Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wait! What? I was nominated for something?

When I received Angie's email yesterday congratulating me for being nominated for TWO Best of Blog Awards I was honestly taken aback.

Especially since I haven't been bloging regularly since... summer?  Fall brought new challenges of having to study for my agent's permit and a new school year for the kids.  Then it was the holidays, then it was trying to recuperate from the holidays... 

The point being that I haven't been as present as I used to be and yet someone still thought of me when it came to nominate their favorites. Mind boggling as I had accepted the fact that my relevance in "blogland" had really taken a nosedive... and that was okay.

2015 My So-Called Chaos Best of Blog Awards

I was nominated for the Popular Parent award which really brought a smile to my face. Being a mommy is my favorite & most challenging job and for someone to recognize that really makes me feel good.  I don't blog often about my kids, but if you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram & Twitter they're the true stars! Maybe the nomination is a sign I should bring more of them to the blog?  


I was also nominated for the Fierce Fashionista award.  As a "bigger" girl on a budget, I appreciate the fact that I've inspired someone with my quirky, budget-friendly style. Even if I haven't posted an outfit since the Fall, I promise that I have been getting dressed every day!  With a small, cluttered home and below freezing, snowy weather getting a good fashion post together is nearly impossible! I'll be back in the Spring with more outfit posts, I promise!

See! I got dressed!
All this to say that it really, truly is an honor to be nominated. Thank you to whoever remembered I still existed and made the nomination. If you'd like to show your support for me, and many others, visit My So Called Chaos for the first round of voting!


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Snacking Lately: Homemade Hummus


It's no secret that my husband is handy in the kitchen and just recently he has totally perfected the most delish hummus ever!  I'm not usually a big hummus fan...  But when he decides to make a batch, he'll have me taste test it throughout his process so he's sure I'm happy with it and well... it's always just right.  I guess you can say the secret ingredient is love. *wink*


Ingredients:
Sesame seeds & olive oil (to make the tahini, if you make it yourself)
Chick peas
Garlic
Lemon Juice
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Cumin

Directions:
First he starts by making his own tahini. To do this, simply roast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan on the stovetop (you can also roast them on a cookie sheet in the oven, but hubby likes the control everything of doing it in the pan). Once roasted, let them cool.
Once cooled, mix 1 cup roasted sesame seeds to a 1/4 cup oil in a food processor... add the oil gradually, to end up with your desired consistency. 
Refrigerate (hubby often makes his tahini ahead of time so it's ready to go when he wants to make the hummus, we usually keep a jar in the fridge).

Now on to the best part... the hummus!!
First, peel the chick peas.  He's skipped this process once and althought it was still yummy, there was a definite texture difference!
Put the tahini in a food processor (about a large tablespoon), and blend while adding the lemon juice. Next add about a dozen garlic cloves (hubby likes to roast the garlic in aluminum foil the oven first - drizzle a bit of olive oil over the garlic).
Gradually add a 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Add a few handfuls of chick peas and blend well with the rest of the mix... and then add the rest of the chick peas.
Once it's all pureed, season to taste with salt, pepper & cumin.  If needed, at this point, you can add more lemon juice or do variations of different spices.


That's it, folks! Aren't you hungry now!?


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

How to Care For Your Swimwear

Hi guys! I ave a great guest post today all about taking care of your swimwear... I was hesitant to post it in the middle of February, but seeing as many of you live in a warmer climate OR will be going on vacation & escaping winter for a bit I thought why not!!

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So you’re all ready to hit the beach when you pick up your favourite swimming costume, only to see it out of shape. Isn’t it depressing? Although it could be over-used, in reality it’s probably poorly taken care of. Needless to say, this doesn’t have to happen to you if you follow these great tips for swimwear care!



Wear the right swimwear material in hot tubs. Unfortunately, hot tubs are not great for your swimwear. So if you’re planning to have a long soak in the spa, it best to wear an old bikini. That said, if you can’t resist popping on your newest cossie, try using something made of 100% polyester or something chlorine-resistant. Beware that bromine-made swimwear could be damaged in one sitting.

Do not swim and then sunbath. Although probably a little unrealistic for the beach or pool lover, it’s best to sun bake before, not after a swim. Chlorine and salt water reacts badly when drying in the sunlight. Alternatively, you could change into a dry swimsuit after a swim!

Be cautious where you sit or lay down. Pool sides and decks are usually rough to ensure no one slips over. But that friction can be detrimental to your swimwear. Make sure you use a towel to sit on instead.

Give it a rest. The lycra and spandex used to make swimwear is flexible and stretchy and believe all not, has its own little fabric memory. That’s why it needs at least 24 hours to get back to its original shape. It’s best to alternate swimwear to ensure your bikini is dry before wearing it again.

Never sun-dry or use the dryer. The sun speeds up fading and reduces the swimwear’s elasticity. The dryer is equally hard on spandex and lycra. Air dry the suit in the shade, instead. But don’t hang it by the straps because the water weight will stretch it out. Place it on a flat surface such as a plastic beach chair.

Rinse it ASAP. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve gone swimming. What matters is to rinse your swimwear as soon as possible. Lather the suit with the same mild soap that you use for your skin. And afterwards, never wring rigorously! A gentle press is better.
Only hand wash. The washing machine is too harsh for your swimsuits. Hand wash, using a mild soap and gently rinse after every use. Plain water is not enough to take the chlorine out of the suits.

Have high quality swimwear. The best quality swimwear still has spandex and lycra that’s vulnerable to chlorine, salt water, and sun. But they have a better tolerance, and can last longer than the cheaper ones. Choose suits with more spandex. They are not only longer-lasting but they are also better at keeping their shape and therefore supporting you.

All swimwear has washing and drying instructions. Carefully and religiously follow these in addition to the tips mentioned above. Lastly, keep in mind that no swimwear can last forever. But you can always make them last longer!

Author Bio
Carla is a beach lover, who has spent most of her life by the beach. As a blogger, Carla loves sharing fashion tips and guides for readers of all shapes and sizes. When not blogging, she spends time as a fashion guru for Carla Swimwear.

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