Yummy Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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One of our favorite family activities is baking cookies together.  The experience usually ends with cracked eggs on the floor, half the chocolate chips disappearing (my daughter’s brown faces indicating where they have gone), and a flour fight is usually the final experience of the evening.  Although it is a lot of work making cookies with our cute girls, the memories we make are unforgettable.  Since we like baking often together, I have tried to make baking treats a bit more healthy.  Here is our family Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that we absolutely love!!!

Recipe:

2 Cups Coconut Sugar

1 Cup Butter

4 Beaten Eggs

1 Can Pumpkin

5 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

2 tsp. Vanilla

3 tsp. Baking Soda

2-3 tsp. Cinnamon

2 tsp. Ginger

1 tsp. Nutmeg

2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chip Chunks

1 Cup Nuts (optional)

1 tsp. Salt

3 tsp. Baking Powder

Cream sugar and butter.  Add eggs and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients and vanilla.  Add chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes

We hope you enjoy our yummy fall treat!

Love,

Shalese

“Fallin” for Floral

I love having some fun with layers and floral prints in the fall.  I used the colors in my floral print shirt are to coordinate my pants and cardigan.  I love these boots because they can black with a pop of brown, or you can roll the tops down to create a solid black boot.

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im-PRESS Press-On Manicure

Don’t you just love getting your nails done? I love changing the color, design, and shape of my nails as often as possible. Luckily, I do nails in my salon and have the products and ability to do my own so I don’t break the bank with bi-weekly manicures. As amazing as this sounds, I usually end up doing my nails once every other month. In fact, it’s not a rare occurrence for me to sit down to do a clients nails and apologize for the appearance of my own nails; embarrassed by the fact that mine look as though I’ve been working on car engines all day–I have dark hair color to blame for that one…

Recently I discovered this new product (or at least new to me) called im-PRESS Press-On Manicure. This is a package of pre-designed, pre-shaped nails that you can peel and stick onto your natural nails in minutes! They don’t harm your natural nails and easily peel off while lasting 1-2 weeks, and they last longer if you take proper care of them.  This product has saved me from having to do my own nails while allowing me to still have darling, creatively designed nails. These nails look sooo good on and I’ve had a number of people ask where I get my nails done!! Even better, they are very inexpensive!! You can purchase these nails (24 nails per package) at Walmart or on Amazon (I’ve included a few images/links below).

Check out my new manicure that I pressed on in a rush while in the car!

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The im-PRESS Nails I have on (click image for info):

My current favorite im-PRESS Designs (click image for info):

I hope this fun product helps you have those perfect nails that can be ever-changing without breaking the bank!

Love always,

Whitney

 

*This post is NOT sponsored by im-PRESS Press-On Manicure

Leaves are Falling

I cannot get enough of these gorgeous leaves!  We couldn’t resist getting a few shots with this gorgeous color before all the leaves fall and winter is upon us (sigh…). As you can tell, my entire outfit is made up of neutrals — other than the addition of colored pants.  Try creating an outfit using all neutrals and adding a pop of color in one clothing item or accessory such as pants, a cardigan, a blouse, shoes, or a scarf to create an emphasis in your ensemble.

This grey duster is my current most-worn object in my closet.  The color, weight, and length make it perfect to wear with just about any outfit in my closet.  I have to force myself to avoid wearing it on a daily basis.  Here’s my outfit of the week wearing this current favorite piece:

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Similar Items:

Grey Duster (Neiman Marcus), Blouse (Want & Need), Maroon Skinny Jeans (Des Petits Hauts), Booties (Fergalicious), Necklace (Monet Jewelry)

 

Thanks loves, hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy these last few fall moments!

Whitney

5 MINUTE EYES WITH MY GO TO FALL MAKEUP FAVORITES

My alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m. and I know I have about an hour to get completely ready, have outfits out, backpacks emptied, and breakfast on the table before my sweet kidos wake up.  If I can find quicker ways of accomplishing a daily routine, I jump on it.  One thing I have learned to simplify is my makeup routine. I have figured out how to apply all my eye makeup in under five minutes using my fall eye-makeup favorites.  Below are the steps I take including a list of my “go to” makeup favorites.

STEP 1: Apply a foundation on and underneath the eyelid image

STEP 2: Apply NYX shimmer rollon eye-shadow on the entire eyelid and inner corners of your eye img_3090

STEP 3: Apply black gel or stick eyeliner on the top and bottom of eye (outlining the eyelid and applying to inner tear line) image

STEP 4: Apply mascara image img_3127

You are all done!  Under five minutes!!! Yahoo!!!

MY FAVORITE EYE-MAKEUP THIS FALL:

Love, Shalese

Boots 4EurSole

For our outfit of the week I want to CELEBRATE all of you women on the go!  Life is crazy busy and we are running ragged all day long!  The majority of us are constantly on our feet from the early hours of morning to the late hours of the night, playing catch up on life.  Whit mentioned how much she has loved her Rocky 4EurSole boots and I want to echo all that she has said.  These boots are designed for hard-working women who are constantly on their feet, which is pretty much every woman I know. We wear all sorts of hats throughout the day, trying to accomplish the various commitments to family, patients, customers and friends.  I am in aw of the women I see on a daily basis at the amount of work they accomplish.  You don’t get told enough how amazing you are!  Thank you to all you busy, successful, super women out there!  You are fabulous, strong, and dedicated!  Thank you for being YOU!

We love sharing with all of our amazing followers products we believe in.  I truly am in love with these 4EurSole boots!  They have a great supportive arch and have excellent traction that grips well to the ground.  Not only are they made extremely well, but they are highly fashionable. Because we are celebrating YOU this week, 4EurSole is offering a giveaway to our followers!!!  Make sure you enter the giveaway when posted tomorrow on Instagram (details to be announced with giveaway post)!  Every busy woman deserves a pair of these high quality, comfy, and durable shoes!

Happy Celebrating YOU Day!

With Love,

Shalese

**This post is sponsored by Rocky 4EurSole

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5 Secrets to Healthy, Shiny Hair

As women, our hair is the most abundantly noticeable expression of who we are. When we meet someone, the first thing they often notice is our hair. Because of this, we tend to feel a lot of pressure to have healthy, voluminous, richly colored locks.

As a hair stylist, the question my clients most often ask me is, “How can I get healthier, shinier hair?” The question I follow up with is, “What kind of shampoo and hair products are you using?” Most often I am not surprised to find that they are using a $2.00 shampoo from a drugstore and not following up with any product to protect their hair from heat. In addition, they are usually using an inexpensive flat iron and blow dryer, purchased at a drugstore.  While there is nothing wrong with products from drugstores (I make my trip there once every other week); there are certain products that are worth spending a bit more money on.  I completely understand that most people can’t spend hundreds of dollars on hair products. I know I can’t spend a fortune on hair products, although I wish I could.  There are certain hair products that cost more upfront, but last longer and decrease the amount of time spent styling your hair; leaving you with healthy, shiny, voluminous hair in a fraction of the time.  So, what can you do to make your hair more healthy, shiny, voluminous, and moisturized?

Secret #1- Good Shampoo and Conditioner is KEY

Using a good shampoo and conditioner is key in having healthy hair.

Drug Store Shampoo/Conditioner:  Most shampoos and conditioners sold in drug stores have a high amount of water and harsh chemicals, stripping your hair of natural oils.  This leaves the hair dry, brittle, and often causes breakage.  Many of these companies claim to have high-grade ingredients found in professional shampoos, which they often do contain these ingredients but in small amounts.

Professional Salon Shampoo/Conditioner:  Professional salon shampoos and conditioners are often more concentrated with high quality ingredients, this is why they tend to cost more. Since these products are more concentrated, they tend to last longer if used correctly.  Considering the amount of shampoos you can get using a salon-grade shampoo/conditioner, it doesn’t cost much more to use good shampoo and conditioner.

My Favorite Professional Salon Shampoos

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo/Conditioner ($35.25)

Matrix Biolage Hydra-Source Shampoo/Conditioner ($31.95)

Great websites with more information on drugstore vs. professional hair products:

Architeqt Salon & Gallery

The Every Girl

Confessions of a Cosmetologist

Secret #2- Use a Professional Blow Dryer

This is a secret that has been a recent find.  I used to educate my clients on the harmful effects of cheap shampoo and conditioner as well as the damage done on your hair by using a cheap flat iron.  What I didn’t understand was how much harm is done by using an inexpensive blow dryer.  Often times inexpensive blow dryers come with high heat and little power, causing you to dry your hair for a longer amount of time.  This exposes your hair to unneeded heat, causing it to dry out.  Also, some professional blow dryers contain conditioning nano beads which seal your hair’s cuticle while drying.  This helps the hair to look and feel soft and shiny.

My Favorite Inexpensive Professional Blow Dryers:

Babyliss Pro has great blow dryers that are very affordable, these are my favorite:

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium ($79.99)

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Xtreme ($59.99)

Secret #3- Use a Professional Flat Iron

It is SO important to use a professional flat iron on your hair for a number of reasons.  First, cheaply made flat irons are usually made out of glass or metal.  These products do not heat well and will not distribute the heat evenly through your hair as your are styling.  This will damage your hair and won’t hold the styling all day, causing you to repeat the process again later in the day, exposing your hair to more heat than needed.  Also, because of these not holding heat properly, to get the hair to straighten you usually have to turn the heat up higher than necessary.  Second, cheaply made flat irons have either a single floating plate or fixed plates.  These plates will not completely touch while straightening your hair, which will not flatten each piece of hair.  This requires repeat straightening over a strand numerous times, exposing it to more unneeded heat and requiring a LOT of flat ironing time.  Lastly, professional flat irons last a lot longer that cheaply made flat irons.  I have had each of my professional flat irons for over 5 years, well worth the $200 initial investment.

