January 23, 2014

GLAMGLOW


I came across this mud mask a while ago, called Glamglow.  I was searching Pinterest for beauty tips one day and I saw this picture. It immediately peaked my interest. 


This is similar to what I find on the underside of a pore cleansing strip once I’ve ripped it from my face.  I had to know more about the product that supposedly gave this type of result.  I clicked on the Pinterest link which took me to a blog, Ivory and Olive.  The blogger wrote that Glamglow was “secretly being passed through the hands of Hollywood’s elite.” Reading this simple phrase tells me two things 1) this product must be seriously effective and 2) this product is most likely ridiculously expensive.

I was right about the second thing, Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment sells for $69 for a 1.2 fl oz jar.  I re-pinned the picture to my “Beauty Tips and Tricks” board and tried to put it out of my mind.  For some reason, even though I knew I’d never spend that kind of money on a beauty product (especially one that I wasn’t 100% sure worked), I kept coming back to this pin.

Let me give you a little background information:
Last January I had my 27th birthday, I officially hit my “late twenties.”  I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was about turning 27 but I started obsessing about getting old.  Brad laughed at me when I bought an anti-wrinkle moisturizer, and I can’t say that I blame him, but that didn’t stop me.  I kept telling myself “I’m not trying to get rid of wrinkles, I just want to prevent them before they start.”  I began by rotating the anti-wrinkle moisturizer with my regular moisturizer, but before I knew it, I was using solely the anti-wrinkle moisturizer.  I had begun seeing more wrinkles on my face, not less.  The next thing I knew, I had an anti-wrinkle night cream which I used simultaneously with the daytime moisturizer.    It was some time before I realized I was getting “more” wrinkles because I was LOOKING for them not because they were there.

I still use both the anti-wrinkle moisturizer and the night cream, but not every day and I try not to obsess about it.  Regardless, it was my fear of getting old and getting wrinkles that caused me to search out beauty tips (so maybe something good did come out of my unnecessary obsession).  I’ve never had a good beauty routine (or much of one at all actually), and although I’d learned not to obsess over getting old, I knew I should at least start taking better care of my skin. 

And so I kept coming back to Glamglow.

For Christmas, I came into a “small fortune,” of course by "small" I mean minute, and by "minute" I mean…I got some money for Christmas, and I knew exactly what I was going to buy: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treament.  I’d plan to buy it at Sephora but unfortunately the Sephora nearby is in the mall.  I had no intentions of braving the mall during the after Christmas sales and rush of returns for something that I’d already waited almost a year for.  I could wait a little while longer and while I waited I told a friend at work about Glamglow.  Together we looked it up on Sephora’s website to read some of the reviews, and I’m so glad we did. 

We came across the most beneficial review I’ve ever read!  The reviewer mentioned that the product, although amazing, may be a sticker shock to some.  She then mentioned that Glamglow’s website offered a sample pack of (2) Supermud Clearing Mud Masks, (2) Brightmud Eye Treatments and (2) Youthmud TingleExfoliate Treatments for only $11.99!  I ordered it almost immediately.

This past weekend, almost a full year after finding it, I finally got to try Glamglow Supermud


Gross huh?  It actually pulled the oil from my pores.  I left the mask on for about 15 minutes, (the direction say you can leave on up to 20 minutes) before I rinsed it off with warm water.  The reviews were right, my skin actually glowed! I also notice (after one mask!) a few pores on my chin were clear.  These are pores I’ve tried forever to clean, using a multitude of ways including exfoliating, pore strips, and just down right scrubbing; finally clean after one relaxing mud mask. 


Now that I’ve tried it, I wish I hadn’t waited so long.  $69 a jar seems like a steal for skin this radiant, besides $69 is approximately the price you’d pay for one facial at your local spa. 

Still not 100% sure?  Do yourself a favor and buy the sample pack from Glamglow's website like I did.  I can’t wait to try the other samples I received!




January 15, 2014

Snowed In and Bored


Last week “snowmageddon” hit northwest Ohio.  There was a Level 3 Snow Emergency on Monday, turning my weekend into a 3 day weekend.  (Woot Woot!) A full day stuck at home with the hubby and puppy, which was especially nice since Brad and I haven’t had a full day off together since the day after Thanksgiving.  I’d almost forgotten how nice it is to wake up next to him and enjoy a cup of coffee while the sun pours in.  They only thing that could have made it better was if we could’ve driven to Uncle John’s (the most amazing pancake house in northwest Ohio!). Of course if we could have driven we wouldn’t have been off of work.  Fortunately with our New Year’s Resolution to eat home more, there was plenty of food in the house to make breakfast.  We spent the day hanging out, playing video games, watching movies; it was really nice.

