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Have a Crazy Blonde Monday!

Why is it that we always dread Mondays?  Are you a person that has the Monday Blues or are you excited for the new week?  There are actually studies to show that most suicides are committed on Monday.  I know that is the extreme, but for some reason Monday depresses most people compared to any other day of the week.  Here are some Crazy Blonde Monday suggestions to make Monday your favorite day of the week.


Instead of dreading Monday, consider thinking of Mondays as a fresh start!  Every Monday, you have a chance to decide how your week will be.  Set your intentions to have a healthy and happy week!

Plan something to look forward to on Monday.  Whether you have a full time job and dread going to work, or you just dread getting back to the routine of the week, you can plan something special to look forward to on Monday.  Consider making Monday evening the night you take a long bubble bath, go to a relaxing yoga class or have your favorite takeout instead of cooking.  If you make a habit of doing something enjoyable on Monday evenings, it will become a day that you look forward to.

For an indulgent bath, try Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil or Philosophy Pure Grace Foaming Bath and Shower Gel!

Start thinking about Monday on Friday!  Planning ahead for Monday can make the whole week go more smoothly.  There are always tasks and appointments that are non negotiable for the week ahead.  Make sure that those things are on your calendar and planned for.  Map out what exercise you’re going to do on each day of the week.  Make a grocery list so that you can shop on Sunday and cook a meal or two to make weeknights easier.  Make sure your clothes are clean and ready for the week ahead.  If you plan out your week on Friday, then you can relax and enjoy the weekend knowing that the week to come will go smoothly!  Planning ahead gives you a way to master your week!

For ultimate organization, I love the Desire Map Planner by Danielle LaPorte!  It is more than just a planner.  It Incorporates your to-do list, your gratitude and your goals!

Here are a few tips on planning your outfits for the week!

Check the weather and get an overview of the week.

Look at your calendar and plan for work and post work commitments.

Have a basic formula.  Each week you might wear a dress one day, a skirt one day, denim one day and other pants two days.  Add tops to match the weather and the activities of the day!

Group your outfits in the front of the closet so that all you have to do is grab, get dressed and go.  Its a good idea to add accessories and shoes to the hanger to make getting dressed a breeze.

Planning for the week also lets you know if you need to do laundry on Sunday night to get you through the week.


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Try this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup!  Have the ingredients ready on Sunday night and put everything in the crockpot early on Monday so that dinner will be ready when you are!


For a vegetarian crock pot alternative, try SlowCooker Vegetarian Fajitas from The Pieper Life.


Get up just fifteen minutes earlier on Monday than usual.  Find some time to sit quietly and still your mind before starting your day.  Applies this to every day, but if Mondays seem difficult for you it is even more important.  Monday may be the day you dread, but if you look at as the beginning of a great week that thought can empower you and get you off to a great start.  It’s a matter of seeing the glass half full instead of half empty!

These meditation tips from the Huffington Post will guide you through the benefits of meditation.

It’s important to take a moment each Sunday and check in with your longterm goals.  What steps can you take toward your goals each week?  Your Sunday planning can be about your whole life!  As a result of thinking in terms of your life goals, Monday may seem like the most important day of the week!


Wishing you all a Crazy Blonde Monday!  Follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog to see what I’m wearing for the week!


Crazy Blonde Day!

Yesterday started off as a very busy Crazy Blonde Day for me!  I have some special things going on that I hope to be able to share with you very soon!

My good friend and florist extraordinaire, Lyn Moser of Special Arrangements did these beautiful floral arrangements for our home!  Flowers can really make an ordinary Crazy Blonde day feel like the most special day Crazy Blonde Day ever.

Lyn decorated the mantle of our outdoor fireplace with magnolia and beautiful hydrangeas and it will last until the decorations go up for Christmas, which is just around the corner!  I sat outside yesterday afternoon with a blazing fire, a glass of wine and a stack of magazines that have been waiting for me.  It was so nice to enjoy the beautiful day and the warmth of the fire.  I am starting to think and plan for the holidays and the magazines really sparked my imagination and gave me so many ideas of things for the blog and my home!  Mr. Crazy Blonde is out of town today and I am going to spend a little more time by the fire with my magazines and my thoughts, planning for the months to come!  It really is a gift to have time alone sometimes!






Lyn used old bourbon bottles and interspersed them with the liquor bottles on my bar cart!  Later in the week on Crazy Blonde Life, I’m going to share my ideas for having a perfectly stocked bar for the holidays!


My idea of a perfect fall afternoon…magazines and wine!




Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!

