DIY Face Masks

DIY Orange Face Mask from “Food Plus Words”

Winter is quickly approaching. Because it has been a wee bit chilly outside, we have the heat on in our home. This unfotunately can lead to drier skin. I have been looking around for a moisturizing face mask for my skin. The problem is when I read the label I see all of these chemicals listed and I have no idea whether they are good or bad. All I know is that the skin is the largest organ on the body and whatever you are putting on it will certainly be absorbed into your blood stream. Oatmeal Face Scrub & Mask from “Green Earth Bazaar”

I started to look around on the web to see what I can find for more natural solutions. The plus side of this is they are also more frugal solutions too! I found some great sites and I can’t wait to share them with you! If you do try any of these, let me know how it goes. I am personally going to try the “Miracle Mask” tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday all 🙂

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Hoisin Glazed Salmon

Do you ever have those nights when you get home from work and you are sooo exhausted but really hungry? It’s a night that calls for something quick and easy. Sometimes when people are that tired they feel like they have to resort to some kind of pre-packaged food (cough, cough). Well….I have an answer to those types of nights.

For years as a kid I hated salmon, actually any and all fish, especially tuna from the can. A handful of years ago, I was at a food festival and tried a sample of fresh salmon and was surprised, It was good! If you haven’t tried eating salmon since you were young, this is definitely the way to try it as an adult. It is so tender and the flavour is not fishy, just a mild taste to it. I usually buy it at Costco and just cut the whole thing into single servings, then freeze until ready to use.

I now present you with the easiest recipe you can possibly make on a crazy night! Hoisin Glazed Salmon! It literally takes 3 minutes to make the sauce, 8 minutes to marinade the salmon, (you can make your veggies of choice and pre-heat the oven while it marinades) and then 8 minutes in the oven, and….done!

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It’s quick, it’s healthy, and yes, you can do this! The recipe for the marinade is from the my recipes website (it is a cooking light recipe featured on my recipes). Try it, you might like it!

Salmon with Hoisin Glaze

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
  • 4 (6 oz) skinless wild salmon fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • Lemon rind strips (optional)


1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Combine first three ingredients in  a shallow dish. Add fish to dish, turning to coat. Marinate at room temperature 8 minutes, turning occaisionally.

3. Remove fish from marinade; discard marinade. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle fish evenly with sesame seeds. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with rind if desired.




Home Workout

I’m stuck at home today and really feel like I could use a good workout. I have a few options; I could go down to the gym in the building…nah, not in the mood for the treadmill. I could get outside for a run or walk…. too cold for me thanks! So I started digging around on the Internet to see what kind of workouts I can find online. There are actually quite a few options. is one butt-kicking site! The workouts on here are hard-core! If you want a real, sweaty and tough work out, this is the site for you.  This site is for men and women and offers great advice on working out and eating a healthy diet.

If you are in the mood for Yoga, My Yoga Online has a ton of workouts available to stream. There are videos for different levels of fitness and you can choose which type of yoga you are interested in.

Another good resource is Fitness magazine’s website. I found all kinds of challenging workouts that can be done in the gym or in the comfort of your home. The videos are easy to follow and the workouts are interesting and fun!


Well, off to do my workout now!


Strike a Pose

Whenever my body feels aches and pains, I know I haven’t been doing enough yoga. If I do yoga consistently I feel great! It’s good for the body and the soul. No matter how I feel going in, stressed, angry, down in the dumps, I always come out of it feeling all warm and fuzzy,the old brain will always feel calmer, a smile on my face. Even once a week is enough to get the kinks out and just renew your energy level.

Yoga Class at a Gym

Yoga Class at a Gym (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many different kinds of yoga. I am definitely not an expert on the subject, I take whichever yoga class fits into my schedule at the gym. Hot yoga is one I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. Apparently, the heat and humidity is increased in the room to help with peoples flexibility in poses. According to Wikipedia, the heat is also meant to replicate the heat and humidity in India where these poses originate from.
English: Bikram Yoga

English: Bikram Yoga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are also different forms of hot yoga. Bikram yoga, which is the most common and one that many gym classes are based off of, generally consists of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises. The purpose of this type of yoga is to prevent injury by adding the heat and humidity to help deepen poses. The heat and humidity help the body to be more flexible. It is also great for increased circulation and for releasing toxins from the body.
As with everything, there can be safety issues, drinking enough water is important for hydration. People with high blood pressure and heart issues should be careful with hot yoga for obvious reasons.
Yoga Class at a Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs

Yoga Class at a Gym Category:Gyms_and_Health_Clubs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With so many types of yoga to choose from, there is probably a class out there for every level of health and fitness. I highly recommend it, I promise you will feel great!

It’s Magic!

Just like everyone else, I have areas on my face that are too red or too dark…etc. I have tried different concealers on and off and have never really been happy with the result. I purchased L’Oreal Magic Lumi on sale and gave it a whirl!

This concealer goes on easily and blends well. I love the way it also doubles as a highlighter. I use it on the top of my cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose and lightly blend. It really brightens up my face! I also use it under the eyes. It doesn’t really take the darkness away, but it does make me look more awake. It never looks caked on and I have no issues with it settling in to any fine lines. For extreme redness or other skin issues, I do have to use a heavier product but I found using this in combination with my tinted BB cream is usually enough.

I found mine at Shoppers Drugmart (as usual!), unfortunately I can’t remember what I paid for it, but I do know it was reasonable.

How do you brighten your dark circles and cover redness? Do you have a favourite concealer?