Nail #54

I have been not in shopping mood ever since I returned from our Vacation in May. So most of the products I am going to review from now on are purchased a while back and has been sitting in my collection. I am into blue and bright nail polishes this summer :) and I think I have a lot.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Pacific Blue

This is one of the ever popular color of this brand and they announced that they were going to reformulated and rechange the color and suddenly everyone wanted to get their hands on this color. The reformulated one is more of a cobalt blue rather than this color. Why do brands do that? If it is a popular color then they should just leave it like that.

Color – Soft deeper sky blue. Can’t describe this color. It’s gorgeous.

Finish – Glossy

Formula – Creme, Opaque

Packaging – Simple round glass bottle with black cap

Coats – 1 coat

Price – $2.99 but sometimes you get good offers in the drugstore.

Verdict – I love this color. I don’t know why I didn’t buy it for a long time. I wore this twice this summer and it looks so pretty on my toe nails. I think this one you should have it in your collection if you are a nail person.

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Loreal Devil Wears Red

Loreal Nail Polish in Devil Wears Red

I got this last year on a clearance and I forgot where I got it.

Color – True cool toned Red

Finish – Glossy

Formula – Creme, Opaque

Packaging – Square shaped bottle with Gold cap.

Coats – 2 coasts

Price – $4.99 or so. I think I got it in clearance for $1.99 or so.

Verdict – It is nothing special. I have lots of red polish and I do prefer others. It’s a classic red and I don’t reach for this.

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Loreal Devil Wears Red

DIY Granite Cleaner

I have been on the kick for finding natural cleaning products and I found this recipe for Granite Cleaner. Nowadays everyone’s kitchen has a granite and it is very important to protect them longterm. The granite has a protective coating on top which makes them look shiny and harsh chemicals from the all purpose cleaner leaches them away during long-term. So I decided to try this DIY Granite cleaner which is more safer. I found this recipe by Fabulously Frugal blog.

The ingredients are simple and you have them in your home. I have used them for about 2 months and I love it. It is cheaper than the normal cleaner and I love adding different essential oil every time. If I make one batch, it lasts me for about a month or so.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Isopropyl alcohol, 70%
  • 2 cups Water
  • 8-10 drops Dawn Dish Soap
  • 10 drops of Essential oil. I use Tea Tree oil or Lavender oil or Rosemary oil.
  • Spray Bottle, I got them in Dollar Tree.
Method
  • With the help of a funnel, add the alcohol and followed by water into the spray bottle.
  • Then add the Dawn dish soap and the essential oil into the spray bottle.
  • Give it a shake so that it will mix and use them.
  • You can add  more or less essential oil depending on how strong a scent you want.

DIY Granite Cleaner

Try it and see. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my granite shines every time I clean with this cleaner :) .

How to make friends?

I know that it is basic knowledge but I was talking to one of my cousin-in-law last week and it gave me an idea to write this article. I know that when you are in college or even working, it is easy to make friends. But what about housewives who are all alone during the day at their home? I never realized how difficult it is to make friends when you don’t know anybody in a new city. To all the newly weds and housewives who have moved to a new city or even a new country, I think you will all relate to this article. I am going to write my experience when I moved to Seattle where I didn’t know anyone.

To go forward with this article you first have to know the kind of person I am. I am reserved and I don’t tend to go and talk to strangers to make friends. But when somebody introduce me to someone, then I will talk with them. I tend to get moody and zone out sometime and I think it’s because of being alone for years. Do you realize how difficult it is to find friends who just clicks? You meet a lot of people and you just click with only some. I never realized how difficult it is to make friends until I left Dublin. I have fantastic set of friends there and I didn’t even need to work that hard to find friends. I missed them the most when I moved to Seattle.

I remember the first 3 months or so after moving to Seattle, I was busy with finding houses and settling down. But once you have settled then what? How long can you watch TV? How long can you go out and window shop? I realized that hubby was finding it difficult since after he returned home from office, all I wanted to do was talk to him or go out with him. I was yearning to talk to someone since I was alone during the day. And all he wants is a quiet time since he mostly talks in his office. It was a difficult time for us. I was mostly depressed about it and just go in this zone out mood. Then hubby told me about a meetup group of Indian ladies. I looked it up and joined their group. And that is how my journey began to make friends.

I met a lot of ladies during those meetups but I only found 2 ladies who clicked with me. Slowly, after going to meetup every month, I started making friends. It is a slow process and lucky are the few, who get good friends quickly. I found that even though you have a lot of Indians around you, very few of them are willing to make friends because they have their own friends circle and they don’t really need you. But there are some ladies who are like me, new to the city and willing to make some new friends. But it is difficult to find them. I can’t blame the other housewives since they are busy with their kids and their friends as well.

It is difficult, isn’t it? when you move and you can’t seem to find any friends. You just can’t just trust anyone and the trust builds after some time but during that time, you feel alone and you just want to talk to someone. I felt like that throughout my first year here in this city. And you know the worst part? I was pregnant and I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I didn’t know what to get for the baby or where to get it. For me, it was all trial and error. Now I have a list of things to tell all first time mom’s. You do find lot of stuffs in the internet but you are confused about what to get. All my friends in this country live in east coast and I remember calling them and talking to them about the baby stuffs. But I wished I had someone  near by. I won’t ever forget that when I was admitted in the hospital, nobody knew because I didn’t have friends here. I felt really alone that time. I think I was depressed most of my first year. I then realized how lucky I was to have had some amazing friends in Dublin. If I was in Dublin, they would have visited me and gave me lot of advice’s and I would never have felt alone.

