Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I lost my street cred and I'm ready for Pumpkin Spice!


So I guess my Gold status has been revoked from Starbucks.  Does that mean if I try to use my Gold card they will cut it up like a maxed out credit card?!?   Wouldn't that be funny ... um sorry but we HAVE to do this ... 

So ... obviously this doesn't come to be as a shock but I am now wondering if I won't get my birthday reward?  Yeah I think the last time I was at Starbucks there were hearts on the cups ... LOL.  I've actually considered deleting the Starbucks app but sometimes I get cool apps for free so yeah ... whatya gonna do?

Has pumpkin spice started yet?  It's so hard to tell when we are supposed to get excited about our non-existent fall weather.  It's kinda hard to think about a pumpkin spice latte when you are sweating to death walking to your car.  But regardless, I am totally ready to try this receipe I saw in a magazine about making my own pumpkin spice latte at home.  (Oh btw Sbux ... I'll be using Seattle's Best Coffee ... yep that's how it is now ... hurts a little huh?)

Okay so in my October issue of Good Housekeeping (don't judge it was a free subscription!), there is a recipe to make an at home version.  I haven't tried it yet but I'm totally going to when the grocery store starts shoving pumpkin at you like buy ... buy .... BUY!

So since I haven't made it yet ... I have no photo yet to share so how about a someecard instead?

So here is the recipe...
MAKES: 4 cups syrup (32 to 64 lattes) 

FOR THE SYRUP
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin

FOR THE LATTE
8 ounces whole milk
4 ounces strong brewed coffee or espresso 
Whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, for garnish (optional)

1. Prepare the syrup: Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin. Simmer, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Set aside 5 minutes, then strain twice through a fine-mesh strainer into an airtight container. Refrigerate until cool. Store in the refrigerator for about 1 month. You'll end up with about 4 cups total.  

2. For each latte: Microwave the milk on High about 1 minute or until very hot. (Transfer to a blender and blend 20 seconds for extra frothy milk, if desired.) Put 1 to 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup in the bottom of a mug. Top with the coffee and warm milk. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

Also, I've got a way you can make some delicious pumpkin bread.  I HAVE made this one ... but I don't think I have any pics ... let me check ... nope no pics ... but TRUST ME this is amazing.  Basically, I found this recipe years ago when I was constantly buying pumpkin bread at Sbux and thought ... if I am gonna eat a loaf a week ... I might as well make it.  So I used my trusty friend google and found a great recipe from Martha Stewart.  Here's the recipe ...

When the pan is well buttered and floured, the loaf is easy to release and has neat sides. Using a pastry brush, spread room-temperature butter on the inside of the pan, including corners. Dust the pan with flour to coat butter completely. To get rid of excess flour, invert pan and tap over sink.
·         PREP: 20 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS 40 MINS

·         SERVINGS:12
INGREDIENTS
·         12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
·         2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
·         2 teaspoons baking powder
·         2 teaspoons ground ginger
·         1 teaspoon salt
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         1 cup packed light-brown sugar
·         1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cups)Let ·         3 large eggs
·         Sugar Glaze, (optional)
DIRECTIONS
1.  STEP 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch (6-cup) loaf pans (see note, below); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, pumpkin, melted butter, and eggs; add flour mixture, and stir until just combined.
2.  STEP 2
Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes; invert pans and transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely. Glaze, if desired.

The ginger makes this pumpkin loaf so amazing. I added a bit more ginger than stated because I just love the flavor. I also added ginger to my pumpkin pies that I took over to my family holiday ginger and everyone raved how much they loved my pie.  

I'll post photos when I make my pumpkin spice latte and my pumpkin bread.
Let me know if you try any of these!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Am I the only one?

Any time I see this and hear the static when watching a HBO show ... I then immediately hear (in my head) the Sex and the City theme song ... maybe it just proves that I watched each episode too many times!

