Joanna Anastasia

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How to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

Summer is the time of days spent in the sun and on the beach, constant exposure to wind, sand and light. And not surprisingly, I find that mine, and my kids skin is as dry if not drier during the summer months as during the winter! On top of our regular, super sensitive, and slightly eczemic skin problems, summer brings us sun burn and bug bites irritation! And while it’s easy to get overwhelmed and then go and buy a ton of disappointing products, there’s also a simpler way to deal with this.

Hydration, protection and nourishment, starts before we even go out in the sun, and can be a part of a daily routine. I discovered the benefits of the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and now I can’t live without it.

So here’s a couple of things that have helped my family to protect our skin during the sunny months:

  1. For every coffee I drink throughout the day, I try to drink ant least 2 glasses of water
  2. I use daily the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water
  3. After every bath / shower we all nourish our skin with the Lipkar lait.
  4. We try to avoid full sun and stick to the shade
  5. We never forget our sunscreen

So me, I discovered the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water spray. It makes me feel fresh on the hot days, hydrated and happy in my skin. It naturally soothes dry skin, so it’s really a perfect match of me!

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

And my daughters, they have discovered the Lipikar lait – which means milk in French: the super nourishing and protecting milk for your skin. It’s made with thermal spring water, Shea butter, cold cream and niacinamide, and thanks to its light milky texture, it soothes, repairs and protects even the most sensitive baby skin! 

And you need to see the to believe how much my daughters love creaming each other, and how seriously they take their skin care!

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

So while these summer months can be tough on our skin, I believe that with the right protection, they don’t have to be! 

This post was brought to you by La Roche-Posay, all opinions remain my own.

Strawberry rhubarb no churn ice cream

Strawberry rhubarb ice cream

My favourite season is finally here: fresh strawberries and rhubarb growing in my garden! So to celebrate it,  I came up with a perfect recipe for you: a no churn, 4 ingredient Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream- and one of the best ice cream I ever had to be honest! And with the rhubarb season being so short, this treat is really one of a kind!

If you follow my blog for awhile, then you know that last year I discovered no churn ice cream, and I tried several different recipes, but I think that with this one I have reached ice cream perfection!

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

All you need:

  • 1 Cup of rhubarb ( approximately 3 rhubarb sticks)
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1 can of condescended milk
  • 2 cups of whipped cream

Start with whipping your cream , and set it aside. Peel rhubarb, and then cut it in small pieces, put in a bowl, sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar, and microwave for around 40 seconds. Then using a hand mixer, mix it with strawberries, until all is liquid. Now combine the strawberry-rhubarb mixture with condescended milk, and mix it well together. Then add slowly whipped cream, and mix it gently with a spoon until all is well mixed. Pour in to a glass dish, or a baking pan, and freeze for around 4 to 6 hours.

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

I usually make more than two dishes, and then we eat ice cream in our garden every day! These ice cream are so much better than the store-bought, and so much more economic too!

Just remember to take this ice cream out of the freezer around 5-to 10 minutes prior to serve, as it’ll be much easier to scoop.

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

strawberry rhubarb ice cream

And of course both daughters love this new season of fresh fruit and home made ice cream, and they already ask me to make more! Now, what new flavour should I make?

 

Orange juice for the win

orange juice for the win

As a busy working from home mom, I know very well the struggle of keeping a healthy lifestyle! Some days it’s just so difficult, between the laundry and cleaning and the kids who are always hungry or thirsty, we just tend to give in to these unhealthy habits, am I right?

And with the summer weather approaching, it’s even more difficult than ever to stay on that healthy track, since all of the common summer treats are usually full of added sugar! The struggle is real.

But recently I realized there’s another way. Because some things are as convenient as they are healthy. Florida Orange Juice is a great source of potassium, vitamin C and folate, and contains zero added sugar! So it’s really perfect as the anytime drink.

But what I love the most about it, it’s how the Florida OJ adds amazing taste to my favorite summer treats, without adding any sugar! It’s refreshing and sweet, courtesy of nature’s goodness!

Because during warm weather all that my kids and I really want to snack on, are Popsicles. But truth to be told, the store bought ones contain so much sugar! So I came up with a much better, and yummier way: home made orange Popsicles and Creamsicles made with Florida orange juice!

They are so simple to make, and so much better then what we get at the store! Just have a look at my no fail recipe!

