03.09.2015

Homemade Chia Drinks

I know these have been a thing for a while, but I have recently fallen in love with the Mamma Chia drinks.  It seems that opinions are very divided on these.  I am crazy about them and my husband absolutely hates them!  They are organic, fruity drinks with 100% juice and chia seeds.  The chia seeds give the drink the consistency of half set Jello… which I think is kinda fun!

An Instagram shot of this yummy drink.

An Instagram shot of this yummy drink.

Chia seeds are considered a super food.  They are extremely high in Omega-3’s and daily fiber.  They are also a rich source of the B vitamins thiamine and niacin, and the dietary minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.  All things that are very good for you!

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I could drink these every day, but only buy them as a special treat because of the almost-three-dollars-a-piece price tag.  I came across a Pinterest post on how to make these at home and started doing some research.  I ended up following a Youtube tutorial by Rachel Talbott to try it myself and was amazed at how well it turned out!  I purchased a 2 pound bag of organic chia seeds at Costco for around eight dollars.

You need to soften the chia seeds with water before adding them to the juice or the seeds will clump together badly.  In a small bowl, I combined 2 1/2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 2 tablespoons of water and stirred until they were no longer dry and had a jelly texture.  The seeds will absorb the water very quickly.  Add another 2 tablespoons of water and stir till absorbed, then repeat again until you have incorporated 7-8 tablespoons total of water.

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Now it’s time to add your juice!  This is where you can have lots of fun and try a bunch of different combinations.  Recently I have been using a mixture of V8 Splash, orange juice and cranberry.  Of course it is best if you use 100% juice, but you can use any juice combinations you like.  You just want your juice mixture to total about 8 ounces.

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Once you have your chia seeds absorbed in the water, add it to a shaker bottle with your juices and shake well.  At this point you could drink it right away (which I often do), but I think it is better if you let it sit a few hours or even overnight.

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I hope you enjoy this and it helps you to enjoy a yummy, healthy treat at a more affordable price.  If you try this yourself please tweet me or leave a comment below.  I would love to hear your results!

 

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03.05.2015

WordPress vs. Blogger

As a brand new blogger, I just wanted to offer my two cents worth about starting my blog.  I basically know nothing about blogging yet other than the process I went through to set it up, and that is what I want to talk about today.  As you can tell, this blog is powered by WordPress.com.  There seem to be two major blogging host sites (along with many other smaller ones), and they are WordPress and Blogger.  As a complete newbie, I had no idea which one to choose.
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To fill you in, I actually began one blog before this one.  It was a obscure site called The Hits and Mrs, and it never even had one post.  Why did I quit?  To start with, I made the decision to begin a blog shortly after getting engaged.  Bad idea.  I quickly realized how life consuming planning a wedding is, and that I was insane if I thought I could do both!  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  However, I was also having such a struggle getting my blog SET UP!  For the hosting site for this blog I used… Blogger.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think Blogger is bad.  I have seen a lot of beautiful sites that were created on it.  But for me and how my mind works, it was so difficult to customize.  I spent a lot of time with it, and had to google a lot of instructions to figure out how to do the basic customizations I wanted.  So due to these two things, I gave up on that blog before the first post.
I originally chose Blogger because I had heard so much about it’s ease of use.  It was supposed to be good for beginners, have simpler formatting, and use less HTML and shortcodes.  This is true, but only if you want you blog to be EXTREMELY basic.  Any customization beyond the basic options seemed to be a struggle for me.
Fast forward one year later and I was ready to start again.  This time I used WordPress.  I was scared to use it because I heard it was harder… more for an advanced blogger. But I was ready to try something different, and excited about the extra options it was supposed to offer.  And I LOVE IT!  After the first login, you are presented with an instruction guide that is very long and comprehensive.  It walked me through each step of setup from customization, to publishing and pages, to uploading media, to promoting your social media.  I felt like each step was easier and quicker to accomplish than with Blogger.  Yes, there is some HTML and codes, but there were easy instructions to help each time I needed it.  I also love the fact that I can easily transfer to my own domain name later if I want.  In one afternoon I had the basics of my blog the way I wanted it, and felt ready to begin posting within a few days.
There is still plenty of room for my blog design to grow and many things I want to tweak, but the WordPress process made me excited to blog and I can’t wait to share that journey with all of you!  I realize that this review is very basic, but hopefully it may help some of you that are just beginning to make your choice.
What about you other bloggers out there?  What sites do you use to power your blogs?  Do have any good tips for improving your blogs?  Until next time… Jill
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03.02.2015

