Friday, March 29, 2013

Tutorial: How To Fill In Your Eyebrows

I have been tweezing my brows since I was 13-years-old, often over-tweezing until they were way too thin.  After many years of educating myself on how to deal with them properly, a few years ago I finally figured out what works well for me.

People ask me quite a lot about how I maintain, groom, and fill in my eyebrows.  Hopefully, this video tutorial will help you out.  Please leave a comment with any additional questions you may have.



I also want to add that you can use a primer on your brows to help the powder adhere to your skin better.  Plus, you can mist a setting spray on your brows after you are done to help them stay longer.  I use MAC Fix+ as a setting spray for my whole face.


What I Used:
(1) Lash & Brow Groomer  (2) Cosmetic Groomer  (3) Tweezers(I use the Revlon angled tweezers)

The brow kit I used is still available on Amazon: Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit

Again, please let me know if you have any questions.  I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I Wore: Celebrating Life

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Back in February, I wore this bright, fun outfit to a memorial for a dear friend who passed away suddenly.  We decided to meet up at our favorite Drunch (Drunken+Brunch) place that our friend loved to celebrate his life and how he touched all of our lives.  Even though we have all been devastated by the loss of such a happy and loving person, we all chose to put smiles on and have a party he would have been honored to attend.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

I decided to wear some all-new pieces that I bought recently.  The purple shrug is from SWAK Designs.  The color is such a gorgeous, vibrant purple made of soft jersey fabric.  I bought a 22/24 because I wanted it to be more fitted.  Typically, I have trouble with larger-sized shrugs because they stretch out and look too baggy.  This fabric has not stretched out.  In more recent outfit pictures, I was able to take a photo of the back of the shrug as well.  It has a great little gathered part at the back, which I love.  It adds some fun and a nice silhouette to the back.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

This floral tank and the jeans are both from Torrid.  While this tank is no longer online (this style sells FAST), do a search for "Twist Tees" on Torrid.com to see some of the other patterns still available.  I own about five of this style of tank.  I love them!  They have a cute ruffle at the top, adjustable straps, and are just super comfy. Additionally, as a tank with an empire silhouette, I don't feel that it makes me look pregnant, which is always a plus.

I never, ever thought I would own a jegging, but these jeans are the Sophia jeggings from Torrid.  I bought them in a 26, even though a 28 fit comfortably.  These will stretch out on you, so I chose the smaller size.  They are tight. No lie, I had to do some shimmying to get them on. But within a few hours, they were pretty comfy.  I've worn them about 3 times now without washing and they haven't stretched out very much yet.  Ideally, I would like them to stretch a little bit more to be more comfortable. I still feel sassy in them though.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

This great necklace is one I picked up from Lane Bryant in January.  I was so excited to find a bright pink one! It is so vibrant and cheery.  I love it!
DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots
Twist Tees Floral Ruffled Cami - Torrid (same style, different pattern here)
Amber Shrug in Purple - Sealed With A Kiss Designs
Skinny Sophia Jegging - Torrid
Sidney Tall Lace Back Boots - Avenue
Pink Bubble Necklace - Lane Bryant


Drunch Memorial for Manuel
The group of us, posing with our feather boas and tiaras in honor of Manuel.


DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

DivineMrsDiva.com - Twist Tees Torrid Floral Cami Tank, Torrid Sophia Skinny Jeggings, SWAK Designs Amber Shrug, Pink Bubble Necklace from Lane Bryant, Avenue Sidney Lace Back Boots

Monday, March 25, 2013

Q & A Monday: Ten Questions

Hey, y'all!!

I hope everyone is back from a great weekend!  Mine consisted of grocery shopping, cleaning, preparing food, and hosting Bunco night on Saturday.  We cleaned up the house Saturday night, so Sunday was a straight up chillin' kind of day.  The husband and I slept in, watched The Hobbit (the new one and the animated one from 1977), and just relaxed all day.  It was fantastic!

Now on to a busy week!!


It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.


