I love makeup!
I love everything about makeup, the one thing I have always had trouble with is selecting brushes for makeup application. I grew up learning how to use my fingers, and now that I have had my transplant I realize how much germs can be on your fingers so I use brushes and wash them daily.
I have always had the usual set of brushes, a foundation brush, a blush brush, an eye shadow brush but I like trying new things!
I had seen these oval makeup brushes online and wanted to try them. They are really neat. I was not sure they'd feel like normal makeup brushes, and they don't because they are much softer. Which helps with application of foundation. I still use my silicone blender tool, but I do like using a brush for foundation and blush. I really like using these brushes, which is why I want to share and have a giveaway!!!
I have a bit of an obsession with water pitchers. Since my transplant I have had to find fun ways to keep my fluid intake up, and also get the amount of water I need. I don't really drink sodas or coffee (unless it's iced) so I needed to find other ways to get my fluid intake. I really love to infuse my water with fruits and to make tea but I couldn't do these in the same pitcher, until now!
I fell in love with the Mami Wata Tea and Fruit Infusion Pitcher! This pitcher also comes with an ice ball maker, which is really useful and just downright adorable!!! You also get very clear directions, and an e-book full of recipes (which is great if you are new to fruit infusion or just would like to try different things)! I was really impressed with this pitcher because I have never seen one that actually makes Tea too! Now, you can't put boiling water in here, but you can put very warm water in and I didn't have a problem with the flavor because of the way the infusion pitcher works!!! I love buying tea that has different flowers in it, and it's very hard to seep without a cheesecloth but this pitcher is great for those teas. Some of those teas from places like Teavana are hard to seep because they have so many different flowers and herbs in them, but with this pitcher it's a breeze. The holes are so small that you can barely see them with the naked eye but trust me the flavor and water gets through.
One of my favorite features of this pitcher is the screw on part of the tea/fruit filter. I have other pitchers like this (this is the only one I've found that seeps tea) and that was always the hardest part for me to figure out or it sometimes fell off completely! I also was grateful this pitcher came with an e-book, which told me things about this pitcher I didn't know such as you can refill it up to 3 times, take the fruit out within a certain number of hours but the water is still okay to drink, and even to cut the rinds off the fruit too! I also didn't know that room temperature helps the water to infuse faster, or that you should really not drink the infused water after 3 days but that never seems to be a problem because I always drink it within a few hours!
What I like most about the e-book is there is recipes that I had not thought of before and I'm sure I could have found online by looking up "infused water recipes" but this book is printable and can be kept in a cabinet or recipe binder! It has some great recipes!
Here is a few I want to try or have tried:
Apple, Cinnamon, and Honey Water
Lemon, Cucumber, Mint Water
Pineapple, Cucumber, Mint Water
Watermelon and Basil Water (I really want to grow my own Basil and try this)
We are moving soon (YAY) and what I'm most excited for is having filtered water from our fridge, so I don't have to buy bottled water all the time! I also am grateful the e-book has different recipes for different things, like sugar control (which is good for someone like me with diabetes), hunger control, and I'm especially excited to try the anti-inflammatory combinations because of my diagnoses with fibromyalgia. I have vowed once moved to try to drink infused water everyday, and also drink herbal tea (especially green tea). I know if you try this pitcher you'll fall in love and use it daily too. It also comes with an added bonus of ice cube trays, which are adorable and make ice balls!
I love Amazon.com and use it very frequently! I use it to buy vitamins that I need, I use it to buy certain food items (coconut oil is one thing), and I use it to buy a lot of little things for the home!
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There is so many great things about moving from an apartment to a house, one of this is space. We plan to have a nice office, where I can blog, and where we can both keep up with our college courses. We have a small space in our apartment designated to studying and blogging but between you and I; I tend to do both of them on the comfortable couch. It will be so nice to have a space just for me, just so I can put my thoughts out in the world through my blog, a room where I can have a place to take pictures without taking up space in the living room.
What I am most excited about those is having a nice, large desk to blog/study/read at! I am thinking an L-shaped desk, with the printer on one side, and this 13-inch Illuminated Globe to the right. I have always wanted a Globe, but I'm very grateful I didn't have one because nothing I've ever seen compares to this. I love that even though it is 13-inches in diameter, it is large enough for you to see each continent and country and even state in the USA! I also was surprised that it lit up, and you can see constellations which is very neat because these are the ones that are actually where you live. I was able to find the same constellations outside that I could find on the globe near my state!
