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Kitchen items I can’t live without

Hello all you lovelies!!!! Today we are getting into the health aspect of my blog. So I eat pretty healthy a lot of the time, which doesn’t include the almond M&Ms that I can’t live without or the only holiday candy I have to have which are peeps. So in order for me to stay on the straight and narrow, I try to meal prep majority of the time so that it is easy to choose better because it’s already made. Now in my diet, saying diet in the form of what I eat daily not dieting as in trying to lose weight, I do not eat pork or beef. I love them but they seem to hate my stomach. So I choose to delete them from my life. Also I hate milk so I use almond milk in my cereals, baking, and protein shakes but that’s another post. So since I am single and love to cook I have a kitchen gadget obsession. If it makes life easier, I want it. Except for a toaster, I’m not a fan, I use it one week a year like the national guard. Okay Kim, you are rambling!!!! okay so my favorite items in the kitchen simply makes things easier and the day a bit smoother.

Mr. Coffee Keurig
Mr. Coffee Keurig

First up is my Keurig which mine is made by Mr. Coffee. Same as a regular Keurig but a fraction of the price. And since I don’t drink coffee often (which most of my k cups are apple cider and chai tea) this one suits me just fine. It fits all the traditional kcups so it’s perfect for little ol me. Plus the water compartment is small which is great because I don’t have to worry about standing water in the machine because I have to refill the tank every 2-3 cups.

Brentwod Electric tea kettle/ Percolator
Brentwod Electric tea kettle/ Percolator

Now this is my pride and joy, next to stripe. When this bad boy came in the mail it was like christmas!!!! Best $18 I have ever spent. I got mine on Amazon on sale. It boils water in about 3 min and it clicks off once to water is boiling. Which for me is great cause sometimes I can’t remember why I walked into a room. “i’m not crazy, my mother had me tested” Sheldon Cooper. I love teat, I drink a cup in the am while getting ready for the day and also at night as my bedtime snack. I have so many different teas, almost as many as my eyeshadows lol. You have a issue, I have a tea to help. Again another post lol. So I use this everyday and it;s amazing. My grandmother always has a tea kettle on the stove with water in it ready for when someone wanted tea or instant coffee. So in my family, not having a tea kettle is uncivilized. So I took the more modern approach when it was time for a new one. with every move comes a new kettle. except now lol

Shelf Under
Shelf Under

Along with my tea kettle and tea collection is the perfect accessory. It’s a under shelf that hangs from our upper counter to leave the countertops clutter free. It helps with most of my teas, most. It keeps everything orderly and within eyesight. i purchased this at big lots and I need like two more (note to self),

Monix Expresso Maker
Monix Expresso Maker

Insert rough day, night, moment!!!! I never knew these existed until I moved to New York and it was a staple in all my friends kitchens. This little guy makes all your problems go away. I was never really into coffee until my friend Jess made me a cup using this fella with columbian coffee CAFE BUSTELO!! Since that first sip I’ve been a fan. Still more of a tea girl but if I see a can of this ad an option on warm beverages, this is what I’m choosing. You can find these almost any home store. I got mine from TJ Maxx.

Ball Mason Jars
Ball Mason Jars

Yes I’m country and yes I love mason jars. I don’t know how to can, but I plan on it. I use these to store sauces, make overnight oats, infuse water with fruit, and steep sweet tea. That’s right sweet tea. I have a few different sizes. You can buy them single or in bulk. They are very inexpensive. They even sell them at hobby lobby.

Hamilton Beach Slow cooker/ crock pot
Hamilton Beach Slow cooker/ crock pot

Now being the southern belle that I am. Hahahahhahaha, sorry even I can’t pull that title off. But I do love a slow cooker. Put all the ingredients in the insert the night before, put in fridge, and put in the slow cooker that morning and you will have dinner done when you get off. You can pretty much cook anything in it. sign me up!!!!

Ruff Hewn Dutch Oven
Ruff Hewn Dutch Oven

This pot is the all in one pot of holy grail cookingness!!! It is a cast iron pot with an enamel coating so you can wash it. You can use it on the cooktop and in the oven. I have made stews, soups, spaghetti, greens, beans, baked cornish hens, roasted potatoes, and even baked bread in this beaut!!! Wam Bam, you’re welcome.

Aroma Rice Cooker
Aroma Rice Cooker

Since i try to cook for a few days all at once I love a good rice cooker. First of all, I ‘m horrible at making rice on the stove. Not I said the cat, I ain’t doing it. So once I learned how to use a rice cooker I’ve been spoiled. Asking the man at hibachi in the mall what that huge vessel he was storing his rice in behind the register may be frowned apon for some, I feel if you don’t ask you will never know and I’m a girl who wants to know the bizness!!! This one is way smaller and makes up to $ cups of rice which is just my size. Now when I learn how to make rice balls I may need to upgrade jk jk.

