Are Your Looking For An Amazing Poolside Drink For An Upcoming Party Your Hosting?

Or  One To Feel Like Your On Vacation In Paradise (While In 20 Degree Weather)

This 100 Calorie Coconut Margarita Recipe makes the perfect margarita... not too sweet, not too sour. It uses Bai5 and sparkling water.

 

You’ll need:

A 1.5 oz. shot glass

Your favorite tequila

Bai Molokai Coconut

Sparkling water

  1. Fill your glass with ice. I prefer crushed.
  2. Add a 1.5oz. shot of tequila
  3. Add the juice of 1/2 lime
  4. Add 3oz. of Bai
  5. Top off with sparkling water

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the summer or the dead of winter, these margaritas will take you back to the most wonderful beach vacation you’ve ever had.”

Yum!

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Do You Ever Lay In Your Comfy Bed On Your Mac Book For Hours

Looking At Posts On Social Media And You End Up On Your Friends, Best Friends Instagram Page?

You Then Decide To Click On Her Blog & See All These Yummy *Healthy* Recipes

{Drooling!!}

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Spicy Barbecue Chicken Wings

Perfect For Super Bowl Sunday!

New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons

February 5, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

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INGREDIENTS

SPICY BARBEQUE SAUCE

1/2 white onion, chopped
2 cloves, chopped
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp chipotle chilli powder
1/2 can beer (I used Bud Light)

WINGS

about 18 wings and drumsticks

RECIPE

Place all of the spicy barbecue sauce ingredients EXCEPT the beer in a high speed blender. Blend for about 90 seconds until everything is completely smooth. Make sure there aren’t any chunks of onion or garlic in the sauce. Pour half of the sauce into a small bowl and set in the refrigerator. Add the 1/2 can of beer into the blender with the other half of the sauce and blend until the beer is incorporated.

In a cock pot (that holds at least 4 quarts), cover the bottom with a few spoons of the beer sauce. Place all of the wings and drumsticks into the crock pot and cover with the rest of the beer sauce. Stir, making sure all of the wings are completely coated in the sauce. Turn the crock pot on high for 2-3 hours.

When the wings are finished cooking, use tongs to remove the wings from a crock pot and place in a separate bowl. Turn off the crock pot, for now. Discard the left over sauce that was used to cook the wings. Rinse the crock pot out and wipe dry.

Optional: If you want to make the wings a little crispy before you coat in the remaining sauce, you have two options: For this batch I made, I heated a griddle to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, used tongs to place the wings down on the griddle, flipped after 2-3 minutes, and removed when both sides were browned. The other option is to place all the wings on a tin foil lined baking sheet and place in the oven at 400 degrees F for 15-25 min, until they start to brown.

Get your other half of the barbecue sauce from the fridge and heat in a sauce pan on medium until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat. If you are ready to serve the wings immediately, you can coat the wings in the sauce and serve! Or, you can place the wings back in the crock pot and coat with the rest of the barbecue sauce, making sure all of the wings are covered. Place the crock pot on the ‘warm’ setting to keep them warm before you serve!

Note: I currently (still) don’t have a working stove, so I wasn’t able to use the stove to heat the sauce. I put the remaining sauce that was in the refrigerator into the crock pot and let warm up in there. I left it on high, covered, for about 15 minutes and it did the trick. Then I added the wings and tossed them for the same result!

Pictures & Recipe Courtesy Of Katharine Agliata

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It’s a crazy time of year and we could all use some energy.

Especially during shopping trips & wrapping gifts!

 

No Bake Vanilla Cranberry Energy Bites

(Gluten Free, Nut Free & AIP)

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Photos Courtesy of Live Naturally Autoimmune

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
2 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
4 Tbsp dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Place 1 cup of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like butter; some coconut texture is good.)

2.Add the honey, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and and salt and process until well combined. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut and pulse until just combined. Then add 4 tbsp dried cranberries and pulse until combined.

3.Shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.

Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Elizabeth from Live Naturally Autoimmune

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Original recipe>> http://www.livingnaturallyautoimmune.com/recipes/2016/10/31/vanilla-cranberry-energy-bites-gluten-free-aip

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Throwing a Hurricane Party, we got the perfect skinny cocktail for you!

Skinny Hurricane

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Ingredients:

1½ ounces Bacardi Select Rum

2 ounces Light Orange Juice

2 ounces Light Cranberry Juice

Garnish, Orange Peel Twist

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Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Megan From With Salt and Wit

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We’ve heard that women are bossy (or bitches or both) countless times in our lives in reference to a woman with high expectations and the drive to achieve her goals. Now if you take a woman who leads a successful company you get a slew of even more unpleasant name-calling. But why? If you think about it, the majority of people who are happy and successful in life and business have arrived in their positions because they’ve worked hard and have had a positive team around them. As much as we’d like to think other people’s decisions don’t affect us, it’s an irrefutable fact that humans are social creatures and we rely on others for support. Throughout my life I’ve come to realize the importance of nurturing myself and my passions but also those in my life that help me accomplish my goals. There will always be people ready to knock you down, but the way you brush the dirt off your Louboutins and how you treat people will always be the determinants of your success. Although they may have been hard lessons to learn, I’ve compiled a short but very important list of rules I hold very near and dear to my heart.

Always be gracious. Regardless of whether you are the newbie at a company or the CEO of a national corporation, thanking people who are in your life and acknowledging their contributions is a must. Showing appreciation to those around you (particularly the barista who always gets your latte just right) creates solid relationships and gives you the reputation of being a classy and courteous woman.

If you manage a team of people, use “we” instead of “I”. As a girl boss who is responsible for a large team it’s easy to take credit for any triumphant outcomes. In order to lead a happy and productive team, it is vital to share your successes. By sharing responsibility with everyone on your squad you create an inclusive environment where your staff will feel valued and will be more likely to happily contribute to the company.

Never burn bridges. My mother would always say, “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” But we all know it can be very hard to maintain that sweet disposition when other people are not cooperating. Even if telling someone off may seem ideal in the heat of the moment, you never know when those people will pop back into your life. Keeping your cool and remembering to respect others could be the difference between scoring a coveted seat at next year’s Fashion Week or catching the recap of Balenciaga’s fall line while you sit at home in your PJs.

Remember to give back. At the pinnacle of your success, when you need other people’s help the least is precisely the moment when you should give back the most. Take the time to recognize the people, organizations or communities that have gotten you where you are today. Not only does it send fabulous karma your way, but it also makes people proud to be associated with you and inspires future relationships, both personal and professional. When you pay it forward you’re helping another woman somewhere reach her designer dreams.

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Happy 4th of July {L&L} Babes!

To get your party started here is one of the easiest cocktail to serve at your 4th 0f July BBQ or Brunch!

L&L Tito’s Classic with Berries!

Tito's Vodka

Ingredients:

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Club Soda

Raspberries + Blueberries + Strawberries

Directions:

1. Fill ice cube trays with berries, add soda water and freeze

2. Pour  1 1/2 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka

3. Add soda water

4. Top off this low cal cocktail with your frozen fruit cubes to create a fun and festive refreshing cocktails!

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

xoxo

Team L&L

 

 

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With Lilac and Lilies recognition and growth, I have made it a point to give back to causes that are near and dear to the hearts of our staff, customers and myself. In fact, I originally established the company with the mission of empowering women through all facets of their lives, not just through fashion.

We accomplish this by raising awareness for a number of different charities throughout the year.  Being active in the community is a way to bring about a sense of accomplishment while giving back to others in need.  In turn, our staff is really motivated about raising money and donating time to the charities they are passionate about.

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Team L&L participating in a ‘Making Strides against Breast Cancer’ charity walk.

Lilac and Lilies’ philanthropic spirit also fosters an amazing work environment that attracts top talent looking to feel inspired every day. I know charitable activities engage our employees, fostering a meaningful opportunity for them to bond and share their personal values while acting in unison toward a common goal.

