Archive for August, 2011

Layers of Love

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Spice up your gal’s wardrobe with this cheerful and easy fit dress by Jelly the Pug.  A simple Aline cut with a big surprise in the back…layers and layers of lovely ruffles.

This dress is perfect for any occassion, day or night. Wear it alone or throw on a long sleeve tee underneath when things cool off. Get great use from this beautiful dress, your little beauty can wear it all year long.

The pretty Patty dress comes in several gorgeous prints, to view them visit


Fruit Pizza

Friday, August 19th, 2011



This great idea for a fruity pizza from Family Fun Magazine will have your kids full of excitement ready to eat their favorite summer fruits in a fun way. Fruits in an assortment of shapes and sizes allow your kids to make faces, designs, or fun shapes.


1 ready to bake piecrust

1/2 cup soft spread fat-free or low-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

A selection of berries and sliced fruits (blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, seedless grapes sliced in half, Mandarin orange sections, pineapple, etc…)
Shredded coconut (optional)


Let the piecrust come to room temperature per the package instructions, then unfold it onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Roll up edges of the crust, crimping them slightly so that they’ll stay rolled up. Prick the crust lightly with a fork in about 20 places (allowing air to escape).

Bake the crust in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 9 minutes or until it’s lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.

As the crust bakes, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract, adding just enough milk to make it spreadable. When the crust has cooled, spread on the cream-cheese mixture with a rubber spatula, bringing it to the edge of the pizza.

Arrange the fruit on the pizza and don’t stint on the creativity. Your kids can make a wild mosaic or a fruit face. If they like, sprinkle the pizza with shredded coconut. Slice with a sharp knife and serve, or refrigerate. Serves 8.


Facial Recipes

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


Why get dressed up and go out to a salon, when you can get the same benefits, and remain comfortable in your own space. The following masks are a few I found in my search for great skin with ingredients we all have in our refrigerator and pantry.  

These DIY facial recipes are super easy, good enough to eat and only take a few minutes to prepare. Great skin is only a kitchen away!

Papaya, Avocado Banana Facial (to moisturize)

1/2 Avocado
1/2 Banana
1/2 Papaya

1. Mash the banana, avocado and papaya just enough so you have a nice smooth paste that you can apply to your face without it running off

2. Spread the paste gently and equally with your fingertips on your clean face and neck; keep the eye area clear. Then lie down, relax and leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes

3. Then wash off mask with alternately cold and warm water and end with a splash of cold; pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Finally apply a moisturizer, this way you “seal” your skin to keep the water inside

Yogurt, Honey, Oats Banana Facial (anti-aging)

1 Banana
2 Tablespoons plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures
1 Tablespoon Organic Honey
Mineral Water

1. Warm up the honey until it becomes liquid (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass or metal bowl which is immersed in hot water. Mash the banana, add the other ingredients and mix everything well until you have a smooth paste (add either oatmeal flour or water to get the right consistency)

2. Spread the paste gently and equally with a facial mask brush or spatula on your clean face and neck; keep the eye area clear. Lie down, relax and leave mask on for 20 minutes.

3. Then wash off mask  with lukewarm water; pat your skin dry with a clean towel.