Seal a Meal Vacuum food saver
Seal a Meal Vacuum food saver

Now this is perfect or when you find bulk meat on sale. Well it’s just me, I don’t need to Cook 5 lbs of ground turkey, because I will probably eat it all and thats another show. So I can still get the deal and store it properly by deciding up the portions and vacuum sealing it and the freezing. I also use this to freeze fruit, and veggies. So folks thats a small tour of my kitchen fans. Please like and subscribe. And questions or comments just let me know down below. thank you for stopping buy. Smooches Kim B

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Products I’ve used up pt 3

Hey everyone this is another go through my beauty trash but this one has a twist. I’ve added two food items, a fragrance, and three beauty tools this time. I’m trying to go through some of my products because its kinda getting to be a bit much lol. Plus running out of things allow you to buy more right?? I thought so lol. So here is my beauty+ trash.

An Abundance of used up goodness!!!
An Abundance of used up goodness!!!

Ps If you haven’t seen my other used beauty items posts check out my page 🙂 With this post I will be going in the order I use them. At least that’s the initial plan. Lord bare with my rambling mind.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

Equate oil free daily face wash
Equate oil free daily face wash

This is my usual suspect. I continuously purchase this cleanser. I love that it has salicylic acid in it which my oily acne prone skin loves. And it keeps my skin clear. For an extra exfoliate I will put this on a face poof and scrub my face.

Biore Blemish fighting ice cleanser
Biore Blemish fighting ice cleanser

I purchased this cleanser on a whim at walgreens cause I needed a cleanser, I already went over my weekly budget, and it was on sale. This was a really good cleanser. Leave the skin soft and cool feeling effect. Like I walked outside in the fall with a wet face (but in a good way?). This cleanser also has salicylic acid in it which is awesome. The only flaw about this one is that where there is a cooling effect, it can sometimes burn the eyes even if it isn’t close to your eyes.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (sample size)
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (sample size)

This is a good serum to add to your nighttime routine. it keeps my skin feeling smooth. I have a few of these samples and samples are golden.

Lancome Visionnaire serum
Lancome Visionnaire serum

This is my second favorite serum (my #1 serum is Lancome Dreamtone). This serum evens out this skintone and smooths your skin texture. It is also an anti wrinkle treatment which I love because I’m no spring chicken. This one is the newer version of this serum so you see results faster. LOVE

Serious C Serum
Serious C Serum

This is a vitamin C serum from serious skincare. I use this at night before I got the samples of the Advanced night repair. This is an amazing skin conditioner!! It really brightened up my skin and helped diminish my acne blemishes.

Maya Overseas foods inc. Rose Water
Maya Overseas foods inc. Rose Water

this is an amazing natural toner for before your moisturizer and to set your face after your makeup. And I’m one of the few people who love the smell of rose water because it is strong. There are only two ingredients in this product: water and rose petal extract. Sign me up. I got this from my local middle eastern grocery store and was only $1.99 which is a steal.

Lancome High Resolution Night Cream ( Deluxe sample)
Lancome High Resolution Night Cream (Deluxe sample)

This is one of my favorite night creams. It has anti wrinkle and renewing skin properties. And I love the smell.

Mary Kay oil mattifyer
Mary Kay oil mattifier

This is really good for my T-Zone area to keep from getting super shiny throughout the day. This one doesn’t last as long as my new holy grail mattifier but this was is still really good.

ELF mineral face primer
ELF mineral face primer

This is a favorite primer for me and my clients when I freelance. It’s only $6 and it is a very nice product. This is the original one, they also have different colors for different skin solutions which I haven’t used. I will be repurchasing once I get through these other primers :/

Mary Kay medium coverage foundation in beige 404
Mary Kay medium coverage foundation in beige 404

This is a tricky but nice foundation. It is best used with a beauty blender to get a great finish. I found that a brush makes it streaky and it transfers onto your clothes. it’s a really nice everyday foundation and great for sensitive skin.

Sephora correcter/concealer pen
Sephora correcter/concealer pen

This is a duel ended concealer stick. One side is small for precision and the other more like a concealer crayon. The only thing I don’t like about this product is that it dries my under eye a bit. It’s really good for spot conceal but not good for under eye brightening.

