cheddar chive popovers, black bean soup, garlic butter shrimp, dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds

Clara from Clara Persis is guest-blogging at Lark & Linen and posted these scrumptious Cheddar Chive Popovers. They would be delicious paired with Black Bean Soup from The Pioneer Woman. I love black beans topped with sour cream, unbelievably delicious. My oldest daughter is a seafood nut, but her dad is not a fan and I am allergic. Needless to say we don’t make seafood often. These Garlic Butter Shrimp from Damn Delicious cook in just 10 minutes and won’t need taste testing from me. Perfect! Cider with Rosie posted a delicious and antioxidant-rich treat with these Dark Chocolate-Covered Pomegranate Seeds. The kids and I will enjoy making and eating these little yummies.

 

tarte, CC, colored clay, QVCI love Makeup Collections! Collections are often chock full of new or limited edition treats at exceptional prices. Unfortunately, since most collections aren’t customized to you, it is inevitable that you will not like every product. Last week, I finally returned the Tarte Colored Clay 7-Pc Collection I purchased from QVC on Today’s Special Value (TSV). I really wanted to love this collection. Priced at just under $60, it was a fantastic deal for the products. Even at its current price of $72, it’s a pretty good value. Unfortunately, I didn’t like enough of the products to justify the cost.

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There were only two products in this collection I adored, the Clay Blush Bronzer in Pink Bronze and the LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love. The Clay Blush Bronzer is an amazingly beautiful and diverse product. It features various shades of pink and bronze and adds warmth and dimension to the face. I am always a fan of products that allow me to get multiple looks from one product. If you look carefully, the Clay Blush Bronzer has three rows of color. These “rows” can be created in different ways but the way I connect them makes the bottom row all bronzes, the middle row all pinks, and the top mini row lighter bronze. When the colors are used all together by sweeping your blush brush or large, fluffy brush over the entire product, the results are a soft glow over your cheeks. By concentrating on a certain “row,” the Clay Blush Bronzer doubles as a blush and bronzer. Use the all bronze row for some light contouring and the pink row as a blusher. By separating the colors, this product also serves as a versatile eyeshadow palate. The LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love is a beautiful, watermelon shade gloss. It is super-moisturing but not sticky. The best part is that it can be layered for richer color.

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Sometimes it is really difficult to return a product that is so AWESOME. It took me a long time to return the Tarte Colored Clay 7-pc Collection because these two products are amazing and were not available for purchase individually. In the end, the Clay Blush Bronzer in Pink Bronze priced at $27 and the LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love priced at $19, didn’t equate to the $60 I paid for the collection. Returning it turned out to be a fantastic decision! Tarte has just launched their new LipSurgence Lip Gloss, including the color True Love and a Tarte rep confirmed the Clay Blush Bronzer will launch as a solo product this summer. AWESOME!

Note: If you feel like you just can’t wait for the awesomeness that is the Clay Blush Bronzer in Pink Bronze, there are a few available on Amazon through a couple of sellers with excellent reviews.

When you have a bad day

 

I’ve heard about random acts of kindness. I know they exist, but I’ve never experienced one nor seen one with my own eyes. I’ve heard reports and read Facebook posts. That’s the closest I’ve been…until last week.

My daughter had a dentist appointment, so I scheduled my doctor’s appointment for the same time. I figured my hubby could drop me off and go to the dentist with her. Somehow, we neglected to account for our youngest in this equation, both assuming she would go with him. It wasn’t until we arrived at my appointment that we realized he probably couldn’t sit with our oldest and watch our youngest. I decided to take her with me. I arrived at my appointment 30 minutes early and for the first time during my pregnancy, my doctor not only saw me on time, but early. We were out of my appointment by my scheduled time, meaning my oldest daughter’s appointment hadn’t even started. Lucky for my 2-year-old and I, my doctor is located in a walking, commercial and residential neighborhood.

We headed down the street and my daughter tried to drag me into every bar and swanky, high-priced restaurant we passed. She refused to hold my hand, which totally freaked me out because at this stage in my pregnancy, I simply couldn’t chase her if she had made a dash. Every time we crossed the street, I was forced to carry a struggling toddler yelling “Put me down”. I was hot and famished (we all decided to wait to eat since my oldest couldn’t eat before her appointment). I was overjoyed when I spotted a diner. I thought I’d finally found a place where we could order something she would actually eat and where her “terrible two” behavior wouldn’t disturb anyone. I was wrong.

It was sweltering in the restaurant, full of adults on their lunch breaks, and dead…silent. The moment we walked in and my daughter made a squealing mad dash for her chosen seat, I could see the look of dread on their faces. I ordered for her first in hopes of occupying her as soon as possible. She tugged and pulled at the menu and fussed every time I took it away to find something for myself. Then the “I can do it” started. Her chair wasn’t close enough to the table. Her chair was too close to the table. She couldn’t get her straw in her milk. All of my assistance offered was met with arm flailing and “I can do it.”

When her pancakes arrived she finally calmed down briefly, but despite having a full plate of pancakes, she cried over the one piece she dropped onto the floor. I moved her to my lap and used one hand to try to keep her on since my large baby bump meant I had little “lap” to speak of. With the other hand I did my best to eat my omelet. Holding my daughter made the already sweltering diner feel like a hot box. It was heaven whenever the door opened and I found myself wondering if maybe I could manage to step outside for just a moment. Every attempt to put my daughter back in her seat was met with whining, so for the sake of the other patrons, I endured.

There was one gentleman sitting alone at the window table directly in front of us. He appeared to be a blue-collar guy on a break. When I entered, I’d hoped he would be leaving soon, but when his meal arrived, my hope was dashed. He seemed to rush through his plate, in large part I imagine due to my daughter, and appeared tense every time she fussed. I felt terrible when I saw him walk to the back to pay but a little relieved. All of the other patrons were behind me, at least I didn’t have to face them. A short time later, the waitress came to our table and asked me if I knew the gentleman in the window. I didn’t. “Oh, I thought you did,” she said. “He paid your check.”

My daughter had clearly ruined this man’s lunch break and instead of being angry and frustrated about his ruined, all to brief relaxation time, he went out of his way to make my day a little better. He effectively ended what could have been a cycle of frustration and negative emotion. And thus the reason for the quote above, “When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.” It is a sentiment that I will do my best to pay forward.