Friday, January 23, 2015

Simple Lemon Matcha Waffles




SIMPLY LEMONY MATCHA WAFFLES

Shake it up a little bit will you?! Try this recipe originally submitted by KissMe Organics.
Okay get all these goodies and come back..

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. matcha
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp. lemon zest
½ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar

Mix it all up(simple right?) and then heat up the waffle thingie..( I never needed one, until my daughter bought me one two Christmas's ago). It's hot..drop it like it is then.. eat it.
I wanted to post my photo but I realized when I moved my waffle maker is non functioning-
I will post the "how it looks" photos as soon as I get that new waffle maker I ordered in.
In the meantime...

Have you any yummy Matcha recipes to share?

Smiles,
Cyndi
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M
http://www.kissmeorganics.com
http://www.amazon.com/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M


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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/Zimbio.com

 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 Salon.com? Was her blog always there or was it moved from say Blogger or Wordpress first? Salon.com 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...

Smiles,
Cyndi












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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pretty As A Petunia with Ferulic Acid




 This is Petunia and This is Your Skin With Ferulic Acid

You've seen plenty of Petunias at the garden centers in spring. Those little bright colored flowers that die off but require little care- they are for sale everywhere. I don't love em- kinda common looking. Ironically, the skin care line named Petunia is very much the opposite.

Enter the skin care line, nothing like the pretty pastel flower

I was lucky to be chosen to take a try of Petunia Skin Care's serum. This one is slightly more interesting to me because as a trained esthetican( non licensed by choice) I naturally love skin care and the array of products- especially higher end products and those that are organic. Petunias serum has ferulic acid in it, which is a phytochemical from plant cells. It's not normally heard of in labeling. We usually hear wording of peptides or plant cells but rarely do we actually see ferulic acid called out as a ingredient.  This acid is found in rice, pineapple and a slew of other foods. So you can get it naturally. Here is the thing with serums, and you have seen that I mention serum useage and pros in other posts. Serums are comprised of smaller molecles that naturally sink deep into the dermis the secondary layer of the skin. So any serum that has the right stuff, offers your skin a extra drink delivered directly to the skin via the dermis.

Petunia Skin Care

The boxing is a delicate white with light teal logo. The serum is much like others by sight. The slightly cloudy serum is gel like. Once on the face it feels more like water, sinking into the skin quickly. No oils, but it is hydrating for most. However, once again with any serum unless otherwise noted by the packing instructions- is always followed by moisture- any good moisturizer will do. Of course price isn't a marker for quality it is good to skip cheap serums that are usually cheap because they hold cheap ingredients. Petunia normally costs $69.99 but had decreased to $35.00. Now it is on sale for $24.77 on Amazon. The serum really is ideal for women who notice a lack of usual elasticity, drying or notice wrinkles starting. It is best to get wrinkles as they appear. This is sometimes really hard to notice right away, so start using serums in your facial routine now. What is super interesting is, I had the opportunity to try the dermaroller and I have to hold off, simply because my skin is going through it's too many products in too short of a time span( or it's that time of the month). I will most likely do a quick update in a few weeks showing the dermaroller- maybe even a quick video showing it- we'll see! The roller is a cool tool, I cannot wait to use it!
 Take a gander to their page and research the products; http://www.amazon.com/shops/petuniaskincare


#petuniaskincare

Smiles,
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Don't Eat Yogurt, Let's Just Say 1515

Hyperbiotics Brand Patented Live Cultures


Hi everyone, thank you for taking a peek at the blog. A few weeks back a old school friend asked all her friends if we knew a great way to get probiotics into their daily routine. She asked it in a very different way- less complex I'm sure.

I was so busy confirming friend requests that I lost her post! This post is aimed at Tina, my friend on Facebook...

 I recently had a try at Hyperbotics brand of probiotics. If pill form probiotics could have any edge over another brand- it would be that this one offers Kiwi extract.  Hey in general there is nothing sexy about probiotics, so adding kiwi really makes it exotic.

Let's get into it, shall we?

Cost wise the yogurt is cheaper, and may also deliver less quality per little cup. Hyperbiotics costs is around

With 15 million little good flora thingies within Hyperbotics brand complex coupled with 15 different strains of good flora peeps and you have just kicked store yogurts ass. Personally, I just rather include a supplement like this just not to slow me down in terms of making sure I get the best bang to my bad flora- Hyperbiotics complex helps keep my gut happy.  What I think is most cool about this company is the founders story of having experienced a parasite.  

Check out this video of why we all need probiotics 


What probiotics do you take?
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Vegan, Non GMO and Kosher Garcina Brand



Curbs A Hardy Appetite

As a woman, I am no stranger to weight loss products. It seems our gender is marked with this need to be more physically attractive, and we never seem satisfied with our silhouette. I believe they call that body imaging issues- and honey we all got it at some point in life.

Since I was offered the opportunity to try Summit Nutritional brand of Garcina, I jumped on it. I am not new to Garcina products. It's all about finding the right product that lives up to what the label states it can do for you. This is my second Garcina product to try. In general I love Garcina, before I bought my own I researched it well. There are two ways to extract the final product- by labs artificially or by water extraction. We want the Garcina that is water expelled. This brand offers that and it's a good Garcina to start with- if you are looking for a brand that backs the talk up.

The caps are fair sized, as most would expect. Take it before you eat, at least a good 30minutes to one hour with a full glass of water. You should notice a curb in the amount of food you consume- I surely did. I was just simply less hungry. However, I know what to expect and I didn't want to starve myself so in between meals I ate a fruit or some veggies. I would even throw in some keifer water( which a small glass fills me up). Cost is always a concern for many people- as it should be because we want what the highest quality product we can afford. The cost is $27.99 and that is on Amazon. The usual Amazon offering is there too, if you purchase over $35.00 dollars in products- shipping is free.

If you would like, go on their website to read up on what the product is all about- maybe something will resonate with you there. Personally, I know this product works for me,


Please take note: Summit Nutritional  GMO free, and Gluten Free, Halal and Kosher and this is also a good source of calcium. This is a clinical strength at 1500mg. The range for clinic dosage is 1500-3000mgs, so it's giving a good strong amount of what you need to make it work for you. I hate mentioning Doc Oz here but I should- Garcina has been a topic on his show a few times in the recent past. Although he never endorses any particular brand of course, he makes you do your due diligence.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Face First -Body Merry and Bitz

First -up The Winner of January's Insta-Natural Serum Giveaway!

Drum roll please....
  Katherine Hahn won the Insta-Naturals serum giveaway, winning just feels so good and,
so does great skin! I'm really happy the January giveaway was a success!  Congrats, Katherine! Now onward to the bitz...
Stuff Made Simple review

What's all the serum hype about?


First off mostly all everyday store shelf products do not penetrate the skin up to the dermis. Most products sit on the surface of the skin much like icing on cake. The dermis is a secondary layer of our skin and only serums care made to sink into skin. How serums penetrate our skin is, they have smaller molecules. Typically, serums are non greasy and light more of the consistency of water or a light clear gel. The serum will go on lightly, and may need to be gently smoothed or massaged into the skin with just one or two fingers of light pressure- never drag or pull the skin just assist the gel in absorbing and your all set.   The serum would be best to be sealed into the skin.

Routine:
1. Wash face
2. Apply toner
3.Apply serum
4.Moisturizer
5 Cosmetic Foundations/make up applications(optional)

Additionally, serums need to be "locked in"by applying moisture afterwards.

 Serum application is helpful to your skin because it is to absorb into the dermis- but go organic, natural and vegan with serums whenever possible.  There is a certain calm in knowing that what you are consuming or putting on your skin isn't adding any toxins.

What's the cost of Natural, Vegan or Organic Facial Serums?

Ready your wallet for some sticker shock. Look at it like this; quality is better than quantity. You can have several so called affordable self care or beauty products but if they can't offer you the very best quality for your money then, you effectively made the retailer a fair amount of profit and did yourself, your skin and the hopes of looking and feeling your best -nil or, a minus.

The cost

Be ready to spend anywhere between $18.00-$50.00 for a solid quality serum- organic/vegan or natural, although natural isn't always meaning organic or vegan. Natural on a label is wanderlust- do your homework. I try to go for organic first, vegan then lastly I will accept a label that states natural.
Here is a short list of a few Goody Serums that pass the test (click on the link to view their product page):



1.Body Merry-Retinol Serum- organic uses a plant based hyaluronic acid in it's Pro-A Serum that focuses on anti aging.Retails for $19.99 with free ship.

2.Body Merry's Hyaluronic Acid Serum- is a vegan professional grade serum that is for any type of skin. Retails for $39.99. On sale now for $14.99 with free ship!


Before I forget to mention.. I also liked the eye cream from Body Merry was perfect for my under eyes and puffy eyelids as an after serum cream. I just used a small amount and tapped it on with one finger at corners and I felt my skin drink it up. I guess I'm aging and need this stuff. ") WHO KNEW??
Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream


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