GretchCannon

11.27.2016

Holiday Gift Guide For Her - Cozy!

I love putting together gift guides this time of year! It helps me shop and I hope it helps you shop!
I think you all might like this one - the theme I created was for the special chicka in your life - bestie, girlfriend, Mom, sister, daughter, etc... anyone who loves all things COZY!!

Click on the shoppable images below and let me know what you end up getting!
I can TOTALLY keep a secret!



I feel like I want ALL of these for myself as well.  RIGHT?!

The soft blanket with the pom pom balls on it and the flannel shoes might be my favorite picks right now! The PJs are so cute and comfy, the candles are a great deal, the socks are adorable, the cookie decor and mug are so fun. Yep. I'll take it all. 

Stay tuned for more gift guides this holiday season! I can't wait!



XOXO,
GretchCannon




11.20.2016

November Favorites & NEW YouTube Video


I hope everyone is having a beautiful November! I've got favorites!

Check out the link to the video below, and all of the links and tags. 
Watch the video here, or click the video clip below: 


*PRODUCTS MENTIONED*

Drink Order: Skinny Peppermint Mocha Frappachino with Almond Milk & No Whip

External Charger: https://bit.ly/2gzaasT

iPhone Charger: https://bit.ly/2gbgqUe


Leopard Pillows:  (Home Goods; similar - https://bit.ly/2gbhnMn

Magazines: https://bit.ly/2gz658m


Pecans: https://bit.ly/2gzfpsH

Face Cleaner: http://bit.ly/2gbmyw3

Contour Palette: http://bit.ly/2gbrT6d 

Liquid Lip (Bow & Arrow): http://bit.ly/2gbmU5x

*WHAT I'M WEARING*

Outfit:

Blue Shirt: http://bit.ly/2f1dasR


Earrings: http://bit.ly/2eQGgOa

Bracelets: http://bit.ly/2dT5IkR


Beaded Bracelet: https://bit.ly/2gzbaNU (15% off w/ code "Gretchen15")

Choker: http://bit.ly/2gbnMHy

Necklace: http://bit.ly/2bPg0DF

Ring: http://bit.ly/2gbq3m8

Nail Polish (Size Matters): http://bit.ly/2dfoGnB

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Face:

Primer: 
http://bit.ly/2fJp3HD

Foundation: http://bit.ly/2g42PAw

Concealer (Fair): http://bit.ly/2ds8rlz

Powder (Sheer): http://bit.ly/2dT0Try

Bronzer/ Contourhttp://bit.ly/2gbrT6d 

Blush - (Pale Pink 9): http://bit.ly/2dT2XzM

Highlighter (Champagne Pop): http://bit.ly/2dfs6XF

Setting Spray: http://bit.ly/2dT15XH

Brows, Eyes:

Brow Pencil (Dark Brown): http://bit.ly/2dfsvJJ

Brow Gel (Clear): http://bit.ly/2dfso0H

Brow Mousse (Medium Brown): http://bit.ly/2dT3fqc

Highlighter Pencil (Light): http://bit.ly/2dT2ayP

Eyeshadow Palette: https://bit.ly/2dfsQvS; Lid Shadow - http://bit.ly/2dT13ze

Eye Liner (Trooper): http://bit.ly/2dfrdhC

False Lashes: http://bit.ly/2dT1Tfe

Mascara (Bottom Lashes): http://bit.ly/2dfuVYD;  (Top Lashes): http://bit.ly/2dT1aL3

Lips:

Liquid Lip (Bow & Arrow): http://bit.ly/2gbmU5x


Lip Gloss (Tiramisu): http://bit.ly/2gzetEH

*Follow Me On Instagram!*

https://www.instagram.com/gretchcannon/

*Use Ebates When You Shop!*

What are YOUR favorites for November?
Have you tried or purchased anything I mentioned? 

Comment below!

XOXO,
GretchCannon

11.15.2016

5 Easy Steps to Spray Tan Prep

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.
All opinions are mine alone. #WetSkinMoisturizer #CollectiveBias


5 Easy Steps to Spray Tan Prep


I have been so excited to share with you all what I do the night before I spray tan to prep my skin!
I get asked about this a lot, especially on Snapchat for some reason when I mention tanning.

I usually get a spray tan on Mondays because there is a place in my town that offers a $10 Monday special, so I definitely always try to take advantage of that deal. And, I love to have a tan in the fall
and winter months, because I feel so pale and it helps my skin look glowing and more radiant.

This ritual that I usually do on Sunday nights really helps prep my skin for an even tan the next day and it helps the tan last all week long and look luminous until I go in again for my next appointment!

You will need your choice of the following items: Loofah or sponge, soap, a razor, and an in-shower moisturizer. I recently found Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Cherry Almond Essence, which is easy to use and works especially well in these colder months and before and after you spray tan, when your skin is so super thirsty. You don't need any additional lotion when you get out of the shower, so it is super convenient to use every day.





Night Before Spray Tan Prep - 5 simple steps!

