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Look and Feel Hot this Winter: Scarves that Keep You Comfy Cozy



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I am so excited to be writing this right now because I love seeing my friends and family succeed. Selena is what many call a modern-day Renaissance woman: she’s a woman of many talents and accomplishments. When Selena’s not crafting, she works full time as a Physical Therapist at a hospital specializing in providing therapy for individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. PT is her dream job, but making scarves, sewing, and knitting allows her to “exercise” her brain in a different and exciting way. She’s always been in love with soft fabrics and believes that clothes should be both comfortable and stylish.

Needless to say, I was honored when she asked me to be her model for the upcoming website. Now that fall and winter are in full swing here in Colorado, I have been rocking the scarves non-stop. Who doesn’t love a plaid scarf, am I right? So versatile. I love dressing up a casual graphic tee or adding a pop of color to a business professional work shirt. Her crochet pieces add dimension and texture to any outfit. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to dress all frumpy dumpy! You can look hawt The best part? Her scarves are affordable! Check them out a her Etsy Shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ComfyCozyScarf ( Use promo code LINDSEY to get 15% off any item! She sells coffee sleeves too! )



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Christmas is almost here, makes for great gifts! https://www.etsy.com/shop/ComfyCozyScarf ( Use promo code LINDSEY to get 15% off any item! )

Check out ComfyCozyScarf on Instie. Post a pic of you in your scarf, tag @comfycozyscarf, hashtag #comfycozyscarf and there’s a very good chance your photo will be reposted!

All photos by Kayla Lawson

These Spicy Peanut “Noodles” are Everything



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As much as I love carbs, I try to avoid them when possible – particularly for dishes that use traditional pasta or spaghetti. And honestly I LIKE the taste and texture of vegetable noodles better whether it be spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, beet noodles, and sweet potato noodles, etc, etc etc. I know what you’re thinking… “lies! no one likes veggie noodles better than Barilla the OG!” But I do – I intentionally under cook my “zoodles” if you will because I adore a good crunch!

If you’re looking for a nice and light but FILLING meal, you’re in for a real treat. This can be made super ahead of time because you serve it cold. As for the peanut butter, you can make your own if you’re feeling adventurous, but if you’re going to use store-bought like I did, please do yourself a favor and use the naughty-er creamy kind (JIF, Skippy, etc). If you try and go with the healthier natural butters, you will not end up with a creamy sauce. I’ve tried using the natural Costco Kirkland brand that you have to refrigerate and the result was no bueno. Capische?

I made this for dinner and it was a hit with my main squeeze, and myself! Leftovers made for a fantastic lunch the next day. By the way, do you like our lunchboxes? Can you guess whose is whose? It’s safe to say that we are still kids at heart. My adorable robot lunch box is made by an even more adorable company called SoYoung. They are based out of Toronto, Canada and sell lunch boxes, cooler bags, backpacks and diaper bags. Their modern, elevated designs make the products both kid- and adult-appropriate. In 2014, SoYoung partnered with Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company on a limited edition lunch box which sold out in less than 8 days! Their lunch box designs include: sharks, bicycles, elephants, giraffes, dinosaurs, seahorses, starfish, and even Russian dolls (remember those from back in the day? LOVE!). And their cooler bags? To die. Those designs include pink peonies (WANT), beets (WANT), artichoke, and dandelions. They’re in select Nordstrom and Whole Foods stores, and 500 other specialty retailers.

Recipe inspired by the one and only Jaclyn from Cooking Classy.

INGREDS

Sauce
+ 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
+ 1/4 cup warm water
+ 3 tablespoons soy sauce
+ 2 tablespoons honey
+ 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
+ 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
+ 1.5 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
+ 1 tablespoon minced garlic
+ 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil

+ 2 chicken breasts (cooked and sliced thin)
+ 1 spaghetti squash (cooked and shredded into spaghetti strings)
+ 6 mini “cocktail” cucumbers (sliced)
+ 1/2 cup chopped green onion, and some to garnish
+ Chopped cilantro, (1/2 to 1 cup, depending on taste) and some to garnish
+ Sesame seeds for garnish
+ Bean sprouts for garnish

DIRECTIONS
+ Preheat oven to 350°.
+ Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Season with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Place on baking sheet, flesh side up and cook for 30 minutes. Please note I like my strings on the crunchier side, so if you like yours softer, cook longer. When done, set aside, let cool, and string into noodles with a fork.
+ Prepare sauce. Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use.
+ Cook chicken using this fool-proof recipe. Slice thin.
+ Similar to making your own tacos, allow all eaters to make their own bowl. Start with spaghetti squash, add sliced cucumber, chicken slices, sauce to taste, and toss to combine. Top with green onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, and sesame seeds.

x Lindsey


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My Lash Secret Revealed! (Especially for all my Brides-to-Be!)

I LOVE applying mascara. It’s like, my favorite past time. It’s just so fun! Getting up in the morning and dipping that mascara wand in the tube and applying coat after coat to give my tired eyes some ‘umph’ is such a delight. Oh, and then there’s the removing mascara in the evening – even more of a thrill!

