Clever Advertising…

I will also mention this:

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Darn Oreo and their clever advertising and marketing. I am a semi-in-the-closet One Direction fan and just had to bring these home. I’m sure Douglas won’t mind eating Oreos anyway…. (Can you imagine them with COOKIE BUTTER ON TOP!??!?!)

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Better late than never…

It’s been a little quiet around these parts, and I apologize for that. Its been a little stressful ’round these parts over the last few days….Its been a very stressful past weekend and I had to pay for that physically. I am not the best person at handling stress, and my body tends to shut down when I am feeling overwhelmed. Luckily for me (and my boyfriend), I am feeling a little better today, and life is starting to clear up in the slightest. I am hoping to get back into baking and crafting and DIYing around the house once I get another day off. (Had to sacrifice my day off on Monday to being in bed, relaxing and sleeping away the stomach-ache-stress).

I had therapy today for my wrist, and it’s been a little extra tender, since I am forced to work it in all the directions that don’t feel so awesome but I am hoping the tendinitis will work itself out of my body. I need my hand to be 100%- its my money maker!!!!!

In any case, I have to go get ready for work so I hope you are all doing well and I will see you soon.

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana

Wrist-key Business.

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Today, I opened up an Etsy shop. It’s nothing amazing to write home about, but there are some hand made dreamcatchers, and some tattoo-flash watercolor paintings up there. I like to do little things here and there, but with my wrist in the shape that its in, its hard to keep up with tedious, tight little projects.

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I am really excited about making these little dreamcatchers. I’m going to make them so they all have a hamsa charm inside them (unless its a custom order) for extra protection from bad dreams. (Who has time for nightmares, anyway!?)

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I learned how to weave a dreamcatcher when I was in elementary school, and somehow, never forgot how to do it! I ordered larger brass hoops from the internet so I can make some that are 10 and 12″ in diameter. I even have a friend in Montana who wants me to custom make one for her massage studio… I might be a rebel and try to weave a few anyway, until my wrist starts screaming at me to stop…. Might not be the best idea for my wrist, but crafting is good for the soul, don’tchathink?!

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

MRI’s and Apple Pies

Since February when I was finishing up hair school in Kansas, I’ve been having these sharp pains in my right wrist, namely on the outer edge near where that little bump of a bone lives. It’s not like I had a klutz attack (which I so often do) and fell on it; it just started hurting after wrapping a perm on the cutest 94-year-old little lady named Helen. Since then, the pain has been getting more and more intense (especially working in retail where I am always typing and unlocking doors and lifting heavy shelves and folding and all the ‘ings you can think of). I finally got health insurance through my company, and went to see and Orthopedic Specialist/Surgeon to pick her mind about what the heck is going wrong with me [now]. After some inconclusive x-rays

Modern technology!

Modern technology!

the doctor told me I needed to get an MRI. That was what I did today. Not very exciting; had to take out all of my piercings, which isn’t the biggest pain save for putting a captive bead ring back into my septum (which I will go to my favorite friendly tattooer guy in PA). I had to lay in the superman position (Right arm straight up, face down with a pillow) COMPLETELY STILL for 60 minutes. I tried to nap but was unsuccessful. In any case, it’s done now and I’ll find out more next Thursday!

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Most expensive CD I’ve ever bought.

So after that was all said and done, I wanted nothing more than to make a big mess in the kitchen.

Enter: Big Mess.

Enter: Big Mess.

There’s always something so wonderful about the smell of an apple pie in the oven. Its the perfect treat for summer or fall/winter and its the most American thing someone can do (in my own opinion.) In any case, heres a few photos of my afternoon apple pie adventure.

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Pie crust recipe from Williams Sonoma.

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Egg White Wash with agave, sugar and honey!

Egg White Wash with agave, sugar and honey!

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FIN

FIN

Pretty proud of today’s accomplishment. Fingers crossed that nothing is seriously wrong with my hand or my future is DOOMED!!! Haha…

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana

 

Makeup Brushes: The deep cleansing treatment.

We all know that its important to keep your makeup brushes clean. Nobody wants extra gunk or buildup (or bacteria) on their face, so its important to wash them. But CONDITIONING! Thats, to me, what makes or breaks your brushes.

My current collection.

My current collection.