The quality is exceptional and I'm so grateful that this globe will have a place on my desk, because it is such a pretty focal piece, and I know people will ask about it. I would also recommend this for a child as well, not only can you plug it into the way but also a USB port. You can use this as a nightlight as well!
What I like about this Globe is the texture, it's very smooth and shiny. It will look good on a desk of any color, we are thinking about getting dark wood; maybe Oak or something. The first thing my husband said when he it was opened was "WOW" because neither of us had globes as a child, so this was something we both had wanted to have for our new office. We couldn't agree on the type of globe, and again I'm grateful that we could review this one because it is amazing. I had not found one that illuminated, but I did find those that were glow in the dark (we weren't looking for that), or ones that were just one color, but the combination was something we couldn't find before being offered this review. I'm so glad we can share this with you all, because I think this is a great addition to any office, child's room, library, etc.
This is an inside joke between my mother and anyone who can cook! She loves to say "Betty Betty Betty" and she means Betty Crocker. I love to cook, bake, grill, the truth is I love food and always have. I was not allowed in the kitchen that much as a child, except as an observer (if you would have known me as a child you'd understand why) so I really paid attention and watched. I started cutting onions at a young age, and then learned there was something called a food processor! Can you imagine my disappointment, but I don't cry when cutting onions, anymore!
I have always loved cooking, maybe it is the mystery that the kitchen held when I was younger, or the smells that still grab my soul and make it smile, or sometimes the feeling I was born to cook. I'm huge with platting, and how things look because I'm a very picky eater (I don't like my food to touch on the plate but I'm working on that)! When it comes to baking, I am in love because things can mix, match, or be opposite but they taste so yummy! Which is why when I got the chance to review a Cake Decorating Nozzle Set I was so excited. I love baking, especially cupcakes but usually my icing come from a sandwich bag in which I've cut the corner to pipe it; and while that is every effective it doesn't always look pretty. This set contains so many different nozzles including two sphere ball nozzles (I had no clue what these did), so I was excited to use them but also I did use the internet to search to see what I could do with these nozzles!
The entire package is individually wrapped, which is great because you can unwrap them as you go! I really like that they are Stainless Steel, and I personally just used hot soapy water to clean them and they did a great job! I'm sure you could put them in the dishwasher but just be careful when doing that! What I liked most was the Sphere Ball Nozzle (the kit contains 2) and what these remind me of are the beautiful cupcakes/cakes that have almost an ice cream look to them. They are adorable and once I get my style down (I think you have to practice a little before becoming a pro with any nozzle!) I will make cupcakes for everyone I know. I really also like the Star Nozzle and they do look like stars, which is really adorable and takes the cupcake to the next level! I am so grateful that I could review this Nozzle kit, it has a great price, it's great quality (stainless steel), and helps you master the way to icing and you can even start making pastries!
It is no secret that my belly has puffed out since my transplant. I don't always like to share that, but it's the truth. I do look like I'm pregnant at times, so when I got the chance to review this Waist Trainer for women who have had a child, I was excited because I knew it would fit my body, especially my belly. I did my measurements and was shocked to find out I wore a size 3x (I'm typically an 10 - 14 depending on the make of the clothes) in this waist trainer. I almost was unsure about reviewing it because it just seemed like it would be so large!
I also was concerned since I have had a double hernia repair, and a liver transplant. My scars are healed but internally I was worried I wasn't healed all the way! I did ask my doctor about this waist trainer, and they agreed it would be fine as long as I still worked out my abs and don't wear it all day long. It is used to help your waist look smaller and shape it but it doesn't replace hard work and dedication to your body! My doctors assured me that they supported me wearing this! That is one thing I recommend, no mater what I review on my blog is that you always get your doctor's advice on things. Just because my body can take it doesn't mean yours can, and sometimes my body can't take it!
With that said, I really like this waist trainer. It is a beautiful bright pink, so I couldn't wear it under anything nude colored, or light brown, but it does work under black and any other dark color. If I was just at home, this works regardless of what color you are wearing. Show a little pink! I love that it's soft and great quality! The snaps have three sections and can be tightened depending on what you prefer or what fits your body type. What I also noticed is that it conforms to your body so that no one can see you are wearing this. The support that my bad had was also great! I really was happy with the waist trainer and am grateful to have this. It will work great under any dress or shirt that I wear! It is in the middle price wise, as I saw waist trainers for as low as $19.99 but then again I found one for over $100!! I know anyone who wears this will be very happy they did!
