In this episode, the we answer questions from the book "Things Every Woman Should Do Once." I get out of answering several while Elizabeth shares a bit too much.
Ever wanted a tattoo but are a little nervous as to if you will like the design later on in life or are unsure of where exactly you want something to go FOREVER (said in Spongebob voice.)?
Well have no fear! Temporary eyeliner tattoos are here!!
I was super bored a few days ago at home and was browsing Youtube looking for a tutorial on how to draw bee's and honeycombs for a makeup project that I am working on (more to come on that later.) Anyways I somehow stumbled upon all these videos of people drawing temporary tattoos on them using eyeliner! I immediately ran to my makeup drawer and pulled out all of my old liquid eyeliner that I don't use. I then went to my Pinterest board of tattoo ideas and went to town!
I seriously suggest trying this out if you are in between a few designs or placement areas. I was probably having a little too much fun with this but I honestly can't remember the last time I sat down to actually draw something! It has to be back in art class in high school, or really any other class in high school (I wasn't a very good student, head in the clouds and doodles as notes.)
I also suggest when looking at tattoo ideas remember you are just looking for IDEAS. Always try out some kind of personal spin on a tattoo you may see on the internet and love. It will bring so much joy to you knowing you either designed the entire thing or part of it. I have a few tattoos and they are all pulled from things I saw on the internet. Either I copied the script but used a quote that hit home to me or I saw a geometric design I loved and added another design from somewhere else on top of it. I like to think I aided in designing the final product but let's be honest... I just joined two already created images together. There is nothing wrong with that and I do not regret a single tattoo I have. I just didn't realize how much joy I would get out of doodling on my skin with eyeliner & black eyeshadow. I have now taken a million images of what I drew and will one day take it to a tattoo artist cough, cough Aaron from Rise Above Tattoo to have him recreate it forever.
So when starting this mini art projection, I again referenced Pinterest. I started with a bare arm. No moisturizers, nothing. Then I took a deep breath and dove right in! It was semi liberating and I did mess up a few times and of course I wish some lines were straighter but that's the beauty of it, it's not permanent. Once I doodled and liked what I had. I then took an eye-shadow brush and created some shading with black eye-shadow.
So on to real tattoo talk. I make sure if I get a new tattoo idea in my head I sit on it for months. I know that I am constantly changing and developing into my own being and I want to make sure the things I permanently place on my body are not impulse tattoos. Again this is why I suggest tattoos with eyeliner first. Let your creativity flow and see what comes of it. Also if you're balling on a budget... eyeliner is a lot cheaper than tattoos.
The tattoos I currently have, I placed them in specific areas because I wanted to hide them from my parents. When in reality, I would have placed them elsewhere if I had the courage at the time to stand up to the way I enjoy expressing myself. Well lessons learned and my parents have seen some of them and they didn't disown me. SHOCKER, just kidding I def hyped it all up in my head. I knew they wouldn't I just didn't want to disappoint them. Now I am in a bit of different mind set. I still of course never truly want to disappoint my parents but I've grown and learned that this is just a flesh wound (literally and figuratively) to them. This was not the end of the world to them and not that surprising as they figured I would come home from college with a full sleeve anyways. No idea where they every got that idea from. :)
Some people think that getting a boob job enhances your look where as tattoos take away from your look. I am in the mindset of what ever floats your boat. Because your body is not my body and my body is not your body and we all owe it to ourselves to express ourselves however we deem fit for OUR SELF. YOU DO YOU BOO BOO.
I am sipping on Lime La Croix (with some chlorophyll mixed in) while writing this post, naturally. Also, fun fact La Croix is pronounced La-CROY. It rhymes with 'enjoy'. Thx La Croix FAQ's.
I have never liked water. As a child I would put up a fight. My mom use to make me drink a bottle of water while she drove me to a friends house & I couldn't get out of the car until I finished it. She resorted to holding me hostage in a friends driveway so that I had to finish my water before I could have fun, I was THAT BAD and that adamant about hating water.
In high-school and college, Diet Coke was my choice of drug. I would drink at least 5 Diet Cokes a day when trying to cram for a test. I cringe now just thinking of my poor teeth and health. Once graduating college, coffee took over my life, albeit, I was trying to wean off of my Diet Coke addiction and cut out soda entirely (other than for alcoholic beverages, duh.)
Now, since moving up to Washington DC, I have been introduced to the sparkling water craze. I guess, in Florida peeps just drink water or anything else other than water, but I never really noticed folks sucking down a lot of sparkling water. I am now a part of the sparkling squad up here and I think being OBSESSED might be an under statement. I drink sparkling water before going out in hopes that it would push off a hangover because I am hydrating myself, right? Finally a girlfriend told me that I was doing the complete opposite and that she heard sparkling water dehydrates you. My bubble was burst! I drink it all day, at work and at night because still water is just so blah.
