Sunday, July 31, 2011

Interested in How to Bring Your Old Wood Furniture Back to Life?

To refinish antiques or if you want to restore your old wood furniture back to its former glory, I have an interesting formula you may like.  Use equal parts of linseed oil, white vinegar, and turpentine and rub into your furniture or wood with a soft cloth.  This technique requires a lot of rubbing but it is worth the effort.

Another neat trick I discovered in for covering up knicks and scratches if you have dark wood furniture.  All you do is to make a thick paste from instant coffee and a little water. 

Next, you rub this mixture only into the knicks and scratches with a soft cloth.  You will be nicely surprised once this settles into those blemishes because it does an excellent job of fixing those problems. 

However, this coffee paste is not recommended to use on light wood!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

How Saying Thank You Can Radically Change Your Mind Set for the Better!

You may read the title of this post and laugh at how two simple words could possibly change the way you think or feel.  But, I assure you that there is great power behind that particular set of words once you take the time to remember to thank.

If you are in doubt, I dare you the next time the occasion comes up to say thank you and watch how a smile appears on the recipient's face when you remember to acknowledge their kindness through those two words.  Smiles are contagious.  You, too, will smile while feeling uplifted and suddenly happier in return.

Try to write thank-you notes and e-mails to those that do something nice for you.  Remember that saying what goes around, comes around?  Taking that minute to remember another's kindness toward you will do wonders for positively changing that person's day but also for yourself as well. 

Good things do happen to good people is a true statement because you will find in practicing saying thank you that you attract more positive people, things, and events into your life.

Even when you need to make an effort to say thank you when stressed or angry, do yourself a favor and try to remember uttering those two words aloud.  If no one did anything that needs your thanks right then, what is in your life that you are thankful for?  Look deeply past your problem or situation and in front of a mirror say thank you for what you have--your family, a wife, a husband, the children, your health, a job, perhaps?  Things always can be worst.  But, you are lucky because you have those people and things in your life!  The actual realization and practice of speaking those two words can turn bad negative thoughts into happy positive ones before you know it.

Do something out of the ordinary to help yourself today and call or write someone that last did something nice for you that you never got around to thanking.  I guarantee you that if you practice this rule of incorporating thank you into your life that it will change both your mind set and life for the better!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Make My Easy Homemade Cake Mix for a Variety of Cakes!

Let me share a great recipe with you to make your own homemade cake mix to have on hand.  This particular cake is better suited for a sheet cake than a layer cake.  However, it is delicious and very convenient to keep ready in your refrigerator (if using a margarine) or your pantry (if you prefer shortening) for those times when you crave something sweet and just don't feel like working!

What is really nice about this basic recipe is that you can use a healthier margarine and avoid preservatives and all those trans fats that come in packaged cake mixes.  You can also make a smaller 8" or 9" cake.

Another wonderful thing about this cake is that you can alter this basic cake mix recipe to get a few different cakes out of the same mix!  I will show you how a couple of changes will turn that basic recipe into a Yellow Cake, Chocolate Cake, Orange Cake or Lemon Cake snack cake like magic.

Trust me, you will love this fabulous timesaving recipe! 

Homemade Basic Cake Mix--Nuts Style!

3 cups of sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups of sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons of baking powder (I use Rumford only because it does not contain aluminum!)
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of margarine (Be careful to make sure the package states margarine, not spread.  A spread will never work for baking due to the high amount of water.  You can also use a shortening, which is less healthy in my opinion but it works as well.)

Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl or your food processor.  Mix together or process a few seconds before adding your margarine or shortening.  Work this mixture with your fingers or process it until it resembles cornmeal texture.  Store the margarine version in the refrigerator or the shortening one at room temperature.  This makes about 6 to 7 cups of mix.

To Make My Yellow Snack Cake:

2 cups of Basic Mix
1/2 cup of milk
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.  Grease an 8 or 9" square baking pan.   Stir the mix first before adding the rest of the ingredients in your bowl before pouring into a greased baking pan.  Bake about 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

To Make Chocolate Snack Cake Version:

2 cups of Basic Mix
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup of very cold or ice water
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Prepare the same way as I instructed when making the yellow cake.