Then I woke up on Tuesday and saw that we were still under a Level 3 Snow Emergency! A four day weekend AND two days off with Brad in a row?!?! This snowmageddon was shaping up to be pretty amazing…

or so I thought. 

Tuesday morning was much like the day before.  I was enjoying spending time with Brad.  We made breakfast, watched TV, play video games.  It was around noon when I started to fidget, I was bored, my back hurt from sitting on the couch, I was exhausted from not doing anything.  I started pacing, walking aimlessly around the house; I HAD to find something to do. 

I pulled up Pinterest in search of a craft.  What I came across was this


Those were the only instructions, “Draw whatever you want in sharpie, rub baby powder on it, and spray hair spray on it.”  I had one of those “this cannot possibly be a real thing” moments.  I showed it to Brad and he agreed that there was NO WAY this would work.  I clicked on the link to see if there were more instructions but there weren’t. 

I decided, what the hell, why not try it? I was bored and looking for something to do, besides what if it does work, how awesome would that be? 

I asked Brad if he would draw on me, he thought I was ridiculous but agreed.  I grabbed the 3 things I needed: a sharpie, baby powder and hairspray, and sat down on the couch with my foot extended to Brad’s lap.  As he started drawing on my foot I could tell that he was sure this would never work. He thought it was so weird to be drawing on my foot.

Once he finished that “tattoo” I sprinkled it with baby powdered and rubbed it in.  I didn’t rub too hard as not to smear the marker and as there were no “real” instructions I had to make my best guess as to how to do it.  Once the “tattoo” was fully covered in baby powder, I sprayed it down with hairspray. 

Again, as there were no actual instructions to this I had to take my best guess as to how long to leave the baby powder and hairspray on the “tattoo.”  I let the hairspray dry and proceeded to wait another 5 minutes before I headed to wash it.  Using lukewarm water and hand soap I gently hand-washed my new “tattoo.”  I then pat dried it with a paper towel so not to get permanent marker on my towels. The “one month tattoo” had immediately started fading.



Not thinking anymore about it, I went to bed.  In the morning I noticed no change in the “tattoo,” so I dressed and headed off to work.  Once I was home after my 9 hour day at work I removed my sock to find the “one month tattoo” almost completely off of my foot and all over the inside of my sock.  (At least the marker didn’t bleed through to the outside of my sock.)


By the time I got out of the shower that night the “tattoo” that promised a month’s worth of wear was completely gone.  My month tattoo was gone in 24 hours.

Sometimes I think people post stuff online just to see how many people they can get to try it.  I guess the person who posted “Temporary One Month Tattoo” can add one more gullible person to their list.


January 6, 2014

I Resolve To...


And the #1 New Year’s Resolution is...lose weight!

The number of Jenny Craig commercials I see on TV seems to always skyrocket this time of year. (Thank goodness for being able to fast forward them!)  Not to mention the days during January and the beginning of February that I can’t even get into the gym that I frequent all year long.  The world’s number one resolution is really a pain in my behind and by looking at America’s population it doesn’t seem that anyone ever KEEPS this resolution.  Yet year after year “this is the year I’m going to lose weight.”

I used to make this same exact mistake, resolving to be thinner, see a lower number on the scale, fit into a size…Not this year. This year I resolve to:

  • Change up my workout more often
  • Eat out less often (notice I didn’t say “stop eating out”)
  • Make healthier meals for dinner

To the untrained eye, it may seem like I’m resolving to “lose weight” but that isn’t the case.  “Losing weight” isn't as important to me as being healthy and fit.  I've also found that in past years when my resolution was to lose weight that I would often give up when I wasn't seeing results as quickly as I wanted, or once I've reached my goal (“I’ve lost those 20 pounds so I can eat whatever I want and stop working out again!”)  My 3 resolutions are not based in end results, which makes them, in my opinion, easier to keep.

