Beating the Heat - Iced Crio Bru to Go!

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I've been embracing Summer this year, even though I tend not to be an "extreme heat" person. Oh, by the way... to me, extreme heat is ANYTHING over 89 degrees. lol

On the hottest days, I tend to loath going anywhere but the pool. Mostly because its the only appropriate place that you can be half naked, without getting strange or disapproving stares.
It's true... just trust me. Nobody wants to see ALLLL of that at Costco, no matter how great you think you look. 

So when I KNOW I have to go out and run errands in the heat, I prepare myself with one of my favorite, cold, energy-filled, Summery drinks. Iced Crio Bru!
Crio Bru is a coffee alternative, that I typically drink hot, but in the Summer time, it's AWESOME brewed and cold too! It's made from premium cocoa beans that are 100% natural, filled with antioxidants, minerals and theobromine (a natural energy stimulate, that unlike caffeine, doesn't make you jittery). It's low in calories, carbs, and has no fat, sugar, sodium or gluten... until I add it, of course. HA!

Because you can't get this drink at any coffee house (yet), I always make it at home, and prepare extra so I can keep it in the fridge.
Here's how I make it:
- French Press (or coffee maker)
- Boiling Water
- Crio Bru (there are lots of different varieties)
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Sugar
- Whipped Cream
- Ice

Crio Bru is a ground cocoa bean, so I just keep mine in an air tight container I picked up at Ikea.

I put two scoops (scooper comes with the Crio Bru) of grounds into my french press, enough boiling water to fill my press almost to the top, and then stir everything really well with a spoon. Then I place my lid press just gently onto the surface, to keep in the heat in, while it is brewing. Wait at least 10 minutes for everything to brew well, before pushing the press down to extract all the grounds. 


Healthy Hair Favorites!

We've got a PLETHORA of hair in this family, so I'm always testing out LOTS of different hair care products. Like... LOTS. (that's not half of it....yikes!)

Look... don't mock the hair care drawer craziness. There's some DANG GOOD stuff in here!

As a former hair stylist, I'm basically addicted to anything that says, "Smoother, healthier, stronger hair." LOL. Yup, that's pretty much EVERY bottle of ANYTHING nowadays. 
So that being said, I've got a handful of DEFINITE favorites. And believe me, I'm picky, so I hope you take my word for it when I say you've GOT TO TRY THEM... because this gang of girls LOVES them!

Favorite Shampoo and Conditioners:


Salty, Sweet, Pink Chocolate Party Popcorn!

Buttery, salty popcorn - good
Pretzels - good
M&M's - good
Melted white chocolate - good
Put it all together and BOO-YA! The perfect pink party popcorn! 
It's pretty self explanatory, but here are some tips and pictures on how we put everything together. 
We air popped the mushroom kernel corn from Orson Gygi. It pops up bigger and fluffier in my opinion. But you can use ANY kind of popcorn, honestly.   
 Then we broke up pretzel sticks, added a little salt and drizzled melted butter over the top of everything.
Then we melted white chocolate, just in the microwave, and poured it all over the pretzel and popcorn mixture.