Spring Favorites!

Hey guys! I hope the couple of weeks of May have been treating you well, it finally decided to become spring here in Edmonton, with a dash of summer, so I’m enjoying the change in temperatures and the sunshine.

This post should really be called “March and April plus Half of May Favorites” since I didn’t do a favorites video in the last few months! I didn’t feel like I had much to say, but in the past few weeks I’ve been realizing… oh I have been loving things! They’re just completely integrated into my life so I don’t realize as much.

Beauty:

Exfoliating face wash

Gel moisturizer – Under $10!

Nars Laguna bronzer

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow

Clothes:

Lavender long sleeve no longer available, similar here, here, here and here

Joe Fresh short sleeve on sale!

Blue jacket- similar here, here and here

Payless sneakers- no longer available, similar here, here and here

Lifestyle:

Perrier Lime Water

Blogger: Maries Bazaar

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Youtube: Stephanie Ledda

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What have you been loving recently? I’d love to hear in the comments ❤

Life Update: Burns, Breaks and First Aid

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook), you may have noticed that I have been rocking a new accessory:

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I mean… you may not have noticed my break from TBGB at all… but if you did, and you don’t follow me on social media… that is why. On May 9th I did a number on myself and grabbed a 345 degree Celcius skillet handle, straight out of the oven. If you’re wondering where my pot mitten was… it was on my left hand. Who knows why. Fast forward about an hour later, after I determined that my bubbling skin would in fact NOT go back to normal if I “just kept it under the cool water a bit longer”, a ridiculously attractive urgent care doctor informed me that I had sustained second degree burns.

There’s a reason why my personal directive (yes, I have one… you should, too) states that if I have sustained serious burns over a certain percentage of my body that I just want to be kept comfortable until I pass. Burns are no joke. I knew this from volunteering at the hospital, at times meeting patients who were being treated in burn units. Skin grafts, tissue debridement, the chance of infection, compression garments… it’s all been explained to me. I don’t even like lighting a barbecue.

But accidents happen especially when you’re hungry and just want your damn chicken. I’m embarrassed to say that when this accident happened, I didn’t have a fully stocked first aid kit. I had about ten bandaids, hydrogen peroxide and expired Motrin and Polysporin. Not exactly batting 1000, and I know way better from the multiple advanced first aid courses I’ve taken. Accidents happen in life, yes, and the last thing you want to be is ill prepared to treat an injury that occurs in your home. So, here’s what you should have in your home first aid kit:

  • Bandaids of varying sizes
  • Butterfly style small wound closure strips (often called Steri-Strips)
  • Non-stick gauze pads in small, medium and large sizes
  • Standard gauze pads and rolled gauze (small and medium)
  • Iodine or Hydrogen Peroxide to sterilize
  • Sterile gloves
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Medical tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • A bottle of sterile saline (contact lens solution, for flushing/cleaning wounds)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-Inflammatory and/or pain relieving medication

As you can see… I didn’t have ANY of this stuff that I needed! Thankfully… my much more responsible parents did, and given that I still need help cutting my food and doing things, I basically have lived with them the past couple of weeks. I know not everyone has family nearby that they can turn to so easily, so if you want a quick takeaway from this, go purchase a premade first aid kit (it’ll cost you 17-50$, depending on how fancy you get) at Walmart or Superstore or stock up on the supplies you don’t have.

My hand is getting better, and I’m getting better at doing things with my left hand and changing my bandages myself. I’m now firmly entrenched in the part of the process where things aren’t fully healed but I have to start re-acclimatizing all of this new skin to air and water while simultaneously trying to not break the skin. It’s great. For the forseeable future, if you see me out and about, it’ll probably be with my hand wrapped to protect it. Try not to make fun of me.

 

Have you ever had a crazy mishap that landed you in the urgent care, or with an injury you’d rather not explain to everyone? Let me know in the comments!

