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3 Arts Club Cafe

 

I visited Restoration Hardware’s 3 Arts Club Cafe in the Gold Coast recently with one of my blogger buddies, Ashlee, and I think it’s quite possible that I’ve found a new favorite Chicago brunch spot. The service was great, the food was incredible and the location was absolutely GORGEOUS!

 

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Five Minutes with Cafe Breaks

Bowtiful Life Cafe Breaks Pudding Mocha Latte

 

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I feel like it has been SUCH a long week, so I’m incredibly happy that this weekend is finally here.

During long weeks like these, I’ve found that if I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed about anything it helps me to sit down for five minutes to get myself organized while having a cup of coffee or a snack. Cafe Breaks has combined these two things, coffee and snacking, to create a product that’s basically an adult version of pudding, thanks to a coffee themed twist!

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Free Coffee!!! (National Coffee Day 2015)

Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all having a terrific Tuesday!
HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!
As the majority of you know, I’m a tad obsessed with coffee. #sorrynotsorry. So, when I heard from Time that multiple places were giving out free or discounted coffee today, at participating locations, I had to share with all of you so that we can all be fully caffeinated today! These locations are all over the country, not just Chicago based, so all my readers have the opportunity to grab a free caffeine buzz today!
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Iced coffee, flavored iced coffee, & iced Americanos are 50% off!
Cumberland Farms
Text “FREECOFFEE” to 33733 and you’ll get a coupon for a free coffee at one of their locations, which is redeemable all of today.
Dunkin’ Donuts
Each customer gets one free medium cup of dark roast coffee.
LaMar’s Donuts
One free 12-ounce coffee per customer (and a free travel mug while supplies last)

Krispy Kreme
One free 12-ounce cup of coffee and a free glazed donut.
Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.
Purchase any item on the menu receive a free “Cold Brewsta” coffee.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Receive a free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason blend coffee (I LOVE THIS STUFF) when you buy a food item.
Sheetz
The first 150 customers at Sheetz convenience stores get a free travel mug and every customer gets a free coffee all day
Stewart’s Shops
One free coffee per customer after 3pm
Wawa
One self-serve cup of any hot beverage, up to 24 ounces in size, for free.
Whole Foods
A 12-ounce coffee is just 25¢ for the rest of September
Caribou Coffee
Different, but Caribou will donate a cup of coffee to nurses and families in cancer centers for each cup of “Amy’s Blend” coffee sold today.
Now go get caffeinated!

Influenster Homecoming VoxBox

 I got a fun package in the mail on Thursday… an Influenster VoxBox! I got my very first VoxBox last spring and I opened up my #HCVoxBox (Homecoming VoxBox) to find some great goodies to try out! I’ve included more photos and mini reviews of each of the items below so you can decide if you’d like to try them out too!
 Kettle Brand Potato Chips – Jalapeño
These were alright. I’m not a huge fan of jalapeño flavored things in general, but I shared them with my roommate and she seemed to like them! I personally love the Kettle Brand salt and vinegar potato chips the best.
Olay Active Botanicals Refreshing Gel Cleanser
I’ve never really used gel cleansers when it comes to skincare, but so far I like this one. It’s infused with snow mushrooms (snow mushrooms can hold 500x their weight in water!!!) which are supposed to help with hydration. I’m curious to see if this cleanser changes how my skin feels after a few more uses!
Red Vines
Oh my goodness… I LOVE RED VINES. I was super excited to get a whole pack of these in my box to snack on while doing homework this weekend.
Luden’s Throat Drops – Blue Raspberry
These don’t taste like cough drops at all, they’re honestly just like candy and they remind me of the blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers! Just a heads up, they will temporarily tint your tongue blue. Whoops!
SinfulColors SinfulShine Nail Polish
I received an intense black polish called “dark room” and the topcoat, which  is clear, contrary to what you might believe based on the bottle. The shine of these products is absolutely insane. I tested them out to see if the shine potential really matched the name and it really does! I’ll probably be doing my toes in “dark room” the next time I paint them!
Please note that all of the items featured in this post were sent to me courtesy of Influenster and all opinions are my own!

Oreo Cake Balls – No Baking Required

Happy Friday, lovelies! Today I’m doing something brand new to Bowtiful Life and sharing one of my favorite recipes with all of you! This past March I was making a sweet treat for a large group of people and I found a simple recipe from Kraft for Oreo Balls. They turned out really well and everyone seemed to love them, so I knew that I had to share the recipe with all of you as well! I’ve switched up a few things and added a few tips and tricks I learned along the way, so hopefully that makes this simple recipe even easier for all of you!INGREDIENTS 
// Makes approximately 45 servings, depending on size! //
– 1 package (8 oz.) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
– 40 Oreo Cookies, separated and then finely crushed
(I’d suggest using a blender or magic bullet to crush the cookie pieces, because this took much longer than expected.)
– 4 packages (4 oz. each) of Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces and melted
(When making this at school, we tried melting it in a microwave… Trust me, just don’t.)STEPS
Mix the cream cheese, Oreo centers, and cookie crumbs until blended into a paste.
(Yet again, I’d suggest a blender because this takes a while to get the right texture.)
Separate and shape the mixture into approximately1-inch sized balls, depending on size preference.
Freeze cookie balls for 15 minutes.
Melt chocolate in preparation for dipping
(Have someone to help you keep the chocolate in a liquid state by continuously stirring it while in between dipping the cookie balls, or the chocolate will harden easily and be more difficult to work with.)
Dip the frozen cookie balls in melted chocolate, one-by-one.
(Use a toothpick or chopstick to dip the cookie balls into the melted chocolate.)
Place on wax paper on top of either a cookie sheet or cooling rack.
 (To cover any holes from dipping process, take a spoon and add more of the melted chocolate to the cake ball, then use the excess chocolate to form a small swirl, covering the hole.)
Refrigerate the cake balls for at least 1 hour to for firmness, but allow approximately 20 minutes before serving so they can soften just a bit to allow for the best texture possible.

Bon Appétit!

National Coffee Day

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Happy National Coffee Day!
I’m most certainly a coffee drinker, so I’m a big fan of today’s “holiday.” I don’t drink coffee for the sole purpose of caffeine, most of the time, but every now and then, a little bit of coffee really helps to get the spring back into my step! One of my favorite things to do is get cozy with a cup of decaf coffee and some popcorn while watching Netflix or catching up on some of my favorite blogs. Since it is national coffee day, I decided to share a few of my coffee-related favorites with you!
favorite coffee shops: Metropolis Coffee Company & Insomnia Coffee Company
“usual” Starbucks drink: skinny vanilla latte
favorite K-cups: Bailarina Spanish Roast & Sweet & Creamy Nut Hazelnut
What’s your coffee-related drink of choice?

Brunching with the Best

Last weekend was ridiculously packed, but it was a total blast! It was my birthday on Thursday the 3rd, Friday I had my formal, Saturday I went to my friend Connor’s formal, and then on Sunday I went out to brunch with some of my friends to celebrate the end my birthday weekend. I can honestly say that it was one of the most wonderful birthdays I have ever had and I am so lucky that I got to spend my weekend surrounded so many amazing friends. I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped to celebrate my birthday throughout the week and beyond, I’m so grateful for all the well-wishes and fun memories I was able to make this year during my first ever birthday not at home. I am so blessed to have a life that is filled with so many wonderful people! 
Brunch Bunch via Instagram
The lemon-poppy seed ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote were AMAZING!

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~ What I Wore ~
dress – Lilly Pulitzer (similar);   belt – Lilly Pulitzer;   shoes – Jack Rogers;   necklace – Personalized from Me to You;   watch – vintage;   bracelets – Alex and Ani (1) (2)

Currently Loving: Infused Water

Recently it has been unbearably hot in the Chicago area, so I’ve been making an extra effort to stay hydrated at all times. My mom has been especially supportive of our whole family constantly drinking water because, obviously, no one wants to get dehydrated when it’s close to 100 degrees outside!
We’ve been using this pitcher from Bodum to make infused water to stay cool and encourage everyone to drink more water. Typically, it helps to let the pitcher sit for about two hours in the fridge before you have the water or else you can’t really taste anything different. My favorite kind that we’ve made so far had oranges, minneolas, and lime in it. Yum! I’m planning on trying to make some more fruity flavors soon. We also use this pitcher to add more lemon when we’re making iced tea, it’s so useful!
Have you ever tried making your own infused water?
xoxo,

A Family Affair

bow cakes via Instagram
high heel cupcakes via Instagram
~What We Wore~
dress – Lilly Pulitzer;   shoes – Jack Rogers;   necklaces – Personalized From Me to You & Charlotte Russe;   bow – Bows Arts;   earrings – Charlotte Russe (similar);   ring – Forever 21;   bracelets – American Pearl & c/o Personalized From Me to You
Annabel
top – purchased in Jamaica;   pants – American Eagle;   shoes – Reef;   rings – vintage;   watch – Skagen;   necklace – Forever 21;   nail polish – China Glaze: Pink Voltage
Christopher
shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren;   jeans – Levi;   belt – Abercrombie & Fitch;   watch – Rolex;   shoes – Sperry Top-Sider
xoxo,

Easter 2013

HAPPY EASTER!
Hope all you lovelies have a fabulous and fun-filled Easter Sunday spending time with your loved ones!
last year’s lamb cake
xoxo,