Friday Madness

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Now that Christmas is around the corner I can’t help but spend this week reflecting on how soon it will be 2017.

Apart of me is excited for a new year with new beginnings. But there is still some sadness of how fast this year went by. There are a lot of unresolved things that I need to tackle before I dive into the new year.

Some self reflecting I believe is needed in order for me to properly welcome 2017. Just yesterday at Target I realized how crazy people are getting over buying gifts. One man was starting to get aggressive with one of the employees just yelling and justifying his behavior towards another employee.

So many of us forget what the holidays represents and I hate to burst anyone’s bubble but its not a designer bag or an IPhone. It is simply being surrounded with the people that love you and of course some delicious food. One of my favorite memories when I was little was having all my cousins, aunts and uncles together at my grandma’s house. We would all wait until midnight to open our gifts.

Now we are lucky if one day out of the year we all see each other. Just as we get older our responsibilities change and many of us sadly have to work during the holidays. So if by chance we are all under the same roof that alone is just an amazing gift in itself.

I say this because if you decide to do some Christmas shopping this weekend or even during next week, please stay mindful of the employees. They are just like you and I, except they have to put up with this madness and crazy customers. So stay safe and mindful of others .

Love,

Erika

 

The Season of Giving

Something I pride myself over is being an amazing gift giver.

All year long I listen and hear what my friends and family need or want. I always manage to read their mind and give them exactly what they wanted. Seeing their face light up with excitement and joy is something that warms my heart.

I am a giver, who manages to put other before me. So when Christmas comes I really do my research and see what options I have. I try to see where I can get the best deals for a reasonable price.

I thought that today would be a great day to share with you so ideas and great gift options I found. Here are some options I found if you are looking for a gift for a friend, girlfriend or female co-worker.

Under $25

  1. First Aid Beauty FAB Holiday Trio $15 at Sephora

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2.Ole Henriksen Try Us, Love Us! On-the-Glow Essentials $15 at Sephora

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3.Sephora Favorites Scouted By Sephora $17

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4.Dr. Jart+ K-Beauty A BB C’s $22

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5.tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette $23

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Under $50

  1. tarte Kiss Bliss Tarteist™ Creamy Matte Lip Paint & Crayon Set $35

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2.NEST Eau de Parfum Collection Coffret $36

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3.Too Cool For School Egg-ssential Skincare Set $39

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4.Sephora Favorites Extravagant Eyes $42

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5.Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit – Ultimate Glow $45

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Staying Grounded

Have you ever had a stressful day that caused you to feel off balanced.

Well for this week there has been a lot of changes in my life and I have been feeling off centered. Whenever I start to feel this way I separate some time for myself.

One of the things I do to get myself grounded is burn some sage, clear the negative energy from my home and do some yoga.

I find some of the most mood changing yoga positions through Pinterest. Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite yoga positions from Mind Body Green. I personally love them because it caters to different levels of yoga.

If you have some time today I recommend you try these stretches out for yourself.

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Monday Motivation

This Saturday was my little sister’s birthday.

She finally turned 21 this year, so we of course went to Vegas. My aunt picked me up after work and we headed straight to my mom’s house. Once we got there we picked them up and made our way to Las Vegas.

It was a girls getaway and it was very refreshing to spend time with my family but also to be apart of a moment that my sister will remember forever. She of course was on a lucky streak when she turned her $5 into $25 dollars. We even went to Excalibur to watch the Tournament of Kings, which is a fun family dinner show.

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The weekend couldn’t have been any better. Everyday I feel so grateful that I have an amazing family that loves me unconditionally. There is no greater feeling then spending time with the people that love you.

So this week’s quote is inspired .

my mother is still young and full of life, despite her age, and still looks young as well.. but this is still such a rarely realized aspect of reality...: Photo Credit: Lifehack

Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.

-Erika

Sugar free Dessert?

Sorry I have MIA lately. These past few weeks were pretty hectic.

So today I decided to share with you what I decided to make for Thanksgiving. Our new tradition is that we celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday. We do this mostly because we have the whole weekend to enjoy our thanksgiving feast.

Now that my boyfriend has to limit his carb intake I decided to make a dessert that everyone could enjoy. I looked through my Pinterest to see if I could find a recipe that was pretty easy to make and would taste good too.

I found a recipe for chocolate pumpkin sex in a pan. It is a low carb, sugar free and gluten free tasty dessert based off of a dessert called better than sex.

Amazingly if you follow the directions it is fairly easy to make. As I was finishing one thing after another I caught myself thinking that I was doing a great job. Since there are so many layers to the dessert it is very important that you start off with a clean kitchen and tabletop. If not things will be chaotic.

First step is making the crust. Grab your 8×8″ pan and spray some baking oil on it so it won’t stick.You combine Almond flour and chopped pecans in a large bowl. Then you pour in melted butter. Once it thickens you spread it out on the pan making sure it is evenly spread. After that you baking it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees.

When it gets out of the oven you want to make sure that it is in an area to cool down.

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After that you want to get the pumpkin layer started. So you grab the soften cream cheese and mix it with the sweetener. Once its mixed you will put in the pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and the spices it asks for. When the crust has cooled you will spread this on top of the crust evenly.

The next step is to get the chocolate layer ready. Now here is when things can get pretty tricky so I recommend you check out the original recipe for all the details. You start off by getting a medium size pan and putting it under medium heat. When the pan is already warmed up you start to put in the almond milk, whipping cream and sweetener. I recommend using a whisk to stir the ingredients all together. Once you see that the sweetener has dissolved  you slowly pour in the egg yolks with some warm cream. After slowly whisking the ingredients you want to low the temperature and put in the xanthan gum. It is important that you whisk it at a fast pace.

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The next step is to add in the cocoa powder and cook it once it thickens (4-6 minutes). You then want to remove it from the heat and add in the unsweetened chocolate pieces and butter. When it has smoothened down you want to add in the vanilla extract. Once that is done you simply layer it on top of the pumpkin layer and refridgerate that for two hours.

 

Finally you make the whip cream topping (which is delicious btw). Something I changed about this recipe is the way that I whipped the cream. Instead of beating the cream I simply got our Ninja blender and threw in the whipping cream, sweetener and vanilla extract. It whipped it to perfection.

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So after that you want to take out your dessert from the refrigerator and layer the whipping cream on top. I decided to decorate it by sprinkling cocoa powder on top. Then I got a cheese grater and grater the unsweetened chocolate on top. After that you want to put it back in for another hour to keep the whip cream firm. Here is my final product!
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Hope you all enjoyed your holidays!

Erika

Black Friday Sales

Usually I never participate in black Friday shopping mostly because people tend to get too crazy. I hate people pushing and fighting over items so I do anything to avoid that.

This year I got a little taste of the madness when I waited with my boyfriend yesterday at Best Buy. People were so rude and the amount of people who were frustrated about finding their TV was astonishing.

So as I woke up this morning I saw a few deals that you can get at the comfort of your own home. Some of my favorite brands like Kate Spade had over 75% off bags and wallets.

Here are some items that caught my attention! Happy shopping my dear friends may the markdowns be in your favor.

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Style File: Monica Rose

Since starting my 30 day closet challenge I have been memorized by clothes.

One stylist I have always admired is Monica Rose. Her sense of style would be described as edgy feminist. It was after seeing how she styles her clients that I obvious fell in love with the way she puts together an outfit.

Monica Rose opens up her LA studio to share her personal style. :

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Some of her A-list clients include Chrissy Tegien, the Jenners, Gigi Hadid,  the Kardashians, and much more.

Here are some of my favorite looks she has created.

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