I’ve got my eye on…Trapeze Dresses!

If there  is one thing I am looking for this summer, it’s throw-on-and-go outfits.  Having a new baby in tow definitely takes some time out of my beauty and fashion routines.  Enter the trapeze dress (aka the swing dress).  It’s so easy to throw on, it’s light and breezy, and it hides the post-baby imperfections wonderfully!  I am loving this Striped Swing Dress from Loft! It’s perfectly preppy to start the summer off right!

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I’m picturing this dress with a pair of cognac leather sandals and a mini saddle bag for the perfect summer look!  Confession: I ordered this dress right when I found it.

Here are a few more fun picks to choose from:

These all would all be a great fast outfit in the Texas heat this summer!  What are some of your go-to’s for a quick summer outfit?


I’ve got my eye on…pops of blush pink!

With all this crazy winter weather going on and Texas’ teasing us with warm weather (it was 81 degrees one day last week), I’ve been searching for ways to bring spring here faster!!  One great way to do this is by adding pops of color, and I’m loving light pink right now!  It’s a great transition color from winter to spring because it’s not too in-your-face, and it gives any outfit a feminine touch.  One of Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors is called “Strawberry Ice”, and it is just lovely!  This cross-body from Kate Spade is a perfect pop of color for any outfit!  I can totally see it paired with some cuffed boyfriend jeans, a gray tee, and a black tuxedo jacket.


Of course there is more than one way to add a pop of color to your outfit!  Check out these other blush pink options I’ve found:

  • If it’s still cold where you are, put on this rose pink ribbed beanie from J.Crew.
  • This bow-neck blouse from Loft would look great under a cardigan or jacket.
  • And who doesn’t need a slim cigarette pant from ASOS in their closets?
  • If you don’t think you can add that much pink yet, a light pink nail is always classic.  Try this seashell pink from NARS.

I also love the idea of tying a pink cardigan around your waist or slipping on a pink belt!  Hopefully adding color will help bring a little spring into your step despite all the crazy cold weather going on!

Foodie Friday: Paleo Banana Bread

The most frustrating thing about buying bananas is that you can eat maybe 3 and then they start getting black spots.  Then no one touches them.  They turn black so you think you’ve wasted 2-3 bananas.  So what should you do?  Make banana bread, of course!!


And this banana bread recipe from Gutsy by Nature is so moist!

She uses coconut flour and tapioca flour as the starch and honey as the sweetener.  Where do you get coconut flour and tapioca flour (aka tapioca starch)?  I got mine at Sprouts.  But you can also get it a Whole Foods or if you can’t find it anywhere, amazon.com is a great place to go for uncommon ingredients.

It followed the recipe exactly (except I added 1/2 cup walnuts for texture), and it came together very quickly.  I baked mine for 55 minutes, and it was perfect!  I had two pieces topped with some grass-fed butter as soon as it was cool enough to touch!

Y’all should definitely give this paleo banana bread a try!  If you don’t want those black bananas to go to waste, peel them and freeze them in a zip-loc bag.  Once you are ready to make some banana bread, let them thaw and use them like that!  Works just the same!

Let me know how you like them!

Foodie Friday: A New Paleo Adventure + Fresh Tomato Salsa

I am starting on a new diet or as the Paleo powers-that-be call it: a new “lifestyle”.  For me, it’s not about losing weight or being super thin; it’s about just being healthy.  I have always been interested in food and cooking; but recently, I’ve been bitten by the proverbial health bug!  The Paleo diet is all about going back to basics and eating real, whole foods that our bodies were made to process and digest easily.  If you’d like to learn more about the Paleo diet visit www.realfoodliz.com authored by Liz Wolfe or www.nomnompaleo.com authored by Michelle Tam.  I have learned a lot from these two ladies over the past several weeks while researching about Paleo.

Starting on Monday, I am going to ATTEMPT, with great effort, to start the 21 day sugar detox created by Diane Sanfilippo!  They have a group starting on August 4th, and I am all in!  I am officially addicted to sugar, so I have got to quit!  I crave sweets during the day and after dinner every night, and when one piece of chocolate turns into 5, we have an issue.  So I wanted to include y’all on my adventure to let you know how amazingly awesome it’s going (because we all know, there will be no mistakes)!  Plus I am going to post a new recipe on Fridays that I have tried out during that week!  Which brings us to my fresh tomato salsa!!

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This stuff tastes like summer, especially if you can make a trip to the farmer’s market for some garden-ripe tomatoes!  It’s super quick, too!  I have made 2 batches this week because my husband can’t stop eating it!  I can always stop, because I definitely have willpower.  The great thing about this salsa, is that the ingredients are fresh so there is no blanching and peeling tomatoes whatsoever, and it doesn’t have sugar, so it’s 21dsd friendly!

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Fresh Tomato Salsa (makes 2 8 oz jars)

  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño (depending on heat preferences)
  • small handful of fresh cilantro
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 3 cloves of garlic (may also use 2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt

Rough chop all veggies and place in a food processor (a blender will work, too, just scrape down the sides with a spatula).  Pulse until desired consistency is reached.  I usually pulse until chunks are about the size of a pencil eraser.

If you like your salsa juicy, you are done! Eat and enjoy!

If you like your salsa a bit chunkier, place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour salsa in to allow juices to drain.  I place cheesecloth over the strainer (2-3 paper towels will also work) so I don’t lose any tomato goodness.  Then I like to save the spicy tomato juice for when I make chili!  When the water has drained off, store the salsa in 8 oz glass jars.  If you don’t eat it all at first, you will want to finish this up in about 10 days since all the ingredients are fresh and not cooked.


Hope y’all enjoy!  I am looking forward to sharing more of my new “lifestyle” adventure with y’all! Has anyone else been interested in the Paleo diet?


What’s in my Bag – Mexico

What's in my Bag - Mexico