Thursday

11

February 2016

Mom & Me Goals #EverydayIsLoveDay

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Liliana & Alejandra

 

How do you show love to your mother/daughter everyday?

L: With lots of “I Love you” throughout the day.

A: I talk to my mom every single day about 4-6 times a day and every single time we speak I tell her I love her. Never once do we hang up without saying “I love you”. 

What is your favorite memory with your mother/daughter?

L: Being present with Ale for the birth of my beautiful granddaughter, Gabriella and precious grandson, Alexander.

A: My mom and I have a beautiful relationship, a bond like no other.  She is my best friend.  We look out for each other like no one else. When I was younger and Super Nintendo was the thing… mom and I would stay up late playing (even when I had friends over they loved hanging out with mom) and we would play till we got ahead in the game… then we would take a donut break.  My mom would take us late in the night to Dunkin Donuts to buy some yumminess!

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 If your mom/daughter could have any super power, what would it be?

L: Making things happen instantaneously.

A: The super power of… Regenerative Healing. My mom is a Super Mom, Super Sister, Super Wife, Super EVERYTHING!  There is nothing mom can’t do and she does it all well.  Throughout the years, mom has been the savior of the family.  She has been the guardian all the way from my new born brother whom had a stroke in my mother’s womb in 1990, to my great grandmother and grandmother both dealing with health complications, and onto my  aunt with uterine cancer. All in all, mom is there for everyone 100%.  If mom had this super power of “Regenerative Healing”, it would alleviate her stress level and make the healing process of her loved ones so much quicker.

If you could trade places with your mom/daughter for a day, what would you do different?

L: Absolutely nothing!

A: I personally don’t think I would do anything different in mom’s shoes.  I love who she is and what she represents.  It would be nice to trade places to give mom a less stressful life for one day.  She deserves that and so much more!

If your mom/daughter could be a celebrity, who would they be?

L: Audrey Hepburn

A: Jamie Lee Curtis

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How would your mother/daughter describe you in one word?

L: Caring

A: Loving

How are you alike?

L: Optimistic, family oriented, caring, loyal.

A: You never really know how alike you are to your mom until you have kids of your own.  I have found that my mom taught me so much while growing up and all those “little details” like baking, and holiday traditions, I am also doing with my children.

 How are you different? 

L: I have a strong character and she is more passive.

A: I am a “NOW” person. If something needs to get done I want to do it “NOW” and not wait till tomorrow.   Mom will be ok in waiting a day, or 2 or 3…  She calls me psycho!

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Wednesday

10

February 2016

Marriage Goals #EveryDayIsLoveDay

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Lourdes & Jason’s Love Story

Jason and I met through a mutual friend on a night out. I never thought I would meet my future husband that night. I agreed to go out that night only because my friend begged me to accompany her. That night we connected and talked every day after that. We loved being together even if it meant sitting on the couch watching movies. After 6 months of dating he proposed on a Christmas Eve that included our closest friends, champagne and fireworks. We were married 9 months later and we just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary last September. We have 2 beautiful little girls and we wouldn’t want it any other way. As our wedding song states, “I could not ask for more”.

How do you show love to each other everyday?

L: By holding hands randomly throughout the day. Even when we are surrounded by stress or chaos.

J: With a morning hug and kiss to start the day.

What moment did you know he/she was the one?

L: When he picked me up on our first date. He was such a gentleman!

J: When she invited me to lunch the day after we met.

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How would he/she describe you in one word?

L: Passive

J: Stressed

 Who is your partner’s celebrity crush?

L: Mila Kunis

J: Vin Diesel

 If your wife/partner could choose one thing of yours to get rid of, what would he/she choose?

L: A couple of my shoes. He thinks I have too many which I obviously don’t.

J: My beard

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 How would you complete this sentence? My partner is a natural-born _______

L:  Gentleman

J: Artist

Define his/her perfect day.

L:  His perfect day would include.. ESPN, Latin food, a nap, throwing the ball around with our girls.

J: Wake up, check her phone, drink coffee, lay in bed, watch movies, maybe go to the beach or go shopping.

What is his/her zodiac sign?

L: Aries

J: Pisces

Share your favorite memory with your partner.

