Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Big Dealios of September

Dessert- Boston Market's apple pie
From all the sweet pies, which one is your favorite? For me it's apple pie, always. Apple pie to me is like that dependable dessert, something you can easily buy for any season throughout the years to come. A pie that usually won't disappoint & if it does, you vow to never buy from whichever place or company you bought it from! It's the classic from all the classics of pies. 

I sometimes would buy my apple pies from local supermarkets to call it a day or if I wanted to switch things up & be a little "fancier", I went to bakeries for their take on this classic pie. Some were, "okay this will do" to "wow, this is really sweet" or "what the heck…" and end up being dissatisfied. 
After many visits to Boston Market… standing in line, telling them which sides I would like to have then passing by their array of tempting desserts to pay at the cashier… I grabbed the nicely packed apple pie one day in its' plastic container to give it a shot. Ever since then, going to supermarkets & bakeries became old news.  

Their apple pie is never too sweet. All around edge to edge of fluffy crust. Solid but also soft breading top & bottom for each slice you plate. Never stingy & diced apple pieces. The "pieces" are chunky chunks of tart apples. If you heat up a slice & place your favorite scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top, it's just so good. So good. 

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Cereal- Special K Red Berries
Not only do I like to settle down with a bowl of cereal in some mornings but it's also great as dessert after dinner. You feel less guilty about it especially if it's not a weekend. I still enjoy the cereals I used to have as a child but when I do take breaks away from the sugary considered cereals, Special K is the first choice as a replacement. 

From their variety of cold cereals, my favorites are the Red Berries and Vanilla Almond.

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Vanilla Almond for extra sweetness & crunch

Coffee- Dark Roast Coffee sampler from Oren's Daily Roast.
A wonderful package for coffee drinkers who prefer dark roasts like me. The favorable solution for those times when we can't choose which coffee to buy!

My favorite from the 4 was the Viennese Roast. It was dark & robust but also smooth. Italian Roast was my 2nd favorite. 

For my beverages- 24 oz tumbler from Tervis
Although we have a growing number of mugs, if it's just my boyfriend & I, we only use these tumblers for our beverages especially the cold ones. From iced water, iced coffee, iced teas, juices, etc. I love the fact that these tumblers are insulated, keeping your drinks cold or hot much much longer than other cups. The ice cubes in your drink takes a long time to fully melt & you're not left with wet rings on your tables. They're incredibly easy to clean by hand. You never need to worry if they will break from slippery hands while washing the dishes. You can pick from your favorite sports team, characters or designs which expresses your personal touch + interest. Best of all, it's lifetime guarantee. (Go, STEELERS!) 

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TV Show- Murder, She Wrote
I can seriously gush on & on AND on about this show!! I'm already getting sad that I'm on season 7 out of 12 because really, which other show is going to be like this one? Where do I start on why I love this show so much… I love that the main character, Jessica B. Fletcher is a retired English teacher who then becomes a successful mystery writer, tapping away on her good old trusty typewriter. I love the many interesting characters, sometimes weird, more helpless than not and/or shrewd characters who come to her for help. Love the fictitious location, Cabot Cove where Jessica Fletcher lives. It comes off as a small, low-key and modest place to live where everyone knows each other. That joy of not having advanced technology then, people calling each other from their house telephones, having a town sheriff & doctor…. 
What captivates me the most about Jessica Fletcher's character is how she solves the cases with her impeccable observations & intuition. She exudes undeniable charm, intelligence & wit. On top of all this, not only is she incredibly well-spoken but also so well-dressed! 
Knowing me, I might cry when I get to the dreaded last final episode!!!

Shampoo- Herbal Essences Smooth Collection
When it comes to consumer products, I'm 100% loyal to products that were in my past of good memories & gave me unforgettable, dependable results. Back in junior high school when I was in charge of buying my own shampoos, Herbal Essences was one of the first that I bought. This specific shampoo won me over with the word, smooth which I knew would be great for my curly, tends to get frizzy hair along with the other factor, the alluring scent of roses. I was in junior high school so it wasn't like I could afford to buy perfumes back then. A very nice smelling shampoo had to do ;) Even now too, I don't like using perfumes. I rely on my shampoos & body washes as my perfumes. 

