Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kitchen Beauty Gems

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Did you know you have great skincare products in your kitchen?! My bet is you have at least 2 of these
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image source: Samsung


Click below to see what gems are in your fridge!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mani Monday

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NYC-Purple Pizzazz Frost


Used: 3 coats
Bonus: Rite-Aid is currently having a 40% off sale on the NYC polishes!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thank you!

Pin It Hey guys! I just wanted to write a quick thank you for those of you who view my blog and and 're-pin' my posts! I've just added a FOLLOW BUTTON to the right-hand side of my blog which I didn't figure out until now (lol!!) or you can click here so that it's easier to be notified when I make new posts, I'd love if you guys followed and kept up with me ;)

Anyway, it honestly makes my day when you guys 're-pin' a post and especially when you leave COMMENTS here on my blog! <3


Please continue to do so! =) I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving day! Thanks for viewing!!!


See you guys soon! <3 Kelly

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Did You Know: An Apple A Day

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..Keeps The Doctor Away & Keeps Your Skin Looking Young..

Can you tell I love fruit?!

Vitamins C, A and E- Citrus fruits, strawberries and many other fruits contain these vitamins which are important antioxidants that protect your body from the damage.

Phytonutrients- The pigments that make blueberries blue, rasperberries and cranberries red are called phytonutrients: powerful antioxidants that protect your body against cancer-causing radicals. They may also slow down the effects of aging!


The Brain- Studies have shown that a diet high in fruit can help prevent many of the symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer's and other deteriorating conditions of the brain.

strawberries have always been a favorite of mine


The USDA recommends at least five servings of fruit in your daily diet.
Tips to make it happen:
  1. Add fruit to breakfast cereal.
  2. Prepare fruit salads to last few days.
  3. Find recipes that contain fruit.
  4. Smoothies!(I make these at home all the time!) Check out a great fat burning recipe here and a good energy boosting smoothie here


** Fruit has also been shown to refresh the face, eliminate black spots, and smooth the skin.
Want to learn how to make your own facial toner using fruit in your fridge? Click here

<3 Kelly

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Festivities To Try This Week!

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(img source:weather.com)
Is everyone excited for Thanksgiving Break this week?! I am..I'll admit I'm much more of a Christmas person and began putting up a few lights and snowglobes out a few weeks ago lol! But because the rest of you guys probably dont skip straight to Christmas like I do lol I put together a list of a few fun activities you can do over the break.


Get Moving:
For most people holidays mean A LOT of food. Make sure during this time you try to stay active a few times a week.

Manicure:
Whether you like to go to nail salons or treat yourself to a mini-pamper session at home. Treating yourself to a manicure is a great activity. You can check out some of my fall Mani-Monday's here and here.

Spoil Your Skin:
Fall means weather changes. Make sure you're giving your skin and lips some extra TLC. Check out my First Impression of a great balm here

Be Thankful:
There are so many things to be thankful for EVERY SINGLE DAY! During the holidays we're more open with our gratitude, take a moment to think about things that are going right for you. Here's a few simple ones we can all agree on..
I'm thankful for the dirty dishes because it means we have food to eat...
I'm thankful for the electric bill because it means we have electricity ..

Monday, November 19, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons, Use Them As A Toner

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Tip of the Day: Lemon Juice as a Toner
 

How many of us have spent anywhere from $5-$20+ on facial toners? I love things you can repurpose. Not only can you add to your tea, bake, and cook with lemons but they're a great and inexpensive alternative to pricey facial toners.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What's for Dinner?

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Hi guys here's another lovely visual post, what's for [COMPLETLY HOMEMADE] dinner at the 'Keep Up with Kelly" household
 
roasted vegetables, peppers, fettuccine w/shrimp in a garlic sauce, french (wheat) bread

 
I'll usually have something with tofu or vegetables since I don't eat any meat(which means no eggs or seafood either!) however my meals aren't as fun to look at lol <3

See you guys soon!


Monday, November 12, 2012

First Impression: Sugar Lip Treatment

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Sephora's Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment w/ SPF 15
(Image from Sephora)

First things first, I have always hated chapstick!! You couldn't pay me to wear chapstick, carmex, burts bees, etc!! I feel that they tend to flake, I never like the scent, that make my lips feel weird and u have to re-apply them all the time!! *breathes* I love this product and have been using it for a while now. I was irritated when I first got it as my "free gift," because I wanted a shower gel instead and in fact didn't touch it for a while haha because I really had my heart set on that gel! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's for Dinner?

