Role Of Diet In Skincare: 8 Best Foods For Your Skin (Guest Post)

I was contacted by Sarah Smith with and asked if she could write a guest post about the…

Role of diet in skincare: 8 best foods for your skin

I for one am all about skin care and gladly accepted the request…take it away Sarah…


I’m sure you would have tried every lotion and cream on the market to soothe your skin woes. Even I did the same when those pesky pimples showed up. It improved my skin for a short period but didn’t work out in the long run.


I’ve always heard the saying “You are what you eat” So I gave it a shot and was quite surprised by the results. I got the glow I’ve always wanted!


It’s true that the beauty industry has countless solutions for your skin problems. But, nothing can come close to getting beautiful skin naturally.


I understood later that applying lotions and creams externally won’t nourish the skin from the inside. This is why most treatments offer temporary results.

Here are some powerhouse foods, which when consumed on a regular basis will help you get a gorgeous, healthy and glowing skin.  

  1.    Almonds

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Almonds are loaded with vitamin E and are one of the best sun blockers. Vitamin E in almonds protects your skin from harmful UV rays and other factors that damage your skin. It also helps in the maintenance of healthy hair and teeth. It is advised that you soak the almonds overnight before consuming to eliminate the toxic chemicals present in its coating. So don’t forget to take 7-8 almonds with your morning breakfast.  


  1.    Carrots

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This crunchy vegetable which has a delicious flavor contains antioxidants and an abundant amount of vitamin A. They’re also rich in vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen, a protein required to maintain skin elasticity. Drinking carrot juice regularly will contribute to getting rid of scars and blemishes. Also, carrots are a rich source of potassium, which helps to keep your skin hydrated. This makes it apt for people with dry skin. You can also refer to know about the vitamins that help to keep your skin healthy.  


  1.    Sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes skin care healthy eating habits


Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods that also hold a permanent place on the Thanksgiving menu. The skin of these potatoes is loaded with beta carotene. It is an antioxidant, which the human body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene fights the free radicals in the skin which is one of the reasons for aging. These potatoes are also an excellent source of iron, and they are highly recommended for people who don’t consume meat.


  1.    Walnuts

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This nut is packed with omega-3 which makes your skin glow. The fatty acids present in it help to improve skin elasticity, reduce skin inflammation and protect skin from harmful UV radiations. Vitamin E is also present in walnuts which will make your skin smooth and speed up healing. Also, the presence of vitamin B7 will strengthen your hair and improve its growth.


  1.    Tomatoes

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Tomatoes not only taste good but also keep your skin healthy. Tomatoes have lycopene, an antioxidant which works as a sunscreen from within. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, which are some of the ingredients used in acne-fighting products. If you want to control acne and excessive oiliness just mash a tomato and apply the pulp on your face. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes and wash off with water.


  1.    Green tea

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These days’ people of all over the world consume green tea due to the numerous health benefits associated with it. Drinking green tea regularly will improve the complexion of your skin, flush out toxins and heal blemishes. The antioxidants and tannins in green tea will help to treat puffy eyes and dark circles as well. Plus, the catechins in green tea are antibacterial agents that fight acne-causing bacteria and regulate hormonal imbalance.


  1.    Eggs

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First off eggs have two parts- yolk and white both of which are beneficial for hair and skin. Egg yolk nourishes and strengthens your hair. The whites have a significant amount of Vitamin A and collagen which helps to treat scars, wrinkles, and acne. When you apply egg white on your face regularly, it will tighten the skin, improve its texture, and smoothen it. Also, the iron content in eggs will provide your skin with fresh oxygen required for proper functioning.


  1.    Beetroot

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If you dream of getting a fair complexion, then beetroot juice is your safest option. Drinking the juice will work wonders towards lightening your skin complexion. It is also a natural blood purifier which will help to clear blemishes and reduce pigmentation. Beetroot is an excellent source of folate which is why it is recommended for people who are anemic


So who said beauty can be attained only by spending a fortune on cosmetic products? Eat healthy food and you can reverse the clock by keeping your skin young. If your inner body is healthy, it will reflect on the outside as well.


So you can bid your countless skin care products goodbye and say hello to healthy food!

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It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close.  The week has flown by and we didn’t do a fraction of the stuff we wanted to.

I have discovered that vacationing without kids leaves you wanting to do nothing but relax and catch up on sleep.  Oh…and eat at restaurants that you wouldn’t normally eat at because the bill, when you have 4 kids,  would give you a small heart attack.

