1.26.2016

Alive and Well

Hello there. How is your January going? 
Besides the cold, it has been pretty positive over here. The last few winters have been filled with sick kids and not enough sleep, and this year has been much more fun. So while zero degrees is not cool, healthier kids and well rested adults make up for it big time. 
There have been lots of cozy dinners and Netflix time, and besides that here is what is on my favorites list...


1. Can't wait for these new sneaks to arrive at my door step. A little something to make the winter more fun. 
2. I picked up these jeans at the J. Crew outlet and have worn them every day since. They feel like comfy leggings, but wear like worn in jeans. Size down if you order them. 
3. This miracle product is great for kids and adults. I keep one at the sink and slather on hands and feet. Got the idea from my BFs, Julia and Victoria
4. A couple pairs of these socks make for cozy pattering around the house. 
5. Finally signed up for Docusign and it is changing my professional life. If you work with contracts and signatures for your work, do not delay and get on board. 
6. Making popcorn on the stove is my favorite snack and this "all natural" (whatever that means) white cheddar seasoning is delicious. 
7. I am slowly running out of non-tech things for my kids to do in this weather. For some reason the act of writing something and erasing it is magical to them. These cards have come in handy. 
8. Have you been watching Downton??? I have cried during every episode. Loving the dowager's zingers this season and Mary's new handsome love interest. And can Anna please have a baby?!
9. I was over my mismatched dish towels, so I ordered this set and love them. They double as napkins and are cheap enough to throw out and just reorder when needed. 
10. I have been using this Honest oil after the shower for both me and the babes to fight this insane dry skin. I love the smell and it feels luxurious without the big price tag. Like this one I have been eyeing. 
11. If you follow my Instagram, you already know my obsession with this bread recipe. I am possibly one of the world's worst bakers, and I swear this bread recipe is fool proof, only requires three ingredients, and insanely easy. Try it! 

xo
Erin 

1.10.2016

Best & Worst Dressed: Golden Globes 2016

The Globes are my favorite. Since TV stars are almost becoming bigger than movie stars, it is nice to have them all on the same red carpet. There were some risk takers and some interesting choices, which I love. And let's start at the top of the top... 

Newcomer Alicia Vikander nailed it. The ingenue in white LV made an apron dress look really good. Sweet, but sexy, and cut gorgeously. Best Dressed of the night. 

Some of my runners up are kind of random, but I had an instant reaction to. 

Julianne in sequined perfection. Love that color with her hair. Kate is posed so strangely, but that dress is gorgeous. Amber looking regal in an elegant gown in a great color for her. Love the lipstick. And I loved this delicate, sweet dress on Miss Golden Globe (Jaime Fox's daughter). 

And another lady w.ho looked gorgeous..
Hair, make up, dress, all on point. Channing's facial hair and weird side part? Not so much. 

White was a nice choice...
Judith Light showing who really is the boss (had to do it) in this tux. Slay. Pretty young things, Saoirse and Lily, in nothing earth shattering but pretty. And Taraji did this weird pose with her train all night, but I like this simple column on her. 

 Black word as well...
Sophia kept is simple with black, diamonds, and a red lip. I am a fool for velvet and I like Kirstin's make up a lot. Though maybe a bit more coverage would be good. I am also a fool for a tux and Taylor looks chic. Amy's dress was great on her. 

Shades of blueish...
I really wanted Anna to win! Loves this on her. This blue gown on Jane the Virgin was just a bit overwhelming on her frame, but pretty. Lily Tomlin's dress is plain, but I think so great on her. And Kate, while boring, looked nice. A little Ramona blue never hurt anyone. 

 Singers who also act looked good...
Jennifer covered up and looked awesome. Thank you for showing us that wearing clothes with no cut outs is even better. Zendaya looks pretty and can pull off this volume. Katy's dress is somehow slightly ill fitting, but she looked good in pink. 

