Sugar Cookie Bunnies

Sugar Cookie Bunnies

Bring the Easter Bunny to the table with these rabbit-shaped Sugar Cookie Sweets.

 

Sugar Cookie Bunnies

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

 

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. With machine running, gradually add flour mixture; mix until combined. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes (or up to 3 days).

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch-tall bunny-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

 

 Makes about 1 dozen

 

Our Source for this fabulous Sugar Cookie Recipe is from   www.marthastewart.com

 

Martha Stewart Living, March 2008 

 

 

 

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Healing facial scars at home

Myth: Any Change in Skin Is a Scar

Whether you’re faced with an acne scar or stretch marks, you’ve probably reached for the cocoa butter or vitamin E — or just given up hope that you can treat these blemishes. But common knowledge about healing facial scars and prevention is mostly outdated. With some sound advice from some top dermatologists, to set the record straight and my own proven scar treatment oil from India.

 

What is a scar ?…….

The word “scar” is often misused to describe a change in skin color, but a scar has characteristics that go beyond a difference in pigmentation. “A scar occurs when the texture of skin changes,” explains Doris Day, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. “If you can run your fingers over the skin, and feel a raised or sunken texture, that’s a scar.”

Most commonly, people mistake the discoloration left in the wake of acne breakouts as scarring, when in fact it’s simply deeper pigmenting that can be lightened with products that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, and retinol.

A genuine scar usually requires professional treatment to effect a significant difference, though, says Dr. Day, diligent moisturization and protection from the sun can help scars improve somewhat on their own by allowing skin to regenerate.

 

 

Keeping Cuts Covered Prevents Scaring ? ……..

Myth: Keeping Cuts Covered Prevents a Scar

While a fresh cut may have you reaching for a bandage to help it heal and prevent a new scar, that’s not the best approach, says Day. “Cuts need to breathe to heal properly,” she explains. When first treating a cut, use an antiseptic like hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it. Then cover it with a bandage during the day to prevent abrasions and exposure to the sun, and remove the bandage at night so the injury can breathe.

“Continually applying antibacterial’s like Neosporin breaks down collagen and interferes with healing,” says Day. “All you need after the first disinfection is soap and water to keep the cut clean.”

Instead apply a healing oil like  Karanj Seed (Pongamia pinnata) Origin: India, to keep the cut moist, which also helps prevent scaring.  Karanj is among the herbs, the natives of North India have used since generations in traditional treatment of tumors, wounds, ulcers, itching, enlargement of spleen and abdomen, urinary discharges. It also reputed to cure biliousness, piles, head pains, leucoderma, skin diseases and wounds.

 

 

Stretch Marks Caused by  Weight Gain ………

Myth: Only Weight Gain Causes Stretch Marks

 

Yes, weight fluctuation is the primary cause of stretch marks, but it’s not the only one. Those telltale silvery stripes form whenever growth outpaces accompanying creation of skin cells. Think of a growth spurt in adolescence — in such cases, white marks typically cover areas like the hips, breasts, and underarms.

If stretch marks are caught when still red, diligent use of a prescription retinoid cream can diminish their appearance by speeding cell turnover. However, the standard for treatment today is to use a laser, which stimulates healing of the skin by kicking up collagen production, says Day. The popular V-Beam laser costs $200 to $350 per session; it requires an average of five to six treatments to show results. If your pockets don’t run that deep, take consolation in this fact: Ninety-nine percent of women have stretch marks, according to Day. At least we’re all in good company.

Prevention: moisturize from the inside out with daily water and moisturizing lotion or oil.

 

As I mention I have been studying the natural usage of carrying and essence oils , along with spa products ingredients for several years, with the hopes to create a fun and safe line of products for the next generation of kid’s. I came across a fascinating oil called Karanj Seed (Pongamia pinnata), you read a bit about the wonders of this oil above. With a rash on my neck that formed into a boil, I applied this oil 3 times a day for four days.. Gone ! .. I was amazed !!!!! ….. with just a small scar left, which I am applying this Karanj Seed Oil to it daily, in hopes to have this scar disappear completely .  This is my personal testimony, you can be the judge for yourself or love ones. To order  your own bottle visit www.newdirectionsaromatics.com . Love to hear your amazing results !

 

 

Thank you Grace Gold with www.everydayhealth.com for this amazing reverence article.

 

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Facial Oil Cleanser

Avocado Oil

Apply one of these super-soothing oils for softer, smoother skin from head to toe.

Some think facial oil cleanser is the black sheep of the beauty world, because of it’s greasy nature.. But just as there are good oils for your diet, the right natural oils can keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and glowing — and even fight breakouts — without any slimy residue.

If you have acne or sensitive skin, make sure you do a patch test before you commit to a particular oil.)

Read on to find out how these 11 oils might be the natural solution for your beauty problems.

 

Argan Oil

Argan Oil

Best for: Fine lines, dry skin, and dry hair

What it is: Argan oil is surrounded by more hype than Justin Timberlake’s new album — and the consensus is that the hype is justified (for both). Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. While it first claimed fame as a savior for dry, damaged hair, the oil also works wonders on the face and body. “The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen,” says Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.

Avocado Oil

Best for: Dry, sensitive, or irritated skin

What it is: “This oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decrease inflammation,” says Jennifer Linder, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. Because it’s such a rich emollient, avocado oil is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin.

 

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Best for: Sensitive skin, eczema, dry hair

What it is: “When a client has super-sensitive skin, I recommend coconut oil, straight from the grocery store, as a body moisturizer,” says Joanna Vargas, a celebrity facialist in New York City. “Its fatty acids make it helpful for anyone with eczema, too.”

Additionally, research has shown that coconut oil restores dry hair. “Its 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and help provide flexibility and strength,” says Perry Romanowski, a cosmetic chemist in Chicago. Rub a small amount on dry ends, smooth a bit on your fingers to tame flyaways, or use it as a deep-conditioning treatment in the shower.

 

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed Oil

Best for: Irritated, sensitive skin, and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis

What it is: Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed is important for a healthy heart and complexion. You can mix the seeds in foods, or use the oil as a topical moisturizer, says Howard Sobel, MD, an attending physician in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City. “It has anti-inflammatory properties, and studies have shown that if taken daily, it can improve skin conditions such as eczema in just three months.”

 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil

Best for: General dry skin

What it is: While technically a wax, jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil has a chemical structure that’s very similar to our skin’s natural oils, so it’s easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin.

 

 

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil

Best for: Acne-prone or irritated skin

What it is: Collected from the fresh flowering tops of lavender, lavender oil may be especially beneficial for those with acne and general skin irritation. “It helps control sebum production, soothes irritation, and is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant,” says Linder. Lavender oil can also boost the performance of your other skin products. Says Linder, “It’s thought to help aid in the absorption of active ingredients into the skin.”

 

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Best for: Very dry skin

What it is: Olive oil — particularly extra-virgin olive oil — is a good all-around natural moisturizer and is recommended for dehydrated skin. “It’s super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E,” Dr. Sobel says. Like jojoba oil, olive oil is similar to the oils naturally produced by our skin and so is absorbed well into the skin. It typically does not cause allergies, but because it’s a heavier oil, those with acne should avoid using it on their face. Studies also show that the antioxidant content in olive oil may help protect against skin cancer.

 

Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil

Best for: Uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, and acne-prone skin

What it is: Rose hip seed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush, is like Mother Nature’s Retin-A without the irritating side effects. “It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which work to increase cell turnover,” explains Sobel. “If you use it for a few weeks, you’ll notice significant change in any dark spots, scars, or any other skin discoloration.”

This retinol-like effect, and the resulting increase in collagen and elastin production, means aging skin will benefit from rose hip seed oil, too. Its high concentrations of linoleic acid may also help acneic skin.

 

 

Safflower Oil

Safflower Oil

Best for: Dry, irritated skin

What it is: The oil of this thistle-like flower contains linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. “It’s the best of all the oils for inflamed, dry skin — with the exception of argan oil, but safflower oil is much less expensive,” says Leslie Baumann, MD, a dermatologist in Miami and author of Skin Type Solutions. You can also consume safflower oil to prevent dry skin, especially if your diet is low in fat. “Vegetarians and those on low-fat or low-cholesterol diets are more likely to have dry skin, but adding safflower oil to foods can help,” Dr. Baumann says.

 

 

Tea Tree Oil

Best for: Acne-prone skin

What it is: Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can’t find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. “For best results, use it in conjunction with alpha- and beta-hydroxy-acid washes,” says Dr. Zeichner. “Doing so will help slough off dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores.”

Although it’s a natural substance, tea tree oil may cause irritation, so make sure you test it on a small patch of skin before you use it generally.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Bora Chang www.everydayhealth.com
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Pizza Pie Recipe

Ricotta Pizza with Fresh and Roasted Tomatoes

Ricotta Pizza with Fresh and Roasted Tomatoes

 

Ingredients

prep: 15 mins
total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 6
  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 large tomato, preferably heirloom, cut into half-moons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, for serving

 

 

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Combine ricotta and Parmesan, season with salt and pepper, and stir in egg. On a baking sheet, drizzle pizza dough with 2 tablespoons oil and stretch or roll into a 16-inch-long oval. Spread ricotta mixture on dough, leaving a 1-inch border.

