Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5 Delicious Recipes to try on Valentine's Day!


It's almost Valentine's Day, and for those who love to give sweets or just like to make them for themselves, I found some absolutely drool-worthy recipes! I might have to try the Valentine's Day Chocolate Chip cookies. Who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie?

If you see a (K), know that it's also a kid-friendly recipe that little ones can help with!
Valentine's Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Oreo Truffles Valentine's Hearts
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2. Oreo Truffles Valentine's Hearts from Oh My God Chocolate Desserts


Cake Heart Pops
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3. Valentine's Day Vanilla Cake Heart Pops from Celeb Baby Laundry (K)



Cherry Heart Pies
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4. Valentine's Day Cherry Heart Pies from Frugal Coupon Living


Raspberry Rolls
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5. Heart Shaped Raspberry Rolls from Imperial Sugar



Have fun, and if you try any of these, let me know how they turn out!
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

#PlantStemCellTherapy repairs your skin! #MadeFromEarth

I was NOT compensated for this post. I received a FREE product to facilitate this review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

Plant Stem Cell Therapy

We all strive to have good skin. Not only to make us look good, but feel good as well. When your skin is damaged, you tend to be more self-conscious. This might not be the case for all women, but I know that I tend to be self-conscious when my skin isn't what it what it should be.

Plant Stem Cell Therapy by Made From Earth nourishes and repairs your skin using organic plant stem cells that are sustainably harvested from the Globularia Cordifolia Flower and the Undaria Pinnatifida sea vegetable. It could possibly fight fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. There are no harsh chemicals in Plant Stem Cell Therapy, so you don't have to worry about what further damage it could do to your precious skin.

Made From Earth offers only the highest quality of organic beauty products. Their products are organic, holistic, and chemical-free. They don't test on animals and don't work with any partners that do. (Way to go, Made From Earth!)

If you love lip balm as much as I do, they have chemical-free lip balm made of beeswax, nut extracts, and organic vegetable oils. The Blueberry Lip Balm sounds good to me! But they don't have just lip balm. You can get serum that targets specific areas, moisturizers, and even bath products! (I am dying to try the Patchouli Herb soap!) They also have products for certain skin types, including the acne prone, those that have combination/oily, dry/mature, and sensitive skin.

If you're looking for beauty products that are certified organic and that are farm as well as sourced in the US, you might want to give Made From Earth a try.

Be sure to follow Made From Earth on Facbook and Twitter!

BUY
You can purchase Plant Stem Cell Therapy for $54.99.

WHAT I THOUGHT
plant stem cell therapy

I have okay skin. It's not the best, but it certainly isn't the worst. This year, however, I decided that I was going to take better care of my skin. I stopped drinking soda and started drinking more water, to keep my skin hydrated. If I'm going to be in the sun for a while, I try to use a non-drying SPF. While all of that helps keep my current skin healthy, my skin isn't exactly glowing and there are some areas where it could use more healing.

When I was asked to review Plant Stem Cell Therapy by Made From Earth, I have to be honest - I had never heard of using plant stem cells for beauty products. I actually Googled what it was all about and was quite impressed.

First off, it smells GREAT. It's kind of floral, with a little tropical undertone. When I put it on, it went on very smooth. It wasn't greasy at all, and even left my fingers feeling soft.

After a week of using it, I noticed my skin was getting brighter! I kind of have dull skin, which makes it hard to put makeup on without me looking washed out. I can tell that my skin is getting healthier, and even glowing a little. The moisturizer is even making my skin soft, and plump.

It doesn't say how often to apply it, so I use it once in the morning and once in the evening. I've noticed that it tends to work better after a shower. However, this may not be the case for everyone.

Ya know, I'm not so sure I can ever go back to a chemical-filled beauty product when I know that Plant Stem Cell Therapy is working for me. What can I say - I love it!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sweet Heart Collector Bills Available on Swagbucks!

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Sometimes you like somebody so much you just can’t find the words. Some people might think it’s cheesy to use somebody else’s words to convey feelings but wouldn’t that eliminate most of the greeting card industry? We can’t have that can we – especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner!

Not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day, some even not so fondly refer to it as Singles Awareness Day! However, there is one thing we can all agree on, we all love those small candy hearts! You know, those little pastel-colored candy hearts whose mouthfeel seems remarkably similar to chalk. It’s not so much about the taste or feel though, it’s all about the memories they trigger and how they make you feel.

Well Swagbucks has cooked up a batch of those candy hearts that are sure to make you feel great. They call them Swag Hearts!

Collect all 5 candy heart-themed Collector Bills and you’ll earn a 20 SB bonus!
For those of you who are wondering what Collector Bills are, I'm here to explain.

