February 3, 2016

Fat Kid Sunday | The First Fat Kid Dinner Of 2016...

This past weekend my friends and I had our first Fat Kid Sunday of 2016. And for those unfamiliar with Fat Kid Sunday (Because I'm not sure if I've ever explained it or not), it's just a stupid name my friends came up with for the themed dinner parties that we throw about once a month -- It's honestly just a way or making sure we all get together, hang out and eat some yummy food.

So yeah, we had our first Fat Kid of the year yesterday and the theme was pizza. And this theme was honestly brought about because of one of those Tasty videos on Facebook (Which is how a bunch of our recent themes have been chosen), the one in particular was the Cheesy Garlic Knot White Pizza Dip which I had seen and tagged all of usual Fat Kids to.

Here are some pictures of the super yummy food my friends and I made...
As you can see we made tons of food -- To be honest with you, we always make too much food. And it was all great.

I cannot wait until our next Fat Kid dinner because they are honestly so much fun. For those wondering, we don't have a theme picked out for the next one. We were contemplating a best of sort of theme but nothing is ever set in stone with us. But I know whatever it is it'll be great and you can bet that I'll be sharing it with all of you.

Do you guys do themed dinner with your friends? If so, what was your favorite theme? Even if you don't, shoot me a theme. We are up for trying almost anything.


Since it was one of the things I made, here is the recipe from BuzzFeedTasty for the Cheesy Garlic Knot White Pizza Dip:

  • Pizza Dough 
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese - Softened 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil - Chopped
  • 6 Cloves Garlic -- Chopped & Divided
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Butter -- Melted
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley -- Chopped
  1. Divide Pizza Dough into 12-14 equal sized balls. With floured hands, roll the dough balls into logs and tie into individual knots, tucking the excess underneath. 
  2. Coat a 10 inch oven-safe skillet with olive oil. Place the knots in a ring around the skillet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes -- Allowing dough to reach room temperature.  
  3. In a medium bowl, combine Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ricotta, Basil, 3 cloves of Garlic (Chopped) and Red Pepper Flakes.
  4. Melt the butter and add the Parsley and remaining Garlic. Stir well.  
  5. Uncover the Knots and scoop the dip into the center of the skillet. Brush the knots with the butter/garlic mixture (Reserving some for after baking), and top the dip with an additional sprinkle of cheese (Optional). 
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 400˚F (200˚C) for 20 minutes. Broil on High for two additional minutes or until knots and cheese get lightly browned -- Watching closely so as not to burn it. 
  7. Remove from oven and brush lightly with additional Garlic Butter. 
  8. Let cool slightly before serving. 
This was honestly awesome and you should give it a try!

February 1, 2016

Month In Review: January 2016...

♥ Driving with my sister to Vermont for "Favorite Page #1's" wedding.
♥ Visiting the Ben & Jerry's Factory.
♥ Attending Nicole's baby shower.
♥ Making plans with Day for my 31st birthday (Which isn't until March).
♥ Not losing power during the blizzard.
♥ Dinner dates.
♥ Throwing Nicole a work baby shower.
♥ The first Fat Kid Sunday of 2016.
♥ Pancake date with Justin.
♥ Karaoke with my sister, her boyfriend, Nick and my sister's coworkers.

Road Trip To Vermont | "Favorite Page #1's" Wedding & Some Ice Cream
Craving Adventure | Places To Visit In 2016
Makeup Bag | Two New Favorites
Two Year LASIK Update

♥ Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) ♥
♥ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) ♥
♥ Cookin' With Salt-N-Pepa (2015-Present) ♥
♥ Rev Runs Around The World (2015-Present) ♥
♥ Patti LaBelle's Holiday Pies (2015) ♥
♥ Snapped - Selena: The Death of a Superstar ♥
♥ Pitch Slapped (2016-Present) ♥
♥ The Hateful Eight (2015) ♥
♥ Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (2016-Present) ♥
♥ Kocktails with Khloé (2016-Present) ♥


January 31, 2016

Two Year LASIK Update...

As you may or may not know, I had LASIK (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) surgery to correct my vision back in January of 2014. And I thought since today marks exactly two years since I had it that I'd do an update post because my eyes have gone through the adjustment period and have definitely changed since the initial surgery.

First off lemme start off with a little bit of my background... Before having LASIK I wore glasses the majority of my life and was extremely myopic (Nearsighted). I decided to have LASIK because I started to feel restricted by my glasses in certain situations and I couldn't wear contacts all the time because they irritated my eyes if I wore them for more than a few hours at a time, especially when in the library.

So I  went in for a LASIK consultation (Which you can read about in detail here) in November of 2013 to see if I was a candidate for surgery or not. After going through the most comprehensive eye exam of my life I found out that I was indeed a candidate for surgery and booked it for January 2014.

On the day of my surgery I had your textbook LASIK procedure with no complications.

Fast forward to my one day post-op, where they told me my eyes were healing well but my left eye wasn't healing as fast as my right. But there was nothing to worry about.

Fast forward to my one week post-op (Which I wrote about here)... They did a few tests, made me read some eye charts and determined that I was 20/30 in my right eye and 20/25 in my left. My left eye still wasn't healing as well as the doctor would like it, so I was booked for a two week post-op where I was told that my left eye looked much better and that there was nothing to worry about.

I went through all of the rest of my post-ops just fine but my vision was never 20/20 but it didn't bother me because I was warned about it prior to surgery and I just loved being able to see without my glasses on.

Fast forward to just a few months ago, I noticed that my vision had gotten a tad blurry. So I recently went in for an eye exam and was told that I've had some myopic regression, which is something normal for someone like myself who was extremely myopic before the surgery (My prescription was like a -9.5).

