Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5 Ways to Nail V-Day Like a Boss

5 Ways to Nail VDay Like a Boss

Check out my eBay guide here!  The so basically basic guide on HOW TO NOT EFF UP VALENTINE'S DAY!

If being excited about Valentine's Day is wrong, then I don't want to be right!

Don't stress because I'm here to help! You've come to the right place.  Don't want your bro to blow V-Day?  Just send him my way.  Want to be a "COOL" girlfriend this year?  Keep reading... What to wear for your bae on VDay?  I got you boo!  Single?  Just broke up? It's all here....

Valentines Day.  Some people love it.  Some people hate it.  Either way we've got the perfect guide for you!  Contrary to popular belief relationships and love aren't all about roses, expensive dinners, chocolates, lingerie and teddy bears on Valentines Day.  Every love and every relationship is unique and so should the way you celebrate it!  Don't be basic. 

Put some thought into gifting.  Get the other person something they ACTUALLY want.  Just because it's VDay doesn't mean it has to be red and covered in hearts.  Gifts don't have to be just products too.  You can make something and go DIY, do a photoshoot, go out, play games, have a staycation, or go on vacation!

Gifts for him

ChargersKeurigWork Desk GiftsSports RelatedWhiskeyBoxers, and anything bacon related are always a home run in the man department!

Basically the Best Bro Valentine's Gifts from COOL Girlfriends

Gifts for her

Listen bro, I've literally given you the step by step guide on how to nail VDay like a pro!  Champagne or wine, flowers and chocolate, even cupcakes... all basics that are in the safe zone!  Hand written cards and sharing those dreaded "feelings" are where it's at!  I mean Noah wrote Allie 365 love letters {The Notebook reference} I think you can write 1!  

I love you jewelry  {read Kate Spade bracelets below} or even customized location jewelry, or something with initials on it get major bonus points! You're. Welcome.  Cute coffee mugspurses and cute clutchesbooksnail polish, or candles always go a long way!  Think of something that would be meaningful to the person you love!

How to Nail VDay like a BOSS

Going out?

Sometimes we want the full sha-bang... The wine, the roses, and the four course meal. If that's the case start dropping hints to your man now. As reservation for Valentine’s Day will fill up. First things first, if you are expecting to be taken out to dinner (like duh) START REMINDING HIM NOW THAT VALENTINES DAY is even a day. Most guys don't think about these things (or anything) until we subtly remind them especially if you want your guy to take you somewhere that uses linen table clothes!

The hints you need to drop about going out depend on what you have your heart set on doing? A great option is going to drinks first and a later dinner. This option beats the rush, and the awkwardness of all the couples that ran out of topics of conversation 35 minutes ago; while you and your guy make-out in the corner and spoon feed one another. 

Another great option for Valentine’s Day is eating small meals at a few places, Ya know a classy version of bar hopping because there is food involved.  Want to do something different?  Head to a comedy show, concert, go shooting, hunting, to a cabin or hotel in town!  Just do something you both like together.  It doesn't have to be dinner.

The Perfect V-Day Outfit

Start getting ready now with new pumps, lipstick and that LBD!  If you can't tell I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of black and white!  I'm one to start with basics and keep the details in my accessories!  Snake skin, animal prints, red, crimson, burgundy, pink, are all great shades to stay in!  Spice it up!  Mix lace and leather or throw on a furry jacket to stay warm!

Staying In?

Whether the reason to stay in is to avoid the cold, the crowds or just want to spend some more intimate time together. Staying in on Valentine's Day is always an amazing option!  Cook your man his favorite meal or even better make it together. You can also order in and just make a dessert together!

Grab some Chocolate Body Paint and massage oil while you're at it, because why not... These What I Love About You activity books are my favorite!  Consider filling those out together and getting to know each other better.  You can also play video games, decorate the house, play games together, or create a DIY 100 Days of Love craft together!

To all the single ladies, all the single ladies:

Now let's get to the real meat of this... Single ladies let's face it, being single on Valentine's Day is the best day of the year. It's guaranteed that every guy out is single as well. (Unless he's literally the biggest asshole created, but let's hope he's wearing a tag that says that). So ladies put on a sexy outfit, a smile and prepare to accept purchased drinks by many a handsome man tonight, because the bar scene will be crawling with singles.  

Ok... so you're one of those ... who sits around hating VDay because you are single or just broke up with your boyfriend.... Don't worry I got you too!  

