Gifts That Will Make your Mom’s Day

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mom.”

“Home is where Mom is.”

If your mom is anything like mine, she’s the most selfless and loving person in your life. My mom is always so busy taking care of others, that she forgets to take care of herself. My sister and I are constantly reminding her to indulge in a little self-care.

Below are some gift lookbooks that I think are perfect to remind Mom how special she is and that it’s okay to take care of herself too sometimes!

FOR THE MOM WHO’S ALL ABOUT SELF-CARE:

The Martini Emotional Detox Bath Soak is a great stress reliever and helps to relax the neck and shoulders after a long day.

The 12 lb. Brookstone Weighted Blanket uses the same comforting pressure as a loving hug to elicit sensations of calmness and relaxation.

The Backlash Fit Self- Rolling Smart Yoga Mat is so convenience; when your yoga session ends, just flip the mat over, click, and let it roll. It also comes with bonus yoga routines that you can hear using your smart speaker.

The Estee Lauder 24-Hour Youth Infusing System to help Mom look as young as she feels.

The La Mer Introductory system is the most affordable way to introduce your Mom to this luxury, high-performance skin care.

The Herbivore Jade Facial Roller reduces the appearance of puffiness, and wrinkles. It’s an incredible tool for inner and outer beauty. Facial rolling is relaxing and de-stressing.

The Miraculous Glow Set is a limited-edition set featuring three miraculous products that helps Mom GLOW ALL OUT with total illumination.

The Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Heat is amazing and highly recommended for the Mom who’s always asking for a foot massage.

White + Warren Cashmere Slide Slippers is the most comfortable way for Mom to lounge around the house.

UGG Duffield II Robe make mornings so much more appealing.

The ever so popular swimproof Fitbit Charge 3 helps mom track her 24/7 heart rate, calorie burn, 15+ exercises, goal progress, sleep and more.

FOR THE TRENDY MOM:

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle has a signature scent including orange, jasmine, rose, patchouli, vetiver, white musks, vanilla – A great choice for mom!

The Jo Malone Cologne Collection has five classic colognes that can be worn solo or layered on the skin to create a new, unique combination.

The Pandora Rose Mother Heart Charm: For all she’s done for you, show Mom a token of your love that’ll always be there as a reminder.

Tod’s Gommini Driving Moccasin is a great choice for comfortable yet luxurious loafers for Mom – it comes in a variety of colors!

The Quilted Silk Slippers is the most fashionable way to lounge around the house.

FOR THE HOME DECOR MOM:

The personalized Handwritten Recipe Plate is such a thoughtful and original gift for the Mom who loves to be in the kitchen.

This Pink Anthropologie Bloom Vase or this Blue Anthropologie Bloom Vase adds texture and gleam to Mom’s space even when she doesn’t have fresh flowers on hand.

The most thoughtful throw pillows: Best Mom Ever Throw Pillow, I Owe To my Mother Accent Pillow or my favorite, Personalized Family Names Throw Pillow.

FOR THE TECH SAVVY MOM:

The Beside Smartphone Vase brightens up Mom’s beside table!

Fitbit Charge 3 helps mom get a deeper understanding of her body, health and progress with Fitbit Charge 3.

The NIX Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor for Mom to see all of her favorite family photos. It turns the frame on when you enter the room and off when you leave the room!

Electric Candle Warmer for the Mom who loves scented candles. It’s also perfect for an office space with a no-flame policy.

The Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug is sure to be every Mom’s favorite! It remotely adjusts to your ideal temperature. You can select your personalized LED color and choose and save your presets for different drinks. The Ember Ceramic Mug was designed to last for one hour when poured in hot!

The Kodak Dock & Wifi Portable Instant Photo Printer lets Mom print photos directly from her phone. I think this is by far my favorite!

Happy Mother’s Day!

From You to You (Happy Valentine’s Day)

SELF LOVE

It’s impossible to truly love another person without loving yourself first. If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect someone else to? It’s with that same idea in mind that I truly believe that before seeking that perfect person or what your idea of a perfect someone is, focus on being the best version of YOURSELF first. On that note, this Valentine’s day, I wanted to talk about SELF LOVE. 

When thinking about self love, we automatically think “go to the gym”, “get a manicure” or “get a massage” but actually loving yourself and taking care of yourself means so much more than that. No one is going to love you or take care of you better or more than you can. I wanted to share with you guys a few ways that you can practice emotional self-care not just today but everyday:

LIVE IN THE NOW

A lot of our anxiety and unhappiness comes from constantly feeling like we’re not where we should be at this stage in our lives. We’re constantly competing with the future “US” or how further along we think we should be on our professional or romantic journey. LET THAT ANGST GO – Live in the now! Remember to appreciate how far you have come and all that you have overcome so far; I’m sure there’s a lot to be proud of but do you?

