Revive with Elvive

The weather outside is frightful! Well at least here in New Jersey it is! While you are busy trying to take care of your skin in this winter, don’t disregard your hair because it’s just as important to protect. So this new year, I am starting off with a new product! L’Oreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. It’s been a while since I color treated my hair so it was starting to look a little dull and felt course, but after just one use of L’Oreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm my hair looked and felt revived and vibrant. A bonus to making my hair look awesome, the product smells great too! I love the way L’Oreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm makes my hair look and feel and I am sure you will too. 

Livy

PS I received this product for free, but my opinions are obvi my own. Have you tried any products from L’Oreal’s Elvive line? Let me know what you think of them below! If not, make a Target run and get it done! Click below to purchase!

My New Year’s Life Improvements

Happy New Year Superstars!

My first post of 2018, where has the time gone? I wanted to wait a little before posting this year since our social media feeds were filled with New Year’s resolutions. Now that those posts have died down and possibly some resolutions as well (just kidding, I believe in you), I am happy to report that I have been working on mine (another reason for lack of posting) and I hope you are too! This year instead of taking the “big resolution” route, the one destined for failure, like run 5 miles a day when I haven’t worked out since last June, I have decided to make a few tiny, let’s call them, “life improvements” to strive for this time around. My first improvement is to be more present with my children.

Since I am home right now, I am with my kids a lot and the small amount of time that I don’t spend with them, I am usually thinking and planning things for them, but for a while, I found myself running through my house, picking up their toys and doing things for them without even stopping and giving my time to play and explore with them. I was actually missing them turn in to little people, it’s quite depressing if you think about it. I cringe whenever I hear a child, including my own, ask someone to play with them and while that person is in the exact room with the child, they sit on their phone or become distracted by something else not even realizing that they aren’t playing with the child at all, they are just there. Now, I am a firm believer in taking time to yourself and enjoying being kid free as often as allotted, but when you have time with your kids, use it wisely. They are always watching you and even though they can’t communicate as well as us adults yet, they retain everything. So watch yourself around these sponges and I am not talking about bad language because we all slip every once in a while, I am actually talking about how you present yourself, what you are doing with your body and most importantly how you are acting towards others and especially your children.

Listen, when you have got to get shiz done, then do it, let them play with their massive pile of toys, or put on the tv, hand over the iPad, do whatever trick you have and get your life in order and organized (is this a hint to another “life improvement”, I think so…) and then get back to your kids, they only stay little for a short time and you should embrace every moment you can. Want to hear a trick I learned in my short 4 years of being a mom? You can make anything a game and little ones will not only be hooked but they will be learning without even knowing it. Currently I am teaching my son how to fold clothes and he thinks it’s awesome, helping around the house and learning new skills, check and check! So, whether you are home all day or only get to spend an hour with your kids before bedtime, utilize it!  That time with your children should be more important to you than anything.

Joy Cho, who is the founder of the amazing blog, Oh Joy, and awesome designer behind some of the best & most colorful Target home decor, challenged her readers this New Year to stop thinking about what we want to fix and just reflect on something we love about ourselves. I think this is an excellent exercise because coincidentally enough, it ties right in with my first improvement. Regardless of the mistakes I have made in parenting, what I love the most about myself is that I am a GREAT mom. If you’re not a mother yet, you might think that’s easy to say, but I assure you, at least for me, it’s not something that falls out of my mouth quite easily. You see, it’s not really if you are a great mom (though it is a prerequisite), it’s actually if you believe you are a great mom. Once you have a baby, anyone from your favorite relative to a complete stranger will offer you “advice” on parenting. Critiques and words can be very strong and constantly make you question if you are truly doing the right thing for your child. One of your many jobs as a mom is to take what they say, apply it to your life (or not), and yet still be sure enough with yourself that you are doing the right thing. Interacting with your children not only helps you learn about them, but teaches you about yourself as well. Even though I am speaking specifically as a mom, this applies to everyone, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles or any close friend, children need positive influences in their lives and so do we, so take the time to know your “little” loved ones this year and see what you find out about yourself. I have been blessed to have an awesome support system to help raise my children and I hope that you do as well or at least are a part of one. We all have priorities, put your kids at the top of that list. And to all of my readers who are mothers already, WE are GREAT moms! Surround yourself with positivity and embrace that #MomLife ladies, because even though our “mom” title remains forever, “little” children do not. 

Be well to yourself and others,

Livy

PS What do you love about yourself? Take the #OhJoyLoveYourself challenge and let me know too!

 

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Thankful Little Dipper Pots

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the baby shower of my best friend, Courtney. As you know, I love to craft, so I was pretty excited when she allowed me to help with some of the finishing touches for the big day. The day was fantastic, good times, great gifts and lots of laughs and love for our new baby boy. Something else pretty rad? The favors. Now, even though I physically put the favors together, I cannot take credit for this amazing idea, that goes 100% to my friend’s crafty mother, Regina. These favors are adorable, super tasty and an awesome thank you gift for any occasion. Since Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away, I thought what could be a better way of thanking your guests, family and friends with a little gift for helping you survive another year. I mean, the only thing better than a thank you, is a treat to go along with it, am I right?! The best part? They are so simple to put together! So, don’t fret, you will have these done with enough time to bake your secret family pie recipe in time for turkey day!

 

 

Thankful Little Dipper Pots

What you need:

Small Glass Mason Jars (half pint aka the short and fat ones)

Carmel Sauce (recipe below)

Apples

Plastic Bags

Twine

Thank You Tags or Stickers

First off, let’s make that sauce! Now, you could make any kind of dipping sauce your little heart desires, you could even put pre-made dip in that jar! No one would know. But since I have to stay corn free, pretty much everything I make is from scratch. Also, you should make the dip in advance and store it in a cool place (like the fridge or garage) until you are ready to put the whole favor together, it will save you time in the long run.

