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Paradise In Punta Cana

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Hi everyone! I thought I would share one of my travel experiences to Punta Cana, where I stayed at the gorgeous, Rui Palace Bavaro. I went there a couple years ago for my best friend’s wedding and it was the first time that I have ever been to a destination wedding. It was a beautiful resort to have a wedding – they coordinate the ceremony to match your wedding colours. The hotel has a great space for receptions and we danced the night away at this beautiful resort!

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If you plan on traveling to Punta Cana, I highly recommend the Rui Palace Bavaro. This resort was so beautiful and really made you feel like you were in paradise. They have two swimming pools and lounge cabanas if you want to stay in the shade. They have a great variety of restaurants with buffets. They also have an indoor gym at the hotel, but we never had a chance to use the gym because we were busy enjoying the sunshine and beach.

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Also, what is great about this hotel, are all the little boutique shops right by the hotel and the beach. It’s a definite must for some great shopping to purchase island wear and jewelry.

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Another neat thing is they have a photo shop where you can arrange photoshoots – whether it’s wedding pictures or lifestyle shoots with your friends and loved ones on the beach. My friend and I did a photo session at the beach – it was so much fun and the pictures turned out so beautiful! That’s when I started to get back to modeling and got in with an agency working with various photographers to expand my portfolio. It was that photo session on the beach that really pushed me to get into fashion and beauty blogging.

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As for nightlife at the hotel, they have a nightclub and a small casino next door which was pretty cool. We always went for dinner in the hotel late then walked around the resort. They have live music with dancers performing on stage – it was always lively and entertaining to watch! They also have a game room to play different games which was pretty cool! Every night we all went to the lobby area for drinks to chit chat as they had a beautiful bar area and they also served ice cream!

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This hotel was a little pricey to stay for a week, but it’s definitely worth the splurge! I highly recommend this hotel and I hope this blog has sparked the travel bug in you!

Hot n’ Healthy Kale Soup!

Happy Long weekend everyone! Here I am spending the weekend in the kitchen making a pot of my favourite delicious homemade kale soup. It is a very healthy alternative to canned soup. I am sure we all know that canned soups contain a lot of sodium – so steer clear of processed foods and opt to make it fresh and homemade whenever you can!

This recipe was passed on to me by a friend of my Mom’s and it is very easy to make, but be prepared – it takes some work to do! Trust me it’s worth it!

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Here is a list of what you’ll need:
3 boxes of chicken broth
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup of butter
2 cups of chopped chicken
2 cups of chopped potatoes
1 bag of frozen or fresh kale
1 cup of carrots
1/2 cup of onions
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayanne pepper
1 tsp thyme leaves
5 bay leaves

Cut the chicken into cubes then fry on a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil, add spices – cayenne pepper, celery salt, thyme leaves, black pepper, garlic powder.

Then once the chicken is cooked then throw them along with all your chopped veggies – onions,celery, carrots, potatoes into the pot.

Throw all the other ingredients into the pot and set on high to boil then cook for 2 hours on low heat.

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You can change up this recipe by using spinach instead of kale. This time I didn’t include potatoes because I am trying to avoid anything starchy, plus I was not up for peeling the potatoes – it’s so time consuming! Hope this blog has helped to give you new ideas on how to make healthy homemade soups. Enjoy!

Homemade Quiche For Breakfast-A Must Try!

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Good morning Sunday! I just couldn’t decide what to make for breakfast – I get so bored of eating the same thing every morning…the typical eggs and toast! So I decided to make quiche to have for during the week for breakfast to change it up. You can even have it for lunch with a salad! This is one of my favourite recipes that was passed down to me by my mother. What I love about it is that I can add protein to it which keeps me fuller and helps me to get through the morning! It is simple to make this quiche – just follow along with these steps…

Here is what you need:
½ cup Green Onions
½ cup Green Peppers
½ cup Red Peppers
1 cup Chopped Ham (Fine)
1 cup of Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
1 cup of Milk
1 ½ tsp Dry Mustard
¾ cup of Bisquick Baking Mix
3 Eggs

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Heat oven to 400 degrees. Use cooking spray to lightly spray the pie plate. Sprinkle green onions, ham, green/red peppers and cheese on the pie plate.
Beat remaining ingredients with a hand mixer until smooth then pour into pie plate.
Bake until golden brown from 30 to 35 minutes and let it stand from 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

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Hope you will enjoy this recipe and it is definitely worth a try!

