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Healthy Strawberry Banana Popsicle Recipe

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FACT: Kat and I love sweets. We pretty much have a 24/7, nonstop, give me all the sugar, sweet tooth. We try really hard to allow ourselves only one true dessert a week because as much and I love sweets, my hips don't. (Blast them.) Over the years we have forced ourselves to come up with some healthy alternatives to hold us over until our Saturday indulge. Frozen fruit treats seem to be one of our go-tos. 1) It's a great way to get a serving of fruit. 2) We can make big batches all at one time and enjoy for a few months and 3) Eating frozen treats last longer than that 2 bite piece of sugar-free WW candy that doesn't even taste that good to begin with.

I have always wanted to try homemade popsicles because the possibilities seem endless! Per usual, Kat and I find about 50 different recipes on Pinterest and then form some combination of ingredients based off of what we usually keep in stock and what our taste preferences are. We prefer to keep our ingredients as healthy as possible, but also as simple as possible. If it calls for something weird that we can only get at select health food stores - that's gonna be a no. We will find a substitute. That brings us to these strawberry banana popsicles we made this week. I'm here to report that these are easy to make, healthier than our usual Ben and Jerry's Tonight Dough, and DELISH. 

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Strawberry Banana Popsicles

:: 16oz nonfat, vanilla Greek yogurt
:: 3 tablespoons natural honey
:: 1 tsp vanilla extract
:: 16oz strawberries
:: 2 ripe bananas
:: Truvia to taste
:: Popsicle mold and sticks

Step 1 | Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract. Blend well and set aside.

Step 2 | In a blender, combine strawberries and bananas. Add Truvia by the pinch-full until the fruit blend is sweet enough to your liking. We probably added a teaspoon to ours but we tend to like things just a bit sweeter. 

Step 3 | Layer the fruit puree and yogurt blend into your popsicle molds until all of them are full. (I used this popsicle mold from Amazon.) Place lid on mold and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight.

Step 4 | To release popsicles from the mold, I filled up our sink with luke warm (not hot) water and placed the mold in the water for about 20 seconds. They released super easily and we individually bagged them in snack size ziplock bags. Enjoy!

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Let us know if you try the recipe or if you come up with a good flavor combination of your own! Looking for other healthy dessert alternatives? Be sure to checkout our peanut butter banana ice cream, sparkling strawberry slushie, and this blueberry cheesecake protein shake!

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Easter Basket Inspiration + GIVEAWAY

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Is it too soon to say Happy Spring? It's hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner. (I honestly could have sworn I just took down my Christmas tree last week.) Whether it's an Easter basket, bachelorette survival kit, or Christmas stockings, Cason and I get way more enjoyment than we should out of curating the perfect gifts! It's so fun to shop from some of our favorite small businesses to find the perfect gifts specifically for someone special. Plastic eggs and all things candy are perfect for the kiddos but I thought it would be fun to help you put together the perfect Easter basket for your mom, sister, and girlfriends. (And with plenty of time to order online if you need to!)

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 Apricot Sugar Scrub Cubes from Waiting on Martha Home
 Cheers Napkins from When it Rains Paper Co.
Be Kind, Stay Humble Pen Set from Taylor Elliott Designs
Suns Out, Buns Out Bunny Tails from Sugarfina
Carrot Surprise Cone from Sugarfina
Sunday Funday Cups from When it Rains Paper Co.
 Retro Basket Bag from Sun Jellies

Oh and BONUS: We're giving away this entire Easter basket to one lucky winner! Be sure you are following @whenitrainspaper on Instagram for details. The giveaway ends soon so go check it out! It's time to officially start stuffing those baskets!

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8 Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

BeautyKat Rainwater2 Comments
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I wouldn't consider myself a beauty expert. I'm constantly watching YouTube videos on how to do my liquid liner or different ways to master the perfect loose wave. BUT I would definitely consider myself a beauty junkie. It was love at first sight when my mom took me to the Clinique counter for the first time. And don't even get me started on those Clinique Bonuses! I loved trying out alllll the products then and not much has changed! I've weeded through everything I've tried lately and am only sharing the best of the best. Here are the 8 products I currently can't live without! 

