Friday Favorites in Five

August 29, 2014

Okay folks. We're going there. It's Friday. It's the start to a long weekend (hallelujah!), and it's football time. All week I've been listening to the countdown to football. Can. Not. Wait. Because you know, there are 4 seasons in the south, winter, spring, summer, and football. :) Here's some of my favorite things about football (and fall).

(source - showing a little team support)

1. I found The 10 Commandments of College Football Fandom, and it is oh-so-fitting.
1. Thou shalt wear team colors. But think twice before adorning yourself with body paint—you don’t want to be the Internet photo that goes viral. 
2. Thou shalt know—and sing—your team’s fight song from beginning to end. Sure, you can “watermelon watermelon” your way through the alma mater, but not memorizing the fight song is a fan failure. *Guilty.
3. Thou shalt keep your language clean (unless, of course, the quarterback fumbles on fourth and goal). 
4. Thou shalt support the coach. Even when his calls are questionable. 
5. Thou shalt be respectful to visiting teams. Remember: Southern ladies and gentlemen never boo. *I'm not sure about this one.
6. Thou shalt set up a tailgate no fewer than three hours before kickoff (six if it’s a night game). Table linens and matching huggers encouraged, but not required. 
7. Thou shalt theme your tailgate food around the visiting rival. Gator bites, anyone? *Always.
8. Thou shalt stay through the fourth quarter—rain or shine. That’s what ponchos are for, y’all.
9. Thou shalt respect the solemnity of Game Day by planning weddings, births, and other life events around the football schedule. *Absolutely true.
10. Thou shalt not covet other teams’ bowl games, national championships, or Heisman Trophy wins. There’s always next year.
2. Cooler weather. I can't take this humidity much longer!

3. It's the perfect excuse to eat chips and cheese dip or salsa without feeling guilty.

4. Football provides an outlet to release some frustration. It's totally normal to yell during a football game!

5. It's almost time for a fire and roasting hot dogs.

If you have any favorite things about fall (or football, if you're as into it as I am), share in the comments! Here's to a fantastic long holiday weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

Stitch Fix #2

August 27, 2014

What happens when you compliment someone on their outfit? They claim it came from this mysterious Stitch Fix. Intrigued, you ask more...then you get sucked in and before you know it, you've signed up for monthly boxes of hand-selected clothing to be delivered to your door step. 

That's right. It's a dream come true.


This is my second box. I waited until the second box because I wanted to make sure it was just as good as the first. I seriously loved every single item.

You get our own personal Stitch Fix stylist that selects items based on your style profile (which you fill out when you sign up). If you give them access, they'll even look at your Pinterest boards to get inspiration. So far, they've hit the nail on the head in the style department. Unfortunately, the fit hasn't been perfect, but I'm probably the hardest and pickiest person to dress. *sigh*

Everything is totally customizable - even down to the frequency of the boxes! Once you get your box, try everything on and send back what you don't like within 3 business days. Done.

I'm not much for fighting the crowds, shopping for hours, to only find one thing I actually like (if I'm lucky enough to find one thing), so this is PERFECT for me. I was able to get some fantastic green skinny jeans in my first box (seen here). I've worn them many times so far. Oh, and their customer service is great! I can't say enough about this whole thing. I just wonder why I didn't think of this!?

Interested? Click here to learn more and start filling out your style profile!

This post contains referral links - meaning I could earn credit through these links. All opinions are my own. I'm just really excited about this great find and wanted to share!

August Julep Maven Box

August 25, 2014

Just another reminder that summer is flying by...August is almost over (what?!), and it's time again for the Julep Maven box!!

This month was all about purple, and a fantastic eye liner!


If you remember my first Julep box, I got a small set of the Gel Eye Gliders. Love them! I was super excited about this being in my box. It applies so smooth, and stays put all day!


This deep purple nail color is "Avni" - I think it will be fun for fall!


The pinkish purple nail color is "Katie", and I can definitely see myself wearing this color a lot. It's currently shining on my toes right now.

Once again, Julep doesn't disappoint! Did you get a Julep Maven Subscription yet? If so, what was in your box this month?

PS: I've recently purchased one of the hair products that I plan to share soon. So far, it's awesome!

This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are totally honest and 100% my own.

Friday Favorites in Five

August 22, 2014

This week. Oh, this week. Roller coaster.

