Friday, November 17, 2017

More Dollar Tree Finds

I'm back with some more Dollar Tree love.  Sometimes you don't see something until someone else (usually a blogger/vlogger) points it out to you. I can't remember which vlogger told me about these handy bottles but once I found them I was hooked!
 They are in the cosmetics section and come in at least 3 different colors (there's a pink topped bottle too).  They are for dispensing liquids through the top with a little button that draws the liquid up to the top (like they do at the nail salon with polish remover).  I've been using them for eye makeup remover and nail polish. Miss High School has about 4 of them for different things.  They are pretty darn cute too.
 Speaking of nails. I tried out their nail polish and I really love this color. I think it's just as good as any other nail polish that I've tried.   This is an inexpensive way to try out a fun new shade.
And finally this lint roller that come with a bonus mini lint roller...for $1!  I think Catherine from Do It On a Dime had sung the praises of Dollar Tree lint rollers. It's a great place to pick them up!
Have you found any Dollar Tree "must haves"?
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

{Entertaining} 18th Birthday Party

We celebrated Miss High School's actual 18th birthday in Disneyworld but we also had a little celebration with the family.
 I didn't go crazy with the decorations but I did make her a birthday banner.
I found a photo from each of her birthdays and edited them all in black and white so they'd be cohesive.
I added a label for each year and we strung the banner across the mantel.
I followed the same instructions that I used here for her sister's birthday banner.
The banner, some balloons and fall flowers made up the party decorations.
I displayed her baby book and opened it up to her first birthday page. #littlepumpkin
I used my handy dandy Ikea Raskog cart for the drink ware.
The menu was simple and yummy.   I baked up a Stouffers mac and cheese and Mr. Click made stuffed shells.  I pre-made and froze the Tex-Mex Casserole from Oh She Glows cookbook (here's a copy of it that I found online). I also made the Shredded Kale Salad from Oh She Glows, roasted veggies (like these from Thanksgiving) and Pioneer Woman's "The Bread".
Look who was home for the party!
I didn't get many pics once the party started but here's one from dessert/cake time.  She requested these bars for her cake.  I found the mini candelabra at Target.  Happy Birthday Sweetie!!

Her sister's 18th birthday party:
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

{Recipe} Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce-Vegan & Oil Free

This recipe came about because I wanted some of the pumpkin sauces I had seen out in the stores this time of year--but they all contained dairy. womp womp!  I set out to make a dairy free and oil free version for us.
 It turned out creamy, savory and delicious--just what I was craving!  The secret to creamy vegan sauces is cashew cream (raw cashews blended up in a high speed blender with some water until smooth and creamy and can be used like heavy cream in recipes).
 I found some recipes on line but I came up with my own version.
1 pound of pasta (we used mini rigatoni)
1/2 cup raw cashews (if not using a high speed blender like a Vitamix, they should be soaked in boiling water for a few hours to soften, then drained)
1/2 cup water
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic,minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp nutmeg
salt & pepper
To make:
  • Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  • While pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Blend raw cashews and water in high speed blender and until smooth and creamy, set aside.
  • Sauté onion in some water over medium heat until translucent, add garlic and stir to keep from browning (add more water if necessary).
  • Add tomatoes, pumpkin, cashew cream and nutmeg to pan. Turn heat down and stir to combine, allow to thicken up as it cooks.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Combine sauce with pasta, garnish with vegan parmesan (optional).
  • Enjoy!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

{Get Organized} My Nemesis Drawer

I feel like I've posted about this drawer before but if I have, I can't find it. I call it my "nemesis drawer" because I have an awful time trying to keep it organized.
Mr. Click and I share this dresser (very old hand me down) and the bottom drawer looks like two drawers but it's one VERY deep one and it's mine. I have two regular sized drawers as well (we have a large closet for the rest of our clothes but this is our only set of drawers).
I have tried to keep it organized but it would quickly become messy again and it was hard to keep things where they were supposed to be.  I looked for ideas on Pinterest and didn't find anything for deep drawers.  The Marie Kondo method doesn't work in such a deep space either.
I bought some deeper organizing bins from the Dollar Tree.
I purged some of the items in the drawer and started a donate pile.
I was only able to fit two of the bins but their height is perfect for this deep drawer. One bin holds pj's and the other one holds workout wear.  I filled in the middle area with thicker socks and pj/workout shorts. There is some room behind the bins for lesser used items.  It's not perfect but it's so much better and easier for me to keep neat!  I did this project back in the summer and the system has been holding up.  How do you organize deep drawers?

