Halloween Candy Leftovers

I don’t have a problem admitting I have a huge sweet tooth, so when Halloween comes around, I tend to over buy candy. Here are some useful tips to get your money’s worth when overbuying sweet treats for Halloween.

  • You can freeze candy up to a year in the freezer.
  • Buy discounted Halloween candy for Christmas stockings and parties. Most kids don’t care if their Christmas candy is orange and black or if it has silver and gold wrappers instead of red and green.
  • Use leftover Halloween candy in Christmas baking and for making gingerbread houses.
  • Use grated or chopped chocolate in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It is easier to cut candy into pieces if you freeze it first.
  • Break Butterfinger candy bars into peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Sprinkle chopped chocolates on a white or chocolate frosted cake or use them to top ice cream and cheesecake.
  • Mix leftover chopped chocolates into cake mixes.
  • When making cupcakes, decorate the tops with one Hershey’s kiss or a mini candy bar.
  • Pour some leftover candy into a basket or pretty bowl to give to someone for a special gift. Even a Christmas bag full of an assortment of candies would be a gift that would delight anyone – kids, adults, co-workers or neighbors.
  • Chop up leftover candy apples for salads to give it a kick for the kids.
  • Send a box of candy to the troops! They love receiving care packages, especially with candy.
  • Use it for birthday party goodie bags.
  • If you work at a desk or own a business, spruce up your work space with a candy jar for clients. Or stash some away in your desk for those days your sweet tooth gets a craving.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Candy uses

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Affordable Skin Care for Normal to Dry Skin

Loving the Nuskin Skin Care Nutricentials  line with the summer season ending soon. My skin is still soft and dewy and without spending a fortune too. This entire dry skin regimen is just $1oo. You will not pay that at your cosmetic counter. If you want a simple 3 step skin care routine, these products can be purchased separately. Here is some info about a regimen for dry and sensitive skin types.

The skin nurturing benefits of soy lipids help Creamy Cleansing Lotion keep even the driest, most sensitive skin soft and hydrated while gentle, soap-free cleansers remove debris and pollution.

pH Balance Toner Normal To Dry Skin is rich in polyphenols powerful antioxidants that help soothe skin strawberry extract helps diminish the appearance of pores so skin appears refined and refreshed. This alcohol-free formula helps return your complexion to its ideal.

Celltrex® Ultra Recovery Fluid Nu Skin reveals the Mediterranean secret of beautiful skin with Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid. Celltrex Ultra contains concentrated levels of the polyphenol Hydroxytyrosol, the most powerful component of olive oil that scavenges free radicals and protects at the cellular level. Daily exposure to the environment unleashes a cascade of free radicals in the body. Just a few drops of Celltrex Ultra every morning and night keeps your skin looking supple and healthy.

Moisture Restore” Day Protective Lotion is a high-performance lotion that hydrates, protects, and promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin all day, every day. Added UVA/UVB protection helps fight against premature aging caused by the sun.

Night Supply Nourishing Cream boosts the skin’s nighttime renewal process by restoring flexibility and resilience to the skin. A source of nourishment to the people of Asia and Polynesia, this unique soy ingredient helps replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier. With Night Supply Nourishing Cream you wake up to noticeably soft, youthful looking skin.

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Control that Oily Skin

Oily/combination skinned clients always ask me what they can do to control their oil production. I always recommend the Pure Cleansing Gel; the first step to controlling your skin concerns is what you use to cleanse your skin. This cleanser is good for teens, men and can be used daily and nightly. It also removes makeup. To really control that oily sheen you get by noon, use the ph Balance Mattefying Toner too.  (More info will be on another blog) For more information on this product or others contact me!

The main ingredient (papain) in this light foaming cleanser loosens oil, dead skin cell buildup, and leaves the skin with a nice matte finish.

Papain—this proteolytic enzyme dissolves pore-blocking debris to help clean and energize the skin.

This cleanser also contains extracts of lemon, geranium, and fennel; these three ingredients help clarify the skin and balance oil.

Lemon on the skin: Lemons’ antibacterial and antifungal properties make them a naturally control oil, which helps keep pores clear and clean, and blackheads from returning.

Geranium on the skin: The astringent properties of geranium are also very advantageous for our skin. Our muscle contractions get significantly boosted with these. Consequently, we get a firm and toned look. Geranium can provide proper nourishment to our skin cells and keep those young and healthy for long.

Fennel on the skin: Fennel seeds offer amazing effects for the skin, antiseptic by nature, and loaded with antioxidants. As a result, they help prevent breakouts, cell damage, while keeping the skin toned.

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Picking out a Red Lipstick

Choose a red that compliments your skin tone:

Light Skin: Cool blue-based reds.

Dark Skin: Pick a red with a touch of brown to highlight the warm hints of caramel in your skin.

Medium Skin: Go for an orangey shade.

Red Lipstick Tips

 

My 4th Wedding Anniversary

The Labor Day weekend vibe always brings back memories of our spontaneous decision to elope on a rainy Labor Day weekend 4 years ago. I cannot not believe how fast the years have gone by; being friends for many years, deployments, long distance dating, traveling back and forth between different states, huge life changing transitions, hitting a really rough patch, separating, and fighting for what we both didn’t want to end brought us here…still together. Every day I learn something new about my husband, myself, and married life. But after all the bad stuff we both went through before working things out, I feel we are on a new level of getting to know each other. The little details you think go unnoticed have turned into the big things that stand out the most. wedding anniversary

For better or worse has a whole new meaning to me now; I think the both of us needed to lose each other to realize how much we loved one another and what truly mattered.  No communication has turned into being completely open, that lead to more respect, and has moved us both closer to each other. Big decisions and life changing obstacles have become so much easier to handle and deal with together. Even though we lost what we had before our separation, what we gained has been so much better. For those that took those vows of marriage and going through a rough time, take some time out to collect your thoughts, stop being angry, and make sure you do everything you can to make things work as long as your spouse is meeting you halfway. It’s worth it.

This year we spent our anniversary at home, laughing with my step daughter on Skype, eating take out, listening to the Bob Marley station on Pandora, and enjoying our home. It even rained today just like it day the day we eloped…Simply perfect…

Sept. 3, 2010

Sept. 3, 2010-Labor Day Weekend

Pizza for Breakfast

Came across this yummy Breakfast Pizza recipe. Gotta try this! Yum!

YIELD: 4 Servings
Ingredients:
1 pizza crust (recipe here: http://realfoodbydad.com/homemade-bbq-chicken-pizza-2/ )
2 3 oz. sausage links, casing removed, crumbled and browned
2 cups diced hash browns, cooked
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chunky salsa, drained
4 eggs
 
Instructions:

Preparation: Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Place pizza stone on lower middle rack. Lightly grease a sheet of parchment paper with olive oil. Transfer ball of dough to parchment. Stretch out dough by hand as much as possible, then lightly brush with olive oil, cover with another piece of parchment. Use a rolling pin and work from the middle of the dough outward to flatten dough to ¼ inch thickness. Peel off top parchment paper.

Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to three days.

Assembly: Sprinkle down browned sausage, hash browns, cheddar cheese and salsa. Break eggs on top of pizza. Slide the pizza (with the parchment underneath) on to the hot pizza stone. Bake for 3-5 minutes until pizza crust starts to turn golden. Rotate the pizza once and remove parchment, continue to bake for another 3 minutes or until eggs are cooked but still runny. Remove from oven.

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What I’ve Learned about Marriage in 2013

2013 I hit 3 years of being married. Having been very public about my separation on social media, I can honestly say it’s been very therapeutic for me and inspirational for others. I am nothing special, I’m just a woman that wants to be loved and adored like any other. Love hit me like a ton of bricks, hard and unexpected. But like anything else, it can’t always be fun and games. I can’t even remember when and how things got to where they are now between my husband and I. All I know is both sides aren’t perfect and have made mistakes.
This year, as a married woman, I’ve learned that when you love someone it can feel like you’re invincible one second and like you’re losing your mind the next. We as people make bad choices sometimes and fail to realize that we are only cheating ourselves and scaring those we truly love.
We were all taught how to love differently growing up. All we can do is love our spouses the best we can, appreciate them for all that they are, be patient, forgive as much as we can, but continue to love ourselves too.
As individuals we all have our weaknesses and strengths; but together, we have to figure out how they all mesh well enough to make things work.
I grew up with parents that have been married over 40 years, they’ve been an amazing example of what to do and not do in a marriage, no matter how angry you are your spouse still comes first, and just because vows were broken doesn’t mean you have to throw your vows out the window. In marriage, every couple makes their own rules and handles things differently.
The both of us have inner demons and struggles we need to overcome, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any love between us. With the new year approaching I know what I have to do on my end of the marriage for my husband, the both of us, and especially for myself. Only a higher power knows the future so all I can do is work with what I have in the present and leave the past behind.

To others going through martial struggles: It doesn’t matter what differences your spouse and you have, how much therapy you go through, what advice is given to you, & what your mind tells you…you can’t help who your heart loves. Do what makes you happy, take things day by day, and if you feel it in your gut not to quit, then don’t.
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