For me, my makeup brush collection is made up of many parts: expensive brushes from makeup counters (for me, its my MAC brushes), brushes you can find at Target (Sonia Kashuk), CVS, ULTA, etc, and paint brushes. Thats right: paint brushes- the ones you get from Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, etc…. I have all of these in my possession and use almost all of them. Often. The ones I use daily, get cleaned more often than the others, and I wanted to share with y’all on how I keep my collection in tip-top shape.

Baby Shampoo

Baby Shampoo

Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampoo is a great thing. It smells like my little siblings did when they were babies, so the nostalgia is really nice for the ol’ heart strings, but its gentle and effective. I use this to get all the excess stuff out of my brushes.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a very handy conditioner. Keeps your brush fibers nice and soft and gives them a nice finish so that way they don’t scrape your face. (Nobody wants that!)

I use both of those in small amounts, just enough to get the job done, and then I lay all my brushes to dry on a cheesecloth overnight to dry. (Or sometimes just out on my makeup table).

I’ve been thinking about purchasing this professional brush cleanser because of its lovely vanilla scent, and its quick-drying, sanitizing powers. And heck, its better than the blue crap you can get at Sallys, but that will do the trick if you’re in a pinch!!!

Clean, Happy Brushes.

Clean, Happy Brushes.

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana

Day-Off Creativity

The other day on my day off, I was finding little projects around the house to clean up, and organize. I come from a line of hoarders on my dads side, and while its not full-blown-I-need-to-be-on-a-tv-show bad, its still enough to make my very organized boyfriend a little nutty. (Poor guy!)

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So any little thing I do to make my space or our shared spaces a little more tidy, he gives me all of his support. Luckily, all of the things I used for this, were laying around the house.

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The gold box was holding a (fake) plant in our kitchen, the glass balls were in a plastic container in a closet in our basement, and my makeup brushes, well, have been in my collection for years.

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I was really crampy on that day off, and didn’t really want to do much of anything, but I got really inspired by reading BleuBirdBlog so I had to do something to make me feel a little better about my clutter.

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I am pretty happy with how this turned out. These are my daily brushes that I use. Not ALL of them every day, but its nice to have them easily accessible on my makeup desk, and not in a drawer.

 

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana

 

My new, serious relationship.

Recently, I had my first taste of Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joes. By recently, I mean last Monday.

Speculoos Cookie Butter

Speculoos Cookie Butter

 

By Friday, the jar was almost completely gone, so I went back and got more.

Might've went a little overboard.

Might’ve went a little overboard.

In any case- this stuff is amazing. It’s creamy, its smooth, it tastes like ginger snaps. WHATS NOT TO LOVE!? Ever since I took my first bite, my brain started running wild with baking ideas. Aside from smearing this all over bananas, apples, graham crackers, oreos, my finger, I was looking for fun and exciting new ways to have an excuse to eat it aside from with just a spoon.  I’ve been slowly working on compiling recipes for a cook book I would like to write, full of my favorite recipes that I have in my rotation. And then this happened….

Layers of goodness.

Layers of goodness.

I was really excited. Throwing things into this metal bowl. What else could I add to invite  flavor and texture into my mouth?! It was exhilarating!

The Mix

 

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This sight brought tears of joy and hunger into my eyes.

So after 10 minutes of adding things into this bowl, and 15 minutes in an oven….

Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

This was born…. I cannot begin to describe how fantastic this tastes. Warm, cold…it doesn’t matter. You can eat it as is, I put some whipped up coconut cream on mine, Douglas ate his with cream cheese. The options are endless.

And now, you too, can have it.

Sarah Montana’s Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

1 1/2 cup Oats

1/2 cup Almond Flakes

1/2 cup Applesauce

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

2 tbsp brown sugar (plus extra for the top!)

1 tbsp sugar

1/4 cup melted Cookie Butter  (20-30 seconds in the microwave)

1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)

1 heaping spoonfull of chia seeds

 

Preheat your hot box to 350*F.

Put a layer of parchment paper in a 6″x9″ glass baking tin, or spray 3-4 creme brulee ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix all ingredients until combined.

Pour into your baking dish of your choice.

Sprinkle brown sugar on top until a nice, even layer is covering your oatmeal mix.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on your baking hardware.

Let cool, slightly, so you don’t burn the crap out of your mouth.

Serve & enjoy!

You can melt more Cookie Butter to drizzle on top, add a whipped topping, sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with fruit. Whichever you choose!

Let me know if you make this, I am excited to see how yours turns out!

 

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana