Sunday, December 5, 2010

best looks for green eyes

How to get Kristen Stuart look

metallic gray eyeshadow
matte light taupe/brown eyeshadow (a slight shimmer eyeshadow will do too)
highlighting eyeshadow (any color that is shimmery peach/white/champagne will do)
black shimmer eyeshadow
matte black pencil eyeliner
mascara/false individual lashes
So here’s what to do. The chart above shows you exactly where you are applying your product so you don’t get confused.
1. Apply your metallic gray eyeshadow all over your lid. After applying it to your lid, take a smaller eyeshadow brush (or a Q-tip) and lightly draw your lower lash line with the eyeshadow. Take your finger and slightly smudge it all – in the chart above, you should have color as shown in the ‘green’ areas.
2. Take your light brown eyeshadow and apply it on top of your gray eyeshadow, (‘pink’ area in the chart above) at the crease of your eye. Blend downwards into your gray shadow so they look blended in together.
3. Take your highlighting eyeshadow and apply it to the inner tear drops to your eye, like in the ‘blue’ above. Blend in.
4. Next, take your black eyeshadow and a very thin eyeliner brush, and apply black shadow to your top and bottom lash lines. On your top lash line, blend a little more shadow into the outer corners of your eye, like shown in ‘yellow’ in the chart above.
5. Take your eyeliner and line your top and bottom lashes, on top of what you just did with the black shadow. You may also line your waterline if you want to!
6. Finish off with tons of mascara. Kristen also uses individual false eyelashes on the outer corners from time to time, so have fun with those too! You can read how do that in my post, How to apply the false eyelashes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Eat all You Want for ThanksGiving and lose Weight!

The morning before: Eat breakfast! After all, research has shown that breakfast eaters eat fewer calories overall during the day. But just any old breakfast won't do ... Confession: On Thanksgiving mornings, I used to get up and go buy bagels, doughnuts, and sugar-laden lattes for my family. What a huge no-no—eating simple sugars and carbs in the morning leads to even more sugar and carb cravings throughout the day! So, by having that cinnamon sugar bagel at 10 a.m., you're scheduling an appointment to dive face first into the stuffing at 4.
A smarter bet would be to have oatmeal with walnuts or a high-fiber toast with a shmear of peanut butter. The combo of protein and fiber (shoot for 5 grams of each) will keep anyone satisfied without turning them into a ravenous beast

Before/during The Big Meal: You've heard it before: "Fill up on veggies." OK, sure, but what kinds are particularly helpful at "priming" your system to take on a big binge?  says your best bet is to go with root veggies, like yams and potatoes. Besides, they're in your house for the big meal anyway. "When steamed or slow-baked, then cooled slightly, these form the most resistant starch—a form of starch that thinks it's a fiber," says Feder. "It's been shown to increase satiety, plus you end up consuming fewer calories and having the calories you eat last longer." And root veggies also convert into glycogen more readily—that's the form of glucose that is burned at a slow and steady pace to keep blood sugar levels on an even keel, explains Feder. In other words, your best defense against that cranberry mold is to go for the baked potato or yam (ideally sans butter, sour cream, and brown sugar) ASAP.
Before dessert: Go for a walk or throw a football around for 20 minutes. According to super celeb-trainer Jackie Warner, holiday overeating raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol, but moderate physical activity can quash this spike, simultaneously inhibiting your appetite
For the next week post-Turkey Day: First of all, if you had a slice of pecan pie and a slice of pumpkin pie—on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—don't beat yourself up! Second, you can easily detoxify by sipping a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon before each meal. Warner touts lemon as a natural liver detoxifier packed with vitamin C, which can help detoxify a body that's fighting to metabolize extra calories. A bonus: The drink may also suppress your appetite, so you can reduce your calorie intake ever so slightly over the following few days to "make up for" the feast

Hair colors for different skin tones

Hair styles for different face shapes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to care for your hair.

Taking care fo your hair is very important, it is what makes us feel beautiful and it hels us change in just a cuple of hours. My first tip on your hair would be to never color you hair at home, ofcourse if you cant afford to go to a hairstylist just do it at home or save up until you can. I cant tell you how many people ive seen who have come in to the salon with self colored hair and they end up spending 2 times more money than if they had just came over to th salon in the first place. Coloring our own hair can leave you with spots of different colors and for those who decide to bleach their own hair I say good luck and i hope your hair doesnt fall off.
My second tip would be to buy a good shampoo and a good leave in conditioner, and buy something that is acording to your hair type. Also ask your hairstylist for tips on your hair, no one knows more on your hair than your hair stylist

How to care for your dog

       All new and experience dog owners know that taking care of a dog is not always so easy so my next blog is about how to make it a bit easier on new dog owners who are dealing with the crying puppy at night and those little accidents that happen even when we take all the steps to prevent them :).

  1. When you bring your new pup into his/hers new home let them roam around the house and don't fallow them just let them be, yes they will mark a few places but in my experience its better this way so the pup will be able to know that hes been there before and its not a strange place.
  2. After you let your pup roam around make sure to let him know where his food and water bowl are and always make sure he has water.
  3. Start teaching him right away, or else you will have a really unruly puppy.
  4. Feed him at the same time you will eat and keep him in a room away from where you are eating so he will learn not to beg for food.
  5. Do not feed you dog chocolate as it can be fatal but once in a while a small peace wont hurt. We believe that dogs should eat veggies and some raw meat once in a while after all they will always have a wild side :D any bird bones should not be given to dogs epically if they are cooked as they can splinter and cause ruptures in your dogs tummy.
  6. Keep lots of toys around for your dog or pup to keep them from chewing your furniture.
  7. Walk your dog regularly its a great bonding experience and keeps your dog from being too stressed, and it will keep you fit.
  8. Wash your dog once a month or as much as you seem fit or as much as your vet advises you too. Always be care full to not get water in your doggies ears.

