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Summer Reading

17 Jul

Sometimes theres nothing better than enjoying summer by the pool with a good book in hand! Here’s some of my recent favorites and a few that are next up on my list.

The List!

What are YOU reading this summer?!

Color Me Coral

2 May

Coral is one of my favorite colors to soak up throughout the warmer seasons! Coral can be described as many different hues, but the main shade is pinkish-orange. You can travel down either end of the coral spectrum though and get more pink based corals (think light pinks with a dash of light/bright orange) or you can go for a more redish-coral which tend to be uber bright and question yourself if its a hot red you’re looking at, or if it indeed is hot/bright orange. Either way, it’s a fabulous to color and my latest obsession! Enjoy!

Bobbi Brown Lip Shine in Nectarine, $22

 

OPI in My Chihuahua Bites, $8

 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Nectar, $38

 

Revlon Lipgloss in Coral Reef, $6

 

Josie Maran Magic Marker, Lip & Cheek Stain in Jive, $19

WFC: Day 3

11 Nov

I’m surving!

I’m on day 3 of the wheat free challenge and so far- I’m holding in there! I don’t exactly miss bread, but I have had to start actually thinking about my meals ahead of time, and opt for bread substitutes. Instead of toast at breakfast I went for a sliced apple with peanut butter. All the fiber filled me up and I felt good! My bestie Claire has even joined in on the challenge and instead of having a sandwich for lunch, she made a few turkey & cheese roll ups instead.

It’s especially eye opening to go eat at a restaurant and realize how many wheat products are in everything! Croutons in the salad, noodles in the soup, bread baskets, pizza, cookies– the list goes on and on! But the wheat free challenge can be easy. I substituted corn tortillas in enchiladas rather than flour (recipe coming tomorrow!) and I’ve had great support from my cousin Meagan! She is the proud mom of 3 kids– and her two sons are allergic to gluten, soy, and dairy. Can you imagine trying to make a meal with those restrictions?! Well she does– all the time! She’s a great chef and has posted a month’s worth of gluten free meals on her blog!

In other news, I’ve found that my favorite replacement for beer is a bloody mary. Spicy tomato juice with some vodka– yum! And probably the closest you can get to having a “healthy cocktail”! And below, everything you ever wanted to know about the bloody mary. Enjoy!

History:

Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920s by an American bartender, Fernand Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The original recipe called for equal parts of vodka and tomato juice In 1934, Petiot added black and cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and lemon juice to spice up the drink for New Yorkers when he moved back to the States and worked at the King Cole Bar, St. Regis. Petiot notes, “one of the boys suggested we call the drink Bloody Mary because it reminded him of the Bucket of Bloody Club in Chicago, and a girl there named Mary.”

Ingredients:
– 2 oz vodka
– 3 oz Tomoto Juice
– 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
– Black Pepper & Salt
– 3 dashes Worcestershire
– 2 drops tabasco sauce
– Garnish: Lemon Wedge, Celery
– Glassware: Highball Glass

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice. Garnish with the lemon wedge.

Thanks CocktailTimes.com!

so many uses for… PUMPKIN!

3 Nov

I love this time of year! The cooler weather has settled, football is being played every weekend, the leaves are turning colors, and we have a whole string of holidays on the horizon! But with Halloween behind us, it’s the perfect time to use the pumpkins you have sitting around your house! Pumpkin is delicious and makes for some great fall decorations, but it’s even better for your skin!

And whyyyy would you want to put pumpkin on your skin, you may be asking… Well pumpkin puree is filled with enzymes and antioxidants that have similarities to a gentle alpha-hydroxy action. Pumpkins are also filled with beta-carotene, which gives the pumpkins it’s orange color. Here’s the benefits to these great ingredients:

  • Alpha-hydroxy  acids are one of the main ingredients used to fight lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and acne, because the acids gently remove and exfoliate dead skin cells, which naturally promotes collagen growth underneath.
  • Beta-Carotene is an organic compound with a red-orange color (found in other veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes!). It has many benefits because it is mainly composed of Vitamin A— a skin care must because its promotes collagen growth as well. Lately, Vitamin A has been found in a slew of face products under the name Retinol, an ingredient used to fight lines, wrinkles and help with acne.

Who knew pumpkins had so many great and healthy benefits packed inside?! Pumpkin puree has two of the top anti-aging skin care ingredients and below you will find an easy recipe to make puree, as well as recipes to use it in!

Pumpkin Puree:

You will need

  • 1- 4 lb. pumpkin (sugar pie or ‘pie pumpkin’ kind rather than jack-o-latern because they’re too tough and stringy)
  • 1 cup water
  • knives
  • roasting pan
  • food processor (or blender)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Split the pumpkin in half and seed, while also removing stringy fibers.
  3. Place the flat cut sides facing down in a roasting pan with 1 cup water.
  4. Bake the pumpkin until extremely tender (about 90 minutes).
  5. Scoop the flesh out of each half.
  6. Put the flesh in the food processor (or blender), fitted with a metal chopping blade, until smooth.
  7. Store in a container to use in recipes!

(*if you don’t have the time to make your own puree, consider buying organic canned pumpkin!)

With puree in hand, here are two great recipes for a mask & scrub!

 

Pumpkin Facial Mask:

2 tsp cooked or canned pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp honey

1/4 teaspoon milk or yogurt

1. Combine all ingredients and apply to clean face (avoiding the eye area)

2. All mask to remain on skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow up with your usual moisturizer.

 

Pumpkin, Sugar, and Spice Scrub

1/2 c. cooked or canned pumpkin puree

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1. combine all ingredients

2. Standing in a tub or shower, apply mixture to body while gently scrubbing in a circular motion. (do not use on face area)

3. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 

Enjoy! 🙂