some things i’m working on

Hope 2013 is treating you well.   Here are a few things I’m working on:

karma cleanse

A little cleanse for the soul.   I know I won’t be able to get through this list quickly, I try to scratch away at each concept each day.   I definitely felt gratitude yesterday in a way I never have.  Sometimes when I get caught up in my own bullshit I forget how truly lucky I am for everything and everyone I have in my life.   I hope this feeling of gratitude continues with me every day, and I will work really hard to act with love throughout the day, even with slow check writers in a long line at the supermarket…grrr…love.

Did this take over your news feed on Facebook on Friday?

pay it forward facebook

I definitely replied to one of my friend’s status’ and posted this as well.   Looking forward to paying it forward to some friends, and looking forward to paying it forward volunteer wise too.   I really, really, want to volunteer in the 518 this year but I’m not sure who|what|where to go.   Any good volunteering experiences locally?

Finally, I think I’ve perfected my kick ass quesadillas.   Caramelized onions, goat cheese and fresh arugula!  I’d used sauteed spinach before, but arugula is the way to go.

caramelized onion quesadilla

Found the original recipe in Fitness magazine (I don’t always use tomatoes,  but trust me on the fresh arugula.)

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birchbox & bb cream

What’s better than a Friday night? A Friday night when your Birchbox arrives, weekend + makeup = win.

Bellinis & Birchbox are the perfect combo, FYI.

I’ve had a pretty good Birchbox run the last few months (full sized products I’ll actually use, samples I enjoy) so I was kind of expecting to be let down by this one. That didn’t happen.

Etolle Nail Polish

Soy Joy bar (meh)

Lavender Hair Powder

Jouer Perfume

Fibre Lash Extend Mascara

Gift box

While I love all the goodies Birchbox throws my way each month, my absolute favorite beauty find this year was BB Cream. I use Garnier BB Cream, it’s magical. Moisturizes, evens tone, renews, brightens and it even has SPF.

I realized just how much I loved this product last week. I started using it at the beginning of the summer (and instantly got compliments on my skin) and ran out of that first bottle just last week. Not only will it make you look better, it’s an amazing bargain. I was afraid that the cream wouldn’t last a month and one tube got me through five months !

What’s been your best beauty find in 2012?

minty fresh

I discovered an Etsy shop at a craft fair.  Slightly backwards, right?    I was wandering through a sea of crocheted and sparkled items over the weekend when I spotted a table full of lotions, soaps and homemade body sprays and hot hooked.   For $6 I walked away with this amazing peppermint lotion:

I’ve been obsessed with it all week, the scent is just right (not overpowering at all) the texture of the lotion is perfection, I’ve been pushing it on my co-workers in my cube all week.   I’m so glad I found this shop, I’m definitely picking more up for the holidays.   Euphoria Soap is the name of the shop and there’s tons of goodies in there.   Hello , Fat Girls Delight Soap?  I would totally want to eat this in the shower!

Got a favorite etsy shop?  Would love to hear about it!   How did you discover them?

i’ve been distracted

So the lovely Krystal inspired me to update my little blog.  I love my corner of the web but I’ve just been distracted with work, family stuff, feeling chubby and scruffy.   So here’s what’s up.

I can explain the chubby part.  Snacks.  I really try hard to stay away from sweets but when I fail I fail hard.  I tried a bite of a Cadbury Cream Egg BAR that someone sent to the station.  Yes, a whole bar o’Cadbury Egg, that’s how they roll in the UK.   I’m pretty sure this bite sized piece had about 2,000 calories, and totally not vegan.   It was amazing.

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When the circus came through we checked it out from the nosebleed section at the TU.  Seriously if you ever want the best seat in the house, go upper level, it was awesome.

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I celebrated my birthday, so lucky!

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I discovered a crazy, yet functional moss purse.   The ultimate spring accessory. 20120518-232803.jpg

Of course I sparkled more stuff. Here’s some color blocked frames

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Made some delicious vegan meals.   Arugula, squash and mushrooms.   Awesome!

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Made a quick trip to the city.   Managed to find the beauty in cabs.

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Bought a rock bracelet, made me feel like Shera, Princess of Power.

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Discovered a delicious vegan snack.  Housed this

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Fit into an 8 year old t-shirt.  No really, that’s amazing that it still fits.  My metabolism was on warp speed 8 years ago.

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Enjoyed Mother’s Day with the cutest cake ever (I only had a taste.)

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Discovered some radio audio gems in my desk.  FLY92 from the early 90’s.  Listen here.

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Discovered my new favorite beer (and I hate beer) Shipyard Applehead (apple beer!!!_

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Frightened a Starbucks drive-thru peep with this crazy ass knot I got stuck in my hair while trying to rearrange my ponytail.   I know, I know, I shouldn’t be a lazy drive-thru user.

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Fell more in love with my orange mani.   Tangerine Tango may be my favorite color of the year yet!!

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Became more obsessed with this song.   Watch the video.  Love love love it.

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Rocked my 7th grade basketball jersey during dropoff.   I’m too sexy for real grown up clothes before 9:30am.

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Aand re-embarked on the summer spray tan.  The foot positions always remind me of a dance chart, now you’ll think of it to the next time you’re nekkid in a Mystic booth.

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