Hey Lovely Ladies!
When was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a good clean? I’m hoping not too long! Dirty brushes carry tons of bacteria and can cause a range of problems from break outs to infections.
I personally try to wash mine on a weekly basis. If you’re a daily makeup user and don’t want to go barefaced while your brushes dry, you can always buy an extra or travel set of your essential brushes to get you through a day or two.
There are a lot of ways to clean your brushes and products to use; to be honest, all you need is an anti-bacterial soap to get the job done. (I’ve even used hair shampoo.)
Simply dip the brush in the soap. I personally mix in coconut oil to help break the makeup down. Gently scrub the brush and rinse. THAT’S ALL!
I initially felt this post wasn’t worth making until I realized how many women do not wash their brushes regularly. If this only serves as a friendly reminder to do so, I’m completely fine with that. 😉
Until next time….
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’ve been fascinated with greenery since I moved into my apartment last Fall. In my first couples months, I looked at a hundred fake floral arrangements, succulents, trees, and could never connect with the items enough to feel happy decorating my apartment with them. I was missing the one plant I had started growing a couple years ago, but was terrified to change it’s environment after making so much progress with it. I started it in a can of water a couple years ago, then upgraded it to a small pot when roots began to develop.
To be honest, this little guy is one of my favorite apartment decorations. The first couple months I was extremely worried about leaves dying off and the lack of light in my apartment, but he’s still hanging in there today! (Letting you know now, you will definitely see me call my plants “pet” and gender names.) Seeing him continue to progress helped me build a little bit of confidence. I purchased my first bamboo and aloe vera plants at the beginning of this year. They’ve made appearances in some of my Instagram posts as well. I woke up last weekend and decided that I was ready to go all in with plant growing. I’d like to add another hobby to my list of skills and the summer sun had me itching to add more greenery to my place. I purchased several different plants and pots from Lowe’s and got right to work! As I planted each, I took a photo, jotted down the name in my notebook, then did quick research to write down a few notes on watering, sunlight, etc for each one. I’ll have to do a follow up post to show some of my progress and I’ll definitely be coming back soon with updates!
I’m extremely excited to begin learning more about plants and how to help them thrive. My dream is to one day have a garden in my yard; I think this will help me greatly with at least understanding the basics of plant care. Hoping it goes well!
Until next time…
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As many of you know, I’m always looking for quick and affordable meals that will work well with my diet as well as my busy schedule. I usually try to stay away from pasta, but I wanted to cook something out of the norm this weekend.
How did it cost?
This meal only costed around $5 to make!
Broccoli – 1lb for $1.99
Bowtie Noodles – 1 box for $1.28
Alfredo Sauce – $1.50
(If you want some meat but want to keep it affordable, maybe try a some canned chicken)
How many servings did it make?
I had one serving for dinner and was able to store 3 additional servings in my mason jars. (I tend to eat lighter lunch & dinner portions, so your ideal meal size may differ from mine.)
The meal itself is pretty simple. Choose your favorite type of noodle, boil water, then add your noodles and boil them until they become tender. (I left mine a tiny bit more firm than usual since I will be reheating the noodles later this week.)
You can make your own Alfredo sauce using a simple recipe online, or buy a jar at your local grocery store. To keep this quick and simple, I bought a jar of sauce and seasoned it with pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a dash of paprika. It turned out great!
After allowing the sauce to heat and settle, I steamed a large bowl of broccoli and added it gradually to the sauce. (I LOVE green veggies, so I added tons!)
I saved the rest of the broccoli to serve as a side for my meal.
By the time I was done with my sauce, the noodles were ready to be drained.
How did you make the jars?
I knew the sauce would get a little messy, so I decided to put it as a base in my Alfredo jars. Using a spoon that was slightly smaller than the opening of the jar, I carefully spooned in a few scoops of my sauce. Next, I added a layer of noodles. (Make sure you have a good balance between your sauce and your noodles. The noodles will be dry when reheating if there’s not enough sauce.) Finally, I used the remaining space to add as much broccoli as possible.
I left the lids off to make sure everything had a chance to cool, then sealed the jars and added them to my fridge. That’s it!
I ended up having some noodles left, so next time I think I’ll only cook half a box.
It may sound like a lot, but this was seriously a super easy and quick meal to make. My the meal was tasty and the jars are the perfect serving size for my lunches/dinners throughout the week!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’d like me to share more affordable and/or healthy meals!