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Genial Day Unboxing & Review: Do Period Panties Work?


Hello, Beautiful People…Well, Ladies!

Genial Day the makers of organic menstrual napkins, sent me a box of their new product, Eivi - organic cotton period panties. If you remember, I did a post and video about menstrual cups about a year ago,https://youtu.be/1PE8jiu-vhw

My periods have always been a struggle to deal with. Either it’s heavy, late, both or light and sometimes a no show. There are so many factors that go into determining whether Aunt Flow is going to be pleasant when she comes to visit but one thing that helps make her visit more enjoyable is the choice in products we choose.
          


In my humble opinion, it’s far overdue that women be fully informed and empowered regarding options for taking care of their periods. So when Genial Day asked me if I would accept a sample box of their products along with their new product, Eivi; I did my homework!

Before now, I wasn’t too familiar with Genial Day products. They’ve been around for about 10 years producing a line of organic sanitary napkins. Recently Genial Day has released a new line of organic cotton period panties to add to their brand of products.




What I find to be most impressive about these panties is the hidden pocket layer to fold the wings of the pad into, keeping them in place through almost any activity. I did an unboxing video of the package Genial Day sent me of all their products and I’m really excited to share it with you below! In this video, I show you what the organic cotton period panties and pads look like. Check it out and let me know what you think!


I received a sample of Genial Day products for review purposes.

What To Wear For New Years Eve | Lookbook December 2016


Whether you're staying in or going out, New Year’s Eve is all about the details! From planning the festivities, making transportation arrangements to keeping those glasses topped off through midnight, you shouldn’t have to fret over your NYE outfit at the last minute.

So here is my 2016 New Years Eve Outfit guide! In this video I feature classic style ideas from staying cozy by the fireplace, spending time with the family, a quiet dinner for two or a glamorous night out on the town. 

Blue Evening Gown with Gold Belt


Burgundy Jumper with wool fur vest

Green Embellished Tunic Dress

Green off the Shoulder Wrap Dress


Red Pants & Matching Crop Top


Red Jumper with Black Blazer








Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread Holiday Recipe from Raw Spice Bar

This month RawSpiceBar sent me a curated spice kit featuring exotic flavors like Unpumpkin Pie Spice made of Ginger, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorns, Star Anise, Spices.

If you’re the adventurous type in the kitchen then you'll appreciate RawSpiceBar. RawSpiceBar is an inexpensive way to get creative in the kitchen without forking over your whole paycheck. Each month they send you a kit of fresh spices paired with global recipes! Oh, did I mention that they are curated by chefs specifically selected from cultures that inspired the spice blends?

This month RawSpiceBar sent me a curated spice kit featuring exotic flavors like Unpumpkin Pie Spice made of Ginger, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorns, Star Anise, Spices.

2 recipes were included as guides for how to use this spice kit, Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread, and Baked Pumpkin Donuts. I opted to make the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread because it seems a lot more manageable since I don’t have a doughnut pan (I've always been intimidated by making donuts)!

          

The ingredients for the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread  calls for:

- RawSpiceBar’s Unpumpkin Pie Spice (no added salt, pepper, MSG, flour, rice, or sugar as filler.)
- 2 Cups Cornmeal Mix - http://amzn.to/2i6c3wy
- 2 tbs Sugar - http://amzn.to/2iCK7xo
- 1 1/2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, Cooked & mashed - http://amzn.to/2iCVHs1
- 1 tsp Baking Soda - http://amzn.to/2icItTZ
- 2 Cups Plain, nonfat yogurt - http://amzn.to/2iCL48D
- 1oz Butter - http://amzn.to/2iCLbB5
- Salt, to taste

I was honestly a little confused with the sweet potatoes but followed the directions as given with one caveat that I didn’t use a cast-iron skillet. In its place, I opted for a traditional baking pan. Everything mixed well but during the baking process, I found that the cornbread needed extra time in the oven. So I kept in there for another 30 minutes with my total baking time coming in around 65 minutes. This could have been due to the replacement of the cast-iron skillet with a baking pan.

The end result came out great! This was a timely treat during the holiday season. We’ve enjoyed this recipe paired with eggs over easy and a few slices of avocado making it a light, healthy breakfast yet festive enough for the holiday season. 
I opted to make the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread because it seems a lot more manageable since I don’t have a doughnut pan (I've always been intimidated by making donuts)!

Overall I think RawSpiceBar is a super affordable investment for families that like to switch it up in the kitchen. If you’re worried that 3 spice kits won’t get you through the month, RawSpiceBar also offers individual spice kits on the site, allowing you to select your favorites every time. The also keep a selection of recipes available to you on their site for free so if you loose you from a previous kit, it will always be there for you at RawSpiceBar.com

I’m looking forward to trying some of the other recipes and kits that RawSpiceBar sent me! I’ll post updates if I come across something spectacular!


xxx for now! 


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La Mere Poulard Unboxing & Review


It’s the holiday season and for me, that means it’s also an excuse to bake yummy things!


La Mere Poulard cookies originate from the La Mere Poulard’s Restaurant in France which is famous for their omelets (one of my favorite things)! It honestly looks like a pancake which another one of my favorite things! 😉 Anyway, the restaurant was also famous for making biscuits (in the U.S. better known as cookies). 


Before this box, I’ve only seen them in select stores but I don’t recall ever trying them before. I was sent a box of French Sables, French Shortbread and French Caramel Biscuits. We honestly went through all 3 boxes in less than a week. 

I’m not a pro at baking cookies. Actually, I can’t remember the last time I’ve made a batch of cookies but La Mere Poulard has a challenge running on their Instagram and I may join in. You can too! Can you make the famous La Mere Poulard’s sables?


Here’s the recipe:
- 300 grams (10.5 oz) of Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 160 grams (5.6 oz) of Caster Sugar
- 170 grams (6 oz) of Butter cut into pieces and softened
- A pinch of Salt

Once you’ve made a batch, post your photos to Instagram and tag @lamerepoulardusa for a chance to win an authentic La Mere Poulard apron!

P.S. The egg yolks should be used as a final glaze on the dough!


Bon Appetit 

Sonia Kashuk Exotic Artisan Makeup Brushes


A few weeks ago I was just wandering through Target on no particular mission when I discovered these Exotic Artisan beautifully designed makeup brushes. I’m drawn to tribal like designs so these brushes by Sonia Kashuk really stood out to me. 

I’ve used them for several days before I shot this video. I was worried they wouldn’t hold up in terms of brush quality. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a set of brushes that I really liked only to get them home, and on the first attempt they start to fall apart- what a waste!! I’m happy to say that this set is very durable. I even took them home from my studio over the weekend and washed them for the first time. Absolutely no shedding occurred! I’m expecting normal wear & tear in due time but I think these brushes are going to be around for a while!

Every Sonia Kashuk brush kit is different. In this brush set came 12 makeup brushes. I’ve included a list of each brush and in my video I also show you which brush is which.
  • 1 Dense Powder Brush
  • 1 Tapered Powder Brush
  • 1 Small Powder Brush
  • 1 Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush
  • 1 Flat Top Contour Brush
  • 1 Large Eye Brush
  • 1 Shader Brush
  • 1 Blending Brush
  • 1 Domed Eye Brush
  • 1 Precision Pencil Brush
  • 1 Synthetic Angled Eyeliner Brush
  • 1 Brow Comb





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