Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tonight mom made her amazing chili! I've had some delicious chili, but mom's will always be my favorite! One of these days, if she allows me to, I will have to share the recipe with you. Not sure she would want to give it away though. I'm sure someday she will pass it down to me. We shall see!

Although, in my humble opinion, mom's is the best, I have found some chili recipes that I am very tempted to try.


Chili is certainly a favorite around here, but we have plenty of others!

The chili mac sounds fabulous, and the concept of putting two comfort foods together in the same dish, totally makes perfect sense! But... you can't go wrong with good ol' fashioned mac n' cheese. Personally, my grandmother's was my favorite. Especially, when we had it with her meatloaf, and I promise you this... grandma's meatloaf was THE BEST! Hands down! It cannot be beat!

We think we might have found the recipe, but we aren't totally sure about that. We've been looking for it, since she passed, but we were unsuccessful. However, we found one in our recipe box, that sounds a lot like hers. Fingers crossed! Hopefully, it's the one, because I have seriously been craving it.


These mac n' cheese dishes sound so good!

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A couple of nights ago, we had another one of our favorites. Mom, and I cooked together. She did the roast beef in the crock pot. Only hers wasn't Southwestern Crusted, it was just a classic, pull apart roast beef. I did the Au Gratin potatoes -she did help me out a little-, and we both collaborated on the asparagus. We love cooking together, and have decided to try to do that more often. It's a great way for us to bond with each other. 

I can't say, I've been cooking every night, or as often as I would like, but I've been doing more of it lately, and the more I do it, the more I really enjoy it.
I've got some great recipes picked out, that I am hoping to get to try. 
Can't wait to share whatever I decide to make, with you!

What are your favorite fall/winter comfort foods?

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DISCLOSURE: There are affiliate and sponsored links included in this post! are most definitely my favorite day of the week! On the week days I get up between 5:00 and 6:00... sometimes earlier. I sometimes get up early on the weekends as well. I'm just an early bird, I guess. I do enjoy sleeping in
occasionally though, and when I do, it is likely to be on Sunday's.

Sunday is such a cozy day. It's a day for relaxing, and spending time with the people, or critters you love. I love to snuggle with my fur-babies, and catch up on my favorite shows. I will be catching up on Nashville, and
Scream Queens tonight... YAY! So excited!

Blogging is something else I like to do on Sunday's. It's a great day to get caught up on content, and get prepared, and refuel for the rest of the week. For the most part though, I try to relax, and not worry too much about all of the things I have to do during the week. You gotta have a few days to just unplug, and escape from reality. As long as you have it written
down, and don't forget, you will be fine!

So today I am...

I hope your day is filled with love, joy,
and lots of blessings!

And remember...

1. Sunday, is Pajama Day, all day!

2. I listen to music every day, but Sunday's are my favorite days
to do so. I am likely to be listening to the Beatles, the Carpenters, 
Dean Martin, and anything light and mellow.

3. I like to veg out, eat my favorite snacks, drink coffee, and just take it easy!

4. Wrap myself up in soft, warm blankets. Love being as snug, as a bug,
in a rug!

5. Well, I don't have a special someone to snuggle with, but I got my
sweet little critters to keep me warm!

6. Bill's Donuts are the best donuts! I don't eat them often, but they are
the perfect Sunday morning treat!

7. And, I can't stress this enough... coffee, coffee, coffee! I drink it
every day, but for some reason, it's even better on Sunday's.

What are your Sunday loves?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

If I had my way, I would have a huge closet filled with shoes, bags, belts, and other various types of accessories. Yes... I have quite an obsession! Clothes shopping can be fun. Although, it's much more entertaining when you can afford to do so, and I really have to be in the mood. It's the trying them on part that I don't enjoy as much. It get worn out very quickly, and I tend to get a little frustrated. Accessory shopping however, that excites me more than the clothes!

Being in the shoe, or bag department in a store, if it's a good selection, is like being in Heaven. Okay, so maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it sure can brighten up a girls day! Have you seen the boots this season! I must say, I was very impressed with the ones I saw at Target earlier this season. The only thing about Target is, you gotta get the good ones ASAP! They go fast! It's always a bummer when you go later in the season, and all the ones you had your eyes on, are gone. Most people are shopping online these days though, and from my own experience, there seems to be a better selection.

The one thing about accessories is, you gotta make sure you buy the right ones! As cute, and as pretty as that bright pink bag might be, is it the right choice? You should opt for a bag you'll be able to wear with everything. If you already have a neutral or two, then go for the bright pink bag. It's nice to be able to switch things up a little, but if you don't have one you will be able to wear often, one that goes with a lot of your attire, you don't want to waste your money on a bag you will only use a few times. In my opinion, every girl should have a black bag. If you can add a gray, or brown bag to your accessory collection, that helps too, but a black bag, really is essential!

You also want to make sure to keep your bags organized. I know it's easy to want to just throw your wrapper in your purse, and sometimes you might not have a choice. Life can be chaotic, especially if you are a mom, and are in a rush. I'm not a mom, and I've been there, done that. I admit though, in my case, it was laziness. It becomes a habit, and one day you go to get in your purse, and there are wrappers everywhere. You add food to it, and you got wrappers, and crumbs all over your bag, and it makes you want to pull your hair out. If you are guilty of this, don't beat yourself up. There are solutions!

In "All About Accessories", I will be showing you the chicest shoes, the best bags, the most fabulous gems and jewels, and plenty of other must-have accessories. I will also give you shopping tips, so that you don't end up buying the bright pink bag you will never, or hardly get to use. And... I'll also offer solutions to help you keep your accessories organized.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It seems like only yesterday, my mom was nagging me about taking care of my skin. I was such a stubborn child. As horrible as my acne was, you would think I would have listened. Being called "Pizza Face", and every other name in the book, should have been enough to convince me, mom was right. NOPE! I just rolled my eyes, and turned my nose up at her. My poor mother! I was kind of a bratty teenager. That will probably come back to haunt me someday. Turns out, mom really did know best. Had I listened, and followed her advice, perhaps I wouldn't have had all of the skin issues I've had over the years. Shoulda, coulda, woulda... right?

You can't change the past. All you can do is move forward, and the way I see it, NOW is better than NEVER! The important thing is to wake up, and take responsibility. Most people know that taking care of yourself is essential, in order to have a healthy, happy life. You should know that, anyway. If you don't, you really need to come out from under that rock you have been under. Many people are aware, but choose not to do anything about it. Starting a new routine, getting on the right track, and making progress takes time, and takes some getting use to. However, once you do, it will be so worth it! Just imagine how much better you will feel... not just physically, but mentally as well.

Skin care is a must! It's not about being perfect, it's about being a happier, healthier version of yourself. Whether it's your skin, hair, or any other part of your body, if you don't care for it, you are not going to feel good... period!

This edition of Skylar's Ultimate Beauty Guide is all about skincare. There are lots of great tips, and other beauty related stuff that might be helpful. You can always look for them on Pinterest, but it can be a little overwhelming, because there are so many! So, I have broken it down for you. 

I have not tried all of these yet. I am a work in progress myself, but I am on a mission to healthier, sexier, and fabulous looking skin. I'm no expert, and I can't say for sure that all of these ideas work, and what works for one person, might not work for everyone.

 Starting next week, on Tuesday, there will be 2 parts to Skylar's Ultimate Beauty Guide. Part 1 will be the new weeks guide, and part 2 will be the results from the previous week. In the result guide, I will let you know which of these tips worked for me, and which ones don't. 

I also want to give you all the opportunity to try these out, and get in the spotlight. Be on the look out for chances to submit your own pictures, and results. If you haven't done so already, make sure you like my Facebook page, and follow me on my other social networks, so you don't miss out on updates and special announcements! 

I also have a newsletter. If you are interested, you are welcome to subscribe! There are 3 options... Skylar Monthly, Skylar Weekly, and Skylar's Daily Updates.


So, let's get into the skincare stuff! Shall we?

1. Washing your face is extremely important, but there is such a thing as overwashing. Washing your face too much can cause your skin to dry out. Krissy Brady, author of post How to Prevent Wrinkles by Nixing 8 Everyday Habits that Age Your Skin, suggests not washing your face in the morning, because at night while you sleep, your body works to restore your skin, and washing your face
in the morning, will strip all that hard work away. Instead of washing, just splash with water. Wash your face every evening, before bed, and always moisturize after washing!

2. To shrink skin pores, try an egg white mask. The mask will help remove excess oil from greasy skin. Get the recipe for this mask, and other remedies for your pores here.

3. Ever wonder how certain people have such perfect skin? I personally, don't believe there is such a thing, but we all know women who seem to have been blessed with close-to-perfect skin. Not really fair is it? So, what is their secret? Well, according to this article at, one of the habits of women who have perfect skin is spot-treating. There are different areas of our skin, and each has it's own skincare needs. For instance, if you have combination skin, you should use a skin toner that contains salicylic and glycolic acid only on the oily areas of your face. You want to use the proper cosmetics, on the appropriate areas of your skin. Read more about that here.

4. No matter how hard I try, I can never get my makeup completely off. So, I'm super-excited about this tip! If you have a jar of Coconut Oil, you can use it to remove whatever makeup is left behind. Apply the coconut oil to your ring finger, and gently rub off the rest of your eye makeup. The reason you should
use your ring finger, is because it is the weakest, and better to use around
the gentle part of your eye. Get more weird tricks that work here!

