How to: Keep Your Hair Fresh Between Washes!

Hey guys! Welcome back- today I wanted to chat about something I feel very passionate about….. washing your hair as little as possible. I was once one of “those people” who washed their hair every. single. day. My hair had zero body to it and I was applying heat to it everyday to style it therefore it would never grow because of how dead it was. I always felt that I had to because of how oily it would be the following morning but about 2 years ago that I was going to bite the bullet and try this whole not washing your hair every day thing.

It took a little trial and error and some getting used to but now I can up to 4-5 days in between washes! It was all about finding the right products and having the patience to let your hair’s ~oilyness~ get used to not being washed out everyday.

My hair now grows very rapidly because I do not have to apply heat every day to it (mostly just touch up’s about every other day). Also– it has body!!! My flimsy thin hair actually has body!! Here are a few products that have transformed my hair and allowed it be washed as little as possible:

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https://www.ulta.com/dry-shampoo?productId=xlsImpprod2040049
https://www.amazon.com/Batiste-Shampoo-Original-Fragrance-Count/dp/B01CYDXMSW/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=batiste&qid=1561483855&s=gateway&sr=8-3
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DRY SHAMPOO. Batiste has been a definite favorite and really the only way I would be able to get away with not washing for more than a day. I have found that the OG is my favorite but I have tried tropical (too scented), fresh (liked this but harder to find on sale), and divine dark (like this because of the lack of white cast but it does not clean as well and the color gets… everywhere). The white cast was one of the areas that I had to get used to but I honestly think that it has been easier to manage. Maybe my hair is getting used to it or I know how to blend it in easier, either way I have not found it to be a problem. I will say that I do prefer the Moroccan Oil dark tones dry shampoo more but the price is not quite worth it when Batiste does a very similar job.
The 6.73 oz goes for $8.99 but I do see it on sale for by one get one half off on Ulta and Amazon has a pack of three for $16.22- which is an amazing deal.
In conjunction- The Moroccan Oil dry shampoo goes for $26 pretty much across the board and I rarely see it on sale. Therefore- for me- it is an easy decision to go for Batiste.

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https://www.sephora.com/product/dont-despair-repair-deep-conditioning-mask-P388628?icid2=products%20grid:p388628:product
https://www.sephora.com/product/scalp-revival-charcoal-coconut-oil-micro-exfoliating-shampoo-P418507?icid2=products%20grid:p418507:product
Next up: Hair masks and a good shampoo. Hair masks- especially the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair mask have been hair changing. I use this once a week instead of conditioner and my hair feels soft for days. It is definitely pricey… I do tend to wait until I see a coupon code for 30% off to buy off of the Briogeo website or wait until there is a sale and I will buy the value packs. Aside from that- it is a hair investment for sure! The Briogeo Charcoal shampoo is also amazing. It doesn’t suds up like a normal shampoo so I will usually mix half of the charcoal shampoo with a normal shampoo and start with the roots and then move to the ends. I find that this still does a good job at extracting the oils and product built up in my roots and it tends to make the charcoal shampoo last a little longer. I will usually use this shampoo once a week. I am currently out and waiting for a sale to repurchase because I am missing it!


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https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/marc-anthony-true-professional-hydrating-coconut-oil-%26-shea-butter-oil-treatment/ID=prod6250554-product
Hair oils! This is a newer part of my hair routine (about 6 months in) but now I feel that it is essential. I will typically use the argan oil after I wash my hair and I will put it in while it is damp. The Argan oil smells amazing and it is really does my the ends of my hair silky and soft. One complaint is I don’t love the spray nozzle on this, it can be messy and I prefer a cap that I can put a few drops in my hand and apply it on my hair.
The Marc Anthony coconut oil smells AMAZING. Like a tropical holiday. I will use this oil in between washes when I feel that my hair is starting to feel dry and it needs a refresher. I do have a deluxe sample of the Moroccan Oil hair oil that I am going to use when I finish the Marc Anthony but I will likely repurchase the Marc Anthony Oil when I am in need of another oil.

