Farm to Table: This is Our Jam

Welcome back to Farm to Table! This week we’re going to get fresh and make a super simple homemade jam with some of the sweetest, local strawberries and my Ball® FreshTECH automatic jam and jelly maker.

Farm to Table: This is Our JamFor my jams, especially berry-based ones, I find that farm-grown is the way to go. The berries are generally smaller than those you find at your supermarket, but they also tend to be much sweeter. To find the best strawberries around, my friend Kellie and I hit up Strawberry Fest in Cedarburg, WI and stocked up on a few flats.

Farm to Table: This is Our Jam

Don’t they look amazing?

Once we brought them home, we started jammin’. To make a simple strawberry version, we followed one of the recipes from the Ball® recipe book that accompanied the jam and jelly maker. If you check out the Ball® website, they have an expanded list of delicious recipes for jams, jellies, sauces and more.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

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Ask Florida: Eye Concealer and Treatment

Florida – “I have very black circles under my eyes and my face has become very dry. I would love to know a product that can help me cover up the bags and help with the dryness under my eyes as well. I feel like this makes me look much older than I am. “-Laura

Ask FloridaHi Laura:

You are not alone. There are many reasons why we develop black circles under our eyes and our face becomes dry. I don’t know how old you are but many women find this happens as we age. Our hormones aren’t balanced anymore to help create plump and well-hydrated skin. Lack of sleep, dehydration, sun damage and genetics all play a part too.

Here’s the good news: I’ve got beauty fixes, eye concealers and treatments that should get you on the right track. It’s a balance of the right skin care products and a few changes in lifestyle.

Florida’s 6 Top Beauty Fixes and Treatments Suggestions:

Lancome® Renergie Lift Multi Action Eye Cream

Heading to the winners circle, Lancome® Renergie Lift Multi Action Eye Cream to tighten all facial zones. A top choice in eye creams for deflating bags, fading dark circles, lifts and firms. Although the ingredients are too extensive to mention, black tea ferment is one of them. Tip: After relaxing with a cup of black tea, remove the bags and freeze. Use the cool tea bags as a at home remedy to help deduce eye swelling.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multi Action Eye Cream Continue reading →

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#LoveStyle Files: Summer Festival Fashion

#LoveStyle Files: Summer Festival FashionDKNYC Dress | Coach Handbag | Vince Camuto Wedge Sandals | Vince Camuto earrings, necklace and cuff | Michael Kors Bracelet and Ring |Lancome “Rose Plumeti” manicure polish | Clinique “Hi Sweetie” pedicure polish | Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Mimosa lip color
Live music, fried food and frothy beer — it must be festival season! The people watching is prime, so make sure you are a see-and-be-seen festival fashion “do.”
This summer, trade in the jean cutoffs and your favorite tank for a festival fashion upgrade.

3 Fool-Proof Festival Fashion Ideas

1.) A flirty dress and wedge sandals

If it’s going to be hot, a light and airy dress is a wonderful solution. Look for tank, A-line, maxi and fit-and-flare cuts to achieve a fab yet carefree look. And if you’re going to be on your feet for several hours, avoid traditional heels and pointy toes. Instead, opt for embellished flat sandals or a wedge for a bit of height. Continue reading →

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Manic Monday: “Two Things” by Coco Chanel

This Manic Monday post goes out to all the ladies who have ever been told that they should be or act a certain way (I’m sure we’ve all been there). Coco Chanel, fashion maven and style pioneer, is here to remind us that we need to be is two simple things: who and what we want. That’s some fabulous advice from a fabulous lady.A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. - Coco Chanel

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Good Sport: Athletic Chic Summer Style

Nylon, mesh and rubber aren’t exactly the first materials you think of when it comes to high fashion. But these athletic inspirations are popping up everywhere from the Parisian runways to the wardrobes of street style stars.

Athletic Chic

  1. DKNY JEANS® Eyelet Moto Jacket
  2. Calvin Klein Moto Jersey Jumpsuit
  4. MICHAEL Michael Kors® “Skid” Wedge Sneaker
  5. DKNYC Mesh Tunic Dress 

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Summertime Sunscreen Secrets

Every girl loves sunny summer! Spinning around town in a hot mini cooper convertible, beaches, bikinis, sailing, beautiful people and of course, lots of warm, gorgeous, sunshine. But, are you using enough sunscreen to protect your skin from the suns damaging UVA and UVB rays? Dermatologists recommend that you reapply sunscreen often, wear protective clothing and wear “Jackie O” style sunglasses. I’m here to share sunscreen secrets: which broad-spectrum sunscreens are protecting your skin and hair from UV rays, renewing skin, defending against premature aging and leaving your skin glowing and healthy.

