So today is Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent in the Catholic liturgical year. Technically you are supposed to sacrifice or give something up for 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. I usually give something up that I’m obsessed with like ice cream or chocolate, but I’m way too addicted at this point to safely give it up for 40 days without some symptoms of withdrawal (kidding). In all seriousness, I’m considering giving up Netflix because I waste a lot of time on that and I could be doing way more productive things with my time. I’m still undecided but I have until the end of the day (aka before I go to bed in the next hour) to decide because I have yet to have ice cream or watch Netflix. I’ll keep y’all updated on my final decision!
Homemade Pizza // About once a month Steven and I do a homemade pizza night. We have tried a handful of topping combinations and these are the ones that make their way onto our plates on a regular basis:
- White Pizza with Baked Eggs & Arugula-Brussels Sprout Salad
- Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Oregano
- Classic Margherita Pizza
I’m a fan of #basic pizza toppings with complex flavor but Steven is a meat man. He will always pick a chicken, steak, hamburger, pepperoni, sausage pizza over any vegetable pizza. We have lately been able to compromise with Soppressata or Prosciutto as a topping, since its a meat but less greasy than the alternatives. This time we decided to branch out and try a new pizza – that we’ve had before at one of my favorite restaurants, Cane Rosso – called the Honey Bastard. It has a garlicky crushed tomato sauce (chock full of crushed red pepper) with fresh torn up mozzarella, spicy soppressata, bacon jam and freshly shaved parmesan. It’s delicious at the restaurant and was still good at home so if you are looking to try a new pizza, I recommend this one (if you can handle spice). After it comes out of the oven you drizzle a little bit of honey on top! Mmmmm. Delish.
New booties // I recently purchased these perforated peep toe booties and I cannot wait for them to arrive. I had my eye on a pair of booties like this for a while, but finally settled on these. I have a trip home to New York lined up with my friend Kellie at the end of March, and you can bet your ass I’ll be wearing these bad boys!
#Failingatlife // In case anyone is wondering, no I still haven’t finished reading the Harry Potter series because #truelife I’m addicted to tv and would rather watch the same tv series over and over until my eyes bleed instead of read. But I love reading, so I’m stuck. I also have about 10 other books on my Kindle Wish List right now that I actually want to read, but I’m stuck in this rut of not reading, sooo looks like I’m never going to read those either. I need to seriously consider ridding my life of electronics for a day on a weekend to allow myself uninterrupted reading time.
Beautycounter Haul // I just made my first purchases from Beautycounter today! I made sure to order quite a bit of what Teri over at A Foodie Stays Fit recommends because I really had no idea where to start. A bunch of bloggers I follow lately have been raving about Beautycounter for their natural products and promise to never use certain ingredients in their products. I have been using Aveeno products for the past few months or so, trying to slowly switch over to all natural products for my face/skincare regimen. Since I wasn’t really seeing the results I was hoping for (which could also be attributed to bad diet or lack of exercise or Vitamin D, who knows) I figured I’d try something new. I think I’m most excited for the Charcoal Cleansing Bar, Cleansing Balm and the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer! It’s expensive stuff so I signed up as a member for $29 so that I gain back a 15% credit for every purchase I make or something like that.
Legos for Girls // I was a big fan of Legos growing up. I think part of that was because I wanted my brother to WANT to play with me and Legos were one of his interests at the time. Truth be told, I ended up enjoying it all on my own and asked for Lego sets for birthdays or special occasions. Even now as an adlt (lol @ being an adult, what’s that?), every year I get Steven a Lego set from their Architecture line because he enjoys both. So when I saw this “Women of NASA” mini-figures set, not only did I want it for myself, but I thought it was awesome. When I was growing up, a lot of Lego sets were geared toward boys. Yes, there was definitely a handful of unisex options – like the Harry Potter sets for instance – and its also a possibility that maybe I was just ignorant or didn’t notice the ones for little girls at the toy store back then (probably because I was too busy being a pain in the ass for my mom).
This Women of Nasa Lego set represents a lot more to me than just another toy for kids; it sends a message of encouragement to young girls specifically. I know more and more girls are becoming interested in STEM fields as time goes on, but I think even this little Lego set of women astronauts or mathematicians (!) can send a strong message to little girls about what is actually a reality for them vs. a far reaching dream.
Okay. Pep talk over. Time to go cuddle my pup before bedtime. Enjoy what is left of your Wednesday!