First Day of Spring

According to all the other bloggers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป in the world and google, March 20th was the first day of Spring ๐Ÿ’ and in Houston it finally felt like it.  

 THANK YOU GOD! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ No more frozen toes, y'all!

Which led me straight to the nail salon to update my nail color with hot pink and throw on my new favorite sandals.

I am a non-shoe wearing lover, as in if its not flip flops or sandals I don't want them.  I love sandals I have these really narrow bone-y feet with long toes that I can literally pick up things with [probably should tell people that] and I love to show them off with sandals.  

Since they are bone-y certain shoes literally rub against my toes and kill my vibe [that is still in right? lol.] I don't do well with the whole beauty is pain logic when it comes to fashion.

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When I found these cute sandals at Forever 21 for $12.90 I literally wanted to buy two pairs because these are perfect and I just might go back and do just that. This color is perfect to pair with pretty much any color it goes well with skinny jeans, dresses, and even shorts.  I am sure E will hate these sandals by the end of the summer because I will probably wear them any chance I get. 

I am hoping to finally get some outfit post up for you guys in the next few months.  I am going to focus a little more on style with the blog, I still want to keep food, travel, and life on here.  I love to write and it make me happy so I am going to keep doing it.

What is your current bargain find? 

When should I discard make up products?

Raise your hand if you are a makeup hoarder.  
::Raises Hand::

When Should I Discard Makeup Products? | Hello There, Love. Blog

I definitely love makeup especially when I get it on a special or have a coupon for it.  I love going to the store and ending up in the makeup section.  I know it just happens right.  I mostly hoard mascara and lipstick so I am very guilty of keeping items way past their validity date. 

Today I am going over all of the things you should throw out and when? 

Mascara
3 Months
Mascara has the ability to harbor tons of bacteria, your lashes are literally there to protect your eye from debris.  So if its job is to stop debris from entering the eye then you know that it will collect bacteria from time to time. Since mascara is directly applied to the lashes and then the applicator is put back into the tube you are bound to have a build up of bacteria.  In order to avoid any type of infections or irritation, it is best to throw out your mascara after 3 months of usage.  

Lipstick
1 Year
It is recommended to discard your lipsticks after one year, once you start to see the little water drop like bumps on the top of your lipstick it is time to throw it out.  Lipsticks can last less than a year if you use them while sick with direct application.  It is recommended to use an applicator while sick but honestly, who wears lipstick when they are sick?

Powder Blush
Two Years
Typically if it is in powder form and you clean your brushes or beauty blenders properly and often any of your powder items should last you two years.  That is why it is detrimental to make sure all of your applicators are cleaned properly, I know I know it is terribly difficult to keep your brushes cleaned and I have heard stories of people who have NEVER washed their brushes.  It happens and they never have a break out or they do and blame it on something else.  

Powder / Liquid Foundation
2 Years / 1 Year
Depending on how you apply it, if you use your fingers a lot then it is best to throw away a little earlier than a year.  But if you use regularly washed brushes then it can last a year.  Liquid Foundations, when stored in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight, will last a year before it starts to separate once you start to see it separate discard it. Powder foundations depending on how they are applied, can last you up to two years

Nail Polish
1 Year
According to this article on InStyle.com you should throw out your nail polish after 1 year as long as it is stored properly.  I found a great blog post on how to store nail polish properly, definite must read.  I honestly don't. : | I do all of the wrongs of that post and I don't throw out my polish after just one year.  I haven't even used any of them within the year that I bought them.  Sad I know.  

Brushes
1-5 Years
That is a big difference 1-5 years, but your brushes can last longer depending on the quality and the way you take care of them.  If you have higher quality brushes and you clean then daily [if used daily] then your brushes can last much longer.  If you don't wash your brushes [guilty!] then you can get a good year out of them and after probably need to throw them out to avoid bacteria build up [I believe which can contribute to break outs]. 

Johnson baby shampoo is a good tool to use for cleaning your brushes.  Desi Perkins has a great YouTube video on washing your brushes, you can find it here

*This is not a sponsored post

When do you discard your makeup products?  Are you guilty of hoarding like I do? 

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner

I am a lover of staying in, especially when it comes down to celebrating those overly celebrated holidays like Valentine's Day.  I also know it takes much more work to prep a meal at home than it is to book a reservation.  

Of course, I know everyone is super busy with kids, work, and life in general, so this isn't me judging the way you celebrate going out to eat.  The good part about booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant is all the work is done for you, dishes are washed, food is cooked, and your kitchen stays clean for once. 

