Christmas Home Tour 2016

December 3, 2016

Welcome back, Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year is here, and this year's decorations are probably my favorite yet. Similar to last year, I decided to keep a very traditional theme with red and green, but did all red ornaments on the tree and tried to add a few more touches of red around the house.

Can the world collectively decide to have the whole month of December off from work and enjoy the season, please? I just want to sit in the living room bundled in a blanket with Hallmark movies all day every day. 

I told myself this year (as I do every year) that I wasn't going to pull out every single decoration I own, and I would scale it back a little <-- Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Of course, every few days, I go pull something else out of the Christmas Closet. #CantStopWontStop

On a side note, have you seen the blogger Holiday Housewalk this year? So much inspiration!!! Here are a few of my favorites...

My sweet friend gave me this little doggie ornament, and it's the perfect plaid for Miss Bailee's stocking. 

The tree is usually tucked away in the corner of the living room, but this year I totally rearranged the furniture so it could be right in the middle of the house. I love that you can see it from every room. The only problem is that I had to get more ornaments. Minor details. :)

Bailee likes the new furniture arrangement too...she's been lounging in these chairs nonstop!

In the entry, I added my Skiing Santa and a red berry wreath to the console table. 

The garland on our staircase has been more neutral colors in previous years, but this year I added extra greenery, red berries, and red ribbon.

Hope you enjoyed! For more ideas, take a look at my previous Christmas posts: 2015 / 2014

Have a very Merry Christmas season!

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 Longwear / 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!