Meatless Monday: Zucchini Oatmeal Carrot Walnet Bread {Guest Post}

I like making my own recipes and sharing them with others!  This is my latest creation during zucchini season!  It’s good for people who are looking to cut calories and eat healthy.

1 cup whole wheat flour           1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt                              1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 tsp. baking soda                 1/4 cup applesauce
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon          1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 egg from egg beaters              1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup chopped walnuts           1/2 cup oatmeal (I use the flavored ones… maple brown sugar!)


1,  Olive Oil Spray and whole wheat flour one 8 x 4 loaf pan.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2.  Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3.  Beat egg, oil, vanilla and brown sugar and nectar together in a large bowl.  Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.  Stir in applesauce, zucchini, oatmeal, carrot and nuts until well combined.  Pour batter into prepared pan.
4.  Bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on rack
for 20 minutes.  Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.   Enjoy eating!

Brought to you by Carolyn Mullin of Conversations with Carolyn.

Amazon Diaper Deals

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Amazon Diaper Deals

Amazon Diaper Deals

If you are not saving money with all the great Amazon Diaper Deals your really should be! I started buying diapers from Amazon about a year ago and haven’t bought diapers anywhere else since. There prices can’t be beat even with coupons and sales unless you have time for extreme couponing. Personally I like to sit back and have them delivered to my door with a few clicks of the mouse.
If you have never purchased diapers from Amazon before, here is how to start:

  1. Make sure you are registered with Amazon Mom. It’s Free to do so and will get you 3 free months of Amazon Prime 2-day Shipping plus an additional month for every $25 you spend (up to 12 months) plus 15% off qualified items!
  2. Clip (by clicking) any eligible coupons below the description of eligible items to save even more!
  3. When purchasing diapers and wipes and other qualified items, be sure to select “Subscribe & Saveand an automatic delivery frequency (from 1 month to 6 months) to save an additional 15%. You will get free Standard Shipping on Subscribe & Save orders.
  4. Easily cancel or change Subscribe & Save orders. Once you receive your shipment, go to “Your Account” and choose “Manage Subscribe & Save”. You can cancel future shipments or change delivery frequency and/or date with no obligation!
  5. Get super cheap diapers and wipes delivered to your door! It’s that easy!
So here are some current diaper deals you can find on Huggies, Pampers, Luvs and more…

Huggies as Low as 11¢ a Diaper

You can also find great deals on Huggies Little Movers Diapers (as low as 17¢/diaper for sz 3), Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (as low as 14¢/diaper for sz 1) and Huggies Little Movers Jean Diapers (as low as 18¢/diaper for sz 3)!

Plus get Huggies Pull-Ups for Girls and Boys for as low as 28¢/each for sz 2T-3T (Only $16.49 for a pack of 48)!

And don’t forget the wipes! Score Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes for only 2¢/wipe or $12.18 for three 216 count refill packs!

Pampers as Low as 13¢ a Diaper

Amazon currently has a $2 off Pampers coupon! You can use it to score some great deals on Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers, Extra Protection and more. With Amazon you get 30% off and FREE shipping in addition to the $2 off coupon!

You’ll also find a $1 off coupon on Pampers Baby Dry Diapers, Easy Ups and Underjams.

Here are also a couple of great deals on Pampers wipes at only 2¢ each:

Pampers SoftCare Scented 10X Wipes 720 Count $12.94 w/ 30% Mom/S&S

Pampers ThickCare Unscented 7X Wipes 504 Count $9.79 w/ 30% Mom/S&S

Luvs as Low as 13¢ a Diaper

You can also get a great buy on Luvs Baby Wipes from Amazon at 2¢ ea.w/ 30% Sub & Save –

To give you an idea of how much you could be saving by buying your diapers and wipes on Amazon, here are the prices on the same Luvs Diapers you will find at and Babies “R” Us right now:

Walmart and Babies “R” Us both have Sz 1 – 264 ct. for $35.99 or $0.13 each (prices will vary in store but even w/ the $1 off coupon you are not even coming close based on the online price)! Remember you can get a Sz 1 box of 300 at Amazon for only $26.59! So you would get 36 more diapers for $9.40 less than it would cost you if you bought from Walmart!!!

