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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #2

coastal maine botanical gardens

Life lately:

I am so happy that it's finally spring, but unfortunately the above photo wasn't taken recently. Everything is still pretty brown and dead here and the ground is still blanketed in snow. I just need some flowers and greenery in my life!

It's been a busy couple of weeks for me and I've felt tired and overwhelmed most of the time, but I am so excited for the coming months. I'm not 100% sure what's going to happen in the coming months, but the potential is exciting! This was pretty vague. Ha. Whoops. Sometimes you just gotta keep things to yourself.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was going on a super-secret trip this weekend (spoiler: it was to Chicago) but there were so many conflicting things going on, I cancelled. I'm pretty disappointed but a little relieved. I booked the trip on a whim, which I don't typically do, it has been years since I last traveled by myself, and a lot of the details were still up in the air. Maybe I'll re-book the trip sometime soon when things are more calm and give myself more time to plan.

Link Love:

Is spring arriving where you live, or are you still stuck in winter? What did you read this week? 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: March Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag

I was so excited by the Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag when it was revealed, especially because I love the new design of the bag itself. This bag is one that I may actually use again, it's so cute! After finding some Glam Bag spoilers on Hello Subscription, I had high hopes for mine. However, I was only excited about 2 out of 5 products in this bag-- keep reading to find out which products I loved!

Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag
  1. Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rosé by Tarte, $20- I know this product comes in lots of different colors, but Ipsy sent the absolute best color for me. It's the perfect shade and it dries super quickly. I'm certainly going to be buying a full size. 
  2. Blush & Glow by So Susan, $22.95- This blush is a pretty color, but I prefer matte blushes over shimmery blushes, and this is very shimmery. 
  3. Affinitic Snail Cream by Ladykin, $22- Yeah, you may have guessed that this has actual snail secretion in it. 80% of this product is snail slime. Though I've heard snail slime can be very beneficial for skin, I just didn't feel right about using this, so I didn't. A quick Google search will tell you how the snails' secretion is harvested. I gave this stuff a sniff out of curiosity and it smelled almost exactly how I imagined snail slime would smell--- it's not a smell I would want on my face. I will say that the packaging is super cute, though. I mean, it has to be to effectively market snail slime, right?
  4. Eyeshadow in Goddess Gold from INT Cosmetics, $4- This eyeshadow is very similar in color to the Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Eyeshadow that was sent to me in my first Glam Bag, but the color is just slightly more gold. Usually I would be a little disappointed about receiving such similar products but I love my Manna Kadar eyeshadow, so having another one that is so similar isn't a bad thing!
  5. Eye Define Retractable Crayon Liner in Black by ModelCo, $14- I think the name says it all. It's a retractable black eyeliner. It's fine, but I didn't find anything too special about this product and I can't even tell you how many black crayon liners I have rolling around in my drawer. 
Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3 Delicious Ways to Get Protein + a Giveaway!

vegan zucchini noodle ramen bowl

I'm very much a creature of habit and tend to cook the same meals over and over, but when spring arrives I always get motivated to be a little more adventurous and try out new recipes. March happens to be National Nutrition Month so I've teamed up with Nasoya and Lightlife, two of my favorite go-to brands, to show you these delicious and nutritious foods that are new to me as well.

Nasoya organic tofu vegetable dumplings

Organic Tofu Vegetable Dumplings

*Vegetarian, contains milk and eggs. Contains 11g of protein per serving.
These dumplings are a great appetizer or savory snack. They are ready to cook right out of the package, you can boil or pan-fry them, and they cook very quickly. My husband likes to dip his in Korean barbecue sauce and I like to dip mine in a little bit of soy sauce.

vegan zucchini noodle ramen bowl

Zucchini Noodle Ramen Bowl

*Vegan. Tempeh contains 16g of protein and 15% of daily recommended iron per serving. 
Spencer and I absolutely loved this recipe. Tempeh is a staple in our house and I've been on a huge "zoodle" kick lately. I was a little intimidated by this recipe at first, but I had most of the ingredients at home already and it was incredibly easy to make. Judging by the way Spencer was drinking the broth-- like water -- I think it's safe to assume that I'll be making this recipe quite often from now on.

Vegan Lemon and Blueberry Parfait

Lemon and Blueberry Parfait

*Vegan. Silken tofu has 4g of protein per serving. 
I haven't eaten meat in over a decade, yet before I made this I had never used silken tofu before. My mom used to sneak it into cookies when my sister and I were little, but besides that I don't think I had ever touched it. I was hesitant to use anything other than extra firm tofu, but it turned out great! I think spring calls for a treat like this. For this recipe you'll need:

  • 1 package (16oz) of drained silken tofu
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest, depending on your taste
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 container of blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of chia seeds or granola-- whichever you prefer!

First, get started on the blueberries. Heat them in a pot with a little sugar (I used about a teaspoon) till the blueberries start to pop and break down a bit. Refrigerate the blueberries for at least 30 minutes.
In a blender combine the silken tofu, 1 teaspoon of sugar, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate the mix for at least 10 minutes. When everything is ready, start layering the tofu, blueberries, and chia seeds/granola in a jar or glass. Enjoy!

You can find the Organic Tofu Vegetable Dumplings, Organic Soy Tempeh, and Organic Silken Tofu in the refrigerated area of the product section at your local grocery store.

To make it easier for you to try out one of these recipes, I'm giving away 1 coupon for a free Nasoya product and 1 coupon for a free Lightlife product!

  • This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older
  • These coupons were provided by Nasoya and Lightlife
  • Nasoya coupon has a maximum value of $3.99 and has no expiration date. Lightlife coupon has a maximum value of $5.99 and expires on 12/31/17
  • Coupons will be sent by mail, so the winner will need to provide a mailing address
  • To be eligible to win, you must follow me on Twitter. *All other entry options are voluntary*
  • One winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and I will notify them by e-mail and Twitter. If the winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours, I will choose a runner-up winner. 
  • The giveaway is open for entries from 12AM EST 3/21/17 through 12AM EST 3/28/17

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*This post was sponsored by Nasoya and Lightlife. All opinions stated here are mine!*
Monday, March 13, 2017

March VNYL Delivery

vnyl record subscription review

Over the weekend my second VNYL box was delivered and I was initially very underwhelmed by the records I got this month. I've opted for the curators to add a few experiments to my collection instead of sending me only music I already knew and this month, all three records they sent were experiments.

I placed this order on January 28th and didn't receive it until March 11th. This delivery took much longer to arrive because I chose to get a box curated for just me, rather than a pre-selected vibe (theme) like I did last time. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hella impatient, but they have a ton of customers and I would rather them take their time to select music for me rather than just slap something together. I knew what I signed up for, they clearly stated it would take a while, so I can't whine about it.

vnyl record subscription

My box included music from John Vanderslice, The Smith Street Band, and Jasmin Kaset. I used to listen to one song by John Vanderslice years ago, I think the last time was in 2010, and had never heard of Jasmin Kaset or The Smith Street Band.

john vanderslice vinyl

the smith street band vinyl

jasmin kaset vinyl

the smith street band throw me in the river

I think Quiet Machine and Throw Me In The River are tied for favorite from this box. It is clear that the curators spent a good amount of time selecting this music just for me and they did a great job. I was basically unfamiliar with all of them, but they're so similar to bands and artists that I love.
I'm very excited to see what comes next month!

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