Friday Favorites: Red for Love

Can’t decide what I like better for Valentine’s Day – red or pink. I used to be really into pink {back in the day} but now I think I tend to lean towards the more classic red. Either way, you can’t go wrong with either color – especially when it’s the day of LOVE!

Here are a few of my favorite red picks – I was feeling festive for Valentine’s Day which is just around the corner! Plus, everyone could use a little more fun red in their lives!

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Are you seeing any fun red for Valentine’s Day out there?

Please share!

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Don’t forget to enter my Blue Dragon Giveaway!

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The Expressive Hand – Valentine’s Day Toddler Art Inspiration

So I know lots of people with littles are looking for fun + cute little art projects to do for the upcoming Valentine’s Day so I thought it would be fun to share a little art project Brooks did for Christmas.

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This is the second year we went to The Expressive Hand in South Philadelphia – check out my post + Brooks’ art from last year. I love spending a morning and letting Brooks go wild with paint, making special gifts for Gaga + Pops, Mimi + PopPop, along with all his aunts + uncles. I think it’s so special when a child can give a gift he made himself.

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Plus, Brooks is CLEARLY gifted in the art department. I mean, do you see those painting skills?

He makes a mean trivet.

And a meaner mess!

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The place we go to is local to Philly, but I’m sure if you google it you can easily find a art studio that does things like this for the kids. Plus, let’s be honest, everything with this big of a mess is way more fun when you don’t do it at home!

This is the second time we’ve done this and it’s been so much fun, plus a nice, personalized piece for family to display!

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Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day Toddler Art Inspiration?

Please share! 

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Blue Dragon General Tao Stir Fry + Giveaway

“This post was sponsored by Blue Dragon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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I love to cook.

I love researching recipes, pinning new favorite meals and looking for inspiration on some of my favorite cooking shows. BUT sometimes I don’t always have the time to spend cooking up a storm – especially during dinnertime, aka the witching hours!

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For this post I partnered with Blue Dragon to create a quick + easy at home take-out inspired meal! When I think of takeout that I can easily make at home, I immediately go for a stir fry meal. It’s convenient and a great way for me to sneak  in some extra veggies!

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Plus when I am craving take-out {the food or the convenience of not having to make dinner} it’s nice to remind myself that I really can easily make authentic Asian food at home – It’s healthier (you know what’s going in it) It’s fresh (you pick the ingredients and you know when it was bought) It’s easy ( when you use sauces that are ready to use at anytime)

Blue Dragon Sauces come in the following flavors: Broccoli Beef / General Tao / Pad Thai / Sweet & Sour / Szechuan Pepper / Honey Teriyaki
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Here’s How I made my General Tao Stir Fry :

  1. Dip 2 thinly sliced chicken breast strips into 1 beaten egg mixture. Then toss into corn starch to coat.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a pan and carefully pan fry the chicken pieces.
  3. Once browned, add 1 large sliced onion, 2/3 cup broccoli florets, 1/2 red pepper sliced, 2 carrots chopped and Blue Dragon General Tao Stir Fry Sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes – ensure piping hot and serve over rice.

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This recipe was great because I literally pulled out some chicken and grabbed all the veggies I had ready to go in the fridge, tossed it all together and we were good to go! I made this meal in 15 minutes and it made about 4 servings.

Did I mention the sauces have no artificial flavors and are vegetarian/vegan friendly?! They are!

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Want to try our Blue Dragon for yourself?

Up for grabs today is a really fun Blue Dragon Giveaway* to win their new Cookbook!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below letting me know your favorite make a home takeout meal!

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Be sure to check out the #EastMadeEasy Twitter Party on Monday, February 8th, 2016 from 1 – 2 PM ET. We’ll be chatting about the everyone’s love for Asian culture and cuisine, and about how Blue Dragon makes it easy to create exciting and flavorful Asian meals at home with their array of sauces and kits! Up for grabs  are 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will each receive 1 $50 Amazon Gift Code, as well as a Blue Dragon Prize Pack (ARV $100)! Check out #EastMadeEasy @MomCentral + @BlueDragonCA for more information!

For all my Philly friends, be sure to check out all the Blue Dragon products at Shoprite + Giant Carlisle

*Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.

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My Mom’s Latest Stitch Fix

If you are like me, and you are a Stitch Fix fan, and when you are a fan of the Fix, you will love seeing not only what arrives on your doorstep every month {or however often you get a Fix} but you will love seeing what others get too! My mom told me she was scheduling a Fix for her birthday – and when she got it, I insisted she bring it over for a fashion show!

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Check out my mom’s previous fixes here:

Mom’s First Fix / Mom’s 2nd Fix / Fix #3 for Mom / Mom’s 4th Fix / Fix #5 For Mom

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For this Fix my mom didn’t specifically ask or not ask for anything. She just let the stylist go wild, which I always think is fun, but also brave. I see so many amazing things when I check out other’s fixes that it’s hard not to request certain things I see and love. Plus I think asking for certain things gives the stylist a better idea of your style and what you are looking for! But being brave and letting the stylist go crazy is fun too!

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Check out what my mom got and please let her know what you think!

And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up AND check out my Stitch Fix page to get caught up on all my previous Fixes!

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Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt {$54}

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First up was this awesome + fun chevron print top. I LOVE this color, print and style top for my mom. Purple is her favorite color and I think vibrant colors make her look great. It’s a casual, comfortable and easy piece to throw on for a fun day out with friends, hanging with me and the boys or just for anything. Don’t you agree?

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Collective Concepts Rilo Button Up Blouse {$68}

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Next up is this button up blouse. I personally love the muted colors and pattern. I think its a little see through and would totally need a tank underneath but it’s very cute and boho {which is more my style than my moms} I also like the fact that it’s a little longer in the back. I think it’s cute and comfortable for a lunch or dinner date with friends – What do you think?

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Briton Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan {$54}

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This cardigan I searched for online and looked so cute and fun. I enjoy the fun pink flow of fabric that comes along with it  – it doesn’t really go with the blouse at all but we just tried it on together just because. It’s a nice neutral and it’s different because of the light pink flow. It’s adorable and comfortable, what more can you want?

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Echo Bristol Sequin Infinity Scarf {$38}

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My mom usually asks for no accessories in her fix {just like I do} because I think she can do better but this scarf appeared in this fix. I enjoy the color and it’s cute with the button up it’s blouse, but again, I think she can do better. Thoughts?

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Dear John Macie Bootcut Jean {$88}

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Love these jeans on my mom. I think they fit really great and I like the wash too. They are a smudge long in these pictures, but with shoes or cuffed up a little I think they would be perfect. Everyone can use another great pair of pants in their life, right?

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Now it’s the hard part!

Mom mom wants to know your opinions to help her decide {if anything!} -> What to Keep! What are YOUR favorite pieces from what my mom received in this Fix?! Please tell us what you think!

What Should My Mom Keep?

 
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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

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