Lastly- I will spray perfume samples occasionally in my hair to spruce it up. I will typically use a perfume that I like but do not love as a way to use it up but not have to force myself to wear it as a regular perfume. I have found that this is a way to use up my samples and keep my hair smelling great for as long as I need.

Here are all of my tips and tricks for keeping my hair feeling clean and looking clean for extended periods of time. It also has allowed me to use way less heat on my hair (I haven’t blow dryed my hair in over a year) therefore making it much healthier! If you have struggled to fall into the “don’t wash your hair everyday” trend, try these tips and see if they work for you too! Until next time.

XO
Jess

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June 2019 Boxycharm Unboxing

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Another month, another boxycharm! It is such a treat to get my boxycharm every month. I have thought about discontinuing my membership but I can’t get myself to do it. I look forward to it every month, it has four-five full size products for only $21, and i have found some favorites from boxes! It has also cut down my spending on makeup. I haven’t bought an eyeshadow palette in over a year- crazy! With how good of deal it is and how much I enjoy it- I can’t give it up.

This month I was a little nervous to see what I would get after seeing some of the sneak peeks. There are a few variations each month and it is just a toss up on what you get. I will say- I am VERY happy with my box this month. One of my favorite boxes I have gotten!


1. First up is the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Cheek Palette V3 ($45). WOWOW! I am so excited to play with this baby. I have the Pro Glow Palette with the cream bronzer in it and I do enjoy it but I am very excited to play with these blushes. This was a win considering the other option was a Tarte eyeshadow palette and I am not a HUGE fan of their eye shadow formula.

2. Next is the Touch and Sol No Poreblem Prime Essence ($23). I am very intrigued by this product. In Kathleen Lights unboxing she used this as a primer but on the packaging it says it can also be used as skincare. I will definitely have to play around with this guy- I am looking forward to it.

3. Onto the Dominique Cosmetics lipgloss in Peach Tea ($17). Ummmm this is so beautiful. The packaging is stunning and the gloss looks beautiful. I have been recently very into gloss so this product will be a wonderful addition to my gloss collection.

4. Next is Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream ($25). I have not heard of this company before but this product just sounds lovely. It seems to be a cleanser that can be used everyday. I do have a few other cleansers that I need to work through before I open this one so it will be a few months but look forward to seeing this in my empties and I will give a little review!

5. Lastly is the Dirty Little Secret lip liner in the shade Rosie Posie ($15). I also did see on Kathleen’s unboxing that she did not like this liner at all so I do not have the highest hopes for this product but I am definitely going to give it a chance. If this is the only dud in the box, I still think this box is a winner.

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Overall this box is worth $125 and we only pay $21!! It can’t be beat! Looking forward to July already. Until next time.

XO
Jess

True Crime Podcast Recommendations!

My job as a nanny requires a lot of driving. I take the kids to school, run errands, and take them to all of there various after school activities. I mean seriously these kids have a way busier schedule than I do and they are 6. With all of that driving I have a lot of down time. Very quickly I got sick of listening to the same music all of the time so I turned to podcasts! I first got recommendations for true crime podcasts from one of my favorite youtubers- Nicole Cutler. I have always been totally obsessed with Cops (bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do), How to Catch a Predator, and all of those amazing shows on a&e like “Killer Kids” and “Moms Who Kill”. It’s the best. True crime podcasts were very clearly an easy avenue to go down.

I want to share with you my favorites! The ones I am fully up-to-date on or have completely finished along with a few that I have my eye on to check out next.

1. Serial
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Ahhhhh Serial. My first love. This podcast was a recommendation from Nicole Cutler and Oh My God it is so addictive. I finished the first season in days. I do have to say that the first season was my favorite but season two and season three are also very interesting. The first season follows Adnan Syed and the murder of Hae Min Lee. Sarah Koenig is the host and she does an amazing job investigating the story. Season two and season three take a completely different focus but it still falls under the true crime umbrella. Highly recommend!

