My New Vanity!

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You guys, I’m so excited! I’ve been dying for a vanity forever, to put my makeup on at a nice, lighted mirror instead of leaning over the bathroom counter.

My parents got me this as a late (very late) Christmas present today, though it was more like “here’s the money, go buy it and put it together yourself.” Which I did, it took me at least an hour. Especially when I put one of the pieces on backwards and had to take it apart again.

It’s just a plain desk, but it’s a nice desk and I already had a mirror, my grandmother’s light up mirror from the 70s. I still need to get more organizational stuff (the drawers are a mess) but yay, a vanity!

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Closer picture. I need a better brush cup and some acrylic makeup holders (must display my lovely lipstick collection!) but it will work. The earring holder to the left is holding mostly my handmade earrings, I should get back into doing that. On the right behind my brush cup is my perfume/body spray collection.

Left drawer currently holds my palettes and fake eyelashes, middle drawer has face stuff and eye stuff, right drawer is full of lip stuff. The side drawers are super disappointing, they only go back half of the width of the desk. So much empty space.

Thursday Thoughts – April 30

April is over, the weather is getting gorgeous out, and I really feel like things are changing for me.

It’s Thursday and I’ve been very productive all week. I’ve showered every single morning (instead of sitting around in my PJs all day and then rushing to shower right before the boyfriend gets home so it doesn’t look like I’ve been a lazy bum all day), on Tuesday I even did a 30 minute yoga routine (man, am I out of shape).

Wednesday I had a dentist appointment and started working on getting my wisdom teeth out (eww, and after seeing the boyfriend do it, oww). Today I dropped off his pants at the dry cleaners for the first time then did a little shopping at Trader Joe’s (and Ulta, coupons are amazing). I’m even proud of myself for putting back the purple lipstick I wanted in favor of a makeup brush I sorely needed (seriously, I’ve probably had my big powder brush since before high school) and some new concealer.

I don’t know why I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s more, it’s literally down the street and I find so many amazing things there. Too many things I think, I only went in for like two things and came out with a bag full of stuff. I vow to go there every week before we go food shopping for the week because we could save so much money.

Another reason to go is that I’m cleaning up my diet even more. I’m being mindful of how much I eat (big post on that later) and working on getting more healthy snacks.

Today I picked up:

  • A 1 lb bag of whole, organic carrots – $.89 (A 2 lb bag is on sale at my supermarket for $1.99)
  • 4 Minneola oranges – $.69 each, total of $2.76 (my supermarket is selling navel oranges for $.99 per lb)
  • A bag of kale – $1.99 (A smaller bag is $2.50 at my supermarket)
  • Extra firm tofu – $1.99 (also $2.50 at the supermarket)
  • A pound of ground turkey – $2.99 (These can easily reach $5 at my store)
  • A pesto pizza that they advertised in their flyer and the entire reason I went in the first place – $4.99
  • A bag of hard boiled eggs for snacks – $2.49 (I could easily make these and was planning on it, but I thought I’d try these)
  • 2 small tubs of Greek yogurt – $.99 each, to see if I like them

Without the pizza and the hard boiled eggs, I’d pay about $16 for all of this stuff at the supermarket. Everything at Trader Joe’s minus the pizza and eggs comes out to $12.60. That’s a few dollars knocked off of our grocery bill for the week at least.

What I Read Wednesday – Silence by Natasha Preston

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Another free iBook.

Silence is the story of a girl, Oakley, who suddenly stopped speaking 11 years ago and no one knows why. While her parents desperately try to fix her, she leans on her brother Jasper, a womanizer, and her best friend Cole.

Cole is popular and Oakley feels like, and is treated like, a freak at school. She has no idea why he cares about her, especially when he reveals that he has feelings for her. The story is told from alternate points of view of Oakley and Cole as he just wants to love her and she feels so broken from the events that happened to her as a child that made her quit speaking.

