Hey!! I’ve Moved!!

Hello guys!

First off, I want to thank everyone for following this blog. It has been amazing building and growing with all of you. I love reading your posts and I love seeing the comments you post. It makes blogging that much more fun for me! But, there’s some big news. I’VE MOVED! Yep! My blog has a new look and feel and I know you are going to l-o-v-e it!

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Holiday Cheers and Treats: 5 Minute Smores Bites!

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I’m sure by now you’ve been invited to many holiday gatherings and you are wondering, What should I bring! Whether you are the expert baker or the seasoned chef, we can all agree that the holidays can be a very stressful time. Between shopping and planning gatherings we sometimes forget to plan the most important part, the FOOD! Okay, the people are the most important part, but the food is a close second.  This quick and easy marshmallow dessert is easy to make and just as tasty! No it’s not gourmet but we can all agree that just about everybody loves smores and marshmallows. So don’t stress, show up with these sweet treats and everyone’s tongues will be wagging about how clever you are!

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Inside Out SMORES Bites

Time to Make: 5- 10 Minutes

Ingredients/Tools Needed: 

Large Marshmallows

1 cup of dark chocolate or Milk chocolate chips

Graham Crackers

Wax Paper

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  1. In a small plastic measuring cup, melt 1/2 c . of chocolate chips in the microwave. Be sure to stir periodically to avoid burning.
  2. Take 10-12 marshmallows and cut them in half. You can cut half of them and leave half of them whole if you like too!!
  3. Take 2 -3 Graham crackers and crush them into small bits. Set in a pile on a plate or tray.
  4. Take one half of a marshmallow and skewer on a toothpick. These holiday themed picks from Top Shop are fun!
  5. Dip the skewered half in the melted chocolate. Then dip and roll in graham cracker crumbs until all the chocolate is covered.
  6. Take another half and dip in chocolate. Sandwich with the Graham cracker coated marshmallow pushing the skewer all the way through to to secure the second half.
  7. Place on wax paper to allow chocolate to harden and repeat!
  8. After all are done, place in refrigerator for 5 minutes to speed up the chocolate hardening process. If you want to mix it up, you can pulverize a few mints in the blender and use them to coat the marshmallows instead of the Graham crackers. Just as fun, festive, and tasty!

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If you love chocolate treats for the holidays, try my other recipe for a chocolate cranberry bark. It makes a great gift item too!

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Black Friday Deals! Throw These in Her Stocking

 

Now that you’ve had your fill of Turkey & Dressing, it’s time Guillermo those holiday wish lists! Check out this amazing deal from Nail Polish favorite Defy & Inspire! This nail kit (not pictured) is only $9.99 and its a non-toxic brand! The other beauty goodies are what I like to call ‘Grabbies’ those last minute beauty essentials that you grab and go! Perfect fit stuffing her stocking! Click here to see my favorite beauty Grabbie Stocking Stuffers!! Or click on the image above! 

November PopSugar Must Have Box!

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Season’s Greetings everyone! I think it is finally appropriate to say that. Ha! I’m super excited to share the contents of this months PopSugar Must Have Box! November is the month that kicks off the holiday feels and gatherings. I love November. 🙂 This month’s PopSugar Box fits right into that theme too. Lisa Sugar did  great job at curating the box with brands that will help you pull off that perfect party. And there were also some other goodies that didn’t really fit into my holiday entertaining theme, like my Kendra Scott bracelet. I mean but I’m not complaining! Who doesn’t love a great piece from Kendra? Keep reading to see some great things from the PopSugar Must Have Box!

Still on the Fence about subscribing?  Check out my other reviews from past months! :

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No table setting is complete without a great center piece! I took this AJ Goods basket [valued at $35] that I received in my Must Have Box and filled it with some seasonal grapefruits and sprigs of greenery I bought at my local florist. Very inexpensive and appealing centerpiece with holiday colors! And I’m sure you are wondering what is in the wine glasses. Well that’s something I like to call a white sangria ;). I’ll be sharing the simple recipe in an upcoming post so stay tuned!

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The table runner pictured is also another piece from the Must Have Box! This Pehr Chambray Runner in Wine [a $44 value] is the perfect color for the holidays plus, like the centerpiece, it really pulls the table together. It’s all about the small details. 🙂

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Add some fun to your party nibbles with these sparkly star picks from Meri Meri! The party picks come in packs of 24  of different sized star picks and are valued at $8. This brand has themed birthday cards, party poppers, and party decorations that are perfect for bringing your holiday festivities to life!! I made these delicious Smores bites

as a fun delicious dessert that adults and kids will love! Perfect for X-mas and New Year’s eve gatherings!

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Yet another great party snack is this delicious Toffee Butter Popcorn from Oogies [a $3 value]. It’s sweet and crunchy and your party guests will love it! Pour it in a bowl for an easy pre-meal snack!

Some honorable mentions from the box that are not photographed include a stunning Kendra Scott bracelet [valued at $50] and makeup compact from Stowaway Cosmetics [valued at $25]. Plus coupons from Kendra, Pehr, and Stowaway cosmetics that I can’t wait to use!   All in all this month’s box is valued at over $165 which is a STEAL considering a one month subscription is only $39.95.

