Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Right now Adam and I are on our way to the beach… Hope this weather clears up! Here are some of my favorite finds from around the blogosphere.

Favorite Gift to Send: Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

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Favorite Fun Item: Neon Matches

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Favorite Grilled Item: Romaine Lettuce for a fresh caesar salad

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Favorite DIY: Turning drab folding chairs into fab

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Favorite Summer Hair Style: Double Braid

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Favorite Healthy Dinner: Creamy Corn Soup

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Favorite Living Room Inspiration: Crisp & Clean

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Favorite Melt Your Heart: Baby Mermaid (I love the Little Mermaid!)

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Favorite Dream House: Opening Your Kitchen up into the Patio

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Favorite Summer Outfit: Seahorse Shorts

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Favorite Sunday baking idea: Marshmallow Stuffed S’mores Cookies

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Have a good weekend!

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Splurge vs. Steal

I’ve been obsessed with this Anthropologie skirt for quite some time now, but as soon as I finally got around to convincing myself that I needed it, it was sold out. Go figure! I have been on the hunt for a replica of the skirt and found one for 1/3 of the price. Go me!

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Tunic / Dot sweater / Equipment crew neck top / Box pleat skirt / Yves Saint Laurent high heels / Zara shoes / J.Crew gold chain purse / Mint purse / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Betsey Johnson watch / Kate Spade watch / Lori’s Shoes gold bracelet / Kate Spade / Forever 21 fat belt

Do This For a Million Dollars

65 degrees at 7am!? I felt like we were seeing signs of fall — Hope I didn’t wish it upon us! I woke up “late” today because we were out celebrating Adam’s grandma’s Birthday!

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We had dinner at Montmartre, an adorable french bistro that gave us prime seating on the patio.

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Home grown herbs surrounded the patio and everything smelled so fresh.

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I opted for “Le Burger”. This was my first time eating red meat in 2 years and I think i picked a pretty tasty option to kick it off.

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Burger with melted brie, peppercorn sauce and a side of pommes frites. There were also appetizers, wine & dessert which means I should have been at the gym this morning but hey – sometimes sleep is more important.

I woke up this morning with a craving for a smoothie. I’m still loving these blueberry cheesecake protein smoothies!

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Tonight I have a dentist appointment, a manicure AND a massage on my to do list for after work… Guess it’s going to be another long night! Today is our Friday and we’re off to the Hampton’s tomorrow for more birthday celebrations.

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I was recently speaking to some women at work about things we would and wouldn’t do for a million dollars. Here are some of the scenarios:

Would you eat a moldy sandwich? Yes

Would you give up television for the rest of your life? As long as I have the internet.

Would you go on a bread and water diet for 3 years? 3 years? No. 3 months…yes.

Would you never eat meat again? Absolutely. Although that burger was delicious..

Would you move to another country permanently? It must be a country whose primary language you can’t speak. No way. I can barely live 3 hours from my family in a state that speaks my language.

Would you live the rest of your life 250 pounds overweight? A 250 pound overweight millionaire? No thanks.

Would you tattoo your forehead? Never.

Would you have all of your teeth pulled? No, I have nightmares of this!!

Would you camp out in a bikini in the middle of December in NYC for 24 hours? Sure, why not!?

 

Which one of these things would or wouldn’t you do for 1 million dollars?

Candle 79

I teeter and totter between trying to be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and an everythingatarian so while I was in my “vegan phase” I begged and pleaded for Adam to try out Candle 79.

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Surprisingly, he said yes!

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We started off splitting the Spinach Ravioli as an appetizer

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Saffron ravioli, sautéed garlic spinach, cashew vegetable cheese in a truffled tomato sauce.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ravioli so big! If we didn’t know any better, we would have never guessed that this was vegan. It was cheesy but not heavy like one stuffed with ricotta.

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Adam ordered the carribean jerk grilled seitan sandwich. I thought it would be the most “meaty” thing on the menu and sure to fill him up. Plus, it had a habanero coulis and the man loves everything spicy! He finished the meal and it also filled him up! Maybe I could turn him Vegan?

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I ordered the Grilled Kale Salad and it was HUGE. I don’t think I’d ever see the day where I would say can you box the other half of my salad up. It was delicious and I enjoyed all of the textures from the avocado, lentils and sunflower seeds.

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Vegan Desserts are just as good as regular desserts so we went ahead and placed an order to split the Chocolate Chip Brownie. I personally would have chosen the Peanut Butter Mousse Pie but I gave Adam the reigns of choosing since he was a trooper for agreeing to Vegan food.

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Anything drowned in chocolate sauce is A-OK in my book! It blows my mind how they can make a dessert taste just as decadent without any milk, cream & eggs.

We were both really surprised at how tasty and flavorful all of the dishes were considering they were largely vegetable/grain based. I felt that they really focused on using fresh seasonal ingredients and a variety of spices and unique flavors to make Vegan meals more appealing to a carnivore. The best part was that when I left Candle 79, after eating an appetizer an entree and a dessert, I didn’t need to unbutton my jeans. I was satisfied, but not stuffed. The best kind of full.