So here are some tips I will keep updating them as soon as possible!


         Husky's are a very amazing breed, Ive had many husky's and they have all been very amazing and I guess i can say we've been lucky because they have turned out to be the opposite of what the breed are described as being. Huskys are usually very independent dogs and don't like to be toldwhat to do, well not out huskys they are all so loving and dependable on us, they don't mind doing what they are told to do. We love our huskys so much and we recommend them to anyone who wants a dog who is loving and loyal, the only downside to them is that they shed like crazy and if you like having a nice clean house huskys will not be the dog for you. There are great desheading tools out there and they do work wonders like for example the furminator we use this on our dogs once a week during the time they shed and you will not find those ugly balls of hair all over the place, and once a month when they aren't shedding just to keep their coat clean.
           One more thing we love about huskys is the way they "talk", yes its not really talking but sometimes it does sound like they do talk back to you. Our huskys love talking in the morning and when they need to go outside to do their daily business. Our little one knows how to say I love you but she doesnt say it all the time.
            Well I could talk more about huskys but i will just write them on another blog i think this is enough for tonight. :) I hope that if you are looking for a dog you consider getting a husky you will not regret it!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weight Loss- Secret's !

Morning Makeover
1. Wake-up workout When your eyes open, sit up slowly without using your hands. With legs straight out, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and hamstrings. Hold; then, using your abs, lower yourself flat. Rest and repeat two more times. Strengthens core. Burns 10 calories
2. Go for the grains Not ready for Twigs & Rocks cereal? Sprinkle on a few tablespoons of wheat germ or oat bran. Work up to 3/4 cup of low-sugar whole-grain cereal with at least three grams of fiber per serving, and you'll pass on that Danish. Saves 100

3. Add some protein The more you eat earlier on, the less you eat as the day wears on, research has shown. So after your cereal, add a hard-boiled egg or a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick to keep you feeling full -- and away from that pre-lunch brownie. Saves 200 (or more)

4. Balance booster While you brush your teeth, alternate standing on one leg as you switch mouth quadrants (every 30 seconds). Balancing develops your core muscles and may even be good for your brain. Burns 10

5. Be a ballerina As your coffee drips, stand sideways, put one hand on the counter, and lift the outside leg straight out in front of you, keeping it extended. With upper body straight, hold for a few seconds and move it to the side; hold and extend it behind you. Do five to ten times on each leg. Tones outer thighs, hip flexors and quadriceps. Burns 10

6. Coffee saver Instead of pouring that 1/3 cup of half-and-half (a whopping 105 calories!) into your mug, replace it with the same amount of 2% milk. Saves 60
7. Better your bagel You can walk 10,000 steps to justify your 500-calorie bagel with cream cheese, or try this: low-fat spreadable cheese like Laughing Cow Light on an English muffin. Saves 300

Nine-to-Five Fixes

8. Tone in traffic Use the time spent bumper-to-bumper to develop your buns of steel: Squeeze your derrière each time you tap the brake, holding for 10 seconds. Shoot for 10 to 15 squeezes a trip. Burns 10

9. Snack smarter Portion out the day's snacks into pint-size zip bags, or buy single-serving portions. For example, four regular Oreos have 200 calories versus the 100-calorie snack bag version. Go for the lower fat chips: a Lay's Light bag has only 75 calories, while the regular has 150. Saves 175 (over two snacks)

10. Casual day payoff You will blast more calories during the day wearing comfy clothes like jeans or khakis, sport shirts and soft-soled shoes than donning constricting suits, skirts and heels. Why? Because you walk more, a study found. Now you just have to convince the boss. Burns 25

11. You know squat! At your desk chair, pretend you're going to sit but don't -- stop and come back up without using your arms. Always start squats by lowering your hips, not bending knees forward, and keeping your weight on your heels. Repeat the motion throughout the day (even at the potty!) for 15 to 20 total. Strengthens quadriceps. Burns 15

12. Switch your soda Your body doesn't register calories from liquids the same way it does those from foods, so you won't get those "stop eating" signals to help you compensate for the overload later on. Change from two glasses of regular soda or fruit juice to diet soda or a flavored seltzer. Saves 300

13. Talk it up Every time you grab the phone, stand up and pace around. Heavy people sit on average two and a half hours more per day than thin people, according to the Mayo Clinic. Burns 50 or more

Around Town

14. At lunch, pick a pita Use one mini whole-wheat pita instead of the usual two slices of white or refined wheat bread for your sandwich. Saves 70

15. Get face time We use e-mail so much we've forgotten what our co-workers look like. Pick a colleague or two who sits farthest from you and deliver 10 of those daily messages in person. And go out of your way: Hit a bathroom or a copier on another floor -- and take the stairs, of course. Burns 100

16. Firm as you file Pause from your papers with a few wall push-ups. Place hands wide at shoulder height against the wall. Take a couple of steps back so your body is at a slight angle and your weight is on your toes, and do three sets of 10 push-ups. Strengthens chest and triceps. Burns 10

