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Pro Tips: How to Dress 10 Pounds Slimmer Now

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We don't have the stats on how many of us added a few pounds over the very intense, stressful, stay-at-home year that was 2020... BUT raise your hand if you've been living in loungewear and pouring yourself a glass or two of wine with dinner on the daily. Yeah, we thought so.... us too. While our communities opening up and returning to some semblance of normal is still a ways off, we are starting to mentally prep for the idea of getting dressed in regular (read: non-stretchy) clothes again. Our gift to you is DON'T worry about the extra pounds right now, instead think LEAN! And, hide your overindulgence by styling ...Read more.

Pro Styling Tips for Your Family Photo Shoot

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It's 2020 and the year of COVID and quarantine.... who else is crazy late on pulling together their annual family photo shoot?? Are you even doing a picture this year and holiday cards? So many aren't, but we are "Camp Holiday Card" and say it's better late than never. New Year's cards are great too! I'm a fan of Shutterfly or Minted as the quality is good, and they make it easy to upload your mailing list and save time. Although I still prefer to hand address the envelopes, which makes it a little more personal. Whether you’re having a masked-up professional photographer take the picture-perfect shot outside or ...Read more.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

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Yes, it's true... I've revamped my olive oil cake that you all loved for the holidays! This version is chocolate topped with crushed candy canes -- so festive! Plus, it's gluten-free, dairy-free and low in sugar compared to other holiday favorites. The almond flour gives it a denser texture, but it's super moist and delicious, and you don't feel like you're sacrificing anything to eat a little healthier this season. Pro tip: Use a pretty bundt cake pan, pop it on a fancy crystal cake stand, and wow everyone at the table with your domestic goddess skills. A sprig of holly or pine would add extra color. Gluten-Free ...Read more.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pecan Cookies

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The perfect blend of pumpkin spice and nutty, these moist cookies taste like little bites of the classic holiday pie, especially when they're warm! In addition, they are low in sugar and both gluten-free and dairy-free! Super easy to whip up, these Pumpkin Spice Pecan Cookies are an ideal healthy treat for kids (and grown-ups!) during the holiday season or any time of the year when your sweet tooth needs a boost. We recently added them to a sweets board for a family night around the fire and couldn't keep them in stock! Enjoy and let us know your thoughts in comments below. Happy "pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice" ...Read more.

MSL’s Fall 2020 Fashion Trend Guide

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Summer is a distant memory and the weather has edged into cooler temps and patio weather -- at least here in Phoenix. Patio weather is more welcome than ever as we feel safer dining outside during our ongoing pandemic (ugh).... but we digress. Let's get back to the always uplifting, joy-inducing topic of fall fashion! Fall style is our favorite -- artful layering, rich textures, luxe fabrics, supple leathers, ornate embellishments and cozy knits. Give us ALLLL of it. Here's an overview of what's trending this season in fashion, plus fall beauty tips from celebrity makeup artist Lisa Moore. Hint: It's all about the ...Read more.

GI Rescue Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Chia Muffins

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Fall is pumpkin season and we are indulging in it all, from Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Pumpkin Carmel candles. YUM. One of the biggest challenges on the Low FODMAP diet is finding baked goods and easy-to-grab snacks that taste great and are kid-approved. “Always on the run” is part of our mom lifestyle and in order to adhere successfully to this limited diet, it’s important to stock items you can have at the ready or take to activities and in the car.  These muffins are not only delicious, but they are also dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and low in sugar. More importantly, they are perfect for satisfying ...Read more.

Easy Almond Thumbprint Cookies

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These detectable little cookies are so easy to make and simply delicious. It's very hard to stop at just one. And, bonus... they're dairy-free and gluten-free! We love Almond Thumbprint Cookies for kids' school lunches, afternoon tea, on-the-go snacks, or dessert with coffee after dinner. It's almost impossible to eat just one! The recipe is also a healthier take on this holiday favorite (relatively low in sugar), and makes a terrific treat to bake and take in a pretty tin as a hostess gift to your next dinner party. If you give the recipe a whirl, please let us know what you think in the comments below. Happy ...Read more.