2.27.2011

Heather Telford Photography Giveaway

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We're pulling out the big guns this month folks and I could not be more excited.  
The gracious and ever so talented Heather Telford is GIVING-AWAY this...
One FREE mini photo session
Are you as excited as I am?  Heather is amazing behind the lens.  She has an innate way of catching the most priceless and candid shots.   She shoots clean and crisp photos and her prices are fantastic.  For more info on Heather check out her website at  http://heathertelfordsphotoblog.blogspot.com/
You can view her talent HERE
or view my fun family photos below


How do you win this fantastic GIVEAWAY?
{Here are the entry rules}

1:  You must become a follower of crave rave fav and Leave a comment below of how you heard about the blog.

2: If you already are a follower you MUST refer a friend who will become a follower of crave rave fav for an entry.  Please Leave a comment stating that you are a follower and who the name of the friend you referred.  

3: For an additional entry you can Blog about the post or twitter\facebook about the GIVEAWAY.

4.  When you leave your comment please tell me what you would like your mini session to look like! {who, what, where?}

Again I am very excited about this!  
Tis the season for some really great spring meadow shots!

Giveaway will end MONDAY March 7, 2011

2.26.2011

A Yummy Hot Dog

I have a few guilty food confessions and we have already discussed one; which, is my love for burgers. Another happens to be a good hot dog.  I don't mean a polish dog or whatever glorified thing they are calling it these days, I mean a snap when you take a bit kind of dog.  
Some of the family fav's are Nathans or Hebrew Nationals.  I simply like the Ball Park.  What ever your choice it doesn't matter it is usually the sauce and stuff that matters.  At a BBQ I am usually a yellow mustard with a ton of relish or if I want to kick it up I'll do spicy brown mustard with sauerkraut.
But the other night we had about fifteen 15-16 year olds over for game night and they wanted "J Dawgs"  what's that you ask?  Click here for J Dawgs site  it is a neat little joint in our city that serves up "dawgs" with a really good sauce.  Since the sauce was what the kids were wanting I went down a bought some of the sauce and I think the night and the food was a huge hit!

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Don't have a J Dawgs near you, but want to recreate the Yumminess at home?
 Hear is a recipe I found for the sauce (found here):

Copy Cat JDawgs Sauce
3/4 C Ketchup
3/4 C BBQ Sauce (Make sure it is a good quality and it might be good to use a honey bbq)
1/4 C Honey
1 tsp. Apply Cider
1 tsp. Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
{mix together}

and for a little extra goodness we caramelized some onions:

1 Yellow Onion (chopped into long strips)
1/2 C. Worcestershire Sauce
Put onions in a non-stick skillet and let them sweat.  After 2 minutes add in Worcestershire sauce let it come to a boil and reduce down.  When the sauce is syrupy and the onion are coated it is done.  About 5-7 minutes.  

Enjoy!
Happy Saturday 





2.25.2011

6x's cleaner 6x's better looking skin!

Where to begin?  I found out about this product about a year ago.  It was soccer season for C and I ran into one of my most favorite childhood friends.  She was a couple of years older than me and I idolized her as a kid.  Pretty, sweet, smart, and kind.  As we got to talking she said that she read this blog and was waiting for me to do a post on "her" favorite product.  I asked what it was and her response was foreign to me.  I had never heard of it before.  She told me all of the things that she loved about it and said it was a MUST TRY.  I did a little research and my only hick up was the cost.  It seemed a little pricey considering that my hands are 'free' and pretty much did the same thing.  
Around the holidays my skin went in freak out mode and I was reaching out for any help I could get.  I decided to ask for the product for Christmas and since then I have had a very clean and happy face!

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What is it?
While cleansing is the first step in any skin care ritual, it is often over looked.  Typical manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores.  This build-up can damage the appearance and health of your skin and keep you skin care products for working like they should.  
Used and rcommended by spas and dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with you hands alson.  Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin.  And healthier skin is smoother, more radian and more beautiful.
Sonic Cleansing benefits:
Removes 6X more make than manual cleansin
Leaves skin feeling and looking smother
Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best
gentle enough to use twice a day
reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
minimizes the appearance of visible pores
Price: $145+
Where can I get it at?

What does b* say?
I was very excited about this product.  I thought if it really does everything that it states under the benefits list it is simply a miracle.  But, I was still skeptical!  The first night I got it I washed my face as I did every other night, then I used my Clarisonic.  After letting it do it's thing I looked at the brush head and was totally grossed out!  It still had a large about of makeup and debris on the brush.  I showed it to my husband and said, "holy cow,  it that was what was left on my face imagine how many years I have been going to sleep with an unclean face."  I mean no wonder I have had breakouts my whole teenage and adult life.  I kid you not, in the last month and a half my skin has been more fresh and clearer than it has ever been.  This product is an investment but I have to say if having clean healthier looking skin is enticing to you then it it worth it!  I have the Clarisonic Classic it has two speeds and I use the sensitive head.  I use it with my own product but some of the systems comes with some samples.  It seems to be the combo for me.  There are a plethora of options and you will need to research them to find the on that suits your skin best.  For all of you frustrated face people.  Stress no longer!   
I found a few coupons online for the systems try these...


