Eat: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark —

I so love to eat, create and makeup! So, I simply had to share this recipe by ELE with you. I plan on making this Halloween week and over the holiday season. Looks so delightful and delish! Doesn’t it?

If you are a regular reader of ELE you will know we are very fond of delicious chocolate bark recipes. Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser, it is a great way to make a simple block of chocolate that little bit more special. With the festive season not that far away, bark is…

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After a day at the beach or in the sun!

It isn’t all you expected is it? The first few  or time back in the sun after winter is tough. on your skin. Especially when you don’t bring your BFF’S. A sunscreen,sunglasses and lip conditioner. SUNBURN that dreaded look and feeling after a day or two in the sun. You aren’t sitting pretty!

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The #1. thing you should have done was throw out last years or expired sunscreen or sunblocks. You need a fresh one! Please don’t forget to reapply not just apply once and think you are all set. You’re NOT!

2. Protect those PEEPERS and wear sunglasses. Squinting causes wrinkles and your eyes themselves need sun protection. Your lips need some love to with a lip balm.

3. Once you’re burned by the sun and outdoors…you need to rescue your skin! But calm down I’ve got your back!

Try a yogurt …plain fluffy Greek yogurt. You can make your own (I will share how you on another TV blog) get some store bought. Apply to your skin like a face mask. A thin coat will do. leave on and rinse well. Add moisture back to your skin! Apply your fav’ moisturizer and face cream.

*Yogurt is a legendary and easy remedy.

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4. COOL the burn on your skin with milk on a flat cotton pad or gauze.

5. IF you own an aloe plant…grab a leaf. Cut it open and apply the gel inside on the skin. Great for peeling and itchy skin too. Or fill an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel (found in drug store) and freeze. Roll a cube on the burn and cool down that skin! Aloe plants make great plants for outside your kitchen door. OR in your home. Easy to maintain. Good for kitchen burns while cooking too.

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6. Add moisture back to your skin! Soothe your skin further by applying your fav’ moisturizer and face cream. My latest aloe find is Therapispa aloe lotion for the body and the face cream.

I hope and know you will find these skin rescues for your skin useful.

Enjoy a healthy dose of the sun 🌞 this summer!

*Sharing these tips on WJXT4 on River City Live this moring. You can cacththe video clip later today online and watch anytime!

 

GoodBye Dry Winter Skin Recipe

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Dull,flaky winter skin ages your skin,Darlings! And it accents all your wrinkles!

Nourish that dry tight skin with this Mediterranean face scrub waiting for you in your kitchen.ll you’ll need for this recipe is three ingredients!

3 tsp. of olive oil

1 tsp. of salt (No Sea salt)

3 tsp. of fluffy Greek yogurt

Mix the oil and yogurt in a small bowl.

Add the salt.

Apply the mixture on your face and massage in circular motions with wet fingers on freeshly washed wet skin.

Rinse all of the above well.

Dry your skin and apply your fave moisturizer and eye cream next.

Use weekly or monthly and enjoy the beauty of it’s benefits. Skin softening and exfoliating at the same time.

ENJOY!

Please note: If you have acne or super sensitive skin. Please do not use this recipe.

I got it from a client from Greece. I hope to visit there one day and have been using this recipe for serveral years since she shared it with me. She is 79 years young and looks 20 years younger!

If you want a stronger exfoliating scrub add another teaspoon of salt. I just used this recipe tonight and my dead skin is sloughed off,skin hydrated and I feel fabulous.

 

 

 

 

Day 3 Gift Idea for HIM!

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Last year I bought my husband a variety of small herb plants and an ivy and placed them in plant pots.  He works on the computer hours at a time. He also likes to cook when he is in the mood. So, my ploy to get him in the kitchen worked for me all year.He not only made us some spa water with fresh rosemary and lemons. He also uses the basil with Italian dishes and pretends be talian. The plants have grown into these eco healthy plants that purify the air from bad things that get in our home and keeps him healthy from all that computer blue light and what rays our tech tools give off.

Bonus they are so beautiful to look at and aromatic too.

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So, I highly recommmend if you have’t purchashed a gift for him yet…

Give him a few plants in a beautiful basket,wrap in a cookbook and a small kitchen utensil and spoon or whisk…

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You now have a thoughtful healthy and creative gift.

If he is a foodie even better. Remember it is truly the thought that count!

 

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11 Desserts You Should Make With Those Apples You Just Picked — StyleCaster

They say “An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away!

I so LOVE these fabulous recipes. I’ve gotta make at least a couple. How about you?

 

So, you’ve done your civic duty as an autumn-abiding citizen and gone apple picking over the weekend. You’ve braved the plaid crowds, successfully navigated the corn maze and taken a selfie with a pumpkin. Congrats—you’ve officially been initiated into fall. Now, you just have to figure out what to do with the 20 pounds of…

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Southerners Rock in JAX!

If you live in the south you are so lucky because it is home to a few fabulous shows across the map. The Southern Women’s Show is almost here and the women (and some husbands) in the city of Jacksonville are counting down. It only comes here once a year!

