Friday Five: Faux Vacation


Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  I know y’all are all dying for a tower garden update. 😉 I’m happy to report that it is doing so well!  My squash, zucchini, strawberries, mint, & lettuces are doing especially great. IMG_1808

What do y’all think I should do with all the extra lettuces?  Should I plant them in a pot?  In the ground?

One: Carnitas

On Monday, I tried my hand at making carnitas for the first time.  I was super impressed! BF69DA2E-5755-4AE1-A5BD-DF4A701D7E75_1_201_a

So, I used The Defined Dish’s recipe from her cookbook.  I checked her blog & didn’t see the recipe there, but she had a lot of similar recipes.  What I loved about this recipe is that the carnitas kind of had a neutral roast flavor, which for me means that I can add many different flavors to it depending on my meal.

The other night I had a baked potato for dinner & added a little BBQ sauce to the carnitas & topped my potato.  I also added a little salsa verde to it for tacos one night.  You could make a little gravy, add some potatoes & carrots for a pot roast, or make a modified shepherd’s pie or stew. So many options!  As someone who doesn’t love leftovers, this is perfect for me.

Two: Baby Foot Peel

I LOVE to do foot peels.  Any brand will do.  You basically wear booties around for about 1 – 1.5 hours (or like me take a nap with them on).  Rinse your feet, and in about a week your feet will peel like a sunburn (it doesn’t hurt) or a snake skin.  It is gross, but so satisfying.  You can’t get pedicures at the moment, so get one from Amazon. FF282E85-C7CA-4AFB-A487-D995E58A74C4

Three: Jewelry Cleaner

I was influenced by @things.i.bought.and.liked for this jewelry cleaner.  She was right, it is the best cleaner I have found in a long, long time.  It’s the next best thing to a polishing machine.

I cleaned a necklace that I wear every single day & rarely take off.

Before (left) & After (right):

Cost: $18.00 – this would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift!

Four: Nail Polish Organizer

My life has been changed!  I got this amazing organizer for my nail polish.  It holds 48 polishes, which sadly is still not enough for my collection, but it is now much more manageable.

Believe it or not, none of these are duplicates!  I have about 10 more polishes & all my nail care stuff in an additional tub.

Five: Vacation in a Diffuser

I think many of you probably know that I am a huge fan of essential oils.  This week I have really been diffusing oil blends that smell like a vacation, at least to me.

My favorite blend at the moment is: 8 drops of Lime, 5 drops of Jade Lemon, 5 drops of Bergamot, 3 drops of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, & 3 drops of Spearmint.  Smells like a tropical destination.

What are y’all loving this week?

Kiss Hug,

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