I know we are all under pressure to manage our TO DO list this month. Wether holiday shopping or simply doing what you need to get done. We need energy. And not sugary things. Sip your fruit and veggies.
So I wanted to share one of my many smoothie recipes that I enjoy with you.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 cup of frozen pineapple
3 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup of coconut water
A few pieces of fresh mint leaves
1 squeeze of fresh lemon
1/2 cup of water (optional)
Place all your liquids in the blender. Add your green 🍃 leafy veggies, blend for at least 25-30 seconds. Lastly add fruit and herbs. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. It is even more delicious when you share it with those you ❤️ love!
I like to play with this creamy refreshing recipe! If you don’t have one fruit or veggie substitute with another. It’s so much fun and better than buying them. Do it yourself and know what’s in it!
Wow! I never expected the last few weeks to be filled with so much adventure! NO comfort and joy for me. I know I’ve been MIA … it’s so unlike me!
But I wanted to fill you in on why I have not been blogging. I’ve been traveling for work. Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara, LA and beautiful Palm Beach. I love traveling and exploring wether it’s work or play. Airplanes are my happy 😊 place!
First there was a late in the season hurricane in 🌴 Florida.
Then while that was brewing I got sick with an upper respiratory infection. Thank goodness no flu or Covid.
Next I got attacked by three angry 🐝 wasps! Three different times!!! While minding my own business. It was bad.
All with Shop Small Saturday events at my studio and my Holiday Open House 🏡 weekend for my beauty cottage. Needless to say… I’m exhausted from all of this and the steroids I had to take too.
But I wanted you to know I have not forgotten about you and my blog too.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I can’t resist popping by a few of my favorite big box store out of town. You never know what you’ll find. Right? I was filling my basket with some awesome fashion finds and then browsed the Beauty Dept. I wasn’t there but a couple of minutes and what did I see? A lovely woman before me. I went to look at a few beauty tools when this woman turned around and smiled at me. I smiled back. Smiling and being kind is what I love to do. In a few seconds I was SHOCKED at what I saw. This woman was OPENING all the makeup kits and makeup she could get her hands on. One by one she put the products on her ARM and hands swatching away! I was pretty horrifed when she placed her NOSE in some foundation bottles and creams. At one point she had the tip of her nose filled with creamy white face cream and did all of this NOT even phased by me being there.
I don’t know about you but I NEVER do this and I have never had any clients do this at my private makeup studio. It was so troubling to see. 2 and 1/2 years into Covid you’d think she learned a thing about beauty safety and more.
All of this happened for over 10 minutes as I got lost in the beauty aisle. I could not help but notice her every move testing,swiping and sniffing. It didn’t matter to her that I was even there. NEXT she closed up the boxes and other products and shoved them back on the shelves. I could not stay. I simply had to walk away.
But what was most troubling is a supervisor directed two employees to put out new merchandise and displays to her specification ALL while this lady was testing all the beauty products she could get her hands on. The were so engrossed with their conversations and displays they let this happen a few inches away not feet.
I love discount and closeout stores but this really turned me off and made me think yet again….BEWARE and BE AWARE.
What you are buying may have been rifled through and someone elses germs can be all over what you buy!$
What do you think? I think it is a beauty crime I don’t want to witness it again. I will still shop this store but will proceed with caution what I buy there down the beauty and skin care aisles.
The other night I went to the store for a quick stop for milk. While there I saw a couple shopping 🛍 they were the only ones with me in the store.
We continued browsing and getting what we needed. When I was ready to check out at the register with a few more things …more than milk!
I could not find my money. $$$
I started to search deeper in my purse.
The couple came up to register at that time. I asked them to please go ahead of me and I stepped to the side to search for my cash. Yes,I had a charge card in my wallet but I prefer to pay cash.
They thanked me and asked me “Are you sure?” I said “Yes.” I searched in another section of my purse and could only find $3.00 and a few coins.
Next this happened the gentlemen/couple told the cashier “Let me pay for her purchases”. I said “Absolutely not” by now I had $20.00 worth of goods. He insisted I said to the cashier I’m good. I told them God bless you! 🙏 I thanked them for the kind offer and I told them “ I hope someone blesses you when you need it one day”
I found my cash AFTER they left. I mentioned to the girl at the register how kind and unexpected that was! She said “ Yes, it was”. She added that they come in the store sometimes for food etc. They had been LIVING in their CAR 🚘 for quite sometime in the area.” She went on to say “I think things must be looking up for them and they are not living in their car right now.
I could not believe it.
They offered to pay for my milk and other store purchases and they’ve had nothing.
Might I add they were in their late 20’s or early 30’s and were black. I am an American who just happens to be Polish & part Asian. I don’t know if this matters to you. But with all the division and hate I see in the world right now. There gesture was so special to me.
With ALL the horrible things happening in the world. You know the stories. I was thrilled to see there are good, respectful and sweet people in the world. I will NEVER forget this gesture from a stranger. It warms my heart and makes me smile 😎!
Did I ever tell you I use to be a Santa’s Helper at the mall? I loved ❤️that job!
Counting down to Santa’s arrival and the beauty of Christmas Eve! I took care of my last client. Shipped the last holiday mail order 📦 and closed my business doors. I wish the holiday season was like before. But it is not the same for brick and mortar businesses. Although we are trying to hang in there. Again this holiday it was hard to speak to people with face masks 😷 on and not hear them clearly or most of all see their lovely smile!
I want to take this moment to say I hope you have a HAPPY Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know many people celebrate it tonight and go to church tomorrow. I know every family has their own ritual. Blessings to you and your family and friends too!
Put something cozy on and take time and chill and sip a cup of cheer.
What are you serving Santa tonight? A delicious cookie 🍪? A cocktail 🍹? A glass of milk? Do tell!
I’m serving him a hot chocolate with a chocolate marshmallow bomb inside. And a home-made cookie.
LAST Saturday was the annual Shop Small Biz Saturday. Started by American Express to shine a light on small businesses. What a beautiful gesture and cause to start to do for small businesses.
So I hope you will think SMALL brands and go shopping 🛍 in your community wherever you live. Eat 🍱 and sip ☕️ 🍷 local too! Not just one day last Saturday but all season long. Small businesses can’t make it without you!
On behalf of myself and other business owners WE Thank You for shopping with us and spreading your shopping love. Not just on Amazon!
Meals were so delicious I fell in love with a fabulous brunch and had to order what they call “Pig Candy” So unique and delicious! See photo:
After a day of fun in Wyoming I came back to the room to this! Old fashioned “Turn Down service” in my hotel room in Hotel Jackson. Sweet bonus? Two boxes of decadent chocolate 🍫 duo and bottled water at each of our bedside stands. It truly is about the little things! Isn’t it?
Shopping 🛍 in Wyoming is lots of fun!
I love ❤️ love ❤️ love all things beauty and CANDY. That is why I named my beauty and lifestyle blog Beauty Candy.
So the two old time candy stores were a thrill to discover and browse in! And yummy too. Look what I found? PEZ. Not just any Pez candy for my personal Pez machine at home but in chocolate 🍫 flavor!? Yes, please!
One candy store was called Yippy I-O and another candy shop is Mursell’s a family owned store. So many oldies but goodies to choose from and enjoy! 🍭
Walking around the city streets and in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons… you never know what you’ll find! 🦬
Look what I found?
No cowboy in sight just cowboy boots!
If you love ❤️ salads you’d love Cafe Genevieve! These delicious place is inside a log cabin. Dining available inside and on the patio outside. Dog 🐶 friendly.
Shopping the Belle Cose kitchen store was the most amazing place I’ve ever been in. So gorgeous. So many gadgets, gourmet ware and a foodies/chefs play land to get lost in!
Everything and anything huckleberry is the coveted yummy and fragrant product. From jam to bath abs body products to this from Jackson Drugs and old time drug store with counter. We loved our huckleberry milk shake with whipped cream and a 🍒 on top of course!
The wallpaper on the shop walls matched their biz card with all kinds of beautiful faces! See the details?
Couldn’t leave Jackson Hole without a cold beer 🍻 with my husband at this iconic bar. The bar seats are horse 🐎 saddles!
Well that’s a wrap on my trip. It was so awesome and so was the views we saw. If you haven’t been to Wyoming or Montana maybe now is the time!
I highly recommend you add it to your 🇺🇸 US travel bucket list. You, your sweetie or family would really love it.
My only regret. I wish I made it on a wagon ride and enjoyed a meal fireside. Winter is coming so things were starting to close to prepare for the long cold winter.
Now that Easter has come and gone there are plenty of sales on Easter candy, plastic eggs and more!
Go stock up and pick up some plastic eggs and eat a few on sale Peeps along the way!
I love to repurpose, ♻️ recycle and reuse!
How about you? Do you like to be eco-friendly and love Mother Nature too? Do you live and love Easter 🐣 decorations and candy too?
If you use beauty sponges or blenders and don’t want to spring for an expensive travel holder for them. Use a plastic egg instead!
Make sure you buy the eggs in a few sizes to play with what ones will work for your sponge type and size. I like the ones with the tiny holes on the end. But if you can’t find them buy and use the other type.
They keep air circulating, to store them “on the go” or to store at home if you’d like. The eggs protect the sponge and keep it clean you and you too and no messy makeup fingers! Until you get a chance to wash them. As a professional make-up artist I like to use them on set on location too.
If you want to see more on this beauty hack tip check out my Instagram IGTV video from today.
Happy Shopping 🛍 and beauty hacking!
*Have you got an eco tip you’d like to share! Please do! I’m listening.
I finally ventured out and shopped. Shopping 🛍 not for groceries but for FUN for a change. I have not shopped since March. But this 5 Minutes for ME shopping time felt good! WOW! I forgot what that feels like. But definitely remember what it looks like. A couple of stores I visited are NOT the same. The experience is so different and the mood is cold. It is a new shopping frontier with this pandemic.
It was hair raising.
Since I own a beauty business I ventured down the beauty aisle. So empty …so different.
What caught my eye since I am lip 💋obsessed was a hair brush with fuchsia lips. I HAD to have it! It was by the company called Wet Brush. The brand is NOT new to me.
I love their detangling hair loving and protecting brushes. Wish I had these brushes in my teen years too as I have always had long hair and struggled with tangles. Only in the past couple of years have i lightened it up and got my hair cut a bit shorter. My hair loves to tangle so these brushes protect and love my hair too. Since I get a lot of compliments on my hair and people wonder whats my secret to healthy looking haircare I highly recommend these brushes and allow your hair to AIR dry naturally. No heat damage for me or over drying by a blow dryer.
I also was drawn to another brush on the rack that was called a SHINE enhancer brush by Wet Brush.
Detangles hair and brings natural shine.
Detangles with less force and less damage.
Made from natural boar and exclusive IntelliFlex bristles.
This brush is AMAZING and does what it says on the package above. I AM IN ❤️LOVE. By the way, the Shine Brush also works beautifully with DRY shampoo too!
If and or when you venture out shopping and have some time for you.Masked up andhandsanitizer in handcheck out these brushes and give them a whirl. I know you will enjoy them too.