Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Hit or Miss?

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Is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar worth it? Umm, yes! A thousand times yes! I love this palette so much; the quality of the eye shadows is outstanding and all the colors go together beautifully. Continue reading

I Opened An Etsy Shop!

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I’ve been absent recently in the blogosphere, but it’s because I’ve been working so hard on getting everything ready to open up my Etsy shop. I am so excited to have brought it into the world! Crafting of any sort has always been an enjoying and relaxing pastime for me, so why not try and make some cash off of it, eh?

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Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year, so I thought I’d kick off the shop with some Fall inspired fabric pumpkins. I will add more items to the shop slowly but surely and I am so excited to be sharing some of my crafting. I hope you’ll check it out and now that I’m not so crazy busy with a shop opening, I’ll be able to post more regularly on my blog again!

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Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

 

Morphe Concealer Review: Hit or Miss?

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As I began nearing the end of my last concealer I decided to try and find a good inexpensive option to replace my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer that would hopefully be just as good at half the price. I hadn’t heard much about the Morphe concealers, which they released earlier this year, but I decided to give them a shot since they were only $4.99. Continue reading

DIY Fall Inspired Placemats Tutorial

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Our kitchen table was looking a little bare, so I decided to make a couple of placemats for it using the scrap fabric I keep around. I found a pattern I liked here and got to work picking out the color combinations I liked. It only took me a couple of days to put these bad boys together and I think they are so fun! I tried my best to blend rustic elements with pops of color to really make a statement. Continue reading

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

As you can see in the title, I’m here today to let you know a little about me beyond the blogging world. I was inspired to do this because I when I watch Youtube beauty influencers I’m fairly cautious about branching out to new channels until I watch one of their Q&A videos or 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me. When I’m searching for a cool new makeup artist I don’t just want someone who does amazing work, I want someone that I feel like I know and that I could be friends with. So, if you’re new to my site and you’re wondering about the crazy chick who writes this blog, then keep on reading! Continue reading

Easy 30 Minute Pillow Case Tutorial

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Last year I made my oldest daughter, Izzy, her own pillowcase. I absolutely love making things for my girls, and Izzy sure thought it was special. Within the year we transitioned our youngest, Lailah, to a toddler bed and then a shared bed with Izzy which meant she was sleeping on a pillow now. Continue reading

DIY Yard Yahtzee Dice

 

DIY When it’s not blazing hot outside my family loves to be outside playing and enjoying our patio. But we live in Texas so we get a very small window of time in the evenings where we don’t almost choke on the heat when we go outside. We just recently had a “cold front” move through that brought the temperature from highs in the 100s to highs in the mid 80’s and it feels awesome! Talk about desperate, eh? Eighty feels like the cool chill of fall around here. *insert rolling eyes emoji* Continue reading

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

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Hello all! I did a bad thing…

A really bad thing…

You see this website called Pinterest (ever heard of it?) just sucked me in and made me scroll through it’s food and drink section where I stumbled upon this banana cake recipe. Continue reading

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Dupe Alert For LVX Nail Polish Serene

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I don’t know about you but I am just such a fan of dupes! There is something so supremely satisfying about finding a product that is the same color or formula (or both) and at a significantly lower price! Continue reading

Sweet & Spicy Edamame-Beef Stir-Fry

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Asian stir-fries are one of my favorite meals to throw together! They are easy to prep for and usually take only 15 or 20 minutes make. Meals that are this fast will always be high on my list when it comes time for meal planning once again.

This is a very easy and flavorful stir-fry that even the beginner can sail through with ease. It’s an easy recipe to tweak as well if you want to experiment a little. I think next time I cook it I might add the sauce from my Honey-Chile Chicken recipe. Yum!

If you’re looking for a colorful Asian dish packed with flavor and vegetables, then give this one a go! I found it in a Better Homes and Garden magazine focused on skinny one-pan meals, so this is also a healthy recipe. Bonus! Now let’s get cooking!

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*You can download the magazine I got this recipe from here! You’ll find it on page 46.

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (about 1 small crown)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 8 oz boneless beef sirloin tip steak
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame or snow peas
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chili paste (found in the Asian section))
  • 2 cups cooked brown basmati rice

Directions

1) In a large wok or skillet heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add ginger, cook and stir 15 seconds.

*Tip: After using ginger root, store in freezer until needed for next recipe. This will lock in the freshness. I like to grate mine quickly with a microplane zester.

2) Add broccoli and sweet bell pepper strips and cook for 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from skillet.

3) Add remaining 2 teaspoons of sesame oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add meat and edamame; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes until meat is slightly pink in center. Return cooked vegetables to skillet.

4) Combine the hoisin, rice vinegar, and red chili paste; add to skillet. Cook and stir until heated through.

*Tip: Prepare all vegetables, meat, rice, and sauce before cooking in the skillet. This process goes quickly so it’s helpful to have everything prepped ahead of time to speed up the cook time.

Enjoy!