Help Nepal Raffle Giveaway

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Hey Guys! I wanted to do  something a little different here. In light of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal a week and a half ago, I feel that during times of distress it is good to be generous towards others. So I wanted to raffle off this painting and donate 50% of the ticket sales to the American Red Cross to Save the Children to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. I will hold the raffle open till next week May 13, 2015!

T0 purchase a ticket go to my Etsy Page the link is located below.

Help Nepal Raffle

Once the raffle closes I will randomly select one of you to win my Tropical Paradise painting!!

When you have the opportunity to give, the world gives back. It’s the law of the universe. Can you imagine being in such a traumatic disaster and not even having any warm clothes, or even a family member to tell you everything will be alright? Its our duty to at least do a small part to make sure they have medical aide and food in their bellies, especially since we can’t be there to help out or give them a hug.

 Thank You for your support!

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In case you want any information on both of the charities I mentioned here are the links below for you to check them out.

Save the Children

The American Redcross

yummy diy homemade popcorn!

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mmm popcorn! My love for it developed at the movies (which is probably the case for most people). I used to buy bags of microwavable popcorn at the store, and over time as I change my eating habits I realized that microwavable popcorn isn’t very healthy. So I figured a good alternative for me to have my cake and eat it too is to make my own! It’s twice as yummy and so easy to make, and you get to season it however you want.

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Ingredients:
½ cup popcorn – Orville Redenbacher Original is our favorite
2 Tablespoons oil – vegetable, coconut, canola your choice (I used coconut oil)
2 Tablespoons butter – optional
seasonings – salt, garlic (whatever you like thats the fun part!)

Directions:

  1. In a large/deep pot plop your oil into your pot. If you use coconut oil you want to make sure you have enough oil  so that it melts and covers the entire bottom of the pot. (leave your pot lit to the side)
  2. Add enough popcorn kernels to cover the entire bottom of the pot, and so that the kernels are covered in the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot (it’s to prevent the popcorn from flying all over the place, and they can shoot pretty far) and wait for the kernels to start popping, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Once they start popping a lot, give the pot a good shake or two to make sure nothing burns and your letting the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom.
  5. When the popping slows down to a few seconds between each pop you hear, turn off your heat and let it sit on the stove or about a minute.
  6. Remove your cover and pour your toppings (butter (melted), sea salt, garlic)
  7. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!!

p.s. This is really good alternative to bagged or store bought popcorn because the ingredients you use are less processed and nutritionally just better for you!!

Yummy Snacks! Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been obsessing with protein shakes. And I find that they are a must when trying to include more protein into your diet. This protein smoothie includes some chocolate protein powder and all my favorites to make this delicious healthy snack!

I am not a huge fan of mixing protein powder and water and then drinking it, more power to you if you can, but for me it’s a little too chalky tasting. So I want to share my way of masking that taste as much as possible, and for me thats a smoothie! As an added bonus this smoothie makes me feel full and can help curb your sweet tooth as well as including some yummy fruits into your diet!

xoxo Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy my recipe!!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 Banana
  • A handful of fresh berries. (I used some strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (you can use plain but I love Oikos vanilla greek yogurt it’s amazing with granola!)
  • 1 spoonful of Peanut Butter (almond butter is best but I ran out so I just used what I had)
  • 1 Scoop of chocolate Protein Powder (I use Muscle Milk)

Instructions:

  • Combine all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

p.s: If the consistency of your smoothy is a little too thick blend in a little water to think it out a little.

And Voila!! Pour it into your favorite glass or a cute mason jar, I got mine at Tjmax, and you have a yummy healthy snack or a pre/post workout treat!
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Jack Black lip balm review

My new obsession are these Jack Black lip balms. It pretty much feels like butter for your lips!!

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During the winter my lips get pretty chapped, especially if the climate is a little dry, and it probably doesn’t help that I wear a lot of lipsticks and liquid lipsticks which can also be very drying to your lips. I have been looking for a good lip balm or lip treatment, and I have tried quite a few, and so far this one is my favorite!

This lip balm has a smooth thick feel, but doesn’t have a heavy feeling on your lips. It supplies a lot of  moisture to your lips without have a slippery greasy feeling that vaseline gives in my opinion. The Jack Black lip balm for me is both healing and moisturizing. And it comes in some many different flavors. The flavors that this lip balm comes in are Natural Mint, Shea Butter, Black Tea & Blackberry, Grapefruit & Ginger, Lemon & Chamomile, and Vanilla & Lavender, and all of the lip balms contain an SPF of 25 (UVA & UVB protection) which is just an added bonus to these lip balms. My favorite flavor out of all of this is the Shea Butter, and personally I am not a huge fan the the Natural Mint, to me it has a different smell, which I have a hard time getting around. I apply this lip product every day to prep my lips while I apply my makeup before I used any other lip product, and before I go to bed as an overnight lip treatment.

