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Ruby’s Recipes: ÔĽŅPan Seared Salmon Salad¬†

As much as I love seafood, I could slick be a pescatarian if I didn’t love me a good porterhouse steak, bbq and tacos! I mean, really I just love to eat.

Ain’t no shame in my game. (flips hair)

Nonetheless, I try to balance my ogre (think pretty version of Fiona in Shrek) pregnancy appetite with healthy options. Salads are a course an easy healthy option but I feel like I ALWAYS eat chicken salads. From time to time, I like to switch it up and add salmon for a fresh, light and swankier taste. Recipe below!

Ingredients for Pan Seared Salmon:

Salmon filet

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Olive Oil



Salmon is a very delicate fish and you have to ensure to prepare it correctly or it’ll be tough instead of its intended light and flaky texture!



Season salmon with lemon pepper and black pepper by generously sprinkling on top.

Rub in seasoning with your fingers to evenly distribute and create an outer coating

Heat pan on medium ‚Äď high (cast iron is my favorite) with just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the skillet to ensure your salmon doesn‚Äôt stick!

Place salmon in skillet (non-skin side face down) and let sear for 3 minutes.

The best way to know when to flip the salmon, as with all fish, is by testing it with a little trick! With a spatula, try to flip it. If you feel hesitation, it’s not ready!

Once ready, flip then cook on the other side for another 3 minutes. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze fresh lemon juice for refreshing lemony taste!

Top salmon on your favorite salad mixture! For me, it is baby romaine lettuce, spinach, avocado, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. Healthy and delecatble meal in under 20 minutes!

How did you yours come out?

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Baby Brown’s Gender Reveal!

The time is here to find out the gender of Baby Brown!

In preparation for the party, I knew I wanted a simple menu with delectable appetizers under the theme of “beau” or “bow.” ¬†The menu consisted of “baby” items that were small and/or bite size such as baby quesadillas, baby meatballs, beef sliders, mini¬†pulled chicken bbq sandwiches, baby carrots, cucumbers and broccoli, fruit cups, ¬†taco dip, salsa¬†with scoops chips & salsa and cake pops!



We really wanted to be completely surprised and find out with all of your loved ones! In order to keep it a complete surprise, we had the doctor write down the gender of the baby and seal the envelope before giving it to us.


We had NO CLUE of the baby’s gender! Then, we took the envelope, blue and pink confetti to Jewel-Osco, ironically Party City will not fill the balloon with confetti, and had them fill the balloon with the correct color confetti! It was not until we popped the balloon that we found out with every one!


Outfit details, click links below to shop my look! 

 White Button Up Shirt Dress

White Corset Waist Belt

Gold Jeweled Choker


Did I mention I made my own SnapChat filter?


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Meet the Browns: Pregnancy Announcement!

I’ve been keeping a secrettttttt ūüėŹ We are very excited to share the newest member of the Brown family will be joining us September 2017!

Did I design custom shirts for the whole family for a mini pregnancy announcement photo shoot? Ummmm is my name Ruby? ūüė©ūüėā Yassss for the dramatics, I LIVEEEEE! Y’all don’t know how excited I am to finally take these photos and share the news with the world!

Now that the cats out the bag. Feel free to drop suggestions on how to stay healthy during pregnancy while wanting to eat like an ogre ūüė© I’m hungry now. Signing off, got to go eat. We liveeee baby!

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Outfit Post: Birthday Brunch Jumpsuit & Jewelry Details

Outfit Post:

Birthday Brunch Jumpsuit & Jewelry Details

I absolutely loved my birthday brunch outfit and obviously many of you did too with the messages and comments I received asking about my outfit details. Sharing is caring so I am spilling the tea here! It was simply encompassed of all of the features I was looking to have for the day:

  1. Sexy
  2. Flowy
  3. Comfortable

*In my Whitney Houston Voice* Above alllllll this, I needed comfortttt-errrrrrt. And IIIIII, EEE-IIIII, will always love food-oooo-od! 


*Clears Throat* ¬†Um, yeah. I’m back.
Anywho, my birthday brunch was at Fremont in Chicago which is a

brunch buffet with bottomless etaimosas and a day party feel with a live dj the entire day. Grandma l
oves to eat so she needed space for the endless options of prime rib, made to order omelettes & waffles, oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc. With the amazing spread of brunch option

s, I needed an outfit¬†that wouldn’t reveal too much of my¬†consumption. As many food posts that I have done, y’all know I like to eat. Eat, dance, drink, repeat = Sunday Funday!


One of my all time favorite places to shop is Amazon specifically because of Amazon Prime. Order your outfit, get it in 2 days with free shipping and free return shipping if it doesn’t fit!

When it comes to shopping online, everyone always asks how do I find outfits especially since I am not a model size 0. Let’s be clear, I live for the reviews hunty. Reviewers are typically quick to leave feedback with a picture showing them with actual product on. If the it¬†doesn’t look legit, I do NOT commit. (Barsssss!) ¬†With that being said, this item had great reviews and it was prime. Ordered it, tried it on and babyyyyyyy I was sold!