How Do I Get Collector Bills?
It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks Search Engine through Friday, February 12th at 11:59pm PT/Saturday, February 13th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector Bill valued at either:
  • 8 SB
  • 14 SB
  • 25 SB
  • 32 SB
  • 39 SB
What happens when I get a Collector Bill?
When you win a limited edition Collector Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bill” ledger. Collect all 5 bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB bonus!

Is it possible to collect the same Collector Bills multiple times? Yes, you could collect any of the Collector Bills multiple times by February 12th, and you receive the value of the bill each time. After all, who doesn’t love candy!

Pro Tip: Default your search engine on your browser to Swagbucks to get Collectors Bills and SB every time you google "What time is the Super Bowl?" without even thinking about it. 

Sign up for Swagbucks and start earning!
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Beauty Tip: Get healthier hair with coconut oil!

coconut oil

Having healthy hair is something all women want to have. Not only does healthy hair make us look better, but it can also make us feel better and give us more confidence.


Let me tell you a story. About a year ago, I dyed my hair black. I didn't know I was allergic to hair dye until I ended up in the emergency room with a swollen face and blisters all over my head, neck, and ears. After my allergic reaction went away, I noticed that my hair was thinning and I was losing hair. I knew it was because of my allergic reaction. It had pretty much fried my hair, including my scalp. I was scared, thinking that my hair would never go back to being as healthy and shiny as it once way. Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I learned that using coconut oil can actually restore my hair.

Before you start thinking, "Why would I want to use something I cook with?", just know that within a month, I noticed a MAJOR difference in my hair. It started looking and feeling like hair should! ALLERGY ALERT: DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO COCONUT OIL OR ITS INGREDIENTS!

How-To Use Coconut Oil for Healthy Hair

You will need the following items:

  • Coconut Oil (It must be in solid form. Liquid coconut oil is a pain to work with. It's all drippy, and not very fun.)
  • A hot towel (Fresh from the dryer, preferably.)
  • A washcloth (So you don't get oil on everything you touch.)
  • An old shirt & pants (It DOES stain clothing, so you might want to set aside a pair of pants and a shirt just for this.)
Directions
  1. Slather the coconut oil all over your scalp, front to back and side to side. Pay attention to your roots. For extra volume, slather it all over your hair too. If you have long hair, you might want to do this standing over the tub or sink. 
  2. Wrap the hot towel around your head. 
  3. Leave in for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair TWICE using your favorite shampoo. Be sure to rinse after first shampoo. Shampooing your hair once will not get all of the coconut oil out, leaving your hair with a greasy feeling. 
  5. Use your favorite conditioner. Leave in for 5-10 minutes. Rinse.
  6. Let your hair air dry, as some coconut oil residue may still remain. A hair dryer may burn the coconut oil.
For maximum results, use once a day or at least 3-4 times a week. Note: This may not work for all hair types. 

I love how my hair feels after using coconut oil, My hair has never been healthier!

What is your go-to product for getting healthy hair?
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine's Day DIY Nail Inspiration from #Julep

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Are you feeling the winter blues? Brighten up your day with one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. These looks are perfect for Valentine’s Day and will be sure sweeten your week. The nail designs below all use the same three Julep polishes and the Julep Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Save 20% off at Julep.com and score this nail art kit and any of these polishes with code LETSGET20. Remember to extend the life of your lovely new manicure with top coat!

1. Mini hearts: Use two coats of Florence, a classic camel crème polish. Let dry, then use a toothpick or the dotting tool in the Creativity Kit to make the heart with Shawn, a poppy pink polish. First make two dots, then add the bottom triangle of the heart.

2. Dots with Naked Nail: Start with a clear base coat. Create the naked naked look by cutting out a V-shape out of scotch tape and sticking it on your nail. Use Shawn, our poppy polish, to fill in around the nail around the tape. Let dry, then use theCreativity Kit dotting tool or a toothpick to make white dots using Brigitte.

3. French Stripes: Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to all nails and let dry. Then, using the striping tool in theCreativity Kit or a toothpick to add your stripes. I always use scotch tape to help make guidelines for my lines, or else they often get squiggly!

4. Heart Accent Nail: On four nails, use two coats of Shawn, a poppy crème polish. Apply two coats of Brigitte, a white crème polish, to your accent nail. Let dry. Then, with a tooth pick or Creativity Kit add the heart on white nail, starting with two dots and then filling in the rest of the heart.

Are you a polish lover? Then you should try the Julep beauty box! You can get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, skin, or nail products delivered to your door every month. Get your Valentine’s Day beauty box today, featuring the poppy polish used in these nail looks, for 50% off! Join today! Use code XOXOXO to get 50% off your first box.
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