Diego Rivera Brought Us Together

I never wanted to get married. Let’s start there.

I know it sounds silly but it’s true, the idea of getting married sounded scary. How could I not get bored of just one person? The thing is that if you know me, you know that I can’t commit to things for a long period of time. I am one to pick somethings up, be good at it but then get bored and off to the next thing I go. Let me give you some examples of things I have tried, mastered and then stopped all together: Soccer, tennis, karate, photography, painting, violin, piano, and wood-shop just to give you an idea. So then how could I commit to just one person for the rest of my life?! That sounded absurd.

I met my husband at work. If I think about it… Diego Rivera brought us together. Yes, the painter. He had this painting of Diego hanging in his office, I remember looking around and seeing all the little trinkets, pictures and then BOOM, just one big painting right in the middle. I assumed he liked the painting but maybe he did not know who painted it. So I asked, “do you know who painted that” he looked at me and smiled and said “Diego, he is my favorite”. Something we had in common. We began hanging out, but I made sure to let him know not to get attached to me, I was not looking for a relationship. Yes, I can be a little blunt sometimes. Obviously that “warning” completely backfired on me; we got married last year.

My husband moved from California to Texas 6 years ago, and I tell him God sent him here so he could meet me. He has a love/hate relationship with Texas and he assures me that we will move out of state one day. But I think deep down he knows this is now home. Cue in the song: “the stars at night, are big and bright (clap) deep in the heart of Texas”!!!

I know everyone says they have the best husband, but I think mine is the cream of the crop. He is funny, smart, caring. I am one lucky girl to have him next to me every single day. I tell him the perks of being married is that I get to bother him every single day. I was once afraid of being married; now I’m glad that I am. If you choose the right one, marriage is not hard and can be lots of fun. It’s having a never ending slumber party with your best friend. Love you mi gordito hermoso.

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Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast

Lately I have been cooking some yummy foods and I just need to share them.

I love cooking, but only if I am sharing it with someone. Last week my husband was out of-town and realized that I did not cook once for myself. (I went to my mom’s to eat) So if I love cooking and sharing what I make, I need to share the recipes so you can try them and share them with your loved ones.

A couple of weeks ago I made these stuffed chicken breast filled with a broccoli and cheese mixture. It delish!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large chicken breasts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 cup of chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup of peas and carrots
  • 1-cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp of mayo
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Use a sharp knife to cut a slice through the middle of the chicken breast, just enough to make a pocket for the filling. Once you have your pocket opened, I add more garlic powder to the inside; you can never go wrong with garlic.

For the filling, place the chopped broccoli in a microwavable dish and add about 2-3 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave for about 1 minute. Drain any excess water. Then add the ½ cup of frozen peas and carrots, mayo, cheese and salt and pepper. Mix until combined, and then stuff the chicken breasts. You can use a toothpick to secure the stuffing if necessary.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Sear the chicken for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Then transfer the chicken breast to an oven safe baking dish or you may place your skillet in the oven if its oven safe. You will bake the chicken for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is 165 degrees.

To finish off the dish I accompanied the chicken with some cauliflower rice. If you try it, let me know your thoughts on it. Hope you enjoy.

 

M.I.A

It has been a while since I have posted anything, SORRY!!!

Sometimes life gets busy and you forget things. But I am back and ready to start posting! I will attempt to write two blogs per week, who’s ready ??!?!?!!

Becca Foundation Review

I was asked to review the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24- hour Foundation. This foundation is supposed to be water-resistant, long wearing formula that features a perfectly balanced distribution of skin true pigments and has 22% water to allow the formula to adapt to all skin types for a second-skin, full coverage finish. It states that with one pump it effortlessly covers imperfections, redness hyperpigmentation, and uneven texture.

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All of this seems too good to be true right? So we tried it out and overall I would give this foundation a 4.5 out of 10.

I had high hopes for this foundation, the pros of this foundation is that it is waterproof so if you are looking for full coverage when you are heading to the pool or beach this foundation will stay on your face the whole day. Another positive is that the range of shades this foundationhas pretty good, it has 24 shades to choose from.

Now for the negatives… let’s start by saying that it’s hard to apply this makeup because of how thick it is. Since it is waterproof, you can’t just damp a beauty blender and start dabbing. I suggest you apply this foundation on prepped skin (I used the Becca First light priming face primer, I loved this primer) and apply the foundation with a brush. Using a blush will allow you to actually spread the product all over the face. Then with your damp beauty blender go in with a dab to create a more airbrush look.