We only visited with a couple friends which was disappointing as I was hoping to see more but apparently everyone has lives and don’t have the time to take out of their schedules to come visit.  Just in case that sounded bad let me explain myself.

We drove 5 hours to drop our kids off with my mother, then sat in an airport for 4 hours to wait and board a plane for an hour flight.  By the time we got to our destination it was 10pm and our day started at 8am.

I feel that if I spent all that time to get here then anyone wanting to see me could find the time to come where I am rather then me driving all over the place to visit everyone.  Especially since I already took 14 hours to get here.

But on a lighter note, I have enjoyed spending this time rebonding with my husband,  who I have discovered is truly my best friend and the person who I enjoy spending my time with the most.  Well, next to my kids who I have missed like crazy and can’t wait to hug and squeeze them.  

Apparently they have been asking grandma how many more sleeps until mommy and daddy come get them.  I’m quite certain grandma is now counting the sleeps as well.  

I’m not looking forward to getting up at 4am on Sat and starting our journey home again which is actually going to take longer than it did to get here but in the end seeing the friends and family that we did made the journey well worth it.

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So for now I’m going to enjoy our last 36 hours here…I’m going to sit by the pool, consume a few cocktails, eat some more great food, and embrace this time that I have left before the chaos returns. 


Guest Post ~ Teach Your Kids The Art Of Resistance To A Bad Diet

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Teach Your Kids the Art of Resistance to a Bad Diet ~ by ~ Mackenzie Fox

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. Being overweight can’t only harm your child’s health such as increase the risk of diabetes 2 and heart disease, but it can also take a heavy emotional toll of being overweight or obese. And the major culprit is – junk food.

Before the far reaching effects of our children’s unhealthy eating patterns continue into adulthood, turning us into a universally obese nation, it’s about time we start acting responsibly toward ourselves and our family. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

In an age of an all-pervading obesity crisis, being a mother can be tough. Commercially prepared and packaged food loaded with empty calories and flavor enhancing additives lurks from every supermarket shelf, TV ad and fast food restaurant chain. Although snacking on chips, cookies, cheese puffs and candy bars may seem as innocent as the adorable eyes of your little angel, the truth is far less palatable than you’d think.

As I am writing this, I am in between my meals, snacking on a handful of dried apples. Not only am I trying to reduce my daily calorie intake, but I am also setting an example for my little ones. Instead of gorging myself on vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, I’ve opted for a more nutritious (and less mouth-watering, I do admit) alternative. So, as a parent, what else can you do to help your children avoid the trap of eating junk food and becoming overweight, unhealthy and unhappy in the long run?

Youngsters need your help to develop healthy eating and drinking habits. When choosing your groceries, take a kid friendly approach. Actively involving your kids in the shopping process and meal preparation is a great way for them to learn the basics of healthy eating. Instead of reaching for the much loved salty snacks and a can of soda, teach them how to select a fresh looking pineapple or tomato and let them help out in the kitchen. Simple tasks such as washing lettuce or stirring a meal will make them feel involved and more motivated to eat.

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, but much more rewarding. Therefore, make a habit of celebrating healthy foods and eating together as a family. Kids love the routine! Don’t get your child become distracted with watching TV while eating – turn it off. By sticking to regular meal times and sitting together at the dinner table the kid will feel more inclined to eat whatever is on their plate. If the kids see you eating a suspiciously looking new vegetable, eventually they will be prompted to do the same.

But don’t expect any drastic change to happen overnight. If your little one is a picky eater who perceives raw tomatoes as wet, slimy and disgusting, be consistent, but flexible and creative. Try dipping them in an oil free sauce or serve a tomato juice instead. With children’s fear of the unknown, introduction of new foods takes time and some skill. As the saying goes, Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon does. Cultivate your child’s curiosity and encourage them to try new foods by simply having them available.

Whatever the approach, do not pressurize your child into eating new foods only because you know they’re healthy and nutritious. Instead, be patient, and let them try on their own. In the meantime, be as informative as you can about the health benefits and importance of eating a well balanced meal. Eventually, your kids will learn to accept that eating is about meeting long term goals, not short term satisfaction.

In the face of a growing obesity crisis, teaching your children how to eat healthy is the best way of investing in them and their carefree future. Creating healthy habits, not restrictions is about eating a variety of fresh, wholesome and nourishing foods with an occasional takeaway or energy dense dessert. As Thomas Edison once wisely predicted: The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.

I want to thank Mackenzie for her guest post and you can follow her on Twitter.



Welcome to the last #foodpornthursday!

