Snack Healthy with Chips!

By Deanna Dunsmuir

A healthy food to snack on is hard to come by-especially when the most common snack food is in the form of a “chip”. So try this amazingly easy recipe to make kale chips!

What you’ll need:

A bag of kale (looks just like a bag of lettuce)

Salt

Pepper (optional)

Non-Fat Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Garlic Salt (optional)

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1.) Set your oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Line a baking pan with a baking sheet.

3) Take as much kale as you want to cook out of the bag (keep in mind the kale shrinks after it is cooked). Pull the leafs off of the “stems” and throw away the stems. Place the leafs on the baking sheet.

4) Spray the kale with the Olive Oil Spray. Then Sprinkle on the salt, some pepper (optional), and some garlic salt (optional).

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6). After 7 minutes turn the baking sheet around and cook for another 7 minutes.

7.) Take out the baking sheet and use the baking sheet paper to funnel the kale chips into a bowl.

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Now you have an amazing snack that’s healthy and a “chip”!

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Benefits of Kale:

Detoxification and Weight loss

Strengthen your Immune System

Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails

See Clearly and Bone Health

Anti-inflammatory

Click Here to Read More About Kale

Neon, Florals, and Color-Blocked Heels

By Deanna Dunsmuir

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Pink Peace Bracelet, Neon yellow shorts, pink harem pants, earrings, necklace, jeans, skirt, neon yellow bracelet, scarf, tank

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Jeans, Scarf, Swimsuit, shorts, dress, Jacket, Sunglasses, Jeweled Cuff

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Black/Blue/Green Pumps, Pink and White cut-out Heels, Neon/Beige Peep-Toe Heels, Silver/Purple/Mint Heels, Fuchsia/Print Heels

3 Steps to a Low-Carb Lunch

By Danielle Dunsmuir

Healthy Tomato Cup

What you’ll need:
Tomato
4oz Crab Meat (can sub for tuna fish)
2tbsp Mayo
Celery
Onion
Lemon juice

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Steps:
1. Cut around tomato stem & core tomato
2. In bowl mix crab meat, celery, onion, mayo, drizzle lemon juice
3. Mix together & stuff inside tomato

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Waaaaalaaaah!!! An amazing low-carb lunch!! Enjoy! Xoxo

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Get These Red Carpet Looks

By Danielle Dunsmuir

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Maria’s Look:
Too Faced – Sun bunny bronzer gives a golden glow $30 – Ulta
Braided Head Band $11.25 – Ulta
Ardel Fashion Lashes in 101 Demi $3.99 – drugstores

Halle’s Look
Drop Earrings $24 – Bebe
Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty Texturizing Spray $18.95 – Ulta
Neutrogena Healthy Skin $12.99 – Drugstores

Katy’s Look:
Anastasia Brow Wiz $21 – Ulta or Sephora
Urban Decay Naked2 eye shadow $50 – Ulta
Mint & Gold Bib Necklace $12.80 -Forever 21

Rhianna’s Look:
MAC RED lipstick $15 – MAC Cosmetics
Ombre Clip in Hair Extensions – price may vary – Hello Gorgeous
Quartz Top in Ruby $45 – Sabo Skirt

My Favorite Beauty Products

By Deanna Dunsmuir

Here are the beauty products that I absolutely love and use daily.

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Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion: this is my daily moisturizer. I love this product because it is so light and airy-I don’t feel like I just lathered body lotion on my face. My skin is dry-not oily-and this lotion is light enough to not feel like its clogging my pores-but thick enough to moisturize my skin.

Moroccan Oil Hair Spray– I use this product because it is not a super-strong hold. I like to set in my waves but I also hate stiff hair. This is a very light hair spray-and the major plus is that it smells amazing!

Glo Essentials Shine Serum– I apply this serum to my hair while it’s still wet. It makes my hair easier to brush through after a shower and it adds shine without making my hair feel oily.

Jergens Natural Glo-This lotion really does make you look tanner. After I’ve used it for a few consecutive days people are always commenting on how I have a great tan glow. They recently came out with the added “firming” lotion which is a great component.

