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MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It Review

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review

MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review: The latest craze is using charcoal masks to remove blackheads and cleanse your skin. After watching some YouTube video fails one might wonder why we would want to risk it. I am now wondering why as well.

We did a Facebook Live video of our experience that you can watch and see just how much it hurt taking it off. Missy more so than Shirley, clearly she has leather skin or put moisturizer all over her face before she applied the mask.

We’ve Tried It MABOX Facebook Live Video

The smell was horrible. I couldn’t decide if it smelled like tar or gasoline, I was actually nauseous all night long after taking the mask off. It took around 5 hours for my face to stop burning.

I didn’t break out and my face did actually feel smoother after we were done. We would expect that after feeling like we ripped a layer of skin off of our face. I did notice blackhead in the mask after I removed it. So, yes it worked in that sense and my pores looked clean.

Would I do it again? No. The smell and burn were just too much! What should we try next, leave a comment below.

If you want to give it a try yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon for $12.99.

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Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review

Stillwaters Healing Scalp Massage

Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review – In 2017 I plan to make a conscious effort to make time for myself. I am starting off my mindful journey at Stillwaters Healing. Our plan is to review many different self care options.

Stillwaters Healing had a calming effect on me within minutes of entering the building. It may have been the smell of essential oils lingering in the air or the soft sounds of waves in the background. Possibly just knowing that I was about to be pampered, either way I was relaxed.

The aromatherapy scalp massage was therapeutic, relieving my stress and tension. I am trying to grow my hair out and was told that scalp massage can stimulate hair growth. Would getting a daily scalp massage be a bit overboard?

Owner Shawnah Breault used a blend of warm coconut, peppermint and rosemary essential oil, which smelled heavenly.  She applied the warm oil to the base of my hair and massaged into the scalp. The sound of wave and birds chirping in the background almost lulled me to sleep. The scalp massage lasts for 20 glorious minutes. 

In addition I should mention that there was no speaking during the massage which is a plus for me. Some massage therapists like to chit chat, me not so much. I don’t know about you but it ruins the experience for me.

Shawnah recommended that if I was able, to leave the oils in my hair overnight and it could aid in my sleep and be good for my scalp and hair. I was a bit nervous that my hair would be lifeless in the morning, boy was I wrong. My hair felt and looked the best it has in a long time.

What a great experience, I highly recommend going to Stillwaters Healing for a scalp massage. I left feeling relaxed and at peace. In conclusion I will be going back, my next visit I plan on getting a hand and foot massage.

Services offered: Massage, Reflexology, Scalp Treatment and Stone Massage. You can schedule your appointment on Stillwaters Healing website and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Thank you Shawnah for starting my year off right, I look forward to returning!

Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review – One of my favorite holiday treats is homemade fudge. I found this fudge making kit at Walmart and decided to give it a try.

I don’t know about you but I have tried to make homemade fudge in the past and it wasn’t easy. This kit seems like the ways to go.

Carnation Fudge Making Kit

Everything is included in the kit except for 2 tablespoons of butter. The kit includes: Carnation Evaporated Milk, Toll House Chocolate Chips, Sugar Mix and Marshmallows.

Super simple! Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking oil. In a heavy-duty sauce pan combine sugar mix, Carnation Evaporated Milk and butter. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, stir constantly for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add Nestle Toll House Morsels and marshmallows all at once. Stir vigorously until morsels and marshmallows are melted.

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Immediately pour the mixture into pan; smooth top. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 pieces.

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Cutting tip: Before cutting, remove from refrigerator and let stand at room tempature for 30 minutes. Dip sharp knife into hot water and wipe dry. Wipe knife after each cut.

So good! This fudge melted in my mouth and the flavor was out of this world. We will definitely be buying this product again.

Before Bathtub Rust-Oleum Review

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit Review

Before and After Tile Rust-Oleum bathroom remodel

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit Review: There is something to be said about the gratification that comes along with DIY projects. A year ago my family moved into my grandparents home built in the early 60’s. We are slowly but surely working on remodeling each room. So far the bathroom remodel has been the most rewarding.

