeds if you don’t want it to be too spicy) green onions, tomatoes & cilantro.
  • Dice up the chicken.

I didn’t do it this way first because apparently I like to do things the hard way. Ha ha. 

Step 2:

  • Turn the pot onto medium-high heat.
  • Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil in.
  • Mix in the jalpeno & green onions and sautée until tender.(around 2-3 minutes).
  • Add in the garlic at the last 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn.

Step 3:

  • Add in the diced tomatoes, chicken & chicken broth. (I used 2 cans to make my desired amount of soup).
  • Add the lime juice (I put 2 1/2 tablespoons in because I LOVE lime. But, if you’re not as into it, I recommend 1 1/2 tablespoons.)
  • Add all your seasonings. (Salt, pepper & cumin).


Step 4:

  • Bring the soup to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, cover & let it simmer until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 5:

  • Add in the cilantro.
  • Cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Step 6:

  • Add all your toppings and enjoy!!


Now wasn’t that easy?! That’s exactly why I love it!!

Let me know if you end up making this soup and how you like it!!

Until next time!

nichole


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Pasta salad recipe that will have everyone at your party talking

 

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Hello again!

I’ve brought this pasta salad to many, many parties and served it at many of my own. I constantly have people coming up to me telling me how much they enjoyed it. (Of course making me blush every single time! ha ha) So I wanted to share this with you to bring to your next cookout. Or maybe for your 4th of July festivities today! (Sorry it’s a little late, the weekend had me running around non stop and I just wasn’t able to get this post up in time.)

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You will need:

  • 1 bag/box of your choice of pasta. I love to use this Fusilli from Trader Joe’s.
  • Grape tomatoes
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 can sliced black olive (Optional! As you can see I left them out but all the times I have put them in, they’ve been a hit.)
  • 8 oz block of cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz block of colby jack cheese (sometimes I switch this up with mozzarella instead)
  • 1/4 lb hard salami
  • 1/4 lb pepperoni
  • Oregano to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Tuscan house Italian dressing
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

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Directions:

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add pasta and cook until tender
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop up the red pepper, tomatoes, salami, pepperoni, both blocks of cheese and the black olives then put them to the side in the bowl you will be using. Then into the refrigerator to keep them cool.
  • Once the pasta in tender, strain and place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hr or until completely cooled. This is a very important step, you want your pasta to be chilled all the way through otherwise the cheese will start to melt along the edges.
  • After the pasta has chilled, add it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix in the oregano, salt, pepper and dressings. (all of this is to taste. I usually use around 3/4 of cup for each dressing.)
  • Let it chill for another 1/2 hr-1 hr and it is ready to serve.

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I really hope you guys enjoy it! Let me know in the comments if you try it and how you like it!

Until next time!


 
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