Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Garlic Marinated Chicken and Kale Pesto Pasta, and a thrift store buy!

To preface this post, it's the time of year where  a lot of university students are moving back home, including a friend of mine. She also didn't want to bring home any food with her, so earlier this week she gifted me with so many food items- cereal, salad dressings, burgers and chicken, and a lot of rice. 

Today was one of those days. You know, the rainy-day, don't-want-to-do-anything,    lazy days that make even the slightest thing seem like an enormous waste of energy. 

Naturally, to combat this I wanted to cook. But I didn't know what to make, and I barely had any energy to stand up and make a fancy meal. Then I looked into my fridge and remembered the many food items I had been given. I marinated a chicken breast in some Italian salad dressing, and put on a small pot of pasta. While cooking my pasta, I thawed the last of my kale pesto. I then baked the chicken breast, and once it was cooked I diced it up. I then threw everything together in the pot.

Delicious, quick. easy and hearty meal

This pasta was flavourful because of both the marinade from the chicken and the pesto itself. It made moving around in the kitchen totally worth it. 

I did do a few errands today before succumbing to the rainy-weather blues, and one of those errands was the thrift store. I went in to look for clothes and walked out with this instead

This was one of my favourite books growing up, because it was so cute! It's about a grandpa who makes his grandson a baby blanket, and the journeys and transformations that blanket makes as the child grows older. It's such a sweet tale.

What are your go-to easy meals/favourite children's books?

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Elle Beauty Box

As you may have guessed from my previous post, I love freebies! Especially when I forget that I've ordered them (which happens more often than not)

Today I opened my mailbox and found a beautiful pink box. I looked closer and realized that it was the Elle Beauty Box that I had signed up for, but never got a confirmation about. 
Beautiful package full of goodies!

The mascara is beautiful. Jet black, and using only one coat still makes my lashes look natural. Two coats and we're headed into bombshell territory! 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sample Mania!

I have been SO sleepy these days. I started my second practicum and I'm with a class of grade 3's. While it's not as hectic as kindergarten was, I find that I'm so much more tired because I'm using my teacher voice ALL. THE. TIME.  I have gone to bed at 8:30...and it was fantastic. 

Yesterday was one of those days. After a looooong day of lots of reading aloud to the kids, and talking I was wiped. But I came home to find a box on my desk....


Top Row: Tostitos Baked Chips, Downy Unstoppables Zzzzquil laundry pellets, a FPC coupon for Tropicana Fruit+Veggie Juice, Snuggie sample, full-size Quaker's quinoa bar, Jergens BB Body Cream
Middle Row: Sunlight pack, car wax, full-size Hershey's bar, Burt Bee's night cream, Frizz-ease thermal control sample, John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner samples
Bottom: Frizz-ease Dream Curls samples, Quaker warm granola sample, Jergens Natural Glow samples

I subscribe to samplesource.ca, a site that lets you try different products, and often includes coupons so that if you like them, you can buy them. 
I was amazed at how much stuff can fit into one tiny box! I am so excited to try things out!