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My Featured Set on Polyvore: Lupita Nyong’o



On Saturday afternoon I looked at my cell phone and to my surprise saw an activity notification of 648!  I thought, “What the heck is going on????” LOL  Thank you to my fellow Polyvore friends who “liked” my Lupita Nyong’o set and who also took the time to comment as well….. Having a gorgeous model like Miss Nyong’o made styling her pretty simple!

xoxo Mel 

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Happy New Year!

I LOVE Smoothies!!!



You don’t need to hire a personal chef (as if!) or resign yourself to starvation to get a jump start on that bikini ready body I know you are already thinking about.   All you need is a blender!  Blending is one of the quickest, easiest ways to prep healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and veggies. Here are a few of my smoothie recipes plus details on how they can kick-start your metabolism and keep it fired up for good!

A liquid base
Milk — 1 percent or nonfat — because it’s rich in vitamin D and calcium, which can help your body break down fat. But nondairy milks, like soy and almond, are fine too.

Lean protein

Getting protein at every meal helps you maintain lean muscle mass, which means you burn more calories throughout the day. Your best bets: plain nonfat yogurt, silken tofu, or unflavored protein powder.

Healthy fats
These give you energy, make your smoothie satisfying, and help your body absorb vitamins. Use up to two tablespoons of an ingredient that contains the good — that is, monounsaturated — kind, like avocado, seeds, or nuts.

High-fiber carbs
Any fruit will do, but raspberries and blueberries deliver the most fiber and the least amount of sugar. As for veggies, spinach and cucumber have the mildest, easiest-to-mask flavors.

Delicious Smoothie Recipes:

PB&J Smoothie
4 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 teaspoons smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup ice

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 327 calories, 18g protein, 55g carbohydrate, 7g fat (1.4g saturated), 9g fiber, 94mg sodium

Tropical Morning Smoothie
6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 368 calories, 22g protein, 60g carbohydrate, 7g fat (0.9g saturated), 9g fiber, 68mg sodium

Sweet Spinach Smoothie
6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 cups spinach leaves, packed
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
15 green or red grapes
2 tablespoons chopped avocado
1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 316 calories, 21g protein, 52g carbohydrate, 6g fat (0.9g saturated), 9g fiber, 115mg sodium

Q&A time!

Q. My metabolism is definitely slowing. How can I rev it up?
A. Graze, don’t gorge. Studies show that smaller, more frequent meals shift your metabolism into high gear, which is why my plan has you eating five times a day.

Q. Is there a healthy way to lose weight this week?
A. In the long term, moderation is key. But if people don’t see results quickly, they tend to give up. So I suggest having three smoothies and two snacks a day for five days, then two smoothies, a solid meal, and two snacks a day for five more days. You’ll lose weight right away because the smoothies have fewer calories than your average meal, but they’re so filling, you won’t feel deprived. Then for the last five days, you taper off to just one smoothie a day, which is something I suggest keeping up for life.

Q. What’s so great about smoothies?
A. For one thing, they’re incredibly convenient: You just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right. For another, they’re high in volume, so they take up a lot of space in your stomach. Best of all, the blades of the blender slice through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients — like fiber, protein, and healthy fats — easier for your body to absorb. And the more fiber you get, the fuller you feel, which means you can eat less and still be just as satisfied.


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Happy Holidays!!!!


Mini Apple Pie Cookies












  • 1 Box of frozen Pillsbury Pie Crust (2 sheets per box)
  • Approx. 1 Can of Apple Pie Filling
  • Approx. 1 Cup of Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Egg for the egg-wash
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Nutmeg
  • Flour just for sprinkling
  1. Unroll one of the pie crusts and lay it out on your surface.
  2. Spread the Caramel Sauce over the pie crust leaving about ⅛” of an edge
  3. Coarsely chop the apples in the pie filling, then spread on top of the caramel sauce.
  4. Unroll the 2nd pie crust and cut into strips. I used a wavy edged pastry cutter.
  5. Layer the pie crust strips over the apple filling in a lattice formation.
  6. Taking a round cookie cutter, cut your cookies and lay on your cookie sheet.
  7. Beat your egg and with a pastry brush then brush the egg over the top of the lattice pastry strips.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and some nutmeg.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 or until golden brown.
Depending on the size of your round cookie cutter, this recipe makes between 6-9 cookies.
I found this wonderful recipe online at a website called, “Made from Pinterest” …. Yummy!!!!
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Happy Halloween!!!!!

Headless Horseman


Headless Horseman by lipservicebymel
Everyone have a SAFE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! xoxo Mel
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Here Comes The Bride!

                 I said yes!

Mrs. Smith

In October we will be…


Well, kinda sorta but we don’t look anything like Angelina and Brad…but combined we almost have as many kids as they do! “ba-dum-tsh”

Be sure to check out my ”Wedding – I Do!” Section for undates… 

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I’ve Been Tooned!

 Melanie Smith















 My love of retro pin up girls and playful art all rolled into one!  