Outfit Details:

Outfit: Latte Jumpsuit link

Jewelry: Branded Royalty Choker link, Midi Connecting Rings link


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Don’t throw those roses away! DIY Rose Body Scrub & Rose Potpourri Pouch

Rinse. Reuse. recycle. As my mom always says, “Once you buy it, you can do what you want with it!” Well, Bay bought these roses for me but I am going to repurpose them to get the most out of the beauties. It’s been a week and they have held up magnificently but let’s face it, they will begin to wilt sooner than later. In this post, I will highlight 2 quick ways you can repurpose your roses!

FIRST: Unless your roses are organic, make sure to remove all pesticides by soaking the roses in baking soda for 15-20 minutes. You do not want to use roses/flowers with pesticides on your skin.

#1 Rose Body Scrub

Body scrubs are amazing to¬†gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer layer of skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers.


1 cups Epsom Salt
3/4 cup baking soda
1 Rose
For Fragrance: Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil (Do NOT use NOT home fragrance on your skin!)


#2: Rose Potpourri Pouch  

Place them in your dresser drawers, closets or shoes to add a fresh fragrance to  them! Great to place in storage containers, cupboard to create fragrant aromas!

1 Organza Pouch

1 Rose

For Fragrance:  Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil


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Get Ready with Me Date Night Look Video Collaboration!

Ms. Rika of @RikaGlam and I loved filming a cute and easy get ready video featuring some pieces from the collection. While I helped Erika accessorize her outfit,  she gave me a quick makeup beat to the GAWDSSSSS before my hot date.

Keep up with us! 

Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger Ruby
Twitter: @ToBeRuby
Instagram:  @ToBeRuby

Facebook: @ToBeRuby


Makeup Artist Rika
Instagram: @GlamRika
Twitter:  @GlamRika


Jewelry Company, Branded Royalty

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Stuffed Bell Peppers in 5 Steps

Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

When you want to be fake fancy while serving a real family, this¬†is a quick and easy go to! The reality is, who has time to live in the kitchen when there’s a list of other things to tackle such as drinking wine and catching up on your shows? Not I said the cat, not I. Look, don’t judge me.


4 Green Peppers

1lb Ground Turkey or Ground Beef

1/2 cup of brown rice (Get that minute rice if you have to, shoot!)

1/2 cup water

1 Medium Red Onion

1 Garlic Clove

1 teaspooon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 can of tomato sauce

Only 5 Steps, then hit play on your DVR!

  1. The rice will always take the longest! Add rice and water into pot until boiling point. Then, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 to get it percolating. (It’s time for the perculator, it’s time for the perculator. Dewwwww Dewwwww! Ok, ok, ok I am back!)
  2. Ground turkey¬†is tricky to cook, if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m not going to leave you hangin’ playa! Chop onions, garlic clove and season ground turkey with black pepper, onion powder and Lawrys at the very beginning! Ground turkey has to absorb that flavor or it will be bland. If you’re using ground beef, feel free to season throughout the browingine process. Stir constantly who mincing the meat.
  3. While the rice and meat cooking, you can prepare your green peppers. You can either chop the green peppers in half through the stem or cut the top off. It is all a matter of preference. I prefer them cut horizontally as they seem to cook evenly and are easier to season. Drizzle peppers with olive oil, salt and pepper to ensure they have flavor, too. Place on glass or non stick dish with opening face up.
  4. Mix rice, ground meat, tomato sauce and fill the green peppers with the mixture. Cover them with aluminum foil and place in oven for 25 minutes. add cheese for the last 5 minutes for the finishing touches.
  5. Serve on swanking table setting with garnish of your choice. Oh, you fancy huh?!

Want to be fancy? Use long sweet peppers to swank up your next dinner party!

Want to be healthier? Hold the cheese!


What’s your favorite quick and easy dinner recipes?

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Trap Transalations

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-8-18-52-pmIf you know me, you know I love all music. From one of my first purchased albums being¬†¬†Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill to, ironically, my next favorite album being¬†Jagged Edge, Jagged Little Pill. Jagged Edge is my favorite group of ALL TIME! Point blank period. Owned all their albums and still listen to them to this day! “Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!”“Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!”¬†I digress. I know, I know the sidetracking in me never left. I love to paint a story, I can’t help it ūüėā

Now, that’s the r&b/pop side of me who you will catch listening to Trey Songz on repeat, my favorite male artist (Have y’all listen to his covers? His mixtape are equivocal to his albums! Yuuuup), being a Belieber and of course sipping on my Lemonade with Yonce. The other side of me, loves trappin’ out the bando. ¬†Yes, I mean Future, Torey Lanez, ¬†2 Chainz and artist alike. ūüĎÄ

Are you judging me?

Like one of my mentors in my head, Shonda Rhimes, THE SHONDA RHIMES says in her book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, you will not come up on my page judging me.

There is something about working tay_tay_fall_down.gif
out hearing the rap music blare in your ear motivating you to get snatched while you find your “tempo like I’m DJ mustard whew!”
or motivating you to just get it done -whatever “it” is. No excuses. No complaints. Just trapping out the bando!

