Sweetmelange & Forty Toes Photography GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Sweetmelange and Forty Toes Photography GIVEAWAY is LIVE!!!!
We have teamed up to support other amazing small businesses with a HUGE GIVEAWAY!
There will be 20 GIVEAWAYS and 20 WINNERS!! Links to enter in first comment!
Enter HERE http://www.fortytoesphotography.com/2013/10/forty-toes-photography-giveaway.html or
Mobile HERE http://bit.ly/11Nnh8p
 
Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sweetmelange22
Follow us on Instagram @sweetmelange
Shop at http://www.sweetmelange.com
ENJOY!

SMBOUTIQUE: CASTING CALL

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Do you have a little fashionista between the ages of 6 months to 7 years old? She could be one of the next faces of Smboutique! We are conducting a model casting call for girls ages 6M-7Y to be a part of our shoot in the Houston area only.

TO ENTER:
-Email us 1 non-professional snapshot of your daughter (ages 6M-7Y) to sweetmelange@live.com by Sunday, September 8th at midnight.
-Please title your email with subject: CASTING CALL and be sure to include her age along with clothing size in email.
-Models MUST be available on Saturday, October 5th in the Museum District area. The shoot will last several hours and models must be able to take direction well. One parent/guardian must be on hand.
– Besides feeling like models for a day and being featured on our website. Your child will also score the following: 1 FREE professional digital file of your child and a goodie bag for the models.
-Please understand that not all applicants can be chosen. {Thank you}

Vicky Pham
Smboutique | a chic children’s boutique
http://www.sweetmelange.com
Instagram @sweetmelange
Facebook.com/sweetmelange22

Pate a Choux Recipe (Cream Puff Pastry)

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend, I was craving for some Pate a choux. I haven’t had any of these bad boys in so long. If I can remember, the last time I had this was on my wedding day, which was over five years ago. Since I’ve been working at home during the weekends lately, I decided to make my own Pate a choux. Pate a choux is a classic French, light pastry dough that is also used to make eclairs. Some people also make this into savory cheese pugs but I just simply like it as a dessert treat. I filled mine with vanilla pudding but I heard you can fill it with ice cream as well. These bad boys are so easy to make and yet delightful to the taste.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring butter, sugar, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Using a wooden spoon, quickly stir in flour. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture pulls away from sides. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until slightly cooled, about 1 minute. Raise speed to medium; add whole eggs, 1 at a time, until a soft peak forms when batter is touched with your finger. Transfer to a pastry bag or in my case a Ziploc bag with a 1/2-inch plain round tip. Pipe 1-inch rounds onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake in 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until golden, 20-25 minutes. Transfer over to a wire rack; let cool completely. Puffs can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 day or frozen up to 1 month. You can add any filling you like after this. I made sugar-free vanilla pudding. Ta Da! Now you got yourself, a delightful dessert. Enjoy!

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SUMMER VACATION: CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since I last blogged. I promise from now on I will try to blog at least once a week. Thank you for still keeping up with my post. Even though I’ve been MIA, you guys are still very supportive. I am sure the last time you heard from me was regarding my boutique. Anyways, lets get straight to my post for today.

I recently went on a trip with my husband to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was our first time here and we had a great experience. We chose a very nice resort. It did not have a bunch of teens or college kids like Cancun. We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach private resort. It is crazy how huge this resort is. They have 2 markets and like 6 pools (I think). The beach was beautiful but we really couldn’t swim because of the current. The weather was beautiful during the day but chilly at night. Of course… I did not check the forecast before packing, so we did not bring any sweaters or jackets to keep us warm at night.

We then did the activity boat where it took us out to Lover’s Beach. Can I say how beautiful it was. The view was just awesome! The trip was definitely not long enough but hopefully next time we will be able to take our kids to enjoy the trip. We said to each other that this was going to be our last trip with just us, the next one will be as a family with our two kiddos. I definitely recommend this place if you plan to visit Cabo. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this resort is. They have over 500 rooms and they navigate around by driving golf carts. They even have a free shuttle to take you to their sisters hotel. All in all, our vacation was relaxing and fun! What are you doing this summer?

DAY ONE

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Our beautiful view!

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The food was delish! I know we got sushi, but they really make some awesome sushi!!!

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DAY TWO

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One of the sister’s hotel that we visited. Very beautiful!

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Our little adventure to Lover’s Beach. By Day 3 we decided to leave the camera in the room and have some relaxation by the pool with some mojitos. We also enjoy relaxing at the cigar bar with great wine and beautiful music. We definitely plan to visit again!

GIVEAWAY TODDLER’S DRESS

Happy Wednesday!!

It’s giveaway time. In order to enter in this giveaway you must follow me on instagram @shopsmboutique. The rules are on there and you must follow all the steps. As soon as I reach my goal we will give 1 lucky winner our Le Blue Tulle Floral Dress (as shown below). Check it out if you want to win this beautiful dress for your litter girl/neice/god-daughter/sister/friend/etc! 🙂 Good luck.

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CHECK OUT MY BOUTIQUE

Hello all,

I am back again. I have been occupied with my boutique that I actually have not have time to post. Well, I figured that I would post today and what’s a better post then to let you guys know what I have been doing. I have been putting out my heart and time for this children boutique that I created. It is called: smboutique | a chic children’s boutique. Here is a little info about us:

Smboutique offers high fashion and unique products for your little ones which reflects the latest trend in pop culture. We provide high fashion products that will not be found at any retail stores. Every item is chosen carefully to offer high quality and style to compliment your child. Our mission is to provide everyone with the most rewarding online shipping experience ever. Whether it is a place to find the perfect gift or even something special for your little ones. Smboutique will always provide you with the most up to date products and best possible service.

For all the mothers out there, check it out! We do have a promotion going on right now, which includes a 20% off entire purchase until June 21, 2013. You can also add me on instagram: shopsmboutique or facebook.com/sweetmelange22 – we will be doing a giveaway on one of our item when we reach 1,000 likes on FB. Stay tuned. I promise I will post more DIYs and recipes soon. Please bare with me. 🙂

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THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR BEACH SEASON

Are you ready to enjoy your day in the sun? Start by choosing the best sunscreen so you don’t have to worry about getting burned and the risk of skin cancer. Most of us do not realize the importance of sunscreen. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Therefore, it is important to prevent it. Lets start by using sunscreen! Here I will show you some products that will keep you glowy and protected.

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1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $29, Walgreens – This sunscreen is awesome because not only does it protect the skin from the sun but it also has a tinted mineral formula that helps even out minor imperfections and adds a subtle glow.

2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55, $10, Target – This sunscreen protects the without clogging the pores so it won’t cause breakouts or leaving the skin feeling oily. It goes on very nicely.

3. Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70+, $9, Walmart – This spray comes out as a mist which makes it easy to quickly cover your entire body. Using this spray will help encourage people to apply and REAPPLY.

4. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil SPF 50+, $11, drugstore.com – I love this sunscreen because it protects my skin and the oil gives my body a pretty sheen. It also has a wonderful scent and absorbs to the skin quickly.