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Friday, February 27, 2015

Simple Baker 24 Silicone Baking Cups

I was provided the Silicone Baking Cups from Simple Baker to facilitate my review and to give my honest opinion of the product.  I received no other compensation.  I only post products or services that I believe will be of benefit to my readers.

The Silicone Baking Cups by Simple Baker put an end to those paper or aluminum cupcake cups.
The colors that are part of the set (not the colors I received) look awesome.  

I did not receive the blue or the purple color .. mine included 23 (yes my package was short 1 cup) total cups 4 pink, 4 orange, 4 yellow and 11 green.  Hopefully this was just because they were rushing to get out my package and not the norm.  Personally I didn't have a problem with the missing colors or the "extra" greens, but if you were doing this for a child and they didn't like green ... well that could be a problem.

I really liked the fact that they are BPA Free and are Environmentally friendly as well as super easy to clean.  They are dishwasher safe and stain resistant.

I have not yet cleaned them in the dishwasher (I washed by hand the first time and let them air dry on the counter) but just knowing that you can could be a lifesaver.

I made some butter cupcakes with lemon and blueberries ... oh yes these will be perfect

As you can see, they don't look any different then the paper ones when they are waiting to be devoured, but will be great to re-use and in the long run save you money!

I really liked that you don't need to use any non-stick spray on these.  I also did a test of these with some used as is and some used with a non-stick spray.  As you can see the ones in the green cups - no spray,  and the yellow cups - with spray, don't really look any different once the cupcakes are removed.  They were extremely easy to remove and yet still "whole" cupcakes - no real cake left inside the silicone cups.  I don't know about you but sometimes I find more on the paper cups then we get to eat!  Yes there is a little more on the side of the green cup, but I think overall you could very easily go without any non-stick spray and be very happy.

But I may just continue to use the non-stick spray on mine when I do something that has a "filling" so that I don't chance having the filling ooze out too soon when it is taken out of the "cup".

Oh and they have a 100% cash back lifetime guarantee!  Really is a wonderful thing, but I don't think you will need it.

All in all I think these are a great find and know I will be using these again and again.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's your Opportunity ....

This one is kind of simple and kind of deep at the same time.

I think I will think of everything as a GIFT.
I could feel sorry for myself, but what will that give me?
Once the tears are finished I will have bloodshot eyes and probably a headache.

I would rather think of the events as an opportunity to grow and not an obstacle to get over or around or keep me from moving forward.
I could think of it as an obstacle so that I would have a "reason" other than me for staying in the same spot and not growing, not moving on.

Yes I think I will think of it as a GIFT.
Yes I will think of it as an OPPORTUNITY.
Look out folks ... 
I AM going to be doing GREAT things 
Because I CAN!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another Soup Mug Recipe

It is the simple things in life that make you smile.
I really love this idea and of course know that it will work perfectly in the Tupperware CrystalWave Soup Mug.  

The Soup Mug is just so versatile, and I love sharing recipes like these.  There are so many recipes out there for single servings of the every day meals, I have at least 5 Tupperware Soup Mugs myself ... just so I always have one to try something new! 

Want your own Tupperware CrystalWave Soup Mug for your very own?  Check them out on my Tupperware Site.  I bet you will be surprised at how many wonderful things we have at Tupperware.  So much more than the stuff your mama or grandma had to choose from!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Which are you - Boss or Leader?

So which are you?
Which do you want to be?

Do you really know the difference?

I have had both in my work life and rather a leader but you can't always "pick" which one you report to.  

I hope I have been a leader more often than not in my "boss" roles of the past.  And that I can continue to show those traits in the future.

How about you?
Do you agree?
Which have you had more of in your work history?
Which are you or have you been?  Or want to be?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

You DO deserve your most important dreams

Sometimes I think this is my mantra or should be and maybe just maybe it will sink in.

I always seem to worry when good things happen that I've been hoping would happen that something will go wrong.  Or that it will get taken away because I really didn't deserve them ... Notice I didn't say I didn't earn them - because I probably more than likely did because I put my heart and soul into it.  I just don't always think I deserved them.

