Target Just Added Some Amazing Things to Their Spring Home Collection!!!

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Is it so wrong that I could literally just live in Target if it had secure wifi? I absolutely love the new stuff that hit stores this week and you will too! Spring cleaning is upon us and we all need a refresh. What better way to get started than to completely revive your space with these fresh new looks! Check it out!

 

 

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Try This---Add a Little Heat to Your Shake: Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

Try This—Add a Little Heat to Your Shake: Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve been getting really bored with smoothies lately. I feel like I’ve run the gamut when it comes to all the healthy add-ins. Chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, peanut butter, you name it, I’ve thrown it in my smoothie. I’ve been feeling the need for something different. I don’t know about you, but when the weather is this cold, I crave nothing but warm things. Even though smoothies are the perfect breakfast, it’s so hard for me to get excited about a frothy cold drink in the Winter.

I started to think of drinks that make me feel warm and toasty. Of course there’s always alcohol, but I can’t very well start my mornings with a shot of smoothie. It’s too soon in my relationship with liquor to take that step, plus day-boozing totally defeats my fitness goal purposes. Then I started to think of this deliciously spicy hot chocolate that I got at the Chocolate Room in Park Slope. Um, the combination of sweet hot chocolate and chili peppers… seriously?! It’s delicious and I was determined to bring that warm, spicy flavor to my icy breakfast smoothie.

Solution: Cayenne pepper! Cayenne pepper promotes circulation, speeds up the metabolism, and improves digestion. This powerhouse spice also adds an unexpected kick of heat to your otherwise ice cold smoothie. This recipe is the perfect blend of sugar and spice. You absolutely must try this!

Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 of a ripe (preferably frozen) banana
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground cayenne pepper, to taste (but I suggest you start really small)
  • extra ice, if desired

Directions

  • place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
  • garnish with cacao nibs and coconut shavings, if you’re super fancy

Creamy, sweet, and spicy. This recipe is everything! If you haven’t paired chocolate and chili peppers before, this is the perfect recipe to start with. You won’t regret it!

Source: betterwithcake.com

DIY Gentle Exfoliating Milk Bath—Spa Days at Home

This milk bath recipe is the starting point for pretty much any milk bath spa treatment you’ll create at home. It’s simple, has a super long shelf life, and leaves your skin feeling absolutely silky smooth. Bathing in milk is said to reduce wrinkles and scars, as milk is a natural and gentle exfoliant. You can stick to this basic formula or create a wide variety of spa treatments with the use of different additives.

DIY Gentle Exfoliating Milk Bath

ingredients

  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-3 drops essential oil of your choice

directions

  • pour the powdered milk and cornstarch into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid
  • shake well
  • add the essential oil and shake to thoroughly incorporate
  • If the mixture clumps, use your fingers to dissolve the lumps
  • to use, simply put the mixture under running bath water and swish it around to disperse it in the tub

***You can double or triple this recipe and store it indefinitely by leaving out the essential oil. Just store the combined powdered milk and cornstarch in a airtight container. When you’re ready to use it, add 1/2 cup of the mixture to your bath. Then add the essential oil to the tub separately after swishing in the combined powders.

Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

This is probably the best thing I’ve done for my hair in a long time. I waged a silent war against split ends in the dead of Winter. I’m the lady that likes to wear a hat, or a scarf, or a hair tie all the time just to keep my hair out of my face. Problem is, all that friction from whatever I’m covering my hair with causes a lot of breakage. I’ve never dyed my hair. I’ve never cut it. I’ve never put hair extensions in it. I’ve only straightened it a couple of times in my life, still I was starting to look like I could be the 5th member of Motley Crue. Breakage, split ends, and an overall dull and overly processed appearance. Anyway, I was fed up, so I whipped up this amazing leave-in conditioner and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

So many of the leave-in conditioners on the market are way too heavy for my hair texture, and after trying out a ton of these cream based products, I decided I needed a really light oil to keep my hair from feeling weighed down. I used Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil, and I loved it, but I do have a couple of issues with this product. The price is a little too high and despite the brand’s name and some pretty clever marketing, it contains ingredients that I’m definitely trying to avoid in cosmetics. They’re on the right track though. Coconut oil is undoubtedly a good start when you’re looking to hydrate your hair.

