Zucchini “Pasta” With Tomatoes, Shrimp, and Parmesan

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The end of summer is nearing and it’s last call for some of the season’s best fresh fruits and vegetables. Zucchini and tomatoes are still plentiful at my local farmer’s market; hopefully they are at yours as well. Zucchini is one of my summertime faves! It’s mild flavor makes it super versatile for use in savory and sweet dishes. For this dish, I’ve sliced the zucchini into ribbons with a julienne slicer and served it in place of pasta with fresh tomatoes cooked with garlic and basil, shrimp, and parmesan cheese. Simple, seasonal, and super delicious without all those pesky complex carbs.

The recipe and nutritional information is after the jump. Continue reading

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Double Dutch Braid Tutorial

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I learned how to braid as a kid and I have vivid memories of dutch braiding my friends’ hair on the way to field hockey games in high school. I always really enjoyed it. There is something therapeutic about weaving hair into these styles, the tactile feeling of the hair in my hands and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and practical. I still like to braid my hair sometimes before a workout. French and Dutch braids stay put and don’t feel heavy on my head as I run or jump or dance. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a fancier style that’s just as easy to create. This messy double Dutch braid runs diagonally across the back of my head and can be finished three ways. It’s a gorgeous way to style your hair and can be dressed up or down to suit just about any occasion.

The step-by-step tutorial to create the double Dutch braid is after the jump.  Continue reading

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Tip Tuesday: How to Fix a Broken Fingernail

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I know it’s a girly-girl cliche, but is anything more annoying than a broken nail? It seems like I just get them to a respectable length and then BOOM! One breaks. I usually just cut the darn thing off but then the break is below the tip, it can actually be kind of painful. My thumbnail recently suffered such a break to my dismay and I decided to patch it to buy me some growing time before trimming it off. The solution was simple, easy and it held (at least until I had clients!)

For today’s quick tip, I’m going to show you how to repair a broken nail using items you probably already have at home. The step-by-step instructions are after the jump. Continue reading

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