Looking For A Healthy Treat? Try Dole Dippers!

Dole Strawberry Dippers

With bathing suit season just around the corner, I’ve been looking for a healthy dessert that will satisfy my sweet tooth without betraying my waistline. Lucky for me, I recently discovered Dole’s line of frozen “Dippers”.

My favorite of the bunch has to be their Strawberry Dippers, which are strawberry halves covered in dark chocolate. With 4 slices per pack, they only have 60 calories, and they’re the perfect fix when I’m craving something sweet.

Try them for yourselves, and let me know what you thought of ’em!

Thanking Those Brave Men And Women This Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Flag

I just want to thank the brave men and women of the Armed Forces! Make sure you take a moment today to remember those who have lost their lives defending liberty.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!!

Royal Caribbean Promises To Dazzle With Two70

As if Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Quantum class ships weren’t already jam packed with cutting-edge features, now they’ve introduced yet another innovation. A revolutionary concept, Two70 is a multi-level great room that is sure to become one of the most iconic venues onboard these ships. The space is aptly named for its magnificent 270-degree panoramic sea views through vast, floor-to-ceiling glass walls spanning almost three decks at the stern of the ship.

Two70 seamlessly fuses entertainment and technology to create a transformative journey from day to night. The perfect setting to connect with the sea during the day, Two70 provides a modern and comfortable living room space for guests to sit back and relax. As the sun sets and the lights go down, the dazzling space gradually reveals its evening persona, delighting guests with spectacular, mysterious and unexpected entertainment at night.

Unparalleled technology means every show at Two70 is multidimensional and immerses the audience through a combination of live performers, including high-flying aerialists, as well as breathtaking video and digital scenery.

The video above shows what you can expect from Two70 when the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are completed. Royal Caribbean continues to set the bar!

Four Seasons Resort Maui Announces “Complete Suite Experience”

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The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has quite a treat in store for guests who book a stay in one of the Resort’s Ocean-front or Residential suites – An inclusive, amenities rich experience wrapped into one price — including “double round trip” transfers starting from the guest’s home.

This “Complete Suite Experience” provides guests to the five-star resort in Maui with sleek luxury car pick-up from their home to the airport with Uber and an eco-friendly Tesla or a private SUV provided by Four Seasons Resort Maui waiting to whisk them from Kahului Airport in Maui to the Resort in Wailea. At the end of the stay, the process repeats the luxury transfers, delivering guests in style and comfort to their home.

“We have long wanted to provide guests with a Maui vacation experience that begins the moment they step out of their home. Having Uber as a partner allows us to provide premium car service in over 100 cities around the world” says Four Seasons Resort Maui’s Marketing Director Mark Simon. The company provides “Black Car” — its luxury sedan, town car or SUV service, driven by professional chauffeurs, ready and waiting for pick-up and delivery to the tropical paradise.

The Resort offers the largest hotel suites on Maui, all with spectacular Pacific Ocean views, giving guests extra space for relaxing and entertaining just like at home—and thoughtful amenities right down to fresh flowers and high-speed Internet. Guests can choose luxurious Maui oceanfront suites with 180-degree panoramas from two lanais: one with a dining table and one with two lounge chairs for relaxing in the sun. Suites are decorated with residential quality furnishings and selections from an original Hawaiian-inspired art.

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In developing the “Complete Suite Experience,” the Resort’s team started with a basic premise — The Golden Rule. “We challenged ourselves to find ways to provide our guests with an experience that we, in turn, would want to experience on our travels,” says Simon.

The result: a group of “musts” for guests beyond all of the already incredible complimentary services and amenities that Four Seasons Resort Maui is known for.

Guests start each day with a complimentary lavish breakfast buffet at the Resort’s DUO restaurant. Or, if they wish, room service can be ordered and served in suite or on their balcony while enjoying breathtaking views of Maui.

When it’s time to plan the day’s activities, the award-winning concierge staff including a group of Clefs d’Or concierges, stands ready to create custom itineraries. Rent a car? Certainly no problem for the concierge team to handle and parking at the Resort for Complete Suite guests is complimentary.

Another “must” is daily laundry. The Resort includes complimentary laundry throughout the stay. “Imagine the luxury and convenience of having your laundry cleaned, folded and ready for wear or packing as often as you like throughout your stay,” adds Simon.

All in all, guests are enveloped with a plentiful group of amenities, activities and services.

It’s all spelled out on the resort’s Complete Suite Experience page. “We want our guests to consider their suite stay like being at home but with extra benefits,” notes Simon.

For more information and to make reservations for the Complete Suites Experience, call the Four Seasons Resort Maui reservation team at 1-800-334-MAUI (6284) or e-mail them at reservations.maui@fourseasons.com.

A Mother’s Day Cocktail To Start The Day Off Right


While breakfast-in-bed is always a nice treat for Mother’s Day, tell your hubby to skip the Mimosa and instead whip up this delicious Mother’s Day cocktail!

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Ingredients:
1 part Cruzan Peach Rum
1⁄2 part Fresh Orange Juice
4 Fresh Strawberries
Champagne

Method:
Muddle Strawberries in shaker. Add Cruzan Peach Rum and Orange Juice. Shake lightly, double strain into a chilled flute. Top with Champagne.

Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Jesse Is The Most Amazing Dog You’ll Ever See!

Meet Just Jesse The Jack, an amazing Jack Russell Terrier who does all kinds of tricks. He’s become Internet famous due to his outrageous YouTube videos, and this video has got to be one of my favorites.

In “Useful Dog Tricks 3”, we watch as Jesse tackles chores that most humans don’t find enjoyable, all while sporting his award-winning smile. He finds new ways to help out around the house, including vacuuming, dusting, cleaning up puddles, as well as being a well-rounded member of the community by helping clean up garbage at the local park.

Pretty crazy, right? I wish I had a little pooch like Jesse! 🙂

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Look at this amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that Center Cut Cook recently posted on her site. The recipe comes together much faster than regular chocolate chip cookies because you don’t have to scoop out individual cookies onto a cookie sheet.

Instead, you just spread the cookie dough in a 13×9 pan, bake it, let it cool, and then cut your pieces as big or as small as you like. What could be easier?

She recommends that if you want an ultra soft, almost cookie-dough like result then you should under-bake the cookies a bit. And if you’re looking for a more firm result, then bake the chocolate chip cookie bars a little longer.

Another neat tip she suggests is to line your pan with foil to sort of create handles. That way, once the bars cool completely, you can remove the whole cookie from the pan and cut it into squares.

Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan OR for easy removal, line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil, then spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. With your mixer combine butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the speed down to low and add in flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips until they are distributed throughout the dough.
  7. Spread the dough into your prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you bake them for 15 minutes, they are going to appear undercooked. This is what will give you the super soft result.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool completely before cutting them into squares. Sometimes I pop the pan in the refrigerator or freezer to help speed the cooling process along.

Enjoy!

Picked Up Some New Pumps For The Summer

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I’m not sure if you’ve been to the mall lately, but it seems like everyone is having some great shoe sales! I’ve been searching for a new pair of shoes for the summer, but I have had no luck at my go to stores like DSW and Macy’s. But then I decided to check out Lord and Taylor, and I saw that they had plenty of options to choose from, with an awesome sale rack to boot!

The open toe pump you see pictured above got my attention right away, and I ended up leaving the store with them. The 2-inch heel gave me a nice little lift, which helps since I’m only five feet tall. The design is adorable and sexy at the same time, and at just under $40, I thought I scored a pretty great deal.

What do you think of my new summer pumps?