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Amy Lakes

Baker. Blogger. But mostly, eater. Amy has had a long-standing love affair with food, due in part to her Southern upbringing, and in part to her natural eagerness to both enjoy it and study it at the same time. Her exposure to a wide variety of cuisines, coupled with almost twenty years in the restaurant business has resulted in some pretty strong opinions about food and cooking, and she definitely doesn’t mind sharing them!

Sukin Clean Skincare

Reviews By April 14, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Spring has come around again, and I am continuing on my clean skincare journey. Most recently I tried a few items from Sukin skincare, a line produced in Australia, that has a laundry list of items their products aren’t made with, like pthalates and parabens, but also without propylene glycol or mineral oils. And they’re cruelty-free, too. Sold!

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Covergirl Cosmetics – now cruelty-free

Reviews By March 4, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

I don’t need to tell any of you what a classic brand Covergirl is – it was around before I was born, and was very consistent about producing new and innovative products. But most recently they took a step that (imho) is the smartest move they’ve ever made: they went cruelty-free. Although I’m not perfect, as no one is, knowing that a makeup brand is cruelty-free is pretty much an instant sell. And knowing that CG has been coming out with some great products lately – at least according to all my favorite beauty gurus – I was even more eager to go forth and explore what I will be able to enjoy from now on with a clear conscience.

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Top 5 Foods for Heart Health

Top 5 By February 23, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

It’s February, and this month is all about hearts. Nope, I don’t mean the ones you see for Valentine’s Day. I mean your heart, and my heart, and everyone else’s, too. The heart is one of our most crucial pieces of biology, and as many people can attest, it is nothing to be messed around with. Taking care of your heart should be part of your everyday routine, quite a bit of which can be done through your diet. So here are five foods that are sure to make your heart happy.

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Olay Cleansing Infusion

lifestyle & beauty, Reviews By January 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This is an older post that I was going to put up earlier, but was a bit sidetracked by personal issues. My feelings about the product haven’t changed, however, and I still feel that it’s relevant, so I decided to go ahead and post it. — 5FG

Winter weather has returned to wreak havoc on our skin. Life at this time of year (the holidays) can be hectic enough without also having to deal with tight, dry or even flaky skin on our faces. While making a recent drugstore run, I came across a couple of new cleansers from Olay. I picked one up to give it a try and see if I would add it to my regular winter skin routine. 

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Finding My “Fa-la-la-la-la” Feelings

Holidays By November 17, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I debated with myself for days about doing this post. I try really hard not to complain a lot, although I’ve been told I have plenty to complain about. But I thought if I could write about my experience, maybe other folks won’t feel like they are going through this alone, and I’ll feel better getting some stuff off my chest. 

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