Gratitude

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Sorry, I haven’t done my gratitude posts. Lately, I’ve just forgotten. Plain and simple, I forgot. I want to do posts on what I’m grateful for. So here’s this gratitude post.

  1.  Being healthy, so many people take it for granted, and given the time with the virus going around, people forget that being healthy and staying healthy is not a guarantee.
  2. School, starting school back up, made me realize how much I missed it lol. I didn’t know how much I wanted to be back in school. People can take getting an education for granted, but when it makes you happy, you realize how lucky you are to be in school.
  3. Learning to sew, I’ve wanted to learn to sew for so long, and mom taught me a long time ago, and I forgot how to do it. I’m glad I’ve learned to use a sewing machine again. I’ve made masks for family and friends. I’m going to make aprons and bags along with some hot pads. Then I’m going to make my first quilt. I’m getting all the spooky cloth together so I can make it. I also got coth to create a future baby blanket. I want to have kids, and I know one day I’ll have at least one.
  4. The stimulus check the government gave everyone, I know I have money for bills, but being able to pay a little extra on my bills is nice.
  5. Movies since they’ve been keeping me entertained when not doing school work and before school started.
  6. Knowing how to follow a recipe. Some people can get quite confused with recipes if they don’t know how to follow one. I’ve found reading through the recipe a couple times than working on making what it talks about helps so much.
  7. Cookbooks, I love being able to read on how to cook things. I love learning how to cook new things.
  8.  Knowing how to bake. Baking seems to bring me the most happiness. I love being able to learn to bake, then coming up with my own recipes.
  9. My best friend because she loves me for who I am. I love her for who she is, and I always will. I’m so happy to be a godmother to her kids. I love her little mini-me’s lol.
  10.  For all the people who have been working through this virus. Doctors, Nurses, janitors, food workers, Delivery people, CNA’s, grocery store workers, truck drivers, farmers, people who work at homeless shelters, those who work at essential businesses risking getting infected, and anyone who helps those who need it no matter what.

School started back up online

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I can’t believe that I spent most of the week, not writing. It feels so weird. I thoroughly enjoy writing, so it surprised me that I didn’t write for so long. So what have I been up to?

I’ve been learning to sew masks and hot pads lol. I baked a milk and honey bread that tasted amazing as french toast. We haven’t left the house except to get food from the store and check the post office. I was going to make mini lemon bundt cakes, but the lemons were bad, and we didn’t have enough money to buy some more.

School starts back up with classes being only offered online. I’ve been trying to get things taken care of for school. Making sure I get my books and getting things watched that need to be watched beforehand. I have to be in the zoom classroom on Monday for ASL. There’s supposed to be a deaf event done for it, but that might change due to how things are going with this virus. It should be interesting to learn ASL entirely online. Math seems more straight forward than my last math class. Communications is reasonably straight forward as well. I’ve been watching the intro videos that we can watch now and reading the material.

I’ve been just trying to keep my mind busy since I’ve been cooped up in the house. I’m trying not to slip into a depression and making sure I’m doing productive things. I’ve been trying to do something good for me mentally, even when I don’t feel like doing it.

We’re not really going to celebrate easter. Never really have celebrated it. But everyone in the baking community has been making carrot cakes for easter.

It’s easter. So I guess happy easter. Just going to make potato soup for dinner and possibly grilled cheese with the milk and honey bread I made. Going to finish creating the masks, then clean the kitchen along with doing the dishes. The kitchen is a complete mess, and I don’t like it, so I’m going to clean it.

I’ve been hooked to listening to music at night before I go to sleep. I forgot how much I enjoy hard rock. Been listening to Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, Disturbed, and Godsmack along with a few others. I haven’t listened to them for a long time, and I remember how much I enjoy those artists.

School just started, and I’m uncertain of how it’s going to go being entirely online. My teachers are doing their best to help up with figuring it out.

I did my first zoom class today, and that was for ASL. Trying to figure out how it all works, and it seems that’s going to be the only zoom I have during the week. I had to keep my mic muted since my dogs like to bark at any noise they hear. It took me a few to get mine figured out cause I didn’t realize I needed to click on my mic so I could listen to them.

I got what homework I could do for communications and with ASL. I watched what videos I needed to know what homework to do. I read through the modules and saw what I needed to for that week’s course work. I still need to work on math. I plan on doing that and my ASL video tomorrow. Apparently, we’re doing the vocab on our own to teach the rest of the class how to sign the words. We’re also going to sign a story about Mr. Potatohead lol.

I got what school work I could do for the day, and I also went and check the post office for my check. I put that in the bank then came home and paid bills go me.

It’ll be nice to change my focus on something other than boredom. I’ve been mentally going nuts, not leaving the house very much. I didn’t realize how much I try to keep myself busy, so I’m not stuck in my head. After going through DBT, I did what I needed to, so I didn’t dwell on things around me. I hate being stuck in my head most days. I guess I struggle with thinking about things that’ll make me unhappy. Overthinking is my biggest downfall for myself mentally. When I do that, I end up becoming increasingly depressed. It’s best to try not to focus on the bad and nonexistent, which people with BPD tend to do.

I’m planning on reading my communications book and try to get ahead in that class, well, as much as I can. There’s quite a bit of reading to do in that class. Oh, I should print out the study guides on the modules. Okay, I just tried to get into the module, and it is not open, yet so I have to wait until next week.

Brandon got excepted into a college over in New York. I’m not going with him. I have no desire to leave, and besides, I want to stay with my mom and help her when she needs it. I’m happy here, and I don’t want to leave. I’m happy for Brandon, and if he wants to go, it’s his choice, not mine. I don’t tell him what he can or can’t do with his life. I’m genuinely happy for him. He might be leaving at the end of August if he can get the money together to go for the fall quarter. If not, he’s going to leave for the spring quarter. He’ll be at that school for four years to get his masters with cooking. He wants to expand his knowledge and abilities with food. He feels this school will open up doorways for his future and to open the type of restaurant he wants.

So we got our stimulus check, which is going to go for bills. I need to pay down some credit cards. Paid on the phone bill.

I’ve been doing math even though I hate it, but at least I’m doing it. I’ll get through this class no matter what. I’ll do my group work and tests as soon as I can, and I’m going to get as much as the online stuff done as I can. I want to pass it even though I hate doing it. I’ll say there’s not as much required in this math class as my other math class. So it should be easy to get a passing grade.

Oh, I thought I would have more to talk about with starting school this week. Guess I was wrong, lol.

So, what to talk about?

