Eye Brightening Cream by Belli® Skincare

For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an eye brightening cream because I felt like the skin under and around my eyes felt really dry and looked tired all the time. You see, I turned 35 last week. Normally age doesn’t bother me at all. I have never ONCE cared about getting older. Ever. Until I turned 35. I am finding a TON of gray hair. If the gray hair and the tired eyes aren’t bad enough, now when I fill out surveys, I have to check the “35-42” box. So now I could be in my 40’s. Prior to turning 35, when I filled out surveys, I could have been in my 20’s. Feel my pain?

However, a week or so ago, I was asked if I would like to review an under eye brightening cream. I couldn’t believe my luck! Of course I immediately emailed back that I would LOVE to review the Belli eye brightening cream!

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About Belli Eye Brightening Cream

Belli Eye Brightening Cream is a vitamin K and B enriched cream that revives and illuminates tired eyes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Brighten your day and your look with this soothing and restorative refreshment for the eyes.

So why vitamin K and B? Well vitamin K has been scientifically reported to help reduce the appearance of dark circles* and vitamin B3 helps the area around the eye looked restored. This cream is allergy tested. It is free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. It also comes in BPA free packaging.

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My Thoughts

I have used this creameye brightening cream every single day for the last 4 days and I absolutely love it. I’m always hesitant to try new things on my face because I don’t want it to make my skin oil. The Belli Eyey Brightening Cream does not make my skin oily at all. It does, however, make the skin under my eyes feel smooth and hydrated…and, as a result, the entire area looks better!

One thing I would especially like to note is that this eye brightener cream is free of teratogens so it is recommended by OB/GYN’s as safe to use during pregnancy. It is also LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through breast milk. I know it’s been awhile since my kids were babies, but I do remember how tired my eyes looked! This cream would have come in handy then…for sure!

You can purchase the Belli is available at Ulta.com and BelliSkincare.com, as well as other fine retailers nationwide. MSRP $39 for 0.5 oz.

Dessert Recipe: Springtime Muddy Buddies

Despite the fact that we just got dumped with a ton of snow, I can’t help thinking about spring coming soon and the Easter dinner I want to host. When I start thinking about hosting Easter, I then start thinking about what delicious dessert recipe I will make. Since my husband and I are following the Keto diet, I will probably make a cheesecake (no crust) for the adults and for the kids I was thinking about making this yummy Springtime Muddy Buddies recipe! Not only is it pretty with the springtime colors, but also a gluten free dessert recipe!

Springtime Muddy Buddies Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Wafersdessert
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup+ Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Pastel Colored M&M Candy
  • 1 cup Pastel Mini-marshmallows

Directions

  1. Prep a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large measuring cup, pour 3 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  3. Pour the white chocolate wafers into the top of a double broilerdessert (this can be used with any saucepan you have!!). Melt chocolate and stir often.
  4. Slowly pour the warm, melted chocolate over the Chex cereal. Using a wooden spoon, begin to gently mix the chocolate and the cereal.
  5. Make sure that all of the cereal is well coated with chocolate. Scoop the coated cereal into a large plastic bag. Add in the powdered sugar. With your hands, seal the bag closed and begin to shake the two together.
  6. Make sure that all of the pieces of chocolate coated cereal are covered with the powdered sugar.
  7. Gently pour the cereal onto the lined cookie sheet. Set aside to cool.
  8. Place the cereal back into the large bowl, once it has cooled. Measure out the M&M candy and the pastel mini-marshmallows to the mix.
  9. Store in a Ziplock bag or an airtight container. This is my favorite airtight containerdessert.

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Doesn’t it look so good?!? I love that this doesn’t have peanut butter in it like traditional Muddy Buddies do. This way more people can enjoy this dessert deliciousness! I have a lot of friends that enjoy camping. Coming up with other camping dessert recipes, besides roasting marshmallows and making s’mores can be difficult. However, this is Springtime Muddy Buddies recipes is great to take along with you camping!

Cocktails for Your Oscars Party

Are you having an Oscars party this weekend for the 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock? We won’t be, but I’ve always wanted to throw a theme party like that. I have visions of fun, movie themed finger foods and cocktails. Oh and a photo booth with lots of fun movie themed photo propscocktails! The possibilities are truly endless with this type of party. You could have people come dressed all glamorous in red carpet worthy clothes…be sure to actually have a red carpet leading up to your front door! If you really wanted to have a little fun with it, talk to your local high school photography department and see if any of their students would like to pose as “paparazzi” for the party!

Thinking up the food for the party is the easy part, in my opinion. Have bowls (red) of caramel corn laying out for people to munch on, meatballs, boneless wings…basically anything that can be eaten in one bite! The cocktails…those are the fun things to plan, in my opinion! Personally I prefer frozen cocktails, but being a party, I don’t know that I want to be running the blender constantly to make frozen drinks. Although…I do have a Vitamixcocktails and that thing makes the best cocktails ever! So maybe I would make the frozen cocktails!