Committed to this meaningful and successful culture, Lilac And Lilies works with numerous charities throughout the year including The Humane Society of Broward County, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), and most recently, Kids in Distress (KID).

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Hosting a Sip and Shop fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds go to SMA.

Personally, I dedicate time every Thursday to Kids In Distress (KID), a licensed nationally accredited agency working for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children. I work with the kids during their after school care program where I help with homework, play games and assist with dinner. It has by far been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It is the best feeling in the world to see a smile on a child’s face!

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Helping out with Kids in Distress at the Education and Recreation Center

When fashion and philanthropy merge, socially significant issues get showcased on a grander and more dazzling platform. It is essential that we, as established people in the fashion industry, lead by example and make a solid commitment to giving back.

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Humane Society fundraiser where the main focus are puppies up for adoption. Kelli and I can’t resist the cuteness!

Giving isn’t just about money.  The benefit of providing time, skills or even mentoring provides self-satisfaction and encouragement toward the greater good of one’s community.

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”-Maya Angelou

guide-to-packing-blog-2Jetting off to Lake Tahoe for a girls’ trip got me thinking about how exactly I choose which coveted pieces make it from my closet to my carry-on.  It may seem like a breeze between the floaty dresses and floppy hats, but through weekend getaways and months abroad I’ve finally got packing down to a tee (okay, maybe three or four). 

First of all, sturdy luggage is key.  It’s important to invest in a multiwheel suitcase made of aluminum with a lock. It will be pricey—but trust me on this, it will make packing and schlepping through the airport so much easier. My personal favorite is the Rimowa North America Topas Titanium 29″ Multiwheel; it comes in a sleek rose gold or titanium hue to make your suitcase just as chic as the wardrobe it’s holding.  (Also, don’t be fooled into thinking you need fancy name-brand luggage.  I once had an uber-expensive Louis Vuitton suitcase and believe me, I was too worried about my suitcase being damaged to even care about the clothes inside.)

Full disclosure: I usually end up packing the night before my trip—as much as I try and plan everything out ahead of time, I’m still a procrastinator at heart.  So if you’re like me and throwing everything in last minute, fashion icon Lauren Conrad suggests rolling your clothes instead of folding them to make more space for those last-minute impulse grabs (Bonus: it also prevents wrinkling!).

Check out weather.com to see the forecast—there’s nothing worse than showing up to your destination in sandals and a sundress and finding out it’s 40° in the middle of May.  And no matter where you’re going, make sure to pack in layers; I recommend at least one basic cardigan that pairs with everything, a denim jacket, and a leather jacket as a baseline.

I also recommend doing some research on Yelp to scope out the best hotels and find some of the area’s hidden gems. Be sure to browse the user photos so you can get a feel for the local fashion scene.  Websites like lookbook.nu are super helpful, especially if you’re heading abroad and want to get a sense for the country’s street style.

To get the ball rolling, I set aside the must-haves first. Underwear, bras (a love/hate relationship), gym clothes, and comfortable cotton camis.  Leave these out for now; they’ll be the easiest thing to squeeze into the nooks and crannies of your suitcase at the end of packing, and this way they won’t take up precious cargo space.  Then I pull out my tried-and-true staples, like my favorite jeans and basic tees.  Make sure to pack pieces that you know look good on you; the rule of thumb is that if you don’t wear it at home, you won’t wear it in unfamiliar territory.

Next I assemble my uniform.  No, we’re not going back to high school, but a personal collection of similar pieces is a MAJOR KEY when it comes to packing like a pro.  Personally, I live in light, flowy dresses and flat sandals, so as much as I might be tempted to bring that black blazer that makes me look fierce, I fight the urge and leave it behind.  Along the same lines, Shiona Turini from Cosmo urges: pick a color scheme when packing.  “[It] helps cut down on any unnecessary extras that I never end up wearing anyway and reduces the number of shoes I have to pack.”  Whatever color you decide, packing thematically helps ensure that all your pieces will go together and helps prevent you from taking that one pair of boots that doesn’t go with anything.  For a beach trip, I like whites and light blues; for the city, black is my go-to pick.  When in doubt, go with jeans.  They’ll never go out of style, and with the exception of baseball, wearing jeans is basically America’s favorite pastime.  (Also, you can re-wear them and no one will ever know, which saves key real estate in your suitcase.)

