Friday, June 21, 2013

CG Summer Secrets

Happy Summer my CG's!!!

I have a few awesome products to share with you that are perfect for summer, and any time of year for that matter. Turns out, they are super duper inexpensive and you can get them almost anywhere. :) 

First up, Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
I have a used a few different brands and randomly, this one is REALLY good, and only $2.47! You have to follow the directions and hold it 8-10 inches away from your hair to spray. It's a dry spray but has a light white powdery texture. If you have dark hair you can still use it, you just have to work it in a little more. It's best to play around and style your hair after spraying t anyway. It gives you great volume and structure. I have even used it at the start of my day for extra fluff, but it's good for after work to wake up your hair for whatever you're doing next!
It's awesome, I love it.

Next is, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser
I LOVE this cleanser for my face. But that's not why I'm sharing it with you. The other day I ran out of shaving cream after only have shaven one leg. So, I used this on my other leg to shave. There was a HUGE difference in the feel on each of my legs. The one I used this one was way more softer. I'm not going to run an get an extra product to shave my legs with since this is so great for my face and now for shaving! The bottle is a bigger size then most cleansers too, 12 oz. It will last a good while for both purposes and runs about $8. :)

And finally, the perfect summer nail color!!!!

I got this in my June BirchBox. and I should first say that you haven't seen my Birch blogs because I had serious issues with them the last 2 months. They tried to make it right but the same problem happened. My boxes came with a product open or melted and ruined everything in the box. June was finally a good box, so I was super excited, and it also had great stuff in it, like this nail polish. It's the BEST neutral color ever!!! And will be even better with a tan. :) Its called "Mod in Manhattan" and is $8. Color Club has a good range of colors and a cute website.

Loves & Hugs

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Health Kick

I made some granola last week. I'm not a super granola-y person so I made something that I would like. Since we still don't have a stove I thought this would be a challenge. I made a small batch that could fit in my toaster oven, and it worked. 

Here's my mixed and oven prepared mixture. 

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp of honey
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oats
(you can of course make a bigger portion, just duplicate everything for each cup of oats)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. In a bowl combine peanut butter and honey, microwave until its melty (about 25 seconds). Stir.

Then stir in cinnamon and vanilla into the peanut butter mixture. Add the oats and stir until the oats are completely covered. Spread out onto your cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 min, or until you see it slightly browned. Let completely cool until its crunchy. 
The whole things start to finish is about 20 min, that's with getting everything out and making it start to finish. Super fast and easy.

This is good as a snack for you or your kids and it good as a topper on stuff like plain yogurt. 

You can play around with the ingredients if you like so it's better fitted to your preferred taste.

Loves & Hugs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The English Roses

In 2003 I bought a book I liked thinking I could pass it on and share with my daughter, whenever that may be. I had the book tucked away and it always manages to surface here and there when I'm looking for something. This time I came across it while moving this last time (and I really hope this is the last time I move). I sat down and read it for the second time the other day.
Since the book was born in 2003, Madonna, who is the author, had created a series of 12 books about The English Roses.
I think it's a very important book for little girls. The English Roses is a group of girls that learn a lesson about being nice to other girls instead of judging them without knowing them first. VERY important, right?

I recently skimmed thru the list online of the other 12 books it seems as though Madonna has stuck with these girls right up until one gets married in the 12th book.
As early as your little girls can comprehend a story I think all of you should be sharing this book and the others with your pretties. I plan to get all 12 books. And since by my 36th year I don't have a little pretty of my own, I plan to borrow my brothers and share this book with Miss Keira as soon as he's old enough.

I came across this picture in a photo album my mom had and I had to steal it. I think I'm about 6 years old in it. (it's a 30 year old photo, holy shit!!) I'm at my grandma's house, which was my favorite place to be.
She was always so good about reading books to me and my brother and buying us books.
Don't get The English Roses book on your phone or other device, go buy the hard cover REAL book. The drawings and colors are much better in person and it will give you a REAL moment of reading with your pretty, instead of looking at a screen together.
It's hard for me to give up hard books. I love turning the pages and seeing the pictures and words in person.

Here is the Amazon link for The English Roses.

Loves & Hugs

Monday, May 6, 2013

Four the Record

Since I now have a commute to and from work, again, and 25 minutes of my 40 min drive is in a canyon, I don’t get reception to have radio. I’ve quickly gotten super bored with my current iTunes selection. However, there is one album that never lets me down. I wanted to give y’all enough time to get it yourself so I didn’t have to do too much convincing about how awesome it is when it came out.
Since her and her hubby have become so big in the last year or two it shouldn't be a surprise when I tell you about Four the Record by Miranda Lambert. I've been a fan or hers from the start. I have almost every song she ever did in my playlist. The fact that she’s got another band now of 3 rad girls is only a bigger benefit to us cause we get to hear more of her amazing tunes. J LOVE The Pistol Annies. I’ll be all over their new album this week.
You HAVE to get Four the Record. There’s really no way you can go another day without it in your playlist. If you have it, YAY!!! and I’m sure you’re in full agreement. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can get (that’s if you don’t already have it) Revolution, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (and you can’t leave out Kerosene) albums too and shuffle all of them and it’s even funner. J

Here’s the track list, which are all perfectly awesome (I love when a whole CD is good):
1. All Kinds of Kinds
2. Fine Tune (MY FAVORITE. When I hear this song it makes me think of a dark room with 3 candles lit, a chair, a feather, and my one man audience. It just has that “feel”.  J)
3. Fastest Girl In Town
4. Safe
5. Mama's Broken Heart
6. Dear Diamond
7. Same Old You
8. Baggage Claim
9. Easy Living
10. Over you
11. Look At Miss Ohio
12. Better In The Long Run
13. Nobody's Fool
14. Oklahoma Sky
15. Hurts to Think (Bonus Track)

On a side note: She’s connected to the Junk Gypsy ladies. They design MOST things for her. Including a crazy fun Airstream trailer they call “Roadside Bar & Pink Guitar”.
If you’re not familiar with them you can take a website joyride right here:
They also designed and decorated Miranda & Blake’s wedding. It’s the funnest, most creative setting. These photos are from their wedding.

 You should “like” Junk Gypsy on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest. You will be super inspired to use your own junk and repurpose it instead of throwing it out. I’m always looking for a different purpose for things I have and these ladies make it look so easy, I love it! You can also catch them on Garage Sale Wars on HGTV this Friday, May 10th. 

 Aside from how much I love my Miranda songs, I am in need of some new downloads for my drive everyday. Please share with me what music you recently downloaded or have had in your playlist that you think me and everyone else needs to have!! Click the comment button below or post it in the comment of my FB post and thanks for sharing!

Loves & Hugs