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Recipes To Beat The Kitchen Heat This Summer!

When it is hot, no one wants to be in a hot kitchen! Here are a few simple recipes that are either no cook, or just use the grill!

Chicken Souvlaki With Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Souvlaki, a Greek Favorite, Served On Naan Bread With Tzatziki Sauce!

After our family visited the Greek Isles last summer, I realized the Greeks know how to keep cool in the heat! We spent the day learning some traditional greek dishes from a woman named Teta from Mykonian Spiti. Chicken Souvlaki, this grilled, lemon-marinated chicken breast is cooked on the grill, sliced up, and served on Stonefire Naan Bread with this creamy and cooling Tzatziki Sauce – It is a mixture of greek yogurt, shredded cucumbers, dill, & garlic. Serve it with a side Greek salad and you’ve got a great, Mediterranean-inspired dinner!  FYI – The chicken does not have to be served as a sandwich. Click Below For The Recipes:

Chicken Souvlaki Recipe 

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

 

Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad

Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad – Photo Credit: Marcus Nilsson for Real Simple Magazine.

This is one of my favorites from Real Simple Magazine – An Asian-inspired recipe that is so easy because it uses rotisserie chicken! You can pull it together in less than 15 minutes – and there is no cooking involved! I make it with butter lettuce (you can cut up the lettuce yourself or just buy a bag of butter lettuce). Get The Recipe HERE.

 

Avocado Corn Southwestern Salad

Southwestern Salad With Avocado & Corn Photo Credit: Con Poulos for Real Simple Magazine

Another GREAT recipe from Real Simple Magazine! This salad is vegetarian and is the perfect, protein packed meal! Serve it up as a salad or you can eat it with tortilla chips, or even wrap it up in a wrap! It combines avocado, fresh corn kernels, beans and a simple avocado-lime-cilantro-cumin dressing. So delicious! Get the recipe HERE.

Coconut Oil For Healthier Nails & Cuticles

A few weeks ago, I gave up wearing acrylic nails, and one thing I’ve noticed is that my cuticles have dried out and I’m getting a lot of hangnails. DANG!!  I forgot how much they hurt! Not only do they catch on everything, but a few have gotten infected. Not fun!

So I decided to do a little research and tried out this simple beauty tip to keep your cuticles healthy and with fewer hangnails – I hope this tip helpful for you, as well!

 

Mediterranean Herb Garden At Your Fingertips

I love to use fresh herbs when I am cooking! When I started looking at the types of herbs I use on a regular basis, I realized they all were herbs found in the Mediterranean climate! From Basil, Oregano and Rosemary, to Dill and Cilantro – all these herbs handle the sometimes dry, rocky terrain of the Mediterranean. So why not plant a Mediterranean Herb Garden! I love mine!

Here are just a few of the top Mediterranean Herbs – Plant what you like best!

Hydrating Avocado Oatmeal Facial Mask

Winter definitely has dried out my skin! With the heat running, and cold wind whipping my face, I’m starting to look a little ruddy! Well this DIY facial mask takes care of both the dryness and the redness! It’s all natural and takes 5 minutes to make!

Just be sure to lay down and relax while the mask is on your face – enjoy the moment! Don’t do what I had to do at the end of this video – go dig out all the sticky mess of the mask that dropped down my shirt!

 

 

Why I Am Going Naked For A Month


I have decided to go naked for a month, and I am glad I am doing it! Going “Au Naturel” is very freeing! Ditching acrylic nails has been a very positive experience so far. (Wait, what did you think I meant?) Having acrylic nails on & off for the last seven years, it was time to give my nails a breather.

I know. They aren’t very pretty right now. This was what they looked like immediately after I had them removed:

 

Right now, a week into not having acrylics, I’m dealing with super-sensitive nails and fingertips. I can’t reach into my purse to grab something without getting that “nails across a chalkboard” feeling. Cringe-worthy.  But I believe it will be worth it all in the end. Hopefully heathy, stronger nails.

If you have acrylic nails, why don’t you join me for a month? Send me your photos of your naked nails (NO OTHER naked pics, please! ?) at info@simplesolutionsdiva.com.

Clean Those Makeup Brushes!

Makeup Brushes – A Girl’s Best Friend! 

I use my makeup brushes every day. They are the tools of my trade! Years ago, when I started breaking out on my face, I realized that I needed to keep them clean. Turns out, the combination of old makeup and oils is just a breeding ground for germs!

So gather up a small bowl or cup, some baby shampoo and follow my easy steps for cleaning your makeup brushes!

 

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