Rebecca Lately

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Appetizers For Your Memorial Day Party

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Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching!  It's a weekend full of family and food and remembering service members who died in the line of action.  This affordable party decor will make your Memorial Day party festive and special.  I like to set up our appetizer table to the side of our main table.  That way, guests have some finger food to nibble on while we're getting the main food ready!

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The new Chobani Mezé™ Dips are the perfect dips for your appetizers.  In fact, the Turkish word mezé (pronounced "meh-zay") means taste, flavor, snack.  If that's not meant to be an appetizer, I don't know what is! 
Chobani is one of our favorite brands of yogurt, so my family is ready to dive in and try all of their new dips.  And just like all of their products, the Chobani Mezé Dips are made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients.  All of the dips were inspired by global flavors and are deep rooted in the Mediterranean tradition of gathering around the table to celebrate with family friends.

I stopped by my Walmart to get some party decorations.  All of the patriotic-themed party decor is out and it's all so pretty!  I picked up some flowers, paper products, and this adorable rustic banner.  I might keep this banner hanging in our dining room for the whole summer, I love it so much.  After I found all the paper decor I needed, I swung by the deli to get the dips.  They were right at the front of my Walmart, you can't miss them!

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All of the flavors are delicious.  For this appetizer table, I've paired the Roasted Red Pepper Mezé Dip with fresh vegetables.  I stopped by our local vegetable stand and picked up some yellow and green squash.  I chopped some carrots as well.  For our chips, I am using the Three Pepper Salsa Mezé Dip.  It smells so amazing!

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What are your plans for Memorial Day?  When you're heading to Walmart, make sure to use this $1.00 coupon on Chobani Mezé Dip!

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Dress: Target // Necklace: Altar'd State (similar) // Sandals: Target (similar) // Bag: Urban Expressioms c/o
Photos by Em Grey

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I injured my knee recently.  I've been wearing a knee brace for a little over three weeks.  Funny thing about treadmills, apparently they're really tough on your knees.  ;)  Today is the first full day that I haven't worn my knee brace and I'm happy to report that my knee is feeling a lot better!

You're probably wondering how this even relates to an outfit post!  Well, this dress was my  most worn dress over the past weeks, because (1) it's so comfortable, (2) it was easy to get my brace on and off and (3) it made going to the doctor's office a little easier.  No paper gowns for me!  Haha...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

School's Out Ice Cream Snack

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We are nearing the end of the school year and, friends, I'm just going to be honest.  I might be more excited than my kids!  Of course my kids are ecstatic that summer is finally within our reaches, and I am right there with them.  Everything about summer is so fun -- sprinklers, barbecues, and ice cream. The list goes on!  

Ice cream is at the top of our list of snacks, so we couldn't be more excited about the new packaging for Blue Bunny® and their fun flavors.  Their brand new packaging allows you to see the flavor swirls.  I love it!

We recently made a batch of my homemade chocolate chip cookies and made them into ice cream sandwiches with a few of our favorite Blue Bunny® flavors. This weekend, I headed to Walmart to get ice cream and some toppings.

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I bought Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate™, Blue Bunny® Salted Caramel Craze, and Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla. I also picked up some sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavored Topping.

Last year, I shared my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I make this pretty regularly and, to be honest, one batch does not last very long in our house.  I change one thing in the recipe to make the cookies perfect for ice cream sandwiches.  I leave them in about a minute longer than I normally would so they're stiffer and won't crumble against the ice cream.

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Assembling the ice cream sandwiches is super easy!  I've found that using a butter knife to spread the ice cream on the cookies works much better than an ice cream scoop.  I like to set out a variety of toppings for the kids to decorate the edges of their ice cream sandwiches.  

One new topping that I got this weekend is the Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavored Topping.  It's so yummy!  I do help the kids put it on the sandwiches, since it be a little messy.  You can even make these ice cream sandwiches ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for when you need a sweet treat.

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Rebecca's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup, softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 package chocolate chips
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Cream sugars and butter. Add vanilla and eggs. 3. Combine the dry ingredients, minus the Nestle Toll House Morsels, in a separate bowl. Slowly add to the wet ingredients. 4. Add the Nestle Toll House Morsels, combine well. 5. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. Place heaping tablespoons full of dough on the cookie sheet a couple inches apart. 6. Bake about 10-14 minutes, depending on your oven. They're done when the cookies are a light golden brown. 7. Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 dozen

Monday, May 23, 2016

Four Clarifying Masks

I was sent the Valentia Mask for review via Brandbacker.  All opinions are mine alone.


Rebecca Lately Clarifying Face Masks

Of all my face treatments, clarifying masks are my most used.  I tend to have a few in rotation at a time, depending on what my skin needs.  Clarifying masks usually contain one or more clays, because clays draw out impurities from your skin.  I have always loved clay masks.  My skin feels so smooth and looks refreshed after using them, they really are essential to my skin care routine.  I wanted to share the masks I have in my cabinet right now.


Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

I bought this mask when I heard that it's similar to the Glamglow Mud Mask.  The Glamglow mask is very nice and effective, but it's also very expensive.  This Sephora mask is only $20 and works the exact same way.  The only difference I've found is that the Glamglow mask tingles on my fact and the Sephora mask does not.  The Sephora mask cleanses the skin and absorbs extra sebum.  It is mattifying but it does not dry out my skin.  It also reduces the appearance of blemishes.  I didn't have any blemishes when I started using this, but my redness from acne scars was less apparent.  I recommend this mask if you love the Glamglow one but want something more affordable!


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Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

This treatment looks quite strange but it's very interesting.  This has two charcoals, black and white. They are swirled in the jar, but they actually mix them as you apply it to your face.  The Kaolin clay detoxifies and cleanses the skin without irritation.  My complexion looks so much healthier after I do this treatment.  It's intensive, so I don't do this more than once a week.  It is also on the pricier side, at $38.  It's worth every penny, but I am trying to make it last.


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Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

If you're looking for an affordable clarifying clay mask, the Boots Botanic Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask is very nice.  It's less than $10.  This mask was sent to me last year, but I had purchased it before at Target.  This clay mask draws out impurities extra oil, much like other clay masks.  It also contains Willowbark, which is a natural form of salicylic acid.


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Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask

When I was invited to try and review this Valentia mask, I had a hunch that I would love it.  Not only do clay masks make my skin look healthy and fresh, but this mask also contains some other ingredients like plant stem cells, spirulina, and CoQ10.  All of these ingredients work together to improve skin tone, hydrate, and regenerate skin tissue.  My skin feels fresh and hydrated every time I use it.  This mask is so gentle and effective, I can use it more than once a week.  You can follow Valentia on Facebook here.

Do you have a favorite mask?  Let me know in the comments!

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