Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas

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I was given one of these clay masks complimentary for testing purposes from

You can find out more information on the masks and the company from the following places, ,,

These natural bamboo fabric masks are infused with specially sourced clays, are 99% natural with powerful and natural ingredients, and are designed to be used as part of your weekly skincare regime. They are easy to apply and are all suitable for combination, normal, and oily skin.

Dead Sea Mud Spa "To cleanse skin. With Cloudberry (to soothe, protect, and heal, high in nutrients), Red Grape (anti-oxidant to protect skin from damaging free radicals), and Glacial Clay (to cool, rehydrate, and deep clean pores, removing impurities)."

Glacial Clay Spa "To cleanse and help thirsty skin. With Dead Sea Mud (to draw out impurities and open blocked pores), Dead Sea Salt (to heal), Seaweed (to moisturize, revitalize, and firm skin), and Kelp (with vitamins and minerals to nourish and moisturize skin, regenerate cells, and help anti-aging)."

Red Earth Clay Spa "To deep cleanse. With Pomegranate (for healing, and anti-oxidant rich, protecting skin from damaging free radicals), Cinnamon (for natural anti-bacterial properties), and Mediterranean Clay (to detox and draw out impurities and excess oil)."

They are very reasonably priced at 2.49. I loved my mask. It felt great and really improved my skin. It was tingly and refreshing and helped my face regain some of that natural glow that I had in the Summer that has gone from the harsh winters we've been having and lack of sun. I would give this a thumbs up and totally recommend trying it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics

I was chosen to test the sunkissed vox box by Influenster. I was super excited to be able to participate. We've been overseas for the last 3 years and just recently returned to the states and I was really looking forward to getting back into blogging and being apart of influenster again.

These ouchless Ribbon Elastics were apart of the box and I am so glad they were. I hadn't heard of them before and was super excited to try them. I normally don't put my hair up a lot because I get headaches from using hairbands. I didn't get my hopes up for these because normally I just toss hairbands because they bunch up, break, or cause headaches. I tried one and threw my hair up for a day at the pool with my kiddos and to my surprise at the end of the day I still had it in and no headaches and I got tons of compliments. I highly recommend these to my fellow headache sufferers as a cute fashionable way to throw your hair up. You can wear one and look cute or use a few different colors for a adorable and unique look.

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About the product:

*Soft, stretchy material that looks beautiful on the wrist or in the hair

* From America’s #1 elastics brand, Goody® Ouchless®

* Unique knot style hair ties are perfect for personalizing or dressing up your look.

You can find more out about these cute accessories and all their other products by going to

I did receive these hair bands complimentary for testing & review purposes from

All opinions are 100 percent my own. Would love to hear your thoughts =D

Friday, June 28, 2013

Coming Home

If any of you have followed me for a while or are friends and family you will know my family and I spent the last 3 years in Belgium due to my husband's service in the United States Air Force. I would be lying if I said I loved our time over there. I am just not a fan of traveling or being in the unfamiliar. I love my country and lets be honest, I love convenience. You don't get that a lot over there. We did get to meet some fantastic people while there and got to do some neat things and that is awesome.

My husband called me one night from work and let me know we had orders. He was hesitant I could tell at first, to tell me where we were going. It turned out we had orders to Fort Bragg/Pope AAF. He was not happy about this because this was actually his first assignment and he spent 6 years here prior and he hated it here. I told him not to stress it. It would be totally different now that he has a family and we will be together and that is all that mattered. I had to keep an open mind because I was tired of being in the negative. Belgium just broke me honestly as a person and I was miserable all the time and I couldn't live that way anymore and I didn't want the boys to see me like that. So I went into this expierence with a whole new out look on things. For one it wasn't Belgium, two we would be in the country we love, three there are so many more opportunities here, and four it isn't Belgium haha.

We had quite the ordeal getting home. We basically had no choice in flying home because Brussels airlines wouldn't fly our dogs out. So we had to take Germany and go out of Ramstein AB. We got stuck there for a couple of days due to delays. We finally got out of there and because we had to connect in Baltimore we had to stay there an extra day because we had already missed our connection due to delays and they didn't have another flight to Raleigh for a few days. Then we get to the airport finally going to North Carolina and they tell us they can't fit our German Shepherd on the plane going into Fayetteville NC. It was to small a plane I guess. So they booked us on a flight to Raleigh NC that could accommodate his XL kennel. Relief! I was going to go into all out panic mode. We'd been traveling so I was already stressed and I was going to lose it. Luckily the manage of Delta understood and spared no expense on Delta's dime getting us home. So finally we get to Raleigh and we just rented a SUV and drove to Fayetteville our selves. They were going to drive us down but I just said forget it we will drive our selves.

