DIY Beauty Kit Giveaway

DIY Beauty Kit Giveaway

Think about your daily routine. Do you wash your body, hair, and face? Use lotion? Deodorant? Makeup? I’m thinking yes to most, if not all, of those. But what a lot of people don’t think about (including me, sometimes) is that all of these substances are absorbed into your skin and all of the toxins in them culminate in your body. Have you ever heard of a lidocaine/analgesic cream, motion sickness patch, birth control patch, or a nicotine patch? They work by passing a medicine through the skin and entering the blood stream to cause a given effect. Even your laundry detergent has an effect on your skin. Although I admittedly do not make all of my own beauty products, I do condition my hair with coconut oil (in each shower), do oil pulling on my teeth (when I remember), and make my own deodorant. If you’re curious about the products you use, try: The Skin Deep Database. I have very sensitive skin, so I have to be aware of what I am putting on it, and I would LOVE to be able to make more of my own beauty products. That’s why I’m so excited to be hosting this Natural Beauty Giveaway with some fabulous bloggers to help you on your DIY Beauty journey! One fabulous person will receive the following in their Beauty box! (Valued at over $120!) Organic Coconut Oil 5 ml bottle of Lavender Essential Oil Beeswax Shea Butter Jojoba Oil Epsom Salt Homemade Mommy’s Beauty Essential E-book Salve Jar Small Glass Jars What I love most about this giveaway is that you can make so many things with...
Roasted Balsamic Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Balsamic Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Before I talk about the recipe, let me go on a tangent. I always think very long and hard about what should go into a post. And I save it and come back to it several times usually. SOMETIMES I am able to just hammer it out. But it’s kind of like writing essays for school. Unless I am currently having a “stroke of genius”, I don’t automatically create things that I think are perfect. Hell, even when I do spend a lot of time on something, it’s a rare occasion for me to think it’s perfect and beyond the need of further improvements. But when I am working diligently on something, I often forget that I need to eat, and lose track of time, and get so laser-focused that I don’t even hear the outside world. (And that’s very different from my normal “attention span the size of a flea”, I assure you.) This happened to me yesterday when I was working on an advertising banner for my game. So when I come off of these work binges, I am really hungry for something that is either fatty or flavorful (usually both). And an awesome choice for this is roasted vegetables because I can binge-eat them and they’re still good for you. See how that was circular? It always comes back to the food with me! I made these morsels the other day. They’re very similar to the roasted brussels sprouts that I usually make, but the idea just came to me to add balsamic vinegar. It ended up being so tasty! They tasted salty and roasted and garlicky...
Impressive Eggplant Parmesan (with Homemade Marinara from Fresh Tomatoes)

Impressive Eggplant Parmesan (with Homemade Marinara from Fresh Tomatoes)

This is not an exact recipe. I forgot to keep track of how much of everything I was tossing in while I was doing it. So I am going to tell you WHAT to put in, and you decide how much! Add a little and taste! This is a seriously impressive dish. Made with fresh homemade marinara and fresh mozzarella. The only thing that could make it MORE impressive is if you grew the eggplant yourself. Or made your own breadcrumbs. Or pressed your own olives (okay, maybe not that one). I wasn’t going to add this recipe because it’s not really a set recipe, but then I decided to, because, actually, I think the best way to learn to cook is to experiment in the kitchen. Especially when you have guidelines. I’m not going to lie to you: it’s labor intensive. But it is NOT difficult! And it’s a forgiving recipe, so if you add too much of something it won’t hurt, or if you add too little, you can just add more. When I was making it I added too much honey and so I needed to add more salt. It’s all about adapting! Here’s the printable un-recipe: Impressive Eggplant Parmesan Recipe Type: Dinner Cuisine: Italian Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients 1 large eggplant 3 lbs tomatoes 1 normal sized carrot 1/2 red or white onion 3-4 garlic cloves 2 large sprigs fresh basil Dried oregano, parsley, allspice, salt, and pepper Honey 1 can 8oz tomato sauce 1 tablespoon tomato paste Italian breadcrumbs A tiny bit of parmesan cheese (optional) Mozzarella (preferably fresh) Olive oil Instructions ROAST...
Crockpot Nacho Dip and Homemade Chips

Crockpot Nacho Dip and Homemade Chips

I’m calling it nacho dip in the title, but this little treat is also known as “Stoner Dip”. That’s what I call it in real life. It’s super easy to make, hence the name, but I fancy it up and serve it for dinner. Because I’m lazy cool like that. Also, I just really like nachos. Here’s the pre-crock pot saute in action: I learned to make this when I lived with my dad as a teenager (go figure!). And you can pretty much put whatever you want in it! It’s fun to make it into Queso Blanco (I’ll instruct in the recipe card). But the main ingredients are American cheese (so Velveeta), jarred salsa (I like Mild Pace, but if you have it, go for any kind of salsa – just know the soupy salsa-y kind is best), and generally meat. I make it meatless, but again, I will instruct in the recipe card. Also, I’d like to mention that you can buy nacho chips and not make them. It’s the same concept. But I HAD them precut and frozen, ready to bake, so that’s what I did. Look at that! Add in some sour cream and some guacamole and you have a real fiesta! Here’s the printable recipe card. Crockpot Nacho Dip and Homemade Chips Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients For the Dip (This is how I made it, look to the notes for variations) 3/4 package of classic Velveeta 1 cup red salsa (any heat level) 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 red onion, diced 1 clove garlic, mined...