Ouidad New Product Review

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I’ve written before about the challenges of growing up with curly hair.  It took me years to find products that worked for my hair type.  All curly hair is different and not all products work for my hair type.  The one product I can not live without is Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel.  I have been using it for over 18 years.  I’ve tried hundreds of products in between and nothing else works for me.  The only way I can wear my hair down is if I style with Climate Control’s Gel.  Ouidad was nice enough to let me try two of their new products before they even hit the shelves!  This is really exciting to me especially since I am such a fan of Ouidad’s products.  They sent me  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold and Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I love the results!!!

Below are pics of my hair throughout the day…(I am obviously not an experienced selfie taker.  Some are selfies and some are taken by my 10 year old!)

In the morning


Late afternoon and still good!


Clipped on the side and lovin it!

If you check out the video below it will explain a little about the technique you should be using when styling with either of the Climate Control gels.  Believe it or not that is what I do every time I style my hair.  It gets easier especially since I’ve been doing it for 20 years!  I’m a pro now.

My hair is very thick so it soaks up every product I use.  I have to use a lot in order for my hair to not get frizzy.  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold was kind of amazing.  It seemed a little thicker to me but still a clear gel.  I didn’t have to use as much when I styled my hair.  It really coated every strand.  As much as I love the regular Heat Humidity Gel, I have to use a lot of it.  And when I style my hair it looks good, but half way into the day I always tie it back because it gets unruly or frizzy.  Keep in mind I live in Florida where it is hot and humid most of the year…  I am not lying when I say I was able to wear my hair down all day and it did not get frizzy.  It was 85 degrees and we had rain showers!  Ouidad also sent me the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  It is strong-hold hair mist that controls curls.  Because of my curly hair I wash my hair every other day.  This product was great to refresh curls  late in the day or the next day.  You spray it on the curls and scrunch them to nourish and hydrate the curls.  It’s perfect for the curls that tend to get frizzy.  On me, that is the underneath layer.  I really love this product as well. You do not have to use a lot.  Just for a touch up here and there.

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Here are a few other items and products that will help when styling your curly hair:

Shampoo⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Shampoo

Conditioner⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Conditioner

Love it also.  I use it as a detangler when I get out of the shower.  ⇒ Botanical Boost® Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray

Hair Spray⇒ Finishing Mist Setting & Holding Spray

Wide-Tooth Comb– I have one in the shower to comb my hair while the conditioner is in it and one when I get out of the shower to comb the detangler through.

Curl Clips-I use them to clip my hair in sections when I am styling it and to keep the roots raised when I am air drying it.

Diffuser-Wouldn’t attempt to dry my hair without it!

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Homemade Bagels



Being from long Island, I am very picky about my bagels.  It’s very hard to find a good bagel in Florida.  When we visit New York we always make an effort to get bagels.  And as good as it might be, it’s not really giving me any nutrition.

My mother in law was visiting and said she tried to make these healthier bagels and that they were really good.  I didn’t think they were going to be good.  So, we got the ingredients and made them.  The link to the recipe is below:


We used half white flour and half whole wheat flour and topped them with everything bagel seasoning.

They were super easy to make!  And delicious!  We really enjoyed them.  I will, without a doubt, make them again.  I think I will use all whole wheat flour next time.   And maybe throw an egg and cheese in the middle for the real Long Island deli breakfast I miss so much!

These were good warm out of the oven.  They were also delicious the next day toasted with butter.  This is a great, easy, healthy recipe.


Target Top Picks

Target Top Picks 4/3/2018

Target is one of my happy places.  I like to browse around and see what new products and things they have.  It’s also a place I like to bring the kids.  They can save up their money and pick out a toy(usually takes hours and then it’s no fun anymore) and I can grab a coffee from Starbucks.  Well, here are a few of my Target Top Picks at the moment.