Since I mentioned that the blurriness is starting to bother me, my doctor wrote me a light prescription and told me to try using glasses when I need them and if I find myself wearing the glasses more and more that he'd schedule me for a touch up surgery (I paid for a lifetime guarantee, so I get free touch ups for life and/or as long as the surgery center is still open). So that's what I'm going to do because the idea of wearing glasses for various things doesn't bother me. And as much as I enjoy the result of my surgery, I did not enjoy the initial recovery (I mean it wasn't terrible or anything, but still...) and want to hold off from having to do that again for as long as I can.

So yeah, even though I've had a touch of myopic regression and need a light prescription for various things, I'm still extremely happy with the surgery and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about having it. Especially since most people's vision isn't as bad as mine was and they probably wont have to deal with the things I have had to because of that.

If you have any specific questions about my LASIK experience feel free to ask! Also, if you've had LASIK I'd love to hear about your experience.

February Photo-A-Day...

 Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for February 2016...
How to take part in February photo-a-day:

  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.

January 27, 2016

Makeup Bag | Two New Favorites...

Recently I've added two new products to my makeup bag and I love them so much that I had to write about them. Those products being Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade 1993 and Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.

Lemme start off with Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade 1993. 1993 is described as a matte medium brown and in my opinion it is the perfect throwback 90's (Duh! It's called 1993) brown lipstick. It's a creamy, non-dry feeling matte (Which is my absolute favorite lipstick finish) that just looks wonderful on. And most importantly it satisfies this need I've had to find a lipstick that looks like the one Scully is rocking in the earlier episodes of The X-Files (1993-2002).

The lipstick retails for $22.00 but it is currently out of stock on the Urban Decay and Sephora websites. The Ulta website claims to have it in stock but I don't know about that because I purchased mine from a physical Ulta store which bummed me out because I love getting me some Sephora points.

Now on to the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (Which I would like to note that I received complementary from Influenster but honestly if I wouldn't have received a sample of it I would have never have purchased it because I am a drug store mascara girl through and through, and the idea of spending twenty-something dollars on mascara is something I would never have entertained before. That being said, I have now been converted and I will be purchasing a new tube as soon as I finish my current one). It is a super black mascara that is described as an "ultra-volumizing mascara that delivers instant dimension for epic lashes" and I must agree with this description. It gives my lashes the perfect amount of volume and is lengthening on top of that. Plus you can apply multiple coats of it without it looking like you have spider eyelashes. It is honestly everything I've ever wanted in a mascara.
The mascara retails for $26.00, which is a tad pricey but totally worth it in my opinion, and is available at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora.

So yeah, I am totally in love with these two new additions to my makeup bag and they make me love putting on my makeup even more.

Do you have any makeup or beauty products that you're currently loving? If so, lemme know! I love makeup and/or beauty product recommendations.

January 24, 2016

Sunday Steal...

Do You Like To See It Snowing Outside? 
Only if I don't have to go outside in it or clean it up.

Do You Tell Your Family You Love Them Enough? 
I think I do. 

Do You Like Getting Jewelry Or Do You Not Wear Any? 
I love getting jewelry that I've asked for. Like I'd be super happy if Justin or someone else got me an 18K gold 1mm to 2mm 30" or longer Cuban link chain for my birthday.

Do you watch a lot of NFL football? 
Hell no.

Have You Ever Used The Word ‘Lame’? 
Yes I have.

Are You/Were You In A Band? 
When Is The Last Time You Went To The Doctor? 
Right before I went to Iceland back in September.

Do You Own Any Shirts With A Peace Symbol On It? 
Hell no.

Would You Ever Go To Japan? 
Yes I would. Justin and I are actually looking into going at the end of August this year.

What Was The Last Thing You Went To Walmart For? 
I went to see if they had any film for my Instax.

Ever Gotten In A Car Accident? 
Yes I have.

Have You Ever Been In A Choir? 
I was in chorus from 4th grade to 12th grade.

Do You Like The Color Of Your Eyes?
My eyes are fine.

When Was The Last Time You Went Ice Skating?
High school.

Have You Ever Had A Surgery? 
Yes I have. I've had my gallbladder removed and I had LASIK.

Do You Look Older Or Younger Than You Actually Are? 
Younger. Apparently no one thinks I'm thirty.

When Is The Next Time You’ll Be Up On Stage? 
Who knows...

Where Did You Spend Your Last Birthday? 
Buying myself a new used car and going out to dinner with my family.

What Is The Last Show That You Watched A Full Episode Of? 
The X-Files. 

Is There Anything You Need To Work On Doing Soon? 

Do Your Feelings Get Hurt Easily? 

Do You, Or Do You Know Someone Who Has Taken Karate Lessons? 
I have never taken a karate lesson in my life but I know people who have.

Were You Ever A Boy Or Girl Scout?
Nope and never did I want to be.

January 22, 2016

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Fifty...

Here are the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: ModCloth)
(via: Pinterest)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

January 21, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Trailer...

If you remember, back in December I had written a post about all of the movies that Justin and I wanted to see throughout 2016 and included the trailers for the majority of them. Well one of the movies that I mentioned was Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising but there wasn't a trailer out for it at the time, well now there is and I had to come share it with you guys because it looks just as hilarious as Neighbors was.

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller  
Writers: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver
Executive Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy.  Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.     

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs.  But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.     

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want.  When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.     

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon.  If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home.  But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy. 
How awesome does this movie look?! What do you guys think? Lemme know.