Saturday, September 23, 2017

Recipe: My Chocolate-Chip and Oat Button Cookies Guarantee Smiles All Around

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These cookies keep well.


This recipe that I’m about to share with you is really a great one to add to your recipe box because it’s a delicious and foolproof. My Chocolate-Chip and Oat Button Cookies are soft, chewy puffs of cookies with plenty of oat goodness and slightly less sugar that is better balanced through chocolate chips.  

This is also another easy recipe that just requires a minimum of effort since I hate spending too much time in the kitchen when it is not necessary.  In fact, I simplified my cookie even further by using a small melon scoop to drop the cookie batter onto the cookie sheet instead of using a spoon.  The secret for using a scoop is to keep a cup of water handy to dip it in after a fresh drop of batter.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum Spray Can Prolong That Summer Feeling

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This citrus-floral is not too brisk a fragrance that will can brighten your spirit.


If you want to keep the warm feeling of summer with you, then an easy way to do it is with clean, citrus-floral with just a hint of sweetness like Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum. This 82% natural perfume is an ideal solution to happily energize the spirit with its freshness.

The opening is sparkling fresh with juicy bergamot, mandarin, neroli, and cyclamen notes to grab attention.  It is lively and charged with excitement.

As this scent warms in the heart, the floral notes of freesia, jasmine and violet along with tea accord finally announce their presence to subdue the dominant initial freshness. The effect is still fresh with just enough sweetness to make you feel good.  Think of it at this stage like a passing summer breeze carrying the scent of flowers in the air.   

As this fragrance dries down in the base, its notes of white musk, cedarwood and moss give it a soft sort of natural sexiness that is very appealing.

Korres White Tea Bergamot Eau de Parfum is a delight to the senses and quite different from what you may expect from when that citrus, floral, tea, musk and wood notes combine.  It is light fresh, but with a sweet uniqueness that keeps me so drawn to its magic. 

You can find White Tea Bergamot ($44.50) at Korres along with their other fine, natural fragrances.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy to Ensure Their Beauty

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This beauty doesn't take chances when it comes to the beauty of her eyes.  


We all want the most beautiful eyes possible.  Therefore, we always try to care for them with the best eye creams and serums to dazzling eye makeup.  Yet, this is more involved if you intend to keep them looking fabulous such as keeping them healthy.  

Check the whites of your eyes.  If they get bloodshot a lot, you may have a tendency to turn to eye drops to quickly get rid of the red, especially if you have allergies.  This quick fix constricts the blood vessels.   While a product like Visine can help temporarily, it is not a long-term solution.  Using this type of eye drop habitually can result in rebound inflammation, making the red lines worse. Instead, you might want to lubricate with eyes drops that are more moisturizing or natural tears like Blink to refresh them.  

More people than ever have developed dry eye problems.  One reason this is becoming more common is due to LASIK or cataract surgery.  Dry eyes can water, become red or appear glossy. Lubricant eye drops like Systane or Refresh and drinking more water can help.

Eyes are prone to ugly infection.  Avoid using eye makeup longer than six months.  Also, never share mascaras, eye liners, concealers, eye shadows, eye primers or any makeup because it is a collective breeding ground for bacteria.

If you wear contacts and hope to keep your eyes safe from irritation, you should give up metallic shades. The reason this is bad with contacts is due to its silica, which may find its way inside the lens to feel uncomfortable like something is wedged against your eye.

Something else that contact lens wearers need to think about is that cleaning the lens is vital, but so is cleaning their cases.  Clean your contact lens cases weekly can eliminate future problems.  Just keep in mind that water is not a sufficient cleaner for disinfecting the case.  You want to use a lens solution for this purpose.  Otherwise, you are risking your eyes.  Replacing the case in about six months is also a good idea.

Another way to help keep your eyes gorgeous is making it a habit to regularly wear sunglasses.  Buying a stylish pair with 100% UV protection can protect the eye itself from cataract growth and help fight wrinkling.

These are just a few suggestions that can help keep your eyes as healthy and captivating as they possibly can be.  After all, if they’re infected or irritated, they lose their beauty.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meet the Holy Grail of Hairspray and My Current Hair Obsession: Keune Design Society Extra Forte

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Once you try this hairspray, you'll understand why this formula has been going strong for almost 100 years!


One of the reasons that Keune Haircosmetics has been a leader in the hair care industry is due to their innovative, quality products.  One example is their Design Society Extra Forte Hairspray, which happens to be one of the best formulas in my opinion that you can trust your hair too.    

I have reviewed a lot of hair care products and hairsprays, but this is one that I can always count on for keeping my hair in place.  This hairspray dries fast, has UV protection and keeps your style without turning the hair hard, sticky or limp on humid days.  You can even run a brush or comb through it without worrying your hair will fall flat.   

It is no wonder that this hairspray formula has been around for 95 years with how ideally it works.  The only way that you’ll be convinced is if you try Keune’s Design Society Extra Forte Hairspray ($22) for yourself. Right now, there is an illustrated Limited Edition can by Amsterdam-based fashion illustrator Sjoukje Bierma that is just as lovely for your dresser or vanity as it is useful for your hair.  Check it out or visit the company's website to learn more!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Orglamix Beauty Subscription Box August 2017 Review

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You get four to six vegan and cruelty-free beauty items in each box.

