Recipe – Mango Kale Madness Smoothie

Here is another smoothie recipe for you using 310 Nutrition shake powder! As with all my smoothie recipes, you can use any powder you would like in it including weight loss and protein powders.

I made this one for my breakfast shake today. It’s a very yummy blend! It’s another simple recipe because the last thing anyone needs is a complicated recipe to make the process harder! (^.^)

Feel free to share the pic above with the recipe on it, I like to add my recipes on my pictures to make it easier to share.

Recipe:

1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1 scoop of 310 Nutrition powder (I used Salted Caramel)
1 cup of frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup of frozen kale
2 cups of water

Blend and enjoy!

Seriously, it’s just that simple. I would recommend keeping cottage cheese or yogurt on hand for your smoothies. It adds healthy calories to them as well as thickening them up a bit. I use plain yogurt to avoid the extra sugars in the fruit filled ones. Look for organic if you can, if not it’s okay! Use what you can afford to get. (^.^)

The Salted Caramel is really good when you mix things in with it! I found it too sweet mixed with just almond milk or water. The addition of non sweet things like yogurt and the frozen veggies help mellow out the sweetness.

Please understand these products are made slightly sweeter because that is how the general population eats. We’ve become way too used to overly sweetened foods as a society! Due to that, companies who make healthy shake mixes have to make things a bit sweeter because if they didn’t, everyone would complain they are too bland….

With any shake mix, do what you can to tweak the recipes before you give up on it!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

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Let’s Play! Overwatch Widowmaker VS AI Video 5-27-2017

 As many of you know, I’m a gamer amongst other things. I enjoy gaming when I have free time and I play a wide variety of games! I have a YouTube channel for anyone who’s interested in checking it out. (^.^) I do a lot of Let’s Play videos showing in game play from different games, plus some tutorials, game walk through videos, as well as character spotlights.

Recently I created a video showing in game play from the game Overwatch by Blizzard! In this video you’ll see me playing as Widowmaker, a fun spider-like female character. This game was Co-Op against AI, meaning against computer generated bad guys rather than playing against other real live people. Playing games against AI is a great way to try out a new character and learn their skills without being in a game against people where you might feel more stressed.

Have you played Overwatch yet? Who is your favorite character to play?

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Review – Poshbox Spring Box 2017

As though of you who follow my posts know, I like getting treats for myself occasionally. I spent so much time for many years sacrificing for others and putting my needs on the back burner. And it burnt me out and drained me! Since the end of 2016 I decided to make a lot of changes in my life. I am very happy with those decisions! One of which was to do a little bit more for ME.

We cannot give back and do a lot when we are sucked dry, drained, and burnt out. That’s just a fact. You have to take time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate YOU. That can come is a multitude of forms depending on each person, so find what works best for YOU and do it! Our families, friends, communities, groups, activities, organizations, commitments, etc. need us to be healthy and doing well. Why? Because when we are, we are giving our 100% because we are in a good place! When you let yourself get sucked down to the bone, you can’t give anywhere close to 100% because YOU are not anywhere near 100%.

You have to take care of you to be the best you possible. It’s not the same as being selfish or self-absorbed, it’s making sure you are doing what you need on all levels – emotional, physical, health wise, mental, spiritual. You need to put yourself as a priority and take care of you.

One of the ways I decided to pamper myself was with Poshbox. I recently started using 310 Nutrition and I kept hearing from ladies in the group how awesome their Spring Poshbox was so I decided to give it a try! Salted Caramel seems to be the favorite flavor of A LOT of people who use 310 and that was included in the Spring box, which was an extra motivator for me.

Let’s start off with the 310 products.

First off you get a bag of Salted Caramel flavor shake powder. It’s not the super big bag, which I didn’t know, but it does have at least 14 servings in it. As I said, this seems to be a preferred flavor in the 310 Facebook Community group.

Next is a 310 shaker cup. If you’ve been a 310 customer for a while, you probably have a few of these! If not, this is a handy thing for them to send with the shake mix. Nothing like getting a product to try without the necessary equipment!

They even threw in a sample of the 310 Detox tea as well! This is a great way to try it out and see if you like it.

