February 16, 2017

Romantic vintage wedding dresses under $200!

According to Pinterest search results, the vintage romance theme is very popular for 2017 weddings.  Both girlie and chic, vintage romance is really never out of style as a wedding theme, which is good, because your wedding is the one area where you should stick to the classics (keep the trends to the dessert table or favors).  The color schemes for a vintage romance wedding are normally pastel in tone and often include a soft metallic shade like rose gold or brushed silver. Vintage romance wedding dresses usually include tulle and/or lace and have a less-structured, more flowy silhouette than the traditional bridal ball gown.

I dug around and found some absolutely stunning wedding dresses with a romantic, vintage feel.  Of course, we would not be staying true to our Faking Fancy mission if we listed dresses that were even near the average price range for a wedding dress in America – so all of my picks are under $200.

Thinking outside the box

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The old saying, “Not everything is what it seems” is a good mindset to have when shopping for an affordable wedding dress. My own wedding dress above is actually a bridesmaid dress from BHLDN. Pink is my favorite color, and my wedding colors were “Blush and Bashful” (an ode to one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias), so a blush pink dress made perfect sense. (Plus I knew as a 44-year-old first-time bride I wasn’t fooling anyone by wearing white. I’m just saying…) Everyone loved my dress and said it fit my personality to a tee. My point is, don’t be afraid to wear a gown that isn’t technically labeled as a “wedding” or “bridal” gown. Like cakes, party favors and decor, adding “wedding” or “bridal” to the label only makes the item twice as expensive.

Wedding Dresses with a Vintage Romance Vibe

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Enchanting is the first word that came to mind when I saw this $150 champagne izidresssale wedding gown.  While I believe izidresssale is an overseas-based company, I read the reviews for this gown and the buyers all seemed very pleased with the quality of the dress they received.

 

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I also fell in love with this izidresssale wedding dress. The delicate, lacy cap sleeves and ribbon detailing are so pretty! You can order this in champagne (a medium ivory) as well. Izidresssale gowns are great for “real girl” bodies as their sizes go up to 26W, and they have an amazing selection!

 

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This ivory, lace and tulle dress from ASA Bridal on amazon is just an absolute dream- and the price is an even dreamier $95! Larger chested girls ( a C cup or higher) should probably avoid dresses with a low V neckline like this one. I am far from being a prude, but it seems to me if there is too much flesh popping out (read: boobies)  nobody notices the dress, and that’s the last thing you want with your wedding gown!

 

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This ethereal tulle wedding dress from Ikerenwedding through amazon is just $129.00. I did a little research on the company- this particular dress has a three-star rating and overall good customer reviews. Some customers said despite giving exact measurements they had to have it altered, but at $129.00 you can afford alterations and still come in around $200.00.

 

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This dreamy, lace-tiered Alice & Olivia dress from The RealReal is only $195.00. The photo above does not do it justice at all, I’ve seen it in person and it’s soo romantic and ethereal. If you find your dream dress on The RealReal, but don’t see it in your size don’t panic right away. The RealReal is a designer consignment store, which means inventory changes constantly. I would check back for a few weeks to see if the dress comes in in your size. Or, if you find a dress that is already sold like this one, you can add that exact dress to a personal waitlist & get notified if it comes in again.

 

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I would take this romantic white spaghetti strap lace peplum wedding dress from BeigeVintage Co. on Etsy and dye it cream or ivory to make it more “vintagey”.  I’ve read you can “antique” white clothing items by soaking them in tea. You can also use taupe colored Rit Dye. Even if you had to pay around $100 to have the dress professionally dyed by a dry cleaner or costume designer, the purchase price of the dress is a mere $80.50. That’s eighty dollars and fifty cents!!! So your total cost for this amazing gown should still be under $200.

About buying online

If you plan on buying your wedding dress from an online establishment (versus a brick and mortar store) be sure to do some research on the reputation and service of the company. Always check customer reviews on product quality, shipping times and customer service. If there are no reviews on the actual dress, as is sometimes the case on amazon, Google the company to see if they have a working website or reviews on their products elsewhere. Also, be sure to confirm that there is a working customer service hotline or email, in case you do have any issues.

