Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Beauty Loves

Spring is FINALLY here, and it just makes me so excited for summer! Surprisingly enough, I've seen so many stars at night and it's beautiful when walking home from studying or dinner. Makeup wise, I've been using lighter, shimmery, and more natural products everyday. I've been super lazy with my routine, and here are just a couple that I've been reaching for these past few weeks:
Two Faced : Romantic Eye Palette - With some beautiful subtle colors, this is so easy to use. 
NYX Wonder Pencil : Light - I LOVE this for my waterline to make me look awake.
Essie Polish : Bikini So Teeny - One of my all time favorite colors for this time of year! 
L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder : Sand Beige - A lightweight and natural looking must have. (I wish it had a pump though)
Marc Jacobs Perfume : Daisy - Another all time favorite that has a light, floral scent that isn't too strong. 
NYC Blushable Creamstick : Plaza Pink - Sadly this is discontinued, but it is the perfect everyday pink, and I love how you can apply it straight to a brush/your cheeks.
Revlon Lip Butter : Creme Brulee - A pretty nude and sheer color, this is super moisturizing. 
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner : 14k - A perfect product for the inner corner to add some shimmer.
Obviously from the name of my blog, pastel colors are my absolute favorite. They're just so pretty and light, and Spring is the perfect time to embrace it. Let me know some of your spring must haves!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How To: Stay Motivated For Finals

Can you believe that there's only SIX weeks of school left? I'm not sure whether I'm excited, scared, or happy that it's almost summer. And I definitely know that I only have these six weeks to get my grades up. Whenever I start to think about watching youtube or napping instead of studying, the intro to "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" from comes to mind because it's my JAM. So here are a couple of ways to stay motivated and do the absolute best you can on those finals - and doing your best is what matters.
1. Use your planner
I absolutely have no idea what I'd do without my planner. It has a monthly and weekly schedule so I can see the big picture, or things I need to complete daily. I always have it on me incase any appointments/meetings come up, and it's practically my best friend. Go for a cute one to make it even more fun, and they are especially cheap at Target.

2. List, lists, and more lists
I find when I have things to do in every class and extra curricular activities, I will waste my time having anxiety on what to work on first. So, making lists helps organize all the stress in my head on which has to be done first. I place my lists on sticky notes my computer so I know for sure that I will see it.

3. Think about the long run
I saw it was Lance Armstrong who said this (not my favorite person), but "pain is temporary". It's a bit melodramatic talking about pain and schoolwork, but think about how worth it it is and what it means to you! Think of the satisfaction from all of that hard work and ask these questions: Why are you studying? What's the point? How much money does this class cost? (too much I'm guessing)

4. Look at job positions
I'm not sure if anyone else does this, but I LOVE looking at job openings online that I hope to have in the future. It just makes me that more motivated about working hard to meet my personal goals. Just dreaming about whatever it is you're passionate about is a sure way to add some motivation for that calc exam.

5. Add some color
For me, the "fun" part of studying is using gel pens and stationary. I love writing with a smooth pen, and making my notes easier to read by using pastel colors. If you are someone who likes to type out your notes instead, change the fonts and color of the text to make it more appealing!

I'm definitely no saint when it comes to not procrastinating, but these tools are my favorite for keeping in check. Of course, what's the biggest motivation to finishing finals in May? SUMMER. So keep trekking on and study hard.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hashbrown Waffles?

 Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day - I can eat it all the time, and it's always fun to find new variations of my favorite meal. When I was home over spring break, my mom randomly pulled out the waffle iron and a sack of potatoes. ...and with some some experimenting we made a yummy hash brown waffle. It's a little healthier since we are not frying potatoes, and there's some added protein from the eggs. Yum.

shredded potatoes (I used frozen but fresh means less eggs)
eggs - add enough eggs until mixture is able to be held together - I used 2 used for the bowl of potatoes
chopped bell pepper onion
salt and pepper
oil (I used coconut)
maple syrup (optional)
1. Preheat the waffle iron and mix all of the ingredients together except the oil.
2. Spray/brush on oil to get the waffles crispy and prevent them from sticking.
3. Spoon about 1 - 1 1/2 cups of batter and flatten a bit Close the waffle iron, and follow how long it takes your waffle iron. Mine beeps when done, but it took about 30 seconds after beeping until they were ready! 
4. They might be a little stuck, so I used a spatula to pry them out onto my plate. Serve with the desired toppings like cheese, or for something sweet/savory, maple syrup!

