Monday, April 22, 2013

Five Minute Makeup! {A Guest Post}

Heather is away today so I thought I'd stop on by + say hello to her readers. I'm Sabrina + I blog over at cattails + cardigans. My blog is a place where I share stories about my life, my faith, things that inspire me + my cat, Gregory. Today I wanted to share with you all my day-to-day makeup routine. It's such a simple and easy way to make my eyes pop and you can change up the colors.

Lets Get Started:

For my face makeup- I start out with Sephora's Face Primer. (this is a sample- any primer will do) I apply it all over my face + places I will be applying my foundation. I then apply Hard Candy's Eye'm Tired, which is supposed to help with under eye circles. Then I apply my Age Rewind concealer under my eyes, around my nose + on any problem areas that I may have. Finally, I use E.L.F's Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain.

For my eyes- I have hazel/green eyes + I have been using lots of golds lately to make them pop. I am going to be using Sephora's Moonshadow Baked Palette in the color "In The Dark". I love this palette + I use it a lot. The colors are wonderful + show up great. Just to make sure my shadow stays on all day, I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion on my lids before I start applying eyeshadow.

Starting off, I use my regular eye shadow brush to apply a white shadow to the inside of my eyes. (1) After that I apply a goldeny- peach color to my full eyelid. (2) I take my Eye Crease Brush by E.L.F + add a dark brown to the crease in my eye. (3) Since the colors are so harsh, I go over them all with my Blending Eye Brush also by E.L.F.

 (before blending it out)


To finish off the look, I add my new favorite mascara, Two Faced's Lashgasm Mascara. It makes my lashes look so amazing + I seriously am IN LOVE with this mascara.. and there we go. A simple, yet beautiful eye shadow routine that typically takes me about 5 minutes.

For fun you can add blush of any kind + some fun lipstick. I've been dying over NYX's lipstick lately + I can't wait to get my hands on some. They have such amazing colors + they're cruelty free.

Thanks for reading + thanks for having me Heather. I hope you all enjoyed this makeup look. Take a peep on over at my blog + come say hi!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Healthy Eating {A Guest Post}

Hey everyone. My name is Paulina and I am writing this guest post for Heather since her birthday is coming up and everyone deserves a break on their birthday. 

So to keep in tempo with her blog, I am going to talk about food. But going to put my own spin on it that brings some of my blog style into the mix which is talking about boring ole healthy stuff. But I think you all will enjoy this, since its all about the unhealthy that turns to be not so bad every once in awhile.

So everyone loves their goodie treats. But as you know they aren't always the best thing for you out there. However through my whole diet process and good ole google. I have been able to find a short list for you all.

Everyones favorites- Sugary Cereal
From Serious Eats
I know I am not the only one that loves good ole sugar cereal. Sure most are really bad for you, but a very common favorite sugar cereal that isn't actually all that bad. I am talking Peanut Butter Puffs are actually the healthiest sugar cereal out there. So if you are eating, don't feel bad, it is actually even better then some cereals that state are high in fiber for you because of all the other stuff that they put in those bland stuff.

The Easy One- Dark Chocolate
I am sure everyone already knows this, but incase if you don't dark chocolate is actually very good for you even more so on that lovely one week every month us females get to enjoy. And did you know on a Hersey bar three of those squares in dark chocolate is only around 75 calories?!

Mind Blowing- Sour Candy
From My lollies
This one still blows my mind, you would think that all candy is impossible to even be semi healthy for you. But those goofy little sour warms that have been around since the dawn of time are actually only 100-120 for one handful which for most people is all they can eat in one sitting anyways.

