Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts might just be my favorite veggie. Throwing these suckers in the oven is so easy and quick. They make a great addition to any meal. I like them on the burnt side, that way they have an extra crunch.

You can jazz these up in some ways too! Toss them in buffalo sauce for a spicy kick, dash some balsamic for a nice change of pace, or drizzle some honey for some sweetness.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut sprouts in halves or quarters – up to you!
  3. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper – you can use any seasoning you want (I like to add onion powder)
  4. Throw in the oven for about 25 mins or until your liking

Enjoy!!

XO,

Drunk Elephant Review – Is it really worth the price?

After reading numerous reviews about Drunk Elephant, I decided to take the plunge and order a set of the Littles. The Littles package includes a travel bag filled with travel-sizes of their best and most popular products. This is a great way to test out the products and see what works for you before investing in the bigger sizes. Drunk Elephant roots themselves on tackling the “Suspicious 6” skin issues (essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, drying alcohols and chemical screens) and caters to all skin types. Drunk Elephant consists of cruelty-free and natural products, which means it comes with a hefty price-tag. So again, this was a great way to learn about the products and see if it’s really worth it.

Below are a list of the products and my quick thoughts about each.

Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser – I really enjoyed using this! It wasn’t harsh or drying at all. The suggested use is to only use this at night (no need for a morning wash). I wouldn’t use this to take off my makeup, but definitely afterwards. Usually I use a makeup cleansing wipe first, then I would go ahead and use this stuff.

C-Firma Day Serum – They suggest to use this in the morning, on clean and dry face, neck, chest, and back of hands. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if this made any difference or not. Just seemed like another step in their process.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum – Just like the day serum, you can basically slap this stuff wherever needs hydration. You can easily mix this with another other lotion or oil. When I did use this alone, I noticed how hydrating it actually was.

T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum – After washing your face at night, they recommend mixing this with the Marula Oil for maximum effectiveness. I did experience some tingling (which is common) but that quickly resided. Similar to the C-Firma serum, I’m not sure if this product made any difference.

Shaba Complex Eye Serum – I’ll be honest, I don’t use eye creams. Don’t judge me! I’ve bought and tried them, but I just haven’t found one that really worked. Luckily I don’t suffer from major bags or dark circles (yet) so I still have time to be on the lookout. This eye serum felt nice around my eyes, but again, no difference.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 – Typically I like to find a day cream/moisturizer that has spf in it so I most likely would not this. I did mix this with the C-Firma a few times and it was refreshing.

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – I used 2-3 drops of this at night and my skin really absorbed the oil. I’m not sure if it’s worth the price tag itself, but in a kit like this, it was probably the most used product.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream – This is a thick cream. But if you have dry skin, like myself, your skin will thank you. I used this product mostly at night, but a few times in the morning. My skin felt so nourished after using this stuff. I would definitely buy this product again.

Overall, I don’t think I’d stick to this regimen. These products range well over $50 to $100 bucks, and I personally just can’t justify spending that much for okayish products. But everybody’s skin reacts differently, so what works for me might not work for you. And vice versa! That’s the beauty of finding a skincare regimen, everyone’s is different.

XO,

Who do I want to be vs. who I am?

When faced with this question, my initial reaction is to pause and think. Should there be two answers? Should the answer be the same for both? Is there a right or wrong response? Over the past couple of weeks I’ve truly taken a deep-dive into the unknown. My stable job has become stable-less, my once known future became less thought out, and my panic started to creep in. Have you found yourself just coasting by, going through the emotions day in and day out, and then all of sudden STOP? I find that this happens two ways. We either make the decision to think about changing or we are forced to. Changing jobs, changing bad habits, changing lifestyles, etc.ย  We “change” because we want a different result. We want something that we maybe once had and lost. We strive to be better because we know we can.

So who do I want to be? I want to be healthier, not only physically but mentally. I want to write and read more. Spend less time watching tv. Be more focused. As Mallory Ervin would said “live fully”. I want to live a positive life. And that’s not to say I’m currently living a negative one! But I feel myself wanting these things. And if I want to do these things, I need to DO THEM. Wanting and doing are two different things. We can brainstorm whatever the hell we want, but until you put the plan and research into action, then you’re not doing. You’re just wanting.

I encourage you all to start doing the things you want and desire. You want to be a morning person? Get up earlier. You want to run a half marathon? Walk that mile first. Be someone who knows what they want and goes for it. Be the person you want. Because that becomes the person you are.ย 

 

Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Stew

During the winter season, I try to use my slow cooker as much as I can. It’s just so easy to throw everything in and not have to worry about it til hours later. This recipe is EXACTLY that. You don’t even need to cook the meat beforehand! You literally toss everything in the crockpot and 6 hours later, BAM. Delicious stew. Serve with some crusty bread and you have a fantastic dinner made.

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Friday’s Five

It’s my intention to religiously post about five things every Friday. (Hence the name, DUH.) Originally I was thinking five things that made me smile or happy throughout the week, but then realized that “hell, maybe I won’t always have five things to list?” So I decided to keep it simple and easy and basically list whatever comes to mind. IT’S MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO, DO WHAT I WANT TO. (Did you read that in the tune of “it’s my party and I’ll cry ifย  I want to?” because that’s what I was shooting for.) In any case, here we go.

Five books I’m reading this month!

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