I was trying to find an alternate system at a lower price point and this is what I found...
Has anybody used it?

Price: $28.54
Where can I get it at?
Amazon with free shipping
What does b* say?
It claims to have the same benefits.  I would be interested to try it.  If you have please weigh in!

  




2.24.2011

Momma B*

Today's post is coming in late because it has been an interestingly emotional day.
Yesterday this angel on earth
while on her morning 4am wog (walk\jog) slipped on some ice and broke her shoulder.  Not only in one spot but four.  We are not talking a simple hairline fracture, my dad said the x-ray looked like she had a chisel taken to her bone.  It really is hard to believe!  
Moms, especially mine, are indestructible or so we think.  But those super-heros that we youngsters have created in are minds are simple humans just like us.  As I walked into here bedroom this afternoon I was struck with emotions.  Helpless emotions.  Up until this point in my life my mom has been really healthy.  No major sickness (knock on wood).  Today was different.  Instead of mom taking care of me; which, she has done day in and day out for a quarter of a century, I was able to help her.  We brush her hair and then made it into the kitchen for some soup, chatted a bit then slowly made it back to her bed where she could rest.  She is strong!  Stronger than any other person I know.  But today she was fragile.  It was sweet.  I am glad she is my momma and so fortunate to be her daughter.  
I love her!  

Today's 
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My Mom
Priceless

The question is...
Who is yours?  And have you told them how much you love them or how important they are to you today?

2.23.2011

WINNER WINNER WINNER

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...


Shannon said...

I would SOOO love this!! i've been dying to try out eyelash extenstion!!
i've heard wonderful reviews!!



and 
I got these pants and the top below for free :)

And used my %40 off for this blouse.  Picture doesn't do it justice!


Happy Hump Day

2.22.2011

Instead of doing one of the many drastic aforementioned alterations to my hair.  
I decided to give the B*log.  a facelift.  
What do y'all think?

Rut

Don't know why folks but today I am in a rut.  
You know the kind when you wake up and look in the mirror and everything seems to be wrong.  
My morning thoughts went like this... 
1. Wow, you look large and Pale.  You need a tan. 
2. Maybe it's your hair.  You should cut it.  It's not really blonde or brown.  You should pick one.  How about a blonde A-line with bangs. 
3.  Your face is splotchy - Shoot you forgot to moisturize last night.
4. You really should not have polished off that cinnamon roll last night - it's gonna cost ya
4.  Your late shut-up and put some clothes on.  Clothes arrgg... wear something stretchy it is going to be an uncomfortable day!

And then this little sweet thing walked in my bathroom
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and said... "Hi mommy, what ya doing."
HUMBLING MOMENT
I had been in here beating my self up.  As I stared at my beautiful, innocent, GORGEOUS little one all I could think was I never want her to think or feel anything that I just did.  She is too sweet.  And the only way to keep those insecurities from her is to put mine to rest.  We are all children of God.  Special and Beautiful in our own right.  I am me for a reason and I need to be my best!

Today's reminder
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3LambsGraphics



Price $12.00
Where Can I get it at?
What does b* say?
No only does this quote apply to others but I think it applies to us as individuals.  Don't beat your selves up!  Life it too...SHORT!  And you are worth it!

I think this is pretty SWELL asWELL!
Thank you Mrs. Audrey you are my FAVORITE!


Price $21.00
Where can I get it at:

I may just end this day with a little Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffanys!




2.21.2011

I got a fever...

Despite the snow that continues to fall I have got spring fever!!  I am very sick of wearing black.  I want to take my blacks and grays, sweaters and jackets and throw them nicely into a spring\summer slumber!  I have a yearning for painted nails and toes.  Frills and pastels. Stilettos and skirts.  
I think your catching my drift. 
I have got the bug!

This is what I am jonesing for at the moment
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Bellatrix Floral Chiffon Blouse



Price: $68.00
Where can I get it at? Nordstrom
What does b* say?
Yummy airy and screaming spring time!  I think it would be darling with some straight cuffed jeans and some nude stilettos! 


<--Like maybe these!  The Citizen of Humanity 'Ava' Straight Leg Stretch
Price: $163.00
Where can I get it at? Nordstrom or Amazon
This is currently my go to jean.  I like it cuffed or straight with flats or heels.