Buying or Renting a Used Wedding Dress

Some girls may cringe at the thought of wearing a used wedding dress. But as a serious thrifter, I can tell you a wedding dress is one of best used-clothing purchases you can make. I mean, this is one of the rare occasions that you can almost guarantee the item was only worn once! And if for some unfortunate reason it wasn’t worn at all, don’t worry about bad mojo, the previous owner’s past does not transfer with the item.  Once you step into that dress, you create a whole new magical story for your dress! Places to find used wedding dresses for sale include PreOwnedWeddingDressesOnceWed, and Tradesy.

 

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The intricate floral lace and delicate beading detail on this Badgley Mischka dress would make a perfect bridal gown for a lux-romance wedding.  This heavenly gown retails at around a thousand dollars, but you can rent it for only $80 from renttherunway! The normal time period for a RTR rental is four days, but eight-day rentals are also available. Side note: RTR always sends your dress in two sizes, ensuring a perfect fit.

Weddings do not have to cost a fortune! You simply have to get creative and look beyond the traditional resources. For more ways to save on your  wedding and reception, check out my posts here and here.

xoxo,

Missy

February 14, 2017

Pretty Valentine’s DIY Decor for pennies!

I went to unpack my Valentine’s Day decor and realized that, because it is the traditional red and pink, it didn’t quite match the color scheme of our kitchen and dining room. (Insert gasp and look of horror here!) I knew I needed to come up with a clever DIY decor solution for two reasons. One- finding Valentine’s Day decor in an aqua/blue color scheme was going to be impossible. And two- I didn’t want to spend the money on more Valentine’s Day decor, especially since I only have it up for a few days anyway.

So I hiked on down to my craft area and found some (as sheer coincidence) pale aqua, lime green and light blue scrapbooking paper I had leftover from a wedding I staged last year. I also grabbed some glue and my scallop-edged scissors. Not finding any string or twine in the craft room, I headed to the laundry room and took some white thread out of my sewing kit. My final stop was my dining room table where I eyed my supplies and started brainstorming Valentine’s DIY decor ideas.

DIY Decor for pennies

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I looked up from my dining table and it hit me! Nothing is prettier or has more impact than hanging chandelier decor. For Xmas, I hung leftover metallic ornaments from my dining room chandelier and they had such a lovely and dramatic effect! My supplies not so neatly in place, I began cutting hearts out of the scrapbooking paper with the scalloped scissors. I have zig-zag-edged scissors also, both of my special-edged scissors work really well to create a more finished look when cutting out paper crafts. Once I had about 30 hearts (and a cramped hand) I got down to business in making the heart garland. I set a heart on a 12 to 15 inch piece of string and glued another heart on top. I repeated this process down each piece of string and then tied the hanging garlands to the chandelier. The whole process took me less than an hour and the result is so pretty!

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The cost of this craft was free because I already had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you don’t have the right color scrapbooking paper you can still get 4 sheets (the amount I used) for about $.25- .50 each. You also don’t have to use scalloped scissors for this. Most people have scissors, thread, and glue at home already, which is what makes this craft extremely cheap and perfect for a last minute decor craft!

Is your house lacking pretty Valentines’s Day decor? Try this simple and fun DIY decor project above!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

February 13, 2017

Unlimited outfits with Le Tote- my latest tote picks!

I’ve posted on Facebook how much I love Le Tote, but I have yet to do an actual blog post on them.  (This is not a sponsored post btw, I just love them!) Le Tote is a clothing rental company with a HUGE selection of clothes and accessories. It is super easy to get started with Le Tote – just log in, create a style & size profile, browse their massive online catalog, and add items into your own personal style closet. You truly can create an unlimited number of outfits by adding a Le Tote subscription to your current wardrobe basics. And creating the style closet is FREE – you can add and delete items for as long as you want without being charged a penny. But if you want to supplement your meager wardrobe for an incredibly affordable price, signing up for a monthly subscription is totally the way to go.

How its works

The basic monthly subscription service includes 2 clothing items and 1 accessory per tote and costs $44. However, there is no maximum to the number of totes you can go through in a month. And, Le Tote starts building your next tote the minute the return label for your last tote is scanned at the post office, so you only wait 2 shipping days between totes! Let’s say you keep each tote for about 5 days, you can receive an average of 8 new clothing items and 4 accessories per month for only $44. That’s less than $5 per item!!

