A Taste Of New Orleans Straight From Your Kitchen with this Quick and Easy Creole Jambalaya Recipe with Andouille

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Forget burgers. Forget pizza. Jambalaya is where it's at. 

When I think of comfort food, I think of diving into a huge bowl of Jambalaya with all of the fixings. I want that hopping Creole flavor bursting through like fireworks at each and every spicy/savory bite. I could eat it all day everyday without so much as batting an eye. And while I might not be in the epicenter of Creole cooking as a resident of Astoria, Queens - I've managed to perfect a recipe that makes me feel like I'm sitting at a cast iron bistro set in the French Quarter while a brass band marches by.

Ready To Try At-Home Color? Here's An Easy Step-By-Step Guide To Coloring Your Hair At Home

This post is sponsored by Garnier. All opinions are my own. 
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Who else is sporting a pretty hefty root line right about now? Whoa mama, mine was starting to look crazy! 

I'll start by saying I already color my hair at home the majority of the time. My hair grows too fast to keep up with salon visits and it's really hard to make time for 3+ hour chunks of time while managing a business, chasing 3 boys around and also having some sort of a social life. 

Mother's Day Is Around The Corner! Here's 10 Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home This Year

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Well... I think it's safe to say we're all going to need some extra pampering this year. I know I am. It's been a heck of a couple of months and self-care is wayyy high up on the list of things keeping me sane in a house full of rambunctious boys. Yes, I do most certainly go to the only room that has a lock on the door and yes, I spend a good hour trying to tune out the bangs, clangs and crazy random outbursts from kids running from one end of the house to another. It's not perfect but it works.

Obviously we're spending Mother's Day at-home this year so it's going to look a little different than the usual spa day of brunch out with friends and girls trips. But different doesn't mean it can't be just as good. 

This is where I have you covered!

 Yes, you absolutely deserve to spoil yourself for at least *one* day, so I'm sharing 10 of my favorite ways to pamper myself at home and how you can get the total 'spa' experience at-home this Mother's Day. I've teamed up with one of my favorite brands, Burt's Bees to help make the the ultimate Mother's Day at home. The best part? You don't have to leave the comfort of your home, cozy pajamas and slippers.

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1. Get The Good Stuff
First up, you need the good stuff. The Essential Burt's Bees® 5 Piece Kit has everything you need to make the ultimate at-home spa experience: Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cleanser, Milk and Honey Body Lotion & Coconut Foot Cream to moisturize and sooth dry skin, Hand Salve to pamper your hands, and last but certainly not least, Beeswax Lip Balm to soothe dry lips.

Then give your lips the royal treatment throughout the day with the Burt's Bees Superfruit Moisturizing Lip Balms 4-pack. These lip balms are like gold in our house. I have them tucked away in spots throughout the apartment for applications anytime of the day. Coconut & Pear in the kitchen, Pink Grapefruit in my office, Pomegranate in my wardrobe and Mango in the bathroom for my afternoon soak. I honestly buy these in bulk and share with the household because everyone shares my obsession with the 100% natural moisturizing lip balms. They're always a win. 

I also have the Coconut Foot Cream in full size because it's THAT good. 

Best part? You can shop them on Walmart.com and get them delivered to your doorstep in a couple of days FREE! (on orders of $35+)

Next, we put them to good use...


2. Soak In The Tub
I mentioned before that I find comfort behind the door with a lock on it. In our place that just so happens to be the bathroom. I fill up my 1980's jacuzzi tub and soak for 30 minutes to an hour. Music? Candles? Hello aromatic Burt's Bees Soak Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream....


3. Luxurious Pajamas
Don't really feel up to getting fully dressed? Invest in a pair of luxurious pajamas that make you feel like a queen. Satin and Pima Cotton are your best girlfriends today! This is the perfect time for Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream & Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion.


4. Dress Things Up
Dress up your new pajamas with accessories. I've been adding earrings, barrettes and purses to my daily loungewear to mix it up little bit. Yes, the Burt's Bees Superfruit Moisturizing Lip Balms are carried around in my sequin bag to the couch.


5. GO GLAM
Since we've been home, I've been trying to put makeup on and do my hair at least once a week. Yep, I'm only going to my kitchen but it definitely adds a little bit to the day. I'm in love with Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Gloss Lip Crayon in Santorini Sunrise, Burt's Bees 100% Natural Nourishing Mascara in Black Brown and Burt's Bees Natural Eye Shadow Palette Trio in Shimmering Nudes.


6. Order Brunch In
One of the amazing things about life in NY, (even on pause) is the ability to have brunch delivered to your doorstep. No, I'm not cooking any meals today - so I'll be ordering my favorites for brunch.


7. Baking
While I may not be down for cooking meals today I'm 100% open to baking some treats. It's the perfect stress reliever and I've been doing A LOT of it for the last couple of months. Banana Bread, Cookies, Pies - let's do it all


. 8. Soak Up A Little Vitamin D
Whether it's from your window, patio or backyard head out for 15 minutes and soak up your daily recommendation of Vitamin D in the sun. Spring is in full bloom - listen to the birds, watch the greenery come in, listen to your kids fight over who's winning bean bag toss. All the good stuff. If you're spending more than 15 minutes in the sun SPF yourself up!


9. Movies and More Movies
Today is all about you which means sappy, feel good movies and shows. If any day deserves a good binge-stream, it's today!


10. Send Yourself Flowers
Or have your husband & kids do it, whatever. I've been making it a point of ordering flowers with my grocery deliveries every week and honestly it's been amazing. It instantly brightens my mood to see fresh flowers on my headboard and kitchen table.


How do you self care at home?


Don't forget to purchase Burt’s Bees gifts for Mother’s Day . No, you don't have to be a mom and you can also send them to Mom this year.


Happy Mother's Day!
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Quaran-Stream: Here's 16 Of The Best Feel Good Movies That Will Instantly Make You Feel Better

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I think it's safe to say some of us are feeling seriously bummed right about now. Nearing month two of social distancing can do that to you. I have definitely found myself wanting to watch more upbeat, and/or sappy and musical features to help lift my mood. Add some popcorn and brownies to the mix with a cozy blanket to top and I've got all the key ingredients needed to help brighten even the gloomiest of days - or at least that's my hope.

Hello Tasty! Crispy 15 Minute Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Pepper and Parmesan Cheese

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Whoa, I post a lot of brussel sprout recipes over here! In my defense, I like to think each one is slightly different than the last - or at least that's what I tell myself.

I've been playing around with flavors and I found one that sticks so it seemed only fitting to share the wealth of the crunchy, lemon peppery and parmesan cheesy goodness that just popped out of the oven. I have to admit even I surprised myself with this pairing. I have to warn you ahead of time that it's insanely good and you might find yourself eating an entire pan before realizing you forgot to share with the family.

Here's A Quick and Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

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If you're not making Banana Bread right now are you even social distancing? The amount of banana bread posts I've seen over the last several weeks is crazy high. 

That said, I'm adding one more to the mix - this one is without dairy and oils, adding applesauce to help keep it moist and delicious. It's safe to say this loaf will be gone by the day's end...

Plus there's chocolate chips so you're getting your daily serving of chocolate. We need that right now. So, go grab your ripe bananas and let's whip up a snack...
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-Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread-
What You Need:
2-3 Ripe Bananas
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Large Egg
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Preheat Oven To 350˚

1. In a large mixing bowl mash bananas until smooth.

2. Add applesauce, egg, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir. 

3. Add baking powder, sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate chips. Mix. 

4. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. 


5. Pour mixture into parchment paper lined 4x9 loaf pan. 

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and knife comes out smooth. 
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