Neutrogena Clear Pore Toner: I love toner. I think it is an absolute necessity when it comes to skin care. I have tried toners from all sides of the spectrum-CVS brand to high-end toners, and this toner is the best of both worlds. The drugstore brands are way too light-and the high-end brands are extremely over-priced. This toner is strong and inexpensive.

Prime Time Foundation Primer from Bare Minerals: This I apply to my face before putting on my make-up. It evens out my skin so that my make-up has a more airbrushed look. I like this product because it is light and makes my skin feel like satin.

Glo theraputics Refreshing Mist: If you try nothing else from this list-please-please try this product, or at least a mist spray. This is the most amazing beauty product I’ve ever owned. I carry this refreshing mist with me everywhere and I spray my face with it all throughout the day. It does not smear or smudge make-up at all- it simply makes your skin feel super refreshed! Whenever I am tired at mid-day I use this spray and feel rejuvenated. This spray has tons of vitamins that replenish skin and is meant to be sprayed over make-up.

Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Cooling Masque– I hate black heads and unexpected break-outs. So I use this mask two-fold-for a weekly mask, and for spot treatment. As a mask, this is stronger than anything you’d find in a drug store, it also has eucalyptus, so as it’s on your face it will make you feel relaxed and it will open-up your sinuses. As a spot treatment, I dab this mask onto spots that are already broken out or that I know is about to, I go about my tasks at home with it on and then I wash it off. It does dramatically dry up break-out spots.

Hapuna Beach Spray– This product I spray into my hands and than scrunch my hair up and down once or twice-letting it air dry or using a diffuser attachment on my blow-dryer. It creates a natural beachy hair look-like the perfect waves you get after jumping in the ocean-there are even sea shells in it!

OPI Cucumber Massage-This is the my guilty pleasure purchase.  This is a cucumber lotion that I apply before doing an at-home manicure or pedicure. Not only does it make your skin feel amazing but it gives you that feel of a salon mani-pedi.

Sock Bun– This is truly an amazing invention-as simple as it is. I use this to create the high-bun that is so in-fashion and so cute! First you put your hair into a high-ponytail, next slide the sock bun through the pony tail. Finally twist your hair around it so the sock bun is covered and bobby-pin your hair down into the sock bun. They come in most natural hair colors-blonde-to black. I bought mine from H&M-but I see them in beauty supply stores and drugstores.

Moroccan Argon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: This product line smells amazing! It also leaves my hair feeling clean, shiny, and not oily or heavy. Whenever I buy a new shampoo or conditioner to try out I always buy a travel size-if they have it- but I will definetly be purchasing the regular sizes once this is through. They were each about $5 at Ulta for the travel size.

Remembering Trayvon Martin

In honor of the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death-on the night of February 26th 2012, I am posting an article I had written for a different publication following the tragedy.

By DEANNA DUNSMUIR

Artists Express Compassion in Elmwood Park

NJ–Walking up to the Messina Deli in Elmwood Park, there is a camera crew set up with their lens pointed at a mural on the side of the building’s long concert wall. The mural is a large painting of a hooded figure, a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed on Feb. 26. The camera crew is an international film crew making a documentary of public support to send to the Martin family.

The artists, Carmelo Sigona, aka Snow and Ray Demer quickly approach to shake my hand and introduce themselves. They haven’t been back to the mural since their press coverage more than a month ago when they first did the painting.

Carmelo Sigona, aka Snow and Ray Demer standing in front of their tribute to Trayvon.

Carmelo Sigona, aka Snow and Ray Demer in front of their tribute.

“Initially it was just supposed to be a day of going out to paint, it started out with the hooded character, and we were talking about current events and, you know, Trayvon Martin having been fatally shot, so we decided to shout him out,” Sigona said.