Whitening Toothpaste
Steamer Mini


Mad Love® Lennie Sneakers
Slip On Pointy Toe Mules
  1. Crest 3D whitening Toothpaste:  This is one of Ali’s favorites.  It really does work great!
  2. Hydro Boost Water Gel:  I bought this last week.  I was running low on my day cream and night cream.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune.  This is only $15.99.  And I use it in the AM and at night.  I’m not kidding when I say my face feels like satin after.  It’s a gel, but it does not dry my face out.  It’s really nice.  They have one for extra dry skin if needed.
  3. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Detangler:  When I get out of the shower I NEED a detangler to help when I comb my hair.  This one really makes my hair feel soft and easy to comb through.  And it smells really good!  It’s only $4.89!
  4.  SheaMoisture® Community Commerce Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo:  This company has a big selection of products in Target.  They primarily focus on curly, dry or chemically treated hair.  I really like this shampoo.  It works good and has a nice lather to it.  Sometimes when they are sulfate free, they don’t lather.  That always makes me feel like my hair isn’t getting clean.  This one lathers nice!  It’s only $9.99
  5. Digestive Advantage Daily Probiotic Dietary Supplement Gummies:  My whole family takes these.  We all take 2 a day!  You can double up if you have a stomach ache.  From our experience, it helps with anxiety, chronic yeast infections, belly aches, and so much more!  It does add up because my whole family of four takes them daily.  But we really feel like they help all of us!
  6. My Little Steamer Go Mini:  This steamer is amazing!  I never ironed anyway, but now I don’t have to be all wrinkled.  And it’s mini so you can pack it in your suitcase when you travel!
  7. Got these and these during the buy 1, get 1 50% off women’s shoes sale.  And I love both!  If you missed that sale check out this one:  Click the link below!  ⇓

Save 20% with code SPRING

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Shoepeg Corn Salad

I got this recipe from my sister Ali.  She got it from one of her friends.  When they make it, they serve it as a dip along with Tostitos or some sort of corn chip.  This is also a great side dish for a summer gathering.   It’s sooo good and refreshing.  It’s hard to stop eating it once you start.  I had no idea what shoepeg corn was or where to find it until I made this!  FYI, it’s just a can of Green Giant corn that’s shaped like a shoepeg!  I found it at Publix…


Shoepeg Corn salad


  • 2 cans of white shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 can of reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 orange bell pepper diced small
  • 1/2 of a small red onion diced small
  • a bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup of safflower oil(it calls for vegetable oil but I don’t use vegetable oil due to the fact that it is not the healthiest option)
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of sugar(Yep, but it makes it soooo good)


  1. Put the first 6 ingredients in a large serving bowl and stir gently until combined.
  2. Add the oil, vinegar and sugar.
  3. Stir gently until combined.
  4. Serve with your favorite chip or as a side dish.


I found some great summer essentials for your 1st BBQ of the season.  Of course you have to serve the shoepeg corn salad and maybe some Guac and chips!

This beautiful serving bowl is perfect for a bright, colorful salad like this one.


These serving spoons are a pretty compliment to the serving bowl.

I absolutely LOVE a classic, washable tablecloth for your serving table.  This one comes in so many colors and sizes.  Perfect for your spring and summer outdoor entertaining.


If you don’t already have a folding table for your last minute parties, you must get one quick!  My boys love when I drag the folding table out, because they know company is coming!  And that means, good food, music, and fun!

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Pantry Essentials

Pantry Essentials

There are a bunch of items I always keep in my pantry that help me to prepare easy dinners for the family.  I’ve listed them below.  I hope it helps on your next stop to the grocery store.  I usually wait till they are on sale.  My supermarket always has really good buy 1, get 1 free sales that help me stock up.  Then when its time to cook a meal, you only have to pick up a few items.

Egg Noodles to serve with stew or chicken soup

Orzo pasta

Small pasta like bow tie, elbows, or little stars

Whole wheat spaghetti

seasoned black beans

low sodium black beans

low sodium kidney beans

low sodium pinto beans

low sodium garbanzo beans

tomato paste

tomato sauce(cans-I buy a couple of different sizes)

crushed tomatoes

whole peeled tomatoes

cans of corn

Cans of peas

low sodium chicken broth and beef broth

rice(I keep a variety, yellow, white, brown, etc.)-They also have minute rice I keep in my pantry for really quick meals.  It literally cooks in minutes.