It started Monday with a call to the car dealer. We had looked at a car last week and decided we were ready to make a deal. So I got the numbers all figured out in my mind and made a call. Told the dealer what I wanted. 

They didn't want the same thing. They didn't even budge. I told the guy that was hard to believe because you don't try to sell anything without knowing you'll come down a little bit. Was that taking it too far? So I walked away.

All week it's become a mission to find an even BETTER deal on a car. No luck. So we called the dealer back (I'm convinced they knew we were going to do this...it's such a game). Finally made a deal. Buying a car is so frustrating, and you never come out ahead. But it's exciting all at the same time. :)

So let's talk about some things that made happy this week...

1. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mexican salad. Yum. This would go great with salsa.

2. Seriously, why can't my garden look like this

3. Glowing Skin Smoothie? Yes. I'm going to make this. I'll let you know how it goes. You may need sunglasses if you see me - I'll be glowing so much! :)

4. SUCH a fun party idea

5. Doing this watercolor lettering thing. Totally setting up shop and doing it.

How was your week? Comment below and tell me about it.

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth / The Grits Blog.

Sweet Garden Salsa

August 20, 2014

Remember that time I said that I'd make some fresh tomato salsa? Well, I did.


Salsa might just be my favorite thing...ever. It's kind of a problem. Once I start, I can't stop eating it. Like, whole bag of chips kind of can't stop. I don't have a sweet tooth - I have a salsa tooth. I'm convinced that's a real thing.


It's really more than just a love of salsa. It stems from a love of Mexican food. I can't get enough! I could probably eat it every day and still want more. That's also a problem.


Sweet Garden Salsa
hellocreativeblog.com

Ingredients:
3 lbs. tomatoes - peeled
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup cilantro, diced
1 10 oz. can Rotel, mild
1 4 oz. can green chilies
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cumin

Directions:
1. Bring the tomatoes to a boil in a large pot. 
2. Add to the boiling tomatoes: onion, garlic, cilantro, Rotel, and green chilies.
3. Combine lime juice, salt, sugar, honey, and cumin.
4. Using an immersion blender, mix all ingredients until the desired consistency is reached. 

I find that allowing the salsa to simmer for about 15 minutes brings the flavors together. This recipe filled 3 pint sized jars for canning...almost 4. Well, it might have filled 4, but I didn't even try. I ate the rest. Let's be honest.

This recipe is for a sweeter, more mild taste. I like it spicy too though - for a hot salsa use the original or hot Rotel depending on how spicy you feel.

Linking up with Liz Marie Blog / Delineate Your Dwelling / Your Homebased Mom.

Revealed Natural Eye Tutorial

August 18, 2014

Not long ago I did a product review on the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette. Today I'm going to share one of my go-to looks using these shadows. 

Typically, I go for a natural eye shadow look. I like to use the taupe and brown shades for every-day wear. For me, this look is quick and easy because I don't use dark colors that are hard to blend. If I'm in a hurry, I know I can do this without too much effort and it still ads great definition to the eye.



1. Starting with a primed lid, I apply the base color all over the lid with a soft shadow brush.
2. Using a smaller domed blending brush, I apply the medium shade to the crease and blend with windshield wiper motions.
3. Next I take a small blending brush and apply the darkest shade to the outer corner of my eye. I dab the shadow on the lid then blend using buffing motions. I go up slightly and in towards the center of my lid.
4. Taking a dense shadow brush (like this one), I add the highlight color just under the brow bone.
5. Using a small brush, I apply the same highlight in the inner corner of the eye to make it pop.
6. Using an angled brush, I take the black shadow and apply it as a liner. I draw the line heavier towards the outer corner of the eye.
7. Then I apply the same crease color under the eye and blend out.
8. Apply a couple coats of mascara to finish the look. Here I used my favorite Too Faced mascara!

Friday Favorites in Five

August 15, 2014

Okay, seriously, now that it's Friday, the time needs to slow down. Pause.

Guess what? I heard that there are now 16 days until football season starts. *happy dance* Random fact: I love college football. I get super happy when there is a crispness in the air and you can smell fall coming (it does have a certain smell...trust me). It always makes me miss college just a little because one of my absolute favorite things about fall was walking on campus and hearing the band practice for the upcoming game. 

That doesn't really relate to the favorites today, just a fact. I thought about making this a fall theme, or football theme favorites. But I didn't. Obviously.

1. Favorite room - can't get enough of these neutral rooms, but I always imagine the mass amounts of dirt showing on everything and get over it quickly. They're pretty to look at though.

