Spooky Halloween Party Recipes

Disgusting Diaper Dip Halloween Recipe
A tasty hummus made from black beans and chickpeas, it’s actually pretty awesome! But this is one of those disgusting Halloween recipes that’s all about presentation. And if you present this Diaper Dip right, only the bravest of your guests will be willing to try it.

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
1 C. cooked, drained chickpeas (garbanzos)
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Greek yogurt or olive oil, if needed to thin

Instructions:
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
2. Process until smooth. If mixture is too thick, thin out with a bit of Greek yogurt or some more olive oil.
3. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, at least an hour before serving and up to 48 hours.

diaper dip for Halloween

Severed Fingers Halloween Recipe
You can also try a small piece of onion for the nail, if you like, but I think the yellow bell pepper gives the best impression of thick, gross-looking yellow nails. Recipe below is for one serving– just multiply to make as many as you need.

Ingredients:
3 cocktail sausages
3 triangles of yellow bell pepper
Ketchup or BBQ sauce, as needed

Instructions:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. To make each serving of three fingers, create 3 shallow horizontal slices about halfway up each cocktail sausage for “knuckles.”
3. Boil sausages until cooked, about 2-3 minutes. Let cool slightly.
4. With a sharp knife, cut a small flat space at the tip of the sausage for a “nail.” Using a bit of ketchup, mayonnaise, or BBQ sauce, press a nail into each finger.
5. Fill a cup (in the photo it’s a plastic muffin cup, but you can use a ramekin, a little clear glass, or whatever) with a couple tablespoons of ketchup, BBQ sauce, or any other red-colored sauce. Place assembled fingers in the cup, burying the ends slightly in the sauce. Serve hot.

Tip: Heating the sauce helps keep this disgusting Halloween food from cooling down too fast.

severed fingers for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Eggnog Recipe
Ingredients:
4 C. milk (I use 2%)
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
7 lg. eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 C. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Spiced rum (such as Capitan Morgan), to taste
10-12 cinnamon sticks (to garnish)
Pumpkin pie spice, as desired (to garnish)

Instructions:
1. In a large, heavy saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree and the milk. Bring slowly to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat.
2. Meanwhile, beat together your eggs and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl.
3. To temper your egg mixture, pour a small amount of your hot milk into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add a bit more, whisking all the while, until your egg mixture is hot and close to the temperature of your milk mixture.
4. Slowly and gradually whisk your tempered egg mixture into your milk mixture. Return to a medium-low heat.
5. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in cream, vanilla, and rum to taste.
6. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. You’ll want to let it chill for at least four hours to let the flavors combine. Garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Tip: If your eggs weren’t tempered perfectly, you may end up with a few egg bits in your nog. If this happens, simply strain the pumpkin eggnog into your Halloween party punch bowl before chilling.

Decorating: If you want to make this Halloween party punch look a little more spooky, you can add a bit of orange food coloring before you chill it. Decorate with a little bit of black-colored sugar. Serve in a punch bowl or pretty little cups. I like clear ones.

Halloween pumpkin eggnog

Sewer Water Adult Halloween Drink Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bottle (700mL) vodka or vanilla vodka
7 C. fresh orange juice with pulp
1.5 liters (3/4 of a 2 liter bottle) Dr. Pepper
Ice

Instructions:
1. In a large, clear punch bowl combine the vodka, orange juice, and Dr. Pepper.
2. Fill a separate container or ice bucket with ice.
3. Fill each punch glass with ice before serving. Serve with a lemon wedge if desired.

sewer water Halloween punch

Why I Love Fall!

Fall Autumn Quotes Fall has arrived! For those of you rolling your eyes at our 85 degree “autumn” weather here in San Antonio, Texas, it’s a heck of a lot better than being in the 100+ degree heat! When you think of fall, you think about cooler mornings, windier evenings, and summer officially ending. Fall is my favorite time of year; now being officially self employed and having more freedom to enjoy life, these are some of the things that I plan on enjoying to celebrate the season.

The Pumpkin craze: Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin oreos, pumpkin pumpkin the lil spa roombeer, pumpkin facials, pumpkin massages, pumpkin manicures & pedicures, pumpkin candles, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin ice cream, and last but not least…The pumpkin spiced latte…YUM! (Starbucks shout-out!) I probably gained about 20 lbs just typing up this list, haha, but, you gotta admit, all of the listed is pretty enjoyable.

fall quotesNot a “Fashionista”: So for those that personally know me, I am a very plain Jane when it comes to the fashion world. Jeans, boots, sweaters, jackets, thick socks, and hats are my thing and are in “style” during the fall season. Nothing cozy like a warm pair of yoga pants to bum around in! My favorite colors are fall faves too, black, browns, taupes, dark greens, plums, and coppers! No more summer pink everywhere you turn!

