When It’s Chilly Outside, Get Chili Inside (Your Belly)

It is starting to feel like fall (even in Los Angeles).  And when it is chilly outside, you should get chili inside your belly.  While my mom makes the best chili ever – seriously it is delicious, I have tried to recreate it without success – this recipe is completely different and pretty darn good.   Added bonus, it is meatless, so yet another meatless Monday meal for your arsenal.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili for Two

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A Color Changing Dress – Is This For Real?

Have you all heard about the color changing dress from an Australian designer?

A friend sent me a link to the video above and I was intrigued. Could my fairy godmother really exist? Could I really stop buying clothes in multiple colors when I finally found something that fits? I can’t be the only one that owns 6 of the same tee shirts in different colors, can I?

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T-24 Hours Before All Candy Is On SALE

Today is Halloween, which means in 24 short hours, all the Halloween candy you can find will be on sale.  Oh happy day! While discount candy can obviously be just eaten directly from the wrapper (or from the freezer because everyone knows that peanut butter cups are more delicious frozen), here are some fancy things to do with that Halloween candy if you are inclined to be creative.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars.  Take a minute and read that again.  Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Kit Kat. Crunch bars.  These are fast and easy (less than 15 minutes of work) and you get the most delicious use of empty calories ever.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars (no-bake) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

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Shaving is Dumb. Don’t Do It

It’s the fall, so shaving becomes less and less common as pants and tights become more and more common.  But why only stop shaving in the fall? Shaving is dumb.  I hate it.  I have it even more since I moved into a new apartment that only has a standup shower – no tub.  Which means that I need contortionist level flexibility to shave anyway.  Oh, I should probably mention that I also hate stubble – so I decided to get laser hair removal on my legs.

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I’m not new to laser hair removal –  got my underarms and bikini done somewhere else about 10 years ago. It was a long and painful process. The hair was zapped with what felt like a rubber band snapping on each and every follicle.  Seriously, each.and.every.follicle! I used prescription strength numbing cream and still thought I was going to pass out before it was over.

As you all know, I am a Brambila Babe. Well, Laser Lounge opened up at Brambila Spa. They were having a grand opening sale, so I decided to try full legs – because who doesn’t want smooth legs without shaving every day? I was ready for the painful sting similar to a rubber band snapping on each and every hair follicle…but nothing! They use Alma Lasers, a global innovator of laser, light-based, radiofrequency and ultrasound solutions for the aesthetic and surgical markets – and won the Aesthetic Industry Award for best hair removal platform in 2015. Of course it did.  Because the laser they use is painless (or pretty darn close comparatively speaking) and highly effective. I saw results after one treatment!! Seriously, they are amazing – and they are super friendly and the location is beautiful. What more could you ask for?

They also offer teeth whitening, facials, and microneedling.  And, they are currently running specials – which you can see here.  Call them and make an appointment (310) 401-9001, 1327 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or book an appointment online.

Bottom Line: Fall is the perfect time for laser hair removal.  Get started now and have hair free legs come summer.  Ahhhh, summer 🙂

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Sweet Potato Toast Changed My Life

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Ok, so maybe it isn’t technically toast – but, when you don’t eat rice, wheat, or corn (I know, right??) anything that even resembles toast is exciting.  Especially when said toast is merely a vehicle for avocado.  One thing that I really miss from my bread eating days is avocado toast.  It is simple, and delicious.  It is delicious plain.  It is delicious with a little lemon and chili flakes.  It is delicious with an egg on top.  It’s just delicious.  So, I was very excited when I saw that you could slice a sweet potato length wise and toast it (yup, right in your toaster) and make avocado toast – without bread!

 

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I made this for a few bread eating friends and they agreed, it’s delicious.  It adds a nice nutty flavor.  And, it’s fall and sweet potato everything is good. In case you were wondering, yes, it does taste delicious with nutella and berries as well as peanut butter and banana.

Bottom line: Buy a sweet potato or 4 on your way home from work.  You’re welcome.

 

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Friday Favorites Video Fun Edition

We’ve come to the end of the week again and here are some links to fun videos to get you through the last few hours of the work week.  Enjoy.

Oh Jimmy Fallon, how do you come up with such brilliant ideas? In the latest video, Liam Hemsworth and Jimmy Fallon play slip and flip and amazing combination of slip ‘n slide and flip cup.

Our Friday Favorites would not be complete without carpool karaoke – this time with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  And, front yard wrestling with Anthony Kiedis is as amazing as you think it will be.

If you haven’t seen the 12 year old ukulele player that Simon Cowell called the next Taylor Swift, you are missing out and I just can’t have that.

And, an ode to the Tony’s: here is Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Hayes singing A Whole New World during a commercial break and Zachary Levi and Anthony Rannells singing Mamma Mia.

Bottom Line: Have a great weekend kids.

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Get The Star Treatment At Home from Dr Sal

There are a few things about being a celebrity that never appealed to me – being followed by paparazzi, not being able to use coupons at the grocery store, and people asking for autographs while I am trying to eat. But, there are certain things that are amazing – like having everything come to you.  Wardrobe stylists bring you clothes, hair stylists come to you, you can get botox in the privacy of your home, etc.

Well, I suppose Rent the Runway has brought clothes directly to our homes, and Blow Me Hair App will bring a stylist to your home or office faster than an uber, so the only thing that celebrities still had a lock on was at-home cosmetic procedures – until now.  Dr. Sal Nadkarni started Rejuvenation In Motion, a mobile concierge MedSpa.  And, yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds.  Dr. Sal performs minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the comforts of the patient’s own home, thereby providing the ultimate in convenience and discreteness along with the reassurance of receiving his physician skills and expertise…..Physician Owned, Physician Delivered.

Dermal Fillers

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Quick Clean Recipes

Are you constantly torn between eating healthy and being lazy? It can’t be just me people, be honest. At the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen.  I just want to binge watch Casual on my couch – that’s it.  That’s where these quick go-to recipes come in.

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Friday Favorites TONY Edition

The Tony’s are this weekend! For today’s Friday Favorites, I present my favorite Tony related links of the week.  Enjoy 🙂

Here is Broadway Karaoke featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and so many more. (And James Corden is the host – so it is sure to be funny)

Does anyone stand a chance to win a Tony against Hamilton? Randy Rainbow has an idea #GiveItBack4HAM

In case you need to prepare, here is a list of the nominees.

Here is a sneak peak at the 10 performances that will be on the Tony Award telecast (in case you can’t make it to Broadway)

And because the nominees are awesome, and funny, and it’s always a good idea to ask nominees random questions.

Bottom Line: Get your culture on and watch the 70th Annual Tony Awards on June 12th!

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Do It Fast And Easy

No, I am not talking about your summer romance – get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about fast and easy summer recipes.  I know that summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off to the season.  So, why wait to make these delicious dinners.  And, if you want to have a fast and easy fling, no judgment here 😉

BBQ Chicken with Peach and Feta Slaw

Nothing says summer like BBQ.  And this BBQ Chicken with peach and feta slaw is summer on a plate! And, vegetarians, not to worry – this slaw is just as delicious without the chicken on top.

Bottom line: hit up a farmers market, grab some peaches, and get to grilling!

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