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LizzLoves Project MC2 April 19, 2016

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I’m a big kid at heart. No, really. I am not ashamed to say that I still love cartoons (anyone want to see Zootopia with me?), a few “teeny bopper” shows, and I wholeheartedly fall in love with lots of YA novels on a regular basis.

So many of you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I checked out a Netflix tween/teen series that I’d read about recently. The series, called Project MC2, focuses on a smart and sassy group of high school girls who use their science skills to become a team of spies working to uncover a plot against a teen heartthrob. From gadgetry and chemical concoctions, to coding and tech, these girls have the STEM spectrum completely covered.  While these young ladies take their sciences very seriously, there is still plenty of room for silliness and sisterhood. I love that this diverse crew of chicas forge a friendship by showing off their “smarts” and by being their complete selves.

 

LizzLoves Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis February 24, 2014

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This past weekend, my to-do list had two home improvement projects that made me a little nervous: treat newly uncovered hardwood floors and fix a broken toilet.

 

Now, I’ve been doing or overseeing several projects over the past 9 months, but sometimes the beginning of a new one still makes a whisper of doubt pop into my head. But this time I smiled and got over myself when I remembered one of my new heroines: Nicole Curtis of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” 

 

Nicole is a Minneapolis-based flipper — she buys old homes, restores them to their original splendor and then sells them. But don’t get it twisted, she doesn’t just oversee and call the shots — she’s a hands-on part of executing everything. Self-taught in her craft, Nicole is always ready with her goggles, tools and work boots, diving headfirst into all the projects. And she’s damn good at it. You might not guess it by her size, but she’s not shy about wielding any power tool or scared to try a new method to ensure the integrity of a project.

 

I admire Nicole’s style and the quality of her work, but most of all, I love that she’s savvy and smart with her approach — from the extensive historical research that she puts into all her homes, to the efforts she makes to keep the work budget-friendly and authentic. She goes to great lengths to preserve the finishes that set  historical homes apart. She makes sure that she and her crew use all available original materials that are found in the house, but when that resource is exhausted, she makes regular trips to salvage yards and antique stores to find materials that will match the era of the home. Vintage, reclaimed, repurposed…Nicole gets creative, but lives up to her self-proclaimed title of preservationist.

 

She’s admitted in the past that she gets very emotionally attached to her projects, but all I see is some serious passion at work. Even if your home decor/design taste is more modern, you won’t be able to ignore her spitfire energy and can-do attitude.

 

So, the next time I get nervous about a home improvement project, I’m going to just picture Nicole fearlessly taking a sledgehammer to a wall. If she can do that, then I can, too…or at least I can try! 🙂

PS: The hardwood floors look great! 

 

LizzLoves Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen August 28, 2013

ImageAs a big Food Network fan, I’ve been dreaming about the day when I would have access to its sister station, Cooking Channel. Now that I finally have it at my fingertips, I’ve been meaning to catch a certain show all summer: “Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen.” The commercials alone made me think, “Wow, I have to see what this sassy lady is about!” Well, she didn’t disappoint!

Nadia G. (aka Nadia Giosia) is a fiery chef from Montreal with Italian roots. I think the best way to describe her is to imagine if you mixed up DNA from Kat Von D, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Joan Jett, with a hefty dose of girl power…you would have this kitchen mistress! Nadia G. combines great cooking, comedy and style into her presentation. Don’t sleep on her stiletto-slingin’ get up—she can throw down in the kitchen! I couldn’t rock some of the patent-leather platforms she does, much less make a roux while I’m in them! Hats off to her daring outfits that don’t cramp her serious culinary chops.

Nadia’s running commentary is full of giggle-inducing one-liners, but she takes it up a notch with her cast of colorful supporting characters: Panos the Fishmonger, Hans the “scantily-clad” Food Correspondent, and Yeres the Spice Agent. If you’re looking for some playful attitude, a rockin’ fun time, and some great recipes, Nadia G. is definitely your girl!

Readers: Do you have any favorite female chefs?