revitalize your hair with mayo

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is it cold where you’re at? It’s cold here by golly, but luckily enough we aren’t experiencing any winter weather like ice or snow. Sorry to those who are.

My skin has taken a beating from this weather. These past few days my lips have been so chapped they begin cracking. Yuck! I remembered hearing how honey and Vaseline are good things to help moisturize so I’ve been applying those regularly. This morning there has been a major improvement. Phew!

But what’s worse is my hair. It’s feeling dry, frizzy and just looking sad. 😦 I decided to whip up a quick mask for my hair and now it looks and feels so much better!

Here’s my recipe so your hair can enjoy it too.

mayo hair mask:

1 cup mayo
2 tbsp honey
Juice from one lemon

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to dry hair. It’s gonna be messy so I suggest doing this over a sink. It is super drippy, put a plastic grocery sack or shower cap over hair to catch any drips.

Let set for 10-20 minutes. Rinse out with lukewarm water. Shampoo and condition as normal.

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Are there any winter rituals that you have to keep that super dry skin and hair at bay?

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rolled sugar cookies + a pop of color

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ever get sugar cookies from somewhere that have that yummy chewy center that makes you want to eat a whole pan of them? I have. And you end up eating way more than you probably should. But that’s ok I’m not here to judge.

What I like best about these cookies are they are easy, cook fast and that sugar on the outside can be any color your little mind can dream up. I was doing a trial run for Valentines Day, so red sugar it was. Have you ever colored sugar before? I think it’s an excellent way to bring a pop of color to any simple dessert.

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To make colored sugar, put your sugar in a bowl, I prefer glass for this, and add drops of food coloring. I start with five drops then work with a spoon to squish that coloring around without it clumping. Continue adding and mixing until you achieve your desired color.

If you’re not using the sugar at the moment, it will need to be baked before stored so it doesn’t clump. To bake, spread colored sugar into thin layer on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

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rolled sugar cookies:

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
sugar, regular or color for rolling
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream granulated sugar and softened butter until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Slowly add dry mixture to sugar mixture until all thoroughly mixed.

Scoop out small ball of dough, form into ball and roll in sugar. Repeat to fill cookie sheet. My cookie sheet holds about 10-12 at a time.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350. Cool for a couple minutes before taking off the cookie sheet. This allows the cookies to set up. Finishing cooling on a cookie rack.

Enjoy!

twenty wishes for 2014

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yay for 2014! it’s almost February and people are either keeping up with their resolutions or given up for the year. Kassi and Kayli over at Truly Lovely started Twenty Wishes. It’s a compilation of twenty wishes and/or goals that you hope to accomplish at some point during the year. You can read all about the first year here.

This year the format is a little different as several of us blog friends will serve as co-hosts. Those ladies are Nay, Jessa, Kate, Sarah, Chrissy, Katie, Kristine, Marci and myself.

First you will write up your list of twenty wishes then link up here. Every month you follow up with your progress and link up you will be entered into that months giveaway hosted by one of us.

Here’s what I’m wishing for in 2014

1. Go on a weekend trip with the boys!
2. Get all of Bens baby things priced, tagged and sold. It’s starting to pile up.
3. Make Beef Bourguigion like Julia Child
4. Make a pegboard rack for my pots and pans.
5. Grow a fruit and vegetable garden.
6. Build the blog and learn more about design.
7. Buy a tent. And go camping!
8. Learn to shoot skeet & clay
9. Read three wholesome books cover to cover and review them.
10. Have a picnicesque dinner outside when it nice out.
11. Add to my family photo wall.
12. Stop drinking sodas and more water.
13. Lose some weight. Just a smidge. No specific number.
14. Use my wok. I bought it years ago and haven’t used it once.
15. Serve the homeless.
16. Paint our living room.
17. Save up an buy a tablet or laptop.
18. Visit the George Bush Presidental Center
19. Sew an article of wearable clothing on my machine.
20. Make and conquer those cutesy painted sugar cookies.

Also be sure to grab a button and add to your sidebar to serve as helpful reminder to link up each month.

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For this month’s giveaway Jessa of Life of a Sports Wife is giving away Ear Warmers from her shop, Pearls N Stitches!! We aren’t requiring you to follow anyone, the only mandatory entry is linking up to this party with your list of 20 wishes. BUT the more you do the more entries you’ll receive and I can personally promise you if you do follow, like, etc and of these awesome ladies you WILL NOT be disappointed!
So, link your wishes and enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway will end at midnight on February 12th. Can’t wait to see what you lovelies wish for!!!