And a few shades of green I liked...
Forgot this girl on the lefts name, but I love her dress. I know Olivia's is super controversial, but I love it. If anyone can pull it off she can. I know you prob hate it! And the girl on the right won and was hilarious. This green did her good. 

Red and orange was a popular color...
I like the drape of Natalie's dress. Amy took a risk in orange as a red head and nailed it. I really loved Jennifer's. I did not love that necklace with it. Angela hasn't aged in years and looks great in this red number. 

There was a little sparkle that worked...
I go back and forth on this gold dress on Brie. The top did not fit, but she looked pretty. Heidi was fun and festive. I love a retro 70s vibe like one on Melissa. And the girl on the right (why do I not know so many names? probably a good thing, actually) was really someone I should have put at the top. This dress was really great. 

Another best/worst couple...
Olivia looks amazing. And Jason could have, but then decided these sneakers would be a good idea. They were not. ugh

Lady Gaga went full Marilyn...
This dress was really gorgeous, but sometimes I think she dresses a bit old for her age. Taylor looks a bit off too. 

And now a few questionable ladies. Was it good or was it bad? Hard to tell...
Maggie's dress looks intricately beaded and pretty, but that yellow is a bit off to me. The cut of Rachel's dress is gorgeous, the print I have a love/hate relationship with. Eva was this close. If she would have lost the bow on the belt, this could easily be a best. A the Great Cate, who can never really go wrong, might have gone a bit far. I can appreciate the art of this dress, but I don't like the hair and there is such thing as too much of a good thing. In this case, fringe. 

And the worst list...

I think I saw that this lady's name was Mariel or something. There are no words. Sorry, girl. 

Blush dresses did not do these ladies good... 
Amanda and Rooney both wore shredded up dresses that do not look good at all. Poor Savannah, just a bad color choice, length, and all around selection for her. Kate is rocking, no doubt, but I saw her pull at that tube top (yes, she wore a tube top to the Globes) twice and the choker thing is not my fave. 

Saffron (yep, that is her name) kind of looks like she has a beach cover up on. I am really over the full cut out dresses and Guliana's has to add the floor length sleeve? Yea, no. Felicity looks like a contestant for Mrs. America. yikes. Regina's is actually not that bed, but the addition of the cape and shoe selection makes it a worst. 

Emilie's dress is just too much fabric and so heavy on her. I do not like that neckline either. Calista looks dowdy. I want to love Jane's, I really do, but it is too heavy. Jada has those sweeping sleeves like Guliana. They bug. 

 I have a love for RHW, and I thought these two were off their game last night. 

Not horrible, but somehow his tux, the cut and color of the dress. Don't love it. 

So what do you think? What were your best and worst????
xo
Erin 



1.08.2016

And so it begins...

New year! New you! New life! Everything is going to be awesome! You're awesome! 

This message has never resonated with me. I always saw the new year as the start of winter and the end of my favorite holiday. Not in a dark way, but just sort of a blah way. Of course I have made resolutions in the past, but trying to change your life just because we did a countdown and its January again seems silly. 

So many resolutions are about taking things away. The food, the booze, the screen time, the spending, the fun really. Ha 

So maybe this new year we think about what we want more of. Adding things that can improve our lives instead of taking things away seems way more fun and easier to mentally get behind. 

Here's a few things on my MORE list... 



