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Friday, May 22, 2015

Amara Hylauronic Acid and Simple How To

Amara Hyaluronic Acid and Simple How To
Written by Cyndi Curtis

I love skincare products. We all have that fetish and mine sometimes seems to be all about the skincare stuff. I tried the Amara brand's hyaluronic acid and here is my take. First I would like to say, I am a little bit too nice with most brand product reviews. I really don't want to be negative. However, sometimes it's gotta be more about the quality and purpose of a product and less about me being sent a free product they offer me.
I often teeter on a very fine line with brands in order to keep the peace. I should be honest, most serums are average in results and at times I throw in a bonus point or two for the product because it has some redeeming quality( package,size,scent,how it was mailed etc). From now on, I am going to state the exact facts with no sugar. Let's get to Amara's brand of hyaluronic acid.

 The serum comes in a usual sized clear pump 1 oz bottle. I didn't notice any scent and like almost all the serums I have tried the consistency is a watery gel. I used the serum for a few days, once a day. I usually do use a serum twice daily-day and night after washing+toning. I really do not have anything terrible to report, but nothing unique either. At this point is gets down to preferences. Do you like a unscented or nearly no scent gel or a slightly or naturally scented gel? Then there is price points. Amara is a reasonable price online and I am sure if you sign up with them, you can snag a discount code for a future purchase.

Remember to apply any hyaluronic acid in this order:

  • Gently Exfoliate
  • Wash with a gentle cleanser
  • Tone
  • Apply serum
  • Apply moisturizer
Also note, if you use a sunscreen it might be easier to find a facial specific moisturizer which includes sunscreen. If following this routine at night, skip any sunscreen specific moisture. To do this, you can apply a nice rose hip oil.

Amara Hyalyuronic Acid
Retail 1.oz $15.95

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Yacon Syrup Uses

Yacon Syrup Uses
Written by Cyndi Curtis
May 11, 2015

Have you ever felt like you needed an extra boost for modifying your appetite? I know I have and I can admit it because we are all friends here and mainly women read this blog so we have to be honest with each other. Okay, I have tried another brand a year back and fell in love with results. I hardly ever weigh myself but I like I am sure you you do too, know the way clothes,rings, shoes and even bras when we gain and loose weight. So I like to use that as a marker. If my clothes feel loose( noticably loose) I realize something is working. Just as when my rings fit tightly or my bra- I know I have gained either water weight or just full on weight( to me it all means to buckle down and make better choices).

I tried the Peak Fusion brand Yacon Syrup- and well it's good too.  I mean if you have never tried yacon syrup then what do you have to compare it to? The Peak Fusion brand to me was not as sweet, Yacon syrup to me taste just like molasses. The syrup should have the coloring of molasses and even the thickness. This brand has that in common with Quality Encapsulation's brand of yacon however, the Peak brand did not taste as sweet- which for me made this a great taste good remedy for appetite control on my end. I used the yacon syrup from the Quality Encapsulation brand for candied carrots and I even drizzled it over fresh and frozen bananas. With this brand(Peak Fusion) I did not use it that way, simply because it's missing a certain sweetness for me that makes it actually pleasurable to use in recipes( food combining). So I just simply tasted it and cringed a bit.

Now in their defense, the insulating cover under the cap was pierced. I was hesitant to taste it but I wanted to get this review completed and of course I was kind of excited to have a new yacon syrup to try. Sadly, I am unsure if the cap being pierced devalued the flavor of Peaks syrup or if it just normally tasted  slightly bitter. Only slightly. I would wish it was sweeter. Anyway, here is the specs below on cost. Again, when you have a yacon syrup that you love, it has the consistency of molasses, tastes somewhat like it and has benefits that naturally occur from using it- like helping the user to feel full longer hense= eating less. This product is sourced from Peru, is organic and is a product of a fruit.

Peak Fusion Yacon Syrup
Retail $18.97 on Amazon

STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Orblue Kitchen Sealer

Orblue Kitchen Sealer Review
Written by Cyndi Curtis

I had yet another opportunity to review a few products one of them is a bag sealer. The rest of the reviews will be posted in a few days. Today it's a quick write up on what I think of the Orblue bag sealer. I'm going to be quick about it because in all honesty it's a bag sealer and I don't work for Consumer Reports( Although I wish I did because that could be fun). Anyway on to the review;

Orblue is listed on Amazon but there are plenty of products just like it to choose from in a plethora of colors and styles. I have thought about getting a heavy duty bag sealer but for two reasons I haven't- one is the price and the other is the size. I don't have the room in my kitchen for a another large item and I kinda like minimalism when I can get it right.

