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:

 

beforeafter

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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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: 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.

Moroccan Stew 4

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.

Day One: Success!

Ok, so day one is in the can. It seems like this should be doable! Mentally, this system works well for me. I compared my Weight Watchers app to my calorie counting one, and I’ve eaten many less calories than I did using that. I might do a comparison at the end of each day to see how it adds up. It’ll be an interesting experiment!

Today, I also decided to get a blender and try the smoothie bandwagon. I read some reviews and got the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender. Apparently this works well for smoothies, and is good for people just wanting to experiment. For about $45, that’s all I need. I don’t need any of the fancy bullet blenders (yet).

My main hurdle with smoothies is that I hate bananas. Like, passionately loathe. I hate the smell, I hate the taste, I hate the texture… all of it. So I have to look for recipes and substitutions for that. I found some pretty yummy looking ones that I’m excited to try. I have Amazon Prime, so my blender should be showing up on Wednesday. I’ll report on Thursday on how it goes! I think I’m going to pre-assemble some recipes and freeze them. I went to Trader Joes tonight and bought some frozen cherries, strawberries, mangoes, and blueberries. I’ll run to Harris Teeter tomorrow for the rest.

Today’s ingestions:

Breakfast

*Cream – 2 Points (with coffee, which is nothing)

*Jimmy Dean Sausage on a Stick – 6 Points

Lunch

*Newman’s Own Skillet Meals Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein – 9 Points

*Grilled Chicken Breast – 3 Points

Dinner

*Martin’s Hoagie Roll – 6 Points

*Boar’s Head Ham 1.3 oz – 1 Point

*Boar’s Head Turkey 1.3oz – 1 Point

*Boar’s Head Cheese 1oz – 3 Points

*18 Baby Carrots – 0 Points

*2 Tbsp Heluvagood Dip – 1 Point

TOTAL = 32 Points with 2 left over/1307 calories

–Update–

I did 20 minutes of Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred tonight. In some ways, I feel like this is even better for me than 30 Day Shred. The “Squirm” exercise definitely did a number on my abs! That earned me 2 Activity Points.