Challenge #52: Water Challenge

 

Okay, ladies, it is a New Year and so I think we should start it out strong!

 How ‘bout with a water challenge—eight 8-ounce glasses, 64 ounces total, every single day.

Can we do it?!

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Challenge #51: Stuffing Stockings for $20

 

This week I challenged the girls to an All About the Jack$on$ Stocking Stuffer Challenge.

Growing up, stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas. I couldn’t wait to see what little treasures my mom had hidden inside my stocking.

I’m really excited to see what the girls come up with this week!

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Challenge #50: Food Gift

 

It is the holidays and if you are anything like me, you are trying to figure out the perfect gifts to give to everybody.

Well, I’m gonna tell you about something that we do in my family. We always give food as gifts.

So, for this challenge, I’d like to see if you all can turn an old recipe—a family favorite—into a food gift.

Okay? Good luck! Goodbye!

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Challenge #49: 20-Minute Cookie Exchange

 

It is holiday time! That means parties, get-togethers, family traditions—all that good stuff with all kinds of gatherings going on.

And usually at least one of those is going to be a cookie exchange or dessert exchange of some sort.

So, for this week’s challenge, how about we do a quick-fix cookie exchange recipe!

Let’s see what we’ve got, ladies!

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Challenge #48: Upcycled Winter Wreath

 

Well guess what, ladies?

I’m about to start my holiday decorating and I just realized that I do not have a holiday wreath. I have this mangy old autumnal wreath that is kind of scary—like a witch!

But I don’t have a holiday wreath, and so here’s what I’m thinking—what if we turned something old into something new again?

Upcycled style. Wreath. How ‘bout it?

I know I’ve got some stuff that I can transform into a holiday wreath that would have otherwise been garbage. So, I’m challenging you to do the same. Let’s see what we come up with!

Alright, that’s the challenge. Can’t wait to see what you do. Goodbye!

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Challenge #47: "Fancy" Thanksgiving Mac + Cheese

 

This week I challenged the girls to a Fancy Mac and Cheese Contest!

Can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with! It’s the perfect weather for such a warm and hearty food.

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Challenge #46: $20 Holiday Centerpiece

 

Hey guys,

I have been out and about looking at all the new holiday stuff, and I’m feeling a little inspired to try to actually do a holiday table this year.

So I was thinking a fun challenge this week might be to do a holiday table. And let’s make it an All About the Jack$ons post.

So you’ve gotta keep it twenty bucks or less, ladies.

Let’s see what you can do!

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Challenge #45: 10-Ingredient Pumpkin Chili

 

Hey Ladies!

Okay, fall—it’s officially in full swing. And that means PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

Here’s what I recently saw online…pumpkin chili. Now I believe that veggies make all things better, but I didn’t really know how I felt about this one.

So I thought why not do a 10-ingredient entertaining challenge where we all make some pumpkin chili.

As a reminder, that means you get ten ingredients to make your chili and anything else you that you want to serve at the meal.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with. Hopefully the chilis are good. And if not, you know I want to hear about it anyway!

Alright, 10-Ingredient Entertaining Pumpkin Chili coming your way!

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Challenge #44: Charcoal Beauty Products

 

Well ladies, I was inspired by our Instagram question to followers last week asking what is the ongoing beauty trend.

Today happens to be my self-care day, and so I thought why not marry the two—incorporating your answers into something beauty-related.

One of the answers we got back was about the charcoal trend, so I thought it’d be really fun to see if everyone could do a charcoal mask, and then share what your experience was with it.

So let’s make this a Healthy Beauty Challenge with charcoal!

(Excuse the voice—I have laryngitis. Sorry, guys!)

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Challenge #43: Mythical Makeup

 

With Halloween approaching, I thought it would so much fun to challenge the girls to a Mythical Makeup Challenge!

Let’s just say it’s much harder than I thought, and I think I’ll have to stick to these Instagram filters instead…

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Challenge #42: Organizing Spices for a Jack$on

 

Hey ladies!

Alright, so, this is it! This is my new kitchen. And obviously, there’s a lot more space than my apartment in the city…

So I’m super excited to finally get organized. I’ve had dreams of organization for years! And the one thing I really want to tackle is my spice cabinet…

I have so many spices. So I’m really hoping that you guys can help me out—show me some of your ideas! What do you do to organize your spice cabinets?!

And hopefully it will give a lot of ideas to people out there who are also looking to organize this time of year.

 Oops, there’s a bee in here! Apparently, in the suburbs, there are a lot more bugs, too!

Alright, I’m gonna go tackle that. You guys tackle this challenge, and I’ll see ya later!

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Challenge #41: Piñata Cake!

 

This week I’ve challenged the girls to make a piñata cake!

What exactly is a piñata cake?

The answer may surprise you!

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Challenge #40: 10-Ingredient Vacation Memory

 

Hey Everybody!

So this week’s challenge is a Labor Day food inspired challenge. I asked the girls to re-create a dish from their past that reminded them of trips they used to take with their family.

We always used to go to the beach and each family would always take a night to make dinner and my family always made pasta.

Check out the Web site to see what we’ve cooked up for you this week!

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Challenge #39: Vacation Accessories

 

Well hello, ladies!

It is almost the end of summer and we all have a couple of those last-minute vacations comin’ our way.

And so here’s my thought—whenever I go on vacation, I end up buying about a billion things, because for whatever reason, I think that I need new clothes and new accessories to go on vacation.

But how about this year, we try to up-cycle some things that we already have. So, I know I need a sun hat. I have a straw hat that’s not very cute—can I turn it into something that is vacation-worthy?

Or maybe a new cover-up? Can I make a cover-up? I don’t know.

I’m gonna try, and that’s what I’m asking you all to do. Can you make a vacation accessory out of something you already own?

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck, and happy vacationing!

Bye y’all!

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Challenge #38: 20-Minute Freezer Meals

 

Hey Ladies!

Okay, so, we’ve got babies—my twin babies—coming home real soon. And I’m starting to panic a little bit, because not only do we have babies coming, but we’re also moving to the suburbs, so the food options are gonna be a lot more limited—when it comes to take out and delivery—than it is in Manhattan.

I’m thinking maybe you guys could help me out and give me some great ideas of some recipes that are short and simple, don’t take more than 20 minutes, and are things I can stockpile in the freezer so I feel really good about having things for all winter long.

I’d love to hear your ideas!

I appreciate the help, and I will talk to you ladies soon!

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Challenge #37: No Makeup for a Week

 

Okay, Ladies!

Have I got a challenge for you!

So, you all know that I don’t love makeup, but I do wear it sometimes when I’m needing to feel pretty. But it’s been a million degrees, so I’m wondering if we can do a little experiment...

How about…

No makeup...

For a week!

One whole week—naked faces—let’s see what we learn, let’s see how we feel, let’s see how we look. Let’s just give it a try!

Okay? Can you do it?!

Chapstick’s okay!

Goodbye!

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Challenge #36: Fourth of July Dessert

 

Hey Ladies,

So I am out here in Fire Island, and it’s almost July 4th, which means it’s almost my niece’s tenth birthday. That’s a big deal, not only because it’s her tenth birthday, but because I always make her birthday cake for her.

This year, like every year, I’m going to make some sort of awesome concoction covered in candy—anything to make her smile.

And she loves her sweets, so I know I gotta bring it.

I thought it’d be a really fun challenge this week to reimagine a July 4th classic dish that your family makes, or to make something special this week/weekend for somebody in your life that celebrates July 4th and the summer—whatever it might be.

I just think that it’s really fun—even pregnant—to share love through food. And that’s what I plan to do with my cake. I’d love to see what you guys cook up and who that might make smile in your family.

Alright, I’ll see what you guys are doing in a few! Bye!

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Challenge #35: Simple Summer Beauty for Under $20

 

Well, summer is here, and if you’re like me, you might be going through some seasonal changes as far as your skincare goes. I have allergies that tend to change my skincare routine a lot. I’m still learning, because before I didn’t really have to have a routine. It just did what I needed it to do. I guess I was lucky.

But that’s no longer the case. So I have been working really hard to figure out what works for my skin during these seasonal changes.

And with summer, even though it’s really hot and humid here in Kentucky, your skin can get dried out so easily—being in the sun, going in and out of swimming pools, and in and out of air conditioning.

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So I’m trying to figure out what works best for me, and one of the things that I’ve come up with is this wonderful rosehip oil. It's really healing. And sometimes I just do an oil wash with it, or a treatment. Or you can just hydrate with it throughout the day or after a shower.

So it got me thinking, ladies—what are you doing to take care of your skin this summer? How are you using beauty products to help you “beat the heat?” Let’s do this as a Healthy Beauty Challenge, but also let’s combine that with a Jack$on Challenge. See if you can keep it under a Jack$on!

Alright, let’s see what you come up with!

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Challenge #34: 20-Minute Candy/Chocolate!

 

I am walking around the grocery store here at Fresh Time in my city.

And I was just going down the aisle here with all the bulk items. And there’s tons of candies, and nuts, and all that good stuff, and it got me thinking, how fun would it be to do a challenge for candies this week that are homemade?!

Let’s make it a 20-minute! Let’s see if we can make a candy or chocolate in 20 minutes or less!

Alright, guys—get to work! Bye!

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Challenge #33: Memorial Day Potluck

 

Hello, Ladies!

It is Memorial Day Weekend coming up. I could not be more excited, because I feel like we had no spring here in New York.

I’m ready to jump right into summer. I always head to Fire Island for Memorial Day, so I’m thinking that we could do an All About the Jack$ons Challenge, so no more than $20!

And a Memorial potluck dish—you know, what would you bring to a barbeque or a party, or whatever you guys like to do on Memorial Day! I’d love to hear more about that, too!

So let’s do a Memorial Day potluck dish—something easy, something less than $20. And more than anything, I hope you guys have a great Memorial Day!

I’m gonna check out this film set that’s happening right in my neighborhood!

Alright, guys, have fun! Enjoy the sun!

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