L: Our wedding day!

J: Definitely our wedding day.

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Friday

5

February 2016

Best Friend Goals #EverydaysIsLoveDay

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Tell us about your relationship with your best friend

It’s a completely selfless friendship. Our love for each other is pure and forever and we will go to the end of the earth for one another.

How do you show love to each other every day?

Alina: Little presents, giving her a hard time, telling her how great she is, a kiss on the cheek and pressing her to set a date for a sleepover.

Ana: We see each other every day and still greet each other with a hug and a kiss on the cheek every time we see each other. Especially her she shows more love than me lol

What is your favorite memory together?

Alina: We have so many but the best were our days at air Florida when we sat next to each other and ate fishes and painted our nails behind our bosses back

Ana: There are too many!!! Working together at Air Florida (where we met), love parties

How would your bestie describe you in one word?

Alina: Amazing

Ana: The best!

What is your best friend’s pet peeve?

Alina: Being called customer service

Ana: Being messy, she is very organized and is always saying how messy I am and unorganized!!

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What animal is your best friend most like?

Alina: Cat

Ana: Koala Bear

If your best friend could have lunch with a famous person, who would it be?

Alina: Joe Manganiello

Ana: Wow tough one. Because she is a celebrity herself but I think Barbara Bermudez

If your best friend were on a reality show, which show would it be?

Alina: Telenovela

Ana: The Kardashians

How are you alike:

Alina: Tall and loving

Ana: Have big hearts

How are you different?

Alina: Comfort zone, try it all

Ana: She is scared of nothing and I am scared of everything! She is always telling me I need to take risks in life and get on planes!

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Thursday

4

February 2016

Fluffy TAILgate 2016

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Kick off the big weekend with our fluffy friends.

Watch our adorable video of seven, three-month-old siblings playing their first football scrimmage here.

You can adopt your favorite team player during the Fluffy TAILgate Party & Pet Adoption Event.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Thursday

4

February 2016

Spring Lookbook 2016

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TODAY IS THE BEST DAY EVER

 

This collection is a reminder that TODAY is the best day ever. The silhouettes, water colors, and affirmations were all designed to inspire the world to believe that life is pretty amazing. My goal is to create styles that are comfortable, feminine, and romantic, reminding myself, and everyone around me, to find balance and love in our daily lives. EVERYDAY is a gift; I am devoted to this moment. The best is not yet to come the best i already here.

I believe a woman should always be confident, comfortable, and elegant wherever she goes. Elegance is an attitude.

-Alina Villasante


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Wednesday

3

February 2016

Sister Goals #EverydayIsLoveDay

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Katrina & Natalie

Tell us about your relationship with your sister

N: We text all day everyday and get each other through our busy weeks.

K: We speak all day. One of us texts each other as soon as we wake up. I guess by being in each other’s lives daily. I always know she will be there for me.

What is your favorite memory together?

N: So many- but maybe sinking in quick sand in Maine or summers in New York City.

K: There is too many to choose from, but probably getting stuck in quicksand.

How would your sister describe you in one word?

N: Caring

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N: When I keep her on the phone too long.

K: When someone is chewing with their mouth open (also too many to choose from haha).

What animal is your sister most like?

N: Baby panda

K: Lion

If your sister could have lunch with any famous person who would it be?

N: Justin Beiber

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N: Cross-country

K: Tennis

How are you alike?

N: We look alike – we like shopping and spending time together. We are picky meat eaters- well done only. We have the same values in life.

K: We share the same family values and we love a good time.

How are you different?

N: She says I’m more social and talk a lot.

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Monday

1

February 2016

Relationship Goals #EveryDayIsLoveDay

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Samantha & Hunter’s Love Story

Hunter was my first date (and only date) on Match! We’ve been together two years and engaged for about three months now. Our first date was actually very awkward and I wasn’t sure if I would keep seeing him but my Mom told me to give him another chance and I am glad I did! He can be very corny and over-the-top so I had a hard time believing he was real at first, but when the corniness never faded and each date was better and more thoughtful than the last I knew he was sincere! About a year into our relationship he got a job in another state and moved away, so we’ve been doing the long distance thing for almost half our relationship. It is very difficult but I also think it brought us closer and helped us appreciate each other more. He truly is the most thoughtful and good-hearted man I’ve ever known and I am so lucky to have found him.

