I was lucky enough not to have to go through elementary school with glasses. My eyesight was perfect until about eight years ago, when my newly-acquired desk job had me staring at computer screens and excel spreadsheets for 8+ hours a day. Since then, I’ve been relying on contacts and glasses in order to drive, see the tv, and… just about everything else.
While some people said I look kinda cute in my frames, I never liked wearing them. I didn’t feel like myself in them, like I was portraying a different person; someone much nerdier and studious than the real Leah. Contacts weren’t much better. Although contacts agreed more with my vanity, they could get very irritating. At first I could wear them every day without an issue, but as time went on, they got more and more irritating and the time I could force myself to wear them got shorter and shorter. Something had to change.
A couple weeks ago, when I opened my last pair of contacts, I had a decision to make; make an appointment at the eye doctor for a refill of my contact, or make an appointment at a LASIK doctor and just be done with the vicious glasses/contacts cycle. I chose option “B”. This is my experience with LASIK, honest and unfiltered. It may be a little graphic. So if you’re squeamish, I don’t know what to tell you.
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Guam is one of those places I’ve always been curious about. It’s a mysterious U.S. Territory in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, comparable in area to Chicago. Since it’s around 8,000 miles from Washington, DC, it’s a very unlikely tourist destination for mainland Americans. But isn’t it funny where life takes you. Last month I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks Guam for my job. Of course 80% of that time is spent in a cold, windowless office plugging away at Excel spreadsheets, but I tried to make the most out of that other 20% to see what I could of this beautiful, mysterious island.
The first thing I found out is that Guam is a very popular destination for young Japanese tourists, since it’s only a four hour flight from Tokyo. However with a 17 hour flight from Washington DC, Guam is not an easy trip or a cheap holiday for those of us from the U.S. Mainland. I stayed on Tumon Bay, the main tourist drag, which consists of a long strip of beachfront hotels and high-end shopping centers. I lucked out and got a room with a gorgeous sunset view of the beach. Read the rest of this entry
As I said in my last post, I’ve had a recent obsession with Tequila. Add that to my obsession with mint, watermelon, and fancy mixed drinks and you get this refreshing Watermelon-Mint Cocktail! What’s not to love about this drink? It’s sweet, fruity, and unbelievably refreshing. Plus, I absolutely love the intense, vibrant hot pink color of the watermelon juice. So pretty.
I infused this cocktail with mint, but I’ve also tried rosemary in this recipe before and it tasted pretty damn awesome as well. I got my mint from my indoor herb garden, and since I didn’t want to completely demolish my mint plant, I opted to make the mint stretch a little farther by creating a mint simple syrup instead of muddling the mint as you would ordinarily do when making a mojito. This recipe will give you a little more simple syrup than you need, so pour the unused simple syrup in a cruet or flask, stick it in the fridge and break it out next time you want to make a mojito or another beverage!
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Lately I’ve been more than a little obsessed with tequila. Something about it reminds me of sipping cold margaritas on a hot, sandy beach -a welcomed memory during the coldest month of the year. I love winter comfort foods, but sometimes I need a break from heavy beefs and stews.
Traditionally, tostadas are prepared with pork or chicken, refried beans, cheese, and all sorts of other fattening, but delicious, goodies stacked on top of a fried corn tortilla. I decided to lighten mine up a bit by omitting the beans and cheese, using shrimp as the protein, and adding massive amounts of flavor with the sweet honey-slaw, spicy homemade pico de gallo, and a dash of Tabasco. Even my seriously carnivorous husband loves this dish, -so much in fact he requested it twice in the same week! (Yes, I am seriously patting myself on the back right about now!)
