Monday’s Mantra ~ Happy Labor Day

MM#36(LaborDay)I had to post this today since it’s Monday, but today is the exception!!!! :)  I hope you’re enjoying this Labor Day with family and friends substituting hard work with whatever it is that you love most!!!

 

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How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for More Healthy & Beautiful Skin

Apple Cider Vinegar for SkinUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard by now about Apple Cider Vinegar being much more than it appears.  I, myself, use it weekly to draw out extra nutrients in my homemade bone broth(recipe coming soon), but I also use it as part of my skin care regimen.  With it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s as good for your outsides as it is for your insides.

I have been using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water as a facial toner for quite some time, but just recently came across a short list of tips for hair and skin from the Women’s Health website.  It matches up perfectly with everything else that I’ve read and observed, so I decided to share it with you.  I’m sharing some tips for our skin today, but will be posting a follow-up shortly that will offer some tips for our hair as well.

1) Skin Soother
Add eight ounces of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub filled with warm water, and soak
in it for 15 minutes.  Since the pH level of apple cider vinegar is similar to the pH level
of the protective acid mantle layer of our skin, this soak will help restore balance.

2) Facial Toner 
Mix together one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and two cups water.  Moisten a
cotton ball, and swipe the mixture over a clean, dry face to tighten skin.  Don’t rinse
(the scent will dissipate quickly).  Apple cider vinegar’s natural alpha-hydroxy acids
and acetic acid will stimulate circulation, as well as minimize pores.

3) Sunburn Relief 
Mix together 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and four cups water.  Douse a washcloth with
the solution, and apply to sunburned skin.  Apple cider vinegar helps balance pH levels
of skin, promote healing, and prevent blistering.

4) Razor Bump Remedy 
Moisten a cotton ball with undiluted apple cider vinegar, and swipe over problem area.
For especially aggravated bumps, try applying a light layer of honey to the area first,
let stand for five minutes, then rinse, dry, and apply the vinegar.  The anti-
inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar soothe irritated skin, and acetic acid
softens skin to help ingrown hairs grow out more easily.

5) Bruise Healer 
Soak a cotton ball or pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar, and secure it with a
bandage.  Leave on for one hour.  For especially bad bruises, follow with arnica gel or
cream.  Apple cider vinegar’s anti-inflammatory properties calm injured skin, and its
acetic acid increases circulation and healing.

6) Bug Bite Treatment 
Moisten a cotton ball or pad with undiluted apple cider vinegar, and dab on bug-bitten
skin for instant relief.  The acids in the vinegar neutralize the itch, while its anti-
inflammatories ease swelling and its pH-balancing properties speed healing.

WHICH ONE OF THESE IS YOUR FAVORITE??  Have you already tried some of these ideas, or have you added them to your list of things to-do??  Give these skin care tips a try and then let us know which you like the best!! :)

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PB&Z Brownie Cake ~ Recipe

PB&Z Brownie CakeLet me start by saying that this is not your average brownie recipe.  It uses all natural and really pretty healthy ingredients.  You will not leave the table feeling guilty, stuffed, or on sugar-overload.  All reasons why I LOVE this recipe!! :)

I usually tell you in my posts that it’s “kid-tested, kid approved.”  Well, my daughter’s on the fence on this one.  She likes it, but doesn’t LOVE it like she normally loves her brownies.  I only tell you this because if your child is expecting a super sweet chocolate brownie, they will be disappointed.  SO, why not add a big scoop of ice cream or a dollop of their favorite frosting?!?!  Healthy snack for Mom, healthy snack with a slightly unhealthy topping for kids!! ;)

As always, ENJOY, and let me know what you think!!

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350*
Spray 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray
Mix all ingredients together and pour into baking dish
Bake for 25-30 mins, or until it passes the toothpick test

Ingredients 
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1.5 cups shredded zucchini
6 tablespoons cocoa
1/3 cup honey
2  eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

 

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Facebook Fridays Linky Party

Welcome to The Ultimate Linky’s Facebook Party!

This is the last week that I will be hosting the Facebook Fridays Linky  party, but you can can still link up every Friday at The Ultimate Linky! Thank you for supporting this party and linking up this whole summer with me!

There are two linkies in this party!  You can do just one linky or you can do both linkies.  On the first linky, you will link up the URL of your Facebook page so that your page can be liked.  Please like other people’s pages from your personal profile.  On the second linky, link up the URL of a facebook status that you would like to receive a like or a comment.

Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Facebook (links below), add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to like!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page.  We also appreciate any shares that you could give!  Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky


You can also link up one facebook status that you would like to have a comment or a like on.   This is the same concept as above except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I comment/like the last link(s).  To find the the URL of a specific status, go to your page and click on the time under your name.  So in this picture, I would click on “24 minutes ago”.  This will bring up that status in its own window.  Copy the URL in the browser and paste it in the URL blank.how to find your facebook status


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Back-to-School Accessories from Sugar N Spice ~ Review + Giveaway

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Have you done all of your back-to-school shopping already?!?!  For me, it’s a fun time, but also a sad time, because it means summer is almost over and I am forced to give up so much time with my little ladybug.  Before I get too far into those emotions and start crying all over my keyboard, though, I’ll get back to the fun part of back-to-school shopping.

It’s always a special time for us to have some girl time, to find some outfits that make her feel like the 3rd grader that she is(3RD GRADE!?!?!?!?!?!?!), and to talk about what she’s looking forward to in the coming months.  This year, we spent a nice day at the mall, got some froyo, and then came home to accessorize the outfits that we got! :)

Lexi happens to be the granddaughter of some pretty stylish Grandmas, so she has quite the jewelry collection, but new to her inventory are a couple cool pieces from Sugar N Spice.  The shop features hand-crafted  pendants for girls of all ages.  Lexi and her friends are loving the Frozen pendants and their moms and I are loving the wine charms!! :)

Sugar N Spice Pendants collageAside from the fact that these pendants are super cute, I absolutely LOVE how affordable they are!!  At right around $5 per pendant, it is so easy to let your little girl show her individuality and let her jewelry match her mood!!  You can buy pendants and necklaces separate from each other, so it’s even more doable to buy a few pendants to change out with one necklace.

Whatever you chose to do, and however you and/or your little lady decide to rock these, there’s no doubt that they’ll turn heads.  Right now, they are a great finisher for those back to school outfits and in a couple months, they’ll be the perfect stocking stuffer!! Versatile, well-priced, and stylish.  That’s a WIN in my book!!

Like what you’ve seen??  Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a necklace for you or your little lady from Sugar N Spice!! :)

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Zucchini Bites ~ Recipe

Zucchini BitesAs I mentioned when I posted my ZAC(Zucchini-Apple-Carrot) Bread recipe, we have an abundance of zucchini in our lives right now!  I’ve been making a lot of bread because it’s absolutely amazing, but have been using it in other ways as well.  The recipe below is a fan favorite in our house and I’m sure it will be in yours, too.  ENJOY!!

Directions 
Preheat oven to 400*
Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray
Place shredded zucchini in a clean dish towel and squeeze out the water
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl
Mix well and spoon into muffin tins
Bake for 16-18 mins; until the tops are lightly browned

Ingredients 
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 eggs; beaten
5 slices of turkey bacon; chopped
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup diced onion
chopped parsley, salt, and pepper to taste

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Monday’s Mantra

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Facebook Fridays Linky Party

Welcome to The Ultimate Linky’s Facebook Party!

This summer I get to be the co-host of this party every Friday along with Tammy from The Ultimate Linky where this party runs every month. Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers!

There are two linkies in this party!  You can do just one linky or you can do both linkies.  On the first linky, you will link up the URL of your Facebook page so that your page can be liked.  Please like other people’s pages from your personal profile.  On the second linky, link up the URL of a facebook status that you would like to receive a like or a comment.

Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Facebook (links below), add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to like!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page.  We also appreciate any shares that you could give!  Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky


You can also link up one facebook status that you would like to have a comment or a like on.   This is the same concept as above except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I comment/like the last link(s).  To find the the URL of a specific status, go to your page and click on the time under your name.  So in this picture, I would click on “24 minutes ago”.  This will bring up that status in its own window.  Copy the URL in the browser and paste it in the URL blank.how to find your facebook status


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Hump Day HOP ~ Instagram

Hump Dayyyy HOPHappy Hump Day, Friends!!  Today we’ll be sharing our Instagram accounts and it should be a blast connecting and looking at all those great pics!!  Add the link to your Instagram account below and then share this post on all of your social media sites to get people clicking over to follow you!!

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Monday’s Mantra

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