To Make Orange or Lemon Snack Cake Version:

2 cups of Basic Mix
1 large egg, slightly beatne
1 tablespoon of grated orange (for orange cake) or lemon peel (for lemon cake)
1/4 cup of either orange juice (for orange cake) or lemon juice (for lemon cake)
1/4 cup water

Prepare the same way as I originally instructed when making the yellow cake.
 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NATURAL COLD PROTECTION: Beeyoutiful's Vitamin C and Odorless Garlic Supplements Review + GIVEAWAY!--Ends August 16, 2011

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Cold and the flu season is just around the corner.  Besides getting a flu vaccine, you can take extra precautions for keeping illness away with adding two important products from Beeyoutiful like Gentle-C with Bioflavonoids and their Odorless Garlic supplement that I was sent for this review and giveaway.
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 Beeyoutiful's Vitamin C and Odorless Garlic Supplements

For those of you that regularly read my blog, you know how highly I think of fresh garlic.  It is a natural antibiotic and unlike commercial antibiotics, you cannot become immune to it!  I  use fresh garlic when I start to feel sick, especially when antihistamines fail to give me relief and you still have a headache.  This is the time I start eating lots of fresh, (not cooked) garlic throughout the day on toast or topped on crackers with a bean spread. 

Garlic also is reputed to clean out arteries.  Those battling a cholesterol problem might also benefit incorporating garlic into their diet. 

The down side of using fresh garlic is that you will stink unless you start feeding the entire family some also.  Another fault of this truly effective natural antibiotic is that even mouthwash fails to help much after eating lots of it because the smell seems to escape from your pores.  Nonetheless, if you are home and feel ill and want to use this cure first before finally getting hold of your doctor and that long wait until your appointment, you definitely should try fresh garlic.

However, you have another option with Beeyoutiful's Odorless Garlic to avoid being offensive.  Each capsule you take is equivalent to one whole clove of garlic.  Instead of chopping, you can just swallow and safely be in public or at work as this powerful supplement helps make you feel better.

Gentle-C with Bioflavonoids can help build up your resistance from germs with Vitamin C and Calcium from Calcium Ascorbate as well as Citrus Bioflavonoids.  My allergist used to always recommend 250 mg. of Vitamin C four times a day to help keep my immunity strong during cold weather.  Calcium and the Citrus Bioflavonoids are an extra benefit of this particular formula.

These Beeyoutiful products are great preventative measures. Likewise, I am impressed with the quality and do recommend this natural health and nutritional company. Their customer service can answer any questions through phone at 1-800-993-8790, online chat or email them at customercare@beeyoutiful.com.

Find Beeyoutiful on their website, facebook,  or check out  Steph's blog, Steve's blog, or for more helpful advice visit their health forum. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are You in Need of Some Instant Energy?

The next time you feel tired, but still need to keep on going, you could try these simple tips to pep up. 

Stretching out on your bed or sofa for just five minutes for a short cat nap can do wonders to restore that zapped energy. 

Another way is to drink plenty of cold water through the day.  According to certain studies, energy levels improve when drinking small amounts of chilled water every 30 minutes all day long makes a tremendous difference.  When you feel exceptionally tired after a chore, then reach for that glass of chilled water and drink!

If you're sitting too long at a desk for a while, then get up and take a break.  Go for a short, but brisk walk to get your circulation working and that blood pumping.  If you're at work, you can get that energy back by walking swiftly down the hall. 

For those tied to the computer, you can disconnect and head outdoors for a short jaunt around the block.  Another idea is to use your stairs like a stair master a few times to get your blood pumping.  The idea is moving more increases energy. 

Acupressure is an amazing thing I highly recommend  as well as for some aches and pains, such as from an injury resulting in a muscle spasm.  Along your outer ear is where a lot of your head's pressure points are found.  You know when you locate a pressure point when it hurts compared to another non-painful spot along that area.  When you find that trigger point, you pinch that piece of outer ear and hold for a short time and then keep moving until you find the next trigger point.

I use acupressure all the time for different things.  This method helps quite a bit sometimes better than some drugs in my personal experience.  The only problem is sometimes finding the trigger points exact location on your body according to some published diagrams to accompany the book.

Snacking differently on nuts, raisins, and fruits instead of candy can help you sustain your energy levels better than jumping around sporadically like it does with typical junk food.

Hopefully, you will go from feeling blah to good again sooner than you think once you try these suggestions!
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Better Oats mmm...Muffins Blueberry Instant Oatmeal Review & Case of Instant Oatmeal Giveaway!--Ends August 11, 2011

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Better Oats mmm...Muffins Blueberry Instant Oatmeal 
When time is short and you need a healthy breakfast in a hurry, then you will like Better Oats products that I recently was sent for this review and giveaway to celebrate national blueberry month with their mmm...Muffins Blueberry instant oatmeal.

What's special about these products are how nutritious they also are with 100% whole grain oats, flax seeds (a natural source of Omega-3 and fiber), free of trans-fat and cholesterol, and are a great way to get your vitamins A and E.

They come in a bounty of delicious brands with different textures and flavors as well to please everyone in your family from Abundance (Apples & Cinnamon and Maple & Brown Sugar), Oat Revolution (Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, Cinnamon & Spice, Peaches & Cream, Strawberries & Cream, and Cinnamon Roll), Oat Fit (Maple & Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Roll), Oat Revolution Thick & Hearty (Apples & Cinnamon and Maple & Brown Sugar), Good ' Hearty (Classic, Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon), Lavish (Dark Chocolate), Raw Pure & Simple, (Bare, Chai Spiced, and Cinnamon Plum Spiced), mmm... Muffins (Blueberry and Maple Streudel) and Mom's Best Naturals (Maple & Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate, Apples & Cinnamon).

Each package has five individual servings to make in the microwave.  You add one-half cup of water per bowl and cook for two minutes.  The nice thing about this product is the packet can be used as your measuring cup, which makes this ideal for the microwave at work!

We added a little milk to the mmm...Muffins Blueberry and no sugar was needed.  The oatmeal was tasty, but  slightly gluey in texture compared to cooking your own traditional oatmeal on the stove. 

However, these products can't be beat if you need something quick and better for your body than grabbing a doughnut or skipping breakfast because you don't want to dirty a pot.

Currently, Better Oats is running a "I Love Better Oats" video contest on Facebook until July 31, 2011 where the grand prize is a two year supply of Better Oats and the first 50 entries will receive six boxes.  All you do is to make a less than 60 second video telling the company why you love their oatmeal.  HURRY!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Redken 5th Avenue Color Extend Sun Hair Care Line Review & Giveaway!--Ends August 15, 2011

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The hair miracle workers at Redken 5th Avenue have developed new products to help defend your hair from sun damage with their Color Extend Sun Hair Care Line.  You can say a good-bye to sun-fried hair now and in the future with these three fantastic products that I recently tested for this review and giveaway.

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Redken 5th Avenue Color Extend Sun Hair Care Line 
Let me start by saying how thrilled I was to learn about this new system since it means I can go hatless if I prefer and stop worrying about ruining my hair in the sun or when swimming  from salt or any chlorine.  Now how great is that bit of news!

I do have a large brimmed straw hat that I wear when spending extended time in the sun.  However, though my hat is pretty with ornate trimming and a slight slant to the brim, I sometimes neglect to wear it when I have an exceptionally good hair day and hate to crush it.  Vanity can leave you with a problem of straw-like hair before you know like it did with mine again until these products arrived.

The Color Extend Sun Hair Care Protection Line has a special Interbond Conditioning System and an Advanced Hydra-Shield Complex with Soplexyl, which later I discovered does amazing things quickly for crispy, color-treated hair like mine with unbeatable continuous protection even once it's rinsed out while returning the lost moisture and incredible gloss back to your hair.

Once my box arrived I went to work on my damaged hair that was lifeless and crunched when touched so I grabbed the Color Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo.  I loved the fantastic fragrance of this product in this rich formula and followed with the award-winning Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask, the deep conditioning treatment with mango oil and ceramide to revive that mass of straw that was on my head.

I used the maximum amount of time of 15-minutes to keep the After-Sun Mask on my hair before rinsing out.  Once I finished drying my hair, I felt new vitality return.

The next day I used the Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 Spray first before going out in the sun to see how my hair would hold up.  The instructions mentioned applying it to dry or slightly damp hair thirty minutes before going outdoors.  I am glad to report when I returned home my hair still felt as soft as before I left.

I washed again with the After-Sun Shampoo and followed once more with the After-Sun Mask and my hair became even softer with a more magnificent shine. 

In fact, I can honestly report that with each use of these three products, the more glorious my hair looked!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate Review and My Best Coconut Pound Cake + GIVEAWAY!--Ends August 7, 2011

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For this review and giveaway, I thought it would be interesting to work with Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate.  Unlike the Virgin Coconut Oil that was sent to me prior for an earlier review and giveaway, this is different, being a food of certified concentrated organic whole coconut meat and not a cooking oil. 

You can use this product to make your own coconut milk by adding one or two teaspoons to a glass water.  Another great use is to flavor your coffee by stirring in one teaspoon as a non-dairy creamer.  Spread some Coconut Cream Concentrate on crackers or use it as a filling for a cookie and top with another to sandwich it in. 

