Category Archives: Non-Beauty Related

What to expect with your first tattoo – A Tattoo FAQ from an inked girl

carpe diem

Carpe Diem – My first tattoo

So, this is a bit off topic (well more than a bit); but I thought some of you out there would benefit from my experience with getting tattoos. I was very hesitant to get the first one and mostly due to fear of the unknown. I asked trusted friends all my tattoo-related questions before getting inked, but I thought publishing this information could help someone else who, perhaps, doesn’t have a tattooed friend to talk to.

Keep in mind I’m not:

  • A tattoo artist
  • An expert in tattooing
  • A professional in the tattoo industry

What I am:

  • A picky but loyal tattoo customer
  • A nurse
  • A blogger with 6 tattoos

With that said…..let’s get to the meat of the FAQ!

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Work Appropriate Halloween Costume: Sookie Stackhouse

Work Appropriate Halloween Costume: Sookie Stackhouse
So, I now work in the corporate environment and was told that many people dress up for Halloween. However, I still must adhere to the dress code at work while dressing up; and, as it happens, our dress code is fairly strict. I am a huge fan of True Blood and happen to have the Merlotte’s t-shirt hanging in my closet right now, so, this is what I came up with. Read on for more details…..

If you love MAC, you need to make the Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO) Your best friend! A CCO guide!

MAC Chilled on Ice Paint Pot Price at the CCO

MAC Chilled On Ice Paint Pot from the CCO – Price in Picture

If you love MAC cosmetics like I do but get discouraged with paying full price or trying to find that one Limited Edition item, this is the post for you! I discovered the Cosmetic Company Outlets through the youtube¬†beauty community and have never looked back! I love my MAC but I need a bargain every once in a while and that’s what the Cosmetic Company Outlet’s (CCO for short) provide. Read on to see more…..

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Better Homes and Gardens Wax Warmer Pictures and Review

Better Homes and Gardens Wax Warmer from Wal-Mart

 Better Homes and Gardens Wax Warmer Lit: This is one of the Christmas Limited Edition warmers.

Another non-beauty related post! The item I’m reviewing today is the Better Homes and Gardens Wax Warmer and I love it so much that I felt it deserved space on my blog. I love filling my home with fragrance but I also need the ability to control the amount of fragrance is dispersed. This works perfectly for that! Basically, this wax warmer is a new take on the old Tart warmers with a tea light candle below the wax. Read on for more…….

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My Greek Salad Recipe – Cheesecake Factory Dupe

Court's Greek Salad

My Greek Salad

I recently went to the cheesecake factory and had one of their new tapas-style dishes and it was the most delicious greek salad I’ve ever had! I wanted to recreate this at home since it seemed so easy. The only item that was in the Cheesecake factory’s salad that isn’t on mine is feta cheese. This recipe is Vegetarian but not Vegan (there is cheese in the dressing); however, it is vegan-able if you can find a greek dressing without cheese! (I haven’t thus far). Read on for the recipe…..

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What Difference does taking care of yourself make?? A BIG one. Welcome Confidence with arms wide open!

Before Picture

Me sans effort

After Picture

Me With Effort

This is a post addressing self-esteem and confidence. Now, I’m not going to say it’s easy as, ‘1,2,3’ to find confidence in yourself especially if you have struggled with this. But, as one of those myself who has spent most of my life not liking what I see in the mirror, I can now confidently say I love myself and every part of myself – including the way I look. I’m going to tell you what helped me find this and what I do to keep thinking positively. Keep Reading!

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Vegetarianism…..My Decision and Beginning

My Maltese Dog, Philip

My Oldest Maltese Dog, Philip

This is a non-makeup post, so if you beauty gals are only here for that, you can skip this one. This is the first in a series chronicling my decision to rid my diet of meat products. This is meant to be explanatory for those who wonder why one would be meat-free as well as encouragement for those of you who want to do the same. So, keep reading if you wish…..

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe. Surprise, it’s Vegetarian!

Vegetarian Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe

Vegetarian Buffalo Chicken Wrap

So, those of you who are close to me are aware that I’m going Vegetarian. I’m trying really hard to go Vegan but it’s difficult to get rid of all the dairy since it seems that dairy is in everything! But, in the meantime, I’m trying to come up with creative breakfast, lunches, and dinners which are completely Vegetarian. So, this is my newest creation. Read on for the rest…..

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Faux Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe: My take on Starbucks

First of all, sorry for the lack of beauty related posts lately. I’ve been busy with school and haven’t found as much time as I would like to blog. However, I will give you my take on starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte! I recently have become obcessed with Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte. They are so yummy – it’s like drinking Fall in a cup! So, I’ve been determined to make my own at home so I won’t go broke! Well, I found out through much goog’ling that I need Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup to really make a good one. Unfortunately, this stuff is really hard to find! So, the recipe I have below satisfies my taste for pumpkin in coffee without buying the syrup. Read on for the recipe…..

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