Monday, October 27, 2014

Clarisonic vs. Spa Sonic

As soon as Clarisonic released the pink Mia I hurried to Sephora to get my own. We’ve been in a pretty intimate relationship since then. That is until I tried the Spa Sonic.

• The Spa Sonic is battery operated, whereas the Clarisonic requires a charger.

• The Spa Sonic brush head physically rotates in a circle, whereas the Clarisonic brush head vibrates.

• The Spa Sonic has no time, whereas the Clarisonic is programmed to run for one minute.

• The Spa Sonic includes four different attachments including: face brush, body brush, pumice stone and facial sponge. My Mia is only a facial brush.

The Clarisonic is notably the Rolls Royce of skincare brushes, because of the technology behind it. However the Spa Sonic is a fabulous runner up and is a great choice if love spa luxury, but don’t want to drop serious cash on a Clarisonic.

You can find the Spa Sonic for about $60 at Target and Walmart.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 Fabulous First Dates

First dates can be incredibly awkward. He might ask you where you’d like to go – hello nerves! It can be a stressful decision to make, but you don’t want to say “I don’t care” and have him thinking you can’t make decisions. So here are five first date ideas that are sure to make the meeting process a little less stressful.

1. Coffee. A coffee date is a comfort date at it’s best. It’s not an overpowered surrounding and should offer a level of comfort. Even if you do not drink coffee (I don’t – I’m a chai tea girl) most places have plenty of other options. 

2. Nature Walk. Go hiking on a short hiking trail and pick a place to stop and take in a gorgeous setting for a couple minutes.

3. Zoo. Walking through a zoo can help both of you feel comfortable with each other. Plus who doesn’t love animals?

4. Bowling. As cliché as it may be bowling can be a lot of fun and a little bit of rivalry on a first date can always spice things up.

5. Vineyard or Brewery Tour. Vineyards have a romantic appeal with brewery tours will offer more fun.  

Season of Change

Fall is upon us, the leaves are changing, our lives are shifting and everything has its place and time. As of late my life has flipped the script, and I’ve found myself dating again for the first time in a long time. As you may have noticed I’ve posted a couple times about dating notably here and here.

After such positive feedback I decided Sunday nights would be perfect for a little relationship gab session. We’ll talk about date ideas, how to know if he’s into you, the best date I’ve ever gone on, share some of your stories and get feedback on what you want to see and know. So join me each Sunday evening, beginning tonight! -We can even possibly start having Twitter chats!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Howl-O-Ween: Pup'kin Spice Biscotti

I posted these Pup'kin Spice Biscotti dog treats last year and they were so popular I thought I would share them again!

Pup’kin Spice Biscotti
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup old fashioned oats
2.5 cups flour (see note)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Shape the dough into two logs, about two inches wide each.
4. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat on it.
5. Bake the dough for 20 minutes.
6. Move to a cutting board and slice the dough into biscotti-style biscuits, about ¼ inch thick.
7. Place back in the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes. If you want these to be crunchier, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven.
8. Cool, before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container for up to three days. In the refrigerator for seven days or in the freezer (this is what I do) for up to six months.
Note: I used all-purpose flour, you could use wheat flour I do not because it gives Jack really bad gas.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Banana Cake

This weekend I had a few bananas on my counter that were in dreadful condition, the temperature outside had dropped and it created the perfect opportunity to do some baking. I combined a few different banana recipes that I found online to create these delicious banana cake bars – trust me you won’t be able to just eat one!
Banana Cake
½ cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup overly ripe bananas smashed

1 package cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
4. Stir in bananas.
5. Spread into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool.
8. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
9. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until you achieve the consistency you like.
10. Frost cooled bars and store in the refrigerator.