Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Oops should have posted these sooner.

I was going to do 1-2 other designs but I ended up liking these and didn’t want to take them off so quickly.

Polka Dots & Hearts

Hearts & Dots Nail Art

 

Mosaic Hearts

These were a little hard and didn’t come out as clean but I still like them. I also didn’t even attempt my other hand and just did small hearts on my other hand lol. Looks like 2 different peoples hands haha

mosaic nails

 

Did you do any nail art for Valentine’s Day?

 

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Grilled lemon chicken with green beans& pesto pasta salad

I got this recipe from Green Chef .

Green Chef is a food subscription box where they send you ingredients to make meals. They are delicious and easy. They have a variety of boxes to choose form based on your diet omnivore, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, ect.  You can use my link  to get 4 free meals or my code m9kpa8

grilledlemonchicken

 

  • Lemon-marinated chicken breasts
  • 3 ½ ounces fusilli pasta
  • 4 ½ ounces green beans
  • Pine nuts & Parmesan cheese
  • Zucchini & yellow squash
  • ½ red onion, ¼-inch julienned
  • Basil vinaigrette
  • 1 cup rainbow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 roasted red pepper

What to do

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees to medium-high heat
  •  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Cut stem ends off green beans. Cut into about 1-inch long pieces.
  • Add fusilli pasta to boiling water; stir. Cook 7 minutes before adding green beans.
  • Remove chicken breasts from marinade ( this was premade so make your own lemon marinade) ; discard excess marinade. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place on hot grill. Grill 3 minutes. Flip. Grill 2 minutes. Alternatively, heat about 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to hot pan. Sear 3 minutes. Flip. Sear 2 minutes.
  • Add green beans to pot with pasta; stir. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until pasta is al dente and green beans are tender. Strain. Rinse with cold water; shake off excess water.
  • Spread red onions out on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place chicken on baking sheet, atop onions. Roast 15-18 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees and it is no longer pink in the center of the thickest part.
  • Trim ends off zucchini and yellow squash. Halve widthwise. Cut lengthwise into about ¼-inch thick planks. Place zucchini and yellow squash in a large bowl. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon cooking oil. Season with salt and pepper. Turn to coat.
  • Place squash on hot grill. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side, or until tender. Alternatively, heat about 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil in pan used for chicken over medium-high heat. Add squash to hot pan. Sear 3-4 minutes on each side
  • Place pasta and green beans in bowl used for squash. Halve rainbow cherry tomatoes. Dice roasted red peppers into about ¼-inch pieces. Add tomatoes and peppers to bowl. Add pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with half of the basil vinaigrette. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine.
  • Cut lemon chicken into 6-8 slices each. Divide green bean and pesto pasta salad between plates. Serve grilled squash and roasted onions on the side. Fan chicken over top. Drizzle plate with remaining basil vinaigrette to taste. 
  • Enjoy!

Some meal inspiration

I’ve been slacking on my blog & sharing recipes here. I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of things.

Here are a few dishes I’ve made the past few months that might give you some ideas for lunch/ dinner.

Sweet potato dumplings & kale soup

sweetpotatoballssoup

I got a great deal on premade mashed potatoes , Simply potatoes ( I ended up getting I believe 8 for free) haha Well the sweet potato one was sort of bland and I did’t really care for them. I was thinking what can I make with them. I decided to make a dumpling/’meat’ball for my soup.

What I used:

  • Pre-made sweet potatoes ( Simply Potatoes)
  • flour
  • egg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • a little flax meal
  1. Mix all ingredients together and form balls.
  2. Boil chicken broth ( use veggie to make this vegetarian) dropped them in until they started to float. About 5 minutes. The broth helps give these more flavor too.
  3. Add kale

I did add carrots the next day . I also separated the dumplings from the broth when I put them in the fridge so they wouldn’t fall apart and turn to mush. I need to make these again but mash my own sweet potatoes.

 

Stuffed Peppers

I remember having this as a kid. Loved it! Its simple & easy to make. I should have taken a phot when I had all the colorful peppers together but we were hungry and there was one lonley one left. My grocery store had peppers on sale for $1 so I bought red, orange, yellow, green! Yum!

stuffedpeppers

There are so many ways to do this but this is how I did it when I made it.

Ingredients:

  • Peppers ( any color)
  • 1 cup dried rice
  • 1lb ground turkey( feel free to use beef or chicken..even sausage)
  • 2-3garlic
  • salt ( for rice & mixture)
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • tomato juice
  1. Wash peppers,cut off the tops, remove stem/seeds. ( dice the top pieces & set them aside)
  2. Cook rice , I use a cup of dried rice
  3. Brown turkey , add garlic/seasonings, & diced peppers ( from the tops)
  4. Add a little tomato juice and put on low
  5. Once rice cooled down some add it to the turkey. This is up to you if you love rice add it all, if you dont want as much don’t. Mix together
  6. In a deep pan add some tomato juice.
  7. Add turkey/rice mixture into peppers.
  8. Add all of the tomato juice into the pan, I pour a little on top of the peppers too.
  9. Add left over meat/rice mixture and if you didn’t use all of your rice …add it all to the pan into the tomato juice.
  10. In your pre heated oven 350-375F , add you peppers and cook for 30-445 minutes.
  11. The last 5 I put it up to 400.
  12. I use tongs to grabbed peppers into a bowl and add some tomato juice .
  13. Enjoy

You can add whatever you want to these, spinach, onion, mushrooms…whatever you like.

 

Fajita Bowl

 

burritobowl

I’ve probably shared something similar but this is a favorite go to meal for me.