APPRECIATE OTHERS

Take time out of your day to tell the people that matter most to you that you love them. Catch up with your friends and family and find out what’s going on in THEIR lives. Sometimes taking care of others is much more rewarding than constantly thinking and talking about yourself and YOUR problems. APPRECIATE PEOPLE WHILE YOU STILL HAVE THEM.

-Appreciating others can also mean taking care of strangers. Donating to a charity is also a great way to not only feel like a better version of yourself but also a great way to stumble upon one that you may actually connect with and want to invest yourself in.

OWN UP TO YOUR FEELINGS

Rather than suppressing your emotions and whatever difficult situation you might be going through, OWN UP TO THEM. Play your favorite tunes *cue Sade*, pour yourself a glass of wine and allow yourself to truly reflect on your past and your present. Let that pain or happiness settle in and embrace it because it’s a part of your growth.

Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s day with your soul mate or with yourself, remember that you’re in great company – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Paleo Cauliflower Bacon & Mushroom “Risotto”

Cauliflower rice meets risotto carbonara – A must try! All the deliciousness minus all the guilt!

Ingredients:
8 cups cauliflower rice
2 tablespoons avocado oil
“Cheese” sauce:
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cups raw cashews
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (can be found at Whole Foods)
1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Mushrooms:
1 container of sliced crimini or portabella mushrooms
1/2 lb. bacon, sugar and nitrate free, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon avocado oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
  1. In a large fry pan sauté the cauliflower rice with 1 tablespoon avocado oil on medium high heat over the stove for about 5 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.
  2. In a high powered blender puree all ingredients for the cheese sauce on high for a few minutes until completely smooth. 
  3. In a separate saute pan, add your bacon and cook until brown. Add your mushrooms and cook until crispy. Next, add your onions and seasoning and cook until soft.
  4. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower rice and stir. Add your parsley and serve with a pinch of black pepper.
  5. Enjoy!!!

Paleo Salmon Waffles

This salmon waffle recipe is perfect as a guilt free brunch item. Waffles are my favorite thing to innovate with and these did not disappoint. Serve them with a drizzle of crème fraiche, lemon and avocado slices and dill garnishes. You’re sure to wow your friends with this recipe!

 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 – 6oz salmon, seasoned and baked

1 tablespoon garlic oil (avocado oil cooked with 1 clove of garlic)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 eggs

2 tablespoons dill, chopped

2 tablespoons mashed avocado

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour

2 tablespoons onions, chopped

3 tablespoons green bell pepper, chopped

Directions:
Place your salmon on paper towels and pat dry. Season with salt and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until cooked (internal temperature should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit).

In a medium bowl, mash your salmon with a fork. Add your eggs, dill, onions, pepper, garlic oil, avocado, salt, almond flour and tablespoon lemon juice. Mix well until combined.

Heat up your waffler maker and brush with garlic oil (or spray with non-stick spray).

Evenly spread your batter onto the iron and cook until your light turns green or the waffles are golden (see picture).

**These waffles take a bit longer to cook than regular ones. I’d say about 8 minutes**

When ready, transfer onto serving dish and serve with crème fraiche, avocado and lemon slices.

 

Pace Yourself

“Do the most you can with what you have”:

It’s so easy to get influenced by what others have or are doing and feel like you need to compete in some way. It’s funny how much “influence” has to do with what I’m writing about. Funny in that, in wanting to be influencers, many get overly influenced for the worst. The best thing you can invest your time in is doing the most you can with what you already have. One of my favorite quotes is: “Do the most you can with what you have where you are.” It’s important to remember that reaching your goal, whatever it may be, takes time. Believe it or not, your favorite role models or influencers have gone through the same process – there’s no way around it. This is not to say that the goal is to be them or be like them, but the goal is to enjoy the growth you’re going through because that’s exactly what it is – growth. If you do that, you will not only get to where you should be but you’ll do that all the while staying true to who you are. Notice that I didn’t say “you’ll get to where you want to be” but rather where you should be because as I’m sure we’ve all experienced, not everything works out according to plan. You may either find yourself taking another route during your journey or it may just not lead you where you wanted to go. But more to the point, if you let yourself get carried away by material things and try to live beyond your means to succeed, you might lose track of your own sense of style and also take the fun out of it. Take a step back and pace yourself. Slow down on all the expenses in order to appreciate and make the most out of what you already have. This will not only relieve a lot of your stress but you’ll probably be able to bring out more of your own originality by focusing on yourself. 

