Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Finds Five Dollars and Under at Pier 1 Imports

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Ahh…don’t you just love Fridays! They are the perfect excuse to take an hour off of work to pamper yourself, but the pampering does not have to be expensive or super time-consuming. To prove it, I did just that. I took some time out of my busy schedule today to shop at Pier One for some little goodies to kick off the weekend…AND GUESS WHAT?! Each item in the photo above was UNDER FIVE BUCKS. Now, if that is not a good reason to do a happy dance, I don’t know what is *wink*

These cutesy Fortune Stickies were only $1.98! So lovely and a little funny too *wink*
These cutesy Fortune Stickies were only $1.98! So lovely and a little funny too *wink*

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I, of course, had to pick up this note pad because it says "fabulous" *wink* AND it was only $3.98...whoo hoo!
I, of course, had to pick up this note pad because it says “fabulous” *wink* AND it was only $3.98…whoo hoo!
Last but not least, I actually picked up a pampering item *wink* A spa eye mask for $3.95. It is chilling in my fridge now so that I can relax with it after posting this blog *wink*
Last but not least, I actually picked up a pampering item *wink* A spa eye mask for $3.95. It is chilling in my fridge now so that I can relax with it after posting this blog *wink*

Stay tuned to the blog for a special announcement tomorrow! Hm…I wonder what the VIP will tell us??

 

P.S. Ziva says, "Hi!" *wink*
P.S. Ziva says, “Hi!” *wink*

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Fabulous Friday: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cupcakes

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Fabulous Friday!

This week on Fabulous Friday, I would like to chat about a gluten-free goody that I discovered–Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix.

For those of you who do not know, my mom is a type-one diabetic and was recently diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten–she does not have Celiac disease. That is totally different; however, her endocrinologist thought it best that she avoid gluten. So in order to fully support her, we all switched to eating gluten free. We have become total label-reading pros at the grocery store–scanning each item for the “Gluten Free Certified” badge…and a whole list of other things that I am not going to chat about today! 

The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom!  :)
The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom! :) This photo was taken before my mom went gluten free. At her last endo visit a few weeks ago, she had lost eight pounds, reduced her a1c by one point, and her thyroid levels were all normal. This is fabulous news because she has been struggling to get happy reports! She will be heading for another checkup next Friday–so prayers and fingers crossed!

I love to bake; however, I am no Cake Boss *wink*. So, I started searching online for gluten-free cupcake recipes and found one that seemed somewhat simple. I tried it….and needless to say, it was a total flop. No one wanted to eat them…not even Ziva, my Giant Schnauzer *sad face* Back to Google I went, and after several searches, I stumbled upon the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix–and it was available at my local Publix. Yay! SCORE!

 To add a bit more chocolate to the cupcakes, I sprinkled in some gluten-free chocolate chunks by Enjoy Life–Yum yum yum! Girls have got to have their chocolate *wink* This recipe was so simple–If I can’t mess it up, I know y’all will do fabulous *wink*

 Now, before I show y’all the picture of my cupcake…I must warn y’all–I am not a food photographer nor a 5 star baker…*wink*

A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great all-natural brand called "Temp Tee", and it is absolutely delish! So yummy I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*
A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great, all-natural brand called “Temp Tee,” and it is absolutely delicious! It’s so yummy that I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*

  If you are looking for a tasty gluten-free snack to tame your sweet tooth, give these cupcakes a try! The VIP gives the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix 5 delicious stars! 

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To make your own cupcakes, simply follow the instructions on the box and toss in some chocolate chunks for additional goodness. Next time, I might add some pecans…hmmmm…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn