O Pioneer Woman!


Springfield Missouri is only a little over three hours from Pawhuska, Oklahoma – AKA home of the Pioneer Woman. QUEEEN. My mom and I took a day and drove to Pawhuska to visit Ree’s Mercantile; the Mercantile is a restaurant, bakery and store. Ree and Ladd Drummond spent years renovating the hundred-year-old Osage Mercantile building on Main Street so that they could welcome visitors from near and far. Continue reading “O Pioneer Woman!”

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Steamy Skin Care Items

Lately I’ve been considering going to esthetician school sometime in the future. It’s something I’ve thought about for years, and I can’t quite make up my mind. I used to have bad skin when I was a teenager, into my early twenties. I never had absolute horrible skin, but I generally always had hormonal acne no matter what time of the month it was. My complexion started to get better when I began getting regular facials at a local esthetician school in Springfield. That’s when started to get into skin care and became more aware of how I was treating my skin and what I was putting on it.

When I started my flight attendant job I began to wear more makeup than I usually would, since it’s a requirement for the job. I started trying new makeup techniques and watching Youtube tutorials and became a bit makeup obsessed, I suppose. I’m also interested in microblading, lash extensions, massage, cool sculpting, microdermabrasion, microneedling and many other skills that estheticians learn. I don’t know if it’s something I should pursue, or just keep it as an interest/hobby. Anyway, those are some of the thoughts on my mind today.

Today I’d love to share a few things I purchased that I’m loving for my skin!

Facial Steamer

Who said steamers were just for vegetables?! I bought this baby at TJ Maxx a while back, and my sister and I have loved using it. It makes your skin dewy and moisturized! I used it the other day and then used a sheet mask and it was glorious.  I like to steam while watching The Handmaid’s Tale.

Jade Roller

Jade rollers may be a little woo woo for you, I understand completely.  I actually really like mine! (I bought it in on Amazon, and I did purchase one made with real jade.)  Jade rolling can help with lymphatic drainage, reducing under eye darkness, increasing circulation, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, and can help skincare product absorption.  I like to use it in the morning when my face is a little puffy from sleeping.  I’ve been using it chilled out of the refrigerator and it feels really nice and soothing on the face.  Jade Rolling has been used for centuries in ancient Chinese medicine, and jade supposedly draws out negative energy and balances your ‘chi.’ 🙂

Dry Brush

I heard about dry brushing a few months ago and I’m giving it a shot.  Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the skin daily with a soft but firm brush.  Dry brushing sweeps away dead skin cells, improves skin appearance, supports digestion, and stimulates the lymphatic system.  The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated.  Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process whilst boosting circulation, and delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs.  I bought mine at Walmart.

Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner

I heard about this toner via Instagram, I believe. As I was purchasing it, the cashier said, “We got that back in stock today – we’ve been out for weeks!” Then I did some research and found out it’s a hot commodity at Trader Joe’s and sells out frequently.  I guess I got lucky the day I went!  I think it’s nice and it feels like the same formula as the Mario Badescu Rosewater.  I added a little rosehip oil to the spray to add even more hydration.  Oooh.

D.I.Y. Tan Customizable Self-Tan Drops

I thought these drops from Bath & Body Works were really cool! My sister bought them for my birthday. You mix them into your favorite moisturizer and boom – you become an instant bronzed goddess.

Lotion Brush

Speaking of bronzed goddess, in all my years of applying self tanner, I’ve always asked someone to help me put it on my back, or have attempted to do it myself, which results in a splotchy mess. Why did I never think to look for such a tool!  How helpful!  I’m an idiot for just now discovering this.  I bought mine from Walmart.

What are you loving lately when it comes to skincare and beauty??

Thursday Sketch

Mood

I hope everyone’s week is going great! I’m looking forward to this weekend, for sure. I had a stretch of days off for my birthday and my sister’s, and it was rough going back to work this week. The summer flying schedule is busy, busy, busy, with not a lot of downtime on layovers.

I have some blog posts prepped for the future, but I’d also love to know what you guys would like to see more of. Food? Baking? Makeup? Skincare? Travel? Adventures?

