Sunday, August 02, 2015

Top 25 Best Girls Night Movies of All Time

Wine? Check. 
Junk food? Check. 
Room full of friends? Check. 

 

Now all you need is a stack on demand or Netflix to get these all time best movies to help you laugh and cry your way through the perfect girls' night in. Here's our roundup of the best chick flicks..... like ever!

25. Grease


24. Friends (marathon)


23. Now And Then



22. Father Of The Bride (1 & 2)



21. The Proposal 



20. Ever After



19. Moulin Rouge




18. Practical Magic




17. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (1 & 2)


16. He's Just Not That Into You



15. Crazy Stupid Love



14. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days



13. Friends With Benefits



12. The Holiday




11. She's All That


10. Mean Girls 


9. Clueless



8. Love, Rosie



7. The Other Woman



6. Bridesmaids



5. 13 Going on 30



4. The Princess Diaries



3. 10 Things I Hate About You



2. Pitch Perfect (1 & 2)
 


1.  The Sweetest Thing

So now that you have some sleepovers to plan and some movies to watch we'll let you get to it!  Did you have some favorites not on our list?  Let us know below!

#GoldenGirlsNightIn

xoxo
Ady // Drew + Claire

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Stay-Cation Anyone?

WOW! What a day we had at Coppola… 


If you don’t know what “Coppola” is, let me tell you. Francis Ford Coppola is not only an outstanding director (he directed one of the best movies The Godfather and countless others) he also had a vision for something so fantastic in the Alexander Valley that I am smiling as I write this. 



Without going into too much of the history of the winery (because the fun part is obviously the pool) and if you are like me you tend to want to skip to the end of a book or at least over those first few chapters. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery located in Guerneville California (about 15 minutes north of Healdsburg). The location of the building has magnificent views, you are atop a hill overlooking vineyards. It is absolutely breathtaking and completely serene. 




The pool at the winery is amazing. It books up early and fast. However, is highly worth the wait! It was a girls trip and we had an amazing time. What we ended up with for the day is called a cabine - it has lounge chairs, a private shower and changing room. Which is a great place to lock up all of your belongings for the day, so that you don’t have that one person tethered to the lounge chairs all day to watch the purses. And yes it is Cabine and not Cabana, I was corrected… You can also get just pool passes (links to both here). The atmosphere at Coppola is that of a stay-cation so really there was nothing to do but relax, eat and sip wine. Do I need to keep going? Ok, I will… 


As if the pool isn’t alluring enough, you can do formal wine tastings (yes…. you need to put on your cover up to go inside). There is also a restaurant called Rustic on the premise, we filled up on poolside food and didn’t get a chance to check-it out (totally bummed because the menu looked great). 



I certainly hope to make another trip out.  We walked by and everything smelt delicious, to me that’s always a great sign! The Francis Ford Coppola Museum across from the gift shop was spectacular. As I stated, I am a huge Godfather fan, and getting to see the original desk from the movie was so COOL to say the least. There is a case full of his Oscars, which is the closest I will ever get to seeing one in person. 







Our last activity of the day was playing at the Bocce ball court! We had all successfully given ourselves sunburns so figured we could try some other activities. I was impressed and please they don’t charge extra.  At the same place you check-in for your cabine rental you just exchange your ID for the ball. When you bring the ball back you get your ID back. Easy peasy. 


The staff was accommodating and hospitable to our needs and made the day truly like we were on vacation. When speaking with the winery I found out that they have just started allowing private parties to rent out the pool area. For more specific event information or to book an event, please call (707) 857-1484 or email events@francisfordcoppolawinery.com. I sure hope everyone is able to make it out there this summer/early fall, you certainly won’t be disappointed! 

I just want to point out that not only can Make Up by Megan do Make-Up incredibly well, but she is a highly skilled photographer. She took all of the amazing photos for the day!

-LF

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Friday, July 31, 2015

National Raspberry Cake Day!

Happy National Raspberry Cake Day! (also National Cotton Candy & National Jelly Bean Day!)