We have been in the process of buying/building a home here. We decided we didn't want to live in Base housing any more after our nightmare experiences with that and that it was time to just buy. It was going to save us a massive amount of money and we wouldn't be told what to do by some company. We also would be investing in something instead of just flushing rent down the toilet every month. We were in the hotel on Pope AAF for a month and 7 days. It was decent we had 4 bedrooms and a decent kitchen and the boys had other children to play with. It was a pain driving them 30 minutes back and forth every day to the school they were going to but we wanted to have them in the school they would be going to when we eventually got in our house.

We finally closed on the house and we love every minute of it. Well minus all the deposits you have to pay to get all the electricity and water and trash turned on but it's all part of the home owning experience. We chose not to live in Fayetteville because of all the crime that is around so we live a little way away from the base and I am glad we made that decision. The day after we closed on our home, my boys and I went to Georgia for 2 weeks to visit my parents and sisters. So we just finally got back and I am working on unpacking boxes and trying to make my home, a home. I should be back to baking, cooking, and coming up with new recipes once I get everything settled.

I hope to have some new recipes up very soon including the banana split cake that I love and is my favorite thing to eat for the moment. I also am going to continue Friday Favorites. I am really excited about being back in the states. Thanks for following along on my baking adventures.

Here are a few pictures of our life along the way they include first haircuts in the states, house progress as it was being built, yummy cupcakes and dessert, fire ant bites, adorable puppies, and just shenanigans.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Spicy Enchiladas

I am a huge Enchilada fan. I love Mexican food and so does my husband. My kids just don't know what's good and they don't like anything but popcorn chicken so their opinion doesn't count in this.

The original recipe calls for avocado and I am not a fan so I skipped that and I really ended up changing a lot of the recipe. So my version is below and the original version is linked below if any one is interested.

Please excuse the crappy pictures. It gets really dark in Belgium early and the lighting in the house is not the greatest. Really looking forward to moving to the states where our next house is going to have impeccable lighting I am making sure of it.

Bonus! The left overs heat up really well and taste amazing.

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This bad boy has a pound of cheese! When I say it is amazing, please believe me haha!

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Spicy Enchiladas my recipe
Inspired from The Novice Chef's Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas


for the sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
1 Jalapeno pepper, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red or green pepper, minced
2 tbsps flour
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup medium salsa
1/2 cup fat free sour cream or greek yogurt

for the enchiladas:
3 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 lb Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
1 small yellow onion, chopped
8-10 flour tortillas


1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Heat the butter on high in a sauce pan. Then saute garlic & both kinds of peppers for a minute. Then add the flour and stir constantly for about 2 mins. Then add in your chicken stock, cumin, salt, & pepper and bring to a boil. Gently stir in salsa and sour cream or greek yogurt.

3. Pour a little sauce in the bottom of the pan about 1/2 cup. I don't like my Enchiladas super saucy so you could put a little more if you like.

4. Fill your tortillas with chicken, cheese, & onion (you can omit if you don't like onion). Place in the pan and continue on until pan is full. Then pour as much or as little of the sauce as you like on top of the filled tortillas then use whatever cheese you have left and put on top and bake for 20 mins.

For the best results DO NOT buy bag cheese! Buy the cheese in blocks and shred yourself. It always melts the best. Enjoy the cheesy goodness! It pairs well with chips and salsa or a salad.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

3 layer Banana Cake

Moist... it's just not a word I like to use. It just I don't know quite how to explain my hatred of that word. There just is no other word to describe this delicious cake! It is super ..moist.. and just so good. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect compliment to this cake.

I made this cake for my 27th Birthday. I don't order cakes from bakeries here because the Belgians are huge on like pastry cake piled with lots of fruit. They are delicious but for my birthday I wanted cake, good old fashioned cake piled on with loads of yummy frosting. I also am a baker so that means I am super picky. So I decided none of my friends should deal with my serious obsession with food and worry about what I would like, commissary cake was not happening, and my husband can't bake to save his life.. poor guy lol. So I decided to make my first 3 layer cake. I am so glad that I did. We went out and had Indian food at Ashoks. If you ever find yourself in Belgium in the Mons area please do yourself a fantastic favor and look up Ashoks. The atmosphere is not only so inviting and authentic but the food is fantastic. The chef himself came out and checked on us quite a few times and gave ice cream to our friend's little boy.