Though those ways are also delicious, especially in coffee, I decided to experiment with some of this Coconut Cream Concentrate and the Virgin Coconut Oil (shortening-like consistency) to make my Best Coconut Pound Cake recipe. 

This recipe is for a fine-grained pound cake that you can make in a 10-inch tube-pan or in loaf pans.  I like to bake this cake in three small loaf pans so to avoid temptation.  This way I can freeze two loaves for later and resist eating too much at one time.  

I do hope that you will try this recipe because it is sinfully good plain without need of a glaze and keeps well!  

My Best Coconut Pound Cake

1/4 cup of margarine
1/2 cup of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil 
2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk
1 teaspoon of coconut extract or vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate

Cream margarine, virgin coconut oil, and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time.  Sift flour, salt, and soda into a separate mixing bowl.  Add slowly to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk or the sour milk.  Add your coconut or vanilla extract last.  Pour into three well greased small loaf pans or one greased 10-inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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These cakes have a fine texture crumb and practically melt in your mouth.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Some Helpful Tips for Herb Harvesting and Drying

Since nothing tastes better than fresh herbs when cooking, I make sure to plant a variety in my garden.   Harvesting your herbs should be done regularly to make sure those plants keep producing.  In fact, most herbs produce between two and three crops once you start to lose the fear of cutting the leaves too often. 

Did you know that the best time to cut plants for seasoning is before noon?  This is the best time because the dew has dried out, but before the sun had a chance to steal some of the plant's essential oils.

Soon, however, it will be time to start drying those herbs for use later on in the year.  You can use a dehydrator or simply follow this other easy method.  All I do is to wash my herbs first in cold water, then soak them for 20 minutes in a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to kill anything such as bugs that might cling to those leaves.  I rinse again with plain, cool water and drain through a colander. 

If I had something baking in the oven, I liked to insert a cookie sheet lined with those fresh herbs in afterwards to dry.  The fragrance of those herbs will permeate through your rooms in the process.

Fresh herbs will dry out even at ordinary room temperature on a plate or a cookie sheet, etc.

Herb gardening is fun and can save you money for already prepared varieties.  Another incentive to growing herbs is deer and other typical garden raiders do not pick on herbs when they come calling!

Friday, July 22, 2011

How to Safely Whiten Your Teeth Cheaply at Home!

If you want to whiten your teeth safely and inexpensively at home, you definitely need to try this technique.   I promise you it works better than some of the commercial whiteners, which are expensive and sometimes make you gag. 

I discovered this accidently when I had to get the crown that I had so much trouble with and wrote about in the importance of getting a second opinion needed to come out.  The oral surgeon told me to gargle every six hours with one teaspoon of salt to a glass a water to help the healing process after that tooth was removed.  I did this treatment for several weeks until my appointment.  However, you will start to see an improvement with continued use much sooner than you realize.

I started to notice how bright my smile was becoming.   Honestly, I watched how my teeth went whiter much better than anything I tried previously in commercial form.

Even when I finished with that problem, I continued to gargle.  I like one teaspoon to a cup of water.  This is a bit stronger, but I do this at least once a day.  My regular dentist even noticed the beautiful difference and complimented me.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

CUTCO Cutlery AMERICAN MADE Santoku-Style Cook's Combo Set Review & Giveaway!--August 10, 2011


I don't know about you, but I am tired of poor quality Chinese products that are expensive and need replacing more often than the American made.  However, CUTCO Cutlery is proud to continue their tradition of American-made excellence since 1949.   As you can imagine, I was delighted to work with this company on this review and giveaway of their Santoku-Style Cook's Combo Knife Set.

As you all know, I do a lot of cooking.  In the process, I have tried plenty of different types of knives.  Like most people, I usually had my favorite for chopping vegetables and another for meats.   Those two knives were the best for chopping in my house--that is until my CUTCO Santoku-Style Cook's Combo Set arrived!


I love how easily these knives glide through vegetables and meats to simplify cooking.  Their special step treating process to heat, treat, deep freeze, and then oven temper the high-carbon stainless steel blades ensure this top performance and durability for each of their innovative Double-D edge or straight edge blades.  Besides, their handles are comfortable to hold while being triple riveted and built to last. 


Unlike other serrated-edged knives, the CUTCO Double-D edge knife is the smaller one shown, the Santoku Trimmer, cut and trimmed meats cleaner without ripping up tissue. 
Furthermore, you can have this knife factory sharpened unlike other serrated-edge knives.

The bigger knife in this combo is the large Santoku 7-inch smooth-edged blade.  With this razor-sharp knife, I breezed through chopping vegetables in no time. 

Honestly, you can get out of the kitchen quicker if you only have the right tools like this CUTCO Santoku-Style Combo Set.  Now that I am spoiled and will never go back to my old knives.  I will  pack them in my container for the next time I want to sell some things at the flea market.

What really impressed me about CUTCO's knives is that each comes with a Forever Guarantee, that includes free lifetime sharpening and a 15-day money back guarantee. The CUTCO Santoku-Style Cook's Combo Set retails for $158 in the United States and $202 in Canada.

Purchase CUTCO knives exclusively from independent sales consultants here.  The company also offers a gift registry service as well.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Garden Botanika Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway!--Ends August 9, 2011

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Garden Botanika Mineral Makeup


As you all have noticed, I have been experimenting with mineral makeup.  I love that these products are natural without tons of possibly dangerous chemicals seeping into my skin compared to traditional cosmetics.  This time I got a chance to review and do a giveaway of some excellent  mineral makeup products from the natural beauty care experts at Garden Botanika.

I wanted to try their "She's Flawless" Mineral Concealer, a Concealer Brush, their Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain, and "She's a Natural" Baked Mineral Eyeshadows

Once my package arrived, I didn't know where to start because each looked so beautiful in their case, gleaming like rich, precious jewels.  However, I had to start somewhere so I decided to take out that nice sized concealer brush and dip it into their "She's Flawless" Mineral Concealer.  This product comes in one shade, which is just perfect.  Better yet, is how easily the angled big brush grabbed onto the pressed concealer and worked to apply coverage that vanquished my dark circles.

Next, I took out their Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain and appreciated how economical this convenient product was since it saved a consumer time and money as both a  coordinated blush and lip color in one!  The color was incredible as well.  It was more of a deep brick red (brown-red) that blended into my complexion effortlessly with sheer healthy radiance.  I also applied some to my lips and loved how this exquisite sheer color matched and felt on my lips.

The "She's a Natural" Baked Mineral Eyeshadows compact was a blast to play with.  I chose the Bronze Trio and was delighted in the striking coordinated shades.  This set went on like velvet, and really adorned my dark brown eyes in a magnificent way with such richness.

I truly believe Garden Botanika is a great company to investigate and loved everything I tried from them so far from this mineral makeup, eye cream to their perfume.  Check out their specials for great bargains or join the Garden Club for additional savings with each order.  As for myself,  I just can't wait until I discover another new fantastic product in their fine line of products.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to express an opinion.*

Thanks to Garden Botanika, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins the same full sizes of the Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry, the "She's Flawless" Mineral Concealer, and the Concealer Brush ($42 value)!


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm Nuts About My Homemade Salad Dressings!

Now that the weather is warm, you will probably want to eat lighter.  What can be more refreshing at this time of year than a crisp, fresh garden salad topped off with a homemade salad dressing?

Many consider making a salad dressing too much work.  I find the hardest part is assembling the ingredients.  After that, a few seconds in a blender or a food processor, out comes a marvelous and wholesome dressing.

The first dressing recipe that I have for you, called My Super Salad Dressing, is something you can't find on a grocery shelf in bottled form.  You can taste the influence of the Orient in its exotic makeup.  Once you try its unique flavor, it will become very habit forming!

The second recipe I hope you will try is one I love for My Ultimate French Dressing.  The creamy and slightly sweet flavor it adds to a salad is lightly accented by only a touch of onion.

If you do want to save money and know what you're eating, then invest in the few extra minutes it takes to create your own salad dressings.  Nothing can compare to the taste of homemade and I'm sure you'll agree once you whip these up!


My Super Salad Dressing

1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of grated onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon of celery salt or 1 teaspoon of fresh celery leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoon  of Soy sauce
1/4 cup Sherry or dry white wine
3/4 cup of canola oil
1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Add all the ingredients and put into a blender or food processor and blend for a few seconds until well combined.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or more to blend the flavors.  (This extremely important because if you skip this step, the taste will be altered.)  Makes one cup.


