Makeup Must Have: e.l.f Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! I just got the Primer yesterday in the mail and it is AMAZING! The Primer has made my skin unbelievably smooth and so soft. If you do not wear any foundation I would still recommend just wearing this clear gel like primer. It seems weightless and works like magic on your face. I use Temptu Airbrushing for my every day makeup and this made it even more flawless. I am head over heels for this primer. I apply it with my sponge and fingers. This primer will not break the bank as it cost me $5.99. As someone who is really “into” makeup – this is the best within a budget price that I have used. So if you are looking for a great primer go get e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer!



Quick and Easy Peasy: Sausage and Peppers

I call this my Quick and Easy Peasy Sausage and Peppers because it is perfect to make any night of the week and is great to make with left over Sausage! In our house we grill or cook a lot of Sausage at one time. You can use any type of Sausage whether it is Spicy Italian, Sweet Italian, Chicken, or Bangers( yes, Bangers. lol.) In fact, tofu would be good as well.

What You’ll Need:

– Cooked Sausage Cut into Slices
– Bag of Frozen Peppers and Onion Mix
– Favorite Sauce (We love Barilla Roasted Garlic)
– Parmesan Cheese
– Dry Parsley

Heat up a skillet on your stove and then place Sausage in to warm up if needed. Next, place as much or as little frozen Peppers and Onion Mix into the skillet. I cook them for about 3 minutes then add some water. Cover them for about 3 more minutes or until tender. Finally, add enough sauce to cover the mixture (again more or less works for whatever you’d like.) parmesan Cheese, and a dash of dry parsley. Stir and let the flavors marry together for about 2 or so minutes just to heat the sauce. Viola! You are done!

Put this over pasta or on a delicious roll and BAM! Dinner is served! My family loves this dish. I make it once or twice a week.

Hair Detox 101: Baking Soda Rinse

I have had a lot of coloring and heat on my hair over the years. After a while from using products, shampoo, coloring, and heat on my hair – It begins to build up and my hair goes limp. I found a solution that is totally inexpensive and so beyond easy to do at home in your own shower.

Baking Soda Rinse

What You’ll Need:
– Baking Soda
– Water
– Plastic Cup
– Spoon

I created a paste in the cup with about as much as I thought I would need just to cover the roots of my hair. You do not want to put this on your ends as it will make you hair knotty and dry. Once in the shower with your cup place and massage just enough paste in your scalp. Now go and shave your legs and wash up. After 3 or so minutes rinse your hair out a few times then proceed with your regular routine of shampoo and conditioner.

I found this to be amazing! My hair felt fresh and like I had jus spent time in the salon. I have no clue why but my hair was fabulous. It was soft and looked great after my usual blow drying and straightening. I highly recommend doing this if you over work your hair like I do.

Happy Hair Days Ahead!

2013: A Look Back


Well 2013 sure didn’t disappoint with its great memories and the not so great memories. Nothing could’ve prepared us for what 2013 had in store.

A lot of changes were made to our family. We had the birth of our daughter. Now our family is complete and things couldn’t be any better. It sure has been an adjustment for all of us, but we get stronger and stronger every day as a family. Aiden, our two year old had to learn that he was not the only baby we had to take care of anymore. This was a bit of a struggle because he is non-verbal for the most part, but we are working on changing that.

Our Son had to start speech therapy which was and is amazing. He started speech therapy in August. He has made such progress working twice a week with his teacher. It can be a challenge some days as he can get very frustrated trying to communicate with us. Aiden is a trooper and we are doing everything we can to help him thrive. He had to get a Frenuloplasty to fix his tongue tie which was preventing him from speaking. This was a horrific experience. He had a terrible recovery because he punctured his tongue right after surgery by biting it.

We took our first family mini vacation and it was a blast! A bit cold but a lot of fun! We went down to the beach. It was so cute to see our son out on the beach with my husband having a great time. We thought for sure that he would hate the sand. He loved it! Even though our children are so young we still make some amazing memories.


For Christmas this year we had extended family visiting from a few down south. It was so great! Aiden had so much fun playing with his cousins that he has never met before. It was like they were great friends who play together all the time. Maybe that is something children can teach adults. They can teach us how to get along, accept one another, and have a good time!

As for my marriage, I do not think it could be any better. Every marriage and relationship does have its struggles and challenges. By relationships, I mean all types. Relationships with extended family members as well.
I have learned to take a step back and distance myself from those who I feel are having ill feelings towards me. I rarely purposely try and hurt people especially not my family, but I am also not perfect. I am hoping that moving forward in the new year that relationships can be repaired and move forward to a positive place. Its hard when you don’t feel like you fit in or that you don’t belong within a family when you have accepted them. Time will only tell as to what the future holds. I just really hope that something great comes out of all of this.


