Thursday, April 17, 2014

Roasted baby artichokes - Recipe

Spring has sprung!  Though the 30 degree weather and hail we had just the other day certainly confuses things.  Anyways, with Spring comes yummy vegetables, and what's better (or cuter) than baby artichokes?  But how to cook them?  Easy:  roast 'em.

Preheat your oven to 350
Peal the tough outer leaves until you hit the softer, more yellow colored ones, cut off the stems and tops, and then halve them
Toss with extra virgin olive oil, (kosher) salt and pepper
Put them in the oven on a sheet tray for 25-30 mins

Just a few things:
These suckers start turning brown the second you cut them in half.  Toss them with lemon first (which will give them great flavor too!) and it should stop the process if it offends you visually
Make sure you do a good job of trimming, because those outer leaves are tough! 

Serve with melted butter, aioli, or whatever dipping sauce you want.  They come out so tender!  Great for an Easter side dish too :-) 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Makeup tip!

So I saw this tip from Goss Makeup Artist, and I did it and it worked, so I wanted to share with you guys.  I have some fine lines under and around my eyes.  And when I put concealer under my eyes, it tends to settle in those lines (no matter what kind I'm using). 

So per his suggestion, I used a ton of eye cream, and then used an eye shadow primer, and then used the concealer.  And I have to say it worked really well!

I used this from Urban Decay (work it in well because it's shimmery).  And have also used this from NYX in the color Skin Tone. 

This goes well with suggestions from this Frugal Friday post.  Too bad I didn't know this tip then, I would have included it! 

I love Wayne Goss, he's so sweet and his videos and reviews are very instructional.  Check him out! 
Monday, April 7, 2014

Banana Bread (amazing what a good oven can do...)

So I'm not a big baker.  Mostly because my old oven sucked and wouldn't heat evenly.  So everything I tried came out poorly (including a Thanksgiving turkey that was raw on the inside.  Still blaming the oven for that one).  But I recently got a new oven, and have cooked some savory dishes in there, but tried actually baking something for the first time this weekend. 

I had a bunch of ripe bananas that needed to be used, so banana bread got made.  I used this recipe from the Food Network, and the only thing I changed was using 4 bananas instead of 3.  (I think I've posted a banana bread recipe on here before, but it was baked using the old oven so I'm pretending it doesn't count). 

I took it out of the oven at 1 hour and 9 minutes and it was perfect.  Toothpick inserted and all. 

It was yummy with my coffee this morning, let me tell you.  I don't think I'm going to become this master baker now, but at least I know that if an opportunity arises, so will my bread. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Style me Tuesday - Tribal prints II

Riffing off of Allison's post regarding tribal print sweaters, I decided to get a little tribal in my life with this outfit:

I could not get my smile right, so I took a selfie instead :)
Photo credit to my co-worker Lyndsay
Pants are burgundy colored from Old Navy: Similar
Shoes: Similar
I can NOT find this online, but this is similar without the print.  I just bought it too!
I like mixing black & white with some color, and I wear these burgundy jeans all the time. 

Show us your tribal prints!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Online couponing!

We're always looking for a great way to save some pennies here on ILYSB, and what better way then by couponing.  But who wants to sit there with the weekly ads and literally cut coupons to bring with you (if you remember that is!).  Ever thought of online couponing?  It's the perfect way to save money on the products you use all the time, without having to leave your house.  There are sites like that feature coupon codes for literally thousands of online stores. Coohpons makes online couponing simple! You just go to Coohpons and then search coupon codes for stores where you want to make a purchase.

I've talked about ELF Cosmetic products before here on the blog.  I use the small stippling brush every single day to apply my under eye concealer, and the facial whip is a great highlighter.  These are products aren't super expensive to begin with but purchasing them using ELF Cosmetics coupons through Coohpons it is even less!  What's better than that?

**This is a sponsored post but all opinions are ours

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Style Me Tuesday: Polka Dots and Cobalt Blue

      Blazer: Amazon                       Top:Kohl's -Similar
Pants: Victoria's Secret            Shoes: Nine West
I love the color combination of cobalt blue and black.  The blue contrasts nicely with the black.  The polka dots add some visual interest to the outfit without overwhelming it.  It is simple but not boring. Plus, I just love polka dots. Don't you?

I had been on the hunt for a Cobalt Blue Blazer for awhile before pulling the trigger on this one from Amazon. I had been eyeing this one from Banana Republic but the price tag was too steep for me.  I was also considering this navy colored one from Forever 21

Behind the Scenes
My husband has commandeered my tripod so Bailey, my 4 year old, was taking the pictures.  She was very serious about her job and took tons of photos! Blake photo bombed a few of the pictures and then Bailey told us to make our grumpy faces.  So here is the result :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Healthy Chicken and Hummus Lunch Wrap

One of my favorite things to eat for lunch is this Chicken and Hummus Wrap.

I use a 100% Whole Wheat Wrap, 2 tbsp Hummus, handful of Spinach, 1/2 of a chopped green apple and a baked chicken breast with a little pepper.

In January, I started eating "clean" using the principles of Clean Eating.  I absolutely love the way I've been feeling and I'm seeing results as well. Goodbye maternity clothes!! Clean eating is about avoiding over processed and refined food, avoiding chemicals, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, eating 5 to 6 meals a day, and eating a balance of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats at each meal. For more information about Clean Eating check out The Gracious Pantry or Clean Eating Magazine.

TIP: The easiest way to make sure breads, wraps, tortillas and pastas is 100% Whole Grain is to look for this 100% Whole Grains Council Stamp.

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day recipes

Here is a round up of recipes for this upcoming St. Patrick's day.  Yum!

Corned Beef and Balsamic glazed Cabbage from The Pioneer Woman

Corned Beef Hash (for the left overs) found here on Epicurious

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie from Martha Stewart

Guinness and Onion Soup with Irish Cheddar Crouton from Michael Chiarello found on Cooking Channel

Chocolate Guinness Cake from Nigella Lawson

Luck of the Irish Whiskey Cocktail from Alie and Georgia found on Cooking Channel

Enjoy and have a happy & safe St. Patrick's Day! 

Photo courtesy of Google Images
Friday, March 7, 2014

Frugal Friday - using the makeup you already have in different ways

So I watched this video by Tanya Burr, who I listed in this post, and it was her spring makeup look.  What I really liked about it was that she used matte bronzer for her eye shadow base, and face illuminizer (or whatever you want to call it) for shimmer over top.  They are products that I already had in my makeup collection, and I never would have thought to use them that way.  Below is my version (I can't draw with a liquid liner, so I just softly lined the top lash line with black kohl eyeliner) and loads of mascara. I don't think this picture does it justice, but the illuminzer just gives the eyes a shimmer, without it being super in your face.  Obviously she puts on a lot more makeup, but just keep building with the colors if you want a bolder look.  I wore this to work and didn't feel overly made up at all.  I listed all the products and brushes I used on my face:

MAC Face & Body foundation in N2, applied with a Real Techniques Buffing brush-far right brush in picture
MAC Pro Long Wear concealer in NC15 underneath the eyes, using an ELF stippling brush
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder in Transparent underneath the eyes to set concealer, applied with a Real Techniques contour brush-far left brush in picture
Too Faced Matte Bronzer applied all over the lid below the brow bone with a Sigma Blending E25 brush
MAC Mineralized skin finisher in Soft and Gentle (the one I have is super old and discontinued, but this is pretty close)applied all over the lid but below the brow bone with the same Sigma blending brush (though I don't think it was the best brush to use.  A fluffier brush would have been better)
Venus from the Naked Basics palette under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye to highlight, applied with a brush like this (I can't tell brand of the one I have)
Nyx Noir Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara on top and bottom lashes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light applied all over the face using Real Techniques Powder Brush
Another trick is to use blushes as eye shadows, and if they are cream based, used on the lips as well.  And in reverse, you can use lipsticks as blushes and eye shadows.  You can also use highlighting eye shadows (like the Venus one I used) to highlight your cheeks. 

Show us your look if you tried it out! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blogs I read

So...we've been slacking a bit on the blog here.  It's hard to find things to write about so often, ya know?  We definitely need to be more organized and plan out our posts so we don't go days without writing about something.  While we're looking for some inspiration, I wanted to share a few of the blogs that I read that keep me entertained:

Manger - Mimi Thorisson-So this woman...I can't even explain about her.  I came across her blog in Bon Appetite magazine, and I've been hooked ever since.  I follow her on Instagram as well because her pictures are gorgeous.  Her whole life is gorgeous.  She is about to have her 5th child I think, lives in Medoc, France, and just wrote her first cookbook.  Her posts are so exquisitely written, but it doesn't compare to the pictures.  It doesn't hurt that her husband is a professional photographer, but really, does it matter?  She's a former journalist who's lived in London, Paris and Hong Kong, and she's living the most beautiful life.  Le sigh...I can't even explain to you how envious of I am of her.  I mean, look at her:

The Love List - Jess Graves-This woman is a great writer, and I appreciate that immensely.  She's in her late 20s, and is a director of an outdoor mall (think The Grove in L.A.-but in Atlanta).  She has great style and does cool things.  She's perpetually single and is looking for a good relationship while balancing that with being a successful business woman.  Plus she created a drinking game to The Barefoot Contessa.  She's in aces in my book for that alone.  She's posts about art, music, dating, and shopping.  A great little blog.

The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond-I've written about her before and use her recipes all the time, but if you haven't checked out her blog yet, please do!  Especially her Confessions part, where she writes about life on the ranch, her love of all things Real Housewives, and jowls.  Trust me, you'll want to read it.  Apart from the blog, she's written cookbooks, children's books, and a fiction novel as well. 

Classy Girls Wear Pearls - Sarah Vickers - so there is not a lot of substance to this blog, meaning she doesn't write detailed posts about her life, this one is all about the clothes.  She's part of Kiel James Patrick, that creates handmade fashions from Rhode Island. Their stuff is really nice and mostly nautical themed. This blog is just about her personal fashion, and she will give links to what she's wearing.  She is the ideal preppy New Englander, but I love it.  She's very young, but is managing a successful business and just got engaged to her partner.  What a life!  She's adorbs.

Notice a trend here, people?  These are all strong, beautiful, successful woman!  These are the blogs that I go to time and time again to be entertained, learn how to cook something, or where to get some cool threads.  I follow all of them on social media as well.  Happy reading!