Monthly Archives: March 2015


How to Throw the Perfect Stay-cation

This post is sponsored by Jergens®.

Sometimes you have to actually plan to unwind in order for the unwinding to happen. That’s just what we did a few weekends back: we planned for a stay-cation. A stay-cation is the best way to get away without going far, planning much, or spending money on an expensive flight.

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I love the idea of an indoor beach party. For our own stay-cation, we put blankets on the floor, opened all the shades to let plenty of light in, made iced tea, ordered pizza, stocked up on ice cream, and had a ball. We were also able to create that sun-filled vacation in an instant with the help of the Jergens® Natural Glow® Sunless Tanning Collection. The Sunless Tanning Collection is a 3-step process including the Jergens® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub, Jergens® Natural Glow® Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, and Jergens® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer.

A few tips and tricks on how to plan a perfect stay-cation:

  • Change Your Scenery. Whether it’s laying blankets or towels on the floor, building a fort, hanging out in bed all day (rather than your typical spot on the sofa), or taking it to the backyard, change your setting and your whole atmosphere will feel more relaxed.
  • Buy Snacks. Get your favorite foods – think ice cream, popcorn, pizza, fresh fruit. Bake cookies and make a big pitcher of iced tea or a fun mixed drink.
  • Set the Mood. Play music all day, or choose a movie theme and watch your favorites for hours (80’s screening party, anyone?)
  • Fake it ’till you Make it. If you can’t get out in the sun, you have to give Jergens® Natural Glow® Sunless Tanning Collection a try. The 3-step process is the perfect way to an even sunless tan.
  • Unplug. Try, even if just for a few hours, to keep that laptop closed and the phone on silent. Sometimes its good to just enjoy the moment.
  • Commit. Commit to your stay-cation. Relax, enjoy, and give yourself a real break.

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So tell me, how do you unwind? Ever try a stay-cation?

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Lexi

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post is sponsored by fairlife ultra-filtered milk. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

We’re dessert fiends over here. Of course, we are also endlessly trying to keep healthy, and with a new baby in the mix, staying conscious of health and wellness is paramount. I want Scarlett growing up enjoying good and healthy food and exercise. But milk and cookies; I mean, who can resist?

I’ve been on an endless hunt for the perfect healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. I wanted a cookie without any butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar … I know, tall order. I miraculously stumbled upon these healthy cookies and I knew I had to try the recipe. I loved the addition of oat flour – I love using oat flour in baked goods because it has great flavor and is such a healthy flour substitute – and coconut oil – I just recently started baking with coconut oil, and I’m really enjoying the results. The chocolate chips are the only splurge here, and you know, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, so these babies are actually good for you.

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

The milk was the easy part: meet fairlife ultra-filtered milk. fairlife is real, ultra-filtered milk, only better. It has 50% more protein, 30% more calcium, and half the sugar of ordinary milk. This milk tastes great, is sold at every major grocery store, and is hubby approved (he’s my biggest milk drinker). fairlife ultra-filtered milk also comes from family-owned farms where animal care and environmental sustainability are top priorities.

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Makes 12 – 18 Cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the vanilla, large egg, and brown sugar in a bowl. Melt the coconut oil and let it cool slightly before adding to the bowl. Beat everything together until just combined.
  2. Stir in the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon (can skip this if you’re not a cinnamon fan), and salt.
    Stir until just combined and then fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  3. Chill the dough for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, pack your dough into the scoop very tightly or they may crumble, scoop out balls of the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips in the tops if desired.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. (They may look underdone, but that’s okay. They will set when cooling. Don’t overcook.)
  6. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for another 2 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.

Enjoy!

NOTES:

  • Refrigerating the dough for an hour is a must, otherwise you risk your cookies flattening out into thin wafers when baked, loosing all that chewy doughy goodness. Blame the melted coconut oil for your hour-long wait … the wait for cookies can be agony, I know.
  • Be sure to allow these cookies to cool completely before eating so that they have a chance to firm up out of the oven.

*You can always make your own oat flour: using regular old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor, blend oats until they resemble a flour/powder. Be sure to measure after blending NOT before.

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc
How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies that are gluten-free and have NO butter, oil, eggs, white flour, or refined white sugar. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Recipe Adapted via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by fairlife ultra-filtered milk via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of fairlife ultra-filtered milk.


Lexi

Little Love Notes

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Today we’re flying up to North Carolina to house hunt! I still can’t believe this is all happening so fast, but since hubby matched at Duke last Friday, we only have a handful of weeks left to find a place to live, etc. I’m so excited to explore, get a feel for the different communities, and find ourselves the perfect place to live (we’re toying with either renting or buying, though I do love the idea of buying a place of our own to decorate floor-to-ceiling.) Be sure to follow along on instagram and twitter (@glitterinclexi) to catch details from our travels! #glittertravels

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear around the web, did you catch my guest post on Hitha’s site? Love her.