For a price saving alternate these would pretty
great as well!-->
I have not had the chance to try them on yet.
Price: Org $49.99 on Sale $17.48


<-- For shoes I am loving these...
Price $99.95

And I really really like these as well -->
Price $118.00
Where can I get it at? Zappos



Last and certainly not least a
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 Hope you have a fantastic MONDAY!





2.17.2011

A Frizzy Fix

Don't forget about the Lash Extension Giveaway!
I am not much of a product head and my stylist has been trying to put this in my hair for years.  I always refuse and tell her that "it will make my hair staticky and greasy".  And that is with any product.  Last weekend when we were in LA I received a "shwag" bag and this happened to be in it.  I have used it the last 3 washes and I have to say that I am HOOKED.  My hair is smooth, less frizzy, and happens to dry faster.  What is it?

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Product description: Is a unique, argan oil infused formula that instantly absorbs into the hair to produce luminous shine and silky perfection in all hair types.  A conditioning, styling and finishing tool, it also reduces blow-dry and styling time by strengthening the hair, untangling and improving manageability.  
Price: $34.00+
Where can I get it at?
In town Amara online: Amazon

What does b* say?
I really do not use much product on my hair.  I only use a leave-in-conditioner and on the rare occasion an arisol hair spray.  It took me a few times to figure out how much Moroccan oil to apply to my hair and once I got that down, less than a dime size, it was perfect.  It reduces the frizz, leaves it silky smooth, and drys in half the time.  It also says it alleviates split ends and brittleness...SWEET.  As I was doing some research on their site I saw that they offer a Moroccan oil Light Treatment (for blonde, fine or light-colored hair).  I think I will try this once mine runs out.
Have any of you tried the Light?  If so... What did you think?

2.15.2011

The dress and get up

Here are pic's of the Dress and the rest.  
I know I look like a deer in head lights but it is the only shot I have.

Plink the stink

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I am not much of a fan for items that look like they could be off infomercials but I am telling you friends this is a MUST HAVE kitchen item.


Tired of that awful garbage disposal smell filling up your kitchen? Plink® Garbage Disposal Cleaner and Deodorizers are the perfect and easy solution to eliminating garbage disposal odors. Plink® was invented by a plumber to work in seconds. Each small, round capsule contains lavender scented liquid safely encased by a patented hardening process. Plinks break open to deodorize the disposal and dissolve fatty deposits which cultivate unpleasant odors. Plinks are biodegradable and cannot harm pipes or your disposal. Simply drop Plink® tab into your drain, turn on the water and disposal, and it goes right to work, breaking up the food particles that have built up inside your garbage disposal. You'll love the scent of lavender mist as it freshens your whole kitchen too. For best results, Plink your sink at least twice a week. Note: This product contains Bitrex™, a bitter coating to discourage children from swallowing. Features:• Breaks up fat and food particles• Helps prevent clogging• Freshens your whole kitchen• Scent: 

Price $4.32
Where can I get it at?

What does b* say?
This stuff is like magic.  I kid you not my kitchen has never smelled fresher!  I like the lemony fresh but it looks like it comes in a plethora of scents.  It is hassle free and not messy at all!

2.14.2011

GIVEAWAY

I am very excited!  
This is the first one of the New Year and I think it is absolutely spectacular!
I could gush about these all day long.  I no longer wear mascara and have to say that they look great all day... even first thing in the morning (which is a miracle in it's self).  
So what's the Giveaway? 

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ONE FREE SET OF MINK EYELASHES
BY: Jenni Mella Miller
Jenni's Description: Having beautiful, long, full eyelashes is one of the best ways to enhance your look and getting mink eyelash extensions is a perfect way to start off the year with a bang! Mink extensions are natural, affordable and effortless. Prices can range up to $300, but for 2011, I am only charging $75 for the first full set and $40 for touch up appointments. They are easy to maintain, will NOT be damaging to your real lash by taking good care of your extensions and are incredibly convenient! (Think of never having to wear mascara again!) Whether its a special occasion or a desire to have beautiful eyes all the time, mink eyelashes are a MUST HAVE! Checkout my blog, "alittleblinkofmink.blogspot.com" for more information, FAQ's and photos of some clients. 

What you must do to enter the Giveaway?

#1  *You will need to become a follower of Crave Rave Fav and A Little Blink of Mink and leave a comment below telling us why you would like these little minkies.
(Follower on Both Blogs)

#2 For an additional entry or already a follower of Crave Rave Fav.  Please post this giveaway along with my blog button on your Blog, Facebook, or Twitter. And then leave a comment below telling me where you posted it and why you would like eyelash extensions!




* Number one is a must!  Please become a follower of both blogs or you will not be eligible for an entry.


