Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Resolutions for 2017!

Hey guys! The New Year is about to begin and I couldn't go on without sharing my New Year's resolutions, here they are!


Image found here

1.) Drink more water
I know water is important, yet I don't always drink the recommended 64oz a day. My plan is to implement a "hydration tracker" in my planner. My planner is my life so by having that in there it will be a constant reminder (plus I love checking things off, it makes me feel accomplished!) 
I like these stickers and I love this water bottle!

2.) Get back into shape
I'm sure some of you are thinking "What a cliche!" and I agree with you, it is so predictable, but I don't have some crazy fitness goal, I just want my clothes to fit better and  to make exercising part of my daily routine again. My favorite method for this is portion control and work out DVDs! 
I love this one from Richard Simmons...cringe worthy, but it's fun and it works! 

3.) Be more positive
For the most part I'd say I'm a pretty happy person and I like to be kind to everyone, but everyone has negetive days, I just want to take control of those negetive days and turn them into negetive moments or be rid of the negetivity altogether. I think by combining all of my resolutions together this will pretty much take care of itself, but I also want to remove the negetivity from my life whether it's people or parts of my routine etc. 

4.) Be more adventurous 
I have no idea what this will be, it could be big or small, all I know is that my life can get pretty boring and predictable. I just want to switch things up every now and then to keep it interesting. Maybe I'll take a day trip somewhere new or switch up my menu for the week and try some new recipes.

5.) Take better care of my skin
I'm not the best at taking off my make up before bed--there I said it. I also don't moisturize regularly or have a skin care routine, period. I want to change that. I find myself complaining when I get breakouts that are 100 percent my fault. I need to turn this bad habit around. I have this Clinique skin care, which I love and this moiturizer is great for the winter!

In closing, I just want to say that for me 2017 is going to be the year of change and growth. Starting in the new year I will have a new job and I just want to grow as a person and blossom into who I'm supposed to be. I also think that by putting this post out there it sort of holds me accountable, hopefully at the end of 2017 when I do my "check in" I will have fulfilled these and made them habits--I guess we will see!

What are your resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time 
-Erica

Monday, December 26, 2016

L'Oreal EverCreme VoxBox!

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing my L'Oreal EverCreme VoxBox from Influenster! I'm so excited to share this with you guys! I'm going to show you what I recieved and review the products for you with my 100% honest opinions.

The 3 full sized products from L'Oreal


First I want to say that I prefer to switch up my shampoo and conditioner every couple of weeks so that my hair doesn't get used to it and stop having the effect it's supposed to have. I like to keep that in mind when using any new shampoo and conditioner. Anyway moving on the the L'Oreal EverCreme products. I thought it would smell like vanilla or coconut, but it didn't really smell sweet. The scent isn't bad at all, it's just not what I was expecting. I used shampoo and conditioner as normal in the shower, but used the hair mask just on the ends of my hair where the damage is the most severe. I found that the product worked pretty well, the scent lasted in my hair even after styling which is rare especially when I curl or straighten it. I want to say that while I liked the products that I do find them a little pricey (I like to stay around $5)  but I guess for every once and a while it would be a nice thing to change things up, I also used all three products with eachother (just another thing to keep in mind!) In closing I want to say that I like that the products are 100% Vegan and Sulffate Free!

 Shampoo $7.99 | Conditioner $7.99 | Hair Treatment $9.99

Check out the other products from the L'Oreal Ever line here!

**Disclaimer-I recieved these products complimentary and all opinions are my own**

Until next time
-Erica

Monday, December 19, 2016

Small Ulta Haul and Urban Decay Pallet Comparison!

Hey guys! Today I'm bringing you something a little different for me and that's a haul! I recently ordered some stuff off of Ulta and I thought I'd show you what I purchased! 

Everything in my order

Now on the purpose of this post, a comparison!

Naked Smoky Pallet 

Urban Decay Smoky Pallet
Close up of the shadows

Close up of the brush it comes with

I have the Naked One pallet from Urban Decay and it's literally the only eye shadow I wear. When the second and third Naked pallets came out I wasn't a huge fan of the shades, I knew that I wouldn't wear them often and it would be a waste, but when I saw the Naked Smoky pallet I was intrigued because while there are dark shades there are also a lot of natural colors which I love...plus I ordered the pallet when it was on sale for $27, regularly $54...SCORE! (Unfortunately it was for 1 day only, but keep your eyes open they may do it again!) Anyway I thought I would do a comparison of the Naked One pallet and the Naked Smoky pallet.

 (Disclaimer: I am not a make-up professional I'm just giving my personal opinions of the products and I purchased all of the products on my own)

Top:Urban Decay Smoky Pallet| Bottom: Urban Decay Naked One Pallet


After using the Smoky pallet a couple of times, I do really like it! I prefer a more natural and neutral look for everyday and just a little darker for going out. Overall while I do like the pallet I don't consider it a must buy (for me anyway). My loyalty will stay with the Naked One pallet, but I'm happily embracing the Naked Smoky pallet. 


I hope this post was helpful and if you liked it let me know in the comments!

Until next time
-Erica

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Wrapping Reveal


Hey guys! Today I'm sharing with you the presents I wrapped for Christmas, can you believe Christmas is almost here?! This year I really embodied "brown paper packages tied up with strings" with a little Christmas flair, I love how they turned out! Take a look!