I’m slowly getting things done that I need to for school. Right now, I’m turning in my test for ASL. Though the dogs started being noisy while I recorded my ASL video, thankfully, they didn’t full-blown start barking. I can only imagine what people would say if I yelled out in the middle of my video to get the dogs a damn carrot lol. I wish it didn’t take so long to upload the videos for ASL.

I feel like I’m not being very productive with not going to the school for classes or work-study. Though I found out today since we can’t go on campus to do our hours, we’re going to be awarded half of our money, and if they stay closed after may, then we’ll be awarded the other half. I missed when I used to take the bus there and sit in the bakery with Brandon and work on my next blog post. I probably could get up and do those sorts of things and then do my homework like I used to. Right now, I’m getting up in the morning and taking my sweet ass time to wake up before working on homework.

Everyone got stimulus checks from the government. We used ours to pay on some bills and put a little bit aside for more bills. It would be nice if they did the $2,000 a month for everyone since a lot of people can’t work right now. But I know that’s wishful thinking, but it would be helpful for bills. It was nice for the one time, so we could get some bills paid that needed to be paid.

I need to stop eating so much lol. Being stuck at home, I’m eating more than I should. I hope I haven’t gained too much weight. I need to do better at taking care of myself.

We’ve made masks for us to go out and about. We don’t have gloves to wear, though.

I’m getting what I need done for school for this week. I need to do the rest of my math and the last video for ASL. I want to get ahead for communications. I have a lot to read for it, and I need to write a long post for a discussion. I only have two more homework for math. The video I need to do for ASL needs to talk about potato head comic strip and do a story about it. I haven’t come up with my story yet, but I can get it written up tonight, and I’ll make the video tomorrow. I have to make sure I write it out in gloss and English. Gloss is when it’s written in ASL. Get done what I need to for the day and do my homework.

I hope everyone is doing well even though the virus is going around. I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Learning new things

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I’m going to be making pie crusts and blind baking them for haupia chocolate pie and a blueberry pie. I’m going to make the blueberry with a crumble topping. I’m also going to make cream puffs. Mom wants a white chocolate raspberry cream puff, and I also want to make a key lime cream puff. Though, I need to get more white chocolates and graham crackers.

So today, mom and I went to my dads and visited. We went to Jo-Anns Fabrics after getting stuff to make masks, and I got some fabric to make an apron. They have free kits so people could make their own masks. I found a pattern online on how to make a 50s inspired apron that I want to make. Maybe I should pull the sewing machine out of the storage unit and learn to sew using that, or I’m going to be sewing it by hand, which I don’t mind. I’ve done that before and made a backpack that lasted more than five years. I also want to make an apron for my nieces. I think that’d be so cute on them.

And so it begins

Measuring cloth out for masks, and then I’m going to measure things out for aprons. I found a pattern at Jo-Ann’s for a purse I really want to make it but first the masks and then the aprons. I’m following the instructions for the masks from this site. Mom’s going to show me how to use the sewing machine. She’s taught me before, but I only sewed a couple lines I didn’t full-on practice. I’m determined to learn how to use the sewing machine this time.

Mom and I spent yesterday cutting out the fabric for face masks. We’re going to finish doing that today. What we don’t use for masks mom wants to make into a blanket and apron. Mom’s going to show me how to use the sewing machine today. I’ll probably take breaks to make pie crust so I can get that made finally and the cream puffs. When I went to Jo-Anns, I found a mini bundt pan for $7.00 marked down from $29.00 I was so happy when I saw that on clearance.

I’m going to make mini lemon bundt cakes. I know they won’t take that long to cook, so I think the most time-consuming part with be with mixing up the batter. I’m trying to do as much as I can that makes me happy before I’m knee-deep into homework and won’t think about anything else. I’ll definitely take pictures of the first mask I finish lol. It’ll be the first thing I sewed using a sewing machine.

We’re getting closer to school starting. I’ve watched the videos I need to for ASL. It’ll be interesting going to class on zoom, especially on Mondays sense my dogs love to bark at anything and everything lol.

I got some of the masks sewed, but they still need the pleats, so I need to iron them, then sew them again and put the ties on them.

I’m making milk and honey bread. Though I added more honey in it than the recipe called for. I really wanted it to taste of honey. My arms were hurting from all the kneading I did to it. I kneaded it for a good 5-7 minutes.

Wow, I just realized I haven’t written on here much this week. I’ve been so focused on getting ready for school to start and sewing that I forgot lol. So I guess this week is a short post. I’ll try to have more to say in my next post.

March was a doozy of a month O.o

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March was a doozy of a month. We had our finals for school, and now everyone has to stay home due to the covid-19 virus. So did I pass my classes? I passed 3 out of the 4. Not surprisingly, I didn’t pass math. So I have to retake it. Hopefully, with this different teacher, I’ll be able to pass the math class. So, far I like what she has to say in her syllabus. I don’t know if we’re starting classes on the 6th or the 13th. I know Brandon doesn’t begin until the 17th of April. They said we’re supposed to get our financial aid on the 8th of April. I know the banks are supposed to stay open, so hopefully, we’ll be able to get money off of it to pay our bills. Otherwise, we’re paying our bills with our school cards, and I’ll have to figure out how much to pay off of each card.

I realized I forgot to put the shortening and butter in the fridge for the pie crust. I’m also going to make a rough puff pastry. Its the easy way to make puff pastry. I saw it a lot on The Great British Baking Show. It’s where I saw that cake that I want to make and other things that make me want to make them. Oh, watching them make meringue made me want to try and make it again. I tried years ago to make it but failed miserably, so I want to try again.

I need to get my schedule back to normal. I’m staying up past midnight and sleeping until almost noon. I can’t keep this schedule when school starts.

I got some fake nails and put them on and painted them. They’re not with acrylic, only the nail. I didn’t want to do all the acrylic. That would take me forever, and with no proper sanding tools, yeah, it would take a long time.

Dog’s are playing. Cats are sleeping. Brandon is playing the PS4. Mom’s drinking coffee and watching TV. I’m sitting here drinking coffee, and soon as I’m done, I’m going to heat some water and wash my face. I’m making cleaning my face a routine during the day and night. Heating the water and being mindful of the process of washing my face. I’m trying to think of what skill that is from DBT, but there’s a specific skill that you can practice so your in the moment and just focusing on the process of what you’re doing. I’ll ask my therapist what skill that is. I think that’s the skill I’ve been using cooking.

