When I think of Spring, I think of flowers and fruit and shorts and soft skin. Among my favorite things to keep my skin soft is a scrumptious sugar scrub recipe. I always love the way my bath feels and my skin feels after I’ve used my sugar scrubs. There are so many amazing things you can create with essential oils, and today I am going to share with you this yummy Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub recipe. You’re going to love how this smells!
I think the best foods are the ones that can be eaten effortlessly. Easy to chew, not too dry, no knives, and the fork or spoon should be optional. Am I being too subtle? I’m actually talking about pull apart desserts. The ones you can eat with your hands (what’s better than eating with your hands, right?).
Are you looking for a unique Mothers Day Dessert? Look no further! These super cute and super easy Mothers Day Dessert Skewers are unique and fun and super tasty! You won’t have to slave all day in the kitchen, and you can make enough to share with the whole family. These would also be a great idea for a teachers gift!
Everyone loves this SMores Dip Recipe as a great treat that is just as yummy with far less mess than a traditional S’Mores! It takes S mores Dip to a whole new level!
This S’mores Dip recipe is probably one of the easiest and one of my favorite recipes. You can seriously be eating this delicious dessert in just under 10 minutes from start to finish. If you are looking for a quick snack that will please the masses, then look no further than here.
As much as I love cooking there are some days when spending too much time in the kitchen is not the most attractive idea. A weekday that drains all of your energy or even a Saturday when you’d rather spend more time with your family are those times when an easy sheet pan dinner is one of the best solutions for ensuring all mouths are fed with as little effort as possible!
And let me tell you, a sheet pan dinner will basically cook itself which is brilliant, right? Once you add everything to the pan, you just pop it in the oven and wait for it to be done. This is probably one of the most versatile food concepts of all times, so there’s practically an endless list of ingredients you could use. However, if you’re not a fan of inventing your own recipes, here are some of my favorite sheet pan dinner ideas!
Dinner is always ready in a flash when I use my Instant Pot. I have so many favorite recipes to share, but today I am going to narrow it down to one of the most flavorful easy instant pot recipes I have. These Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are so full of flavor and super easy to make. Are you in the mood for Instant Pot Chicken tacos?
This mouth-watering toasted coconut pound cake is full of texture and flavor, and is sure to be a hit at the next pot luck or family reunion. If you’re in the mood for a delicious dessert but don’t want to spend too much in the way of time and energy, then this easy pound cake recipe is for you.
A creamy chicken noodle casserole dish is sure to please everyone at the table, and this easy chicken bake is always one of my favorite chicken casserole recipes to make.
I am a true Louisiana girl at heart, and comfort food is where it’s all at for me. If we are eating, it better be something full of flavor and good enough to make me say MMMMMmmmmm MMMMmm about ten times in a row. This creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole is one of those dishes. Hold on to your hat, this one is a keeper.
Let the stresses of life and your work week melt away as you enjoy the soothing and relaxing scent of Stress Away Shower Steamers. You guys know I love my essential oils, and this is just another example of how you can use your essential oils. Check out how easy it is to make these Stress Away shower steamers.
Have you tried to make Instant Pot Quinoa? Oh my goodness! Full of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, this Quinoa recipe is packed full of healthy goodness. It’s also quick! You can make this bowl in under 15 minutes. Check out this delicious Instant Pot Quinoa Grain Bowl, it’s so yummy!
Are you loving your Instant Pot as much as I do? It really is my new favorite gadget. In fact, it’s made life easier this Easter, and I am going to show you how with this Easy Instant Pot Easter Eggs recipe. In just a few simple steps you will have bright, beautiful Easter Eggs!
If you are looking for a fresh and flavor-packed soup this week, I have you covered. This Instant Pot Chicken Taco Soup is not only full of fresh ingredients, but it is packed full of flavor. It’s even an easy instant pot recipes. You are going to want to make this one over and over again!
Check out our list of 25 Shower Bombs That Make Perfect Gifts for any occasion! These are ideal for soothing, having fun making with kids, and more! I absolutely love making (and gifting) shower bombs. Shower bombs are so relaxing, and it’s like I am giving the gift of relaxation! If that doesn’t make your friends love you, I don’t know what will. You can also find more ways to use essential oils here!
