Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This is something I'd never thought I'd write...

Hello...

I don't know if I've got anyone who consistently and repeatedly checks my blog, but if I do, I feel like I should let you know, I'm going to take a hiatus.  Even if you're a brand new viewer, who wants to see what I post, I have to let anyone and everyone know, I'm going on a break.  

I've had a bad year, and that is all I feel comfortable with sharing.  Something happened on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, and I just need some time.  

I will be back.  I just don't know when. 

I will probably keep up with Instagram, maybe even (eventually) Twitter.  If you'd like, you can check me out on those places. 

Twitter: @yellow_yachts
Instagram: yellowyachts


If you've been here before, Thank you, and I'll be back.  If you're new, and just stumbled onto one of my posts (or this one)  Hi, I'm still hereish.  I'll be back. Say hey to me on Twitter or Instagram, I'll see it instantly.  

Thanks for reading this, and my blog.  
xx 

Ann.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Friday:


Hello!  Hope your day is going well!  

For the past two weeks outside has been nothing but clouds.  No rain, just clouds.  I hate it.   Rainy days doing make me feel cozy.  They don't make me feel relaxed.  I don't enjoy the wetness.  I like warm sunny days with a little bit of a breeze.  But where I live, that day happens about 10 times a year.  So, here  I am, stuck, in  clouds.  When I take pictures for this blog, I try to use natural light.  So, with all of these clouds I haven't been able to take pictures of anything.  I really should learn more about lighting and taking pictures, but I don't exactly know where to start.  I get overwhelmed easily when it comes to things I've never learned before.  I guess that is something I should look into while I'm waiting for my sunny days to come back.  (Good luck, it is Fall after all!)

I've also been preparing to go on a different diet.  It's kind of like a Paleo-vegan hybrid.  It's not that interesting, but since I'm the only one in the house going on a diet, I have to make all of my meals in advance.  That is a little stressful.  I don't know how I'm going to find room in the fridge for 7 days worth of food.  But I'll figure it all out.  

What I'm really excited to talk about is my new iPod.  I finally decided to buy a new one, and since I'm not really looking for a new phone (plus I wouldn't go iPhone) I got a gen 6 iPod.  I LOVE it!  I'm still getting used to it, my old iPod is a I don't even know.  I got it in 2009 for Christmas. I really liked it, and I still use it for my alarm clock because I've been known to drop it and I don't want to drop my new one.  A broken screen is the last thing I want.  I really like that this iPod has a camera, especially since I'm still using a phone from 2010, no picture quality.  This new iPod means I get to use my Instagram instantly, which is very helpful.  I also have the Twitter app now and my sister convinced me to get Snapchat.  I don't use it much, plus I only have four friends on it, but it's fun.  So, if you have any app suggestions, let me know!  

Now that Fall is here, all of the new TV shows are coming out (and old ones are coming back) and it's very exciting.  I've been watching Fear The Walking Dead, and I'm not sure if I like it.  I really like The Walking Dead, so maybe this show will grow on me in the second season.  But I'm not making any promises to it.  I also started (it's only two episodes in) Limitless.  I really like it so far.  I watched the pilot and I instantly had to go find the movie on Netflix.  It's not needed to watch the show, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing any back stories.  Scorpion has also started back up, but I'm still on the fence with this show.  I like it enough to watch it, but if it gets canceled, I wouldn't be disappointed.  Scorpion has an actress from Forever, a show I loved but it got canceled, so I guess that's a plus.  Then there's my typical ABC Family shows, currently only Switched At Birth and Young & Hungry.  I think the only reason why I still watch ABC Family shows is because I started them 5 years ago, and I just want to see how everything turns out.  Young & Hungry is only on it's second season, so I'm not like "wow, this is getting stretched out."  It's a pretty funny show.  

I'm excited for October to start, so many other TV favorites! 