Seventh Generation as Low as 16¢ a Diaper

Right now on you can also get some great deals on Seventh Generation Diapers with diapers starting as low as 16¢/diaper for size Newborn! You’ll find the same diapers at starting at 25¢/diaper so you are getting big savings with Amazon.

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Diapers (Pack of 4) 144 diapers $22.59 w/ Subscribe & Save and Amazon Mom ($.16/each) $35.85 from

Choose your size through size 6 for additional savings!

More diapers for less money delivered to your door! Can’t beat it!

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Looking for Guest Bloggers!

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend, we found out that our sister Facebook page was deleted with no notice or email from Facebook!  So, we are working hard to rebuild.  If you have a moment, please stop by and like [or re-like] our page: Bee’s Knees Reviews.   This page is run by a few admins, so if you leave a comment on our wall, we will like your page back!

I would love to have guest bloggers or even regular bloggers here on Beauty Brite!  I am open to any subject: parenting, cooking, working, being a stay at home spouse/parent, and especially couponing!  I just started couponing but since I am new, I am only sticking with one store and non-food items!  If you have some great starter tips, love to share weekly deals, I would love to have them posted on Beauty Brite!  If you are interested, please leave a comment below or email me at info at beautybrite dot com!  If you would like to guest blog and your topic isn’t listed above, please do not hesitate to email me! 

LovingEco- Launching MONDAY June 6th

LovingEco- Launching MONDAY June 6th   

LovingEco is a members-only, social commerce platform, that offers unsurpassed and innovative eco-friendly products at exclusive price points (up to 70% off retail), without compromising style. 

Launching MONDAY with Clean Living, the site will be working with many brands in the beauty space including: Pritinyc, Goddess of Skin, Golden Earth an LaLicious.

Through a series of limited-time and brand-specific sale events, subscribing consumers are given the opportunity to access and shop for eco-friendly, fair trade and natural products at a discount including: fashion, accessories, beauty and kids items.  Each sale features the best eco-friendly brands, which are hand-selected and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Additionally, 3% of net proceeds from each purchase is donated to the current ‘tastemaker charity’ to help support a social or environmental cause.

Book Preview: A Conflict of Interest

Stay tuned for my book review on A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner!

EXCERPT – A Conflict of Interest
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10 Simple Food Substitutions to Get Bikini Ready

By Chef Susan Irby,
Author of Substitute Yourself Skinny: Cut the Calories, Keep the Flavor with Hundreds of Simple Substitutions!

Bikini season is just around the corner! There’s still time to get in top bikini shape and what tastier way than with these easy, simple, and delicious substitutions. Great tasting food doesn’t have to be bland, boring, and flavorless. As the Bikini Chef, my food philosophy is fresh, fresh, fresh. Fresh citrus, fresh herbs, fresh natural ingredients that wake up your taste buds, are pleasing to your palette, and give you the satisfying flavors your body craves. In fact, most people love the lower calorie, lower fat substitutions once they’ve tried them and have gotten past their fear of trying what they perceive will be tasteless food.

The best part to these substitutions, besides achieving your bikini goal, is that they are simple substitutions you can make every day. Easy, affordable, and flavorful, these simple tips will help you stay in bikini shape all year long.