Review: Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

Last week I had a few bucks burning a whole in my pocket (some leftover Christmas money), and decided to head to Sephora.  A bad idea usually, but I managed to control myself and came away with only one thing… the Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation. Whew!   What a mouthful!
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I was aching to try it because I love lightweight, breathable foundations.  I was also attracted by the dropper dispenser.  I purchased the shade 10 Ivory.
My first impression was that I LOVED the consistency and application!  I would dare to say I liked the initial application more than my Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet…  probably the best feel of any base I have tried.  I applied it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and was blown away by the extremely silky, smooth feel.
It's 7:30 AM and  I'm ready to start my day!

It’s 7:30 AM and I’m ready to start my day!

I wore it with a primer, and it did last quite a while… I would say seven or eight hours, so I would rate the wear time as good.  However, on my skin it left me with too much shine.  I would classify my skin as oil prone anyway, so after only a few hours I felt like I needed to powder and by five o’clock I wanted to wash it all off!  I tried very hard to make this foundation work because I liked it so much.  With regular touch-ups (every couple hours) I think I could possibly wear this for short days during the winter months, but for me this would be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE in the summer!
It's noon... the foundation is beginning to shine and pores are becoming very visible.

It’s noon… the foundation is beginning to shine and pores are becoming very visible.

It's now 7:30 PM.  I have not powdered, and you can see the shine on my forehead and cheeks.  Sorry for the poor picture quality, I had very bad lighting.

It’s now 7:30 PM. I have not powdered, and you can see the shine on my forehead and cheeks. It has worn off in spots, and fine lines are more prominent. Sorry for the poor picture quality… lighting was terrible!

So, the verdict?  I liked it, and think it is a high quality foundation.  Especially for the $24.00 price tag, which comes in about half the price of similar quality high end bases.  I think it would be great for those with normal to dry skin.  A must try if you get the chance, but shiny girls beware!

Have you tried the Teint Infusion?  What are your favorite foundations?  I would love to hear!
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02.26.2015

For the book lover…

Today I wanted to do a quick review on my new journal… the Q&A-A-Day Five Year Journal.  Several times over the years I have attempted to keep a hand written journal, but have never been able to stick with it for long.  That is why this is the perfect journal for me.  I love it because it is quick, easy and FUN!
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When I first heard about this book it was mentioned in a blog by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends.  It is a thick little book that has a page for each day of the year.  At the top of each page is a question; some serious, some silly, but all of them designed to make you think about your life and environment.  Todays question is: Name one item you can’t throw out.
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Below the questions are five sections of lines where you can fill in the year and answer your question.  The book holds five years of answers, and I think it will be so much fun to go back over the book in years to come and see how my answers change (or don’t) each year!

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The book is hardback (this was a pleasant surprise), and beautifully styled.  It would make a lovely gift, and a good addition to any coffee table.  Q&A-A-Day is published by Potter Style and sells for a suggested retail of $16.99 US.  However, I bought mine here for $11.02.

I am thoroughly enjoying this book and it has been a wonderful, simple addition to my bedtime routine.

Do you journal?  What are your favorites?  Would you try the Q&A A Day?

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02.25.2015

A birthday wish…

This is an quick post to wish a very happy birthday to my handsome husband.  Happy birthday, Nathan.  I love you very much, and the years we have been together have been the best of my life.

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