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Urban Chic

Happy weekend everyone!  This great urban chic outfit is perfect for the cooler weather we’re having!  I’m wearing a cozy sweater from Quinn and the most comfortable Citizens of Humanity jeans! They have just the right amount of stretch.  The urban chic outfit could go anywhere, just add a heeled bootie or stiletto for evening and you’re ready to go almost anywhere!

The temperature today went from 75 degrees to 65 degrees really quickly!  The wind was blowing and all of a sudden it felt like fall!  I’m so happy for this cool, crisp weekend!  I’m going to sit in front of the fire and catch up on all of the magazines that have been piling up for too long!  I have a chilled bottle of Rose and I’m ready to do some serious resting!  I also want to go and see Girl On The Train with my girlfriends; I read the book several months ago and can’t wait to see the movie!  A little rest, a little wine and a lot of taking care of me after a hectic week!  I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!







Outfit details:  Quinn Sweater via Rebecca & Co Greensboro, Citizens of Humanity jeans via Rebecca & Co Greensboro, Lush Jewelry necklace, Henri Bendel bag (see Henri Bendel Bags here)



 With the weather staying a little bit on the warmer side lately, I’m enjoying being able to wear some of my fun blouses.  I paired this great Tolani bell sleeve blouse with the cutest furry vest that will be perfect when the weather turns a little cooler.  Bell sleeves are a big trend right now and this blouse is timeless and so easy to wear with jeans or leggings because it’s a little longer.  The jeans I’m wearing are by Citizens of Humanity.  They are a little high waisted and have the perfect amount of stretch. This is obviously an easy look to pull off and my go too look for fall. I’ve included links for shopping at the end of the post, so keep scrolling!

Friday is here and I’m ready for the weekend! Saturday will be a little hectic because I’m working on some exciting things for the blog, but by the time the afternoon rolls around, hopefully I’ll be sipping a glass of wine and sitting by the fire!


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Outfit details:  Tolani Blouse (similar here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans, Philanthropy Vest, Rag and Bone booties, Henri Bendel Bag, Tory Burch Sunglasses  Blouse, Vest and Jeans via Rebecca & Co. in Greensboro

I’m excited to share some fun projects I’ve been working on for Crazy Blonde Life!  Thank you so much to everyone who supports me!  I always welcome your comments and suggestions!

9 Reasons To Eat More Seafood!

I have always loved seafood of any kind and since it’s National Seafood Month I thought I would share nine reasons why you should eat more seafood!  Eating seafood is one of the best ways to boost your health.  Maybe you should consider having fish for dinner!


Try this recipe for Grilled Swordfish with Smoked Paprika and Herbed fruit Salsa from Foodie Crush

Eating Seafood Helps With Weight Loss.  Regularly eating seafood can help in maintaining a healthy weight.  It is very low in calories and it packs a huge nutritional punch.  One six ounce tuna steak contains around 185 calories and 41 grams of protein compared with a six ounce sirloin steak that contains 342 calories and 35 grams of protein.  The tuna steak is clearly the winner here!  Studies have also shown that because white fish has such a high protein content and influences the hormone serotonin that is in part responsible for helping us recognize hunger signals.


Check out my recipe for Grilled Salmon Salad with Potatoes and Asparagus

Seafood is Heart Healthy.  Seafood is a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are important nutrients for supporting heart health.  Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the Omega-3’s that are most utilized by the body.  They are found especially in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and trout.  The body does not produce these omega-3 fatty acids on its own so it’s important to get these nutrients from food.  The best sources are cold water fatty fish or high quality omega 3 supplements.  Two servings of fish per week are recommended for heart healthy benefits.


Here is a great recipe for Cajun Shrimp Guacamole from Bev Cooks

Seafood is Good For Your Eyes.  The DHA’s and EPA’s (omega 3 acids) in fatty fish play an important role in eye health.  The highest concentration of 
DHA is found in the retina of the eye.  DHA concentrations in the retina allow you to see varying lighting conditions.  Omega-3’s can also protect our eyes as they age.  Studies have shown that people who have a high intake of omega-3s in their diet may have better eyesight.

Seafood Can Boost IQ.  According to the FDA, and EPA, seafood consumption is very important for pregnant or nursing women and mothers with young children.  Eating fish regularly can help with the growth and development of the brain and can help boost IQ.  Two to three servings a week can gain 2.6 IQ points according to FDA research.  Pregnant and nursing women should avoid fish that have high mercury content.


Try this recipe for Scallops, Farro and Micro Greens with Lemon Basil Sauce from Taste with The Eyes

Seafood is Protein Rich.  Adequate amounts of protein are essential for keeping metabolism high, blood sugar levels stable and energy high.  Seafood is a complete protein source that contains all of the essential amino acids that help build and repair tissues and it easier to digest than red meat.  A three ounce serving of cooked fish or shellfish provides one third of the recommended daily amount of protein.

