Thursday, April 16, 2015

Perfect for Summer Sippin': A Cucumber Cooler

One of the best steakhouses on my little island serves a drink called, "Cucumber Cooler."I'm not positive what is in it, but it's amazingly refreshing and needed to grace our household with its presence. AJ's father was quite taken with them and regularly buys the ingredients for our version of this delightful drink. 

The party people:
Club Soda

How they get down:
1/3 vodka, 1/3 Sprite, 1/3 Club Soda

Fill a glass with ice and pour in the desired amount of vodka. I do abut 1/3 of the glass, along filling the rest of the glass 1/2 and 1/2 with Sprite and Club Soda. 

Here's the cucumber part. I personally like to spiralize my cucumber because it makes a pretty glass and it's easy to avoid the seeds.. AJ just cuts up a cucumber and dumps it in. Tomato, Tomahto, whichever you like, do that - just get it in the glass! 

Hopelessly Ever After

Happy Thursday loves!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Radha Beauty Products Review & Code

I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of putting oil in my hair. I think it's counter-productive to add the substance that I'm trying so hard to get rid of. Despite my prior convictions, I gave in and tried it out. I thought, " Why not? Women all over the world seem to love it."

I'll be very honest, the only reason I tried Radha Argan Oil is because it was free. My curiosity got the better of me and before I knew it I had signed myself up to be a guinea pig. My thoughts?

The size of the bottle is satisfactory. It's a pretty blue color and comes with the dropper top. The smell leaves a little to be desired, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to smell like. It is 100% pure and certified organic which does give it a ton of brownie points in my book. Oh, and it's not tested on animals. 

I've tried it on wet hair and it does produce a nice smooth texture on my hair, but it also weighs it down. I did not apply it to my roots for this very reason. My hair is naturally oily and did not need any help in that department. 

I also applied it to my face and neck but within 30 minutes washed it off. It did not soak in how I would like to and I just felt oily. Not a pretty feeling. 

I think the concept of an oil product may be great for many people, I'm just not one of them. On the other hand, the fractionated coconut oil is a winner. 

Along with the Radha Argan Oil, I received a 16 oz. bottle of fractionated coconut oil. I am IN LOVE with it. You're probably wondering what the hell fractionated coconut oil is right? It's essentially a form of coconut oil that stays a liquid and does not return to a solid at room temperature. 

The bottle is large enough for a huge variety of uses and the price can not be beaten. It's normally $13.89 but use the code RCOCONUT and get it for $5! I just bought a second bottle and I'm not finished with the first yet. 

So far, I've used it as massage oil and a carrier oil for my essential oils. 

I'm not sure if you know, but coconut oil is great for cooking, it's excellent on skin because it's full of fatty acids,  it's antiseptic and  great as a disinfectant. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NY Adventures

In case you hadn't caught up to my last post, I was in NY city with a bunch of girlfriends from Ft. Lauderdale last week. I flew in Thursday evening and came back Sunday night. Three nights was plenty for me to get it out of my system and lose enough sleep that I'm still catching up! This girl can't hang with the party crowd anymore. 

Thursday night I got to my friends apartment, changed, and we immediately went to meet the rest of the group at the same bar we had so much fun in last year. The owner brought us a round of shots and an anniversary sign to celebrate Florida coming back to his bar. If you're ever in the Chinatown area, check out Whiskey Tavern!

Day two started with an hour long wait for Carnegie Deli and resulted in me being shit on my a bird while standing in line. Whomp whomp. At least the food was excellent; my patience was running out. The pastrami and corned beef sandwich - a winner! 

The second place we hit was a little store called the Peanut Butter & Co, heard of it before? Our group split a bagel with spicy peanut butter, honey and cinnamon, a PB&J banana on a hot dog bun and a grilled peanut butter, honey and bacon sandwich. Top it off with a little milk and it's perfection!

Walking around Greenwich village led us to a bar called Off the Wagon. We went in for one drink and ended up staying for hours. This group of thirty-somethings  decided to polish off our beer pong skills against a couple random dudes (not pictured). Hours of beer and cocktails later, we crossed the street to one of the tiniest darkest bars anyone could hope to find, the Old Rabbit Club. To get into it, you have to enter through this dark shady hole of a door marked only with a white rabbit. The black door lets you into a tiny space crammed with bodies drinking beer.  The bar I can do, the bars bathroom? Hell no. I wanted to purell myself from head to toe. 

The next morning was beautiful! A coupe of the girls met up and headed to the upper west side. We walked to Grays Papaya, which is worth visiting, then headed into Central park to see Strawberry Fields. Along the way to the Alice in Wonderland statue, we stopped for dessert and mimosas! Amazing. 

The rest of the day found us in Brooklyn galavanting through the Lager Factory and Whiskey Brooklyn. I managed to survive the trip WITHOUT doing a shot and a beer or getting drunk for that matter. I'm not sure where all the drinks went!

I love the time with my friends, but I'm so glad to be back on my little rock in the ocean. It really is the flip flop life for me. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Weekly Favorites

O N E || I passed my K-6 Certification exam! 
I've been studying my ass off and by passing this it means I will legally be allowed to teach kindergarten to 6th grade next year! 

 After my test AJ had the brilliant idea to celebrate with sushi and drinks. That man knows the way to my heart, although it's not so complicated. 

T W O || Firmoo Glasses 
I had been debating on ordering from Firmoo for quite a while. Other bloggers had received pairs and they always looked like something I could wear. I wear my glasses every damn day and needed a second pair just in case. 

Recently I was contacted by Firmoo to review a pair and I was psyched! I ordered this pair and they were so much better in person than I had thought they would be. At the price they are listed at I was astonished. I have a pair of name-brand glasses from my eye doctor and these are just as good, if not better than those! No joke, I'm ordering every pair of glasses from them for now on. 

T H R E E || My Mug Swap mug! 
I was paired with the lovely Kendra from Kenji is Here and she sent me this adorable octopus mug. Isn't it perfect? 

F O U R || I'm blogging from a plane on the way to NYC! Well, let me correct that, I'm blogging from the bar in the airport waiting on my plane to NY. A month or two ago a group of girlfriends and I planned this trip and I can not wait to be reunited with them! Stay tuned for a massive amount of trip photos next week! 

Have a great weekend and if you want to follow along on our NY shenanigans, check out my IG. @livinonsweettea

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chocolate-Chip | Peanut Butter | Banana | Protein Pancakes

These beautiful babies were for breakfast last week and I knew I had to share them with you! They were the best protein pancakes I've made yet.. but then again when it's got choc chips and peanut butter you can't really go wrong.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes
1 ripe banana
1 scoop protein powder ( I used my fav.  Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow) 
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg + 2 egg whites
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp almond milk.
Chocolate chips
Natural Peanut Butter
  • Combine liquid ingredients in blender, followed by banana and  protein powder.
  •  Blend until smooth. 
  • Pour small circles into a preheated and sprayed pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and flip when the pancakes start to bubble.
  • Top with peanut butter and a couple more chocolate chips and enjoy!