Homemade Graham Crackers

31 March 2013

graham crackers without butter
Graham crackers are one of those snacks that will never go out of style with me and my family.  Of course it started when I was younger when I would eat them crushed into milk as cereal and also sandwiched with peanut butter, Ihave since handed down this love to my kids. The stuff is delicious. Crumbly deliciousness in a box. However most boxes found out there these days are packed full of hydrogenated oils, which is disturbing and I have to go without, unless I go organic, which in most cases I do. But the other day I was in no mood to hop in the car and pursue my lovable crackers, so I decided to make them. Crap, no butter. I improvised, obviously grabbing the coconut oil, because obviously...

Turns out, not so bad and pretty darn close. I skipped processed sugar and opted for honey and I'm actually quite happy with the results, so much so that I already made another batch for the upcoming week. As for the wee ones, they were happy to help and with the final results (think Annie's Bunnies)

Homemade Graham Crackers Without Butter
1/2 - 2/3 Cups Melted Coconut Oil
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

Preheat Oven to 350˚

Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix until combined. Add honey and coconut oil and mix until a crumbly dough forms. 
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Ball it up, and roll it out on parchment paper. Cut shapes and place on cookie sheet. With a fork add a few holes. 
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Pop in the oven and bake 8 Minutes or Until Golden. 
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Voila! Graham Crackers!
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This Week...

30 March 2013

 While I've found this week to be the week of purchases, mostly in home goods, (if you follow my instagram you know what I'm talking about,)  this pair of shoes (under $45) was the perfect neon addition to my closet! 
 And this sweet surprise from Barely There brightened my week, I love surprises and their underwear.
As for baking productivity yesterday was the day for that, and I cannot wait to share these with you tomorrow! Can you guess what they are?

And as for my Favorite Finds On The Internet this week I found LoveMaegan's post on the Blog Advertising extremely fascinating, and ringing true to my experiences as a blogger. So if you're a blogger or even a reader, read this. 

While we're on the topic of Bloggers, the Editors Vs. Bloggers post by Styleit its pretty amazing too. 

Because I love a good shoe find, this YSL Tribute Look A Like found by The Budget Babe made me reach for my Credit Card...

And since I'm all about maxis this week, I loved this casual take from Mandy at In The Fashion Lane.

And of course, winning $100 to kick off your spring style is always fun, enter here...

What are you doing this weekend. Happy Easter...

Lights and Brights

29 March 2013


I'm a lady about brights, I mean let's be real, over the last few years they've won me over and I just can't seem to get enough. Whether it's making a splash on my lips, brightening up my feet or even in the form of a cheery bag, it has me hooked. Now, when I shopped my second T.J.Maxx look for brights I just couldn't resist playing with bright accessories next to my even more colorful frock to get me in the mood for springtime. Obviously while browsing the racks for  pieces I stumbled upon rows and rows of cheery and bold colors, most with designer labels. I ended up deciding on this particular structured floral dress because it set the mood and of course, the entire look rang up to under $90 from head to toe. Stylish and at a bargain.

How do you style brights for Spring?
Don't forget! T.J.Maxx is challenging you
submit your own T.J. Maxx Style Scout looks for a chance to win up to a $500 gift card. 

To enter:
tag #maxxstyle and include the designer and price of their score;
  • share via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook .
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    T.J.Maxx gives women more possibilities to express their personal style by carrying the hottest trends and current season designer fashions at unbelievable prices. Our T.J.Maxx Style Scouts are on the hunt to find and celebrate women that are making the latest trends their own, and share tips for ways to express yourself through fashion. You never know what you’ll find at T.J.Maxx – the possibilities to express yourself are endless

    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J. Maxx via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J. Maxx.

    Styling a Striped Tee for Spring

    28 March 2013


    Stripes are one of those styles that are always and on trend without fail, and since spring is all about layering I thought it would be fun to style Target's Ultimate V-Neck Striped Tee ($8) a few ways to get you in the mood for stripes, while playing with a little bit of print and color, of course.

    A classic stripes styling would be layering a crisp blazer over your tee, pairing with skinnies and a bold pair of shoes, preferably on the taller side of things. To me no stripe is complete without a spot, so leopard and stripes have always been one favorite prints to play with. Add an extra print in the mix if you're feeling bold, and keep accessories on the subtle side to let your wardrobe do the talking. Obviously dressing up that simple ol' tee is made even more fun by pairing it with a leather(ette) skater skirt, blazer and sometimes topped off with a contrasting scarf.  Now if you're not feeling up to print mixing opt for a bold red lip to keep things chic, and obviously a pair of glamourous sunglasses don't hurt anyone.

    How do you do stripes?

    It's Time For Springtime


    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

    Bohemian Coral + $100 To beauxx.com

    27 March 2013

    You might know that I kind of have a little love affair with beauxx.com, I mean you know this maxi and this dress has already been worn in at least 8 different ways since receiving it last week. Clearly it's become my spring bohemian staple (under $60!), this time it's getting a boot and hat pairing but I can't wait to show you other options in the future! 

    Now, with that being said beauxx.com and I have teamed up to give one lucky reader $100 to snag whatever you fancy, and trust me you have some pretty fabulous options if I do say so myself. (Enter Below)
    dress c/o beauxx.com, boots bakers, hat target, bag steve madden via marshalls, ring bom bom, necklace vintage

    Check out other ways to wear my favorite maxi in the thumbnails below...

