Hot dang – we got some snow up in here!

Those pesky flakes started falling around 1:00 yesterday afternoon and didn’t stop until well after I went to bed last night! I woke up at 5am this morning to my neighbor’s snow blower. Errreeerrrrrrrrr. How’s that for an alarm clock?! ;)

Thankfully, the snow didn’t stop my Mom and I from having a great ladies night last night. :) We stopped at Bare Essentials, where I picked up some matte foundation, per you guys’ recommendation, with a gift card from my brother for Christmas (thanks bro!) My Mom also got her makeup done and looked faaabulous – porcelain skin, I’m telling you! Then we went to Sephora where I picked up some HD Makeup Forever liquid foundation, also per your recommendation. I used it this morning, and I LOVE IT! So light and NOT SHINY! Now I just need to put matte Bare Minerals against HD Makeup Forever and see who wins. Probably more than you wanted to know about me and my makeup battles, so I’ll move on!

To dinner! After the makeup bonanza, we headed to the always reliable, always tasty Gateway Market to pick up some Vegetarian Pad Thai.


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We sat in the dining area which has a great view of the market and the wine counter.


As always, the Veggie Pad Thai did not disappoint!


Chewy rice noodles, salty & savory sauce, with just a hint of cilantro.


I seriously never get anything else at Gateway because this is so good!


I woke up parched this morning (thanks pad thai) so after slamming a couple glasses of water, I had a deeelightful breakfast of Banana Almond Butter Oatmeal.


In the microwave, no less! Combine:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana

Microwave for 2 minutes, stir in cinnamon and sweetener of your choice, and serve topped with the other half of your banana and a generous gloop of almond butter!


Holy Heavens, this was SO GREAT! I haven’t had hot oatmeal in ages, and thought this snowy morning would be the perfect time to whip some up. I do love my stove-top method of cooking oatmeal, but 2 minutes in the microwave is awfully convenient!



The sweetener I used in my oatmeal was Sun Crystals. It’s made from sugar and stevia. Stevia is naturally sweeter than sugar, so you can use less. I used about 1tsp, and it was plenty sweet. I’ll give you guys a full review later. :)


Lunch today is a big ol’ Vegetable Salad. I made this last night after eating about 3 of the approx 4 servingss that made up my pad thai 8O hence all the clean, light veggies!


In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Carrots
  • Vine-ripened tomatoes
  • Almonds


And a Pink Lady apple. These apples are so unique. Some apples, like Braeburns, are very light and crisp. These are very dense and crisp. You should pick one up to see what I mean. Super good!


Alright folks, I’m off to the dentist this moring. I’m going on 26 years of no cavaties, so I hope I can continue my streak!

Have a wonderful day. :)


What’s your “can’t live without” makeup item?

Mine’s concealer and chapstick!