Summertime Trends and Tresses

Spend all this time getting in shape for summer, making sure you are beach ready! The first day of summer arrives and you are ready to go…. until you look at your hair. It’s the same color and style as last year.

Finding that perfect color or highlights to flaunt under the sun is a bit harder than you think. Do you keep going with the sane trend you do every year or is it time to change it up? Or how do you wear your hair? Go for the beach wave look or pull it up into a messy bun?

Well with a little internet surfing, below are some of the trends and styles found. Hopefully it helps give you ideas!

Inverted French Braids

This hairstyle keeps all hair off your face so if you plan on doing any physical activity, this is one to keep in mind. It is a little tricky to remind yourself to pull the sections UNDER instead of OVER like a normal french braid calls for, but after a few times, this hairstyle can be finished within five minutes. The best thing about this hairstyle is that it can be in pigtails or a ponytail. Tutorial: Inverted French Braid Pigtails

Messy Top Knot

While I’ve never done a top knot (my curly mane would not allow it), I do see a lot of variations of them during the summer months. They look effortless and trendy but yet casual. It is a good one to try out for a beach day or a day spent on the water. Tutorial: Perfectly Messy Top Knot

Messy French Twist

Time to do the twist! This is probably the best hairstyle to do if you are in a hurry or just want to throw your hair up to get it off your shoulers. Again, I have never done this one (curse you thick cury mane!) but I have a ton of friends and family who do. Tutorial: Messy French Twist

Color

As summer approaches, everyone starts thinking about adding a pop of color to their hair to give them the perfect summer look. There are a few major trends that are picking up speed that you may want to keep in mind.

Adding Blonde

I feel like this trend will ever disappear completely. There are different tones that people use but there is always the addition of some blonde element to hair this time of year.

Dip Dye

The name sounds weird but basically the only thing you are really dying is the ends of your hair. A good example of this one is Taylor Swift who sported this hairstyle at her 2019 billboard music awards performance.

Reds

Even though many go blonde, red coloring is on the rise. I have seen a lot of people with different shades of red. From dark to a rose gold hue for highlights or a complete dye job.

More color trends: 5 Biggest Summer Hair Color Trends

Is there a go to style you save for summer? Or do you prefer to try something new? Love to hear from you! Until next time my lovelies!

No Easter Like Greek Easter

Ever since I went to my first Greek Easter six years ago, it has become one on my favorite holidays.

At first, I was a little nervous about eating lamb and other Greek food since there are many different seasonings (depending on the recipe you follow). But to my surprise, I greatly enjoyed the food and the red egg tradition. It is always fun to see how competitive people get when cracking an egg.

The Red Egg Tradition

By traditional, these eggs are made carefully and then woven into tsoureki (three-braided Easter bread that signifies the Holy Trinity) and is a key piece to the fun-game called tsougrisma (TSOO-grees-mah). The word means “clinking together” and obviously when you do that with eggs, they will crack. With Greek Easter, this cracking symbolizes Christ’s resurrection from the dead and birth into eternal life.

The Game

To play, each player holds a red egg, and one taps the end of her or his egg lightly against the end of the other player’s egg. When one egg’s end is cracked, the person with the unbroken egg uses the same end of the egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg.

To learn more about this tradition, follow this link here.

Now I mentioned trying lamb for the first time. Thankfully, my boyfriend’s family knew that this would be my first time attending a Greek Easter so they made the traditional lamb stew. There are different recipes that have a few tweaks to them but this is the one used.

Greek Easter Lamb Soup with Egg Lemon Sauce

Ready in: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs lamb, bone in
  • 10 green onions, chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 bunches dill, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped very thin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  1. Trim the lamb of most of the fat. Cut lamb into bite-sized pieces. If the bone is too thick to cut through, cut all the meat off, but save the bone. 
  2. Add olive oil to a large pot on medium heat. Add lamb and bone(s) and saute for 10 minutes, stirring often. 
  3. Add green onions and saute for another 3 minutes. 
  4. Add 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then immediately lower to a simmer. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. 
  5. Add lettuce, dill, salt, and pepper. Simmer for one hour. 
  6. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and lemon juice. 
  7. While whisking, ladle 2 ladlefuls of broth from the soup very slowly into the egg-lemon mixture. Make sure to keep whisking the whole time. You’re trying to bring the temperature of the eggs up. 
  8. Turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. Pour in the egg-lemon sauce and stir the soup immediately.
  9. It is important to not cover the soup, as the eggs may solidify.

Get Out and Go!

