Makeup! Squee! Girly Stuff!

I’ve been playing around with makeup lately. Even before I had kids, I was never a big makeup girl. But, lately, I’ve been making more of an effort to, uh, look like I’m making an effort. I got all crazy on a trip to Target and got myself some lip stain, eyeliner, bronzer and even some eyeshadows (oooh! fancy!).

My rules for makeup purchases are pretty colors and the best possible quality for very little money. I like simple little pops of pretty color. Today was grey and rainy, so I put some color on my lips via my Maybelline ColorSensational lipstain in Cranberry Crush with Yes to Carrots C Me Shine lipgloss in Red Hot (Yes to Carrots’ lip gloss is awesome, by the way). I also wore a teeny bit of gold shadow on my eyes and a little mascara.

I’m not even gonna try to go all makeup blogger on you. There are plenty of people out there doing that way better than I could. But I’d love to hear your ideas about simple ways to play with makeup so that I don’t feel sad and raggedy.

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Unsolicited Parenting Advice: Target Diapers

 We don’t do the brightly colored Dora the Explorer or Mickey Mouse or Sesame Street thing when it comes to diapers around here. Not because I’m above commercialization or bright colors or whatever, but because I love, love, love my Target diapers.

They are, in my experience, the perfect mix of affordability and reliable functionality. The thing with less expensive diapers, is that they can be pretty crappy. They can leak or be made with shady materials that can lead to diaper rash. When we lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands, diapers were expensive. Like, $30 expensive. So, we always tried to buy the cheapest, random brands, to less than stellar results.

When we moved back to Maryland, I was so happy to live in close proximity to a Target again. They always seem to be the best bargain on the giant Target wall of diapers, and more importantly, they work. We’ve never had issues with random, mysterious leaks or blowouts with these babies.

***It should probably be obvious, but in case it’s not – no one is paying me to endorse this product.


My Easy and Yummy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

It took me about 30 years on earth before I realized how easy soup was to make at home. When we lived in St. Thomas, I liked to always have some soup made in the fridge because it made a quick and easy snack. You see, in St. Thomas, there are fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC, but there is absolutely nothing fast about them. It really was easier to just cook at home.

Anyway, this recipe is a bastardization of a number of the Pioneer Woman‘s chicken soups. She has a bunch of recipes for chicken soups – some with noodles, some with rice – and I think I pretty much took a little of what I liked here and there.

You’ll need:

*chicken thighs (anywhere from 4-6)

chicken broth (I use two 32 oz packages)

carrots, onions, garlic and celery to your taste

salt, pepper, ground cayenne pepper, thyme and tumeric** to your taste. And if you don’t do spicy, don’t think you have to do the cayenne. I just think chicken soup can be kind of bland, and it gives it a little bit of a kick.

flour (about a cup and a half)

What you do:

rinse chicken thighs, pat dry and liberally salt and pepper

put two pats of butter and a little bit of olive oil in a pan (I find the butter adds flavor and color while the oil helps the butter spread evenly around the pan). Heat pan on medium high heat

once the pan is hot, dredge the thighs in the flour (make sure to shake off the excess) and put in in the pan. Cook until just the outsides are nice and brown. Take the chicken out and put on the side.

Slice up the carrots, onions, garlic and celery. Dump them in a pot with the chicken broth and heat to a boil. Oh, and add a bit of all the sesasonings. Don’t feel like you need to put a lot in – you can always taste later and add more then.

Once the broth and veggies are boiling, add the chicken thighs. Bring to a second boil, then put the top on the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or whenever the chicken is done.

Check to make sure the chicken is done. Once it is, remove from the pot, let it cool down a little, then roughly chop it up and put it back in the pot.

Oh! I almost forgot! In a separate pot, make some rice. I usually make two cups of water and one cup of rice. When the rice is done, add it to the pot. I do this slowly because if you add too much rice, it absorbs all the fluid then you have another dish entirely.

Done! Serve with some yummy bread and a salad 🙂

*Really, you can use any part of the chicken  – I’ve even used breasts – but I like thighs the best because they always seem to be on sale and they add a lot of flavor.

**I use just a leeeetle bit of the thyme and tumeric – like a pinch of each – they pack a big punch.


Welcome!

Welcome to Late Nights and Early Mornings! This is the place where I’ll talk about my experiences as I raise my two preschoolers and run a household.

I was never one of those girls who always knew she’d be a wife and mother, so adjusting to those titles has taken some work. I’m still learning and I’d like to share what I’ve learned here. I’ve found that the internet is a great resource for learning about what I need to know, so I’d love to hear from other people out there, too.

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