"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding". Prov.3:13 (NKJV)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Got my 4th Walmart Beauty Box!

Once again I’m back to show you another Walmart Beauty Box. This coming Winter I will have received a beauty box for all 4 seasons! I have enjoyed getting to try new things I would have never know about or thought to try out beforehand. I had never tried subscription boxes before due to the monthly prices. I’m glad I only have to pay a total of $5 every 3 months for Walmart’s Beauty Box. I usually get an email confirmation when they are about to charge me for that season’s box. Around 2 weeks later my box arrives in the mail. All the boxes are the same size, but have different items, and are decorated to match the season.

Beauty Box~ Walmart.com
Once opened up this is what you see inside. I love the warm colors in this 2018 Fall Edition beauty box. I noticed with all of the boxes the items inside are things that are fit to use for that particular season. Let’s take a peek inside to see what I mean.

Walmart 2018 Fall Beauty Box
First (top pic) is a colorful print card that usually comes in the boxes. It says “celebrate you beauty” on it. This card sits on top of a decorative tissue paper. When you open the paper (bottom pic) you can see all the contents inside. Now let me walk you through the contents inside this beauty box.

Inside 2018 Fall Walmart Beauty Box
Here’s a list of the contents:

* .15 FL. oz. Maybelline Great Lash (Very Black)
* 0.02 FL. oz. Maybelline MasterPreciseAllday liquid liner
* 2.5 FL oz. Biore Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water
* 0.84 oz. SooAe Black Charcoal  Bubble Sheet Mask (Detoxify + Oxygenate + Radiance)
* Kleenex wet wipe
* 1 oz. Cetaphil (Gentle Cleansing Bar)
* 0.07 FL. oz. Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream (w/Hyaluronic Acid)
* 0.1 oz. Aveeno positively radiant (sheer daily moisturizer)
* 0.14 FL. oz. Nivea (48 HR soothing moisture)

I have never tried Maybelline products before so I’m glad to have 2 products to add to my beauty stash. I really don’t wear makeup that often. I put some on for church and when hubby and I go out. For those times the mascara and eyeliner will come in handy. I already use Cetaphil soap as my face cleanser so I know how that works. I did not know they had an eye cream. I will definitely try it out and hope it doesn’t disappoint. This will be my first time trying a Biore product. I have never heard of charcoal facial cleanser but it sounds interesting to try. I was excited to see the Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask. It’s one of the first things I tried from this box. I love how it made my face look radiant and feel so soft. Now I want to try more masks. I hate that it was a one time use. There was so much serum left in that pouch it didn’t seem right to throw it all away. Next time I will figure out more uses for the serum so I don’t throw money down the drain ;-)

I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in the Winter beauty box. Hopefully I’ll get even more useful things for my skin and hair to help with the cold weather and low temps. Thank you for reading. Until next time have a blessed day.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Batch Cooking Pasta

Did you know that you can freeze cooked pasta? Yes you can. I have successfully used pasta that I cooked, froze, and thawed back out.

Batch Cooking Pasta
I try to do all I can to cut back on the time it takes to get a home cooked meal on the table for my family. When you’ve had a busy day, or you’ve had “one of those days”, dinner may be the last thing you want to think about doing. I personally don’t like being in the kitchen over 45 minutes from start to finish when I cook. There are times I can’t help it, but I try to not let that the norm. For over a year I have experimented with cooking and freezing pasta for future meals. I have not tried this with every type of pasta noodles so I can’t vouch for them all.

White Fiber Pasta
This is a box of small white fiber shells. I grabbed the last few boxes they had at the grocery store when I saw they were a closeout sale. They were priced under a $1 so I could not resist. One night I needed to use some shells to make a pasta salad. I normally would store the remaining unused shells in a Mason Jar until I was ready to use them. This time around I went ahead and cooked all of my pasta in batches to freeze for using in later meals. You see, I was chatting with another lady on her blog about freezing pasta to use later. She didn’t know it was possible because she thought it would come out mushy when thawed. That got me to thinking it would be good to share this information here on my blog.

Now back to that box of pasta. After cooking the 2 cups of shells I needed, I measured out 1 cup portions at a time and let cook until Al dente. You don’t want to overcook your pasta because it is going to be frozen. To me cooking it this way has helped my pasta keep it’s shape after thawing. Once it has finished cooking I immediately remove from the pot and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Next I toss the pasta in a little olive oil before placing into my labeled quart sized Ziploc bags. I lay flat on a cookie sheet to freeze.

cooked pasta
When I need some pasta for a casserole, skillet meal, or salad I just take out a bag early that morning and sit in the fridge to thaw until I need to prepare dinner. You can take it out the night before, but I have found my pasta was thawed and ready to use by 5 or 6 o’clock PM if I took it out first thing in the morning. If the recipe I use called for boiling 1 cup of pasta, I only need to use 1 bag of my cooked pasta. If the recipe calls for boiling 2 cups of pasta, I take out 2 bags to thaw. Doing this has helped cut down on me having to wait for water to boil then waiting for the pasta to cook. Now all I have to do is just mix my already cooked pasta in to finish cooking the meal.

