Friday Things

July 8, 2016

It's been a while since we shared some favorite things on a I'm changing that...for today, anyway.

Can we talk about summer? I like summer. I don't like the storms that summer brings. I feel like we've had these summer storms every day this week. Stop. I like rain (because I don't like to water the flowers/garden because it's usually really humid in the evening when I do this watering, which I also don't like). Let's just have peaceful rains and no summer storms. K?

For a while now we've had moments where we say "it would be nice to have a pool right now!" We haven't ever been serious enough about a pool to do such a thing, but I've joked about getting a kiddie pool. That's all we need, right? A nice spot to cool off on a hot summer day. Well, over the 4th I broke down and said "I'm getting a kiddie pool!!!" Oh. It's fabulous. It's ridiculous as well, but fabulous. It's a little more like a mini pool (10' round), and is the perfect size for two people to float around (in a small circle of course). I should have done this months ago.

Good story, right?

I think I could eat this white pizza with garlic sauce and garden herbs every. single. night.

Recently I read this book (as recommended by Kate at The Small Things Blog) and have to say, I feel like it was helpful. I mean, I would't say that I experienced a lightening bolt moment where all the answers were revealed to me, but I will say that I learned a lot about myself, my tendencies, and how to effectively change habits or create new habits that would be beneficial to my overall health. If you've read it and you're curious, I'm an Obliger. 

Recently I started using The Righteous Butter Body Butter. Love it!

I just heard thunder.

Check out The 31 Best Drinks from the Starbucks Secret Menu (which is actually 32 according to the site). This week I tried the Christmas Cookie Frappuccino. Christmas in July. YES.

It's Friday. I think I need a fruity drink with an umbrella and a beach towel.

Have a good weekend!

Beauty Talk: Under-eye Concealer

June 6, 2016

What is the #1 thing that can instantly age you? Having your concealer crease into fine lines. It draws attention to those laugh lines like no other. So, how do you keep under-eye concealer from creasing? Find the right product for your skin type!

My skin is more on the combination-oily side, and I have tried priming under the eye, setting with powder, "baking", setting with a setting spray...everything! It doesn't seem to matter which trick I use; if the product doesn't mesh with my skin type it won't work.

So let me save you some time. Here's a list of my favorites and fails that will work for any skin type...obviously my favorites are those for combo and oily skin. :)

Best for combination + Oily Skin
Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage / Great coverage, sets quickly, and doesn't crease.
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous / Light and bendable coverage, works best with a setting powder, but has a natural finish that lasts all day.
Mac Pro Longer / Definitely a favorite for most beauty bloggers, and I can see why! It sets and doesn't move! If they would just change the packaging...
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (neutralizer tone) / Works well to balance dark circles, and works best when blended with a brush. 

Best for Dry + NORMAL Skin
Tarte Maracuj√° Creaseless / Creased like crazy!!! If you have drier skin it might be a great option because it is very hydrating.
It Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube / Very easy application with great results when using the brightener and concealer that come together, but after a few hours it started to settle in my fine lines.
Nars Creamy Radient / I was borderline on this product for my skin type. It has a natural finish, but did crease on me. It would be great for normal skin types!
Maybelline Fit Me / Very similar to the Nars, but less than half the price.

Summer Chicken Salad

May 16, 2016

Summer means picnics. Picnics mean yummy chicken salad! I feel like there are two kinds of people when it comes to chicken salad: those that like it with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in (you know what I'm talking about...grapes, pecans, apples, almonds, celery, onion, everything else) and those that don't.

I personally like it with everything thrown in; it gives so much more flavor to plain old chicken salad! The problem is that most of those around me don't. I decided to make a yummy flavorful chicken salad without all the extras, and it is finger lickin' good!

Summer Chicken Salad

2 Tbsp chicken broth (I like this one
1 tsp sea salt
1 to 1.5 lbs chicken breast
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp ground pepper

1. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the chicken, add in chicken broth mix and sea salt. Boil until chicken is fully cooked. The broth helps add a little extra flavor to the chicken while it cooks.
2. In a separate bowl, combine dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; stir until blended. 
3. Shred chicken (I recently discovered the easiest way is in a stand-up mixer).
4. Add to bowl remaining seasonings and mix well. Gently stir in shredded chicken and chill. 

I love it on a pretzel bun with sliced tomatoes and some almond slices, but if that's too much "extra stuff" it's just as good on sliced bread or a cracker.

If you try it for your next picnic or cookout let me know how it goes!