Celebrating My Birthday!

This past Sunday I officially turned 27 years old. I cringe reading that last statement. Not that I’m like, really old or anything, but it does mean that I’m getting closer and closer to the end of my 20s. I’m just not ready to turn 30 yet. I wish I could freeze time to right now.

Sunday I basically just celebrated my birthday at home w/ my dad and he cooked me a nice B’day dinner. The next day, my mom came to visit me and we went out and celebrated my birthday and had a really nice low key celebration. I thought I would share with you what we did that day and show you some of my gifts. I just want to say though, that I’m not in any way trying to brag about what I got or “show off”. I’m just really excited about it and want to share it with you guys.

My absolute favorite part of the day was when we went to see the movie; The Visit. OMG!! You guys……it was such a good movie!!! I didn’t expect the ending and it had some seriously scary parts. The woman who played the grandmother was so creepy! The very beginning of the movie was sort of slow, but once it got to the good part, the scary moments didn’t stop.

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This was the perfect day even though it was raining. Actually the mixture of rain and cooler temperatures made it feel even more like fall.

After the movie we headed straight to Logan’s for lunch. I’m obsessed with Logan’s bread rolls! Really, is there any thing better than those chewy, buttery soft rolls?!? I went with the Route 66 Cheeseburger. Of course, knowing me, you would know that I also got a dessert. For dessert I went with the Apple Streusel Crumble and you can probably tell that I already took a little bite of the dessert because I couldn’t wait; it looked so good! And it was!

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After we stuffed ourselves, we decided to head over to Urban Home Market since it was close by and it happens to be one of my favorite stores! I love their pieces and they’re the epitome of my home decorating style. I could spend hours in there, but chose not to because we had other things we wanted to do and I had some free b’day gifts from Ulta & Sephora to pick up.

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Next, we went to Sephora & Ulta to pick up my free gifts. From Sephora I got a free Nars lip pencil in the color cruella. The picture of me in the beginning of this post is the actual lip pencil color that I got as a free gift. I also had a few points left on my beauty insider card, so I also received the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. My free gift from Ulta was the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. While I was there I asked the nice lady at the counter what kind of foundation she uses, because her foundation was flawless and she told me that she used Too Faced Born This Way, so I decided to pick that up as well in the color porcelain.

I’ve been using Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation for years now, so I decided it was time I tried something different.

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Lastly, I bought a few little things for myself from Forever21. I got a black backpack with white straps and gold detailing; A grey beanie; And two sets of earrings.

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We had a really good time despite the rain and it was kind of the “perfect” day. The only weird thing about my Birthday this year, was  we didn’t have a cake. Usually every year I would always have a birthday cake, but we thought that it wasn’t necessary and just decided on dessert at my favorite restaurant instead.

What I would really like to know is what is your favorite way to spend your birthday? Do you like to have a low key celebration or do you like to go all out? What about surprise parties? Do you like them or no? Tell me in the comments below as I would be really interested in finding out your thoughts on the subject. Thanks for reading!

Xo Echanning 3

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Random Facts About Me

First things first, I know that I’ve been absent from my blog for a few days and you know what? That’s just the way it’s gonna be from now on. Not that I won’t still be blogging, but it will be more “inconsistent” when I post which technically in the blogging world is a huge no-no, but I’ve decided that I don’t care about stupid blogging rules. My online space is a hobby for me and something I enjoy doing so I will only blog when I feel like it or am inspired to do so.

I think it’s ridiculous that anything that is supposed to be for fun should have rules. How do you feel about it? Should there be restrictions on how you enjoy your hobby?

Now that I’ve addressed that, I want to get into why I doing this post. Apart from the obvious, this post is really just a way of introducing myself to those of you who may not feel like you know much about me or would like to know more. It’s just an idea that popped into my head the other day. After you read the random facts about me, I would love it if you would comment with some random facts about yourself that you don’t mind sharing and we can all get to know each other a little better. Hope you enjoy this post.

My Favorite Food Is Italian….

I thought what the best what to start of a random facts list is to start with an obvious fact. This is your standard date question that a lot of people ask on a first date or if you’re trying to get to know someone a little better. I love Italian food so much that I think I could live off of pasta every single day for the rest of my life and never get bored of it. The funny thing is, no one in my families’ ancestry is of Italian descent.

I’m A Horror Movie Fanatic….

If it was a Friday night and me and a couple of friends were having a movie night and you were to ask what type of movie I wanted to see, I would vote horror every time. However, I absolutely do not like gory movies. I just don’t think those kind are scary at all, they’re just gross! A good horror movie to me is the kind where you’re afraid to walk into a dark room alone at night.

The Very Back Seat In The Theatre Is The Best….

Speaking of movies, there are three type of people who go to the movies. Those who like the sit at the front, those who like to sit in the middle, and those who like to sit at the back. I’m in that third category. At the back you get a good picture of everything and you don’t strain your neck trying to look up at the screen.

I’m Probably The World’s Biggest Online Shopper….

I still like to go into the actual store and shop every now and then, but nothing can beat the easy access (laziness) that online shopping gives you. This actually might be a bad thing for me, but it’s very cathartic to me for some reason.  I made some very interesting and valuable discoveries while online shopping. **cough, cough** pet corrector.

I Have A Random Selection Of Youtube Playlists….

