Influenster Review – Plumpify & Oh Sugar

Wow! I have not been on here in a long time. My apologies. I’ll catch you up on life later.

My reason for logging on is because I received my Influenster VoxBox by Covergirl yesterday! Influenster is a company that helps provide reviews/buzz about new products. They send me free stuff in exchange for my honest review about it. This is 100% my opinion and I wasn’t compensated (beyond being provided the product to try).

I got two FULL-SIZE (yasss) products to test out. The first was Plumpify mascara and the second was Oh Sugar! lip balm/lip stick.

The mascara is fantastic, hands down. My lashes are naturally long, so I love to accentuate that. The spiral brush takes a little getting used to, but it works wonderfully. I coated each eye twice and that did the trick. Make sure you shimmy your wand as you go to get full coverage. I’m an eyes girl, so this type of success is huge for me.

The lip stick was good as well. It’s a great option for a nude. It goes on pretty sheer. The one I received was a tad too orangey for my skin tone, but hey, I’m still touching it up and wearing it. It also tastes delicious, which I’m not complaining about! It looks like there are a lot of options, so it’s worth trying! It’s a great barely-there look.

Here’s my before/after shot with the mascara and the lip shade:

 

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Thanks for letting me try this Covergirl and Influenster! I’m definitely going to be picking some more up once this runs out!

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Weigh-In Friday

It’s already the weekend! That went by quickly.

I did my weigh-in today and I lost 1.2 pounds this week! That’s 14.6 pounds in 8 weeks! That’s 1.82 pounds on average each week. I like it!

buffalo chicken

Last night, I made the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from Emily Bites. It’s delicious! Definitely give it a try! I’m really enjoying her recipes.

Next week is my birthday. Now I know some people hold fast to their diet, but my opinion is that on birthdays, calories don’t count. I don’t go crazy, but gosh darn it, it’s my birthday. I will enjoy it! Plus, if eating healthily is a lifestyle that I plan to keep up forever, I gotta splurge occasionally or I’ll go crazy. That’s just the way it is.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

It’s not Monday!

Woohoo! I love four-day weeks.

On Saturday, we just needed to get out of town, so we went to Lancaster, PA for a day trip. We hit up our favorite smorgasbord, but honestly, we didn’t hurt ’em like we use to. My husband only ate one plate, and I only had a little extra beyond that. Plus dessert of course, but I didn’t even finish that. And that’s all we ate that day, so it didn’t hurt! There wasn’t a good way to track that, so I didn’t, but I don’t feel guilty considering that was lunch and dinner. cheesy chicken and stuffing

Yesterday, I made DELICIOUS Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing from Emily Bites. Holy cow, this stuff is good. One of the best things I’ve made. Make it now. Like, right now. My husband even told me that he wanted this as his birthday dinner. I’m picking Cheesecake Factory for mine and he’s picking this. That’s saying something!

Weigh-in Friday

Well, now I’m back on my regular schedule for weighing in. I had good results this week! Since last Friday (when I switched from Mondays to Fridays), I’ve lost 2.4 pounds!

That’s a total of 13.4 pounds in six and a half weeks! Woohoo!

I also did some quick measurements this morning, and found I’ve lost another inch in both my waist and hips. My “skinny” jeans are actually quite well-fitting now! I can just button, zip, and go! No more huffing and puffing and questioning my life choices anymore.

Going grocery shopping tonight – excited to get some great food for next week!

How is everyone else doing?

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Recipe: Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Since I made my Morrocan Slow-Cooker Stew this week with pumpkin, I took the pumpkin seeds and asked my husband, “Hey, do you like pumpkin seeds?” He responded with, “Yeah, roasted with salt.” So I decided to make them with cinnamon sugar because it’s my kitchen and he’ll eat it anyway.

It’s really simple to make, which is great. The most time intensive part is picking them out and rinsing them off. Once you do that, you just mix them in a bowl, put them on a tray, and spread them out into one layer.