My Le Tote picks for this week

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The cropped length and bright, artsy pattern of this dress gives it a very 60’s It Girl vibe. Like “worked at Vogue and was best friends with Andy Warhol” kind of cool. I have three step-kids and the closest I’ve come to anything Warhol is the tomato soup in my pantry, but a girl can rent a dress and dream…

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I love sweaters like this! You can pair it with jeans for a day of running errands or glam it up with some black skinny pants and heels. Either way it’s the perfect mix of style and comfort.

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I mean, because they are PINK. and Kate Spade. That is all.

Pretty maternity outfits

If there is ever a time when you don’t want to go out and spend money on clothes, it is when you are pregnant. I’ve seen a lot of articles on how to stretch your normal wardrobe with safety pins and elastics so you don’t have to buy (normally expensive) clothing you’ll probably only wear for a few months. Le Tote’s maternity option is the perfect solution for women of any means, but especially those on a budget! The maternity totes start at $54 for 2 clothing items and 1 accessory per tote. I’ve included a few pretty maternity outfit ideas with Le Tote items below:

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How chic is this working-girl maternity outfit? Pair it with some flats for running errands or a long day on your feet.

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These vegan ‘leather’ leggings are proof that if your normal style is “edgy rocker chic” that doesn’t doesn’t have to change because you are pregnant!

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It’s hard to feel glamorous or elegant when you look like you just ate a watermelon, but the stunning simplicity of this off-the-shoulder dress makes for a very sexy-but-classy silhouette.

Each tote is a collaboration!

When the stylists pull items from your online closet or style profile, they always send you a preview of your tote before mailing it out. When you get the preview you either can approve the selected items or switch any of the items out for another item in your closet! I’ve heard other clothing subscription companies have you build a style profile, but what is sent to you is up to the stylists. This makes me nervous and has prevented me from signing up for a clothing subscription service in the past.

Try before you buy!

If you find yourself loving an item in your tote so much you don’t want to return it, don’t worry! Every item in your tote is available for purchase as well, often at a heavy discount off the retail price. Love everything in a tote? The deal actually gets even better! My last tote had a retail value of $158, but was available for purchase for $103. Plus, whenever you purchase an entire tote you get a credit for a free tote in the future (which to me makes the total of the purchased items $44 cheaper!).

Click here to browse Le Tote and start a free, customized style closet.  Bonus alert: If you sign up in the next few weeks you will get $25 off your first tote! 

xoxo,

Missy

February 9, 2017

Drugstore dupes of La Mer moisturizer

I recently saw a fashion blogger I am obsessed with adore, Kendi from KendiEveryday, include a La Mer moisturizer in her list of top 2016 products.  She admittedly did not just run out and purchase this insanely expensive cream on her own volition, it was gifted to her at a PR event she attended (luuhcky!!). But apparently, it worked so well she HAD to buy it despite its astronomical price.

Now, having online stalked followed Kendi for years I know she is not reckless with her money. She is a smart entrepreneur who has endured her share of financial highs and lows and would never buy a product this expensive just over hype. That being said, I still can’t afford this reputable but ultra-expensive cream. I immediately hit Pinterest, Makeup Alley and Google to search for drugstore dupes of La Mer products.

Drugstore Dupes that will save you hundreds

Below are the top two drugstore products that were recommended the most as dupes for La Mer Creme de la Mer. I tried both and prefer the Pond’s, but only because it has a slightly less rich consistency, otherwise both worked beautifully.

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Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream: I was introduced to this cream by a blogger and Youtuber I love, Rachel Talbot. Rachel’s skin always looks so glowy and flawless, and while you can edit photos on a blog, she also has beautiful skin on her Youtube videos, and there is only so much you can blur on video! The amazing thing with this dupe is, not only did Rachel like the Ponds cream as much as La Mer, she liked it better! The price difference is jaw-droppingly huge- a 3.4oz jar of Creme de la Mer is $465 (no, I will not get out) and you can get a 7oz jar of Rejuveness for around $11.

