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October is National Apple Month! I didn't know about that until recently. I love apples, especially apple cider, caramel apples and apple pie! To celebrate, I’ve included some delicious apple recipes below, perfect to indulge in for National Apple Month!
Apple Melon Juice
Recipe Credit: HUROM
- 1 and ¼ cup of melon cubes
- 2/3 cups of apple
- ½ cup of bok choy
- ½ cup of sliced celery
Using a peeler, peel the melon’s rind. Wash celery and bok choy and remove seeds from apple. Cut into appropriate sizes. Insert the ingredients into your juicer by alternating their order. Enjoy! Pour over ice if desired.
Apple Pie Fizz
Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
- 2 oz. Whiskey Bourbon
- Dash of Cinnamon
- Apple Slices for garnish
In a glass, mix bourbon and Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple with ice. Top it off with a dash of cinnamon and garnish with apple slices!
Baked Granola Apple
Recipe Credit: Viki’s Granola
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, diced
- 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 4 apples, washed and dried
- 1 cup of Viki’s Apple Cinnamon Granola
- Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Take good care to mash everything together with a fork. Use a melon baller, apple corer or paring knife to remove apple cores; don’t go all the way through. Place apples in a small baking dish and fill with butter mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes. To serve top with Viki’s Apple Cinnamon Granola and a scoop of ice cream.
Apple & Flax Seed Muffins
Recipe Credit: Carrington Farms
- 1 and 1/4 cup Carrington Farms Organic Milled Flax Seed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar or sweetener
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup liquid (syrup or water)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1 medium apple, chopped fairly finely
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-muffin tin very well. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the rest of them. Let batter stand 10 minutes, then put into the muffin pan and bake for about 18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and muffins just barely start to pull away from the sides of the tin. *Makes 12 to 24 muffins depending on your preference.
With the combination of long hair and pets in my household, we deal with many clogged drains! In fact, just last week, my tub was not draining. Thankfully, I knew just what to do! (I was rather proud of myself, too!) I simply grabbed my bottle of Roto Rooter Hair Clog Remover, poured the proper amount right down my shower drain, and waited about twenty minutes. Bye-bye clog!
With more active ingredients and the perfect thickness, Roto Rooter is the best choice for every type of clog. All of their products are safe for all types of pipes and septic systems. Below is a run down of the most common types of household clogs, and the best way to remedy them.
Clogged drains in the kitchen are generally caused by grease. Greasy bacon, hamburger and sausage drippings are a common culprit. I try to keep it from going down the kitchen drain, but sometimes I forget. When it collects in the pipes, it can lead to a stubborn clog. We don't have a garbage disposal, so that makes things worse. Whenever I get a kitchen sink clog, I use Roto Rooter's Gel Clog Remover, and soon everything is running smoothly.
Clogged drains in the bathroom are caused by hair. Both of my daughters (who have long hair) are married and out of the house, and so my shower drain does not get clogged as often as it used to. But I also have long hair, which seems to be shedding a lot lately. Roto Rooter's Hair Clog Remover saved the day when I had to use it last week.
Septic Clogs/ Issues
If you have a septic system, you can experience backups and other problems if the tank isn’t managed properly. Thankfully, Roto Rooter has a solution for that as well. Roto Rooter's Septic Treatment keeps your septic system running smoothly. It has 2x more enzymes to prevent septic backups. I use it monthly to avoid costly and messy backups. It WORKS IMMEDIATELY TO BREAK DOWN WASTE! My family lives on a septic system in our yard, and having someone come over to pump it is not only embarrassing, but it is expensive as well!
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What's the weirdest thing you've put on your face?
Kim Kardashian put her own blood on her face. People are putting bird poop on their faces to restore luster to their cheeks. Now people are using probiotics, aka healthy bacteria, on their skin to restore the composition of their skin.
Using the Natren probiotic powder, Digesta-Lac, you can make a homemade probiotic face mask that provides healthy bacteria to improve the composition of your skins bacteria and generate new collagen to keep skin fresh, elastic and young.
Watch this Facebook Live video with Natrens founder talking about probiotics and skin health: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sexyfoodtherapy/videos...
It all makes sense. If probiotics are good for our insides, they most certainly are beneficial for our outside as well. I create my face mask by mixing my Natren probiotic powder with a small bit of water and some coconut oil. (Jojoba oil can also be used, it depends on your preference.) I spread it evenly across my freshly cleansed skin. (My face neck and upper chest area.) After leaving this mixture on for about ten minutes, I rinse it well. My face is left soft and radiant for a few days afterward.