Mom suggested I talk about having to stay home because of the virus when I want to go to school. To be honest, it’s not any different from when I was in a mental state not to leave the house what so ever. My anxiety and depression made it to where I didn’t want to go anywhere. The less I went places, the happier I was before. Now, yes, I want to go to school, and I’m going a bit stir crazy, not leaving, but I’m doing better mentally. I’m cooking and trying to make a positive thing out of this. I’m definitely in a better mental state now than when I was before when I didn’t want to leave the house what’s so ever. I’m working on writing on here and cooking. Whereas before, I wouldn’t do anything and just lay in bed doing nothing.

So I’ve put the chore chart back in place. We’re going to do $30 for the end of the month prize for the person with the most points. I got these chore charts off of amazon, and I wanted to encourage cleaning around the house not just for me but for everybody. I want the chart to be in place when we move in with Richard and the girls. Though, I might put in a different prize for the girls, so they’re getting rewarded for their chores. But I’ll have to talk to Richard and see what he wants to do.

I made the pie crust, and that’s resting in the fridge. Now I mixed up, and I’m baking the dog treats. What I put in them is

Dog treats

16 ozs or 1 lb of peas frozen-thawed

1 lb of broccoli from frozen-thawed

3 cups shredded carrots fresh

1 tbsp coriander

1 ½ tbsp ground ginger

1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon

1 cup organic PB fit peanut butter

1 cup steel-cut oats

Four eggs

¾ cups water

Heat oven up to 350 degrees. Mix everything. Put on parchment covered cookie sheet in an even layer. Bake for 50 minutes. Let them cool completely, then cut as big or as small as you want. Refrigerate the rest.

So the dogs love the treats I made for them they’re going nuts over them lol.

I made enough pie crust for three pies and one quiche. I wanted to make a potato, onion, and cheese quiche.

So, what to talk about?

I painted my nails pink with a copper accent nail. They’re a bit messy looking, but I like them. I also fudged them up before they dried, so a couple looks like crap. So far, I’ve been able to do my contacts with the nails.

Oh, I plucked my eyebrows because they were becoming one lol. I was able to see them after I put in my contacts and saw they needed plucking. So I plucked them, and I’m thinking of doing my makeup just not sure.

I’m thinking of making a pineapple curd. We have everything to make it except the cornstarch. I think pineapple curd with a lemon or line curd would taste amazing. I could make haupia and put it with that that would taste wonderful. We’ll see if anyone on Facebook will give up a recipe that I can use so I can try and make it.

I made a garlic and herb bread. It turned out so much better than the last one I made.

They turned out so good I want to make grilled cheese out of a slice of it. You can’t see in the picture, but they’re huge lol. Brandon said they look like hamburger buns lol. They were right out of the oven in this picture.

I think food is my escape from my worries right now. Cooking does make me happy, and it’s a nice distraction. I’m going to make breadsticks filled with cheese too.

I made pineapple curd, and it tastes so good. I’m going to make lemon curd and key lime curd for pies and cream puffs.

I didn’t get to make the lemon curd, but I’m going to make that tomorrow. But I did make cinnamon rolls which didn’t turn out, so I’m going to try a different recipe. I found one that might work, but we’ll see after I make them. But the curds were so good!

Today I’m making lemon curd along with trying that new cinnamon roll recipe. I need to do the dishes first, and I already promised to make cream puffs so I might make those first then make the cinnamon rolls. Oh, and I still need to blind bake my pie crusts so I can make the haupia and pineapple pie with meringue for that pie too. I have some dried beans I can use to blind bake them.

I’ve made this post mostly about food. I just can’t seem to think about anything else, especially with how I’ve been cooking. My entire therapy appointment, all I talked about was food. My therapist said she hadn’t eaten lunch, and I was making her hungry lol. It’s funny she like garlic just as much as I do. But I have been making sure to wear my Slytherin apron that Brandon got me for our wedding anniversary.

I love Harry Potter, and when I went onto the website, I got sorted into the house Slytherin. I so wish I could go down to Florida to visit Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I was to get my wand and robes. But for now, I’ll just rock my apron while I cook. I should try and do something Harry Potter themed when I cook. I want the Harry Potter cookbook. I have that cookbook on my wish list on Amazon along with the Lord of The Rings cookbook. I also have other cookbooks on there that I want from the Great British Baking Show. Though, I should look on Thriftbooks to see if I could order them cheaper. I don’t know we’ll see kind of wish I could share my wishlist on there for people to order from and get it sent to me. Like you can find on Amazon. I have a wishlist for my birthday wants, and they’re all cookbooks lol. I do enjoy reading cookbooks. I like learning about how to cook things, especially sweets.

I need other things to talk about on here lol. I know I took a couple days off from writing on here to bake, but I also didn’t know what to talk about. No one is giving me ideas of what to talk about on here.

I haven’t been doing a whole lot besides baking and watching TV. Well, more watching movies on VUDU and TV shows on Netflix.

I’ve been listening to music every night before bed. I haven’t listened to rock music for a long time, and I’ve been enjoying listening to it before bed. I have Amazon music so I can listen to music, and I’ve been able to listen to the newest stuff on there but also the old stuff I enjoy. When I get money, I want to buy the songs I really like so I can have them on my computer—been really into listening to Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, Disturbed, and Korn. I know I haven’t just sat and listened to those bands in a couple of years. I’m so out of the loop with music I don’t know what’s in anymore lol. I feel so old because of that lol.

With this virus, it’s making it hard for people to go out and do stuff. I’m not complaining; I’m just stating a fact. The only thing that’s been changed drastically is I can’t go to the gym, and the house is too small to workout in. I’d end up tripping over the animals or bumping into my mom and husband. And I don’t know if I should go for walks beside it’s getting sunny and I don’t want to be in the sun lol.

So I made the lemon curd, and it tastes of lemon but not as Tarte maybe because I used Meyer lemons. Through all of my cooking, I came up with my curd recipe.

So I made the cinnamon rolls again, and they turned out this time. I’m glad I used this recipe, and they turned out perfectly. Though I didn’t put the cream cheese topping on, I kinda wanted them without. But ya never know I might change my mind. I forgot to take a picture, and I’m sure you know what cinnamon rolls look like lol.

That’s it for now if you have anything you want me to talk about just let me know.

Baking to pass the time

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Not having homework and whatnot, I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like I should be doing something. I’m probably going to be cooking a lot because I don’t know what else to do with myself. I’m going to be starting school either on the 6th of April or the 13th. When I’m able to message my teachers, I’ll ask them what day we start. I need to go to the school for my books. Same with Brandon, we need to go to the school for his books. It’s going to be a pretty penny for them. I hope I have enough on my credit cards.

