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Keeping Your Skin Winter Ready

The cold weather is here and it is time to start preparing your skin for the harsh winter months.  I don't know about you, but  I get very dry skin in the winter.
Here are some tips that I use to help keep my skin looking it's best all season long.
1.  Seek professional advice

You should always seek the advice of your doctor if you have any type of skin ailment, especially if you suffer from very dry skin. Your condition may be caused by something more severe than the weather and may need to be treated differently.

2. Moisturize!

Keeping your skin moisturized is very important. Look for soaps and bodywashes that don't contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin.  Also, look for lotions and creams that are gentle on your skin and apply them immediately after bathing or showering so that they are more effective.  You may also want to keep a small tube of lotion in your desk, briefcase or purse to apply when needed.

3. Wear Gloves

Always keep your hands protected from wind …

Mixed Berry Cake Recipe

This berry cake is so simple and delicious. It can be served as a breakfast addition, afternoon tea side or dessert.

1 cup of all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs 1 stick of room temperature butter 2 tsp vanilla 1 container of mixed berries 2 tbsp orange zest
1/4 orange for after baking

Combine dry ingredients and mix add butter, vanilla, orange zest and eggs.  Combine until blended.
This is a thick batter, so don't be alarmed if it appears thick.
In a greased 8 or 9 inch pan Add batter and smooth out to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
Coat berries in a tbsp of flour pour over cake mix or place them in a design if you would like.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and squeeze 1/4 of an orange over the top of the cake.

 1 small container of room temperature marscapone 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 tsp vanilla 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp orange zest
Whip heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and honey
fold in m…

Work Out in Style with Modern Temple Art Deco Yoga Leggings

If you are looking for unique, quality leggings, Modern Temple has them.

Modern Temple Art DecoYoga leggings are lined for extra protection.  I like to do squat and lunge exercises and these are great for that.  You have that extra layer of protection for privacy.

The pants are so soft and the quality is very nice.  They are a mix of polyester and spandex and move nicely with my body when I work out.  There is an inner pocket that I can hold things in and the waste band sits nicely and doesn't roll down as I work out.

I like the wide band on the waist of these Modern Temple Art Deco Yoga Leggings.  It helps give support and doesn't dig into my waist. 

These pants are so luxuriously soft and comfortable to wear for working out or just lounging around.  They are pretty enough to wear anywhere.

These are true to size, so whatever size you normally purchase should be fine.

These yoga leggings are printed and sewn in the USA.

The colors and pattern are beautiful.

You can order th…

Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Peanut Butter blossoms have always been my husband's favorite cookie.  They are easy to make and are soft and delicious.

1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed down in cup) 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup softened butter (not melted) 1 egg 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder
In a separate small bowl 1/2 cup sugar Also set aside unwrapped candy kisses for each cookie.

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all ingredients except for the extra small bowl of sugar
Roll dough into 1 inch balls.  I find that using a cookie scooper makes perfect size.
Place rolled cookie balls into the bowl of sugar and gently roll them until covered in sugar.
Place cookie ball on a cookie sheet.  I like to put 3 - 4 per row, leaving about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in between each ball.  I generally bake 12 - 16 cookies per sheet.
Bake 10 minutes per batch or until the cookies are brown around edges.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, gently press an un…

Beautiful Wigs To Compliment Your Style

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If you are looking for beautiful  wigs,  look no further than Black Hairspray.  They have a beautiful assortment of wigs in all different styles, colors and lengths and have thousands to choose from.  They also offer other beauty products as well.  These products include hair caremakeupskin carestyling toolsnail care and more.

Black Hairspray is a leading beauty e-commerce company with clients ranging from working mothers to professional stylists.  Their beautiful assortment of wigs will surely help you find the look you want to achieve.