When it comes to my health, 2013 was a mess for me. I was pregnant up until June. I am suffering from arthritis in most of my body and my weight has become an issue. I am starting the 17 day diet tomorrow. It should be interesting. I have been on this diet before and lost a lot of weight. I plan on updating every couple of days during so I can look back on my weight loss journey.

I know this post is a bit late, but hey that’s ok! I wish everyone a healthy and happy new year! I am looking forward to what 2014 has to offer.


DIY Beauty Treatment : pore mask

Of course I found this on pinterest. Where else would I find all of these crazy ideas!

Okay beauties!  We have all used those expensive biore pore strips. I have found a recipe to make your own at home and for dirt cheap! I made one for my entire face!

All you need is 1tbs unflavored gelatin and 2tbs milk. Stir together quickly and microwave for about 10 seconds. Apply this quickly! I used a makeup brush and applied it in my kitchen. Haha anyway,  once you apply wait at least 15 minutes. Peel away the mask and now your pores are clean and your face feels like a baby’s bottom!

A few warnings:
~ don’t apply to eyebrows.
~ it smells horrific
~ it doesn’t feel great when removing mask
~ your face will get red


Courtesy of Petite Elefant

Please let me know how this turns out!  Thank you!

Thanksgiving Feast

As most of you know Thanksgiving is a huge foodie holiday.  I am still learning something new every year. Here’s what was served at our Thanksgiving prepared by ME!

– Cheese Platter
– Cold Spinach Dip
– Roast Beef Rounds
– Sausge Crescent Rolls

Main Dishes:
– Turkey
– Lasagna
– Spiral Ham (made by my Mother in Law)

– Creamy Mashed Potatoes
– Corn
– Green Beans
– Stuffing
– Biscuits
– Green Garden Salad (made by sister in law)

– New York Cheesecake
– Chocolate Pudding Pies ( made by sister in law)
– Brownies ( made by sister in law)

The Turkey:

I had wet brined the turkey this year. I combined 2 gallons of water, 3/4 cup salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups of apple cider,3 tablespoons ground pepper, rosemary, thyme, sage, 6 garlic cloves, and 3 bay leaves. I brought all of the ingredients to a boil until the sugar and salt dissolved. I made an ice bath in my sink and placed the pot in the sink. Once the brine was completely cooled I poured it in the bag with the turkey breasts side down. I let the turkey brine for about 16 hours.

I then rinsed the turkey off and let the turkey take a cold bath for about 20 minutes in the sink to remove a lot of the salt.

After patting it dry with a towel I went under the skin and placed compound butter and slices of lemon. I sprinkled salt and pepper on the turkey. The turkey was stuffed with a lemon (halved), one onion, carrots and celery.

I let the turkey rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before placing it in a 350°f oven covered with tin foil.

While it was resting, I made clarified butter to baste the turkey with. I also had chicken broth warming up on the stove to use to baste as well. I placed herbs in both and kept them warm on the stove.

I roasted the 18lb turkey for 4 1/2 hours and let it rest covered for 1 hour.


The Cheesecake:

Normally, I make Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Cheesecake. However, this time I wanted to try an easier recipe. BIG MISTAKE !

The cheesecake was great but not my best. Everyone was upset when I said I changed recipes. They found this cheesecake very dense and very filling.

From Food For a Hungry Soul
New York Cheesecake
(Jim Fobel’s Old-Fashioned Baking Book)

5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups (one pint) sour cream, room temperature
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch springform pan.  Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan.  This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie.  Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit. 

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy.  Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth. 

Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat thoroughly, about 2 minutes. 

Pour into the prepared springform pan and place in a roasting pan (or other pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching.  Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean.  Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan.  Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours.  Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled.  For best flavor and texture, this cheesecake is best chilled overnight.


My Cheesecake

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

Recipe Review #5: Chocolate Chip Cookies (Martha Stewart)

After trying many different recipes for chocolate chip cookies for my husband I finally found the perfect one!  The cookies turned out perfectly! 

I give this recipe 5 stars!

It is Aiden Approved!


Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Makes about 3 dozen

2.25 cup(s) all-purpose flour
0.50 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1.00 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
0.50 cup(s) granulated sugar
1.00 cup(s) packed light-brown sugar
1.00 teaspoon(s) salt
2.00 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
2.00 large eggs
2.00 cup(s) (about 12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.