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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: Red Bag, Red Shoes, White Snow

*Giveaway at the end of the post.  One of my favorite things about winter is the snow, as long as I don’t have to drive in it which I absolutely hate doing. But other than that I love it, especially when it’s just below freezing and I can go out without feeling like I’m going to become an ice cube. Earlier this week we had one of those days and of course that meant I had to immediately go out and take outfit photos. While I have been working the more casual looks lately (like in my Outfit: Oversized Cardigan + Black Denim ) on that day I dressed up a bit more, although this look still falls pretty strongly into the casual look.  I’m also doing a giveaway at the end of this post to win the StyleWe bag you see. Coat – Recently I found a lot of my old winter clothes, where I’d put them away for the summer and then forgotten I’d done it, and this coat was in the with them. I’ve …

Recipe,Vegan Spanish Rice Meal

My first week back has been crazy, which makes me realize maybe my winter break wasn’t as busy as I thought it was. While I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like to I’m hoping by the end of next week I’ll have everything all together so I can get on a more consistent schedule of sharing with you guys. I have made a few great meals in the past week with my new Ozeri frying pan and wanted to share one of my recipes with you as well as give a mini review of this pan at the end of the post.  This one is mostly for Spanish Rice but in addition I shared a little bit of info on how to make the rest of the meal so it’s a complete dinner. The first step is of course putting the already cooked rice into your frying pan with a bit of vegetable oil on high on your stove top. Then add in a cup of salsa, and let this heat …

5 Tips for Working at Home

Between being a student and as a blogger I spend a lot of time working from home. I know I’m not the only one either because since the early 2000’s women working at home has been trending upward, with stay at home moms, students, freelancers and small business owners all making their homes their offices. For me personally it’s been a great experience , offering me a ton of opportunities and flexible schedule so that I can fit in working with going to school. Get Organized – For almost any activity getting organized is essential and this is especially true when you work at home. For me this means having a specific place that I do all my work, boxes where I keep my stuff and an area where I have things that are done, and have yet to be done. I even use tabs for my emails color coding them and putting them in virtual folders based on what they are. Set Time to Work – One of the big disadvantages of working from …

Cereal Lemon Bars Recipe

  Like a lot of people for the New Year one of my goals is to eat healthier, especially around breakfast, a meal I’m ashamed to admit I often forget. Eating breakfast really does get you started for the morning and while most mornings I’m happy with a bowl of cereal but to get me into the breakfast habit I had to make something that’s a little more dessert like to get me started. Since I was having a citrus taste that ended up being Cereal Lemon Bars, and they turned out so well I wanted to share the recipe. The first step was going to the store and getting the ingredients I needed. Because this recipe is fairly simple I had everything except for the lemons and the Honey Bunches of Oats® which are the main ingredients. Ingredients: 1 Stick of Butter 1/2 Bag of Honey Bunches of Oats® 4 Large lemons 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar 1 1/2 Cup Flour Salt 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest 1 1/2 cups sugar (plus extra to sprinkle on top …

An Uncommon Courtship, Book Review

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter About the Book: Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation. Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He’s free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn’t know, his dream of a marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever. Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society? About the Author: Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an …

A Cape and a Cat

While my grades aren’t in yet I’m officially done with the semester. I’m not too worried about them, because the grade book gives me a pretty good idea of what I’ll get (you can fill in if you get x grade on the final what your finished grade will be) but I’d still like them to be on the official transcript. Even without that done, I’m feeling significantly less stressed and have a bit more time, which of course meant I had to go out and take outfit photos. While it’s pretty cold where I am, the temperature  wasn’t too bad at my grandparents where I took these photos although there was a lot of rain. Cape – Whenever I look at vintage photos, I’m always interested to see what they’re wearing. One of my favorites, of outwear are the capes, so when I was given the chance to pick something out from eShakti.com I had to go with this piece. I love the double breasted style and the pocket to keep my hands warm. …

5 Task to Use a Tea Kettle

Not including to Make Tea Making Ramen Noodles – As a college student this has to be my number one use for my tea kettle. I prefer the cups to the square packets because they have all the freeze dried stuff in them! With a tea kettle once I heat up the water it’s super easy to pour it in to the ramen cup without making a big mess, something I’m otherwise prone to.  Canning Assistance – In the past you might have seen some posts of me canning things, which I of course do with a pressure cooker. However I’ve found having a tea kettle around can be a great extra tool to have. For extra water for a water bath or adding water to the jars I’ve been loving using a tea kettle. Drain Cleaning – While I don’t mind using chemical drain cleaners, I don’t think it’s that safe to be using them all the time. One alternative I use pouring hot water down the drains weekly and only using chemicals when …

The Great Good Thing, Book Review

The Great Good Thing, By Andrew Klavan A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ About the Book How did a New York–born, Jewish, former-atheist novelist and screenwriter―a winner of multiple Edgar Awards, whose books became films with Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas―find himself at the age of fifty being baptized and confessing Jesus as Lord? That’s a tale worth telling. From his childhood outside New York City, through his years as college-dropout wanderer and on to his growing success as a writer, Andrew Klavan consumed stories. From novels and plays to movies and the Bible, literature helped him interpret the world and understand his place in it. Dropping out of college to wander the country as an itinerant journalist, he met the woman who became his wife―and tales of marriage have been central to his writing ever since. Wrestling with severe depression that took him to the brink of suicide, his reading of Hamlet and even Freud became crucial life-giving supports. And lying in bed reading Patrick O’Brien’s seafaring tales, he found the courage …

Doodletopia Fairies, Book Review

*GIVEAWAY at bottom of post.  Doodletopia Fairies, by Christopher Hart DRAW, DESIGN and COLOR Your Own SUPER-MAGICAL and Beautiful Fairies  An interactive doodle book of fairies and other fantasy characters from the best-selling art instruction author whose books have sold more than six million copies, pairing illustration tips with drawing, designing, coloring, and crafting activities. For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity. After covering the basics of rendering these characters, Hart sets us loose to interact with the book’s many exercises and challenges. Pairing the informative content for which Hart is beloved with myriad opportunities for creative expression, Doodletopia: Fairies offers aspiring artists the next level of interactive art instruction. My Thoughts: Christmas is coming up which is why I was especially excited to get Doodletopia Fairies to review, because …