Morning Skin Care Boost

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool For me, my morning routine starts with getting a full 8 hours of sleep, or at least in my dream world it does. Unfortunately, the reality is that I have a wandering mind, noisy neighbors, and a New York City apartment, so I consider myself lucky when I get 6-7 hours of sleep. To make up for my lack of sleep, I try to live a very healthy lifestyle. I take vitamins, drink lots of water, workout every day, start my day with fresh fruit and hot tea, and fill my plate with as many organic, whole foods as I can. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. To get an extra boost I rely on skin care products. I’m sure you all remember me talking about my crazy skin allergies, so the search to find products that are both safe for my skin AND beneficial isn’t always easy. However, I was recently introduced to a product that does not upset my skin, but it is also perfect for rejuvenating after nights with little sleep. Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen is beauty sleep in a bottle (minus the sleep part). It’s infused with the essence of honeysuckle and white tea, which helps your skin to look refreshed and ready to face the day. It also has SPF 15 in it. I feel good using this product knowing that I am nourishing my skin and helping it to stay beautifully protected.

What is your morning routine like and how do you make up for a lack of sleep? Do you use the Olay Fresh Effects products?

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her

2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her @runwaychef #anniversary #giftideas Last week I shared 2nd anniversary gifts for men, but let’s be honest, we all know it’s really the men who need help finding gifts for the women ;) So men, if you’re getting ready to celebrate your 2nd wedding anniversary her are a few gift ideas to get your lady based on the traditional theme of ‘cotton’. And ladies, feel free to share/tweet/email/Facebook/send-by-carrier-pigeon this post to your husband…a couple subtle (or not so subtle) hints never hurt nobody!

1. A Bouquet of Cotton Stems in a pretty vase

2. Cotton Scented Candle 

3. His Hers Pillows (a joint gift that will make a woman far happier than the man)

4. Cotton Candy (yes this was on the list for men, but let’s be honest, EVERYONE likes cotton candy + you could always give it in the “gift bag” of a designer handbag, just saying’….)

5. Sheets (another good idea for a “joint” gift)

6. Bathrobe (You can even get it personalized with initials; also, think about pairing it with soft slippers and a nice eye mask or even a spa day) 

You can see ideas for 1st anniversary gifts for women here.

Happy Hour

Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {A day at the farm}

If you don’t like farms or farming or farm animals then a) what is wrong with you (baby farm animals are basically the cutest thing since forever)?! and b) you probably won’t want to read today’s post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

Unless you’ve been hiding out on Pluto, I’m sure you saw that the Mr. and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday. Anything to do with my guy has me full of smiles, but getting to celebrate our 2 year anniversary together made me seriously happy, hence why the focus of this week’s happy hour is tidbits from our weekend. We kept things pretty local and low key, but we did go on a few day trips. One of our day trips happened to be to the Queens County Farm. Who knew you could see cows and city buildings in the same view?! The farm was full of animals, families with kids….and us, the couple celebrating their anniversary. I think we were more entertained by the chickens than all the kids were and Mr. RC couldn’t stop taking pictures (of the chickens, not the kids). So just to summarize, we spent our anniversary with a bunch of farm animals and kids, acting like we were 5. It’s totally cool. And hey, when you love someone, everything you do together is special and fun, right?!

P.S. Now we want to buy a farm, but until then….how do you think chickens would go over in our Brooklyn backyard?! No???! No??!

cotton plant at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Found a cotton plant on the farm, which was fitting since 2nd anniversary gifts are traditionally supposed to be cotton}

chickens at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Some of our favorite farm animals}

sheep at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour Buvette Bike || Runway Chef Happy Hour {The Buvette bike and a basket full of corks}

Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {Obligatory anniversary picture}

Oscar Wilde love quote {Picture from our engagement session by Ian Holmes}

 

1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug

1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug @runwaychef #breakfast #easyrecipes You know those crisp, cool mornings where you’re like “Oh man, this smoothie is just killing it this morning.” Yeah, me either. I mean let’s be real. No one wakes up on a 30 degree day and happily chugs down their ice-cold smoothie and thinks to themselves “Who needs a soft, buttery, warm, delicious baked good when you’ve got a smoothie?”. Don’t get me wrong, I love my smoothies, but living in a place where Fall and Winter exists, drinking a cold drink first thing in the morning isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes I just want all of the muffin/scone/biscuit/cinnamon roll/coffee cake treats I can possibly have as soon as the seasons change. By sometimes, I of course mean all the time, so to prevent over-indulging, I try not to keep baked goods around the house during the week. But when you need a baked good, you NEED a baked good (I know you know what I’m talking about). This little coffee cake was born in one such time of need. It was an early morning, I had lots of work to do and no time to bake, but I just had to have something to go with my cup of coffee. Hello coffee cake in a mug! But wait, there’s more. As in crunchy topping more (you know there couldn’t be coffee cake without some buttery topping on there). Annnnnd, there’s also a pumpkin version (because obviously everything needs pumpkin for fall). I don’t know whether it’s totally genius that I discovered this (Because, hello! Coffee cake whenever I want it!) or totally bad that I figured this recipe out (because coffee cake whenever I want it isn’t so good for my waistline). Either way, I know you’re going to thank me for making your weekdays taste a little better….

1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug @runwaychef #breakfast #easyrecipes 1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug @runwaychef #breakfast #easyrecipes 1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug @runwaychef #breakfast #easyrecipes 1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug @runwaychef #breakfast #easyrecipes

1-Minute Coffee Cake In A Mug
Serves 1
A warm, buttery coffee cake that can be made in 1 minute using your microwave; perfect for a quick weekday treat
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Cake
  1. 2 tablespoons of sugar (I like to use brown, I have also tried it with Truvia, which works well)
  2. 1 tablespoon of butter
  3. 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  4. Dash of vanilla
  5. 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  6. Dash of nutmeg
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder
  9. Pinch of salt
Topping
  1. 1 tablespoon of butter (use cold butter straight from the fridge for the crumbliest topping)
  2. 2 tablespoons of flour
  3. 1 tablespoons of brown sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  5. Dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place the butter in a mug. Microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften the butter. Remove from the microwave and stir in all ingredients, except for the flour. Mix until well-combined. Fold the flour in, making sure to not over-mix. Using your spoon gently push the batter together into the bottom of the mug. Set aside.
  2. To make the topping, use your fingers to mix the butter, flour, sugar and spices together to form a crumbly mixture. Add to the top of the cake.
  3. Microwave the cake for 60 seconds (the time may vary depending on your microwave, but it should take anywhere from 50-90 seconds). Serve immediately with milk or coffee.
Notes
  1. If you don't eat the whole thing at once, a) what is wrong with you?! and b) you can reheat it for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  2. To make a pumpkin version of this cake, simply reduce the Greek yogurt to 1 tablespoon and add in 2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree. Everything else stays the same.
  3. If you decide to use a sweetener other than sugar just be conscious of the substitution amounts (i.e. for the Truvia, I used 3 teaspoons in place of the 2 tablespoons of sugar).
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2 Years

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef Happy Anniversary Mr. RC! You make every day better just by being in it and without you I would be completely lost. You are the butter to my bread, the sprinkles to my funfetti cake, the logo to my Chanel bag, the runway to my chef, the breath to my life….

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef

Photos by Lesley of Kensington Blue; See all the details of our wedding here or in our SMP feature