The 12 Days of Blogmas Day 8

I just realized I haven’t done my blog post yet! I went to my friend Claudine’s house to hang out with her and Wendy today. My Colts were down 35-0 when we decided to change it to something else. The Cardinals also lost their game to the Seahawks. It just wasn’t a very good day for football! This week is going to be a fierce one for basketball, though, because Louisville welcomes the kittens of Kentucky into the Yum Center on Saturday for their yearly brawl. This game always brings out the claws on both sides, and I can’t wait! Who wants to go somewhere and watch it with me!?? I don’t care where! Haha! I SO wish I was at home, because my parents have tickets to the game, and I would’ve dropped a pretty penny to get my hands on some for myself! It’s probably good that I am not home, lol! I have a post that I am planning on doing in the next couple of days that I am super excited for. I’ve been planning on it for a week or so now, and just need to pound it out and post it. Sorry for the short post but I have a really early morning for the first time in a long time and need to get to sleep. You guys have an awesome Monday, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

The 12 Days of Blogmas Day 7 – Sausage and Bean Ragout

I got to hang out with some of my favorite girlfriends this morning, and then I came home and laid low for the rest of the day. I was going to go to The Yard in Tempe with some friends, but the meet up got cancelled. Everyone is just so busy right now, so I completely understand. I watched more Gossip Girl today. I totally have a girl crush on Blake Lively. She is so gorgeous! Not to mention her husband….damn. Just damn. The fashion on that show is so fantastic! It reminds me of Revenge, which in and of itself is a runway show every episode. I wish I could raid Emily Thorne’s closet.I also wish I could raid Serena’s! Anyway, so another day in the life of a post-op patient :-).

The only other thing noteworthy from today was dinner. I made this:

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I got this recipe straight from a Swanson broth soup recipe card booklet. It was super easy, and turned out incredible!! Here is the recipe card:

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The only things I did differently were use ground turkey and hot italian turkey sausage as my meats, added 1-2 cups of extra chicken broth, and used Italian seasoning in addition to fresh basil. I also soaked up about 90% of the grease from the meat with paper towels to lessen the fat and calories. I like doing this better than rinsing and draining for two reasons: Reason one is that it prevents the risk of clogging my drain. Reason two is it preserves flavor. Ali really wanted some, and I don’t blame her!

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The only other thing I did was use gluten free pasta instead of regular. I got the pasta in my Taste Guru box a couple of months ago, and it turned out to be really good! 

I hope you guys had a great Saturday! Good luck with getting the rest of your Christmas shopping done! I took one pass through Target’s parking lot today on my way home, and proceeded right out the other side back and went home instead. I love online shopping!! Have a wonderful Sunday, and I’ll talk to y’all again very soon!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

The 12 Days of Blogmas Day 6: Cranberry Eyes for the Holidays

I’ve worn cranberry/burgundy shadows on my eyes a couple of times so far this Holiday Season. I absolutely LOVE these colors!! They really look great on any eye color, in my opinion. You can go with a pop of color in the outer V or on the lower lash line, or you can just go for it and do a full top and bottom cranberry look like I did below:

I follow a LOT of makeup artists and bloggers/YouTubers on Instagram. I’ve been seeing looks that feature one color family all the way around the eye quite a bit lately. It is so beautiful!! The colors are smoked out to the point where it almost looks like a “glow” of whatever color they used. Here is a better picture that shows top and bottom:

You can do this with any color you want! If you’re not used to bold eye looks with a lot of color, do a neutral lid and smudge a brighter color along the lower lash line. This is an awesome way to start incorporating more color into your everyday looks. Throw on a pair of false lashes, and you’ve got yourself looking like a professional did your makeup ;-).

I did a similar look in the video tutorial below, except with some shimmer on the lid, and a more subtle smoked out color on the lower. This video has been through it! I accidentally deleted all of the clips from it right after I finished editing it, and then managed to restore my computer with the most recent backup from TimeMachine. Thank you SO much to Lance from Apple for the help yesterday! I may have complained about my computer, and I am still frustrated, but their support department is fantastic!! So I hope you guys enjoy this! I had a lot of fun making it! Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below. I love hearing from you! (I just realized that I used the wrong pictures for the thumbnail, so I changed it on YouTube. It isn’t showing the change on here, though. My apologies! I was confused with the tutorial I just filmed haha!)

Have an awesome weekend!

Happy Trails,

Stacey