Cooking up my holiday body.
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Especially with eating pizza! Check out this recipe:
• 1 Profile Pizza Crust
• ½ cup Profile Red Pepper Sauce
• 3 slices of tomatoes
• Basil leaves as desired
• Minced garlic as desired
• 1 ½ tbsp. Parmesan cheese
• Profile Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette if desired
• Spread red pepper sauce onto pizza crust
• Sprinkle parmesan cheese onto pizza crust
• Slice a medium-sized red tomato and add 3 slices to the pizza
• Finely mince one clove of garlic and sprinkle on the pizza
• Top your pizza off with a few leaves of basil for garnish
• Cook pizza according to package
• Drizzle with Profile Rosemary Balsamic Vinaigrette if desired.
• Cut and enjoy!
Halloween may look different this year, but have no fear - I have some awesome at home Halloween themed lifestyle ideas that you can do at home with your family, friends or yourself! Treat Yo Self - see what I did there?
Halloween Charcuterie Board
How amazing is this!? I took the traditional charcuterie board and Halloween the mess out of it. You can really add anything you like on it! To make this board I used:
Spooky Morning Smoothie
Why not start your day off with a healthy treat - because let's face it the rest of the day is blown with sweets. This was a simple and easy Halloween smoothie thats both good for you and great to try. This is what you'll need:
Blend and serve - I decorated it with some eyes and of course a side of worms.
First of all, who does not like Smarties!? You're Halloween candy haul is completely wasted if there are no classic Smarties in your bag. I've taken Smarties and took it to the next level with a cocktail. All you need is your favorite sparkling wine, drop a classic Smarties lollipop in the glass and enjoy the magic!
Candy Bath Bomb
Why not "treat" yourself this Halloween to some Candy flavored and Glitter Bath Bombs? That sounds pretty sweet to me. Indulge in a night time bath with bath bombs that dissolve with sweet flavors but sweet for your skin. Also, there's a treat inside each once they dissolve! I got these amazing bombs from Ulta - perfect ending to a great Halloween night in.
Post Candy Skin Routine
VitamSave this for the day after or let's be honest - week after eating all that candy. Yes, I too like to indulge in some sweets around Halloween but it can be very bad for your skin - I think that could be the most terrifying thing. Make sure you do a great cleaners, hydrated mask like this Pumpkin 24k Gold Mask followed by a great moisturizer. I picked these up at Ulta as well, see below:
Halloween can still be a great and fun day - just with a new twist, which of these lifestyle ideas would you try this Halloween?
Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is Fire Prevention Month! Help ensure your home and family are ready for the unexpected by installing smoke & CO alarms and having fire extinguishers!
Hey guys! I know typically I am talking about all things luxe, but nothing is more luxurious than being safe in your own home! Did you know that October is Fire Prevention Month? This is a friendly reminder and some tips on how to ensure your home and family are ready for the unexpected by installing/checking your smoke and CO alarms and having a fire extinguisher. I’m getting ready to move into my new Condo and I want to make sure my safety is a priority.
Growing up, I only remember going over fire safety at school - never in the home. I think culturally, Black families don’t talk a lot about fire prevention, safety and having a plan to safely get out of the house. As a single woman who lives with just myself and my little dog Ralph, my safety and his means a lot to me. Especially when I have to leave my home and leave Ralph, who is my dog baby alone. I want to make sure I have the proper tools/resources to ensure he stays safe if something were ever to happen. However, it is really important to have the tools and resources ready just in case the unimaginable happens. Let me ask you these important questions:
If even one of these questions is a no, let’s get on it TODAY! Did you know, “3 out of 5 home fires deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.” (Source: National Fire Protection Association).
Now, I know I’m typically bringing the heat, so I also need to make sure I’m ready to put out a fire. I think still to this day, my parents do not have a fire extinguisher in their house - I’m going to make sure I fix that for them ASAP and get them one of these First Alert Kitchen Fire Extinguishers for their home. This is the first time that I’ll be owning my own fire extinguisher in my new home. Especially since right now, we are all spending more time at home and experimenting in the kitchen - did you know that the #1 cause of fires is due to unattended cooking?
This is why it’s so important to have an extinguisher within arm’s reach! Knowing that my house is set up for safety makes me sleep better at night but also during the day when I may need to leave, especially leaving Ralph at home by himself. Do you have a fire safety checklist? I didn't even know this was a thing, and I am almost 35 years old! However, there is no shame in implementing a plan at any time - even now. Make sure your fire safety checklist includes: when you are replacing alarms, when you are checking them, when to change your batteries in alarms and of course - your plan for a safe emergency exit!
Please make sure you develop, implement and review frequently your fire safety plans. If you need one of these amazing First Alert Kitchen Fire Extinguishers or Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms with a 10-Year Sealed Battery - you can head over to Lowe’s and purchase one! There is really no price on you or your family’s safety and well-being. If you can prevent something from happening, why wouldn’t you.
