Simple Indoor Toddler Activities

Simple Indoor Toddler Activities

Hello! I thought I’d introduce myself as a new writer here on Beauty Brite. My name is Misty, and I am the mother of 4 little ones. On a side note, summer is here, which means fun in the sun! Summer also means afternoon rainstorms if you live anywhere like I do in North Carolina. They are quick thunderstorms, but it does mean dragging the kids inside until it passes which brings in the inevitable whining of, “I’m bored”.

As any mom, I am always searching for fun indoor toddler activities!

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Strengthen Your Hair In 3 Easy Steps

Strengthen Your Hair In 3 Easy Steps

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

I noticed that when I don’t eat as healthy as I should, my hair tends to suffer. I experience hair loss and breakage. I am pretty rough with my hair when it comes to combing through it after showering. It mostly has to do with my diet.

That’s why I am so excited to share how to strengthen your hair in 3 easy steps!

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Adorn Your Walls With The Stars

Adorn Your Walls With The Stars

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Earlier this year, a friend of mine shared what her husband gave her for Valentine’s Day and I thought it was incredibly unique and special. Her husband had a star map made for their anniversary! It was the sweetest gift I had ever seen. Before that, I had never heard of such a cool gift.

What if you could adorn your walls with the stars? This is the perfect gift for friends, family, parents, and more!

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Succulents Delivered To Your Door

Succulents Delivered To Your Door

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It’s no secret that I adore houseplants, I even created a separate Instagram account just for my obsession! When I first became obsessed with houseplants, I started out with spider plants, pothos, arrowhead plants and african violets. At the time, I had no idea houseplants helped clean the indoor air, I just enjoyed the plants in my living space. Over the years, my husband and I moved a lot. We found ourselves moving every few years, so I ended up getting rid of all of my plants and starting over each time we moved!

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The Guilt-Free Hazelnut Spread

The Guilt-Free Hazelnut Spread

Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

I love the name brand hazelnut spreads but I rarely partake in them because I know they aren’t the healthiest. There are rare occasions that I like to indulge, so I tend to buy a jar to enjoy with fruit. However, did you know there is a better option?

I am so excited to share the guilt-free hazelnut spread with you! Yes, a product does exist! You can still enjoy a sweet treat!

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Create Your Own Craft Cocktails

 Create Your Own Craft Cocktails

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I’m a Jack and Coke kind of girl. Although it’s my signature drink, I’m always up for trying something new. After all, life is all about experiencing different flavors, cultures, and adventures. One way I indulge in this is through craft cocktails. I’m just fascinated by the unique combinations bartenders around the world come up with. Recently, I got to try my hand at making some unique cocktails thanks to Shaker & Spoon.

Shaker and Spoon Craft Cocktails kit ingredients

The brand was kind enough to send me their October 2017 Austin Without Limits Box.  Inspired by the “Live Music Capital of the World”, and one of my favorite cities, this box features drink recipes from three of Austin’s hottest bartenders. In addition to the recipes, each box comes with glossary card and enough contents to make 12 cocktails. All I had to do was add the liquor and the barware.

Craft Cocktails Goes to Austin

One of my favorite things about this box was that each recipe could be made with either Bourbon or Tequila. If you’ve ever been to Texas, you know both are popular choices. I like my dark liquor, so I made two of the drinks with Bourbon and one with Tequila. Next time, I might switch it up.

Craft Cocktails - The Beat Goes On

First up, I decided to fill my rocks glass with The Beat Goes On. Created by Jessica Sanders, award-winning bartender and owner of Austin’s drink.well., this craft cocktail ups the ante on the Old Fashioned.

The recipe required me to mix the included Spiced Mojo Syrup, orange bitters, Hella Bitters Aromatic Cocktail Bitters, anise pod, and lemon with my bourbon. My The Beat Goes On came out perfectly thanks to the easy to follow instructions. In just three simple steps, I was sipping my way through the rich, smoky, yet sweet flavor of my craft cocktail. It kind of made me nostalgic for the trip I took with my mom to Austin last April. I know she would have loved this drink as much I did.