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Nivea Creme:read a ton of reviews that recommended Nivea Creme as a Creme de la Mer dupe. Most of them pointed out how both products have a lot of the same ingredients. What is weird to me is that Nivea Creme is actually a body cream, so it’s really rich. Like buttercream frosting rich. But with an almost identical ingredient list, it more than qualifies as a drugstore dupe. Click here to get a gorgeous 13.6oz glass jar of Nivea for around $13.

Happy saving my Faking Fancy beauties!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2017

Glam Up Your Small Office Or Cubicle!

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Working in a small office or cubicle can be depressing by itself, forget that most corporate offices and cubicles have the design & color scheme of “super-neutral meets uber-bland”.  Luckily, there are a TON of unique and creative ways you can glam up your workspace!  Even if you work in a corporate environment where the walls, carpet, and furniture colors are already picked out for you, you can still give your office or cubicle a pretty makeover with some gorgeous, yet functional desk accessories and office supplies.

Below are my favorite small office and cubicle design ideas. I’ve also linked up to several resources for super cute desk accessories, because as Trudy says in the movie “Steel Magnolias”, “The only thing that separates us from animals is our ability to accessorize.”

Pretty Design Ideas for a Small Office


I love this pink and gold color scheme! It’s girlie and sophisticated at the same time. It looks like this office area is in a hallway or on the side of a guest room.  Proof you do not need an entire room in order to have a proper, functioning office!

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I also love this pale aqua and silver color scheme. How clever is this closet-turned-office idea! It’s tiny but sooo pretty, and again, FUNCTIONAL!

Pretty Decor Ideas for Cubicles

Even if you are working in a cubicle versus an actual office you can STILL transform your workspace from dull and boring to pretty and chic. Here are a couple of glamorous cubicle makeovers:

I don’t know what’s more impressive- the overall transformation of this corporate cubicle from “drabby geek” to “shabby chic”, or the fact that they did it for only $50!

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Talk about another amazing transformation– I can’t even tell this gorgeous workspace was once a cubicle! I mean, standing in the hallway surrounded by other cubicles you might get wise to it, but step inside and you are instantly transported to a gorgeous and zen-like oasis.

Affordable chic desk and office supplies

So where do you find desk accessories and office supplies that are affordable, useful AND fun to look at? Your local hardware store is the first place to stop! A $4 can of spray paint can magically transform Dollar Store or thrift shop items into some very expensive and designer-looking office decor.

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These fancy looking bookends are just large rocks spray painted gold. Talk about frugal design genius!

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Another cheap crafting item that can have amazing transformative powers is washi tape! These plain, white file holders become positively Kate Spade-esque when some gold washi tape is added.

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Not into crafting or DIY? The gold stapler above from Hobby Lobby is only $4- throw in one of their 40% off coupons and it’s almost free! The Threshold, Sugar Paper and Nate Berkus lines from Target also have some very cute and affordable desk accessories and office supplies.

You don’t have to be a trust fund baby to have an office so glamorous it looks like you work there just to keep from getting bored. Simply incorporate a few of the super-cool and creative decor ideas above and start calling everyone “dahhhling”. (Don’t really do the last part, unless your boss is a huge Green Acres fan…)

Looking for more decor ideas for small spaces? Check out my post on ideas for small bathrooms and my post on great organizational ideas to increase space in a small home.

xoxo,

Missy

January 27, 2017

Madmen style! Chic & pretty dresses for the office

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Photo courtesy of ohthatsyou.com

It’s no secret that one of the main reasons the TV show Madmen was so popular was the super chic fashion. Yes, it had fascinating characters and intriguing story lines, but ohhh the clothes! While Betty wore jeans on more casual events like a picnic with Don and the kids, and Peggy wore pants or jeans while at hanging at home, pretty dresses were the main “uniform” of the female characters in almost every other situation, especially at work.

Although the womens’ movement in the sixties included wearing pants (more than dresses) as a sign of independence and power, I think nothing makes women look more powerful that the right dress. It’s like the female version of the “power suit”. There is something about wearing a dress that makes me feel classier, chic, more feminine, and confident.

One of my favorite clothing brands when it comes to vintage or retro-style is Modcloth. While they also carry pieces that follow current trends, I always find the cutest, “vintage-looking” items when I shop there.

