GretchCannon: 2015

12.23.2015

Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Icing Recipe

So, last Friday - my best friend Kim and I had a Holiday bake-a-thon in my kitchen! 
She has helped me so much this year get through hard times, so it was wonderful to create some new memories with her for Christmas this year. 

I am not a big sugar cookie lover, but I thought it would be a great home made treat, and they came out chewy, sweet and delicious! Soft, buttery, sweet...mmmm!


Kim's Mom's vintage mixer..


Here is me rolling out the dough...




Got some cute cookie cutter shapes at The Dollar Tree.. 


Baked till light golden on the edges.. 


Stood outside to enjoy the sunset together..

Made some fabulous icing following the recipe from the blog and using a clear squeeze bottle and some food coloring.. 


Also made brownies, gingerbread cookies, rolo pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, and toffee squares... 


Biggest lesson learned -- have fun, make more cookies, and keep more to eat myself! Very tiring but very worth it and I am very grateful I was able to enjoy this with Kimmee. 








12.15.2015

Valentia True Glow Eye Cream Review


I received a sample of this eye cream in exchange for my honest review. It is called the Valentia True Glow Eye Cream and you can get it on Amazon for $25, which is half off of their regular price. It is an organic corrective eye treatment with Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil that is good for undereye circles, puffiness, dryness, and wrinkles. The packaging, seen below, is really pretty and nice. 


I like the scent of this first of all it is not strong and that is important to me because I have a lot of allergies. I also have a chronic illness so i have been really struggling lately with puffy and dark under eye circles. I have used this a week so far and I can already tell a slight difference in puffiness and I will continue to use it. 98% natural ingredients is important to me and it is interesting that arnica is used as a natural anti-inflammatory! This size should last a while, so I think the price is a great deal.

Hope you like my review and find it helpful! 

XOXO,
GretchCannon

11.12.2015

My Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe




  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chopped white onion 
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 5 medium carrots chopped (2 cups) 
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic ( i use the tube) 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tbsp bay leaves 
  • 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed 
  • salt & pepper (to taste) 
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 6 hours. 
After 6 hours, add the following and cook on high for 1 hour:
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles 
  • 2 cans cooked chicken (I used a package of "Del Real" shredded cooked chicken breast = 15 oz. shredded chicken) 


I served mine up with some red wine, fancy parmesan cheese, lemon wedges and saltines.



11.10.2015

Recovered Post From July 2015 - New Updates Coming Soon!

I wanted to post an update soon and I accidentally deleted my last post from July 2015 of this year.
Sorry about that. New posts coming soon! Also, since then I have changed my username across all platforms from afitfashionista to GretchCannon.

Posted: 22 Jul 2015 01:04 AM PDT
Hey world - I have gained a few Instagram followers lately at @afitfashionista - so I just wanted to post an update here since I haven't blogged in quite some time. I have met so many people on IG that also suffer chronic conditions, so it has given me some support and makes me feel not so alone and misunderstood. Here's me at my home yesterday. I know I don't look sick but my brain & body are suffering minute to minute all day long. I don't need sympathy I just need love and support. I need to know something one day will help me and I will be strong enough to fight till I get it. 

You can read my initial health journey story at my old website - http://www.myimplantstory.blogspot.com  it is not all that updated either but it gives the basis of my health problems that started in 2007. 

I was in remission for a long time after a short flare in 2009 and since Dec 2013 to now July 2015 I have suffered greatly - no end in sight yet. I could never imagine fighting this hard, this long. Yet I have no choice. I want some hope back and I am blessed to have a good support system of family, boyfriend and friends. The doctors still don't know what the heck to do because all of my old treatments don't work anymore -

So if you don't mind - please pray and help me with positive thoughts that one day my life will be brighter again and I won't be struggling to survive against this autoimmune disease that debilitates my brain function and sanity. 

1.11.2015

Couponing Tips: Lesson - Mobile Apps (MIMM #15)

Happy Marvelous in My Monday - thanks Katie!! 

I started couponing this past Fall, as a hobby to keep me busy as I battle with my illness and try to keep my mind sharp. It seems every time I post a new haul on Instagram, I have friends posting or texting me to ask me "How do you do it?" "Teach me!?".. So I wanted to share some of the tips I have come across or things I have learned so far!! 

Couponing Tips: Lesson - Mobile Apps


I will talk about mobile apps in this first quick how-to post..
Click below to download apps that I use to get rebates back on shopping trips.
The screen shot above is from my phone - I have a "Grocery" folder on my iPhone, where I keep all of my couponing, and store-specific money saving apps. 

On most of the these apps, you cruise to see what deals they are offering rebates on.. 
Some are as simple as "apples at any store" and some are specific as "zico coconut water at Target". 
Sometimes you just upload a photo of your receipt, and other times, you also have to scan the product's barcode for further proof of purchase. Usually, you have to accumulate $10-20 before they will cash you out - usually by depositing money into your PayPal account. ShopKick also distributes money, but the points are given when you walk into particular stores or scan their items. Remember, most of these apps are actually utilized AFTER you go shopping - although you can look at them prior to shopping to see what rebates are being offered week to week. 

You can also click on the apps below for some further help in saving money. You can either print coupons directly from using a wireless printer or they will gather the ads from all of your favorite or local stores so that you can access them all in one place while you build your shopping list. These are the manufacturer coupons, that can usually be stacked with store-specific coupons. 

And, last but certainly not least - some of my favorite apps for couponing happen to be for the stores I coupon at the most. Click for those below. These have in-store savings, that you can then stack with manufacturer coupons! 

I know there are a few other apps out there that people like, but these are the ones I pay the most attention to right now. I hope that helps a little. Let me know if there is any particular aspect of couponing that you would like some tips on! And, if you have any more tips - PLEASE let me know! The more we share, the better couponers we all become! 

XOXO, 
A Fit Fashionista



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