Monday, November 24, 2014

Dry Brush Nail Art - Yellow, Red & Brown

Happy Monday my Loves! We are now entering Thanksgiving week and I can already smell those turkeys cookin,' pumpkin pies bakin,' and hear those boys runnin' to play football.

With the holiday right around the corner how will you be celebrating? I will be along side my family enjoying the day and relaxing. It's always good to take a day off and just enjoy the fam.

Although we are mid-Fall it doesn't mean you can't use those bright colors of Summer. Today I am sharing with you a nail art technique that I have seen floating around, dry brush technique and "theme-ing" it up to Fall with a bright yellow!

This is my first go at dry brushing and I hope I did it justice.

Dry Brush Nail Art - Yellow, Red & Brown

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Nena!! & NOTD

This very day ten years ago Nena joined our family! It was a perfect day, a day I will never forget, so let me share it with you.

It was raining and it was late at night. I remember finishing all of my homework for the day and waiting for Nena to be dropped off that night. I waited for what seemed hours! Finally I see the headlights of a green van, out steps Nena and the guy (can't remember his name, sorry). He had wrapped her up in towels so she wouldn't be cold and all I could see was the tip of her tiny black nose.

I immediately ran with her to our apartment and called my mom, crying! I couldn't believe we finally had a dog!

See that pink leash? Follow it to the middle of the photo... that's Nena at about 3 months!

November 2014, 10 years old.

That night ten years ago was one of my life's highlights. Today we get to celebrate 10 years of her life on this earth and 10 years of silly quirkiness.

Now normally we celebrate with a pawty and all of Nena's friends but this year I decided to take it to the next level, making this 10th birthday celebration a HUGE milestone. So although we are not celebrating with a pawty we do have plans, big plans, that I know she will love. And, because it is a surprise you will have to wait to see what it is, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, here are my nails of the day and...

Happy Birthday Nena!
I love you!!

Nails of the Day - NOTD


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simple & Easy Halloween Nail Design

Where has the time gone?! I kid you not when I say that I had a list of mani's to do for this month and the days just flew past me and before I knew it, it was the 29th!

Regardless of time slipping away I was determined to get an October mani up! So here it is, a solid orange with an accent nail with black squigglies.

While I work a litle harder at getting more posts up more often please enjoy this mani and check out Dahlia Loves on FB for past Halloween nail art!

Happy Halloween my Loves!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

San Juan Capistrano Mission - Day Trip Idea

Years ago when I was in grade school I remember going with my class to a mission and the only thing I kind of remember is the garden it had... everything was dead!

I was reading through a magazine and saw these gorgeous photos of a mission, the San Juan Capistrano Mission. I felt so cheated out of the experience the photos were depicting that I just had to go, so I did.

Now what you are about to see are just some of the photos but let me tell you that it is even more gorgeous in person!

-Tons of parking around the mission which includes lots, streets and meters.
-Go to the restroom before entering! The restrooms are partially outside and kind of gross.
-If its hot bring sunscreen, a hat, sunnies, and maybe even an umbrella.

If you are not able to make it to this specific mission, there are loads of them throughout California. I hear the one in Santa Barbara is pretty awesome too!

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Saturday, October 4, 2014

30 Day Squat & Cycling Challenge: Failure Update

Yep, just as it says in the title I failed at completely both challenges. For the Squating Challenge I made it to day 15 and for the Cycling Challenge I made it a little longer to day 22. 

I have to say that I am a little disappointed with myself and perhaps my self-control. Both challenges seemed doable but in combination with my laziness, bike repairs and difficulty of these challenges it just became overwhelming, especially the squatting challenge. The cycling challenge had a very sad and slightly tragic ending. Day 22 I was well on my way to making it to the main street and I lost my balance and fell off my bike, landing on my left arm and hand. In situations like that I feel like it goes in slow motion but still fast, if that makes any sense. Anyway, it must have looked pretty bad because cars stopped and this sexy guy helped me up. Lucky for me (and him, kidding) I landed half on the sidewalk and the other half was grass. I honestly thought I broke something because I heard so much cracking from my shoulder to my fingertips! Never the less that didn't stop me and I kept going making it to 13 miles that day.

