May 16, 2015

Spaghetti Doesn't Always Have to be Carby

I'm a total lover of spaghetti. I love how it looks, how it grabs on to sauce, and how great it tastes when mixed with grilled chicken of ground beef. But, I don't love the carbs in it. So I've been trying to find ways to cook and eat it without having to pack on the extra pounds. Especially since the summer is just around the corner and I want to lose the extra pudge that I packed on in this surprisingly cold SoCal winter.

On came Varietyland's Vegetable Spiralizer. I never gave any of these a try because they just never looked like they were sturdy enough to actually work correctly. I was pleasantly surprised with this one though because the edges were sharp (be careful!), it was easy to use, and my carrots and zucchini didn't turn into mush when I attempted to use it.

I'm forcing myself to get used to zucchini pasta but this slicer makes it easy because it gives it the shape so when I mix it with my sauces and meats its not a total shock to my palette. I'm happy with it and think I'm going to test some non carby pasta the next time I cook for the man to see how long it'll take him to notice the difference.

If you want to try this out, leave a comment! Varietyland is letting me give one away to a lucky reader!

Apr 30, 2015

Instacube Digital Frame

I love two things: Instagram and digital frames. So i was really happy to find out about the Instacube. Instacube exactly what sounds like: it's a cube that shows your IG feed or a hashtag that you select, wirelessly. What I like about the Instacube is that its really cute and shows me my feed in real time.

It's a pretty cool thing to have on my dresser. Whenever I see a new picture that I like I just hit the huge heart button on top and voila, a like is added. Another thing I can do on the cube is view photos via a hashtag, so if I want to see photos of the Eiffel Tower from everyone I can. That of course is good and bad because people love to hashtag things that just aren't relevant. It also only shows the same 10-15 hashtags which made it lose its appeal for the hashtag stream pretty quick.

I really like it. The photos are very clear, at 8 inches, and it's also touch screen so I can also like the photos by double tapping it. It's a really cool gadget and it lets me fuse two things that I love: technology and social media. I just wish it was bigger but I don't know if I'd want to display photos from everyones feeds any larger than that. Sorry guys ;-)

Apr 29, 2015

Cucumber Infused Eye Brightening Gel

I've been wearing contacts for a very long time, about 20 years to be exact (eek!), and one thing that kills me is how after a few days of wearing them for more than eight hours my eyes end up looking super puffy. It always makes me look tired when I'm not and I feel like it just doesn't do my makeup any good.

Of course there are tons of eye creams on the market that I've tried but it's the one thing I'm never consistent with. For one thing, I go into my phases where I'm crazy about my skin care for a few weeks and then I go a month where I just wash my face but don't use any of my specialized products. Lucky for Azure Naturals, they sent me their Ultimate Peptide Eye Brightening Gel to try out when I was being OCD with my skincare routine.

This serum was really light and didn't make me feel like I had anything on, which is a major no no for any under eye cream in my book, and it smelled really good. It wasn't really a cucumber kind of scent but it was good nonetheless. I used this product for about two weeks and I think I can start to see a slight difference. It's been so hot and sunny here in SoCal that I've had to start wearing my contacts in order to wear my sunglasses so I'm able to see the difference in how my eyes look. They don't look as puffy and saggy as they did about a month ago so that's a relief. This product also makes the skin under my eyes really soft and it's nice to feel when I apply my moisturizer in the morning.

Just like any other skin care regiment using this product for results is all about consistency. If a product has great ingredients and works well there is no reason to stop using it, right? So I'm going to finish the bottle to see if the results continue to impress me and then I'll decide if I want to grab another one. Hopefully the answer will be yes!

Apr 20, 2015

Creating a Shabby Chic Paradise

April 2015 Ikea Goodies

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I love two things: Shabby Chic Decor and Ikea. More specifically, Ikea's steel items that are painted white. There's something about that look that makes me realize I'm a little more princess than gothy. I love romantic decor and any little piece that let's me have my look.