Craft Cocktails - Huarache Nights

Next, I took to Rainey Street in Austin for a cocktail inspired by Chris Bostick, owner of Half Step. Recently named to Esquire TV’s Best Bars in America, Bostick knows a thing or two about making your taste buds sing with to the delight of his Huarache Nights.

For this craft cocktail, I gave my tequila a shake alongside the box’s Ginger Grenadine Experimental Syrup, lime juice, soda water and lime zest. The results were a Collins glass filled with both smokiness and sweetness. The ginger, lime and pomegranate flavors mixed perfectly with the tequila. I could imagine drinking Huarache Nights while sitting outside with friends listening to some great music.

Craft Cocktails - Masour

Last, but certainly not least comes the most unique cocktails I’ve ever made, the MaSour. Created by award-winning bartender Caer Ferguson, the MaSour is inspired by Texas’s first female governor. In addition to being the first woman to govern Texas, Mariam “Ma” Ferguson also worked to repeal Prohibition. She was a woman after my own heart.

I was excited and apprehensive about trying the MaSour. First off, it uses a raw egg white and secondly, it required me to fat-wash my bourbon. Fat-washing is a technique used by bartenders to add savory flavors to liquor. In this instance, I would be adding browned, salted butter. I love the flavor of brown butter. It’s rich and smoky.

After fat-washing the bourbon and following a few more steps, I was ready to fill my coupe. I topped it off with the charred flavor of a cinnamon stick and took a sip. My MaSour was an absolute delight. It was rich and creamy, yet somehow still light. I loved it, even more, knowing the bartender who created it had asked Shaker & Spoon to donate 50% of her proceeds to the Houston Humane Society. Sounds like a true Austinite to me.

My Craft Cocktail Experience

I absolutely loved everything about my Austin Without Limits box. It was so much fun creating my own craft cocktails. I can’t wait to try it again or to share them with friends. I also think these boxes would make a great gift for cocktail lovers, or anyone who likes to experiment with flavors.

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Do you like craft cocktails? Which drink from the box do you want to try?

 

 

Simple Steam Mop For Any Household

Simple Steam Mop For Any Household

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I prefer to use natural and eco-friendly cleaning products and solutions when cleaning around the home. A few months ago, I was introduced to using steam to help sanitize around our home with one product. Since then, we’ve had a cleaner home without chemicals. One product allows us the versatility to use steam to clean and sanitize many types of surfaces, mattresses, furniture, and clothes.

Are you ready for a simple steam mop for any household?

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Inspired To Spring Clean And Redecorate

Inspired To Spring Clean And Redecorate

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A few months ago, my son and I moved back home with my parents. It was quite a change for the both of us. Since then, I have been working towards helping my parents clean and redecorate. They’ve been meaning to update their home. So far, they’ve updated the curtains in the room that my son and I now sleep in.

Are you feeling inspired to spring clean and redecorate? We have a few suggestions to get you started!

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Go Eco-Friendly And Organize Your Makeup Tools

Go Eco-Friendly And Organize Your Makeup Tools
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I like to update my makeup tools or at least add to my collection. I like to have at least two of each type of brush, that way, I have a backup when one is being cleaned. I also like to have extras available for travel.

If you are looking to change up your makeup tools, we have easy tips to go eco-friendly and organize your makeup tools!

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Extra TLC For Your Hair In Winter

Extra TLC For Your Hair In Winter

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.

When the winter months hit, I am reminded that I need to take extra care with my scalp and hair. Both get super dry and my hair gets frizzy with flyaways! Suave Hair Gold offers a variety of hair care products you can try for your hair based on your needs!

Need help with your hair? We can’t wait to share our tips on extra TLC for your hair in the winter!

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