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History’s greatest love affairs…


Romeo and Juliet


Mark Antony and Cleopatra


Lancelot and Guinevere


Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler


Kid Rock and Pam Anderson (oops, okay, maybe not that one!)


And now it's time to add a new power couple to that list…


Magan and her Air Fryer


(I may or may have not professed my undying love for my Air Fryer on my Instagram story)


All kidding aside, I’m on week 4 of air fryer ownership, and I can emphatically proclaim that I have completely fallen head over heels for my new kitchen gadget.


Essentially, I've been feeling a lot like Tom during his couch-jumping days...yep, that's pretty much how it feels!



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Not to sound totally jaded, but I’ve been around the block with household gizmos...


Spiralizer (still in the box)


Fry Daddy (eww, so much grease)


Cake Pop Maker (one hit wonder…I mean how often can you make cake pops?)


George Foreman Grill (never had a fighting chance)


Instant Pot (gave it away cause I was insta-scared of it exploding)


In a nutshell, I’m super picky about the doodads I let in my life, and when I give up precious real estate space in my cabinets or counter, then it better rock my world!


And that is exactly what I’ve found in the Air Fryer…it’s seriously da’ bomb!!

(I bought the GoWise 7 Quart one, and I’ll share why I chose this specific one in another post!)


So let me share why I’ve come to this level of semi-obsessive admiration of my Air Fryer.


Oh, Air Fryer, how I love thee…let me count the ways!


1. Jack of All Trades


First and foremost, the air fryer is so.dang.versatile (no, cake pop maker complex here).


It can bake, grill, broil, reheat, roast…the one we bought even dehydrates (hello, kale chips!)


I have been thoroughly impressed by all the functions it has and how I’ve been able to cook a wide array of foods in it.


2. Father Time


The next reason I’m the head cheerleader for “Team Air Fryer” is that it saves me time!


Due to its higher temperatures and convection style of cooking, the air fryer can heat food much faster than a traditional oven or toaster oven.


Like they say, “A stitch in time saves nine”…(I have no idea what that means but it sounds deep...and possibly true!)


3. Health Goddess


If you are trying to get more veggies into the bellies of your family (and yourself), then the air fryer will be a great addition to your healthy eating arsenal.


I find we are eating healthier because the air fryer makes it easier to cook veggies, and they taste better than when they are oven-roasted!



I mean seriously, don't these brussel sprouts look Ah-Mazing!?!


You also use less oil when making your food so that helps out in the health department too!


Oh, and added bonus…we are definitely using the microwave WAY less…I just still feel a little uneasy about anything you refer to as “nuking”! I've gotta' believe that the air fryer is better for my family’s health than the microwave.


4. Easy Like Sunday Morning


The air fryer makes meal prep so easy!


The air fryer that I purchased even has buttons with presets for roasting, air frying, grilling, baking, dehydrate, and broiling so it is so simple to make just about anything! Hit the button and presto you've got dinner!


5. Keep Your Cool!


There is nothing worse than needing to heat up the oven on a hot and humid summer day, especially when you are cooking a small batch of something like chicken nuggets!


My oven heats up the whole kitchen and uses a lot of energy, so I can feel better about using less energy and not overheating my house when I use my air fryer!


6. The Savior of Leftovers


Leftovers normally linger in my fridge left to die a sad slow death…but since purchasing the air fryer, leftovers are actually being eaten! (Hallelujah - It's a miracle!)


The way that the air fryer heats leftovers doesn’t make them limp and soggy like the microwave does, so no more wasted food!


7. The Queen on Clean


One of the worst parts of dinner time is the clean-up!


And pretty much every other kitchen gadget I use, it’s a little challenging to clean…


I mean, I have a love/hate relationship with my juicer because it takes longer to clean than to make and drink the juice!


A huge selling feature of the air fryer is that it makes clean-up a breeze! You literally wash off the crisper tray that the food cooks on (which is non-stick so cleaning it is an easy task), and rinse out the basket (the part with the handle).


No exaggeration…after using the air fryer, cleaning up takes no more than a couple of minutes!


8. Fool Proof


I’ve never considered much of a chef, but with the air fryer, not only me, but even my kids can whip up a meal.


It truly is fool-proof…anyone can use it and successfully prep food. You really can’t mess it up!