Seafood Helps With Depression.  Studies suggest that people who eat more fish are less likely to suffer from depression.  Many kinds of seafood are high in vitamin B-12 which helps protect against dementia and depression.

Seafood Boosts Immunity.  Fatty fish is a good source of vitamin D which is essential for bone health and helps protect against the common cold.  Wild caught seafood is the best source for vitamin D.  Farm raised salmon has only 25 percent of the vitamin D of wild caught.  This is probably because farm raised salmon has a lack of vitamin D in their food.

Sustainable Seafood The Best Seafood to Eat.  The worlds fish population is dangerously depleted, and choosing to eat sustainable seafood can help.  90% of all seafood in this country is imported.  The country of origin label is on all seafood sold in the united states.  To learn more about sustainable seafood, go to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch website.

Seafood Can Be Inexpensive.  Alternatives such as canned salmon, sardines and tuna are less expensive than fresh fish and have a long shelf life.  These alternatives are great for a protein filled snack or meal.


The Perfect Fall Hors’doeuvre…Pumpkin Hummus!

When I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Hummus, I immediately knew that I had to make it!  It is a combination of some of my favorite fall foods…pumpkin, sage and cranberries!  This pumpkin hummus is the epitome of fall and it is so delicious and easy to make and the pumpkin gives it an extra healthy punch!  I think it would be perfect served at a Halloween party or as an appetizer for Thanksgiving or for any potluck.  Hummus is a universally loved food and there are so many different kinds to choose from but this is the first recipe for Pumpkin Hummus I’ve seen!  I love serving this Pumpkin Hummus with colorful baby carrots and pita chips, but it would be great with other veggies or as part of a Mezze platter.  I can promise that this Pumpkin Hummus will be a crowd pleaser anytime you serve it! 

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Pumpkin Hummus comes together quickly in a food processor or blender.




The beautiful handmade bowl is by Rebecca Smith!

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Canned pumpkin is almost always thought of as an ingredient for pie, but this recipe is the perfect example of a healthy way to use canned pumpkin, and it’s so easy!  I’m obsessed with everything pumpkin right now, so for more ideas follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!  Happy hump day everyone!

Three Outfits With My Cabi Camel Sweater!

Camel sweaters and coats are basics every season and Fall 2016 is no exception!  This Cabi camel sweater is one of my favorites (I have it in black too) because it is lightweight enough to wear now and will be great under a coat or jacket later.  It’s versatility is endless as you can tell!  I had a hard time narrowing down which outfits to wear because this sweater goes with everything but I decided on these three! The first outfit with my Cabi Camel Sweater is somewhat business like and would go anywhere from the office to out to lunch to drinks with friends.  The second is a little trendier with the necklace and open toe shoes, but still very versatile.  The third is casual and so comfortable…I almost wore my converse sneakers, which would have been fine, but decided on the booties at the last minute!  Any way you choose, this Cabi camel sweater is the perfect choice!















Outfit #2 details:  Cabi Sweater, J Brand pants, Cabi blouse, Tory Burch booties (old but similar here) Ann Taylor bag (old but love this one), Lush necklace

Outfit #2 Details:  Cabi Sweater, Anthropologie Tee, J Brand pants, Ann Taylor bag (old), Dolce Vita shoes (similar here), Twine and Twig necklace

Outfit #3 Details:  Cabi Sweater, Target Tee, Rag and Bone jeans, Chloe bag, Sam Edelman booties, Vega necklace

If you live in the area, I’m having a Cabi Trunk Show on November 6 and would love for you to stop by!  Let me know how you’re wearing camel this season!  Please leave your comments in the box below!  Also, follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Soup Recipe for a Chilly Evening – Spicy Sausage and Chickpea Soup

Soup is the epitome of comfort food!  There is nothing better than a wonderful soul warming bowl of soup filled with the best ingredients and fantastic flavors.  As the days get shorter and the evenings get cooler, this hearty Spicy Sausage and Chickpea Soup is the perfect choice for dinner.   I have always loved soup in the fall and winter and this recipe is nutritious and easy to make and is actually better the second day after the flavors have had a chance to meld.  The recipe doesn’t call for Parmesan cheese, but I sprinkled a little on top along with some garlic olive oil and really liked the flavor!  Serve this soup with a green salad, crusty bread and a great bottle of wine and you have an easy meal with leftovers for the next day!  Soup days are here!  I hope you enjoy!



Recipe from Southern Living Magazine


These garlic cloves fried in olive oil are addictive!





I used pork sausage from T5 Farm.  I think it’s important to use local meat and produce when possible!


The beautiful bowl was made by my daughter Rebecca Smith, and the antique linen is from Antique European Linens.




