Meal Prep: Chicken Stir Fry

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For the past two months I have been meal prepping. It is a life saver! I do it every week for my lunch for work. It’s easy and nice not to have to worry about food each day. It is also great for trying to get in/stay in shape.

I have fun coming up with different meals each week.

What I do:

Every Sunday is meal prep day. I do meat and veggies at the very least. This past week was chicken stir fry.

I made the chicken stir fry with chicken tenderloins, broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers. I cooked rice and I eat fruit with every meal prep. Depending on my work week I do prep for three or four days.

I add fruit or apple sauce and I’m set for the week! I reach in the fridge each morning pull out lunch and hit the road. This is so easy and stress free plus it’s fun coming up with a new recipe every week!

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Table Makeover

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I have a table and chair set that my parents gave me when I moved into my own place. This table and chair set is almost thirty years old! So you can imagine it needed a little makeover.

I not only wanted to update the table but I needed it to match my style and color scheme a little better.

This makeover was a total of $10!

What I used:

  1. spray paint (black and white)
  2. fabric
  3. staple gun

I did this over the span of the weekend but this project could be completed in a day or less.

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How I style it:

What do you think?

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Sofa Style

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Often times the biggest piece in your living room is the sofa and it draws the most attention in the room as well. So make it look good! I styled my sofa a couple of different ways so you can get a feel for all the different looks you can do with your own sofa.

What you will need:

pillows and blankets

First up: Monochromatic

My sofa is gray so I incorporated silvers, grays, and gray toned beige.

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Next up: Oversized Pillows

Make your sofa super comfy with oversized pillows!

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Lastly: Color and Texture

With a neutral sofa I try to have fun with color and adding texture to anything is my jam! I added fun colors and shapes with the pillows and some texture through the patterns and fur blanket.

Last thoughts:

Remember your space is what you make it! Whether you want cozy, inviting, fun, happy, or relaxing you can achieve any look with a few pieces! Don’t be afraid to have fun and take some risks with color and patterns!

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Mini Mascaras

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I think mini mascaras are the best thing that ever happened to the world! Ok a little dramatic but they are pretty awesome.

Pros:

  • Try it first! For more expensive mascaras it is really nice to be able to purchase a mini size for less and try it out to see if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Travel– Duh.
  • For those of us who don’t go through a tube of mascara in a month the mini size is perfect so you aren’t tossing half a tube of mascara at the three month mark.
  • If you don’t like it you didn’t waste 20 bucks or more on a full size.
  • Cuteness!!!!

Cons:

  • Really? After those pros how could you have cons?

Makeup chains like Sephora and Ulta are getting really awesome about selling “to go” mini products or offering deluxe samples as a part of a gift with purchase or rewards program.

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Try some today!

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DIY: Table Refresh

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For this project all I used was paint and painter’s tape. Now for a little extra I used a sealant so the table wouldn’t get scratched up when it is in use.

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Total cost: $4

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I Have to Have it: Josie Maran

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I have been in love with Josie Maran products since the first day I discovered them! Josie Maran Cosmetics uses the tag line “Luxury with a Conscience”. I think that sums up this brand perfectly!

High points:

  • Natural, eco-friendly skin care
  • Organic
  • Great packaging
  • Healthy
  • Gives results

Focus:

  • Hydrating
  • Skin/Complexion

The main ingredient and possibly the best way to identify Josie Maran cosmetics and skincare is everything has 100% pure Argan Oil in it. Argan oil is an all encompassing oil that gives healthy, natural, amazing results. Argan oil can be used for everything: hair, nails, face, body, you name it!

Products:

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Original and Light formulas
  • Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
  • Pure Argan Milk: Intensive Hydrating Treatment (Latest/Newest product)

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All the products mentioned are amazing. With Argan oil in every product you are guaranteed moisture and a healthy glow about your skin. (For more information on beauty oils refer to my previous post: On Trend: Beauty Oils) All the products are natural and don’t have harmful chemicals or ingredients. I like to think of Josie Maran products and cosmetics as healthy makeup. Your skin feels good and you feel good about taking care of yourself!

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I Have to Have it: Benefit Cosmetics

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Benefit Cosmetics started out as The Face Place a makeup shop in San Fran CA, opened by twins Jean and Jane Ford.

The most amazing thing about Benefit as a company is that it’s not terribly serious! Some makeup companies seem so serious and straight-laced but with benefit they promote a culture of laughter and glamour! Read their mission I Love it!

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We believe in whistling while you work it… and faking it ’til you make it. We believe in fast and fabulous beauty solutions… and that glamour is grabbing life by the giggles and not letting go. We believe if at first you don’t succeed, apply more lipstick… that sexy gets you everywhere… and if you can’t be good, be gorgeous. We believe… Laughter is the best cosmetic!

Benefit is the best of both worlds they have an amazing culture of laughter and fun but at the same time their products are amazing! They have funny sayings and uber cute packaging but the product inside will blow you away!

Benefit’s blushes are a cult favorite. I think the first Benefit product I ever got was one of their blushes! Some of their amazing products in my collection include:

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  • Blushes: Hervana, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur
  • Hoola Bronzer
  • Watt’s Up highlighter
  • Stay Don’t Stray eye primer
  • High Brow eye highlighter
  • They’re Real Mascara

The Blushes are amazingly pigmented and smell great!

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The Hoola bronzer has won awards for being a universally amazing bronzing powder. Any skin tone can wear it!

The Watt’s Up highlighter is my favorite! It is a champagne colored cream highlighter that makes you look amazing every time!

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The Stay Don’t Stray eye primer is my second fav! It is hands down the best eyelid primer I have come across. The eyeshadows stay put, don’t crease, and look amazing all day with this primer.

They’re Real Mascara is on another planet! This mascara is a best-selling mascara. It takes your lashes from here to the sky! It lengthens, separates, and darkens your lashes like no other. My go to mascara hands down.

Benefit has also mastered appealing amazingly cute packaging! You don’t even want to throw it away!

There are so many other wonderful things to say about the company and many other products to mention but this post would be a mile long. In short Benefit is well worth it! Try it today!

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On Trend: Beauty Oils

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I went to Sephora yesterday and I was talking with my dad last night about different products and whatnot and we started talking about skin. He and I have the same type of skin, we are very oily and whenever I come across something that is amazing for me I always let him know (So we use a lot of the same products lol).

That led me to beauty oils, I said dad you should really use these they are great for your skin! He says yeah like I need any more oil on my skin.

BOOM myth number one! Beauty oils are amazing for that fact alone. In putting oil on your face you are actually tricking your skin into thinking it already created that oil so in turn you become less oily. Amazing right?

Anyone no matter your skin type can use beauty oils and reap the benefits! For those with dry skin you get the moisture you need and for those with oily skin you get less oil production.

Beauty oils come in all shapes and sizes meaning there are different kinds. There are the straight up oils that you can use any and everywhere (hair, skin, nails, etc.) then there are cleansing oils for face and body. Beauty oils are all-encompassing and treat/solve so many beauty problems.

A few beauty oils I would like to recommend include:

  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil both the original and the light formulas
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
  • Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

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So have no fear when it comes to beauty oils. All of these products have a bunch of amazing ingredients in them to make you your most beautiful self! Run don’t walk to check out beauty oils TODAY!

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I Have to Have it: Tarte Cosmetics

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The first I Have to Have it goes to Tarte Cosmetics!

Tarte describes their cosmetics as high performance naturals. They are a cruelty free and vegan cosmetic line, always formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten.

However the thing that I find the most awesome about Tarte is that it was founded by Maureen Kelly, a beauty obsessed girl who wanted better healthier products both in ingredients and packaging. Tarte strives to be eco-friendly and glamorous at the same time and I believe they have achieved their goal.

A few Tarte products I can personally attest to are:

  1. be MATTEnificent colored clay eye and cheek palette
  2. colored clay CC primer
  3. clean slate flawless 12 hr. brightening primer
  4. clean slate 360 creaseless 12 hr. smoothing eye primer
  5. Amazonian butter lipsticks
  6. park ave princess matte bronzer

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First I would like to discuss the packaging. I am a sucker for pretty packaging. Tarte does a fabulous job with packaging my most recent favorite would be the be MATTEnificent palette. Packaging is the first thing you see and it draws you to a product or a brand therefore I deem packaging most important. Well done Tarte!

Second the formulation of the products are amazing. The primers prep the skin well and really assist in making the look last throughout the day. The eye shadows are not powdery and have great color payoff. My all time favorite is the colored clay CC primer I have it in medium and I use it as a foundation. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless which is the point of applying makeup. The coverage, the skin match, the color correction, and the application are all top-notch. The lipsticks are like the name suggests BUTTER! They are moisturizing, creamy, and just the right amount of color. The shade selection is amazing as well. This cosmetic line is great for all skin tones and types.

Lastly I would like to mention again the fact that Tarte is a healthy makeup line. These cosmetics are formulated with good ingredients and not tested on animals. It kind of makes you feel good to use a brands that is health conscious, eco-friendly, and still super glam!

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