The Orblue has a few advantages to say a larger bag sealer- one it is hand held, requires only two batteries and has this nifty magnet stuck to the bottom of it which means it can be slapped up onto any metal base. Those are my two go to reasons why I will continue to use it. Of course there are con's to pro's and I guess one would be, this little tool won't hold up to larger/thicker sealing jobs. Leave that to a bigger sealer of some kind. I managed to reseal, chips, rice and other moderately thin packaging. Still, this sealer qualifies as having a purpose in my kitchen,

Orblue Professional Heat Sealer
Retail.$ 12.87 Amazon

Stop back by for the next review of Amara Hyaluronic Acid Serum( I love skin care products) and Peak Fusion's Yacon Syrup. If you need a natural appetite aid this may work- it's always been my go to for the past year when I was able to try the Quality Encapsulation Brand of yacon.

STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Friday, May 8, 2015

What I Remember Most About Mom

What I Remember Most About Mom
Written by Cyndi Curtis
May 8, 2015

Today I am sitting alone on a hot sunny day and missing  my mother. Mother's Day is this weekend and I realize I can't physically share this day with her-again. It's been fifteen years since she has gone, cancer robbed me of her. I have so much to share about my mother- yet she was an everyday average person. I mean who in this world outside of myself would care that she is gone or how she parted this world?  I could be so elementary in my stance and just tearfully whine and type this entry, but I won't just do that. I don't care... today is about us me, and my mother.

What I love about mom

 I am often reminded of things she taught me. Some of the things she taught me were by example and other things were outright direct lessons. I remember her as being kind. She never spoke to me about people being fat, skinny, rich or poor. She never called anyone a casual name- she wasn't into labels. I don't know if she did this to protect me from prejudice or if she just didn't care much for labeling people or categories.

My mother never sat me down and discussed love. She didn't advise me on who to love, what type of person she thought would be good for me or gave me a bad lecture when I chose someone that in hindsight was less than perfect for me. Maybe she trusted my judgement or better yet, wanted me to learn things on my own.

  • She let me make my own mistakes 

The only time she every raised her voice at me was when I didn't follow her few simple rules which were as I remember them;

  1. Come inside when the street lights came on
  2. Don't be rude or embarrass the family
  3. Be kind to people
  4. Say please and thank you
Punishments were few, but they existed; My mother came from the 'get the spoon club' she and my grandmother had this thing with wooden spoons. If any of the kids were out of line, it was I'm going to get the spoon. Either that or we would get a slap or two.  Seriously, it was the wake up call. Today, this is all thought of as old school. 

I was my mother's only child. I went everywhere with her- I was her companion too. When I started to get older, I naturally drifted. I was more about friends then mom. Still when I came home, I would be comforted by mom's ever presence on the sofa watching her favorite shows. I also remember my mothers all time treat to herself which was of all things, fresh king crabs. I can still see her now, with a white paper wrapped crab, fresh steamed, her eyes glistening  as she set up her one special dinner for herself on a weekend- crab time. I'm laughing a bit now, thinking how she loved those things. Who knows, maybe my father didn't like them or maybe the treat was pricy one that she only allowed herself here or there. I know when we went to the fish market, she would get all the best things.

She taught me to;

  • Treat yourself well
  • Allow over indulging every so often
  • Home is where the heart is
My mother was known as a good cook, she loved cooking big pots of mostly Italian foods and we always ate the full course meal almost nightly. We ate pasta on Wednesdays and most Sundays. She would prepare; pasta and meatballs, stuffed manicotti ,antipasto,dough boys( a New England thing) and homemade pizza. Everyone of my friends loved my mothers pasta,meatballs and sauce.

I never have to dig too deep into my memories of mama, to hear her laugh. How she laughed was kinda funny... I can't imitate it but I can hear it in my minds eye. I see here laughing there. Her laugh although very different from a very good friend of mine from school Susan. Susan's laugh was infectious.. as was my moms. Mostly all of my school friends are mothers and even some of their kids are mommies now. It feels more and more like we are in this bigger than we realize circle of life and that things are as they should be. 

Except one thing.. that should never be that we never make the mistake of forgetting all our mothers have taught us, both indirectly and directly. When we were younger, we never could step outside the bond we have with our moms to really see how wide and far it could go.  I don't know about you but my own bond with my mother has only been richer with her passing. I treasure her lessons more now than ever before. 

Thank you mom for all the sacrifices, the many Christmas joys, teaching me to be a responsible individual( even when I refused), the countless birthday kisses, bedtime stories, smiles, rides to visit my friends, the discipline I was convinced I didn't need at the time), the good examples you set, the mistakes you made and then made everything right,those times you made everything special, for all the times you were proud of me and thank you for telling me again, before your last days here on earth- that you were proud of me, that I was a good child and I never really disappointed you.

That was just being a mom, taking time to tell me what was in your heart before you had to go. Another gift you gave...

