Everyday Travel

Places To Visit: The Crystal Coast – North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks

When you are handed an agenda that involves smiles, pajamas and a bathing suit, you know you are in for a treat and that’s exactly what happened when we were invited to head to The Crystal Coast last month. Words and photos cannot express just how beautiful North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks are but Megan is going to try to show you with the amazing photographs she took while we were on this trip.

Breakfast Dinner Everyday Food & Drink Recipes Tips & Ideas

5 Creative Uses for Your Rice Cooker

A year ago I was desperate to make some changes to my diet, so I started incorporating tons more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my diet. I started making yummy stir fry dishes and doing lots of things with brown rice, but I was terrible at cooking the rice! I’m completely impatient, so I was always lifting the lid or not letting it sit long enough, and as a result, it always came out either gummy or not quite soft enough. I decided to make life easier for myself, and I bought a cheap rice cooker. Little did I know, I was purchasing perhaps the most useful kitchen gadget I own. That’s right: rice cookers do more than just cook rice. Don’t believe me?

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Giveaway: Summer Infant Fuze Stroller ($349+ value)

Summer Infant is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Fuze Stroller, a perfect blend of fashion & function for parents on-the-go. This innovative stroller line is lightweight, modular, and versatile for a smooth, comfortable ride. It is made with a rugged, all-alluminum construction and weighs less than 25 pounds. The removable seat can be adjusted to forward and rear-facing with three recline positions. The stroller folds with seat in place and there is an adjustable handlebar for parents of all heights, lockable front swivel wheels with front and back suspension, one-step rear brake, and parent cup holder.

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Recipe from the Cantry: Tortellini Carbonara

Each month until December, I will be featuring an easy-to-make healthy recipe using ingredients from my “Cantry“. What is a Cantry? Well, I’m sure we all have it. It’s the place you store all your canned goods. We actually have a ‘lazy susan’ cubby in our kitchen which we use as our Cantry. A well-stocked Cantry helps you save time and get a healthy, flavorful and home-cooked meal on the table, more often. It’s homemade made easy.

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The Secret Garden (of Broccoli)

According to the Clorox Ick-tionary, Secret Garden is a place where your child has hidden those vegetables from dinner they didn’t want to eat. It creates one of those messes that can only be cleaned up with Clorox Wipes, if you know what I mean.

Everyday Food & Drink Recipes

Potato Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Garlic Infused Olive Oil

This is a secretly vegan pizza. I say secretly because you won’t notice a lack of meat or cheese or extra ingredients in this pizza. I prefer Yukon Gold potatoes  in this because I like their texture and flavor to make a perfect layer on top of the crispy crust. However, I’ve made this with normal baking potatoes, red potatoes, etc. and it’s always been delicious. The trick for even, fast cooking is cutting the potatoes thinly and uniformly and soaking them in ice cold water so they release their starches. Feel free to add herbs to the topping such as thyme or rosemary, this is just a basic recipe. Serve with a leafy salad to balance out the carb-on-carb action.

Everyday Travel

Places To Visit: Travel Like a Gatsby at Renaissance Vinoy

A timeless backdrop offering guest’s a glimpse into the past, The Renaissance Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club celebrates The Great Gatsby summer blockbuster by inviting rebellious couples to rekindle their love affair with a ROARING 20’S EXPERIENCE, starting at $379*/night. As the lavish parties begin on the May 10th movie debut date, guests can enjoy luxe accommodations for two, prohibition cocktails and a picnic lunch while touring downtown St. Petersburg via horse-drawn carriage, dinner for two each night at Vinoy’s signature restaurant, and a “scandalous” couples swing dance lesson.

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Dazzle Your Cookout Guests This Summer

Lounging poolside under a colorful umbrella, sipping an icy cold glass of ginseng-mint-sun tea with fruit-filled ice cubes — it’s summer and time for backyard cookouts. Invite friends and family over for a leisurely cookout where you can while away the afternoon with tasty food, sweet confections and great company. Show off your excellent culinary and grilling skills by planning a summertime soiree.

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3 Essential Wardrobe Pieces for Summer

I don’t know about you but when that warm weather hits, I immediately want to pull all my maxi dresses out of the closet and grab all my sandals to create some fabulous looks. I love maxi dresses. They are so comfortable and are right up there with yoga pants.