Thursday, April 16, 2015

Age of Adaline: Movie Review (Spoiler Free).

I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of Age of Adaline on behalf of Regal Cinemas. While I won't give any spoilers of any critiques in this blog post I will give you my top 5 reason why I wanted to see the movie, and why you should too. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dinner: Chicken in a mushroom cream sauce.

If you're looking for a healthy dinner for two (and then some) you'll love this recipe with chicken and mushrooms. Many of these items you will likely already have in your kitchen, so all you need it just a simple recipe and less than an hour of your time to whip this dish together. While the recipe is made for additional parties, I always favor cooking a big meal and putting extra away for tomorrow lunches. Who wouldn't prefer this over a bologna sandwich for their work lunch?  

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans of 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken, skin-side up, in the prepared baking dish. 
  • Roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes, draining any excess fat as needed.
To make the mushroom sauce: 
  • Melt  butter in a skillet, then add garlic, mushrooms and cook. Stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, for bout 5-8 minutes.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned, for about 1-2 minute. Then whisk in half and half, thyme, basil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Serve chicken immediately with mushroom sauce, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Giveaway: evian Facial Spray.

After reviewing evian Facial Spray, I'm excited to share that The Wilkes Group, a company that distributes the product at retail and luxury resorts is holding a giveaway! They are giving away 20 two 5 oz. Facial Sprays and winners will be chosen at random. 

For those who don't know, evian® water has a unique mineral balance along with exceptional purity, which suits all skin types, even the most sensitive. Leaves skin looking healthy and feeling refreshed. It's also dermatologically tested. The spray has a leakproof canister, making it the ideal product to take on-the-go in any purse or travel bag. Unlike other water sprays, evian Spray is sealed at the source, so it cannot be contaminated!

Be sure to share this post and giveaway with others and be sure to use the hashtag #evianspray.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Evian Facial Water Spray Review:

I had the pleasure of receiving Evian's Facial Water Spray complimentary for review and I have to say this is one of the most excited I've been to receive this product to try. I'm that person that drinks Evian – always have. I ask for it when I'm out and I'm ever making a quick stop at the gas station I pick up Evian Mineral Water over all the other bottled water 99% percent of the time. It's just as a fresher, cleaner and overall tasting water (whether it be ice cold or room temperature). I have seen Evian's Facial Water Spray being used backstage at fashion shows by makeup artists and models all the time – so I knew it had to be one of the “must have beauty products”.

Evian® Mineral Water Spray is imported from a unique underground water source at the base of the French Alps. Propelled under high pressure by nitrogen (80% of the air we breathe is nitrogen, 20% oxygen), the ultra-fine, pure, natural mist allows the skin to absorb a unique balance of beneficial minerals along with the water. There is no other water contains the same balance of magnesium, calcium and phosphorous, which explains why there Facial Spray an ideal product.

I know personally, my water tap contains fluoride and chlorine. With Evian's Facial Spray, I am able to mist face anywhere morning or night to help remove all traces of cleansers and dirt that will clog pores. The spray is simple to use and is an easy fit my everyday bag (Evian was smart enough to make this product in three small to large sizes for ultimate probability) and helps to enhance the performance of all other skin care products by hydrating my skin prior to the use of moisturizers.

I'm the kind of person that will try to hydrate my face multiple times a day – not only to help with dryness, but to help cleanse my face as well. It helps relieves dry, irritated skin caused by humidity, high-altitude or poor air quality during air travel, which is why many models wouldn’t be without it during fashion week as well. A light spray of Evian Facial Spray also helps set makeup by blending it with skin while highlighting color so it can be used all through the day and helps to create a more natural makeup look.

Application is simple: After cleansing, generously spray Evian over the entire face until it drips, wait a minute for the droplets to be absorbed, and then pat the excess dry – during the day, hold the canister further from face and lightly mist right over makeup.

An incredible everyday beauty item that I would recommend to everyone!