While I am still in my thirties, I work as a bartender and manager of a restaurant and the late nights are starting to wear on me. Sleep is a luxury that I do not always get to enjoy, as my two kids just love to wake me up at 5 am almost daily. As a single mom, I do not have the money to splurge on expensive beauty products, so I am always looking for cost effective products.… Read the rest
I have always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. Naturally thick and curly, it can be a monster to deal with, especially living in Florida with the high levels of humidity. After years of spending way to much time in the bathroom with flat irons and blow dryers, I decided to embrace my curls and stop fighting them. Believe it or not, I just got a diffuser a few months ago and have been loving the way it leaves my hair.… Read the rest
If you are ever in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend you stop by Anise Global Gastrobar in downtown Tampa. Featuring an eclectic menu and a stunning cocktail list, Anise is one of my favorite spots to relax and grab a drink. While I do not get to visit as often as I would like (I would be there every day if I could), it is always one of the places I recommend to friends looking for dining recommendations.… Read the rest
I am always looking for DIY skin care items and came across a pin for a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner from the blog Hairspray and High Heels. Made with just water and apple cider vinegar, it is an easy and cost effective way to improve your complexion and have softer skin. All you need is a spray bottle from the travel section at the local drug store, apple cider vinegar, water and cotton balls (optional).… Read the rest
Have you always wanted fuller, thicker lashes? I found an easy tip on Pinterest that truly works and I can’t believe I have never tried this until now. As a mother, I have plenty of this secret weapon on hand and I am sure you have some in your bathroom…..baby powder. All you do is apply one coat of mascara, then dip a q-tip in a little baby powder and run across lashes, focusing on the tips.… Read the rest
About two years ago, I pinned a link to an article about beauty uses for Vaseline from the blog, My Thirty Spot, and have been following almost all of the twenty tips outlined in the article. Vaseline is a must-have for everyone, especially those on a beauty budget. Now if only I can find a cool jar of Vaseline with lots of bling…….
20 Beauty Uses of Vaseline
Source: My Thirty Spot
1. It makes your eyelashes grow: Lather Vaseline all over your eyelashes overnight and watch them thicken, even without a prescription!… Read the rest
Artisan chocolates that are almost too beautiful to eat is the best way to describe the elegant pieces from Viktoria Richards. Made from only the finest ingredients and blended with French and Belgian dark and milk chocolate, these haute chocolates look like they belong in Vogue Magazine. I first tried these decadent pieces of heaven three years ago and it was love at first bite.
The genius behind these delicious works of art is my friend, the beautiful and talented Victoria Boyko Fulwood.… Read the rest
Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have a wonderful gift for that special person in your life. About three years ago, I was dropping my daughter off at daycare and passed by a local shop by the name of Toffee To Go. After seeing their sign endless times, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to stop by for a visit. That was one of the best spontaneous decisions I have ever made, as that was the day I discovered what has become my favorite indulgence, Toffee To Go.… Read the rest
Everyone that knows me knows how much I love football. While I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, I have been in Tampa since 2003 and have always supported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, I became a season ticket holder last year and have developed a deep passion for tailgating. Food has always been an expression of love for me and there is nothing like creating dishes inspired by an NFL team or player.… Read the rest
In just five days, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will take center stage for America’s greatest game in Super Bowl XLVIII. Although neither of my teams made it to the big stage. I will be watching and of course, cooking up a storm. While I have never been to Denver, I have been to Seattle and was just there this past September for the International Food Blogger Conference. Four months later and I am still thinking about the mind blowing food that I enjoyed during my visit to the Emerald City.… Read the rest