What's your favorite TV show?  I'm always up for a new TV series to watch!  

xx 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recipe: Honey Lime Shrimp


Shrimp are one of my favorite foods.  I could eat them daily and not get sick of them.  So, when I found this recipe, I knew that it was for me.  I'm not the biggest fan of honey,  It's really a hit or miss with me, but in this recipe, it's a hit.  The taste of this dish is so perfect.  You get the lime bits and the honey bits.  Shrimp are good that way, they absorb the flavors you put around them.  This recipe went into the books right after I took my first bite.  I paired this dish with rice and broccoli.  So tasty!

Ingredients:
1/2 pound Large Shrimp, Peeled & De-veined
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Honey
2-3 Tbsp Juice of Small Lime
2 Cloves Garlic, minced 
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:


In a large ziploc bag, combine all the ingredients, except for the shrimp.  I folded the edges down to so the honey and oil were completely at the bottom.


When everything is well-combined, add the shrimp, squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag, and close it up.
 Place the bag in the fridge. 
Let the shrimp marinate for 30-60 minutes, flipping the bag around once or twice during that time, so that all the shrimp stay evenly covered in the marinade.
Then, take the shrimp out of the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; there is no need to add any oil or butter to the pan, as the marinade has enough oil in it to keep the shrimp from sticking to the pan. Add your shrimp to the pan in a single layer, making sure they are not too crowded; you can always cook them in more than one batch. 


Let them cook on one side for about a minute, until they curl up and start to turn pink. Flip them over, and cook for another 30 seconds or so, until the shrimp are opaque. 

You can add some of the marinade to the rice like I did if you'd like a little bit more flavor.

Remove from the pan, and serve immediately!

Enjoy! 
xx

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick Review:


Typically when I'm looking at the Rimmel London rack, my eyes go straight to the Kate Moss line.  But a little while ago, (okay a long time ago, like birthday long time ago) I picked up this lipstick in shade Alarm.  This lipstick has a nice creamy feel to it with the tiniest bit of shine.  I would describe it as a creamy matte. 

I had used it many times by this picture.
The red of this lipstick is very bright.  I guess that is why it's called Alarm.  It's gorgeous!  Wearing it for two hours with a little bit of drinking out of a water bottle and it stays just where I put it.  I then ate with this lipstick on.  The meal that I had was ribs,rice, and carrots.  I ate the ribs with a fork, but I still consider it to be a messy meal, and after dinner this lipstick was still on except for in the corners of my mouth.  Which is pretty typical when eating with good lipsticks. 

 So in my opinion, this lipstick has AMAZING staying power. 

This lipstick didn't crease on me at all.  It didn't cling on to any dry bits on my lips.  It also wasn't drying at all.  Sometimes the Kate Moss line makes my lips feel dry, but this one didn't.  It also wasn't messy.  You know how some lipsticks (especially after eating) can end up all over your face?  This one was not like that at all!  I love it and I can't wait to add more to my collection!


The smell is interesting. Instead of having a fruit undertone like the Kate Moss (red) line, it kind of smells of fruity cinnamon. It's nice. 

I think I paid around $4 to $5. 

Pros: color, staying power, price
Cons: haven't found any. 

xx

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recipe: Garlic Chicken



I'm always on the look out for low calorie dinners.  Especially if they involve chicken.  This dish, though it doesn't seem like it, has very few calories.  My app says it's around 195.  So, if you're on a diet, or watching your calories, then this is the dish for you!  
I didn't know what to expect when I was making this dish...garlic and brown sugar just don't seem to go together, but they do.  Maybe not alone, but on chicken, it's the perfect blend of sweetness and spice.  This is a keeper recipe for my house!  

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional herbs and spices, as desired


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F 
Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.


In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.


Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.


Season chicken with salt and pepper. .Place breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear.  Serve immediately!

Sorry there are two missing, we were just so hungry! haha.

Enjoy! 
xx

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish Review:


First things first, I have to tell you that I'm a nail bitter.  I'm currently working on that.  And at the time of these pictures, I didn't really care about how my nails looked, so they're not the best looking nails.  The second thing I need to tell you is that I'm terrible at painting my nails.  I'm always cleaning up after myself, which leads me to never painting my nails, which leads to me never getting better at it.  


