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Surprise!

It has been awhile since my last post because I have been so busy! With graduation coming up on May 12 and interning with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, I have not stopped. These past few weeks have been even more special because my beautiful mother just got engaged to a wonderful man who loves the Lord and has an incredible family. All I find myself saying each day is “God you are just so amazingly good to me.”

My father passed away about 8 years ago to cancer, and it really has taken some time for things to feel right again. I am so thankful to welcome such wonderful and inspiring older siblings and new cousins! Easter was a great family gathering this year that gave us all the opportunity to finally see each other again and enjoy the company of family. My niece was such a cutie pie in her polka-dot, smocked dress. My sister is one incredible wife and mother. Sometimes you have to take a step back and remember how blessed you are.

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Scent you cannot deny :)

Voluspa Candles will provide you with the ultimate fragrance luxury. From the moment you illuminate one you will notice why these candles are made from the purest high grade ingredients. The fragrance comes through perfectly, lingering in the air even after the candle has been extinguished. And because of the high quality of the ingredients, the fragrances are pure, clean and refreshing. Once you’ve burned Voluspa Candles, you may not want to burn anything else.

 

A little history…

In the myth of ancient mythology, Voluspa means “goddess of wisdom” and to experience Voluspa Candles is to indulge oneself with luxurious fragrances that delight all of the senses. Creating the perfect gift was the original goal, but the candles soon became one of the first choices in candles for many, including celebrities such as Katherine Heigl, Jessica Simpson, Nick Verreos, Kevin Zegers, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry. Kevin Sorbo, Nicole Eggert, Paula Abdul, Tori Spelling and Steven Speilberg. Voluspa is known for having top quality waxes and fragrances, but now they have out-shined themselves with some amazing new candles and a new wax that yields even richer fragrances and exhibits a more even burn.

The founders of Voluspa, Troy and Traci Arntsen, met when Troy was hired on as Traci’s boss at an essentials company where she was employed in 1999. There was an immediate attraction between them that blossomed quickly. Before long, Troy and Traci had left their jobs and started a highly successful company that came into play after Troy and Traci made their first scented candle in their own kitchen. They are now married and recently became the proud parents of a baby girl.

Through Troy’s engineering technical background and Traci’s knowledge of botany, along with her passion for tantalizing aromas, the two have made a name for themselves among the candle and fragrance industry. They recently created a creamy coconut base wax combined with soy and apricot that enhances fragrances, leaves a lasting scent for days, produces an extraordinary glow and burns more evenly and longer than even soy based waxes. Inspired by traditional candle-making formulas, Voluspa spent a lot of time mastering their unique new blend of wax and are one of the first in the industry to use coconut wax in candles.

Voluspa Candles can be found in the most prestigious shops around the world and this includes the three newer Maison lines that are both unique and familiar: Blanc, Noir and Rouge. Each of these lines consist of brand new scents along with some of the more popular scents that were carried over from the basic collections and they have all new packaging of embellished collages of vintage and modern artwork. With the new and acquainted scents, finest wax, elaborate packaging, tall innovating looking ceramic candles and additional ingenious shapes and sizes, Voluspa has surpassed their own highest standards that were already exclusive in the realm of home fragrance.

(candleluxury.com)

Smoothie Recipe: Pomegrante & Dates

Serves: 12 persons

Ingredients

4 cups pomegranate juice, bottled or 1000 g
300 g date paste
1 tin Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk or 395 g
1¾ cups skimmed yoghurt or 320 g, frozen
600 g ice, crushed

Preparation

Combine all the ingredients together in a blender except the crushed ice.

Blend for 5 minutes until smooth; pour the ice and blend again for 2 minutes.

Serve in a large chilled glass.

Enjoy!

Southern Hats

“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” (Martha Sliter)

“Femininity says it all.  Bows, ruffles, and ruching detail frothy concoctions.  Crochet, lace, eyelet, sheers, and satin seem so right.  Flowers and other botanical inspirations send an inspiring pattern message with a myriad of 3D floral accents as well as pearls, luxuriously long necklines, romantic hair accessories, ballet flats, and kitten hells are the icing on the cake.”(BKM)

Strawberry Liqueur!

Qream is such a delicious treat when it comes to making tasteworthy mixed drinks! Available in strawberry or peach, this first-of-its-kind liqueur can be served on the rocks, chilled in a martini glass or deliciously baked into cupcakes, pastries and more. The choices are all delicious.The strawberry version’s taste is of ripe, sweet strawberry and fresh cream, followed  by light tropical notes, a silky texture and a touch of warmth from the  premium vodka, resulting in a clean full bodied finish, with a whisper  of vanilla. The peach flavor’s taste is creamy, with peachy sweet top-notes  balanced by exotic tropical fruit nectar, a silky cream texture and the  brightness of premium vodka spirit.

