Return of the Belly Shirt

16 was a huge year for me. Of course I was ecstatic to get my license but also on my 16th birthday, I got my belly button pierced.  It was so exciting I went out and bought tons of belly shirts and felt soo cool.  Like bell bottoms, belly shirts became popular in the 60s-70s hippie era and has had waves of popularity in the 90s.  Well ladies, they have come back with a vengeance.  Adorably flirty and sexy, these midriff baring shirts will get you out of any ticket and may get you into trouble. 😉

Abs not included.

{Miley Cyrus in a simple workout outfit, baring her flat tummy}

{the queen of showing her abs off, Carrie Bradshaw!}

{peekaboo shirt if you do not want to show it all}

Homemade Tabouli

Tabouli is a delicious, guilt-free snack that is perfect for dipping your favorite veggies, crackers, and breads.  I stumbles across this yummy recipe and had to share.

4 c. cooked barley
1/4 c. virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 c. coarsely chopped mint leaves
1/2 c. chopped fresh dill
2 c. seeded and diced plum tomatoes
2 c. seeded and diced cucumber
1/2 c. thinly sliced scallions
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh mint or dill sprigs for garnish
Toss cooked barley (be sure not to over cook) in a large bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Add the chopped mint and dill. Toss in tomatoes, cucumbers and scallions. Season with salt and pepper.Toss gently but thoroughly. Let rest for 1 hour so the flavors can blend. Garnish with sprigs of mint or dill before serving.Serves 12.


2012 Resolutions

Every year, it’s as though people have the same empty resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, get a new job.  All of these resolutions are nice and all but they are always “fixing” things.  I want my resolutions to be more specific and unique so I thought long and hard about my resolutions.

1. Take more risks.  On my honeymoon, I chickened out of the helicopter ride in Hawaii with my husband.  He said it was the most amazing experience he has ever had.  I am so mad at myself for letting my fear get the best of me.  Whether it be taking fun adventures or professional risks, 2012 will be my year of just having faith and going for it.


2. Eat more natural foods.  In our society we are so trained to “diet” and “low-fat” foods that contain so many chemicals.  Sure they are less in fat & sugars but the artificial sweeteners and flavoring have other harmful effects on our bodies.  In 2012 I want to stick with basic, natural foods and really cut down my consumption of diet and artificial foods. Whole Foods & Trader Joes here I come!


3. Volunteer.  As a busy young professional, time is money and hard to come by.  Although I donate to many charities, I do not dedicate enough time to those in need.  Whether it be visiting a nursing home or helping animals, I would like to volunteer this year.  Me and my best friend made this resolution together.  It’s always nice to have a partner in crime!