The Perfect Sweet Dessert Topping!

As much as I wish I was the one who  ROCs our kitchen, I would be lying. I cook everyday but my man is a creative cook and can throw down! When he decides to cook I get excited because I know my tummy will be in for a treat. He likes good ol’ southern home cooking with grilling, fried chicken, cheesy homemade dishes,  fresh vegetables, desserts, and the list goes on.. Lucky me! I know.. This passion of his was passed to him by his mom, the true southern home cookin’ chef! Her baked goods are TDF!!! No lie..

Yes, my multi-talented boyfriend not only cooks, plays basketball but will beat me every time on the pool table!

Yes, my multi-talented boyfriend not only cooks and plays basketball but he will also beat me every time on the pool table!

The other day he made a homemade cheesecake with a Keebler graham cracker crust (this ingredient was a big deal since we are in Italy and you cant find that here). It was left by an American friend, thanks!!

The fresh all-natural fruit topping was tangy, sweet, and no doubt the best part. We killed the cheesecake after 3 nights of servings. Now I am still craving more.

A mixture of fresh raspberries, lime juice, and sugar makes for a heavenly topping. Muddle this concoction and top any favorite dessert for a POP of fragrant flavor.

Jason's homemade cheesecake with the most delicious fresh topping- Raspberry Tang  (I made up the name of the topping, he might not approve. lol)

Jason’s homemade cheesecake with the most delicious fresh topping- Raspberry Tang (I made up the name of the topping, he might not approve. lol)

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Gel Mani & Pedi at home!

It all started back in the day for me with Lee press-on nails. I have memories of sitting on my bedroom floor laying out my color collection and picking the look for that day. I was constantly doing my own nails hoping to not spill on my white carpet (which happened too often). Once I grew up and made my own income, I would visit my local nail salon every 10 days or so to get my acrylics filled with a gel top coat and pedi.. Choosing the design, color, shape, etc. is a fun way to express your style and mood.

Well… Living in Italy and starting my own online boutique has changed things in my life, like not getting my nails done in hopes of being frugal. Not to mention there aren’t nail shops on every corner like we lucky girls have in Tampa or any metro U.S. city for that matter. But this does not stop me from looking polished and keeping a fresh coat!

I discovered the Deborah Lippmann gel coat polishes before leaving the states during one of my many trips to Ulta. This kit comes with a base coat and a top coat. First apply the base coat and let dry (dries quick), next add a color if you wish, finally add your top coat. This  extends your manicure, helps avoid chipping, and gives you that professional look.

You can also purchase Deborah Lippmann color polish as recommended, I have used a variety of brands for the color and it seems to be just fine. My tip is apply one coat of color because if the polish becomes to thick you may see it peel off over a few days. I also love the Kiss nail art, which is extremely affordable and they really last! Create your own design with the crystals or flowers after you complete the color steps. Apply a very small amount of clear polish over the design to hold down tight for a lasting look.

Voilà!!

 

  • Healthy alternative to acrylic and salon gel
  • Save money
  • No heat  lamp required
  • Endless color options to get creative
  • Order kit online
Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design  decals for an at home mani & pedi.

Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design decals for an at home mani & pedi.

 

 

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