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Mango and avocado salsa

Spring is just around the corner and summer is near! In honor of the beautiful Georgia weather, I decided to make one of my favorite summer salsas this weekend.  This recipe is so good it’s definitely worth sharing! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do!


3 avocados (thinly sliced)

1 Red bell pepper (diced)

1 mango (diced)

1/3 cup red onion (diced)

1 clove garlic (mined)

3 tablespoons cilantro (or to taste)

Juice of half a lime

Sea salt (to taste)

Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Olive oil

    1. Heat a pan over med-high heat and drizzle some olive oil in the pan. Place the sliced avocado on the pan and cook a couple minutes on each side until slightly charred. Take the avocado off the heat and let them cool. Cooking the avocado gives this dish a delicious buttery texture that is soo good!


    1. Mix the next five ingredients together in a mixing bowl and squeeze the juice of half a lime on top.


    1. Roughly chop the cooled avocado into pieces and easily stir into the mango mixture.


    1. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle with enough olive oil to bind.


Enjoy with chips or on top of grilled chicken or fish!


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by | March 17, 2013 · 3:52 pm

Osis Dust It


Osis Dust It is an absolute MUST TRY! This stuff is so amazing, and since I’ve been using it I can’t ever remember hair life without it! I use it almost every day for extra volume and texture and to keep my hairstyles in place! It’s great for up dos and down dos, curly or straight!
My close friend and hairstylist used it when she did my hair on my wedding day and then bought me some for my birthday. I’ve been hooked ever since!
To use:
Sprinkle a tiny bit on your roots, and tease with a comb for awesome volume and amazing texture!
Throughout the day I will shake my roots up with my hands or a comb to renew the volume.
Be careful because a tiny bit goes a long way! When I first started using it I would sprinkle in my hands first so I wouldn’t use too much, because too much can change the texture of your entire head of hair for the worst! Too little is better than too much, and if you use it properly you will fall in love! One of my favorite elements of the Dust It is how it absorbs the oil from your hair so if you must skip a hair washing, it’s your secret!
So go for it and try out Osis Dust It! It will become your new favorite hair product!


by | March 6, 2013 · 9:00 pm

Lasagna Rolls

Ok, so I know that being healthy is always a number one priority, but I am good at splurging when it comes to food! Tonight, I splurged but in a semi healthy way with this lasagna roll up recipe. I saw a version of this on pinterest and on the back of the lasagna box but never read either recipe, only looked at pictures, haha!

What I used:

Whole wheat lasagna noodles (only cook as many noodles as you will use)

Small curd cottage cheese (instead of ricotta, it’s just a preference over ricotta) (used about a half a cup or less)

Fresh mozzarella (chopped) (used half for inside mixture and the other half for the toping)

A good block of parmesan cheese (grated)

Fresh spinach (I used an entire container)

Tomatoes (on the vine)

Fresh garlic (4 or 5 big cloves)

    1. Chop tomatoes and garlic and place on a baking sheet and toss with some olive oil, basil and oregano. Roast in the oven at 350 for about 20 to 30 minutes. (I wished I had some fresh herbs but all I had was dried)


1. Wilt spinach with one clove of garlic and a little water and mix with mozzarella, parmesan and cottage cheese.  I mushed everything together and let the cheese melt some from the hot wilted spinach. (Season with salt and pepper to taste)


2. Spread spinach mixture onto noodles and carefully roll up and repeat



3. Place in casserole dish


4. Puree roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic and pour onto lasagna rolls




5. Add the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan and bake uncovered for about 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven.


I served with some crusty bread and a healthy green salad! It was pretty good! I never measure anything so just eye it, it will work out!



by | March 6, 2013 · 7:53 pm

Quinoa Fried “Rice”

When it comes to cooking, I usually play it safe and go with the normal grilled chicken and veggies or one of my staples like lasagna but every now and then I like to cook outside the box and try something new. It’s hard for me to follow through on a recipe in its entirety so I usually end up reading three or four and choose my favorite elements from each to create something unique. That is exactly how I came up with my latest dish, Quinoa fried “rice.” It actually turned out really good and I am quite satisfied with it.
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup coconut milk (I used canned)
½ chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
Egg whites
Chopped mushrooms, broccoli and frozen peas
Soy sauce to taste (I used about 3 tablespoons)
A couple dashes of fish sauce
I would have maybe used some fresh cilantro and some ginger but I didn’t have any

1. In a sauce pan mix water, coconut milk and quinoa together, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
2. Chop onions and garlic and sauté in a pan with oil for about 3 minutes.
3. Add broccoli, mushrooms, soy and fish sauce and cook for about 10 minutes more. Put veggie mixture aside.
4. Scramble some egg whites in the pan (I used about 1/3 a cup or so)
5. Add quinoa, cooked veggies and frozen peas the scramble and let cook until peas are cooked throughout. ( I actually made a hole in the quinoa and added some more egg whites and mixed it in until it was fully cooked, it was a great binder and a next time that is how ill do it from the start)
6. Add salt and pepper to taste and add your fresh herbs in now.
Overall it was really good. Next time ill add fresh cilantro and maybe pineapple and some shrimp, yum! It’s a must try. You got to love quinoa, its super healthy and full of protein. Now I’ve got healthy lunch on the go all week. If you try it out let me know how it works and let me know any good variations you used! Happy cooking, and eating.


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The Power of Apple Cider Vinegar

As a little reminder to myself I have decided to dedicate an entire blog to the powers of apple cider vinegar! Hopefully this blog will inspire me to begin using the wonder liquid once again! I used to drink it every morning while I was in college but I had forgotten all about it and its magical powers, until a friend reminded me! I actually still have the same bottle I used back in college and since I graduated in 2009 I think I will pick up a new bottle the next time I go to the grocery store! I’ve always used the organic brand “Bragg” which seems to be the most popular but there are other brands as well. You can find it in all major grocery stores in the same isle as all the other vinegars. It is pretty inexpensive and the benefits are out of this world!

