Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita (Image Credit: Kalyn's Kitchen)

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita (Image Credit: Kalyn's Kitchen)

Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita (Image Credit: Kalyn’s Kitchen)

I saw this recipe for Zucchini Crust Vegetarian Pizza Margherita by Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest and immediately thought, “I have to give this a try.”  Why you ask?  I love all things pizza; anyway you want to give it to me!  Recipes that lighten up the calories for pizza are of special interest thus my choice to try this delicious looking meal.  Also, my family has a plethora of food allergies from dairy, wheat, gluten, etc.  Having a gluten-free vegetarian pizza recipe in my arsenal of accommodating food options just seemed smart.  However, I test all of them before offering them up at gatherings.

I spent a lot of time with my nine-year-old niece recently and decided this would be the perfect recipe to try with her.  I figured she could help out with a lot of the steps, which could potentially make my life easier whilst teaching her cooking skills.  Cooking with kids, even if they’re not your own, is always a good thing (as Martha would say).

This gluten-free zucchini crust pizza was served to three adults and one child.  The verdict?  Success!  Everyone loved it, including a meat eating hunter/fisherman who normally stares at vegetarian food with dismay.  My niece even insisted that I give the recipe to her great-grandma so she could make it for her too.  The fresh mozzarella and basil made this a delightful meal, albeit a very light one.  I would suggest this be used as an appetizer or light meal because this wouldn’t be enough to fill a typical adult for dinner.  Although I think serving this with a nice salad for lunch would be perfection!  I’m glad I tried the recipe before writing because I’m not sure I would’ve guessed the lightness without trying it first hand.  For the recipe visit Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

Your First Time… Adopting a Pet

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

Adopting a Pet (Image Credit: Scarleth White)

As a pet-owner (verging on animal hoarder), caring for my animals has been enormously rewarding. It comforts me to know they have a home because of me. But then again, it is a serious commitment. Pets, by definition, are entirely dependent on their owners—physically, financially and for the rest of their lives. A pet should never be an impulse purchase. If you’re thinking of adopting, first make sure you’re qualified.

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Couple (Image Credit: Lynda Sanchez)

Your First Time… Moving in Together

Couple (Image Credit: Lynda Sanchez)

Couple (Image Credit: Lynda Sanchez)

Let’s consider this scenario: you and your significant other have been going steady for a while and want to begin thinking about your future. That future also includes moving in together. Whether you are young or old, taking the step to move in with your partner for the first time can be an exciting but nerve-wracking experience. When I first moved in with my fiancé, it was a very big step.  It made me nervous at first, but it’s been an absolutely wonderful experience.

Your first time moving in with a significant other doesn’t have to be stessful, and should be something you really enjoy. So if you are about to move in or already have moved in with your partner, let me offer you some advice that I’ve found has really helped me through the transition period. 

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Gym Bag Essentials: Pack it up before you work it out!

Gym Bag (Image Credit: Lululemon)

Gym Bag (Image Credit: Lululemon)

Let’s face it: it can be hard enough motivating yourself to work out without added complications, like realizing too late that you forgot to throw your ipod or your sneakers in your gym bag. I may not be able to help you remember your sneakers, but I can give you some tips on items to pack in your gym bag to make your workout a little easier! Continue reading

DIY Confetti Shirt by Studio DIY

DIY Confetti Shirt (Image Credit: Studio DIY)

DIY Confetti Shirt (Image Credit: Studio DIY)

As much as I like to follow trends and keep up with current fashion looks, I also like to have some individual pieces in my clothing arsenal and I’ve found that some simple DIY projects can be the easiest way to get those pieces. I’m sorry, did I say easiest? I often mean cheapest. They can be the cheapest ways to get those looks!

In June, Studio DIY posted a great tutorial on what Kelly calls her DIY Confetti Shirt that takes a plain white shirt and makes it into a portable party, but not in a cheesy way. Continue reading

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater by My Little Secrets

DIY Sequin Anchor Sweater (Image Credit: http://www.mylittlesecrets.ca)

I have been on a fashion DIY roll lately and my latest find comes from Natalie at My Little Secrets. Nautical themed fashion has been all over the place lately, and I’m fan, but horizontal stripes are not my friend. Anchors, on the other hand, I can totally rock (and have often via jewelry) so this DIY Anchor Shirt peaked my interest right away. It is super stylish and super easy, which by now you have probably caught on is exactly what I look for in a great do it yourself project.