So I ordered Sei Bella Revital skincare through my brother’s business called Melaleuca. He signed me up as a customer, and I ordered that as my first order. I really wanted to try the skincare and how well it works. So, I’m going to try it for a month and do a side by the side of now when I first tried it to the 30-day mark. If I really like it, I’m going to order it again and keep using it. I want to try the cosmetics and hair care through them. That way, I can give a full review of their products. I’ve already tried their cleaning products and really like them. The toilet cleaner got a stain off the toilet that I’ve been trying to get since we moved in. The laundry detergent works really well and makes our clothes smell really lovely. What I really like about the products is they’re all-natural. So, there’s nothing harmful in the products and won’t cause irritation to your skin. The skincare doesn’t have a strong smell to them; it smells lightly of herbs. It’s not an obnoxious smell, it’s light and subtle. So far, my skin is really soft after using it. When I went with my brother, mom, and dad to learn more about his company, I won a cup that keeps your drink at the same temp no matter what. It works so good. I love having warm coffee for more than an hour. I don’t drink my coffee very fast so it staying warm is really lovely.

I’ll do a more in-depth review of the products once I try them more.

What to talk about?

I feel like I should be doing something! What to do?!

Oh, I didn’t realize the picture was a little blurry, but Angel is already half the size of the couch. I can only wonder how much she weighs now. The sofa is mom’s bed, and that’s why there are so many blankets and pillows on the couch. I need to get a good one of Dasiy too. Maybe take a picture of them standing on their hind legs to show how big they are now.

So now I making bread again this time, just two white loaves. I’ll do another later with flavorings and whatnot. I’ll post pictures once it’s done. It’s been so long since I just baked for the fun of it. I’m really like doing this. I’m going to make cookies and more bread. I’m planning on making some pies with a hot water crust. I’m trying recipes I wouldn’t usually work. I think it’s a good thing that I’m doing this. It’s helping me emotionally. Ooo, maybe I should make fresh pasta! Oh, and I’m planning on making soft breadsticks I might stuff them with cheese lol.

Here’s the picture of the bread I made. The food turned out really good. I put pretzel salt on the outside just because we had it lol. 

Well, I’ve baked bread, and I’m making cookies. I’m already made 4 dozen cookies. I make red velvet and white chocolate chip macadamia nut.

I’m planning on making chocolate chip, espresso chip, and salted caramel chip. So in all, I’m going to make about 10 dozen cookies. Then I’m going to make a pie than some more bread. I just haven’t figured out what to do with myself now that I’m not focusing on school. I’m probably going to be like this all spring break. Here are the recipes I followed for my cookies:

Cookie base

2 ¼ cups flour

½ tsp salt

¾ tsp baking powder

¾ cups (1 ½ sticks) butter

1 cups + 2 tbsp brown sugar

1 cups + 2 tbsp caster sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 bags of chocolate chips of choice

 

Cream butter and sugar together until well combined. Add one egg at a time, letting each addition incorporate evenly. Add salt vanilla and baking powder. Let it mix evenly. Add flour half a cup at a time so it can incorporate evenly. Then add chocolate chips of choice. Let rest for a couple hours in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake until golden, usually about 12-15 minutes depending on oven. If your oven runs high in temp cook at 325 until golden.

Notes: If you want them chocolate as chocolate cookies, replace ¾ of flour with cocoa powder. I use this base for my cookies and add whatever chocolate chips I have at the time. I put espresso flavor and white chocolate chips for one, another I did salted caramel and milk chocolate, then I made a plain chocolate chip.

 

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies

½ cups of butter

4 ounces of cream cheese

1 cup caster sugar or sweetener of choice.

¼ tsp salt

1 egg

1 tsp almond extract

½ tsp baking powder

1 ¾ cups flour

2 cups macadamia nuts chopped toasted if you like

4 cups white chocolate chips

 

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar until incorporated. Add the egg, almond extract, salt, and baking powder. Once everything is well integrated, add the flour ½ cup at a time. Once combined, add chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Fold in them in. Allow resting for 2 hours in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

Note: I think I want to try adding honey to this and see how it tastes. I think doing that instead of sugar would be really good.

 

White chocolate chip red velvet cookies

1 ¾ cups flour

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ cup butter

2 large eggs

¾ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut vinegar

1 tbsp red food coloring

4 cups White chocolate chips

 

Cream together sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time, then add vanilla, coconut vinegar, and food coloring allow to mix thoroughly. Add cocoa powder and allow that to mix carefully then add baking powder. After that’s mixed well, add the flour ½ cup at a time. Gently fold in white chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes depending on if you want then soft or crunchy.

Note: I thought about making a cream cheese frosting to put on top of the cookies. I think that would make it really good.

I found this online and made it to my liking. There were some elements that I liked to change and make it somewhat my own. I would give credit I just can’t find them now I don’t know what I put in to search for them lol oops. If they look familiar, let me know so I can edit this post with credit to you.

I’m not sure what happened to the recipe for the bread, but if you look up basic yeast bread dough, it should come up, hopefully, lol.

So I organized my skincare a bit, but I want to get the stuff from the bathroom organized. Just to make sure it’s all in the same place, and I don’t have to hunt around for it.

So, yesterday mom and I went to the store and used our credit card to get food for the next couple weeks because the governor put in effect no leaving the house unless necessary for like doctor appointments, meds, and food. Otherwise, there’s no need to leave to go anywhere. We’re planning on just staying indoors and waiting until the order is lifted. Though, I’m going to go to project beauty share Monday. I should be free of this cough by then.

I ordered food for the animals and a toy for the dogs. They absolutely love it! It looks like a stick, and they keep playing with it. Hopefully, it lasts. It’s supposed to be for aggressive chewers. I just realized we’re low on training treats, so I just ordered more. My credit card is going to be so full after all this is done.

I have my therapy appointment today, we’re doing it over the phone again. We’ll be doing it over the phone for a while until this virus blows over.

I’ve made the cookies, and I still need to make the pies. I’m going to make an apple, a blueberry, and a lemon. I’m looking up on how to do a meringue, and I’m probably going to do a Swiss meringue because that actually heats up and cooks the egg whites. I’m going to have to toast the top of it using the oven. Then I’m going to try and learn to make cannoli shells, then I’ll worry about learning to make the fillings. Yes, I know I should be studying pastry lol. Cooking seems to be the only time I feel happy and content. But I don’t want to get into the business and lose that passion I have for it. I don’t know I’m trying to find a job at a bakery. I think that would give me the idea of if I want to pursue that career type. I’m going to finish getting my AA then go into the library Technician program. I really want to finish what I started then go into the pastry program.

