Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day Looks from Rent the Runway

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Valentine's Day Outfits from Rent the Runway

Planning a special get together for Valentine's Day this year? Make sure to check out Rent the Runway for some amazing pieces from all your favorite designers! Plus right now they have an amazing sale going on where you can get 3 for the price of 1 for Valentine's Day weekend! Use code 3FOR1VDAY16 at the checkout!

Need some inspiration on the things you could get? Check out these gorgeous pieces that are sure to be a hit!

Aren't they beautiful? Check out Rent the Runway now for your Valentine's Day outfits!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Magic of Books and Clothes Combined + Sweepstakes!

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Shop the Little Golden Books Collection at Gymboree!

As a children's book author, I will always have a fondness in my heart for classic children's stories. So when Gymboree decided to make a line of baby clothes based off of famous children's books, I thought it was an adorable idea.

Shop the Little Golden Books Collection at Gymboree!

Gymboree is celebrating One Big Happy Storytime with the launch of a limited-edition baby collection featuring iconic characters from Little Golden Books. The Poky Little Puppy, The Fuzzy Duckling and The Shy Little Kitten all come to life in cute, cozy, giftable clothing and accessory sets.

There are so many different sets to choose from and I love them all. But my ultimate favorite is the Poky Puppy! I remember him from when I was little and my dad would read that book to me.

Enter to Win the Little Golden Books Sweepstakes at Gymboree!

As part of the Little Golden Books baby collection launch, Gymboree is also hosting a One Big Happy Storytime sweepstakes, giving away everything a family needs to make storytime extra special. You can enter for the chance to win over $2,000 in prizes, including Little Golden Books nursery bedding and décor from The Land of Nod, a set of Little Golden Books from Random House, and a $500 gift card from Gymboree. Fans can see rules and enter at  now through February 29; winners will be announced in March.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Tichels for January

I am a Wrapunzel Official Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

This year started off wonderfully for me because I am now an ambassador for one of my favorite companies, Wrapunzel! If you've never heard of them, you're certainly missing out on a lot. Wrapunzel sells gorgeous tichels and accessories for women who wrap their hair. Since I wrap my hair daily, I love to express myself in my wraps. And Wrapunzel makes it so easy to do since they have a plethora of choices!

My first wrap that I was able to do was from the Signature Scarf. The color I received was the Light version which was more pastel colors. This tichel was a bit silky so it took me a little longer to be able to get the folds just right but I pleated it anyways!

I really loved how it gave such definition with it's pleats since it's full of different colors. It looked like I had a lot of scarves on my head when in fact it was just one.

The second tichel I received was the Layers of Love scarf. This one is another fun scarf to play with since it has different animal patterns on it. In my style, I pleated it in the front leaving 3 different layers by my face and then I added a headband that had gold in it. I then tied it on the side and brought both sides over to my shoulder.

This scarf is really big but it's easy to work with, plus it's lightweight. It's a wonderful tichel for fall because of the colors but also it's great for spring since it's airy.

The third tichel I received was the Watercolor Dream and it's as beautiful as a painting! It looks like a peacock so when I put it on I really was a crazy bird lady for the day! This tichel is also very lightweight and easy to manage. I pleated it in the front again but this time I added a gorgeous pin on the side. I love how the golds in the scarf came out with the pin attached.

This scarf was so comfortable to wear and my husband has told me it's the most beautiful one I own too.

The final tichel I received was the gorgeous Florabunda scarf. When I saw this pashmina, I knew it was going to be a favorite. And I got so many compliments on it too! For my wrap, it was a simple one where I folded one side over and tucked it in. I left one tail out and added a gorgeous sparkle headband.

Even though this scarf is thicker, it's a gorgeous one and it's easy to maneuver. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it and discovering that purple actually looks good on me!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new tichels for this month! And make sure to follow me on Instagram @kbwhiskey because I post my tichels daily on my channel. And I'll be doing a new post for February with more tichels too!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5 Low-Calorie Egg Recipes @BlueSkyEggs #EthicalEggs #FreeRange #PastureRaised

Eating eggs is a wonderful way to support a healthy lifestyle and muscle development. However, in a world full of delicious recipes for sausage casserole or eggs benedict smothered in hollandaise, it never hurts to try a few simple and low-calorie options.

Poached Egg Over Smoked Salmon and Greens 

This recipe is so simple, you can easily make it for a quick weekday breakfast. The egg and smoked salmon provide high-quality proteins as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. The greens (we suggest spinach or micro-greens) add some fiber and vitamins. Place the greens on a small plate, top with 1-2 ounces of smoked salmon, then top the salmon with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper.
• 1 poached Blue Sky Family Farms Free Range or Pasture Raised egg (70 calories),
• 1-2 ounces of smoked salmon (approximately 33-100 calories)
• Half a cup of micro-greens or spinach, ray or wilted (2 calories)
• *Total = 107-190 calories

Baked Eggs With Veggies 

It can be difficult sometimes to get enough vegetables into your diet, but we think adding them to eggs is easy and tasty. Not only is this recipe delicious, but it can be customized to use whatever veggies you like and have on hand. Grease the inside of a ramekin with half a teaspoon of olive oil. Add ¼ to ½ cup of the vegetables of your choice such as bell peppers, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, or onion. Next, gently crack a room-temperature egg on top. Place the ramekin on a baking sheet in a 350° oven until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft, approximately 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
• ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil (20 calories)
• ¼ - ½ cup of veggies (10-25 calories)
• 1 Blue Sky Family Farms Free Range or Pasture Raised egg (70 calories)
• Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of crumbled or shredded cheese (20-80 calories)
• *Total = 100-195 calories