2. Favorite cake. I want this...now. How could you not love a pound cake mixed with peanut butter?

3. Favorite shoes of the week. Leopard goes with everything.

4. Favorite outfit. This neutral look with a touch of bright red = totally my style.

5. Favorite photograph. I could just pitch a tent. Stay there all day.

Is it too soon to start getting into fall? I mean, I don't really want summer to end, I just really like fall. I found a pumpkin picture that I was this close to sharing, but I didn't. I thought that might be too soon. You were spared (for now).

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Happy or Else / Lauren Elizabeth / September FARM.

Unzipped

August 13, 2014

After my first official palette purchase (here) I was kind of hooked on the concept. For some reason, in the past, I've always bought individual eye shadows...who knows why. I think the idea of "mixing" and "creating" my own collection was appealing. That's just how weird I can really be! Anyway...

The Lorac eye shadow line has always been at the top of my list. When the Unzipped Palette first came out, I was in love with the soft pinky browns. I felt like it added warmth but was still neutral enough to be worn daily. 

Now that it's been out a while, I caved. I bought it.





Isn't it pretty? I love that there is only ONE highlight color. Some palettes have several light colors, but I don't ever use them. Unzipped has a great mix of light to dark, so it's easy to create several different looks. There are 10 colors, 6 have more shimmer while 4 are matte. That's my only complaint - I like more matte shadows. 

The consistency of the shadow is a little more powdery than others I have, but the color payoff is great! I've had no issues blending or getting the shadow to apply evenly. 

Bonus - it comes with a little sample of the Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.

Have you tried this palette or other Lorac palettes? If so, let me know what you think! This is my first purchase from their line so I'm curious about their other products.

Life Lately

August 11, 2014

Lately in life we've been doing a lot of projects. One big project to be exact. My Mother in Law is building a house, and we've been helping...which has been a lot of fun, but if you've ever built a house or been involved in the process you know it takes a lot of time, dedication, and thought. Which is right up my ally. I like that kind of stuff. 

I thought that I'd share a little of that experience and show a few pictures of what we've done so far!

Digging. Lots and lots of digging. I didn't use this little machine, but I did use the bobcat to load some rock and move dirt around. That was fun! If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a picture a few weeks ago. It reminded me of a little cartoon for some reason.

This is the garage...we prepped it for concrete. All of our backs were sore the next day.

I'm pretty proud of my hubby for this one. He laid the rock on the fireplace. He did a great job (if you ask me)! He also did a pretty good job keeping his patience in tact. The bare space you see will be the mantle. Those are some blocks of wood put in place to support the final masterpiece.

Me and my Mother in Law are professional stainers now. If you need any wood stained, we're available, for an astronomical price tag. It kind of felt like this was going to go on for days. And it's still not done. *sigh* This is for the back porch ceiling. It'll be really pretty...once it's done. :)

That's all so far...manual labor at its best. Just like any project, it's fun to see it all come together.

Friday Favorites in Five

August 8, 2014

Hey, guess what...IT'S FRIDAY!!!!! I don't know about you, but I'm so glad it's the weekend!

People always say, "so what's your plan for the weekend?" Honestly, I feel like my brain is in so many places during the week I don't ever make a plan. Then Friday afternoon hits, it's time to be free, and I stop to come up for air and think, "okay, now what?" I keep saying that I'll do better and start planning things during the week, but that never seems to happen. 

Do you do that? Or do you always have something planned and ready to go?

Let's talk about favorite things.

1. This little tartlet looks amazing. The combination of dark chocolate and walnut/caramel. Wow.

2. A little late to the game here, but aren't these garden accessories fun? Next time.

3. I love wrapping paper ideas. These are my recent faves.

4. Really...a pineapple boat? Such a good idea. Favorite party idea, for sure!

5. Hahahahahaha oh this cute little puppy. That's a good smile for the day!

Hope that whatever your plans (or no plans) make for a great weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth / September FARM.

Garden Fresh Rosemary Marinara

August 6, 2014

I have my family members to thank for this because I don't have a garden, and they are more than willing to share their veggies with me! Yay!

Everyone knows that I love tomatoes. I usually eat them diced, sliced, even whole (only the cherry kind) and like to sprinkle a little salt and pepper over them...or dip them in ranch. 