Pretty dresses that evoke the Madmen Era!

Below are a few of my favorite Modcloth dresses that would look as appropriate in the workplace today as they would on the set of Madmen. And as always, every item is under $50.

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Campaign Pitch Confidence Dress, $26.99

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Cove Conference Sheath Dress, $26.99

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Sassed as You Can Dress, $34.99

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Coach Tour A-Line Dress, $29.99

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Reinvent the Appeal Dress, $20.99

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A Lot to Author Dress, $26.99

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Fleurs Truly Dress, $38.99

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Defined to Refine Dress, $38.99

Another good thing about a dress versus separates is you never have to worry about matching a top and bottom. This is why dresses are awesome on mornings you are running late and don’t have time to put any thought into an outfit. And, because you only need to buy one piece versus two to create an outfit, a $50 dress is like buying a $25 top and a $25 bottom- a pretty good deal in my book! I hope you enjoyed these looks and take the time to browse all of the pretty dresses (or any category) on the Modcloth site!

xoxo,

Missy

Note: While I am an affiliate of Modcloth and get a percentage of any sale that originates from this post- all opinions are my own and I NEVER promote a brand or product I do not love.

January 25, 2017

How to make the creamiest, fluffiest eggs ever!

fluffiest eggsLow carb, high protein, and versatile, eggs are my breakfast item of choice- I eat them five out of seven mornings. Out of sheer laziness, I usually scramble them. Adding different herbs and or vegetables provides plenty of variety. Because I have them so often, I’ve become obsessed in finding a recipe for the creamiest, fluffiest eggs.

Like most people, my history with eggs runs deep. My mom used to add water to the eggs, which didn’t do much except make more servings (her mission) and make the eggs thinner. We use to beg her to watch the eggs carefully because the thinner mixture burned easily, creating what we kids called  “screen door” on the bottom of the eggs. Gross. After lots of experimenting, I have developed a recipe using two secret ingredients that result in the yummiest scrambled eggs ever. I could have these every single day they are so freaking delicious.

Scroll down for this amazing recipe!
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Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
fluffiest eggs
Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Add the cream of tartar and half & half and whisk until the egg batter is a pale yellow. Be sure to lift the whisk out of the eggs a bit when stirring as this will incorporate more air into the batter.
  2. Melt the butter in a large non-stick sauté pan over a medium-low heat. Tilt the pan to make sure the butter covers the entire bottom of the pan. The pan is ready when the butter starts to bubble.
  3. Add in the egg mixture and slowly stir it with a heat-proof spatula. Never stop stirring! The key here is to the contant stirring, and to make sure the spatula always touches the bottom of the pan so the eggs cook evenly.
  4. Remove the eggs when they are almost done (still slightly moist). Like steak, eggs continue to cook off the heat which means most people are overcooking them! Let the eggs rest on the plate for a minute. Taste to see if they need any additional seasoning and serve!
Recipe Notes

Ingredient notes:

If you haven't figured it out, the "secret" ingredients are cream of tartar and fat-free half & half. The cream of tartar is what adds more fluff".  How is does this is kind of technical, click here is you're interested in a comprehensive explanation. The fat-free half & half adds more creaminess than milk without weighing the eggs down like heavy cream or sour cream. I use organic eggs and dairy to avoid added hormones. Plus organic eggs have a brighter, more yellow yolk!

Optional ingredients:

If including sturdy veggies like zucchini, onions or bell peppers to your eggs, cook them separately before cooking the eggs, and add them at the last minute before removing the mixture from heat. If adding softer, quicker-cooking ingredients like cheese, tomatoes or mushrooms, mix them in right before you remove the eggs from the stove. Herbs, like chives or cilantro, can be added right before serving.

Adding in any optional ingredients like this ensures the eggs still cook evenly and stay fluffy!

 

Link-up note: This post participated in the Thrifty Couple's Thursday Link-Up party, check out other fun & frugal blog posts here.

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January 22, 2017

10 healthy, easy snacks that are kid approved!

