Monday, November 14, 2016

How We Wore It | Clad in Plaid

I came to realize 2 things while doing this post:

1) I own zero Plaid Clothing. Why? I have no idea. I love Plaid! Time for a wardrobe update. Not mad about it.

2) I can pull off a Man's dress shirt like nobody's business. It was the only thing in the closet!! And after shooting the pics, I also then realized that it is more checkered than your traditional Plaid pattern. But it still works right?

Like Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate, Plaid and Fall just go together. The versatility of Plaid is unreal. Be sure to check out my friend's blogs to see what they did with it! (Link at Bottom of post). And yes, it is still Fall around these parts. And also back home in Alberta too I see! What is this crazy weather!!? I'm certainly not complaining, I hate the cold.

You guys, it's Finals week for Maikal, and he is writing his big nasty one today! Then it's American Thanksgiving holidays! Maikal gets a full week off of school for this, but with the weekends in between, we have 10 days off!....I guess they really celebrate this holiday down here in America. Im all for it! We have plans to travel to Ontario and Cincinnati. So happy to have some quality time with my family. 1 Semester almost done!



Top: Old, but Love THIS, THIS, and THIS

Cardigan : Old, also love THIS

Boots : Old, similar HERE and HERE

Please check out my friend's posts PLUS a Guest Blogger for this month!







Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lipsense Review | Is it worth it?

Happy Weekend!
I have something super awesome and exciting for you all today!
I will be giving you my experience with Lipsense!

If you haven't heard of it already, I'm about to blow your minds. Lipsense is a liquid lipstick that actually stays on your lips. IT DOES NOT BUDGE! I'm pretty sure legit Magic is one of the ingredients. Smudge proof, kiss proof, everything proof.
I've only recently gotten into wearing lipstick (like the past 2 years). I think lipstick can step up your makeup game by 1000% percent! My problem is that I could never find one that was all day lasting and didn't come off on everything. So much money wasted on lipstick! I am a mom of 2 little kids and a wife to a hottie, so naturally I am kissing and snuggling all day long. Which of course makes it basically impossible to wear even a little bit of regular lipstick. It would get everywhere! Or when I would eat, it would come off on whatever I was eating and I would just be getting lipstick flavour with every bite/drink. So my lipstick game has slowed down quite a bit simply due to the fact that it just wasn't worth the mess. UNTIL NOW! Apparently this stuff has been around for like 10 years, but only recently has it blown up and it's everywhere!


Here is a quick written tutorial of how it works:
With one stroke, put a thin layer of Lipsense on your lips. Do not let your lips touch!

Do this 3 times, waiting about 10 seconds in between each layer.
You will likely feel a tingling, which is normal.
Then finish it off with the Lip Gloss. DONE!
You're ready for the day! It's seriously that easy!

To get it off:
1) Put the 'Oops! Remover' all over your lips, wait like a minute, wipe off with a warm face pad.
2) Use the Neutrogena Bar with a warm cotton ball and remove.
It take some scrubbing, but it will come off lol.
My lips were SOOOOOO soft the next day.





I was sent this product by hairspraybybree on Instagram, she also has a Facebook account, so you guys can check her out and order some yourself! She knows what she's talking about and has a fantastic sense of what will look good on you. Please visit her on social media and see what she has to offer! You WILL NOT be disappointed!

And I was thinking, this is going to be a lot of writing for a review post, so I decided to do a Youtube video about it! Guys, it was so awkward at first. Being on the other side of the camera is weird! I hope you like it!

 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkin Carving Date

Tomorrow is Halloween! One of my favourite days of the year!
I love it all. Dressing up, Trick or Treating, Candy Apples, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin flavoured everything, etc etc.