My family has been bringing me fresh tomatoes, and I couldn't eat them fast enough! So I decided to make some marinara. Next it'll be salsa to replenish my stock. :)


Garden Fresh Rosemary Marinara
hellocreativeblog.com 

Ingredients:
Tomatoes - peeled and crushed (for this recipe I used 3 lbs 10 oz)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cup diced red onion
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp rosemary
4 Tbsp brown sugar
6 oz can tomato paste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
I used this method for peeling the tomatoes. It worked like a charm.
1. Add olive oil, onion and garlic to a large pot over medium/high heat - stir the onion and garlic until they are softened.
2. Add your tomatoes to the pot. Bring to a slow boil. 
3. Stir in tomato paste.
4. Stir in the seasonings.
5. Using an immersion blender, blend the tomatoes until desired consistency. I like mine to have a little chunk, but mostly smooth.
6. Let the sauce simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.


If you're cooking a feast, feel free to serve immediately! If you're just cooking for two (like me), it's perfect to can. With this mix I was able to fill 3 pint sized jars...and had just a little left over for my lunch. :) 


It was delicious spread on some 5-grain bread. I could eat that all day long.

Linking up with Your Homebased Mom / Delineate Your Dwelling / Liz Marie Blog.

This recipe was featured in the Inspiration Monday Party! Thank you to Redhead Can Decorate!

Starting Fresh with Charcoal

August 4, 2014

It's hard for me to actually take the time to go through rigorous skincare routines, but I do try to use a mask of some sort at least a couple times a month - usually on a Sunday. It's like a fresh start to the week ahead. One of my favorites has been the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask


Before actually purchasing, I did a lot of research trying to figure out what other users were saying. Charcoal is known for drawing out impurities in the skin - acting almost like a magnet to dirt (lovely image, right?). There has been a lot of talk about various clay masks that cost a pretty penny. I wasn't ready to take that plunge. When I saw that the Origins mask had two options (1.7 oz for $17.00 and 3.4 oz for $25.00) I thought it was a reasonable price for the amount of product. 

I typically wash my face with warm water to open the pores.

Using my fingers, I cover my entire face with the mask being careful around the eye area. 


Once the mask is fully applied, I let it do it's thing for 10-15 minutes until is starts to dry. To remove, I have found that using a damp washcloth works best. I follow with my normal moisturizer. Not only does it feel great on the skin, but it also looks really attractive. Ha!

The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask really does make my skin feel clear. I've had samples of higher priced masks that make similar claims, and I think this mask works just as well.

If you have oily skin that tends to hold onto dirt, I highly recommend giving this a try! What's even better is that Origins makes this product without Parabens, Sulfates, and Sythetic Frangrances or dyes. I like knowing that it's healthy for my skin.

Friday Favorites in Five

August 1, 2014

I like blogs. I should, right? How did I get the idea to start a blog? Through following other bloggers. Shocker. Today I decided to share some of my favorite blogs out there on the interweb (I saw that somewhere and it makes me laugh). The list is WAY longer, but these are my top 5 (this was so hard).


1. Favorite beauty blog: I had to divide this category. Makeup - There are so many I love, but my favorite all around for tips and little tricks is The Beauty Department. No shortage of great ideas here! Hair - Definitely The Small Things Blog. The styles are doable (even for me) and there is a great variety for short or long hair!

2. Favorite cooking blog: By far, I think the best place to go for tasty and healthy recipes is Skinnytaste.com. I love that she lists nutritional value along with Weight Watchers points. Everything that I have made has been delicious. 

3. Favorite fashion blog: This was hard because there are so many great fashion bloggers out there, but I really like J's Everyday Fashion. I love that she recreates looks in an affordable way.

4. Favorite design blog: I've said before that design holds a special place in my heart. I've followed all of the 'big' design blogs, but have been really enjoying The Hunted Interior lately. Love her style!

5. Favorite DIY blog: It's a toss up. I've been a devoted follower of Liz Marie Blog for a while. Her style is shabby chic and I love her projects. Buuuuuut I also really like Delineate Your Dwelling. Such fun craft projects!!

Just for fun, and to end the Friday on a colorful note, I'm going to throw in another one...Pencil Shavings Studio. Ahhhh I love the color. Her blog is awesome, and her shop is even more awesome! 

Now you know what I do with my spare time. :) What are your favorite blogs to follow? I might want to add some to my list...

Have a great weekend!!! And happy August. This year is flying by!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth / September FARM.