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So as you may know, I subscribe to a service called Birchbox. For $10/month recurring charge they send you a monthly box of sample size beauty products such as makeup, skincare, and hair care. I received my February 2013 Birchbox today and this is what I received: Read the rest of this entry
I’ve always said that hair spritzes do absolutely nothing for my hair. They always seemed too light to have any effect on my thick mane. So when I received my Oyin Juices & Berries in my CurlKit a while back, I immediately sent the ‘lowly’ spritz to spend eternity in product purgatory (the bottom drawer to the right of my vanity). So, a couple weeks ago, while searching for some stray bobby pins in my drawer of unfit products, I came across my forgotten bottle of J&B. Our eyes met. It looked up at me and said “Leah! Try me! I promise I don’t suck!” Read the rest of this entry
Granola is one of my favorite healthy snacks. I always have several containers of it around the house as a quick, healthy snack when I want something sweet or as a convenient alternative when my husband sits down next to me tempting me with a big handful of Golden Oreos.
The main issues I have with eating store-bought granola is that a lot of the reasonably-priced brands contain unhealthy ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. If you want organic or all-natural granolas, you will often have to pay an arm and a leg for them. I saw granolas at my local health food store for $8 for a 12oz container! Making granola yourself can be more economical and healthier depending on what you chose to put in it. Plus, it’s SUPER easy! It stays fresh for a long time, so I like to make a lot of it and keep a jar on the coffee table to snack on while watching TV and keep a ziplock bag full of it in my desk drawer at work to curb mid-morning cravings.
So for the past several months I’ve been experimenting with various combinations of grains, nuts, and seeds to come up with the perfect granola recipe that is both healthy and easy to prepare. Read the rest of this entry
With so many rumors constantly swirling around about Beyoncé, her upcoming HBO documentary, “Life is but a Dream” promises to be a huge hit with her stans, fans, and haters alike. According to USA Today, this documentary goes into a lot more detail about the usually private entertainer than we ordinarily get to see. Two of the issues she discusses in the documentary are her miscarriage two years ago and the surrogate rumors going around about her. According to the USA Today article:
“Most notably: She opens up about her miscarriage two years ago, saying that one week she heard a heartbeat – and the next, nothing. And she talks about how devastating the loss was to her and how she retreated to the studio to deal with it. Read the rest of this entry
As mentioned in my January 2013 CurlKit Unboxing post, one of the items I received was a whopping 16oz jar of As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. Many of you guys responded to my video saying how much you liked this product. I already have a tub of their gel and have fallen in love with that, so you KNOW I couldn’t wait to try the Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.
Full disclosure: I must admit that I’m a bad natural for a number of reasons. Reason number #284 is that I very rarely cowash. I’m hopelessly addicted to the suds. I’ve always felt that cowashing just added to the gunky product build-up on my hair instead of eliminating it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around using a conditioner to wash my hair! It just didn’t seem possible. However, it’s a new year, and I vowed to clean up my act when it comes to my hair. One of the things that’s been on my to-do list is to give cowashing another shot. So receiving this product was right on time. Surely a product that has “cowash” in the name must be the best place to start.
So anyways… Here are the specs: Read the rest of this entry
Ok. So maybe the title of this article might seem contradictory at first, but hear me out. We are increasingly living more and more of our lives online, sharing our most and least significant life events with hundreds of our closest friends through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to social networking, I now know that my ex-boyfriend from 8th grade had leftover pizza and Guinness for breakfast this mornining, that my friend’s ex’s babymama’s sister just broke up with her boyfriend… again, and that my coworker just got her first Brazillian wax and now she’s “sooooo smooth”. Back in the day, we used to call this TMI (Too Much Information), but now the online community has dubbed a new term for this sort of exibitionism; “oversharing”
I think I just broke a world record and a toilet bowl at the same time.
And directly proportional to the increase in the amount of oversharing on the web is the increase in the number of people complaining about people oversharing on the web. You know, the self-appointed “oversharing police” who’s duty it is to shake their internet finger at anyone who airs more than the acceptable threshold of dirty laundry on the internet? You’ll know the sharing police when you see them. They often say things like “I can’t believe she’s putting all her business out there like that” or “She should be ashamed” but try as they might, they just can’t seem to find the “unfollow” button. Read the rest of this entry