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After you’ve done that, roast them at 300 degrees for 40 minutes and voila! Dessert.

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Ingredients: 

Pumpkin seeds (however many you can scavenge from your pumpkin)

3 tbsp butter

Several shakes of cinnamon

Sugar to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Melt 10 seconds at a time as needed until fully liquefied.
  3. Mix with pumpkin seeds and cinnamon.
  4. Put wax paper on a baking sheet; pour seed mixture on the paper and spread into one layer.
  5. Roast for 40 minutes.
  6. One done, pour into a bowl. Sprinkle sugar over them to taste.
  7. Enjoy!

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These are fairly calorie-laden, so enjoy with caution. It’s hard to stop once you try them! Definitely not a snack for a weight watcher, but hey, we all have our temptations.

Recipe: Moroccan Slow-Cooker Stew

This is a great recipe for fall and winter. I substituted pumpkin for the squash, and it was great.

Moroccan StewHOWEVER, the spice amounts that they have listed here are ridiculously low. I got this off of the Weight Watchers site, and was really surprised at this. I really like spices, so I shook my heart out, and even then this came out pretty bland. So my encouragement to you is to go crazy with the spice in order to make it taste like what it smells like.

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This smells amazing, btw. Your house will thank you.

Ingredients:

1 spray cooking spray

1 small uncooked onion, chopped (I used leftover shallots – onion is probably much better)

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 cup uncooked baby carrots

1 medium uncooked butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (again, I subbed in pumpkin)

1 cup canned crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1/4 tsp (HA!) ground cinnamon

1//2 tsp (HA!) ground cumin

1/2 tsp (HA!) red pepper flakes

15 oz canned chickpeas, drained

1/2 tsp table salt

Directions: 

  1. Coat a small skillet with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Place squash (or pumpkin) in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Add sauteed onion and garlic, carrots, tomatoes, broth, cinnamon, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Cover and turn on to low heat; simmer for 6 hours. (or 8, like I did, because I work full time)
  3. Add chickpeas and salt. Stir, cover, and heat for an additional 5 minutes (I say longer – the chickpeas were pretty hard).

Yields 1 1/3 cups per serving. 5pp // approx. 265 calories // Makes 6 servings

Note: I’m a meat eater. I like it. A lot. So I added a cubed pound of boneless skinless chicken breast to this, which bumps up each serving to about 7 pp. Still not bad and very filling. If you serve it over 2/3 cup of rice, you’re looking at 11pp total.  

Let's just be real. Sometimes we eat out of tupperware.

Let’s just be real. Sometimes we eat out of Tupperware.

Weigh-in Monday

It’s not reeeeeally Weigh-in Monday, since I switched to Friday last week, but I didn’t blog on Friday, so I’ll double-tap this week and get on my new schedule this Friday.

When I weighed myself this morning, I found out that I’ve lost 2.5 pounds since last Monday. That’s during the week that I went to Cheesecake Factory, Mexican food, and a brunch buffet. What the what? That’s a total of 12.5 pounds in six weeks!

CHEESECAKE FACTORY EVERY DAY should be my new mantra!

yum

Over the weekend, I had my delicious parfait again (thanks Hungry Girl!), which I will again be having tonight as dessert because I have a lot of points at the end of the day. I’ve had this with both strawberries and apples, and both are great. I’m going to try it with cherries next.

We also made Cheeseburger Tostadas, which I’ve posted the recipe for, again, thanks to Hungry Girl.

Tonight, we’re going to be trying an awesome (smelling, at least!) Moroccan Slow-Cooker Stew over brown rice. I’ll let you know how that goes and will post the recipe tomorrow.

I love that there are so many wonderful and diverse Weight Watchers recipes out there! We haven’t gotten bored at all – besides leftovers, we haven’t made the same recipe twice!

How is everyone else doing? Any recipes I should try next week?