17. An apple (or more) a day They're packed with fiber and water, so your stomach will want less. Plus, studies out of Washington State and Brazil have shown that people who eat at least three apples or pears a day lose weight. Try two small apples and two fewer large cookies. Saves 100

18. Try a simple chair workout
Dips: If your chair has wheels, brace it against something. Facing forward, place palms on the front edge of the seat with knees bent at a right angle. Lower butt toward the floor; raise and repeat for two sets of 10. Tones triceps. Burns 10
Lifts: Seated in a chair with your back straight and your feet on the floor, squeeze knees together and gently bring them toward your chest. Do two sets of ten. Strengthens abdominals. Burns 10
19. Carry some weight When you're grocery shopping or running errands, wear a backpack with a 5-or 10-pound bag of sugar inside to increase resistance and burn more calories. Add purchases to your load as it becomes easier. Burns 20 (for an hour of errands)

20. Tweak your treat Instead of a large caffè latte and a chocolate cream-cheese muffin, get a small nonfat latte and a small low-fat raisin or carrot muffin. Saves 340

21. Pump at the pump Instead of fuming over gas prices, think about firming your calves: With one hand on your car, stand on the balls of your feet and slowly rise up and down for as long as it takes your tank to fill -- for an SUV that might be 50 raises! Burns 10

22. Do the pizza pat Blot your slice with a napkin to cut anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of grease -- and calories. Saves 50-100

23. Shop till the pounds drop At the mall, try on at least ten outfits, both pants and shirts. No need to buy! Burns 60

24. Eat like a kid You don't have to give up that quick lunch if you order smaller portions: Instead of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and large fries, opt for the cheeseburger Happy Meal. You can even play with the toy. Saves 390

25. Recharge yourself Anytime you're waiting in line, stand evenly on both feet, clasp hands behind your back and squeeze shoulder blades together to open your chest, an energizing yoga-based move that stimulates the nervous system. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds while slowly breathing in and out, taking longer on the inhale. Burns 5

On the Home Front

26. Jog for junk mail Turn clutter into a challenge: For every piece of junk mail you pull from the mailbox each day, do one lap around your house or building, or up and down a flight of stairs. Burns 35-140

27. Use better butter No, you don't have to give up the real deal -- instead of a tablespoon of stick butter, use a tablespoon of whipped and cut half the calories. Saves 30

28. Step on it Before you lug those backpacks upstairs, stop and stand on the bottom step for these calf toners. Hold the banister with one hand. Bend your right leg and place the toes of your left foot on the edge of the step. Let your heel drop down, press into the ball of your left foot and rise to your toes. Pause; repeat with each foot for 8 to 12 reps. Burns 10

29. Start with soup Order a clear soup instead of a salad soaked with two tablespoons full-fat ranch and you can save twice the calories. Plus you'll feel fuller, so you'll eat less when the entrée comes. Saves 100

30. Play footsie After dinner, while you're still sitting at the table, extend your right leg out and slowly bend it up and down, squeezing and holding in the up position for at least five seconds. Repeat on each leg five times. Sculpts quadriceps. Burns 10

31. Make perfect pasta Substitute whole-grain pasta for semolina and you'll be satisfied with a smaller portion (1.5 ounces instead of 2). Saves 50. Or use the same amount of oat-bran pasta. Saves 90

32. Climb up! Taking the stairs for a total of just two minutes, five days a week, gives you the same calorie-burning results as a 20-minute walk. Burns 100-140

33. Fill up with fruit Like pie? Here's how you can cave to the craving: Sprinkle fresh fruit -- some cut-up apple, pear or a handful of cherries -- with some Splenda or Equal, cover and nuke for a minute or so. Tastes just like pie filling. Saves 275

34. Have your cake Pick up an angel food cake for dessert. It's packed with air and has fewer than half the calories of, say, pound cake. Saves 70

35. Ease into evening Sitting with feet uncrossed, grab your wrist and raise your hands above your head to lengthen the spine. Take a deep breath in as you reach and hold the position, breathing slowly in and out for 20 seconds, taking longer on the exhale. Instant relaxation. Burns 5

36. Get your chocolate fix Instead of a candy bar, try a sugar-free, reduced-calorie Jell-O chocolate pudding snack with a squirt of nonfat whipped cream topping. Eat it with a baby spoon to savor it longer. Saves 185

37. Crunch for your clicker The average half-hour TV show has eight minutes of commercials. Make reaching for the remote control worth it: Place it out of reach on the coffee table or, if you're lying down, on the opposite arm of the couch. Every time an ad comes on and you reach for the remote, crunch until the show comes back on; you should reach 100-150 or so. Tones abs. Burns 24

38. Lift those hips Before you tuck yourself in, lie on your back on the floor with your legs up on the edge of the bed or a chair. Slowly bend your knees, lifting your hips off the floor. Hold for five seconds, relax and repeat 10 to 12 times. Firms up hamstrings and core. Burns 10
The Weekend39. Sing a song Spend Sunday morning belting it out in the church choir. Burns 70 per service

40. Make it bacon At the diner, order three slices of crisp bacon instead of two sausage links, and pat off the extra grease. Saves 90

41. Move it, Soccer Parents! After every quarter of the game, get up from the bleachers and take a lap around the gym or field. Four or five times around a typical one is about a mile. Burns 75
42. Movie time Most people eat 45% more popcorn from large-size containers, so make sure you get only a small and skip the butter, which adds more calories than the popcorn itself. Bring your own seasoned salt or Parmesan cheese for more flavor. Saves 350

