The weather is a-changin’, and of course, your summer shoes are past their prime. Oprah has taken note and is offering a coupon for 50% off your ENTIRE purchase at a Payless store through the end of today!

An amazing deal…think about the gift possibilities in their accessories section! I know I’ll be there after work, hoping it’s not too much of a mess! :)

More of my favorites!

I know most people enjoy going to the counters, and trying all the fun products. I would find myself at the MAC counter falling in love with 3-4 products and the bill would be at least $75!  I mean, the face is important, but really, there are some GREAT items in the drugstores to be discovered, and they are really friendly on the wallet!


I started using moisturizer about a year ago after reading that oily skin gets oilier when it’s not moisturized. I decided to go with the basic Olay moisturizer, because it’s been around for a long time, and I’m pretty young. It’s not like I need heavy duty wrinkle cream yet. This stuff is wonderful. It’s very light, has SPF 15 in it and just sinks in your skin really quickly. I put this on right before foundation and primer, so I can attest to how fast it dries/sinks in the skin!


I’m sure you must think that I put the wrong picture in here. What does chafing gel have to do with make-up? Well folks, this is my primer. Don’t drop your jaws and think I’m gross, but I have proof that this is a GREAT primer. Almost a copycat of Smashbox’s $30 primer! It works really well and for $6 for a tube that’s double the size of a normal primer? Hello! Obvious choice here. :)


I am very fair skinned with neutral tones. I used to have to go to Sephora or MAC to get matched. I found myself spending about $25 on a decent foundation, only to be disappointed that it made my oily skin (oh boy, am I blessed!) even oilier! I’ve tried everything from Makeup Forever to MAC to Bare Escentuals and MORE! I was going through oil blotting sheets like it was nobody’s business! Enter Revlon Colorstay for combo/oily skin. I bought this after reading raving reviews on blogs about this. I ended up bringing my empty MAC NC15 to Walgreen’s to see if I could find a match for this. Luckily, Buff 110 was PERFECT! And, the kicker, it’s $10 a bottle!  This stuff keeps the oil at bay and really stays put. I’m never going back to MAC again!


I’ve heard such great things about MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish (more commonly called MSF), but I wasn’t really eager to pay $27 for a powder. I didn’t see the hype in it, so I never bought it. However, last weekend, I was at Ulta getting more of my foundation and noticed that the Colorstay line was BOGO. So, I decided to give this a try (in Brighten) after reading great reviews on Makeup Alley from my iPhone. (yeah, classy folks…I was in Ulta surfing the net!) This powder is $14, but if you get a BOGO deal, it’s not so bad! I really wear it as a blush highlight so far, and I really like how it brings extra radiance to my face. It’s not glittery or too shimmery…it’s really subtle but makes a difference!


My make-up artist used this on my wedding day. I went to buy it a few days afterwards, because it wasn’t drying and concealed my little pimples and random redness around my nose very well! I really like this stuff, and it’s pretty darn cheap if you ask me!


When I went to buy my concealer, Walgreen’s had a BOGO deal on Maybelline face products. I was running low on my MAC  Studio Fix powder foundation, so I decided to give this a shot since I liked the concealer so much. This powder is great! It does really well to set my foundation and concealer, and again, super cheap!

I find that because I’m using these drugstore products, I’m saving HUNDREDS a year! Seriously, give some drugstore products a try, especially when it’s BOGO. The quality has gone up to where it’s some fierce competition for the counter cosmetics!


Pot Roast, Again!


The temperatures dipped into the 40s out here. It’s absolutely nuts that the week before, we were experiencing nasty, summer weather. However, this new weather was a welcomed change. I told my husband I had to make pot roast for us. It just screams cold weather food!

So, I made pot roast using the same recipe as last time. Diet friendly pot roast, in fact.  I highly recommend this simple, delicious recipe to anyone looking to make their first pot roast!

Must Make This!

I live in Louisiana, so I know you might be laughing that I actually want something like this. However, I’m a big wuss. The minute the temperatures dip into the 40s, I am layering clothes on and shivering like crazy. So, when I was looking around Fossil’s website, I saw this.


I love how simple it is! The gorgeous knitting held together with one big button. So cute! However, $32?!? That’s a little nuts! I can buy two tops for that much. So, I went to etsy on a search to find a similar pattern so I could knit this up myself!


