The Way to a Man's Heart...

is through his stomach...especially with surprise colorful fancy donuts on his birthday morning. :)

I can't wait to get these for him for years to come...and for our future babies. :)


Love This: Arctic Zero

Oh my! Yesterday I experienced the awesomeness of Arctic Zero for the first time - WOW! I tried the chocolate and not only was it nutritious, but it was beyond delicious and satisfying. I will never crave 'real' ice cream again - I have a feeling my love for Arctic Zero is going to turn into a delicious addiction. :)

 I think I am going to have to try another flavor tonight - mint chocolate chip or vanilla maple? Decisions, decisions. :)

What are your favorite flavors?

Nutritional Information
1/2 cup - 4 Servings per container
Calories 37
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g 
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Fiber 2g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 3.4g



Loving 'Pull My Heart Away' by Jack Penate.

Happy weekend :)

I Love Birthdays

Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law!

She is truly fabulous inside and out. I am so lucky to have her in my life.


1st Time in a Music Video

The long anticipated music video for Marc Broussard's - Only Everything is finally finished! Our five seconds of fame is here - goosebumps!!! :)

I previously blogged about the new Cruel video - this one blows it out of the water. So thankful to have this forever.

What do you think?


Daydreaming of the Desert

Only 2 short months till we are in Arizona. I absolutely love the desert.

Can't wait for sunshine, hiking Pinnacle Peak, golf, beautiful sunsets, great food and

Saguaro cactuses. :)


Lilly Under $150

Loving some Lilly. Especially at the somewhat reasonable price of $150 or less...

I practically have this entire outfit in one form another - even her hair - now I just need the dress. :)

This dress looks crazy comfortable and pretty trendy for Lilly.

Loving this shirt dress - easily takes your from work to play.

I NEED this dress to take me into Fall - love the blue and white - so classic.


Love This: Marc Broussard - Cruel

Marc Broussard's new music video, 'Cruel', directed by my good friends at Airloom Entertainment.

The Boukadakis brothers are beyond talented, I still watch our amazing wedding video weekly (ok, sometimes multiple times a day). 

I can't wait to see the next Marc Broussard video to come out, Only Everything. A few special clips from our wedding video are going to be included in it. SO EXCITING!!!!

1st Homemade Burger

To me, nothing says summer like a juicy homemade hamburger. The hubby and I attempted our 1st homemade burgers and I have to say - they were pretty outstanding!

1 lb 96/4 Ground Beef
1 Onion
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 serving of Egg Beaters
3/4 cup Special K Protein Plus

  1. Put cereal into food processor for a few seconds.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Separate mixture into 4 equal amounts.
  4. Roll into balls and flatten out to about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Throw the patties on the grill and enjoy.

I paired the juicy patty with a Nature's Own Whole Wheat Sandwich Roll - only 130 calories per roll. We played a round of golf before dinner, so for a little extra treat - a serving of Oreida Steak Fries for 110 calories.

Nutritional Information
1 patty - Recipe makes 4, 4oz patties
Calories 180
Total Fat 5.5g
  Saturated Fat 2g 
Sodium 154mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Fiber 2g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 29g

This entire meal totaled 420 calories - not bad for a burger and fries! Definitely a new summer favorite and I HIGHLY recommend the recipe. :)



I am loving this wedding that is currently featured on Style Me Pretty. Not only is her dress gorgeous but I am head over heels in love with her hair. It's simple and classic but a little spunky at the same time - fabulous.

I don't know of many girls that would have the courage to wear a high bun on their wedding, but she did and it's lovely. I wonder what other hair styles she was considering?

2 Month Anniversary

I was out of town on a work trip last week and missed our 2 month wedding anniversary. Sad. I can't believe it has already been 2 months since our magical day!

I don't think either one of us stopped smiling all weekend. :)

I was surprised with these beauties when I got home - the biggest roses I have ever seen!

I wonder how long we will continue to celebrate our anniversary on a month-to-month basis? :)


Before & After: Console Table



You can never have too many Audrey Hepburn books,


cookbooks or white accessories.

What are your favorite items to accessorize with?


1st Soup

    gaz·pa·cho: a Spanish-style soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices, served cold. -- It's delicious, easy to make and will impress your friends too.

3 cups V8 Spicy Hot Low Sodium Vegetable Juice
4 Plum Tomatoes
1 Cucumber, seedless
1 Green Bell Peppers, cored and seeded
1 Red Onion
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
Black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or basil as desired

  1. Roughly chop cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes and red onions into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Combine all ingredients into blender or food processor and puree, do not over process.
  3. Cover and chill for 2+ hours.
Nutritional Information
1 cup - Recipe makes approximately 10 cups
Calories 35
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g 
Sodium 74mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Fiber 2g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 1g

Can't wait to take it to family dinner, my mother-in-law is going to love it!


