Top Holiday Gifts 2021

BEST GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER

1 – Inscriptions ID Bracelet

2 – Empowerment Necklace or Bracelet

3 – Gold Storyteller Watch

4 – Birthstone Bar Locket

FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE

1 – Willing Beauty Body Scrub & Body Cream (coming soon)

2 – CMYK Cosmetics Eye Palette

3 – CMYK Cosmetics One & Only Mascara

4 – Willing Beauty Skincare  

* All Clean Beauty  *

FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE

The wallet that fits your lifestyle – and your budget! The UNDIVIDED Wallet, founded by entrepreneur Rajiv Patel, is one of Think Goodness’ featured brands! It’s stylish, ultra-slim and fits everything you need in one place while you’re on the go or at the office. Plus, the sleek zipper design and RFID protection ensures you never lose anything important (and live worry-free!) – and we could all use more of that! 

Inscriptions Tag – Inscribe with a special message, date, wedding song, handwriting, whatever you choose.

FOR THE DISNEY FAN

Our Christmas Mickey & Friends Collection has landed and O-M-G is it adorable. Perfect for the collector! And we have princesses too! Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Belle, Aurora, Ariel and Jasmine. Shop our Disney Collection HERE!

FOR THE PET LOVER

1 & 4 – A locket

2 – Dog Bone Inscription Pendant

3 – Inscriptions Heart Pendant (you can upload a photo of your pet, paw print, you name it)

STOCKING STUFFERS

1 – Lip Oil from Willing Beauty

2 – Spirit Stacks Bracelet or an Inscriptions Pendant

3 – One & Only Mascara

4 – Phone Ring Locket

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Amazon Fall Decor Ideas

Shop these items HERE

I am all about that pumpkin spice life, fall colored leaves, sweaters and decorating my house for fall. Gimme all the fall feels! And of course some fall Hallmark movies and a pumpkin spice latte.

So I had to share with you a few of my Amazon Must Haves for fall because I just love how the lights from the leaves and these candles just bring a sense of warmth and coziness to my home.

Here is a pic of my entertainment stand (I also have the matching tables in my family room) decorated with the fall leaves and flickering candles which I am obsessed with. I need to order more of these flickering candles for every room. I also added the fall leaves to our entry table, as well as a few other places throughout our home.

Here’s a pic of our entertainment stand and our matching coffee and end tables. Super affordable and great quality.

TO SHOP JUST CLICK ANY OF THE IMAGES!

Shop it HERE

Here they are all listed for you. Easy peasy to shop!

If you order any of them, let me know. I’d love to know how much you love them too.

Saving Time with the LG TwinWash – Review

I have a lot of hand wash items. Ranging from delicates to everyones favorite buttery soft legging company. You know who you are. 😉 I’ve known about the LG TwinWash for a while now and have been absolutely obsessed with it. I love that you can wash a regular load of laundry while a smaller load is going at the same time. Yes I said AT THE SAME TIME.

I have a TON of items that always need to be handwashed. And they multiply fast. Many of my handwash items I put in my regular washing machine on the handwash cycle. And then hang dry after. But this means more laundry time because I’m not doing other loads of regular clothes.

With LG’s TwinWash system you get the best of both worlds. For small loads that can’t wait (The sweatpants after hot yoga, the red shirt in a pile of whites, the dirty school uniform on a Sunday night) there is the LG SideKick pedestal washer. You can even use it simultaneously while you do a bigger load up top on your LG Front load washer.

Not only do these washers have mega capacity to tackle any size load, they are energy efficient while giving you the best cleaning performance. No wonder more households have chosen LG laundry over any other brand!

What is your favorite feature of the LG TwinWash? Comment Below.

Offer:  From 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. #ad

 

Cooking with Valerie Bertinelli

Where are my foodies? Who else loves to browse the cookbook aisles? There’s not much I love more than a new cookbook. Flipping the pages and checking out all the yummy recipes and making a list of all the new ones I want to try.

So when some folks reached out to me about Valerie Bertinelli’s (yes that Valerie! Most recently known from the Food Network but I can’t not mention “One Day at A Time” loved that show)  Valerie’s Home Cooking: More than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family cookbook I was thrilled. Not only do I watch her on the Food Network but she’s an Italian girl. Like me! Ok maybe I’m not Italian but my hubby is so that counts, right? And I learned everything I know about Italian cooking from my mother in law and Valerie’s book is inspired by her family’s recipes so I knew this was gonna be a match made in Italian foodie heaven.

I chose 2 dishes I was going to make and review. The Spicy Arrabiata Penne and the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce.

The first one I tested out was the Spicy Arrabiata Penne. You can’t go wrong with a dish like this. It’s super easy to make and super flavorful. Both my hubby and I loved it. He agreed we need to def make it again. I feel like it came out looking just like the picture (minus the fact that I didn’t use shaved parm we ended up just using regular grated parm cheese but the shaved gives it that extra touch and makes it extra fancy.) My only suggestion would be for this dish is to adjust the red pepper flakes if you don’t love spice. It’s definitely got a kick so if you have kids I would maybe omit it in theirs. Also, I would not have reserved any of the pasta water. I typically don’t occasionally I will if I’m making a ton of gravy/sauce but not always. I felt that adding the 1 cup of pasta water really watered it down so I would just not add that and your sauce will be nice and thick and chunkier.

Photographer Leslie Grow, Food Styling Cat Steele, Prop Styling Lindsey Lower,
Spicy Arrabiate Penne

Wanna try this recipe yourself? If you try it let me know what you think.

“One of my all-time favorite meals centers around tomatoes. I have several photos on my phone illustrating this point. One shows a fresh harvest of tomatoes from our garden; they’re literally spilling out of bowls onto the kitchen counter. I think this was a message from our wonderful gardener, Carlos. The first year I planted tomato plants, the majority of them died. I went to Carlos, asking for help. I think he felt bad for me, and not only did he bring those plants back to life, he added more and somehow has them producing fruit well into the winter. Another photo shows my arrabiata sauce simmering on the stove, tomatoes quartered and afloat on a sea of luscious sauce full of spices. I swear I can smell the red pepper and garlic through my phone. Fresh tomatoes are a bonus, but obviously canned tomatoes provide the same classic taste. This is an easy dinner when I’m in a hurry, and with a green salad and a creamy dressing to balance the spice, along with fresh bread, you can rely on this as a Monday through Friday staple, as I do, or serve it for a casual Saturday night with friends.” – taken from Valerie’s cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-pound) package uncooked penne rigate
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (26.46-ounce) package chopped tomatoes (such as Pomì)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • Shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add the garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped basil.
  3. 3. Stir the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water into the tomato mixture. Garnish with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and additional basil, if desired, and serve warm.
  4. Cooking Tip
  5. It’s important to generously salt your water. It adds flavor to your pasta. Don’t rinse your pasta after cooking, and don’t drain all the water; save some to flavor your sauce.
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Up next I wanted to try the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce. We always love a piccata so I figured we would love this. I make chicken cutlets often and usually just cook them the whole time in oil on the stove so I liked the idea of just browning them first then popping them in the oven while the sauce is being made. Plus a lot of times I find when making recipes your meal is getting cold while the sauce is being made and we hate that. So this kept everything nice and hot.

Here’s my pic and here’s my pic with the book image. Clearly, they aren’t close. In the cookbook pic the sauce has a more yellow tinge to it and looks thicker. Mine came out clearer and more watery. The flavor was definitely good and I probably should have made some sort of side to go along with it as my plate looks pretty boring lol. We both agreed we liked this dish as well but next time I think I may add a touch of flour into the sauce to thicken it up just a smidge.

All in all we really liked both recipes and are looking forward to trying out more of them “One Day at A Time” (had to).

Did you try any of the recipes from this book? If so, share your faves with me. I wanna know what you think.

Credit: Excerpted from Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

*The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided this book for review.
**Recipe provided to me to use in post.

Piscataway Welcomes Massage Envy

 

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Guess who just opened up in Piscataway, NJ? Massage Envy!

I am a huge believer in massage and think everyone should get them on a regular basis. Facials too (although I’m not the best at getting them on a regular basis). So when I heard that a Massage Envy was moving into my town I was super excited. Getting a massage on a regular basis (at least once a month) is so good for you. It’s not only good for your body and makes you feel good, but its good for you mentally. It helps with stress and anxiety as well as your physical pains.

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I made an appointment with Keisha for a relaxing massage. When I arrived I was greeted by the front desk and I filled out some paperwork. Then one of the ladies at the front desk sat down with me to review the paperwork and find out my problem areas and explain how my experience would be. Keisha came out and we walked into the back and she asked me my problem areas. I always have issues with my scapula and near my shoulder blades. Probably from being at a computer and using my phone all day. There was a large poster on the wall of the body so she marked on it with the spots that were bothering me. Keisha did a great job and it was definitely a very relaxing massage.

After chatting with the salon manager she invited me back to do a face scan. Which I will admit I was terrified of. The machine wasn’t in the office that day which is why I scheduled an appointment to go back.

When I came back I met with Briana. She brought me back and had me sit down at a machine. Then I put my chin in and WOW you see EVERYTHING! It’s like a black light and there’s a mirror so I was able to see all the spots as well as her. This girl needs some eye cream STAT! My under eyes were super dry. That was the worst of it. Other than that it was better than I had anticipated but when I looked in the device under my eyes were just bags of dark purple and was a little freaky. But I’m glad I did it because now I know I need to use eye cream every day. I’ve been a religious moisturizer user for years but have never really used eye cream much.

Comment below and tell me if you get massages or facials regularly.

Also, what eye cream must I start using?

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