Madison Ave-Hue

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Spring has Sprung! At least on my nails it has!

If you followed my blog last summer you may have got the impression that I am a Essie and Seche Vite fan. If it wasn’t for these two brands of nail polish I probably wouldn’t wear any. Unless I would do weekly trip to the nail salon, if it was in my budget.

I highly recommend these two brands when doing an at-home manicure and pedicure. They just work well together.

For me chipping doesn’t start for about a week, sometimes even longer. Truth be told, I am anything but kind to my hands. They are constantly fixing something, being washed or cleaning…and I am one that always forgets to moisturize them. It’s something that I remember to do right at that exact moment before I am about to pass out…and it’s to late…sleeps trumps all.

Motherhood!

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The color I chose to do is Essie’s Madison Ave-Hue…I loooove it! It is the perfect Spring and Summer pink. Just absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a candy pink with a purplish undertone…then this is your winner. It will not disappoint!

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I always put two coats of Essie Nail Polish on and the Seche Vite Top Coat. What I love most about the the Seche Vite Top Coat, is when you do two coats the end result has a gel-like finish. It even has a gel-like texture too it. Which I love!

Definitely gives the illusion I went out and got my nails done, so it’s a win-win in my books!

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Do you have a favorite Essie shade?

Weekend Thoughts

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It’s currently raining out..almost midnight…and I have my last load of laundry in the washer…my whites to be exact. I am highly anxious to be officially done with laundry…well for a couple of days at least.

While waiting for my eternity of laundry to be done, definitely had my mind wondering about our near future trip to Hawaii for two weeks in April. What seems to be boggling my mind is the amount of time we are in the air. I mean…I have been there several times in the past, it’s been close to ten years! But this is Sophia’s first trip to Hawaii. She does really well traveling whether it be by car or plane…except this is going to be the longest trip confined in a small space for an exceptional long period of time.

Let me say…she always did really well flying in the past, but the longest amount of air time was about 2 hours max. Not a total of about 13 flying hours.

Mama is worried!

I plan on bringing some of her toys…her iPad…but I would love some suggestions on movies or games that I should download for her.

I am totally open to any other entertainment suggestion that is 2 and a half year of age appropriate of course!

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Here I am about 8 years ago in Hawaii. I remember taking this photo…I was waiting for everyone to get ready to go out. My mom always made me go to the room about 45 minutes before everyone else so I could get ready. She said I took to long….*Probably still thinks that*

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Sophia has been in KDO for about a month now and absolutely loves it. Which I am totally grateful for. I am happy that she is not one of those kids that cry for their parents as the drop them of. Le me tell ya..if that was Sophia should wouldn’t be going. I don’t think I could walk away from her crying especially calling my name and reaching for me. They say they stop once you leave, but from my experience not so much.

Do you have any lunch suggestions? Sophia loves her vegetables! She is not a picket eater by any means.

But how can I make her lunch more fun and healthy without looking like an ad for your basic food groups?

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If you have not tried Starbucks Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk in replace of water…Go. Do. It! It kind of tastes like candy…but not toothache sweet…but it’s tangy.

Reminds me of summer!

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Isn’t this just the cutest? I would so have one in my backyard!

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A must have plant in my house is an Aloe plant. I can’t tell you how many times I have burnt my hands from taking items out of the oven…grease spitting at you…or even grabbing the wrong part of my hair straightener.

Aloe works on everything! Go get yourself an Aloe plant and help yourself out!

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Okay so this is probably the creepiest thing I will ever write on here, but I am a huge fan of Kate from The Small Things Blogshe is my favorite blogger out there. Last week she was going live on Instagram and I did a screen shot of her…no I don’t have a Kate shrine…I’m not a weirdo..but…

I love her haircut! I am considering cutting my hair this length before Hawaii. I wanted to take this photo to my hairdresser to show her the cut I like.

I am such a creature of habit.

The thing is I grew my hair out from in inverted bob back in December 2015 it took a good 9 months. My hair is about to the middle of my back, but I constantly wear it pulled up in a messy bun. I think I need a change again…not as dramatic as a inverted bob but something a little bit more fun. A little shorter but not short. Plus, I am been getting headaches because my hair is so long and heavy..

I am so indecisive.

Kate if by any chance you read my blog..sorry for the creeper screen shot of you!