Oh, man! I just looked at what books Brandon and I need for school. It’s going to cost a pretty penny. Hopefully, I get my financial aid or my check before then. Have to figure out how to pay for them.

I need to get my schedule back to normal. I shouldn’t be staying up past midnight and sleeping the day in. Tonight I’m going to take my meds at a decent time.

Yesterday mom fell down really hard, she’s hurting pretty bad now. She hit her whole left side on the ground really hard. I wish I could drive so I could take her to the doctors. I really need to get my license.

I’m trying to think of recipes that I can try and make. I want to do more loaves of bread, including a sweet bread. Possibly some cinnamon rolls. But we’ll see how much butter I have after making pies and what not lol. Though, I don’t have cream cheese now to make cream cheese frosting. Oh well, if we have to, we can go get it when we go to get meds.

So far, the skincare I’m trying out is good, it’s been leaving my skin really soft. I’ve been pretty good about washing my face day and night. Moms has been keeping up with cleaning her face day and night too. I organized my skincare and put away what I’m not using while I’m using the Sei Bella. It really gives more room in the bathroom on the shelves. I have so much skincare now, but I’m trying not to use anything other than the Sei Bella. I want to get a proper idea of how it works and if I entirely like it. If I really like it, I’ll get it again next month.

So I’ve been snooping around on the internet on how to make particular cakes. I’ve found one called European sponge cake (genoise). I’ve printed out the recipe, and I’m planning on trying it out. I’ve also looked into making a rough puff pastry and found a recipe that looks easy. I just have to plan that one in advance because I have to freeze the butter and have the flour in the freezer to keep really cold. I think it’ll be a fun thing to make. Maybe I should try making it with the girls sometime or the European sponge cake (genoise). I think they’d have a blast making those. I ordered the big book of the Great British Baking Show. I guess I’ll have a lot to practice once I get that book. I’d love to see if they have the recipes that people made on the show. I’d like to make some of them. Especially the bread filled with either savory or sweet fillings. 

Yesterday I just vegged out and watched the Great British Baking Show. I’m getting inspired to cook watching that show. It’s inspiring to see these home bakers bake on there and be passionate about it.

I think my passion for cooking is coming back, and I’m considering going into baking. I already know if I go into it, I’d start my own patisserie shop with sweets from around the world. I already know what I’d name the business to lol The Witches Candy House. There’s so much I want to learn to bake. I know I want sweets, but I also wish to make savory things as well. There’s so much I can make and learn.

If there’s anything else, you want me to talk about, let me know. I know I’m talking a great deal about food. I’m just getting my passion for it back, and I’m enjoying it. So, yeah, let me know your thoughts and what you like to read about.

Gratitude Post

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Haha, I seem to forget to do my gratitude entries on the daily lol. I’ll try and do better (0.o) I guess I’ve just been consumed with finals and what I need to do to get everything done I forgot. I’ve been trying to do my regular post and almost forget about that daily lol.

What I grateful for is…

Being in school

My best friend’s kindness and understanding.

Being a godmother

My choux pastry coming out perfectly! now to make the custard… (>.<)

My brothers

For job interviews, just to get that experience is priceless.

Working at the library

Learning every day in and outside of school.

Snow and yes I do miss it

Kindness from others

Deaf Event

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I went to the Starbucks on Friday 3/6/2020 from 5 pm – 7 pm. I got there early because I was nervous and wanted to make sure I got the address correct. Everyone working there knew all the deaf people who come in. They do this deaf night on the first Friday of every month. I was so nervous because I don’t feel entirely comfortable signing to other people. I was so worried about doing the wrong sign and not properly putting it into ASL format. I was the only new face there. Everyone was super helpful and very understanding. I wrote down and showed them that I’m studying ASL at the college with Kellie-Marie. They got very excited that I was learning it, and I wanted to know more. I feel if I can attend these deaf events, meet people, and make friends, I can learn better at doing ASL and it’s format. There were a couple of people who are hearing there whose relatives are deaf, and one is also learning to be an interpreter. The other is an interpreter. She was delighted that I was there and that I wanted to be more a part of deaf culture. She said, “not enough people spend enough time around the deaf, so they don’t end up learning ASL to it’s fullest.” I have to agree with her on that. I think that’s what’s been my problem, and I haven’t emerged myself into the deaf culture to thoroughly learn it. I’ve only been learning the surface of it without taking the initiative to learn more. I find the culture and language to be beautiful, and I want to be able to talk to everyone hearing and not. I’m learning to be a library Technician, and I want to be that person who makes everyone feel included.

While there, I saw several signs I recognized. I found it interesting that when at school, I struggle with reading fingerspelling, but while I was there, I was able to pick up on it. I think in class, I’m overthinking it, and while I was at Starbucks, I just let it be and tried to relax. I found most conversations were about politics. I honestly don’t know much about politics since I don’t follow them. I should follow them a little so that I can have something more to talk about. The translator said everyone’s been anxious about coronavirus going around.

Along with the inclusion of the deaf in every society. There were two people there that work at the Spokane valley office that are advocates for the deaf. She said that their main office is in Vancouver, WA and that they have an office in the Valley over here. Everyone showed me their name sign, which I thought was terrific. They showed me the sign for coffee since we were at a coffee shop. I recognized the sign for live/life and the sign for death, paper, pen, food, drink milk, change, transition, and a few other signs I can’t think of. One person asked me if my eyes were getting tired of all the watching. I said I’m usually a very quiet person who watches what is going on around them. So, my eyes weren’t too bad. But I was touched at his and everyone’s kindness. They were so welcoming and kept telling me not to be nervous. I think another reason I was nervous is that I don’t know how to bring up conversations and keep them going. I’m not good at small talk, and I, in general, struggle with communicating. I’m going to keep going to the deaf events that are open for the hearing. I want to make friends and meet new people.

Hello March

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It’s now March, and I only have a couple weeks left of this quarter. This quarter has been interesting. I’m happy with what I’ve done so far in this quarter. Though, I do feel I could’ve done better. Having a severe depressive episode during this quarter did not help me. It made me struggle with my work and made me late with some work. I’ve been trying to do what I need to, but sometimes I find myself just sitting here doing nothing. I know that’s from my depression. I hope I don’t have this happen next quarter.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to retake math 87. I don’t mind so long as I get a teacher that helps me with actually learning the material. I mean, even if I do pass this class, I’d want to retake it so that I know that I’m able to do the material. I’ll need to know how to do the work with Math 88.

It’s Monday and a new day! I did my makeup and got all pretty because I felt like it. I bought a new outfit on Saturday and wanted to wear it, so I did. I’m now at school, and here’s a picture of my makeup. It’s nothing fancy, just something simple.

Though, I could’ve done better on my eyebrows. They’re a little light looking. Maybe I should use a tinted brow gel; I have some perhaps I should try it tomorrow. It’s going to surprise everyone at Project Beauty Share, seeing me all dressed up. I don’t usually get like this. I want to try and dress up most days. I think it’ll help my depression to subside somewhat. I know it’s not a for sure thing that it’ll recede, but it’s worth a try.

I’m going to try and make eclairs today. I need to make the custard cream then make the choux pastry. Though, I forgot to grab heavy cream for the chocolate sauce that goes on it. I want to make it and bring it to work. I think that’ll be something nice to do. I’m thinking of making the custard orange flavor or banana flavor. I’m thinking of making both and seeing which one I like more or if I’m going to do both lol. Brandon says I should do banana flavor. I’ll ask mom and see what she thinks I should do. I’ll try to post a picture on here of them after I make them. I think it’ll be fun to make and I’m considering doing the pastry program here at the school. That’ll be so much fun. I don’t know I’m delighted when I cook and when I do makeup.

I know my homework has been taking a hit with my depression hitting like this. I’m going to do my best to do my group project in history since the grade isn’t just for me but for all of us. I don’t want them to suffer a grade because I’m having issues. So, I’m doing what I can to do my research on my project and figuring out what I need to write a 5-7 page essay and also do a slide show. I need to figure out what put on there and how to do it. I like this class I wish I weren’t mentally like this right now. I’m trying to do what I need to for PE as well. Having a bronchial infection really made it hard to work out. I still have to use the inhaler the doctor gave me for it. I can feel mucus in my chest. I just can’t seem to cough it up. I think I’m going to have to get some medicine that’ll help me hack it up. My counselor wants me to figure out if I want to do a complete refresher course on DBT or just review it here and there. I’m thinking of the entire refresher course. I feel I might do better being taught the materials all over again.

This week should be interesting since we’ll be making up the paragraph for ASL as our expressive test. I can’t believe there’s only this week and next week left of the quarter. We have the word ghost/spirit to sign, so this should be interesting. There’s also the word pregnancy lol what a word combo. We’ll see who I get in a group and see what we all come up with.

Saturday night, mom lost feeling in her leg and didn’t realize it until she stood up. She fell really hard on the floor. I ran out of my room because I was in bed. I thought the dogs knocked something big down. I was really shocked to see mom and was moaning in pain. I helped her get up on to the couch. I stayed up with her until she could stand on her own. It wasn’t until the next day that she realized she forgot to take her pills, and that’s why she lost feeling and couldn’t sleep that night.

I have to say I feel very out of place in ASL. Everyone has a friend in that class, I feel like no one wants to talk to me. I try to speak,k but they instantly turn to someone else.

It’s Tuesday, and I did my makeup again lol.

I just did something simple since I woke up late. But I’m surprised I can do my makeup better when I don’t have my contacts in, and I can’t really see. Maybe because I’m so used to doing my makeup that way, I’m just not used to doing it while being able to see lol.

So, yesterday I didn’t get a whole lot done, but at the same time, I did. I got up at 4, did my makeup, and got dressed. I got on the bus came to school half asleep. Went to work from 7:15 to 9:15 was trying to reorganize the DVD’s in the library because they’re messed up. I’m going to work on it again today. I took a bus to Project Beauty Share, and they didn’t have much mail, so I didn’t stay as long as I usually do, which is okay with me. Julie there gave me a nice big-thick stainless steel pot and some mason jars. I carried that and my book bags home. I met up with Brandon at the plaza and went back. Then, mom took me to the bank and the post office. I had to stop and get my meds from Safeway, and that took forever. I stopped at the subway for my lunch/dinner. I got home and ate, then worked on homework. I was so exhausted. I fell asleep at 7. I didn’t get to make the eclairs like I wanted to. So yesterday I did a lot, but I didn’t get to do what I wanted. Hopefully, today I can. We’re just taking the stuff in the car to storage then taking the dogs to the groomers. Hopefully, I can get a picture of them before they get messy again lol.

I’m hoping I can keep up with doing my makeup daily. I also need to heat water at night and in the morning to wash my face each time. Getting in the routine of things still, and by the time I get in the routine, it’ll be spring break than a new schedule for school lol. Then I’ll have to get used to a new schedule.

Oh! I forgot one of the dogs lost a tooth! We found it on the floor and couldn’t figure out why Angel was bleeding from her mouth. We found the baby tooth and figured it out. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see that🙃. I’ll take a picture of it when I get home and post it here.

I’m looking into doing the pastry program after I get my degree in library technician. I know I got a few years to go first, but I want to look into it and practice as much as possible. That’s why I want to make eclairs so I can practice making a choux pastry and a Creme Patissiere. I think they’ll be fun to make and delicious to make. I want to flavor the Creme Patissiere with banana or orange. Brandon says I should do banana lol. Banana would work with the chocolate ganache on top. I wonder what else I should try making.

Brandon and I need to get our taxes done. I should call and make an appointment to do that. When we get our taxes depending on how much we get, I’m going to fill in my tattoo and do drivers ed because they said you could pay half at the start and the rest at the end. It’s something I really need to do and get done. It would also open up doors for employment.

I wonder what the ASL paragraph will be. I’m also wondering what group I’m going to be in. I wish everyone could do their paragraph. That way, there’s something different for her to see signed.

Well, we weren’t put into groups. The whole class has the same paragraph to do. This is the paragraph…

Last summer, the World ECO Committee met off the coast of Australia on an island.  We met because Australia had experienced a shocking wildfire.  The animals were struggling to survive.  Together with the Australian people, we compared plans of action.  Some of the ideas were pushed aside, and some rejected.  We recommended a rehabilitation plan for the country, and the government approved and will supervise it.

Here’s the picture of the pups after their grooming. And I need a hairspray with those wild stray hairs.

It’s a new day, and I’m tired. I did not want to wake up this morning. I didn’t get a chance to do my makeup because I woke up so late. I was out of it, and I still feel out of it. I’m trying to keep my mind thinking so I don’t fall asleep. I really need coffee☕.