Pricing Break Down:

1 Month – *Autorenews at $39.95 per month + free shipping

3 Months for $109.85 – Buy 3 month now and save $10.00.
*Autorenews at $39.95 per month after the 3rd month + free shipping

6 Months at $214.70 -Buy 6 month now and save $25.00.
*Autorenews at $39.95 per month after the 6th month + free shipping

Just take a look at all the previous boxes I’ve received in the past 4 months. It’s worth the value. Not only is the box itself a great Christmas gift, but the items inside make great individual gifts and stocking stuffers. Check some names off your gift list and take $5 off your first Must Have Box!

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Green Beauty from Ecotools

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Can you believe Christmas is almost here? I have watched this year fly by and I’m excited to bring on the X-mas lights, hot cocoa, and the Grinch. If you are like most of the country, you probably have barely started buying your gifts. But don’t worry! The next few weeks will be full of great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Today though, it’s all about the glamour girl. You know the beauty buff on your list that loves M.A.C and a good beat face. I’m sharing my favorite beauty products some green and some not. But something that she (or he) can surely use and will love just as much as I do!

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Recently I did a post on knowing when to clean and buy new makeup brushes. After throwing away more than half of my stash :(, I wanted to invest in more Eco-friendly makeup tools. This starter pack from Ecotools is the perfect way to introduce yourself to green beauty. With a brow brush, angled eyeliner brush, concealer brush, eyeshadow brush and powder brush, it has everything you need to create the perfect makeup look! And it’s only $13. My favorite part? The super convenient travel bag. I thought going green when it came to my makeup tools was going to be very pricey. I am pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t have to be! Click here for my favorite stocking stuffers from Ecotools!

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I bought these rejuvenating Facial Wipes from Yes to Grapefruit from ASOS recently. They smell great, they are all natural, and they help brighten your skin. I love using a wipe at the end of the evening to make sure that I get all of my makeup off.

 

 

A Makeup Junkie’s Heaven

 

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It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Christmas is closing in on us and there are still SO many gifts to buy! Well, I’m going to be honest I don’t celebrate Christmas. I was raised a Muslim so Christmas was not a tradition that I grew up experiencing. But believe me I definitely wanted to! I have always wanted to experience that part of Christmas of togetherness. I love the decorations, the music (cue the Mariah Carey), and the giving spirit. That’s why I’m continuing to give, give, give you all the great Christmas gifts ideas that I know your mom, sister, friends, and even YOU will love! Today, I’m sharing some great gift items from Elevé cosmetics.

You Might Also Like: Eleve All Day : Natural Mineral Makeup

This mineral makeup brand is perfect for the makeup junkie in your life that wants to keep things as natural as possible. Elevé is All-natural | Vegan-based | GMO-free | Gluten-free | Paraben-free | Sulfate-free | Phthalate-free | Cruelty-free. I had the pleasure of trying out the products myself and I fell in love with the Sheer Lumiere. Its a bronzing serum that gives my skin just the right amount of glow!

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This lip dye is the ultimate lip stain. And when they say stain, stain it does. This is the perfect lip product to wear for all day wear. It will even last you through the night. Eleve’s holiday gift sets are perfect for trying on a new look. Choose from one of four Lip DYE lip stains: Miami (Bright Pink), Santa Fe (Bold Berry), Seattle (Vibrant Red), Taos (Deep Scarlet); and pair with the Lip LUV lip treatment for a glossy look. This set will keep your lips pretty and kissable even after all of your holiday kisses!

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For the burgeoning MUA on your gift list the Everyday Faux Brush Collection features a six-piece brush set including: Powder brush, Blush brush, Blender/Contour brush, All-over Shadow brush, Crease brush, and Liner brush. The bristles are hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free and come with gold foiled cosmetics bag that make traveling a breeze!

DON’T MISS THESE DEALS!

Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Shop 25% off all lip products with Free Shipping
 Thursday 11/24 (Thanksgiving Day) through Monday 11/28 (Cyber Monday).
*Excludes Lip DYE + Lip LUV {Gift Set}
On Saturday 11/26, #ShopSmall with 25% off all lip products, Free Shipping, plus a Free Gift with purchase (Lip AMP lip plumper in Paris).
*Excludes Lip DYE + Lip LUV {Gift Set}

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Fall Recipe: Yummy Overnight Steel Cut Oats

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Who doesn’t love a good Fall recipe? I certainly do. I’ve had some steel cut oats in my pantry for about a month and didn’t really know how to prepare them. Finally, I decided to try overnight steel cut oats.There are so many ways to prepare them and I settled on the overnight method.

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Time: 10 minutes or less

Servings: 1

  1. In a clean mason jar put ¼ c. of steel cut oats.
  2. Add a pinch of ground flax seed, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add ½ c. milk of your choice. I used almond milk.
  4. Seal the Mason jar tight and shake the ingredients together. Or you can stir the ingredients with a spoon before sealing the Mason jar.
  5. Leave on the counter at room temperature for about 30 minutes and then refrigerate overnight.
  6. The next morning the oats should have softened but they will still have a chewy texture.

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I nuke mine for about a minute to warm them up because I don’t like cold oatmeal. Then add berries, granola, nuts, and dried cherries. You can add any combination of toppings you like. I also used stevia to sweeten.

If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy Holiday Favorite Easy Chocolate Bark!

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