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Home made fries(cut and seasoned potatoes myself), homemade lemon breaded tilapia

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nail of the Day: Shattered

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Black & Gold

Using the same high gloss black I wrote about here , I added some spark by applying one of OPI's shatter glosses.
Taken at night with flash.
  Used: 1 coat black, 1 coat OPI
Color: Very high gloss black, OPI Gold Shatter
 
Click below to read more about great pricing and application..

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nails of the Day: Fall Color

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Sation Nail Lacquer

Used: 2 coats
Color: Garnet Red: Perfect for fall. Part of the Sation Bold collection.
Facts: This picture was taken outside in natural lighting, without flash. Indoors with 2-3 coats it is more of a deep burgandy/wine color.

Good To Know: It's Toluene, Formaldehyde & Phthalate free

Find out what that mean's for your health after the jump

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake (CAKE!)

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(top image via starbucks)
 
For those of you who love the lemon loaf from Starbucks seen above, I've made a duplicate! Only instead of using a bread pan (partially because I didn't have one) and partially because if you love lemon(lemon loaf) then you'd want bigger slices anyway, I made it into a cake!


Click 'read more' below to get the recipe

Monday, October 29, 2012

Makeup Monday: 3 Ways to Clean Your Brushes

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If you want your brushes to last you need to clean them properly; to clean your brushes properly you need to wash them. This is one of the most important things to do and tends to be the most overlooked. Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, think of how many times you have touched it to your face to the product of choice and vice versa over and over, and how much bacteria is on your face daily because of the natural elements we're exposed to and the oil it produces.
 
Read more about how to clean your brushes after the jump..

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simple Ways to Relax

Pin It I wanted to share some simple things we can do to lift our moods on days you may be feeling down. These take little to no time at all and don't cost a thing, so when you need a boost in spirits try these:

  • Take a shower. Wash the bad day away. Years ago I made it a habit to shower with a few candles lit, it is so incedibly relaxing, and conserves energy! 
  • Eat healthy. Fat, & junk food filled foods make us tired and lazy. Opt for a smoothie, some fruit, or granola to keep your body fueled.
  • Get moving. Exercise in the privacy of your home or take a quick walk. You can even get light exercise from gardening, and cleaning.
  • Get some sun/fresh air. This goes with the above. I like to go in my backyard for a few moments, sweep, check on the plants, etc. I'm also a huge fan of natural light. I'm always saying that gloomy days make me exhausted so on sunny days I make sure to open the blinds and let the light in, it instantly brightens my spirits.
  • Spend the afternoon baking. This works for me, I've included one of my dishes below. =)

  • Browse your favorite websites. Of course this is one my favs lol.
  • Take a deep breath. Calm yourself down and de-stress.
  • Fill a room with fresh flowers. Whenever I have flowers I'm happy each time I look at them, they add some color and brighten up the room.
  • Play with your pet. They love you unconditionally, show them the same.

Do you have any instant mood lifters? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Other Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

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In your medicine cabinet I'm sure most of you have rubbing alcohol just taking up space. Occasionally used to clean wounds/cuts as it kills germs and bacteria there are many other uses.
 
 
Click below to read more

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Tip

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Here's a quick and easy wellness reminder!                                       

                                    Eat Less Crap: 

                                          C-carbonated drinks
                                          R-refined sugars
                                          A-artificial sweeteners& colors
                                          P-processed foods

                                   Eat More Food

                                         F-fruits & veggies
                                         O-organic lean protein
                                         O-omega 3 fatty acids
                                         D-drink water

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mani Monday

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Used: 2 coats
Color: Very high gloss black
Facts: I have owned many black polishes it's actually one of my favorite colors, and in my opinion, unless it has a shimmer to it, the nail color is standard. Therefore for my readers on a budget you can make the decision of purchasing any black be it a shade by MAC, OPI, or Wet n'Wild or even the polishes  found at your local dollar store! Just make sure to throw on a base coat and top coat and you're good to go =)
 
Click 'read more' below for info on where I've been!

Monday, October 8, 2012

First Impression: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

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Makeup Monday: Mineralize Me!
 
My First Impression of MAC's "Mineralize Skinfish Natural," or MSFN(including photos & swatches).
 
I went to the counter knowing my shade, my desired effect, the prices, my top choice (MSFN), and MOST IMPORTANTLY, not wanting to be sold things I wasn't there for LOL. I was looking for a setting powder similar to one of my other favs by a different brand that I wasn't willing to spend over $40 on, it needed to be light coverage, non-dewy, and photo well. My research and the clerk both agreed my best bet would be the Mineralize SkinFinish.
 
But we all know, research is one thing, taking it home and trying it out is another...

For more photos and pictures follow the jump!
 



Friday, October 5, 2012

Fashion Friday- OOTD!

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Outfit of the Day - HEAT WAVE!

Please excuse the lighting in my closet =)

We've been experiencing a heat-wave the last few months. I don't know about the rest of you but when my car is telling me it's 100* I'm far from a fan of that weather, and do everything in my power to stay inside, stay hydrated, and stay cool!

This particular day there were mandatory errands to run(this picture was taken over a weekend). So, live from my closet is a quick OOTD! I love off the shoulder tops, camis always come in handy, and who doesn't love accessories?!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Low Cal Energy Boost

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Fast and delicious way to get vitamins & minerals.
 

All you need is a blender and the following ingredients:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Tip: Make Your Mascara Last Longer

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Make Your Mascara Last Longer
 

Ingredients:
2) Contact Solution
 
How/Why it Works: Safely moistens dry mascara allowing you to use your tube longer
 
The saline does evaporate so continue use as needed. It doesn't matter what brand of mascara or saline you use, get your money's worth!

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Tip!

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6 Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide
 
 
  1. Clean your counters with peroxide to kill germs & add a fresh smell
  2. Do the same after rinsing your wooden cutting board (kills salmonella and other bacteria)
  3. Laundry: Add a cup to your 'whites' in lieu of bleach (some people use in addition to bleach) to whiten whites
  4. Natural highlights: Spray a 50/50(water & HP mixture) on wet hair after a shower, comb through for gradual lightening
  5. Mix with baking soda to form an inexpensive DIY whitening toothpaste
  6. Soak/wash vegetables to kill bacteria and neutralize chemials
There are many more suggested uses and theories as to the benefits of hydrogen peroxide, the above are some I've found to be tried and true!
 
Bacteria Neutralization Info Soure: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Monday, September 24, 2012

Mani Monday

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Today I experienced the wonderful moment you go to update 'Mani Monday' and realize the label is no longer on your polish.  :(
 
This is one of my favorite pinks which you can often find on my toes, but beyond telling you I love it as there's no label let's talk about how to REMOVE polish from something important other than your nails ! ;)
 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Puppy Haul ! =)

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Puppy Haul!
 
Make sure you read to the end for special pics/cameo! ;)

Our little man needed some new things to keep him occupied. As cute and cuddly as we all THINK they are, they can turn into little monsters without something to focus their energy and attention. :-/



The first thing I purchased was a new bed. One night he decided to make a head-hole(that's right a hole he could stick his head through) in his old bed, so he was in need of a new one.

 
He gave it a tail wag up (get it, like a thumbs up!) LOL..I don't have a link for you guys but here's a VERY COOL BED for those of you with bigger pups
 
Want to see what else we got him, click to follow the jump!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Tip !

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Do You Have a Wooden Spoon?
 
 
Use a wooden spoon to prevent your water from over-boiling!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mani Monday

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Happy Monday polish fiends!
 
While I've been enjoying, or not so much enjoying the past week and a 1/2 of dentist visits which sadly is continued later today I thought I'd share my current favorite color..

 


Used: 2 Coats

It's a coral/melon color from Wet n' Wild's "Shine" Collection. Though summer's coming to an end(in 5 days) it's a nice vibrant coral that I plan to continue wearing during fall.

Good To Know: It's Toluene, Formaldehyde & Phthalate free

Find out what that mean's for your health after the jump

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Family Lunch

Pin It Hi Guys! I had my father over for lunch yesterday and thought I'd share some pics of the food I made! (all homemade as usual) ! <3

Salad, Roasted Chicken, French Bread

 
He made a homemade cheesecake. The top is a little more browned than usual but I was still very excited he made one!
 
