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A week of true vacation! MIAMI & NAPA.

In events, family, friends, life, PARTY TIME, Uncategorized, vacation On July 29, 2013 0 Comments

Alright babes! It’s been wayyyyyy too long! I’ve been gone now for just over a week, I feel like I’ve been on the NON-STOP CRAZY TRAIN! A girls gotta have her vacation time, right!? Well, I promise I haven’t neglected you! I’ve been enjoying, decompressing, and gathering pics to share with y’all!

FIRST UP….MIAMI!!!!

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I spent a fabulous 4 days in gorgeous Miami beach FL. with my favorite people. My family:) I left last Saturday to meet up with my folks, who had been staying at my godfathers new place at the Trump Towers. Yowwwwwzzzzzz, it is stunning. I mean……. Ridiculous. W were just a little bit north of south beach, which I actually that was better. You aren’t caught up in the crazy mess all the time.
The beaches here are like no other! Crystal blue, warm, clean, and full of fun little sandbars. Heaven, seriously. You all know…I am a total brown doggy, and lovvvveeeee the sun and ocean, so I was in fullllllll! We love miami, cuz it’s got such a Latin culture attached to it. Argentinians everywhere (my peeps) everyone is tan and wearing the hottest bikinis, the guys are super fit, the seafood is excellent, and it truly has a very traditional sense of family as well. Maybe it’s the Latin thing. Whatever it is, we freakin love it here. In fact, I’m currently trying to get my folks to retire here!!!;)

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A lot of people can’t stand the humidity…I say, BRING IT BITCH!
I can’t lay out without putting on my fave sun cream… Maui Babe!

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A plus to the heat… You don’t want to way anything hot, heavy or fattening. All I wanted, was fruit, salads, and fresh cold pressed juices. My first day there, I grabbed the rental, and headed to a friends juice bar in South Beach. Well. I’ve gone JUGO NUTTZO.

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Jugo Fresh is a local spot serves an amazing product. Amazing raw, fresh juices and foods. It’s reputation with the locals has skyrocketed and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

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I got enough juices to last me 4 days. I wasn’t planning on juice cleansing while in Miami, but I knew my body just wanted this freshness, at least 2x a day. I love incorporating cold pressed juices in my everyday diet. Keeps me regular, hydrated, and full of nutrients while naturally detoxifying. That green juice above, was my FAVORITE! so delicious. if ever in Miami…pleaseeeeeee check it out! Jugo Fresh has something for everyone.

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I made sure to fit in a workout every morning while at the Trump. I gotta tell ya.. This gym was SICK! Best part was…I was practically the only person in there every morning. “Thank you… I love having the gym to myself, byeeeeee.”

I spent 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours there quite early doing a combo of cardio and GPP workouts. Super killer. I guess it does help having that beautiful beach view while working out. Lol. 😉

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Sweaty and squatting…. Not the cutest combo, but…..

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My cute ass parents. We took a day in the afternoon to shop and have drinks.
I bought a thong bathing suit. Don’t even think about judging. Lol. That is how we do it in South Beach. Mmmk. Maybe it’s a South American thing. Xo

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Margaritas and daiquiris.

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This is how I did my hair every day and night we went out. A JLo bun. That’s right. My hair is a frizzy ass mess in this weather, and frankly, it’s too damn hot to wear it down. I’m kinda feelin’ it. Thoughts? I used one of those spongy circular things to make the bun look bigger and like I had more hair than I actually do. Hehe. Y’all need one. Buy on that matches your hair color. They are the bomb!

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Here’s the Miami gang. This trip was FANTASTIC! it felt so great just to lay out, be with fam, and have no set plans. I’m rooting for this place, for my parents retirement. I know it’s not for another 10 years, but a girl can dream;) special thanks to my godparents;)

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NEXT UP…..
ST. HELENA!
( Napa valley)
3 days of this gorgeous place for my best friends wedding.