The morning after the artists finished the painting press swarmed to cover the story. “We were contacted by the ACLU and everyone from Fox News, and channels 2, 4, 7 and 9 were here,” the artists said

Snow has “created stage sets, props, album covers and backdrops for numerous music industry icons: Will Smith, Wu Tang Clan, Gangstarr, Mobb Deep and Chris Brown to name a few,” states his bio on flydragonstudio.com. His work has been covered in Time and People magazine. And now his and Demer’s work will be included in the documentary that will be sent to the Martin family, showing support and representing the activism of Bergen County.

“This is to show support from the urban art community,” said Sigona.

America Concerned about Death of Young Black Men

The death of Martin sparked protests across the country. Scores of supporters of the Martin family were outraged that no legal actions were taken against Zimmerman for shooting the unarmed teen. The lack of action led the public to protest what they see as stereotyping.

The death of this young black male spurred local residents of Bergen County to take action in support of Martin, including a march in Englewood in March.

Experts say that Martin’s race and hoodie symbolize stereotypes perpetrated by the media, which are dangerous depictions of black males.

According to the Opportunity Agenda, an organization dedicated to making connections from data to opportunities, the death of Martin may be an outcome of the depiction of young black males in the media.

“Among the many factors that influence the opportunities and achievements of black men and boys are public perceptions and attitudes toward them as a group, and their own self-perceptions as well. One of the most important avenues for maintaining (or changing) these perceptions is the mass media, with its significant power to shape popular ideas and attitudes, ” states the report.

For many years it has been known that African Americas have been stereotyped in the media, among other races and ethnicity’s, however in the case of Martin, and others alike, these stereotypes can have consequences.

“Perceptions are important because they determine, in part, people’s decisions and actions [such as] a higher likelihood of being shot by police.” wrote Eleni Delimpaltadaki on the site.

Zimmerman Accused of Second Degree Murder

As much as media may have had to do with the stereotyping of Martin, so has it been effecting the now charge against Zimmerman of second degree murder. Public opinion went rampant on the internet with social media sites, blogs and posted videos and articles of protests, putting pressure on the legal system to take action.

“In the same way that Martin’s supporters credit social media with generating public pressure for an arrest, the platform now could provide Zimmerman’s attorneys an advantage in preparing their defense,” stated an NPR article on May 3.

Zimmerman’s bail was made, at $150,000, with money raised through the web for his defense.

Englewood Marches for Justice

On March 25, a march was held in Englewood to honor Martin.

The march began at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where nearly 500 people donned hoodies and sought to bring justice, for at the time, the yet-to-be prosecuted shooter who has claimed self defense, reported North Jersey.com. Zimmerman, the shooter, was a part of the neighborhood watch.

The Bergen County NAACP chapter and the Mount Calvary Baptist church organized the march.

Sergeant of the Englewood police department and President of the NAACP Bergen County chapter, Anthony Cureton, was in attendance.

In the past Cureton talked about controversial shootings involving police officers, stating, “The question comes by did they make the right decision, well, I’ll never make their decision, they have to live with that.”

Englewood is a city of rich history and a long line of African American history, and it is also a very active one-being one of the first Bergen County areas to organize a march for Martin.

Cureton himself adds to awareness in his city, by participating in speaking engagements about gang awareness and the religion and is a previous member of the Englewood adolescent health council. Currently Cureton is on the Englewood advisory board and education board.

The sergeants’ efforts as an activist and officer allows for education on both sides, he said.

“One officer asked me a couple weeks ago, high ranking officer in another city, why do blacks, always believe, you know, cops are out there abusing them? Historically, you know, the history kind of dictates the future,” Cureton said at a speaking engagement addressing Bergen County officers.

Although Cureton struggles with educating both sides on misconceptions he does feel Martin was stereotyped.

“Here’s a young man walking in a hoodie, and he was perceived to be one thing, when he wasn’t,” Cureton said of Martin in an article by The Record.

Although Martin was a neighborhood watchman, Cureton speaks to police officers, stating they are mostly out to protect communities and not harm them.

“I don’t see a cop waking up in the morning wanting to abuse someone, I can’t say there aren’t any out there, or use excessive force, to the point of killing someone… I just don’t see that. And I guess personally from my own judgment and experience of that last judgment call –that’s the one thing society has to learn, now a days that judgment call could be misinterpreted,” he said.

