99 Cent Store

99 Cent Store

So my grocery shopping routine has changed now that I am making less money than I used to. I go to the 99 Cent store first, Trader Joe’s second, and then Safeway or where ever…I’ll probably start checking Grocery Outlet soon too.

The 99 Cent Store has some awesome finds…you just have to keep checking. My favorite find so far has been a big bag of organic US grown Romaine lettuce! UGH! IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY! It was FRESH and stayed a long time – the bag had three stalks and it took time to eat up. The sell by dates my be close, but that doesn’t mean the product is bad. They seem to always have good carrots too. I’ve also picked up a big bag of fresh mint, a big box of sweet strawberries, and some celery. I’m so impressed.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m so here for eating healthy and not paying through the nose.

 

 

 

I also tried a new recipe! Broccoli, Cheddar, Quinoa Cups!

They’re easy, tasty, and portable! I saw the recipe on Facebook and couldn’t resist. The original calls for mini muffin trays, but I don’t have one so instead of “bites” I made “cups”.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/273187/baked-broccoli-cheddar-quinoa-bites/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=link_diabeticliving_recipes&utm_campaign=eatingwell_eatingwell&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=5208B1B0-6F3E-11E9-A9CF-B4F14F017A06&fbclid=IwAR1R-SLhEnoO6Unet_5iEPgIbh-qjFhrCVJUUSxQK8KhED9Hf03ZBNiSMDo

 

Mine seemed a tad under seasoned, but that could be from my lack of onion powder…I grabbed a second garlic powder when I meant to buy onion! I felt silly. Also! I buy my spices at the 99 Cent Store!

If you give these a go let me know how they turn out or if you tweaked anything!

 

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Coffeeeee

Coffeeeee

 

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So quick little note.

I have been making my own cold brew coffee because: 1. It’s expensive to buy everyday and 2. because it’s hot and I want my iced coffee rn.

It’s been fun and I really enjoy it with almond milk creamer…MMMM!!!

 

Anyways I was cleaning out the grounds and realized they were perfect for a scrub! I’ve been needing one too…

I used to make a scrub with coffee grounds and olive oil all the time, but its been a hot minute. This time I didn’t add anything – I just took the coarse grounds and let them stay cold. Woo! That felt so good on my hot and tired face!

I highly recommend trying this!

 

 

NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

NorCal Beauty Expo 2019

Hey guys!

So Facebook suggested an event for me a few weeks ago and all I did was click “interested” and move on. The closer it came to time the more I saw it pop up: The NorCal Beauty Expo at the Win- River Casino. Lucky for me that is only a few miles down the road! And it was free to enter and walk around. Also air conditioning.. its so hot here and my apartment gets pretty toasty.

I debated going this morning because I was feeling pretty lazy, but one of my girlfriends encouraged me to get out.

I’m glad I did. It was an enjoyable experience. The venue was small and there weren’t a million vendors, but it was plenty busy and lots to see. There were classes you could attend if you were a professional and a hair show. The only expo I have been to is the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim and its HUGE. (if you get a chance to attend…DO IT, it is amazing and like Disneyland for health…plus BAGS of samples) Its in the same place they hold NAMM. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. In reality it was similar just tiny in comparison. I got a swag bag as I entered (a reusable bag with the casino spa logo and a magazine and flyer) and I picked up cards and samples as I wandered. Mostly it was local business repping the brands they sell or services they offer. It was a great way to meet people and see who is who in the local salons. I’m new to town so I have no idea where to go for hair and nails.

 

I tried Bang energy for the first time at the vitamin booth… Unicorn whatever tastes gross, but I’m on board with energy that isn’t full of garbage. Well the woman said its not, but I’ll have to do more research. I played in some cheap jewelry and spoke with a woman about eyelash extensions. I found a hair care line I would like to try when money isn’t so tight, (I say this and I totally ended up buying something at another booth *insert eyeroll). The line is called Monat and Stephanie who was telling me about it was just lovely. They aren’t made with a lot of garbage ingredients and they have different things to fulfill all the different needs. Fingers crossed I win the giveaway haha

If anyone has tried it or uses it let me know! I would love to hear what you think.

I stumbled upon a local small business started by a mom and daughter called Siren. Everything is made with organic ingredients, its vegan, and food grade. The line is small with only four products, but they’re pretty awesome. There are three different scrubs and one bath salt. Y’all… they not only smell amazing, but the scrub works. She did one had and used a rose to wipe the scrub off (YES IT WAS A GODDESS EXPERIENCE THANK YOU MA’AM) which left my hand visibly brighter and healthier feeling and looking. I was sold. I’m a weak human. Anyways they had a pretty good deal running for the expo so I picked up the Rise scrub and the Restore salts. http://www.sirenscrub.com

They all smelled amazing, but I decided with summer coming I wanted the invigorating peppermint.

expo purchase

I picked up some sampled from the Rodan + Fields girl.. these people made Proactive. They have since sold that line and are now pursuing new skincare lines. I don’t really have an opinion on them since I haven’t used them yet nor am I up whats in them. But I’m here to try it out!

proactive people

Glowing seemed to be a theme because I picked up another skincare sample set with a similar name haha

sample

I know nothing about this one and I also have no opinion. They are having a nice Mother’s Day facial special so…maybe I’ll treat my stepmom haha

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I’ll let y’all know what I think of the samples soon!