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What are your 2014 wishes? Link up!

my mean green gregg juice

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Everyone is juicing. Or smoothieing. Have you bought the premade ones like Odwalla or Bolthouse Farms? Buying them is insane! I could suck one of those bad boys down in no time. So I decided I had to make my own.

Recipes are endless and pretty much whatever produce you can get. I like mine just a tad sweet to get over the veggie but not koolaid sweet.

my mean green gregg juice:

2 hearty handfuls of fresh spinach
2 cups fresh pineapple
5 strawberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup REAL apple juice

Put it all in a blender and liquefy!

Enjoy in a mason jar with cute straw!

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I don’t own a fancy juicer. I use a kitchenaid blender and found it liquefies just fine.

I also buy a lot of my produce at Aldi. My bag of spinach was 1.50
My pineapple was .99
My strawberries were on sale at Walmart.

So yes, you can juice for really next to nothing.

I also have a hard time with Ben sometimes eating fruits and veggies that are new to him. Let me tell you, he sucked his little cup of this down! Perfect way to get your kids to “eat” their fruits and veggies.

What kinda of fruits and veggies would you put in yours?

lemons: good for your disposal too

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one of the things I love most about the kitchen/pantry is how many things are so versatile. Home remedies for burns, dry hair, cleaning, dry skin and a million others. It’s also a good way to prevent yourself from wasting money.

My garbage disposal sees a lot of action. It also sees a lot of nasty, odor causing germs. Does yours?

I always keep lemons in my refrigerator. They are a little gem of mine. Once I use them for their juice, I simply scrape out the pulp. Turn your hot water until it’s good and steamy, dump your pulp down and run your disposal. All that citrus helps kill that bacteria plus leaving your sink smelling clean.

Another idea for good disposal cleaner? Baking soda. Pour a few tablespoons down then run the hot water. If I’m feeling the need I will do both lemon pulp and baking soda on the same cycle.

What are some of your favorite disposal odor remedies?

homemade meat sauce for your pasta

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Growing up, I’ll admit I was one of the pickiest eaters. when it came to eating vegetables I was the child sitting at the table all night long refusing to eat.

I’ve gotten better as I have gotten older, but when it comes to those mysterious chunks in my pasta sauce, count me out. I’ve tried tomatoes all ways, hate them. Same goes for onions. Over the years, I’ve put together an easy sauce that is sure to please the pickiest eaters. Even the kids!

homemade meat pasta sauce:

1 lb ground beef
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
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Brown ground beef in large skillet or pan. Drain fat.

Mix in tomato sauce and all remaining ingredients. Stir well.

Heat to a boil, cover and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

Serve over your choice of pasta. Enjoy!
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We also doing the same above but using Italian sausage to mix things up. Or if you’re eating meatless, just scrap the meat and make the tomato sauce.

What are the foods you just don’t eat?

white chicken chili

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Living in Texas, we haven’t had to really experience the harsh effects that the polar vortex is taking on the north. We just experience the roller coaster weather and this week is no different. It’s supposed to be 22 Friday morning and hopefully that chance of snow passes us by. Snow + Texas = things get chaotic.

Ben and I took advantage of the beautiful weather at the beginning of the week by playing outdoors and getting all our errands done. Now we are ready for hunkering down and enjoying playing inside.

To help get me in the mood for cold, I made a pot of white chicken chili for dinner. I found the recipe over here and am so glad I did. It was super delicious!

I had make to due as I forgot the green chilis, so I used chili powder and I don’t like the texture of onion so I used onion powder.

white chicken chili

2 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
3 boneless chicken breasts, cubed
salt and pepper
3 cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (3.5 oz) can green chilies
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 (32 oz) box chicken broth
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
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Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, garlic and chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onions become translucent and chicken is cooked through.

Add beans to pot along with chilies, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir, then add chicken broth. Bring all ingredients to boil. Add lime juice and cilantro. Simmer 15 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, cheese, avocado, tortilla chips or any other fitting garnish. Enjoy!!

What’s your favorite chili topping?
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The best part of this recipe is that it’s quick! I like quick when Ben isn’t having the best of days.

His birthday is coming up and I am beyond excited for it. And then Valentines Day shortly after that. Ben and I have a couple of little Valentines Day surprises were making plus all the other yummy treats I have planned.

What’s your favorite Valentines Day treat?