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Favorite Recipes: Sweet Potato Pita Pockets


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The last several times Lauren and I have video chatted, she’s very kindly asked that I return to my blog, and each time I tell her “I will!” It’s not that I’ve intentionally not posted, just, life is busy! Today, I bring you one of mine and Mitchell’s favorite recipes. Sweet Potato Pita Pockets!

What you’ll need (to feed 2 people): IMG_33771 (or 2 depending on size) Sweet potatoes
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1 (or if you’re like me and want extra, 2) Avocado
1 Cucumber (large)
Dill (however much you prefer)
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
1 Clove of Garlic (if you’re making your tzatziki sauce, to add to it for flavor)
Tzatziki sauce, or make your own
optional: some pine nuts

Make sure all your produce is washed and ready to go. Chop up your sweet potato into rounds, and toss on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in your oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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(We added butternut squash fries to the baking sheet, you can add any sort of fry if you’d like. Not necessary, this is plenty of food.)

While your sweet potato rounds are in the oven, mince/chop your garlic, cut your cucumber into little half moons (like pictured) chop up dill, and cut your avocado to match the cucumber slices.

IMG_3728Next, if you’re making your own sauce, do so now. Add garlic to your sauce if you’re making it. Once that’s made, set it aside, and in a bowl, toss cucumber, dill, white wine vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper together.

When Sweet potatoes have a couple minutes left, cut your pita rounds in half, and place in oven to roast.

once sweet potatoes and pita pockets are done, you’re ready to stuff them!

Open the pita pockets, and stuff them with sweet potato, cucumber mix, tzatziki sauce, and avocado. Sprinkle some pine nuts, and you’re ready to eat! Sometimes, we eat the cucumber mixture on the side as well. This meal is so amazing, and we absolutely love love love it!

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Have you made this recipe? Share a photo in the comments! I’d love to hear from anyone who has made this!

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Craft time!


Today was Mitchell’s mom’s birthday, and he and I decided we wanted to hand make her a card this year!

It took some brainstorming, and figuring out what style we wanted. In the end we went with a cute little bumble bee theme. Everything was simple, and fun. I had a die-cut for a bumble bee, and added some glitter to the wings and “doodads” (antennae).

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“You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”


I thought that Dr. Seuss quote was perfect for this post! I am currently cozy warm under a heated blanket in, what is now, probably my 2nd favorite state ever. Colorado!

We arrived on Christmas Eve, and I am so glad we are here! Our wonderful friends, Lauren and Gene (and Sidney and Elisabeth!) welcomed us into their home, with such hospitality that I’m not sure we want to leave! (Don’t worry, we’re coming home though!)

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We have had so many adventures already, and I am so incredibly thankful to have such wonderful people in our lives!

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Colorado is everything I thought it would be, and more. It’s a drastic change from the hilly rainy PNW, but I think I could get use to the flatlands, and directional differences if we ever needed to move here.

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Their museums are 1,000,000 times better than ours in Washington, and the hospitality here is like nothing I’ve seen before.

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Tomorrow, for the first time ever, for me, we’re going SNOWSHOEING! I hope to have many amazing photos to share and I cannot wait to make even more awesome memories!

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Mini-update


I haven’t posted in a while, I’m sorta in-between figuring out what exactly I want to do with this blog. I’ve been thinking about re-vamping it – and even considered moving it to another host site, but I still haven’t been able to figure out exactly what I want to do.

Maybe, I’ll work on finalizing that tonight. For now, you get a personal post.

Not much is going on here, just the same old same old. Getting ready for the school year, we aren’t allowed to go into our classrooms yet to set-up, but we’ve been working on getting everything else together. I’m incredibly excited to meet all the students this year! I’ve been lucky to build great relationships with the students and their parents so far.

In other news… My birthday came and went, and it was wonderful. I am so incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. Mitchell and I have been able to build a wonderful and strong little family with our group of friends. One of our incredibly wonderful friends made me Quidditch themed birthday cakes!

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Things we did for my birthday:
Spent the day relaxing at Alki
Had a fun game night with all 12 friends who were able to join us
Spent another day on Lake Washington
Went hunting for Pokemon with our friends Katy and Adam
Had another game night with our friends Katy and Adam, and Katy (who also made the Quidditch cake) also made me homemade kettle corn (YUM!)
My co-worker made me chocolate covered strawberries
I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with my oldest friend, Allyson

It’s safe to say, I was incredibly spoiled, yet again. I don’t know how I managed to get so lucky!

