November 27, 2014

Today I want to talk to all of you about Ebates. I recently stumbled across Ebates as I was doing some online shopping. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Ebates it's basically an online shopping portal that pays you to shop online.

"It's really quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping site, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money - we share it with you! - This is the statement right off their website.

They have a wide number of Canadian and American online stores. Each store will give you a percentage of your purchase back. Cash back refunds are anywhere from  1%, to 15%.  They often host double cash back events.

The great thing about Ebates is that you get $5.00 just for signing up. They also offer a referral program. $5.00 for each person that signs up under your referral.

I've made a total of $14.86, and have already received a cheque for $9.84. Its not A LOT of money, but bottom line is I am getting cash back on everyday purchases I would normally make. I tend to wait for a sale, and then I'll purchase my items through Ebates. I get more bang for my buck  that way!
Sharing is caring you guys! Check out Ebates! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I aim to do most of my christmas shopping through Ebates this year to maximize on my budget.




Healthy Rendition : Pumpkin Spice Muffins

November 24, 2014

As much as I love my Pumpkin Spice Bread, my family seems to devour it in less then a day! I'm flattered that they enjoy it so much. But I cant seem to keep up with the requests. I keep telling them "I AM NOT TIM HORTONS".

I thought about it and I figured if I baked the recipe in muffin pans it might help out with portion control. Another thing I found was the outside edges were more crunchy as a muffin. I love the recipe both ways, but for packing lunching or portion control I find the muffins better.

However if I have guests over I will bake the recipe as a bread. I prefer the presentation of the pumpkin bread vs muffins.

Pumpkin Spice "Muffins"

Prep time: 15 minutes 
Total time: 45-50 minutes 
Yields: 12 Generous Muffins

  • 1 cup Oatmeal Flour 
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 loosely packed brown sugar ( or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin purée ( Canned or from Scratch)
  • 1/2 cup pureed carrots or sweet potatoes ( Baby food works as well)
  • 3 tbsp. no sugar added maple syrup (or honey, agave or similar natural sugar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds and pecans
  • 1/2 Fiber One Cereal (Optional, I need the extra fiber )
 Cooking directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Muffins Pan works as well for portion control/meal prep.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar, soda, baking powder, salt, and all the spices.
  4. Next, in a small bowl, stir together pumpkin, puree, syrup, and water.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, combining until everything is just moistened and forms a thick batter.
  6. Fold in chopped nuts and Fiber 1.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin

    pan and place in the center rack of the oven.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




Healthy Rendition : Chili

November 19, 2014

Brrrrrrrr. It is cold outside! Nothing like a yummy bowl of my Healthy Rendition Chili to warm you up! J 


1 Package Ground Turkey/Chicken
1 Package Extra Lean Ground beef.
1 750ml Bottle of Tomato Sauce
1 500ml can of Kidney Beans (Rinsed Well)
2-3 cups of Kale Finely Chopped
I package low sodium chili powder
1 Medium sized Onion chopped
3-4 Gloves of Garlic chopped
1 tbsp Olive Oil


  1. In a frying pan cook turkey and ground beef. Once cooked drain fat and set aside.
  2. In a large pot add olive oil, chopped onion and garlic. Allow ingredients to brown. 
  3. Add kidney beans, ground turkey and beef.
  4. Stir and allow flavours to co mingle for about 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Add in tomato sauce and kale.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  7. Add half to entire package of low sodium chili powder. Amount of chili powder used is a taste preference.
  8. You may add a dash of salt and pepper. 

To finish off, I always like to add more garlic powder (as I do to everything). Also if you prefer your chili with a kick add some red pepper flake or cayenne powder.

You can serve the chili with a side of brown rice or quinoa. I find it filling on its own due to the amount of protein and fibre content.

I hope you guys enjoy this one! I'd love to hear some feedback from you guys. Have you tried any of my healthy renditions? Do you have anything you would like me to try and healthy rendition?



The Almighty African Cocoa Butter

November 14, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and for most of us that means dry skin season. 

I don't know about you guys but when it comes to moisturising I'm terribly lazy and all around forgetful. I buy all the "miracle" creams, the amazingly good for you exfoliators, and of course the bedtime socks to lock that moisture in. But honestly, ain't nobody got time for all that! 

One day on one of my online shopping trips I was intrigued by this brick of African cocoa butter.  It was an actual brick of butter!

"Crushed and pressed by hand in Ghana, Africa, cocoa butter is obtained naturally from the cocoa bean. This rich, cream-colored butter offers a beautiful, dark chocolate-like aroma and contains no preservatives, chemicals, or fragrances. 

This creamy-rich butter soaks into your skin offering high antioxidants, due to the tocopherols and polyphenols properties that suppress free radicals and can soothe skin."

I had read the product description, all the great reviews, and I thought to myself, "I need to try this". 

When I received my package I was very excited and eager to test it out. It smelt absolutely delicious! The only problem was it was solid as a rock! Now I might sound repetitive, but again, solid brick of butter.    

So here I was in my room trying to run this heavenly scented brick of butter up and down my legs. You can imagine how well that went.  A couple of failed attempts with lighters and microwaves visits later I had discovered the best way to apply it. 

