Berry Cheesecake Smoothie / with Oster

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

It’s not on my list of resolutions this year, but I am trying to eat a more complete and filling breakfast this year.  That’s pretty easy to do on days when I’m home, but when I’m heading to my day joy, it’s a pain to pack up some fruit, cottage cheese or yogurt and more.  Smoothies are a great solution.  Oster was kind enough to let me try out their adorable Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender and share my experience with you.

This little blender is so perfectly compact.  It nestles nicely into the corner of a cabinet and I keep the lids and cups in a bag next to it.  It comes with two plastic mason jar style cups, one sipping lid with a straw and one screw on cap.  It blends great!  It’s simple, with one speed and no frills, but it does it’s job and it does it well.  Out of the 4 amazing color options, my choice was clear.  Most might call this cream or off-white, but to me it will always be “pepper white” (the official color name of our first Mini Cooper).  You really can’t go wrong though.  The aqua was a close second, and the red looks amazing too.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie Receipe on Lost and Fawned

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

I’m big on breakfast and dessert, so this quick recipe combines both!  I’ve been hooked on using cottage cheese in my smoothies, instead of yogurt, since a favorite uncle introduced me to the idea.  I was skeptical, but after one gulp I was 100% sold.  It tastes like cheesecake!  Plus the added protein and calcium are a great way to start the day.

Makes a single serving smoothie.  Can easily be doubled or tripled in a larger blender.


  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or unsweetened nut milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 cup or berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, fresh, frozen, the choice is yours)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
  • Optional:  A dash of vanilla or a small handful of chocolate chips can be added for some decadence

If you are using frozen berries, thaw until softened.  Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until a smooth single consistency.  Then pour into glasses (or if you have a single serving blender, like the Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender, simply unscrew the top) and garnish with additional berries.  Enjoy!

Note:  If the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, you can always add more honey or substitute 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup cottage cheese instead of the full 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Blender on Lost and Fawned

Review of Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Smoothie Blender on Lost and Fawned

I’ve started a Pinterest board with lots of Smoothie recipes I’m dying to try with this blender.  I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Oster for making this post possible.  The Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender is available now online along with lots of other great personal size and full size blenders and other small appliances.


Let’s Clean

Lets Clean on Lost and Fawned

We are in the thick of winter, but I love to start the year with a clean house.  January is a great time to give your home a good scrub.  I’ve tried a lot of products, and finding a good balance between products that aren’t too harsh but actually work can seem impossible.

Here are some of my very favorite staples that I keep stocked in our cleaning cupboard.

Quick tip!  I’ve started getting a majority of our cleaning products from ePantry.  The prices are great, shipping is cheap and you can even schedule re-deliveries of your favorite products.  Get $10 off your first order by clicking here.

New Year / New Start

Happy New Year with Lost and Fawned

This fresh start couldn’t come at a better time for me.  2015 was tough.  I took some serious knocks and had some serious lows (all of which I’ll get into when the time is right).  But with 2016 I’m hopeful that this year will be different.  I’m making a couple of resolutions and starting some new projects to celebrate.

  • Journaling  /  I’m in the last year of my 5 Year Diary.  I’m so glad I stuck with it and will be following through and finishing it.  I’ll probably pick up a fresh one and start over.  I’ve also started my mood blanket for 2016.  I’m promising to be honest about my daily moods and make this a real keepsake.
  • Positivity  /  I’ve always been somewhere between a realist and an optimist, but the past year has made me lean much more toward to realist side.  It has occasionally caused me to focus too much on what could be and not celebrate life in the moment.  I’m hoping to regain some of my optimism and positivity in 2016.
  • Home  /  We need to stop procrastinating and knock some projects off our list.  After the bathroom fiasco two years ago, we got really burnt out on home improvement.  We don’t have the saving right now to do any major work, but we can organize, purge and make small updates that will make a huge difference.  It begins next weekend.
  • Blogging  /  Last year I really retreated into my own shell, not only here on the blog, but also in life.  I withdrew from a lot of people.  In some ways it was necessary, but I’m ready to come back.  I’m newly motivated and can’t wait to share some new things with my blog pals as well.

None of these resolutions are terribly daunting, and all are realistic.  Are you making resolutions this year?  Did you stick to yours last year?  Happy 2016!  Cheers to a fresh start!

Holiday Card Round-Up

Holiday Card Round Up on Lost and Fawned

If you are doing holiday cards this year, the clock is ticking!  I’ve put together a virtual card tree of options ranging from gorgeous to hilarious.  Some come as packs and others are purchased card by card.  All a guaranteed to give your lucky card recipients loads of cheer and stand out on the fridge.

Left to right starting at top:

Gift Guide for Men / 2015

Gift Guide for Men on Lost and Fawned

My shopping list was short and sweet this year.  But if you are still toiling over what to get the male presence in your life, I’ve put together a little list of some gear I know my guys would love.

That food dehydrator is the one we bought for each other this year and have been busy making apple chips and food leathers (we can’t wait to try making some simple jerky for next summer’s backpacking trips).  I’ll have some simple recipes for you later this winter.