10 Simple Food Substitutions To Get Bikini Ready

  1. Using ½ wheat flour and ½ plain flour will make your scones more bikini but adding fresh wild raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries will also liven up the flavor, wake up the color, and give a fresh, flavorful twist to an otherwise boring biscuit.
  2. Cream sauces and creamy soups get most of their creaminess from fat and calorie laden heavy whipping cream. Use ½ nonfat milk and ½ nonfat sour cream instead for the same creamy texture without the unwanted creamy fat that will sabotage your bikini body.
  3. Eggs vs egg whites. Some people go the extreme and swear off eggs forever using only egg whites. However, using only egg whites can get expensive and eggs are necessary as a binding agent for many recipes. For breakfast, use 2 egg whites for every one egg for a leaner, lighter breakfast and when baking or making dishes such as burgers, use ½ whole eggs and ½ egg whites to keep the texture but save on calories, fat, and cholesterol. As a side note, the majority of protein in eggs comes from the egg whites, not the yolk, making them a deliciously healthy option all around.
  4. Cut back on the beef. If you crave a hamburger, make your own lighter, leaner version by using ½ lean ground beef and ½ lean ground turkey. You’ll find you sacrifice nothing on flavor or texture but save yourself plenty on fat and calories. Enjoy these leaner burgers as smaller sliders for lunch, dinner, or for tasty bites at summer pool parties.
  5. Nonfat vanilla yogurt is a delicious substitution for mayonnaise. Use as a healthy substitution in chicken salad, tuna salad, and dipping sauces such as aioli. It is very flavorful and naturally creamy so you don’t need to use a lot of it.
  6. Cut the cheese. Skip the cheese altogether but if you must have cheese, go for lower fat versions such as reduced fat cream cheese, reduced fat Monterey jack, reduced fat feta. If you must have your full fat versions, opt for freshly grated parmesan or parmiggiano reggiano and cut back on the amount you use. Fresh, good quality cheese such as this has great flavor so a little goes a long way.
  7. Add a little citrus. The rind, or zest, of lemons, oranges, and limes is edible and adds a refreshing flavor to steamed or grilled vegetables, sauces, meat dishes, practically everything. Cut back on salt which causes bloating and add a little fine grate citrus zest for tons of flavor with no fat or calories.
  8. Most people love crispy bacon but it adds loads of fat and calories that are often an afterthought for many dishes. If you must have crisp bacon crumbles on your salads or even for breakfast, use leaner turkey bacon instead. It has great flavor and crisps nicely like traditional full fat bacon. Or, better yet, skip the bacon all together. If you are having a luscious salad, add fresh, crisp asparagus tips or diced fresh zucchini. For breakfast, substitute crispy no-sugar added bran cereal or fresh berries. Pass on the bacon, it’s just not worth it.
  9. Watch out for sugary pasta sauces and dipping sauces. Sugar has empty calories that add up quickly. Instead, use freshly diced tomatoes with a little freshly chopped basil leaves or cilantro leaves. Add a hint of lemon zest, drizzle of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (½ tablespoon each) and finish with a small pinch of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss with pasta such as penne or fettuccini or serve with baked wonton crisps.
  10. Wonton wrappers are perfect as crispy crackers instead of crostini and tortilla chips. Buy the squares and cut into triangles. Brush lightly with olive oil and bake in a 225º oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp and golden. Top with salsa, serve with chicken salad or other dips as you would crostini and chips. As a bonus, they are inexpensive and unused wonton wrappers keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

© 2010 Chef Susan Irby, author of Substitute Yourself Skinny: Cut the Calories, Keep the Flavor with Hundreds of Simple Substitutions!
Author Bio

Chef Susan Irby
has worked with multiple Master Chefs including George McNeill, Todd English, and Ming Tsai. Known as the Bikini Chef, specializing in “figure-flattering flavors,” Chef Susan is host of The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby The Bikini Chef on KFWB News Talk 980 in Los Angeles and author of The $7 a Meal Quick & Easy Cookbook, The $7 a Meal Healthy Cookbook, and Cooking with Susan. She has cooked for several celebrities including Patrick Swayze, David Spade, Kate Sagal, and Bill Handel, and appeared on The Patti Gribow Show and KLAC Los Angeles and numerous other media outlets. She lives in Orange County, CA.

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6 Tips to Feel Beautiful Today!

By Sarah Maria,
Author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life: 5 Steps to End Negative Body Obsession and Start Living Happily and Confidently

How many times have you waited for something to change so that you could finally start feeling beautiful?

If you are like most women, the answer is “all the time.”

Here is the problem: most of us tend to live with the delusional belief that we somehow need to change in order to be beautiful. It usually sounds something like:

When I lose this extra weight, then I will be attractive.
If I can just get my abs a little more toned, then I can wear that bikini I love.
I feel so much better after I put on my make-up in the morning.
I looked much sexier before I had these wrinkles.
My hair looks drab and lifeless until I get it colored.

Unfortunately, we think these stories, these lies, that we have been taught are true. We believe that we somehow need to change who we are, how we look, and what we do in order to finally be sexy, attractive, and drop-dead gorgeous.

This is a lie — an erroneous, ubiquitous, and often painful lie. The truth of the matter is that you are inherently, unconditionally, and absolutely beautiful and lovable right now, without changing a single thing.