I have only tried this method successfully with shells, elbows, Penne, and Ziti. I don’t know how spaghetti or egg noodles would hold up. I also have only used the noodles to add to a sauce, pasta salad, in a casserole, or other skillet meals. It’s the same concept like when I cook and freeze rice. Many frozen meals have pasta in them so this is not much different. Have you ever tried cooking and freezing pasta? Give it a try and see if it helps you save time in the kitchen.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

TSW Daybook {10/1/18}



For Today: 10/1/18
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Looking out my window
Woke up to fog outside. It’s going to be a sunny day. That’s a good break from all the rain we had a few days ago. Our high today is 83 degrees.

I am thinking
About what to do for my son’s upcoming birthday on the 22nd. He will turn 19 years old.

I am thankful
God blessed my moma to reach a milestone birthday. She turned 60 yesterday.

One of my favorite things
Eating homemade soup :-)

I am creating
The beginning pages for the month of October in my Bullet Journal.

I am wearing
A purple, grey, white, and black blouse with matching head scarf, black pants, and comfy low heel shoes.

I am reading
My Bible. I’m still going strong with the Colossians Bible Study I’m part of with other Christian ladies online. We are now in week 4 of the 6 weeks study. The church of Colossae had the same problems the church is facing in our times.

I’m watching
Nothing at the moment.

I am hoping
I get to go to the Farmer’s Market one last time before it ends for the year. The last day is Oct. 13th. They won’t open back up until May next year.

I am learning
To pay closer attention to what is being taught within churches in this day and age. I’m allowing the Holy Spirit to point out false teachings which are not Biblical.

In my kitchen
IMG_0785
Made some Pear Butter for the first time. I decided
to  mix  some with the Peach and Apple Butters
I had already made. YUM!

Board room
I gladly welcome in soup season. I keep a freezer full of homemade broth and stocks to make different soups and stews. Come check out all the good stuff on my Homemade Soups pin board on Pinterest.

Post Script
I invite you to check out Noreen’s Kitchen. She is one of the YouTubers I love to watch make homemade meals. I learn so much from her.

Shared Quote
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
-Colossians 2:8

A moment from my day
In waiting room  Getting lab work done
At the doctors office with my son.

Closing Notes
Thanks for stopping by for another little peek into my simple life . You too can join in, or read other ladies posts by heading on over to the host site
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Learn how to use Strong's...

Do you know how to use a Strong's Concordance when doing your Bible Study? If you don't, you can watch this video to learn how.



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Saturday, September 22, 2018

My Dollar Store Fall Decor

If you have been a reader here a while, you know that I really love Fall. I do decorate but I don't go all out and spend lots of money. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I don't have money to splurge like that :-) This year I decided to get a little more creative thanks to watching some Dollar Tree Fall Decorating YouTube videos. I tried a few DIY ideas and used other stuff I already had on hand. Here are some pics of what I have set up around the house.

Our Dinning Table Scape
&
Living Room table w/runner & decor

Different Fall printables (I found online) hung on walls or sitting on tables.

Top pic is framework of Dollar Tree leaves
I placed on different backgrounds.
These bottom 2 pics are other side table setups.

Thanks for stopping by to see my simple Fall Decor. It's nothing spectacular or anything. I just had fun and enjoyed setting this all up. I like marching to my own beat and doing my own thing cause it's what makes me happy.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

TSW Daybook {9/10/18}



For Today: 9/10/18
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Looking out my window
I see the calm and stillness of the day. It's cloudy out and our high for today is 74 degrees.

I am thinking
I need to start back batch cooking or doing weekly meal prep.

I am thankful
My favorite season is just around the corner. It's always welcomed even enough to suffer through seasonal allergies like I have all weekend. It will soon pass so come on Fall!

One of my favorite things
The colors of Autumn and Fall foliage :-)

I am creating
A new section in my Bible notebook for what I am currently studying.

I am wearing
An orange shirt and jeans.

I am reading
My Bible: Chapters 1-2 in the book of Colossians. For the next 6 weeks I’ll be part of an online Bible study with other Christian ladies.

I’m watching
DIY Dollar Tree Fall decorations on YouTube.

I am hoping
I’m able to get more printer ink soon because I’m redoing my planners for the household and family.

I am learning
How to write Calligraphy. I have always loved the way this style of writing looks.

In my kitchen
IMG_0754
Made some Peach Butter for the first time. YUM!

Board room
I’m glad I can now make Bone Broth and Stocks in my Instant Pot.

Post Script
I invite you to check out Conforming to the Truth. This is where I find some great Bible Study lessons for different books of the Bible.

Shared Quote
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
-Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

A moment from my day
Fall Items
Getting things out to start decorating for Fall :)

Closing Notes
Thanks for stopping by for another little peek into my simple life . You too can join in, or read other ladies posts by heading on over to the host site
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