Did I mention melting butter with a lighter and having it hot, runny butter drip on your legs is not my idea of a pleasurable experience.  OUCH

I soon figured out that the blow dryer was the easiest and safest way to melt the cocoa butter. 

For my "first" application I began to slowly melt the cocoa butter with the blow dryer and apply it to my hands. I then massaged the cocoa butter onto my legs. I was so pleased at how wonderful it felt on my skin, and the smell was delicious.

 Now because it is butter you want to make sure you're not over using the product. I found that a little goes a long way. Just continue to massager the cocoa butter into your skin and apply more as needed.

Instantly I noticed my skin felt softer and the appearance of my skin was also improved.  

Now what I LOVE so much about this product was that for the next couple days my legs felt and looked replenished. Didn't feel as dry as they usually would if I skipped a day of moisturising, which I usually do. 

I know LOVE to use my African Cocoa Butter all over my body. It has been amazing for my dry skin but has also improved the appearance of my skin. My skin has never felt so healthy.

With continued use it has also helped to reduce the appearance of these tiny annoying bumps on my arms and on the back of my thighs.  

I find that for best results, take a hot shower, or bath. Make sure to exfoliate your skin, and then butter up!

Overall I am in love this product. Great moisturiser. It does last long. Great for any dry skin issues. Smells delicious. Also great go to for bare legged night out.

Give it a try for yourself.

Coastal Scents Cocoa Butter, 16 Ounce

Let me know how you like it 



Curls, Dumbbells & Glitter

November 10, 2014

First off I wanted to say Welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by :)
What is Curls ,Dumbbells & Glitter? Its me, in a nut shell. 

I am known for my crazy curls, I'm on my get fit journey and what girl doesn't love a bit of glitter? I thought it was the perfect title for my personal blog. 

This blog will be all over the place. Just like I'm all over the place. Recipes, product reviews, make-up tutorials, works out and dear diaries. I'm definitely indecisive about most things. But when it comes to my passions I am focused. 

 I have a Strong passion for creative expression, and I find myself constantly taking the drivers seat of that passion with inspiration and a positive outlook. I may be all over the place but I am grounded. 

I went to school for Make-up Artistry. I'm an X-treme eyelash technician and have my own handmade jewellery line. I also had fantasies of being a writer. But that book will never be read, that story will never be told, and the heart ache never felt. 

A lot of my close friends have had to suffer from my excitement to jump from one project to the next. Fearing I will never stick to one thing.  Some may even say I am misguided.  

Truth be told I don't feel misguided. I don't feel as though I am dabbling in to much. I feel blessed to be able to express myself freely through all the creative outlets that speak to me.  

So I say welcome to Curls, Dumbbells & Glitter. Join me on my adventures. I hope you enjoy my posts, try some recipes, and test out some of my favourite products 
But most of all, I hope through my passions you find inspiration to follow your dreams, or to try something new. Because that's the beauty of it all. Its never too late to try. 



Butternut Squash Please

November 06, 2014

Soups on! I don't know about you, but as soon as the leafs begin to change colour I automatically start to crave soup.  

Nothing like a good hearty warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Makes me happy just thinking about it. 

Most of my inventions in the kitchen are a matter of "what's in my fridge". I'd like to think of myself as an inventive cook. I always try to make use of any ingredients I have available to me. My creations aren't always amazing. But damn when I get it right, YUMMO :)

That's when my Butternut Squash soap was born :) 

1 medium sized Butternut Squash chopped and peeled 
2 medium sized carrots chopped and peeled 
2 cups Cauliflower (optional) chopped and rinsed 
1 medium onion chopped  
1 TBSP Olive Oil 
3-6 Gloves of garlic 
2 Turkey legs 
.5 Portuguese Chorizo mild or spicy.( or any sausage of choice) 
Season to taste. 
Garlic Powder. 

  1. Bring Turkey legs, Chorizo and 2-3 Gloves of garlic to a boil.  
  2. While you're waiting for the ingredients to boil, peel/Chop butternut squash and carrots. Rinse/ Chop cauliflower. 
  3. In another pot add olive oil, chopped onions and 2-3 gloves of garlic finely chopped. Allow to get golden brown. 
  4. Add all chopped vegetables to the pot with your caramelize onions and garlic. 
  5. Pour just enough filtered Turkey stock into the pot to cover the amount of veggies. Dont forget your Garlic! Bring everything to a to a boil. 
  6. Once all ingredients are cooked , use a hand blender to purée your soup. 
  7. Chop up chorizo into thin slices. Remove turkey from turkey leg into small bite size pieces. Add both to your soup 
  8. Season with 1-2 chicken flavoured bullion cubes. Salt and Pepper to taste and always,always garlic powder. 

Recipe Notes 

  • The Amount of Garlic used is completely up to you. I LOVE garlic. Buy you can always reduce the amount according to your preference. 
  • Turkey stock can be filtered using a kitchen filter before poured over vegitables. 
  • Chorizo can be thinly sliced or you can ground it up in a food processor.  
  • Also if you find the soup too thick add more water or Turkey stock if you didn't use it all. 

This is one of my favourite soups to make. I love the flavour that the chorizo brings to the butternut squash.Lets be honest, I love ANYTHING with chorizo. 

Hopefully your family enjoys this one as much as mine! 



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