I used to just watch youtube videos that showed up in my subscription feed, but then I realized ( a little too late I might add), that I could make my own playlists of my favorite videos. My selection of playlists are so random and different and they can be anything from exercise videos, lifetime movies, vlogmas to calming music for my dog and the sacconejolys. Like I said…. very, very random. -Side note- I could spend hours watching youtube videos and I thank my lucky stars that it was created in 2005.

I’m Never Satisfied With My Hair….

I braid it, I cut it, I curl it, I color it. Yet, nothing seems to fit my ideal of what my hair should look like. This is probably one of those times I really wish I had some sort of celebrity hair stylist to show up at my door and work their wonders. Mind you, I do have my good hair days, but those are few and far between. My hair has such a mind of it’s own that it drives me crazy sometimes. Actually within the past three years or so, I’ve colored my hair 5 different colors, LITERALLY. Black, Brown, Auburn, Blonde, Platinum blonde (which is what I have now). That’s also a pretty interesting story, but I’ll save that for another time because that’s a FULL blog post within itself.

I’m A Dog Person BUT…..

Since I was probably about 6 or 7, my family has always had some sort of dog. My first dog was a collie that we had for a long time until one day we had found her in her pen outside with a brick next to head (Apparently, someone thought it would be fun to throw a brick at a dog) and needless to say I was devastated. I cried so hard that day. We buried her in our backyard a few minutes after we found her. NOW, I have an inside dog that you can read about here, that I see as my child and I swore I would never love another animal as much as him. Well a few weeks ago while out with a friend a sweet little cat came out of forest near a building we were at and she came up and rubbed against me and purred and I felt so bad to see such a sweet cat look so malnourished and I decided to take her home with me. We’ve be close since and now I can sort of say that I kind of sort of like cats (or maybe it’s just this one in particular) because she warmed my heart. Her and Cooper are getting along just fine in case you were wondering.

I HATE Exercising….

Although I probably, definitely shouldn’t be this way because I desperately need to get in shape; I hate cardio, strength training, etc. etc…. OH, and you will NEVER find me in a gym. I think I might be allergic to them. Now, if this said gym was the name of a restaurant, then that would be a whole other story ( kind of sounds like some kind trendy hipster restaurant name doesn’t it). I can diet like nobodies business, but exercising, nah uh.

 

 

I hope these were random enough for you. I tried to come up with as many as I could think of on the spot. Of course this doesn’t 100% tell you all about me, but I hope in some small way it did give you a little insight into who I am. The more important thing though is what you’re about. Don’t be shy, leave me a comment below telling me about yourself. Or, if you’d rather you can ask me a question about one of my facts or anything that pops into your head. Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to reading your comments!

Xo Echanning 3

Treat Yo Self!

That’s what I tell myself whenever I’ve had a bad day or I’m feeling down, or I just deserve one because I’m winning at this life thing. I try to stay on the healthy side of eating throughout most of the year, but like a lot of people, I do have my weaknesses and those are sweets. Whenever I walk past a beautifully decorated donut or smell the wonderful baking smell wafting from my locally bakery, my willpower just goes out the window. Sweets make me happy, so why not indulge myself every now and then.

So what is all this sweet talk about? Well, if you follow along with my blog then you know I’m constantly posting cookbook reviews, which is what this post is about. As you’ve probably guessed, this book is called Treat and it’s by Stephanie Banyas whose been a business assistant to Bobby Flay since 1996. What I love about this book is that the recipes are so easy to make that you don’t even need fancy equipment and some of the recipes don’t even require an oven. Heck yes!

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Not only do the recipes look super delicious and mouth watering, but every time you turn a page in this book, each picture is so beautiful. Even the acknowledgments page is gorgeous (I’ll be providing a picture of it below).

Ok, so, now that I’ve explained to you everything you want or need to know about this book, let’s get into my favorite part of any blog post, THE PICTURES! There’s an assortment of each of my favorite pages from the book. Enjoy!

Treat 1

As you can see from the very first page, Stephanie’s attention to detail in this book is amazing! Every single page is gorgeous!

Treat 2

I mean, look at this page. It’s just a title page but it already has me salivating and I haven’t even gotten to the recipes yet!

Treat 3

 

Seriously! Look at this acknowledgements page! We’re not even at close to the recipes yet!

Treat 5

My second  favorite chapter in this book is all about Marshmallows.

Treat 6

I’ve always wanted to make my own marshmallows and what better way to foray into this unknown territory than with Vanilla marshmallows.

Treat 7

As you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I have a 6 yr old papillon who I love very dearly and that’s what I love about this particular dessert. I just wish there was a pet friendly version of this.

Treat 9

How delicious does this Raspberry Cheesecake look?!?!

Treat 10

These remind me of those thumbprint cookies that everyone makes around Christmas time each year.

 

Treat 11

Possibly my favorite section out of this whole book! This chapter has everything from gingerbread treats to vanilla birthday cake treats.

 

I really love doing cookbook reviews because not only are the pictures pretty to look at, but I also get to test out all the delicious recipes. Honestly, I wouldn’t do these reviews unless I truly loved doing them. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of them as I do!

On a side note, I really want you guys to be able to get to know me better and I want to get to know you, so in the coming weeks, I’m going to be showing you more inside looks at my life and I’m going to be sharing more personal information about myself that way everything is laid bare and you can feel a connection to me and I you. I can’t wait to hear more about you! As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Do you love sweet treats as much as me? Which look the best to you? Tell me below!

**This is a sponsored post. I was given this book by blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**