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I will be working on a full remodel story but for now I want to show you my biggest money saving find. Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit was so much more than I expected it to be. You know how much an new tub and shower inclosure can cost! We are all about giving the less expensive route a try first before we spend a bunch a money. You can get this product at Home Depot for $25.97.

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile acts and looks like porcelain and ceramic. You can apply it to ceramic, porcelain or fiberglass. It’s so easy! You MUST wear a mask unless you want to act goofy for a couple hours. My friend Jenni and I had some great laughs while doing this project.

The tile looks brand new. I can’t tell you how much I loved doing this product. This is not a paid ad, we paid for it and would recommend it to all. It’s fast-drying, indoor durable and corrosion-resistant.

After Rust-Oleum

Included at the bottom of this is Rust-Oleum’s Youtube video on how to use this product. I should note we did everything they instructed us to do on the back of the box. There is some cleaning prep before you start, make sure you do that to get the best results. It is important to do 2 coats in order to get a beautiful new finish.

If you decided to give this product a try we would love you to post a before and after picture on our Facebook page.

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Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2

Truce Cleanse

Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2 – It’s a new season, and that means time for an all new seasonal 100% organic, raw, vegan and gluten free cleanse from Minnesota’s very own, TRUCE. As you may recall, during the Winter season I did their newly offered soup cleanse, you can find that review here.

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This time around I wanted to cleanse myself after a recent vacation and give their new Complete Cleanse a go. Now, I was told that I can consume my 5 daily products in any order, but I went by the order that they had basically laid out and typed-up for me and attached to each of my daily supplies.

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I started my mornings slamming a bottle of room temperature water as I always do, and continued drinking another 8 to10 bottles of water throughout the day.   I then enjoyed the remainder of my morning routines with my first juice, Morning Greens; Kale, cucumber, spinach, romaine, apple, lemon and ginger. This is your typical green drink that you may have read about (mean green), or may have had with most green juice cleanses that are out there. It’s good and refreshing and gave me a good amount of energy to start the day out.

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I felt like it was a long stretch before I could enjoy lunch, so I had a small handful or two of raw nuts. Figured since this is an all raw cleanse that this wouldn’t do any harm at altering this three day diet I put myself on. Plus I was hungry!   Only on the first day though, the ingredients in each is designed to hinge your appetite as well as be a sufficient amount of daily requirements. So the next two days my appetite was balanced.

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Lunch time, woo-hoo! For the three-days, TRUCE gave me two different salads; The Isles Salad, which consisted of kale, carrot, beet, avocado, pistachio and hemp seed. Also included a Tahini-ginger dressing; extra-virgin olive oil, sesame seed, apple cider vinegar, ginger, salt and black pepper. Now normally I could consume a salad in 5-minutes-or-less. Not today, this mostly kale salad took me a good half hour. I’m pretty sure this was my first time eating raw kale. I’ve had it baked, sautéed and juiced before. This was a lot of work to chew. The beets, carrots and dressing added a good amount of moisture, but I didn’t give it much time to absorb. I plan on doing that when I eat the second one of this creation they gave me. It was still very good tasting, just time consuming and not all the fun. Also, I don’t recall having any avocado, especially like the picture shown on their website. So this was missing in two salads. The second salad that I had on the next day was the New Classic Caesar; Kale, cabbage, cucumber and capers with curried chickpeas. The dressing was made from cashews, grape seed oil, white wine vinegar, vegan Worcestershire, dulse flakes, garlic lemon, mustard seed, salt and pepper. This salad was much better and easier to eat since there wasn’t a large amount of kale.

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My midday snack was another juice called Glowing Greens; Grapefruit, pear, cucumber, dandelion greens, romaine, parsley and orange. Now this was a tasty refreshing concoction, a little more pleasing than the morning greens. I was told my skin had a nice glowing complexion throughout this cleanse, I give credit to this juice right here.