 

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How do you show love to each other everyday?

S: Since we are long distance it’s a little more difficult to show love everyday in the traditional sense, but we always send each other good morning/good nigh texts and talk on the phone whenever we have a chance!

HI make sure to text her first thing when I wake up and right before she falls asleep everyday. 

What moment did you know he/she was the one?

S: When he drove an hour to take me to get ice cream! Seriously though, as cheesy as it sounds, I think I knew after our first kiss. It took him four dates for him to build up the courage to do it and I remember texting my friend after “I think I found my husband.”

HThere wasn’t one clear moment. It was a culmination of lots of little moments. One day, I just knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

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How would he/she describe you in one word?

S: Silly

H: Gentleman

 If your wife/partner could choose one thing of yours to get rid of, what would he/she choose?

S: Probably my giant stuffed animal named Big Bunny. I’ve slept with him every night since I was 8 years old. He’s old and has seen better days but I can’t let him go!

H: Probably my recliner. She already got rid of my old shoes.

 How would you complete this sentence? My partner is a natural-born _______

S: GPS. Seriously- he can navigate anywhere without an issue.

H: Artist. She’s so creative with everything she does. Photography, gift giving, problem solving, everything has a creative touch.

 Define his/her perfect day.

S: Sleep in late, eat a big home-cooked breakfast, go to a Packers game or watch one on TV, stop at a bar after for beer, pool and pizza, end the night on the couch with a good movie and me (hopefully).

H: Any day where we get to spend it together, exploring a new area or city.

 What is his/her zodiac sign?

S: Gemini

H: Sagittarius 

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Share your favorite memory with your partner.

S: That time he took me to Paris and proposed at the Palace Versailles.

H: Well that would definitely be when I proposed to her in Versailles. I proposed in the gardens outside the palace. It was pretty magical. 

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Monday

25

January 2016

Brunch for your Valentine

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Skip the long wait times at restaurants this holiday and treat your sweetie to an exquisite homemade brunch. To help you plan the perfect brunch, we have put together a five-item menu that will impress your valentine. Who doesn’t love mimosas and french toast?

Cocktail: Amour a Mosa

Kick off your romantic brunch with a Mosa.

Recipe By: Stephen Phillips

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Ingredients

1 chilled bottle of Champagne
1 1/2 oz. vodka, infused with orange
1 oz. chilled mango juice
1 oz. chilled orange juice
1 fresh viola, pansy or nasturtium flower, depending on your color mood (these are edible, but make sure no chemicals have been added)

Preparation

1.Pour vodka and juices in a chilled fluted glass, and fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.

2.Garnish by placing one of the edible flowers atop the drink.

Red Velvet French Toast Stuffed with Vanilla Cheesecake:

This French toast will take you to Red Velvet heaven.

Recipe By: Cafe Delites

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Ingredients

4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar set aside and allowed to “sour” for 5 minutes)
2 tablespoons sugar (or natural granulated sweetener)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons red food colouring (30 mls | 1oz)
8 slices bread, halved (so you end up with 16 bread halves)

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Filling:
8oz (250g) tub reduced fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar (or natural granulated sweetener)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Fresh raspberries

Preparation

  1. For French Toast: Whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, sugar, vanilla, food coloring and cocoa in a shallow bowl until smooth and lump free.
  2. Alternatively, combine these ingredients in a small blender or magic bullet cup; blend until smooth and transfer the egg wash to a large shallow bowl.
  3. Dip bread slices into egg wash and press lightly a few times to soak through completely. Flip each slice and repeat with each bread until slices all are evenly coated.
  4. Heat a large nonstick pan/skillet over low-medium heat and fry the bread in batches of 3 or 4, turning once until just cooked through. Remove and place onto a warmed plate.

