Fig Bruschetta 

When I used to think of August only hot, sticky days with a longing for a Pumpkin Spice Latte would come to mind. Until I discovered a love of fresh figs. My co-worker had a fig tree and would bring them in for me at work. The first time she brought them I had no idea what to do with them. She suggested I make a version of this delicious bruschetta. I fell in love after that. It is sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy all at the same time. Truly just one of the most decadent but simple appetizers you can make.

Sadly, her tree did not make it through a harsh winter a few years ago and now every August I am left searching for decently priced figs.  Luckily, I have been able to find good deals at our farmer’s markets and Trader Joe’s. I am also patiently awaiting for my own little fig tree to grow from a cutting that same co-worker was able to grow from her old tree. (I work with some of the best people!)

If you have never had a fig before, give this bruschetta a try and see what you think!

  • 1 French baguette
  • One container of either blue, goat or feta cheese
  • Fresh figs
  • Honey
  • Coarse sea salt

Set oven to 350 degrees and slice baguette on a bias. Cover with cheese of your choice (my favorite is blue). Remove stems and halve your figs, slice them so they will fan out. Place bread in oven for about 5 minutes, just long enough for cheese to begin to melt.


Remove bread from the oven and switch oven to high broiler. Place one half of a fig on each slice of bread. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Place under broiler for 1-2 minutes, keeping your eye on them to prevent burning. Remove and try not to eat an entire baguette of bread. 

 

I hope you enjoy this delicious treat! What is your favorite way to eat figs??

-Holly (@hollyamethyst)

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Training Inspired Mentoring Evolved

TIME…from one momma to another!

Yes, you can say I have an entrepreneurial spirit. My mind is constantly spinning with ideas. So when Miranda @mirrrandaseius approached me about starting a social media marketing company together you can bet I jumped on it like a hot potato! I had been brainstorming on how to start up a company very similar to what she was pitching to me so I figured why not partner up with her and see what our two minds can come up with. And here I am. Blogging about my new business venture!

We officially launched yesterday, August 18, 2015. Miranda had organized the famous Share the Success Workshops for six months prior to making this into a flourishing business. I mentored many shops during this time; I enjoyed this very much! It was always a joke between the two of us if I didn’t hear from her regarding the workshop for the week, I was being “fired” for doing such a horrible job. I better be on my toes now, because Miranda has every right to fire me now that she is my true boss ! We have hosted 10 workshops, mentored just at about 100 shops, worked with 3 mentors (other shop owners such as @birdsandbunny, @littlemisfits.ca @littlearrowco and of course,my self @paperplanelaneboutique) and have more mentors being added to the list            ( @modernburlap @noxxaz @riverbabethreads ) as we move along. We are working with others to add to the team as well!

On Monday, we hard launched two programs:

the famous Share the Success Workshops where we set up a session between a mentor and a momma (or a poppa) to discuss a defined topic such as how to gain followers, authentic followers, networking, how to be a brand rep, how to decide on brand reps, and starting up a shop or any other online business venture! We plan on adding many more workshops to the monthly calendar: bookkeeping, customer service, photography w/ @mattjlandry , collaborating and many many more! As we see fit, we will be changing up the workshops offered to reach as many mommas as possible!

the second program we hard launched was our Big Brother Big Sister program. This is a program designed for a more one on one feel. Miranda, myself and the shop determine what is wanting to be accomplished and we pair them up with a mentor who then works with them on a close basis. This program is designed to be tailored to the indiviiduals needs.

We soft launched our Social Media Account Management program on Monday as well. This program is designed to help those shops (large or small) who just do not have the time to manage all their social media accounts. Between Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, it can be a extremely time consuming. But if you want to create a huge social media presence you need to be active on as many platforms as possible. Especially with the rule of posting 3-4 times on average daily.  We plan to help manage these accounts with the help of social media marketing interns as we add them to our team!

It is our goal to share all of the knowledge shop owners, big and small alike       ( networking with other shops in these workshops has proven to be extremely beneficial.. an added bonus!!!), have to offer. We all were once in your shoes, from thinking about starting up a shop, to just starting up the shop, to needing to expand your wings. There’s nothing more rewarding then helping those who seek help. We want to train, inspire, mentor and evolve with you to help your business flourish in this ever-changing market.

We have many more programs we will be offering so be on the look out for what’s to come! So when you see these graphics around IG and Facebook make sure to take a look at what we have going on!