A Voice of the Future Generation of Bergen County

Among the Englewood residents who were touched by the death of Martin is Kathy Del Sid, 20, and graduate from Dwight Murrow High School.

“It’s sad that some, whose jobs are supposed to be protecting us, are the ones who are endangering us and we can’t really do anything about it because the government is basically allowing them to get away with that kind of behavior,” Del Sid said.

Cureton expresssed a sense of tolerance and lack of divided lines in his city, yet younger Englewood residents such as Del Sid are not shocked, by what she feels is an injustice, in other parts of the country.

“As sad as it is I am not surprised that tragedies [like Martin’s] happen without any serious consequences or punishments,” she said.

Even though the city of Englewood has come a long way of its division in the 60s and 70s, Del Sid hopes her generation enforces fair consequences today.

“Although this generation has become a violent one, [certain people] getting away with crimes that [someone else] would have huge consequences for does not help in any way,” she said.

Craving Pizza? Try This Low-Calorie High-Protein Option!

By Deanna Dunsmuir

With Winter finally dying down, the idea of putting on a bathing suit is creeping up on us. However-its still too cold to want to hop out of bed and go for a jog or to stop eating those high-calorie foods. The number one cheat-food for me is pizza. So, I decided to try to create a low-calorie high-protein alternative.

All you need is an oven-or toaster oven-a whole wheat wrap (look for low-fat/high-protein wraps, calories should be under 150 per wrap and fat calories should be under 20 per wrap), whatever veggies your like, a jar of  already-made tomato sauce (its low-calorie in nature) and some vegan mozzeralla cheese (high protein in nature) or a bag of shredded non-fat mozzeralla (found in the dairy isle of Super Markets).

1. If using a toaster oven cover the tray in tin-foil (if using an oven use a baking sheet and cooking tray). Lay the wrap on the tin foil or baking sheet. Next, use a spoon and add the tomato sauce to the wrap. (I like to add hot-flakes to the sauce for a little spice)

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2. Now add your veggies. I have used artichokes, peppers, onions, really anything I am in the mood for.

3. Finally add your cheese on top.

4. Place the pizza in the toaster oven for about 5-10 minutes on toast or bake. If using an oven set to 350 degrees and start with 5 minutes -keep adding 5 minutes after to check on status.

Here are some low-calorie, high-protein pizzas I’ve made:

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Top it off with some Skinny Girl wine (I love the California White or Rosé) and Enjoy!

Inside the Make-up Bag of a Make-up Artist

By Danielle Dunsmuir

Please Feel Free to Comment Below if you have any questions on these products or comments! Xoxo!

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#1 MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle: I love this just above my cheek bones for a soft glow & quick highlight
#2 Loreal True Match powder in W5: this is used with a big face brush to set my liquid foundation and blend my contour
#3 Benefit’s Watt’s UP!: It’s a highlighter on one end and a blending sponge on the other LOVE this! Great on most skin tones!
#4 Miliani baked Blush in Rose D’Oro:  This is a cheaper version of NARS Orgasm blush
#5 MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara in Black: This is a double wand mascara one brush for naughty thick lashes & the other for finer detailing or bottom lashes!
#6 Loreal True Match Liquid in W5 Sand Beige : Can’t live without this product!
#7 EOS lip balm in pink grapefruit: This is cute packaging, lasts forever, smells delish and goes on so smooth!
#8 Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75: I use this to contour my face with a matte bronzer
#9 Ulta Brand lip liner in the color Flesh: One of the best nude liners
#10 NYX Eye shadow base in White Pearl: Great product doesn’t crease your shadows!
#11 Victoria Secret Color Lust Lip Lacquer in Overwelm: Great alone or for layering!
#12 Bebe desire: Nice smelling mini perfume
#13 Mac lipstick in the color Hue: I always get complements on this color its a nude/pinkish color
#14 Sephora Blush Brush
#15 my old trusty CVS brand Face Powder brush