Orange Punch

Orange punch, yum. It is a very basic recipe, yet oh so tasty. I know most people have a punch recipe, but I wanted to share this tried and true one. It’s my go to recipe that’s always a smashing success. I thought it might make a great addition to anyone’s gatherings and parties!!

Ingredients
1 Large Frozen Orange Juice-Thawed
1 Large Pineapple Juice
1- 2 Liter Ginger Ale
2 quarts Water
2 cups sugar
Orange Sherbet- (I use Orange Sherbet in plastic containers. I use 3 total.)

Directions
Boil 2 quarts of water and 2 cups of sugar.
After water has come to a boil and sugar is dissolved, let cool.
Pour all liquid ingredients into a punch bowl and mix well.
Add Sherbet and serve.

Enjoy this at your next gathering!!

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Achieving Your Destiny

I heard the greatest thing today. Something that I desperately needed to hear.
I’ve been in a rut and really struggling with some things that are better left in the past. I’m so exhausted from them creeping up and making their way into my present and holding me back.
So when the pastor said this in the Sunday service I just knew it was meant for me…

“You have to step out of your history to achieve your destiny.”

Not sure if this was a quote he has heard elsewhere or something he came up with on his own, but I had never heard it before.
And when he said it this morning it was like a punch to the gut. Like uh yeah, that one was aimed right for me.
Learning to let go and not be burdened and defined by what has happened in my past has turned out to be far more of a struggle than I had ever imagined possible. It is ingrained in my brain and can even effect some of the choices I make to this day.
Everyone has something that they struggle with, some more than others, but on some level we can all relate.

The past is just life lessons preparing us for the future. We were not meant to dwell on the past and become miserable. We are here to live the fullest life we possibly can and that is not possible when we are stuck in our history.

I plan on achieving my destiny one step at a time. Everyday I want to wake up with the intention of getting closer and closer to the person I choose to be, not what someone else made me feel I was.

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February Ipsy Bag

1. February bag-Pretty in #ipsypink

2. Dr. Brandt- PoreDermabrasion

Ipsy says
Dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion is a unique physical and chemical exfoliator and pore perfector in one. No matter how old you are or what type of skin you have, enlarged pores are a huge concern. Shrink them down to the vanishing point while smoothing and evening skin’s texture.

  • Helps refine the appearance of pores
  • Helps cleanse pores
  • Helps smooth and even skin texture

Weight: .25 oz

I am very, very excited to give this a try. I’ve heard really great things about this product and can’t wait to see what all the hype is about.

3. BelláPierre Cosmetics- Mineral Blush

Ipsy says
This creamy, non-comedogenic Mineral Blush gives you a beautiful, healthy flush that looks natural. Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, this award-winning blush is talc-free, paraben-free, and suitable for all skin types and conditions.

  • All natural
  • Vegan
  • Creates a natural blush

ipsters who sample Mineral Blush will receive the shade Desert Rose.
Weight: .2 oz

I have not heard much about this product or brand. I am interested to see how much pigment this has.

4. My Amazing Hair Secrets- My Amazing Leave In Secret

Ipsy says
A light yet powerful all-in-one conditioner; carefully formulated with our Natural Oil Complex system featuring VCOH Technology, Panthenol, Keratin, Vitamin E and Amino Acids.

  • Repairs dry, damaged hair
  • Penetrates the cuticle to keep the hair smooth, shiny and strong
  • Hydrates hair for split end damage repair
  • Seals out humidity for superior frizz control

Weight: 1 oz

Again this is another product that I haven’t heard much about. I’m very particular about hair products, but I will give it a shot.

5. IT Cosmetics- Bye Bye Undereye anti-aging Concealer

Ipsy says
An award-winning Anti-Aging, full coverage treatment concealer that delivers highly pigmented natural-looking perfect coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye® uses Anti-Aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots and redness, conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles; and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles instantly.

  • Highly pigmented, covers absolutely everything and anything
  • Won’t crease and crack into lines
  • Treats skin with anti-aging powerhouse ingredients

ipsters who receive this product will receive the shade Light, Medium, or Tan.

I’ve heard several beauty bloggers mention this product so I am super excited to ty this. I’ve heard reviews that this is very full coverage but works wonders for under eyes.