I know for sure I’m going to be doing some baking this weekend. I’m planning on baking buttermilk biscuits, plus maybe a fancy butter or jam. Oh! I think a trip to the Springfield Farmers’ Market is in order, too. I haven’t been this year!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I’ll talk to real soon…

Raleigh Restaurant Recommendations

I always love a little alliteration, don’t you? 🙂

One of my longtime readers, Jessica, (HI JESS!) inspired this latest post.  She’ll be in Raleigh this summer and was wanting a few restaurant and bakery recommendations.  I only lived in Raleigh a year and a half, but definitely ate my fair share of Rise Donuts and Goodberry’s Frozen Custard.  I miss Raleigh so much!  It was a great place to live and work, and it would be a great place to come back and visit.   Continue reading “Raleigh Restaurant Recommendations”

Barcelona

The next day we were not feeling the best (haha!), so we had breakfast at the closest, greasiest restaurant we could find….

McDonald’s!  I’m actually not the biggest fan of McDonald’s, but we wanted to compare Spanish McDonald’s to American McDonald’s.  We discovered Spanish McDonald’s is more appealing, but the flavor didn’t deliver.

Things we ordered: McRoyale burger, fries, potato wedges, egg McMuffin with bacon, gazpacho, tomato olive oil toast, espressos, macarons, Mahon beers.  Yes, they have beer and macarons at McDonald’s!  Anyway, it was a fun experience.

On this day we did a lot of shopping and popping into food markets and such.  That night we saw a live show with flamenco dancing!  It was really fun and the dancers are very talented.

We also tried churros with chocolate sauce.  Mmmmm….

The next morning we woke up, had some coffee and pastries and headed to the airport to fly to Barcelona!

It was a quick flight, then we got on the

train system and headed to our airbnb.  This airbnb was nicer but in a location that wasn’t close to much.  They owner had a bottle of cava waiting for us, which was nice!

The flight and navigating to the airbnb took up much of the day, so weren’t able to do much.   We visited Segrada Familia, ate dinner, and watched a football game.

The next morning we had some amazing espresso from Nomad.  Can you tell coffee is important to us?!

We headed into the city to visit Mercat de la Boqueria which was easily one of my favorite parts about our trip.  This open-air market is huge; we must have spent several hours there.  I couldn’t get enough!  The market was full of restaurants, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat, wine, chocolate, nuts.

Want to know the best thing we ate in Spain?  It was from El Quim de la Boqueria, a tapas restaurant inside the market.  We had to wait a while to get ONE seat at the counter.  The best dish was caramelized foie gras with olive oil fried eggs; it was INSANELY good!  I’m going to dream about it for years to come.

Potatoes with spicy sauce – these were sooo good.

We also tried mixed olives marinated in cava vinegar and sardines.

Then we walked up and down La Rambla, and all along the water.  It was pretty touristy, but still pleasant.  We visited Casa Batlló to experience some more Antoni Gaudi.

We had a tapa at Bar Mut, which was langostinos, pine nuts, topped with crispy fried potato pieces.  It was delicious!

We went to Paridiso for some cocktails and pastrami sandwiches.  Yep, it was a speakeasy with a pastrami shop in the the front, bar in the back.  I ordered a cocktail that came in a Trojan horse.  It was weird, whimsical and so much fun.

The next morning was Spain’s Labor Day, so many things were closed.  We found some breakfast and tried a Spanish tortilla with tomato toast.

Then we went to the high speed train station and started our journey to the home of the Salvador Dali museum: Figueres, Spain.

It was an amazing experience and we’re so very lucky to have gotten to see some of the work from our favorite artist.

We traveled back to Barcelona, changed, and went to our final destination for our Spain trip.

The Mandarin Oriental for cocktails and food!

The New York-based bar, Employees Only, held a pop-up event at the hotel for only a month, and we happened to be there at the same time.

I had a beautiful Strawberry-Cava gin-based cocktail that was delicious and refreshing.

Steak Tartare

Truffle Grilled Cheese

I believe this was a bone marrow “popper” with a puff pastry shell.

The next day we got up early and headed to the airport to head back home to the states.  It was an amazing trip and I’m so glad we got the chance to go!