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Matte Lipsticks

Lately I have been exploring the world of lipsticks from YSL and Mac to Covergirl and NYX. I recently purchased two NYX Matte Lipsticks and I love them!  I bought Audrey and Sweet Pink. Sweet Pink is a little out of my comfort zone but I figure it would look amazing with a little black dress. The colors go on smooth and are very pigmented. My lips tend to be on the sensitive side, so before I do anything I apply vaseline then the lipstick. These are defiantly worth trying out and the best part is they are only $6.  Now off to cook dinner!

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Sweet Pink

Audrey

 

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It’s not a job, it’s a career.

ImageA little over 6 weeks ago I became a Starbucks employee.  I am going through their RMT (Retail Management Training) program and I am loving every minute of it. So far, I have completed Barista, Shift Supervisor, and Assistant Manager training.  

My manager and I devised a schedule that would allow me to work on the floor with the partners majority of the time.  She encouraged me to ask questions, talk with the partners about their experiences with the company and customers. What do they love, is there anything they think we could improve on, etc.  I was able to create an environment that encouraged open conversation and welcomed suggestions between my fellow partners and myself.  

The ability to converse openly with one another is crucial to a productive, and positive environment. This style of management and education is one that I will bring with me wherever I go, and encourage others to do.  We learn so much from one another and are able to improve everyday operations by talking openly.  

Six weeks later

Six week later, I was launched as an Assistant Manger and placed in a new store. This week was my first week and it has been a “hit the ground with your feet running” time.  I love it.  Every day I enter the store I know that today I am going to learn something new, work with people who are truly amazing and love what I do.  The key here my friends is passion.  

When customers ask me what I plan to do with my life, or when do I finish school? I respond with a huge smile saying this is what I want to do, and that I will be pursing a graduate degree in a few years with the help of my company.  

Love what you do

I wanted to work for an amazing company who has a passion for it’s partners, customers and the communities that surround it, and I have been fortunate enough to find one.  When I look into the future I see myself still working for Starbucks.  I may not still be an assistant manager but I know that this is my career and my passion.  Why on earth would I let it go?

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Loaded Baked Sweet Potato- W.W. 8 pts.

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Happy sunday everyone! Today’s recipe is from Skinnytaste.com.  Yes, I know I keep using this website but this recipe was done by a guest blogger from ThePickyEater.com. It was so good, a little light but perfectly portioned. The recipe only takes about 25 minutes, but mine took around an hour.  The author used a microwave to bake the potatoes where as I baked them in the oven so the potato would have some caramelization taking place. SO GOOD!  

Leftovers side note:

Of course I save all left overs to take to work for lunch or as dinner during the week.  The only thing I suggest is to keep the potatoes and the mixed veggies separate until you prep your lunch or dinner.  

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Happy Eating!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 1tsp taco seasoning
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-1/3 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup mild or spicy salsa
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium head
  • Add peppers, onions, chili powder, paprika cumin and salt. Cook until onions have caramelized (5 minutes)
  • Add black beans, stir to combined heat through ( 5 minutes)
  • Poke holes in the potato with a fork, cook on your microwave’s potato setting or soft until cooked through (8- 10 minutes on high)
  • If you want to use a oven, bake for about 45 minutes on 400*F

Servings Breakdown: 4 Servings- info on servings is below

  • Servings: 1 potato
  • Calories: 307
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carb: 53g
  • Fiber: 10.5g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium: 312mg (without salt)

 

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Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken- W.W. 4 pts.

It is official, I am obsessed with Skinnytaste.com. This is my 3rd recipe from the website and a huge success! I made the Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken last week and I died. The recipe calls for Sriracha which worried me a little since I don’t eat a lot of spicy/hot food, but I didn’t even notice it. I highly suggest this recipe to anyone that wants to make a really healthy dinner but only spend 15 to 20 minutes preparing it, then letting the crock pot do the rest of the work.  I put it over brown rice, but it is so versatile.  You can make tacos, lettuce wraps, really anything that your heart desires.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast ( I only used 1.5)
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sriracha hot chili sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 heaping tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds ( I could not find these in the store so mine didn’t have any)
  • 2 medium scallions, chopped for garnish

Directions

  • Place the chicken in the slower cooker and add some ground black pepper
  • Use a medium bowl to mix in the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, 1 tsp water, sesame oil, onion powder and sriracha hot chili sauce.  (add a little extra sriracha if you want a tiny more spice)
  • Pour this over the chicken and turn on low for 3 to 4 hours. ( I did 4 and the chicken just fell apart, it was perfect!)
  • Remove chicken, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Shred chicken with two forks;set aside.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/4 cup water; add to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH until slightly thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes; return chicken to the slow cooker and mix well. ( I read this completely wrong while making mine and added the corn starch to the original ingredients. It still turned out good so feel free to experiment!)
  • Serve chicken and sauce over rice and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions for garnish.

Servings Breakdown: 8 Servings- info below is per serving

  • about 2/3 a cup per serving
  • Calories: 185.5
  • Fat: 2g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 13.5g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 504mg

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Quote of the week!

Quote of the week!

You can’t plan your life, embrace the changes and help shape your future. As my favorite author Mitch Joel says “embrace the squiggle.”

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April 26, 2013 · 7:01 pm

Quote of the Week!

Quote of the Week!

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April 18, 2013 · 8:59 pm

The Not So Typical Airline Response

Sunday, I left New Jersey to meet my family in Hawaii.  When I got to my seat and settled in I notice my arm wrest is broken. The rubber piece that you rest your arm on was sticking up at a 45* angle and before that I had to go through security twice because of my bags.
 
I went and told the flight attendants about my armrest and asked if I could just tape it.   They apologized and told me they would report it right away and that using tape is against FAA regulation. So naturally I’m not to thrilled about the seating arrangement since the armrest has already latched itself onto my sweater twice and dealing with it for six hours is going to stink. 
 
Tweet It
I then took a picture of the armrest and posted it on twitter tagging @united.  By the time I turned off my phone and we were all getting settled in, a repair man shows up to fix my armrest.  Not even 10 minutes later he has it working correctly and exits the plane as we get ready to close the door and pull back from the gate.
 
When I land in LAX got a message notification from twitter and United responded within minutes asking me to please Direct Message them with my flight information and provide feedback about the flight.  I was beyond surprised. I have had issues in the past flying United, not major but like everyone we just have those flights and I have never received a response before.  It was amazing.  I instantly tweeted them back saying a repair main fixed the problem before we even left the gate then direct messaged them the flight info and seat number.  
 
The Satisfied Customer
When the repair man left the plane and they closed the door I had a smile on my face.  Yes I know an armrest malfunction is very minute to other problems that can occur but it is an inconvenience that can potently lead to an unhappy customer that did exactly what I did.  United acted swiftly to my post and the flight attendants acted just as fast.  They were able to take my few minutes of “angry customer” and turn them around. Thank you United for being so attentitative.  
 

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