1. Hygge: I am obsessed with this Danish word/concept. It is basically a word that embodies coziness. Lighting candles, eating meals with those you love, fire burning, getting under blankets, warm tea. It is fascinating and really a way of life which I hope to have a lot of this winter. 
2. Creative cooking: I have been good about cooking, but I need to get back to making more exciting meals in the kitchen. There is a heavy rotation of the same and the kids could use some exposure to other flavors. Nothing complicated or fancy, just new recipes.
3. Epsom salt baths: I took one of these on a moody morning when I was recovering from the flu while the kids were at school. It was glorious and restorative, even if it was only fifteen minutes.
4. Wide Open Spaces: The interior shots that I gravitate to most these days are pretty sparse. Not a ton on the walls, not a pile of pillows on the sofa, just fresh spaces that you fee like you can breath in but still feel warm. More of this style in the house would be great and that includes closets/toy baskets, which could use more less is more. (see what I did there? ha) 
5. Dark chocolate: More nightly sweet treat is usually of the frozen variety, so I might as well start making it something that is "healthy." Dying to try these bars from Compartes.  
6. Books: Ah, reading. The elusive pastime that has been shoved to the side by Netflix and small people. I have figured out that downloading books onto my phone is my best bet. A little here while waiting for a Dr appointment, a bit more there while the kids are playing nicely for ten seconds, I can make it to the end! Have you read Brooklyn? Looks good.
7. Dance: I would more than anything love to start taking class again (hard to find in an adult class right now) once a week. Anyone want to get one together? And in the meantime more dance parties all winter long. 

This is definitely a list I can get behind. What's on your list???
Happy New Year! 
xo
Erin 



12.23.2015

Merry + Bright



The cooking prep has begun, the errands are all ran, and one last holiday party tonight, then it all really starts. The laze in pajamas, carols at church, feasting to no end, gift giving, frizzy champagne, and fantastic family time. 

And the best part, really most important of all, is sharing traditions, laughter, and the magic of Christmas with two very sweet kids. Who have literally melted me this year with their little smiles, emerging minds, and sweet hugs. 

We consider ourselves insanely lucky and this year there is so much to be thankful for. Both professionally and personally there has been plenty of good to celebrate. 

And with each year comes refIection. I have noticed the harshness of the world feels closer to home even when tragedies happen thousand of miles away. Maybe that comes with age and the understanding of reality more. So we do the things we can to keep our worlds turning, including giving back and holding the kids extra close when something dreadful happens. 

So time to get cozy, warm cups of coffee, the weight of little bodies in our laps, gazing at trees and fires, and soak up the love. We are all so lucky to have it in all the forms it comes our way. And to you, the readers I cherish so much, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope it's the best yet. 

xo
Erin

12.18.2015

Turkey Sausage & White Bean Soup

The kids are kind of getting into soup, which makes me extremely happy since I would eat it every night if possible. The concept of everything mixed together is still a little questionable to them, so I have to admit that sometimes I am fishing out just the stuff they like from some of my favorite soups. Of course I swore I would never do that, but here I am. 

This soup required minimum "sorting" so I call it a winner. And because it is so full of flavor, they missed the fact that they (god forbid) ate an onion piece or two. This soup is easy, a crowd pleaser, and generally healthful. It is best served with a giant heap of Parmesan sprinkled on top (still healthy in my book. ha) and a few dashes of hot sauce if you are into heat. We ate it for dinner one night and I consumed the rest at lunch. Yes, a hot lunch! crazy. 





Turkey Sausage & White Bean Soup
Imperfect Polish 2015
serves 6-8 

olive oil
26oz smoked turkey sausage, like kielbasa, cut lengthwise, then chopped
2 leeks, cleaned and chopped (if leeks freak you out, just use an onion)
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of white wine
2 - 15oz cans of white beans, like cannellini 
15 oz diced tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup chopped kale (about one small bunch)
juice of half a lemon
Grated Parmesan cheese for serving 

In a large pot, heat about two tablespoons of olive oil at medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and brown, stirring occasionally until it is all browned a bit. Remove sausage from pot and place in a bowl. 

Add the leek, carrot, and celery to the pot. Sprinkle with just a bit of salt and sauté until starting to soften, about 10 minutes.  Add in the garlic and cook for a minute. Then pour in the wine and scrape up all that browned goodness from the pot and let cook until reduced by about half (about 5 minutes. It needs to boiling, so if that is not happening, turn up the heat a bit). 