With spring finally here in Wisconsin (where you can experience all four seasons in a week 😒 ), it is that time of year again where people start looking for events to partake in as part of their New Year’s resolution. Some have already started while others are just getting underway. Below are some suggestions of events that take place in various locations. Make sure you register early enough for a discount or watch for promos!

Plan to Concur

Bubble Run

If you can’t tell by the photo or name, this is a wonderfully colorful bubbly run. It is for all ages and you can play at each bubble station but I recommend you do not taste the bubbles even though they are non-toxic. Also if you are short like me, take a tall friend with you because those stations can create bubble towers.

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Terrain Race

Obstacles and mud! Many different obstacles along this 5K race. Great endurance training for you can pay for unlimited laps and push yourself beyond your limits. The difference between this one and Tough Mudder is that you can push through it by yourself but for me it is always more fun to do as a group. Nothing better than team building (in my opinion).

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Tough Mudder

It is great for team building since these courses are designed for it specifically. Faced with best-in-class obstacles and you experience heart-pumping adrenaline. My workplace has been participating in these events for a couple years and everyone always has a ton of fun. They have many different challenges for anyone looking to push themselves to or past their breaking point.

Pick Your Challenge

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Foam Glow

It is similar to the Bubble Run. Participants wear white clothing and as they move through each station that is designated to a specific color, they are sprayed with that color. The neat thing is that the whole course is everyone looks like a glowing bug under the black lights. All product used are non-toxic.

All races are dedicate to Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Find Events

Still looking for something to do? Try visiting Active. I found most of the events I am debating to do or already registered for (Bubble Run hands down! Whoo!).

Feel free to drop those thoughts bouncing around in your head or share any events that hold your interest in the comments👇 below 👇. Doo it, do it now 😁

Until next time my lovelies!!!

Smooth Sipping – Part 3

A weeks worth of smoothies, whoo man. Some were great, others not so much. But they did make my week a bit more exciting since I was able to say I tried something new everyday. Added bonus, my picky daughter also sampled them and now some are her new favorite snack! Wooo hooo, mom goals!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

Well my initial thought upon appearance is that it looked really tasty…. and thankfully it did! 😀

I was a bit concerned with that oats being mixed in because I am not a huge fan of gritty texture like what you get in the Naked Protein Smoothies. I barely tolerate it when I go to the dentist and they use that powder stuff with the little whirring machine but in food, nuh-uh no thank you. Hard pass.

Out of 10
My score: 8
5 yr old opinion: (read with a overdramatic sassy flair) Mama, it’s soooo good. I just Love. It.

Honeydew

At first I was a bit hesitant since I have never heard of honeydew being a smoothie ingredient, also my daughter was not to thrilled at her self-proclaimed snack (upon seeing it) being thrown into the blender. However, it was quite refreshing and light. It would have been better suited for a warm to hot day instead of a windy Wisconsin winter day.

Out of 10
My score: 7
5 yr old opinion: Is it supposed to be greenish?

Kiwi Strawberry

Okay, come on. We all know that the review on this one will be awesome. Kiwi and strawberry combination is one of the go to’s just like strawberry banana. So it is very safe to say that this one trumps the Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast, which I thought would not happen… but it did!

Out of 10
My score: 10
5 yr old opinion: Does it have those yucky green fuzz fruit in it? (Yup.) Then no, I don’t want it.

Watermelon Cucumber

Not my favorite. If you love cucumber water, then you’ll have no problem with this smoothie because that was All. I. Could. Taste. I’m sure it is very refreshing and would be a great summer drink but I don’t think I’ll be making this one again.

Out of 10
My score: 4
5 yr old opinion: Can I just have the cucumbers? I don’t want them in the blender.

Peach Pie

Yum, yum, yum! The name sounds good and the smoothie is as well. When I blended everything together, the peaches were still pretty frozen so there were a few peach chunks here and there but it really didn’t bother me. It made me wish I had some ice cream with me. Glad I choose this one for Friday! Ended the week on a good note.

Out of 10
My score: 10
5 yr old opinion: (didn’t try any since she was sick)

ANNOUNCEMENT

This Monday will be our first ever Wisco Girl Curves vlog post! Be sure to come back and check it out 😀 Until then my lovelies!

Smooth Sipping – Part 2

Good Morning! Today is the day. Smoothie prep!

