Archive for July, 2011

Waterfall Braid

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

 

With the summer heat, your hair can be hard to manage. Keeping your hair down can be hot and sticky if you’re spending a lot of time outside with the little ones, and sometimes a plain ponytail just isn’t enough to quench our thirst for a fun, summery style. This is a very beautiful and fun variation of a French Braid that is perfect for moms, teens, tweens, and little girls! This style is great for any occasion, whether it be to a play date, strolling on the beach or a night out on the town. Revamp that original french braid with this super cool Waterfall – French Braid.

Instructions:

1. Separate front section to not be included in braid + tie
2. French braid top section leaving the section underneath free + straight
3. After each plait leave a little section under the braid
4. Continue until al the way across the back
5. Plait all the way down the length of the hair and tie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

PB & J Bars

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

 

 

Here’s a sweet twist on an enduring kid combo.  A layer of jam is sandwiched between a moist peanut butter crust and a crumbly peanut topping. YUMMY!

Ingredients

2-1/2 cups flour, plus more for the pan
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, at room temp
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1-1/2 cups seedless jam, such as raspberry
1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped
Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, then set aside.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter and both sugars intil well blended, about 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer spedd to low and add the vanilla, eggs and peanut butter. Beat them until well blended. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until a soft dough is formed.

3. Spread two thrids of the dough over the bottom of the prepared pan, then spread the jam evenly on top. Scatter small mounds of the remaining dough over the jam layer and sprinkle it with the peanuts.

4. Bake the dessert until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through, about 45 minutes. let the dessert cool before cutting into squares. Makes 18 bars.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1 bar): Calories350, total fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 6g (30% DV), Cholesterol 33mg (11% DV), Sodium 252mg (10% DV), Total Carohydrate 41g (14% DV),
Fiber 2g (9% DV), Sugars 26g, Protein 8g (15% DV).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sarah’s diet constists of 3 things:  Family, Fitness & Fun. As a mommy of 3 she has gotten creative in having them lend their little hands in the kitchen, as well as in their at home gym.  When the apron is off and the yoga mat has been put away Sarah enjoys a night on the town with her husband and friends.

Pop of Polish

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to ditch the dark, earthy tones for some pretty polishes that pop! In full bloom for the season are 6 new shades from Essie’s Summer Collection, including the gorgeous  Braziliant featured here.

No time in Mommy’s busy schedule for a mani/pedi? Simply apply two coats of this lovely lacquer and watch your nails beam to their full potential. Essie’s Nail Lacquer is chip resistant, long lasting and provides flawless coverage. So you can go ahead and Shine on into Summer.

To purchase Essie’s Brazialiant Polish, click here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Jessica is a mommy of two fabulous kiddos and two beautiful pups who enjoys all things fashion. She has several years of experience in the fashion industry working in Sales & Marketing. In her spare time she likes to work on art projects with her son, play dress up with her daughter and listen to her favorite music; Classic Rock. She also enjoys a mommy & daddy date night anytime Grammy is available.