Recipes

My Family Dinner Favorites: Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a family dinner favorites recipe so I thought I’d share one today. It’s a good one… Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole!! Can we same yum?!

It’s pretty simple and comes together quickly , and you can lighten it up by using low-fat/no fat ingredients. Serve with a side of cilantro white rice and you’ve got a complete meal. These are my favorite kind of week night dinner recipes!

Check out Liz over at realhousemoms.com for this delicious, printable recipe!

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This casserole was a big hit and has become a week night favorite of ours. I hope you enjoy it too!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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Beauty

Beauty Finds First Impressions

Hi friends, hope you had a great week and a wonderful 4th!  I was out and about shopping last Friday and I found some beauty products I’d love to share with you. I figured I’d start a “beauty finds” post series sharing my thoughts & first impressions, then follow-up in a few weeks to let you know how they work out.

One of my favorite discount stores to shop is Burkes Outlet! They offer a 15% off discount on Fridays so I always check them out to see what deals I find. Here’s what I picked up.

 

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Global Beauty Gold Gel Face Mask & Applicator

I saw this little kit and it reminded me of the gold infused sheet masks I’ve seen everywhere. It’s infused with gold extract, and is supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It also says it offers “intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin.” I have combination skin and occasional Rosacea flair ups on my cheeks. Anything that is soothing and hydrating is a plus for me. I also liked that it came with the silicone applicator.

First Impression:

You can definitely see the gold shimmer in the gel! The applicator helps smooth the gel on mess free, and it’s a nice, light consistency. You just scoop out a little at a time and “paint” it on your face. All together I think I used a quarter sized amount on my face. Once I applied the gel all over it’s not as dark-colored on my skin tone as the woman pictured, but I’m more interested in the benefits and not so much the color.

I started with a fresh clean face and I left the gel on for 10 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water. My face did feel really refreshed and soft after rinsing. I followed up with a small amount of Vaseline sensitive skin moisturizer and headed off to bed. In the morning, I noticed my face was pretty smooth and moisturized. I don’t think any wrinkles went away over night, (lol) but I feel the overall texture of my skin was better.  I give this a thumbs up and will definitely be incorporating this into my skin care routine.

 

 

 

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Olivia Care Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish

 

The next product I found was this charcoal tooth polish. It claims to whiten your teeth the natural way with Activated Charcoal. It says, “the charcoal binds to stains on teeth, such as coffee, tea, and wine, to help remove them, leaving teeth whiter and brighter. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Activated Charcoal promote good oral health by helping to fight against cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. It’s naturally abrasive White Clay gently scrubs and polishes teeth while stimulating the gums.”

First Impression:

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That’s the charcoal there ready to use. You dip your wet toothbrush into the powder and then brush your teeth and gums the way you normally would with toothpaste.

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So…When you start to brush your teeth the charcoal gives off a somewhat unpleasant odor. After about a minute into it, it goes away. Imagine eating a mouthful of Oreos…that is exactly what your teeth look like while brushing them. You get a tiny bit of a warming sensation while brushing and you do feel the grit polishing your teeth.

This can get super messy if you’re not careful. I made sure I leaned down into my sink so there wouldn’t be a big mess. The good thing is, I was able to rinse the sink & my hands with soap and water and there were no stains. The packaging says the charcoal has a peppermint extract in it for freshness which you get a hint of, but I definitely wouldn’t leave the house without brushing with regular toothpaste or using a mouth rinse!

I feel like my teeth looked brighter but it’s too early to tell. I will definitely use this a couple of times a week for the next month and see if it makes a difference.

 

Lastly, I found this twin pack of Almay eye make-up remover. This was a score because normally one bottle is about 4.99 and I got 2 for the price of one!

 

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Almay Liquid Eye Make-up Remover

It’s oil-free and infused with aloe, cucumber and green tea. It says it’s Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested, and safe for contact lens wearers (like me).

First Impression:

My eye make-up came off pretty easily and there was no oily residue after. My eyelids and under eye area feel really moisturized! It smells similar to other eye make up removers and it didn’t irritate my eyes. I really like this eye cleanser and will continue to use it.

 

That’s it for today. In a few weeks I will do a follow-up post and let you know how these worked for me. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Let me know if you’d like to here more first impressions!

*Also, I just want to add…I am not a Dr. or Beauty Professional. I’m just a gal sharing my thoughts and opinions on products I love and find good deals on. I love reading reviews and hearing other ladies stories about products they use and what works for them.

