Let’s make the house smell like Christmas!

What a neat idea to make your house smell yummy for the holidays, by boiling different herbs and spices together. I’m going to try this tomorrow!

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What you’ll need:
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
3 tangerines, halved
2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell.
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 inch piece fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 small branch fresh pine
1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
water

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot. Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed. I let mine simmer for close to 4 hours and then let it cool over night and simmer again the next day. Just be sure to keep adding more water.

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Makes a great rustic centerpiece for the dinner table as well. Maybe it will even taste good when you’re done using it What do you think of this idea?

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The Honest Company

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The dry, harsh desert winter can do a number on the skin, which is why these staples make a great, simple gift for the holidays.

Our partnership with The Honest Company has allowed us to to really appreciate all that it has to offer. Being so busy, it’s great to purchase all of our toiletries with just a click of a button.

With no harsh chemicals, we can now keep our little’s one’s skin baby soft and supple.

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Right now, the honest company is offering a free trial ($5.00 for shipping and handling) on your choice of 1 of 3 bundles.

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Just go to www.thehonest.com and get started on your free trial!

btw, here is a list of toxic ingredients found in household cleaning products if you’re into that kind of thing..

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Cozy winter sweaters

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I could literally sleep in this ensemble. And while we’re at it, I want this for Christmas too!

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Have a beautiful (relaxing) weekend

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Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. We are going out to eat tonight and then might head over to L.A. for Thanksgiving with family. I really want to make this cheesecake, it looks so delicious, but would be nice to have someone else cook!

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some painting done in between.

In the meantime, here are some interesting posts from around the web:

Fed up with bad news? This traveling couple has the solution.

32 insanely cool makeup tricks.

Add some global zest to your Thanksgiving.

Food can make you high? What!

Consider shopping locally for Black Friday.

See you soon!

ght and then might head over to L.A. for Thanksgiving with family. I really want to make this cheesecake, it looks so delicious!

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some painting done in between.

In the meantime, here are some interesting posts from around the web:

Fed up with bad news? This traveling couple has the solution.

32 insanely cool makeup tricks.

Add some global zest to your Thanksgiving.

Food can make you high? What!

Consider shopping locally for Black Friday.

See you soon!

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Banksy does New York

Have you seen the recent documentary about Banksy on HBO recently? Well, if you haven’t, I think you would enjoy it if you’re into art. Banksy Does New York, chronicles the incognito artist as people learn of his residency in New York, which sets off waves of fans to scavenge his work daily for 31 days.

The coolest thing to me about Banksy is his usage of the environment to set political, social, environmental and even economical satirical messages in graffiti executed street art. It really is cool and unfortunately didn’t see any of his work, walking around New York, but some lucky onlookers actually got to take some of his work home for the keeping, including this sphinx instillation found in a by a local shop owner in Queens.

No one knows who Banksy is and apparently his stencils belong to everyone. All we know is that he or she is a London based politcal activist, painter, graffiti artist and film director. Here is some  famous work done by the elusive artist.

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Drug store cosmetics haul

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Last night I went to the drug store for a few things and ended up with more than I intended to get (baby wipes and light bulbs). On the upside, I found alot of cool beauty products that are really effective as opposed to more expensive brands. I bought:

- Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Great for those with curly, kinky or dry hair that needs moisture and it smells soooo good!

- Botanic’s Brightening Skin Care Line-Left my skin smooth, brighter, and exceptionally brighter considering the cold, dry weather conditions outside.

- Dr. Teals Therapeutic Solutions Body Oil

- Townhouse french vanilla body mist and hand cream

- Boots Expert Anti-blemish Serum

- L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara (This is an oldey that I still love. Elongates sans the clumping!)

-Patti DuBroff lipgloss ( I actually got this one at Costco, but thought it was worth mentioning).

- Sinful Colors nail polish in Aubergine

- Maybelline “The Elixir” in Vision in Violet

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- Dr. Teals Therapeutic Solutions Body oil

- A Tweeze Ease nail trim set

- Shea Moisture’s African black soap, which is great for blemishes

That’s it! my beauty buys for the month, hehe. Everything works wonderfully, which goes to show you that price doesn’t always equal effectiveness.

By the way, I’ve been into purplish pinkish colors for a while and here is my Julep color in Bombshell ( didn’t want to take it off!)

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What do you watch?

No matter what my mood is, there is always a great show or movie to watch. Normally, I used to gravitate towards corny romantic comedies in my 20’s, and even I’m not hugely into action movies, I still enjoy Spiderman from time to time. But now that I’m a little older, I enjoy more diverse entertainment with a little more substance.

Although I still enjoy a good chick flick from time to time, I like that it’s not the variety where the woman makes desperate attempts to get married, where everyone breaks into song every 5 seconds. Instead, we now have movies, like 500 Days of Summer, where the male is the features one trying to find love, or Chef, where food is the object of ones affection, or even Begin Again (<3), where music is the main plot. It makes for more interesting and captivating entertainment and I really enjoy that non-formulaic turn that movies are starting to get away from.

TV shows that i love, also include Blackish, a show about a black family’s place in American society, Girls, Portlandia, hilarious and quirky, Parenthood, that I’ve watched for 5 years and unfortunately is in it’s last season (4 more episodes left). Not too long ago, I’ve added to my list, The Walking Dead, If you haven’t seen it, then you should get the DVD’s or order on Netflix. Seriously, like the best show on television right now.

Awkward Black Girl and Hello Cupid are also fun shows to watch if you like to watch shows online.

If you are an avid fan of great movies and television,Wheretowatch.com, is a new way of finding out when and where your selections are showing or broadcasting. You can even receive alerts to let you know when your favorite movie is available. Writing is important and each of us has an important story to tell, which is why movies are that powerful. Here is a quick video if you’d like to see…

What do you watch? Classic or new, what are some of your all time favorites?

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Lani Imre

I’ve been so busy with writing lately that Ive hardly had time to paint like I want to. Although I do enjoy both, painting is something that I find very therapeutic in many ways. It is something that Ive always loved to do and hope to get better at.

Lani Imre is one of my favorite artists. She has this way of evoking powerful, yet feminine female characters in her artwork. I love the graffiti style that she incorporates.

The cool thing about these paintings is that they are not your average size 8×11. These works tend to be huge, enough to cover the side of a building. She is one of my greatest inspirations and I could stare at her artwork all day.

Here are a few if you’d like to see:

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You can see more of her work here! What do you think about it?

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Julep

I usually go for the more natural look when it comes to wearing polish,  but i’ve been wanting to try out the Julep collections and I have to say, the colors are pretty amazing. The are long lasting and have virtually every color in the spectrum.

They now have a holiday collection that I am very excited about and I think you will be too! As part of the “Treat Yourself” holiday offer, if you sign up now, you will get the Jingle Bells Collection, which includes 3 beautiful shades of nail polish and an eyeliner, valued at $58. Your first box will be free  (including $3.99 shipping and handling).

It’s very easy to sign up. Just visit www.Julep.com, and you’ll take a fun quiz so that they can get to know your personal style. Click on the offer at checkout. That’s it!

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I recently received my free box and got a 3 beautiful colors and a face wash.

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Have a gorgeous weekend!

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What are you up to this weekend?

I’m just hanging out. I finally have a work-free weekend and I’m taking advantage of it.

In the meantime, here are some interesting happenings from around the web.

How to lay a copper penny tile floor.

10 beautiful art installations.

Beauty rituals that make you go, hmmmm.

Meet the 18 year old that just got elected to West Virginia Legislature.

See ya later.

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