It is amazing to be able to use probiotics in my beauty routine, when I had always simply used them to help regulate my digestive system!
For more information on Natren products or to place an order, go to: https://www.natren.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Have you planned your Halloween costume yet? I don't usually dress up for Halloween, but I do enjoy getting creative with my nails.
If you're going to rock nail art, there is no better time of year to do so than October. The month gives you free range to peruse all the wicked-cool Halloween nail art ideas, and try as many festive manicures as you want. See below for tips from celebrity nail artist, Skyy Hadley (who works on Faith Evans, Janelle Monae, and Mariska Hargitay).
Skyy recommends doing your nails the day before Halloween at home and giving yourself 45 minute to an hour of time to complete it. Follow Skyy’s DIY stiletto nail tutorial.
- Sanitize hands and nails.
- Start out with a square nail by clipping your nail straight across.
- Clip the uppermost portion of the two sides diagonally into a triangle.
- With a file, focus on curving the sides evenly to get a teardrop shape that softens the triangle.
- Whatever you do on one side, do on the other side. For example: If you do three files on one side, do three files on the other so that it looks symmetrical.
Usually people save their home improvements for springtime. Not, me. My favorite time for home improvements is basically any time of the year. This time, I chose Fall. I suffer from a seasonal depressive disorder, and I knew that it was important to at least make a change to help prevent and keep my symptoms at bay. I had been noticing that my living room was feeling really drab and dreary, and that is where I spend a lot of my time.
I had followed the trend of barn red walls, which was popular a few years back. What was I thinking? Since the living room is the focal point of the home, why not make it bright and cheerful rather than dark and depressing? Look at the picture of my living room. (Below.)
Besides the cute critters in the photo, is there anything uplifting and happy about these hues? The answer is no! (Also, please excuse the clutter!) My living room is definitely lived in!
In looking at the color scheme in this photo, I only see dreariness. Is that even a word? It doesn't take much to brighten up a room! I knew I wanted to do something simple, yet stunning, and so I decided to make changes with a bit of paint and a beautiful new rug.
I had been long admiring the most beautiful rug I had ever laid my eyes upon. It was at my local Costco. I knew that I had to have it. It is a Gertmenian luxury shag rug with a trellis design.
Gertmenian makes rugs for home décor, for outdoors, for kids décor, and for kids play and education. Their entire focus is rugs, and they have been supplying their beautiful rugs for over 110 years.
The company was established in the United States in 1896. It has been owned by one family since, and it is now directed by the great grandson of the founder. Their entire team consists of professionals in design, development, manufacture and distribution. You can find their beautiful rugs in Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Toys’R’Us, Costco, Sams Club, and many others.
After finally getting my living room painted in lighter colors, I happily laid down my rug. To say that it transformed my living room is an understatement.
It is luxurious and plush
Even my kitty agrees
My Gertmenian rug not only brightens my living room, it also adds a touch of elegance (please excuse the clutter, however it IS a living room!)
From simply a nice paint job and this gorgeous rug from Gertmenian, my living room has been transformed into a happy place that my family enjoys hanging out in. The rug is made of the highest quality material, and does not show dirt or stains. It feels like heaven on the bare feet, and invites you to lay on it to watch a movie. It is soft, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Just a good vacuuming once a week, and it continues to look showroom perfect.
My living room now looks and feels so much brighter and happier. My entire family loves hanging out in the living room and everyone tends to find themselves lying on the rug to watch movies. It is so cushiony and comfortable. I have never experienced such a fine rug before! It makes all the difference in the look and feel of my living room, and makes my house feel more like a home.
For more information, please go to: http://gertmenian.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Summer is over and the cooler weather is on its way. It is time to repair damage from those days spent in the sun, and prepare your skin for the drying winter weather. 7th Heaven makes a variety of all natural peel off, mud masks and many others that will help you to get your skin in perfect condition, no matter what the weather.
7th Heaven's masks are lovingly made by their own herbalists using the most luscious natural ingredients from around the world. With so much natural choice, there’s one to delight your skin and senses each time you treat yourself.
I was given the chance to review several of 7th Heaven's top selling beauty treats.
I was sent the following masks:
Tea Tree Peel-Off: Get in the T-Zone and target problem areas with this super soothing peel off mask. Tea Tree, Witch Hazel & Canadian Willowherb come together to calm and clean up skin impurities. I love this soothing mask! I use it once a week to combat my oily skin. I leave it on for about ten minutes after cleansing, and then rinse well. My skin is left feeling fresh and clean.
Dead Sea Mud Pac: This deeply cleansing mud mask draws out oils and impurities in my skin. It is made with sea salt, seaweed and lavender. I apply it all over my face and neck. It tingles as it dries. I leave it on for ten minutes, and then rinse it completely off. My skin is so soft afterwards!
Charcoal Mud: Bring life back into your skin with intensely, invigorating & reviving Dead Sea Minerals. 7th Heaven has harvested the ocean’s nutrient-rich Seaweed & Kelp right from the source – A satisfying boost for thirsty skin, & then some! I apply this mask after cleansing and I usually leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing.
Charcoal Pore Strips: These amazing pore strips utilize natural hardwood charcoal. Charcoal helps absorb excess sebum and blackheads for cleaner, less-visible pores around the nose, while volcanic ash helps to clear dead cells.
Creamy Coconut:This aromatic mask is made from fresh coconut water, ground cocoa and shea butter, and is a delightfully moisturizing facial treat. I use it after washing my face, and I leave it on for ten minutes before thoroughly rinsing. It leaves my skin thoroughly hydrated and silky smooth.
For more information go to: https://www.my7thheaven.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The only underwear my eleven-year old son wears are Fruit of the Loom. Fruit of the Loom is the brand I have always purchased for my children as they were growing up. My family loves and trusts this brand because of they are comfortable, high quality and always have a great variety of patterns and styles.
And guess what? Fruit of the Loom is partnering with video series creator, Action Movie Kid to show how parents can never be too prepared when it comes to their kids... DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto is behind the video series that has been developed into a children’s book and movie that is currently in the works. In Hashi’s videos, he turns his son into a superhero who gets carried away with his imagination while fighting monsters, aliens and robots.
Hashi created a special video for Fruit of the Loom to show how handy an extra pair of underwear can be. Fruit of the Loom’s bonus pack with boys’ and girls’ underwear comes with extra pairs…just in case. Watch the cute clip below.
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Red Carpet Ready Skin with MineTan
This weekend, on the Emmys red carpet, we will see beauty looks we will want to copy immediately – including their picture-perfect glowing skin.
With MineTan, you too can get the flawless, skin finish the A-list crowd is known for.
MineTan Violet Self Tan Foam ($34.95)
Inspired by the exotic European sun, the mix of violet and dark brown bronzers leaves the skin with a color finish that captures deep olive skin tones. It works with tan extending multi-vitamins and oils to moisturize the skin and deliver the quintessential glow in an instant, that continues to develop into a rich, deep finish without the fake tan smell.
**To achieve the beautiful, streak-free self-tan, apply foam with Bronze On Applicator Mitt ($7.99), quick and easy to use. Plus, it also works as a barrier to protect your hands from any unwanted staining.
I LOVE Chuck E Cheese! I'd like to share a special offer with you from Chuck E. Cheese’s for National Pepperoni Pizza Day!
Join us at participating locations on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Buy any large pizza at menu price and receive a FREE personal thin & crispy pepperoni pizza. Use coupon code #5485.
As fall temperatures are starting to set in, face care is more important than ever to prevent dryness. With products from Kneipp, you can prepare, activate and cleanse your skin with their wide, moisturizing selection.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Lightweight Face Mask – “Soft Skin” ($4, Kneipp.com)
Invigorate, freshen and vitalize the skin with this face mask. Well tolerated by sensitive skin, the cell-protecting vitamin E and the nourishing almond oil makes the skin noticeably smoother. With the variety of plant-based ingredients, the moisture level of your skin will increase over 24 hours.
Kneipp Lady’s Mantle 24H Face Cream – “Reactivation” ($30, Kneipp.com)
With its combination of natural ingredients and lady’s mantle extract, this cream is suitable as a day and night cream. It protects the skin from photoaging and free radicals, while the smoothing intensive care pampers the skin with long-lasting moisture and a gentle fragrance
Kneipp Almond Blossom Cleansing Milk – “Soft Skin” ($15, Kneipp.com)
Gently cleanse and remove any make-up without drying out your skin. This cleansing milk contains high-quality, nourishing almond oil and vitamin E, giving the skin a soft, silky appearance.
*From now until October 1st, ALL face care products are 25% off on Kneipp.com.