Coconut Shrimp Curry

I know hearing the word curry can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be because this spice can make anything taste nice. I just recently started branching out when eating Thai food, usually I would order pho or pad thai, but curry has become my new go-to. Also, to make things even better, there are plenty of curry dishes that are fish or vegetarian, so that works even better for me! I had planned on making this coconut curry vegetarian, but Jack thinks that every meal needs a piece of meat, so I added shrimp to make him feel more positive about the meal. Let us get started on how to make this amazing, delicious meal!


shrimp marinade:

  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

curry sauce:

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • fresh parsley/cilantro
  • Start by placing the shrimp in a bowl and add the cayenne, lemon juice, salt and pepper and place plastic wrap over the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile get started with your curry sauce by dicing your onion, you can make your pieces as small or large as you wish. Then add the sesame oil in a large skillet with sides over medium heat and add your onions and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • After your onions cook add in the garlic, curry, turmeric, coriander, ginger, salt and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes. The grovery store didn’t have fresh ginger and I did not want to use dried which I strongly recommend not doing, so I had to settle with grated ginger, but it had excellent flavor. Add the tomatoes and stir for about a minute after which add the coconut milk, stir and bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil decrease the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Finally add the shrimp to the curry sauce with all the juices that were created during the marinade and cook for another 5 minutes. Then serve over rice, I use jasmine because I love it. Then garnish with parsley or cilantro. Make sure you wash the herbs! Eat and enjoy!!!! Yummy!



  • Side note: if you do not use all your herbs which I never do, cut the stems and grab a cup and fill with water then add your freshly cut herbs and place in the refrigerator for later use.

Styling Toddlers

Calling all those who have not finished Christmas shopping, II Embers is now creating custom jewelry for toddlers and little girls. We have been doing this for a little while now, but just for those close to us. We have even made bracelets for flower girls in weddings. I am super excited that we are able to do this because I have so many friends who have little girls that adore bracelets. I mean what little girl doesn’t love to wear something pretty? If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out our stuff, you should! These custom bracelets are the perfect gift for your little girl. The best part is that you can pick any style and we will make it for half the price of the original bracelet cost and just add a few less beads, so that it will fit your little girls wrist perfectly. Also, are these pictures not the cutest things you have ever seen? All these little girls melt my heart, and are so precious. This is perfect for any child who loves to dress up or to look fancy like her mom, so check out our website and grab a bracelet for yourself and get a custom one made for your little girl, you can match and she will be so excited!


How to Decorate!!!

There are so many ways to decorate a tree including the traditional way which to me is boring and because of that I like my tree to be a little funky. The traditional tree has a simple tree topper like an angel or star and usually simple round ornaments and the occasional ribbon circling the tree. Boring! Let us change things up guys and make your tree stand out. During the Christmas season my tree demands attention as soon as you walk through the front door. As a result, I am determined every year to make my tree better than the year before and I am here to give you some pointers and steps to make your tree the best ever!

  • Step 1: Lights! Lights! Lights! We accidentally bought the biggest tree ever this year and it looks like we chopped down something that had been growing in the forest for years! So, I ran out of lights and had to purchase 200 more and guess what? We still didn’t have enough lights, but I was not about to put off decorating another day! My tree looks a little bare in the middle but I am going to attempt to add more tomorrow…after fully decorating and may fail miserable. Do not do this! Always put the lights on first.


  • Step 2: The tree topper! Some people save this for last, but that is for the boring tree topper! The tree topper is the most important part and mine consists of large pieces of silver mesh with a burlap bow and tons of spray. The more spray and sparkly mesh the better!
  • Step 3: Filler! Fill your tree with endless amounts of mesh, burlap, and/or ribbon vertically throughout the branches! Add more material throughout the tree that is similar or the same as your tree topper. However, do not place it horizontally like we have been seeing on trees forever. Spice it up for once! Place the material vertically through your branches and break it up throughout the tree. Also, use little and big pieces!


  • Step 4: Ornaments!!! I like my ornaments to all be similar in color and flow with the rest of the decorations throughout the house and as you can see my colors are silver, red, white, and burlap. This is about as traditional as I get with Christmas decor, but you can use whatever ornaments you wish because it is your tree! One little trick I picked up during my event planning days is that tiny ornaments can be made into huge ones and will stand out perfectly as you can see on my tree. I took 6 tiny ornaments and put them all on the same wire and wrap the cluster on a branch. It looks fabulous. The more ornaments the better…you can’t have too many.





  • Step 5: Spray! Add it like it is going out of style! Add texture where you can, I have feathers, sparkles, and plain.


Step 6: Gifts! Buy all your loved ones great gifts that are perfect for each of their personalities, but beware of criminals.  If your tree is by a window or you can see your presents, hide them in a room until Christmas Eve so no criminal is tempted to break-in. Also, use your alarm if you have one! Do not forget dogs love Christmas also, so give them some fur baby love! I hope you love the finished product. How do you decorate your tree? Feel free to upload a photo and show off your skills!





Oh Christmas Tree

I love Christmas more than any other holiday because of the bright colors, the lights, the decorations, and the joy.  However, the Christmas tree is my greatest achievement during the Christmas season and is the most important part of my holiday tradition. When I was very young my parents divorced and my mom didn’t remarry until the summer before middle school, but that first Christmas we all went to the Christmas tree farm together, as a family to pick the perfect tree. Continue reading “Oh Christmas Tree”

Run it out

It is a beautiful morning and the desire to run is not in my blood, but after this Thanksgiving I need to workout. Gluttony is the best way to describe my appetite and after eating all the leftovers in my fridge I need to burn off some calories, so running is the best way. I started out with a quick warm up in my living room including 20 seconds of jumping jacks, 20 second of high knees, 20 seconds of butt kickers, and then I repeated all of the exercises again. I did a quick stretch and was out the door. Since I haven’t been running in a long time I decided to use one of my favorite workout apps! This app is called ‘Seconds’ and is perfect for creating a custom workout that times everything out and can be used for circuit, tabata, HIIT, and so much more. I use the circuit timer to run and during this I set two different exercises including run and walk. I do each of these for 2 minutes for 5 sets and then once I get back to my house I do an abs workout and then try to catch my breath while stretching. I know working out is not always fun, but I have found that taking Germ with me on runs and changing up my workouts is the best to stay with it. I highly recommend FitnessBlender on YouTube if you do not have a desire to run. However, the most important key to my workout is my pre-workout drink and I think I have found the best one. Pure Pump can be found on Amazon and I believe it is one of the biggest motivators because it forces me to get moving and run longer. The greatest part of this drink is that it is clean. Clear of all salt, sugar, fillers, gluten, aspartame, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and so much more. Finding a pre-workout without these things is highly unlikely, but the downfall of this stuff is that is tastes like chalk. This product claims to be tasteless, but that is not true! I hide the taste with a little bit of juice topping off the cup and shake it up until the powder is fully integrated into the water-juice combo. Then, I drink it all down and wait for the effects to kick in so that my workout can begin. All pre-workouts tend to have similar effects which include more energy, tingling throughout the body, and increased stamina. I do not use this for every workout, but it is great way to kick-start a workout program or help out on a lazy day. Now I am off to start the day. Feel free to try this amazing clean pre-workout.







Nails gone BAD!

I recently spent the entire day with a friend, Taylor, and did all things girl including a trip to Sephora where I spotted something completely out of the box, spray can nail polish. As soon as I spotted the can I wanted to try the product immediately, so advertising got me for sure! I took the product home and decided to try it this week. I can’t even describe to you how horrible the nail polish looked after completion. I wanted to show you step by step and who knows maybe you have tried it yourself and have had a completely different experience. Step 1 is to wash yours hands of all oils and make sure you grab a towel you do not mind ruining because things can get messy.



Step 2 is to apply a base coat and allow it to dry completely. This shouldn’t take long, but make sure you wait at least 5 minutes.


Step 3 is spraying this can directly onto your nail to release this bright pink stuff this company calls nail polish. Then you sit and wait for this stuff to dry into hard, cracking globs. As I sat and waited I found that the polish started to split in areas and became tight around my nail beds, but I thought after I washed my nails they might look better.


After this odd concoction dried on my nails I proceeded to step 4 which required me to apply a top coat. I slowly applied a top coat to all my nails and waited again for my nails to be dry. After about 10-15 minutes I moved on to the next step.


I finally was able to wash my hands and I have to say this weird paint stuck to everything. The bottle said the nail polish would easily rinse off while washing with soap and water. All around my nail beds was thick goop and I had to wash my hands three times. Finally the results you have been waiting for!


From far away my nails look okay, but I took a close-up photo and you can see how bad my nails actually look. The spray was not consistent and left parts of my nail looking like it had one coat of polish and other as if I had poured the entire bottle on one nail. After about 10 more minutes of analyzing my nails I had to take of the polish and that was even worse! I probably used half of a nail polish remover bottle trying to get the nail polish off my nails and they still had a pink tint around all my nail beds. This was not worth my time or money and I strongly suggest not purchasing this product. If someone else has tried this spray nail paint let me know, I would love to hear your experience.


More than Eye Candy

This last Friday I went to a party to celebrate the opening of Eye Candy and it was so much fun. When you walk into the store the aesthetic of the open space catch your attention immediately. Continue reading “More than Eye Candy”