So as some of you may know, I am a control freak when I do certain projects. Like Pumpkin Carving for example. Before this, I wouldn't let the kids help me with the pumpkins.....nope, nada. Its needs to be perfect. Im not having a messed up, weird destroyed pumpkin. But I've been working on that lol. So, it was Auroras nap time and I really wanted to have some Mommy/Son time with Ben. So we decided to do the carving together! I showed him pics of carvings and he liked this one. The digging of the guts was funny. Ben thought it was soooo gross. But I made him do it anyways lol.

Obviously I did all of the knife work with some 'pretend' assistance from him putting his hands over mine. And Im going to tell you a bad mom moment, so don't judge ;)
It took my a long time to carve out the swirly eyes. Once It was finished, I took it out and it was perfect. But THEN, Ben thought I didnt 'get it all out' so he ripped out the rest of the swirl while I was looking away.........I was pretty mad! He felt really bad about it, then I just looked at him, then looked at the pumpkin and just said to myself, "Its just a pumpkin". There was no reason to get mad over that, none. So I flipped my frown upside down and made light of the situation, and we were back at having fun again. I have a lot of those moments, but its something I need to continually work on as a parent.

Anyway moving on. Last night we had our ward trunk or treat and it was so fun!! I feel really proud of our outfits this year. I loooooove being creative with our costumes, and I feel like we nailed it this year. I mean......I cheaped out on the kids this year.....but Maikal and I looked awesome haha. You can see our outfits HERE on Instagram.

AND....its suppose to be decent weather tomorrow! One thing I hate about Halloween back home in Canada is that there was always snow OR it was bloody cold outside. But here, people were literally in shorts last night. SHORTS! So we can dress as whatever we want and not have to worry too much about the cold! Its awesome! I am having so much fun seeing everyones costumes this year. So impressed! Keep posting!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

How We Wore It | Animal Print

Well these pictures were an interesting experience haha
Maikal wasn't home, so I tried my best to do them myself. Obvi I tried to both get me and the socks in the same pic....and it turned into an adventure lol.

Anyways. This 'How we wore it' is about animal print! Personally, I am not into the usual animal print like cheetah or zebra or whatever, but I AM into animals on the print. These socks are seriously the cutest things I have ever out on my feet! Hummingbirds are my spirit animal, and I just love them.

Fall is definitely here in Ohio, and that means time get bundled up and cozy! Which to me means I now have to wear socks on a daily basis. And life is too short for boring socks ;) I looooove getting bundled up in big sweaters, leggings, warm socks, drinking hot tea or cocoa. I mean....I hate the cold outside, its horrible, but I still love the bundly-ness of it all lol.



Socks :: Mayberrys (currently out of stock, but love THESE)

Be sure to check out my Friends for how they wore it!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PinterTEST :: Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars



So, Im not a vegan. I tried the vegan eating lifestyle a few months ago and I loved it. It was super easy for a while, but then came BBQ's, and Birthdays, and Potlucks. And I 'cheated' all the time. I cant seem to be strict enough to keep going with it to actually help with weight loss. But, since I did like how the diet made me feel, I have completely cut milk out of my diet. Which is a big deal for me lol. And I try to focus more around Veggies, Meats, and Fruits and almost cut out the processed stuff like the cheeses, sour cream, and condiments like that. I am trying my best to only eat Real Food. Clean Eating. But, you guys, I looooooove my sweets. I feel like I need a dessert after supper everyday. Its a problem. So to try and keep myself on track, but still curb those cravings, I feel like Vegan desserts are the way to go!!

So today I have Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars.
Holy moly these are yummy. And filling since its mostly made from nuts!
I searched through Pinterest and found this gem and gave it a try. I feel like I nailed my first PinterTest on this recipe. Im sure you could switch out the strawberries for some other fruit too! Maybe raspberries, mango, banana, pumpkin (which Im trying next), or whatever!
The only thing I did differently in mine, is I didn't have pecans, only walnuts (because they are cheaper). But I feel like Pecans would have made this dessert 1 million times more delicious. 

I found the recipe from Choosingchia.com  
Like regular cheesecake, this recipe takes some time, so be patient!

A few tips I found:
~Make this in a bread pan. It will keep it tall and have thicker layers. Don't forget the parchment paper!
~Put your coconut milk in the fridge. I feel like the cream separates from the milk way better when its cold. Otherwise its just all milk! If that doesn't work, maybe just use 3/4 of the can.
~Make sure you press down the 'crust' like crazy. Or else it will just fall apart when you're cutting it.
~Like it says, mix the cashews until it forms a cream or doe. Might take a while. I know it looks like it never will. It just looks like blended up bits of cashews. But just like that it suddenly forms into a doe'like cream mixture! So weird.
~I also added probably an extra 1/2 cup of strawberries. I wanted that extra bit of flavour! 

ENJOY! I know I did!

INGREDIENTS
Crust:
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup medjool dates (I just used the dried pitted dates from costco)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
Filling:
  • 1½ cups cashews, (soaked in water for 4 hours or overnight)
  • 1 large can coconut milk (just the cream off the top)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Lets start by making our crust.
  2. Add your pecans, dates, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse until it forms a dough.
  3. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper and press your dough into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your cheesecake.
  5. Strain your cashews, and pour them into your food processor, or a high speed blender.
  6. Pulse them until they form a smooth cream.
  7. Next add your coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and pulse together until creamy.
  8. Pour out half your filling into your pan, placing the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up quickly.
  9. Next add the strawberries to the remaining half of your filling and pulse until smooth.
  10. Add your strawberry layer to the pan.
  11. Allow to firm up in the fridge overnight for a creamy cheesecake texture, or in the freezer for a couple hours for more of an ice cream type of texture.
  12. Cut into bars, and serve.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Why We Wore It | Pinktober

We are doing things a little differently for this 'How we wore it' series today.

Today, we are going to say 'WHY we wore it'

The reason being is that it is October, and that means Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And the colour for this cause is of course, PINK! I think it is fantastic that there is an entire Month dedicated to bringing people together and fighting for a cause that affects so many of us in one way or another. It's only the 4th and I've already seen people participating in runs/walks, sharing videos/articles, and of course sharing the popular Pink Ribbon to help bring awareness for Breast Cancer.

Today, we are wearing PINK. I personally don't wear a lot of pink (ginger problems), but there is one shade that I will wear, and that is this one. And of course I had to bring my best little lady on this shoot!

Just a little background of why this Month is so special to us; Maikal has two amazing woman (close relatives) that are very dear to our hearts, and they have both fought against breast cancer, and WON! One of which had to fight twice! Maikal's family has some strong individuals and it makes me so proud! That being said, Breast Cancer has had studies showing that Genetics has a part in Causing it. Which means that my little girl may be at risk. And it is my job as a mother to know our history and to be aware of the chance that she could have the gene and to get her tested at some point in her life.

I think Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn't just for the people whom already have it, but for making people aware that you, your children, your relatives could be at risk and to always check yourselves and maybe get tested if you have a close relative with Breast Cancer.

If you would like to know more about Breast Cancer, I have found a fantastic link that has a ton of information, as well as a donation section if you so choose:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

If you are currently fighting against Breast Cancer, I want you to know there is hope. I want you to know that people are fighting for you. People from all over the world. Don't give up, keep fighting and keep pushing forward. You are beautiful, and you are loved. There is hope for a cure, and everyday that goes by is bringing us one step closer to finding it.

So I encourage everyone to WEAR PINK sometime this month and share it! Whether it is an accessory, lipstick, clothing, or the simple Pink Ribbon. I know this generation is so Media Savy, so if you choose to spread the awareness, here are some Hashtags that will bring more people together and help fight for the cause!



  • #BCA #BreastCancer #BreastCancerAwareness #BreastCancerFighter #Cancer
  • #FightLikeAGirl #MaleBreastCancer #Pinktober #RethinkPink #SelfExamination



  • Please Check out my friend Hannah's post as well!


    xoxo