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1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette | I've always used Urban Decay's eye shadow palettes and never realized how poorly they stayed on until I tried Anastasia. This is the creamiest most blend-able eye shadow I've ever used! And I absolutely love all the colors it comes with. 

2. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment | Need a lip stain that really works?! Look no further. I've tried lots of different brands and none stay on as well as Nars. I've put this on at 9am and had to scrub it off at night. (And it doesn't leave your lips feeling dry and weird all day) If you're specifically looking for a red lip stain "Light My Fire" is the most perfect shade of red!

3. Face Halo | I love Face Halos! It perfectly removes all of your makeup with just water. You simply wet the Halo and wipe off your makeup. You'll be amazed at how much comes off. The pads are made with special fibers that give your face a deep clean and it seriously works. The best part? You can wash them! Throw them in with your whites when you're doing laundry and they're ready to use again. (You can save money and stop buying all of those makeup remover wipes!)

4. Pixi Glow Tonic | This little bottle is liquid gold. I put this on after I wash my face and before I moisturize. It exfoliates your skin while leaving it feeling all fresh and glowy! The best part? You can get it at Target. It has done wonders to my skin! 

5. Dior Nail Glow | My nails have taken a serious beating lately. Between all the gel polish or SNS damage they're in need of some serious TLC. I decided to take a break from manicures and have fallen in love with clear polish again. Every Sunday I give myself an at-home mani and this nail polish has been the perfect addition. I love the pop of clear pink it adds to my nails for a healthy glow! 

6. Kenra Dry Texture Spray | I don't leave home without this spray! After I've curled and hair-sprayed my hair I add this texture spray before breaking up all the curls. It adds that perfect texture and volume to almost make it look a little messy but in a good way! 

7. Billie Razors | I stumbled across Billie Razors a couple months ago and haven't looked back. Billie is a shave club geared towards women and it's so affordable! You can get a starter kit which includes your razor, two 5-cartridge blades, and a magnetic holder for $9! Then you just set up how often you want replacement blades delivered depending on how often you shave. (This delivery includes 4 replacement blades for $9.) Not only am I saving money because I'm not headed to Target every other month for cheap razors but these are adorable and delivered to my front door. 

8. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay | You mix the powdered clay with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and what you get is a magical clay mask. It's a serious "deep clean" that makes your face feel AMAZING! Don't believe me? Go read the 13,000+ reviews on Amazon. (If you have sensitive skin be careful. It is definitely strong and will leave your face red for around an hour.) 

What products are you loving right now?! 

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Wallpaper Wednesday - Valentine's Day Edition!

Free DownloadsCason RainwaterComment
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I'm honestly such a sucker for the cheesy holidays. Growing up, my mom always made every holiday special in a small way whether it was green mashed potatoes for St. Patrick's Day or Valentine's Day pajamas. And we still haven't grown out of it - I'm 33 years old and had a Halloween doughnut waiting at my front door this past October 31st. (Please don't stop Mom!)

So here is my small treat to all of you! Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, be sure to give your tech devices a makeover full of LOVE with our free wallpapers!

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Happy Wallpaper Wednesday and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Winter Reading List

Book ClubKat RainwaterComment
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I love reading no matter what season it is. Hot outside? Lay out by the pool with a good book. Cold outside? Curl up by the fire with a page-turner. But if I'm being completely honest with myself as much as I love a good beach read, I think winter is my favorite season of reading. There's something magical about a blanket, cup of hot cocoa, the fire going, and a book in hand. What more could a girl want? 

It's been pretty cold in Atlanta so it should come as no surprise that I went on a total Amazon bender last week and ordered all the books I've been coveting lately. I haven't read any of these and the genres are all over the place BUT this is my current nightstand stack for the winter months. I've had a couple of these on my reading list for a while now and I'm looking forward to finally seeing what they're all about. I recommend having a low-key weekend and diving into one of these good reads!

WINTER READING LIST:

What books are you reading right now? See anything that interests you or want to recommend another book? Let's discuss!

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