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Friday, June 19, 2015

Yogurt Pie Anyone?

They made me post this, my opinion of the Muller Dessert Inspired yogurts. I wish I had taken a photo, because they say a photo is worth 100 words. I just must put in my 100 words first and then maybe you may have a picture.

The yogurt tastes incredible. Of course everything that has other ingredients outside of organically sourced ingredients usually does. I don't have a complete issue with non organic products- I grew up on the old A and P grocery store stuff. My mother did cook homemade and some from scratch foods- daily. I was always fairly healthy and I was always chubby. So there goes the whole, theory of organic is not better than...

Still, this little non organic yogurt I had the chance to try was tasty. I knew it had to be full of some stuff I probably wouldn't be able to pronounce, still I liked it. Since I promised to try it, I had little choice not to share it with readers or the Muller company. Smooth, dessert like and creamy comes to mind when I search for simple words to describe the texture and taste. It really happens to taste very similar to a pie of sorts. Close your eyes before trying it to see what I meant.

I loved the brownie squares and  the raspberry flavor. If I hadn't known it was yogurt, I wouldn't have believed it without seeing it first. How's they get yogurt to taste like dessert?

This Mullers Dessert Inspired Yogurt has me covered when I want to cheat with someone sweet on my diet. At some point we can give up being a whole food snob and let loose here or there.


In fact I would make a No Bake Cream Pie with Mullers Dessert Inspired Yogurt.

My idea...
I envision some whipped cream(real NOT Cool Whip) premium organic syrup in chocolate or fruit flavor AND about 6 Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt in Brownie Raspberry flavor and a graham cracker crust. Mix half a cup of whipped cream with  all 6 yogurts and fold all together untill fluffy looking.

Pour that into the pie crust, chill for 1 hour.

Oh yea..  I am so dreaming about this and I have to make it now. I should and post the photo. I didn't see this recipe anywhere, I just made it up right now. I am inspired by my favorite flavor from Muller's Dessert Inspired line of yogurts. The question is, can I actually make a dessert out of something that is born from people wanting to short cut the drawn out dessert routine?
 Yep, in my head I hear voices telling me over and over again. do it , do it, do it!

So, I shall. What should I call it? Yogurt Pie?

If you make this before me, let me know as I just dreamt this up on the fly!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wedding Day Bliss with Bloominous

Wedding Day Bliss with Bloominous
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 16, 2015


For most of us, we try our hand at DIY’s to save money and also personalize something to the way we envision it. Bloominous is a company that merged the flair of DIY with floral arrangements.  Launching the company in 2014 with the mindset to provide DIY floral kits that considerably reduce the stress and cost to brides looking create floral arrangements themselves.  
Bloominous offers a purposeful alternative to brides with their, DIY Floral Kits.
This can save Brides 30%-50% off their floral budgets.  How can this be?  Simple, Bloominous combined the floral industry with aspects of the DIY craze.  This offers Brides a way to side step the ballooning 250% +markup often charged by Floral Stylist for Wedding arrangements.  Imagine being able to buy bouquets at $50, centerpieces at $40 and boutonnieres at $5.00!
Sure there may be other services that offer readymade floral but, they aren’t ‘prepped’ floral kits.  Meaning, those others don’t cut to order and that includes dethorning and really making the arrangements come even more to life to accentuate the very expression of the day to your guests.
 On top of that you can expect simple step by step instructions accompanied by clear photos of each step.  Brides save time because each beautiful arrangement is projected to take ten to twenty minutes per piece.   Even the easy design tips and care products come along in each instruction.  Each collection has been designed by florists with over 10 years mastering their craft.  

Here is an overview of all the benefits of this DIY collection service;

·        Merges DIY creative flair with professional floral pieces
·        An array of floral products available including centerpieces, boutonaires and bouquets.
·        Affordably priced  saving you 30%- 50% overall
·        Beautiful specialty pieces cut to order including dethorning and trimming
·        Photos and accompanying instructions for each arrangement
·        Gorgeous designs, created by florist with a decade or more experience in floral design
·        Making DIY floral fun, easy and approachable for anyone

Be inspired; visit http://bloominous.com now to take a peek at your DIY wedding kit.






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Monday, June 15, 2015

Bringing The Noise About Salt Scrubs


Bringing The Noise About Salt Scrubs
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 13,2015


Do you  rely on just lotions to add moisture to the skin?
Here is what is all wrong about relying on lotions to give moisture to skin. They do not make the skin moist. Lotions only sit on the skin surface but there are some lotions that are made with smaller particles that can help to deliver the better ingredients to the skin- keeping what moisture the skin has already within.

HUMECTANTS
There is a great use for products that contain Humectants. Humectants help the skin attract and retain moisture- this is a good thing. Most of us know a common ingredient is glycerin but it is usually put in products at a low level because at a higher level, this ingredient feels gooey or sticky to the touch. We can also find humectants in urea and other "acid" type of ingredients.

Emollients and Occlusive ingredients are easily thought of as oils. It's really just easier to remember. Emollients coat the skin and can seal in whatever is on the skin or hair. This has it's pro's and con's. Now with sea salt scrubs.. it's a win in some ways and a set back in other ways. Here's why I say this.

PRO'S AND CON'S OF SALT SCRUBS

  • Pro- sea salt scrubs will have salts in them and are used as a buffing agent to the skin.
  • Pro- sea salt are beneficial because they diminish flaky dry skin on almost all areas of the body 
  • Pro- sea salt is easy to use and can be bought fairly inexpensively or even DIY-ed.
  • Pro- sea salt scrubs can include other ingredients besides table salts- like salt from the healing Dead Sea.
Using a Dead Sea Salt product- you are getting minerals that are super beneficial to the skin. Scrubs made with a high quality oil can really help the salts extract and buff away the dead cells and rejuvenate skin.
  • Con's - salt scrubs can be made with various formulas and inorganic ingredients. Read labels.
  • Con's  -salt scrubs can be excessively oily and that is a turn off for many people.
  • Con's  -salt scrubs leave the bath tub with a ring or debris and that includes dead skin cells,dirt and old body products.

When choosing a body scrub for most of us scent counts so much that it is the ONE deciding factor in choosing a body scrub. Often women can't be bothered to look into the ancient benefits of using salt as a scrub- therefor missing the whole point of using a salt scrub in the first place. Cleopatra is made famous for her beauty.The truth is, she has been credited and documented as using dead sea salts, lime,oil,as well as honey and milk. I am so jealous thinking about how pure the milk, honey, fruits and even the salts were in her time. She didn't need to spend excessive amounts of time researching and reading product ingredients or labels! Okay, there were no labels or need for them in her day.


 Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub

This week I had the honor to try my hand at scuffing  away the dead cells on this curvy body with Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. Now, I need to be perfectly straight forward with you. I broke the seal of the jar of this liquid-blue stuff and I unscrewed the top off... whew! I was blasted with a strong aroma of something perfume in a sea breezy sort of way. I'm a natural type of woman these days. I tend to be used to the natural scents of organic products. I am still surprised when they come in such wide range variations of scent. You know what I mean when you first opened a real Patchouli oil or  essential oil of Eucalyptus- blown back for a moment, right? Then after you keep being drawn to it, because you know you love it- you just are so used to the artificiality's of chemical products in our EVERYTHING- that we forget what the REAL smells like.

The Experience of Adovia

Okay. Adovia.. beautiful lasting scent while you use it. It is heady so to counter act that I used a smaller amount( less than a quarter size or so). I used too much at my very first shot. It had been forever since I even tried a good scrub- I forgot how! Lol.

So here is how.
1. Chose a organic product and before using a the scrub lightly wash your body or soak.
2. Using Adovia for me I found a quarter size in my palm worked
3. Water ideally should be warm to as hot as you like it
4.Taking the salt scrub, start at neck and work downward- everyplace on the bod.
5. Circular motion is suggested, but move around the skin as you go. Add more product as you move along.
6. Standing up is better for the product to scuff away and the water doesn't dissolve the product just yet.


When I first opened the scrub and peeked inside, I saw all this pretty blue colored product(salt and oils) and dipped a finger in. The product does seem"oily" to the eye. By the touch, it is a light oil, I liken to a safflower oil or sesame oil in texture. The sugar is a fine grain seemingly perfect for a scrub. The scent lingers mainly while during the experience of scrubbing the body. 

After the body has been scrubbed with the dead sea salts, grab a shower head and rinse with a full shower.  A small amount seems to go along way. After rinsing and drying my skin was unbelievably soft. Softer than I had felt in awhile- and I get to use many quality products. This product offers a great deal of it's label dedicated to natural ingredients and minerals- the only thing that made me pout was that it does include Propylene Glycol and "fragrance and BHT. If you would like to read more about BHT visit the link below.
https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/butylated-hydroxytoluene-bht


The strong scent is I am sure attributed to the "artificial" scent additive. I can only assume that the light blue color is a simple dye. Now, I have to say, I enjoyed the scrubbing and it worked lovely, really lovely. My skin was brighter(dead, dull, cells gone reveled the skin under it) and my skin was soft.


I am a organic product junky and since I wasn't always like that before 8 years ago, I would buy ANYTHING that smelled good and looked good. Today, I am wiser and it can pay to be wiser when choosing products to put on the skin. After all the skin is the largest living organ of the body!


http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Sea-Salt-Body-Scrub/dp/B00KQWBJ5W/ref=sr_1_25?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1431200726&sr=1-25&keywords=body+scrub
http://www.cleopatraschoice.com/adovia-salt-scrub-ocean.html



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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Vitamin C Products Are Not Created Equal

Vitamin C Products Are Not Created Equal
Written by Cyndi Curtis   June 5,2015




If you wonder if you should try vitamin c products but you are hesitant because you have "a certain type" of skin, then you should investigate more. A simple search online will report back thousands of sites with information on vitamin c treatments and all the good stuff. Here is the short of it all. Vitamin c skin products vary in quality. When buying vitamin c skincare products the most expensive product isn't always the highest quality. Vitamin c skin care products can be made with a derivative of it such as, Ascorbyl Palmitate, which is much like vitamin C an antioxidant.

When looking for products that contain vitamin c, know the brand first. It's likely that if you believe in the brand philosophy and the company is ethical( transparent) you will do well to try their version of vitamin c skin care products than say a blind buy. Although I do buy and participate in blind buys- that being products I have never tried before like Exuviance. I do this as a way to test products and share with you what I find. I have preferred brands and will go further into that in another post for another day. Exuviance is not a organic product.

For now, I have to do a quick mention of Radha Beauty's Vitamin C Cleanser. Once again, this brand has my attention. Why, you ask?  It's super simple and I list the reasons below.

1. The brand has a story behind their existence. A brand with a philosophy is a excellent starting point. The brand's story is simple, easy to comprehend and it sets the tone of the reasons you should buy their brand.

2. The product packaging( if you know me at all, you know I have a pet peeve about crowded messy un aesthetic labeling). Radha Beauty makes it clear- ingredients and all.

3.Organic. 'nuff said there.

4. Lastly, the products have worked for me and I have been testing them for more than 6 months. 

I distinctly remember one of the products, I believe it was an oil had been exposed to sunlight or high heat during transit( or something) and it was brought to the attention of the company exec's that the product wasn't as it should be. The company immediately "recalled" all bottles by reaching out to all who received a product and urged them to return it for a new bottle.  I was impressed by the quickness of the action on their part to secure all damaged goods. I personally kept my bottle, because after further inspection, I realized mine oil was just fine to me. 

You can find out more about the company mission statement here.

While you are on the site get to shopping your very first product! Don't worry I'm right here if you need a hand on what to get for the first time.

VITAMIN C CLEANSER
My quick review after using the cleanser is, it's a light clear gel consistency, nearly unscented and comes in a 4 oz stand up tube. The packaging is easy to read for those of us who like to check all ingredients on the back. The company has their phone number listed on the back. Cruelty free, and eco friendly package make for a nice buy. I used a dime size on the pads of my fingers on wet skin. It would be great if I had been able to steam my skin for 3-5 minutes before using the cleanser- just to get those pores open more. If you have a face steamer, great. If not, use a towel warmer or soak a clean white face cloth or small towel in a bowl of hot water. When cool enough for you to apply to the face, apply to the face for a few minutes- then remove and use the cleanser.

Radha Beauty Vitamin C Cleanser
Retail. $21.89
http://radhabeautyproducts.com/
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

All The Selfie Fun

All The Selfie Fun
Written by Cyndi Curtis
June 4, 2015


So you swore you wouldn't get absorbed in so much self contentedness of taking photos with a cellphone camera- but recently you discovered selfie sticks. This mono pod with a fancy hook that helps you pivot your cell in hopes to get the perfect angle.
This fun page on mashable showcases all the fun pictures people have posted with their selfie sticks, and it's good. Goes to show us all that there is more to selfies than the photos Kim K takes of herself.
We take much more authentic photos using selfie sticks don't we? Here's mine.



Just last week, I had the opportunity to peep a selfie stick from Alezan Mobile. I had never had or wanted a selfie stick, I'm not sure why really but I soon fell for it. I liked that I could simply plug it in and poof.. take a snap. No syncing, reading instructions and all that none sense. I am still learning which positions to snap in.. I love it. I guess it gives me a new side bar "thing to do". Now that I had time to familiarize myself with selfies and the Alezan All in One selfie stick- I decided to work together with the distributor to offer other newbies to selfies(with a selfie stick thing) a chance to nab one on a discount, or perhaps even free*.   From now on try one of the great organic or natural skin care products I review- and share a photo or two with your new selfie stick! Trust me you will love taking it with you on outings- telescopes out and folds up to 9 inches to fit in your purse,

So, right now get a tab open and put in this link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UXYTJS2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00

So here is your special bonus if you want to try your very own selfie stick.#AlezanMobile
Here is a coupon code for you!  SMSBLAWG for a $8.00 off your order!


Btw, do you not love this photo; It's my mandala.

I will be posting more great coupon codes on my http://www.instagram.com/SMSBLAWGG and also on my pintrest board. Come on let's be friends! :)  #Alezanmobile

Smiles,
Cyndi

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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.


Amara
 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




Yacon syrup is pretty good at helping with cravings.  I tried another brand a year back and fell in love with results,taste and overall quality. Outside of visits to a primary care doc, I don't get wrapped in weighing on a scale. Those days seem to have escaped me. I'm more secure in myself and I would like to think I evolved from the post teen, gotta check my stats era of my twenties. I tend to pay attention to  how I am doing on a diet  and any change in how loose or tight my jeans are.   Last year I was able to try Qyuality Encapulations brand of yacon- it was really perfect- the right consistency, quality and taste. Peak Fusion brand just didn't hit ten's with me because I didn't experience what I had to when I tried Qualities brand.

 Although it did have some of the consistency of molasses I wasn't able to fully get into the use of the product because it arrived to me with the top seal breached( which was pause for concern),When I saw that the product was tacky on the outer ring and when the black cover removed- the product seal was pierced. I immediately contacted the company but they wanted me to pay for my product replacement. I don't get that. YOUR product was damaged in transit somehow and you think the very best remedy is to offer me a product in which I have to pay shipping?  All this made it difficult to give a glowing review.

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 hence= eating less. This product is sourced from Peru, is organic and is a product of a fruit.
The good news is; this brand is affordable for most at around eighteen bucks for 8 oz. I placed a link to the company page. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed the yacon had I been able to really experience it for a few weeks to a month.

Cons; If you do not like molasses flavor- then you will NOT like this.
Pros: The price is right/fair.

Peak Fusion Yacon Syrup
Retail $18.97 on Amazon

*** I felt I had to update you on the peak brand because I did not get to fully enjoy it in anyway, I had to contact the company to give them the opportunity to make it right.. I felt the company should have offered me a better solution then what they did, Maybe next time!?
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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
#heatsealer


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.



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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.

Cyndi

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. :)

Visit my other blogs:
http://www.grit.com/community/crafts/crafty-farm-life.aspx
http://www.karmiccyndi.blogspot.com 



Smiles,


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.

TIP:
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; https://www.facebook.com/Sweetsation.Therapy 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
http://www.vitasciences.com/MaxasorbB12Cream




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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 IN TREATING SCARS 
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.

DERMA ROLLERS WHEN TO USE THOSE
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

Smiles,
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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


                      smsblawgg

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. 


stuffmadesimple.blogspot.com

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.

Recipe

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.

Prepare:
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.

DONE! YUMM...
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.

Smiles,

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