The wig pictured above is part of the human hair blend collection.  It is so beautiful and natural looking. 
All of the wigs in the Black Hairspray collection come styled, unless otherwise noted, so you do not have to style them yourself.  This is time saving and convenient.  There are so many wig categories to choose from including:  Wigs, Lace Fro…

Study Abroad in Kalu Yala

2018 is a year of new beginnings and exploration.
Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad? Are you someone who feels that life could be lived a better way.  Do you feel that there are smarter solutions to living off of the land and feel you can contribute in a unique way? Why not reach beyond your dreams and explore the rainforest of Panama.
Hidden in the rainforest of Panama lies a sustainable village of KaluYala.    The village of Kalu Yala is a man-made village that is being designed as the world's most sustainable modern town. It is situated on 500 acres of former cattle and guava plantation where 2 rivers meet.  The village of Kalu Yala is about 50 minutes from downtown Panama and currently is only accessible by two miles of rough dirt road.
Here, people have come together with their unique talents and attributes and applied them to the Kalu Yala village community while learning about ways to live off of the land without wasting it.  Their mission is to preserve the environmen…

Last Minute Gift Ideas

We are in the home stretch and Christmas is right around the corner.  

I wanted to give you some last minute, inexpensive gift ideas that you can use if you've forgotten any one on your list, or if you feel the need to reciprocate.

1. An assortment of homemade cookies.  Add a few pretty wrapped chocolates to add a special touch.

2. A bottle of wine.  Their favorite or something new.

3. A gift card to a movie with popcorn.  The gift of entertainment!

4. A personal cookbook of family recipes. This is a very nice gesture and would be loved.

5. Something in a jar.  (layer ingredients for cookies and top it off with a pretty bow)  I recommend leaving the eggs out .  hehe

6. A book.  You can give a nice picture book of their favorite place to travel, or any good read.

7.  Hand written coupon hearts displayed on a twine clothesline for chore promises.

8. Bubble bath with a pair of fluffy socks.

9. A bottle of nail polish with an emery board, adorned with a pretty ribbon.

10. A mason jar…

Swago: Holiday Shopping Edition Is Back! (US)

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Peppermint Coconut Fudge Recipe

This festive fudge recipe is sure to delight your guests.

Peppermint Coconut Fudge
3 cups of white chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 tbsp Nielsen-Massey Peppermint Extract 1 cup crushed peppermint candy 1 cup of shredded coconut

You will need a square tin or baking pan lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Set pan aside.
Combine white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a pot and cook over low heat, stirring until chips are melted smooth. 
Remove from heat
 Add 1 tbsp of Nielsen-Massey Peppermint Extract and stir to combine.
Pour mixture into square baking pan.
Spread crushed peppermints over top
Spread shredded coconut over top.

Place in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Serving Suggestions
This simple recipe is so delicious and pretty. The added coconut adds a nice texture and feeling of Christmas snow to the fudge.
This makes a great gift.  If giving individual pieces as gifts, I recommend to place the piece on a piece of parchment…

How Your Logo Design Can Impact Your Business

Having a blog or a business takes a lot of hard work and effort.  We know that the 3 rules of running a successful business are location, location, location.  So, lets assume that you've picked out the perfect location.  Now the next step would be how to market your service or your product.
For starters, you want to make a good first impression with an attention grabber, such as your business logo. A lot of thought has to go into your logo because it is going to be the storefront of who you are, what you do and what you represent.
Your potential clients should be able to look at your logo and know exactly what you are selling or what you are trying to convey.  Things as simple as the color of your logo can make a huge impact on how consumers view your business or product.  If you are trying to convey a relaxed tone, you aren't going to have a vibrant colored logo.  The font is important too.  These little  components add up to one big outcome.  Before you take the step of des…

Fill Your Holiday Stockings with Palmer Chocolates

I can remember getting Palmer chocolates in my Christmas stocking when I was a little girl.  I use to get so excited seeing the pretty, foil wrapped bells, balls and Christmas characters.  I still get a smile on my face every time I see the Palmer logo.  It brings back so many great memories to me.
As my son was growing up, Santa often filled his stocking with Palmer confections.  Some of his favorites were the fudge bells, peanut butter cups and foil wrapped Santas.

This year, Palmer Chocolates has a wonderful assortment of chocolates that I think you will love.  They are reasonably priced and perfectly wrapped for gift giving, stocking stuffing and serving guests.    They include:

Stocking Puppies:Foiled in life-like Golden Retriever and Dalmatian graphics, the adorable puppies are the perfect stocking stuffer. 3.5 oz. Hollow milk chocolate - SRP: $3.00.

I love these stocking puppies, they are beautifully illustrated and wrapped.  They make great gifts, display pieces …