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My dinner every night was their Spicy Greens Soup; Avocado, kale, spinach, water, pepita, lemon, ginger, black pepper, salt and cayenne. Now even though this is a soup, it was recommended not to heat it. This is one of the same soups that I had with the previous cleanse I had from TRUCE and I treated it the same way, by letting it get to room temperature and then enjoying it while getting some work done. It is spicy like its name, mainly black pepper spicy, nothing that lingers, overall good tasting and obviously a bit thicker than the juices.

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This last one I considered a dessert that I looked forward to having every night. It was so smooth and delicious as well as a perfect way to end my evening, Cashew Milk; Cashews, dates, sea salt, maple syrup, water. I rarely drink milk these days, so I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it really won me over. It felt rewarding having this.

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Overall this is a great cleanse offered by TRUCE for approximately $50.00 a day. I had more energy than I did while eating my normal diet. Give it a go and try something new while shedding a few pounds while doing so, you will feel wonderful!

This Saturday, April 30th marks their 3rd year in business. So it would be a good day to go celebrate with them from 9am-5pm while enjoying some special giveaways and the chance to win a one day cleanse.

Truce is located at: 1428 W. 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN

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Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe

DIY Blackhead Remover

Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe – Nobody wants to admit that they have blackheads, but (Missy does)… My guess is that at some point in time you have tried  blackhead removal strips that you can buy at the store. This 2 ingredient recipe works great.

Blackhead remover

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 Tablespoon Knox Gelatine

Simple! Just mix the two ingredients and stir. The mixture will be firm. Once completely mixed put in the microwave for 10 seconds on medium heat and stir. Be sure not to cook any longer or it will burn your skin. Test it with your finger to make sure that it isn’t too hot before putting on your nose.

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Use a paint brush to spread evenly over your nose, covering all blackheads. Let sit for 1o minutes. You will feel it stiffen and pull on your skin. Hopefully you enjoy the smell of warm milk! After 10 minutes pull off. You may even notice some hair along with the blackheads.

There is a possibility that Shirley did some editing without Missy’s knowledge! Go to our Facebook page and let Missy know how much you enjoyed her brutal honesty in this story!

 

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Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee Review

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Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee Review: When I received my mini crate of Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee I was ecstatic to try it in different varieties and concoctions. Each bottle contains six-servings of sugar and calorie free, fresh organic cold brew coffee. It will cost you roughly $38 for a four pack, or you can save 10% by signing up on there website www.bizzycoffee.com.

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I first tried a sip straight from the bottle; “Whew, that is some strong brew right there!” It is meant to be diluted or added to another substance or beverage, but I wanted to taste it in its pureness, and this I can tell you is some great tasting coffee.

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Next up was adding it to my protein shakes. I added 1-serving of Bizzy – 3-Tbsp PB2 – 2-scoops Nature’s Best Isopure Dutch Chocolate Protein 1-frozen banana and 1-serving of purified water (to offset the coffee). This definitely took my protein shake to a whole new level. The taste was perfect and it gave me the perfect amount of energy to last me throughout the day. I will be having this exact formula every single morning from now on. I do typically add blueberries to my shake, but I wanted to try it without them for this first trial run.

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I tried it with unsweetened coconut milk, but with both of these being unsweetened it felt quite boring, was missing something…probably something sweet! On to the next one.

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This protein shake pictured that I had every morning during the duration of 4-bottles of Bizzy, I used ice when I forgot to freeze my banana. Seriously, try this!

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Time to get a little more dangerous and creative with this local Minnesota cold brew! No longer boring with the coconut milk now that I poured my Bizzy coffee over ice in a mason jar and added Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Trader Joe’s Sugar, Coffee Bean and Chocolate sprinkles, along with whipped topping. Okay, now we are talking, This was a delicious ice coffee that needs to be served everywhere.