What you need:

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of water

1/2 cup of whipping cream

Himalayan sea salt

Optional:

If you have a sweet tooth: pretzels, nuts or chocolate candies (crushed)

If you are feeling saucy: a tablespoon or two of you favorite liquor (think bourbon)

Cooking Directions:

In a large saucepan, bring sugar & water to a boil and continue to let boil for about 10 minutes, you want the sauce to get that sweet caramel color that we all love. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. In fact, don’t stop whisking and don’t leave the stove. This mix will burn and nobody wants burnt caramel! It’s only 10 minutes of your life, so no complaining! Once the color has come, reduce the heat to low. BE CAREFUL and add the cream (and bourbon if you would like.) It’s going to bubble, so don’t be scared. Grind in a little bit of sea salt. Don’t forget to keep whisking. The sauce will thicken as it cools, but let it boil for about a minute more for extra thickness before removing from the stove. While the sauce is still hot, transfer to the glass mason jars. Allow sauce to cool uncovered at room temperature. Before it is completely stiff, add some toppings. A grind of sea salt, crushed pretzels and chocolates, or you can even buy those cute Thanksgiving shaped sprinkles to top the dip off. Once cool, cover with lid and store until ready to craft.

Crafting Directions:

In a small plastic favor bag, stack the jar of dip and then an apple. Tie off with some twine and attach your thank you tag. Your guests will love you forever. Be sure to remind them that they can microwave the dip to get it soft when they are about to dive in with their apple sliced up (or even a spoon) no judgement here.

I personally want to thank and wish all of my followers a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let me know if you try this DIY and how it turns out!

Enjoy, 

Livy

PS You can find all of these items (and more) at Target!

Papa Ganache Gets Two (Vegan and Gluten-Free) Thumbs Up

Magical Gluten Free & Vegan Unicorn Cake

In a house full of intolerances and allergies, it’s never fun to start a new regiment. Right now, we are on a strict elimination diet for my 3-year-old son of gluten and casein, which is the protein found in mammals’ milk, (think no dairy and more.) I know, how could one survive? No cupcakes, sandwiches, pizza?! Especially in a pre-school state of mind, in which all of these items are staples for birthday and holiday parties. I have found patience helps but finding great alternatives to your favorite foods is the key. Easy recipes are great and finding products in the store are awesome, but the best thing you can find is an establishment, that you can trust, to make something that can save you time, trouble, and of course, provide you with a tasty treat that won’t make you sick. I am happy to say, that yesterday I found just this. Papa Ganache in Matawan, NJ.

I had heard about this bakery and have been wanting to get over there for a while. When I walked in, I couldn’t get over how adorable the place was. The walls are decorated with baking tins and hand-written menus and just below are cases filled with an unbelievable selection of stunning pastries. All of Papa Ganache’s products are vegan, certified Kosher and most can be made gluten free as well. Right now, everything is baked in small batches in the bakery, but they are working on becoming certified gluten free by baking in a separate facility in order to make sure there is no cross contamination. Not only do I admire this bakery because they strive to make it easier for everyone to enjoy food, but for the fact that they create yummy edible works of art. I know firsthand, eating restrictively can make you feel different, which is especially hard for young children, like my son. Of course, I can send in a gluten & casein free snack to school when his friends are having parties, but it’s not the same as enjoying a cupcake with the rest of the class. When you have enough things going on to make you feel different, anything to make you feel more comfortable in a crowd is a big plus in my book. So having these beautiful pastries as an option for my son to enjoy, makes me a happy mom.

Papa Ganache is constantly creating new recipes and ideas, so I suggest you stop by and check it out for yourself at 106 Main St, Matawan, NJ 07747 or visit their website https://www.papaganache.com

Super Banana Smoothie

I like to think that I have my Masters…in trickery for hiding better-for-you foods in my every day dishes.

Getting my family and friends to eat healthier isn’t just about eating all vegetables and no sugar, that would be horrible! It’s about buying food that is made well. It is SO important to read the labels on your food, I mean even some vegetables these days are brushed with a food grade wax to preserve their skin, no thanks, just give me an apple off the tree.

One of my favorite ways of tricking everyone is by using my Vitamix. From making pancakes to soup and everything in-between, this blender is a miracle worker. My son loves to eat, but he doesn’t always eat the kind of food his body needs, so I trick him in getting extra nutritious food by mixing them in to things he likes. So today I figured I would share one of his favorites, my Super Banana Smoothie recipe. This smoothie is awesome because it tastes like bananas, but it is packed with hidden protein!  I use Siggi’s Filmjolk as the base and if you have never tried Filmjolk (or anything that Siggi’s makes) you are missing out. Filmjolk is a drinkable yogurt with 1 billion probiotics a serving and tastes delicious. My secret smoothie ingredient? Chia seeds. You have to try this super seed and don’t worry, you won’t spout leaves like those terra-cotta pets from the 80’s, chia is packed with iron and fiber and you only need a little to go a long way. Top it off with spinach and you have got yourself a power smoothie. Give it a try and see if you can trick your family too!

K.I.S.S.

LivyLove

 

Super Banana Smoothie

Serves 2

5 Weight Watchers Smart Points (per serving)

Ingredients

2 cups of Siggi’s Vanilla Filmjolk

2 handfuls of spinach

2 teaspoons of chia

2 frozen bananas (if you don’t have frozen, use regular and add a handful of ice to the recipe.)

Instructions

Throw it all in the Vitamix, blend and enjoy!

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