Add in the beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Stir everything together and let cook a few minutes. Then add in the stock and and sausage, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes. 

Turn off the heat and add in the kale and lemon juice. Stir until kale is just wilted and taste for seasoning. Serve warm with heaping spoonfuls of Parmesan cheese. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 

12.16.2015

Site to Love: Fame & Partners


One of this year's holiday parties called for black tie and I have been wanting to try the site Fame & Partners for awhile. It is semi custom formal wear with tons of fun, modern styles. Even though it is winter, I spotted this pink gown and loved it's simplicity and perfect pink hue. 

            
I got it in the recommended color and did not make any changes to the design, but most of the dresses can be made in a variety of colors and tailored to change the design to fit you best. I was totally surprised at the quality given the price tag and will absolutely use them again. Would make a great resource for bridesmaids dresses, too. They also have a pretty impressive amount of two piece options for any size. 

                       
I was obsessed with my earrings by Elizabeth Cole that I found 60% off on the Outnet. And I never wear anything by studs. Not pictured is the black and white plaid clutch I used since there was a plaid theme. Loved that it was a modern take. 

And shout out to Rachel for my make up. If you are ever looking for a make up artist in Chicago or the suburbs, she is the best. 

                            
Matt will hate that I posted this, but he looked so handsome in his green jacket. Such a fun night for a great cause

Fame and Partners has a buy one dress, get the second half off right now. So if you need anything for New Years Eve, weddings, or upcoming trips, now is a great time. Easy returns too! 

xo
Erin 

PS: This is a totally unsponsored post! I really just loved my dress so much. 
PSS: None of my posts are ever sponsored and all content is my own, if I have not made that clear before! My only link to retailers is a small commission should you ever purchase anything. And there is no influence on what shops I use, just what I truly like. xo

12.14.2015

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

These are not just stocking stuffers, but also gifts that would be perfect for hostess gifts, teachers, nannies, you know all those people that keep our world going round. Here are a ton of options to put a smile on her face...

First some beauty finds

1. Nars Orgasm multiple stick, because it looks fab on everyone $39 / 2. Shiny hair guaranteed with this Morocccan Oil glimmer spray $14 / 3. Loving this sleep mask with anti-aging benefits $35 / 4. The best hand creme from L'occitane $28 / 5. A cute manicure kit $22 /  6. SK-II masks that everyone is obsessed with. $17 / 7. An eye creme for everyone by Clinique $32 / 8. OBSESSED with this foot peel. Literally gets all the dry skin off your feet. $25 / 9. pretty red polish by essie $8 / 10. Kiehl's hydration essentials $29

Because she loves to straight chill 
From Left: The cutest hippo tea diffuser $14 / Apparently these are huge stress relievers and fun to do while binge watching $12 / Super plush heart socks $16

Because she loves an earring moment
From Left: a great modern drop earring $38 / pretty rose gold and pink studs $33 / resist a tassel $32


Because she is always on the go 
1. The perfect beach/airplane read by Mindy Kaling $25 / 2. A cable knit beanie to look cute on snowy commute days $28 / 3. Because she always packs the good heels $30 / 4. She has never missed a selfie moment (this is what the Kardashians use, fyi. that's why they always have great light!) $49 / 5. She always needs coffee and is trying to be more green $26 / 6.  Gilded pineapple iPhone case to remind her of her tropical travels $35


For the hostess or just home lover
1. Loving this ornament from Kate Spade $30 / 2. Luxurious candle with a fresh scent $16 / 3. Every time she uses these cute measuring cups she will think of you $32 / 4. Because she has a sweet tooth $28 / 5. So her house can smell like Christmas all winter long $25 / 6. The chicest gold salt and pepper shakers $26

Check out my other gift guides here
Happy Shopping. 
xo
Erin 


12.11.2015

Can't Live Without: Holiday Edition

Last year we talked about traditions, which I loved. So this year I thought I would ask a few great ladies what they Can't Live Without during the holiday season. I only allowed one answer, which I know was really hard since there are so many great things about the season. My answer? Christmas lights. They make everything look magical. Cheesy, I know, but you know it is true. Now on to the other girls...


