(Younique on the left and regular mascara on the right – This is not a sponsored post. I just really love the stuff!)
How I get Luscious Lashes
It’s no secret that I’m lash obsessed. When I was in college, my roommates and I would take turns applying those individual lashes by Ardell for our Thursday nights out. I got pretty good at it and they would all ask me to help put theirs on for them. We would wear them non stop! Literally until the glue disintegrated or until we couldn’t take it anymore and we pulled them off. Ew. Then we’d start all over again. Not the healthiest way to do it, but definitely effective.
When I was pregnant with my son my husband told me about a magical elixir called Latisse. It GREW lashes! Some women were reporting that their lashes were growing so long they had to trim them! I couldn’t wait to try it. But I couldn’t be pregnant or nursing, so it did take a bit of time. Eventually, I got my prescription and paid the pricey fee for the magic stuff. Then I had to wait 16 LONG weeks to see my results. But my oh my, the results were absolutely worth the wait!
The holidays are making this memory maker a little stressed out! You guys, my advent calendar is not stuffed or up! I haven’t even got my Christmas decorations in places I really like yet. Ahhhhhh! I blame the short distance between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And those damn radio ads that keep talking about how many days there are until Christmas… Anyway, I’m procrastinating because I have decorators block by looking back at a few things that rocked my family’s world over the past few years…
Last week you may have seen this post all about Friendsgiving, well I have to confess: that was the first time I’d ever hosted one. And I LOVED it! Most of all I loved how easy the menu was. Do you remember that show “Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee”? I used to be completely obsessed. The show is all about mixing store-made items with some homemade stuff and showing different ways to jazz up store bought items leaving all kinds of time to add some special touches and a gorgeous tablescape. So when Raley’s contacted me and asked me to try one of their (pre-cooked and trussed) Diestel Turkeys and write about it on my blog. I was all in!
Last week we had our first ever MNO Pot Luck. It was a super fun time hosted by the fabulous and gorgeous Aimee. You can read her Five for Friday post here. First of all, Aimee’s house is absolutely gorgeous! She has a chic, colorful, and slightly modern sense of style.
By the end of the night everyone was asking her to come to their house and re-decorate for them! Second, I totally didn’t take nearly enough pictures of all the different dishes the mamas brought.
It seems like everywhere you turn there’s a box subscription. You want clothes hand selected for you? Great, try this. Does your dog need a little TLC? There’s a box for that! The list goes on and on and on…. I’m definitely not knocking them, but a girl could get carried away!
A few years ago I had the most delicious dinner at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay with my husband. It was one of those meals where your entire mindset about a particular food changed. On that day, watermelon was going to change to me forever. Until that moment I had only thought of it as sweet and refreshing. I’d had watermelon paired with mint, but that was about it. That day I ordered the sardine and watermelon salad. It was a weird concoction of warm fried sardines and cool sweet watermelon. I loved it. I had never thought of pairing watermelon with savory ingredients, from that moment on, I was hooked.
Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Summer Salad
I’m not into deep frying things on my own, but I wanted to recreate that salad. Soon after that meal I began my love affair with this salad. It’s easy to make and very refreshing.
All you do is cut a watermelon into cubes or balls with a melon baller. If you’re lucky enough, your watermelon will who you some love.
I grow mint in my garden, so I walked out and picked a few leaves for my salad.
I like to chiffonade my mint, I think it looks prettier that way. The best way to do this is to roll your mint up into a little burrito-looking-bundle and slice.
Place your watermelon on your plate.
Add the mint.
And top with feta.
And that’s it! Easy, so pretty, and delicious! This is a great salad to take to a potluck, just put the feta on the side. This would make a great first course for a summer dinner party. This would also be a great appetizer, you could serve it on individual spoons. The salt in the feta will blow your mind. I’m not kidding. Enjoy!