White Chocolate Peanut Butter Munchies

Ladies get ready for the easiest, quickest recipe you’ll ever make! Do you remember those delicious treats called Clodhoppers, graham wafer pieces covered in chocolate! This store bought treat was actually created and produced in Canada, and let me tell you they are addicting! Once you start eating these treats, you can’t stop and this warning goes for this homemade version as well. The best recipes are the ones where you just wing it, no measurements and you just create as you go. You can really make this recipe your own, add your favourite things! You can add different nuts, dried cranberries or fruit, different cereals, the skies the limit! These are sweet, crunchy, crispy yet melt in your mouth good!

Here is the recipe (measurements are estimated)!

1 box Golden Graham cereal (regular size)

2 cup white chocolate (I used white chocolate wafers)

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup chopped cashews

1 tsp vanilla extract

First pour the box of golden grahams and chopped cashews in a large bowl. Next in a small bowl melt your chocolate. ** Now when melting the chocolate you have two options, double boiler or microwave. I don’t have enough patience to melt my chocolate in a double boiler, so I slowly melt it in the microwave and never have a problem. It’s really whatever you are comfortable with!** Once chocolate is starting to melt, add the peanut butter. You want to heat the chocolate with the peanut butter for about 30-60 seconds, just so they combine together smoothly. Lastly add the vanilla extract to the smooth peanut butter chocolate. Now it’s time to gently fold it all together! Pour the chocolate mixture over the golden grahams and fold together until the cereal is coated. It doesn’t need to be perfectly coated.

On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread the mixture evenly and place in the fridge. Allow about 30 minutes to set.

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Enjoy!

*Tip: store this treat in the fridge always, it will last longer and keep the chocolate firm. These will stay fresh and crisp for about 5-7 days.

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Accessorize under $50

I’m back! After taking a few days to re group, I am committed to writing daily and giving you all the best content I can provide. Thank you everyone for the support, I am so grateful for the views! So Let’s jump right back into it!

One thing I love are accessories, I love the look of them and how they can take any outfit to the next level. However, I find myself constantly looking at different items, dreaming about them but never purchasing them. This summer I want to change that, I am going to grow my jewelry collection and expand on it. Jewelry can be every shape, size, colour, length and price point. The sky is the limit whether you enjoy simple jewelry with no colours and very understated or if you like the over sized over the top colourful items. It’s all about you and how you choose accessories to express yourself.

Here my 3 necklaces of choice for summer and perfect for your wallet!

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I am uuh-bsessed with this necklace, it is currently sitting pretty in my shopping cart online ready to purchase. The Pim Larkin Blue Faceted Jewel Necklace for only $36. The colour is so great, it’s a darker cobalt blue which I love. This necklace is a statement piece that I will be wearing with a t-shirt and maxi skirt (black an white). The pop of colour from the necklace will just bring the outfit together. What a great item to add to your collection for such a budget friendly price!

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Everyone needs a little tribal inspiration in their closet! Colourful, structured and different textures make a great accessory. This Zara triple combination necklace in metal and tribal style fabric for only $35. I love how this necklace has fabric wrapped around the metal, and really shows different dimension. It’s such a different piece, and an amazing statement item to have in your closet!

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The ombre effect isn’t just for hair these days, It’s in clothing and accessories (which is amazing)! Tinley Road Multi chain ombre necklace $44. I love how this is a neutral necklace that is understated. It has amazing simplicity and great chain details. Pair it with a white top and shorts, and you have a great summer look! The pop of copper along with the teal will just bring the entire look together.

Get colourful with your accessories this summer!

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Monkey Bread

It’s exciting and challenging to create your own recipes, but sometimes when you come across a recipe as perfect as this one you stick to it. I found this recipe in the book Baked Explorations written by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I purchased this book last year and still am so in love with the amazing recipes inside, they are all so delicious. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I want to feature this Monkey Bubble Bread today, to show the results and giving tips on the process. Pillows of soft dough, smothered in cinnamon sugar and baked in the oven until the bubbles become crisp on the outside..delicious. It is truly heaven on earth, there was no trying to re create this recipe, it’s perfection the way it is. I highly recommend this book for your collection!

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For the bread:

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 teaspoons instant yeast

4 cups all purpose flour

5 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cinnamon coating:

1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar (firmly packed)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

To start make the dough in your mixer add the flour, sugar and salt. Next melt the butter in a small bowl. Then crack your egg in another bowl and beat it with a fork. I like to have these laid out so they are ready to go. Now on medium to low heat in a sauce pan heat the milk, just until warm. Be careful not to warm the milk too much, you want it to be just above room temperature. If the milk is too hot, it will kill the yeast (not good). Next remove milk from heat and whisk the yeast into the warm milk.

*Tip: Whisking the yeast into the warm milk is important, it dissolves the yeast evenly. If you don’t whisk it in, you will get clumps of yeast that don’t dissolve, and actually won’t mix into the dough well.

Turn your mixer on low speed, add the beaten egg and combine. Next slowly add the warm milk. Lastly add the melted butter. Mix until dough has formed into a ball.

*Tip: Don’t over mix your dough, it will become tough and won’t rise well.

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Cover the dough with a towel, and let rest in a warm place for at least an hour.

Get the cinnamon sugar mixture, and bundt pan (spray with non stick spray) ready.

Combine cinnamon and brown sugar into a bowl. Melt the butter in separate bowl.

It’s time to cut the dough into pieces and form the dough bubbles!

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form into individual balls, using your palms to form. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Dip dough into melted butter, then cinnamon sugar and place into pan. Repeat until all dough bubbles are covered.

*Tip: Be generous with the cinnamon sugar, make sure you coat them really well.

