Monday, January 22, 2018

What I'm Wearing Now: January


Casual Winter Style Staples
 1. Jacquard-knit Sweater, H&M (ON SALE for $14.99!)  //  2. Fan Tassel Earrings, Amazon (Only $7.99!)  //  3Fine Knit Sweater, H&M  //  4.  Beaded Chain Bracelet, Madewell   //  5. Silver Hoop Earrings, H&M //  6. Blush Blanket Scarf, H&M  //  7. Classic Short Boots in Chestnut, Ugg  // 8Lily Tote Diaper Bag, Newlie   //  9. Skinny Low Jeans in Black, H&M  // 10. Set of 3 Tassel Earrings, Revolia   //  11. Chuck Taylor Low Tops, Converse  //  12. Splash Gabi Sneakers, Minnetonka  (ON SALE)  //   13. Chevron Down Coat, Garnet Hill


It's the first What I'm Wearing Now post for 2018 (aside from the full 2017 What I'm Wearing year in review I posted earlier this month), and wow, look you guys! It's so different from December! Obviously, I'm being sarcastic. But hey, winter is winter in Chicago and whether I like it or not, my beloved spring and summer dresses and sandals are going to be pushed toward the back on my closet for several more months while I'm wearing jeans and sweaters over and over again.

In the meantime, I'm making the best of the cold weather with layers, once again over-wearing UGG Boots (never say never, friends), and living in pull-over sweaters which is honestly so unlike me. (My current favorite - this comfy black number from Target for only $17.99 - isn't shown above.) These tassel earrings are going strong on the daily, too. (If you get a pair, they're really long. One cut of the scissors and they're the perfect length.)

We are planning to go to both Florida and Arizona over the next few months, so hopefully the upcoming months will be slightly more varied. And hey, it is Chicagoland after all - it's always possible we'll have a 70 degree day in there too. A summer girl can dream.



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
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You guys hear me gush on a regular basis about how tacos are my favorite food, but there is actually another dish that has been at the top of my list since I was a kid: mashed potatoes. I mean, I genuinely start daydreaming about consuming buckets of them on Thanksgiving the minute Halloween ends, and over the years, I have played around with more versions of the standard mashed potato recipe than probably every other food combined. I'm not a mashed potato snob - give me a bowl of whatever kind you've whipped up, and I will eat it. But the dish I'm sharing with you guys today is my #1. On top of truly being one of the most delicious side dishes known to human kind, these parmesan mashed potatoes are incredibly easy to make. And there's a special (very simple) hack that makes them the creamiest of the creamy. Read on for all the details.

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes, Cook Time: 20 minutes, Ready Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6-8  |  Author: Bubby and Bean

Parmesan mashed russet potatoes, simmered in milk, are a deliciously unique take on a beloved American side dish. Topped with shredded parmesan and chopped green onions, they're a flavor-filled favorite that can be paired with almost any entree.


INGREDIENTS
3 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3 cups whole milk
4 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel and cut russet potatoes into chunks, place into large pot, and cover with whole milk.
2. Simmer milk over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until tender. (Make sure the milk never comes to a full boil; just keep it at a low simmer.)
3. Add butter, 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese, and a few dashes of salt and pepper, then hand mash until well combined to desired consistency. (We like ours a little chunky.)
4. Scoop potatoes into a serving bowl and top with remaining parmesan cheese, chopped green onion, and another dash of salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

There are two things that make these mashed potatoes so exquisite. The first is an amazing hack I came across a couple of years ago where rather than boiling the potatoes in water, you simmer them in milk for an incredible level of creaminess. The other is the type of potatoes I use: russets. Russet Potatoes have a light, fluffy texture and delicious flavor that make for the perfect mashed potatoes every time. And while russets are my favorite for mashed, I adore all potatoes. I mean, they're all sorts of convenient, and an important staple in this house. They're also a culinary canvas you guys - you can use potatoes in endless types of recipes, from breakfast to side dishes to full on meals. And, who doesn't love potatoes? There's never a complaint when they're part of a meal around here, and there aren't a lot of foods for which I can say that. (If you're a potato fan like me, you have to check out the Potato Goodness Facebook page. Endless yumminess, guys.)

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Any other mashed potato fanatics out there? What's your favorite mashed potato recipe?