Big Announcement. Please Read: I’m sorry to announce that this is the last week of #foodpornthursdays. Becky & I have loved being your hostesses, reading your fab recipes & having twitter banter with all of you. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our regular linkers who have been with us since week 1. And also a big thank you to the new linkers who have recently joined us.

It was a really tough decision to end our #foodpornthursdays linky. Both Becky & myself have second linkys & lots of kids lol so life has gotten busy & something had to give. I have been giving a lot of thought to the direction I’d like my blog to take & I’m really limited for writing time at the moment.

You can join join me in my linky, #momsterlink on Thursdays at 12pm PST (US); all types of posts are welcome to link up. You can join Becky in my #candidcuddles linky; posts that have a quote in them both written or a graphic are welcome to link up on Sunday at 6pm GMT.

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~Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe~

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

Tis the season for making soups.  I love to make big batches of them in the crockpot.  Actually I like anything that I can make in the crockpot.

This soup’s original recipe you can find here.  I found it to be a bit time consuming as far as prep work but the results were delicious.  And knowing that every ingredient I put in there was fresh puts a smile on my face.  I also adjusted the amounts in order to make enough for 6 people and have some left over.

The recipe I followed didn’t say anything about what to do with the bacon and so I used it as a topping at the end but the next time I make the soup I will put the bacon in upon putting the cream ingredient in.

I cut up my onion and threw it in while I cooked the sausage so that it would soak up all the yummy flavor from the sausage cooking.

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

I also added a couple tablespoons each of basil and oregano to the simmering meat and broth.

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

I added the creamy mixture and kale in about an hour before serving.  The recipe calls for only 30 minutes but I felt the kale needed a bit longer to cook.

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For toppings with the soup I did the bacon, green onions, and parmesan cheese. 😋

Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

I served with toasted parmesan buttered bread and a fresh salad.


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That’s A Wrap ~ Week 3

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It’s been pretty quiet on the home front this week.  **knocks on large piece of wood**  The kids finally had a full week of school and none of that stuff I dare speak of.  If you are wondering what I am referring to, and missed week 2, please refer to it there. 😖

I have been in the kitchen a lot this week…well more then I am usually in the kitchen.  I managed to use up all the ripened vegetables from the garden making a big batch of spaghetti sauce, salsa, and some yummy pasta salad.

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I am happy to report that soccer is coming to a close for my little monster M this weekend and for little monster B next weekend.  I am hoping to enjoy the break from the juggling of sports schedules for a minute before wrestling starts.That's A Wrap Week 3 weekly review blogging  Next year I will be juggling 3 different soccer schedules which my husband and I joked about just parking our camper in the parking lot at the sports complex and making a day of it.  Now I am thinking maybe we weren’t joking after all.

I realized today that I have seen these 5 little boys go from a group of scatter brained kids on the field to now working as a team and actually making it an enjoyable game to watch.  I hope that my son will have bonds with these kids throughout his life of growing up here in our small town.  I give kudos to all who make it possible for these sports to continue on.

My son had a his first little school performance this week and I wasn’t able to get any pictures.  Why you ask?  Well they invited all family members for each student.  This meant mothers, fathers, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and siblings…all in one tiny classroom…along with the 23 students and 1 teacher.  WITH NO AIR!That's A Wrap weekly review blogging  I about died!  Like seriously there was one point I thought I was going to pass out and hit the floor.  My son’s skit was first.  He was “Jack Be Nimble”.  Just as I was about to stand up and start taking video someone’s child, that they weren’t paying any attention to, crawled right onto my feet and I couldn’t stand up.  And I MISSED IT!That's A Wrap Week 3 weekly review blogging  To say I was upset is an understatement.  I then shot the mother of said child a look…she still wasn’t paying attention!  I didn’t want to pick the crawling toddler up for fear he may start screaming.  Not to mention I was holding my professional camera and there was nowhere to set it down.  So I got literally one picture of my son at the end before we left. 😁

He did such a great job though and I have come to the realization that my son is not shy what…so…ever.  I love to see how genuinely concerned him and his peers are about one another at this age.  So much innocence.  His teacher did a wonderful job of pulling it all together.  She has her hands full with 23 students in her class.

On the blogging front I wrote about my bad mommy moment and about how to get smart about your credit.  If you missed them please take a look.

I have a day filled with soccer and halloween decor today.  I can’t believe it’s the middle of the month already and I haven’t gotten out a single decoration.  Nor have I bought any to add to our collection.  Guess I will be hitting the clearance racks to find stuff to store away for next year.  If you would like to see our decor from last year click here.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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