Summer Kick Off Vox Box

Influenster sent me a box full of goodies to kick off the Summer….though Summer is almost ending .  I love in Florida and Summer is all year long… ok maybe we have a week of “Winter” lol

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C’EST MOI Gentle Foaming Cleansing Gel 

This facial wash is fragrance free which I love. Its also gentle on the skin.Its lightly foaming formula contains organic aloe, calendula and extracts of strawberry, kiwi and apple to help condition and nourish the complexion, leaving skin clean, calm and balanced. My skin felt good & clean after washing my face ( I used it nightly) and my face didn’t feel tight or dry.

CestMoiCleanser

 

Shea Moisture

My legs & body have been super soft & hydrated using this Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter lotion . It has myrrh & frakincense and I love how it smells ! My legs are ready for shorts and dresses all year round!

 

 

Mrs Meyers Body Wash

Squeaky clean & smelling great thanks to these Mrs. Meyer’s clean day body washes. I think out of the 3, the rain water scent is my favorite. It reminded me of Summer days getting ready to play outside all day.  It put me in a good mood and smelled oh so good.

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Tend Skin

While I didn’t necessarily have a need for this just yet, I did apply after shaving my bikini area just as a precaution before weekend beach time . Just be careful because it will sting a little ..oops!

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Impress Nails

I love this elegant style with a fun accent nail. I haven’t used these because my job requires me to constantly use my nails and Im sure they would pop off.  I have heard great things about these in the past though . They have so many styles to choose from which is great.  Everything from elegant to bright & bold.

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I received all of these products from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

What I’ve been cooking

 

Tortellini with Pesto & Roasted veggies

I found this via Pinterest on Cooking Classy

Tortellini with roasted veggies & pesto

Ingredients: 

  • zucchini
  • squash
  • bell pepper
  • red onion
  • mushrooms
  • grape tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • tortellini w/ cheese
  • spinach
  • pesto ( homemade or bought)

PESTO

  •  I used about an 8-10 oz bag of spinach
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • juice 2 lemons lemon juice
  • basil

Blend well . When  adding lemon juice , taste it as you add


Cook tortellini – add to big bowl

Cut and drizzle oil on veggie ( zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onion and mushrooms) on a baking sheet . Bake on 425 for 10 minutes

Add tomatoes & garlic . Bake another 10 minutes

Add spinach for one minute.

Add roasted vegetables too tortellini. Pour pesto on top. Mix.

 

Chicken, broccoli, & grape tomatoes

Chicken & Veggies

 

  • Chicken
  • grape tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • Mccormicks garlic herb & wine marinade

Place in oven, cook until  done

Pepper taco bowl

Taco Pepper

  • Bell Pepper ( your choice)
  • ground beef, turkey, chicken ( your choice)
  • cheese
  • black beans
  • tomatoes
  • taco seasoning

I mix the meat, tomatoes, black beans, taco seasoning and cook until done.

Scoop mixture into bell pepper , sprinkle with cheese.  Cook in oven . You can even put the pepper in the oven beforehand to get it started.

 

Baked artichoke & Sun-dried chicken

 

I lost the site I found this on but here is what I can see/remember

  • 15oz artichoke
  • Chicken
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • mozzarella cheese
  • zucchini
  • tomatoes
  • garlic

Chicken stir ( a go to for me)

Stir fry

Chicken Feta Spinach Meatballs with Zucchini

 

I received a new kitchen tool and wanted to use it. I messed up a little bit because I realized the tool is mostly for shredding. I thought I could use it to get zucchini noofles but got shreds instead. Oops! lol Still tasted great though. Will be making these again.

FetaChickenMeatballs

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • garlic 3 minced
  • olive oil
  • feta cheese about 4-5 oz
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • panko bread crumbs
  • salt & pepper 1/4 teaspoon
  • oregano 2-3 tablespoons
  • 1 lemon ( squeezed)
  • butter ( 1 tablespoon)
  • red pepper flakes ( just a pinch or more if you love it)
  • zucchini ( made into zoodles)

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Add parchment paper to baking sheet.

Combine ground chicken, garlic, salt , pepper, olive oil,  feta, spinach,panko, oregano, egg. Mix well and form small meatballs. Place on sheet ad bake until done 20-25 minutes.

Make zoodles. In pan low-medium heat add butter & olive oil.  Add red pepper flakes & garlic for 1 minute.  Stir in lemon juice. Toss in zoodles and coat. Cook until tender. ( 5 minutes)

Add zoodles to plate/ bowl . Place meatballs on top. Sprinkle with more feta if desired. lemon, feta, red pepper flakes…  Loved the flavor. It was filling, refreshing, light. I brought some for lunch .