Red and Green Satin Ribbon 
Sheer Red Ribbon
 Plaid Burlap Ribbon
Twine (Similar) 
Brown Wrapping Paper
 Plaid Wrapping Paper (Similar)
Green Burlap Ribbon
 Flamingo Gift Tags 
Christmas Tree Tags
Chip Board Tags (Similar) 
Scallop Gift Boxes (Similar)

I hope you enjoyed them and maybe got some inspiration! I linked everything I could find and even included some other wrapping inspiration below!





Until next time
-Erica

Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Decor D.I.Y.s

Hey guys! I feel like the Christmas/Holiday season is a major D.I.Y. and craft time and today I'm bringing you two D.I.Y.s that are fun and festive and some can even be displayed after the holidays! So here goes...


Number One:

What you'll need:
-Glass vase or container
-Spray adhesive
-Evergreen foliage (Arborvitae works best!)
-Scissors




Step 1: Trim pieces of evergreen to your liking
Step 2: Make sure your area is covered because the spray adhesive can get a little messy, you may also want to wear some gloves
Step 3: Shake the adhesive well
Step 4: Take each piece of evergreen individually and spray with adhesive, hold it 6-8 inches away and cover evenly
Step 5: Wait until the adhesive gets slightly tacky, then press onto your glass container
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have gone all the way around the container
Step 7: Let dry for a few hours then fill with whatever you like! I chose candy canes and Christmas ornaments, but candles would be really pretty as well!

Number Two:

See how I made the candle sticks here!
What you'll need:
-Glass container ( I used an old Bath and Body Works candle jar that I cleaned out!)
-Full size peppermint candy canes
-Hot glue gun and sticks
-Red Ribbon
-Roses or some other festive flowers


Step 1: Heat up glue gun
Step 2: Trim excess plastic off of candy canes (I left the majority of the plastic on because I didn't want them to get sticky)
Step 3: Glue the candy canes around the glass container in the same direction with the curved portion at the top, continue until the entire container is covered
Step 4: Fill the container with some water and flower food
Step 5: Arrange roses or other festive arrangement until you're satisfied with the look and you're done!

Number Three:



What you'll need:
-Peppermints
-Parchment paper
-Spring form pan



Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Line the spring form pan with a layer of parchment paper
Step 3: Put a single layer of peppermints in the spring form pan, make sure there are no large gaps
Step 4: Stick it in the oven for 6-10 minutes, but make sure to watch carefully and as soon as they melt into each other completely they are done
Step 5: Let cool completely then carefully release from the pan
Step 6: Use to display cookies or other sweets! Check out this recipe!

These are so beautiful! The evergreen candle holders are great because they can be displayed even after the Holidays, the candy cane floral arrangement would be a beautiful hostess gift or a great addition to a festive holiday centerpiece and the peppermint tray is a fun addition to a dessert spread that will have people in awe!

Until next time
-Erica


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tortellini and Spinach with Butternut Squash Sauce

Hey guys sorry this post is a day late, but today I'm bringing to you another recipe! I was looking into a different way to use butternut squash and I thought this was a perfect match, make it a sauce! 


What you'll need: 
-1 cup butternut squash puree 
-1 cup(or more depending on desired consistency) of half & half
-2 cups cheese tortellini
-8oz fresh uncooked spinach
-1/4 tsp lemon pepper
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Salt
-A pinch of pepper
-1 tsp olive oil
-2 tbsp parsley 
-A pinch of paprika
-1/4 of a cup mozzarella cheese


Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degrees 
Step 2: Cut butternut squash in half and massage each half with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
Step 3: Put squash in oven safe pan cut side down and roast for 45 minutes to an hour
Step 4: When the squash is done scoop out the flesh and puree in a  blender until smooth
Step 5: Add the puree, half and half, paprika, nutmeg and some salt  to a large skillet on medium high heat and stir to combine
Step 6: Add lemon pepper seasoning a little at a time to taste
Step 7: Once the mixture comes to a boil add the spinach and turn off the heat and cover
Step 8: Start cooking your tortellini according to the package instructions
Step 9: Check on the spinach, it should be wilted give it a stir then add the cooked tortellini to the butternut squash and spinach and stir to cover the tortellini (If the sauce is too thick you can add more half & half to thin it out)
Step 10: Add more seasoning if desired 
Step 11: Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, enjoy!


Yum!


Until next time 
-Erica

Monday, November 28, 2016

Instagram Roundup!: November 2016

Hi everyone!
Today's post is an Instagram roundup. I'm taking 9 of my favorite Instagram posts from the month of November and sharing them with you guys!


From right to left.
1.) I voted! Check out my Election Day OOTD here!
2.) Zoodles! I've made these before, but this is my favorite one so far, if you'd like to see a recipe let me know in the comments!
3.) My dog being adorable, enough said.
4.) My Thanksgiving plate, check out my Thanksgiving post here!
5.) Leaf heart inspired by this post by Sarah Vickers of Classy Girls Wear Pearls
6.) My Apple Tart/Crisp, check out the recipe here!
7.) Sneak peak of my Christmas wrapping, stay tuned for an upcoming post on this!
8.) My Smart Ones WeightWatchers meal from my Influenster VoxBox, check out that post here!
9.) My Veteran's Day OOTD, wearing that poppy proudly!

Hope you guys enjoyed and if you'd like to see the other photos that didn't make the cute follow me on Instagram!


Until next time
-Erica