Pour Some Sugar on Me…

Swimsuit season is around the corner and every magazine I open has some new diet “secret” or workout plan to get into swimsuit shape. But what if you’re addicted to sugar?

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Nooo….It’s that time of year again when these covers start showing up everywhere!

Every night after dinner, I HAVE to eat dessert. I’ll eat a handful of sugar cubes if it’s the only sweet in sight. Luckily, I have a few dessert options I love and they’re low-cal because I think it’s so annoying and unrealistic when these magazines advise people to cut out ALL sugary sweets from their diet.

Here are my favorite desserts at home. You can find them in your grocer’s freezer. 😉
(ALL of them are UNDER 150 calories each)

Mini+drumsticks
Just 110 cals each, much less than the normal Drumstick. Lucerne (Safeway brand) is just as good!

Creamsicle+Rasberry+and+Orange
The Classic Creamsicle comes in Rasberry too (100 calories each)

                                                                         

Mochi
Trader Joe’s Mochi  ( I love Mango or Strawberry) Yummm! (115 calories each)
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The tried and true Skinny Cow. These are SO good and the ice-cream doesn’t taste low cal (140 cals)

Occasionally, I run into people that say “I’m not really a sweet person actually,” or “I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.” If you’re not one of them, what’s your favorite dessert and do you have any halfway healthy options you want to share? simple smile

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!
xoDale


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What to Wear Wine Tasting? Reds, Whites & Purple

Are you planning a trip to wine country anytime soon? A pour of Pinot Noir here, a sip of Chardonnay there and after about five wineries you may have a pounding headache and a serious craving for some H2O. Or at least I did the last time I went wine tasting in Napa Valley. I caught a glimpse of myself before heading to the last winery and my eyes were bloodshot, my teeth were stained purple and I looked like I hadn’t slept in three days. It was a long day.
I also had no idea what to wear so I was in jeans which was too casual for the occasion.
I’ve learned some wine tasting survivor tips since then and hopefully they’ll help whether you’re in Napa Valley or anywhere else in the world. And if you’re going to Napa, don’t hesitate to venture farther down the road to a little gem of a city called Calistoga, California.

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What to wear?
I recommend dressing up a bit and you can’t go wrong with a sundress paired with 
wedges or comfy heels. Maxi’s, florals, color blocking & neutrals are all IN right now.
Nice pants and a cute top work too.

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                                                Don’t Forget Your Shades

Whether you’re taking an outdoor tour of a winery or feeling a buzz
after your 2nd tasting room, sunglasses always make a nice difference. Also…
Rohto eye drops are super strong and work wonders, (ask any highschool stoner).

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Don’t worry about wine stained teeth after sipping reds all day. Carry a travel
toothbrush or Colgate Wisps and you’re good to go!

I’m wearing: Dress-Forever 21, Heels-Steve Madden, Purse-TopShop, Pearls-Gifted from Greece

Pics taken in Mendocino County, CA

                                                

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                                                              Kinda Obvious, But…

1. Always have a sober driver!
2. Drink water during the day so you don’t have a splitting headache.
3. It’s ok not to finish wine. Just pour it out if you don’t want to drink it (wish I knew earlier
Whether you’re heading to Napa Valley on vacation or have lived in NorCal your entire life, Calistoga is definitely worth a visit. You can explore the town and pop into tasting rooms along Lincoln Avenue. If you make it into Envy Wine’s tasting room, ask for Phil.
Here’s a few places to GO:
Calistoga+Inn
The Calistoga Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a relaxing patio and some of the most affordable room rates in the area starting at $49-$119 a night.

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Chateau Montelena is a unique winery famous for its Chardonnay winning a blind taste test in Paris in 1976. You can read more here. It was also featured in the film “Bottle Shock.”
I just want to go here because it looks like a castle. 

Solage+Spa

Solage Calistoga is a high end resort and one of the top rated Spas in the World.
It may be out of my budget, but it doesn’t mean I can’t have lunch at the Solage’s Solbar. 😉

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For all Calistoga info about shopping, wine tasting etc. visit Facebook.com/Calistoga or click here

Finally, do you ever feel overwhelmed by a restaurant’s wine list? From fine wine to Franzia, I’m pretty clueless which is why I love having my friend Gianna around when it’s time to order a red, white or sparkling wine. Her beautiful blog, Decantress Wine Diary, is topped off with fantastic photos, valuable vino factoids and gives you an insider look at Napa Valley’s most amazing wineries.
You can tour Gianna’s rich reserve of posts here simple smile

So, where is your favorite area to go wine tasting AND do you prefer a glass of red or white wine?

Cheers!
xoDale


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Favorite Celeb Look of the Week (Special Edition)

Sunday night was the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and there were some hot looks, but I thought Rihanna looked amazing in a white, minimalist Max Azria plunging pant suit paired with neutral heels.

What do you think?

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I wish it was easier to see, but she blended in with the background
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My favorite details were the long gold necklace, her hair and makeup

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She performed with Britney at the show

Kesha

WORST: Ke$ha is always wearing outrageous outfits and while
she has great legs, this dress was not flattering at the event.

MY FAVORITE CELEB LOOK OF LAST WEEK:
Kate Hudson

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Kate at the premiere of “Something Borrowed” (I heard it was a horrible movie)
But, she was so stunning in this yellow Versace gown I had to post it.

