Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yummy In My Tummy: Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins!

Hey everyone! this is my first food recipe that I will be sharing.  As you know I have decided to make this a lifestyle blog so I am going to incorporate yummy healthy recipes and some fitness topics. 

I made this yummy recipe yesterday, as a mom I always want my kids to eat their veggies and we all know that sometimes does not work out the way we want and they often turn their nose without even trying.  So as a way to have some veggies in their diet I found this recipe from Fresh Mama I really love Lilias food blog because it has simple, delicious, and easy to make healthy recipes (you must check her out).

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line muffin tins with liners (a great job for little ones)
2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, and zucchini.
2. In a different bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full, then sprinkle with 3-4 chocolate chips/muffin.
6. Bake for 22-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Allow to cool on wire rack. Cool completely if freezing. 


This recipe makes a whopping 24 muffins so it is great if you have a birthday or an event where you have to bring something.  The kids absolutely loved these and they couldn't even tell that they had zucchini in the muffin which a great for me... I think I will incorporate grated zucchini in more baked goods.

I hope you really enjoy this post.

Have a great weekend

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Stripes And Wedges!

There have been a lot of things going on in my life I am pursuing a new direction in my life.  I have decided to become a Beach Body Coach.  I have always loved fitness and recently I decided to take the plunge and go for it, and it has taken up a little of my time, that is why I have not posted in a little while... I have also had to travel for work making it extra hard to take pictures and do a blog post.  I will post but not as frequently as I used to until I get off the ground with my coaching.  I feel that with everything that I have on my plate I am trying to balance everything as much as I can.  I hope you understand and you stick with me.  I am going to find a way to integrate both my coaching/fitness into the blog since I want this to be a lifestyle blog.

On to the outfit... this was a quick little weekend outfit I out together casual yet chic.  The fabulous necklace that I have on I won from one of my favorite accessories store Sira & Mara each month they choose a fan of the month and I was lucky enough to get chosen.

 I just loves these shoes, I paid less than $20 bucks for them and they are one of the most comfortable shoes I own.

Pants: Old Navy, Shirt: H&M, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: c/o Sira&Mara, Purse: c/o Naughty Monkey, Hat: It's Fashion, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Watch: MK

This necklace is absolutely fabulous! It makes any outfit instant chic.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Work Chic!!

 I love a comfy chic outfit and nothing says that more than the track pants.  I have had these for a while and I just LOVE them!! you can dress them dress up for work or dress them down for a night out.  For this outfit I wanted something comfy and chic to go to work so I paired my track pants with my white peplum top added a pair of blue pumps and this FAB necklace for Stella & Dot that my friend Danielle (who is also my Stella & Dot stylist) picked out for me.  I mean doesn't this outfit scream comfy chic... I love love love it I think that it's the most comfy I had been in a little while.

 Top: It's Fashion (old), Pants: Leith via Nordstrom (old), Shoes: Cato Fashions, Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot, Clutch: c/o Naughty Monkey, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Watch: MK

How FAB is this necklace?? To get yours go to Stella & Dot and act fast because they have Dot dollars going on right now!!! 

Hope you have a fabulous week!!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting A Little Personal With The Liebster Award!

A huge thank you to Lil from Fresh Mama for nominating me for The Liebster Award.  This Award is a super fun way to find new blogs and support new bloggers.  

Now the rules for the Liebster award are simple
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you
2. Answer 11 questions asked by the blogger
3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself
4. Nominate 5 or more bloggers
5. Let all of the nominees know they have been nominated
6. Write 11 new questions for your nominees

So let's get to the questions from Lil.

1. What is your favorite color? Blue any shade I used to think that it was Pink or Red but looking at my closet I have a lot of shades of Blue. 

2. What do you find to be the most difficult part of writing a blog? finding the time with 2 toddlers to take pictures and do outfit posts. I will do it sometimes during my lunch hour.

3. What is one part of the world you hope to visit someday? I would love to go to Europe, I want to see the eiffel tower.

4. What has blogging brought into your life that is unique and special? I am connecting and building relationships everyday with new and exciting people from all walks of life.  This to me is the best part, to have a connection with someone who's blog you follow and connect with them without ever meeting them.

5. Do you have a habit that drives your loved ones crazy? I guess maybe that I am always checking my phone.

6.  What is one food you eat as often as possible? Sushi.... I love Sushi.

7. What life experience has impacted you the most? This is a tough one, but I would have to say experiencing the birth of my children.  Talk about a life changing experience, this is a love that I have never had experience until I held them for the first time.

8. Do you have a hidden talent? I am not sure if this is a hidden talent I am an avid baker.  I love to bake and I am always looking for new recipes.

9. If you could have lived in a past era, what would it be? I would have to say the 50s because I would have love to meet Marilyn Monroe.  On weekends after the kids go down for their nap I like to watch old Marilyn Monroe movies.

