Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift for my mama. She’s the best lady in the world but also the pickiest.

Here are some great last minute gift ideas for your mama.

For the Sporty mom:

Nike Juvenate | S’Well Bottle | Lululemon Yoga Mat

Nikes are great for everyday wear along with pumping it up at the gym. Lucky for you Nordstrom is having it Triple Bonus Days this week- so get on it!

S’Well bottle will be perfect for your mom that needs to stay hydrated on the go. Not only will she look super stylish and all around awesome, her water will stay ice cold.

Lululemon Yoga Mat, I know the price tags scary- but I swear it’s worth every penny. With this mat and the cushion it provides you’ll be in sideways crow pose in no time.

For the Techie:

Apple TV | Kate Spade Battery Pack | Polaroid Printer

This 3rd Generation Apple TV is the ideal gift for the mom that’s hooked on her TV. Can’t blame her for getting hooked on OITNB or House of Cards. With this device it’ll be easier that ever for her to binge watch her favorite shows that you’ve recommended. Talk about quality time that you can spend with yo mama.

I don’t know about you but my mom is hooked on social media. This ultra thin battery pack is super chic and will allow my mom to do all the FB creeping that she wants.

Don’t you hate it when all your pictures are stuck on your camera? Well with this printer, you’re able to print your phone pics right away. No more complaining from your mom about not having a family photo.

For the Fashionable one:

Ralph Lauren Trench | Kate Spade Watch | Tom Ford Lipstick (Warm Sable) 

This trench is super chic and practical. Moms will love the look and quality of this jacket and you’re going to love the price. It’s price matched for $133 and it’s TRIPLE points at Nordstrom. Help your mom out and get her something she’s going to love to wear.

Kate Spade Watch- such a classic, but definitely young and fresh. You’re mom will be the coolest chick on the block and better yet always on time with this watch on her wrist. Also price matched to $125 and with another triple points available- how can you say no.

This lipstick is coveted by everyone and anyone. You might not be able to afford other Tom Ford items but you can definitely splurge on this for your mom. Not only is it super smooth and long lasting the colors are classic and beautiful just like your mom.

For the Cook:

Le Creuset Dutch Oven | Cravings by Chrissy Teigen | Crockpot

Le Creuset is definitely a splurge item, but it’s going to be totally worth it when your mom cooks the most amazing meals using this pot. It’s a classic to have in the kitchen and should be a staple in any home. Plus she might pass it down to you one day and with it’s lifetime warranty- you’re going to want it.

Chrissy Teigen, can I love you anymore? Guys- she LIKED my Instagram picture last night, I cried and laughed and I didn’t know what to do. Anyways this cookbook would be an amazing gift for your mom. Chrissy and her mom have the most amazing relationship and this book is going to make you want to share some more memories with your mom in the kitchen. Plus the recipes are bomb- it’s a win-win situation.

Every single person needs a crockpot. If your mom doesn’t have one or has one from the ’70s it’s time to get her an upgrade. Crockpots save your mom time in the kitchen which means that you have more time to hang out with her. Woo!

Alright you guys- it’s time to get shopping! GO GO GO

Chrissy T + Lemon Chicken

Alright in case ya’ll didn’t know, I’m OBSESSED with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend- like please adopt me/can we be best friends.

I’ve been DYING to get my hands on her new cookbook since she started writing it forever ago. Her Insta makes me drool-major- and I just knew this was going to be a slam dunk, after all Chrissy can do no wrong (yes, I think we’re on first name basis).

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When I finally got my copy, I didn’t know what to make or where to start. Everything just looked so amazing, that it was sort of daunting. Lo and behold I just so happened to have everything I needed at home to make her Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad (because what Asian doesn’t have orzo and feta at home- jk, but I’m an exception).

I made this salad and paired it with one of my favorite Lemon Chicken recipes and OH MUH GAWD– I had an orgasm in muh mouth. Her “salad” is BEYOND this world. It should be unholy- but it’s so damn good. So delicious in fact that I’ve made 2 batches in 2 weeks and have eaten it all by myself. This is one of those meals that it’s like too good to share…. But I’m going to do you a solid and share the recipe with you. Chrissy- no mean to offend or copyright infringe, but I can’t hoard all this goodness to myself. Please forgive me.

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In case you don’t think that salad alone isn’t enough, here’s my recipe for yummy Lemon Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts- fileted in half
  • 1 Lemon- Sliced
  • 1 cup Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter or Margarine or Ghee

Directions:

  1. Filet your chicken breasts in half, this helps ensure that everything cooks equally.
  2. Salt, pepper and lemon pepper your chicken breasts. (be generous)
  3. Coat your breasts in flour- brush off any excess flour
  4. Heat up some butter and olive oil in a pan and get that hot.
  5. Cook your chicken in that oily goodness for about 5 minutes each side. You should get a nice golden brown crust.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan and add in your lemon slices, feel free to add more butter as this will be your sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the lemons until they’re slightly browned- not for too long as it’ll bring out a bitter taste.
  7. Place lemon slices on top of the chicken and pour the sauce on top.

Serve with Chrissy’s AMAZING salad and enjoy. Seriously one of the best meals ever- I promise.

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Hello Again

It’s been a quite awhile since I’ve written. I had set out to write this blog for myself, because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I didn’t want to do this to get famous or for the likes, but more of a way to express myself.

But the more I wrote and the more I posted, I started caring more about what others thought and the likes I was receiving. I felt uninspired and scared to post- worrying about what others might think or not generating enough likes. It’s definitely been an interesting journey thus far.

People that I thought would be excited for me or supportive have been silent, offering little to no support. What has surprised me the most is the community of bloggers out there and people that I had only considered acquaintances. So many people that I never expected to even read my blog have come out to show support. It’s definitely made me rethink my friends and people that I might have written off too soon.

This is a learning journey for me and I’m definitely just fumbling my way through this. But this is something that I want to do and continue to do and I’m going to get back on the wagon and start writing again. I’m making a promise to myself to stick to this and to do this for myself- so here we go again.

Xo-Selina

Weekends in LaPorte

This past weekend I had the opportunity to get away and get a little R&R with some of my best girlfriends. We always have a blast together and my friends lake house in LaPorte is the idea location for a quick girls weekend. We spent the quick trip doing wine tasting after wine tasting, walking around and meeting some local townies. Cinnamon Toast shots anyone? Here’s a recap of everything that we did.

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Snapchat’s a must follow me @ Chininawang

First winery stop #1: St. Julians. 6 wine tastings- yes pleaseIMG_2959

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How all Christmas Trees should look like

Winery #2: Round Barn- 5 wine tastings with options to try something from their distillery- FYI avoid the tequila…

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Stop #3: Shoreline Brewery for food and beersIMG_3001

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Forgot to take pictures past this- woops

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Backyard views don’t get much better than this

TGIF that it’s Friday. What plans do you have for the weekend?

 

Springtime Gnocchi

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Why is it that chorizo is always sold in two pieces? I had made my chorizo mussels the other weekend and didn’t know what to do with the remaining half. I took what I had around the house and came up with this meal the other night for a quick and easy dinner and boy was it delicious. Super filling and satisfying, this meal will please everyone.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of chorizo- casing removed
  • 2 cloves garlic- minced
  • ½ white onion- chopped
  • ½ bag of Spinach (approx. 3 oz.)
  • 10 oz. peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tomato- diced
  • 2 pieces of fire roasted red peppers – diced (I used Trader Joe’s canned)
  • 1 package of Gnocchi, approx. 17 oz. (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Fresh Shaved Parmesan (optional)

Directions

  1. Boil water with salt to prepare to cook the gnocchi- cook according to directions
  2. Brown chorizo in a pan, add garlic and white onion and cook until the onion is translucent
  3. Toss in the tomato and fire roasted red pepper until the tomato breaks down
  4. Stir in peas and spinach, once the spinach has been cooked down add in the cooked gnocchi. If the sauce is too thick and not coating the gnocchi, add in some of that pasta water until the consistency of the sauce is at your liking.
  5. Serve with fresh parmesan

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Keeping it Casual

Everyone needs a go to outfit for weekend errands and running around. This outfit has been on major repeat for me, not only is it crazy comfortable it’s a little more put together than traditional baggy sweats. I love the high slit top because it adds a little something-something. Keeping that in mind, these leggings are everything. The lattice side continues that feel of showing a little skin. Love simple outfits like this that are easy to throw on while still looking put together. Can’t wait to get back into this outfit this weekend!

P.S. don’t mind the period boobs. yikes. 

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Top: On sale for under $30 | Leggings: Currently buy 1 get one for $19.99 | Shoes (old) similar here and here | Purse (old) similar here and here

Have a great weekend! XO

 

Touring The Art Institute of Chicago

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Right now is the time to go to The Art Institute of Chicago because they currently are exhibiting THE VAN GOGH Bedroom series! Once in a lifetime opportunity. This seriously doesn’t come around often and it’s such an iconic series. I had the pleasure of going this past weekend and it was phenomenal.

When you check in they’ll tell you that the exhibit wait is an hour to hour and a half but it goes so fast and definitely goes faster than an hour- so don’t be scared to have to wait.

If you haven’t been to the Art Institute ever, make sure to check out the Modern wing. That’s what the museum is known for and even features pieces from Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Dali, etc.

The Van Gogh exhibit will be there till May 10th, so make your way there- no excuses!

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