Yay Comfort- Mac and Cheese
Sure you can't exactly call this version of mac and cheese Kraft. But by just changing things up a little bit like using whole wheat noodles, white cheddar, greek yogurt instead of milk and some low fat butter and honestly after a few bites you will not be able to tell the difference.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

DIY Heart Frame {A Guest Post}

Howdy Life, Love & Pinterest Fans!  I'm Rachel and I blog over at Can't Google Everything!
Since it's Heather's birthday week I wanted to help her celebrate by sharing a fun and easy craft with you guys that you can make for someone special for their birthday, anniversary or other holiday!  I found this idea on pinterest and decided to make it for my husband for Valentine's Day last year!
Pinterest Version:
So there wasn't much with the pin as far as directions go so I kind of made up my own!  Here is my version:
I picked out 6 places that are meaningful to me and my husband, but you could really do any amount with this idea!  You could even do just one big one for your wedding or something!
First step- I found the places I wanted on google maps and printed out the maps on nice paper.
Step two- I took a heart stencil and traced it around my places so all the hearts would be the same size.  Cut them carefully and erased any pencil marks!
Step three- Glue the hearts onto nice paper and then add the captions!  I printed the words on on nice paper but they aren't perfectly even!  I used craft studs to keep them in place on the background paper.
And there you have it!
I think this is an easy and cute gift for anyone you want to shower with love or even to give a couple for a wedding gift with spots that are meaningful to them!  There are really so many uses for maps!
I hope you enjoyed my easy DIY!  
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin {A Guest Post}

Name/Alias: Casey @ Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure
A brief description of your blog: A newlywed Texan misplaced to the Capitol Region of the Empire State. My blog is a lifestyle blog filled with the journeys and mishaps that come with moving to the Northeast. I enjoy anything that is different, quaint and eclectic. I am a dreamer and a creator trapped in a first born anal retentaive's body. I love everything DIY, modern and fashion with flair. I am married to a brainy scientist who has his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. He is not only intelligent but, loving, patient, kind, and most of all my better half. 

Hello Ladies!
I'm Casey and I blog over at Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure. I am delighted to have to opportunity to guest post on Life Love & Pinterest! I hope Heather has a wonderful birthday week and can't wait to hear about her adventures when she returns.

Over at my blog you will mostly find me figuring out life, love and marriage 1,700 miles away from "home". It is filled with recipes, crafting, daily life mishaps from a brand new wife. 

This recipe comes from C+C Marriage Factory: Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin.
My hubby is a definite carnivore and I wanted to try something different than our chicken and ground turkey meals. 

This was definitely a hit and will be one that we will continue to serve in our Aslan abode.

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

Servings: 6-8

Meat placed into Crockpot with rub

Ingredients for Glaze...BEST part!

Be patient with stirring your glaze. It will thicken over the heat...don't add more cornstarch (YIKES)

Highly recommend cooking for full 6-8 hours. Meat is extremely tender that way!

Used extra glaze to serve over rice
Hope you enjoy this recipe! Be sure to stop on by Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure if you have any questions or would like to share your culinary creations with me!

From our home to yours,
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

College? Part 2

Remember how I said a few posts back that I had applied to college?

Well, I got my acceptance letter yesterday! WOOOOOOOOOOO! I'm excited, but also really scared to go, actually. You know how kindergartners are on their first day of school? I wasn't like that in Kindergarten. I was rip, roaring, ready to go. Now? Not so much. Maybe because it actually cost money to go, or I'm afraid I'll fail.

I was on the phone with my best friend when I open the acceptance packet and I said "So, I just got accepted to college." As plain as day, like I was saying the sky was blue. And Andrew said "C'mon, be more excited about it!" But, I guess I'm not excited about it. I'm actually scared to go back. I'm heading towards it now, but ever part of me says to run away. Which is weird. Everyone wants to go to college, right?

I don't know. I just cried a lot about it yesterday because it scares me.

But, on a lighter note, I may potentially be getting a job (and a car!) soon! Pray and keep your fingers crossed for me, because this is a company that I really want to work for. I guess I'm lucky they're even considering me again. (Long story, but a good one.) I really want this job, so here's hoping!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I Have A Problem

Whoopsie, I fell off the bandwagon! ;)

Sorry guys, but I was up to my eyeballs in job applications from the time I woke up, till the time Bill finished cooking dinner. Still no word on the job or college fronts, but I keep pushing along, so...

Anyway, today I'm going to talk about something that I have an extreme obsession over: corgis. I legitimately have a problem, hahah! I can't stop myself.