I found a couple of necklaces, a ring, and a bracelet yesterday. The bracelet ring and one of the accessories have bees on them. Another necklace is of a kitty, then there’s a dragonfly, and the last one is a cross with opals on it. I found them all at TJMax. Mom found some for herself too. I’ll post a picture of all of them when I get home. I just don’t feel like taking photos of the ring bracelet and necklace at the moment. Plus, I also look like shit. I look like I just rolled out of bed.

Yesterday was a busy day. I went to work than school. I went and paid the storage unit and then had to take the dogs to the groomers. After we dropped them off, we went and picked up Brandon. I went back up to the Y and looked around at TJMax then waited at Petsmart for the dogs to be done at the groomers. The groomers that they usually get done by were shocked at how big they’ve gotten. They were like, “I used to be able to carry them with one arm!” They’ve grown so much in 4 weeks since they were there last. After getting home, I had to do homework, and it was late as it was I had to take my meds so I could wake up today. I can’t seem to catch a moment to myself, so I can make the eclairs.

Why is it I can think of a whole bunch to type up on here in the mornings. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to keep my mind working so I don’t fall asleep. I usually sit in the Cafe and sit on my laptop typing on here while I wait for the doors to open at work.

I know today is going to be another long day. I need to do my homework, but I also have to go to my counseling appointment. I’m going to lunch with my brother nieces and mom after school. I have to take a bus home after my meeting today since mom won’t be able to pick me up. I think mom starts watching the girls today. It’s either today or tomorrow. Richard has to go to Seattle for a doctor’s appointment for his shoulder. He had surgery not too long ago on it; I think it was last month that he had the surgery; it was either the beginning of last month or the end of January.

I just realized there’s some homework I forgot to do in history. My depression hitting is taking its toll homework wise. I think I need to make a to-do list so I can remember. There’s math I need to do and history and PE and try and make time to practice my ASL 😖. So much to do so little time due to having to take meds at a reasonable time so I can wake up. I wonder if I could talk to my medications doctor about lowering something. I have to take my meds at seven just so I can sleep by eight and wake up at 4, but today I woke up at 5 because Brandon had a hard time waking me up. I need to pay bills, and I have to remember to report my earnings from work. I hope I get the job at Torrid. I know I already did feel I have enough time in a day, but I need the job. I think I am going to talk to my medications doctor about mutt meds so I can wake up better in the morning. I need to make an appointment for taxes for medications, and I already have weekly meetings for my counseling. Ugh, I feel so frustrated with everything I need to do and need to try and do!

I have to say my mood has improved a lot since I’ve been writing. I think I should do gratitude posts to. I think that’ll help with my feelings. Hmmm, so what am I grateful for?

I’m grateful for…

My dogs 🐶, my cats 🐱, having a roof over my head 🏡, showers💧, being in school🏫, working as a work-study🧐, my friends🤡, coffee☕, my counselor👌, learning DBT👏, and having understanding people in my life🧠.

I think I’ll try to post more gratitude posts just let me know if I should keep them in my long posts or if they should be posted on there own.

Oh, I’m thinking of making a savory cream puff. I just need to figure out what flavor I should do it. Something that won’t spoil right away. Maybe a cheesesteak kind? I was also thinking of making savory crepes. I want to try and make different things; I just don’t feel I have the time. I know I’m bitching about time again. I’m sorry. I should just try and make time.

It’s been a couple weeks since I did a really long post. I guess I have more to talk about when I’m not sick lol. And no one tells me what to talk about on here. So, I just write about random thoughts lol. Should I do short reviews of stuff and places, or should I talk about more serious issues or leave it like it is? I’m thinking of posting the discussions that I’ve been doing for ASL on YouTube. Let me know if you’d be interested in watching them. I can think of translations on it, so you see what I’m signing. I was also thinking of compiling them into one long video and then posting it on there. I don’t know. If you read this far, let me know what you want or think about that. I need to do a deaf event or an interview with a deaf person. I just don’t know who or where to go.

Today isn’t even over, and I’m already exhausted. My teacher emailed mew another my assignment that was due last night, and I need to turn it in. So I’m going to work on that after I take the bus to frontier then go to Costco then home.

I got home last night after all that and was so hungry I stopped at McDonald’s for dinner. The dogs were happy I got them their fry lol. Angel wanted them so bad she was drooling a puddle. Daisy didn’t drool as much as Angel. Angel also kept chattering her teeth, wanting to eat her treats when we told her to wait. We’re trying to teach her not to take something until we tell her it’s okay.

I’m so tired. I hate having to wake up at 4 am to come to school. I struggle to wake up in the mornings. Brandon is good about getting me awake, but there are days when I just don’t acknowledge him, and I don’t wake up until 5. But still, that’s the crack ass of dawn, and it’s way too early.

So, my counselor suggested I call the VA and see if they have someone who is deaf that I can talk to and interview. She also told me to use Opposite to emotion on my DBT skills, which I did. I didn’t want to do my homework, but I did it anyway. I ran out of time to make the eclairs. I will make them this weekend! I want to make them so bad, and I want to try and make some savory ones like smoked salmon and rosemary. I wonder if I could cook them with cheese on the tops of them. The only way I’ll know is if I try to do it and make it. I just got to figure out different fillings I can do to put inside of them. If your reading this I’m open to ideas let me know lol. Oh, and she said I should maybe do separate posts about what I cook and bake since I enjoy it so much. She said I look thrilled when I talk about cooking, and she understands my wanting to complete the library technician program before I get into the pastry program. It wants to have that sense of accomplishment.

So, I found out there’s going to be a deaf event this weekend at a restaurant I’m going to try and make it so I can meet some people. I really want to make some friends, especially people I can learn from. I want to get better at ASL, and I want to be able to communicate with the deaf on a personal level. I don’t want them to feel out of place or left out when they’re around me. I think the only way I’ll learn is to repeat the signs and try to immerse myself in that culture.

At my counseling appointment, we talked a lot about food. She said I don’t need to go to school to be successful. I just need to practice and keep learning. She said that she’s always loved psychology and learned a great deal on her own before going to get her bachelor’s degree in it. She said she believes I can accomplish learning what I want without going to school. I’ve been trying to learn about that for so long because I love cooking and baking. I need to get back into working on my cookbook. I want to practice the old recipes from 50 – 100 years ago and revamp them, so they work with today’s ingredients. So, this spring break, I’m going to try and cook, bake, and work on the cookbook. I might try and find old recipes on eBay lol.

