Healthy Bites: Pancakes

This isn't a new recipe, but my kids love these healthy banana pancakes.  All you need is 2 ingredients, YES only 2; one large banana and 2 eggs.  You start by mashing the banana, it's okay if you have small chunks, then add the eggs and mix together.  For flavor, I add some cinnamon, but only a dash.

1 Banana. 2 eggs ( you can used white or brown eggs.)

Mash the banana and mix the ingredients together. I use the blender, but just only 2-3 pulses.

Sometimes I add strawberries or blueberries to make the pancakes extra good. My son likes to melt some Nutella and drizzle over his plate, my daughter just likes to use butter.  ENJOY! 

Highland Village


Today I went and had lunch with my friend Erin who is also founder of MsIndependent.  We went to Highland Village with is an upscale area in Houston (Close to Upper Kirby).  The plan was to go to a restaurant called "UP", but to our surprise, they do not serve lunch on the weekends, so we opted for Raw Sushi.  For a treat, we stopped at Sprinkles Cupcakes, YUM! They had apple juice that was in the cutest glass jar, so I had to get one for a keepsake!  Afterwards we perused the area and entertained the idea of living a carefree, lavish lifestyle one day.  

Blazer: H&M
Tank: Forever21
Shorts: Forever21
Lipgloss: L'Oreal
Necklace & Earrings: Sam Moon
Shoes: Sam Moon

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Kids School Style

Stylish parents should have stylish kids.  With summer coming close to an end, get ready to do some school shopping for your little kiddies!  But, don't fret mom and Dad, there are a lot of great places to go to find your young trendsetter the best looks without breaking the bank.

Forever 21 Girls
Target (Personal Fav)
Marshall's/T.J Maxx (Great money saver on designer labels)
The Children's Place (more for the little tikes)
Old Navy

Trophy Wife

I always joke around with my friends saying that I am aspiring to be a trophy wife so there is no need for me to work hard or become established because my rich husband will already have the status I need to get ahead in life.  BUT, in reality, my true idea of being a trophy wife is a bit far fetched than how one is depicted in this article HERE, especially numbers 3, 4, and 5. I like my age, I don't need surgery, and I digress from wanting highly narcissistic friends.  My thoughts of a trophy wife is more so a supportive wife who is already established in her own right (she had a known name before she took her husband's name) and doesn't just lean on her husband for a comfortable living.

Society's Trophy Wives:
Melania Trump - Although she was a model, we did not know her until she became a beautiful wife.
Vanessa Bryant - This pretty woman has taken on the perfect role of a doting mother and supportive wife to her all star and sometimes that's all a family needs to stay together. 
Nicole Murphy - We can see how she caught the attention of her now ex, Eddie Murphy, just radiant.

My thoughts of a Trophy Wife: 
Victoria Beckham - This Spice Girl turned heads before David caught her.
Kim Kardashian - As controversial has her start may have been, she can support her own lifestyle.
Angelina Jolie - No explanation needed.

Men's Style

Although my generation and preceding generations have become accustomed to boys wearing baggy clothes, graphic t-shirts, belt-less over sized pants, and sneakers, there is still the option to make this look presentable especially if this is your kind of style. 

Yet, I believe many women can appreciate a man who steps out of that "Street" style and steps into a more debonair look.  The people I grew up with calls this "Pretty Boy" style. 

Jumpsuit Style

In the 1960's jumpers or jumpsuits came on to the fashion scene, but gained mass popularity on the 1980's.  They are considered very convenient and stylish for everyday attire. See some example below of how you can wear your jumpsuit, although many times you will not need much to make you look pop, the jumpsuit does that all in its own.

Last Dinner: Great Movie

Jumpsuit: Upscale Boutique (The Woodlands, TX)
Bag: Gift from Friend
Necklace: Sam Moon

Tonight was very bitter sweet.  The MsIndependent Ladies and I had dinner at Trenza, our last dinner, for it was their final night being open to the public before shutting the doors for good.  Tears. This restaurants has welcomeed serveral of our MeetUps in the last months, including a Fashion Brunch and a Chef's Table event.  The food and the staff were always great, but I understand that Houston is a tough market for food businesses and I wish the Chef, Susie Jimenez well in her future endeavors. 

Squash Blossoms
Lamb Samosas
Sampler: Ceviche Del Mar, Scallops, and Red Snapper

But the night did not end there; after dinner we drove over to Studio Movie Grille at CityCentre and saw Dawn of The Planet of the Apes.  If you saw this first movie with James Franco, then you will appreciate this sequel, the first is still better, but I understood how the story line needed to proceed for the plot to be interesting.  If you watched the original Planet of the Apes movie which debuted in 1968 (not the 2001 remake with Mark Wahlberg, which was good, but hard to follow and detached from original story line) then you can gather the significant purpose of the Rise of the Plant of the Apes movie in 2010; it had to begin somewhere with someone.  I am presuming their will be another movie following this, possibly a depiction of Apes forming their own working civilizations and humans being the primal creatures. 

Blazer Style

Blazers received significant notice in the late 1800's as a signature apparel item for clubs and school uniforms.  It was not until the late 2000's is when we starting seeing blazers as an everyday fashion item being style with skirts, shorts, and even jeans.  See inspiration photos below.  

Tutu Style

Tutu skirts are not just for ballerinas and little girls anymore.  Women have been taking on this style and forming very fashionable and flirty looks.  You can find a tutu in almost any color or length.  For inspiration on how to wear a tutu skirt see below.