I was home alone for 5 days. I was so so so bored... so I did some shopping. I decided to completely dump out my make up bag and start fresh. $300 later... you can see what I picked up! I absolutely love the Urban Decay Naked Collection. And, I'm a big fan of the Anastasia brow pencil.
Spent a few hours last night wtih Diane @ First Impressions Salon... decided to go lighter for the summer! I absolutely love it! Now, if I could just get a little sun on my pale skin...
I checked in late Saturday night for a sleep study at 1st Class Diagnostics ... which feels like a 5 star hotel. It was the aboslute WORST night of sleep that I've ever had in my life. With all of those cords and sensors attatched to you and up your nose, it's borderline impossible to sleep. Not to mention the awkward feeling of a camera on you at all times and a microphone attatched to your chest... The guy in the room next to me couldn't make it through the night and left at 3am.
I thought maybe the few glasses of sangria that I had at dinner earlier would help me sleep.. but no go. I didn't fall asleep until 2:30am... and then they kicked me out promptly at 5:30am to go home.
Good news is that I didn't need any help with my breathing!... bad news is that I still snore.
Monster Jam came through DC for the first time since 2011 and we checked out the opening night show. B was thrilled to see the big trucks wrecking havoc - along with the intermission expos of 4 wheeler racing and dirt bike stunts.
It was loud. REALLY REALLY LOUD. Thankfully, we brought noise cancelling headphones or else the sound of the engines and exhausts would be too much for anyone to handle.
The trucks revved and jumped and drifted and spun - so much fun for the kids and adults to watch! At one point, one of the trucks went over the cars and dirt solely on its back wheels as the crowd cheered. I was impressed!
Of course, the end of the night resulted in a hot pink parking ticket on my car when we got back. Between two college educated, graduate level adults and a third bystander who was also trying to figure it out, we assumed that after reading the 6 posted exceptions, the "2 hour parking between 6-10" meant just that. Especially since there was no digital meter or coin meters on the block. No, of course not. Another $25 check mailed to DC on Monday morning.
I am a Feld Family Ambassador and was provided tickets to the show compliments of FELD Entertainment.
With all of the snow outside... all I can think is that I'll be at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah in 6 weeks! Can't wait to escape to warmer weather!
I have recently been completely grossed out by news articles I've read about what is actually in a "chicken nugget". I am not sure why they are even called chicken nuggets anymore if the very last ingredient added is chicken. So, I laid down the law and I've completely boycotted premade, processed chicken nuggets in my household (except for the occasional Chick-fil-a). We actually almost never have them at home, but they are a go-to while out and about.
I decided to try to make homemade chicken nuggets completely from scratch. I made an impulse purchase at Costco and got a KitchenAid 3 cup food chopper/processor to help me with the recipe I was about to tackle.
Here's my step by step -- I completely made this up and I think you could add whatever flavors make you happy. I might try the next batch with a little cayenne pepper or something to "kick it up a notch".
Homemade Chicken Nuggets - Ingredients
2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain bread crumbs
4 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Knorr's granulated chicken bouillon (this is salty, so I did not add additional salt)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
Yields 40 nuggets (can vary based on size of nugget)
It didn't take me more than 45 minutes to make these. I think the little extra effort is worth it - and I'm going to freeze some of them to see how they hold up for future use. If you have any modifications to this recipe, or if you'd like to share your own, leave it in the comments below.
I'm the only mom in the after school pick up line with a failed inspection rejection sticker on their window.
When your kid wants a grilled cheese, but you haven't been to the store in 10 days...
this is what happens:
A bad storm hit near my parents' house over the weekend. With no power, we decided it was a perfect excuse to go shopping. My mom LOVES this place called The Christmas Tree Store. In my opinion, it is the least desirable place to shop. It's completely filled with junk made in China. However, I found three pretty cool mirrors that were marked down to $1 and thought "hey, this is your chance to shine! be crafty! do a really cool blog post about it!"
My cheap frames quickly turned expensive. I spent $51 on supplies - everything from fabric to spray paint. With the help of my brother's girlfriend, Melanie, we peeled off the old leafy paper a tried several ways to re-do the frames. IT WAS A COMPLETE FAILURE. Apparently my dad thought so too because I woke up the next morning to him throwing everything away in the dumpster:
my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced doubleshots at 5pm.
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