Though sparkling water is more expensive than still water and I know I could throw some fruit in my still water to get me to enjoy it more. I am just hooked on the spark of sparkling water. I had to take to the internet to see what's what with the rumors of sparkling water.
RUMOR 1: Sparkling Water Dehydrates You (PLEASE SAY IT ISN'T SO):
IT IS NOT SO! Hallelujah! Which is what I originally thought, because, it's water and drinking it there is water going into you to hydrate you regardless of bubbles or no bubbles.
According to Sarah Bleich, Ph.D. and associate professor in health policy at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, drinking sparkling water is just as hydrating as drinking regular water.
In looking up this topic multiple times online the only downfall that had an occurrence in almost every article I read was that sparkling water will make you more full faster than regular water. This can be seen as a catch twenty-two since if you get full faster than it will lessen your intake of water which is not that great if you trying to hydrate. The great thing about getting full faster is that well... you're full! It can aid in eating less and minimizing your appetite.
If your looking for something to aid in suppressing your appetite and are not wishing to use any kind of chemically advanced diet pills, sparkling water could help. I would consult a doctor first before purchasing an entire pallets worth of sparkling water of course! I just say this from my personal experience of consuming sparkling water.
I do want to clear the air that there is a difference in seltzer water, mineral water and sparkling water!
Seltzer Water Vs. Sparkling Water: Seltzer Water is carbonated water BUT it also has additives of sweeteners, flavors and sodium. Sparkling Water is just water put under pressure so that carbonation is added to it. Be sure to check the labels of the sparkling water that you purchase as there should be NO sodium in your sparkling water. If so, spit that shiz out and find a new brand. Sparkling water like seltzer water can have added flavoring, however do your best to look for brands that use only NATURAL flavoring.
Mineral Water: Can be sparkling or not and can also have flavoring added to it. Mineral water will also have sodium and yes added minerals to it! Minerals and sodium are great when trying to re-charge after a hard workout and your podium has lost a good amount of sodium but I would not use mineral water as your way of completely hydrating for the day. Make sure you get some non mineral infused water in your system too!
RUMOR 2: Sparkling Water Is Bad For Your Teeth:
Yes and no. It is the byproduct of the carbonation process itself that is bad for your teeth. When water is turned into sparkling water, carbon dioxide gas is dissolved into water using low temperatures and high pressure. This process creates carbonic acid. It is the carbonic acid that is not great for your teeth and what gives sparkling water an acidity level lower on the pH scale than normal sill water. So all in all it is all about the pH level! pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The pH scale ranges in total from 1 to 14. 7 is in the center of scale is seen to be neutral and anything that falls to be less than 7 is said to be acidic (like the carbonic acid) and anything larger than 7 is said to be basic or alkaline. Thank you YouTube and especially Bill Nye!
So is sparkling water bad for your teeth? The answer is not terribly bad! Sparkling Water has a higher pH level than any traditional soft drink. Yes the citrus flavored sparkling waters will have a lower pH level meaning it is more acidic than an other flavored sparkling water but again if you are subbing out a soft drink beverage for a sparkling water, you are doing yourself and your teeth a favor. If this fact truly troubles you, drink through a paper straw to help minimize the carbonic acid getting to all of your teeth (but then you may be troubled with mouth wrinkles.) In that case I cannot help you. Sob.
(Can we take a moment to appreciate this action shot? Mmmmmmm I need to grab another sparkling water to break into)
RUMOR 3: Sparkling Water Sucks Up Your Calcium!? (I never heard this one until conducting my research, p.s. I feel so smart saying conducting my research):
FALSE! A study, led by Robert Heaney, MD, at the Creighton University School of Medicine suggests that carbonation is not the culprit when it comes to calcium being extracted from your bones. The research suggests that the problem may lie within the caffeine and phosphoric acid found in soft drinks. Thankfully neither of these are found in sparkling water. PHEW! I am already on my second can because I didn't realize how long this post would take me.
All in all my interpretation is that sparkling water is no less bad for you than soft drinks and that it is in fact a better substitute for them! Sparkling water does help in hydrating you though it can make you full more quickly so make sure to get a few glasses of regular water a day as well.
I have tried a variety of sparkling water brands and La Croix is by far my FAV. I wanted to share a few questions I had when researching La Croix's website:
Where do these natural flavorings come from in the La Croix Sparkling Waters? - The flavors come from the natural essence oils derived from the fruits listed on the labels, There are no added sugars or artificial ingredients contained in these essence or added to them.
Is La Croix Gluten Free and Vegan? - Yes! It is gluten free, vegan and even kosher!! WHOOP WHOOP! There are not dairy products, nuts, meats or wheat used in the product or production.
Does La Croix contain any GMO's?- Nope!
What is the pH Level of La Croix Sparkling Waters? - These vary per flavor of sparkling water. However, the pH level of sparkling water is considerably lower than that of traditional sugary soft drinks, 100% fruit juices and juice beverages.
