Month: February 2018

A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

Can I be honest about something? I don’t think it’s a secret that we eat about 80% Whole30, 90% Paleo, and the other 10% “Food Freedom”/Whatever We Feel Like. Well a couple of those items that fall into the 10% are pizza and waffles. Here […]

NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water FULL LINE First Impression

NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water FULL LINE First Impression

Okay, full disclosure, my hair was in a weird place when I tried the NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner the first time. That said, I’ve got a pretty good first impression of the products, with pictures to share with you […]

Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Woohoo! It’s time for another weekly meal plan and shopping list. I’ve been terrible at posting these, but honestly we’ve never done better with our meal planning/grocery shopping. Read my post here ALL about meal planning Paleo/Whole30 & shopping on a tight budget. It’s comprehensive. But if you just want to know what we’ll be eating, then keep reading!

Meal Plan

  • Monday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash – recipe may be on the way depending on how this turns out
    • Lunch – leftover Roasted Duck (Sunday’s dinner)
    • Dinner – Creamy Seafood Pasta (Dairy Free)
  • Tuesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover Creamy Seafood Pasta
    • Dinner – BLT Night w/Sweet Potato Fries
  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover BLT & Sweet Potato Fries
    • Dinner – Homemade Pizza Night (Dairy Free for me, going to attempt this DIY crust)
  • Thursday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash…note, in my Meal Planning/Prepping/Shopping post I explain that breakfast is our one “repeat” meal through the week to keep things easier.
    • Lunch – Leftover Pizza
    • Dinner – “Breakfast for Dinner” – going to attempt making DIY Bisquick
  • Friday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – some type of leftovers. There’s always something.
    • Dinner – Unplanned/Family Date Night!

Grocery List

If it isn’t on this list, that means the ingredients/items were already in the fridge/pantry/freezer.

From ALDI:

  • Shrimp
  • Gluten-Free Spaghetti
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Eggs (2dozen)
  • Marinara Sauce?
  • Ground Sausage
  • Shredded Mozzerella
  • Biscuits & Gravy ? (hubby’s request)
  • Butter (a few because I’m going to make my easy ghee)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Yeast

From Sam’s Club

pssssst, since I’m bringing the toddler along I’m using the Free Store Pickup. Aka, I order online and then it’s ready to go. Saves time and helps us avoid impulse purchases!

  • Almond Flour
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – they don’t have the large containers at Aldi
  • Bread
  • Flour

From Meijer (Regional Grocery Store)

The hubby is going to get these items

  • Baking Soda
  • Rutabaga
  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Bacon



Pickled Eggs from the UP

Pickled Eggs from the UP

I went to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Being from Alaska, I never looked into the weather in the location of my school studies. Instead, I made the assumption that “anywhere would be better” as far as the weather was concerned. I was […]

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

I’ve been “meal prepping” for years. Only recently did my husband and I realize how ineffecient we were actually being with our meal prepping and our meal plan. Sure, we could have several meals cooked up, but by the time we’d get to eating those […]

One Eyeshadow Look: Three Different Options from One Palette!

One Eyeshadow Look: Three Different Options from One Palette!

I have a relatively small makeup collection. Everything fits into my Sephora Weekender makeup bag except my palettes. I’ve really kept things minimal in the past two years, but lately I’ve been wanting to find a GOOD one eyeshadow look to throw into my makeup routine. The items that have grabbed my attention and been my temptation are the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, and the Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow Sticks. Thankfully, I decided to experiment and look into my own collection first before spending $30 on one shadow stick.

I decided to dig into my least used palette: the MAC Nordstrom Naturals palette. There isn’t a big reason this palette has been cast aside. It’s gorgeous! In fact, almost immediately, one eyeshadow stuck out as a potential “one eyeshadow look” shade: Satin Taupe. Within a few minutes, I realized there were (at least) three one eyeshadow look options within this palette. This pallete was limited edition, but the three shadows I’ve tested are all available in single pans. So let’s take a look at the three shades.

Shades Tested: MAC Satin Taupe, MAC Woodwinked, MAC Mulch

the (discontinued) MAC Nordstrom Natural Palette. All three shades discussed are still available individually!
quick swatches, no primer, taken on a Samsung Galaxy S8.
I used this IT for Ulta Flawless eyeshadow brush for each of these shadow tests











A few things before we get into the pictures

  • The only thing on my face is Tarte ShapeTape concealer. I’m tired.
  • My eyebrows look insane and I’m not sure why.
  • All of these had Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath
  • All of these photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S8 front facing camera in crappy bathroom lighting.

Option 1: Satin Taupe

Satin Taupe is….a taupe. This shade catches the light really well and does a great job of looking multidimensional. With a quick eyeliner, this look would be pulled together for work/school really easily.

Satin Taupe on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette
on right: satin taupe alone



Option 2: Woodwinked

I found this one eyeshadow look pretty underwhelming. From the photos, it looks like there is barely anything on my lids. That might be because this shade is close to my natural skin tone. The one benefit I would say about this is that I think I could apply this without even looking and my eyeshadow would look blended. This would be the most foolproof one that I tried, and the fastest to apply for a hint of something on the eyes.

Woodwinked on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette on right: woodwinked alone

Option 3: Mulch

Confession: I didn’t even want to try this one on in the beginning. I just felt like two shadows weren’t enough to experiment with, so I chose another mid-tone satin finish. In fact, I actually thought Mulch would be way too dark to use all over. The reality is? I love it! This shadow looks much darker in the pan. On the eyes, it seems to catch the light really well. When I look at the picture, it looks like I have more than one shadow on my eyes. The blendability of this shade was also really goood. It came off as a slightly deeper version of woodwinked (even though in the pan they don’t look like it).

Mulch on both eyes
on left: mutiple shadows from the palette on right: Mulch alone

The three compared, and my favorite One Eyeshadow Look from this palette.

Satin Taupe on both eyes


Woodwinked on both eyes
Mulch on both eyes










In a side by side comparison of these three one eyeshadow looks, I kind of have to chuckle. They look very similar. My eyes look a little enhanced, but overall, they are all subtle. That said, each of these took under 30seconds to apply with blending included. When our second kiddo is born (sometime in the next couple of months!) I think this is the exact type of eye look I will gravitate towards: fast, easy, and enchancing. Leave a comment to let me know which one you like best of the three!

When I began this experiment, I thought for sure that my favorite look would be the one that inspired this idea: Satin Taupe. Actually though, after looking through these photos and thinking about the application, Mulch is my favorite by far. Mulch seems to really catch the light the best and also allow for deepening in the crease. The best part about this experiment is that before this, I probably only used Mulch a handful of times. Now, I’ve got a reason to get into it quite often! And that was the whole reason I started this quick experiment: to again dig deeper and use what I have instead of making an impulsive and expensive (the eyeshadow sticks I mentioned are right at $30 a pop!) purchase. So that is my challenge to you: take your least used paletted and try to find a “one eyeshadow look” in there!


3 Ingredient DIY Household Cleaner

3 Ingredient DIY Household Cleaner

Not too long ago, I shared a post about the household cleaners that are worth the extra cost.  What I didn’t mention is that when my husband and I were paying off our student loans we didn’t buy ANY of these. We had exactly ONE cleaner, […]

Copycat Paleo Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade

Copycat Paleo Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade

Years ago, the “Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade” from Starbucks was my favorite drink. In particular, I really liked the passionberry flavor back when Starbucks used Tazo teas. In case you aren’t familiar with me, I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant with our second child. Two weeks […]