Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas is Almost Here!

Oh blogging, how I have missed you.  My two boys have kept me very busy. But I couldn't let 2013 end without throwing out a quick blog post.  So, I thought I'd share a link back to one of my previous blog posts for my Christmas brunch recipes.  Maybe you don't feel there will be time to get what you need for Christmas morning, so if that doesn't work for you then I hope it might work for New Year's Day.

I hope that you have a blessed holiday season with your family and that 2014 is a great year!

Christmas Brunch Recipes

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer Hair Care

During this summer, I discovered a product that I fell in love with. I decided to get highlights put in my hair just before the summer and I found my hair was drying out quite a bit. I have never had this happen and I was sad, because my hair has always been shiny and soft.  I had heard a lot about Moroccan Argan oil people are using in their hair, so I decided to ask my stylist about it back in June.  She raved about it and told me how wonderful it is for your hair.  So, I decided to go to Ulta and purchase some to try it out for myself.

The great thing about this oil is that you can put it on your hair while it is wet prior to blow drying. I was afraid it would make my hair feel weighed down and greasy, but it doesn't.  It has made my hair soft again and my stylist commented to me at my last haircut that she could see a difference in my hair.  I also love the light scent of the oil. And the great thing is a little bit goes a long way. I think it has taken me about 2 1/2 months to use up a bottle. So it isn't something I'm having to purchase all the time.

It runs $7.99 a bottle.  I have also seen the Organix brand at Target. I personally like the great rewards program that Ulta has available, so I purchase a lot of my hair care products from them. If you don't have an Ulta near you, they have a lot of products available on their website. I also find that sometimes they run really good sales on the website and you can get a number of free products with different purchase amounts depending on the promotion. And no, they didn't pay me to say that. I'm just a loyal customer who has had a good experience with the store and rewards program.

So, the argan oil is one thing I'm liking right now that I discovered over the summer. I'd love to hear if you've used it, or are interested in trying it out.

We are getting ready to get back in the swing of things with school starting this week. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer. But at least there is holiday decorating to look forward to doing with the kids.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Products

Happy first day of summer everyone!  I can't believe summer is finally here.  We made it through our first year of kindergarten.  And we are ready to start having fun in the sun.  These last several months have been full of challenges for me with learning the ropes of having a child in elementary school, to managing my food allergies.

Back in October I was diagnose with having wheat, yeast, and pea food allergies.  It has been such a challenge and has been a complete life style change to accommodate my allergies.  While I have been feeling better, I have been so sad that many of the foods I have loved I can't have anymore.

I was recently approached by MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker to participate in a program about Betty Crocker's new gluten free dessert mixes.  They currently have cake, brownie and cookie mixes.  They were kind to send me a rolling pin and cake pan for participating in the blogging program. "The information and prize pack were provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark."

I went out and purchased the Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix.  I have to admit I was anxious to try them because since being diagnose with my wheat allergy, I have not had any cookies since October.  I was happy to see that the box only needed to have butter, gluten free vanilla, and an egg to add to it.  It easily mixed up in my Kitchen Aide mixer.  I felt like I was able to make a fair number of cookies. I used my medium sized Pampered Chef cookie scoop. 

As the cookies baked, they smelled wonderful.  My mouth was watering in anticipation. Once they cooled and I took my first bite, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.  I am so excited to have found something that I can have and it doesn't taste like a lousy substitution. I don't feel like I'm having to settle.  I have since gone back and bought two more boxes of the cookie mix. I plan on sharing them with my friends who are gluten free.  And I have to admit that I had to hide "my" cookies from my kids because they wanted them.  LOL

So if you have any friends or family who are looking for great tasting gluten free desserts, check out Betty Crocker's desserts. I purchased mine at Wal Mart and Kroger.

Here is Betty's website if you want to check them out. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Website