So it has been a while since I posted a list of ~ My Recent Favorite Things ~ so I figured, now that I have time (!), I will talk about some of the beauty products, grocery store finds, recipes, etc. that I have been using and enjoying this Spring 🙂
Suavitel “Morning Sun” Fabric Conditioner – Suavitel Morning SunI don’t know what my deal is but I am a little worried at myself for how much I am obsessed with the smell of this fabric softener/conditioner. I feel like every time I wash clothes and add this stuff in I inhale it and fight back an urge to drink it. haha just kidding. 😉 But it has SUCH an awesome smell! It smells so fresh and clean and it’s potent but not overwhelming once the clothes have been dried. It is also one of the cheaper brands of fabric softener at Wal-Mart and, surprisingly, it does not cause my skin to break out like some delicious smelling brands like Gain do. Bonus: it makes your home smell amazing while the clothes are washing 😀
Arnold “Healthfull” flax and sunflower 100% whole grain bread – My husband actually bought this bread the first time we had it and felt that it was healthier because of the good, unsaturated fats and fiber it contained compared to the Nature’s Own “Honey Wheat” he usually prefers. I thought, “why not?” and made some toast with peanut butter and a sliced banana the next morning with it. It is delicious! The slices are smaller but more dense and filling and it was a good way to include complex carbohydrates and good fats for breakfast.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation comfort serum with SPF 20 – 25 Hour Lasting FoundationI had been wanting to try this foundation for awhile because of youtube beauty gurus’ multiple reviews and suggestions that it was a great, affordable, full coverage, long lasting, drug store foundation. I use the shade “Soft Beige”. As I mentioned before in an earlier post, I have had noticeably oilier/acne-prone skin since I have been pregnant and it has been difficult to find foundation that will cover blemishes and scarring and actually last all day. This foundation was like 6 or 7 dollars at CVS and it has been an awesome foundation for me. I mean it STAYS all day long and I have even slept in it and had it still look decent the next morning (!!???) If you hate full coverage/thicker foundations, then this isn’t for you probably and I don’t use it every day because I don’t want a full face of make up every day but for those times when you just want your skin to look flawless and for your make up to LAST–like for pictures, events, a date, or to just have an awesome “make up day”, then I would try this out. It’s great!
Vitabath Spa Day “Sage and Green Tea” fragrance mist –VitaBath Green Tea & Sage Fragrance Mist I have been overdosing on this antioxidant-rich body spray the past couple of months because it is so light, fresh, and spring-y smelling! This fragrance spray has a superfruit blend of acai, goji, coffee, noni, pomegranate, green tea, and mangosteen. I picked it up at Marshall’s in their bath and beauty section because I had heard that Vitabath was a great shampoo/lotion/bodywash brand infused with vitamins E, B3, C, B5 and when I saw that they had the sage and green tea mist at Marshalls for a discount, I had to try it! It smells clean but earthy and it is one of the most unique fragrances I have ever smelled – in a good way!
Silk Almond Creamer “Hazelnut” – Recently we have been cutting more dairy out of our diet because of my husband’s tummy issues and have been buying almond milk instead of our normal 1% cow’s milk. We like milk. We drink a lot of milk in our house, so it was important that this substitution taste good and fulfill the craving. I am happy to report that my husband is now a lover of almond milk and it has no doubt been better for his digestive system. While I was looking at the almond milk at the grocery store, I happened to see that Silk also makes almond milk creamers – and in flavors! I grabbed the hazelnut flavor and I was so pleasantly surprised to find it incredibly satisfying and delicious in my morning cup of coffee. I can’t wait to try the Vanilla and Caramel flavors!
Wet N’ Wild Contour palette –Contour palette I bought this little contour palette at Wal-Mart and was very surprised at how great the quality of the contour and highlighting powder was for the price! There is no shimmer, both the powders are completely matte, and the “dulce de leche” shade matched the undertone in my skin perfectly! The matte brown contour shade works great as an eye shadow as well as an “ashier” bronzer if the warmer/orangier bronzers are not your thing. The highlight powder is great for setting concealer and doubles as an awesome eyelid color that is comparable to the Too Faced shade “Heaven” in their “Natural” eye shadow palette.
