Friday, April 20, 2012

24 Life Changing Facts

Everything you ever needed to know to fix all the problems in the whole wide world. I found these on pinterest and thought I would share.

1.Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
 2.Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.
3.Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
 4.Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat.
5.To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
6.For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a minty frosting.
 7.Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
 8.Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.
 9.Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy.
10.Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
11.Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
12.Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
13. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. 14.Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
15.No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
16.To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
17. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
18. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks.
19.Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. 20.De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser.
 21.Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. It unseals easily.
 22.Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
 23.Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. flies are drawn to the cup and gone forever.
 24.Wash your dryer filter: dryer sheets cause a film over filter that will burn out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take the filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush at least every six months.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blog Finds

Today I wanted to post some blogs that have inspired me. These are the few that I read... everyday. So, here are a few...

Hair and Makeup by Steph. Full of great ideas for... hair and makeup.

Say Yes to Hoboken. Great DIY and fashion ideas.

A Cup of Jo. The first blog that got me hooked.

The Day Book. Always so cute and funny. Love reading her awkward moments they really make me laugh out loud because I can sympathise with every. single. one.

These are just a few of my favorites but they are fantastic if you feel the need to spend countless hours in front of a computer screen. Or just a quick few minutes if you have good self control.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cute Finds

Great Colors. Cute style. Very affordable. Sosie


 Classic. Anthropologie.

Standard Style

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hunger Games

Well last night I did something I NEVER do. I stayed out til 3:30. On a week night no less!
 ...To see the midnight showing of Hunger Games. So right now im running on 3 hours of sleep and no coffee. How am I still awake you might ask? Well... I have no idea. Im feeling a crash comin on strong and quick.

So was it worth it? Im still trying to figure it out. I liked the movie but ... I feel like I should see it one more time when I am more aware. And this time I'll try to watch it as just a movie instead of one of my favorite books.

Anyways have a good weekend and go judge Hunger Games for your self!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Okay, I found this recipe on Pinterest and I had to post it!
It looks delicious and pretty easy to make.

Here is the recipe. I'll be making it soon and update everyone on how good it is.
I might even try this recipe with fried pickles some time.. that dipping sauce would be delicious!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Oh man oh man is it rainy. And all i want to do is curl up on the sofa, finish reading the third hunger games book, and bake a load of goodies! But instead I will be at work til 6. Although I do get to have a fun little date with this cute little man!

Also, can we talk about how much we love this site for cute affordable shoes?
Like these dream shoes?

Monday, March 19, 2012

AVEDA Botanical Kinetics

By far the best skin care product I have found. And not horribly expensive. For years I was on Proactive because of a few zits... really nothing to get worked up about but when all your other friends have perfect skin... you do what you can. Then about a year ago I got my first facial at E.J. Bain. They told me about how proactive has bleach in it and can destroy your skin. So i switched to Aveda. It took my skin a while to get used to it but honestly I don't think I will ever use anything else.
This exfolient is the best thing that has ever happened to my skin. Its a liquid exfolient that isn't a scrub! You leave it on over night and your face will feel as smooth as a babys bottom. Serisouly wonderful!

Also check out A Cup of Jo. Cute shoes.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lazy Sundays

Happy Sunday all!

My Sundays have always been filled with family, friends, and food so I thought I would share a few of my (and my families) favorite recipes. 
This first recipe is the best sour cream enchiladas you will ever eat! And the easiest too! I found this recipe on Pinterest and then had the best time looking through all her delicious recipes on her blog.  

Simple Sour Cream Enchiladas
4 chicken breasts, fully cooked & shredded
2 dozen white corn tortillas
1 16 oz. can green enchilada sauce
2 ounces additional green chiles
14 oz. sour cream
4 cups shredded cheese (Jack or Mexican blend)
Mix all ingredients together, reserving 1.5 cup cheese, 2 ounces green chile sauce, and 3 ounces sour cream for topping.  Heat corn tortillas 4 or 5 at a time in microwave on high for 30 seconds, then spoon 3 tablespoons of the mixture into the heated tortillas.  (Heating them helps avoid cracking when you roll them up!)
Spray a large Pyrex or glass dish with cooking spray (you may need an extra dish), then align enchiladas in a row inside.  Blend remaining sour cream and green chile sauce together and spoon over enchiladas.  Top with remaining shredded cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  Makes 20-24 enchiladas.
Like I said, so easy and so delicious! 

This next desert is my families favorite. Always demanded and gone in 60 seconds. Unfortunately its not the healthiest.. or even close but its too yummy to ignore. One of my friends told me about it first and then i found the recipe again on Pinterest. 
Sopapilla Cheesecake 

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • cup sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla extract or teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup margarine or ½ cup butter , melted
  • ½ cup cinnamon sugar

  • Directions:

  • 1 Using a 9 x 13 baking pan, unroll one package of refrigerated crescent rolls and line the bottom of the pan.
  • 2 Flatten.
  • 3 Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and extract.
  • 4 Spread over the crescent rolls.
  • 5 Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top of cream cheese mixture.
  • 6 Pour one stick of melted butter or margarine over the top and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • 7 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

  • Friday, March 16, 2012

    Hello world wide web! I'm Cortney Lynn and heres my blog! I wanted to start a blog...

    1) because I am obsessed with them and
    2) because I love all things beautiful and fun.

    I try my hardest to make everything in my life magical from cooking, reading, fashion, DIY, to everyday mundane things. After all, who wants to be boring? So these things will be my blog. I hope you enjoy.

    This Lovely dress is from Emerson Fry New York.

    Have a good weekend!