Strawberry Milk

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Every afternoon when I pick up my son from school, he always has a carton of strawberry milk from the cafeteria. He LOVES strawberry milk and always asks for the mix they sell at the grocery store. I came across a pin for homemade strawberry milk and decided to whip some up for my son. This recipe is from the blog, Salted Lemons, and is a healthier alternative for fresh, strawberry milk.

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All you need are freshly cut strawberries, low-fat or whole milk, sugar and a vanilla bean.… Read the rest

30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Oh Pinterest, how much do I love you? Let me count the ways. Spring is here and I am in major need of spring cleaning at my house. Work has been consuming all of my time and my house has been neglected. I spotted a pin for a 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge from Pop Sugar and since I am beginning a 30-Day Ab Challenge on April 15th, I decided to add this challenge as well. I mean, what is better than a clean house and tight abs?… Read the rest

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas

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Happy #TuesdayBoozeday! One of my friends is planning a Margarita-themed party in a few weeks and asked me to help her come up with some creative variations on this classic drink. I recently found a recipe on Pinterest for Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from the blog, How Sweet It Is, and decided to test out the recipe today. I not only discovered a great Margarita recipe, I also found a new food blog to follow.

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Made with Grand Marnier, orange juice, silver tequila, lime juice, coconut water, canned light coconut milk, simple syrup and unsweetened toasted coconut for the glass rim, this is a refreshing cocktail that will remind you of a Creamsicle.… Read the rest

Motivation Monday, Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels

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I am counting down the days to my next mini-vacation which will be in Miami next month. I will be attending a food blogger conference and my hotel is right on the beach. Food is a huge part of my life and I love to eat, but I need to tighten things up with my diet. While I work out about 5 days a week, I still have some inches to lose and areas that need toning.… Read the rest

How To Apply Mascara Flawlessly

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Ladies, do you ever find yourself applying mascara only to see stray, black marks under your eyes? This WAS a daily occurrence for me until I found a pin that helps you avoid getting those annoying mascara marks. Are you ready for this? All you need is a plastic spoon. Yep, a plastic spoon. Place the spoon (curve side out) under your bottom lashes and apply your mascara. For your top lashes, you can place the spoon over your eyelid.… Read the rest

Give Your Oreos Some Bling

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I am always looking for fun kitchen projects to do with my kids and when I found a pin for Blingy Oreos, I knew it would be something they would enjoy. All you need is a package of Oreos, a pastry bag filled with white frosting and assorted sprinkles.

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Simply rim each Oreo with frosting using a pastry bag and then dim the sides into a dish filled with sprinkles.

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These are great for parties and you can follow specific color schemes.… Read the rest

A Little Bit of This & a Little Bit of Datz

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If any of you have ever read my other blog, My Other City By The Bay, or follow me on social media, then you know how much I love Datz in South Tampa. It won my heart after my first visit and my love for Datz has only grown stronger over the last few years. My story is simple. I am a San Francisco Bay Area transplant that found herself relocating to Tampa in the spring of 2003.… Read the rest

Spaghetti Al Pesto

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There is no doubt I am a busy mom of two who is always on the go. My time is very limited, so I love to prepare quick meals in the kitchen for my sweet bambinos. My daughter, who is five, has been a fan of my Spaghetti al Pesto since she was two. She affectionately calls it “green pasta” and requests it often. I have had many friends ask for my recipe and to be honest, I never really measure when I make pesto.… Read the rest

A Pearfect Spring Cocktail

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I have a huge collection of cocktail recipes on Pinterest and as a bartender, I use them as inspiration for seasonal drinks. Pear vodka is one of favorites and I found a great recipe for “The Frenchy Cocktail” (from the site Intoxicology 101) which combines Grey Goose La Poire, pineapple and cranberry juice. Since I the only pear vodka I had on hand was Absolut Pears, I made this drink for a bar guest and they loved it.… Read the rest

Improving Your Twitter Skills

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While I love Twitter and have been using it for years, I have lots of room for improvement, especially when it comes to getting more followers. I seem to be stuck in the 1800′s with followers and can’t seem to hit 1900. Gaining more followers is all about engagement and  I found a pin that illustrates how the top brands are using Twitter. From the web-site, Entrepreneur, this article breaks down the top brands in terms of audience, activity, engagement and growth.… Read the rest