DIY Lemon & Lavender Lip Scrub

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It might not feel like it outside, but Spring is finally here and I am ready to kiss those winter blues away. Unfortunately the winter chill has left my lips chapped and not so soft. But I have just the thing to help with that! Today I am sharing with you a quick and easy DIY Lip Scrub Recipe!

All you need is is 1 tablespoon of raw sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil, 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil, and a little bit of lemon zest to really give it that fresh flavor. Put it in a little tub and use it in the morning before putting on a moisturizing lip balm. There are so many different variations of this that you can make. I think a mint flavored lip scrub would be very refreshing!

So there you have it, and quick and easy little tip to get you ready for the warm months ahead. Hope you are all out there thinking warm thoughts.. April is coming.

xx Casey

photo courtesy of abeautifulmess

New Trader Joe’s Obsessions

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Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places in the world. They have the COOLEST items all of the time in every section of the store. From the prepared foods section to the veggie section they have the best selections at a low price. I can do all my shopping for the week along with some specialty items for $30. I mean can you really beat that? Is it sad that I consider going to Trader Joe’s an “outing”? Sometimes if I am really looking for a good time I will drive up to Massachusetts to their Foxboro location where they have a wine and beer section. Is this what 26 is?

Anyway, I thought I would talk about some of the new things I am loving at Trader Joe’s. I might make this a thing as I discover more new items. Would you like me to make this a thing? Let’s talk about it.

01 Trader Joe’s Creamy Hummus. I have tried a bunch of their different variations (shout out to the horseradish flavor!) but I had yet to try their traditional Mediterranean hummus, and damn is it good. And so Instagram worthy.

02 Ditalini Pasta + Cheddar Cheese + Cauliflower + Kale. OH MY, this stuff is awesome. It is new and I hope it never goes away. I heated this bad boy up in the oven for dinner and I was in heaven. If you like cauliflower then you will definitely like this dish. I can not wait to have the rest of it tonight with a little grilled chicken on the side.

03 Everything Bagel Spice. Can I make this on my own? Yeah. Is it awesome that Trader Joe’s did it for me and put it in a convenient spice shaker? Yes. BRB as I sprinkle this stuff on literally everything.

04 Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls. These are perfect for the person who doesn’t really like sweets but is dieting so now all of a sudden they want all of the sweets. Only me? Oh OK. At 60 calories each you really can’t go wrong with these guys and they are delicious.

05 Chili Lime Chicken Burgers. I have been wanting to do a whole post about these guys, and maybe I still will, but there is so much you can do with these. And the flavor is ridiculous. These are something that I buy every single time I go to Trader Joe’s and just keep them in the freezer for an easy last minute meal.

You have any Trader Joe’s go-to’s that I have to try next? Let me know! I could talk with you about this place for hours. I am warning you now..

xx Casey

 

 

Coffee Shop Playlist

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Happy first day of Spring everyone! It might not feel like it just yet, but this is the first step to warmer weather. But one thing it does feel like today is a Monday. I have a serious case of the Monday’s that only one thing can cure – a big ol’ cup of coffee. Or two. So today I am pretending my office is my favorite little coffee shop with a little help from Spotify to put me in the right mindset.

01 This Town – Niall Horan

02 Portland, Maine – Donovan Woods

03 Make You Feel My Love – Adele

04 XO – John Mayer

05 Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers

06 From Eden – Hozier

07 Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

08 Winter Song – The Head and the Heart

09 Only Love – Ben Howard

10 Skinny Love – Bon Iver

Click HERE to listen to my full Coffee Shop Playlist and get through this Monday together.

xx Casey

Best RI Bars for St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends! This is the one day a year that everyone gets to be Irish for a day! Being Irish myself I can attest that we like to have a good time which is why it is no surprise that everyone loves to partake in this day of celebrating. So grab your Guinness, your shot of Jameson, a plate of Corned Beef and Cabbage and have a good time! And I know just the places to do it…

01 Murphy’s Providence which is half pub/half New York style deli. Pick up one of the most amazing Corned Beef Sandwiches right here! You might just see a certain someone here tonight… Website Here

02 McBride’s Pub is another one of my favorites. They have some great bartenders who are always good for a laugh and an all-around awesome vibe Website Here

03 Fat Belly’s – any of their five locations are bound to be a good time! Be careful – some locations are smaller than others. My suggestion? Head to the Warwick location which is a little bigger. Same great food and atmosphere without the “standing room only” feel of the smaller locations Website Here

04 Mc Kinley’s Pub in East Greenwich is sure to be a good time! Head over here late night for some cheap drinks and a lot of excitement. This place will definitely be packed!     Check it Out Here!