My Favorite Professional Flat Irons

ghd Classic Styler 1″ Flat Iron ($136.86)

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 1″ Flat Iron ($129.95)

 

Secret #4- Use Leave-In Treatment

I prefer to use a leave-in conditioner and oil.  This helps to hydrate and moisturize the hair while adding the shine that I love.

My Favorite Leave-In Conditioners:

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin ($30.50)

Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray with 21 Benefits ($19.40)

My Favorite Oils:

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment ($50.00)

This lasts forever!!  If you have finer hair I would recommend getting the light version.

Marrakesh kaHm Smoothing Treatment ($16.50)

This also help to straighten and smooth out the hair as you are blow drying.

 

Secret #5- NEVER USE A BOX COLOR

As a hair stylist, if I could recommend you do ONE thing for your hair, it would be to avoid using box color.  The chemicals they use in cheap color are extremely harsh on your hair causing breakage, stripping of natural oils, and there is no guarantee on what color you could end up with (I know from experience).  If you can’t afford to get your hair colored in a salon, I would avoid coloring your hair altogether.  There are also options for coloring portions of your hair that may be a better option if you are looking to save money.  For example: some salons offer strip weaves (weaving along your part), this adds color to the top of your hair and is usually cheaper than a partial or full weave.  Also, if you are coloring your hair to cover grey, ask your stylist if you could color just your roots every other time to help save money.  Some stylists are okay doing this, others may not feel like this would be the best option for you.

My Favorite Professional Hair Color:

Redken is the color line I use most often.  It covers grey well, has fantastic red shades, and the color holds fantastic!  They have a semi-permanent, permanent cream color, and permanent get color line.  I love each line and have been using Redken color for 10 years with great results!

 

I hope this helps you start your journey to having healthier, shinier hair.  Please comment below with any questions!

Love,

The Polished Pearls Sister-  Whitney

 

 

 

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

As I have gotten older, so has my body.  Injuries that used to put me out for a day now put me out for a week, sometimes even a month!  Of all my body parts that seem to be aging, my feet are by far the worst of them. I used to wear any darling shoe I could get my hands on; from high heels with stilettos that could poke your eye out, to flats with bottoms as thin as cardboard — if it was cute, I was going to wear it.  My mom would always tell me, “I used to wear shoes like that too sweetie, one day you will regret all the days you spent neglecting your feet in trade of looking fashionable.”  I would jokingly roll my eyes as if that day would never happen for me.  I am awfully sad to say, I am 26 years old and that day is here.  Over the past couple of years my feet have gradually hurt more and more.  Whether I’m teaching school, doing hair, chasing my child, or running around trying to get house work and errands accomplished, I am constantly on my feet.  By the end of a long day my feet feel like I have walked across the entire Sahara desert, wearing nothing more than a piece of cardboard on the bottoms of my feet.  Needless to say, I usually finish off the day begging my husband for a foot rub, which he graciously offers in once a year- on my birthday!

About a month ago I had come to the conclusion that I was finally going to have to cave.  I was in dire need of trading in my trendy, stylish, un-supportive shoes for outdated, dull, supportive “granny” shoes.  In fact, I went to a thrift store and purchased those white “grandma” shoes that are SUPER comfortable but slightly hideous… I wore them to school for one day and couldn’t get myself to succumb to the fact that I could no longer wear stylish shoes to complete my outfit.  When I got home, those shoes went into my donation pile. I began to think that I was out of luck. I was either going to have to suffer through wearing stylish shoes and endure through the pain I was in, or avoid looking at my feet all day in order to deal with wearing comfortable “grandma” shoes.  Luckily, I found out about Rocky 4EurSole shoes for women on the go.  I was overjoyed to find that they have darling shoes, sandals, boots and clogs.  Since it is fall, I was intrigued by the boots.  Each boot has the EurSole Comfort System integrated into each shoe which includes an arch stabilizing disc, anti-microbial shoe lining, memory foam, EVA footbed, innersole, steel shank, midsole and a 4-way stop outsole.  This was really exciting for me because of my dire need to find a comfortable, supportive shoe.  I loved the idea of having support, comfort, durability, and style all in one; it honestly seemed too good to be true.  I ordered a pair and can honestly say, by the end of the day my feet now feel like they have been supported in all the right places. Whereas before, I seemed to need a foot rub each night. This in turn, increases my activity throughout the entire day. I am more than thrilled about my discovery and wanted to share it with all of you moms on the go and working mamas!

Check out my stylish new boots!

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Outfit Details:

Boots (Rocky 4EurSole Concerto Boot in Black Charcoal)

Similar Items:

Dress (Shabby Apple), Duster Cardigan (Joseph A), Tights (Asos), Black Wool Hat (Apt. 9), Pendant (Charming Charlie), Ring (Guess)