Are you catching my sarcasm drift? I hate putting on mascara. It’s time consuming, tedious, and more often than not, I end up with clumps and get more product on my eyelids than the lashes themselves. Kourtney Kardash sums up my opinion on mascara perfectly:


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How do I deal? I ditched the mascara and get eyelash extensions. No, not the tacky strip lashes from Walgreens (ew). I go to my all time favorite sassy ladies in Denver to get them professionally done. These are individual, one-by-one extensions. They are semi-permanent and applied using an FDA approved adhesive. If you have sensitive eyes or allergies, ask your lash artist for the ingreds. I do know there are hypoallergenic/sensitive adhesives but they are not as strong, so beware. My eyelash extensions last between 3-5 weeks, depending on my lash cycle (just like the hair on your head, your lashes fall out grow back again). I maintain by scheduling “lash fills” that are less expensive and less time consuming than getting a full set. My lash artists recommend to avoid the following for 24 hours post application:

+ Getting lashes wet
+ Rubbing your eyes
+ Exposing lashes to heat, steam, humidity and friction

General aftercare of lashes include avoiding any and all oil based products close to your lashes and when using eye creams or serums, only apply to the lower eyelid area. Best advice? DON’T wear mascara because you don’t need it! The more you use eye makeup, the shorter the lashes will last. If and when I do use mascara, I only apply to my lower lash.

For all of my engaged gals and have weddings to plan, I HIGHLY recommend getting eyelash extensions for your wedding and bridal festivities. We all know there tend to be tears (of mostly joy hopefully?) during the engagement and wedding events so spare yourself the time, energy and stress of mascara that smudges and runs. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, research eyelash artists in your area and make sure they’ve gone through proper training!

My two leading lash artists are Tara Cox of DollFace Lash Studio and Andrea Fairman at Colorado Plastic Surgery Center. Tara is located Downtown Denver and Andrea’s practice is in Littleton (South Denver). They are both experienced specialists (highly important when getting your lashes done), super friendly, and most importantly professional. They get booked quickly, so make sure to schedule ahead of time. You can book with Tara directly online here. To book with Andrea, you can call the office directly at 303.783.1000.

Au natural (besides the lash extensions)


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Tara and Andrea offer a variety of extensions to choose from. I can customize everything from the length, to the thickness, to the curl. I like the more natural look, but you can go glam if that’s your thing!

If you decide to see Tara or Andrea, please let them know I sent you! They deserve all the referrals possible because I am truly confident in their work.


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If you have any questions on lash extensions, please shoot me a message! I am more than happy to help!

x Lindsey

Weekly Goodies {& an easy weight loss tip!}



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Weekends are for shopping. Every Sunday I venture out to Costco and Sprouts to get food for the week. While I’m very good at making lists and meal planning, it never fails that I make a couple of impulse purchases (so sue me). I’m not talking gum or breath mints (although I have made those purchases a handful of times), today I’m talking good quality snacks that when eaten in moderation, are completely guilt-free. One easy, fool-proof way I ensure I eat yummy snackies in moderation is using bowls! Sounds almost stupid it’s that simple, but it works like a charm. Use bowls that are small enough where you won’t be tempted to overfill it. Try your best to refrain from eating out of the bag, it’s too easy to lose track of how many chips or crackers or cookies you’ve consumed. I’ve lost LBs from making this simple adjustment. Yes, I know the barkTHINS are not in bowls, this was intentional for the photoshoot to show texture and detail.

COSTCO GOODIE OF THE WEEK
barkTHINS (the Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut Almond variety). If you haven’t had barkTHINS before, let me tell you – you’re missing out, like you need to go out and buy some immediately if not sooner. barkTHINS are snacking chocolate – made with only Fair Trade Certified, non-GMO ingredients. For any chocolate lovers out there, this will be your go-to sweet snack. I’ve had the Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt and the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt. Both equally delicious, but the coconut variety is the tops. Thin, dark chocolate bark with little chunks of coconut and almond and a hint of sea salt… mmmmmmm. What I like about barkTHINS as opposed to traditional chocolate bark is that they are thin and easily breakable so you can portion out your snack without any hassle. These are also very reasonably priced. The price for a 16 oz. bag at Costco ranges from $8-$10. Think about how much one chocolate bar can cost at Whole Foods… just sayin.’

barkTHINS Goodie Facts
+ Fair Trade Chocolate: farmers are getting paid a fair price and invest in good agricultural practices
+ Non-GMO
+ No artificial ingredients, flavors, preservatives, or colors
+ 60-65% blend of cacao in all varieties
+ Gluten Free (all varieties except the pretzel)
+ ADDICTING


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SPROUTS GOODIE OF THE WEEK
Way Better Snacks Limited Edition Punkin Cranberry Corn Tortilla Chips
As I’m perusing the aisles for tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes for my zucchini lasagna, I came across these delightful little chips called Way Better Snacks. Now, this brand is not foreign to me, I have enjoyed many bags of chips from these guys. However, the flavor was foreign, because it’s a limited edition seasonal flavor. By this time I’m basically already sold but I knew I should read what the flavor was before tossing into the cart. “Oh My Sweet Punkin Cranberry” is what it’s called. Cute, right? I probably shouldn’t base my purchase decisions on the “cuteness” of the flavor name but come on, this is damn good. Totally touched the pumpkin-loving-can’t-even white girl in me. OK I’ve digressed. Back to the chips.


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The ingredients in these guys are simple. My rule of thumb – the simpler, the better. And healthier.
+ Non GMO corn
+ Sunflower and/or safflower oil
+ Cranberries
+ Pumpkin
+ Organic sprouted flax seed
+ Organic sprouted quinoa
+ Raspberry
+ Pure sea salt

Sprouted ingredients allow the essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals to come out of their little shell to work their magic on your digestive system to maintain a healthy body.

Way Better Snacks Goodie Facts
+ Gluten Free
+ Non-GMO
+ Vegan
+ Low sodium
+ No trans fats
+ No artificial colors
+ No artificial flavors
+ DELICIOUS


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Happy snacking, ya’ll!

xx