Another thing that I disliked is that it’s actually quite sticky/tacky. If you use this foundation, you will need to set it with a translucent powder. The worst part about it is that it is very heavy/cakey. I have used other full coverage foundations but with this one, you feel like your skin cannot breathe at all.

The foundation does come out good in pictures but for the price you are paying $44.00 USD I would expect more, this foundation is NOT my favorite. If you guys want a makeup tutorial video, let me know on the comments below.

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Mexican Flan

Oooh weee its hot outside.

If you live in Texas, you know this summer is going to be killer.  With the hot summer days sometimes, you need a cool yummy snack. Who has heard of flan? It’s not custard, it is not jello but maybe a combination of both?  All I know is that it is heavenly and once you make it you will fall in love with the flavors.

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I know there are many recipes on how to make it from scratch but if you don’t have time for all of that then just do it my favorite way; using an instant flan. I love using Jell-O brand Flan, in my opinion this is the best as it will not be too sweet but just right.

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I used 4 packs of flan as I was making a large portion to share with my family. For each package you need 2 cups of milk, I personally use whole milk as I feel like it makes the flan taste richer. Place the milk in a pan and bring to a boil.  Once the milk is starting to boil, turn the stove off and stir in the packages of flan, the milk will turn a soft yellow.

Now in your container glass container (you can use any container that holds hot liquids) squeeze all 4 small packages of caramel. Then add the hot milk that is now yellow into the glass container. I would suggest you waiting for the milk to cool off for a bit before placing in the fridge. Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours, then you’re ready to dig in.

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I promise this will be your go-to dessert.

P.S. you can also do individual glass containers if you want to get fancy and impress any guests you might have.

Tuna patty Burgers

Have you had one of those days that you truly don’t feel like cooking? Or maybe you have been running around all day at work and are just tired, and the last thing you’re thinking about is making dinner. Basically it comes down to the simple fact that life is busy. Sometimes we all just need a quick, easy, inexpensive, delicious recipe.

I thought I would share with you a quick, flavorful tuna patty recipe that will make you not feel guilty for having a “burger” with these patties. We had them last night and my husband loved them. Don’t be frightened by the sound of a tuna patty burger, yes it will not taste like beef but with all the flavors your taste buds will be so confused but happy and it won’t be very fishy at all!!!

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tuna in water (I used Albacore white tuna from krogers)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup of Panko seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo
  • Lemon juice (half of a large lemon)
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped (about 2-3 stems)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of powder garlic

Now for the fun part….

  1. Open the can of tuna and drain the water out, then place the tuna in a bowl. In this same bowl you will add the chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, and pepper and set aside.

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  1. In another mixing bowl whisk together the mayo, salt, pepper, garlic, black pepper, lemon juice and eggs.
  2. Now combine both bowls into one, and with a fork mix all the ingredients together until they hold together.
  1. Once the mixture is all mixed it’s time to make the patties! I went ahead and used the top of the breadcrumb container to get a perfect circle. Place the tuna mix into the lid and start compressing the mixture together, once you are satisfied with the thickness of the patty remove from the lid and place them aside.

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  1. In a large nonstick pan, add some olive oil as you will cook each patty for about three minutes on each side until golden brown and semi crispy on the outside. You might need to add more oil in between batches of patties to make sure they all cook.

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With the two cans of tuna I was able to make 5 tuna patties! I went ahead and added some swiss cheese on top of my patties and let it melt to resemble a cheeseburger. The outcome was fabulous! Let me know once you tried this how they came out and if you enjoyed them as much as we did.

May Boxycharm

It’s that time of the month again… Boxycharm time!!

I feel like I just got my box last month and then a new one comes. For those that don’t know or have never used Boxycharm, you are in for a treat! Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that is delivered right to your home. It is like if you were receiving a birthday gift  every single month, and who doesn’t like to receive gifts? Every month you receive a little black box that carries 4-5 full size beauty items. Boxycharm charges $21.00 USD every first of the month but the total of the items equal more than $100.00 USD so it’s totally worth it.

Here is the only catch, you don’t know what exactly you are going to get until the beginning of the month. But trust me I have never received a box that was not amazing. They include high-end brands so you can slowly build your makeup collection without breaking the bank. Let me share what came in the box of May.

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#1: Pur- Sculptor Palette               MSRP- $30.00 USD

It’s a four-shade sculpting palette that features two high-beam highlighters and two matte contour shades that will leave skin sculpted to perfection. It is highly pigmented in a buttery formula.