About my mom…

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Hi guys! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to anyone reading this that is a mom! So many moms are amazing individuals, and there are so many women who step into mothering roles that are amazing individuals, too! I really believe that it takes a village to raise up awesome kids into happy, healthy adults and moms (and what I like to call “extra moms”) are so important to that. I hope you’re all being appropriately showered with love today!

I started contemplating what I’d like to say in what I jokingly referred to as “my ode to my mom” about a month ago. My mom is a bonafide badass. She’s done everything from being a political lobbyist, to working with the elderly, to being a solo parent, to holding down the fort while my dad was away (a lot, for work), running a successful business with my dad, and caring for a family. Not the least of which being caring for our family, which at times included extra people like our friends.

I know my mom is incredibly proud of my sister and I. With her steady influence, we grew up as fiercely independent, educated and motivated women. Both of us achieving degrees and then some (my sister is a chartered accountant, now a CPA!). Both of us transitioning into home ownership, without spouses, before thirty. Both of us pretty nice people (arguably my sister nicer than me, haha). Go Mom! While other moms from our social circle have shared stories of their kids getting married and having children of their own (which is awesome), despite totally wanting to be a grandma, my mom has proudly pumped our tires right back.

I would not be the person I am today without my mom. Not in a sappy, my mom built me kind of way but in a serious, my mom has held my hand through this life and continues to pick me up when I’m down kind of way. My mom encouraged me to pursue my education (despite my objections), she encouraged me to continue into home ownership (despite my objections AND my wanting to stay in her basement… maybe forever) and she encourages me all of the time to continue with this website and career goals. She has sat on the floor with me when times have been tough and I’m sobbing my eyeballs out and she has done flaming sambuca shots with me when times have been awesome.

My mom is a bonafide badass. That’s what I want the world to know about her. Not about the tears she’s wiped away, or the kids she’s raised, the husband she’s supported, the meals (oh so many meals) she’s made… But that she, as a person is a bonafide badass and the best cheerleader and mentor in life that I ever could have asked for. That anyone could have ever asked for.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you.

Party Palomas

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Hey guys!

It has officially decided to be spring in Edmonton, which means we have transitioned into summer basically. It’s like that here.

But that’s not what this is about. Apparently, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Well, it’s definitely the fifth of May but I mean… tomorrow is the celebration of Mexico’s independence! I feel like our once-removed southern neighbors don’t get enough shout outs for anything other than tacos (so wrong, just like how we’re more than maple syrup in Canada!), so in recognition of their day, I wanted to celebrate a little! I love when people love on Canada, I’m extremely patriotic, so being that I appreciate that so much, I love to share some love on other amazing countries!

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Anyhow. Palomas. I was researching some fun drinks to make for taco night at my house, and I found palomas online but was really discouraged when I saw things like fancy grapefruit pop, simple syrup, mescal (which is hard to find here). So I decided to try to cut out the sugar and just keep it simple!

The recipe I came up with is for two drinks. You can multiply it however you like!

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Party Palomas

3 ounces of tequila

4 ounces of grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon juiced lime

Club soda to fill

Ice, sliced grapefruit and lime for garnish

Start off with a jar or cocktail shaker, and about 4 cubes of ice. Pour in your grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and a slice of grapefruit. Shake vigorously and then split between two glasses. Fill with club soda, garnish with a grapefruit or lime slice (or both!) and enjoy.  If it’s too tart for you, add a SMALL sprinkle of regular sugar into the jar before shaking.20170427_174101

Save Vs. Splurge: Micellar Water

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Hey Guys! It has been a little while since I posted a new blog, which is partly attributed to it being playoff season (late games are killing me!) and partly attributed to life just being… life. But I’m back sharing my thoughts on if you can save or if you need to splurge when it comes to micellar water!

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I’m the type of person where if I’ve found a great product, I’ll use it and use it forever. That said, when something is expensive… I’ll tend to try to find more affordable options too. That was the spirit that lead me to seeking out a more affordable option than my much beloved Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.

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And I found one! Please check out my full review of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar water and how it holds up when compared to the Bioderma Sensibio here:

You can watch the products both in action in this video… and see me 100% makeup free! Lucky you.