05 Doherty’s Ale House is the place to go for Beer lovers. With 100+ beers on tap you are bound to find something that you like Check it Out Here!

06 O’Brien’s Pub is the perfect place to go if you are from the Newport Area. Great food and great vibes all around. Patiently waiting for it to be summer time so I can spend my days on their patio outside Website Here

Of course there are tons of other bars and restaurants that are holding St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but if you pick one of these awesome Irish Pubs you are definitely bound for a good time!

xx Casey

Providence Oyster Bar, Federal Hill

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I want to start this post by saying I am kind of upset that I did not take any pictures during my Birthday Dinner at Providence Oyster Bar. But, with that said I think that is a testament to how wonderful the food and the service is here. I was having such a wonderful experience that I completely forgot to take a photo. I did not pick up my phone once, and that ladies and gentleman made for an even better evening. Put down the phones, enjoy your food, and enjoy your company.

Anyway, let’s get on to the good stuff. First of all or waiter was one of the most hospitable and engaging waiters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting at any restaurant I have been to. And it is such a shame I cannot remember his name because he was wonderful. I will definitely be back and I will update this post with his name for sure! He is a big reason that I will keep coming back.

We started our meal with a couple of different types of oysters. The Savage Blonde oysters from Prince Edward Island were my favorite of the ones that we tried. I paired the oysters with a glass of Domaine Chandon Rose, a sparkling Rose which is one of my favorites.

For my entrée I knew I wanted to treat myself with one of my favorite things – lobster. And boy was I eyeing the Lobster Saute. The dish consisted of fresh lobster meat, spinach, oven roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, saffron cream, and linguini pasta. This dish was incredible. Packed with so much flavor and SO MUCH lobster. I was in literal heaven. My boyfriend went with the special which was a Dijon Crusted Filet with truffle mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. That steak was cooked to perfection and I was in love with the creamy mashed potatoes.

To end the evening our incredible waiter surprised me with a scoop of their homemade fudge ripple ice cream with a candle to top it off. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal.

I cannot end this post without telling you about their incredible “Appy Hour”. On Monday’s from 4 – 6:30 and Tuesday through Sunday from 3 – 6:30 you can order from their Appy Hour menu that literally has everything you could ever want including dollar oysters, littlenecks, and cherrystones, as well as two dollar (giant) shrimp.

Providence Oyster Bar is located in the heart of Federal Hill, and is a must when visiting Providence!

xx Casey

Favorite Netflix Documentaries

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Happy snow day East Coasters! If you are in New England/Tri-state area you probably have a snow day today because of the supposed blizzard we are getting. So I thought I would share with you a list of some of my favorite Netflix documentaries to watch while you are snowed in.

01 The Imposter. This one is CRAZY! It is about a family who’s kid goes missing and then turns up years later in another country. You definitely have to watch this one to find out what happens!

02 Cropsey. You want a creepy documentary? You got it.

03 Jiro Dreams of Sushi. If you are a foodie like me, you are going to love this documentary about Jiro, Master Sushi Chef.

04 Blackfish. This one is awfully sad and will completely change your views on places like Sea World.

05 Amanda Knox. You all know the story, now it is time to hear her side in this documentary narrated by Amanda herself.

There are so many more amazing documentaries on Netflix, these are just a couple of my favorite ones. I have a ton on my radar to watch very soon, but if you have any suggestions please leave them down below! Stay warm out there friends!

xx Casey

Here’s To 26

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If you are one of the few people who didn’t hear that March 12th was my birthday let me remind you again – It’s my Birthday (month)! This weekend I received so many well wishes from coworkers, family, and friends. I was totally filled with love, so thank you!

I was treated to an amazing dinner Friday evening (which I will be talking about soon, however the blogger in me is very disappointing I did not snap any pictures!) The rest of the weekend was spend relaxing, eating Chinese food, and seeing King Kong. I would say it was a pretty relaxing birthday weekend.

This is great because I am currently preparing for the final (hopefully) blizzard of the winter here in New England. 18 inches of snow? No thank you. Makes me think back to all the times that little Casey would stand at the door very upset that her birthday party had to be postponed because of a blizzard. Still not a fan of snow to this day. Summer I am ready for you…

But in all seriousness thank you so much to everyone for all of your support. It means so much to me, and I am looking forward to continuing to share snip-its of my life with you.

xx Casey