Lessons

I made two mistakes yesterday. Let’s start with the obvious one, I committed Skin Care sin number one and went to bed with all my makeup on 😂 (You thought it was going to be about the hair didn’t you, that’s some priceless bed head) I’m sure my skin will forgive me this once, check out that mascara though, I’m a stomach sleeper and there’s no smeared, smudged black all over my eyes and cheeks! Yes! 

Anyway, the real lesson learned from yesterday. I got hit with a really severe headache while out shopping Friday afternoon, I still needed to function for some things we had planned so I made it home and took ibuprofen, applied some peppermint oil and had some coffee. Those three together usually help bring me out of a bad headache (they didn’t really touch it). But because I was frazzled and also super hungry I also started snacking. On, you guessed it… carbs. Then we ordered pizza for dinner 🍕 hey I’m giving myself credit here for going for the thin crust. And then I had birthday cake that night. 

On any given day, none of these things alone would have been too horribly detrimental, but all of it together after being very strict with my carbs this week meant I woke up feeling like an absolute mess. I literally felt hung over. Bloated and miserable stomach, groggy and in a REALLY bad mood. 

How many more time will I need to “mess up” before I learn permanently that my body just needs to be away from carbs. Like, totally away from them! I guess all life lessons take time for us to learn!

Back on it today tracking my digestible carbs to be sure I’m staying under my target 🎯 and because I believe there’s a positive in every situation I am ending with that. I am proud of myself that I am right back on it the next day rather than crashing and being depressed about my mistake and eating poorly for several days. That’s a huge win! 

You’re Beautiful Without all that makeup

“You are beautiful without all that makeup.” How many times have you heard someone say this? I understand the intention behind that statement. It’s meant to tell you that you can feel confident without wearing makeup. (Or worse, sometimes it’s a back handed compliment meant to shame you for making the choice to wear makeup) Yes, I can feel confident without makeup. However, I love wearing it. I love the creativity it brings to my day. I love all the beautiful colors. I love how it makes me feel. Somehow we have confused wearing makeup with wanting to hide who we are. A woman who wears makeup is NO less confident then the woman who doesn’t. It’s one way she expresses herself, and I would venture to say, you are actually getting to see more of who she really is when she has her face done. 

Makeup is NOT a mask. 
Makeup is art.
Makeup is passion.

Makeup is expression.

The Great Going Out Decision

You could say this is a sign of getting older. Except that isn’t the case with me. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. I love going out. I love being around people I know and love, and usually I love meeting and getting to know new people. I also hate going out, having to make the effort to get dressed up and talk to people and do social things. I am well aware of the paradox. This happens to me on a regular basis. When faced with the opportunity to go out, my brain goes into over drive trying to decide what’s best. Don’t want to miss a good time, but what if I go out and wish I had just stayed home to chill. What if I stay home and wish I had gone out?

Thankfully, (well I guess I should say thankfully because it’s a good thing we agree on this) I am married to someone who also doesn’t care too much about the whole going out thing.

Picture this scenario:  You’re married with 2 young children. The grandparents are taking the kids out for the day and keeping them over night. WHAT!? Yes, it’s real. I’ll give you a minute to process that first.

Well of COURSE you are going to go out right? It’s the thing to do, right? Except usually my feelings of “Yes, let’s go out” turn into “actually, I just want to get some take away and stay home and watch a movie on the couch” The silence is just far too appealing to me!

But then I start to feel guilty. Well, we so rarely get this chance. We really SHOULD go out! Well… who says? I mean really, who says? There’s no law that says you must go out and be social. So why do we feel like such losers when we make the choice to stay in? Social media is filled with sarcastic posts about grown up “wild” Friday nights spent in PJs with a netflix movie and a few glasses of wine. There is always some implied guilt or judgement that it’s uncool or loser-ish.

Want to know how I see it? It’s perfectly cool to want to stay home. It doesn’t mean you hate people or don’t want to be part of society. It just means that you are content with yourself and value a nice quiet night in. Learning to be ourselves without feeling apologetic can be really difficult. Don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. Do what you want and don’t criticize yourself based on your perceived expectations. Something most of us need a reminder of just about every day.