Using makeup and skin care products shouldn’t give us reason for concern.  Yet, it is not a highly regulated industry in the United States as it should be like it is in European countries.  Instead, the consumer is left at the mercy of manufacturers to trust whatever chemicals are used will not possibly adversely affect our health.  Mineral makeup and natural skin care can be a safer alternative.

A perfect way to experiment with healthier beauty is through a natural beauty box subscription.  One that I recently discovered is Orglamix that offers vegan and cruelty-free beauty products using purer ingredients than their chemical counterparts without harmful synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, preservatives and known irritants.  For $29 a month plus free shipping, the company sends between four and six full sizes of their beneficial makeup, skin and body care to fragrance items. Below is what I found in my first box.  Check it out.


Orglamix Beauty Box August 2017

1.  Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime------------------------------------------------$21.00
2.  Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray--------------------------------------$8.00
3.  Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On----------------------------------------------------$18.00
4.  Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow---------------------------------------------------$12.50
5.  Karma Lip & Cheek Gelee------------------------------------------------------------$18.00


Total Value: $77.50!


Their Organic Beauty Balm Prep & Prime can double as an anti-aging moisturizer or primer before foundation.  I even mixed a little with my mineral powder foundation and loved the results.  It smoothed and covered my dry skin beautifully without ending up in any lines or creases.

The Cardamon Rose Coconut Milk Lotion Spray is wonderful to apply after you step out of the shower or bath.  This is a silky lotion that has a delicate floral-coconut scent that softens skin nicely.  I don’t pick up too much of any rose, but love the slight spice notes that I detect.

The Bohemian Chic Perfume Roll-On is a charming, fruity-floral fragrance that is perfect for handbags and traveling.  The scent has satsuma and sugarcane essence to the fresh citrus notes, which is lovely.

Wild at Heart Natural Eyeshadow was a limited edition shade.  It is a soft taupe with plum and gray that is so practical with how neutral the color is.  I, as well as most people, can get a lot of wear out of this shade.

The last product I found was different from what was described in my info sheet that came with the box.  I got a Lip & Cheek Gelee in Karma, a great take on a plum.  It glided on and provided moisturizing coverage with minerals and sweet orange essential oil to nourish as well as color in an attractive fall shade. I especially liked this product for lips, though it was slightly dark of a color for cheeks with my fair skin.

This was my first experience with Orglamix, but I really liked their approach to beauty.  If you are trying to steer away from chemicals in your beauty products, then I suggest giving Orglamix Beauty Box a try to acquaint yourself with a healthier approach.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fuego Hot Sauce Subscription Box September 2017 Review

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Hot sauce can a dieter's friend.  It helps speed up metabolism.

Besides supplementing any dish with some extra great flavor, I adore hot sauces because they help the body burn more calories.  An ideal way to get my fix is through a hot sauce subscription like my favorite, Fuego Box.

Each box brings an assortment of three hot sauces from small batch artisan producers to your door.  You would be hard pressed to find any of these in your local grocery store for just $29.95 per quarter with free shipping. Also included in each box, you get an informational card for the foods and dishes the choices are best suited for. 

Their hot sauce selection is as unique as you can imagine with exotic touches such as September 2017's Spicy Curry Sauce from Volcanic Peppers.  This delight uses aleppo peppers along with coconut milk and a secret curry powder combination to thrill the taste buds.  I just had some with chicken and a side dish of rice, which made for a delicious nippy change.   

The next was an olive-colored hot sauce with medium heat called Thai Green from Seed Ranch.  It possesses a fresh twist from lemon grass, Thai ginger, basil and cilantro amongst green chilies.  This was tasty in my garbanzo bean dip that I whipped up, but use it on eggs as well or whatever else you normally use hot sauce with.  

Endless Summer from Heartbreaking Dawns has a tropical influence with some sweetness from pineapple-spiked rum, spearmint, red habaneros and ghost peppers, onions, garlic as star ingredients along with spices.  This perks up any salad dressing or burger with its zesty brightness.  

If you are like me and love hot and spicy foods or looking for a way to speed up your body’s metabolism, I think that you would love Fuego Box.  Stop over at their website and sign up.  Thank me, later!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Have You Been Considering Self-Storage As an Option to Solve Your Clutter Problem?

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Have you weighed the pros and cons of seeking self-storage for your treasures?

Most of us seem to buy more than we need.  This might be great for the economy, but it is not necessarily a good thing for our homes.  Too much of anything presents a problem of clutter if you don’t have enough space to store.  Therefore, you eventually have two options of downsizing some items or storing possessions elsewhere to keep stress levels down.

