Pinky’s Pick : Most Stellar State


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So here’s the skinny, my peaches —

I know, I’m definitely a southern girl at heart (born and raised), so my obvious choice for “favorite US state” is the beautiful state of Georgia. If you’ve never been to the peach state – it’s absolutely remarkable.

Stone Mountain Marketplace

Stone Mountain on Easter Sunday

 

PINKY’S TOP PICK ATTRACTIONS IN GEORGIA

*There’s always so much to do in Atlanta, Athens and beyond.

*Georgia (especially, Atlanta) is the new Hollywood.

*The weather is beautiful.

*It’s full of friendly people too, if you like that sort of thing. This girl DOES.

*It’s even fun to drive in the peach state for so many reasons.

 

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FUN THINGS TO DO

 

*Georgia Aquarium

*Stone Mountain

*The World of Coca-Cola

*Centennial Olympic Park

*Atlanta Botanical Garden

*Six Flags Over Georgia

This is a great link of just 30 of the amazing things about Georgia (not your typical tourist spots). http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/photos-of-georgia/

 

THE NEW HOLLYWOOD

Atlanta and surrounding areas all throughout Georgia are catching major attention, in terms of filming locations. Of course, if you watch the Bravo Network – you’re familiar with The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine, both filmed primarily, in Atlanta. But if you don’t, there’s a more comprehensive list here or I’ve made a quick list of some of the shows and movies that were filmed here:

Fried Green Tomatoes, The Hunger Games, Fast and Furious (most recent), The Walking Dead, Driving Miss Daisy, Family Feud (Dad, E, Lyn, if y’all come down here together — we’re ALL signing up for this), Party Down South (season two) and Jack Black has been filming for the new Goosebumps movie just a short drive away from where I live…I could go on and on, but I won’t. This is supposed to be the short list, y’all.

(Most of these I just recently discovered were  filmed in Georgia.)

 

Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Juliette, GA, the primary filming location for “Fried Green Tomatoes” — not far from where I live…

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WEATHER

Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

If you like nature, outdoorsy kinds of things or spending time outside — Georgia is the place to be. The weather, in my opinion is warm and pleasant. Georgia has mountainous regions, islands off the southern coast, gorgeous tall trees and pines that stay green all year. There’s so much beauty in Georgia. Honestly, what more could a nature-loving girl (or guy) ask for?

PEOPLE

The people are even super nice, to boot. In this girl’s opinion, they’re rated an ‘above average friendliness’ status over the entire US population. People are considerate, down-to-earth and helpful here. For a girl who’s starting over, this is a welcome breath of fresh air, the freshest.

DRIVING

It’s a big state. So that means more driving for this chick.

Northern Georgia Highway

Northern Georgia Highway

When I lived Indiana, driving was a less than pleasant experience.

Here, it’s all about the open road, country or highway, both happen to be pretty enjoyable for me.

With the exception of Atlanta where it’s “drive faster or be driven over”, which can be exhilarating, in it’s own way. My original trips to and from Atlanta were still pretty terrifying, at first.  Now I’m kind of starting to dig it. 🙂

Stone Mountain Entrance

Stone Mountain Entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I love the state of Georgia. What’s not to love? I mean, where else can you buy…… “Peches”? 😉

Peches. That's right. Peches

Peches. That’s right. Peches

 

 

Love, Pinky

Love,
Pinky

Pinky Chai’s All-Natural ‘Boo’-Licious Beauty Blends


If you follow my blog, you know I love food. I’ve discovered a few more uses for food — beyond just feeding your face. Here is my list of all-natural beauty tips, remedies and regimens…Halloween-style:

Face lines from evil cackling?

WHITE GRAPES

Squeeze juice from 2 white grapes and mix with 1 teaspoon of sugar -- Leave on skin for 15 minutes & rinse. Repeat 2x a week.

Squeeze juice from 2 white grapes and mix with 1 teaspoon of sugar — Leave on skin for 15 minutes & rinse. Repeat 2x a week.

