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April 2012

In Tips on
April 27, 2012

How to Make a Milkshake without Ice Cream

How to make a milkshake without ice cream


For this week’s DIY  I decided to mix it up and make something yummy, a milkshake without ice cream.



  1. Gather your ingredients: Milk (or a lactose-free substitute), sugar (or a sugar substitute), vanilla extract, a glass, blender, and ice.
  2. Fill your glass 75% full with ice.
  3. Add milk until it is just below the ice.
  4. Add a very small amount of vanilla extract (the exact amount is your preference).
  5. Cover the ingredients with a layer of sugar.
  6. Blend until ice is finely chopped (think slushy or even finer consistency).
  7. Enjoy/murder the bird that chirped throughout the whole video.

Let me know what you think after you’ve tried out this recipe! I’d love your feedback. 


In Beauty, My Journal on
April 26, 2012

My Experience With Using Henna Natural Dye

Before (direct sunlight), after first wash, second time after two washes. It looks a little more like picture #2 in real life and on camera.

On Earth Day I experimented with using Henna hair dye for the first time. I don’t know too much about Henna yet so if I say something that doesn’t sound right, let me know!

It was weird…. I’m definitely more used to box hair dye from the drugstore.

I purchased Caca Rouge Mama from Lush (the reddest color they make). It was my first time at Lush, the store was wonderful.

[Update: I use this henna now as a mix in with my DIY red color depositing conditioner and prefer it over this method.]

Here is the instructions, as explained by Lush:

  1. Cut the henna block up into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Add hot water and any other additives you’d like and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.
  3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.
  4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.
  5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.

The only thing I changed was that I repeated the entire process twice. I didn’t think it was red enough the first time so I repeated it because I had read that Henna builds up in your hair over time and gets more vibrant. It didn’t quite work out for me. My hair is redder but not as bright as I wanted it to be. I was hoping for more of an orangy-red rather then dark auburn.

My thoughts on the whole experience? I’m not sure I would do it again since I had no guarantee of the color I want. It’s great that it doesn’t damage my hair like other dyes do but I didn’t love the process. When I was trying to wash it out, I had a lot of trouble. I think it took over five minutes of massaging my scalp before I could get the product out.

What I may try is adding additional ingredients to my Henna. I’ve read of people adding honey, tea, coffee, etc. to manipulate the color and make it brighter. I’ve also been reading up on Henna glazes and those seem nice to add a little color but not too drastic of a change.

Henna is permanent so I’m stuck with this color for awhile. What I’m going to do to make it more to my liking is using honey lighting treatments to make the color brighter. I’d like to note though that I do look better now in pink! Haha.

So that is my review of the Caca Rouge Mama from Lush. I’m curious now how other henna’s measure up.

Have you used Henna before? What was your experience? Do you have any tips?


In Happiness, Review on
April 24, 2012 Review – Challenge Yourself Daily Review

These past 10 days I’ve been obsessed with a website called Daily Challenge by MeYouHealth. I’m pretty horrible at explaining things so here is a summary from the website themselves:

Make small changes to your life every day

The first step when you sign up is to take a quiz to find out your well-being score. This score is meant to help you track your progress as you play. Then every morning you sign in and see what your challenge is. As you answer challenges and engage with other challengers (you respond to other people’s posts on how they did on challenges and join “pacts” for motivation to complete the challenges) then you get more points. Points then can turn into coins and then a certain amount of coins can turn into a key. When you get a key you can unlock a series of special challenges based on a theme. It sounds complicated but it only took me a week to be able to unlock (with my key, haha) a challenge series.

The different tracks you can choose from are Self Esteem, All Day Energy, Better Eating, Natural Living, and many more. It took me 15 minutes to decide which one I wanted to pick first.

You don’t have to specialize though. The “Everyday Well-Being” track that you start out with gives a good variety of challenges.

How challenging are the challenges?

It depends on you. I haven’t had any trouble with them. Most of the challenges take less then 10 minutes to do.