All in all, I’m in love with the Garnier SkinActive product AND it’s affordability! I really couldn’t find a distinct difference between the two products other than the price point, and having tried out the Garnier version the past month, it also doesn’t dry out my skin or cause breakouts.

Do you have a favorite drugstore micellar water product? I’d love to hear about it! I’ve heard there are micellar water makeup remover wipes and I’d love to try those sometime as makeup remover wipes can be pretty harsh sometimes.

No-Buy Update

 

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Well, I made it around a month. Not my best but… there were 3$ pints of strawberries that I just couldn’t deny myself. I also really wanted fresh dairy. So after thirty days of not buying groceries, I bought a few things. This no-buy isn’t firmly over, I’m still trying to work out of the meals and proteins I have frozen and my shelf stable items, but I’m running out of things like eggs and in my house… that just won’t do.

March was a pretty easy month to not be buying groceries. I had a hospitality suite at work for three days and lots of invites out to my family’s place. I also did a cooking class that sent me home with three+ days’ worth of food.

I think as I go forward my “no buy” will just be modified- if I need eggs or a fresh item, I’ll buy it, but I’m still working through frozen items and enjoying them. Being that it’s spring (sort of… it’s been snowing for hours as I type this) I’m also not going to deny myself things like salad greens or fresh burratta if I can get my hands on them.

So what did I make and eat during this time?

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Freezer Mushroom Risotto

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Easy Ramen

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Spaghetti Squash Puttanesca

White bean dip and focaccia (post coming soon!)

Cauliflower rice and shrimp (at Mom’s, but post still coming soon!)

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Chicken Pesto Burgers with Rice

Vegan Spaghetti and “Meat” Balls (post coming soon!)

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Italiano Breakfast Bowls

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (post coming soon!)

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Lentil Ragout with Isreali Cous Cous

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Butternut Squash Risotto Nourish Bowl (gifted, affordable re-make coming soon!)

Baked Rigatoni Bolognese (post coming soon!)

…and lots of eggs, guacamole toast and overnight oats!

 

Strawberries were the straw that broke the camel’s back for this no-buy. I really wanted them and life is short. I also wanted lettuce, ground meat and fennel. I have everything but the ground meat now! The spare time that eating pre-made meals gave me allowed me to work on other things in life, work items, visit family more and even start baking bread!

Sephora Spring Sale!

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I got exciting mail yesterday… information about the spring Sephora sale! I’m not sure about you guys, but oftentimes in the spring I’m looking for long-wearing foundation, bronzer, products for beachy waves and glossy lips.

You know… the opposite of what I’m looking for in the winter!

I tend to purchase good products because if I find something works well, I will use it until I’m scraping out the bottle with a q-tip. To me, that’s better than purchasing three similar products and using half- so whether it’s a luxury brand or my favorite drug store item, if I like it and it’s on sale… I’ll probably buy it to stock up. This is also a great time to try something new!

With that in mind, here’s what’s on my wishlist for the Sephora VIB Spring Sale! Things don’t go on 10-15% off at Sephora very often and the 20% VIB Sale is a long, long way away if you need anything.

Beauty:

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NARS Bronzing Powder • NARS •  BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer • Becca •  Buxom Full-On Lip Cream • Buxom •  stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow • Stila •  Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder •  Smashbox Spotlight Palette • Smashbox •  Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette • Anastasia Beverly Hills •  BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Poured Crème Highlighter • Becca •  Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup • Estee Lauder •

Hair:

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Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones • Moroccanoil • $10.50–26  Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder • Bumble and Bumble • $13–27  Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture • Sold Out  Living Proof  Prime Style Extender • Living Proof • $12–59

Skincare:

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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse • St. Tropez Tanning Essentials • $32–42  SEPHORA COLLECTION Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist • Sephora • $18  Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer • Origins • $27.50  tarte Maracuja Oil • Tarte • $16–48  Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream • Origins • $43–51.50  philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser • philosophy • $11–55

What’s on your wishlist?