Interested in seeing a few more dishes I've made this week?
 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Other Ways to Use a Toothbrush

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A toothbrush is definately considered one of my 'staple' tools, not only for keeping those 'pearly whites,' white, but they can be used for makeup, hair, around the house etc. Here's a few ways you can use yours:


 
1. Flatten flyaways ( hair)
2. Exfoliate chapped lips (beauty)
3. Clean grout & shower corners(household)
4. Grooming eyebrows (beauty)
5. Clean appliance vents (household)
 

Obviously you don't want to use the one you brush your teeth with ;) so make sure to pick one up here or at your local store.

Vegetarian Options!

Pin It Hi guys! So this post is kind of random BUT we went grocery shopping yesterday, and I've noticed regular chains (i.e. NOT Trader's Joes, Whole Foods, etc) are finally starting to up their vegetarian options beyond frozen veggie burgers! :)


 


 
By far the best tomato I've ever seen lol!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Grow Green Year 'Round

Pin It For those of you that love to cook, and love the flavor green onions adds here's a quick way on how to 1) Save $ on your grocery bill; 2) Quickly grow your own.


Nails of the Day

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NYX   Maui Sunrise

Outdoors View (Natural Light)
 
Used: 2 coats
Beautiful Medium Pink with gold shimmer
One of my new favorities!
 
Polish does not leave streaks and great for those of you watching your budget at less than $3. You can get yours here

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Eggless / Milkless-Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

Pin It For those allergic to eggs or milk, or you simply don't like or eat either for one reason or another these are great, fluffy, and quick to make!

 
mmm!!
 

Fast Dry Those Fingertips

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If you're like me, you paint your nails and almost immediately start doing EVERYTHING else and they end up smudged...
 
Or you're as careful as can be and they still end up smudged anyway! :(
 
For quick nail drying, submerge both your hands in water for 3-4 minutes
 ( I use the sink so I don't have to do any unecessary dishes)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mani Monday!

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I'm back !! Things have been very busy lately but I'm back just in time for a "Nail of the Day/ Mani-Monday!

1. Start with a white base and let dry
2. Lay a piece of scotch tape diagonally across your nail and paint any color you'd like! Voila, beautiful nails a little different from your 'solid color!'

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Make it Yourself: Fat Burning Smoothie

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 I decided to try something a little different in my smoothie today, SPINACH!
AND you can't taste it at all! (bananas mask the taste)

I used "Fresh Selections" though you can use any type and I often switch it up 

BONUS: The combination of strawberries, spinach and bananas are referred to as a great "fat burning" smoothie, as the ingredients aid in digestion and are healthy sources of essential nutrients.

Want to make it yourself? Keep reading below..

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mousey Monday

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I used to love the "Disney Channel" and everything related to it when I was a kid!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Tip

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  • Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and mineral, fiber, and other substances important for good health.
  • Most fruits and vegetables are filling and low in calories & fat.
  • Both fruits and vegetables contain many antioxidants that help protect the body against oxidant stress, diseases, and help develope and boost immunity
  • The high levels of fiber help keep your digetive system healthy and toned. *If you're vegan or vegetarian like me, make sure you're eating vegetables in order to get the protein you're lacking elsewhere.
    First of all, it is proven that vegetables contain a number of antioxidants that may help to stop certain cancers from forming in the body.
    These antioxidants like vitamin C also help the body to repair after long bouts of stress and illness and help to protect the body in the future. Tomatoes, for example, include lycopene which can even help to protect your eyes from sight problems.

    Read more about antioxidants by 24 Hr Fitness


Nails Of The Day

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Wet n' Wild -Sparked

Sunday, July 22, 2012

DIY: Baking Soda Uses

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Beauty:
For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub.  Make a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub in a circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Rinse. Gentle enough for daily use!
**Enhance by including 1 part ground oatmeal.  Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed.
Laundry:
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry, it helps remove grease stains from clothing & can keep whites whiter.
Deodorizing:
  1. Place an open box of baking soda in your refridgerator to absorb smells
  2. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on top of the trash.
  3. Cleaning:
  1. Scour the sinks **May add vinegar to improve the shine of stainless steel
  2. Bathtub-instead of using harsh cleaning products **Really good for smaller bathrooms with less ventilation

What are some of your favorite uses for baking soda?