THE pepper EXPRESS: June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dear New Mommies Who Have Thinning Hair

This post was sponsored on behalf of NIOXIN. All opinions stated are my own.
There is something that most women don't talk about postpartum. Even though you might want to pull your hair out the truth is your hair just falls out. You will start to notice it in the shower. Then you will find random strands on your pillow or even on your couch. Then bald spots start appearing and you realize that breast feeding your baby is literally sucking the life out of you. Your hair starts thinning and most of the time your hair looks like it hasn't been washed in three to four days. Ladies I have a suggestion: Check out this Consultation Tool with NIOXIN to find the solution for your specific hair. When I completed the consultation they recommended System Kit 5. Now I took part in a 30 day challenge and used these products in my daily regimen and my result made me very happy:
The three step system includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment. Nioxin has guaranteed to deliver thicker, fuller, and denser looking hair: 
I usually take my showers at night and when I was introduced to the Night Density Rescue Treatment I knew it was perfect for me. I take two drops of the serum and massage it into my scalp. The Key Ingredients include Biotin and Vitamin E. This technology promotes hair density by delivering antioxidants to the scalp surface*
In the morning when I wake up I then use the Bodifying Foam and spread it throughout my hair and then blow dry my hair to create some body. NIOXIN has taken on the 3D approach to hairstyling. The three aspects of hair thinning include Derma, Density, and Diameter. The Derma helps with the scalp environment. The Density creates a lightweight styler that helps protect against hair loss due to thinning.  The Diameter makes your hair look as if it increased by diameter. 
Here is my hair once I have used all of the products and blow dried it. The next step is to style it with my hot tool.
I use a simple 1 inch hot tool and curl my hair into ringlets then I comb my fingers through my hair to create some beach waves:
 I encourage you to take the NIOXIN 30 day challenge and share your results on social media using the hashtag #NIOXINChallenge. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gourmet Shark Week Brownies #WhatMattersToU

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatMattersToU #CollectiveBias
If you don't know what shark week is please email me and I will give you the 411 on Aunt Flow. Ladies, this is a recipe that was introduced to me through my workplace and was usually made once a month on purpose. I took the triple chocolatey mess and made it gourmet. This recipe can be passed down from daughter to daughter or friend to friend, because you need this recipe in your life. It's what matters to me and it's what matters to you. I think it would be great to deliver these shark week brownies with a big box of U by Kotex® Barely There® Liners. The new Style N' Store packs can be found at Walmart. They have a convenient drawer so you can easily organize your personal care items:
Shark Week Brownies
For this recipe you will need:
1 box of pre-made brownie mix
Cooking Spray & A Glass Casserole Dish
2 cups crumbled peanut butter cups
1 cup of chocolate syrup
1 banana sliced
Chopped Almonds
 Pre-heat your oven to 375°
Step One: Spray your glass casserole dish with the cooking spray and then pour half of your brownie mix as the bottom layer:
Step Two: Crumble all of your peanut putter cups as the second layer. If you think you have enough peanut butter cups think again and add some more:
Step Three: Pour your chocolate syrup as the third layer:
Step Four: The fourth layer is the other half of the brownie mix. It will look lumpy. The brownie mix will bake over the peanut butter crumbles.
Step Five: Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean:
Now at this point your brownies don't look the best. But they smell delicious. This is when your toppings come in handy.
I add the sliced bananas and even more chocolate syrup. And sprinkle the chopped almonds on top of all that:
If you would like to post your opinion on what matters to you make sure to use the hashtag: #WhatMattersToU. And if you purchase 2 packs of U by Kotex® products at Walmart (Any Variation) Text UbyKotex to 811811 and upload a photo of your receipt. Then go to and register to choose your customized reward!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Race Day Recipe: Stuffed Mini Peppers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias
I have been craving stuffed jalapeños like crazy. I am excited to use this coming up race as an excuse to make my colorful stuffed mini peppers. My father will be cheering for Ty Dillon in car #95, while I make these delicious appetizers. They are so simple and easy to make, but I truly like how colorful they are. The red, yellow and green really stand out on race day. In our family you need to be prepared to eat some hot and spicy food. I always come prepared with Nexium 24HR which helps all day and all night for heartburn protection.  I found the little purple pills at Walmart and they have new easy to swallow tablets. I keep them around for situations like this. I don't want to miss out on good food. When preparing the mini stuffed bell peppers just remember to wash them with a vegetable brush:

Stuffed Mini Peppers
2 bags small bell peppers
8 jalapeños
1 package of flavored garlic cheese spread
1 package of shredded parmesan cheese
1 bunch of chives minced

Preheat your oven to 400° and prepare a cooking dish to roast your mini peppers in.
Cut each pepper length wise and spoon out as much seeds as you can. Make sure to remove most of the seeds from the jalapeños.
Spoon your flavored cheese into each pepper. 
This doesn't have to be perfect. Because the cheese is going to melt no matter what!
Sprinkle your parmesan cheese onto each pepper. Use as much cheese as you can:
And the chives are used as a garnish. They are optional but I highly recommend them.
Bake your stuffed peppers for 15 minutes and let them cool:
Make sure you have some Nexium 24HR around just in case. 
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