Super Easy Smoky Eye Using Happy Splurge Cream Shadow

This is one of those “Smoky eye for anyone who is too afraid to commit to a smoky eye” looks! It’s super simple and only uses one product, which means it’s fast too. Tutorial originally posted as a Facebook live on September 29, 2016.

Check out all the Splurge Cream Shadow colors!

Life is about the journey.

Life is definitely a journey! Mine is one characterized by your typical ups and downs. I am woman, a mother of 2, a wife, a business owner, sister, daughter, friend & mentor. I lead with my emotions a little too often, I overthink things, I am loyal and I love to laugh.

I have also had a life long battle with my weight and with depression and anxiety. I look forward to sharing some of my stories, inspirations and aspirations with you!

Check out the Life and Food sections using the menu at the top of the page, or the category menu on right right hand side of the page! (bottom of page if you are on a phone).

Splash Liquid Lipstick

10 Shades! I love this stuff. It has a rich, velvety texture, matte finish and it has real staying power.

My best tips:

  1. Less is more. The pigments are very strong, you don’t need a ton of product for good coverage. Try wiping some off the applicator wand or better yet, use the Lip Brush to get a precise, even application.
  2. Exfoliate your lips first! Smooth, well hydrated lips help with any lip product. I recommend the Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator, it’s what I use every day. I love it!

Here’s all 10 shades on yours truly!

 

Splash Liquid Lipstick at Glam With Amy

Low Carb Oopsie Bread

Going strict low carb means traditional bread is something I can not have on a daily basis. I am mostly OK with that, but there are times when I just want a sandwich or one of my favorites, a tuna melt. I found this Oopsie Bread recipe on DietDoctor.com and we love it! It definitely works well for tuna melts, at this point in the journey that’s honestly all we have used them for! I am sure this will be a favorite recipe though going forward!

Recipe (6 oopsie breads)

3 Eggs
4oz. cream cheese (best if softened)
1 pinch salt
1/2 tablespoon ground psyllium husk powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Separate the eggs, with the egg whites in one bowl and the egg yolks in another.
  2. Whip egg whites together with sale until very stiff. You want to be able to turn the bowl over without the egg whites moving.
  3. Mix the egg yolks and the cream cheese well. Add the psyllium husk and baking powder. (optional but makes them much more like typical bread)
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, try to keep the air in the egg whites.
  5. Drop 6 large or 8 smaller oopsies onto a parchment paper lines baking tray.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven at 150° C (300° F) for about 25 minutes, or until they turn golden. I have to watch mine and they are usually done around the 20 minute mark.

Original recipe source: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/oopsie-bread

Here’s my daughter and I making some Oopsie bread on Feb 3, 2017

What’s For Lunch: Pesto Salmon

My favorite trick for easy lunches is cooking extra for dinner so there are leftovers for lunch. I don’t always eat leftovers from the previous day, sometimes I skip days so I end up a “day behind” on my leftover eating. This helps keep me from getting bored!

The night before last I made myself Salmon with Pesto and Spinach (source: DietDoctor.com) and it was amazing! The extra salmon portion was saved and I made some fresh asparagus to go with it for today’s lunch! How do you like your asparagus? For me, it’s always a little bit of butter, squeeze of lemon juice and some salt & pepper. I LOVE asparagus!

Our Favorite Tuna Melts!

Two kids, one picky eater. Not too bad for odds I guess. My son is not a fan of tuna. My daughter would eat it every day. I can sometimes get my son to eat it if we make it like this!

Tuna melts have been a go-to lunch for us for a long time, we have recently introduced the Oopsie Bread as a base and now they’re even healthier for us!

Recipe (if you can call it a recipe, we never use specific measurements on these)

  1. Combine tuna, mayo, a bit of Dijon mustard & a splash of lemon juice with chopped celery.
  2. Start with Oopsie Bread base. (Recipe Here.)
  3. Layer on some spinach and a generous scoop of the tuna salad.
  4. Top with chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, sprinkle generously with shredded cheese. (A mixture of extra strong white cheddar and cheddar jack is our favorite!)
  5. Bake in the top of a 350° oven until cheese is melted and starting to bubble but watch the Oopsie breads to make sure they don’t burn.
  6. Serve with extra spinach or other greens and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice or your favorite dressing!

My Daughter and I making our low carb tuna melts on Feb 3, 2017