DIY Ice Cucumber Eye Pads

The holiday season is a busy time of year. Our social calendars are filled to the max and there’s endless to do lists to finish. It’s the most fun time of year, but it can also drain you of energy. Living on coffee is one solution to be less zombie like, but what about those dark circles and puffy eyes? You could buy those expensive cucumber eye pads you see in beauty stores or you could make your own at home for a fraction of the cost. It’s easy and takes no time at all. All you need are a few ingredients and you’ll be on your way to looking more refreshed! Who doesn’t want to look their best for the holiday’s?

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With a juicer or blender, juice 2 whole cucumbers. If you’re using a blender, just strain out the pulp.

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Put the cucumber juice in a bowl.

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Soak the cotton pads in the juice and squeeze out excess.

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Place the soaked cotton pads in a zip top bag.

Store in the freezer. Since there’s no preservatives, the freezer will help keep them fresher longer. When you’re ready to use, just leave them out on a plate for 5 minutes to thaw a little and place over your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Voilà , you now look like you’ve slept 8 whole hours :)

What do you guys think? Easy enough right? What are some of your favorite DIY beauty tricks?

Fit Foodie 5k Recap

This past weekend was a blast! All of my favorite things rolled into one weekend…fitness, food and cocktails! Not to mention I got to do it all with my bestie, Julia. She’s also responsible for all the photos. Apparently, it was all to exciting for me :)

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Friday night started off with the Light Up the Night Cocktail Party. It was at Florent Restaurant in the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego. They had beer, wine and cocktails with appetizers. The vibe was great and we got to hang out with celebrity trainers and chefs. All in all, it was a good night.  Soon after, we went to our hotel to rest up for race day.

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The night before and the morning of our race. Not a bad view!

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The next morning we got to the event and were able to see the course up close. It was gorgeous! We’d be running right along the bay front. I was getting really excited at this point. We did a race warm-up with The Run MC. He is hysterical and I think all race events should hire him! He was fantastic and had a ton of energy, which is exactly what you need for an early morning race. We also did a quick yoga stretch with Kristin McGee, more on her later. We were warmed up and stretched, all that was left was to run!

I’m new to the fitness scene, but am really enjoying running and doing yoga. I think it’s important to find activities you love to do so you keep doing them. I’ve never done a race before, ever! I was a little intimidated being an ambassador for the event and this being my first race. I put in the work beforehand, and it paid off big time. I finished the race, ran the entire time and actually enjoyed myself. I didn’t push myself too hard and was focused on being in the moment and enjoying the scenery. It was an amazing first race experience. I finished in the top 30% of all runners. It was a wonderful accomplishment :) After the race, we took part in a post run yoga session and a Power Systems class (a lot of squatting and resistance bands). We were really earning our calories for the food and beer portion of the event!

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After finishing our workouts, we headed to the Finishers Village. They had various tents set up with vendors giving away goodies. The tent photo above is before the race. The calm before the storm. I’ve never received so much free swag in my life. There were a ton of cold pressed juices, organic bars, coffees and even massages. They had an area set up where they did chef demonstrations and gave out samples. I wished there was a little more actual food and not just bars, but it was still a good time. They also had a beer garden area where you went into a caged area and drank ice-cold beer. Turns out after running and working out all morning, that beer goes to your head really fast! We stayed until the end, and by the end of the night I was TIRED, but in a good way :)

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Sunday morning we had a yoga class with my favorite yogi Kristin McGee (squeal)! This was the highlight of the weekend for me. I’ve done her DVD’s before and she is more delightful (if that’s even possible) in person. She is so sweet and has the most amazing energy and vibe. You can’t help but smile taking one of her classes. We thought that maybe after a run day yesterday she was going to take it easy on us, but she made us work for it, and it was amazing! She gave Julia and I a couple of her DVD’s to try out. I did one last night, and it hurt so good!

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Right after yoga was brunch. They had Stella Cidre in wine glasses, egg white fritattas, chicken sausage, greek yogurt parfaits and lots of fruit. They did giveaways while we ate, drank and looked at the ocean. Not too shabby!

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I’ve saved the best for last! We ended up raising over $1,100 for City of Hope and couldn’t be happier about it. We more than doubled our goal! It feels so good to give back, especially this time of year. Thank you so much to all who donated. I ran for our dear friend Tom, we love you!

It was an awesome weekend and I will definitely do it again, and would absolutely recommend it to all of you if it’s in your area. I’m hoping next year they’ll expand to even more cities. I can’t thank the people at the Fit Foodie Race Series enough for inviting me!

Have you guys ever done a weekend like this? Would this be something you would be interested in doing?

Ta Za Wine Glasses


Ta Za Wine Glasses

Happy Monday! I’ll be back later on this week with a full recap of my AMAZING time at the Fit Foodie Race Weekend!

