Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder – Drugstore Alternative to MAC!

 

While on a trip a couple months ago, I forgot to pack quite a few things. Typical. Your head gets effed when you have to pack 1 toddler, an infant, big kid husband and yourself. So a few essentials were left back in sunny Florida, including my MAC Studio Fix foundation powder. I know, I know – you are wondering how I was even able to walk out the door without my face on. It wasn’t pretty, believe you me. I just didn’t have the opportunity to get to a MAC counter in the time I had, so I had to get the next best thing.

Enter Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder.

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It covered my skin so nicely, just like the Studio Fix does. Best part about it, the $4.99 price tag. Don’t get me wrong, I love me all things MAC, but when all you have is a drug store, you make do with what they have.

So let me break it down for you -

Pro’s:

  • It goes on extremely easy and doesn’t leave a thick layer of makeup on your face.
  • It lasts all day long, even in the hot weather.
  • Blends great on your skin.
  • Great coverage for under eyes.

Con’s:

  • Packaging is a bit flimsy.

So far only one con. I’m all about packaging and I typically like my makeup in a more sturdier casing. I have a tendency to be butterfingers and usually drop at least one of my shadows a day, so having something that won’t shatter the second that happens is a plus for me. I have already dropped the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and cracked the cover. I keep having to remind myself that it was only $4.99. As long as it does its job, it really shouldn’t matter to me what it comes in. You can also choose from 8 different shades:

  1. Silky Beige 005
  2. Sandstorm 004
  3. Transparent 001
  4. Natural
  5. Buff Beige
  6. Creamy Beige
  7. Creamy Natural
  8. Nude Beige

Although some stores might have limited quantities of each color, so be sure to check which one you want before.

So the conclusion -

Great alternative. I actually still can’t find my Studio Fix, don’t know where the damn thing is, so I have been using it as my numero uno foundation and I’m extremely happy.

- Amanda

 

 

 

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5 Things I Learned While At Disney World

We spent the toddler’s 3rd birthday in the most magical place on earth – Disney World. The kids love it, we love and it is only 3 hours away so why the hell not, right? Well, as we were herding through the crowds of Magic Kingdom, I couldn’t help but people watch and observe all things grand. And by grand I mean crazy. I was shocked, awed, disturbed, surprised and entertained all at the same time. When we were driving home, I couldn’t help but think about everything I saw while in the most magical place on earth.

- That the bare mid-drift fashion phase is starting younger than I would like it to. Way too many kids and tweens wearing short ass shorts and cropped tops. My dad would have slapped me if I wore anything remotely similar to that at that young of age. I literally saw way too much belly button and way too many ass cheeks than I would have ever liked to in one day! And I’m pretty sure you could have been arrested for even looking in that direction because these kids were too damn young!

- That Teva’s are apparently back in style. I remember begging my parents to get me a pair of Teva’s, you know these bad boys:

teva's + white socks = hotttt

teva’s + white socks = hotttt

They never bought me the real kind, only the cheap knock off brand. But I loved them and was very happy that they stayed in 1995…or so I thought. I saw multiple adults and children rockin’ the Teva’s again. Some were even sporting a nice pair of white socks with them. Guess they are trying to resurrect that style and for that I say DON’T.DO.IT!

no bueno

no bueno

- That matching family Mickey Mouse t-shirts should be left to children only. I felt those poor dad’s pain as they sported the “Dad” embroidered mickey ears. Theoretically, it’s a cute idea but lets just keep the matching attire to the kids. Please and thank you.

- That paying the extra money to stay at a Disney resort is worth every.single.penny. We made the mistake of staying at a non-Disney resort (by Downtown Disney) and to get to and from the park was over an hour ordeal. We’d take a bus to a ticketing center and from there either take another bus or hop on the monorail to get to the desired park. It might not seem that annoying but when there are 4,000 other people trying to do the same thing plus 2 kids under 3, a stroller, diaper bag, and cooler – it was a pain in the ass! We would have paid anything to make our lives easier.

 

Clearly I had some down time while the 8 month old napped and my husband and 3 year old went on rides.

- Amanda

Brunching at Bonefish Grill

We are fancy. We like to brunch on occasion with the family. Believe it or not, mimosa’s are one of my favorite libations. Shocker, I know. So when I heard Bonefish Grill was now open for Sunday brunch, we had to try it out for ourselves.

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We typically go to Bonefish Grill for dinner and anyone who has been there knows the fantastic quality of their food so my expectations were pretty high for their brunch selection. We headed out to Bonefish Grill a few Sunday’s ago-(brunch is only offered on Sunday’s) at their Coral Springs location. Not only was their staff extremely welcoming to our party (2 kids included) but menu full of variety, they still offered their traditional items like grilled fish, sandwiches, burgers, chops – even Bang Bang Shrimp tacos. What caught our eye was their Endless Bubbles Brunch – clearly they had me at endless! For $19.90 you choose one of their 6 specialty omelets, Brunch Favorite or 4 Eggs Benedict options and you are showered with endless bellini’s or mimosa’s. Obviously the drinks are my favorite part about brunch, I’m a sucker for champagne.

oh the decisions!

oh the decisions!