I'm very excited about my new kitchen!
We officially move, well very soon (I'm saving the surprise but trust me you will all know when)!
One of the things I'm most excited about is my brand new kitchen, we will have stainless steel appliances, beautiful black and brown granite, and beautiful flooring! I'm so excited about it! I even bought a brand new silver crock pot to match it before we even had the foundation down! I'm pretty much going for all silver/stainless steel in this kitchen and well one of the things I have always wanted is really simple but something I never splurged on before!
It's a salt and pepper grinder!
I have been using sea salt, pepper, and spice grinders for a long time but I always purchased the disposable kind find in every grocery store. I never was really in love with my kitchen, we have never had room to entertain! It will be amazing going from a stuffy one bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom two story home!
I really was excited when I was able to review this beautiful salt and pepper grinder, well basically it is two empty grinders which can be used for a variety of spices or salts! What I love about these is not only are they beautiful but their design is very convenient because it can be simply carried!
This beautiful set is 5 inches and I measured and could put 1.75 ounces of black peppercorns and this was almost filled to the top (for my family of two this will last a long time)! I also like the coarseness of the grind, I'm very particular about how I like my salt and pepper. In some recipes the grind can be coarse and that is what this grinder does, I can just use the sea salt that isn't in crystal form if I want less coarse! I really love the look of the grinder, and how easy it is to work with. I had no issues (and I'm not very strong) twisting each one, and using them!
I also had to pack them away (I wanted to save their newness) and I have a recommendation on how to do that too! They come wrapped in bubble wrap, which is great because you can use the sturdy box and bubble wrap if you happen to move! I knew I was moving, so I saved the packaging! I was so pleased with this set, that I am planning to give them away for Christmas presents, they'd be great for a wedding gift, and let's face it if you know a chef they'd love them too! The price is excellent and to be honest (I love a deal) this is a steal! I have been researching these for months and found them in every price range but this one really gives you a good quality set for a great price! Just look at how beautiful it is!
I can't wait to pull this out at our first dinner party! I will proudly have these in the kitchen, on the breakfast nook table, and I might purchase another set for the dinning room!
I was very excited when I was asked to review the Gear Ultimate French Press because I have never drank coffee from a French Press!!! I was honestly a little worried about the whole process and how it would even work. I figured it would be too hard and I had told myself that before it even arrived. I'm happy to report that I was wrong, and I'm not sure how other presses work, but I can assume they work in the same way which means you need to take the worry and fear out of using a French Press.
I was very excited to see a model that not only had a great price! I did a search and found that an 8 cup press could cost up to $200 but this one will cost you under $30 and I believe it works wonderfully. The price is affordable and the instructions are easy to use, so for those new to pressing their coffee, this would be a great investment. I am very happy to have tried coffee from a French Press.
I love that this is a glass press, and since it's silver it will match any kitchen decor. I'm excited about having it out on my countertop for my guests to see (you never know who will show up and want coffee). I have never done this before and the instructions were simple, easy to read, and even had pictures so that helped me a lot! The instruction booklet doubled as a recipe booklet too, and had recipes for Iced Coffee and even Tea. I had no idea you could make tea in a french press!
I'm so happy I got to try this, now I would love to hear some great coffee recipes!!!
Friday the 13th was 11 months since I had my transplant, and a month from that day it will be a whole year and I have yet to put everything I endured in one place. Maybe I'm afraid to because I will cry while writing it all out, maybe I will scare someone, or give someone else false hope since I did survive a dual-organ transplant involving the most vital organs in the body besides the brain. The truth is I remember the call, and some things several month later because I had so many complications!
