Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thrifting Thursday: Big Lots & Beauty

I recently made a trip to my local discount haven, Big Lots, to pick up a few things. While perusing the makeup section, I noticed a few bins placed haphazardly on the bottom shelf. Upon closer inspection, I found a veritable cornucopia of brands, colors & products, all mixed together.

Now, while one person may look at this & think, "I'm not sticking my hands in that", I looked at it and thought, "CHALLENGE!"

A nightmare to some; A treasure trove to others.

While digging through the mix of truly terrible colors & semi-opened lipsticks, I happened to find a few choice products. I've never seen either of these nail polish brands at Big Lots, but they had a pretty nice selection of colors from both. If I were you, if you love a color that you come across, get a backup. Big Lots often gets products that are being discontinued, so you may not be able to find that same product ever again.  Each bottle was priced at $1.50. 

Sinful Colors Professional 

Sephora by OPI 

I picked up this lovely orangy-red Revlon nail polish that I've been wearing for the past few days. It wears pretty well with minimal chipping with a base & top coat. For $1.25, I'm a happy camper!

Revlon Brilliant Strength in Inflame

Despite what you might think, you can find some amazing deals & products at Big Lots. Just like thrifting, sometimes it takes multiple visits & some digging, but when you find something great, you feel like you've struck gold! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adventure Afternoon with Hugo

Yesterday afternoon I took my nephew, Hugo, out in downtown Greeley so that his mama could get some gardening done without his cuteness distracting her every five seconds. Hugo's starting to really notice things & recognize people, so walking with him is actually pretty entertaining for both of us.

I am reminded daily how blessed I am to call this little peanut my nephew & to live so close to my brother & sister. Walking to the local comic shop or stopping by the library may not seem like a big deal, but it kind of is.

I don't ever want to take those little things for granted.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Munchy Monday: March Gourmet Supper Club

I have mentioned the Gourmet Supper Club here before. We were way overdue for a meeting (having pushed it back in November, January & February) so we set the date for March & started planning.

Rick & I have been wanting to try our hand at Japanese Ramen for years & this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Little did we know that the Shoyu Ramen recipe from Bon Appetit magazine would be a three day ramen adventure that we wouldn't soon forget!

The other members in the group were tasked with making a appetizer, dessert & alcoholic beverage.

Ramen Day 1

*We also made a kelp-water mixture that we had to soak at room temperature overnight & a soy sauce/rice vinegar/sake sauce that had to mingle in the fridge....but I didn't take a picture.

Quick-pickled Radish

Ramen Day 2 


Marinated 7 Minute Eggs 

Ramen Day 3

Table Setting 

Supper Club

Hand-Rolled Sushi Rolls

Hand-rolled Sushi Rolls

Finished Ramen

Mochi (complete with homemade bean paste)

Green Tea & Mochi


Plum Wine

We had a wonderful evening full of amazing food, drink & most importantly, great company. I can't wait to see what the next hosts come up with!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Polishing off the Week: Spring Edition

It's almost flip flop season around here & I'm already contemplating the current state of my winter Hobbit-feet. As the weather warms up, I starting to daydream about spring colors for my finger & toenails.

And remember that just because it's spring time, it doesn't mean you have to stick to muted colors or pastels. I love a bright yellow polish or a purply gray.

Polish off the Week: Spring Edition

What's your favorite springtime nail polish?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. I'm Re-Watching Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre-

And I still love it. My husband thinks it's creepy.  Go figure. 


2. Ah, Starbucks.....

Ever wonder why they can never get your name right?

3. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson-

Since I first heard about it, I have always wanted to do Roller Derby. Several years ago, Greeley got our very first roller derby league & I wanted in. I went to the introductory meeting, saw my ex & heard that you needed insurance to participate. I walked out of the meeting before it even finished. I was defeated & I have always sort of kicked myself for not trying harder to make a go of it. 

I really wish Victoria Jamieson's graphic novel Roller Girl had been around when I was 13. If you like Roller Derby, strong female role models or well-written children's books, you're going to want to check this one out! 


4. This Amazing Sister Duo Mashup-

5. This Dino Dress-


Happy Friday, Friends! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day Playlist: Slainte


Saint Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays & has always been big in my family. I know that it's often seen as mostly an American creation & can seem like an excuse to get wasted, but I still love that once a year I can dress up in green, make Irish (sometime Irish-American) food, pour a tall glass of Guinness & contemplate a part of my heritage that I often feel very removed from. Tonight, while I'm enjoying a pint & some live Irish music at a local teahouse, I can think about the stories my grandmother Marguerite used to tell me when I was a child about her mother, Margaret (Maggie) Gallagher, who hailed from Ireland. I can feel close to a woman who I never met. Great-grandma Maggie always seemed larger than life to me, but on a day like today, I can believe that maybe, if she were here today, she would have a pint with me & tell me some of those stories herself. 

Here is my playlist for the day. It's a little Irish & a little American, just like me.  Slainte is a gaelic word meaning "good health" & is derived from the old Irish adjective slan, which means, "whole, healthy" & is generally said when toasting. I don't know about you, but I could use that toast right now! I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I enjoyed curating it & that it brightens your Saint Patrick's Day. Slainte! 

There is one explicit song on this playlist (Irish Celebration-Macklemore). I believe it uses the F-word once. Just a FYI if you're playing the songs for your family or your kiddos. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. Danny Torrence Embroidery-

And the fact that the shop owner named it 'The Shinning Hand Embroidery' makes it even better. I mean, she doesn't want to get sued!! 


2.  Rusty Clanton Sings Cecilia-

3. Dance by Laura Callaghan-

Bitchin' dance moves, kids!


4. I Re-watched Pushing Daisies While my Back was Hurt-

In case you're wondering, it's just as good as I remembered it & I was just as heartbroken that there were only two seasons to watch. #stillholdingoutforamovie


5. #realitycheck


Happy Friday, Friends!
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