This nail polish is supposed to last 14 days.  It didn't for me.  Now, you're probably thinking, well that's because you bite your nails.  But since I knew I was trying to get an acurate review, I kept my fingers away.  First it started at the corners, and then the next thing I know the whole tip is completely gone.  The polish catches on things which makes it worse.  For me it lasted four days. But to be nice, that is probably longer than normal nail polish. 



I was planning on doing more experiments with the gel, but I just haven't really wanted to.  Like I said earlier, I don't paint my nails often.  But while I was reading online, some people have said to put top coat on every few days, I didn't do that.  Then I was wondering if I could use it with a different brand of nail polish, and according to someone online, you can as long as the other nail polish is 100% dry.  

To get a duo match, a color and the top coat, it costs around $15 from Target.  

Pros: Nice colors 
Cons: Didn't work for me, price

Did you have better luck with these? Let me know! 

xx 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Recipe: Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips



Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables.  I usually just cook them in the oven with some olive oil, or sometimes I'll grill them, but when I saw this recipe I just had to try it!  I didn't know exactly what kind of grated Parmesan the recipe was actually calling for, because when I think of grated Parmesan I think of the powdered kind, but I think the recipe meant the shredded kind.  I used the powdered kind, and it turned out pretty well, just not like the pictures from Pinterest. (But lets be honest, do personal pictures ever actually look like they do on Pinterest??)  The person who made this recipe calls them chips, but I wouldn't.  They didn't crisp like a chip, and from how I interpreted the recipe they were supposed to be like chips.   

These were very tasty, and I plan on making them again, changing around the types of cheese I put on them.  If I like shredded better, I'll tweet about it! (Follow me here!

Ingredients: 
2 Medium Zucchinis 
1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese 
Garlic Salt 
Black Pepper 

Directions: 

Preheat your oven to 425F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.  (Or you could use parchment paper.) 


Slice up your zucchini into 1/4 inch thick rounds.  Place them onto the cooking sheet in one layer, leaving no space between them.  


Sprinkle your slices with garlic salt,(I didn't have any so I made my own with 1 part garlic powder 2 parts salt.) and black pepper.


Next spread a thin layer of the Parmesan cheese on top of each slice.  I also added some three cheese shreds.


Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, watching carefully until they turn a light golden brown.  

Enjoy! 

xx 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wet n' Wild Cherry Frost Lipstick Review:



When I first tried Wet n' Wild lipsticks, I didn't care for them.  I found them to be messy and easy to mess up, but now I really like them.  I have four from from the long lasting line, and I have two from this line (but I can't find its name anywhere...).  Cherry Frost was my first from this line. (What's up Doc? was my second!) 


When I was looking at this lipstick in the store, all I saw was red, but it actually has little gold sparkles.  They're not big enough to see on the lip unless you're really, really, close to the lips. (And let's face it, no one should be that close to your face.)  I can't even get them to show up on camera.  But,  just know that they are there.  I also didn't know if this was going to be a matte lipstick, creamy lipstick, or high shine.  It's a creamy lipstick with shine to it.  Feels creamy, but has glitter in it to make it shimmery.  It's also long lasting.  I wouldn't eat with it, or else it will be all over your face.  (It's always all over mine.)  I can drink with it, but after sipping from a bottle for 2 and a half hours, I always need a top off.  But without eating and drinking it lasts on me for three hours before I feel as if it's too faded.   It doesn't stain at all and it's really, really, easy to remove.  This lipstick is also the first lipstick I have ever gotten on my teeth. 



I've had this lipstick for a while now, and I've only used it a few times. It's not that it's bad, I just like others better. If I'm going towards a Wet n' Wild lipstick, I'll pick "What's up Doc?"  I really love that shade.  I'll probably start leaning towards it again when I have more clothing options to pair it with. 

Pros: Price! 99 cents!!, staying power, feel 
Cons: Gold glitter. 


