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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

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!

 

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Oof. I’m feeling so sick and miserable right so I don’t know when I’ll be able to shoot out a proper post here. I’m hoping for a quick recovery though because my father in law drove all the way here last night after my husband called, all unbeknownst to me as I was passed out in a stupor with a 2 year old on my chest, and is taking care of Izzy and Lailah for me while I rest. 😊 For now, please enjoy these gifs that my drug addled, sick brain finds quite hilarious at the moment:




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Totally Nailed It: Favorite Nail Polishes!

I’ve always had a healthy (or unhealthy?) obsession with nail polishes. When I was a teenager I used to do my nails several nights a week for the longest time! Talk about that social life, eh? Oh the problems of a home-schooled-lives-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-introverted-kid. I am still in love with painting my nails, though I don’t quite get to do it every night nowadays. My kids solved that little issue for me! Through the years I’ve accumulated a lot of different colors and I’d like to share my favorite nail polishes with you to date.

L to R: Zoya Aggie, Sally Hansen Shoot the Moon, Sally Hansen Gilty Party, Sally Hansen Wedding Glitters, Essie Penny Talk, POP Beauty Mint Magic, LVX Serene

These are the polishes I always gravitate towards when I get a chance to do my nails and, trust me, those chances don’t come easily with my little ones! Nothing will ruin that perfect manicure faster than having to get juice for a crying 2 year old who wants to be held at the same time. I usually just have to sacrifice an hour or two of sleep and do them at night after the kids go to bed. I always grab these colors for a quick manicure if I’m not doing any nail art.

 

Serene and Mint Magic are both matte colors while Penny Talk, Wedding Glitters, Gilty Party, Shoot the Moon, and Aggie are shimmers. As a rule of thumb go for shimmer/glitter colors if you want a polish that doesn’t chip very quickly. The shimmer/glitter in the formulas makes them hold up a lot better in my experience.

I love each of the formulas, though I’m certainly not very picky when it comes to nail polishes. If it’s cheap and I like the color I’m sold. I’ve never minded chipping because I do my nails so often anyway, plus I can’t stick to one color too long or I get bored. Pretty much the same way with my hair. I’ve had many people tell me they never know what color my hair is going to be next time they see me!

I hope you’ve found a few new favorite polishes of your own! What are some of your favorite nail polishes?

*Disclaimer: Some links are Amazon affiliate links.

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3 Productivity Tips for the Stay-At-Home Mom

As a stay at home mom I’ve picked up some tips throughout my few years with small children that help me be more productive day to day instead of wondering where my day went to and scrambling like a crazy person to look like a productive citizen of the world before we all go to bed! Now this post is more focused on routines, which is just food for my type A, hyper-organized soul. Keep in mind that I do realize I’m a hair shy of crazy on my little daily routines, but I realize it and I hope I reined it in enough to where it is something you can find useful as a young mom!

Get Dressed

Nothing makes me feel more leisurely (aka lazy) than wearing the clothes I slept in the night before for the rest of the day. Even changing into workout wear isn’t quite as much of an energy boost as I would like, since I still feel like I’m in my pajamas. Personally, I look to look put together and presentable mainly because it makes me feel better about myself. And when I feel better about myself, I get stuff done!

I don’t do anything too fancy on a day to day basis, but putting on a pair of jeans and a cute, but still comfortable, shirt makes a world of difference for me. Just like people who go to work every day have a wardrobe deemed appropriate for their environment, I have tried to create a wardrobe befitting a busy mom even though I don’t technically “go” to work.

Do Hair and Makeup

Taking the time to do my makeup and fix my hair makes me feel so good about myself which again ties into my productivity on most days. The time spent on my hair and makeup day to day varies wildly. If I have a fairly relaxed work load for that day I tend to give myself some “me” time and play with my makeup by doing more than the bare minimum. The same goes for my hair. If I’m not doing one of my fall back styles, then I might go on Pinterest and try to find a cute hair style to try out that day.

On days when I know I’m going to be quite busy and I have to hit the ground running once I get up, I stick to my tried and true looks. Typically for me I’ll do this makeup look, with some minor changes here and there depending on how I feel. I either like to curl my hair, which I’ve gotten quite quick at or I throw it up into a messy bun on top of my head. All of these looks are no brainers for me and I have them done quickly when I need to.