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This was the venue. Probably the greatest place ever! Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch. This place was nothing short of perfect. They not only had their vineyard, but also a farmers market, olive oil tasting, an organic farm attached, a gorgeous farm to table restaurant, etc, etc. wow.

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The wedding was fairly small. About 80 guests made their way to St. Helena to celebrate the nuptials of Chris and Brooke. We all pretty much booked our stays through Air bnb. If you haven’t yet heard of air bnb, you need to get it together. It’s the best application for phone or iPad that helps you find rentals through private owners for a getaway. It’s amazing.
If you’ve never made your way to the wine country, and are planning on it….be aware! Hotels are really expensive! For $250 a night…you’re in a motel. yeah, I know. It was my first time there. I was shocked. Lol
Anyway, searching through the listings of private rentals, we came across this little gem:) a cute little cottage less than 1/2 a mile from the venue.

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Located at Milat vineyard. The view. Obsessed.

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We just barely made it to the rehearsal lunch on Friday afternoon after a super long day of travel. Thank god we made it, cuz that food was unbelievable. You could immediately tell, that Brooke & Chris’ main objective for this party was to feed people food and wine they would never forget!
Delicious!!!! All of it! I took a pic of the menu, but it’s on my other camera. (Ugh. Yeah, remember..the one that won’t let me download them on the computer!)
It just kept getting better. I practically ate myself dumb on the actual wedding day! I had 4 days of super fit and clean eating in Miami, then I come to Napa, and lose my shit! Lol. How could anyone pass up homemade Mac and cheese, cheddar biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches…rib eye… The list just keeps going… Ummmmm. Oh and, I only went for a quick hungover run on Saturday morning, other than that, no workouts on this trip. ( juice cleansing as I write this) lol. Did I meant ion…I blacked out Friday night. Rare form. Goooood lord.

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Not quite ready but I kept picking at them like they were. I can’t go to napa for the first time and not taste every grape I see;) it really was just stunning to see all of this agriculture around me.

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I snuck into the farm next door to check out what was harvesting, and I found my heaven!
Sky high sunflowers…

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Beautiful red Swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash… You name it….

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Flowers for days….

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The big day was finally here. All gathered in Brooke’s house to get ready. Lots of hair..makeup….pictures…champagne…salads…(trying to be skinny before getting in our dresses) 😉
And crude shit talking. We turn into gross sailors when we all get together. Hilarious. Can any of you relate? I sear, it’s not that weird. Right?

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The bouquet. Gorgeous. Simple. Classy.

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Kelly and I

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Friends for life. I can’t wait to see the professional pics! I loved the idea of wearing the same color scheme but having different dresses. It really looked perfect, especially for the country vineyard look we were going for. I love that I just said “we” lol, as if I was the the one making the decisions. I mean, “they”.

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You will probably see a glass of wine in every damn picture I post. I mean.. It’s the wine country. This was my break from picture taking with the group. The guys were up, so I shimmied my bridesmaid ass over to the bar. Lol.

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Check out my hot date & dance partner;)
Best friends for 16 years. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

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The never ending supply of amazing Long Meadow Ranch wines.

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Oh..and open bar. I swear…I didn’t get too crazy here.. Just wine at dinner and maybe some drinks at the after party;) I was busy shaking my ass and dirty dancing all over that place. Lots of ” Brian, I’ll jump and you pick me up and twirl me, ok!?”

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Here are a few shots of the setting.

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Isn’t she gorgeous. If you are in NEW YORK and need a photographer….. You NEED to check out Sidney Morgan. Ridiculous talent.

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The most loving and supportive couple. I love you guys and thank you for allowing me to be such a part of your beautiful day! Have fun in Hawaii!!!!! Xo

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What do y’all think? I would say over all, a pretty amazing week of friends, family, celebrating, and relaxing! Glad to be back home and back to my regimen. All in all, I only ate naughty for 2 days… I can make up for it;) remember… It won’t kill you to have a couple cheat meals. Enjoy it…Get over it, and recover.
Be on the lookout for my next post. I will sharing a couple of new and delicious recipes as well as a Spartan Race giveaway!!! 2 free entries as an athlete!! Woohoo! I did it last year and I felt like I could rule the world afterwards!!! Check out pics here!
Have a great Monday babes!
Love uuuuuuu.
P.

