Game of Thrones Styles

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Posted by Mai - 4/18/14
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I have come to love the Game of Thrones show since the very beginning. I honestly didn't know about it until one of my co-workers introduced me, and got hooked on it ever since. I probably caught up with the first 3 seasons in less than 2 months! Sacrifices in sleep were made, but it was well worth it. As I continue to watch, the theme and style of fashion that are implemented in the show are quite intriguing. It definitely sparked up some inspiration for "Game of Thrones" outfits this season. The look possesses a mysterious, medieval, sex appeal, and also conveys elegance and gracefulness. Even you can wear these looks with the simplest form of silhouettes. One of my favorite looks would have to be from Daenerys Targaryen, The Mother of Dragons, who is quite determined to take the Iron Throne. This outfit expresses confidence, intelligence, and perseverance. Check out my boards of other strong characters below, and see how you can look like the leading ladies of Westeros. Wear it just right, and soon enough you'll be commanding your own set of dragons. Dracarys!

Get these looks: Daenerys Targaryen, Cersie Lannister, Arya Stark, Margaery Tyrell.

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Tips for a new working mom - Shredded pork recipe

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Posted by Natalie - 4/17/14
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Ready for another super easy crock-pot recipe? Well, here you go - shredded pork! This is another recipe out of my Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good.

Shredded Pork
Makes: 8-12 servings
Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4-10 hours
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-5-quart

3-4-lb. pork butt roast
1-1/2 envelopes taco seasoning
3-5 cloves garlic, sliced, according to your taste preference
1 large onion, quartered
4-oz. can whole green chilies, drained
1 cup water

1. Place roast in slow cooker.
2. In a bowl, mix all remaining ingredients together. Spoon over meat in cooker.
3. Cover and cook on Low 8-10 hours, or on high 4-6 hours, or until meat is tender but not dry.
4. Place pork on a platter and shred with 2 forks. Stir shredded meat back into sauce.
5. Serve in tortillas, topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, and sour cream, or over steamed rice.

Shredded pork recipe

Reasons why I love this recipe:
1. Who doesn't like tacos?!? This is an instant hint in our family.
2. It's so quick and easy to prepare, you can do it in the morning before you leave for work!
3. Simple ingredients that you can pick up at the store in 5 minutes flat! Or better yet, keep a pork butt roast in the freezer and the other ingredients in your cupboards (they are non-perishable) and make it whenever you want!

Happy cooking! Let me know what you think of this recipe!

Want to see what other crock-pot recipes I've posted? Check out my previous tips for new working moms.

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Mother of the Bride dresses

Wedding Photography, Office News
Posted by Mai - 4/15/14
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Let's face it, brides and grooms, you're not the only trying to look good. When the big day comes around, your mother wants to look just as stunning. I know wedding planning can get overwhelming, but don't forget to dress up your mom. There are several options of dresses and silhouettes that can make her feel amazing, and look flattering!

One-piece dresses with a V-neck line or empire waist compliment just about any body type. As shorter dresses are quite trendy this season, you can effortlessly turn this piece from a day to evening look, and it is excellent for just about any occasion. Longer dresses in this style can elongate your figure, especially for the petite.

Sue Wong, Nordstrom

Mother of the Bride dresses

I used to not be a fan of the Jacket Dress. But I recently attended a wedding in San Francisco, and saw this look on the bride's mother, who exuded extreme elegance with it. You always have the option of coordinating it with or without the dress.

Tahari by Arthur S. Levine, Nordstrom

Mother of the Bride dresses

I'd have to say two-pieces are my favorite, and you can always color-coordinate. It's great for covering up your imperfections, and shapes your body type in all the right ways. A peplum top can be paired with a matching skirt, or you can always go with mock two-piece that will pull off the same style and effect.

Bridal Guide, Martha Stewart Weddings

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Cat Inspired Fashion Trends

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Posted by Mai - 4/11/14
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Crazy Cat Lady

I personally adore cats because they are low-maintenance, and simply make the best lap decoration. These little fur-balls are playful and independent, which also translates well into your wardrobe. For all of you 95.6 million cat lovers out there, your lovable feline has clawed its way into some hot fashion trends. I'd have to say that if you got the right outfit together, with an accessory, shoe, or bag, you'd be getting meows all day long. Now if you're a crazy cat lady like some girls I know, you can flaunt it all over without looking over-done. Just make sure you mix in some plain, casual pieces like a scarf or jacket to tone it down. You can even do a simple tank with jeans, and accessorize your entire outfit with cat earrings, necklaces, or adorable cute cat flats. However you choose, it's ok to be flashy and purrrfect, too! Fashion isn't a true statement unless you take risks. Check out my cat-inspired board below, and I hope it makes you strut down that catwalk.

Cat Inspired Fashion Trends

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Tips for a new working mom - Share the responsibilities

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Posted by Natalie - 4/10/14
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Happy Thursday, readers! Today's tip is to share the load. It takes two to have a baby and it's important that both parents share the responsibilities that come along with raising and caring for the child, especially when both parents work.

More often these days, whether it's for financial reasons or personal reasons, both parents are going back to work after having a baby. Because of this, dads and partners are stepping in to take on more parenting duties. Here are a few suggestions:

Split up the chores. With both parents working, its not fair for only one parent to be responsible for all the chores. So split them up or do them together. Ryan and I try to do the meal planning and grocery shopping as a family on the weekends. And while one person is giving Kylie a bath, the other picks up the toys, does dishes, and starts dinner. This allows us to have sometime to relax once Kylie is asleep.
Offset your work schedules. Ryan and I try to offset our work schedules to minimize the time Kylie is at daycare. I go to work early, so I can get off a little earlier and pick her up. My boss is flexible with my work schedule so this works well for us.
Be flexible. Even though I usually pick Kylie up from daycare, there are days when I need to stay later at work. And there are days when Ryan needs to be at the office early and I need to drop Kylie off. Whatever the situation, we both try to adjust our schedules to accommodate for the other. This is also the case when Kylie is sick or has a doctor's appointment.
Give each other a break every now and then! Parenting is hard work and a little relaxation is a good way to refresh!
Accept help from others. Sharing the load doesn't mean only between parents. Set up a carpool with other moms, ask family to help every now and then, and get a babysitter so you can go out for dinner.

Because I work part-time and see Kylie more during the week then Ryan does, he usually loves to take on bath time so he can spend some quality time with her before bedtime.

Share the responsibilities

Make sure you check out my previous tips for new working moms. And check back next week for a yummy crock-pot taco recipe!

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