This Spicy Sausage and Chickpea Soup was a huge hit at my house!  Let me know if you make it and what you think!!  I hope everyone has a great Monday!  Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

The Secrets of Maintaining a Healthy Weight!

I recently read an article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine that was very interesting and I wanted to summarize and share it with you!  This information comes from Cornell University’s online Global Healthy Weight Registry.  This registry studies the everyday behaviors of people who maintain a healthy weight. Here are the seven habits that they have in common!

They don’t diet.   In a study at Cornell University, out of  147 adults, mostly women, who had maintained their weight, 74% never or rarely dieted.  Dieting usually doesn’t work (read more about why diets don’t work here) because they are not sustainable for the long run.  A cycle of dieting can actually lead to weight gain.  Most people who deliberately loose weight on a diet will be heavier or the same weight five years later than when they started.


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Try this healthy recipe for Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

They weigh themselves often.  A study at Brown University shows that people who have successfully lost and kept off at least 30 pounds for an average of five years, weigh themselves at least once a week.  The study shows that people who are able to quickly catch small weight gains can then take action to reverse them.  Instead of letting the number define moods or feelings, these people are able to use the number to demonstrate where they are in relation to their goals.

They eat mindfully.  92% of people in the Global Healthy Weight Registry are conscious of everything they eat.  They listen to their bodies cues and pause before and after they eat, checking in with their bodies as they eat to determine if they feel full.  Even though it may take as long as six months of deliberate mindfulness while eating, eventually it becomes automatic and therefore works better than dieting.  Read this article from Psychology Today for more on mindfulness and read this article for tips on creating a meditation space.


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They walk it off.  Almost half of the participants exercise five or more times a week, usually walking for about an hour.  Read this article from The Mayo Clinic for more about the benefits of walking.

They keep the kitchen clean.  A Cornell study in 2016 found that in a chaotic, messy kitchen, women eat twice as many cookies.  Disarray primes us for a lack of self control and can cause stress.  The combination of these things makes us want to eat.  When women have a meditative mind set, they’re better able to resist temptation.  The suggestion is to learn how to meditate and keep the kitchen clean and clutter free.


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They don’t feed their feelings.  Most people in the Weight Control Registry rarely overate in response to emotions.  Eating a pint of ice cream isn’t actually soothing, so it’s best to save the ice cream (or whatever you want to eat) for later when it can be enjoyed. 

They start over every week.  Most healthy people see Monday as a fresh start.  Consider each Monday as a time to reset and choose to exercise and eat nutritious meals.  People who resume healthy habits after a weekend splurge are more successful at maintaining a steady weight.

Here are a few of my favorite blogs for healthy recipes:

Healthfully Ever After

Well and Good

Green Kitchen Stories

Cookie and Kate

Sprouted Kitchen


Try this easy recipe for Greek Pasta Salad from Creme de la Crumb!

This blog post is one that I’ve really enjoyed writing!  I would love to know your thoughts about it..would you like to see more like this?  PLEASE let me know by leaving your comments in the box below!  Thanks for reading and follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

Weekend Roundup – Things On My Radar From The Web and Beyond

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start!  I’ve rounded up a few things from my Instagram and life and from the internet that I thought would be interesting to you!  I hope you’ll be inspired to bake a little, get some fresh flowers, wear some trendy silver shoes, go see the movie Jackie and more!


I’m planning to make this Cheese Fondue Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin from Food 52 this weekend!  Food 52 is a great resource for recipes and cooking tools and anything to do with food!


I got these new shoes from Zara and have been wearing them nonstop!  They are so comfortable and affordable at just 69.00!


Taigan is my top choice for halloween tricks and treats!  These chocolate sculls will make the perfect addition to my Halloween table!


I finally purchased makeup from Younique after hearing about it for a while!  This neutral color palette will give me bright eyes through the fall and beyond!  It’s also easy to pack…just throw in an eye pencil and some mascara and it’s all you need!


These gladiolas in a beautiful vase from The Very Thing in my kitchen make me so happy!


I’m baking Pumpkin Caramel Quick Bread from Williams Sonoma right now and it’s making my house smell sooo good!  I can’t wait to eat a piece slathered with butter and raspberry jam!

I’m beyond excited to see the movie, Jackie starring Natalie Portman!  Watch the trailer here!


This new book, The Universe Has Your Back,  is out by my friend, mentor and guru, Gabrielle Bernstein!


The velvet trend is still going strong and this look from Tibi will be perfect for holiday parties!


I have been pouring over the November issue of Architectural Digest featuring Meg Ryan’s Manhattan home!


I just can’t help myself!  This baby!!!…too cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!  I hope you’ll follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!