The call was not the "magical" moment I thought it would be, in fact I was alone and terrified but also at peace in some weird sense! I cried for my donor a lot, alone, and talked to them ... I thanked them for everything because even if I didn't live through the surgery they had donated their organs to try to save my life. It was a Saturday around 12:30 AM, I was awake which was strange because usually I was so exhausted and fatigued I'd fall asleep around 9 or 10 if I hadn't slept the day away. I was getting ready to color in my coloring books, and just try to calm my mind. I had no idea what was coming and whereas other people feel they may have had a "feeling," to be honest I just was really worried and wondering what death was like. Some things happened that week and to be honest I was making a decision about giving up, and trying to figure out what it would be like to die, to leave my family, and how they'd celebrate my life when it was over. I was over thinking and stressing out. I was not expecting a call, which is what made it so magical in it's own sense. Courtney was my nurse, and she's as meek as a mouse. She barely talks, I mean one time my face was bleeding (I used to get these open sores on my skin due to my liver dying) and she walked up right next to me as I was crying in the bathroom covered in blood. So when she walked in my room with the phone in her hand, I to be honest thought she was talking to her husband and thought I was going to be asleep so it didn't matter (now I know that was my brain trying to not understand or accept what was happening ... what nurse is on the phone checking on people?)! She told me the transplant team was on the phone and my first response was with a major attitude "what do they even want" to be honest with you I was kind of annoyed they'd request something after midnight even if they'd never done that before. It didn't hit me until she put her hand on my back and said "Erin, the team needs to speak with you" and I looked at her and my eyes welled up with tears! This was the call, the actual call and I was unprepared and almost rude about it. How ungrateful. It was Amy who spoke first, "Erin, we think we have a heart and liver for you but the donor is high risk" and then she listed off the reasons they were high risk ... while I remember the words it was like a blank, she gave me 5 minutes to think about it but I didn't need 5 seconds, those organs were mine. Not in a mean way, or even greedy way, but something in my soul leaped, they'd come ... they'd finally come! I was left alone and that is when a conversation started that I haven't ever shared!
I started talking to my donor. I first of all prayed. I then just started apologizing, apologizing that our lives intermingled this way, apologized they they were not here anymore even if their body was, apologized for all they'd lost, and I apologized for all I would gain on their behalf. I sobbed and sobbed until tears would not come out anymore ... and then my mind and body went into overdrive and for some reason I had to pack my room. This wouldn't be real if my stuff was here, if my family had to pack it up, because I knew I could muster the strength to do so, if it was the last thing I did when my family arrived I would have that room packed and I darn near did! I skipped the calling of Andy and my parents ... that is a personal part that well I like to keep to myself ... my mom brags a little about it ... but to be honest I will never forget the joy, fear, and love I felt from all three of them on that morning! I wrote them each a letter, so they'd have something to hold ... something if I didn't make it ... I wanted them to have something ... because let's face it when they take your heart out ... you never know if you're coming back!
I remember when they all got to my room, how tired everyone was ... the manic phase wore off and we were all beat, so I laid in the bed with Andy and watched them ... I listened to every sad or sorrowful song I could and cried, memorizing their features. The way my dad's eyes crinkled like mine do, or the way my mom's eyes are like my grandpas, or the way Andy's eyes spark when they see me even if he's just looking at me for a second. I tried to map out his face. Every feature, for I had 33 years to memorize my parents but only 6 1/2 to memorize his! I thought about my friends and wished them love and wellness. I hoped they would all wake and be happy for me, but I wanted them to think of my donor's family more than mine. I really just wanted my family to be alone and sadly that didn't happen but that is a story for another day.
Then it was suddenly time to head down, and one of my favorite nurses at the time Bernie went with me, I stayed brave on the ride to the elevator. I kept wanting to take another minute to hug my family, I didn't hear the clapping or cheering ... I didn't want them to walk behind me ... even though they had to. I wanted to hold on to this moment because it might be the last one I got with them. When those elevator doors closed I cried inside but stayed brave, I would not cry. I didn't cry. I allowed myself to disassociate from everything, this was no longer about me, this was a mission. I allowed Bernie to pray and she cried, and when she left I started to tear up but that is because they couldn't get lines in and it hurt. Then all I heard was "nighty night" and I didn't wake up for months (I did but the medication was so strong along with the pain I don't remember anything)!!!