My Ultimate French Dressing

1 cup of canola oil
1 cup vinegar (any variety works)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
1 teaspoon of grated onion
1 tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce
1 cup of ketchup or tomato soup


Mix sugar, salt, mustard and Worcestershire sauce together.  Add grated onion and ketchup or tomatoe soup.  Add vinegar and pour on the oil slowly.  Place dressing in a bottle and keep refrigerated.  Makes one yummy pint!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Eve Organics Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway No.2!--Ends August 8, 2011

I have been turning more to mineral makeup as a safer alternative to conventional cosmetics with their multitude of unknown chemical ingredients.  In the process, I have discovered some wonderful companies and products that I think can help you look just as beautiful without risk to your health.  One such company I'm very fond of is Eve Organics, which I am working with again for this review and giveaway.

Besides making gorgeous cosmetics that avoid any possible toxic ingredients, Eve Organics takes safety to a new level by sealing their products to ensure absolute purity.  As a consumer, this extra step gives me peace of mind as well.

This time I was provided with full sizes of their loose mineral foundation, a setting powder, and a blush. 

Let me start by talking about the loose mineral foundation that I chose in Creme Brulee 02. This was a pale beige shade that went on like silk and gave my complexion a smooth, poreless look with natural sunscreen protection and anti-inflammatories. However, this color was lighter than I expected from the screen shot. 

I would love to review the Light Olive 03 because this would probably be more my ideal shade, but I was unsure when I originally selected a color from their foundation shots on the screen, which appeared rather dark and yellow compared to the Creme Brulee 02.  Now I think that Light Olive 03 would probably be a Light -Warm and the one closer to my coloring. 

The Tinted Setting Powder was wonderful and gave a nice finish without a powdery mask look with just the right amount of color without changing your foundation shade.  I also liked the fact you can wear this tinted setting powder as a light foundation as well.  (The Tinted Setting Powder is the darker shade in my picture).

Lastly, I selected Eve Organics Joyful Blush.  This is a stunning neutral peachy-pink in my opinion that would bring out the best glow for practically everyone.  The color is very natural and one of my favorite items from how it perks up your complexion.

I really love Eve Organics products that I tried so far.  Honestly, I do think you will love this company also once you give them a try.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Eve Organics, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins a full size Joyful Mineral Blush of their own!



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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Need a Luxurious Homemade Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment?

When your hair feels brittle and hard to the touch, you might want to try this great homemade deep conditioning hair treatment that you can make in your kitchen.  Although it's messy, it is fairly inexpensive  and restores life back to damaged hair.

Take 1/3 cup of safflower oil or any other unsaturated oil and warm first before mixing with two egg yolks. (Do not make this too hot because it soon will be on your head!)

When this mixture is lukewarm, apply this treatment to your scalp and hair for at least two hours, wrapping in aluminum foil first before a towel.

At the end when you need to rinse this treatment out, you will need to shampoo your hair about three times.  However, you will find your hair regains a beautiful softness from this recipe much like an expensive deep conditioner.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Make Your Own Restorative Mask for Dry Skin! 

I have been whipping up one facial mask in my kitchen after the next experimenting to find the best homemade beauty treatments to share with you without spending a fortune for fancy ingredients.  As a result, I have found quite a few incredible masks for a variety of skin problems in the process that I will continue to pass along from time to time like now with this simple lubricating mask. 

This is another excellent facial mask to restore the moisture to dry skin.  It might be a bit messy to wear, but it does help your complexion regain that dewy glow once you finish.

Mix one tablespoon of honey, a few drops of olive oil, and one egg yolk together until it is thick enough to spread on your clean face. 

Leave this mask on about ten minutes before rinsing off and then pat lightly to dry.  

Follow with a rose water facial spray and your complexion will become softer and more luminescent.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Are You Curious About the Six Nutrients That Women Need Most?

Making sure you are getting proper nutrition can be a challenge when you consider how our foods are processed.   Though we hope our choices are healthy, you have to wonder what the addictives, preservatives and the entire chain of getting our food from field to table are like these days in this modern world. 

However, women need to be especially careful about eating more foods with these six essential nutrients to stay healthy or supplementing them.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is found in baked sweet potatoes, bananas, skinless cooked chicken breasts, Brewer's yeast, cod, toasted Wheat germ, raw carrots, halibut, and flounder.  Without enough B6, you will be restless, moody, and unable to sleep well since it helps your nervous system work. 

Vitamin B12 is found in Brewer's yeast, tuna, sole, haddock, whole milk, plain, low-fat yogurt and hard-boiled eggs.  Without enough of this crucial nutrient, you will feel exhausted, irritable, unable to stay alert, and may even experience numbness for even a slight deficiency since this vitamin regulates the central nervous system.  