  • Chicken
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • bell peppers, sliced
  • onions, diced
  • mushrooms, sliced
  • black beans, drained
  • avocado, diced
  • romaine lettuce
  1. Add chicken, fajita seasoning, peppers, onions ,mushrooms. Cook until done.
  2. Add beans, stir . Cook until heated through
  3. Put cut up lettuce in your bowl, top with fajita mixture
  4. Add avocado
  5. feel free to add cheese

Quinoa ‘fried’ rice

This one is tasty! I sometime add diced chicken to this as well.

I found this on Skinny Taste

quinoafriedrice1

You need

  • Quinoa
  • Eggs
  • Scallions
  • garlic
  • tomato
  • red pepper
  • soy sauce
  • salt
  • oil of your choice

 

Have you tried any of these before? What’s a favorite dish of your to make?

 

New Skincare Nip+Fab

Nip + Fab hooked me up with some goodies to try. I have been really enjoying their line of products.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot $24.95

nip + fab hyaluronic shot

 

This intense moisture concentrate works to deeply hydrate thirsty and dry skin for a moisture locked and plumper finish. Dragons Blood is a sap found in the Croton Lechleri tree in the Amazon, it works to protect and heal the skin from all outside aggressions.

dragons blood: preventing environmental damage to the skin and motivating skin cell regeneration, as well as inhibiting inflammation and reducing redness.
hyaluronic acid:
maintain skin plumpness and it’s super-hydrating to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and soften and smooth skin for a radiant and younger-looking complexion.

LOVE this serum. I put it on when I get out of the shower every morning. Then apply my moisturizer and make up. I liked how it made my skin look healthy & plump. Its lightweight and absorbs nicely & quickly into the skin. My skin just looked really good.

You can use this day or night. You can use by itself or mix into your moisturizer. It’s up to you.  All you need is 2 drops. I liked that the applicator was a bit different too. Instead of a dropper where you squeeze to get the liquid, you press the button on the top. I guess sort of like a shot. I highly recommend this serum.

Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing pads $12.99

Nip + Fab Glycolic pads

These are radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin.

  • glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces
  • hyaluronic acid moisturises + refreshes
  • blue daisy soothes + calms

I really enjoyed using these pads. I think my skin looked cleaner & brighter after using them. They didn’t dry out my skin and they were also gentle on my skin. I even washed my face and used one of these after and stuff was on the pad! Though my cleanser is black, so it could have been that but still, extra cleanser shouldn’t be on my skin anyway.  These do a great job at cleaning & gently exfoliating.  Another one you should try. These are also great for travelling since the container is a screw on cap.

Kale Fix Clay Mask $9.95

nip + fab kale fix

A super-charged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel, works to draw away impurities without drying the skin. The addition of an advanced moisture complex helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier function & regulate water loss to increase hydration for the skin to leave it feeling touchably soft with a fresh glow.

Remember when Kale made it into our lives? There is a reason for the hype sinceits packed with vitamins and so is this clay mask. Its rich in vitamins K, A, & C to help reninvigorate your skin.

It also has watcress extract to help retain maximum softness & elasticity.

Its easy to apply and spread to your face.  I applied an even layer to my skin and left it on for 10 minutes. As I wore it , it started to disappear on my skin. Then when I splashed the water on my skin it turned to a creamy milky texture. This left my skin really soft & fresh feeling.

Bust Fix Night $16.25

Bust Fix

A light serum to visibly plump + firm the appearance of skin around the bust + décolleté. Bust Fix is a revolutionary formula packed with fast acting mangosteen extract. With ingredients to reshape and sculpt as well as firm and tone, this serum is perfect for those whose skin has lost elasticity. I’m not sure if it made my breasts more plump , it was really moisturizing. The smell is very nice & relaxing too. It absorbed nicely without leaving skin feeling greasy or sticky.

#RealTalk Applying moisturizer to your breasts is a great way to feel for lumps.

Rodial Liquid Liner $28

Rodial liquid Liner

This felt tipped liner pen , easily glides on smooth. With great color pay off & long wear it will make any look you try do do effortless. It’s water resistant & quick drying. It made applying the liner so easy.

 

 Have you tried any Nip + Fab products or Rodial? Which ones, or what products do you want to try?

I received these products complimentary. All opinions are my own.

Fun Nail Art

I used to post my nails often, I do mostly on instagram . I was feeling uninspired so haven’t really been doing many designs. I thought I’d share some that I’ve done .

I have a few designs I will be sharing for Valentine’s Day 🙂

Dotticure nail art

I love this purple color from SinfulColors. Its Dusty Rose & the dots are Gossip Boss.

nailartessiedotticure

I did this for Christmas time but this would be great for Valentine’s Day as well. I use Essie Life of the Party and a gold ( no name/brand) .

Nail Art

I used SinfulColors Calypso , Accent Nail is Milani Gold Glitz , gold details, no brand/name polish

newspapernails

I did this when I furst got into nail art. Paid your nails white. Take pieces of newspaper ( comics work too!) Dip your nail in rubbing alcohol ( vodka also works) Carefully place newspaper piece on your nail, make sure not to move it. Press down, peel off. Put on a top coat 🙂

pinkblacknails

I used Opi Precisely Pink & Wet N Wild Black . Paint bottom half pink. Take a dotting tool and place dots at the top. I am so bad a straight lines so this helps if your lines aren’t even the dots hide it. Then start in the middle and then the sides.

tropical nails

I did this in the Summer. I loved it and learned a new trick to make colors pop on dark nails. First apply white polish , then your colors.

tribal nail art

Another fun Summer design.