    DIY Beauty: L'Oréal's Féria Ombre

    26 March 2013

    When I cut a huge portion of my hair off back in November along went a good part of the 'natural' ombre in my hair. Sadly it's taking it's sweet time to revert back, mainly because I'm being responsible and limiting my sun exposure. However, when I saw that L'Oréal Féria released their very own at home ombre kit, I knew it was probably something I should try. So I did, I grabbed a box, it was on sale for $8 (usually $12) at my local Target and I took home to give it a whirl. 
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    If you've ever dyed your hair at home this is easy as pie, especially since you get to 'brush it on'. It take around 45 minutes total, including waiting around time.  My only problem was it didn't saturate as high up that I wanted to go, so it didn't lighten it like I wanted, however the lower ends brightened up and I feel back to ombre once again. At home beauty under $15!

     Would you try it?

    Right To White

    25 March 2013

    It's been awhile since I've grabbed my blazer and maxi combination, this time I had to try it on a lighter note. Turns out the white and snake with touches of brown was the perfect remedy for my maxi/blazer withdrawals.
      blazer sheinside, skirt lovers and friends, bracelet jewelmint, tank shopbop, bag vintage.

    Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Oil Frosting

    24 March 2013

    I'm so glad that some of you tried (and shared - thanks for  your tweets!) last week's Coconut Oil  Frosting recipe, of course you had good reason. It's pretty amazing, right?  Now with that being said, what's a frosting recipe without a cupcake to frost it with? I love a good cupcake, you know this. 

    And since it's now the ever lovely Spring I thought it was time to bring back a little lemon to spruce up my favorite vanilla cupcakes. If you're more of a Lime or Orange kind of gal, this is right up your alley with easy substitutions.

    Cupcakes With  Zesty Lemon Coconut Oil Frosting -

    For The Cupcakes
    1 Cup Butter, Softened (*I used coconut oil but make sure your other ingredients are room temp!)
    3/4 Cup Sugar
    2 Cups Flour
    2 Tsp. Baking Powder
    1 Tsp. Salt
    4 Large Eggs
    1/2 Cup Milk
    1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

    For the Frosting
    1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
    2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
    1 Tbsp. Milk
    1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
    1 Tbsp. Lemon Zest (Plus more for garnish)
    * you can substitute Orange or Lime Zest

    Preheat Oven to 350˚
    Combine all cupcake ingredients in large bowl, and beat until smooth and pale (if you're using coconut oil make sure everything is room temperature or the coconut oil will harden*).

    Spoon batter into cups and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. 
    Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. 
    Prepare frosting by beating the coconut oil, sugar, & vanilla until smooth add milk if needed (see this recipe for more info). 
    Fold in Lemon Zest. 

    Pipe Frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with zest, you can also skip folding it into the frosting and just top. 
    And Voila! Refreshing Cupcakes!
    Yields 18 Cupcakes

    This Week...

    23 March 2013

     I for one am happy the week is over, I'm ready to get some dive into a handful of DIY's over the weekend, relax for a minute and then play catch up before Monday comes. I hope everyone kicked off their Spring in style, though most of use have received crappy weather over the last week. How sweet. But with the gloomy comes the bright and playing with colors and shapes in the accessories department for Spring had made everything all better...
     Of course I had to add yet another black and white dress to my closet...
    And stay tuned for tomorrow's lemony recipe! 

    Happy Weekend. 

    Pretty In Pinks

    22 March 2013

    It's clearly no secret that I am all for a good deal on any given occasion, I always hit the clearance racks first (thanks mom!) and make sure the quality is right for the price. Which leads me right on into my decade(s) long love affair with T.J.Maxx, most recently I was in the store for less than 5 minutes and stumbled upon a $300 designer bag for $79, it’s safe to assume it came right on home with me. So, happy was I when they asked me to be participate as one of their style scouts for spring,  how on earth could I turn it down?

    I was tasked with styling four trends over the course of a month with only items from T.J. Maxx stores, The first trend was all about being lady like, which meant I needed to find something delicate. I scoured the racks and shelving, stumbled upon this incredible maxi and immediately knew this would be my first trend, as well as my spring staple. Styling it with bright gold accessories to play off the pinks and reds along with leather sandals and a studded leather clutch for a tiny bit of edge. The entire look came out to just under $150! Eep!

    c/o dress $70, bag $20, shoes $20, necklace $20, cuff $15
    Now, since I know most of you are Stylish Bargainista's, T.J.Maxx is challenging you
    submit your own T.J. Maxx Style Scout looks for a chance to win up to a $500 gift card. 

    To enter:
    • tag #maxxstyle and include the designer and price of their score;
    • share via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook .
    See Official Rules for Details...

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    T.J.Maxx gives women more possibilities to express their personal style by carrying the hottest trends and current season designer fashions at unbelievable prices. Our T.J.Maxx Style Scouts are on the hunt to find and celebrate women that are making the latest trends their own, and share tips for ways to express yourself through fashion. You never know what you’ll find at T.J.Maxx – the possibilities to express yourself are endless

    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by T.J. Maxx via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of T.J. Maxx.