October 18th,19th,20th and 21st 2018

4 days of bliss

For tickets and more information visit:

http://www.southernshows.com

If you attend the show in Jacksonville Florida here are a few recommendations I have for you!

If you’re in the mood for food and cooking lessons I am whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage on Thursday October 18th at 2:30 and Friday October 19th at 11:30.

I will be doing a Meet and Greet.Taking pictures,signing auto-graphs and there will be FREE SAMPLES from NeoCell and more! Each day I will host different cooking stage sessions and happy to answer any of your beauty and skin care questions. If you’re a foodie who loves food and beauty like I am. Come join me!

By the way don’t miss “mini me” YOUNG aspiring Chef Caleb on the cooking stage at 4:30 on Friday. He will charm your flip flops off!

Love to entertain in your home? I do too!

It is all about the ambiance and mood and Ao Fragrances is a candle line that is  absolutely amazzzzing addition to your home. From  your living room, She Shed or Man Cave,office or enjoy when you take a bubble bath. They have a luxurious candle for you! Locally made,small batches and superior quality and long clean burn collection.

Choose from a variety of unique scents. My fave’s are every one of them. No kidding.

Simply scentsational. Booth #111

 Treat Yo’self Gorgeous!

http://www.aofragrances.com

Love to cook and eat and looking for something NEW for your kitchen?

Check out: Grapes and Olives On Tap 

Enjoy Sips and tips of  Naturally Infused, Spanish, Olive Oils and Italian, Oak-aged Balsamic Vinegars, or to visit the website at: www.go-ontap.com.

They also have a cookbook in PDF format full of recipes available for $10 at the show (or online on their website). Booth #526

Here is a delish recipe and a peek inside the cookbook using the Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive oil and the Strawberry Balsamic from our cookbook; “A Collection of Recipes by Grapes & Olives On Tap:

Diane’s Lemon-Raspberry-Strawberry Crostini

1 Baguette, sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick rounds (approx. 32 slices)

Grapes & Olives On Tap Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

12 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese

Zest of 3 large or 5 small lemons

Juice of 1 small lemon

1 small pinch of Lemon Flake Sea Salt crushed

Fresh Raspberries

Grapes & Olives On Tap Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

†Brush baguette slices with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil; place on baking sheets and bake at 350°F until crisp and lightly golden, about 20-25 minutes. †

Mix cream cheese with lemon zest, juice of lemon and flake salt until smooth. †Spread on toasted baguette slices, top each baguette with a fresh raspberry, drizzle with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and Serve.

Copyright©2015 Grapes & Olives On Tap, LLC

Selena’s Accessories will continue their fashionable tradition with a huge presence of the LATEST and greatest fashion accessories and fabulous gifts for the Kitchen Goddess in you or on your holiday gift list. From handbags to bling to tea towels and adorable oven mitts. PRICES to put a smile on your face.

I can’t wait to shop their booth!

This is their 20th year exhibiting at the show. Stop by: Booths #1306-1308

Across from The Cooking Stage is the Southern Peanut Growers. They will have some awesome recipes for you to try at home and while supplies last …a bag of delicious and good for your health delicious PEANUTS!

If you don’t live here or can’t attend the show this year …Here is a recipe for PUDDING you too enjoy making in your own kitchen!

 

PB & J Chia Pudding

2 servings

3 tablespoons Chia seeds
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Combine Chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut powder and coconut milk in a jar or container with a lid. Shake or stir until fully mixed. Refrigerate overnight. Top with raspberries.

(I usually serve with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. It’s delicious – and has 175 calories, 12g fiber and 9g protein per serving!)

This recipe was created for us by Kristina LaRue, RDN, CSSD with www.LoveandZest.com  

I hope to see you at the show!

Oh and almost forgot to tell you…there is a scantily clad fashion event on LADIES NIGHT!

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And for to WATCH a video on the above segment from TV today…on River City Live go to http://www.news4jax.com click on videos

 

Cool Yourself Off!

 

Baby it’s so HOT outside! And my COMPLEXION is not seeing perfection. My pores hate me and appear to be the size of swimming pools and my skin is pretty shiny in some areas and tight in others. How about you?

I have always LOVED doing a form of Cryotherapy since I was a little girl! Only the treatment had not come out yet and entered the beauty universe. Here’s how I did it. When it is hot like this I  take water fill an ice cube tray and freeze them. If you want to add fruit or flowers inside before you freeze them…go at it. It makes them prettier too!

Next your freshly clean face is ready for a cooooool delight.I apply an ice cube (I sort of warm up a few seconds in my hand so no freezer burn face) Roll around and go up and down. I do not do the eyelid. This icy treat will chill you down quick! If you are hot on the neck and breast area roll a fresh cube there too.Use until you are done with the cube or save to use another time in a bowl in the freezer.

