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Neocell Collagen Protein Review

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Neocell Collagen Powder

Neocell Collagen Powder

I’ve been using Neocell’s collagen powder for close to six months now. I had started seeing collagen powder products pop up all over Instagram and felt like I was missing out on something exciting by not taking it! That’s the power of social marketing for you ūüėČ Everyone raved that it was so good for your hair, nails, skin and joint pain. So what did I do? I got some. I¬†drank the koolaid – literally!

After having two hip surgeries and still having pretty chronic hip pain, I hoped that collagen powder could act as a natural remedy. In addition to the hip pain I was hoping to cure, I also desperately wanted something to help my damaged hair. After taking out my hair extensions, I sadly had quite a bit of breakage and hair loss.

Now here is a disclaimer but hear me out. The results definitely aren’t overnight and it’s for sure one of those things that the results are more inward than outward but¬†overall I’m telling you that I feel so much better! My joint pain isn’t gone but it has improved. My hair isn’t¬†noticeably longer but it’s so much stronger and healthier looking!

Recently, I’ve had so many of you ask if I’m doing anything different with how I’m styling my hair or the hair products I’m using and¬†the answer is no! The only thing I’ve done differently is take this collagen powder so if it’s looking better, that’s what I attribute it to! And while I can’t see a huge difference in my nails, my nail tech made a comment recently that I had the strongest, best nails she had seen in awhile! So I guess something has to be working ūüôā

You might remember a few months ago I hosted a girl’s brunch at my house and made it a mission to put Neocell collagen powder in everything I made to see if my friends could even tell a difference. Everything from the mini donuts, to the chicken and waffles, to the smoothie bar all had collagen powder in it and to no surprise, not a single person could taste a difference!

For the past six months, I’ve used Neocell’s flavorless collagen powder that I literally put in just about everything (coffee, smoothies, eggs, soup, cookies, etc.) but they just came out with a¬†berry lemon flavor and it’s so good! So far I’ve tried it in smoothies, hot tea, wassail, and the occasional cocktail.¬†You can also add it to water or a carbonated, clear drink.

If you are like me and take care of everything and everyone else before tending to yourself, I urge you to take some time for yourself this holiday season and invest in your health! I sound like my mother but it’s the only body you have and it will only take care you of you if you take care of it!

* Thank you Neocell for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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The Best Pre Black Friday Sales

Pre Black Friday Sales

ABERCROMBIE | 50% off select items

AMERICAN EAGLE | $50 off of $150, $30 off of $100, or $20 off of $75

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off almost everything with code NEWOUTFIT // 50% off for cardholders with code SHOPFIRST

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | extra 40% off of sale

ASOS | extra 10% off the up-to 70% off sale with code EXTRA

BANANA REPUBLIC | 40% off everything

EXPRESS | 40% off EVERYTHING

FOREVER21 | 30% off all sweaters

FRANCESCAS | BOGO 50% off everything // My favorite for holiday decor and stocking stuffers

GAP | up to 50% off everything, cardholders use code CARDBF & PLUS10 for extra 10% off, non cardholders use code GIFT for 40% off

J.CREW | 35% off party styles + 25% off everything else with code READYTOPARTY

J.CREW FACTORY | 40-60% off wear now pieces

LOFT | 40%-50% off depending on if you are a cardholder // Check out my try on haul here.

LORD & TAYLOR | up to 40% off everything with code DEALS + $25 off of $200 with code BONUS + FREE SHIPPING

MACY‚ÄôS¬†|¬†Lot’s of marked down items! Use code SCORE25 for $10 off of $25+ or use code SCORE for an additional 20% off.

NASTYGAL | 40% off everything with code GIMME40

NORDSTROM | Select styles are 40% off + FREE shipping

NORDSTROM RACK | Best place to stock up on holiday gifts

OLD NAVY | up to 50% off store wide // Check out my HUGE try on haul here.

SEPHORA | 15-20% off beauty insider event with code BIBONUS

TARGET | So many sales! Clothing wise: 10$ off of $40 or $20 off $75. Pajama pants are $10 and all Christmas trees are 40% off.

CLOTHING

DECOR

T3 MICRO | Buy more, save more! 15$ off base + 1 barrel, 20% off base + 2 barrels, or 25% off base + 3 barrels (I love this wand)

ULTA Beauty | Holiday gifts at every price point. Check out the Black Friday deals early here.

I will be adding this to the Holiday drop down menu located at the upper right hand side of the blog if you are viewing from a desktop. I highly suggest bookmarking this tab for the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals plus all of my picks for holiday gifts. I will be sharing gifts her and him, stocking stuffers, holiday pajamas, ugly sweaters and SO much more!

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Girls Night In: Holiday Edition

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Holiday Girls Night In Ideas with Olay Face Masks

Holiday Girls Night In Ideas with Olay Face Masks

Holiday Girls Night In Ideas with Olay Face Masks

Holiday Girls Night In Ideas with Olay Face Masks

I’m such a homebody at heart so it’s not uncommon (especially during the holidays) to find me snuggled up on the couch in my cozies, with a face mask on, sipping mama’s homemade hot chocolate (recipe here) and watching a good chick flick. I recently had the opportunity to try out Olay’s new launch of their clay stick face masks and I am so excited to share my favs. I like to use face masks just like the next girl, but I never know which ones to use or what the difference is between all of them. With so many on the market, it can be a little overwhelming am I right?!

I’ve also heard of the term “multi-masking” but felt a little too out of my element to give it a try it until recently. If you don’t know what “multi-masking” is, it is just what it sounds like: using multiple face masks at one time. The purpose of multi-masking is to target different facial needs since most of us don’t have the same type of skin or problem areas all over our face. While this Instagram famous beauty trend seems like playing Picasso on your face, it really is quite genius!

If you think about it, your T zone is usually oiliest which tends to cause clogged pores and breakouts. Because of this you want a mask that will target those stressed out areas, detox and reduce those pores, and leave your skin feeling nice and refreshed. Insert my favorite Olay Pore Detox clay stick Mask here! While I primarily use it on my forehead, I will also apply it on my nose and chin depending on how clogged my pores are in those areas. Personally, I saw the most noticeable results with this face mask being that I have oily, acne-prone skin and this mask left my skin feeling cleaner and softer than ever!

Moving onto the other areas of your face, your cheeks are normally going to be the dryer part of your face. They need hydration. Insert the Olay Glow Boost clay stick Mask here! Not only does this mask hydrate your skin, it leaves it with a natural looking glow. It brings new skin cells to life with micro-exfoliating white charcoal. This mask is very mild and is a good one to use all over on days that your skin feels a little dull.

Lastly, our skin always have those problem areas that just need a little extra TLC some days. Insert the Olay Fresh Reset clay stick Mask here! This mask is great just what it sounds like- a skin refresh. It is infused with anti-oxidant minerals to give your skin the extra loving that it needs. Lately my skin has been having horrible hormonal acne, so I will trade off between this mask and the Pore Detox.

The best part about these masks is that they are inexpensive and can be found at your local Walmart. With a low-price tag like that, you might as well try out all three. Why wear one mask when you could wear three at one time?! Another pus is that they are mess free You can apply the stick right onto your face without having to dirty your hands. This is actually better for your face as you are not getting dirt and bacteria from your hands onto your face.

If you do decide to have a girls night in complete with an Olay Stick mask or three, don’t forget that Hallmark Channel is already playing Christmas movies (eek!) and that mama’s homemade hot chocolate is just 4 ingredients. Talk about the perfect girls night in:)

*Thank you Olay for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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Best Trader Joes Products: Fall Haul

Best Trader Joes Products Fall Haul

Can you believe up until last month I was a Trader Joe’s virgin?! For someone who talks about trends all day, every day, I felt left out of the Fall frenzy that seemed to be happening at Trader Joe’s according to literally every single blogger. So my basic self had to go investigate what all the madness was about. In addition to my long list of all things pumpkin and Fall flavored, I asked all of you for your recommendations and y’all did not disappoint!

What did disappoint was honestly a lot of the fall flavored items. See below for my full grocery list that I picked up and which items I would buy again or not.

GROCERY LIST


Pumpkin O’s

Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Almonds

Autumnal Harvest Soup

Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomato Raviolis 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Gorgonzola Gnocchi

Chicken Fried Rice

Coconut Shrimp

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Chili Limi Seasoning

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites

Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower 

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

I’D BUY AGAIN


Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal

I was pleasantly surprised by this! If you are a fan of on-the-go breakfast meals, this one has a great flavor and I love the pecan pieces in it.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Almonds

I’d go back to TJ’s just for these. I demolished these in a few days. So good!! The perfect snack or after dinner small dessert.

Autumnal Harvest Soup

While TJ’s also has a Harvest pasta sauce (which I didn’t see) I used this chunky soup as a pasta and pizza sauce. The flavor is amazing and I love that it has small chunks of veggies. I highly recommend using it on the goat cheese & sundried tomato raviolis or as a pizza sauce on the cauliflower crust.

Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomato Raviolis 

100%¬†my favorite purchase from TJ’s. if you are a goat cheese lover, grab these! They are located in the produce section and pair nicely with the Autumnal Harvest Soup used as a pasta sauce.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

These are all the rage right now! I suggest putting a little olive oil on the crust and baking it for 5 minutes before actually putting your sauce and toppings on so that it doesn’t fall apart. It tasted just like a normal pizza crust with less calories!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Flavored with sage and butter this was actually pretty good. I added chicken and goat cheese and loved every bite! I will say it is a little mushy.