 

Freebies at Sprouts

Earlier this year a Sprouts opened near me. Im hooked. I love their fruit and veggie sales.

Sprouts also has digital coupons and sometimes sends out promo codes for free items,  which you can add to your account to redeem .  They even have free product digital coupons that you can clip.

 

Here are some promo codes that are currently active:

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Crispy Fruit & Veggie Chips – CRISPYSNACK19. ( find these over by the veggies / produce)

Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade – SPARKLE19

Farm & Oven Mini Muffin – this one you clip to you account

Taylor Farms Shredded Iceberg Lettuce 8 oz- LETTUCESAVE19

Pita Crackers EXPIRED  but you can try > PITACRACKERS19

Organic Mini Peppers comes and goes but see if you can add it: MINIPEPPERS19

( blueberries, refrained beans, and other item in my cart are just items I was buying 🙂 )

Dinner Ideas

One Pan Cream Spinach & Artichoke Chicken 

Loved this dish. Not only is it a one pan dish but is cooked in 30 minutes!

One Pan Creamy Spinach Chicken

  • 6 Chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz Baby spinach, fresh
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Parsley, Fresh
  • 2 Shallots
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning, dried
  • 1 Salt + pepper
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

 

Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Orzo Salad

I found this recipe from Refinery29. Love the roasted chickpeas in this.

Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Orzo Salad

Ingredients
1 small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
1 (15-ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
Juice and zest of one lemon (reserve 1-2 small wedges for serving)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (can use 2 cloves sliced, fresh garlic instead, but will cost slightly more)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo
Red-pepper flakes, for serving
Feta or Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2. In a large bowl combine broccoli, chickpeas, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Toss to coat and pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet.

3. Roast broccoli and chickpeas for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

4. While broccoli and chickpeas are roasting, boil orzo according to package directions. When the orzo is cooked, drain well and toss with the roasted broccoli and chickpeas and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Add red-pepper flakes and cheese to taste, if using. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

One Pan Italian Sausage & Veggies

Really loving roasted broccoli!

 

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  • Carrots, sliced
  • Red Potatoes, diced
  • Zucchini, sliced and cut in half
  • Red Bell Peppers, cut in bite sized pieces
  • Broccoli, chopped
  • Sausage
  • 1/2 tablespoon EACH: dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, dried thyme
  • Optional: Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Preheat over to 400. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Place everything on pan, Drizzle with seasoning and oil. Mix to coat. Cook for 40 minutes. Half way through mix.

 

I found this on eatwell101.   So easy, quick, & flavorful!

 

Chicken with cauliflower rice

 

The chicken

  • 2 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, finely grated
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • For the cauliflower rice:
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons veggie stock
  • Juice of one lemon (+ zest, if you like)
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

The Chicken

1. In a shallow plate, combine parmesan cheese, grated garlic, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in the parmesan mixture; shake off excess and set aside.

2. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden on each side and cooked through – about 3-4 minutes for each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken. Transfer to a plate.

The cauliflower rice

1. In the same pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Fry the garlic and onion for 1 minute until fragrant — be careful not to burn.

2. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and stir to mix everything together well and coat in melted butter. Cook, stirring regularly for 1 minute.

3. Stir in the 2 tablespoons vegetable stock, about half the parsley, and lemon zest (if using). Cook for one minute to reduce juices then add the lemon juice and a few sprinkles of leftover parmesan cheese, if you like.

4. Adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in the remaining parsley. Return chicken over cauliflower rice and reheat quickly. Serve with fresh cracked black pepper, red chili pepper flakes, and more parmesan.

A look inside my #GalentinesVoxBox

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Kweeen Glitter Spray

A lightweight – non sticky spray for body or hair that makes you sparkle. This spray smells amazing and is perfect for a fun day or night out. I wore it to the fair.  If you have darker hair stay on the tips of hair.. it just looked like glittery dandruff when I applied  to my hair ( maybe I went overboard)

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Therapy Session Hair Mask

A deep conditioning treatment that repairs & strengthens dry & damaged hair. Argan oils feeds the hair with vitamins & nutrients, while kermis delivers optimal breakage benefits.

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My hair felt so soft, smooth, & manageable. I liked that it was easy to add into my hair routine , since I only had to leave it on for 5 minutes. While I was waiting for it to penetrate my strands, I shaved.  My hair is thick & textured and it made my waves to bouncy. You can find this mask at Target!

Fresh Sugar mint rush freshening lip treatment

FreshLip

This is a dual- action system. It delivers a fresh cooling sensation while hydrating for 24 hours and soothes. Just press your lips together for a burst of icy mint.  This treatment left my lips smooth and soft. I liked the refreshing cooling sensation. It actually kept my lips soft and smooth without feeling dry later in the day. I like applying before bed and in the morning to prep my lips for the day.