Have you tried any of these?  Let me know your favorite shade! 

xx  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy Friday!

Hello and Happy Friday! 

 Last week my update was just about my pets.  I didn't really want to talk about them, and then instantly go into something that is consider happy, so I left it there.  But there is so much going on.  Well, I consider it so much!  

I've recently been getting back into my French.  I took a break from Duolingo, and currently I am 11 days strong.  I decided at the very end of August that I was going to get things back on track in September.  Starting with waking up at 7am and going to bed around 10pm.  I don't always fall asleep at 10pm, but I am laying down, trying.  I try not to do anything with computers within the first hour of waking up, and within the last half hour of going to bed, but sometimes a Netflix show runs over.  No biggie, but I am always in bed by 10pm.  Nothing will mess with that.  Except for one week out of the month when I travel.

I've been back to a better diet plan also.  It's not perfect, and it's not close to how I want it, but when you're the only one in a house of three trying to get healthy, it's a struggle, not going to lie.  Eventually I plan on making my healthy meals ahead of time, but until I get there, I'm going to have a little hiccups along the way.  (Plus I'm a sucker for a good cookie!) 

Other than learning French, I've started getting back into reading music and playing the piano.  It's SO hard!  I played the clarinet back in middle school for three years, so I know the music knowledge is in my head somewhere, it just really does not want to come out.  But I'm trying and that's what counts right?  Haha.  I've always wanted to play the piano, ever since I was 13, and I know a few songs (the hardest being Fur Elise the easiest being Mary Had a Little Lamb), but my hand positions are awful.  I need to start being more strict on that part.  If a piano teacher saw me, they would smack my hands.  Yikes! I love it though.  I always love learning new things.  

I haven't been reading that much since I finished Harry Potter.  I've started two books, and one I really love, I just haven't felt like reading.  I think I'll get back to that soon, but I've read so many books this year compared to last year, that I'm okay with not reading that much right now.  

Part of my "getting back on track" plan is I've decided to have a pamper night.  To me that means a face mask, with a relaxing bath including candles, and a movie on Netflix.  So, I've been looking up a bunch of DIY face masks and other bath additions.  Future blog posts coming soon!  I don't really know what else to include into a Pamper night...I was thinking I could a mani-pedi, but I'm not very big on painting my nails...

What do you do for your pamper night??  Let me know!! 

xx

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Recipe: Lemon Butter Baked Cod



The other day, my mom asked me to find a recipe for Cod, and I found a few on Pinterest for her to pick from, and she chose this one, and it was a really good choice!  This dish was so good and buttery, but hardly any calories!  It's definitely going to be made again!  Plus it was so easy to make and clean up was a breeze.  There is nothing better than an easy dish with easy clean up.  Loved it! 

Ingredients: 
2 lb cod fillets 
1/4 c butter 
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice 
1/4 c all purpose flour 
salt and pepper 
dash of paprika 

Directions:


Cut the fillets into serving sizes. (Mine were pre-cut.)  Melt the butter in a sauce pan, and add the lemon juice to melted butter. 


In another dish, mix together the flour, salt, and pepper.


Set up a little assembly line.  (If you'd like, I think it makes things easier.)


 Then dip the fish into the butter lemon mix, coating well on all sides.


After they're coated with butter, dip the fillets into the flour, also coating well on all sides.


Place the fillet with the side that had the skin on it down, and repeat until you run out of fillets. 


Places the coated fillets into an non-greased baking dish, drizzle the remaining butter mix on top, and sprinkle with paprika.


Bake uncovered, at 350, for 25-30 minutes.  

Enjoy!
xx 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner Review:



I have had this eyeliner for some time now.  I'm pretty sure this was part of my birthday present, which I bought about a month and a half after my birthday...So, I've had this eyeliner at least since the start of the summer.  When I first picked it up, I didn't notice that it was supposed to have gold bits in it.  If I had, I don't know if I would have purchased it.  I like glitter all over my body, but when it comes to my eyes, I try to stay away from it.  (Odd I know.) I finally noticed the gold speckles, and that it's called a foil eyeliner, when I was taking the pictures.  I know, so smart.  I thought it was pretty, I just didn't know if it was for me, turns out, it is.  I love this eyeliner, and it's my go to nowadays.  