Using  ice cubes will tighten your skin and pores, refresh your skin and cool you down. white floral ice cube

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Follow this ice cube treat with a HYDRATING tall glass of water with fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint) and fresh lemon slices. The key here is not to drink it iced much or no ice at all.The digestive tract does not like REALLY ICED water or drinks. In order to detox your system from all the sweet drinks and coffee you had all week. TRY this room temperature way. In the winter we will try something else but this is great for our bodies especially nowadays in this summer season.Skip a plastic straw that’s what I do… however,I’ve discovered the beauty of paper straws and reusable straws.

 

The lemony with a hint of mint water is a nice refreshing way to drink water and I love to serve it to my husband,family and when company comes over. ENJOY!

 

 

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LOVE you Lavender!

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Lavender is an aromatic delight that relaxes and soothes us just right!

To some people it may be an acquired taste OR scent. I so love sipping lavender tea. Lathering up with lavender scented body lotion and enjoy it’s relaxing properties in a lavender bubble bath.

One of my fave’s I featured on TV in Las Vegas this week was a steamy water facial bath.

  • First wash your face.
  • Next boil some water.
  • Then pour the water into a glass bowl or you may leave it on the stove with the burner off and get ready to clean your pores with this steamy aromatic treat. I like to add a couple of drops of lavender essential and sprinkle in a few lavender buds.I favor the brand  Aura Cacia for my essential oil treat.
  • Next, place a lightweight tea towel over your head and bend over allowing the steam to reach your face and the towel will help the steam not to escape. Do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes for it to help open your pores and release the dead skin build up and clogged pores. It’s like a workout for your pores!
  • After you’ve sweat it out and enjoyed the steamy facial…rinse your face with a gentle complexion bar soap or cleanser.
  • Pat dry and place a smidge of moisturizer on your face. And a dash of eye gel.
  • Go to bed with a refreshed face and skin. Wake up with happier skin.

 

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Another all time treat I like to D.I.Y. is to make bedtime sachets to tuck inside my pillow cases. The one above is for Sweet Dreams and a good nights sleep. Add a drop of essential oil i lavender will make it even more aromatic.

If relaxing dried lavender isn’t your thing, try this D.I.Y. by preparing a mix of dried mini rose buds or fresh rose petals. Add a drop of rose essential oil to the sachet. The rose scent is soothing to the spirit and have you resting in no time.

I adore playing in my beauty kitchen and my bathroom which I affectionately call my beauty lab/apothecary. My husband LOVES being my tester and my clients in my beauty cottage love when I share my beauty secrets and potions with them too.

I hope you’ll take time to smell and maybe take a bite of the edible flowers and whip up something with lavender too!

 

 

TAKE IT OFF!

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I lOVE to play in my kitchen either trying out new recipes or whipping up some fun with beauty products and make my own creations. Over the summer holidays and partying we tend to forget about removing our makeup and crash out. But please don’t do that!  Your skin needs to be cleansed at night even if you didn’t wear makeup that day.

So, if you are looking for a little fun today or tonight and D.I.Y. try this easy step skin recipe.

3 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel ( I prefer it from a fresh plant)

1 tablespoon of Jojoba ( The brand Aura Cacia makes an awesome one)

1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (I LOVE the Whole Foods brand)

  • Now here we go. I warm a small amount of jojoba in a pan on low heat. This will happen in seconds.
  • Next, I add the coconut oil and stir some more. A add the aloe vera gel. Turn off the stove top.
  • Stir these ingredients well and pour in a round (big mouth jar) preferably a  glass jar or mini bowl.

Enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers to keep the cleanser preserved until next time you use it.

Like everything this has a shelf life so use it up quick!

This recipe makes a Gentle Makeup Remover that softens your skin and removes makeup at the same time. Use a mini scoop or mini spatula to apply it to your palms and remove your makeup. Then wash your face with your fave gel soap cleanser  or soap bar made for the complexion. Not a deodorant bar. Your face deserves the best! The deodorant bars are meant for your under arms and other body parts. Your face deserves TLC attention with the right stuff.

Please note: if you are allergic to any of the ingredients don’t use it in this recipe.

Your skin will love you… If you’re into natural beauty this plant based complexion treat is for YOU!

By the way, if you’d like to make this with a touch of fragrance try adding a sprinkle of your fave’ essential oil. My go to and fave is lovely relaxing lavender…especially before bed.

Sweet dreams and prettier healthy looking skin!

 

Tart Me Up,Please!

Hello my Lovelies!

You know I love makeup and skin care BUT I also am a foodie and love to entertain guests or my darling husband with some unique and tasty delights…so, I simply had to share! Isn’t this just delightful? The blogger who made it and posted this recipe has an eye for food styling and this simply simple recipe is tongue and eye candy. Now, I just have to get out and buy the asparagus and I can make,taste and enjoy this tart.

This tart really reminds me of my travels to Europe! Tart Me Up!

 

Crispy golden puff pastry, creamy oozing French brie cheese, salty crisp prosciutto and fresh green asparagus topped with a free range egg – what’s not to love! These simple tarts are delicious for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and take no time to make. Ingredients 2 sheets of puff pastry 1 bunch of asparagus, stems […]

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