Later that night, it was hell! My arm would have super cold or super hot spells and tingling. To me it didn't seem THAT serious sense I didn't see any bruising or blood so I thought it was just the shock of the impact. As I see it, if it didn't kill me, I better keep going. Today its October 4th and I am just now able to move my arm almost fully but my thumb, shoulder and elbow are still sore.

You know! One of the reasons why I stopped ice skating was because of a nasty fall. It was so bad that it looked like I had another knee cap growing under my actual one and my leg was black, purple, blue and all sorts of colors. Between you and I was proud of it. Coming from a home where I never played rough or outside for that matter it was refreshing to see that a fall wouldn't kill me.

Its almost two weeks later and I am not strong enough yet to get back on, but I will later this week. And for those wondering, Nena is ok! Thank God for her trailer! She wasn't affected by the fall AT ALL. I seriously have to review that trailer, it's the best thing ever!

As for my results and conclusion on the challenges. Squating got harder and harder and I didn't get pass the "wall". Cycling I love! Although I didn't complete the 30 days straight I will be back on that bike very soon! It's my indulgence!

For those curious about weight loss and challenges. It works in combination with a good eating habits. I was surprised that I lost a lot of weight and I built a lot of lower body (leg) strength. 

And finally to wrap up the month of September, here are some photos of Nena and her trailer. 

Waring! Waring! Waring!
You are about to see the cutest thing ever!

Follow Nena on Instagram: iamabichon


Sunday, September 21, 2014

30 Day Cycling Challenge! Week 2

30 Day Cycling Challenge! Week 2

This weeks updates...

Day 11 PEOPLE PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD! Nena's trailer was "bumped" by an old lady driver pulling out of a parking lot, then we (me) almost got hit again by another driver pulling into a parking lot. Let it be known that I ONLY ride in Bike Paths and Bike Lanes. To top it off I am overly cautious with headlights, front and back reflectors, taillights AND a neon bike flag. Oh and a bell! How in the world do people not see or hear us coming? Both times I thought this is it... :(

Day 12 Fuck, fuck, fuck! Nena's pet trailer (right) tire blew out! It must have scared the daylights out of my little pookie. Everyone is safe and trailer is going to the shop first thing tomorrow. I think I'm going to build up the courage and ask the sexy bike mechanic to teach me how to change the tire and inner tube because this is the third maybe fourth flat in the last three months of riding and this little hobby is starting to get expensive.

Day 13 The guy at the bike shop taught me how to change the inner tube. Yay! Ride was good but I spent 11 miles thinking of someone...

Day 14 Neighborhood ride

Day 15 10 Miles done in the same time. Really want to push myself to cut my time by another two minutes.

Day 16 Rest Day

Day 17 My bell broke. Must get a new one. 11 miles done!

Day 18 Doctor Appointment & Lazy Day

Day 19 11 miles complete! Some of our friends saw us riding and said hi. Which brings me to share this, if you see us please don't get all papazzi. We've had a couple of people in their cars follow us almost all the way home taking photos. Doing that is very dangerous especially when you are driving and taking pictures.

Day 20 Chill ride around the neighborhood.

The Rundown: This week was eventful to say the least. I didn't get to my 12 mile goal but I got to 11! This coming week I am aiming for a 20 mile ride. Will I make it?

How are you hanging in there?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Anise with Silver Glitter Manicure & Celine Dion!

Happy Monday My Loves!

I'm listening to Celine Dion as I write this post and I almost forgot how much I love her. There was a "phase" where I was overly obsessed with her. I went to all of her California and Nevada tour dates and I swear I nearly passed out when she walked by me! As she was exiting the stage she walked down the aisle where I was and I just froze! Till this day I can't believe I didn't do anything.

On to the mani!