Am I the only one?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's Okay...


to blow up your husband's cell phone when he doesn't answer - can't be a crazy stalker chick when you're married :) plus my life would be 100 times easier if he would just use TEXT MESSAGING!!!  His cell phone ... think Jitterbug!

to give a stranger a Bath & Body Works coupon regardless of how much she looks at you like a crazy person..  Yes ... we were in Bath & Body Works and I was just trying to be nice.  She acted as if we were in the Hunger Games and I gave her all my weapons ... okay maybe a bad analogy.

to not have my taxes done ... at least I'm getting a refund ... maybe I hope to log back on to HR Block and somehow it magically doubled since the last time I was in there.

to want to take a nap at 6 pm.

to hate nail polish!  Seriously ... why do I even try?

To give screaming kids in the store dirty looks (not infants ... you know ones that should know better) ... hey at least I don't say ... tell mommy to get off the phone and tell you to shut the heck up!!!

to do your makeup while sitting on the toilet ... if it wasn't part of the design plan of my master bathroom it wouldn't be conveniently laid out that way.....right?

to spend 15 minutes cyber stalking an old friend.  Yes I limit my cyber stalking to 15 minute intervals.

to watch youtube like tv ... you know on this night this youtuber updates.  Are you on youtube let me know I will watch all of your videos,  I'm like 10 years late on the whole youtube craze but better late than never.

I hope you all are having or had a fabulous weekend!
What's okay with you today?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Products I'm Trying - Will they work?

New Products

Here are a few new products I am using that I thought I would share with you guys.  So far I am really loving the detangling brush which I saw a review on YouTube and had to try.  Even though I am sure that the blue brush for thick/curly hair probably would have worked a tad better I have no complaints on the brush.  My hair is so long right now that it is constantly getting tangled and I was having such a hard time brushing it.  My arm would be tired from pulling and tons of breakage.  This brush there is little to no hair in the bristles when I am done and since it detangles with ease my arm doesn't feel like it is going to fall off.  The John Frieda hair straightener is a complete surprise too.  I figured I would end up taking it back because it wouldn't heat up hot enough or heck even work well.  It heats up to 455 and is adjustable which my Chi was not.  So far loving it.  The vitamins are a little too soon to tell.  I do feel like my nails are a bit thicker and right now pretty long.  So I will see how long it takes them to chip or break.  Maybe there will be a difference.  I'll keep you posted.  As for the B-12, it does increase energy (without jitters) and boost my mood.  As for my grays, fingers crossed I do not get any more anytime soon.  The five strands I have found have been scary enough.  Also, they aren't gray it is straight up WHITE!  The BB cream is so far kinda like .... ehhhh.  I mean it is not horrible but it's not my favorite thing in the world.  It's better than smearing liquid foundation across your face because it goes on much lighter also does not get cakey.  Also, I say liquid moisturizer because it feels more like lotion when it goes on.  However, my face has been a little more on the dry side lately so ... maybe saying "moisturizer" is wrong.  Again, I'll keep you posted.  However, I would definitely recommend for poolside or beach wear.  The toothpaste seems to work.  I've only had this since Wednesday of this week and I already see a noticeable difference in the whiteness of my teeth.

So why the (*) in the descriptions - I actually didn't pay anything for these products.  I got them for free at CVS with a combination of coupons, CVS coupons, and CVS Bucks.  I plan on doing more of these posts for any new products I find cheap/free.  Let me know if you want to hear how and I will include that next time.

Hope you are all having a fab weekend!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

J'Adore: Best Dressed


I know this is old news but I just had to point out my Oscar best dressed (even though I never watch the Oscars and get ticked off when my shows are on repeat because of them).
Kate Blanchett
I just love her ... she's always so beautiful at the award shows.
I love her pale milky skin.  My sister Nicole is blessed with this skin.

Matthew McConnaughey
I am not usually one to have a Hollywood crush.
However, right now I am just loving McConnaughey in True Detective!
Also, props to him for boucing back ... he's been overly skinny and kinda trashy looking for awhile.

Who's look did you love?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Things currently whirling around in my head ...

1) Procrastination - I totally have a long Physics assignment to do yet I have no energy to do it ... 

2) How the heck is Downton Abbey already over??!!??

3) I am sitting here trying to gain the strength to at least do something useful and straighten my hair.

4) I blame my lack of caring and eagerness to get anything done on PMS. 