Change up my workout: I’ve gotten into this terrible habit of doing the same Turbo Jam workout for months at a time even though there are about 8 different workout choices on the DVD. When I’m not doing that, I’m at the gym lifting the same weights followed by a 10 minute elliptical workout.  My muscles are bored and I’ve stopped seeing results around the waistline and on the scale.  Routines are nice because you get used to them; unfortunately so does your body.  This year, I plan to do more of the Turbo Jam workout and use more of the equipment at the gym.  I’ve already signed Brad and I up for The Color Run and The Warrior Dash and this year I plan on being ready.

Eat out less often: Since Brad started working days we’ve been eating a lot more dinners together. We’ve gone from eating dinner together 2 nights a week to 7,  which is amazing because I get to see my husband a lot more. Unfortunately it hasn’t made us grocery shop any more often.  We shop for a week’s worth of dinners but only go shopping about every 3 weeks.  With no food in the house we’ve started eating out A LOT. Even though we try to pick “healthy” restaurants, we are still wasting a ton of money, and could be eating healthier at home.  Maybe I should change this resolution to “grocery shop more often.”

Make healthier meals for dinner:  Eating more meals at home isn’t necessarily healthier than going out if you’re throwing a frozen pizza in the oven 3 nights a week.  Okay, we may not be that bad but taco pie isn’t exactly good for you either (with that said, if anyone out there happens to have a “lite” version of taco pie please pass it along!) This resolution is little more difficult for me though as I have to take Brad into consideration too.  He needs the extra calories of a “hearty meal” to keep him “full and focused.”  Therefore my fourth and secret resolution is to slowly starve my husband. JUST KIDDING!  He’s more than happy to eat healthier he’ll just have to start eating 2 servings at dinner.

To kick off my New Year’s Resolutions (and hopefully yours too!) I made Coconut Chicken with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing for dinner last night.  Can I just say that this was amazing, so good that I brought leftovers for lunch at work today (I hardly ever eat leftovers.) Now, I’d like to share this recipe with you so you can start your 2014 resolution off right too.



The recipe calls for 6 chicken tenderloins but I used 12 oz of chicken breast and cut it into 6 strips. Next mix the coconut coating for the chicken together in a bowl.  For the coating you'll need coconut flakes, panko bread crumbs and Corn Flakes.  I hope you enjoy eating Corn Flakes for breakfast, because you'll need to buy an entire box for only 2 tablespoons worth! I literally only used this much Corn Flakes.  

 Put the Corn Flakes in a small ziplock bag to crush into crumbs.  Once you've combined all the coating ingredients, whisk together 2 egg whites in a separate small bowl.  Lightly salt your chicken strips and dip them one at a time in the egg white and then into the coconut mixture.  I used my hands to lightly press the coconut mixture into the chicken. 

Once your chicken is coated, place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. It should look like the picture posted to the right.  The difficult part is done!  Put the baking sheet in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.  As the chicken bakes, whisk together your honey dijon ingredients in a small microwavable bowl. You'll need olive oil, dijon mustard, honey and vinegar.

 













You may think that the dressing looks a little weird once combined but it's delicious, I promise.


Set the dressing aside.  It should be (about) time to turn your chicken now.  The chicken needs to be turned approximately halfway through baking.  Once you've turned your chicken you can start cutting vegetables for your salad.  I opted for shredded carrots, tomato and cucumber.  Plate your lettuce and vegetables.  When the chicken is almost finished baking you should put your dressing in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds.  Plate your chicken on top of the salad and drizzle with the vinaigrette.



Enjoy!




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Coconut Chicken & Warm Honey Vinaigrette Salad
Makes 3 servings

Coconut Chicken
Ingredients:


12 oz of chicken cut into 6 strips (or about 6 tenderloins)
6 Tablespoons shredded coconut
1/4 Cup panko bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons crushed Cornflake crumbs
2 egg whites
Salt
Olive Oil Spray

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°
Combine coconut, bread crumbs, and cornflakes in a small bowl.
Lightly season chicken with salt then dip chicken in egg then crumb mixture.
Place chicken on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick foil for easy cleanup. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and cook for 30 minutes, turning halfway (or until chicken is cooked through)

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette:
Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoons white (or balsamic) vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Directions:
Whisk together ingredients and heat in microwave (about 15-30 seconds).

Serve chicken over a bed of baby greens, carrots, cucumber and tomato. Drizzle vinaigrette over top.