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Sausage, Onion, & White Bean Bisque 🍲

Onions may make you cry, but this dairy-free creamy Sausage, Onion, & White Bean Bisque won't disappoint! I love a good onion soup, but they never really fill me up. To feel like I'm getting meal out of a bowl of soup, I need it to be chunky with protein. I always wish that my onion soups were creamy but since I'm sensitive to dairy, I need for it to be dairy-free. So, I started daydreaming about making a creamy onion soup that was dairy free AND full of protein. Whoa. I put on my chef hat and started tinkering around in the kitchen. I came up with this delish dairy-free Sausage, Onion, & White Bean Bisque. It's a delightful creamy and chunky bisque. I fed...

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New Year, Same You 🎆

New Year Same You

Ugh. New Year, New You! How many times do you hear/think this the first few weeks of January? I say, New Year, Same You! You know how it goes, you think: This year is going to be different!  You are finally going to read more, watch less, workout everyday, eat organic, file your receipts, cook more at home, journal, volunteer, learn to meditate, spend more time with your kids, make more time for yourself, finish that woodworking project that has been sitting in your garage for 3 years, get organized, travel more, spend less, learn a new language, take a dance class, clean out your inbox, try a new hair do, and rule the world. F*&% that. It’s too much pressure. We...

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Egg on your Face 🍳

egg on your face

An Egg on your Face a day keeps the pores away! That's right, a light layer of egg whites applied to your mean mug is refreshing, pore reducing, and skin tightening! Ever since I saw Whitley Gilbert on A Different World whip up her nightly egg white facial, I was intrigued. Her skin looked great, so I figured there must be something to a little Egg on your Face. After my first egg facial, I was amazed at how my skin looked. It was the good kind of shiny and nearly pore-less! Now every time time I give myself at-home facials, I always finish with an egg white mask. **Get my favorite all-natural facial recipes here There are no cumulative effects of egg whites on our skin. it simply delivers a...

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The Mean Lean Marg🍹

mean lean marg

It's National Margarita Day and I want to celebrate by sharing my Mean Lean Marg recipe with you! It's Mean because it's got a slight spicy kick, and it's Lean because it has the least amount of calories any margarita could possibly have. This I promise you! You can take the calories out of a margarita but you can't take the margarita away from the girl! Er, something like that. So here's the skinny on this delish lean libation: Super Lean Lime & Chili Margarita (around 80 calories) This margarita is truly a rare gem - both big in flavor and extra light in calories! The Tajin rim is the jazz hands on this drink and the smoothness of a high quality tequila (such as...

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V-Day Don’t 💔

Let me help your man so he doesn’t pull a V-Day Don’t 💔 Some gentlemen need some extra help when it comes to gifting their sweethearts. I’ll err on the negative side and share what not to gift with to save you the pain of seeing the disappointment (or rage) in your lovely ladies’ eyes. Ankle Weights: Perhaps your lady has expressed the desire to get into better shape. If you value your life and happiness at all, comments such as these should only be met with, “Baby, you look great just the way you are!” Maybe she has mentioned that she would like to start wearing ankle weights around the house for a butt-firming boost. Now is not the time to gift...

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Shock of the Shart 😲

It's the summer of 2005 in Los Angeles. Paris Hilton is queen, candy-colored Juicy Couture velour track suits reign supreme, everyone is toting tiny Chihuahuas around as if they are handbags, and I experience the Shock of the Shart for the first time in my life. Juicy Couture has just come out with their strapless terry cloth dresses and I am the proud new owner of a white one. I am pretty excited about it. It is easy to get on and off, so it quickly becomes my 'post-shower getting ready" dress. Sometimes I wear it over jeans with heels and cute accessories and think I look, like, real damn good. I leave the house with a little bounce in my strut because...

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Luscious Lemon Pie 🍋

Lemon Pie

I'm sharing the the easiest pie in the world to make - my Luscious Lemon Pie! No baking, minimal mess, and hardly any time spent in the kitchen. People will think you are a pie wizard. You'll feel like a fraud when everyone is fawning over how amazing this pie is and you barely did a thing! This pie is like if a key lime pie and a lemon ice box pie had a baby. 🍋🥧 + 🍈🥧 = 🍰✨ Trust me, even if you think you don’t like citrusy desserts, you will like this. It's creamy and delicious with a mellow citrus finish. Luscious Lemon Pie Recipe: 1 Keebler Graham Cracker crust (I prefer the one with 2 extra servings) 14 oz sweet...

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Permission Slip 📝

Giving your inner child a permission slip

I just read something that touched my heart so deeply; I may never be the same again. And I received the most delightful Permission Slip. Last night as I relax in a bubbly tub, reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington, something on page 189 jumped out and slapped me across the face. As she talks about the importance of silence in our lives as a way for us to slow down and connect with our inner voices, she quotes the German poet/novelist Hermann Hesse. “Ask your soul!” pleads Hesse in My Belief: “Ask her who means freedom, whose name is love. Do not inquire of your intellect, do not search backwards through world history. Your soul will not blame you for having cared too little about politics,...

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Productive Procrastination⏳

One of my biggest flaws is procrastination. But I’m not a lazy procrastinator, I am a Productive Procrastinator. When I am writing on a deadline and get a little stuck, you better believe that I am going to rearrange the beverage center in our bar to look more appealing rather than keep pushing on getting my article done. Instead of doing laundry, I’m going to re-organize the silverware drawer that was already pretty organized to begin with. I am constantly doing unimportant things in place of necessary things. What IS that about? One of my biggest “Gotcha” moments came to me when I decided that a better use of my time was to organize my spare rhinestone collection in my jewelry box...

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Stain Fighting Sorcery 🔮

Stain Fighting Sorcery

As it turns out, I am a wizard. When I was able to fully remove sauce stains from a bowl of green curry that slipped from my hands onto a silk pillow and a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, it was nothing less that Stain Fighting Sorcery. It's a rainy Saturday and I make myself a delicious green curry vegetable bowl for lunch. My husband isn't home so I'm about to enjoy my curry with a side of Bravo as I've got a small window to relax without his unsolicited commentary about "watching that crap." I'm walking to the couch, and as I do, I hear his voice, "You're not really going to eat that on our couch are you?" It's in...

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