I LOVE corgis so much, you have no idea. I have spent the past few days just looking at corgi pictures on my iPhone whenever I've had the chance. It's my only outlet to get corgi love, since it will be many years before I'll be able to have one.

So without further ado, here are my favourite pictures thus far.
Coming up on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are some guest posts from three lovely ladies! I won't be here Monday, because it' my birthday! The mister is taking me to DC for the day, and we're also going to a bridal show just for the fun of it, hahah!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thursday & a {Weekend Recap}

Thursday night was a fun one indeed. Andrew came over for dinner and fire in the fire pit. Somewhere in the middle of hanging out, Allison came over, too. And since the Heather/Bill household lacks board games, we ended up playing the Newlywed Game {Andrew's test to see how well we know each other: PASSED} and  Charades.
I started Friday morning out with Allison, with a brunch eaten at Red Lobster. She got lobster with seafood tacos, and I had shrimp and lobster alfredo. YUM!

We also went to Sephora and Ulta. It's that time of year again: I got birthday gift at Sephora! A Watt's Up highlighter & Benefit's They're Real mascara. I'm still trying them out, so I can't tell you 100% how I feel about them, but oh my goodness that mascara is heaven and the brush is perf. 
Later that night, after dinner and the dogs being walked, Bill and I took a trip to Berry Creamy, a local frozen yogurt place. I basically always get the same thing when I go here: sea salt and caramel pretzel froyo with little caramel-filled chocolate cups and caramel sauce. Can you tell I like caramel?! So good! My favourite Klondike bar is the caramel Pretzel one, so as you can imagine... Anything salty and sweet is A+ in my book ;)

This Saturday did not go at all how it was planned. Originally, we were supposed to go up to Bound Brook, NJ for a Revolutionary War reenactment, but the friend we were going to see wasn't able to go, so our plans change.
To start off, I treated Bill to Bob Evans for lunch. I have a lot of memories in this place, let me tell you. But that's a post for a different day. Going in the door, we saw this car parked ON THE SIDEWALK. Bill chuckled and said "I guess the door wasn't close enough for him, huh?"

It was around lunch when we got there, so I had a turkey dinner, complete with biscuits, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and carrots {which I ate before taking this picture....} Bill had a Sunshine Skillet, which is an open faced omelet with sausage and home fries, topped with country gravy and shredded cheddar cheese. He also had his with biscuits and said about it: "That was faaantastic. I think the ratio of sausage to potato to egg should be greater." But it was still good, right?!
After leaving Bob Evans, our next stop was Red Bank Battlefield Park. I adore this park because it's one, beautiful, and two HISTORIC. I love history so much, it can be a little excessive at times.

So, as you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I found out that tours were given of the house on the grounds (built in 1748). Tours are given April - October (The Battle of Red Bank was in October) and I think their season ends with a reenactment on the day of the battle.

Considering we are in to the second weekend of April, I figure the tours would have started. Right I was! Unfortunately, the tour guide we had was very scatterbrained and somewhat terrible. He was dressed in time-period garb, so both Bill and I figured he would've been a good tour guide. But alas, he was not, and I myself could've given a better tour.

We walked around the park a bit because I wanted to take pictures of Bill, but it was so incredibly windy! So here are a few pictures taken—thanks Bill for the awful photos of me!

The top two left photos are from our trip to Wawa afterward, where we both got tea and pretzels filled with cheese! Some of my favourite Wawa things. After some food, we headed back to the house, where Chrissy and Larren were ready and waiting for us!
The four of us sat around the house talking for a little while, and Larren suggested we go out to Red Robin. This was an unexpected, but welcome, change of events—considering pasta was slated for dinner that night. No offense to pasta, but this was way better! Bill and I both had some variation of a chicken sandwich, which wasn't bad at all! I also had this amazingly delicious drink called Very Berry Raspberry Limeade. Made of Sprite, and some other ingredients (I forget, sorry :X)... Even Bill had a sip and liked it!

We came home after eating while Chrissy and Larren walked around the mall. Bill went to walk the dogs and guess who we saw parked on our street? MISTER SOFTEE! I have an unhealthy adoration for Mister Softee, so of course I had to get a cone. Chocolate with chocolate jimmies, YUM!

When Chrissy and Larren came back over after food, she and Bill picked weeds, and I planted pansies and some blue and white flower I forgot the name of in some flower pots Bill and I picked up together.

Larren made an awesome fire for us, because I just couldn't get it going right! So as a treat for everyone, I brought out my sparklers. :) And of course, what better way to end a perfect day, than with a kiss? :3 It was so nice: as the fire was dying out, Bill put his arm around my shoulder and snuggled in real close to say "I'm so glad today happened this way. It was perfect."

Bill recently started working weekends, which I have to say is an adjustment for me. I thought it was Friday the whole time! It was nice though, he came home to visit me for lunch, and brought me Wendy's. We were FaceTiming while he was driving to Wendy's {NO WORRIES, the phone was on the dashboard, and when he got there, he ordered for me, exactly what I wanted before even asking. Then he checked to make sure he was right, hahah! I love that he knew exactly what I wanted, from my my plain chicken sandwich to the size, down to the "no ice, please" for my sweet tea. Two quickly eaten lunches later, and Bill left to go back to work :(

Since Sundays are our grocery shopping day (and I don't have a car currently), we went grocery shopping late. And by late, I mean BJs was actually closed when we got there, and for the first time ever, ShopRite wasn't packed, either.

Wow, what a busy few days! How was your weekend?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Yard Work {Junkie}

With the arrival of warmer weather, Bill has been absolutely itching to get outside every single weekend to do some sort of work in the yard.

Rake up the leaves.

Rip out all the weeds in the yard/garden area.

Get the garden started.

Just generally be outside in the heat.

Me, on the other hand? I dunno, I don't really like being outside too much because of (and not limited to): extreme heat, I don't like being sweaty, I don't like bugs, bees terrify me, and being out in the sun right now is a genuine health concern because I don't want to overdose on Vitamin D. 

Most of you are probably sitting there stumped, thinking "how you can you overdose on D, considering most of the country is low on D?" Well, last doctor's visit, I was told I am low on Vitamin D, so I've been taking 50,000 units of D a week, as well as switched to whole milk. So, with all that D in my body, I don't want to risk it.

If I do work outside, it has to be close to sunset, because I suffer from heat exhaustion very easily—I even got heat stroke one year at work!

So, while Bill works hard in the yard (heh, rhyme), I'll stay inside reading my books. ;)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

20 Before Twenty

I only have a year and eleven days to complete this list!
  1. Get better about posting photos on the blog and not forgetting to take them!
  2. Lose 60 pounds before I turn 20.
  3. Participate in a flash mob.
  4. Find a job.
  5. Look for and be able to buy a car.
  6. Fly in a plane.
  7. Get a passport and go out of the country.
  8. Use up an entire roll of film. And actually develop it.
  9. Write a novel.
  10. Try to get said novel published.
  11. Visit Florida.
  12. Take a dance class with Bill.
  13. Buy myself or receive something nice from Tiffany's.
  14. Live in the present more.
  15. Drink more water.
  16. Visit family more often.
  17. Write more hand-written letters to people/get more penpals.
  18. Go ice skating.
  19. Wear less black. (Seriously, most of my wardrobe is black.)
  20. Have a picnic and adventure day with Bill.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

{Little Letters}

Dear Heath coffee creamer: Oh. My. Lanta. You are so delicious! I wasn't really expecting you to make my coffee taste like liquid Heath bar. Om nom nom.
Dear firepit: You are the perfect addition to our little yard! So warm and toasty, and perfect for toasting marshmallows, or roasting hot dogs!
Dear Disqus: Thank you so, so, so much for making my commenting system so much nicer! Now I don't have to worry about it no longer working, and if something does break, I know there's a team behind it ready and waiting to fix my problems!
Dear warm weather: Ahhh, it's so nice to not be freezing all the time! I just hope I don't melt when it gets REALLY hot out.
Dear boom of traffic to my blog: Hi new readers! I'm not sure we're you're coming from, but I welcome you nonetheless!