Discipline:

I’ve recently come across a couple of articles about women who put themselves in serious debt by trying to become Instagram stars. I have to admit that really caught my attention. They spent thousands and thousands of dollars in outfits, traveling, outings, photography, etc to try to keep up with other accounts or other influencers. This sounds insane but not impossible because it’s so easy to get off track and lose control from there. These women probably all started with the occasional purchases that they probably couldn’t really afford and then spiraled out of control somewhere along the way. They either needed some kind of support system telling them to pace themselves or needed to be reminded that success doesn’t happen overnight. Discipline is key in any job and it’s no different for blogging. It’s important to also remember the reason you’re doing what you’re doing. What’s your purpose? Is it because you love blogging/sharing or only because you’re in it for the benefits? Like one of my favorites @songofstyle always says: “Make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.” And again, pace yourself – you will drive yourself crazy otherwise. It’s okay to buy certain things here and there if your budget allows it but don’t try to keep up with what others have – it’s a losing game.

Six “Instagrammable” Spots in Miami

Miami has so many colorful and original areas to visit and take pictures of. There are a few spots like “Freehand Hotel” that are among the most common and instagrammed but I hadn’t taken the time to go until recently. The other day, I came across so many cute spots in Miami Beach – Some I already knew about and others were such nice discoveries.

“Mas Cuba” Miami Beach

This restaurant has the most adorable Cuban inspired set up and details. I hadn’t heard of it until I went recently for lunch. The food was also delicious and filled with so much flavor! I had their tostones topped with pulled pork and their Cuban shrimp – WOW. My boyfriend ordered the ground beef and raved about the flavor as well! It’s such a cozy spot to go to with your friends for lunch with so many “instagrammable” spots to choose from.

The tiles were gorgeous and in keeping with the theme of the restaurant!

Their mojito is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

“Malibu Farm” Eden Roc

Malibu farm is literally the perfect place to go to with a big group of friends for a birthday at the beach. The scenic views of the ocean also make it a great choice for a romantic lunch for two (also, think sunset dinner!) Another reason why I love this place is the healthy menu options. They have such a wide variety to choose from but the food is prepared by keeping healthier alternatives in mind.

“The Faena Hotel” Miami Beach

I was so impressed by all the details at the “Faena hotel”. It gave off so many beach vibes that I couldn’t put my camera down for one second. From their seashell accented bar and bathroom details to the walls and furniture, this spot is definitely an Instagram pleaser. The inside of the hotel (lobby) also has gorgeous spaces and designs that I recommend visiting!

   “Freehand Hotel” Miami Beach

I’ve been wanting to visit The “Freehand hotel” ever since pictures of their beautiful pink stairs were circulating my Instagram feed for weeks on end. I finally went to check it out for myself and was so glad I did. There was so much more to see than just the famous pink stairs. The sitting areas, bar, poolside, etc were so rustic and beautiful. My favorite thing about this spot is how colorful the setup is and their very affordable happy hour menu.

  “Planta” South Beach

With vegan food being the biggest rave right now, Planta is such a great choice even for someone trying vegan food for the first time. Some of the non-vegans I went there with tried the food and could barely tell the difference! The menu is also so innovative as they take your favorite lunch items and make it healthier, vegan and just as good! The gorgeous rose gold accents also make this place a must try!

This amazing cinnamon roll is not on the menu but available upon request – do it!

“Chicken” Fried Mushrooms were phenomenal! So crispy!

“Plymouth Hotel” South Beach

This super cute hotel is right by “Mas Cuba” and has one of the most traditional Miami hotel designs I’ve seen. The colors are so unique.

(Not taken by me) Some of their rooms have the cutest bath tubs for the perfect instagram shot!

Spiced Chicken with Tamarind Slaw


I love all of the different textures and asian flavors in this dish! It’s on the healthier side but the tamarind sauce still contains some sugar. The chicken has so much spice and complements the sweetness of the slaw perfectly! I included some toasted spiced cashews on top for extra texture and flavor! ***For the mashed potatoes, I simply used ghee and almond milk instead of butter and cream. I also left the skin on – YUM!***

Ingredients:

For the slaw:

1 purple cabbage

1 white onion

1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced (any kind but crimini is best)

1 tablespoon ginger, grated

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 radishes, sliced

For the chicken rub:

2 lb. chicken breast, “butterflied” in half

3 tablespoons cumin

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon parika

1 tablespoon cayenne

For the marinade/sauce:

3/4 cup tamarind paste + splash of water

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon lime juice + zest

1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon cayenne

Topping:

1/2 green bell pepper, cleaned

1/2 red bell pepper, cleaned

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

(I also mixed the toppings with some chopped daikon but that’s optional).