Ten Questions

1. Describe the kind of home you would live in if money were no object.  
It would be a large house near the beach with HUGE closets, a giant kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and tons of counter space, lots of windows, a huge fenced backyard with some pretty trees and a great patio for entertaining and lounging.  The bathrooms would be spacious with lots of counter space.  The laundry room would be organized and dreamy.  There would be a personal chef, house-keeper, and landscaper on the payroll..and probably a personal chauffeur for me so I wouldn't have to drive. Other rooms I would have: a two lane bowling alley, a basement game room/dance club with full bar, a movie theater room, a crafting studio, a massive walk-in closet for me..etc. etc etc.

2. Are you more conservative in your actions or more rebellious? 
I tend to be more cautious in all of my endeavors.  That caution just comes from different places depending on the situation.  Sometimes it comes from previous experience, sometimes self-doubt, sometime self-preservation.  There are definitely certain times where I tend to be more rebellious, they are just not common.

3. Would you go to Mars even if it meant you could never return to Earth?  
I don't think so.  There is too much unknown.  I'd rather be with friends and family and not all isolated.

4. Name one song that makes you want to dance every time you hear it. 
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham.  I always have to at least do a little Carlton Banks-like dance to it. lol  But there are many, many songs I love to dance to.  I do it as much as possible.

5. Share one thing that you wish you could go back and do differently in your life.  
I wish I talked to my dad, or at least reached out to him, in the two years before he died.  I let my mother manipulate me into treating him a certain way and not speaking to him for two years.  And even though he didn't treat me well, I wish I would have reached out and tried to talk to him before he passed away.  I was only 17, so there was much I didn't know.
My mom stopped speaking to me almost two years ago and I have learned from the lesson with my dad.  I reached out to her and tried to speak with her. I told her almost everything I had to say and have no regrets with her. So that is important to me.

6. Share at least one accomplishment that people wouldn’t expect you to be proud of.  
Well, I wouldn't necessarily call it an "accomplishment", but it is on my mind so....being up front and open with my mom about things I needed to say to her about the way she has treated me in my life. And being honest with my brother when he proved to be a woman-hating cheater.  Even though they hate me and have chosen to disown me, I am glad I stood up for myself, my sister-in-law, and my niece and nephew.

7. Describe one delicious thing that you’ve eaten lately.  
In hosting Bunco Saturday night, I made these tasty little ham and cheese sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls. It had a yummy glaze you put on top and bake it until the cheese melts.  They were tasty!  Our guests ate them all.

8. If you had a theme song that would play every time you entered a room, which song would you choose?  
Hmmmmm, this is tough!  My initial response is "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera.  I asked my husband what he thought it should be and he said "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars (awwwww).

9. Has technology enhanced your life, or has it over complicated your life?  
There are certain times when I feel overwhelmed with keeping up with social media for the blog, but mostly technology has enhanced my life.  It has made communication easier, affords me the opportunity to learn anything I want, keep up with friends, make new friends, and find things I may not have found otherwise.  It is a great tool to make life easier.

10. If you could get paid to do any job, which job would you choose?  
I would love to get paid to do nothing.  And by "do nothing", I mean live my life.  I would travel, take classes, and work on various hobbies.  But if I had to choose a job, it could be an actress, an interior designer, an author, a stylist, or a personal shopper.

 Now get on it, y'all!!  Have a fantastic Monday and week!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Diva: Organizing Tip - Adhesive Chalkboard Labels

DivineMrsDiva.com - DIY Diva - Organizing Tip - Chalkboard Labels

Just a quick post today to show you something I worked on yesterday.  I found out about these great adhesive chalkboard labels from Ashley at Domestic Fashionista.  (She has some great organizing tips and DIY posts, by the way.)  So when I saw them on sale, I had to get them.

They come in six different shapes and a couple different sizes and can be purchased from Etsy seller More Sprinkled Joy.  Yesterday, I busted out my recent purchase and applied them to some of my kitchen containers for a more polished, labeled look.

My containers went from drab (with masking tape and Sharpie writing):

DivineMrsDiva.com - DIY Diva - Organizing Tip - Chalkboard Labels

To fab:

DivineMrsDiva.com - DIY Diva - Organizing Tip - Chalkboard Labels

DivineMrsDiva.com - DIY Diva - Organizing Tip - Chalkboard Labels

These adhesive labels apply easily.  I used a dab of rubbing alcohol to clean the area I wanted the sticker to go first.  After they were stuck on, I used regular chalk to write on the labels.  They also wipe off extremely well.  I absolutely love these!  I can't wait to label everything!

