0 In fashion/ Style

Belt bag style session

belt bag style session cardigan and leggings

The fanny pack is back ladies! And this time, it’s referred to as a “belt bag”. Sounds a little more chic doesn’t it? I remember back when I was young on our family vacation to Myrtle Beach my sisters and I all had matching fanny packs for our snacks and stuff. I swore I would never wear a fanny pack again. But now fast forward a few decades and give it a different name and it’s my new favorite accessory. Below I’m showing you my favorite ways to wear the belt bag in this belt bag style session.

And in true blogger fashion, click the thumbnails to shop.

 

Outfit #1

belt bag style session black womens jumpsuit

A classic black jumpsuit with a summer hat and brown beltbag for a classic and comfortable summer look. I wore this to the winery last weekend. This jumpsuit is from Target last year so I’m linking some similar ones

 

 

Outfit #2

belt bag style session leopard print bike shorts

Did you think my favorite summer shorts wouldn’t be included in this style sesh? The perfect “mom on the go” or “out running errands” look.

 

Outfit #3

belt bag style session t shirt dress and jean jacket

A classic tshirt dress and layered with a jean jacket so you can wear in the early fall or spring.

 

Outfit #4

belt bag style session jeans and chambray top

I love a dark wash jean with a lighter denim chambray top. These are my favorite Spanx Jeanish Leggings for ultra slimming.

 

 

Outfit #5

belt bag style session cardigan and leggings

Ahhh, my good ol go to. Leggings, tank top and a comfy cardigan. You can find me rocking this from September-May.

 

Which look is your favorite?

3 In Lifestyle

The best true crime documentaries

The best true crime documentaries

Ok where are all my true crime junkies at? I can’t get enough true crime documentaries. It’s hard to say when my obsession started. I remember being fascinated with the O.J. Simpson case and Jon Benet Ramsey. I have rounded up the best true crime documentaries for you to get your true crime fix.

The Best True Crime Documentaries

 

The Jinx (on HBO) – One of my favorites, I have watched this one over and over. An estranged son to a prominent family in real estate, Fred Durst has been a suspect in three murders and been in and out of jail. Watch until the very last episode for Durst’s surprising confession.

Unsolved Mysteries: Rey Rivera (Netflix) – Unsolved Mysteries is back and on Netflix. The first episode left me going down a rabbit hole trying to find more info about this case. A man gets a phone call and suddenly vanishes. His body is found later and ruled a suicide but his wife and family believe he was murdered. Crime Junkies Podcast also recently covered this case and it has left me wanting more answers.

Jennifer Dulos (Stream on Dateline NBC on Hulu) – I was fascinated with this case from the very beginning when my sister who lives in Connecticut could hear all the planes overhead searching for Dulos’ body that Memorial Day Weekend. A beautiful mother to five children who seemed to have it all goes missing. Her ex husband and his girlfriend are at the center of the investigation.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filty Rich (Netflix) – I didn’t follow this case when it was originally going on but this documentary sucked me in. The fact that Epstein was able to get off so easily due to his overwhelming wealth will leave you outraged. To me, the circumstances surrounding his death are particularly interesting. Was it a suicide or murder? Since watching this, I’ve been following Ghislaine Maxwell’s involvement.

Killer Inside: The mind of Aaron Hernandez (Netflix) – Interviews with Hernandez’s family members and friends, these 3 episodes examine his past and suggest he may have been living a “double life”.

Abducted in plain sight (Netflix) – ok this is a wierd one and literally left me baffled for so many reasons that I won’t share so I don’t ruin anything for those of you who haven’t seen it. A kidnapping by a close family friend that will leave you outraged and scratching your head.

The Murder of Lacey Peterson (Stream A&E on Hulu) – A very well known case about a pregnant woman who goes missing on Christmas Eve and her husband is the prime suspect.

Amanda Knox (Netflix) – Did she or didn’t she? An American girl who goes over to Italy to study abroad and gets convicted of killing her roommate. She’s since twice been acquitted and she claims she has been wrongly accused.

The case against Adnan Syed (HBO) – Made popular by the podcast Serial, this documentary follows the relationship between Syed and Hae Min Lee, interviews with those that knew them and the trial.

Up and Vanished – Tara Grinstead (on Oxygen) – I have been obsessed with this case since I originally listened to the Up and Vanished podcast a few years ago. A story about a paegent queen and teacher who went missing.

 

What are some of your favorite true crime cases or documentaries?

 

the best true crime documentaries

 

2 In food/ Recipes

The fudgiest chocolate zucchini brownies you’ll ever make

the fudgiest chooclate zucchini brownies you'll ever make

Ahhhh zucchinni season. There are so many amazing things you can do with the vegetable but sneaking it into dessert so that your husband and kids will never know brings me great joy! I’m sharing my recipe for the fudgiest chocolate zucchini brownies you’ll ever make.

The fudgiest chocolate zucchini brownies you'll ever make

Fudgy chocolate zucchini brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (approximately 1 large zucchini)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cups of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • sea salt (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 square pan with nonstick baking spray.

2.) Mix the vegetable oil and sugar together. Add in the vanilla, eggs and shredded zucchini combining well. (The zucchini will be watery. Be sure to leave the water as that will add the moisture).

3.) Stir in cinnamon, cocoa, flour and salt until a brownie batter forms.

4.) Pour the batter into the greased pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

5.) Bake for about 28-30 minutes, will be fudgy. Remove and cool.

6.) Cut into squares.

7.) Optional – sprinkle with sea salt. My fave!!!

Store in an airtight container. I like to keep these in the refrigerator to maintain their fudginess.

 

The fudgiest chocolate zucchini brownies you'll ever make

 

Try some of my other favorite recipes

Strawberry cheesecake trifle

Chocolate chip peanut butter bars

 

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0 In family/ kids

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

our favorite backyard activities for the whole family
This post is sponsored by Fox Pest Control but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Since we’re home this summer, we’ve been getting creative with fun activities to do in the backyard for the whole family. And thank you to Fox Pest Control, we no longer have to worry about pesky mosquitoes, stink bugs or ticks.

Check out some of our favorite backyard activities for the whole family below. And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer from Fox Pest Control!

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

1.) Make a giant water blob – If you’ve never seen the movie “Heavyweights”, there’s a giant pillow called “The Blob” . You can make your own giant water blob out of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Click here for the tutorial

2.) Make glow jars – these little jars are so pretty and whimsical. To make them you will need glow sticks (these are the ones I used from Amazon), glitter and a mason jar. Carefully cut the top off your glow stick and pour the contents into the mason jar. (I used 3 glow sticks for each jar). Sprinkle in some glitter, screw on the lid and shake. Then bring outside or put in your kiddos’ rooms at night.

DIY glow jars for the kids

 

3.) Make s’mores – It’s not summer until you’ve had one. My favorite is to use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the traditional Hershey bar.

4.) Bounce house fun – we recently got a bounce house for our yard and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. It honestly keeps the kids occupied for hours. (Linking ours – it even has a ball pit!)

Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family

 

5.) Make a water slide – Rig up a hose to your slide on the bounce house or on your swingset to make a waterslide.

6.) Camp out in the backyard -Set up a tent and camp out in the backyard.

7.) Giant bubble bath – Fill an inflatable pool with water and some homemade bubble solution (click for my easy DIY recipe) to make a giant bubble bath!

8.) Star gazing – Layer a bunch of pillows and blankets in your inflatable pool, kick back and watch the stars.

9.) Water balloon pinatas – Fill a bunch of water balloons, hang them from a branch or clothes line and let your kids whack them with a baseball bat to spray water everywhere.

 

 

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DIY glow jars