So I just found my new throw-in-your-purse snack and I must say I am pretty pleased. I have been searching for something I can take with me that also tastes good for those random days when I need something to eat.
I also wanted something I could maybe leave in the car without it becoming a horrible mess in the heat.
Normally I do not like granola bars because they tend to be dry and hard but these KIND bars are anything but! I also find granola to taste dry and chalky but these bars taste awesome.
I bought a pack of the Oats and Honey flavor on a whim and I must say I was hooked from the first bite. The texture is a bit different from other granola bars I have tried in the past, with more of a quinoa look to the bars with little bits of oats.
About a week later I tried the Salted Caramel flavor but I must say I was not impressed by that one. I thought it would taste more like salt or caramel but there was not really much taste going on. I think I will stick to the Oats and Honey one, because the flavor is noticeable, but not overpowering.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
I have been wondering when the best time to apply a facial mask would be. I am sure many of you wonder the same thing and a search of the internet shows people are clearly divided.
Some people think you should apply a mask before you clean your face and others believe you should apply the mask after you clean.
Those in the Mask First-Wash Second camp say you should apply the mask first because then your cleansing routine will wash off all traces of the mask.
Those in the Wash First- Mask Second camp say you should apply the mask to clean skin so it can have the full effect.
I personally believe in Wash First-Mask Second because I agree that the mask needs to sit on your clean skin to give the most benefit.
Personally I am currently using the Freeman Pineapple enzyme mask which is also a mild exfoliator. I wash my face with my cleanser first and then when the skin is nice and clean I will apply the mask in a circular motion.
I then let it sit for about 7 minutes so it can dry a little...then moisten my fingers and resume the circular scrubbing motion before washing off.
How do you apply your mask?
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I just bought a new purse and I love it even though I have not used it yet. I am all about saving money where I can and I know that sometimes low priced means you get low quality as well.
However there are some times you can get good or even great quality for a low price. I bought a purse that cost less than $20 because I had a very good experience with the brand in the past.
I actually got it in tan but I cannot find a good image of the tan one so this will have to do. At less than $20 this bag is surprisingly sturdy. It is quite roomy, without being too large and I think the silver hardware lends an air of elegance that you just do not get with gold hardware.
It has three compartments and the two outer ones have a magnetic button, while the middle uses a zipper. My only complaint is that the middle compartment only has one zippered pocket on the inside, while my favorite purse has a zippered pocket, two medium open pockets and one small open pocket on the inside. Having that many inner pockets makes it easy to keep your purse organized because you can have a designated area for each thing.
I will use this purse as a going out/church purse and probably not for school because of the small number of pockets. I like having a separate pocket for pens, pencils, flash drives, and other school related items and this just will not work. In fact I may have to use individual pouches to get everything organized when using this purse. That may actually be a better choice as it makes switching purses easier.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
I have been using a food tracking app on my phone to track my calorie intake for the day. If an item has a bar code I can scan it and the app usually picks up the right number of calories.
In some cases I have to manually enter the number of calories e.g. when I combine ingredients. I have been making a tuna paste with mayo recently and I was entering the right number of calories....but I was eating the wrong portion size.
I usually make the paste with a large can of tuna and that gives 5 servings. I started making it with a smaller can but I was using one fourth of the paste for a sandwich because off the top of my mind I remember seeing something about one fourth.
The crazy thing is the small can is TWO servings..so I was eating half the number of calories but logging the full amount.
I guess that is okay and it balances out because there are some other things where I do not eat exactly the serving size I needed.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015
I realize it has been a LONG time since I posted about my dark armpits but that was really because I had just given up on them ever looking nice again. I have tried so many different things but have not seen any results and some products made them worse!!!
Some products made me itch and burn, and some even caused rashes and bumps.
I was so frustrated that I really felt like nothing would ever work. I am currently trying out two products, one on the left armpit and one on the right, to see if I can tell any difference.
I am pleased to report that I think ONE of them is working. I know the pictures are not very clear but I really think the stuff is working in the right armpit.
Here is the left. As you can see the armpit skin is darker than the rest of my skin.
Here is the right. I know there is not much difference but I think in this image the dark patches are not as dark as the left side.
