December 12, 2017

Healthy Peanut Butter Blossoms







The holidays are such a fun time of year. Family, friends, food... lots of food! It's so easy to indulge because it really is a time of celebration. That being said, most of us probably over-indulge (guilty), so it's nice to have healthier alternatives.

Once I saw this healthy Peanut Butter Blossom recipe from Tone It Up, I was ecstatic! I love these cookies, and was really pumped for a healthier version. Lots of the reviews on their page complained that the finished version was a bit too dry for them, so I did some experimenting and tweaking, and found a combination that worked perfectly for me.

PSA - These are healthy cookies. They aren't going to taste exactly like the OG peanut butter blossoms, but they are very close. My boyfriend wasn't a huge fan of this recipe, but I personally really enjoyed it. So you know what that means? More for me :).

Let me know if you try these and tell me what you think!


Healthy Peanut Butter Blossoms 
Yields around 18 cookies

Ingredients:
1 Cup of Natural Peanut Butter
2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein (I used Tone It Up's, but you can use whatever you'd like!)
1/3 Cup of Eggs Whites
1 Tbls of melted Coconut Oil
1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
Big Pinch of Salt
18 Chocolate Kisses

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F

2. Combine all ingredients (except for the chocolate kisses) in a large bowl and mix well.

3. Roll the dough into tablespoon size balls, and place on a cookie sheet (either greased with cooking spray, or with parchment paper).

4. Bake for 9-10 minutes in the oven.

5. Top the fresh-from-the-oven chocolate kiss into the cookie and enjoy!

December 7, 2017

Holiday Beauty Favorites











Let the festive season begin! There is so much to be excited about around the holidays. All of the amazing parties, friends and family to catch up with, and many reasons to celebrate and be thankful.
If your friends and family are anything like mine, there are going to be a lot of pictures being taken. I like to amp it up during the holidays mostly for the multiple photograph reason, and mostly because it's also just really fun!

I really enjoy focusing on the eyes, since there is a lot of eating and drinking going on, it can be hard to pick a long-lasting lip (more on that later). I love going for a glittery eye shadow, and cream can be the best because it is really quick, lasts forever, and gives more of a wet look. My favorite is Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Moonlight. It's a really shimmery taupe color that can be sheered out or built up. Regardless, it's really flattering and super pretty on everyone. I also go for a mild/moderate cat eye. My favorite liquid liner is Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black. This stuff is as black as it gets and really stays on no matter what. My favorite for giving the eyes some definition.I'm not a huge false lash fan, but I feel like Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara gives you as close as you can get to falsies without actually having to use them.

I really do my face no differently than any other day, but an addition I love to make is the MAC Strobe Cream. It adds an extra layer of moisture (an essential for dry skin) and adds a beautiful lit-from-within glow. It really jumps amps up the skin and glow without looking super greasy.

Now to the lips, as promised earlier, this can be really tough! Since I enjoy focusing on the eyes, I really don't like to go too bold with the lips, but to add some long-lasting color, I love bareMineral's Gen Nude Liquid Lipsticks in Boss and Infamous . They are very moisturizing for a liquid lipstick and although they aren't as bulletproof as a classic LL, they leave behind a really pretty stain that lasts forever. Another option, which may be a bit unpopular, is LipSense. I know I know, those parties can be a little annoying, but hear me out: I went to one, got a very neutral color (First Love) and trust me, that stuff doesn't go ANYWHERE once you put it on, and it wears really well too without getting dry or crumbly. It's definitely an option if that is something that interests you.

November 30, 2017

My Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe











Here we go! Not only is it winter time, but it's also cold & flu season which calls for one thing and one thing only, chicken noodle soup.

I love chicken noodle soup, always have, always will, so I took to making my own recipe very seriously.

I've made this a couple of times and have always loved it. My boyfriend, who isn't a big chicken noodle soup fan, told me he actually loved it too (because it contains many noodles, apparently).


So here you go! My no-fail, chicken noodle soup recipe. Bon appétit and h
appy cozies!


Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

6 skin-on Chicken Drumsticks
Tumeric powder
Ginger powder
Olive Oil
1 lemon
4 Garlic Cloves
1/4 cup of Chives
3 Celery Stalks
2 Large Carrots
1/2 box of Asian Rice Noodles
Salt
Pepper

Instructions:

1. Fill a large pot with water

2. Place the drumsticks and 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the water

3. Add in 1/2 tsp of Ginger powder and 1 tsp of tumeric into the water

4. Bring water to a boil and let cook undisturbed for 45 minutes

5. Dice the carrots, chives and celery. Mix with garlic in separate bowl, and place the juice of a whole lemon on top

6. Place the bowl of vegetables, noodles, and salt and pepper (to taste) into boiling water and cook for an addition 20-30 minutes

7. Serve & enjoy!

November 28, 2017

Fairy Dust










I love Lush Cosmetics. They make amazing products that are free from animal testing and very natural that actually work. They also embrace the extra-ness inside of me that is glitter, and sparkle, and products that smell like cotton candy.

I usually go a little cray for bath bombs in the Fall and Winter, but this time around I've learned I'm much more interested in those products after the Holidays (specifically on boxing day, when everything is on sale and it's way colder than it is in October anyway).

This year, I held back, like REALLY held back for me and only grabbed two products. They are sickly and sweet and incredible. The first product is the seasonal classic, Snow Fairy. It smells like cotton candy, it has glitter inside the bottle, it's pink, and it makes me feel festive AF. My bathroom smells like it after and I feel like it lingers on my skin, without it being offensive to other people around me. I love it and I hope it comes back for Christmas every year until the end of time.

The other product I grabbed is Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub. PSA - If you love lip scrub, buy one from Lush because they are the best! Their lip scrubs are made of sugar (so you can literally eat the sugar off after scrubbing) and have natural nourishing oils included so your lips are really soft after scrubbing. This seasonal choice smells like, you guessed it, sugar plum, and it leaves a beautiful, light, tinted-purple color behind on the lips. Let's just say my lips have never been softer in my life because I'm addicted to this lip scrub!

So there you go, that is my tiny little Lush haul. I hope that if you love smelling like a Sugary Christmas Goddess that you find yourself on their website or in their stores this holiday season... Christmastime is the best time to hit them up, no doubt!

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