If bellini’s or mimosa’s aren’t up your ally, Bonefish Grill does not disappoint with the options of brunch cocktails. Try  a House-made Bloody Mary, Georgia Peach Martini, Classic Sidecar with Mango Twist, or a Raspberry Vodka Collins. For you non-brunch-drinkers, they have a house-made Lemonade and Fresh Blackberry Smash with fresh blackberries, coconut water and mint.

I know you are all DYING to hear what we had to eat and I recommend EVERY single thing that we had. Yes, I sampled a bit of everyone’s meal – I had to try it all for myself – what kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t?

mmm

We started the meal off with some bellini’s, mimosa’s, bloody mary’s and Bang Bang Shrimp. If you have never had Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp, you need to go there just for that. Lightly fried shrimp smothered in a spicy cream sauce. I can’t even think about them with out drooling. They were a perfect way to start the afternoon of indulgence.

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bang bang!

Moving on to the meals…here is what we all indulged on:

Surf n Turf Eggs Benedict

lobstahhh

lobstahhh

Delicious filet mignon pieces and succulent lobster claw meat accent the perfectly poached egg. Drooling just thinking about it. You get a side dish as well, choice of au gratin potatoes or fresh fruit. Clearly a no brainer as to what I chose. I could eat au gratin potatoes all day, every day.

Kobe Burger

before...

before…

This was the messiest burger I’ve ever seen someone eat that at one point my husband busted out a fork and knife to eat the rest! Tender Kobe beef topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, special sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions all atop a fresh brioche bun.

after!

after!

Creme Brulee French Toast

yum!!

yum!!

Probably one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. Thick pieces of bread battered in a Grand Marnier and orange zest, topped with fresh berries and freshly made whipped cream. Ah-mazing. This one won best dish of the table.

Traditional Eggs Benedict

You can’t go wrong with the original. Delicious and the Hollandaise sauce is so creamy!

As always, Bonefish Grill did not disappoint. We had such a great afternoon indulging in some delicously fresh brunch foods and those endless mimosa’s got me tip-sy! Great spot for an outing with the girls or with the whole family. Bonefish has a great kiddie menu for the little ones too.

she loved her pasta

she loved her pasta

- Amanda

A New Shade of Keurig + Giveaway! #JustBrewIt

Keurig has gone and done it again by making the greatest single serve coffee machine even more amazing: adding color. Keurig K45 Elite Brewer now comes in 3 new, fabulous colors: Rhubarb, Patriot Blue and Coconut White.

The Keurig K45 Elite brews tea, hot cocoa, coffee and even iced beverages in less than a minute by simply touching a button. Even someone who has no idea how to make coffee (like myself) can brew a damn good cup! I received the Keurig K45 Elite in Coconut White a few weeks ago and I am in love!

gorgeous coconut white

The machine itself is so sleek and for lack of a better word, just so damn pretty. The color really adds a nice pop to my counter top and from heat up time to brewing, its less than 2 minutes. It brews three different sized cups for the perfect amount every, single time (6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz). You can even remove the drip tray to fit you favorite larger travel mugs when you are on the go. The 48 oz. water reserve even has a charcoal water filter, which makes your beverage taste that much better.

For the iced beverages, be sure to buy the K-Cups that have the brew over ice emblem on it. To save some dough, I would suggest purchasing a pack of reusable My K-Cups, like this one.

love these My K-Cups

We have a couple so my husband can buy his favorite Dunkin Donuts ground roast in bulk because we were going through those K-Cups like crazy!

If you are in the market for a new brewer, you can’t beat the Elite for just $119.99 MSRP.

But I have some fun news for all you AntiMomBlog’s readers! What if I told you that you could win this Keurig K65 Special Edition Brewer? OH YEAAA! Someone will win this bad boy:

With an LCD display that allows you to choose water temperature, digital clock and auto ON/OFF, this special edition Keurig will make brewing the perfect cup that much better! Here is what you have to do:

#JustBrewIt Keurig Special Edition Giveaway

  • Mandatory entry: Comment with your favorite brewed drink – ie: Iced caramel coffee, green chai tea, hot chocolate – whatever you like, I want to hear! (2 entries)
  • Follow @Keurig & @AntiMomBlog on Twitter and comment stating you did. If you already follow, please state so in a comment and you will still be entered. (2 entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway using #JustBrewIt and this link:  http://wp.me/p1Ts3L-Vm (2 entries)
  • Like Keurig & AntiMomBlog on Facebook and comment stating you did. If you already follow, please state so in a comment and you will still be entered. (2 entries)
  • Share the giveaway on Facebook to your friends and use #JustBrewIt in the title (2 entries)

The #JustBrewIt Giveaway will start today April 14, 2014 and end Monday April 21, 2014. I will announce the winner on Tuesday 4/21/14 so be sure enter today!

Thanks to Keurig for this awesome giveaway!

- Amanda

 

 

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample Keurig K45 Elite Brewer in exchange for this blog post and giveaway. All opinions are my own as always.

Meatless Friday’s are Back! 5 Great Meatless Meals For Lent

Lent is back and that means our Meatless Friday’s edition is too. We have an ongoing joke in our family about how my husband claims to “hate” Lent. He was born and raised Jewish so he didn’t have to stick to the no meat rule on Friday’s or giving up something for 40 days. Since we started dating both our birthdays usually fall around or during Lent. I typically give up all sweets and for some reason this bothers the crap out of him that I don’t eat birthday cake or any sweets used to celebrate our birthdays. Anywho, he hates it and I think its hysterical to torture him for these 40 days! mwaahaha

So back to the food. I love the challenge of making a meal without meat and trying to come up with a satisfying dish that won’t have us digging through the fridge or pantry an hour later.

Here are 5 of my favorite meatless dishes that will keep your belly full during Lent or if you just need a break from meat.

Cilantro Tuna Salad - Mayo-less!

tunasalad

easy, delicious and mayo-less!

Spinach Flat Bread Pizza

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toasty

Easy Lo Mein

easiest lo mein evaaah!

easiest lo mein evaaah!

Fettuccine Alfredo

eeyyy ohhh ohh eyyyy passstaaaahh

creamy and deliciously sinful

Crab Cake Sandwich

crab cake sammie w/ side fries por favor

one of my all time faves

- Amanda

The Greatest Olympic Movies Of All Time

I love Olympic years-2 full weeks of great competition events that we never get to see normally. I mean how great is luging. So what better way to celebrate the first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics than with the top 5 greatest Winter Olympic movies ever made. Some of you may agree, some of you may think I’m smoking crack for thinking any of these movies are the greatest, but deep down – even if you don’t want to admit it – you know I’m right.

5. Mighty Ducks 2

Although it was the Junior Goodwill Games and not the Olympics, you can’t help but love Gordon Bombay, a young Pacey Witter and the rest of the misfit Ducks as the rep the U.S of A in the flying V. Quack…Quack..Quack…Quack..

4. Miracle

This inspirational movie is based on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team and how the US underdogs go on to beat the Soviets to win gold. Who doesn’t love a great comeback story..especially one starring Kurt Russell.

3. Blades of Glory

When striped of their medals, an unlikely pairs team was born…the pairs team of McCleroy and Michaels: First men’s ice skating pairs team. Classic Will Ferrell hilarity along with a great cast and dumb story line make this movie awesome.

2. Cutting Edge

Toe Pick! The absolute greatest ice skating movie ever to grace the silver screen. If you haven’t seen it, I honestly don’t know what rock you have been hiding for the past 20 years. This movie would make me think I could be an ice skater one day (yes, I’m delusional) and just thinking about it makes me wonder what the hell happened to D.B. Sweeny??

1. Cool Runnings

My all time favorite Olympic movie that is based on the true story of the first Jamaican Bobsled team to go to the Olympics. Feel de rhythm Feel de rhyme, get on up eeets bobsled time – COOL RUNNINGS!

What’s your favorite?

- Amanda

Balsamic Glazed Baby Portobellos

We have finally been going out on date nights and a few weeks we hit up Trulucks for their all you can eat stone crabs. I was quite disappointed in my final total, but marveled at our friends who took down 23 legs a piece. Believe it or not, one of the most delicious things about that meal was one of the side dishes…balsamic glazed baby bellos. Drooling just thinking about them. My husband and I were talking about them for days when we both agreed we could totally make them ourselves.

Challenge accepted.

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glaze-y

Better-Than-Trulucks Balsamic Glazed Baby Portobello Mushrooms

  • 1 carton Baby Portobello Mushrooms
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, grated or minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Clean the mushrooms with a wet paper towel. Either slice them or cut them in chunks – totally your call. I mix it up and do a little of both.

Over medium heat, put olive oil in a medium/large saute pan. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, til fragrant. Add mushrooms, butter, and a little salt and pepper at this time. Mix together so the butter melts nicely and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

Next add soy sauce and balsamic and reduce. Garnish with some parsley and serve!

It’s sweet, its got a little tang and they are freaking delicious.

- Amanda