This is probably the easiest homemade beauty recipe I’ve made, and the results are fantastic. My hair looks strong and healthy with a glow like I got it professionally done. Sigh. I’m a little bit ashamed of myself that I spent so much money over the years on hair care products just to end up covering my hair anyway. After using this leave-in conditioner for a couple of weeks, I’m actually ditching my hats! All those products, with the ingredients we can’t pronounce, are totally unnecessary. All you need is a few natural ingredients to get your glow back.

 

Homemade Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1.5 tsp vegetable glycerine (find it here)
  • at least 2 tsp sweet almond oil, liquid coconut oil, or jojoba oil
  • 8-10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

  • In a spray bottle, mix water, vegetable glycerin, and oil
  • add the drops of essential oil
  • shake the bottle well before each use
  • to use, simply give a few spritzes to your scalp and massage from root to end

Just a note, if you’re concerned about buying a whole bottle of vegetable glycerine for just this recipe, don’t worry! Vegetable glycerin has a wide range of uses in cosmetics, so I promise that you’ll really get your money’s worth. I’ll be sharing more beauty recipes with you that are sure to put it to use.

Try This— Vegetarian Pad See Ew (Thai Stir Fried Noodles)

Thai food is my go to for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. All you need is red curry paste, coconut milk, leftover veggies, and rice noodles and you’ve got yourself a delicious and hearty meal that cooks up in less than 15 minutes. But nothing, and I do mean nothing, comes close to the deliciousness that is Pad See Ew. I’ve tried, in vain, for years to make Pad See Ew at home. Real Pad See Ew has this unmistakable smoked flavor that comes from the oyster sauce the traditional recipe calls for. Alas, I’m a vegetarian, so I haven’t been able to really capture that flavor…until now. I think this may be the most perfect vegetarian Pad See Ew recipe I’ve ever tried. That, my friends, is what makes life beautiful. You must try this!

Homemade Vegetarian Pad See Ew

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce (find it here)
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bunch bok choy, broccoli, or Chinese broccoli
  • vegetable oil
  • 2tbsp cornflour
  • 15 oz wide, flat rice noodles
  • 1 package firm tofu

Directions

  • Prepare the noodles according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Place cornflour in a large shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Toss tofu in cornflour until coated. Shake off excess. Shallow-fry tofu for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove with slotted spoon. Drain on paper towel. Discard oil.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine sauce ingredients (soy sauce, oyster sauce, and brown sugar).
  • Put vegetable oil in your wok. Mince the garlic straight into the wok with the oil. Place wok high heat. As the oil is heating, the garlic will gradually heat too and infuse the oil with flavor.
  • When the oil is hot and the garlic is starting to turn golden, add the tofu and bok choy and stir fry for about 1 minute.
  • Move the tofu and bok choy to one side and crack in the egg, and scramble it. Don’t worry if some of it sticks to the wok, it will char as you continue cooking – you want that char-grilled flavor!
  • Combine the noodles, bok choy leaves, and the sauce. Fold gently to combine, for the sauce to coat the noodles evenly and to caramelize, and the leaves to just wilt. They only need to be just wilted because they will continue to cook while you are plating up.
  • Serve immediately.

Just a couple of notes: Sometimes I just use whatever veggies I have on hand. Cook times for veggies vary, so just use your best judgment. Also, if you want the stalks of the bok choy to be more tender, you may want to separate the leaves from the stem and cook the stem a little bit longer before you add the tofu and separated leaves.

This dish is all about the sauce though, so be creative with the ingredients!!! The above recipe is just a guideline…or my best estimate for the proportions I used when I prepared it. If it’s too sweet for you, add more soy sauce and oyster sauce. If it’s too salty, add more sugar. You’ll get the hang of it and believe me, it’s sooooo worth it!

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