It’s a real win in the parenting category because now the kids can help more with meal preparation. #winning


Move over instant pot, there’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s taking the cooking world by storm….the air fryer!!


So, now you know what I really think of the air fryer, and that it truly does live up to all the hype!


I’m frequently pinning (on Pinterest) the air fryer recipes I am making, so let’s connect there!


Got an air fryer must-make recipe for me?? (Yes, please!) Shoot me an email and let me know or leave it in the comments for everyone to enjoy!


So, until next time, cheers to air fryer love, and cheers to you!!🥂


XOXO,

đź’—Magan



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Updated: Feb 19


With two years and well over 100 blog posts under my belt, there is one topic that seems to get the most attention…


It’s the one thing that I get the most emails about, and my pins about it go C-R-A-Z-Y on Pinterest…


Conversely, it was also absolutely the hardest thing I ever wrote about.


Hair loss


Something that so many people struggle with, but very few honestly share about.


For me, losing my hair was a terrifying experience...one filled with embarrassment and humility…and at some points complete hopelessness that I could stop or reverse it.

Things were so bad, I actually bought one of these “fake buns” to help hide my hair loss!


Girl, I was desperate, and looking for anything to help!!

The good news is that if you too have traveled through the awful experience of losing hair or currently are in that place in your life, there are things that can help.


I am here to tell you things can get better! Hang in there, friend!

Luckily, I was able to stop the massive amount of shedding I was experiencing and regrow new hair, but it took some focus, determination, and persistence to figure out the root cause…no pun intended!

If you are in need of help, I wrote an extensive blog post about it here “Why Is My Hair Falling Out (and 8 Ways I Stopped it) - Women's Hair Loss Solutions and Remedies”

Beyond the things I share in that post, I also have committed to taking better care of myself…my hair loss was a direct correlation to my own self-defeating habits and extreme lack of self-care…


and I’m not talking about the mani/pedi, facial-filled spa day type of self-care…more like the eat veggies, be kind to yourself, get some sleep, and drink H2O kinda’ self-care. To be honest, I was taking care of my house plants better than I was taking care of myself!!

In the last year and a half, I’ve pretty much tried EVERYTHING…from guided hair growth meditations to listening to subliminal messages while I slept to stimulate my hair follicles…

You name it, I gave it a whirl…I’ve seriously tried countless products and protocols, so I am your go-to girl for sharing what has worked, and what has not!

Now, I’m going to break down my top 10 products to stop hair loss and start new hair growth, and all of these I continue to use to this day!

(Disclaimer - I am not a medical doctor, and this is not health care advice…be sure to see your health care provider to check your lab work…addressing and correcting my adrenal fatigue was crucial in my healing journey, so be sure you rule out any serious medical conditions)

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1. // Barlean’s Omega-3 //


I’m sure you’ve heard all about the health benefits of fish oil, right?


Well, I'm not a fan of swallowing big ole' pills of anything, especially fish oil (can you say fishy burps?)


So I take a spoonful of these liquid Omegas every AM. They have a variety of flavors, and I’ve tried Lemon and Orange, but I (and my family) like the taste of the Mango Peach one the best!


2. // Large Wide Toothed Comb //

Did you know when your hair is wet it is the most prone to breakage? #truestory

That’s why you need to use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair after showering. Be kind to those damp tresses!


I got mine at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks...now, that's what I call a cheap and easy solution!






3. // Collagen Peptides //


Collagen powders are seriously trending these days…I mean we all want to stay youthful forever right??


Due to my age and because I’m a vegetarian, my holistic MD recommended that I double up on my collagens...So I take this Collagen Peptide Powder in my coffee every AM and I use this product made by Organixx mid-day when I make my protein smoothie.



Let's raise a glass to double dosing on collagen!! Salud!!



4. // Olaplex Hair Cair Set //


I have heard soooo many amazing things about the Olaplex products…


Not just from self-proclaimed “influencers”, but even some of my best buds…one of which is a hairstylist…

BUT….I’m cheap…so I held off as long as I could…


Then for Christmas, my daughter bought me a trial set, and gosh dang it, I’m hooked!

I actually went out and bought the ENTIRE set #3-#6, and can tell my hair is becoming stronger and healthier….


I guess the lesson is…some things are worth splurging for!