If you are like me, you might sometimes feel as if you are running restaurant rather than being the mom of the household. It’s hard to please everyone in the house, but with this list of easy recipes for dinner, I usually get close!
With school starting back up, it’s a task to start juggling all of the after school and homework activities on top of a wholesome dinner. Let’s be honest here, there are plenty of nights where I am seriously struggling with what I can put on the table that doesn’t make my six year old say “NO WAY MOM!” When I stumbled across Kidfresh, it was the best thing ever! Now I have plenty of samples of wholesome meals for kids at my disposal, and a happy six year old! #MyKidMoments
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This Summer has been a little unique for me and my family. It’s the first Summer that we have owned a business away from the home, and it’s the first time in a long time I have spent most of my Summer away. Needless to say, we are also mixing things up this Summer and adding in a little food fun!
I must admit that skin care and cosmetic surgery are not two things that I thought of when I was a teenager and baking in the sun. Now that I am over 40, skin care is one of the top things I think of. Thank you to Surface Clinical for this first in a two part series that addresses skin care and cosmetic surgery.
You’ve dieted and exercised to look great in that little black dress but what people notice first is your skin. What shape are you in? Liz Newman, RN, BSN
A proper skincare regimen can change the integrity and appearance of your skin regardless of age, ethnicity or race. Although a healthy lifestyle definitely contributes to better skin, staying “fit after forty” doesn’t stop with diet and exercise. As skin ages, it loses collagen and elastin, getting dryer and less supple. The epidermis (superficial layer of the skin) becomes thicker if sun damaged, while the dermis (deeper layer), thins, losing the ability to hold moisture. As time marches on, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging become more noticeable. Women arm themselves with lotions and potions promising to turn back the clock. What works? What doesn’t?
Considering women spend billions annually on skincare, it is ironic that so many misconceptions prevail. Here are four of the most common myths, debunked:
“The holy grail of skincare is moisturizer.” FALSE
In fact, not everyone over 40 needs moisturizer. True, some women have drier skin than others, but many have combination or oily skin. If treatments include a cream base, another moisturizer is unnecessary. Some products tout their ability to “build up collagen” which is misleading. The established “gold standard” of improving skin from the inside out is a product available by prescription called Retin A. Used as prescribed, Retin A penetrates into the dermis where collagen and elastin reside, encouraging skin cell turnover for fresher feeling and looking skin in 6 weeks. Retinol is a weaker derivative of Retin A which is converted to Retin A by the skin. It is available over the counter in cream or gel form. Some of these retinols are quite effective, but have different strengths so it’s important to consult with someone with a medical background.
Skin Care and Cosmetic Surgery
“You get what you pay for…the more I pay for a product, the better it is…” FALSE
This is a misconception on two levels. The first has to do with ingredients, the second with application. Skincare products at even the most upscale department store do not have pharmaceutical grade ingredients and are therefore not as strong as those you will find in dermatology and plastic surgery practices. Often you are paying for packaging and marketing. The price of a product is not a true indicator of its effectiveness. Real results start with what is on the label versus the container. In many cases you are paying the same or less for a more effective product in a clinical setting. In terms of getting what you pay for, the most critical step is an accurate diagnosis of your skin. This should precede any purchase. Until you know your “prescription” you may be spending lots of money on products you don’t even need. Keep in mind, it’s also possible you are paying top dollar to harm your skin if you are using the wrong products. Or you could be putting them on incorrectly and in the wrong order. Start with seeing a professional consultant in a clinical setting—not the cosmetics counter at the department store.
“I use a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 to protect me at the beach, and my makeup has an SPF of 20, so I’m covered.” FALSE
Did you know the rate at which your skin “ages” is only 20% dependent upon genetics? 80-90% of aging is attributed to sun exposure. There is a UV spectrum that includes both UVA and UVB rays. Not all sunscreens protect you from both regardless of SPF. Sunscreens must be worn every day and everywhere—cloudy, rainy, sunny—at the beach on the slopes or in the grocery store. You are constantly being exposed. The secret ingredient for the best coverage is zinc oxide. The newest products containing zinc are clear and cosmetically acceptable, imperceptible. Titanium dioxide is also good. Pay attention to your sun IQ. It is the single most important weapon against damaged skin that we can easily control. Prevention and protection go hand in hand. The key to sun protection is re-application at mid-day. Sunscreen applied in the morning is gone by afternoon when sun exposure is maximum.
