My friend E recently asked me to help get her closet in order. I jumped at the chance of cleaning out someone else’s closet and shopping for them. Who wouldn’t?!
First came the leopard print flats and then I found this military jacket that I thought was not only the perfect addition to her Fall wardrobe but an amazing price of $64 (which is why I bought it too. I promised her I would never wear it when she did)! We began discussing the challenges some women have to think outside the box and wear the same item a number of different ways. I was instantly inspired and created two totally different looks, easily transitioning from day to night, with
our her new purchase.
I know that I have mentioned before that one of my sponsors, Deal Blade continues to support local charities when you purchase one of their daily deals, but I have yet to really highlight the charities they are supporting, along with the organizations they are developing new and creative ideas with to help support their cause.
Since launching in May, Deal Blade has supported the following organizations through sales on their site:
Not only has Deal Blade provided donations to these organizations, they have been working closely with them in order to help promote their causes while marketing Deal Blade. The next step for them is to begin supporting fundraisers for local schools, providing students the opportunity to sell across the web instead of going door to door with catalogs, all the while raising money for their schools.
What I love about this company is that even though Deal Blade is focused on continued growth within the Orange County market place, they have not lost sight of their intention to give back. I know I always say it but I truly do have a passion for giving to others and I appreciate that Deal Blade has incorporated this into their sales and make it easy for people to donate while shopping for themselves.
The SugarSNAP girls have done it again!
As promised, I took some time this weekend to hunt around and find some new recipes to share. Of course I need some new dinner options but the top of my list was to find some homemade after school snacks for the kids. They come home extremely hungry and beyond the normal fruit, cheese and crackers, I have not had much around for them.
I had picked up the September issue of Cooking Light as one of my resources and came across a recipe called “Popcorn Balls” with a stamp of “kid-friendly” on it. That was good enough for me!
I made them over the weekend and the first two words that pop into my mind are TASTY and EASY. My boys loved them (sorry Baby Girl, no popcorn for you) and asked if they could have them every day after school. They are made similar to rice krispy treats but I love the variation of pretzels, peanuts and popcorn. And really, anything covered in marshmallow is good. I added a stick to each one to create little lollipops and this made it much easier for the boys to eat. This is definitely a recipe I will be making again.
Cooking Light, September 2012
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup honey-nut toasted oat cereal
1 ounce pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts, salted
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add kernels; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand.
2. Melt butter in a pan over low heat. Add marshmallows; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 3 cups popcorn and remaining ingredients; stir. Cool 2 minutes. Form into 10, 3 inch balls. Cool 5 minutes.
This weekend, as crazy as it was, seems to have been the kick off of one of the craziest weeks I have had in a long time. I need a little pick me up and nothing brightens a day more than a rainbow. And in my world, that rainbow is delivered by Issa S/S 2013.
Though I have not really embraced the whole “fashion blogger photos” yet, I am starting to have fun posting photos on Instagram (@jugglinginheels) of what I am wearing. It started with Fashion’s Night Out and I just kept going.
|Birthday Dinner – Dress: T by Alexander Wang, Jacket: Vintage, Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors, Accessories: Stella & Dot, David Yurman, Brunello Cucinelli
Casual Sunday – Shirt: Madewell, Dress: Susana Monaco (similar), Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
|Date Night – Blazer: Banana Republic (similar), Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Casual Weekday – Shirt: Sabine (similar), Cutoffs: old Rock and Republic jeans, Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita, Accessories: Stella & Dot
|Fashion Show: Shirt: Madewell, Skirt: ASOS, Booties: DV by Dolce Vita (similar), Clutch: Club Monaco, Accessories: Stella & Dot, Ceek
Middle Man’s Birthday Party: Top: I have no idea, Shorts: J Brand, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Ring: Ceek