Thanks mom for all the love you shared with me, your daughter. I love you- wherever you are now.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Botanicals in My Cream

Anti Cellulite Cream Ingredients
Written by Cyndi Curtis
April 28, 2015

Once again, I have the awesome opportunity to check out a organic skin care product. I may not be the fitness queen but I do love botanicals in my creams and serums!  Today it's the anti cellulite cream by Skin OR organics. It's called NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite  Firming Concentrate. I am laughing a little because the container actually says "with 25 flub busters". "Flub"? (grumpy cat face)

First ingredient on the label is purified water then aloe vera gel and the list goes on; coconut oil, birch, CQ10,kola nut and algae extract- much more as I read.   I found the scent a soft mix of spearmint and a citrus note. The cream is light weight and non greasy but definitely soaked in well. Noteworthy; does contain caffeine among all the other botanicals. I do like that this does have a bunch more botanicals than I cared to list in this post and I tried to take a photo but, the camera on my phone sucks.

Before I tested it, I put it on my hand- no tingling or warming sensation there. Maybe, just maybe I noticed some on my belly when I rubbed it in. Could it be warming because I rubbed it so dang hard.. I mean I really want this to reduce, detoxify and firm my two kid,two operations, fourtysomething- year -old belly. Like I said, I will keep using it to discover it's worthiness.  Here is the break down;
Results from this type of cream is usually seen 3-4 week in with daily use.  A few years back I did use an Avon anti cellulite cream religiously after each shower nightly, and I did in fact notice an improvement over 30 days or so. The avon brand does not have organic good for you ingredients- BUT did have caffeine. My bet is on this natural one and the price is fair enough.

NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate, with Caffeine, L'Carnitine, CoQ10, Algae+; 25 Best Cellulite Fighting ingredients, 5oz
Retails $26,00 Sold By Skin QR Organics

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Spicy Raw Drink

Spicy Raw Drink
Written by Cyndi Curtis
April 27, 2015

I am cheater, been one from as far back as I can remember starting to "diet". Maybe I will always been one, a cheater..or a dieter. Either way, I am going to keep plugging forward modifying and tweaking until the very end. I should mention, I do like myself- infact I love me. That doesn't mean I do  not see room for improvements in areas of my self and my life. To that end, I have decided a more raw based diet( lifestyle) is more suitable for me. I don't want to hype it, I just want to be it. So lets go..

Spicy raw drink is totally like a sauce and a drink. I really think it would taste great as a salad dressing or even a sauce for zoodles. I like spice so I went for that in this blend mix. If you have a blender you have it made. Oh don't forget the filtered water- tap water is a no no.
Check the recipe here. Also join the slowly growing instagram page

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Years of Blogging

My Two Years of Blogging
Written by Cyndi Curtis April 19, 2015

It's been a few years now since I started blogging. I learned so very much about the art of blogging. I learned exactly just how much effort really does go into creating a blog. Before I seriously started blogging, I pictured this ideal in my mind that blogging was simply tapping away at keys and sharing my own thoughts. I figured someone out there had to care about some of the same things I did. Boy, was I naiive.

It's been two years since I started blogging about my life, crafts,ideas and doing reviews.  Not that I have reached any sort of milestone, but what I have reached is a little bit of know how.  I especially want to share with other women who are or have been sitting at home, feeling like they have these ideas that want to burst forward and you are doubting yourself. You aren't feeling sure that anyone will want to "listen" to what you have to say. They will, and they do- Thank God.

What I Learned in Two Years of Blogging

  1.  That it takes more than just entering some words on the screen pages to create a blog. It takes so many steps to have a blog that a strangers eyes really see. Sure someone will saunter onto the blog your writing and even stay to read a bit. A blogger needs to keep the blog evolving in such a way that it appears to be blossoming right before the eyes of their readers.
  2.  EVERY one always advises a new blogger to be consistent, and I get why. There is the aspect that readers like fresh content to keep them coming back and to attract new visitors but it is also great to have new content for web crawlers to visit, record and spit data out on if the site is worthy of a decent web stats. Most importantly, decent /authentic content is key.
  3. Don't use all the bells and whistle's offered to you, hold back and wait for relative content. I need be search for topics that are trending and that you find useful and research away.
  4. Research is the golden arrow. Get knowledgeable about something or two. Try to read up on all the things that your blog encompasses. I didn't get so sucked in that I never ceased researching. There has to be a time when to say when. 
  5. Blogging can segway into other writing gigs. Yep, I'm doing it and learning as I go and adding another skill set (experience) under my belt.
  6. SEO kmowledge helps you get seen.
  7. Never putting all my eggs in one basket.
  8. Pintrest is an important player in this blogging thing.
  9. Peep other blogs out for ideas, not only the high traffic blogs but the smaller blogs are so cool because they actually blog about important stuff and it's not all fluff n stuff.
  10. Reviews are good, but it can be addictive. Fly solo without reviews for awhile,
I don't know about what others do, I only know for sure what I do. My reader numbers are climbing and more offers to work with others keep trickling in. I still remember when I started out. Sitting in the spare room, of the farm house looking out over the 18 acres we leased when we relocated to the country from my very urban styled life. All I knew back then, is someone somewhere else may be interested in what I placed in my blog. I went with that- and here I am. :)