1. Love Actually
2. Sitting by the cozy fire, looking at my family's stockings. It is a dream come true! 
3. Nordstrom for gifting: Free shipping, easy returns, and something for everyone
4. Personalized Gifts from Head's Up Boutique 
5. Mom's Frosted Butter Cookies (recipe below)
6. A Peace Carol: John Denver & The Muppets
7. My leopard print Ugg slippers 
8. With all the after work parties and events, Clinique all about eyes is a must. It's amazing for dark circles and under eye bags!  Clinique All About Eyes 
9. Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart by Wham
10. Ugg gloves
11. All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah
12. My nightly ritual of looking at the glowing Christmas tree with my son with the lights dimmed, preferably with a cup of hot coco. ("Ooooh, mama, it's so beautiful.")
13. Wine! Lots of Wine! 
14. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you all have a great weekend. It is going to be sixty degrees in Chicago. Which I have mixed emotions about given it takes us even further from a white Christmas. But, it makes for great temps for holiday parties. Which we have this weekend. Combining that with outdoor walks with the kids and hopefully a cozy pizza night in. If you need some gift ideas for weekend shopping, check out the guides here. More to come next week. Cheers! 
xo
Erin  

Mom's Frosted Cookie Recipe
by Katie's Mom :)

Preheat oven 350

In a mixing bowl cream 1 cup ( 2 sticks) soft butter; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Gradually blend in 2 and 1/2 cups sifted regular all-purpose flour. Divide and make 2 balls roll them in wax paper, chill dough for easy handling. About half an hour.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8th in thickness (each time to roll dough, dust surface and rolling pin with flour). Cut into desired shapes. Rub cookie cutters (sharp side)  in a little flour. Place on baking sheets. Bake 8-12 minutes. 

Remove to a wire rack or to a cool surface to cool. Then frost using recipe below. 

Put 1 pound of powdered sugar in a bowl and add about 1/4 cup of milk and mix and if needed, add more milk slowly until smooth and spreadable. Divide into several little bowls and put some frosting and a couple of drops of different colors in each, saving the rest in big bowl to mix up when needed. Tape down wax paper when decorating, then all you need to do is pull it up and throw it away for easy clean up. 



12.09.2015

Gift Guide: Under $100

How is your Christmas prep coming along? I have everything up but the tree, a few ideas for holiday meal planning (I am hosting this year), still not done with the shopping, and getting the kids in the spirit with tunes, movies, and that damn elf on the shelf. I will say seeing that they are understanding of the season is so fun. And the endless treats and parties don't hurt. 

Now on to more gift ideas. 

The options for gifts under $100 were kind of amazing this year. Not only are these all under $100, a lot are way below that. So you may even get to snag a couple of gifts. Or better yet a little holiday pick me up for yourself? (check out the beauty, lux, custom, and my list gift guides too!)


1. Over sized shades she will love (I wear these!). Warby Parker $95
2. A pretty French press that will look stunning on her counter top $$50
3. Because a pink sweater makes everyone happy. J. Crew $69
4. Her current sneaks are a little sad and these are on sale. More colors too. Tretorn $39
5. For a the beauty junkie, all the best selling skincare for her to try from Sephora $68
6. High quality and festive pajamas from J. Crew $95
7. A cheeky cake stand for baked goods. $78
8.  A gilded tray for her high stand or coffee table. $34
9. I've gifted this a few times to great success. It is the perfect clutch from Rebecca Minkoff $95
10. A slouchy pom pom beanie $44
11. Super chic and fun gloves for cold winter days. $50
12. Because she takes her foundation seriously. Make Up Forever brush $48
13. A giant scarf she can wear 100 ways. Asos $33
14. I have heard great things about this cook book. $24
15. A classic Panama hat for her upcoming vacation $58
16. Because the girl loves marble and this would make the most glam fruit bowl. $49
17.  Throwback kicks that look great with skinny jeans $79
18. Because she loves the smell of Roses and likes fancy candles. Diptyque $60