43. Orient yourself At Chinese restaurants, be sure to avoid anything named General Tso or Crispy, which means fried. Eat only the filling of the egg roll and not the shell. Saves 400-500

44. Catch this! Spend a half-hour tossing a ball or Frisbee with your kid. Burns 90

45. Cut the cheese Order your pizza with half the cheese or even cheese-less, and then sprinkle with a few tablespoons of Parmesan. Saves 100

46. Have a hot dog! Pile on the pickles, onions and sauerkraut -- these fiber-packed condiments will fill you up and prevent you from eating a second dog. Skip the cheese and chili. Saves 250

47. Think about your drink Consider beer or wine instead of a frozen drink: A glass of regular beer has 140 calories and a serving of wine has 126 calories, while a strawberry daiquiri has about 300 and a margarita 340. Saves 150-200
48. Fix your fries Rather than asking for medium fries, get an order of onion rings (8 to 9 rings). Saves 60

49. Scream for sorbet Indulge in chocolate sorbet instead of chocolate ice cream. Saves 125

50. Make whoopee Instead of a bowl of ice cream as a bedtime snack, have a robust tussle with your spouse. Burns 300

Daily WorkOut's

A calorie-burning commuteThe journey to work is a great opportunity to fit in some gentle exercise. If at all possible, you should walk, jog or run to work. As well as helping to improve your fitness, running to work could help you improve your time-keeping and boost your popularity with the boss. Cycling to work will also help tone your muscles and burn calories plus it’s a fun and environmentally friendly way to do the daily commute. If you need to drive or take public transport to get to the office, you should try to park slightly further away than you usually would or get off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way instead. Even this little bit of exercise is better than nothing.

A workout at work

When you are sitting at your desk, there is still a lot you can do to work off the pounds. While you’re working, you can do sets of ankle curls. This takes minimal effort but goes a long way to improving circulation and strengthening the ankle joints. Tensing and relaxing your stomach while sitting will help tone the muscles in an area where many people carry excess fat. You can also do neck rolls, leg lifts and shoulder rolls while sitting at your desk.

Why not use your lunch break to go for a leisurely stroll? Getting away from your desk during your lunch hour can be good for your health, especially if you work at a computer and want to give your eyes a rest. A walk will help to get your circulation going after long hours of sitting, and will also aid digestion. You can also take advantage of your herbal tea breaks to stretch your legs.

Health at homeWhen you get back home after a day’s work, you might not feel like exercising, but don’t forget that everyday activities can also burn calories. Housework is a great way to use energy. If you want to do something more exciting and interesting, you should put your favorite music on and have a quick dance around the living room.

Another way to get fitter is to join an exercise class at the local gym. Classes are often on in the evening, and they’re a great way to meet new people whilst improving your fitness. As you can see, there is plenty you can do to fit exercise into your everyday life. Having a desk job doesn’t necessarily confine you to an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle

Monday, November 8, 2010

5 Best Arm Exercises !



1 - Bar Bell Bicep Curls

This should be the core bicep exercise in your bicep routine. It allows you to go heavy and is one of the easiest to do in terms of getting the technique correct.
How to - Stand with feet shoulder width apart and lift up the bar bell. Lift up your chest so that your shoulders are lower than your chest but your back is still straight. Curl the bar bell up to just above your pectoral muscles and slowly lower back down.
It is of paramount importance that your elbows do not move during this exercise. Make sure they stay solid next to your side.

2 - Skull Crushers

This is a tricep exercise that will pack on the progress if you do it correctly. If you don’t, it might pack on the injuries!
How to - Lie on a flat bench and take light bar bell. Lift the weight over your head with your palms facing the roof. Now shift the weight backwards so if you were to drop it it would land on the floor behind your head and so that your triceps are pointing behind you instead of straight up. In this fixed position, lift the weight up until you have a straight arm and then lower it slowly until you get a deep stretch.
This is one of my all time favorite triceps exercises and has allowed me to make some significant growth.

3 - Alternate Dumb Bell Curl

The alternate dumb bell curl is a great biceps exercise as it allows you to focus on one arm at a time and gives the other arm a rest. For this reason you can handle more weight and perfect your technique at the same time.
How to - Take two dumb bells and stand with your back straight. Assuming the same position as in the bar bell curl, curl one dumb bell up to your shoulder as if you were trying to curl it PAST your shoulder. This gives a tighter contraction. Slowly lower the dumb bell and rotating it until it is in the resting position by your side, lift the other weight at the same time.
Tip - Make sure this exercise is down slowly and with extra control.

4 - Close Grip Bench Press

This exercise allows you to use a heavy weight in a safe way. However, it is slightly more tricky to perform than it looks.
How to - Take a medium bar bell and lie on a flat bench. Push the bar bell up until you arms are locked and then lower it down slowly. Just before it hits your chest push it up quickly with a little bouncing motion for about two inches. This short stop and bounce stops your chest muscles coming into play here and keeps the weight on your triceps. It’s a great secret.

5 - Cable Curls

As you know I’m not a big fan of exercise equipment but the cables allowed me to build my biceps so fast I got stretch marks at one point! This exercise has been core in my biceps routine for a long time.
How to - It is exactly the same as the bar bell curl but there is a constant tension on your muscles because the cable is always trying to pull the weight back down. For this reason you will fid it much harder to handle a lot of weight. Remember to keep your elbows still and your chest up.