This spring I'm turning the balcony in my bedroom into my own little romantic paradise. I'm planting some flowers and herbs, I'm in the market for a really comfy writing (and tanning) chair, and I'm just eager to spend as much time as I can looking out at the mountains, listening to planes go back and of course, writing! So here's what I got in case you want to join in one the fun:

I've been eyeing the Socker Plant Pot with Holder for a while now and was glad to finally get it. It's seriously adorable. I can't wait for my lavender, sunflowers and mint to start growing so I can rearrange them so the taller things can be on top. The only downside about this is that the plant pots don't come with drainage holes so I'm hoping that my boyfriend can successfully drill some in soon so that my seeds can properly grow. What's cool about this is that I can set it on a table or if my balcony railing wasn't so thick, I would be able to have it hanging.

The Kardemumma and Skurar plant pots are super cute as well. I really like the details in box sets. The lace in the Skurar is extremely shabby chic and the designs in the Kardemumma ones just give them a bit of life and personality. Can a plant pot have personality? I guess the answer to that is yes!

Now when it comes to the Rotera Lanterns, I've been buying them for years. I always liked the idea of sitting outside by the light of a candle without it constantly going out. For now I only purchased the 8inch one but I think I'm going to pick up a couple of the larger ones next month. It gets really cold here in the valley at night in the spring so I wouldn't get much use of those if I bought them now anyway.

Lastly, I bought this really Sockerart Vase that can also be used as a pitcher. I didn't buy any faux flowers or plants on my trip to put in them because I really want light blue or pink hydrangeas. Those are becoming my favorite flowers ever and I want to surround myself in those so this is going to be a great start.

All together I only spent $54 which is super awesome! I'm so excited to put more time into making my outdoor space my perfect little wonderland using all the nice and inexpensive things that I can get at Ikea and World Market.

It's only just begun!

Apr 15, 2015

Eye Spy with Investig8

I'm going to preface this by saying that I am not one to condone third party snooping on a significant other. If I have ever felt off about what someone was telling me I always made it very clear to them that I was on to something and requested their phone or password. OR, I just checked their phone while they were in the bathroom but made no attempt to hide the fact.

So, on to Investig8. I guess it's a pretty nifty app for those that don't have the balls to confront their partner with their alleged infidelity, or as they say, if someone wants to know what a child is up to without arousing suspicion. I used this program to check up on myself and to see what would come up if someone went snooping and I guess I have to say that it's pretty accurate. It's a great tool if you want to catch someone in the act of something because I was able to access my text logs and photos remotely which was just as scary as it is cool.

All in all, like I said, it's a program that works but use (and snoop) at your own risk!

Apr 5, 2015

Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils

I've become really into oils lately because I like how fresh some of them make my place smell. I've stayed away from heavy scents like vanilla and sandalwood in lieu of refreshing ones like peppermint, lemon and lemongrass.

I recently received a package from Instanatural that had two 4oz bottles of essential oils. Originally the package was supposed to contain a lavender one, which I was super excited about, but sadly there were issues with that so the box only contained peppermint and lemon oil.  I was really happy to receive the peppermint oil because I plan on using it to help keep cool during the super hot summer nights. My apt is massive with two story ceiling so I have to keep my central ac under control and this will help a lot.

Along with using the peppermint oil to help keep my body cool after a shower I like using them both to give my apartment a refreshing scent. I mix about two drops of each product into my diffusers that I have places in my bedroom and bathroom and the smell is absolutely amazing. Living in such an airy place now let's it travel down to the main level in my apt as well as out on my balcony. The trust test of these scents though is how it shielded my bedroom in my old apt from the thick and heavy smell of incense (and other things) that greeted me as soon as I left my bedroom!

All in all, these are pretty great. They're really potent, the amount in each bottle is a great amount and I can totally see myself getting their lavender oil as well as their diffuser because I think it a cute design.