Bread crumbs-Panko and regular.  I usually buy the seasoned ones.

Cans or jars of olives and other vegetables to put in a salad or antipasto(marinated mushrooms, hearts of palms, pepperoncini, etc..)

Cans of tuna

Bags of lentils and split peas


jars of salsa

Good Seasoning dressing packets

Small cans of diced green chilis

Enchilada sauce

Taco shells, tostadas, or fajita wraps

I found some great items on Amazon to help you organize pantry so you can actually see what you have in there.  You can also head to your local dollar store.  The containers aren’t as sturdy but you can find some that may work for dirt cheap.  I recently organized my pantry and it really makes a difference.

These clear containers are perfect.  It helps that you can see what’s inside.  These can also help to organize items in your fridge.


This 10-piece food storage container set is great.  I store all of my leftover uncooked pasta  and cereal in them so I don’t get bugs.


Mesh stacking bins  and wire baskets will work out well for a lot of items like boxes of rice and cans.

SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer is perfect to stack all of the cans neatly!



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Grandma’s Ricotta Pie

I have mentioned my Grandma before. She is the special woman who made the delicious Zucchini Pies. I have loads of memories of my Grandma and special things she cooked and baked, but not many exact recipes. That’s where my Aunt June comes in. She knows all the family history and stories. She’s a great storyteller. In her hallway of her house she has beautiful old pictures of all the ancestors. It’s amazing. I went to her for some of my grandma’s best recipes. That’s where I got the Ricotta Pie. My mom didn’t usually make this for Easter, but said when she was a kid my Grandma always did. And it was the only ricotta pie my mom liked. It is also known as Italian Cheesecake and traditionally served on Easter. So I got to baking. The funny thing is, I compared this recipe to other ricotta pie recipes and I found all of them were very different. I thought it was interesting. Some used lemon, vanilla, chocolate chips and some did not.  My sister Ali was visiting and we wanted to celebrate her birthday. She loves ricotta pie so this was her birthday cake! This was difficult for me because I never made it before and haven’t eaten it a lot so wasn’t sure exactly how it should end up. I do have to say it was a hit!  My mom said it was so good and exactly how she remembered it. I love that my aunt had the handwritten recipe of my Grandmas. This recipe literally made three pies. So I’m gonna scale it down for you and make it a little easier. When my aunt makes it she uses store bought dough for the bottom and then does the lattice top. I did the lattice top on two of them but it’s not really necessary, though delicious! I think next time I might do a graham cracker crust. That would be yummy 😋. But let’s keep it simple this time.  No crust on bottom or top.  Enjoy the slideshow!

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Grandma's Ricotta Pie


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of ricotta
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 pints of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 eggs separated(yolk in one bowl and whites in another)
  • Confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top in the end.


  1. Preheat oven to bake 300 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl beat the ricotta with an electric mixer. It will get creamy.
  3. Add sugar, flour and lemon juice. Beat thoroughly.
  4. In a small bowl beat the egg yolks until lemon colored. It will take a little while, but they will get lighter in color. Be patient.
  5. In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. You will basically be making whipped cream at this point.
  6. Fold the heavy cream into the ricotta.
  7. In a small bowl beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into ricotta.
  8. Pour filling into a springform pan. (That is what my Aunt June uses when she doesn’t do a crust. Even though the recipe says to use a glass pie pan.)
  9. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Turn oven off and leave in for one more hour.
  11. When it is done it should be firm. Not jiggly.
  12. Let cool and refrigerate. Serve cold.
  13. Remove spring pan and sprinkle the top with lots of confectioners sugar.

Enjoy and Hoppy Easter 🐰

There are a couple of kitchen items you will need before you begin:

Mixing bowls

You can use a hand mixer but this Kitchenaid Stand Mixer would be awesome!

If you are making this ricotta pie without a crust, you should use a springform pan.  If you are making it with a crust, you should use a glass pie pan.

And of course a sugar shaker for sprinkling sugar in the end…

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