 

 

Orange Creamsicle

1 cup Florida Orange Juice
1 cup coconut milk ( or regular cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Mix together, pour in to the Popsicle mold and freeze.

Orange and citrus Popsicle

1 cup Florida Orange Juice
Citruses cut in slices

Place a couple of slices of citrus in the Popsicle mold, our the Florida OJ and freeze.

These Popsicles are my kids all-time favorite! Sweet and refreshing, and without any added sugar!

 

 

And you know what else I do with these orange juice Popsicles? I serve them to my adult guest with some Prosecco! It’s such an amazing adult treat, looks like a hundred bucks, and is made out of the good old Florida OJ! 

Simply make your own orange Popsicles, and once your guests are ready to be served, place the Popsicles in glasses and pour over the Prosecco. Everyone will love it!


Now, who said that summer entertaining needs to be full of sugar? I did? Well, I changed my mind. Because with some good Florida orange juice on hands, we can make our own sunny weather treats that are healthy and without any sugar added. So simple, and so delicious!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Florida Department of Citrus, all opinions remain my own.

Tiramisu no churn ice cream

These are hands down, the best home made ice cream ever! Creamy and smooth, made with real mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with chock eye chips!

I guess it’s official now, I’m totally and completely addicted to making home-made ice cream, and these tiramisu no-churn ice cream are nothing short from perfection! And after making ice cream all summer long, I think that I should seriously consider openig an ice-cream boutique one day!

Especially since summer is slowly reaching towards the end, I thing it’s even more important than ever to make home-made ice cream and enjoy these last summer weeks! Because, you know, the winter is coming..

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So if you like the creaminess of tiramisu, but aren’t a big fun of coffee flavor in your deserts, you’ll love this recipe. I used mascarpone and cocoa powder to bring a bit of the teramisu flavors, but I skipped coffee since my kids really wouldn’t appreciate it. However, if you do like it, just add a shooter of cold espresso, or a spoon of instant coffee to the recipe.

All you’ll need:

1 cup of whipping cream
1 cup of mascarpone cheese
1 cup of condensed milk
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
chocolate chips

Whip the cream. Mix the whipped cream slowly with mascarpone cheese. Add condensed milk. mix it well together. Set half aside, and to the remaining half add cocoa powder, and mix it some more. Pour both mixtures in to a baking pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Enjoy ! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we did!

Best creamy ice cream made with Mascarpone cheese , and no churn! Amazing!

Lazy moms guide to camping with kids

What to pack, how to prepare, and all the tips you need for a fun family camping! ( even if it's your first time camping with kids!)

Here is the truth, I don’t really like camping all that much, and that’s exactly why I have prepared this guide to camping with kids! Because I learned that by making it simpler and more comfortable, I start to mind less bugs and public bathrooms and appreciate more forest hikes, and canoeing on the lake.

And I just love how kids are running around happily and how our family is reconnecting together over the campfire! Also, I truly believe that camping is great for kids development (I wrote all about that here) so even though I’d feel better in the hotel by the sea, we will keep camping!

There are a couple of things that you can do, to make camping easier and more comfortable, even with little kids around, and even if you’re not sure where to start.

1. Take just the right things.

If you’re a Pinterest junky like I am, then you’ve probably seen these super long “essentials only” lists of things you need when you go camping. Do they overwhelm you? Because they sure did overwhelm me. Until we actually went camping, and found out that we’re all good without a folding table (there was a picnic table!) and without a big box of outdoor toys ( kids did play, even more than ever, using their imagination and a minimum of toys).

Because let’s face it, what’s relaxing about camping is simplifying life, and not spending hours upon arrival on setting things up!

That’s why I’ve prepared you a list that you can print out:

Here's what you REALLY need when camping with kids - the absolute minimum, and all that really is needed

So my advice, is take only the essentials. Sleeping gear, cooking gear, folding chairs for the campfire, a minimum of clothes and food. Ok, I’ll admit that I like to add the French press coffee machine and some pretty plates and a quilt, but that’s just my glamping essentials!

2. Consider ready-to-camp set up.

That’s the easiest of camping options, as you don’t have to set things up, and so your preparation is so much easier. I especially recommend this option for camping newbies and families with babies! We went to one of these ready to camp places when Lili was two years old and Rose was three months old, and it was one of the best vacations we ever had as a family!

