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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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2015: Reflections, Resolutions, & Goals | Printable

The start of a new year brings contemplation, hope, and ultimately action. We reflect on the past year and look forward to the chance for a new beginning.

I’m very much into making new year’s resolutions, so each year I design a little resolutions manifesto. For this year’s, I thought I’d make it a little more broad and interactive so I could share it with you babes.

I give you 2015: Reflections, Resolutions, & Goals Printable

We begin with a reflection on 2014, then move to our resolutions for 2015, and end with listing our new goals.

So print the PDF onto your paper of choice, grab your favorite writing utensil, and get to filling out your 2015 reflections, resolutions, and goals. When you’ve finished, display your page (you could even frame it) for an everyday reminder of how you’re going to make 2015 the best year it can be!

What are your new year’s resolutions?

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Quick & Easy Breakfast

In an attempt to eat more fruit, I’ve started having yogurt for breakfast. I haven’t been a big fan of yogurt since I was a babe, and as you may know, I hadn’t been a big fan of blueberries either, but lately I’ve gotten really into this fresh combo.

Here’s how I enjoy this quick, easy, & healthy breakfast.

I add a few scoops of non fat plain greek yogurt to a bowl. Then I top the yogurt with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey. Sometimes I add other fruit and/or granola; here’s a good granola recipe if you’d like to DIY.

What’s so great about this “recipe” is that it’s totally customizable. Do you prefer vanilla yogurt? Use vanilla yogurt! Do the blackberries at the grocery store look super? Add blackberries! Are you crazy for macadamia nuts? Add the macadamias! It’s all up to you. Use what you have and what you like.

How do you serve up your yogurt?

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