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Your First Time… Ordering a Martini!

Martini (Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski)

Martini (Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski)

Ordering a martini for the first time can be a daunting task. A bartender worth his or her weight in salt will ask you a slew of questions about how you want your drink prepared, and if you don’t know what those questions mean or what to ask for, you’re likely going to receive a drink that doesn’t suit your taste. We asked a New York Metro Area bartender with ten years experience in the biz, Jamie L, to tell us everything you need to know to get a drink you’ll love when ordering a martini for the first time! Continue reading

DIY Gilded Moleskin Journal by Design Mom

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(Image Credit: http://www.designmom.com)

I like journals and I like monograms, s0 this DIY by Design Mom got my attention right away. I was one of those kids that would scribble my initials all over the covers and margins of my notebooks (I had this thing for putting A’s in stars. I think I had it in my head that it stood for my name and being “a star” I don’t know I was a weird kid, who grew up into a weird adult who got it tattooed on herself). I would also insist on purchasing anything with an “A” on it just because and even had some of those obnoxious sweaters with your initial embroidered or in rhinestones in the early 2000’s, but enough about me.   Continue reading

Your First Time… Trying a Yoga Class

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Image Credit: lululemon athletica

Yoga is a great way to improve your strength, gain flexibility, and relieve tension in your body, but for a newbie considering taking a class for the first time the many different types of classes to choose from combined with the jitters of trying something new in a group setting could be enough to make you want to forget the whole thing.  But don’t be discouraged! To help you navigate the yoga waters, we asked Melanie Cuccia, a certified Group and Private Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, to give us some tips to make your first time trying a yoga class a fun and rewarding experience. Continue reading

DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft

I am all about handmade holiday decorations. Every year when you pull them out of storage it’s a reminder of the fun you had making them and the splendor of  holidays past. The challenge is finding projects that you will actually want to showcase in your home for years to come. Today, I’m going to make it really easy for you by presenting you with these DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft!

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DIY Egg White & Tissue Paper Peel!

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I love to find do-it-yourself recipes from everything from food to body scrubs. When I came across the Egg Peel, I had to share! It’s so simple anyone can try it and all you need is some egg whites and tissue paper! Continue reading

Ultimate Caramel Apple Recipe by Cooking Classy

Caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats. I have often thought about ordering the delicious looking gourmet versions sold by specialty shops, but gosh are they pricey. In lieu of spending upwards of $8.00 USD an apple, I started looking for some DIY recipe ideas and came across this great post from Cooking Classy. Continue reading

DIY Funky Ombre Pumpkins by Funkytime

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Another week, another amazing pumpkin DIY! When I saw these gorgeous pumpkins on Funkytime, I just had to ask if we could share them here with you. I am all about creative pumpkin decoration ideas and these are some of the prettiest non-carved pumpkins I have come across so far!  I adore the ombre pumpkin and think it would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. I also think the triangle design pumpkin is the kind of whimsical detail that is great for a children’s Halloween Party with more flair and less scare.

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DIY Fabric Scrap Map by Honeybee Vintage

When I first saw images of this Fabric Scrap Map floating around the web, I started thinking I would like to re-create it in reds, blues, and whites for a sort of Americana decor look, but was worried it would be too difficult and got discouraged. Silly me did not realize that this was not just a pretty image someone shared on Pinterest with no real source, but an actual (and not so complicated) DIY from Honeybee Vintage!

The Fabric Scrap Map is one of those DIY’s that looks so good that you automatically assume it is difficult to create. Do not be fooled my crafty friends, this one is not a tough as you might assume. The directions at Honeybee Vintage make it incredibly easy! If you can trace, handle a pair of scissors, and know how to use an iron you are pretty much good to go.

This would be a great way to use up spare fabric and scraps you have laying around or you could do what I planned on doing and go out and buy the exact pieces you want to achieve a desired look. Either way, The Fabric Scrap Map would make a great statement piece or focal point of a room. To find out how to make your own, visit Honeybee Vintage for the Full DIY!

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