2.10.2011

The Prep for the Big Night

I have been getting ready for this little shindig coming up for a week now.  It seems like it is all I am talking about... I promise it is almost over.  Thank heavens, but I wanted to share with you 2 of my get ready tips that I thought were worth sharing.


When these first came out I was very skeptical.  I thought the eye?  No way.  I am not going there way to close to... well the eye!  What am I talking about?  Today's 

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Eye Lash Extensions

Who gets them? Apparently everyone.  I had no idea I was so behind the eight ball.  All I can say is I am in love with them.  The neat part is you look great even without make up on and never have to wear mascara.  It adds an amazing pop to your face.  


I am not going to say much more about them today.  All I can say is that you will want to MAKE SURE you check back on Monday!

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And last but not least I lost 6 pounds in the last 6 days and I thought, 
"Hey, if it was successful for me.  Maybe y'all would be interested as well".  
Here is the 7 day jump start diet\lifestyle change...

Day 1 1/2: Only Protein.  I know this sound gross but only flesh.  Eggs, chicken, ham, fish (go wild!)
Day 2: (dinner) Any Protein and Veggies (only veggies you cannot have are root vegetables)
Day 3-5: Protein, Veggies (same as above), and Berries (anything ending in berry)
Day 6-7: Same as above except you can add Skim milk, Yogurt, Cheese, and Cottage Cheese (essentially dairy)

I held out on the dairy and just continued days 3-5 through 6-7.  I also worked out for 45 minutes on days 2,4,5,&6.  I typically would not share this because I think it is a personal thing, but I know it helped me and jump started my metabolism I lost 1 1/2% body fat and 6 lbs.  If you were looking I hope this helps!

Check Back on Monday for a Possible GIVEAWAY!
Happy Friday

Fav Valentines Cookie

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I bought these the other day at the super market because I though it would a fun accent to our daily Hot Coco. They are darling for the season and taste good to boot.

Jet-Puffed Strawberry HEART Mallow

I found them at my local grocer

And then I got this hair brain idea...

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One of my all time favorite cookie is the 
CHOCOLATE ROLO COOKIE
I was craving them badly and didn't have any rolos in the house.  
These were the modifications I made and I think they will become a new Valentines tradition.   

Strawberry Mallow Chocolate Cookies are as follows:
1 C. Butter (2 sticks)
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
{cream butter and sugars together in a mixer with your paddle attachment}
-Add-
2 tsp. Vanilla 
2 Eggs
{mix till combined}
-Add-
2 1/2 C. Flour
3/4 C. Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
{Mix gently until well combined.  You don't want to over work the flour.}
Once your dough is ready.  Use a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop and scoop your dough in to balls.  And then do this...
#1 Flatten Dough
#2 Place Mallow on flattened dough. Form around Mallow

#3 Roll Dough in between hands to form a round ball

{my favorite part!}
#4 Roll ball in 1/2 C. Cinnamon  1/2 C. Sugar Mixture

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
Let cool and consume with a LARGE glass of milk!
 Happy Love month!!



2.09.2011

And the Verdict is in...

Thank you all so much for your great comments, it really did helped.  
After a lot of trying on and some serious returns,  
this is the ensemble that will be worn on Friday night.

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Price $45.95 Org. $80.00

Where can I get it at?
I Got mine at KARMALOOP ($45.95 best price I have seen)
Use Code ELITE to get %20 off at KARMALOOP on orders over $60.00
or you can get it at

What does b* say?
I was looking for something Youthful, New Age, and Modest.  This met my expectations to and more!  It is longer than I thought it would be and in my opinion hits the leg in the perfect spot.  The fit is fantastic, fabric is amazing, and considering the price and is very comfortable.  It hands down fits better than any other dress I tried on.  If you are looking for the PERFECT little black dress this is it. PERIOD. (Fits true to size)

Price: $164.00
Where can I get it at?
Apparently I didn't do enough research when I purchased mine because they are $139.95 at Amazon with free shipping.

What does b* say?
Theses shoes are ridiculously high but they are HOT.  They pair perfectly with this garb I have thrown together.  The boot happens to hit perfectly on the ankle and only makes me 6'5".  Watch out LA.  Amazon woman comin' in!

Price: $10.00

Where can I get it at?

What does b* say?
Love the price.  Love how opaque they are!

ACCESSORIES

Price: $58.00
Where can I get it at?

What does b* say?
I can't really wear a necklace with the neckline of the dress so I opted for bangles.  I think they are the perfect edgy addition.  

Price: $88.00
Where can I get it?

What does b* say?
Little pricey, but I wanted to stay with the whole black metal theme.  They make this earring in silver and gold and they are both worth checking out!


If I get bold, I may take a picture and post it.  
But until then...
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR INPUT!

    








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