EAT | 3 Healthy Snacks (Kid Approved!)

Today I’ve got three easy and healthy snacks that you can make for your kids, and if you don’t have kids, you can definitely try these out for yourself!  I’ve got Banana Swirl, which is just blended up bananas for a cold creamy treat, Granola Bars for a chewy and sweet snack, and some Baked Mozzarella Sticks that are crunchy and delicious!  Let’s get started!

BANANA SWIRL
Did you know that the consistency of a blended up frozen banana is the same as soft serve ice cream?  This is a delicious and healthy creamy treat, and you can add anything you want to this (sprinkles, berries, chocolate syrup), and it’s still healthier than regular ice cream!

What you need:

  • 2 cups frozen bananas
  • A splash of milk 

Blend up bananas in a blender, add milk if needed.

 

My girls like to add sprinkles.

  

 

Allie approved 🙂

Granola Bars (Gluten Free)

These chewy bars are packed with protein and are a great snack to eat any time of day!  These also make a great breakfast on-the-go!  

What you need:

  • 1 c pitted dates
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 c chopped almonds
  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c dried cherries

Put dates in a food processor and combine until it makes a ball of dough-like consistency.   

In a saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey on low heat and bring to a boil.  

Place oats, almonds, cherries, and chocolate chips in a bowl.

 
 

Add in your dates and peanut butter. 

Combine everything together, and spread into an 8×8 baking dish lined with plastic wrap. 

Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours, and then cut into bars.  These are so delicious! This makes about 15 bars.

   
   

BAKED MOZZARELLA STICKS

Mozzarella sticks are so good, but the fried kind isn’t exactly good for you, so I bake my own!  These give that same great crunch that the fried ones do.  I even like to make a marinara dipping sauce for them.

What you need:

  • 1 pkg egg roll wrappers (you can find these in the refrigerated produce department of the grocery store)
  • 1 pkg low fat mozzarella sticks (string cheese) unwrapped and frozen until hard
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

DIPPING SAUCE

  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp Italian spices (basil, oregano)
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut egg roll wrapper in half and roll frozen mozzarella stick onto wrapper folding in the edges (use water to help with sticking).

    

 Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 min.

For sauce:

Heat olive oil in pan and sauté till fragrant.  Add tomatoes and stir.  

  
 Add spices and salt and pepper until desired taste and heat for 10-15 min.

  
Hope you guys like these snacks!

xx amy


NEW | Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

Whenever Maybelline releases a new mascara, I just have to try it out!  Maybelline makes all of my favorite drugstore mascaras.
 Here they are in my lash drawer 🙂

When I saw this new Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, with its pretty pink and red metallic tube, I was compelled to buy it 🙂

  
   
 
I picked it up in the regular (non-waterproof) formula at my local grocery store for around $8.

The wand is really long, longer than any other mascara that I’ve tried, and the brush is skinny with teeny little rubber bristles.

I curled my lashes and started to apply this, and immediately thought that the formula was really “wet”, which is unusual for Maybelline.  I gave it one coat and it looked ok, but as I started to add more, the more it clumped.  I had read reviews on this mascara and everyone said it was clumpy, but I usually don’t have any issues with clumping, so I thought it would work.

In the end, I found that it really weighed down my lashes.  I had to take a comb and separate them, but still ended up with a lot of clumps.  I also found that the mascara took a long time to dry, which is kind of weird!

It’s a really wet, clumpy formula, and it didn’t hold much of a curl at all.  I’ve been using it for a couple of days, and I’m ready to toss it.  I tried to make it work, but this one is a fail for me.

I would definitely skip out on this one and try one of Maybelline’s other mascaras!

Thanks for reading!

xx amy

Micellar Water :  Garnier vs Simple

 I love using Micellar water not only to remove my makeup, but to also cleanse my face when I’m in a pinch.

Micellar water is a very gentle way to remove makeup and cleanse because it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients.  This is a great product to use if you have sensitive skin, because it is fragrance, oil, and alcohol free.  It won’t burn your eyes!

 I have been using the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for awhile now, and I even featured it in my 2015 Best Of Beauty.  I think I am on my 5th or 6th bottle of it, and you can purchase it from any drugstore for about $7 for 6.7 oz.  I love this so much because I can remove all of my makeup and there is no oily residue left behind.  I also don’t need to worry about washing my face after, because it doesn’t require rinsing.  I usually do wash my face with cleanser after, but on the days or nights when I’m tired, I know I can just soak a cotton pad in this, swipe it over my face, and go to bed without worrying about my skin breaking out.

  
Recently, Garnier brought out their version of the product, Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water.  You can find this product in drugstores for around $8 for 13.5 oz.  This product is pretty much the exact same.  It’s a clear liquid in a clear bottle.  After using this for awhile, I feel like they are very similar.  Both products remove all of my makeup, they don’t feel oily, and they haven’t made me breakout.  

Which one will I choose to repurchase from now on?  Well, I’ve gotta say the Garnier one for the fact that you are getting about double the product for $1 more than the Simple one.  Both products work the same, but you do get more bang for your buck with the Garnier.

  
Have you tried these out?

xx, amy

EAT | Sausage Linguine

My sausage linguine is basically just pasta made with italian pork sausage.  The sausage gives the dish a savory spicy flavor, and mixed with the parmesan, it is just delicious!  

What you need:

  • 1lb linguine pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • grated parmesan cheese

Boil pasta.  While pasta is cooking, heat oil in pan.  Add garlic and sauté.  

Add sausage and cook till brown.  Add basil, salt, pepper, and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  

After pasta is done, drain and add to sauce.  Top with grated parmesan.   

 Hope you like it!

xx Amy 

Pantone Colors 2016 | Nail Polish Picks

The Pantone colors of the year have been selected for 2016, and this year there are two colors!  The colors are Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (periwinkle blue).  These colors are beautiful pastels and will be so pretty on nails for upcoming spring/summer!  Here are my picks. 

 
   
For the color Serenity, I immediately thought of Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, the perfect periwinkle blue color.  This color makes your nails pop and is a great summer color!  The next color is a little bit darker, but still a periwinkle blue.  This color is Skinny Jeans by Loreal.  I love this color, and the formula of these Loreal polishes.  Both of these colors would be on trend as “Serenity”.  Both of these leave a cream finish on the nails without shimmer.

 
Now, for Rose Quartz.  Zoya Dot is a light creamy pastel pink that looks good on every skintone.  This color pink is a staple for me!  Also, I have OPI’s Got A Date To Knight and Butter London’s Fruit Machine as darker options for the color.  Fruit Machine has a hint of purple to it, but it is a beautiful color.

Sephora just came out with their lip glosses for these colors and they look amazing!  I can’t wait to try them.

Do you like the colors Pantone has selected?

xx amy