I was recently diagnosed as prediabetic and have been desperately trying to lower my carb intake. I say “desperately” because I love carbs. Bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels, potatoes in any form… Oh the magical, magical carb. Trying to reduce my carb grams from what was probably over 200 a day to less than 100 a day has proven tough. I needed some healthy, easy snacks that were low carb AND kid-friendly. I don’t want to start making snacks that only I will eat- it’s not frugal or efficient, and therefore NOT Faking Fancy.

Below are 10 of  my favorite healthy, easy snacks (kid tested!)

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Paleo Corndog Muffins: These are delicious and easy to make! There is a big dispute in our house about how only weirdos use ketchup on their hot dogs and corn dogs.  Actually, it’s just me that insists on using only mustard. Everyone else in our house is in a taste-bud coma a weirdo. Do you eat your dogs with ketchup or mustard (or both)? Comment below!

Cinnamon Apple Chips with Peanut Butter Yogurt Sauce: I got a mandolin for Christmas and it changed my world in the kitchen. I’ve been slicing everything I can get my hands on. Sweet potatoes, zucchini…you name it. These apple chips are like candy, but much better for you – especially with the protein from the peanut butter sauce.

Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks: When I found this recipe I heard angels singing. They were singing, “healthyyyyy snack, healthy snack, made of cheese, cheese, cheese..” It was weird, but not unusual for me. Because I love cheese. (And I might have been holding a dirty martini while perusing Pinterest…don’t judge.)

Baked “Fried” Cauliflower Tater Tots: No wonder Napoleon didn’t share his tots, they are freaking delicious. These baked cauliflower tots take the “sin” out of this sinfully delicious snack. Chopping cauliflower is messy, but I heard Trader Joe’s had pre-chopped cauliflower so I need to check that out!

Flourless Peanut Butter Bread: I love to have warm cookies or bread on cold winter afternoons. This recipe totally is comfort food at it’s healthiest. Spread a little sugar free jelly on it for a truly rich and satisfying PB&J fix!

Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Crackers: I LOVE crackers, with Crunch Master Gluten Free crackers being my favorite. These jalapeno cheese crackers combine my love for spicy & crunchy into a super yummy treat! They only take two ingredients and are extremely quick to make.

Crispy Baked Avocado Slices with Chipotle Dipping Sauce: To be honest, this is only approved by 2 of my 3 kids, one of them can’t stand avocados. But that same kid read a street sign the other day and thought “Dr.” meant doctor, so his opinion on anything snacks doesn’t count.  If you like avocados this snack might be your favorite, the crispiness mixed with the creaminess makes them soo decadent!

Low Carb Pudding Mousse: The recipe linked here uses whipping cream and Jello pudding, but I like to use Sugar Free Cool Whip and pudding mix. It’s lower carb but not as fattening. The options are endless...chocolate mousse and lemon mousse are the two I make myself the kids the most.

Cream Cheese Clouds: These are like little frozen cheesecake bites. Like the mousse recipe above, you can make a huge variety of flavors of these with just a few simple additions. I like to add some cocoa powder and peppermint extract for a cool and fluffy Mint Chocolate chip treat!

Crispy Cinnamon Twists: This recipe uses almond flour and coconut flour to make a light & flaky, low carb treat. They are a little more labor intensive than the other recipes, but they can still be hot and ready in less than thirty minutes. They taste like a Toaster Strudel and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips had a baby. A very, very delicious baby.

I hope you and your kids enjoy these healthy, easy snacks as much as my family does!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

January 16, 2017

5 cute outfits using the same top & pants!

There has been a lot of talk lately about “minimalism” as it applies to fashion. How pairing your wardrobe into a few basics pieces that you really love can save you a ton of time and effort when getting dressed in the morning. French women are a perfect example of this. They are universally known for their incredible style, and yet I have read in several articles written by French women that their wardrobe consists of just a few simple basics. They say with a few key pieces you can create an unlimited wardrobe just by changing the accessories. Below is a cute outfit for every day of the (work) week using the same top and pants. I would love to see if the accessories REALLY made that much of a difference. Tell me your thoughts/opinion in the comments below!

5 Cute Outfits Using the Same Top and Pant!

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Monday’s look (sans top and pants): Travel Safari Crinkle Vest $20, Rosegal Vintage Cuff Bracelet $2,  Belk Carolee Cubic Studs $35, Embossed Crocodile Shoulder Bag $20, Nelly Lacing Thigh High Boot $34.

