Peppermint Fudge

This Peppermint Fudge recipe is as easy as ever and perfect for the Holidays. NO BAKING INVOLVED! Enjoy:)

2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp. almond abstract
candy canes, crushed

Combine white and dark chocolate chips and condensed milk into a large saucepan.  Heat over low heat until chocolate chips are melted, stirring frequently.  Right before you remove from the heat, add the almond abstract and stir.  Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil or parchment paper and pour melted chocolate mixture into the pan.  Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and pat down lightly.
Refrigerate for 2 hours and then cut into squares.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

For most of us finding a gift for your guy means walking on unfamiliar territory.  Men have it easy, getting a girl jewelry, shoes or clothing never fails but what's that go to gift for guys? Sadly, I don't think there is one.  It takes a little effort to find that perfect gift for your man, so I've rounded up a few gifts I think all guys want.  To purchase any of the gifts mentioned simply click on the links and it will take you to the purchase site. 

Breaking Bad was one of the most talked about shows this year.  Gift this series to your man and you get a gift too when you watch it together:)

Most guys like tech stuff and Apple TV is one of the hottest gifts for 2013. To me that's a done deal!  Impress your man with this perfect present for under $100

I don't know who we owe it to, but patterned socks are making there way into a mans wardrobe quickly.  I love the options express has. The socks are under $10 a pair, perfect for stocking stuffers or to top a gift with.

For the music junkie Momentum headphones are where it's at.  Nothing lets you zone out and enjoy music like these! A hefty price tag but worth it for the quality.

If New Year's resolutions are right around the corner for your significant other a Fitbit is the way to go. Help them track their activity and calorie intake with a Fitbit flex for a jumpstart on their resolution.

I'd have to say that the Jambox speakers are the most talked about gift for 2013.  These speakers are small in size but big in impact. Any home can benefit from these and you can personalize the speakers by choosing from one of several color options.

Netflix subscription is a great gift that you can give for only $8 a month!  Give your partner access to thousands of TV shows and movies for a year for under $100.  Definitely worth it if you rent at least one On Demand movie a month AND if you have Apple TV you can stream the Netflix shows right to your TV...perfect!

Holiday Gift Guide: White Elephant

White Elephant gifts are so much fun, but definitely tricky to find.  Finding a gift that’s cleaver, funny, appropriate and inappropriate at the same time is challenging to say the least!  Most White Elephant gift exchanges come with a price limit so I've put together a mix of several that I think do the job for under $30. Leave a comment below and share your White Elephant gift ideas :)

Obviously, the Wine Bra is my number 1.  For $30 you can gift a bra that holds wine inside, HA!  Don't worry, it comes with an attached straw so you can drink at your leisure.  This idea is hilarious and genius all in one. Perfect White elephant.

Time to let your inner 10 year old out to play because next on the list is a Tamogatchi Pet. This is a classic White Elephant and a childhood favorite. You can get them on amazon for $29

Polly the Insulting Parrot is my White Elephant purchase this year.  For only $15 you get Polly, the stuffed parrot that shouts and swears.  Funny at first but probably pretty annoying after a few minutes! Can’t wait to see who the lucky recipient is…

I seriously can’t believe there are still NOW albums coming out. Every time I look at this CD I crack up. For a flashback to the 90’s this is perfect. In case you were wondering, we’re up to NOW 48 ! Love this for $12.

If you've got a $10 limit or with a group you don’t know well lottery tickets are always a safe bet.  To spice things up, you can buy fake “winning” lottery tickets online. Mix in a few fake and real tickets to add the white elephant flare.

Sometimes we all feel like we run the world so why not show it? With the Queen of Effing Everything pillow you can flaunt it all you want.  This pillow is sure to bring a smile to the recipients face.  For $39 you can give a white elephant that hopefully won’t get re-gifted (or tossed in the trash)!

Holiday Lip Color

Here's what you need to know about Holiday lip color: bold is better! With skin not so sun tanned, a bold lip can really bring life to a paler complexion.  My favorite winter lip colors are all from Bobbi Brown. The Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color lipstick is my absolute favorite. It has a long lasting solution so the color sticks for the majority of the day. And, the formula is nice for sensitive skin.

So here are the 3 Bobbi Brown colors I think every woman should have for the Holidays: Cosmic Raspberry, Lilac, and Old Hollywood.

Cosmic Raspberry is my favorite. It's a bold pink color that pops on every skin tone.  I wear this shade all the time, it’s perfect if you want a stand out lip.  The shade is a bright hot pink but has blue undertones so your teeth look whiter. Who doesn’t love that?  If you’re searching for a statement lip color Cosmic Raspberry is it! When you wear this color, make sure to keep the rest of your makeup natural looking. I recommend light eye makeup (neutral colors only, not too much liner if any) so you don’t look like you’re wearing stage makeup.

Next on the list is Lilac. This is my winter “everyday” shade.  I love this color because it’s a great blend between natural pink and purple. Don’t let the purple tones scare you off- the purple undertones make the natural hue a little deeper, perfect for the season.  I find this shade is just enough color so that you notice you’re wearing it, but it’s subtle enough to blend in with the rest of your look.

Tis the season for bold red lips- this is where Old Hollywood comes in handy.  Finding the right red is tough because different shades compliment different skin tones. I’ve found this shade is pretty universal.  It’s lighter than a Bordeaux but doesn’t tint orange. If you dare to wear a red lip, give Old Hollywood a try. Like I mentioned before, when you have a bold lip color go easy on the eye makeup.

You can  Buy each lipstick here. Just make sure to select the appropriate shade before you checkout!

Fitness Move of the Week- Core Crunch

Still working off all the turkey and pie from Thanksgiving? This week's fitness move of the week has come to the rescue! I filmed this video at Orange Shoe Fitness Center in Whitefish Bay.  Orange Shoe Fitness Center is a fabulous fitness center that offers group classes and personal training. They focus on corrective exercise so you improve your movement both in the gym and in your everyday life. Best part about Orange shoe--? No yearly contracts involved! You can join on a month to month basis, perfect for those with crazy schedules and who travel often.

I filmed with the owner and trainer, Tina Martin who is nothing but wonderful. **BONUS If you go into to Orange Shoe, mention this video you'll get 10% off any service! Act fast because this deal won't last long. Now get to exercising :)

Watch the Video Here

Studded Clutch

How amazing is this retro studded clutch from Faye's ? I went to a Holiday Shopping event the other night and left with this beauty! Black and gold is one of my favorite combos on accessories so it was no surprise that I picked this up.  The clutch is perfect for nights out, and just big enough to hold my phone, money, lipstick and a few other small things.  I love the gem clasp on top- the perfect finishing touch!  Needless to say I'll be sporting this beauty all over town.  Prepare to let your jaw drop-- the price tag on is only $39!  If I were you, I'd run to the nearest Faye's Boutique and pick one up.  Faye's boutique is located in Mequon and Brookfield.

If you don't live near a Faye's I've pulled together a few similar styles available online. These clutches make perfect Christmas gifts and are small enough to even be stocking stuffers:)

Buy #1 here
Buy #2 here
Buy #3 here
Buy #4 here