2. Criminal
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Out of all of the podcasts that I am recommending, this is the one that I think most people would enjoy. My boyfriend is not into murder quite as much as me (that was a weird sentence) but he does like this podcast! It is fairly short episodes running between 20-40 minutes and each episode follows a different subject. The host, Phoebe Judge has the most soothing and lovely voice that anything she says– I am totally into. The most recent episodes have followed prostitution, being a high end escort, and the very famous Bunny Ranch. There are so many episodes to choose from I really do not think you will be disappointed. I personally have listened to all of them and I still can’t get enough.

3. My Favorite Murder
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Hello my name is Jessie and I am a murderino. I am totally obsessed. I even went to see them live this past Halloween and it was such a fun experience. This podcast has turned into way more than a podcast. It is a little murderino community making people like me feel less weird about being into true crime. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are funny and relatable and real. They just recently came out with their own podcast network, Exactly Right, and their own book, Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered. Yes I did buy the book, I will update you in a future post with a mini review! My Favorite Murder is more of a storytime, casual chat type of podcast- not so much investigative. I think it is great though, definitely would recommend but I know it is not for everyone.

4. The Murder Squad
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The Murder Squad is a new podcast on the Exactly Right Network! It is hosted by Billy Jensen and Paul Holes. Paul Holes is the cold case investigator who along with many other investigators brought down the Golden State Killer (!!!!) When I heard that Paul was going to be hosting this podcast- I was already sold. It has not disappointed either! It takes a look at cases that are partially solved but have elements such as the identification of the victims that are still missing. Very very interesting and interactive podcast.

5. Ear Hustle
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Ear Hustle takes you inside the San Quentin Prison to learn about prison life. It is hosted by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. Earlonne was actually an inmate at San Quentin and his sentence was recently commuted after serving 21 years in prison. There was a long delay during season three and season four but they just came back and Earlonne is still a host but he is now going to be interviewing people on their lives after prison. I just listened to the first episode of the fourth season this week and I am very excited for what is to come.

6. The Last Days of August
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Oh boy. This one was a doozy. The Last Days of August was another podcast that I finished in a week. It takes an investigated look at the death of August Ames, a pornstar who committed suicide at age 24. The host, Jon Ronson talks to family, friends, and coworkers of August to try and discover what drove August to this point. August had so much depth and layers to her and that made this podcast take many unexpected turns.

There are my podcast recommendations to add onto your lists. My “to listen to” list is as follows: Crime Junkie, Female Criminals, and Up and Vanished. Are there any others I should add onto my list?

It is funny as I have been writing in my blog the past few weeks how many different topics I have covered. When people used to ask me what my hobbies are or what I like to do in my spare time; in my head I would think, “Uhh is wine a hobby??”. No Jess, wine is not a hobby therefore I wouldn’t know how to answer. I now see I actually do have a lot of hobbies! And if I do say so myself, they are pretty great. Until next time.

XO
Jess

May 2019 Empties!

Happy June 1st everyone! May definitely felt like a long month to me. There were also quite a few birthdays in May in my family so there was a lot of celebrating (and money spending) that happened this month. My sister turned 20 this month- finally not a teen! SO weird! We did a day trip to Catalina Island to celebrate her birthday and we had the best time. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and I forgot how beautiful it is.


It was also my boyfriends birthday this month! We had a three day celebration filled with all of his favorite things: boxing, drinks, shopping, and food. He was very satisfied. Along with all of those birthdays there was also mother’s day and memorial day! Busy busy busy! And it does not look like June is going to be any slower!
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Along with all of the craziness of the month I actually managed to move through quite a few products! I did not take photos of all of my empties for the month but I will insert a photo of the product if I did not take a picture of my own.