Fortunately, very fortunately, you can expose these lies and choose to no longer live under their spell.
Ready to get started? Here are 6 simple and sure-fire ways to help you feel beautiful today:

1. Become Aware of What You Are Thinking

Simply become aware of the stories you are telling yourself so that you are no longer reacting on auto-pilot. Through awareness alone, you can begin to transmute your reality and transform lies into truth. Actively acknowledge that there is no inherent truth in the belief that you need to change something about yourself in order to be attractive. Consider that you can start feeling beautiful immediately, in this moment, without changing a single thing.

2. Set an Intention to See Beauty

Setting an intention is simple: intend to create a different reality for yourself. Here are some examples:
I intend to experience my inherent beauty. Or: I intend to see my beauty and perfection at all times. Or: I intend to know I am inherently beautiful, lovable, and worthwhile. Do you ever see your reflection in the mirror and grimace at your wrinkles, vowing to purchase the latest anti-wrinkle cream?
Set an intention to find beauty in your reflection.
Or when you undress, do you ever suck in your stomach, berating yourself for not yet losing those 5 extra pounds?
Set an intention to appreciate the body that you have right now.
Do you ever go shopping for clothes and wish you were a size (or more) smaller?
Set an intention to unconditionally accept your body.
Hopefully you get the idea; set an intention to see yourself through the eyes of beauty.

3. Take a “Meditation Moment”

Meditation is the mental equivalent of brushing your teeth. This means that it is an essential and indispensable daily activity designed to help rest and rejuvenate your body, cleanse your psyche, awaken your spirit, and help you live a life that you love.
Nourish yourself with instant meditation moments throughout the day.
Are you waiting at the bus stop on your way to work? Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing yourself to connect within.
Are you making dinner for the family? Take 30 seconds and focus on the sounds, smells, and sensations in your environment, letting them nourish your senses.
Are you in the shower, getting ready to start your day?
Turn your attention to the feeling of warm water cascading against you, gently caressing your body, and allow yourself to relax.

These meditation moments can happen anywhere, anytime — 30 to 60 seconds of closing your eyes and connecting within can make all the difference in the world.

4. Your Body is Your Best Friend

Your human body is your truest ally. Befriend it and it will serve you tirelessly.
Treat it as you would a dear friend:
Feed your body with healthy food, taking the time to give it proper nourishment.
Remember to exercise, and make it enjoyable. If the gym makes you cringe, opt for yoga, Pilates, dance, or good old walking. Anything to get your body moving will do wonders.
Relaxation is key. In our harried and hurried world, it is essential that you remember to relax and rejuvenate.
Instead of critiquing your body for not being enough of this and for being too much of that, offer it gratitude and appreciation for its unwavering support and devotion.

5. Create Meaningful Moments

Every day is filled with countless tasks and errands: going to work, talking with friends, picking up the kids, supporting your significant other, washing dishes, going to the gym, visiting the supermarket, shopping — on and one it goes. Remember that you can imbue each moment with meaning. It can be as simple as smiling at everyone you meet, reacting with compassion and love instead of anger, or making sure to tell your friends and loved ones how much you care about them.

6. You’re Smoking Hot, Inside Out

Remember, you were born beautiful. Believing that you are unattractive is a learned habit. You can unlearn it and discover the Joy, Peace, and Love that are your natural state and birthright!

So that is it — 6 Simple Steps. 6 simple steps to start feeling beautiful, right now, in this moment. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything to experience the Beauty that you already are. In fact, there is nothing you can do, say, or buy that will make you any more perfect, any more beautiful, or any more desirable than you are in this very moment. Simply know this, and you will revel in your true beauty.

©2009 Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life: 5 Steps to End Negative Body Obsession and Start Living Happily and Confidently

Author Bio
Sarah Maria is the author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life. The book outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body and yourself. (Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, so that true and lasting healing can occur.) Click here to purchase your copy and begin to love your body today. To learn more about Sarah Maria and her work, you can visit her website at and

Tina’s Tips for Looking Fabulous at Any Age

By Tina Sloan,
Author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace

Find a Hairdresser Who Likes You.  You want to go to someone who genuinely wants you to be beautiful.  A good hairdresser will keep you up-to-date, but knows you well enough not to give you a Duck’s Ass or some other cut that doesn’t suit your personality.

