Thursday, July 31, 2014

6 Things Making Me Happy This Week

That sweet sweet moment on Saturday morning when I enjoy a homemade iced coffee and watch the Food Network is calling to me!  I'm comin' Saturday! 

1.  This is just the saddest.  I actually don't find many food advertisements to be appetizing anyways (they always looks so plastic-y to me) but dang, those real pictures are rough.  Somebody doesn't know the value of some natural light.  #bloggersknowhatsup  

2.  Brownie Brittle!  Dyyiinnnggg.  I found Brownie Brittle a few weeks ago in my local grocery store and that stuff is like crack.  It's got the absolute essence of a brownie but it's crunchy and tastes light as air.  And it's 0 calories (in my mind)!  I wanted to try a homemade version but I never got around to testing it out.  This recipe is heading straight to the top of my list!  

3.  This is possibly the world's best pasta.  I haven't even tasted it but I'm confident I'm right.  

4.  The thing is, if I were to try this eye look myself, I would look like a 1980's prom queen who got caught in the rain.  There's just no way I could make it work.  But I so badly want to try!  So the question is, what day of the week is best to look like a 1980's prom queen who got caught in the rain?  

5.  I am 100% certain that this is what every yoga teacher wants to say.  I'd like to take a yoga class where people just be real with me.  

6.  Feel like I just need to tuck these affirmations away for a rainy day.       

What's making you happy this week?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Potting Succulents

Plants!  Did you grow up with live plants in your house?  We were a strictly fake-flower family.  No time to fuss with watering and such.  We even had silk plants in the flower boxes outside.  Classy.  

So introducing real plants in my home was a huge step!  Aside from the odd bouquet now and then, flowers and plants are virtually nonexistent in my house.  Welp, I set out to change all that as soon as I saw this Spring tutorial by EssieButton (video link here).  I loved the look of succulents!  I didn't even know the word succulents until that video.  You can judge me for that.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fig and Cherry Sunflower Seed Oat Bars

Oh it's been so long since I've made a bar.  Why was I holding out on myself?  Bars are some of my favorite desserts! They don't feel decadent but, hello, these are packed with butter and sugar.  But it's still really easy for me to convince myself that these are healthy granola bars or something.  I'm so good at self-deception.

Even when I made the damn recipe by hand.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Weekly Manicure #2: Rimmel Salon Pro Reggae Splash


This week's manicure injected a little color into my nails!  But not too much color.  Let's not get crazy.  

This is the first Rimmel polish I've owned, but it won't be the last.  Rimmel Salon Pro Polish in Reggae Splash is a beautiful muted neon orange.  Cantelope, if you will.  It seems like a color that wouldn't be flattering on the nails but it somehow just is.  The color reminds me of those Flintstone Push Pops that were my sole diet every summer of the 90's.  

The formula is pretty amazing for the price.  It's thick but not goopey.  It's a two coat job, but then again, most polishes are so I won't hold that against it.  I think the thing I enjoy most is the brush.  It's short and fat and makes for a quick, one stroke application.  

What have you got on your nails this week?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

6 Things Making Me Happy This Week

A little quiet around these parts this week, eh?  Between traveling a bit, getting back to work and feeling a little blah, I've fallen a bit behind.  Fear not, I've still got happy-making things this week:

1.  These industry food styling tips explain why I never really find advertisement food to be appetizing: because it's hardly real food.  I've got mad respect for food bloggers who don't use these tips and still make food look downright irresistible.  

2.  Tea fanatics like myself will like this handy guide to tea.  I hardly consider myself to be a tea snob but loose leaf tea is where the magic happens.  

3.  Well, while we're talking about guides to things (I lead an exciting life, don't I?), how about oats?  I found this to be SO helpful.  It's like, I sorta knew these things but I also sorta didn't?  I sure as heck didn't know what to do with a groat though.  If I had to guess, I would have said a groat was a troll-like man who lived under a bridge.  

4.  Uuuhhhh, where was this list of questions you should ask at every job interview back when I was interviewing and miserable?  Because I always know you should ask questions after an interview but obviously my mind is blank and all I can think of is that I usually have to pee and I'm probably sweating and I'm so thirsty and "what's the company culture like?"  

5.  Omelet Scones?  Yup!  I'll take one please.  Or seven.  

6.  I just love this "Letter from Anthony Bourdain."  So many leather jackets.  
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

7 Things Making Me Happy This Week

Another week of summer flown by!  And I'm jetting off to NYC this weekend to visit the little sis!  Woo!  Let's talk about happy things:

1.  Seinfeld emojis are the best news of the week!  Since getting cable recently, it seems like there isn't an hour of the day when an episode of Seinfeld isn't airing and I'm lovin' every minute of it Jerry!  Binge watching til bedtime?  Yep.  

2.  You'll probably notice that around these parts, I don't make a lot of desserts that require much intricate decorating.  There are several reasons for this (laziness, lack of skills, laziness...) but when I spy a cake like this Trix Cake, it makes me want to run to the kitchen and have at it.  

3.  I LOVE reading about marketing tricks for different industries and this list of restaurant menu secrets was fascinating.  I don't know why I'm surprised to find that so much research has gone into menu creation.  It makes you wonder what other sorts of marketing tricks we fall prey to on the daily.  I'd love to know industry secrets for cosmetics since I am a documented sucker for pretty packaging.  

4.  When I was younger I distinctly remember my Grandma Anna using a mortar and pestle to grind up vitamins and vaseline to make her "salve," which she would put on her face for supposed beauty benefits.   She was a peculiar, fascinating woman.  We all joked about it and chalked it up to the one million other odd things my grandma did.  According to xoVain though, my grandma was actually on to something.  Aren't grandma's always right? (and weird).  

5.  Since recently painting a dresser in my bedroom, I've been drunk on painting!  I want to paint all the furniture in my home (but oddly not the walls...).  Just look at this adorable bar cart!  I'd take up drinking a nightcap every day just as an excuse to make that cart.  

6.  It's amazing how it sometimes takes one article for something to click.  This article on silicones in beauty products answers so many questions for me!  I feel like I can make much more informed purchases with a little knowledge on the ingredients in cosmetics.  If you've got 10 minutes to spare, I really recommend the read.  

7.  Ok, let's all just get a grip people! 

What's making you happy this week?
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's Love: Miss Manga Mascara

Why yes, those ARE fake flowers.  What of it?

I'm in looooovvveeeee!

It's rare that I find a mascara that I like so quickly after trying it.  Often times, I need to let mascaras dry out a bit before I really fall in love.  And that's ok.  I'm prepared for that.  But gee whiz, is it nice to love a mascara after the first use.  Miss Manga, you saucy minx!