#2: CoverFx- Blurring primer        MSRP: $38.00 USD

A lightweight, soft focus primer that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections creating a smooth canvas for flawless foundation application.

#3: Pretty Vulgar- The Ink Gel Eyeliner     MSRP: $24.00 USD

This highly pigmented gel eyeliner provides a quick-drying application with enriched vitamin C to condition the lids. Its creamy and water-resistant formula allows for smooth application that stays in place all day. If you live in a hot weather area, you need this in your life.

#4: Aesthetica- 3 piece eye trio  MSRP: $45.00USD

The Aesthetica Trio series comes with an angled eyeliner brush, a brow spoolie, and a fined tipped eyeliner brush.

#5:Asthetica- P12 Face Brush       MSRP: $27.00 USD

With synthetic fibers that allow for maximum control, the P12 dace brush is super soft, and perfect for creating a seamless look.

#6: Beauty Creations- Liquid Lip Gloss     MSRP: $10.00 USD

It is a matte liquid lip gloss that is specially formulated to provide full coverage that dries to a seamless, smooth and matte finish.

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Total of all five items: $174.00 USD and you get it all for just $21.00 USD!! If you are interested in getting Boxycharm, here is the link: Boxycharm

DIY Flower arrangement

This weekend, I found myself putting away my spring décor and thought I would share an inexpensive silk flower arrangement with you all. The total for this arrangement is about $5.00 USD, who doesn’t love the sound of that?

First and only stop, Dollar Tree. Yes, the Dollar Tree. Usually during springtime, they will be fully stocked with beautiful silk flowers. Pick up about 2-3 six steam silk flower bushes, one bag of white sand, and a crystal cube or cylinder (whatever look you are going for). Next, you will need to cut out the flower stems from the bushes. Once you have your flower stems ready, pour the sand into your vase and start putting in the flowers until you are satisfied with how it looks.  It’s really that simple.

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I found something very similar to this in Wayfair for $37.99 USD!! Yea, I will not be paying that when I can do something very similar for pennies.

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What do you guy think, would you buy it or make it?

BareMinerals BarePro

Who’s ready for the hot Houston Summer? Sometimes I feel like my makeup melts off by midday with all the humidity. Then I found this little gem, the bareMinreals BarePro 16 Hour Full coverage concealer; it is a crease proof, waterproof and humidity resistant formula that lasts all day.

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If you live in a place where it’s hot and humid and If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot and let me know what you think.

Boxycharm- April 2018

Are you subscribed to Boxycharm? If you are not, you might want to try them out.

Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that gets delivered right to your door. It’s like if you were receiving a birthday gift every single month, and who doesn’t like to receive gifts? Every month you receive a little black box that carries 4-5 full size beauty items. Boxycharm charges $21.00 USD every first of the month but the total of the items equal more than $100.00 USD so it’s totally worth it.

Here is the only catch, you don’t know what exactly you are going to get until the beginning of the month. But trust me I have never received a box that was not amazing. They include high-end brands so you can slowly build your makeup collection without breaking the bank.

Let me share what came in the box of April.

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#1: Tarte- Tartiest Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter                                         MSRP- $29.00 USD
It’s a creamy highlighter that builds from sheer to intense. Ultra concentrated pigments & pearls are suspended in the hybrid gel-cream, oil free formula that can be mixed with your liquid foundation or wear alone for naturally lit luminosity.

#2: Colourpop- Golden State of Mind Eyeshadow Palette                        MSRP: $26.00 USD
Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky.

#3: Dr. Brandt- Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner                                        MSRP: $47.00 USD
This award winning pore refining mask is an extraction specialist. Unclogging and tightening the look of pores and reducing excess oil from the skin’s surface.

#4: The Browgal- Instatint Tinted Eyebrow Gel                                         MSRP: $22.00 USD
Tinted eyebrow gel with microfibers to achieve a natural hair look. Perfect for those who want a quick but natural fill of the brows.

#5:Adesse- Hi Definition Liquid Lipstick                                                     MSRP: $24.00 USD
Creamy, luxurious, long wearing liquid lipstick. Provides the dazzling , full coverage of a lipstick with the ease of a wand applicator.

Total of all five items: $148.00 USD and you get it all for just $21.00 USD!!

If you are interested in getting Boxycharm, here is the link: https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/INGRI-EWMHZLOL