Silence is cliche in that high school students declare never ending love to each other, but it definitely goes deeper than that. We don’t find out what happened to Oakley until Cole does, and the reveal is written from his point of view so it leaves a bit up to the imagination.

It could have used a bit more drama. Her bully at school is mean throughout the book then has a sudden change of heart it seems. Oakley’s situation is hinted at from her perspective (she’ll never forget Frank) but a scene of it happening would have made a much greater impact instead of going straight to the aftermath of when she confesses to Cole and asks for help.

Overall it is a very sweet book that leaves you feeling sad at the minor cliffhanger ending, which luckily leaves it open for the sequel. I am definitely interested in reading more books from this author.

Tasty Tuesday – Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

This is my favorite stir fry recipe. The sauce is really yummy and the pineapple adds the perfect touch of sweetness.

I gathered my ingredients: Chunks of pineapple in juice, one green pepper, one red pepper, 2 chicken breasts, and the assembled sauce. In the sauce: pineapple juice, chicken stock (I was out, used water, didn’t notice a difference), rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, garlic, salt and pepper.  I used the juice the pineapples came in for the sauce but I also have cans of just pineapple juice for when we have fresh pineapple.

Chopped my chicken and peppers.  

First you put the rice on that you’re going to serve it with (I forgot that step first, whoops) then cook the chicken in oil. When the chicken is browning, add peppers. After two or three minutes, stir in sauce and wait until thickened. Then heat pineapples and serve on rice.

I’ve used tofu before in this and it’s just as delicious.

Full recipe I use is here. It calls for onions that you can add if you want, I never cook with onions.

A quick word

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My daisies are coming along nicely. I am a bit confused while they come up though because I dropped 2 little seeds in a couple places here, and three sprouts are coming up in each spot. The more the merrier I guess until I have to thin them out or something. I really have no idea what I’m doing.

My blog has reached 50 followers! Thank you to everyone who follows me, I am grateful for all of you. I’ll do my best to keep up the content like I have been.

My Tasty Tuesday post will be up tonight as I still have to cook it for dinner.

Now to do a little yoga and get on with my work.

Menu Monday – April 27

Finally, our food and schedules are back to normal now that the boyfriend has mostly recovered from his wisdom teeth removal.

The word of the day while making this meal plan was vegetables and I managed to have at least one vegetable in every dish I’m making this week. I bought some spinach, four bell peppers (2 green, 2 red) and a bunch of asparagus.

This week:

  • Skillet Sausage and Rice – Growing up, I hated green peppers. When I was seven I choked on a pepper on a supreme pizza and I’m pretty sure I’ve never eaten another supreme pizza. This recipe sold me on eating bell peppers. When I cook them, the smell reminds me of stir fry. I’m still learning everything I can do with this amazing vegetable.
  • One-Pot Chicken and Spinach Pasta – This is a new recipe I’ve never tried before, but spinach is one of my all time favorite vegetables. Even when I was a kid I loved things with spinach in them, like pizza.
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry – This is my go-to stir fry recipe. It’s basic for those that haven’t tried stir fry before, but easy to customize and the sauce is delicious.
  • Green Pepper Casserole – A favorite of course. This time I’m going to try it with a red pepper and see how it tastes.
  • Herb Grilled Chicken with Sauteed Asparagus – No need for a recipe for these, I’m going to grill some chicken with olive oil and herbes de Provence, and saute chopped asparagus in butter with a little bit of cheese. I’ll also serve a baked potato on the side.

I’m pretty proud of this menu with all the protein and vegetables. I’m really working on serving varied meals throughout the week and getting away from so much pasta all the time. Once again, I was pretty good with a budget and only spent around $33 for dinner ingredients.

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New project. I was growing lavender since last spring, but lately it turned brown and was definitely almost dead if not totally dead. So I decided to start over with some daisies. I have the worst brown thumb so I’ll be surprised if this ever blooms, but we’ll see. But we have sprouts at least!