Super-Fast Dinner Idea

Need a super-fast dinner idea? Well, you’re in luck!

While flipping through the pages of RedBook Magazine, I came across a recipe from Chef Michael Symon’s latest cookbook, 5 in 5 for Every Season.  It calls for five simple recipes and doesn’t require much prep. Basically, you throw everything in a skillet and boil water to cook the pasta. It’s really easy and tastes amazing.  Plus, it’s husband approved and includes bacon!

Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

What you need:

1 lb fresh orecchiette pasta- I used an organic version from Whole Foods Market
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
4 cups of sliced Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
{Kosher salt and pepper to taste}

What to do:

In a large pot, bring 5 qts water to boil. Add in pasta and cook until al dente. Check pasta box for details.

Place a skillet over high heat, add in olive oil and bacon and cook until crispy — about three minutes.

Once the bacon is cooked to perfection, add in the sliced Brussels sprouts and cook for about a minute until they begin to wilt down. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add in the cooked pasta and stir together.

Remove from heat, add in Parmesan cheese, garnish with parsley and serve.


Enjoy! xoxo

From Plastic to Fantastic – Pumpkin Pail Makeover

Give a girl a can of gold spray paint and she can conquer the aisles of any craft store. 

Here is a simple weekend craft project that can be completed in as little as ten minutes. All you need is an inexpensive plastic pumpkin pail (I found mine at Target for $1),  a can of gold spray paint (no primer needed), and a little imagination.



The result — A chic flower pot, treat display and pumpkin centerpiece.  Pumpkin4


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One Piece, Five Ways – J.Crew Vest

I’ve had my eye on this vest for quite some time, and thanks to J.Crew Factory’s online sale, I think it’s time to finally add it to my fall wardrobe. How can you say no to a discount!

The herringbone vest is extremely versatile and can be paired in a variety of ways. I’ve included some of my favorite ways to wear the J. crew factory herringbone vest below. enjoy!

With Denim:

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With Stripes:

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With Gingham:

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With Plaid:

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With a Turtleneck:

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xoxo, tina



Who, what, where– Maui

It’s been about a week since I traveled to Hawaii, but the experience is still fresh in my mind.  Even though the trip was amazing there are a few things I would change, like getting to the airport on time, as well as a bunch of stuff I would do again.  Here are a few recommendations!


  • Plan on staying in Hawaii for at least 6-7 nights.
  • Arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to departure, if traveling within the US.
  • Book a flight that lands on the island early in the day.
  • Divide your clothes in different bags – just in case one bag gets lost and pack one-two outfits in a carry on, along with a swimsuit.
  • Book a resort with breakfast included. Check out the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
  • Rent a car.
  • Don’t forget your phone charger and a camera.
  • Buy a selfie stick {just for fun}.
  • Plan out your days in advance, so you don’t waste time trying to find places to go.
  • Set aside one to two days to just lounge by the pool.

Hire a driver: The Tour to Hana via tour guide is a must! The roads are narrow and you’ll miss the views if you’re driving yourself. Plus, the tour guide will take you to all the hot spots and will even pull over on the side of the road for photo ops. We used Valley Isle Excursions and I highly recommend them. The tour included breakfast and lunch, plus we stopped for banana bread, coffee and wine. Also, sit on the left side of the van. The views are better!

• Zipline: Face your fear of heights and see the island from an aerial view. With the choice of 4 or 7 lines, this is experience is worth the adventure. Tip: Opt for the seven line tour, because the four lines go by way too fast. We used Kapalua Ziplines and they were super nice and helpful.

Sightsee: The heart-shaped rock in Maui is by the Nakalele Blowhole. There’s no sign. Make sure you wear sneakers and be prepared to hike down a steep cliff. We didn’t make it…with no cell phone reception we weren’t sure if we were in the right area.


Paddle Board: Paddle boarding with a tour guide is another must do. Hawaiian Paddle Sports offers private tours and they take pictures throughout the day.

Dinner with a view: Ferraro’s at the Four Season has the best views and is worth the splurge. {Approximately $160 for an appetizer, two drinks and two entrees. Cocktails run about $20 each. Drink responsibly!} And skip dessert. They give you delicious lemon ricotta doughnut holes when you leave. To.Die.For.

• Sip and see:
Ocean Vodka and the Surfing Goat Dairy are about 5 minutes from each other. Take the tours, buy some truffles and enjoy the views. {The Butter Rum truffles from Ocean Vodka is the best! They taste like Christmas!}

Ocean Vodka

Stray from the tourists: Star Noddle is not really off the beaten path, but it’s away from the tourists. The food is good and the cocktails are refreshing. Everyone was really nice, and you can make a reservation online at OpenTable.


• Dine on a dime: The chef of Star Noodle also owns Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, a sandwich shop that serves up great grub and delicious desserts.  The prices are reasonable and the food was great.


Stop and smell the lavender: We made it to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm but didn’t make it inside. It was closed. Call before driving up the mountain. We heard they had great lavender scones and lemonade. So bummed they were closed, but the view was worth the drive.


Peace, Love and Paia: Spend a few hours exploring the surfer-chic town of Paia.  It’s on the northern coast and there are a bunch of cute shops, restaurants and opportunities to people watch.  Willie Nelson owns a restaurant in town called Charley’s, and I heard they serve up an amazing breakfast.  If you’re lucky, Willie might even stop by your table to drop off your food!


• Indulge in shaved ice:  Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is a must!  The ice is snow-like and the flavors are not overpowering or too sweet. Absolutely delicious! Do they deliver to Florida? I opted for the coconut, mango and passion fruit, and they were all very good.

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

If you’re on the fence about which Hawaiian island to visit, Maui is a great destination and has so much to offer. It is not overcrowded, and if you travel in August, you pretty much have the island to yourself.  It was a remarkable place and I can’t wait to return soon! A hui kaua, Maui!

Happy travels! xoxo