Here is a link for the Jack Black Lip Balm if you would like to try them out

ps: This is not a sponsored post, this is just my personal opinion of this product, this product is not for everyone, and I advise to try it out to see if this product is for you.

Yummy Homemade whole wheat pancakes

Homemade whole wheat pancakes that are healthy and delicious, and you won’t feel so guilty to eat! These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and they were so fluffy! To me the fluffier the pancakes the prettier and tastier they are (I know weird lol). I hope that you enjoy this recipe, I know there’s so many different recipes and variations to this, and if you have one I would love to know how you make yours, so I can try different variations!

xoxo I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 Directions

  1. Mix together all of the dry ingredients, and set aside.
  2. Mix together all of the wet ingredients minus the lemon juice in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined to a batter texture
  4. Add the lemon juice to the batter an stir it in a couple of times
    1. Don’t overmix your batter, it will prevent the pancakes from rising and becoming fluffy
  5. Let your batter sit while your pan heats up
  6. Scoop your batter into the pan and spread out evenly
  7. Cook until you see bubbles form around the edges of the pancake and gently flip, and cook until it’s lightly brown.
  8. Cut up some fresh strawberries or your favorite fruit, and pour on some maple syrup

Voila!! You have yummy healthy pancakes!!

Favorite Bubble Bath!

Happy Friday Loves!!

It’s been raining a lot here this week and for me rainy days are perfect for a girls night and relaxing after a busy week of school. My favorite way to relax is by taking bubble bath. I only got this a few months ago, and Wow!! this is the best bubble bath ever! The Lavender Foaming Bath from L’Occitaine is probably one of the the best products I have used, and it’s perfect for a little girl time and a night in, and it smells amazing! The lavender scent is heavenly, and not too strong, and when you get out of the bath the scent lingers on your skin and its very soothing and relaxing. The packaging is one of my favorite things about this. I love that it comes in a brushed-aluminium bottle. I so simple and classy that it reminds me of France and of the metal bottles that were used in the past to hold fragrances.

The only downside to this product is that it is a little on the pricy side, and sells for $36 for about 170z. But for me personally I think that this bath is worth the price. A little goes a long way, and it leaves your skin feeling clean and fragrant. If your looking for a great new bath product I would recommend this one! Just pour a little bit under some running hot water, and let the scent relax and stimulate your mind and transport you to the rugged hills of Provence.

L-Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath

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ps: this is just my personal opinion of this product, this product is not for everyone, and I advise to try it out to see if this product is for you.

 

Braided Crown Helpful hints!

After months and months at attempting a braided crown I finally got it. This was my first time actually getting this and I was so excited I wanted to share it with all of you!! and some tricks I learned along the way to help make achieving this braid a little easier.

ps: I am not a braiding expert, I just have really curly/wavy frizzy hair and I don’t like to use hot tools all the time and I find braiding an easy cute alternative to heat styling.

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  • Doing a dutch braid you braid under instead of over (french braid). This makes for a more defined braid and your braid will be on top.
  • Where ever you place your hands while braiding is where your braid will go, so try and keep your hands as close to your hair line as possible to get a crown effect.
  • If you have layered hair I would suggest braiding when your hair is a little damp, to help you catch any looses ends so your braid is cleaner and less messy like mine was. Or use some kind of hair wax to add a little texture to your dry hair and prevent less flyways, and hold everything in place.
  • This hairstyle works best on hair that is two or three days old, and not freshly washed hair. Clean hair is harder to work with and less malleable.
  • Spray your hair with a little bit of dry shampoo (I use Dove) and a little bit of hairspray to keep the frizz a little bit under control.
  • While braiding keep your braid pretty tight, you can loosen it up after your done braiding by pancaking your braid (spreading out the ends to fluff your braid and make it look fuller)
  • Take your time and be patient, you might have to redo your braid a few times till you get the technique right. And make sure you alternate your hands when you braid in the back of your head.
  • Watch various videos on youtube. Each tutorial has a different technique and it will help you find the best way to braid for you.

I hope that you find some of these tips helpful when you are trying your braided crown!!

xoxo