Thoughts from Jasmine Archives - Blog Posts

Improve Your Financial Health

During my speaking engagements and vision board workshops, I often hear individuals say that their finances – or lack thereof – are holding them back from fully seizing their life. I admit that I’m not the most financially savvy partner in my marriage, but I want to change that in 2020. One of the tools… View Article

Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and while it is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids and adults. There’s a dark undertone to the festivities and that’s the huge amount of waste that’s produced. In fact, more than 12,500 tons of Halloween costumes get sent to landfills every year and… View Article

Margarita, anyone?

Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo    May 5th or Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexicans victory over the French in 1862, but for most Americans (at least in my household) it’s an opportunity to pay homage to Mexican culture by eating yummy Mexican food a drinking refreshing margaritas to celebrate.  Here are… View Article

Easter Recipes

Easter Sunday is right around the corner. Are you hosting your family and friends for this year’s Easter meal? If so, chances are ham or lamb are somewhere on your menu. But what about your sides…my favorite part of any meal😉!   Here are 3 easy side dish recipes designed to complement your Easter ham and a… View Article

Add a Little Spirit to Your Holiday Festivities

I’m a firm believe in signature cocktail when entertaining and I know find a cocktail for Christmas and New Years can seem like a daunting task. Here are 3 easy cocktail recipes destined to add some spirit to holiday festivities.   Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Spiced Hot Toddy   MinneApple Mulled Cider   Revel Avila… View Article

Jasmine’s Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I have a confession to make. Unlike most Americans turkey and dressing are not my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving. I’m ALL ABOUT the side dishes….collard greens, green bean casserole, salads, sweet potato soufflé, twice baked potatoes and cranberry sauce- you get the picture. Fellow foodie and local journalist, Mary Lahammer from Twin Cities… View Article

Clean, Organize and Get a Fresh Perspective this Spring

A few weeks ago I shared Spring Cleaning tips on my weekly WCCO MidMorning segment. When trees start sprouting new leaves, and bright color start popping up everywhere – that is when you know it is finally Spring! It seems like Spring into Summer is a pretty quick transition, and for me, I want to be ready… View Article

Special Delivery

Our time in Arizona is coming to an end. Before returning to the home to Minnesota I took a special road trip to deliver copies of Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Every Day.  I’m humbled, thrilled and honored to announce that Seize Your Life is available at Canyon Ranch’s Ranch Store (aka bookstore)  in Tucson, AZ.   … View Article

Guess Who’s in O, The Oprah Magazine

    Imagine my excitement when my friends at O, The Oprah Magazine invited me to participate in a fashion shoot for an article about their spring fashion collection exclusively available at Talbots. It’s not every day that a girl is styled by Adam Glassman, Creative Director for O, The Oprah Magazine.   Click here… View Article

Wendy Williams and I Discuss An Unexpected Opportunity for Change

  Thanks Wendy for the congratulatory wishes on Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day! Many of you know I have a love-hate relationship with reality TV. The Real Housewives are one of my guilty pleasures and on the other hand, I believe that reality TV is one of the reasons so many people… View Article

Not Your Mother’s Minivan

I don’t have kids, and the majority of my mommy friends drive SUVs instead of minivans. However, during a recent encounter with the Toyota Sienna, I discovered the minivans of today are nothing like the minivans moms drove during my childhood. The week before Christmas I was given an opportunity to cruise around the Twin… View Article


I’m excited to share a project with you that I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. My first book, Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day published by Minneapolis based Wise Ink Publishing will be released on January 12, 2016. This book is a labor of love and it contains tangible… View Article

Cruising Around in Arizona in a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

My friends at Mitsubishi graciously allowed me to borrow a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL during a recent trip to Scottsdale to scope out a location for an upcoming “special event.” Here are my TOP 5 Mitsubishi Outlander features and benefits. Size—> The car is solid, and I felt very comfortable driving it. It wasn’t too light… View Article

Beer and Personality Type

A few girlfriends and I recently got together for a casual “Girl’s Weekend.”  We divided up the planning and preparation of meals and activities. One of my friends, Heather Manley led us through a pumpkin beer tasting that included a few none pumpkin beers. Shortly after my girls’ weekend I discovered an article about Beer… View Article

{Event} SEIZE YOUR LIFE by Maximizing Your Personal Image

 Following the “Roadmap to Success,” Join us for a transformational experience and event focused on personal image held at the world headquarters and design studio of Minneapolis-based KOKOON.   Sara Rogers, Style Expert, Wardrobe Consultant and Trend Expert for the Mall of America will lead attendees through an interactive session on image, fashion and dressing… View Article

A Self-Confidence Boost

A person that lacks lack self-confidence is likely to feel like they cannot achieve their goals and that they are incapable of SEIZING THEIR LIFE. Those lacking confidence have the tendency to view life with a negative lens that distorts their perspective about self and what they gain accomplish in life. The good news is… View Article

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Until moving to Minnesota, I didn’t have an appreciation for state fairs.The Minnesota State Fair changed that in one visit! The Minnesota State Fair also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together is the second-biggest fair in the country and always ranks as one of the United States’ best state fairs. It last for 12 days… View Article

Jasmine’s Thoughts on the 2016 Kia Sorento

Last month my dear friend, Dara Beevas from Wise Ink Publishing  and I headed out west to California to work on a Carpe Diem writing project I’ve been trying to complete for 3 years. During our time in California, my friends at Kia let me use a brand new 2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 in… View Article

Seize the Day with a Bubble Bath

Bubble baths are one of my favorite things! I find sitting in a tub of hot water filled with bubbles and a pleasant aroma to be extremely refreshing, relaxing and calming. Bubble baths allow me to still my body and free my mind of chatter, “to do lists” and random thoughts.   No matter what… View Article

Preserve a Little of Summer’s Bounty with Canning

I’m a self-proclaimed foodie and when it comes to food not only do I enjoy eating out, I love preparing a home-cooked meal with fresh and local ingredients.  The past few years I’ve extended my enjoyment of the garden goodies my friends and neighbors share with me by canning tomatoes, corn relish, and pickles. I’ve… View Article