To celebrate my favorite flavor for any desserts (or drinks), here is a yummy Raspberry Cake recipe you can try! 

Another great summer dessert, derived from Simple Nourished Living, each slice of cake (1/10th) has 170 calories and "5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus" :)

Dig in!

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins

Calories: 170 Calories/serving and 5 Weight Watcher PointsPlus


INGREDIENTS
- 1 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened (I LOVE using Earth Balance, because they have healthy and vegan options) 
- 1/2 Cup Sugar (Healthy Version - Use Raw Sugar!)
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
- 1/2 Cup Plus 2 Tbsp Low-fat Buttermilk
- 1 1/3 Cups Fresh Raspberries
- 1 Tbsp Coarse Sugar or Confectioners Sugar, for sprinkling on top


DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. Lightly grease a 9-inch round pan
3. In a medium bowl, mix/whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with mixer for several minutes until light. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest, until smooth and creamy.
5. Blend in about 1/3 of the flour mixture (step 3), followed by 1/2 of the buttermilk just until barely mixed. 
6. Mix in 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture and rest of the buttermilk
7. Stir in remaining flour and mix until completely combined (batter will be thick)
8. Spread batter evenly into greased pan
9. Arrange raspberries evenly over the top of the batter - no need to push into the batter (the batter will rise up around the berries as it bakes)
10. Sprinkle coarse or confectioners sugar evenly over top of cake
11. Bake for 45-50 minutes - Test by sticking a fork or toothpick in the center, and you want only a few moist crumbs attached (no gooey batter)
12. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack until ready to serve. 13. Add some fresh strawberries on top for a cool and fresh topping!

If you made this ahead of time, put a towel or aluminum foil over the pan after it has cooled and stick in the fridge!

Pic from http://www.maggiebeer.com.au/recipes/fresh-raspberry-cake-with-sangiovese-verjuice-syrup
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How to throw a slumber party #likeaboss!

What happens when 5 bloggers get together in Atlanta for the night?! We throw a slumber party #likeaboss (and no, you're never too old)! Stay tuned for the full blog post on what shenanigans we got into and what awesome sponsors donated to our event. Here are a few tips for your next girls night in to get you started...


TGIF! 

xoxo, Lindsay
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wanderlust // Australia


"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of loving." -Miriam Beard 

G'Day Mate!  (which I learned no one actually says... except for the kangaroo dolls at the souvenir shops)  So I went down under... all the way around the world!  From Georgia to Australia!  After a 20 hour flight.... several movies, naps, and cocktails... I arrived in Sydney!


Long stretchy maxi dresses are a must for long flights.  Planes are always hot before take off and then get super cold.  Layers that include comfy cardigans, jackets, and scarfs are essential especially if you're in a window seat.  Plus your scarfs and jackets double as pillows and blankets!  I always pack slipper socks in my bag and a Evian water spray/mister bottle to keep my skin from getting dry in the air.

My friend and I hit the ground running when we landed.  We checked in, showered, and went out!  Bondi, Sydney bars, Manly beach, Manly Wharf, shopping, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Zoo, and riding the ferry were just a few of the things we did!  Brangelina and Chelsea Handler were even in Sydney when we were!  The craziest thing I did while I was there was eat Kangaroo... yes eat (insert OMG monkey emoji with hands over mouth).  It was.... alright.  I would not eat it again but I heard it was very healthy for you.  Poor roo.

I ended up buying some crazy things while I was there .... placenta cream, lanolin cream, emu oil, paw paw's lip balm, obviously a boomerang and kangaroo balls beer opener.  A lot of their "skin/pill products" down there have pictures of sheep, sharks, crocs, and kangaroos on the bottles.  Hmmm.  So I obviously bought some. Duh.  And I will say... I'm a fan!  Love them!






























I can't wait to see the rest of Australia... next visit!  Next stop Bali so check back in later this week to see more of my Eat Pray Love journey and travel details in Indonesia!!

Now that we have our very own Australian blogger on the team she can tell me what I missed down unda in Sydney and if I went totes tourist or made the locals proud? haha What do y'all think?

xoxo Ady 
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