Throw a party, get together with your bestie or send yourself a gift ahead of time!  Grab things like wine glassestequilaconfettia pinatastick your ex dolladult coloring books, or dvds and create a 'be mine', 'pity party', or 'you don't need him anyways' gift basket!   How fun right!  Then head to the bar for the Anti V-Day parties and look on the plus side... everyone is single!!!  

The Perfect Valentine's Outfit

Let's summarize.... if you want be taken out, given gifts and spend some quality time with your guy, start mentioning V-Day now. My single PIC’s start primping and prepping for what is the best single day of the year… Mmk. ;)  So, go out have a great time and report back.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

2 Easy Last Minute Truffle Recipes (Oreo + Fruitcake)

Want to make something special for Valentines Day? Making these truffles can be done so quickly you can even do it the night before. They are super easy!

 2 Easy Last MinuteTruffle Recipes (Oreo + Fruitcake)

First up: Mini Fruitcake Truffles

- 1oz (or 6 squares) chocolate chips 
- 1c fruitcake
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)
- sprinkles / sugar / cocoa powder as decoration
- 3 tablespoons butter 

1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. In saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and butter until blended and smooth.

2. Stir in orange liqueur and fruitcake crumbs; chill for 2 hours or until firm.

3. Shape into 1 inch balls and chill at least 20 minutes. Before serving, roll in icing sugar or coca powder and chill for 20 minutes.

Next up: Oreo Truffles

Y’all know and love the humble Oreo. But if you blend two packets of them (approx 40 oreos) with a packet of cream cheese (200g) and cover in melted chocolate, you reach heaven!

- 1 pack Oreos
- 2 (8oz packages) baking chocolate / melted
- 1 (8oz package) cream cheese / softened

1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.

2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

They are prefect for holidays and special occasions because you can also decorate with colored sugar.  Just sprinkle on top (about 3 tablespoons of sugar to one drop of color and shake in a ziplock bag) 

Truffles definitely will have your friends and fam thinking you went to a lot of trouble, and make a nice touch for any occasion. 

Try them for yourself + tag us #domesticgold!

More dessert recipes here!
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Thursday, February 04, 2016

9 sweet treats to eat in NYC (instead of waiting in line for the recently famous mighty of all milkshakes at Black Tap)

9 sweet treats to eat in NYC (instead of waiting in line for the recently famous mighty of all milkshakes at Black Tap)

I was recently in New York for a day trip and had heard about these glorious milk shakes at Blacktap.  If you know me you know I love ice cream.  I mean LOVE.  Would rather eat some form of ice cream for lunch or dinner instead of food.  Shame shame I know.  

Anyways, after waiting in line for over 1.5 hours and two failed attempts at bribing the waiter and patrons waiting with us we finally made it inside!  The Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Broome St location is standing room only for milk shakes and a bar of about 10 seats to eat and have a shake.  We ordered, prepaid, and waited....and waited... and waited... and still nothing.  So unfortunately after 30 min (over 2 hours total) we had to go back to work and actually had to leave Black Tap without even tasting the $40 burger and shake!  Can you believe it?  I know.  We're crazy.  The girls (our new line friends) were thankful for the free food we so graciously left in exchange for a photo you can see here on our instagram.  I had to get something out of it right? 

On the way out we asked a few of the customers how amazing the food was and said how jealous we were.  They all kind of shook it off like meh no big deal.  I don't know if it's the New York personality, the 2,000 calorie food coma, or that they were genuinely disappointed.  We'll never know.  Because my disappointment turned blog post is providing everyone else another alternative so you'll never have a failed food day in NYC again!

You're welcome.

Here's my top 9 sweet treats to eat in NYC instead of waiting in line for that recently famous mighty of all milkshakes at Black Tap.  Feel free to pin this caloric infographic.  After all it's my first one and we love it when you share!

9 sweet treats to eat in NYC (instead of waiting in line for the recently famous mighty of all milkshakes at Black Tap)
Photo Cred: Instagram: @mikejchau, @dylanmonfried, @munchiezmelissa, @foodb4dude, @michonce, @gabscelz, @staceyskullll

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

Football! We all know it - some of us love it and some of us love the get together aspect more! Either way, it's hard to not love tailgating and game days with great friends and hearty football food! 

But, to have a memorable game day, it takes the host a bit of work. Some weeks I am fully prepared to make all of the dishes and apps, but some weekends there is just too much going on. Here are some tips for planning a stress-free game day to host at your home! 

1. Get a head count 

Make sure you get a count of how many people are coming. This way you can make sure you have enough space, seats, food, and drinks. It can really damper a party if there isn't enough room for everyone, or even worse if you run out of food or beer! 