Create Routines

Personally I am a very type A, routine oriented person which has transitioned well into having children. My kids really thrive when they know basically what to expect each day. I think it gives them a sense of security, plus it just helps with my day to day functioning. This is what my days usually look like:

  • Get the girls some juice, a snack, and turn on the TV
  • Make myself an iced coffee, and sit with the kiddos on the couch cuddling them while I check my social media accounts
  • Get the girls more juice or a real breakfast if the snack wasn’t enough
  • Check my blog
  • Go get dressed and do my hair and makeup
  • Set out frozen meat for dinner that night, if needed
  • Begin doing housework (washing dishes, laundry, picking up, making beds, wipe kitchen counters)
  • Do any additional housework beyond my usual daily routines
  • Fix lunch for all of us
  • Put Lailah (2 year old) down for her nap
  • Get Izzy started on ABC Mouse and begin writing blog posts or working on DIY activities
  • Fold and put up laundry
  • Once Lailah gets up we usually spend some time together playing outside or playing the Wii
  • Fix dinner
  • More play time or watch a show all together as a family
  • Bedtime for the girls
  • Free time for Tyler and I to spend together
  • Tidy up the house before bedtime
  • Bed for us

That was probably way too much info, but being as organized and routine oriented as I am it was oddly refreshing to type it all out! Now, I’m not completely robotic if you’re sitting there thinking that this chick needs to lighten up! This is just how our days look a lot of the time, but I am not opposed to doing new things or going out for fun out of nowhere. Izzy and Lailah love when we do something unexpected, which is another great thing about kids. Because even though they work so well with routines, they also remember those spontaneous trips to go get ice cream or visiting a friend the most. So, I try to keep this in mind so that I don’t end up becoming boring and robotic. Spontaneity is the spice of life y’all!

Also one of the key components of having kiddos is just going with the flow. It took me a long time to fluctuate my expectations of my days activities to caring for my kids when they needed extra Mommy time or were sick, or anything else that broke up my little schedule I keep in my head. I learned over time to not get upset when the kids interrupted as I was working on something. I like to sit down, work on something, and finish it all in one sitting, which just isn’t going to happen with a 2 year old and 4 year old running around!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that having general routines for the day are good and can help your productivity, but holding to those routines rigidly will ultimately become more of a point of stress than a help.

Bonus: Yoga for Energy

I have fallen out of the routine but for the longest I was doing yoga almost daily. It has always been something that I enjoy immensely and, bonus, it’s a great energy booster! On mornings when I have trouble waking up or getting motivated, I do this short yoga sequence to get my juices flowing! It’s all in the title: Yoga for Focus & Productivity. Plus it’s only a 10 minute practice so it’s easy to squeeze in even on busy days.

 

I hope you found this post helpful! What are some of the things you like to do to make yourself more productive throughout the day? Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

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Honey-Chile Chicken on Coconut Rice

I love all in one dishes where you don’t have to worry about cooking several different sides in addition to your entree. This is a wonderful Asian (or Thai?) dish that is spicy and delicious. I found this in a Cooking Light magazine, as I do a lot of my favorite recipes, so it is also low on calories! There are only 283 calories per serving and 6 grams of fat, which is amazing.

My parents and my in-laws came down last weekend to hang out so I threw this meal together for us all to enjoy. The chili sauce is extremely simple and would make a great sauce for so many other dishes. Even if you don’t make this recipe, try out the sauce. It is amazing!

 Honey-Chile Chicken on Coconut Rice

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14-oz can unsweetened lite coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked brown basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Asian chili paste (sambal oelek)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast
  • Raw chip coconut, toasted, optional
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges, garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. In a small saucepan bring water and coconut milk to boiling. Pour into prepared baking dish. Stir in rice and salt. Bake, covered for 30 minutes.

Bake chicken breasts or cook them however you like.

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Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sweet pepper. Cook 5 minutes or just until tender, stirring occasionally. Add ginger and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir onion mixture and peas into partially cooked rice.

In a medium bowl combine the next four ingredients (through soy sauce); stir in chicken. Spoon chicken mixture over rice mixture.

Bake, covered, 15 to 20 minutes more or until heated through and rice is tender. Sprinkle with coconut, if desired, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and/or additional chili paste.

Makes 8 servings. Enjoy!