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

8 Tips For Caring For Winter Skin

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8 Tips For Caring For Winter Skin

Those of you who are regular readers/followers have likely heard me discuss my issues with dry skin before, especially during the winter. Recently, I shared some of the ways I care for the skin on my face this time of year. And today, I'm excited to be partnering with Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant to talk about caring for skin as a whole during the colder, drier months - beyond the face, to include the entire body. (I wish I could say that it was only my face that needed extra care in the winter, but every part of my body is affected. I'm sure many of you can relate!) In addition to sharing some of my own tips that I've learned through personal trial and error, I'm also going to share some simple but highly effective tips from Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba.

1. Use a humidifier. I run a cool mist humidifier in my bedroom every single night in the winter months. It's amazing what massive increase in the dryness and irritation level of my skin I noticed on those occasional nights where I forget to turn it on. Using it nightly results in much softer skin that isn't itchy or irritated.


2. Care for your underarms. I admittedly never even thought about caring for the skin on my underarms until I read a tip from Dr. Barba, where she reminds us that the sensitive underarm skin is an important area that shouldn't be overlooked. Everything from dry winter air to fabrics on winter clothing like sweaters can irritate the skin. She recommends Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant  to keep the underarms hydrated and protected. And I'm a huge fan of it too. I absolutely love that it gives me 48 hours of odor and wetness protection. But what makes Dove Advanced Care #1 in my book is its added skin care benefits. It has a unique formula that contains moisturizers to help prevent and alleviate irritation, so my underarms feel smoother and softer when I use it. (You can grab some of your own right here!)

3. Stick to warm showers. Hot water dries out skin, and quickly. Taking a cool to warm shower instead can help prevent excess skin dryness. This small change has actually made a huge difference for me.


4. Bring a little summer to winter - with sunscreen. Even if your summertime bikini and beach bag are hidden at the back of your closet this time of year, Dr. Barba suggests keeping your sunscreen out and readily available to use daily. She also recommends switching to a moisturizing sunscreen that is richer than what you'd use in the summer months.

5. Make a bedtime routine for your skin. Dr. Barba says that bedtime is the best time of day to hydrate skin. Her recommendation for decreasing collagen breakdown at bedtime is as follows: 1. Wash your face. 2. Apply a retinol. 3. Moisturize. Easy and effective!


6. Pay attention to elbows and heels. It only takes a week into the wintertime and my elbows and heels are instantly cracked. I apply a thick moisturizer or coconut oil to both of these areas every day while I’m getting ready, and immediately after every shower, which helps to soften my skin in these areas tremendously.

7. Drink plenty of water. Hydrating from the inside out is important when it comes to skincare, especially in the winter when the air is drier. I continually fill up my water bottle throughout the day to keep my entire body hydrated.

8. Avoid intense exfoliation. Another helpful tip from Dr. Barba is to lay off any sort of intense exfoliation in the winter. She says that when you over-exfoliate, it can actually dehydrate skin by stripping it of essential oils. This can also lead to breakouts during this cold, dry time of year.


Winter can be incredibly harsh on skin, but there are ways to guard against dryness and other issues so your skin feels as healthy and soft as it does in the warmer months. I hope these tips prove as useful to you as they have me. And I would love to hear tips of your own that I might have missed!


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Monday, January 15, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Win a $150 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Fashion


GIVEAWAY: Win a $150 Gift Card to Gaia Conceptions from Bubby and Bean!

It's officially that time of year when, at least for me, the winter blahs have kicked in. Since spring is (waaahhhh) so far away still, I have to find little things about the cold months to enjoy and small ways to celebrate in an effort to stay positive. So today, I decided to celebrate winter (freezing temps + grey skies and all) by teaming up once again with our friends and long time Bubby and Bean partners Gaia Conceptions for another seriously amazing giveaway! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will receive $150 to spend in Gaia's online shop, which features endless styles of truly stunning eco-friendly clothing made by hand in the USA. They have hundreds of styles to choose from, each one of which is custom created to your size, color choice, and fabric selection. As I've mentioned before, Essley and I are both proud owners of several their gorgeous designs. And we're excited for one of you to get some Gaia threads of your very own!




Use the form below, and/or, because the main methods of entering this giveaway (worth the most points) involve Instagram, you can also enter directly on IG, right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run for one week (through January 21, 2018), and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org and announced here shortly after the end of the giveaway.




Thank you to Andrea and friends over at Gaia Conceptions for giving our readers the chance to win another gift card to their incredible shop. Good luck!

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