Are you a label-holic?


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What I Wore: Teal We Meet Again

Hey, y'all!

The husband and I finally had an evening all to ourselves for a fun date night.  I don't dress up a whole lot, so date night is always a fun opportunity to put some extra effort into being more lady-like.  Basically, I used a curling iron and different eyeshadow colors. lol

The other great thing that made me look splendid was this great dress that Kiyonna sent me.  It's the Trinity Twist Dress in "Teal We Meet Again".

DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Trinity Twist Dress, Torrid Blazer, Avenue Pumps

There is nothing better than a comfortable, easy-to-wear piece of clothing that looks pulled together.  The fabric is so soft and stretchy, not too heavy or warm.  I love three-quarter sleeves and the great twist feature in the front.  The color is absolutely lovely as well.  It is actually a dark teal color, more like the color on the website.  I'm not sure why it looks so much lighter in the photos.  It was a rare sunny day, I suppose.

A also noticed a couple of differences in this dress as compared to other Kiyonna dresses I own.  First, the length is a bit longer.  Instead of being about knee length, this dress was about mid-calf.  Second, while this dress still has a great v-neckline, it isn't so deep as to expose cleavage you may want to keep under wraps. 

I know a lot of Kiyonna fans on Facebook have wanted something a little more covered up, so don't pass this one up, ladies!  It would also be a great easy piece for an office environment.  No wardrobe malfunctions in this pretty dress!

For reference, I am 5'9" and am wearing this dress in a 4X with no shapewear.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Trinity Twist Dress, Torrid Blazer, Avenue Pumps

DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Trinity Twist Dress, Torrid Blazer, Avenue Pumps
Trinity Twist Dress - Kiyonna
Grey Pinstriped Blazer - Torrid
Black Pumps - Avenue
Bracelet - Avenue
Earrings - Forever 21

DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Trinity Twist Dress, Torrid Blazer, Avenue Pumps

DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Trinity Twist Dress, Torrid Blazer, Avenue Pumps

Disclosure: I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the dress in this post.  All opinions on the item are my own.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Q & A Monday: Pondering Personal Thoughts

Hey, y'all!!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.

My Weekend Update:
It was haircut time on Saturday.  After the appointment, I played in Sephora and then the husband and I ran errands.  We got home later than we had anticipated, so we made dinner quickly and watched a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode in honor of my brother who passed away four years ago Saturday.  It is one of my favorite ways to honor his memory.

On Sunday, I spent eight hours cleaning my kitchen - doing dishes, wiping counters, scrubbing cabinets, reorganizing cupboards, soaking and scrubbing drip pans, dusting, vacuuming, steam mopping, cleaning blinds, wiping down walls and the fridge, etc etc etc.  My feet hurt.

I did get to enjoy my St. Patrick's Day meal though - corned beef, cabbage and baby carrots, garlic and avocado mashed potatoes, and a Chocolate Raspberry beer.  Yum!  Hopefully Monday will be more low key for me. lol


It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.


Pondering Personal Thoughts

1. How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are?
It really depends on my mood, what is going on, and sometimes who I am around.  I usually feel like I'm in my mid-20s, but sometimes I feel like I'm 55 (or anywhere in between).  It's mostly a mental thing. 

2. Are you the kind of friend you’d want to have as a friend?  
Absolutely.  I certainly would frustrate myself from time to time, but I am fun, kind, and fiercely loyal.

3. Look back at the last year.  When did you feel most excited about something in your life? 
There hasn't been a whole lot of happy in the last year. My brother cheated on my sister-in-law and they initiated divorce proceedings.  My brother stopped talking to me. My father-in-law lost his battle with leukemia. One of my sweet fur kids died right before Christmas.  A wonderful friend died in February. So I guess the most excited I have been lately is when NKOTB announced their new tour dates and I scored second row seats.  And maybe my husband and I can take a vacation for the first time in 5 years.

4. Have you ever been with someone and not spoken a word, only to walk away thinking that was the best conversation ever?  
I don't think so.

5. If you won 100 million dollars Monday, would you continue doing whatever you usually do on Tuesdays?  
Sure.  Except I might take some classes and be busier than normal. lol  Once in a while anyway...