Garnish:

1/4 cup cashews

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients of the spice mix. Rub it all over the chicken and place in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate.

Heat up a large skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, combine tamarind paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, lime juice, zest, cayenne. Mix well. Pour the sauce into the pan. When it boils, reduce the heat, and add the cornstarch dissolved in water, cover and let it cook for almost 15 minutes until done. Cool.

Remove your chicken from the fridge and pour 3/4 of the sauce over it in the ziplock bag. Marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, slice your bell peppers in half and place on a small sheet tray. Drizzle with olive oil and lightly season. Roast for 15 minutes or until soft. Dice and set aside with your sesame seed (and daikon if using).

Heat up a pan over medium heat with olive oil, sear your chicken breasts. The cooking process should take about 15-20 minutes (when chicken is “butterflied” the cooking time is significantly shortened). Set chicken aside.

In the same pan, saute your onions, mushrooms, ginger and garlic. Add the cabbage and radish. Cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the rest of your sauce of the slaw and cook until reduced (see picture).

In a small bowl, add your cashews and lightly drizzle with olive oil and season with spices. Place a small saute pan on high heat and toast the cashews until darkened. Chop and set aside.

Plating:

In your serving plate, spoon your slaw, place the chicken breast on top and garnish with the roasted pepper mix, and toasted spiced cashews.

Enjoy!!!

Whole 30 / Paleo Sweet Potato Pie (What’s for breakfast?)

This sweet potato and apple pie is such a great addition to your brunch or breakfast without all the guilt. I love how naturally sweet this pie is with the only sweetness coming from the sweet potatoes and raisins. The walnuts also add the perfect amount of crunch to the pie since it has such a soft and custardy texture. The cinnamon and nutmeg make the casserole smell like a freshly baked cinnamon roll as soon as it comes out of the oven!

 

 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup ghee
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium apples, diced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar free raisins (I used Sun-Maid)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Sea salt, to taste
6 whole eggs
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used Silk)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Heat ghee in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, then add sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring often until beginning to soften, about 5-10 minutes.
Add in apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins, and cook until apples are softened, about 8-10 minutes. Both apples and sweet potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork. If necessary, add in a little water to prevent sticking and burning. Add in in walnuts and salt, about 1/2 teaspoon to taste. Stir to combine well and sauté the mixture a minute or two.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and coconut milk until smooth and well combined. Remove apple-sweet potato mixture from heat and pour egg mixture over. Smooth to cover with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20 minutes or until set. A knife stuck in the middle should come out clean.
Enjoy!!!

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Bag: Elizabeth and James tote

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Whole 30 / Paleo Turkey Gravy with Crispy Potatoes

Hi guys! As many of you know, I recently started the whole 30 diet. Although it comes with a million dietary restrictions, there’s still a lot of ingredients I can use to make a whole lot of delicious recipes. This one definitely falls within that category. Who doesn’t love a good biscuit and sausage gravy for brunch? I always see it on the menu but was always too scared to order it because it’s so calorie intensive. This recipe gives you all that deliciousness but without the guilt. Instead of biscuits, I used crispy potatoes (I cut them into small cubes and cooked them in coconut oil). I also subbed the cream for almond milk, which I thickened with almond meal and tapioca flour. The ground turkey, if seasoned properly makes this recipe every bit as good as a good old sausage gravy and biscuits!
* Whole 30 and Paleo compliant!*
Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1 tablespoon almond flour
2 1/2 cups almond milk
8 small potatoes, diced
Coconut or avocado oil to pan fry potatoes
Directions:
For your crispy potatoes:
Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces (to ensure maximum crispiness, yum!). Melt coconut oil in a large saute pan and cook your potatoes on medium high heat. Add more coconut oil as your cooking. Do not let it dry up as the potatoes will become soggy. Set aside.
For your turkey gravy:
In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium heat. Add the cumin and oregano while it’s cooking. Season with salt. Once it’s cooked, transfer it to a plate.
Add your ghee to the same pan and melt it. Stir in the almond meal and tapioca flour on medium heat. Mix well. Stir in the almond milk and cook until it has thickened. A whisk is preferred to remove any lumps.
Mix the sausage in, a handful of your slivered almonds (if using) and your chopped cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over your crispy potatoes.
Enjoy!!!