Camping Guide 101!

If you’re hitting the road this summer, trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this article! Lots of tips for both men and women and if you think someone you know can benefit from this, please share or reblog! Thanks!

Stephie Estie

Fisherman camping at a wilderness lake

School is out, summer is here and if you’re like my family, camping trips may soon make their way into your schedule.  The outdoors can provide beautiful imagery, new perspectives, fresh air but also has some not so nice perks.  Bugs attacking you from every angle or inadvertently providing a feast for neighboring critters is something I can do without.  So whether you’re out on the road in an RV or truck/car, here are some suggestions on what to pack and some tips I learned along the way.

What To Pack

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Mini First Aid Kit

Always a great item to have.  You can pick up a few at your local dollar store for, well a dollar.  Can’t beat that!

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SPF Products

You’ll definitely want to take your broad spectrum sunscreen (make sure the cap is sealed tight- I learned this the hard way!), an eye cream with SPF (if you…

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Simple Strawberry Bisque Recipe!

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Hi readers!  As promised, I have another strawberry themed recipe for you today that is inspired by a Carnival cruise I took late last year.  For the formal dinner, I ordered the strawberry bisque and I fell in love right away.  It was so cool and refreshing and it’s such a perfect recipe to make this summer, now that strawberries are in season. I looked up the recipe online and decided to recreate it with a few minor tweaks.  Here’s my take.

Ingredients

3 c strawberries

1 1/2 water

3 tbs lemon juice

1 cup Greek Yogurt (honey flavored)

1/2 cup heavy cream

Optional: Fresh mint (flavor and garnish)

Directions

Blend strawberries and water in a blender.

Stir in heavy cream, Greek yogurt and lemon juice.

Chill for several hours before serving and top off with mint.

*Side note:  The original recipe calls for sour cream and you can add that or plain Greek yogurt.  I decided to use honey flavored Greek yogurt in place of sugar but you can use 3/4 c sugar instead too.  You can find the recipes I searched up here and here.

A picture of the strawberry bisque I had aboard the ship.

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And that’s it.  An easy to make treat that you can enjoy with the family or share with others.

Now I’d love to hear from you!  Would you enjoy seeing more posts like these?  Let me know in the comments. 

Stephanie 

 

 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing June 2015!

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Hi everyone!  Hope all of you had a great Father’s Day with all of your loved ones. 🙂

Aside from Birchbox (check out the latest unboxing here), I also subscribed to the PopSugar Must Have Box.  While a beauty enthusiast can never (never!) have too much items, this box has ranges from fashion, beauty, home, fitness and food, making it a well rounded subscription box.  Subscription plans start at $39.95 which is more than Birchbox’s $10 but all items are full size and are valued at over $100.

Each month, the editors are inspired by certain themes and/or phrases, and June’s box was inspired by these:

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Except for the candy, I haven’t had much time to experiment with the box but I’ll provide some pictures and brief descriptions to give you an idea of what the box contains.

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Quay Australia Mandate Sunglasses (Retail $45)

A celebrity favorite, these matte black Mandate sunglasses were designed “with your active lifestyle in mind.”

SNAP Infusion SuperCandy (retail $4)

Candy in form of gummies that “are packed with B vitamin that boost your energy, antioxidants that will keep your immune system strong and electrolytes that help you stay hydrated.”  Not sure about the claims but they do taste good-almost like Sour Patch Kids.

Spongelle Boxed Flowers-Fluer en Boite (retail $16)

A sponge/buffer that is infused with body wash that yuzu, edelweiss and vetiver extracts to “massage, smooth and rejuvenate the skin.”  This also comes with a little card that offers 30% off the entire site and $5 flat shipping. Smells divine with papaya and yuzu scents.

Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event (retail $27.95)

This new novel written by Judy Blume “takes us on the journey of a disaster-stricken town where an unlikely group copes together-reminding us all that life goes on.”  I love reading so as soon as I finish the current novel I am reading, this will be next.

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Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (retail $14)

Of course one of my favorite items in this box, this stunning eyeshadow palette is coconut-water-infused and 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Yogitoes Peacock hBand (retail $4)

I’ll preface this by saying this headband is huge but it might be because it “acts as both a headband and an eye mask during Savasana.” Can’t wait to put it to the test in my next yoga class though I’m not sure I’d want to place this over my eyes after a session.

Sweet & Spark $30 Gift Card (retail $30)

A gift card we can use to purchase one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry to find timeless pieces “like those featured on the Zoe Report and in InStyle.”  Truth be told, I am not much of a jewelry/accessory person-or rather I tend to forget I have any of these items- but I’ll see what they have to offer.

That completes the box and overall I am happy with the variety they provide. Comment below with your thoughts on the box.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Stephanie

 

 

Skin Tip: What to do Before Diving into the Pool!

Happy Friday everyone!

If you happen to find yourself using the pool this weekend, keep this tip in mind.  Chlorine exposure can cause skin irritation but rinsing your skin with non-chlorinated water beforehand can lessen this risk.

Wishing everyone a Happy Father’s Day Weekend! 

Stephanie 

 

Jan and Jot Giveaway

Check out this awesome giveaway from Janet and Josie! Great summer and everyday items!

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Happy Monday!!

The day has come to finally be able to show our giveaway goodies.

We have been slowly collecting our favorite things to say thank you to all of our loyal fans and friends for supporting us.

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Rules are easy

*UPDATE – Please follow all 4 steps below to fully enter the giveaway 🙂 *

  1. Must be a follower of our blog
  2. Must follow us on Instagram or Twitter
  3. Must reblog this post on WordPress and for additional entries you can retweet or repost on Instagram or Twitter, using #janandjotgiveaway so if you do all 3 that is 3 entries in your name
  4. Comment on this post when you have done any of these to enter the giveaway

Giveaway will run from June 15-June 26, 2015 8pm CST. We will announce winner and email them on June 27 😃

Now for the goodies
1st Place…

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June Birchbox Unboxing + Weekend Wrap Up!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!  After a few days away from here, I’m back.  Hope everyone had a good weekend. A HUGE thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday! 🙂

Last week my June Birchbox The Tig Guest Editor box arrived and here’s what arrived inside.

Real Chemistry 3-Minute Peel

Harvey Prince Hello Body Creme

Oribe Cote d’Azure Fragrance

Davines Su Hair and Body Wash 

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow (in place of Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner)

First Impressions: I think this box is good but I’m not over the moon about it.

I love Davines and think they have amazing hair products, however certain ones cause a reaction so I am curious to see how this one works for me.

I’m always looking for lotions so the Harvey Prince body cream is also a good addition and I love the summery citrusy scent.

As you know, I l-o-v-e skincare but I’m not impressed with Real Chemistry 3 minute peel.  I’ll need to use this a few more times to give it a fair trial, but there is no special appeal for me. I haven’t used the Marcelle BB cream yet since I have a few similar products already that I am trying out but I’ll clue you in once I have a chance to use.

Last but not least is the Oribe fragrance.  For some reason, I thought this was a sample of the hair refresher and was one of the reasons I choose this box.  Sadly, it’s not and the scent isn’t the same as the one used in the hair products, which I love by the way.  The scent itself isn’t bad, just smells more like cologne.  I’ll need to test this further too.

One of the highlights of last week was my birthday cake made by my sister.  How cute and creative is this?  Love!

 

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Birthday Girl

All in all I had a great birthday week with dinners, some shopping, attending a seminar at Dermalogica’s HQ, Disneyland and hanging out.  Now, back to my normal routine.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber?  What did you receive and what are your thoughts on this month’s box?

Stephanie