Then there are the Kashmere products! I received a full size Kashmere Kollection Purifying Masque and a travel size Luxurious Toning Oil. I would have LOVED full size of both products, but I’m still very thankful for both! (^.^)

Also included were two Beachwood Essential Oils – apricot kernel oil and Bulgarian lavender! I was out of my lavender oil so this was perfect timing. And the Beachwood lavender smells amazing! I like lavender at night especially to help me relax for bed time. The apricot kernel oil is a carrier oil so it’s good to use with other essential oils that may irritate your skin if you put them on it directly. I sometimes have this issue with my tea tree oil.

Another item included is a small size Purely Wrinkle Free clothing spray that you just spray on clothes to remove wrinkles without ironing. This is handy for those who don’t have the time or desire to iron. The small size is also small enough to fit in a bag on the go in case you need to de-wrinkle while you’re out.

And the last item is Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum. This is a very tiny bottle. I thought they skimped by giving me another travel size until I looked up the price. This 10ml bottle is $40 to $60 normally!

I’ll do a link up now where you can find all of these products at the lowest price in case you don’t want to buy the whole box or you missed out on this box. These links may take you to Amazon if I find Amazon has better prices than the company’s site.

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Full Size

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Smaller Size in Starter Kit (may not be available for long)

310 Nutrition Shaker Cup

310 Nutrition Detox Tea

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque

Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil

Beachwood Apricot Kernel Essential Oil

Beachwood Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Large Size

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Small Size

Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum

Did you sign up for Poshbox? What did you think of the products in it?


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Recipe – Tropical Green Smoothie

This morning I went outside and at 8am it was already HOT. This week we are having a heat wave so I thought a smoothie mix would be a really nice treat!

I used my 310 Nutrition Salted Caramel shake mix but this recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^)

Recipe:

-1 cup of water
-1 can of pineapple juice 6oz
-1 organic Greek peach yogurt 3.5oz
-1/2 cup frozen spinach
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 cup of ice
-1 scoop of Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition shake powder

I blended this all up in my Ninja Master Prep blender and it was ready to serve! This made 2 and 1/2 tall glasses full of smoothie for me! I found the taste to be even better than expected, especially since I found the Salted Caramel to be a little too sweet for my taste by itself. This mix was REALLY good and not overly sweet! On top of that, I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.

I added up the calories and it has 378 according to MyFitnessPal. Not a bad morning breakfast! I had to force myself to drink all of it because I felt very full long before I got through the whole thing. I do try to drink it all just to ensure that I get all the calories my body needs for the morning.

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide To European History

The Complete Idiot’s Guides aren’t just for idiots!

Who knew right?

It turns out they can be super handy tools for learning. They offer condensed info on subjects and are generally presented in a way that can be understood pretty easily. Mind you, some vary and are meant for kids while others are meant for adults. You can absolutely use the adult versions for kids, just keep in mind that some of the info may be over their heads.

For example, today Little Divine learned what heretic means. She’s ready The Complete Idiot’s Guide to European History. She’s been studying through the ages starting from the beginning and working her way up. This book was a suggested book from the library website based on other books I was getting for her on the subject. I’m surprised it was suggested as it isn’t a children’s book, but I like trying new things so we’re using it!

Little Divine is turning 11 next month so I didn’t feel it would be too over her head. I figured she’d ask questions as she read, like she did this morning with heretic.

I’m very pleased with how the book is set up. There are lots of chapters and each is relatively small, between 10 and 20 pages usually. I find that breaks up easier for younger readers. As you can see in the picture, I’ve used sticky tabs to mark each chapter with the date and pages she needs to read. I find this to work wonders with helping her keep on target with her reading. It’s easy to forget which chapter you were on after a weekend so sticky notes help kids know what to read and when!

We are two days into the book and so far so good! I am not one of the coddle my child parents so if death and crime come up in her book, I’m okay with her reading it. It opens up discussions on so many things! History is often very, VERY ugly. I don’t feel that at this age there is a reason to hide that from her. I also want her to see the good in history as well. I strive to give her a very well rounded view of each subject she learns.

We are planning to get more of The Complete Idiot’s Guide books on many more topics! Have you used these books in your homeschooling before? Tell me what you thought!

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Handmade Jewelry Set – Mermaid Magic

I created a new jewelry set today! (^.^) This one is called Mermaid Magic and it’s stunning in person!

The hand beaded necklace is about 21 inches all around, and it has a silver plated clasp in the back.

The hand beaded earrings dangle about 2 inches long from the top of the silver plated hooks to the bottom. Their hooks close in the back.

This set is listed on Etsy here: Mermaid Magic. It comes gift boxed and I always send a little something extra free with each set!

This set was created because I found the beautiful mermaid pendant and I had to find JUST the right beads to match it! I chose these beads because the iridescent color reminded me of the shimmer of a mermaid’s tale! (^.^)

Taking beautiful individual pieces and putting them together to create a work of art is why I do what I do! ❤

What do you think of my new set?

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Recipe – Watermelon Cucumber Alcoholic Lemonade

Here’s a quick fun drink recipe for you! (^.^)

This Watermelon Cucumber Lemonade IS alcoholic so it’s meant for the 21+ crowd!

I put 20 oz of water in a glass mason jar. I mixed in one packet (1 serving) of 310 Lemonade into the water. Then I blended up cucumber slices and added 1/2 cup of the cucumber puree to the jar. Next I added a shot of watermelon vodka to the jar. I put the lid on, and shook it up really well! Lastly, I added 6 ice cubes to it to keep it cool while I sipped on it. And the final touch – my stainless steel straw which I *LOVE*! They are AMAZING for cutting down on plastic use and waste!

This recipe was adapted from my bartender friend who makes hers with regular store lemonade. I had 310 Lemonade sample packets I was waiting to try, so I figured I’d use them in this recipe!

You can use slices of cucumber if you don’t want cucumber puree chunks in yours. I like the flavor and the cucumber bits in mine so I blended it. (^.^)

You can add however much vodka you want, just remember that Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka has 65 calories per shot in case you are watching your calorie count! As the recipe is shown, the calories are approximately 90 per drink.

If you try this drink recipe, let me know what you think! ❤

If you’d like to order from 310, you can order when you want with no monthly charge OR sign up for auto-ship. If you want an extra 10% off your first order, click HERE to set up an account! Signing up for an account is FREE and doesn’t require any obligation! (^.^)

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Review – June Box From Birchbox

June is here! It’s officially summer and time for warm weather! June also brings a new Birchbox for me to review. (^.^) My last few Birchbox’s were a little iffy with a pretty even amounts of hits and misses, so I wasn’t sure what this month would bring. The theme for this month is Face the Day – and the box had an abstract art face design on it. I assumed this meant I’d be getting only face stuff, but I ended up with other things as well.

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZONG AND OTHER SITES FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPLANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you like. However, if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon and other sites because they often have lower prices! I’ve listed the links to other sites like Amazon where you can find each product! *

We kick off our June box with this product – Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. While this is not a face product, I was actually pleased to see this product in my box. I’ve enjoyed the leave in hair treatments they’ve sent me before, minus the one that gave me headaches, and I was in need of a new one. This has a pleasant smell, yet not overly strong. I put it in my hair after my showers to help protect my hair during any styling, and it also makes it feel softer and healthier. There is no info on this product’s chemical rating on Skin Deep but the product does state it’s vegan and paraben free. I liked this product and will keep using it. I’m unsure if I will buy it full size as there are a few other leave in hair treatments I like too.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

There is a reason I don’t like perfume samples and this is one of them. This sample leaked ALL OVER my June box! And it stinks! I had to remove it to another room to avoid the massive headache it was causing. Not a fan of it at all! Anything that makes me get an instant headache has waaaay too much fragrance and chemicals. And because it leaked, my other samples smelled awful for several days until the smell faded. It’s a very heavily perfumed fragrance. I did not enjoy this sample at all.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it Amazon.

This sample I was actually very pleased with. It’s The Beauty Crop Blush Duo in the shade Papaya Don’t Preach. I am often a minimalist with my makeup depending on the day, and some days I just wear a little blush and lip gloss. This set was really cute and fits nicely in my purse! I liked the shades I received and I will be using this with me until it’s gone! It gave me a nice rosy and bronzy color on my cheeks that complimented my skin tone really well. I may order this product simply because the colors are great and I like products I can take on the go that won’t make a mess or spill. I use a lot of mineral makeups and they are not easy to take on the go since they are loose powders.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it The Beauty Crop website.

Next up is COOLA SPF 30 Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream. This is the second one of these they’ve sent me and I’m still not sure why. I don’t use a major sunscreen on my face because I’m rarely out in it for more than 30 minutes. And the tint on this is so light it’s not even noticeable. I’d rather have one with more color so you can wear it as a light BB cream and get a little coverage. As it is, this stuff has so little tint that I used it on Little Divine on our park days as she gets 2or more hours of straight sun exposure. Don’t freak out – she’s almost 11. And like I said, there is basically no color. I did like that it wasn’t greasy or shiny on her face. You couldn’t tell she had anything on at all. And no skin irritation on her either. So if you get this, understand there is no coverage from the BB cream at all. It’s mostly just an organic sunscreen.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

The last sample was Balance Me Instant Lift Primer. This stuff is really awesome! I didn’t realize it was going to make my skin all glowy until after I put it on and put makeup over it! Like the MAC Strobe Cream I received in May’s box, this made my face look radiant! I am torn between these two products, but I might choose this one for the face that it tightens skin as well. I love how my face looks with the glowy primers under my makeup! I haven’t used it enough to see major skin tightening, but it went on well under both liquid makeup and powder makeup. And again – glowing skin! Big fan. (^.^)

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Bath and Unwind.

So to recap – a few samples I didn’t like and the rest were pretty good. No extra sample this month sadly. The perfume was awful and smelled up all of my products. The COOLA is not something I want to keep getting, yet they keep sending it to me…. The Balance Me Instant Life Primer was my favorite and I’d love to get it in full size! The blush set and the leave in hair stuff will get used up and enjoyed too. (^.^)

I honestly don’t know how much longer I will be staying with Birchbox. There have been several issues, including a specialty box review that it coming and boy the customer service with it was horrible!! Now they don’t give you any points unless you buy full size products. And the samples have been super iffy the last 3 months. I’ve signed up with another company as well, so if their 1st and 2nd boxes are amazing, I’ll be dropping Birchbox. They also send FULL SIZE products, not teeny tiny samples. I get not everyone can do the price difference on those boxes, but when I added both up or a year, there wasn’t a huge difference. So we shall see!

What did you think of your June Birchbox? If you haven’t singed up with Birchbox but you’d like to, it’s only $10 a month with free shipping! Click HERE to sign up today!

Don’t forget – if you’re looking for one of a kind handmade jewelry, goodies inspired by video games and awesome characters, busy bags for kids, artwork or prints… check out my Esty Shoppe: Dragon Fire Rose  ❤

 

 

Handmade Jewelry Set – Anchors Away

What do you think of the new photo ad I created for one of my jewelry pieces?? I’m wanting honest opinions please! It was an idea that popped into my head and I tried my best to bring it to life as I had imagined it. I don’t know if photo ads displaying my jewelry in different ways will bring in my customers, but I’m happy to try!

Normally I just display my pieces on jewelry stands as shown above. I try hard to get the best shot I can of each piece to really showcase how amazing it looks but in person tops photos every time! Sometimes I am just so amazed at how beautiful some of them are. (^.^)

If you are interested in this set, it can be found on Etsy here: Anchors Away Jewelry Set. There is only one available as I normally only make one of a design to keep my pieces unique and one of a kind! Shipping is free domestically for my jewelry sets and international shipping prices aren’t too bad! They are calculated by location on the Etsy listing by Etsy.

I hope you love this set as much as I do! I had a hard time not keeping it for myself!

Don’t forget – if you’re looking for one of a kind handmade jewelry, goodies inspired by video games and awesome characters, busy bags for kids, artwork or prints… check out my Esty Shoppe: Dragon Fire Rose  ❤

Recipe – Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Shake

My 310 Nutrition Sample Starter Pack arrived yesterday! I had already had my daily shake so I patiently waited for today to try a new flavor out. This morning I tried the chocolate and boy am I in love! I like it way better than the Vanilla Chai flavor. Keep in mind, taste is subjective. I am not trying to tell you one flavor is bad and one is good, I’m just sharing my preferences. (^.^)

I mixed up a simple recipe this morning to try my chocolate shake in. I added one 8oz cup of coffee to my blender, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of So Delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream, and one scoop of chocolate 310 Nutrition powder. I blended it all up and it came out super tasty! Like my last shake recipe, this one also filled up 2 tall drinking glasses for me. They were so good that I chugged them both right away!

This recipe can be used with any powder! You can use a nutritional powder, a protein powder, a weight loss powder, etc. Just add one serving of your powder to the mix and enjoy! (^.^) I would recommend a non-fruity powder with this recipe though, as the ice cream is a chocolate peanut butter flavor that might not mix well with some fruity flavors.

What is your favorite way to enjoy your drink mixes?

Don’t forget – if you’re looking for one of a kind handmade jewelry, goodies inspired by video games and awesome characters, busy bags for kids, artwork or prints… check out my Esty Shoppe: Dragon Fire Rose  ❤