Funfetti and The Final Rose

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was full of so many fun things with great friends that it’s going to take me a couple of days to fill you in. But rather than start from the beginning, I want to chat about Sunday night. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but a group of my friends and I have a Bachelorette bracket. My team name was Em & Em, but unfortunately, thanks to Charlie getting sent home very early, I didn’t do so well.

But who cares about the results of a bracket when you have good friends, good food, and a fantastic season finale to watch, right? We all made a different dish to bring to the party and after seeing this recipe on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect, especially because it only called for these 3 ingredients…

These combine to make the ever popular, Healthy Funfetti Dip! This recipe is so incredibly easy to make and is a definite crowd pleaser. Since the recipe basically consists of stirring the above together, be sure to note that it needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours for the flavors to combine and if you eat it right away, it lacks the true cake flavor that develops later. Also, unless you are taking this to a large party (we had about 10 people) I’d suggest halving the recipe, as this makes a *huge* bowl.

As you can see, our hostesses went all out and had red roses scattered around the apartment, candles lit, and even Jef and Arie napkins! Also, the above is only part of the dessert table as cupcakes and special yogurt waffle cones were later added! In addition to all the sweet treats, we had my friend Ashley’s famous baked brie (maybe I’ll get her to guest post and share!), quinoa stuffed peppers, spinach artichoke dip, snap pea and bean dill salad and more! Needless to say, along with our wine we were all sufficiently stuffed. But that didn’t stop us from squealing as we watched the episode together and gasping when Emily said goodbye to Arie. An Indy car driver, Arie was my favorite from the beginning and their chemistry was undeniable, but when it came to who was a better fit for Emily, I did have to agree that Jef was the right choice.

Photo courtesy of ABC

And with that another season of the Bachelor franchise is over! Bachelor Pad started last night and while I’m sure that I’ll inevitably watch it, it won’t be nearly as much fun as tuning in every week with my family and friends to see who Emily is going to pick.

Questions:

-What’s your favorite food to bring to parties?

-Did you watch the Bachelorette? Were you surprised with Emily’s choice?

The Fastest Race in the World: Indy 500

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great weekend and for those lucky folks on summer vacation, are enjoying your time off! This weekend was a relaxing one and I spent time with my Mom and Grandma, and went to see the best movie on Friday night. Although I love my chick flicks, I also absolutely love foreign films and was excited to see the French film, The Intouchables. Based on a true story, the film chronicles a wealthy quadriplegic man who hires a man from the streets to be his caretaker. You’ll have to see the film to truly understand how captivating and powerful it is, but I thought the movie tagline was especially poignant “Sometimes you have to reach into someone else’s world to find what’s missing in your own.” I 100% recommend this movie!

I realized this weekend as I was relaxing, that I never told you about my very busy weekend when I went to the Indy 500! It was an even more amazing experience than I ever could have expected. Rather than write you a novel about it, I think I’ll show you some pictures (and captions) instead.

Downtown Indianapolis– there was a great chocolate shop around the corner from this beautiful monument!

My favorite driver, Marco Andretti who lead the most laps in the Indy 500 the next day, but sadly crashed in the final laps.

The Target dog, Bullseye! Target sponsors Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, the top 2 finishers in the Indy 500.

In an actual INDY car!

Excited for Race Day! Outfit details: Top: LOFT, Shorts: LOFT, Flip Flops: Rainbow

The racing fam with our special-access passes

We were on the edge of our seats for almost all 500 laps– this really is the most exciting race!

The pictures can’t possibly convey the amazing experience it was going to the Indy 500 with my parents. We had an absolutely fantastic time and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Now I’m hoping to attend the Sonoma Grand Prix to see all my favorite drivers race again!

Questions:

-Do you like foreign films? What’s your favorite movie genre?

-What type of sporting events do you like to attend? Do you favorite teams/players/drivers?

Oh Mr. Sun

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Monday and your week is off to a fantastic start! This is a busy week for me and I’ve definitely got my eye on the prize– this weekend! On Friday I leave to go to the Indianapolis 500 and am beyond excited. People are always surprised when they hear that I like Indy but I’ve been watching the race with my mom for years. It’s always been a dream to go and after getting tickets a year ago, Daddy Jeff, my mom and I are so ecstatic that it’s finally time!

I spent this past weekend in the sun celebrating a very special friend’s birthday in the park. We had a great time hanging out at Fort Mason eating some red velvet blondies and drinks and enjoying each others company. I had a perfect day but I brought a something unexpected home… the worst sunburn! My back and shoulders are bright red and incredibly painful. Since I’m pale I do have the tendency to burn but it’s been years since I’ve had a burn this bad.

The entire front of my body was “touched by the sun” during a past trip to the Bahamas

Since it’s almost summer (!!) I thought it’d be good  time to talk about proper sun care and how to have fun in the sun without taking home a nasty burn.

Before you go:

-Look for sunscreen with the Skin Cancer Foundation seal, and make sure it prtoects against UVA and UVB rays. There are three active ingredients to look for: PABA derivatives, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

-Apply sunscreen half an hour before going out into the sun. Not only will it have time to soak in to the skin, but you won’t have to twist and turn awkwardly in public trying to rub it in those hard to reach places!

-Most people put on too little sunscreen and the correct amount to use is about 1 oz or a shot glass full.

While You’re There:

-Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours and if you are sweating or in water, it may be necessary to apply more often. For a day in the sun one person should be using 1/4-1/2 of an 8 oz. bottle.

If you get “Touched by the Sun”:

-Get out of the sun as soon as possible at the first sign of pink. It takes a sunburn 4-6 hours to develop, so keep in mind that a little color can turn into a painful experience later.

-Moisturize! Take a cool shower if you can stand it and slather your skin with a moisturizing product- I’ve been living on aloe vera!

-Stay hydrated by drinking extra water, juice and sports drinks as the burn draws fluid from the surface and away from the body.

By following these tips you can spend time enjoying the beautiful weather and spending time with friends and family. These are all things I’m going to be doing this weekend!

Questions:

-Have you had any bad sunburns?

-What’s your favorite thing to do in the warm weather?