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Does anyone else have an obscene amount of chapstick!? I honestly don’t even know where most of them have came from! My goal for this year is to focus on the chapsticks that I have and move them out of my collection. Especially because I am very picky about chapsticks. The blistex chapstick was ok. I don’t think I will repurchase it but I was fine using it. I only had about half left in it so I went through it fairly quickly.

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I have had this Pur lip scrub in my collection for over a year! I got it in a boxycharm in February 2018 and I have finally finished it. Most of the time I just forgot that it existed. Once I started to incorporate it in my face mask routine I moved through it in about 2 months. I did enjoy this lip scrub but I didn’t love it. It didn’t have quite enough scrub to it and it felt a little oily after I removed it.

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I loved this cleanser! I have heard of it from a bunch of beauty youtubers and I was really excited to try it. My boss is an avid sephora shopper and she never uses her samples so she always gives them to me! This was a deluxe size sample and I do have a backup deluxe size sample of this same cleanser. The first 2 or 3 times I was unsure about it but the more I used the more I enjoyed it. It is very gentle but I do feel clean after using it but not as though my skin is completely stripped of all its natural oils. I definitely would consider purchasing the full size during a sale in the future but right now I do have a handful of cleansers to move through before that happens.

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This Amore Pacifica Essence was another sample that my boss gave me. I used it 2-3 times a week for about 2 months and I am not sure it did anything (both good and bad). To be perfectly honest I’m not sure what an essence even does! I will not be purchasing a full size of this item or probably any essence!

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I finished three perfume samples this month! I only took a picture of the Clinique Happy sample and that was the most recent one that I finished. I did not love this scent- a little too mature for me and not my favorite. I do have another Clinique Happy sample but I am going to give it to my mom along with a few others that are not my style of fragrance. The other two that I finished were Gucci Bamboo and Viva La Juicy. I enjoyed both of these! Viva la Juicy was a little too sweet but I did enjoy it. Gucci Bamboo was so so lovely, I would definitely consider purchasing it in the future once I move through some of my other perfumes.

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I did finish a small size of the Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo. I love this shampoo. I have used an entire 8 oz before and I will definitely be repurchasing sometime in the near future. I use this shampoo once a week and I feel like it does a great job of getting all the excess dry shampoo out of my hair from the week. I only wash my hair twice a week (one day using a regular shampoo) so I need a shampoo to do a really good job removing product out of my scalp. Definitely worth the price but holy moly it is expensive so I am going to hold off until a sale.


Mac Strobe Cream (full size). I actually had to cut this product in half to dig out the rest and it lasted me another month! I repotted it in a Milani lip treatment container that is the perfect size for these situations. I have had this primer in my collection for probably 5 years. I know. It’s terrible. The smell, color, and consistency never changed and it never broke me out so I think it’s fine. Anyway- I love this primer. I think it is very moisturizing and it gives a nice sheen to the skin. I do have a small size of this primer that I will be opening after I move through some other primers first.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Small size). I also had to cut this item in half and dig out the rest. This one only lasted about two weeks after that. I have mixed feelings about this product. While I definitely will never purchase this myself and I did not love it; I did find a way for this to work for me and I was able to use it up. The only way that I liked this primer was when I warmed it between my fingers and then really massaged it into my t-zone. Even then I do not think it helped with the longevity of my makeup and I am already seeing a big difference with a different pore filling primer that I am currently using. Overall- I didn’t love it and I am happy I used it up and it is out of my collection.

Well I think that it is it for the month of May! I am happy with what I have finished up this month- especially the primers. I am super close to finishing up a few other products so I have a feeling that June is going to be a big empties month as well. Until next time.

XO
Jess

Bathing suit haul! Target and Nordstom!