Dolce & Gabbana Anise with Silver Glitter Manicure

Stop by and join in on the challenge!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Day Cycling Challenge! Week 1

Week 1

Weekly Update

Day 1 Feeling excited and ready!
Day 2 No knee pain is making it so much easier to ride.
Day 3 Low key ride around the neighborhood. Fixed the squeak yay!
Day 4 Feeling depleted of energy and I do not want to go for a ride. I ask my dog and she cries in excitement so we go. 10.7 miles later it feels really good!
Day 5 10 mile ride completed!
Day 6 Took a 5 minute power nap that turned into two hours! Apparently I was really tired. Made today a rest day.
Day 7 Umm, we were all ready to go for a ride when I go to check the tires and the front one was completely flat! Fuck! Unfortunately, it was so late my local bike shop closed so no ride. Which brings me to this, ALWAYS check your bike before leaving/going for a ride. Make sure to get your bike serviced or checked regularly to prevent any issues.
Day 8 The heat and wind are making my legs burn like a mother! I haven't or didn't notice it before but that slight wind towards the late evening is killer! That in combination with a hill will leave your legs feeling like jell-o! Never the less, ride completed and I cut my time again! Down two more minutes, woohoo!!!
Day 9 Today is a more casual ride, just around the neighborhood. Ride complete. I think I like saying "ride complete" in a deep voice, makes me feel like I completed a race, haha.
Day 10 10 miles done!

The Rundown!
To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I would make it through the first week. I think it goes hand in hand with the first couple of days are always hard but I don't know if that is completely true for this. Your, our bodies are amazing! They can do SO much and pushing them shows you what you can really do. This coming week I am aiming for a 12 mile ride and no bike issues. What is your goal for this week?

Visit the Facebook or Instagram for cycling inspirations and reminders!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

30 Day Squat Challenge! Week 1 Update

30 Day Squat Challenge! Week 1 Update

I'm glad to see you join the challenge with me! My aim is to keep a day to day update on how my squat work out went. It should hold me even more accountable, plus I know some of you are curious to see how I am doing and if your experience has been the same. So here we go!

Day 1 Excited and ready! Squats are complete.
Day 2 Knees are popping and cracking... I'm getting old!
Day 3 Squats make me sweat like crazy... yay!
Day 4 Rest Day but I decided to do 20 squats anyway.
Day 5 It's either really easy or it's getting easier. Either way day 4 is done!
Day 6 Almost forgot to do my squats and it was getting late so I did them while I showered. *Warning: If you try this be careful!
Day 7 My butt! Whoa, I am seeing a little difference! Side note: I love my butt.
Day 8 Rest Day is turning into 20 squats day. Today I thought it would be fun to do it while I pumped gas, haha. I got some weird looks but who cares. Happy Squatting!
Day 9 Triple digits is very scary! 100 Squat Day!
Day 10 Jesus, 105 is a challenge... I'm sweating bullets.

Week Summary: The excitement wore off (a little) after a couple of days but I didn't let that discourage me. There were days that I just didn't feel like doing it but my app really helped in reminding me and keeping me on track.

You still alive? Knock, knock, knock...


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dolce & Gabanna Royal 165 - Swatch

Amidst two challenges I managed to muster up the courage and buy a new Dolce & Gabbana polish. It was really a well deserved treat considering a major goal at work. Without saying too much I closed two accounts in four days that generated a lot of dough. Damn, I'm good! Toot toot!

Want to check out the Challenges?

Cycling Challenge
Squat Challenge

While I come back to Earth, why not check out Royal 165.

Initially I thought I had this color already but after further investigation I learned that I didn't and this one was beautiful and just what I needed!

Royal is a deep red with slight purple under tones and a gold shimmer that is spectacular in the sun! I think this will soon become my go to color for date nights, work, and life in general!

Dolce & Gabanna Royal 165

Sunday, August 31, 2014

30 Day Cycling Challenge!

30 Day Cycling Challenge! 

What another challenge? Yes! September I will be completing two challenges! This challenge is a little different so let me explain.