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Even when I am feeling like total crap, this little girl brightens up my day and always puts a smile on my face. I love you Sophia! I have a great weekend with you!

I hope your weekend was a great one!

Laundry.Is.Done.

 

Where Did I go?

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I am currently under the weather, I have been for the past few day with a terrible cold. It is making me very irritable and I am highly annoyed already. Honestly speaking this has been my 6th cold since January.

However, for the first time in my life I did get the flu shot…it’s supposed to help right? Well, about a week after I received my flu shot the news stated “there was batch of them that was defected..” I think I received one of those…

I am highly rethinking about getting the flu shot in the future. I have never been this sick so often until I got the flu shot.

So I am hoping by Sunday to be better or a least on the road to recovery. With that in mind I am going to try my hardest to get a few more posts up this week. I had some really fun posts planned but they have been put on the back burner…thanks cold!

It’s been a really rough cold, plus running after a toddler who is like the energizer bunny doesn’t make it easier.

Do anyone have any home remedies to share?

Ps: The photo above is my moms Amaryllis…isn’t it beautiful? My mom has such a green thumb!

Links & Loves & Thoughts

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I thought it would be fun to do an unusual photo. Normally I try to more serious photos, but today I am in the mood to spice things up a bit…like me in cat ears.

If you don’t follow me on snapchat you can find me at Sarah_Bellalife it might be a good idea too..you will get to see behind the scenes of my life… it’s anything but perfect and I even do baking tips as well. I love trivia, so when I know something fascinating…I share. Sophia and I are going to Hawaii in April, so you will definitely want to follow me, because I will be doing a lot of travel clips.

Anyways..to get back to the point of this photo…if you are anything like me Target is my second home. I really wish I wasn’t being serious about that. Target has everything I could ever need.

Have you ever heard of Bauble Bar? Well, if just so happens that Sugarfix by Bauble Bar is now being sold there…and that is where I scored those tassel earrings that I L.O.V.E.

If you haven’t noticed tassels are now trending, I have not jumped on that ban wagon until these earrings.

I was really torn with some of the color options to choose from, but this year I am really into green colors. I am taking after by bestie Charnaye…every time I think of green I think of her…

Now onto links:

I bought these Nike Womens running shoe  (not that I run) a little over a week ago. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn….I want every color. I did end up with the white ones, they didn’t have my size in the black at the store. Any know any white shoe protectant?

Ever hear of Better Life BagsAh, it’s so cool…you can design your own bag. I have been eyeing this website for about six months. Check them out!

I am in search for a great Cherry Pie Recipe…I thought this one looked promising. I have never been much of a Cherry Pie person…until I had one that way to-die-for back in January. Now I am determined to make one from scratch…and hopefully love it. Do you have a recipe to share?

My dream vacation

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I am currently sitting at a local Starbucks while Sophia is in school writing this post. Across from me is this group of men, it’s so cute (maybe not) to ease drop into their conversation. The fact that they are just sitting there talking about sports (particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers), their wives (nice comments) and politics is just awesome. And they aren’t ripping each others heads off either for having a different opinion. Amazing huh?

They are in their own world, completely enjoying each others company. I just love it.

I think a mini goal of mine this summer is to have a girls day with some friends I have not seen or “hanged out,” with in a really long time.

If you are curious I am drinking a Chai Tea Latte…they say tea gives you more energy than coffee right?

Unicorn Hot Chocolate

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For about a week Pittsburgh has been more snowy and cold than it has been all winter long. Just a few weeks ago we hit 78 degrees…it was heaven, but I must admit I am really anxious for April. With the cold weather upon us still…..

I thought it would be fun to put a twist to your normal Hot Chocolate and make Unicorn Hot Chocolate. Plus, I knew that Sophia would just love it.

Ingredients: **I doubled my recipe**

2 Cups Whole Milk

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 TBSP. Granulated Sugar

4 ounces White Chocolate, chopped

Food Coloring

Whipped Cream

Pastel Marshmellows

Color Icing (in the baking isle)

Sprinkles

Directions: 

  1. Put your Milk, Vanilla, Sugar, White Chocolate, Food Coloring in a pot and allow to get hot. Stir it until everything is melted.
  2. Put your icing around the rim of your glass mug…add sprinkles on the sides of the mug. Pour Hot Chocolate in the mug..add Whipped Cream to the top along. Add Sprinkles.
  3. Use your imagination & enjoy!