Shut up and Drive: Fall is the best time to open up your windows, sunroof, and turn up the jams and just drive through scenic country roads. Try it on a day off and appreciate the beauty!

Places all to yourself: Its school time, so that means, movie theatres, malls, restaurants, and pretty much anywhere you go during the week is not crowed with screaming summer kids. I’m sure stay at home moms love the peace and quiet with their children being in school.

BOO! Halloween: Nothing more fun than decorating the house, carving pumpkins with the family, passing out candies to the trick or treaters, and seeing all the cool costumes. Halloween is MY Christmas. The main perk of being an adult on Halloween: NO candy limit…all you can eat! fall pictures

More sleep: Whether you’re a morning person or not, it’s nice to know you have an extra hour to sleep in if you want to, thanks to daylight savings. I know many friends and family members totally appreciate that hour of sleeping in.

Thanksgiving: All the food! Turkey, mashers, stuffing, pies…that’s what it’s all about! Ok, totally kidding! Thanksgiving is the one day (or night) you get to sit down, feast, and hang out with your family and full bellies. How can you not be thankful on such a day?pumpkin spiced latte starbucks

In celebration of my favorite season, I have some festive autumn themed spa treatments at my spa studio. If you’re in the San Antonio area, be sure to schedule one!

Seasonal Specials (Till December 1st)

Foot facial-the lil spa roomPumpkin Spice Foot Facial $50-A foot facial is the perfect antidote for stress, tired feet & general fatigue. Your feet work hard; let’s give them a long overdue rest along with softening your skin. Warm up this fall with a delicious scented pumpkin spice foot facial. This Fall foot treatment includes a cleanse, exfoliating scrub, warm hydrating mask, hot towel wrap, foot & calf massage & warm booties all while relaxing on a cozy, heated table. This treatment is sure to melt the stress away!! 45 minutes

Pumpkin Back Treatment $70-This “back facial” consists of a deep cleansing, pumpkin back facial san antonioexfoliation with a pumpkin scrub, & massage using a special nutrient enriched and deliciously scented pumpkin oil. The pumpkin enzyme mask will then nourish your skin before being enriched with a moisturizing pumpkin butter lotion. The benefits of pumpkin include natural exfoliation, increased hydration, skin healing, restoration of elasticity, inhibition of breakouts, & aging reversal through increased cell turnover! 50 minutes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Facial (All Skin Types) $60-Pumpkin “nature’s natural collagen” is the perfect way to celebrate fall and replenish dry, summer skin. The Pumpkin Facial exfoliates surface skin cells (Anti aging results can be seen by the reduction of lines and wrinkles in addition to an improvement in the skin’s elasticity.), provides antioxidant support, stimulates collagen activity, uses a warming pumpkin mask and leaves skin feeling smooth and perfectly polished! This festive facial is a seasonal favorite, and I am sure it will be one of yours too! 50 minutes

Spiced Cider Facial (All Skin Types) $70-A beautiful medley of fall scents such as fresh apples, nutmeg and cinnamon. This facial delivers a comforting, warming effect on the skin perfect for the autumn months.  Packed with malic acid from apples to exfoliate your skin and filled with rich antioxidants, vitamin C, and enzymes to help hydrate, firm and improve skin tone.  The mask contains nutmeg to soothe inflammation.  Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while honeysuckle and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy nourished skin. 50 minutes

**Facials include extractions, arm & hand, décolleté, neck, shoulder, & scalp massage. **Add an eyebrow or lip wax to your seasonal facial & receive it at half off.

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Why You Should Pamper Your Skin

Why should you pamper your skin to a facial? Facials are well known for their simplicity and effectiveness in improving the overall appearance of the facial skin. A facial is a treatment that deeply purifies and exfoliates resulting in smooth and well-hydrated skin. Facials are most often used for minimizing dry skin, acne, wrinkles and skin blemishes. They also work to remove the outer layers of dead skin in order to keep the epidermis toxin free. Receiving facials on a regular basis will cause your pores to remain unclogged and your face to look smooth and healthy. Your skin cells regenerate every six weeks, which is all the more reason to incorporate facials into your life. Facials are a relaxing way to keep your face looking its best.

Now that you know why you should treat your skin to a regular facial, let me give you some reasons why you should get a facial with me! Here goes:

#10 Free Skin Analysis! Get a thorough skin analysis, with more time taken to learn about your skin, tools available to look deeper into the layers of your skin, and a longer term treatment plan defined.