I hope this help put an end to some of the awful rumors you may have heard of your beloved sparkling water. I say drink up and don't forget to floss and brush! Also, regular still water is always known to be 100% fantastic for you. So if you still have any qualms or questions you can always resort to still water!
All content within this blog is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.
Please note this post is not sponsored by La Croix, I just really like their sparkling water if you couldn't already tell.
Online studies were referenced from: Lifehacker, Glamour, NYDailyNews, Johns Hopkins , Creighton University and BBC.
As the name blatantly states, we discuss the GOT season premier. Do not watch if you intend to watch it still. In this episode, we correct what we got wrong in Part 1 and chat about our favorite parts of the premier. Discover why Elizabeth brings up Queen Elizabeth II and watch me still not remember any names.
Do not watch if you are still catching up on Game of Thrones. On this episode, we discuss tour feelings about the most recent season of Game of Thrones and their predictions for the newest episode. Elizabeth can't remember anything but has some recommendations for changes to the Iron Throne. I give a run down of who is still alive and keeps the conversation moving forward.
Are you a vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If you are not a vegetarian... do you want to be vegetarian? If the answer is yes, keep reading. If the answer is no to all of this, JUST KEEP READING. Plz.
Today I stumbled upon PETA showcasing a Bosh TV recipe for black bean vegetarian burgers, so I obviously got very hungry. I gained the courage to go into my friendly neighborhood Safeway store and oh so patiently wait in line when I stocked up on a few of the ingredients. FYI I am pretty terrible at following cooking instructions so I tend to do my own twist on recipes that I read.
This is my first attempt at cooking something for myself that isn't quinoa and zuccs/squash (I seriously eat the same meal everyday for lunch and I don't even cook the quinoa, my sister does.) I already have some learnings after this go around... mainly I need to invest in a food processor.
What you will need:
4 cups of cooked Black Bean Pasta OR 4 cups of whole wheat pasta and 1 can of black beans
1 Tablespoon of chili powder
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1/3 cup of BBQ sauce
An onion to sautee
A pinch of garlic powder
Hamburger buns and whatever fixin's your heart desires
An oven at 365 degrees
Cook Time 30-40 minutes
Deep breath all you non vegetarians, this beefless burger is going to rock your world!
Step 1: Remind yourself it's ok to cut corners when cooking. Again I'm a lazy emerging Chef... so instead of getting whole wheat pasta and a can of black beans. I got the best of both worlds and found BLACK BEAN PASTA. BOOM. I found this beautiful love child at Marshall's of all places. I have used the Tolerant black bean pasta before for a substitute of regular grain pasta and it's alright but the pasta honestly ends up tasting like black beans (shocker) and then covering it in tomato sauce is just all of these confusing tastes in your mouth but anyways I had some left over for the beefless burger and I picked up some vegetable penne pasta from Safeway so that I could make a decent amount of burgers. All in all just boil water and cook the pasta.
Step 2: Drain the pasta.
Step 3: Throw the pasta into a food processor. For me, I had to use a blender because again... emerging chef that does not currently own a food processor. I plan on ordering one online ASAP because I learned today a blender cannot act as a sub for a food processor. It just can't. Sob.
the real Step 3: Throw in 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
Step 4: Add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes.
Step 5: Add in 1/3 cup of BBQ Sauce. My BBQ was Sweet Baby Ray's. It's magic in your mouth. Better than sex.
Step 6: Blend all of those beautiful vegetarian ingredients together IN A FOOD PROCESSOR... NOT A BLENDER, I REPEAT NOT A BLENDER as pictured. Epic fail for me.
Step 7: Sautée some onions and throw in a pinch of garlic powder. Again the original recipe called for fresh garlic and probably a few other things but... emerging chef cutting corners... coconut oil to spray on the pan and then just some onions and garlic powder do the job quite well.
Step 8: MIX DAT SHIZ UP. Mix mix mix. Throw the beefless paste (I swear it tastes so much better than it sounds) from the food processor into a bowl and mix in the sautéed onions.
Step 9: Section these bad boys into little "better than burger" burgers and throw them onto some parchment paper that is sprayed with coconut oil for some extra non stick protection. Top them off with a "drizzle of olive oil."
Step 10: Bake at 365 degrees for 30-40 minutes based on the size of the burgers. SIZE DOES MATTER. I baked these for 30 minutes and they were scrumptious besides that not all of my penne pasta was blended due to the faulty blender not being a food processor.
Lastly: Load up the bun with the beefless black bean burger, some more BBQ sauce and whatever meatless toppings your heart desires. THE END. There you have it, a delicious vegetarian meal that is filling and is a great party trick for summer cookouts. You're welcome. XOXO CoolGirlConclusion
On the first episode we whine about the rumored closing of The Great Movie Ride in 2018. Elizabeth struggles to keep the parties involved straight and gets passionate about Donald O'Conner and the wonders of AC during Florida Summers while I deliver a play by play of the riders experience and highlights our love of Sigourney Weaver.
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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