Dry Skin Remedy

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So, I recently got this Ulta order, which included a ton of free samples.......

     I bought the masks, NYX Butter lipstick and the kabuki brush; The rest was a big makeup bag of free samples, some of which are full or travel sized, that I got with a promo code. The best thing about Ulta is the free samples, they often have promo codes for freebies or great deals. The Freemen masks were buy one get one free which is why I got so many. Also Ebates is a fantastic resource   that always has all available promo codes, or sales for most every website, Ulta included, plus if you sign up you get cash back for all your purchases. 
Buy makeup ----> Get cash back.....thats a win/win!

     Anyway, its winter here in Michigan and my hands have been so dry lately. Painful, cracking and itchy. Every lotion I tired around the house wasn't cutting it, either it made it worse and burned or it was too thin and didn't work at all. Then a serendipitous thing happened. In my Ulta free samples was this:

Le Couvent Des Minimes: Gardner's Hand Healer.....$19.00 at Ulta. Let me tell you it is amazing! My hands immediately felt soft like satin. It stopped all the pain and itching as well as took away most of the redness. There was no stinging either, just immediate relief! I am certainly going to order the full size when this trial runs out. It has almost a 5 star rating at Ulta with the only real complaint being that its a bit pricy. Which, well I'm willing to pay for something that works this good and a little bit goes a long way. This is now my go to dry skin healer! Hopefully it helps someone out there reading this too.  Hooray for free sample finds!  

A Revamp is Coming in 2015

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A lot has changed! Check back for new posts and a new look soon! 
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The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

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My garden produced some massive zucchinis the year and I had to make use of them. I have been searching for a really amazing zucchini bread recipe for some time, but it seems like every one I tried I didn't end up liking. So I finally wised up and asked my Hubby's Grandmother for her recipe. Duh, Grandma recipes are always the best! The thing that surprised me was that instead of butter this recipe called for oil. After trying it I can honestly say it is the BEST zucchini bread ever!!! 

Grandma's Best Zucchini Bread

Step 1: Grate that zucchini. (You need 2 cups)

Step 2: Combine
            3 Eggs 
            1 C Oil
            2 C Granulated Sugar
            2 tsp Vanilla 
            2 C Grated Zucchini 

Step 3: Mix With
          3 C Flour 
          1 tsp Baking Soda
          1 tsp Cinnamon 
          1/4 tsp Baking Powder
          1 C Nuts or Raisins (Optional, I didn't add them) 

Step 4: Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour (a toothpick should come out of the center clean and the edges should looks golden) 

This is addictive like can't stop eating it, someone take this from me good! Try it out I guarantee that you wont be disappointed. 

Pin Up Maternity Photo Shoot

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Its been almost a year since these photos were taken and my little monster is going to be a year old in a few short weeks. I can't believe it.  I love the all things pin up (surprise) and my Pinterest was dotted with examples of vintage style photos. I decided what the heck and went for a pin-up maternity photo theme & I couldn't have been happier with the result. Don't ask how I wore those heels, that is a deal made between the devil and I haha! (No seriously I thought my feet were going to fall off) Our amazing and talented photographer friend Kaiti McDonough, took the photos & I can never thank her enough for taking what I considered such a uncomfortable, and unpretty time and turning it into a time I felt most beautiful! 

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