1. Exfoliate and Shave in the shower. Use a loofah or sponge, your favorite soap and razor.
This step makes sure your skin is super smooth and prepped for your moisture and your tan.


2. Apply Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer on your wet skin in the shower, BEFORE you dry off.
Use about a dime-sized amount on each arm and a quarter-sized amount on each leg.


3. Dry Off as normal. The product immediately absorbs for faster moisturizing.
It is lightweight on your skin and not sticky at all. My skin feels so soft all day after using this.


4. Get Dressed for bed. There is no need for any more products after you dry off!
Get a good night's sleep and make sure you have your tanning appointment booked.


5. Go Tanning the next day. Rinse off the morning of your appointment, go get your spray tan,
let it soak in for at least 8 hours, then shower and apply this again to lock in your tan and moisture!


I hope that helps! One day I can create a tutorial solely based on what you do IN the tanning booth to
prep for your tan, if you guys would like to see that. I think this step by step should really help you get prepped for your tan, and keep your skin moisturized so your tan is even and lasts longer.


I bought the product at my local Walmart store, so I took a couple of photos of the aisle and the placement in that aisle when I last went shopping to help you easily find it at your store. In my store, I found it in between the Personal Care and Cosmetics Aisles - see photos below.





I loved the Cherry Almond Essence and the Refreshing Coconut Oil fragrances. They also carry Calming Green Tea Oil scent, Nourishing Minoi Oil scent, and Restoring Argan Oil scent.


The Cherry Almond Essence is exclusive to Walmart stores, so I had to try that one, and I love all things that involve Coconut Oil, so I purchased that one too. Some of the bottles even had $1 coupon stickers on them, so keep your eye out for those!


I hope this little step by step tutorial helped you remember what to do before you get your winter spray tan to keep your skin hydrated and looking smooth and smokin'!

Do you have any other tips for achieving a flawless spray tan?

For ideas and tips from other bloggers, click here.

XOXO,
GretchCannon 


11.10.2016

Bath & Body Works Sale! $50 for 4 candles and 4 soaps!

Hey guys - check out the Bath & Body Works sale today! 


I told myself I did not need any more candles, but I did need foaming hand soap for every sink in my house, and I am running low on candles!

I am sharing with you how to get 4 candles and 4 soaps for about $50, like I did this morning!

1. Go to the Bath & Body Works website:


2. Choose your items:



3. Go to checkout:
  • Use Ebates for 1% back!
  • Use code YESTOMORE for 20% off! (ends today!)

4. Enjoy your amazing haul for around $50 depending on your state sales tax! 



I am excited, are you?

What did you get? 

Have a fabulous day everyone! Let's love each other and ourselves! It is so important!

XOXO,
GretchCannon


11.01.2016

Gluten Free Pumpkin Donut Recipe

I baked Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts for November!!

I adapted this recipe from Grain Changer, that I found online. 


My Mom bought me a mini donut maker a few years ago, and I was dying to bake something with pumpkin to help kick off the fall season, since I had not baked yet this season, and it has not gone below 75 degrees yet in Southern California!!

I used the recipe loosely, using what I had, and trying to make them delicious as possible, while still remaining as healthy as I could keep them. They are gluten free, baked with pumpkin & topped with a yummy cinnamon sugar maple cream cheese glaze. I gave a small batch of 4 to each of my parents, and I kept about 6 at home for myself. 

Grain Changer said her total time was 25 minutes. Real life here, mine took over an hour. I am no expert. I am just someone who loves to cook and bake and make real food for myself and my loved ones to enjoy.

Her recipe and instructions are below. I will also note any of my substitutions. 

Donut Ingredients:


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon xanthun gum (omit if your blend contains it)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

(I used a Truvia sugar blend instead of sugar & made my own pumpkin pie spice) 

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

(I used half & half instead of milk, whipped cream cheese, and sugar free maple sugar) 

Directions:





  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray the cavities of the donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In your stand mixer or in a large bowl, thoroughly mix the sugar, oil, egg and vanilla together. Add the pumpkin puree, and mix in until fully incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the gluten-free flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Spoon or pipe (using an icing bag) the batter into the donut pan, filling just to the rim of the pan.
  5. Bake the donuts at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for another 7-9 minutes.
  6. Remove the donuts for the pan and allow them to sit for 2-3 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  7. While the donuts are baking, prepare the glaze: using an electric mixer or stand mixer, mix the cream cheese, milk and powdered sugar together until smooth and fully combined. Add in the cinnamon and maple syrup, and mix for another 30 seconds.
  8. Once the donuts are mostly cool, gently dip them into the glaze one by one, and return to the wire rack to allow the glaze to set.

(I used the donut maker 3x vs. the oven, tried to use a piping bag made from a ziploc and made a big mess, each batch only took about 2-3 minutes to bake, and then on top of the glaze, i added more Truvia for an extra sweet sugar crunch!) 

I thought they were delicious and aren't they picture perfect!?


Products noted: 

What other recipes would you like to see on the blog?

Let me know if you try these!

XOXO,
GretchCannon

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