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pumpkin gingerbread

November 26th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve already covered the basics: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple pie, and more.  But let’s face it: unless you’re hosting for the first time, you probably have a recipe or two of your own.

But what about the morning before Thanksgiving?  See, I bet you didn’t put much thought into that, did you?  Usually over the holidays you can count on a house full of visiting family, and they need breakfast!  And you need to get started on the turkey, so you know what’s a great idea?  A simple, easy, totally delicious recipe that they can enjoy — perfect for getting everyone into the holiday spirit a little early! 

For this recipe, I tried to focus on an ingredient that was great for your skin and perfectly for the holidays — and I settled on pumpkin!  Pumpkin has tons of Vitamin A, which jump-starts the skin cell renewal process and helps give you youthful, radiant skin.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin (Vitamin E is also found in Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, one of my favorites)!  So you’re doing good for your skin as well as your body — think about that when you go for seconds! 

And for more awesome skin-loving recipes, check out Simple Skincare’s Skin-Loving Food and Nutrition Pinterest board!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9″ by 5″ loaf pan. 

Mix together sugar, oil and eggs and beat until smooth.  Add water, pumpkin, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and beat together until well blended.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder to the mixture and blend until evenly distributed.  Pour into the loaf pan and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Start with one tablespoon of milk and increase in small increments until the icing is pourable.  Pour onto the gingerbread, cut and serve.

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pregnancy skincare routine

November 13th, 2013 · 5 Comments

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{at 16 weeks, finally glowing}

So, you know how everyone talks about the pregnancy “glow?”

There should be a little asterisk next to that phrase, because that the “pregnancy glow” is preceded by three months of puberty-comparable acne. Just saying — that’s a thing that they never talk about in US Weekly, but it is true, and it is terrible.

At least (sigh), it was for me. Over the past year or so, I’ve finally gotten myself on a skincare routine that I really love — one that doesn’t involve spending hundreds of dollars on random products that I try once or twice, and one that I actually stick to, and notice great changes in my skin because of it.

But pregnancy threw me for a loop. Because within a week of my positive pregnancy test, I’d look in the mirror and suddenly, my normally clear skin was… bumpy. I didn’t have great skin as a teenager, so it took me about two seconds to realize that pregnancy hormones were probably causing my sudden breakouts… but I had no idea how to stop them.

So I did exactly the wrong thing: I completely abandoned my tried-and-true skincare routine. Most acne-fighting products aren’t safe during pregnancy (you’re supposed to avoid everything with salicylic acid, which have always been my cure for the occasional breakout), so I was kind of in a bind.

And I did the grossest thing. I don’t even want to admit it, but in the spirit of total honesty, here’s what I thought would solve my breakouts:

I started washing my face with bar soap. And I did this (because I am a dope who thinks that everything she reads on the internet is true) because of some random forum post where a girl was talking about curing her pregnancy acne with antibacterial soap. So, for maybe three weeks, I used a bar of Dial Soap on my sensitive skin.

And you know what it did for my acne? Absolutely nothing.  It made my skin irritated and dry, and it didn’t clear up my breakouts one bit.  Instead, every time Chad leaned down to kiss me, he’d go, “you smell weird.”

In fact, if it weren’t for Chad, I’d probably still be doing it. Usually I’m quick to abandon skincare products that aren’t working, but somehow I was just convinced that this one would if I gave it more time… until, thankfully, Chad put his foot down and told me I had to go back to smelling like normal, please.

So I abandoned the bar soap (just thinking about it makes me shudder) and went back to Simple Skincare Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which has been my go-to for the last two years.  And, finally, my skin started to go back to normal.  And at about week 14, I looked in the mirror and didn’t see bumps all over my forehead. And now that I’m at week 16, my skin is more or less back to its pre-pregnancy shape. I’ve added back in Simple Skincare’s Replenishing Rich Moisturizer at night, and will probably go back to my beloved Radiance Cleansing Wipes in a few weeks.

And, after that brutal adjustment period, now I feel like I’m actually starting to glow.

{PS — For those of you pregnant readers, remember to always check with your doctor before trying new skincare products while pregnant!}

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Halloween DIY: Butterfly Headpiece

October 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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I loved my costume for Halloween last year, but this year I wanted to do something a little bit different!  Last year I bought a costume (on the day of Halloween, sigh — it was traumatic and intense and I have no interest in doing that again, ever) but this year, I had my heart set on doing a DIY project.  I’m not usually much of a crafter, but I thought this project would be really fun!

I like my DIY projects the way I like my recipes: simple, easy, and generally pretty foolproof.  I’d take a yummy cookie recipe or simple weeknight dinner idea over a hundred-step dish just about any day (although every once in a while, it’s fun to try something challenging).  So for this project, I wanted a DIY idea that was a little more my speed.

This wasn’t my brainchild — I based it on a Martha Stewart tutorial, but simplified it a lot.  This only takes are few minutes and I think the results are adorable!

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Here’s what you need: Hair combs (I got mine at a dollar store, 6 combs for a whopping $1); crafting butterflies (I bought 24 but ended up using only 18), a glue gun, extra ribbon and wire.  I already had the glue gun, ribbon and wire, so the total cost of this project for me was about $17.

Step One

I told you this tutorial would be super easy: my butterflies came already attached to wire, so literally all I had to do was attach the wire to the hair combs by wrapping it tightly.  If your butterflies don’t come with wire, or if they fall off (as one of mine did), just re-attach them with a dot of hot glue from the glue gun.

Step Two

Spread the butterflies out at different intervals and different heights — you don’t have to be too picky about this, but make sure you have some variety.  Remember that some of the crown will be going lower on your hairline, so you want to make sure they’re still visible (and out of your eyes)!  In total, I did five combs with three butterflies each.

Step Three

Last, attach a few butterflies at 1-2″ intervals to a pink ribbon.  Make sure to tuck in or clip any excess wire so it doesn’t poke you!  Wrap the ribbon around your neck and/or wrists, and place the combs in your hair.  Arrange them until you have the shape that you want, and you’re done!

Beauty

For my makeup in this look, I started with a freshly moisturized face using Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer,  and then added a light foundation.  I wanted the makeup to look radiant and luminous, so I stuck to colorful, feminine colors for my eyes and cheeks — a purple shadow palette from Avon and pink blush from Estee Lauder.  I lined my eyes with brown pencil liner before applying the shadow for some added definition, and finished the look off with mascara and a glossy bright pink lip!

And that’s it!  The finished product is below — Happy Halloween, everyone!

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