Gorgonzola Gnocchi

This honestly didn’t have a ton of flavor. I added spiced apples, walnuts and fresh rosemary to give it some flavor and it was amazing!

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

This seasoning was probably the most nominated item by all of you. It is pretty darn good on avocado toast.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

This one came highly recommended by all of you and I see why! It is a good one!

HARD PASS


Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Ew. So much ew. I’m not sure if it’s because I microwaved this instead of heating it up in the oven (both were listed as options), but it was dry and did not have a great flavor either. I know a ton of people liked this but I personally did not.

Pumpkin O’s

These tasted like sweet cardboard to me.

Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

I tried to love this, i really did. It definitely does NOT work in coffee and to be honest I¬†didn’t 100% love it in anything else that I tried either. While it has a decent flavor, I don’t like that whatever you add it to gets this film on the top of it. Makes me wonder what I’m actually drinking!


For everything else, I did not have a love or a hate relationship with it. If I didn’t list it under “I’d buy again” or “hard pass” then it fell somewhere inbetween the two. Meaning I didn’t dislike but I also didn’t love it. If it sounds good to you, try it! If not, you can probably live without it:) If there are any must have Trader Joe’s items that I did not pick up in my initial haul, please let me know since I’ll be returning very soon!

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Adams’ Family Fall Recipes

POPCORN BALLS

Adams' Family Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

 

10 cups popcorn (popped)
2, 10 ounce bags of Mini Marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Orange food dye

2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 roll of clear or orange Cellophane                12 green pipe cleaners                             Serving Size: 24 Popcorn balls

 

Step 1: Pop the popcorn, remove any leftover kernels and place all 5 cups of popcorn in a large bowl.

Step 2: Use the stove to melt the Mini Marshmallows and butter in a pan on low heat. Continuously stir until the mixture is completely melted.

Step 3: Add 10 drops of orange food dye and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the marshmallow mixture and stir until fully mixed.

Step 4: Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated.

Step 5: At this point you can use a scooper or your hands to scoop up the popcorn balls. I suggest spray your hands or scooper with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place each ball on a piece of parchment paper to dry.

Step 6: Cut 24 squares of cellophane large enough to place the popcorn ball in the middle, wrap it up, and still have enough material for the “stem”. You will also want to cut your 12 pipe cleaners in half.

Step 7: Tie up all of your popcorn balls in their cellophane wrapper and tie it off with a pipe cleaner. For add effect: twist the pipe cleaner to make the “stem” curly!


CHICKEN TORTELLINI SOUP

8 cups chicken broth
3 carrots (chopped)
4 stalks celery (chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 sprig rosemary

2 sprigs thyme                                                        1 Rotisserie Chicken                                            1 package (9 ounces) Tortellini .             Serving Size: 8 servings

 

Step 1: In a large pot, bring broth to a broil. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Add veggies, tortellini and spices and cook covered till soft (about 10-15 minutes)

Step 3: Add chicken and let simmer covered for another 30 minutes.

Step 4: Salt and Pepper to taste.


HOMEMADE TEXAS CHILI & TRUFFLE MAC ‘n CHEESE

Adams' Family Fall Recipes: Homemade Texas Chili

 

2 tablespoons cumin seeds
8 ounces bacon (chopped)
3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1‚ĀĄ4-inch cubes
2 onions (chopped)
1‚ĀĄ4 cup Homemade Chili Powder
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1‚ĀĄ2 teaspoon dried thyme

1‚ĀĄ2 teaspoon salt
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 3‚ĀĄ4 cups beef broth
1 (28-ounce) can pureed tomatoes
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 box Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese
1 package of HEB’s truffle butter (found in the dairy section)

Step 1: Toast the cumin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes. Using a metal or wooden tool with a flat surface, crush the seeds coarsely. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook the bacon in the skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon and reserve.

Step 3: Over high heat, brown the beef in the bacon drippings left in the skillet and set the meat aside.

Step 4: Over medium heat, sauté the onions in the remaining drippings until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 5: Add the toasted cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, black pepper, thyme, salt, and garlic to the cooked onions and sauté for 1 minute. Crumble in the bacon, add the beef broth, 1 cup of water, the tomatoes, ancho chiles, and the beef.

Step 6: Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover partially, and simmer until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours, adding water as needed to maintain desired consistency. Alternatively, transfer to a slow-cooker set on low and cook for at least 6 hours and up to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender.

Step 7: Remove the anchos, puree in a blender, and return to the pot. Serve in a bowl with chopped onions and shredded cheese, with saltines, over tamales, rice or potatoes, in a Frito Pie, combined with beans or our personal favorite, over truffle mac ‘n cheese.

Step 8: Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese: follow the directions on the back of the Kraft box. Once fully cooked, add one spoonful of the truffle butter and mix thoroughly until dissolved. Serve with chili.

Pumpkin Popcorn Ball Recipe
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