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Celebrate 4th of July in style!

In 4th of july, bbq, fashion, PARTY TIME, thursday things, Uncategorized On July 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hello beauties!

Ugh, sooooo sorry I’ve been MIA:( I’ve been in Vancouver, Canada, and had no time to post! My computer is acting up as well, so I promise to bring you some dope pics of my trip as soon as I can get piece of shit computer to the Apple store and fixed! An

Anyway, I’m freakin back! Had a wonderful trip. Stayed uber healthy and on point, I’ll save all the deets for the upcoming Canada post.

I got home Monday (Cananda day) and realized my work week is only 3 days this week! Woohoo. I’m loving life life now. My feet are feeling better. Oh I forgot to mention….. I have tendonitis on my feet, and have recently found my new heaven, orthopedic shoes. And yes, I have made that shit CUTE!
Lol. I’ve got a cople more trips planned for this month, anddddddd… (drumroll) my FAVORITE holiday Is mañana!!!!
The 4th of JULY is tomorrow, and I am soooo excited, I could do cartwheels. ;). Yup.

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So here’s the deal. I am originally from South America, and although always feeling very connected to my hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.A is home now, and has been for many years. When I became a citizen, it was an extremely proud moment for me, as is for many immigrants. I can’t even begin to explain to you all how grateful I am to my folks who worked their asses off to get all of us to where we are today.
Ok, not gonna get all sappy, but you get it, yeah. I’m freakin proud;)
So, when I say…I get REALLLLLLLY into the 4th, it’s a bit of an understatement. I swear. I turn allllllll American. Haha.
There are always:
Friends
BBQs
Family
Everything red, white, and blue
Decorations
Fireworks
Sparklers
You name it.
Today’s post is dedicated to all my friends who are into it as much as I am:)

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Alright, so I’ve gone pin crazy again…all of my images, except for a few are from my Pinterest. ( do follow me) 😉 and here.
Below are some of my super chic, trendy, but not obnoxious 4th of July outfits and accessories inspirations! Also be sure to find some severely spirited American stuff here!
Loving all of this!

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FAVORITE PART: The DIY headband.

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Super cute. A bit more casual and tomboy. I love this look. I’m totally sporty spice. The cuff on the jeans, the jersey, and the chucks. HEARTSSSSSSS

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Ok WONDERWOMAN.
Get down wit your baddddd self! I don’t think I could pull this off, but I died when I saw it! PINNING! Vintage chic, and 70’s inspired. Like a modelllllllllll hunnayyyyyy!

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Obsessed with this look, but may be a bit too much for the pool party BBQ… Huh…….? Effing sooooo cute though!

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Beach amigas who are gonna be hittin a bonfire…. Stay warm with this super fem but ultra comfy sweater! I’ll wear the shit outta this al, year round to be honest… Lol.

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I could die for that bis ass turquoise necklace. Ahhhhhhh! I want! The sweater is great because it’s ultra light, and a bit sheer. It’s LA, It’s damn hot. Ain’t nobaaaady tryin’ to wear no damn hot ass sweatshirt to the pool! Get real. I could get into this though;)

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I’m sorry…you just can’t go wrong with these. American flag socks. Byeeeeee

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A bit much… I think not. Probably don’t attemp this at home…may take you hours! just take your pretty ass to the nail professionals hunnayyyy.

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Omggggggg. I want..I need these sick SUNNIES!
Not just for the 4th, although perfect….for always!;)

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Outfit ideas from this site.

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This is what I think I’ll be sporting tomorrow! Soooo red, white, and blue;)

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NOW…

the yummy part. Here are some ultimate part food and drink ideas that I fell in love with!
Love the idea of fresh wine spritzers with blueberries and strawberries. Ultra easy, healthy, and the best part…star shaped pineapple. Although recipe is non-alcoholic….I mean……. Do what you wish.lol

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There’s no such thing as a 4th of July party without n someone busting out some delicious, decadent PIE! This is textbook dessert for this American tradition. Duh!