Since having Jaxon and not being able to leave the house, this Valentine's Day like many others we will be spending it at home with our little bundle of joy. It has kind of become a thing for E and I that we spend time in the kitchen together cooking and taking pictures for this blog and instagram.  Before I use to get are you seriously taking pictures right now, and now I hear aren't you going to take a picture of this?

The other night I made dinner and it had to be in a flash, E was still at work and Jaxon doesn't wait for his bottles.  

I picked up a packet of Pork, I'd rather Pork Chops but this will suffice as well.
I seasoned it with Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, and Salt. I added 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil to the skillet and waited for them to turn a nice crisp brown color. 

We had some leftover Bella Mushrooms from a previous dinner so I chopped those up with some onions and tossed them into a skillet with a tablespoon of Olive Oil until the mushrooms softened and the onions were transparent.  You may want to salt and pepper these to taste. 

After the Pork was crisp brown to my liking I wanted to add in a cream of mushroom to have a gravy instead of the typical "dry" Pork.  You can remove the chops from the pot and let the cream of mushroom soak up the seasoning from the chops and then return the chops back in with the cream of mushroom once it is warm.  

You can add any sides you want I just tossed a can of corn and a can of french style green beans in a pot, and added salt, pepper and garlic powder.  And you are done.

You can also pair this with some white rice if you like the cream of mushroom goes well over the top.  If you don't like mushrooms you can always use cream of chicken.  If you use either with the salt be careful of the salt you season your pork or chicken with.  

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.

Mi Amor | Valentine's Day Look

I walked into Target recently and all I saw was aisles filled with heart shaped chocolates and everything in pink and red.  The year just started and it is already flying by, I can't believe it is time for Valentine's Day already.  While E and I aren't huge fans of Valentine's Day just because of the crowds at restaurants, and the artificial need for flowers.  I also hate how this day makes people tell each other they love one another when that should be done every day of the year. 

But, we will save that for a different post at a different time.  

Today I put together a classic look for Valentine's Day dinner with that special someone.  If I were to post my actual Valentine's Day outfit you wouldn't be impressed, it will probably be pajamas. Of course, I don't recommend going out and spending the money on the below items, use it as a form of inspiration.  I am a shortie 5'1 to be exact, so wearing jumpsuits is a rare thing for me but I love the way they look and since I live in Texas not having to add multiple layers of clothing is always a win.  

What are you wearing this Valentine's Day?

Working Out Post Pregnancy

As I try to get back into the blogging world, I am also trying to get my life in order post pregnancy.  I still have to write thank you cards for our baby shower, organize our closet and garage, and get our kitchen in order. 

Besides all of that I want to get back into working out, I am only a few pounds from my pre- pregnancy weight and I hope my lack of eating with a newborn schedule helps more than hurts. Eating is the last thing on the list when it comes to getting all done before the next feeding. 

Before I knew I was pregnant I had got into a really good workout routine and I was falling in love with it and I can't wait to start now that we have our own house, I have my own space to work out and I don't have to be confined to a certain time or factor in other people besides Eric and Jaxon when cooking. 

I do want to make sure it is known that I am in no rush to get into a certain size pants [although I do really love my pre-pregnancy pants, lol] or fill some standard but when your body has the urge to do something even, sometimes you have to listen. 

I honestly can't wait to be released by my doctor to start working out. I hope it gives me the energy I need since coffee is out of the question for a while. ๐Ÿ˜•  The cleaning house thing though I can wait on, although I desperately want to organize my kitchen. 

What is your go to work out?

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Superbowl Turkey Chili

I'm sure by now you watched the big game, and that half time show.  The game was great, I was rooting for Atlanta but it just didn't happen and as E says you can't ever count out Tom Brady.  The half time show I think was pumped up a little too much for the performance that was given, just my opinion and I like Lady Gaga. It started strong! Still very happy that it was in our hometown! ๐Ÿ’•

We had planned for my parents to come over and my mom isn't a fan of beef so we decided to make a turkey chili which yesterday was one of the warmer days in Houston, of course.  But we just beefed up the A/C and enjoyed our turkey chili.  

As usual I find all of my recipe on Pinterest and I stumbled across this recipe from the Ambitious Kitchen and it was so delicious.  It had a little bit of everything and was so easy to make which I notice now with a newborn is something you definitely want. 

I'm so excited that we had leftovers because I plan to pair it up with some Fritos and have an easy lunch because I literally only get 5 minutes to eat before mommy duty kicks back in. 

Any recipes you want E and I to try, send them our way and we will! ย 

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