Spring Floral Hostess Gift

diy giftI had a neighborhood ladies lunch to attend today and wanted to make my hostess gift. I try to make a gift when I can, if I have the time. I thought I would share how I made it. I also shared a very special memory of what makes spring special to me and why I like making gifts for all occasions.

My favorite spring time memory is May Day and leaving flowers in a handmade basket on my grandmother’s doorstep. I lived with my grandparents from the age of 7 to 13 due to my mother giving me up. These were some of the most peaceful recollections of my childhood. I love and cherish the memories of my time living with my grandparents and all they did for me. I love spring time flowers and how much that simple homemade gift filled both my grandmother’s and my hearts with joy. This is why I always try to give gifts from the heart and why homemade gifts mean so much to me. I would love it if you shared your favorite spring time story. To see details check out the link to my video: DIY Spring Hostess Gift
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Joss & Main: https://www.jossandmain.com/invite/embellishlife (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before.) **

Younique: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish (I am a Younique Presenter/Rep; to purchase Younique you must go through a Presenter it is not sold in stores. If you are interested in any of the products you can follow my link and shop online. No parties necessary. It also helps me provide free content on Embellish Life. Thank you for your support!)**

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500 Subbies Ask Me Anything!

Snapshot_11I had a Giveaway on my YouTube channel for my subscribers to thank them for supporting me and to celebrate reaching over 500 subscribers. I gave away a wonderful tote filled with all sorts of beauty and fashion items; if you would like to see go and check out the video, I will leave a link shortly. To be a part of the Giveaway I asked my subscribers, you did have to be a subscriber to take part, I asked my subscribers to ask me any question they would like to know about me. Since I am a newish channel I thought this would be a fun way to get to know each other better. It is my goal with Embellish Life to create a community of individuals that can learn and grow together and feel comfortable together. I feel that the only way you can do that is if you put yourself out there and are willing to let yourself be known. Show everyone what you are all about, I think false assumptions are the biggest mistakes people can make and can also get people into the most trouble… You know what they say about “Assume” ing anything… LOL Anyway, even though the giveaway is all over my video on all the answers to all the great questions that my subscribers asked me is all completed. It is a great insight into who I am, what I am doing with Embellish Life, a little bit about my family and how I got to where I am today; if you are interested.
To see details check out the link to my video: YouTube Winner Question Video
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Joss & Main: https://www.jossandmain.com/invite/embellishlife (Refer a friend link available to everyone; one time only $15 thank you if you have never shopped at Joss & Main before.) **

Younique: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish (I am a Younique Presenter/Rep; to purchase Younique you must go through a Presenter it is not sold in stores. If you are interested in any of the products you can follow my link and shop online. No parties necessary. It also helps me provide free content on Embellish Life. Thank you for your support!)**

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Chicken Bone Broth-Chicken Stock

brothHere is the staple of all my soups and much of my cooking… I make a homemade Chicken Stock which goes into many of my recipes, soup and so much more. If you are interested in healthy, whole food cooking/eating you will need this base for so many tasty and good for you meals. This soup is quick and easy to prepare and you don’t have to be a master chef to make it… Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be making it, LOL!!!
Here is the recipe, enjoy and let me know what you made with your Chicken Bone Broth… I love to hear from you all!!
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Chicken Bone Broth Heidi’s Adaptation Recipe

Whole organic chicken carcass (I usually roast a chicken for dinner and make the bone broth the next
day after the bird is all done.)
All the giblets, liver and stuff in the bag of the whole chicken (save in Ziploc bag until ready to make)
Carrots cut in chunks
Onions cut in chunks
Spinach
3 tlbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Bay Leaves
Sea Salt & Pepper
3 cloves or tsp. minced garlic
Water

Original Recipe
Chicken Necks & Feet
Carrots cut in chunks
Onions cut in chunks
Spinach
3 tlbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Bay Leaves
Sea Salt & Pepper
Water

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients with enough water to completely cover chicken parts. Cook on high and allow to simmer for 20 hours. Check half way through to make sure you have enough water in the pot. Strain, Cool, transfer into air tight storage containers and chill or freeze. I use freezer bags.

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Healthy Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Starting the New Year off right, I am promising myself that I will take control of my health and start by eating better! I am going to eat more whole foods, organic when I can and remove as much process foods and sugars from my diet. With this promise to myself I purchased an online program that covers using food to help heal many of my stomach issues (IBS, gluten allergy and diverticulitis). I am going to share some of the recipes that I have really enjoyed in the cookbook. To see my video and subscribe to my YouTube channel please visit here: Embellish Life on YouTube. Here are the ones covered in my video today:
Many of the foods in the cook book start out with a base of Bone Broth (either chicken or beef). Here is the recipe for Chicken Bone Broth

Chicken Bone Broth

• Chicken necks, backs or a whole Roasting Chicken (Free Range Organic preferable)
• Garlic cloves, smashed
• Carrots, cut into chunks
• Onions, cut into chunks
• Spinach or Swiss chard
• 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
• 2 Bay Leaves
• Sea Salt and Pepper
• Water
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients with enough water to completely cover chicken. Cook on high and allow to simmer for 24 hrs. Strain, cool, transfer to airtight storage containers, and chill or freeze.

Healthy Chicken Vegetable Soup

This is my version of the recipe in the book:
• 4 cups of Chicken Bone Broth (or you can do 2 cups Bone Broth and 2 cups of organic chicken broth or water… I found that the soup needs a bit more liquid after cooking for 6 hrs. You may, I did add 1 to 2 cups of liquid after it is done cooking depending on desire.
• 2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 2 breasts)
• 5 stalks of celery
• 5 carrots chopped (I used baby carrots cut in half)
• 1 onion (I used red onion)
• 4 cloves of minced garlic ( I used organic minced garlic in a jar)
• 4 Thyme sprigs
• Sea Salt and pepper to taste
• Chopped Cilantro (recipe called for Parsley)

1. In a slow cooker, combine first 7 ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 6 hours.
2. Using a fork. Shred chicken in the mixture. Stir in Cilantro and serve (I put in Cilantro about 30 min before it was done to let flavors infuse.

Beef and Vegetable Stew
This recipe is also adapted from my Leaky Gut Cookbook. I have switched out a few items due to my families personal taste. I will list both and you can decide what one you would like to use.

• 2 lbs cubed grass-fed beef stew meat
• 3 sweet potatoes, peeled mad cubed (I use mini gold potatoes because that is what I had but sweet potatoes would be good and less starch than regular potatoes)
• 4 carrots chopped
• 1 cup beef bone broth (I used chicken bone both and it was really yummy)
• 3 cloves garlic minced
• 2 tbls coconut oil
• 1 tbl Worcestershire sauce
• 1 sprig fresh thyme
• 1 sprig fresh rosemary
• Salt & Pepper
• I added a bundle of Swiss chard add in the last hour of cooking. This is totally optional.

1. In slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Cook until beef and vegetables are tender, 4 to 6 hours on high.
3. In the last hour you can add your Swiss chard.

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Favorites for 2015

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Happy New Year Everyone! I wanted to share my favorites of 2015 and some traditions for the New Year. Thanks so much for joining me and supporting Embellish Life. I am so happy to have you here and can’t wait for all the fun stuff we will be doing in 2016. Embellish Life is a lifestyle channel that covers everything from fashion, decor, beauty, hauls, DIY and so much more… You will never be bored hanging out here so please subscribe 🙂 Embellish Life on YouTube If you want to see the video that corresponds with blog post, check it out: 2015 Favorites on YouTube

Here are my 2015 Favorites:
1. Makeup:
a. Younique 3-D mascara: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish
b. Glitter Eyeshadow from Wish: https://www.wish.com/c/55c1d935296b8942455fd580
2. Skin Care:
a. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm: http://www.ulta.com
b. Younique Uplift Eye Serum: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/HeidiEmbellish
3. Clothing:
a. Flair Jeans by Cathrine Malandrino style; Penelope at Hautelook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC
4. Décor Piece :
a. Dining room Table
5. Cleaning Product :
a. 409 Stone & Steal
6. Stores:
a. Clothing
i. Hautelook: http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC
ii. Macy’s
b. Décor
i. Home Goods
ii. Joss & Main : https://www.jossandmain.com/invite/embellishlife
c. Makeup
i. Ulta: http://www.ulta.com
d. Shoes
i. DSW: http://www.dsw.com
7. Christmas Presents:
a. Fringe Booties by Bucco: Hautelook http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC
b. Kendra Scott Jewelry: http://www.kendrascott.com/
c. Jewelry Tray: Home Goods

My New Year Tradition revolves around cleaning and organization. I purchased a few leucite storage bins to organize my fridge and cupboards. You can see some of the storage bins on my Haul Video: https://youtu.be/EtFCUe_Svno For whatever reason, I feel the uncontrollable urge to clean, organize and start fresh. I gave myself a mega beauty day and had a face, hair and nail day. Here are the products I use for that:

1. Exfoliation with Clairsonic
2. Mask
a. Purifying Mask by Que Bella from Target
b. Anti-Aging Gogi Berry Mask by Que Bella
c. Cucumber Peal from Freeman
3. Hair Mask: Perfect Hair Day by Living Proof at Ulta Beauty
4. Teeth Whitening with Crest Whiting Strips
5. Mani/Petti at my local nail salon

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How to Decorate a Designer Christmas Tree

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Have you ever wanted your tree to look like one of the professionally decorated tree in the stores or magazines? I have a few tips on how to make your tree look like a Designer Christmas Tree. I even have a little something special for anyone who likes wine… As long as you are 21 😉 Watch this video and learn to decorate like a pro. Embellish on YouTube or go directly to the video at Decorating a Designer Tree.

Chris Cross Tree Ribbon:
1. Cut 4 to 8 strips of ribbon 2x the height of your tree. I have a 10’ tree (somewhat narrow) so I cut 6- 20’ strips.
2. Gather the ends together on one end of your ribbons and secure them with a twist tie or rubber band.
3. Stick the gathered end onto the top part of the tree; where you want the ribbons to start. I put mine right below my topper display.
4. Spread the ribbons out evenly around the tree.
5. Gather two ribbons crossing them where you want them to meet… Do this around the tree; think about braiding your hair, it is kind of the same idea.
6. When you get to the bottom with your salvage end tie a bow or square knot (depending on how much ribbon you have left.) I did a square knot because I would using the florals on each cross.

This is what my tree looks like all finished:

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Here are some of the things I talked about in the video:

PpLa-Scorpio Pant from Hautelook $25.97: http://www.hautelook.com/short/2t8pC These pants are no longer available at Hautelook. This site is a great place to shop for designer clothing for discounted prices. Hautelook is owned by Nordstrom Co. I have no affiliation with either company.
Naked Wine: https://us.nakedwines.com/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

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Fall Soup-Moroccan Butternut Squash

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I was in the mood to cook one of my favorite fall soups and I thought I would share it with you. I am an unconventional cook and don’t do it often; unless it is appetizers… I’m the queen of the appetizer! I rarely use measuring spoons and I never follow a recipe to the tee; I always tweak it just a bit or combine 2 or 3 recipes. That being said, I rarely get any complaints and quite frequently am asked for my recipes to some of my favorites; which can be hard at time to remember exactly what I did to get to the finished product.

In the fall I start craving soup, even now that we live in Florida and it never seems to get quite cold enough to merit it, I still love a good bowl of soup. It really makes a wonderful dinner with a hardy salad and the leftovers are fantastic for lunch for days. This particular recipe is about 120 calories a serving and serving size is about a cup… If you can eat just one cup and at that calorie count you could have 2 cups and still not be approaching too many calories for a meal.

If you want to see the video on how to make this soup go to Fall Soup Cooking

Here is the recipe for Moroccan Curry Butternut Squash Soup
1 Butternut Squash cut in half and cleaned
2 Green Apples peeled and chopped
2 cups chopped Yellow Onions
4 tlbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves crushed/chopped garlic or 2 tlbs chopped garlic in jar
1 root peeled and chopped ginger or 2 tlbs ginger paste
4 cups Chicken Broth
2 tlbs Heavy Cream
1 cup water (if needed)
1 tsp Curry
½ tsp Cumin
¼ tsp Coriander
¼ tsp Rosemary
¼ tsp Marjoram
1/8 tsp Turmeric
1/8 tsp Cardamom

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Finding The Perfect Man

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Sometimes it is hard enough to find the perfect shoes to go with an outfit… Finding the perfect man, I can’t even imagine what it would be like now to date… I watch my oldest son and have mixed emotions. I raised him to be a gentleman and a perfect catch and many times I see him passed over, for the “jerk”. I found my perfect guy 36 years ago and although I did know it at the time circumstance and timing allowed ten years to pass before we actually married. We did date 6 of the 10 years and remained friends the other 4 years so our story is unique, as is everyone’s love story; that is what makes them so much fun to hear. Want to hear my story on how I found my perfect guy? You can here the whole story on my YouTube video: Soulful Sunday – Finding the Perfect Guy!

I am not one to give out dating or marriage advice per se; it is my personal opinion, unless you are a professional, there are just too many unknown variables that can influence who is perfect for one person to the next. That being said, the one constant that I have found for myself and the other long term relationship people I have encountered in my lifetime is one very important ingredient is being with your best friend! Making any relationship work ANY RELATIONSHIP takes compromise, listening (from both parties), work (from both sides but some times not the same amount at the same time), and personally I think the biggest one is FRIENDSHIP. To me without a strong foundation of friendship all the rest will just prop up a week structure; maybe for a long time if you work really hard at it, maybe forever, then the question is, are you happy? I think when you are involved in a long term relationship with your best friend all the work, and there is work involved, is way more fun at times and tolerable in other times. Well, I guess for not giving advice that was a lot of it… Or maybe just a long winded way of saying, you may have all sorts of criteria for what is the “Perfect Guy” is, make sure the one thing that is on the top of your list is he is your Best Friend and a lot of the rest will just fall into place!

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Nashville Trip

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Peter and I took a long weekend exploration trip to Nashville TN. We are enjoying discovering the South and all of its beautiful landscape and lovely people. I’m having a long standing love affair with the South that I think I need to satisfy with a permanent vacation home and right now Nashville is winning. Then again, it seems every new location I visit wins my heart; some may say I’m a fickle girl, but I think I’m just a flirt, LOL

Here are some of the fun places that we visited in chronological order:
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We stayed at Union Station Hotel by Marriot; it is a beautiful remodel of the historic downtown main train station. Above and beyond the charming nature of the hotel architecture and the lovely rooms, I have to give this hotel a 5 star (out of 5 stars) rating for its customer service. I booked the reservation through Hotel.com and somehow booked it for the wrong date and never caught the mistake. That date came and went we were charged for a no show day, we are still unaware of this, we show up give them our name and there is no reservation. I give the front desk our print out and she notes the mistake, she also notes my distraught nature, as I’ve NEVER done this before (I’m the check 3 times girl). What does she do, she finds us a room, at the same rate, applies the “no show” charge to our current stay and never treats me like the fool I felt. In fact, she treated us like it was their mistake, making sure we were more than tricked out in our room since it was two doubles and not the King we originally booked! Customer Service beyond compare! Shelby was a jewel and made what could have been a terrible first day into a wonderful experience and permeate warm spot in my heart for the hotel and any return trip. I will only recommend this hotel in Nashville and this is where I will stay from this point on, what a fantastic experience. If people in the Service Industry only realized kindness and understanding goes a long way and using it as a tool can be a biggest asset you have in building a business and it is the easiest thing to do, just smile.

Our first stop for amazing Tapas and drinks was a fabulous Happy Hour at Sambuca in the fun Nashville neighborhood called The Gulch. The Gulch is going under revitalization and is becoming a LEED certified Green Neighborhood. It has some great food, music and cute shops. Definitely a must see if you visit. Our server/bartender at Sambuca was a doll, treated us like family and made our first experience in Nashville a pleasure. She actually has family in the same city we live in Florida so we had fun sharing FL vs. TN stories. The food and drink menu was extensive and we tried 6 different tapas and loved every one of them (Crab and Shrimp Dip was our favorite, absolutely decadent). Don’t miss Sambuca on your trip to Nashville.

We took a walk to burn off the food and drink and stopped by Two Old Hippies and Lucchese. Lucchese has the most amazing custom boot I’ve ever seen. If you want to splurge on a boot this is where you should do it. The aroma of leather as you walk in makes you want to be a cowboy or marry one. Two Old Hippies is a big store that is as eclectic as its name would imply. I loved the rhinestone guitars where I left Peter to drool and I perused through all the goodies from jewelry, shoes, clothing and gifts. I landed on some fun fur vest that I have wanted for years. I loved that so many of the stores and eateries had live music in them and Two Old Hippies was setting up their venue for their mini concert.

2015-09-17 18.41.45We had to find an Apple Store and ended up in a Mall of all places but to my surprise found the cutest gift boutique (that does sell online) called Absolution. Their manager, Curry, told me they have a strong Instagram presence, which I am going to start to follow, based on what’s in their store. There candle selection is amazing and they have home décor and creative gift ideas seriously worth an Internet visit!

The next day we did a hard core shopping day visiting the Green Hills area and shopping at Kendra Scott, and Lizard Thicket. There were a lot of other cute boutiques there in the area we were and also a big mall very close by. We also went back to the Gultch area and stopped into eAllen and I picked up a very cute top there.

2015-09-18 22.27.33That evening we took advantage of the Americana Music Fest and ate at City Winery. The food was good and we ate from the fixed wine tasting menu. I would probably not do that again because it was too much food, Peter was fine. Next time I would just order off the regular menu that looked really yummy. There were 5 bands playing that evening and we stayed for 4 of them. The two that I took photos of are T-Sisters out of Oakland, CA and you can understand why they caught our eye… We had to favor CA girls! Anderson East was amazingly dynamic and rocked the house! We both really enjoyed watching them. Their energy was contagious and a lot of fun to watch. The T-Sisters had beautiful voices and a wonderful harmony. Their stage presence was fun also, they were more than their music; which made it a show!

If you want to see more of our trip; with full photos and video, visit my YouTube channel and my Nashville Vlog for the full rundown of our trip.

Here are links to all the shops, restaurants and bands we saw:

    The Gultch Area:


Union Station Hotel: http://www.unionstationhotelnashville.com/
Sambuca Restaurant: http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/home
Watermark: http://www.watermark-restaurant.com/
Lucchese Boots: https://www.lucchese.com/
Two Old Hippies: http://www.twooldhippies.com/
eAllen: http://www.eallenboutique.com/

    The Green Hills Area:


Seek Absolution:http://seekabsolution.com/
2126 Abbott Martin Road, Ste. 146, Nashville, TN
Lizard Thicket: www.shoplizardthicket.com
2122 Hillsboro Dr., Nashville, TN
Kendra Scott: www.KendraScott.com
4025 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 505, Nashville, TN

    Other Nashville Areas:

Opryland Hotel: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/
Jack Daniel’s Restaurant: https://locu.com/places/old-hickory-steakhouse-nashville-us/#menu

    Downtown Nashville:


Ryman Auditorium: http://ryman.com/
City Winery: https://www.citywinery.com/nashville/

    Music we saw during Americana Music Fest:


Anderson East: http://andersoneast.com/
Caitlin Canty : http://caitlincanty.com/
T-Sisters: http://tsisters.com/

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Football Party

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There is no reason to spend your day cooking for a football party. Here is a way to have a great party and spend your day with your guest and still look like the hostess with all the tricks up her sleeve. The tricks are to make only one or two signature dishes from scratch and embellish the rest with whole foods to enhance their flavor and give them the extra pizazz at presentation.

You can find the recipe to my Mexican Hot Carrots on my blog at: http://embellishblog.com/mexican-hot-carrots/

The Key Lime mini pies are at Sorted Food: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHjqwNR6T1M
(I’m gluten free so we used gluten free gingersnap cookies purchased from Trader Joe’s)

I embellished my Mexican Beans by mixing two styles: Rosartia Spicy Jalapeno and Bush Cocina Latina.

The Queso Sauce was made with Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium, Progresso Recipe Starters Cheese sauce, 1 cp shredded Mexican 3 cheese, 2 tlbs. chopped fresh cilantro. Melted all together
I embellished my Southwest Ranch dip by adding some fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro (you could add and fresh herb)

Have fun at your next football party! You can apply these tips to almost any party. A party doesn’t have to be a big stress if you now a few easy steps. Check out my “How to Have a Stress Free Party” for more tips. To see the entire Football Party video you can click on the link and see all the photos and video of the party and set up.

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