Recipe: Spinach Salad

I mentioned on my Monique Is Blog Facebook page that I bought a HUGE bag of spinach and challenged myself to think of creative ways to cook with spinach. I dubbed it the “Spinach Challenge”. I got so into that I even created this Pinterest Board to gather ideas! One of the most common things I made with my spinach is salad. I just threw some random ingredients together that I like and chose whatever dressing I felt like eating that day. This is basically what it looked like each time: Monique’s Spinach Salad Ingredients: Spinach Shredded Carrot Diced Tomato…

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Monique Is Exploring: Georgia Aquarium

On our second day of Atlanta sight-seeing we visited the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Natural History Museum. These are more attractions included with our Atlanta City Pass. The aquarium is full of a large variety of aquatic animals with plenty of photo opportunities. It’s a great place to escape from the oppressive heat and humidity common in the southern states. It is a perfect place for families, children and adults alike. My favorite part was the giant shark tank that included an archway where a conveyor belt leisurely moved guests through as sharks of all shapes and sizes swam over…

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Monique Is Exploring: CNN Atlanta and World of Coca-Cola

After enjoying a beautiful Southern Wedding  and a quick tour of Nashville from my best friend’s younger brother we went back to Georgia to do a little sight-seeing. We stayed with Kyle’s aunt and uncle who live in the Atlanta area and took two full days to explore Atlanta. On our first day of exploration we hung out with Kyle’s cousin Nathan and his girlfriend Rebecca. Together we tromped through this little part of Atlanta and took a tour of CNN Studios and the World of Coca-Cola. We used the Atlanta City Pass and since I’m an Avon Rep I…

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Southern Wedding

The reason why I traveled out to Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina this month is because Kyle’s cousin, Gretchen, got married. I snapped a few photos with my iPhone to share with you some wedding inspiration. This sweet southern wedding took place in Brentwood, TN at the Cool Springs House. This is located in the Nashville area. The hot humid weather did not deter the guests from enjoying such a beautiful location and celebrating the union of a very happy couple. Take a look at these photos and feel free to pin on Pinterest! So there you have it–a true…

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Bugs of the South

 Lightning Bugs-These delightful critters are amazing! We do not have these in California so they absolutely knocked my socks off! Everyone I talked to had fond childhood memories of capturing them  in jars and watching them glow all night. Kyle said when was a boy he would tear off their wings and decorate his arms with them…not so charming and cruel, right? Anyway, I fulfilled the Southern nostalgic memory and captured a Lightning Bug in a mason jar! It freaked me out at first but managed entrap it long enough to get a good look and admire it in all…

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Protect Your Online Information

Yesterday morning I woke up leisurely at 9 a.m. and did my usual routine of checking my iPhone for emails, text messages and other notifications. I saw a voicemail notification and two missed calls from an unknown number. I went ahead and pressed the play button to listen to the message. What I heard snapped me out of my Sunday morning comfort zone and caused anxiety and fear to enter my mind. A female voice said she is from “Cheating Anonymous” and that someone put out a request to have me followed. She said she uncovered some information my fiance…

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College Trip Part 2: San Francisco

I love San Francisco. I only spent a few hours there but I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with the city. I love the ocean air, culture, diversity and that there is a gorgeous view from almost anywhere in the city. After spending a few days in Reno my friends and I decided to take a “slight” detour to San Francisco. We meant to stay for only two hours but it turned into at least a five hour visit. It was my very first time ever visiting San Francisco and the farthest up north I ever traveled. The temptation to…

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Theblush.com is giving away Skinnygirl Face and Body bath collection. I entered because they asked, “What was the best beauty advice your mom ever gave you?” and I just had to answer with my mom’s golden advice. Don’t wear the same outfit or article of clothing too often because, “You don’t want to look like a F-n picture!” Read more about my mom’s great advice HERE.

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The Beach

Sometimes, I miss living right next to the beach. When I felt a big wave of anxiety take over or had a bad day at work going to the beach became the perfect remedy. I would strap on my running shoes and take a jog or walk. When my sister got her pug I would take him for a walk on the beach. The salty air and the waves and the sun setting made me feel a little better. I feel like my life is moving me farther and farther away from “home” except I’m not really sure where “home”…

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College Trip Part 1: Reno

Last month I took my last “college trip”. Two of my friends and I hit the road and made the nine hour drive from Los Angeles to Reno for a Public Relations conference . I won’t bore you with the details about what happened at the conference although it was a great opportunity for us as students and PR pro hopefuls. The trip became more than a conference visit–it was about bonding and creating memories. Twenty plus hours in the car plus three days of activities and sharing a hotel room with the same two people makes for lots of…

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