Because June is just a few days away I took it upon myself to do a bathing suit refresh. Living in southern california you put a lot of wear on bathing suits. Also, my parents just moved to Lake Arrowhead last summer so I was there every weekend on the boat, in the jacuzzi, and wake boarding. I also found a new love for one piece bathing suits, who knew they were so cute!? And functional! I can actually jump in the lake without having to worry too much about the girls popping out!

I am pretty good about controlling my spending habits when it comes to clothes shopping, most of the time I can control myself. Apparently except for last week when I bought four bathing suits (face palm). In my defense I will only be keeping three and the ones I am keeping are seriously adorable.

I saw that Nordstrom was having a sale so I put in an online order and bought two bathing suits and a wallet! I have had my current wallet for 6 years and it has seen better days. I have actually used that thing to death and it was time to get a new one. The one that I bought is a little big for my current purse but it will be perfect in the fall time when I use a larger bag for student teaching. Aside from the wallet I did buy two bathing suits! They both caught my eye and I figured what ever did not work I will just return so there is no harm in buying both!


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The wallet is from Sole Society and I paid $14.96 for it. Not bad right?! And it feels like it will hold up well too. I will definitely be keeping this guy. It does look like it is sold out right now but if it comes back in stock I do recommend snagging it up.

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This bathing suit is from Trina Turk and I paid $79.20 for it. I know I know that is pretty high for a basic black bathing suit but I was looking for a quality staple piece that I will use for years and I really love this one! Also the original price was $132 so I think I got a great deal on it! I love that it cuts higher on the leg and the material is ridiculous comfortable. I also think this one is out of stock but I do recommend it if you are looking for a high quality and adorable bathing suit! Oh and I got a size 6!

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This bathing suit is from The Bikini Lab and I paid $38.40 for it (Size Medium). Annnnnnd I will be returning it! I love how it laces up on the sides and how low it cuts in the back but the straps cut way too low in the front, my boobies were one move from popping out! Also it fits way boxier than I like. Definitely not my favorite! It looks like it is currently in stock but I wouldn’t waste your money.

After I made that purchase I happened to go to target the next day and I made my way through the bathing suit isle. Side note– is it just me or is target really stepping up their clothes game?! I was seriously impressed! I tried on 4 bathing suits all in size medium and I actually like all of them! I wound up with two though because I knew I just made that Nordstrom purchase and I needed to practice some sort of self control.

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This bathing suit is xhilaration and I paid $29.99 for it. One of my favorite colors to wear is olive green so I was immediately attracted to this bathing suit and it did not disappoint. I love how you can adjust how high the leg is with the ties on the side and I love the back! This one was my favorite of the two I got from target, in fact I already wore it over the weekend!

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This bathing suit is also xhilaration and is also $29.99. I love the crochet detail on this suit. It makes a basic black bathing suit super cute and fun for the summer. I also love the strappy detail on the back!

Both of the target bathing suits are still in stock but honestly there are so many cute and affordable bathing suits at target you really can’t go wrong with any of them!

I think I may be good on bathing suits now for the year after this haul! I will keep you guys updated if any others sneak into my collection. Until next time.

XO

Jess

Hi- I’m back now. (Life Update)

Hi guys!

Remember how I said until next time and then I never came back?? Yeah that happened- oops. Well now I am back! And actually hoping I will stick around a bit longer than I had before!

Just to start this off why don’t we start with a life update since it has been almost 2 years…..