10. Name one blog which inspires you the most? I love love love Marion's blog Marionberry Style when I first read her blog it was a time in my life where I wasn't feeling good about myself, I had 2 kids back to back I had not lost the weight I gained.  I was feeling frumpy and just not great about myself and it reflected in what I wore. When I started reading her blog it made me feel good... it made me laugh... it gave me some insight and tips on how to get to my old self again. She used to have the trend of month challenges where she would list a trend and you would have to come up with an outfit.  as a reader I always read and thought how I would've styled it... so that is when I decided that I wanted to start a blog.

11. What is your middle name? my middle name is Ailene

Random Facts:
1. I was born in Arecibo Puerto Rico
2. I was prom queen in my high school prom (and I may or may not still have my
3. I speak spanish and english
4. I can understand portuguese
5. I love to cook
6.  I move from New Jersey to North Carolina 8 years ago
7. I have over 50 pairs of shoes (I know, I know)
8. I am left handed
9. I am now a fitness junkie
10. I LOVE coffee
11. I have a little obsession with online shopping

I hope you enjoyed today's post.
Here are my questions:
1.  What part of blogging do you like best?
2.  what season do you like best?
3.  if you could go back in time would you change anything?
4.  do you have any pets?
5.  what is your favorite food?
6.  if you could live anywhere in there worked where would it be?
7.  outside of blogging what else do you like to do?
8.  what is your favorite item in your closet right now?
9.  do you have a nickname?
10.  what is your favorite store to shop at?
11.  where were you born?

Here are my 3 gals
Betty from My Friend Betty Says

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

From Work Chic To Mommy Chic

SO I know I mentioned this on my last post (I kinda hit the publish button instead of the save button before I even sent her the post) but I am so happy to be doing a guest post for one of my favorite bloggers Erika from Lola Blue Style. Today we are talking about a simple chic, working mom on the go outfit. 

An easy mom on the go outfit is a no brainer for me.  I need something that I can wear to work and that I can quickly change into flats to take the kids to the park or if I need to run to the supermarket, and let’s be honest I can’t sit here and try to tell you that I will run around and chase 2 toddler boys around in heels. So I need and outfit that will be a 2 for 1.  In this outfit I am wearing a loose top with a pair of boyfriend chinos, I added the t-strap heels for work (and you will see flats in pictures below for the mommy role after work) I love these boy chino from Old Navy they are so comfy and you can style them so many different ways, you will see more of these in the posts to come. 

Shirt: Forever21, Pants: Old Navy, Shoes: BCBG via TJ Maxx, Watch: MK, Bracelets: Cato, Necklace: Ily Couture, Purse: MK via TJ Maxx, Sunnies: Ray-Ban
For instant mommy chic add a pair of cute flats and you are ready to go. 

Hope you are having a fabulous week. 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Simplicity Is Key

 Hey Loves today's post will also be featured on one of my favorite blogger's website, Erika from Lola Blue Style has amazing style and when she wanted guest bloggers I just knew I wanted to sign up.  Go check out Erika and all that she is up to, she is also the owner of Lola Blue the Closet jewelry boutique that has amazing affordable accessories.

Simplicity for me is key when raising 2 toddler boys and holding a full time job, easy go to outfit that I can get ready fast and look chic at the same time.  Sometimes for me the simplest outfit is the most comfortable, it is not about how much you can add on to make the outfit shine.  What makes the outfit and person wearing stand out is the attitude that person puts forth.  I am keeping it simple for this weekday outfit, I went with my mint polka dot pants and a mustard shirt and to keep everything neutral I went with brown accents in my shoes and necklace (I did have a blue jean jacket that is not pictured).  And because I am still obsessed with my MK purse I did not change that.  To keep it in the simple frame of mind I went with my natural hair (maybe I look a bit like the lion king) but I love the natural waves and volume I feel it gives the outfit an extra touch. 

 Shirt: H&M, Pants: Target, Shoes: Madden Girl via Belk, Watch: MK, Bracelets: Cato, Necklace: Piperlime, Purse: MK via TJ Maxx

I wanted to let you guys know that I am changing the blog from a fashion and beauty blog to a personal lifestyle blog.  I feel this way I can bring more topics to the table and it will give me and you more variety.  Thank you for all your support this past year and I know that things have been a little slow around here (blog) but I am working on some new things that has taken up a little bit of my time.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Abstract Floral Pants!

Hey Loves! I have never been big on shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshall's mainly because I feel like you always have to dig to find the good stuff and let's be honest as a mom of 2 I really do not have that time.... But lately i have been obsessed with TJ Maxx I have found shoes, bags, and workout gear.  When I was in Orlando for a work trip I went with my grandmother to TJ Maxx and as we were walking these pants caught my eye and when I check they were my size so I decided to try them on and I am glad I did I love them they are light weight and the print is just amazing the best part is that they were less than $20 bucks!!

Blazer: H&M, Shirt: Old Navy, Pants, Shoes, Purse: Tahari, BCBG, MK all via TJ Maxx, Sunnies: Ray-Ban

 Style Tip: Turn this work outfit to an instant night on the town outfit by taking off the blazer and adding a cute clutch and you are good to go.

Have a good long holiday weekend!! 

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