Besides random mumbling of disoriented lyrics with lack of substance that some rap songs have, sometimes all you need is a good beat. Like people kill me thinking everything has to be deep! Not all music is deep. Some music is specifically made for you to wipe off your head, shoulders, knees, toes because you ON! B-O-O-S-I-E B-A-D – ok, sorry I just mentally got turned up. I’m back, I’m back.! My point is there’s good music with clear meaning, depth and strong messaging, dance music with fun catchy lyrics to make you pop lock and drop it and some music that falls in between.

In this edition of Trappin Translations, we will visit the contributions of the orginator of one of my favorite motivational songs in the fine art of rap. Big Sean (Boooooiii!) is the artist whom created ¬†“Bounce Back.” The lyrics read,

Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks

Trap Transalation:

Let’s talk about this, last night he took an L also known as a loss but by the end of the night he was able to bounce back. He was able to recuperate what he had loss rather it be his focus, his ability to achieve a goal or a certain amount of funds. ¬†Despite the situation that could have defeated him, discouraged him from pushing forward to prosper in his day, he was able to persevere by the end of that very same day. Talking about motivation?!?

Rather wanting to start your own business, climbing the corporate ladder, you should want to have this same mindset that one day can change anything!

Any day that you don’t, as Big Sean says in this song, wake up in “beast modeeee”, or not dedicated to your craft or showcasing your talents is a day that you can miss out on that opportunity! You never know who is watching you or whom you may encounter that day. It could be a influential customer who unexpectedly promotes your business or senior management who notices the astounding work your have been doing on a project. You just never know!

What is one of your favorite rap/trap songs? If you would like for me to review a certain song, drop your suggestions below!

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New Year’s Eve Traditions

New Year’s Eve Traditions

The good ole country girl in me knows there are certain traditions that you just have to uphold when it comes to New Years Eve or your whole year will be bamboozled, hoodwinked, ran a muck, led astray!

How you start the new year, is how you end it!

You can not, I repeat, cannot go into the new year with a dirty house. Of course, your house should be clean all year but this is a special kind of cleaning, like the cleaning your mom made you do when on punishment. I mean, scrubbing base boards, wiping down walls, dusting, washing and folding all clothes in the house. Like good ole old school cleaning. Yes, today, I will be the Black Cinderella! Clean your house, clean your old habits and clean out the old to welcome the new!.

New Year’s Eve Meal

Now once again, y’all know I am a southern belle. M.I. crooked letter crooked letter I hump back hump back I, to be specific. So, of course one of the dishes to eat on New Year’s Eve will be good and country.giphy.gif

Black eyed peas are know to bring good luck into your new year! They should be partnered with¬†green vegetables as they are supposed to reflect the welcoming of money into your new year. I don’t know about you, but I am def trying to be cashed out. Fish are lucky ¬†for multiple reasons such as swimming forward and progressing in life!

Our whole meal tonight will be black eyed peas, cabbage, corn bread and fried catfish with my favorite Frank’s Red Hot, Hot Sauce. The sauce doesn’t resemble anything for the new year besides good flavor in ya’ ear or should I say mouth. Tasty! Now, my aunt just called and told us that lobster tails are on sale ūüĎÄ We may have to slide those on the plate, too. I mean, why not? ūüėŹ

Midnight Kiss

I believe in spending New Year’s Eve with those you love the most whether they are family and/or friends. This year, we are keeping it simple with my husband, son and parents. At the stroke of midnight, I will be sharing a kiss with my bunny aka Bay and my little hunny. Excited to bring in the new year with those I love the most!

Tomorrow, I will sit down and clearly finalize all of my goals for 2017. What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done!

What are your New Year’s Eve Traditions?

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Outfit: Forgiving look after Thanksgiving ūüĎÄ


It is that awkward time of year where you want to start thinking about getting snatched to the GAWDS in preparation for the whole ‚ÄúNew Year me‚ÄĚ mantra. ūüôĄ At the same breath (or bite), you also want to eat everything in sight from holiday leftovers, drink hot chocolate by the fireplace while watching your favorite holiday movies or eat all the random treats your coworkers bring into work (only the store bought ones because some people will play with their dogs¬†before they hand roll those cookies for the department potluck. Oh, you wanted to know the special ingredient in her recipe? It‚Äôs dog hair. I am a dog lover and have 2 myself BUT I love food sanitation, too.) I digress.

If you‚Äôre like me, you have this inner battle of eating healthy, working out and living your life it’s golden. At the same token, sometimes you really just want to embrace those carbs and chocolate because life is too short to worry about what you‚Äôre eating. The gag is, life will actually be much shorter if we don‚Äôt pay attention to what we are eating.

In the meantime, I am wearing outfits that are forgiving after Thanksgiving. We all know about trying to hide that roll trying form from those Thanksgiving yeast rolls. ūüĎĬ†But, I‚Äôm still cruteee though ūüíĀūüŹĹ.¬†I love to put some stank on this outfit by adding knee high boots or remove some, not all, of thy stank by wearing cute flat boots and leggings. Cozy yet flattering.¬†#ToBeRuby

Get the look!

Choker: Branded Royalty Comes in gold, too!

Outfit: Grey Sweater Dress

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