I topped my cake with lots of sprinkles to celebrate turning 27 and my oldest son Jakob photo bombed the cake picture, it just makes it that much better.




3 Layer Banana Cake by The Novice Chef modified by me


3/4 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
4 oz non sweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup mashed over ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)

For the frosting:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 (12 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
5 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla, sour cream and applesauce. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in banana mixture.

Divide batter (about 2 1/2 cup batter in each pan) into prepared pans. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and immediately place in freezer for 45 minutes. (This keeps the cake moist by immediately stopping the baking so the cake does not continue to bake when you remove it form the oven.)

For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese & cinnamon until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Assemble the 3 layers with a thick layer of frosting in between each layer. Then apply a thin crumb coat on the top and sides. Pop back in the freezer to harden the crumb coat for about 10 minutes. Then apply a thick even layer around the outside of the cake.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken & Noodles

We all have them, those days where you don't have enough arms, legs, time, etc. etc. You need to feed the family a savory & filling meal. I use my crock pot all the time. I think next to my food processor it's my most used appliance. I could go on and on about my crock pot. It's true love I tell ya.

Today was one of those days. The husband had a huge meeting and my youngest son had a doctor appointment. Basically we left house at 10 and didn't get home until 4. So before I left the house I threw this easy, delicious meal in the crockpot. It was well worth the few extra steps I went through!

Excuse the crappy lighting in my house. We don't get a lot of natural light in the house and lets face it, the weather in Belgium is most of the time cloudy and rainy.


Excuse all my cheese =P

Original recipe found at Eat your heart out


4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
½ teaspoons Black Pepper
1 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Low Fat Milk
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Sugar
½ teaspoons (heaping) Garlic Powder
½ cups Reduced Fat Sour Cream
½ cups Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
¼ cups Flour


Cut the chicken into strips or bite-size chunks. Place in the bottom of the slow cooker; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together chicken broth, milk, cornstarch, sugar and garlic powder. Pour over the chicken.

Cover the crockpot and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or low heat for 7-8 hours.

Then, in a separate bowl, combine sour cream, Greek yogurt and flour until smooth. Stir this into the cooked chicken mixture and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes until thickened.

Taste for seasoning, adding more salt as necessary. Serve hot over egg noodles or even rice.

* You can use all sour cream or even all Greek yogurt instead of halving them if you prefer.

* You can add veggies in this like peas, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, whatever floats your boat. We just paired our dinner with a salad and called it good.

** I did something almost totally different with this recipe. When it came time to mix the sourcream/yogurt mixture, I put it all in a big pot on the stove and let it boil for a bit to make it less watery. It came out fantastic and really incorporated everything together nicely. If you want to do this, this is the time I would add any veggies and let simmer for about 20 mins **

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Coffee Talk: Happy New Year


1. It's 2013! What will be the first thing you do that is memorable?

Hmm... that is seriously a tough one. Honestly I think it will be when I go to DisneyLand Paris with my family and momma (yes I still say momma and mommy, I spend a lot of time in the south =P ). We are PSCING soon after that ( can I get a Halleluiah?).

2. It's also income tax season... what do you plan on doing with all of that $$$?

Nothing very fun, well we are moving to Pope Army Air Field/Fort Bragg so we need that money to move, we need furniture since having 2 small children is not conducive to keeping what you have nice, & try to find a small junker for Jason to go from work to home in.

3. What are your 2012 pros/cons?


My husband put on E6
My husband lost a bunch of weight
My mom came to Belgium to visit
We made a bunch of new friends
The boys got the teachers we wanted for the 2012 school year
My cupcake business really picked up
We traveled a bit


My son got locked on a bus for 3 and a half hours in the snow and no one could find him
My best friend moved ( the joys of being a military spouse)
We still didn't find a good church
It didn't really snow much..
I am sure there are more but I can't think of them right now.

4. What are you looking forward to this year?

We are moving to North Carolina & buying our very first home! We are more than excited! I will be 6 hours from home and my mom and dad so that is freaking fantastic!

5. What was your favorite movie, CD album, book of 2012?

Hmm that is really tough..

Movie: The Hobbit. Freaking fantastic. If you have not seen it, you're missing out.
CD: The new Maroon 5 CD hands down, I Itunesed it.. yup new word itunesed
Book: The Hunger Games, nothing else compares. I have been disappointed in the rest of the books I've read because nothing else adds up for me to their awesomeness.
TV Show: hmmmmm Downtown Abbey of course. I just love British Drama what can I say.