Here are my top sunscreen protectors!

1.) Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream

The secret in Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream is the Innovative SolarSmart technology which provides high-level protection. This antioxidant-rich formula protects against the aging and burning effects of UV rays. It’s oil-free and gentle enough for sensitive skins, even for kids over 6, but check with your doctor before using on kids. Apply 15 minutes before going out in the sun. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours, especially if you take a dip or perspire after a running a race.

Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream Continue reading →

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Essentials for the Perfect Tailgate

Before the game starts, it’s time to start the party – the tailgate party that is. We’ve got you covered when it comes to all the pre-game essentials.

Tailgate Essentials


Grilling is what makes tailgating. For flipping burgers, turning kebabs and more, we love these compact charcoal options for classic ballpark taste. We love this shiny, stylish Bodum® grill for the tiniest of spaces and think this Coleman Roadtrip™ option complete with portable stand are sure-fire winners when it comes to tailgating. When it comes to tools, this Charcoal Companion® set has you covered with tongs, grill brush and spatula.


Relax around this Picnic Time® folding picnic table while the grill is heating up. This collapsible version is perfect for traveling to the park.


Stash plenty of beverages in this soft-sided cooler from Picnic Time®. This insulated cooler with padded strap can hold up to 20 cans of your favorite drink (or a whole lot of snacks!).


Enjoy a few refreshments in insulated tumblers. Here at our Milwaukee office, we’re diehard Brewers fans, but Tervis® has got you covered no matter what team you’re rooting for.


Tailgating is more than a few hot dogs before the game. Complete the outdoor party with this park-perfect beanbag game.


Be prepared! Get ready for night games with MLB throws. We love this Brewers version and think it’s just right for keeping warm with your pals. And don’t worry – we’ve got all your favorite teams.

Can’t get enough? Be sure to check out our Outdoor Living Shop and Sports Fan Shop.

Now, play ball!

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The Verdict on Clinique Smart Custom Repair

What’s the new buzz in the beauty world? It’s Clinique Smart Custom Repair-Serum Skincare.Clinique Smart Custom Repair-Serum Skincare

I was extended an invite to review the product. Here is what Clinique claims: After 5 years, beauty researchers created a custom-repair serum that targets dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness, loss of elasticity, lines and wrinkles at a biological level. It sounded very innovative, so I put it to the test. I targeted a few personal concerns I have with dark spots on my cheeks and my smile lines.

How to use:

  1. Apply 2x daily to a clean face. AM and PM
  2. Pump 2 squirts of serum in the palm.
  3. Apply to the face in an upward motion.
  4. Apply sunscreen, followed by foundation.
  5. * I used an additional squirt for neck and hands. (Why not my hands, hoping it would do wonders).

First, I prepared a journal to write in daily for 4 weeks.

Usually when I start a new regimen, nighttime is best for me. It allows the product to penetrate the skin. The next morning, my skin felt smooth and I had no allergic reaction. I did notice my skin was oily in the T-Zone, so I adjusted the amount and it seemed to make a difference.

In 4 weeks, several of the dark spots on my cheeks were more prominent than before and then began to diminish. My skin feels amazingly soft, smooth and luminous.

I give it a thumbs-up. It would be a smart move on my part to recommend Clinique Smart Custom Repair-Serum to my readers. Don’t be shy. Let me know if it works for you!

Be Beautiful,


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Ask Florida: Dry Skin

“Recently, I had an allergic reaction to berries. After taking medication, I noticed my forehead is peeling and very dry. What do you recommend I use?”

IAsk Floridat’s a fact of life. Many of us have to deal with some kind of skin reaction that needs to be treated. Whether it’s a reaction to fruits, shellfish, irritating dry skin-care products, or detergents to wash clothes, your skin can show symptoms. So what do we do to treat or care for your skin?

For some expert advice to assist Juliette, I contacted Dr. James Barnett, MD with Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. Forefront Dermatology.

“Depending on the degree of your allergic reaction to berries, no more strawberries, Juliette. You have a form of hives, known as urticaria. To relieve the basic allergy symptoms use an over the counter medication: Allegra or Zyrtec. If the case were more severe including difficulty breathing, tongue or lips swelling, you should go to emergency care. As to your second question, it is difficult to give a direct answer with the medication being unknown. To treat a local reaction as in skin peeling, an equivalent over the counter treatment is Hydrocortisone 10. If it doesn’t clear up, contact your doctor.”

Thanks, Dr. Barnett. Continue reading →

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