BBQ season is here and I couldn't be more excited that the grill is up and running. I am not a big beef eater, but my husband is, so occasionally I surprise him when he comes home from work with a big steak. I came up with this delicious flank steak recipe (and it is so pretty). This is the perfect recipe to serve to WOW your BBQ guests.
Recently we took our first vacation as a family of 3. We figured we have to rip the bandaid off and start traveling right away with a baby. Vacations with a 3 month old isn't the type of vacation I was used to taking, but nonetheless we still had a great time. Since we were in Arizona I figured it was the perfect time to wear some of my bright new spring purchases!
Time to break out that old jump rope of yours for a HIIT workout. Did you know that jump rope burns more calories than pretty much any other exercise equipment, 760 calories per hour. But let's be honest I am not jumping rope for an hour, that would be a great feat. For me jumping rope works great because it requires a little amount of time and you can do it in the comforts of your living room. I came up with this little 15 minute workout, you'll be surprised how great of a workout it is in such a short amount of time.
Denim is all over right now. I've been seeing the denim dress everywhere. It is hard to find a dress that I can wear since I'm nursing so I was attracted to this dress and the button down feature. It's cute and casual. I have seen this styled with lots of camel brown, stripes and olive greens. I love how it looked, but I decided to see if I could make it look a big edgier. I opted to try it with black and a bold red lip for a night out of the town. And by night out on the town I mean I got ready for pictures and sat out on our deck and enjoyed a glass of wine with my husband then went and put my sweats back on.
Since Leo is almost 3 months old I thought I'd share with you my favorite things that have gotten me through the past 3 months. As new mom I basically bought EVERYTHING and tested it out. Thank goodness for hand me downs, recommendations, gifts, and the second hand baby stores. If I have learned anything from being a new mom, what works for your baby most likely won't work for your friends baby. I am so lucky to have a sister in law who has twins and countless girlfriends who are able to offer wonderful advice about breastfeeding, baby products, sleeping routines, and all the other silly questions you have in your first few months. I honestly couldn't of survived the past 3 months without the advice from family, friends, books and blogs. I'm one of those people that welcomes advice and suggestions. You don't have to implement all the suggestions, but I've learned more from my fellow mommy's than I could have from any book. So here are a few items that made my first month SO much easier!
More fringe and more 70's inspired style on the blog today. When I pulled this vest out of the box my husband said no no no. It wasn't until he saw it styled that he approved. Sometimes I personally don't want to take the extra time to figure out how to style an outfit or a piece like this vest that is outside my comfort zone. So this outfit was a fun challenge for me.
I recently went gluten and dairy free, but I also developed a new craving I've never had before....chocolate. So what is a girl to do..... Find and prefect a gluten free dairy free chocolate dessert recipe. I needed one that was good enough to trick my husband into eating it. These gluten free dairy free brownies are the real deal. !
This will be my first time celebrating Mother's Day as a Mom. It will be a special day for me and a special day calls for a new outfit. I also decided to treat my Mom to a new outfit, so headed toColumbia Center Mall to shop!! I haven't spent time at our mall recently and was excited to browse all the stores. And by browse I mean speed shop because I have a newborn and that doesn't allow for a lot of time to shop. My Mom and I had a great time and we were able to find some seriously cute Mother's Day outfits.
Ok I lied in this post title..... I wish it was 10 simple items to throw away, but it's more like 10 different places to clean! These are all the places and things you neglect to clean every year. I wasn't able to take on all 10, but I did do quite a few. I threw away/donated so much and it felt SO good. Happy cleaning my friends.
Sharing a few of my favorite accent accessories for this spring. I have been really into off white/ beige accessories this season. I was looking for a blog post and realized my new purse is beige, my nails were beige, my sunglasses.... you guessed it beige, and the same color trend continued to the new booties I had just ordered. I realized I must be digging this color. I decided to throw a little blog post together featuring all my new favorite accessories for spring that will carry over into summer.
We are Angela and Jessica, the girls of Champagne +Shimmer. As high school girlfriends, now living across the country from each other, we continue to bond over similar interests including God, eating healthy, working out, fashion, home decor, and being amazing wives to our husbands!
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