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my return to the blog world.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Let me [Re]Introduce Myself

I feel  I know I haven't blogged in a LONG time.  
Remember me?
I'm that girl who started blogging here as Shia - for some crazy reason.
I started this blog in 2009.  2009?!? So much has changed since then!
When I started here ... I started to write about things I thought about ... liked ... wondered ... you get the point.  So it was essentially the world according to me.  I loved my blog and even though I had under 10 followers, I didn't care.  I wrote practically everyday and things got better and better and then one day, I had 50 followers - including people I had never met ... then 75 then I was cheer-zing to 100!  It just got better and better.  Sure as my blog grew ... I progressed and things I blogged about changed.
I feel like my blog became a little too superficial.  I feel like it became all about clothes and buying stuff.  Perhaps for a moment, I changed too, I only cared about clothes and buying MORE clothes and having cuter and cuter outfits.  Then things changed again.  Real life changes.  Scary ones that will ultimately be the best changes of my life.  First off, I got married something I never thought I would ever do.  I just always felt as if I was too independent of a person to ever get married but even before that happened.  I decided a major thing in my life.  I didn't want to be an attorney.  I know that sounds like so what no biggie.  Um yeah totally a biggie when my whole academic life since like middle school was pointed in the direction of being an attorney.  No turning back ... I already missed that fork in the road and it was no longer in the rear view mirror.  So I was in limbo ... working in the legal world and constantly being reminded that I didn't want to be there.  So I just pushed it down and pushed it down to where my life didn't ALWAYS feel consumed by my miserable dead end.  So I started blogging.  Because there was this glimmer of maybe I could be a writer ... a dream of writing for a magazine.  I thought ... I can write the same types of stuff ... heck that is what my blog is all about ... random things I constantly have whirling around in my mind.  So my blog was a fun outlet that I could talk about and heck even work on at that miserable dead end.  So fast forward back to getting married.  I really never thought I would find someone like Paul.  I know that is like the most clique thing to say but it is the truth.  He is my best friend.  I love him more than I have ever loved anyone in my life.  So when a minor work change occurred he was SUPER supportive.  The risk didn't pay off and for a split second I thought about turning back to that dead end.  Then the greatest thing happened ... Paul was actually my voice of reason.  Instead of having to make decisions on my own and fighting my way through all the difficult decisions ... he was there for me.  Long story short ... I am in my second semester of fulfilling pre-reqs for some healthcare programs I am going to apply to and I no longer feel as if my whole academic life was a waste.  It makes my current GPA ... KICK ASS!  So there's the best silver lining.  Soon I will be doing something (depending on what program accepts me) that I never even considered doing and I couldn't be happier.  So why all the crickets here?  Well ... I just felt like my blog went down a path of no return.  I felt like there was nothing to blog about anymore.  I don't care about the same things.  That superficial stuff just doesn't even remotely excite me anymore and I thought it wasn't fair to just change my blog.  I mean that's why you followed me ... right?  Well I hope you are yelling at your computer screen ... WRONG!  I just got in that blog slump where I've been MIA for so long ... how do you get your groove back?  I mean please I've got tons of attention grabbing greatness that I can throw up here but a cute outfit is the least of my worries.  So after all that I've just rambled ... I am here to tell you.  That (1) I am back.  FOR REALS! and (2) things will be a tad different ... well not different but more like the way it used to be.  I wrote for me and for you not just what I thought you wanted.  Does that make sense?  

Lastly, I just want to say that I've missed my blog and I've missed all of you.
So thanks for sticking with me ... I hope all will be back to normal ASAP!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's the end and it's just beginning ...



So every year we all try to start off the new year with vowing to fix everything we deem wrong in our lives. It's human nature I suppose to fear the calendar flip.  I often have to stop myself from feeling that New Year bandwagon guilt and the looming birthday.  Let's face it folks ... January is a difficult month.  I've always said that it kinda stinks that I have to start off the new year getting older (well on the 27th) but to heck with all that Negative Nancy ... it's like a band aid - rip it off and start the new year.  

2013 was definitely a year of changes for me.  First wedding anniversary and walking away from the legal world for good.  (well hopefully for good - fingers crossed Shia here gets into one of the 9 programs she is applying for this July)  Changes do come with costs and can be scary in the beginning.  Everyone around me was pretty supportive but I have seemed to fall out of touch with some people that possibly don't understand.  But isn't that just the natural course?  

So what's the deal with 2014?  For some reason I feel like I have to start working out tomorrow ... LOL. Dang that knee jerk New Year guilt!  Even though I probably should  start a new workout routine that is not my New Year's Resolution.  This year I think I want to just resolve to live every day to the fullest.  I know kinda lame and kinda boring.  But seriously, think about how many days of the year we take for granted and then we just seem to focus all of our attention to the bad days.  It's time to start making the most of life.  We only get one ... so we all need to work on making the best one we can have.

Happy New Year to All!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mod Podge Makeup Wipes Box

So part of my couponing, I have gotten these makeup wipes for cheap and/or free.  These wipes have a tendency to dry out once the pack is open so I thought I would make a box to keep them fresh.  

Mod Podge is a crafters dream.  I just discovered it recently.  I bought this off brand at Michaels with 40% off coupon and got it for about $3.  I bought the tin at the Dollar Tree and I bought the paper at Michaels on clearance for $0.29.
 
Applied Mod Podge to the tin ... stuck the paper on it and then coated the paper with Mod Podge.
The wipes fit perfectly and there is room for a small scissor.  I found a tip in AllYou magazine to cut the wipes in half for more use.  I tested it out last night and half a wipe worked well to remove all my makeup.  Also, I had to leave the lip as is because the tin would not close with paper added there but you can't see it with the box closed so ... who cares!

Simple, cheap and super cute!
I have mod podged about 20 things already and the container is still 3/4 full.

Have you ever Mod Podged?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I'm Cray cray ...

(I took this pic forever ago in Ottawa, Canada on vacation!)

So what is it about making something, buying something, eating something, loving something, hating something, seeing something, hearing something, reading something {the list goes on and on} that makes me what to blog? 

So right now I have got blog craze on my mind so much that I didn't think there was any better way to express it in the post title than using that horrible word ... cray and it's so intense it calls for a double dose ... cray cray.  

So why so cray cray?  

You all might remember that I mentioned that I was all about couponing these days and I've gotten pretty good at saving money on our day to day groceries with a few times getting certain items for free, etc.  Yet I thought ... how can I pick up my game?  I mean why pay $1 for shampoo or conditioner ... how can I start getting more of these things for free.  So, I enlisted my trusty friend Google (she's such a nice girl) and found youtube videos regarding couponing at CVS.  I found a great CVS for beginners video {HERE} and her blog {HERE}.  She gave such a straight forward and easy approach to couponing at CVS.  So last night was my first attempt and .... I got $80 worth of stuff for $26 plus two free movie tickets and $7 reward bucks to use next week.  So hmmm ... 26 -7 -"20" (2 movie tickets) = um FREE!!!  Insane right?  Believe me I am still dancing around this morning.

So right after my CVS haul I headed over to my grocery store (Publix) where I got $300 worth of stuff for {drum roll} $86!!!  That was the most I have ever bought and saved at Publix in my life.  The cashier and bagger were so sweet and funny.  They made it so much fun ... it was like a game show of what's the price going to be in the end.  I ended up going later last night before closing thinking that it would be the best time to not hold other people up.  If I ever do this big of a transaction again ... I think I will be in first thing in the a.m.  

Last night I told my mom how much I saved and said ... OMG I want to take a picture of all my stuff and put it on my blog ... lol.  But I decided to post that lovely tree instead.  I don't want to go ALL IN with the cray cray just yet. 

Also, my family is doing our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night.  My parents will be out of town, my sister has to work ... guess people need 9 1 1 on thanksgiving and such that we all decided to get together tomorrow night.  I am {of course} baking the pumpkin pies.  So my house has that nice pumpkin pie aroma. 

Also, since I am all about saving money.  I think I might be headed out to some Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals.  At this point, I really just need some presents for the girls (nieces).  So fingers crossed I can just go out on not so cray cray Thanksgiving rather than doing Black Friday.

So what are you cray cray about these days?
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