Avoid Snow White Syndrome. 
Women who keep coloring their hair dark tend to look ridiculous after a certain age.  Your skin tone changes and lightens as you get older, and suddenly your former hair color becomes too harsh for your complexion.  Recognize that if you have always been a brunette, you likely need to go lighter now, or at least get some highlights to frame your face (like Diane Keaton’s in Something’s Gotta Give).

ALWAYS Wear Makeup. 
Remember the story about bumping into an old boyfriend and trying to hide in the cantaloupes.  Lauren Hutton makes wonderful beauty products for aging women; they are available online and come with an instructional DVD that provides some great anti-aging techniques and tricks.  I also like Chantecaille and Bobbi Brown.  I once met Bobbi Brown and she told me, “I make my products for your kind of woman.”

. . . But Don’t Overdo It. 
Nothing is less attractive than an older woman with bright pink cheeks.  Plus, heavy makeup makes you look years older (and I think this is true as early as your thirties).  At our age, less is more, so realize that you probably need to simplify your routine and start using more natural tones.  If you’re not sure how to do this, get a makeup professional to help you.

Avoid Powder on Your Face. 
Powder makes you look dry and settles in the creases in your skin, making wrinkles more prominent and you look older.  Foundation or base is great since we need to even our skin tone out (like I do).  And today there are so many good products available for older skin.  Many of them multitask, providing anti-aging ingredients along with an even skin tone and dewier skin.

Learn the Art of Contouring. 
With contouring, you’re putting a darker color on the places where you want to create more definition, such as your jaw line.  A makeup professional, or Lauren Hutton’s instructional DVDs, can teach you how to do this.

Use White Around Your Eyes.  The skin around the eyes thins as you get older, leaving you vulnerable to shadows and dark circles.  Using white concealer on the inside corners and under your eyes will brighten your entire face and make you eyes look younger.  Just make sure to blend it — mixing it with moisturizer if necessary — so you don’t look like startled jackrabbit.

Use an Eyelash Curler. 
Everyone should have an eyelash curler as there is no better way to open up your eyes and brighten your entire face, especially since the skin of the eyelid tends to thicken and droop over time.  You can buy one for a few dollars at the drugstore.  It will work best if you heat it before using it — simply run it under hot water or heat it with your blow-dryer.  The words thicken and droop really upset me, but opening your eyes is kind of like a mini-face-lift!

Lighten Your Eyebrows. 
Much like your overall hair color, lighter brows are better as we age.  You can lighten them with bleach and toner.  To find the right shade of toner for your skin type, seek the advice of a professional, probably someone at your salon.

Get Your Teeth Whitened. 
When our teeth get yellowed, they age us tremendously, and coffee, tea, and red wine are all the culprits.  You can get your teeth whitened by your dentist or use the at-home strips sold in drugstores, which do work, although not as well (but you can’t beat the price).

A pretty colored scarf or earrings or necklace can be a terrific way to liven up any outfit and announce to the world that you care about how you look.  Accessories also work to camouflage our flaws: People will say, “Oh, what a pretty scarf!” and not, “Oh, she’s put on a few pounds.”

Find a Few “Uniforms” that Work for You. 
If you tend to just give in and throw on whatever shapeless, comfortable clothing is sitting on the chair, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can avoid this and be chic anywhere, anytime by finding a few “looks” or combinations that work for you and wearing them often.  For me, one uniform is beige or black slacks with a white shirt open, a blue blazer, a gorgeous chunky necklace, and big earrings — and pretty shoes, of course.  You work it out and just keep wearing it, even when you are tempted to reach for the sweatpants and slippers.  I find that when I’m dressed nicely, even if I’m just sitting at home, chances are I will find something exciting to do to make that outfit worthwhile.

The above is an excerpt from the book Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace by Tina Sloan. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2011 Tina Sloan, author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace.

Author Bio
Tina Sloan, author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older – Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace, played the role of Nurse Lillian Raines on Guiding Light, which aired its final episode in 2009 after a seventy-two year run on radio and television.  She has appeared on many other television shows, including Third Watch, and Law & Order: SVU, and in a variety of feature films, including The Brave One and Changing Lanes.  She is currently shooting two feature films and touring nationally in her acclaimed one-woman show, Changing Shoes.  She lives in New York with her husband, Steve McPherson.  They have one son, Renny.
For more information please visit and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter