Revamp! 

Hey everyone! It’s been entirely too long since I posted here.

The truth is, the only beauty tips I’ve got to offer lately are that 2 coats of concealer covers bags under your sleepy eyes better than 1, and never to put on your work clothes before you walk out the door unless you want to wear spit up as a last minute accessory. 

Only kidding! I enjoyed every second of maternity leave, and have now enjoyed getting back into the things that identified me as a person before becoming a mother. Not to mention, finding a balance between the two. So, I intend to make this blog about a mix of those things. Much quicker and pre-prepared dinner recipes, baby food recipes, and of COURSE,  hair and makeup tips. 

I want to take this opportunity to share with you all a new product line that I am over the moon about! I’ve just started carrying it in the studio, and I’m a believer. For 3 years, I have been looking for a product that somewhat resembles Aveda, and that I can get behind. And this is it.

Living Proof is a conplete product line for women and men. My favorite aspects of this line are that is smoothes and adds shine without any oils or silicones, adds body without adding buildup, and most importantly…it’s designed to repel dirt and oil so that you don’t have to shampoo as often. Say whaaaaa? I’m sold. 

You may recognize it because the beautiful Jennifer Aniston is the face of the line. Not only is she the face, she is part owner. She believes in it that much! And anything Jen can get behind, I can get behind. I mean, would anyone NOT take her hair? Check it out. Livingproof.com  

I’ll leave you with a picture of the handsome 4 month old, Wilder!

  

It’s been a while!

Hi everyone! HI! YES, IT’S ME! And yes, this IS a new blog post.

Lot’s has been goin on over here, and I have had a few people ask WHEN a new post was coming, and it actually made me realize, people ARE reading, which made me super excited.

With a BABY coming in 3 months,

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I have plenty of nesting projects, NEW types of beauty secrets, and of course more recipes to share. That’s right, baby boy Shields will be here December 31st, aka New Years Eve! I couldn’t be more excited, and though my posts won’t be centered around pregnancy, I will certainly share every tip that makes you feel more glamorous while pregnant!

Anyways, with it feeling like full blown fall now, and having just had my grandma here, we went through some of my old family recipes. Most were my mom’s (from a super thoughtful wedding shower gift that two of my dearest friends got me, a compilation of ALL of my mom’s recipes), but some were also my great grandmother’s. Last week, I made 2 batches of my great grandma’s apple crisp, and tonight, I made a few modifications.

Also, if you are looking for the EASIEST cobbler recipe you’ve ever encountered in all of your days, you’ll find it here. Promise.

Let’s start with the fact that I recruited Aaron Shields himself to help me out tonight, and that was something that deserved to be photographed.

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Now, we’ll start with the apple crisp. Apples are my only current pregnancy craving. I’ll eat any kind I can get my hands on, but Honeycrisp are my favorite this time of year! SO I chose those. They are also HUGE right now, so if you go with a smaller apple, you’ll want to use one more apple that what I specify below.

Start by preheating your oven to 350. Now grab 3 large apples, and peel, slice, and chop them into small cubes. Put them into an 8×8 pan, and sprinkle with cinnamon. (you could also drizzle with caramel! I thought of this after baking the two batches tonight)

Next, mix the topping. I LOVE oats, but the original Touch family recipe didn’t call for them, so if you chose to go without, simply eliminate those, no other changes need to be made. Mix together the following ingredients;

3/4 cup flour (I used King Arthur’s gluten free All Purpose Flour)

1/2 cup sugar (original recipe called for 1 cup sugar, I chose to do half sugar, half brown and it was delish!)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. salt

1/3 cup old fashion oats

1/2 cup melted butter

Mix these all together until they are a funky slightly crumbly/slightly sticky combo. At this point, it is easiest to use your hands to tear little pieces off and crumble over top of the apples. Now I LOVE the topping, so tonight I made a double batch of topping, and used 5 apples, and made two batches with a higher topping:apple ratio.

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Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. You will want to gobble it all up, and I say go for it! Try at least one bowl with some vanilla ice cream 😉

Now, for the easiest-cherry-or-apple-or-bluberry-or-peach-cobbler-ever-known-to-man-recipe. You ready? Don’t blink, this is IT.

Start by choosing your filling. I chose cherry, because it was mom and I’s fav. Cover an 8×8 inch baking pan.

Now for the topping. Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix (yes, the box) until it covers all of the fruit completely. I used Lillabee’s yellow cake mix, but my mom and I used to use Jiffy yellow cake mix. Do they even make that anymore? Now, melt a stick of butter. (cough cough, yes…a whole stick). Spoon the melted butter over the top of the cake mix. NOW, you’re done! Yep, that’s it. Bake that baby for 25 minutes at 350, and you’ve got a delicious, midwest dessert.

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If you add an entire stick of butter to any recipe, it immediately becomes a ‘midwest dessert’ 😉

I hope these two recipes will satisfy your fall recipe cravings, as well as give you a quick dessert option when you need to throw something together for a party!

Now that I have finally gotten around to posting my first blog post since January, I’m going to do something else crazy that I don’t do nearly enough of, like laundry. Or  I’ll stay here on the couch, pinned down by this babe….

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Did your pups know you were pregnant like ours? Do tell!

Have a great week, everyone! xo!

It’s Winter! Can you feel it?

Hello again, everyone! One thing is for sure. It is officially winter. If you live in the Midwest, you’re experiencing a worse version. (eh em, why do you think I left?) However, here in Colorado….we are feeling it too! Somehow, when it is 5 degrees here, it feels like 20. No wind, no humidity, and sunshine. It’s amazing. In the Midwest when it hits 5, they cancel school, as it feels like -35. Phew.

Anyways, before moving to Colorado, I had the softest skin and hair. (Yes, I am kind of bragging). But this harsh dryness, mixed with the amount of time we spend outside in the sun, even in the winter, has really taken a toll. Plus, the only thing worse for our dry skin and hair than this weather, is the steaming hot showers we want to take to warm us up! So I thought I would give you a few solutions here that have helped me keep my ‘softest skin in the world’ as soft as can be skin and hair  up! Lemme break it down for ya….

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Hair:

It’s all about conditioning! Condition in the shower, post shower, and between shampoos. THEN, make sure to do an extra conditioning mask about once very 5 shampoos. (so for some people, that’s once a week, and for others, once a month.) Also, cut down on the shampooing. I know, I’ve said it before, but seriously. If your head gets so oily this time of year that you can’t even go every other day without getting oily, see a doctor. Kidding, but let’s remember….we need those oils to keep our hair moisturized and shiny. Not to mention our scalp. Here are my favorite products to help keep you locks from getting crispy this winter.

In the shower, after shampooing: http://www.amazon.com/Pureology-Pur-9088-Hydrate-Conditioner-8-5/dp/B006WM8796/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389049214&sr=8-2&keywords=pureology+hydrating+conditioner

I love the minty smell, and how it leave your hair soft, but not heavy.

Mask/treatment: http://www.amazon.com/Moroccanoil-Weightless-Hydrating-Mask-Ounce/dp/B0068M4E6A/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1389049288&sr=8-5&keywords=moroccan+oil+mask

Sometimes, I even leave this is all day on my days off and tuck my hair up into a bun. Butter, it will feel like butter I tell you 🙂 Otherwise, leave in while you shave your legs, wash you body, etc, and rinse out after 5 minutes.

Before you heat style: http://www.amazon.com/Pureology-Serious-Fanatic-AntiFade-Complex/dp/B00E8X79V8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389049383&sr=8-1&keywords=21+benefits

I’ve said it a million times, this stuff has saved my hair. Trust me, then thank me later. Spray this hair saver in when your hair is wet, before doing any kind of styling.

Between shampoos: http://www.amazon.com/TIGI-Rockaholic-Secret-Conditioner-Unisex/dp/B0041T7A4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389049451&sr=8-1&keywords=tigi+dry+conditioner

Aint no secret, Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo is my fav. But their Dry Conditioner? I’ve been holding out on you! Spray this through the ends of your hair after you spray your dry shampoo (on your non-washing days) BEFORE you re-curl or flat iron. This is the missing piece to your perfect day 2 hair. (or 3, or 4)

Skin:

In the shower: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/shop-by-line/olive/olive-body-scrub.aspx

Exfoliate, ladies and gents! The faster you turn over those dead cells, the softer your fresh, new skin will be. Do this once a week, all over.

Also, switch to a cream based body wash in the winter. Lots of suds=dryer skin. Again, back to The Body Shop: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/shop-by-line/shea/mini-shea-shower-cream.aspx

The cream takes a bit of getting used to, but makes a huge difference in the end.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Big surprise here, back to The Body Shop: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/body-moisturizers/body-butter/regular-body-butter/body-butter-shea.aspx

If you know me, you’ve probably wondered why I haven’t invested in stock in The Body Shop, or even just in the Shea Butter alone. A little goes a long way. MOST importantly, sign up to get The Body Shop emails! They are always offering buy one get one free, 50% off, etc. Don’t get caught paying full price!

Face:

Again, I recommend switching to a cream cleanser in the winter: http://www.aveda.com/product/7573/16808/Collections/botanical-kineticsTM–for-dry-skin/Botanical-Kinetics-Purifying-Creme-Cleanser/index.tmpl

I promise, just because it’s not suds-ing doesn’t mean it’s not cleaning.

Moisturize. Like, a lot: http://www.aveda.com/product/7573/16808/Collections/botanical-kineticsTM–for-dry-skin/Botanical-Kinetics-Purifying-Creme-Cleanser/index.tmpl

And mask here as well: http://www.aveda.com/product/7468/16664/Skin-Care/skin-type/dry/Intensive-Hydrating-Masque/index.tmpl

Once a week, folks. You know the drill.

Hands and feet: http://www.aveda.com/product/5205/16410/Body/Moisturize/Hand-Relief/index.tmpl

http://www.aveda.com/product/5205/16922/Body/Moisturize/Foot-Relief/index.tmpl

There is just nothing better for your hands and feet than these two. Even if at night, before bed is the only time you apply, I promise you will notice a difference in a matter of days! Not to mention how amazing Foot Relief can feel after a long day in ski or snowboard boots!

Lips:

I know you’ve been waiting. I am partial to these two: http://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Beeswax-Balm-Pack/dp/B002DPUXZM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389050383&sr=8-2&keywords=burts+bees

http://www.amazon.com/Chapstick-Hydration-Lock-Pack-12/dp/B00EFT7TIS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389050410&sr=8-1&keywords=8+hour+moisture+lock

If you have actual dry skin on your lips, apply one of the balms listed here, and use a clean mascara wand to slough off the dead skin.

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This is a great one to do at night, too!

Of course, I can’t emphasize enough to MOISTURIZE, and drink a LOT of water. I mean a lot.

Oh, you want to know what I am doing with my hair here? Stay tuned for ways to cut down on heat styling. Another way to keep your hair looking good through the winter months!

Lastly, when all else fails, and you have an area needing extra, and I mean extra moisture, go to my one and only…Coconut Oil. I know, it’s for cooking and baking, but when my scalp is flaky, or my skin looks dull and dry, I go straight to the coconut oil. Yep, straight outta the jar. Some skin experts may disagree with this, but I have yet to recommend it to anyone and NOT have them see great results. Apply before bed, so you don’t feel oily all day. Plus, this give it tons of time to soak in. Mmmmm, buttery skin.

Hope this helps you feel smooth, and anything but dry and itchy this winter! Have a great week, everyone!

Will you be watching Juan Pablo tonight? Me too.

 

Why your Grandparents didn’t have food allergies…

Happy Monday everyone! I thought this article was so interesting. Explains a lot about why things like food allergies and celiac are so prevalent today. I can’t help but wonder if in the 1900’s I could eat all the fresh baked bread in the world!? Worth a read 🙂

http://butternutrition.com/why-your-grandparents-didnt-have-food-allergies/

Stay tuned tomorrow for a little hair and makeup tutorial for my soon to be ‘on camera’ friend, Julie! Her skin tone is different from mine in every way, so you’ll see lot’s of different shading and colors than before! Shorter hair tips as well!

‘Tis the season!

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you read this blog for healthy recipes, it’s time to check on out. Yep, just x out of this post.

If you think the holidays are a time to limit yourself to a few treats eat treats until your belly hurts, the read on sister. Read on.

I love hosting, and my girlfriends and I have an annual gift exchange, with treats, wine, and a little white elephant style gift swap. This year, I offered to host, as we put up our first tree!

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I decided to make a few appetizers, and of course, a few desserts. Now, none of these were my original recipes, so I’ll share each link with you. I hope you’re able to use one of two for your next holiday get together!

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Note: substituted all glutenous items (oreos, breadcrumbs, flour) with g-free versions, of course, with the exception of the almond bark covered pretzels. If you find those pretzel rods g-free, PLEASE let me know!

Also, tonight we also tried the meatballs you’ll see below with spicy BBQ sauce. Of course, I prefer buffalo sauce over all other sauces, but it was still pretty tasty. Next time, I’m trying blue cheese in the middle….mmmm! Happy cooking/baking!

Feta stuffed buffalo chicken meatballs:

http://iowagirleats.com/2013/01/24/feta-stuffed-buffalo-chicken-meatballs-2/

Pears with goat cheese, pistachios, and cranberries:

http://thatkindofwoman.tumblr.com/post/13852621171/pears-with-goat-cheese-cranberries-and

Oreo balls: (the main cause for said gut ache) :/

http://www.food.com/recipe/oreo-balls-52035

Peppermint brownies:

http://www.sweetcsdesigns.com/peppermint-brownies/

Peanut clusters:

Melt one package of semi sweet chocolate chips. Stir in 8 ounces of unsalted, dry roasted peanuts. scoop 1 1/5 inch ball onto wax paper. Let set, and enjoy! (This was actually one of my mom’s holiday favorites! and ‘recipe’)

Hope you are all doing a better job of resisting these goodies than I am, or better yet, hope you’re all eating them and enjoying every second of it! Have a great week!

 

Do what you want…

Am I the only one OBSESSED with Gaga’s new stuff? It reminds me of a cross between Madonna and Mariah….so pretty much amazing. This is my fav off her new album, and oh yes, that IS R. Kelly singing along with her…remember him?? Let’s just say I’ve tested out the quality of Nissan’s sound system with this number.

So if you see a white Murano speeding driving down the road dancing and singing uncontrollably to this song…its probably me.

Happy Monday! Take a listen. You’re welcome 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3jzMyYgPQs

Friendsgiving Part 1

Happy Sunday everyone! I am still in a food coma from yesterday’s festivities. It was our 2nd annual Friendsgiving! Amanda and Bill hosted, and everyone brought some of their favorite dishes. It was a great group of 21 friends, and a.maz.ing. food!

I thought it would be super fun to share some recipes of others for a change, so this was a great opportunity! Today, I have successfully compiled the recipes of the ‘dessert-ish’ dishes from yesterday. Let me share three of them.

Anna had been talking about this pumpkin crunch for a while. Aaron has since been talking about it non-stop. Thank goodness she shared the recipe….I hope mine measures up! It kind of resembled a cake with pecans on top, but had different textures to the taste. A creamier pumpkin at the bottom, and a crunchier cake-like on top. Anna, please forgive me if this is all wrong, this is Aaron’s description since I didn’t try any! Here is the recipe! She used regular whipped cream, as it was already so sweet, AND if you wanted to make this gluten free, all you would have to replace is the yellow cake mix. Lillabee, and Pamela’s both make a great one!

http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/11/pumpkin-crunch.html

Julie had inquired earlier in the week on some tips on spices, ensuring that everything was gluten free, so I had been daydreaming about hers too! She made a pumpkin bread that was delish! It was so moist, and just the right amount of sweet, so it didn’t feel too dessert-y. I was seriously wishing I had some for breakfast this morning. I had some with dinner, and some after while we played games. YUM. Here is her recipe!

food.com/recipe/gluten-free-pumpkin-bread-393411

Lastly, I made a couple of pumpkin cheesecakes! I had been waiting for months (since my last cheesecake fail, if you missed that post, well, good.) It was pretty tasty, and still is today…

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Here is the recipe for the cheesecake! It’s layered with regular cheesecake, to keep it from being too pumpkin-y. (no such thing)

 

 

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Filling:

  • 4 – 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 300 degrees
  • Grease pie tin
  • In large bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter
  • Press cookie mixture into pan and up the sides
  • Bake crust for 8-10 minutes
  • Cool crust for at least 5 minutes
  • Beat cream cheese until creamy in an extra large bowl
  • Add sugar and beat well
  • Add in 1 egg at a time, beating as you go.
  • Spoon 3 cups of cheesecake mixture into cooled crust
  • Add pumpkin, and spices in to the remaining cheesecake mixture
  • Spoon on top of regular cheesecake
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Turn off oven, open door, and leave in for addition 30 minutes
  • Cool in refrigerator until serving

 

Hope you guys can use one of these for a holiday party, or Thanksgiving this week! I will be making the 2 that I didn’t try this week!

Thanks Anna and Julie for sending the recipes and staring on the blog today as baking beauties!

Have a great week everyone, and look for the savory recipes tomorrow! Dessert first, right Julie?