How to make conchas

Conchas are a very tasty bread that I personally love, in my country we dont call the conchas but semitas but many people are more familiar with the name conchas so here is the recipie for them, I hope you enjoy them they are very tasty with hot cocoa or with coffee.


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/8 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the yeast and warm water. Mix in the milk, 3/8 cup sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter, salt, egg and half of the flour. Gradually mix in the remaining flour, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter to knead as soon as it pulls together enough.
  2. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place in a large greased bowl, and turn the dough to coat. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Make the topping while the dough rises. In a medium bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour until the mixture is the consistency of thick paste. Divide into two parts, and place one part in a separate bowl. Mix cinnamon into one half, and vanilla into the other half.
  4. When the dough is done rising, cut into 12 even-sized pieces. Shape into balls, and place on a greased cookie sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Divide each bowl of topping into 6 balls, and pat flat. Place circles of topping on top of the dough balls patting down lightly. Use a knife to cut grooves in the topping like a clam shell. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
These are so easy to make please give it a try!!!

How to make fried chicken!

Heres a recipie for fried chicken.



  • Soak the Chicken

    1. Wash the pieces of chicken and pat them dry.
    2. Stir buttermilk and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
      • -You can also add more flavorings like chopped onions, herbs andpaprika  to the buttermilk.
    3. Place the chicken into the buttermilk, ensuring it's coated,cover with plastic wrapand refrigerate overnight or atleast for six hours.
      • -If you don't mind a two-day process, make the chicken even more tender by refrigerating the chicken in salt and water  the first night and in the buttermilk mixture the second.

  • Batter the Chicken

    1. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. 
    2. Press chicken pieces into the flour mixture, then tap the excess off coating. 
      • -Minimize mess by using one hand to take the chicken from the wet mixturee and the other to coat the dry mixture. 
    3. You can also put the flour and spices in a double-layered brown paper bag or freezer bag. 
      • -Place the chicken into the bag a few pieces at a time and shake them to coat with the flour mixture.
    4. Put all of the battered and coated chicken pieces in the refrigerator to rest for 15 minutes. 

  • Fry the Chicken

    1. Heat about two inches of oil in a heavy skillet until it reaches 350 degrees F. 
    2. Add the chicken to the oil only three or four pieces at a time.
      • -Fry the chicken in batches, since placing too many pieces in the pan will reduce the oil temperature, resulting in chicken that's less crisp.
    3. Cook thighs and drumsticks for 10 to 12 minutes and breast and wings for 8 to 10 minutes. 
      • -Chicken pieces are done when they rise to the surface and are golden brown. 
      • -The USDA recommends you cook chicken to an internal temperature of  at least 165 degrees F.
    4. Place chicken on a wire rack to drain the done cooking. Season the hot chicken with additional salt. 

    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    How to Make Sweet and Sour Chicken.

    This recipe is for sweet and sour chicken but you can substitute pork tenderloin or lean beef instead. If time is short, you can use commercial sweet and sour sauces that are available in the Asian food section of your supermarket.


    • Chicken Bits:
    • 2 pounds skinned, de-boned chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • A little fresh ground black pepper, ground ginger and garlic powder to season flour (not a lot)
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • Vegetable oil
    • Vegetables:
    • 1 green bell pepper, washed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch square bits
    • 1 red bell pepper, washed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch square bits
    • 1 large yellow onion, skinned, root end removed, cut into 1/2-inch bits
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled and trimed, slice thinly on the diagonal
    • 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice (no added sweeteners)
    • Sweet and Sour Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 4 - 6 drops red food coloring
    • 2 rounded tablespoons corn starch mixed in enough cold water to make a slurry


    Directions for Making Chicken Bits
    When cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces, remove any fat, gristle or connective tissue. If the chicken is soft-frozen or almost thawed it is easier to cut.
    In small frying pan, add 1/2-inch vegetable oil. Heat to deep-frying temperature.
    In a bowl mix eggs and milk. Beat until well combined.
    Place flour and seasonings in a shallow bowl and mix.
    Dunk pieces of chicken in the egg and milk mixture. Allow excess to drain.
    Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour coating thoroughly. Here is your chance to practice with your chop sticks and keep the flour off from your fingers.
    Drop pieces into the hot oil and fry until deep golden brown. Turn as necessary to cook evenly on all sides. When golden brown, remove to paper towel covered plate to drain.
    Repeat until all chicken pieces are cooked. Set aside until assembly.

    Directions for Making Sweet and Sour Sauce
    Place pineapple and water in sauce pan. Heat over low flame. Slowly add sugar while stirring.
    When sugar has dissolved, slowly add the vinegar and the lemon juice while stirring.
    Add corn starch slurry and stir while heating. Bring to a boil.
    Stir constantly until thickened. Add food coloring (a couple drops at first and then adjust until you have the red color you like) and stir well to mix. Continue to heat and stir until almost a syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.
    Note: You will be judging the thickness of the sauce while it is hot. It will thicken considerably when it is set aside and cools. Later, when added to the vegetables, the moisture from the vegetables will thin the sauce quite a bit.
    Directions for Assembling Completed DishAdd a little vegetable oil to a large frying pan or wok. Bring to frying temperature over medium heat. Add vegetables (but not the pineapple) and cook, stirring frequently, until onions begin to caramelize.
    Add sweet and sour sauce and continue cooking and stirring until vegetable are bite tender and sauce has re-thickened and clings to the vegetables.
    Add pineapple and chicken bits and fold into the vegetables and sauce. Simmer until heated through. Serve.
    I hope you like this recipe its one of my favorites.

    top ways to get abs

    We all know abs are in and never out so here are the top ten ways to get those amazing abs. Warning some of these are very hard to do but just keep at them and soon they will feel like a brezze.