-Remember how I said I had a good lead on a new nanny job that is in the same city that I live in??? Well, I got the job and I am still with the same family! Now as with most jobs there are positives and negatives but I must say this has been one of the best jobs I have ever had. But just to give you an idea of what I am dealing with I will give you a quick list of positives and negatives. Positive #1: My job allows for a lot of independence during the day when the kiddos are at school. Positive #2: I have the same schedule every week and I get off work at 11am on Friday (HALLELUJAH PRAISE JESUS) Positive #3: I have benefits friends!!! From a nanny job! Paid vacation days and paid holidays yes baby!! Positive #4: The family is pretty great and I feel comfortable in their home. Ok now for the good ol’ negatives. Negative #1: The kids are twins….. must I say more. Negative #2: They do not get along very often and are complete opposites. Fun. Aside from those details though, this is a great job so I will miss it when I am gone which will not be long from now because…. duh duh duh duh…..
-I am student teaching in the Fall!! Woohooo!! It is crazy but I am actually done with all of my masters and credentials courses and my last step in my program is to student teach! All of my tests are completed now aside from the RICA which to be honest I do not even want to think about right now so I will file that away in the “Think about in 3 months” folder. I am very excited to finally student teach but I am also incredibly nervous because I have not spent too much time inside a classroom and the internship is completely unpaid so ya girl has been saving.
-My boyfriend and I are still in the same condo that we were in before and are still very obsessed with where we live- maybe even more so. I do feel in a bit of a home decor rut right now so in future posts I can talk about areas in our home I want to redo and some inspo along with areas I have redone recently that I am obsessed with.

Oh and fun fact- my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary in a few weeks! It is crazy that all that time has passed so quickly. Does anyone have any anniversary date ideas?? I haven’t even thought about it yet and I need some ideas friends!

I think that will be all for now. I have a post coming soon on one of my favorite hobbies as of late- project panning! Until next time.

XO

Jess

Recipe Roundup!

The past two weeks I have been *pretty* good about cooking at home. There were definitely a few days of going out to restaurants for date nights but aside from that I have been trying a few new recipes and have found some winners that I’m excited to share with you!

For the most part, I eat the same breakfast and the same lunch every. single. day. I am a creature of habit and that is what I like to do. For dinners I do like to shake it up. My boyfriend is the complete opposite of me and the guy likes variety. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes so it is a win-win when I have more time to cook in the evenings.

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Skillet Chicken in Balsamic Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce


This is a dish I have made many times- enough times that I don’t even look at the recipe anymore because I know it so well. If you love onions and balsamic vinegar then you will be obsessed. I also made mashed potatoes and asparagus to go with it and it is delicious- especially when eaten together. I am the type of eater where I love to eat all of the elements of a dish in one bite. Is anyone else like that or do you prefer eating everything separate?
Overall I highly recommend this recipe for a quick dinner that also saves well for leftovers.


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This is another recipe that I have made a few times before and it is so amazing, especially if you love spicy! Which I do! Whatever I am eating I will add red pepper flakes, tapatio, or sriracha. I can’t help it- it’s who I am as a person.
Back to the pasta- it is so good. It was the first time in at least 6 months that I made it and oh boy it hit the spot.
I prefer to eat this pasta the day of; mostly because the texture of shrimp changes when it is heated up the following day.

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This honey mustard chicken recipe was new to me! My boyfriend and I are big dijon mustard people so anytime that we can incorporate mustard into dinner then we are in. And this recipe was really good! I don’t know if it will be a favorite but I will definitely make it again. There is a different mustard chicken recipe that we eat more frequently and I do have to say that I prefer it over the new recipe we tried. I will link that one below. Also I made brown rice and broccoli to go with- once again all the elements taste great together.

Chicken with Mustard

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creamy cajun linguine : a small batch recipe for two.


Ok. Out of all of the meals I have made the past two weeks- this one was the best by far. I don’t work with cajun seasoning very often because I do find it to be overpowering but for some reason it just worked with this dish! We also added shrimp and chicken to go along with the linguine. My boyfriend will hyperventilate if there is not a protein with a meal. Anyway- this was so yummy and the recipe was for two people so it worked great between the two of us!

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Last up is a classic chicken fried rice! I don’t have an exact recipe for this meal because most of the time I will make this when I have a bunch of veggies and protein I need to use up. In this case I used 2 chicken thighs, half a red onion, carrots, broccoli, and then avocado and green onion to top it off. In addition I put sesame oil, ponzu, soy sauce, and hoison. And obviously sriracha after I took the photo. This is a super easy recipe and perfect to finish some things off in the fridge.

