Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Magic Bullet

I'm positive you've all seen the Magic Bullet infomercial. I think they run it at least every Saturday or Sunday morning. Well I finally bought one a few years ago and I LUV it!! Its small and handy to have around. I make a shake everyday for breakfast and I use this instead of my large blender. I have this thing about not having appliances on my counter, but this stays because its so small. Its easy to use and easy to clean. There so many things to make with it too, salsa, sauces, smoothies, shakes, and the list goes on and on. I picked mine up at Bed Bath & Beyond with my 20% off coupon.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


My daughter is a HUGE ladybug fan! She cannot pass any patch of weeds or plants without looking for one. So when I found this, I could not pass it up!
I think she will be very happy when Baby Bug arrives in the mail! I think he will have to make his way to her new desk. If you havent heard of Tessa Ann Designs you are missing out! She has the most wonderful buttons, cake toppers, pendants and more!

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Fav!!

This is my new best friend!!! Rustoleum in Oil Rubbed Bronze! I could spray everything in my house this color. Since my desk remodel, I've been on the hunt for more accessories. I had this container, but it was the wrong color metal to go with the desk. 

My daughter and I use container to store stars for her chore chart. I love the container, but wasn't crazy about it being silver with all the great bronze going on with the desk. So after a few coats of my new paint:
I think it looks so much better!! I'm bummed you cannot see the bronze in the photo. You'll have to trust me when I say its dark, but its not black.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Before and After


I found this desk at a yard sale, $10. I sanded it down and painted it, paint $25. It took about 6 coats! I bought all new knobs, $14. 
Love this lamp! The bottom came from Lowe's, $5!! The original lamp was $30 so it was a steal! The shade was from Ross, $5.
I found these cute jars at Ross, $2.99 each.
Chair was from Kirklands, $69. A little more than I would like, but it was on sale and I had a coupon. Its simple enough that it can follow her through the years. The pillow also Kirklands, $5.

My daughter is all set for her new school this fall!! Too much for a 4 yr old?? Nah!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Giveaway Time!!!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Can Your Sunscreen Cause Skin Cancer?

I recently came across this article and thought it was too important to pass up sharing!

A new study has found that an overwhelming amount of sunscreens on the market contain an ingredient that speeds cancerous cell growth. That's right: sunscreen might cause cancer, the very thing people lather it on to protect themselves from.
But don't go throwing out your white creams, sprays, oils, and lotions just yet. Many doctors and dermatologists aren't convinced that sunscreen should go the way of canola oil and old-school Coppertone.

Dr. Marta Rendon, a board-certified dermatologist and global spokesperson for Procter & Gamble's Head and Shoulders division, tries to assure worried consumers that the results — released last week by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit public health organization — come from animal testing only and are the findings of "just one study."

According to that study, nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreens may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer such as melanoma.

Why? Because they contain Vitamin A, an ingredient that was added to sunscreen formulations because it's an antioxidant that slows skin aging.

This isn't necessarily new information to Rendon, who acknowledges that some studies suggest "that vitamin A might have some phototoxicity." Still, she says that "it does not necessarily correlate that it'll increase your risk of skin cancer."

To be safe, however, Rendon recommends using sunscreen that blocks both UVA rays — the ones that penetrate the skin more deeply to cause aging issues such as fine lines and wrinkles — and UVB rays, which are the ones that can give you a sunburn and are more responsible for cancer.

"Both forms of ultraviolet light are carcinogenic and increase the risks of skin cancer, but some sunscreens don't target both — most of the new ones are UVA blockers," Rendon says. "You need to block both."

Although in its annual report, the EWG only recommended 39 of the 500 products they examined as safe to use, Rendon says that all FDA-approved sunscreens have undergone rigorous trials to prove their efficacy and hold up against safety standards. (Some brands she recommends? Any with Helioplex, such as Neutrogena's line, or with Mexoryl like La Roche-Posay.)

But regardless of where you stand, she says that by following a few simple rules, you'll be safe in the sun:

Check the product label. Make sure your sunscreen includes zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which act as physical barriers and keep ultraviolet light out best.

Don't worry about SPF. Sun protection factor is not regulated by the FDA, and as it turns out, sunscreens with a high SPF — like 70, 80, or 100+ — really don't work any better than those half its count. "The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 60 is maybe five percent," Rendon says. "Those with lighter complexion, freckles, or red hair should use SPF 45 to 50 with good UVA and UVB blockage. For normal complexions, SPF 30 is just fine."

Don't under-do it. "A shot glass is the right amount, and reapply every two hours," she says, adding that you can't really ever put on too much.

Remember that sunscreen isn't the only armor against sun damage. "You have to be conscious of sun exposure," Rendon warns. "Wear hats and sun-protective clothing."

Look for European brands. "It's true that Europe has better sunscreens because they process ingredients faster than we do," she admits.

Friday, July 9, 2010

14 Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Not sure where you live, but where I live - its gets HOT!! Running up my electric bill to stay cool just isnt in the cards!! So I found these great tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Keep the shades drawn during the day. When sunlight streams through the windows, it creates a miniature greenhouse effect in your home.

2. Reflect the heat. If you do want to open the windows, consider investing in some reflective window film to help keep the heat outside where you want it to be.

3. Let the cool evening air in. If temperatures are on the chilly side after the sun goes down, crack a few windows open to let a breeze come through and cool the house. Just be sure to close them before the temperature starts to rise again!

4. Insulate! You want to keep cool air inside, so grab that caulk gun and seal off anywhere that air might be escaping. A handy draft dodger can help seal up those tricky leaks at the bottoms of doors and windows.

5. Get rid of incandescent lights. Not only do those suckers use more energy, they generate a lot more heat than CFL or LED light bulbs.

6. Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter clockwise. Most modern fans will have a little switch on the side to reverse their direction. You want the fan to go clockwise in winter to push warm air down and reverse it in the summer to circulate cool air.

7. Drink icy beverages. This one seems like a no-brainer, but it still bears mentioning. What better way to beat the heat than to cool your body from the inside out?

8. Dress appropriately. Loose-fitting, light clothing goes a long way toward keeping you cool. It’s time to bust out those organic cotton shorts and tank tops!

9. Grab a towel. A towel soaked in cold water is a great way to cool down. Apply it to your neck, wrists, and forehead for some relief during the hottest part of the day.

10. Avoid the stove and oven. Both of these will add unnecessary heat to the house. Instead, fire up that outdoor grill or whip up a salad or sandwich. Your rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker are other alternatives to heating up the house with the stove or oven.

11. Try a buckwheat pillow. If the heat is preventing you from sleeping, switching to a buckwheat pillow can make a big difference, since buckwheat doesn’t hold on to your body heat like conventional pillows do.

12. Learn from your pets. How does your cat cope with the hottest part of the day? She snoozes! If you can squeeze in an afternoon nap, go for it.

13. Chill out. Turn on your table fan and stick a frozen bottle of water in front of it to get some cold air circulating.

14. Plant a tree. If you can, plant trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun. The extra shade will protect your home from the sun’s rays.

Thanks to Care2 for the tips!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Snack Box ideas

Not sure what to pack for a snack this summer??


Bite Size Cheddar Crackers


Trail Mix
Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries

Kiwi Slices


Apricot Halves

Pecans in the Bento Divider

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cute Sandals

Arent these cute? Follow this easy pattern!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Flirty Aprons Giveaway

Isnt this apron cute? Want to win one?? Hop on over to A Pocket Full of Bullons to enter!