I'm sure this would work with sweet potato, or even frozen tater tots. The main reason for the eggs is they're a binding agent since we used frozen potatoes which made the mix was dry. Let me know your favorite breakfast food recipes! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Playing On Ice

I was so excited to go to Lake Michigan when it's cold to see the lake I swam in as a kid, covered in ice. On the day my friends and I went, there was some dense fog, but everything was still pretty nonetheless. Grand Haven is the cutest little town, and it was weird for so many shops to be closed.

Don't mind my mismatched gloves

Our ice babies

The cutest little restaurant with the best curly fries.

Of course, you know I had to end the post with a food picture because I can't pass up that opportunity! It's so great living in Michigan with the lake just a 45 minute drive away, and I seriously cannot wait until the summer when I can have some soft serve on the pier. I can still say I spent spring break on the beach and it wasn't so bad. 
Ps. a special shoutout to Mel, Gabi, + Sarah for taking some pictures!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

An Easy + Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

So many times when I wake up, I will have this craving for chocolate - and this is my go to! There's no added sugar, and it is still satisfying and reminds me of milkshakes from Steak N Shake. With only a couple of ingredients, anyone can make this at any time of day, and I always like to slice over ripened bananas and put them in the freezer to have on hand.

Serves 1
1/2 frozen sliced banana
1 T almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 T cocoa powder (or cacao if you have it!)
1/2 cup milk of choice 
Just blend everything together and enjoy! If you don't have a frozen banana, you can just add ice to make it cold but it won't be as thick.

I hope you enjoyed my one of my favorite but easy recipes. I've been making a ton of random food over spring break an expect another recipe soon!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Enjoy Spring Break at Home (even if it's cold)

Oh how I miss Alabama...
Today is my first official day of Spring Break and I am SO excited. Of course, it's a bit of a let down to see tons of people go to warm places for break (I'll be in good old Michigan), but instead of moping around, there are some definite positives to being home. For one, I'll just be relaxing with my parents/friends and hitting up all of my favorite local restaurants that I've missed. But for those couple of days where I'll want to do something, I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve that I'll definitely be using.
Visit other friends in town -Although it's pretty obvious option, I'll be going out for coffee with some friends that are still in high school or college close by - and I cannot wait (I'm looking at ya Janelle)! There's something refreshing about having a home life and life in college that are so different from each other.
Go exploring You'd be surprised at how much of my hometown I haven't explored yet. Even though I've lived here for eighteen years, I have a whole list on my phone (mostly restaurants) that I need to try out. Also, there are tons of cute parks around that'll be fun to explore with a friend and take pictures.
Take a day trip - The nice things about living in Michigan is that there are cute little towns all around, and Chicago isn't too far away. I'm most excited to go to Chicago for the day and finally visit Shake Shake. I'm in need of a good burger and some retail therapy at Topshop (aka look but don't buy).
Go DIY crazy- With only one homework assignment (thanks a lot writing class), I hope to do some fun little projects like make pillows, knit, and cook. COOK. I miss making smoothies and breakfast and food that aren't the same food  they serve in the dining hall. It's not bad, but it can be tiring. 
Tackle your watchlist - I don't now if you've ever heard of imdb, but I absolutely love reading facts about a movie I've just seen, and discovering movies I'll see next. I've created a watchlist that I hope to start over break - I've been into psychological thriller movies lately, and I'll be watching some with my best friend skinny pop. 
Blog - Most of all, I'll be blogging to my heart's content because I don't have much schoolwork to focus on. Not only that, but the lighting at home is so much better, and I can finally have some higher quality pictures.
Let me know what you're up to this Spring Break, or where you hope to go someday!