Saturday, February 6, 2016

Reflect Shower Mirror by Mirror On A Rope Review ~ #MirrorOnARope.

Today we have Reflect Shower Mirror
by Mirror On A Rope


Now this is an item I probably would never have thought about
unless the good people at Mirror on a Rope hadn't contacted me.



This is the newest addition to the line of Mirror on a Rope line of fog free shower mirrors. When entering shower you need to run the mirror under warm water to allow the mirror to warm up, which keeps it from fogging up. How easy is that!
  

Speaking of easy ~ if it needs cleaning,
wipe with a soft cotton towel and mild soap.
Engraved with Mirror On A Rope's logo


and measures 6" by 4 3/4",
so it doesn't take up too much space.
Nearly unbreakable acrylic that resists scratching.

The Mirror comes with a wall mountable hook easy remove hook and an adjustable mildew resistant 550 paracord rope.


So you have two adjustable options for hanging.


The cord is super long so you will probably want to hang it high,
or maybe tie a knot in it to shorten it up.


I've decided this is a pretty cool item!
My boys like it because now they can shave in the shower.
No fogging or shadowing!
Win for them and a def win for me :)

Reflect Shower Mirror by Mirror On A Rope
is available on Amazon.


 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a discounted  price from Mirror On A Rope.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust?

Let's face it, it is expensive to eat healthy.
A few years ago pasta was our main source of food,
 yeh, good old college cuisine - Top Ramen.
But when it starts to affect your health,
something has to be done.
The kids and my lab work came back very poor.
Low protein, Vit. D, Vit. C, Iron.
Prescriptions were handed out for mega doses of supplements.
I didn't even know there were prescriptions for supplements!
Here we are close to a year later,
with improved labs - that still need more improving.
Still having health issues,

BUT 
we're all trying to get healthier.

I squeeze pennies until they squeal
and am as frugal as they come.
Make what I can, catch sales,
buy "reduced to sell meat", grow veggies,
whatever it takes to try to keep my kids healthy.
Of course, we still like fast food, buy it rarely anymore.
When I saw this recipe for Pizza on Pinterest I had to try it.
It seems Cauliflower can be used for just about
anything these days, but pizza dough? Come on ~
Here we go, photos included
 (yes be amazed! I remembered)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Recipe by DearCrissy

Ingredients:

1 cup riced, then cooked cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp italian seasonings
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
pizza sauce and toppings of your choice

Directions:

1. To rice the cauliflower, cut florets into chunks and pulse in a food processor until you see rice like bits. You could also use a cheese grater to produce the tiny pieces. Don't over process, you don't want mush.
 
2. Microwave the riced cauliflower in a bowl for 5-8 minutes, depending on your microwave. No need to add water. After microwaving, transfer riced cauliflower to a fine mesh strainer and drain completely, gently pressing out excess water. 

Once drained, transfer riced cauliflower to a clean dish towel, wrap the sides around the cauliflower while gently pressing out excess water. This drying process is important!
  
 
3. One large head of cauliflower will yield about 3 cups of riced cauliflower. Use it to make more pizzas immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup riced, cooked cauliflower, 1 egg and your parmesan cheese. Next, add Italian seasonings, crushed garlic and salt.
Making sure everything is well mixed, place your "dough" on the cookie sheet and pat out a 9" round. Be sure not to press it too thin as it's easy to create holes.
5. Bake your dough at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
6. Remove from oven. Add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pre-cooked toppings to your pizza. Place pizza under broiler just until cheese is melted, be sure to keep an eye on it!
Cheese pizza is the agreed pizza around here and this one tasted pretty darn good. The crust looked and felt like crust. Consensus was next time don't add as much parmesan, it was too strong for some. Maybe knock it back to 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. 
Other than that, it was gone in minutes!
Side note: I must have had a small head of cauliflower (looked average to me) I only got 1 cup not 3 cups out of mine.
But it was enough to try the recipe and know it was a keeper.
A great way to lower calories and get veggies down those who don't care for them.
Win, win!


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

What to do in Case of a Break In

Imagine this scenario ~

You're pulling in the driveway, finally home.
The day's over, you can finally relax.
Walking up the walkway you notice
your door doesn't look right.
As you get closer you realize it's been broken into!


You stop in your tracks, frozen -
Your heart skips a beat -
do you go in?
will the perpetrators still be there?
do you run?
scream?
are you mad or scared?

So many different emotions sweep over you,
you really aren't sure exactly what to do.
Thank goodness for SimpliSafe, a home security company,
that is committed to helping people live safely.

They have created an infographic outlining
very important information needed
if you should find yourself in this situation.

You might even make a note in your phone,
to help you remember during this emotional occurrence,
which I hope you never experience.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Colors of the Week ~ Magnetic Nail Color



My youngest son bought this
Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Polar Purple
for me a while back. I love using it!
It's so cool to see the designs pop up.
You paint your first coat on all 10 nails and let dry.
Then do one nail at a time with the second coat and while still wet hold the removable magnet top over the nail for 10 seconds.
Voila! 


I added a slanted stripe of Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer
by L.A. Colors in silver glitter.
Just not ready to give up the glitter from the Holidays yet.
;)
Then my usual -
 topped with 1 coat of
 my fav top coat Sally Hansen's Megashine.