I have been using these two products for the same amount of time and following the same regimen. I use antiperspirant during the day after my morning shower, then use only the product on separate armpits after my nightly shower.
I am no longer waxing my armpits. Instead I use an epilator to remove the hair..it hurts a lot but it is worth it think because it removes more than shaving and it hurts me less than waxing.
I think the skin on the right side looks a little more even and less blotchy but I also think the dark patches are getting smaller as well as getting lighter.
If you look at the left side, the black mess is just one giant solid area but with the right side you can see the lighter lines where there are armpit creases.
I will keep up for another month, since it has only been about 3 weeks since I started these new products. I will then post more pictures for comparison. Wish me luck!
What do you think? Do you think the product is working in the right armpit?
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I have been on a roller coaster with trying to lose weight and become healthy and then falling off that bandwagon every time.
I recently tried a new app called PACT to help with my weight loss. It was recommended by a friend and I tried it out because it holds you accountable to a group of people. I did not know there was free version so I signed up where I would have to pay if I did not complete my goals.
My friend later told me I could have signed up on a trial basis to not have to pay if I did not meet my goals but I had already made the commitment and wanted to go through with it.
So my PACT goals are to:
-log my meals for three days a week and
-log 10, 000 steps for one day a week.
I found the food goal easy because I was already logging my meals with MyFitness app. I have a Jawbone UP and that logs my steps as well and I figured I would go with one day per week because I know how difficult it is for me to get those steps.
I would have to pay $5 for every day that I miss and I gain a few cents for every day that I make the goal. The amount is determined by the people who miss their goals for the day and the amount is split among those who do make it.
Recently I have been walking about a half mile to the church near my place and then walking back for a total of a little over one mile every morning. It was easy to do this because we were on break but now that classes have started back I am not sure how many days I will be able to do this in the morning.
In any case I have that PACT app reminding me to get my goals done for the week because I really do not want to pay any money!!!
How are you keeping up with your goals?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Today I wanted to chat about something we all do but people don't really talk about.
I have a basic shower routine that I do every morning and night and then I add a little extra on weekends and special occasions. I will include a few images with links to the products that I use so you can order them online if you wish as well.
So just to confirm, I do shower twice a day unless I am sick on a weekend or something. You all know I sweat a lot and I was trained to not leave the house in the morning without taking a shower. I also feel it is most important to shower at night because then you are washing all the nastiness of the day off your body.
Even if you don't sweat a lot, during the day you come into contact with dirt, dust, and pollution and I feel you should shower at night to get rid of that and go to sleep clean in your bed.
I do sweat at night sometimes so I will take a quick shower in the morning to feel refreshed.
Basic daily shower
So for my basic shower I really use three products. I use one for my face and two for my body.
For my body I prefer a simple soap and I mostly use Ivory soap. I love Ivory and have been using it for YEARS because it works with my skin. It has a light scent and is gentle on my skin so it is my go to for soap.
I use Ivory with a wash rag to wash away the grime of the day and sometimes that is all I do.The next part of my shower is to use body wash with a shower pouf. I normally like the more rough textured shower pouf because I feel like they exfoliate better.
This is not the actual one I use currently but I could not find a link to it.
I use any shower gel I like because it is just to add a little scent. I use one shower gel or body wash until I run out and don't always match my shower product to my lotion.
Right now I am using a vanilla scented body wash/shower gel combo and it works well on my skin.
In the morning I usually just have a quick rinse because I already showered the night before. For the quick rinse I will normally just use one product instead of the two I used for the Basic daily shower above. Normally I will use only the shower pouf and shower gel but if I feel like I sweated a lot that previous night I will use soap and the wash rag.
Special occasion/Weekend extras
On the weekends I will take a little more time in the shower. I will go ahead and do the first step of the basic daily shower, which is to use the soap and wash rag. I will then use a scrub to exfoliate and what I am LOVING right now is the Brazilian Nut sugar scrub from Tree Hut.
It smells sooooo good I could almost eat it. This is one of the best scrubs I have ever used and I really love sugar scrubs because they are so gentle on the skin. This has a deep sort of coffee, vanilla scent to it and I feel it energizes me if I use it in the morning but is versatile enough to calm me when I use it at night.
So those are the products I use in the shower and I know they may not work for everyone but they work for me.
Share your shower routine in the comments below!