UPDATES:

Because I write about rather unimportant current events including celeb gossip in my blog, I feel it’s my responsibility to mention any updates. So, here’s some follow ups to a few of my past posts:
Botox Mom: The mom who claimed she was regularly injecting her 8-year-old daughter with botox says it was all a big LIE. She claims she was paid $200 by the Sun for the story. Good news, but she’s psycho.
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                                                            This Botox Mom was a hoax
Bristol Palin: Did she or didn’t she get plastic surgery? Turns out, she admits to gettting corrective jaw surgery (last Dec.) making her face thinner. She claims it was not for cosmetic reasons. Sure 😉
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                                                     Turns out Bristol DID have surgery
Holly Madison: I made fun of her saying she was writing a guide to Vegas and not doing it. I read last week she just came out with her book called “Showgirl Next Door, Holly Madison’s Las Vegas.” Ugh 😉
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                                       I don’t know if she wrote it, but she has a book now.
I also wanted to Thank “From Broadway” for giving me the One-Lovely Blogger Award. You can check out their fun and fashionable blog here
That’s all for now, have a great week! simple smile
xoDale


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Real Housewives of Mendocino County

Home cooking is the way to a Man’s heart. AND I have all the right ingredients.

Every woman should have a secret, and a garden. But it takes skill to have a Secret Garden.
Some kids get beemers when they’re 16, My girl gets a go cart at 16 months.

Who needs the French Riveria, when you can live it up at the Russian River.


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When is the Best Time of Year to Whiten your Teeth?

Summer is almost here and maybe you’re going to a wedding, high-school reunion or any other event where you want to debut a bit of a brighter, whiter smile. The answer to when is the best time is actually the day you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist (according to my dentist). It’s the perfect time to try out your home whitening products because your chompers are plaque free and clean.

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Sparkling smiles are always in style. I rely on Crest White Strips to whiten my teeth.
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I just got an email from Sephora selling this new whitening system for $275?!


Before buying a whitening system this expensive or paying the dentist for professional whitening, I highly recommend trying Crest White Strips. I’ve used them for years, for a week straight, once or twice a year and they work whitening wonders. The only criticism I’ve heard is people with extremely sensitive teeth can’t use them.

What are your favorite teeth whitening products?

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Teeth Tip: Don’t go too WHITE. 
You don’t want them whiter than the whites of your eyes. 

I love this product so much, I want to give it away. 
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$54.99 Value

TO ENTER: “Like” Savvy Spice on Facebook and YOU’RE entered.

Giveaway ENDS June 13th 2011 at 12:01am PST. One winner will receive Crest 3D Whitestrips with Advanced SEAL (shown above) This Giveaway is open to everyone! 

Random.org will pick a WINNER and I’ll announce it on my blog and notify the winner that day. I’ll cover the shipping and handling simple smile

xoDale…Have a great weekend! simple smile

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Hey Arnold! You’re a Bad Boy

Is anyone really that surprised to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger cheated on his wife, Maria, after they announced they were divorcing last week? The fact he had a 13-year-old child resulting from an affair with the family’s housekeeper surprised me, but what shocked me was how he covered it up for so long?

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Happier times before the Governator….Wedding Day 1986

People are speculating in California and everywhere if Maria knew about this secret affair since the “love child” was born.  I feel Maria would NOT have allowed this housekeeper and the Sperminator’s fifth kid in her house for 13 years to just to protect Arnold’s future political career. If she knew and was just going to sweep it under the rug, they would have fired the housekeeper and paid her off.

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Oprah show taping yesterday. 
Putting on a happy face, she learned of the scandal this January.

I was watching the Today Show and they have a regular guest psychologist who said Arnold and Maria had a successful marriage for 25 years and they should be proud they lasted so long.

That statement bothered me because she made the same comment about the messy marriage of John and the late Elizabeth Edwards when their divorce was finalized. I don’t see how Arnold betraying Maria every single day for 13+ years of marriage is considered a success. Would Maria rather know in 1997 (when Arnold impregnated the family’s staff member) or stay married over a decade longer until 2011? I’m guessing she would have rather got divorced in ’97.

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The housekeeper and “other woman” with Arnold’s son. I feel really bad for him.

(sidenote) I should mention I’ve never been married and the closest I’ve come was fake wedding invitations and two awkward proposals where I politely replied, “Um, uh….I’m sorry, but I just can’t.” My point is I don’t have a ton of insight into what makes a “perfect” marriage.

Sure, people can change. BUT if you’re about to marry a guy who looks like a perv, acts like a womanizer, and has been caught groping women while you’re dating, it’s pretty safe to say there may be some drama in the marriage. Plus, Arnold was a professional body builder, Hollywood actor and a politician. Talk about a cheating trifecta!

I mean, have you seen “Pumping Iron”?

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Eww! I’m not into biceps that are bigger than my head.

If not, check out this creepy memorable clip with former Mr. Universe:

Anyway, I feel bad for Maria and all the children involved. What advice would you give your best friend if she was in this situation?

NEXT post will lighten the mood, put a smile on your face and include a GIVEAWAY! hehe

See you Friday. simple smile
xoDale

For more details on the scandal, you can visit Capinsider.com here


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