I would say my first solid memory is my mom's birthday, which was a month and a half later, I remember bits and pieces and it is scary what I do remember. I remember trying to sign a card, my dad showing me her gift, and being sad we were in the hospital. I know I cried and apologized and did the same on Mother's Day. I think I cried quite a bit due to the steroids. I know whenever I did wake up, I couldn't move my legs (they had atrophied) and hardly move my arms, and since I had a tracheotomy I could not talk. I was paralyzed and silent which has been my worst fear. It was horrific. I ended up having several complications, including bleeding, an ulcer, and a double hernia repair and that is just the major ones. I do remember by my birthday I could have a cherry ice from Rita's which was awesome because it was the only food I had on my birthday. I didn't get cupcakes or cake. I was just grateful for the cherry ice and everything was "delicious" even hearing the word come from my mouth makes my stomach hurt now. That is what I haven't explained to people that PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a real thing after a major operation like a dual-organ transplant and that doesn't mean I'm not grateful to be alive, it just means that surviving left scars not only physically but emotionally. It was very scary so many times, and the last time when I had pneumonia I literally wanted to give up, and I think had another complication happened I just might have. I told God it was enough, that while He may believe I am strong enough to handle all this, I didn't think I could and I begged Him to stop. I'm grateful that He did, maybe He knew I would be too tired, maybe He listened, or maybe it was just the last complication I would be having but it was the final one before I started to get well.
I remember my first week back to rehabilitation after having pneumonia and how defeated I felt, like a failure because I was back to where I was when I first got there. I couldn't walk yet, my arms hurt with everything I did, and they expected me to wheel myself around in a wheelchair and learn to get to the bathroom on my own. Of course they didn't expect this overnight, but I did. I was defeated every night when I had to use a bedpan (sorry if this was too graphic but it was my life for months), defeated when I woke up and would have to wake to be put in swing to get to the portable toilet next to my bed. It took at least a week for me to stand with a walker without wobbling, another week to take a step or two, and then I was walking with assistance and then with little assistance. I left using a walker and now I don't need anything to walk. I'm not as strong as I want to be but I'm working on it. The best thing is I made it out of there alive, and I have the chance to get well, because someone gave me a second chance. They checked a box on their license without thinking they'd be a donor at a young age, their family agreed, and because of that I am alive. I'm not where I want to be but I have the chance to get to where I want to be because of them. While parts of my story are mine and personal, others are worth sharing and my second chance is surely worth it!
I hope you are organ donors, and if you aren't please leave a comment explaining why (I won't judge you but I do want to open the conversation)! I think that you have the right to choose what to do with your body, but please remember at least 22 people die daily waiting on organs, and I'm sure they'd love you to save their life and be a hero!
I love giving gifts and I love receiving them but truthfully with everyone having different tastes or medical conditions it has become harder to give gifts of food. Someone allergic to nuts could not have this beautiful gift but if the person is a diabetic (like myself) this would be the perfect gift for them. I love to eat nuts, of every type so this gift is something I love and enjoy. These are great snacks for me to eat especially when my sugar is in the normal range and I need something to keep me full until my next meal.
Now, my pictures look a lot different from that online because my mailperson either shook the package, or threw it but that can happen during shipping and I realize that it doesn't take away from the delicious flavor inside of the box! I realized this when I went to look at the reviews and saw that other people's boxes were perfect and I was glad to know it was a shipping error. I knew the flavors would be great, and I could deal with a little bit of a mess! Now if you were sending this to a boss, someone special, etc. then you'd want the shipping to be perfect so I hope this doesn't happen to you.
What I love about this box is that it came neatly packaged and wrapped. It contains 12 different varieties so if you were getting this for a family, it would have something for everyone. My favorites are the Brazil Nuts and Cashews. I also love the wooden box which can be used even after all the delicious treats are gone. You know for the price this would be a great sampler to have if you like to bake because you get so many varities of nuts! You get almost 2 pounds of nuts! I did the math!
I did taste every nut and I was surprised at how good they were! I really wished everyone was wrapped individually but even if it wasn't I believe the shipping error is why everything was so jumbled up but I did like the flavor. Most of the items are salted, the Corn Nuts were BBQ, and the Peanuts had a special spice blend tha was very good. I really liked this gift box because it really does have something for everyone. I would send this to anyone knowing it is going to work for anyone who is on the Paleo Diet, who is a diabetic, or who has to have gluten free foods.
If you'd be interested in getting this great Gift Box for someone you know, or for a business you know, or for yourself then click the link. You will not be disappointed!
I'm Erin and I am the "Lady in the Home" in fact this name stems from being the only lady in my home. I have a wonderful husband and an amazing dog named Zeus. We are currently in the process of purchasing our first home, which we built. My blog documents my life in the home, as a college student, and lover of so many things. I had a heart and liver transplant Valentine's Day weekend in 2016, and so I also write about my recovery from that. I love to give my opinion about different things pertaining to our new home and if you work for a company that would like to be featured on this blog please email:
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