In the meantime, I love wine, the end. Haha, just kidding…but not really. Today I’m doing a review of the Ta Za stemless wine glasses. They were kind enough to send me a set to try out. The wonderful thing about them is, they shatterproof and plastic. Usually when I hear plastic I cringe, but these are BPA-free and EA-free. They also don’t feel like cheap glasses, I was actually a little surprised with this. The rim is super smooth, which is what is lacking in most plastic wine glasses and they’re crystal clear so they actually look like glass. Living in a warmer climate, these will come in handy during pool season!

Here’s a little more info about them…

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NEVER BREAK A GLASS AGAIN! With our drama-free glasses you can entertain in style, without the worries. Our glasses are known for their brilliant clarity—such clarity that makes them easily mistaken as crystal. Unlike crystal, however, these glasses won’t crack or break, which makes them ideal for entertaining anywhere, anytime.  These shatterproof 16oz glasses allow you to enjoy your wine (or any drink) indoors or outdoors (think pool, patio, boat, campground, RV, etc)! 
 
Besides our durability, what else makes us better than our plastic competitors?  For starters, we use USA-made Tritan plastic, which is 100% BPA-free/EA-free and FDA-approved. We don’t believe that you should have to be worrying about yucky chemicals leaching into your drinks. We don’t have tolerance for that junk—and we don’t think you should, either.
 
We’ve also paid special attention to our rim—because there is nothing worse than a plastic cup rim that’s rough and nips at your lips. Who needs that? We’ve managed to make extra-smooth rims while keeping our glasses ultra-thin—quite a feat! 

Lastly, our glasses are actually dishwasher safe!!  Avoid being stuck at the sink after a dinner party washing by hand—just throw the glasses in the dishwasher on a non-heated setting, and head to bed! 

To put it simply? We’re your best no-break, no-fear, crystal-clear, chemical-free, lip-saver, dishwasher-safe, party-on choice! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

I love companies that stand behind their products and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! So if you’re in the market for shatterproof wine glasses, I would absolutely give these a try. You can get them on Amazon here. With their guarantee, you have nothing to lose. I will be purchasing another set for myself.

What do you guys think about plastic wine glasses?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Spiced Apple Pie

Apple Pie, is there anything better on a cool fall day? The warm spiced apples surrounded by the delicate flaky crust. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. I took a trip to our local orchard and picked some delicious Granny Smith’s. I knew their future looked bright with this pie. As promised in my Lattice Pie Crust Post, here is my spiced apples recipe.

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You’ll need  approximately 6 apples depending on the size. I threw one Honeycrisp in with the Granny Smith’s for good measure.

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Peel all your apples. I found my Mid-West skills are rooted deep within me. I can peel an entire apple in one peel in under 15 seconds. Not to brag or anything ;)

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Slice the apples nice and thin.

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Add in your sugars and stir to combine.

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Next, sprinkle on your cinnamon and flour.

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Add as much flour as you need, until it looks something like this. Not too dry and not too watered down.

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Get your pie plate ready.

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Lay out your pie crust in the pan. I just used 2 store-bought crusts for this, but you could always make your own.

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Pour in your spiced apples. If an apple slice or two is left behind in the bowl, don’t stress, just eat it. Thank me later.

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You can put a full pie crust on top, or lattice it like I did here.

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If you forget to put your butter on before your top layer of crust like me, just put it in the holes of the crust or don’t be like me in the first place and forget. Oh, and I do recommend using this delicious Honey Cinnamon Butter instead of plain old butter.

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Gently paint a layer of egg wash right on top of the crust. Just take an egg, beat it and use a pastry brush to gently glide it on.

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I always cover the edges in foil as they tend to brown more quickly than the rest of the pie, and you want everything to be baked evenly.

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45 minutes later, take a good whiff of your house. You’re the envy of all your neighbors! Best Apple Pie in town, folks!

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Printable Recipe

Ingredients

6 apples (your favorite kind)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup to 1 cup all-purpose flour (depending on juiciness of apples)
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375. Peel, core and cut apples into thin slices. In a bowl, combine sliced apples and sugars. Stir until sugar thoroughly coats the apples. Add cinnamon and enough flour to coat the apples. Add store-bought pie crust dough to the bottom of a pie plate. Pour in the apple mixture. Make sure the apple slices are laying flat. Cut butter into small pieces and put on top of the filling. Cut a second store-bought pie crust dough into 1-inch strips.Using the dough strips, form a lattice pattern on the top. Crimp the edges, as desired. Paint an egg wash over the top dough. Bake for 45 minutes, or until pie is golden brown. Wrap foil around the edges of the pie if it begins to brown too quickly.

Reciped adapted from YumSugar

I’m sharing this recipe with my good friends over at the Fiesta Friday Party!

Also, my race is tomorrow, so wish me luck! I’ve never done one before :)

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