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Angela Lanter

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Nourage Hair Vitamins

I’m a major vitamin advocate. I’ve been taking the supplement, Biotin, daily since I was about 18 years old. I lost my eyelashes when I was a senior in high school and ever since then I’ve had to take supplements to keep them from falling out again. I’ll talk about what I do specifically for my lashes in another post. 
Biotin not only helped my eyelashes, but also benefited my hair, skin and nails. The downfall of Biotin is that you have to take it daily. For the rest of your life. Let me just tell you, that gets old really fast.
So a friend told me about Nourage hair vitamins. She had seen that Kyle Richards on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had finally given up her secret to her insanely gorgeous hair.. And it’s these little beauties! I have to admit, I’ve been obsessing over Kyle’s beautiful locks for as long as I can remember, so I’ve searched online many times for her secret. Now I know! 
I’m now on month two of this supplement. It’s not cheap, coming in at $59.95 for a one month supply. The catch here though is that you don’t have to take it for the rest of your life.. Winner! You take three pills in the morning and three pills at night for eight months. After those eight months are up, you take a one to two month break from the supplement. After your break, you continue usage for another two months. At that point you’re done! Ten months and that’s it! After that, a one to two month supply yearly is recommended to keep up the results. 
My first month, I was really terrible at taking these like I was supposed to. Now I’m on a schedule and not missing any doses. I haven’t yet noticed any crazy difference, but I have noticed that my hair seems a little shinier than usual (maybe it’s wishful thinking since it’s still early on!) I’ll keep you guys posted on the results as I continue my usage!
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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

When it came time to ask my bridesmaids to be in my wedding, I wanted to do it in the most original way possible. My bridesmaids are spread out all over the country so I wanted to mail them each a “Bridesmaid Invitation” with a personal touch. 
I googled and Pinterested and searched high & low to find some good ideas.. But I came up with a big fat nothing. 
That’s when I decided to get creative. I found the most amazing cookie designer on Etsy at Ali’s Sweet Tooth who made up these gorgeous cookies for each of my girls! 
I mean how gorgeous are these? Every part of the cookie is edible! She even sprayed the wording with glitter which just made the cookie sooooo pretty.
But the cookie wasn’t enough pizazz.. I needed something more. I expressed my ideas to the owner of the Etsy cookie shop and she referred to one of her fellow Etsy friends over at Crafts by Rosa. I immediately fell in love with Rosa’s work while looking through her current listings on her Etsy shop! So I messaged Rosa, gave her the info regarding the cookies being made and she came up with these personalized suitcases:
I found the saying on Pinterest, “I found my man.. But I still need my girls” and I had to use it. So I gave this saying to Rosa and she used it for my luggage tag! The suitcase was the best idea ever since most of my maids are traveling to be at my big day.
My favorite part of it is when you opened your box and read the luggage tag, you then slid open the suitcase and read “Will you be my bridesmaid?” 
I also included in each box a personal note from me which included: personal inside jokes, reasons why I want them to be my bridesmaid, crazy requests I may make, etc. Some were sappy, others were funny but all were unique in their own special way!
Hope this inspires you to be a little creative today!

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Healthy Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff

I came across a recipe for Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff over at The Shrinking Jeans Blog, which I found via Pinterest. Beef Stroganoff is a regular on the menu here at my house, so I was excited to find a much healthier option. It’s 4 WW points without the pasta! I love to make organic choices whenever possible, so I always try to use organic meats, dairy, canned goods & produce.
The recipe is definitely worth a try. It’s not as good as beef stroganoff made with full fat sour cream (and also not as fattening either!) But it’s still rather tasty and so simple that you just have to try give it a try!
Ingredients:
– 1 lb. of chicken breast (already in the crock pot in the above photo!)
– 1 can of 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom Soup
– 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
– 16 oz. of fat free sour cream
– Egg noodles
Put your chicken in the crock pot. Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl. Add some fresh ground pepper. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Check the internal temperature of your chicken to know when it’s done. I cooked mine on low for about 1.5 hours then on high for another 1.5 hours.

Remove your chicken from the crockpot and shred it. You can use forks, I prefer to shred it in my mixer- so easy!
Mix your shredded chicken back into your stroganoff sauce.
Instead of using your typical egg noodles, I used whole grain noodles.. I didn’t really notice a difference. So much healthier!
Here’s the finished product! Enjoy!

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