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I used the Sweetpolita Carousel Sprinkle Medley and I also took some Rainbow Marshmallows from Sophia’s Lucky Charms cereal! If you have never checked out Sweetpolita sprinkles I highly…highly recommend it! I want a bulk bag in every Sprinkle medley she has!

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This was a lot of fun do to, the only thing is I wish I would have used my Wilton Gel Food Coloring instead, it would have made my purple Hot Chocolate brighter.

I am going to bombard your with Sophia photos now….

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Her first time eating snow…

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I guess it wasn’t a good as it looked…

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If you make your own Unicorn Hot Chocolate I would love to see your photos or anything your create!! You can send them to my Instagram at Sarah_Bellalife or my email Sarah.Bellalife@gmail.com

If you are interested in making homemade Unicorn Ice Cream click on this post!

Jo’s Favorite Lemon Pie

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When life gives you Lemons make…Jo’s Favorite Lemon Pie! I have been going through a wicked sweet tooth recently that I just can’t get a grasp on. It doesn’t matter how many yoga classes I take or how many times I try to distract myself…nothing and I mean nothing seems to be helping. Until….I came across Jo’s Favorite Lemon Pie.

But let me back up…I have a huge confession and obsession. I am a HUGE Joanna and Chip Gaines fan from HGTV Fixer Upper! My mom and I will watch them for hours. Their style is basically my style, everything they do I love. So when I came across Jo’s Favorite Lemon Pie recipe in their magazine…my inner obsession came out…

And I had to try it!

It is probably the best pie I have ever had. Hands down. I mean it’s rich, packed with flavor and lets say not legging pants wearing friendly…but perfect for a cheat day…or week. Whatever tickles your fancy…I will do a week cheat please!

Here is Jo’s Favorite Lemon Pie Recipe

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Did you know that they have a bakery called  Silos Baking Co.- Magnolia Market …I didn’t until I decide to be ‘nebby’ (Pittsburgh term for noisy) and google their website. Let’s just say that it is on my bucket list to visit and or course cure my killer sweet tooth.

Waco, Texas here I come…okay…maybe one day. But a girl can dream right?

I want to share with you some of my favorite items from their website that I have had my eye on for about…oh a week…

I love this Picnic & Tea Party SetI thought this would be perfect for Sophia when we have Tea Parties.

This Baseball Cap in green please! I am really into green this year…which was never really the case before.

I am really into this bag and also this bag as wellI do not need to chose just one…right?

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If you have some extra wiggle room on your weeks “to do list,” make this pie! It will not disappoint, but you have to like Lemon! Even if you don’t I am pretty sure this pie could turn your not a Lemon Lover!

Do you watch Chip and Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper?

 

Heart Shaped Strawberry Shortcakes

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I stayed up late last night to make Sophia these Heart Shaped Strawberry Shortcakes. We had a rough day together yesterday..if Sophia doesn’t nap she becomes a little bear, especially by bedtime rolls around. I wanted to make these to let her know that even though we had a rough day together that I still love her no matter what.

Plus, Sophia’s favorite shape is the heart.

These Strawberry Shortcakes are the best…so good! So I am happy to share this recipe with you!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup softened Butter

1/2 Cup Buttermilk

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

Directions:

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Cream together your Sugar and Butter, I originally used a hand held mixer, but I found it makes the Sugar and Butter lumpy. I ended up using a  rubber spatula to get everything incorporated.

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Add your Buttermilk and Vanilla. Using your rubber spatula mix everything together.

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I used my hand held mixer this time to mix up my ingredients. Mix well.

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Sift your Flour, Salt and Baking Powder into your wet ingredients. Using your Rubber Spatula mix all of your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients.

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Make sure you spray your Silicon Mold with Pam spray before filling them with batter. I used at 1/4 measuring cup to full the molds..personally I like my molds to be filled to about 3/4 of the way.

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They baked for about 18 minutes. You can stick a toothpick in the center of the Shortcake to see if it comes out clean OR my favorite way…touch the top Shortcake and if it springs back they are done baking.

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The Pam Spray helped so much to with getting the Shortcakes out of the molds.

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Cup up some strawberries!

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And Devour! They were so good (stomach growled)!

These little desserts were so easy to make and turned out so well! These would be perfect to make for your kids or that someone special in your life! This recipe is definitely going in my recipe book!

What is your favorite dessert to make?