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Life+1 a lifestyle and travel blog. My adventures around the world and the moments of bliss in between.

Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes

Every once and a while you come across a recipe that kind of blows your mind. These Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes were one of those. (Excuse the chipped nail polish!)

We had some friends over this weekend. 6 adults and 3 kids. Perfect time to try something new. Domaine posted a video tutorial for Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes. 


 

I had also been wanting to try this adorable mini-sugar-cookie recipe from Lauren Conrad's blog. So Little Man threw a boy-style tea party for his girl friends. Too cute not to Instagram.

The table and kids were covered in a rainbow of sugary goo afterwards. The sign of a successful gathering if you ask me.

What did you get up to this past weekend?

PS - Have you heard about #CremeEggGate? Cadbury has officially changed the recipe for their famous Creme Eggs. Chocoholics worldwide respond with fury. I'm thinking I'll whip up a batch of my Blasphemous Creme Egg Brownie Bites to see what all the fuss is about...

#anyexcuseforchocolate

With Love

Wow. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love right now. You guys are beyond wonderful. I spent the last hour or so reading and responding to your comments on various posts. It has left me with the biggest, cheesiest smile on my face.

The decision to go public with my blog came with a lot of unknowns and a few fears. One fear I had was negativity in the form of mean spirited people. That fear couldn't have been more unfounded. I very rarely get negative or rude visitors commenting on the blog. Instead, every post is filled with your love and kind words. 

For a fairly private person; blogging is a huge contradiction for me. But I'm learning that when you step outside of your comfort zone, there are so many wonderful things (and friendships) to gain. I've met some insanely cool people through the blog.

I just wanted you to know how much your comments mean to me. Encourage me. Support me. Inspire me. And make me laugh. 

Keep 'em coming guys! I love hearing from you.

Do you ever leave your comfort zone on the blog or in life?

Minkoff Love

Say hello to my little friend! It has been a few years since I bought a handbag so you can imagine my excitement when this Rebecca Minkoff number landed on my doorstep.

I think we all know I'm not a fashion blogger. I do love to write about things that I...well, love. Every so often those things are fashion related. Yes it's true, my interests span far beyond travel, food and my dog.

Since I'm not quite 'in the market' for a Chanel Boy Bag, I thought this Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody bag was a perfect little alternative. I just love the black hardware. It kind of takes the prim-and-proper right out of it.

I can't wait to take it out! Must get another date night on the calendar.

PS - I have a favor to ask! See that little heart symbol by the share button below? If you read a post and like it let me know by clicking on the little 'like' heart. I want to know what posts you guys like. :o)

Good Morning!

Here are a few photos from my last day on St Lucia. Such a beautiful place. It's nice to know that there are still tropical islands that have maintained their natural beauty despite tourism.

My new favorite Triangl swimsuit. A few people have asked about the bracelets (close up here), those were a bargain find at World Market.

On this trip we stayed at a resort closer to the capital city of Castries. Sugar Beach was further south nestled between the Pitons. 

It's nice to be home but I'll miss listening to the waves crash on the cliffs as I drifted off to sleep each night.

Prized Possession

If you were about to lose every material thing you owned save for one single item, what would that item be? 

It's a hard question to answer. There are so many things I cherish. My wedding rings. A cashmere blanket from Edinburgh. Love notes from E. Books. Little Man's artwork.

One of my most prized and cherished possession has to be this wall of our traveling foot photos. Rather than collecting memorabilia from our travels, we always look for a picturesque spot to relax, put our feet up, and capture a photographic memory. 

There is a story in every photo. A million happy memories on this wall. When we have friends over, they love to guess where each photo was taken. Seeing the world with the people I love is what I enjoy most in life.

What is your most prized possession?

Video Postcard

Does it count as a vlog if I don't talk to the camera?...

While we were in St Lucia I took a ridiculous amount of video and photos. I thought It would be fun to mash up some of the footage into one short video clip. 