The rest of my week I am working like crazy so I probably won’t have the chance to cook again until the weekend so I am glad that I did well earlier in the week. I would say that this was a successful round of recipes that I went through! I am looking forward to trying more out next week! Until next time.

XO
Jess

Marshalls and Target Haul!

I know what you are thinking– Didn’t you just post a haul Jess?! Yes, yes I did. But I went shopping with my sister on Saturday for a baby shower gift for a shower that is coming up this weekend and once I was out shopping already…. it was hard not to pick up a few things for myself.

I did have pretty good self control at Target; I only grabbed what I needed for the baby shower gift (one item from the registry and then a ton of cute clothes). Side note: baby clothes shopping may be one of my favorite things to do. Every thing is so tiny and adorable I love it. The only item I picked up for myself was a new front door mat. We still had our door mat with pumpkins on it from the fall time and I figured it was about time to pick up a more appropriate one for the time of year.

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I loved the pineapple on this mat I thought it was super cute and fun for the summer. I got it for $14.99- pretty average price for a door mat. Also my boyfriend wanted to make an appearance so he snuck his shoe in the shot. We were on our way out to dinner to one of our favorite Italian restaurants in our area. It is called Luciana’s and it is in Dana Point. It is the cutest place and the food and wine is great.
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Key lime cheesecake?! Count me in.

Back to the haul! After Target we made our way to Marshalls and found way too many goodies.
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First up I got this pillow spray from La Lune in the scent Lunar Lavender. I mostly got it because it says Lunar and that is one of my kitties names and I could not resist. Also the scent is very pleasant and light. It definitely isn’t the strongest scent and does not have the best lasting power but I do like it and I have been using it frequently on my couch pillows and our comforter to freshen it up. It also was only $3.99!!
I also grabbed bath salts by Livegreen in the scent tea tree and mint for $4.99. The scent is incredible- super fresh and smells like I spent the day at the spa. I love taking baths, I take them at least 2-3 times a week to decompress with a face mask and youtube videos. I thought this would be great for days that I am sore from working out. I have not used this one yet but I will this week and I am looking forward to it.
I also grabbed a candle because I love candles and I couldn’t help myself. This one is from DW Home in the scent Santal Musk and it was only $2.99!!! It is a tiny little thing but I thought it would look perfect on my entry way table along with a few other decor pieces. I love the scent- you definitely can smell the ‘musk’ and it is a little masculine but in a fresh and cozy way. I have not lit it yet but I am looking forward to it! I have a few candles from this brand I enjoy all of them.
Those were the only 3 items I was going to purchase until I got to the line where they have all the good stuff.


The first item I had to grab in line was this coffee cup! It was only $2.99! I am a big coffee and tea drinker and I love to enjoy my beverages in cute cups so this purchase was a no brainer.
I also found an ABH liquid lipstick in the shade Hudson. I got it for $7.99! I have never tried the ABH formula so I am looking forward to it. I have heard it is pretty drying but I think it will look nice with a gloss over it.
Lastly I grabbed Fancy by Jessica Simpson- I have had this perfume off and on since I was in high school. I haven’t had it in my perfume collection for a few months and I have missed it. When I saw it in line I had to grab it- only $14.99!

That’s it for the haul! I spent plenty of money on Saturday so on Sunday we just took it easy and spent the day at the beach in Oceanside. It was pretty chilly but it was fun to spend time with friends and family for the day!
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That’s all for today. Until next time.

XO
Jess

New obsession: Project Pan

Hi my name is Jessie and I am a makeup addict…..