Finally, I pull out a couple statement pieces that I don’t wear everyday (just a couple!).  For weekend beach getaways, this means floppy hats and chiffon maxi dresses that can transition from beach to brunch.  As much as I try to conserve space in my ever-too-tiny carry on, I know that this is the time to experiment.  If you’re anything like me, you will be taking lots of photos, and a floral maxi beats a grey t-shirt any day when it comes to Instagram.

When packing toiletries, zip lock bags will be your best friend.  Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and opening your suitcase to find your perfect packing job ruined by a shampoo mishap.  Speaking of shampoo, make sure to stock up on the travel sizes!  Not only will they help you speed through security, but they’ll also do less damage if they go rogue and decide to burst in your bag.  And you know those little samples the ladies at the makeup counter give you?? Bring them. One of my guilty pleasures is drinking wine in my hotel room while giving myself a mini facial….Okay, and maybe some room service. I have also found that little scissors have come in handy—you never know what you’re going to encounter while traveling. These are perfect for loose threads, bothersome tags and any other wardrobe malfunction that may come up.

Now for my tote bag.  The bag itself is of the upmost importance, since traveling in style is the only way to travel!  My personal pick is a classic black leather tote, which will match with everything and have the Mary Poppins-esque power to fit the world inside.  For air travel, I always throw in lip balm, and I cannot live without my favorite from La Mer. Mine always lasts for a few months, so it’s worth the investment.

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My last minute must-haves include: Aleve, reading material which ranges from an intellectual “how to” business book to a “how to” relationship book (currently more single than a dollar bill), blotting papers, socks (I put them on as soon as I get on the plane), a lightweight scarf, a travel tooth brush set, moisturizer, vitamin C and a journal if I’m in the mood to write.  And don’t forget your chargers!  Between phones, tablets, and computers (oh my!) the cost to replace your chargers on vacay could end up being as expensive as the trip itself.  Speaking of essentials, proper forms of identification aren’t just recommended—they’re legally required.  This means a valid driver’s license if you’re going anywhere or passport if you’re going out of the country; without ‘em, you might as well just get your chic butt back in the car and turn yourself around.

Personal items aside though, don’t stress too much about forgetting something.  Remember—you’re on vacation, and splurging on a new outfit or two is part of the fun.  You look great, your luggage is expertly packed, so now it’s time to relax and explore!

Bon Voyage!

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To get this party started here are some of our favorite Spring Mimosa’s!

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Skinny Crunchy Stuffed French Toast by Nora from Savory Nothings

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INGREDIENTS
  • 4 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 8 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 teaspoons oil, divided

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the filling mix the cream cheese with the honey and set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish whisk the eggs and milk together.
  3. On a large plate combine 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, ½ tablespoon sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. Heat ½ teaspoon oil in a large non-stick frying pan. To assemble the French Toast, spread a slice of bread with ¼ of the cream cheese mixture. Top with two sliced strawberries and cover with a second slice of bread. Coat first with the egg mixture and then with bread crumbs. Fry over medium-high heat until golden brown and crunchy, gently pushing down on the edges of the bread to seal.
  5. Continue the same way with the other six bread slices. Halfway through wipe the plate with the coating mixture clean and mix the rest of the bread crumbs, sugar and cinnamon for making the other two French Toasts.
  6. Serve warm with additional strawberries.

 

Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings

Be sure to check out her Blog + Instagram for other amazing recipes!

www.savorynothings.com

@savorynothings

Original recipe>>  http://www.savorynothings.com/skinny-crunchy-stuffed-french-toast/