Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recipe of the Week

It's Wednesday, and I decided that today is the day each week that I am going to post a fabulous recipe that you and your family will be sure to love. Each recipe will be from Pinterest - I spend so much time on there now-a-days, that I seem to be finding some delicious and blog-worthy recipes. If you have a dish you think is the and want me to try it out on my fam, leave me a comment, or snag my email address in the sidebar.
This week's recipe was made last night ... it was a hit and I was told to put it in the weekly rotation! Jamie Cooks It Up! displays this easy-to-follow recipe with great pics and I bet you already have the ingredients in your kitchen! Click on the pic and enjoy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Hunger Games

I had heard the hype around blogs and Facebook, but I was never interested in such an adventure-packed story that didn't involve sparkly vampires. I never paid attention to the movie trailers that are on TV or in the theaters for the March 23rd premiere. Then my hubby asked if I had read the books yet, to which I replied "eh, they just don't interest me." Shopping at Costco last week, the trilogy was all boxed up, tempting me with a fabulous Costco price - I mean, who could pass up 3 hardcover books for under $30? Let's just say, I cannot put this book down! I am hooked and I am only half-way through.
Have you read the series yet?
(Please no spoilers.)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I like it dirty ...

... my mascara! What else were you thinking I was going to be talking about today? Geesh!
I don't know 'bout you all, but I hate brand new mascara! It is too thin, too fresh, and doesn't at all do what it promises. Give a new tube some air time, a few weeks to get globby and mixed up a bit, and now we are talkin'!
Right now I am using Maybelline's Volum' Express the Classic in Very Black. I had a coupon for it a while back and snagged it at Target for $4. This stuff promises 3x the volume instantly and has a clump-free curved brush. When I first applied this to my lashes, I hated it! No plumping or volume, just spider-leg thin hairs that were attached to my eye lids. Sexy, huh? Not quite.
I decided to layer this mascara with the MAC Haute & Naughty mascara I was already using. It took a little over a week, but the Maybelline formula started to thicken a bit, and now it is the only one I am using on my lashes. The curved brush is pretty clump-free, too. I had to get used to using it the correct way. By 'correct' I mean the only way I can seem to position the wand with the proper amount of lash pressure to apply the stuff evenly. Who really knows for sure if it is actually being used in the correct form, but it is workin' for me.
What's your current mascara of choice? Do you like it dirty?

Monday, February 20, 2012

What's for dinner??

I saw a pin on good ol' Pinterest that inspired me to start meal planning for my family. It's pretty simple, really. Crock pot meals that can be put on in the morning before heading out to work, cooking throughout the day, and a fabulous dinner waiting for you when you get home .... but wait! What if you pre-made these meals so there was zero prep time in the mornings? Genius, I tell ya!! You know how the typical morning goes ... making breakfasts, packing lunches, getting kids off to school and getting yourself cleaned up and out the door in time for that daunting thing in life called a job. Did you see any time in there to prepare dinner?
I have decided that every Sunday, I am going to put together 4-5 meals and bag them up in Ziplocks to store in the fridge. This way I can throw them in the crock pot in the morning and not have to worry about the measuring, dicing, chopping, and mixing. Last night, I made up 5 meals in an hour. I found a few recipes online that I thought sounded yummy (we will see if they pass the test with my 3 boys), and they were pretty simple to throw together. I am excited to see how much stress is relieved in my evenings this week, being I am not having to create dinners with my oh-so-tired brain come dinner time.
Have y'all tried this sorta meal planning with your family? What are some of your favorite recipes?? I would love to try out some of your favorites on my own family! If you share, I'll be sure to give you proper kudos here on the bloggity blog!
Have a wonderful week, peeps!! xoxo

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's On Like Donkey Kong!

The number shouldn't matter. But I am a girl. And it does.

Jillian and The Pussycat Dolls are helping me out at home. Free personal training. I like it.

Things are all better once I plug in my headphones.Water. It does the body good.Who do you jam out to while you are workin' it out?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ombre Love

Sorry for the delay in the unveiling of my new 'do, girls ... this was a two week process! My style wizard wanted to be sure my hair didn't turn out all funky being we were bleaching my black hair, so she did some test strips last week. I brought in this pic of the gorgeous Mila Kunis ... this was the look I had finally fell in love with.And two salon trips later, my stylist worked her magic ...
I am loving my new color!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Nail color of the week ... Sally Hansen's Bling-tastic from their new Gem Crush line.

Base coat: Essie's Fill The Gap

3 Coats of Bling-tastic

Top Coat: Seche Vite

Indoor lighting
In the sun, indoors
I am LOVING this color. I needed 3 layers to coat each nail. By the 3rd time around, I found that the glitter stayed better if I tapped it on with the brush, rather than glide it across my nails. The finished results are quite smooth ... tons of aqua-blue glitter and silvery-gold pieces, too! What do you think??
So sorry for the iPhone pics ... I should really pull out my fancy camera to show you just how vivid and gorgeous this color actually is, but that involves a lot more process time. I am all about quick and simple these days! :o)

A Fond Farewell ...

Wow! Is December already upon us? Good golly this year has flown right by! I have been a busy girl lately, hence the blog break. Unfortu...