xo
Erin 

12.03.2015

My House Dressing

Since we are getting deep into the season of eating, throwing in a salad most nights is usually a good idea. To make sure this actually happens and that we are eating healthy, I have been making big batches of salad dressing to keep on hand. This dressing is easy, uses ingredients that probably already have, and will last in the fridge a couple of weeks. Add to any salad, use as a dip for veggies, marinade chicken in it, the possibilities are endless. 

And an extra tip for making salads in advance, yes it is possible. As you can see in the picture below, I cut up the avocado or apples or any other fruit of veggie that will turn brown after cutting and mix it in with the dressing. I then add the other veggies/cheese/nuts, then the lettuce. Refrigerate and then toss when ready to serve. 


My House Dressing 
Imperfect Polish 2015
makes enough for 2-3 big salads

2 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
2 heaping Tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (really any vinegar would be ok)
2 teaspoons honey
salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil 

Combine all ingredients except oil in a bowl or mason jar. Whisk in the oil (or add in oil and shake if using a jar). Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 

12.02.2015

Gift Guide: My List

This list obviously helps out those that are actually gifting to me each year, but I also like the thought that I am giving some of you ideas to add to your list. And better yet, those gifting you have a place to find some great ideas (forward on!). This year has been especially great and any of these would just be the icing. Some are practical replacements, some are much needed additions, and others are pure pleasure. 


1. Wine, always the gift you know will be enjoyed. Loving a pinot noir or malbec right now. 
2. Valentino dreams in a cross body bag $2,545
3. A pretty new iPhone case $39
4. Because all of my lulus are looking pretty sad. $98
5. I can never have enough of this DryBar dry shampoo around. $22
6. A very smart/savvy friend intro'd me to these great cold weather Nike boots. size 7.5 $180
7. Need a refill on my go to mascara. in black $28
8. Missing some pale pink flats in my closet.  Tawny sand, size 7.5 $109
9. Faux fur slippers to replace my holey ones. Size M $36 
10. Still eyeing this initial necklace. Love the asymmetry. M-T-M $360
11. Been coveting this J. Crew coat for awhile. Size 4 $365
12. I am embarrassed to say I have zero cast iron pans. $59
13. Want to try out this Boy Brow in brown and would love the mask set from Glossier. $16-38
14. As many of these SK-II masks as you can fit in my stocking, please $17
15. And because my obsession with Valentino runs deep, these heels would be killer. 8m white $995

More ideas for gift giving in my other guides: 

xo
Erin 

11.30.2015

Gift Guide 2015: Beauty

Every girl loves a product. Whether it is to stock up on something she already loves or try something new, giving a gift that makes someone feel pampered works every time. Here are some ideas...

For the girl that loves a cult classic and is dying to try the best...
1. Giant bottle of the most luxurious lotion by Kiehl's
2. She used to mix this up by hand for Kate Moss, now you can use it too. Charlotte Tilbury
3. Arguably one of the most talked about masks out there by GlamGlow
4. The magic potion that Cate Blanchet swears by. SK-II 
5. The big bottle of every one's favorite moisturizer by Clinique.

For the girl who always has the new iPhone...
Left: A high tech toothbrush that cleans like no other and whitens your smile. Issa
Right: Every girl needs a Clarisonic, it is life changing. 