Oh yes, it is Pumpkin Spice Season! It's one of my favorite times of the year, and I hope it is for you too. Pumpkin spice to me just seems to kick off all things cozy and warm. I thought I'd put together a list of a couple of my favorite Pumpkin Spice products for all my fellow lovers.
Now, I know everyone does not share the same love of Pumpkin Spice as me - but I encourage you to maybe try something on the list that you wouldn't necessary try - you may be surprised!
Who doesn't love a good pancake!? I love these seasonal pancakes from First Watch! They have just the right amount of pumpkin and spice in them. Head over to your local First Watch and try these before they are gone.
Now, if you are a coffee lover - than you need to try this Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew from Starbucks. At first I did not think I would like it, but it is delicious! The pumpkin spice foam on top really makes it pop.
Pumpkin Body Soaps/Scrubs
Talk about luxe body care! My friends over at & Sundries knows what they are doing! They have these amazing Pumpkin spice candles, body lotion, body soaps and whipped soaps in stock right now. These smell and feel amazing - I suggest you hurry into their store to try one or all of these before the sell out - once they are gone, they are gone!
This is not your typical kombucha! Skinny Piggy has made an amazing pumpkin patch kombucha that is so refreshing! If you have never tried Skinny Piggy Kombucha, I suggest you do. There are so many great health benefits in Kombucha - I love how smooth theirs is. This is only available in Cincinnati and they are offering contactless delivery!
Pumpkin Hard Seltzer
Pumpkin Spice hard seltzer? Sign me up! My friends at VIVE knocked it out the park with this one. This is an adult friendly beverage that is only 100 calories and all natural ingredients. I literally found the last case at my local Kroger when I went to look for it, you better hurry and try it yourself.
Pumpkin Spice Makeup
Yes, Pumpkin Spice comes in makeup too! How cute are these two products from Too Faced cosmetics. I love this matte pumpkin spice lip color and warm and spicy eye palette - it also smells like Pumpkin spice! I found these at my local Ulta Beauty.
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
So, guys, my health journey over this last month has been a little bit challenging. I moved and it completely through my routine off. All my stuff is in my new place while renovation is still being done - so I have been staying at my parent’s house that has all source of temptations.
My mother is known for her amazing cooking and baking so there is always something delicious and maybe necessarily not the best for me to eat. I’ve been able however to stay focused because Profile by Sanford has giving me the tools and plan that I already know how to refocus and get right back on track.
I’m not going to lie; I went completely off my plan for a week or so and my body/mood definitely let me know they weren’t happy. I used the excuse of moving and being temporarily at my parents as an excuse on why I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. I thought about all my hard work and how easily that can be outdone but slipping back into old habits.
That’s one thing I love at Profile by Sanford, even when you slip up or don’t stick to your plan - you don’t feel ashamed of telling your coach - they are there to encourage you and uplift you to start again!
You should join me! You can use my special code MORGAN for a discount, so make sure you check it out.
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I’ve never really told the story of how I found my fur baby, Ralph. I really did not plan at all. Let me take you back to almost two years ago. I was still working my corporate job, juggling two businesses, and everything else a busy woman deals with. My mom had lost her German Shepherd who we all loved dearly, he had lived a great long life however, and was ready to get another puppy. I knew of a local shelter that took in animals for people to adopt and they would frequently post pictures of new arrivals and breeds that my mom was interested in.
I decided to tell her to meet me there so we can check out some of the recent German Shepherd puppies they had recently got in. They were all so adorable. While my mom was looking at the puppies, I looked over in a different pen and saw this furry little white ball in the midst of all the little dark Yorkies. It was Ralph. A little girl picked him up and, in my head, I said, “Put my dog down.” I had to have him, and I did!
My house and I were totally NOT prepared to adopt a puppy. If I knew what I knew now - I would have been really prepared. This includes knowing about Hartz® Dog Diapers and Male Wraps! These are definitely a must-have tool for welcoming a dog into any home. Now, that I have Ralph, I use the Hartz® Male Wraps, while we are traveling to either my parents’ house or beyond. Ralph loves my parents and every time he sees them he gets so excited he has a little accident. These Hartz® Male Wraps are highly absorbent and made with patented FlashDry® Gel technology, which instantly turns urine into gel for up to 6 hours of leak-proof protection. This comes in handy when traveling for more than a couple of hours on the road. My Ralph has to say fresh!
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Getting Ralph was one of the best decisions of my life. Even though we went through some of my favorite rugs, blankets, pillows, and clothes due to some potty-training issues. I wish I had used Hartz products and I encourage you to use them when welcoming your new adopted puppy into your home. Hartz® Dog Diapers and Male Wraps are available now on Amazon, Chewy.com, and Walmart.com.
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Leaders hang with Leaders.
This is one reason I joined the Talent Magnet Community! After my first month as a member of the Talent Magnet Community, I know I can conquer anything thrown at me. Leading at this time last year looked very different than leading now. With expert content in my virtual library, including downloadable worksheets to implement what I am learning, I feel better equipped to manage others and myself well.
