Sunday, February 16, 2014

Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer

Having a good moisturizer is super important for every day; especially with some protection from the sun, it's the best thing to use to keep the skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles. I was in need of a new moisturizer for the day time, and this was on sale at Target for around $14. I have always loved Aveeno products, but was pretty unsure of this.

I have been testing this out for about two weeks, applying it every morning after I wash and tone my face. It provides a good base for my makeup, but it only works if it sits and absorbs for 10 minutes before applying anything. The consistency is nice, but I can feel some of the oils in the product when I rub it in, it is greasy. Again, it does take some time before it dries, and feels heavy on the skin.There is an spf of 15 (I wish it as a little higher), and thankfully I cannot smell it at all!

The packaging is similar to many other Aveeno products with the simple colors, and it's a soft plastic. I do love the pump though, and how you are able to lock the pump so none spills out if you're carry it around for traveling! I would say the price of $14 (which us already marked down) is expensive for this particular product. Although many other Aveeno skincare items are worth the money, I don't think this one is. If you have oily skin, beware, and if you have dry skin, I feel that there are many other options for a good moisturizer!

Overall Rating: 2.5/5 
Packaging: 4/5 
Cost: $$
Would Recommend: No (if you have combination.oily skin)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What I Ate Today #1

I thought it'd be fun to show what I eat from time to time as sort of a food diary. As my sports season is fast approaching in a about a month, I (for the most part) try to eat on the healthier side. I hope you enjoy and maybe find some inspiration in your own meals. I love to eat food that is easy and fast to make.

honey nut cheerios with a banana and unsweetened almond milk

 two clementines and a sunbelt almond bar

whole wheat cheese, onion, and ham quesadilla, grape tomatoes, and a small salad

 crunchmaster gluten free crackers (they're the best), swiss cheese, and even more grape tomatoes

Snack #3: 5pm (not pictured) - A bowl of skinny popcorn! This is very addicting.

 sauteed broccoli, onions, and mushrooms (I ate almost 3 servings of this it was so good), steak, and bread

two cowboy cookies from my last blog post

Just for a disclaimer, I do not count calories, I don't follow and diet, and I drink water in between and at every meal! I eat whatever my parents buy from Costco, which the best store ever. I hope you enjoyed something different from my usual posts, I loved taking all of the pictures. I will definitely do more posts like these in the future, because I change up my meals all the time. Some days I will eat healthier like today, and other days I will eat much more. It all depends on my schedule for the day!

If you want to see more glimpses of what I eat sometimes, I show some on my twitter here. Thanks for reading!

See you next time,
Stephanie x

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cowboy Cookies

Today marks the third snow day in a row, and I actually sort of miss school. Weird. Anyway, I have some time on my hands, and my mother recruited me to bake cookies for her potluck at work. She’s been obsessed with Pinterest lately, and she found this recipe: Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies! They looked simple but delicious to make.

The cookies themselves were pretty standard to make; cream butter and sugar, add dry to wet ingredients, etc. What I didn't realize was exactly how many cookies that it would exactly make...so I put a portion of the dough in the freezer. The hardest part was definitely mixing the coconut, chocolate chips, oats, and pecans in by hand with a wooden spoon. I am a pretty small person, and it required a good amount of arm strength. The recipe calls for a mixture of both brown and regular sugar which I love, and coconut and chocolate together are one of the best combinations. No doubt about it.

What’s great is that the mix-ins are pretty much up to whatever you have in your pantry. I didn’t have semi-sweet chips so I used 60% cacao chocolate chips, and I didn’t add as much chocolate that the recipe called for. The outcome of the cookies were amazing; the coconut browned nicely in the oven, and the inside was still warm and gooey. I was honestly surprised at how yummy and different they were considering the ingredients are mostly what I already had around the house. I will definitely be making these again (but cutting the recipe in half)! I would highly recommend to try these out.

Here's the recipe I used, thank you Laura Bush.

Thank you for reading,

Stephanie x