Wet N’ Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish – 1 Step Wonder GelThese gel polishes are super impressive. They are only 4 dollars at the drug store and they last longer than any other nail polish I have ever tried (Essie, OPI, etc). There is no UV light or base coat required. It is literally 1 step and the polish lasts about 5 days without chipping. I have the colors “Stay Classy” which is a mauve-y, neutral, purpley-pink, and “Coral Support” which is a pretty, bright, summery coral color. I do put a top coat of Sally Hansen’s Big Shine (shout out to my sister for telling me about this stuff!) because I just feel like it adds another layer of protection but even without the topcoat this nail polish lasts and I even had a nail tech tell me she thought it was a UV light gel manicure done at a salon because of how great it looked!
Now On to recipes!
One pan dinner – chicken, green beans, red potatoes – I love easy, healthy dinners! This dinner is a quick clean up, sure to please everybody, healthy, filling, week night meal that Wyn and I love. All you need is a large pyrex dish, some aluminum foil, 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, some fresh green beans from the produce section, 5-6 red potatoes (or even 2 cans of the sliced potatoes!), salt and pepper, olive oil, minced garlic, and onion powder. First, heat the oven to 400 ◦F, wash your potatoes and green beans, slice your potatoes and set to the side. Place your chicken in the pyrex dish and drizzle some olive oil over and coat the chicken in it, sprinkle the salt, pepper, onion powder and roll the chicken in the seasonings, then cover the dish with aluminum foil and put it in the oven to cook for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add in the green beans and red potatoes and drizzle more of the olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle with the salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic and replace the aluminum foil and allow that to cook 20 more minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up, remove the aluminum foil and let it cook uncovered for 10 more minutes. Note* the cooking times will vary based on how thick your chicken and potatoes are cut. To cook faster, slice the potatoes in thin circles and cut the chicken breasts long ways in half. * Take the dish out of the oven and serve your one pan meal and enjoy the quick clean up afterwards!
Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot – Another super easy, healthy, recipe – We just ate this on Wednesday (the day I took the NCLEX) because I was going to be gone most of the day and knew I wouldn’t feel like cooking when I got home late that afternoon. To make this super flavorful chicken, I first mixed up some of the balsamic salad dressing that I make every week for our salads (so much better than bottled salad dressings!), I put 4 frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot, poured about half of the mixture of the salad dressing over the chicken and stirred them around in it, and set the timer on my crockpot to cook on low for 7 hours. And that was it! When I got home I cooked two sweet potatoes in the microwave and pan fried some okra real quick and it was an awesome, delicious dinner. The chicken was falling apart and had so much flavor.
To make the balsamic salad dressing: Step 1. Buy the Good Seasons brand Italian Salad Dressing and Recipe Mix.Good Seasons Step 2. Make according to directions! :p But seriously, you just mix the seasoning packet with 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, add 3 Tbsp. of water, mix well, then add 1/2 cup of olive oil and mix until blended. My mom used to make this when we were kids and it really made me look forward to eating salads as a kid, teen, and now an adult. There really is not a better dressing in my opinion.
To cook a sweet potato in the microwave: Step 1. Wash the sweet potato Step 2. take a paper towel and dampen it with water Step 3. wrap sweet potato in damp paper towel, Step 4. Place in microwave on a plate and cook on high for 5 minutes (depends on the size of the sweet potato of course), check the sweet potato after 5 minutes and if it is not done roll it over and cook another minute, continue until the sweet potato is the desired softness.
Shew! Alright so there are some of my favorite things! So now you can see why I had to wait a while to post these because there is a lot to be said about these awesome things and I needed the time to talk about them! Let me know some of your favorites and what is out there that I need to have in my life ASAP! 🙂 To read about more of my favorite things –> Some recent favorite things!
Have a wonderful weekend!