 

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Sephora Play!


Last year, about the time I started having issues with my IPSY subscription, and started considering cancelling it (which I did do, last August.) Sephora announced their very own subscription service! I was super excited, and put my name on the waitlist immediately.

I got an email about a month (maybe more) ago that Sephora’s subscription service is now available in our area!

This post is about my very first box from Sephora Play!

Disclaimer: I am not paid or sponsored by any of the companies listed in this post. This is just a review/un-boxing for entertainment purposes only!

Lets jump into the unboxing! The box itself is super cute!

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As you can tell – I obviously blurred out my address and such. When you first open the box you’re greeted with box/Sephora related paperwork.

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Each month has a theme, and this mont’s theme is the forces of nature. It also includes an in-store bonus. This is the Play pass, which if you bring it into the store you get an extra 50 beauty insider points, with any purchase. Which is pretty cool — though I’m not sure what the points are for at this moment.

A booklet with each product, and an explanation is also included. I’ve included a photo of this months below.

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Now lets get to the good stuff!

Not pictured: Tarte lip crayon.

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how cute is the bag that it came with? I love it!

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Each box comes with a fragrance, this month was Orange Sanguine. It came with a super cute postcard!

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Also in my box was Amuse Bouche in Kimchi by Bite Beauty. I have pretty fair skin, but it has a rosy tone to it, and lip colors are usually pretty tricky for me — but I think this one is pretty cute!

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My box also had Origins Maskimizer + drink up & clear improvement masks. I’m pretty excited to try these out!

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This month’s box was big on skincare – which is okay with me! It also had Korres Wild Rose sleeping facial. Which I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that, as I can’t usually sleep with scented things because I always wake up with a sore throat…

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Finally, Briogeo don’t despair, repair! Deep conditioning mask… for your hair of course! as someone who struggles with her hair, I’m super excited for this too!

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Month #1 down, and so far even better than Ipsy was. For $10 I’d say this is by far better than ipsy… but I can’t be certain until I’ve had it a couple months 😉

Do you have a favorite subscription service? Do you like reading this? Let me know! I still get Julep – but stopped posting because life got busy. I know I gained many more readers once I started posting these, so I’d be interested in knowing if anyone is still interested!

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Julep Fuchsia Fizzy Mystery Box


I’m VERY late posting this, please forgive me. Life has been very hectic, and I’ve been very forgetful. It wasn’t until the September Julep Maven box showed up today that I realized I forgot to post this!

I’ve been pretty good about not giving in to the wonderful mystery boxes the Julep offers…But this time I couldn’t resist. Not sure why, but I just couldn’t.

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This box came with 4 polishes (5 because I ordered an extra polish, Alexa, it’s the light purple one.) Lock down your brows and the Beach Tonic dry body oil and nail decals.

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The colors that came in the box: Connie, Jenny (Favorite!!) Mariska, and Trisha.

I have not even opened the Lock down your brows, but I hear it’s good to help keep them in place or help them grow–both problems I don’t experience yet in life. The Body Oil, is a great item, but malfunctions easily. I e-mailed Julep and a replacement is on it’s way— but reviews say that ALL their bottles have issues with the sprayer.

This box was 100% worth the money. Don’t believe me. I’ve done a price break down below:

Connie: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Jenny: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Mariska: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Trisha: $14 for non Maven and $11.20 for Maven

Body Oil: $23 for non Maven and $18.40 for Maven

Lock Down your Bows: $22 for non Maven and $17.60 for Maven

Total: $101 for non maven and $80.80 for Maven
The box costs just $24.99 (plus tax) which is a steal of a deal if you ask me!

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“Good Friends are like stars, You don’t always see them but they’re always there.”


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Back-Left to front-right. Ben, Mitchell, Rob, our neighbor Hilary and myself.

So, if you don’t know us personally, you don’t know that Mitchell’s best friend(s) live in Illinois. We have been trying and hoping to send him to visit, but just haven’t had the funds. So a couple weeks ago when they asked Mitchell if they could come for Labor Day weekend, we immediately said YES!

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