    Bicycle Exercise

    Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Put your hands beside your head. Bring knees up to about 45- degree angle and slowly go through a bicycle pedal motion. Touch your left elbow to your right knee, then your right elbow to your left knee. Keep even, relaxed breathing throughout.
    1. Lie on the floor and lace your fingers behind your head.
    2. Bring the knees in towards the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
    3. Straighten the left leg out while simultaneously turning the upper body to the right, taking the left elbow towards the right knee.
    4. Switch sides, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee.
    5. Continue alternating sides in a 'pedaling' motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

    Captain's Chair Leg Raise

    The captain's chair leg raise is the second most effective move for the rectus abdominis as well as the obliques. You can do a variety of exercises on the captain's chair, which is a rack with padded arms that allows your legs to hang free and can be found in most health clubs and gyms. The key to keeping this move safe and effective is, first, to avoid swinging the legs or using momentum to bring the legs up. Second, keeping the knees bent will help you focus more on the abdominal and less on the hip flexors. (If you don't go to the gym you can also buy a pull up bar for your door and do this exercise at home same technique)
    1. Stand on the chair and grip handholds to stabilize your upper body.
    2. Press your back against the pad and contract the abs to raise the legs and lift knees towards your chest.
    3. Don't arch the back or swing the legs up.
    4. Slowly lower back down and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

    Exercise Ball Crunch

    The exercise ball is an excellent tool to strengthen the abs and is the third most effective move for targeting the rectus abdominis. What makes this move a bit more effective than crunches on the floor is that the legs are often involved in floor crunches. On the ball, the abs do more work.
    1. Lie on the ball, positioning it under the lower back.
    2. Cross your arms over the chest or place them behind your head.
    3. Contract your abs to lift your torso off the ball, pulling the bottom of your ribcage down toward your hips.
    4. As you curl up, keep the ball stable (i.e., the ball shouldn't roll).
    5. Lower back down, getting a stretch in the abs, and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps

    Vertical Leg Crunch

    The vertical leg crunch is another effective move for the rectus abdominis and the obliques.
    1. Lie on the floor and extend the legs straight up with knees crossed.
    2. You can place your hands on the floor for support.
    3. Contract the abs to lift the shoulder blades off the floor, as though reaching your chest towards your feet.
    4. Keep the legs in a fixed position and imagine bringing your belly button towards your spine at the top of the movement. Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.The vertical leg crunch is another effective move for the rectus abdominis and the obliques.

    Ab Rolls on the Ball

    Ab rolls are a challenging exercise that targets all the muscles of the core. This advanced move requires attention to detail to avoid straining the back. Make sure you only roll out as far as you comfortably can. If you feel any strain in the back, back off the exercise or avoid it completely.
    1. Kneel in front of the ball and place the hands on the ball, parallel to one another and with the elbows bent.
    2. Contract the abs and pull the belly towards the spine.
    3. Slowly roll forward and out as far as you comfortably can, until the feel the abs engage. Don't go so far that you hurt your back or collapse.
    4. This move does not involve bending the hips, so keep them straight throughout the exercise.
    5. Keeping the body straight, slowly pull your body back using your arms and abdominals.
    6. Continue for 1-3 sets of 8-12 reps, avoiding this move if you have any back problems.
    7. You can change the difficult of the move by placing your hands closer in or further out.

    Seated Torso Twist

    The seated torso twist is a great way to target the obliques while strengthening the core and building endurance in the hip flexors. The key to keeping this move safe and effective is to keep the back straight and the chest lifted throughout the exercise rather than hunching the shoulders, which could strain the back.
    1. Sit holding a medicine ball with knees bent.
    2. Lean back slightly, engaging the abs and keeping the back straight and the chest lifted.
    3. Rotate to the right, touching the medicine ball to the floor next to the hip.
    4. Come back to center and rotate to the left.
    5. Repeat, alternating sides for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps (one rep is to the right and left).

    Side Bridge with Hip Drops

    The side bridge is an advanced exercise, particularly if you do the move on the forearm (another option is to balance on the hand). Adding a hip lift really challenges the obliques, making this a great overall core exercise. You can modify by keeping one knee on the floor or by taking the feet wide instead of stacked on top of one another.
    1. Lie on your side balanced on the forearm and feet.
    2. The hips and feet should be stacked on top of one another.
    3. Holding the torso steady, slowly contract your abs and lower the hip toward the floor (you don't have to touch).
    4. Avoid sinking into the shoulder.
    5. Bring the hip back up and repeat for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps on each side.