5. Although, it might be tempting, DON'T POP YOUR ZITS! Pimples are sneaky little buggers aren't they? They always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times, and you just can't help but want to pop 'em. Well, the thing is, popping
your zits can lead to inflammation, scarring, and more acne. So... just don't
do it! More info here!

6. If you have a blemish, and are in need of a quick fix,  a dab of diaper rash cream will do the trick! Apply the cream to the pimple, and the pimple will be gone! Go to the link in note 4, for more weird tricks, that really work!

Have any tips and tricks you want to share? Send them to me via, and I'll feature them in an
upcoming edition of Skylar's Ultimate Beauty Guide. It can be
any kind of beauty tip or trick. It doesn't have to be
skincare related.

If you are looking for great skincare tips, these blogs are the best 
places to find them!

These were my favorite skincare related beauty posts of the week! ENJOY!

1. 10 Remarkable Beauty Tips via

2. DIY Face Cleanser Recipes via A Delightful Home

3. Amarte Max2 Collection Kit via Beauty Tidbits

*I think we are all aware of how harmful the sun can be, and most of us know it is important to keep our skin protected from it, but we often forget that we need to keep it protected all year round... not just in the summertime! Just because you might not be able to see the sun, it doesn't mean it's not there. It might be hiding behind the clouds, but your skin is still at risk. So, be sure to wear SPF, during the day, ALWAYS!

*One thing I truly despise are dark circles! I've been having some issues with those lately, due to some stress, and lack of sleep. This is the time of year, when my insomnia tends to come into play. Thankfully, it hasn't been as bad as it has been in the past. I've been taking the steps that are necessary, so that I can get my beauty rest. Still, I am getting those ugly dark circles! I'm really doing my best to sleep on my back, but easier said than done, right? 

Well, I've found some tips, that I am really looking forward to trying out. I'm just going to start out with a classic. Not quite sure why I've never tried this. I think I'm probably the only person on the planet who hasn't. Anywho, all you need is one fresh cucumber. Cut the cucumber into thick slices, and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Take 2 slices, and place them on the eyes. Make sure they cover the infected areas. Leave the slices on for 10 minutes, and then
wash with cold water. I will let you know how it goes, in Skylar's Ultimate Beauty Guide Results, next week!

Check out these links for more awesome skincare secrets!



What are your favorite skincare products, and which skincare 
products are on your wish list?

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

...part 2...

 These cozy, vibrant sweaters are really heating up the season!

 {Note: Unfortunately, not all of the items featured in this post are available, and it is possible some of them might have recently gone out of stock, or sold out. Also, many of the items might be a bit pricey. I always try my best to feature various things, of all price ranges.  I can completely understand if someone wouldn't want to, or can't spend hundreds of dollars on designer clothes. However, there are people who do like to splurge. The purpose of this post is to inspire, or any of my other posts, is to admire, and inspire.}

{Her Campus/Daily Chic/Dean Street Society/H&M sunglasses/J.Crew sweater/Target bangle bracelets/
Sarah's Tote-ally Awesome Bags & More/Zappos/The Elder Statesman sweater - Far Fetch/Hudson
Jeans - American Rag/Devon Leigh necklace - Amazon/Equipment/L.K. Bennett/Givenchy bag -

Sweater Season part 1, was all about the "oversized" sweater trend. Part 2
is all about vibrant sweaters, and they are so beautiful! It's so comforting
to see so much brightness this season. It will be especially nice when
the cooler temps arrive.

Go for a bright oversized sweater, worn with leggings, and boots. This can be
either a casual daytime or evening look, or it can be 
dressy for the holiday's.

{ABS bangles - Saks Fifth Avenue/Chinti and Parker sweater - Avenue 32/Wrapables scarf -

Neon is so much fun, and it looks super-cool when you are 
out in the snow!

{LIMI FEU jacket - La Garconne/Dagmar sweater - Nelly/Monki pants -link broken-/OASIS/
Hollister Co./Givenchy tote - Barney's/Monki/Pierre Hardy booties - The Corner}

If you just want a touch of brightness, just opt for one or two splashes
of color, and mix them with some fabulous neutrals.

{TopShop/Burt's Bees/Miss Selfridge/The Row dress - The Outnet/OASIS/Alexander McQueen bag -

Even though it is a spring cardi, with the right layers, and accessories, it would be
appropriate for any season.

*Don't go overboard with too many brights! A few bold
colors and prints here and there, and a little bit of
mixing, or colorblocking can be a lot of fun. Just
don't go bright from head-to-toe!

*Go easy on the bling! Let your sweater be the main
focus of your outfit. Opt for a few pieces, or 
a statement necklace.

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~Sweater Season -part 1~