The Lively Show
It might be a little pre-mature to say that spring has arrived, but I really enjoyed the warmer weather this week! I know that everyone else was as well because my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat feeds were all full of people talking about the weather! After a few months of freezing temperatures and a mixture of snow and ice, it was nice to break out my shorts a few times and go on long walks with Selma. I know this was also a favorite of hers this week- just look at that smile!
Recipes of the Week
I'm constantly trying out new recipes, so in my Friday Favorites I want to start incorporating some of my favorite recipes from the week! If you follow me on snapchat (gretchxo) I also share what I'm cooking and snap while I cook about twice a week. I like to pretend it's my little cooking show, so I would love it if you joined in!
- I tried out another recipe from the Pioneer Woman cookbook- Pasta Puttanesca. It was a really quick and easy recipe to put together, but had a hearty, rich taste and was even better as left overs the next day. I followed the recipe as-is, but next time I'll probably cook the garlic with the onions to get more flavor out of it.
- During my weekly meal prep (which I do every Sunday) I tried out Budget Byte's Oatmeal Cookie Baked Oatmeal. This recipe was actually featured on Food Network's Snapchat story, and it used a lot of ingredients that I was trying to get rid of. Perfect! The recipe was easy to follow, and I customized it a bit by using dried cherries instead of raisins, and adding some mashed banana in place of all of the applesauce (I was just a little short!). I loved having this for easy breakfasts or a snack after work!
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Empty ProductsHair Food moisture hair mask : I didn't really notice a huge difference in my hair when I used this mask, so I wouldn't repurchase.
Maybelline Age Rewind concealer : My absolute favorite under eye concealer! This product covers everything and is really easy to apply and blend out.
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor eyeshadow : This was my every day shadow because it looks so beautiful and is really easy to use. I will definitely be buying more!
Fresh Sugar balm : This is a really hydrating balm, but it's really expensive and I find it a bit too creamy and messy to apply.
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle shampoo : I love the scent of this shampoo, and it made my hair feel so clean!
Trader Joe's Natural facial cleansing pads : I like to use cleansing pads to quickly clean my face after workouts, but I wasn't a huge fan of these. You still have to rinse your face after using them which doesn't save time in the long run. I prefer using the Witch Hazel packets which I can throw in my bag and use on the go!
Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation : This is my all-time favorite foundation! It looks so great on and is really buildable for light to full coverage. I love the pump as well!
One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea body serum : I really loved the formula and feel of this product, but I wasn't a fan of the scent. I'm not really a gardenia fan unfortunately!
Trader Joe's All-in-One facial cleanser : Such a great, simple, gentle cleanser! Love this.
IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara : I really liked this mascara for a natural lash. It wasn't anything incredible or life-changing, but a good mascara for every day use.
note- items linked may not be exactly the same as what I'm wearing. If the item is no longer sold, I'll link something similar!
SongsNo- Meghan Trainor
I'm so obsessed with this song! I was listening to it all weekend and just kept it on repeat while I was cleaning this weekend. Really catchy!
Stone Cold- Demi Lovato
I saw Demi perform this on American Idol last week and was completely blown away by her beautiful, powerful voice. I've always been a big fan of hers and this just solidifies it!
Work from Home- Fifth Harmony
Every song that Fifth Harmony comes out with is really fun, and this one is no exception.
Anything Goes- Florida Georgia Line
I'm a huge fan of Florida Georgia Line! This entire album is so good if you like more of the pop-country genre.
Light Through the Day- Alexander Chapman Campbell
And now to completely switch gears, this is my classical piece of the week! I love listening to solo piano pieces like this in the evening to wind down and relax. This piece is beautiful!
TV ShowsAmerican Crime Show : I've always liked the concept of American Horror Show, but I'm a big scaredy cat and couldn't even make it past one episode of the show. I was really excited when I saw that the same team came out with a new concept of crime instead of horror. Right up my alley! The first season is all about the O.J. Simpson case. I think that this was a bold choice for a first season, but it's really interesting to get an up-close and personal look at this highly-publicized case. I think the show is fascinating and I'm completely captivated.
American Idol : So many great performances this week! I'm still rooting for Dalton and La'Porsha, but my favorite performance was Trent. It honestly might be one of my favorite performances of any season of American Idol! Gave me chills the entire time and I loved his interpretation of such a classic song.
The Bachelor : The Women Tell All special sure didn't disappoint this year! I can't believe that they discussed the racial issue on the show (albeit very briefly), and they actually made Olivia seem more likeable! I'm so excited for the finale and to see how the love triangle will work itself out (or does it?!). Look forward- who is excited for the new Bachelorette? (I don't want to spoil it in case anyone didn't hear the rumors!)
Dancing With the Stars : The new cast was announced and I'm so excited! Right off the bat, I'm rooting for Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steeler, and one of three football players this season) and Mischa Barton! I'm also keeping my eye on Von Miller and Paige VanZant. Should be a good season!
Who is excited for DWTS?!
What are some of your favorites of the week?
Anyone else have beautiful weather this week?