 

Recipes

Croissant Breakfast Boats

Well hello friends! It’s been a mighty good time since I’ve updated my blog…

Summer is here and it has been a busy time. In addition to my teen and toddler, I am now watching my 2 school age nephews…(phew)….I’m exhausted already 2 weeks in!! LOL. When does school start-up again?

Any who, I’m not a big breakfast eater, but I’ve heard it’s one of the most important meals of the day. To be honest, I feel a difference when I have breakfast vs. when I don’t…more energy. So I figured I’d try something better than the old “cereal and milk” bowl to keep up with these kiddos.

I happened to come across these delicious looking croissant boats when I was searching online for “batch” breakfast ideas. You know, things I can make more than one of to last for the week.

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Don’t these look yummy in all their toasty, buttery, glory? They were super simple, quick and easy to make. I got the croissants on sale in the bakery at the grocery store, and with a few simple breakfast staple ingredients, they were ready in no time.

 

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Bakery worthy right? Just zap in the microwave for a few seconds, and breakfast is served. The kids enjoyed them too!

You can find the recipe here at tipbuzz.com. There’s even a tutorial video to show you exactly what to do! Hope you enjoy these!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Holidays · Recipes

Recipe Round-Up for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Hello friends! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve rounded up some delicious recipes to kick off you fiesta feast. Scroll on down and check ’em out!

 

7-Layer Fiesta Dip

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Pico de Gallo

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Salsa Verde Queso

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Chicken Enchiladas

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Mexican Street Corn

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Beef Empanadas

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Pink Dragon

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Churros

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I think I’ll be trying quit a few of these recipes out, especially those churros!

That’s it for this recipe round up and I hope you enjoyed it. Have a fun and safe weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

Home Decor

Shanty2Chic Collection for athome Stores

Happy Friday guys! Did you know the Shanty2Chic sisters have a home collection exclusively for athome stores? Well if you didn’t, I’ve got all the details!

The prices range from 9.99 to 499.99, and include furniture, wall decor, and home decor pieces with a modern/industrial farmhouse feel.  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces for you and let me say, I just might get in trouble with this one! I’m loving all the pieces!!

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If you’re in the Houston area, the sisters will be doing a meet and greet at the Katy, TX athome store on Feb. 10 from 12-2pm! Scroll on down to check out the collection!

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Coffee Cabinet

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Gray and White Tin Door Cabinet

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Weekly Chalkboard Calendar

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Herringbone Wall Art

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Rustic Ivory Plank Tray – Large

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Home at Last Sign- 30 x 30-in.

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Wood & Metal Corbel Pendant Light

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Farmhouse Tea Light Center Piece

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Distressed Grey Candlestick Holder- 10-in.

 

 

 

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Shanty2Chic Milo Headboard- Queen

 

 

Those are a few of my favorites! Head out to your local athome store and grab your favorites. Also, you can check the event calendar here to see if the Shanty2Chic sisters will be at a store near you!

Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

DIY

DIY Felt Donut Treats

Valentine’s Day always reminds me of chocolates and sweet treats. This year I came across the cutest tutorial for felt donuts. These make a super cute display and they won’t add to your waistline!

All you need is some felt for the donut base & “icing”, fiberfill, thread & small needle, and beads for “sprinkles” & “nuts”.

 

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Click here for the tutorial from lily-fox!

 

I hope you enjoy this little project and fill your table up with felt donut goodies! Let me know how this goes for you.

You can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, & Facebook. Come say hello!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

Home Decor

5 Simple Home Decor Ideas to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet in Your Living Space

Hey friends, Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

This year is starting off bright, bold, and full of color! Pantone released their color of the year and It’s Ultra Violet. I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite colors.

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Today I’m sharing 5 simple decor ideas you can incorporate to your living space using the color of the year.

 

  1. Throw Pillows

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    Ibenz Vintage Violet Decorative Pillow

 

 

2. Soft Throw Blanket

 

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Pacific Coast Textiles Diamond Throw 

I mean, how cute is that pom-pom tassel fringe?

 

 

 

3. Area Rug

 

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Unique Loom
Arcadia Purple 5 ft. x 8 ft. Area Rug

 

 

 

4. Decorative Glass Vases

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Purple Geo Lantern

 

 

5. Floral Stems & Greenery

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Purple Hydrangea Stem

 

 

If you’re looking to refresh your decor for the new year, try these simple steps. These simple decor ideas allow you to update without having to fully commit to that color and they’re more cost-effective than say buying a “purple” sofa, or painting your entire wall “purple”. This way, if you want to change-up your decor again, you can do so easily.

I hope you found these tips helpful and I’d love to see how you change-up your decor!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy