Friday, August 26, 2016

Gearing Up For A No Spend September Challenge

I'm gearing up for a no spend September challenge. I saw a few Dave Ramsey Youtubers mention a "No Spend September" challenge and thought it would be interesting to try. I remember I did something similar in university, I challenged myself not to buy anything for a month. I'm interested in this challenge, because it would help me get back into not going to stores on my lunch break, not browse so much and get away from online shopping. It would also allow me to read on my lunch, blog a bit more and figure out other things I want to do. I will still be allowed to buy essentials, such as groceries but not allow me to go to a restaurant to pick up my lunch. It has to be essential for me to buy it. Initially, when I saw The Former Mrs Jones' video on Youtube, I thought it would be fun but hard and I didn't think I would want to do it. /However, I changed my mind. I think it'll be fun, and definitely something I can do. I'll blog about the challenge and my progress.

Here is the video from The Former Mrs Jones.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Morphe 12S and 12NB Palettes

Confession: I'm an eyeshadow junkie. I love neutral palettes, and I love palettes that you can pick up and know that they will work for you every, single, time...

I purchased the 12NB palette first. I wanted to try Morphe products and thought this would be a good place to start. It's a great palette for travel, and neutral. This quickly become one of the palettes always on my vanity. It's a great companion palette, and a great everyday palette. The mattes are great, the shimmers are nice but not metallic. Looking at this palette online, I thought the orange would be more "orange" but it's more of a brownish/orange color.

I purchased the 12S palette, I was really happy that I decided to order it. These shades are metallic, and amazing! These are great all over the lid shades for me.

Dimensions of Palettes:
Length: 3 3/4"
Width:4 3/4"
Thickness: 1/2"

Number of Pans: 12
Pan Size:1" x 1"

I purchased these through Orabel since I'm in Canada. The shipping is very reasonable, and VERY fast.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kobo Aura One

I'm so excited that Kobo has launched a new ereader. I've been using Kobo Readers for about 5 or more years. I've had the Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Vox, kobo Mini, Kobo Aura and the Kobo H20. It's safe to say that I really do enjoy Kobo's ereaders. All of my purchased books are through Kobo. I'm excited to test this one out. If you're looking for a new ereader, check this one out!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Making Bread Dough in a Bread Maker

I love making bread, but my time is pretty limited. I pulled out my bread maker, and started playing around with bread recipes. I was never happy with the bread that came out of my bread maker. It was too dense, and I didn't like the shape. I started making the dough in my bread maker, and baking it in the oven and it was so much better!

I start off with proofing my yeast.

I add:

1 1/4 cup of warm water
2 1/4 tsp of bread machine yeast
3 tbsp of sugar
(wait 10 minutes)

After 10 minutes, It'll look foamy

At this point, I add:

3 cups of flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of shortening

I put the machine of dough, and let it cycle. In the end it rises, and looks like this:

I take it out, knead it down and flour it. When there is no more stickiness, I shape them into two balls,  put them in a greased pan and cover. Let it rise for 30 mins or until it doubles in size.

Baked at 350 degrees for 30 mins. 

All in all, it sounds time consuming, but I really don't mind doing it. The bread tastes so good, and the machine does most of the work.

Once it's out of the oven, I put it on a rack to cool and lightly butter the crust.

Monday, July 25, 2016

What I'm Reading, What I Recently Read

My Thoughts:

I started Reading Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman, and I'm so far I'm really enjoying it. I haven't been reading as much as usual and I have been pretty laid back about my reading. I have read Wildflower Hill and really liked, so I wanted to try this one. I was a little worried that I wouldn't like the two story lines/time frames but it doesn't seem to be a problem. I'm entertained by both main characters.


From the author of Wildflower Hill, this breathtaking novel travels more than a century between two love stories set in the Australian seaside town of Lighthouse Bay.

In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne, who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. This gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family. But whom can she trust in Lighthouse Bay?

Fast-forward to 2011: after losing her lover, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay, hoping to gain some perspective and grieve her recent loss. Libby also attempts to reconcile with her sister, Juliet, to whom she hasn’t spoken in twenty years. Libby did something so unforgivable, Juliet is unsure if she can ever trust her sister again.

In these two adventurous love stories, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future. The answers they seek lie in Lighthouse Bay.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

My Thoughts: 
While I was on vacation, I picked up Vampire Academy. It was on my ereader for years, I decided to try it. It was a good read, but it didn't hold my attention as much as I wanted it to. I do think it's a good start to the series, and I'm hoping to like the second book even more. I thought the background information, and the character building was interesting. Richelle Mead was really good at building the world, but I felt like there wasn't alot of action. I'm sure it's because it's the first book in the series, and there's a lot of world building happening. I haven't read any Vampire or YA books in awhile, and I would like to try an "adult" vampire series. If you have any recommendations, let me know. 



Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morphe 350 Purchasing in Canada through Orabel

I've been wanting to try Morphe (Morphe Brushes) products for a long time but the shipping costs, duties and exchange rate really discouraged me. I thought I wouldn't end up getting this palette, because the cost couldn't be justified. I could buy a higher end palette instead. I found on Instagram and realized it was a Canadian retailer that sold Morphe. I was so happy when I saw the 35o, and the shipping rate was only 5.99$. Yes, I paid more for the palette but it came out cheaper in the end.

I was really happy with the palette, it's not amazing quality but I will get alot of use out of it. The shimmer shades are great! I really wanted to play around with warmer colors, and this palette really worked out well for me. I will definitely buy from Orabel again. I received a 10% off when I subscribed to their newsletter. Shipping literally took less than 24 hours, because we're in the same city. I think I will buy the new Frost palette next.

Isn't this palette beautiful?? I find the quality very comparable to Makeup Revolution which is a favorite brand of mine.

If you would like to see more makeup hauls, I do have an instagram with just my makeup pictures.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Giving up the pacifier (Toddler Edition)

I struggled with deciding on when to have Caleb stop using his pacifier. He's two and a half and doesn't sleep through the night. I didn't really have any intention of taking them away, until we went to the dentist and he told us they had to go. Caleb was starting to have an open bite. I did not know where to go from there. The dentist told us to ask the pharmacist for something that would make his pacifiers taste bad. I thought about it, and decided I would try it. My pharmacist recommended putting a tiny, TINY amount of Nail Biting Formula. She said as long as he was over 30 months, we could use this.

So, we put it on his pacifier, tasted it ourselves, and realized how disgusting it was. We put an even smaller amount on next time. I also washed it, to make it not taste SO bad. We told Caleb his "Licky" turned bad because they were too old. He tried a few of them and spit them out. The first week was hard. I supplied a "bad" pacifier to daycare and we would give it to him, if he asked. The first 4 nights were the hardest, Caleb would wake up every hour asking for his pacifier. The 5th night, he was waking up every 20 mins, and I absolutely caved and gave him a "good" one. We all needed a night of sleep, we were exhausted. I felt like such a failure and definitely thought we would have to start over the next night. Surprisingly, he was fine and went to bed without it. The next couple days were much easier, and if I asked him if he wanted one, he would just say "No, they're yucky." Each day got better and better, and now he doesn't really ask for them. Every once in awhile he'll ask in the middle of the night, but I tell him they taste bad, and he doesn't ask again. 

I really think if we took them away completely, and just said "no, you can't have it." We wouldn't have been successful. I think we would have just given them back to him. This way, we weren't saying "No," we were letting him have them but he didn't want to put them in his mouth. Some nights he would just hold on to them. The first week was the hardest, and the night I caved... I felt so horrible but it turned out alright. It didn't set us back, and we were able to move forward. I really think he was over tired, and he needed that one decent night of sleep. I do recommend using the Nail Biting formula, check with your pharmacist before using it yourself. Now...we need to work on potty training, because Caleb isn't that interested.