Author: Hanna

Quick and Easy Naan Recipe

I’ve been a bit MIA here for awhile, typically school stuff, but I had to share a recipe with you guys. As you might already know I’m a little obsessed with making my own breads, primarily using a bread machine, which makes it a whole lot easier but I’ve found something even easier, making naan. I actually eat a lot of this Persian / Indian bread so much so that it’s on the weekly grocery store list. However I didn’t have any idea how easy it was to make until seeing a video where a group of men were using an steel drum to do it on a desert camping trip. I figured if they did it then I could too, and I didn’t even need to turn on my grill to get it done. Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups of water 2 Teaspoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 1/3 cups of flour (plus extra) Butter to fry The first step is putting the sugar and yeast in a …

Review: PMD Microderm Device + Skincare

Over a year ago I was given the opportunity to try out the PMD Personal Microderm Device and while I was really excited to do so, the device didn’t work for me. It didn’t just not work, but left marks on my face that didn’t go away for a few days (pretty embarrassing). You can see the whole review HERE at my first PMD Personal Microderm Device Review. I was pretty disappointed that with all the hype my device didn’t work, but was impressed that the company didn’t send me a request (I get these occasionally and don’t comply) to take it down even though the product had been a PR sample. I was even more impressed when I learned that they were updating their product and I was being sent this new Microderm Device to test out as well as a few of the PMD skincare essentials. After keeping it around for a few months I finally got over my fear and decided to try it. I’m so glad I did because my opinion on …

St. Patrick’s Day Outfit + Makeup Inspiration

*Giveaway at Bottom of Post March 17 is the day of the death of St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Of course in for hundreds of years this day has been marked with a feast, but now, especially in the United States it’s better known as St. Party’s Day, and since this year March 17 falls on a Friday this is even more true. In celebration of the upcoming day, I wanted to share a little bit of outfit inspiration. While the day is about having a good time, I did keep it pretty conservative, as well as being super comfortable. Dress- Okay I really wanted the main piece of this outfit to be green, but while searching I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find a dress. Almost every green dress seemed to either be extremely ill fitting, or a bridesmaid dress until I came upon this piece. It’s a simple shift dress with a cute key hole back. Clutch – Although it isn’t technically related whenever I think of St. Patrick’s …

Outfit: Prayer Beads + Thursday Fashion Files

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files! Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us. We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven’t signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE. We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board. We will be pinning our top two picks -along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board! While I would normally reserve today’s outfit for a #fitnessfriday post I thought I might as well share it a day early. Last week was crazy, between schoolwork, quizzes and a test I was pretty much away from all forms of social media. Since spring break is officially starting Monday (although I don’t have Friday classes so I get to a little early), I’m hoping that in addition to relaxing a little I can get caught up. …

DIY Button Jewelry

When I share do it yourself projects with you guys, they’re almost always sewing, and very occasionally woodworking related but today I have something a little different for you guys. DIY Button Jewelry. While in the past I’ve been a big fan of the typical expensive jewelry I’ve been slowly shifting to more meaningful pieces, and actually have been loving tacky pieces and when I thought of doing a DIY (because it’s been awhile, this was the first thing that came to mind. The supplies to make this are easy to find, and pretty cheap, and as for the buttons you are almost guaranteed to find a collection at a relative’s house like I did. And the time to make them is really fast, so lets start with the earrings. The first step is picking out the buttons you want to use. For the first pair of earrings I went with a purple/blue color scheme but for the second I went with a singular color. I then took an earring hook, and hooked a jump …

The Dumpling Galaxy, Book Review

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook, by Helen You About the Book: “Flushing jiaozi master Helen You’s guide to what many consider the best shuijiao (or boiled Chinese dumplings) in town.” [New York magazine]   From the restaurant where adventurous foodies get the freshest dumplings in New York City, comes the ultimate Chinese cookbook with 60 recipes for classic and unexpected dumplings and dim sum-like side dishes. New York Times critic Pete Wells calls Helen You “a kind of genius for creating miniature worlds of flavor” and, indeed her recipes redefine the dumpling: Lamb and Green Squash with Sichuan pepper; Spicy Shrimp and Celery; Wood Ear Mushroom and Cabbage; and desserts such as Sweet Pumpkin and Black Sesame Tang Yuan. With information on the elements of a great dumpling, stunning photography, and detailed instructions for folding and cooking dumplings, this cookbook is a jumping-off point for creating your own galaxy of flavors. My Thoughts: I love cooking, especially foods that are a little out of my comfort zone, so of course I love cookbooks. That meant as soon as I saw The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook being offered …

BoxedWingman Unboxing + Review

  Like a lot of people I absolutely love subscription boxes. I’ve tried everything from food subscription boxes (check out my Hello Fresh review) to lifestyle boxes like Popsugar’s Must Have Boxes, but had never tried a date night box. Actually until this year I’d never heard of having a subscription box for dates, but for the past month or so this company BoxedWingman seemed to be sponsoring all of my favorite Instagram influencers, one of which was giving away 100 free boxes to their followers, which I couldn’t pass up. The first thing I didn’t like when I went to the site is that you couldn’t see previous months’ boxes to get a feel of what was going to be in your box, but since I thought I was getting a free box, it didn’t really matter. Unfortunately the box wasn’t free as I had to pay $6 for shipping (which I didn’t realize until after I’d submitted my order) but I wasn’t too concerned as that’s still pretty cheap for a subscription box. While …

Casual Vintage Nautical Outfit Inspiration

I know I’ve said this before but the weather has been so weird! Yesterday was t-shirt, and shorts kind of weather and this morning there was some snow on the ground. So while this outfit isn’t currently weather appropriate I thought I should just go ahead and share the inspiration anyways. For this look I wanted to combine the nautical style that’s always in for summer with a more vintage feel to keep the outfit from being cookie cutter. Of course it’s still modest and feminine! Top – The main piece of this outfit is the gorgeous long sleeve shirt. It has small sailor stripes Pants – I’m obsessed with high waisted denim so of course that’s what I paired this shirt with. The medium wash and light destroy on this pair make it perfect for keeping the outfit casual. I’ve also been really into cuffed trousers so I picked denim that had that. Sunglasses – Round sunglasses look great with vintage outfits so I had to add a pair to this look. I went …

Outfit: A Tassel Scarf with Denim

Today’s outfit of the day which you might have already seen on my Instagram if you follow me there. The weather has been so strange this winter, jumping from warm and sunny to below freezing and snowing without any warning in between. Of course I’m loving the warm days, and full of complaints when the cooler weather is around. Luckily today was one of those warmer days, unlike yesterday which was a pretty cold Valentine’s Day. Jacket – This is just a basic denim jacket, that’s sort of a staple in my wardrobe. I normally wear it with yoga pants and a tank top, for one of those lazy class days. Today I paired it with a simple black racerback tank. Jeans – Black denim is one of those things that I love. This pair is from Abercrombie and has a higher waist which I’m always a fan of. Shoes – Although it was a little warm to be wearing lined boots, I had to do it because winter is about the only time I …

We Stood Upon Stars, Book Review

We Stood Upon Stars, by Roger W. Thompson About the Book: We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance. Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while knowing there is something more. You’ll find some of life’s best moments waiting for you over a campfire, on a river—even in that coffee shop or brewery you didn’t know you’d discover along the way. It’s time to begin the search. In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America’s open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections. From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for. My Thoughts: As you might be …