Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 New Year's Eve Hair Tutorial Video


Glamorous Hair in 10 Minutes!

As promised in my 2016 Fall Wedding Style - Jumpsuit or Jumpdon't? post, I have written a follow-up hair and makeup tutorial, just in time for New Year's Eve! Check out my how to video. Step by step instructions and a guide to my favorite products are below. Pro Tip: Bookmark this tutorial for Valentine's Day too. Don't miss the other half of this series, 2016 New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial!

2016 New Year's Eve Makeup Tutorial Video


Glitzy Glamorous Makeup in Only 10 Minutes!


As promised in my 2016 Fall Wedding Style - Jumpsuit or Jumpdon't? post, I have written follow-up hair and makeup tutorials. Better late than never and just in time for the holidays, the sparkliest time of the year! Check out my how to video. A step by step guide and all of my products are listed below! Once your makeup is done, be sure to check out the 2016 New Year's Eve Hair Tutorial Video!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wine Wednesday: New Year's Eve Champagne Punch


wine wednesday sangria

The countdown to New Year's is on and we are getting into the spirit(s) a little early at the Benjamin house. In the spirit of Wine Wednesday, Ross and I have tirelessly and tipsily tested and perfected these Champagne Punch recipes to leave you weak at the knees (no New Year's kiss required).

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Terra's Kitchen - Our First Vessel




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I spend evenings private tutoring once or twice a week after work. This means that I don't usually walk in the door until 7 PM, meaning dinner doesn't hit the table til 7:30 (if we're lucky). Ross knows his way around the kitchen, but most of the recipes we eat are foods I grew up helping cook and the recipes exist in my head. For the last several months, we have been relying on pizza as a staple on my late nights. We call it in and I swing by to pick it up on my way home. This is great, but ultimately expensive and repetitive. Terra's Kitchen to the rescue!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa treated everyone well. Need some last minute recipes to bring to grandma's?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Coco & Chanel's Christmas (Dog) Cookies


dog biscuits treats homemade
Chanel licking her lips for that cookie!!

I love baking Christmas cookies for Ross and other family members during this time of year, but I always feel like I'm leaving Coco and Chanel out of the fun! After Coco's Birthday Biscuits were such a success, I have tweaked the recipe with a seasonal spin. Next time you're making cookie dough, whip up a batch of Christmas Doggy Cookies for your favorite four-legged friend! When wrapped up right, these make unique hostess gifts for friends and family with a dog. I made a triple batch for my pups, my parents and my in-laws. They are a hit all around. Shout out to my mom for helping mix all of that dough, what a work out!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Best Freebies & Money Making Gimmicks of 2016 - Treat Yo Self!


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Over the course of 2016 I stayed a loyal member to many of my survey panels but sought out product testing and other incentivized apps and websites to bolster my income, especially this holiday season (who can't use a few extra dollars for that festive peppermint mocha?? not me!!). It paid off. To date, I have earned $600 in PayPal and Amazon gift cards and the year is not over yet. Now do I have your attention?! Yeah, I thought so!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello, December!



December to me means fuzzy boots (sing along with me...apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur, the whole club was lookin at her...), peppermint everything especially mochas, twinkling lights (and makeup), and SNOW. Where is the snow?! It was 52° in Denville this morning. Nothing like getting out of bed on a December morning covered in sweat. I don't even need snow, I'm not that high maintenance...maybe just some seasonal temperatures? Lower temperatures will definitely be more comfortable for all of the running around we have to do this month...