Monday, May 28, 2012

Announcing the Winner for the EclosBeauty Skincare Line

Hello World!  Happy Memorial Day to all of my American readers!  Before I get too wrapped up in our Memorial Day festivities, I thought I would take a moment and do a quick post announcing the winner of the fabulous, skincare line, EclosBeauty.  


The winner is Number 119, twifanheather of All Ruby Cakes.  Congratulations on your win!  You will absolutely love it!!  I will email you to get your address.  


Also, I must thank everyone for all of the sweet, sweet comments about how great I looked.  Some of them truly brought tears to my eyes.  It wasn't easy putting pictures of myself without makeup for all to see.  But, we are all pretty in our own way, regardless of what Hollywood or the fashion magazines say.  We are all great beauties!  If only we would see ourselves like our Heavenly Father sees us!  


Thank you to everyone who made the second giveaway here at The Dedicated House a success!  Come back soon for a visit.  I have another surprise and I will be revealing the dining room flooring.  


Much love to all.  Wishing everyone a grand day and remember to be kind to one another.  


Toodles,
Kathryn

Friday, May 25, 2012

Don't Forget About the Current Giveaway

Hello World!  Don't forget to enter for an opportunity to win a great skincare line here at The Dedicated House.  It will be open until Sunday evening for entries.   You will even see pictures of me without makeup.  Gasp!  Follow the link here to check it out!


Wishing all a wonderful, fun-filled, relaxing, holiday weekend!  Remember to be kind to one another. 

Toodles,
Kathryn

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ready for Some Beautiful Skin and a Giveaway? Then #EclosBeauty is the answer!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ├ęclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
As my family and friends know, I'm a little obsessed about my skin.  When you are whiter than white, one needs to be careful about sun exposure and keeping the wrinkles at bay.  I'm always on the lookout for new products that will keep my skin looking smooth and as close to wrinkle free as possible.  
EclosBeauty was kind enough to send me one of their sample packets to try out on my skin for a week.  
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The researchers for EclosBeauty have found that Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple, show tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin.  It helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin.  Sounds like good news to me.
Here is a picture of me first thing in the morning without makeup before I used EclosBeauty for a week.  Look at those tired eyes.  Definitely need a lot more sleep than I'm currently getting.  I used all of the products in the kit for a week, faithfully.  Here's a short breakdown of what comes in the EclosBeauty kit.  
  • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep
  • Cellular Activator Facial Serum
  • Restorative Eye Cream
  • Skin Renewal Clay Mask
  • Instant Radiance Facial Scrub
  • Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream 
Click on the link to learn more about these great products.  ├ęclos Skin Care  After using all of the products for a week, my skin was definitely smoother.  Also, it seemed as if the pores were a lot smaller as well.  I loved the way it felt on my skin.  It didn't feel heavy like a lot of products feel.  So, are you ready to see an after picture with no make up as well as one with make up?

The eyes are much better, but the hair...oh my.  Here's a picture with make up and the unruly hair pulled back.

Seriously, these products are great!  I believe in them so much, that I will be giving away one of their fabulous skin care kits.  
Here's what you need to do to enter the giveaway.
  • Be a Google or Linky follower.  Leave me a comment stating that you are a current follower or are becoming a follower.  This  will count as one entry.
  • Leave a comment stating which of the products listed above you would love to use and are excited about.  
​The giveaway will be open until Sunday, May 27th at 10pm cst.  I'll announce the winner on Monday, May 28th.

So, come on, enter for a great opportunity to love on your skin.  Wishing all a grand day and remember to be kind to one another.

Toodles,
Kathryn
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Our Favorite Key Lime Pie

Hello World!  Hope all are happy and well.  Today I want to share with you our favorite Key Lime Pie recipe.  With the hot, summer months approaching, this  is such a nice, cool dessert.  I made this for our Mother's Day celebration lunch for my Mom.  It was a hit!  Didn't bring any home.  


Here's what you will need for the Key Lime Pie:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons white sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs
1/2 cup key lime juice
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cream of tartar
1 lime, sliced


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter.  Press into a 9 inch pie plate and bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.


Separate 2 of the eggs, placing the two egg whites into a mixing bowl.  Reserve the yolks in another bowl.


To the yolks, add one whole egg, lime juice and sweetened condensed milk.  Whisk until smooth.  With clean mixer blades or a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until stiff, but not dry.  Fold whites into the filling mixture.  Pour filling into partially baked crust.


Bake in preheated 325 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until set.  Let cool at room temperature, then freeze for 4 hours to overnight. 


Here's what you will need for Sweetened Whipped Cream: 
Always start with cream right from the fridge, and chill your bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes.  


1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


In chilled medium bowl, beat all ingredients with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.  


 My baked graham cracker crust.  It might help to spray the bottom with a shot of Pam so the crust removes easily when cutting.  You will not be sorry you made your crust over the store bought graham cracker crusts.  This crust is delish!!
 The filling all whipped up.  
 Prior to freezing.
 I use Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime Juice.  
 Fresh from the freezer. 
Yummy sweetened whipped cream.

Sorry, I don't have a picture of the pie, with the whipped cream and sliced lime all put together.  I took it over to my sister's house in pieces and forgot to take a picture once it was all together.  

I know you will enjoy this!  That's it for today.  Thank you for the visit, my sweets.  Wishing all a grand day and remember to be kind to one another.  

Toodles,
Kathryn


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