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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo | Mexican Style Shrimp Kabobs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Constellation Brands. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CervezaCelebration #CollectiveBias


Cinco de Mayo is coming up and I am really looking forward to it. We've had a lot on our plates these last months and I for one could use a day of celebration with the important people in my life. We could all use a few carefree moments to remember what's really important in life: family and friends. When your life is filled with good people, great moments and delicious food, you can't help but be happy. That's why I am really excited for our annual Cinco de Mayo gathering this year.


Of course you simply can't have a successful Cinco de Mayo celebration without including ice cold bottles of Corona Extra and Modelo Especial beer.

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With Corona Extra and Modelo Especial at your Cinco de Mayo celebration, your guests will really enjoy those carefree moments a little bit more.  


Today I am going to share my quick & easy recipe for Mexican Style Shrimp Kabobs, perfect for your Cinco de Mayo & summer gatherings.  


Ingredients:
1 pound pre-cooked shrimp (or 1 pound or shelled and deveined raw shrimp)
2 chopped serrano peppers
2 limes juiced
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin powder
salt & pepper to taste


Instructions:
Pour all ingredients into a bowl, mix well and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.  
Skewer the shrimp and grill over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until cooked.


These kabobs are so spicy that you are definitely going to need that cold bottle of either Corona Extra or Modelo Especial to wash them down.


I personally enjoy Corona Extra whenever I am having a beer. Corona's refreshing, smooth taste isn't too heavy or too light, it's perfectly balanced for my taste. If you're like me - someone who enjoys a good beer every now and then but isn't a beer drinking heavyweight, this is probably the beer for you.


If your guests prefer a fuller flavored beer, Modelo Especial is exactly for them. Modelo Especial is brewed the way a good beer should be. Modelo Especial is a beer born with the Fighting Spirit. It’s brewed with time, effort, and determination to create the model Mexican lager.  It's  full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager delivers a crisp, refreshing taste that your guests will thoroughly enjoy.


This Cinco de Mayo, gather your friends and family over and enjoy some down-time. It's been a rough few months, but just like these cervezas, we were born with the fighting spirit and will celebrate life, just like always.


This Cinco de Mayo and the coming summer months are a great time to invite your family & friends over, hand them a bottle of Corona or Modelo beer and celebrate life. You don't need a special occasion to have a few carefree moments to just chill and hang out. Hay que saber vivir con todo el corazon.

Up-Cycle Your Honest Tea® Bottles | DIY Bird Feeder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #HonestSustainabiliTEA #RefreshinglyHonest #CollectiveBias

During the week I am a water drinker. I work outdoors and can go through a few bottles of water per day. But there are those times that I want to enjoy a refreshing bottle of tea with just a hint of sweetness, nothing too sugary or sweet. Being outdoors in the sun, you really want something refreshing and cool. On those occasions I really enjoy Honest Tea® and their variety of flavors. I love Honest Tea® Half & Half and Honest Tea® Honey Green Tea, plus the new flavor Honest Tea® Unsweet Peach Ginger.


Honest Tea® is organic and Fair Trade and is just a tad sweet or unsweetened, so it's great for any occasion. It's brewed with real tea leaves, just like you do at home, that's why you can really taste the crisp freshness in every sip. 


I purchase Honest Tea® at Ralphs where I can always find a good deal, perfect for stocking up for my week. 


Honest Tea® takes great pride in promoting sustainability, to support their endeavor, I am going to show you a really neat way to up-cycle your Honest Tea® bottles. 


When I was a little girl, my mom taught us how to make bird feeders using plastic bottles. Having these bottles in the trees surrounding our home is a great way to feed birds and for the kids to see nature in action. They're so easy to make too! 

DIY Bird Feeder




You will need:

empty plastic bottle
bird feed
1 wooden stick
1 screw hook
scissors

Directions:

  • remove label from Honest Tea® bottle
  • mark a hole on each side just big enough for the stick to go through
  • carefully cut out a hole on each side
  • insert wooden stick
  • mark a window area on each side, right on top of the stick
  • carefully cut out the windows
  • attach screw hook to lid
  • fill with bird feed
  • if you're feeling extra, you can add a little decor to your bottle



Not only is this a fun craft, it's a great way to up-cycle some plastic and we love watching the birds feeding through the little windows of the feeder. This Earth Day (April 22nd), we will be adding a few more of these feeders to trees in our area. How will you give back to Mother Earth this Earth Day? I hope my DIY has inspired you to do something fun. 

Find more inspiration from Honest Tea® and take advantage of the digital coupon offer: .25 off 1 bottle (can be used up to 5 times in one transaction at Kroger and all Kroger divisions), live 4/9-4/22.

How To Care For Your Skin This Spring

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SoFreshSoFrench #CollectiveBias

Spring is here with it come short sleeves and leg baring bottoms. It's time to say goodbye to winter skin and all those stuffy winter clothes. That means that it's also time to bring on the skincare and really get to working on getting our skin in tip-top shape. As it is, I never skip moisturizing any of my skin. But in the spring I love really indulging into great skincare. With the new
Le Petit Marseillais™ line from Walmart, I am not just treating my skin but my treating my senses to a south of France experience.


One of France’s biggest beauty secrets is out – say “Bonjour” to Le Petit Marseillais, France’s #1 body wash brand that is finally here in America. This carefully-curated Walmart collection will be available in March and features 17 products, located in the specialty bath & body aisle, where loofahs are sold. The collection includes an assortment of eight body/hand moisturizers, two liquid hand soaps, six body washes and a bar soap with prices ranging from $3.99 - $7.97. The full Le Petit Marseillais collection can be found in Walmart and also online! Trust me, you will love Le Petit Marseillais, especially once you smell these products.

How To Care For Your Skin This Spring



  • Head to Walmart and pick up some of the new Le Petit Marseillais line.
  • Take a relaxing shower: With Le Petit Marseillais™ Mandarin & Lime and White Nectarine Extra Gentle Shower Gels, I feel like I have been transported to a summer day. Both of these shower gels smell amazing, the mandarin & lime is so refreshing while the white peach smells just like ripe peaches. These body washes are paraben-free, phthalate-free, pH balanced, and not tested on animals. Plus they will prep your skin with moisture and get it ready for the next step.
  • Moisturize: Moisturizing after a shower is a step I never miss. My body tends to be pretty dry and if my skin isn't moisturized, I can't even sleep. Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Body Milk Lotion is my new favorite lotion, I love it so much that I am almost done with my first bottle. The combination of shea butter, sweet almost & argan oil are a treat for dry skin. It has a rich texture yet absorbs into the skin so I never have a greasy after feel. My skin is also left feeling soft and supple, while my skin is covered in the most indulgent scent. 
  • Keep the moisture going: Once your skin is refreshed and moisturized, it's important to keep the moisture going. My favorite from the Le Petit Marseillais line has to be the Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream because it's so portable. Because I work with children, I am always washing my hands, having Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream keeps my hands looking and feeling their best. Dry, flaky hands are a friend to no one and I love this little tube of hand cream so much.


Le Petit Marseillais products are my spring go-to's when it comes to caring for my skin. The entire line is such a treat! They feature artful combinations of scents inspired by nature, and transport me to the south of France every time I use them. They really do feel quite indulgent, yet you will find that they are super affordable. Check out the entire line at Walmart.com, I think you will be as smitten with it as I am.

DIY DECORATIVE MARBLE TRAY

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeAtmosphereCollection #CollectiveBias

A lot of people feel that living in a small place has to be cramped and messy. But I live in a smaller apartment and though the place isn't incredibly charming on its own, I feel like we have been able to make it look really good. The downstairs living area has high ceilings and it's an open space, which made decorating it really easy. Now I am trying to do the same with my room, which has no windows, so no natural light to speak of, and not a whole lot of charm either. But I want my room to be a place that welcomes me at the end of a long day of work. I want my bedroom to tell my story and for people to know when they walk into it, that it's all me.

I've started my room renovation by ordering a new desk which will be here this week. In the meantime I have also been picking up some small odds and ends to put on it once it arrives. A lot of times it's those small touches that really add life to any room: 2 colorful throw pillows, a small green plant, a pedestal mirror and of course candles. Candles are one of the easiest way to give any room great atmosphere and add aesthetic to a drab space.



Cue the NEW Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade®. Have you seen this new Glade® collection? If not, you're in for a treat. I have always been a huge fan of Glade® candles, they are affordable, the limited edition collections super fun and they are so accessible. But now these candles have a seriously high-end look that will look amazing in your home, and guess what? They are still super affordable.


You can now get that high-end candle look with a Glade® price! I found the entire collection at Ralphs, all 4 scents can be found in the Air Care Aisle. I immediately fell in love with two of the scents and could not wait to see how they would look on my brand new marble tray.  


I picked up N°3 Free™ - Coconut and Beach Woods. This one smells just like a California beach and you will love it! It's my favorite by far, I actually picked up two of this scent so I could have a backup. The second scent I got is N°4 Tempted™ -Patchouli and Amber. This has a velvety evening smell and is as inviting as clean skin after a bath. The Atmosphere Collection by Glade® candles are my new favorites and I can't wait to pick up more.


Candles are a super affordable way to add atmosphere to any room, something else you can add to a room is a marble tray to hold your candles, makeup, books, etc. A marble tray can be pretty pricey though, if you look online you will find they can get really up there in price. So I looked for a way to get that same high-end marble tray look, but on my budget, and found a tutorial on how to make my own.

DIY DECORATIVE MARBLE TRAY



Materials:

marble tile: I paid $2.40 for this beautiful, glossy marble tile at the local hardware store. A bargain!
2 drawer pulls: this is where you can really personalize your marble tray. There are a ton of different drawer pulls to pick from. I found these acrylic pulls which will look great next two my acrylic makeup organizers. These were the priciest items from my DIY at $5.98 a piece.
4 vinyl bumpers: I paid $2.97 for a pack of 16 so I could have enough to make a few other trays for my living area.
industrial strength glue: I don't have the talent nor the equipment to drill the drawer pulls into the marble so I am using this glue which is pretty heavy duty instead. The tube cost me $4.42.

I spent $21.75 + tax and I still have bumpers and glue for future projects.



Start off by applying the self-adhesive vinyl bumpers to the underside of the four corners of the tray. These are great, they look like acrylic feet and protect the surface of anywhere you place it. They also keep the tray from sliding around.


Now you measure where you will be placing the drawer pulls, you want to make sure you have both sides even.  Mark it off with a pencil.


Now using the industrial strength glue, add glue to the bottom of each drawer pull and place where you marked off. Clean any excess glue off with a cotton swab and allow to dry for at least a day.

This is a decorative tray so I wouldn't feel comfortable picking it up by the handles, even though the lady at the hardware store told me that I should be able to with the glue I used. I would rather err on the side of caution and hold it from the bottom, better safe than having a broken tray!  


Voila! Now I have a gorgeous marble tray with a very high-end looking, amazingly scented N°3 Free™ - Coconut and Beach Woods candle to place on my new white desk once it arrives. The look is very glam and high-end, but as you saw, it was all done under $30 (including candle). This is such an easy and super affordable way to give any room some change. Using the NEW Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade® as inspiration, how would you add a touch of atmosphere and style to your home?

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