Friday Feels

Hey! We made it through another week friends! For me, this week dragged a tiny bit, but I think that the darker nights and colder mornings are just getting to me. I’m craving that warmer weather, and hell, I’m not even a summer person.

I figured in light of me re-starting this blog, I would introduce some new series. Posts where it would become a weekly regular. And of course we’re going to start with Friday, because…FRIDAY. So with that being said, I’d like to add “Friday Feels” to that list. Basically jotting down quick snip-its from the week and sharing what I’m feeling. There could be five things, there could be twenty (highly unlikely, but you know what I mean).

Let’s get started, shall we?

Restarting “Sara’s Savory Style”

Quick backstory here: I originally started this blog about six years ago, with a notion that I was going to become this big-wig blogger and document all the things and be this influencer that could quit her day job. Um, Sara. WAKE THE F* UP. To give myself some credit, I was young(ish) and blogs were the cool thing then. For a while I was pretty good, but ultimately it just started to fizzle out. I felt myself becoming inauthentic and it just wasn’t fun. Fast forward to today, where I’ve been living in a new state for almost 3 years and I work full-time from home. But it wasn’t until recently that I was having dinner with my boyfriend, and we stumbled upon the topic of hobbies. You see, he’s a total video-gamer and I am not. Not one bit. The best I can do is kick your ass in Mario Kart, and then I’m calling it a night. But David on the other hand is a complete pro. Has the whole duel desktop setup and special chair kind of pro. So on top of him doing his video game thing, he also works a hell of a whole lot (CAD engineering) and goes to school. Which, when I see it in writing…damn, my guy is a go-getter. But for me, I like to do things, but I wouldn’t say I have a “passion”. Yeah I like to cook, read, and write, but where can I throw them all in one pot and stir them all together? Enter, this blog. So here we are! Revamping Sara’s Savory Style and giving it a good-all college try. Is that the expression? Lord knows I never finished college.

LIIFT4 (Beachbody Program)

Have ya’ll ever heard of Beachbody? I’m sure your first reaction is “of course! It’s that scam where people can become a coach and you get that nasty shake stuff”. And I’m here to tell you… you are not wrong. Is it complete bullshit that anyone can call themselves a “coach”? Yes. Is it annoying to see girls on Instagram posting their workouts every day and saying “if I have the time, so do you!” Yes KAREN, it is annoying. But… you can make Shakeology taste pretty darn good. Truth? I drink it. I add some almond milk, throw in a banana, and blend that shit up. I do not use water because I’m no monster. And I do not “shake it” because I have taste buds. If you make it like my little concoction, it ain’t half bad. It’s definitely on the healthier side as far as “protein shakes” but it can be annoying when you have to physically make it everyday. #firstworldproblems So, I’ve since cancelled it but have a supply for another two months to finish. Damn subscriptions.

With all that being said, I do love their workout programs. I’ve done a few of them and I’m currently doing the LIIFT 4 one. At first I was a little skeptical of how I’d like it. But just call me Arnold Schwarzenegger because turns out I love weightlifting. This program blends weight training (using dumbbells) with HIT cardio and it’s a total sweat session. So if you’re looking to skip the gym and try at-home workouts, I would recommend Beachbody On Demand. You can simply pay for just the workouts (not to mention, it’s one flat fee for TONS upon TONS of programs). In true transparency, it’s about $100 bucks for year. In comparison, Orangetheory is over a $100 a month.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta (Recipe Fail) 

Sounds delicious right? It’s easy cause it’s in the crockpot, right? WRONG. It wasn’t until the step where I had to add the pasta, where things went wrong. So so wrong. It became thick, chunky, and heavy. Am I subconsciously describing myself? LOL. But yes, it was okay and you could eat it but it certainly didn’t come out the way I intended. I was picturing say, spaghetti with your basic tomato sauce, but switch it for a creamy buffalo sauce. Tasty right? I’m going to attempt it again, without cooking the noodles in the crockpot. Here’s my plan: make the chicken/sauce combo in the crockpot, cook the noodles (using macaroni instead of fettuccine) separate, and then combine the two. If it turns out the way I envision, I’ll share the recipe fo sho.

No set plans for this weekend for me. Tonight will consist of me eating gluten-free pizza (hey Udi’s) and watching Life After Lockup. If you know what show that is, then you’re my person! Let’s be friends. David mentioned making chili on Saturday night, which I won’t lie, is a major highlight for me. But in my defense, who doesn’t love chili?!

Hope you enjoyed this first edition of Friday Feels, which turns out, wasn’t quite as short as I intended. Oops. Anyway, have a lovely weekend and I hope you continue to check back in and see what other shenanigans I get into.

 

 

 

Book Review (Round 1)

I would say that I’ve always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until my twenties where I could really dive into a book and get lost. I figured since I read quite a bit, it would be fun to give a quick review of each. Of course everybody’s interests and likes differ, but I always find it helpful if someone recommends a book or not. So let’s get started with this round!

1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this book! This suspenseful thriller had me ROOTING for the murderer. The plot of the novel is a pretty basic concept; is the perfect couple, Jack and Grace Angel really perfect? Not quite. I won’t spoil it or give anything away, but just know… you will feel all the emotions with this one. Sadness, frustration, anger, eagerness, disgust towards the two main characters in this book. Each chapter is either “present” tense or “past” but I had no issues following the narrative. This was a fairly quick read too. Highly recommend!

 

2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

This novel is about a 15 year old girl, Ellie Mack, who disappears out of nowhere. Ten years later, Laurel, Ellie’s mother, continues to have hope and not think the worst. One day Laurel meets a charming man, Lloyd and they hit it off right away. Soon after she meets his 9 year old daughter, Poppy, who is the splitting image of Ellie. Questions start to arise and you’ll be hooked from there. This was a little slow for me in the beginning, but after a couple of chapters, I couldn’t put it down.

 

3. The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

I honestly don’t know how I found this book, but I’m glad I did. This was a rather quick read, but that’s because I couldn’t put it down! One night, Tessa comes home and finds a little boy in her kitchen. However, she doesn’t have any children (anymore). I don’t want to reveal more because it’s just that good. It’s an intense thriller with a twist that you won’t see coming and will make you have trust issues.

I’ve already started a new book which I’m really excited about, so another round will come back in no-time!

XO,

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts might just be my favorite veggie. Throwing these suckers in the oven is so easy and quick. They make a great addition to any meal. I like them on the burnt side, that way they have an extra crunch.

You can jazz these up in some ways too! Toss them in buffalo sauce for a spicy kick, dash some balsamic for a nice change of pace, or drizzle some honey for some sweetness.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut sprouts in halves or quarters – up to you!
  3. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper – you can use any seasoning you want (I like to add onion powder)
  4. Throw in the oven for about 25 mins or until your liking

Enjoy!!

XO,

Drunk Elephant Review – Is it really worth the price?

After reading numerous reviews about Drunk Elephant, I decided to take the plunge and order a set of the Littles. The Littles package includes a travel bag filled with travel-sizes of their best and most popular products. This is a great way to test out the products and see what works for you before investing in the bigger sizes. Drunk Elephant roots themselves on tackling the “Suspicious 6” skin issues (essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, drying alcohols and chemical screens) and caters to all skin types. Drunk Elephant consists of cruelty-free and natural products, which means it comes with a hefty price-tag. So again, this was a great way to learn about the products and see if it’s really worth it.

Below are a list of the products and my quick thoughts about each.

Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser – I really enjoyed using this! It wasn’t harsh or drying at all. The suggested use is to only use this at night (no need for a morning wash). I wouldn’t use this to take off my makeup, but definitely afterwards. Usually I use a makeup cleansing wipe first, then I would go ahead and use this stuff.

C-Firma Day Serum – They suggest to use this in the morning, on clean and dry face, neck, chest, and back of hands. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if this made any difference or not. Just seemed like another step in their process.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum – Just like the day serum, you can basically slap this stuff wherever needs hydration. You can easily mix this with another other lotion or oil. When I did use this alone, I noticed how hydrating it actually was.

T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum – After washing your face at night, they recommend mixing this with the Marula Oil for maximum effectiveness. I did experience some tingling (which is common) but that quickly resided. Similar to the C-Firma serum, I’m not sure if this product made any difference.

Shaba Complex Eye Serum – I’ll be honest, I don’t use eye creams. Don’t judge me! I’ve bought and tried them, but I just haven’t found one that really worked. Luckily I don’t suffer from major bags or dark circles (yet) so I still have time to be on the lookout. This eye serum felt nice around my eyes, but again, no difference.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 – Typically I like to find a day cream/moisturizer that has spf in it so I most likely would not this. I did mix this with the C-Firma a few times and it was refreshing.

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – I used 2-3 drops of this at night and my skin really absorbed the oil. I’m not sure if it’s worth the price tag itself, but in a kit like this, it was probably the most used product.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream – This is a thick cream. But if you have dry skin, like myself, your skin will thank you. I used this product mostly at night, but a few times in the morning. My skin felt so nourished after using this stuff. I would definitely buy this product again.

Overall, I don’t think I’d stick to this regimen. These products range well over $50 to $100 bucks, and I personally just can’t justify spending that much for okayish products. But everybody’s skin reacts differently, so what works for me might not work for you. And vice versa! That’s the beauty of finding a skincare regimen, everyone’s is different.

XO,

Who do I want to be vs. who I am?

When faced with this question, my initial reaction is to pause and think. Should there be two answers? Should the answer be the same for both? Is there a right or wrong response? Over the past couple of weeks I’ve truly taken a deep-dive into the unknown. My stable job has become stable-less, my once known future became less thought out, and my panic started to creep in. Have you found yourself just coasting by, going through the emotions day in and day out, and then all of sudden STOP? I find that this happens two ways. We either make the decision to think about changing or we are forced to. Changing jobs, changing bad habits, changing lifestyles, etc.  We “change” because we want a different result. We want something that we maybe once had and lost. We strive to be better because we know we can.

So who do I want to be? I want to be healthier, not only physically but mentally. I want to write and read more. Spend less time watching tv. Be more focused. As Mallory Ervin would said “live fully”. I want to live a positive life. And that’s not to say I’m currently living a negative one! But I feel myself wanting these things. And if I want to do these things, I need to DO THEM. Wanting and doing are two different things. We can brainstorm whatever the hell we want, but until you put the plan and research into action, then you’re not doing. You’re just wanting.

I encourage you all to start doing the things you want and desire. You want to be a morning person? Get up earlier. You want to run a half marathon? Walk that mile first. Be someone who knows what they want and goes for it. Be the person you want. Because that becomes the person you are

 

Friday’s Five

This week truly dragged for me. The days seem to be longer and the sun is out for less. I’m ready for Spring already! But thankfully it’s Friday and I also have a three day weekend ahead. The beauty of working for a bank 🙂 Today I wanted to quickly share five podcasts I’ve been listening to recently.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Stew

During the winter season, I try to use my slow cooker as much as I can. It’s just so easy to throw everything in and not have to worry about it til hours later. This recipe is EXACTLY that. You don’t even need to cook the meat beforehand! You literally toss everything in the crockpot and 6 hours later, BAM. Delicious stew. Serve with some crusty bread and you have a fantastic dinner made.

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Friday’s Five

It’s my intention to religiously post about five things every Friday. (Hence the name, DUH.) Originally I was thinking five things that made me smile or happy throughout the week, but then realized that “hell, maybe I won’t always have five things to list?” So I decided to keep it simple and easy and basically list whatever comes to mind. IT’S MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO, DO WHAT I WANT TO. (Did you read that in the tune of “it’s my party and I’ll cry if  I want to?” because that’s what I was shooting for.) In any case, here we go.

Five books I’m reading this month!

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Why do I do this?

I can’t be the only one, right? Start something, never finish. Make a goal, never accomplish it. What a shitty feeling. And yet, I do this ALL THE TIME. It’s a vicious cycle of wanting to become a “better person” and never fully committing. Maybe if I air my so-called dirty laundry into the web universe, I’ll be more likely to stick to my guns. Wishful thinking?

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