So my advice to all the newbie’s to a new city is find a group or even visit you nearby temple and you will start the process of making friends. Find a group which you are interested in, like a hobby group or even just volunteer somewhere so that you can make friends. I know that it will be tedious but you have to start somewhere, right? It might take time but at least you will find someone who can become your friend. But most of all, don’t think that you will never find such friends because you will but it will  just take time.

Motivation…

How do you motivate yourself? I love blogging and I love makeup but ever since I decided to stop getting anymore makeup, my motivation just dropped and sunk like a stone in a pond. I still have a lot of stuffs to review but somehow I can’t seem to motivate myself to write. I am in a limb. I need the energy and idea to get started. I have ideas about travel and motherhood tales but at the end when I sit in front of my laptop, words fails to come. I wrote an article last week and at the end, when I read it, It sounded pretty bad, unimaginative and like I am writing an essay because I am forced to :roll: .

I have tried to take interest in other areas. I wanted to try manga art. I have been fascinated by the art and comics. Once upon a time I used to sketch and I thought maybe I could try it. So I went to the library and got some books on beginners manga art. Never knew it was so difficult. I think I lost touch with sketching and it took forever to just draw an eye :roll: . I was getting frustrated about not getting it right. I really want to do something creative and I didn’t know what. I do want to start blogging again and be regular but somehow when I sit to write reviews, words fail me.

Am I lacking motivation or do I have writer’s block? I am frustrated by the lack of words. I sound like an idiot. I have started reading health books these days to get some tips. I am forcing myself to do some exercise at least twice a week. I think I am just getting old because I need a lot of break between my workout days :( . 10 years worth of junk has been accumulated in my body and I just can’t get rid of it within few months. I need to be strict with my food but when I am hungry, I get angry and it tends to mess with my day.

Give me ideas or maybe even motivation :) . I feel lost and I don’t know what to do.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I had craved for some plain old chocolate cake and when I saw some leftover banana’s, I decided to try this recipe and it was really good. My daughter loved it and she kept eating this. I found this recipe via Serious eats website which I LOVE. They have the most amazing recipes. The original recipe was done by Smitten Kitchen . I love her photos of food. You should all check it out.

INGREDIENTS

    • 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas
    • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted
    • 3/4 cup (145 grams) brown sugar (I use dark here; either light or dark work)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional; I skip it)
    • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1 cup (about 6 ounces or 170 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Heat your oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.
    2. Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. (You’ll have a little over 1 cup mashed banana total.) Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place baking soda, salt, cinnamon (if using), flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over wet ingredients. (My cocoa is almost always lumpy, so this is essential for me.) Stir dry and wet ingredients with a spoon until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips.
    3. Pour into prepared pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. (A melted chocolate chip smear is expected, however.) Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
    4. The banana bread will keep for up to 4 days at room temperature. I keep mine wrapped in foil. It goes without saying that it has never actually lasted that long.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Update after a break

How are you my readers? Did you all miss me :D . I know that its been nearly a month since I blogged. I was on vacation and after I returned, I was jet lagged and didn’t feel like using my brain to blog :D . I am feeling lost after a jam-packed break. Perhaps, I should no say that it was a break but busy vacation.

Moving on, we went to India for our brother-in-law’s wedding and that why we were so busy out there. It seems as if we were travelling most of the time and we also fell sick in between :( . Lets start with the travel with our toddler :roll: , It was fine when we were travelling from here since the flight was in the evening, she was so excited at first and then she got bored in between. At least she slept for 5 hours or so but it is very tiring to deal with a bored toddler :( . She didn’t like the food in the flight and she didn’t want to watch the movies, etc, etc. By the time we landed in India, We were so frustrated and sleepless. But at least we had my parents to look after her while we rested :) .

The next 2 days as fine since we had to do some shopping for the wedding but we weren’t out for a long time, just 4 hours or so. Then we had to travel to my in-laws house which was tough with a toddler. She kept talking non-stop and was bored because we had a 1 hour flight and then 4 hrs of car drive to reach there :roll:. so basically it took us an entire day with all the travelling to airport and reaching in-laws house. We have never been so frustrated by travel until we have hit the toddler stage. With all the spoiling done by the grandparents she was having tantrums most of the time :( .

I wanted to hit all my favorite food places but alas we didn’t have time or energy as well. But we did get food poisoning :roll: , yup, you read it right. We had horrible food poisoning that we ended up taking antibiotics. We were drinking fresh coconut water every day and we were fine by the 4th day but man it was painful :) . I missed the food the most. I wanted to eat lot of different food but I was mostly eating sweets. I thought that with all the sugar I am eating, I would definitely put on weight but with the food poisoning and the travelling, I didn’t put on any weight :D .

The flight back was horrible as well with her whining all the way and we didn’t sleep at all :( . We were beyond tired and we had jet lag for about 2 weeks. I was tired most of the time and I was eating  junk. I didn’t keep my eye on the food and by 3 weeks, I have put on 2 lbs :( . I really need to get back to eating healthy and doing some exercise. I am so freaking lazy and I really didn’t have the motivation to do it. It is really hard to wean myself from sugar and that is one of my must-do for being healthy. I do drink at least 1 liter of water everyday.

We were busy after returning from our vacation. We had our 10th Anniversary weekend after that and hubby booked us in a resort nearby and last week my brother visited us and we were busy taking him out to Portland.

I am slowly getting back to my routine and hopefully back to blogging as well. I have long list of things to do but I just don’t want to do it :D . Hopefully I will be regularly blogging from now on :) .

Beautiful Sunset from the resort

Beautiful Sunset from the resort