Archives for the month of: January, 2014

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Although we’re hundreds of miles apart, virtually I am celebrating with you. Happy Birthday, Cristy (aka GB), wishing you a fantabulous day!

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I absolutely love weekends! Not because they’re a break from my Monday through Friday routine, aka work, but because… I get to eat a real breakfast! Yes, because of the food, LOL. During the workweek breakfast usually means a banana or Greek yogurt. Yeah, not super exciting, but it is convenient.

Weekends mean delicious breakfast, YAY!

I love eggs, bacon, sausage and hash browns, but in order to be semi-healthy I have to limit my intake. When I want a healthier breakfast, I’ll make myself a veggie omelette or a healthy breakfast sandwich.

Yesterday, I kicked off my weekend by attending a Yoga class at the gym. To continue on the health-kick, I made myself a yummy breakfast sandwich, which I will share the recipe with you here.

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Ingredients are:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs
  • a handful of spinach
  • a few lettuce leaves (which I grew in my garden)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • Sea salt and Black Pepper

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Directions:

  1. In a small frying pan, add a little olive oil or butter, and fry your eggs.
  2. When the translucent liquid becomes white, break the yolk by poking it with your spatula.
  3. Then sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper. Because I like some heat in my food, I also add red pepper flakes.
  4. Wait, a few more seconds and add your spinach (as seen above), flip the eggs, let it cook for a little longer until the yolks are solid.
  5. Once the yolk is fully cooked, fold eggs in half and let them rest (move your pan away from the burner) for a few seconds while preparing the bread.
  6. Take your bread slices and spread the avocado. Ripen avocado will make this process easier.
  7. Once you’ve spread the avocado on to your bread, add lettuce and tomato slices on each side.
  8. Place the eggs onto the your bread and sandwich it.

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Ta da, now you have a delicious and healthy breakfast sandwich!

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If you’d like to liven up your sandwich, add a layer of crispy bacon strips. Yup, bacon makes everything better… and cheese! But if you want to be healthy do without.

I promise, you will love this sandwich and enjoy it to the last bite. Don’t forget to add a little spice, it’s good for your health 🙂

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P.s. that’s Tapatio sauce on my sandwich. I told you, I love me some spicy food.

Good resource and reminder for a “cloudy” day.

The Fishy Bowl

This a more personal post than I usually write, but something was telling me to share. I find it’s generally best to listen to your gut in such situations, even if your brain hasn’t figured out why yet. Who knows, maybe the universe is telling me someone else might need to see this.

Like everyone else, sometimes I feel down. As I get older, I think I’m getting better at putting these low moments into a healthy perspective, but some times are more difficult than others. I recently decided to write in my journal about all the things that are helpful to me when I’m feeling down, so that I could later refer to it, and maybe it would help me snap out of future ruts. Below is this journal entry:

  1. Remember to be tough. Stand up to life. You’re stronger than whatever is facing you.
  2. Remember the positives. Focus…

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I must admit, I have a sweet tooth that is usually only satisfied by chocolate. A few days ago I was craving chocolate chip cookies and while gathering the typical ingredients I saw a recipe printed on the bag of flour. I put the recipe to the test and I was pleasantly surprised. The cookies were moist, soft and chewy (my mouth is salivating as I write this post because those cookies were delicious. Wish I still had some).

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 1/4 Cups of packed brown sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Optional ingredients: shaved coconut, flax seeds

I actually divided the cookie dough in two parts and added the optional ingredients to one part, they turned really good too.

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, softened butter, vanilla and egg.
  3. Add oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Once all those ingredients are mixed well, add chocolate chips.
  5. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

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The final step is to enjoy these delicious cookies. I love serving warm cookies with a scoop of ice cream, yum.

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Hope you try the recipe, enjoy.

Cat’s Favorites

LORAC – Perfectly Lit Powder in Spotlight. I heard so many YouTube Beauty Guru’s raving about this product and they were right. I love the soft shimmer providing healthy glow to my cheeks. This is usually more of a summer product, but I have been using it year-round.

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LOREAL – True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer in light/medium W4-5. I’ve used up several of these concealer crayons during 2013. I absolutely love how creamy and blendable they are. I usually use it for under the eye bags concealing, but I’ve also been known to get carried away and used it to cover sunspots and blemishes. Plus, if you get your hands on a darker shade it can me used to contour, that’s on my “To Do” list.

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Maybelline – The Rocket Volume Express waterproof mascara. This mascara is awesome! It provide volume, it holds my curl and it black! I mean, really black. However, most importantly, it does not cling on to my lashes. You know how some waterproof mascaras just cling on to your lashes, even with makeup remover you wake up with “smoky” look the next morning. Well, The Rocket Volume Express does not do that and it doesn’t get flacky either. I absolutely love it.

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STILA – Convertible Color in Peony.
 RIMMEL – Lasting Finish in Santa Rose.
Blushes, oh blush, how I love thee! I do, I really do. I could not choose just one, so I picked these two. Stila’s Peony is a cream blush in a very natural pinky mauve color. The reason why I love this blush is because it’s blendable, hydrating and easy to wear. Plus, the “convertible” part of it means it can be used as a lippie, which I also love. Rimmel’s Santa Rose is a lovely cheer pink color, it’s very natural and wearable year-round.

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TOO FACED – Chocolate Soleil. How can one go wrong with CHOCOLATE?! First this matte bronzing powder smells like CHOCOLATE. Yes, chocolate! Secondly, it is super blendable proving a warm and healthy glow to your skin. Absolutely love it.

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REVLON – Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart and Rendezvous. I mostly wore these two lip balms during the summer. These two are so vibrant and vivid, perfect for those warm summer months. Plus, these balms have a yummy minty taste and smell that make my lips tingle. Recently Cover Girl came out with a new line of balms, but I have not tried them yet. Anyway, these two are beautiful colors perfect for all skin tones. Go get you some!

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ESSIE – Good To Go! If you don’t know yet, I have a minor obsession with nail polish. I love nail polish! So, in order to keep your polish looking nice, shiny and last a while you will need a good top coat. Guess what? Essie’s Good To Go is awesome!!! This top coat makes my nails super shiny, it makes the color last longer and it helps prevent chipping. Love, love, love!

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JULEP – Bare Face Cleansing Oil, melts make-up off my face. Bare Face Cleansing Oil makes it so easy to take off waterproof mascara without irritating my eyes. I absolutely LOVE IT! According to Julep.com, “This lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleanser gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil without over-drying skin, then rinses clean with no oily residue. Recommended for all skin types.”

I got this product through my month Julep Maven subscription. I invite you to check out Julep, click here.

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BLOW PRO – After Blow finishing spray.  I was introduced to this product through one of my subscriptions and I immediately fell in love with it. First, it totally tames my flyaways hairs. It does not leave residue and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling crispy or super hard. PLUS, it smell great! I found my full size bottle at TJMaxx for less than $10. Go try it!

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Cristy’s Favorites

Mary Kay – Timewise Anti-Aging Moisturizer. Finding a moisturizer I love has always been a challenge for me. You see the ones for oily skin always cause me to break out, while the ones for dry skin over-dry my skin to the point of peeling. I was a bit skeptical when I purchased the Mary Kay moisturizer as I expected it to be just like all the others. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the Timewise moisturizer not only makes my skin feel silky soft, but it doesn’t make it oily and it looks and feels a lot more fresh and youthful.

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MAYBELLINE – Nouveou Age Rewind Concealer. Finding a good concealer posed to be just as difficult for me as finding a good moisturizer. Most concealers I have found leave a chalky residue and typically don’t cover all that they are supposed to, so when Cat featured the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in her favorites last year, I decided t give it a try and I LOVE IT! I suggest you all give it a try.

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Too Faced – Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (medium). (So Cat just raved about this roduct above, but I love it so much I thought I would toss in my two cents as well) Contour, contour and contour seem to be the latest craze right now…but finding the correct bronzer is quite the challenge. I can confidently say that I have about 6 different bronzers in my makeup box, none of which do the trick for me…either they just blend in or they have too much shimmer. About three months ago I went into Sephora on a mission to find the perfect bronzer and tada…I did 🙂 While it cost me a pretty penny ($25) the Too Faced bronzer is now my absolute favorite. It is worth every penny. Not only is it matte, but it lasts all day. Not to mention it smells and tastes like cocoa. If you are on the market for a good bronzer I highly recommend it…I believe it comes in three different shades.

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ELF – Eyebrow Kit. I used to darken my brows with a dark eye shadow, but I would find that sometimes they would turn out too dark or the fill would fade away after a few hours. During a vacation trip, a friend of mine had this in her makeup bag and allowed me to use it. To my surprise I was quite impressed that for a mere $3 the ELF Eyebrow Kit gives brows a very natural look (not too dark) and lasts all day. I give it two thumbs up.

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo. Just like a good bronzer, finding a good dry shampoo that does the work and doesn’t make my hair look like George Washington’s tanned twin has also been a challenge. I have gone through my share of dry shampoos…from simple baby powder, talk based shampoos and aerosol ones, they all either don’t blend well, don’t absorb the oil or smell bad. Originally I had purchased a regular Batiste dry shampoo and I loved the way it absorbed the oil but I was not too keen on the smell of roses it left behind. One day while at Marshalls I saw a Batiste bottle for dark hair! I was so excited I had to buy it. The dark hair one blends in perfectly and it smells great. I recommend all brunettes out there give it a try. 🙂

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