Ms. Ray’s Peppermint Body Scrub

3 Feb

Ms. Ray’s Peppermint Body Scrub

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This body scrub is one of my favorite skin care items. I love how the sugar exfoliates my skin and the coconut oil leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft. The peppermint smell is an added bonus.

So this scrub is extremely difficult to make and extremely time consuming. Are you ready for this…

This is what you’ll need

2 cups of sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 Tsp peppermint extract
Red food coloring

In a bowl mix sugar, softened coconut oil and peppermint. I will split this into two bowls and add red food coloring to one. THAT’S IT!! Super easy right!

Make sure when you are putting the scrub in a jar, use about a spoonful at a time and pack it down then add the other color, switching back and forth.
Side note: The red food coloring can tint skin slightly but will rinse off easily.


My weekend in a post

28 Jan

A weekend in a post…

Thursday night I hit the gym and manged to crawl my way through my treadmill work out. I don’t know why I have been having such a hard time finding my motivation lately but its killin me!!

I barely got in 3 miles on the treadmill and I WISH I could say I ran all three but it was more like walk-jog-walk-crawl. But I did make it to the 5:45pm SuperFit class at my gym and it was Ab night!! WOOT WOOT

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Boy am I sore.

Friday I really really really didn’t want to go work out. I could think of a million other things that needed my attention but I went. Yes, I forced my self to go and once I got started I was able to run about 2 miles on the treadmill. It felt good to have a little motivation back. It’s probably all the Dove chocolates that are slowing me down.

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and yes that is just want I wanted to do, close my eyes and relax! No relaxing for me, we had our friend’s 8 year old sons birthday party to attend at Alfy’s pizza. Just what I needed, pizza and cake… total BUTT FAT!!

I had every intention to get up Saturday morning and hit the gym for the 8am SuperFit class… But oh no, my body decided to sleep in.

My Nathan Boy Boy was not feeling well and the weather is horrible outside so we took a lazy day. We made play dough and you can get the recipe Here. It was so easy and we had so much fun!!

The hubs and I had planned to take Nathan bowling with some friends but when we got there, there was a two and half hour wait! Yikes! No thank you!
So we took the kiddos to the Absolute Air Park and boy did they have so much fun.



The place was split up into three areas. The first part is made of several trampolines where the kids can just jump around. The second part was the foam pit, where our kids spent most of their time. And the third part was an area for dodgeball. I really liked that they not only had rules to keep kids safe but they also had a “don’t be a jerk” rule. For example when our kids were playing dodgeball, remind you Nathan is 7 years old and most of the kids playing dodgeball were older teenagers, one of the big kids hit Nathan’s friend in the back with ball. As he was walking off the trampoline the ref/worker said it didn’t count because he was a “jerk”. I thought it was pretty cool to really give the younger kids a chance to play and enjoy themselves.

Sunday was mostly a lazy day. We had lunch with my family and I spent a little time prepping food for the week.


I washed, chopped and stored all the fruits and veggies. It makes it so easy to grab and go during the busy work week. I also prepared a crock pot dinner for Monday night, which I will blog about tomorrow.

So there’s my weekend in a post…


Just a doughy kind of day

26 Jan

Because it’s cold out…
Because it’s pouring rain out…
Because my boy boy is feeling sick…
Because it’s just one of those days…

We made Play Dough!
My aunt sent me this awesome recipe to make our own home-made play dough.

Aunties Play Dough

1 cup flour
¼ cup salt
1 cup cold water
2 Tblsp. Cream of tartar
1 Tblsp. Vegetable oil
food coloring
Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium pot.
Mix in water, oil and food coloring.

Heat on stove over low to medium heat and stir until it looks like mashed potatoes (3-5 minutes).
Knead on a floured surface. Store in airtight container.

Nathan decided to use Green and Black. We had planned to make more colors but we ran out of Cream of Tartar. I didn’t realize the small container of Cream of Tartar would only give us two sets of play dough. This is a super easy recipe and Nathan had a blast, kept him entertained for a few hours.

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He even made this truck that he wants to keep forever and ever!!

I just love my boys!

Elk Stuffed Bell Peppers

18 Jan

Elk Stuffed Bell Peppers



The other day I made these stuffed bell peppers. I would normally use ground turkey but the hubs recently went elk hunting and brought home tons of elk meat. They were D to E to L-I-C-I-O-U-S!! This recipe calls for four bell peppers and will feed about 6. Since it’s just the Hubs and me who will eat these, I will use about 3 bell peppers and freeze the rest of the insides for a busy work night meal.

I like to use multicolored peppers, my favs are the red, mmmmmmm. Feel free to use ground turkey instead of ground beef or ground elk.

Heres is your list of ingredients:
•4 bell peppers, red, yellow, or green
•2 teaspoons salt
•***Filling and Sauce***
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•1/2 cup chopped onion
•1/2 cup chopped celery
•1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
•1 small can tomato paste
•1/3 cup water
•1 clove garlic, crushed
•1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
•1 1/2 teaspoons salt
•1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1 egg, lightly beaten
•1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
•1 pound lean ground beef
•1 cup cooked long-grain rice, I like to use brown rice
•shredded mild Cheddar cheese, about 1/2 cup


Cut peppers in half, remove seeds and membranes. Rinse peppers under cold water. Place peppers in a large pot; cover with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain peppers and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Saute chopped onion, and chopped celery for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. I like to add a little bit of chopped bell peppers to the mixture if I have extra around. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water, crushed garlic, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently stir to blend; add ground meat of your choice, cooked rice, and the tomato mixture and mix well. Stuff peppers with meat mixture and place in a baking dish. Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes. Top stuffed peppers with a little shredded Cheddar cheese just before peppers are done and bake until cheese is melted. If I feel like being an extra good wife I’ll shred a little pepper jack cheese for the hubs and keep the cheddar for my self, he likes spicy and I’m not a fan.

I tried to make stuffed bell peppers back in November for my mom and they did not turn out as well as these ones did. I will tell you my secret but shhhh don’t tell anyone! Are you ready for it…. the Worcestershire sauce makes all the difference, plus boiling the peppers before cooking them makes them extra soft and easy to cut with a fork.

I would love to hear how these turned out for you.

Pink Rizzle



6 Jan

Today is December 31, 2012… New Year’s Eve, and my first post ever.

New Years resolutions? To do or not to do. That is the question. Every year, I and many others say “January 1st I’m starting my diet”. Diet schmidiet. Of course I want to eat better, work out more and be skinny! But as I lay awake not able to sleep I think about family, health and strength, mentally and physically. 2012 has been a tough year for my husband and I’s families. Between Jason’s (the hubs) mom being diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer and my mom who’s had more back surgeries than I can count, I’m realizing that health is important. Of course we all know that health is important but you just don’t realize how important until something serious effects you or someone you love. I want to do all that I can to keep my self and my family healthy and happy.

My New Years resolution is to not only work on mine and my family’s health but to also be strong, psychically for our bodies to stay healthy but mentally strong to help our families in such a hard time. I want to work on being there for our families and friends, to be reliable and to be a good ear when in need. And of course id love to lose a few pounds, but I’m not putting a number on it! I want to feel comfortable and be happy for who I am.

After months of pondering the idea to start a blog, I’ve decided to do it.
To help me be accountable for my weight loss journey.
To explore a new word and share my creativity with others. In creativity I means my random thoughts of the day!

So here goes nothing!

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