6. What would you do differently if you knew no one would judge you?  
I would do everything I've always wanted to do. And I'd be more peaceful doing it since I would not be worrying about what others are thinking.

7. Share something you do differently than most people. 
I do a lot of things differently than others.  I keep finding out new things all the time.  For example, when I sing along to songs on the radio, I change as many words as I can to incorporate "chihuahua" into the song.

8. What’s one thing that you really want to do that you’ve never done?  
I really want to travel to Ireland.  I've never even been overseas, but Ireland is at the top of my list.

9. If you had to move out of state right now, where would you move? 
Maybe Canada?  I can't think of any state in which I would be truly happy.  I love living in WA, but there is a lot of rain.  I deal with it because I hate humidity, lots of bugs, flash floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, red states, etc.  I've lived all over the USA and I like where I am more than other places, though I don't feel like I quite belong in any of the locations I have lived.

10.  What is the one thing that you’d like to change most about the world? 
I wish everyone was kind and intelligent and had manners and thought about others instead of being selfish.  That's more than one thing, but there is too much wrong with this world to pick one thing.

Now take a moment to answer the questions and link up! Have a wonderful Monday and week!

Friday, March 15, 2013

What I Wore: Sartorial Medley - Green Goddess

Welcome to the third installment of Sartorial Medley, a monthly fashion challenge hosted by myself and Aislynn of Couture for Curves.  Did you miss the January or February fun?

We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  From now until the 25th, email me your photo and link to your blog post at diva@divinemrsdiva.com.

Now on to this month's theme: Green.
So show us your favorite shade of green or your St. Patrick's Day best!

I received this lovely Kiyonna wrap dress in my latest Gwynnie Bee package last week, so I knew I wanted to show it to all of you.  The dress is a dark hunter green, although in some of my photos it looks like more of a blue green. Either way, it is a beautiful color on a comfortable dress.

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}

The fabric is soft with a bit of stretch.  It is well-made and not too heavy and warm.  I love the ruching detail at the shoulders as well.  It seemed to be a bit longer on me than it has been on other people.  I'm a fan of the longer length though. 

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}

While I appreciate how the fabric fell over my hips and cascaded down, as with all wrap dresses I have tried on it was still a bit tight on my tummy.  The fit of the shoulders, arms, and bust was fantastic!  It was just closer against my tummy than I am comfortable with.  I decided to wear the jacket to camouflage the tummy issue and felt like it did a great job of that.  (And despite the tummy issue, I feel it is important to note that I still felt sexy in the dress.)

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}
Winona Hi-Lo Wrap Dress - Kiyonna via Gwynnie Bee
Leopard Print Jacket - Torrid
Wedges - Payless
Necklace - MJR Sales
Nail Polish - Wild Cactus by Color Club

DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley: Green Goddess {feat. Kiyonna and Torrid}

Don't forget to email me your green ensemble photo, which Aislynn and I will include in our posts!

Sartorial Medley: Green Theme


Vicki of Fat To Figure Girl

Aislynn of Couture for Curves

Kelly of Loopier By The Minute

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Dressing Room

I have been meaning to take you all on a tour of my dressing room for some time now.  It is constantly a work in progress though, so I guess I was just waiting until I had things looking better.

It is still a work in progress, but enough with the waiting!!  When we moved a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to claim the extra room for myself.  My clothes never fit in a standard closet, so I knew I would need the extra space.  The room is 10' by 10', which is still small for all my stuff.  It's been hard to stay within a budget while finding practical storage solutions.  Ideally, those storage solutions need to be cute, but it doesn't always work that way.  We are renting, so I can't use all the fancy closet organizing that I would like to.  (But when we own our own home, you better believe that will be my first big undertaking!)

Jewelry

When you walk into the room, the first thing you see is my dresser in the middle of the opposite wall.  This dresser is really old, owned by my mother-in-law's father, I believe.  I love it because it is made so well and has so much room in the drawers.  Most dressers just aren't made like that anymore.  Eventually, I would love to paint it to match my dressing room colors of black, white, and fuchsia.  Stored in the dresser are the typical things - bras, panties, socks, pajamas.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

On top of the dresser, I have a necklace holder loaded with as many necklaces as it can handle.  I bought some bracelet displays at the craft store for all my bracelets, and a hand display at Pier 1 for some of my rings.  Rounding out the dresser area are some fun decor items.  I bought a few plastic diamond paperweights, a mirrored frame, a sparkly "Diva" ornament, and a cute glass chihuahua ornament.

My jewelry armoire sits to the left of the dresser.  I also did some DIY projects, making a picture holder and ribboned pin and brooch holder.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

The necklace holder on the dresser can't handle any more necklaces, so I had to branch out to the walls now.  I just used nails to hang my long and/or heavy necklaces up.  It helps to be able to see it all when I am getting ready.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room


Clothing

To the right of the dresser, I have a small plastic drawer unit that holds my tiaras and hats.  It also provides a space to store my radio and iron.  I had to buy two garment racks because the actual closet is so small.  The closet also has to be a storage room for extra clothes not in use, luggage, big bags, costumes, etc.  Therefore, only my purple, pink, and red garments fit in the closet.

At $20 each (on sale), the zippered garment racks do a pretty great job at holding all of my heavy clothes.  The first one has dresses, skirts, blazers, knit cardigans, and hoodies, organized by category.  The second garment rack holds black, grey, brown, coral, blue, and green clothing.  I enjoy organizing my clothing by color because it helps me find things easier (and I love the way it looks).

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

On the opposite side of the room, I have a bookcase that holds belts, sweaters/cardigans, jeans, and all of my purses.  It can sometimes look a bit disheveled.  When I put the bookcase together, I made sure to cover the back of it with a pretty white and pink fabric that I wanted to incorporate in my decor.  I love doing this for all my bookcases now because it adds some fun and color to an otherwise mundane item.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

I used a fabric shoe rack on the back of the door to store my scarves.  I just roll them up and stuff them in each section.  The mesh allows me to see the colors of the scarves, so picking one out doesn't take forever.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room


Shoes

It was tough to figure out what to do about the shoes.  I didn't want racks and needed varying heights of space for boots and the like.  I already had the white plastic shelf that I piled everything on.  I ended up finding a black and pink bin that I store all my flip flops in.  For the rest of the shoes, I bought plastic shoebox containers, took pictures of all my shoes, and affixed the photo to the outside of the box.  This has worked very well for me, but as you can see, I need to buy some more containers. lol

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room


Decor and More

After all the racks, dressers, and shelves, I don't have a lot of wall space for decorations.  I add fun odds and ends in where I can.  I love artwork featuring chubby girls.  I have a fun wall hook and a great hula-hooping pinup girl. (I used my Martha Stewart glitter to sparkle up the frame.)  The "Diva" and chihuahua ornaments were picked up in various locations. 

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

There is an awkward piece of wall between the closet and the light switch.  I chose to dress it up with a rhinestone-accented chandelier wall decal.  I also chose to display my other cute chubby girl decor.  These are wall plaques from Hallmark circa 2003.  I received one as a gift and have been trying to collect the others ever since.  I found the other two on eBay (along with a coffee mug in another design), but they are very hard to come by.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

I made a sign for my dressing room door with my extra crafting pieces.  There is also an 8x10 canvas print of one of our wedding photos.  And then I bought a nail polish rack to organize my polishes.  I hope this gets me in the habit of wearing it more often.

DivineMrsDiva.com - My Dressing Room

So there you have it.  My dressing room is a fun space to call my own, where I can delight in the more fun aspects of being a girl.  I am grateful to have a place to store my fashionable finds and display those things that make me smile.

What are some of your storage solutions for clothing and accessories?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Q & A Monday: Food Questions

Hey, y'all!!

Monday has arrived again.  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  Saturday was actually sunny here, so we did some photos outside and ran some errands.  Did anyone watch Justin Timberlake on SNL?  I always find him very funny on the show.

My husband and I spent six hours on Sunday doing some spring cleaning and reorganizing the bedroom.  I still have a few things to do, but will take some pictures and blog about the changes we made.  I feel so accomplished and excited to have gotten it done and hope the extra space allows for me to do some makeup tutorials and beauty reviews from my vanity table.

This week, I am trying to get up earlier and start incorporating more accomplishments into my day.  I really want to work hard to make my daily schedule one where I have plenty of time to do the things I need and want to do.  It will certainly be a work in progress, but you have to start somewhere, right?