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Golden Statue (pictured above)

Ingredients

  • .5 oz. Frangelico
  • 1 oz. Fino Sherry
  • 1 oz. Cinzano 1757
  • .75 oz. Amontillado Sherry
  • .5 oz. Lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Directions

Combine all ingredients and whip shake with 3 ice cubes. Pour into a Collins glasscocktails over ice. Top with tonic and garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Created by Shaun Dunn (the NoMad – Flatiron)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 part Frangelico
  • 1 part Scotch
  • 1/4 Orange Liqueur
  • 1/4 part Palo Cortado Sherry

Directions

Mix everything together and pour into a Rocks glasscocktails. Garnish with a lemon twist.

*Created by Micaela Piccoolo, Distilled

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Cocktail glasses are always a fun purchase, in my opinion! I like to have a bunch of fun glasses, as opposed to 10 or 12 of the same glasses. So, knowing me, I would choose something like this:

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I mean…look at those glasses! The best cocktail drinks come in pretty glasses! Regardless, no matter what glasses you choose, the easy cocktail recipes above will definitely be a hit at your Oscars party!

What cocktails are your favorite?

Inventions I Should Have Invented

Do you ever see something on TV or at the store and think, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I invent that?” As a parent, I can’t tell you how many times I have thought that something would make a great invention, but never acted on it. Of course, I then see someone else acted on the great inventions ideas and is now a millionaire. For instance, when I was in high school, I started mixing Ranch and Ketchup together to dip my fries and chicken fingers in. I told everyone I was going to get it bottled and call it Ranch-up. Guess who has that product now…Red Gold. No joke.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here are some good inventions I came across that I think are genius!

Are you a new parent? Know someone that is having a baby soon? You have to get them this Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicatorinventions. My daughter, when she was an infant, had the WORST diaper rashes ever. We went through tubes and tubes of diaper rash cream with that child. While diaper cream is relatively easy to apply, there is nothing more annoying or frustrating than getting that diaper cream stuck under your fingernails. How great would be be to use the Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicator and then quickly wash it when you wash your hands after changing the diaper?!? Easy peasy!

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Or how about those plastic plastic bowls for cereal with a strawinventions? Those are genius! You have the ability to lick your plate without actually licking your plate! The day I brought those home for my kids was the best day ever for them! I also happened to have Cocoa Krispies…have your cereal and chocolate milk all at once! Those bowls always got washed by hand. If one child had cereal one day and then used the second bowl the next day, the other child would literally go nuts! Piece of advice, buy extra!

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For those of you that go to the gym, you’ll feel my pain on this one! No matter how careful I am with my earbuds, they always get tangled. With these Zipbudsinventions you can say goodbye to tangled earbud cords! These are already in my Amazon shopping cart waiting for me to checkout! It’s so frustrating to sit there and untangle the earbuds each and every day!

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Aren’t these great inventions?!? So simple, yet they make so much sense! Especially the cereal bowl with a straw. I was a kid that did NOT like to drink milk, however, you put a straw on the bowl and tell me I can get up from the table once my bowl was empty, I’d totally suck down that milk without a second thought! If you have ideas for good inventions, do something about it! Look at all the famous inventions we have…had they thought about it, but not did nothing about it, we would be without some pretty amazing things that we take for granted every single day.

What is inventions seem so silly, yet is so amazing to you?

New Movie Release – My All American

My husband and I love to watch movies on the weekends. Sometimes we watch two movies on Saturday and two on Sunday. So when we hear about a new movie release, we either pick it up at the store (if it’s one we want to own) or we rent it at Redbox or Family Video (yes…we still have a video store)! The latest movie we watched this past weekend, My All American, is definitely one that we are happy to own. It’s one of those movies you could watch over and over again.

*I received the following movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

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My All Americanmovie release, starring Aaron Eckhart is about the true story of Freddie Steinmark, the unlikely football hero that faced unexpected challenges with grit and grace. Despite his size and being deemed by all as being too short to be an athlete, Freddie dreams of playing football and is able to get noticed by legendary coach Darrell Royal. This eventually leads to a college scholarship to play football. With a victorious season within his grasp, Freddie receives a shocking medical diagnosis and it’s through this diagnosis that he, and everyone else, see just how much heart Freddie truly has.

About the Movie Release

My All American is coming to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016. Like to purchase new movie releases, but not sure which copy to get, maybe this will help:

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Features

  • Spirit of Freddie Steinmark – Learn how the story of the true life hero who inspired the film was brought to the big screen.
  • A Look Inside – A behind the scenes look at the film featuring interviews with Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, and writer/director Angelo Pizzo.

Both my husband and I really enjoyed this movie. The message of the movie is one that we would love to instill in our children. Be sure to pick up your copy on February 23, 2016!

What 2016 movie release are you looking forward to?