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Friday, November 10, 2017

November's Daily Goodie Box

I always look forward to getting my Daily Goodie Box in the mail.  I can't wait to open it up and see what goodies are in it this month.  Let's see what we've got!

Prince of Peace - Lemon Ginger Honey Crystals
This has all of the benefits of the Ginger Honey Crystals but now with added lemon! Ginger in great for soothing upset stomachs and aiding in digestion. 

Desserts on Us - Milk Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
This cookie company won the gold award for outstanding cookie at the 2009 Sofi awards.  Lacey's cookie has got rich macadamia nut wafers sandwiched by smooth milk chocolate.  They also come in other varieties like Chocolate Almond, Coconut and Dark Chocolate Almond and Espresso and Dark Chocolate Almond.

Fix - Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce
I can't live without sriracha and now I don't have to be without it--ever! These little all natural packets contain organic ingredients like organic chili peppers, garlic, sea salt, cane sugar and rice vinegar. They also have a great balance of heat and flavor. Take them with you on the go!

Black Forest Organic - Sour Heads
I like this company's goal to make delicious USDA certified organic high quality candy in small batches.  The Sour Heads hit you with mouth puckering sour fruitiness and contain recognizable ingredients like cane sugar, potato starch, carrot and beet juice.

Vive - Hangover Prevention
Vive calls their product"hangover prevention to preload your body with powerful antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes to prevent all causes of your hangover and feel great tomorrow!"
I like this video that they have on their site too!

Mirabella - Black Magic Marker Eyeliner
I'm a big fan of the Mirabella brand line of makeup where they believe products can be fashion forward and also good for you.  Their products are paraben free, talc free and gluten free!   I love black eyeliner for accentuating my eyes and lashes and it helps to have a precision point for application.

Pure Cosmetics - Pure Illumination Light Up Lip Gloss
This lip gloss is so cool! It's a beautiful, conditioning lip gloss that has an LED lit applicator and a chic side mirror for easy application on the go! What?!!

Napz - All-Natural Sleep Solution
I like the idea of an all natural sleep solution.  Napz contains chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm and hibiscus.  The combination of these herbs can calm your mind and induce sleep. Yes please!

Liquid Ice - Energy Drinks
And when you want the opposite of sleep, you can get a nice energy boost from Liquid Ice Energy Drinks.  Their mission is to provide the finest energy drink with the best taste in the energy drink market.

Well that's it for this month's Daily Goodie Box, you can get yours by signing up here. No credit card information is ever needed!
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

{Project 52) Weeks 33-43

 33|52 Negative Space
Chicago from Navy Pier
 34|52 Selfie
Chicago, Illinois
 35|52 Mirrored
"The Bean" Chicago
 36|52 Portrait
Engagement session
 37|52 Leading Lines
Headshot session
 38|52 Hazey
Senior session
 39|52 Morning
 40|52 Candid
 41|52 Bokeh
 42|52 My view
Haunted Mansion, Disneyworld
43|52 Eyes
Miss High School senior session

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

{Random} Happenings September & October 2017

Welcome to my camera roll post where I share some of my random photos (and favorite things) from the last two months.
 This seltzer=yum!
 Not sure what happened with my lid here.
 This salad was #goals.
 This soup was so pretty, I had to take a pic!
 Another Costco discovery.
 At a fancy gig/benefit with the hubs.
 This inspiring lady was the keynote speaker at the event. Read her story (from homeless to top Philladelphia tax attorney) here.
 Early fall walk in the park.
 Nothing like a ripe, juicy pear!
 I got this awesome assortment of spices for my birthday from my mother in law.
 Birthday pedicure color.  I took this photo to remember the color so I can buy it!
 Making some minestrone soup.
 Halloween costume #2 (wait till you see #3). Hipster Minnie and Mickey.
Fall=sweater and boots (but it was still warm so I was wearing a summer top). What have you been up to?

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