2. Clean the day before

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

Last thing you want is to be finishing cleaning while people are showing up, or be trying to finish cleaning while you're making sure the food is all ready and set up for when people arrive. Clean the Saturday before so when you wake up on Sunday morning,  you can focus on yourself, go grab any last minute food or drinks you need, make sure you look and feel good so you can enjoy the day. You deserve to enjoy it even more as you put all the hard work into hosting!

3. Prep ahead of time

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day 

Nothing is worse than running around morning of to make sure you have everything, then you aren't ready when people start showing up or are running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Make sure you have enough plates, cups, the dishwasher is run, if you have to order the game - set that up. You want to be able to enjoy the game day as well, so make sure everything is ready ahead of time so you can chill and relax. 

4. Make your food prep easy

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

Try making dips early in the morning or the day before and placing in the fridge so you can just take out or pop in the oven. On top of any dips or apps, try convenient tasty entrees like pizza for the whole crew. Grab some DIGIORNO® ahead of time so you can just pop it in during the game. Not only will it save you time, stress, and money, but your guests will think you made it with how hot and fresh this pizza is. 

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

The rising crust is amazingly thick and crispy! With dough that rises to crust perfection, toppings you can’t get enough of and a mouthwatering aroma you’ll crave, DIGIORNO pizza comes out of your oven ready to serve in about 20 minutes. Spending less time on cooking while still having the quality food for your guests allows you to enjoy the moments that matter with the people that matter, without the stress of the little things. 

Remember to make stuff that YOU like!  If you are hosting a bunch of guys that want beer, but you want a cocktail, don't deprive yourself! One of the best parts about being the host is you get to choose the menu. If they want wings, but you want that delicious pizza I mentioned earlier, get yourself the pizza! This is the part where you can also delegate having your guests bring items so you can have both! Even better. 

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

5. Relax!

Last but definitely not least, make sure you relax. These tips are here to help you relax, but even while you are going through them, remember - you are having people over to have fun! Don't let yourself get stressed by the prep of having everyone over that you forget to enjoy it yourself. 

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

There are lots of wrong calls made during the football season, but something you can always count on as the right call to make on game day: DIGIORNO® pizza :) I seriously could eat this pizza every night it's so good!

Football Vibes: 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Game Day

Do you have any great tips for hosting game day from experience? Share your experiences with us below or on twitter @VerbalGoldBlog!

*Game Day Bonus!
Ahead of the Big Game, Clay Matthews will star in a new video series, "Typical Game Day Party Guests," to help coach you through scoring your game day experience by serving DIGIORNO at your get-together! 

In the series, Clay Matthews joins social media stars DeStorm Power, Colleen Evans, and Ray William Johnson in a SUPER funny video looking at how to #maketherightcall at game day gatherings. Make sure you tune in!! Video here!

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Monday, February 01, 2016

How To Drink Alone in Atlanta

I thought this might be appropriate for today.... and because it's called a "lost art" makes me feel a lot better! hah

Enjoying a libation and a little solitude: it's a lost art that, when done correctly, can be a rather pleasant way to spend an hour or two—and doesn't always have to end in tears, shame and telltale smears of buffalo wing sauce. But one doesn't merely join the leagues of moody novelists and George Thorogood without some planning. In honor of Valentine's Day, we give you a few suggestions on where and how to sip solo in the city without looking like a lost little lamb:

Literary libating. 

Curling up to a good book in a cozy chair is a pleasure revered by many—but a book in one hand and a glass of red in the other? Might be just the thing to make all that curling even more enjoyable. Thanks to a few cafes who add wine and beer to their rotation, this doesn't have to mean smuggling your Franzia into the library. Pulling up a chair at the bohemian Carroll Street Cafe bar (and the tapas menu) with a worn paperback in tow and a good glass of vino at the ready can be one of ATL's most pleasant ways to kill a couple hours. The couches and the beer list at Park Grounds make a dangerously comfortable combination (just be sure to bring headphones to drown out potential dog-barking). And while some coffee shops around town might feel a little too chaotic, Java Vino's living room atmosphere (and handy roster of organic wines) makes for a perfect spot to catch up with your buddy Hemingway.

Finishing your novel (or browsing Reddit, but we won't tell). 

Rare is the establishment where one can enjoy a grown-up beverage and crack open their laptop without wary glances and bad Wi-Fi. But more and more coffee shops are catching on to the beauty of the alcohol license (hey, that Great American Novel ain't going to write itself sober). Bustling cafes like Octane Westside and Inman Perk are just as picky about their beer list as they are their coffee, which means you can alternate between the two while doing... whatever it is that you're doing on there. And if you need a little extra shot of inspiration, head to Condesa, where boozy cocktails like Sazeracs and Corpse Revivers are poured right alongside the espressos. For best results: drink both.