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Taking it a step further with a Bizzy Coffee Float. Two large scoops of Edy’s Latte Love Espresso Chip Grand Ice Cream, pour a serving and a half of Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee over and top with whipped cream. Dessert is served! Just don’t have this too late in the evening unless you want to clean your entire house with energy to spare.

If you haven’t yet, give this Minnesota born crafty beverage a try. Get creative and hashtag it with #BizzyMoments, the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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Gold Anti Aging Facial BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar

BB Facial Hudson

Gold Anti Aging Facial BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar: It’s been a long time since I have treated myself to a facial and with all the stress of the past couple of weeks I decided now was the time to treat myself to a facial. So I decided to give my friend Brooke from BB Makeup a call and schedule “me time.”

BB Facial

The pampering at BB Makeup starts even before the facial starts. The facial room is beautifully decorated and there is relaxing music playing in the background. Brooke started out by wrapping me in a soft, warm robe and sitting me down in the massage chair. Warmed booties are put on my feet, a warmed neck warmer is placed around my neck and I am tucked in with soft warm blankets. If you think this sounds amazing, it really is and she hasn’t even started the facial yet.

BB Cosmetic Bar Facial

I have had facials in the past and they were all very relaxing, but the facial at BB Makeup was by far the most hands on, in-depth facial I have ever had. For the entire hour Brooke was hands on except for the time I was under the light therapy mask. I was so relaxed throughout the whole facial that I can’t even begin to tell you everything that was done.

BB Makeup Stone Massage

I can tell you that my favorite part of the facial was definitely the hot stone massage. I didn’t even know you could have a hot stone face massage, but trust me you can and it is amazing.

BB Cosmetic Bar Gold Facial

With the gold anti-aging facial you really do get real gold applied to your face. The gold is said to improve skin texture, tone, appearance, redness, elasticity, wrinkles, dark spots, and hydration. Gold facials go all the way back to the time of Cleopatra. She is rumored it to have done it every night to maintain her beauty. I can see why!

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My skin has never felt so soft! Ask everyone I have seen today, I have made them all feel how soft my face is. I left Bb Makeup feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I am going to make an effort to have BB facials become a more regular part of my life.

Whether you choose the gold anti-aging facial or any of the other offered I would recommend giving Brooke from BB Makeup a call and schedule an appointment. And while you are there it’s always fun to see the newest makeup products in the cosmetic bar.

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Phatphood Eating Twin Cities: Danny’s Bar & Grill

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Phatphood Eating Twin Cities: Danny’s Bar & Grill – Joining me on this adventure to find the perfect food pic is We’ve Tried It’s very own Missy G and we are dining at Danny’s Bar & Grill located at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater, MN. Chef Ron is a multi-medal winner in American Culinary Federation Competitions dishing out some of his amazing creations using locally sourced and naturally raised foods.  Let me start by typing – I need to start dining at more golf clubs if they are all this amazing. Nothing but awesomeness coming up…

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First thing given to me upon my arrival is this foo-foo drink. Yup, one of those but this one does taste pretty damn good, actually.  It is called a Georgiapolitan ~ Ciroc peach vodka, Cointreau, limejuice and cranberry juice, served with a lime wedge. I wouldn’t be mad if another one was accidentally ordered for me.

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Macadamia Nut Encrusted Goat Cheese ~ warm Stickney Hills Farm creamy goat cheese, mango chutney and flatbread crackers. The goat cheese was indeed warm, and it spread like butter. I’ve always been a fan of goat cheese and I’m really enjoy what the chef has done with this. I could smell the mango chutney once it hit the table. This is a lovely medley here combining the three.

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A special that is currently being served as an appetizer, Salt and Pepper Seared Ahi Tuna ~ sauteed Asian slaw, wasabi aioli, with a soy ginger glaze. This is a very, very refreshing appetizer that won’t overfill you. That aioli was on point. Hurry up and get here to try this before the next special takes over.