This pattern is from brightcraft’s Etsy shop. It’s an inexpensive pattern, and I figure the yarn will not cost that much either to make this happen. I can also adapt the pattern to just have the one button on it. The only thing I need to learn is the cable knit. I’ve never done it before, but I think I can EASILY learn it on YouTube or some place similar. I found a visual tutorial from Lion’s Brand yarn, but I’m hoping to find a video. I learn the best by watching. :)

The catch? I already have a craft project that needs to be done first. See, I promised a dear friend who was expecting that I would make her a baby sampler. This dear friend had her baby two weeks ago, and here’s my progress. I’ve known about her pregnancy since she was at 6 weeks and didn’t start until she was at 30 weeks! Procrastination at its finest, folks!

Ignore the fact that the animals have no eyes. I’m rusty on my french knot and want to do those last!

So, I need to finish this up quickly. My goal is to do a square each week. If my progress goes as planned, I can get this to her before Christmas! :) I told my husband that if I’m watching TV without a needle in my hand, he needs to remind me to work on this little project!

A few of my favorite things..

It’s that time of the year, folks. Yes, it’s Sephora’s Family & Friends Sale! You get 20% off of your entire purchase at using the code FF2009. Most stores are also accepting the sale, but since there is no official store coupon, call ahead!

I thought I should take the time to share some of my favorites from Sephora, in case you are looking to try something new!

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliner. I got this in a free sample once, and I’m so glad I did! It glides on effortlessly, is smudgable, but sets to stay in place all day and all night! It’s wonderful and comes in many fun colors! I own them in bourbon and zero. I’m very tempted to get Rockstar as well.

Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion. This stuff makes eye make-up stay put. I no longer get shadow creases in my eyelids because of this product. It’s wonderful!

I bought Erase Paste on a whim at Sephora. My under eye concealer was very drying and just sank into the wrinkles that are forming under my eyes. This one felt moisturizing and was slighly brightening to my under-eye area. I love it!

Pumpkin Spice Shower Gel is just a fun must-have for the holiday season. This stuff makes my showers last a few minutes longer. I love the smell haha!


This is a fabulous fall/winter scent. It’s a little pricey, but man, I love this scent! (You can find it way cheaper at Sam’s Club..I paid $50 for a 3.4 oz. bottle!)

If these are out of your budget, stick around. I will be posting about the drugstore make-up that I have and LOVE. :)

Birthday Cake-Palooza


Last weekend, my husband’s family celebrated his Dad’s birthday! I was honored that my MIL asked me to make the cake for his birthday. Little did she know that I’d be bringing two cakes!

One being carrot cake, which my husband told me is his favorite. Apparently, he loved it so much that he was sad when it got stale, and he had to throw it away! That’s a big baking compliment right there!

I halved the original recipe to make a personal 6 inch cake, since everyone else in the family usually goes for the standard birthday cake.

I also made a different cream cheese frosting than the recipe indicates, which was inspired by this recipe which I used last year.

Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Epicurious (Gourmet)


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups grated peeled carrots
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (omitted)
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch-diameter cake pans. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper. Butter and flour paper; tap out excess flour.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl to blend. Whisk sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots, walnuts and ginger. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  3. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Peel off waxed paper; cool cakes completely. For my cakes, it took about 20-25 minutes in the oven, since they were 6 inch


For the standard birthday cake, I used Duncan Hines French Vanilla mix with 2 tsp. almond extract added. Shocker, I know, but I was also preparing for a garage sale that weekend. I was pretty swamped! This is covered in Wilton Buttercream using ALL butter! :)


I think I’m a Pack-Rat

After about a year of not scrapbooking and the projects piling on, I decided it was high time to dig in the closet and get out ALL scrapbook stuff into one place.

A few months back, I bought this organizer set at Tuesday morning for less than $20. It was still in the box until last night. I’m not completely done with my organization, but let’s just say that I don’t need to buy greeting cards, note cards or scrapbooking supplies for a while.

It doesn’t completely fit on top of the chest of drawers in there, but, at least I can display it now. :) I might be moving this somewhere else, but for now, this is its resting place.


QUITE a while at that….


I must make a vow to avoid Michael’s, Tuesday Morning, Target and Dollar Tree’s scrapbook section until further notice.

It does feel good to get some much needed organizing done in the craft room.

Get Rid of that JUNK!

After the hubs and I got hitched, it didn’t take us too long to realize how much stuff we really had. There were things we had for our kitchen that we ended up being given nicer versions of, so the old stuff had to go! We also had a lot of stuff from our old (parents’) homes that we just had no use for anymore. Boxes upon boxes of stuff were stacked up, and we decided that it was really time for a garage/yard sale.

Thankfully, my husband’s family (his parents and brother’s family) wanted in on the garage sale too. So, we decided to plan a 3 family garage sale. The perfect weekend we thought? Well, of course, living in a college town, we went for the bye weekend, which was this past Saturday.

We really lucked out doing this. Since a lot of people thought on the same page as us, there were garage sales everywhere! So, I think a lot of serious people made it their Saturday morning to hit them all up! We even had a lady tell us at our garage sale that this was her 12th one for the day! Wowsa!

We ended up having 6 completely cramped tables of stuff, condensed to about 1 1/2 within an 8 hour garage sale. We were troopers actuality, time really flew! :) About $600 later in sales between the two families, we were done! My husband and I made about $270 of that. :) Not bad for the stuff we consider JUNK and now, our home is mostly clutter free!

We just purchased this neat-o looking futon to put in our other spare bedroom (aka the hubs’ office) using some of the profits. I think it looks pretty neat, and it would give us another bed, if company came over.


We’ve also made a vow to NOT clearance shop anymore. Clearance shopping results in clutter, and we don’t need it! :)

Are you finding yourselves overwhelmed with clutter after the wedding?

The Real Bride

This post on Weddingbee reminded me of the early stages of planning.

The post is for brides to share the pictures of their dress on the model vs. on them. Seriously, real brides look WAY better in the dresses than the models do. I didn’t always feel that way though.

I remember when I decided on my dress. I went in with a really open mind, but with a budget. I never saw the dress before in a catalog or magazine, but I was so drawn to it that it was a natural choice for THE DRESS. I remember asking the sales lady for the dress name, so I could stalk it endlessly on the Internet for the next few months before receiving mine.

When I went on the Internet, I found the dress. Wow, did it ever look GOOD on her! I wanted to look like that…I told myself that I HAD to look like that on our big day.

Original Dress Link

Well, you know the rest of the story. I didn’t become a size 0. However, on my wedding day, I felt so beautiful and amazing, even at a size 22.

Image taken by Amanda Meyer

Moral of the story? If you are about to be a bride, don’t push yourself to look like the model. Just be REAL!

Eat that pint of Ben & Jerry’s when the invitations don’t go quite right and don’t beat yourself up if your florist appointment ran into your work-out time. You will still look and feel great in your dress on the big day! I promise!

Another vow…this time to me!

When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I got really gung-ho about losing weight and being healthy. I even told myself that I was going to keep this up, because I was on a roll. I lost about 20 lbs. since my college graduation! It was great!

After the wedding, however, we started adjusting to our new lives together and things took a bad turn. I found myself feeling less and less guilty. I would eat WHOLE pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, crave Nawlins style snowballs everyday, and never have remorse for fast food! I also quit the YMCA to save money and swore I would get back into shredding. What was I thinking? :(

I had to do SOMETHING. I had no motivation. So, I rejoined Weight Watchers. They are having a deal until October 17th that you can buy one monthly plan and get one free. So, two months of meetings and weigh-ins for $40. That should be enough for a jump start, right?

Since September 30th, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds! To see the 250’s again on my scale feels very good. I haven’t gotten back into exercising quite yet, but that will be happening this week. With the beautiful Fall weather on my side, I’m restarting the Couch to 5K work-out plan! Maybe I can get a friend to do a 5K with me next Spring. Who knows.

As for rewards, I remember writing this post about rewarding myself. I know, I should be in the 230s right now, but oh well, at least I’m back on the horse! No need to beat myself over it!

Here’s my new reward ideas:

By Thanksgiving, I WILL be in the 230s.
By New Years, I WILL be in the 210s. 
By my 26th birthday, I WILL be in ONEDERLAND! (that’s weight with a 1 in front of the two other numbers, not a 2)
By summer 2010, I WILL be in the 180s.
By Labor Day 2010, I WILL reach my GOAL! (170s)

I will be giving myself some great rewards for reaching these goals too…

Reaching Thanksgiving goal — Buying a dSLR after Christmas!
Reaching 26th bday goal — A little ol’ shopping spree at VS. I’ve always wanted to shop there!
Reaching Summer goal – A brand new swimsuit!
Reaching GOAL — Big time shopping spree and a pat on the back!

Is anyone else trying to lose weight since they gained some newlywed poundage?