  2. Step 2

    On a rimmed baking sheet, toss cherry tomatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake cherry tomatoes on bottom rack and pizza on top rack until tomatoes are soft and skins have burst, 15 minutes. Remove tomatoes and bake pizza until crust is deep golden brown, about 8 minutes more. Toss cherry tomatoes with sliced tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Transfer pizza to a cutting board and top with tomato mixture and oregano.

 

Source

Everyday Food, September 2012

 

 

 

P.S. ….. I am in no way, being compensated for this blog post from www.marthastewart.com   … just wanted to share with my fabulous readers this yummy pizza !

 

 

 

 

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Rubber Duckies Journey

modern-rubber-ducky2P The Epic Marine Journey of Rubber Duckies ……. After Ernie of the Sesame Street christened his beloved bath companion “rubber duckie” through a song, the whole world followed suit. We call them rubber duckies: the cute yellow squishables we so love to set sail on the bath. Commonly dismissed as mere toys for kids or simple gift items and giveaways, little do we know that some of these little bath buddies have the world’s waters in them, shedding light on how ocean currents work.

One shipment of Friendly Floatees, plastic bath toys manufactured by Chinese companies for The First Years Inc., began a fateful odyssey when a shipment of 28,800 red beavers, green frogs, blue turtles, and yellow ducks washed overboard a container ship destined for Tacoma, Washington from Hong Kong in January 1992. The floatees, which were designed specifically to not hold water, started on their way, bobbing tens and thousands of miles.

The first floatees washed up ashore on 16 November 1992 and the ensuing days till August 1993 on the coast of Alaska (more than 3,000 kilometers from their point of embarkation!). These landfalls were recorded by oceanographers, and plugged into models of the oceans’ currents to successfully predict the next batch of floatees, which floated up in Tacoma in 1996. The duckies have since turned up in distant places long after their departure: the toys have been found in Hawaiian shores, in Southern Africa, and in Australia. Some of them were even found above the Titanic’s final resting place (27,000 kilometers away!), as well as near the UK, after spending years in the freezing Arctic.

These duckies are but one of the likely thousands of shipments that are lost at sea each year. These lost shipments, aside from causing economic loss to the shipping companies and those who were supposed to receive them, pollute the oceans; potentially harming ocean creatures who may accidentally consume them or be ensnared in them. The floatees serve as cute representatives to bring the lost flotsam into the awareness of the people. That they still wash up more than a decade after their loss highlights how long the effects of each shipment loss has on the marine environment.

Aside from stressing the harm of pollution, duckies also help scientists map out the currents of the world. By tracking their passage through the oceans, scientists, such as oceanographers, can make hypotheses on how the currents of the oceans, such as the large circulating currents known as “gyres,” flow. They can then test these hypotheses by predicting when and where future flotsam might end up. These models of the oceans’ currents, aside from being intrinsically interesting to scientists, can help in figuring out the location of future lost shipments (which may then be recovered or cleaned up). And by monitoring the changes in these models, scientists can also measure the effects of climate change on the currents. These changes are important to investigate because of the dependence of the different marine species on them, as well as their effect on global weather patterns (such as the El Niño and La Niña).

So next time you see a rubber ducky, you know it contributed a huge part to our oceanography.

 

Thank you www.branders.com .

 

 

P.S. ….. I am in no way, being compensated for this blog post from www.branders.com  … just wanted to share with my fabulous readers the rubber duckie story !

 

 

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Live A Beautiful Life

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Gluten Free Cosmetics

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When you’re getting ready for the day ….. gluten free cosmetics is probably the last thing on your mind. Generally beautiful blush and mega-defining mascaras are not thought of as daily items that could be making us sick. However, if you’re sensitive to gluten, eliminating these and other potentially gluten-laden makeup products may prove beneficial.

 

 

What Is Gluten ?

Gluten is the protein found in wheat and certain other grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Many ingredients in cosmetics contain wheat or are made from it, such as Vitamin E oil. These wheat-derived products add moisture and body to products and are often used as binders. Sensitivity to gluten has been skyrocketing over the past decade, with one in 133 Americans being diagnosed with Celiac disease (a severe form of gluten insensitivity) along with 18 million Americans who have gluten intolerance. 

 

 

Why It Matters ?

