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Best Waterproof Mascara

I often get asked by other women what type of mascara I use. Having extra-long eyelashes, I have trouble finding a mascara that doesn't leave me looking like Rocky the Raccoon. Last December we were in Miami for a family wedding and I had to run to Ulta to grab a new mascara. The sales associate recommended Tarte's Lights Camera Splashes Natural Waterproof Mascara. This is by far the absolute best mascara that I have ever used. Weddings, Bikram Yoga, Maryland humidity, and swimming pools are no match for this mascara. You'll definitely want to get a good eye make up remover because it is difficult to get off with just a normal cleanser and water. The sales associate also recommended this product because it is botanical and does not contain harsh chemicals found in other waterproof mascaras. Click here for ingredients.

Easy Gourmet Pizza Lactose Free

Did you know that Cabot has several variations of lactose free cheese? I know there are still tons of lactose intolerant people out there who think that they have to eat cheeseless pizza, so please share this post! Thanks to my brother-in-law, Andrew, and his girlfriend, Erica (who is lactose intolerant), for giving me this nugget of knowledge to share with you.

For a complete list of of lactose free cheeses from Cabot check out its faq's page. FYI, any hard, aged cheese has little to no lactose.

I absolutely love using Betty Crocker's pizza crust packet because it is quick, easy and produces a great crust. A few months ago I stumbled upon this simple and tasty crockpot marinara from Budget Bytes and have used it ever since for my pizzas. I froze individual servings in Ziploc bags and simply thaw them (in the sealed bag) in hot water for a few minutes when I'm ready to use.

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Desserts for the Deserving II

Do you know someone who has been having a rough time lately and could use a little positive energy or someone who takes the initiative to help others and you would like to have their selfless acts recognized with an unexpected thank you? Tomorrow morningat 7:00am CST  (8:00 EST, 5:00 am PST) i am baker will be asking for nominees for Desserts for the Deserving II, a simple and creative way to support those who could use a little pick me up or thank you.

If you are a baker, crafter, or someone who would like to send a thoughtful gift or note to a deserving person, next week i am baker will be asking for volunteers to make or purchase something to send to these deserving people. What started out as an altruistic idea and single blog post has turned into a movement inspiring hundreds of people to help others. Join GNG in helping i am baker spread a little love by sharing her post, submitting a nomination, or becoming a volunteer.

A few days ago, I met a mom and young daughter at the park…

Free 6 week subscription to The Grocery Game

Couponing used to be a very polarizing idea. People either loved or hated it. Lovers spent hours hovered over the Sunday paper pinching every penny possible and oblivious to the eye rolling and toe tapping happening in the ever growing checkout line as the cashier had to manually punch in an envelope full of coupon codes... and oblivious to the value of all their time spent looking for coupons. Some haters cringed at the idea of being seen using a coupon while other just didn't think it was worth their time.

In todays economy everyone is trying to save where they can, and the idea of couponing has not only lost its stigma but it has become the cool thing to do.

A few years ago, after watching countless couponing experts on every daytime talkshow go to the grocery store and buy hundreds of dollars of groceries and watch their total dollar amount on the cashier's screen dwindle down to a few dollars... or cents... I decided I would give it a try. After looking over several w…

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

If you are a believer, or need a reminder, that life is what you make of it, you need to go see this movie. If you have an adventurous heart, or need a little more adventure to find your heartbeat, you need to go see this movie. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a British comedy that touches upon many changes we all face in life and reflects upon how our attitude in any given situation defines not only the circumstances we find ourselves in but our character in the way we react. As someone who has strived to live an adventurous life, and immersed myself into cultures that were not my own, I got chills the first time I watched the trailer and couldn't wait for this to come out. To add to my excitement, while describing the premise of the movie to my father-in law over crepes at Fenton Cafe, a woman sitting at a table next to us overheard our conversation and said that she had gone to the movie the night before and it was fantastic. She added that it got a standing ovation at the e…

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake (Gluten and Lactose Free)

I have several friends and their families who are living lactose and/or gluten free so I am on a mission to create and find recipes that meet their needs without sacrificing the tastiness of a dish to do so. This is my first attempt at making a gluten and lactose free cake, and this recipe I found on A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis by guest blogger La Phemme Foodie hit it out of the ball park. The original recipe called for a cup of milk so I simply substituted it with Giant's Whole Lactose Free Milk. If I gave you a piece, and didn't tell you it was gluten and lactose free, I guarantee you wouldn't know the difference.