#9 Extractions in a Breeze! Clearing clogged comedones keeps skin healthy and supple while preventing acne. It is recommended to extract those comedones once a week in a SAFE manner. Having a trained professional perform extractions allows a variety of angles and techniques. I also have tools and machines that open pores, hydrate the skin to make it flexible, liquefy impacted material, and protect the surrounding skin while comedones literally slide out.

#8 I LOVE What I Do! I am passionate about your skin and love working with it! I love learning more and putting to use the information I have in making your skin look the best it possibly can!

#7 Not Just For Women! Too many men grow up still washing their face with bar soap and water, wishing their skin was different, yet clueless how to solve it. They still neglect their skin and feel ashamed and embarrassed about their appearance. Facials are not“girly” treatments. EVERYONE deserves to feel comfortable and attractive in their own skin. No one thinks to educate teenage boys how to reduce acne or not to pick. Any age group, any gender, any race will benefit from learning totake care of their skin.

#6 Specialized Products! No skin is exactly the same, and no client has the same goals for their skin. That is why a quality esthetician will meet you, talk with you, and learn about you before the procedure so the very best choice of products can be chosen. There is a reason why every good product line has choices and ways to adapt products to individuals and their skin care goals. Your skin receives pampering and ingredients applied just for it!

#5 Massage Isn’t Just For Relaxation! Massage techniques have a variety of purposes. Not only does a massage loosen muscles and lower heart rate and blood pressure (that brings you into a deep state of relaxation!), it can actually heal your skin! Massage stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation and boosts your immune system. It delivers more nutrients to your skin and removes more waste. It can stimulate collagen and elastin to form in the dermis and plump the skin back to healthy levels. It can reactivate the microcurrent impulses in the skin to reduce or prevent sagging skin. Even just a facial massage can work acupuncture meridians to relieve tension, blockages, or imbalances in the entire body. It can even help exfoliate dead skin, loosening acneic debris, or it help drive beneficial, moisturizing ingredients deeper. If you have never had a facial massage, you have no idea what you’re missing!

#4 Because You Can! Many people are afraid of the expense of ‘extras’ like spa treatments, luckily I’m affordable. Especially in a tough economic situation, taking care of our skin is considered an unnecessary expense. Many product lines found in grocery stores feed off of the fear, selling you quick-fixes that don’t actually fix anything. They use cheap fillers that fill your pores with gunk, and ingredients that dry your skin out, insuring you will be back for more soon! They don’t want you to know facials can be the least expensive items on a spa menu! Truly beneficial product lines do not need fillers, and they will last longer than store bought items. Taking care of your skin may cost a little more up front, but it is less than you think and will cost you less in the long term. *Check out my specials: http://shinebeautifully.me/thelilsparoom/specials

#3 Create A Plan! The things we can do in the treatment room are only half of the success of your skin. The other half is a great home-care regime. It is hard to know exactly what to do at home, by yourself, and be the only one celebrating your success! With an esthetician, you have someone as equally excited and invested in your skin as you are! You will have a plan that we can decide together that fits your life, preferences, and skin perfectly! I want to be your partner in creating healthy skin for you!

#2 A Spiritual Experience! Facials involve a lot of physical touch, which can initiate a bond between esthetician and pamperee. The positioning of an esthetician at the head of the bed puts the esthetician’s solar plexus chakra in alignment with the clients crown chakra, creating a unique flow of energy between each life force. A great esthetician realizes this exchange and utilizes it to benefit each person they work with. I like to bring peace, love, and self-fulfillment to my clients, receiving their worries and returning the energy with feelings of confident and peace. There is no greater reward or benefit to my life than to make a new friend and feel them feeling beautiful, powerful, and calm.

#1 YOU DESERVE IT!!! Seriously, when did you last do something to feel good about yourself? That pair of sensible flats you bought to wear to work every day does NOT count. Taking care of yourself, or more importantly, FEELING good about yourself is VITAL to your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. You cannot hope to lead a healthy life if you do not take a few minutes to breathe. Let someone else pamper you. Give your brain a chance to catch up to you! The first step to healing the world is to take care of you first! Hope to hear from you soon! ~April

Crow’s Feet: Fight those Fine Lines!

Aging is a fact of life and the eyes are the first to show real signs of aging.  Puffy eyes, dark circles, fine lines, crow’s feet, and broken capillaries are the most common signs. Start taking care of your eye area and using an eye treatment product in your early 20s; prevention is the key and with more knowledge you can keep your skin looking younger well into your post menopausal years.

eye treatment the lil spa roomThe skin of the face and the body vary in thicknesses throughout the body.  The thinnest skin is approximately 0.5 millimeter in thickness, is found under your eyes and on the eyelids. The thickest skin, at approximately 4 mm, is on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Since the skin around our eyes is thinner, it is more prone to sun damage which leads to pigmentation and collagen loss, causing lines, thinner skin and making dark circles more obvious. Sebaceous glands or oil producing glands also have a more active role in how your skin reacts. They are more concentrated around your nose than any other part of the face.  There are virtually no sebaceous glands under the eye making it prone to dryness. On the body these glands are located in the chest and back area which can be a problem for those suffering with acne.

*The 5 most common causes of dark circles are allergies, dehydration, lack of sleep, anemia, and heredity.

Home remedies such as tea bags, cucumbers and potatoes are helpful, but not eye treatment the lil spa roomclinically proven to work. If you are looking for a high quality product that is clinically proven, works for you throughout the day and guaranteed to demonstrate a difference, I recommend Truface Ideal eyes by Nuskin. For more product info click here.

Tips to keep your eyes youthful:

Hydrate: By drinking more water you will feel and look better.  Hydrating will flush out the toxins giving your skin the moisture it needs to look its best.

Well-balanced healthy diet: Eating healthy is anti-aging from the inside out. Taking a good nutritional supplement plus eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is crucial for good health. Free radicals cause aging and to fight free radicals we need a diet high in antioxidants. Supplements and diet will also prevent anemia.

Avoid rubbing your eyes: This causes trauma which in turn can cause dark pigment under the eye area.

Get 8 hours of sleep: Not enough sleep makes your skin paler which in turn shows more of the tiny blood vessels under the eye area. Sleep is needed for your body to recover from the day’s stresses.

Less salt: Excess fluid retention will make your eyes puffy. Over time the puffy eyes end up looking more like under eye bags as we age.

Remove your makeup before bed: A good skincare regimen I highly recommend for better skin and to anti-age your eyes. Leaving mascara on will cause damage to the eyelashes. Eye makeup and foundation clogs pores. Night time is the perfect time for your skin to recover from all the free radicals during the day.

Collagen eye treatment san antonioDo not use oil based makeup: Oil based cosmetics are not healthy for your skin and especially the eye area. Mineral oil is found in our moisturizers and cosmetics. It is an inexpensive product used by many cosmetic companies and is not healthy for the skin. It clogs pores and prevents your skin from breathing.

Regular professional collagen eye treatments to strengthen the elasticity, hydrate, and brighten the skin

Relationship Stalling

Those of you in long term relationships probably talk to your girlfriends and/or family about this topic all the time. You’ve been a relationship for a long time, maybe even have kids, and your other half has not yet popped the question.  Now I’m not talking about couples that agree to not get married, marriage isn’t for everyone. I am talking about women who dream of walking down the aisle with the man they are in love with. The ones that always hint they would love to be married. You have put in years into being with your boyfriend, accepted him for all that he is (even his kids), and moved in with him under the impression that he is going to get on his knee and soon pull out that diamond ring. You look forward to Valentine’s Day, Christmas, your birthday, and any holiday that would give him the chance to take this step finally…and every year that goes by…nothing happens.

Being divorced once, engaged, and now remarried; I can honestly tell you why your other half has not popped the question. It’s simply because they do not want too. When a man loves a woman (or vice versa), he will do everything in his power to make her happy. If she wants to seal the deal and get married, he will make that happen. No ifs, ands, or buts…whether it be a big or small wedding, there’s always payments, savings accounts to take advantage of, and hell, he can get a part time job! Eloping to courthouse is not expensive at all…just FYI.

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Friends that have been in this situation have vented to me and I always ask them what their boyfriend’s excuses are for not wanting to tie the knot. Let’s see…my all time favorite one…money. That is the crappiest excuse ever! Get another job if you half to…stop spending money on things that are not needed…grow up and make your woman happy. Money comes and goes…with a little hard work this wedding can happen. Next excuse…”I’m just not ready”…really? But you were ready to move in together and share bills? And even have children?  Come on now, how fair is that? Another good one…”we’ll plan it next year”…why  NEXT year and not THIS year…if you do wait to start planning that next year and nothing happens AGAIN…yeah, he most likely  does not want to get married.

I could go on and on and list excuses as to why these men full of excuses do not want to get married knowing their woman wants to. I was with an excuse maker myself, I learned that the excuses never changed and the more time went on, I still was not getting what I wanted from the relationship. You have to ask yourself if you are willing to put what you really want aside just to keep the peace in the relationship…or keep your boyfriend period. Do you really want to settle? If so, then don’t complain. I do know a couple of friends that gave their other halves the marriage ultimatum, I don’t know if I’d want to pressure someone into marrying me, but it did work for them, and they do seem happy. My husband left a 12 year career and moved from another stated to be with me without even being asked. So again, when a man really loves a woman, he will do whatever he can to be with her, make her happy, and most of all put a ring on it and make her his. Know your worth and stop waiting around for something that you know is not going to happen.

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Glacial Mud Masque

My lavender vanilla facial has been a hit this summer; being that its meant for all skin types, women, men, and teens have come in for one. All the products used in this treatment are wonderful; however, the main “skin changer” is the masque. I’m actually thinking of keeping it in my treatments for a while.

The glacial facial purifying mineral mud masque is definitely making a huge difference in my client’s complexions and mine as well. Dull, dry, and mature skins to oily, acne prone and even sensitive skin type clients leave my studio looking refreshed, deeply cleansed, rejuvenated, and glow at the end of the facial. This particular mud mask is made with mineral enriched glacial clay, silt, and contains a special mixture of botanical and organic extracts. The clay comes from the waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and the organic botanical extracts come from the Pacific Northwest. How cool to know that one of my favorite products used in my spa studio in good ol San Antonio, TX comes all the way from Alaska!

The glacial clay and silt contains over 60 nourishing elements and botanical extracts; some of  these active ingredients include:  Magnesium, Copper, Sulfur, Silver, Silicon, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, kelp, nettle, horsetail, elderflower, yarrow, cranberry, blueberry, and vitamins e & b5.

My clients (male and female) that have big blackhead congestion issues enjoy the warm masque under a little bit of steam. This helps with the extraction part of the facial since the mud is very detoxifying.  Sure, all the facial massage circulation plays a big part as well, but it’s the masque that infuses the skin with its botanical goodness & lightly exfoliates the skin to a much smoother and softer state. Because of all the rich extracts combined, this masque is naturally anti-aging for all skin types as well. If you’re in the San Antonio area, be sure to schedule a facial soon to enjoy this masque in your treatment.

Glacial Mud Facial- The Lil Spa Room

 

 

 

 

 

Step Mom Stories 1

Today my husband and I went Halloween costume shopping for my bonus child (aka stepdaughter). This was the first time I went shopping for my favorite holiday, in one of my favorite stores for someone other than myself. If you knew me personally and how much I love Halloween, you’d understand. We had so much fun on our mission to find the complete Elsa costume. It may be early September, but as big of a hit Disney’s Frozen was, some places are already sold out. After driving out of town and to the opposite end of the city from our home, the mission was accomplished.  Luckily the Party City team was very helpful in our search and was the main reason we found everything easily.

Something happened today though. After all the laughter, fun, and excitement, there was pure silence between my husband and me on our way home. I wasn’t sure if he was angry, upset, or sad. Come to find out, it was all of the above. I think it finally hit my husband that he (we) are not a part of many big events in his daughters life. Sure we have summers, holidays, Face time, Skype, and pictures. But that is not the same as walking her to the first day of school, waking up at night because she is sick, taking her trick or treating, and going to school plays. Divorce and living in different states changes so many things between parents and their children.

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This is my second time being a step mom; it is very challenging. I am grateful that my step daughter’s mother and I get along; everyone is on the same page when it comes to behavior issues, and we are able to speak with her daily. Everyone’s relationship has changed drastically in the last couple of years and for the better. There are just some things as a step parent that you have no say so in, feel like your opinion doesn’t matter, and most of all fix things to make them easier for everyone.

Being a step parent, as much as you’re involved, you are still an outsider looking in. It was hard for me to see my husband so down and out today. Not only did he miss out on many things in his daughters earlier years, now that he has spent time with her and misses her, it’s harder to not be a part of her everyday life. Sadness filled his face as he told me we were going to miss out on Halloween, we will always miss the first day of school, and there’s got to be some way we can change that to where we can all get to enjoy those things. As his wife and the step parent, I was quiet and listened. I told him he needs to be honest and if he wants more information, time to talk to his daughter, pictures, and Skype time; it’s OK to ask for that.

I am all about communication to change things for the better. He was not raised that way and is learning that is how things get solved. Eggshells are constantly walked on in situations like these because the feelings of very different people are involved. I hope we can somehow make this separation not feel as rough as it has been for him. As a spouse, it’s hard to see your other half sad and missing his child. Like I said, being a step parent is very challenging. I plan on sharing my step parent stories to reach out to other step parents. I want them to know they are not alone.

Husband Modeling his Daughter's Elsa Costume

Husband Modeling his Daughter’s Elsa Costume