Smooth wrinkles, crows feet and laugh lines with white grapes. This super fruit contains alpha-hydroxy acids (much like expensive acid peels) that dissolve and exfoliate the dead outer layer of skin.

WHITE TEA

You don’t need expensive collagen implants. White tea wards off evil wrinkles and keeps skin soft and youthful-looking by boosting skin’s natural collagen.

Sip 1 cup of white tea a day to keep skin smooth from wrinkles and to keep skin soft and supple.

Sip 1 cup of white tea a day to keep skin smooth from wrinkles and to keep skin soft and supple.

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin works as a softener to skin, especially when combined with other yummy ingredients like, yogurt (an all-natural exfoliant) and oats (a great skin moisturizer). Keep skin soft and smooth with the witches’ brew below.

Monster mash 3 medium strawberries together with 1 tablespoons of honey. Spread onto face and let sit for 10-15 minutes to reap the benefits of this breakout banisher.

Monster mash 3 medium strawberries together with 1 tablespoons of honey. Spread onto face and let sit for 10-15 minutes to reap the benefits of this breakout banisher.

Need to “scare away” breakouts?

STRAWBERRIES & HONEY

Strawberries banish dry skin and honey works as a natural astringent by making blemishes disappear. The yummy concoction below, scares away blackheads, pimples AND dry skin — like poof!

 

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Need a sleep potion for restless nights?

CHERRY JUICE

Drink a glass of cherry juice for restful sleep before climbing into your coffin at night.

Drink a glass of cherry juice for restful sleep before climbing into your coffin at night.

Cherry juice contains a natural pain-killing ingredient, which promotes more restful sleep. Research suggests and The Count agrees — you’ll get a good 17 more minutes of deep sleep by drinking this wickedly good nightcap.

Feel like a zombie from lack of sleep?

 

GINGER TEA

Ginger offers a variety of benefits among soothing evil tummy troubles and easing achiness to promote a more restful sleep.

Mix up a wicked brew of ginger tea for a good night's sleep.

Mix up a wicked brew of ginger tea for a good night’s sleep.

Scratchy throat from shrieking and howling at the moon?

FLAX SEED

Bring 1 teaspoon of flax seeds and 1 cup of water to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain seeds and sip while warm.

Bring 1 teaspoon of flax seeds and 1 cup of water to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain seeds and sip while warm.

Flax seed is an all-natural ingredient that loosens pflegm. Use the witchy spell below, to get back to howling, pflegm-free! As a bonus, flax seed helps to curb mood swings.

PEPPERMINT TEA

Put peppermint tea in your cauldron and inhale.

Put peppermint tea in your cauldron and inhale the steamy, peppermint goodness.

The natural menthol in peppermint tea releases sinister pflegm (better than over-the-counter expectorants) and gets you back to your old self, again.

vinegar bottles

Bring this unsightly affliction to a dead end by mixing 1 part vinegar and 2 parts warm water for a “fungus-freaking” foot soak. Soak feet for 15 minutes daily to banish the evil fungus banshee, for good.

Nail fungus creeping up on you?

VINEGAR

This common household product stops fungus and athlete’s foot in its’ tracks. The acid in vinegar destroys fungus, like garlic does to vampires.

Flat, dull hair got you feeling witchy?

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Combine 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary and 2 cups of water into a pot. Boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Cool and transfer the elixer into a spray bottle. Spritz on hair to make it glisten and shine.

ROSEMARY

Don’t shy away from the light just because your hair isn’t shiny and lustrous. Make it shine and glisten in the sunlight (AND the moonlight) with this clever concoction.

rosemary and mint conditioner

or…try my fave cheap conditioner EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Reconstruct Conditioner by L’Oreal Paris. It costs $6-8 at any department store or drug store. It is one of the best conditioners I’ve ever used. Not only does it strengthen my hair (after just one use — according to the L’Oreal Paris website), but the rosemary makes my hair super shiny and the mint keeps my locks smelling fresh and clean. The rosemary-mint combo also works as an aromatherapy to invigorate the senses. Try it — it’s seriously great. No one is paying me to say this, I just LOVE this product enough to promote it. It’s de-liciously cheap and seriously good for your hair.