  1. Osprey Daylight Backpack in Canyon Orange  /  $49.95
  2. Whiskey Glass with Silicone Wedge Ice From  /  $26.00
  3. Presto Food Dehydrator  /  $33.99
  4. Polaroid 10 Megapixel Instant Digital Camera  /  $99.99
  5. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide  /  $20.62
  6. Zippo Chrome Handwarmer  /  $14.94
  7. Nest Learning Thermostat  /  $225.00
  8. Beardsley Beard Care Box Set  /  $69.95

Holidays for the Home / Etsy Edition

Holidays for the Home - Etsy Edition on Lost and Fawned

Today I’m planning to spend the afternoon doing a deep clean of our tragically neglected home.  I’ve been dying to put up our mini tree and stockings, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it until things weren’t looking so shabby.

No matter what you celebrate, Etsy is of course a great place to find unique seasonal decor to get your home ready for the holidays.  Here are some of my picks…

From left to right starting at top:


Home for the Holidays Outfit

Home for the Holidays Outfit - Thanksgiving 2015 on Lost and FawnedIt might be a balmy 60 degrees here in Ohio, but Thanksgiving will be here in a week!  I’ll be driving just across town this year, but if you are going home for this holiday (or the next one which is just over a month away!) I’ve put together a simple, comfortable look that is almost universally flattering and will keep you warm if your relatives like to keep that thermostat low.

Don’t forget a bottle of wine (or a case) to share with your cousins.  I had this one at a wedding this summer and it’s really yummy despite the low price.

  1. Oversized Flannel Scarf from Old Navy – $14.00
  2. Fit & Flare Sweater Dress in Navy from AEO – $49.95
  3. Patterned Boot Socks in Wine Reindeer from Old Navy – $9.00
  4. Corso Como Geneva Boots in Mahogany from Zappos – $198.00
  5. Pancake Cellars Big Day White from Trader Joes – See Local Stores for Price
  6. Fair Trade Silver “Home Sweet Home” Earrings from Novica – $19.99
  7. Herschel Supply Co. Weekend Bag from Zappos – $54.99
  8. Fleece Lined Footless Tights from Old Navy – $16.50

Holiday Bath with Lush

Holiday Bath with Lush on Lost and FawnedYou can’t escape it!  Once Halloween is over, holiday shopping is everywhere.  But there is no denying that Thanksgiving is a mere two and a half weeks away.

As you know, we live on a budget.  We don’t go on expensive dates or go overboard for holidays and birthdays.  But my one big indulgence has become bath-time.  Lush is my go-to for delicious yummy baths.

Lush launched their 2015 holiday collection a few weeks ago and I’ve been drooling over all of the new arrivals.  Get the turkey in the oven and then soak in the tub for an hour to get your skin glowing and smelling amazing.  Or after the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve night, grab a cup of nog and soak away in a bubbly tub.  Long day of last minute shopping with the holiday crowds?  Fill that tub and throw in a bath melt.

  1. Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  2. Cinders Bath Bomb  –  $4.95
  3. Rose Jam Bubbleroon  –  $8.95
  4. Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  5. Father Christmas Bath Bomb  –  $6.40
  6. Bar Humbug Bubble Bar  –  $6.95
  7. Snow Angel Bath Melt  –  $7.95
  8. Golden Wonder Bath Bomb  –  $6.95
  9. Yog Nog Bath Bomb  –  $6.95

Lush also has a huge collection of wrapped gift boxes full of goodies that are guaranteed to spoil and wow your loved ones.

Here we go!  Holidays 2015, here we come!

Craft Round-Up / Fall 2015

November DIY and Craft Projects with Lost and Fawned

Chilly weather makes for great days to do indoor activities and try new hobbies!  Here is a little collection of projects to keep you busy.  Some are simple, and others a bit more advanced.  All of these would make amazing holiday gifts for your loved ones as well.

  1. Easy Pom Pom Rug from Say Yes
  2. French Dot Constellation Table Runner from Design Sponge
  3. Copper Tealight Candles from The Merrythought
  4. Wooden Bead Trivet from Carnets Parisiens (French)
  5. Semi-Precious Stone Soaps from Fall for DIY
  6. Felt Leaf Garland from Lindsay Stephenson


Remix Your Coffee with Folgers Flavors

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Folgers Flavors on Lost and Fawned

We love a cup of coffee in the morning.  Usually on Saturday or Sunday I wake Jared up with a hot cup and some kind of breakfast in bed.  It’s a great way to spend 30 minutes together before we kick start a busy day.  We aren’t usually into plain old black coffee though.  We like cream, sugar and flavor, and we aren’t afraid to admit it.  As the one usually making the coffee, I know how much time it can take to make a lovely mocha if you aren’t a professional barista with all kinds of fancy equipment.  Cue Folgers Flavors.

I seriously love these little bottles.  If you crave variety, this is a great trick to remix your morning cup.  I add my milk (if you are too lazy to use that fancy frother, just shake the milk jug vigorously) and a squirt of that day’s selection, and my plain old joe suddenly becomes much more interesting.  This week I have been tossing one in my purse or lunch bag to wake up my office coffee too.  Since they don’t need to be refrigerated, they are great to take on the go.  Use a little for a whisper of flavor, or a lot if you need a serious treat.  Folgers Flavors are killer iced as well.

Remix your coffee with Folgers Flavors on Lost & Fawned

This weekend was all about classic vanilla and a little hot milk.  I added a little hazelnut to Jared’s as well to celebrate the first day of November.

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