No seriously though, who else started watching makeup youtube videos and then incessantly began buying enough makeup for a small city? Just me? Okay probably for the best. I actually do blame my sister for my obsession though, she is a terrible influence on my wallet. There was a few years where I was buying makeup so often that all of a sudden I have a collection way larger than I could ever need. It doesn’t help that I signed up for Boxycharm a few years ago too and honestly I do not see myself ending the subscription any time soon because it is such a good deal and such a fun little present to myself every month. $21 for 4-5 full size products every month?! So so good. There are the occasional duds every so often but for the most part I have found some favorites and I love to find uses for products that I would never buy myself.

About 6 months ago I began to feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of makeup I had just sitting in my collection. I also do not wear makeup very often during the week due to my early work schedule so that did not help at all. So I have all this makeup just sitting in my drawers collecting dust and I was totally sick of it. I started by trying to only use the oldest products in my collection but that did not work because all of my other products were almost untouched. I then found a new (to me) makeup trend on youtube- project pan and shop my stash. For the first time in a long time I was excited by my collection again. I love “shopping my stash” every few weeks to pull products that haven’t seen the light of day in months and finding favorites again. I now go through my collection once a month and switch out products to only focus on for that month. It has really helped me become comfortable with different formulas and discover what I did not need any more of in my collection.

At the beginning of May I became so extreme about it that I have started to record how often I was using each product in my makeup box for the month as well as goals for how many times I wanted to use it that month. I have used lipsticks that have only been used once or twice in the year or two that I have had them (ugh). I have actually started to work through some products that I have had for a while as well and start to minimize my collection (slightly- let’s be real I still have an obnoxious amount of makeup).

Once May is over I will update you on my progress and give mini-reviews on any empties that I have for the month— I finished a primer this month wooohooo! One that I have had in my collection for probably 3 or 4 years now. I know there is a big project pan community out there so I am hoping to see other’s progress as well for motivation! I know I will never have a small collection but I do want to have a more curated collection with products that I absolutely love.

Until next time.

XO

Jess

Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette

Ok guys, I fell off the blog bandwagon and haven’t made a new post in forever (aka only 6 days but I feel bad still). I do have a good excuse I promise! This week was crazy AF and I am so happy it is Friday so I can rejuvenate over the weekend. First, I got fired from my nanny job— kind of at least. The two and a half year old that I nanny for is starting preschool in the fall full-time so I am “no longer needed”. I am not going to lie, I was bummed at first because I love the little girl so much and we have a close bond but… I was also very relieved. I have been frustrated lately with my job because of how often they were taking time off and I was missing work therefore rent money. When my boss told me I immediately re-downloaded my care.com app and starting firing off messages one by one to potential jobs. The only problem was that they still want me to be their nanny until June so although I know I should just take a new job as soon as I find it, I do want to try to make it work for everyone. That happened on Monday and now it is Friday and I have a good lead on a job that starts in July and is in my city! Keep your fingers crossed and send all your good vibes my way that this works out. I had a phone interview already and we have a in person meeting in a week or so, don’t worry I will keep you guys updated.

So while all that craziness was going on- my Carli Bybel palette that I preordered came in! My sister bought the original and I loved it and almost bought it when I saw it was at Ulta but then Carli Bybel said she was working on a deluxe edition and I decided to wait on it. I am so glad I did because the deluxe edition is way better.

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Oh, look how pretty she is. The shadows are incredibly soft. If you love warm shadows and mauve shadows like I do then you will absolutely love it. Especially for the price, I mean $19.50 are you serious?!

My boyfriend even saw it when I opened it and was like, “Woah how much did you spend on that one?!” He was totally shocked (and super relieved) that it was as cheap as it is. He also helped me take photos of the swatches!

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Highlights—
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I’ve only had a chance to play with it once because I don’t really wear makeup to work but I can’t wait for date night this weekend to really try this baby out.

Tonight my girlfriend is coming over to pop a bottle of wine (or two) and she is going to tell me some of her crazy tinder dates she has had the past few weeks. I am scared.

Until next time.

XO

Jess