Chatting up the bartender. 

When it comes to drinking solo, the person behind the bar can make or break the whole experience. Snooty mixologists might give you the stink eye if you ask for the wrong drink (don't even think about whipping out that book) and generally elicit a fight or flight response from your frightened temporal lobe. But killing time chatting up a friendly bartender? Might be one of the best arguments against stranger danger we know. We always like talking with the folks pouring our Spiritual Sangria at Sister Louisa's Church (after all, they are Sister Louisa's acolytes), and the guys at Cypress Street have the uncanny ability to make you laugh and stuff your face full of beer-knowledge all at once.

Having a beer with your BFF, dawg. 

No, not the human kind. Sure, you can't really chat him up about what happened on Walking Dead last weekend or why you can't seem to get a date, but kicking it with your dog and a cold beer is one of life's great pleasures. Our top pick for said activity has to be Park Grounds, where you can grab a beer and toss a tennis ball for your pup in the cafe's dog park. Then there's The Midway, where a dog-friendly patio makes for an excellent setting to enjoy one of the best beer lists in Atlanta.

People-watching (and possibly feeling better about yourself in the process). 

Forget the book, the dog, the laptop. Forget even talking to anyone. There are a couple spots in Atlanta that are front-row seats to some seriously top-notch, Oscar-worthy people-watching. Saddle up to the bar at Trader Vic's, poke your straw in a hideous mug of rum, and bask in the floral-printed fanny-packed goodness of tourists getting sloshed off of the alcoholic equivalent of liquid pixie sticks. (Bonus points if you show up during DragonCon or Furry Weekend.) Better yet, find a good vantage point at Johnny's Hideaway and settle in to watch the cougar carnage (just don't you dare take that drink out on the dance floor). Warning: you may or may not wake up smelling like White Diamonds.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

You're saying it's safe for me to do microdermabrasion on myself? + GIVEAWAY

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Some nights you just need a "me" night and tonight is that night. I can't wait to try out my new PMD Personal Microderm. I'm a little nervous to try it on myself without having a "professional" do it but I'm ready to give it a try. Usually I like to just jump in and not read directions but since it's my face, I felt like this is an important step to NOT leave out. So I followed instructions and read the card that was included in the package and ALSO watched this super informative video.  It's a must!

Now, I will say I have been blessed with good skin and have tried to keep a good routine every night by washing my face, using toner and moisturizing with lotion (my mom and mamaw like to pass down their good quality products). But I have noticed over the past few years (well really when I hit 30) some hyperpigmentation from all my summer sun bathing days that it was time to take better care of my skin. Plus wrinkles are no doubt starting to develop, let's say no to Botox for now. 

I'm new to PMD Personal Microderm but just after one treatment, I can tell that it's going to help make my skin and pores smoother and hoping it will help with my hyper-pigmentation (it's too early to tell but I'll report back and update this post.) So what I'm saying here is that you don't have to have a "certain" skin type to use PMD Personal Microderm, it's good for all skin types - good and not so good. I'm hoping if I start taking better care of my skin now, when I'm 90, I'll look 21 (ha) but you get the point. 

Here's my condensed version of the steps and what I experienced:
  1. Read instructions and watch video. 
  2. Wash face and pat dry with a towel, face must be completely dry.
  3. The PMD Personal Microderm is already set up for the beginner level, test out on your arm and this will give you a sense of how the vacuum works and how much pressure to apply. You don't have to push down hard.  There are different disks that you can build your skin up to depending on your skin sensitivity. 
    You can barely see the test strip. 
  4. Pull your skin taut and move UPWARD with the PMD Personal Microderm (gravity brings your skin down so when you cleanse and moisturize your skin always work in an upward motion). DO NOT go over the same area twice. I did see streaks from where the vacuum was on my skin and you're tempted to go back over the area but I refrained.
  5. Rinse cap and O disk and let dry.
  6. Apply toner.
  7. Apply lotion. 
My face is a little tingly but it already looks smoother. I know, I know...hard to believe but it really does. I can't wait to add this in my routine every 5-7 days and see how it improves my face. I mean, I'm 31 and need my face looking good for years to come! Plus I love how you can re-use the disks a few times so you don't have to throw each one out after each use.

Also, check out the media buzz and the reviews, people already swear by it. I'm a believer on day 1!

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