Year: 2012

And then I cried; it’s okay to ask for help

And then I cried

If you’ve been paying close attention lately (I haven’t) you’ve probably noticed I’ve been M.I.A. for awhile.  A long while.  This year has been unintentionally awful for me physically speaking, (like one has an intentionally horrible medical year?) even though I’ve tried to make deliberate healthful decisions.  I’ve said no to projects I really wanted, turned down travel, and have generally laid low in my day-to-day life.  I started eating vegan, work out regularly, take naps, hired someone to clean…
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Red Carpet Twitter Party

You know you love it. Prime time. Red carpets. Celebrities. Awards shows. Fashion. All of it. And I know you want to join me and Diet Pepsi for a Fun, Fizz or Flair Twitter Party during Sunday night’s big awards show. So. Much. Fun. We’ll be tweeting live, covering all the fashion, flair, glamour, glitz and surprises, and sending a little woot! woot! to Sofia Vergara on her big night. Also, a dozen of our twitter party guests will win…
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Autumn veggie soup with pesto and cheese toast

fall vegetable soup

Well…it’s autumn now, isn’t it?  And that means soup.  Lots and lots of hearty vegetable-filled soups. This soup is chock full of healthy veggies that won’t leave you missing any meat.  Add a tasty pesto-Gruyere toast and you’ve got yourself a five-star dinner. I used veggies that I had on hand.  You could add other veggies like sweet potatoes or winter squash, different leafy greens (kale or shredded spinach would be nice), celery, leeks, fennel, parsnips, turnips or rutabaga.  Add…
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Chicken zucchini fajitas and chipotle

chicken chipotle fajitas

Are you still swimming in summer zucchini from your garden?  (I totally am.)  These fajitas are another great way to use up all of that zucchini. So here’s the thing–my husband doesn’t care for Mexican food very much.  (I still married him.)  But he loved these.  My kids loved them.  I sat back and watch them eat them up.  And then a few days later I made them again and the same thing happened.  That’s the sign of a good…
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Jewel tone for Fall 2012

I might not be at NYFW right now (to my husband the uninitiated, that’s New York Fashion Week) but I still know it’s all about bright colors on the runways this Fall.  Pops of color everywhere are making a comeback in a big way.  While less garish than the 80’s (one can hope), there isn’t so much a color of the moment as much as tones of color right now and that means: jewel tone for Fall 2012.   Big,…
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How to discover art you love

red barn

Art is a tricky thing sometimes.  There’s all this pressure to like cool art, to have a very specific taste for the finer things in life, but how does one get there in the first place?  It’s personal, knowing which art is for you, just like picking out a favorite pair of shoes or getting the perfect haircut.  You’re the only one who can make that call because at the end of the day you’re the one with the asymmetrical…
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Minty Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

minty watermelon cucumber cooler

Monday may have marked the end of summer, but it’s still hot during the day, and I’m still enjoying summer melon and cucumbers.  I still need something to cool me off in the afternoon after I’ve been running errands all day and just need to put my feet up and relax a bit. This is a version of my favorite go-to juice.  (I left out the spinach.  The color isn’t as pretty.)  It only uses a tiny bit of sugar–just…
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Cheap basic back to school supplies

back to school

Hi, my name is Allison and I’m addicted to school supplies.  I’m not even going to try and repent, there’s nothing forbidden about my love.  Especially when it comes to the cheap basic back to school supplies all over store shelves right now. Aren’t these pencils pretty?  I can’t even handle it. All the back to school supply sales at the end of summer are my favorite, in an I-totally-have-a-problem kind of way, but I’ve found a way to make…
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Bean salad with tomatoes and vinaigrette

bean and tomato salad

This salad is like a summer party in your mouth.  So many great flavors and textures going on.  I made this with garden fresh veggies from my CSA.  Cook the beans until they are as tender as you like them, toss in some cooked white beans (I like to cook my own, but canned are just fine), and add some juicy, red cherry tomatoes on top.  The tomatoes warm just a little and when you get a bite of one,…
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