Dear trend-shopper, Tracing The Lifespan Of An It Item: Everything You Need To Know Before You Make The Splurge.

Dear future living room inspiration, this space is equal parts chic and lived in; bookmarked.

Dear Spring clean, you are not going to want to miss the ultimate list of Spring cleaning tips on Glitter Guide (I’m sharing a few of my own!)

Dear DIY’s to try, love this black and white spotted window valance.

Dear wedding dreaming, the most gorgeous of natural wedding inspiration.

Dear weekend baking, ridiculously easy peach cobbler.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here.

image via Connected to Fashion // Malene Birger Orietta Trench Coat


Lexi

Modernized 1980s Cape Cod Colonial Home

This family home is beautiful and attainable, and the perfect twist on suburban charm. The family – a couple with four little kids – managed to turn an older home in the suburbs into a modern rustic haven, full of warmth and charming spaces. I’m totally smitten. Suburbia never looked so good.

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“We wanted this home to feel like it had been here for 100 years. The architecture is strangely unsuburbian. It’s very classic.”

The exposed beams, arched doorways, fireplaces, molding treatments and built-ins are all original to the home and perfectly classic. The fresh coat of white paint, white kitchen subway tiles, and modern fixtures, keep the home fresh and chic.

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Lexi

Vintage-Inspired Wedding Fashion: Glam Sequins

My jaw nearly dropped when I first laid eyes on this antique-themed wedding. The wedding itself, set in my new home state, is simple and classic with a few very glamorous handmade touches, but it was the wedding fashion that had me at “hello”.

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Of course the bride’s dress is stunning (seriously, stunning), but how adorable are those mis-matched bridesmaids’ dresses? Each dress has a vintage/throwback vibe that I love; and of course, just the right touch of sparkle.

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Be sure to hop over to the Ruffled Blog  for all of the gorgeous wedding details!

Via Ruffled Blog // Wedding Location: Albemarle, NC // Photographer: Kelly Maughan Photography // Floral Design: Salisbury Flower Shop // Venue: Il Bella Gardens // Wedding Dress: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique // Wedding Shoes: ModCloth // Hair: Traci Almond and Madison McIlwaine // Makeup: Nicole Rose and CO


Lexi

Caprese Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Mayo

On a kick to find new and different dinner options (like these 10 favorite one-pot dinners), I am loving this recipe for Caprese Chicken Sandwiches on crusty ciabatta with Pesto Mayo. These sandwiches are crisp, filling, and full of bright flavors. Fresh mozzarella, Roma tomato slices, basil pesto, and balsamic greens transform the classic elements of a Caprese salad into handheld, hardy sandwich form. Honestly though, anything sandwiched between warm, crusty ciabatta bread will always be delicious in my book.

How to make caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

The best part about this Caprese sandwiches, is that it’s incredibly simple and quick to whip up for your weekday lunch or dinner. Other than sautéing the chicken, all you really need to do is slice, assemble, and eat! To make things even easier, you can pick up a store bought jar of basil pesto (I love Trader Joe’s brand.) Mixing the pesto with a bit of mayonnaise makes a perfect spread to compliment the Italian flavors going on in this sandwich. You can even prepare these sandwiches for your lunch the night before, so that everything’s ready to go by morning. You’ll definitely thank yourself when lunch rolls around!

So without further ado, here’s how to make caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo …

How to make caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

CAPRESE CHICKEN SANDWICHES WITH PESTO MAYO

Serves 2.

INGREDIENTS

2 thinly sliced chicken breasts
Smoked paprika
Garlic powder
Cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ciabatta rolls
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons basil pesto
4 slices of fresh mozzarella
1 Roma tomato
1 cup mixed greens
Balsamic vinegar
Pepper
Salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Season the chicken breast with smoked paprika, garlic powder, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Cook through, set aside, and cover with tinfoil.

3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and place the ciabatta bread directly on the rack. Bake for about 5 minutes, until crisp on the outside & warm and chewy on the inside.

4. While the bread heats, stir together the mayonnaise and pesto until combined. Then, slice the fresh mozzarella and tomato and set aside. Lastly, drizzle the mixed greens with balsamic vinegar.

5. Finally, assemble the sandwiches. Slice the ciabatta rolls in half. Spread pesto mayo generously on each side of the bread. Place one thinly sliced chicken breast onto the bread. Layer on a couple of mozzarella and tomato slices. Top with balsamic greens, slice in half, and serve.

How to make caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

For Detailed Picture Instructions, click through the slideshow below.

Recipe via Rachel of Sugar Coated Inspiration


Lexi