Friday, September 7, 2012

CLEAN Moisture Absorbent Fresh Body Veil

I saw this product on a Canadian talk show-  The Marilyn Denis Show a while ago and because of the rave reviews, decided that I wanted to try it out for myself.

I came to the conclusion that although I do typically have expensive taste in beauty products, I did not want to spend $28 on this product at Sephora. Enter Ebay.

I got it for $11.00, free shipping. Score.

I am totally impressed with the product. For one, it's huge. Two, it smells amazing (a light floral scent).

Three, this puff is incredibly soft and fantastic on the skin.

Four, the entire product overall is not messy at all (hence the name CLEAN?) and five, everything about the product is extremely high quality. Obviously I would expect that for the price tag, but it honestly is.

The powder goes on with a slightly white tinge, and will leave marks on clothes if you're not careful.
But, obviously this stuff is not meant for places that are seen.

Have you tried any other CLEAN products?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Spinach and Feta Pie

Do you ever start browsing blogs and come across something totally random that you decide you'd like to bake/cook? I do it all the time.

I came across this recipe on Skinny Taste a while ago, and held off on making it due to the fact that no one in my house likes feta cheese except for myself. Then, one Sunday morning I woke up and decided  to do it anyways- because feta cheese is actually awesome.

If you read my blog, you know that all of my recipe posts consist of me taking someone else's recipe and simplifying it- down to the bare minimal ingredients. I did that again with this pie.

The recipe that I used called for dill, scallions, parsley, asiago, and fresh cracked pepper. I did not use any of those.
I chose to use only feta and spinach as the base of my pie, and only flour, baking powder, milk, olive oil, eggs, and salt for the mixture that was poured overtop.

That amounts to cutting out almost half of the recipe- once a picky eater, always a picky eater.

The pie turned out fantastic & I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the texture.
I'll definitely be making this again.


Monday, August 20, 2012

My First House Plant

About six months ago, I purchased my very first house plant.

I chose the easiest option because, to be honest, I thought for sure I would kill it.
The easiest option turned out to be a money tree due to the fact that they require little water and minimal sun. It also only cost me $4 + the pot (totally replaceable).

To my total surprise, I became obsessed with this plant. I water it constantly, make sure it has enough sun, clean it regularity, and have had a few bouts with spider mites that love and care have successfully conquered.

As you can see, all of my love and care has done this plant so well that it grew to be too big for its' original pot. I feel like a house plant champion.

I finally got around to replanting the beauty, and now I'm hoping for let her grow until she becomes a full sized tree (the ones that cost $25 at the nursery)! Wish me luck.

I also plan to get a few more real plants to place around my home since I know I can take care of these babies like a pro.

Plus, it doesn't hurt that I have an awesome little girl as a helper!


Friday, August 17, 2012

This Week 18

My new favourite coffee mug (it holds two large sized Keurig brews!) // I didn't know these painting books even existed anymore until I found this one at Dollarama // Seven new pairs of earrings in one week // Ready to drink iced coffee- genius // Chris & I have been on such a great music kick lately (Ed Sheeran singing Wish You Were Here at the Olympic Closing Ceremony anyone!?)



Monday, August 13, 2012

New In

Boyfriend and I decided some time ago that we would start collecting fragrances because, well, who doesn't like to smell good? Also, fragrances are a great go-to gift for both men and women, so it makes birthdays and other holidays that much easier to buy for.

With that, last week we were wandering our local mall and came across a sale at Bath & Body Works. These lovelies were on the clearance rack and combined ended up costing us under $20.

Let me just say that I highly, highly recommend both of these products.
I don't think that the stores are selling either of them anymore, but if you happen to see either on a clearance rack- don't hesitate.

Classic is Chris' new favourite, and I can distinguish it from all of his other colognes right away.
The Lemon & Pomegranate Body Spray is even better. It's honestly one of the best body sprays I've ever tried- long lasting and extremely summery and sweet. I'm in love.

Don't you love when you find a few favourite?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Toddler Girl's Room Improvements: New Bedding

This is Holly's new and improved bed.


Remember this post and these pictures?

Just look at that ugly old bed.
Well, I've already worked on and completed the closet (here and here) and fixed the rod (here), so I moved onto the bedding.

My aunt is completely to thank for this bedding. She created this amazing pink and brown quilt that I am absolutely in love with.

Damask, hearts, and paisley? What else could I ask for?

There are even hearts quilted into the blanket itself- my favourite part.

After I received the quilt, I requested a few matching pillow cases, and of courses she whipped them up for me. Now, Holly's pink and brown room looks much more complete.

That little cupcake pillow gets me every time, and now she matches the rest of the bed!

I love it so much, and so does Holly.

There are only a few more projects left in Holly's room, but I am so happy with the room as it is right now that I'm in no rush to get the other small things done.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Avocado Fries

I love avocados- on sandwiches, in guacamole, any way.
So, following my simple recipe trend, I decided to try making my own avocado fries last weekend.

I followed this recipe, but of course, made changes to my liking.

2 Eggs
Italian Shake 'n Bake
Cooking Spray
Ranch Dressing (for dipping)

First, I preheated the oven to 400 degrees.
Then, I cut, peeled, and lightly salted the avocados and prepared a tinfoil lined baking tray.

Next, I set up the coating station:
In the first bowl- flour.
In the second bowl- 2 beaten eggs.
In the third bowl- Italian Shake 'n Bake (this is where most people use Panko, Japanese bread crumbs).

I took each piece of avocado and rolled it in the flour, coated it in the egg, and then rolled it in the Shake 'n Bake until fully covered.

Finally, I laid the fries on the baking tray, and coated both sides of each piece with cooking spray.
I then baked at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

When they came out of the oven, I was extremely impressed.
With a little bit of ranch dressing on the side- perfect.

I did decide that I like cold avocados a lot more than warm avocados.
But, the Shake 'n Bake was amazing and crispy, so I enjoyed them.

If you're an avocado fan, I recommend you try!

Friday, July 20, 2012

This Week 17

In the same week that a friend of mine introduced me to Scentsy, I found a candlewarmer at Value Village for $3. I am now addicted to melting wax to make my house smell good // Another new addiction- Mio // A first birthday present for a very special little guy // A trip to the States to pick up some PSSST = heaven to my hair & bank account // I've always hand levelled my cakes, but when I saw this little fellow at Value Village for $1.99, I decided to give it a go- I'll be testing it it out next week (that means new cake photos ;)



Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Last Month...

The last month has been absolutely amazing, and our family has been crazy busy.
Check out some snapshots of what's been going on around here as of lately.


In between work, school, and kids, Chris and I decided to take our first vacation as a couple. We took the four hour drive to Toronto to visit some friends as well as Ikea, the CN Tower, and The Hockey Hall of Fame.


On June 14th, the love of my life graduated college. He graduated from the Civil Engineering Technology program, and I couldn't be prouder.


Next, myself and the girls had a chance to ride in the annual Windsor-Detroit River Tugboat Race due to some connections at my work! The kids thought it was absolutely amazing riding on a huge boat along the Detroit river and under the Ambassador Bridge. The best part of the day? Our tugboat actually won the race and the girls got to wave to huge crowds of people along the shoreline!


Finally, in late June, we attended the Windsor-Detroit fireworks- a traditional for anyone who lives in our area. We had an amazing evening celebrating Canada day!


...and that sums up an incredible month.
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