Folate or folic acid is found in cooked asparagus, raw spinach, cooked lentils, Brewer's yeast, orange juice, and cooked broccoli.  A deficiency of this nutrient can affect the brain and your reflexes since it centers around the spinal cord and acts like a switchbox of the central nervous system.  A lack of this vitamin can mean you get cold, numb legs, weight loss, severe constipation, and insomnia.  Pregnant women especially need to have enough of this vitamin in the first few weeks to ensure proper brain and spinal cord development of the baby.

Vitamin D3 is found in egg yolks, canned sardines, and cod liver oil.  Your bones, teeth and muscles will weaken if you fail to get enough of this vitamin.  This nutrient is important for protecting against autoimmune diseases, breast and ovarian cancers.  

Calcium is found in milk, almonds and tofu.  Without enough, you are at risk to develop PMS, fragile bones and high blood pressure. 

Iron is the last important nutrient you need and is found in chickpeas, shrimp, sunflower seeds, Blackstrap molasses, almonds, raisins, lentils, turkey, lima beans, peanuts, chopped spinach, haddock, cod, peas and soybeans.  A deficiency of this nutrient will result in you having a lack of energy, anemia, and an inability to concentrate because it works with brain function.

Although there is a debate over the value of vitamin supplements, I personally believe in taking them as a precaution since you do not the real value of the foods you eat these days. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dropping Pounds Made Easier With These Few Simple Tricks!

How many times do you start a diet with good intentions and end up failing for one reason or another?  However, there are some simple tricks that can help keep you on the right track toward your weight loss goals.

1.  Avoid grocery shopping while you're hungry.  

2.   Eat your meals before feeding your family.   By doing so, you will be full and more able to resist temptation of what high calorie food that could sabotage your dieting efforts.  This may sound like a silly tip, but it works.

3.   Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a list of the foods you need to make them and stick to that sheet. 

4.   Keep a food diary and jot down everything you eat.  You might be surprised how each tablespoon when cooking or just a teaspoon of peanut butter for example can add up when counting calories.

5.   Eating on smaller plates instead of oversized ones can provide an illusion to your mind that you are eating more than you actually are.  

6.   If you finish a meal and still feel not quite full, you might like to try waiting 10 minutes before looking for something else to eat.  Often, that hunger urge will pass.

7.   Brush and floss your teeth directly after dinner to resist snacking later.  Sometimes, it is good to be lazy and keep a clean mouth to avoid flossing and brushing again.

8.   Drink water with your meals to help dull your appetite.  Six to eight glasses a day acts as a diuretic and will clean your system out of impurities.

9.   Learn to stop eating in front of the television.   Eat your meals only at the table. 

10.  Make a habit of weighing yourself once a week at the same time.  Your weight does change at certain times of the day.

11.  When you feel the urge to pig out, you might try eating something sour like a pickle or lemon to suck on.  This bitter taste in your mouth could help you eliminate those cravings.

12.  Those times you need a sweet, you also need to substitute that urge for fruit, but be aware of the calories and the portion you can have.

13.  Avoiding the hunger for pastry, cakes, cookies, and ice cream is easier when it is not in your house. 

14.  Did you know that plates that are green, gray, or brown will help you eat less than orange or yellow ones?  This sounds ridiculous, but studies have shown that those colors make a difference in visual appeal and the amounts that will go into your mouth.

15.  Visualization is a helpful technique.  When you feel like giving up your diet, close your eyes and picture yourself with 10 extra pounds.  Now see yourself in your mind with another 10 pounds.  Keeping that picture in your mind, you might try asking yourself if you really want to stray off that diet.  Instead, close your eyes again and see yourself at your ideal weight.

16.  Once a week reward yourself with a treat.  If that treat is a sweet, enjoy that one designated day and eat your piece of cake, pie, ice cream--only in moderation.  The same principle goes for those treats that are fatty like regular potato chips, tortilla chips, or alcohol, etc.

17.  Eat with a small pronged fork like a cocktail fork can help with your efforts. You will not be able to shovel that much in your mouth with a smaller shovel.

18.  Eliminate breads and watch the pounds drop off your frame more.  This honestly works.

19.  Chew everything at least 10 to 20 times before swallowing. 

20.  If you love salads, I suggest that you do not mix your dressing in with your salad fixings.  Instead, keep a little dressing on the side of your plate and dip your salad into the dressing to avoid a calorie overload.

