A Blueberry Rum Day Recipe

Today is National Rum Day, a day celebrated to help quench your thirst with your favorite rum drink. Rum is made by distilling by products of sugarcane, such as molasses or sugarcane juice, and is then aged in oak barrels. A majority of rum is produced in the Caribbean and in Latin American nations and territories.

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About Rum Day:

While the precursors of rum date back thousands of years, tradition suggests that rum didn’t originate until sometime in the 1600′s on the island of Barbados. The drink quickly became a favorite of the locals. It didn’t take long for the drink to make its way to the colonies, and in 1664 the first distillery was built at what is now Staten Island. Three years later a distillery was constructed in Boston and rum quickly became Colonial New England’s largest and most prosperous industry. Perhaps the most famous part of rums history though, is its association with piracy. The relationship began after the trading of rum boomed in the mid 1600′s when the Royal Navy captured the island of Jamaica. The sailors quickly fell in love with the taste of rum, and the rest is history.

Recipe:

The Blueberry Rum Smash makes 1 cocktail blueberry_rum_1_rect540

Fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces rum
Ginger ale

Cover the bottom of a mason jar with blueberries. (If you’re using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar, lemon juice & muddle until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice & then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.

 

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Relaxation for the Mind, Body, & Soul

relaxation day- the lil spa roomHappy National Relaxation Day! Whether you are looking for physical or spiritual relaxation, here are a few tips to relax your body, soul & mind.

•Get comfortable: To be able to calm & relax, remove your shoes, undo your tie or neck button, loosen your belt, unclasp your bra, slip into something comfortable.

• Enjoy some Fresh air: Open the windows & breathe in the fresh air.

• Mother Nature: Instead of hanging in a busy part of town, take a couple of minutes outdoors to slow down. Nature has its own way of calming your mind.

•Silence: Find a place in silence; treasure it, absorb it, immerse yourself in it, hang on to it as long as you can.

happiness- the lil spa room• Deep Breaths: Straighten up and take a deep slow breath through your nose, deep into your tummy, do not let the chest rise, relax your shoulders – then release the breath slowly through your mouth.

•New Age Music: Play some relaxing music with nature sounds and wind chimes to set up a more relaxing mood. This goes well with open windows.

•Reject stress: Reorganize your priorities. Reject anything that will put pressure on you. Learn to say no and become more positive and energetic.

•Influence your subconscious: To reinforce messages to your subconscious, like “I am calm and can cope with this situation”, there is no way like this: repeat, repeat, repeat.

•Visualization: Go to sleep with a picture in your mind how you would like to be. (Positive things of course) Do this again and again, every night. Try to wake up with this picture in your mind.

•Concentrate on the task at hand: If you immerse yourself totally in a task, so that you achieve the very best result you are capable of (this can be anything at all, for example washing the dishes, ironing, driving a car or mowing the lawn), you will find that task becomes like a meditation in itself. Time flies, you derive satisfaction from your efforts and you spend at least this time completely in the here and now, not worrying about past or future.

  • Lastly, get a massage or better yet get a facial. Not only will you escape into pampering bliss, you’ll go home with great skin.

And if you are home, make yourself a refreshing margarita or pour yourself a glass of serve wine to enhance that relaxation. 😉

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Back to School Beauty Bargains

Summertime is over; time to get the kids back to school & us back to work now that vacation has come to an end. Summertime takes a toll on our skin; all the sun tanning, swimming, sunscreen applications, dry heat, and warm breezes tend to make our skin look a bit dull and can cause some pigment issues as well. With most of us being on a budget to get our kiddos ready for school, I thought I’d put out a couple of my popular clinical grade treatments on Groupon.

Here they are:

The PCA Professional™ Smoothing Body Peel:

$59 for one PCA professional smoothing body peel ($150 value)
$155 for three PCA professional smoothing body peels ($450 value)

Treatment Description: For clearer, smoother skin on arms, legs, knees, back, chest, hands, feet, and other discolored or broken out parts of the body. While a single treatment may help brighten, clear, & even tone & texture of the skin for a special occasion, a series of 3-6 treatments (depending on your skin) can help improve the appearance of mature, sun-damaged, & acne prone skin by offering deeper exfoliation and skin brightening with a toning effect for a longer lasting result. Great for back & chest acne issues!

PCA Oxygenating Facial Treatment:

$45 for one PCA oxygen facial treatment ($110 value)
$85 for two PCA oxygen facial treatments ($220 value)

Treatment Description: This treatment draws oxygen to the skin’s surface, a rosy flush & a rapid warming sensation is produced, resulting in a radiant, healthy glow that lasts up to 10 days. It also helps stimulate respiration & circulation within the skin & rejuvenates sluggish, stressed skin depleted by toxins, pollutants, allergens, improper diet and solar damage. For all skin types; including acne prone & mature skin.

Click this link to view the Groupon: http://www.groupon.com/deals/the-lil-spa-room-2

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DIY Fruity Lip Balm

Ingredients:
2 Tbls solid shortening
1 Tbls fruit-flavored powdered drink mix
35 mm film container
Directions:
Mix shortening & drink mix together in a microwave safe bowl till smooth! Place in microwave on high for 30 seconds until mix becomes a liquid! Pour into clean film container, or any other small airtight container!
Place mix into fridge for 20-30 minutes or till firm!

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Vaseline Beauty Tips

Vaseline, a.k.a. petroleum jelly is a beauty staple that every girl should have in their makeup bag. There are a zillions of uses for it and it is so inexpensive! Here’s some beauty related tricks you can do with vaseline:
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1. Lip balm: moisturizes and soothes chapped lips but it doesn’t taste good.

2. Moisturizes dry skin.

3. Hand and feet moisturizer: it hydrates and smooths chapped hands and feet. Apply some petroleum jelly to your hands and feet and then put on mittens and socks. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the vaseline to soak into the skin. The result? Smoother and softer skin.

4. All over moisturizer: apply petroleum jelly all over your body after a bath. It will leave your skin soft and smooth.

5. Eye makeup remover: removes even the most stubborn mascara and soothes the eye area.

6. Scrub: mix petroleum jelly with sea salt to make your own scrub.

7. Night cream: it can be used as a night cream but you need to warm it up first.

8. Protects manicure: putting some vaseline on the base of your nails will stop the color from running.

9. Shaving: just put a very thin layer on the area that needs shaving and shave. Don’t use water. Also don’t apply too much product or it will plug up your razor. In addiction, vaseline can get a bit greasy, but it will leave your skin soft, smooth and moisturized.

10. Highlighter: apply it on cheeks and undereye area for that dewy look.

11. Softens elbows: apply some vaseline to elbows daily. It will soften them.
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12. Lipgloss: apply some lipliner all over your lips and top it off with vaseline for instant shine.

13. Maintains fragrance longer: apply a thin layer of vaseline on your wrist before spraying perfume on. It will make the scent last longer.

14. Lip exfoliant: apply petroleum jelly to your lips and wait a few minutes. Then, using an old toothbrush, scrub your lips. This will exfoliate lips, leaving them very soft.

15. Protects skin from hair dye: apply some vaseline around the hairline before coloring your hair to protect your skin from the harsh chemicals contained in the dye.

16. Conditioner: Apply some to the scalp before shampooing to condition it.

17. Seals in split ends: if you put some vaseline on your split ends, it will seal them in and make it look like they aren’t there. But don’t do this too often as it will take a couple of shampoos to remove vaseline from your hair.

18. Cream blusher: mix some vaseline with your lipstick to make your own cream blusher.

19. Prevents uneven tanning: just put some on dry spots before applying fake tanning lotions.

20. Moisturize and tame eyebrows: putting a small amount of vaseline on your brows before going to bed will not only moisturize them, but it will mould them into place too.

21. Prevents chafing: just apply some vaseline on the areas that need it, such as heels and the balls of feet.

22. Stains remover: it removes makeup stains from clothes.
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The Truth about Tanning

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4 Important Vitamins for Healthy Skin

Proper skin care takes much more than just swathing your face with expensive cosmetics. Beauty comes from within. You have to provide you skin with the nutrition it needs to fend off environmental hazards like dust, pollution and sunlight. Your skin quality also reflects your overall health. Any accumulation of toxins, hormonal upset and improper body function will be exhibited as skin blemishes. The following are the top five vitamins that can help you buildup immunity, detoxify your system and achieve skin perfection.

Vitamin C

Environmental hazards are unavoidable and they cause serious skin damage. Increased exposure to pollen, dust and polluted air directly causes premature aging. UV rays break down your collagen and worsen the appearance of age spots. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that keeps your skin cells safe from these harmful stress factors. Adequate intake of vitamin C can effectively deter the aging process, prevent skin discoloration and brighten your skin tone. Having 3 to 5 servings of fresh fruits like oranges, strawberries and grapes everyday is the best way to keep you well-stocked with vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most powerful bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins. Vitamin E can immediately catch and remove any free radicals that come near your cells. It is a fat-soluble vitamin, and so it gives you much longer-lasting protection than vitamin C.Supplying your skin with enough vitamin E can drastically reduce the appearance of skin blemishes like acne and age spots. Common dietary sources for this vitamin are asparagus, avocados, nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow. High homocysteines levels also trigger stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and hives. Increasing your vitamin B6 encourages better oxygenation of your skin cells and reduces its exposure to stress damage. Vitamin B6 is rich in foods like meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Folate

Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6 and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells. Folate heightens your red blood cell production. Higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissue. Abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration. Eating a variety of dark leafy vegetables, beans and legumes, citrus fruits and fortified cereals is the easiest way to get the folate you need for a look of rejuvenation.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is extremely important in prevention of acne, dermatitis and skin allergies. This vitamin helps your body break down fat and prevents surplus oil secretion from your sebaceous glands. Increased intake of pantothenic acid can reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone, making it a common ingredient in many skin care products. The best dietary sources for pantothenic acid include fish, red meat, wheat bran and yeast. You can also get an extra boost of pantothenic acid by taking a royal jelly supplement.

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