Victoria Fox creates colorful pin-up cartoons boasting their own unique theme, ranging from naughty princesses to peek-a-boo pirates…














The creation of my toon…

Mel Toon











and my adorable completed toon…

Mel Toon

















If you are interested in being “tooned” you can check out Victoria’s website @

xoxo Mel


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Summer 2013

Melanie Eckert

Hi everyone! 

I have been so busy this Summer…  I worked on my first post (as you see below) today…  I don’t believe I have posted in over a month…Shame on me!  Over the next few days I will be updating my Minecraft and Spa for girls parties with pictures included.

I made a quick trip to California and was bad with my eating and drinking but I came back with an amazing tan and new cocktail recipes! I’ve done quite a bit of shopping (do you like my cute shirt in this picture? I purchased it at the new candy store called “Lick” at Flamingo Las Vegas…) and I will post some of the exciting DIY projects coming up!

My weightlifting has been so much fun!!! I will post pictures soon of my weekly routine and if you try it, please be sure to email me before and after photos! 

I hope everyone is having a safe, happy and healthy Summer… xoxo Mel


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How to remove peeling facial skin…


 Help!  I look like a zombie!!!


A bad sunburn is not only a painful reminder of too much sun, but a sunburn can also cause skin peeling as the top layer of damaged skin is removed.  How many of you love the appearence of your skin after applying your liquid foundation?  If you are anything like me, you stare at yourself in the mirror wondering if you can get a role as a zombie on, “The Walking Dead” television show. 

Here is a at home remedy you can use to help rid yourself of this flaky mess:

Apply aloe vera gel to your sunburned face several times daily. Aloe vera helps promote healing of damaged skin while soothing itchiness and pain due to sunburn. The gel also introduces moisture to the skin, helping prevent or eliminate skin peeling as the skin dries.

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Treatments for Dry Chapped Hands

If you are like me and tend to forget to wear rubber gloves when doing household chores such as washing clothes, doing the dishes, or tending to my yard. Detergents, cleaners and garden sprays may contain harmful chemicals that can strip the natural moisturizing oils from the skin, leaving your hands rough and dehydrated.  

 The best way to avoid dry chapped hands is to opt for soaps and/or sanitizers that has minimum amount of alcohol. I also suggest you use a good quality hand lotion afterwards to moisturize and condition your hands. Apply a good thick hand cream without petroleum, ideally made with ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax.

I found a few treatments for Dry Chapped Hands that you may want to try on this Makeover Monday!








Homemade shea butter hand cream:

Melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 8 tablespoons shea butter. Then add 8 tablespoons evening primrose oil and 10 drops lavender essential oils. Mix all ingredients completely until smooth. Transfer to a jar, and leave to harden.

Homemade coca butter hand cream:

 Melt together 4 tablespoons beeswax and 4 tablespoons cocoa butter. Add 4 tablespoons almond oil and mix them really well. Pour into a jar and let it solidify.

It always a good idea to use a hand scrub before using a hand cream so that the cream can be better absorbed. Try making this inexpensive home made papaya almond oatmeal hand scrub. It is a gentle exfoliating hand scrub that will get rid of dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin underneath, leaving you with nourished, soft, touchable skin.

Homemade papaya almond hand scrub:

1 tablespoon papaya, ½ teaspoon ground almonds, ½ teaspoon ground oatmeal (you can also replace it with sugar or salt ), 1 teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon pineapple juice.

Mashing papaya in a small bowl. Add oatmeal, almonds, honey and pineapple juice. Stir until a paste forms. Place mixture in your refrigerator for 15 minutes.

To use, lightly scrub the mixture over your hands. Gently massage your skin for about 5 minutes before washing off thoroughly with cool water.

You can also use this simple hand soak made with pineapple juice to help remove dead skin cells and soften rough hands. This natural home remedy is perfect for dry or chapped hands.

Homemade handsoak  treatment:

2 tablespoons honey, 10 drops lemon balm oil, 10 drops papaya oil, and organic pineapple juice.

Heat honey in your microwave oven for 10 seconds, and transfer it into a bowl, large enough to comfortably fit both hands. Slowly stir in lemon balm oil and papaya oil. Then pour pineapple juice into the bowl until it is about ¾ full.

Soak your hands in mixture for about 15 minutes while gently massaging your hands and fingers. Rinse off completely with cool water.

Have a wonderful Monday! xoxo Mel

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The Real JT

In 1982 I sat in my mother and father’s living room and watched a new band perform on television in the United States for their very first time.  They played two songs and if I remember correctly those songs were, “Hungry Like The Wolf” & “Rio”… The camera showed each member of this band called, “Duran Duran” … I remember thinking how relatively good looking these guys are.  As the camera panned to one particular member I believe I had experienced my very first jaw dropping moment.  Those dark eyes, square jaw line, and his hair was long and styled better than mine could ever be… His name was John Taylor or JT … he was 22 years old and it was love at first sight…







I am dedicating this Throwback Thursday to John Taylor who is celebrating his 53rd Birthday today! 

If you are interested in reading about John’s life … you can buy a copy of his recently published biography here… or check out the website for up to date information on Duran Duran.






xoxo… Mel

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