No time for a shower? Grab some dry shampoo to soak up the greasies and throw your hair (if it’s long enough) into an easy updo. A two in one product, like this lip and cheek stain saves time when putting on your face. Some highlighter on the inner rim of your eyes will make you look less hungover perk you right up!

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Tuesday’s look: Bling Sparkle Drop Earrings $14, Yoins Open Front Blazer $33, Eiffel Tower Alloy Watch $6, Vintage Bowtie Platform Pumps $22.

I love the girliness of this jacket & heel combo. The fake lashes and pretty pink lip complete this romantic “It Girl” look.

 

Wednesday’s lookcute outfits

Come hump day you will be looking to really shake things up. To keep people off your “same outfit” trail try donning some gorgeously bohemian fringed accessories and a bright lip.  Keep the rest of your makeup muted to really capture the “hippie chic” vibe.

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Thursday’s look: Romwe Cat Stud Earrings $3,  Rare Lace Sweatheart Bodysuit $42H&M Tuxedo Jacket $42.

If you have drinks with the girls or a hot date after work simply wear a saucy bodysuit under your work-appropriate top and toss the top on the way to your after hours venue. Throw some liquid eyeliner in your purse and add some winged eyeliner to jazz up your daytime makeup look. The cute kitten earrings keep the look from veering into “street worker” territory.

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Friday’s look: Shein Striped Blazer $28, Lydell NYC Filigree & Crystal Necklace $39, Newchic Vintage Zipper Shoulder Bag $23, Torrid Supersize Glasses $13.

End this week of “outfit deception” with a bang by adding a super bright (and distracting) pop of color. Bold, graphics like this striped blazer work overtime to create a whole new look. Another no shower day? Spritz on a fresh but saucy floral perfume like this one to boost your beauty mojo. Keep your updo or ponytail in place all day with some super-duper hold hairspray and strut your style-smart stuff!

What do you think? Would you be fooled into thinking someone had a HUGE wardrobe with these 5 cute outfits? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

xoxo,

Missy

January 15, 2017

Easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea!

Okay ladies, I am about to rock your world with the easiest, creamiest, chocolatiest dessert ever. And then to top it off I am going to tell you how you can make this dessert in an almost infinite variety of flavors! This easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea came to me a few years ago after making chocolate covered strawberries for my husband as a romantic Valentine’s gesture. I didn’t think they would be that complicated to make, and in a way they really aren’t. But it was insanely messy. I got chocolate everywhere. I needed something quick and simple. (Read: I don’t want to be cleaning the kitchen for an hour afterward..)

delicious valentine's dessert

My solution? A dessert that tasted like chocolate covered strawberries, but much, much easier to make. When I started noodling on this idea, I knew right away I wanted to make a no-bake cream pie. Pies are some of the easiest desserts to make, especially no-bake pies. Below is the recipe for my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did!

Other easy and delicious dessert ideas

Looking for an easy pie recipe that isn’t chocolate or strawberry? Try mixing lemon curd and Cool Whip and pouring it in a premade graham cracker crust..boom, Lemon Chiffon Pie! Or mix banana pudding and Cool Whip and pour it into a graham cracker pie crust, then top with Nilla Wafers for an easy Banana Cream Pie. The possibilities for a quick and easy pie using Cool Whip and a premade graham cracker crust are almost as limitless as your imagination! Well, maybe not that limitless. Don’t go mixing cut grass and Cool Whip for a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Pie or anything. But you get what I mean…

See below for the recipe (and printable recipe card) for this delicious pie!

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delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Slices
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, make the chocolate pudding according to package directions. Spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the chocolate pie crust. Top with the chocolate pudding. Top the pudding with the sliced strawberries and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. You can enjoy it right then or chill it in the fridge until it is ready to eat!
    delicious valentine's dessert
Recipe Notes

Notes: You can even buy premade pudding cups and skip all that whisking! Also, I have 3TB of chocolate sauce listed, but I never measure it, I just drizzle it over the strawberries until a lovely swirl pattern partially covers them. To make this pie more "romantic" arrange the sliced strawberries in a heart shape on top of the pie!

 

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