    Rotations on the Ball

    This advanced move not only works the core, with a focus on the obliques, it also targets balance, stability and flexibility. To keep this move safe, keep the exercise slow and controlled and keep the knees in line with the shins and ankles rather than twisting them to one side or the other.
    1. Lie with ball under shoulders, neck and head, hips lifted in a bridge position.
    2. Hold a medicine ball or light weight straight up over the chest.
    3. Tighten your abs and rotate your torso to the left as far as you can, allowing the hips and legs to move naturally with the motion.
    4. Rotate back up and then rotate to the other side.
    5. Repeat for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps (one rep includes both the right and left sides).
    The woodchop is a challenging and dynamic exercise targeting the abs and back. It's a great way to strengthen the core for twisting motions like those involved in golf, baseball, or tennis. You can do this move from the bottom up (as shown) or reverse the move and do it from the top down to change things up. The key to keeping this move safe is to rotate the hips and knees in the direction you're moving and focus on contracting the abs.
    1. Attach one end of a resistance band to a sturdy object (such as a stair railing) near the floor.
    2. Hold the other end and take a few steps away to create tension on the band. You may need to loop the band around your hands several times.
    3. Keeping the arms straight, rotate the body and bring the arms up in a diagonal while squeezing the abs.
    4. Rotate the hips and knees as you turn to avoid injuring the joints.
    5. Rotate back and repeat for 10-16 reps before switching sides

    Plank With a Leg Lift

    The traditional plank exercise is an excellent stabilization exercise that involves almost every muscle in the body with a focus on the abs and back. This version involves propping the feet on a ball and lifting the legs, one at a time, to add intensity to the exercise. To modify, place the ball under the shins or upper thighs.
    1. Place the ball under the shins or toes (harder) and the hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor.
    2. Contract the abs to hold the body in a straight line from head to toe.
    3. Keeping the abs contracted, lift the right leg off the ball a few inches, hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat on the left leg, alternating feet for 8-16 reps on each leg.

    Medicine Ball Extensions

    This very advanced exercise targets multiple muscles including the abs, back, legs and arms. To try this move, you might want to prop the ball sideways against a wall for stability and begin without the medicine ball to practice your form. This move requires tremendous balance and strength. If you feel pain in your lower back, keep the arms over the chest or just slightly lowered instead of dropping them parallel to the floor.
    1. Position the ball under upper back to engage your abs and to stabilize the hips. Prop the ball sideways against a wall for stability if needed.
    2. Hold a light medicine ball or dumbbell straight up over chest and make sure knees are at 90 degrees.
    3. Lower arms behind you while simultaneously extending the right leg straight.
    4. Return to start and repeat, alternating legs for 10-16 reps.
    5. For less challenge to balance, do the leg extension without the medicine ball.

    Oblique Knee Drops

    Oblique knee drops are a great way to target the obliques as well as the rectus abdominis and the back. The key to this move is to use your abs to control your legs as you lower them down and then contract them to pull them back up. Avoid arching or straining your lower back by keeping the range of motion small, only lowering the knees as far as you comfortably can. You can also try this move without a medicine ball or with a rolled up towel under the hips for more support.
    1. Lie in the floor with knees pulled in and bent to about 90 degrees.
    2. Place a medicine ball between knees and stretch arms our to the sides like an airplane, palms facing up.
    3. Contract the abs and lower the knees down towards the right.
    4. Lower the knees as low as you can without lifting the shoulders off the floor or straining your back.
    5. Squeeze the abs, feeling your obliques contract and draw the knees back up and go to the other side.
    6. Alternate sides for a total of 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps.

    Ball Pikes

    Ball pikes are an advanced version of the knee tucks shown previously and are very challenging. You can always modify the move by keeping the knees slightly bent or by shortening the range of motion and only lifting the hips a few inches, lifting higher as you get stronger. The key to making this move challenging is to use the abs to draw the hips up, rolling the feet on top of the ball.
    1. Get into a pushup position with the ball under the shins/ankles (easier) or the tops of the feet (harder).
    2. Make sure the body is straight, back flat and the abs engaged.
    3. Squeeze the abs and lift the hips up towards the ceiling, rolling the feet on top of the ball.
    4. Keep the legs straight for more of a challenge, ending in a straight-leg pike with the toes on the ball.
    5. Return to start and repeat for 10-16 reps.

    Knee Tucks

    When choosing more advanced exercises for your abs, knee tucks are great for targeting balance, stability and, core strength. The arms and torso help stabilize your body as you draw the knees in and, at the end of the movement, give your abs an extra squeeze to intensify the challenge.
    1. Get into a pushup position with the ball under the shins/ankles (easier) or the tops of the feet (harder).
    2. Make sure the body is straight, back flat and the abs engaged.
    3. Roll the ball in, bending the knees towards the chest as you squeeze the abs.
    4. Try not to push back with your arms but, instead, keep all the movement in the knees.
    5. Don't collapse the back as you roll the knees in.
    6. Return to start and repeat for 10-16 reps.

    exercises for nice legs

    Your  hips, butt and thighs are a very important part of your body and no one wants to have cellulite or have the jiggle as you walk or do anything for that matter, so here are some exercises for these very important parts!

    Side Lunge Slide
    Stand with feet hip-width apart, left foot resting on a paper plate. Bend the right leg while sliding the left foot to the side, torso upright and abs in. Slowly slide left foot back to starting position, repeating 8-12 times. Switch legs and repeat for 2-3 sets.
    Lunge Slide
    Stand with feet hip-width apart, left foot resting on a paper plate. Bend the right leg while sliding the left foot back into a lunge position, keeping the right knee behind the toe, torso upright and abs in. Slowly slide left foot back to starting position and repeat 8-12 times. Switch legs and repeat on each leg for 2-3 sets.

    Chair Squat
    Stand in front of a chair with feet hip-width apart, abs in and torso straight. Slowly bend your knees and lower and until you're almost touching your butt to the chair. Hold for 2-3 seconds, knees behind the toes, and straighten. Repeat for 12-16 reps, 2-3 sets.