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Adorable idea.. Cheap. Easy. Kid friendly. Love the straws too! Add some mason jars, and voila!

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Fun, creative ideas!
Add a bit of food coloring to your white chocolate, or buy colored chocolate and start dippin those Oreos!!! Here’s the recipe!

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Yippee! Get some star shaped cut outs here! and serve these great snacks!

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Unless completely wasted….don’t run around with an American flag. Remember…it’s not allowed to touch the floor…..

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Wishing you all a safe and FUN holiday! Hope this helped get your 4th of July style on point!

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Xoxo!

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SUMMER IS HERE! Time to get bikini Ready;) here’s your guide to success with The laughing cow & friends, Women’s Health workouts and ME!

In clean food, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, new faves, PARTY TIME, popular recipes, Reviews, skinny grocery list, sweets, Uncategorized On June 21, 2013 2 Comments


The Laughing Cow® provided me with product for this review. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand

Guess what! First day of summer OFFICIALLY begins on JUNE 21st!Ekkkkkkk! Yes…that is tomorrow. Lol. So, we need to get it together ladies!
I know…we all know what that means! It’s time for a new bikini, and for most of us, this is dreadful, including me. It seems like we spend all year trying to prep our bodies and minds for this very moment. Haha. It does. It sounds ridiculous, but it is what it is! If it means working out more throughout the year, and changing eating habits….it’s all good then. We’ve done good for our bodies. I can think of worse things we could be doing. Lol.

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A we all know, to reach ultimate results with optimal health, you need a game plan, a goal to reach.
I always remind myself…”Paula, it took 29 years to have this body, it ain’t gonna take 2 months for that body to change” I tell myself that when I’m feeling doubt, or when I wanna just say “eff it,give me that damn ice cream!”
It’s time. It’s time to start making changes, and for the long haul. Btw..as I write this to you…I’m saying it to myself too;) Trust me, it’s hard for all of us sometimes. We are not robots. We have emotions, and sometimes those emotions lead to bad decision making. The key: To not beat yourself up about it. Stress is the root of all evil! That is why we’ve got this 89/20 rule. Beacause we can’t be perfect all the time!

Today, I’ve got a super exciting post for y’all! Dedicated to our summer bodies of course:) ( and hopefully continues after summer;) )
I’ve teamed up with my friends at The Laughing Cow to bring you some delicious and easy snack ideas and quick anywhere/anytime workouts ( brought to you by women’s health )to keep you on track and ready for summertime fun!
The 2 week calendar below will help direct you on how to get started! The Laughing Cow, along with some of my fave bloggers, Sarah Dussault, and Tina Haupert came up with all of these fantastic tips and ideas to make it easier on ya! It’s time to get our minds right!

For the next two weeks…. Follow these steps every day, to ensure success!
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NEXT UP…….

I’ve got some amazing workouts for you to try at home or at the gym. My favorite magazine, Women’s Health, is always either on my coffee table or at work. I am constantly following their quick but effective workouts, and I love to share them. Remember: If you use your time wisely with your workouts, you won’t need to spend 1 1/2 hrs at the gym. Trust me.

Below are some great examples of fat burning, muscle building, and HIIT.
When doing these workouts, and any workout really, keep in mind that, if it doesn’t challenge you, you MUST CHANGE IT UP. Always keep your body guessing. What this means…..really, 5 lb dumbbells. Um, you can do better than that… K, know what I mean;)

WOMEN’S HEALTH: The FASTEST way to lose 10 pounds!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: Get a bikini body-that ROCKS!

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WOMEN’S HEALTH: A 15 minute arm workout- Armed for summer!
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WOMEN’S HEALTH: The 15 AB workout!
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..
My fave…..

LIFE CHANGING FITNESS: GPP fitness.

And of course, as we all know, but hate to admit….that ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN…
So, to add to your hectic life….brought to you by The Laughing Cow and myself, a few quick, easy, and yummy ASS snacks for you to stay on track, are these babies! 😉
Snacking is how I live sometimes. In between meals and clients, I need a pick me up. My body needs to know that I haven’t neglected it, so remember to snack on something small in between meals to avoid:
#1: Not over-eating
#2: To avoid your body from storing fat ( if you go too long without eating while active, your body will think that you aren’t going to feed it, and will begin storing fat, or eating away muscle) no thanks.
#3: To not become ” HANGRY ” ( I apology see for what I said when I was hungry type attitude) lol

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD ON NUT CRUSTS

A packet of these RAW wheat free crusts will set ya back $4.50 totally worth it. Gluten free, raw, and amazeballz!

CHIPOTLE EGG SALAD:

2-3 hard boiled eggs chopped ( only 1 yolk)

1 triangle of Chipotle Laughing Cow wedge

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tbsp light sour cream or 0% chobani nonfat yogurt

Salt & pepper

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Mix together, top over crust and your done. BOMB!

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These are fantastic! Little savory bite sized salmon cakes;)

SALMON CUCUMBER TOASTS”

5 whole wheat wheat thins

1 triangle of your favorite Laughing Cow cream cheese spread. ( my fave is chipotle and queso fresco)

1 tbsp of leftover baked salmon ( could also use smoked salmon, but more sodium)

Thick grated fresh cucumber

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

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This is the perfect snack. Balanced in fat, protein and carbs, your body will thank you. This is a great pre or post workout snack;)

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If your not into fish, no bigs….you can use chicken breast too;)
Oh, and did I mention that 1 wedge of Laughing Cow is only 35 CALORIES!
Love that! Lots of summer parties and BBQs happening this summer so bust these out as a fresh appetizer! Yummmmmmmm

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For you who have a gnarly sweet tooth, like me, I’ve got something for us!!!! I have to admit….I can’t have a meal without finishing up with a dessert;) with this sweet little bite, it satisfies that craving. I was over the moon when my Laughing Cow wedges got delivered and I saw this…. FREAKIN CINNAMON CREAM ummmm, are you kidding me!
Obsession. With only 45 calories a wedge, you can eat this with absolutely no guilt. This is lovely smeared over a cut up apple, or well, pretty much any fruit.
Right now…get ready to go BA-NA-NASSSSS!

CINNAMON CREAM BANANAS ROUNDS

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These are a fave! Kids adore them, and adults freak out;) top with your favorite seeds, nuts, or even a bit of chocolate.

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Here’s the easy steps:

2 bananas (cut rounds)

2-3 Cinnamon Cream Laughing Cow wedges

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds

Shaved raw cacao (100%- the higher the % the higher in antioxidants)

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In between 2 banana rounds, sheer a bit of the cinnamon cream and alternate with your toppings.
Serve chilled. So easy and delicious:)

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Summer time, is the best time to eat clean and light, don’t you agree? It’s hot out, and
the last thing I want or crave during this time of year especially, is something heavy. Ugh. This is a great lunch idea. Now…for the vegetarians out there, clearly you won’t be using turkey breast, but….you could easily sub that out for some yummy sweet potato, beets, rotated carrots, or even seasoned tofu. Your call:) we all know, I love my protein, and by lunch time, I’m in serious need for something protein packed.

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I wanted to try out some of these new Laughing Cow flavors, so I made three faux sushi rolls using the Light Creamy Swiss, Garden Vegetable, and the Chive & Onion wedges. Omggggggggg. So bomb! What I LOVE about these, is that that is all you need to add flavor. No need for mayo, or to OD on salt and pepper. Each wedge packs a mean punch of yummy flavor.

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TURKEY & CHEESE “sushi” ROLL UPS

3 soy paper wraps

Finely chopped romaine

Organic herbed turkey breast

3 favorite Laughing Cow wedges.

3 of these roll ups for lunch, and you’re barely knocking on 200 calories! Whattttttt!

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Lunch is packed. Loads of water…fruit…hummus…roll ups…cheese wedges.. Done n done.

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For fun…. A healthy summer bubbly drink:)
Add your favorite alcohol for PARTY TIME! Lol
Listen…I’m not some health saint…I like a cool summer cocktail as much as the next chick, so if your gonna drink, make it AMAZING!

Crushed ice

Muddled strawberries

Muddled blueberries

A squeeze of Meyer lemon

Your favorite kombucha or kevita probiotic drink

A shot of your favorite rum, tequila, gin, or vodka

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Yeah! Now….Amigas, you got the knowledge, you’ve got the motivation, you’ve got the workouts, you’ve got the recipes, tips and ideas….what’s stopping you!? Stop saying…”I’ll start tomorrow” Start NOW. We do it together… Break outta your shell!!
Summer is HERE! You’re beautiful and your worth it. Remember that.

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Xoxo,
Paula

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HOW TO THROW A FABULOUS BRIDAL SHOWER!

In At home cooking, decor galore, family, friends, PARTY TIME, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On June 1, 2013 3 Comments

Hello my lovely ladies!
Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. I love to throw a good party. Better yet, I GREAT bridal shower. Of course, this couldn’t have been done without my beautiful, fabulous friends! You see, we LOVE throwing parties, and yes….sometimes can be stressful, but in the end…totally worth it;)
On this gorgeous, sunny day, we celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our bestie Brooke with friends and family. We pulled it off with no stress, great attention to detail, and loads fun!

Admit it, we’ve all been to some super annoying showers, haven’t we? Today I’m here to share with you the FANTASTIC DO’s and DON’Ts guide to THROWING A GREAT BRIDAL SHOWER!

 

GATHER YOUR TEAM:

Typically….the braidsmaids;)

The most important part of beginning the planning process, is writing a list of what needs to be done (in great detail), and start delegating jobs to each one of you.

The key:

No one does more than the other. Equal spending, etc, will ensure everyone’s happiness. lol. NO STRESS= STOKED FRIENDS.

Have a pow wow, a girls night. Make a fun day or evening out of planning.

Remember babes, it’s supposed to be fun, and most importantly…NOT about you. It’s about that beautiful bride:)

I give you….MY BEST FREINDS:

The BEST of party planners.

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DO:

Pay attention to detail. This is what makes these kinds of events unforgettable. Perhaps, it be that you get the brides favorite flowers, or maybe you match the party to the wedding theme. Even something as simple as a personalized chalk heart on a fence, can make the world of a difference. Especially, in a photo, which she and yourself will have forever.

DO NOT:

Fill the damn place up with hideous silver lined balloons screaming “CONGRATULATIONS!” All over the place. Tacky, and completely NOT personalized.

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This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

A PLUS:

Beautiful fresh flower centerpieces. Hit the flower mart on a sunday for great deals. Arrange them yourself, you’ve got style, and you’re not lazy, so…Show us you’ve got the touch;)

PLEASE DO NOT:

Buy the pre-packaged, BRIGHT ass, Ralph’s version of “a BEAUTIFUL arrangement” for $14.99. Save that for Gram’s bday. k…..

ANOTHER THING……

This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

People don’t like standing around with nothing to do…

FEED THEM AND GIVE THEM DRINKS! DUH!

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A little EXTRA decor seals the deal.

We found this at PAPER SOURCE. Create whatever saying you want, all you gotta do is arrange the letters. EASY PEAZZZY.

If you can pull off an INDOOR/OUTDOOR party, GO FOR IT. Not necessary, but a nice alternative.

 

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Maybe MOST importantly, next to the food of course….

THE BOOZE.

DO:

Offer a signature drink for the special event.

We are in LA, in June….it’s warm out….Give us some SANGRIA, CHAMPAGNE, and WHITE WINE SPRITZERS.

DO NOT:

Get peeps wasted on vodka tonics. Its not a club, or your 21st birthday. Mom and G-ma gotta drive home.

Oh & not cute.

 

**********IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION…..CHECK OUT THE LITTLE BAR SETUP***********

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This is NOT a free for all people… The truth is, the more organized you are, the more people can enjoy themselves & the less feaked out you are by all the stuff you gotta do at once.

DO:

Create a menu. A SIMPLE ONE.

We got this awesome chalkboard at the local Marshall’s for $12.99. Adds such a great touch, and allows for for people to know that there is food coming. This way…they don’t scarf down all the chips thinking that might be the only thing their gettin’. Could you imagine…”Oh,, I’m sorry, were you hungry? We were just thinking chips and salsa were enough” ummmmmmm

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DO NOT:

RUN OUT OF FOOD!!!! Better to have extra for yourself later than have the embarrassment of exposing your LACK OF preparedness.

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Make sure your menu is balanced in nutrition. No one, I mean NO ONE, wants to feel like a beached whale at a party. In other words, keep it classy and proportioned, if you know what I mean. This isn’t your cheat meal. OK.

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Having dessert options makes people happy. We like to snack. On several things, that is;)

* Not everyone likes the same thing.

DO:

Create a SWEET atmosphere for your Dessert table. SET THE SCENE. If it looks good, people want to eat it.

Try individual portions. Much cuter, and easier to to munch on as you’re walking around mingling.

On our dessert table:

Made by yours truly.

(because we’re all on LOW CARB)

Sugar Free Cheesecake Rounds.

Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

 

 

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DO NOT:

Force feed people messy chunks of sugary, marzipan cake. They will enjoy dessert when they want to enjoy it. Hense…dessert table. Get it, when you feel like it. Again, it’s about creating fluidity in the party. Make life easy for your guests.

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No one wants to leave a party empty handed.

If you can pull off a simple, personalized, and affordable party favor, DO IT!!!!!!

Nothing says, “Thank you for coming” more than a party favor. It shows GREAT attention to detail, and can really spruce up your dessert table. In our case, Alicia had a genius idea of cute little mason jars, filled with delicious caramels in which she attached a thoughtful saying on each one of them. Adorable, and simple. THE KEY.

DO NOT:

Put the faces of the bride and groom on your party favors. Yes, we love them, But we don’t want that shit. If I had a quarter for every engraved or screenprinted wedding or bridal shower favor I recieved, I’d be a rich bitch. Give us something we can eat or actually use, otherwise, you know we’ll just hoard it, and never see it again.

 

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Ok, I KNOW I am NOT the only one who thinks this so, here I go….

A game or two is fun…….

3 or more…..too much.

We are not trying to spend an hour & 1/2 playing games ya’ll!

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This is the best game….and the bride actually gains something from it!

It’s simple…

Everyone brings with them a pair of panties that shows your personality. She, then has to match the undies to the friend. If she misses…she drinks. (or stuff a marshmallow in her mouth, each time she misses. lol) Either way…in the end…she comes up on loads of panties. STOKED.

 

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Allow for things to happen organically. If you put games near the gifts, that’s where you go next. Hand the Bride-to -be her champagne, and let the unwrapping begin.

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UNNECESSARY:

Making the bride read out every single card she receives, and forcing her to pose with her new swiffer wetjet and new set of china. Snag a few good shots, and call it a day. Remember, all eyes are on her, it can be a bit uncomfortable. lol.

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This next portion was the highlight!

DO:

Pull off an impromptu backyard photoshoot with friends and bridesmaids. I don’t mean…hire someone, get lighting, make a big deal, I mean this…

Gather the flowers from the centerpieces…get in the sun…and get your mom on a chair to shoot the pic. DUH! 😉

pssst…you can photoshop later.

 

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Just when you think you all couldn’t look cheesier…THAT’S when you get it right.

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When else would we get these fun shots??…On the wedding day.. I think not.

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HAVE WE COVERED EVERYTHING?

Great….NOW, It’s time to have fun and enjoy your party:)

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This post is dedicated to the bride, Brooke Barnett & to my AMAZING girlfriends.

CONGRATULATIONS DARLING.

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