Have you tried magnetic nail polish yet?
If so, do you like it?
I'd love to hear your thoughts ♥


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skin Care Review ~ Influenster VoxBox



I was recently chosen to receive an Influenster VoxBox, my very first one! I was so excited to be chosen for this review. 

In case you haven't heard of Influenster, it's a free service you sign up for. You are sent surveys to complete to determine your eligibility for free product boxes to try out and review. If you're interested in signing up you can click here.

I am so impressed with this box containing full size containers of the L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skin Care line which  targets wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and other skin aging issues.
 

Four products were sent, all containing Hyaluronic Acid.
A naturally occurring substance in your skin, Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin full of moisture that’s lost as you age. Volume Filler is formulated with our highest level of HA to provide intense moisture and restore fullness.

~ Overview ~

L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Treatment
and
L'Oreal Revitalift Daily Re-volumizing Concentrated Serum


L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Treatment


Every morning and evening, smooth a small amount around the eye area patting gently until thoroughly absorbed.
   
- Ophthalmologist Tested
- Dermatologist tested for safety.
- Safe for contact lens wearers.
- Non-Greasy

Claims:
In 1 week: Skin is more hydrated. Skin around the eyes is firmer.
In 4 weeks: Under-eye hollows are visibly re-volumized, reducing the appearance of sunken shadows. Eye contours look more luminous and feel smoother with reduced puffiness and bags.

Eye bags aren't a real problem for me, hopefully this will help keep them that way. Absorbs quickly leaving no sticky feeling.

L'Oreal Revitalift Daily Re-volumizing Concentrated Serum



Claims:
This is a facial serum that replenishes the skin's fullness. It says that within hours of using this, skin hydration significantly improves. Within 4 weeks, your skin should be smoother, more even, fuller cheekbones, under-eye area is less hollowed and fine lines & wrinkles are reduced.

I have to say I love the pump dispenser! So innovative, it dispenses just the right amount needed. Smooths on silky and absorbs  pleasantly.

L'Oreal Revitalift Daily Re-volumizing Moisturizer
and
L'Oreal Revitalift Night Cream


L'Oreal Revitalift Daily Re-volumizing Moisturizer


- Dermatologist tested for safety.

Claims:
Within hours: Skin cushion is significantly improved & is more hydrated
Within 1 week: Skin is replumped, and feels firmer
Within 4 weeks, Skin fullness is visibly replenished, forehead wrinkles, nasolabial folds (area between your nose and upper lip) are significantly reduced, and crow's feet wrinkles are diffused.

Upon opening I saw thick heavy cream. I got a small dab on my finger and applied. It thinned out, was easy to apply and absorbed into my skin. It is a little heavier than the serums naturally, but my skin felt so soft afterward. 

L'Oreal Revitalift Night Cream


Revivalist Volume Filler Night Cream is an overnight, anti-aging face cream that works to replenish the skin. Moisturizing formula with Hyaluronic Acid and Galangal boosts skin volume while you sleep.

Claims:
Next morning: Skin is smoother and more hydrated.
Feels fresher, softer and more supple.
In 4 weeks: Skin fullness is visibly replumped, firmer, steep lines and pillow traces appear smoother, and skin cushion is improved.

I smoothed a small amount over my face and neck and it was absorbed quickly. There is no sticky feeling or residue. After application, my skin felt soft and dewy.


I have not had any adverse reactions from this line. All the products have a light fresh fragrance that dissipates soon after application.

 I have only been using this for a few days, so I haven't realized the full benefits or claims that the product line makes. It does say 4 weeks for most improvement.  I plan to continue to use these products and will update with before and after photos.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


I received the L'Oréal products complimentary from Influenster for the purpose of reviewing and providing my unbiased opinion.  I did not receive monetary compensation.  


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poem from relatives back east.....

I get this poem every winter & every winter I love re-reading it.
It's a beautiful poem and very well written.

A poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre

SHIT
ITS COLD

The End.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

#CraftyPaws Dryer Sheets Box Mission #sweepsentry



I was chosen from the Snuggle Den to get fun and crafty using the Snuggle Dryers Sheets box to make a decoration or craft in the Crafty Paws mission.




By now you know me, I'm pretty frugal so when it came to creating something that you would normally toss, I was game!

The dryer sheets were just a fab bonus! I love the fragrance of Snuggle because the scent lasts a long time, so it was a win win situation for me :)


I have wanted to try making "puffed stars" for quite some time now. It's probably very simple for some people but for some reason was intimidating for me. I decided it was time to try it.

I opened the carefully along all the "seams" for a flat piece of cardboard.

I went online and found a template, resized it (that proved a feat, in and of itself!), not sure why I made 2 but I did. I guess in case I messed one up. Traced them, then cut them out.



Scored where I wanted them to "puff" or be dimensional and folded them on the scores.   I used hot glue to stick them together.  I decided to paint them gold then top off with glitter, of course ;)



You could add a hook for a Christmas decoration, make more for a garland (cute for a little girl's Princess Party), a mobile, my mind is spinning with ideas!  For now Snuggles is going to enjoy them, after all he really should have his own Gold Star!


Making the puffy stars turned out easier than I thought. I'm sure there will be more twinkling in my future!


Next time you get ready to toss something, see if you can think of what you could make with it. You just may be surprised ;)

I received Snuggle Dryers Sheets for free from the Bear Den.

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