Strawberry Qream Recipe!

3 1/2oz.Strawberry Qream™ 1/2oz.

Godiva Chocolate Vodka cocoa powder (optional)

 1 Strawberry (optional)

Combine Strawberry Qream™ and vodka in an ice-filled shaker. Stir well. Strain into a cocoa powder-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice (optional).

Scouted..trendy bags for moms!

My sister, who just had a daughter, received a Petunia Pickle Bottom bag and they are priceless! Petunia Pickle Bottom is a name that has become synonymous with sophistication, a fearless sense of style, and baby products that appeal to the chic and fashion-forward mommy and daddy. Beyond their Original Collection of blankets, diaper bags and layette sets, they also offer Cake by Petunia and Scout by PPB diaper bag collections for moms and dads respectively. Their baby blankets come in several styles and their baby slings will make toting baby comfortable and stylish. Shop the trusted name of Petunia Pickle Bottom and let their vision and style become your own.

Summer Jerk Chicken!

In lieu of spring break and summer seasons approaching, I decided to post a new recipe that is delicious in every way! This dish is also very healthy. It is around 210 calories with only 5 grams of fat. Hope you enjoy this dish and this nice weather!

Servings: 3

Serving Size: 1 chicken breast

Calories: 210
Fat: 5 g
Carbs: 2 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 24 g
Here are your ingredients:
3 boneless chicken breasts
2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup of green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 habanero pepper, chopped
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
Placed chicken in a medium bowl.  Cover with lime juice, pineapple juice and water.  Set aside.  In a blender or food processor, place allspice, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, thyme, ginger, black pepper and vegetable oil.  Blend well, then mix in onions, green onions, garlic and habanero pepper until almost smooth.  Pour over chicken mixture and let marinade for a minimum of 2 hours in the refrigerator.
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the marinated chicken with juices into a baking dish and cover.  Bake for 35 to 40 minuntes and garnish with a lime.
ENJOY!

Something so sweet about trendy little clothes :)

Biscotti & Kate Mack

Luxurious fabrics, a sprinkling of rosettes, and a playful ruffle are just some of the details that make Biscotti and Kate Mack clothing so memorable.Biscotti and Kate Mack have perfectly captured the enchantment of childhood with romantic and charming dress collections since 1986.

After many years of being known primarily for beautiful special occasion dresses, our other divisions, Kate Mack and baby biscotti have grown to be just as popular!

As a testament to the innovative designs and superior quality that Biscotti, Inc. provides, the company has repeatedly won industry awards for Best Dresses, Best girls’ Swimwear and Best Girls’ Outerwear.

Bernadette Reiss, Head Designer and owner, is dedicated to creating unique dresses, swimwear, sportswear and outerwear that combine timeless elegance with a modern flair, destined to please both the youngest customer and the fashion conscious young teen. Our collections are sold around the world. We have retailers in the U.K., Ireland, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Canada, Russia, the Middle East, Japan and China.

Swedish Comfy Clothing!

Hanna Andersson is grand stop to catch high quality, all cotton apparel focused mainly for newborns. It is founded by a Swedish woman a resident of US, who has named the company after her grandmother. The company was established on Portland in 1983. The founder of Hanna Andersson Company was Gun Denhart and Tom Denhart. They are into manufacturing clothing for the whole family, specializing mainly on children’s clothes. There is also some unisex clothing including sweats, long johns, t-shirts and turtlenecks. The fabric for short and long johns is 100% organic cotton which is certified by European ecological process called ko-Tex Standard 100. Shoppers will find lots of patterned prints, soft pants, floppy hats, canvas jackets, pullovers, socks tights made of washable fabric. Kid’s shoes go by European sizing and women’s shoes uses US sizing. The clothes are sold in clusters so that consumers can procure numerous pieces to mix and match. Hanna Andersson’s petite stockholm collection contains long printed skirts, petite soft blazers and cropped pants. Hanna Andersson Children’s Foundation builds a brighter future for vulnerable children. They provide grants to many schools and other non profits organizations that cater to children’s requirements every year. The part of the profit made by the company is contributed to this Children’s foundation. The organization was established in 2001. Hanna Andersson garments are a nice blend of functionality, comfort and style.

(http://www.hannaandersson.com/home.asp?cchkrd)

Can't wait to buy some oh Hannah Anderson's pieces for my little ruru one day!

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Spring Read!

For Esme With Love & Squalor

 

I stumbled across a list of wonderful short stories that are so beautiful. One that everyone kept commenting on was called “For Esme With love and Squalor. The story is about a soldier who befriends a young girl in England before heading off to D-Day. They keep in touch even as time grinds on and both lose much of the innocence they had on first meeting in a cafe, when after the little girl leaves the soldier reflects. It is a truly moving story that I encourage everyone to read! Maybe even over spring break, while resting on the beach!