“Botox and dermal fillers will improve my overall skin quality and appearance.” FALSE
Botox will smooth lines of expression by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin. Dermal fillers can alter folds and correct volume loss, essentially camouflaging some of the hallmarks of aging. When done conservatively, injectables can remarkably enhance one’s appearance. They do not, however, change the quality or texture of the skin. Similarly, cosmetic surgery improves the quantity of skin, not the quality through lifting sagging skin to a more youthful position. In short, skincare, injectables and surgery are three distinct propositions, although they can play in harmony. For instance, in our practice, a good skincare regimen prior to surgery yields better overall results for optimal facial rejuvenation.
Liz Newman is a registered nurse with close to 40 years’ experience in skincare. She is manager of SURFACE CLINICAL in Dallas. SURFACE CLINICAL is the skincare arm of Dr. Fritz Barton, and works in concert with Dr. Michael Lee’s cosmetic plastic surgery practice. Located within their medical suite, SURFACE CLINICAL allows the custom management of skin with total coordination or care. Initial skin evaluation with the VISIA photographic system helps identify each patient’s specific needs.
I don’t know about you, but school is about to start back up for us soon. High up on my to-do list is creating a series of easy weeknight one pot meals. This One Pot Meal Chicken Recipe is not only easy, but it’s delicious and quick. I’m using my favorite Barilla Blue Box Pasta and Barilla Blue Box Tomato and Basil sauce to create this recipe. I am also supporting Barilla’s initiative for the No Kid Hungry Organization. Keep reading for this delicious recipe and learn more about this great cause.
It may be a little early for you, but school is about to start back up in just 4 weeks here! It feels like Summer just started. Even though I still have four weeks to plan, I am already stocking up for school. In fact, this week you can be stocking up for school with this great deal on Kleenex currently at Sams!
With four children all in different schools, you can only imagine what my “back to school” shopping must look like. We are lucky to have programs that allow you to prepay for supplies and them waiting on your child on their first day of school.
Stocking Up For School
Not all supplies are included in those pre payment programs, and there are always extra supplies you need for the younger ones in Elementary school. From paper towels and Kleenex, to snacks and toys for the goodie box, you are always going to have to shop for extra supplies! That’s why stocking up for school early is always a great idea for our house.
What are the specific items you like to stock up on for the school year? I always grab extra paper, extra crayons, and extra folders. It seems like we run through those items the most more than anything else. I also like to grab extra supplies for the classroom such as paper towels and Kleenex.
Stocking Up For School
That’s why this is such a great deal on Kleenex at Sam’s Club. You can get 16 boxes of Kleenex tissue for just $16. That’s a lot of Kleenex and will keep you stocked up for some time! Not only am I stocking up on Kleenex for school, but I am stocking up my storage closet at home as well.
Make sure you check out all of the upcoming back to school deals, and don’t forget to stop by Sam’s Club and grab some Kleenex at this great price. The deal for 16 Kleenex for $16 is going to be popular and you won’t want to miss out!
Thanks to Acorn Influence, Sam’s Club, and Kleenex for including us in this stocking up for school special.
The biggest thing to hit my house this Summer has been Fidget Spinners, and we have finally jumped down the rabbit hole of making Fidget Spinner Cookies. I have been asking myself “how did you get roped into this?”, and today I am sharing my quick and easy spinner mold and cookie recipe.
If you haven’t heard of these yet, you’ve either been living in a hermit hole or you’re really good at sheltering your kids. Ha! Want my quick and easy recipe? Check it out below. (BONUS: Me and the kiddos made videos to show you how to make the cookie mold and how to make the cookies. You can find those at the end of this post.)
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Waking up in the morning to the perfect buttermilk pancakes can make your day or even your weekend. While we love to cook in the kitchen, sometimes we don’t have the time to cook breakfast every morning. That’s why this perfect buttermilk pancakes recipe is a weekend favorite. It’s fun to wake up on a Saturday to the smell of delicious pancakes and bacon wafting through the house.
I have made pot roast at least a hundred times in my life, but I have never really had one like this. My Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe is a lot like the recipe I use in my slow cooker, only better. Not only does it taste great, but it also shreds easily for leftover sliders or wraps. Not only that, but I love how quick and easy this recipe is to make.