For Cheesecake Filling: While french toast is frying, make your cheesecake filling. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla paste in a medium sized bowl, and whip until light and fluffy. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of filling onto 6 toast halves; spread to evenly coat; top with remaining toast halves to create a sandwich. Drizzle with melted chocolate; top with remaining cream (optional); dust with icing/confectioners sugar and serve with berries

Pan-fried Fingerling potatoes with Bacon

Delicious, crispy brunch side dish.

Recipe By: Kacey

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Ingredients

1½ lbs fingerling potatoes, sliced into ¼-1/2 inch rounds.

6-7 slices of bacon (I used half of a 375 g package) sliced lengthwise and then into smaller pieces.

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary

5-7 sage leaves (depending on size)

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender (do not overcook!) Drain and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process. Pat dry.
  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until desired doneness is reached, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan (but leave all that bacon grease in the pan!)
  3. Add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want a nice golden brown colour to them.
  4. Stir in bacon, rosemary, garlic, and sage. I left the sage whole for added flavour, and it can be easily picked out. Cook for a couple of minutes or until garlic is nice and aromatic.
  5. Serve.

Hashbrown Egg Nests with Avocado

Eggs, bacon, and cheese all in a potato bowl??? D-E-L-I-S-H

Recipe By: Farah

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Ingredients

15 oz frozen shredded hash browns, thawed

1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 medium eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

1 tablespoon Cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 tablespoon parsley, chopped

2 avocados, sliced and chilled

Preparation

  1. Mix hash browns, salt, pepper, olive oil and 1 cup Cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl
  2. Grease the muffin pan and divide hash brown mixture. Use your fingers to pack them tightly and shape them into nests
  3. Bake at 425 degrees F or until the edges have browned and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes
  4. Crack a medium egg into each nest and season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. Top with crumbled bacon, 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese and parsley
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F until the egg whites set, about 13 to 16 minutes
  7. Let it cool, gently slide a knife along the edges and use a fork to lift it out of the pan
  8. Dish and serve with chilled avocado slices

Omelet Bar

Create your own omelet with hearty veggies, your choice of meat, and cheese. YUM!

Recipe By: Chef Menus

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The Set-Up

You will need space for:
A sturdy heatproof table (no smaller then card table size)
One or two stand alone electric cooktops
One or two 8-inch omelet pans or non-stick skillets
Mixing bowls and forks for beating the eggs. Two rubber spatulas or wooden forks for cooking
Paper towels for wiping pans.Damp towel to wipe up spills
Bowls and spoons to hold filling items. Line up bowls on the table so guests can choose their favorites
Serving plates on or near the omelet bar

The Fillings

Prepare as many or as few filling items as you wish. For each omelet, in total, add about 2-3 tablespoons of one or several fillings. Avoid over stuffing of adding too many moist ingredients. This will reduce the risk of the omelet tearing when you flip it out of the pan

Cheese: shredded or crumbled cheddar. jack, blue, feta, parmesan

Vegetables: Finely chopped mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, fresh spinach leaves, plum tomatoes, sweet pepper, avocado, hot pepper. shallots. green onion, red onion and garlic. For best flavor, vegetables should be seasoned and steamed or lightly sautéed in butter. If that’s not possible, make sure they are finely diced or chopped. Season when placed on omelet, before folding.

Seasonings: Salt, freshly ground pepper, cayenne, chili powder, curry powder.
Seasonings can be lightly beaten directly into the eggs or scattered on top of the other fillings

Meats/seafood: Crisply cooked bacon, fully cooked ham, prosciutto, browned and drained italian or pork sausage, small cooked shrimp, crabmeat or lobster

Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad

Easy-to-make, refreshing fruit salad.

Recipe By: Maria and Josh

Watermelon Blackberry and Mint Salad 4 Brunch for your Valentine Ingredients

3 cups cubed watermelon
1 1/2 cups blackberries
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
Juice of one lime

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, blackberries, and mint. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the fruit. Gently toss and serve.

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Friday

15

January 2016

Valentine’s Day Event 2016

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Recap of our Valentine’s Day Collection launch event featuring a meet and greet with our very own in-house artist and designer, Amanda Garcia! Her custom work is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones. Preview her artwork and place your order for a personalized illustration just in time for February 14th. #EverydayIsLoveDay

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Wednesday

6

January 2016

2016 #PLWResolutions

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