Easy Roasted Chicken Arugula Salad

Ever since Savvy Baby arrived, eating healthy has been quite a challenge as he is a 24/7 non-stop sort of gig. Despite all the challenges, I realized this mommy has to take care of herself if she is to care for baby without keeling over first Thus finding easy fast meals has become quite important. One of my quick go-to meal is Costco roasted chicken with avocado and arugula salad. It can be prepared in minutes and is quite healthy and delicious. I usually pick up a roasted chicken as dinner and use rest of the leftover for salad, 2 birds with one stone. I find the best dressing with this salad is champagne vinaigrette. However, any light dressing is fine. I have tossed just lemon juice, olive oil with salt and pepper to taste. What is one of your easy go-to meal?

Beautiful Rose Arrangement in Minutes

Ever since baby, life has been quite different. No longer is there time for leisurely anything, a good time is when I manage to eat 3 square meals and have my teeth brushed before noon. Despite all, I still think it is important to have a little something luxurious in a home. For me, flowers are what make a home more elegant and lively. I recently saw this arrangement at Neiman Marcus.  This simple arrangement only requires an inexpensive square vase and 9 large roses with glass or stone pebble on the bottom to hold the stems. It takes literally minutes to arrange but it makes my rooms so much prettier and my day bright.
In your busy day, what is one thing that brightens up your house??

Lighting Up

Before I started our house remodeling, I didn't pay much attention to the effect of lighting in a home. However, after visiting numerous model homes and open houses for inspirations, I realized the reason these places look so different from our average homes was the amount and the type of lighting used in the space. Instead of the regular light bulbs, I see lots of halogen lights which are brighter and whiter. As result, that particular space becomes brighter and more inviting. When we were putting in lights for our home, we installed halogen lights to make the space brighter and whiter like many model homes.
Last month, the nice folks at GE offered me to try out their new reveal 75W halogen light bulbs free of charge. Know what I know already, I jumped at the chance. I really prefer the house to fill with bright white light instead of yellow glow from regular light bulbs. Some may see yellow glow as being warmer, but it is more gloomy in my humble opinion. I used my phone to snap 2 pictures and uploaded without editing to show the actual difference between regular light bulb on the left and the new GE reveal on the right. The picture on the right is definitely whiter and brighter, mimicking sunny day light. 
Regular bulb
GE Halogen Light
What about you, which do you prefer?

Picking Out the Right Engagement Ring

When it comes to  diamond engagement rings, I always thought that I am one of those gals that knows exactly what she wants when it is the time to pick one out. I became the most indecisive person ever. What I thought I wanted was my last choice and a big disappointment in the end and what I didn't want in the beginning made me the happiest gal. Ironic uh!!!

From my own experience and talking to other gal pals, I found that it is important to:
1. Try on different ring styles, keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask questions.
2. Communicate with your partner about likes and dislikes.  Mr. Savvy insisted I pick out the ring style of choice. He said my happiness is the most important factor. I think he is afraid if I don't like it, he might have to buy me another ring. ~Smile.
3. Do your research about 4 C's: color, clarity, carat, and cut. If possible, personally inspect the rock first as not all diamonds are created equal even with the same specifications.
4. Know one's priority regarding 4's given a the budget. I picked color, cut, carat and then clarity.
5. Given I spend so much effort on the main rock, I also made up all the side stones matches in color and clarity so everything looks uniform.
6. I had my ring custom made which allowed me to size to my finger exactly down to a quarter size.
How did you pick out your ring? Was it a surprise or did you pick the style yourself?

Shoe Shopping......

Whenever I am in Asia, I love to find interesting fashion pieces at very savvy prices. After all, being fashionable does not mean one has to spend a ton of money. Recently I noticed a lot of manufacturers are selling to consumers directly online, offering rather attractive prices by cutting out the middleman. Several gal pals spend hour treasure hunting online this way. As for me, I found these boots at Sammy Dress. I can't believe the most expensive pair is only $27. I can literally buy all 5 pairs and not feel guilty at all. Even though we are still in the middle of summer, can you tell I am already for fall?

My favorite pair is the lace up open work boots here. Isn't it just so edgy and stylish? At only $25, I don't care if I only wear it once or twice for party or a special day out.
Which pair do you like the most??
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