Friday, April 18, 2014

little balls of energy

Pssstt. Hey you, adventurer, I've got a super easy secret recipe for ya..

Come check it out!

When you are out canoeing and hiking in the wilderness (more like at a campsite) you need some energy to get you goin'! I decided to whip up these little balls of energy for a treat while my friends and I adventured during our weekend of camping. They were a hit & I highly recommend you whip these lil' energy nuggets up!

That's it. 4 simple ingredients. 
- dried dates
-dried apricots
-almonds ( i used unsalted)
-cashews  (i used unsalted)

Whip out that food processor, throw in half a cup of almonds and half a cup of cashews. chop chop.
Then empty into a separate bowl.
Process a cup of apricots and a cup of dates together, until its basically formed into one big ball.
Then take a little bit of the fruit and roll it in the processed nuts.
Energy balls!
It made about 16 little balls for me, but it really all depends how big your roll them :) 

(you may need to adjust the amount of ingredients. I kind of just threw it all together until it was the consistency that I wanted and the balls would actually stick together.)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Fashion!

Spring has officially sprung & here in Phoenix it doesn't last long. So here we go, trying to soak in every single second of it before it gets blazing hot. 

One of my favorite spring looks - flower headbands. 

I've been searching for some new ones and wanted to share some adorable finds off etsy! All three shops come out of California, so they definitely know how to look good for the spring season!

1. Sweet Peeps
  •  besides these cute flower headbands, they offer a bunch of jewelry and they are currently having a spring sale, so I highly recommend you check out the shop!

2. The Blooming Beauty
  •  offering a variety of different hair accessories and currently having a hippie sale until May 1!

3. Three Bird Nest
  • so many adorable accessories and tons of awesome headbands to pick from!

How do you feel about this look? & let me know if you go flower headband shoppin' for spring!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spreading Luv: Luvocracy Giveaway

My wallet has had some serious spring fever lately, which really doesn't make much sense considering it's warm weather here in AZ all year round. But anyways, I've been splurging left and right on some new additions to the wardrobe. To help me keep my favorites organized, I've been a huge fan of the website, Luvocracy. It's the perfect way to store all my awesome finds and then easily purchase them for the best price out there.

*I forewarn you, if you start using this site, your online shopping addition, won't be cured!

What you should expect-
It looks a little something like this...

I've searched the web for all the goodies I so badly want to splurge on. (I mean, do you see that green onyx ring?! drool!) I put them all into my Spring into the Season Collection on Luvocracy. Then realization hits and I think to myself, "Ok Robin, if you were to really buy all these goodies you'd be dead broke, so let's just pick a few!" I click my fav, like the Amazonian Blush by Tarte Cosmetics, pick the ideal spring color - tipsy coral. Luvocracy finds the best price out there & BAM, it's mine.

...and not even a week later, this goodie showed up at my door.

So now it's your turn. Gather all your favorite spring fashions from anywhere online and put them into a collection on Luvocracy.  And guess what!?! If you sign up now, you'll get $10 off your first $20 purchase! & one lucky Fly Far. Fly Free. reader is going to win a $15 credit that can also be used with the $10 off!

Giveaway Details

How to win? ...

  1. Sign up with my Luvocracy collection and you'll automatically be entered into the giveaway.
  2. Blog, facebook, tweet, go social media crazy and spread the word about Luvocracy!

Giveaway ends: March 24, 2014
Winner will be notified via email: April 1, 2014
One person who signs up for Luvocracy, through my collection, will win a $15 credit.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Marc Jacobs Party!

Friends, Food, & Fun. That pretty much described my last weekend. I was given the incredible opportunity through Crowdtap to host a Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume swap party, let's just say my home smelled absolutely wonderful afterwards!

Marc Jacobs Daisy: I'm in love. It's the type of scent I typically look for...fresh & floral. My favorite perfume that I have from a perfumery in Bermuda (Coral by Lili Bermuda) is reaching it's end, so when I found Marc Jacobs Daisy, I was super excited! & I was super excited when my friend told me I smelt incredible :)

The Party

The set up: perfume display, gold, white, and pink balloons, faux daisies scattered around the room.

The food: hummus with carrots and pita chips, grapes, and chocolate chip almond cookies.

The swap: all guests brought over a bag of goodies that they no longer wanted or were willing to giveaway. We dumped them into one huge pile in my living room and dug through taking whatever we wanted. The remaining was giving to a local women's shelter.

The fun: i had one bottle of perfume to giveaway so we decided to play a game to see who would win it. Whoever could blow a balloon in the air with a straw the furthest walked away with some perfume! All other guests were given perfume samples.

The craft: beading daisy bracelets, gold, white, and green beads of fun!

So tell me, what's your favorite perfume?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Eggplant Pizza Bites

It was the night of the Golden Globes, which means my friend Jacqui and I were in for the night to swoon over men in tuxedos and actresses in beautiful gowns. I decided to make a night out of it with a 3 course meal and a delicious bottle of wine. 

On the Menu:

Eggplant Pizza Bites

1 eggplant
Dash of Salt - for drawing water out of eggplant
Sprinkle of Olive oil - for brushing eggplant before roasting
2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. basil
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/3 cup finely grated mozzarella 

Sauce Ingredients:
2-3 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) good quality petite diced tomatoes with liquid
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning blend
1/4 tsp. dried oregano


"Cut off both ends of the eggplant; then cut it into 3/4 inch thick slices.  Put the eggplant pieces on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides generously with salt.  Let the eggplant sit with the salt on it for about 30 minutes to draw out the liquid.  (After the eggplant sits for 15 minutes, turn on the oven to 375F/190C.)

While the eggplant sits, make the sauce.  Heat 2-3 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan) and saute the finely chopped garlic just until it becomes fragrant.  (Don't let it brown.)  Add the petite diced tomatoes, dried Italian seasoning, basil and dried oregano and let the sauce cook at a low simmer until it's thickened, breaking up the tomatoes with a fork as it cooks.  (Add water as needed, a few tablespoons at a time as the sauce cooks, keeping it hot by simmering at very low heat until it's needed for the eggplant slices.)
After 30 minutes, wipe the eggplant dry with paper towels (this also removes most of the salt.)  Spray a roasting sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray, lay eggplant slices on, brush the tops of the eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with dried Italian seasoning.  Roast the eggplant about 25 minutes (but "not so long that the slices become mushy and lose their shape") 
While the eggplant roasts, combine freshly grated Parmesan and low-fat mozzarella blend.  After 25 minutes or when eggplant pieces are done, remove eggplant from the oven and turn oven setting to broil.  Spread a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each eggplant slice and top with a generous amount of cheese.  Put pizzas under the broiler until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.  (This took 3-4 minutes for me)  Serve hot."

This recipe is from Kalyn's Kitchen, she adapted it from a Julia Child recipe. Find the recipe here. :) 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Born Pretty

The watch featured in the pictures above is courtesy of: Born Pretty
I am a firm believer that jewelry adds a ton to an outfit, who's with me?
Seriously, imagine by wrists without it? Snore. Bore.
I'm also the girl that feels naked without her watch.
I always thought I just looked at the phone for the time, until the day I forget to put on my watch and realized how much I rely on it.
So, I was super excited to hear about Born Pretty a site that sells watches for super cheap prices!
Of course, you get way you pay for, but I am surprised at how much I love this watch. It fits comfortably, looks cute, and ticks away!
If you're looking for a women's watch - whether it be for the wrist, a pocket watch, LED watch, you name it, there's a good chance Born Pretty has it (and for cheap!)
They also sell tons of other goodies, like jewelry, clothes, and makeup. So check out the cheap prices!

And to make those prices even cheaper for ya! Born Pretty is offering all my Fly Far. Fly Free. Blog readers a 10% discount! Just enter: ROBINGC10 at checkout!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jacqui le Super Model

Meet Jacqui.

I met Jacqui back in our college days. She was friends with my roommates and we ended up having a few classes together. We bonded over complaining about professors and tedious assignments. We somehow spent half the class laughing and the other half groaning at the ridiculousness of educational psychology assessments.  

Jacqui is a brave and beautiful friend who recently spent almost a year traveling around Australia and Asia. (totally jealous!) When she came back our friendship became even stronger and she became my go to wing girl. We sit at the bar guessing bartender names and birthdays, we stay in drinking wine and thai take out, and we stay up late giggling about boys and bitching about boys.
I was so excited when she wanted to be my super model for the day and I absolutely had to share how her pictures came out!

 (It might look like fall in these pictures, but don't be confused it's an AZ winter!)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello, 2014!

Happy New Year! 

It's been an incredible end of the year with a trip to the beautiful Panama (more pictures to come soon!) and ringing in the New Year with my friends.

It's crazy how fast the years go now. As my friend Jacqui stated, "It's 2014!? How has it already been 2 years since 2012, when we were all supposed to die?"

I have to say this past year of living in Phoenix has been one of the best years I've had in awhile. I've done so much and met so many wonderful people while living here. Recap...

- that time we won the Scottsdale Championship Kickball game!

- or what about that time I took a cooking class and felt like a master chef!

- we can't forget to mention a trip to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland!

- remember when I felt a pinch of fame being featured in a Sean Waldron music video!?

- and those times I was crazy and somehow had fun running in mud and then again in color.

This year I continue to check off items on my 101 in 1001 list...I hope you'll follow along with me on the journey!