 

Nature Box shower gel with 100% cold pressed oil

This brand for skin & hair combines effective beauty care with cold pressed oils with select sustainably- sourced ingredients.  This shower gel  feels luxurious and lathered up nicely.  It smells good and didn’t dry out my skin. My skin felt silky soft. Even though it looks blue, the gel is actually clear.

Its also vegan & created without sulfates , silicones, & parabens.  Find it at your local drugstore, Target, or grocery store.

 

NatureBoxBodyWash

 

Pretty Vulgar Faux Reals Extreme Volume Mascara

 

 

 

 

 

I got voluminous lashes in just one swipe with this mascara.  I use 1-2 coats , and haven’t noticed and flaking or smudging. I can see this could get clumpy if you add more coats or apply it a certain way. You can pick it up at Sephora.

Nature’s Bounty Beauty GlowOn

These beauty supplements provide key vitamins & nutrients to support beauty from the inside out. The illuminating formula contains Ceramosides, an extract from wheat seed that improves skin smoothness by helping with fine lines.* Additionally, Nature’s Bounty GlowOn Beauty Gels contain the antioxidant Resveratrol which helps fight damaging free radicals

 

GlowON

These soft gels are so easy to take and just in case you’re like me and hate swallowing pills they are small and don’t taste gross when they touch your tongue. I haven’t noticed any weird after taste/ burps either like other vitamins. Ive only been taking them for a short time so I haven’t noticed any changes .  There are about 7 varieties to choose from depending on what you are looking for .  ClearComplexion, HappySmile, SkinElasticity, GoodnightLovely, MoistureTreat, EvenBeauty. These retails for $19.99

 

I received these products for complimentary for review purposes from Influenster.

JAFRA ROYAL Boost skin

Get ready for skin that looks flawless with or without makeup! JAFRA ROYAL Boost is here to reveal your best, freshest complexion. Loaded with supernutrients, these potent products use our breakthrough Royal Jelly RJx technology to unlock the age-proofing power of nature’s royal jelly. The result: a bright future for your skin. This particular Boost regimen is designed for normal, combination, and oily skin. It purifies and hydrates skin with oil-free, fast-absorbing, lightweight formulas that keep skin soft and fresh while keeping shine at bay.

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Boost Detox Clay Mask: $18

What it does: Rapidly detox, reboot and balance oily skin with the power of Royal Jelly RJx. This 3-in-1 multi-tasking clay mask, infused with antioxidant-rich matcha and spinach, absorbs excess oil, draws out dirt and peps up dull, tired skin to create a pure and energized healthy glow.

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My Thoughts: it was easy to apply and didn’t dry so hard where you can’t move your face. It has a pleasant scent , like I was at a spa. It was easy to take off and my skin didn’t feel dried out. Skin looked clear & healthy.

Boost Matte Control Moisturizer: $24

What it does: Say hello! to flawless, shine-free skin. Weightless and oil-free, Boost Matte Control Moisturizer hydrates and blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections to leave skin soft, smooth, and makeup-ready. Packed with nourishing vitamins, Royal Jelly RJx and non-oily, moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, the fast-absorbing gel-cream soaks up excess oil, perfects the complexion and helps protect against future signs of aging.

Boost Purifying Gel Cleanser: $18

What it does: Imagine a daily facial in just 60 seconds! The Boost Purifying Gel Cleanser cleans and polishes with micro-exfoliators that gently slough away excess oil, grime and dull dead skin. Mineral particles unclog pores and energizing antioxidant matcha helps protect from free radical damage. The increased power of Royal Jelly RJx leaves skin refreshed and ready to glow.

My thoughts: 

Cover me Sunscreen: $24

This super-smart, oil-free gel-cream is perfect under makeup as your daily defense against harmful, aging UV rays and pollution. Boost Cover Me Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 also contains a blue light shield to stave off daily assaults on skin from computer and phone screens. It glides on smoothly and dries instantly to an invisible, matte finish.

Cleanse + Tone Wipes   : $12

What it does: Drenched in soothing coconut water and energizing matcha, these all-in-one cleansing and toning wipes provide a refreshing and convenient option for a clean complexion on-the-go. Gently remove traces of makeup, sunscreen, oil and grime without stripping or drying skin. Like all Boost products, we’ve included Royal Jelly RJx to give added protection against future signs of aging.

My Thoughts:  These wipes are gentle on the skin which I liked and didn’t have a strong scent to them. I was able to get off my make up without have to scrub . My skin felt nice & clean without leaving my skin feel tight & dry.