Additionally, if you feel like giving me some insight into your opinions as a reader of this blog, I'd appreciate it if you could answer a few short questions for me.  Thanks in advance!


It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.


Food Questions

1. What did you eat for dinner last night? 
Last night, we were busy running errands, so we stopped at a local Mexican restaurant.  I had half of a Fajita Burrito and some chips and salsa.

2. If you could make one food calorie-free for the next year, What would you choose? 

Ice cream and cheese.  I don't eat either one as much as I used to, but it would be nice not to have them count toward the calories I intake.

3. How often do you go to the grocery store? 
We probably do a big trip where we hit up our two main stores about every two weeks.  I have been focusing on fresh fruit and veggies for snacks and meals, so we have to go more often to stock up.

4. Do you make a list before buying groceries? 
Yes.  I make a list per store and try to have the items in order of how we walk through the store so I don't forget anything.  I usually decide on several recipes to keep us from just buying whatever.

5. List three things that can always be found in your kitchen. 
Apples, Bottled Water, Gruyere Cheddar cheese

6. How often do you clean out your fridge? 
I tend to clean it out when I see things need to be cleaned out.  But if I get busy with other stuff, I clean it out every time we come back from grocery shopping.

7. Do you ever use a slow cooker? If so, will you share a recipe? 
I do and I want to use it more often.  If you want to check out some recipes, I have a few under "Crock Pot" in my Recipe Index.

8. How often do you try new recipes? 
I think I try new recipes in waves.  I'll go back to tried and true stuff we love and have weeks where I don't really feel like putting much effort into cooking.  Then I will have weeks where I try a lot of new recipes.  In the last week, I've tried 2 or 3 new recipes.  This week, I have 3 more to try. :-)

9. What is the most delicious meal(s) you make? 
Oh snap. Well, I think various friends and family would have different answers for this, so I will stick with the meals I make that I love the most.  My Smoked Salmon Chowder is so good!  It tastes like a chowder we can only get in Seattle (our FAVORITE), so I am really proud that I was able to make something similar.  Also, I love the Sour Cream Enchiladas, Crash Hot Potatoes, and any combination of my Roasted Veggies.

10. Share at least one thing that is currently in your kitchen even though you don’t like it. 

My husband bought a small bag of Baked Kettle Chips in an effort not to get the tasty ones.  These taste like cardboard and I despise them, so the unopened bag is still on the pantry shelf.

Now it is your turn!  I hope you all have a Happy Monday and a great week!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Reader Questionnaire

I have been meaning to touch base with all of you and find out what you love (or don't love) about the featured posts on the blog.  There is now a survey where you can share your opinions and comments with me.  This will help me better shape my posts and features and bring you more fun stuff that you love.

Please take a few moments to answer this short survey.  I'd really appreciate your feedback.  Thank you!


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

What I Wore: Shine Bright Like A Rhinestone

I am definitely a casual girl.  On a typical day, I opt for jeans and a fun shirt over most other choices. Since starting this blog, I have really worked to push my fashion boundaries.  I was in quite a rut of jeans and tanks and hoodies before starting to blog.

And there's nothing wrong with jeans, sneakers, and a t-shirt.  It's normal and comfortable and practical.  I know there are equally comfortable and easy alternatives, but sometimes a girl just has to wear the basics.

Lane Bryant Rhinestone tee, Genius Fit Jeans

This t-shirt is perfect for me because it is covered in rhinestones.  I love to balance my casualness with sparkles.  When I saw this shirt on LaneBryant.com, I just knew it had to be mine.

Lane Bryant Rhinestone tee, Genius Fit Jeans

I love the soft knit and the 3/4 sleeves.  Pardon the scoop-neck bump under my shirt above.  The cami I was wearing underneath laid in a weird place.  My photographer is not in the habit of telling me to fix my clothes; and I have yet to get a mirror for my studio area. lol

Lane Bryant Rhinestone tee, Genius Fit Jeans
Rhinestone Scroll Tee - Lane Bryant
Genius Fit Straight Leg Jeans - Lane Bryant
New Balance Women's WW1870 Toning Shoe - New Balance
Necklace charms - Etsy


Lane Bryant Rhinestone tee, Genius Fit Jeans

Lane Bryant Rhinestone tee, Genius Fit Jeans

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