When I use this eyeliner it comes off as a blackish gray with a little tiny bit of gold to it.  But, the gold is really hard to see.  I've tried using the brush that came with it, but it doesn't work with how I apply eyeliner, and it's a little to small for how I hold my brushes usually.  No biggie.  This eyeliner has a really smooth application to it, which isn't surprising.  It's amazing.  When I wear this eyeliner I put it on at 7am and I don't take it off until 9:30 to pm.  So, I can officially say that this eyeliner has some really nice staying power.  It doesn't smear either.  


Now, it's not very bold.  You can tell I'm wearing it, but it looks more like I smeared it out after applying.  So if you're going for a bold look, I don't think this is the best.  I've never tried to build it up, so I can't say much on the build up.  I like the same look over and over, and huge bold wings aren't me.  (Truthfully, I don't have the patience.)  

I bought this at my local CVS, and I paid around $8 for it.  That's a pretty good price!  

Pros: Staying power, smooth, nice color, price
Cons: I haven't found any. 

What is your favorite Milani product?  Let me know and maybe I'll try it out!  
xx 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy Friday!

Hello!  Happy Friday!  Hope all is well on your side.  My side is a little up and down.  I know in the last update I said I was going to be back on track, I wasn't going to miss anymore days.  Everything was starting to look up, well, turns out...it wasn't.  

 I have had a shitty year.  

The beginning of the year, I had family issues.  Then later on my 18 year old cat got sick, and we had to make the really hard decision, of trying to keep him alive, and unhappy, or to finally let go.  We let go.  I miss that little guy.  Like I said I had him for 18 years.  He was my baby.  And if you haven't gathered, my animals mean EVERYTHING to me.  I am one of those crazy animal ladies. 

Then after he died, I thought, okay, things are going to improve now.  Well, don't ever say that.  My dog then got sick.  Kidney failure.  She was given about 6 months to a year.  She didn't even make it two months.  Now, I've been through a lot of death from humans to animals, but there is something that just sticks when a dog dies.  Your door bell rings, and you expect a bark to come right after.   You get home after a long day, and you expect to be greeted by a dog, and now...now there's nothing.  And it's really hard.  I'm going to be honest.  I miss my dog, a lot.  

I wasn't really going to post about my animals.  I feel like it's a little too personal for me.  I like to keep a lot to myself, but really, I just wanted to put it down.  

I know that this year has four months left, but I'm so ready for this year to be over, and here's hoping that next year is a lot better.  But who the hell knows.  

xx

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Recipe: Lemon Rosemary Chicken:



I found this on Pinterest the other day, and I had to make it!  It looked so yummy!  It's a very quick meal, and it is as good as it looks.  The only issue I had was that there was a little bit too much rosemary.  When I make this dish again, I'm thinking about halfing the size.  Maybe even a little less. 


Ingredients: 
4 Large Chicken Thighs with Bone and Skin
3 Tbsp Olive Oil 
1 Tbsp Dried Rosemary 
1 Lemon 
1 tsp Salt 
1 tsp Black Pepper 

Directions:


Place the chicken thighs in a baking dish, season (to taste) with salt and black pepper.


Drizzle the olive oil, sprinkle the rosemary, and top off with the lemon slices.  Cover and place into the fridge for an hour (up to four). 
After the hour has passed, Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.



While your oven is heating up, warm up a skillet over medium high heat, drain the chicken of excess oil, and place in the pan skin side down.  You can cook with the lemon slice still on, but I left it off and put it back on for the oven part.  
Once the chicken is golden brown, flip over and cook the other side.  This should take around 4 to 5 minutes for each side.


Then place the chicken back into a baking dish, and bake for around 20 minutes.


Enjoy!! 
xx