There are lots of different studies and literature out there on the affects of apple cider vinegar but I am not going to use any sources for the purpose of this blog. I only know what my own experiences are and that is what this blog is all about! So below you can read the health benefits that I have personally experienced from ACV!

When I first started drinking ACV I did it because I heard that it would help you lose weight and keep you from overeating. Each morning I would mix about 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with about 8 oz of water and CHUG! Brace yourself because ACV is not the tastiest liquid in the world, I mean after all it is vinegar, so the more water the better! I never drank it without mixing it with water being that it is so acidic and I didn’t want to take the enamel off my teeth! I also made sure to not brush right after drinking it (like red wine) so that I didn’t brush my pearly whites away! Eventually you will get used to the strong tart taste and it won’t even bother you, especially once you start to notice the benefits of this miracle vinegar! After drinking this mixture every morning for a couple of weeks I noticed some major improvements in my health and appearance!untitled

1. Clear skin
Right away I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin tone. My skin looked more radiant and dewy. It was plumper and almost seemed to glow. The number of breakouts I would have significantly decreased as well, almost to none! My skin is super sensitive and sometimes gets really red and looks like it has rosacea and this seemed to go away completely! I started to actually put the ACV and water mixture (equal parts) directly on my face as a tonic which also seemed to work really well. It seemed to shrink my pores some and clean the grime out. I would of course wash my face afterwards to get rid of that vinegar smell.
2. Shiny hair
I also noticed that my hair started to look very shiny! I started using the ACV in the winter time when my hair was lacking luster from very little exposure to sunlight, so I noticed the change right away. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have heard that if you mix equal parts of ACV and water in a spray bottle, spray it on your hair and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before rising that you will get instant shine and lustrous locks!
3. Boosted energy
I noticed that my morning mixture of ACV and water would give me a huge boost of energy. As an overworked college student who never slept more than 4 or 5 hours a night I needed any extra boost I could get. I started to incorporate the ACV into my morning smoothies too, which really takes most of the tart taste away.

Here are some more Apple Cider Vinegar tips that I have heard over the years that may be worth researching!
1. Always buy the organic kind with no chemicals or preservatives
2. May help with heartburn by restoring acid balance
3. May be good for bone health being that it has an abundance of magnesium, potassium and calcium
4. May get rid of warts- soak a cotton ball with ACV and secure to the wart with a band aid or tape and wear nightly until it goes away
5. May benefit people with diabetes
6. May help with weight loss
7. May help lower blood pressure
8. May decrease cholesterol levels
9. May help improve symptoms of arthritis
10. May help improve allergy symptoms


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My Love for Mario

I must admit, the fact of starting to blog was a little intimidating at first and it took me a while to even get the guts to put anything on here. I couldn’t think of anything to write about that would even interest anyone! This morning I posted a picture of my latest order from Mario Badescu on Instagram and Brooke made a comment that suggested I blog about my love for Mario! After reading her suggestion, I thought, hmmm, this blogging thing won’t be as hard as I thought! After all, I love all kinds of different products and I am basically a shop-o-holic who internet shops at least 2 times a month! Why not share my great product finds with the world, right? So, I can surely say that my first blog is dedicated to Brooke, thanks for the inspiration!

mario badescu products

Mario Badescu is my absolute favorite skin care line! I order from them all the time and I am never disappointed! Mario has reasonable prices and does promotional sales with cute little gifts all the time! They send me $10.00 for my birthday each year and if you order at least $50.00 or more shipping is always free! With each Mario order, you get to choose 3 samples to try out! I stock up on samples of eye creams and facial masks so I don’t have to bother buying a full size, but sometimes I come across samples I love so much that I splurge for the real deal!


One of those samples that I just had to buy in the full size is Mario’s Whitening Mask! After using this mask my skin looks amazing! It brightens uneven skin tones and minimizes any old acne scars or discoloration from the sun. I know that Sasha uses this mask too and after using it her boyfriend Ben asked her what in the world she had done to look so good! The fact that a man noticed a difference proves that Mario’s Whitening Mask is absolutely worth the splurge (24.00 for 2 oz)!

mario badescu whitening mask
Another one of my favorite Mario products is their Drying Lotion! This stuff is amazing! It is made up of pink and clear liquid that stays separated, DO NOT SHAKE! To use, dip a Q Tip down inside the bottle and dab the pink reminisce on your zits before bedtime. When you wake up clean your face as normal and you will notice the dramatic difference this stuff makes overnight! This Drying Lotion is a serious weapon against zits! For only $17.00 for 1 oz it is totally worth it, it lasts forever too! I have problem skin and mine lasted me a whole year! I don’t think they give samples of this stuff so you will just have to take my word for it! (I just read that it takes the itch out of bug bites too!)

Some of my favorite Mario products that I use every day are the Enzyme Cleansing Gel the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and the Oil Free Moisturizer (SPF 30)! I am lost without these three products. I have tried numerous Mario cleansers, toners and moisturizer but these three remain my favorites! I also recommend the Cellufirm Moisturizer but watch out because it doesn’t have any SPF!

My skin has improved greatly since I have started using Mario products and I still enjoy finding new favorites! I have my long time friend Autumn to thank for introducing me to Mario! We both share this love for Mario products and we talk about one day traveling to New York and getting a facial at the Mario Badescu store! I hope this inspires you to try some Mario, Brooke! Go get your Mario on and find your own favorites!


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