Talent Magnet is helping me better balance relationships, work, community and life. As you can see I’m hanging with this great leader and connector, Eric Kearney - leaders role with leaders ✨
It gets hard sometimes to balance everything, but you don't have to! I encourage everyone to seek a community/tribe that not only cares about your business growth but your personal development as well. So often we get caught up in the day to day business that we forget to invest in ourselves. Also, we get into the mindset that we don't need help, but every coach needs a coach!
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Cocktail time 🍹
You ever notice you drink more when you’re single? Maybe because drinks never let you down 😂😂 just kidding..
Check out this tasty cocktail I created with @pspiritz pineapple coconut vodka! I called it “Blood Orange Breeze” and imagine myself on a beach while drinking it. It’s also low calorie!
Enjoy! Looking where to find Phoenix Spritz (which is also a Black Owned Liquor Brand) click here!
Travel right now looks different for everyone, but that does not mean you can not do it safely. I decided to head out with sidekick/child Ralph and travel an hour and half to both Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. Check out these Eat, Play and Stay Ideas - and how to do it safely!
Stay: The Moxy Hotel
This is a super cute and chic hotel located in The Short North district of Columbus. They have a whole strip of shops, restaurants and hotels. What I loved about The Moxy is, it of course is pet friendly! Ralph was able to enjoy his stay just as much as me.
-When I arrived, the front desk had a plastic shield separating the guest and service representative
-The elevator only is for one guest/party at a time
-There were signs about social distancing and staying 6 feet apart throughout the entire hotel
-Hand sanitizers were also around the hotel
-House keeping only comes after your stay, you can call the front desk if you need something but to keep the spread down - house keeping doesn't enter your room daily
I would definitely recommend The Moxy to anyone who wants a short staycation in Columbus. The view was absolutely beautiful and it was in walking distance of everything you needed! Leah and her staff were great - make sure you tell her I sent you!
Eat: The Royce
I mean, just look at these pictures! The Royce is located in Polaris Mall. This is also a black owned business - which you don't see any/many of in Polaris Mall.
For dinner I had the deviled eggs, wedge salad, mac n cheese, short rib and cinnamon pull bread. Everything was delicious and the service was great! Make sure you visit The Royce when you stay in Columbus. They have outdoor and indoor seating - depending on your comfortability or even to-go. Digital menus are also available via the phone to limit touch.
Play: Polaris Fashion Place
What's a getaway without a little retail therapy?! Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio is the perfect place to shop and safely! I felt very comfortable shopping in some of my favorite stores including Saks - in which the have a lot of safety and health measures in place.
Make sure you stop by Polaris Fashion Place and check out all the great ways they are keeping everyone safe!
Before you Go...Brunch
I found this cute breakfast spot right near my hotel that was dog friendly outside, couldn't leave Ralph behind! Northstar cafe had up dividers between tables ensuring social distancing - a great way to start the morning.
Stay: The Galt House Hotel
The Galt House is located in downtown Louisville, right near the water. The view from my room was so nice and peaceful. This hotel is also pet friendly, so Ralph was able to come with me here as well.
Rooms range from standard to suites. I was able to check out a suite and it was really nice! This would be a perfect option for a family to stay in. What I also liked was parking was right under the hotel - it made it easy and convenient to get to the hotel lobby.
At check in - The Galt House had social distancing in place as well as hand sanitizers at all the check in stations, with the staff wearing masks.
Another perk about this hotel is you don't have to travel far for food, there were two restaurant options you could choose from. I talk about mine, below. Make sure you check out The Galt House next time you travel to Louisville.
Play: The Bluegrass Outlets
Have you ever been to the Outlets of Bluegrass?
Personally, I think this outlet is one of Kentucky's best kept secrets. This outdoor outlet mall is the perfect choice for safe distancing shopping. They have some of your favorite shops like H&M, Coach, Express, Gucci and more.
I also loved that this outlet is pet friendly! Ralph was able to come and walk around with me. They even had a really nice dog park where Ralph could walk around and enjoy his time as well, safely! Depending on the store he was allowed to come inside with me, so just be sure to check first before you go what stores allow pets inside.
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This restaurant is located next/inside The Galt House and let me tell you, baby it was everything. Swizzle, "is a retro-style supper club for the modern diner. Hearkening back to a time when patrons could enjoy an enticing supper, fine cocktails, and good company whenever they wanted, Swizzle serves up prime steaks, sustainable seafood, local produce, and head-spinning cocktails – all surrounded by the best river and city views in Louisville. Swizzle boasts twin revolving floors, an open concept kitchen, and an expansive bar."
This is a super cute place to go with a significant other or a fun girls night (when we can). The food was absolutely amazing! I had the shrimp cocktail with green tomato cocktail sauce, filet, spinach salad, asparagus, mac n cheese and duck fat potatoes - whew! The service was amazing, the view was outstanding - I can't say enough about this place.
If you do go out of town, please be sure to stay safe as well as others around you. I was sure to keep my distance when I got back into town and monitor my health. It's important to still have fun and live your life but we want to make sure we do it the safe and healthy way!
Would you travel to these places?
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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