Thursday, August 29, 2013

clean eating: ham & green onion quiche

because i'm going to be beach bound to jamaica in about a week, i was trying to find some clean recipes to eat until then and when i ran across this recipe, i knew it was something i would like.  i have always liked quiches and this one looked pretty simple and healthy.  i ate this for both supper and breakfast because it fits both meals and was extra tasty.  i have to say that the 'crust' is something i will have to get used to though since it's not a traditional quiche crust, but all-in-all i really liked it. 

2 slices whole-grain bread, roughly chopped
1 large egg plus 5 egg whites 
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
3/4 cup ham chunks
2 slices swiss cheese, cut into cubes 
1 bunch green onion, sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms 
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp dried sage

preheat oven to 375. chop bread in a food processor and press firmly into bottom of a greased 9" pie plate.  bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  meanwhile, whisk eggs and milk in a bowl and then mix in all other ingredients until well combined.  

pour mixture over crust and bake for one hour and five minutes or until top is puffed up and a knife inserted into middle comes out clean.  remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into slices. 

adapted from clean eating magazine

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

tie dye love!

one of my new favorite hobbies is making tie dye.  i hadn't done it since i was little and decided to make a couple things one day and here is what was created:

aren't they fabulous?  i love the way they turned out and it was so much fun to do.  i have worn tie dye things since i was about 16 and unfortunately i have seen that it's become pretty mainstream, but i still like it.  i feel that with what it represents and the colors, it is a part of my personality.  in fact, when i went to the beach in june we used an old, super faded and rather vintage sheet and it was so classic. 

i will be taking orders for custom designs in the future so definitely let me know if you would like one.
next on my agenda is a pillowcase, jacket, and something to frame.  groovy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

peace • patience

yesterday was a pretty good day.  really all weekend was, even if i did have to work 13 hours on saturday.

i was able to spend a couple hours laying by the pool, my skin tingling from the sun's heat, new music flowing into my ears, and lots of time to think.  what's new though, my mind is a constant obsessing/worrying machine, but i was surprisingly at ease in these moments.

peace and patience are two things i really thought about, for a long time.  lots of you know that my body has been having ridiculous issues {mentally & physically} for the last few months and it's really, really getting to me.  i don't have a lot of patience to begin with, so when something like this lingers on, surgery did not solve any issues, and things continues to be a burden, well, i am losing patience with my body.  frustrations and anger grow each day.

on the other hand, i feel like maybe all of this is a test.  a test to see how patient i can be and to help me grow better as a person.  sometimes i feel my lack of patience makes me impulsive, bitter, immature, and hateful, and i need to stop this.

i am the kind that knows everything happens for a reason.  i don't believe in luck, i believe in signs, there are no coincidences, and things are already planned for me.  i will find peace with myself and other things through these struggles i am facing.  i hope to see the world and my life in a softer, clearer, and happier way soon, or when i do find peace with everything.  when this will be, i'm not sure, but i know it will happen.  it has to.

happy and at peace is where i really want to be.  in fact, besides my health, those are the things i want most in life.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

clothes for sale (:

help a girl out!  
i'm getting rid of some of my clothes.  this is round one.  i have a lot more stuff.  you pay shipping and i'll discount it if you buy multiple items.  all in great condition.
thedreamtreeblog at  if you want anything or have questions
i'm from st louis if anyone wants to pick up as well.
thanks, girls (:

 coral peasant top with flowy sleeves. just not long enough for me. looks better on
than in this picture, but i'm too tall for it.
from tj maxx $6

 large but fits like medium
from old navy $3

 from maurices $4 crinkle tank

medium from ae $3

small - new
from maurices $5

medium worn twice
charlotte russe $5

medium worn once sparkles on hem
from jcpenney $5

medium new with tags same as above
from jcpenney $5 

medium lace & sequins on top/bottom
express $5

 medium with flowy sleeves and sparkles
cato $5

brand new from h&m bought 2 weeks ago
flowy sleeves $8

medium cute dress never worn
jcpenney $7

charlotte russe $5

Thursday, August 15, 2013

divas don't do nose jobs, but . . .

they get their nose pierced, perhaps.

anyone that knows me is aware that i have a very strong love/hate relationship with my nose.  for as long as i can remember my nose has been the least favorite feature of my face, however i have been convinced that it's what makes my beauty. i know that if i got it changed i definitely would not look the same, in fact, i may look less pretty.  you know how that works. like jennifer gray.  i don't think she is pretty at all before her nose job, but i think she's even less pretty afterwards because her nose is what gave her her look.  same with me. 

anyhow, i am happy with my decision to get this piercing.  i love tattoos & piercings, have already had negative comments, but it's my body and i have the right.  as long as it doesn't get infected, i'll be golden (:

disclaimer: i really don't consider myself a diva although my family calls me one and i even have a shot named diva after me. vodka, sprite, and cranberry juice - delish. oh, and i saw this title somewhere once and it has always stuck with me since i have always dreamed of a nose job.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

my age has gone up by one.

whew!  i didn't realize that the last couple of weeks had been so busy and that i have hardly posted.  makes me sad because i hate not having time for my sweet blog.  anyhow, since i posted last, i celebrated a birthday on friday.  i can't believe how old i am.  i seriously feel like i'm about 26 or so.

it was a fun birthday.  the nite before i had gone to my cousin's for a wine nite, where i was presented with the most amazing chocolate cupcake.  i slept over at my sister's with my younger cousin.  is it weird that my sis and i sleep in the same bed?  i think not.  it's just such a comforting feeling since we grew up doing it.  anyway, the next morning i got up and had birthday pancakes at my grandma & grandpa's, visited with my parents, and brought my cousin home with me.  she and i shopped and made jewelry until SH got home so we could go eat.

my favorite restaurant in the world {ok, maybe not in the world} is cracker barrel, so that's where i wanted to go.  i could eat there many times a week and live off their blueberry pancakes, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken breast, and chocolate cake.  oh, and the biscuits.  it really was a super fun day.  since i had to work the next morning, it was early to bed for me.  additional celebrating may take place in a few weeks, or so i hope (:

i know it's so cliche to say how life goes so fast, but it really does.  i am two years past thirty, i have been married for five years, out of high school for almost fifteen, and my next big bday is going to be forty.  holy hell!  another birthday celebrated and another age past. although i am a negative worrier, i am also all about living life to the fullest and more so the older i get.  you only have one life to live; might as well enjoy it!

Friday, August 9, 2013

review || wet 'n' wild megashield lip color

a couple of months ago as i was leaving the drugstore, i saw a whole row of colored tubes that drew me in, plus they were on sale for around two bucks.  turns out it was perfect for what i was looking for.  a sheer lip color with spf 15.

however, this swatch clearly shows that the color is not sheer but highly pigmented!  i think this is meant to be a kind of like a colored lip balm, although i wear this more as a lipstick because of how rich the color is.  this color is called salsa lessons.

the consistency is very creamy and goes on super smooth while covering extra well.  i don't typically wear a lot of red, but i got this thinking it would be a slight red color with more of a moisturizing appeal.  it's both really, but overall this is pretty great stuff.  sometimes i even just dab it on a couple of times for a light tint.

these pictures show how it looks on and i think i probably only swiped one time to achieve this.  i will definitely be trying more of these because there were several other colors i almost picked up when i bought this one.  it's a great tube of color for the quality that comes with such a cheap price.  pretty amazing stuff!