Breakfast Taco 

Sometimes a little spice in the morning is just the thing to get you going. This breakfast taco is surprisingly simple, but has loads of flavor. Start with one small tortilla (we recommend whole grain), and add a few tablespoons of your favorite salsa. Heat up half a teaspoon of olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan and start cooking your egg. Both scrambled or fried style eggs are delicious in this recipe, so choose what sounds best to you. While your egg is cooking, heat up ¼ to ⅓ of canned black beans spiced with cumin. Add the black beans and egg to your tortilla and top with ¼ of a small avocado chopped into cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
• 1 small tortilla (50-100 calories)
• 2-3 tablespoons salsa (12 calories)
• ¼ - ½ cup black beans (50-75 calories)
• ½ teaspoon cumin (0 calories)
• ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (20 calories)
• 1 Blue Sky Family Farms Free Range or Pasture Raised egg (70 calories)
• ¼ small, ripe avocado (35-50 calories)
• *Total = 237-327 calories

Herbed Egg Salad on Cucumber 

This recipe savory, refreshing, and very convenient. It can be made ahead of time for quick snacks or lunches. Roughly chop 2-3 chilled hard boiled eggs and add them to a small mixing bowl. Add 1-2 tablespoons of finely diced red onion, a dash of garlic powder, minced fresh dill and oregano, salt, pepper, and 1-2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise. Mix up all the ingredients and store the egg salad in the refrigerator. Slice a large cucumber into slices and store in the refrigerator in a container of cold water. When you’re ready for a quick meal, dry off the cucumber slices and top with the egg salad.
• 2-3 hard boiled Blue Sky Family Farms eggs (140-210 calories)
• Garlic powder, fresh dill, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste (5 calories)
• 1-2 tablespoons of diced red onion (4-8 calories)
• 1-2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise (35-100 calories)
• 1 cup cucumber slices (8 calories)
• *Total = 192-327 calories

Mini Spinach, Mushroom, & Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust 

Quiche is delicious, but it often includes ingredients like heavy cream, buttery crust, and high-calorie meats and cheeses. This mini quiche takes a lighter approach. Peel a sweet potato, cut it in half depending on the size, and grate it into large shreds. Grease a ramekin with ½ a teaspoon of olive oil and press the sweet potato shreds into the bottom and sides. Roughly chop ¼ cup of mushrooms and steam them until they are lightly cooked through. Add ½ cup of baby spinach to the steamer and cook until the leaves are wilted. In a small mixing bowl, scramble 1-2 eggs. Add the mushrooms and spinach to the egg mixture and stir until incorporated. Pour into the sweet potato crust and top with 1-2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese. Bake on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven for 15-20 minutes until the egg mixture is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.

• ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (20 calories)
• ⅓ cup sweet potato shreds (38 calories)
• ¼ cup chopped mushrooms (4 calories)
• ½ cup baby spinach (3 calories)
• 1-2 Blue Sky Family Farms Free Range or Pasture Raised eggs (70-140 calories)
• 1-2 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles (20-40 calories)
• *Total = 155-245 calories

*Actual calories will vary based on portion sizes and exact ingredients.

With all these amazing egg recipes, it's important to know that not all eggs are the same. Did you know that 93% off the eggs that are in the supermarket come from chickens who are kept in small cages for their entire lives. They have never even been outside. That's animal cruelty and I refuse to be a part of it. There's a better and more humane way to take care of chickens to make sure they produce eggs and that's being pasture raised or free range. Blue Sky Family Farms makes sure their chickens are pasture raised which is the best and most humane way to raise chickens.

So the next time you're in the supermarket buying eggs, think about this. Would you like to be kept in a room the size of a closet for your whole life?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Duck Wears Diapers...Why Couldn't I? #underwareness

Growing up, there were always taboo subjects in my house. The birds and the bees, personal feelings about things, women problems, etc. If it was embarrassing, it usually wasn't discussed. And that normally meant that it wasn't dealt with correctly. 

One of those subjects was bladder leakage. I remember as a teenager my family went to Universal Studios in Orlando. While we were walking into the front entrance of the theme park, my aunt told a joke and made my mom laugh. For some reason it really hit my mom hard because she laughed so hard that she peed herself right there in the middle of the entrance. Then out of embarrassment she dropped down on the ground and covered her head as she continued to laugh. To this day I remember that but I also remember that my mom never tried to deal with the problem.

After having Mary, I too started to have bladder leakage. I'm not sure if it has something to do with birthing a child but I would wake up in the middle of the night to see that I had completely wet the bed, mattress and all. It was horribly embarrassing especially since my husband and I had only been married for a little over a year. But I dealt with the situation until I finally got control over my body again.

I'm here to tell you that bladder leakage is something that should be discussed. Did you know that more women in their 20's have bladder control problems than women in their 80's? And sometimes it can be an underlying problem causing it.

Depend is for people of all ages and bladder leakage is a condition that affects millions of people. They provide discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back. And Depend brand has newly introduced Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a new moderate-absorbency brief featuring a thin design for complete comfort and the trusted protection of the Depend brand. Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise for an underwear-like look, fit and feel. As a category first, the product is available in black and beige colors.

Although I don't have bladder control problems anymore, I used to and I am not ashamed to say that I used products like this to help. There is no shame in dealing with a problem!

Depend is entering year two of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, the Depend brand is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

If you have bladder leakage or if you just want to help support the cause, I highly suggest you check out Underwareness to find out more information and also sign up for a free sample.

I personally believe that no one should be ashamed to wear Depends Briefs if they need to. If my duck can wear diapers, then you can wear Depends briefs too!

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