Pinky Talks Tea


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Tea drinkers, connoisseurs and aficionados, you are in for a treat. This post is dedicated to all things tea.

If you think you know everything there is to know about tea — read on, you may be surprised. Put the kettle on the stove and let’s “get our tea on”.

Tip: Try Pinky’s Chai Tea Recipe at the bottom of this post.

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Tantalizing Tea Facts

Tea is the 2nd most consumed beverage in the world with more than 3 billion cups being consumed every day across the world. It’s no wonder with its soothing aroma and the astounding array of health benefits it offers.

Tea is chock full of vitamins and other healthy components including vitamins B1, B2 and B6 along with potassium, manganese, folic acid and calcium. Below, are just a few of the health benefits from tea.

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Black Tea

Main Benefit: Freshens Breath

Did you know that black tea is loaded with polyphenols, which fight plaque and cut back on bacteria growth in the mouth?

Weight loss and diabetes prevention are two added bonuses to drinking black tea, as well.

White Tea

Main Benefit: Promotes Weight Loss

Polyphenols are the active weight loss agent found in most teas. White tea is loaded with polyphenols, even more so than other types of tea because it is processed considerably less than most. In fact, the antioxidants in one cup of white tea equals the same amount you’d get by drinking 10 cups of apple juice.

This tea drink promotes a healthy, even skin tone. White tea is also linked to preventing colon cancer and other types of cancer, too.

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

Main Benefit: Relieves Headaches

Ginger tea is known to fight headaches, just as quickly as popping an aspirin. Ginger tea also helps soothe upset stomachs, too.

Passionflower Tea

Main Benefit: Lowers Anxiety

Passionflower tea contains the flavone chrysin which provides relief for those who suffer with obsessive thoughts (i.e. – anxiety).

Ginseng Tea

Main Benefit: Libido Booster

Ginseng tea offers a sexual boost for both men and women by increasing libido, fighting erectile dysfunction and raising sperm count in men.

coffee_tea_mug_cup_hot_drinkCaffeine Crash or Long-Lasting Energy?                                                         

Coffee drinkers are painfully aware of the crash and burn, halting side effects of drinking “Joe”. This happens because the caffeine in coffee immediately goes into our systems and hits it like a Mac truck giving us a short jolt and then, leaving as quickly as it came. Tea, however, contains antioxidants which slows the release of caffeine throughout your system allowing a longer “alert period” and lowering the risk of a crash.

Due to the fact that chai tea is my favorite drink on the planet and her namesake, it would be an utter travesty if I didn’t discuss my love of chai tea. It’s a love that runs deep. Everything about chai tea makes it the ultimate drink. From the warmth to the spicy aroma to the creamy texture to the multiple health benefits from partaking in this “drink of the gods” — it is truly a drink like no other.

Try this delicious homemade chai tea recipe for your sipping pleasure:
Pinky’s Recipe for Chai Tea

Ingredients

1 cinnamon stick
3 cups of water
6 whole cloves
6 whole cardamom pods
4 whole black peppercorns
1 (one inch) piece of ginger root (peeled and sliced)
2 black tea bags or 1 tablespoon of loose black tea
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 cup milk (low-fat dairy, soy or almond milk)

Combine water, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and peppercorns into a pot and heat on stovetop until boiling. Cover and lower heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Return to heat and boil. After boiling, remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and allow to steep for 5 more minutes. Strain out solids using a fine mesh sieve and transfer liquid back to the pot. Add milk and brown sugar and place over low heat for about a minute. Pour into mugs and serve.

If you prefer the quick and easy method to enjoying chai tea — check out Oregon Chai, my favorite homemade substitute.

Next time, you’re craving caffeine — reach for the tea bags instead, for more energy, a massive amount of ID-100201539benefits and a calmer, happier, healthier life.

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