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sweetsation Makes Bubbles Good For You

Sweetsation Makes Bubbles Good For You
Written by Cyndi Curtis April 10,2015

  • review for sweetsation bubble bath

I love my job- well actually blogging isn't a job. I kind of think of it as a lifestyle. I made the change to this "lifestyle" of blogging a few years back- and it's been a learning experience. I admit you have to be a quick learner and more importantly, willing to learn above all.

Luckily I have both a will to learn and generally I have a fairly decent learning curve(sometimes not). Reviewing products is a fun think to do, but I don't want to hang my hat on it, yet sometimes you peep(yep it is fine to use Ebonics in your forties) this great little product that calls you to try it.  That is what happen to me with Sweetsation. It's a bubble bath product that has some purpose.  There is so much I like about it here is a few:

  • Ingredients like Calendula and Chamomile
  • Soft Pineapple scent
  • Gel like consistency
  • Loads of bubbles
  • Non drying on skin
  • Rinses away clean
  • Free of Sulfates,parabens and detergents
  • Organic!
Overall because of all the listed goodies above, this product really is great for all ages but the price is best suited for those of us adults who need a good organic, skin softening bath product since it is slightly pricier than most bath products at this level(suggested retail price about $18 bucks). I personally wouldn't spend this amount on my kids bubble bath. NOT to say our kids aren't worth it but for those of us who are budget savvy- we would DIY our own kiddie bubbles and save this one for gifting or special occasions.

Although, I did see my "invisible hand" app shows it at newegg for about nine bucks. I didn't venture over to that website to confirm it but it is worth checking out.
Pop over to SMS Blawgg's store for recommended goodies
Visit SweetSations facebook page; for coupons and updates.

Smiles & Happiness to you!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Water Pills, High Blood Pressure and Naturals

Written By Cyndi Curtis
March 2015
I remember water pills as a way we in our twenties would use them to lose weight. At that time we didn't understand our bodies or ourselves exactly too well. Today, I think we(women) are more knowledgeable about many things-even at younger ages.

Water pills are no longer known for losing weight. They reduce water weight gain. We know also, that we cannot just run to the store every and anytime for a quick fix to our body acceptance struggle. We understand more the value of nuturing ourselves inside out. If we actually don't follow it to the letter- we are ever aware of the value of nurturing self.

Today I simply wanted to share a new way to reduce water weight gain not as a diet aid but more of a maintaniance thing. If you have high blood pressure- and aren't on prescribed meds but you may need to be if you don't focus more attention on the issue and reduce your salt intake - this may help.

Of course I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv(laugh now)... I simple found a remedy that works for me and I wanted to share it. I found a all natural caffeine free water pill that is said to support fluid balance. The small sized pills are a vegetarian formula and are 60 caps. Watch the very quick video below.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Too Easy Way to Get Supplemental Energy

Written by Cyndi Curtis April 2, 2015

Last week I was sent this B-12 serum to try. I did get kind of excited since I always liked the results I had with my past B-12's supplements. In the past I used a sub lingual b-12 and it worked perfectly. I could notice an increase of energy and that helped me trim down a little. It's well documented that the American diet lacks true nutrient dense foods, at least in terms of our everyday average consumption. That is why I started taking supplements- to boost my nutritional intake. I could tell I wasn't getting all the good stuff in my diet and I felt slack-y. I was able to try this serum with B-12's in it and I was hooked. It is pricey, I am not sure I see the average person dropping more than 10 bucks on ONE supplement. With that said, I do think it is a useful product. Vitamin B-12 supports blood cells and has much to do with DNA. B-12 delivers energy helping to defeat certain types of anemia.

In 2004 there were trials done using B-12 topically and a placebo. Over all participants rated the B-12  topical use as relatively good. Topically, B-12 shows promise for dealing effectively with symptoms from atopic dermatitis. This causes, redness, swelling, itchiness and may cause the dermatitis to spread.

According to the University of Maryland , all b vitamins help convert carbohydrates to glucose. They also state that all b vitamins are not stored in our bodies.