What kind of challenges?

They vary. In the Everyday Wellbeing challenges there could be a quick exercise (like doing 5 squats) and other times it is reading an article about skin cancer. You don’t know until the day starts!

Lately I’ve been starting my day by singing on to this site. The points I earn and the relationships I make with other people on the site make me want to sign in every day!

If you want to join, go to Once you are in, invite me as a connection (like a friend’s list) so that we can help motivate each other!

Have you challenged yourself today?

In Beauty, Review, Sponsored on
April 17, 2012

My Favorite Skincare Products


Shown in the video above are my favorite skincare products and a puppy cameo! Skincare has always been one of my favorite beauty topics!

The best skincare products

The first two products I mentioned is the Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Cleanser and the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I love both of these for basically the same reasons, they don’t hurt my eyes and they are free of many potential irritants.  Yes to Cucumbers has slight fragrances so if you need fragrance free, go for Cetaphil. Perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. I’ve been battling with my sensitive skin a lot the past few years, click here to see a video explaining my experiences with Eczema. I plan on doing an update soon to let you know how it is affecting me currently.

The last cleanser mentioned has been my favorite since October when I first tried out the product for review, the X Out Wash-In Treatment (c/o). I love it because it has really cleared out my acne. I’m so impressed with the results, I don’t think my skin has been this clear since I was a child. See all of my posts about X Out so far here.

For my favorite moisturizers, I love using Cetaphil’s moisturizer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the body and for the face I love Naturopathica’s Beech Tree and Ginseng Moisturizer (c/o). Naturopathica’s moisturizer feels so luxurious and thick without the drawback of clogging your pores.

I will be doing an updated skincare routine in a few months. I’m just weeding out some products I’ve accumulated over the years so I can save a little money and be a little greener. I have more information on that here.

For disclosure purposes, I have received products from Yes to Cucumbers (although not in over a year, I’ve purchased the cleanser a few times since then), Naturopathica, and X Out. This doesn’t change my opinion in any way. I wouldn’t keep using products I didn’t like. I just wanted to make sure I’m entirely clear, full disclosure is really important to me.

The best skincare products for dry and sensitive skin

My often rude but cute dog Pinky says hello! He was voiced by my silly fiance, Chris.

What are your favorite skincare products? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out.


In Review on
April 9, 2012

Travalo Review


I got the opportunity last month to try out the Travalo, a portable perfume atomizer that you can easily fill up your favorite perfumes with. It is TSA approved and the 5 ML bottle contains 65 sprays! Perfect for traveling. See the above video for more information and a Travalo review.

Travalo review

To enter:

1. Like Travalo and on Facebook.

2. Post on Travalo’s Facebook page: “rebeccakelsey sent me from her Travalo giveaway video: ” (or something to that effect)

3. Wait! In one week on April 15, I will randomly choose 10 winners. I will need to message the winners to get their address so if you enter, make sure I will be able to contact you.

Thank you Travalo for giving me the opportunity to try out these products and for sponsoring this giveaway!

What is your favorite perfume? Let me know in the comments!

Just in case you were wondering, my rose gold inspired nails are Essie A Cut Above over Zoya Jules.

In My Journal on
April 3, 2012

Photo Journey: Exploring and Beach Sunsets

I recently went on a little adventure with my Dad and Sister. We went on a low-impact nature trail and saw a sunset on the beach. Here is our photo journey.

Photo journey

Such a lovely day.

Photo journey

Not sure why it blurred like this but I love it! It looks like we are going into a secret world.

Photo journey

Why did I look away? N

Photo journey

I bet this tree is old enough to kill an original vampire in TVD! 0.o

At the end of the path was a beautiful field with the neighborhood dog playing! We got lots of sloppy kisses.

Photo journey

A strange abandoned facility. The inside was very strange.

Photo journey

My dutch-french side braid.

Photo journey

The end to a fun evening.

 Have you been on any adventures recently? Share in the comments!