It pretty well sums up the vacation. Sun, surf and sea. I left out many wonderful family moments; I'll keep those private. ;) As well as the flyboarding since I already posted those videos the other day. The SCUBA footage is from E's dive. I've never been brave enough for diving.

After a mountain of laundry and chores life is pretty much back to normal around here. I'm off to have drinks with one of my friends. Any big plans for the weekend??

1 Year

It's been one year since I started this blog. How quick a year goes! 

Did you know I used to blog years ago? Probably not since it was a private blog. I started blogging in 2009 when I moved abroad to live with my then boyfriend (now husband). Fairytales do come true. :)

I stopped blogging when I started the move back to the states. Years went by and I found myself really lost about what I should do with my life. I had hit a crossroads I guess. I didn't want to go back to the Corporate world but I knew I needed to find something to maintain my independence. Something that made me happy.

I remembered two of my old hobbies which I used to love, blogging and photography. I started this public blog one year ago with this deeply fascinating post (insert sarcasm). 

One year on and I am happier than I've ever been. I know many people in my life don't 'get' blogging or why it interests me, but that's okay. I do it for the bliss it brings me. It's an amazing scrapbook of these moments in my life.

And the real bonus? I met all of you! I've made such wonderful friends through blogging and I 'meet' new people all the time. Loving that.

So cheers to one year! I can't wait to see where 2015 takes us. Thanks, as always, for being here.

x

Greatness is achieved through following your bliss.
— Rhonda Byrne

Flyboarding

Our recent trip to St Lucia was full of 'firsts'. In addition to kite surfing I was just crazy enough to try Flyboarding. They are jet packs you strap to your feet so you can fly above the water. It was just as cool as it sounds.

Until you crash that is...

If you've ever ridden a Segway then you'll have a pretty good idea what Flyboarding feels like. After you're strapped in to the flyboard a jetski provides the power and every tiny movement of your feet or shift in your weight affects how you ride the flyboard.

I went last after E and my brother-in-law. I had the benefit of watching them first, ha! Here's a bit of video from one of my flyboard rides.

And of course, you knew I wouldn't leave you without some outtakes! I did more than a few belly flops and ended up burping salt water well after my ride was over. :)

The shores of St Lucia were such a beautiful backdrop. Have you ever tried flyboarding? Would you?

Kite Surfing

I had the best kite surfing lesson yesterday on Cas en Bas beach in St Lucia. Here are a load of photos from the afternoon. 

I strapped the GoPro to my chest for the kite surfing and managed to get a few good shots but nothing amazing.

My instructor, Beth, had the most adorable pair of beach doggies; Bob and Marley! You know I'm a sucker for a furry cuddle.

I was a bit disappointed that I never climbed onto a surfboard during the kite surfing lesson but I soon figured out why. Kite surfing is much more technical than I had imagined.

By the end of my two hour lesson I had a great feel for how to handle, control and generally fly the kite but to climb on a board while learning all of that would have been a disaster! I did something called body dragging instead; letting the kite drag your body through the water without a board.

I only wish I had booked the lesson earlier in the trip so I would have time to go back for a second lesson to get up on a board this time. Beth taught me loads about the process. I feel like I could pick it up again on my next tropical vacation and I totally intend to. So much fun guys. :)

We just tried fly boarding today. I've posted some photos and video (and outtakes).

From St Lucia with Love

If you're reading this then, yay! I've successfully published a blog post on the patchiest internet known to man. Island life huh? Yeah, so rough... :o)

Thought I'd pop in and post a few pictures from the first few days here in St Lucia. The weather is fantastic. Low 80s F and sunny most of the day. The bugs are not nearly as bad as they were last time we visited in the summer season.

I've got a kite surfing lesson coming up tomorrow. Wish me luck. I've heard it's really difficult. Have you ever tried kite surfing? Any and all advice is welcome!

Have a lovely Tuesday!