Cover pan with a towel, and let cinnamon covered bubbles to rest and double in size for at least an hour.

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Preheat oven to 350 F, and bake for 30 minutes.

Once baked, leave monkey bread in pan for 5 minutes, then flip over onto aplate. Enjoy!

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Splurge or Save?

It’s come that time again! Is this item worth the splurge, or would you rather save? When I come across these items that are a designer or high end brand I always feel my heart race from excitement. It’s exciting to see the new trends and different products that designers release into the world. There’s a price to pay in order to have these gorgeous items unfortunately. Before splurging always shop around because there will be a similar product, just as good for much less money.

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The Ishvara Python sandal for $375.

No question these are a fantastic sandal for summer time, the python adds that sense of luxury. It’s a nice casual flat that you can really pair with anything. I love how the python has a lot of texture from the scales, but also has different neutral colours. It’s a pretty penny to pay for a casual summer sandal.

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Kors by Michael Kors Joni snake print thong sandal $135.

These are a very comparable sandal, with the snake print that replicates the python skin. These also are a great casual sandal that will give you that same luxurious effect that the python does with out spending a lot of money. I’m not a fan of wearing real reptile, I prefer to get something that’s a print or embossed.

Which would you pick? Both are an amazing sandal that will compliment many outfits. You can’t go wrong!

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International Fund for Animal Welfare

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A personal favourite of mine, International Fund for Animal Welfare. Being an animal lover, this organization tugged at my hearts strings.

How I came to learn about IFAW was when I was watching a TV program documenting the issues revolving around illegal seal clubbing. After watching this documentary I started researching this issue further and came across IFAW. Immediately I signed up to receive emails and updates.

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International Fund for Animal Welfare began in 1969. Whether it’s rescuing individual animals, saving habitats, saving the population of animals all over the world IFAW is there to make a difference. IFAW is involved in many different campaigns such as saving seals, defending whales, protecting elephants, helping cats and dogs, fighting animal trafficking and much much more. International Fund for Animal Welfare rescues and protects animals around the world. They have projects in over 40 countries, saving all animals in jeopardy or in harm.

Show your support for IFAW! Sign up today on their website to receive email updates. Begin to educate yourself on the issues around the world, it is our responsibility to make a difference. We determine change in this world, start getting involved and show your support!

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Kissable Smooch

Pucker up Ladies! Let’s be serious, no one likes kissing dry lips. At the same time, no one likes having dried up lips either. It’s uncomfortable, at times painful when it cracks, and over all just not pleasant. But this is reality, it happens! We are all human, and guess what at some point in our lives no matter how much lip moisturizer you apply you are going to get dry lips. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this and really keep your lips healthy.

EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!

Every part on your body needs exfoliation, your skin needs to take a breath! The skin on your lips is one of the most delicate on your body. You want to take care of them, no more neglecting! You should exfoliate your lips 1-2 times a week, at least. Think about it, your lips endure a lot every single day. Every time you eat, food particles stay on your lips (gross, I know), drinking, touching, the list goes on. Your lips deserve a little pampering!

I remember watching Americas Next Top Model and Tyra Banks said to exfoliate the lips using your tooth brush after you finishing brushing at night. But for me, I felt weird brushing dead skin off my lips, then simply rinsing the brush and using it again in the morning. I didn’t feel like that was enough exfoliating, plus having that dead skin particles stuck in tooth brush. It does the trick, but I like to take it one step further and really scrub off that dry skin.

What you will need:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp coconut oil

In a small bowl just mix these three ingredients together, creating a thick paste.

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Before you wash your face and brush your teeth, exfoliate your lips. Just take a little bit of the sugar paste and rub it on your lips in a circular motion. Generally I try to exfoliate for 1 minute, just to make sure I really get all that dry skin off. Also, go a little past your lip all along the edges.

The coconut oil really leaves your lips with that velvety softness, it’s amazing!

Give this a try! Remember to take care of those lip, they often are forgotten about. Keeping up with exfoliating and moisturizing helps prevent fine lines in your lips when you grow older.

Rachel

I remember being obsessed with the show The OC. I considered it a dramatic fantasy that all young girls secretly wished they were in. I watched this show religiously, playing every episode multiple times and never getting sick of them. It will always be that guilty pleasure I go back and watch on a Saturday night with nothing to do. My favourite character of course was Summer A.K.A Rachel Bilson. She is my style icon, I’m always anxiously waiting to see what she will be wearing in the new seasons and how she will take a trend and make it her own. I feel Rachel was noticed on the OC, as the show grew so did her personal style. You can truly watch the gradual blossoming of her style, and now look at her today! Rachel has truly developed herself into a style inspiration for woman around the world. She has such a cool, effortless, chic and stylish look. Rachel Bilson is my celebrity style icon this week!

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There is no denying that no matter what the trend may be, Rachel makes it her own. She lets her personality shine through, and doesn’t allow fashionable trends define her. She will always represent herself, what she is comfortable in and what works for her.

We see Rachel in a lot of great jeans, cut off denim shorts, blazers and dark sunglasses! Pure comfort!

 rachel bilson insp.

SuperTrash Tempo Stripe top, SuperTrash Jaws Jacket, 7 for all man kind mid roll up shorts, ASOS Hollywood heeled sandals, Rayban Wafarer sunglasses, Oryany Tanya Bead Trim Satchel.

It so cool and casual, I love the blazer and shorts combination. It adds that fun sophistication that’s playful.

Don’t lose your personal style in trends, embrace them and simply enhance your style. Don’t be drained out every season by the new trends, let yourself shine through! That’s the most important part in fashion, It’s all about you!