The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-01-16

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wet n' Wild 2011 ColorIcon Eyeshadow Giveaway! (and sale)

I've been looking for these eye shadows for weeks!


Those are the six Wet N' Wild ColorIcon Palettes, new for 2011 and let me tell you; Not. Easy. To. Find.

After going to two drugstores daily for two weeks, score!  Gingerly, I handed my loves to the cashier who...shook?  Is she really shaking my Coloricons - just standing still?  She had Parkinson's Disease - or something along those lines - and  promptly dropped two of my coveted shadows on the tile floor.  And they broke, along with my heart. 

The thing about these shadows is they are so, OH! SO! Smooth!  Practically creamy.  They feel Beauteous. Silky. Luscious.  Of course that's the upside.

The downside is don't drop them or they will crumble like Humpty Dumpty having his great fall.  I shrieked, fainted and then asked the lady in make-up for more.   Nope.   Wet N' Wild  sent two per store.  

Two, really? 

I must have gotten there right after they put the display out (that first picture is the display and yep, two of each) and decided to take them all; who knows how many would be cracked by the time I got to my car, right?

Anyway -  A few are very right for me.  I love I Dream of Greenie, I'm Getting Sunburned, and Silent Treatment is great although not perfect for me.  I'm working with it, it's one of the cracked one's so I'm keeping it. Haven't tried Spoiled Brat yet - but that one cracked too.   Now these....

I Got Good Jeans
good jeans

and I'm Feeling Retro

I'm Feeling Retro

Who want's to win them?

I got them because I was caught up in the moment but really, they aren't my colors and the nice shaky lady didn't drop them so I decided to give these two away because they are so hard to find and according to the beauty Guru's on Youtube ; very, very popular.  

If you want to win both of them comment below (AND YOU CAN COMMENT ONCE EVERY DAY) and tell me your favorite Wet N' Wild makeup product.  I wear a lot of them and some of my favorites are the Ultimate Sheer tinted moisturizer , the Brow Kit, the Mega Last Lip Color, and the Color Icon Blusher.

The contest will end January 31, 2011 9:00 PM eastern. The contest is open to anyone.  The items are light and I will ship anywhere, YAY!

Ginger will monitor the contest.  While she cares nothing about eyeshadow...


 She loves bright colors...

If anyone wants to BUY THE SECOND SET THERE IS A CONTACT LINK AT THE TOP.  The colors are I Dream of Greenie, I’m Feeling Retro, I Got Good Jeans, I’m Getting Sunburned, Silent Treatment and Spoiled Brat and I have an extra perfect set - I kept the cracked ones.  If someone wants to buy them click my contact link at the top of my page.  I will sell them for $26 (inc. postage US) or $35 (inc. postage Canada) using paypal.  If no one wants them I will eBay them.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Low - Rent Lentil Salad

Since I'm lacking in the nutrient department I thought I'd look for recipes that are good for me.  I've done that before but I'm mean really good for me this time.

Not the usual version of good for me;  a bag of Cheese Wackadoodles (extra crunchy) followed by a multivitamin chaser.

Oh! And by multivitamin I mean a purple Pebbles Flintstone shaped children's chewable multivitamin because sorry, I can't swallow a 3 inch wide pill. 

Lot's of things showed up in my 'healthy food' searches but lentils kept showing up, and up and up so I made a kinda sorta  version of French Lentil Salad.  I say a version because those French things - lentils du puy- are supposed to be a thousand times better but they are so much more expensive that yeah,  I'll be taking everyone's word on how good they are.

But honestly this  low-rent version is so, so good that my whole family (and extended family who were here yesterday)   loved it.  Really loved it.

Low-Rent French Lentil Salad

Either use your favorite vinaigrette or make one - it's easy.  Three parts olive oil to one part vinegar (in this case you will need to double to cover the amount of lentils) and add something to emulsify like Dijon mustard.  

What I did:

2 Tablespoons Champagne vinegar
6 Tablespoons Olive oil
A little less than a Tablespoon of Dijon  (didn't want to dirty another spoon.)
Salt and pepper

1 cup brown/green cheap lentils
4 cups water
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
1 whole small onion halved
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put it all in a pot (well not all - not the vinaigrette) , bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.  Cook only until lentils are just tender which will be about 17 to 18 minutes most likely but check or you will end up will goo which is really unappealing.

Drain in a colander, remove onion, thyme sprigs and bay.  Put warm lentil in a bowl and toss with dressing.

From there you can add nothing or sauteed veggies or what I added was a few tablespoons of minced sweet onion, some fresh chopped parsley and  a half cup of dry toasted nuts - whatever I have in the freezer at the moment.

lentil salad

You want separated lentils, not a pile of goo...

Personally, I like hazelnuts (which I never have laying around) and walnuts the best,  but I've used almonds in a pinch.

lentil salad

Serve at room temperature.  It keeps about a day in the fridge, well it 'keeps' longer but everything doesn't stay nice and firm.  So try to eat it right away

And PS - These were fresh, not dried, bay leaves.  I got them in the produce fresh herb section.  I'm not sure they are available everywhere - they aren't available everywhere here but I have this love hate relationship with bay leaves meaning I hate everything I've made with dried ones and love everything I've made with fresh ones so I'm planning on freezing the fresh ones and maybe that will work.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

More New Jersey Sunday

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New Jersey Sunday

There's a lot to love about New Jersey.   No really; there is.  I even love the crazy reality shows.  Some people get their panties in a wad over show like Jersey Shore but I'm okay with them.  And I   have a crush on  The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Seems hypocritical to be fine with Thomas Edison being from from NJ, and Meryl Streep (who by the  went the same High School as my son), Frank Sinatra,  Martha Stewart and well, of course Bruce Springsteen but put on a reality show that makes New Jersey looks bad and oh!  Hell to the no!

In  life for every Edison there's a Snooki  (Make that at least one) - not that she's even from New Jersey but oh c'mon NJ - I know people like that.  Way more then one and if it weren't for Google I'd still think she was born here.

Me, I just like the way New Jersey looks.  I like beaches.  And two miles away,  trees so thick you can't see through them.  And the old run down places too; the lived in places.  And even though it's the most populated state I like finding deserted places.  And photographing them.


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