The max absorb b 12 lotion is a contender for minimizing eczema but note that to really see any visual improvements this lotion should be used for 6-8 weeks so a proper informed decision is made of the benefits of using it. Another words put it on your scaly bits, reddened itchy areas for several weeks and assess the results then. By the way, I think you should know the b-12 serum lasts about 30 days and is measured with a pre measured dosage pump. The ingredients list is pretty transparent and easily viewed on their webpage.

Maxasorb Vitamin B 12 Serum
Retail cost $19.99

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Twine,Glue and Scissors- It's in the Can

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to Treat Scars Like a Boss

How to Treat Scars Like a Boss
Written by Cyndi Curtis March 15, 2015

 I end up with some knarely scratches on my hands- not very lady like. So when this product came across my craft room desk, I was definately peaked. Anyone who reads my blog knows by now- I'm a fan of a majority of serums because they heal the skin. My favorites being organic of course but I hardly ever get into creams. Here is one I do like enough to post about.

Insta-naturals sent me this medium sized tub of scar cream. The cream is thick ,white and has a slight flowery scent and it happens to help fade scars. I started using this on my hands because I know they take a beating between being my cat's scratching post to the ganglion cyst. I had removed about five years or so back. I remember the doctor saying, you days of being a hand model are over. Very funny doctor...

In case you are wondering a ganglion cyst usually shows up on the hands and sometimes the foot, They fill with fluid and cause some pain in the area for some. I know the surgey leaves a yucky looking scar and mind is on the top side of the hand. So off to use this scar treatment cream in conjunction with the scar gel I also have from the same brand.

Insta-Natural scar gel

There is tricks to how to use products that claim to heal, if you want to get the most of out them you need to do more than just slather it on and hope for the best. Some do's are listed below.

  • Don't just buy random products that you think will help
  • Research ingredients and note their healing properties 
  • Buy products that are all natural, better yet- organic
  • Try to find a way to test a product first if at all possible- say a beauty counter locally
  • Promise yourself not to never skip the most important step- exfoliation
  • Use twice daily
My routine with almost any cream(and I don't love creams, I'm a gel or serum type) is to;

  1.  Prep the area a few times(2-3) with a mild cleanser. 
  2.  Exfoliate the area with a decent scrub.
  3. Use in conjunction with another healing serum or gel
 So far I like the scar cream, I mainly like the scent and the texture is okay- it isn't overly "greasy" but it is of course a cream so it will have a fair amount of slip. Reading the label tells me there is a bunch of good natural ingredients in it- so it's not made with anything toxic. I will be using this over the next few months to see if the scars on my hand fade. With new scars results can happen within weeks, however with older scars like past surgery or kitty claws.. the results take over 2 -6 months. Small price to pay to get my hands looking more lady like again.

Again my thing will be to alternate use of the scar cream, with the scar gel. What can I say, I get bored easily and I just like the gels better. I reserve the cream for my night time routine, like after bath or before bed.

Oh, and another helpful way to really get the products you like to sink into the first few layers of the skin- a derma roller(not for hands but fleshy bod parts like the thighs, cheeks, upper arms and so on).

Again cleanse first, exfoliate the area with a mild soap and roll any derma roller over the area were scaring or stretch marks are visible. The derma roller has hundreds of tiny needles that peirce the skin- after you quickly apply a healing serum or cream to the area rolled. I may have a
another post coming up dedicated to using a derma roller and healing products, so check back if you can.

Insta-naturals stretch mark and scar cream 
retails; $21.47  4.oz tub

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal

                                                                                                                                                                    Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal
written by Cyndi Curtis on March 14, 2015


I was super hungry today and when I went to the pantry, it was pretty bare. I had some of this and some of that but none of what I had hoped to find. Buried in the back was this can of salmon. I looked at it and walked away. Back in the kitchen I noticed a basket of potatoes and I thought Wa-la! A recipe was born. A easy one at that. 

I was back in the day in a very long term relationship with a Cape Verdean Man who's family prepared these wonderful recipes from their Island. When they sat a hearty bowl of cachupa- I though I died.  Do you ever get like that, where a food looks so warm and soulful you want to dive into it like uncharted waters- an adventure you can get lost in the experience? Well cachupa did that for me. In fact it would be how his mother and father would try to lure me over to their house for large family functions that I would shy away from. His mother would say" Ahh, Cyndi, come-a over-a for some-a food, I make-a you some-a cachupa!" Nirvana calling...

It always hooked me in for a ride to Mai's house for dinner-reluctantly. I loved her, just not big family dinners- I was raised a only child. So this leads me into another yummy Cabo Verde meal it is made with white fish, potatos, onion,black olives and chick pead- it's baked too, in a covered dish- steamy cooked goodness. 
Enter my quickie version, albeit with some things left out.

This recipe is easy, quick fairly wholesome and it's better than micky D's or any over prepared nastiness we fall victim to. Here is what you will need.


1-2 potatoes cut up in smallest cubes/diced
1 garlic clove
1/2 an onion diced small
3 teaspoons of coconut oil( or other light good for you oil)
1/2 a teaspoon of Celtic salt( or other finishing salt)
1 canned salmon,( or 1/2 fresh salmon pre cooked)

optional: Braggs liquid aminos all purpose seasoning from soy protein.

Wash potato
Dice potato into small cubes
Turn on stove top on low or medium add coconut oil
Dice onion
Chop garlic clove small

When coconut oil is hot add potato to fry pan. Toss potatoes untill covered in hot coconut oil-fry for 10 minutes on low to medium or until soft and golden slightly crispy brown. Add garlic and onion and blend into the potatoes moving them around the pan so as not to burn the onion and garlic.
Open the can of salmon now- drain well.

When the garlic and onion appear to be soft, place the salmon in the fry pan. You can toss the entire contents of the canned salmon in, breaking it apart while in the pan. If you don't want to cut the salmon into four or six pieces- you can mash it into the pan- this will make it cook up crispier in the end.

Cook everything together for another 10-15 mins until precooked salmon reaches 160 in temp(fully heated salmon). Same goes for the precooked fresh salmon- cook it until the salmon is a nice hot temp inside.

Plate this dish immediately- you can spritz on the Braggs liquid aminos now for taste. You can also use a dash of finishing salt( himilayian or celtic). Keep in mind the liquid aminos is already naturally salty( much like soy sauce is) so if you want you can leave out either one.

This recipe is fairly good for you. Yes you are frying the food but you are using coconut oil and only frying to cook the thinly diced foods until they are soft. The canned salmon isn't ideal if you are very health conscience but it is gluten free( canned salmon). The brand I had on hand was Walmarts Great Value. The ingredient lists: salmon, water and salt.
 Opt for fresh salmon you previously cooked. That would eliminate the canned product. Another option is to add a handful of black olives (cut in halves) into the pan time with garlic and onion.

I hope you try this easy warm and very filling quick meal soon.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

One Pot Fusilli Stoup

One Pot Fusilli Stoup
Written by Cyndi Curtis
March 6, 2015

Fusilli Bucati from # HemisFares , ricotta cheese,artichokes,and oilve oil infused with truffle oil. The recipe is below.

This is what the #HemisFares Brand Looks like straight out of the packaging .

A Fusilli Wonderpot of artichokes,crushed tomatoes,Ricotta cheese and a dash of this and that. I have to say when the fusilli comes out of the packaging it's a very long piece of dried pasta. This pasta is folded over and dried by folding it in half. I broke my fusilli at the half way point and threw it in the pot. It's such a pretty shape - reminds me of curly hair when wet with it's 'S" pattern.

The finished fusilli,artichoke and Ricotta wonderpot- plated. I drizzled olive oil infused with truffles with a dash of pepper too. The truffle infused oil was very unique. If you haven't had truffle oil Aldi's has a olive oil infused one. I could have omitted the dash of black pepper and the hot pepper flakes( yes I'm one of those people always putting hot pepper flakes on everything). If you use truffle oil- I would say you don't need any pepper- it(truffle oil) adds a woodsy,peppery flavor all it's own. Besides I only used the truffle oil/olive oil at the end when plating the fussilli stuoop(wonderpot). Is it a soup,stew or pasta plate? I guess it's anyone's interpretation. I created this dish, using the one pot method- easy to make and easy to clean up afterwards- one pot! This meal is budget friendly, warm and satisfying for a middle, end or Sunday weekly meal. I stopped into Aldi's market to see if they carried artichokes and truffle oil since I didn't have these things at home already. The artichokes in a jar were all natural, and priced at $2.49, as was the truffle oil(shocker). I was also able to pick up the ricotta cheese there at 2.49 as well. I didn't have to purchase pasta, since I received this pasta product for free to try it and offer my take on it. I also received coupons for it. I would be happy to send you if you would like one( that's if I have any left)!
  Here is the recipe.

One Pot Fusilli Stoup

1 package of Hemisfares Fusilli Bucati Pasta.
1 can of crushed tomato
1 jar of all natural artichokes halved
1/2 a cup of ricotta cheese( whole milk)
2 tablespoons butter
2 table spoons grey salt( or table salt)

Begin by getting a full pot of water ready per package instructions for boiling pasta, add the salt to the water for flavor. While the water is heating up, you can tear apart or cut the artichokes in quarters, or leave em as is. Cut up any garlic you may want to add now. Make sure the garlic is diced or mashed well. 
Once the pot is boiling, drop in the pasta. Let this cook for 10 minutes or so, then empty the can of crushed tomatoes into the rolling water.Let the pasta cook a few more minutes with the tomato sauce- a total of 13 minutes is good. Turn the heat down to low, and fold in a half a cup of ricotta in a heaping spoon. Make sure the water isn't poping and splashing out of the pot. If the heat is too high you will have an erupting pot of sauce spotting your stove top red.
Turn off the heat as soon as you fold all of the ricotta in( 1/2 a cup). Let the pasta sit for a few minutes with the heat off.

Walk away.. it will thicken upon standing.

At this moment you may wish you had done up some fresh crusty but lightly garlicky bread. Oh well, it can't always be perfection. Besides this being the first time you made this Fusilli Bucati Stoup, you can get wild with it the next time since by then you would have mastered this easy warmly satisfying no meal meal.

Okay.. get back to the stoup- get your bowl( you need a bowl NOT a plate-trust me). The creamy sauce is bekoning you!
In your bowl, you can add olive oil or truffle oil. Don't need but a drizzle of truffle oil which I think is an aquired taste. If it's olive oil you have- a teaspoon will do- shake on some hot pepper flakes if you like spicy or do some fresh grated parmasan cheese.  When you taste this hot out of the pot you will feel like a grilled cheese sandwich, or crusty bread and maybe even loads of grated cheese.

The next fusilli pot.. could be pepperoni or artisan sausage!  

I hope you enjoy!  I started a Instagram page.. smsblawgg come check it out!



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Storms Ragin' and Some Upcoming Bitz

A crafted by Cyndi and Alishaelaine(my daughter) Cell Case

Much craftiness is happening on the down low in my cold craft room..
I bet where ever you are right now you have a layer of winter's kiss all over the back yard. My state has been noted as a State of Emergency due to these storms. I am a New Englander( woot-woot) and I am supposed to be used to the cold and storms and traffic. Nope, I'm not. Kentucky babied me for the past five years so I abandoned my Northerner's thick skin. It's made me pretty complacent.  How complacent you ask? I haven't purchased a shovel in 5 years! How is that for complacent?

The storm cloud that started the storms creeps in

Little Blogging and Much Visiting's Going On

I have to admit, I haven't been blogging or writing much in the past few weeks. It's all been about hanging out and trying to be warm. I also had a great visit with one of my daughters for a few weeks.
With the mail delayed because of  the storms all the goodies I usually await to try and review are now coming in and my bedroom looks like the back of the post office receiving area.

 Here is what I just got in;Valencia organic rose hip oil which is reminds me a lot of sesame seed oil- it's rich but light consistency makes me feel a bit lush- like I am indulging on a expensive product that someone waited till my birthday to give me. I also have  Team Innovations Garcina product with a bonus slender cleanse product to also try. I am so excited to be trying Amara Organics vitamin C ( Hyaluronic Acid) serum and huge bottles of  Pura d or's organic conditioner and shampoo!

Reviews Galore

  • Valencia rose hip oil
  • Garcina weight loss product
  • A cleanse supplement
  • Amara vitamin C serum
  • Two 16 oz bottles of Pura D Or  organic shampoo and conditioner 
and so much more coming as well and I will be sure to keep you updated on the best buys,value vs quality and how your hands on some of these wonderful products.
My pretty albeit unusual cell case made by me

I have been crafting too. However, I mainly had to paint a room, seal a floor and take care of my 2 dogs and four cats all while a storm has rushed in. All the painting and floor staining and sealing happened just before she arrived. I tell ya I been busy but staying in out of the cold too. I believe the Garcina product may end up a contest for the month of March- so watch for that on the facebook page for the black and white checkered flag. You can also check the blog contest page here too.

Has anyone out there tried Garcina Cambogia? Please share your thoughts on it(I have tried it, and I am back to using it for the past 7 days. I would love to hear any thoughts on our facebook page.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Freely and Uniquely You

#cyndicoach #audioboom

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blogging Like Julie Powell and 3 Things Not To Do

The Truth About Blogging

The truth about blogging is it can be really enjoyable. Writing a blog offers a sense of belonging and acceptance. When we start blogging most of us blog for the love of sharing what we think we have to offer potential readers. Knowing that when we started blogging we had exactly no readers. We effectively blogged for ourselves.  I knew that going in, and it was fine with me. For me that worked. I was living on a 18 acre farm with two goats,  2 dogs and a barn cat and her kitties. I had just left a job as a program coordinator in a great non profit. Relocating was lonely. My husband was always busy with his own things and when he was home, the land needed tended. If you only knew what a city girl I was- that statement would seem super funny to you. I started blogging to share myself in an authentic way while I discovered my new lifestyle.
Julie Powell - 'Julie And Julia' Screening At The Paley Center For Media
Photo Credit:Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images North America/

 When we blog, bloggers all need to meet a certain acceptability among our sponsors. So a blogger picks up a sponsor- who will offer them payment(hard dollars in the ole bank account or Pay Pal) or compensation in the form of products like 1 year free membership to a meal generating site, or a free product or samples. Sometimes bloggers are given more to share the love- with their readers.
Good right?