In The Mood For Fajitas?!

Happy Saturday! I was craving chicken fajitas for dinner tonight and thought I’d share the simple way I make them. Not only are they quick and easy to make, they taste just like the ones I always order at Jack Astor’s.

All you need is chicken, onions, green and red peppers, fajitas seasoning, salsa, avocado, cheddar cheese and tortillas. Simply cut the raw chicken, peppers and onions in thin strips. I like to fry my veggies up first, place them in a bowl once sautéed, then fry up the chicken. Once the chicken is fully cooked, I add back the peppers and onions to my pan and then add in the fajitas seasoning to give it that yummy flavouring.

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imageimageJust before you’re about ready to eat, place the flat bread wrapped up in foil in the oven for 3 or 5 minutes to warm it. Make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too toasted. Once they’re warmed take them out of the oven.

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Now’s the fun part – assembling your fajitas! Load up your tortillas with chicken and veggies – sprinkle some cheddar cheese and salsa. You can also top if off with sour cream and guacamole – but if you want to cut the fat and calories from your meal stick with the salsa. Then finally, fold the bottom of your tortillas over to prevent your filling from dropping out and then roll the tortilla and Voilà – dinner is served!

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Craving Some Greek!!!

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to share one of my favourite – not to mention healthy – quick and easy dinner recipes with you. After a long day at work I was craving Greek for dinner (and do I ever LOVE Greek food!) it’s so tasty and flavourful! I decided to make a trip to the grocery store on my way home from work to pick up what I needed to make my yummy Greek dinner. When you’re exhausted from a long day at work and you’re looking for a quick meal idea, here’s one to keep in mind:

Chicken Souvlaki on a pita! Yep – it’s that easy and did I mention tasty?!

Here’s all you need:
Greek Style Pita
Chicken or Pork Souvlaki Kabobs
Tzatziki Sauce
Lettuce

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Preheat your oven to 425°F , place the kabobs on a baking sheet and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Once the kabobs are cooked I take them out of the oven. Then I turn the oven on broil and place the Greek Style Pita in the oven to warm it up and get it a little crispy. Once the pita is warmed to your liking, remove from the oven and assemble your pita! Remove the kabobs off the stick and place it on the pita. Next, add the tzatziki sauce, sprinkle lettuce on top, fold it in half and then voila! – dinner is done in 15 minutes! Yes, ONLY 15 minutes! Wow – wouldn’t that be great if all meals could be ready in 15 minutes everyday?!

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Give this a try if you want a light and healthy (and of course quick and easy) meal! For tonight’s dinner I ended up using pork as the grocery store I stopped off at was out of chicken souvlaki. The pork kabobs only contain 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat for one kabob. The tzatziki sauce only contains 40 calories and 3 grams of fat for 3 tbsp. The Greek Style Pita only contains 210 calories and 2 grams of fat for one. I personally don’t worry too much about calories – it’s the fat content that I watch out for!

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Hope you enjoy this quick Greek meal as much as I do! Have a great weekend!

Diet Tips

I often have people ask me for diet tips so I thought I’d share my tips on healthy eating. I usually watch what I eat but I don’t deprive myself from having something I enjoy eating. Most importantly I ALWAYS eat breakfast every morning which is a MUST! But if you don’t have much of an appetite in the morning, have something small like a hard boiled egg with a piece of toast or make a fruit smoothie. Eating breakfast increases your metabolism throughout the day which is why eating first thing in the morning is a must.
I usually have a protein for breakfast which would be eggs with avocado or quiche with a piece of toast, but sometimes I make a fruit smoothie (Strawberry & Banana is my fav!) to drink on my way to work to give me energy and keep me feeling refreshed!

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