Body wash- St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter 
Not only is a product a winner if it works great for you but if it also works great for the person you are living with... There's really nothing better! I don't have sensitive skin but I love any body products that have oatmeal or shea butter in it. That extra moisturizing from both ingredients is a plus to take advantage of! At first, I was a bit iffy on buying this body wash because it has oatmeal AND shea butter which I assumed would be heavy for me to use on a regular basis. But then again, my boyfriend has sensitive skin so I figured this would be ideal for him. It was love at first wash for both of us. Not heavy and of course moisturizing. I alternate between this & my other body wash whereas my boyfriend uses it practically everyday. 
And just like the eucalyptus candle, it became a product in our household which we replenish if it's almost running out. 

Face exfoliator- Olay Fresh Effects (Bead Me Up!) 
When it comes to moisturizers for my face and body, I go more for the ones that do not have a fragrance. But if it's a face wash or an exfoliator in this case, I don't mind at all. I actually prefer it so that the scent can help in waking me up in the mornings and for smelling good when I wash my face before heading to bed. For an exfoliator though, I use it once a week sometimes twice if I need to.
 This one from Olay smells lovely! It has a flowery scent with a hint of musk. It's a white cream base with gentle blue exfoliating beads. 

Night cream- L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day & Night cream
As I get older, night creams that is for balancing out your skin catches my eye more than before. The more than enough moisturizing perk is always a given as well as now, covering the needs for some parts on your face. There are some parts that may be more dry, oily, sensitive on your face. Finding that balance can be hard. So far using this from L'Oreal, I've had no complaints. It's a cream that isn't too light or heavy which goes on smooth, leaving a soft velvety feeling on your skin. 

I'm so not a girl who likes things in pink but I have to say this pink jar is pretty. The cream is light pink too!

Hand lotion- True Blue Spa Super-softening from Bath & Body Works
Perfect for nighttime use when you're going to sleep. To give your hands a break & be soft again. Ideal for anyone who has pretty dry hands and when it's fall & winter. The scent is refreshing with a light scent of apricots. 

What in the world… tomorrow is officially, OCTOBER. Here comes the flow of all the best holidays!
But first, my Highlights of October…

* Celebrating my boyfriend, Lou's birthday very soon.

* Crisp & cool nights to comfortably sleep through.

* Another happy birthday to my brother, Sam. 

* Fall-like foods like Shepherd's Pie, goulash, meatloaf…

* Planning for Thanksgiving soon.

* Continuing our long walks but also mixing in jogging for this fall.

* Celebrating our 1/2 of 7 years relationship.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week Wrap Up With A Bow

Thank you for reading and/or coming back to my blog!

Monday, September 15
Holding onto the last bits of summer with slices & juicy mouthfuls of summery fruits

Wouldn't be a sweet start of the week without fruits, right?

Who said donuts are bad for u ;)

Tuesday, September 16
Speaking of another type of fruit, tomatoes… lots of tomatoes! Fruits we can eat all year round~

Wednesday, September 17
Took the needed break away from the internet and read & read The Catcher in the Rye.
Which book are you reading?

Thursday, September 18
From spotting a basketful of fall goodies to... 

… shelves of sausages from around the world at Fairway Market.

Friday, September 19
An early Friday dinner- spicy marinated squid & pork along with banchans (Korean side dishes)
I think one of the permanent luxuries in life is not based on buying whatever name brand of this bag to these shoes but instead, adding onto your cooking skills, cooking the food you want to eat and eating it with love one(s) in the fine comfort of your home. 

Saturday, September 20
We've been good… we've been really good with our long walks on weekly basis which I have to say I'm a little surprised. On a lazier week, it was once during the weekend whereas if it was a "Let's get going" week, it was Friday to Sunday. But mostly it was an "inbetweener", going for long walks on both Fridays & Saturdays.  

I used to think, how is walking going to shape me up? Coming from someone who preferred to do extreme exercising or nothing at all. You know, the all or nothing deal. And from ongoing long walks, I've realized walking does help in getting back to shape gradually. The sweats. The huffs and puffs from speed walking. Defined legs. A nice tan as an extra bonus. 

