Monday, September 14, 2015


 Oh my gosh. Blog world! HELLO!

I haven't been posting much lately, which I guess makes me a bad blogger- but I was busy enjoying summer- so...that makes me a better human maybe? I don't know. You decide.

Here's what's been up in the last week!

1. OH MAN. This last weekend. You guuuuyyys. We had a big ol' fashioned college reunion this weekend and it was fabulous. A big group of our former Badgers drove/flew back to Madison to watch the game and celebrate the Wisconsin way! We had epic weather for the game- just look at this view:

2. Clearly I needed to take some artsy pictures. Shocking, I know. 

3. Speaking of not shocking, here's one of the most recent #everythinginrainbow order posts. Jelly Bellies for lyfe.
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4. A few of you signed up for Rocksbox this weekend with code "beautyandbeardxoxo" - sending virtual hugs your way- hope you love your new FREE month of jewelry! (code is still active for you ladies on the fence too! ;-) )

5. People this weekend could not get over my phone case this weekend! Details on it HERE
love this phone case

That's whats up lately with me- what's new with you all?
Anyone else READY for fall?

xo, lp

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Monday, September 7, 2015


I've mentioned it before, but I change my phone case pretty frequently.

A couple years ago I found an awesome artist named Monika Strigel. We chatted a bit and I ended up getting one of her phone cases. Recently I was perusing Shopbop and I saw some phone cases that I loved...and realized they were Moni's! Her designs had been picked up by them- which was clearly impressive, right? I sent her an email to congratulate her and she sent me a case from her new line. I'm absolutely in love with it and I get compliments on it all the time!
love this phone case!

Here are 24 of my favorite of her current designs, all crazy well priced at Casetify. Obviously I love the top row since that's what I own (in an Iphone 5s, since I'm behind the times), but I also love the second to last row.

After you check them all out, be sure to let me know what your favorite is:

24 must-have phone cases
You can shop all of the cases right HERE on Moni's Casetify shop!

Now you've got to let me know which your favorite is!

xo, lp

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*have you signed up for rocksbox yet? if you're still unsure, get your first month free (no, really, FREE!) by using code "beautyandbeardxoxo" at checkout!*

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Today's recipe includes an AWESOME ingredient I've actually never baked with before, but have always loved: CURRANTS!
currant + lemon muffins

Growing up in Minnesota, we had wild currants grow on bushes near our house. My sister and I would pick them and eat them right on the spot. I was so excited when I found them at the farmer's market recently! They're tart and tangy and pop when you bit into them- kind of like a hybrid between and cranberry and a pomegranate seed:
fresh currants

I decided they'd be perfect to bake with, so I threw them into one of my usual muffin recipes with lemon and they turned out EXCELLENT. Half the batter was in mini muffin tins, half was in regular- both were eaten equally between family and friends :)

Here's what you need to make it happen:
- 1 1/2 cup fresh currants- washed, and destemmed! If I had had more I would have put even more in!
- 1 lemon: both zest and juice
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 and line your muffin tins with liners. 
Step 2: Combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Step 3: Mix together your eggs, milk, and oil, and add to the dry mixture
Step 4: Stir in your lemon juice and zest, and gently mix all together with a spatula. I don't like using a mixer for muffins, they always end up kind of tough!
Step 5: Fold in your currants carefully so they don't all burst open!
Step 6: Fill your muffin cups 2/3 full if you want them to have a slight cap, or a little more full if you want the dramatic muffin top look (yes, I said muffin top!).
Step 7: For mini muffins, bake for 20 minutes- for regular muffins, bake for 25-30 (until lightly golden brown)
Step 8: Serve to your family/friends and enjoy!
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!

 Personally, since the fruit is smaller, I think these were a lot better in a mini muffin form- each bite evenly guarantees some currant in it!
super easy recipe for currant + lemon muffins. could sub the currants for blueberries or cranberries!

Have any of you ever baked with currants before? 
Tell me what you've made, I'd love to try the recipe!
xo, lp


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