6. Luxie Beauty- Small Tapered Blending Brush 231

Ipsy says
Luxie Beauty’s small tapered blending brush 231 is held by a luscious pink handle and enticing rose gold ferrule. Handcrafted with synthetic bristles, this vegan makeup brush is both cruelty-free and paraben-free. Coated in a revolutionary antibacterial solution, the brush is fresh and clean on the skin. Use this brush to blend your shadow into the perfect look.

  • Cruelty and paraben-free
  • Vegan
  • Coated with Antibacterial Solution

Weight: .5 oz

I know 0 about this line, but have been looking for some new brushes. Hopefully this one is a winner!

Overall I’m very excited about February’s ipsy bag. I love getting my pink mailer in my mailbox every month. If you’re interested in finding your own pink mailer in your box every month then check it out here https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=w40zu

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Starting Back at One

Oh my goodness guys! It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything here. My life has taken a dramatic turn and I’ve spent the last year trying to sort it all out.
But, good news, I’m back and better than ever!!
Ready to take on the world and get back to some normalcy. I’ve taken a long enough break with lots of seriousness. It’s time to get back to what I love and enjoy!

So…stay tuned over the next few weeks for some great posts!

XOXO

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How I Cleaned My Microfiber Couch

I had no idea how to clean my old microfiber couch. When I bought this furniture 7 years ago I was 21 years old with a very young child. The salesman told me this would be the easiest furniture to clean for his dirty little fingers.

“Just take a rag and dish detergent and wipe it right up!”

SOLD! That was all I needed to hear. So I bought a loveseat and chaise lounge in a beige color.
These things have had spills, markers, dirty feet, Cheeto hands (all you mom’s out there know about those) and the list goes on.
I did exactly as I was instructed by the so called knowledgeable salesman and simply wiped it up.

WRONG! All I managed to accomplish was stain the couches even more with these large water rings. Over the years I have tried carpet cleaner and homemade solutions, but nothing worked. I only made it look worse.

Until now. Let’s all celebrate. For anyone who already knew this trick, good on you, and for anyone one who didn’t, your life is going to change.

It’s so simple and you only need one common household ingredient. Rubbing alcohol. Yes, that’s right. If you prefer, you could use a clear alcohol such as vodka too.

I found this  on Pinterest of course and it led me to a site called One Good Thing. If you click the link it will take you to the post and it actually has a lot of useful info on microfiber furniture. I didn’t realize that there were different types that you clean differently.

I want to start by saying that you should test a small area first to make sure it does not leave any marks or stains behind. I wouldn’t want anyone to ruin their furniture.

I simply vacuumed any loose dirt and debris from the couch to start clean.

Then I added my alcohol to a spray bottle and spritzed the stained area really well. I personally used a washrag to clean, but you could also use a cleaning pad. Just make sure that if you are using a rag that it is white. The alcohol could make some color from a rag rub off onto your furniture and make a bigger mess.
You have to really get in there and scrub. My hands and wrist were sore after I was done. Of course, I had an entire couch to clean and not just one stain. I only did little sections at a time so that I didn’t miss any spots.
Once the area is dry, check your furniture. Run your hands over the areas you have cleaned. If it feels stiff you could use a soft scrub brush and gently rub it over the area to fluff it up. I personally used an extra brush out of my manicure set that I don’t use.

That’s it your done! It’s that simple. I hope you get as much use out of this post as I did doing it.

 

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Cajun Oven Fried Chicken

Anyone that reads my posts will know just how long I have been on this diet kick. I recently posted a weight watchers cobbler recipe that is easy and delicious. I have been testing out some new healthy recipes in the past week. I am sick of the same drab, plain chicken breast and veggies.

Today I made a healthy version of fried chicken. Now being from NC, we love some fried food. Hence the weight gain problem 🙂

It’s a super simple recipe and quick to throw together. I got this recipe from MyRecipes.

Cajun Oven Fried Chicken

Here is what you will need
               

  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning              
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk                               
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 chicken breast halves (about 1 pound), skinned                               
  • 2 chicken drumsticks (about1/2 pound), skinned
  • 2 chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), skinned      
  • Cooking Spray      
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    Directions
     
    Preheat oven to 400°.

    Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Place panko in a shallow dish. Dip chicken, one piece at a time, into buttermilk mixture; dredge in panko.

    Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until done, turning after 20 minutes.

    I actually cooked mine slightly longer. My oven cooks a little slower than average and my family likes the chicken to be very crispy. I also didn’t make chicken breast. I doubled the chicken thighs.

    This dish was so crispy with the panko breadcrumbs. I didn’t miss the fact that they weren’t fried at all. My picky kids loved them and my husband never guessed that this was a healthier dish than regular fried chicken. He assumed it was just a different recipe that I was trying for fried chicken.

    This recipe is definitely going on my “make regularly” recipe box. (The recipe box that has now become a OneNote file on my phone)

     
            
      
     
                   
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    Garcinia Cambogia

    I first heard of Garcinia Cambogia on Dr. Oz. I decided to look into it and try to find some reviews.
    The problem I found was that almost every website I found about Garcinia Cambogia was written by the company trying to sell the supplements.
    I couldn’t find many reviews of the product from a non partial person.

    I took a risk and decided to spend $39.99 for a 2 month supply. It was called Miracle Garcinia Cambogia. If you are interested it can be found here.

    The biggest thing I read that appealed to me was the boost in energy, which is a benefit for me in general. It also has an extract called HCA which acts as an appetite suppressant and increases serotonin, another benefit for emotional eaters like me.

    Here is a quote from their website

    “The greatest part of Miracle Garcinia Cambogia is it’s a dual action fat buster! It prevents fat from being made and suppresses your appetite. Now you can lose weight without diet and exercise!”

    According to the website you can attain great results without having to change your routine.
    So for reference my routine consists of walking/jogging 3-4 days a week for at least an hour. I eat a sensible meal 3 times a day with no carbs after lunch. I also have a morning and afternoon snack of fruit, yogurt, hard boiled egg or something healthy. I allow a cheat day and occasional sweets. I try not to swear them off entirely or I find myself craving them more.

    I continued that routine for the entire 2 months. I didn’t try to diet or go on a rigorous exercise routine.
    I started at 158 pounds and ended at 151.
    That was all. Just 7 pounds in 2 months. I was expecting a lot more from this miracle diet supplement. I was hearing these crazy numbers like 20 pounds in a month. I really thought I would drop more than 10 based on all of the information I had gathered.

    To be honest I felt a little like I wasted 2 whole months on this. I was doing a better job when I just watched what I ate and worked out a little harder. I have been off of the supplement for a few weeks now and decided to go back to a diet of fewer calories and extra exercise.  I went from 151 to 147 in 2 weeks. That is 4 pounds in just 2 weeks.

    My advice, just work a little harder. There is no easy fix and you just have to keep trying no matter how many promising advertisements are thrown in our faces. They may seem good, but they rarely ever work.

    Good luck and I wish you well to anyone else who is trying to lose weight. It is hard, but I am right there with you. Trying to be a healthier me!!!

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    Weight Watchers Peach Cobbler

    This is an amazing recipe. I can’t believe that I came across it and how delicious it turned out to be. This is so incredibly low calorie that I could hardly believe it.
    The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to put together.

    Here is all you need (this recipe is from Pinterest)

    2 lbs frozen peaches
    1 box yellow cake mix
    1 can diet Sprite or 7up

    1. Spray Pam in 13×9 pan and spread all of frozen peaches.
    2. Sprinkle dry cake mix over peaches.
    3. Pour can of Sprite over cake mix.
    4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 min. at 350 degrees.
    5. Uncover and bake for 40 min.

    Ta-Da it’s done!!!

    Some tips from my experience. I used diet Sierra Mist. You could use any lemon lime diet soda you prefer. I also did not use frozen peaches. I happened to have some peaches that I had canned over the summer and decided to use them instead. Also, my grocery store sells a sugar free cake mix that would reduce the calories even more.
    Make sure the soda covers all of the cake mix. That is how the cobbler browns.
    This has been a life saver for my diet.With all the calories I have saved on dessert, I can treat myself some nights with a little vanilla frozen yogurt to go along with it.

     
    This is right before the cobbler went into the oven. The problem is that it was eaten so quickly that the after photos are in the stomach of my entire family. They like to eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven. 

    ENJOY!!!!

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