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Until then, much success,

Brandi

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IG Fav @acolorfulreality

Another IG Fav.. Lux… here’s what her momma has to say about her:
This is Lux- She turned two this past June and is proud of it. Her biggest news right now is that she is going to be a big sister, any day now! Two spunky little kiddos running around is a dream come true for us! We’re excited to see if her baby is a brother or sister. Lux loves to play outside and pick out leaves, rocks, and sticks that she can add to her never ending collection. She really appreciates the little things in life and relishes in the colors and smells that she sees outside. She is an avid jumper and gets great height on a trampoline and off it. She loves playing pretend, especially with her baby dolls and stuffed animals. They come alive and do everything with her when we’re home! She’s super artsy-something momma can’t relate to, but enjoys watching her creativity grow as she is coloring, drawing, forming play doh figures, and painting. Her favorite place to go is the waterpark or any outdoor park that she’s with her daddy…they’re the best of friends and she can’t get enough of his teasing or chasing. Lux has been working with shops as a brand rep since she was 10 months old. Her trademark piggies and urban trend has given us the privilege to work with over 60 shops and kids boutiques.  Lux is an animal lover…she especially has a thing for kittens, puppies, horses, and sea creatures. Feel free to follow us over at @acolorfulreality and follow our journey of Lux and her little brother or sister as we explore life as a family of four!

And for a few images of the diva:

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4TH of July Fashion

It’s ALMOST Independence Day! A day of BBQ-ing, enjoying time with Family, and more importantly, taking pride in this beautiful country! Whether you are spending the day at the beach catching some rays, or simply lounging, be sure to spruce up your outfit to match this OH-SO special day! Here are a few ways to make your Fourth of July outfit POP!

GO unconventional-
You’ll see it in everyone’s outfit- the bright red color (beautiful nonetheless) that everyone will be wearing! Instead, try for a more rustic red! You’ll stand out-in the most sophisticated way.

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STAR up your outfit-
Let’s drop stripes and wear ALL stars! Our American flag is the star of the day- let’s celebrate in style and in stars!

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VICE VERSA-
Let the stripes run the show! Stripes are simple and fun!

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PATRIOTIC ACCESSORIES-
Choose accessories commemorating our beautiful flag and pair with a simple outfit- let your accessories do the talking!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL!

If It’s FREE …. It’s for ME!

(or almost)! Recently I attended the National TLSM Single Moms Conference at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One of the Break Off sessions was “Effective Money Management” with Mr. Steve Repak, author of “Dollars & Uncommon Sense.”  Through his book, Mr. Repak shows you how to develop the same self discipline he used to get himself out of $32,000 of debt. He teaches you how to start thinking differently about money management- simply put to start using common sense.

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I took with me lots of useful “textbook” information, but one idea stuck with me— If It’s FREE-It’s For Me! Yep, that’s my new life motto! It’s It’s Free… I’m all over it! The concept is a simple way of saying that you can manage to get out of debt and still enjoy life. Who wants to spend the next 7 years (or longer) tracking every cent spent with no vacations or fun times? Definitely not I !

You may be wondering how is this possible? Sparing the details, you must become creative! Yep! That’s the secret! Creativity by necessity!

For example, attend a “pee wee” game instead of  Major League game with your little- he/she will never know the difference and all it will cost you is a bottle of water and a nacho! Check out DVDs from the local library. Not only is it a free service but it also introduces your child to the old-school tangible book! Go on a hike at a local park. This is a great way to be active yet not spend any moolah (money)!

So, I’ve come up with a list of free (or close to) activities to do with your littles:

1.) Build COOL forts using pillows, blankets, chairs, entertainment centers-whatever!

2) Scavenger Hunt:

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3)Make Paper Airplanes and have a race- of course, your PPL gal had to include paper planes somewhere in this blog! Here’s one I made for my son to fly around the house to distract him while getting work done 🙂

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4) Water fight—with water bottles!

5)Outdoor obstacle course

6) Fly kites

7) Attend Farmer’s Market

8) Movies in the Park

9)  Make pizza from scratch-dough and all

10) Daycation-drive to a near lake, pond, water area and enjoy!

11) Pick blackberries!

12) Local festivals- such as Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park , the OutLoud Kid’s Carnival at Tompskin Square Park both in NYC or Wicker Park Fest in Chicago, or FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE in downtown Lafayette, LA !

13) Build and Grow Clinic hosted by Lowes!

14) Put together a puzzle-over 100 pieces

15) Make roads from tape and race Hot Wheels with each other!

16) Balloon ping pong-balloon, paperplate and popcicle stick— that’s all you need!

17) Board games

18) Play dates with other families

The possibilities are endless! Just use your imagination. You would be surprised what you can come up with when it’s not an option to be frugal, but a necessity.

I hope some of these ideas entertains your littles even if for a short while! And don’t forget… If It’s Free… it’s for ME! (and you TOO!)

Frugally yours,

Brandi