Unlike most challenges where you increase reps, resistance, speed, miles, this cycling challenge is about cycling for 30 days with one rest day a week. I am aiming for cycling six days a week but time will tell because truth be told, this is going to be a challenge!

Now for this one, I haven't been able to find an app that's designed for a challenge like this, so your best bet for keeping track is printing the image or using an app that could double for this one. 

I used to ride A LOT, back in the day. I would go for a minimum of two hours a session. Now I am building up my endurance and speed. However this time it's a little different because I will have my boogie with me, Nena! That's right, Nena my puppy will be going on rides with me in her pet trailer. (Future post on her pet trailer is coming soon!)

Normally, riding is fairly easy but pulling what could be considered dead weight is a bitch. There is no nice way to say it. On flat terrain it's ok but up hills there have been times where I am pulled back because it's a different kind of weight that I am still not used to pulling. 

We've had this trailer for a couple of months and have slowly increased speed and distance. My dog LOVES her trailer and is used to doing a lot of things with us so it was an easy transition. If your dog isn't used to being in cars, trailers, or moving thingers take your time when introducing because they can become very anxious. Don't worry I will dive more in dept on the pet trailer post soon!

Like the squat challenge I will be posting weekly updates, but the cycling updates will be going up a day after.

Are you in? Stop by Instagram or Facebook for inspiration and daily updates!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Day Squat Challenge! Image & App!

I love my butt and want it to be at its best, so why not try a squat challenge!

I'm starting on the first and keeping track two ways, one is by marking off the day using the image below and the other is using the 30 Day Challenge app. I am using the android version but I believe you can also find it in itunes, so don't worry!

-On rest days I will be doing 20 squats but you can take a rest day. Take it a day at a time and see how you feel. 
-Think this challenge is too easy, try adding weights (2-10lbs). Still too easy hold the squat for 5-10 seconds. 
-Don't let your knees pass your toes! You can put stress on them and create an injury.
-Use a full length mirror or sliding door or anything that will show you your form. Keep your back straight and push your butt back and out. 

Disclaimer: I am NOT a trainer or doctor. Please take your challenge day by day and push yourself to YOUR own limit. If you are in pain (not sore) go visit the doctor. Some soreness will be felt, especially the first couple of days. 

Curious to see if I will make it through the first week? Well check back as I will be posting 10 day updates!

Whose in it with me?!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Step By Step)

The excitement is over the top for this recipe and post. Before I jump into the yumminess that is this cake I want to thank everyone who stopped by and tried my Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe. It's been a hit and almost two years later I have another recipe that is a MUST try!

How many of you like brownies? Love the chewy gewy texture?

If you do, I am telling you that you MUST try this super easy Flourless Chocolate Cake. In all honesty it will take you longer to read this post than making the cake.


I have made this recipe many times now and substitution doesn't seem to be a problem. I have used different sugars, powder, raw, regular and they all work just fine. Also, depending on my mood and what chocolate I use I reduce the sugar by 1/3 of a cup and it still works and tastes great.

Add toppings! Try it plain then make another with different toppings, my current favorite mix is dry cranberries and chocolate chips! Yum!

Save yourself the time and energy and don't grease the pan/paper. The cake will slide right out.

This cake will bring all the boys to the yard, it's THAT good!

Ok, enough yapping!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup of Unsalted Butter
1 1/4 Cups of Chocolate (Semi or Dark)
1/4 Cup of Water
4 Large Eggs
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375*F. Line your 8X8" pan (size doesn't matter though) with parchment paper/baking paper and set aside. DO NOT USE WAX PAPER!

2. Over a double boiler (a sauce pan with an inch of water, place your bowl) add SUGAR, BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, WATER and mix until melted together, side aside.

3. Separate your eggs.

4. Whip EGG WHITES until stiff peaks form.

5. Add EGG YOKES and VANILLA to chocolate mixture until well combined.

6. Fold mixtures together. Once it's all mixed together add batter to prepared baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until the top of the cake looks puffed and cracked around the edges.

7. Let the cake cool in pan 10-15 minutes (if you can wait). After it's cooled down sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares.


Step By Step
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