Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites 5.8.15

Here are my favorites for this week. Enjoy!

Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites for 5.8.15:

I love the idea of potentially teaching your child yoga to deal with frustration and other overwhelming emotions.

Tried this chicken marinade over the weekend and loved it with a couple of modifications. I used a pinch of dried thyme instead of the fresh, skipped the fresh rosemary and went heavy on the pepper. I don’t know about you, but I don’t tend to keep fresh herbs on hand for weeknight meals.

Oh parenthood. I’m feeling these tweets now that I’ve got two toddlers.

Are you a reader? How many of these books can you check off?

This new technology seems awesome. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Netflix Watch List: May 2015


netflix must watch


Here’s my recommendation of what to watch on Netflix for May 2015.

Netflix Watch List: May 2015

 The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

TV Series, Comedy

unbreakable kimmy schmidt

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a hilariously funny spoof on modern culture as seen through the eyes of a woman who is locked in a bunker for the last 15 years. It’s easy, light watching by creator Tina Fey. Also, be prepared to have the theme song in your head for days.

The Fall

TV Series, Crime Drama

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The Fall is a Netflix original that will haunt you all the way through. In fact, I am still thinking about it. The show follows a serial killer and the detective who is trying to track him down. (If you like The Fall also check out Happy Valley.)

Red Road

TV Series, Drama

red road

The Red Road is an extremely suspenseful drama from the Sundance channel. I recommend it for viewing with your spouse because it has both drama and action making it riveting for both.

Fed Up


Fed Up


Fed Up is an extremely interesting look at the obesity epidemic and how it affects our children. If you have kids I highly recommend viewing this to better understand our nutrition and how things have changed in this generation.

Incorrigible – Chris D’Elia

Stand Up Comedy

IncorrigibleOk save this one for when you are in the mood for some raunchy comedy. Chris D’Elia goes great with a beer and some good company.


Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites 4.22.15

Here are my favorite reads/ views for this Friday. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites 4.22.15:

This mom is an incredible artist and is able to illustrate exactly what being a new mom feels like.

I almost died laughing over this innovative parenting.

These vintage ads are so absurd….

This looks so amazing! Now to figure out how to engineer something like this into the lake…

If you are a fan of the TV Friends this might make you giggle.

I’m on a clean eating kick so I love these alternative “sandwiches“.

Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites

Here are some of my favorite finds from the web this week for your viewing pleasure.

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It’s crazy how advertising used to be. My jaw is on the floor about the “just 1 minute, young lady” ad. That would be completely unacceptable these days.

We always love fail videos. Best Reporter Falls didn’t disappoint.


Do you make your kids share?

I do most of the time. I think it is a way to teach kids kindness; I regularly share with friends, family, and neighbors. I do agree with a lot of the author’s points though. I think there is a right and wrong way to teach sharing. You teach them to offer a trade, you set time limits, etc.

Good Eats

This list of healthy breakfast ideas is already being used at our house. I love a poached egg and avocado toast for breakfast. What are you gonna try or do you eat already and recommend?


Fire ants are so interesting.

Vermouth Is Better Than You Think


My experience thus far with Vermouth is a poorly made Martini and a poorly made Manhattan, so I wasn’t surprised that I wasn’t too excited about writing a post about it. But, bear with me, and you’ll find that Vermouth is better than you think. Way better.

A good friend of mine suggested it would make a good post and got me started with some great information, so I bought a bottle of sweet/red and dry Vermouth. After playing around with it in a few drinks, I ended up drinking it neat, and now love it. I doubt most people would enjoy it neat, but this is always a great way to really understand your cocktail ingredients and what flavor they impart.

Things to know about Vermouth

First, let’s talk about what vermouth is. Vermouth is an aromatized  and fortified wine. That basically means that it’s wine with brandy and botanicals (herbs, spices, roots, bark) added. That leads us to the first thing I, and probably most people, didn’t understand. Unlike the rest of your liquor cabinet, these guys spoil just like wine. Because of the higher alcohol content, it might take a little longer than wine, but it will still definitely spoil.

Second, Vermouth is a pretty cool drink that has been a staple aperitif for forever. However, it’s pretty unappreciated in America, and has been for a long time. Not really sure why, but I can definitely support this. I’ve only had it once or twice as a secondary ingredient, and I’d be willing to bet most people are the same way.

Third, there are a bunch of different varieties that you can somewhat connected across makers, but Red/Sweet and Dry are what are most commonly available. For this post, I’ll concentrate on the Red/Sweet.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s drink it!

Vermouth Spoiling Taste Test

Earlier in the post we talked about how Vermouth spoils after opening, so let’s taste test how.

Not knowing this, I of course had a bottle of Sweet Vermouth open in my liquor cabinet for months, which makes for a perfect comparison. We tried both the brand-new and the old and opened Vermouth neat.

The brand-new Vermouth was sweet, bright, and had a nice herb smell and aftertaste, like  having a glass of Italian Red Wine and one of those little rosemary breadstick things the have in Italian restaurants (kind of brought me back to Italy, actually). Now that I know that, I’ll enjoy it frequently neat or on the rocks.

The old Vermouth was probably not old enough to have a off odor or taste, but it will if left unconsumed long enough. Instead, it wasn’t that bad, it just wasn’t that good. It had lost all the best parts of the brand-new Vermouth, and had gotten fairly boring.

The best advise I was given here is to only buy the little (375 mL) bottle unless you know you’ll go through more quickly. Also, be aware that you may get bad Vermouth at a bar or restaurant if they’re not going through it quickly.


Some really good additional information can be found here:

Blood Orange Season!

blood orange cocktail

Blood Orange Cocktail Recipe

My local grocery store has blood oranges, so here’s a blood orange cocktail recipe to celebrate:

We tried it with both Vodka and Gin, and prefered it with Gin. It might be fun to try with a dark Rum as well, be we ran out of oranges. See our previous post taste testing Triple Sec versus Cointreau, and use Triple Sec for a sweeter drink or Cointreau for a cleaner, stronger drink.

#JadoreDessange Dessange VoxBox Review

I received the Dessange VoxBox to review as part of my account with Influenster.


The Dessange VoxBox came with Dessange Oleo Miracle Replenishing ShampooDessange Oleo Miracle Replenishing Conditioner, and the Dessange Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil.

My Review

First let me say, I HATE the scent. It is overly perfumed and is a really heavy, musky smell.
That aside, the shampoo and conditioner are amazing. My naturally dry and limp hair was softer and fuller with just one wash.
The oil was my favorite product. You know those flyaways you get after blow drying or straight ironing? Those were completely smoothed out with only one squirt of the replenishing oil  and it lasted all day.
Bottom line: I will definitely continue to use the products I have and would buy these products again in a different scent.
Dessange products are available at Target and are on Amazon.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Netflix Watch List March 2015: What We’re Watching Now

I am always seeking out new and interesting things to watch on Netflix. Sometimes it seems like their selection is so big it’s impossible to choose something you like so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what we have watched recently and recommend to add to your Netflix watch list.

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TV Series, Drama


I know I am super late to this game, but I started from the beginning and have been loving this series.

Peaky Blinders

TV Series, Historical Crime Drama

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This series is so good, but beware there are only two seasons so far. Also, you may have to turn on the subtitles during some points because the accent gets really thick.

In A World

Comedy Film

in a world

Enjoyable comedy for both sexes. Great movie for a Friday night in.

Under the Electric Sky


under the electric sky“The film chronicles the community and life of festival-goers during Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the largest dance and music festival held in the US.”

I know, you’re skeptical, but you must try it.

The Gruffalo



This is a really cool narration and animation of a children’s book. It is narrated with the most soothing voice ever and is great for talking about imagination. If you like it try The Gruffalo’s Child also.

What have you watched recently on Netflix that you would recommend? What is on your Netflix watch list?

PopSugar Must Have February 2015 Review

PopSugar Must Have is a subscription box service that sends out a monthly curated box of luxuries. It is $39.95 a month, or less, if you subscribe for a longer period of time. They offer monthly, 3 month and 6 month subscriptions. The value of the box is usually 2-3 times what you pay for it.

This is on par for my favorite subscription box, rivaled only with Golden Tote. Here is the PopSugar Must Have February 2015 Review.

Fresh Take 5 - PopSugar Must Have Review

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Suggested Retail $26

I am not really a blush person so I’m debating if I should try this or just give it away.



U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath

Suggested Retail $30

This is such beautiful packaging. I can’t wait to try it.


ACME Party Box Company Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife

Suggested Retail $32

Ehh, a person only need so many cheese plates, but the heart shape is cute for Valentine’s day.


Bauble Bar Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace

Suggested Retail $32

This is by far my favorite item in the box. I have worn it constantly since getting it. It is so pretty and delicate.


Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm

Suggested Retail $8

This little tin of lip balm is adorable and immediately went in my purse.



Chuao Chocolatier Ravishing Rocky Road Bar

Suggested Retail $6

I am not a huge fan of marshmallows so Kyle claimed this bar and according to him it was just ok.


Sally Beauty FingerPaints Nail Color

Suggested Retail $5.50

This went to use immediately for adorable Valentine’s Day nails for me and my daughter.



If you are thinking of giving PopSugar Must Have a try, please use my referral link. Thank you!

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