It is good, because we like free products. When free products visit our mail boxes- it's like someone out there loves us and we never even had to kiss em to get it. Here is the rub.  New bloggers may expect blogging to be super easy- just plop yourself down on some comfy place in the house and log on and hit keys aimlessly- or write about the funny faces your cat makes. The truth is, blogging is a business. You get paid, you get readers and you have responsibilities- duties if you will- to your sponsors( and readers as well).

I know when I started blogging for me it was about sharing my voice, my opinion on things with the world. Sounds easy and low stress, right? It isn't the blogging thing grows and grows until finally you realize as the blogger- someone is actually reading. It is all down hill from there. Why?

Because you feel obligated to that reader, and subsequently the dozen other readers and the next hundred readers and suddenly you got sucked into- what I call blogging expectations. I am always telling my daughters, anything worth doing is worth doing well. As it should be applied to blogging too. I always give my best- when I follow my passion.

I see online, in Facebook and other blogs that behind the scenes bloggers are marketing their asses off. We are joining blogging groups, friend groups and posting our links everywhere we can- just for the extra eyes who may visit our blogs and by God's good grace- like it on Facebook, sign up for email alerts on our posts, comment on the blog or just click the dang link to our blogs. It's sickening in a way.

Remember how innocent we started- just to share ourselves, voice our opinions and hope that someone out in the void would respond? Back in the early days of your blog it was all about that- just hanging out in front of your screen, writing about something that resonated with you and possibly someone else. It was like what I imagine space would be; floating, waiting, thinking, wondering and looking- until a faint message comes through out of the void.

Now, sponsors like people visiting your blog. That to them means you matter to someone out there. If you matter enough( in terms of visits to your blog or comments) you might get the opportunity to earn yourself a complimentary product in return you will be required to give a review. A review, I am sure you know is an opinion on the product offered. 

Oh how new bloggers claw at this goal. When I started getting readers, I wanted to keep them coming back. I figured from what I had read about bloggers- reviewing products was fun and interesting to a wide audience.  I wanted to enjoy products I would otherwise not get the chance to experience. There is nothing wrong with that. It's more about keeping the numbers up. Because if you can't get people to visit your blog click a link stay a minute or comment- you may not get a chance to receive any new complimentary products again. My father always told me everything is math. I hate math. I like the unknown, the challenge the mystery. I like authenticity. I do not like knowing a blog isn't all about sharing my humble opinion- but it's about math- getting visits equals numbers.

This is what I don't like about blogging. If you are a new blogger and you think oh, it's easy or it's just about sharing constantly- you are in for a let down. Check facebook for blogging groups- often they are run by other bloggers who want to monopolize on other bloggers- or sadly keep tabs on there successes or just to have a "blogging soup", where it can get clicky.  

Three Things To Know

1. Don't get hung up on blogging groups- Why? If you expect people to visit your blog by the hundreds, expect to also visit those same people's blogs in return. It is very time consuming.
2. Blogging groups are a dime a dozen- If you have to join, peek the quality of the group- smaller member numbers may be do able than say a group with alot of bystanders.
3. Expect to spend several hours a week marketing your blog- in groups,forums and in comment posts.
4. Watch out for dead ends-  Groups that simply ask you to post your link and require you to reciproate can cost you lost time. Time better managed on researching good content.
5. If you want to be successful in blogging- It's time to think of your blogging efforts like your own home based business.

Grab a blog business plan templates and get this, there are over 11 million results yielded by google search from the term blog business plan templates. Unless you just want to vent,using a blog as a way to keep you on a time line like Julie Powell did in Julie and Julia. Yes, the writer of the book who blogged about her hopes of cooking much like Julia Childs got some wealth from the whole movie..and I am sure her blog brought her in some residuals as well. Still she started authentically- hoping to keep herself honest in her goals. She wanted to share her goals and keep herself on track. Julia Child has been known as being unimpressed with Julia Powell's blog ,

 What kills me is no one ever shares how that blog(about food got so many views). Could it be it was hung on Was her blog always there or was it moved from say Blogger or Wordpress first? website is extremely popular, and being there means you are almost "there" that place that where all intermediate bloggers dream of graduating to the next level in blogdom.  I can't say if I will get there, but I can tell you I will go from blogging to writing other places. What do you want to go with your blogging efforts?

Do you find your blogging efforts used to be more about the passion than a business?  Are you in a fantastic blogging group that supports blogging comradely? Do share it...
#thetruthaboutblogging  #Makemoneyblogging

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