Camping with kids

3. Camper or tent, which one is for you?

Camper set up is so much easier, and gives you place to eat and cook when it rains, but is considerably more pricey then all the tent gear.

Tent gives you more of an outdoorsy feel, and is much cheaper, but more time-consuming to set up.

I say, try both ( you can rent a camper for a weekend, and there’s always that one friend who has a tent to lent!) before investing in either of them!

Camping with kids

We decided that since we don’t go camping every weekend, the investment in a big camper wouldn’t make sense for us. Instead we started camping with a very large tent, that was just enough for our camping trips during the summer. And lately we got an old pop up tent- it gives a bit more of a glamping feel but without braking the bank.

Camping with kids

3. Tent camping preparations and what to do a week before:

Set up your tent in your backyard. You need to see if the tent is all good! And I reccomend running a trail night with the kids in the backyard. That means checking if your mattresses aren’t pierced, and if you’re warm enough in your sleeping-bags. I admit that it’s usually my hubby sleeping in the backyard with our older one not me, but it does get everyone exited!

Check if you have enough fuel for your camp stove, if you have batteries and first aid kit is well packed.

4. Tent camping must haves.

Good quality mattresses and sleeping bags are really a necessity! And for some extra comfort I like camping with my own pillow and real bedding. Of course, if you’d like to be sure that the rain won’t ruin your stay a canopy is a good buy, but I never used it, and we where just fine! Also, folding chairs, and if there’s no picnic table provided on your camping ground, then a folding table! ( see my full list above for what to pack for details).

Camping with kids

5. Make cooking easier: prepare a meal plan, and have some meals pre-prepared!

Really do make a detailed meal plan. Bake some muffins ahead for easy breakfast, and bring ready-made salsa, dips and pasta souse. What I also do, is opt for easy preparation, like fajita or tacos, hot dogs or pasta! I make sure to have lots of snacks, s’mores box and some drinks for adults!

Also, camping is much better with bacon and eggs for breakfast, and good coffee!

Camping with kids

6. Activities.

As much as hiking, kayaking and chilling around the camping ground is fun, it’s not as fun if it rains, and that’s why we always camp close to attractions like a zoo, pick up farm, or just close enough to the city. That way when there’s a rainy day head, we’re not stuck in the tent!

7. Let the kids be kids.

You don’t need to prepare them extra activities and they really don’t need all the toys. Bring a couple if their favourites ( max 4 per child) and let them get dirty and wild, let them explore the nature and make use of their imagination.

Camping with kids

And lastly, enjoy yourself. Camping with kids is all about reconnecting, unplugging and relaxing, so just let the kids be dirty, eat all the s’mores you want and enjoy the nature!

Blubbery lemon ice cream

This no-churn recipe is simply amazing! So easy and so good, you simply won't buy ice cream again! #nochurn #icecream

It had to happen, I just had to try making ice cream again, and what I came up with are these blueberry lemon ice cream! I think that making my own ice cream is my new addiction, right next to coffee and Netflix! Because whipping this up was so easy, and it turned out so good, I figured I should share the recipe with you as well!

And you know how blueberry lemon muffins are delicious? Now imagine more creamy and refreshing version, and what you have are these blubbery lemon ice cream.

This time it was my two and a half-year old Rose who was helping me making these, and I must tell you, she did enjoy all the mixing and the licking it involved!

So easy, no churn, and only four ingredients, this recipient will Shute be your new summer favourite! #summerfood #nochurn #icecream

Hers what you’ll need:

1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups blueberries ( plus 1/2 cup for decorating)
1 teaspoon of peeled lemon

First whip up your cream with sugar. Second, mash the blueberries with the hand mixer. Set them aside. Now, mix gently the whipped cream with the condensed milk: that’s your toddlers job! Add the mashed blueberries and the lemon peel. Mix together. Pour in to your freezer friendly dish of choice. Put in the freezer fir at meat 30 minutes before adding blueberries on top ( otherwise they’ll sink) and freeze fir another 6 hours before serving.

These blueberry lemon ice cream, are the easiest ice cream you'll ever make! No-churn, four ingredients and so delicious! Perfect summer treat! #icecream #nochurn #easydessert

I know, it’s childishly easy, but I really hope you’ll try them on the next hot summer day, they’re so good! And while you do, don’t forget to involve your kids in preparation, who knows, maybe later they’ll want to help you with dinner!

Blueberry lemon ice cream

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