Hi, My name is Amanda and I am a Snacker (Naturebox)

But really, I do love to snack.  I’m a small-meals-more-often kind of person and in an effort to try and snack in a healthier, less-processed fashion, I’ve signed up for my first Naturebox! Naturebox Think of Naturebox as a…Birchbox, just for your stomach.  I’ve sampled a few pouches from my cubicle neighbor at work and they were pretty tasty so I’m excited to try it out!

If any of you want to get in on the Healthy Snacking action with me, here’s a link for $10 off your first box!    I signed up for the “Deluxe Package” which will come with 5 full size packets of snacks.  Regular price, this goes for $20 bucks so it’s essentially 50% off.  Just a note to fellow Hawaii residents, they charge an extra $2 for shipping.


DIY: Ombre Sugar Hearts

I REALLY want to make these.  Perhaps I’ll make them as a “thank you” if I ever have a bridal shower?  We’ll see.   (Maybe I’ll package them with a cute little bag of 100% Kona Coffee?  Or perhaps some really nice breakfast tea?)

But anyway, aren’t these Ombre Sugar Hearts so adorable?  I think the fact that they are handmade makes them 100% sweeter.

This tutorial is brought to us by Wedding Chicks, one of my absolute favorite wedding blogs.  Besides their DIY projects, I love their wedding printables.  Need a quick yet chic monogram?  Look no further!

Click through the image to read their easy-to-follow instructions~

That’s so neat!  I really should make them in shades of green but I’ll probably end up making pink, which looks a little more…edible.  Haha?   Thank you, Wedding Chicks!

Sun Safety Kit: Bb Creams

Remember that Sun Safety Kit that I picked up from Sephora at the beginning of summer?  Here’s my take on the two BB creams that came with it.

ONE: Miracle Skin Transformer
– SPF 20
$18.00 Full-Size from Sephora or $48.00 for a tinted version


SPF rating: 2/5. SPF 20 is alright but it means I’m going to have to layer this with something else, perhaps a spray.
Smell: 5/5.   No noticeable smell, just like any other foundation product.
Texture: 5/5.  Light and fluffy, almost like rubbing mousse on your face.  Blends something amazing.
Bonus: 5/5.  Five in 1 formula designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify, and protect, all in a single step.
TOTAL: 17/20.


TWO: Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream
– SPF 30
 $39.00 Full Size at Sephora


SPF rating: 3/5. SPF 30 is better.  If I’m going to be out shopping all day, I still might layer this with a spray.
Smell: 3/5.   Definitely smells like a sunscreen, which is weird because the Dr. Jart ones I’ve had with similar SPF didn’t smell as strong.
Texture: 3/5.  It felt heavy, I didn’t care for it.  Also, it didn’t “color-match” as well as I thought it would.
Bonus: 5/5. This is a hydrating, smoothing, and brightening formula that has antioxidant protection.   Good coverage!
TOTAL: 14/20.


Alrighties!  So I’ve given both creams a 5/5 for the Bonus category because they’re multi-tasking wonder products.  I’m considering the Miracle Skin Transformer a BB as well, because I think it fits well in this category.

Of the two, I definitely preferred the Miracle Skin.  The texture was light and fluffy, the coverage was minimal but just enough, and it made my skin feel extra soft afterwards.  I also think that the “low” SPF rating is a blessing in disguise — you can layer other sunscreens with it during the day but if you wear it at night, it doesn’t make your face look white or shiny (because of the low SPF in it).

Eh, I didn’t care for the Dr. Brandt one at all.  When I squeezed it out of the tube, it looked like gray mud.  After I blended it, it didn’t “color-match” to my skintone as well as I’d hoped, but in all fairness, this is probably because it was intended for light to medium tan complexions.  (Plus, it felt heavy, which I instantly don’t like.)

Just a note!  I tested these during the height of summer, in Hawaii.  It’s currently around 87 degrees and I absolutely CAN’T STAND when my moisturizer/skin products feel like a mask, hence the higher ratings for lighter products.  I’d probably feel a lot differently about say…the Dr. Brandt BB Cream (thicker, more hydrating formula) if I was using it in Japan during winter time.

Hope everyone’s summer is going well so far!  🙂

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guys, I am totally STRESSING.  I know it’s Friday and I shouldn’t be, but I can’t shake this “so much to do, so little time” feeling.  Blah.

You know what would make me feel better?  A chocolate chip cookie.  Just one, I really only need one.  (Or so I tell myself)

And whatdayaknow, a friend just sent me this:

The first thing I thought was, “Mmmmmmm look at that chocolate.”  And then I thought, “Hey wait.  It’s green?”

This, my dear readers, is a Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie via Betty Crocker, who is super hip and has her own Flickr stream with recipes to reach out to other cookie-deprived people. Thank you, Betty, you sure are saving the day for me.

All we need to make these babies are:

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

And then we:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.

2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.


And tah-dah!  We all have smiles on our faces, since it’s Friday and now we’ve got cookies.  Thanks again, Betty.

PS: Creme de Menthe is like…an Andes candy?  I love those!  *chop chop chop into cookies*