While gluten is typically associated with digestive discomfort and internal damage, it can also cause intense skin conditions. One type of gluten sensitivity comes in the form of dermatitis herpetiformis, which causes an extremely painful skin rash. Even if your form of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is digestive, your skin is the largest organ in your body, absorbing up to 60% of what is put on it. While the amount in any given product may be minuscule, the combined daily effect of gluten-containing products could still be enough to trigger symptoms. Alice Bast, the founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, says: “Lipstick, lip-gloss, mouthwash, toothpaste—they can all trigger a reaction in people with celiac disease. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you could be doing damage on the inside.” According to leading institutions such as the Celiac Center and Mayo Clinic, when celiac disease is left untreated or the body is consistently attacked with gluten, further damage such as osteoporosis, infertility, immune disorders, thyroid disease, or cancer may be the result.

 

 

Alternatives:

There are gluten-free alternatives for nearly every product on the market, but they may not be readily available in your pharmacy’s makeup aisle. Some drugstore companies like Maybelline do offer gluten-free products and will be labeled to indicate it. Other companies specialize such as Afterglow, Gabriel Cosmetics, Red Apple Lipsticks (plus other products), and Emani. They all have full makeup lines free of gluten and offer great color choices and options.

Switching to gluten-free makeup can be an opportunity to experiment with new colors, styles, and products. Embrace the challenge and expand your daily routine, all the while limiting your exposure to gluten. Go forth gorgeous and gluten-free!

 

 

Here is a list of the many beauty product ingredients gluten can be hiding in:

 Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Cyclodextrin, Dextrin, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Wheat Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride, Wheat Protein, Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Yeast Extract.

 

By   www.darlingmagazine.org

 

 

 Stop by our Moodylicous Children’s Spa Products Shop above and try our “Vegan & Gluten Free Spa & Hair Care Products” !!

 

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Rhinestone Ring Gloves ~ DIY

glove We love these “Rhinestone Ring Gloves” a simple and fashionable do it yourself sewing project for us beginner sewers. Trinkets In Bloom is one of my all time favorite do it yourself stylish blogs around. When I came across these gloves it was like.. Why didn’t I think of that !  Cathy the creator and stylist comes up with the most fabulous fashionable ideas for DIY.  I know all of us girls go through this when it time to bring out the winter attire. We are wanting to wear our stylish rhinestone ring, but the fact is they won’t fit over our gloves. Simple solution, sew on a few rhinestone buttons or brooches to your knitted or even your leather gloves. You’ll find the instructions over on Trinkets In Bloom site.

Rhinestone ring gloves are not the only DIY sewing project Cathy has created in her photo above …. I’m loving the “Black Veiled Beanie” …… so chic & stylish.

With the winter blast that has been hitting us all across the country…. stay in this weekend….. enjoy some DIY time with your friends and family…. create some fabulous fashionable wears !

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Girls Spa Day – Grapefruit & Rosemary Salt Scrub

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Happy New Year’s 2014 !

Let’s start this year off with a girls spa day. It’s so nice to be back in the swing of things. We’ve had a busy past few months of 2013 at Moodylicious and our blogging took a detour.  Have you set any goals for this year ? We have..to Blog more ! We know we have a fabulous platform here to share products, recipes and information to make your life a bit more relaxed and fun filled. That’s just what were going to do today. We love searching the web for new ideas and here is a fabulous “Do It Yourself Salt Scrub” to make with a few friends. Have them over for some spirit’s and cheese and just let your girl’s go wild over this delicious recipe.

Our friend Libbie Summers crafted & styled this  “Grapefruit & Rosemary Salt Scrub” over on her blog “Salted & Styled” . You must stop by her site..so many delicious recipes for jams, sauces and delights.

 

Grapefruit and Rosemary Salt Scrub


Makes about 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:
1 cup kosher salt
zest of 1 grapefruit
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely minced
½ cup pure organic almond oil
a few drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

Directions:
In a small mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Pour into a sterilized jar with a tight fitting lid. (I sterilize mine by running through the dishwasher.)

To use: Stir mixture and apply to a clean body in the shower. Rinse and pat dry with a towel.

Note: Scrub will keep in an air-tight container at room-temperature for 4 months.

 

What do you think ?  Mmmmmm smells go delicious !  You can add a “Rosemary Bath & Body Oil” ….. find a few empty wine bottles with the cork , clean and dry out. Grab some fresh rosemary, separate the rosemary from the stem or leave them whole. Place a few in the bottom of the wine bottle, pour in your olive oil, cork and let set for a few days. Use a Gold Sharpie to  draw designs on the bottles ….. makes a  great hostess gift for your BFF’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Women !

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman…
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
—Maya Angelou 

 

 

 

 

 

Credited ~ Oprah.com