21.  Eat regular cooked meals that will fill you with nutritious real food--not convenience foods loaded with preservatives and unrealistic portions to satisfy your hunger.  

22.  The more you eat, the more you want.  Personally, I found it hardest initially to eat less.  The longer you diet, the more I believe your stomach shrinks and the less you need to eat to fill full. 

Dieting is hard enough that is why I wanted to share these helpful tips with you.  Hopefully, they will keep you strong and going!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monavé Mineral Makeup Review and Giveaway No. 2!--Ends August 2, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Monave Mineral Makeup Illuminizer #401 and Pearlescent Blush #216


If you want color that is richer naturally from minerals while also being better for your skin without chemicals, synthetics, and dyes to cause problems, then Monavé Mineral Makeup should be on your radar next time cosmetic shopping.  Wait until you hear about the new products that they sent me for this second review and giveaway because they are amazing to say the least!   I was sent a pearlescent blush, an illuminizer, five of the versatile mineral powders, and a concealer.

For my first review I tried one of Monavé's Semi-Matte Blushes in Silk Garnet #218.  This time I requested one of their Pearlescent Blushes in Mystic Rose #216.  This was a lighter shade than the Silk Garnet and stunning with a luminous quality after dusting it on.  It enhanced my cheekbones with a soft sheen of warm natural pink that looked fresh with a barely-there feel. 

I followed next with Monavé's Illuminizer in Glisten #401.  Honestly, I liked how this product lit up my face with a tender pink radiance alone or over my other blush.  I particularly loved how it looked with the darker Silk Garnet blush from the way it highlighted my cheekbones with a beam of baby pink light.

Monavé's Versatile Mineral Powders that I selected were exciting to play with because you can use them in countless ways.  Besides eye shadow, you can mix a shade (if advertised as lip safe) with gloss for a custom lip glaze.  For your own specialized nail lacquer  just take some clear coat polish, dip into your shadow and apply directly to your nails.  You can also use each as an eyeliner to a cheek contouring powder or blush.


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Monave Mineral Makeup five Versatile powders of #43, #77, #54, #60 and #1


I picked neutral shades that would look good on practically everyone in  the Versatile Mineral Powders that included:  Soft Brown #43, Driftwood #77, Neutral Lips #54, Lavender Pearl #60, and Silver #1.  To start, I experimented with Soft Brown #43, a sensational medium brown infused with a pale gold shimmer that went beyond beautiful from how it played up dark brown eyes.  

Later, I tried Driftwood #77, a rich medium brown as tempting as chocolate, slightly darker than #43 but oh, so gorgeous.  

The Neutral Lips #54 is a medium brownish-plum shimmer that I had used on my eyes, on my lips mixed with gloss, then even for contouring.  If you need to watch your cosmetic budget, you need this particular product because you can do so much with this one small pot. 

Lavender Pearl #60  looked unappealing when I first saw this beige-pink shade in the jar.  However, I received a pleasant shock once I tested it because this shade really fooled me.  What I saw was a pearlized shade of a delicate lavender that once swept over my lids really awakened my eyes, either alone or as a highlighter.

Silver #1 is a pale takeoff of timeless gray.  I used this shade both over the lid and to line and it made my eyes pop from a sheer light array of gleaming platinum.

You can make any of these Versatile Mineral Powders last longer if you mix with some water.  It is best to use an eye shadow brush and allow the area to dry but it does work.  If you want a sheerer effect, you can dilute the powder a little more with water.

I wanted to try their Cream to Powder Concealer and chose my perfect Caroline shade.  This cream worked wonders on my ugly dark circles from my allergy eyes without stretching delicate skin before drying.

I told you earlier here how thrilled I was about my Monavé's Loose Mineral Foundation in Caroline for how lightweight this felt on my skin while also delivering a flawless complexion.  Talking to Monavé's Makeup Artist, Christi, I discovered how you can mix some of that mineral foundation with your moisturizer to use as tinted moisturizer or pat under your eyes as a concealer. 

Seriously, I am a fan of Monavé Mineral Makeup.  This award winning company provide quality healthier products you can feel good about applying while offering beautiful colors and coverage that help change your look quickly and without tons of extras you don't need!  I know you will also be hooked once you experience the amazing difference of their line.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products so I may make an opinion.*

Thanks to Monavé Mineral Makeup, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins their own shade choice of a Full Size Loose Mineral Foundation and Full Size Cream to Powder Concealer ($30 value)!

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Monave Caroline Loose Mineral Foundation and Cream to Powder Concealer

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