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Memorial Day 2014 Sales

2014 May 21
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by Creative Chick

Are you ready to go on a shopping spree this Memorial Day Weekend? Or should I say early Memorial Day shopping? In that case, I have good news for you! After doing a little bit of research and getting some insider scoop, I have a few sales that you won’t want to miss. Happy Shopping!

Amazon Save 20% Off $100+ Premium Handbag Purchase. Use code MAYBAG14

Julie Bee’s Save an extra 25% off your entire purchase. Use code MEMORIALDAY

Alma & Co. Save 20% off + free shipping on all orders. No code needed.

Kate Spade Save up to 75% during their surprise sale. No code needed but you will have to give your email address.

Do you know of any other sales? Share in the comments below!

Sun Breeze Essential Oil

2013 August 26
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by Lucinda McNeil

It all started on a camp trip about 10 years ago. I had a nasty noisy nose, full of congestion and a friend of mine, Fernando, said “try this” and he handed me a small yellow glass bottle of essential oil- he said “it’s very strong so be careful”- I dabbled a drop on my finger and he was right! Very strong stuff, rubbed in to my temples NOT in my eyes (it will burn if you get it too close to the eyes), like a mini massage,  rubbed it on the back of my neck and amazingly it opened up my congested nose, I had to have a box of tissues nearby… within a few days I was feeling much better and have not gone without my SunBreeze since that time. Try it, or comment on it if you have used it. This is not a medical claim, simply a good technique for a natural remedy for nose congestion. Just so you know, this is a product that I distribute as well.

I took the  information below from the Sunrider website regarding a wonderful product:

SunBreeze®

You won’t find anything comparable to Sunbreeze® Oil on the market. That’s because it’s formulated by owner expertise for quality and safety. It’s a great product to use when introducing people to Sunrider, because you can have a refreshing experience by massaging a few drops to your neck, muscles or temples.

Sunbreeze® Balm & Oil can soothe muscles. Both feel cool and refreshing and are ideal for overall rubdowns.

I want to know, do you a favorite natural remedy for congested nose? Post your comment below and let me know if you’d like sample of this oil shipped to you!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2013

2013 May 6
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As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, there’s one thing we, moms, know for certain… We need more than one day a year to focus on ourselves, like we did before having those beautiful little angels of us. Besides quality time with the family, we are sure mom would be thrilled to received any of these pretty little things.

 

THE BEAUTY TREATMENT
Help mom keep her skin healthy and young-looking with this highly effective anti-aging serum and skin vitamins bundle. **
ProDermagenix Beauty Bundle, $129.95 prodermagenix.com

THE HEELS
We’re loving this demure pale pink, perfect for the office or a day of running errands (because we run errands in style too).
Cole Haan Mary Jane Platform, $398 colehaan.com

THE CANDLE
It’s mom’s time to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Make it extra special with a personalized candle.
Scented Spa Candle, $29.95 personalizationmall.com

THE NECKLACE
This will become an everyday staple on mom’s wardrobe **
Alma & Co. Chelsea Necklace, $70 myalmaco.com

THE MEASURING CUPS
These charming, bone china measuring cups stack together in the shape of an old-fashioned milk bottle.
Anthropologie Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, $24 anthropologie.com

THE CARD
Nothing means more than something made from your children. Turn a children’s drawing into the perfect card for mom.
$0

** Stay tuned for a review and giveaway in the following weeks.

Got Peanut Butter?

2013 February 14
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by Lucinda McNeil

Looking for a creative way to use that peanut butter in your cupboard.

If you are seeking a creative use of peanut butter and your oatmeal is boring here is what you can do.

Make your oatmeal, add a tablespoon per serving- you will be amazed!! at the flavor it adds.

Sweet Treat for your Special Valentine

2013 February 11
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by Lucinda McNeil

Last week I had the privilege of meeting one of the founders of Fairytale Brownies, Eileen.  She was excited to be in their 21st year of baking brownies for a living!!! Was this all she ever did?  No, Eileen went to college, earned her degree, worked in corporate america before deciding to “jump ship” and sell brownies as gifts. These are the most moist delicious Belgian chocolate brownies I have ever tasted!  They use only a perfect center cut. You might be wondering what they do with the edges: they tried selling them, it was a disaster, instead local ice cream parlors use them as toppings. The brownies are individually packaged in four sizes now:  3 x3 inch square brownies, smaller morsels and sprites are half the size of the brownies. The newest size is a Fairytale BAR size!  the perfect size, in between the sprite and the brownies.

I mostly love the story of how they named their product:  Brownie in the dictionary definition can also be an elf. The fairytale is that they don’t have calories.. we KNOW they do- and what a treat! worth every single calorie. Eileen’s dream is that every person has had at least one fairytale brownie in the whole world. Quite a dream. I am here to let you know you NEED to try one of these. Grab a coffee or milk and enjoy. I love these so much!!! If you want to order one or many!! contact me, Lucinda McNeil.

Pumpkin Cookies with Mexican Chocolate

2013 January 3
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by Lucinda McNeil

These cookies are the BEST thing I have ever made!   They are chewy, yet crispy on the edges – especially when you allow them to bake the entire 15 minutes per batch. They taste like fall, the orange and the cinnamon, then the hint of chocolate – and nuts-   the finish is the pumpkin flavor, very subtle and they even have fiber because I have modernized this recipe so it includes almond flour and oats.   If you are wanting gluten free, try it with specialty flours, just be sure the cookie dough is the correct consistently – I was able to achieve this by adding rolled oats.  Your kitchen will smell heavenly!

Pumpkin Cookies with Mexican Chocolate

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl:

3/4 cup flour, sifted
3/4 almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oat, quick cooking or old fashioned
Mix and sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda, stir in oats and set aside.

Mix “wet” ingredients in a mixing bowl.

3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
1 tablet mexican chocolate, about 3 ounces, chopped up
3/4 cup of your favorite nuts, walnuts or pecans work best
1 teaspoon orange peel, grated.
Cream the sugars with the butter and spices, beat in the egg.  Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin until thoroughly blended. Stir in chocolate chunks, nuts and orange peel.  Drop by Tablespoon on greased cookie sheets.   Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Roasted Beet Salad – Delicious and Easy

2012 December 27
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by Lucinda McNeil

This recipe takes about an hour and 15 minutes from start to finish- its worth it! Especially if you are looking for recipes with beets and kale.

 

For the Roasted Beets
2 pounds medium red, golden and striped beets, scrubbed
extra virgin olive oil, to coat
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

 

 

 

Cherry Vinaigrette

1/4 cup dried cherries, reconstituted in 1/4 cup red wine vinegar for
30  minutes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Salad
1 cup kale leaves, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds, shells off)
1/3 cup crumbled  cheese, you can use feta, goat or crumbled cheese of your choice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

To roast beets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay our a large sheet of foil on top of roasting dish and spread beets across evenly on the sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and
pepper. Top with another sheet of foil and crimp to seal the edges. Poke holes in the top to allow steam to escape. Place in the oven and roast until beets are tender, takes about 40 to 50 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove when tender. Allow to cool in the foil pouch before loosening the skins and discarding(use a wet paper towel)
Quarter beets and place in a large bowl.

To prepare the cherry vinaigrette drain the cherries and rough chop. Wisk together the vinegars and cherries while slowly drizzling in the olive oil to lightly emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. For the Salad toss the warm beets with the cherry vinaigrette. Add the kale, pepitas, crumble cheese and mint. Continue to toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2012 December 21
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by Creative Chick

Last minute shopping? Still need some gift ideas for your loooong list of friends this Holiday season? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’ve handpicked some of our favorite items and we think you’ll love them too.

Lashem All-in-One Beauty Rehab $144

Alma & Co. Mabel Necklace $125.00

Fairytale Brownies Holiday 2-Box Tower $44.95

BeautiControl Margarita Instant Manicure $28.00

Have a favorite product we didn’t include? Mention it in the comments below and tell us why it’s on your Christmas list!

How Does Your Pen Write?

2012 November 19
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by Lucinda McNeil

   

Recently I picked up a new pen. The pen was labeled “ MaxGlide stick” by Hub.  It is a simple cap off plastic pen with blue ink. The new buzz word for an easy writing ink pen is that it glides with no smudging or leakage.  Who wants ink on their fingers?  Writing should be an easy task, so we invent pens that make it easy for us.   Especially if I needed to take notes quickly. I can see the purpose of this pen for others who answer several telephone calls per day and  who take notes for several hours.  The ink did glide smoothly.

However, the pen was more interested in letting the ink out albeit was easy to write with the inexpensive glide pen.  I much prefer the steadiness of a seasoned higher end ink pen that is weighted and made of metal verses plastic.  A pen that makes me feel important and special.  A nice pen is not used unless words to paper are important.  The decision to select a pen worthy of writing is a decision to communicate with another. It causes the writer to slow down and pensively write with a more legible stroke.  Which one of these styles of pens fits your lifestyle?  I think its possible to have different pens for different applications, thus the result –   writing instruments have once again raised to the top as a gift item and a promotional product.  Some may say that  a dog is man’s best friend. I say a great pen, a useful stylish pen is man’s best tool.  Don’t they say the pen is mightier than the sword?

Stylish Ways to Rock a Turtleneck this Fall

2012 November 9
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by Creative Chick

While pulling out some of my winter clothes I found several turtlenecks from last year. In my effort to be more frugal, I’m thinking of stylish ways to wear them. After looking around for some inspiration, here are three ways I’ll be wearing my turtlenecks.

What do you think of my outfits? Are you sold? Your styling tips are greatly apprecitated :)

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