The Maldives

Daydreaming of sitting on the beach at the Maldives with a good book, the hubby and maybe even a nice glass of chilled chardonnay. Oh, what fun we would have and how lovely it would be.


I hope to visit someday before they are no longer. TGIF! :)


1st Cookie - No bueno

I was so excited to try a cookie recipe after the wonderful succes of my 1st Baking Experience, but the Low-fat Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe I tried did not turn out so great. They tasted like...well, baked oatmeal. Bummer.

Below is the recipe I followed, I am going to try them again with a little tweaking and hopefully they will taste more like...a cookie! :)

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flower
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup raisin
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 tsp nutmeg

  • Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Mix together oatmeal, whole wheat flour, soda and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, honey, and vanilla. Beat in the dry mixture until just blended. Fold in raisins.
  4. Roll in small bowls and smash to 1/4" thickness on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes.
Nutritional Information
1 serving - Recipe makes approximately 12 cookies
Calories 113
Total Fat 1g
  Saturated Fat 0g 
Sodium 52mg
Potassium 11g
Total Carbohydrate 24g
  Fiber 2g
  Sugars 12g
Protein 3g


Beat the Heat Golf Outfit

I have never really put too much thought into what I wear while outside except to make sure I have the following:
  - hat
  - sunscreen
  - sunglasses
  - light colors
Well, that was before the heat wave of 2011. We are currently at 2 weeks over 100 degrees and that's just the temperature! Heat index = insane.

I quickly figured out that I was not equipped to battle this heat on the driving range for much longer than 5 minutes in my cotton skirt and cotton sleeveless polo. Not only was I dying from the heat but I also felt like my skin was frying. 

I remembered that I had a long-sleeve Swing sun protection golf shirt with cooling technology.

Ooooooo, much better. :) I wore it the next time out and it felt great - but then I realized I needed more than 1 shirt and unfortunately these Swing shirts are no longer being made. The first shirt I ordered was the Intrepid Half Zip from Athleta. I had never ordered anything from there, but I like the Gap and Banana so I figured it was a safe bet.

Loved it! I was cool, protected from the sun AND cute - the ruching is a lovely touch of flair. Next up, I ordered the Cool Rules 1/2 Zip from Columbia. I had never ordered anything from them either, but they are a leader in outdoor gear so I figured it was an ok decision.

Heavenly!!!! :) There is some mesh on the front and back that allows for ventilation and it feels awesome! This is my new favorite shirt and I can't wait to get another one.

Of course, I needed some cooler feeling skirts too. The hubby won a golf tournament, so I used his winnings of pro shop credit to pick up a few Nike Tech Golf Skorts. A white, khaki, and black.

Wonderfully amazing! I thought I was in heaven with the Columbia shirt - combine the two and I can practice for hours in this heat! :) Then my mother-in-law surprised me with one more Nike skirt - with pleates!

Take that heat wave of 2011! :)

What are some of your favorites for beating the heat and staying protected from the sun?

Sweetwater Spice Strikes Again

There is a new favorite in our house, Sweetwater Spice Company! Their delicious brine's have put a whole new twist on grilling AND they are a Texas company - always a plus in my book. nom nom nom :)

Last week we tried the Smoked Habanero brine and it was outstanding! The hubby surprised me and picked up a different flavor, Tres Chilies, AMAZING!

"A little more spice than the mild Apple Chipotle, the Tres Chilies derives a smokey flavor from mesquite smoked salt (no smoke flavoring) and smoked chilies."
- Sweetwater Spice Company

Can't wait for another grilling out night!



They're here!!! The Great Barstool Search is officially over! Hubby surprised me and put them together - I can't wait to get home and see them for myself. :)

Oooooo...ahhhhhhh...eeeeeeeek! :) What do you think?

A Settee for Me

The time has come for us to need two couches. Seems a little silly since we have only been married for two months but I am ready for a spot to call my own on these hot summer days. In our living room we currently have 1 couch and 2 club chairs from the Pottery Barn Manhattan Collection.

Absolutely love the set, but they are ironically from the Hubby's Manhattan apartment and the couch is a bit narrow for two people to lounge and enjoy a movie. We contemplated getting a second couch, but I didn't want to block our three sets of french doors that lead to the patio. Then I was cruising the sales at Williams-Sonoma and I saw this very familiar set up...

why didn't I think of a settee!? :) We ordered it in Espresso to match the couch - hopefully the upholstery goes well with the leather. She should arrive sometime today!


Post Wedding Haircut

It seems a lot of brides can't wait to give their hair a healthy chop-chop after the wedding day. After months of keeping mine longer than normal, highlights, and up-do's...I am in a for a generous cut!

Below is the only picture from our honeymoon where I was brave enough to wear my hair down. Sad. :(

I have been loving Jennifer Aniston's new hair style.

After seeing her in July issue of Marie Claire, I am going for it. So excited! :)

Did you have a drastic post wedding day haircut?

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