I find that I am not afraid to pursue them (well most of the time I'm not) I'm just not sure that I deserve them when they finally come to fruition. 

How about you?
Are you afraid to pursue your dreams?

Or do you don't think you deserve them once they happen?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Your best days have yet to happen

Some days, especially when its really really cold and you end up being stuck inside (and still freezing) that you get down. 

At least I know I do.  You are stuck inside, you don't have a lot you can do and you start thinking about what's happening in your life.  Maybe you aren't happy with what has been happening as of late.  It may not be that bad, really, but when you have a lot of time on your hands and no way to go out and "work off the blues" ... well you know what happens.

This one is pretty good - time to make this the mantra of the month.  Especially now that it is so cold all over the country, more and more people may be feeling like they are missing out on something.

Sort of makes you perk up and see the brightening up of the day ... doesn't it?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Petunia Skincare 1.0mm Derma Roller + Eye Serum + Anti-aging Serum Review

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to test out these great skin care products in exchange for my honest opinions.  

Lets start with the Derma Roller.  One of the first things I noticed was how the roller "pins" were so thin, almost needle-like but not pin sharp. If you run your finger over the roller head it almost feels like the "pointy" side of velcro.  I'm sure if you pushed really hard it might just hurt but when you gently run the roller back and forth over your skin in a horizontal, vertical and even diagonal motion a couple of times you start to feel a tingle that is very nice. The roller will help to stimulate the natural collagen production under your skin without leaving bruising or a discoloration that can happen with other methods.

Over the course of my using the Derma Roller these past few weeks, I have found that my old acne scars are being reduced. I will admit that after the first few uses, although I didn't know what to expect, I really didn't think anything was happening. But lately I have been noticing that some of the scars/redness are less noticeable and I'm using less makeup to cover them.  I've been using this every couple of days and find that it also helps to use less moisturizer, but it seems to be absorbed more. 

Petunia Skincare's Revitalize Eye Serum has been a winner for me from the first week. As an accountant, this is going to be my "busiest" time of year and I was hoping that this product would be what I needed to keep the bags under my eyes from having bags this year. I have to say that it really does work and works much better than I thought it would. Now I won't say that the puffiness under my eyes is completely gone (but then again limited sleep will do that to you) but it has definitely made a difference and I believe it will keep my eyes looking less "puffed" and less "tired" this tax season.  

They say you can use this product twice a day, I have been using the Eye Serum every morning as part of my regular routine and then in the evening when I look in the mirror and see "tired eyes".  I think that is what has been making me feel better by the end of the day.  There is no greasy feeling to the Serum, but it does "cool" the skin under my eyes after a long day.  The real test will be how my eyes look/feel by the middle of April!  You really don't need to use very much, just a little "dab" will do it, so the product will last so that you can see some great results.

The final product in this trio was the Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  Although you can use this product under your makeup, I have found that I like it better at night. At first I had put much too much of the product on my face and found it didn't absorb into my skin and left me with an "itchy" feeling.  To say I wasn't a fan at that point was an understatement.  BUT I kept trying to get the "dose" correct, from the dropper because I wanted to give it a fair try. Once I got the amount down (my product bottle had a dropper instead of a pump) that itchy feeling was gone and the product was being absorbed into my skin without having to "wipe it off" so that I could leave the bathroom.  Because the product is a thicker liquid, having it in a dropper bottle made it harder to figure out how much to use each time.

Now that I have the usage amount down, I have been using it every other night at the end of the day after I take off my makeup.  I don't know about you, but I always feel like my skin is dryer and tighter after I take off my makeup and not in a good way.  Since I've been using this product, I'm finding that I don't have that "dry" feeling as I have in the past.  This is definitely a good product to help bring moisture back to your skin, fight those fine lines and keep your skin young looking.  And we all like that idea right?

I have to say that as a whole, these three products are the perfect combination for everyone but especially for those of us who are over 30.  They seem to work well together as a "skin rescue" even when you don't think / realize that was exactly what you needed.  

As I had said earlier, I received the above product to facilitate my review, I received no other compensation, and give my honest opinion. I will only promote products that I believe are in the best interest of my readers
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