ELF concealer in beige
ELF concealer in beige

This is my holy grail concealer for brightening my under eye!!!! It is creamy, blendable, and inexpensive. I just opened a new one and I have three backups. I refuse to run out. This is my first choice for clients as well because it doesn’t crease. Definitely a must try.

ELF all over stick in Apricot Beige
ELF all over stick in Apricot Beige

I love this for an intense under eye highlight. Very creamy but I can’t find in anywhere. #sadpanda

Top: Elizabeth Arden beautiful color eyebrow pencil in 03 brownette bottom: Lancome Les Souricils Benfinis Brow Expert in 105 brown
Top: Elizabeth Arden beautiful color eyebrow pencil in 03 brownette
bottom: Lancome Les Souricils Benfinis Brow Expert in 105 brown

These two are the best brow pencils I have found. They last all day without smearing, they glide smoothly, and doesn’t tug on the skin. I use the Lancome at the front of my brow because it is a lighter color and the Arden for my brow tail and they are the perfect combo. I have already repurchased both of them. Amazing!!!! I haven’t tried the ABH brow wiz but with these two, I haven’t wanted to. oops #sorrynotsorry

Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in tropic hues
Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in tropic hues

This is the perfect spring/ summer blush. Just a slight shimmer to give the skin that healthy glow. It is also amazing in the fall on top of a bronzer on the cheeks. It’s a baked blush so it took me FOREVER to get through it. My thought was “yay I finally finished it, now i can get a different color!” So I trotted out to Ulta Picked up two Laura Geller blushes and a highlight duo (cause the girl knows how to do a baked blush and highlight) I get home and look at the colors of the blushes and what do you know, I picked up another tropic hue!! But I’m not even sorry cause I enjoyed it the entire time and couldn’t put it down. My soul knows what I need!!!!

April Cold Cream Cleanser
April Cold Cream Cleanser

Last but not least of beauty products is what I use to take off my eye makeup. Now before I swore by the Ponds cold cream cleanser, and I still do, but I found this one at the dollar tree and decided to try it out. it was only $1 and it is amazing and you get more product than the Ponds and for a fraction of the price. You know ya girl love a deal!!!! It doesn’t burn my eyes and it leaves my eye area soft and moisturized. Cause the first things that show your age is your neck, hands, and underwear, so ladies keep it right and tight!!!!

BEAUTY TOOLS!!!

Dove skin revitalized facial cleansing massager
Dove skin revitalized facial cleansing massager

This was the most amazing face cleansing tool I have ever used. It vibrates encouraging skin cell production and repair. Left the skin plump and super soft. The tragic thing is that Dove discontinued it and the only place you can find the cleansing pillows with cleanser in them that attach to the device is on amazon and they ain’t cheap!!! Goodbye love you were better than they apparently thought you were.

Coastal Scents BR-110 flat top kabuki brush
Coastal Scents BR-110 flat top kabuki brush

It lasted a year, had a good run, but now it sheds more than Stripe in the summer!!!!!!

Ebay beauty sponges
Ebay beauty sponges

These where my first dupe for the beauty blender. They are a bad dupe but got the job done, sorta. They are good for concealer but not much for foundation. I’v since found better/ exact dupes, so you can rest in peace now.

FRAGRANCE!!!!

Victoria's Secret sheer fragrance mist in super model
Victoria’s Secret sheer fragrance mist in super model

I had the mist and the perfume and this scent is everything for the spring and summer!!!! I have to let this baby go cause it has gone bad. It now just smells like alcohol. Poor baby

FOOD/SNACK!!!!

Trader Joe's Crunchy cookie butter
Trader Joe’s Crunchy cookie butter

Every time I go out of town i have to find a Trader Joes. They are my favorite grocery store and we don’t have one in West Virginia (which is the #1 reason why  I gotta go!!!). This cookie butter is the ginger bread man’s version of peanut butter. It’s probably the only unhealthy thing in the entire store, so who cares. If slathering tihs on top of my dark jewish rye bread is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Both my mom and I have even had relatives in other states bring us some when they come in town. My sister has her neighbors ex husband bring some in when he come in town. IT IS THAT SERIOUS!!!!

Trader Joe's spicy chai tea latte mix
Trader Joe’s spicy chai tea latte mix

Well hello!!!! If I was able to legally marry an inanimate object, then I would introduce you to Mr. Bradley (of course he would take my name since this is completely crazy)!!! I add this to my almond milk and it is a glass of delicious love in a cup. In the winter they have a pumpkin chai latte that is just as good. I just opened my last stash and I’m already getting nervous!!!

Well folks that all of my nonsense for the evening. Tune in next time for who knows what and nobody knows how crazy it will get. Questions and comments bellow and please subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B.