Guest Post: Baked Chicken Parm with Zucchini Pasta

Happy Wednesday! I have a guest post for you today by the amazing Ali. She uses one of my favorite kitchen tools to prepare creative dishes so her boyfriend eats more of the green stuff… When i first met Adam, he ate ZERO veggies. Um, this isn’t going to work for me… Adam slowly but surely came around and eats his greens with almost every meal. But the one thing I’ve been having trouble getting him on board with, is zucchini pasta. Ali to the rescue!

A Healthy Bowl of Manly Pasta: Getting The Man in Your Life to Eat Zucchini Pasta

The first time we met, Alyssa told me she already owned a spiralizer. Of course, I then realized that we’d be instant friends. She had told me that she tried making some zucchini pasta dishes for her husband, but he wasn’t exactly thrilled. I took this as a challenge and offered to guest blog for her and create a recipe JUST for ‘Life a la Wife.’ Now, here we are.

For those of you who haven’t heard of me, I’m Ali, the blogger at Inspiralized, a website dedicated 100% to spiralizing. Spiralizing is the act of converting whole vegetables into noodles by using a spiralizer (an inexpensive plastic counter-top kitchen tool) By replacing regular wheat pasta with these veggie noodles, you’re sneaking in more vegetables into your diet while reducing your calorie and carb intake! Find out more about this cooking method by visiting my blog, Inspiralized.com.

Although I’m not married (not yet!), I have been living with my boyfriend for about 6 months and completely understand the constant struggle between cooking healthy and cooking for a man. Most men are not as calorie conscious as us ladies are and I get it…. If I had the metabolism of a dude, I’d be wolfing down triple-decker peanut butter and jellies like there’s no tomorrow!

Everyone (especially men) love pasta. Zucchini pasta is a healthier, low-calorie, low-carb alternative to regular pasta. In order to get your man’s feet wet to the zucchini pasta movement, I present to you a dish that he’ll not only be impressed with, but will feel better after eating. In this healthier version of the classic Italian Chicken Parmesan, I skipped the frying of the breaded chicken in oil and baked it instead. I’ve also excluded butter and have used homemade whole wheat breadcrumbs.

Next time you make one of my healthy Inspiralized dishes and mention “zucchini pasta” he won’t shrug his shoulders or roll his eyes – he’ll be excited for a big bowl of pasta! The couple that eats healthy together stays together, I say.

NOTE: Recreate this in a skinny version for yourself by skipping the breading of the chicken. Then, when adding the mozzarella to melt, use half the amount of cheese. After plating, top with 1-2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs to get a bit more of that crunchy chicken parmesan feel. Almost half the calories and just as much deliciousness. Now you can eat alongside your manly man and not feel as guilty!

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Baked Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Pasta

Serving size: 1
Time to prepare: 10 minutes
Time to cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, Blade C
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce OR 1 cup of my tomato basil sauce (below)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 piece of whole wheat bread
  • 1/4 tsp oregano flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 long ball of mozzarella cheese
  • cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

For the tomato basil sauce (makes 1 cup)

  • 1/3 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp oregano flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed basil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 405 degrees.

Place your piece of bread into a food processor and pulse into breadcrumbs. Pour into a bowl and season with the oregano, garlic powder and then salt and pepper to taste.

Take out a baking dish or tray and pour the breadcrumbs onto the tray. Add in Parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly to combine. Set aside.

Start your sauce. Place a large skillet over medium heat and pour in olive oil. Once oil heats, add in garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and then add in red pepper flakes. Cook for 10 seconds and then add in onions. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until onions begin to soften and are translucent. Add in diced tomatoes, oregano and season with salt and pepper. Crush tomatoes with a potato crusher, stir and lower heat. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Coat a baking dish with cooking spray. Dredge your chicken in the beaten egg then dip in the breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture. Dip on both sides and pat breadcrumbs into any crevices on the chicken breast. Place on the baking tray and put into the oven for 17-20 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breast (thicker = longer).

Continue to simmer the tomato sauce until all the juice is absorbed. Once done, reserve half of the sauce and keep the rest in the skillet, but turn off the heat.

After the chicken is done, take out, pour on the half cup of tomato basil sauce, top with mozzarella slice and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and starts to lightly brown on top.

While the chicken is cooking for the last 5 minutes, turn the skillet back on, throw in the zucchini spaghetti, and toss to combine, cooking for 3 minutes or until zucchini softens and sauce is heated. Place the zucchini pasta down on a plate and set aside.

Top the pasta with the Chicken Parmesan and serve to your thankful and adoring husband! This dish is sure to please his tastebuds.

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Thanks Ali!! Adam has already asked me when I will be recreating this for him… Better get on it!

It’s a SALE!