There would be aches in our ankles, heels, knees, the bottom of our feet & sometimes leg cramps during the night + the morning after but all are worth it. They're satisfactions of still being active even if it's just… walking. 

Sunday, September 21
These baby bananas looked exceptionally cute & yummy on Sunday. Bought them home to start off another coming new week in a fruitful way.  

Home sweet home, baby.

They say, there are some things that money can't buy.
I say, there are many things that money can't buy. 

Happy 1st day of FALL!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Freakin' Hate Mondays

Spotting beautiful flowers in any community is delightfully welcoming. Putting a smile on our faces during any kind of day or a slight smile on a not so good day or a bigger smile on the already best day ever. It's the community's natural pick me ups & a way of helping out.  

Hello on this Monday, on this freakin' Monday!

Tip #19- Help when you can.

When it comes to helping out family members, friends, strangers, etc… are you the kind of person who believes it's always necessary & important to help out whenever possible? You know like those people who stretch out their helping hand with no ifs or buts & they're regarded as the most reliable, trustworthy members of the community in many peoples' eyes. 

Or are you more like the reserved person who is choosy when it comes down to you going out of the way for someone else's favor? Choosy in the type of trouble it is & for whom you are doing this for. First wondering then analyzing how is this going to affect ME, what's in it for ME, is it worth it along with remembering back on the favors this person might have done for you so far. As the final result, you make the decision to help because it is about time or perhaps the perfect time to return the favor (the strict "give and take"). 

For me, I'm a mix of both- eager to help out but also reserved by thinking 2, 3, 4 times about it. When it comes to family, friends, or people I know, I help. As long as it's not ridiculous or morally wrong, why wouldn't I be there for them? Of course sometimes I might be initially irked if the problematic situation is complicated, long & so unnecessary but it's all about showing + adding more onto the love for one another by helping. It comes from that vibrant but also soft goodness part of our hearts. 

When it's dealing with strangers though, I am reserved & skeptical because I rather not cross the line and come off too aggressive towards people I never met. You never know if they really need help or if they honestly prefer doing it themselves and/or it may look like a "helpless" situation to you but it's not for them in their case. But if there's danger & it's pretty darn obvious then helping is the only option!

A help whether it be a small one or a big one, all of them become gratifications. It's the comfortable feeling of knowing that you are part of a community, sometimes not just to one but more wherever you may be. It not only brightens up your day but also brightens up the days of those who were in need. There's nothing better than hearing earnest thank you's to "If it wasn't for you…" to "You are awesome". Your capabilities, your potential adds onto the value of you. They make you all the more special while you also made other people feel special by caring for them & helping because they're worth it. Help is the real meaning of "nice." Not the kind of "nice" that you used to describe someone half heartedly because you wanted to be… nice. Instead the "nice" with a sense of hope & a fraction of happiness in a calm & pleasant way. 

The ironic thing is when we think of help, the help we give or receive, we automatically think of them as positive things but there are actual times when they aren't. And with knowing that sometimes help is not always a good thing, some of us also get confused by people who could care less about anyone else's troubles. They would really prefer not to help. What's even more wrong is when they still don't contribute even though they were asked by someone they know especially.

When you go overboard with your helping by being nosy & butting into other people's business, that's when the help isn't considered a positive thing. You weren't asked but you go on & on thinking it will benefit the person but instead it ends up burdening the person who never asked for any help in the first place. 
It takes time & realizations I think to know what is really helping a person & what is really not. Help eventually becomes a positive thing again through continuous observations, learning from past mistakes, fighting through misconceptions and most importantly, understanding that each of us have different perceptions in what we need and want. 

As for those who hold onto their title of being selfish very strongly… it's disheartening and at times upsetting. The bottom line is, it's hard to change anyone's selfishness. That is really a personal matter which he/she can only change. Taking the time to stop ignoring, being less oblivious, picking the best batch of judgments and decreasing the amount of ME's in your life can all bring out better changes.  
Once we open up to that sense of community and we help out, it's a whole new different world. A whole new different type of happiness and meanings of encouragement & looking out for one another.  

In this wonderful community of blogging, I would love to know your thoughts on the terms of helping out =)

Have a good one~!