Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to Get a Heathy Glow

Let me start by saying I do NOT think tan equals beautiful! I personally do not tan because of the risks and because I have found healthy alternatives that work for me. That being said, all things in moderation. Everyone, tanner or not, could use a little extra glow now and then especially in the gloomy winter months. This weather sucks the moisture out of even my (normally quite oily) skin. My color gets pale, pasty, and uneven. I wanted to share my trick for getting a nice healthy glow, like Blake Lively's here, when winter takes its tole on our skin.

What you Need
Your favorite moisturizer or sunscreen
Sunless tanner or cream bronzer

All you do is put a little moisturizer or sunblock in your hand, add a dab of bronzer or sunless. The darker the bronzer, the less you need. I use fake bake extreme, so I use very little which is good because too much will give you that weird sunless smell.. you know the one, not sexy! Just blend the two in your fingers quickly and rub it on your face and neck. Then wash your hands. This is a key step to avoid orange fingers :)

Yes, this is similar to using a tinted moisturizer. However, I think doing is this way gives you more of a shimmer. This alternative also gives you more control to customize. For example, my oily skin only tolerates a couple moisturizers. This allows me to use my favorite. You can also customize the color by adding more bronzer when you want to be darker.

I use this trick often. I hope you all get some use out of one of my very favorite beauty secrets!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Go Greek Yo

So slowly but surely I have been trying to eat healthier. I'm in nursing school so everyday its in my face the nutrition plays a role in our health, I have two little ones and its clear to me that they learn primarily from example, and hello tomorrow is my birthday and I am reminded I am getting older and my metabolism will not be good to me forever. My goal is to slowly integrate healthier choices into my diet and I wanted to share a couple easy changes I am making that you may want to consider.

1st is GREEK YOGURT. It taste almost identical to sour cream except its high in protein and low in fat. Such and easy and health switch. When you taste it alone you can taste a slight difference but when you mix it with food you would never know it wasn't sour cream.

Next, don't eat canned veggies. They have oddles of sodium and not much nutrients. I used to think "hmm it's a veggie so its healthy"... read the label they really aren't good I promise. Fresh or frozen is better. I usually do frozen because it is as convenient as a can and not much more expensive.

Try it! I will keep you guys posted on other ideas to eat a little healthier as I continue in my journey to stop eating like a "12 year old fat kid" as one friend described it. lol

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Passion Tea Lemonade

Im not big on coffee but now and then I enjoy indulging at Starbucks with a passion tea lemonade. It is sooo refreshing and hot pink! I decided to try it out myself so that I could safe money and indulge a little more often:)

Brew a cup of passion tea ( I used Tazo. I got a box at Walmart for like 3 dollars.)
Then you need lemonade( Whatever kind you prefer, I just used crystal light.)

Grab a glass of ice pour you tea over it then put and equal amount of lemonade in. It is that easy. No need to mess with sweeteners the lemonade does the trick. Passion tea is naturally caffeine free and since I used crystal light and no extra sweeteners its also sugar free. Hello kid friendly... but I doubt you will want to share lol

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Valentine Treat

Cajun Injector Deluxe Marinade InjChocolate covered strawberries are the ultimate Valentine's Day dessert. They are easier than you may think and you can put your own spin on them.

What You Need
Chocolate chips in your favorite flavor (dark is mine)
Heavy whipping cream (just a tad)
Your fav alcoholic beverage and a cooking syringe (if you choose to spike them, it's totally optional, I use champagne or vodka)
Wax paper helps but is not a necessity
Strawberries of course :)

What To Do
1. Rinse your strawberries and lay them out to dry. The chocolate will stick much better to dry strawberries.
2. Warm up your chocolate. You can it several ways. I cover the bottom of a sauce pan with heavy whipping cream, bring it to a boil and then stir in my chocolate chips. You can use a double broiler, which does not require heavy whipping cream, if you have one. Some people even use a microwave. Although that technique has never been successful for me.
3. Now you dip your strawberries in chocolate and place them on a plate. If you put wax paper over your plate your strawberries will come out less sloppy.
4. Place them in the fridge to set. For basic chocolate covered strawberries you can stop after step 4  and enjoy.
5. For drunken strawberries you will need a cooking syringe. Simply suck some alcohol in the syringe and inject it into the strawberry through the top. A little goes a long way you don't want them to drip.
6. If you want to decorate your strawberries melt down another shade of chocolate, if you use white you can add food coloring. Then get creative, add swirls, stripes, or polka dots. For the Super Bowl I added football laces so they looked like little footballs. The possibilities are endless.

Progressive International 4 in 1 Flavor Injector

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Beer Rinse

So you all know beer can make your waistline thicker and your eyes glassy, but did you know it can do the same things for your hair? If you want shiner hair that feels thicker try a beer rinse. 
What You Need
Just beer :) I am not a beer expert but I hear if you use real hops brewed beer as oppose to chemically altered beer it works better. 
What To Do
  1. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
  2. Pour the beer over your hair.
  3. Let it set 5-10 min
  4. Rinse
The body and shine are unfortunately temporary. They will only last until you next wash. On the bright side flat beer works too, this means if you don’t use all your beer you can save it for your next shower. This trick can help you to be less wasteful too. If you leave your beer sitting around for to long on the quickly approaching Super Bowl Sunday, you know what to do with it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DIY Headband

Headbands are so in right now! Which is great because it is an easy way to change up your hairstyle and it is an awesome way to rock 2nd or even 3rd day hair. Headbands, like all diy accessory have endless possibilities. The one I am sharing is one I just finished. It was really simple.

What You Need
  • Iron on patch
  • A small piece of fabric (I am using felt) 
  • Thin stretchy headband
  • An iron

1. Cut your felt just larger than your patch, give yourself some room to work, but too much material makes it hard to maneuver.
2. Place your headband between your patch and your material and then iron on following the instructions of your specific patch.
3. Cut around the edges of your patch so that no material is visible from the outside.
4. Put it on your head and prepare for compliments. :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Colorful Desserts

January hits me hard with birthdays. It seems like minimum, once a week we are having cake or ice cream cake. My wonderful man’s birthday is the 24th by then we are all caked out. This year I decided instead of cake or ice cream I would make him a cheesecake, strawberry is his favorite. So I grabbed a jello no bake cheesecake and some fresh strawberries. As I began to pour the cheesecake filling into the crust my 3 year old looked upset. I asked him what was wrong and he told me he wanted Daddy’s birthday cake to be blue. I replied that it would be red soon because we were going to put strawberries on top. He said “How about red and blue?” 
This picture does the color no justice!
My initial reaction was to think of a reason we could not make the cake red and blue. Then I thought why not. I grabbed the blue food coloring and stirred in a few drops. Suddenly the cheesecake filling became a beautiful light blue. After the cheesecake chilled we added strawberries and red sugar crystals. We wrote a 33 in the middle with red gel icing and the plain strawberry cheesecake I planned was transformed into a colorful nontraditional birthday cake.
It was perfect for us because it did not taste like cake or ice cream cake but it still had the look of a birthday cake. Some of you may be thinking “duh food coloring” but some of you may be like me and that “duh” will be followed by a “How didn’t I think of that?” It is amazing what can happen when you think like a 3 year old simple, creative, and fun! Try adding color to your favorite recipes to bring out your inner child. :)