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You know, I’m not super big into salads, but if it is unique or has this much bacon in it, I’m an instant lover of salads. Iceberg Wedge ~ crumbled black river bleu, crispy bacon, tomato and bleu cheese dressing.

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American Kobe Waygu Burger ~ half pound, lettuce, house pickles, 5-seed bun, thick cut bacon, cheddar cheese.  Local grass fed beef…awwww so savory and fresh. I love how it moo’s with every bite. I’m in burger heaven. It’s served with house cut fries with partial skin on, yup!  Thanks Chef Ron!

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New York Steak & Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti ~ 7oz grilled strip steak with olive oil and charred lemon. I’ve actually been craving white sauce spaghetti for quite some time. Great touch with the NY strip!  Also, I never would have thought to squeeze the lemon over this dish, but sure glad it was recommended, what a delicious citrus splash on this already perfect combo.

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Finally, the dish I’ve been reading about and the gold medal winning best seller here at Danny’s Bar & Grill, Chef Ron’s very own Pecan Walleye ~ dried cherry maple bacon pecan butter sauce (yea, read that again and fall in love with it), wild rice pilaf and roasted seasonal vegetables. Feed her this and she is yours.

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16oz Bone-in Rib Eye ~ with a loaded baked potato and fresh vegetables.  Butter love. This steak melted in my mouth like the butter that puddles upon it; perfectly cooked steak with a tasty potato to accompany it.

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CHOCOLATE TURTLE MOUSSE CAKE ~ rich chocolate cake layered with double chocolate mousse, topped with fudge sauce, caramel and candied pecans. I typed the title of this dessert in all capital letters for a reason. OMYUM!

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Chef Ron wanted me to have a chocolate martini to pair with my slice of chocolate cake. Who am I to say no to a multi-medal winning chef? Pour it up! Chocolate Martini ~ Stoli vodka, Bailey’s and Godiva.  Rimmed with hot cocoa I believe. Perhaps another foo-foo drink, but if you follow me on Instagram (Phatphood), you will see that I am really starting to fall for these.

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Tableside Baked Alaska by Chef Ron. What a wonderful finale to many outstanding dishes, and when the alcohol burns and the flame goes out, it is still…nothing but love.

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Missy and I had a great time not only enjoying the wonderful food presented to us, but also the conversations that we had with Chef Ron. He is well known here because he comes out and talks with the patrons and interacts with them, great guy in and out of the kitchen. I recommend coming during the off-season of golf, this place really has a warm cozy vibe that really fits in with the current season. Everyone that I talked to about Danny’s asked if I had eaten their brunch; unfortunately I haven’t…yet.

Danny’s Bar & Grill 13600 N Hudson Boulevard, Stillwater, MN 55082

Handy Can Opener Review

As Seen On TV Handy Can Opener Review

Handy Can Opener

As Seen On TV Handy Can Opener Review – This past holiday season I had the opportunity to test out a couple of “As Seen On TV” products that are to assist you in the kitchen and make your life just a little bit easier when preparing food.  I’ve included videos that show simple demonstrations of each of these kitchen products:

Handy Can Opener – This product claims that “With one touch this battery operated can opener “walks” around the can and then shuts off automatically” and it does exactly that.

I tried different size cans ever since receiving this product, and it worked every single time with every style of can.  So after testing it many times I finally made a video using it to open a can of tuna prior to making a tuna salad for the holidays.  Simple and easy it is, just place it on the can, push the button and either watch it do its thing, or utilize the time and get other things accomplished at the same time.  There were no sharp edges on the lid or the can when it is finished.  At times you have to snap the lid off the can as shown in the video, but in most cases it removes it 100% and lifts off when removing the opener and stays attached to the magnet.  This is a battery operated product that takes two AA batteries that are not included, so no cords to fuss with.  Great gift idea and a reliable product.  We’ve Tried It and we love it!

You can buy the Handy Can Opener for $14.95.