Of course, no one likes to part with their treasures, especially if they have sentimental value such as your grandmother’s set of china or a sizeable teapot collection from your dearly beloved aunt.  Ask yourself though how often or if you ever you plan to use those things first or just keep them on a shelf or packaged in a box.  After all, grandmothers’ china may be beautifully ornate and a part of your family’s history, but do you trust the glaze to be lead-free to be safe to eat from now? As to your favorite aunt’s teapot collection, you might be admiring them in a china cabinet, perhaps, but ask yourself if you’re really a tea drinker or mostly prefer coffee or soda?  These are the questions that you need to consider when examining your belongings, if you intend to keep your sanity.

My recommendation is to pick and choose items based on their practical use in your life.  Gather what you can’t live without in one section of the room and then place the other items on the opposite side.

The hard part comes next.  From the items you want to keep but don’t really have room for, try to sort out the essentials from the nonessentials but keepsake items.  Some of the nonessentials are ones that aren’t really important to you that may want to donate to charity.  Others are ideal for a garage sale.

Now ask yourself the importance of each nonessential keepsake by hanging onto it.  Is the cost of monthly storage justified or would it be cheaper and more to your benefit to sell it?  

Memories are one thing, but they also can be costly for self-storage or looking into buying a larger home. Saving one item from that cherished, departed relative over many may be more practical for your budget and stress reduction. 

By now, the pile of items that you’re keeping has decreased.  The items still dear to you that do not fit in your home will need self-storage.  Write down every piece and then start calling self-storage facilities to compare their prices.  Depending on the business and the square footage of space that you’ll need, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $400 per month.  Furthermore, you might even need to have additional  insurance beyond your homeowner’s or rental insurance for theft, water damage, fire, etc.  

The price might be within your budget.  Yet, can you afford this monthly fee regularly in the future?

I knew someone that has a passion for collecting cookbooks.  Cookbooks dominated every room of her home, including the garage.  Their cars and boat eventually had to be parked outdoors until moving them to self-storage.  One unit soon became two and a good part of this woman’s monthly salary went toward self-storage of these cookbooks, packed in boxes that were so jammed in these storage units that once inside, rarely saw the light of day.  Yet, what others may consider a money pit was worth it to this particular woman. Can you say the same?

Personally, I think self-storage is better as a temporary solution.  You could be remodeling your home, moving, going through a divorce, etc. that calls for changing your life. How do you feel on the subject?
  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Recipe: You Need to Try My Delicious, Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole!

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Meatless never tasted so good!


Going meatless never tasted so good until you have a chance to sample my Cheesy Garbanzo Band and Mushroom Casserole.  My recipe can even change the mind of a reluctant meat eater, if my guy is any indication.  

What makes this recipe so delicious is the creamy cheese sauce accented with oregano, chili powder and ground cumin to coax maximum flavor when uniting with the garbanzo beans, mushrooms and elbow macaroni.  

Though you can buy canned beans to use in your recipes, I buy them in dry form and soak before cooking. This is much cheaper than the price of those cans.  However, if you want to save time, then using the cans may be a better option.

I hope that you try this casserole because it one of my best meatless recipes to date!


Cheesy Garbanzo Bean and Mushroom Casserole


1 small onion, finely chopped
1 8-oz. package of fresh mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
3 tablespoons of corn, canola or olive oil 
1-1/2 cups of cooked or canned garbanzo beans
1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
½ cups of milk
1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
½ teaspoons of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
1-1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups of dried elbow macaroni



Brown chopped onions in the oil until golden brown.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the onions next and continue frying.

Then add the cooked or canned beans, mushroom soup and milk, spices and cook on the stove top to heat through.  

Stir in cheese to the mixture and the cooked elbow macaroni.

ENJOY!

Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Prevent Your Hair From Revealing Too Much About Your Real Age!

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These hair care steps can hide age.


Aging shows us little mercy when it comes to our appearance.  Besides faint lines deepening just a little each year or suddenly adding to your wrinkle collection, the hair also undergoes unwanted changes. Graying is one thing, but the hair also gets much drier.  It also seems to lose its former shine.  In order to keep your hair more youthful, there are some steps that you need to take.

Since older hair is thirstier, you need to help it drink.   However, you don’t want to wash it daily because it will only steal more moisture from those already hungry strands.  Instead, wash older hair only every other day.

In addition, give the hair plenty of moisturizing nourishment by feeding it a protein-rich or antioxidant-rich conditioner or treatment following that shampoo.  Doing so, strengthens those dry, weak strands and helps return the shine.

If you already use hair coloring, you probably stick to a schedule when to refresh the color.  The chemical process does change its texture, but it also can be damaging done too soon, especially the longer-lasting permanent variety. Another approach may work better to your advantage.  Try stretching the time for your next hair coloring out a bit by only  retouching color at the roots where new growth appears over doing the entire head. This lessens the chemicals that you are exposed to that also can harm your hair.

Your choice of color might need to change and lighten somewhat.  Try a softer shade of hair color because the darker color that you may have been born with now may appear too harsh against an older version of you with wrinkles and paler skin.

A new style with more movement over a stiff hairdo can also help people guessing about your real age. Page through magazines, check online beauty sites and ask your stylist for recommendations for what would best compliment your facial structure.  Maintaining the same style through the years keeps you in a time rut that can signal others to a particular decade.