    Front One-Legged Squat
    Stand on a step or small platform. Lift left leg out in front of step and bend the right leg, bringing the toe of the left foot to the floor. Touch the floor lightly and keep the knee of the bent leg in line with toes. Straighten the right leg and repeat 8-12 times. Switch legs and repeat for 2-3 sets.

    Here are some more exercises no pictures though but they are pretty easy to follow.
    Exercise 1:
    a.Stand in front of a chair, holding the edge.
    b.Raise yourself on your toes until you are standing on tip toes.
    c.Slowly lower the heels.
    d.Relax.Repeat 20 times.
    e.Repeat with ankles far apart and toes together-20 times.
    f.Repeat again with ankles together and your toes far apart-20 times

    Exercise 2:
    a.Lie flat on your back on the floor.
    b.Extend your left leg up and bend your right leg sharply from the knee.In a pedalling motion, then stretch your right leg up and bend your left leg down.
    c.Make sure that your arms remain beside your body and your hips stay firmly on the floor.
    d.Repeat 25 times

    Exercise 3:
    a.This exercise shapes the front and back of the thighs.
    b.Lie on the floor, on your back.
    c.With your right leg raised straight up in the air, clasp the thigh with your hands.
    d.Pull your thigh towards your face, while you keep your back and head on the floor.
    e.Repeat with each leg 5 times.

    Exercise 4:
    a.Lie on your belly.
    b.Elevate your right leg up straight behind you as high as possible.
    c.Repeat with each leg 10 times

    Exercise 5:
    a.This is to shape heavy legs.
    b.Lying on your right side support your head on your right hand.
    c.With your legs perfectly straight, raise your left leg to a count of 5.
    d.Hold this position for a count of five.
    e.Slowly lower your leg to a count of five.
    f.Repeat 10 times on each side.

    Exercise 6:
    a.This exercise is to streamline thighs.
    b.Use a chairback for support and stand sideways.
    c.Move your leg outwards in a large semi-circle.
    d.Repeat 10 times for each leg

    So here you have it the most basic workout for your legs, most of these you could do in your office or on your brake!! hope you enjoy!

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Healthy skin - Secret's !

        Healthy skin is always a must for every woman, but many struggle to achieve their goal of healthy glowing skin. There are many natural ways out there that will help your skin without using harsh chemicals that could potentially harm your skin. There are so many products that claim to help your skin, and hurt your wallet! but sometimes the answer to your prayers could be in your kitchen or local super/ farmers market. So without dragging on here are some tips on natural ways to keep your skin healthy.
    1.  Make water as your favorite drink. Drink plenty of water as it hydrates the skin and helps to take away toxins. It also helps to promote smooth bowel movements.
    2. Oil massage improves blood circulation and improves the health of the skin.
    3. A facemask of egg white and honey gently removes the tan from your face.
    4. Mix oats with honey, yogurt and ground almonds. Apply this in your face, leave it for five minutes and wash with lukewarm water. (I personally love this mask it leaves my skin soft and hydrated)
    5. Cucumber is a natural cleanser. Mix cucumber juice with milk and use it instead of a cleanser
    6. Take 1/3-cup cocoa, three teaspoons of important cream, 1/3-cup ripe papaya, 1/4-cup honey and three teaspoons of oatmeal powder. Mix it all together. Apply on your face. After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water. This is best for oily skin
    7. For oily skin, apply a mixture of grapes, lemon and egg white. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
    8. Cut the lemon and rub the wedge all over your face. Leave it for about 20 minutes, then rinse off with cold water. This will refresh your face. Avoid doing this if you have dehydrated skin.
    9.  Mix equal quantities of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice. Wash the face and apply it overnight. Rinse off in the morning. This clears the complexion and keeps it healthy.
    10. Take 50 ml. of raw (not boiled) milk and mix a pinch of salt and two teaspoonful of lime juice in it. Use it as a cleansing lotion. It helps to clean the deep pores of skin.
    11. Mix equal quantities of lime juice, glycerin and rose water. This lotion if applied to the face regularly at bed time is very useful in removing pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin.
    12. Take 50 ml. of tomato juice and mix with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the face. It helps to make the skin soft and glowing.
    13. Take equal quantities of turmeric powder and wheat flour and make a paste with sesame oil. Apply it to the face to remove unwanted hair.
    14. Putting a drop of rose water into each eye just previous to you sleep can also refresh you eyes.
    15. To prevent your lips from chapping, use hot water fermentation on your lips and then apply a combination of vaseline and honey. Apply this combination about three times a week.
    16. Make a mixture by adding oats, honey, yoghurt and ground almonds. Apply this mixture on your face for five minutes and wash with lukewarm water. You will notice the difference in your skin before and after.
    17. Make a paste of mint leaves and almonds by adding warm water to it. Leave it till it gets dry and then wash it off.
    18. If your skin is dry, you may prepare a mixture of honey, lemon and vegetable oil. Apply it on your skin for ten minutes and then wash it with fresh water
    19. Rice water as an exfoliant, put some organic rice in water mix until you can see the water changing its color, and somply drain and save the water and you will have a nice organic rice water exfoliant, you can try using any type of rice.
    20. Do not let the hot water hit your face while you shower, always wash your face with luke warm water and after this use cold water to help close your pores and to help you get that nice rosy coloring.
    21. Never ever go to sleep without washing your face, i know sometimes its tempting but please try not to do it.
    So here you have it 20 ways to help keep your skin naturaly healthy.