Thank you for your input or votes that popped up in the comments. I also recieved help on choosing and narrowing down the options from my fellow Wisco Girl team members. Below is the smoothie schedule. Feel free to try them out with me. A review blog will be posted on Saturday. Until then my lovelies! 😀

Smoothie Agenda

Monday  Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

Tuesday  Honeydew

Wednesday  Kiwi Strawberry

Thursday  Watermelon Cucumber

Friday  Peach Pie

 

Smooth Sipping – Part 1

Good Morning my lovelies! In two weeks, I will be starting each weekday with a different smoothie and I would LOVE to hear your input. I have compiled a list of different smoothie recipes that I have found all over the Internet. HOWEVER, the list is too long and this is where I would love to hear your opinions.

Is there one you are interested in but want someone to test it out first? Let me know for most of these I have never heard of or tried myself. Is there one you are interested in but it is not on the list? Drop your votes or suggestions in the comments section below. 😀

Sunday, March 3rd, I will post the list of smoothies I will be prepping for the week. On Saturday, March 9th, a reflection on each smoothie will be wrapped up into one big blog post with pictures of the hopefully delicious looking smoothies (a bit hesitant on the green looking ones though). So Smooth Sipping will be a three part blog post.

Smoothie List

Orange Banana

  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (4 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed and cut in 1/2
  • 1 to 1 1/2 ripe bananas

Peach Pie

  • 1 cup unsweetened frozen peaches
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup nonfat or 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt

Gingery Kale

  • 1 banana, peeled and broken in chunks
  • 1 cup (6 oz/185 g) frozen mango chunks
  • 2 cups (2 oz/60 g) torn kale leaves
  • 1 cup (8 oz/250 g) Greek yogurt, plain, low-fat
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) 100-percent orange juice
  • 1 slice fresh ginger

Honeydew

  • 2 cups honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice, from frozen concentrate
  • Ice
  • Honeydew melon slices for garnish

Mango, Strawberry, and Pineapple

  • 1 mango, skin removed, cut into 1-inch dice, frozen
  • 5 strawberries, stems removed, cut in half, frozen
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup orange jucie

Green Morning

  • 2 cups vanilla almond, coconut, or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh, frozen or canned peaches, or mango cubes
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas

Papaya

  • 1 small papaya, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • Pineapple wedges and/or maraschino cherries for garnish

Watermelon and Cucumber

  • One 2-inch piece English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey, optional
  • 1/2 small lime, juiced (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen

Sunrise

  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries
  • 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped fresh peach
  • 1 cup raspberry sorbet
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Razzy Blue

  • 1 banana
  • 16 whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Concord grape juice
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana, broken into chunks
  • 14 frozen strawberrys
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

California

  • 7 large strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz.) container lemon yogurt
  • 1/3 orange juice

Pineapple and Banana

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 large banana, cut into
  • 1 cup pineapple or apple juice

Kale and Banana

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup light unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Kiwi Strawberry

  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 3/4 cup pineapple and orange juice blend

Recipes found at: https://blog.fitbit.com/category/eat-well/recipes/, https://www.foodnetwork.com/search/smoothies-, https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/138/drinks/smoothies/?page=3

Fruits, Veggies, Omegas Oh My!

Going to restate the obvious here. Poor dieting hurts vital organs, affects metabolism, and more often than not, leads to weight gain. It’s something we all know and has been preached to us many times by doctors.

But, what I have never been told is that is affects the largest organ on your body. Skin. A poor diet affects the health of your skin as well as how it ages.

Pucker Up That Fishy Face

I remember when I used to say ‘Here fishy, fishy, fishy. Come and bite on my hook’ as a kid, well now I mean it! The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish (e.g. salmon) reduce inflammation and helps moisturize skin. If I had known this in high school, less money would have been spent on retouching my photos to reduce redness and hide acne but I wasn’t much of a fish person back then.

Eat Those Tiny Green Trees

I knew broccoli was one of my favorites for a reason. Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals that are important for skin health, broccoli holds a compound called sulforaphane. This compound is a powerful agent to protect skin against sun damage in two ways. One, neutralizing harmful free radicals and two, switching on other protective systems in your body.

The Super Food

Avocado has been a major trend in the health world for a while now and there is a reason for that. These large berries (yes, they are berries. Mind blown!) are high in fats that benefit many functions in your body. So what does it do for the skin? The fats provided in the avocado are essential to keep your skin flexible and moisturized. This super berry is also a great source of Vitamin E, which many American do not get enough of. 

In total, including the three above, there are twelve foods that benefit your skin. Unfortunately I could not list them all otherwise, you would be reading a book. SO, for all you lovely readers, I included a link to the article where I found this information.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin.

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