5. // Loreal Root Magic Spray //


Being in my late 40’s and having very dark hair, I now need to color my hair on a regular basis which can be super damaging to my hair.


I have switched to a less toxic hair coloring system and try to spread out the time between colorings as far as I possibly can.


To help increase the intervals between processing my hair, I use this Loreal Root Cover Up Spray to hide those gray roots!




6. // DIY Hair Growth Spray //



I’m an essential oils junkie…yep, I own it…I use them for pretty much every dern’ thing under the sun…


So when I saw a “recipe” for a hair growth tonic, I knew I was going to have to try it…

And I love it! Not only is it good for your hair, but it also smells, ah-mazing!

I wrote an entire blog post about it here if you want to check it out!



7. // Hair Vitamins //



Vitamins in gummy bear form?


Hello, sign me up!!

I use the Sugar Bear Hair Gummy Vitamins because they contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Choline, Inositol, as the active vitamins and mineral. They also have no gelatin, no dairy, and no gluten, so it works for my vegetarian diet.



8. // Golden Era Protein Powder //

As a vegetarian, I have to pay closer attention to my protein intake more than most people.

Almost every day (except the days I'm feeling like a lazy bones), I use this protein powder to make a smoothie…I also add in collagen powder and a bunch of my supplement pill contents.

I HATE swallowing pills, so I pour out the powder from the capsules of my supplements, throw them in my smoothie, and gulp that bad boy down!





9. // Scalp Massager //



When you start researching hair loss, scalp massaging is often at the top of the recommendations.

It stimulates circulation which in turn makes the follicles more active encouraging hair growth.


After reviewing several products I bought this scalp massaging gadget from Amazon.


I use it in the shower and on my scalp pretty much every single day.


I mean, who doesn’t want a daily scalp massage?



10. // Color Wow Dream Cocktail //

Where's the first place you go to get advice about hair loss…Youtube, of course!!


I watched many videos raving about the Color WOW hair products, so I decided to give it a go, and have first tried the Dream Cocktail for fine hair, and girl, it’s a WINNER!


I use it after showering and before styling, and it really makes my hair appear more full and voluminous.


More of that, please!!

There you have it, my top 10 hair growth products that I use almost every.single.day!


Good News!! It's Working!! My hair is growing in thicker and stronger, and I no longer need to wear a synthetic bun to hide the thin-ness!! Buh-bye, fake bun!!


So, until next time, cheers to taking your mane from a meager "meh" to mermaid marvelous, and cheers to you!!🥂


XOXO,

đź’—Magan



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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year, I’ve decided to really up my L-O-V-E game with my family…mostly because even though we’ve turned the calendar on 2020, we are definitely still in COVID restriction mode here in Southern California…


which essentially means my kids are STILL at home 99% of the time since there is no in-person school or activities, and very little sports happening.


Honestly, my kids have been total troopers for the last 332 days they’ve been basically STUCK at home (yes that is the exact # of days….no I didn’t count them…but my phone did! #thanksiphone)


So what's on my love list for the kids you ask??

Just a little V- DAY cuteness overload with these super simple donut holes

Here's the breakdown of how to make them if you are wanting to cook up a batch too:


1. Print the "We Love You a HOLE Bunch" sign on white tagboard, cut it out, and tape it to a stick - I did this part a few days in advance so it would be quicker to assemble on the day that I served the donut holes to the kids.


2. Gather Your Ingredients:



- Box of Donut Holes


- A Tub of Frosting


- Food Dye (Optional: if you want to make pink or red icing)


- Valentines’ Day Sprinkles

- Festive “Punny” Printable Tag (PDF Link Above)


- Cake Pop Stick/Long Toothpick, Scissors, and Tape (if you haven't already made the sign)

3. Spread Icing on Donut Holes - I just used a butter knife to cover about half of the surface area.


4. Add Festive Love Sprinkles - shake, shake shake it on there!


5. Add Sign to Donut Holes and watch your kids' eyes light up! 🤩



Such a simple project but super fun!!


Got any stellar (and easy, this mama likes to keep it simple!) ideas that you are doing for your loved ones for Valentine's Day??


Send them my way...I'd love to add more fun to our celebration!


Until next time, cheers to sharing a "Hole" lotta' love and cheers to YOU!! 🥂

XOXO,

đź’— Magan