I had a really fun time and I look forward to popping in next year.

 

 

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I need a beauty fix

I need a beauty fix

Heeeyyyy guys

So I’m on an extreme budget now. Like I don’t know how I’m gonna make it budget.

I don’t say this to be a downer haha I know it’ll work out, but I’m not able to really purchase new products at the moment. I NEED MY BEAUTY FIX *insert crying face*

I did give in and buy another bottle of Elf foundation – I’m out and need to cover my now acne covered face…I also need to lay off the dairy. Plus I’m sweating and wearing a lot of sunscreen so….my skin is pissed.

But that’s only $6 so I guess it’s not too bad. I also splurged and grabbed a $1.97 que bella, peel off, face mask. It’s currently drying on my face. I like their masks even if they aren’t the best things in the world I could be putting on my face.

I ran out of my Fourth Ray clear skin toner stuff so I took my giant bottle of witch hazel that my step-mom “gifted” me. And dumped it and some essential oils into a the old Fourth Ray bottle. Gotta do what ya gotta do.

I’m rationing my face oil too.

Ok now real question! What face wash do y’all recommend? I am almost out and I will need to replace it soonish. I need one that will wash makeup off and be gentle and cruelty free! I’m open to suggestions! Pleeeeeaaassseeee

Check out my reaction to the face mask on my instagram story! @katiedidit26

There will be peeling off sounds! haha

Moved

Moved

Hey! I’m alive!

Job – check!

Apartment- check!

Yay!

It’s super cute and I’m so happy to have my own space!

It’s been crazy, but I’m happy it happened and is over haha

I’ve been struggling with acne lately. Not sure how much is: cheese, stress, hormones, or my face wash… I’ve been trying to be careful about dairy, but I’ve definitely had come pizza… I’ve also been a stressed. I stopped using my Fourth Ray cleaning gel and just use the toner, oil, and cream… I don’t know why, but I felt like the gel might be a factor. It’s gotten a little bette, but with all that’s going on it’s hard to tell what’s causing it. Anyways I’m always learning and figuring out how to care for my body haha

I’ll try and get my hands into something new soon! I’m itching to snatch up some new cosmetics!

Mini Update

Mini Update

HEEEELLLOOOOOOO!!!!

Sorry I’ve been neglectful. I finally got a job offer and am now scrambling to get a place to live since it requires moving. I’m super excited, but also terrified hahaha

OK, so I’ll be a little in and out here because of this, but I’ll try not to fall off the face of the earth.

I went ahead and tried to apply the ELF foundation, I purchased previously, with a foundation brush. I have not had great luck in the past with using a brush – Kat Von D was really hard for me to get in with a brush and the Fenty I think I was too afraid to go for it with one. Don’t yell at me about Kat Von D…..I had no idea there was so much BS flying around her. AND her products have seemed pretty solid *insert shrug here* I actually never go into the companies and back stories of makeup before…I just took joy in trying new stuff. Of course now that I am older I actually try and pay attention.

The ELF foundation applied SO well with a brush. I used a BH Cosmetics foundation brush I’ve had for some time. I was wary cause the brush seemed small, but no problem at all. So that is another plus in the ELF bank. It is a little sheer though BUT that could also be because I don’t use a ton and I might have a shade too light/pink. I’m 26 and STILL trying to figure out how to pick a foundation shade haha

ALSO! Thank you all so much for reading 🙂

 

Health Check In

Health Check In

Hey hey! So I’ve been pretty stressed and depressed lately, but I’ve not let that derail me from eating well. I’ve also started exercising again.

I think this has helped me get out of my funk… Life has been odd and I’m a sensitive person haha

I know I’m not doing it perfect, but I’m trying to be more balanced.

I’ve cut back on coffee (I drink it black).

I cut out sugar, dairy, most meat, and bread. I eat a lot of yams, eggs, and veggies. My body is pretty happy haha I drink a lot of peppermint tea, hot water and lemon, and just plain old water. On occasion some almond milk. I like to treat myself to bubbly waters, kombucha, and cold pressed juices 🙂

I do some gentle yoga, band work, and walk/ play ball with my dog. I eat meals based on the amount of exercise too. On the weekend I have a treat and I don’t feel sick after now because I’m not over indulging.

Life in general has improved. My clothes fit better and people are seeing a difference. Which is neat because I haven weighed myself in months… I’m gauging it simply by how I feel and how my clothes fit and not getting in a trap of “what does the scale say????” I get discouraged quickly that way.

Anyways I’m trying to take control of my life and it’s working. I read things that feed my inner man and I feed my physical man sunshine and raw veggies.

My whole self is improving 🙂 It really is a mind over matter battle and you have to take it one day at a time. I’ve done this before and I know I can do it again… and maintain. It’s important to me to get healthy and stay healthy.