Keeping It Cold with Zojirushi’s Stainless Steel Mug / Bottle

Zojirushi BottleThis is the best mug for keeping your drinks cold. I do not lie, I’ve tried them all (OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration). It doesn’t “sweat” so the inside of your purse, bag or cup holder in your car won’t end up with water everywhere.

It’s designed to hold hot or cold beverages and keep them at that temperature for six hours. I can only attest to it keeping my water icy cold. Yes, I am that boring and only put water in it. In theory the materials shouldn’t pick up flavors from other beverages so you should be able to put coffee, tea, soda, whatever in it and not have any flavor seepage.

It’s made of stainless steel (there are some polypropylene components…I’m geeking out now, according to EWG it gets a score of one) and completely disassembles for easy cleaning. I love that it doesn’t have a straw and I feel like it’s easier to clean that other straw bottles.

As for durability, I’ve dropped mine a bunch of times and aside from a few small scuff marks, it’s in great condition. The outer coating hasn’t peeled. I hand wash all of the parts.

It is expensive, but I’m a firm believer of getting what you pay for…the price is definitely worth it.

I also bought one for J. I got her the cute little 10 oz bottle in pink and she adores it. She loves cold water and prefers it over her other straw bottles (which I hate washing).

The only downside is that the bottle I have only holds 16 oz. If I’m out all day, I normally drink all of the water before I get home. The good thing is that restaurants, theme parks or other places where they sell drinks will fill it with water from the soda fountain for free.

UPDATE: Zojirushi also makes a mug with a tea filter. I’m not a tea drinker, but I gave one to a friend. She thought it was really neat!


Healthy-ish Banana Bread Mini Muffins Recipe

Banana MuffinsI try to eat more health food than junk food…try, anyway. I do eat organic whenever possible so the recipe below is best made with organic ingredients. I’ve modified a wonderful recipe by Elise Bauer over at SimplyRecipes.com. You can find the original recipe here.

I like to make mini muffins because they’re an easy snack for J to eat. Since she’s almost 4, she thinks I’m saying “Minnie” muffins instead of mini so she gobbles them up, probably expecting her beloved mouse to appear when she’s finished. Gotta love phonics!

In all of my cooking, I use organic ingredients whenever possible, but you can also swap for the conventional counterpart.

Healthy-ish Banana Bread Mini Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: snack, breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2-3 ripe organic bananas, peeled *
  • ⅓ cup melted organic unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of organic sugar
  • 1 organic egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of organic cinnamon
  • Dash of organic nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose organic unbleached flour
  • ½ cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax seeds or chia seeds (optional)
  • Cooking spray (canola preferred)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray the bottoms of a 24-cup mini muffin pan with canola oil.
  2. Smash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth in a medium sized bowl.
  3. *Sometimes I add a grated carrot or grated zucchini in with the banana. Swap a banana for a zucchini...your kids (or husband) will never know! If you use zucchini, grate and then squeeze out the excess water.
  4. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas / vegetables.
  5. Mix in the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flax seeds.
  6. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.
  7. Mix in the flour. The consistency may be thick and that's ok.
  8. Drop a full teaspoon into each muffin tin. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes at 350°F. Test with a toothpick at 18 minutes. You don't want overcooked lumps of coal!
  9. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 5 minutes. Remove muffins and continue to cool on a rack.
  10. Enjoy!

 










 

I Lost My Fiber Mascara Virginity to Cherry Blooms

Cherry Blooms eyes - before and afterI don’t know about you, but I am constantly in search of mascara to make my eyelashes longer. While my eyelashes are not super short, they are very straight. I use an eyelash curler and have found that most mascaras that claim to curl your lashes do work…but they curl them under, not up! Uh, not exactly the look I want.

I heard about fiber mascara and first bought one by L’Oréal (L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara). It works pretty well – thickens, lengthens and doesn’t curl my lashes the wrong way. It’s affordable too. However, it doesn’t give me that ridiculous long lash look of Melissa Gorga (you Jersey Housewives fans will know what I mean).

So after some serious Google searching and reviewing, I decided to bite the bullet and buy Cherry Blooms. It ain’t cheap but it is sooooo worth it! Check out the freaky too close up photos of my eyes below! I should have taken a “normal” picture of my whole face…next time. I only put Cherry Blooms on my top lashes. I used the L’Oreal mascara on the bottom.

Removal of Cherry Blooms is easy peasy. I gently rubbed my lashes with warm water and the fibers easily slid off. Then I used my normal face cleanser to clean up the rest of my makeup.

So there you have it, my review of Cherry Blooms. Have you tried it? Love it? Hate it?

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I put mascara on my left eye. One coat is noticeably different. Two coats really boosts the length. The third coat may have been gratuitous…nah!

Eyes with Cherry Blooms Mascara

So my lashes are not quite Real Housewives fake length, but pretty darn close. And why didn’t I get my whole face in the picture??!!

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