For the girl who loves a blow out, but can't always make it to the salon...
Left: Get Jennifer Anniston hair with these products by Living Proof
Right: Everything she needs for the perfect blow out at home by DryBar

For the girl who could play with make up for hours...
1. An essential kit filled with industry expert favorites at Violet Grey
2. Clutch friendly mini lip glosses by Laura Mercier
3. The perfect size little kit in a color palette that looks good on everyone by Bobbi Brown

For the girl who is always traveling...
Left: Little bottles of the best sun protection that has nothing scary in it. Coola 
Right: TSA friendly sizes that can get her through an entire trip by Violet Grey

For the girl that lives in the cold and needs something to brighten her skin and her mood..
1. For dry hands and lips all winter long by Kiehl's 
2. A sampling of masks from one of the best French beauty lines, Caudalie
3. A beautifully packaged set of two different masks in individual pods by Glossier

Check out the other guides: 

Happy Gifting
xo
Erin 

11.24.2015

White Bean Turkey Chili

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! My readers are always on my "thankful" list. Truly, it still amazes me that anyone comes here at all! I hope that your weekend is long, lazy, delicious, comforting, and most of all full of love.  

This recipe could be the perfect light dinner tonight or any night this weekend. (If you are not sick of turkey!) This is easy to put together, feeds a crowd, can be made in advance (just reheat over low heat), and feels decadent when in reality it is not. You could skip the ground turkey all together and just add in shredded thanksgiving turkey and use up those leftovers, too. 




White Bean Turkey Chili 

Imperfect Polish 2015
Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 lbs of ground turkey (or use about 3 cups chopped up leftover turkey)
2 cans chopped green chilis (optional)
3 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 beer
2 - 15oz cans of  any white beans (kidney, northern, cannelini)
2 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
3 tablespoons corn starch

For garnish (all optional):
chopped cilantro
shredded cheese
sour cream
lime
hot sauce
tortillas

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the oil. Once hot, add in the onion and cook until translucent. About 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook an additional minute. Add in the turkey and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks. About 10 minutes. (if using leftover turkey, just throw on in)

Add the green chilis (I omitted these because I know my kids would just pick them out) and all of the seasoning. Then pour in the beer and scrape up any lovely brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until reduced by half. About 5 minutes.

Then add in the chicken stock and beans. Bring chili to a boil and mix together the corn starch and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir the corn starch mixture into the boiling chili, then lower heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes until chili is thickened. Turn off the heat and taste, adjust for seasoning (feel free to add more spices if you want!).

Serve in heaping bowls all on its own or with any of the garnishes I listed.

Enjoy!
xo
Erin

11.23.2015

Gift Guide: Lux List

There are always gift fantasies. We all have them. 
This is a serious lust list for those that have been extra nice this year. 
And guys (yes, I know you are reading too), you cannot go wrong with any of these.   



If anyone is looking for anything specific for holiday gift guides, please let me know! 

Check out the other Custom Gifts List, here

xo
Erin 

11.20.2015

Can't Live Without, Neat Girl Edition

For this week's Can't Live Without, we have the pleasure of reading about what some of the Neat Method girls are loving right now. If you are unfamiliar with this genius, savvy, and highly effective company, now is the time to get to know them. Neat assists clients with everything from closet organization to full house moves and everything in between. They are located in twelve cities across the country, but will also travel to help you with your needs. I was lucky enough to use them for closet organization when we moved and it was amazing. Not only are these girls great at their job, they are women entrepreneurs killing it at helping people live more organized and sane lives. 

So let's see what a few of the Neat ladies Can't Live Without right now…

Mika Perry, Scottsdale, AZ Neat Girl
1. Macbook
2. Sparkling Rose (when not pregnant) Sparkling Water (when pregnant)


Julia Purdy, Columbus, OH Neat Girl
5. Glambox Tall Tstand for all your long necklaces and layering pieces 


Marissa Hagmeyer, South Florida Neat Girl


Katie Koentje, San Diego, CA Neat Girl



Brooke Ruder, Chicago, IL Neat Girl
1. Lattice Bins for scarves, hats & gloves


Thank you girls! Happy weekend everyone! 
xo
Erin 

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