Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick & Easy Appetizers ft. Sabra Hummus

When this opportunity hit my inbox, I knew I had to participate. I'm kind of obsessed with hummus. I had never had it until I moved to Canada and I guess I've been making up for lost time ever since! The challenge was to get the ingredients to make the three appetizers that Abbey Sharp made in her video (embedded below!) and recreate them. I actually already had a lot of the ingredients on hand, so I was off to a good start!

In Abbey's video, she made: Sweet Potato Chips, Pizza Twists, and Zucchini Fries. See more about the three recipes below, which Sabra hummus dip is the perfect pairing, and how I altered them a bit to fit my tastes!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What I Bought With My $15 Off at Sephora

In what was my second and possibly last Sephora haul of the year (unless the Boxing Day sales are worthy), I waited for my $15 off coupon to come around. My other haul was not long ago when the VIB Sale took place. You can see that haul here. Aside from that, I grabbed my birthday freebie in July. It's not to say that I don't still stalk the website and app and add to my list. I do plenty of that! I think I might stick to online ordering, because they always seem to have a problem with my card and are rarely willing to give me points if my husband uses it in stores. I get tired of having to call in to get the points.

I'm a Beauty Insider, so we get $15 off of a $50 dollar purchase. I restocked two of my HG products and grabbed one new one to try. Let's see what those products are!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Guide: For the One Hosting

I covered stocking stuffers in my first gift guide of this season. For my next, I'm tackling a few gifts that would be perfect to give to the person hosting your next shindig. I tried to focus on affordable gifts, so nothing on this list that I have specifically linked to is over $30 CA.

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  • Wine - This combo pack of Two Oceans Wines are only available during the festive season and perfect as gifts. It includes a bottle of  Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Wine is always a good gift for a party!
  • Cheese Board - No party is complete without a cheese spread. Maybe your host can't put this to use on the actual night of the party, but I guarantee it will definitely see the light of day.
  • Reed Diffuser - I love a good candle, but reed diffusers are amazing. They last a long time and scent a room in no time.
  • Sauces - I love having a multitude of sauces, jams, and the likes in my fridge at all times. A must for a foodie!
  • Coffee Table Book - The more visually stunning or funny the better, depending on which route you take.
  • Mugs - The more mugs the merrier, right?!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Body Shop's 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar Days 1-8

Before I share the contents from the first week of The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, I just wanted to give a quick thanks to those of you who entered my giveaway to win one of these. The winner has been contacted and hopefully the calendar will be in her hands soon! I do hope that my new followers stick around, though. I'd like to think I have some fun content for you, if you were interested in this beauty calendar!

Whenever I have a beauty advent calendar, I do weekly posts every Friday. I usually share daily snippets on my social media, but I completely forgot this year. I might pick that back up or just keep it quiet until these round-up posts. Here's my quick thoughts on what the first 8 days brought!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set in Warm & Fuzzy - Holiday 2017

I got this as part of my VIB Sale haul a few weeks ago. Like I said in that post, I couldn't pass it up since it said Warm & Fuzzy and I co-run a craft business with my MIL called Warm & Fuzzy Knits. I took it as a sign and grabbed it! Well, I'm not that silly in my decision making...honest. I also just really liked the colors offered!

There's also a cooler-toned set called Play It Cool and I'm really attracted to that one, as well. I don't think you can go wrong with either set! I was more swayed by the Warm & Fuzzy set because it has a sneak peek at the new shimmer formula coming out in the spring. A shimmer liquid lipstick? I'm all over that! This trio comes with Splendore Shimmer, Beso, and Caramello. It looks like it might be sold out online at Sephora (at least on the Canadian site), but you might still have luck finding it in store or during a restock. And I'm pretty sure it is still available on the Stila website.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blog of the Month: December 2017

In November, Shari from The Misty Mom was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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For the final blog of the month for 2017, I've chosen Alanna from Classy on the Run. I met her in person a few years ago at one of our network's dinners. It's been a while since I've taken part in any of the events with my knee, but I hope we have another one in 2018 sometime so I can finally attend again! Alanna is incredibly sweet and I feel confident in saying that she has the prettiest hair of anyone I have ever met. Her blog is mostly beauty and lifestyle with reviews and swatches. If you check out her blog, let her know I sent you!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

InstaMonth for November 2017

I have this post scheduled because I'll be at the mall for an event today. I'm going off to have some seasonal fun with L'Occitane and you can follow along on my Stories on Instagram! And you can see photos like what I'm sharing below, if you follow me. Sometimes I share things on there that don't make it to the blog or sometimes I share it there first. You can find me at "wendybanner".

I find Instagram really hard to grow these days the natural way (not to mention get noticed- thanks algorithm!). But if you follow my blog and Instagram, let me know your username. If I'm not following you back already, I will. And I'll pop in and show your account some love! I'd love to hit 2k by the end of this year, but I'll survive if it doesn't happen. I'm not going to play the follow/wait for follow back/unfollow game to get there!

Here's a few pictures from last month!

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1. October faves. // 2. Snow day essentials. // 3. Old Navy haul
4. Vichy Aqualia skincare // 5. New PJs from Giant Tiger - post coming! // 6. Pour Over maker from Melitta.
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7. Guilty Pleasure with Two Oceans // 8. Adorable Thanksgiving cookies! // 9. Seche Vive 
10. Christmas party essentials with The Body Shop! // 11. Sephora VIB Sale haul. // 12. Holidays mean glitter!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sephora Collection Winter Magic Palette

Ahhh, this palette is so pretty. I was attracted to its packaging first, obviously. Then, I saw the inside and it offers a great variety of shades. I'll tell you what else attracted me- that $13 CA ($10 US) price tag. When all of those things get added together, I'd say the outcome is that this palette is a total steal of a deal. So buckle your seatbelts and let's zoom on down into the review and swatches!

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