I’ve been looking into savory choux, and some people put cheese in the choux mix then baked it. That could work. Though, I’m still trying to figure out a filling.

I just got done with my appointment with my school counselor. We’ve figured out if I’m on track with my academic plan, and she was happy about the classes I signed up for in the spring. I feel very relieved that I’m on the right track and that I signed up for the classes I need. We figured it out so I can take courses in the summer and what I need to do from here on out, along with when I should talk to a counselor at Spokane Falls Community College. I should be on track to graduate from SCC in the spring of next year.

OMG, I’m not ready for my ASL test today lol. I’m practicing right now, but I should’ve been looking at it all week. Hearing it in English, then translating it into ASL, is hard when you can’t look at what you wrote down as a translation. This is what it looks like translated… the second line after each sentence is the ASL. I usually put the translations in red, but it doesn’t have that option here. What has dashes through it, I have to fingerspell. Oh, I’m so not ready, lol…

Time Place Object Subject Verb

Last summer, the World ECO Committee met off the coast of Australia on an island.

Past summer Australia island coast world E-C-O committee meet

We met because Australia had experienced a shocking wildfire.  The animals were struggling to survive.

Survive animals struggling why? Australia experienced a shocking massive fire

Together with the Australian people, we compared plans of action. Some of the ideas were pushed aside, and some rejected.

Australian people we together compared ideas pushed aside some rejected for-for plan of action.

We recommended an r-e-h-a-b-i-l-i-t-a-t-i-o-n plan for the country, and the government approved and will supervise it.

Country rehabilitation plan recommended government-approved they supervise it.

I hope I do good, but we’ll see how the test goes. I have to go home right after the test because the dogs are going to be in the kennels for 5 hours, and they need to be let out to potty and eat. I worry because Daisy has horrible separation anxiety. She drools profusely, which is a sign of it, and she gets distraught when we put her in the kennels for when we leave. I worry about them a lot, and tomorrow they’re going to be in the Kennels a lot because I have a deaf event to go to tomorrow along with today.

AHHHHHHHH I’M NOT READY FOR MY TEST! But I’ll do it. Happily I won’t freak out and not do it. I need to practice the opposite of emotion skills from DBT today. I don’t want to do it, but I need to make myself do it if that makes sense. I’m practicing my test, and I’m psyching myself out. I just got to calm down and be mindful of my thoughts.

I went to a deaf even last night and wrote a paper for my ASL class about it. I’m going to another event tonight. And one of my classmates is going to be there. I’m glad I won’t be alone. I don’t know who else is going to be there. I’m going to do a separate post on the paper I wrote. But in all, I had a perfect time. I just worried about not keeping up, about doing the wrong signs, and not putting things in proper ASL.

This has to be one of my longer posts lol. If you’ve gotten this far, let me know about in the comments with a smiley face.

December 2014 Starlooks…

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Dec 2014 Starlooks

For those who don’t know Starlooks is a monthly subscription beauty box. It costs $15.00 plus shipping. Shipping price depends on where you live. For example my shipping is only $2.68 and I live in Washington. So I pay 17.68 per month per box. I enjoy getting this box, all the items are the brand Starlooks and they are a top quality makeup line. For the record all the stuff I have gotten sense January have been full size. Not those tiny sample items (^_^). I’ll put a link at the end to where you can sign up too (^_^)

So here’s this month’s box!

Dec 2014 Starlooks Card

We only got one item in our box this month. Which is a Palette worth $99. I pay $15 plus shipping for this box and I got a $99 palette… I’m happy I got it. Though, Some of the colors are very chalky and not very pigmented. I couldn’t take pictures of swatches cause the swatches weren’t showing up on my hand. I used primer, glitter glue, foiling products. You name it I was trying it. But some of these colors did not want to show up. So I’m kinda glad I only paid what I did. Heres a pic of it…
It’s the Mermaid Ultimate Satin Palette…

Sarlooks palette 2014
I know last year they did a palette too. That palette was apparently amazeballs. I guess I signed up too late for it, cause I did try to sign up to get it, and I didn’t get it. I’ve gotten a 5 shadow palette from them before and it was beautiful. Shadows showed up great. This one, I dunno… maybe I got a dud… I mean a couple colors swatch beautifully but most not so much. I was hoping for more pigminatation then this…

Anyways, I’m usually very happy with their shadows. I dunno why this one wasn’t that grand. Maybe next time. Did you get this palette? If you did, what did you think of it? I’d like to know…

So till next time, Laterz!

If you wish to sign up this is where you can go http://starbox.starlooks.com/subscribe?refer=58577

December 2014 Ipsy…

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Dec 2014 Ipsy

 

For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription service for beauty products. It costs $10.00 a month. And you get 4 – 5 products. The products are decent size too. Not those samples that give you 1 use or if your lucky 2 or 3 lol. They always come in a little bag that’s themed for the month. I’ve been very happy with this subscription. See what I got for this month and decide if you want to sign up too… I’ll put the link at the end of the post. (^_^) Oh and another thing is when you do reviews for the products in your bag on the Ipsy site they’ll customize future bags to your liking. So if you review something and don’t like it, you will be less likely to get a product like that again. Sense doing those mini reviews, I’ve been happier with my bags. Those little reviews also earn you points which you can redeem for something. I redeemed some of mine for this months and got a product I really wanted to try (^_^). So here’s what I got for December…

Dec ipsy card 2014

Everything came in this Black satin bag…

Dec Ipsy 2014 Bag

Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry. Haven’t tried this. I don’t blow dry my hair very often. If I do, I usually keep my hand on the cooling button and only the heat on my roots. Still, that’s not very often.

bb repair blow dry
CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in the shade Orchid. This is very pretty. This is swatched over Glamourdolleyes Glitterfix.

Cailyn shadow Orchid
Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream. Been using this and I actually really like it. Gonna be looking into buying the full size.

nourish organics eye cream
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm… Not something I’ve reached for…

NYX Lip Butter
tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara… got too many other mascara’s I’m trying to use up. this will have to wait…

Tarte mascra
J.Cats Beauty Lip Paint in Red Potion. This is a product I got with my points I saved up. Love this!

J.Cats Lip Paint

 

So that’s what I got for Decembers bag. What did you get? I already saw what I’m getting for this month and I like everything except not to excited about one. But I’ll talk about that after I get it.

Here’s where you can sign up too: http://www.ipsy.com/r/19xe?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general