 I’m not wishing Fall on you, I promise… I’d keep summer (cut the humidity) year round if I could. But alas, it’s coming for us whether we want it or not. So, we might as well have cute clothes, amiright? Nordstrom AND J. Crew are previewing their fall styles early on sale! The price goes up in a week so get it while it’s hot.
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J.Crew peter pan collar sweater / Vince woolen sweater / Keyhole top / J.Crew linen top / Polka dot top / J.Crew lightweight pants / Boots / Frye leather thigh boots / Pour La Victoire black tote / Vince Camuto zebra bracelet / MICHAEL Michael Kors bracelet jewelry / Elizabeth and James vintage eyewear

Weekend stuff

Friday at 5pm. Seee ya work.

Friday at 5pm. Seee ya work. 

We have stripes people!

We have stripes people!

 

Strawberry Blonde Smoothie

Strawberry Blonde Smoothie 

 

Adam loves shopping!

Adam loves shopping! 

 

Trader Joe's Sunflowers $3

Trader Joe’s Sunflowers $3 

 

Crab Cakes, Garlic Shrimp, Brie Mac & Cheese (!!!) and Asparagus

Crab Cakes, Garlic Shrimp, Brie Mac & Cheese (!!!) and Asparagus

 

Motivation on a Sunday morning run

Motivation on a Sunday morning run

 

#tea

#tea

 

kicks

kicks

 

Hello

Hello

 

Best Market!

Best Market!

 

2 of my favorites -- missing one

2 of my favorites — missing one

 

Gelato -- National Ice Cream Day

Gelato — National Ice Cream Day

 

Happy

Happy

 

First time at J. Crew on 5th Ave

First time at J. Crew on 5th Ave 

 

Free Ice. Sweet deal

Free Ice. Sweet deal

 

HUGE sale. Always my excuse :)

HUGE sale. Always my excuse 🙂

 

Loving our entry -- Gallery Wall going up this week

Loving our entry — Gallery Wall going up this week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry IceBox Cake

It is HOT, HOT, HOT this week which means I am not turning on the stove… Crock-pot dinners and no-bake cakes for the win!

I like to make dessert on Sunday’s before getting back to the “real world” of clean eating on Monday. This past weekend I went the healthier route by using 3 easy ingredients.

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You can make your own whipped cream or use Cool Whip but I like the truwhip version since it’s all natural.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry IceBox Cake

Ingredients

1 box of Honey Graham Crackers

2 lbs of Strawberries, sliced

1 tub of TruWhip (Cool Whip or make your own whipping cream)

Dark Chocolate

Directions

  • Start out by placing a light layer of tru whip on the bottom of a 9×13 pan
  • Place 6 Graham Crackers on the light layer of tru whip
  • Add another layer of tru whip, covering the graham crackers
  • Place sliced strawberries on the layer of tru whip.
  • Repeat 4-5x, ending with strawberries
  • Chop some of your dark chocolate and add to top layer
  • Melt the remaining dark chocolate and drizzle on top (or not if you don’t like chocolate, obviously)
  • Refrigerate for 4-6 hours and serve cold

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Enjoy!

Weekend Stuff

Chocolate Protein Oats

Chocolate Protein Oats

 

Trying out a new location

Trying out a new location 

 

Bowling

Bowling 

 

My husband didn't let me win once. #rude

My husband didn’t let me win once. #rude 

 

Whole Foods Bar

My Favorite kind of Bar 

 

 

OK, fine... Maybe this is my favorite kind of bar.

OK, fine… Maybe this is my favorite kind of bar.

 

Yep, most definitely.

Yep, most definitely. 

 

 

Sunshine

Sunshine 

 

Hoboken

Hoboken 

 

Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie 

 

Accessories

Accessories 

 

We chose two different items. Guesses?

We chose two different items. Guesses? 

 

How-to

How-to 

 

Great recipes!

Great recipes! 

 

Check it out..

Check it out.. 

 

No bake cake for the win.

No bake cake for the win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Today Show

Thanks to everyone who tuned in this morning to watch the “re-purposing your bridesmaids dress” segment… For those who didn’t, I have the clip!

We had a scheduled car pick-up for 7am but Adam said they had been outside since 5 when he went to the gym… Talk about efficient!

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I told Adam he was embarrassing me by following me out to take a picture but he insisted saying “It’s not everyday the Today Show sends a car for you”. Ok, he’s right.

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The green room was filled with donuts, fruit, breads and coffee… I obviously chose a donut with sprinkles 🙂

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I went into hair & make-up and my “theme” was sexy/girly. They gave me voluminous curls and bright pink lips! I wasn’t sure about the color since my lips are so full but everyone assured me it looked good.

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PS: Was sitting right next to Ed Sheeran and had no clue who he was…Am I really that old!??!?

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Sneak peek of the outfit!

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We walked upstairs and did a quick walk through of the segment and the room was super tiny – It had 5 different set’s in one room!

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We’re next!

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Click on the above picture for the video.

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We had so much fun and everyone’s outfit’s were perfect!

Questions: Have you ever re-purposed a bridesmaids dress?